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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,295
Hads: 5,952
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 470
Gots: 742 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 2,295 | Hads: 5,952
Photo of Stingray5
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle is deceiving, looks like at LEAST a 12oz. Pours murky brown, reveals deep fire crimson when held up to the light. medium tan head reducing to nice lace. light malt in the aroma, but not much more. Perhaps I should let it warm some, but I just can't wait. Medium creamy mouthful, carbonation on the higher side. Taste is all at once sweet, chocolate, smoke, spicy. Lots going on here. Long, long lasting finish of roasted, smoked, pepper spice lip smackin' malt. Very satisfying.

Really looking forward to sipping one by the fire on a long cold winter night.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label Lore: Describing this Privat Brauerei Franz Inselkammer bottle would be like describing Santa Clause to a five year old. But let’s give it up to Merchant du Vin for importing this. 6,7 ABV.

Dark mahogany yet clear pour with a few errant bubbles escape with an impressive huge rock solid cake like khaki head that just won’t quit.

Walnut malt scents dominate the nose with plenty of mixed spices that confound. Nutmeg, carrot cake. Becomes a bit estery when warmed up towards the end.

First Swigs: Vinous port wine hints and honey malts. Maple syrup and sweet sugary flavors swirl around. This one makes me ruminate. A bit of porter toffee and deep rich refined caramel malts. Lingering chocolate and coffee ice cream aftertaste.

Like drinking Birch Beer at a Summer picnic.

Last Swigs: Liquid chocolate and maple syrup. You could pour this on ice cream. This is the sole offering by this brewery. An example of do one thing, and do it well. Reminds me of Sam Adams Chocolate Bock except for $3 a 11.2 oz 330 mL instead of $18 for a SA bomber. Review # 397. Don't wait til Spring to enjoy this Bock.

Beer is good. Happy bock beering.

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

I have been drinking this for about a year now nice chocolate color tan long lasting head nice lacing excellentlacing nice smooth palate coffee and molesses with a slight bitter after taste this brings back fond memories when I was in the Army in Germany in a little town of Illishiem in 1970 sitting in a guest house having a few this is one of the best beers I have had in 30 some years. This is the beer I have been looking for. If there is one better would some one let me know.this is the only beer from my (ratebeer.com) that at this time I have around 278 beers rated that I have reated all 5's

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty as can be. Great head, great blackness with ruby shining through. Absolutely killer bottle.

Smells spicey and sweetly of malt along with a hint of a alcohol. Molasses and bread. Complex and brilliant.

Very strong malt flavor. Bittersweet: roasted grain and almonds. More malt in the back with just a bit of alcohol in the follow through. A sweet aftertaste, very nutty. Molasses all around.

Sensational body. Goes down alright, but these taste awful rich and it would be hard to drink more than a couple in a sitting--no matter how much you might want to.

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Photo of Biffster
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a tawny head. It is deep mahogony brown with copper and ruby highlights.

The aroma is intensely malty, with strong bready aromas. Raisin and caramel aromas follow, with a hint of cocoa behind. No hops, esters, or other off aromas present themselves, but there is the barest hint of diacetyl.

There is plenty of malty sweetness at the sip, a bit of hop flavor and a complex warming finish. As the sample warms, a complex, vinous and somewhat spicy flavor emerges, with strong hints of dark ripe fruit. Plenty of raisin and plum flavors emerge. There is caramel and chocolate in the smooth warming finish.

The mouthfeel is big. There is a medium/full body with medium carbonation and a pleasant warming with no astringency.

Overall, this is one of the most pleasant and balanced versions of a big and challenging style that I have ever tasted.

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Photo of hero27
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-red color. The head is moderate and thick at first, but dies down quickly to a thin layer.

Smell: Smells very rich, fruity, chocolately and malty.

Taste: Delicious & complex. Strong fruits, roasted malts, toffee, chocolate..you name it, you can probably taste it. Carbonation is perfect..not too much, not too little. Toasted malts and creamy flavor, with a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth & creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol kicks in right at the end and the sweet aftertaste ends perfectly.

Drinkability: Overall, a great Doppelbock. Very flavorful and relatively easy to drink. The nearly 7% ABV is also a nice touch.

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Photo of Amdahl
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is in a simple yet elegant bottle. Label has 2 rams on it for a classic touch. The beer pours to almost black with just a touch of red in it. There are nearly 3 fingers of head that slowly goes back to a thin layer. There is no lace left on the side of the glass. The aroma is very complex with the malt hitting the nose the hardest with a emphasis on a sweetness. This beer is one of the best tasting doppelbocks that I have ever tried. The taste is very malty and sweet, with the fruits coming though in abundance. This is a full bodied beer. This is one of the best doppelbocks that I have ever had.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish ruby with a slowly diminishing tan head. good retention.

Aroma: vinous, fruity, and a thickly malty aroma

Taste: Very malty with a little hop twang. Strong sweet malt with some caramel and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely coating and clean. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: nice, clean, and very drinkable.

Notes: A very nice malty beer that I enjoyed a lot. A good example of the dopplebock style.

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Photo of trumick
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with little head and no lacing.

Scent is of sweet dark roasted malts and spices with some dark fruit.

Taste follows the nose sweet dark malts with dried fruits nutty overtones and just enough bitterness to override the sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied smooth and velvety with just the right amount of carbination.

The drinkability is great I could sit with a bunch of these. What a nice beer. I am totally impressed with this one.

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

Translucent saturated brown color with a thick tan head.

Aroma is rich, malty and complex with some spicyness and some dried fruit qualities but still solidly in lager territory. The effect almost comes across like a cross between dark bread and a holiday cake.

Flavor is amazing- it follows through on the nose and adds new layers of complexity- some molasses and just the right amount of bitterness to prevent cloying.

As close to perfection as you'll find.

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

Creamy 1" tan head with very good retention; finally fades to a sheet. Condensed lacing that lasts throughout the glass. Semi-opaque black with a scarlet hue.

A sweetened, toasted malt aroma; molasses, dates, and other nut-like tones.

Toasted malts, dates, almonds; given the aroma and array of flavors for the style the sweetness is surprisingly subdued and very palatable. Well rounded and full of flavor.

Full bodied; Very smooth, coats the palate well. Unobtrusive.

Very easy drinking and a pleasure to drink. A must have in anyone's collection. Probably one of my favorite versions of the style.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Bukowski's in Boston.

This was the first time I have ever tried this beer and it lived up to and surpassed it's well deserved reputation. If you want an indepth review on this one, try one of the Bros. This could be one of my favorite beers of all time, sweet, malt and fruity flavor, every sip made me happy.

If you haven't tried this one yet do yourself a favor and try it asap. Can't say enough good about this beer. It's perfection in a glass.

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

MMM, good. Excellent double bock. Pours a very dark, brownish color with reddish amber around the edges. I poured this one pretty fast and came up with a 2 inch head that was light brown and frothy. The lace is very abundant from top to bottom.

The aroma is very malty with a nutty undertone. Also hints of toffee or sweet coffee.

The taste is excellent, also malty, nutty and sweet caramel. The aftertaste is definitely coffee tasting and slightly alcoholic and also very malty. This is the champion of double bocks in my opinion.

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Photo of rugger
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the bottle with the goats. I can't wait until I put up my little beer christmas tree so I can hang the goats on it. Anyway back to the beer. The color is a dark ruby color and the head came out with a nice thickness that went away and the lacing is very sparce to almost none. The smell is very malty with a hint of toffee. The taste has lots of malt with hints of toffee, figs, chocolate and probably several other things. The mouthfeel is nice as the malt seems to stick to your tounge and leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. I really enjoy this beer and I could enjoy lots of it if I had it.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with garnet highlights. Not much a light brown head is evident. There is a very inviting sweet malty and molasses aroma with a hint of alcohol. The taste starts with sweet molasses and a hint of coffee. There is a nice roasted bitterness on the finish. A very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of winomark
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown wiht a reddish/maroon hue. Small, but persistant light tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and some sweet alchohol tones. Mild sweetness upfront, with good malty richness and an slightly dry and bitter palate. Similar to a sweet coffee. Flavorful and coating mouthfeel, but not too heavy. Overall, a delightful beer. This is one of the first beer that turned me on to "good" beer over a decade ago. Recommended.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luscious toffee-laden malt. Dark, extracted berry. Striking, structured acidity. Deep malt that quickly yields to a sweeping, anisette hoppiness. Herbal and noble, the hops are far more complex than in any other doppelbock. This interaction is, at times, unusual and off-putting, but always conducted into balanced by a long finish, where the malts boldly re-emerge.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer grew on me after repeated sampling and now I love it.
The flavors are subtle and tend to come together very late making this the antithesis of the trendy glut of overaggressive beers currently being produced. Delicately rich and malty, Celebrator is elegant and complex. And my daughter likes the goat.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We use to get this beer in BC and it is a shame it no longer available as this has to be one of my top 3 German beers. The nose is huge with yeasty, malty notes dipped in treacle. What really struck me tasting this beer after a gap of 3 years is the bigness of flavours. Lots of malt with just the right amount of sweetness. A true classic.

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Photo of pootz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something special from Brooklynboy for my 200th review…thanks very much Ed you are a priest of the yeast. I have anticipated savoring a Celebrator for some time. This bottled version is pasteurized I suspect but it still does not detract from this beer’s reputation. The pour revealed a deep mahogany- red liquid with a 2 finger rocky mocha cap that reduces in it’s own sweet time to a lasting sticky lace…mild to medium carbonation. Wow what a bouquet of malts!! We have dried fruits, licorice, molasses, tangerines and a lovely musty, earthy over tone. The start is all big tasty malts with a dozen different malt/roast/hop/yeast departures that are so complex they escape my eloquence to enunciate them…a veritable orgasm of the taste buds. Rich mouth feel without being heavy or sweet...fantastic balance for a dopple bock….finish is medium with the toffee chocolate tastes receding and the hops creating a wet lasting impression of treacle and lime…then a nice warming….infinitely the best “drinkable” dopple bock in the world….Ed thanks…and more please!!!

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.85/5  rDev +12%
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.)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black beer with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. I think I can smell vanilla and/or banana with some roasted malts. Taste is quite sweet at first with the banana/vanilla side coming out and then ends with a more alcoholic sweetness at the end (still cannot feel the alcohol thought). Very good, probably the best example of this style that I know of.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin head. As it warms the aroma pours out and it is a sweet and supple aroma. The taste is clean and tangy, medium body, with hints of caramel. It is very smooth in the mouth and quite drinkable. The sweet notes make it a great doppelbock. No overbearing alcohol taste to speak of. Very well done.

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Photo of Beastdog75
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Celebrator Doppelbock is truly one of the best doppelbocks available. I've been disappointed by highly touted brews before, and I thought that Celebrator was going to follow that same trend. I will admit that I was glad to be wrong, and that this brew definitely stands out amongst its doppelbock brethren.

Celebrator pours a very dark brown color with some ruby hints visible in the right lighting. A finger of tan foam forms and lasts for about 1 minute. The aroma was nice, but a bit typical of doppelbocks. Just some average "dark malt" scents, which included some roasted notes, caramel, and light chocolate in the nose. Nice, but not groundbreaking. The mouthfeel was something to behold. This was a rich beer, yet so easy to drink. It slides across the tongue in a velvety fashion that is so soft yet invigorating. There are a myriad of "dark" flavors here. The notes of caramel, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, burnt grains, "dark fruits" (such as plum, black cherry) make this a liquified Black Forest in a bottle. Quite sweet as well, as I didn't notice any dryness or bitterness worth mentioning here (just a tiny bit of "roasted bitterness"). The aftertaste has a nutty flavor to it, along with some more (albeit light) burnt notes. I expected this to be an alcohol monster, but there is only some alcoholic warmth to end this one. Quite deceptive!

I usually consider myself to be a bit tough on reviewing highly recommended beers, but this one is worthy of the hype. Go buy a bottle today, drink it and save the goat figurine so that when you look at it, you can remember your first "celebration." In summary: top of the line doppelbock all the way.

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

This wonderful beer pours out a deep ruby red with a big head that disappears almost completely in 2 minutes.
Smell sweet, malty, with scents of plums and raspberry (or maybe cherry) in the background.
Taste is delicious. Roasted malt, licorice, coffee, chocolate, wonderfully complex.
A smooth, full-bodied brew without any cloying aftertaste or bitterness. Very drinkable, although the perceived alcohol content might slow you down more than the actual ABV.
I like doppelbocks and this is a fine example.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.