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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 larryarms847
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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 cmurkar
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark amber, almost brown in color. Lightly colored head that disappeared very quickly. Smell is heavy yeast and pronounced malt. Caramel finish with fruity esters. Tastes very similar to smell. The malt is strong in this one, in a good way. Gives off a sweet flavor, with refreshing grape. Flavor is complementing by a great mouthfeel. Creamy beer with a light carbonation. Carbonation mixes well with the grape that is reminiscent of sparkling wine.

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Photo of 71ADub
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured a 2 year old bottle into a chilled pint glass

A - medium dark brown to dark ruby - nice tan head, thick

S - malty, some caramel sweetness

T - some dark fruit flavors, followed by malty goodness

F - medium mouthfeel, medium carbontation

O - Ayinger is my favorite Deutsche brauerei. Nice complexity to this lager. I like it better than Aventinius.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was March which is "stark Bier Monat (strong beer month) so I though a Doppelbock would be appropriate. At the brewery Gasthaus in Aying. It was served in a Pilsner glass and I neglected to ask if it was "vom Fass" or "Flasche". I believe it was on tap. Very dark, slightly reddish color with a tan head. Great aroma of coffee, toffee, slightly spicy...obviously a lot going on here. First taste is all malt and a raisiny sweetness that immediately reminded me of a Beerenauslese wine I had drank the day before. Hard to find much hops presence other than the appropriate bitterness. I'll bet the IBU's on this are actually pretty high. Just overpowered by all that malt. Not quite as sweet as the Kulmbacher Eisbock I had on the same trip but definitely a little sticky. This was a bedtime beer on this day and I can report I slept well!

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Photo of hyperbolic_chamber
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First ever review-- fittingly, done for a classic. 11.2 ounce bottle, with no freshness date, poured into a pint glass.

Large creamy head that dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Deep, ruby hue which is only visible at the thinnest part of the glass-- otherwise, completely dark.

Fruity esters and grape rinds with no hop smell noticeable. A sticky sweetness is driving this beer's smell, but not in a bad way. Hay-like malt underneath it all.

Alcohol hotness is forces its way to the forefront, followed closely by a raisiny sweetness and plum, but then again with the hotness, which becomes almost rum-like as the beer warms. Heat and raisin collide in a way which is reminiscent of a cinnamon raisin bagel. Definitely a predominately malty beer, with a tad bit of noble hop presence if you really are looking for it. Some cola beneath it all. Big, loud, and chewy flavors at all phases.

Thick and creamy, with a denseness that lingers once the moderate carbonation is long gone. A meal in a glass.

This beer is sweet, hot, and not the cleanest; but somehow, these generally negative attributes meld perfectly to create something exceedingly nice here. Truly a one of a kind brew. This beer is the well-deserved flagship of a style which doesn't get enough attention.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a small weizen glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours a dark, almost opaque, mahogany body with plenty of red highlights near the edges of the glass, small amounts of fine streaming carbonation become visible when held to the light. A two-finger in height, dense, foamy, tan coloured head quickly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind small amounts of soapy lace.

The rich and robust nose primarily comprises of dark roasted malts and lightly sweet fruity esters. Very faint hop bitterness and traces of alcohol are also detectable in the background. Taste follows suit. Sweet, dark, bready malts and dark fruits combine to lead the flavour profile upfront. Raisin-like sweetness transitions to complex roasted profiles around the mid-palate, as subtle hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and nuttiness develop. Towards the finish, mild, dry, roasted bitterness and subtle woody, herbal and spicy hops expertly balance initial malt sweetness. In the mouth, a medium to full body and soft carbonation give a luxuriously smooth and velvety feel. Lingering roast and hop profiles along with touches of alcohol warmth give a long finish, drying the palate to become lighter and crisper towards the end.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Hugely complex, beautifully well balanced, and both rich and malty but still crisp, dry and easy drinking. Recommended.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Pours dark brown with a two finger head after a medium-aggressive pour. Minimal retention on the glass. Smell is strong dark fruits and malt, raisin and plum being in the front. The taste follows the smell with a very strong raisin flavor. Also present our plum, malt, and even some caramel. A deep breath picks up some alcohol flavor and smell. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and very smooth. This beer goes down very easily with a great, complex, deep flavor profile. Overall this is an excellent beer, worthy of the high ratings.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark Brown reddish tint. Minimal amounts of light passing through. Huge head that holds well. Carbonation bubbles at bottom, but can't see carbonation in liquid.

S - Bread, prunes, raisins, and sour cherries.

T - Malty, minimal alcohol taste Not bitter, coffee, cherries, and raisins. Bready. Tastes a tad bit flat. Malty finish.

M - Very thick. Not much carbonation. Maltiness holds well.

O - Great smell, very good taste; love the malty flavor, but but seems to taste slightly flat.

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Photo of dleigh
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark and a little amber with a gigantic tan head and some nice lacing. Smells toasty and malty with some slightly sweet notes to it and maybe some molasses. Tastes a little roasty and bready with some caramelization. A little hop spiciness too. Smooth, thick body. Lots of fluffy carbonation, but totally smooth as well.

Hard to describe how well balanced this beer is. This beer approaches platonic ideal status.

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Photo of Squire123
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Proud member of the Doppelbock Aristocracy. Beautiful dark color, enticing aroma, full malt flavor that almost outruns my thoughts as I attempt a description. Moderately hopped, full melange of malt 43from lightest to darkest without the harshness of roasted grain. Just a beautifully balanced, complex flavor.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany witha two finger head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose is malty and burnt raisins, but softer than expected. Taste is dark fruits and molasses, but again, duller than expected. Overall, a very good beer, but no nearly as good as Andechs doppelbock in my opinion.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Tamuras $3.69
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Rich smooth, tastes of cola, molasses, coffee, no bitterness
Overall a great beer to drink on occasion. Would drink again.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased on a whim at my local craft beer store......(I don't squally stay away from European imports, too expensive). Oddly, when I got home, this actually the highest rated dobblebock on BA. It's a winner. Read all the reviews and you'll see why. Color: darkkkk, aroma/ flavor: magnificent .....

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Photo of portwood
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: molasses, chocolate, prunes, hint of smoke. Taste: smooth mouthfeel, blackberries, caramel. Finish: coffee, fruity esters, light hoppy bitterness, ashy. (no date on bottle, probably ~2015)

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark brown with some hues of ruby. a creamy, light tan head recedes quickly to a fairly scant collar.

S: Plum, raisin, roast, slight coffee, molasses, caramel and a slight bit of spice.

T: Largely follows the nose: plum, raisin, earthiness, bread, molasses, spiciness, caramel, perhaps a slight chocolate note, tobacco.

F: Full bodied, a fair amount of prickly carbonation, creaminess in the mouthfeel allows for a very enjoyable drinking experience. Finishes fairly dry, but does accumulate some stickiness over time.

O: A very nice doppelbock. The taste is delightfully complex.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Pilsner glass. It pours a rich cola color with a foamy, one-finger, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, pumpernickel bread, and a whiff of caramel. There is also a faint smell of raisin and tobacco. It has a rich, complex flavor featuring roasted malt, molasses, raisin, caramel, and burnt coffee. The flavors blend beautifully. There is only the slightest hop presence and virtually no bitterness. The feel is creamy with only slight carbonation and with an ABV of only 6.7% it is incredibly easy to drink. Celebrator is a complex and delicious beer that would stand up to a rich meal but is also terrific for casual drinking. It's an absolutely world class Doppelbock.

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Photo of Tele
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 4.2.16

A: 4.5 Extremely dark brown, almost black with a little red around the edges. The two-inch tan head has good retention and leaves a little lace in the glass.

S: 4.25 Aromas start off with a bit of oxidation with pretty strong roasted malt coming next bringing molasses, soy sauce, and cardboard. Mild grain and yeast are there too, but much subtler than the malt elements.

T: 4 Flavors tell a similar story with pretty strong malt, molasses, and some coffee. Pretty nice balance of sweetness and bitterness at first, but bitterness seems to linger with more hints of oxidation.

M: 4.5 Nice body and really excellent carbonation. Pretty thick but not too much for the style.

O: 4.25 I think this might be an old bottle because I’ve had this in the past and been kind of blown away before. I recall much more going on with great balance. This is still good and I’ll be seeking it out in the future to see if this is just a slightly ‘off’ bottle.

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Photo of ClayButtley
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Rockjocknroll
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: SRM 35ish; deep and dark brown nearing black. Copious tan head.
S: More toffee than you can shake a stick at. A little roast but almost all crystal malt. Makes your mouth water.
T: More complex than the nose; more dry roast up front with some bready character but that gives way to more caramel that finishes long and elegantly. The hop balance is perfect; neither too sweet or bitter. You breathe out burnt sugar but in a good way like creme brûlée.
M: Coats your entire mouth with all the above flavors and lets them linger forever. Viscous without being thick...so good.
O: I'm so glad to revisit this beer and know how available it is. After having so many doppels this one might be the supreme representation. It has something for everyone; it's intensely flavorful without overpowering with a perfect balance of characters. Aventinus will be my fall go-to for the spice but for the price and perfect flavor you can never go wrong with Celebrator for an amazing bock.

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Photo of El-blanco
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank it too fast to really observe the colour in the glass but it has a very dark, rich, looking body with a beautiful copper head. Very strong malty smell and tastes about the same. This beer is unbelievably smooth, barely carbonated. It can be dangerous because it is so smooth and easy to drink. Gives an incredible buzz.

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Photo of dcotom
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle into a mug. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a fluffy light tan head and deep ruby highlights. Bready aroma, with notes of dark fruit - prune, raisin, fig - that carry over to the palate. Also some caramel sweetness, with a little burnt-coffee bitterness on the end. Finish is quite clean, good balance, not much residual sweetness. Outstanding, and an excellent example of why the doppelbock is often termed "a meal in a glass."

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Photo of Webzombie
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Luckily this beer is widely available in the Milwaukee area. The first one I had I did not know what to think because the overwhelming initial malt smell almost made me sick to my stomach. After getting over that and trying the beer; just pure greatness. To me it tastes like a sourdough raisin type hybrid. It is a strange beer: I could chug the entire thing no problem it is that easy drinking; but then when you sip it slowly the rich flavor really comes out. One day will get to Germany and try it fresh (if that is a thing). Do yourself a favor and put down the overhyped imperial double IPA that tastes like cheap booze and get one of these bad boys. You will not regret it.

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Photo of FBarber
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark almost black, but when held up to the light gives off a reddish hue. Nice tan head that dissipates with some minor residual film.

Smells like freshly baked bread and malts. Taste is of roasted malts and bread some minor molasses notes. I did note an almost metallic undertone to the beer. Beer has a decent amount of carbonation, very light feel to the beer, very drinkable and hides the ABV quite well.

Overall a really good doppelbock, supremely drinkable and very flavorful.

Revisited 2/4/16. No metallic taste, incredible flavors, lovely beer.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 03/13/16:

Clear but very dark red-hued brown, fairly viscous. Head is creamy and fine-bubbled. Only moderate retention at first but leaves a film for the duration. Smells like dark fruit, especially dates, but some berry suggestions as well, lots of brown sugar, a little molasses. Toffee, dark fruit, molasses, anise, toast to the taste. Any hops in this are all but lost in light roasty/smokey character. Booze is well-disguised, even when it comes to warmth. Full-bodied, syrupy, loaded with fine suds, velvety.

Very good beer, probably the best Doppelbock I've tried so far. So good I went out and bought some more less than a week after making my initial notes. Alas, the one I reviewed here was a 7.1% ABV and I probably had it for a year already, whereas the new ones are all 6.7% and fresh. Not anywhere near as good, I've already tasted one, will review one of the next three in an update to this review. Not awful either, fortunately.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,444 ratings.
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