Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,277 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,861
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 451
Gots: 691 | 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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Reviews: 2,277 | Hads: 5,861
Photo of Boto
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, and almost syrupy. Thick tan head which doesn't linger long. Some roastiness to the nose, but also a very sweet aroma. Very sweet taste. It is really malty. Lots of chocolate. Some subtle fruitiness. Alcohol somewhat evident, but not the overpowering taste. This is very complex. This is great! (319 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMMM Malt! NIce and chewy malt. Dark brown with ruby highlights, a big puffy,creamy tan head tops it off. Huge caramelly malt aroma, molassas, raisins and smoke thrown in for good measure. Grab a spoon and dig in ! Chewy malt flavor in a medium to full body and a longggg malty finish. It's toasty, nutty, brown sugar sweet,ripe plums and a little roasty and chocolate in the finish. A great one from the home of doppels! (421 characters)

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

I unexpectedly found this beer in VA, so I stocked up. I've wanted to try Celebrator Doppelbock for some time now and definitely didn't let this chance slip by.

A very dark and rich garnet in color, with a medium sized fluffy, beige head. Smells quite malty, with subtle hints of brown sugar, nuts and brown sugar bread. Initial taste is of controlled/balanced malt. Not as cloyingly sweet as anticipated. Brown sugar and nuts are apparent in the taste as well. Hops make a gentle appearance in the mid taste, and finishes very smooth.

This is the most balanced (re: not too sweet) doppelbock tried to date. Also, easily my favorite doppelbock tried to date. (664 characters)

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

Pours to a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights. Forms a thick, creamy, light brown head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty, fruity, with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is malty, with a bit of roastiness and chocolate. It has a hop fruitiness and bitterness. It is a medium-full bodied beer, with a balanced malt and hop bitterness. A very smooth drinking beer. (377 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok second beer of the "wetting the babies head" night.
Ah love the white plactic goat..its right on the key chain!.Also like ye olde fashioned label.
Now this has one terrific look about it it pours an opulent dark red, almost deep dark blood red..with a small off-white head that doesnt last too long.
Smell as expected with this style is super sweet and malty..so sweet its almost "winey"..but its pleasant not sickening.
The taste is slightly strange it sort of comes in waves..first an almost zanyy sweetness hits , then it fades to a small bitterness, then some sweetnes returns and is finished of with a wet unsweetned chocolate bitterness..very odd...but exciting certainlly.
Very very nice on the taste buds due to the 'waves" of flavour mention above!
A very good dopplebock..but for some reason i still prefer Salvator or Doppel-Hirsch, but this is nice stuff. (876 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black body, tan small head, spotty lacing. Intense molasis aroma. Smooth long lasting mouthfeel. Rich malty molasis filled palate. Light hoppiness initially that develops and winds up even with the malt on the aftertaste. I am thoroughly confused as to whether this is sweet or dry. I think dry. (295 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Deep dark malt, no noticeable hops.
Appearance: Black, with flashes of blood red in front of a serious light source. My bottle seemed a little flat, very light head that evaporated almost instantly, with no lacing. Maybe it was just my bottle.
Flavor: Fairly straightforward dark malt, with a hint of a maple syrup (blackstrap?). The first taste is the same as the aftertaste: very good both ways. Mild alcohol warming, but not intense.
Mouthfeel: I found it a little light given the rich taste, I expect to have to chew, but it's very smooth.
Overall: Man this went down quick. Great, BIG taste, but none of the heaviness you might expect. Drinkability is outstanding, hard to put it down to savor the aftertaste, you just want to pick it right back up again. A lot of malt sweetness and a sneaky alcohol kick.
Celebration: commence! (846 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've waited entirely too long to enjoy this brew, and last night I finally had my opportunity. A few things: While it has a huge following and is arguably regarded as the best doppelbock out there, I wasnt extremely impressed. It is very good, but I expected more from it. However, I attribute this to a few reasons. I had already had a few beers before this. The previous ones were also higher in alcohol, possibly killing my ability to see the complexity in this brew. The beer I had directly before this was a Heavyweight Cinderbock, and the smoky flavors may have done considerable harm to my palate. Having said that...

The beer was a very deep brown color. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Aromas of chocolate and malts. Huge malty flavors in the middle, finishes chocolatey. I gave it all 4's, but I am definitely coming back to this beer to give a more intelligent review. (874 characters)

Photo of jerseyemt
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, poured into a glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head. Smell is wonderful; pure malt. Taste has a slight hop bitterness, yet is still extremely smooth. Not my favorite doppelbock, but still very good and highly recommended. (255 characters)

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

Mmm Doppelbocky.......

The Pour: A dark black brown with an exceptably full head that slipped away leaving a beautyful lace trim.

The Smell: A rich aroma for caramelized malt and a raisin tone.

The Taste: Semi sweet chocolate and nutty flavor

This beer is quite well balanced and I could drink it quite regularly. (325 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see why this brew is so highly rated, it’s great. Pours a deep brown almost black color with a slight ruby tint. A thick tan head arose, but quickly died down leaving a thin lace. The aromas were quite complex with dark malts, caramel, chocolate, and raisins. The taste is equally complex there were hints of nuttiness mixed with raisins and caramel, I swear that I could taste some licorice, too. Alcohol taste was quite apparent, but it wasn’t overpowering so it mixed well with the other flavors. A mild alcohol and malt aftertaste was left in my mouth. This is a very complex and balanced brew; it’s absolutely exceptional. (636 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
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 (332 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of texascarl
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
4.2/5  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. (275 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.85/5  rDev +12%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.44/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (389 characters)

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

Couldn't believe my good fortune at finding this on tap at a local watering hole. And my timing was fortuitous as the bartender told me it is to be replaced shortly with something more mainstream. Celebrator is a very dark and opaque beer (the lights in the bar were dim so I didn't get as good a look at it as I would have liked) with a thick tawny head. Rich caramel notes in the nose. The taste starts a little sweet but evolves to a dry, nutty, earthy finish as it passes over the tonque. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very creamy and yummy. It is highly regarded by my fellow B.A.'s and deservedly so. (613 characters)

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