Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4.34/5
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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:
A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous medals.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#381
Reviews:
2,460
Ratings:
6,610
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
Wants:
567
Gots:
1,029
Trade:
19
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Ratings: 6,610 |  Reviews: 2,460
Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of afksports
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As dark as a doppelbock gets, and with great head and lacing, this Ayinger creation is pretty damn smooth. The smell is what really blows me away. It's burnt malts, sweet, but then there's some sort of tang I can't place. Almost sour.. or funky. It's distinct. Taste is great too - the sweetness continues with some nice hop notes in the middle. It fills the mouth - the bubbles take care of that more than the body.

With the low abv and the nicely complex taste, this one is a redrinker if you're into it. To be honest, I'm not that much. It's a little off for me.

I could see someone drinking a whole pack to figure out the taste. But I only bought one. So I'll just content myself with looking at the nice little animals on the front of the bottle.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.04/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola brown with a short bubbly tan head.

Nose is very mild and subdued. Watery dark fruit. Raisin. Plum. Prunes.

Flavor is similar to the nose but a little better. Again mild watered down dark fruit. Plum, prune, figs and raisin. Some dark euro malt.

Mouth is light bodied with med+ creamy carb.

Overall this is a little bit of a disappointment after not having one in about 6-7 years. I remember it being better. I think my palate is just better trained now. Not a bad beer by any means. Easy to drink. Just nothing special.

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Photo of jim_carignan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Ngntjp
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Traquairlover
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Very dark, when held to light is a clear reddish amber, good foamy tan head slowly dissipates leaving light lacing on glass and a continuing layer of foam on surface.

S = Rich roasted malt, caramel-spiked milk chocolate, hazelnuts. Very well balanced and very complex. A really good smelling beer.

T = Rich milk chocolate with walnuts and hazelnuts, good bitterness as from walnuts in the mid-palate, caramel, as with the smell, a really, really good beer.

M = Medium-heavy mouthfeel, very creamy textured while still retaining a lagered crispness, good mouthcoating, carbonation is at a good level to help fill mouth with flavor without overdoing it with foam or cutting the tongue too much.

D = This is probably my favorite doppelbock. Very high drinkability, it is just such an easy beer to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KalanM
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of papposilenus
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml bottle, undated, served in a cervoise.

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a finger-and-a-half of silky brown head, short retention, no lacing.

Smells of toasted oatmeal bread and brown sugar, roses and vanilla.

Tastes like brown bread, molasses, chocolate caramels and dates. Finishes with a little burnt sugar-roasted chicory bitterness.

Feel is medium-thick and slick, meaty and chewy. Carbonation is vigorous out of the bottle but disappears almost entirely within a few minutes.

Overall, a super-satisfying, smooth-drinking beverage. I feel like I've just finished a small meal rather than a bottle of beer. Definitely on the list of beers to have again.

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Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a very dark mahogany color with a huge foamy tan head taht lasts. The smell is a rich blend of roasted malts and a slight hint of chocolate. Very smooth body with with a creamy feel. There are rich flavors of sweet chocolate, carmel, and traces of molasses. Hops are slightly present and a nice medium carbonation.The aftertaste is a dry burnt flavor.
This is a very nice beer and I didn't want the bottle end. Another plus to the beer is that it comes with a little plastic ram. Outstanding!

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Photo of Hopbully
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of timontheroad
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizenbier glass. Big three-finger thick head. Settled to a thin tawny layer that lasted to the bottom. Smell is roasty and chocolatey, with some light caramel tones and a bit of molasses. The dark roast really shines in the taste, with a slight bit of dark chocolate. This is a really big-bodied beer, very silky smooth. Overall, this is one of the best bocks out there, with a great price!

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look - dark brown to black color, ruby red when held up to a light. creamy tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. good lacing

smell - roasted malts, coffee

taste - follows the smell, very rich

feel - full bodied, smooth, and slightly creamy

overall - didn't live up to the hype for me. It is a great beer, no doubt, but there was no wow factor or any reason that it should be above the rest

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Photo of jwhancher
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single awhile back from the local bottle shop. Have had this before. Poured into my Victory Prima Pils glass.

Pours a ruby red with brownish tan head that lasts for quite awhile. Some suds cling to the glass quite a bit. Aromas of plum, raisin, & fig upfront. Also dark cherry & a tad of chocolate. A bit doughy. A predominantly malty beer.

Tastes of chocolate & cocoa, roasty, tad oak like, and some hints of vanilla. A very even bodied beer with medium mouthfeel. Dry tasting.

Drinkability is just awesome! Only wish it was cheaper to purchase.

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Photo of JCam9981
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Photo of sjrodriguez
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown transparent body. Pours a good three-quarter inch head that dissipates quickly to a ring. No lacing.

Smells of dark malt, wood, coffee, leather, molasses.

Tastes complex, some cola, coffee, prune, chocolate, figs, roast chestnut. There is a lot going on, especially roasted notes. Finish has a note of mint and is dry, with a bitter coffee finish.

Body is medium, not much carbonation, which is lightly fizzy.

A very good and drinkable double bock.

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Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

We reached a milestone in our year, so I broke out the Celebrator

It poured a nice dark ruby brown. Full overflowing tan head that laced real well.

The aroma was sweet toasted malts, toffee well done.

The taste of this full bodied brew grew to a complex nature.
First a blast of toasted roasted malts. Dark fruits like plum. A bread charactor of biscuit and well done toast. The sweetness of molasses,honey and caramel. All rounded out and blended nicely by hops and suttle alcohol.

Overall very drinkable and a fine example of Germany in a glass..

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Photo of jriggins6
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Meyers1023
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wexord Ale House.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some amber hues. Once finger foam head that dissipates to a film, little to no lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit, molasses, roasted coffee, bread and caramel.

T: Very sweet up front and throughout the whole tasting. It is a decent blend of all the malt characters.

M: Very slick and creamy.

D: This is a very sweet tasting Doppelbock. Almost too sweet for me. It is a nice brew but a one and done for me.

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Photo of heytomcat
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,610 ratings