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 jamesroses
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle

Apearance: completely black, beige one finger head of small bubbles that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Aroma: chocolate, roasted malts, smoked wood, fresh bread, delicate dark fruits, but in a different way than belgian dubbels, for example. Amazing.

Taste: tastes like it smells, with a distinct cocoa/chocolate flavour that is really great. A slight fruity sweetness backed up by some bready notes come through and complete the beautiful experience.

Mouthfeel: alcohol not noticed. Low carbonation makes up for a somewhat watery but full of flavout mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. With a little more of body it would be a 10.

Overall: my first doppelbock ever and feels like I've waited too much to try this. Great beer, would get my hands on it almost everyday if it was available around here. Unfortunately, it isn't, so I'll have to try the Paulaner Salvator and be satisfied wit that.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Black with very nice head, dense small bubbles great lacing.

Smell - Plum, dark fruit, molasses, tobacco, bitter chocolate.

Taste - Rich sweet malts, little milder on the chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar, oak finish.

Feel - Heavier body well carbonated, great finish not too dry or bitter.

Overall - The aroma really pulled me in with the dark fruit and molasses the flavor was amazing plenty of caramel, dark fruit and little bit of oak.

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Photo of anon
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First off, I initially rated and reviewed this Sept. 09, 2013, when I was still a newcomer to the beer scene; that initial review rated this beer far lower than where this one stands and I believe shows how a pallete develops over time.

This time around; things start out nicely, deep Ruby hue with a finger-width head, reducing to a small pool of foam. Not much lace to speak of. Smell is all malt; sweet, nutty, bready, yeasty. Rich and flavourful brew; heavy caramel malt, toffee, raisin, fig, chestnuts, hazelnuts, light coffee, baked bread, cherries, so much goodness. Toasty bread lingers in the finish with sweet caramel candy.

Rich, medium body goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. This excellent brew deserves a proper meal pairing. Simply one of the best, so glad to finally return to this when I can fully appreciate it.

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

At Glasgow's Hippo Tap Room on Sauchiehall Street I spotted this on there bottled beer list. Great looking label, it pours beautifully with a brown/ black body and a beige head. Aromas of caramel & smoked malt. Taste is of caramel, chocolate, cocoa & smoked malt with a medium body. Aftertaste is of a smoked malty caramel. Outstanding Doppelbock, and one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Indy8080
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Here is the top of the line of Doppelbocks in all around taste and quality. The other Doppelbocks just don't quite measure up to it. I buy mine at Kahn's in Indianapolis, where it is fresh with continuous turnover. I don't care so much about how a beer looks, smells, or feels. I just like the Celebrator taste, which is marvelous. It has a full body and well balanced ingredients. Most of the beers throughout the European countries are mediocre at best compared to many of our American craft beers, but not this one.

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Photo of cwalter
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly dark brown in color with slight hues of red. Supports a fluffy tan head about two fingers in depth. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans along with caramel in the aroma. Mouthfeel is a medium body. At the forefront of the taste is a nutty character, more similar to toffee than caramel. Then you get subtle waves of chocolate, vanilla and maybe a little oak. Towards the end you get a roasted coffee bean flavor with the lingering roasty bitterness. The toffee/flavor is slightly more predominant, but the flavors all mix very well and one does not completely overpower the other. Really great doppelbock.

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Photo of arizcards
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single in late May from Glendale BevMo for $3.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured burgundy brown with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is liquid bread, sweet malty goodness and dark fruits dominate.

Taste follows the nose, very much wheat bread, dark fruits, very soft and wine like.

Feel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a world class brew that is truly a treat if you are into bocks!

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Photo of kculrich
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml bottle, undated, served in a cervoise.

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a finger-and-a-half of silky brown head, short retention, no lacing.

Smells of toasted oatmeal bread and brown sugar, roses and vanilla.

Tastes like brown bread, molasses, chocolate caramels and dates. Finishes with a little burnt sugar-roasted chicory bitterness.

Feel is medium-thick and slick, meaty and chewy. Carbonation is vigorous out of the bottle but disappears almost entirely within a few minutes.

Overall, a super-satisfying, smooth-drinking beverage. I feel like I've just finished a small meal rather than a bottle of beer. Definitely on the list of beers to have again.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black color red tints no head. Nose spice, roasted malt, dark coffee, dark fruit (cherries?), taste molasses, berries, spice notes, vanilla, cola. Finish strong malty cola. This is a nice representation of the style. A nice smooth hearty beer.

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Photo of BigGold
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle (with plastic goat "prize" attached) into Pilsner glass, when I remembered that a hot, muggy Deep South summer is the time for dark LAGERS. And this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.31/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark chocolatey near opaque. But high clarity. Like soda. Flat. No foam no bubbles. 2.75

S - malty sweet with the tiniest hint of leathery horse blanket. 3.5

T - slightly sour vegetal aftertaste. Roasted bitterness of burnt toast. 3.25

M - disappointingly flat. 3

D - overall an adequate representation of the style. Better than some of the overly experimental U.S. versions. 3.5

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark amber poured into a pint glass with very little head and no lacings. Warm toastiness to the taste. Been saving this one for a while. Smooth with a malty scent. Not sure of the aftertaste, though. Kind of bitter. I like that it doesn't coat the tongue . . .this makes it easier to move on to another beer, a different style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My apologies to all the doppelbock lovers out there, take this review with a grain of salt (no wait, that's a gose). Comes out dark with those burnt dark copper undertones. Aroma is a lot of roasted dark fruit and solvent like alcohol feels. Some smoke.

Waves of belgian yeast, spice rack, alcohol, overripe burnt dark fruit and malt.

Kinda harsh man, thought this would be a smoother drinking experience, just comes across like the average doppel to my tastes.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Large foamy head that faded down to a thin, creamy tan head. Body is dark brown and let very little light through.

S: Malty but not super aromatic.

T: Brown sugar and toasted bread. A little bit of hoppy bitterness. Flavors are very well balanced.

F: Full bodied and a little creamy. Light carbonation, enough to notice but not enough to "bite" making this drink very smooth.

O: Wow now that is a beer. I recently joined BA and started doing reviews and have been wondering, "What does a 5 rating taste like to me." I just found out. Flavors and mouthfeel are perfectly balanced. This may be my new favorite beer.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense foam. Hint of red when held up to the light. Head slowly dissipates to a nice cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate and dark bread, mild sweetness throughout. Possibly hint of coffee as it warms up.

T - Milk chocolate in the front turning to dark chocolate on the way down from hop bitterness. Slight pine flavor from the hops in the back of the palate.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Fits the style and flavor well.

O - Very nice and smooth, not a huge range of flavor or aroma but what it has is excellent. Easy drinker for the alcohol content.

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Photo of mncoinman
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is bit more on the chocolate side. Pours a dark brown, almost opaque. Excellent, long lasting foam head. Some lacing. Good flavorings of munich malts, Hops is fairly subtle. Smooth drinking. One of the better doppels. The Germans still rule over this beer style.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a well chilled bottle, pours dark almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma is totally malty. Taste is similar (a sweet malt) with like molasses flavors. With fairly little carbonation, It has OK "body" and I might persuade myself that it has a creamy smoothness. Some folks feel it's inappropriate to compare beers of different styles ...but... any decent Oatmeal Stout is superior to this in terms of: creaminess, full body, and smoothness.

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Photo of leantom
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having had this beer a couple of times before, I was pretty expectant of what it would taste like this time around. It didn't disappoint. Here goes:

A: Dark brown, tan head, leaves some lacing. Good, but nothing I haven't already seen. Well-filtered, too.

S: Very complex. Brown sugar, plums, raisin, and caramel. Mix of darker fruit and sticky sugar.

T: Follows the smell. Tastes a little better as it warms. Good.

F: Thick. Good.

O: Solid beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Martin194
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very dark brown, ruby when held up to the light; white-tan head

Smell: Hints of fruit, specifically banana and cherry, and coffee, sugar, bit of roasty undertone

Taste: Coffee, fruit, this time more plum and raisin, leaves a bittersweet taste

Feel: Light carbonation, which I thought was good as it didn't distract from the flavors; leaves kind of a sticky feel in the mouth and throat

Overall: Very good beer! Lots of flavors going on, plus the little goat is a nice touch!

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Photo of CALang595
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can still remember the small plastic goats from the bottles my father and grandfather had drank when i was a young boy. I can't say I've drank much of this beer, but all the same it is a wonderful shift from the neutral , gas station beers than flood the night life of my generation. The reviews I've seen so far have been nothing but positive so it is good to know other persons have enjoyed this specific beverage as much as my ancestors and i have.

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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,467 ratings.
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