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:
A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous medals.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#381
Reviews:
2,460
Ratings:
6,610
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
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567
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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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Photo of shbobdb
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It pours lookin' niiice and dark. The smell is roasty-toasty with one heck of an alcohol-laden cherry on top. Mmmmm.
The taste itself is something of a letdown after the smell. The mouthfeel is very thin and the flavour is dominated by the roast character, without too much sweet malt to back it up. That isn't to say that it tastes bad, and it is worth noting that there are many other flavours dancing happily in the background . . . but they all play second fiddle to roast.
It reminds me a lot of Salvator. That isn't a bad thing at all . . . but given the extremely high quality of Ayinger's other brews I expected to be blown away, rather than just be served another pretty damn good brew.

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Photo of joshkouri
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This beer poured a dark brown with a huge light brown head – tight bubbles and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel initially with malt and chocolate notes following. The taste is sweet and malty. Once again, caramel and chocolate are quite apparent. The mouthfeel is full and almost chewy. The alcohol has a warming effect that is not overpowering. This is a delicious beer – can’t believe I’ve taken this long to try it!

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Photo of brewtus
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calraven
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

Aroma is of grape soda, maltiness and some kind of dark bread.

Taste has a hint of the grape soda, maltiness, sweet but not cloying, I keep thinking of prunes, figs, dates and or dried plums also brown sugar and molasses. Surpisingly though even with all this, it's still "light". There is a bit of "spicy" alcohol in there as well but it helps give a bit of bite to the sweetness, which ends up working well in this beer. This is a great beer.

Finish is not very long which makes this a bit easier drinking than I would have expected. This is not necessarily a negative, the combination of them pulling off a "light" but super tasty beverage that doesn't have a extreme lingering finish makes you want to keep taking another sip, if the finish lasted forever this would be too powerful/sweet I think, so this is perfect. This is a perfect winter beer.

Thinking about it some more, I realized that I had Damson Preserve this morning and this tastes quite a bit like that. Yummy! My wife is getting disturbed because I keep sniffing this and going "Oh God! Mmmm!" The aroma on this is just amazing.

This is excellent beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of bryantan
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgarvis
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nuggetz
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAp
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 o bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a clear ruby brown. Nose is malt, bready, raisins. Palate is bread, light hops, with a full malt body. Overall excellent.

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Photo of nitrous500
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

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

A- dark ruby brown - translucent to 200 watt bulb within 6 inches only (very opaque)- brilliant with two finger head that diminishes to 1/4 inch within 5 minutes

S- awesome, rich malt aroma with very slight hallertau hop tinge

T- smooth, silky, slightly sweet, deep malt - with very low bitterness < 25 ibu

M- smooth, very full for the low gravity considering, lager vinegar aftertaste that disappears quickly leaving a round tone on the palate.

D- could drink 3 bottles easily without desire to change style

Overall this is an incredibly perfect example of the style. I have tried many dopplebocks and this is the most middle-of-the-road stylistic example. This isn't a slight, but rather a proof of concept and guide for crafting a more extreme sample.

Thanks to Ayinger for another excellent lager.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,610 ratings