Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

6,496 Ratings
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: into a pilsener glass, deep amber brown beer with a couple of fingers of head; fuzzy collar persisted, some motes left behind; almost oily sheen inside glass

S: rich bready malt and molasses sweetness

T: some flavor-shifting here - started off with bold dark malt flavors, had an almost chocolately character later, and finished with some dark fruitiness, almost like raisins and dates.

M: smooth, medium-full body, some gentle carbonation fuzziness; teensy bit of stickiness

O: a celebratory beer for sure - easily my favorite doppelbock - and I'm not a big doppelbock guy or anything, but this is an excellent beer - reminded me of holiday ales and really good brown ales

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Photo of RankRefugee88
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Pilsener glass.

A - Deep ruby red body, average sized tan head. Bubbles shoot from the bottom into the abyss of the glass one by one.

S - Powerful gust of malts. Aged berries blanket a fruity hop character. Yeast is there.

T - Aroma and taste are different, but compliment eachother so nicely. Taste consists of rich dark malts, again darker fruits dominate the hop character. Slight chocolate with a hint of caramel highlights, finished with a bittersweet backbone.

M - Creamy, smooth, carbonated.

D - Aging 2 and using the other to marinade a steak but is extremely drinkable. Smooth and rewarding.

Remarkable brew with a substantial dosage of flavor. Very important for any lover of this style to pick this up for a try.

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Photo of stoutmanmcporter
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tylertut
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into wine glass.
Looks very dark brown sitting on the bar, with tints of red and copper when held to the light. Small head with mild lacing. Smell is very enticing. Lots of raisin and licorice notes with hints of rye bread. Taste is a melody of flavors. Roasted grains, licorice, molasses, and a heavy bread backbone. Not real bitter or hoppy. Chewy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. While this beer didn't exceed my lofty expectations, it didn't disappoint either. Very worthy of the hype.

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Photo of yuno
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Saviour
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hustlesworth
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark clear chestnut brown. creamy beige head is short lived and leaves a small amount of soft lace which dried gently into little specks.

S- roasty malt and burnt brown sugar, a touch of cocoa, raisin, toasted nuts and some coffee.

T- cocoa, molasses, soft dark fruit, and a nutty sweetness get cut in the middle by rather aggressive hallertau hops, much more so than other examples of the style, and coffee flavors. a sort of rye sourness appears next leading into a dark chocolate finish. all the doppelbocks i've had are big malt bombs, but the generous hopping of the celebrator balances things out, greatly appealing to my tastes.

MF- cocoa powdery initial feel, density seems to open up a bit as it goes down smooth like velour with medium low bubbling.

D- my best overall bock experience so far, the official gold rimmed glass makes it even better.

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Photo of Wattstriker
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kitschiguy
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Poured a very dark brown with a big off-white head which lasted well.

Nose is very nice. Lots of coffee, some caramel, toffee and some dark fruit. Nice

Palate is nice with coffee dominating and caramel coming through. Burnt toastiness at the end.

Mouth is surprisingly a little thin biu the body is medium overall.

Very nice this one. Nose and palate are complex and it's nicely balanced. Just feel a little let down by the thin (ish) mouth.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of redfish2942
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steveh
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went in search of some .5 liter bottles of Salvator, due to some discussion of world-class beers and other conversation, but came up short. Picked up some Celebrator instead since I haven't sampled it in a (long) while and have been meaning to. Perfect for a 90° day, right?

11.2 ounce brown bottles in a $10 4 pack. No dating on the labels. Only 6.7? Man, that seemed so strong when I first discovered this brew back in the mid-80s.

A -- Gushered bottle on opening. Could be age, could be shaken up a little on the drive, but it had set in the fridge a while before capping. Deep, clear chestnut color with red highlights when held to the light. Dense light tan head that didn't hold as long as I'd have expected.

S -- Rich, dark bread crust character up front, some mild caramel and chocolate characters back, with some vague dark fruit peaking through.

T -- Same rich, toasted dark bread crust character up front, mild dark fruits thru the middle, finishes with a pepperiness from alcohol and an aftertaste that is lightly caramel, almost molasses-like.

M -- Mouthfeel is chewy and almost thick and syrupy, body is medium-full and smooth with a dry finish that fights a sticky after-feeling.

O -- A very good take on the style, and would have received higher marks without the gusher -- I'll amend that with the next bottles if they're cleaner.

This is certainly the quintessential "liquid bread." You could almost make a sandwich out of it. It's the type of lager that would surprise ale elitists, and the type of lager that makes me a defender of the styles.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle, poured into my Celebrator glass.

Appearance: Deep ruby color, with about a half-inch of head.

Aroma: Liquid bread indeed! Smells like a dark loaf rich wheat bread, with plums nearby. There's also the hint of nutty chocolate aroma.

Flavor: Sweet but not cloying, the malt flavor is what this beer is all about. Toasty, slightly chocolatey (or perhaps molasses-like is a better desc). A little dry raisin flavor is also present. Hops are not detectable at all. Finish is sweet, but fairly clean.

Body: The body is medium, a little lighter than what I expect in a doppelbock.

A true classic. I can't think of anything to else to say.

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Photo of poskok
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tcady22
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CTFalcon
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bone53
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brown pour with a beautiful red tent when put up to the light. Half finger of tan head

Smell: Fresh figs, raisins, caramel, toasted grains. Incredible aromas

Taste: Figs upfront, chocolate and vanilla mid palate, with toasted grains on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light medium body and a little thin, but its very creamy and i detect zero alcohol. Moderate bitterness on the finish

Overall: Being a fan of good American porters and brown ales, i highly enjoy this as i find some similarities. The dark fruit, light chocolate and vanilla, caramel, toasted grains, etc. The taste actually reminds me of a weaker version of Dogfish's Palo Santo Marron. It packs a lot of flavor and is extremely dribkable. A winner in my book

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of victordunston
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep, deep dark brown with a fluffy, heavily tanned head. Roasty malts and sweetness are followed by a slight alcohol heat on the nose. One of the darkest and most flavorful lagers I've ever had. Delicious notes of licorice, dark roasted malts, and chocolate. One of my favorite aspects to this beer is how the slightly effervescent carbonation and lager mouthfeel serve to allow the flavors to punch through. Classic.

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Photo of joemetric
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattster
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold 11.2 oz bottle into mug.

Very good dark brown, mostly opaque color. Very thin tan head, with some lacing.

Smell is of somewhat malty. Taste is nutty, slightly sweet, but not overwealming. Very nice smooth finish. This is my first experience with this beer and I'm quite impressed with it.

This beer is better suited as a dinner beer (I think) and would be a superb choice with a real starchy meal. I wish I had bought more than one of these, but that was all I bought.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first dopplebock and all I can say is give me more. This was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The pour leaves a brownish beer which lightens as your near the bottle, the head is a foamy white. Taste is malty but not overdown or buttery. The flavor really exploded on this one as the temp increased with no hints of the alcohol just the incredible malts. I bought this in a four pack which was four months out of suggested serving time and still loved this. I also had this on tap at redbones a few weeks back and it was wonderful as well, I didn't review it at that time as I was eating the kick ass buffalo shrimp and wasn't in the note taking mood.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a bulb glass. no freshness date. the bottle was a little bit of a gusher when i popped the cap, but i only lost a drop or 2 of beer

this beer pours a dark dark brown color, appears black when not in the light.a nice 2-3 fingers of brown mocha colored head fades to some patchy foam and a thick ring after a few minutes. a very nice sticky lace as well.

complex aroma. chocolatey roasted malts, bready, dark fruits such as raison, plum, fig. hints of sweet malt and grapes.

in no paticular order, sweet malts, roasted malts, lots of dark dried fruit, raisons, plums, figs, dates, etc., some good milk chocolate/ cooking chocolate combo, some breadiness, as well as a touch of graininess. flavors of grapes and some hop and roasted malt bitterness finish things off.

the body of this beer seems bigger than the ABV would suggest, medium to almost a little heavy. great feeling carb.

so much flavor packed into this beer, its surprising that its actually quite drinkable. it might sit heavy in ur stomach after a few, definatly wouldnt want a 6 pack in one night, but it goes down very easy. german beers are not my favorite kind of styles, but this one is prolly one of my favorite. i highly recommend this. i would also love to see how this ages.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful dark and deep, a slight mahogany tinge when held to the light, but this baby is deep and dark. Creamy tan head that does not stop, and craters nicely as the glass goes down.

S-Malty, smokey nutty, cocoa, and a hint of coffee and dark fruits, yet bready as well...a treat for the nose.

T-Unreal creamy taste mirroring the smell...so smooth, the toasted latte of beers. Not a terribly long finish, but wow...this is filling.

M-Well balanced with lighter carbonation

D-This is a very nice beer, would I want another? Absolutely! Beyond that, it is a bit too filling, but for the style, one of the best I have had.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,496 ratings.
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