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:
2,393
Ratings:
6,364
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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525
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930
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,393 | Ratings: 6,364
Photo of dukedevil0
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of a 11.2oz bottle at Beer School at Whole Foods in Lakeview in Chicago, IL on 12/16/08.

A: Pours dark brown with khaki head that reduces down to very little

S: smells of caramel, sugar, alcohol and some licorice

T: similar flavors as what i picked up in the smell but not as sweet tasting as the scent indicated, some smokiness in there too

M: slightly creamy mouthfeel

D: OK drinkable, it's smooth but the flavors don't stick out to me as being that preferable to my palate

Something I would drink and be satisfied if it's around, but not really seek it out

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Iron Horse mug.

A Pours a dark brown cola like color with a 2 finger off white head that had good retention.

S The nose had lots of dark fruit, and some malty bread notes.

T More bread, caramel, some toffee, some dark fruit quite enjoyable.

M a medium leaning towards heavy body with pretty good carbonation.

Overall this is quite an excellent beer and an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. If you are a fan of big malty beers this one should be on your list to try.

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

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of bready malt, pizza dough, roasted lager malt. Flavor is similar to aroma with lots of rich roasted malt. Very tasty and definitely the best doppelbock I have had to date. Smooth mouthfeel and rich body. Very nice.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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

It poured black color with a tan head that faded rather quickly. Aromas were sweet with scents of sweet malt, brown sugar, raisin and a touch of chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied but concentrated and shows some dry bitterness to balance the sweetness from the nose.

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

Celebrator Dopplebock

My first trip into the land of Dopplebock's...

11.2nd bottle, Stella Artois glass

A: beautiful dark drown/black color with ruby red showing brilliantly at the stem and around the edges. No head to speak of but good lacing and tiny bubbles.

S: aromatic, with the sour sweetness that reminds me of soy sauce, roasted coffee and chocolate. Maybe tart cherries?

T: dark malts, sweetness and sourness. A little bitterness on the back end.

MF: a medium body beer that coats your mouth a little like a viscous heavy bodied beer.

D: pretty drinkable for the style I think.

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

Pours a deep brown and ruby. Tan head does not stick around long.

Smell is sweet malt,yeasty dough and slight cherry aroma.

Sweet toasted malt flavor up front. Slight hop bitterness detected, balances the bigger malt flavor well.

Has a full mouth feel but not too heavy. Drinks smooth but the flavor stays with you.

Very drinkable, higher abv but drinks easy. Alcohol is a bit warming but does not hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle with a cool little goat pendant hanging on the neck into a 16 oz goblet. Dark brown opaque dense body with ruby red highlights when held up against the light. Nice two inch tall khaki colored head formed after pouring, but soon dissipated to a thin soapy ring of bubbles. Lacing around the glass is relatively moderate. Aroma was that of plums, raisins, and hazelnuts. Taste was vinous and fruity with notes of sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruits, roasted nuts, and spices. There were also some burnt smoky flavors evident. Creamy mouthfeel is smooth like satin. The aftertaste was dry and the only place where the hops stepped out. Nice find at Ziggy’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vingate, drank one month after purchase. Strong malt backbone, dark pour, robust and roasty flavors. I enjoyed this beer, fine example of the style

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Photo of cleolicious
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tall, tan, thick head that lasts. Light caramel and malts. Taste: Really delicious and very smooth. Spices, grains, fruits, and sugars. A hearty meal.

Very drinkable, but will get filling after a few. Even though I like a bit more carbonation in my beers I have to say that this is an great beer. Quite delicious.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark amber/brown color with two fingers of dense off white head. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Roast, love, prunes, and a hint of banana. Rather mild for the style. As the beer warms, prunes come out more and more.

T: Similar to the aroma. Roast is interestingly quite strong, particularly for a style it's not really expected in. Bready malts are also quite strong - this reminds me of having a rye bread. Raisins and clove come out behind the roast and breadiness, though they are mild.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

O: Not exactly what I've come to expect for a Doppelbock, but I really enjoyed this beer. It has a distinct roastiness and breadiness that is quite nice, but I could have used more fruitiness and caramel flavors. I also en

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.3l poured into a celebrator glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is boozy and very malty.

Taste is mostly malt with some sweet licorce and nuttiness it's really good. Mouthfeel is fairlyrich an crisp. Easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look - dark brown to black color, ruby red when held up to a light. creamy tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. good lacing

smell - roasted malts, coffee

taste - follows the smell, very rich

feel - full bodied, smooth, and slightly creamy

overall - didn't live up to the hype for me. It is a great beer, no doubt, but there was no wow factor or any reason that it should be above the rest

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Photo of jp62099
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two over the course of a weekend, first was maybe a little to warm and I had had one or two other beers before so it did'nt do much for me. 2nd had a day or so in the frig, no beer before, much better. As with most of my reviews D-bocks are new to me so can't really compare by style. It was good, but after hearing all the hype maybe I expected more. Nose was malty, bready, not much actually. Taste was balanced leaning on sweet. Very drinkable, did'nt fill to heavy. Reasonably priced, if it were available here I would drink again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite all the fanfare, I did not think this one was really slap-your-grandma good (yeah, I got that from "Honkytonk Badonkadonk").

A - Appearance is great: dark brown with a tan head that lingers longer than for most lagers, even strong ones.

S - Sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, mild roast, and spice.

T - This is a fairly complex beer on the flavor, malty with caramel, roast, chocolate, prune, raisin, and spice. Pretty good, but not a standout.

M - Very smooth and fairly full with a bit of alcohol warmth.

D - Decent but not outstanding. Easy to drink a bottle but I might want to switch to something else after that.

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Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany/deep red almost black; very thin beige head. Smell is heavily malty and sweet fruits. It has a strong malt flavor with sweet molasses, fruity. The mouthfeel is very heavy and smooth. This is a drinkable beer but it's so heavy and filling, it would be difficult to drink more than maybe two in a session.

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Photo of claybeer
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More of a dark, dark maroon color instead of a brown. The head has that stout like chocolate foam color. It doesn't really lace the glass but it at least shows up and hangs out for a while. A rich malty nose with some toffee and brown sugar. The taste is a little bit grainy. A sweet molasses tickles the palate and the slightest hint of bitterness that is almost unnoticeable. The finish lingers just long enough to leave a sweetness on your lips making you want another sip. Great food beer.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

serving type - 12 oz bottle with 2 goats adorning this extremely exceptional doppelbock. One of the goats is hanging off of the neck on a red piece of string, fun looking and also doubles as a unorthodox monopoly piece.

appearance - dark and nutty brown, just so warm looking and inviting. head resides from being prominent to residing and leaves a good sticky lacing.

Smell - roasty and malty with a slight hint of fruit. a very pleasant slap across the face, just makes you want to slide right in, kick off your shoes, and relax.

taste - just like the smell only much more prominent on the palate, the fruit doesnt stand out so much as it does in the nose but is still evident. the roasted malt is warm and toasty and lends those feelings directly from the mouth to your body. a good cold weather beer because of the roasted element, though there is also a certain crispness to it at the very beginning and it finishes a bit crispy too. good brew.

mouthfeel - coats your tongue and cheek, lingers for a moment and then finishes quite clean with a little residual flavor hanging out just to remind you what you're in for with your next sip.

drinkability - smooth and delicious, but it has such depth that it seems to be a difficult one to continue with after about 4. Which is perfect because that is how they are sold.

tip - this goes well in a tulip, actually I prefer a tulip because of the concentration of the smell at the mouth of the glass. A great buy if you come across it, which is not a difficult task.

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Photo of gameface23
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I am not a fan of Doppelbocks and usually not a fan of malt in general, but this was pretty damn good. Although I didn't enjoy it as much as an IIPA or the like, I still respect it for being exceptional within it's style.

Pours a dark brown with a great looking tan head. Smells of malt, raisins and molasses and maybe some very faint smokiness. Taste hides the alcohol well, with notes of malt.

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Photo of wyllder
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep caramel with ruby hilights and a good 3/4 inch tan head. Has a nice guinness-like effect on the pour. Very pretty to look at.

Nose is roasted malts and caramel with a slightly candied, fruity edge.

Intro onto the palate is ever so slightly bitter before the malt kicks in to mellow it out. There's also a tad too much carbonation that takes a moment to back off before the malt has a chance to make itself know. Is slightly astringent on the front of the palate, leaving a tartness on the front of the tongue after it's gone. Aftertaste is smooth caramel malt with a little espresso lurking behind it.

Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy but just a wee bit too astringent & carbonated for my liking. Creates a little more tartness than I would have liked.

A solid drinker, I don't think I'll have any complaints about having to finish the 4-pack I picked up.

Overall, a good offering. In my opinion it doesn't quite measure up to the TH-Liberator, but it's not bad at all.

Wyll-

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, almost black, and almost opaque. Brown one finger head recedes to virtually nothing, no lace.

S - Mainly deep caramel, with a hint of dark fruit and spice.

T - More caramel dominates with some slight roasted flavors. Hops are present somewhere near the finish, with a small floral component mid- to late-palate. Finish is bitter with notes of something like nutmeg or mace, along with a fruity sugar taste, reminding me a lot of a demerara sugar. Quite sweet overall.

M - Nice and smooth with very little carbonation. Little bit of alcohol bite at the end.

D - I don't think I'd want more than one of these, though I could see some folks having a few. It's a little too sweet for my taste, rather heavy, and the alcohol really starts showing as the beer warms. Bocks in general aren't the most sessionable of beers anyway.

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Photo of Mustard
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning, despite the small, plastic goat danding on the neck; purchased as a stray single from the Westwood Whole Foods for $2.29; front label depicts a six-foot beer breaking up a hoof to hoof battle between two goats.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark, fudge brown; fat, cocoa-tinged brown; d-cup's worth of lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Somewhat mildly of molasses and carmelized brown sugar.

Taste: Thick, toasted malt profile upfront and throughout; strong notes of black bread, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar; a subtle hop bitterness balances things out in the finish; hints of graham crackers and butter; not half as sweet as one might imagine; full bodied with a smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: Probably the most complex doppelbock these lips have ever sampled, though I'm not entirely sure that adds up to its being the best.

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Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich and bold brown color with a big tan head resting on top, that will die down after a few moments leaving very little in its wake. Smell is of a smokiness, roasted malt, some dried fruits. The bouquet awakens as this one warms in your hand. Taste is complex and full bodied. After sipping on this one for so long I felt like I was drinking my meal. It certainly is filling.

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Photo of Palealetial
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am several beers into my tasting but this is getting my attention.

I cannot put my finger on the exact taste but it is similar to figs, nutty, caramel, honey, with a pumpkin spice kicker.

I will celebrate the fact that this is my last beer of the night but it was enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of shivtim
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this a few times, just never reviewed it until now.
Love the bottle. Classic.
Appearance is nice, deep brown with red hints. decent tan head. Nose is smoky malts and grains, nuts, and some sweetness. Taste is strong smoky malts, bready goodness, and plums. nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high. A solid brew!

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a Celebrator glass

deep deep brown with gorgeous tinges of red light film of head

nicely sweet aromas of caremel and other burnt sugars. Again the smells are almost exclusively malt

there are hints of dark chocolate and light notes of caramel, there is just a little bit of sharpness and peppery flavor from the alcohol. The ammount of alcohol plus the malts equate to a fantastic balance.

full body and medium light carbonation slightly dry from alcohol

very drinkable I enjoyed this beer a great deal and look forward to trying more from this style.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,364 ratings.
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