Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

BA SCORE
96
world-class
6,500 Ratings
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
Ratings:
6,500
Reviews:
2,434
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
558
Gots:
983
For Trade:
19
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,500 |  Reviews: 2,434
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this beer tonight while listening to Slowdrive's "Souvlaki" album. If you like My Bloody Valentine, you should like Slowdrive; and if you like beer you should like this doppelbock. I poured the 11.2 oz. bottle into the patented Celebrator glassware.

A: This beer is a very clear dark brown, bordering on black, with some very dark red hues when held to the light. It was topped by a thick tan head with small compact bubbles which eventually faded into a thin lace on top. This would have easily scored higher if the head left more of an impression as the beer went on.

S: Celebrator smells strongly of toasted malt, with hints of caramel (sweet malty smell) and a slight bitter chocolate smell. There is virtually no hop aroma. Fits the style perfectly.

T: There is a sweet malty taste up front which is balanced (moderately) by bitterness. I really feel like the sweet malt character is balanced by a somewhat salty aftertaste. There is a roasted quality to the flavor which compliments the warming alcohol sensation.

M: Full-bodied. Smooth carbonation. A little bite towards the finish. What more could one ask for?

D: This is a delicious beer. Definitely my doppelbock of choice from now on. However, how many of these suckers could I drink in a night? Not many. The "liquid bread" that it purports to be fills one up quickly. Nonetheless, this is the go-to doppelbock, so that makes up for it.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I have had the Celebrator Dopplebock, which is surprising since I have tried around 2,000 beers in my life. And, this is such a highly rated beer.

I poured this beer into a fluted glass. On the pour I got a pretty good amount of head. There was around four fingers of the beautiful, tan foam. This came down to scum over time. This didn't yield any real lacing.

Celebrator smells really good. I get coffee and dark fruit from the nose.

The Dopplebock has really good texture. There is medium body and a small amount of carbonation.

The taste is extremely well balanced. You get more coffee, but there is the sweet fruit behind it. The after-taste is minimal. The flavor just departs in balance. I don't know how they do that.

This was a great beer. I love trying another great classic.

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Photo of hero27
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-red color. The head is moderate and thick at first, but dies down quickly to a thin layer.

Smell: Smells very rich, fruity, chocolately and malty.

Taste: Delicious & complex. Strong fruits, roasted malts, toffee, chocolate..you name it, you can probably taste it. Carbonation is perfect..not too much, not too little. Toasted malts and creamy flavor, with a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth & creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol kicks in right at the end and the sweet aftertaste ends perfectly.

Drinkability: Overall, a great Doppelbock. Very flavorful and relatively easy to drink. The nearly 7% ABV is also a nice touch.

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Photo of MrThursday
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours very dark with a bit of red tone, and a good white head that reduces to lacing quickly.

The beer smells like sweet caramel/chocolate and heavily roasted malt.

Fantastic taste. Lots of roasted malts, with a little bit of fruity sweetness--the sweetness of the malt, and a caramel taste, and almost a grape taste in the background.

It's light and smooth in the mouth, and worth just rolling around for a moment.

Very drinkable, and a very, very good beer.

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Photo of kaiyote
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of citizencane
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looked okay poured into a pint glass out of the bottle. No head to speak of, but good dark reddish brown color. Smelled of dark malts and maybe some dark fruit. Tasted immediately upon pouring and got an unpleasant metallic taste, so I let it warm up.

After warmup time, I got burnt toast and grains, and a hint of brandied cherries. Very tasty. My only complaints are that as doppelbock this has to warm, and that I only had 12 oz, not a pint. Will definitely be buying again.

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Photo of zimm421
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 11.2 oz bottle. Appears a dark brown color with very little transparency. Has a fluffy brown head about two fingers thick that has great staying power and doesn't really ever completely dissipate.

The nose is sweet and full of maltiness. Lots of molasses and caramel, a slight amount of fruitiness. Aroma doesn't knock your socks off but definitely draws you in for another sip. The taste starts out sweet with the caramel, molasses and dark fruit flavors. Finishes slightly bitter, but is very well balanced. Very complex flavors here, tough to pick out the different notes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation sting with each sip. Overall, this is a great brew. The complexity makes it very interesting, the flavors fit together very well and it is pretty drinkable for the complexity. Definitely a great brew, ran across this without really looking for it, but knew I had to pick it up. I'll definitely be looking for it in the future.

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A: This pours an oily dark reddish-brown with about 1 finger of creamy off-white head which dissipates relatively quickly.

S: It smells of bready malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: Toffee tastes upfront followed by dark chocolate and a fruity sweetness. Nice and malty with not much evidence of the 6.7% ABV.

M: Mildly carbonated, oily and goes down super smooth.

O: All told this is a fantastic brew and one of the most balanced and tasty of its style.

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Photo of BBM
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely deep mahogany brown that was barely transparent, with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. Aroma was sweet, maybe a bit chocolaty.

This is one hell of a smooth, yet complex beer. There are definite notes of dark fruits, coffee, some chocolate, and even a subtle hop presence. Much more enjoyable as it warmed up. Mouthfeel was full-bodied and well carbonated. Even though it was a touch on the heavy side, I could have a few of these. This really is a great and interesting beer experience.

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Photo of BigBry
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this around in bottles, but when I saw it available on tap at Craft, I jumped at the opportunity to try this.
Deep, dark reddish brown, short but thick tan head. Foam dissipates slowly, thick coating of lace.
The smell has lots going on, dark sweet malts, a bit of smoke or light char, some fruitiness as well, prune and plum. Touch of alcohol, that also comes out on the palate.
Flavor is rich and full, dark plum fruit, sweet malts, hint of smokiness, then just at the end some hop bitterness comes through. A bit nutty, maybe even chocolate flavors develope as it begins to warm. Not overly bitter, but just enough to keep everything else in balance.
Very complex, but still smooth and drinkable. Lots of deep flavor, almost like a quad, but still light and refreshing so you don't feel tooo full.
Worthy of its "World-Class" rank.

Note to self: Ranked #1 Doppelbock when I tried it.
#104 of Top 250 Beers.
#21 on the Beers of Fame.
#2 Top Rated Beers of Germany.

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Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebooyakid
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichaelWillette
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of justintcoons
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Deep chestnut brown with red highlight. Has 2 fingers of off-white head with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Toast, brown sugar, plum and grape.

Taste
Overripe plum, red grape and toasted pie crust. Brown sugar, toasted bread and caramel. Tiny hints of blueberry.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, smooth and silky.

Overall
Balanced to perfection. This is the Doppelbock to end all Doppelbocks.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, clear. Mild to moderate carbonation. Nice head, foamy with decent lace.

Banana esters jump out first. Chocolate. Hop: mildly tart, floral, and spicy. Malt: nut, sweet toffee.

Medium+ bodied. Mild metallic taste first. Malt: thick/sweet, chocolate, nut, toffee, coffee, toasty, molasses. Hop: floral, tart, herbal. Spicy alcohol, mild banana esters. Creamy and smooth, mildly carbonated.

So good. Tastes great, feels great. Looks perfect.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark amber, almost brown in color. Lightly colored head that disappeared very quickly. Smell is heavy yeast and pronounced malt. Caramel finish with fruity esters. Tastes very similar to smell. The malt is strong in this one, in a good way. Gives off a sweet flavor, with refreshing grape. Flavor is complementing by a great mouthfeel. Creamy beer with a light carbonation. Carbonation mixes well with the grape that is reminiscent of sparkling wine.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bristopher89
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of braican
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thoglund
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThreeFishes
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of millerklj
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vancer
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, the esteemed Celebrator, with plastic goat trinket. Wow, easy pour produced a massive tan head on top on a clear mahogany elixir. Nice aroma of malt and raisons, wonderful rich, maltly, liquorish, tasty treat with an alcohol buzz. Looks thin, but has a good firm body. Double bock…gimme another one (or two).

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Photo of mentor
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed a couple evenings later (June 2005). Pours a two-finger light brown head over a dark brown crystal clear liquid. Smells wafting up during the pour were sugar, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. To the nose I get a dry chalky malt, caramel, alcohol, and a hint of chocolate. Ho baby this tastes incredible. Overall, it's wet sweet with distinct caramel and so malty it tastes like barley grains. It starts with a slowly rising sweetness that ushers a sudden caramel zomp (yea, I said 'zomp'). Right after the caramel hits, there's a nice dry chocolate with hints of nutty. An alcohol sting plays quietly behind these candy flavors and is tamed by a sugary sweet. Oh, what a divine combination...each flavor works well with the others and is at an appropriate level to satisfy. After the swallow, the alcohol gets a bit strong (no surprise, that's usual) and the chocolate dries out a bit. I was hoping the aftertaste would hold a final transition to new flavors, but I didn't get that experience. The bock character is present, but not as strong as I would have liked. I won't detract from my scoring of the beer, as I know I like strong bock character (which wouldn't be to style). Medium-thick (almost thick) mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Dang, the head just broke leaving a bare spot on the surface. Last gulp, here I come.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,500 ratings.
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