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: 2,426 | Ratings: 6,464
Photo of mickstepp
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't believe my good fortune at finding this on tap at a local watering hole. And my timing was fortuitous as the bartender told me it is to be replaced shortly with something more mainstream. Celebrator is a very dark and opaque beer (the lights in the bar were dim so I didn't get as good a look at it as I would have liked) with a thick tawny head. Rich caramel notes in the nose. The taste starts a little sweet but evolves to a dry, nutty, earthy finish as it passes over the tonque. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very creamy and yummy. It is highly regarded by my fellow B.A.'s and deservedly so.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Celebrator 0.3l glass.

4. Dark brown with caramel around the edges and a white head. The head quickly dissipates to a slight ring around the edge.

4. Smell is strongly of roasted malts - chocolate with lesser amounts of toffee and coffee. There is a slight fruity component (raisins) to it as well. Very, pleasant.

4. Taste is more of the smell, roasted chocolate malts with caramel and toffee. There's a bit of a tootsie roll flavor to this beer. There just a hint of bitterness at the back end to balance, but the roasted malts shine through. The finish is moderately long with a slight spiciness to it.

4. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sticky. Medium bodied.

4.5. This beer is just a touch too decadent to be a session beer. But that's its fault. I could several of these and not get tired of it.

A wonderfully balanced malt bomb. Definitely one of my favorites and a perennial stand-by beer.

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Photo of HappyBivouac
2.91/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- opaque dark red-brown with a creamy tan head. spotty lacing on the glass.

s- dark fruits, pretty big toasty character, chocolate, a lactose-like character that reminds me of a thick milk stout. very slight alcohol hits the nose as well.

t- toasted grain, nuts, small hints of dark fruit & spice. an unpleasant, slightly off toasty finish. like cheese almost. A decently thick body but almost no carbonation to speak of, which this beer could benefit a lot from.

There is a certain grainy, cheesy sourness in the taste that I just can't get over. It bothers me a lot, to the point where I will avoid this beer in the future.

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

50F in a pint glass

A- dark red-brown, almost black with a creamy white head

S- oh so delightful! sweet and malty with molassas tone

T- dark roasted caramel

D- a little bit of heaven in a pint glass. I will cry when I drink the last one in my supply. A big thanks to kjkinsey for getting me this one.

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Photo of ditch
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful black with red trying to peek through. Creamy 2 finger caramel head that fades slowly to a light cover that spans the entire glass. Lacing is thin and sporadic.

Aroma is very malty sweet. Raisins, dates and slight chocolate. Very faint citrus pulls through.

Taste is near perfect for a doppelbock. Sweet chocolate and slightly bitter coffee malts followed by a weak piny spice. Again, raisins and dates. Gets better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Carbonation is low. I would have like a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability is good for this style. Not going to get much more drinkable in a dark, nearly 7% bock.

Overall a great beer. Something I definitely keep around and get in the mood for.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is what you think of when you think BEER! It is a complexity of Carmel and Chocolate, with a tiny hint of herbs, not yeasty at all. The color was a very rich, dark reddish brown, that when poured into a tulip glass cascaded back into itself for about 30 seconds as the head built to a good 2", that lasted until you licked it off the edge of the glass.The head was a dark amber with small bubbles. After the cascading ceased it was a very clear pour. WOW Taste was lightly sweat and bitter at mthe same time, remarkable! Body had a full, creamy, thick feel, and a lively, slightly bitter finishing that was just right. WoW, this is one beer to keep around for youself, don’t share it as the store may run out. Then what would you do for an excellent beer?

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Photo of Trentonator
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolatey brown, almost black, wth a nice, creamy eggshell white head. Lacing is incredible. Smell is exquisite-lots of cherry, chocolate, toffee, coffee, and smoky richness. Taste is smooth, easy and surprisingly light for a doppelbock. I had this in a wide mouthed glass, I highly recommend this type of glass to fully appreciate the aroma and bouquet (can you say that about a beer?). Seriously, the smell of this beer is out of this world. Taste is top notch. I love this beer, and can't believe I haven't tried it before, I guess I was afraid of a dark German beer. Don't fear the doppelbock . . . .

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich chocolaty brown, with a thick, foamy, light beige head. Good head retention; slow to retire. Prominent lacework.

Smell: Malty, chocolaty nose, in the main. Hints of hop spiciness and raisins. Banana and apple esters also present.

Taste: Mild beginning, leading to strong malt presence mid-palate. Hints of coffee and caramel tease the tongue. Finish is reminiscent of chocolate bread, with a mild alcohol burn and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick-ish, but not as thick as a Baltic porter or Mackeson's stout. Large-bead carbonation aerates the palate.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable beer. Could certainly pound a few of these back.

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Photo of chimaylvr
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Sam Adams "tulip' glass, no freshness date

App: dark chocolate hue, half finger foam which dissipates quickly but leaves saturn ring around glass throughout

Smell: Variety of roasted coffee beans, peat and earth, hickory beef, sweet spice

Taste: complex roasted malt profile, like a great IPA with hops but only malt, molasses first bourbon finish

Mouthfeel: not sticky for complex malts but buttery and smooth; not puckering but comforting like a fine dessert, a little chewy even

Overall: there's not much to knock here, rich like a Belgian without the spice, not too sweet like an overblown wee heavy; at a respectable 6.7 you can have one or two more because you're gonna want another, a real winner....enjoy!

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

Truly one of the world's great beers and worthy of any and all praise it recieves, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock is grand in it's scope and a true pleasure to savor.

I remember this beer at one time being number one on the best of BA list, I was mearly a lurker for the most part way back then and while the beer has dropped to 21st (still quite remarkable considering the amount of beers out there) it's a classic in every way.

It's a dark brown, nearly black color with a rather nice head that lingers for sometime. There is some nice impressive lacing as well, lacing that lasts the duration of the glass.

The smell is that of smoky malt, with definite coffee undertones as well. Simply delightful!

The beer tastes of malt...malt..malt. Smoky malt, chocolate malt.... simply malt. This is truly a divine beer for malt lovers. This beer is akin to drinking a very very well made coffee in a sense.

This beer is truly world class and mere words cannot do it justice. If you've yet to try it, then please do yourself a favor and do so ASAP.

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

This is the best looking and feeling beer I have ever had. If it were the best tasting, I wouldn't bother buying anything else. Pours a dark opaque brown with a full three fingers of bubbly tan head that stays all over the glass. I actually didn't know much beer I had left in the glass because the lacing covered up where it was. Aroma is dark bready roasted malt with a hint of spicy alcohol. Taste has a hint of raisin, thick roasted maltiness and a nice supportive hop bitterness along with an alcoholic presence. The best part of this beer is the thick velvety mouthfeel which I have experienced nowhere else, even in stouts. Absolutely stunning.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- I like the design on the bottle. The plastic goat is also nice.

I poured the beer into a dimpled mug. Poured blackish brown. Very nice thick, foamy head. Cappuccino colored head. Very appealing.

Smell -- Very malty. It smells like bread and cookies. Can also distinguish a carmel scent. I do believe I can also pick up faint traces of hops.

Taste -- Sweet, bready, and malty. Reminds me of the taste of a bowl of cereal.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and heavy. Kind of chewy. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability -- I could drink a couple of these, but would probably end up feeling overly full. It is a nice easy fall drinking doppelbock. Very filling!

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a very dark, amber color. The doppelbock was poured into a glass. The initial 1-2 inch head died down very quickly. The aroma is very sweet and nutty, although not overpowering. The taste and mouth feel is where this beer really comes to life. It is very sweet when first hitting the tongue, but after lingering for a bit, the spiciness of this beer comes through. This is an excellent doppelbock. I will definitely have another.

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Photo of LennyV
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a mini growler from Halftime. Pours a dark mahogany into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Little tan head wih no lacing.

Smells malty sweet.

Tastes as it smells malty and sweet with a smoky dry finish.

Feels wonderful in the mouth. Perfect mix of carbnonation and body.

I could drink this brew all night. It is sooo smooth.

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

Served on tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

This beer was poured into a stemmed beer glass. It had a deep brown color and minimal off white head.

Initially the aroma was solely of subdued malt, but as it warmed and was swirled in the glass, I picked up raisin/prune notes along with a pleasantly subdued alcohol aroma as well.

The taste began with slight burnt (but not astrigent) malt followed by some toffee and hints of sweetness that lingered for a few seconds. The beer was medium-bodied and very enjoyable.

Overall, very rich in malt character, and a good representation of a doppelbock.

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Photo of Illtryit
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger tan head tops off this dark brew. When held to bright light, I get ruby red colors. As I drink, a thin foam clings to my glass. A foam film stays with the brew throughout.

I get dried dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is really complex. Dark fruits, nutty flavors, alcohol, toast.

Very full bodied. Hearty. Nice feel.

Overall, a very good beer. Glad I tried it. I will get again and I would recommend this to fellow BAs.

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Photo of jamex
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. Nice head above a darkened, almost troubled beverage.

Tastes/smells of molasses, the city streets after a rain, the inside of a high quality Halloween mask, plum, raisins and a gasoline pump (on a good day) all rolled into a toasty, malty beer.

Very drinkable and nicely complex.

Drank while listening to soundtrack to "Good, Bad and the Ugly."

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best double bock beers. It has a milky smooth feel with a great flavor. It does not have a hard hitting flavor, but it keeps in a decent malty flavor that stays with you after you finish it. The smell is not intense, but smells slightly sweet. This is a good beer to have any time, but is slightly heavier so I would suggest you have it after a meal.

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

A - Dark stout like brown with a deep ruby undertones. 2 finger head of thin off-white bubbles that dissipates fairly fast. Some lacing and minimal alcohol legs.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, and mild alcohol. Subtle, yet complex nose that invites you to drink but does not punch you in the face.

T - Unlike the nose, the flavor of this beer is BIG. Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, a bit of yeast (spice) and mild alcohol just lik the nose only amplified in the most pleasant manner. This beer is a very malt forward preparation, however, this inherent sweetness is counter balanced by a gently warming alcohol finish. Thus, balance is achieved.

M - Medium bodied, silky smoothly, easy to drink. This is part of the beer balance.

O - I am a Doppelbock fan and Celebrator is my favorite of this type. It is always consistant, available to me the best example of the style because it packs in big beer taste with just enough alcohol kick to make it fun. This is the point of a Doppelbock. PROST!

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Photo of etaggie09
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish ruby with a slowly diminishing tan head. good retention.

Aroma: vinous, fruity, and a thickly malty aroma

Taste: Very malty with a little hop twang. Strong sweet malt with some caramel and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely coating and clean. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: nice, clean, and very drinkable.

Notes: A very nice malty beer that I enjoyed a lot. A good example of the dopplebock style.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint.

A-Very, very dark brown with ruby hues. Khaki head. Some solid lacing going on.

S- Caramel malt and a bit of cocoa. Some dried fruit, too.

T- Sweet, slighty roasted malt, some fig, and molasses. Very nice. A slight warming from the alcohol.

M- Full body. Very, very creamy. Just a little carbonation. Goes down so smoothly.

D- This one is definitely on the filling side, but it is so good, it's hard to put down!

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Photo of GeneralZod
2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It looks like a bock, dark. Very inviiting. Ok head retention.

Smells chocolately. Very good.

It's ok. Good for a bock. Taste like chocolate and sweet.

silky and smooth

Ok to have one now and then. Not so bad, but it is very filling.

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle from Bevmo. Poured a dark brown that only a trace of light will shine thru. Head was tan and faded to about 1/4 inch and held. Aroma is strong with coffee, chocolate, anise and burnt toast. Flavor mirrored the aroma. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with light by effective carbonation. Hops were well integrated and hardly noticeable. Finish is long and smooth with some additional burnt cedar wood. Overall this is one great beer, my only complaint is that the bottle is too small, this should be served in a bomber.

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

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. The head has good retention and forms decent lacing.

S: Very warm, toasty malts. Sweet molasses and caramel as well as dark fruit are very prevalent.

T: Not as much of a forward and strong taste as I was expecting. The smokiness and malts hit you first, followed by a very nice caramel sweetness. The dark fruits, cherries and figs I think, really hit you as you swallow. Even though the taste wasn't as strong as I expected from the nose, it is very well balanced and tasty.

M: Well carbonated and very smooth. Slightly thicker body, almost chewy in feel. Very enjoyable.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this beer and could definitely have a few with hesitating.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: poured dark and thick with a two plus finger width of head however it dissipates fairly quickly, very dark red, black mostly in the glass when held to the light. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: good balance of hops and malt smells, towards the middle a more floral spice is noted.

Taste: Dark roasted notes with heavy and rich nutty malt taste. Hops are very subdued.

Mouth feel: somewhat thin compared to the look at the poor. Dark roasted caramel almost burnt.

Overall: I must say this is a great beer. The “double” makes it stout like while still retaining the caramel malt taste. I like to have this beer with a big filet and pan sauce.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,464 ratings.
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