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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 5,627
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 406
Gots: 585 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of kajerm
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ornamental, extremely German-looking bottle, with a white plastic faux-ivory goat hanging from the neck. Pretty cool.

Pours dark brown with a ruby cast and a thin head.

First whiff is malty as hell, super-sweet with some dark fruit and molasses.

Tastes exactly like it smells and finishes clean. Alcohol is virtually undetectable-- it's only 6.7% ABV and it shows. Packed with simple, rich malty sweetness-- a dessert beer for sure. It's not really all that complex, but Celebrator is pretty much a flawless doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is thin and very lightly carbonated. Pretty much on-par for the style.

Not really all that drinkable, but great for after-dinner sipping.

Photo of Slatetank
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled from a plastic goat adorned brown 12oz bottle into an Ayiner Celebrator glass with gold rim.
A - Healthy, hefty head hangs on for a while only gradually relaxing leaving a generous amount of lace. A deep brown coffee color similar to mahogany.

S - An extremely pleasant malt with vinous raisin and slightly molasses odor emanates w/ a synergy of roasted malt and brown sugar, fig like scents. Earthy and woody underpinnings follow through.

M - A smooth buttery feel with a masterful blend of carbonation and malt sweetness that surrounds the tongue with exquisite nuance.

T - A beautiful walnut desert flavor gets tangled up in a luscious mix of fig, caramel, toffee, vanilla, subtle dark chocolate and sweet dark malt. The lager yeast really lets the spectrum of nutty, roasty and sweet satiny flavors blend with effortless grace. A majestic harmony is achieved with minimal bitterness and malt that fades into a rippling echo.

D - May be respected in small doses like a truffle with it's rich character and lasting residual sweetness. Almost a meal on its own, it has a fullness and chewiness that makes for a lager for special occasions - like any day it is available.

Photo of ChazMania
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Poured with a one finger head but that faded very quickly.

S) Aroma has some fig, some prune.

T) Flavor is nice and full. There are darker fruit flavors as well as a tad of vanilla.

M) Malty texture with a full lasting finish.

D)Good beer, I imagine this would be simply delicious on tap.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite dark brown color, slight burgundy highlights. Very big and bready aroma, some pepper and caramel sweetness in the hop-malt profile. This is a tasty doppelbock, very sweet with a little hop spicing and big malt presence. This is a sipper and a classic.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pat at Finger Lakes Beverage in Ithaca recommended this for me to try as he said it's the best Dopplebock around. I was attracted to the nice little goat charm. This is one amazing looking beer. Very dark ruby appearance with a wonderful dark khaki colored head that remains throughout entire tasting with a medium grainy lace. Smell is of a nutty chocolate with a toasted malt undertone. Very pleasant smell. Taste follows up quite well after the amazing odor. Lots of malt! Very sweet bready flavors, brown sugar, raisin as well. Little to no alcohol bite which I enjoy. Such a smooth enjoyable brew that has a fair amount of carbonation to it, but doesn't distract from its overall balance. This beer left me speechless, I highly recommend this no matter what kind of beer you prefer. I have a new respect for Dopplebocks and look forward to trying more. Thank you Pat from Finger Lakes Beverage!

Photo of becktone
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Black in color with ruby highlights, this brew is everything that a doppelbock should look like. The head has good retention, is tan in color and appears to be creamy. As it recedes from the pour it leaves appetizing lacing along the sides of the glass.

Nose: Strong sweet malt aromas right up front. Alcohol presence is noticeable. No hop aroma present. Notes of chocolate come thorough, overall dark character to the aroma.

Tongue: Overall dark complex nicely mixed flavor. Flavor is also very clean. As with the aroma there is a chocolate presence, and a bit of alcohol is noticeable. Finishes with some roasted type and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and creamy on the palate. Lower carbonation of this brew accentuates the complex flavors. This brew is real easy to drink, could easily drink this without getting tired of it. The body is a bit thinner than what I would have expected; however, it is still full bodied. Finishes more on the drier side once one has sat without taking another sip for a few moments. A great doppelbock, but for the price of 4 of these I'd probably rather buy Bell's or Spaten's doppelbock....you know more bang for the buck. But I guess If I want to splurge then I'd buy these.

Photo of ablaze
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep ruby red colour with a nice beige head. Looks like a rich beer, that's for sure.

Scent is a very faint rose or potpourri, with a soft undertone of alcohol that takes a few sniffs to notice.

The flavours unravel very well, and every sip is different. Very spicy and fruity at first with lots of strawberries, then blackberries, and then a solid rye bread finish. Very nicely layered with a rich, lingering aftertaste. It's a delicious and sweet beer, like candy.

Feels silky in the mouth, and clingy, like it's coating your mouth before it goes down. Quite pleasing.

Definitely a special beer, and it's well priced. I could drink it in any kind of weather on any day, and it would cheer me right up (but what good beer doesn't?). 6.7% by volume, but very easy to drink, and the alcohol isn't noticable by taste.

Overall, it's very deserving of the praise it has gotten and it is very close to what I expected. I am satisfied, and will definitely be getting more of this in the future.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.

S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.

M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.

D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.

Photo of kdoc8
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Willamette Market of Choice, Eugene, OR. It pours out a very dark brown color with some faint red hints. It's got a thin bubbly head that's tan-brown and long lasting. Not much lacing. It doesn't smell too strongly - just a bit bitter but mostly a sweet smell. The taste is slightly acidic/bitter up front, but then erupts into a roasty sweet chocolate taste on the end which dominates the aftertaste. Very drinkable and delicious - nice bitterness to balance out the sweet roast. Plus it's got a funky little goat necklace for some reason. You don't find too many beers with necklaces....

Photo of Duster72
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coca-cola color into glass with no head. No lacing left behind. Aroma is chocolate at first and then roasted malts. Taste is dark fruits and sugar up front. Carmel malts give way to roasted flavor and slight alcohol burn as it goes down. Aftertaste is primarily roastiness and alcohol. Good beer, not great. I do not have enough experience in the style to say how it stacks up to the competiton.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 11.2 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Huge rocky, creamy, thick head. The body looks very dark and rich. As it's being consumed, it leaves a substantial amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly roasted malt and a good dose of clean hops in there as well.

T: This brew is very complex in that the first couple of sips seemed to have a lot of roasted malt flavor up front. Then, as I took the next few sips, the roasted character of this brew seems to mellow out and the hops really shine through more to balance the malt sweetness. In my opinion, the only thing missing from this brew is that it actually needs just a slight touch more of malt sweetness for all the hop flavor it has.

M: Simply awesome. Perfect for the style, but still doesn't weigh you down.

D: Without a doubt, the most drinkable double bock I've ever had. It's not quite as sweet as most brews of the style, and I just can't get enough the awesome hops that do such a nice job of balancing everything out. Also, this brew has a somewhat lower ABV than most doppelbocks, which makes it an excellent session beer if you feel like having a few. My local grocer just started getting this beer, it tastes so good I forgot the expensive price already!

Photo of udubdawg
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, freshness dated June 9, 2007.

Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown - it occurs to me that without the thick head and the goat "toy" I'd probably have neighbor kids trying to steal sips of my "cola". Nice clarity. Head is light brown with impressive creamy thickness and retention. Decent lacing as well.

Nose is lighted roasted/carmelized maltines and brown sugar. No hops noted, but a little of the alcohol strength is.

Taste is as I remember it - the best doppelbock I've had. Fruits not present in the aroma explode into the mouth along with the nice bready flavor. Nice balance of caramel and plum/berry sweetness with a somewhat drying and bittering finish.

Creamy full-bodied smoothness abounds. Carbonation relatively light. Always have to force myself to drink this slowly enough to enjoy it, as I never seem to have enough around.

Very drinkable. On the rare wonderful occasion when I have more than one, it IS quite filling after a while.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, clear. Mild to moderate carbonation. Nice head, foamy with decent lace.

Banana esters jump out first. Chocolate. Hop: mildly tart, floral, and spicy. Malt: nut, sweet toffee.

Medium+ bodied. Mild metallic taste first. Malt: thick/sweet, chocolate, nut, toffee, coffee, toasty, molasses. Hop: floral, tart, herbal. Spicy alcohol, mild banana esters. Creamy and smooth, mildly carbonated.

So good. Tastes great, feels great. Looks perfect.

Photo of Matteox3
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased by the case at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA.

This beer was very full bodied, dark brown with a very adequate head. Smell was smoky, bocky, goodness. The taste had almost a soy sauciness that worked very well actually. Much more drinkable to me than other bocks ive had. This is a quality bock.

Photo of pavandal
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into my sweet Stroh's goblet (word.) a nice dark brown that I couldn't see through. No real head, just a few bubbles around the outside.

A very complex smell here. We have caramel, a fruity smell, and a slight roasted background. I liked the smell of this a whole lot.

Taste was good! It had a caramel taste at first, with the roasted malt flavor bringing up the back. Some caramel and citrus notes were detected as well.

ABV wasn't as high as other Dopplebocks I've had, so that's pretty cool.

I really dug this beer. Can't wait to have another!

Photo of auxiliary
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance -datk brown color, with lots of head, not much carbination.

smell - Lots of molasses smell here.

taste - molasses, and coffee flavor here.

mouthfeel - Heavy body, molasses

drinkability - Nice bock, would buy it again,nice looking beer with its large head.

Photo of travelfrog
3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the few "*-ator" Munich Starkbier brands I did not try in Munich during my Starkbierzeit pilgrimages in my younger days... ;) I must say I was a bit disappointed, especially since I have very much enjoyed Ayinger's other beer varieties. To be fair, I had this brew on tap in the USA (i.e., perhaps not at its freshest), served into a Celebrator 0.3 liter glass.

Appearance was dark-brown with a reddish tinge. A bit more watery than other Doppelbocks I've seen.

Aroma was very good, almost of a chocolate cordial.

Flavor was OK, with notes of port wine and sherry. The aftertaste was almost salty.

Mouthfeel was average at best, with not a lot of body and cloying to the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability was OK for a Doppelbock, but you could definitely taste the alcohol.

Again, to be fair, I had it on tap a long distance from where it was brewed. Perhaps I'll sample it again if I make it back to Bavaria.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

unfortunately writing this review too long after the fact but here goes...poured a beatiful dark brown with a nice thick head, aroma was redolant of chocolate, dark, almost burnt caramel malts, toasted bread, espresso, and honey. taste was kind of like drinking a nice dark bread with a nice residual sweetness and enough understated hops to provide great balance, mouthfeel was medium in body but that does not do it justice, i just can't bring myself to say something feels great in my mouth despite my avatar, drinkability is great for a beer of this abv. ayinger really knows how to showcase complex, clean malt flavors.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear rusty brown coloring. The head is quite persistent and left some mild lacing around the glass.

Smell: Notes of oatmeal, molasses, and chocolate in the foreground. Dark berries, and some hops present as well.

Taste: The chocolate and molasses are nicely balanced by the hop presence. After warming some citrus shines through but it doesn't overpower the other flavors. There seems to be some coffee presence as well.

Mouthfeel: This creamy beverage coats the mouth with all the flavors described.

Drinkability: Very well balanced doppelbock thats complex but easy to appreciate.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Decent head settles fairly quickly. Dark choclatey amber color. Smells slightly reminiscent of molasses or rum. Very malty tastes. I'd wish it had a bit more hops to balance it out. Feels very thick in the mouth, not fizzy. Very full bodied. A decent enough beer, and from what i've read, a decent enough member of the style, but for some reason, i enjoyed a Samichlaus much more.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mohagany amber with a thick creamy off white head. Aroma of chocolate, malt and fruits. Taste has coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a full bodied creamy mouthfeel. A good drinker going down smooth leaving a roasted malt bitter aftertaste. A great doppelbock to try and another one to for me to try again.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle complete with a little plastic Celebrator ram.

AP: A deep dark brown with ruby red hues shimmering through in direct light. A mild carbonation creates a one-finger thick cream colored head, thin and bubbly, dissipted quickly to a scattered cap.

Nose: Honey malt, honey wheat bread, spicey hop, brown sugar and nutmeg, all very aromatic.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt flavor with dark chocolate, nutmeg, honey wheat bread, roasted oats and wheat with some sour fruit flavors and a nice spicey and zesty hop fin. Not as sweet dominated as the aroma will lead you to believe.

Feel: Medium body, Not as heavy and thick as some other good Dopplebocks, this one features a rather crisp and clean lively effect.

DA: Very east to drink and very enjoyable. At 6.7 % it still remains easy.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was shopping for beer at BevMo last week and saw a 330 ml bottle of this on sale for $2.49. Needless to say, I bought it. On to the beer:

It pours thick into a pilsner glass with a dark brown color. It has a very nice aroma of chocolate covered raisins and brown sugar. Similar taste too, and very well balanced. Not overwhelmingly malty, and a pleasure to drink on slowly. Why spend your money on a forty when you can enjoy this for the same price?

Photo of tonistruth
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark mahogany, 1/2" tan head, decent retent

S- malty, raisin, caramel

T- malty, maple syrup, caramel, raisin, alcohol lingering in background, woody, hint of cardboard, sweet, big sweet finish

M- full body yet smooth, sticky finish with a touch of alcohol though aftertaste, slight carbonation

D- hype surrounding this brew may just be credible i really enjoyed this, good brew, recommended

Photo of Talisker
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lives up to the hype. A must-try.

Poured from a 330ml bottle ($3.49 for only 11.2oz - that's how they get you!) into the Celebrator-branded glass. Cute little goat charm around the neck.

Deep amber brown, nearly opaque. Frothy tan head, well-tamed, but sticks around nicely throughout. Aroma definitely not an ale - has metallic hints of noble hops, but not in a bad way. Taste is spectacular - sweetish maltiness predominates, with a nice drying bitterness on the finish, even a hint of a porter-like powder. Beautifully light texture, smooth, just enough weight to hang in there and invite the next sip.

A great beer, even if you think the style's not for you. Wow.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,627 ratings.