Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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96
world-class

5,470 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,470
Reviews: 2,234
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 373
Gots: 501 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of justin7742
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many many times, but I thought I would sit down and actually evaluate it for once. I opened the bottle and poured it into a heavy pint glass. It pours well with a very festive foam and thick creamy head that lasts. The color is a dark black with maybe a hint of amber. It smells toasty with a strong malt essence. After the sip I notice an extremely smooth mouthfeel and a slight sweetness. But then I get a smack bam! With a strong, yet pleasant, bold coffee-ish flavor. The sweetness diminishes and I taste a strong malty goodness. I love this beer and always have. I would recommend it to anyone who is trying out new doppelbocks or is into dark beers in general. It's a dark beer with real flavor.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with dark red highlights against the light. A finger of tan head with small bubbles forms initially, but soon dissipates leaving only a thin layer behind.

S: Lots of dark fruit notes like raisins, figs, and dates. Alcohol is also noticeable, but mixes well. This is all layered on top of a smooth cocoa-malt base. A very rich aroma.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma with more of those sweet dark fruit flavors. The alcohol isn't as noticeable as it is in the aroma. The finishing flavor is that dusty dry cocoa flavor with a sweet dark malt note. Again, a very rich array of flavors.

M: It keeps from being too heavy or sticky sweet on the tongue, but still coats the mouth and has a not insubstantial body.

O: A very excellent example of the style. Sweet and rich without going overboard. A dessert beer, but a complex one that makes you stop and think about what flavors you're getting.

Photo of Trueant1
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a nice lasting head.

Smells like sweet roasted malts. Smells wonderfull.

Taste is all about balance. A balance between all the tastes coming from malts to the carbonation and the lighter hops.

This beer is wonderfully smooth and a bit creamy.

An all time favorite with me and my friends. For a special occasions.

Photo of Wobbly
4.86/5  rDev +12%

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.

Photo of Todd
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not at all religious, but I think I might have found religion in this bottle of Celebrator Doppelbock that I am drinking. Complex, delicious and worthy of its following.

Photo of chrisms86
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a great bar called Crane Alley in downtown Urbana IL. The bottle has a cool goat pendant hanging from around the neck of the bottle, and this was served in a Celebrator pint glass...nice touch.

This dark brown / almost black brew has a minimal 1/2 finger head that went away pretty quickly. I smelled predominately vanilla, caramel, chocolate, hints of soy sauce and powdered sugar.

Sweet and smooth milk chocolate malts all over the place. Rich, medium bodied and milky in texture, this is an excellent beer! I like the supermalty smooth character of this one. Defnintley the best dopplebock I've had so far (although I really haven't had that many...I do like the style and will seek out others).

Photo of woolymammoth
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cold bottle poured into chilled glass.

A deep crimson-brown when held up to the light, I had to only look at it to know that it was going to be incredible. This beer is on a level with few other beers. Larger-than-life, complex, and delicious.

Even with all the hype, this one still surprised me.

Photo of BeerTaster
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation. 11.5 ounce bottle with the classic goat dangling from the bottle!

Poured a very dark, slight mahogany with a thick light color head. Smells of slight malt and massive caramel/coffee. The initial taste is huge...the malt/caramel/coffee blend seems to be perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is consistent of those same qualities, just a touch of smokiness left on the palate. Overall, an outstanding beer, very very drinkable

Notes. $2.99 for this sampling at Blue Max, this is a top-notch beer, holds up to the reputation as one of the best. I'll be in constant search for this gem.

Photo of joejost
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle gifted to me from MVOtter.

A- First off, you can't help notice the little white trincket hanging from the bottle. The beer itself was a beautiful medium- dark brown with a head that lasted forever.

S- I love that malt smell!! Molasses and sweet caramel.

T- WOW!!! First time tasting and I love bock. Best one ever. Molasses, sweet, little hop, not to strong. Delicious.

M- Not very carbonated. Maybe, I drank it too cold? Rich, creamy, and smooth.

D- I could have drank 12 and gone to heaven. However, 2 or 3 are all you should have at a sitting due to the medium alch. content.

Fantastic beer!

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights - very clear but nearly opaque. Its color was beautiful. The craterous 2 finger head broke down very quickly. The aroma was nice - sweet, dark roasted malts, dark ripe fruits like raisins and cherries, cola, and the biggest aroma of all... sticky buns. I loved it. Taste was sweet and tangy with a subtle coffee-like bitterness at the finish. Beautiful raisiny and molasses flavors in there. Sweet, heavy, and bread-like. Exactly how a dopplebock should taste. Mouthfeel was great... silky smooth, velvety, with an easy-going carbonation. The quintessential dopplebock indeed.

(Note: My original review has since been edited. Something must've been up with my taste buds or bottle I had the first time around. Due to a recent tasting of a certainly fresh bottle, I've had to re-rate this beer accordingly.)

Photo of Jermbrew
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks powerful, smells sweet, tastes like heaven (with a bit of roasted coffee beans). The creamy mouthfeel ties it all together.


There is no need to go in to great detail about why this doppelbock is so great. Have one for yourself....you'll understand.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Photo of CU570M
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Brunite
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of MadCat
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of rijanyoung
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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!!!

Photo of beertaster13
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of turdburglar
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

GREATEST BEER EVER.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,470 ratings.