Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.47/5 rDev +3%
On tap at The Lark in East Northport, New York.
Poured a deep brown hue with a thin white cap. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a heavy cereal grain, nuts, caramel and pumpernickle.
The taste consisted of layer upon layer of multi grain goodness. Doughy and crusty pumpernickle bread came to mind with a lingering, yet dry, caramel.
The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a relatively dry finish.
Overall an incredibly enjoyable dopplebock. World class, but you already knew that.
07-07-2009 20:33:13 | More by plaid75
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Poured a very dark ruby red with a thin, fizzy dirty khaki head that quickly faded without a trace or lacing.
S: dark roasted nuttiness and caramel with a spicy dark fruitiness. A light scorched smokiness provides gentle complimentary support.
T: The initial flavor yielded a great, smooth smoky caramel with a nice fruitiness of apples. Extremly smooth with a light, dark sugary sweetness and rum raisins. Nice dark caramel sweetness that was very smooth and enjoyable. The rating speaks for itself.
M: medium-full, with a nice slickness and spicy alcohol fade.
D: Very nice drinkability with a spicy alcohol and fruitiness. Would easily go back for more. A prime example per style.
04-25-2008 01:32:17 | More by beerthulhu
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a deep dark black/brown, with a big fluffy offwhite head, that settles down with generous lacing. Smells earthy, dark malts, little sweet, dark fruits as well. Malt body really coats the tongue, dark cherries, molasses, sweet malt, irony taste. Full and creamy on the mouth, perfect carbonation levels, this is definately a world class brew!
05-30-2005 03:39:19 | More by Viggo
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
A: Pours a dark ruby red, almost brown. Very little light comes through. A one finger tan head forms upon pouring and reduces to a small layer of foam on top. Spotty lacing down the sides.
S: Interesting combination of aromas. Overall it is rather sweet, there is some caramel, darker fruit - mostly raisins, and some bready malt.
T: Extremely malty with no sign of hops. The dark fruits come forward on the flavor profile. There are raisins, dates, and figs. Very bready with a slight coffee finish/aftertaste.
M: Medium to full bodied, more filling than most beers. Has a nice creamy/smooth texture to it.
O: Really good. Only my second Doppelbock, but its really good. Nice flavors, the fruits are really nice. Its fuller body and creamy feel make it go down smooth.
04-26-2011 23:54:01 | More by mdaschaf
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
This beer goes "Glug, glug, glug" as you pour it. It lays out a hefty tannish brown head that has some staying power. Color is very dark ruby, but not black. Aroma is wonderful. Incredibly intense malt tones and a nice sweetness detected.
Taste is good, but a little lighter than I expected. Note that I said, "lighter than expected." This beer does have some depth and complexity. But the body is not as heavy as I expected either. Don't get me wrong, this is a great brew. Great tastes of molasses and sweet malt. A nice yeasty flavor. Some breadiness. No hops detected, but there must be some to balance the malt load of this. This is in the elite class of Doppels in my opinion (along with Bell's Consecrator, Spaten Optimator, Sammy Adams and Sprecher).
04-17-2002 21:39:05 | More by Bighuge
2.93/5 rDev -32.5%
Hey doppelbock's just aren't my style. Pours like some dark rust. Smell is a little more intriguing, not a turn off, very earthy, alcohol smell to it. Tastes like a combination of a rauchbier and trader joe's doppelbock. Meh. No hop presence, just some thin malt and alcohol to it. German mead.
All that dark fruit, belgian yeast? and alcohol just isn't a fun experience for me. YMMV. Don't take my score seriously, its just my score.
12-23-2009 17:26:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
06-22-2006 02:36:43 | More by DrJay
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured a dark brown with a small light brown head. Average lacing on the glass. Aroma is very good. Nice roasted malts with some notes of caramel, molasses and also some doughy breadyness. Taste has a lot of sweetness to it at first with some chocolate and coffee and fruit also being present. Complex and delicious taste. Mouthfeel full bodied is nice and creamy. Enjoyed this one very much and will be picking this up again.
11-24-2009 19:28:10 | More by billab914
4/5 rDev -7.8%
12oz from Bucket O'Brew for about $3.75 (I think).. shared grudgingly with Brenda.. the lion's share from my New Belgium goblet.
One Finger Light tan head dies fairly quickly leaving behind a suprising amount of lacing... deeep brown brew... only reveals walnut/deep ruby highlites when held up to a bare bulb.
Dark bread and subtle molasses are the name of the game.. some dark caramel... only a touch of dried fruit comes through.. figs I guess... as it warms it reminds me of a cold mocha coffee without the sugars.
Flavor is complex dark malts.. and a waft of raisin and a little more dark caramel... light but present nuttiness... not alot of chocolate or coffee, just a touch. For me, the complexity lies in the dark malts.. very tasty... subtle noble hops are easily overlooked... I always walk into Celebrator remembering a bigger body, but the body is really just a solid medium with a creamy carbonation and mouthfeel... with warmth comes a touch of smokey/mild peatiness.
I know that what I am enjoying is world-class, although my simplistic palate is not refined enough to really describe it..
01-15-2008 08:11:26 | More by JohnGalt1
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
A nice dark mahogany brew with a fine head that rising quickly but falls too fast.
Aroma mainly reflects toasted malts, with hints of light molasses, caramel, and dark bread. I wish it were more robust like the flavor.
T - Not strong or extreme, the flavor is predominately roasted malts, but is admirably rich. I find this otherwise excellent beer to be a little bit too sweet.
M - full and smooth, but good carbonation leads to a somewhat lively mouthfeel.
O - outstanding dopplebock
05-03-2011 01:23:40 | More by chinchill
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
Finally revisited this bad boy at the Brick Store in Atlanta.
Pours a clear dark brown color with dark ruby highlights. The head is two-fingers of cocoa-colored foamy goodness that slowly recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.
Smells of molasses with hints of chocolate and biscuity malts.
Tastes great. Molasses and sweet malts up front followed by more robust malt flavors, roasted and bready, ending with a hint of dark chocolate and a bit of bitterness. Very well balanced, very complex.
Mouthfeel is good. There's a good thickness that combines with a grainy carbonation that really goes down easily.
Drinkability is good. I polished off one of these in a hurry, and the complexity is such that I could have three of these and find something new in each one of them.
Overall there's not much more I can say. This is a very complex beer that is very well done.
11-23-2008 04:07:02 | More by glid02
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a light tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of lager yeast and some earthy malts. The overall aroma characteristics are quite muted. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Smooth and crisp mouth feel with average carbonation levels present. Tastes of good lager yeast, smooth yet distinct earthy malts, and the hop bitterness is noticeable. There is also a chocolaty richness that is quite extraordinary. This is one hell of a smooth lager family beer (includes bocks, etc.)!. Definitely worth a try.
01-30-2009 02:27:21 | More by Tone
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured an almost black, brown color with just a slight reddish tint on the edges. Poured a thick, dense, khaki colored head that slowly dissipated leaving a moderate amount of lacing. A sweet malt aroma with a touch of roast noticed. The flavor delivers on the promises that the aroma made to you. The roasted malt flavors are more pronounced. A smooth, full, well-rounded body that is very pleasant and fulfilling. Very drinkable, it's easy to get comfortable with these brews. A true classic, your beer life is not complete without regular visits with this masterwork.
02-25-2009 21:57:05 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
I had this (vom fass) at Ayingers Am Platzl, Munich on March 19, 2006.
A: Ruby black, off-white head, some retention, nice lace.
S: Malt bomb! Bread, caramel & nut.
T: Raisin, prune, chocolate, roasted nut, burnt caramel, slightly spicy (tettnanger hops?), nice bittersweet balance, dry finish.
M: Moderate to full body (surprisingly light for the depth of flavour), moderate carbonation.
D: Very good.
(I've reviewed this before, but not on-tap in Germany).
04-02-2006 22:50:03 | More by Derek
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
The beer is a deep garnet, almost brown with the head magnificent in size, frothy in texture and a beauteous light tan in color, the residual lace a satiny curtain to conceal the glass. Malt dominates the nose; sweet with hints of smoke, molasses like tones also present, could also say peat and brown sugar, quite a pleasure to Sniff. Quite sweet at the start, the top middling and rich in mouth feel, finish is modestly carbonated, spicily hopped, droughty lingering aftertaste. "One Hell of A Good" doppelbock and one that is always in stock in the cellar and DBF.
01-01-2003 08:31:10 | More by Gusler
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
330ml bottle from the LCBO, into a tulip. Best before March 2012.
Poured a dark burgundy/brown, almost opaque. Fairly dense dark tan head, a thick collar sticks around with a thin head. Nose has some dark breads, caramel and toasty malts. Taste has some toasted dark bread/cereals, some chocolate, toffee and light grain notes. Loads of malt flavour. No alcohol on the palate but catches up after a couple of bottles. Smooth, sticky and drying body and finish. Opens up and really becomes something else at around room temp. Didn't understand the comparison to liquid bread until I actually got into this. Really warming and essential drinking for the cooler months.
11-18-2011 23:28:27 | More by liamt07
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a dark brown color with a head that doesn't stay around for long. Smells very malty and strong. Taste is much of the same except that it takes on a roasted, coffee-like essence that goes down nicely and leaves a good aftertaste. I really like bocks anyway and this one is no exception. It's nice, malty and strong to boot. Exactly what the style implies.
08-25-2007 01:34:58 | More by Brad007
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,033 ratings.