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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,293
Hads: 5,948
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 466
Gots: 736 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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: 2,293 | Hads: 5,948
Photo of GnomeKing
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew perked to attention in my chalice glass, foaming into a large head of medium-sized bubbles. The color was deep brown with a little red when looking down into the glass, and black/brown when looking at it from the side.

The smell is strong and enchanting, a siren call to drink the beer. There were strong aromas of caramel and chocolate, among other scents, that promised a strong malt character in the beer.

The taste is rich and hearty, with caramel being most noticeable in the early swigs, then chocolate coming through strongly at the bottom of my chalice glass. By the end, there were also some hints of, could it be, grapes and strawberries? Along the way toward finishing this magnificent beer, there were also hints of coffee and devil's food cake. Yeah, and black licorice too. And maybe even nuts. All the tastes were blended perfectly.

It is a good world, that has Celebrator in it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown, like a craft root beer, with a nice tan head. Little lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt; caramel notes with a bit of dried fruit

Taste: Lots of wonderful maltiness; chocolate, dried fruit and a bit of coffee. that just lasts and lasts; doesn't take long for the alcohol to assert itself; hops add a nice balancing note; the finish is sweet and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Nice and rich; modest carbonation and a lot of warmth

Drinkability: A wonderful sipping beer; take a little in your mouth, let it sit on your tongue and work its magic

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is one good beer.

Appearance: Deep brownish red. Very dark, beautiful. A fairly large head forms, but disapears as you drink.

Smell: Rich, creamy and malty. Maybe a little bit of cookie dough?

Taste: What can I say? It's beautiful. Sweet but not overly so. A chocolatey, creamy taste is the first thing you get. Beneath that there is a wonderful bready/doughy flavor and hints of some dark fruit. Sweeter by far than the beers I typically drink, but somehow it's balanced. Very faint hop and alcohol bite. Finish is very long, with that chocolatey creamy malty taste just resting on your tounge.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, but pretty viscous. Good carbonation, but it maintains the creamy aspects of it's flavor.

Drinkability: Two of these were gone before I had a chance to notice it. This is one damned drinkable beer, though it's a little heavy to drink several.

Final note: I am absolutely wild about this beer.In fact, I'm so crazy about this beer that I can't tell if I'm objective in rating it. It's one of the best I've tasted, no kidding. For all the talk of creamyness and sweetness, at it's core this is a highly balanced brew. The brewers at Ayinger are true craftsmen. This is a work of art.

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Photo of mntlover
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burgandy with brown head that falls to ligth wisps of lace. Aroma is that of sweet malt, caramel and light raisin bread aromas. Smells sweet and substantial. Tastes of sweet malt, molasses, syrupy sugars with a hint of fruit. Tastes heavy but feels lighter in your mouth creamy and smooth a pleasure to drink. Drinkability is very good goes down quick and easy. A malty fine beer personaly I lean to the hoppy side of the force but this is one fine brew.

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Photo of wyllder
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep caramel with ruby hilights and a good 3/4 inch tan head. Has a nice guinness-like effect on the pour. Very pretty to look at.

Nose is roasted malts and caramel with a slightly candied, fruity edge.

Intro onto the palate is ever so slightly bitter before the malt kicks in to mellow it out. There's also a tad too much carbonation that takes a moment to back off before the malt has a chance to make itself know. Is slightly astringent on the front of the palate, leaving a tartness on the front of the tongue after it's gone. Aftertaste is smooth caramel malt with a little espresso lurking behind it.

Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy but just a wee bit too astringent & carbonated for my liking. Creates a little more tartness than I would have liked.

A solid drinker, I don't think I'll have any complaints about having to finish the 4-pack I picked up.

Overall, a good offering. In my opinion it doesn't quite measure up to the TH-Liberator, but it's not bad at all.


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Photo of bignick
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one absolutely superb beer. It is extremely smooth and creamy.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. The head is large, but quickly recedes, but a smooth lace remains. The smell is that of molasses, and a bit of malt. The roasted malt is particularly evident in the taste. I get almost a chocalate taste from the residual sugars. As great as the taste is, the mouthfeel is even more impressive. This is a very full-bodied beer, but it is so smooth that it goes down nice and easy. The creaminess is overwhelming. This is, in my book, a top ten beer, and it's reputation is completely deserved.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a slight copper tone towards the edges. Beer pours a nice tan / offwhite head about a half inch high.

Smell: Notes of dark malts along with an array of fruits. One can also smell slight alcohol with an almost vinous tone in the finish.

Taste: This beer hits the pallate with nice malt tones. Biscuit, caramel, and a slight chocolate flavor which compete with a large fruity balance that brings out figs and raisins. There is a winey sweet, brown sugary sweet and fruity flavor to this brew. and alcohol taste at the end. Very well rounded for an enjoyable doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: This beer is chewy and has a nice medium body. Totally a treat for the mouth.

Drinkability: A solid beer which hides its alcohol beneath great malt characteristics. Super smooth

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking 1 inch fluffy cream head and a beautiful dark black body. Aroma is sweet with heavy malt presence. The taste is pretty sweet and the alcohol hits midstream. Doesn't finish as crisp as I normally like on Bocks, but nonetheless, very flavorful. I know this is in the "Top Ten", but I honestly would choose other Double Bocks over this one. This is my second bottle of this and I had the same feeling each time.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle equipt with toy trinket around the neck. The beer is poured into the trademark Celebrator glass.

Appearance: Dark burgandy in color, the beer pours with a beautiful tan head that holds its retention until well after the beer is gone.

Smell: Molasses mingled with dark malts and a rather leafy hop character. Hops provide the beer with a nice bitterness.

Taste: Exceptionally creamy and smooth. Bready malts with elements of fruit and coffee. The finish is rather sweet and lingering.

Overall: If you can find a Doppelbock that beats this one, let me know. This is a simply amazing brew to say the very least. World-class.

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

Deep, dark, malted, powerful, and very balanced. This is quite a beer.

It looks mostly like plain darkness. Small amounts of red and brown poke through at times. There's a small head that lasts well. It left a really nice lace web of lace.

There's a touch of carmel on top of a lot of dark and hefty malts. The mouthfeel is very solid and pleasing, and it's still easy to drink. It comes through strong and stays that way, but the strength does not detract. It's good in all ways.

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Photo of paulie
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours extremely dark but crystal clear -- a red so dark that it is almost purple. Big stiff dark head slowly fades to leave lace all over the glass. The nose is all caramel and malt but without any candy sweetness. Full, velvety mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to make it rich instead of heavy. The flavor is all malt: caramel notes and just a hint of roastiness and a smooth, rounded sweetness. Does not cut you in the back of the throat like some doppelbocks -- very smooth as it goes down. Perfectly balanced bitterness in the finish to cut the sweetness and prevent it from being cloying. Too filling to be a "regular", but very close to being heaven in a bottle.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark almost opaque prune color with a large tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Roasted/maple, and caramel malt aroma with sweet taste very much mirroring the aroma, except there was some alcohol warming presense as the beer went down. Very creamy and smooth. My favorite doppelbock.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany with a mottled tan/off-white head. The head is thick and rocky, but has only fair retention and very little lacing. The carbonation appears fine and mild.

Smell: Somewhat mild. Starts with a malty combo of dark fruit, molasses and caramel. Hints of cardboard. Some flowery/apple yeast esters.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A nice blend of sweet and smoke, with strong malt, burnt sugar, caramel and cola flavors, although it's not nearly as sweet as I might have expected. The finish is dry and bitter with hints of tobacco smoke. A sweetness lingers long into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is surprisingly macro, with sharp carbonation and a fairly light body.

Drinkability: Good; it's flavorful, pleasant and fairly light bodied, especially for a 6.7% ABV brew.

Tasty, but not exceptional or unique. I wouldn't refuse another, but I wouldn't seek one out, either.

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Photo of beerinator
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Brown, almost black. Tannish dark tan head with small bubbles assisting with the decent retention.

Aroma: Front notes of coffee. Caramel roasty almonds make their presence known as well. Very very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Heavy malt up front. The alcohol content is noted in the flavors. Mouthfeel isn't as full as I expected from the smell. Nutty. Taste is a bit mocha-ish.

Notes: Expensively enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Soybomb
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks great, a dark sort of cola brown with a long lasting head.

Smell: Has an easily detectable aroma, but it was mostly alcohol, with some spices to me.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet and malty flavor with a little detectable alcohol. Doesn't finish much different than it starts. Low carbonation, but medium mouthfeel. Some spices and sweetness are there but particular flavors are difficult to pick out.

Notes: My first doppelbock.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had my very first dopplebock a couple of days ago and was impressed: I had my second one today and was completely blown away.
When I first poured this into the glass it had a typical brown to dark brown body with an immensely dense light brown that sticks around to the very end. But when I held this up to the light it was actually deep rich mahogany/garnet color, beautiful.
The smell was sweet dark fruits and roasted malts; molasses and brown sugar were also very prevalent.
Pretty huge taste of sweet malts to start that give way to a roasted flavor, and then there's actually some bitterness from the hops.
Velvety smooth mouthfeel that just rolls around my mouth with a silky creaminess that's just enticing me to take another sip.
Highly drinkable, great from pour to last drop and leaves me wanting more and after that, a little more.

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Photo of andyo
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this for the first time tonight after eyeing this beer for months. The store around the corner from me has this stocked all the time, and I have always been curious about this beer. After seeing it in the BA top 50, I thought it was high time to try this beer.

Poured a dark hazelnut brown with a nice two-fingered pillowed head. This head was extraordinary, but soon dissapated, leaving traces along the glass as I drank.

The smell ofthis beer is very strong to me, and the initial taste provided some fruit, licorice, and nutty flavors, with a bite, followed by a strong alcohol aftertaste. This beer got more mellow as I drank it. This is a big beer. I have only had one or two dopplebocks in the last few years, so I really don't know how to intelligently review this. Every review I have read has stated that this is a good beer, and I would agree. A great beer with lots of flavor, though I would be hard pressed to drink more than a few in a sitting.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This doppelbock pours darker than any of its famous counterparts (Paulaner Salvator, Bell's Consecrator, etc...). It's color is a deep tan with a slight hint of burgandy, although the deep tan obscures most of that shade until the bottom of the glass. There is little head; however, there are creamy hints at the top of the glass. The smell is sweet malt with a little bit of chocolate/fruit sugar. Upon first taste, the beer seems exceptionally smooth and consistent despite having a nice thickness and depth. The drinkability is outstanding considering the depth, actually, I had two of these without feeling cottonmouthed. This beer is an excellent doppelbock, I'm left wondering if it can be topped
I also had a glass of it on tap at Tornado's in San Fran.

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

Big old 3-finger tan head on this one. The body is a very dark, basically opaque brown. Maybe a touch, and I mean a touch, lighter than the darker stouts. The head is creamy and lasts a while and laces well.

The smell is not quite as strong as I was expecting. It is a nice aroma of sweet toasted malt. With another whiff I find it fruity as well.

The taste is lively, but subtle. Fruity with a roasted (almost but not quite stout) taste.

The mouthfeel is heavy, but in a good way. A very warming finish, almost not appropriate for late spring in the midwest, but good as the night is getting later. Nice balanced carbonation.

This is one that gets down pretty easy, but may be too heavy for more than, say, two of these. Very drinkable as dopplebocks go.

I think this is the top of the BA top 50 I've had. Not quite my favorite but very worthy of a good position in my top 50.

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

This double bock is colored a deep cola-like brown which borders on a nearly opaque black. Its head is thin, yet consistent and with good retention. A thick malty-sweet aroma blossoms from the top, reminiscent of a porter or stout. However, unlike a porter or stout, this beer has a slimmer body, at once refreshing and filling. The taste hints at smoke and brazil nuts (or is it coffee?), and is, in a word, deep. As for its drinkability, I could see myself enjoying one or two of these, but I find it hard to picture someone putting down more than a few bottles in an evening.

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

poured out basically black, with a decent head.
smelled great, fruity, malty a slight hint of some spice but quite muted
taste was just outstanding, smooth sweetness that lingered very well on the tongue with a malty backdrop and some fruit came out in the middle.
mouthfeel was very nice some fizz but very smooth and somewhat creamy.
very drinkable in my opinion. I would definitely cough up the 9 bucks for a 4 pack again

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Photo of kbub6f
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big, tan, dense, thick, doughy head. A few spots of lacing. Dark, dark brown beer. Toffee highlights. Major molasses in the nose. Sweet toffee. Front is very sweet: thick molasses. Thick, buttery, malty middle; chocolate toffee syrup. Finish sours, with bitter chocolate. This is a sweet, thick, choco/molasses syrupy brew. It's almost too much, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of tar
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice looking bottle complete with a Christmas ornament if the season is right and your tree underdecorated. Pours a nice thick looking very dark brown--reddish when held up to light, with a nice tan head. A rich aroma of fruit (plums, prunes?), and spice. Tastes a bit of coffee and again has some fruit tones (raisons, prunes??) with some bitter hops in the finsih. Sweet and malty. Not a particularly smooth beer and a bit thin in the mouth. An alright beer, although I was a bit disappointed by it--I like Salvator very much and was expecting to really enjoy this as well, and while its still pretty good, I was not blown away.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely amazing doppelbock. Actually an amazing beer of any style. Pours a very deep and dark color-I guess mahogany would be the descriptor. Nearly opaque. Nice brown head stays present all the way done. Smells great. Tastes malty, sweet. Sweetness is not overwhelming. There is something dancing on the taste buds? Very pleasurable.

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

Even though I have seen this on the shelf and knew it was highly rated on the site, I hesitated to buy the beer, because of the dumb plastic goat hung around the bottles. That was a bad decision.

The beer pours a very dark, mahogany color with a tannish head that is very long lasting. There is some substantial lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is great with a big malty smell and some hints of caramel and herbs.

The taste is the thing here, though. It is huge flavor of malt with a real sweetness hidden in it. There is also a hit of hops and yeast and an alcohol kick at the end.

This is incredible in the mouth. It is so creamy and smooth but it has a carbonated bubble to it as well. It is almost thick. I think that this may be the best German beer that I've ever had in a bottle. It is certainly the best Doppelbock.

I've actually come to like the little goat toy.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,293 ratings.