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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,030
Reviews: 2,200
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 301
Gots: 338 | FT: 18
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-31-2013 02:54:15 | More by shuajw
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-28-2013 04:55:58 | More by mpayne5
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-05-2013 02:18:32 | More by laxer8811
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-27-2014 15:00:23 | More by GatorLCA
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-29-2013 05:43:16 | More by babaracas
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%

11.2oz bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 11.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours a deep, barely translucent garnet with just over one finger pale head. The head fades to a thin layer that laces well.

Aroma is almost dominated initially by an unfortunate bitter metallic note. Behind that I get some caramel, raisin, faint cocoa and biscuit. The metallic smell slinks further into the background as it warms but doesn't disappear.

Luckily the flavor has only a hint of the metallic strangeness from the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, earthy, nutty, hints of cherry, caramel, toffee, slight coffee and a mild floral bitterness. Crazy how complex and layered with flavor this is. Malty and delicious.

Creamy medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. Malty aftertaste with cocoa, nuts, toffee and raisins.

Outstanding. Not sure what took me so long to try this. I've had several dopplebocks but none have had the balance and complex array of flavor found in this gold standard. This is a must try.

12-11-2013 04:02:04 | More by ThickNStout
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%

I've heard from many people that this beer was excellent, but I kinda held off of it for awhile. Today I saw it in stock at the store and decided to give it a try. Had my tries of bocks but never had a doppelbock.

A- Lot's of carbonation and lots of foam. This foam is extremely creamy, and is a pale brown color. The body is almost pitch black, but some light passes through and you can see a hue of dark brown. Lots of thick lacing.

S- Subtle roasted malts, with some dark chocolate. Smells very sweet. Maybe a hint of dried fruit. This smells aren't the strong point in this brew. Every thing is very subtle.

T- Roasted bitter malts and chocolate are nice and appropriate.Some burnt sugar that definitely makes this an after meal must.

M- Medium bodied and light amounts of carbonation. This is highly drinkable and goes down extremely smooth.

O- Even though its lacking in smells, the taste and easy drinkability make up for it and make up for where it lacks. This is much like a porter but different at the same time, minus the higher drinkablity that comes from this doppelbock. I definitely enjoy this more than a typical porter though.

01-26-2013 05:30:04 | More by Efay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 6.7%.

A - Pours a dark brown with a 1cm tan head. Head reduced to a ring of bubble with some clusters on the surface. Minimal lacing.

S - Lightly toasted bread, brown sugar, dried fruit (raisins in particular), slight nuttiness, hint of grass and a hint of booze in the background. Certainly has a bit of a fruit cake vibe to it. (And I love fruit cake.)

T - Some brown sugar, lightly toasted bread, some dried fruit, hint of coffee, mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is well masked. Flavour isn't too sweet or too burnt. Quite well balanced.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy, clean finish.

O - Oh this is quite good. Definitely the best Dopplebock I've had so far.

03-16-2013 02:19:29 | More by decimator
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

I'm finally getting around to trying the Celebrator. Pours from the slim bottle a deep dark brown..nearly black with a nice tan two finger head. Maroon streaks when held up to the light. Nice. Huge caramel malt nose with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. I get some cherry/raspberry in there as well. A bit burnt with a nice sweetness. Good lacing on the glass to boot!

First sip is a big, thick caramel, cocoa maltiness. I get some hints of raisins, molasses and some dark fruits. A nice sweet body that only shows a hint of bitterness on the way down. Burnt, roasty, a bit nutty. Quite a tasty, malty brew.

Mouthfeel has a big, creamy body that makes its presence known. Smooth and easy to drink. I could see a four pack night of Celebrator no problem. Just a damn fine doppelbock and a testament to malt.

03-17-2005 04:13:09 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a nice creamy tan 2 finger creamy head, which fades to a nice cap and thick ring of lacing. Smells hugely of malts, brown sugar, raisins, touch of sweet alcohol, very nice smell. Tastes very malty, sweet raisins, Carmel, toffee, red sweet grapes, a touch of earthy hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very drinkable for the 6.7%abv. $3 for a single, next time I'll get a 4 pack. This stands up to all the talk and then some. Check this one out for sure.

04-05-2011 02:16:06 | More by Homebrew35
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle into a pint

Pours nearly black with a lovely three finger tan head that lasts for quite some time. Leaves nice lacing.

Smells of sweet dark fruits dipped in molasses and rum.

Reminiscent of the nose, lots of sweet fruits, raisins, and molasses/brown sugar. Some chocolate in there as well, slightly bitter from the malts.

Surprisingly not heavily-bodied at all. Big flavor but medium bodied. Leaning towards a wet finish.

Superior drinkability. Celebrator is a 6.7% Doppelbock that goes down like water.

10-13-2010 00:36:37 | More by BranfordBound
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

This pours a clear dark mahogony with a medium tan foamy head. The smell is a smoked wood with dark fruit,not too strong,but OK. The taste,like the smell,has dark fruit,smoked wood,vanilla, sweet malt,and maybe carmel. The m/f is medium with a nice creamy feel. All the flavors mix very, very well. An incredible beer well worth all the acolades given to it.

09-16-2006 00:09:05 | More by jmz62565
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Alcohol comes through on aroma and taste. Lovely chocolate brown color, foam, root beer aftertaste. Easy on mouth even with some initial bitterness. Mild roast overwhelmed by malt sweetness. Hint of nuts and chocolate, and pinch of fruit and spices. Great again in March 2005.

03-23-2004 23:21:50 | More by Sammy
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New York

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

11.2oz Bottle is deceiving, looks like at LEAST a 12oz. Pours murky brown, reveals deep fire crimson when held up to the light. medium tan head reducing to nice lace. light malt in the aroma, but not much more. Perhaps I should let it warm some, but I just can't wait. Medium creamy mouthful, carbonation on the higher side. Taste is all at once sweet, chocolate, smoke, spicy. Lots going on here. Long, long lasting finish of roasted, smoked, pepper spice lip smackin' malt. Very satisfying.

Really looking forward to sipping one by the fire on a long cold winter night.

10-27-2004 03:25:08 | More by Stingray5
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle poured into my maudite snifter.

A- Celebrator pours a dark reddish brown with a light brown head. Looks well carbonated.

S- Caramel, dark fruits,and I smell apple. Also some dark roasty maltiness

T- Roasty malts, dark fruits, and I still get apple.

M- Wonderful. Medium bodied, creamy, well carbonated. Not too heavy, not too light.

D- I just bought this one single so seconds is not an option. I could definitely go for one or two more though.

Overall a great beer. As an aside it is pairing really well with my cigar.

06-11-2009 03:05:13 | More by Shumista
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Light brown and thin compared to other dopplebocks. Smooth and very malty with a bit of hop aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable at the end of each sip and the beer is a good example of a Dopplebock. The beer has a distinct flavor that is hard to pinpoint, but very good and highly drinkable.

03-04-2003 12:49:13 | More by bierman2000
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours out a dark, raisin-like color with a thinnish khaki head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, brown sugar, bread, and a tinge of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and just about mirrors the aromas, aside from an absence of alcohol in the taste. Brown sugar and raisins are big in the forefront with some roasty malts in the background. Mouthfeel isn't too heavy, but has a stickiness to it. Carbonation is mild and gentle. Really good drinker and one of the better doppelbocks I've had.

11-08-2007 05:18:08 | More by goochpunch
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured a creamy, off-white, but mostly-diminishing head atop a beautifully deep, oily hued combination of amber and reddish-brown. The smell is purely, and of pure grains and cereals. Really, a wonderful presentation of the style. Deep color and deep aroma. All this before the first sip, I can't wait. A light hoppy tinge is another enticing factor to this one.

The initial flavor is slightly sweet, with the grains and malts really plotting themselves firmly on your palate. A slightly acidic warmth is present as well.

This is a great shining example of what this style is to be. The mouthfeel is a medium body, and a medium-length finish.

This is the best of any bock or doppelbock I have ever had. It has convinced me to expand myself away from ales more.

07-05-2007 14:21:04 | More by boelker62
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

I’d had this beer in St. Louis at Cicero’s over Christmas, and while it was good, experience told me I was drinking from an old, untended keg. When this showed fresh at Anam Cara today, I didn’t hesitate to order, and I was not disappointed.
Deep brown to black color with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Wonderful roast malt aroma with mild chocolate and caramel hints. A candy lovers dream! The light roast aroma develops into a milder roast flavor with an amazing sweetness and a mild alcohol warming. Nummy! Smooth mouth feel very drinkable despite the alcohol. This is truly the signature beer of this style.

01-09-2005 20:58:19 | More by carln26
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

This brew poured a dark amber with a huge tan head and sticky lacing. Aromas of dark malts and dried fruits were present and came through on tasting. The malts were huge and sweet yet cool and refreshing. A great balance- the thickness of the beer was offset by its effect on the palate. A perfect meal in a bottle.

12-27-2006 19:34:56 | More by kernalklink
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a very dark brown in color, damn near black. Nice inch of mocha colored head forms on the pour. Smell is dark roasted malts and I'm getting a bit of cocoa/coffee. Taste is lots of toffee. Some more roasted malts. This is incredibly full and creamy on the mouthfeel. What a beer, I don't recall having anything like this in a long while.

09-20-2008 21:34:44 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Pours up a dark mahogany, almost opaque with ruby highlights, and a dense tan head that lasts forever

S - Caramel malt aroma dominates with chocolate notes

T - Has that typical imported beer flavor, kind of cardboardy. Caramel malts are in the finish, but muted. Leaves a chocolate aftertaste.

M - Nice creamy full mouthfeel

D - Smooth and drinkable.

01-02-2009 01:04:12 | More by hiikeeba
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Pours a chestnut brown with dense tan head. Fades leaving behind film around the edges of the glass and lacing on the drinking side.

S: Molasses, roasted malt, has a bitter smell that I can't really place. Slight alcohol.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, just a hint of bitter hops and alcohol. Really tasty at room temp.

M: For a smaller ABV beer, this has a pretty full mouthfeel. Almost chewy.

O: I don't have a ton of experience with Doppelbocks, but this is quite enjoyable.

01-07-2012 01:38:35 | More by titosupertramp
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Poured into a 16oz tulip. Great looking beer. Dark brown to red tint. Minimal head on this one that dissipated fairly soon.

S - Smell intensifies at it warms. Lots of malt up front with light fruit coming through. Definite Caramel notes.

T - Perhaps a tad bit of chocolate, definite caramel. Fruit follows through, moving to the front as time moves on.

M - Medium to light. Slight carbonation on the tongue.

D - About where I would expect from a 6-7%. A few beers is possible.

Great beer. Will have to go for the four pack next time!

10-17-2010 01:06:22 | More by tylernim
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Another fine beer provided by Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge... Poured a dark brown; as close to black as I think you can get withour being there! Nice, thick light brown head that settled to a neat ring around the level of the beer after a few moments... Smell was of dark chocolatey roasted malt, toffee, and a distinct plum/raisin essence. I ordered this beer after dinner and it smelled like I had made a great decision... The elevated abv seemed not to overpower, but rather to deliver the flavors to the tongue while wafting into the nasal cavity from the back of the throat! Kind of an awkward, anatomical description, but hard to explain otherwise... Very sensuous; silky and sweet... I sipped this beer for about 20 minutes and enjoyed every second. Great beer

09-21-2007 19:52:03 | More by beergynt
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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