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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Reviews: 2,423 | Ratings: 6,448
Photo of Ri0
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500ml bottle into tulip. Deep dark brown with a 2.5 finger effervescent light brown head. Slowly fades into a cap and deposits fine lacing on my glass. Copious amounts of fresh baked molasses bread, caramel and dark fruit fill the air. Flavor is heavy malts with bread, molasses, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit galore. Feel is so smooth and creamy, liquid velvet carbonation. Outstanding Dopplebock, not sure why it took so long for me to write a review.

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Photo of TH28
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is clear, deep brown with ruby highlights. Holds a nice thick tan foam cap. Aroma is all malt. Caramel, licorice, cherries, and plums. Taste is caramel forward with less emphasis on the dark fruit and licorice. Distinct toasted character. Mouthfeel is medium with a slight creaminess and low carbonation. Finishes with a toasted malt flavor and leaves some lingering caramel flavor on the tongue. Hop character is minimal

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark brown almost black with a creamy tan head.

S: Dark fruits, black licorice, toasted nuts, caramel

T: Follows nose. sweet. But not too much.

F: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Creamy.

O: I've had some doppelbocks before and I'm not sure why I haven't had more. This will change. I will pick this up regularly.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark brown with thicjk beige head, good retention.
Smell - caramel, toasted, nutty, roasted.
Taste - caramel, wood, chocolate, toasted malts.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown in color, extremely deep ruby in the light. Ample light brown head, very fine, silky, creamy appearance. Retention is good. Excellent aroma, rich maltiness, toasty. Phenomenal flavor. Big, rich malt presence. Again toasty, with mild notes of dark fruit. Perfectly rich and subtly complex. Medium-full body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth. A superb doppelbock.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 9/2/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle in the glass.

Brown/black/purple hue.

Big kaki head; decent lace.

Brown sugar, cinnamon & mild black coffee nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Root beer, cinnamon & black licorice flavor; mint smacks the lips as this warms. Drinkable & unique but a bit odd.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. Very thin head ring, sparse lace. Dark cola color.

Nose is malty, creamy, a little dark fruit.

Taste: Light malt roast, sweetbread, caramel, fruit, light clovey notes at the tail.

Full body with carbonated finish.

Yep, tastes like good doppelbock. Has interesting overlap with cream stouts.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,creamy,khaki colored head that dissolves quickly.Black / brown with ruby / red hues,limited light showing through the glass.Moderate carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly dark roasted malts,and some fruits.Also getting some dark sweet breads.

The palate follows the nose with dark roasted malts,and dark sweet breads in the lead,accentuated by some fruity flavors.

The body is full,and on the border of wet and dry.

Out of all the imported beers I have rated,this one is probably my favorite.

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Photo of lastmango
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a birch beer brown with a two finger fizzy tan head that quickly dissipated to none. Light lacing at first followed by no lacing. I am not getting the aroma like others have reported . . . just faint toasted malt. The taste is surprisingly non-complex for such a highly rated beer. The taste was more one dimensional and only of malt with a slight bitterness on the tail end. Medium-heavy body with a lighter fizzy carbonation. Not sure what is going on. I was expecting a much more complex brew and am considering this tasting as a potential fluke. I will try again . . . :(

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Photo of opieo
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fair warning...this is my favorite style of brew. That said...holy crap. This is awesome. Dark, rick malty. Full bodied with complex flavors. Chocolates fruits roasted heaven. Get this if you like dark malty brews.

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Photo of janubio
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown colour with red hints when held to the light. Big off white head with good retention and lace. ARoma of dark fruits, plums, molasses, roasted malts, coffee. Medium body, creamy palate, carb onation is good. Taste is a bit smoky, coffee, plums, caramel. Alcohol is noticeable. Good one.

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Photo of ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a black color with hints of red and has a medium sized tan head. The aroma is all malt, and that is wonderful. The taste matches the smell. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of hman43
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours dark brown with a brown head. The head retention is good and there are ruby highlights in the color as well.

Smell: There are significant malt aromas the reflect Maillard and toast. There is also alcohol that is noticeable and a wee bit of chocolate.

Taste: There are flavors that are reflective of Maillard and toast. Hints of chocolate are present as well. There is a very slight herbal quality as well.

Feel: Although the beer has some strength and alcohol warming, it is extremely smooth.

Overall, this is a malt driven lager with some strength and a prime example of what a doppelbock should be.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with two fingers of khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Notes of roasted, nutty malts, molasses, and dark fruit. Flavor profile is rich and malty, with notes of roasted, nutty malts, molasses, dark fruit, and plum. Very pleasant to sip. Mouth feel is smooth, filling, and a medium-thick consistency. Overall, a fantastic classic beer that provides plenty to think on and savor.

Served in a 0.5L Celebrator glass at Grünauer.

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Photo of Cburnette23
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, i'd call it a great beer but not one you'd feel real bad for missing. It hits with a black-liquorice flavor to it, as it lingers on your tongue, the distinct 'oily' feel can be distinguished which brings the sweet, creamy, light and refreshing - almost VANILLA balance, to what otherwise are distinct flavors of coffee and chocolate that literally leap off the beer onto your tongue and fill your mouth from the first impression, as the light malt texture of the beer sits in your mouth. This somewhat malty chocolate, almost caramel (but not quite, more coffee than caramel, with perhaps a hint of vanilla or some other flavors - hence 'toffee') toffee taste is what then transitions into the 'vanilla' flavor that you can taste subtly as it lingers on the palette. A more complex beer than you might think at fist, and it's important to drink with patience and at a good temperature.

As you continue to drink the beer, the bond will inevitably continue to grow on the drinker, something this beer in particular does especially well when compared with other typical beers. The 'booziness' of the beer, while NOT being a 'boozy' beer by impression the alcohol content is not wimpy by any means, adds to the experience of the beer which continues to grow in enjoyment, a crescendo of Doppelbock delight. As far as being in the wider context of ALL beer varieties and qualities, I'd rate the beer as something that might not particularly 'knock your socks off' in a manner that leaves you saying, 'wow, what an unforgettable beer!' but at the same time, I can't see how anyone would say that this is a beer that doesn't hold it's own and demand a level of respect. It certainly does. And as far as doppelbocks alone are concerned specifically examined rather than broadly considered among all varieties of beer, it's an excellent and joyful beer with plenty of identity to develop a kind intimacy with it's sipper. Casually recommended, as a beer to enjoy on a fall evening or anytime of year with perhaps some caramels nearby.

I should add that there is a definite 'plum' flavor that plays it's part in the mix of flavors. The beer is surprisingly dry also, as the taste dissipates fairly quickly. The maltiness of the beer is heavy enough however that your mouth doesn't FEEL dry - exactly the opposite actually, as the 'oily' aspect actually leaves your mouth feeling wet from the density and maltiness of the beer, only that it dissipates quickly, hence the 'dry' aspect also. PROST!!!!!!!! And GO USA!!! Big ups to my fellow Trump people I know they are few and too far between, and hey if you're not about that then that's cool too...

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

Brown on the pour black in the glass. Light tan head. The smell is of honey and sweet sauce (sort of like soy sauce). Taste of honey with spice followed by an earthy malt flavor. Mouthfeel is full and slick. Overall, a satisfying and well rounded beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, rich black coffee color with a frothy latte-like head of a khaki color.

Aromas of dark bread crusts, kilned rye, licorice, coffee.

Flavors are rich and layered...starting off with stale bread, then smoke, peat, dark malts, chocolate, more peat and smoke, roast malt, chocolate. Gets better the longer it stays on the palate.

Lighter bodied but it IS a lager...still not bad, roasty with a creaminess.

Overall, maybe not world class, but still a great Doppelbock. Great to celebrate with as Trump pulls his victory.

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

“Finest Bavarian Double Bock” is right! There is nothing wrong with this beer, it’s perfect. Nutty, creamy, smooth as silk. Beer can’t get any better than this.

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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 TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a three finger foamy tan head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is molasses, toasted bread, chocolate and and dark fruits.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and dark fruits throughout with a light bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with nice soft finish.

O - A great Doppelbock. Full of rich delicious flavors. Extremely drinkable.

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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,448 ratings.
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