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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,403
Ratings:
6,398
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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532
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For Trade:
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Reviews by Dawkfan:
Photo of Dawkfan
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown, tinges of red noticeable when held up to a light. 1 finger of light tan head that doesn't last very long. A thin skim of foam remains on top.

S- Nice aroma of sweet toasted malts, caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, and molasses. There's an underlying smell of chocolate as well. Let this one warm up, the aromas really start to come out.

T- This is just as complex as the nose. Toasted caramel malts, and molasses up front, the sweetness starts to fade to a coffee and hop biterness in the end. Like the nose, I get a chocoalte presence throughout.

M- Thick and chewy, leaves a bit of stickiness behind. Nice and smooth, the carbonation stops this from becoming to heavy.

D- This is the standard for Doppelbocks as far as I'm concerned. A very complex and flavorful brew that I'd enjoy any time any place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not at all religious, but I think I might have found religion in this bottle of Celebrator Doppelbock that I am drinking. Complex, delicious and worthy of its following.

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Photo of jsausley
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stout glass from a bottle.

A: This beer is a wonderfully dark, thick and rich doppelbock. It is mostly a dark brownish-black with hints of red and even amber at its thinnest points in the glass near the stem. Some creamy frothy head but no major lacing on on my pour. The beer seems so thick that as it leaves the glass it pulls the lacing with it. Lots of soul in this beer's look.

S: Not super fragrant, gives the impression that it's thick and not aromatic like an IPA. Big malts hidden deep and a very noticeable molasses smell.

T: I'll be completely frank from the start. I struggled between a 5.00 and 4.75 here. This beer isn't really perfect but it's too good to be 4.75. Unfortunately I don't think it quite deserves a 5.00 but it's so close that I almost gave it to it anyway... Anyway, on to the review.. The first sip is very smooth and crisp considering its thickness, very similar to a nice drinkable wine. Extremely malty, one of the richest and maltiest beers I've tasted. Tons of depth and various flavors as the beer cools. Rich caramel and molasses over hints of coffee. Even a little twang maybe like a green apple on the nose. Nothing overpowering, perfectly balanced. Extremely drinkable. 6.7% ABV and virtually zero bitterness. The roasted malts are huge. The only thing it needs is a little more hops to give it a nice crispy finish. Massive, deep rich beer. Wonderful. A++++.

M: Thick but not syrupy. Very crisp and tons of carbonation deep within the beer's rich texture. A wonderful mouthfeel after drinking with almost no aftertaste. Super smooth, super flavorful and super easy to drink.

O: By far the easiest doppelbock I've tasted, and possibly one of the best beers I've tasted. Rich and powerful, deep and thick but not overly strong, sour or bitter. Lots of wonderful notes and a very fragrant nose. Dominant flavors are MALT MALT MALT MALT with some caramel, molasses. Followed by some subtle coffee and citrus hints. Wonderfully balanced, maybe the best balanced beer I've ever sampled. Unbelievably drinkable for this thickness.

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Photo of Jason
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown. Looks very dark brown, almost black, in the glass, and an aggressive pour yields an enormous fluffy tan head that leaves behind splotchy lacing. It's a thing of beauty.
The smell is pure toasted malts. Nutty, bready, toasty, and sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, earth, and spices.
On the palate, you get pure toasted malts upfront. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and licorice. Thick chunks of toasted brown bread. Dark fruits. Cherries, figs, and raisins. A touch of cocoa. Spiciness of clove and a hint of vanilla. There's some lingering sweetness but there's a beet-like earthiness that balances it.
The mouthfeel is medium-approaching heavy with a nice light carbonation that makes it very drinkable.

This is an excellent beer worthy of its reputation. As a hophead, this is one of the best malt-forward beers I've had.

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Photo of bertler02
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Germany’s Finest:

The Mathematics of Carl Friedrich Gauss,
The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke,
The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach,
A fine Maybach automobile,
The Bayern Munich Football Club,
A genuine Black Forest ham,
and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Do I love malt. Why, yes I do! This stuff is almost too good. Deepest brown pour with dense tan, clingy head. Aromas of toast, bready malt, some esters and yeast. Flavors similar to smell, with a heavy malt presence dominating the show. There are only a handful of brews, with which if they were the only available in the world, I could be completely content. This is one of them.

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Photo of Alanca
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've had in 47 years awesome it made all my wildest dreams come true

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Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malt laden taste with a super smooth light malty aftertaste that leaves me wanting more and more.
To me the two most important things about beer are taste and aftertaste (hence: it tastes good and I want more) and this beer delivers on both.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby, brown color with a two finger medium dark cream head. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, roast and slight bittersweet chocolate. Taste is more of the same with a bit of spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, almost a bit chewy, which I love in a dopplebock. Overall, a very fine dopplebock and a world class beer and example of the style.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I thought I knew what good beer was...but that was until today. I have to hand it to the Germans, this was one damn good beer.

Full disclosure - I am a dark beer, stout, porter, dopplebock kinda guy - so I am partial to these types of beers. I have had plenty of them and thought I knew what a good instance of one would be. Boy, was I wrong. This Ayinger Celebrator was an experience unlike any other. Served in a goblet, it had a black but still appealing hue of darkness, a decent head, but little staying power (admittedly something I easily overlooked). The smell was not necessarily anything that was memorable, but it didn't have any of the other "heavy" odors of dark beers. The feel was truly smooth, silky, and easy to be sessionable. But what simply blew me away was the taste - by God - I can't say enough about it. It was unlike any other dopplebock I have had. If given the chance I would probably drink this stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (but I suppose it's a good thing I don't.) Overall, it was by far the best beer I've had in a very long time, if not the best ever.

UPDATE: 12 August 2016
This is still the best damned beer I have had to date. And now, after having as many as I have had, I can tell you there is a hint of honey to the brew. So not only delicious, but a hint of sweetness to it. Damn, the Germans really know how to make beer.

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Photo of Martin194
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very dark brown, ruby when held up to the light; white-tan head

Smell: Hints of fruit, specifically banana and cherry, and coffee, sugar, bit of roasty undertone

Taste: Coffee, fruit, this time more plum and raisin, leaves a bittersweet taste

Feel: Light carbonation, which I thought was good as it didn't distract from the flavors; leaves kind of a sticky feel in the mouth and throat

Overall: Very good beer! Lots of flavors going on, plus the little goat is a nice touch!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, rich black coffee color with a frothy latte-like head of a khaki color.

Aromas of dark bread crusts, kilned rye, licorice, coffee.

Flavors are rich and layered...starting off with stale bread, then smoke, peat, dark malts, chocolate, more peat and smoke, roast malt, chocolate. Gets better the longer it stays on the palate.

Lighter bodied but it IS a lager...still not bad, roasty with a creaminess.

Overall, maybe not world class, but still a great Doppelbock. Great to celebrate with as Trump pulls his victory.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer puts the Doppel in Bock (that was bad). This beer is legen, wait for it... Smells like a German angel who bathed in molasses syrup and worked 8 hours in a candy- bakery shop combo. Aromas and flavors of toffee, figs, molasses, carmel, malt balls, and taste like you put a sweet swizzle struessel dessert bread in a blender with the DNA of a 1500 year old monk. Not too thick and hard to drink like it would lead you to believe, but fairly full and creamy. It even comes with a souvenir goat. What more could you ask for? ...dary!

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an iconic 12 oz. bottle, complete with miniature plastic ram, in to a small glass mug. The assertive carbonation yields a massive, mounded head of foam that resembles an oven-rising baked biscuit. The beer has a deep chestnut brown appearance with tawny accents. It smells of fresh-baked whole grain bread and a vague notion of sweet nuttiness. Earthy accents of soy sauce and molasses are present in the nose as well. The flavor is very malt-forward, but steers well clear of the cloying sweetness that so many other malt monsters convey. There's some dark fruits, with hints of subtle tart black cherry. A mild earthy hop profile perfectly accentuates the distinct Bavarian flavors. Suggestions of smooth, sweet dark coffee and minerals linger in the aftertaste. The texture of the beer is phenomenal. Rich and creamy velvet perfection. Oh so easy to savor. For such a hearty beer, this is sooo easy to drink. It's simply a masterclass. I've yet to try a dopplebock, foreign or domestic, that I put in the same league as Celebrator. From the iconic artistic style, to the wonderfully smooth texture, to the refined Bavarian taste, this one is just incredible. The definition of world class.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: very dark brownish-black, some head, lots of bubble, very lively.
Smell: The most lovely smell came out even when I started opening the bottle. dark fruit, a lot of caramel, molasses smell, very sweet and lovely. I kept on smelling it the whole time.
Taste: some carbonation, very sweet molasses, malty and yeasty. Little hop, some bitterness at the end, like caramelized sugar. Bread like taste. A meal in a bottle!
Feel: full bodied, chewy, voluptuous, lusty, viscous liquid. Great sweet aftertaste, and I bet my mouth smelled better than any gum out there.

One of the best beers I have ever had, and I'll keep coming back for more. Also, great label, and thanks for plastic mountain goat!

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Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ever-so-slightly chilled. For the vessel... I choose you, tulip glass!

A dense knitting of tan froth for a head, and a very, very dark body that betrays hints of rich ruby to the light.

It smells of raisins, cherries, vanilla, and chocolate. The chocolate is actually fairly pronounced. Definite ripe banana, too. You know what? It kinda smells like an ice cream sundae!

Dark fruits such as prunes and the cherries and raisins come out in the flavor, then the vanilla and chocolate. The finish is malty, yeasty, a bit earthy, and reminds me a little of chocolate milk! Delectable.

Really nice feel going on. Smooth, creamy carbonation and a seamless yet fairly thick consistency.

Truly an exceptional example of a most malt-forward style. Nuanced, balanced, and yet substantial in every way.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Large foamy head that faded down to a thin, creamy tan head. Body is dark brown and let very little light through.

S: Malty but not super aromatic.

T: Brown sugar and toasted bread. A little bit of hoppy bitterness. Flavors are very well balanced.

F: Full bodied and a little creamy. Light carbonation, enough to notice but not enough to "bite" making this drink very smooth.

O: Wow now that is a beer. I recently joined BA and started doing reviews and have been wondering, "What does a 5 rating taste like to me." I just found out. Flavors and mouthfeel are perfectly balanced. This may be my new favorite beer.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

modified tulip glass from bottle

honestly I'm not an expert in dopplebock and bock styles but I have to say to me this was a mildly disappointing beer. If you are thinking about picking this up, I'd just get Aventinus Eisbock instead, maybe heavier but much better in my opinion

appearance: pours a very dark, cola-ish color, some subtle amber tones when held up to the light. Prominent head, cream colored by not creamy, somewhere between watery and frothy, more close to watery. head of about 2 to 3 fingers,decent retention

smell: the most prominent thing about this beer, smells as it's described, rich, dark, fruity, but not overly malty

taste: adequate, it's not that this is a bad beer, I want to stress that. it's more that given the praise this beer receives, well i'm just not so sure it's deserving. I come from a place of favoring strong dark belgian ales and whilst I do understand that this is not that, I feel as though it attempts at least in some sense to support the fruity flavors it claims to carry but the yeast does not do a very good job of it, this is a malty, malty, malty beer. It very much tastes like a generic porter or stout with dark fruity notes at the back of the take, but the strongest flavor is the roasted malt, which dominates the beer

mouthfeel:crisp but a little thick, not bad in this regard

overall: not aweful but if you're in the market for something like this, you can certainly do better. I do recommend having this with some Y Fenni cheese (otherwise known as red dragon)

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Photo of MartyMaltose
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. A grand and beautiful beer. Its greatness comes not from any extreme of taste or texture, but rather some inimitable proportion that allows you to dwell in the higher plane of genius just for awhile, like a late Mozart symphony might.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a ring.

Juicy plum, grape juice, a hint of earthiness if you seek it out.

A balance of the sweet dark fruits and typical bready and yeasty german accents.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Carbonation is good, light and airy, unobtrusive. ABV around 7.5?

A tasty little beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always love drinking this beer when someone wants to try it. I have one of those ram medallions hanging from each of my guitars.

It pours a dark red/brown color with some tan head. It dissipates slowly and reveals plenty of bubbles coming out of solution.

The smell is fairly complex. There is some dark sweet malts as well as some roasted smells. There is also a fruity smell, can't tell what it is by the smell.

The taste reveals that its a darker (possibly plum) flavor that I noticed in the aroma. All the rest of the smells translate to flavor as well. There is some sweet malts and a touch of roasted malt and even some hop bitterness but not too much.

Very smooth and refreshing. For as much complexity as this beer has its light enough to enjoy a large glass of with dinner.

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Photo of Bone53
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brown pour with a beautiful red tent when put up to the light. Half finger of tan head

Smell: Fresh figs, raisins, caramel, toasted grains. Incredible aromas

Taste: Figs upfront, chocolate and vanilla mid palate, with toasted grains on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light medium body and a little thin, but its very creamy and i detect zero alcohol. Moderate bitterness on the finish

Overall: Being a fan of good American porters and brown ales, i highly enjoy this as i find some similarities. The dark fruit, light chocolate and vanilla, caramel, toasted grains, etc. The taste actually reminds me of a weaker version of Dogfish's Palo Santo Marron. It packs a lot of flavor and is extremely dribkable. A winner in my book

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, capped by a massive, light brown, lumpy head that recedes relatively quickly to a thin, covering film. Not much in the way of lace. The aroma is predominantly of coffee and dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes and dates). It isn't as complex as expected, but is appetizing nonetheless.

The flavor is malty sweet, with molasses and coffee at the head of the line. Some alcohol is evident; surprising since the ABV is only 6.7%. I noted a slight metallic taste with the first few sips, but it faded soon thereafter.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but isn't all that wonderful either. I was expecting more smooth creaminess, but didn't get it. Drinkability is good.

Celebrator is my first doppelbock so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Given the high ratings, I expected to like it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but it didn't come close to knocking my socks off. I do like the little goat charm though. Nice touch.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator pours a dark ruby brown with a huge light brown head. It smells faintly of dark fruits, earth and herbs. The taste is much stronger of said fruit, earth and herbs.

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