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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,307
Hads: 6,018
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 487
Gots: 777 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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 tsbuttry
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of most every kind of Bock out there, I went to the Brickskeller in DC one evening and asked the bartender for a good dopplebock. She came back with Ayinger Celebrator and I found a good beer to celebrate special occasions with.

Appearance: Perfect. Good dark color, full head, nice lacing.

Smell: The maltiness reaches out to you, grabbing hold like a lover and holds on, making you feel good (felt like being artsy fartsy for a second).

Taste: The beer's a true dopplebock. Excellent, complex malty flavor. It's hard to pick up all of the notes in this beer, goading you into drinking more of it. The half point is deducted simply because I'm a minor hophead.

Mouthfeel: Feels great in the mouth, perfect carbonation, but like many low-hop beers, it leaves too much of an aftertaste.

Drinkability: Perfect with food or a couple at a time, but it's a bit too filling and robust to be a good session beer.

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Photo of jmendels
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

By far, my favorite beer. It pours a dark brownish-red and smells of malt, chocolate, and raisin. The finish is smooth and malty, a tad chewy, and flavorful. This beer requires several sips to appreciate all the flavors. It's quite impressive how much Germans can do with four ingredients and this beer is testament to the strength of the Reinheitsgebot.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine and I opened up our bottles and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a deep dark mahogany with a 1.5 finger tan lacy head.

Smelled of bready malt and caramely sugars with a touch of alcohol.

Taste was great. Big malt bready flavors with dark molasses up front. Finished off with a touch of alcohol that became more noticable as the beer warmed up. A bare touch of hop was noticed in the finish.

Mouthfeel was a big full feeling. Not thick and syrupy or thin but a nice feeling.

I would recommend this beer to anyone! Looking forward to my next bottle.

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Photo of BullCityB
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown into my new Unibroue tulip, with a thick tanned head of foam. Retention looks solid so far. Further into the glass, it settles into a nice collar, nothing huge, but ok.

The nose is awesome. Dark, toasty malt flavors, fruit, chocolate and, oddly enough, a little smokiness? A touch sweetness in the background, and very little perceived alcohol. Delicious and completely unique.

The flavor is deep and intense, following the aroma. A little more alcohol noticable here, but it doesn't detract. Sweet, toasty malt, fruit, maybe a little chocolate and that odd smoky flavor. It's very subtle, only a background, but it makes the beer taste so deliciously earthy. Hop flavor is minimal, though there is enough bitterness to keep the finish medium dry and decidedly bready (think pumpernickle).

In the mouth, the beer is smooth, though not as rich or creamy as it could have been. Low carbonation is a plus here. I would put the body as a solid medium. While these factors conspire to leave a tiny bit desired, they make the beer as drinkable as the day is long - so smooth, so delicious...

Overall, this beer is a real winner. Bocks are a favorite of mine, and when they're as big and flavorful as Celebrator, well, it's cause for celebration.

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Photo of tobin
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this brew in college and I had no idea what was going on in my mouth, now however..

Reddish brown body with a huge, creamy tan head. Good retention and lace. Very good looking.

Intensly sweet and toasted malt nose, with some roasted grain, raisin, and floral hop. The first sip overtakes you in rich and chocolatey flavor.

Chewy, with notes of dried fruit and herby, floral hop. A bit sour, and perhaps a little lactic. Spicy towards the finish. Very sweet, with an eternal finish. Practically chewable.

Very easy to drink. A perfect friend on a cold, rainy day.

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Photo of dc87
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, with dark ruby red around the edges. Thin head just off white. Head disappears quickly.

S - Smells wonderful. Distinctive, bright smell. Very sweet and malty with some dried fruit, raisins. Not smelling any hops.

T - Rich. Very similar to the nose, but just a little less exciting. A little sweeter. Malts, dried fruit, and some caramel sweetness. The aftertaste is dry, hoppy and slightly toasted.

M - Decent. Light bodied. Very smooth, light on carbonation.

O - An interesting, rich lager. Pleasant to drink, but for me it doesn't live up to the hype surrounding it.

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

Appearance: Looks great, a dark sort of cola brown with a long lasting head.

Smell: Has an easily detectable aroma, but it was mostly alcohol, with some spices to me.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet and malty flavor with a little detectable alcohol. Doesn't finish much different than it starts. Low carbonation, but medium mouthfeel. Some spices and sweetness are there but particular flavors are difficult to pick out.

Notes: My first doppelbock.

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Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I went out and purchased a 4 pack from the local Beverage Barn. Planned on drinking, quietly, at my house from a glass. I ended up going to a frat house party and drinking it out of the bottle. I must say it has a potent smell and syrupy mouthfeel. I was feeling my stomach ache after the 3rd bottle (i did drink them quite fast). Tastes of dark fruits and molasses. Very sticky. I was licking it off my lips for 20 minutes. I enjoyed a Pear Cider afterwords, and the two mixing tasted like peanut butter!

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Photo of musingmonkey
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If I didn't know any better, I would translate this beer to "The Nectar of the Gods".

A significant, fluffy head formed with very little effort atop the dark mahogany body. This beer smells delicious.... the predominate fragrance, believe it or not!, was cherry pie, riding a wave of sweet mollasses, chocolate, and biscuit.

Flavour very nearly matched the smell, with some slight variations. Foundational was a golden syrup/treacle that bolstered fruit cake (dates esp.) and a little honey, with a continuous, but gentle reminder of an alcoholic punch through the finish.

Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous syrup, that allows a wonderful retention of the flavours well after swallowing.

While I have many more beers to sample, I have no hesitation in recognising this as my most memorable and delightful to date.

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Photo of surcorx
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Rich coca cola caramel tones. Short creamy light dark head. Mild perfect carbonation for Doppelbock.

S: Sweet malt and caramel. Incredibly complex, rich smell.

T: Rich yeast, with roasted caramel. Mild bourbon notes and toasted bread. It's amazing. Doesn't have many peers.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium body and strong. Extremely drinkable. I just want to keep drinking this.

O: This is a work of art! Nothing is in excess. Well balanced, complex yet completely drinkable. Expensive but worth it in every way. Good luck finding it.

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

Poured a nice deep color, almost black but a little bit of red thrown in. Not a lot of head but it works.

Aroma was delicious with caramel, chocolate and toast with some dark fruits (raisins) thrown in for good measure.

Tastes silky smooth with chocolate sweetness, some caramel or toffee, and toasted malt. More of the dark fruit is noticed. The finish was smooth and sweet.

Medium body and smooth, delicious flavor make this an easy drinker. Very enjoyable and an excellent doppelbock.

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Photo of Exner83
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeously festive label, and a correspondingly sexy-looking beer. (Fool your little brother or cousin into thinking it's cherry cola! And then get in trouble.) Head's thin and settles quickly on this meaty man-brew.

Tastes of dark malts and fig. A fruity, roasty fullness permeates, and the finish is smoky bitterness. Would go great with snack-time holiday food, as I can see it jibing with cheese, nuts and berries.

An eventful beer, for sure. Try it to say you hit that!

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Photo of Tom8Analise
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not too thick, not too thin...just right.

Had a beautiful dark brown color with a good foamy head to it.

Delicious malt flavors all around and superb drink ability. Great beer to bring a 4-pack of to a get together.

Also, not too expensive which is a plus to all of us!


Tom and Analise

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Photo of debaniel
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

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Photo of tharper
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark ruby brown - translucent to 200 watt bulb within 6 inches only (very opaque)- brilliant with two finger head that diminishes to 1/4 inch within 5 minutes

S- awesome, rich malt aroma with very slight hallertau hop tinge

T- smooth, silky, slightly sweet, deep malt - with very low bitterness < 25 ibu

M- smooth, very full for the low gravity considering, lager vinegar aftertaste that disappears quickly leaving a round tone on the palate.

D- could drink 3 bottles easily without desire to change style

Overall this is an incredibly perfect example of the style. I have tried many dopplebocks and this is the most middle-of-the-road stylistic example. This isn't a slight, but rather a proof of concept and guide for crafting a more extreme sample.

Thanks to Ayinger for another excellent lager.

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Photo of trkerrigan
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first to exposure to the Doppelbock style... it seems as though I chose a great example for my first try.

The appearance was very dark, almost black color, with a hint of ruby. Head was nothing special, started with an expected tan and dissipated quickly.

Aroma was basically malty… nothing really overpowering.

The taste had great flavors and complexity. The boldest flavors were of coffee and mocha, with caramel adding sweetness. There were also slight fig and raisin notes to deepen the flavor

Little carbonation resulted in a smooth mouth feel. Even thought this brew seemed heavy it was also very easy to put down, a very drinkable beer for sure.

All around the Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is an excellent brew, and to add the joy, the best part is if you buy this around the holidays you get x-mas tree ornaments! (As there are nice little goat figurine ornaments on the bottles… Score!)

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Photo of redhorse107
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely one of the best and most potent doppelbocks available! Smooth and tasty with no harshness at all! Make sure you have a designated driver or enjoy at home!!!

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Photo of Jermbrew
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks powerful, smells sweet, tastes like heaven (with a bit of roasted coffee beans). The creamy mouthfeel ties it all together.

There is no need to go in to great detail about why this doppelbock is so great. Have one for yourself....you'll understand.

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Photo of kamiller
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle

Appearance: dark brown, with brownish 1 finger head

Smell: malty, toasty, sweet aroma

Taste: leaves a sweet malty flavor, a hint of chocolate, complex like the smell

Mouth-feel: good, little carbonation, thick and creamy

Drinkability: above average, I could definitely drink multiple over the course of a night

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Photo of DoShek
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - poured with a finger and a half of tan head, brown with hints of ruby around the edges, head dissipates after a couple of minutes to a thin layer

Smell - malts all the way here, toasty, slight chocolate, bit of dark fruit

Taste - quick hit of bitterness upfront which quickly moves out of the way to let the malts do their dance, toasted flavor comes in strong at the back end providing the outro for the sip. As it warms bitterness subsides to almost nothing and the toasted flavor becomes even more prominent

Mouthfeel - full, but not thick, smooth

Drinkability - dangerously drinkable. I had to consciously take it slow with this one because it goes down way to easy. My only regret is not having more available.

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Photo of builder53
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish brown with nice adequate tan head and good lacing. Beer is a little colder than it should be , but I was ready so scents at first are somewhat muted. Mouth feel is silky and finish is smooth and dry without any negative after taste. Beer is coming up in temp and so are scents of mild caramel/brown sugar/yeast. Alchohol content undistinguishable, that could be misleading!! Hard to believe that this beer starts incredibly smooth and finishes smoother! Re-afirms for me why Belgian Dubbles are my listed favorite.

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Photo of codyw
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Two finger head that slowly dissipates. Transparent black with red tinges.

S: Plum and raisin. Not too strong of a smell but increases as beer warms.

T: Raisin, plum and some roasted malt. Not much hop profile. Bready.

M: Nice and smooth, nothing extraordinary though.

D: A nice drink that could be had in quantity. Nothing to spectacular to make it extraordinary though.

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Photo of ash111
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I read about this beer in the NY Times when the wine and beer guys did a bit on Doppels. My local store had the 4 pack of bottles for $12, which took me a while to warm up to.

Wow! Was it worth it. This is probably the best beer I've ever had. The flavor is intense, complex, but not overpowering. And I was particularly impressed with the smoothness of the beer.

Compared to other Doppels like Optimator or Troegs, I'd take the Ayinger any time.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If one takes the brewery tour, which is very well arranged, better be able to decipher the German language. I thought the beer was fantastic, Smooth as your typical German brew is but the taste and freshness is second to none. And obviously drinking the beer right out of the storage tanks doesn't get any more fresh. And the food was very good/tasty also.

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Photo of ncredible1
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark brown/mocha doppelbock, however you can still see some light through it. Very nice tan head that sticks around for awhile. Smells of caramel,cream, and malt. Taste is smooth and well balanced with good roasted maltiness and little hop bitterness. A smooth easy drinking brew. Beware you can drink these down quickly.

Drink this at colder temperatures as I found it tasting a bit better. World Class brew from Ayinger. One of the best Doppels.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,307 ratings.