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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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2,307 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,307
Hads: 6,015
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 485
Gots: 774 | FT: 20
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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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...

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vingate, drank one month after purchase. Strong malt backbone, dark pour, robust and roasty flavors. I enjoyed this beer, fine example of the style

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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.

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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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a big, creamy, inviting head.

Aroma: This beer has a rich malty smell with some booziness and slight fruitiness. Also some nice molasses notes.

Taste: True to the nose, this is a big, malty beer with flavors of molasses, caramel and dark fruits. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick for a lager, with a nice amount of heft, but by no means sludgy.

Overall: A terrific beer, holidays or no. Deservedly beloved.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

modified tulip glass from bottle

honestly I'm not an expert in dopplebock and bock styles but I have to say to me this was a mildly disappointing beer. If you are thinking about picking this up, I'd just get Aventinus Eisbock instead, maybe heavier but much better in my opinion

appearance: pours a very dark, cola-ish color, some subtle amber tones when held up to the light. Prominent head, cream colored by not creamy, somewhere between watery and frothy, more close to watery. head of about 2 to 3 fingers,decent retention

smell: the most prominent thing about this beer, smells as it's described, rich, dark, fruity, but not overly malty

taste: adequate, it's not that this is a bad beer, I want to stress that. it's more that given the praise this beer receives, well i'm just not so sure it's deserving. I come from a place of favoring strong dark belgian ales and whilst I do understand that this is not that, I feel as though it attempts at least in some sense to support the fruity flavors it claims to carry but the yeast does not do a very good job of it, this is a malty, malty, malty beer. It very much tastes like a generic porter or stout with dark fruity notes at the back of the take, but the strongest flavor is the roasted malt, which dominates the beer

mouthfeel:crisp but a little thick, not bad in this regard

overall: not aweful but if you're in the market for something like this, you can certainly do better. I do recommend having this with some Y Fenni cheese (otherwise known as red dragon)

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Photo of MaximalC
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with a moderate khaki head that soon settles into a thin, frothy veil. Mild aroma smells of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate, and green Bavarian hops.

The taste features a kick of big-time roasted sweetness up front with just the right amount of grassy, earthy hops to balance. The malt character is the headliner here, with a robust blend of molasses and brown sugar that is inescapable. Hints of milk chocolate and smoke add an additional layer of complexity. Shades of acetaldehyde suggest candied apples with sufficient warming. Zippy carbonation cuts through the sweetness and maintains the closest thing to a crisp, dry mouthfeel one could hope for in a doppelbock. Plenty of sticky residue coats the lips between sips.

Celebrator lives up to its reputation as THE doppelbock. The sweetness is big and complex without being overbearing, and the bitterness and mouthfeel lend excellent contrast while still allowing the malt to shine. This isn’t my favorite style, but Celebrator is the best representation of the style I’ve yet encountered.

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Photo of MikeKnauf
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from bottle to snifter.

Dark, dark walnut brown with very small, creamy head.

Smells kind of like molasses.

Taste is a lot like the Ayinger Dunkel, but stronger. A bit sweeter. Dark bread, molasses, coffee. I found it to have a nice bit of bitterness in the finish, more than some of the others would suggest. It really needs it to try to balance the heavy malts up front.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, bordering on a warm syrup, but not burdensome to drink. Carbonation is light and subdued.

Overall, like the Dunkel from this brewery, it's my favorite in the style. The Dopplebock seems to get a bit more praise but I feel the similarities through and through. It's a perfect pre-meal in a bottle on a cool autumn day. Love it!

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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.

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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!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,307 ratings.