Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

6,471 Ratings
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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Photo of J23hc
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from pilsner glass. Pours with an appearance much like cola with a ruby red tinge. Good head that doesn't last too long. Brightly sweet malty smell, some fruits, cherry being one, and some cinnamon and ginger. Very full flavored, grassy, smokey, burnt malts, coffee. A little booze and bitterness in the finish. Smoothest and creamiest of its kind that I've had

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Photo of gnaussea
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours just beautifully with a fully retentive tan head floating above a very dark, but fairly clear body. Smells of roasted caramel malts, a bit of banana, and subtle, fruity nuances. The taste is a bit more roasted, with the malt not quite as strong. Molasses is prominent. Bold, but not overpowering. Very complex flavor with many subtle, indistinguishable flavors that produce more a general feel than they do individual qualities. The hops are present but underlining, and I think are a unique blend that provides the fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is simply perfect. Carbonated to give a nice, happy kick, but not vigorous. The only criticism I can give this beer is that it does not provide the bocky wheat flavor. A wonderful brew. I dont generally care for Ayingers but this is definitely among my favorite beers.

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Photo of jdoolin
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging from the top. Served in a glass much like the one seen on the label.

Appearance: poured a beautiful dark brown, nearly black with a big tan head that never dissipates. By appearance, one could mistake this for a porter or stout.

Aroma: exceptional roasted malt, molasses and toastiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredible roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate that is very pleasant. Caramel and brown sugar comes through as well. Sweet, rich and intense with a chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: So smooth, so balanced, so rich and so tasty. I will never be without a few bottles of this hanging around.

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Photo of pavandal
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into my sweet Stroh's goblet (word.) a nice dark brown that I couldn't see through. No real head, just a few bubbles around the outside.

A very complex smell here. We have caramel, a fruity smell, and a slight roasted background. I liked the smell of this a whole lot.

Taste was good! It had a caramel taste at first, with the roasted malt flavor bringing up the back. Some caramel and citrus notes were detected as well.

ABV wasn't as high as other Dopplebocks I've had, so that's pretty cool.

I really dug this beer. Can't wait to have another!

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

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues around the edges and a tan head.

First thing that I detect is some smoke with tobacco leaf. Also in there is toasty malts and raisons.

Sweet overall with toast, caramel, raisons, figs, and a touch of smoke. Alcohol does not show at all. Finish has pretty good length. Very good balance of flavors.

Heavy side of medium, with good carbonation.

For the level of sweetness, it is effortless to drink. If you see this, and haven't had it, you must buy it. A classic and worth the hype. Bottoms up!

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Photo of marcellaproust
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great suggestion from a trusty bartender. The Celebrator pours a fluffy, coarse head which fades to thin lace. Great exemplar of the style, as its full bodied but light on the finish--no syrupy or winey over-production here. Color is a translucent chestnut-red brown. Nose is burnt toast. Mouthfeel is silky. Tastes like toasted oak (by which I mean the flavor that you get from over-oaked California chardonnays, but in the Celebrator a good thing). So, vanilla, burnt sugar/glaze, and . . . I'm serious, Kraft's dark milk-maid caramels (but without the sweetness). Finish is long and dries, reminding you that this is a beer. Nice carbonation for this style as well.

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Photo of CU570M
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As the 1,000 review of this beer i want to try and make this a good review. As i poured this brew it had a light caramel colored head that was beautiful, but did seem to not last that long. Was decent though. The color of this is a dark rich black/brown color. When looked at through the light i can see hints of red as well though. The smell is of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a nice roasted barley malt. Nutty wood chocolaty brew that pleases the taste buds. Mouthfeel was a mild to medium carbonation with a slight aftertaste and dry. Drinkability is high on this one, one of the better dark beers i have ever had. I would definitely urge anyone to go out there try this one.

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Photo of AmishT
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with some ruby highlights. A tan, initially two-finger head that recedes to a nice foamy film. Not much lacing on my glass.

S - Rich roasted maltts, hint of dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate. A very bold and inviting nose.

T - Whoa, really complex flavor. Bold malt flavor starts off by kicking you in the jaw. Wonderful, balanced finish: both earthy hops and rich malts work together in a very synergistic manner. Damn tasty!

M - Full bodied and very smooth. The rich, tasty malts are able to be savored when held on the tongue. I think that the level of carbonation is very appropriate for the flavors.

D - The full-body of the beer is limits the drink slightly, but it's so damn tasty that who cares. Definitely gonna have to get me some more of this.

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Photo of dpasotti
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark cola-brown with a thin beige head that disappears fairly quickly. Almost no lacing sticks around. Aroma of sweet vinous semi-dark fruit, vanilla and light chocolate.

Slightly roasty chocolate comes to the front on the palate. Very malty flavor, but not too sweet. A nice clean bitterness rounds things off. Incredibly smooth and full-flavored beer.

Medium-full in body with average carbonation. Leaves a bit of stickiness on the mouth, but nowhere near too much. Celebrator is an excellent example of a doppelbock. This is a very drinkable beer, almost as good as my favorite doppel, Salvator.

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Photo of jhollick
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown color with a nice, persistant creamy tan head. The beer becomes much lighter when held up to light, and reveals its transparency. Smell is of sweet cocoa, oatmeal, molasses, dark berries, and a hint of hops. The mouth is thick and creamy. Beautiful beer to swirl around the palette.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy, but in a good way. The hop and malt balance is absolutely brilliant, allowing the chocolate and molasses to come out after a short while. A smoky flavor is also present throughout, and coffee flavor provides some additional bite at the end. I think I am detecting some citrusy flavors and smells as well. The flavor finishes slightly dry with a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

This beer really has it all; the taste is complex but understated, the smell is amazing, the mouthfeel is spot on for a bock, and you could drink it for hours if you wanted to. Oh why must you be so pricey? Oh, and please let this warm up a bit before enjoying. You won't be disappointed. The much celebrated Celebrator does not disappoint. This is everything that is good about doppelbocks.

My goat pendant necklace is certain to be the envy of the neighborhood.

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Photo of soultrain
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Wish I had the "Celebrator" glass...

A-1" beige head. Beer is dark brown with red highlights. Head settles to a cappuccino froth within minutes. Some lacing. Not too different from a good stout or porter, really. Enticing, to say the least.
S-Sweetness/roasted malts. Brown suger. Molasses.
T-Tastes like it smells, only not too sweet and the taste and the mouthfeel are inseperable and intertwined in this beer like, oh, John Coltrane's sax playing with Elvin Jones' druming comes to mind: it's that artful. Somehow this beer is greater than the sum of it's parts, which, I suppose, is a credit to the brewmasters at the Ayinger brewery. Sure, it's semi-sweet, but not too sweet, like some dopplebocks can be. It really is a wonderful beer, and it's certainly the best dopplebock I've ever had; I can't imagine this on-tap. Well, I can, so I'm saving the "5" scores for that happy day, just in case. This is an incredibly well balanced beer (perfect use of hops for the style imho).
M-Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation. See above.
D-I love this in the fall/winter....spring...summer....ah, I could drink this anytime. It's good cold, and at cellar temp. Nothing cloying or syrupy about this beer, and alcohol is almost totally absent from the palette. Supreme drinkability.

CRUX: TREMENDOUS DOPPLEBOCK. Highly recommended. Note: Excellent with saurbraten, the semi-sweetness of the beer truly compliments the semi-acidity of the brined beef. A German treasure.

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Photo of bainard
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to tasting glass, though i've had it plenty times before.

A - deep brown with just enough head. come to daddy.

S - aromas of dark malt, caramel, maybe toffee?

T - beautiful. somehow everything good about lagers gets distilled, darkened, and concentrated in this german classic. dark candy sweetness, but not a whole lot of cocoa here, mostly caramel, toffee, molasses, that sort of thing. just enough residual smokiness to remind you of its german heritage. maybe a bit too much smoke on the finish, but really it's quite a work.

M - the lager-y effervescence is here, but with the thickness you'd expect from a beer this malty.

D - i don't know if i could drink this all night, but a full pint would certainly be doable. i'm normally a stout/porter/wee-heavy kind of dude, but this is an excellent alternative/addition to the dark beer offerings that i can foist on those that normally turn their noses at whatever i happen to be drinking. this is the gold standard of doppelbocks for a reason.

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

A- reddish caramel with exceptional head that lasts and lasts.

S- Lots of elements come out in the smell. Strong plum, banana, slight apricot with notes of perhaps toasted almond in the end.

T- Plum, syrupy burnt caramel, yeasty with very slight notes of citrus and cocoa, buttery alcohol finish...smooth!

M- buttery and silky. Nice consistency.

D- very high, I could drink several and love it more and more.

This is my first taste of this great brew and will definately review again. I will need a few tastes to even begin to comprehend the complex flavors in this beer.

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Photo of flowerysong
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, big frothy tan head.

Smell: Hints of molasses and raisins, some bready malt.

Taste: Sweet malt and dried fruit, some coffee and molasses notes. Slightly hot, and some spicy hops and bitterness comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, full-bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Big flavour, nicely balance, not overpowering. An excellent beer.

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful dark dark brown color practically black beautiful to behold. A medium sized toffee colored head that lasted for a long time. Lacing is excellent.

S: Roasted malts and Carmel fill my nostrils along with chocolate.

T: Roasted malts and chocolate an almost cogniac like taste a strong aftertaste of bitter hoppes.

M: Excellent carbonation keeps flavors changing and interesting a pleasant medium body follows a slightly watery initial feel.

D: Eh, flavors are certainly pleasant and a medium body lets you know you aren't drinking just any lager however the bitter hoppe finish makes this brew filling and hard to swallow

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Photo of wampahoofus
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, not quite black. Lots of cream colored head. Really nice lacing

Smell: Sweet and strong. The malt shines through in the aroma. A bit of molasses.

Taste: A nice, deep, sweet, rich, dark malt! Lots of flavor here. The malt has a deep molasses character to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich. The malt lingers on the palette.

Drinkability: What an enjoyable beer! With all of the craft beer movement focused on ales, it is nice to have such a wonderful lager beer to enjoy!

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Put the goat in a safe place.

A: Incredibly dark, deep ruby with 2" of head that reduces with significant lacing. Tantalizing, inviting.

S: Mild, roasted coffee, sweet plum, caramel, banana, brown bread. Very light scents, but they are temptingly blended. It's almost as if the beer knows it doesn't need to overwhelm to succeed.

T: Lots of banana bread sweetness, combining with caramel/brown sugar. Dark, mild coffee flavors pour over the top of this, with slight hazelnut and ripe, alcohol-soaked plums chasing. The nature and order in which these flavors are experienced changes as the beer warms; it's in a constant state of flux. Phenomenal.

M: Silky, creamy, velvety perfection.

D: This is simply an incredible beer, and renowned for very good reasons. The goat ornament will soon be joined by many more, without a doubt.

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Photo of beerorRIP
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle with the little goat hanging on the neck - moderate pour into a standard pint glass yields a dark ruby / brown, clear and filtered body. a very light tan / off-white head rises to the top (about 1 finger), which reduces to a slight foam covering 'over top the beer. no lacing on the sides of the glass.

the smell is lovely sweet malts (munich, crystal, caramel). smells like caramel and toffee! no booziness or hops to be found in the aroma. just what you'd expect from "liquid bread"

on first taste, i am rewarded. sweet malts, caramel and toffee wash over my tongue. there's some bitterness on the back, just enough to balance out the surge of chewy malt flavor. not much flavor of hops, but that's not what i want from this guy. can't taste the alcohol really, just the slightest tinge of it. the tongue asks for more and i agree!

for as malty and rich as this guy is, the mouthfeel is not super thick. it doesn't feel as thick as you would expect it to be given the flavors. easy going for sure.

too drinkable. can't taste the alcohol, the nice chewy and rich flavor is perfect for those cold winter nights (which i'm in the midst of). slightly warms the gut while drinking which is always good on a cold night.

this is a great dopplebock! distinctive and delicious...

edit: had this on tap @ stuff yer face... even better! so damn good i had to show up twice in a week to have some!!!

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

Poured from a 330mL (about 11-ounce) bottle into a pint glass. I kind of wish I had a 12-ounce mug.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, and almost totally opaque. A VAGUE hint of ruby red is visible around the edges when I hold my glass up to a strong light source. The head is about as dark brown as I've seen, and retention/lacing are both minimal. In spite of this, the color of the beer itself is truly unique, meriting a perfect score in my view.

Smell: The overarching scent is of roasted malt. Repeated sniffs yield some dried fruits (I detect dried plums and apricots), with a certain nuttiness that is tough to pin down.

Taste: Sweet and malty, followed by a nice, warm toastiness. I've seen this beer's flavor compared to coffee here, and I won't disagree -- at the end of a long sip, I can taste a roasted coffee bean-like flavor. Also present: dried fruits (as in the nose), roasted almonds, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Mild to moderate carbonation. Very "thick" and heavy in the mouth, which is a good thing. I feel like I'm drinking some kind of holiday cake, with a hint of strong coffee.

Drinkability: Fantastic. The 6.7 ABV is just right for the style, as it's not detectable on the palate, but it rears its head in the stomach and the brain. This stuff is like the chocolate milk of beer -- thick, hearty, and comforting. I'd prefer this to hot chocolate on a wintry night.

In my opinion (based on the doppelbocks I've tried), this sets the standard for the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - murky brown with a two finger head. good lacing

s - here comes a bock. Nice and rich malt and bread scents

t - very complex. coffee up front that moves into a smooth malt with a sour and slightly bitter finish. I'm tasting a little sweet cola on the swallow right before the alcohol pokes its head out briefly.

m - full bodied. Nice light carbonation.

d - more of a sipper as double bocks go. I can see the appeal. Drinks like a meal. The sour hit right underneath the tongue has me salivating for the next sip. It's relatively mild 6.7% ABV is perhaps a little more apparent than other beers but doesn't take away from the experience. I'd probably stop at one glass given its rich overtones. I probably could have done with a single bottle vs. the four-pack that I purchased at a premium.

The ad campaign certainly adds to its standing. Kudos to their marketing department but it would be a good double bock regardless.

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Photo of normZurawski
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Personally I find this about as good as you're going to find for this style of beer. This works in the whole "meal unto itself" classification. Smooth maltiness with a rich mouthfeel rounds out this outstanding brew. Full-bodied and roasty, this is as drinkable as a beer gets, IMO. I'm not going to jump up and down about the appearance and smell - neither aspect does a whole lot for me. Where it matters for me is the taste and drinkability, both of which are perfect for this. Outstanding.

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Photo of tlinner
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just realized I've never reviewed this gem. Nutty, roasted malt throughout. Very complex taste. Some notes of sweetness, but very "dark", like bread or dark fruit. Someone who hated it once told me it tastes like dead leaves. It doesn't, but that's not really far off, in a weird way. Nice substantial feel to it, like you're drinking a real man's beer. Absolutely on my Top-5 All Time list. Plus, the little goats make great Christmas tree ornaments.

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

Served in Tulip

A: deep purple brown body with almost no head
S: Raisins and wet mahogany and cedar.
T: Raisins, vermouth, chocolate, coffee, charred madrone.
M: Despite no head, great carbonation and sustained taste. Very active.
D: Definitely but you might want to share.

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

Poured into a stout glass from a bottle.

A: This beer is a wonderfully dark, thick and rich doppelbock. It is mostly a dark brownish-black with hints of red and even amber at its thinnest points in the glass near the stem. Some creamy frothy head but no major lacing on on my pour. The beer seems so thick that as it leaves the glass it pulls the lacing with it. Lots of soul in this beer's look.

S: Not super fragrant, gives the impression that it's thick and not aromatic like an IPA. Big malts hidden deep and a very noticeable molasses smell.

T: I'll be completely frank from the start. I struggled between a 5.00 and 4.75 here. This beer isn't really perfect but it's too good to be 4.75. Unfortunately I don't think it quite deserves a 5.00 but it's so close that I almost gave it to it anyway... Anyway, on to the review.. The first sip is very smooth and crisp considering its thickness, very similar to a nice drinkable wine. Extremely malty, one of the richest and maltiest beers I've tasted. Tons of depth and various flavors as the beer cools. Rich caramel and molasses over hints of coffee. Even a little twang maybe like a green apple on the nose. Nothing overpowering, perfectly balanced. Extremely drinkable. 6.7% ABV and virtually zero bitterness. The roasted malts are huge. The only thing it needs is a little more hops to give it a nice crispy finish. Massive, deep rich beer. Wonderful. A++++.

M: Thick but not syrupy. Very crisp and tons of carbonation deep within the beer's rich texture. A wonderful mouthfeel after drinking with almost no aftertaste. Super smooth, super flavorful and super easy to drink.

O: By far the easiest doppelbock I've tasted, and possibly one of the best beers I've tasted. Rich and powerful, deep and thick but not overly strong, sour or bitter. Lots of wonderful notes and a very fragrant nose. Dominant flavors are MALT MALT MALT MALT with some caramel, molasses. Followed by some subtle coffee and citrus hints. Wonderfully balanced, maybe the best balanced beer I've ever sampled. Unbelievably drinkable for this thickness.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with an off white head

Smell - very sweet smell

Taste/mouthfeel - very strong rich chocolate roasted flavor but not as thick as other doppelbocks i've had. its not as filling and is a refreshing doppelbock, not what i had expected. Has little carbonation and is very smooth

Drinkability - its good but it is a dark beer just wanting you to savor this flavor, it tastes so good you'll want to savor it.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,471 ratings.
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