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

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

Appearance: An exceedingly dark brown body capped by about two fingers of creamy, tan-tinged head that leave only a few bare patches of lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit and smoke over rich, earthy, and sweet caramel malt.

Flavor: Smokiness, mild coffee, and dark fruit over a toasty, earthy, and burnt sugar-like malt backbone. Lightly bitter hops keep everything decently balanced. No sign of the moderately-high alcohol content. Cereal grains, dark fruit, and herbal hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this is remarkably sessionable.

Verdict: Complex and tasty, yet highly drinkable, Celebrator is a brilliant example of the Doppelbock style. Not big and boozy like others in this style, this is a more fine tuned and subtle approach.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost black and opaque. A small tan head dissipates into a wisp after a few seconds.

Aroma is some sweet bready malts maybe a bit of raisin.

Malty bready sweetness assaults the taste buds. Hints of raisins and fig before finishing with a little spicy hoppiness.

Not terribly thick on the mouthfeel so it doesn't get cloying.

I generally don't like more malt forward brews so I doubt I'll go back to this one often, but for the style it is pretty good. I was expecting a bit more complexity, but it's still good.

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

Dark caramel in color with a massive 3 finger head on an aggressive pour. Lot's of carbonation.
Tons of toasted malts in the aroma and a bit of alcohol.
This is one malt bomb. Caramel, toast, and a touch of roasted flavors. Also some nice dark fruit flavors compliment the huge maltiness.
Thick and chewy mouthfeel. This is a meal in a bottle.
Very drinkable, very good. This is the dopplebock that sets the standard all others are compared by.

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

This one brings back some memories, haven't had it for five or six years or so...330ml. brown bottle with stylish classic label and plastic white mtn.goat charm hanging on the neck...some things never change.

Pours a very dark brown with hues of ruby red when held to the light. A nice frothy tan head settles minutes later, leaving some decent lacing behind as you go.

Sweet malty nose, toasted, roasty and nutty. A malt lovers dream. Fruity and floral malt, with malt and more malt...toffee, caramel and molassas, smells like candy.

Tastes much like it smells, sweet roasty malts with a subtle nuttiness and a tang of hops in the finish and a grassy aftertaste. Definitely heavy in body, it has a some what chewy, yet lively mouthfeel and a bitter-sweet balanced finish.

Plenty of flavor, complex and balanced, this is a true Doppelbock from which this style originated, it's more like a meal, than just a drink !

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color. Pours a dense tan two fingered head that breaks down into a soft blanket covering the top of the sample. Nice sticky lacing that crawls on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts. Caramelized sugars. Fresh baked bread and wet earth.

T: A nice rich roasted malt base is followed by sweet brown sugar favor. Slight hop presence with a small bite. Yeast and an herbal or earthy finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Slighty dry.

D: I am not a huge fan of the style but this is by far the best dopplebock that I have tried to date. Complex and enjoyable. A well crafted beer. Recommended.

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Photo of ajramirez1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prolly best doppel i have had to date, but doppels are in my bottom third of fav styles. Everything on this beer is decent, nice look, okay smell, alright taste. This beer is above average for its style. A good doppel, use this beer to compare to others as well.

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

Almost black until held up to a light source which reveals that the beer is not completely devoid of translucence. The head is pretty light compared to the color of the liquid and doesn't last long. This is indicative of the lack of carbonation throughout.

I thought the smell and taste transformed twice while I was drinking it. At first, the smell and taste were a not overly pleasant buttermilk biscuit. But it got sweeter and sweeter in the mouth and nose as it warmed until it was not unlike a cinnamon roll. Then this soon gave way to feel and taste that was eerily reminiscent of wine with more and more alcohol showing up.

Overall, I thought it was very solid, but not spectacular. I'll drink it again.

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

A very well balanced beer considering the depth of complexity in flavors. Aromas of molasses, dates, malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, punctuated by firm by elegant carbonation. Taste is rich with dark, dried fruit, coffee, hints of dark chocolate. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Very well crafted although perhaps not one of the more bold and intense doppelbocks.

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

Ok second beer of the "wetting the babies head" night.
Ah love the white plactic goat..its right on the key chain!.Also like ye olde fashioned label.
Now this has one terrific look about it it pours an opulent dark red, almost deep dark blood red..with a small off-white head that doesnt last too long.
Smell as expected with this style is super sweet and malty..so sweet its almost "winey"..but its pleasant not sickening.
The taste is slightly strange it sort of comes in waves..first an almost zanyy sweetness hits , then it fades to a small bitterness, then some sweetnes returns and is finished of with a wet unsweetned chocolate bitterness..very odd...but exciting certainlly.
Very very nice on the taste buds due to the 'waves" of flavour mention above!
A very good dopplebock..but for some reason i still prefer Salvator or Doppel-Hirsch, but this is nice stuff.

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

Pours a decent reddish black color and has a thin tan head. My thoughts on the first sip are that it is a decent Doppelbock, but not nearly as good as it is commonly bragged up to be... It has a decent sweet malty aroma and a very sweet taste, burnt caramel and a roasted malt bite. Paulaner owns me in this category.

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

First had: ?

I have had this on tap and in bottles, but as to when and where I first had it, I do not remember. Probably Eulogy or something.

Cherry cola color, hazy and thick, with a decently-sized tan head that recedes quite a bit but still leaves a good coating of lace on the glass. Malty aroma, caramel, roast, cocoa and dark fruits. Taste of sweet malts and caramel, roasted grains and nuts, raisins and figs, a touch of chocolate; malt-dominant, but I still pick up a faint hoppiness in the finish. Medium-bodied, flavorful, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Nice brownish head. Good retention. Smells of caramel, dark fruits, toffee, and sweet malty grains. Very malty flavor. Tastes of bread, cherries, caramel,and a bit of a roasted coffee character. Medium body, ample carbonation. Great beer. I'm sure I will enjoy it even more once I become more acclimated to the doppelbock style.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pokal glass.

A- Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights, produces a thin khaki head that leaves spotty lacing.

S- Nice toasted malt aroma with caramel and some fruit and raisins.

T- Big malty sweetness, toasted grain and caramel, some hop bitterness becomes more evident towards the finish, considerable booziness lends some sweetness as well.

M- Medium to full body, carbonation is nice but the feel could be better.

O- Doppelbocks aren't really my thing, if you like them then you'll probably like Celebrator, it's not a bad beer but there's something about it that isn't clicking with me.

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

Pours a dark cloud brown color with a nice tan head that lasts a while. Smells of sweet malts, similar to a brown ale. Tastes similar, a very sweet malty beer with a smooth nutty roasted flavor. Mouth was very smooth and drinkability was the same, I could of had a couple of these. For the price I won't be looking for this beer again... and the taste for that matter. There are just better dopplebocks than this one... Try the:
Troegs Troeganator
Victory St. Victorious
Weinstephaner Korbinian

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

Had this beer years ago and to date it is still a very good beer. Pours a decent head and has an excellent aroma. The thing about this beer is you can drink multiple beers and still enjoy each one unlike some specialty beers that are one and done.

World Class? well it's really good! just a well done brew.

Bottom Line: Good beer, get some!

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

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV, 24 IBU. Pours dark brown with no head on a careful taproom pour. Nose is malty sweetness, taste follows, with very little bitterness. A little overcarbonated, but decent mouthfeel. Overall pretty good.

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

This is a very good Double Bock

Comparing it side by side against Samuel Adams Double Bock. I prefer this one over the Sams. Sams flavors are overly sweet, with simple molasses flavors. The Celebrator is a much more complex beer, far less sweet, nicer balance of hops and malts

dark brown. tan head.

sublte aromas. smells of burnt molasses.

burnt molasses. for a doppelbock, nice balance between the malt and hops. Not too sweet. Couldn't really detect the type of hops used.

nice effevescense (sp?)

would definitely have this Double Bock again. Reminds me of a slightly less heavy imperial stout.

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Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark carmel brown with a nice thin white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S - Malt, caramel and a hint of chocolate. No hops were detected in the nose.

T - Malted barley, caramel, notes of chocolate.
A slight bit of hops but mostly a taste dominated from roasted grain.

M - Very nice weighted mouthfeel not too heavy but what I expected from this beer. Very smooth not too carbonated.

D - Very easily drinkable especially on nice cold rainy nights.

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

I've waited entirely too long to enjoy this brew, and last night I finally had my opportunity. A few things: While it has a huge following and is arguably regarded as the best doppelbock out there, I wasnt extremely impressed. It is very good, but I expected more from it. However, I attribute this to a few reasons. I had already had a few beers before this. The previous ones were also higher in alcohol, possibly killing my ability to see the complexity in this brew. The beer I had directly before this was a Heavyweight Cinderbock, and the smoky flavors may have done considerable harm to my palate. Having said that...

The beer was a very deep brown color. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Aromas of chocolate and malts. Huge malty flavors in the middle, finishes chocolatey. I gave it all 4's, but I am definitely coming back to this beer to give a more intelligent review.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich chocolaty brown, with a thick, foamy, light beige head. Good head retention; slow to retire. Prominent lacework.

Smell: Malty, chocolaty nose, in the main. Hints of hop spiciness and raisins. Banana and apple esters also present.

Taste: Mild beginning, leading to strong malt presence mid-palate. Hints of coffee and caramel tease the tongue. Finish is reminiscent of chocolate bread, with a mild alcohol burn and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick-ish, but not as thick as a Baltic porter or Mackeson's stout. Large-bead carbonation aerates the palate.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable beer. Could certainly pound a few of these back.

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

A- Very dark earthy brown body, wouldn't be confused for a stout, full and thick with little in the way of carbonation working through the murk. Initially, a desert fatigue tan head blossoms from below, but it is quickly pulled back into the thick depths.

S- Hints of coffee and heavily roasted malts, some very dark and unsweetened baker's chocolate, and equal parts malty sweetness and woody bitterness. The overarching culmination of aromas adds up to something like a rich buttery toffee with a tiny mention of booze.

T- Flavors up front follow the nose closely, but the hoppy backstop really cleans up the terminus of the flavor, providing a really satisfying experience. Root vegetables appear in the finish to balance out the sugar plums in the introduction. Some lactic acid pops up throughout. Really goes places that few lagers can dream of.

M- Feels like a cold cocoa, thick and milky, and very smooth.

D- A little more appropriate for colder weather than the east coast is getting nailed with right now, but a nice occasional alternative to a stout.

Made a believer out of me, I'll be adding some doppelbocks to my cellar, for sure.

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

in the low light the beer appeared straight black, with a minimal head, but good, brownish, clingy lace.

brown sugar and caramel in the nose, with some faint chocolate notes, and bafflingly, a hint of old, dusty books(!).

moderately thick mouthfeel. not too thick, not too thin. any thicker and the brew would be far less drinkable.

initial flavors of clean malt, sugary and syrupy, followed by molasses and caro syrup, and ending with a faint burnt sugar in the background. no real hop presence to speak of.

i prefer balanced beers, but doppelbocks aren't supposed to be balanced, and the heavy malt flavors were appropriate for the style. that said, i don't anticipate going back for another anytime soon. lagers can sometimes be a bit too linear for me; i prefer the layered complexity of ales. but this is not a suggestion that the celebrator is of inferior quality; it's just my subjective preferences coming through. the beer is highly drinkable ... if you're only having one. any more than that and i suspect the malt would become far too cloying.


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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,432 ratings.
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