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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

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

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Reviews: 2,394 | Ratings: 6,375
Photo of FBarber
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | 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.

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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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Photo of EricVonStein
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark amber colour, big bubbles and a one finger tan head that looks like its still fermenting.

Big malts on the nose, lots of molasses and pumpernickel, black licorice, leathery.

Taste is almost exactly like the nose, dark rye malts are overpowered by black strap molasses, definite earthy hop presence to provide some balance. Lingering anise and herbal bitter touch at the end. Plenty of warming reminiscent of a Jager shot.

Nice bright carbonation keeps the powerful flavours dancing around and feeling light. Feels like a medium light body and doesnt leave any film on the tongue.

As advertised, big malt flavours with the warm booze of a dopple bock. This has a very distinct molasses and black licorice character that sets the Aying apart. Not exactly a flavour I love but works well enough together with the rest of the flavours.

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Photo of caribou43
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is one of my favourite doppel bock in Bavaria. Black color and brown foam, low carbonation. The taste is grape sugar and prunes, giving a nice sweetness.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.25] Dark. It looks black but has brilliant red hues when held up to a light. Looks blood red. Forms almost 2 fingers of dense khaki head. The bottle lists the ABV (6.7%). I can't find date info.

S: [3.75] Caramel, toffee, tobacco. Lots of sugary malt aroma.

T: [4.00] Follows the nose with more caramelized malts. The caramel flavor is smooth and not overly sweet. More toffee (but no tobacco). Has a complex brown bread flavor.

M: [3.75] Creamy and smooth with medium body. Has a hearty malt finish.

O: [3.75] This is a nice robust beer. Hearty malt bill all of the way through. The mouthfeel steps up the beer another notch. I really like this one, compared to other German styles. Lots of complexity. Good malt bill. It is almost a malt bomb - where a lot of the brews I drink tend to be heavy on hops.

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Photo of dd43
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Surdu
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Working at a liquor store and reaping the benefits. This will be the first of many tastings to come. Let's celebrate with this Ayinger Celebrator.

L: Dark amber with a quickly disappearing head.
S: Sweet delicious banana bread and molasses
T: Molasses, bananas, sweet malty backbone with minimal hops, raisins
F: Better than many stouts I've had. Luscious. Some might call syrupy, but carbonation is perfect.
O: Drink this beer. It is good and wholesome. A classic that isn't overpriced and is approachable to even people who may not think they like beer. The over-hopped beer fad of the early 2000s is a shame when balanced brews like this find complexity without relying on IBUs.

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Photo of Trentt2
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sensational beer
L: a dark ruby tint with little foam
S: the one detractor (if u can call it that), extremely subtle, but sweet and inviting
T: the malt!!! This is like drinking heaven, sweet, good body and lingers for a while, but not too long
F: incredibly smooth
O: everything about the beer asks u to drink it, and then savour the hell out of it

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a very dark brown with sexy amber-red highlights when held to the light, and a thin cap of mocha head that leaves crumbling gothic archway lace as it recedes.

Smells of sweet dark fruit, molasses, sugary coffee, banana and mild bittersweet chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate coated raisins, burnt brown sugar, faint cold coffee, ripe banana and more mild baker's chocolate. Faint leafy hops.

Feels soft and smooth. Medium-full bodied with velvety carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. One of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of those perfect beers that reminds me how much I love beer. Complicated but not inaccessible; sweet but savory and perfectly balanced, thick, but not too heavy. Simply put, there is no room for improvement - this is a perfect beer...no, a triumphant beer. It doesn't need to be loaded down with hops or spices to taste full and rich - it conforms to the Reinheitsgebot, for heaven's sake!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Distinct, German taste. It's pretty impressive that even in a doppelbock, you can recognize a cup of Deutschland. Don't know how they do it.
Having said that, this is not really my style. Less harsh than a stout but then a bit too watery and somewhat oily as well. I was quite surprised to see the high rating but happy for the brewery.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look : Very dark brown body, two finger mocha head.

Smell : Brown sugar, honey, dark fruit, beeswax, molasses, and banana.

Taste : Brown sugar, dark fruits, mild spices, molasses, and a bit of nutty hops at the end.

Feel : Medium body, medium-high carbonation, slight alcohol bite.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - A murky....dark brown appearance.
Smell - Sweet Dark fruits dominate the nose, some burnt brown sugar notes in there as well as hints of chocolate
Taste - Raisins, dates, prunes, hints of chocolate and coffee too

Overall - This is the king of Doppelbocks! A delicious malty treat.

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Photo of MACrist
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Dark brown, Nice ruby shimmer up to the light. Big creamy 3" tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Can't really see the carbonation level.
AROMA: Very sweet malt, cocoa, milk chocolate, slight crusty, bready, sourdough bread, and a little bit grassy.
TASTE: Just as aroma. Sweet, with all of the flavors from the aroma and a nice little bit of bitterness to give it a bit of balance. A slight grassiness.
FEEL: A little slick, oily, but finishes more on the dry side. Carbonation level is average and adequate.
OVERALL: A very pleasant DB, no doubt. I find the Weihenstephaner DB a little less sweet and more balanced. This one is slightly too sweet, for me, but not cloying. Nevertheless, a great brew.

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Photo of akdo
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: The beer has a dark brown body, a two-finger mocha head and a copper leg. Of all the German beers I have tried, this one has the best head retention. It recedes to a layer of a few millimetres. By the time one is about to finish drinking the beer, the head will have a few small holes.

Smell: The nose has a mild note of malt. It is a tad reminiscent of chocolate milk. There are no trace of hops in the aromas.

Taste: The palate is almost a replay of the nose. It is very malty and because it is dark, it has a slight toasty taste which makes the beer taste like a toned down Schawzbier. The dominant note was that of caramel, chocolate milk and dark fruits. True to the style, this beer was neither bitter nor dry on the finish.

Feel: The beer is light-bodied and is not astringent. It has a juicy feeling and it is fresh. The warmth of the alcohol can be felt, but it is very low. It doesn't burn the throat. There is also no carbonation.

Overall: This was love at first taste between this beer and me. Despite having an ABV that is comparable to an IPA, this Doppelbock's alcohol is barely felt. Moreover, this is one of the few beers I have tried that comes so close of being to style as per the guidelines of Beer Judge Certification Program.

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Photo of sherillc
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is sweet, fruity, milk chocolate. Flavours of chocolate, espresso, pumpernickel bread, dark fruit, hint of bitterness and a savoury quality on the finish. Perfect balance of richness and carbonation. An excellent Doppelbock.

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

Appearance: Dark red verging on brown. Head was moderate, creamy and dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Faint sweet and fruity. Plums, raisins, figs brown sugar, with a slight breadiness.

Taste: Malty, slightly sweet of toffee, brown sugar, molasses, sweet espresso, subtle chocolate and plums. Exceptionally smooth going down.

Mouth feel: Subtle carbonation, full bodied without being syrupy, malty with a very clean finish.

Overall: An exceptional Doppelbock. Very smooth and tasty. If you like Doppelbocks this is a must try. Difficult to have just one.

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Extremely dark, red colour. Almost brown. Poured about a finger and a half of creamy head, which stuck around for a little while. Little bit of light sneaks in at the bottom of the glass. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Very Sweet. Dark cherries, apples, plums, dark fruit. Very slight hint of milk chocolate on the back end.

Taste: Cherries, chocolate, slightly bitter. Little hint of booziness. Very complex and very tasty.

Fell: Slightly heavy. high carbonation. very nice warming sensation, which is surprising considering the relatively low ABV.

This beer is very well done. Chocolate and dark fruits are present on the forefront, with a lingering boozy bitterness. This doppelbock is worth seeking out.

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Photo of jhartley
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby red brown body with a soft head of light tan, almost resembling as if it were on nitro, without as much head.

Aromas of dark fruits; plums, figs, some breadiness, cocoa.

A sweet malty body up front gives way to a slightly subtle sourness, for lack of a better descriptor, that doesn't last too long. Tastes like a dark chocolate covered plum or prune. Very tasty.

Medium to full mouth feel, has a lovely velvety smooth feel to it.

Overall, it's easy to see why this is the top dog when it comes to Doppelbocks! I will definitely be drinking more of this in the future.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a stemmed Ayinger pokal glass after being poured from a 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: Very dark brown with a hint of red hue. Head was initially moderate-to-large but quickly dissipated.
Smell: Subdued/faint malty aroma.
Taste: Chocolate and malty flavor. Extremely smooth going down.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with heavy body.
Overall: One of the best beers that I have every tried. An absolutely delicious beer that does not overwhelm the palate.

Ironically, while vacationing in Munich, I visited the Ayinger Brewery, and while there I asked specifically for this beer (after reading its glowing reviews on Beeradvocate.com), but they told me it was not the right season (I was there in August), and they do not serve this beer until early spring. It was not until I returned to America when I was able to try this beer for the first time.

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

Dark brown, with a light head which is fading fast.

Aroma: dark fruit and malts.

Taste: has a belgian quality to it, sorry Germany. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel though. Soft on the palette. Roasted malt without the bitterness. Sweet. Toffee aftertaste. Complex to say the least. A lot going at once, in both aroma, taste and mouthfeel.

No bottled on date or best by.
I can only imagine how this is fresh. Unfortunately most German beers collect dust on the shelves here.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, medium brown into a snifter. Body is very dark, almost black; light is allowed to pass through though and reveals deep crimson red highlights along the edges of the glass. The head is a light khaki color, thick and rocky, that quickly recedes to a thin ring. The nose is very inviting, notes of dark toffee, prunes, dried figs, cocoa, roasted chocolate malt, fruity yeast esters, brown sugar, and toasted tree nuts. The mouth feel is excellent, lots of carbonation, pleasant malt flavors with no bitterness and a clean aftertaste. The taste is all malt, sweet complex notes of caramel, toffee, cane sugar, molasses, chocolate, and dark fruits. The yeast rounds everything up nicely, blends it all together flawlessly. A perfect example of the style.

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Photo of KennethBlomqvist
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got some bad experiences from strong Doppelbocks but decided to test Celebrator (like the -or history in the names). Had a friend that's new in beer tasting and this was his first time with a doppelbock. He started and I could see in his eyes that he was experiencing something great. The same reaction in my GF eyes so I tasted it. Very wonderful coffee and christamsish taste. I had found one of my top 10 brews if not top 5 and putting a couple of bottles in my special stock rack. Go Ayinger.

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

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $4.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" high light brown head that films out within 1min or so. Very, very dark brown colour. So dark I can't tell if it's filtered or not.

S- Lacking here. Has a ton of malt but that's it. Slight spice.

T- Very complex brew. Spicy. Cinnamon, cardamom, molasses and sugar.

M- Thick and rich. Heavy body

O- Very good brew. Has a nice complexity that opens up as it warms. North America is NO WHERE NEAR the Europeans for this style of brew. Guess it's a trade off.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with...... Salted pork rib tips. No sauce, just salt and pepper.


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Photo of floridadrift
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-almost-black-brown from bottle to stange. Thick tan head, probably a finger tall. Smells of sugar and malt. Tastes of chocolate and malt. Heavy. Maybe a little too boozy to drink regularly. As a side note, these are pricey for a single 330mL bottle. Overall though, great flavor and a "wow" beer, but not an everyday drinker. Almost a Porter-meets-Doppelbock.

L: Blackish brown with white tan head
S: Malt, sugar
T: Chocolate Malt, roasted malts
F: Pretty thick, nice going down
O: Solid offering always available in any craft store for Doppelbock Day.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,375 ratings.
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