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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,255 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,255
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 340
Gots: 417 | FT: 18
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 pootz
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something special from Brooklynboy for my 200th review…thanks very much Ed you are a priest of the yeast. I have anticipated savoring a Celebrator for some time. This bottled version is pasteurized I suspect but it still does not detract from this beer’s reputation. The pour revealed a deep mahogany- red liquid with a 2 finger rocky mocha cap that reduces in it’s own sweet time to a lasting sticky lace…mild to medium carbonation. Wow what a bouquet of malts!! We have dried fruits, licorice, molasses, tangerines and a lovely musty, earthy over tone. The start is all big tasty malts with a dozen different malt/roast/hop/yeast departures that are so complex they escape my eloquence to enunciate them…a veritable orgasm of the taste buds. Rich mouth feel without being heavy or sweet...fantastic balance for a dopple bock….finish is medium with the toffee chocolate tastes receding and the hops creating a wet lasting impression of treacle and lime…then a nice warming….infinitely the best “drinkable” dopple bock in the world….Ed thanks…and more please!!!

pootz, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of oxmasterscream
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights - very clear but nearly opaque. Its color was beautiful. The craterous 2 finger head broke down very quickly. The aroma was nice - sweet, dark roasted malts, dark ripe fruits like raisins and cherries, cola, and the biggest aroma of all... sticky buns. I loved it. Taste was sweet and tangy with a subtle coffee-like bitterness at the finish. Beautiful raisiny and molasses flavors in there. Sweet, heavy, and bread-like. Exactly how a dopplebock should taste. Mouthfeel was great... silky smooth, velvety, with an easy-going carbonation. The quintessential dopplebock indeed.

(Note: My original review has since been edited. Something must've been up with my taste buds or bottle I had the first time around. Due to a recent tasting of a certainly fresh bottle, I've had to re-rate this beer accordingly.)

oxmasterscream, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black beer with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. I think I can smell vanilla and/or banana with some roasted malts. Taste is quite sweet at first with the banana/vanilla side coming out and then ends with a more alcoholic sweetness at the end (still cannot feel the alcohol thought). Very good, probably the best example of this style that I know of.

Phyl21ca, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin head. As it warms the aroma pours out and it is a sweet and supple aroma. The taste is clean and tangy, medium body, with hints of caramel. It is very smooth in the mouth and quite drinkable. The sweet notes make it a great doppelbock. No overbearing alcohol taste to speak of. Very well done.

BrewMaster, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Celebrator Doppelbock is truly one of the best doppelbocks available. I've been disappointed by highly touted brews before, and I thought that Celebrator was going to follow that same trend. I will admit that I was glad to be wrong, and that this brew definitely stands out amongst its doppelbock brethren.

Celebrator pours a very dark brown color with some ruby hints visible in the right lighting. A finger of tan foam forms and lasts for about 1 minute. The aroma was nice, but a bit typical of doppelbocks. Just some average "dark malt" scents, which included some roasted notes, caramel, and light chocolate in the nose. Nice, but not groundbreaking. The mouthfeel was something to behold. This was a rich beer, yet so easy to drink. It slides across the tongue in a velvety fashion that is so soft yet invigorating. There are a myriad of "dark" flavors here. The notes of caramel, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, burnt grains, "dark fruits" (such as plum, black cherry) make this a liquified Black Forest in a bottle. Quite sweet as well, as I didn't notice any dryness or bitterness worth mentioning here (just a tiny bit of "roasted bitterness"). The aftertaste has a nutty flavor to it, along with some more (albeit light) burnt notes. I expected this to be an alcohol monster, but there is only some alcoholic warmth to end this one. Quite deceptive!

I usually consider myself to be a bit tough on reviewing highly recommended beers, but this one is worthy of the hype. Go buy a bottle today, drink it and save the goat figurine so that when you look at it, you can remember your first "celebration." In summary: top of the line doppelbock all the way.

Beastdog75, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This wonderful beer pours out a deep ruby red with a big head that disappears almost completely in 2 minutes.
Smell sweet, malty, with scents of plums and raspberry (or maybe cherry) in the background.
Taste is delicious. Roasted malt, licorice, coffee, chocolate, wonderfully complex.
A smooth, full-bodied brew without any cloying aftertaste or bitterness. Very drinkable, although the perceived alcohol content might slow you down more than the actual ABV.
I like doppelbocks and this is a fine example.

PorterLambic, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

You have to love the goat toy trinkets around the neck of the bottles. I should find some use for them, as my collection is growing quite large. This pours of a pitch-black color with a tall bubbly beige head that leaved sheets of lacing around the glass that stick for a while. Very full and complex aroma is rising from the glass with roasted malts, dark chocolate mixing around with a strong ripe dark fruit scent. The taste starts of with a roasted smoky flavor that is back by fruits, caramel and chocolate. Behind that is a touch of coffee and a slightly bittering finish that completes this wonderful flavor. Excellent mouth feel as this is full, creamy and smooth not too much more can be asked from a brew like this. Very good drinkability as its complex flavor and scent keep you coming back for more to discover new elements in it. Highly recommended to all and hey if you don’t like it you get a neat goat for a parting gift.

meathookjones, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of malthead
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Practically black beer, with a nice beige, cratering head. Smell is sweetly malty, with a little cocoa and caramel, almost like a stout. Taste is absolutely wonderful... dark, lots of malt, nothing too overpowering, but there's some caramel/toffee, a little cocoa, and a definite hop presence, just a little spiciness to lighten it up, and a little sharp astringent malt towards the finish. Great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. This glass is empty far too quickly, but I've docked drinkability because I think one or two is the limit - even without the slightly higher ABV, it's just not something that even a lover of dark, malty beers like I am would want to drink all night.

malthead, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of GnomeKing
4.93/5  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.

GnomeKing, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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

brentk56, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of nogoodreason
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

nogoodreason, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

mntlover, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of wyllder
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Wyll-

wyllder, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of bignick
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

bignick, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.58/5  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

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

TagoMago, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

watermelonman, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of paulie
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

paulie, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of egajdzis
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

egajdzis, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

WetCoaster, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of beerinator
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

beerinator, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of Soybomb
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Soybomb, May 30, 2004
Photo of irishmoss
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

irishmoss, May 21, 2004
Photo of andyo
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

andyo, May 12, 2004
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,255 ratings.