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 | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,388
Ratings:
6,345
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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520
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921
For Trade:
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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I bought this, the cashier at the liquor store told me this was “the world’s best dopplebock.” I love a good dark beer, so I had to try it out.

A: Pours dark and sultry. Very thin brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks like a deep, reddish-brown coffee after a few minutes. Has a thick and dark presence that instantly commands your presence.

S: Sweet chocolate and coffee pound the senses. Some surprising fruitiness, too. Smells very potent.

T: Wow. Wow, wow, wow. There's a lot going on here. Smoky coffee and dark, dark chocolate do a lot to expand the palate up front. Then, there’s a pine/minty kick that tickles the taste buds even more. It’s strong, and you can definitely taste it – the alcohol is as smooth as it is present. There’s some tropical fruit notes as well – mango, melon, and a hint of something sweeter, like pineapple. It’s an incredible mix of flavors, and well blended to boot. This is the most well-balanced beer I’ve ever had.

M: I had a feeling this would be a bit syrupy, but, on the contrary, it’s rather light on the tongue. Perfectly sippable.

O: Whenever someone tells me a product is “the best of its kind,” I am rightfully skeptical. But this is, without a doubt, is the best in the world. A true work of art. Gute Arbeit, Deutschland!

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown almost black color, with two fingers of foamy tan head.

The scent is of caramel malts, spices, and alcohol.

The taste consists of molasses, toasted caramel malts, some notes of fruit, and noticeable alcohol.

Full bodied, thick, smooth and creamy, adequate carbonation.

This was a fantastic doppelbock, this was incredibly flavorful and quite easy to drink for a heavier beer.

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Photo of Smokehouse2012
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recommended by my local brewery bartender and boy he really hit it on this one. Beautiful dark brown color, just a bit of light gets through. Excellent caramel smell with a hint of fruits maybe? Mouth feel is amazing, silky smooth and very inviting for another sip. Taste is nothing short of exceptional, excellent to enjoy right after dinner. Overall this is a beer i would seek out time and time again, an excellent representative of its style, hence its name Celebrator... Great beer to celebrate!

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

Man-O-Shevitz this beer is deeeelicious! I'm skipping dinner as I'm having it now! No kiddding! The color of this brew is subtley dark, complex in color with orange, red and deep brown intermingling. Aromatics are heavenly and hint at the best chocolate-bitter in the most elegant fashion. The taste is all over the place-black licorice, Bittersweet chocolate, mocha, sweet malt, espresso-this is a meal. A highly satisfying drink that I can honestly say rates up there with some of the best things ever to slip across my tongue. It is good to be alive! I'll have another, turn on some Red Garland, and call it a night. Wow!! You have to go find this beer tonight!

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

Dark brown appearance, but with a ruby hue when held up to the light. Very nice.

Smells of brown sugar, dark fruit, and some sort of candy. Big on the maltiness.

Tastes similarly, malt and dark fruits dominate, but there are many other flavors I can't quite pinpoint. Coffee and chocolate in the back end maybe?

Mouthfeel is great, one of the smoothest beers I've ever had in my life.

If you are going to try only one doppelbock, make it this one. Definitely one of the world's finest beers.

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Photo of sj660
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coffee colored elixir with golden highlights. There is a medium foam with decent retention.

There is an alcoholic aroma with a faint touch of malt.

The taste is a malt-bomb of nuts, molasses, and faint coffee notes. Slight touch of a hop aftertaste. Not dry.

Full bodied, creamy, and warm with medium to low carbonation.

Excellent beer! L'Chaim!

This beer was a perfect complement to smoked herring.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a stemmed Ayinger pokal glass after being poured from a 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: Very dark brown with a hint of red hue. Head was initially moderate-to-large but quickly dissipated.
Smell: Subdued/faint malty aroma.
Taste: Chocolate and malty flavor. Extremely smooth going down.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with heavy body.
Overall: One of the best beers that I have every tried. An absolutely delicious beer that does not overwhelm the palate.

Ironically, while vacationing in Munich, I visited the Ayinger Brewery, and while there I asked specifically for this beer (after reading its glowing reviews on Beeradvocate.com), but they told me it was not the right season (I was there in August), and they do not serve this beer until early spring. It was not until I returned to America when I was able to try this beer for the first time.

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

This is a top notch beer. When it comes to Doppelbocks, this one is king. The nose was the only thing that left me wanting. This beer can serve in so many functions. I consider it one of the best possible beers to cook with. It's exceptionally well balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Plenty of spice to it as well, but not so much that it throws it off balance, in fact it enhances the balance. I don't rave like this about many beers. This one is simply great.

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

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- this is #8 of my reviews.

This is a world class doppelbock, maybe the best I've ever had in the style. It pours an incredibly dark mahogany-brown, maybe as close as you can get to black without it being quite black. (It does radiate a very solemn red in its center when you hold it up to the light.)

A very sweet nose: brown sugar, carmel, rum raisins and brandy. Flavor-wise I would venture something like "that combination indicated above dumped in a bowl of very good-quality Scottish Oatmeal, with maybe some blackstrap honey added on top as a garnish." Amazingly the mouthfeel is as silky-smooth as can be, even the grainy-mealy finish is delivered as more of an afterthought than a real kick.

I think this is one of the classic beers out there. I don't think I've ever had a doppelbock that's ever come close to getting as many things right as this one does.

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

Jesus H Christ I love this stuff, I'm not sure how well I can really describe how much I love this stuff, but here we go. Pours extremly dark brown, almost like a porter. Smells a bit malt syrupy, but good. Taste is...wow!! Malt, cocoa, some mild dried fruit, slightly bitter but again of cocoa. Mouthfeel is nice. Drinkability is excellent. Though you want to sip on this i can go for more again and again. The best I have had so far.

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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 mustang70
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

as the first dopplebock I have ever tried. I must say it is very good. I wasn't sure what to expect so I was very surprised with the flavor. it has some very complex flavors. once it warms up you get more of the fruity notes. for a beer I chose at random. it turned out to be a great buy. will definitely buy again.

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

Pours a beautiful mahogony color with slight hints of maroon when held to light. Substantial head dwindles to faint traces of foam. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses faint anise, dark malt and faint trace of alcohol. Taste: like pouring velvet in your mouth. This beer tastes and feels so smooth. The smokey malt dwindles to a light hoppy finish with a dry feel on the tongue...beautiful. This is an abolutely world-class beer with nothing to be ashamed of...except maybe the price. Savor every sip!

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Photo of akdo
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: The beer has a dark brown body, a two-finger mocha head and a copper leg. Of all the German beers I have tried, this one has the best head retention. It recedes to a layer of a few millimetres. By the time one is about to finish drinking the beer, the head will have a few small holes.

Smell: The nose has a mild note of malt. It is a tad reminiscent of chocolate milk. There are no trace of hops in the aromas.

Taste: The palate is almost a replay of the nose. It is very malty and because it is dark, it has a slight toasty taste which makes the beer taste like a toned down Schawzbier. The dominant note was that of caramel, chocolate milk and dark fruits. True to the style, this beer was neither bitter nor dry on the finish.

Feel: The beer is light-bodied and is not astringent. It has a juicy feeling and it is fresh. The warmth of the alcohol can be felt, but it is very low. It doesn't burn the throat. There is also no carbonation.

Overall: This was love at first taste between this beer and me. Despite having an ABV that is comparable to an IPA, this Doppelbock's alcohol is barely felt. Moreover, this is one of the few beers I have tried that comes so close of being to style as per the guidelines of Beer Judge Certification Program.

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

I love doppelbocks and finally got around to trying Ayinger's Celebrator. It was phenomenal.

A: Dark brown with slight amber highlights when held to light. Cream-coloured head dissappeared shortly after pour.

S: Sweet smell.

T: Insanely good. Malt flavor accompanied by smoky/toasty flavor. Hints of sweet flavor in aftertaste.

M: Smooth and full.

D: Goes down smoothly and easy to drink. I enjoyed taking it slow with this one.

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

Appearance: This beer was served in a 10-ounce Chalice. The color is a deep yet translucent mahogany with a beautiful tan head.

Smell: Essence of molasses pervades this brew. Balanced against the refined fragrance of molasses is that of spicy phenol, sweet caramel, and a toasted malt character.

Taste: Beautiful and complex. The first property that takes ahold and hangs on for the entire ride is that of malt and molasses. Subtly, the essence of fig augments the flavor. Piercingly, hops enter to contrast the sweet foundation and create dissonance in this otherwise harmonious symphony of flavor. During the recapitulation, an essence of alcohol and grain are present to usher this dark nectar to an unceasing end.

Mouth-feel: Unable to break the grips of its captor (rich, full bodied, thick malt), the carbonation, fully infused, makes this beer smooth.

Drinkability: A nectar seemingly not meant for mortal palates. Divinely inspired!? The Germans can be thanked for making this brew available and thusly determining my only sustenance till the day I die.

Served on tap from Kilted Mermaid of Vero Beach, FL for a price of $5

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is beer. Mahogany colored with a perfect head that never went anywhere.

S: Sweet bread. That is the nose on this guy. Caramel and great malt notes.

T: Sweetness pushes through early on in molasses and dried fruit, perhaps raisins and plums. Then huge bready malts and just the slightest thread of pure alcohol near the end.

M: Perfect. Medium and slightest bit chewy when you want it, smooth and light when you dont.

O: The goat has been hanging from the stick in my jeep for years because this is a beer to remember. So enjoyable from start to finish. The Doppelbock. Brilliant in its simple complexity.

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

This is one easy drinking beer. Great flavor and color, typical doppelbock colors. The head is really nice and smooth, really nice feel in the mouth. It really has some depth with some oak flavors and smoothness. Once again, like most of my reviews, great with German cheese and crackers or bread. Yes, there are other cheeses, but why change. This beer is my constant goto beer. Just pour it in and enjoy!

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

Quite possible sex in a bottle, but I shall dive deeper...

Dark and rich in its appearance, a little hint of cherry red mixed in for good measure. Good head retention from the frothy pillow atop this glorious brew. Aromas are rich and pleasing with molasses, roasted malty goodness, and a nice shot of hoppiness. Absolutely envelopes the palate in luscious goodness. Huge chewy malt action with the molasses sweetness and a touch of faint alcohol makes this one very balanced brew. Hints of rich cherry and other fruits.

Perhaps as good as it gets with regard to imported Biers. This is the best of the best when it comes to this style. Smooth, luscious, yet full of aromas and flavors without being overpowering. The closest thing to perfection in a bottle.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I have to say, it has one of the best bottle designs I've seen in a long time. Love the classic label with the goats on it to the plastic goat hanging around the bottle. Now on to the beer.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a creamy and bubbly thick tan head. Very good lacing.

S - Intense malt and fruit flavors. Noticeable smells of figs, raisins, bread and toffee.

T - Sweet bready flavors - complex mix of fruits and spices. Hints of bitterness after the sweet. Roasted malts also seem to be present. Unique and complex taste. The more I drink the more I discover on the palette.

M - Extremely smooth. Nice carbonation with a syrupy and chewy mouthfeel. Medium to thick bodied. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

O - Ayinger's Celebrator is an awesome beer - simple as that. Its sweet and slightly bitter full of interesting and complex flavors. It's a world class beer and an example of how great a lager truly can be. Run, don't walk to go pick this up!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look : Very dark brown body, two finger mocha head.

Smell : Brown sugar, honey, dark fruit, beeswax, molasses, and banana.

Taste : Brown sugar, dark fruits, mild spices, molasses, and a bit of nutty hops at the end.

Feel : Medium body, medium-high carbonation, slight alcohol bite.

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Photo of chrisms86
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A complex flavor which is not so complex as to compromise the enjoyment of the brew. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and the smell is exceptional. The appearance is fantastic and makes me want to dive in. Relatively inexpensive to other top 20 brews, this one is highly recommended.

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

Appearence black hints of brown when you hold it to the light. Smell hint of fig and prune malt and rosted grain. Taste rosted grin figgy dryness Alcohol comes through in the end as well as a hint of bitter chocolate finish. This beer is very cleen tasting lager considering how complex it is if that makes sense. Drinkability was very good for a beer of its kind its a cold late winter night and I wish I had another doppelbock.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a dark brown with milk chocolate brown rings on the edges. 1/2 inch tan head and great retention with some circular lacing

Smell: Molasses, bread, brown sugar, and a malty sweetness that make the nose very complex and amazing

Taste: Figs and raisins are in the forefront with some chocolate and molasses slightly behind that and finishes with just the right touch of coffee and bread

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated and creamy

Overall: Just a world class beer. I have enjoyed this beer as a go to beer for about a decade now and I will never stop drinking this. I absolutely love this and recommended it and it is hands down the best dopplebock on the planet

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Photo of CU570M
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As the 1,000 review of this beer i want to try and make this a good review. As i poured this brew it had a light caramel colored head that was beautiful, but did seem to not last that long. Was decent though. The color of this is a dark rich black/brown color. When looked at through the light i can see hints of red as well though. The smell is of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a nice roasted barley malt. Nutty wood chocolaty brew that pleases the taste buds. Mouthfeel was a mild to medium carbonation with a slight aftertaste and dry. Drinkability is high on this one, one of the better dark beers i have ever had. I would definitely urge anyone to go out there try this one.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,388 ratings.
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