Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BA SCORE
94%
Liked This Beer
4.34 w/ 6,521 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
Ranking:
#367
Reviews:
2,440
Ratings:
6,521
Liked:
6,127
Avg:
4.34/5
pDev:
9.91%
Alströms:
4.69
 
 
Wants:
558
Gots:
992
Trade:
19
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Ratings: 6,521 |  Reviews: 2,440
Photo of BierStein711
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I've made it to the big leagues....

Bottle poured into chalice, three finger golden brown head.

Smells of chocolate, malt, and coffee. As the night continued, and the brew warmed, more and more of its character became present.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, grain, and alcohol!

Mouthfeel: Thick, like a bock should be.

Overall, this is a beer that will warm you up on a winter's night. This beer's dark brown body screams warmth and comfort. Let the two billy goats on the label show you a beer to be proud of, better yet...

Let them show you a celebration.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark black with a one finger tan head.

S - Plums, slight booze, toasted grains.

T - Toasted grains, malts, vanilla, banana. The sweetness is at a good level, not over the top.

M - Great level of carbonation, sits full, but not overly heavy.

O - A very tasty doppelbock. Good level of balance, and is highly drinkable.

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Photo of freed
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have picked the wrong time to have this, but I wanted malt. The room is probably 90F, and the beer is rapidly approaching that.

Standard 12 oz. bottle with a cool charm. No wonder the beer is $3.50/bottle. Nice deep umber though quite clear. Even finishes without sediment. Aroma is sweet, smokey, and malty. A big malt wave fills my mouth at first sip, warm and sweet. No trace of hops in the aroma, nor as a finishing on the beer. The aftertaste is almost alcoholic, and cereal. This is a wonderful beer, but it was a poor choice for a hot night.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Light orangy-reddish tint. Decent amount of light brown head. Looks pretty solid. Smells a bit bland. Light roast, yeast, some sweet fruit as well. Tastes similar. Nice light roast, yeast, sweet dark fruits. Really nice flavour profile. I can't believe I hadn't tried this before! Its really enjoyable. Well carbonated. Good mouthfeel. Overall very solid

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Photo of mikereaser
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very dark chestnut brown with just a ring of bubbles around the surface

S - aroma is slight hints of roasted malts and caramel

T - very nice complex brew. roasted malts and caramel, a slight creaminess, some hints of citrus hops comes through with a grainy finish

M/D - very light and very tasty, definitely a must try and will be a nice treat

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Photo of bonkers
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. A beutiful beer, dark with ruby highlights, and a thick white head. The aroma is spicy, with dark fruit and phenolic notes. The flavor is bready, fruity and spicy, all in one sip. The finish linges with sweeet dried fruit. Celebrator is medium bodied with adequete carbonation. The beer is damn good.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark brown. Hard to really see much color on the edges of the beer. Lightly tan head is small but compact, level, and frothy. Leaves speckles of lace along the glass.

S-Nose is crammed with flavorful aromas. Darker fruit juices combine with a heavy blast of deep sweet malts. Brown sugar, caramel, fig and prune, molasses. Lots of different scents.

T-Pretty neat flavor here. I get cocoa first. I find it to be the dominating flavor. Along with the cocoa powder is an almost tart fruitiness. The brown sugar, molasses, and tobacco adds big complex edges to the flavor.

M-Slicker, smooth too. Medium to heavy bodied. Softer carbonation. Good feel here.

O/D-Overall, a pretty awesome Doppelbock. Not my favorite style but I can clearly tell why this is the Michael Jordan of Doppelbocks. Just a fantastically crafted beer.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*11.2 oz. bottle*
Look: Very dark ruby red body, off-white lacey ring around my glass.

Smell: Strong notes of toffee, dark red fruits, licorice, well rounded vanilla, faint hint of cocoa.

Taste: Toffee, slight cherry, licorice, bitter cocoa, subtle hints of spice, toasted nuts, vanilla, well balanced dryness that finishes slight bitter.

Feel: Medium-light body, poppy carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty and to the point. I can see why this is called Celebrator. At nearly 7%abv, there is a lot going on. The flavors are pronounced yet seem individual other than just being a mess in a glass. The dryness leaves you wanting more. This is recommended.

*Originally reviewed on 10-18-2013*

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a near-black, extremely dark purple into my mug. A massive blooming head appeared, and it stayed around for quite a while. It showed off a light to moderate amount of carbonation. In the nose I caught scents of dark grape, as well as sweet malts with a bit of an acidic aroma.

Tasting: Malts, malts, malts. That's what you will find in this beer. A sweet, slightly alcohol-tinged flavor hits the front of the tongue, followed by a kick of roasted malt and chocolate-infused grape. This fits the Doppelbock style perfectly, and it was quite pleasant to drink. A medium-bodied beer with relatively low carbonation, its flavors dance across the tongue nicely.

I had this after my college graduation, and its name was very appropriate for the quality of the beer. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to taste a great example of the style.

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Photo of samEBC
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Latest in my quest to expand my experience of German beers. Poured from a bottle into a Watou brewery chalice. Dark chocolate brown with thick khaki head, really inviting. The aroma was enticing as well, but I think I prefer the weizenbock aroma over the doppebock. Just my preference...

Taste was good, malty and a little roasty. The main thing I will rave about was the mouthfeel. Coated everywhere, and felt so smooth. Really awesome in that aspect.

Excellent dopplebock, although Paulaner Salvator is a bit better in my opinion.

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Photo of crhensel
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle into mug) Poured a smooth dark brown with a half finger lighter brown head. The sweet malts dominated the nose, with a nice aroma of a cooked caramel with another strong sweetness that I just couldn't quite place. It is very rich in the mouth, as advertised, with a smooth carbonation that helped pull out some of the roast in the malt, enhancing the sweetness there. Be wary, as the alcohol was not really there, but at almost 7% it could smack you after a few. Finished with the same smoothness, carrying the sweet roast through the end. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice deep red tint, deep dark chocolate, nice creamy caramel head, about 1-2 fingers worth.

S- Nice strong toasted caramel malt note, not a strong aroma to this beer, but there is a nice creaminess to the head that spawns that sweet roasted barely...

T- Really well rounded, a relatively low (in my opinion 6.7%) doesn't come through at all, nicely balanced, caramel, roasted nut, deep coffee character, chocolate...very nice.

M- Creamy, yet carbonated and smooth, very clean rolling character in the mouth, flows over the tongue like a liquid roller coaster, enticing and tantalizing all of the taste buds...

D- Nice and drinkable for a dopplebock, could certainly have a few of these on one of those cold- not quite spring days, with the hint of winter still in that air...nice and rich...well crafted...

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Photo of gonzo138
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very rich brown with a rich creamy head that retains for quite a while, hangs on side of glass beatiffuly

S- rich malty sweetness, has hints of caramel, and a little bit of bannana-hef type smell

T- almost overwhelming taste of deep and rich malted sweetness, bannana taste is there but not as present like in smell

M- thick, but also very smooth, low-moderate carbonation

D- very drinkable, goes down very smooth with a sweet finish, could drink quite a few more of these, a great beer definitely a must try for you malt lovers will definitely buy again, bring on the oom-pah music

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Photo of beerman599
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at DELANEY'S tap room in new haven ct and it was great i have had this many times before but never on tap. less carbonated than the bottle but just as rich, malty and flavorful with a smooth mallow finish that made me have a second one

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Photo of Lothore
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown, almost black, with a robust tan head that fades to some lacing. The smell was sweet, almost fig with coffee hints. The taste was very good, cream, coffee, grain. The mouthfeel was creamy smooth, slightly thick with a bit of carbonation. The drinkability was very good, this is a beer i like to savor for a while but its highly drinkable. Just because of the richness its not a brew I could have too many of in a sitting.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Doppelbock has the kind of heavy malt flavor that I crave in my beer...Pours into my glass a smooth uncarbonated cola color, with a nice, rich, half inch light brown head. Smelled of heavy dark malt, with hints of toffee. The beer tasted of heavy roasted malt, with subtle nutty traces, and a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. This beer coated the mouth well, with it's medium body, and multiple bottles can easily be consumed in one night. I paired this with a Port Salut, semi-soft, mild French cheese, and I can't get enough...Enjoy

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Photo of hardy008
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foamy tan 3 finger head with a dark brown color. The aroma and taste consist of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, and molasses. The flavor is sweet and spicy, with some bitterness at the end. Smooth, creamy, heavy bodied, and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable.

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Photo of bainard
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to tasting glass, though i've had it plenty times before.

A - deep brown with just enough head. come to daddy.

S - aromas of dark malt, caramel, maybe toffee?

T - beautiful. somehow everything good about lagers gets distilled, darkened, and concentrated in this german classic. dark candy sweetness, but not a whole lot of cocoa here, mostly caramel, toffee, molasses, that sort of thing. just enough residual smokiness to remind you of its german heritage. maybe a bit too much smoke on the finish, but really it's quite a work.

M - the lager-y effervescence is here, but with the thickness you'd expect from a beer this malty.

D - i don't know if i could drink this all night, but a full pint would certainly be doable. i'm normally a stout/porter/wee-heavy kind of dude, but this is an excellent alternative/addition to the dark beer offerings that i can foist on those that normally turn their noses at whatever i happen to be drinking. this is the gold standard of doppelbocks for a reason.

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Photo of McStagger
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: One finger mocha head. Ruby red. Good retention, tight lacing.

S: Cinnamon, dark toffee, some dark fruitiness. Graham cracker.

T: Dark, fresh fruit. Roastiness comes through in the end. Bit of chocolate, big malt. Touch of candied ginger and a definite phenolic fruit. Almost like banana.

M: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

O: Exemplary example. Very complex for the style.

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent cola dark brown with 1/2 inch of off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of cinnamon and other Autumn spices, coffee, cocoa, toffee and faint dark cherry.

The taste is of chocolate, coffee, Autumn spices, molasses and dark malt.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

A delicious mixture of many different flavors that all blend together to create an outstanding rich and decadent brew.

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Photo of gigoat
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I was a bit disappointed with the appearance. No real foam to speak of, and the lacing left something to be desired. It looks like Coke. It's darker than Coke, so no light gets through, which I thought was cool. Very thick, but not syrupy. Very good, but not elite.

Smell: Also not great at first, but awesome as it warmed. Very sweet, mostly like caramel. Heavily malted and smoky, but not really roasted, something that I've noticed in other reviews. Great complexity.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically a whole lot of smoky sugar with a slight hop bitterness in the finish...VERY slight. This is basically a Cinnabon in a beer. Medicinal warming mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Increbidle bedtime beer.

Overall: Disappointed initially, blown away by the time I finished.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle is deceiving, looks like at LEAST a 12oz. Pours murky brown, reveals deep fire crimson when held up to the light. medium tan head reducing to nice lace. light malt in the aroma, but not much more. Perhaps I should let it warm some, but I just can't wait. Medium creamy mouthful, carbonation on the higher side. Taste is all at once sweet, chocolate, smoke, spicy. Lots going on here. Long, long lasting finish of roasted, smoked, pepper spice lip smackin' malt. Very satisfying.

Really looking forward to sipping one by the fire on a long cold winter night.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 6,521 ratings
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