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:
2,410
Ratings:
6,419
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
536
Gots:
958
For Trade:
21
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Reviews: 2,410 | Ratings: 6,419
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some red hints thru out nice medium slight off white head,aroma sweet and nutty.Many flavors from this beer starts out a little smokey with some nuttiness,it's finish is a little dry.Not nearly as sweet as some of the style to, wich is a good thing.This is a classic worthy of the high ratings it gets.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, aged a couple of months. Pours brown with ruby highlights and has a thick pillowy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, nuts, some roast and a little smoke.

The flavor is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, molasses, some dark fruits and nuts with enough of a hop finish to balance it well (still a little on the sweet side for me). The mouthfeel is medium to full with velvety carbonation.

Overall, this is much better than I remembered. A very solid, well-made brew. I found this to be better cold.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- dark redish brown with an big off white head. Cascading effect from an aggresive pour. This is a fine looking beer.

S- some heavy malts and some alcohol, a very nice preview of what is to come.

T- malts with some sweetness followed by the hit of alcohol.

M- nice carbination some thickness to this doublebock

D- not quite as refreshing as othersin this style, but still a beer that will get better as the days get colder.

Not my favorite doublebock, but a very good offering nonetheless.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Dark brown, molasses, color with a tan head.

Smell: Nice malts with a great alcohol aroma.

Taste: Heavy malt flavor with a slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slight carbonation, thick with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great German Dopplebock. I love the heavy malt aroma and flavor. I wouldn't drink this all the time but definitely enjoy it when I do. Cheers!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in the "official" glass as the special brew at the SoNo Brewhouse.

Pours dark brown, good finger of white foam resides on the top. Dark fruity smell, some malt. Taste is clean and smooth - almost like a Scwarzbeir (sp?) with fruity tones. Smooth mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite tasty. Solid brew.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a mug.

Pours a dark brown, flirting with black. Ruby red edges along the bottom of the mug. With a mildly aggressive pour an inch thick head is formed. The head is sawdust colored, and slowly settles to a solid cap. Patchy laving all the way down the glass.

Dark malt characters can be detectd along with sweet syrupy aromas. Warm alcohol notes can be found hidden between the bitter malts and sweet smells.

Bitter roasted malts present themselves first, then followed by sweeter flavors. Mild hoppiness can be found in the back of the mouth. A little bit of alcohol can be tasted in each swig.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Somewhat of a dry bitter finish from the hops.

Not a bad beer. This one seemed to have more hops and a little less malt compared to other doppelbocks. Try this one.

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Photo of gerite
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer served with a German meal. My glass had a rich dark, almost opaque brown color with a small head but good lacing. It was very smooth and easy to drink with a slight bitter aftertaste. It tastes a lot lighter than it looks. The flavors increase as the beer warms. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and would order it again.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet chocolate malt smell. Deep dark purple almost opeque look. Rich thick 2 and 1/2 inch lasting head. Light brown sticky head. Medium smoothish mouth. Original sweet caramel/chocolate malt taste followed quickly by a bitter almost sour finish. The tongue is left bitter and dry with a touch of metalic taste. Good but not as drinkable as I thought it would be....

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle. It has a little plastic goat on a string around the neck.

A- Pours a deep dark brown. The head is big, rocky and foamy.

S- Caramel, hazelnut, malty.

T- Smooth, sweet, buttery, malty. A little hoppy in the middle/end but thicker at the ending.

M- heavy, buttery, rich and tasty.

D- Great fall beer. Bring on the snow, I got a doppelbock.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle with a weird little plastic goat tag thingy purchased at Hawthornes Cafe grand opening. Poured into a pint glass as I sip this one outside around the fire.

Appearance: Big Ruby red/Auburn color with a large fluffy off-white head that sticks around forever. Pretty solid lacing down the sides of the glass as well.

Smell: Bready aroma with some caramel mixed in. A bit of a nutty aroma intertwined I believe. Some mild spiciness, alcohol warmth and hop aroma's.

Taste: Toasted grains and molasses. Some oily hop bitterness towards the end. Hints of dried fruits (cherry) and spiciness with some alcohol warmth, but not burn. Hops come through mostly in the finish than anywhere else.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Not much carbonation makes it through. A refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A little heavy and a little strong to be sessionable. But certainly one of the best dopplebocks out there.

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Photo of nafnikufesin
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark cascading looks with medium sized bubbles.

Smell - Sweet malt smell with hints of alcohol.

Taste - Slight smoky wood flavor with slight sweetness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with smooth texture.

Overall, flavorful and drinkable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $3.29 local natural foods store.

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with a two finger foamy beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes with slight chocolate notes.

T-Malty sweetness followed by slight hop bitterness finished with chocolate covered fruit flavor.

M-Smooth and well carbonated.

D-Not sure why this is so highly rated. May very well be a fine Doppelbock, but I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. Perhaps it has more to do with a preference for ales over lagers.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator pours, from it awesome bottle, a very dark brown, coffee like color. A small tan head hangs around on top. The smell is chocolate and figs. The taste has chocolate and coffee notes. A hint of alcohol also shows up and a slight bitterness shows up a few seconds after the swallow. I also get a taste/scent sensation of split firewood post-swallow, but I'm not exactly sure where it's coming from. The taste is defintely a lager. The mouthfeel is nice and full with mid-to-low carbonation. This is just a very well-made brew.

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Photo of bosco7
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick brown head.

Brown sugar, plums, dark cherry, soil, some vinous notes, and cola in the nose.

Starts with lots of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, malt, and persimmon flavors. The middle has a little more fruity edge with prunes and over ripened black cherries. The finish is more or less roasty with a residual sweetness. There is some spice in the finish as well; clovey.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and very pleasant on the tongue. This is an easy drinker especially during the colder months and a must drink for any beer enthusiast. No in your face flavors, just good old fashion balance and drinkability.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a deep amber, nearly muddy colored body with a mocha-to white thick head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing.

S- Hmm.. I get a very metallic aroma that really covers the other notes in the background, which is cloves and bananas.

T- Bread, light caramel, very light spices in the background. Very subtle flavors, nothing overpowering. Raison-plum aftertaste.

M- Where this beer shines. Medium carbonation, light body, superb drinkability.

Overall I did enjoy this beer. I wasn't too fond of the aroma, but otherwise it's solid.

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Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter, no freshness date.

This pours a very dark brown / basically blackish color with a thick and creamy tan mocha head. The smells are of figs, prunes, molasses and tons of malts. Feel is medium to thick, a little creamy. The taste is like it smells, lots of malts, almost too much, no real hop balance, but this is probably right for the style. I get a little banana, some dark fruit and lots of molasses. This is pretty thick and sweet, I'm only just starting to like these malt bombs so I'll have to try this again in a few months (I like it more every time I get it).

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Photo of sartoric
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark brown with an inch tan head.

Aroma of honey, toasted malt and toffee with note of flowers. The flavour is really complex for a dopplebock. You can feel sugar cane and honey as well as coffe and toasted flavour with a light hoppy background.

The body is medium but not too strong or alcoholic. A very balanced Dunkel Dopple Bock. Definitely a must-have beer.

Paired with a typical Italian dish "fagioli con le cotiche" ("fasoeu cui cudich" in Milanese dialect :-) ) stewed beans with pork rind.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beer grows into a two-finger cap the color of toffee. After a couple of minutes, it has still retained about one finger of head that looks pleasantly creamy.

There is quite a bit of carbonation coming up through the opaque body, some beige highlights when held up to the light. Celebrator is a good looking beer!

Smell: The malts produce a sugary, caramel sweetness. The sweet is accompanied by some sour esters too, reminds one of raisins, apples, and pears. The sourness is not off putting at all, it really invites one to take a few swigs, don’t mind if I do.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the sourness of the hops and the sweetness of the caramel malt. It finishes more on the sweet side with a strong taste of raisins and pears. The finish is very long. It is a little different from what I usually drink, but it is still very good.

Mouth feel: No dryness here, the sweet finish sees to that. The beer is also quite chewy, and finishes smooth, with that distinctive raisin after taste. I don’t know if I’ll ever find a beer that finishes with this flavor profile. I feel like if I drink more of this beer, I’m going to really grow to like it.

Overall: My first doppelbock was certainly a good one. Now I just hope that the more I try I’m not let down because of how amazing this one was. The sweetness of the beer totally hit me by surprise, but it is growing on me easily.

I will definitely pick some of this up again someday, for now I’ll just have to display the bottle with the little ram trinket.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice caramel, mohagany color. Good medium sized off white head. The head stayed a bit longer than I thought it would, and never totally disappeared.
Smell of rich molasses and caramel, sticky sweet with some hints of earthy hops.
Taste of sweet vanilla, caramel and cashew. Some richness of yeasts seem present as well. Some dryness halts the sweetness from becoming overpowering.
Finish leaves a bit of peaty aftertaste. Not really my type of beer, but it is good.

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Photo of alohaspicoli
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a tulip.

A: Pours a nice, dark brown w/some red. Light brown head that settles quickly. Nice lacing.

S: A very rich, malty aroma with some dark fruits.

T: Raisin is the most easily identified flavor for me. Also some molasses & dark chocolate. Alcohol is present but in a good way. Overall a very bold flavor but it's still smooth.

M: Full bodied with not too much carbonation. Finishes a little on the dry side.

O: Great flavor profile on this - and that's coming from someone who isn't a big raisin fan. Overall it's very well balanced. Would definitely buy again. Plus, each bottle comes with this awesome little plastic statue of their logo, which will hang on my fridge or possibly xmas tree for many years to come :)

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Photo of becktone
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Black in color with ruby highlights, this brew is everything that a doppelbock should look like. The head has good retention, is tan in color and appears to be creamy. As it recedes from the pour it leaves appetizing lacing along the sides of the glass.

Nose: Strong sweet malt aromas right up front. Alcohol presence is noticeable. No hop aroma present. Notes of chocolate come thorough, overall dark character to the aroma.

Tongue: Overall dark complex nicely mixed flavor. Flavor is also very clean. As with the aroma there is a chocolate presence, and a bit of alcohol is noticeable. Finishes with some roasted type and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and creamy on the palate. Lower carbonation of this brew accentuates the complex flavors. This brew is real easy to drink, could easily drink this without getting tired of it. The body is a bit thinner than what I would have expected; however, it is still full bodied. Finishes more on the drier side once one has sat without taking another sip for a few moments. A great doppelbock, but for the price of 4 of these I'd probably rather buy Bell's or Spaten's doppelbock....you know more bang for the buck. But I guess If I want to splurge then I'd buy these.

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Photo of bnes09
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown. Pours a thin head with no retention and zero lacing. Opaque quality of the brew and lack of head reminds me of prune juice.

Tons of sweet dark fruits and malts in the aroma along with a piney spice and touch of alcohol.

Flavor profile is highly roasted with toasty whole wheat and smooth dark chocolate. Prune sweetness mellows things out a bit. Mild earthy hop comes to life and attempts to balance but is quickly reminded that this beer is all about the malt.

Burly medium to full body with lots of lingering malt texture. Fairly low carbonation. Smooth, slick feel.

Not as good as I expected but still really solid. I think it could use just a little more balance from the hops.

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Photo of kajerm
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ornamental, extremely German-looking bottle, with a white plastic faux-ivory goat hanging from the neck. Pretty cool.

Pours dark brown with a ruby cast and a thin head.

First whiff is malty as hell, super-sweet with some dark fruit and molasses.

Tastes exactly like it smells and finishes clean. Alcohol is virtually undetectable-- it's only 6.7% ABV and it shows. Packed with simple, rich malty sweetness-- a dessert beer for sure. It's not really all that complex, but Celebrator is pretty much a flawless doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is thin and very lightly carbonated. Pretty much on-par for the style.

Not really all that drinkable, but great for after-dinner sipping.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hard pour into a Duvel tulip. Very dark red brown, fairly clear. Held up to light, has a deep red glow. 3/4 tan head that disappeared rather quickly.

S- Somewhat sweet, malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T- Semi-sweet, not as sweet as some others. (Not a bad thing.) Chocolate and coffee.

M- Very smooth. Creamy. Medium carbonation.

O- Very good dopplebock. Easy to drink. Had 2. Could have had another, no problem.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, I don't think I was as bowled over as some by this one, but it certainly wasn't awful or anything. Had at Anam Cara, served in lovely Celebrator glass. Pour was opaque dark amber, I found the aroma to come across as slightly roasted, and slightly plumey. Taste is a bit lean and smooth, I thought, mostly of roasted malt and a bit of alcohol hinting around. I will have to try this again.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,419 ratings.
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