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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,621
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 405
Gots: 583 | FT: 20
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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 CWiggins
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I chose this from a menu to accompany a roast beef and gruyere sandwich at a local restaurant. I'm not sure if it was the most prudent choice, but I enjoyed it regardless!

It poured a very dark brown into a pint glass. The head was might at first, but it quickly faded into a lean film that mostly clung to the point of surface tension around the perimeter of the liquid. I find the aroma to be very delightful; it's mostly of dark, dried fruit and coffee/toffee overtones, although toasted malts aren't far behind.

The flavor is delectable. It's so complex: there are hints of dark fruits, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate, with lots of the aforementioned toasted malts and a brown-sugar sweetness that delightfully permeates the entire structure. It's near perfect.

As for the mouthfeel, it's certainly difficult to imagine a nicer texture. It's full and rich without becoming sticky, and the carbonation is just right for my taste: very little. The aftertaste lingers incessantly, and I seem to be able to recall it several minutes later.

This reminds me why I appreciate the Doppelbock style so very much. Highly, highly recommended!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle. I've had this beer on several occasions; this time my wife & I split one with dinner.

A: Seems to be the darkest shade of brown, almost black, until held to a light...then it glows with garnet highlights and is surprisingly clear. Capped with acreamy 1 finger flax-colored head, which recedes very slowly. Little carbonation.

S: Smoky malt and sweet citrus fruit burst from the glass. Confectioner's sugar. Toasted nuts. Mulled spices. Slight alcohol burn. All very nice.

T: Mmm...delicious sticky sweet malts; caramel, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate comingle. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly bittered with floral/herbal hops.

M: Wonderful full mouthfeel, thick and syrupy. A little carbonation prickle. Warm and spicy/dry finish with the lingering mild bitterness of fine chocolate.

D: A big favorite. Well balanced with a skew toward the sweeter malts. Satisfying beer in every way - highly recommended.

Photo of PeatReek
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the dark bar atmosphere, Celebrator appeared to be a deep brown with a pale/beige head, slightly more than a lid and quite persistent. The aroma is cool and sweet, with rich, deep berry overtones. The most noticeable aspect upon sipping is the savory, substantial body, just short of being too thick. All the sweet berry notes come through in the taste as well, with just a slight rumble of chocolate malt or roast barley late in each sip. The overall impression is one of excellent balance - Celebrator is sweet without being cloying, substantial without being thick, malty without being grainy. I could tell this beer was a bit above average alcohol-wise, but it's imminently drinkable and I would love to have had several more.

(Recollections from last night's trip to Bukowski's)

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

Pours a rich, dark brown color with a creamy tan head that retained for about 1/2" of the glass. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, with hints of coffee and slight chocolate. Taste is a pleasant variety of roasted malt flavors, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. This brew is somewhat thick on the palate, yet it washes away for a clean finish...very nice! I wouldn't advise putting down more then 2 or 3 of these in a sitting though, as this one will get to you. Full-bodied, rich, and complex. Awesome beer!

Photo of mjc410
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Gaffel Kolsch glass (it doesn't get used much, so I figured I'd give it a shot despite the style) raises a dense, creamy one inch plus head, very light brown. The lacing is not much to speak of, but the retention is very impressive. The beer is a murky dark brown until backlit, when it becomes a crystal-clear deep ruby. The nose is very malty sweet, with a bit of dark fruity vinousness, caramel, toasted malts, and earthy hops (just a tad). The taste is lightly smoky, with deep caramel and toffee notes. A tiny bit sour, too. The mouth is medium-thick, with very low carbonation. A worthy DB.

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have been really getting into german beers the last couple of months. oktoberfest was fantastic and really opened me up to some fantastic german beers and styles. tonight i tried ayinger's celebrator doppelbock after reading the hype on BA. so here is my take on this beer:

Appearance- light tan head, lasting only seconds. dark brown in color almost black.

Smell- sweet and malty. hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste- malt is the story here with a hint of coffee/caramel flavor. really hits the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- medium body, light carbonation.

Drinkability- this beer is not overwhelming which leads to easy drinking, i have not had many double bocks in the past but i did enjoy this one very much and would be open to trying more in the future. the price tag will probably stop me from getting this often but it was definitely worth the try. plus it came with a cool ram ornament. go germany.


Photo of beerogre
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first encountered this beer when I lived in Texas a couple of years ago. I was having a birthday party and my brother-in-law invited some of his friends around with the remit: "He likes dark beer".

They had picked this up at the Central Market in Dallas, along with another beer, which was obviously not as impressive since I don't remember it.

Wow, if only all the birthday presents I'd received over the years were of similar quality to this one. My brother-in-law was only partially correct: I did like dark beer, but not only dark beer. I liked good beer. It just so happens that a lot of good beers are also, coincidentally dark.

Personally, I think that no matter which system you might devise to judge the worth of a beer, Celebrator would come out favourably. It's just one of those beers, you taste and say: "Yea. That's class." I said it two years ago and I said exactly the same thing again on renewing my acquaintance with the beer tonight.

If you like dark, great looking beer with a caramelly taste and a slightly above average abv, seek out some Celebrator.

Currently, this is ranked only third best within its style. I'd like to meet Two and One.

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

Truly one of the world's great beers and worthy of any and all praise it recieves, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock is grand in it's scope and a true pleasure to savor.

I remember this beer at one time being number one on the best of BA list, I was mearly a lurker for the most part way back then and while the beer has dropped to 21st (still quite remarkable considering the amount of beers out there) it's a classic in every way.

It's a dark brown, nearly black color with a rather nice head that lingers for sometime. There is some nice impressive lacing as well, lacing that lasts the duration of the glass.

The smell is that of smoky malt, with definite coffee undertones as well. Simply delightful!

The beer tastes of malt...malt..malt. Smoky malt, chocolate malt.... simply malt. This is truly a divine beer for malt lovers. This beer is akin to drinking a very very well made coffee in a sense.

This beer is truly world class and mere words cannot do it justice. If you've yet to try it, then please do yourself a favor and do so ASAP.

Photo of Dizzy
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with garnett highlights. Nice tan head, retains well. Aroma is complex, sweet malts. Tastem is sweet malts and a roasty, almost coffee like flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but faint. Medium-full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This one is pretty good, but the high ABV prevents it from being a session beer. I'm not clear on why this is so highly rated (or priced for that matter).

Photo of Jermbrew
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks powerful, smells sweet, tastes like heaven (with a bit of roasted coffee beans). The creamy mouthfeel ties it all together.

There is no need to go in to great detail about why this doppelbock is so great. Have one for yourself....you'll understand.

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

Poured into a tulip a thick dark brown, almost black color with a stubborn finger and a half of a creamy beige head.

Nose is rich caramel malts and what seems to me like anise. More subtle notes of toffee, nuts, and brown sugar/nutmeg with a very light fruity hops presence in the background.

Spicy and sweet. The complex malt character is dominant; mostly toffee and caramel, but the hops stand out a lot more than they did in the aroma as well. Alcohol presence is also fairly strong for a 6.7% but in now way overpowering.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel Very warm and tasty, but definitely leaves the palate dry.

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

Into a tulip glasss, pours a thick dark black with a big massive tan head lasting quite some time, big clingy lacing sticking to the glass. Really roasty malts dominate the nose, toffee, kind of sweet, maybe some chocolate in there, alcohol lightly present, really nice and well integrated, a touch more assertive and a perfects score.

Tasty tasty beer, delicious chocolate malts, some toffee, maybe coffee, warming alcohol, slight bittering leveling out things, very nice. Mouth is perfect, good body, extremely smooth and velvety, warming the soul. What a good beer for such a crappy day, worth all the praise heaped upon it.

Photo of BlindPig
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/4" tan head. Dark brown clear body. Thin lacing that covers the top.
S-Caramel and deep malts. Very sweet smell. Some light hops.
T- Some caramel flavors. Malts with some toffee flavors. Light hops accents. The yeast comes through also. Pretty sweet flavors. More coffee flavors come out as warms up a bit.
M- Medium body, light to medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good.Not huge fan of the dopplebock style though. I think I prefer the Spaten Optimator.

Photo of bigone4
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle free from a friend who did not like the taste of this brew. But then again many beers I have him try, he does not take a liking too. Anyhow it poured out a dark brown almost black color. Nice tan off-white head. Very impressive looking presentation. The nice thick head dissipated slowly and left very little lacing in the pint. Smells of roasted malt and caramel tones. Had a rather interesting alcohol aroma almost like a scotch ale. Very smooth roasted flavor awesome malt character. Mild hop presence in the finish. Extremely enjoyable smooth malted flavor. Great mix of dark and roasted malt. The solid malt flavor is the back bone of this great thick bodied beer. Very impressive and tasty, drinkable but in moderation. It certainly packed a nice little kick with it so it seemed. Great overall flavor and taste. I would certainly give it another taste. I was weary trying it because there was no freshness date and I did not know how long my friend had it. But after checking some other reviews I saw it would be fine with the shelf life.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stellar!! 330ml bottle bought from Bierkraft.

A: Great thick head. Black and beautiful.
S: Lovely smell, sweet and malty.
T: Sweet and malty flavor.
MF: Thick, fullbodied and smooth.
D: Drinkable, but I can't session dopplebocks. But for what it is great.

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Moan and Dove in Amherst Mass on tap. Poured a dark brown coloe, with a half ince white heading. Smell was very nutty, with notes of chocolate and nutmeg in the mix. Taste was overwhelmingly filled with nut and chocolate flavors...a bit of caramel in there too. A lot lighter then i had expected, pretty medium in the end. Very nice as far as drinkability, one more would have been great. This is a really awesome beer...still deciding whether I like it better on tap or from the bottle. Also, seems more ale-like then lagerish. Guess it doesn't matter in the end, its still totally worth trying. The ram on the bottle is now on my bunchy of keys. Happy Trails

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle to a pilsener glass.

Appearance - Almost completely opaque, but shows a very deep red colour on holding up to the light. I poured a little too slowly, so didn't gain much of a head, but what there was was a medium brown that remained until about halfway through the glass. I imagine with better pouring, the head may have lasted better or at least left the lacing that others have described.

Nose - A mix of fruit, malt and slightly burned caramel. Much more appetizing than it sounds!

Taste - Bitter, rich and smoky. The same caramel and a lot of licorice. Alcohol taste is present but certainly not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, surprisingly light for a double bock, although with the richness of the flavour I don't think I'd want it to be much heavier.

Drinkability - Reasonably strong, but very smooth. I think of it more of a sipper than something I can gulp down; I could certainly go for another one after the first, but the richness of the flavour means it wouldn't be a session beer.

Definitely has the 'Outstanding' tag for a reason. Highly recommended!

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - Has a two-finger tan head that is creamy and fluffy. It settles at a cap of very creamy head that leaves good lacing as it goes down. The beer is an extremely dark ruby amber color that is mostly clear, with only slight haze (you have to hold this beer up to strong light to see through it).

Smell - Has a "dusty wood" aroma right up front. The smell reminds me of an old dusty attic. Some ripe fig behind that as a fruit aroma. Slightly sweet caramel notes behind this. Rich bready and toasted malt smell is the faintest behind all of the aforementioned. Very little alcohol smell.

Taste - Grainy bitter and oily hops up front. Same fig flavor, but less rich than it was on the nose. The malts are rich and toasted with some smoky attributes. Buttery caramel and brown sugar add a slight sweetness flavor to it all. Pepper as a spice is definitely present. A more fruity and rich finish turns to an earthy and toasted malt-dominated aftertaste with some tea flavors. Warming alcohol all the way through.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with good carbonation (although there is a slightly unpleasant bite in the beginning). Quite smooth as well.

Drinkability - Strong flavors, but very smooth. I could down a few bottles of this easily.

An excellent doppelbock. The flavors are excellent and it has a great mouthfeel. Highly recommended!

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label has notchings along the bottom that probably correspond to a brew date, but I don't know how to read them.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 of an inch of light brown, foamy head. This disipated quickly to just a thin layer of foam. The beer is almost opaque, but when you hold it up to the light, you can see a little bit of a reddish tint.

Smell: Malty, with an alcoholy sweetness. Almost a hint of raisins.

Taste: Initially, the sweetness of alcohol, followed by malt, and finished by roasted barley bitterness. A decent amount of bite from the CO2.

Mouhfeel: Average level of carbonation, mouthfeel is pretty good, decent body.

Drinkability: This is a very filling beer. I imagine it has to do with the high levels of maltiness, carbonation, and alcohol. Good, but not a session beer.

Photo of Jaynuze
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely from a bottle with a little ram/goat/whatever on the neck.

Its appearance is a deep amber brown with a thick creamy head on top. Head disapates fast, but it does set a nice lace on the glass.

Its nose has notes of bread, sugar, and nuts. There is a hint of alcohol but it's subdued with a light note of malt.

The taste is very bready and malty with a bit of spice and hints of tobacco leaf.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a little agitation in the mouth.

This is a pretty darn good beer, one of the best of its kind.

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

A- reddish caramel with exceptional head that lasts and lasts.

S- Lots of elements come out in the smell. Strong plum, banana, slight apricot with notes of perhaps toasted almond in the end.

T- Plum, syrupy burnt caramel, yeasty with very slight notes of citrus and cocoa, buttery alcohol finish...smooth!

M- buttery and silky. Nice consistency.

D- very high, I could drink several and love it more and more.

This is my first taste of this great brew and will definately review again. I will need a few tastes to even begin to comprehend the complex flavors in this beer.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Put the goat in a safe place.

A: Incredibly dark, deep ruby with 2" of head that reduces with significant lacing. Tantalizing, inviting.

S: Mild, roasted coffee, sweet plum, caramel, banana, brown bread. Very light scents, but they are temptingly blended. It's almost as if the beer knows it doesn't need to overwhelm to succeed.

T: Lots of banana bread sweetness, combining with caramel/brown sugar. Dark, mild coffee flavors pour over the top of this, with slight hazelnut and ripe, alcohol-soaked plums chasing. The nature and order in which these flavors are experienced changes as the beer warms; it's in a constant state of flux. Phenomenal.

M: Silky, creamy, velvety perfection.

D: This is simply an incredible beer, and renowned for very good reasons. The goat ornament will soon be joined by many more, without a doubt.

Photo of swhitt
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 fluid oz bottle with the nifty goat around its neck. Picked this one up from the Wine Gallery Kenmore in Boston. 4 pack a little expensive but boy, was it worth it.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, dark brown with slight lacing and a delicate but delicious looking foam head. Almost opaque through the sides but viewed at an angle it's definitely a little transparent.

Smells of dark mollasses and slight fruity alcohol. Mmmm. Almost bready in texture. The light carbonation helps round this one out. Wow, almost perfection. This is one of my new favorites, up there with Liberator.

I could drink this one all day. This might be my new favorite beer. Too bad it's so pricey!

Photo of Osiris9588
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle accompanied by that plastic goat. The color is deep brown, with some amber undertones at the bottom and edges. The fluffy, big-bubbled head shows solid retention, leaving some moderate lacing.

The nose if packed with grain, especially malt and oats, and a little sweeter, almost corn characteristic. The flavor consists of carmel malt along with roasted oats and barley, a little alcohol and molassas at the end.

The mouth is full-bodied and quite complex, going from lighter to toaster, then syrupy notes. It's quite a mouthful. It is also well rounded, making for a high drinkability. The beer is worth the price--the gimmicky plastic goat is just a bonus.

Photo of wolffman17
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator pours a deep and dark reddish-brown. A creamy tan head forms; not much lace on the glass.
The aroma is dominated by big, sweet malts. Full of sweet plums, raisins, and caramel. There's a hint of alcohol in the background.
This is one rich and full-flavored beer. Molasses and dark fruit are the forerunners; toffee, breadiness, and alcohol follow. It becomes more complex as it warms. It's thick and filling.
For a big, malty doppelbock, this is very easy to drink. It's always fun drinking a beer of this quality.
Bottom line: Celebrator is an exceptional beer. Tops the night off as good as any.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,621 ratings.