Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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

Pours a dark brown with a semi-transparent reddish glow into a pint glass. Minimal head; I've got it pretty cold.

Smell is of malty sweetness. Taste is straight doppelbock. Good sweetness balanced by a nice tinge of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very full flavor throughout. I taste a bit of chocolate and a good bit of alcohol.

Very pleasant.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this into a mug. Very dark, you can see through a little when held to light. The head was a cream color, two fingers high, the head fadded into lacing.

smells of spices, chocolate, toasted, and coffe

the taste has so much to it. Chocolate, burnt toast, oily, a little bitter but it ends so sweet. Very well rounded drink.

medium body, right amount of carbonation. Taste stays on the tounge for a while

very good but not extremely drinkable

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

Dark, dark ruby brown, almost black in appearance. A full, rocky, tan head that faded a bit more quickly than I would have liked (though residual foam remained throughout the glass, so I'm not complaining too much). Aroma of toffee, caramel, and burnt dark fruits (raisins, dates, prunes). First sip put me off a bit -- there was a slight metallic tang that I didn't expect, but it quickly went away as I adjusted to the beer. Complex combination of malty sweet, toffee flavors, slight hop bitterness, and burnt fruit. Medium carbonation that leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue. Spicy, dry finish. For the money, I'd rather have a Salvator or Sammy's DB, but this is a great doppel nonetheless.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a himt of ruby highlights when held against the light.
(This should be interesting)

S: Fig, raisins, roasted malts and some other dark fruits.

T: Very intense deep dark fruits up front. Followed in the end by a nice, pleasant sweet touch on the end . . . Probably from fruits.

M: Full bodied and crisp to thick feel in this one.

O: A good spring brew. A tried and true German favorite. Would not hesitate to pick this up again.

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Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingling dark, but clear amber pour. Frothey cream head. Good balance of malt, toffee/caramel, raisin, wheat bread, citrus, light hops. Good clean finish, typical of most German offerings. Considering this is one of the highest ranking Doppelbock, would like to have seen more of all the usual dopplebock components, not just a moderate balance of them. That said it is still very good, probably the most drinkable I've had, with a great palate. For someone who likes big beers, this may not be the most impressive though

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the tap this pours a very deep dark brown ruby red color. Wonderful off-white head. Great thing about it was that it is being served to me in proper glass. Smells of dark bread. Tastes like a very dark, roasted almost burnt malt, however it is so smooth. How can this be? Looking at it you would expect bitter and harsh, but this is not true. Good mouthfeel. This is a very good beer, but it really isn't my style. I can and will respect this for what it is, a great dopplebock. I couldn't drink many of these, but if it is on tap, I am compelled to have one, if nothing else, than for the glass.

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Photo of BigGold
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle (with plastic goat "prize" attached) into Pilsner glass, when I remembered that a hot, muggy Deep South summer is the time for dark LAGERS. And this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a smidgeon of a white head, releasing a sweet, malty, nutty aroma. Caramel malts and just enough subtle hop presence to provide a good balance and nice flavor, improving as it warms, and becoming much more flavorful. Moderate ABV and a flavor that is by no means overwhelming make this a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-goes well with food
-first time i had this it had very strong fresh wort character, which was very unpleasant with the alcohol presence. the second round, upon which the review is based, was much different, more malt and chocolate.

A - deep ruby with a clinging head, a quick swirl shows some alcohol in the legs. Ayinger certainly have a distinctive packaging for this dbock, and i've been cognizant of Celebrator for years before i finally got around to buying a 4pk.
S- alcohol in the nose melding with dark chocolate, well balanced. a lot of alcohol in the nose for 6.7%, but whatever.
T- between roasted malt and munich malt character. some chocolate. alcohol coming in on the finish. cleans up well with a lingering roasty-ness
M- silky but carbonated. well suited for the beer but was unpleasant the first round.
D - the fusel alcohol character would deter me from more than one of these, but if i had a pairing situation calling for a dopplebock, i wouldn't hesitate to call in Celebrator.

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Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip

A: Jet black, opaque, small tanned head, not much retention, minimal lacing.

S: Prune, grape, oak, dark chocolate, biscuit, burnt caramel and some

T: Tawny port was the overriding taste, molasses, dark chocolate, lots of roasted barley at the finish, some bitterness. Hint of a boozy burn as it warmed.

M: Smooth in, coarse out because of the booze, low carbonation, heavy chewy texture.

O: Oozed class, would love to make a loaf of bread with this. I’m also intrigued to know what a year of aging would do.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Dark brown in color with reddish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a brief off-white foam that quickly reduced to thin wisps and no lacings. Sweet dark fruit aromas, fig, raisin, with sweet molasses and dark caramel malt. Fuller bodied with tight carbonation, smooth up front with a slight resinous feel toward the end. Dark malt and sugary molasses flavor throughout with a bit of bitter hoppiness showing up in the middle through to the end. Finishes with a touch of heat and lingering malty sweetness.

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Photo of Goliath
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with deep ruby hues. A light tan head appears and quickly receeds leaving no trace of lacing.

The aroma is fairly complex. A big maltiness with caramel and molases. Some toasted bread and a slight bit of alcohol. There was a familiarity I couldn't quite put my finger on for a while, and then I began to think it smelled like the cereal Grape Nuts, but I could be losing my mind.

Taste is fairly powerful. Sweet malt with bready notes, and oats. Caramel also present. More flavors than I can determine at this time.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, chewy, and lightly carbonated eventually leaving a still brew as you near the end of the glass. Drinkability is moderate due to low alcohol levels but strong flavors.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; brown with ruby clearly evident; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: all malt - caramel, prune, toffee;

T: rich; molasses all the way; a little roasted/smoky grain at mid-palate; flavor faded relatively quickly; ABV completely hidden;

M: smooth; medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable; the roasted/smoky note I got at mid-palate is out of place for the style, but I liked it;

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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 dc87
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, with dark ruby red around the edges. Thin head just off white. Head disappears quickly.

S - Smells wonderful. Distinctive, bright smell. Very sweet and malty with some dried fruit, raisins. Not smelling any hops.

T - Rich. Very similar to the nose, but just a little less exciting. A little sweeter. Malts, dried fruit, and some caramel sweetness. The aftertaste is dry, hoppy and slightly toasted.

M - Decent. Light bodied. Very smooth, light on carbonation.

O - An interesting, rich lager. Pleasant to drink, but for me it doesn't live up to the hype surrounding it.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown color - almost black wit just a touch of light getting in. A thin ring of off-white head circles the glass, but sticks around for most of the drink. Looks very manly (if that's possible for a beer). Nice.

S: Lots of roasted malts meet the nose along with notes of caramel and dark fruit. A little more subdued than I expected. As the brew warms the dark fruits become a little more apparent.

T: Similar to the nose, but better. Plum, raisin, hints of caramel, and roasted malt all hit the palate initially. There is some brewed coffee flavor to go along with some bitterness in the finish. As with the nose, the dark fruits become more prominent as the beer warms. Some hints of what I think are anise and alcohol surface as well. Fairly complex and flavorful overall.

M: A thick and fully body, boarding on chewy, with a medium amount of carbonation. I would expect nothing less from a dopplebock.

D: Obviously this is a great example of the style. I wasn't as impressed as I hoped I would be, but it's a solid drinking brew nonetheless. A high degree of complexity combined with the well hidden abv give this one a high drinkability rating.

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Photo of jaluria
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was highly anticipating this brew since I had ordered it several times before from my local store, but it had been out-of-stock.

Great artwork on the bottle; made it seem very special.
Appeared a very dark brown color with an above normal viscosity and a tan colored head that did not stick around, but left little bits of lacing. Definitely appeared darker in color than other Doppelbocks I've had, and that made this interesting from the very start.
Aromas of caramel, various types of malt (roasted and dark), and alcohol. There seemed to an astringent-like aroma as well, but that could have been the result of the different ingredients coming together, rather than an unique ingredient. Whatever it was, it was not appealing. I can best describe it as the feeling you get when you smell cheap perfume; it can begin to give you a bit of a headache. The taste was very good with a variety of sweet flavors coming through, quite complex and very malty. Rich and powerful, but perhaps, a bit too sweet especially in the aftertaste. Seemed almost like a malt beverage rather than a malty beer. The smooth character I normally associate with this style, just was not there. The drinkability is good; I could see myself having a few of these in one sitting.

I'll have to try this beer again on-tap.

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Photo of Pdu8s
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Little head, very dark color. looks delectable

S- light smell, not overwhelming. Chocolate, almost vanilla smell

T- starts with an alcohol taste, almost fruity at the beginning. By wow how it finishes! It becomes a light chocolately flavor that ends roasty/malty. Caramel notes pervade throughout.

M- starts slightly thick, but goes down smooth. A great compliment to how it tastes.

O- there is a reason this is a world class beer. It is very tastey and the consistency in one's mouth matches the taste. top-quality dark beer. a must-try!

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

Pours a color close to inky black at first, but shows some deep ruby red clarity when held up to the light. A big, creamy, light-tan head tops this one off - nice retention, however much to my surprise, not much lace is left behind.

Nose is powerful, right from the start. Caramel malts take center stage with some sweet, brown sugar heavy in the background. Light fruits also help contribute to the sweet smelling aroma - raisins, plums - all covered in molasses. Some grains help dry things out a little bit and stop the aroma from being too overpowered with sweetness.

Up front, the alcohol is noticeable, especially considering the brew is only 6.7% ABV, but it's far from off-putting. It meshes with the dark fruits to give almost a wine-like presence and sweetness. This beer is nearly as sweet as it smells - molasses, syrup, deep black licorice, and a faint spice, somewhat reminiscent of anise. Rustic, dry cocoa flavors hide in the back, but are definitely there.

Roasted malts? A little. But I'm getting a larger quantity of sweetness from the malts here - this brew is very caramely and toffee-like. Some earthy undertones trace the outline for this beer, with some herbal hop aromas, slightly tea-like on the tail end. Aftertaste is a fading, earthy caramel sweetness with a hint of dry bitterness. Medium bodied, light creaminess to it on the palate, medium amount of carbonation.

Very robust and full-flavored brew. Haven't had many Doppelbocks, but this one was certainly tasty. Packed with intense malt and sweetness without being cloying - very impressive. Score may adjust once I open up and sample more and more beers of the style, but this is definitely something I'd like to have again.

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

Celebrator...I've waited a long time to try my first doppelbock, and I might as well start with the best...

Poured a dark, dark, DARK chestnut, with ruby tones reflecting light. A strong two-finger head quickly died down to a thin layer of foam. First deep breath revealed a touch of caramel and some spices. Taste was rich and malty, with the same caramel and a nice complexity of spices as well as a roasted edge that's so palpable its almost chewy. Definitely strong on the caramel, though.

This felt a lot lighter and easier to drink than its flavor and complexion would have you believe. I usually don't like brews this soft and malty, but this is good--no wonder it's legendary. Still, and I hate to say it, but to me this is a very good but not great beer--but that's more to do with personal preference than the quality of Celebrator, which I can definitely appreciate even if it isn't my style. My tastes wouldn't stop me from recommending this to anyone, especially if you like stuff along these lines (that means you, Joj and Erti).

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label has notchings along the bottom that probably correspond to a brew date, but I don't know how to read them.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 of an inch of light brown, foamy head. This disipated quickly to just a thin layer of foam. The beer is almost opaque, but when you hold it up to the light, you can see a little bit of a reddish tint.

Smell: Malty, with an alcoholy sweetness. Almost a hint of raisins.

Taste: Initially, the sweetness of alcohol, followed by malt, and finished by roasted barley bitterness. A decent amount of bite from the CO2.

Mouhfeel: Average level of carbonation, mouthfeel is pretty good, decent body.

Drinkability: This is a very filling beer. I imagine it has to do with the high levels of maltiness, carbonation, and alcohol. Good, but not a session beer.

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

Glassware: Mug

Appearance: Opaque, like a dark roast coffee, with a thick, tan head.

Smell: bread-ish with a strong and sweet molasses smell, also some aromas reminiscient of dark cherry. Some spicy notes in the background.

Taste: Opens with roasted flavors; then, a very balanced middle...bitterness equaled by the molasses/roasted malt taste. Ends dry with a dark chocolate and (as it warms) coffee taste. Mellow throughout but interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Mine had pretty low carbonation; medium-bodied with a slick feel.

Overall: Solid brew...No faults. Not a big or intense beer, it was more mellow than I was expecting, but I enjoyed it and will certainly have again.

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Photo of windigo32
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had one of these tonight, served in the proper "Celebrator Glass".

A: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue when light passes through it. There is a tan head that turns white after settling for a bit. The head is composed of fine bubbles.

S: A nose of roasted malt is unmistakable with this beer. Possibly plum or fig as well.

T: Crisp and clean roasted malt taste. No bitterness or harsh after taste like some doppelbocks have.

M: Feels rather smooth in the mouth.

D: The crisp and clean taste with the lack of after taste makes this a very drinkable bock.

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

Poured pitch black, no light getting through, with a two finger white head that dissipated into a thin lacing. The nose is very sweet, strong malts, alcohol is definitely present. This left my mouth confused after my first sip. The malts are sweet and strong, my mouth is left searching for the hops, but none are to be found. The after taste is slightly fruity with a nice alcohol burn. I do love me hops and consider myself an ale man but this Doppelbock is defintely a nice surprise.

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

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is dark brown with beautiful ruby hues when held to the light. The head is a lovely fluffy light brown.

S: Dominated by malt, and syrupy goodness. A nice bit of roasted aromas in there as well. Notes of brown sugar, and brown bread.

T: Huge malt and roasted character. Matched with the sweet dark flavor of canned brown bread and raisons. Tasty.

M: Medium thickness, good carbonation. And a nice

D: Quite lovely, and a great beer for a cold fall night. Tasty, malty and well put together.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,434 ratings.
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