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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,129 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,129
Reviews: 2,209
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 328
Gots: 368 | FT: 16
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 philipt
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I unexpectedly found this beer in VA, so I stocked up. I've wanted to try Celebrator Doppelbock for some time now and definitely didn't let this chance slip by.

A very dark and rich garnet in color, with a medium sized fluffy, beige head. Smells quite malty, with subtle hints of brown sugar, nuts and brown sugar bread. Initial taste is of controlled/balanced malt. Not as cloyingly sweet as anticipated. Brown sugar and nuts are apparent in the taste as well. Hops make a gentle appearance in the mid taste, and finishes very smooth.

This is the most balanced (re: not too sweet) doppelbock tried to date. Also, easily my favorite doppelbock tried to date.

philipt, May 02, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights. Forms a thick, creamy, light brown head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty, fruity, with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is malty, with a bit of roastiness and chocolate. It has a hop fruitiness and bitterness. It is a medium-full bodied beer, with a balanced malt and hop bitterness. A very smooth drinking beer.

BeerBuilder, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok second beer of the "wetting the babies head" night.
Ah love the white plactic goat..its right on the key chain!.Also like ye olde fashioned label.
Now this has one terrific look about it it pours an opulent dark red, almost deep dark blood red..with a small off-white head that doesnt last too long.
Smell as expected with this style is super sweet and malty..so sweet its almost "winey"..but its pleasant not sickening.
The taste is slightly strange it sort of comes in waves..first an almost zanyy sweetness hits , then it fades to a small bitterness, then some sweetnes returns and is finished of with a wet unsweetned chocolate bitterness..very odd...but exciting certainlly.
Very very nice on the taste buds due to the 'waves" of flavour mention above!
A very good dopplebock..but for some reason i still prefer Salvator or Doppel-Hirsch, but this is nice stuff.

Reidrover, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black body, tan small head, spotty lacing. Intense molasis aroma. Smooth long lasting mouthfeel. Rich malty molasis filled palate. Light hoppiness initially that develops and winds up even with the malt on the aftertaste. I am thoroughly confused as to whether this is sweet or dry. I think dry.

Naerhu, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Deep dark malt, no noticeable hops.
Appearance: Black, with flashes of blood red in front of a serious light source. My bottle seemed a little flat, very light head that evaporated almost instantly, with no lacing. Maybe it was just my bottle.
Flavor: Fairly straightforward dark malt, with a hint of a maple syrup (blackstrap?). The first taste is the same as the aftertaste: very good both ways. Mild alcohol warming, but not intense.
Mouthfeel: I found it a little light given the rich taste, I expect to have to chew, but it's very smooth.
Overall: Man this went down quick. Great, BIG taste, but none of the heaviness you might expect. Drinkability is outstanding, hard to put it down to savor the aftertaste, you just want to pick it right back up again. A lot of malt sweetness and a sneaky alcohol kick.
Celebration: commence!

HardTarget, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've waited entirely too long to enjoy this brew, and last night I finally had my opportunity. A few things: While it has a huge following and is arguably regarded as the best doppelbock out there, I wasnt extremely impressed. It is very good, but I expected more from it. However, I attribute this to a few reasons. I had already had a few beers before this. The previous ones were also higher in alcohol, possibly killing my ability to see the complexity in this brew. The beer I had directly before this was a Heavyweight Cinderbock, and the smoky flavors may have done considerable harm to my palate. Having said that...

The beer was a very deep brown color. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Aromas of chocolate and malts. Huge malty flavors in the middle, finishes chocolatey. I gave it all 4's, but I am definitely coming back to this beer to give a more intelligent review.

IrishRedRock, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of jerseyemt
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, poured into a glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head. Smell is wonderful; pure malt. Taste has a slight hop bitterness, yet is still extremely smooth. Not my favorite doppelbock, but still very good and highly recommended.

jerseyemt, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of ellman
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm Doppelbocky.......

The Pour: A dark black brown with an exceptably full head that slipped away leaving a beautyful lace trim.

The Smell: A rich aroma for caramelized malt and a raisin tone.

The Taste: Semi sweet chocolate and nutty flavor

This beer is quite well balanced and I could drink it quite regularly.

ellman, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see why this brew is so highly rated, it’s great. Pours a deep brown almost black color with a slight ruby tint. A thick tan head arose, but quickly died down leaving a thin lace. The aromas were quite complex with dark malts, caramel, chocolate, and raisins. The taste is equally complex there were hints of nuttiness mixed with raisins and caramel, I swear that I could taste some licorice, too. Alcohol taste was quite apparent, but it wasn’t overpowering so it mixed well with the other flavors. A mild alcohol and malt aftertaste was left in my mouth. This is a very complex and balanced brew; it’s absolutely exceptional.

Scooter77, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly above average

Dark brown with very little tan head
aroma burnt chocolate and malt
Flavor coffee, chocolate, malt, hint of something more...maybe fig like...
Mouthfeel ok not too thin not thick
Drinkability ok
Nothing great but not bad...overall...I will not look for it...but if I happen to get some I will drink it

stegmakk, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of Hhawk06
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting big things out of such a highly reviewed BA selection. It poured purely black with a woodsy cranberry odor. I'm tasting a roasty licorice flavor intermingling with a dry bitterness. The aftertaste feels more nutty but remains dry. It makes you thirst for more! I did enjoy this brew, it's obvious this beer is carefully taken care of.

Hhawk06, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of texascarl
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = dark mahogony, almost black. Reddish highlights, not quite opaque. Light carbonation, thick tan head that receded fairly quickly.

Nose = MALT!! If you want someone to understand what malt smells like, here's your big boy. Blackstrap molasses & some hops

Taste = Malt. Velvet sledgehammer. Big & powerful to knock down a wall, but still smooth. Some hops are in there trying to balance the malt but it really has it's work cut out for it. A flavor in the finish that reminds me of Aussie Tawny Port - caramel sweet wine & raisens. Medium to long finish, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Lord have mercy, this is good beer. I've found another new favorite.

texascarl, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.28/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Celebrator pours black in color with mahongany hues. Its creamy tan head only lingered briefly before fading. The body has a syrupy cling to the side of the glass. Aroma seems to consists of dark fruit, fig, feint chocolate malt and mineral water. Mouthfeel seems thinner than I'd expect from a doppelbock, but borders on being medium-bodied. Taste was somewhat of a disappointment and hard to pin down. Flavors of coffee, malt and alcohol are combined with a raisiny finish. Celebrator isn't as sweet, malty and flavorful as other doppelbocks I've tried in the past. A bit of a let down.

Winter, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and thin compared to other dopplebocks. Smooth and very malty with a bit of hop aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable at the end of each sip and the beer is a good example of a Dopplebock. The beer has a distinct flavor that is hard to pinpoint, but very good and highly drinkable.

bierman2000, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of Ahhdball
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second round at this one for me. The first, I drank without tasting....goofy me. It poured creamy leaving a beautiful rich head at the top. Slightly carbonated but not as much as most beers. Sweet malty flavor with little or no aftertaste. A very good Dopplebock.

Ahhdball, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation. 11.5 ounce bottle with the classic goat dangling from the bottle!

Poured a very dark, slight mahogany with a thick light color head. Smells of slight malt and massive caramel/coffee. The initial taste is huge...the malt/caramel/coffee blend seems to be perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is consistent of those same qualities, just a touch of smokiness left on the palate. Overall, an outstanding beer, very very drinkable

Notes. $2.99 for this sampling at Blue Max, this is a top-notch beer, holds up to the reputation as one of the best. I'll be in constant search for this gem.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A color as black as night, and a toasty tan head. Strong and seductive aromatics: sweet and candyish, with notes of toffee, anise, and cocoa, and a slightly burnt character that perhaps derives from the higher alcohol. Taste is huge with malt, highly warming (note the ABV), full, rich, and delicious. A perfect aperitif beer. Three things ring above all else: malt, coffee, and caramel. Solid, bold, and loaded with coffeeish flavor. One of the world's greatest brews.

feloniousmonk, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured dark brown with a deep ruby hue around the edges when held to the light. There was a big fizzy head that disappeared quickly which both surprised and disappointed me. The aroma is sort of tannic with a hint of sweetness and alcohol. Upon first sip I immediately thought this brew was going to be too sweet, however it doesn't finish that way. The middle is of alcohol finishing up with a little bit of hops to balance all that malty sweetness. Overall I was disappointed with this brew especially after all the good reviews. I think I'm starting to notice a trend, I don't care to much for this style of brew.

Bruiser81, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting to sample this beer for some time now. Everything looks grand about it. The label, the glass and of course the little plastic medallion that sits around its neck.

Pours very dark brown in color with a 3/4 inch head that seems to last. The smell is sweet, malt, chocolate and honey. One of the first things that I notice---smooth! The taste is earthy, old, metallic, plum and raisin. The aftertaste is more chocolate and it gives that warming feeling.

This might sound odd but it reminds me a lot of Rapscallion Creation.

CharlesRiver, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So why review this well-known beer? Aw, whatever, its damn good!

Dark night color with a thick head that dissipates quickly - head takes on a tan/dirty cream color leaving some thin lines of stain off of fairly coating lace.

Smells of impressive slightly roasted wheat and malt nose that opens to hearty nuttiness. Something else in the nose that i can’t describe – floral as well as pistachio nut.

Some roasted malt on the tongue but mostly a darkened wheat and malt flavor with some creamy tone. The strong point appears to me to be the (seeming) wheatiness that is roasted enough but the pure wheat flavor still exists. Truly, its nothing more than nutty, malty flavors that build on top of each other. You might call it mukry with all those roast and malt flavors, but I find it as delectable, complex, hearty, and drinkable as a doppelbock can get. Sometimes, the bottled version mildly tingles on your tongue, with a taste of a dark cheese with earthy, sour fruitiness to it (?!), but not always. Soft yet thick feel on the tongue that comes along with a sprightly hops bitterness in the high back mouth.

Easily understandable as a described "world classic." Drank MUCH BETTER in a small snifter glass as opposed to a stein or large tulip glass.

nomad, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This was a very dark beer that showed its true colors when held up to the light: a deep ruby red. The head was rough and tan and dissipated quickly. By the time I was halfway done with the beer, there was no head and not a trace of lace left on the glass.

Smell: The odor of raisins dominated this brew. Overall, it had a heavy, sweet aroma.

Mouthfeel: This beer was full, but not as smooth as I expected or wanted it to be.

Taste: This was a sweet beer, but not overly so. There was a little bit of malt sweetness, but more of a candy sugar taste. I could not detect any hops bitterness at all. There was a mild, sour "twang" on the finish.

I have had this beer before and this is pretty much how I remembered it. It is not bad, but I am not overly impressed with it either. I am not a sweet beer lover, or a big doppelbock fan. However, it is probably a good representation of the style.

Quaffer, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with red hightlights and a tan creamy head that last the duration, leaving a nice creamy sexy lace behind. The smell of caramel and fruit pour through the nose. Mild hopppiness is present but not strong. The first sip brings fruity noste with caramel and strong maltiness. The clean finish is great and this has to be one of my favorite styles.

Cheers

kunzbrew, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of mickstepp
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't believe my good fortune at finding this on tap at a local watering hole. And my timing was fortuitous as the bartender told me it is to be replaced shortly with something more mainstream. Celebrator is a very dark and opaque beer (the lights in the bar were dim so I didn't get as good a look at it as I would have liked) with a thick tawny head. Rich caramel notes in the nose. The taste starts a little sweet but evolves to a dry, nutty, earthy finish as it passes over the tonque. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very creamy and yummy. It is highly regarded by my fellow B.A.'s and deservedly so.

mickstepp, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with bock beer and I cannot say that I regret it at all. It felt thick as it filled my glass and settled a dark color with a little red visible. The head was nice and tan and lasted for a considerable amount of time and then receded into a nice lace that followed the beer to the bottom of the glass. It smelled of damp, smokey wood. the taste was great with some sweet molasses flavors and also some apple flavor, and a carmel finish. It definitely seemed to get sweeter as I neared the end of the pint.

(8/3/03)re-rate after a taste with a more scruitinizing palette.
After further tastes I have to say I like Aventinus a fair bit better. After finishing a 6er of it I feel like Celebrator reminds me too much of coca cola. To spritzy without enough character.

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Known as Fortunator (and with an alcohol content of 7.2% by volume) except in the U.S., Ayinger's Doppelbock has become known as one of the classics of the style. Interestingly, one of it's essential ingredients - a light touch of smoked malt - is much more common to the northern region of Franconia than to the area south of Munich where Aying is located.
It pours a very deep mahogany with a foamy tan head that holds well. The nose displays a mild smokiness and some toasty breadiness that combines with a touch of alcohol to twist it into a more toffee-ish character. A velvety mouthfeel is derived from a medium body and a very fine carbonation. The flavor offers a luxurious maltiness that's fairly complex with notes of molasses, deeply toasted honey-glazed bread, dried dark fruit, mild leafy hop, and a very subtle smokiness. The rich, and somewhat sweet malt character is exquisitely balanced by a firm bitterness that remains in the wings as it crosses the palate, but then combines with the alcohol to dry out the finish. Some lingering malty notes of caramel and subtle bitter & smoky notes add to it's richness. Overall, a smooth, rich, deceptively strong and warming lager with a drying finish. The alcohol is well-cloaked and the smokiness is quite subtle, just adding a touch of character at the offest and then vanishing amongst the maltiness. Quite enjoyable!

NeroFiddled, Jan 24, 2003
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,129 ratings.