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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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96
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2,380 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,380
Ratings:
6,328
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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518
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916
For Trade:
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Photo of ypsifly
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan, 1" head that lasts a few minutes and doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of sweet, almost chocolaty malts.

Tastes much the same as the smell, with a clean malty finish. This could be a good after dinner drink. Nice mouthfeel: not too heavy,but I would like just a little more hop.

Although I'm not a fan of this style (with the exception of Aventinus), this beer impressed me. I can see why so many people give it high marks. I'm encouraged to explore other brews from this style.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look:
Deep brown with a creamy tan head.

Smell:
Nice blend of sweets, fruit, and bitter coffee.

Taste:
Toasted grains, dark fruits, roasted coffee and hints of bitter chocolate. Very complex. Undertones of toast and, strangely, olives.

Feel:
Excellent. Creamy yet crisp.

Not exactly one of my favorite styles, but certainly a worthy beer.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1.5 finger brown head, fades down to paper thin but retains, minimal lacing. dark brown, almost black body.

Smell - brown sugar, dried plum

Taste - caramelized malt sugars, hint if smoked meat, rich. Raisin?

mouthfeel - medium-thick, almost chewy, just enough carbo- low-medium.

Overall - Definitely better than Spaten Optimator, but not I'm not sure it's worth the price difference. $1.60/bottle Optimator, around $4 for this bottle.

Not as complex as I'd expect, with how renowned it is. But Doppelbocks aren't ever as complex as Belgians.
A great doppelbock.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful dark mahogany with one finger of fine, light tan foam. There was no lacing on the glass.

Aroma of bread, yeast and roasted malt.

The flavor was a delightful blend of caramilized malt, molassas and bitter hops. There was a perfect sweet/bitter balance that made this beer very drinkable. The mouthfeel was full, rich and had a flavor that lingered pleasurably on the palate.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a small weizen glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours a dark, almost opaque, mahogany body with plenty of red highlights near the edges of the glass, small amounts of fine streaming carbonation become visible when held to the light. A two-finger in height, dense, foamy, tan coloured head quickly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind small amounts of soapy lace.

The rich and robust nose primarily comprises of dark roasted malts and lightly sweet fruity esters. Very faint hop bitterness and traces of alcohol are also detectable in the background. Taste follows suit. Sweet, dark, bready malts and dark fruits combine to lead the flavour profile upfront. Raisin-like sweetness transitions to complex roasted profiles around the mid-palate, as subtle hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and nuttiness develop. Towards the finish, mild, dry, roasted bitterness and subtle woody, herbal and spicy hops expertly balance initial malt sweetness. In the mouth, a medium to full body and soft carbonation give a luxuriously smooth and velvety feel. Lingering roast and hop profiles along with touches of alcohol warmth give a long finish, drying the palate to become lighter and crisper towards the end.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Hugely complex, beautifully well balanced, and both rich and malty but still crisp, dry and easy drinking. Recommended.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a berry colored brownish red, with a great thick head, leaving behind great lacing.

S: Dark fruit, and caramel, malt.

T: Just as the nose leads on, sweet fruit up front. It is backed with a sweet malt flavor.

M: Medium body, but maybe thinner than I expected. Slight creaminess to it.

D: Great taste, low ABV, easy to drink.

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Photo of BobZ
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with an initial tan head of about a 1/2” that recedes to about a 1/16” cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted bready malts dominate the nose.

Taste: Balanced between roasted malt bitterness and a caramel sweetness. This beer has the distinctive caramel notes of a lager which really define this doppelbock. The best way to describe the flavor is toasted (almost burnt) caramel. Pleasant and an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated which makes this beer seem on the dry side with a mildly bitter finish.

Overall: Very good example of a Doppelbock, very flavorful.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A robust creamy tan head, over a semi-translucent black body with ruby edges. Meager lace and head retention. The aromas are dominated by rich caramel and chocolate malt, although a touch of hops and some apple undertones pull through. Malts again dominate the palate with a combination of toasted caramel and chocolate. There are some tart cherry fruit and slight smoky flavors in here too. A background of hops as well. Medium in body. A lasting slight crispness in the mouth, finally breaks for a smooth finish and a dry aftertaste.

My first foray in to the world of bocks. I'm a self-profesed malt lover, however I found the body to be a bit lean and the taste sligthly acidic-- both of which detracted from my enjoyment of this brew's world-class malt profile.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with deepsouth. Poured this thick black brew out of my 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice one inch moderately frothy tan head. When held to a light, it appears as a very deep ruby transparency. Lacing and head retention are non-existent.

Very malty, sweet, caramel tones, and quality. Reminds me a bit of some malted milk balls. Some biscuit, dark chocolate and roasted malts upon a closer "look."

Wow that packs a strong flavor. Malt overload which normally would not do it for me, but for some reason this one does.

The mouth on this one is quite unique. It poured almost like a thick stout, but doesn't go down as such. Decent carbonation, medium-full bodied and a smooth, clean finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby/chestnut color with excellent clarity. A dark tan head will fill the glass, then become comfortable at three fingers. Leaves sticky spots of lace. The nose is pretty clean - toasted amber and crystal malt, with a slight ester aroma. Taste begins sweet with roasted crystal malt, background nutty flavor, and a hint of fruity ester(plum?). Aftertaste is residual with only a hint of drying noble hop I felt was a bit shy even for the style. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with low carbonation and a syrupy body. The finish is appropriatly residual sweet, but the ester is subdued and allows an excellent drinkability.

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Photo of jackndan
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Celebrator Doppelbock: In a bottle, with a small plastic goat hanging from the neck. Deep ruby/black color, with good clarity when held up to the light. The head was thick and rich, with a deep chocolate brown color. The aroma is strong, of cocoa, and raisons. The taste is rich and very nice, and to my taste, seems like a mix of raisons and sweet chocolates. There was a spicy hop bite, which balances the strong malt tastes. There is a nice chocolate richness in the aftertaste, which makes this a great after dinner beer. Some alcohol warmth. I enjoyed this beer very much, but I am a little taken aback that this fine beer rests at number one. Quite frankly, it wasn’t the best beer I had this weekend.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.

S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.

M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.

D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.

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Photo of scooter231
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark beer. Tan head that will not go away. Looks slightly intense. Smells of dark fruits, and coffee and chocolate- it's hard to get, have to take a big whiff, even when warm. Light hops and malt in there- just so hard to find.

Taste is stouty, lots of coffee and roasted flavors in there. Chocolate and caramel complete the background, with a hint of hops somewhere in there. Tasty. Mouthfeel is chewy and bubbly and full, and I'd say this is decently drinkable- it's a solid beer, but a tad too heavy to drink a lot of. Still, a tasty concoction, one I'd have again.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Havent had this beer in ten years, glad I picked it up again or Zamfir Pan flute master would sacrifice me to the pagan gods.

Pours a brown with red highlights, some ring around the collar. It looks like the dark robes of the pagan master.

Nice bready leather tobacco smell, sweet caramalized sugars like the burning flesh of goats to dionysus.

Great Malt taste. Bready, tobacco, leather, dark dried fruits, changing with every sip, a kaleidoscope of malt that morphs like Zeus into goat form to ravage a young nymph.

Spring is here, and this beer bounds ever eternal with liquid greatness...

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a light cola brown from the bottle into a footed pils glass. Created a huge head, over 3 fingers at least with solid little bubbles on the bottom and big ones up top. It looks creamy and a good tan color. The beer is a caramely red in the glass with just a little active carbonation. The head is slowly fading, but still there, and leaving an okay, but not great lace.

S: Caramely smelling and a little bit of roasted malt. Very sweet and no hops, just as I would expect from a good db. Not terribly complex though, just straight forward sweet malt.

T: Less caramel than I had hoped, more towards toffee. Quite dry in fact. I get a little bit of roast still which is interesting and sort of nice. I don't know, I'm simply not as amazed with this beer as I had hoped, it's not sweet malty enough for me

M: Smooth, though there is a little kick at the end which I accredit to the roasted malt

D: Very enjoyable and inoffensive, just not what I want in a dopple.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown-black with ruby tones in it. A thin tan head dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass with this one.

S: Smell is light, yeast, some breadiness, a bit of sweetness.

T: Lots of malt in this one. Some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a bit of breadiness make this one up. Pretty tasty overall.

M: Smooth with a slightly crisp finish.

D: This is a great example of a doppelbock. I'm not huge on the style, but this is by far one of the best I've had.

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Photo of david131
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark clear brown with no sediment whatsoever. Poured slightly hard creating a a very nice creamy off white head. The head retains to a nice sheet. No lack of carbonation here. The color of the foam reminded me of the interior of a sea foam chocolate candy.

S- Sweet malt, earthiness, smoke.

T- Sweetness, molasses, earthiness, leather. A good smokiness in there as well. Surprisingly complex.

M- Pretty creamy and slightly dry. The carbonation level of this is very good.

D- This is a very tasty brew. A little rich, but this is a nice treat.

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Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at McCoul's in Greensboro, North Carolina. It's a deep dark brown color with a modest off-white head and vague lacing. The aroma is modest malt with a hint of raspberry sweetness. The flavor brings on tasty chocolate- cherry malt with a light licorice undercurrent that balances it out. Very nice. It had mild carbonation and is medium bodied with a smooth smooth feel. In the end, this was a fun brew and easily recommended.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught into chalice.

Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head.

Aroma is breadcrust, slightly roasty malt.

Taste is clean but rich - breadcrust and cocoa, a hint of dark fruit, and a slightly nutty roastiness that grows and dries out slightly on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light but velvety. Very nice beer.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. dark brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: A darkish brown color with some deep amber tones. A very full 2 inch layer of bubbly/foamy light brown head comes with the pour and recedes quickly at first but does leave a thin layer atop the brew. There's also some spotty, slippery lacing that melts down the glass.
S: Full and sweet malts predominate the smell, with notes of chocolate, deep fruit and an earthy grassiness.
T: Fairly full of chocolate malts and mild sweetness.There's an interesting grassy flavor that shows up in the midtaste and then blends into some caramel/chocolate malts that lead into the finish. Overall, a really solid, smooth taste. Not much variation in the flavors, but what it offers is quite tasty.
M: Solid and smooth. Clearly heavy, given the flavors, but not imposing.
D: Pretty good. Refreshing and filling.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice ruby highlight. 1 finger, quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma is warm molasses, orange and smoky malts. Sweet brown sugar & molasses flavor with figs and other dark fruit fading to a smoky roasted hop bitterness. Nice medium to full body.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is very dark but you can detect a bit of amber color. Decent head retention. Smells of fruit and vegetables. I detected sweet corn, maybe of hint of raspberry, very interesting. Tastes sugary sweet and more sweet corn flavor. Medium bodied, not too thick. Very unique, I would drink it again if paired with the right cuisine.

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Photo of highTempo
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Big head, about a full inch -- cafe-o-lait color. Very dark body that's opaque until held to the light, then translucent maroon. Nice looking!

The smell has a lot of true malt coming through, almost like malt candy, chocolate, some present alcohol.

Very full flavor, not as sweet as I expected. Very 'roasty'. There's a metallic undertone that reminds me of traditional molasses. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Just a bit smokey. Some cereal coming through. The alcohol is present in the flavor as well, that brings some warmth.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A- Dark caramel toned. a bit less than a fingers head, little to no retention. no lacing either.

S- Roasted malts, yeast, dark fruits, dark bitter chocolate.

T- Palate follows the nose a bit. Yeasty/Spiced bread, roasted malt and some toffee/dark bitter chocolate. some dark fruit undertones. Sweet and malty!

MF- Medium- medium/heavy body, smooth with a great medium carbonation. Finishes great with a dry warmth that sticks to your mouth. Feels like a belgian!

O- Not bad at all. I seen this beer a hundred times, never got around to it until now unfortunately. It is a great beer, but a bit too hyped up for my taste. The price was incredibly reasonable, so I jumped on it, and felt like trying something "out of the norm." Worth a try, but not to go out of your way for.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into my Lancaster Milk Stout tumbler. The beer is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep midnight color. The edges reveal ruby red hints. It pours with a vigourous head that slowly dissapates.

Smell: Barley flourishes in the nose. The malts make themselves known up front. I also detect some licorice notes and even a bit of apple (green not red or yellow).

Taste: While the malts are present, they are not overpowering. I'd even go so far as to call them muted. There is a small hop presence, but not enough to register.

Mouthfeel: The malts are a little abrasive and they linger long after the beer has been swallowed.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, I guess. The abv is not overpowering and the sweetness of the malts can make for a good drink.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,380 ratings.
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