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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,307
Hads: 6,011
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 487
Gots: 774 | 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 lacqueredmouse
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing pour, like an inverted cascade effect, with the body straying into the head and then settling out. Amazing. Body is a really deep ruby red colour with a thick head of beige tight bubbles. Just amazing. I've never seen such a cool looking pour from a bottle.

Huge malty richness on the nose - smells like brewday. Sweet and grainy, organic and rich. Quite dark as well, but just with grain notes, no hints of alcohol or dark fruit. Very nice.

Very malty on the palate too, with a delicious dark roasted notes. Lovely. Stays quite sweet with dark organic notes at the front. It's only once you swallow that the darker notes of carbonised toast and charcoal come through. And it's not overpowering - this lovely sweet grain character stays the course. Just a delicious beer, wonderfully balanced and sippable. Mouthfeel is quite light, but that's good for this beer - once again, it walks a narrow course between roasted heaviness and light sweetness. Really great.

This is a very, very good beer - it's not extreme, it's just extremely well made. There's a really refined character to it; everything is in perfect proportions. It leaves it amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had not seen this beer on tap for a while, so was quite happy to see it at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color, more akin to glass of cola then beer. This beer has very good head retention and lacing, as one would expect from a beer with this pedigree. The beer smells all malty and grainy, with a sweet molasses, cherry and cola. Very, very nice. On the palate the flavors replicate the nose, with lots of rich malt. However, everything is in proportion with this beer, nothing is out of place. The beer is medium to full bodied, but is not the least bit heavy. There is a good clean finish, with some nice roasty flavors at the end. Very easy to take.... so drinkable.

As others have noted, this really is the mother of all dopplebocks. First had this beer on tap at Humpy's during the "fur rhondy" festival in Anchorage (99 or 2000, forget now), when it was first brought into the state. It was excellent then and is excellent now. Always a treat. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Johnstown again for work so I went to Tulunes Southside Saloon....again! My second beer on this evening was the Celebrator Doppelbock from Ayinger. Not a Doppelbock fan so my grade for this beer will not be as high as others. The color was a ruby clear amber. The aroma had hints of honey and malt. The taste was very tart and sweet. Not a huge fan of the sweet malts that are generally put in Doppels. Due to the sweetness, the mouthfeel was rated lower than other beers.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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..

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Photo of vfgccp
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby plum.

S - Light aroma. Sweet prune, brown sugar, vanilla,

T - Sweet brown sugar, light molasses in the back of your palate, warm well balanced alcohol, and doughy malt.

M - Creamy, smooth. Great body that isn't too heavy or too light.

D - The flavors are big, but it's put together nicely. Not a session beer, but I'd love to have more than one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this years ago at Old C's in Boise but pickedup another bottle today.
Poured an amazing dark brown color. rich. Nose is toffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar with a roastiness. Taste is exactly what I want in a dopplebock. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky, creamy but not too heavy. Drinkability is up there!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly no lace. Almost black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts with a sweet molasses flavor, hints of roasted coffee in finish. Great double bock. $2.45 for a 11.2oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle

A - Dark amber with a tan head.

S - Smells sweet and spicy with some dark fruit scents.

T - A little sweet and spicy. You can taste the alcohol and some of the subtle sugars and fruits. This beer is crisp.

M - This ones more full bodied but not overpowering. It's smooth and soft and mildly carbonated.

D - This beer has all the dimensions of a good beer in my opinion. It can be had in the summer time as an easy drinker, during the fall for it's spice and dried fruits, or in the winter with a hearty meal.

Notes - Celebrator is a popular beer and it's apparent why. It's just a very well built complex beer that can be enjoyed at any time by anyone. I keep this one in my favorite list and as a concrete choice when I'm not experimenting.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with just a hint of light showing through in the thin part of the glass. The head is a big creamy light tan that last for most of the beer. The carbonation is lots of tiny champagne bubbles.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt and caramel are strong even during the pour. Some dry pale malt with a hint of Munich malt comes through with the big sweeter malts aswell. There is a nice soft sulfur and green hop bitterness at the finish.

T- Notes of smooth toasted and roasted malts with some dry crisp pale malt notes are nice. The taste is smooth and crisp with no sweetness in the taste. There is a slight coffee or bitter grain note in the finish. As it warms it has a nice toffee nutty note in the finish.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a smooth but watery texture.

D- This beer has a very smooth soft quality to the grain bill. The finish is dry with a soft hop note. The flavor has just enough malt complexity to leave me wanting more but not enough to make me satisfied.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a very dark red brown with slight head and lacing. Pleasant sweet malt aroma. Sweet malt and dark fruits throughout, finishing with a light malty, pleasant fruit finish. Almost perfectly balanced and pleasant. Bravo.
I have had interesting results aging this beer. Most bottles at 2 or 3 years old have lost some of their intense malt and fruit flavors, but have mellowed and integrated into an interesting malty bock. Some bottles lose most of their flavor and are not that interesting. A few others develop into a superb creamy, malty uber-bock that is very delicious. Most of these bottles were from a case that I cellared, so the differences are probably not due to batch differences. The worst of these is still ok to drink and most are still very nice, so it has been worth it for the exceptional aged bottles.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seemed like a good one to pop open on my birthday :-)

A: Rich brown color, displaying plenty of red when held up to the light. Good clarity. 1/4" head forms but recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet fruity aroma, actually reminiscent of a belgian dubbel or quad. Some toffee and caramel. Slight banana esters

T: Bready and roasty, but avoids any bitterness or acridity. Moderately sweet.

M: Medium carbonation. Full bodied, but still quite drinkable.

O: Gets good marks for being practically the definition of the style (although the aroma seems a bit off style to me). That said, maybe the style doesn't really appeal to me, or there's some "intangible" missing, but it doesn't excite me at all.

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Photo of Tone
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into my Lancaster Milk Stout tumbler. The beer is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep midnight color. The edges reveal ruby red hints. It pours with a vigourous head that slowly dissapates.

Smell: Barley flourishes in the nose. The malts make themselves known up front. I also detect some licorice notes and even a bit of apple (green not red or yellow).

Taste: While the malts are present, they are not overpowering. I'd even go so far as to call them muted. There is a small hop presence, but not enough to register.

Mouthfeel: The malts are a little abrasive and they linger long after the beer has been swallowed.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, I guess. The abv is not overpowering and the sweetness of the malts can make for a good drink.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this is the best looking doppelbock I've ever seen. It pours a thin, rich mahogany in color with a one finger off white head which quickly dissipates. The aromas are very bready. There's slugfest of yeast and malt with some caramel and brown sugar and it is pretty mild overall. It tastes of malted barley, brown sugar, molasses, and bready yeast. It also has some subtle dark fruits to it. It drinks really well and is light to medium in body. It has good crispness and goes down smoothly. This is an excellent doppelbock, definitely worthy of its ranking.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark ruby-tinged brown with a persistent head of thick, creamy tan foam. Exemplary.

Smell: sweet, bready malt aroma with a rich fruitiness: pears, cherries, figs; I'm also detecting what might be hints of creamy chocolate, though very light. Quite nice indeed.

Taste: the flavor tracks along the same lines as the aroma. The only drawback here is that it is a little light in intensity; the composition of the flavor is very tasty, however. Toward the end there is the hint of vegetabley hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great carbonation which is integrated well and yields a fantastic creaminess. Love it.

Drinkability: though the flavor has a couple drawbacks in my opinion, I very much like the overall composition. The aroma is fantastic and the mouthfeel is just grand. A highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An old standby favorite for me and a confirmed classic of the style. Love the plastic goat on a string. This one made a nice tailgate beer a week ago for me at the Giants game!

A dark brown beer with red highlights. Semi-clear. Good sized tan head with strong lacing.

Aroma is richly malty, bready, with traces of dark fruit notes and booze. Nutty, caramel, raisins, fruitcake spiciness.

Taste follows the nose…it’s all in there. Very bready, spicy, and malty, with a subdued sweetness and booziness. Complex. Lots of flavors swirling around. Caramel, biscuits, fruitcake and all the attendant tastes: raisins, prunes, dates, alcohol. Low levels of hop bitterness underneath nevertheless cut through just enough to give it some definition.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation, a touch of sticky chewiness, and a fairly clean finish overall.
A truly great doppelbock.

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Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Teresa's in Wayne, PA

Pours a very dark brown with foamy tan head that forms a lacing that lasts throught the whole glass. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee and roasted coffee. Very quaffable, smooth and easy to drink with malty chocolate flavor, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt.

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

A: Pours deep burgundy with a large creamy tan head. Slow dissipation leaves lots of lacings.

S: Lots of dark dried fruits. Slightly roasted sweet malt. Almost syrupy. Complex. Chocolate.

T: Rich! Chocolate and coffee. Roasted dark malts, molasses. Dark dried fruits. Liqourice. Bitter hops. Tart.

M: Aftertaste is very long, sweet and bitter at the same time, slitghtly sour. Body is full and carbonaton is low. Very nice.

O: This is a very nice and complex Doppelbock.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tone77
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty, some caramel. Taste is good, malts, caramel, some fruits, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall be careful with this abv, this beer is very easy drinking and quite good.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from BigLove as part of The Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of tan head over the dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is incredible, sweet malts, and nuttiness like you wouldn't believe. Taste is just what the nose portended, although maybe a little less so. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both incredible for the style. A standard for dBocks, for sure.

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Photo of beertunes
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

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Photo of DrJay
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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