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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
ayinger-bier.de

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:
2,403
Ratings:
6,398
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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Reviews: 2,403 | Ratings: 6,398
Photo of aracauna
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark beer. In fact if you just saw it sitting in the glass you'd probably mistake it for a porter as light only gets through around the edges (when it does, it gives a nice red wine color). The head is a thick, lumpy foam that's a medium tan color. Unfortunately, mine seemed a bit skunky, but I could pick up some good malt aromas with the slightest hint of hops. The aroma was big, but not as big as the appearance would suggest. Caramel, bitterness from the dark-colored malts and some fruitiness I can't place my finger on. This was all followed up by a bit of grassy hops. I also picked up a little black pepper, but it was faint enough, I'm not sure if I was just tasting things.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with a moderate khaki head that soon settles into a thin, frothy veil. Mild aroma smells of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate, and green Bavarian hops.

The taste features a kick of big-time roasted sweetness up front with just the right amount of grassy, earthy hops to balance. The malt character is the headliner here, with a robust blend of molasses and brown sugar that is inescapable. Hints of milk chocolate and smoke add an additional layer of complexity. Shades of acetaldehyde suggest candied apples with sufficient warming. Zippy carbonation cuts through the sweetness and maintains the closest thing to a crisp, dry mouthfeel one could hope for in a doppelbock. Plenty of sticky residue coats the lips between sips.

Celebrator lives up to its reputation as THE doppelbock. The sweetness is big and complex without being overbearing, and the bitterness and mouthfeel lend excellent contrast while still allowing the malt to shine. This isn’t my favorite style, but Celebrator is the best representation of the style I’ve yet encountered.

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Photo of TLove
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had the distinct pleasure of pouring one of these last night into a tall glass and sitting down to relax and smoke shisha. This beer is an excellent example of a top-notch German Doppelbock.

Ample head and maroon/brown body with a syrupy consistency and light carbonation. A smoked salmon and apple softness combines with a deep caramel maltiness with an intense roasted, woody, earthy flavors to balance out the dark fruits such as fig and plum.

Soft and supple finish and texture. The flavors disspiate quickly, however. There is almost an effervescence to the flavors in that they are present as the carbonation is flowing, but as soon as the carbonation begins to disappear, then, too, does the maltiness of the flavors and body.

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Photo of Jdiddy
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This baby is dark, dark, dark! It has the appearance of molasses. Initial taste of malt with a hint of spice. I definitely could not drink too many but this would be great on a cold winters night.

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Photo of KeefD
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer, but I must say that I've had better doppelbocks. I don't know what the big hoopla over this beer is all about! Poured an awesome dark chocolate color with slight purple hues showing through in the light. Taste is roasted and toasted. FOR some strange reason, there's a hint of bacon flavor coming in at the end. I don't know where this flavor comes from, but it's interesting to say the least.

As I said before, I've had better doppelbocks. I would even prefer to have a bottle of Leinenkugel's Big Butt in my hand right now, but this will do.

Good beer all around, but not the greatest things that's happened to humanity as some would suggest.

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Photo of tjd25
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an intense dark brown color. Totally opaque. The head was creamy. Clearly malt in the smell, with some sweetness.

A very thick brew, even chewy after a while. Dark malts, well balanced with some bitterness. Some caramel, and the bitterness of chocolate. The alcohol warmed my throat as I was drinking. It would be nice to enjoy this beer on a cold winter evening. Spices abound. The alcohol content seemed higher than the 6.7% he label announces.

This is not an easy beer to appreciate. My palate still needs some education for such a hardcore brew. But you can tell it's a great and complex beer.

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Photo of jstilwell
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this a long while back, long before I thought I would be online writing beer reviews on this great site. This is a classic doppelbock but I must say, since venturing into the world of craft and extreme beers, I'm not compelled to buy more than a few bottles of this years offering.

A: Brown mahogony look with Red overtones, pours a small off white head.

S: Smells of smoke and malt.

T: Taste is smooth, first smoky sweet malt, then alcohol then the alcohol and a bit of bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

D: Easy to drink at least two of these, the beer is smooth and the 6.7% is not apparent.

This is a classic reliable doppelbock for sure but I am spolied by todays variety of offerings.

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Photo of brystmar
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plastic goat hangs around the neck of the bottle. Brown body, tan head, not the best retention. Toasty malts, bready aroma. Smells slightly sweet, not pungent enough.

Toasty, sweet malts; deliciously creamy body; finishes dry. An enjoyable beer that's quite good for the style, but definitely doesn't deserve a spot in the Top 100.

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Photo of hyperbolic_chamber
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First ever review-- fittingly, done for a classic. 11.2 ounce bottle, with no freshness date, poured into a pint glass.

Large creamy head that dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Deep, ruby hue which is only visible at the thinnest part of the glass-- otherwise, completely dark.

Fruity esters and grape rinds with no hop smell noticeable. A sticky sweetness is driving this beer's smell, but not in a bad way. Hay-like malt underneath it all.

Alcohol hotness is forces its way to the forefront, followed closely by a raisiny sweetness and plum, but then again with the hotness, which becomes almost rum-like as the beer warms. Heat and raisin collide in a way which is reminiscent of a cinnamon raisin bagel. Definitely a predominately malty beer, with a tad bit of noble hop presence if you really are looking for it. Some cola beneath it all. Big, loud, and chewy flavors at all phases.

Thick and creamy, with a denseness that lingers once the moderate carbonation is long gone. A meal in a glass.

This beer is sweet, hot, and not the cleanest; but somehow, these generally negative attributes meld perfectly to create something exceedingly nice here. Truly a one of a kind brew. This beer is the well-deserved flagship of a style which doesn't get enough attention.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is extremely dark reddish brown with a tab head and a few large bubbles. The nose has very little roasted malt, may e none at all but there is something there akin, lots of berry sweetness, light bitterness and some marker. The taste is heavy in toffee and berry. Brown sugar and caramel and faint coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch slick, lighter than anticipated, nice carbonation, semi dry finish. Sweet but seemingly well attenuated and the bitterness fades with time. Toffee and berry start to blend. A touch singular but tasty.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger mocha head. Black with a brown hue at the edges. Head retention is decent and some lacing is present

Strong smell of sweet malts. Some chocolate and faint alcohol. Also faint smell of fruit, maybe banana. Not much smell on the hop side.

First taste is of oak burnt malts. Little bits of coffee and banana also. Hops are present but the malts really dominate. There is also after taste of alcohol and some bitterness. Lots of different flavors coming through

Beer is way over carbonated which messes up the smoothness. Beer is rich with medium thickness going down.

Over all, really enjoyed this beer. Flavors were great, smelled good, looked nice, but the carbonation was my only problem. Maybe it was a one time thing. Would buy again though to test it out

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Photo of winomark
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown wiht a reddish/maroon hue. Small, but persistant light tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and some sweet alchohol tones. Mild sweetness upfront, with good malty richness and an slightly dry and bitter palate. Similar to a sweet coffee. Flavorful and coating mouthfeel, but not too heavy. Overall, a delightful beer. This is one of the first beer that turned me on to "good" beer over a decade ago. Recommended.

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Photo of Matteox3
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased by the case at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA.

This beer was very full bodied, dark brown with a very adequate head. Smell was smoky, bocky, goodness. The taste had almost a soy sauciness that worked very well actually. Much more drinkable to me than other bocks ive had. This is a quality bock.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-almost-black-brown from bottle to stange. Thick tan head, probably a finger tall. Smells of sugar and malt. Tastes of chocolate and malt. Heavy. Maybe a little too boozy to drink regularly. As a side note, these are pricey for a single 330mL bottle. Overall though, great flavor and a "wow" beer, but not an everyday drinker. Almost a Porter-meets-Doppelbock.

L: Blackish brown with white tan head
S: Malt, sugar
T: Chocolate Malt, roasted malts
F: Pretty thick, nice going down
O: Solid offering always available in any craft store for Doppelbock Day.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with garnett highlights. Nice tan head, retains well. Aroma is complex, sweet malts. Tastem is sweet malts and a roasty, almost coffee like flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but faint. Medium-full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This one is pretty good, but the high ABV prevents it from being a session beer. I'm not clear on why this is so highly rated (or priced for that matter).

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Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark chocolate with a thick, frothy mocha brown head. Lots of lacing all the way down glass

S- probably the weakest part of this beer. A little muted but aromas of toasted nuts, chocolate and malts.

T- toasted malts, espresso & chocolate. ends bitter but works well with the sweet malty flavor. very well balanced.

M- thick and velvety. Medium body with light carbonation.

D- really enjoyed this beer. Very good example of a dopplebock.

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Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with some red notes. Has a big bubbly foam like dish detergent. Poured into a siedel it left a thin amount of lacing.

S - The most prominent smell was of dried fruit, like prunes. Had a sugary scent like opening a jar of molasses.

T - Exceptionally sweet and malty. This one drinks very heavy. I've had this y
ears ago and remember how it felt like an imperial stout. The finish is has a hint of raisin.

M - Syrupy thickness and feeling like a meal, this is best enjoyed on its own, though each time I've had it was with dinner. This is a one and done beer.

O - The gold standard of dopplebocks and the perfect example of the style. Worth trying because it is so epic.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours with a simply massive foamy tan head. the head lasts and lasts (and lasts) too. a nice little bonus. body is a nice brown colour with hints of amber. smells of berries (cherry and grape, perhaps) and malt throughout. almost a bit of a sour (not bad)smell here with hints of licorice and perhaps carrots (?). whatever it is, it smells good, but a tad off. taste is a creamier version of the smell. full bodied and smooth with a touch of caramel added with malt all over the place. the problem is, while the flavour is nice, i can't escape that cooked carrot/slightly 'off' characteristic that was in the smell. it's here in the taste as well and hinders what could be an awesome brew. still very good and drinkable, but i prefer something more along the lines of the SA double bock, which, whilst not as complex or bold as the celebrator, i think it's a better balanced brew. you've got to try the celebrator at least once and it is definitely worth your while (and cash) but while this is an excellent example of the style, i've had doppelbocks i enjoy more than this one.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Doppelbock, which I have just begun to start enjoying more. Very good color and surprisingly good carbonation for a beer this dark. Also, not too strong for the style. Should mostly be enjoyed during non-summer months but could really be a good beer any time.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black color tuns dark red when held up to a lamp. Thick tan head. Burnt chocolate, chicory smoke smell. Lightly carbonated with a medium body. Very smooth chocolate malt and roasted nut flavor. The smoothness is nicely balanced by a tangy alcohol bite on the tongue.
One of the better German exports.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown to almost black with reddish hues and a two finger tall foamy light beige head. The beer has very good head retention and exhibited moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, dark chocolate, and some fruit. Subtle in smell but still showing some complexity.

T: Flavors are caramel, toffee sweetness, and bitter chocolate. Lots of complexity and a very big/bold flavor. Some light hints of alcohol and fruit are also present as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Very nice complexity in both the smell and taste and a very consistent beer - I have had this beer many times over the last 5 years and always been pleased. A great example of the style. I recommend this as a beer for people new to the style and wanting to explore it. I will likely have many more of these in my BA experience.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours almost black its so dark. Ruby accents. A magnificent looking beer. Head lingers for a while. Lacing solid

S- Some bready notes to go with some unexpected but pleasant dark fruits- plum, prunes. Quite sweet smelling.

T- Follows nose well. I really enjoy the sweetness of this one compared to some others of the style. Not quite as much of the toasted bread that I have come to love with Doppelbocks, but lots of dark sugars. I do prefer the spicy notes and warm finish of this one.

M- Mid body. A little lighter/thinner than I expected, but it does make it quite drinkable. Some alcohol present. Goes down easy. Not overly dry.

O- I enjoyed it, but it doesn't live up to the hype for me. Just failed to have that "it" factor each time I have tried it. But in relative terms, a very good beer. Smooth, sweet, and certainly worth the purchase.

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Photo of WilliamD
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner. Very attractive beer- bordering between burgundy and mahogany. Thin, white head that slowly thins out.
Smell up front is very malty and smokey. A certain malty sweetness, almost of maple syrup, is present. Yet perhaps some bbq meat underneath as well. Odd mixture I know, but it's definitely inviting.
Tastes is meaty and malty. Same malty sweetness in the taste. Little bit of smokiness as well.
Mouthfeel is fine- very slightly watery, and fairly crisp. Slight bitter finish.
Decent drinkability. I probably wouldn't prefer more than two of these in one sitting.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Dark. It looks black but has brilliant red hues when held up to a light. Looks blood red. Forms almost 2 fingers of dense khaki head. The bottle lists the ABV (6.7%). I can't find date info.

S: [3.75] Caramel, toffee, tobacco. Lots of sugary malt aroma.

T: [4.00] Follows the nose with more caramelized malts. The caramel flavor is smooth and not overly sweet. More toffee (but no tobacco). Has a complex brown bread flavor.

M: [3.75] Creamy and smooth with medium body. Has a hearty malt finish.

O: [3.75] This is a nice robust beer. Hearty malt bill all of the way through. The mouthfeel steps up the beer another notch. I really like this one, compared to other German styles. Lots of complexity. Good malt bill. It is almost a malt bomb - where a lot of the brews I drink tend to be heavy on hops.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this is the one everybody talks about, and deservedly so. This is an excellent doppelbock.

Pours dark brown to deep ruby in color. Starts with one finger of dense frothy camel colored head, fades to a thin cap with fine lace.

The nose detects molasses, dark fruits, plums, sweet toasty malts and a wisp of alcohol.

Taste is the same toasted malts, plums, raisins with a slight spicy hop bitterness and traces of alcohol.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied. Carbonation is moderate.

Very well done. The balance of the flavors alone is enough to make this one a real treat.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,398 ratings.
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