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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4,954 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,954
Reviews: 2,197
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 298
Gots: 307 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of LuckySkuff

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first impression was a sharp similarity to Spaten Optimator... this lasted about .2 seconds until the richness and sweet complexity fully sank in. Quite a superior brew indeed - it is unquestionable after the creamy mouthfeel and nice aftertaste fade away.

Looks-wise it get's an 'A' in my book; nice and dark with a decent, tan/white head that slinks to the sides of the glass after a moment. Very dark, just a slight hint of dark mahogany apparent when holding up to a strong light source.

The taste reflects the look of it, what one would be hoping for in their heart-of-hearts after the languid pour... chewy and huge mouthfeel with a barley-malt and roasted taste. A little caramelly for a moment before the malts and light hoppy bitterness wash it away.

Delicious to the last drop. One of those session-but-shouldn't-be beers. Two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 07:23:18 | More by LuckySkuff
Photo of mikereaser


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very dark chestnut brown with just a ring of bubbles around the surface

S - aroma is slight hints of roasted malts and caramel

T - very nice complex brew. roasted malts and caramel, a slight creaminess, some hints of citrus hops comes through with a grainy finish

M/D - very light and very tasty, definitely a must try and will be a nice treat

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 13:57:19 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Sean9689


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pilsner glass.

A - Pours a dark dark brown, if not black, with an light tan-colored head. After the initial pour, there's still a good amount of head retention and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Sweetness is the main note right away - dark fruits, chocolate, and malts. There's some oak notes in there as well, but truthfully, the sweetness is pretty overwhelming for me.

T - Roasted notes of malts, chocolate, coffee beans are the primary flavors on this beer. It's not as sweet as the nose suggests, which I'm thankful for. There is some sweetness, but the roasted notes really balance this beer out nicely. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium to full bodied, lighter carbonation, rich and creamy on the palate. Creamy finish.

D - This beer is perfect if I'm not looking for a huge stout or porter. It's great to have another option when it's cold outside!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:25:05 | More by Sean9689
Photo of nrbw23


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice deep dark brown pretty close to black. Creamy tannish colored head and good amount of lacing on the glass

S- toasted malts, light chocolate and maybe caramel

T- Malt dominated, tiny bit of chocolate and finishes with hops. Really nice good flavor that was sweet start and goes bitter but has great balance and overall taste.

M- Thick or creamy. Medium body and feels good.

D- Very drinkable beer. Probably not something I could drink everyday but overall very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 23:14:22 | More by nrbw23
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy two finger light brown head. Slightly see-through brown and deep ruby body. The pilsner glass helps out the look of this beer.
Bread, dark fruit, and molasses all jump out at once. There is a slight alcohol presence.
Bread, molasses, and the dark fruits dominate the taste. There is a definite alcohol flavor. The hops are very subdued.
A lovely creamy mouthfeel on this doppelbock and it has a little fuller in body than Optimator.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 06:58:03 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby red colour with a very tall and bubbly foam head that takes on a shade of dirty beige. Quite a good retention with spotty lacing.

S: Caramel, molasses, general roasted notes including faint dark chocolate and coffee, and some dried dark fruit elements.

T: Very deliciously smooth which is sneaky as it wasn't exactly what the aroma was presenting. Earthy and herbal hop presence up front which transitions very nicely into caramel-like malts. Very good balance between sweet/malty - This nails it.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very good creamy and rich qualities to this. Truly a near perfect mouthfeel.

D: Fantastic doppelbock that I will be revisiting in the near future. Could easily drink this throughout the night. Plus this label is easily a 5.0

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 03:51:45 | More by Digimaika2
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer I've had before, but I'm making the attempt to finally get around to reviewing it. Wow, how my tastes have changed. I remember liking this beer the first time i had it, but now i really really like it.

First it pours a deep dark garnet color with a light beige head. The smell of it is both malty and fruity. The malty sugary smell make up the great majority of the aroma with the caramelized sugar notes, but the stars of the show are the clove and slight banana notes that are present as if a wonderful mild Belgian yeast fairy dropped it into this smooth doppelbock. The taste takes some getting used to still as there is an acidic malt flavor that does tend to ruin what is a wonderful malty and clovelike taste. The mouthfeel of this particular beer is pretty damn smooth. While it isn't the easiest drinking beer that I've ever had it's pretty darn near the top 10. I truly enjoyed this beer and would have no problem purchasing it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 06:25:46 | More by Vdubb86
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brew, but it's too understated for my taste--I guess dopplebocks are not my thing, really. That said, it is definitely worth a try, even though the price is rather steep. It pours a deep resonant mahogany with a dark chocolate head that receded very quickly. There is no lace to speak of. The smell reveals a distinct maltiness with subtle undertones of spices and chocolate. The taste was more refreshing: a light, bubbly, and unassertive malt flavor (not too sweet) that retained itself for a good while even as I savored its diffident tones.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 20:41:54 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of Ricelikesbeer


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wanted to review this for quite some time, has been one of my very favorates for a couple years now. I have a couple more of these cellaring in my basement for a year or two.

A: Very dark, to the point of barely being able to see through it. Has some ruby highlights. Pours with a minimal off-white head that lingers for a good amount of time.

S: Smells very malty and smells like dark grains. I smell a ton of caramel or toffee, and some dark fruits like figs or raisins. Not in the same way as some belgian dark ales, but more rich. A bit of dark chocolate as well.

T: What a rich, malty beer! I'm always blown away at the malt complexity of this beer. Very sweet and malty, but not in a cloying way. Caramel. Raisins. A little bit of biscuit. Has a very good aftertaste finishes crips and clean.

M: Velvety and clean. 6.7% abv doesn't warm you too much, and has a good balance to it. Light like a lager, but still has some thickness to it, almost like a dunkelweizen or a weizenbock.

D: Clean and smoothe, very digestible and drinkable. Good for any occasion, and can be drunk in large quantities due to the incredible cleaniness of this beer.

It is a masterful creation, and the oppitomy of a German malty beer. Definately my favorate lager and one of my top overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 04:44:47 | More by Ricelikesbeer
Photo of barczar


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy, dense one inch cappuccino head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Bready, deeply caramelized malt, extremely rich, with molasses sweetness, toffee, nuttiness, and dark fruits form the initial aroma. Smells like wort with undertones figs, dark cherries, raisins, and dates.

Flavor is sweet initially, with nutty, toasty notes hitting mid palate, finishing a touch roasty and dry. Malt is extremely rich and complex. Brown sugar, tart cherries, raisins, and a touch of chocolate emerge. Melanoidin character, that standard kettle caramelization, abounds.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Probably a little more dark fruit character than when fresh, but that malt richness is phenomenal. Great malt-centric brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:13:24 | More by barczar
Photo of Roderick


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW....this was really good!
It poured a VERY dark red with a little tan head and very little carbonation. The smell is what I liked best because of the caramel & chocolate, smelled like the worlds best desert.
Taste was sweet (but not to sweet) and creamy with a hint of malt and I guess what would be a medium body
I really like this beer and plan on buying it again.(Happy Rookie)
I paid $8.99 for 4 bottles..

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 22:50:37 | More by Roderick
Photo of Chizoad


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this for a while, happy to have found it at Monument in Concord.

Very nice clear brown ruby with a bubbly tan head. Relatively large but uniform bubbles gave a great indication on the mouthfeel.

Supremely malty and sweet smelling. Definitely alluring, especially on the first day that's really felt like fall.

Great deep malts and sweetness up front, with a small metallic tang that I seem to get from a lot of German beers. After a few seconds of the malts dancing on the tongue, a vague balancing bitterness starts offsetting the sugar in a perfect manner. The hops crescendo to a straight bitter that is washed away by another glorious gulp, restarting the whole process.

My only complaint, and it's not a huge one, is the mouthfeel. This beer is seriously carbonated. If you swill a little of it and let it sit in your mouth, it becomes a ball of froth which is not really like liquid any more. Once the beer has gassed out a little bit this goes away and I think the beer is better for it.

Very very drinkable. Maybe I wouldn't have more than 2 of them, but they are great going down.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 17:57:14 | More by Chizoad
Photo of beerman599


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at DELANEY'S tap room in new haven ct and it was great i have had this many times before but never on tap. less carbonated than the bottle but just as rich, malty and flavorful with a smooth mallow finish that made me have a second one

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2003 01:29:48 | More by beerman599
Photo of DKMonroe


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours decent with a head that took me some co-hearsing to get 2+cm out of. Then it dissipated mostly to the small island that the etch of the Duvel glass left in the center. There was some lacing as I slowly finished the glass. Color was fairly dark some red highlights peeking through.

Taste for me at first was good but not great until the glass warmed a bit, then it was stellar. Got the fruits some caramel some here say banana, I have no idea about that. I got some chocolate. Of course a hit of the roasted malts.

It was a mellow well balanced brew. I love it, and hey the bottle is cool looking too.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:04:29 | More by DKMonroe
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably the doppelbock to judge all other doppelbocks by. Poured for me at Tria in Philly. Nice head. Very dark black. Mouthfeel is thick. Roasted flavors throughout. Chocolate malt at the forefront of the taste. In the higher range of alcohol perecentages, but eminenently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 23:44:27 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of akahn


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my champagne flute a very dark brown cola color (mahogany?) with a modest brown head which recedes quickly and leaves just a bit of lace. Truly gorgeous color.

Smells of mushy oil-cured black olives, prunes and tamari sauce if it weren't salty.

More dark, sweet fruit in the taste, extremely rich, somewhat cloying. Then, in the finish, a gentle alcohol bitterness.

A fascinating and extremely pleasant tickling carbonation across the whole palate.

Plump, full body.

This is an awesome beer! This has totally turned me on to this style; now I can't wait to try Liberator and others.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 04:46:13 | More by akahn
Photo of coalcracker


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cool bottle with goat trinket. Pours a dark soda-like/caramel color. Head is tan and takes a while to dissipate.
Smell: Sweet sugars/malt first noted here.
Taste: Malts are king here with enough hops to balance the maltiness. Tastes of sweet fig, raisin, toffee, and a mildly roasted character contribute to the malts. Mild alcohol presence also noted.
Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel, but smooth.
Drinkability: A single Doppel usually does it for me on any given night. This is, nonetheless, a very drinkable beer.
Overall: A thick and complex doppel that is very palatable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:31:39 | More by coalcracker
Photo of AgingWarrior


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with some red highlights. Thin tan head that held up quite a long time and provided a fair amount of lacing.

Smells sweet and malty. A mixture of scents that are difficult to pick out. The smell of molasses becomes more evident as the beer warms up.

Tastes malty and sweet, a thick tasting beer with some chewiness to it. Good on the tip of the tongue, a slight alcohol taste in the middle with a sweet finish.

Love the way it feels in the mouth. Thick and creamy.

A very drinkable doppelbock. I only had the one, but it left me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 13:54:38 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Medium Brown with Yellow highlights. There was a finger of head that disappeared quickly to leave a light film. Look is very similar to a Coke or Pepsi in the glass.

S - Smells of Brown Sugar, Caramel, Rootbeer, Coffee, Toffee, Alcohol Plum and Malt Sweetness.

T - Tastes of Toffee, Coffee, Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Bread, Raisins and only a sight Bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is Very smooth with great carbonation although a little sweet.

D - This is very drinkable but a little

Much better than I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 05:13:13 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nice, very dark amber color, almost black. Head retention is poor, almost non-existent, a little dissapointing

Smell is not what I was expecting, surpisingly subtle, with a nice malty sweetness

Taste comes as a wave, roastiness, coffee like, followed by mellow sweet malt, bitterness like dark chocolate lingers in the mouth, pleasant after taste

Wonderfully full mouthfeel, thick, fits the beer's complex flavor

The alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering, easy to sip, not exactly quaffable, but pleasant

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 20:42:59 | More by MisterTiat
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown deep and dark with some crimson highlights around the edges,thick brown head dissapates slowly leaving small thready lacing.The nose is malty and sweet,with fruits and malts being the most noticable.This Doppelbock is quite special on the tounge,it starts with burnt cinnamon toast flavors(almost cinnamon toast crunch like),dark fruits,most note worthy are the rasins,the middle is slightly hoppy and the finish is pleasently smokey and sweet.A strong body and near perfect carbonation make for a smoothe mouth coating warmth that continues to the stomache.A nice sipper or a couple back to back could be just as enjoyable,either way this is one fine brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 03:31:32 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of artoolemomo


4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The foam is a little slow to rise at first on the first pour but this eventually becomes half a medium tan head and half a muddy chocolate brown body that show garnet hues when held up to the light. The foam dissipates rather quickly while leaving the slightest of lacing.

Nose- This starts off bready and malty and then begins to show raisins, banana, and chocolate. There is also some sugar and caramel. Most of this light but I imagine it would be a little different if this were warmed up a little more. Honey also makes itself known.

Taste- Sour cherry and raisins backed by chocolate and oak appear first. There is a very woody bitterness at the finish at the back of the throat. So far this is dominating the beer. Chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, and bread become more notable and the woody finish acts as a necessary counterbalance.

Mouthfeel- This is medium to a bit heavy as far as the body goes. It has a nice creaminess which makes this a very drinkable beer. This particular beer seems as if it may have a little too much carbonation. As smooth as this beer is, it wouldn't hurt at all for it to be heavier.

Drinkability- Only a slight alcohol burn which aids the overall flavor profile. Very nice texture working with a great flavor profile makes for a very drinkable beer.

Overall- I would give this an A with some tendency toward A- but mostly an A. It falls short of being exceptional in my opinion. For the price, it gets very close however.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:57:41 | More by artoolemomo
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My imperial pint glass is Ayinger-branded, so I figure I ought to try their flagship beer. Otherwise I'd be, like, a total poseur.

Very dark, mostly opaque. Shows through a semi-clear ruby (kind of a redder version of cola) when held direct to light. Finger and-a-half of tan head that goes away quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam on top. Not much lacing.

Brown sugary, coffee smell with something funky and maybe slightly herbal underneath

Wow, I was expecting cloying sweetness (the couple of dopplebocks I've had before had that unflattering characteristic), but each mouthful is incredibly complex. I'm totally going to miss some flavors here, but there's sweet toffee right off the bat, transitioning into some even darker coffee flavors, then a touch of that herbal (maybe not herbal; earthy?) stuff as it dries out, and just a little bit of funky sourness at the end. Nice clean finish that sticks with you. Definite coffee and something that reminds me of Ron de Barrilito Tres Estrellas, a high-quality Puerto Rican rum.

Medium to light thickness with moderate to light carbonation. The lighter carbonation is a bonus; I'm sure too much fizz would kill the flavor.

Very drinkable. It goes down easy, but its complexity demands your attention. Definitely worth trying, and a great beer to give to anyone who claims not to like lagers.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 01:56:23 | More by TuckerCarlson
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany. Nice head recedes slowly, but doesn't leave much lace. Smells massively of sweet malt. Taste is sweet as well, with some caramel flavors coming through, as well as a small amount of bitterness. There's also chocolate flavors, which is quite nice. Mouthfeel is very full, almost creamy. In fact, that's the best thing about this beer.

While I'm not generally a fan of doppelbocks, I really like this one. Very warming on a cold winter's night. The only bad thing is the price: $3.50 for this bottle. Great beer otherwise, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 05:48:50 | More by skybluewater
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut colored with light brown highlights, minimal frothy light brown head that settles quickly and flattens out to nothing.

Inviting aroma of raisin and ripe fig, some prune and cocoa.

Rich flavor of cocoa and espresso, some leather and smoke, licorice and oak. Molasses and brown sugar emerge slightly. Finishes dark and rich. Toasted marshmallow lingers.

Even mouthfeel, on the thin side, finishes dry and crisp. Very drinkable, incredibly tasty and smooth and complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:25:47 | More by far333
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,954 ratings.