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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,283 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,283
Hads: 5,906
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 462
Gots: 711 | 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: 2,283 | Hads: 5,906
Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours like a heavy molten caramel, and settles into the glass a deep, rich ruby brown, like a well-worn bit of mahogany furniture. Holding the glass to daylight reveals burnished copper-bronze highlights and the faint shadows of fingers on the opposite side of the glass, with bubbles streaming merrily by. The head is impressively thick and foamy, a beige color, which leaves rather persistent and thorough lacing down the glass.

S: Warm baked bread, sprinkled with crumbles of toffee and drizzled with sweet caramel, open the aroma. Lurking beneath the malt bouquet are some fruity notes, like currants and dates with a suggestion of plum. The nose is yeasty, malty, and warm.

T: That is, in fact, a liquid loaf of brown bread, dunked in caramel and molasses, then dipped in toffee as if breading it for frying. While the previously mentioned fruit hints are present, if deeply buried, there is a distinct note like old leather and an almost chicory sort of bite as it goes along. Towards the finish, there is a bitterness not unlike a varnished wood, which fades into a molasses sweetness during some sips, and lingers as a wooden bitterness with others. As the beer warms, the odd bitter notes fade into the background, allowing the sweet, rich, and complex malt to star unmolested, and allowing the currant-date notes to come more forward.

M: Full, rich, and sticky, this beer clings to every mouth surface. There's a sharpness from the carbonation, which seems a wee bit heavy to me.

O: Given the wooden and slightly earthy notes this doppelbock carries, I understand why many tout it as the best of the doppelbock line. I am in no way suggesting this is undeserved, nor that this is a poor quality beer in any way, shape, or form, but it is not my favorite doppelbock as a devout malthead. The odd notes that seem like hops trying to come a little too forward for my liking cut down on my enjoyment - when I want a doppelbock, I want glorious, unrelenting malt and associated flavors, not anything trying to balance or even display hop flavors. Hence, my rating this beer below other doppelbocks, in spite of my unabashed Privatbraurei Aying fanboyism. (2,232 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

A- Dark, dark, red. Little light shows though the glass. Foamy head. It was a big head and then it died to about a rim around the glass.

S- Big dark fruits. Deep roasted malts. Light smokiness. Molasses and brown bread present. Sweet and some kind of bitterness. Big and bold. Malt lovers dream.

T- lots of roasted/toasted maltiness. Molasses type sweetness. Bready. Earthy type bitterness. No real hop presence.

M- Full bodied. Sticky. Rich. Regardless of the fact that this is full bodied, it is easy to drink.

Overall this beer is real special. So far this is my favorite German beer. Maltiness ,bready goodness. So big and bold in flavor, but not too big in alcohol. This would be awesome with pot roast! (713 characters)

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a tall glass. Huge 5 finger head which dissipates to a nice frothy cap. Very dark brown with an attractive auburn or dark red hue. Almost no light comes through when held up to light. Definitive chocolate and malt flavor with notes of coffee and perhaps a distant plum. Sort of a roasted taste on the back end. Smooth mouth feel with some bitterness and carbonation. Reminds me of some porters I've had. Low alcohol by volume, almost too low but I like beers with a higher than 6% ABV. Overall a very agreeable beer that I would drink again. (563 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep, deep brown. Clear when help up to the light. A thick tan fizzy head settles down to a light covering and leaves small amounts of lacing. The aroma is malty, with notes of dark fruit and dark toffee. The taste is equally malty, with a nice herbal hops to balance it and a slight spicy quality to the finish. The body is thick and full, almost heavy like a Scottish ale. A great example of a doppelbock. (418 characters)

Photo of titvs
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 5C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L4013. AROMA: sweet and pleasant malt aromatics with some toasty, bread crust and caramelly notes. no hop aroma and very faint dried grapes aromas. APPEARANCE: dark Brown color with ruby highlights. good clarity. average moussy head with dark ivory color and good retention. TASTE: very nice flavours ranging from a plethora of melanoidins with toasty notes and bread crust. sweet malty background with a clean lager profile without any kind of diacetyl. low bitterness. finishes semi-sweet. PALATE: medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. smooth. OVERALL: a very nice exemple of a traditional doppelbock which is delicious and a feast for the senses. (734 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours dark brown with hints of mahogany and ruby towards the light, half finger head that sticks around.
Rich malty smell, with salty roasted grains, dark bread crust, some caramel, a big nut mix, some cocoa powder, faint dried plum. Big expectations.
Which are met entirely, and then some. Lots of dark chocolate, not too rough, but with a nice clear cocoa note. Some salted toffee, some caramel, rich nuttiness (peanut, walnut, faint pistachio). A dark fruit zing, subtle, with some nice dried fig mostly and some faint smoked plums. Faint vanilla and licorice. Gets roastier hinting some coffee but more especially dark bread crust. A bit of charcoal in the finish, mildly bitter, even with a nice German hop presence felt.
Medium to thick in body, oily, with a medium carbonation. Quite "full". Nice nutty, malty aftertaste.
A huge doppelbock, tons of taste, great balance, beautiful from start to finish. Deserves being a classic. (935 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%

Nose: dark malt and fruit, dark bread, no roasted aromatics. Faint noble hops.
Brilliant chestnut, under a persistent, clingy, rocky 2"+ lightly brown tinted off-white foam cap that provides excellent lace.
Palate: Liquid fresh baked dark German bread, a hint of prune, spicy malt and hops, a slight tartness on the finish and a faint hint of hop bitterness.
Full body, medium low carbonation, rich, creamy, clean. (414 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours from a 330ml bottle a dark brown with reddish highlights under a solid 2-finger thick light mocha head with lingers and eventually settles to a thin cap and rim leaving stringy and spotty lace.

N: Roasty and caramel malts, dark chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, mild sweetness, aged wood.

T: Dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins), dark malts, dark chocolate mousse, nutty and earthy. Complex.

M: Full body and semi-full carbonation. Creamy, silky smooth and rich finish.

O: A classic. Bonus points for the plastic goat lanyard. (534 characters)

Photo of Roser
4/5  rDev -7.6%

A- dark, dark, dark mocha/mahogany brown. Big, tan, frothy long lasting head. Very little lacing (if any).

S- nutty, chocolate, ginger, caramel.

T- deep dark chocolate (very much like high % cacao), fig, coffee. Sweetness up front, bitter on the back.

M- smooth, silky, medium body.

O- outstanding! Excellent! A great Dopplebock. Would absolutely recommend.

Cheers! (374 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a red tint shining through, when held up to a light. It had a small tan head
S-sweet malt smell with a hint of roast, dark fruit, and bourbon aroma
T-Malt but not sweet, and with a roasted taste that gives you a slight hop aftertaste with the hint of bourbon in the finish.
M-high carbonation, creamy, and medium body
O-nothing is overpowering. It just gives you a well balanced aroma and taste. (414 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle no date into New Belguim globe

A-Deep brown color, small beige head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruits, caramel and chocolate.

T-Sweet taste has similar notes with hint of smoked wood in gently bitter roasty finish.

M-Medium body and soft carbonation.

O-Overall this beer is fantastic! (326 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled into small snifter glass.

Appearance: intense dark brown like molasses. A quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly. No lacings around the glass.

Smell: while chilled, picked up some caramel and vanilla. As the beer warmed up, I picked up whiffs of root beer.

Taste: sweet malt with a touch of bourbon. As it warmed up, noted flavor of Cola. Whiskey flavors became a bit more prominent. Finishes slightly burnt, maybe a little bit of ash. Not a huge malt bomb, I'd say more balance with the malt sweetness and finishes burnt. It wasn't overpoweringly sweet like I expected.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated - kind of goes hand in hand with the slight Cola taste. But carbonation seems to fade as it warms up. No booziness or heat noted.

Overall: The flavors are well balance between the sweet maltiness and the burnt finish. Not as complex as I hoped it to be but still outstanding. (907 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark rich mahogany. Almost nothing in terms if light penetration. 1/4 inch of thick head no lace left on the glass.

S: toasted malts and molasses are the dominate aromas. Maybe some carmel notes but they are faint.

T: I get a lot of molasses and dried fruits. Also a big taste of toasted malts and a touch of hops

M: I wanted this to be a little heavier. It's thick and chewy but taste and flavor fade fast.

O: worth every pennie (473 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark, thick, cola-colored body with a huge, frothy light tan head.

S- Raisins, cherry licorice, rich bready malt. Big aroma filled with rich malts.

T- Very similar to the aroma, big rich malts, raisins, a nice toasted flavor to it with lots of sweetness to balance it out. Some of the aroma and flavor reminds me of the cherry licorice pipes my dad used to buy me.

M- Not quite as thick and chewy as I am used to with doppelbocks, but still very nice and good for the style.

O- A nice example of the style and one of the originals. Not quite as big as a would have imagined, but a solid beer. (600 characters)

Photo of jsausley
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stout glass from a bottle.

A: This beer is a wonderfully dark, thick and rich doppelbock. It is mostly a dark brownish-black with hints of red and even amber at its thinnest points in the glass near the stem. Some creamy frothy head but no major lacing on on my pour. The beer seems so thick that as it leaves the glass it pulls the lacing with it. Lots of soul in this beer's look.

S: Not super fragrant, gives the impression that it's thick and not aromatic like an IPA. Big malts hidden deep and a very noticeable molasses smell.

T: I'll be completely frank from the start. I struggled between a 5.00 and 4.75 here. This beer isn't really perfect but it's too good to be 4.75. Unfortunately I don't think it quite deserves a 5.00 but it's so close that I almost gave it to it anyway... Anyway, on to the review.. The first sip is very smooth and crisp considering its thickness, very similar to a nice drinkable wine. Extremely malty, one of the richest and maltiest beers I've tasted. Tons of depth and various flavors as the beer cools. Rich caramel and molasses over hints of coffee. Even a little twang maybe like a green apple on the nose. Nothing overpowering, perfectly balanced. Extremely drinkable. 6.7% ABV and virtually zero bitterness. The roasted malts are huge. The only thing it needs is a little more hops to give it a nice crispy finish. Massive, deep rich beer. Wonderful. A++++.

M: Thick but not syrupy. Very crisp and tons of carbonation deep within the beer's rich texture. A wonderful mouthfeel after drinking with almost no aftertaste. Super smooth, super flavorful and super easy to drink.

O: By far the easiest doppelbock I've tasted, and possibly one of the best beers I've tasted. Rich and powerful, deep and thick but not overly strong, sour or bitter. Lots of wonderful notes and a very fragrant nose. Dominant flavors are MALT MALT MALT MALT with some caramel, molasses. Followed by some subtle coffee and citrus hints. Wonderfully balanced, maybe the best balanced beer I've ever sampled. Unbelievably drinkable for this thickness. (2,087 characters)

Photo of JSigsbach
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is the real deal German Doppelbock, "-ator" ending and all from visual appeal to taste. Packaging is beautiful with the dark brown bottle as backdrop for the light blue label punctuated by the amber-red glass of beer. The finishing touch which I love (see picture) is the small goat hung from a red thread--just a classy finishing touch to say "we’re really proud of our product." Very eye catching. Beautiful nearly black, amber color so inviting with the creamy tan head, washes smoothly, beautifully over the tongue very complex but well blended flavors with ever so slight chocolaty notes to me, some bitterness on finish but not overpowering. The only thing that detracted for me a bit, resulting in a slightly lower aroma score, was the aroma upon finishing the pour--it was slightly--no other word for it--"tin canny." Ever so slight but just noticeable. It did not in any way come through in the actual taste of the beer and was then indistinguishable by half way through the glass of beer (drunk from a stemmed, rounded belly goblet that allows aromas to experienced well). This was my first tasting so it may have been an aberration. Aside from that aspect, which I can’t call "very minor" since, for me, the pre-first drink aroma experience is part of the overall experience, the beer is superb. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. As a matter of fact I did and he fell in love with it. (1,420 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty malts actually bordering on the line of roasty bring notes of dark bread, vanilla and nuts. Very pleasant. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Solid toasted malt brings more nutty notes plus some dark bread crackers like rye croutons or something. Not as much vanilla in the aroma, more milk chocolate tones here. Pretty damn complex for a lager. A touch of alcohol.

M- This is where you can tell it's a lager as it's not necessarily thin, just not as robust as the flavor and appearance let on. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though I'm not much of a lager guy, I would reach for this all the time if the price were lower. Flavorful and slightly robust with a well-hidden ABV. I can see why this is so revered. (1,022 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby edges. The head was over two fingers of beige loveliness – this baby was live! The nose and flavor possessed the typical malty and bready notes that are indicative of a traditional doppelbock. The mouthfeel was very smooth and there was an ever-so-slight sweetness on the finish that was terrific. I could see this served as an excellent dessert beer.

A classic! (398 characters)

Photo of HuskyHawk
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Pours a deep amber brown, with a dark tan head. Not quite black and still catches some light.

S. Bread pudding with raisins, malty, sweet, some toffee.

T. Bread pudding with raisins, drizzled with plum brandy sauce. This is divine and delicious. Many others flavors to pick out here. Alcohol is well integrated.

M. Viscous, very full and round. Coats your whole mouth.

O. Amazing beer. Not sure how I missed it, but it is among the best I have had. A must try. (470 characters)

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

I'm not sure how I've never drank this beer before now, but this just shot to my top twenty list easy.

Glassware: mug
What I see first: Pours nice, with a considerable head. Dark, cola-like color.

What I smell: I get a sweet vanilla/toffee smell, but that is an over simplification.

What I taste: I drank it slightly chilled or cellar temperature. Thing that struck me most was how smooth the after taste was. Initially you get that strong alcohol taste, but it quickly changes to almost a sweet bread-like heartiness. The more you drink the better it gets and it sort of just glazes your palate leaving you hungry for another.

Final Thoughts: To speak simply, I would like to put this on my corn flakes in the morning. This beer is freaking amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes this style of beer. (821 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown with a fluffy tan head of about 1 cm that fades to a thin edge layer. ARoma is some dark sweet malt with toffee, brown sugar, and caramel and a little bit of dark fruit.
First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture and very fine tingly carbonation that coats my palate on each sip.
Flavor is as the nose advertises, lots of sweet malt with brown sugar and some toffee, I also get a bit of dark fruit and the finish is a little sweet and some roasted notes.
There isnt much of a hop character anywhere and the alcohol is well hidden too.
This beer is great and I am drinking it very easily this evening. Worthy doppel for certain, dont overlook this beer. (756 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer that is not heavy to drink, with good taste.

Pours a nice dark beer. Has a little foam head. Smell is chocolate. Taste is like chocolate and coffee. It is a light beer considering it is a dark beer, very smooth like a nitro beer. Mouth feel is light. (262 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger tan head. Dark nearly opaque body. The head settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass and on the drink down.
S) Roasty malt aromas. Bready.
T) Bold malt taste. Toasty caramel. Hints of chocolate. Bready.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Slightly dry finish.
O) A delicious doppelbock! (338 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lager Mill $ 3.69/330 mL bottle
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into stange
Aroma of malt
Head large (8 cm), slowly diminishing to a 1 cm layer. Light brown, creamy with small rocks.
Lacing OK – small irregular islands of mostly tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor moderately sweet with roasted malt nuttiness, ends very slightly bitter. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate is medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Avery attractive aooearing and smelling beer. The flavor is typical of the doppelbock style but is neither too sweet nor too bitter – just a moderately priced tasty beer. Worth having a case in the cellar. (638 characters)

Photo of tjaxon90
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

By far the best dopplebocks I have ever had and probably my favorite beer. Sure its costly and hard to find but it is worth while. Found it down in edwardsville il at a bar that only serves craft brews and imports. If you can find it you'll like it. Guaranteed. (261 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.