Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,386
Ratings:
6,340
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
919
For Trade:
21
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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

**
06/02/2012
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 Shaler_Tate
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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Photo of Trapist007
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 11.2 into a goblet
Vintage: Unknown

APPEARANCE: The beer pours out dark brown with a thick tan head. The key word here, pours....

SMELL: There is maltiness, molasses and burnt caramel with hints of chocolate..

TASTE: OH BEHAVE.... malty, caramelly, toast, throw in some hints of chocholate and a bitter light sweetness and your there...

PALATE: With a medium body and medium/light carbonation. It's full on the palate and full of flavor. the flavor lasts a very long time. It goes down very smooth.

OVERALL: This is a great doppelboch! It is the bench mark for all others to be judged...

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Photo of rjd722
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, opaque. Khaki colored frothy head that dissipates rather quickly, considering how big it was to start off. Aroma is bready malts and dark fruits/raisins. Taste is slight cocoa, toasty, roasted, and sweet with a very smooth mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation and extremely smooth. No doubt a world class doppelbock.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at a bar, look was opaque, nothing getting through that! smell deep rich and malty, taste was surprisingly approachable and smooth for the style as rich and malty as the smell, feel was lighter than expected and enjoyable usually this style (while quite enjoyable) is a one and done for me, but this could be a few. Very Nice.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malt laden taste with a super smooth light malty aftertaste that leaves me wanting more and more.
To me the two most important things about beer are taste and aftertaste (hence: it tastes good and I want more) and this beer delivers on both.

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Photo of DaBurls
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Doppelbock; true to its name. The color poured is dark brown with a tan/khaki color head. You get a good malty and toasty smell you also get a sweet, cocoa, and citrus smell after you taste it. The taste is great. it has little to no alcohol presence and has a great malty, creamy, toasty taste that is sweet and smooth. One of the best doppelbocks out there if not arguably the best. Cheers

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Photo of tlema1
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: beautiful dark brown color, with a thin tan head
S: not a big nose, slightly malty and sweet
T: Rich, caramel, sweet malts, delicious
F: medium body, lots of mouthfeel
O; the best Dopplebock I've ever had

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Photo of Rachel_Kruger
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer had an exceptional look and nose, but I was less impressed with the taste and feel. I think it would go well with a dessert or comfort food such as mac and cheese. It is robust without being too rich.
Look: poured into a pilsner. Color is a clear, rich chocolatey brown, the color of cola. Ample tan head with fairly nice lacing.
Nose: a nice, comforting nose. It has a yeasty, malty base, with a buttery and burnt caramel overtone. When inhaling deeply, it almost smells like cookie dough.
Taste: A mellow caramel with a woody, earthy base. Pronounced alcohol aftertaste.
Feel: A moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty creamy.

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Photo of VTR
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I have never really had a double bock and I was looking for something new. This beer seems to sit on the shelves so I wasn't expecting much from this beer. I was wrong. This beer poured dark brown with a khaki head. Smelled of bread, malts, slight chocolate, and faint hops. Taste is where this really got interesting. The hops were faint if at all noticeable. I got bread, raisins, dark fruits, bread, malts, and slight chocolate. The taste was very intriguing and very enjoyable. The complexity on the taste really impressed me. The carbonation was just right to make this very very smooth. I did not pick up any alcohol. I am really impressed by this heavy beer and it is downright almost chewy. I have always been a stout fan and this truly impressed me. This will be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of mastergintoki
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz brown bottle. the first beer i liked the flavor of. my first craft beer and what switched me over from wine only to beer as well.

Appearance: extremly Dark. a beautiful black color, a big tan head that never seems to dissapear

Smell: some molasses and a caramel that i love to smell. some bready aroma. i seem to taste some spicyness, light toasted malt as well.

Taste: . this beer does not seem to dry at all to me ...caramel, malt and molasses

Mouthfeel: very chewey soooo smooth and creamy

The best doppelbock to exist imo. it is delicious and a world class beer. one of my favorites

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark brown beer, really dark. I taste molasses up front and a dark chocolate and raisin finish. It smells sweet and rich like warm rye bread. This beer has been around and remains steadfast on the top 250 list.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Very dark brown, though not as black as a porter or stout. Also slightly see-through, with a ruby red color that gleams in the light. Nice frothy head that was tamed down during the drink.
S: Bready and sweet. Light hints of chocolate, bigger notes of fruits such as raisins, figs, and plums. Maybe a little molasses.
T: Similar to the smell, very sweet, molasses, raisins, figs and plums really coming to mind. LIttle to no hoppiness really. A slight toasty malt flavor not all that different from a great German pilsener on the finish.
F: Damn smooth. Like a silk dress on a pretty woman smooth, no joke. Mouthfeel is just great.
O: Have had this beer many times, but after trying many more throughout my time I thought it was wise to come back and experience/rate what I consider to be the pinnacle of this style. All subjectivity aside, this really is a great beer that exists at a happy medium between the great flavor of a porter but with the smooth drinkability of a lager. However it does not comprimise on flavor.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: dark brown with thick frothy head that is slow to dissipate
S: figs, brown sugar, not unlike a quad
T: taste on this one is incredible, a lot going on. Sweet and malty, but not overly so. Definitely a taste of raisins and dark fruits, and a touch of roasted flavor on the back end. Perhaps some vanilla and licorice notes as well
F: very thick and syrupy, more than I'd expect from a dopplebock
O: this one surprised me in a positive way. I'm not a big drinker of dopplebocks, but I'll have to keep a lookout for this one.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours dark brown, almoust black, with a one finger high, creamy, beige head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, molasses, toffe, coffe, dark chocolate, plum, dark fruit, nuts, raisin, butter, pepper and brown sugar.
Taste: Dark bread, dark syrup, nuts, dark fruit (raisin, plum), a hint of roasted malt, molasses, tobacco, brown sugar, liquorice, ginger, carnation, vanilla, oak and orange.
Body: Full, rich body. Complex, oily texture. Nice carbonation. Bitter end (that balance the sweetness). Beatiful beer!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,386 ratings.
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