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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,548
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 392
Gots: 553 | 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 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.

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

Appearance – This beer is an extremely deep mahogany with very little light brown head which goes away fast. A ring of head is left which leaves lacing on my glass.

Smell – I like what I smell here. First off it starts with a molasses aroma which converts quickly to heavy caramel. There are chocolate smells as well with a touch of sourness which I like. I get brown sugar out of it as well as a grape like scent that almost reminds me of ice wine.

Taste – This one is malty…very malty. There is some heavy caramel and toffee in there with the brown sugar sweetness added on. I do taste some roasted chocolate, but not much. Alcohol makes a bit of a presence as well. There is then a nice finish of slight hop bitterness and a fruitiness reminding me of dark grapes and plums.

Mouthfeel – Very nice here. Carbonation feels good and the beer is relatively thick. It almost feels chewy…but not quite.

Drinkability – So easy for me. I had no issues downing this bottle and loving every drop.

This one is right up my alley. I had high expectations and they were met. I encourage all beer lovers to indulge in this one.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into traditional pint glass

A - Very dark brown yet uncloudy. 1cm tan head that fades to leave a thin covering, and the lacing is minimal.

S - Dark roasted caramel sweetness. The alcohol shines through as it warms, but dark complexities emerge as well.

T - Again, lots of dark roasted caramel sweetness. As it finishes you get slight notes of a real woody alcohol bite.

M - Smooth, not oily, finishes clean.

D - Very filling with loads of residual sugars. A pleasure.

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

A - this doppelbock pours a dark dark cold blood red, nearly black, with a 1/2 finger thick dark tan, caramel colored head that laces at a medium pace, slight carbonation visible on the side of the glass

S - a dark sweet/doughy aroma, like raisinbread, sweet and dry smelling

T - this elicited from my BA roommate and I 2 "Wow's", 2 "Damn!'s" and a "this is fucking good!", this is very sweet, but not to a fault, with a bready chewiness that balances out nicely, an alcohol kick in the middle, and then a sweet toffee like finish, very good

M - smooth and thick, like a syrup, very enticing

D - high, moderate ABV, sweet, smooth, no bite, even a macro drinker should be able to pound this

Photo of bigman147
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - very foamy light brown head that quickly dissiapated in several minutes. Very little lacing. Color - deepest brown, black. Nearly opaque however a ruby red hue under intense light. Also very cool that there is a small plastic goat hanging on the neck of the bottle.

Aroma - bready malt, molassas with slight hints of toffee and coffee.

Taste - pretty much as promised by the aroma. Subtle breadlike sweetness and toffee malt. Rich maltiness with a coffee bittering. Hops are undetectable except for the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very full (yet not syrupy), light carbonation, smooth, very fast finish with only a slight coffee bitter type linger.

Drinkability - I would have to say this was impressive. I could drink this for a "imported/mildly expnsive) session beer. Alcohol is un-detectable however very present @ 6.7 ABV%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying the art on the bottle and pouring with forceful care, I'm left with a beer of incredibly dark brown body that when held to a light source reveals a dark ruby body with orange-red highlights. The head is a few centimeters in height, deep brown in color, and recedes slowly to a thing ring of dark bubbles around the glass with a few spotty islands of lacing. Swirling the glass and taking a sip leaves a few streaks of sticky lacing that eventually return to the pool of beer, reducing to small clusters of bubbles along the sides of the glass.
Deep, rich malt scents: caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt aspects alongside more subdued aromas of figs, prunes, and alcohol. Quite the complex profile here, deeply enjoyable and always revealing more rewards to those willing to sit back and slowly enjoy it. The taste is fully developed and rich, almost nostalgic or memory-inducing in its goodness. A general smokiness pervades all the elements of the taste, like a fine mist on an early spring day. Rich roasted malt and chocolate malt flavors paired alongside sweetness derived from prunes and figs. The maltiness descends in the closing moments into a coffee bitterness that's quite well-received and rounds out the experience well.
Mouthfeel is heavy to medium-heavy with a carbonation level that's very light compared to the body's heaviness, yet I wouldn't change a thing. It moves the beer and flavors enough around on the palate to be noticeable, but lets the beer be quite alone when it needs to be and allow its full complexity to develop on the tastebuds. Drinkability is fantastic: as this is a thick, rich beer one usually only takes slow sips of it. The 6.7% alcohol levels nearly guarantees that there's no effect from one of these. Having one or more is thus quite possible on a cold fall/winter/springs's day.

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

i've had a lot of Spaten Optimator in my day, and i was eager to try the Ayinger Celebrator, as it's generally regarded as a top-notch Dopplebock... but does it surpass my beloved Optimator?

A- Poured from a bottle into a German stange glass (enhance that malt, baby) - you really have to hold it up to the light to see anything through this very opaque brew... a bright back-light reveals red highlights, like a concentrated Coca-Cola. One 11.2 ounce bottle poured to an inch of head, very little lacing.

S- The smell is, in my opinion, one of the finest aspects of Celebrator. All that delicious maltiness you've come to know and love in a great German Dopple, plus a very fruity sweetness... cherry, and chocolate toasted malt. I've been sitting here with my eyes closed, just sniffing, and enjoying it. Excellent. Touch of alcohol in the smell.

T- This one actually tastes a lot like it smells, without the alcohol. Very sweet fruitiness, once again reminding me of a cherry or plum. Chocolate and dark toasty maltiness, but very little alcohol taste. Warm.

M- i'd say a full medium body, very smooth, just the right amount of carbonation - just enough to prevent it from being syrupy with so much sweetness in the taste... but not so much that it tastes like a soda pop. Mouthfeel, while not chewy, is very satisfying.

D- Celebrator has such a fantastic aroma and taste that it's hard not to keep bringing the glass to your lips. Certainly more complex than Spaten Optimator - i only wish it were as cheap as Spaten! This definitely deserves to be called a world-class beer.

As an added bonus, each bottle comes with the little plastic goats around the neck... nice touch!

Looks like i've found another brew that will probably always need to be on-hand in my refrigerator...

Photo of bort11
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the little goat pendant that is hung around the neck of the bottle. I think that is just awesome touch to an excellent beer.

A- Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice medium tan head, about a finger think. Receeds to a good lace. The color is a rich black with dark ruby red highlights.

S- Dried fruit and molassas. Dark roasted choclatey malt. It smells warm and rich

T- dark roasted and bitter hops. A little dried fruit sweetness.

M- Medium to full bodied. It seems to lighten up as I drink it. It feels warm, but not like an alcohol warmth. Very pleasant.

D- This is a very enjoyable beer. I'm lucky that these are easily available in my area. I will try and keep these on hand. I couldn't drink a lot of these at once, but one every once in a while is perfect.

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

A very nice beer here. Chocolatey malts with a little hop kickback, true to style. Some mocha caramel going on here. I felt the body was a little thin, but that way it, oh, and slightly overpriced. But a fine recommended beer and a very good brewery in Ayinger. A little head, disappated quickly and left a little lacing. Smell nothing great except a few fruit esthers. But an overall good brew!

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

Poured from a bottle into a gold rimmed, steamed Ayinger Celebrator glass.

This beer is black as night with high lights of ruby red and orange when held to the light. The golden tan head is thick and lasting. It billows like high cumulous clouds on a warm dry spring day. An amazing beer to behold.

The smell is of chocolate, toffee and espresso with a slight carmel after taste. This is how god trained the Bavarians to roast malt. All should take homage.

The taste is the apex. This beer rocks. Richly roasted malts give way to a crescendo of chocolate and coffee and finised to perfection with hops in a way that leaves you begging for more. Better beers do not exist. I would gladly sacrifice feel and other lesser attributes for the taste and drinkability of this full bodied and unyieldingly complex world class beer.

Mouthfeel is quite adequate, your sences will be happy from top to bottom as it washes back.

Some rich dopplebock beers are great but you seem to be satisfied after a 12 oz or a 1 pint serving. But not this Ayinger. I say ' Herr Ober, Mass Celebrator, Bitte'

All in all quite an accomplishment from a brewery with barely a hundred years of experience. I purchased a case to age and will do follow up reviews as it does over the next several years. MK

Photo of jdmorgan
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best I've ever had, straight up. First of all, it comes in an awesome bottle and pours a dark brown. It had a rich and bold roasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel to it and a medium hop bitterness. The taste was well-balanced and flavorful without allowing the higher amount of alcohol to make it taste "boozy". The mouthfeel was medium/thick with medium carbonation. I felt that this beer was quite drinkable simply because of it's high quality and excellent taste. My only lament is that I'm a college student and can't afford to drink these on a regular basis. Highly recommended!

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. Left a two finger foamy light brown head that quickly dissiapated to just surface skim. Some lacing that did not last long. Color - deepest brown, almost black, and opaque, like coffee ( opaque and almost black ).

Aroma - bready malt, toffee, chocolate, and espresso. Tiny hint of hop lemon.

Taste - pretty much as promised by the aroma. Chocolatety bread and toffee malt with hint of citrus hops, followed with slight cola-like finish. Very good, seemingly rich without the full feeling one can get from rich taste ( full feeling in the stomach, that is ) .

Mouthfeel - very full, light carbonation, smooth, a little bit chewy.

Drinkability - this is very good beer, I could drink several in any one sitting. Abv of 6.7 may intimidate some into just one or two, but not me. Also alcohol is totally not present in taste at all, so that should be something to be mindful of if you're driving, but if not, well, bottums up !!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice presentation with this stuff. Came in a 4 pack of 330ml brown bottles, slightly art noveau design on the label, and each bottle comes with a small white goat charm attached to its neck.

Pours out a deep mahogany, opaque until it's been held up to the light where it attains some translucent cola-hued highlights. Two fingers of spongy tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Chewy toffee and dates on the nose, rich dark dried fruits, faint trace of alcohol. Traces of powdered dry dark chocolate.

Very dry mouthfeel. Roasted malt, dark toffee, a bit of fig sweetness in the middle, with a finish of dry dark chocolate and light roasted coffee beans. The flavour is not intense, but refined and balanced, the progression of flavours marries well. Well into the aftertaste a bit of boozy preserved fruit sweetness breaks out, helping to contrast the overall dryness of the flavour and mouthfeel.

Most certainly an enjoyable doppelbock, it definitely has produced its own niche for its take on the style, and a worthy following. Although I liked it I couldn't see myself buying this on a regular basis though, perhaps saving it more for special occassions and to introduce friends to this unique ale. One at at time is enough to satiate me, I'm not craving a follow-up at the moment.

Photo of ej285701
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay glass. Dark brown with some red highlights and a half inch tan head.

The smell is subtle but very good. Bready, caramely malts, toffee, brown sugar, and a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is similar to the smell. Very malty, caramely, brown sugar with some dark fruits and just a hint of hops to balance the sweetness. Not cloying at all.

The mouthfeel is amazing. so smooth and creamy. Like velvet, with just the right amount of bite. It just glides right down the throat.

Drinkability is great. I never get tired of the flavor, and at 6.7% you can drink more than a few without being overwelmed. Definitely the best doppelbock I've had so far.

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

Poured basically black, with a slightly brown-amber tint, and a tan-cream head. Somewhat roasty aroma, and a smell that was VERY much like molasses - and a taste to match. Molasses was definitely the dominant flavor, with some hints of vanilla here and there too, and very malty. Definitely worth the 3 bucks for only a 12 oz. bottle.

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

Pours dark brown/black with reddish tint. Thick creamy tan head, that recedes to light cover. Nice lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, molases, toffee, chocolate and a touch of cookie dough. Flavor is malty and fruity delight. Plums, raisins, molases, bitter chocolate, a touch of hops, some roastedness comes at the end. Finish is longish and dry, with a bit of warming alcohol. Texture is smooth and creamy.Very nice.

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

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: It pours a rich deep dark mahogany, with a thin head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: I agree with other reviewers that the caramel scent is obvious. I also picked up something I could put my finger on, until I thought about brownies. Very sweet and malty scent to this one.

Taste: As one might expect, the taste follows the smell. It's got a very smooth mouthfeel, and i found you get a bit more of the alcoholic warmness and kick to come out if you aerate the beer in your mouth a bit. Overall a very sweet, caramel, light chocolate and malty taste. Also I can pick up a hint of pear and apple. Hops are pretty hard to pick out. I'm new to bocks and wasn't expecting such a sweet brew, but I really liked it.

Notes: This isn't something I'd order with a big, spicy steak or any meal that's too powerful. It would make a great after dinner beer, though.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of molasis and dried fruit...sweet toasted malt.
Tastes of dried sweet fruit, molasis, brown sugar and a tiny bit of hops.
Lingering aftertaste of brown sugar and dried fruit with no drying at all.
Good after dinner drink....filling desert all by itself.
You have to be ready for a cloying rich, sweet, desert before drinking this, otherwise it will be wasted.

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

I am fairly certain that this was the most expensive four pack I've ever purchased, today at Superstar Beer and Soda in Smithtown for the bargain price of $18.99. Ouch, although by all accounts it's worth it. Love the little ornamental goats or rams or whatever they are.. The night before Easter seems like a good time to be reviewing this one as well.
Pours dark and opaque, almost stout like, into my pint glass. Bubbling tan head that holds up for longer than I can wait to drink this beer. Nose is drenched in coffee with chocolate and alcohol on backing vocals. This is a very hardy, dense looking beer.
Not quite as intimidating as I was anticipating, this doppel is not quite delicate but much more fluid in taste and texture than I was anticipating. The taste features coffee and caramel and liquorice flavors and well balanced hopping that hides the alcohol almost to a fault although also improves drinkability in the same measure. Carbonation is low and allows this beer to sit in the mouth for an eternity.
In short, this is an excellent beer. I'm not really a big bock fan but perhaps this is the finest bock in the world, it gets my vote.

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

This is my first bock, and it's great.
Pours a dark color. A red tinged brown in the light.

The smell took me immediately. Ginger and molasses, caramel, with a very very slight undertone of earthy hops.

The taste follows the smell perfectly. Coffee and chocolate notes blend into the molasses character, bringing back memories of younger days making cookies.
The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and has a very light malt graininess.

Drinkability: give me another one, now. It's that good, I only have one, and I'm sad.

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

Poured like extra dark rootbeer with a three finger head of toffee colored foam. Smell is sweet and chocolatey. Taste is similar. Mouth feel is mildly thick....VERY smooth and creamy

This is very drinkable but at 6.7% ABV, it better be drinkable.

I've heard this beer is considered to be the epitome of the dopplebock style. While I DO like it VERY much, I can think of others that I think are even better.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby/chestnut color with excellent clarity. A dark tan head will fill the glass, then become comfortable at three fingers. Leaves sticky spots of lace. The nose is pretty clean - toasted amber and crystal malt, with a slight ester aroma. Taste begins sweet with roasted crystal malt, background nutty flavor, and a hint of fruity ester(plum?). Aftertaste is residual with only a hint of drying noble hop I felt was a bit shy even for the style. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with low carbonation and a syrupy body. The finish is appropriatly residual sweet, but the ester is subdued and allows an excellent drinkability.

Photo of sabrills70
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogony brown with a good 2 finger head, great longevity and equally great lace. Outstanding roasted malt aromas, hints of coffee and vanilla. Huge chewy malt flavors. Earthy. Bits of dark caramel and coffee. Thick and syrupy and smooth as any I have ever tasted. The mother of all dobbelbocks. I don't give out 5's as no beer is perfect IMHO but this is as close as you can get with this style. A beautiful beer.

Photo of jettjon
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highs: Nose, flavor
Lows: None

From the 12 oz. bottle, almost opaque brown with a one-finger brownish tan head of various-sized bubbles that fades quickly, leaving light lacing. Nose is hard sorghum/molasses, some licorice and perhaps coffee? On the mouth, again light licorice nicely balanced with sorghum, malts, and a tiny bit of alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is substantial but not heavy. Finish is lightly bitter. Drinkability is above average.

Overall: This is a kickass beer; a beautiful bock in a beautiful bottle (love the little goat). Strongly recommended.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,548 ratings.