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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,546
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 387
Gots: 549 | 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 TheBungyo
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
Filled the glass with a murky amber body. Tiny tan head settles on top. Nose leaps out ... bready, rummy, syrupy all at once. Taste is rum, strawberry syrup. There's a hint of choclate and pine in the finish. Mouth is rich and creamy. Highly drinkable!

Photo of Damian
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice full head and translucent deep brown body.

Smell was rich and sweet.

Taste was malty with notes of caramel, cinnamon and spice. Slightly hoppy, bitter aftertaste.

Moderate body created a nice rich mouthfeel.

A good beer overall but not worthy of the hype.

Photo of jdhilt
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly no lace. Almost black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts with a sweet molasses flavor, hints of roasted coffee in finish. Great double bock. $2.45 for a 11.2oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a deep copper brown with w creamy white head that leaves thick foam all the way down the glass but without a lot of lace. The smell is roasted sweet malts, not chocolate and not particularily coffee like either. There is somewhat of a caramel aroma. The taste is fantastic. Very sweet of course. Roasted caramel flavors and maybe some toffee. The mouthfeel is nice and bold, quite good. Overall very drinkable. A great Dopplebock.

Photo of orsulacp
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first live review, drinking and typing, no notes. I poured the beer into a hotel water glass. It had a small tan and patchy brown head on top of a cola like body. The smell was immediately smokey with hints of roasted coffee, and then it went sweet like molasses. The taste started out with some caramel and then the roasted coffee kicked in, then there was a bit of pepper like spiciness. The mouthfeel was amazing, the exact right amount of carbonation and chewyness.

Photo of hanco005
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—pours dark solid brown with a 1 ½ inch head that looks like a cola ICEE, staying power on the head is very strong, lacing is no existent

S—buttery, toffee, raisons, a bit of sweet and sour flavor, ripe plums, very aromatic, malts are plentiful

T—buttery, coffee, caramel, plum, ripe fruits, really strong flavors that make this very good, a slight hint of alcohol as well

M—thick and creamy, perfect, full bodied, mild carbonation

D—only one more for me…it’s thick and so flavorful; that one does the job. I’ll have it again, but it’s one to sip and enjoy.

Photo of gbarron
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle with the great little ram hanging from it and the very cool Celebrator label.

A - dark brown, clear, head is nice off-white. Dissipates quickly, however, leaving nice lacing.

S - rich, malty, chocolatey aroma. Like roasted hazelnuts, toasted bread. Munich malt and other dark malt aromas abound. No detectable hop aroma. Smells slightly sweet.

T - hazelnut choclate sweetness mixed with balancing bitter aftertaste of noble hops. Rich, deep, malty sweetness is predominant flavor, dark fruits and malt sugar.

M - medium bodied, slightly chewy beer, with a mildly sweet finish. Carbonation appears average to low.

D - one of the world classics. Get it whenever you can.

Photo of rsyberg01
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

serving type - 12 oz bottle with 2 goats adorning this extremely exceptional doppelbock. One of the goats is hanging off of the neck on a red piece of string, fun looking and also doubles as a unorthodox monopoly piece.

appearance - dark and nutty brown, just so warm looking and inviting. head resides from being prominent to residing and leaves a good sticky lacing.

Smell - roasty and malty with a slight hint of fruit. a very pleasant slap across the face, just makes you want to slide right in, kick off your shoes, and relax.

taste - just like the smell only much more prominent on the palate, the fruit doesnt stand out so much as it does in the nose but is still evident. the roasted malt is warm and toasty and lends those feelings directly from the mouth to your body. a good cold weather beer because of the roasted element, though there is also a certain crispness to it at the very beginning and it finishes a bit crispy too. good brew.

mouthfeel - coats your tongue and cheek, lingers for a moment and then finishes quite clean with a little residual flavor hanging out just to remind you what you're in for with your next sip.

drinkability - smooth and delicious, but it has such depth that it seems to be a difficult one to continue with after about 4. Which is perfect because that is how they are sold.

tip - this goes well in a tulip, actually I prefer a tulip because of the concentration of the smell at the mouth of the glass. A great buy if you come across it, which is not a difficult task.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug the Celebrator pours dark brown, with some tinges of red. There's about an inch tan carbonated head which doesn't stay around for too long. It smells like roasted malt, molasses, and a little bit of chcocolate. A very nice aroma. It tastes like roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and coffee, with a mild bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is an easily drinkable dopplebock, with a good mixture of sweet and bitter. Celebrator is a well balanced beer that I would recommend to anyone, it's a very good beer, one of the best that I've had. The little plastic goat that comes with the beer is an added bonus! Cheers!

Photo of krantul
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FINALLY remembered to buy a bottle of this, after always refusing to pay a "bar" price on a bottle. ;-)

Interesting 12 oz. bottle with a little bauble strung about the neck; elaborate and proud label design. Pours a dark, burnt-chestnut hue with a healthy, chocolately head. Strong smell of sweet malts.

For me, this has become the bar for doppelbocks. It is rich, malty, and sweet, with a really nice molasses flavor to it; the 6.7% alcohol content is not remotely evident in this complex brew. I have had some (alleged) doppelbocks that struck me as weak, watered-down caramel, and other that were nearly unpalatable malt-bombs, but this lands in just the right place.

That said, the sweetness of this fine beer lends itself to modest quantities; I would personally find a large quantity a little stomach-turning.

Photo of DrJay
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights. The light tan foam poured a little short, but quite dense, and produced decent lacing. Heavy malt aroma with some molasses and a hint of cocoa. Fruity notes of raisins and prunes. Light charcoal smokiness came out as it warmed as well. Bitterness was on the low side, balance was very much towards malt. Sweet, dried fruit and rich malt, not quite caramel but definitely caramelized sugar. Smoke character and light metallic iron lingers in the finish. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation and delicate alcohol warmth. Creamy texture with a bit of grain dryness. Great complexity yet still highly drinkable. Definitely a world class dopplebock.

Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tall thin pilsner glass.

A - A nice deep, dark brown with gorgeous red tint with a tall off white head of foam. Looks great. Great staying power from the head.

S - Roasted malts with some sweetness.

T - A nice roasty flavor with some enexpected bitterness. Coffee and chocolate notes as well. Very clean finish with no real aftertaste.

M - Minimal carbonation but a very thick, smooth feel.

D - Pretty good. Goes down nice and smooth and the ABV is somewhat low for a doppelbock.

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

The taste is the exceptional. Rich, roasted malts melding into a chocolaty coffee finish. I have not had a better beer. So smooth going down with a nice lingering finish. From the moment I opened the bottle and got a whiff of the aroma until I put the empty glass on the bar after my second one the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of guitarmage
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nearly black, hints of red orange light pass through if held up to the light, tan ring around the glass.

Smell: Big malty, molasses, licorice, chocolate, alcoholic esters when swirled, mild medicinal notes.

Taste: All the smells in your mouth, toasty malt and molasses and unsweetened chocolate, low alcoholic and hop presence, just enough bitter to balance it about.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, full bodied and smooth, goes down very easily, lightly coats the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, so flavorful, so drinkable, complex and tasty. It would be good with a number of things, sweeter items but also other bold flavors to contrast.

Photo of jdoolin
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging from the top. Served in a glass much like the one seen on the label.

Appearance: poured a beautiful dark brown, nearly black with a big tan head that never dissipates. By appearance, one could mistake this for a porter or stout.

Aroma: exceptional roasted malt, molasses and toastiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredible roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate that is very pleasant. Caramel and brown sugar comes through as well. Sweet, rich and intense with a chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: So smooth, so balanced, so rich and so tasty. I will never be without a few bottles of this hanging around.

Photo of macpapi
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I've been getting into dopplebocks this spring, I figured it was time to sample the highest rated on this site. Purchased a single bottle. Two rams, seem to be holding up a dopplebock serving glass. Around the bottle's neck is the legendary plastic Celebrator figurine, which I'm sure adorns many a BA's brewerania collection.

Celebrator Dopplebock pours a dark brown--almost black color--with a good sized tannish head. Nice rich and full color.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt. Chocolate, toffee and barley are also present in the nose. The full-bodied sweetness of molasses is also noted. Overall, this is a very deep and pleasing aroma.

Taste is very impressive. Chocolate is first to hit the palate, followed by deep roasted malt with hints of toffee. Deep sugary sweetness is present, along with a bit of hop (or is it alcohol?) bitterness. Balanced to the max.

In the mouth, this beer is full-bodied, sweet and bitter. It is relatively low in carbonation.

Is this Celebrator Double Bock drinkable? Um, yes. This is, as its bottle states, 'the finest Bavarian Double Bock.' Bavarian, or otherwise for that matter in my opinion (at least at this point.) Balanced, tasty and damned impressive.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from the bottle at Sunset in Allston, Ma. Poured from the bottle into a mug the beer was a dark, dark brown color with a solid two-fingers of slightly off-white head. Some sticky carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass, and decent lacing throughout the sample.

The smell is of dark, semi-roasted, malt with brown sugar, candi-sugar, some mollasses, caramel, and some anise. The "smell" of sweetness pervades the nose.

The taste is an inntial hearty helping of sweet malt with a big semi-chewy mouthfeel. Sweet from beginning to end with flavors of mollasses, brown sugar, and some caramel all easily detectable. Subtle toffee in the finish and just slight dry, especially as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is big and rich. A hearty and robust coating of the palate with little carbonation and slightly chewy from the sturdy malt backbone of this beer.

It's easy to see why this beer is in the top 100 and easy to see whay it is the basic epitome of the dopplebock. Superbly rich and sweet, right in line with what I want when I think dopplebock. A great beer.

Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, transluscent brown with a healthy tan head of pillowy foam. The aroma is amazingly rich...a thick nutty breadiness over sweetened dark fruits. Flavor is big 'n malty - toasted caramel, molasses, and a little coffee. Theres a sugary fruitiness thats goes along with all the malts along with very subtle hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is chewy and well-rounded with moderately low carbonation.

Complex, rich, and dark...thats what a doppelbock is all about isn't it? Deliciously well crafted and incredibly satisfying.

Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black, with a red brown glow. The giant four finger head is a nice tan cream color with a hint of orange pigmentation. Sheety and spotty lacing lines the glass. My nose is filled with the utimate creamy toasty malt aroma. Smell is velvety smooth with sweet caramel, some faint roasted coffee, toffee, and toasted bread. Balancing the dense malts are fruits-ripe apple, mixed berries including cranberries, mild resinous leafy hops, and a subtle but tangy wine-like alcohol. Taste holds true to the very well rounded smell. A wide range of sweet thick malts blend seemlessly with the various fruits and relaxed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and juicy. Medium body tastes and smells like it should be a bit thicker and fuller. Very easy to drink on the other hand.

Another inhale-able beer thanks to its awesome smell and taste. This would go great with a buttery, creamy, chocolatey dessert.

Photo of normZurawski
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Personally I find this about as good as you're going to find for this style of beer. This works in the whole "meal unto itself" classification. Smooth maltiness with a rich mouthfeel rounds out this outstanding brew. Full-bodied and roasty, this is as drinkable as a beer gets, IMO. I'm not going to jump up and down about the appearance and smell - neither aspect does a whole lot for me. Where it matters for me is the taste and drinkability, both of which are perfect for this. Outstanding.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is large, off-white, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of toffee, cream, butter, and caramel. The taste is like the aroma; good but not rather faint even at the correct serving temperature. The mouthfeel, on the other hand, is wonderful: creamy, smooth, full-bodied, with moderate yet lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good doppelbock, but I would choose Andechser over it anyday, hands down.

Photo of soultrain
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Wish I had the "Celebrator" glass...

A-1" beige head. Beer is dark brown with red highlights. Head settles to a cappuccino froth within minutes. Some lacing. Not too different from a good stout or porter, really. Enticing, to say the least.
S-Sweetness/roasted malts. Brown suger. Molasses.
T-Tastes like it smells, only not too sweet and the taste and the mouthfeel are inseperable and intertwined in this beer like, oh, John Coltrane's sax playing with Elvin Jones' druming comes to mind: it's that artful. Somehow this beer is greater than the sum of it's parts, which, I suppose, is a credit to the brewmasters at the Ayinger brewery. Sure, it's semi-sweet, but not too sweet, like some dopplebocks can be. It really is a wonderful beer, and it's certainly the best dopplebock I've ever had; I can't imagine this on-tap. Well, I can, so I'm saving the "5" scores for that happy day, just in case. This is an incredibly well balanced beer (perfect use of hops for the style imho).
M-Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation. See above.
D-I love this in the fall/winter....spring...summer....ah, I could drink this anytime. It's good cold, and at cellar temp. Nothing cloying or syrupy about this beer, and alcohol is almost totally absent from the palette. Supreme drinkability.

CRUX: TREMENDOUS DOPPLEBOCK. Highly recommended. Note: Excellent with saurbraten, the semi-sweetness of the beer truly compliments the semi-acidity of the brined beef. A German treasure.

Photo of JulieRFoster
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a deep dark beer that feels like it was resurrected from the depths of the earth. There is some alcohol in the nose, but it mostly smells of burnt malts that are slightly tangy, with caramel and a little black cherry. A decent brown head pours out to 3 cm and quickly falls, fizzling like nymphs absconding into the forest, to a splotchy film. (Again, I fear that this head is product of French mis-treatment of beer and glassware).

The flavor and color are equally deep and earhty (adjectives that can be used to describe everything about this beer). The flavor is smoky, of burned or even charred malts that has almost a barbeque quality to it. There is also an oaky and tangy side to this intense flavor with some red fruit and even hoppy grassy notes coming through. After the creamy liquid slips (with great ease) down your throat, the aftertaste is looonnngg and sweet.
A hard-core, yet beautiful specimen.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A reddish brown brew with three fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving little specks of lacing behind.

S - A strong fruity presence with cherries, figs and elderberries supported by caramel and dark roasted malt odors.

T - Initially sweet berries and coffee malt followed by grassy bitter hops and a light bodied malt finish. Abv is evident, but not dominating. A good flavor.

M - Thinner than expected, somewhat refreshing and smooth.

D - Good, but not great. It is too strong to session and would work with foods, but I don't know how soon I will have it again. It is a nice beer for sure, but it isn't something I see myself seeking out again soon.

Photo of Cwrw
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! After what seems like ages, the renowned doppelbock becomes available in Alberta. Thanks to Delancey Direct for importing it into the local market. Comes in a 4-pack holder, telling about the numerous awards and a little piece on the side about the Aying brewery. 330ml bottles. The beers all have a white plastic goat-charm on red string around the neck...cool. I have never seen that before. Simple labelling showing two goats and a big glass of beer. Blue and white neck wrapping too. Popping the unlabeled white cap gives smoky bbq aromas rigth away. The glass reveals a cola-dark beer, deep chestnut brown and ruby-reds when held to light. Black, to look at it from a distance. A thin but consistent coffee-coloured head. Impermeable sheets of slow-moving lace. Looks mighty drinkable sitting there in the glass. But first...a sniff, revealing charcoal and seasoning salt firstly. Oh, but give the glass a slight swirl to release some beautiful notes of raisins, roasted peanuts, toast, grape-juice, and some very woody notes, like balsam or fir. A hint of the woodiness I am used to in some Belgian dubbels, but with more salinity. All the usual dark-fruit suspects: dates, prunes, and plums. The mocha/coffee notes arirve with the warming of the beer, adding a dusty bitterness. I get loads of salt in this beer from the roasted malts, giving beef roast and beef jerky smells. Some lactose in the malting too, very minimal. Little bits of German hopping appear now and again, but this is all about the meat-like grains for sure. For me it is similar to Salvator but more balanced: not quite as dusty or sour as Paulaner's doppelbock. Subtle, but extremely appetising. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and light on the tongue, like ice-cream. As soon as you sip you sense the almost airy quality of the body, smooth as oil on the tongue. Salty and sourish malting at first in the mouth, with full vinous grains on the finish. A lot of milkiness up front actually, with the soft sourness of table-cream. Hickory and tree-bark on the middle, some bbq and roast beef as well. A little less smoky or even malty as I expected, the whole taste just screams balance and tastiness. An aftertaste of mollasses and maple syrup, with next to no bitterness...this beer ends extremely sweet. Candy sweet with hints of licorice and brown sugar. The malting rarely lets you see the hops, but occasionally a little burst of continental hopping appears. Like the aroma, this beer just works through subtlety and good elements balanced masterfully. Full bodied and very low in carbonation. The drinkability is profound at only 6.7%. The alcohol is never noticeable. This is a doppelbock I could drink all night long. A noteworthy example of the style. Not trying to go over-the-top, just succeeding in a fine-tasting bock beer. I think that is where its beauty lies: simply flavourful.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,546 ratings.