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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,628 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4628
Reviews: 2176
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%


Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can sum my thought of this beer pretty quick: "Double Oktoberfest"

Now normally I don't like Munich, Vienna, or German Pale malts as are used a lot in Oktoberfest biers, but the flavors in this brew are rich and welcoming.

Looks like brown sugar and molasses showing ruby light under a tan finger of head. Smells strongly of German malts and a slight coffee bitterness.

Strong caramel and german malt with stinging carbonation adding to a bit of "twang". Hints of chocolate and molasses sneak through with a note of coffee roast bitternes.

Very drinkable for as much German Malt as there is.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 14:00:42 | More by sopor
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second try on this beer. Had one about 6 months ago and was not impressed. Ready to give it another go. Pours a dark brown almost black with a beige short lived head. Still life in a glass. Smell is all malt all sorghum and molassas. Some notes of burnt sugar. Intriquing. Maybe my palatte has changed as this smells better than I recalled.

Taste is heavy with the sorghum. Sweet in a totally different way than the sweetness of a JW Lee or a Duchesse. It is not a cloying sweetness. There is a smokey or burnt sugar undertone which applies a sort of bitterness. It's all a bit much for me. The taste is certainly not "average," but I would be hard pressed to call it "good."

While it is heavy tasting stuff, it is surprisingly thin in the mouthfeel. No carbonation to speak of. To me, this is usually a good thing, but in this case, it feels somewhat watery to be honest.

This beer gets some high reviews and must be a good example of the style. I just have to conclude that dopplebocks are not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 13:52:03 | More by Onibubba
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost black into a Celebrator glass, with a off white head, that went away quickly. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and small amout of alcohol. Smooth taste including coffee and chocolate. A very nice double bock, used to be the good old stand by, but the alcohol was a thing to watch with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2007 17:42:24 | More by OWSLEY069
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown with nice head into the celebrator glass. Edges of the brew are lighter red and middle is black. I love when that happens.

Very nice strong smell of dark dried fruits from the malt.

Taste is not exactly my cup of tea, although I give it credit for its strong complex flavors. Licorice and burnt malt flavors come through. Keep this one out about 45 minutes before drinking, as its much better when its warmer.


Heavy mouthfeel with a bit of acidic aftertaste. I'm not digging the aftertaste so much, which also affects its drinkability. I sipped on this one for a long time, and I didn't feel like grabbing another. But if I liked the taste more this would be a good, easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 01:50:37 | More by jeffthecheff
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beerhan

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass and split. I really could not get into this beer but It probably is great if you like this style. I pours a nice dark brown with a foamy head but then everything goes down for me. Tastes and smells way too smokey and I did not find this to balance well with the caramel maltiness that much. Overall I found it just too thick and not very drinkable for what it was.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 15:29:22 | More by beerhan
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick opaque black with a tiny tiny mocha head that didn't even cover all of the beer. The smell is primarily of figs and prunes. There might be some skunkiness in there too.
The taste was also very sweet and like figs. It had some hops to balance it, but not quite enough, giving it sort of a taste that I associate with the smell of the cat food I used to give my cats. So, I'm not really a fan. But it was an alright, decent beer. I don't usually ever say a beer is overly sweet because I like sweet beers, but sometimes they just are. And this one was. Too sweet, that is.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 07:43:27 | More by ElCommodoro
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SQUIDMANXXX

Georgia

3.44/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This use to be my favorite beer but quality has declined with new owners. Can still say to try it if you have not had it. It is for a Doppelbock still one of the top 10 that I have tried and continue to see if it will return to being the Best. But for the price and quality way overrated due the quality, if it was the same as in the past I would again consider it a great Beer! Not just above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 06:45:47 | More by SQUIDMANXXX
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Mark

California

3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm sorry fellow advocates but I don't understand the high ranking of this beer. I admit it was my first Bock, but I usually don't need to have something grow on me. I knew right away that Belgian ale would never be a favorite, so goes with this. The beer was dark and seemed to have tinges of red, kind of a medium porter look. Head went adios in seconds and absolutely no lace to be found as the glass was drained. Smell was strong and sweet with toffee overtones. Taste was very sweet yet smooth, malt dominating. Thick mouthfeel is as I assume is right for this style, drinkability is O.K., but I can't see taking this style up regularly. I can think of many other beers for this dark winter night I would have rather had.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 19:36:08 | More by Mark
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tar

Bahamas

3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice looking bottle complete with a Christmas ornament if the season is right and your tree underdecorated. Pours a nice thick looking very dark brown--reddish when held up to light, with a nice tan head. A rich aroma of fruit (plums, prunes?), and spice. Tastes a bit of coffee and again has some fruit tones (raisons, prunes??) with some bitter hops in the finsih. Sweet and malty. Not a particularly smooth beer and a bit thin in the mouth. An alright beer, although I was a bit disappointed by it--I like Salvator very much and was expecting to really enjoy this as well, and while its still pretty good, I was not blown away.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 15:31:54 | More by tar
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woemad

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes written a couple of weeks ago:

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.99. I picked it up because I hadn't had this beer for some time and was amazed to discover I'd never reviewed it.

Poured a super dark brown that took on a very slight ruby hue when held to the light. Decent sized tan head that dropped after a couple of minutes. Modest sheets of lace that slide down the sides of my pintglass quickly.

The nose is of molasses and mildly bitter chocolate. Not a whole lot else going on. Seems a little subdued for a doppelbock.

The sense of something that's a little too sedate for it's own good continues to the taste. The taste is mildly chocolaty, with a little balancing bitterness thrown in, but it's very mellow.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. With a doppelbock I expect a meal in a glass - this ain't it.

Not a bad tasting beer, but nevertheless disappointing. Either this has been dumbed down in the couple of years since I had it or I've learned to expect more. Either way, if there's another doppelbock available, I'll be reaching for it before grabbing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 04:07:43 | More by woemad
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JonMich13

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = Poured black/brown with a tinge of amber. Very little head on this one and no lacing.

S = This had me hoping. Smell was very sweet and inviting. Nice fruity (plum, prune maybe?) with kind of a buttery undertone. Some malt there, too.

T = Not sure if this is typical, but had a very unpleasant sourness that suppressed what seemed like some potential trying to come out. I could taste some sweet fruity notes in the background, but this weird sour tartness overrode everything. Did I get a skunked bottle?

M = Nothing special. Low carbonation. Not too thick or chewy. A little wattery it seemed.

D = If not for the unpleasant taste, wouldn't be too hard to drink.

Not impressed by this, but hope I got a bad bottle. Will not be seeking it again, but if I come across it I will give it another shot to see whether I got a bad one this time.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 13:48:12 | More by JonMich13
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade from jlindros.

A - Not quite what I was expecting based on the whiff I got when I popped the bottle. Poured into a 22 ounce mug. Very brown that shines a nice red through the light. Three finger, yellowish-brownish-off white head tha dissapated very quickly with no lacing.

S - Sweet sticky smell, no hops. Definately some fruit going on there, plums or dates it seems mostly.

T - No hops, almost a little stout-esque here. A lot of roasted malts, mostly toffee with a sugary taste that coats your tongue.

M - Syrupy, light carbonation. Definately not light, more the heavier side of medium.

D - Pretty easy to get down, they syrupiness of this brew would keep it from being a session beer for me, and the sugary aftertaste makes it turn a little sour if you aren't drinking fast.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 17:28:32 | More by AgentZero
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Azurescens

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, but I'm not complaining because I get a cool plastic goat. Poured into a Mac & Jack's pint glass, reviewed on 4/26/11

A: Pours a deep dark brown with tan head dissipating to a collar that leaves little lacing around glass.

S: Doughy dark malts with some soy sauce and a touch of molasses and spices.

T: Dark toasted bread-like malts, bitter herbal hops, burnt sugar and a hint of salty soy sauce.

M: Creamy and smooth medium body with some carbonation.

O: Decent beer, don't love it and don't hate it. Looks and feels good but I don't really enjoy the smell much. This tastes better than it smells but the soy sauce that I pick up in the aroma and taste definitely cost this some points. Fairly drinkable for a dark 6.7% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 01:57:50 | More by Azurescens
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stegmakk

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly above average

Dark brown with very little tan head
aroma burnt chocolate and malt
Flavor coffee, chocolate, malt, hint of something more...maybe fig like...
Mouthfeel ok not too thin not thick
Drinkability ok
Nothing great but not bad...overall...I will not look for it...but if I happen to get some I will drink it

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 18:51:26 | More by stegmakk
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at City Limits Diner in Stamford CT. Unfortunately, I think the CO2 balance was off at this place. My colleque had the same flat, but tingly carbonation feeling about the SA Oktoberfest.

A-Dark brown with a burgundy head. Nearly filled to the rim by the bartender. 1/8 inch head fell to nothin in the time it took her to bring it from the tap to my spot at the bar.

S-I only get caramel malt and a little yeast. Unforntunately this is probably due to the bad pour combined with the out of whack CO2.

T-Sweet caramel malt. Alcohol tatste. Slight bitterness on the finish

M-Full body, flat but tingly carbonation. Odd.

D-I just didn't enjoy this one, real bad way to finish the evening. It is unfortunate that a poorly calibrated system and a bad pour by the bartender coudl have possibly ruined what should be a top beer. I will defintiely have to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 23:39:33 | More by jackorain
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark but not black. When held to the light you get very dark red highlights shining through. Light brown one finger head. Just OK lacing.

S: Dark fruits. Dark cherries, plums, raisins, & wine grapes. Sweet caramel malts. Slight hints of roasted malts. Maple syrup. Very light chocolate and coffee.

T: Caramel at first. Dark cherries, raisins, & other dark fruits. Very light chocolate notes and an almost undetectable coffee bitterness. A maple syrup flavor throughout. Very sweet.

M: Pretty light. Low carbonation. Would have liked a syrupy/creamy feel to go with the smell and taste.

O: This is a very complex style. So much going on the the aroma and taste. I will need to have a bad beer in this style to better weight my ratings. I know now that this style isn't for me. To sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 17:21:36 | More by doughanson78
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its high rating balanced against my usual disdain for bocks. A hanging plastic goat lends the presentation a unique characteristic. I like the cover art.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues were anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and okay retention - though the retention problem seems unlikely given the mere 6.7% ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. Nothing strikes me, though it is appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, vanilla, caramelized malt, cream, and some toffee. Maybe some alcohol. A mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, with some dark malts as the foundation. Hints of cream and vanilla. Well balanced and built, if simple. A hint of nuts. Hints of roasted barley. Some mild layering, but nothing impressive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not creamy enough. Coarse enough to allow the flavours to come through without being unpleasant. Neither too thick nor too thin, but not perfect either.

Dr: Very drinkable. I do like it, but I don't know that it's the best doppelbock ever brewed. If it is, that doesn't bode well for doppelbocks as a style in my book. I'd certainly have it again, ideally on nitro-draught.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 05:43:40 | More by kojevergas
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Ellbert

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It poured a very deep Ruby Red color. Looks almost black. It had a huge beautiful head that lasted a while. it settled to a thin layer of foam with a beautiful lace.

Smell: Sweet with a little spiciness and hops. There is a musty smell to it that isn't that pleasant.

Taste: There is some prune flavor in there. A lot of malty sweetness with a little bit of a hop bite. Alcohol is present even though it is only 6.7

Mouthfeel: Very thick and meaty. Very nice carbonation. As mentioned by many, you almost need a knife and fork with this beer.

Drinkability: Very thick and full. Probably would not be able to have more than two of these per setting.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 03:37:38 | More by Ellbert
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altctrlsdelete

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Once upon a time, this would be considered the yardstick against which doppelbocks were to be measured. However, having recently had a Smuttynose S'muttonator, I must say that I was disappointed in having this, despite its advantage of being on draft, versus the Smutty in the bottle. Altogether, what I would expect of a doublebock, albeit less than the Smutty. A great beer, but I want more...

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2005 02:56:28 | More by altctrlsdelete
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IceAce

California

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a thin, wispy collar of foam and a malt-n-vinegar nose.

Entry shows subdued carbonation on the tongue and sweet malt in the back of the mouth. Midtaste features biscuity notes and a nice malt follow-through. Finish has a hop note followed by a slow malt fade.

Mouthfeel is acceptable...and this beer would be best served with an order of Bangers or fish and chips.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2005 15:21:35 | More by IceAce
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nearly opaque blackish brown, with a quivering and volatile yet still creamy capuccino-colored head.

Smell: Very dark malty, some soy-like umami aromas come through along with a slight mineral tinge. Something about it reminds me of balsamic vinegar, but without the piquant acidity.

Taste: Grape juice, dark malts, soy sauce, kind of a funky sourness, possibly from the yeast. Very bittersweet, an odd melange of miscellaneous flavors. Would go great with chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied, but just a little cloying.

Drinkability: This is not really the kind of beer I'd choose to celebrate with; it's much heavier and more aggressive than its moniker would suggest.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 07:22:22 | More by soulgrowl
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Shrews629

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark brown with ruby and burnt orange highlights. Clear when held to the light. Decent head produced with the pour. Tan with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Complex roasty and smokey notes. Seems to be a lot going on with the smell. Dark, rich malt. One review I read mentioned the smell of "lard" and I'm certainly picking that aroma out. Some chocolate in there also.

Taste - Again getting a roasty, smokey flavor. A bit sweet, but not overly sweet. Agian, I am detecting that "lard" taste. Different for sure. Chocolate is also coming through. No real alcohol flavor, which is ok with me. As the berr warms it becomes more rich in the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. Almost an oily finish. Plenty left on the palate. The mouthfeel reminds me of a Stout. Nice. Very nice.

Drinkability - This beer may be a bit advanced for my amateur palate and nose. This brew has a lot of different characteristics. Honestly, it was not that easily drinkable for me. This is probably a brew I will have to try again in a few yrs. First doppelbock I have ever tried and it was a bit overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 14:36:37 | More by Shrews629
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: 1/20/2011

A: malts, sour, molasses

Ap: dark brown-black with 1 finger tan head, nice lacing

B/T: very mild carbonation, thick, smooth

Af: caramel and/or molasses, sour/bitter

O: in my humble opinion, not your everyday go-to brew, but at least I got a cool goat out of the deal

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:44:56 | More by THECPJ
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BrewMonkey

California

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sm- Mild maltiness, very faint citrus-hop aroma. Light alcohol aroma, somewhat sweet smelling.
Ap- Pours dark brown/amber, very light head, little retention.
Fl- Mild flavor of barleywine, slight alcohol flavor. Somewhat braedy with hints of dates, coffee and caramel.
M- Light carbonation, not too full bodied or creamy which was suprising.
Drinkability - Not really my style of beer, so it's hard to say. One is more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 00:27:49 | More by BrewMonkey
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on the reviews and past experiences with the style, I was really looking forward to this one.

A - Pours a dark mohogany with a ruby red hue, finger of mocha coloured head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty chocolate and raisins, with a touch of leather. Reminiscent of a barley wine and almost smells like a wet dog.

T - Malted barley comes through with dark fruits and a touch of chocolate and molasses. Leather and toffee notes come through as it warms. A tad on the sour side, and I was expecting something a bit sweeter.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth but finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

D - Overall a tasty offering, but I certainly didn't have the same experience as some of the other BA's. I much prefer Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock and am inclined to try this again in a head to head challenge. A little disappointed, but I'll pick up another in the event that my bottle was dated or off.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 17:38:35 | More by andrenaline
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,628 ratings.