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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,295
Hads: 5,952
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 470
Gots: 742 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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: 2,295 | Hads: 5,952
Photo of Lolli1315
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown in color with a thin, creamy tan head. Not much can be seen through because of the color, but when held up to light its clearness becomes more noticeable.

S- Lots of toasted malt attacks the nose, most likely vienna or munich malt. Bready character becomes more prominent in the middle. Some light caramel rounds it out.

T- Rich, malty character is the defining attribute in the beer. Toasted malt accompanies the sweet malt as well. Some caramel and light hints of chocolate touch the flavor profile as well. Small hop bitterness lingers into the finish.

M- Medium full body with smooth carbonation. Sweet start and finish.

O- Though I already had a review of this beer, but nevertheless I still love it. If it weren't for the price tag, this would constantly be in my fridge without a doubt. Sadly, this was my last one.

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Photo of Brunite
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice dark mahogany red color with a tan head that sticks around for a while. Settles to a tan color.

S: Caramel malts and some dark, dried fruits. I am also getting some distinct molasses and some very faint roasted or smoked notes.

T: Similar to the smell, the molasses and sweet malt predominate! Also some light coffee notes. A lingering residual sweetness. I love this!

M: Medium/heavy body...definitely Creamy & smooth as silk going down.

D: I could drink this all day. This is quite worthy of being among the highest rated beers, of its style, in the world! Amazing flavor for a lager beer. Cracks my personal top 15 list for sure...which means I'll always have this on hand in my fridge! An A+ ranking from me.

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Photo of MadCat
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle with a white plastic goat hung from the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown, almost black, good brown head that dissipates at a medium pace and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Very malty, light roastiness. Molasses, caramel, and bready.

Taste: Roasty malt, molasses and bread, some hop spice, with some fruitiness, mostly plum and raisin.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, medium carbonation

Overall: Very enjoyable, I can see why this is one of the top German beers on this site. Would gladly buy it again.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer was served in a wide mouthed 20 ounce goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very solid dark brown with a mountanous thick creamed coffee colored head. The head retention was nearly perfect. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer has the smell of extremly good maltyness. There is a bit of fruityness and spicyness playing in the beer.

Taste: The beer is very sweetly malty. The hops just tingle with a bit of spicyness but not alot. This beer has a bit of fruityness and brief spicyness breaking up the malts.

Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied. The malty taste seems to go on forever. The bits of hops prevent overkill. Just a massively chewy beer treat.

Drinkability: This beer is a very enjoyable beer. The beer is dam near perfect. I suspect I may have had a religious experience drinking this beer.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Just wow.
A: Deep brown in color with a ruby tinge to it. Head was huge and fluffy and tannish in color. Head stuck around for a while, no real lacing.

S: Strong maltiness through and through. Slight notes of chocolate, with just a whiff of a wine like aroma. No hop aroma.

T: Bliss. Chewy malt flavors dominate. Just a nice maltiness, malts are dark in character. There is a faint spiciness. Hop flavors are almost absent. There's a taste I can't quite place, maybe raisins or plums, not sure but it's nice.

M: Full and chewy in body. Mouthcoating without feeling syrupy. Carbonation is dead on and alcoholic warmth is wonderful.

D&N: Easily one of the finest beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. It's really hard to find fault anywhere with this beer. I'm no expert, but this one seems to be the standard of the style. Just an absolute pleasure to drink. Highest recommendations.

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Photo of rijanyoung
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is wonderful, it has a wonderful oaky flavor. It is deliciously dark red, and is really well balanced, i felt like all of the flavors really complimented each other to give a very powerful flavor!

I am usually not a huge fan of the bock, but this really surprised me! top notch, well done!!!

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Photo of WilliamAlbrecht
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ayinger's Celebrator is definitely a fantastic brew. I must admit, I love doppelbocks. This is a TRUE bock. Definitely tasty, not too heavy, and great to behold!

Appearance: Poured into a Ayinger Celebrator 'chalice' and certainly looks great. Pours a darkish brown/bordering on black like color. One and a half fingers of nice, delicious, puffy, creamy head!

Smell: Wow. Smells great. I smell raisins, figs(for sure!), toffee, and perhaps vanilla in there as well!

Taste: A very very rich flavor. This is one of the best doppelbocks around. I must admit that I have yet to encounter a doppelbock that can stand toe to toe with the original, Paulaner's Salvator, but this is a fine brew in its own right. The taste is incredible and the carbonation is not too heavy..in fact, it's not heavy at all! No bitter aftertaste in the least bit!

Mouthfeel: Wow..very creamy, very full bodied!

Overall this is a fantastic doppelbock. I would recommend anyone that loves quality beer to get a hold of a "four pack" of these. Whereas they are rather pricey..it is TOTALLY worth it.

Nice touch on the goat(bock) on the bottle. Save them! They look great!

Celebrator is a great winter time beer. It goes great with a t bone steak, with a sirloin steak, round cut steak..in fact, it goes great with meat period! I would also recommend having a few as a dessert. Heavy on taste and quality, definitely worth a purchase!

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Photo of awmiller
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why oh why did I wait so long to try this stellar brew?! This brew poured up a hefty dark mahogany-colored body with a thick one-fingered tan colored with retention lasting long after the beer was gone and amazing lacing effects. Aromas of warm dark bread, caramel, molasses, malts and hops, and a very slight hint of alcohol. Of the doppelbocks, I am sure that this one reigns supreme! Medium-bodied, light carbonation, very thick and creamy with a well-balanced hit of hops on the finish that is dry but not too dry.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the greatest beers out there, simply put.

I've had this out of the bottle, poured into pint glasses, but by far my favorite is poured into a heavy chalice or goblet.

The beer pours a gorgeous reddish brown, with a heavy 2 finger head, that dies down, leaving a nice lace around the glass.

Scent brings out floral hop notes, along with a citrusy hint.

Taste is heavy in those notes, along with a sharp alcoholic cut that slices through the flavor, but doesn't leave a burn. When you're finished, you want more, but the beer doesn't allow you to drink too much due to it's heavy notes and overpowering mouthful. An all around classy beer, and definitely a favorite that is always stocked in my fridge. Cheers!

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark color, with a thick head. Almost has the look of a stout, but not a creamy looking. The taste is a little bit choclatey and nutty. Same with the scent. But overall this is a very quality beer and has become one of my favoirtes. The mouthfeel is suprisingly light and the drinkability is definatly good. I would recomend this to anyone who is a fan of the dopplebocks.

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Photo of SerieDNo3
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (making do with what I can while I'm not with my own glassware)

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown with minimal light getting through. Tan one-finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin film. Minimal lacing. Looks a bit like coffee.

S: Roasty, malty aroma with a bit of alcohol on the nose.

T: God-like. Notes of coffee and a bit of molasses, and various malt flavors. Not as sweet as other doppelbocks I've had; the malts are a bit more bitter.

M: Obviously thicker than a lot of beers, in tune with the style, but not as syrupy as many doppelbocks. Low carbonation, and feels a bit like coffee.

D: If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be on my short list of choices. I've had it in hot Chicago and DC summers before, and it's very drinkable even then. It's a perfect balance between the heavy/thick character a doppelbock is supposed to have and a lightness that lends itself well to continued drinking.

I don't think the English language is sufficient to describe how excellent this beer is. Simply phenomenal.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As for a doppelbock... this one is the cream of the crop. First of all it is sooo smooth. Rare in a db. The aging has to be the trick. Very balanced in character.

Pours a thick creamy head that lasts. Beautiful lace. It is full-bodied and velvety.

Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the malts, the alcohol and the light hop character.

It has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours deep burgundy with a large creamy tan head. Slow dissipation leaves lots of lacings.

S: Lots of dark dried fruits. Slightly roasted sweet malt. Almost syrupy. Complex. Chocolate.

T: Rich! Chocolate and coffee. Roasted dark malts, molasses. Dark dried fruits. Liqourice. Bitter hops. Tart.

M: Aftertaste is very long, sweet and bitter at the same time, slitghtly sour. Body is full and carbonaton is low. Very nice.

O: This is a very nice and complex Doppelbock.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color, but with a hint of red. Head is a nice quarter inch thick.
Aroma is very malty and sweet. Sorta smells like chocolate marshmallows. The Taste is sweet and malty, but very complex and very enjoyable. Mouthfeel senses moderate carbonation and goes down smooth with a bitter aftertaste. I had this beer several years ago, but never reviewed it. I forget what I was missing out on. This one can't get much better.

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Photo of SSJPhatMatt
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Pretty hue of dark maroon, almost purple, with a perfectly-proportioned tan, foamy head. The head sticks around until the bitter end and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Many of the same scents I get in a dark Trappist ale I get here: raisin, fruitcake, rum, and a bit of cough medicine.

Taste: Perhaps I should just "copy and paste" my tasting notes of certain Belgian Trappist beers since Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock seems to have many of the same flavors. As we noted in the aroma, dark fruits and confectionary flavors are strong here. Fruitcake, rum, raisin, and toffee syrup are all prominent from start to finish. It's a rich, sweet beer to be sure, but it's never cloying or sticky. It finishes with a subtle, semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste to impart some bitterness and let you know it's still a beer.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed about this beer even before the flavor was just how soft and gentle it was in the mouth. This is like getting a hug from a teddy bear.

Drinkability: There's no carbonation sensation, nor is the beer obese - it's perfectly medium-bodied. Not a refreshing beer, obviously, so it's not quite in league of a summer seasonal (bear in mind this beer IS a lager, not an ale). It's so darn soft and tasty that it's difficult not to drink it as fast as possible.

Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer I wasn't expecting to like nearly as much as I did. I think most beer drinkers will be pleasantly surprised by it as well.

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Photo of RicoBrew
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours out a nice dark brown color. If you hold it up to the light, it reflects a ruby color. The head is nice, light, and lacy. It lingers for a bit, but fades after a few minutes to a thin off-white top.

S- Hints of malt come through along with "christmas-like" fruits. Plums, dates, a hint of cherry. A little bit of yeast spice comes through, but it's fleeting.

T- It starts out with a dark malt taste, but none of the bitterness of a dark malt. That note fades to more of a dark fruit flavor as the brew lingers on the tongue. The amount of flavor notes that come through is staggering. I'm sure people can write whole treatises on different flavors from this beer. It's a fantastically complex brew.

M- It's extremely light for a doppelbock. It seems to want to play on your tongue for an extended period and then vanish. You definitely always want more of this beer.

D- You could go through a whole case of this and enjoy every moment of it.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

just plain exceptional. a beautiful dark brown to black pour with massive tan foam all over the glass that will stick with you all the way down. roasty aromas of coffee, malts, and bread will come out at you.

full flavored and full bodied, this is just a pure piece of work. much darker than i had anticipated, this one was surprisingly roasty with coffee flavors that just added a very nice touch to this very complex brew. bread and malts dominated the flavor, and there was a nice balance of spices in there. it was very smooth and rich, but not so heavy to fill you up after a few gulps. top of the line, and this one will have a permanent place in my fridge.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%

Probably the best example of this style I have ever had. I have tried it on tap in both Germany and the U.S. and the bottled version retains most of the complex set of flavors that make this beer a true world classic. Usually pretty affordable where I live.

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Photo of chrisms86
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A complex flavor which is not so complex as to compromise the enjoyment of the brew. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and the smell is exceptional. The appearance is fantastic and makes me want to dive in. Relatively inexpensive to other top 20 brews, this one is highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence black hints of brown when you hold it to the light. Smell hint of fig and prune malt and rosted grain. Taste rosted grin figgy dryness Alcohol comes through in the end as well as a hint of bitter chocolate finish. This beer is very cleen tasting lager considering how complex it is if that makes sense. Drinkability was very good for a beer of its kind its a cold late winter night and I wish I had another doppelbock.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a dark brown with milk chocolate brown rings on the edges. 1/2 inch tan head and great retention with some circular lacing

Smell: Molasses, bread, brown sugar, and a malty sweetness that make the nose very complex and amazing

Taste: Figs and raisins are in the forefront with some chocolate and molasses slightly behind that and finishes with just the right touch of coffee and bread

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated and creamy

Overall: Just a world class beer. I have enjoyed this beer as a go to beer for about a decade now and I will never stop drinking this. I absolutely love this and recommended it and it is hands down the best dopplebock on the planet

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Photo of CU570M
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As the 1,000 review of this beer i want to try and make this a good review. As i poured this brew it had a light caramel colored head that was beautiful, but did seem to not last that long. Was decent though. The color of this is a dark rich black/brown color. When looked at through the light i can see hints of red as well though. The smell is of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a nice roasted barley malt. Nutty wood chocolaty brew that pleases the taste buds. Mouthfeel was a mild to medium carbonation with a slight aftertaste and dry. Drinkability is high on this one, one of the better dark beers i have ever had. I would definitely urge anyone to go out there try this one.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a huge beer. This is what to give your friends if they think lagers are for sissies.

The beer is black, with just a hint of ruby when backlit. Thick, tan, creamy head.

Wonderful aroma -- reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate, with hints of toffee and fruit -- prunes and fig.

This is a very full-bodied beer. Heavy, sweet malty flavor with more fruit esters and a hint of baked bread. The finish is superb -- slightly hoppy and dry, with a nice aftertaste from the residual sugars.

Really a terrific beer. Best bock I've ever had. The bottle even comes with a little goat toy for the kids. Something for everyone!

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Photo of beertaster13
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown cola, with a nice mocha/tan head, bubbles rise from within. The smell is of apples covered in caramel, a slight buttery yeast, biscuits and jelly. Malts ar fruity (cherries) and sweet. The taste is facinating, crisp and refreshing, apple pie with roasted pecans. A nice biscuit layer coated with honey sap. The fruits are pleasant, slight floral hop, lively in the mouth. This beer is king of all.

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Photo of turdburglar
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer. The other members of Beer Advocate have certainly described its character and attributes more eloquently and accurately than i could, but i will say this: i have tasted every other dopplebock i could find and compared them to the mighty Celebrator. Most are good, but none can compare to this magnificent brew. To be fair, the Weihenstephaner Korbinian is excellent, but a distant second in my opinion.


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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.