Celebrator | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous medals.

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Reviews: 2,490 | Ratings: 6,743
Photo of MaltyMagic
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest shade of red. Big, well layered, malt bomb. Molasses, toffee, fresh baked dark bread, heavy husky grain, dough, chocolate, nuts, and some dried dark fruit. Beautiful barley flex, downright delicious. Best doppelback ive ever tasted, very decadent, one of my favorites.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Very dark brown, with flashes of ruby red if held to a light. Clear. Pours with 5mm ultra-fine bubble deep tan head. Holds well.
S- Puddingy... as in a dark fruit crumble, or British Xmas pudding. Rich dark stewed fruits and malting.
T- Toasty, rich, perhaps slightly smokey, off into deep toasty malts. This is peak quality 'winter warmer' territory.
F- Pungent depth, feels indulgent. The 6.7% fully comes through, no problem knowing this has that oomph. I don't notice anything out of place here. Becomes richer/a touch sweeter as it warms. One for me to slowly sip away on and savour.
O- A superb beer, one I will buy again. I could enjoy this year-round, but it's big style might be optimally suited to colder months.
330ml bottle. BB: 01/20 Bought in the UK from BeersOfEurope

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep clear brown, hinting black, creamy tan head. Aroma sweet caramel malt, raisin, plum, hints of chocolate. Taste follows the aroma with caramel malt dominating, notes of dark fruit, chocolate and mild spicy hops. Creamy lively carbonation on a medium full mouthfeel - smooth and rich - deliciousness.

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Photo of Junior
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - very dark brown with a foamy mocha head that dissipated quickly
S - sweet toasted malt
T - toasted malt and bitter chocolate
F - full and creamy with light carbonation
O - very good beer. A little more bitter on the front end than I expected.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into perfect pint
No date code
Pours a deep ruby red, that appears brown in the glass,  with a tremendous dark tan head,  and great retention
Smells like freaky baked bread, dark fruit, cocoa
Taste follows with a rich toffee malt backbone, followed by prunes,  and a huge chocolatey finish
Feel is medium-bodied, creamy  below average carbonation
Overall this is a heck of a beer,  drinkable, full flavored, it hits all the notes

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Photo of BilltownBrewingCo
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark Amber color with short quickly disappearing head.

Raisins and cookie maltiness. Smells delectable.

Roasty malt, raisin, cookie with a touch of chocolate fades into a warming alcohol and touch of balancing hop bitterness. It's complex, it's smooth, and it's cohesive.

Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. On point for the style.

This is the bar for Dopplebock as far as I know it. Excellent beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Beautiful dark brown with a good beige head and lacing. Chocolate and toffee smell and taste. Toasted malt. Always liked this beer, surprised I hadn’t reviewed it before.

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Photo of BenTardiff
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark dark brown with a ruby red highlight. Tan, creamy, foamy head that mostly dissipates, but lingers around the edges of the glass.

In the nose I get notes of chocolate, malt, and brown sugar / cookie dough.

The taste is amazing. Very full chocolate malty flavor that finishes with toffee. Slight bitterness and alcohol heat.

Great creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This is my first time having this beer and I'm blown away. Definitely will be getting more.

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby brown liquid with minimal head which sticks around. The scent is toffee, chocolate, and coffee all at the same time and layered one on top of the other. Taste follows the nose but it begins and ends with the toffee. Flavor is huge and I love it. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Overall this is a fantastic beer and I’m greateful to have tried it.

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Photo of elnachooo
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Un muy buen ejemplo de una buena Doppelbock. Es de cuerpo medio y baja carbonatación. Tiene un color negro con algunas notas rojizas. Aroma caramelo, chocolate y café. En boca es ligera, acuosa, destacando el caramelo, además de toffee y frutas rojas. Final seco pero agradable.

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Photo of antonyliu
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Dark mahogany brown. Creamy mocha head (four finger to thin layer) and stuck lacing that lasted the entirety.

Brown sugar/molasses oatmeal. Dark fruit ’n prune. Cookie dough.

Roasty, malty, sweet and a little tart. Chocolate. Slight alcohol warmth.

Incredibly soft. Smooth and creamy.

This is a fantastic beer. Don’t hate me but I actually liked Spaten Optimator better. It might be tied with Weihenstephaner Korbinian. It’s time for a three-way battle. Also I prefer more carbonation/fizz. This one has soft and smoothness like no other. Celebrator costs more and in my opinion not worth spending the extra $.

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Photo of EMH73
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, a very well retained half inch beige head that leaves excellent lacing. Smell is on the mild side with roasted malts, molasses and an earthy quality. Tastes of roasted malts, toast, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, cloves dark fruits and yeast. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy khaki head that hangs around for a while and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Toasty, roasty, earthy, lots of dark fruit, and toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, a little roasty, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of coffee, big dark fruit, fig, raisin, and plum, earthy, a hint of smoke, and toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Can't say I'm all that familiar with this style, but you can tell pretty quickly that this one is world class. Really impressive beer.

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Photo of Pontzie
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours choclately dark brown color. A very dark mahogany. Active head that came out a very bright white color. Thinned quickly.

S: very subtle. Smells of molasses and malts but very light. Nothing that really wakes me up or prepares me.

T: the taste on the other hand is incredibly smooth and carries a complexity of sweet molasses and delicious toasted malts. Both sweet and sour in some respects. Both smooth and slightly bitter to the finish. Incredibly balanced and thoroughly tasty.

F:. A thick beer that handles the alcohol content gracefully and yet clears the back of the palate lightly. Big bold malts that get close to the coffee flavors that are encountered in great stouts.

O: A great double Bock. Stays true to tradition and is a fine example of lasting recipes that stand the test of time. This one does not need to be fiddled with. Just has a slight confusion with such a bland scent throwing me off the track.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L8037 bottle

Nose if pretty faint with a roasted breadiness, clovey spice, slight suggestion of bitter dark chocolate. Taste is much more pronounced with a clean malt roast and slight to medium bitterness, dark chocolate notes with hints of coffee bean, and a banana clovey finish. Not a sweet beer by any means but the roast is very clean and upfront. Classic taste.

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Photo of mehak
3.22/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks slightly lighter than cola. Smells like fresh baked bread or a Hawaiian sweat roll. Tastes like liquid bread and coffee, maybe a tiny bit of sweetness. Medium-full body.
Overall a very enjoyable drink but I would save it for winter.

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Photo of Jpeluso
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer. Brown/dark reddish caramel color, complex malty smells, medium carbonation with a two finger head that leaves a lingering tan lace. Smooth to the palate, full bodied with rich malt taste, balanced with a host of notes that tickle every taste bud on the way down.

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Photo of GratefulFC
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. Pours dark amber, mahogany. Smell is caramel, coffee, brown sugar. Taste is heavy caramel, brown sugar, currants, malt. Cherries and slightest hint of pepper in the back. Bark and earthy comes in after taste. Complex.

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Photo of Holderness
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely deep amber body. Aromas are rich with toffee, caramel, fruity yeast ester, and coffee. Tons of banana bread yeast character and a nice toasted sweet maltiness that is not syrupy. Delicious stuff and good pricing


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Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: mixture of dark ruby red and murky light brown. thin, tan head on top

s: toffee, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, earthy roasted malts, sweet berries, and a big bready aroma

t: follows the nose pretty close. big hit of toffee, molasses and caramel upfront. brown sugar and light toasted malts behind that. there is that sweet berry flavor in there as well. a mild nutty flavor towards the backend as well. a hint of booze and some more toffee to close out

m: medium mouth with mid-level carbonation

o: fantastic beer. malty and delicious

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml bottle. Opaque dark brown with a finger of brown head. Strong smell of brown sugar and roasted malt as soon as I opened the bottle. Medium, slightly sticky feel. Rich, roasted malt flavor with moderate sweetness. Outstanding.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours brown with a frothy, creamy mocha head. Aroma changes as this one warms from freshly baking brown bread to dark fruits (grapes/raisins/figs). Taste is bready, chocolatey and somewhat raisiny/figgy. Feel is smooth, yet chewy; low-medium carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent representation of the style and a great beer regardless. Superb drinkability for the style and one I would gladly have again.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent doppelbock. Beautiful deep reddish brown color, creamy, smooth and not overly sweet. A malt bomb with hints of toffee, caramel and brown sugar but not excessive. Just a great beer to sit back and enjoy. Well done!

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Photo of Djoneil
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It didn't get any cooler or dryer here at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore, so followed up the Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel w/330ml of this delight poured (in stages) into an 8oz snifter

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with dark red hues. Head is tan with moderate retention. Lacing is minimal but there.
The nose is creamy, earthy, fruity, sweet, toasty and all around malty. Very nice.
Sweet up front. Figs and coffee come to mind. Dark chocolate is present.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy smooth. Carbonation is on the light side and feels right.

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Celebrator from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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