Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,365 | Ratings: 6,265
Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alcohol comes through on aroma and taste. Lovely chocolate brown color, foam, root beer aftertaste. Easy on mouth even with some initial bitterness. Mild roast overwhelmed by malt sweetness. Hint of nuts and chocolate, and pinch of fruit and spices. Great again in March 2005.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark bread, wheat/grain, caramel, and some subtle cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark wheat/multi-grain bread, caramel, and some cocoa flavors on the finish. I am also getting some dark fruit flavors as the beer warms. This beer has a slightly crisp carbonation level with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice set of flavors that work together extremely well.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always love drinking this beer when someone wants to try it. I have one of those ram medallions hanging from each of my guitars.

It pours a dark red/brown color with some tan head. It dissipates slowly and reveals plenty of bubbles coming out of solution.

The smell is fairly complex. There is some dark sweet malts as well as some roasted smells. There is also a fruity smell, can't tell what it is by the smell.

The taste reveals that its a darker (possibly plum) flavor that I noticed in the aroma. All the rest of the smells translate to flavor as well. There is some sweet malts and a touch of roasted malt and even some hop bitterness but not too much.

Very smooth and refreshing. For as much complexity as this beer has its light enough to enjoy a large glass of with dinner.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger head slightly hazy very deep amber/brown body. Aroma is very malt with amber and chocolate malts with brown sugar , yeast and dark fruit notes. Strong yeast and malt presence with this one complimented by brown sugar, cherry and strawberry notes. Relatively thick and creamy body and light carbonation. Overall this one is very dynamic and flavorful with an excellent, drinkable feel on the palate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is the essential doppelbock as far as I am concerned. it is true as true can be to the style, and is downright delicious. flawlessly made. the pours is a rich mahogany to molasses color with a foamy khaki head a few fingers tall, excellent retention. looks like a lot of body and a lot of malt character, judging by looks alone. the nose is really heavy malt, some roast, some caramel, some dessert or bread pudding type of aromas, and more alcohol than you would think at only 6.7% abv. the flavor is really heavy, dark wheat, heavy toasted barley, and mineral rich water are evident. the yeast is also characteristically german, bready and drenched in dark fruit. there is a peculiar weight to this that makes it wholly satisfying but may reduce drinkability to a certain degree. its rich and smooth, and the carbonation is slight. its a perfect early spring beer to me, and one that would work well with grilled meat, a peppery arugula salad, or even fresh baked cookies. its not for everyone, but if you like the style, this is the go!

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured near black in color with just a few red highlights near the edge of the glass. A moderately-sized light brown head died down and only left a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are smells of dark malts with some notes of chocolate, raisins and nuts in the aroma.
T: The taste is very malty and balanced--dark malts dominate the flavors yet there are subtle hints of caramel, chocolate and nuts. There is a bit of sweetness in the initial taste and some dryness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and both smooth and thick on the palate.
D: It was very easy to drink this and the alcohol was barely perceptible. The beer is rather filling and drinking it almost feels like you're having a meal. I would definitely have it again (especially if I was hungry), although there's no way I could have more than one in a single session.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrator has to be one of the best Doppelbock's I've had. This beer poured out as a really deep reddish brown color. The head was average sized but had a good retention to it. The smell of the beer was of rich caramel notes with some strong malt aromas. The smell is a little warming and inviting. The taste of the beer was had many of the elements that were on the nose, it was sweet upfront which faded into a nice caramel bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was really well balanced between thickness and carbonation. Overall I feel that it's a must try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful specimen of the Dopplebock style.

The dark, dark brown beer pours with a soundful plop in the glass. Malty even to the ears. Nearly opaque with a medium, tan head that lasts the session. A good deal of lacing on the glass proves either to be too heavy or verly well malted.

Heavy toast without roasting in the nose. Rye breads, beer breads, grainy breads... the beer is all about the bready-toasty malts. Mild toffee and nuttiness come in late. Secondary scents of fruitcake and dehydrated fruits from cherries, apples, pineapples, dates, figs, and raisons swirl around a light rum-like sweetness. Promises greatness.

Outstanding flavors of the fruits, breads, and alcohols that are described in the nose transfer unadulterated to the taste but with less heaviness or boldness than expected. Still, the heavy emphasis is on the bready, melanoiden meaty flavors with a touch of soy-sauce aging. Toffee and nuttiness round on the the malts and make them identifiable.

The body can be summed up in one word: Malty. Of course the bready notes come full throddle with a creamy, robust, full texture. But all that seems to whisp away in a magical last second. Part of the beer evaporates while the otehr parts thin into a toasty-sweet beer that makes for remarkable drinkability.

Celebrator is one of the few true Dopplebocks the exemplifly the style to perfection. Could it use a bit more complexity on the fruits and a bit more balance on the lagered-oxidized front? Maybe, but no faults here.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown (not quite opaque), small but lingering tan head. Has that "signature" doppelbock taste and smell. Roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, bit of smoke. Rather dry and light for the style. Velvety mouthfeel, medium-bodied like a porter and crisply carbonated. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, this was a favourite at an office party where I provided the input to the beer selection, a few years ago, at least now. Time to enjoy it while off the clock, I suppose.

This beer pours a moderately hazy, deep dark cola colour, with a multitude of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some solid spidery lace around the glass as it gradually settles.

It smells of musty caramel/toffee malt, softly bittersweet sticky molasses, muddled black fruit, bready biscuit notes, and floral, spicy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, well-aged dark fruit, slick cafe au lait, ethereal chalky cocoa, a twinge of salty nuttiness, tobacco ash, and adequately bitter leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but hardly absent from its underlying duties, the body medium-full in weight, subtly rich, and decently smooth by the same measure. It finishes in a nicely balanced manner, the lingering malt complexities and noble hops acting like they've been through this a few times before.

Nothing surprising here - the effusive, long-running hype is more than well deserved. Call it what you will - the blueprint, the (almost) progenitor, whatever, this is a deftly rendered, crazily easy to drink, amped-up dark lager, for all your latent winter-despising needs.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cola-colored as it comes out of the bottle. A fairly-light cream head with minimum amounts of carbonation. In the glass, it's a deep brown that is nearly opaque. Lacing in decent amounts as it goes down. Additionally, bonus points for having by far the coolest bottle I have seen to date, completed by the plastic goat.

S: Rich, rich malt with underlying complexity. Slight sugars of dates behind a caramel scent.

T: Very rich--much like the nose--and slightly sweet. Hints of light molasses, although the malt dominates--in a very good way.

M: Excellent creamy texture with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extraordinarily smooth with little to no alcohol presence.

D: Exceedingly drinakble. Beautiful taste and fairly light in body, combined with a low enough ABV to be quasi-sessionable, this is an excellent choice for the summer months ahead.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a solid black color with a foamy, caramel-colored, one-finger head. It left long trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very sweet. There was also some roasted malt and caramel aromas.

T - It had a great sweet maltiness. There was also a good dose of chocolate flavor.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A really great dopplebock. It is very sweet and chocolatey.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its high rating balanced against my usual disdain for bocks. A hanging plastic goat lends the presentation a unique characteristic. I like the cover art.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues were anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and okay retention - though the retention problem seems unlikely given the mere 6.7% ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. Nothing strikes me, though it is appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, vanilla, caramelized malt, cream, and some toffee. Maybe some alcohol. A mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, with some dark malts as the foundation. Hints of cream and vanilla. Well balanced and built, if simple. A hint of nuts. Hints of roasted barley. Some mild layering, but nothing impressive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not creamy enough. Coarse enough to allow the flavours to come through without being unpleasant. Neither too thick nor too thin, but not perfect either.

Dr: Very drinkable. I do like it, but I don't know that it's the best doppelbock ever brewed. If it is, that doesn't bode well for doppelbocks as a style in my book. I'd certainly have it again, ideally on nitro-draught.

High B-

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours from a 330ml bottle a dark brown with reddish highlights under a solid 2-finger thick light mocha head with lingers and eventually settles to a thin cap and rim leaving stringy and spotty lace.

N: Roasty and caramel malts, dark chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, mild sweetness, aged wood.

T: Dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins), dark malts, dark chocolate mousse, nutty and earthy. Complex.

M: Full body and semi-full carbonation. Creamy, silky smooth and rich finish.

O: A classic. Bonus points for the plastic goat lanyard.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some red hints thru out nice medium slight off white head,aroma sweet and nutty.Many flavors from this beer starts out a little smokey with some nuttiness,it's finish is a little dry.Not nearly as sweet as some of the style to, wich is a good thing.This is a classic worthy of the high ratings it gets.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, capped by a massive, light brown, lumpy head that recedes relatively quickly to a thin, covering film. Not much in the way of lace. The aroma is predominantly of coffee and dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes and dates). It isn't as complex as expected, but is appetizing nonetheless.

The flavor is malty sweet, with molasses and coffee at the head of the line. Some alcohol is evident; surprising since the ABV is only 6.7%. I noted a slight metallic taste with the first few sips, but it faded soon thereafter.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but isn't all that wonderful either. I was expecting more smooth creaminess, but didn't get it. Drinkability is good.

Celebrator is my first doppelbock so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Given the high ratings, I expected to like it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but it didn't come close to knocking my socks off. I do like the little goat charm though. Nice touch.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malt laden taste with a super smooth light malty aftertaste that leaves me wanting more and more.
To me the two most important things about beer are taste and aftertaste (hence: it tastes good and I want more) and this beer delivers on both.

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Photo of oline73
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark mahogany color. Initially there is a half inch dark tan head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell: A mild dark fruit and caramel malty sweetness. Fairly mild.

Taste: First thing I notice is the perfect level of sweetness. There are hints of roast and dark chocolate, as well as caramel and ripe dark fruit. Slight bitterness at the very end. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly dry finish. Very nice delicate carbonation that fits the beer well.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. I will definitely be picking up more in the future.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with nearly a finger of light tan foam on top of a black body with amber highlights. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Dark, fruity malt with notes of plum, caramel, toffee, and red apple.

T - Lots of dark toffee malt and a bit of caramel up front. Fruity notes of plum and red apple come out in the middle and blend nicely with the caramel. The beer finishes with lots more toffee and some burnt caramel as well as more of the red apple character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Complex, drinkable and overwhelmingly malty. The fruity notes blend very well with the caramel and toffee and give the beer a level of complexity that lasts through the finish. Smooth, and extremely pleasant this is a classic example of the style that I could easily drink all night.

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into large oversized snifter

A: Dark charred brown color with almost no light through, thick frothy 1 finger head with good retention

N: Nose has some sweet dark malts with a little alcohol, deep fruits like raisin and a cramy scent

T: Taste starts with the rich malts and raisin, then moves to a strange dark biscuit like almost chocolate powder with a Christmasy taste that I can't figure out, more rich deep molases like syrupy taste, a slight sweet buttery candi sugar taste like caramelized bananas with walnuts

M: Mouth is very thick and frothy as well as syrupy as it coats the mouth

F: Finish is sweet but not too much, leaves more of the burnt brown sugar taste and toffee, makes my mouth water like crazy for more

Final thoughts: Not heavy on spices like I thought it would be, but lots of deep earthy fruits and rich malts, as well as caramelized sugars and fruits, surprisingly very drinkable for a double boch and celebration style beer. I can see why its so highly rated. I'm glad I can get ahold of this stuff easily. I'll be drinking a lot more in the fall.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges and a big 2+ finger widths of creamy tan head that retained down very nicely into a still fairly large layer that left thick swathes of lace down the sides of the mug. The aroma is caramel sweetness, brown sugars, raisens, just the tiniest waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a blast of sweetness and thick malts (with just a touch of hop bitterness) that gives way to just the lovliest flush of cocoa powder and dark fruits. Finishes thick and sweet on the lips. The mouthfeel is a rich, creamy feel with just a touch of warmth.

Wow, wow, and double wow! This is by far the best Doppel Bock I've had yet with just a ton of rich yet clean flavors and an incredible drinkability. It's definitely one of the tops in its style!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.

S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.

M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.

D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10 oz. - $4.75 at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brownish-red body with a thin, very thin, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, raisin-packed aroma full of heavy caramel overtones. Slighter hints of fresh grain and unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Sweet, caramel-covered grains followed by tons of raisin fruitiness. Minor chocolate hint. A few gingerbread crumbs. Light spicy hops and bitterness. More alcohol than you'd expect from 6.7% creeps into the semi-sweet, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock, while we've had some wonderful times together, isn't exactly my favorite d-bock out there. I feel this way no matter how many little plastic goats it gives me.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,365 ratings.