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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,124 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,124
Reviews: 2,208
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 327
Gots: 367 | 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 chugamugofsud
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This doppelbock pours darker than any of its famous counterparts (Paulaner Salvator, Bell's Consecrator, etc...). It's color is a deep tan with a slight hint of burgandy, although the deep tan obscures most of that shade until the bottom of the glass. There is little head; however, there are creamy hints at the top of the glass. The smell is sweet malt with a little bit of chocolate/fruit sugar. Upon first taste, the beer seems exceptionally smooth and consistent despite having a nice thickness and depth. The drinkability is outstanding considering the depth, actually, I had two of these without feeling cottonmouthed. This beer is an excellent doppelbock, I'm left wondering if it can be topped
I also had a glass of it on tap at Tornado's in San Fran.

chugamugofsud, May 11, 2004
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby . Well retained lacing of whitish/off tan head.
Smell has lots of sweet malt- notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit pits
Taste starts with caramel and dark cherries, it does then to a more wholesome malt character with notes of bitter and a slight hazel. Nicely complex.
Finish is wet and creamy with a thick malt and sweet dark candy after-taste.
Drinks very well here- smooth and malty with a very small bite here- nearly sessionable.

ThaBobfather, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of nharres
4/5  rDev -7.8%

nharres, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ipc2000, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most striking feature of this beer is its color. Ruby red, but at the same time corduroy brown. Poured evenly, with large bubbles that quickly dissipated. As I am drinking the head remains small and consistent.

This beer comes across as tart, burnt malt, with hints of raisins and the sweetness of grapes.

This beer is a bit of an extension for me. I am wary of beers with shelf-lives of...who knows. This is definitely a sipping beer. I can imagine this going well with a medium rare pork tenderloin. I will try again, but I am not going out of my way for it.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of Vengeance526
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark, almost completely opaque black color with a thick and creamy 2-3 finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves a great amount of beautiful lacing.

Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt with some butterscotch in the background. Mildly sweet and extremely inviting.

Taste reveals notes of chocolate, raisins, butterscotch, coffee and some figs. Very rich and really quite amazing.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. It's just a work of art the way this one works its way around the palate.

Alcohol is fairly low in comparison to some other doppelbocks so this is actually really easy to drink. Usually I wouldn't want to have more than one of this style in one setting, but I think this may be the exception. The king of doppelbocks and always worth having one on hand.

Vengeance526, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of DCgolfpro
2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

DCgolfpro, May 15, 2013
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Jason_Quad
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jason_Quad, Jul 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

BreweryRun, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of JDM44
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JDM44, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of jordanimal
4/5  rDev -7.8%

jordanimal, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pils glass. My first time trying this classic brew.

The Celebrator pours a deep amber/brown color with a 1 finger whitish color head and good retention on the glass. Aromas are caramel malts up front with a semi hoppy finish. Quaff is similar to the nose with caramel malts dominated. Also hints of grapes, raisins, and toffee. The quaff starts sweet then has a bitter phase with a sweet, fruity finish. A great tasting bock. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is solid. I would be interested in what a year would do to this beer but it is great fresh nonetheless.

abrand, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of ricke
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with a big off-white head. Some lacings.

The aroma is nice and malty with big notes of bread, fudge, cola and earth. Some leafy hops and sweet fruity notes as well.

The flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. Full-bodied and smooth with a decently dry finish. Notes of caramel, raisins, sweet cherries, fudge, cola. Ends somewhat bitter with notes of rye bread, leafy and spicy hops and well-integrated alcohol.

Nice one, complex for the style and very "German" in character. Can someone please pass me the sauerkraut?

ricke, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of bryehn
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut-ruby colour with amber highlights around the edges when held up to light and a small tan coloured head that gets retained as a thin, but frothy collar without leaving much lacing.

Rich, complex malty aroma. Strong oak tone. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Alcohol pokes through about halfway through the glass

Taste follows suit and is equally rich and complex. Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, sweet malts, roasted grains and oak. Nice bitter finish.

Creamy and hearty mouthfeel with a low-medium carbonation. Yeasty sensation on the tongue. Aftertaste is dry with oak and fruit tones. Very drinkable, little trace of alcohol aside from the pleasant warming effect.

It's not my favourite doppelbock (Doppel-Hirsch is), but this is a truly excellent beer that is a must-try for fans of the style in my opinion. Glad I got a few.

bryehn, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of jivex5k
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jivex5k, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of gr0g
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost as dark in color as a Schwarzbier, topped with two fingers of foam. Retention is very good and the somewhat sticky head leaves some streaks of lacing. Aroma of sweet ripe dark fruits, toffee, and the floral aroma of noble hops.

The intertwining flavors of dark, toasty malt with the aforementioned dark fruits are the highlight of the flavor profile. There's just a tinge of bitterness on the finish, enough to impart a wonderful balance to the flavor. While some doppelbocks can be one-dimensional and cloying sweet, the roasted malt and skillful hopping here lend complexity. Exceedingly smooth mouthfeel thanks to a soft, fine carbonation.

"Finest Bavarian double bock beer" is printed on the label and is entirely accurate. Despite being low in ABV compared with many other doppels, Celebrator is head and shoulders above the competition.

gr0g, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of McStagger
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: One finger mocha head. Ruby red. Good retention, tight lacing.

S: Cinnamon, dark toffee, some dark fruitiness. Graham cracker.

T: Dark, fresh fruit. Roastiness comes through in the end. Bit of chocolate, big malt. Touch of candied ginger and a definite phenolic fruit. Almost like banana.

M: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

O: Exemplary example. Very complex for the style.

McStagger, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of mpyle
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby red color, crystal clear appearance. Reasonably large tan head, long lasting and tightly bubbled.

Candy sweet aroma, with a bit of black licorice (sp?) and plum. Clean aroma beyond the malt and fruity esters.

A burst of roasty malt flavor up front, but not overly sweet. Somewhat less malty than the aroma hinted at, and balanced by hop bitterness and/or darker malts. Finishes slightly dry and more bitter than a lingering malty sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy, and only slight hints of alcohol warming. Finishes fairly dry, and is absolutely clean on the palate (no astringency).

Overall a very clean, malty lager with surprising balance. Rich without being cloying, but I might actually want it slightly shifted in the malty direction. But that is a minor quibble, as it is a really nice, highly drinkable beer.

mpyle, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of jaywes754
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jaywes754, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark almost black coffee color with a 3 finger dark tan, mocha frappuccino head.

S: Big malty aroma with a distinct molasses smell that is both sweet but almost bity/sour.

T: Taste much like the aroma implies. Malty, but yet a hint of hops, again with that rich molasses flavor, fades to slight alcohol but leaves your mouth coated with sweetness.

M: Dense feeling, and thick but without feeling heavy, very smooth. Doesn't dry very much at all.

D: For such a dark beer a very pleasant one to drink. However, do not fool yourself...you want to drink an entire 12 pack and you might try...but it won't happen.

Notes: The second doppelbock I've tasted (the other being Spaten Optimator). Superior to that beer, pretty much the definition of a doppelbock. Ach du meine Güte. Es ist gut, schon, super, toll, fantastisch, wunderbar, fabelhaft. And I could go on.

dpodratsky3, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of mooseo
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bridgewater's Pub in Philadelphia, PA.

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Toasted bready malt, caramel, somewhat nutty.

T - Amazing taste. Burnt toffee, caramel, toasted biscuit, and dark fruits. Lots of sweetness up front, but earthy hops keep everything in check. Notes of chocolate and nutty malt come through as it warms.

M - Creamy, smooth, medium-full body. Crisp and clean with decent carbonation.

O - All of the flavors here are in perfect harmony with one another. This is an all-around excellent double bock.

mooseo, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ChrisinRI, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Augustiner719
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this at Stuff Yer face in New Brunswick NJ.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Drank, reddish amber hues came though, tight thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, and a little bit of alcohol. obvious malts and spices came through as well.

taste: one of the best doppelbocks I have had, ever. It's unbelievably better than the paulaner and on par with optimator for hte german strong dark beers. Nice malty and spicy and fruity flavors came through.

Mouthfeel: suprizingly thin for a dopplebock, yet coated palate perfectly. lasting flavors and perfect carbonation for the style.

drinkability: I would have this again for sure. its the easiest drinking dopplebock i have had, and its got depth in flavors that make it drinkable in multiples.. good session dopplebock

Augustiner719, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of mklinger
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed pilsener glass. Deep mahogany color with a thick tan head on top that dissipated fairly quickly and left just a little lace on the glass.

Aroma was great with molasses, bread crusts, and some sweet caramel. No hop character discernible.

Flavor was great with even more bready melanoidens that were there in the aroma. No real bitterness in the taste, but also, no real alcohol character either. Plenty of residual sweetness, though.

Mouthfeel was thick & rich. This is an easy to drink doppelbock. I love the dark style here.

mklinger, Apr 13, 2010
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,124 ratings.