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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 jdmorgan
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best I've ever had, straight up. First of all, it comes in an awesome bottle and pours a dark brown. It had a rich and bold roasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel to it and a medium hop bitterness. The taste was well-balanced and flavorful without allowing the higher amount of alcohol to make it taste "boozy". The mouthfeel was medium/thick with medium carbonation. I felt that this beer was quite drinkable simply because of it's high quality and excellent taste. My only lament is that I'm a college student and can't afford to drink these on a regular basis. Highly recommended!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Celebrator stem pokal... OCCASION: NFL draft day--and the Browns select?... APPEARANCE: "dark" indeed; a cola body that sports a settling white head--not spectacular to look at, but the bottle sports the Celebrator ram talisman, so... AROMA: chocolate, prune, malt, some cola--grapefruit and even some bourbon--in a word, impactful!... PALATE: active cola feel with a subdued effervescence--strong, staunchly full-bodied, and pronounced in its aftertaste...TASTE: ditto on the aroma--stacked malt catapults this past the normal dough/biscuit flavors and into a field reserved for beers I'd break my fast for--the aged alcohol pairs well with the chocolate...OVERALLL: In some ways, a ram's butt to the taste buds--nothing subtle or soft about this doppelbock...a perfect nightcap or dessertif.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle pours a very dark brown color with a creamy cap of tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Nose is sweet and caramely with a touch of dried fruit...raisins or prunes. Not sure Id go so far as to say chocolate, but there are some cocoa-esque notes in here.

Taste is wonderfully malty without being too burnt, toasty, roasty or otherwise bitter. Its so smooth and creamy. Malts are sweet, but never coming anywhere near cloying. There is a kiss of herbal hop bitterness on the finish as well. Just the right strength...some doppels, especially Americanized ones, seem to think they must clock in at 8 or 9 percent. This is one of those beers that you go back and revisit and wonder why the hell it has taken so long to buy again! This is the best doppelbock out there when fresh, I dont even really think it is debatable. Delicious.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours dark brown with a foamy head and a long lasting lace. The aroma is of molasses,hops and toasted malts.
The taste is malts,sweet caramel,alcohol,raisins,plums and just a hint of spice.
The finish is bread,smooth,medium carbonation and grains.

Notes: This was something I had to try and it did not disappoint.
So well balanced,so perfect in every way. I never thought I would have a Doppelbock that was so refreshing,so light bodied and yet so satisfying. Truly remarkable in every sense of the word and sessionable.I would have liked it to be a bit stronger,but what right do I have to complain?

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Photo of Tballz420
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this was a damn good drink. Its a dark brown color with a good sized tan head on top. This is a very smooth beer, it has a creamy feel to it. Excellent malt flavor. Some hop bitterness to balance. Somewhat spicy. A very good beer, its pretty pricy but its worth getting when you got something to celebrate.

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Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not much I can add to the already superlative reviews here. One of the world’s best. This is the doppelbock to which all others should be compared, hands down.

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Photo of meatyard
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle pored into a Celebrator DB glass.

Pours out a clear, dark mahogany with a 1+ finger, tan head that lingers, falling slowly. It's such a pretty color when viewed through a 100W bulb.
The smell is prunes, dark fruit and sweetish malt.
The taste has a lot happening. There's a bit of smoke, some dark fruit, roasted malt and mild sweetness.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, medium body and smooth.
Very drinkable, the first glass goes way too quickly. While not a low ABV, this is still an easy to drink couple with no harm done. This is better than my favorite American DB, Hooker's Liberator which is an excellent DB. If Andechs is better then I really want to try it sometime.
Such a good beer, wish I had a case of it like I had a few years ago-what luxury that was.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The head came up, lasted and laced, but the body is the story here. This is that deep, dark, rich color that all good Doppelbocks possess.

Smell – The darl malt, bready yeast aroma is here in spades. There’s also a deep molasses scent that fills the room. Some loose fruits and a scent of alcohol complete the package.

Taste – This is monstrous. The molasses comes out in force, laced with brown sugar and alcohol along with deep, roasted, mature yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied and very bitter from the unsulphored molasses flavors. It has a lingering aftertaste, which seems to be a trademark of the style.

Drinkability – This is a terrific representation of the style. It is more complex than most and is a real treat.

Update – I have this occasionally and decided to review it for 2004. This really is a big, complex example of the style and I guarantee will top the list of any blind DB tasting.

Update – I cellared a 2004 vintage and popped it in the spring of ’06. The body held up well but was right on the edge of being spent. The molasses matured times two and the overall mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. It was sweeter than the style standard after being laid down for two years but boy was this some fun to drink.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Belmont Beverage and opened from a bottle. So cold in SB that it was ready to be drank from my closet.

A - Very dark chocolate brown, almost opaque but can see plumish hues to it as well. A nice thick creamy, bubbly head that left lacing down the glass.

S- alot of sweetness coming off of this one as well; smell mixtures of fruit, mostly the grape and plum. Also a bit of chocolate and toffee like sensations.

T - wow this is a really good beer that literally blew me away the first time I put my mouth on it. Loads of malt in it and can taste sweetness but it is not at all overpowering. The taste is a lot of plum, brown sugar, molasses is there too. Rather sweet but it is not at all overpoweringly sweet; it is actually rather well balanced as well. The aftertaste is a little less plummy but that is mostly what I note; also a nice warming alcohol taste which is necessary to offset some of the sweetness. Leaves a nice roasted flavor in the mouth as well.

MF - A light carbonation, not too sticky either; a little bit thin but pretty good. Leaves a slight tingly aspect on your tongue.

D - For such a big beer this is very drinkable. I think I could drink these one after another and definitely one that I would pick up again if I saw it out lying it around. A definite must buy if you see it lying around. Plus you get those white goats on the bottles! Agree with the one guy down below that this is one beer that I drank a lot faster than I thought I would.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light tan head that doesn't retain very well, thinning to a crown quickly. Color is a soupy deep-brown/almost-black thing that glows with a ruby tinge when held up to light.

Aroma is beyond malty...a lively, nutty, sweet aroma reminding of pumpernickel, toffee, chocolate syrup. Hell, it's almost futile comparing this to anything. If you've had a few of these, you come to learn this is simply "Celebrator".

Same goes for the flavor. If you know this one already, you'll never mistake it. Everything in the aroma comes out even stronger in the flavor, bringing along frothed milk, burnt raisin, a very slight hint of smoke, soil, more nuts, more chocolate. And more frothed milk. All bolstered by a substantial, slick, thick mouthfeel that is simply superb.

A German classic. And of the best bottles ever, considering the plastic goat on the bottle neck (the grown-up equivalent of the free toys you used to get in cereal boxes?) and the old-time/timeless label drawing. I need to buy a case of this stuff and have it always on hand. Or better yet, a jeroboam. Lovely, lovely stuff.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a downward cascading 2.5 finger semi-fine brownish-cream head with respectable retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque purplish-brown. Lacing is stringy and sptty and never strays far from the head.

S: Caramel, coffee, toasted toffee, signature European malt mintiness, slight sourness and cream. Overall aroma is very cakey and doughy. Pungent, yet subdued and subtle at the same time.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, toffee sweetness. Sweet coffee and cream linger in the background. Spicy at points that constantly tickles the back of the throat. Very chewy in the middle and even a little bit fruity. Burnt plums? Coffee comes back around for another go at the end. Slightly roasty characteristic this time though with the same accompanying sweetness. Finish is messy with a lingering roasted malt sourness that gets sweeter just as it disappears from the tongue.

M: Medium bodied and smooth as all hell. At 6.7% this is by no means a strong beer but it might as well be 3%. Alcohol is non-existent. Carbonation is there but at just the right amount it excites the palate while not interrupting the silky feel. Finish is messy but leaves such a delectable taste on the palate, I don't mind.

D: I thought I knew what a doppelback tasted... and then I had this. An astounding beer by every measure, this is probably one of the most sessionable beers for every season. Warming when its cold and quenching when its hot, there's no time when this wouldn't be enjoyable. A fantastic brew!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a great example of a Bock. And this is a double bock and I always love double of anything.

Pours a nice dark brown color. Nice head at first but dissapated fast. No lacing. But my experience with most bocks is no lacing.

Smells of toasted sugar and caramel. Nice malty sweetness to the nose.

Taste is wonderful. Nice and malty and sweet with just enough roastyness. Nice caramel taste from the crystal malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Perfect carbonation.

Overall I think this is the best bock I have ever tried. Will have more for sure.

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Photo of output01x
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2 finger tan-colored creamy head that quickly recedes to slight dusting and a thin ring of foam around the edge. The body is near black with no traces of color even when held to light. Lacing is not thick, but definitely there.

Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee beans, and hazelnut. Bold and delicious, the nose makes you want to taste this beer.

Dark malt with notes of rye bread and toasted nuts. Dark, robust, and complex, the flavors are interesting and more than satisfying. A slightly bitter roasted coffee aftertaste finishes each sip perfectly.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is thick but not syrupy in the least. It coats your mouth well, but only enough to allow the flavors to stick around for the preferred amount of time.

I could drink Celebrator for breakfast, enjoy it with a chicken club sandwich for lunch, pair it with BBQ spare ribs for dinner, or sip on it as a midnight snack. And by "could", I really mean "have and will glady do so again". There is a reason why Celebrator is widely considered one of the best beers in the world. Every fan of craft beer should try Celebrator at least once.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a chocolaty dark brown color...almost stout like to be exact. The head is simply superb, being caramel in color and initially about 3-4 fingers in thickness...it settles down to a cloud like layer over the liquid. I can't really tell how carbonated this beer is but it appeared to be creamy while pouring. The lacing is the only area that lacks, with some clumpy foam quickly sinking back into the beer. Outside of this, it's a very nice looking beverage, plus there is a goat trinket tied to the bottle....how cool is that!

S- This smells very rich....dark fruits are noticeable...prunes and/or raisins mainly. There is also strong molasses and a hint of brown sugary malt present. The finish is also rich and sweet, being of toffee and caramel.

T- Very nice indeed! Along with some of the aforementioned aromas being tasted (raisin, prune, molasses), there is also hints of cocoa, black cherry, baking spices, black coffee, and roasted grain. There isn't really any bitterness....just perhaps a dollop right at the end of the swallow.

M- Full bodied for sure....it's almost like a meal itself! The carbonation is creamy smooth...even sticky/oily on the palate....the flavors are so well balanced and I don't think anything can compare.

O- What can I say that hasn't already been said about this one....a rich, powerful brew that is warming, but nothing near boozy. Full flavors, full bodied, very nice looking and pleasant smelling, this one has it all! I am sure this set and continues to be the standard for the style and I highly recommend this to anyone who is a beer lover!

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Photo of hyuga
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown with a nice tan head topping it off. The head subsides to a thin ring after a while. Huge sweet raisin and plum aroma with a hint of spiciness. Kind of bready. Fig is also present with the other fruits. A taste brings even more pleasure. Hops are noticeable, but stand back and let the malt rush in, which is, again, very sweet and spicy. Massive caramel, slightly toasted, and subtle hopping. Spicy dried fruit in the middle, reminds me a bit of a dubbel. Nice full body. Smooth yet prickly mouthfeel. A bit more than mildly acidic. A slightly metallic flavor in the background, but that fades as it warms. A grain-malty, but surprisingly dry finish. This doppelbock is spicier than its competitors, which I believe is one of the things that makes it better than a lot of them. An excellent brew, one of the kings of its style.

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Photo of Amalak
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of the bottle, it is dark brown/blackish. Good head, dissipates somewhat quickly, good lace. Thick coffee chocolate smell, very heavy.

Thick and smooth in taste. Leaves a chocolately trace in the mouth. So smooth, it goes down great.

Off topic somewhat, it comes with a little ornament...classy. Really a high quality brew. Heavy dark brew, that leaves you completely satisfied.

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Photo of nickynick
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, this stuff is unbelievable. I love this brewery, and I love this beer. The appearance is wonderful, dark dark brown, and it looks thick. Nice tan head that has good retention. The smell is amazing. Every time I have one of these I sit and smell it for at least a minute, and am amazed that I find something new almost every time I nose this beer. Dark malt, brown sugar, hops, chocolate, dark beers, caramel. I could go on. Taste matches the smell. With tons of dark rich malt flavors. Chocolate, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is good, right amount of carbonation and not overly thick. Drinkability is good, but you can only have maybe 2 of these at most, because it is like a meal. Or at least dessert. Wonderful!

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A poured from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet.
color of maple syrup
about a finger of THICK beige sweet tasting head

S chocolate SWEET smells a lot like my homebrew's wort.

T OOH sweet caramel malty goodness.this is pure malt. in the best way

M: thick and chewy.

D: not so drinkable Excellent nonetheless. Too Good to drink one after the other.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle, BB reads 04.2011, into tulip. Pours creamy tan head with good retention & stickage atop of opaque yet clear dark brown body with ruby highlights. Aroma is rich maltiness with melanoidin-toasty qualities, dark fruits (plum, prune and dried grapes) originating from the malts used rather than fruity esters of yeast, dark chocolate and some caramel. Malty flavor with melanoidin-toasty qualities, chocolaty with roasty notes, non-harsh alcohol warmth and some hoppy bitterness towards the finish which is quite dry for such a dark Doppel Bock. Very clean lager character with less fruitiness than in the aroma. The body is medium with moderate yet fine carbonation allowing smoothness to this nearly flawless beer. In short: An excellent, rather dry Doppel Bock with clean lager character.

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Photo of SethB2
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Served out of a 12oz bottle in my Sacramento Kings pint glass.

A - Very dark, deep redish brown with a nice one finger head. Lacing is great. Good looking brew.

S - Very nice. Lots of fruit and sweet malt. Very complex. I smell something different every time I put it to my nose.

T - Wow. Starts sweet with fruity flavors and then settles into a slight hop bite. This is as close to perfection as I have ever had. Wonderful taste.

M - Smooth as silk. Low on carbonation.

D - No problems here either. I could drink these all night.

O - One of the best beers that I have had the pleasure of sampling.

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Photo of bfields4
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The darkest mahogany brown before being black. A nice tight head that rises and falls quickly.

The sweet smell of toasted malts make my mouth water. Nice faint smell of biscuits and caramel.

Wow flavor hits right away. Nuttiness and malts and molasses and bananas and... so exceptional finally fades way to a very creamy caramel.

As a huge German beer fan I am ashamed it has taken me so long to finally pick one of these guys up. With Celebrator and Weinstephaner I always have a way to make my way back to Munich.

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Photo of Matthew
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im a huge fan of the dopplebock style and this brew is a fine example. Pours a Dark copperish color with a nice light tan head about an inch thick. Smells of sticky fruit, raisons, very slight citrus, and very sweet. Delicious! Sweet Caramel/molasses flavor up front with some fruitiness, lightly bready and has slight alcohol in the after taste. Very smooth. This is a complex beer that has flavors i cant quite put my finger on.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Bumping up my ratings here. There are a few other world class doppelbocks (Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel and Weihenstephaner Korbinian are two that come to mind), but Celebrator gets the nod here for its unmatched smooth finish. Exceptionally clean and smooth. Dark, roasted malt is the star of the show, but there is also a fruity aspect to it that will take you to places you previously thought only ales could go. Not to mention, each bottle comes with a billy goat ornament strung around its neck. How cool is that?

One of my favorite beers in the world.


Original rating 4.48/5 on 2/1/2005.

On-tap @ Anam Cara in Brookline, MA.

Wow, what a treat to find this one on-tap! Props to AC.

Served in it's proper Celebrator glass, it was dark-brown colored. The head had great retention all the way through its short lifespan. Nothing too crazy going on with the aroma, just a nice, enjoyable nutty scent. Great nutty, roasted malt flavor as well. Nice and smooth on the palate. Exceptional drinkability. I couldn't believe how fast I was drinking it, but I couldn't stop!

What more can be said about this brew that hasn't been said already? One of the best and deserves its classic status.

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Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Celebrator is a pitch dark garnet with a small tan head. I've had this many times in Ayinger's designated flute, and it looks better that way, but for some reason I don't have one!

The smell is rich and sweet, yet soft, dark fruits and toffee

Taste is big and thick, super malty but not to sweet nor rich, a fantastic balance. Caramel and roasty, Ayinger's is the benchmark dopplebock, period. A truly great beer.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, the body on the heavier side.

Drinkablity is almost to high. Man have I had more of these then prudent on more then one occasion. Really missing these on draught from the Sharp Edge right now!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super thick glowing dark brown color with deep red ruby highlights, light brown head of tight frothyness thats about a finger high, faded fast, gets some minimal spotty and stringy lace.

Smell is tangy fruitish dark malts, quite a rich full nose with hints of ginger, brown sugar, favorable cookie dough, lightly roasty/toasty, some toffee, with dark fruit of plum and raisin notes.

Taste is a ton of nice tangy dark malts, a bit of caramel and toffee up front, middle twinge of chocolate and slight hops into the finish which is mostly dark fruits and toffee with incredible lingering qualities of twingy, fruity malty tanged dryness.

Feel is medium bodied, buttery smooth and lightly textured with a light tangy dryness in the finish. Very nice drinkablity, heavenly smooth and excellent creamyness makes for short work of the 12 ounces, need another.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,374 ratings.
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