Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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:
2,409
Ratings:
6,418
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
537
Gots:
958
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,409 | Ratings: 6,418
Photo of Martin194
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very dark brown, ruby when held up to the light; white-tan head

Smell: Hints of fruit, specifically banana and cherry, and coffee, sugar, bit of roasty undertone

Taste: Coffee, fruit, this time more plum and raisin, leaves a bittersweet taste

Feel: Light carbonation, which I thought was good as it didn't distract from the flavors; leaves kind of a sticky feel in the mouth and throat

Overall: Very good beer! Lots of flavors going on, plus the little goat is a nice touch!

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Photo of JamesBerry
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This double bock is colored a deep cola-like brown which borders on a nearly opaque black. Its head is thin, yet consistent and with good retention. A thick malty-sweet aroma blossoms from the top, reminiscent of a porter or stout. However, unlike a porter or stout, this beer has a slimmer body, at once refreshing and filling. The taste hints at smoke and brazil nuts (or is it coffee?), and is, in a word, deep. As for its drinkability, I could see myself enjoying one or two of these, but I find it hard to picture someone putting down more than a few bottles in an evening.

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

Pours as dark as a sturdy stout, but actually looks red/brown when held in the light. The head blossomed beautifully to a 2" mocha-colored foam, but fizzled out pretty quickly. Leaved a nice lacing, though.

Smells like toasted bread, but there's a touch of roasted malt in there too. A lot of yeast is present, too.

Very toasted and roasted; stout-like. Tastes like bread that's toasted 'til it's nice and dark. I'm not really tasting any hops at all.

Medium to full-bodied, not particularly carbonated. Not quite "smooth," but certainly easy to drink; it's almost hard to keep from drinking this too fast, as good as it tastes.

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Photo of greenbeaner
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep, dark copper color. Almost black. Forms two and a half fingers of head that quickly dissipates to a thin film on the surface. Very little lacing.

Strong malt up front on the nose, with a quiet chocolate finish. There are also tones of caramel and raisens.

Tastes heavily of lightly roasted malt and chocolate up front with a bit of a sweet raisen finish. Also apparent are hints of coffee and fig. Light carbonation is apparent as well. A very delicious, well balanced brew.

Feels large and full bodied in the mouth, but never syrupy. Goes down smooth and finishes slick. Feels great.

I put this one off for a long time, largely because of it's price-to-alcohol ratio...It proved to a huge mistake, as this is definitely one of the most deliecious beers I've tasted. A must try, often buy, in my book for sure. I'd drink it all the time.

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Photo of jovy1097
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, spongy head that dissipates down to a film. Looks like a cola drink after pouring. Brown with garnet highlights.

S: Dark molasses bread, dates, and cloves.

T: Dark cane syrup, toasted wheat bread, roasted malts, and sweet aftertaste. There is a mild smoke flavor too. Very complex and nice.

M: Smooth and thick, but not cloying at all. Warming as it goes down.

D: You would never guess that this has the alcohol that it does. It's incredibly drinkable. One of the most complex tasting beers I've ever quaffed. You want to come back for more just so you can see what you might have missed last time.

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Photo of irisier
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from an 11.2 oz brown bottle emblazoned with a logo that features two goats holding up a glass of dark beer. Plastic goat tchotchke tied around neck of bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Thick, creamy tan head that subsides to a good lace and sticks pretty well. Dark, almost black body that tints red through the light.

Smell: Dark sugar smell upfront, similar to molasses. Some sweet, fruity bread aroma as well. Hint of some hops hiding amongst that bready smell.

Taste: A little sweet at the start, with some bread and molasses qualities. Some kind of mild fruity taste that accompanies the sweetness as well, raisins maybe, or perhaps figs. Becoming astringent from roasted malts and hops and finishing with a little hop bitterness that complements and reinforces the mild bitterness from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, but pretty thick. This is definitely no light beer.

Notes: Great brew, a little complex but also accessible and really likable. Tasty.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had in 10 oz draft. Dark appearance with little light penetration. Very smooth taste with malty notes. Little lacing and maybe 1" of head. Drinks very clean and was refreshing when it was 90 degrees out. Almost stoutish in its flavor. Would unquestionably drink again and probably one of the best Doppelbocks I've had.

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Photo of mncoinman
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is bit more on the chocolate side. Pours a dark brown, almost opaque. Excellent, long lasting foam head. Some lacing. Good flavorings of munich malts, Hops is fairly subtle. Smooth drinking. One of the better doppels. The Germans still rule over this beer style.

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Photo of beerman599
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at DELANEY'S tap room in new haven ct and it was great i have had this many times before but never on tap. less carbonated than the bottle but just as rich, malty and flavorful with a smooth mallow finish that made me have a second one

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

Celebrator is definitely a great beer. It is a very dark, almost black color. It provides a good head and the smell of this beer is really something special. The aroma of chocolate is detectable as well as a very malty smell. This is a thick beer but not overpowering. It is not highly carbonated and goes down smooth. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are evident. Despite its thick body, it goes down smooth. I had a few of these during Christmas dinner and afterward. A few people have said it has gone well with meats but I would also suggest it with goose which is what I had for Christmas this year. It turned out to be a good combination.

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Photo of petemoss14
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours the deep brown of a medium roast cup of coffee. Puffy, mocha-tan head subsides after a few minutes.

Wonderfully sweet, bready aroma. Vanilla, caramel, chocolate all detectable. Prunes soaked in bourbon. Very complex malt aroma mixes with some alcohol esters and a touch of hop resin.

Tastes is fully of coffee, chocolate, toasty bread and oatmeal cookie. The high viscosity of this brew is evident on the lips and as it goes down the gullet, but a rather firm, underlying roasted-malt dryness combined with nice carbonation keep it remarkably light on the palate. This, combined with some nice hop balance in the finish makes this a very drinkable doppelbock.

This beer is just begging for some grilled sausages or venison steaks. A classic.

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Photo of pojo41
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, rich, brown color with ruby tint in the light. Aroma of sweet, dark, roasted malt. Taste of dark malt and raisin and a hint of smoke. The flavor hides the alcohol very well but, you still know you are drinking a substantial beer. Excellent

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Photo of JamesP123
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this is one helleva brew. My Favorite Dopplebock!

A. Nice and dark, not translucent. Nice head that stays put.

S. First semll is roasted grains/toasted bread. followed by some sweetness and a bit of alcohol coming through.

T. This is where the beer shines. Very balanced flavors, Molasses/brown sugar with thick/rich roasted malts. Very smooth and balanced and soft.

M. Smooth and a little creamy. Medium bodied.

D. Great taste, smooth and enjoyable. Nearly perfection in a bottle. Definately a new favorite in my book.

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Photo of tko741
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is perhaps the finest and most intriguing I've seen in a glass...dark, inviting, with a beautiful ruby-garnet hue under direct light. Tiny smudges of lace cling to the pint glass.

Smells of semolina bread, crackers, chocolate, toasty malts and light caramel.

Taste is, to put it midly, godly. A smooth malt character throughout, with subtle hints of peanut brittle, almond, and a slight floral hop note. Tobacco and caramel make fleeting appearances as well. Mouthfeel is vibrant and rich.

Yum.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark chocolate coffee color, 1/4 inch head, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet and dark fruits, specifically plum, with a presence of roasted malt.

T: Roasted nutty flavor on the front end, very smooth, no pop, with a sweet coffee, toffee, caramel flavor on the back end.

M: Extremely smooth medium body, slightly creamy feel balanced by light carbonation (too flat for my taste), and a slight alcohol warming sensation that lingers.

O: Inviting color, perfect scent and flavor, lighter than it looks. Lives up to its reputation as one of the best doppelbocks in the world.

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Photo of WTexas
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was betrothed to Salvator until I was seduced by Celebrator. Salvator may be the original, but Celebrator exceeds it in most respects -- despite the cheesy bock trinket that comes with each 12oz bottle.
Poured a clear almost ruby color into the glass, and displayed a good full head that quickly dissipated. Smelled crisp and almost molasses like. First sips had a hint of biscuit. As it warmed, I detected more honey and raisins. Conspicuously absent was the strong alcohol taste of other doppelbocks. This is Celebrator's strength. Though I later felt the alcohol's effects, they were not as pronounced in the taste or mouthfeel.
Almost too easy to drink. The king is dead, long live Celebrator.

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Photo of stodbrew
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/red color with a very quickly dissipating tan head. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma is slightly melanoidin/caramel, with some nice roasty maltiness. Maybe a very slight hop spiciness.

Flavor is sweet malt with a touch of roastiness. There is an astringency on the finish which detracts from the overall enjoyment a bit.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a pretty big prickly carbonation bite.

Overall, not a bad beer. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

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

Another fine beer provided by Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge... Poured a dark brown; as close to black as I think you can get withour being there! Nice, thick light brown head that settled to a neat ring around the level of the beer after a few moments... Smell was of dark chocolatey roasted malt, toffee, and a distinct plum/raisin essence. I ordered this beer after dinner and it smelled like I had made a great decision... The elevated abv seemed not to overpower, but rather to deliver the flavors to the tongue while wafting into the nasal cavity from the back of the throat! Kind of an awkward, anatomical description, but hard to explain otherwise... Very sensuous; silky and sweet... I sipped this beer for about 20 minutes and enjoyed every second. Great beer

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-goes well with food
-first time i had this it had very strong fresh wort character, which was very unpleasant with the alcohol presence. the second round, upon which the review is based, was much different, more malt and chocolate.

A - deep ruby with a clinging head, a quick swirl shows some alcohol in the legs. Ayinger certainly have a distinctive packaging for this dbock, and i've been cognizant of Celebrator for years before i finally got around to buying a 4pk.
S- alcohol in the nose melding with dark chocolate, well balanced. a lot of alcohol in the nose for 6.7%, but whatever.
T- between roasted malt and munich malt character. some chocolate. alcohol coming in on the finish. cleans up well with a lingering roasty-ness
M- silky but carbonated. well suited for the beer but was unpleasant the first round.
D - the fusel alcohol character would deter me from more than one of these, but if i had a pairing situation calling for a dopplebock, i wouldn't hesitate to call in Celebrator.

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Photo of jp62099
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two over the course of a weekend, first was maybe a little to warm and I had had one or two other beers before so it did'nt do much for me. 2nd had a day or so in the frig, no beer before, much better. As with most of my reviews D-bocks are new to me so can't really compare by style. It was good, but after hearing all the hype maybe I expected more. Nose was malty, bready, not much actually. Taste was balanced leaning on sweet. Very drinkable, did'nt fill to heavy. Reasonably priced, if it were available here I would drink again.

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Photo of sj660
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coffee colored elixir with golden highlights. There is a medium foam with decent retention.

There is an alcoholic aroma with a faint touch of malt.

The taste is a malt-bomb of nuts, molasses, and faint coffee notes. Slight touch of a hop aftertaste. Not dry.

Full bodied, creamy, and warm with medium to low carbonation.

Excellent beer! L'Chaim!

This beer was a perfect complement to smoked herring.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a stemmed Ayinger pokal glass after being poured from a 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: Very dark brown with a hint of red hue. Head was initially moderate-to-large but quickly dissipated.
Smell: Subdued/faint malty aroma.
Taste: Chocolate and malty flavor. Extremely smooth going down.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with heavy body.
Overall: One of the best beers that I have every tried. An absolutely delicious beer that does not overwhelm the palate.

Ironically, while vacationing in Munich, I visited the Ayinger Brewery, and while there I asked specifically for this beer (after reading its glowing reviews on Beeradvocate.com), but they told me it was not the right season (I was there in August), and they do not serve this beer until early spring. It was not until I returned to America when I was able to try this beer for the first time.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer grew on me after repeated sampling and now I love it.
The flavors are subtle and tend to come together very late making this the antithesis of the trendy glut of overaggressive beers currently being produced. Delicately rich and malty, Celebrator is elegant and complex. And my daughter likes the goat.

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Photo of Gaben
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ohhh man talk about a brew..! It is called the Celebrator for one reason, after you drink some of this you'll be celebrator-ing all night baby.

After a mixed 6 pack of beers I did have some nice picks and saved this one for last ... man was I in for a nice treat.

This appearance is a mildy dark german beer with a great bottle for advertisement.

Both smell and taste and amazing! After about two sips of this , the 1st word that came out of my mouth "Umm beef stew!" did remind me of some stew but thats not bad was an amazing tasting doppledock.

Mouthfeel and drinkability would usualy be low since I would see how some wouldnt dig the "beef stew" feel to it but I have to say , I myself do dig dem damn meat beers!

I am for sure buying alot more of the celebrator for tomorrow night!!

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

This beer defines doppelbock. It is nothing short of extraordinary.
If there is a better doppelbock, send me some, because I don't believe there is. Celebrator is rich in malts and elegant to boot, easy to drink and the smell is sweet and layered. Probably in my opinion in the top 5 of all beers in the world. The King of Doppelbocks.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,418 ratings.
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