Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,292
Hads: 5,945
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 464
Gots: 736 | FT: 20
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty malts actually bordering on the line of roasty bring notes of dark bread, vanilla and nuts. Very pleasant. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Solid toasted malt brings more nutty notes plus some dark bread crackers like rye croutons or something. Not as much vanilla in the aroma, more milk chocolate tones here. Pretty damn complex for a lager. A touch of alcohol.

M- This is where you can tell it's a lager as it's not necessarily thin, just not as robust as the flavor and appearance let on. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though I'm not much of a lager guy, I would reach for this all the time if the price were lower. Flavorful and slightly robust with a well-hidden ABV. I can see why this is so revered.

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Photo of 57md
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby edges. The head was over two fingers of beige loveliness – this baby was live! The nose and flavor possessed the typical malty and bready notes that are indicative of a traditional doppelbock. The mouthfeel was very smooth and there was an ever-so-slight sweetness on the finish that was terrific. I could see this served as an excellent dessert beer.

A classic!

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Pours a deep amber brown, with a dark tan head. Not quite black and still catches some light.

S. Bread pudding with raisins, malty, sweet, some toffee.

T. Bread pudding with raisins, drizzled with plum brandy sauce. This is divine and delicious. Many others flavors to pick out here. Alcohol is well integrated.

M. Viscous, very full and round. Coats your whole mouth.

O. Amazing beer. Not sure how I missed it, but it is among the best I have had. A must try.

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Photo of JakesForLuck
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how I've never drank this beer before now, but this just shot to my top twenty list easy.

Glassware: mug
What I see first: Pours nice, with a considerable head. Dark, cola-like color.

What I smell: I get a sweet vanilla/toffee smell, but that is an over simplification.

What I taste: I drank it slightly chilled or cellar temperature. Thing that struck me most was how smooth the after taste was. Initially you get that strong alcohol taste, but it quickly changes to almost a sweet bread-like heartiness. The more you drink the better it gets and it sort of just glazes your palate leaving you hungry for another.

Final Thoughts: To speak simply, I would like to put this on my corn flakes in the morning. This beer is freaking amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes this style of beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown with a fluffy tan head of about 1 cm that fades to a thin edge layer. ARoma is some dark sweet malt with toffee, brown sugar, and caramel and a little bit of dark fruit.
First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture and very fine tingly carbonation that coats my palate on each sip.
Flavor is as the nose advertises, lots of sweet malt with brown sugar and some toffee, I also get a bit of dark fruit and the finish is a little sweet and some roasted notes.
There isnt much of a hop character anywhere and the alcohol is well hidden too.
This beer is great and I am drinking it very easily this evening. Worthy doppel for certain, dont overlook this beer.

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Photo of JulioH
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer that is not heavy to drink, with good taste.

Pours a nice dark beer. Has a little foam head. Smell is chocolate. Taste is like chocolate and coffee. It is a light beer considering it is a dark beer, very smooth like a nitro beer. Mouth feel is light.

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Photo of u2carew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger tan head. Dark nearly opaque body. The head settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass and on the drink down.
S) Roasty malt aromas. Bready.
T) Bold malt taste. Toasty caramel. Hints of chocolate. Bready.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Slightly dry finish.
O) A delicious doppelbock!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lager Mill $ 3.69/330 mL bottle
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into stange
Aroma of malt
Head large (8 cm), slowly diminishing to a 1 cm layer. Light brown, creamy with small rocks.
Lacing OK – small irregular islands of mostly tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor moderately sweet with roasted malt nuttiness, ends very slightly bitter. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate is medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Avery attractive aooearing and smelling beer. The flavor is typical of the doppelbock style but is neither too sweet nor too bitter – just a moderately priced tasty beer. Worth having a case in the cellar.

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Photo of tjaxon90
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

By far the best dopplebocks I have ever had and probably my favorite beer. Sure its costly and hard to find but it is worth while. Found it down in edwardsville il at a bar that only serves craft brews and imports. If you can find it you'll like it. Guaranteed.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.20):
Mahogany with a foamy, beige head about a fingers width tall, settling as a fine lacing across the surface.

Sweet with plenty of malts coming through along with some dark fruits, cloves & spice. Warming & boozy without too much alcohol coming through. Prunes along with some raisins seem to be most noticeable from the middle onward & some biscuit malts feature too.

Very sweet with prunes, raisins & various dark fruit. Some clove & banana, with some bread make an appearance & some caramel features. The beer is rounded off with a touch of spice & a slightly boozy taste.

Medium & creamy with an incredibly smooth sip that goes down easy and is complimented with medium carbonation & a slightly warming feel.

A fine doppelbock, it was fairly sweet & boozy with a good combination of dark fruits & spice that went down a treat. This one was a pretty fine example of the style & one of the better doppelbocks I've had.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Celebrator stem pokal... OCCASION: NFL draft day--and the Browns select?... APPEARANCE: "dark" indeed; a cola body that sports a settling white head--not spectacular to look at, but the bottle sports the Celebrator ram talisman, so... AROMA: chocolate, prune, malt, some cola--grapefruit and even some bourbon--in a word, impactful!... PALATE: active cola feel with a subdued effervescence--strong, staunchly full-bodied, and pronounced in its aftertaste...TASTE: ditto on the aroma--stacked malt catapults this past the normal dough/biscuit flavors and into a field reserved for beers I'd break my fast for--the aged alcohol pairs well with the chocolate...OVERALLL: In some ways, a ram's butt to the taste buds--nothing subtle or soft about this doppelbock...a perfect nightcap or dessertif.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers in the top 250 beer list. I think this beer, everyone would like. It's soooo smooth. Just right. I can drink this beer all day and not grow sick of it. I definitely recommended everyone to have this beer. I bet everyone will like it. It's hard not to like this beer. CHEERS!!!

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Photo of kjoe19
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Never had a bock or dopplebock, so I figured start with the best right?

This is delicious, it pours a dark, deep, caramel color with a fingertip size head that clings to the glass. Definitely pick up on the malty, molasses smell on the nose and taste the exact smell with each sip. The flavor lingers around the mouth with almost a creamy smooth finish. Very easy to drink, very easy to love.

Poured from a bottle I bought at the local liquor store.


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Photo of iTunesUpdates
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Wowww this is an ineradicable beer. Payed $5 per bottle when I picked few. Comes with a ram on the neck which I have not seen anything like before. The price is definitely justifiable. One of the best beers I have had. Another great beer from Ayinger.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- a dark chocolate color that has a 2 finger foamy light brown head. The lacing is gorgeous as well on my pint. The head sticks around leaves a splotchy lacing.

S- faint caramel with strong hints of molasses. Towards the back end of the nose there are bready malts that complement the smell exceptionally well!

F- sweet molasses with caramel hints. This flavor is amazing.

M- the mouthfeel is the best part, creamy and smooth. Goes down like hot chocolate almost.it really just slides down the throat. tasty

O- this is a great beer. I would love a case of this. This swings into my top 10 if not top7. Great beer!

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Photo of beer456
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of my favorite winter beers. Goes down like Yohoo but has a nice kick. Plus they give you a little plastic goat. What more could one ask for? Sweetness, Alcohol and a toy. Yum ! Delicious ! As soon as winter arrives, I will be locking myself in a cabin with a 4-pack of these beauties.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in a four pack at Wegman's, bottled date unknown. I normally don't drink this type of beer, being an IPA guy, but as this beer had great ratings, I thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed at all. A: Dark Brown molasses almost, with a nice light brown foamy head that dissipated after a bit. S: Very inviting, roasted caramel, nutty and raisin-like. T: The taste matched the smell with a caramel-nut-raisin taste. I could imagine drinking this fire-side. M: Tasted great in my mouth. Very little hint of the alcohol, if any. Smooth, refreshing. If you stick this in the fridge, be sure to let it sit a good 15 minutes before drinking. You don't want to drink this ice cold. Let it warm up. Very pleased and looking forward to drinking the three others.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a deep amber, nearly muddy colored body with a mocha-to white thick head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing.

S- Hmm.. I get a very metallic aroma that really covers the other notes in the background, which is cloves and bananas.

T- Bread, light caramel, very light spices in the background. Very subtle flavors, nothing overpowering. Raison-plum aftertaste.

M- Where this beer shines. Medium carbonation, light body, superb drinkability.

Overall I did enjoy this beer. I wasn't too fond of the aroma, but otherwise it's solid.

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown with a reddish tint and a one finger off-white head that receded to an off-white ring leaving abundant lacing. Very nice looking. Scents of rich caramel, sweet molasses, dark fruit, especially prune, brown sugar and bready malt. Very malt forward and rich and very true to style. Excellent. Flavor begins incredibly malty, with notes of molasses, dark fruit, especially prune and raisin, a light flavor of German hops and a light hint of chocolate, moving into some moderate smooth and warming alcohol and a light toasted flavor. Finish is dry with warming alcohol and slight chocolate. Aftertaste is malty and rich. A very nice, strong, rich, malt forward flavor, a classic example of the style. Excellent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice, smooth and easy to drink, yet full bodied. A classic, true to style feel. Overall this is an excellent doppelbock. It hits every last style note in every last category and does it well. A joy to drink and probably my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent cola dark brown with 1/2 inch of off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of cinnamon and other Autumn spices, coffee, cocoa, toffee and faint dark cherry.

The taste is of chocolate, coffee, Autumn spices, molasses and dark malt.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

A delicious mixture of many different flavors that all blend together to create an outstanding rich and decadent brew.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A) Very dark, stout like with off white head that disappears quickly
S) Mild spice, burnt caramel, cooked dark fruit, bitter hops
T) Deliciously complex. Espresso and burnt dark chocolate, citrus fruit.
M) Ample carbonation, mild esters, bitter finish
O) An excellent beer

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Photo of Mdog
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights, huge head.

Smell: Darkened toffee, sweetness, hint of coffee.

Taste: Sweet, dark chocolate, mild coffee. No alcohol detected, very well balanced, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Celebrator has been a favorite that I'm finally getting around to review. Leaves other doppelbocks in the dust with its balanced flavors and well-hidden alcohol. A great beer that can be enjoyed year round.

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Photo of McStagger
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: One finger mocha head. Ruby red. Good retention, tight lacing.

S: Cinnamon, dark toffee, some dark fruitiness. Graham cracker.

T: Dark, fresh fruit. Roastiness comes through in the end. Bit of chocolate, big malt. Touch of candied ginger and a definite phenolic fruit. Almost like banana.

M: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

O: Exemplary example. Very complex for the style.

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Photo of Pauline_K
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Doppelbock and it has set the bar extremely high.

Appearance: It pours a deep dark chocolate brown but shows a beautiful amber color when held up to the light. It has a nice full head.

Smell: The beer smells rich, sweet, and malt forward. Hints of molasses and dark, dried fruit dominate the nose.

Taste: It has a medium mouth-feel and the light carbonation makes it smooth, creamy and very drinkable. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent, however, there is a very slight spiciness that mellows as the beer warms. It is malt forward, with cocoa like flavors and a dry finish. It is a sweeter beer but the dry finish enhances the drinkability.

An absolutely wonderful beer.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So dark, malty, and delicious. One of the best beers I've ever had. Drink it warm, its meant to be drank at 16 degrees Celsius (around 59 degrees Fahrenheit). If you drink it cold you are not drinking it the way it was made to be consumed and the taste profile is TOTALLY different. When it is warm the flavors explode. It has a very little alcoholic zing at the end. Bitterness is next to nonexistent but it does have a beautiful dark cocoa taste. Cocoa is very bitter but this cocoa is balanced among all the dark fruit and other flavors. If you are a fan of other Ayinger beers you can taste that hefeweizen core at the very end. I LOVE their hefeweizen (Ayinger Bräu Weisse) so this is a nice change of pace. A perfect cold weather beer while the hefeweizen is perfect for the warmer weather.

Ayinger is one of the best beer crafters in the world. This beer continues that pedigree. If you want a lighter beer from them look for the Ayinger Bräu Weisse.

Other notes: If you check the Alström Bros' review it looks like they made a mistake in Jason's review. He gives the beer an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 but every other aspect of the beer (taste, appearance, smell, and mouthfeel) got a 4.5 out of 5 or higher. Seems like he made a typo when setting the overall rating. Seems like it should have been 4.5 instead of 3.5

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.