Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Ratings: 6,518 |  Reviews: 2,440
Photo of larryarms847
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear but dark brown with a slightly reddish hue and a thin half finger of light brown foam.

Strong notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and slight fruity yeast notes.

Toffee and caramel malt sweetness comes off immediately with a slight chocolate notes and fruity yeast flavors to wash the palate clean.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, semi-chewy, smooth.

Overall, this is truly a world class example of the doppelbock style. Incredibly smooth, sweet, and drinkable.

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Photo of BierFan
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Very dark ruby body capped by two fingers of tan foam. Big rich aroma, lots of molasses and caramel. Very sweet. More sugary chocolate and caramel goodness in the taste. Bitter dark chocolate flavor from the malts. Very creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of dd43
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Molasses, banana, fig, raisins, prunes, sweetened coffee, cooked sugar. You will come across these descriptors again and again when reading reviews of this beer, because they are apropos. There's a wonderful pumpernickel bread quality to the malts, with a kiss of that palate drying caraway-like sourness that elevates it to a world class level. This is one of the best dopplebocks I've had, likely one of the best there is in the world. It's a reference beer for the style. Curious about dopplebocks? Start here and prepare to be rewarded.

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Photo of codytwo
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasu
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClayButtley
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into stemless wine glass.

Look: chocolate brown that turns reddish when held to light. Small tan head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: dark fruit. Raisins, dates, plums. Smells boozey as it warms. Sweet smell, some malt.

Taste: Carmel. Sweet and malty. A bit of molasses maybe. A bit of hops in the middle, then a very smooth roasty malt flavor lingers and sticks all over the mouth. Complex and wonderful.

Feel: Silky smooth, but with substance. Good carbonation. Coats the whole mouth with tasty goodness. The feel may be the beers best feature and that is saying something.

This is a really great complex beer. Reasonably priced and from a great brewery.

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Photo of epyon396
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of risenz
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottfrie
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a big fuzzy light brown head that reduced into a thick film that left spots of lace.
S: Big malty notes of caramel, molasses with a hint of vanilla.
T: Follows the nose with rich dark malts and molasses. Slight grassy hop undertones poke through the overwhelming malty sugary sweetness. Aftertaste has a light bitterness, but isn't dry, and tastes a bit like toasted marshmallows. Slight burnt notes.
M: Rich medium body with a syrupy mouthfeel and light, tingly carbonation. Very slick. No alcohol present.
D: What a rich and flavorful beer. I'm no expert on the style but I know a good beer when I taste one, and while this isn't going to win a whole lot of shelf room in my fridge, it is a great beer none the less.

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Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep deep ruby-brown, with a thin off white head. Nose is cereal and toffee. On the palate I get a roasted barley, moderate toffee sweetness, and slight hints of soy-sauce/salt. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and light. Great amount of carbonation.

Overall an amazing beer I'm very happy to revisit. I seem to remember more pronounced sweetness from the last time I had it.

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Photo of kkipple
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Each bottle of this beer comes with a white plastic mountain goat (complete with unstoppable head-butting action!) stamped with the label “Celebrator”. A piece of red twine hooks through the goat’s head and attaches it to the bottle neck. This is incredibly cool and earns my immediate respect.

I pour out a yin-yang combo of blackest black blackety black black beer with a tightly packed, hefty tan head that marks an immediate division between the foam and the beer. Ok, I lied, the beer isn’t really black, hold it to the light and you can see it’s a very deep red. But black is close.

Even after letting this one warm, the smell is minimal. Sweet roasted grain, brown sugar, ripe figs or raisins, and medicinal alcohol is about all I get.

Mmmm… creamy, malt goodness slides down my gullet on the first sip. It’s too sweet and rich for a stout or porter, but still leaves a wonderfully appetizing bittersweet charred malt aftertaste. Red grapes, a hint of prunes, and an odd coolness (mint?!) fill my mouth. Celebrator is remarkably smooth and, for the taste, thin. I get fleeting flavors of coffee and cocoa. Hops are subdued, but I’m loving it.

The mouthfeel is superb, it’s not heavy or cloyingly sweet like some Doppelbocks are wont to be, and thus keeps you coming back for more. The beer is ultra-smooth and creamy. The finish is roasty and bizarrely cool. Why? I haven’t the slightest idea, but I’m not complaining. After drinking most of this, not only am I happy but my breath smells like chocolate and coffee.

Perhaps the most well-balanced Dopplebock I’ve had to date, Celebrator butts heads with the best of them. It’s pricey, but worth it. If you buy it and dislike it, at the end of the day you’re still ahead by a few small plastic goats. How many other beers can boast that?

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown body, mostly opaque, tiny head, tan, with minimal lacing.

S - Hints of malt and caramel, bread and mild floral notes.

T - Rich malts, caramel and dark breads, molasses. Tea and alcohol warmth. A bit of carbonation and bitter.

M - A bit of stickiness. Warm. A bit of dryness as it closes.

O - Lovely rich beer. Tasty and full. Delicious.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - murky brown with a two finger head. good lacing

s - here comes a bock. Nice and rich malt and bread scents

t - very complex. coffee up front that moves into a smooth malt with a sour and slightly bitter finish. I'm tasting a little sweet cola on the swallow right before the alcohol pokes its head out briefly.

m - full bodied. Nice light carbonation.

d - more of a sipper as double bocks go. I can see the appeal. Drinks like a meal. The sour hit right underneath the tongue has me salivating for the next sip. It's relatively mild 6.7% ABV is perhaps a little more apparent than other beers but doesn't take away from the experience. I'd probably stop at one glass given its rich overtones. I probably could have done with a single bottle vs. the four-pack that I purchased at a premium.

The ad campaign certainly adds to its standing. Kudos to their marketing department but it would be a good double bock regardless.

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Photo of jmarod7
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. Love this beer. Has a smell of dark fruits with a dark roast finish. Taste like a coffee roast with a strong finish. Would drink again.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodzm14
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCPhD
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown verging on black with a nice head and excellent lacing.

S: The aroma gives off nice roast malts, light coffee, chocolate and some dark fruit, as well as some nice deep biscuit/bready malt notes. Light, noble hop presence, as well as some spicy lager yeast notes.

T/M: The flavor matches the aroma well, very rich and malty, crazy smooth for a lager. Well rounded roasted notes with more coffee and chocolate, a little molasses. The is a big munich malt presence underneath that lifts the other flavors, and it tapers off into a more herbal hoppy finish.

Overall: I can see the reason for the high ratings on this one, I have not had a doppelbock that could come close. Amazing beer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone pint.

A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Some small bubbles cling to the glass.

S- sweet dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, and slight roast.

T- toasted malts, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits, toffee, and faint coffee.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking beer.

O- very good doppelbock, nice dark fruits and sweet malts. I could drink a 4 pack of this fairly easy over a couple hours.

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Photo of jongullotti
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first good imports I had long ago that acted as a catalyst for helping me break into the world of quality beer. Just had another one last night:

Nice dark color. Aroma of sweet malts, candy, and nuts. Maybe because of my early experience, this tastes of the quintessential double bock - sweet malt, medium body, low hop presence, low carbonation, nutty finish. Very smooth and malty. Great beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer goes "Glug, glug, glug" as you pour it. It lays out a hefty tannish brown head that has some staying power. Color is very dark ruby, but not black. Aroma is wonderful. Incredibly intense malt tones and a nice sweetness detected.
Taste is good, but a little lighter than I expected. Note that I said, "lighter than expected." This beer does have some depth and complexity. But the body is not as heavy as I expected either. Don't get me wrong, this is a great brew. Great tastes of molasses and sweet malt. A nice yeasty flavor. Some breadiness. No hops detected, but there must be some to balance the malt load of this. This is in the elite class of Doppels in my opinion (along with Bell's Consecrator, Spaten Optimator, Sammy Adams and Sprecher).

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Photo of hozersr
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Myotus
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass. LOOK: Pours with a glorious three finger's worth of khaki foam that dissipates into two finger's worth within two minutes. Extremely dark brown in color with a ruby tint. Plenty of bubbles rising along the side of the glass to support that massive head. Lacing is wonderful as it is in abundance and adheres to the sides of the glass.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of caramelized malts that entangle with mild roasted malt, fig, and plum aromas along with a hint of spicy hops.
TASTE: Intial taste is of strong caramelized malt flavors with a hint of alcohol. Mild roasted malt flavors and subtle spicy hop flavors enter immediately after the initial flavors. As all flavors persist in strength, subtle fig and plum flavors complete the 3rd and final act of flavors about 3 seconds after the initial taste.
FEEL: Full-bodied, subtly carbonated, with a thirst quenching finish that sticks to the back of the throat.
NOTE: I love, love, LOVE, how the alcohol was barely detectable. However, as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent.

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Photo of Pantalones
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to reviewing this one; last bottle from the 4-pack, no bottling/best-by date that I could find but I know the beer store ordered these after I mentioned that they were out when I was looking for this beer specifically, so it should be reasonably fresh.

Pours a clear cola-like brown, looking darker brown (almost black at a glance!) once it's in the glass. Big head of light tan foam at first, shrinking to about half that size within a few minutes and then into just a thin cap on the surface of the beer with a thicker ring around the edge of the glass a few minutes after that. The beer is so dark that my little LED flashlight only barely penetrates it -- it gets through as some faded points of red light -- but shining it into the beer I can see some rising bubbles.

Smell is TONS of rich malt -- basically smells like some nice dark brown bread is sitting in my glass! I also noticed a bit of a frutiy thing on the end when I first took a sniff after pouring, but I'm not really finding that now. Maybe just a hint of a brown-sugary sort of thing in there behind all the bread, too. After taking a few sips, I'm noticing there's almost a sort of butteriness to the smell, which works well with all that bread.

On the first sip, taste matches the smell for sure -- loads of bread right away, like really nice whole-grain bread. Also a good bit of dark roasty/bordering on char flavors mixed in, somehow coming across as both fresh bread and toast that's a little crispy around the edges at the same time. There is A LOT of breadiness going on in this beer. Surprisingly dry -- other doppelbocks I've had were noticeably sweeter. About halfway through I'm beginning to pick up on that brown-sugary thing I noticed in the smell -- it pops in for just a few moments at the start of every sip, before giving way to the waves of bread that dominate the flavor of this beer. i think I may have just noticed a tiny bit of that fruity-ish thing I smelled early on, just for a second at the end of a drink. Lingering flavor after swallowing tends to lean toward the dark-roasty elements, with occasional bread and slight doughiness finding their way in, too.

Mouthfeel is nice -- right on the line between "big gulps" and "little sips," so it works pretty nicely either way. There's a bit of a slickness to it, while not going so far in that direction as to be sticky from sweetness the way some other high-ABV dark beers tend to be. A little bubbly but in a pleasant way, no excessive fizz/prickliness... no negative features at all that I can point out really.

Overall, this is a great beer -- definitely glad I finally got around to trying it after all those trips to the beer store where I considered it, but then ended up trying something else instead. Plus, it comes with little plastic goat ornaments on every bottle (at least if you get to it fast enough -- I've noticed that the goats tend to go missing from 3/4 of the bottles in each pack when a 4-pack sits at the store for a while) -- how many other beers have THAT going for them??

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 6,518 ratings
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