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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
2,401 Reviews
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,401
Ratings:
6,393
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
532
Gots:
945
For Trade:
21
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Reviews: 2,401 | Ratings: 6,393
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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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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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very strange. I had it at Three Floyd's Brewpub over the summer of 2015. I am not used to doppelbock's and they really caught me by surprise. I would respectfully decline purchasing any more. Interesting, just not for me.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A really nice beer, syrupy and complex. Lots of dark fruit (think raisins and prunes) with a backbone of bready, malty sweetness and bittersweet chocolate. It's no wonder this has been considered a world class beer for decades.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you could offer only a few bottles of beer to a friend and say, "This is what beer tastes like," you would need to include this one.

Molasses brown color and a short tan head. Smells sweet and bitter and bready and "Ganz gut." And tastes just as good. Nothing crazy or quirky. Just great beer.

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

From Orpheus Rock (3.5€) In Duvel glass. Watching Cinderella (2015)Very drinkable and with a great flavor and taste. Demonstrates that lagers are not always worse than ales as many people think

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

World class beer, indeed. What a gem—easily the best Doppelbock to ever flow over my palate. Got a single bottle as a gift and split this malty masterpiece with a friend. Must seek out more of this beauty.

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Photo of BigBry
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this around in bottles, but when I saw it available on tap at Craft, I jumped at the opportunity to try this.
Deep, dark reddish brown, short but thick tan head. Foam dissipates slowly, thick coating of lace.
The smell has lots going on, dark sweet malts, a bit of smoke or light char, some fruitiness as well, prune and plum. Touch of alcohol, that also comes out on the palate.
Flavor is rich and full, dark plum fruit, sweet malts, hint of smokiness, then just at the end some hop bitterness comes through. A bit nutty, maybe even chocolate flavors develope as it begins to warm. Not overly bitter, but just enough to keep everything else in balance.
Very complex, but still smooth and drinkable. Lots of deep flavor, almost like a quad, but still light and refreshing so you don't feel tooo full.
Worthy of its "World-Class" rank.

Note to self: Ranked #1 Doppelbock when I tried it.
#104 of Top 250 Beers.
#21 on the Beers of Fame.
#2 Top Rated Beers of Germany.

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Photo of citizencane
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looked okay poured into a pint glass out of the bottle. No head to speak of, but good dark reddish brown color. Smelled of dark malts and maybe some dark fruit. Tasted immediately upon pouring and got an unpleasant metallic taste, so I let it warm up.

After warmup time, I got burnt toast and grains, and a hint of brandied cherries. Very tasty. My only complaints are that as doppelbock this has to warm, and that I only had 12 oz, not a pint. Will definitely be buying again.

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

As has likely already been previously stated, this is the bar-setter for this style... A style far too often overlooked, but this doppelbock is nothing short of perfection. I have deep, German roots and love the fact that this come from the Motherland!

Drink up, BA's. This is one beer everyone should try. Malty, sweet, strong and beautiful- it's available almost everywhere as well, so leave your harpoon at home, whale-hunters!

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Photo of Mikus
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My scores on this one were all over the map with the appearance and mouthfeel exceptional, and the aromas and flavors on the side of (Borat-voice) 'very niiice'. An opaque brew (seemingly black) with vinous red highlights around the base of the snifter in the light. Rich and malty on the nose, opens up to some nice dark fruits (plums, raisins) and hints of tobacco and light chocolate notes. Nice, but really had to work on the 'smell' portion here. Just a hint of tartness up front on this one, moving into the dark fruits which came in as some nice cherries on the mid, and alcohol warming noticeable. Aftertaste actually brings up more of the malty and chocolatey notes sneaking in. Nice coating mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Drinks like a bigger ABV beer. Comes together well, and now I have a benchmark doppelbock.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,393 ratings.
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