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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,288 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,288
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 343
Gots: 419 | FT: 18
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 NoLeafClover44
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle poured into SA Perfect Pint glass. No dating info to be found.

A - Some hissing on the pop of the cap. The tan head fizzled out just as quickly as it wasformed. This one looks like coke in color and head behavior. What gives? I thought bocks were supposed to have rich, fluffy heads that stuck around for the entirety. No lacing at all. Maybe there is something wrong with my bottle?

S - Sweet caramel and considerable fruit notes. Cherry, fig, and boisenberry all come to mind. A little bit savory. Roasted barley and nuts counteract the sweeter components. Not bad.

T - Deliciously malty on the start with roasted grain, sweet toffee, and bitter molasses. Cream soda flavor follows. The finish is clean with some grain and mild sweetness.

M - Smooth feel with light carbonation.

O - I was very disappointed by the appearance. The pour yielded some of the quickest dying head I have ever seen with no lacing. Luckily, it was all uphill from there. Beautiful display of malts in the aroma and flavor. I can imagine drinking this stuff out of a large dimpled mug at Oktoberfest. Good stuff.

NoLeafClover44, May 04, 2013
Photo of Allurex
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Allurex, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of layinbrix
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

layinbrix, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of osuskin
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

osuskin, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of ariceclemson
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ariceclemson, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of rkuhnel
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a ruby read with a medium but attractive tan head and good lacing. Nose is fantastic, with fruits, citrus, and chocolate, and just a little coffee. Very smooth mouthfeel and a flavor of chocolate, coffee, and toast. But not burnt toast. A remarkable brew. Slightly dry finish with a nice touch of hops. Best dopplebock ever for me.

rkuhnel, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of SamN
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle purchased from LiquorMax in L-Town. I love this beer, but this gonna be my official review. I'll try to be impartial. Served in a tumbler.

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black with just a bit of light coming through. No head to speak of, lots of bubbles coming up. The goat fell in! The lack of head is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect 5.

Smells a rich velvety malt, wow! What a smell! Herbs come through, spices, smells like black bread, maybe pumpernickel. Smokey and wonderful. My mouth is already watering...

Taste is out of this world! This is probably the most balanced beer I've ever had. Starts off like it's gonna be a bitter beast, but quickly mellows out to smooth grains. Lots of burnt earth tastes, almost unnoticeable hops, very doppelbock-y. This is what I think of when I think dark German beers; this guy doesn't mess around, but it's kind and gentle. Absolutely fantastic, a delicious beer!

The body is medium with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is perfect, too. A dark beer with plenty of complex flavors, but without the overpowering qualities that prevent many a dark and tasty beer from being consumed with the gusto it deserves. Ayinger has solved that conumdrum with Celebrator; I could drink this at a BBQ, a funeral or when I'm simply thirsty.

I love this beer, one of my all time favorites. It's especially good when we have our Swedish Thanksgivings; compliments the food without filling you up and becoming heavy. Highly recommended.

SamN, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of outsider
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

outsider, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of charlesw
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent beer, all said. And thanks for the x-mas tree ornament. Outstanding? I guess... Given the low abv you could say that there's a heck of a lot of body and flavor in there. Sort of an interesting twang to the tast - raisin, caramel and sweet mangoe... Interesting. Decent.

charlesw, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of baiser
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep, thick brown body with ruby highlights. A dense, thick head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of prunes, caramel, toasted malt and sweetness. Complex taste of sweet malt, caramel, toasted flavours and slight alcohol. Ends dry, sweet and very satisfying. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied and extremely well crafted.

baiser, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of ibbjamin
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with deepsouth. Poured this thick black brew out of my 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice one inch moderately frothy tan head. When held to a light, it appears as a very deep ruby transparency. Lacing and head retention are non-existent.

Very malty, sweet, caramel tones, and quality. Reminds me a bit of some malted milk balls. Some biscuit, dark chocolate and roasted malts upon a closer "look."

Wow that packs a strong flavor. Malt overload which normally would not do it for me, but for some reason this one does.

The mouth on this one is quite unique. It poured almost like a thick stout, but doesn't go down as such. Decent carbonation, medium-full bodied and a smooth, clean finish. Very drinkable.

ibbjamin, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of alkemy
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a tan head that quickly fades to a light covering. There are plums and tart cherries intermingling with sweet and sugary dark bread on the nose. It has a rich bready taste that reminds me a little of zucchini bread, except with dark fruit overtones...kind of roasty tart cherry and plum tastes. It's sweet, but then fades into a bitter chocolate/coffee taste that really lingers. I remember having this years ago and finding it overtly sweet...my how the palate has changed. I really like this.

alkemy, May 21, 2010
Photo of jamescain
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown, not opaque, when held up to the light you can see the light shining through with red highlights. One fingers worth of tan head tops it off.

Aroma: More reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale than a German beer. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, plums, sweet caramel malt dominate. Very complex.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, dark fruit dominates, but with a molasses backdrop and a hit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy are the only words to describe this mouth feel. It is thicker than most of the doppelbocks I have had in the past.

Overall: Considered by most to be the quintessential doppelbock and it lives up to its reputation.

jamescain, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with tan head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smells of sweet malted barley bread. Also of freshly mowed grass, and molasses.

Sweet molasses followed by malty mouth feel crisp grass freshness, and finishing with grape wine notes slightly dry. A very nice double bock.

Chickenhawk9932, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Number3red
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Number3red, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Ajmorriso1
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Ajmorriso1, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of IceAce
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a thin, wispy collar of foam and a malt-n-vinegar nose.

Entry shows subdued carbonation on the tongue and sweet malt in the back of the mouth. Midtaste features biscuity notes and a nice malt follow-through. Finish has a hop note followed by a slow malt fade.

Mouthfeel is acceptable...and this beer would be best served with an order of Bangers or fish and chips.

IceAce, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Dark red-tinged brown, creamy dense beige head, latticed finely textured lace. Head looks solid, but then does not stick around for long.

Rich malty aroma, like Grape Nuts, caramel, honey, and chocolate.

Tastes malty and sweet, with balancing roastiness and a faint herbal hop flavor. Grain, caramel, honey, chocolate, prune. Lingering chocolate and mild alcohol.

Rich smooth texture. Quite drinkable.

Tasty expression of the malt.

Beerzebub, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A blackish brown beer with a ligth borwn head that lasts and trails down the side of the glass at times.
S: a nice roased malt caramel type smell not very strong but it smells right
T:Exremely good imo, caramel light chocolate roasted malts. a little bitter but not very much. extremely good caramel chocolate flavor
M: a little lighter than i would like for the style but regardless a nice smooth creamy flavor and feel.
D:i could drink this all day, the relatively high abv means i probably should not, but its very very good smooth and tasty....what more could you want?

Redwood21, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +15.2%

KGarrett, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a berry colored brownish red, with a great thick head, leaving behind great lacing.

S: Dark fruit, and caramel, malt.

T: Just as the nose leads on, sweet fruit up front. It is backed with a sweet malt flavor.

M: Medium body, but maybe thinner than I expected. Slight creaminess to it.

D: Great taste, low ABV, easy to drink.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of core42
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

core42, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Dawkins
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Dawkins, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich and bold brown color with a big tan head resting on top, that will die down after a few moments leaving very little in its wake. Smell is of a smokiness, roasted malt, some dried fruits. The bouquet awakens as this one warms in your hand. Taste is complex and full bodied. After sipping on this one for so long I felt like I was drinking my meal. It certainly is filling.

genog, Dec 20, 2007
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
95 out of 100 based on 5,288 ratings.