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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:
2,402
Ratings:
6,396
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
532
Gots:
946
For Trade:
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Photo of janubio
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown colour with red hints when held to the light. Big off white head with good retention and lace. ARoma of dark fruits, plums, molasses, roasted malts, coffee. Medium body, creamy palate, carb onation is good. Taste is a bit smoky, coffee, plums, caramel. Alcohol is noticeable. Good one.

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Photo of hman43
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours dark brown with a brown head. The head retention is good and there are ruby highlights in the color as well.

Smell: There are significant malt aromas the reflect Maillard and toast. There is also alcohol that is noticeable and a wee bit of chocolate.

Taste: There are flavors that are reflective of Maillard and toast. Hints of chocolate are present as well. There is a very slight herbal quality as well.

Feel: Although the beer has some strength and alcohol warming, it is extremely smooth.

Overall, this is a malt driven lager with some strength and a prime example of what a doppelbock should be.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with two fingers of khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Notes of roasted, nutty malts, molasses, and dark fruit. Flavor profile is rich and malty, with notes of roasted, nutty malts, molasses, dark fruit, and plum. Very pleasant to sip. Mouth feel is smooth, filling, and a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a fantastic classic beer that provides plenty to think on and savor.

Served in a 0.5L Celebrator glass at Grünauer.

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Photo of Cburnette23
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, i'd call it a great beer but not one you'd feel real bad for missing. It hits with a black-liquorice flavor to it, as it lingers on your tongue, the distinct 'oily' feel can be distinguished which brings the sweet, creamy, light and refreshing - almost VANILLA balance, to what otherwise are distinct flavors of coffee and chocolate that literally leap off the beer onto your tongue and fill your mouth from the first impression, as the light malt texture of the beer sits in your mouth. This somewhat malty chocolate, almost caramel (but not quite, more coffee than caramel, with perhaps a hint of vanilla or some other flavors - hence 'toffee') toffee taste is what then transitions into the 'vanilla' flavor that you can taste subtly as it lingers on the palette. A more complex beer than you might think at fist, and it's important to drink with patience and at a good temperature.

As you continue to drink the beer, the bond will inevitably continue to grow on the drinker, something this beer in particular does especially well when compared with other typical beers. The 'booziness' of the beer, while NOT being a 'boozy' beer by impression the alcohol content is not wimpy by any means, adds to the experience of the beer which continues to grow in enjoyment, a crescendo of Doppelbock delight. As far as being in the wider context of ALL beer varieties and qualities, I'd rate the beer as something that might not particularly 'knock your socks off' in a manner that leaves you saying, 'wow, what an unforgettable beer!' but at the same time, I can't see how anyone would say that this is a beer that doesn't hold it's own and demand a level of respect. It certainly does. And as far as doppelbocks alone are concerned specifically examined rather than broadly considered among all varieties of beer, it's an excellent and joyful beer with plenty of identity to develop a kind intimacy with it's sipper. Casually recommended, as a beer to enjoy on a fall evening or anytime of year with perhaps some caramels nearby.

I should add that there is a definite 'plum' flavor that plays it's part in the mix of flavors. The beer is surprisingly dry also, as the taste dissipates fairly quickly. The maltiness of the beer is heavy enough however that your mouth doesn't FEEL dry - exactly the opposite actually, as the 'oily' aspect actually leaves your mouth feeling wet from the density and maltiness of the beer, only that it dissipates quickly, hence the 'dry' aspect also. PROST!!!!!!!! And GO USA!!! Big ups to my fellow Trump people I know they are few and too far between, and hey if you're not about that then that's cool too...

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown on the pour black in the glass. Light tan head. The smell is of honey and sweet sauce (sort of like soy sauce). Taste of honey with spice followed by an earthy malt flavor. Mouthfeel is full and slick. Overall, a satisfying and well rounded beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, rich black coffee color with a frothy latte-like head of a khaki color.

Aromas of dark bread crusts, kilned rye, licorice, coffee.

Flavors are rich and layered...starting off with stale bread, then smoke, peat, dark malts, chocolate, more peat and smoke, roast malt, chocolate. Gets better the longer it stays on the palate.

Lighter bodied but it IS a lager...still not bad, roasty with a creaminess.

Overall, maybe not world class, but still a great Doppelbock. Great to celebrate with as Trump pulls his victory.

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

“Finest Bavarian Double Bock” is right! There is nothing wrong with this beer, it’s perfect. Nutty, creamy, smooth as silk. Beer can’t get any better than this.

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep, deep dark brown with a fluffy, heavily tanned head. Roasty malts and sweetness are followed by a slight alcohol heat on the nose. One of the darkest and most flavorful lagers I've ever had. Delicious notes of licorice, dark roasted malts, and chocolate. One of my favorite aspects to this beer is how the slightly effervescent carbonation and lager mouthfeel serve to allow the flavors to punch through. Classic.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a three finger foamy tan head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is molasses, toasted bread, chocolate and and dark fruits.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and dark fruits throughout with a light bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with nice soft finish.

O - A great Doppelbock. Full of rich delicious flavors. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle

Apearance: completely black, beige one finger head of small bubbles that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Aroma: chocolate, roasted malts, smoked wood, fresh bread, delicate dark fruits, but in a different way than belgian dubbels, for example. Amazing.

Taste: tastes like it smells, with a distinct cocoa/chocolate flavour that is really great. A slight fruity sweetness backed up by some bready notes come through and complete the beautiful experience.

Mouthfeel: alcohol not noticed. Low carbonation makes up for a somewhat watery but full of flavout mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. With a little more of body it would be a 10.

Overall: my first doppelbock ever and feels like I've waited too much to try this. Great beer, would get my hands on it almost everyday if it was available around here. Unfortunately, it isn't, so I'll have to try the Paulaner Salvator and be satisfied wit that.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Black with very nice head, dense small bubbles great lacing.

Smell - Plum, dark fruit, molasses, tobacco, bitter chocolate.

Taste - Rich sweet malts, little milder on the chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar, oak finish.

Feel - Heavier body well carbonated, great finish not too dry or bitter.

Overall - The aroma really pulled me in with the dark fruit and molasses the flavor was amazing plenty of caramel, dark fruit and little bit of oak.

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Photo of anon
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First off, I initially rated and reviewed this Sept. 09, 2013, when I was still a newcomer to the beer scene; that initial review rated this beer far lower than where this one stands and I believe shows how a pallete develops over time.

This time around; things start out nicely, deep Ruby hue with a finger-width head, reducing to a small pool of foam. Not much lace to speak of. Smell is all malt; sweet, nutty, bready, yeasty. Rich and flavourful brew; heavy caramel malt, toffee, raisin, fig, chestnuts, hazelnuts, light coffee, baked bread, cherries, so much goodness. Toasty bread lingers in the finish with sweet caramel candy.

Rich, medium body goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. This excellent brew deserves a proper meal pairing. Simply one of the best, so glad to finally return to this when I can fully appreciate it.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Glasgow's Hippo Tap Room on Sauchiehall Street I spotted this on there bottled beer list. Great looking label, it pours beautifully with a brown/ black body and a beige head. Aromas of caramel & smoked malt. Taste is of caramel, chocolate, cocoa & smoked malt with a medium body. Aftertaste is of a smoked malty caramel. Outstanding Doppelbock, and one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Indy8080
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here is the top of the line of Doppelbocks in all around taste and quality. The other Doppelbocks just don't quite measure up to it. I buy mine at Kahn's in Indianapolis, where it is fresh with continuous turnover. I don't care so much about how a beer looks, smells, or feels. I just like the Celebrator taste, which is marvelous. It has a full body and well balanced ingredients. Most of the beers throughout the European countries are mediocre at best compared to many of our American craft beers, but not this one.

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Photo of cwalter
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly dark brown in color with slight hues of red. Supports a fluffy tan head about two fingers in depth. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans along with caramel in the aroma. Mouthfeel is a medium body. At the forefront of the taste is a nutty character, more similar to toffee than caramel. Then you get subtle waves of chocolate, vanilla and maybe a little oak. Towards the end you get a roasted coffee bean flavor with the lingering roasty bitterness. The toffee/flavor is slightly more predominant, but the flavors all mix very well and one does not completely overpower the other. Really great doppelbock.

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Photo of arizcards
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single in late May from Glendale BevMo for $3.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured burgundy brown with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is liquid bread, sweet malty goodness and dark fruits dominate.

Taste follows the nose, very much wheat bread, dark fruits, very soft and wine like.

Feel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a world class brew that is truly a treat if you are into bocks!

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Photo of kculrich
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml bottle, undated, served in a cervoise.

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a finger-and-a-half of silky brown head, short retention, no lacing.

Smells of toasted oatmeal bread and brown sugar, roses and vanilla.

Tastes like brown bread, molasses, chocolate caramels and dates. Finishes with a little burnt sugar-roasted chicory bitterness.

Feel is medium-thick and slick, meaty and chewy. Carbonation is vigorous out of the bottle but disappears almost entirely within a few minutes.

Overall, a super-satisfying, smooth-drinking beverage. I feel like I've just finished a small meal rather than a bottle of beer. Definitely on the list of beers to have again.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black color red tints no head. Nose spice, roasted malt, dark coffee, dark fruit (cherries?), taste molasses, berries, spice notes, vanilla, cola. Finish strong malty cola. This is a nice representation of the style. A nice smooth hearty beer.

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Photo of BigGold
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle (with plastic goat "prize" attached) into Pilsner glass, when I remembered that a hot, muggy Deep South summer is the time for dark LAGERS. And this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.31/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark chocolatey near opaque. But high clarity. Like soda. Flat. No foam no bubbles. 2.75

S - malty sweet with the tiniest hint of leathery horse blanket. 3.5

T - slightly sour vegetal aftertaste. Roasted bitterness of burnt toast. 3.25

M - disappointingly flat. 3

D - overall an adequate representation of the style. Better than some of the overly experimental U.S. versions. 3.5

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark amber poured into a pint glass with very little head and no lacings. Warm toastiness to the taste. Been saving this one for a while. Smooth with a malty scent. Not sure of the aftertaste, though. Kind of bitter. I like that it doesn't coat the tongue . . .this makes it easier to move on to another beer, a different style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My apologies to all the doppelbock lovers out there, take this review with a grain of salt (no wait, that's a gose). Comes out dark with those burnt dark copper undertones. Aroma is a lot of roasted dark fruit and solvent like alcohol feels. Some smoke.

Waves of belgian yeast, spice rack, alcohol, overripe burnt dark fruit and malt.

Kinda harsh man, thought this would be a smoother drinking experience, just comes across like the average doppel to my tastes.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Large foamy head that faded down to a thin, creamy tan head. Body is dark brown and let very little light through.

S: Malty but not super aromatic.

T: Brown sugar and toasted bread. A little bit of hoppy bitterness. Flavors are very well balanced.

F: Full bodied and a little creamy. Light carbonation, enough to notice but not enough to "bite" making this drink very smooth.

O: Wow now that is a beer. I recently joined BA and started doing reviews and have been wondering, "What does a 5 rating taste like to me." I just found out. Flavors and mouthfeel are perfectly balanced. This may be my new favorite beer.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense foam. Hint of red when held up to the light. Head slowly dissipates to a nice cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate and dark bread, mild sweetness throughout. Possibly hint of coffee as it warms up.

T - Milk chocolate in the front turning to dark chocolate on the way down from hop bitterness. Slight pine flavor from the hops in the back of the palate.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Fits the style and flavor well.

O - Very nice and smooth, not a huge range of flavor or aroma but what it has is excellent. Easy drinker for the alcohol content.

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Photo of mncoinman
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is bit more on the chocolate side. Pours a dark brown, almost opaque. Excellent, long lasting foam head. Some lacing. Good flavorings of munich malts, Hops is fairly subtle. Smooth drinking. One of the better doppels. The Germans still rule over this beer style.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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