Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.
A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, lager yeast and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit up front. There's a hearty malt character that brings a nice, substantial breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Doppelbock to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.
04-24-2008 03:16:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
03-11-2011 06:27:11 | More by nickfl
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
11.2 oz brown bottle with a plastic trinket goat tied around the neck. No freshness date, not to worry as this brew has a longer shelf life that normal beers.
Appearance: Dark and intense looking of a mahogany colour, a big frothy tan head lays on top that literally sticks around as long as the beer is there.
Smell: Whiffs of mild molasses and faint caramel entanlge with a dark bready aroma. Slight spicy alcohol, herbal hop and light toasted malt as well.
Taste: Huge chewy malt of light molasses and toasted bread with a sharp twang of an even hop bitterness and spicy alcohol. Some dried fruit comes through as well as some hop leaf flavour. Does not dry much in the end ... lots of residual sugars, lingering dark sugars and fading grain in the end.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and creamy the modest carbonation after a sturdy pouring struggles to break free from this thick bodied brew.
Drinkability & Notes: This is the mother of all Doppelbocks ... nearly perfection in a bottle. Mellow yet towering, humbly complex and just a down right beautiful brew.
11-29-2002 14:05:35 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Well, what can I say in comparison to Salvator, Sam Adams, and Moretti this Doppelbock was superior according to my taste buds. The deep amber tint of the beer shines through when the darkness of it when held up to the light. Aroma of this beer fulfilling by itself, but after tasting this malty treat I was truly fulfilled with pleasure. For the mouthful that each sip delivers it presents a heavy caramel, sweet plum, at the same time a pleasant driness if that makes sense. A very complex, but at the same time extraordinary offering that stands up to all standards of a great double bock. After how drinkable it was on tap, I can't wait to try it in a bottle to compare.
12-21-2002 22:09:41 | More by WVbeergeek
4.78/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours dark mahagony with a decent tan head that drops to a healthy film. Very good head retention and lacing
Smell: Spiciness (licorice) and malt
Taste: Malt, licorice, light ginger and pepper. Doughy qualities, yum. Frutiness and dryness in the finish
MF: Complex and filling, Great carbonation levels, perfect, a drink and meal in one
Very drinkable and moreish. Been a while since I had this.
Highly reccomended, so happy that this fared this well despite a long journey from Bayern. the little goat packs a flavor punch!
02-25-2006 05:29:14 | More by russpowell
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
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!
02-13-2008 17:50:58 | More by Kegatron
4.47/5 rDev +3%
A color as black as night, and a toasty tan head. Strong and seductive aromatics: sweet and candyish, with notes of toffee, anise, and cocoa, and a slightly burnt character that perhaps derives from the higher alcohol. Taste is huge with malt, highly warming (note the ABV), full, rich, and delicious. A perfect aperitif beer. Three things ring above all else: malt, coffee, and caramel. Solid, bold, and loaded with coffeeish flavor. One of the world's greatest brews.
02-27-2003 19:28:44 | More by feloniousmonk
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
This is one of my favorite bock biers, probably one of my favorite beers of all time. I was shocked that I had not reviewed it. I recently picked up a four pack from a local liquor store as part of my beer photography project where I photograph beers in the appropriate glassware, I have a Ayinger Celebrator glass, so I poured it into the glass. This beer is dark, nearly black. Has a nice head and it falls away quickly. The smell is sweet like malt, it may be dark but there are no hints of any roasted malt, just some sweetness from the alcohol and the malt. No aftertaste to speak of, amazingly smooth. A great beer.
08-26-2009 15:21:45 | More by drabmuh
4.78/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured slightly chilled from a plastic goat adorned brown 12oz bottle into an Ayiner Celebrator glass with gold rim.
A - Healthy, hefty head hangs on for a while only gradually relaxing leaving a generous amount of lace. A deep brown coffee color similar to mahogany.
S - An extremely pleasant malt with vinous raisin and slightly molasses odor emanates w/ a synergy of roasted malt and brown sugar, fig like scents. Earthy and woody underpinnings follow through.
M - A smooth buttery feel with a masterful blend of carbonation and malt sweetness that surrounds the tongue with exquisite nuance.
T - A beautiful walnut desert flavor gets tangled up in a luscious mix of fig, caramel, toffee, vanilla, subtle dark chocolate and sweet dark malt. The lager yeast really lets the spectrum of nutty, roasty and sweet satiny flavors blend with effortless grace. A majestic harmony is achieved with minimal bitterness and malt that fades into a rippling echo.
D - May be respected in small doses like a truffle with it's rich character and lasting residual sweetness. Almost a meal on its own, it has a fullness and chewiness that makes for a lager for special occasions - like any day it is available.
04-15-2007 20:59:56 | More by Slatetank
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-11-2009 00:47:25 | More by jlindros
4.08/5 rDev -6%
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!
02-09-2013 19:05:05 | More by StonedTrippin
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
The beer pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It is full of black and roasted malts; very malty. It has a creamy scent with hints of chocolate and nuts. The taste is also great. It goes down smooth with a dry, yet creamy finish. It has chocolately, roasted nut flavor that is very nice. This is the best Doppelbock I've ever had. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks very well. It has tremendous flavor; simply a fine beer. This is one that I will buy again.
02-15-2004 23:06:06 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -7.8%
First had: ?
I have had this on tap and in bottles, but as to when and where I first had it, I do not remember. Probably Eulogy or something.
Cherry cola color, hazy and thick, with a decently-sized tan head that recedes quite a bit but still leaves a good coating of lace on the glass. Malty aroma, caramel, roast, cocoa and dark fruits. Taste of sweet malts and caramel, roasted grains and nuts, raisins and figs, a touch of chocolate; malt-dominant, but I still pick up a faint hoppiness in the finish. Medium-bodied, flavorful, and highly drinkable.
12-20-2011 03:38:41 | More by Rifugium
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
The beer pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice tan head. The aroma is toffee, chocolate malt and some bread. The flavor is more complex with some dark fruit and roasted malt early in the taste and then chocolate and coffee later. Medium, slightly watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A truly world class beer.
05-28-2010 03:51:12 | More by Mora2000
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-27-2011 03:02:10 | More by oline73
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.
a - Pours a deep dark brown color with light carbonation and 1.5 fingers of light tan head that has nice retention. Leaves some light lacing on the glass; looks perfect.
s - Smells of dark sticky sweet fruits, some sweet malts, roasted malts, and caramel malts. Very enjoyable.
t - Tastes of smooth roasted and caramel malts, as well as sweet and dark fruits.
m - Medium body and light carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Perfect feel to it.
d - Overall I thought this was a great beer and an amazing doppelbock. It had a great feel to it and was very easy to drink; I felt like I could drink a lot of these. It also had a nice sweet, dark fruit smell to it, but it wasn't too sweet. Would definitely have again.
05-15-2010 18:21:09 | More by mdfb79
4.9/5 rDev +12.9%
Comes with a cool plastic goat around the neck of the bottle and a highly decorative label.
Poured into a Celebrator glass.
Poured brown with ruby highlights, especially when held to the light. The creamy, slightly off-white two finger head slowly went to half the original size and remained for the long lasting drink.
The smell was a blanced mix of chocolate, caramel, and hints of rich coffee. There was a slight fruity aroma in the background that enhanced the delicious aroma.
The taste was superb. It was layers of rich, dark chocolate, robust coffee and caramel. As the drink slowly progressed, flavors of berry-like fruits came through to form an extremely well-balanced taste.
It was rich and creamy in the mouth. It reminded me of eating a rich chocolate cake with raspberry or strawberry filling.
If it weren't so rich/filling after a while (and not inexpensive) I would want to continue drinking these. It's one of my all-time favorites. Heaven in a bottle. Exceptionally smooth and delicious!
07-15-2006 18:15:21 | More by jwc215
3.78/5 rDev -12.9%
This beer starts out with a burnt fruit aroma, it smells a bit sweet. Dark brown to black in color. Supprisingly not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. A subtle mild burnt malt taste, with alcohol evident in the finish. Predominantly malty with a bit of hop bitterness evident. A hint of burn raisin flavor in it as well.
08-26-2003 17:02:55 | More by Gueuzedude
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a deep mahogany cherry color--light does not shine through. Nice head with a little lace left on the glass as I drink this.
Very powerful caramel aromas; I like the touch of chocolate malt and hop. Still this is potently sweet smelling brew.
Perhaps the truest double bock in terms of taste...sort of the Guinness of d-bocks. While the caramel sweetness is present, it is not the main flavoring. There are chocolate notes, sinewy alcohol touches, and (quite surprisingly) excellent hop balance which I taste on the roof of my mouth as I swallow.
This is a thinner beer than I expected, but it really doesn't detract from the superior flavor. This beer is too potent to rapidly consume, but it does go down easily. Seek out and enjoy!
09-03-2005 02:27:07 | More by smcolw
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
11.2 oz., 330 mL, Euro brown bottle,
A: Pours a dark mahogany brown into a pint glass, with a nice, tan head to cap it off.
S: Very malty, some brown sugar, with a slight hint of smoke, some chocolate.
T: Very tasty, very malty, lots of brown sugar and just baked dark rustic bread. There is definitely a chocolate note to this beer, milk chocolate mostly, a beautiful, complex malt flavour that is a delight to drink.
M: Lighter than what I would expect for such a big beer, smooth and creamy, close to a dessert in a glass.
D: A great dopplebock, I'd rank it slightly below Salvator, but it is still a great lager beer, and the first truly great beer that I ever had, a beer that made me go, "Wow! That's good!", so it will always hold a special place for me, one of Ayinger's and Germany's best.
10-05-2007 05:55:12 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
21st Oct 2012: Cafe De Grendelpoort in Valkenburg is now in ABT Allientie van Bier Tapperijen, the Dutch bar group of friends who promote good beer. Every month they have an on-tap beer (in each of the bars) never before seen on tap in The Netherlands. My luck was in because this lovely beer was the chosen one for Oct 2012.
I had quite afew during my three night stay in town: There are enough reviews of this on here already, but it is a cracking brew and I thought even better on-tap than the bottled version. Having it poured into the correct stemmed vase-like glass adds to the enjoyment as well.
Just a joy to find it on-tap!
11-17-2012 08:57:24 | More by BlackHaddock
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,033 ratings.