Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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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Photo of ONUMello
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Dark walnut brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Nutty, creamy, molasses, coffee
T: Molasses, cream, roasted malt, a slight hop bitterness towards the finish. A hint of fruit esters. Complex, balanced and delicious.
M: Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth.
O: This is pretty damn good. Tastes great, balanced, complex, and way too easy to drink.

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Photo of pburland23
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark mahogany. Almost looks like a glass of Coca Cola. The head is thick and khaki in color. Head doesn't stick around very long though.

Smell is of sweet bready malts, a little caramel and a touch of fruit...cherries and plums. Very complex in taste. It starts off slightly tart before moving to a smoky, not quite rauchbier flavor before ending with a savory rye bread finish.

This is a medium bodied beer with an appropriate level of carbonation. As for drinkability, the breadiness of a doppelbock limits how many of these I could drink in a sitting. It doesn't mean I wouldn't love to make a session out of Celebrator.

A world class beer...I fell in love with Celebrator while traveling in Germany a decade ago. It remains true. Always an enjoy pint.

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Photo of flowerysong
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, big frothy tan head.

Smell: Hints of molasses and raisins, some bready malt.

Taste: Sweet malt and dried fruit, some coffee and molasses notes. Slightly hot, and some spicy hops and bitterness comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, full-bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Big flavour, nicely balance, not overpowering. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Poured a very dark brown, opaque. Rowdy tan head with good staying power.

I started catching whiffs from a foot away! Molasses, sweet breads and yeast. Fruits: prunes and plums.

Very malty, roasty and smokey. Diacetyl esters (toffee and caramel). Hops are very nice. More molasses vibe.

At once creamy and smooth, dry and astringent.

This one went down terribly fast. Not intentionally--I was going to have it with sauerbrauten but it was gone before the food was ready. Lived up to the hype, worth the price. Neat little plastic goat there too.

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Photo of MartyMaltose
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. A grand and beautiful beer. Its greatness comes not from any extreme of taste or texture, but rather some inimitable proportion that allows you to dwell in the higher plane of genius just for awhile, like a late Mozart symphony might.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 3/27/10

A - deep ruby, short lived light tan head, decent retention. Light lacing, very clear. 4.0

S - Lots of caramel, very sweet, toffee and light carob. 4.5

T - Very much like the aroma but more toffee and brown sugar sweetness. Very slight bitterness in the finish. This is the doppelbock to end all doppelbocks. 5.0

M - Rich, well carbonated, immensely smooth. 4.5

D - Way too drinkable man. 4.5

Notes - Goes well with German tilsit cheese.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pour: Gorgeous dark red color with a finger and a half of light tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left minimal lacing and a small ring of head all the way down.

Smell: Big caramel malt smell with underlying notes of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, a light earthy hop note, and a just a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Starts off with a big sweet molasses taste and a slight bready note which then gives way into a less sweet caramel malty taste. This is followed up by a hint of currant/raisin and a slight hint of dark chocolate taste. The back end finishes up with a moderate hop bitterness and a slight bit of alcohol warmth, but neither linger.

Mouthfeel: This is the only drawback to this beer, I found it to be a little thin for the style (more toward the medium end of the spectrum), but it's smooth and creamy, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: About the most drinkable beer I think I've ever had. Smooth drink, slides down the throat, and leaves you wanting another sip.

Final Notes: This beer is big, bold, and complex. Potentially one of the best beers I've ever drank, it's nearly perfect. Enjoy it before a meal when your palate is still fresh so you can truly appreciate its complexity. A beautiful beer indeed, highly recommended.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Wasn't expecting it to be this good. Best Doppelbock I've ever had bar none.
Nearly opaque brown with a buttery tan head. Good retention with spotty lacing.
Smells very sweet with malt, molasses and a hint of caramel.
Doesn't taste as sweet as the smell. Starts that way, with molasses & toffee flavors, but quickly transitions into a nice roasty coffee-like bitterness in the finish. A little drying, but that gives way to the residual sugars. Hops help with the balance nicely.
Mouthfeel is thick & full, smooth and creamy.
Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator Dopplebock pours a very dark mahogany brown. The head is modest and is of a mocha color. It quickly dissipates leaving little lacing. But a beer can not be judged solely on its’ head. The smell is fantastic, very malty! It has tones of sweet toffee, anise, cocoa and just a hint of grape.

It tastes of toasted malts and breads. There are many layers to this beer, not just malty. There is an allusion to some hops and a bit of spiciness from the alcohol, I guess. This doesn’t finish particularly clean or dry, but why would you want it to? It leaves a residual taste of dark sugars in the mouth. Very thick and chewy.

This is a fantastic beer. High marks all around and I would recommend it to anybody. Not much to say, except: incredible!

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Photo of pkalix
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i got a very dark (ruby around the edges) pour from this, with very little head on top.
the smell is of a very toasted, malted elixir, very reminiscent of an age long passed. i'm happy this stuff still exists, though.
the taste is sweet and dark and i absolutely love this stuff! i love the sweetly malted taste and the beautiful smell i get when i put it to my mouth.
i like the round feeling of carbonation with the thickness of the taste.
overall, although i have had a couple of these within the last year, i realized i hadnt reviewed one yet and i'm at a loss to explain the difference of the recent tastings versus the tastings of 20 years ago. this is certainly one of the best beers i have had in the last couple of years and the fact it comes from Ayinger doesnt surprise me.
20 years ago, the little goat hung from the neck of the bottle in a thicker, red and white intertwined rope; today's offering is a pathetic little red string i could floss my crowns with. yes, it was noticed. i still have several of these GOATS hanging from my DER BARON's mug from yesteryear and this pathetic little note confirms the cheapness the old empires have sunk to. and 20 years ago, though, i didnt like this beer much . . . . i'd love to find this stuff on tap...

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4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer from a pilsner glass after pouring it out of a 12oz bottle. Lacing is negligable.

It runs a deep mahagony color with minimal cappucino head that quickly gets absorbed back into the brew.

Bready smells with caramel, butterscotch, molasses, christmas spices... and so much more. This brew has an amazingly immense depth whose flavors transcend the bounds of my vocabulary.

The taste matches the smell... deep and rich with a lot of earthiness, breadiness, and caramel/toffee/butterscotch notes. I also get maybe... raisins? Finishes with a pleasant warming alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick at first and then somewhat chewy on the palate for the finish. The flavor sticks with you well after the last sip.

Drinkabililty is high but perhaps a bit heavy for the summer months, definitely a beer I prefer on a rainy night.

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Photo of Trappissed
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first craft brews I tried and haven't had it in quite a while. Smells like baked bread, brown sugar, sweet malts, and just a bit of sourness. Taste is just as amazing, if not more. Same as the smell, with the addition of dark fruit. A nice lingering flavor with some of that sourness. Time to revisit Dopplebocks.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is one good beer.

Appearance: Deep brownish red. Very dark, beautiful. A fairly large head forms, but disapears as you drink.

Smell: Rich, creamy and malty. Maybe a little bit of cookie dough?

Taste: What can I say? It's beautiful. Sweet but not overly so. A chocolatey, creamy taste is the first thing you get. Beneath that there is a wonderful bready/doughy flavor and hints of some dark fruit. Sweeter by far than the beers I typically drink, but somehow it's balanced. Very faint hop and alcohol bite. Finish is very long, with that chocolatey creamy malty taste just resting on your tounge.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, but pretty viscous. Good carbonation, but it maintains the creamy aspects of it's flavor.

Drinkability: Two of these were gone before I had a chance to notice it. This is one damned drinkable beer, though it's a little heavy to drink several.

Final note: I am absolutely wild about this beer.In fact, I'm so crazy about this beer that I can't tell if I'm objective in rating it. It's one of the best I've tasted, no kidding. For all the talk of creamyness and sweetness, at it's core this is a highly balanced brew. The brewers at Ayinger are true craftsmen. This is a work of art.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy light oak head that retains well. Not much lacing to report, but the color and head are marvelous.

S: In a word: wow! Rich molasses, candied figs, brown sugar, and caramel all blend together wonderfully in front of a backdrop of rich toasted bready malt aromas. Damn near the best nose on a beer I've had to date.

T&M: I'll describe the feel first, as I'm still trying to get a handle on everything I'm tasting here: The body is medium with a light, fine carbonation that produces a smooth velvety mouthfeel that's absolutely delightful. Tastes include dark fruits, molasses, rich bread, some slight grassy/earthy hops, and a tinge of roasted malt. Wonderfully complex and bold. Truly an excellent beer.

D: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is a work of art. The only thing limiting drinkability is the ABV and slight heaviness in the stomach. Still, this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed--not sessioned.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most impressive beers I've seen recently. Very dark brown, though not as dark as it perhaps could be. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Pure toasty chocolate malt with a relatively clean finish. Much sweeter than I would have expected. Mouthfeel is soft and inviting, and the whole beer is eminantly drinkable.

And the bottle came with a cool little plastic goat that you can play with. Nifty.

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Photo of skillerified
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, puffy tan head. Good lacing. Really, really dark red in color. It's almost black really, but there are these deep red tones the come through every so often. For some reason it reminds me of a dark red wine. Actually, if you hold it to direct light (which I know you're not really supposed to do to judge color, but sometimes it's interesting) the light turns bright red through the beer. A really intriuging looking beer.

The smell actually has a creamy texture to it. That seems really strange, but that's how it feels to me when it hits the nose. It's a sweet malt scent. Maybe a hint of caramel. Maybe a hint of pine and citrus too. Definitely a touch of chocolate. Chocolate brownies actually. Just a bit of a fruity scent too. None of this is particularly strong, but it smells good.

Tastes of smooth chocolate and a little caramel. Some malt characteristics. A little coffee or espresso. There is absolutely no trace of the alcohol, which I found a little surprising. Not that this is particularly high, but I can usually get a little of it if I try. A little of a dry rasberry flavor seems to creep in as it warms.

Extremely smooth, rich and creamy. This is a fairly heavy bodied beer. Mostly sweet, but there's a little bitter bite on the finish. Very nice really.

Had this as a dessert-like cap to the night and it worked perfectly. This is a tasty beer that I will probably be looking for more of and introducing friends to.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a beautiful ale! Dark cherry/mahogany body. Lush, 3-finger, tan pillow-head that seems to last forever and lace all over the place.
Smell: Sweet malt, molasses, caramel. Fresh, energizing, bready nose.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Thick, lush, knife-and-fork chewyness. Sweet (but not as cloying as some other doppels), creamy, followed by semi-dry finish. Alcohol hangs back in the taste/mouth, but sneaks up later in the overall "experience."
Drinkability: A stellar brew, worthy of it's BA ranking (sets the standard for its style IMO). I find the combination of sweetness and ABV (in general) to be formidable for extended sessions. Make sure I always have a bottle or two of this around when in need of a cheer-me-up. This is one of the beers that originally hooked me on micros.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A.Dark,burgundy where the light penetrates. 1 1/2 finger head that looks creamy and delicious.
S.Lots of malt, slightly roasted and believe it or not, grape soda.
T.MALT!After taste reminds me of grape soda, in a good way.
M.Full body, creamy, good amount of carbination.
D.I could drink this all night.Overall one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - a clear almost black colour, two fingers of mocha head formed at late and retained extremely well leaving random sticky lacing
S - roasty and candied fruit up front, bittersweet chocolate and alcohol
T - roasty and caramel malt, sweet fruit, burnt sugars, hints of chocolate, buttery, and just a hint of leafy hops, this has it all!
M - medium chewy and creamy smooth coating the whole mouth
D - this is almost a perfect beer, so rich and complex, definitely the best of the style that I've tried, just wish the price didn't match the quality

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Photo of cpn920
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby/brown with a quickly dissipating tannish head. The smell is definitely one of a malt aroma. The taste is amazing with a nice range of flavors, from fruits to mild coffee undertones. Perfect balance that leaves you craving more. I love this beer and is without question a worldclass doppelbock.

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Photo of Ri0
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500ml bottle into tulip. Deep dark brown with a 2.5 finger effervescent light brown head. Slowly fades into a cap and deposits fine lacing on my glass. Copious amounts of fresh baked molasses bread, caramel and dark fruit fill the air. Flavor is heavy malts with bread, molasses, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit galore. Feel is so smooth and creamy, liquid velvet carbonation. Outstanding Dopplebock, not sure why it took so long for me to write a review.

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Pours a deep amber brown, with a dark tan head. Not quite black and still catches some light.

S. Bread pudding with raisins, malty, sweet, some toffee.

T. Bread pudding with raisins, drizzled with plum brandy sauce. This is divine and delicious. Many others flavors to pick out here. Alcohol is well integrated.

M. Viscous, very full and round. Coats your whole mouth.

O. Amazing beer. Not sure how I missed it, but it is among the best I have had. A must try.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 11.2 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Huge rocky, creamy, thick head. The body looks very dark and rich. As it's being consumed, it leaves a substantial amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly roasted malt and a good dose of clean hops in there as well.

T: This brew is very complex in that the first couple of sips seemed to have a lot of roasted malt flavor up front. Then, as I took the next few sips, the roasted character of this brew seems to mellow out and the hops really shine through more to balance the malt sweetness. In my opinion, the only thing missing from this brew is that it actually needs just a slight touch more of malt sweetness for all the hop flavor it has.

M: Simply awesome. Perfect for the style, but still doesn't weigh you down.

D: Without a doubt, the most drinkable double bock I've ever had. It's not quite as sweet as most brews of the style, and I just can't get enough the awesome hops that do such a nice job of balancing everything out. Also, this brew has a somewhat lower ABV than most doppelbocks, which makes it an excellent session beer if you feel like having a few. My local grocer just started getting this beer, it tastes so good I forgot the expensive price already!

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Photo of mikeg67
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, juicy, liquor like malt, dark fruits (mostly prunes), with some light hoppy notes in the background. Flavor is very rich, sweet malt and dark fruits with floral hops in the long finish. Simply Great!

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Photo of amaginbeer
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a nice dark color with an aroma of caramel malt tones. It has a bit of sweetness to it, but is well blended at the finish. It is going to be a favorite doppelbock on my list.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,467 ratings.
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