Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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96
world-class

2,277 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,864
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 453
Gots: 692 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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: 2,277 | Hads: 5,864
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.11/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up based on my goal of trying all 50 Top Beers. Not sure what all the fuss is about....
Poured a dark-cherry tinged, black color with a quick-fading tan head.
Smell was fruity sweet - raisins, dates, plums - over a big malt base. Also some caramel toffee and maybe a hint of coffee.
Taste was complex. Again, sweet with plums, raisins, etc and toffee notes over a malt base. Alcohol bite in the finish but not bad. Still, I was expecting something more that would really get me excited about the beer. It never happened.
Feel was syrupy, slick and on the heavy side of medium-bodied.
For drinkability, I can't say I'd be searching for this beer again soon. It didn't appeal to my palate. Not sure what all the hype and high marks are for, but then that means I won't be taking any away from those who enjoy it. (827 characters)

Photo of grynder33
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid brownish color with a quick disappearing head. Sweet currant like aroma lofted up from the glass. The first taste was plum drenched malt, one of the most satisfying first sips I've expierenced. This mix did not seem to diminish the entire glass. It just lacked a certain smoothness, or else it would have been perfect marks up and down. I wouldn't have more than a couple of these at a sitting, but its become my second favorite beer in the world. (462 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorites.Pours a muddy red color with little head and carbonation.The aroma screams malt with a hint of alchohol.The aroma is backed up by the taste of malt with just a slight bitterness and warming.Makes my mouth happy-I could drink this one all night.I thought it was a lot higher in alchohol then it says so its nice to have one on the lighter side that still smells and tastes like a much "bigger" beer.And the goat around the neck is a nice,classic touch. (488 characters)

Photo of freed
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have picked the wrong time to have this, but I wanted malt. The room is probably 90F, and the beer is rapidly approaching that.

Standard 12 oz. bottle with a cool charm. No wonder the beer is $3.50/bottle. Nice deep umber though quite clear. Even finishes without sediment. Aroma is sweet, smokey, and malty. A big malt wave fills my mouth at first sip, warm and sweet. No trace of hops in the aroma, nor as a finishing on the beer. The aftertaste is almost alcoholic, and cereal. This is a wonderful beer, but it was a poor choice for a hot night. (557 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet chocolate malt smell. Deep dark purple almost opeque look. Rich thick 2 and 1/2 inch lasting head. Light brown sticky head. Medium smoothish mouth. Original sweet caramel/chocolate malt taste followed quickly by a bitter almost sour finish. The tongue is left bitter and dry with a touch of metalic taste. Good but not as drinkable as I thought it would be.... (366 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lovely khaki head that settles itself into a comfortable film for the duration of its existence. The beer is the color of cherry-stained wood. Determined lacing. A very inviting beer. Nutty, semi-sweet aroma. Fantastic roasted coffee taste. Some burnt toffee. Feels nice in the mouth. Chalky yet rounded. (322 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some red hints thru out nice medium slight off white head,aroma sweet and nutty.Many flavors from this beer starts out a little smokey with some nuttiness,it's finish is a little dry.Not nearly as sweet as some of the style to, wich is a good thing.This is a classic worthy of the high ratings it gets. (331 characters)

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

Distinctly German in its look and taste. It reminded me of my first Dunkel but with a little more of a kick. It pours a medium brown with little bubbles always floating to heaven. The head was a little less then I desired. It pours close to an inch of head that goes away fast. Smells of malt and maybe a hint of coffee or smoke, I could even say maybe a little fruity. Surprisingly drinkable it does not taste like a strong dark beer. The alcohol content is not noticeable. That could just be because I usually drink Belgium’s. It actually reminds me of a dark Belgium. I enjoy decorating my office at work with the little goats that come with each bottom. They have come out with a four pack for those of you who don’t feel like spending $14 on a six-pack but the price is well worth the beer. One of my favorites. (818 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick 1" brownish tan head that actually died down rather quickly. The body was a dark brown, slightly black, with very fine bubbles.

The nose was very unique. Some spice, soft smoke, malt, molases, hints of caramel. Surprisingly even some slight fruit. Some raisin and even dark plums.

The taste was heavy. Dark molases, dark plums, wood, roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar, very faint hints of smoke. Surprisingly mellow for such a dark beer. There was deffinatly some bitterness present but it was perfectly balanced if not sitting slightly in the background.
I could get a firm earthy hop flavor as well, but as with most german beers, it was very subdued and mellow.

The beer finishes with a quick bitter burst and then just fades away with almost no lingering aftertaste.

Overall a superb beer, yet unique at the same time. With it's fine body and dark sweet fruit flavors it almost gave the impression of some belgian strong ales, but at the same time never losing the classic german bock flavor. (1,036 characters)

Photo of TheDM
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite style. I could not have planned this better! This brew formed a medium light brown head of medium to small bubbles. It has a very nice malty aroma and a beautiful opaque dark chocolate brown body. It has a chocolaty flavor with a hint of coffee. It was very smooth and very much to my liking. Now this is a brew I can drink all night! But still not as good as the memory of the Andechs doppel bock dunkel! (425 characters)

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

Bottle.When poured into my glass, this beer had a small head.I found this particular Doppelbock to be dark and creamy.There was some chocolate and fruity flavor to it.Not an overpowering Doppelbock.All in all, I was impressed with this Dopplebock and would definitely like to drink this brew again. (298 characters)

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown, almost black, with 2 towering fingers of light tan head that slowly fades. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is just a tad bit faint for the style, but consists of a malty caramel and fruity aroma. The taste is fairly sweet, with toffee and grapes in it. This brew's balance is on the malty side, with just a tiny bit of hops. The mouthfeel is thick and extremely smooth, a pleasure to drink. The drinkability is very nice as well, as I could put away quite a few of this one. Definately the best lager I've ever had. (608 characters)

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

All hail the king of doppelbocks, or should I say "der Konig"

Brownish-black in color, sweet malty smell. Smooth rounded malt sweetness with a slight nuttiness in the background. Velvety mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol presence on the palate. Extremely drinkable and a delight to behold.. (292 characters)

Photo of WMBierguy
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a beer for domestic fans. It pours a dark, choclatey brown, with a nice, thik head. The taste is strong and malty, but without a hint of a sharp alcohol flavor. This is one that is pleasing to both drink and to look at. The downside: price. This is an expensive beer; I paid $5.50 for a bottle. If you're willing to pay the price this is worth trying. (363 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this was a damn good drink. Its a dark brown color with a good sized tan head on top. This is a very smooth beer, it has a creamy feel to it. Excellent malt flavor. Some hop bitterness to balance. Somewhat spicy. A very good beer, its pretty pricy but its worth getting when you got something to celebrate. (310 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super thick glowing dark brown color with deep red ruby highlights, light brown head of tight frothyness thats about a finger high, faded fast, gets some minimal spotty and stringy lace.

Smell is tangy fruitish dark malts, quite a rich full nose with hints of ginger, brown sugar, favorable cookie dough, lightly roasty/toasty, some toffee, with dark fruit of plum and raisin notes.

Taste is a ton of nice tangy dark malts, a bit of caramel and toffee up front, middle twinge of chocolate and slight hops into the finish which is mostly dark fruits and toffee with incredible lingering qualities of twingy, fruity malty tanged dryness.

Feel is medium bodied, buttery smooth and lightly textured with a light tangy dryness in the finish. Very nice drinkablity, heavenly smooth and excellent creamyness makes for short work of the 12 ounces, need another. (862 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Malt malt malt!", I firstly shout after trying this beer. Wow, this is the epitome of bock beer, period. Pours a dark caramel color with a small head that does not stick around long. The aroma is of caramel and toffee, sweet chocolate and roasted grain. Upon first sampling, I thought it a bit sweet, but soon balanced itself out wonderfully with a dry and slightly hoppy finish. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel was very much full bodied and robust, smooth and silky. And of course, the taste - well, let's just say euphoria. A perfect blend of malty goodness and caramel, with hints of grain and bready tones. This is close to perfection. Hail Celebrator!! (652 characters)

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

I like these kinds of bocks, not sickly sweet and sticky as a lot of bocks tend to be, this was kind of in the mold of the Andechser. Beautiful soft, lightly buttery, raisiny, caramelly, chocolatey, malts. A touch sweet, but dries out towards the end. Nice texture. A good bock. (278 characters)

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

Somehow I forgot to rate this. This is one of my favorite brews.

Pours dark without much head. But a little stays around. Caramel coffee and chocolate on the nose. I usually drink this fairly warm. It is very easy to drink despite the 7.4% alcohol. A little carbonation up front. Lots of malt and caramel, chocolate. Finish is a little dry.

Doppelbocks are good and this one is the best! This is one of the most pleasant drinks you will ever have. Smooth is the word!! (470 characters)

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

One of the greats. What other phrase can possibly describe a beer with such a lucious, deep, dark color; such a billowing, persistent, magnificent head; and such a delightfully shocking aroma and taste?

Deep, dark midnight black -- that is, just this side of jet black. The head is a silly putty gray/brown that could be described as a dark off-tan. It's bulbous presence lingers throughout the entire experience. And it gives rise to one of the finer aromas one can hope for on a lager. Sweet, smooth hints of carmelized brown sugar and burnt malts grace the nose.

The same flavors carry through to the palate where dopplebock taste is simply defined. A big, sweet malty presence begins the treat and underscores every subtle flavor throughout. Not to be outdone, the hops play perfectly here, bringing with it a roasted bitterness that plays to the finish. If there's such a thing as "squinting" with one's mouth, engaging in such an action reveals just the slightest bit of lingering sweetness. This silky smooth brew may be, in my opinion, simply the best lager beer there is in any style. A treat. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saved for my 400th Review.
Pours a very dark brown garnet color with a thick and creamy tan colored head with a nice retention that eventually gives way to a heavy lace. Nose is dark roasted malts, molasses, and smoky charcoal. Full in body and slightly syrupy in texture yet still quite smooth. Taste is rich sweet dark malts and brown sugar up front followed by some espresso-like flavors and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Towards the end, some raisiny notes and residual sugar sweetness express themselves while a hint of hop bitterness tries to bring some balance to the finish. Make sure you give this beer some time to warm after pouring to fully enjoy all of the complex aromas/flavors. This is a superb doppelbock. (727 characters)

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

A deep, almost purple-toned mahogany pour, with a small tan head; this is a mission into malt.

Has a sharp, tangy molasses-spicy aroma that almost reminds me of barbeque sauce.

Taste is sweet, tangy-sour and complex. Thick and heavy mouthfeel; a shade lighter than things like corsendonk, but the most complex dopplebock I've sampled. Notes of plums, figs, sour apple, molasses and brown sugar. Somehow manages to be "moreish" and not quite cloying, even though it borders on syrupy.

Deserving of the praise it has earned; this is a rich, strong and complex beer to be sipped slowly. (594 characters)

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

This is probably the best dopplebock in my opinion. Dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is earthy and grainy. Almost like an oat aroma that is sweet. Great blending of malts, some obviously roasted. Very smooth and drinkable. Slightly sweet and fruity. Another great beer from a great brewer. (297 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 27 July 2002. Huge tan head, dark brown color w/ a very complex, rich, roasted taste, yet a clean finish. I haven't been too impressed w/ the other doppleboack's I've tried; however, I can understand why this one is world class. The more I drank it, the more subtle flavors I tasted. Great beer! It should be on everyone's 'Must try' list (360 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brew, but it's too understated for my taste--I guess dopplebocks are not my thing, really. That said, it is definitely worth a try, even though the price is rather steep. It pours a deep resonant mahogany with a dark chocolate head that receded very quickly. There is no lace to speak of. The smell reveals a distinct maltiness with subtle undertones of spices and chocolate. The taste was more refreshing: a light, bubbly, and unassertive malt flavor (not too sweet) that retained itself for a good while even as I savored its diffident tones. (559 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.