Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
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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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Ratings: 6,519 |  Reviews: 2,440
Photo of NastyNorseman
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best dopplebock I've tasted thus far. Among the better beers I've had. Pours deep red-brown with nic fluffy head. Smells and tastes of spice, dried prunes, raisin, an dark chocolate. Taste is rich and complex, evolving as the roasted dark malts warm in the glass. Medium bodied and rich. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No visible date. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany brown with a thick, frothy one finger of sandy head. If there is carbonation, I can't see it.

S: this is straight out of the fridge, but even at that temp it is emanating fruity and malty aromas. My first thought is a cherry tootsie pop after you have lost patience and bitten it open. Red cherries, chocolate, toasted barley sugar (like cheerios), molasses.

T: lightly sweet arrival, turns toastier, then the molasses roast and sourness come through. Much less sweet on the palate than the nose, but still a sweet beer. Lingering clean lager yeast and malty chocolate.

M: this is where this thing really shines. Medium to full bodied, but somehow magically retains this crispness that makes it feel light on the tongue. Slick finish.

O: I have wanted to try this forever, and it was totally worth the wait. A rich and malty sipper that doesn't get cloying. THE definitive example of the style. Salvator has nothing on this.

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Photo of samEBC
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akacojack
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just as the bottle indicates; dark, malty and rich. Very good looking and tasting bock.

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Photo of handmuffin
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from 330 mL bottle into glass at home. Pours deep brown with a reddish hue, practically opaque with small tan head. Some legs are noticeable on the glass after movement. Strong malty aroma with dark fruit and hints of chocolate and coffee. No detectable hop aroma. More malt and dark fruit flavor and even stronger chocolate, creating a kind of chocolate covered raisin flavor. The dark fruit is definitely not overpowering, in fact the flavor is almost ephemeral: disappearing from the pallet quickly after finishing. No hop flavor is detectable. The finish itself is somewhat sweet but not cloying, with very low bitterness and a small amount of alcohol flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. Overall this beer is full of rich dark flavor with the smooth crisp clean lager quality expected from a century old German brewer. This beer is very enjoyable, easily drinkable despite the strong flavor and a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of schavuytje
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

full malts with a brand and a bitter edge to the soft acid released CO2 and full esters taste gekaremeliseerde sugars full of flavor and yet not violently hit

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Photo of gefinley
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.12/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBDE16
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Its darker and sweeter than I expected!
It poured nearly black into a tulip, dried fruit on the nose dipped in molasses, lots of malt.

Molasses and malt dominate the flavor profile.

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Photo of SGR1220
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

Very deep brown color with deep amber tinge when hits the light, it tops up with one finger of frothy tan head that stands with good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot. The everlasting effervescence head keeps building upon each swirl.

In a nose, here comes the burst of malty goodness ranging from molasses, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, roasted, dark chocolate, coffee, to toasted biscuit, as well as hint of dry fruit with suggestion of cherry, prune and raisin, yet spicy herbal hop.

It is still loads of malt here and there though the palate sensation with wide varieties of character of molasses, sweet caramel, charred nut, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, roasted, coffee, and dark bread. Also with suggestion of prune, raisin, and cherry while hop bitterness is there at the end with some bite.

The body is full but not sticky with smooth mouthfeel from its moderately crisp carbonation through the palate. Finish is very dry. Such a great Doppelbock, it is crafted with full malty affair.

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Photo of Brob245
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sethlzimmerman
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbtkd
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV, 24 IBU. Pours dark brown with no head on a careful taproom pour. Nose is malty sweetness, taste follows, with very little bitterness. A little overcarbonated, but decent mouthfeel. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a very dark brown with not much carbonation, but I am not sure how old the bottle I bought is. Despite its dark color it is clear. There is not much of a head but the thin layer stays most of the drink. I get a nice sweetness of malts and caramel and dark cherries. It follows the nose but not as sweet. The berry or cherry tartness stands out a lot more and a slight bitterness. The beer does have a nice carbonation feel to its medium body.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours dark burgundy red with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like big fresh grapes, rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisins, dried fig, pear, apple, with some earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes very malty and dark with rich caramel, toffee and molasses notes, slight chocolate, coffee, toasty brown bread, raisins, dried fig, pear, apple, grapes, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice doppelbock.

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Photo of bonns42
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with the goat "necklace" poured into a pint glass.

Presents as a dark brown, nearly black, translucent liquid that appears to be roughly the consistency of milk. Puffy, off-white head fizzles away rapidly, leaving just a light lacing on the glass.

This one smells of dark berries again, much fruitier than the Troegenator. The aromas are noticeable from over a foot away from the glass. As it warms a bit, a sweet milk chocolate aroma starts to push through.

This is definitely more bitter than the Troegenator. Quick attack of fruit esters (blackberries maybe?), followed by dark chocolate bitterness and some roasted coffee notes that linger through the finish. As I drink some more, the bitterness fades a bit and is replaced by another flavor, like a mild sourdough bread, and some fresh green grapes, that cleans up the lingering coffee.

Feel is medium to thick, a little thicker than milk, with medium-to-light carbonation that gives just a bit of fizz in the back of the mouth. The feel lingers on the tongue for a while, along with some of that sourdough.

Overall, this is super tasty and way more complex than I was prepared for. I was put off by the coffee flavors at first, and I was glad when they faded into the dark fruit sweetness. I really enjoyed this, although it's definitely not for regular consumption.

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Photo of berben30
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a beer that has not had anything extra special added it is a great tasting beer. Bark appearance, fruity smell and every mild and pleasant taste.

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Photo of Ri0
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 6,519 ratings
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