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: 2,422 | Ratings: 6,444
Photo of ranger7
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. 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.

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Photo of rickyng
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Easily a 95-98, if ABV was higher, easily a 100.
Does not have.a great nose but taste is great. If this thing was bourbon barrel aged it would easily be a 110 close to Goose Island bourbon county. Let it warm up slightly to get all the incredible flavors, you will want another after another.

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Photo of Act25
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love when I have not yet rated world's best beers, this double bock is one. Try 24.

A. Comes with ram medallion, readily available and affordable at WFM as single. Beer pours a dark amber/brown body with 1 finger tan head that dissipates slowly and reveals lacy carpet of bubbles.

S. Figs. Aroma is dark sweet malts with dark fruit, as well as roasted smells. There is a dominant, complex fruity smell that leans into fig, fruit cake, cherry, kirsch, brandy, cedar.

T. Follows and increases the smell complex. The taste reveals the darker (fig and plum) flavors. There are some sweet malts, mollasses, char, roasted malt and some floral hop bitterness. Syrupy, and rich, meditation beer. Better as it warms, as complex as old world church.

F. Syrup weight that smooth yet refreshing. Despite complexity which is good for after dinner (as it is for me tonight) probably great with any hearty meal.
Try 24. Try often. Best Doppelbock class.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with some clarity just underneath beige cap; spotty lace. Fruit nose, with notes of plum and dark cherries. Flavors of prunes, sweet malt, cherries and bread pudding with sugared raisins. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Great balance of caramel malt and fruit/prune flavors into a long linger. Outstanding.

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Photo of LAp
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 o bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a clear ruby brown. Nose is malt, bready, raisins. Palate is bread, light hops, with a full malt body. Overall excellent.

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Photo of Steev-o
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Dark color, with a tan head. Moderate lacing.
Hint of plum or raisins along with a malty smell
Smooth taste, the malt really comes through, maybe with a taste of chocolate too.
Rich mouthfeel and a great aftertaste
This is an excellent beer

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Photo of amaginbeer
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a nice dark color with an aroma of caramel malt tones. It has a bit of sweetness to it, but is well blended at the finish. It is going to be a favorite doppelbock on my list.

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Photo of tedvr
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark caramel with a medium caramel head. Malt smell. Sweet malt taste, with a mild licorice background and a little burnt caramel. Smooth feel with a great aftertaste. Overall, a wonderful beer!

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown/black pour with a dark tan 2 finger head. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Notable mocha/coffee, malty taste. Perfect amount of bitterness to finish. Would love another!

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

Dark brown pour with a velvety dark tan head. Smells of figs, dried prunes, cocoa, milk chocolate, coffee and caramel. The taste follows the same notes as the smell, with coffee and chocolate being more noticeable. Smooth mouthfeel due to the soft texture and low carbonation. A sticky-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of aleigator
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black color, with a decent sized, light brown head, which slowly collapses to a dense, bubbly lacing.

Smells of warmed toffee, together with dried plums, a smoky whiff and walnut shell. On top of this foundation settles earth coated liquorice, molasses and balancing whole grain bread.

Has a velvet mouthfeel to it, with a medium carbonation and a silk, malt defined smoothness throughout.

Tastes of burned toffee, molasses and caramel, outstandingly well balanced by bitter, dry earth. Its bitterness reveals coffee dregs among an herbal, leafy dryness. Adds a soft dried fruit quality to the flavors, with rock sugar creating a short, sweet peak after the swallow. Nontheless, its world class mouthfeel maintains, due to an aqueous quality soothing the sweetness, creating a transition for the well nuanced bitterness, slowly developing from its earthy foundation. This enables a clean finish, with a brief, toffee coated finish.

Quite complex and pleasantly challenging, as the beer denies the palate to drown solely in sugary malts. Instead, it features a great grassiness of matured hops and bready earth, all mellowed by a world class mouthfeel, ensuring an utmost clean finish.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown, with a tight fizzy tan head that rises up about 1" and fades quickly leaving only a ring. A slight hint of lacing.

Nose is big malt and dark ripe fruit - currants and raisins. But a little light and otherwise not overly distinct.

Flavor is rich, malt sweetness with a great depth of dried and ripe fruits. Great bitter comes at the end. Fantastic, quintessential doppelbock. Fantastic.

Feel is light and airy with this level of carbonation. Wonderful mouthfeel, dry and lightly bitter finish where there hops really come through.

This has been a longtime favorite beer but the first time I've reviewed it - haven't had it in years but it always holds up to my memories of a fantastic beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown. Looks very dark brown, almost black, in the glass, and an aggressive pour yields an enormous fluffy tan head that leaves behind splotchy lacing. It's a thing of beauty.
The smell is pure toasted malts. Nutty, bready, toasty, and sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, earth, and spices.
On the palate, you get pure toasted malts upfront. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and licorice. Thick chunks of toasted brown bread. Dark fruits. Cherries, figs, and raisins. A touch of cocoa. Spiciness of clove and a hint of vanilla. There's some lingering sweetness but there's a beet-like earthiness that balances it.
The mouthfeel is medium-approaching heavy with a nice light carbonation that makes it very drinkable.

This is an excellent beer worthy of its reputation. As a hophead, this is one of the best malt-forward beers I've had.

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Photo of beardfullofbeer
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have nothing bad to say about this beer. It comes in a wickedly attractive packaging; just the process of opening one up is orgasmic, elaborate, and fun. I love this beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to Pint glass in Hoboken, at Mike D's 40th.

AROMA: Caramel. Bread.
LOOK: Dark brown pour. Medium White head.
TASTE: Sweet Malt. Nutty Caramelly
FEEL: Thick....almost porter-ish.

Awesome beer.


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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a thick creamy to white colored three finger-ed head.As it dissipates, lacing becomes foamy and stringy.
The smell has some raisins, dark bread, chocolate, estery dark fruits, light brown sugar, toffee, and a little bit of caramel all running in for the blend.
The taste was mainly malty sweet bringing in the fruits for extra sweetness. There's a light lingering malty sweet aftertaste leading into a sly malty finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and light. Malty smoothness glides over my tongue nicely.
Overall, not just the standard of doppelbocks but a world class beer for this time of year. Would I have another? Damn right I would.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: dark beer, but up to light it's dark red.
S: not a whole lot, some dark malty sweetness
T: all malty sweetness and that distinct German yeast
F: smooth, fairly coating but thin.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a ring.

Juicy plum, grape juice, a hint of earthiness if you seek it out.

A balance of the sweet dark fruits and typical bready and yeasty german accents.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Carbonation is good, light and airy, unobtrusive. ABV around 7.5?

A tasty little beer.

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Photo of Zet
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label is worth mentioning: classic german style billy goats and a miniature goat figurine tied around the neck of the bottle. Dark brown-amber colour with a good steady head of foam. Full nose of caramel, liquorice and malt. Very dense taste as well; in fact, the density almost feels like this beer has a fat percentage: roasted malt, caramel, berries and hops. Very thick, very smooth. Get it while you can: it is worth it!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown slight head but not much lacing. Toasty malts and pretty boozy. Great malt taste and kind of boozy. Medium light body with more carbonation than expected but perfect for the beer. Awesome beer.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - pours black body, half finger caramel head dissipates quickly
S - caramel, maple
T - caramel, maple, nutty, chocolate
F - relly smooth, hardly any carbonation
O - really good, sweet, tasty beer. I'll have another

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

I thought I knew what good beer was...but that was until today. I have to hand it to the Germans, this was one damn good beer.

Full disclosure - I am a dark beer, stout, porter, dopplebock kinda guy - so I am partial to these types of beers. I have had plenty of them and thought I knew what a good instance of one would be. Boy, was I wrong. This Ayinger Celebrator was an experience unlike any other. Served in a goblet, it had a black but still appealing hue of darkness, a decent head, but little staying power (admittedly something I easily overlooked). The smell was not necessarily anything that was memorable, but it didn't have any of the other "heavy" odors of dark beers. The feel was truly smooth, silky, and easy to be sessionable. But what simply blew me away was the taste - by God - I can't say enough about it. It was unlike any other dopplebock I have had. If given the chance I would probably drink this stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (but I suppose it's a good thing I don't.) Overall, it was by far the best beer I've had in a very long time, if not the best ever.

UPDATE: 12 August 2016
This is still the best damned beer I have had to date. And now, after having as many as I have had, I can tell you there is a hint of honey to the brew. So not only delicious, but a hint of sweetness to it. Damn, the Germans really know how to make beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Time to take out a whale.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a moderately hazy mostly dark brown color with a nice looking almond color-ed two and a half finger-ed head. Lacing speckled nice and thick in the wake of the head.
The smell started off with some sweet caramel malts, a light dose of nuts, some dark fruits, molasses, cocoa.
The taste copied the smell pretty much spot on with a sweet bready aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a smooth creaminess laying down on my tongue.
Overall, really liked this one for what it is, gonna have to go back and get more to sip through the Winter.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black with amber hues when held up the light.....only small amounts of light make it through this heavy beast.
Smell of burnt caramel, coco nibs and fresh biscotti. The malty taste comes through with almost a fresh chocolate malt flavor with just enough alcohol and bitterness to balance the flavor. Well balanced doppelbock. ....love the label as well.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was really good, but a little too malty for me. It certainly fits in the traditional Bavarian style. It's probably just a personal preference for me, but the maltiness made it hard to enjoy.

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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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