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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,375 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,375
Reviews: 2,221
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 358
Gots: 450 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of skillerified
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, puffy tan head. Good lacing. Really, really dark red in color. It's almost black really, but there are these deep red tones the come through every so often. For some reason it reminds me of a dark red wine. Actually, if you hold it to direct light (which I know you're not really supposed to do to judge color, but sometimes it's interesting) the light turns bright red through the beer. A really intriuging looking beer.

The smell actually has a creamy texture to it. That seems really strange, but that's how it feels to me when it hits the nose. It's a sweet malt scent. Maybe a hint of caramel. Maybe a hint of pine and citrus too. Definitely a touch of chocolate. Chocolate brownies actually. Just a bit of a fruity scent too. None of this is particularly strong, but it smells good.

Tastes of smooth chocolate and a little caramel. Some malt characteristics. A little coffee or espresso. There is absolutely no trace of the alcohol, which I found a little surprising. Not that this is particularly high, but I can usually get a little of it if I try. A little of a dry rasberry flavor seems to creep in as it warms.

Extremely smooth, rich and creamy. This is a fairly heavy bodied beer. Mostly sweet, but there's a little bitter bite on the finish. Very nice really.

Had this as a dessert-like cap to the night and it worked perfectly. This is a tasty beer that I will probably be looking for more of and introducing friends to.

skillerified, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I'd try a more fluid review style with this one, just for grins and giggles ...

Poured an almost black hue with deep, ruby red accents in the light. Voluminous light tan head with considerable persistence and healthy lacing in the Celebrator glassware. Warm, inviting and sweet aromas spring forth with a decided mollases character predominant. Little hop assertion, and dominated by the sweet malt richness of brown sugar and mollases. A dryer finish than expected for this medium to heavy body, with little carbonation or alcohol detectable. Despite this, it's very friendly and warm beer ... evoking the desire to share it with friends (hence the name, I suppose.) Doppelbock is not my favorite style, but this is certianly a supreme exemplar of the style. Drinks easily and invites you to enjoy more ... A LOT of character and substance which almost tricks you into thinking this is a much higher ABV ale. Excellent representation of this Bavarian standard.

beerphilosopher, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - comes in a neat little brown 12oz-i mean 11.2-oz- bottle. one of my favorite bottles, im not sure why, maybe its the artwork and the little goat, or maybe its because i know whats inside.
pours thick and really dark, classic dopplebock.

taste - extremely good. i find its noticeably better sipped out of a glass than from the bottle. my first try i was a bit diasappointed, but it has grown better and better with each bottle. extremely rich, complex, malty, flavorful, straightforward dopplebock with no hoppiness or fruityness, just pure malty goodness. slight presence of coffee and indeed a nutty presence as well. perfectly balanced. this is my kind of beer.

drinkability - i didnt want my last bottle to stop. i wanted to savor every last drop of it. im giving it a 5 for drinkability also, its hard to put the thing down, you could chug the whole damn bottle so easily, or just as easily sip it away. this is the best that beer gets(for me anyway). 5's across the board.

UPDATE 8-09: have recently delved into dark beers again. tried the korbinian, a rival of celebrator. NO DOPPLEBOCK IS CLOSE TO THIS BEER. CELEBRATOR WINS

Optimat0r, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of musingmonkey
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If I didn't know any better, I would translate this beer to "The Nectar of the Gods".

A significant, fluffy head formed with very little effort atop the dark mahogany body. This beer smells delicious.... the predominate fragrance, believe it or not!, was cherry pie, riding a wave of sweet mollasses, chocolate, and biscuit.

Flavour very nearly matched the smell, with some slight variations. Foundational was a golden syrup/treacle that bolstered fruit cake (dates esp.) and a little honey, with a continuous, but gentle reminder of an alcoholic punch through the finish.

Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous syrup, that allows a wonderful retention of the flavours well after swallowing.

While I have many more beers to sample, I have no hesitation in recognising this as my most memorable and delightful to date.

musingmonkey, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into my Lancaster Milk Stout tumbler. The beer is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep midnight color. The edges reveal ruby red hints. It pours with a vigourous head that slowly dissapates.

Smell: Barley flourishes in the nose. The malts make themselves known up front. I also detect some licorice notes and even a bit of apple (green not red or yellow).

Taste: While the malts are present, they are not overpowering. I'd even go so far as to call them muted. There is a small hop presence, but not enough to register.

Mouthfeel: The malts are a little abrasive and they linger long after the beer has been swallowed.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, I guess. The abv is not overpowering and the sweetness of the malts can make for a good drink.

akorsak, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this stuff. I have polished off quite a few of these in my day, though I never thought to review one. Oh well guess I needed to buy some more. Sigh.

Oh joy unrequited this elixir pours the chocolate color of the richest molasses or sorghum with a cappucino head that is short lived and leaves scant lacing.

Aroma of carmel malt and rich cocoa waft to the olfactory glands as this beer loses its head. The decapitated brew now sports a jeweled necklace of foam, a perimeter guard in tan tightly knit and dilligently awaiting the next assault.

The taste is subtle sweetness, caramel and dark fruit balanced with coffee and cocoa. The initial sweetness dries to a sharp and dry hop finish that lingers as my tongue seeks out scatterd pockets of resistance clearing this slick medium bodied brew from the roof of my mouth.

This brew is so drinkable it is incredible. It hides its gravity in a multi layered camouflage of complex scents and tastes.

Citadel82, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is the 1st beer that I have given a 5 to for taste. So, yeah, this is some kick ass shit.

A: Pours a truly dark brown, almost black, with a small pearl head. Somewhat darker than I expected.

S/T: Dark roasted malts predominate. Dried fruits, caramel, pumpernickel bread. Aftertaste is amazing! A bit of molasses and a nice, mild sweetness that states its claim on the palate and doesn't relinquish.

M/D: Silky smooth - mild carbonation. A very light body, quite a stark contrast from its appearance. Drinkability is amazing - i docked it only a little because the alcohol content is fairly low for a dopplebock, which i think adds to its drinkability.

This is an awesome brew. No doubt one of the best dopplebocks i have ever had, and one of the best in the world. Glad I have 3 more of these bad boys!

Lnedrive14, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nearly opaque blackish brown, with a quivering and volatile yet still creamy capuccino-colored head.

Smell: Very dark malty, some soy-like umami aromas come through along with a slight mineral tinge. Something about it reminds me of balsamic vinegar, but without the piquant acidity.

Taste: Grape juice, dark malts, soy sauce, kind of a funky sourness, possibly from the yeast. Very bittersweet, an odd melange of miscellaneous flavors. Would go great with chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied, but just a little cloying.

Drinkability: This is not really the kind of beer I'd choose to celebrate with; it's much heavier and more aggressive than its moniker would suggest.

soulgrowl, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of petemoss14
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours the deep brown of a medium roast cup of coffee. Puffy, mocha-tan head subsides after a few minutes.

Wonderfully sweet, bready aroma. Vanilla, caramel, chocolate all detectable. Prunes soaked in bourbon. Very complex malt aroma mixes with some alcohol esters and a touch of hop resin.

Tastes is fully of coffee, chocolate, toasty bread and oatmeal cookie. The high viscosity of this brew is evident on the lips and as it goes down the gullet, but a rather firm, underlying roasted-malt dryness combined with nice carbonation keep it remarkably light on the palate. This, combined with some nice hop balance in the finish makes this a very drinkable doppelbock.

This beer is just begging for some grilled sausages or venison steaks. A classic.

petemoss14, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most impressive beers I've seen recently. Very dark brown, though not as dark as it perhaps could be. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Pure toasty chocolate malt with a relatively clean finish. Much sweeter than I would have expected. Mouthfeel is soft and inviting, and the whole beer is eminantly drinkable.

And the bottle came with a cool little plastic goat that you can play with. Nifty.

SetarconeX, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at the lizard
the bottle arrived with a wee plastic goat hanging from a string

sits in my glass a dark brown with some garnet highlights. decent head. the aroma reveals dark Munich malts and chocolate. smooth, with a surprising fruitiness. chocolate. slight diacetyl and a perceiveable balancing bitterness

mmm...tasty. i've heard goood things, and now i've tased them

bruachan, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with just a hint of light showing through in the thin part of the glass. The head is a big creamy light tan that last for most of the beer. The carbonation is lots of tiny champagne bubbles.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt and caramel are strong even during the pour. Some dry pale malt with a hint of Munich malt comes through with the big sweeter malts aswell. There is a nice soft sulfur and green hop bitterness at the finish.

T- Notes of smooth toasted and roasted malts with some dry crisp pale malt notes are nice. The taste is smooth and crisp with no sweetness in the taste. There is a slight coffee or bitter grain note in the finish. As it warms it has a nice toffee nutty note in the finish.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a smooth but watery texture.

D- This beer has a very smooth soft quality to the grain bill. The finish is dry with a soft hop note. The flavor has just enough malt complexity to leave me wanting more but not enough to make me satisfied.

rhoadsrage, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark amber with a tan foamy head...settles down to 1/4" and then stays for the duration.
Smells very malty ..a little musty, and a hint of sherry odor.
Tastes great....sweet, nutty, a hint of chocolate...I'm not getting any bitterness....well , maybe a hint ( just took another sip) A definite sherry finish. The complexity really comes out when it warms up a bit...yes, this is good stuff !
Carbonation is low...that's OK..this has a great, smooth micro-carbonation feel.
Very drinkable...I would definitely like another.

Hautacam, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of budsboy
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, nearly opaque, with a rich tan head.

Big malty aroma. Vinous fruit with hints of spices lurnking in that darkness.

Malty flavor right off the bat, then roasted bitterness and noble hops come through. Fruity in the middle. Alcohol is warming and the bitterness lasts.

Most striking is the mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy. Big and chewy.

Very enjoyable, tastey beer with lots of flavor. Beauty.

budsboy, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of flatspin187
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was probably my 4th different dopplebock that i've tried.. The color of the beer was like anyother typical dopplebock.. nice and dark, but not too dark.. The smell.. man gotta love the smell of a dopplebock.. And as far as taste.. it was so far the best dopplebock i've drank... I would recommend trying it.. It is a good beer to just sit back and enjoy with a good meal...

flatspin187, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a stout.

Smells of ripe dark fruits, toasted malts, maybe some chocolate.

Taste: In a word: Holy shit! This is a delicous brew. This stuff is pure nectar. Thick as hell, tasty to match. Malts, a plethora of dark fruits including raspberries, while chocolate delicately plays in the background. Wow. Silky mouthfeel, Feels like syrup but its not cloying in the least bit. One of the best tasting beers Ive ever had.

Mouthfeel: Almost perfect. I set the glass down after a sip and pick it right back up to make sure I didnt just imagine the last sip tasted so good.

I am at a loss for words. Fantastic beer. Im trying to find a flaw but am having a hard time. Drinkability os almost perfect. Doesnt feel too heavy to drink 3-4 of these in a sitting. I cant wait to try this with chocolate.

Beer fit for the Gods. If you see it, buy it. World class all the way.

wingnutter, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have plenty of access to this beer so it's been flying under my radar for quite some time. Guess I should give it a go...

Appearance: Deep ruby mahogany pour with a pancake batter-like head. Visible carbonation up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wheaty and grainy with a pleasant and understated carmel background.

Taste: Raisins, slight smoke, nutty, with a brush of maple. Pretty much everything you would expect out of a classic "malt bomb". I love the balance here. It's definitely sweet but never approaches cloying at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is deceptive and coats the tongue as you go. An immensly enjoyable beer that is worth the occasional treat. A "must try" for sure.

mattcrill, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a clear chalice from a 11 oz brown bottle. No drink by or born on date.

In the glass, this has a huge, foamy head that has ample staying power, and is with you for the entire sitting. The color is a deep red, chestnut. Beautiful - as it is more colored that other dopples.

The nose is expectant of the style. Wild sweetness, with the alcohol in the background. From the nose, you seem to expect a real shit load of taste.

As you sip, the taste and feel in your mouth and throat will overwhelm you. Few brews bring the over the top malt sweetness with a delicate hoppy finish as this one. It is full and juicy. It's unbelievable. The finish let's you know that you are drinking a dopple as the sweetness and alcohol stay a long while.

Musings: This is one brew that I spluge and keep around every winter. The alcohol content is not as high as some other dopples - but the taste comes across like a monster. I reviewed this after the Sam's dopple. I do like the Sam's - however, it is not on the same planet as the Celebrator. This is one of the best beers you will ever drink. I don't know how it could be improved.

ChuckD, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of akahn
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my champagne flute a very dark brown cola color (mahogany?) with a modest brown head which recedes quickly and leaves just a bit of lace. Truly gorgeous color.

Smells of mushy oil-cured black olives, prunes and tamari sauce if it weren't salty.

More dark, sweet fruit in the taste, extremely rich, somewhat cloying. Then, in the finish, a gentle alcohol bitterness.

A fascinating and extremely pleasant tickling carbonation across the whole palate.

Plump, full body.

This is an awesome beer! This has totally turned me on to this style; now I can't wait to try Liberator and others.

akahn, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, pours dark luxorious mahogony in color, with a dark tan head, showing respectable retention. Leaves moderate spotty and sticky lacing. Nose is of bananas, caramel and soft ripe fruit. Taste follows through with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, a slight oakeyness and a hint of smoke. Tasty, soft, and complex brew. World class and readily available beer. Go get some and enjoy!

Billolick, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was highly anticipating this brew since I had ordered it several times before from my local store, but it had been out-of-stock.

Great artwork on the bottle; made it seem very special.
Appeared a very dark brown color with an above normal viscosity and a tan colored head that did not stick around, but left little bits of lacing. Definitely appeared darker in color than other Doppelbocks I've had, and that made this interesting from the very start.
Aromas of caramel, various types of malt (roasted and dark), and alcohol. There seemed to an astringent-like aroma as well, but that could have been the result of the different ingredients coming together, rather than an unique ingredient. Whatever it was, it was not appealing. I can best describe it as the feeling you get when you smell cheap perfume; it can begin to give you a bit of a headache. The taste was very good with a variety of sweet flavors coming through, quite complex and very malty. Rich and powerful, but perhaps, a bit too sweet especially in the aftertaste. Seemed almost like a malt beverage rather than a malty beer. The smooth character I normally associate with this style, just was not there. The drinkability is good; I could see myself having a few of these in one sitting.

I'll have to try this beer again on-tap.

jaluria, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a Celebrator glass,this is a dark ruby brown with a finger of off-white head that sticks around for a while, some moderate spotty lacing. Nose is sweet and malty--molasses, raisins, figs, caramel, coffee. Taste is more of the same, sweet malt, raisins, figs, brown sugar, molasses,rum soaked cherries,dark bread, very nice tasting, not cloying at all, just a slight note of alcohol in the finish. Medium/full bodied with a medium carbonatin level, slightly syrupy. This is a really nice doppelbock, excellent drinkability.

cubedbee, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room...
Appears a mahogany color with a lush, light tan head. The head refuses to fall and it leaves lots of streaky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of a malt lover's paradise. Fruity cake, caramel, cocoa, raisins, coffee, and anise.
Taste is of the same wonderful aromas that come through along with some mild smokiness and nice German hop additions.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and rich with a perfect amount of carbonation.

weeare138, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of nathanho
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a substantial winter warmer and very drinkable; lovely beer.

11.2 oz bottle; blood brown - almost ruby; 2-3 finger creamy brown head. Aroma of spice, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, malt notes, licorice, coffee liqueur. Flavors of licorice, alcohol, spices, coffee, caramel, root, earth, toffee, malt. Yummy. Oat & wheat flavor on the backside. Silky carbonation coats the palate, very pleasant throughout.

Line a few up and I will enjoy every drop.

nathanho, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It pours lookin' niiice and dark. The smell is roasty-toasty with one heck of an alcohol-laden cherry on top. Mmmmm.
The taste itself is something of a letdown after the smell. The mouthfeel is very thin and the flavour is dominated by the roast character, without too much sweet malt to back it up. That isn't to say that it tastes bad, and it is worth noting that there are many other flavours dancing happily in the background . . . but they all play second fiddle to roast.
It reminds me a lot of Salvator. That isn't a bad thing at all . . . but given the extremely high quality of Ayinger's other brews I expected to be blown away, rather than just be served another pretty damn good brew.

shbobdb, Jan 12, 2006
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 5,375 ratings.