Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of Stimack
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time in a while that I have given this brew a try, should not have waited so long to experience it again. Brew poured to a dark brown color with some ruby highlights that try to make an appearance. Has a good sized creamy tan head that has some retention and does leave some lacing. The aroma is malt and lots of it with molasses, brown sugar, toffee, slight chocolate and smoke. Also there seems to be a slight musty aroma. The flavors are very good with the malt giving many flavors roast, chocolate, smokiness, toffee with a slight fruit like taste. This brew goes down very easily which is scary based on a 7+ abv level. Very good brew though the price of it sure has come up over the years, but I guess everything has. Very enjoyable brew, get it when you can as I do not think you will be disappointed as long as you enjoy complex beers.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

This dopplebock pours a deep, dark brown with garnet hues. A foamy light brown head rose a good two fingers and settled to form a thin collar. Little to no lace or streaking.

Aroma is of primarily dark, dried fruits (raisins, dates and prunes) with sweet caramel malt, toffee, and possibly a touch of anise.

A malt bomb. Big sweet caramel, raisins, toffee, and some coffee flavors blend to form a syrupy body. Not overly thick, but slick and syrupy. Medium to full body with a good amount of warming. They don't try and mask the abv behind the sweetness, it lends to the flavor profile nicely.

Overall, this is a very drinkable dopplebock. An authentic german representation.

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Photo of bgraney
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep, bubbly brown. A little daker than root beer with a foamy tan/white head.
Intense carmel aroma, smells sweet and malty.
Rich carmel-malt flavor, slight hop bitterness in the background. Not as sweet as the aroma suggested.
Lingering malt coating on the tongue with a bitter follow through in the back. Carbonation tickles the nose.
The sweetness might be too much for glass after glass but a couple is a great idea.
I think this is one of the world's best beers.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a deep chestnut color, nearly opaque. One finger of khaki head has good retention but minimal lace.

S: Sweet, roasted malts, cloves and a little bit of bubble gum.

T: Very mellow sweet malt up front, with a bit of fruit and bubble gum. Followed quickly by coffee, somewhat stout-like finish with a little smoke and chocolate. There is also a metal quality in there that is hurting the overall impression and keeping it from being a 5. But the rest is zo good that it's smoothing over this flaw to an extent. About half way through the glass, the metal seems to disappear.

M: Medium-heavy, smooth, a bit oily. Menthol feeling (more feeling than flavor) builds through the glass.

O: A very nice brew. Really wish the metal wasn't there, would be outstanding without that. Will have to try again to see whether the metal taste is typical or just an odd bottle. A good fit for this cold and dreary day.

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Photo of LoveBeerNo7
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany, ruby red with light through and 2-inch thick tan head which eventually fades to thin lacing.

Smell: Robust caramel (Toffee-like), burnt bread and sweet raisin with relatively clean spicy alcohol.

Taste: Burnt malt, dark residual sugars, fading grains, strong coffee and spicy alcoholic finish with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Some dried fruits are present, but they are not as sweet as the aroma suggests.

Mouthfeel: Low to moderate carbonation that struggles to break free after few swirls. Bold and full-bodied, with sticky but creamy mouthfeel. Lingering burnt bitterness.

Drinkability & Overall: Complex and mellow. A true liquid bread, but it needs more carbonation to balance the flavors and create a fuller feel.

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Photo of therica
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= nearly black with some chestnut color apparent if held to strong light. Hardly any head, dissipates quickly, no lacing.

S= like fresh fruitcake, all sorts of inviting lovely scents. Some whiffs of grassy hops as it settles.

T= immaculate, delicious, loads of dark fruity flavor, prune, burnt toffee, mild dry grassy malts, a little hops bitterness but not much. Overall very balanced.

M= toasty sweetness and fruits

D= very drinkable, not high on the ABV% as I would have assumed. Extremely drinkable if it suits your taste.

Plus, the plastic ram hanging on every bottle makes a great holiday tree ornament!

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Ruby-edged brown with a towering off-white head. Great retention, and reasonable lacing around the glass.

S - Very nice. Much more on the malty side of a doppelbock, with some breadiness and a bit of yeast. The caramel and brown sugar are far away at the back of the room.

T - This is definitely right up my alley for the style. Too many (for me) doppels run too far to the sweet side, but this one sticks to the basics, with roasted malts, some earthiness, and a touch of yeast at the forefront. Yum.

M - Maybe a little on the thin side for me -- the carbonation is higher than I'm used to.

D - Mid-strong, and great flavors combine to make this a pretty drinkable beer. I could go through at least a few of these in a sitting.

O - The price is right, and the flavors are top-notch. Maybe as good as I've had in this style.

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Photo of MattinIdaho
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tedho21
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured dark amber brown. The head was off-white, almost tan, and lasted to lace the glass.

The aromas were chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, and sweet caramel malt. A very complex aroma profile.

The flavor was chocolate and raisin well balanced within the malt sweetness. The flavor, like the aroma, was complex.

The finish was dry chocolate. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. (Which had been in the beer fridge for quite some time stored cold but had no freshness dating information.)

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost stout-dark but clear rich brown. Frothy head, light lacing. The smell of roasted malt comes right across the table at you. Besides the malt, you pick up a bit of sweetness, like caramel. Taste is everything you'd want in a Doppelbock - malts, malts and more. Rich and warm aftertaste with very moderate ABV. Let warm to a cool room temp. Deserves every BA point it gets.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

A - Pours a dark oily brown and it seems to be very oily in its consistency as well. I can Tell its going to be creamy. Dense 2 finger head thats is off white. It goes down slowly but steadily and leaves no lace.

S - Smell of very sweet malts, some chocolate and nuttyness as well. There is also some bread in there after a couple of breathes, more like a cracker smell to it. Limited hop charter definitely malty smell.

T - WOW!!! this is great. Very creamy with just the right balance of slight hops carbonation and malts. Slight roasted malt fell with definite chocolate present it is well balanced. Some nut tones as well. This beer is extremely the expectation of my taste buds.

M - Creamy and frothy, well balanced and very refreshing.

D - I could have more of these than other styles but still not for binges.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite bock biers, probably one of my favorite beers of all time. I was shocked that I had not reviewed it. I recently picked up a four pack from a local liquor store as part of my beer photography project where I photograph beers in the appropriate glassware, I have a Ayinger Celebrator glass, so I poured it into the glass. This beer is dark, nearly black. Has a nice head and it falls away quickly. The smell is sweet like malt, it may be dark but there are no hints of any roasted malt, just some sweetness from the alcohol and the malt. No aftertaste to speak of, amazingly smooth. A great beer.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is what you think of when you think BEER! It is a complexity of Carmel and Chocolate, with a tiny hint of herbs, not yeasty at all. The color was a very rich, dark reddish brown, that when poured into a tulip glass cascaded back into itself for about 30 seconds as the head built to a good 2", that lasted until you licked it off the edge of the glass.The head was a dark amber with small bubbles. After the cascading ceased it was a very clear pour. WOW Taste was lightly sweat and bitter at mthe same time, remarkable! Body had a full, creamy, thick feel, and a lively, slightly bitter finishing that was just right. WoW, this is one beer to keep around for youself, don’t share it as the store may run out. Then what would you do for an excellent beer?

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Photo of orsulacp
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first live review, drinking and typing, no notes. I poured the beer into a hotel water glass. It had a small tan and patchy brown head on top of a cola like body. The smell was immediately smokey with hints of roasted coffee, and then it went sweet like molasses. The taste started out with some caramel and then the roasted coffee kicked in, then there was a bit of pepper like spiciness. The mouthfeel was amazing, the exact right amount of carbonation and chewyness.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a European Sly Fox glass.

A: A dark brown color with slight reddish hues. A minimal light brown head with almost no glass lacing.

S: Chocolate, molasses and dark fruits and some caramel sweetness.

T: Lots of stuff going on here. First hit is chocolate, then then the molasses, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, grainy bready malt with caramel and a bit of a yeasty twinge. Very little hop flavor. Finish is long and creamy. Very good beer.

M: Thick, coating and chewy. No alcohol flavor.

D: Great, let this beer warm up a bit and all the flavors come together to make a great drinkable beer.

Overall I can see how this rates so high. So complex, so creamy smooth. The only thing that lowers the score for me was I thought it could have used a bit more hops, but that's me. Great beer, world class.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Celebrator is definitely a great beer. It is a very dark, almost black color. It provides a good head and the smell of this beer is really something special. The aroma of chocolate is detectable as well as a very malty smell. This is a thick beer but not overpowering. It is not highly carbonated and goes down smooth. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are evident. Despite its thick body, it goes down smooth. I had a few of these during Christmas dinner and afterward. A few people have said it has gone well with meats but I would also suggest it with goose which is what I had for Christmas this year. It turned out to be a good combination.

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Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown, not opaque, when held up to the light you can see the light shining through with red highlights. One fingers worth of tan head tops it off.

Aroma: More reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale than a German beer. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, plums, sweet caramel malt dominate. Very complex.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, dark fruit dominates, but with a molasses backdrop and a hit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy are the only words to describe this mouth feel. It is thicker than most of the doppelbocks I have had in the past.

Overall: Considered by most to be the quintessential doppelbock and it lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep red with little carbonation. The head was brown and diminished quickly, but the lace was resilient and long lasting. The smell was of malt and raisins. The taste was well balanced and complex: sweet like caramel and cherries, yet with a dry finish. The mouth feel was exceptional: a long lasting effervescence that rolls off the back of the tongue, and is smooth.

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Photo of Ferg
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dnichols
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 330 ml chilled bottle into a frosted challis.

A: It poured a dark, dark hue that when held to back light had a distinct ruby red tint. The head was a latte rich brown but only about a half finger tall. It dissipated quickly leaving a slight ring around the collar of the glass. Dispite the slight retained head there was an even lackign that followed the brew as it was consumed.

S: There was a distinct aroma of milk chocolate, toffee and raisins.

T: There was a wonderful light chocolate flavor complemented by a touch of licorice and raisins. The hops spice the brew with a taste of black pepper. It is lightly carbonated but the alcohol and hops leaves a warm clean palate with a hint of dark chocolate.

M: Moderate to full body with a warm clean aftertaste.

D: Excellent doublebock...rich, nice flavor and decent mouthfeel. This is a beer I could drink in multiples.

Comment: My first experience with this brew was a great one. I'll be back again and again.

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Photo of macpapi
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I've been getting into dopplebocks this spring, I figured it was time to sample the highest rated on this site. Purchased a single bottle. Two rams, seem to be holding up a dopplebock serving glass. Around the bottle's neck is the legendary plastic Celebrator figurine, which I'm sure adorns many a BA's brewerania collection.

Celebrator Dopplebock pours a dark brown--almost black color--with a good sized tannish head. Nice rich and full color.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt. Chocolate, toffee and barley are also present in the nose. The full-bodied sweetness of molasses is also noted. Overall, this is a very deep and pleasing aroma.

Taste is very impressive. Chocolate is first to hit the palate, followed by deep roasted malt with hints of toffee. Deep sugary sweetness is present, along with a bit of hop (or is it alcohol?) bitterness. Balanced to the max.

In the mouth, this beer is full-bodied, sweet and bitter. It is relatively low in carbonation.

Is this Celebrator Double Bock drinkable? Um, yes. This is, as its bottle states, 'the finest Bavarian Double Bock.' Bavarian, or otherwise for that matter in my opinion (at least at this point.) Balanced, tasty and damned impressive.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with dark ruby highlights. About a finger of tan head reduces to a slight amount of tight lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, with caramel and some floral, fruity hop notes. Pretty complex.

Taste: Dark malts up front, with caramel and some dark fruits in the middle. The back end shows a bit of floral hop bitterness. Very nicely done, indeed.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is just under medium, very smooth and creamy, but a little light in my opinion. Drinkability is high, this beer might be pretty dark but it is smooth and the alcohol is muted by all the great flavors.

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Photo of afordney
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, tan head. It was almost coke black, slightly reddish and bubbly. It left a really thick, tight lacing around the glass as I drank it.

The first smell was brown sugar, a malty sweetness with a little caramel following.

Tastes just as sweet, a little alcohol burn and then some roasted malt flavor, just fantastic.

balanced, sweet and bitter, good carbonation leaves a bubbly feeling on the tounge.

Just a great tasting beer, warms you up on those cold winter nights and seems excellent with desserts because of its sweetness.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always love drinking this beer when someone wants to try it. I have one of those ram medallions hanging from each of my guitars.

It pours a dark red/brown color with some tan head. It dissipates slowly and reveals plenty of bubbles coming out of solution.

The smell is fairly complex. There is some dark sweet malts as well as some roasted smells. There is also a fruity smell, can't tell what it is by the smell.

The taste reveals that its a darker (possibly plum) flavor that I noticed in the aroma. All the rest of the smells translate to flavor as well. There is some sweet malts and a touch of roasted malt and even some hop bitterness but not too much.

Very smooth and refreshing. For as much complexity as this beer has its light enough to enjoy a large glass of with dinner.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,581 ratings
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