Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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:
#379
Reviews:
2,467
Ratings:
6,626
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator opens with a rich, malty, yeasty nose, liquid breads and bread dough spilling forth in waves of marble rye, French baguette, honey wheat, and thick brown bread, all topped with a gooey thread of molasses and wildflower honey. Add to this a good measure of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and lighter touches of coffee and cream, as well as a good range of fruit esters, including raisin, fig, black cherry, orange liqueur, date, and prune. The aromas aren’t necessarily powerful—perhaps a seven in terms of sheer strength—but they are exquisitely nuanced, balanced, and developed, resulting in a nose that only lightly taps your chin, but still somehow knocks you to the floor.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a wave of bread dough and toast crust that carries mainly dark wheat and grain flavors, but these are soon joined by a rush of molasses and brown sugar, and following just behind, caramel, toffee, and creamed coffee, as well as darker fruit esters (fig, prune, date, black cherry). In subsequent sips the molasses, date, fig, prune, and black cherry notes come out more clearly, kept earthbound by marble rye bread, spent grains, and touches of pepper. Late in the mouthful a cola, or perhaps kola nut-like flavor emerges, and this carries into the aftertaste, along with a surprising amount of sugars and breads, which linger on the tongue for a very long time in syrupy goodness. Mouthfeel is a slick, syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is one of the finer Doppelbocks on the market, and while it’s not one of the strongest, it is one of the more balanced, flavorful, and all-around fantastic examples available. Too many beers sacrifice the beauty of nuance and tempering for beat-you-over-the-head hoppiness/sugars/alcohol/etc., and it’s very nice to see a beer that’s obviously been made by someone who knows the supreme strengths of subtlety and crafty understatement.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of vcoggins
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MiScusi
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a red glow to it. Sudsy bubbly head.
S- bittersweet chocolate. Certainly not overpowering but strong enough to precede what you are about to taste.
T- weak chocolate malt is all I can really get from it. It definitely has a certain lager quality to it, but the taste is very one dimensional in semi-sweet chocolaty malt. Not too complex, but good.
M/D- The mouthfeel might make this beer very drinkable. So smooth. No prickly or burning carbonation, but overall the beer just kind of lulls me to sleep.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an excellent doppelbock. I was definitely pleased with it.

Appearance- dark brown almost black in color

Smell- malty, bready, dark fruit

Taste- very interesting taste, very pleasing, sweet, malty, dark fruit

Mouthfeel- thick, very nice

Drinkability- definitely very drinkable, I love it!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with tan head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smells of sweet malted barley bread. Also of freshly mowed grass, and molasses.

Sweet molasses followed by malty mouth feel crisp grass freshness, and finishing with grape wine notes slightly dry. A very nice double bock.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a nonic.

Looked decent, nice and dark brown with a thin head that stayed around. Smell was rather complex, with a fortitude of malts and fruitiness and spiciness coming to the front. The taste kind of surprised me as well. Very mellow and earthy, hints of leafy and dark malts. Quite bitter on the end, pronounced hop detail that can only lead to another drink. The only thing not 'good' about this beer was the odd bitterness, for some reason it did not sit well with me, but the drinkability remained good. Maybe it was the serving temperature or a carbonation thing, but I'm not convinced this is the be-all end-all of doppelbocks.

I'd like to sample a bottle under a bit more controlled conditions..

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StevieW
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the tops for me. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a picture perfect fluffy tan head. It looked just like the label. Nice rich smell, I noticed alot toffee, burnt smells, didn't notice they were fruit, like others. But the smell was very inviting. The taste lived up to everything I have read. Nice toffee, carmel like sweetness, very balanced with bitterness of roasted malt. Nice smooth feel, almost creamy, and full, everything I hoped it would be. I thought it fuller and more balanced, not as syrupy than the Salvator dopplebock. The last shot of bittnerness at the end, wanted you to have another taste to balance. Beer Perfection. I have drank 6 of 12, and I think I will keep the next 6 for a special occasion.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this as part of the PhD program at Cloverleaf.

A: Pours a brown body with a tan head with decent retention overall and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: An old, earthy, burnt malt smell that was quite enticing.

T: A burnt, malty taste with a slightly fruity aftertaste. Hints of figs seemed to be evident in the aftertaste.

M: A little on the thin side for a doppelbock, but still very good nonetheless.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Due to the high malt content, it starts to fill you up towards the end of the beer. Due to this, the lighter mouthfeel makes the beer easier and more fun to enjoy. Definitely will have again and recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of gr0g
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost as dark in color as a Schwarzbier, topped with two fingers of foam. Retention is very good and the somewhat sticky head leaves some streaks of lacing. Aroma of sweet ripe dark fruits, toffee, and the floral aroma of noble hops.

The intertwining flavors of dark, toasty malt with the aforementioned dark fruits are the highlight of the flavor profile. There's just a tinge of bitterness on the finish, enough to impart a wonderful balance to the flavor. While some doppelbocks can be one-dimensional and cloying sweet, the roasted malt and skillful hopping here lend complexity. Exceedingly smooth mouthfeel thanks to a soft, fine carbonation.

"Finest Bavarian double bock beer" is printed on the label and is entirely accurate. Despite being low in ABV compared with many other doppels, Celebrator is head and shoulders above the competition.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of PaulyB83
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can see any kinda of bottle date.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Looks deep dark brown in the glass until you hold it up to the light to reveal the deeps shade of garnet. Good clarity, two finger light brown head.

S- Pumpernickle and raisins.Maybe a touch a alcohol.

T- Similar to the aroma, pumpernickle, dried dark fruits, a very slight roast, little bit of hop bitterness on the end.

M- On the lighter side of medium, pretty easy drinking really.

O- This is one of my favorite beers and one of the first I had when I got into drinking craft. It has a bit of something to it that is different than all other doppelbocks that I've had. It is very smooth in all aspects and has a nice roasted touch to it. It is certainly the darkest doppelbock I've found. One thing is that I find many doppelbocks have too much of a fruitcake like flavor to me but that is not so with this beer. I try to pick up a single every few months and am lucky enough to live in a city where a few bars get it on draft. Probably my favorite German beer!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights. Forms a thick, creamy, light brown head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty, fruity, with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is malty, with a bit of roastiness and chocolate. It has a hop fruitiness and bitterness. It is a medium-full bodied beer, with a balanced malt and hop bitterness. A very smooth drinking beer.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I thought I knew what good beer was...but that was until today. I have to hand it to the Germans, this was one damn good beer.

Full disclosure - I am a dark beer, stout, porter, dopplebock kinda guy - so I am partial to these types of beers. I have had plenty of them and thought I knew what a good instance of one would be. Boy, was I wrong. This Ayinger Celebrator was an experience unlike any other. Served in a goblet, it had a black but still appealing hue of darkness, a decent head, but little staying power (admittedly something I easily overlooked). The smell was not necessarily anything that was memorable, but it didn't have any of the other "heavy" odors of dark beers. The feel was truly smooth, silky, and easy to be sessionable. But what simply blew me away was the taste - by God - I can't say enough about it. It was unlike any other dopplebock I have had. If given the chance I would probably drink this stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (but I suppose it's a good thing I don't.) Overall, it was by far the best beer I've had in a very long time, if not the best ever.

UPDATE: 12 August 2016
This is still the best damned beer I have had to date. And now, after having as many as I have had, I can tell you there is a hint of honey to the brew. So not only delicious, but a hint of sweetness to it. Damn, the Germans really know how to make beer.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,626 ratings