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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

4,613 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4613
Reviews: 2175
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 4,613 | Reviews: 2,175 | Show All Ratings:
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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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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting big things out of such a highly reviewed BA selection. It poured purely black with a woodsy cranberry odor. I'm tasting a roasty licorice flavor intermingling with a dry bitterness. The aftertaste feels more nutty but remains dry. It makes you thirst for more! I did enjoy this brew, it's obvious this beer is carefully taken care of.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 09:37:12 | More by Hhawk06
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texascarl

Kansas

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = dark mahogony, almost black. Reddish highlights, not quite opaque. Light carbonation, thick tan head that receded fairly quickly.

Nose = MALT!! If you want someone to understand what malt smells like, here's your big boy. Blackstrap molasses & some hops

Taste = Malt. Velvet sledgehammer. Big & powerful to knock down a wall, but still smooth. Some hops are in there trying to balance the malt but it really has it's work cut out for it. A flavor in the finish that reminds me of Aussie Tawny Port - caramel sweet wine & raisens. Medium to long finish, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Lord have mercy, this is good beer. I've found another new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 18:42:21 | More by texascarl
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Celebrator pours black in color with mahongany hues. Its creamy tan head only lingered briefly before fading. The body has a syrupy cling to the side of the glass. Aroma seems to consists of dark fruit, fig, feint chocolate malt and mineral water. Mouthfeel seems thinner than I'd expect from a doppelbock, but borders on being medium-bodied. Taste was somewhat of a disappointment and hard to pin down. Flavors of coffee, malt and alcohol are combined with a raisiny finish. Celebrator isn't as sweet, malty and flavorful as other doppelbocks I've tried in the past. A bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 07:55:19 | More by Winter
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 12:49:13 | More by bierman2000
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Ahhdball

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second round at this one for me. The first, I drank without tasting....goofy me. It poured creamy leaving a beautiful rich head at the top. Slightly carbonated but not as much as most beers. Sweet malty flavor with little or no aftertaste. A very good Dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 03:39:25 | More by Ahhdball
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 19:50:16 | More by GeoffRizzo
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A color as black as night, and a toasty tan head. Strong and seductive aromatics: sweet and candyish, with notes of toffee, anise, and cocoa, and a slightly burnt character that perhaps derives from the higher alcohol. Taste is huge with malt, highly warming (note the ABV), full, rich, and delicious. A perfect aperitif beer. Three things ring above all else: malt, coffee, and caramel. Solid, bold, and loaded with coffeeish flavor. One of the world's greatest brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 19:28:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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Bruiser81

Kansas

3.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured dark brown with a deep ruby hue around the edges when held to the light. There was a big fizzy head that disappeared quickly which both surprised and disappointed me. The aroma is sort of tannic with a hint of sweetness and alcohol. Upon first sip I immediately thought this brew was going to be too sweet, however it doesn't finish that way. The middle is of alcohol finishing up with a little bit of hops to balance all that malty sweetness. Overall I was disappointed with this brew especially after all the good reviews. I think I'm starting to notice a trend, I don't care to much for this style of brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 18:58:48 | More by Bruiser81
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting to sample this beer for some time now. Everything looks grand about it. The label, the glass and of course the little plastic medallion that sits around its neck.

Pours very dark brown in color with a 3/4 inch head that seems to last. The smell is sweet, malt, chocolate and honey. One of the first things that I notice---smooth! The taste is earthy, old, metallic, plum and raisin. The aftertaste is more chocolate and it gives that warming feeling.

This might sound odd but it reminds me a lot of Rapscallion Creation.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 17:14:48 | More by CharlesRiver
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nomad

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So why review this well-known beer? Aw, whatever, its damn good!

Dark night color with a thick head that dissipates quickly - head takes on a tan/dirty cream color leaving some thin lines of stain off of fairly coating lace.

Smells of impressive slightly roasted wheat and malt nose that opens to hearty nuttiness. Something else in the nose that i can’t describe – floral as well as pistachio nut.

Some roasted malt on the tongue but mostly a darkened wheat and malt flavor with some creamy tone. The strong point appears to me to be the (seeming) wheatiness that is roasted enough but the pure wheat flavor still exists. Truly, its nothing more than nutty, malty flavors that build on top of each other. You might call it mukry with all those roast and malt flavors, but I find it as delectable, complex, hearty, and drinkable as a doppelbock can get. Sometimes, the bottled version mildly tingles on your tongue, with a taste of a dark cheese with earthy, sour fruitiness to it (?!), but not always. Soft yet thick feel on the tongue that comes along with a sprightly hops bitterness in the high back mouth.

Easily understandable as a described "world classic." Drank MUCH BETTER in a small snifter glass as opposed to a stein or large tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 18:10:32 | More by nomad
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This was a very dark beer that showed its true colors when held up to the light: a deep ruby red. The head was rough and tan and dissipated quickly. By the time I was halfway done with the beer, there was no head and not a trace of lace left on the glass.

Smell: The odor of raisins dominated this brew. Overall, it had a heavy, sweet aroma.

Mouthfeel: This beer was full, but not as smooth as I expected or wanted it to be.

Taste: This was a sweet beer, but not overly so. There was a little bit of malt sweetness, but more of a candy sugar taste. I could not detect any hops bitterness at all. There was a mild, sour "twang" on the finish.

I have had this beer before and this is pretty much how I remembered it. It is not bad, but I am not overly impressed with it either. I am not a sweet beer lover, or a big doppelbock fan. However, it is probably a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 17:32:47 | More by Quaffer
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with red hightlights and a tan creamy head that last the duration, leaving a nice creamy sexy lace behind. The smell of caramel and fruit pour through the nose. Mild hopppiness is present but not strong. The first sip brings fruity noste with caramel and strong maltiness. The clean finish is great and this has to be one of my favorite styles.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 15:16:17 | More by kunzbrew
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with bock beer and I cannot say that I regret it at all. It felt thick as it filled my glass and settled a dark color with a little red visible. The head was nice and tan and lasted for a considerable amount of time and then receded into a nice lace that followed the beer to the bottom of the glass. It smelled of damp, smokey wood. the taste was great with some sweet molasses flavors and also some apple flavor, and a carmel finish. It definitely seemed to get sweeter as I neared the end of the pint.

(8/3/03)re-rate after a taste with a more scruitinizing palette.
After further tastes I have to say I like Aventinus a fair bit better. After finishing a 6er of it I feel like Celebrator reminds me too much of coca cola. To spritzy without enough character.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 21:00:33 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Known as Fortunator (and with an alcohol content of 7.2% by volume) except in the U.S., Ayinger's Doppelbock has become known as one of the classics of the style. Interestingly, one of it's essential ingredients - a light touch of smoked malt - is much more common to the northern region of Franconia than to the area south of Munich where Aying is located.
It pours a very deep mahogany with a foamy tan head that holds well. The nose displays a mild smokiness and some toasty breadiness that combines with a touch of alcohol to twist it into a more toffee-ish character. A velvety mouthfeel is derived from a medium body and a very fine carbonation. The flavor offers a luxurious maltiness that's fairly complex with notes of molasses, deeply toasted honey-glazed bread, dried dark fruit, mild leafy hop, and a very subtle smokiness. The rich, and somewhat sweet malt character is exquisitely balanced by a firm bitterness that remains in the wings as it crosses the palate, but then combines with the alcohol to dry out the finish. Some lingering malty notes of caramel and subtle bitter & smoky notes add to it's richness. Overall, a smooth, rich, deceptively strong and warming lager with a drying finish. The alcohol is well-cloaked and the smokiness is quite subtle, just adding a touch of character at the offest and then vanishing amongst the maltiness. Quite enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 18:35:08 | More by NeroFiddled
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Hobbz

Rhode Island

4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer exultation. Well, I just finished my beer card at a local institution and what beer by design did I have to save for last? Poured 1/2 bottle with some gusto into a glass to start. Head produced itself with noticeable white-brown foam with rather large bubbles in the mix. Head does not linger long in this guise. Coyly dark, almost blackish color - but held up to a strong light, a most alluring reddish hue becomes evident. Nose is also toying with me! I want so badly to taste... Hints of its alcohol level and sweet maltiness predominate the aroma, with almost a fruity, "raisiny" character. An absolute knock-out taste. What I particularly found was how intriguing its character remained with each and every sip! People here who wrote of its "complexity" are dead-on. Discerning the range of subtle flavors with its perfect balance was not an ephemeral experience, especially considering that alcohol at this level can overpower. Very exceptional & true to -- and a paragon of -- its brewing style. Like dancing with goats!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 20:07:14 | More by Hobbz
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goz

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is huge, with sweet malts, fruit, and a little roasted malt, too. Flavor was equally big - raisin, brown sugar, molasses, and hints of chocolate. Feels really full in the mouth, and the flavor sticks around for a while, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 09:16:08 | More by goz
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.2 oz amber bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Poured to give a dark coffee brown (with a touch of red if held to the light) beer with a good, tan foam head that settled relatively quickly to leave a think coating.

Smell: A very fine, malty and yeasty aroma!

Taste: Thick and malty! Moderate sweetness, earthy, with a hint of chocolate and coffee, and a slight taste of alcohol. Gets better with each sip.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full bodied, creamy, light carbonation, with a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Very, very good. This is a very tasty, and not overly sweet bock beer. I could imagine myself drinking this beer all night. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 08:48:37 | More by UncleJimbo
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mickeymac

California

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a beautiful brown with a hint of red. The head foams up a bit but dies down quickly and elegantly, leaving just a trace around the top. The smell and taste are very complex with molasses, ripe fruit, and a hint of caramel. This is just a beautiful beer with a great mouthfeel and unbelievable drinkability. A classic worthy of the praise heaped upon it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 18:00:16 | More by mickeymac
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Celebrator! One of the true legends. Not the strongest of doppelbocks, but probably the best tasting. Not as overly malty and sweet as some of this style, and ultimately quite drinkable. Pours a quite impressive glass of beer. Virtually black, huge head initially (watch for the "over-pour"!), foamy lace remains throughout. Dark, expresso-like flavor, chocolate notes, but not excessive. Quite different from Salvator, which is equally as good, but a very different beer. You owe it to yourself to seek this out. One of the best! (and does any beer have a cooler bottle?!)

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 23:20:37 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my books, Ayinger's Dopplebock is the one for which all other Dopplebocks are ranked against. The Celebrator is a truly remarkable beer that is both lively and incredibly smooth in the same offering and should easily rank amongst the highest beer offerings available.

It pours exceptionally dark, giving off a great big carmel toned head which gives way to solid surface foam coverage, a strong collar and great lacing on the glass. Its is quite oily, yet creamy and pleasing to the palette and despite usually a beer pegged for the spring, I find it makes for a suprinsingly good warming beer for these (El Nino influenced) winter months.

Hints of toffee, coffee and caramel come through in the aroma and are right there on the palette in drinking, as too are some spicey hints and a raisiny sort of texture. A great brew worthy of a closer look by all beer enthusiasts.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 330ml bottle / ABV: 6.7% / PRICE: $2.49 USD ]

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 20:29:34 | More by 49degrees
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fanstastic- Great rocky fluffy head and a sweet malty nose. Taste was very complex and dense, with a very chewy mouthfeel. Great carbonation on the tounge like a rich mouse and help bring out the sweet roasted malt and caramel flavors. Very rich and complex flavors with a very mild hop finish that is in perfect balance. The best bock beer I have had and maybe ever will.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 16:58:43 | More by OatmattStout
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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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francisweizen

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AWESOME! I got a fresh six pack of this stuff and it is excellent(if not a bit pricey at $15 a sixer...)This smelled like many dark malts, chocolate, and wonder! It poured a DARK, almost black colour with a nice foamy white head lofting itself above the dark liquid. This tasted bready, almost like a big, soft, bavarian pretzel and it was a joy to drink. My glass was empty all too soon. This had a lucious, full and creamy mouthfeel which takes away from it's drinkability just a little bit. This is just the beer I would want after being outside snoveling the show in January!
Cheers!
F

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 08:55:14 | More by francisweizen
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cretemixer

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pour. Reverse cascading head rests on a deep walnut colored brew. The head finally settles to about a quarter inch. I smell mollasses, chocolate, alcohol. Slightly metalic taste, flatter flavor than I expected. This is my first Celebrator so I may have to try another to see if it's consistent with this one. The flavors are not as deep as the nose suggests. After letting the beer warm up a bit it improved greatly. It's a little cold in my cellar right now. Dry finish. Not my favorite style, but quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 06:40:15 | More by cretemixer
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,613 ratings.