Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,840 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,840
Reviews: 2,312
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 444
Gots: 679 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, capped by a massive, light brown, lumpy head that recedes relatively quickly to a thin, covering film. Not much in the way of lace. The aroma is predominantly of coffee and dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes and dates). It isn't as complex as expected, but is appetizing nonetheless.

The flavor is malty sweet, with molasses and coffee at the head of the line. Some alcohol is evident; surprising since the ABV is only 6.7%. I noted a slight metallic taste with the first few sips, but it faded soon thereafter.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but isn't all that wonderful either. I was expecting more smooth creaminess, but didn't get it. Drinkability is good.

Celebrator is my first doppelbock so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Given the high ratings, I expected to like it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but it didn't come close to knocking my socks off. I do like the little goat charm though. Nice touch.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrator...I've waited a long time to try my first doppelbock, and I might as well start with the best...

Poured a dark, dark, DARK chestnut, with ruby tones reflecting light. A strong two-finger head quickly died down to a thin layer of foam. First deep breath revealed a touch of caramel and some spices. Taste was rich and malty, with the same caramel and a nice complexity of spices as well as a roasted edge that's so palpable its almost chewy. Definitely strong on the caramel, though.

This felt a lot lighter and easier to drink than its flavor and complexion would have you believe. I usually don't like brews this soft and malty, but this is good--no wonder it's legendary. Still, and I hate to say it, but to me this is a very good but not great beer--but that's more to do with personal preference than the quality of Celebrator, which I can definitely appreciate even if it isn't my style. My tastes wouldn't stop me from recommending this to anyone, especially if you like stuff along these lines (that means you, Joj and Erti).

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost ebony brown with a few streamers of lazily drifting bubbles. Two fingers of foam quickly dies down to a thin, dense, and tiny-beaded head of a dirty tan color that does not cling. Garnet translucence around edges of glass when held to light. Hard to smell from a distance, but when nose goes up to glass--wow... an actual tactile, mallowy sensation in the nose, like plowing nose into a thick, rising pillow of molasses, gingerbread, baking spices. Dense, complex, inviting. Flavor is equally complex: starts with rush of sweet malt; seamlessly melds into a midpalate of nutmeg, allspice, clove (?), touch of molasses... liquid gingersnaps! Develops still further into figs, golden raisins, more molasses; allusions to the darkest of Jamaican rums in a warm, soft, dry alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding, with the same mallow quality as detected in the aroma; soft, velvet smooth. You barely have to swallow. Drinkability is high, but this beer is so nuanced that having more than one would almost be overkill... Perfect beer to pass a chilly, blustery night at home, and damn near perfect in all other regards as well. Damn near perfect.

Photo of rkhaze
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous dark chestnut/ruby color with a thich creamy tan head that stays around for quite a while. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate, dark fruits and a subtle spiciness.
Rich sweet roasted malty chocolate/coffee taste with red fruit, a bit of molasses and perhaps a hint of licorice. Finishes with some spice and slightly yeasty.
Nice full rich mouthfeel with good carbonation that makes it very drinkable for such a big beer.
Great beer and deserving of the "benchmark for the style" reputation.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque brown with lots and lots of tan head. Smells very earthy with some plum. Looks very pretty sitting in that pint glass.

The taste is hard to bring to words. It's a huge chewy bite of fruity fermentation goodness. You get a big rush of plum and grape with some wonderful subtle nutty and coffee undertones. It's an exceedingly complex and well balanced beer. It's such a big beer that I think it takes away from it's drinkability somewhat, but one or two is probably all you need.

Stellar.

Photo of Joss
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burned sugar and chocolate aroma.
Black redness, creamy brown head with lace clinging to the glass.
Toffee, chocolate and espresso flavors, yet wiyh a inexplicable freshness on the tip of the tongue.
long lingering sticky sweetness.
Like eating sirup with spoons - in a good way.

Photo of Dmann
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is with out a doubt the quintessential dopplebock that all others should be judged against. The color and pour were great, with a great off white head and a nice mahogony brown color. The smell was all malt with a bit of a brown ale smell to it as well. The taste reminded me a lot of a nut brown but with an even more pronounced malt character and a hint of spice in there too. As far as dopplebocks go this is the best I've ever had....and it even came with a plastic goat!

Photo of merlin48
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can you not love a brew that comes with a goat charm! I first tried one of these a couple weeks ago, and made a 6 hour roundtrip drive last weekend to find some more. Removed the goat charm and stored it away. My ladyfriend says she's going to make me a necklace out of these. Pours a rich dark mahogany with a beautiful thick head. OOH, that smell. Fresh English toffee, caramel, and nice malts dominate. Feels euphoric in the mouth, and so drinkable. I love this stuff. As it warms in the glass it even tastes nutritious. Aftertaste is just as pleasant as the rest of its fine qualities. Can't wait to wear the necklace. Top Three for sure!

Photo of DagFishHead
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a beautiful ale! Dark cherry/mahogany body. Lush, 3-finger, tan pillow-head that seems to last forever and lace all over the place.
Smell: Sweet malt, molasses, caramel. Fresh, energizing, bready nose.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Thick, lush, knife-and-fork chewyness. Sweet (but not as cloying as some other doppels), creamy, followed by semi-dry finish. Alcohol hangs back in the taste/mouth, but sneaks up later in the overall "experience."
Drinkability: A stellar brew, worthy of it's BA ranking (sets the standard for its style IMO). I find the combination of sweetness and ABV (in general) to be formidable for extended sessions. Make sure I always have a bottle or two of this around when in need of a cheer-me-up. This is one of the beers that originally hooked me on micros.

Photo of dedalus
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in the low light the beer appeared straight black, with a minimal head, but good, brownish, clingy lace.

brown sugar and caramel in the nose, with some faint chocolate notes, and bafflingly, a hint of old, dusty books(!).

moderately thick mouthfeel. not too thick, not too thin. any thicker and the brew would be far less drinkable.

initial flavors of clean malt, sugary and syrupy, followed by molasses and caro syrup, and ending with a faint burnt sugar in the background. no real hop presence to speak of.

i prefer balanced beers, but doppelbocks aren't supposed to be balanced, and the heavy malt flavors were appropriate for the style. that said, i don't anticipate going back for another anytime soon. lagers can sometimes be a bit too linear for me; i prefer the layered complexity of ales. but this is not a suggestion that the celebrator is of inferior quality; it's just my subjective preferences coming through. the beer is highly drinkable ... if you're only having one. any more than that and i suspect the malt would become far too cloying.

s.d.

Photo of BeerBard
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coca-cola-colored doppelbock with a small lacy head. Sharp but heavy taste of sweet molasses-like thickness. Solid standard malty Dopplebock. A wonderful taste, really. The standard for doppelbock comparisons, though it's not as good as the heavenly doppel from Andechs...one of the best beers on this wonderful earth.

Photo of fuchebu
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tend to find myself at Ludwig's Garten quite often for those German draught beers. The Celebrator is one that they rotate often. They had it last week when I made my last visit. The bartender brought me my half litre. The dark copper hue was apparent as enough daylight poured through the window of the bar.

There is a bit of butteriness in the nose. It has a sweetish caramel aroma that entices the drinker. I slowly take a few sips and notice a better than expected balance to the beer. The malts give it a sweet nuance but the hops are also noticable. The beer is full bodied but not too heavy as to discourage consumption. It would be easy to drink a few of these guys. I don't like this as much as Salvator or Maximator but it's still a treat whenever I find it on draft.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome doppelbock that looks good and tastes good too. The body is a very deep red-hued bronze that sports an incredible head of tan foam The head is fairly retentive and is tightly built foam that laces well on the glass.

The nose is fruity and gives some plum sense along with a full complement of malt and spice. The feel is full and thick with a long lasting aftertaste. If this beer has a shortcoming it is the slight grassy flavor that comes early in the taste.

Photo of Ellbert
3.52/5  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.

Photo of gnaussea
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours just beautifully with a fully retentive tan head floating above a very dark, but fairly clear body. Smells of roasted caramel malts, a bit of banana, and subtle, fruity nuances. The taste is a bit more roasted, with the malt not quite as strong. Molasses is prominent. Bold, but not overpowering. Very complex flavor with many subtle, indistinguishable flavors that produce more a general feel than they do individual qualities. The hops are present but underlining, and I think are a unique blend that provides the fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is simply perfect. Carbonated to give a nice, happy kick, but not vigorous. The only criticism I can give this beer is that it does not provide the bocky wheat flavor. A wonderful brew. I dont generally care for Ayingers but this is definitely among my favorite beers.

Photo of smitty1080
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark and lucious with a thick head packed tight with tiny bubbles. The aroma is dominated with fruit and chocolate. The taste is ruled by sweet and smooth malt. Low carbonation adds to the velvety smooth mouthfeel. The finish is tart and sticky.

Photo of alexgash
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark amber/brown body with a light brown head. Smell is quite complex: smoky brown sugar malts, tart raisins, wine, and a hint of alcohol. What a lager. Taste starts mildly sweet, with a rich, oaky character. Hints of smoke. Finish is yeasty and bitter. This is a big beer, creamy, but not too syrupy.

Photo of xgrigorix
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thirty three cl brown bottle, no dates.

Dark brown with glowing ruby red highlights. Tan coloured head - sounds intense - like its going to jump out of the glass to get me!

Nose is filled with chocolate, molasses, & dried fruit.

Coffee, chocolate, molasses, some breadiness (kind of like brown bread), all meld together and give way to the perfect amount of bittering hops. This bitterness rushes in & deftly cuts off all the sweetness from up front. Finishes dry, with a lingering rast flavour, & a hint of fig newton cookies (wihtout all the sugar). Thick & rich, moderate carbonation.

Photo of granger10
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one did not live up to its hype by my standards. My friends who had this obsessed about how great it was and this site has it at something like 4 or 5 on the top beer list. But, to my dismay, this was simply a little above average. Dark with a very, very small head. Might this have been sitting on the shelves for too long? Anyways the flavor was strong and there was a very chewy thick mouthfeel to the beer that didn't completely appeal to me. A strong malt flavor came but this beer was never sweet. All around it was good, but not up to the hype it's recieved.

Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown/mahogany (almost black) with a full creamy tan-light brown head, decent carbonation, and clumpy lace. Big malty aroma -- coffeeish and almost chocolatey. Big malty coffee-ish flavor dominates with dark fruitiness noticeable. Full bodied, rich and creamy.

The Standard in Doppelbocks !! Awesome and Pure Bliss !! Unlike many expensive beers, this one is worth the price...

Label states: Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer

($3.99 / 11.2 oz. / 330 ml)

Photo of Darkale
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep sweet aroma. Rich and fruity, with a hint of hops. Smells like you are sitting next to the world's largest, ripest plum.

Immense head with rampant lacing. Head refuses to die. It just sits there, daring you to get to the beer.

Chewy, foamy, slick and sweet in the mouth. Chocolate and cocoa and coffee and caramel, along with the aforementioned plum and raisin tastes. Low and toasty, it circles your mouth, burning slightly and making you say, Oh.... Ah...

I last had this about five years ago. Since then, I have tried dozens and dozens of different beers. I have wondered for quite a while if this beer would be truly as good as I remembered it.

It is. Magnificent.

Photo of Mustard
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning, despite the small, plastic goat danding on the neck; purchased as a stray single from the Westwood Whole Foods for $2.29; front label depicts a six-foot beer breaking up a hoof to hoof battle between two goats.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark, fudge brown; fat, cocoa-tinged brown; d-cup's worth of lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Somewhat mildly of molasses and carmelized brown sugar.

Taste: Thick, toasted malt profile upfront and throughout; strong notes of black bread, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar; a subtle hop bitterness balances things out in the finish; hints of graham crackers and butter; not half as sweet as one might imagine; full bodied with a smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: Probably the most complex doppelbock these lips have ever sampled, though I'm not entirely sure that adds up to its being the best.

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby with a bigy, frothy tan head that lasts until the end.

Malty, burnt caramel nose, some molasses I think.

Chewy malt with a sharp hop bitterness that burns a little on the way down. A little bit of fruit. The taste kind of dies right at the end and does not leave much. I was a little disappointed in this regard.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and rather full-bodied.

This is a great doppelbock, but it seems rather overrated. I actually prefer the Paulaner Salvator myself, as it offers more in the way of flavor. The Celebrator had a nice start, but no real finish.

Photo of RoyalT
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The head came up, lasted and laced, but the body is the story here. This is that deep, dark, rich color that all good Doppelbocks possess.

Smell – The darl malt, bready yeast aroma is here in spades. There’s also a deep molasses scent that fills the room. Some loose fruits and a scent of alcohol complete the package.

Taste – This is monstrous. The molasses comes out in force, laced with brown sugar and alcohol along with deep, roasted, mature yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied and very bitter from the unsulphored molasses flavors. It has a lingering aftertaste, which seems to be a trademark of the style.

Drinkability – This is a terrific representation of the style. It is more complex than most and is a real treat.

Update – I have this occasionally and decided to review it for 2004. This really is a big, complex example of the style and I guarantee will top the list of any blind DB tasting.

Update – I cellared a 2004 vintage and popped it in the spring of ’06. The body held up well but was right on the edge of being spent. The molasses matured times two and the overall mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. It was sweeter than the style standard after being laid down for two years but boy was this some fun to drink.

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the three big Munich Doppelbocks commonly availible in the states, this is my least favorite. I'm not quite sure this beer is very true to the Doppelbock style as it is very dark, almost black, and has a bit of a dark malt (chocolate/black patent) or roasted barley flavor to it which is not what I look for in a Doppelbock. I'm not saying this beer is all bad, the smooth Munich malt taste of a good Doppelbock still dominates, but it is just a bit much for my tastes.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,840 ratings.