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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,932 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,932
Reviews: 2,196
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 294
Gots: 298 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Chizoad

California

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
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beerman599

Connecticut

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
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DKMonroe

Georgia

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
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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
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akahn

Massachusetts

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
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

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
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AgingWarrior

Florida

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
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

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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MisterTiat

Minnesota

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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orangemoustache

Illinois

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
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artoolemomo

Oregon

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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TuckerCarlson

Pennsylvania

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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skybluewater

Minnesota

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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far333

Connecticut

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
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep brownish black with a 2 inch creamy cocoa like head. excellent retention.

light roasted malts and light caramel. nice light sweetness

very rich. lots of butterscotch and caramel. light roasted nutty flavor. slight bitterness with a chocolate flavor in the finish.

very full bodied with a nice moderate carbonation. sweetness coast your mouth.

this is an excellent dopplebock and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:18:46 | More by hooliganlife
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful deep mahogany with garnet highlights, and a thick, creamy tan head that retains well. Aroma is very malty with scents of toasted bread, rum soaked prunes, caramel, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is complex and very rich (definately a meal in a bottle); tastes of toasted bread, caramel, rum soaked raisins and prunes, and a slightly floral and mineraly hops compliment. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a huge body and light carbonation, and drinkability is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 02:46:36 | More by silver0rlead
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fuchebu

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tend to find myself at Ludwig's Garten quite often for those German draught beers. The Celebrator is one that they rotate often. They had it last week when I made my last visit. The bartender brought me my half litre. The dark copper hue was apparent as enough daylight poured through the window of the bar.

There is a bit of butteriness in the nose. It has a sweetish caramel aroma that entices the drinker. I slowly take a few sips and notice a better than expected balance to the beer. The malts give it a sweet nuance but the hops are also noticable. The beer is full bodied but not too heavy as to discourage consumption. It would be easy to drink a few of these guys. I don't like this as much as Salvator or Maximator but it's still a treat whenever I find it on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2003 19:01:29 | More by fuchebu
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fank2788

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in a tulip
Celebrator pours a nice deep dark brown with a bunch of ruby highlights and a sticky off white head that does a lot of lacing. The smell is dark fruit, plums, grapes, red wine, a touch of dark bread and just a hint of spicy alcohol. The taste is molasses and dark grain without all the bitterness, dark fruity sweetness rounded out with a bit of spicy hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy full the finish is slightly drying but there are plenty of residual sugars and a lingering fruityness. A pretty amazing beer in a way it is reminiscent of an English RIS which isn't a bad thing, a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 00:41:33 | More by fank2788
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown, with a reddish tint. Good sized cream head, with excellent lacing.

S - Coffe/Malt/Hops.

T - Taste upfront is a nice deep rich godiva chocolate taste. Chocolate caresses the palate while deep american hops come in to balance everything out. Delicious.

A world class Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 01:22:34 | More by HoustonTX
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metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured near black in color with just a few red highlights near the edge of the glass. A moderately-sized light brown head died down and only left a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are smells of dark malts with some notes of chocolate, raisins and nuts in the aroma.
T: The taste is very malty and balanced--dark malts dominate the flavors yet there are subtle hints of caramel, chocolate and nuts. There is a bit of sweetness in the initial taste and some dryness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and both smooth and thick on the palate.
D: It was very easy to drink this and the alcohol was barely perceptible. The beer is rather filling and drinking it almost feels like you're having a meal. I would definitely have it again (especially if I was hungry), although there's no way I could have more than one in a single session.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 15:14:06 | More by metter98
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Mahlik

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from Pearl Specialty Market and Spirits poured into an Aventinus weizen glass. The bottle came with a small plastic Celebrator goat wrapped around the neck.

A – Pours a deep dark brown with a big 2 ½ finger creamy tan head. Very good head retention. The finally mellows out to a nice thick ring of cream around the glass that leaves noticeable lacing behind.

S – Caramel, molasses and dark bready malts come out. Some slight chocolate notes seem to float around in the aroma. Dark fruits also play a part here. Perhaps raisins or dates.

T – Pretty close to aroma. The first things that hits my palate are the dark breads (similar to dark rye or pumpernickel) and molasses. The flavor becomes roasty and malty as it makes its way to the back of my palate. For some reason I'm not able to pick out any chocolate. The dark fruits seem to be less present in the taste. I do, however, pick up the slightest bit of bitterness as the beer exits.

M – Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. It's rich and chewy with a dry, clean finish.

O – This beer is everything a doppelbock is meant to be. A big, rich beer that definitely fits the "liquid bread" moniker. A damn near perfect example of the style. That being said, it's not my favorite doppelbock but I respect it for its characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 07:24:02 | More by Mahlik
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a handsome little 11.2oz bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a deep wood resin brown with two fingers of tan head that sticks around 'till the end.

S: A little light in smell. There is sweet caramel and oak with hints of vanilla, booze and fruity yeast contribution.

T: Yum! Sweet and sticky, with cocoa, dulce de leche and biscuity malt flavours. Hops are pulled back big time, but keep this brew from being saccharine.

D: Hides the alcohol and is just bursting with flavour. This is a beer you could drink all night long; alone, with other beers, with a meal, or without.

Overall: Great brew! If it wasn't for the price, I would be buying these all the time. This is a great introduction to the finer, heavier lagers.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:36:56 | More by JohnnyChicago
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baiser

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep, thick brown body with ruby highlights. A dense, thick head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of prunes, caramel, toasted malt and sweetness. Complex taste of sweet malt, caramel, toasted flavours and slight alcohol. Ends dry, sweet and very satisfying. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied and extremely well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 02:13:32 | More by baiser
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a VERY deep red with a three-finger head that died down over time to fine lacing on the glass. Damn, I have great memories of this beer from when it was available at the place a couple of miles from the house... and it is excellent in cooking, I must add. The best dark beer I have found for recipes.

The aroma was of dark malts and figs, with a light sweetness, and a hint of alcohol ALMOST out of reach. A little fruitier than I remember.

The taste was slightly sweet, with definite fruity malt character. Figs and raisins predominated. A hint of caramel was there as well, along with a touch of alcohol warmth and a bit of roastiness on the aftertaste.

I remembered it better than this... I think it is my own tastes and discernment that have changed, and not the beer. Several hundred beer will do that, I suppose. However, it still was an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 04:01:45 | More by connecticutpoet
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MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. A 1/2" foamy light brown head disappeared rather quickly and left almost no lacing except for a couple of wisps at the top of my glass.

Smells of dark chocolate, figs, raisins, some roasted malts and a bit of spice.

Tastes much of the same: sweet malts, dark chocolate, molasses, with a lot of sweet dark red fruits throughout. Ends with a mild dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy. Very nice!

Overall, one of the best doppelbocks out there. Very drinkable, ver enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 16:36:07 | More by MrMonkey
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,932 ratings.