Ayinger Celebrator
Ayinger Privatbrauerei

Ayinger CelebratorAyinger Celebrator
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #1
Ranked #426
4.37 | pDev: 9.84%
Ayinger Privatbrauerei
Ayinger CelebratorAyinger Celebrator
Notes: A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous medals.
Reviews: 2,517 | Ratings: 6,837 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of liberty-and-beer
liberty-and-beer from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich, roasted malt flavor with a strong touch of caramel and fig. Beautiful, full body and almost thick mouthfeel, and pleasantly light carbonation. Very enjoyable.

Sep 05, 2020
Photo of PathofChaos
PathofChaos from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark and brown as a late autumn leaf, like the kind that used to be reddish purple. A dying hue of that red remains, dwindling as a lightless winter closes in. A geyser of light khaki foam surges up to half a finger’s length. Webbed lacing is consistent and nearly permanent.

Cold, doughy malts with a quiet, almost unnoticeable backdrop of grape jam and squishy-ripe figs.

A velvety medium with carbonation so serene it just manages to tickle the tip of the tongue.

Caramel, stretched into a thin sheet and folded gently around the tongue. Ensconced within that slender, silk curtain of caramel are toasty malts and creamy cashew. An ample handful of authentic, Belgian milk chocolates awaits you at the finish.

Celebrator is like the grown-up version of Troegenator: still sweet and malty but more dignified about it. I love both but Celebrator is the superior brew.

Aug 21, 2020
Photo of sjrider
sjrider from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle - dark and roasty with a short khaki head leaving scant lacing. Nose follows as does taste with a mild roasty malt flavor and a relatively smooth finish.

Jul 29, 2020
Photo of kitch
kitch from Hong Kong

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.

Appearance: A dark amber brown colour with a just over one finger beige head that had decent retention but eventually settled to a very nice thin cap, while leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malty, doughy, coffee, caramel, grape jam, prune, fig, with a hint of clove.

Taste: Sweet, malty, doughy, roasty coffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, plum, prunes, fig, with a hint of clove and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: A fantastic balanced Doppelbock which looked great and had good flavours.

Jul 25, 2020
Photo of faraday326
faraday326 from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pretty brown w/ a touch of red. Light head on pour (from bottle into glass).

Strong caramel, malt on the nose.

What a great flavor of pure malt, caramel, and a touch of smokiness!

Jul 16, 2020
Photo of just1cho
just1cho from California

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 11.2oz bottle*

This beer poured a cold brew brown, a much darker beer than I expected. It had a light khaki colored head with nice looking foam, but it had little retention to it.

The aroma was a mix of big maltiness and dark fruits. Notes of caramel, grapes, plums, and raisins filled my nose upfront. The alcohol in the aroma was definitely noticeable, especially in the back-end of the aroma where I got a noticeable ethanol aroma.

The taste upfront was pretty malt-forward like the aroma suggested. Notes of burnt caramel and medium roast coffee filled my palate in the front-end. The dark fruits that I mentioned in the aroma filled the middle of my palate, but these notes mellowed out to just notes of prune, a burnt caramel-like bitterness, and a toast-like bready taste.

This had a pretty soft medium body to it and a moderate amount of carbonation. This was pretty smooth and satisfying to drink. The lingering bitterness of toasted malt, toast, and coffee was also nice and satisfying.

Overall, very cool. Very good.

Jun 09, 2020
Photo of EmperorBevis
EmperorBevis from England

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and poured into my Pilsner Urquell handled pot
Pours a liquorice brown body with big thick tan head
Aroma is treacle and molasses
A lot of that in the flavour

May 13, 2020
Photo of Pivopijak
Pivopijak from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In 2016, went to their restaurant in Munich twice in a week. They did not have this (couldn't believe it!). They had a liqueur made from this doppelbock, it was good. You all need to visit Munich and have the Kellerbiers, served from JUST tapped, small oak casks. It is only good old pilsner, but fresh, un-filtered and un-pasteurized, served in gray stoneware steins and really enjoyable. Time to Review. Deep blackish brown & fully opaque with a medium tan head. Molasses and hot caramel aroma. Smooth , slightly roasted & sweet character to the taste. Not syrupy like some doppelbocks. Medium bodied. One of the best doppelbocks known to myself, from Germany.

Apr 03, 2020
Photo of Hooded
Hooded from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

notes from 3/7/2020.
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is a deep dark brown with a 2 finger tan head. The foam recedes at a normal rate leaving a thin cap. 4.75
The aroma is medium in strength and of sweet malt, coffee, chocolate and smells slightly bitter. 4.5
The taste is medium-high in strength and of malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and has a slight taste of alcohol in the slightly bitter finish. This is world class but I prefer a sweeter malt flavor in a Doppelbock. I let it warm up to get all the nuances. 4.5
The mouth feel just crosses the line of being thick and is a tiny bit silky, a little creamy, and has a pleasant low level of astringency which is long lasting. 4.75
Overall, it's crafted with intention at every level. Even though I prefer a sweeter malt flavor in this style, I think this one will grow on me. 4.75

Mar 13, 2020
Photo of MNAle
MNAle from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is sweet. Caramel, stone fruits, raisins, chocolate, hints of roasted malts.

Deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights, 1/2 inch tan head that recedes quickly to a bubbly cap and ring.

Mouth feel has a smooth texture with a moderate to full body and leaves a smooth coating. Some carbonation feel.

Taste fairly complex with stone fruits, peach, some bitterness (which seems to be from the roasted malts, like the bitterness from coffee), caramel, earthy and roasted in the background. The taste is dry, despite the sweet aroma. The middle has a moderate bitterness. The finish is fruit and caramel, roasted malts and mostly dry. The fruit aftertaste fades fairly quickly leaving the roasted malts and only a slight alcohol heat in the throat.

Overall, an excellent beer with an excellent flavor.

Mar 09, 2020
Photo of andaub

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the finest examples of the German Doppelbock styles available. Great smell and a little deceaving at first when you first inhale, gets better as it warms. Looks beautiful, very caramel and malty to the taste buds, smooth and soothing as you swallow. Incredible Bock. World class

Feb 29, 2020
Photo of ATL6245
ATL6245 from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown, with a big creamy, persistent head.

Aroma: No hops, but plenty of dark malt, toffee, caramel and roasty aromas. Some dark fruit as well.

Flavor: Roasty dark malt, toffee and caramel dominate. Slightly more bitter than, say Paulaner Salvator. Medium length aftertaste with linger roasted malt flavors. Not too sweet.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied and dry.

Overall: A classic Doppelbock. You encounter dark and lighter versions of this style. Ayinger is one of the darker versions, so you get a little more roasted dark malt and bitter flavors. Fantastic Doppelbock.

Feb 29, 2020
Photo of KooVee
KooVee from Finland

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, 6m to bb so not too fresh.

Dark clear mahogany with ruby highlights against light. Dark beige head that reduces quickly to a thin film.

Molasses, even a bit of metal when cold. As the beer warms up (and you need to let it), prunes, figs and a hint of roast appear. Even a bit of vanilla or light chocolate. Slight alcohol, naturally. And something doughy/yeasty/cookie type mixed in.

Taste is pleasantly dry and roasty, and mouthfeel agile, relative to aroma and style. The chocolate turns darker and there lingers some nice balancing hop bitterness.

Extremely drinkable for the style, being a bit weaker, thinner, drier and more roasted than most. A classic reference point.

Dec 30, 2019
Photo of Anders91
Anders91 from California

4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: super dark, pours with a think head

Smell: slight hint of malt, much less smell of malt than is present in the flavor

Taste: very nice malty flavor, super smooth, some almost chocolatey notes at the finish

Feel: incredibly smooth, almost oily

Dec 26, 2019
Photo of chitoryu12
chitoryu12 from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Almost pitch black with ruby highlights in front of the light. Three fingers of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Doughy malt, yeast, burnt sugar, mild funk.

Taste: Sweet dough, mild yeast, slight toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth with decent carbonation.

Overall: A nice warming winter drink.

Dec 18, 2019
Photo of Amendm
Amendm from Rhode Island

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A stearn pour generates a finger of khaki creamy foam with long retention and sliding lace.
Deep dark brown, almost black with a hint of red. Shows dark ruby red in front of flame.

A funky malt smell greets the nose. I have not encountered Greaves Lard but I have been around rendering pork and salt pork... in the ballpark. Coffee, caramel and toasted malt with a little roasted flavor and faint smoke follow to the taste.

Neutral on sweetness, low on bitterness at first. Baked stone and pitted fruits try to add sweetness. Earthy leather and a slight woodiness appear, reminds my of a Scotch Ale.
The finish is quick with a hint of alcohol. Roasted, toasted and caramel malt slowly fade away during the aftertaste as bitterness rises to average. The rendered pork fat smell is
not present during the taste.

Full bodied with plenty of reserved carbonation. Balanced and smooth, almost sessionable.
Warms very well, flavors become bolder. Reasonably priced for a beer that rates this high.

Dec 01, 2019
Photo of sjdevel
sjdevel from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK + very dark brown with a reddish hue - 1 finger head that receded quickly but lacing charged on
SMELL + some burnt sugar and toasted pumpernickel - not too prominent - not much else apparent
TASTE + huge blast of molasses and caramel - super rich and pretty sweet but rushes into tart bitterness - some smokiness left afterwards
FEEL + nice and thick - oily - a bit low on carbo
OVERALL + this is a really rich and flavorful beer - a slow sipper - enjoyable - would be good in a cake / over a cake / over ice cream / a good addition to any dark sauce

Oct 13, 2019
Photo of Joelherg1111
Joelherg1111 from Colorado

4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent doppelbock procured from Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. Very, very malt forward. Like a lager version of an Irish stout, though with a more complexity and lasting taste. As far as bocks one can purchase in the US, this is one of the best. The only less than stellar rating is due to the mouth feel not being nearly is good as a bock poured directly from a cask.

Oct 08, 2019
Photo of annp1022
annp1022 from California

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, dark brown. Inch of head, good lacing. First scent is a dark molasses, jammy fruits. Taste is consistent with the molasses, but definitely less sweet than it smells. Medium body. Finishes with a bready, toasted malt on the tongue.
Still enjoying the last few sips of this as I write. Really like this one. (Disclaimer: I do enjoy very dark molasses so it's making me infinitely biased towards this.)

Oct 08, 2019
Photo of Rubicj
Rubicj from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Agree with another commenter that any markdowns are by personal taste. I prefer the stronger sweetness and savory flavors found in beers like Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, but I can easily see that this beer is exactly what it's intending to be.

Sep 30, 2019
Photo of Mindcrime1000
Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours nearly black, but translucent with red highlights. A single-finger head of tan foam. It doesn't last long. The lacing is just a thin rim, but it is persistent.

Dark toasted, but not charred malts hit the nose. Pumpernickel, fruitcake, molasses, dark cherry, candy apple, fig, raisins, prunes, bready yeast, carob/cocoa and tobacco. The aroma is a harbinger of a malt explosion.

The promise of the aroma is fulfilled on the tongue. The brew hits fruity-sweet on the tip of the tongue, with dark sugars and dark fruits as well as toffee and caramel. The mid-palate is hit with the toasted malt flavors, bread dough and yeast. It is here that the faint coffee, leather, and tobacco notes manifest The finish is an interesting meeting of slight booze, faint earthy hops, and soy sauce/brine.

The brew is medium full to full. Creamy, not sticky, with a touch of slickness. Limited carbonation but, for whatever reason, it isn't missed here.

An exemplary version, if not the paragon, of the style. Any markdowns are from a personal taste perspective, not "faults."

Jul 21, 2019
Photo of JoeyBagadonuts
JoeyBagadonuts from Virginia

4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Malty, spiced bread in a bottle. A better representation of a classic German Doppelbock cannot be matched. This brewery is amazing is so many ways. Google Aying.

Jul 16, 2019
Photo of MaltyMagic
MaltyMagic from California

4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest shade of red. Big, well layered, malt bomb. Molasses, toffee, fresh baked dark bread, heavy husky grain, dough, chocolate, nuts, and some dried dark fruit. Beautiful barley flex, downright delicious. Best doppelback ive ever tasted, very decadent, one of my favorites.

May 10, 2019
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
JonnoWillsteed from England

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Very dark brown, with flashes of ruby red if held to a light. Clear. Pours with 5mm ultra-fine bubble deep tan head. Holds well.
S- Puddingy... as in a dark fruit crumble, or British Xmas pudding. Rich dark stewed fruits and malting.
T- Toasty, rich, perhaps slightly smokey, off into deep toasty malts. This is peak quality 'winter warmer' territory.
F- Pungent depth, feels indulgent. The 6.7% fully comes through, no problem knowing this has that oomph. I don't notice anything out of place here. Becomes richer/a touch sweeter as it warms. One for me to slowly sip away on and savour.
O- A superb beer, one I will buy again. I could enjoy this year-round, but it's big style might be optimally suited to colder months.
330ml bottle. BB: 01/20 Bought in the UK from BeersOfEurope

May 02, 2019
Photo of TooManyGlasses
TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep clear brown, hinting black, creamy tan head. Aroma sweet caramel malt, raisin, plum, hints of chocolate. Taste follows the aroma with caramel malt dominating, notes of dark fruit, chocolate and mild spicy hops. Creamy lively carbonation on a medium full mouthfeel - smooth and rich - deliciousness.

Apr 07, 2019
Ayinger Celebrator from Ayinger Privatbrauerei
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 6837 ratings