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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,282 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,282
Hads: 5,900
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 461
Gots: 706 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,282 | Hads: 5,900
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with a fair amount of room for ruby to peer through in more narrow parts of the glass. A dark copper color sneaks into the very edge of the glass.

Smell: A very smooth aroma that works well together. Soft sweet molasses, some dates and spicy, herbal hoppy notes. Sweet bready notes round things out.

Taste: Chewy caramel malt flavor, followed with a touch of molasses, then some spiced bread as the body fills out in my mouth. Some dates step in before a touch of herbal bitterness sets in for a second. The end of the sip approaches, telling the grain and sweetness to wrap up the show in a polite fashion. Finishes clean and a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is an absolute perfect feel. I can feel the little bubbles actually raise up off of my tongue, keeping it fresh for the next sip. Creamy, medium bodied. Sexy.

Drinkability: I'm not ordinarily a Doppelbock drinker, but this is just phenomenal. Extraordinarily happy to have finally tried this. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Pokal glass.

Appearance is velvety dark chocolate with medium brownish head which was poured by server so glass 1 had two finger head and glass 2 had about 4 finger head! Malty, bready aroma with hints of coffee. Taste...I was in my own world with the taste, swirling it around and around. Malty of course with caramel tones, just outstanding with silky smooth mouthfeel to match. Just a pleasure. 6.7% ABV was not evident, was suprised to learn ABV was that high. Highly drinkable and hope to run across it real soon! (529 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This beer pours a clear, dark brown with ruby tones showing in the light. The aroma begins with chocolate and has hints of nuts and toast. The flavor is extremely well balanced with chocolate, raisin, and nutty notes with a bit of maple in the finish. It has a medium mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is an excellent example of the style, outstanding. Highly recommended!!! (409 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the tops for me. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a picture perfect fluffy tan head. It looked just like the label. Nice rich smell, I noticed alot toffee, burnt smells, didn't notice they were fruit, like others. But the smell was very inviting. The taste lived up to everything I have read. Nice toffee, carmel like sweetness, very balanced with bitterness of roasted malt. Nice smooth feel, almost creamy, and full, everything I hoped it would be. I thought it fuller and more balanced, not as syrupy than the Salvator dopplebock. The last shot of bittnerness at the end, wanted you to have another taste to balance. Beer Perfection. I have drank 6 of 12, and I think I will keep the next 6 for a special occasion. (744 characters)

Photo of Joey7F
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I can see why this beer is consistently in the top 20. It has a head that lasts forever. Underneath the foam is a dark thick brew that epitomizes everything I love about stouts and bocks with one interesting exception. I believe I could drink about 10 in a day with out blinking. A terrific introductory "dark" beer for new beer advocates (My friends and I are breaking in a new 21 year old)

It is about 3 bucks a bottle which is more than I usually pay for 11.2 ounces, but it is well worth it :)

--Joey (515 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a very dark mahogany almost brown with a beige head only about an inch tall.

Aroma: Brown bread, brown sugar, burnt hop notes. Raisins, molasses, plum mixed in as well. Faint wisps of vanilla bean.

Taste: Quite the malty backbone to this one notes of molasses, dark bread, raisins. The mouthfeel is very much smooth. Caramelized sugar, with a touch of smokiness in the back.

Notes: A very malty backbone very hearty. The drinkabilty of this is very good a dam tasty meal in a bottle. Cheers. (511 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

-great head, very dark for a lager brewed beer in my opinion
-slightly fruity smell with a crisp yeast scent along with it caramelized
- crisp yet a darker toasty flavor that is complemented with a sweet fruit taste
-rides the palate like a lager, has the flavor of a darker beer though
-overall one of the best beers i have had, have had it before and will buy it time and time again (384 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try it for a while to see if it's as good as everyone says it is. I'm usually skeptical of dopples as I've only had a few I really like - the cloying sweetness in some of them gets to me. Anyway... 330 mL slender bottle - it pours a brown/deep plum color with a fair amount of carbonation streams and a 1 finger, light brown head that is dense and sooo creamy, leaving sheets of bubbles all the way down the glass, eventually turning into lace. Beautiful to say the least. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, green hops, a grainy character, and a sweetness that comes close to candy, but nowhere near cloying. Tastes toasty with caramel, molasses, raisins, chocolate?, burnt malts?, vinous malts?, green/spicy hops, and a medium bitterness. I can't think of how a dopple could taste better than this. The body starts medium and smooth, becoming thicker and softer as I go. This beer is amazing (it just dethroned Ruination as my top-rated). Believe the hype - I'm getting at least a four pack next time. (1,030 characters)

Photo of taigor
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into traditional Aynger Celebrator glass.

A - Poured non-transparent dark brown almost black color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront with hints of caramel, brown sugar, figs, raisins and other dark fruits.

T - Sweet to start with malts dominating all the way. It turns caramel and slightly fruity towards the end.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Excellent and very enjoyable doppelbock. Definitely get your hands on it if you see it. (535 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is the 1st beer that I have given a 5 to for taste. So, yeah, this is some kick ass shit.

A: Pours a truly dark brown, almost black, with a small pearl head. Somewhat darker than I expected.

S/T: Dark roasted malts predominate. Dried fruits, caramel, pumpernickel bread. Aftertaste is amazing! A bit of molasses and a nice, mild sweetness that states its claim on the palate and doesn't relinquish.

M/D: Silky smooth - mild carbonation. A very light body, quite a stark contrast from its appearance. Drinkability is amazing - i docked it only a little because the alcohol content is fairly low for a dopplebock, which i think adds to its drinkability.

This is an awesome brew. No doubt one of the best dopplebocks i have ever had, and one of the best in the world. Glad I have 3 more of these bad boys! (829 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown with light brown shading around the edges, Two finger brown head. Moderate retention with almost no lacing.

S - Smells of molasses and roasted malts. Light whiff of alcohol as well.

T - Strong sweet taste of roasted malts and molasses. Nice bit on the backend. Alcohol does not show itself.

M/D - Full bodied and lightly carbonated. An excellent beer. (374 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Bukowski's in Boston.

This was the first time I have ever tried this beer and it lived up to and surpassed it's well deserved reputation. If you want an indepth review on this one, try one of the Bros. This could be one of my favorite beers of all time, sweet, malt and fruity flavor, every sip made me happy.

If you haven't tried this one yet do yourself a favor and try it asap. Can't say enough good about this beer. It's perfection in a glass. (464 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some ruby red at the bottom of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three finger tan head with decent retention. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Very bready and moderately sweet dark caramel malts with some toffee. Big hints of dark fruits with raisins, prunes, and figs. Also some hints of nuts, chocolate, molasses, and coffee. The malt and dark fruit aromas are very bold.

Taste: Starts out pretty sweet with a big dose of dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with a big taste of dark fruits. Notes of raisins, figs, prunes, and nuts. Also some subtle hints of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Finishes with a moderate earthy hop bitterness providing a little balance to the sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, chewy, and slightly sticky. Very smooth.

Overall: A really great Doppelbock. Probably my favorite overall lager. (1,028 characters)

Photo of BillyB
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Ludwigs Garten in NYC. The best place other than Germany to try it.
Glass poured a dark brown with amber hues. Very thick, foamy brown head.
Aromas were Roasty, toasty, caramel malts. Chocolate, toffee, figs, plums, raisins and grapes.
Taste was an amazing display of toasted malt and dark fruits and chocolatey, caramelly, toffe-ish decadence.
Very smooth very warm alcohol kick.
Excellent Dopplebock in an excellent German beer bar. (453 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review. Cheers!

Split a four pack of the stuff with my buddy.

A: Pretty rigorous pour into a pint glass. Dark reddish brown with a thick beige head.

S: Smells sweet, fruity, chocolatey and a little boozy.

T: Dark fruit, caramel, coffee and a light hoppiness that melds with the sweet finish, with a little bit of alcohol in the finish as well.

M: Medium body with pretty light carbonation.

O: A real treat. Complex and absolutely delicious. Will definitely have this again (and again and again). (510 characters)

Photo of ncredible1
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark brown/mocha doppelbock, however you can still see some light through it. Very nice tan head that sticks around for awhile. Smells of caramel,cream, and malt. Taste is smooth and well balanced with good roasted maltiness and little hop bitterness. A smooth easy drinking brew. Beware you can drink these down quickly.

Drink this at colder temperatures as I found it tasting a bit better. World Class brew from Ayinger. One of the best Doppels. (458 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with lots of red hues. Plenty of head, disappears at a moderate pace.

Smells is quite malty, lots of caramel, possibly some chocolate and coffee as well.

The taste is very malty, with a nutty sensation. Caramel lingers on the tongue, not too sweet though, the coffee/hop bitterness makes a very nice balance to this beer.

Went down very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, I found I drank it much faster than I should have and regret not savoring it more. I'll definitely be visiting this beer again. (536 characters)

Photo of cdrogers
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tall mug.

Color: Poured a rich brown, almost Coke in color.
Head: Was very strong off-white in color and evaporated away shortly after the bottle was empty.
Mouthfeel: Felt very nice throughout and wasn't too acidic/bitter on the tongue, didn't leave that bitter taste on the back of the tongue at all. Went down very smooth.
Taste: I got a nice coffee flavor with some hints of fruitiness, was not able to pick a fruit out but it had a good mixture.
Drinkability: Had mine after dinner and worked nicely as a digestif

I would recommend this it anyone and would like to have it stocked year-around. Highly, highly recommend. (656 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chestnut with a lofty froth that settles to a finger of beer meringue; thick and heavy that filters the beer after each sip. Sweet aroma. Bran raisin muffin dough wrapped in a leather case.
Spiced cake with cocoa dust. Canned cherry pie topping. A husky voice. Tobacco. Some strong orange pekoe. Burnt walnuts. I could drink this from noon to passing out whenever with a pretzel and mustard. (392 characters)

Photo of texascarl
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = dark mahogony, almost black. Reddish highlights, not quite opaque. Light carbonation, thick tan head that receded fairly quickly.

Nose = MALT!! If you want someone to understand what malt smells like, here's your big boy. Blackstrap molasses & some hops

Taste = Malt. Velvet sledgehammer. Big & powerful to knock down a wall, but still smooth. Some hops are in there trying to balance the malt but it really has it's work cut out for it. A flavor in the finish that reminds me of Aussie Tawny Port - caramel sweet wine & raisens. Medium to long finish, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Lord have mercy, this is good beer. I've found another new favorite. (667 characters)

Photo of whendeathsleeps
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours dark brown, two finger tan head, little retention, moderate lacing.

S- Nutty, sweet, roasty.

T- More smokiness, caramel notes, dark fruits, a little chocolate, light hop finish. Complex and brilliant.

M- Smooth, chocolate finish lingers a while, great sweet aftertaste, but balanced out well. Moderate carbonation.

O- Wow. Just try it. (351 characters)

Photo of JamesP123
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this is one helleva brew. My Favorite Dopplebock!

A. Nice and dark, not translucent. Nice head that stays put.

S. First semll is roasted grains/toasted bread. followed by some sweetness and a bit of alcohol coming through.

T. This is where the beer shines. Very balanced flavors, Molasses/brown sugar with thick/rich roasted malts. Very smooth and balanced and soft.

M. Smooth and a little creamy. Medium bodied.

D. Great taste, smooth and enjoyable. Nearly perfection in a bottle. Definately a new favorite in my book. (528 characters)

Photo of braiden
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: very dark coco looking
smell: slightly fruity and caramely
taste: dark undertones yet bright clean taste
feel: smooth and crisp
overall an excellent beer very flavorfull and smooth (186 characters)

Photo of kegerator
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured out basically black, with a decent head.
smelled great, fruity, malty a slight hint of some spice but quite muted
taste was just outstanding, smooth sweetness that lingered very well on the tongue with a malty backdrop and some fruit came out in the middle.
mouthfeel was very nice some fizz but very smooth and somewhat creamy.
very drinkable in my opinion. I would definitely cough up the 9 bucks for a 4 pack again (428 characters)

Photo of AChamberlain
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stellar!! 330ml bottle bought from Bierkraft.

A: Great thick head. Black and beautiful.
S: Lovely smell, sweet and malty.
T: Sweet and malty flavor.
MF: Thick, fullbodied and smooth.
D: Drinkable, but I can't session dopplebocks. But for what it is great. (262 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.