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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,282 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,282
Hads: 5,901
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 461
Gots: 707 | 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: 2,282 | Hads: 5,901
Photo of Treyliff
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, eventually settling to a film and leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- sweet and bready up front with notes of toasted bread, brown bread, bread crust & fruit cake. Sweet caramel toffee mix with cherry, fig & rum soaked raisin, trace of chocolate

T- bready and malty flavors follow the nose with flavors of dark brown bread, toast and fruited cake. Hints of raisin, black cherry and fig kick in, followed by caramel and toffee. The finish adds a touch of alcohol and cocoa with a continuing sweet linger

M- medium body and medium carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that feels the mouth and continues into a silky smooth finish, high drinkability

O- a standard of the style that is a malt lovers dream, and the drinkability is simply perfect (903 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Do I love malt. Why, yes I do! This stuff is almost too good. Deepest brown pour with dense tan, clingy head. Aromas of toast, bready malt, some esters and yeast. Flavors similar to smell, with a heavy malt presence dominating the show. There are only a handful of brews, with which if they were the only available in the world, I could be completely content. This is one of them. (380 characters)

Photo of B4PTSD
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good dark beer. I was lucky to find it here in Hawaii. A must try if you like dark malt caramel coffee kind of beer. It has a rich taste. I'm not a expert reviewer I just know a good beer when I taste one. If you don't like dark beer then don't try it, but if you like porter style/ coffee/ malt then a must try.. Just my opinion of course. (341 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip

A: Jet black, opaque, small tanned head, not much retention, minimal lacing.

S: Prune, grape, oak, dark chocolate, biscuit, burnt caramel and some
diacetyl.

T: Tawny port was the overriding taste, molasses, dark chocolate, lots of roasted barley at the finish, some bitterness. Hint of a boozy burn as it warmed.

M: Smooth in, coarse out because of the booze, low carbonation, heavy chewy texture.

O: Oozed class, would love to make a loaf of bread with this. I’m also intrigued to know what a year of aging would do. (570 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an iconic 12 oz. bottle, complete with miniature plastic ram, in to a small glass mug. The assertive carbonation yields a massive, mounded head of foam that resembles an oven-rising baked biscuit. The beer has a deep chestnut brown appearance with tawny accents. It smells of fresh-baked whole grain bread and a vague notion of sweet nuttiness. Earthy accents of soy sauce and molasses are present in the nose as well. The flavor is very malt-forward, but steers well clear of the cloying sweetness that so many other malt monsters convey. There's some dark fruits, with hints of subtle tart black cherry. A mild earthy hop profile perfectly accentuates the distinct Bavarian flavors. Suggestions of smooth, sweet dark coffee and minerals linger in the aftertaste. The texture of the beer is phenomenal. Rich and creamy velvet perfection. Oh so easy to savor. For such a hearty beer, this is sooo easy to drink. It's simply a masterclass. I've yet to try a dopplebock, foreign or domestic, that I put in the same league as Celebrator. From the iconic artistic style, to the wonderfully smooth texture, to the refined Bavarian taste, this one is just incredible. The definition of world class. (1,204 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; brown with ruby clearly evident; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: all malt - caramel, prune, toffee;

T: rich; molasses all the way; a little roasted/smoky grain at mid-palate; flavor faded relatively quickly; ABV completely hidden;

M: smooth; medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable; the roasted/smoky note I got at mid-palate is out of place for the style, but I liked it; (456 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red in color. Smells chocolatey. Tastes chocolatey as well. There is a hint of that lager flavor. Nice amount of carbonation and fairly creamy. This is quite tasty. (171 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got more dark fruit znd raisin than I was expecting..even some faint cinnamon,,,.definitely has the hefty bread mouthfeel and flavor you'd expect due to some great malt notes...a little burnt sugar and molasses in there as well...a meal replacement beer for sure... (267 characters)

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

Truly one of the most delicious beers in the world. The Paulaner monks practiced making awesome double bock beer for several centuries and they definitely got it right. If you are in LA, you can find this beer at Nick's in Beverly Hills. It is the only place I have ever seen it. (282 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look - dark brown to black color, ruby red when held up to a light. creamy tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. good lacing

smell - roasted malts, coffee

taste - follows the smell, very rich

feel - full bodied, smooth, and slightly creamy

overall - didn't live up to the hype for me. It is a great beer, no doubt, but there was no wow factor or any reason that it should be above the rest (396 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark and smooth with medium head. The smell is malty and NO hops. Taste is sweet and Carmel, molasses, sweet corn. Silky and smooth, lacy. Not my favorite beer style so while i appreciate this beer and how well made it obviously is, it's only an occasional drinker for me. (287 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a deep dark ruby cast. Excellent head volume, World Class lacing and retention. Light nose of molasses coupled with a bit of dark fruit (plum, fig) and a slight undertone of spice. Medium bodied with a nice smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the finish. The World Class flavor profile is reasonably intense, very complex and superbly balanced. It begins with a wave of sweet malt that is, at first, caramel and slightly burned dark sugar then flows into a rich molasses. In the middle as the molasses fades, dark fruit becomes evident as does an ever so slight hop bitterness. The finish is a slow sweet fade with notes of alcohol. (730 characters)

Photo of glh11
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent mouth feel med-full bodied. First aroma is malt followed prunes/plums, caramel then raisins. Some may think molassas but think about what prunes/plums smell like. Very malty in fact-melanoidins, gotta love that decoction mash and long boil. Hop addition is perfect. This brew is made to perfection for a doppelbock. Nice tan head followed by lace. I also reccomend the Smuttynose S'muttonator, a doppelbock. These two are my favorite doppelbocks. (457 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

First time in a long time since I had a Doppelbock. I did enjoy this. It reminded me of an American Stout in body but without any coffee or chocolate overtones.

No hops, no dryness to this one. Just tones of balanced malt coming at you. (239 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown color, with a soapy light tannish head. There does not seem to be too much carbonation, and there is a little lacing. The odor is malty, sweet, slight roasted note, slightly nutty, some coffee and dark fruits. The taste is very rich, silky at first, malty, vanilla, dark fruits, dark berry, a slight dry bitterness at the very end. (358 characters)

Photo of Cesarz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sipping on one of these while snacking on 86%dark chocolate... This beer is a real treat, tastes A LOT of raisins and figs, simply delicious!! Cheers!! (151 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very light head that takes a bit to dissipate. The head is a dark tan color with a creamy texture. The head does not completely dissipate but leaves quite a bit of presence on the top of the beer. The beer itself is a very dark caramel brown. The beer might appear to be black but rather a very dark brown.

The beer smell is hoppy with a deep and luxurious caramel malt smell. The hops add a bit of bitterness to the nose and has a deep contrast with the lighter caramel notes. The ops are fairly sharp and crisp. No floral or complete domination but quick and to the point. The caramel notes are pretty big but the hops seem to steal the show here.

The taste has the same notes but the caramel notes seem to be the stronger of two notes. The caramel taste seems to be very strong and dominate the taste while the bitter hops act to contain and reduce the sweetness of the caramel flavor to make it more drinkable. Overall, the beer has a nice caramel taste with a crisp hoppy finish to it.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and thick. Given the fact that the beer is malt heavy, this is not surprising. The beer is extremely smooth from the beginning to finish.

Overall, a fantastic doppelbock and worth getting. My only problem is that it's expensive to get. Other than, I really do recommend getting it. (1,328 characters)

Photo of EOsborne
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a large snifter.

A - Pours a dark, chocolatey brown with a thin tan head. Despite the darkness, it is crystal clear, revealing lovely orangey-brown highlights not unlike cola. The head subsides quickly, and there's little to no lacing, but it rouses nicely when swirled. Looks very luxurious in the snifter.

S - Wow! This may be the most heavenly smelling beer I've ever had. It leads with a rich, complex breadiness, like a toasted pumpernickel. The overwhelming caramel aroma that characterizes many dark beers is subdued. In its place is a bountiful, savory bouquet - a whole meal's worth of smells. There's buttered bread, roasted meat, dried fruits, dark chocolate. It is hard to smell this beer without imagining a feast fit for a king.

T - After such a delightfully busy nose, the flavor is surprisingly straightforward. Dark chocolate and coffee with cream dominate the palate. Oak, vanilla, and subtle, earthy hops lurk around the edges. I was surprised to find the finish very dry and a bit savory like the nose (the syrupy sweet Salvator had me convinced I didn't like doppelbocks for far too long). Where the aroma is beguiling, the flavor is reassuring - a sort of confident, robust answer to the questions posed by the smell.

M - There is a medium thickness somewhere between a brown ale and a stout. The relative lack of carbonation lends an oily slickness, and yet it remains crisp. It lingers for a moment on the palate, then dissipates, inviting you to take another sip.

O - I received this beer as a Christmas gift from my brother, and after one sip it emerged as the most memorable gift of the season. Absolutely magnificent. (1,685 characters)

Photo of markshhaaefer
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I drank this beer when I was in Germany visiting my brother who was stationed there.

This beer was very strong. The taste was ok, I just remember getting wasted off of this beer. I wish I could give more details, but it was memorable, that's for sure! (256 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the finest beers in the world. On draft, this deserves a '5'.
Pours dark. Light head.
Malty flavor dominates, with cocoa, coffee, meat... all kinds of wonderful savory flavors. No sweetness. Perfectly integrated.
Long finish of malt, meat, smoke, hints of licorice. (272 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a small light brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin, milky light brown at the surface. A little bit of lacing around the edges.

The aroma is sweet molasses and very lightly roasted chocolate.

As the bottle indicates, the taste is very rich. Sweet and smooth. Chocolate and molasses from the aroma are still present. Has a very milky and creamy finish.

Medium bodied. Silky smooth going down. Not much carbonation.

Overall, although I am not particularly well versed in Doppelbocks, this one is a very easy drinker, with excellent taste. Definitely deserving of its popularity. (623 characters)

Photo of redhorse107
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely one of the best and most potent doppelbocks available! Smooth and tasty with no harshness at all! Make sure you have a designated driver or enjoy at home!!! (167 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I gave this one a straight 4.75 on all attributes; even though I would struggle to find flaws that prevented it from being a perfect 5. Pours a dark brown color with a phenomenal thick foamy head that almost spilled over. Furthermore, the creamy lace retains throughout the whole drink. Wonderful aroma reminds me of coffee, dark slightly bitter chocolate, and sweet earthy grains. Taste aligns with aroma and includes an aftertaste that is creamy and with a tiny touch of hops. Furthermore, there is a mild alcohol aftertaste like a dark dessert liqueur. Great feel; carbonation light but tingly on the tongue when served cold. This is the first doppelbock I have reviewed here and I feel like I have struck gold by picking amongst the cream of the crop for this style. I will enthusiastically seek this one out again! (819 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle in pint glass. Beer pours intensely dark brown, nearly opaque, but with a red hue. Mild but malty aroma. Flavor is super rich, with layers upon layers of malty goodness. Carefully balanced, and neither bitter nor chalky. This is adult candy. Alarmingly drinkable at 7.2% ABV, too. (299 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

A: (3/3) Black but not hazy with very creamy brown head that dissipates very slowly
S: (10/12) Dark raisiny with some burnt toffee and a somewhat noticeable alcohol undertone
T: (17/20) Sweet, almost like a burnt butterscotch candy with a hint of coffee or dark chocolate
M: (5/5) Medium carbonation but very dry
O: (8/10) You want a double bock? Seriously, buy this guy. It’s awesome. It’s got everything you could want in a balanced dark beer. Dry enough to offset the richness of the flavor. Just enough alcohol to not overpower the darker aromas. Also, it’s got a plastic ram on the bottle. Don’t see that everyday.
43/50 (641 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.