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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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

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Reviews: 2,394 | Ratings: 6,375
Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't think I like this one as much as the Paulaner Salvator doppelbock, even though it seems to be more popular on this site. Doesn't quite do it for me though.

This was my second of four bottles brought back to Toronto from Texas (yes, Texas). Don't think you can find this stuff at the LCBO. Anyway, poured it (as usual) into a standard pint glass. A deep burgundy colour with a very small head.

Scents of raisins, cherries, bitter chocolate, and more alcohol than I really expected from a beer that isn't particularly strong.

Flavour is quite nice -- raisins, fruits, some hops. Not as complex as the Paulaner Salvator, although some good gruyere cheese brought out some additional nutty and butterscotch flavours (a great match!).

Mouthfeel is smooth, if a bit dry, and there's a somewhat bitter aftertaste which detracts from the overall impression.

I don't want to give the idea that I didn't like this beer -- it's quite good. But I'm not sure if it quite deserves its reputation, in my opinion. But, what do I know?!

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

Semi-transparent deep ruby body with a brown head of mostly tiny bubbles, some small and a few medium. Retention is ok but the lace is pretty good.
Sweet brown molasses smell with earth and nut notes and a hint of marzipan. Very prominent malt scent.
Taste is caramel and sugar. Earthy and nutty. The aftertaste shows a little citric hop character just briefly which is then overtaken by another malt rush.
Full and sticky on your lips mouthfeel. Good coating and slick sensation throughout. Though ABV is not that high it still leaves a warm feeling going down.
Quite pleasant to drink and a good version of the doppelbock.


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Photo of mareth01
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a nice very tan 1 finger head with a dark brown to black appearanc. Throughout the drink it had very good head retention with nice lacing.

S- The smell was strong of malts and carmel.

D- It was sweet throughout with a hint of a like carmel flavor with a slight bitter taste of dark chocolate.

M: Smooth with med. carbo., decent body that's just right.

D: Very drinkable, good flavors and taste, you don't know that your are drinking a doppelbock until the third or fourth one.

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

A: Black. Small but well retaining beige head.

S: Caramel, dark malts, hints of chocolate.

T: Bitter, dark, caramel, chocolate & hints of coffee. The aftertaste is slightly on the Belgian side.

O: I'm rather indifferent to this beer style but I'll give it a solid four.

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Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black/brown, with a big fluffy offwhite head, that settles down with generous lacing. Smells earthy, dark malts, little sweet, dark fruits as well. Malt body really coats the tongue, dark cherries, molasses, sweet malt, irony taste. Full and creamy on the mouth, perfect carbonation levels

got another bottle when i realized i didn't review this yet

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

Pours a very dark body with a nice thick off-white head. The head slowly settles to a fine thin layer.

Smells nice and malty (I'm partial to the malty side of beers) and I can really smell that barley wort aroma. Sweet and fruity as well.

Nice sweet malt flavor with a slight drying finish. Certainly has that German beer taste. What is that? It leaves a smooth lingering smoothness that makes me reach for the next sip. High quality brew here.

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

Pours dark like a porter or stout. Great thick, rich head lasts a pretty long time. Lacing persists to the bottom of the mug.

Roasted flavor of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.
Very complex, but balanced. Very smooth mouth feel.
Easy to drink.

Cute goat necklace on the bottle.

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

When poured it was a very dark brown with very little foam. The first impression I got when smelling this beer was of malts, prunes and caramel. The taste was the same and the aroma with the addition of it being sort of a sweet thick and creamy. The only set back was after a short time the flavor on the palate when north and the well balanced bitterness lingered. Still one of my favorite Doppelbocks.

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

Pours a very dark, clear amber that looks black until held up to the light. Ample cappuccino-coloured head laces the glass nicely. Mouthfeel is silky, not oily, but with a pleasant level of creaminess and carbonation.

Aroma is of dark, roasted hopes with rye undertones. Not certain exactly what the scent is that makes a bock a bock, but this beer has it in spades. Flavours range from the sweetness of caramelized malts to black molasses, with all the expected roasted elements and that “bock” essence. Finish is sweet yet dry, with the bitter tones lingering longest.

Definitely a world class example of this style. Both a pleasure to look at and to drink.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Harpoon Oktoberfest mug. Poured a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hit the brew each time I took a sip. Two-fingered tan head subsided into a thin consistent skim of foam. Strong scent of dark fruit (figs, prunes), chocolate and perhaps molasses. Also seemed to have a slightly vinous fragrance. Taste similar to nose - dark fruit more pronounced as was as a strong malty backdrop. Effervescent tingly mouthfeel across the entire tongue finishing with a slight bit of astringency. Excellent brew. Wish I had discovered it sooner. Drinkable cold weather alternative to the big beers I usually consume.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark ruby brown, quickly dissipating off white head.

S-Malty with a nicely moderated caramel sweetness. A bit of nice roast underneath.

T-Sweet malts and biscuity malt, some fig and raisin notes, some chocolate roastiness in the finish.

M-Light bodied, effervescent, crisp carbonation.

O-An awfully nice, drinkable doppelbock. Not terribly complex so perhaps a bit of a disappointment versus my expectations, but still very good.


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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was really good, but a little too malty for me. It certainly fits in the traditional Bavarian style. It's probably just a personal preference for me, but the maltiness made it hard to enjoy.

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

330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown that looks like cola when held up to the light. Two finger tan head that has good retention and never completely disappears. Leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is brown sugar, a light nuttiness, roasted malt, molasses, and a yeasty breadiness. The initial taste is a sweet nuttiness with a good amount of roast. Brown sugar is also present along with molasses. The finish has some more nuttiness and breadiness as well as a light bitterness. Medium-heavy body. Relatively low carbonation. Could probably use a bit more carbonation. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. Very smooth.

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Photo of sevenarts
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, somewhat transparent when held up to light, with a slight ruby tinge. Modest tan head, not much retention and no lacing.

S: Bittersweet malts, soy sauce, sugar.

T/M: Sweet, smooth malty goodness. Some caramel along with that distinctive soy sauce-like flavor. Sweet and sugary up front, followed by some dark roasty notes and a lingering bitterness on the followthrough. Very sweet and malty with just enough edge to make it interesting. Goes down easy and really tasty.

O: This is my first doppelbock and it seems to be the staple of the style, and it definitely lives up to its rep. A really good and interesting beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with tints of red showing thru. The head is big bold and tan from the start and has ample retention.

S: Big sweet malt, with hint of dry fruit, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit. If I really concentrate I can pick out just a dash of hops.

T: The aroma matches the taste to a T. Add a touch of booze and you have a nice dopplebock.

M: Thick and smooth. Somewhat creamy in an oily sort of way.

D: Not my favorite class, but this one is still enjoyable and very drinkable.

Overall: I like it. One of the best Dopplebocks around and worthy of its rating.

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

A- dark ruby brown with rich tan, well retaining head

S- rich dark malts, with a touch of noble hops, dark fruit, and a mild cloying sweetness

T- very malty, nutty with caramel notes and fig

M- medium, chewy, yet smooth

D- went down without any struggle

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

I won a friendly poker game last night so this beer seemed like a good choice for a nightcap due to the name. I poured it into an over-sized Arrogant Bastard glass and realized the glass was just like the Celebrator glass, only huge. It was a serious dark brown, with ruby edges and a frothy tan head. The smell was roasty, toasty, and malty. The taste was toasty and I swear I detected licorice in there. This was a good beer but I think it tastes better on tap. It is also a little pricey at $3 for 11oz. Still, one of the best German beers I have tried.

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

We reached a milestone in our year, so I broke out the Celebrator

It poured a nice dark ruby brown. Full overflowing tan head that laced real well.

The aroma was sweet toasted malts, toffee well done.

The taste of this full bodied brew grew to a complex nature.
First a blast of toasted roasted malts. Dark fruits like plum. A bread charactor of biscuit and well done toast. The sweetness of molasses,honey and caramel. All rounded out and blended nicely by hops and suttle alcohol.

Overall very drinkable and a fine example of Germany in a glass..

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

very dark garnet and solid body.a white fluffy halo and a thinner sheet centrally, solid but for points of activity comming up and building the head. once roused a tad this head becomes a frothing tan monster. the lace look like ticker tapes, webs.
sweet, heavy and wholesome malt and grain scents. not too much on the bread side. hint of honey and pefrume, along with a pinch of alcohol.
drier than i expected with a bitter finish. this dopple bock celebrates a very big bitter malt presence. also a warm squeeze of alcohol warms the belly, palate and dreams.there is a nice vegetal/herbal note with the long bitter finish.
this was a bit more carbonated then i had expected too. still it was pretty low and smooth all the same. amazing body that's full and sturdy yet dosen't come off the least bit sticky.
one of the best i've had in the style for sure. when the mood hits me shirley i'll be back. sweet dreams.

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Photo of Roser
4/5  rDev -7.6%

A- dark, dark, dark mocha/mahogany brown. Big, tan, frothy long lasting head. Very little lacing (if any).

S- nutty, chocolate, ginger, caramel.

T- deep dark chocolate (very much like high % cacao), fig, coffee. Sweetness up front, bitter on the back.

M- smooth, silky, medium body.

O- outstanding! Excellent! A great Dopplebock. Would absolutely recommend.


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

Pours a deep rich brown. Head is a thick tan mass that fades to little more than a ring without lacing.

Smell is molasses, dark fruit, roasted malt, and strong alcohol notes.

Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and light hop character. Finish is rather sweet and dry, with lingering raisin, nut, and mollasses.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy and amazingly dry.

This is a tasty brew. I found that I enjoyed it more as it warmed. The flavors seem to blend and add comlexity to the massive malt attack.

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

Pours dark mahogany witha two finger head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose is malty and burnt raisins, but softer than expected. Taste is dark fruits and molasses, but again, duller than expected. Overall, a very good beer, but no nearly as good as Andechs doppelbock in my opinion.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Moan and Dove in Amherst Mass on tap. Poured a dark brown coloe, with a half ince white heading. Smell was very nutty, with notes of chocolate and nutmeg in the mix. Taste was overwhelmingly filled with nut and chocolate flavors...a bit of caramel in there too. A lot lighter then i had expected, pretty medium in the end. Very nice as far as drinkability, one more would have been great. This is a really awesome beer...still deciding whether I like it better on tap or from the bottle. Also, seems more ale-like then lagerish. Guess it doesn't matter in the end, its still totally worth trying. The ram on the bottle is now on my bunchy of keys. Happy Trails

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice....


Pours out a dark murky brown with a tannish head. Very creamy appearance.


This bad boy is all malt. Sweet and toasty on the nose. Reminds me of Guinness.


Toasted malt with just a slight hint of astringency from the alcohol. Slightly bitter finish, but malt dominates throughout.


Somewhat chewy beer, but not overdone. Carbonation is well done in my opinion. Sticky finish.

I haven't had many dopplebocks in my life, but this one lived up to my expectations. Very tasty and I would say an ideal beer for an after dinner "snack".

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

Seemed like a good one to pop open on my birthday :-)

A: Rich brown color, displaying plenty of red when held up to the light. Good clarity. 1/4" head forms but recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet fruity aroma, actually reminiscent of a belgian dubbel or quad. Some toffee and caramel. Slight banana esters

T: Bready and roasty, but avoids any bitterness or acridity. Moderately sweet.

M: Medium carbonation. Full bodied, but still quite drinkable.

O: Gets good marks for being practically the definition of the style (although the aroma seems a bit off style to me). That said, maybe the style doesn't really appeal to me, or there's some "intangible" missing, but it doesn't excite me at all.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,375 ratings.
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