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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:
2,402
Ratings:
6,396
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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532
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946
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,402 | Ratings: 6,396
Photo of beer456
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of my favorite winter beers. Goes down like Yohoo but has a nice kick. Plus they give you a little plastic goat. What more could one ask for? Sweetness, Alcohol and a toy. Yum ! Delicious ! As soon as winter arrives, I will be locking myself in a cabin with a 4-pack of these beauties.

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Extremely dark, red colour. Almost brown. Poured about a finger and a half of creamy head, which stuck around for a little while. Little bit of light sneaks in at the bottom of the glass. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Very Sweet. Dark cherries, apples, plums, dark fruit. Very slight hint of milk chocolate on the back end.

Taste: Cherries, chocolate, slightly bitter. Little hint of booziness. Very complex and very tasty.

Fell: Slightly heavy. high carbonation. very nice warming sensation, which is surprising considering the relatively low ABV.

This beer is very well done. Chocolate and dark fruits are present on the forefront, with a lingering boozy bitterness. This doppelbock is worth seeking out.

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Photo of BrewMan82
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black, closer inspection reveals some nice ruby tint in the light. White head settle down quickly. Smells very sweet and malty, with some nutty fruit aroma coming to the front. Malt overpowers this brew with sharp and strong coffee and fruit taste. The finish is much smoother, with some smoky toastiness I really liked. Tasted almost completely flat and on the tongue - no carbonation - but intense flavor kept thinness away and richness provided ample fullness. The smokiness melts away for a smooth aftertaste that invites more. Excellent.

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

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a standard beer glass.

This doppelbock pours a beautiful, dark, hazelnut brown. It's nearly opaque! I get a bit of caramel-dipped fruit in the aroma. Perhaps prunes with chocolate sauce!

On my first sip, it's like drinking silk! I can't wait for the next! So smooth!

It's hard to pinpoint the taste since there is so much going on in here.... maybe burnt caramel over cocoa puffs!! Spicy, chocolatey and biscuity. Just enough alcohol warmth to cut through the malt and sweetness. Very easy to drink for a 7% ABV beer.

I see now what all the fuss was about with Celebrator Doppelbock. A legendary brew and a truly enjoyable experience.

I'm glad I got the 4-pack!

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Photo of fff
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

A- Deep amber color, thin, dissipating head. A pretty color, but nothing too impressive here.

S- Sweet, alcoholic taste. Malty sweet smell. Very good smelling brew.

T- In a word, amazing. Rich malts collide with boozy, alcoholic sweetness in a rich tasting brew with complexity to spare. Toffee notes in aftertaste, with some other flavor that reminds me of truffles, but I can't quite figure it out.

M- Warming, stick-sweet beer that is a little syrupy, but not sickness inducing.

D- Not a beer I'd drink a lot of in a night as the sweetness (and abv) could make one sick.

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

Nice light creamy head that leaves decent lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is roasted and sweet malt, some noble hops. The flavor has a big, full roasted malt profile; impressive for the relatively low alcohol content (6.7%). A good bit of the bitterness is coming from the malt, but the hops provide balance and a bit of that distinctive noble hop dank floral smell. It's a very sophisticated beer, and it's hard to write a worthy review from just one 12 oz. bottle. I really enjoyed this beer. Pick up a bottle, and take your time with it.

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Photo of viperpiper522
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep mahogany with flashes of scarlet. A creamy head with a half finger staying power and great lacing.

S- Pumpernickel, light spice, and blackstrap. Fruitcake, and dried figs.

T- Big malt sweetness. Lots of the smells come through in the flavors. Molasses, Fruitcake, pumpernickel, and fig. It is beautifully balance with hop bitterness. There is some roasted bitterness as well. The hop flavor doesn't shine through but at the finish there is the taste of hallertuer smell. (If that makes any sense)

M- A little chewy, but in a good way. Smooth and dangerously creamy. It has low/to moderate carbonation that leaves that lingering dried fruit character in your mouth.

D- Be careful with it. One after a really long day in the kitchen makes me realize why I love beer but any more than that and the next day could be rough.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My imperial pint glass is Ayinger-branded, so I figure I ought to try their flagship beer. Otherwise I'd be, like, a total poseur.

Very dark, mostly opaque. Shows through a semi-clear ruby (kind of a redder version of cola) when held direct to light. Finger and-a-half of tan head that goes away quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam on top. Not much lacing.

Brown sugary, coffee smell with something funky and maybe slightly herbal underneath

Wow, I was expecting cloying sweetness (the couple of dopplebocks I've had before had that unflattering characteristic), but each mouthful is incredibly complex. I'm totally going to miss some flavors here, but there's sweet toffee right off the bat, transitioning into some even darker coffee flavors, then a touch of that herbal (maybe not herbal; earthy?) stuff as it dries out, and just a little bit of funky sourness at the end. Nice clean finish that sticks with you. Definite coffee and something that reminds me of Ron de Barrilito Tres Estrellas, a high-quality Puerto Rican rum.

Medium to light thickness with moderate to light carbonation. The lighter carbonation is a bonus; I'm sure too much fizz would kill the flavor.

Very drinkable. It goes down easy, but its complexity demands your attention. Definitely worth trying, and a great beer to give to anyone who claims not to like lagers.

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

Beautiful head that crowns after it's left to sit for a while, nice lacing.

Licorice and roasted coco with hints of caramel in the aroma.

Earthy malts with licorice and a light espresso touch. Smooth creamy caramel finds it's way into the background. Finishes like a Latte due to the light foam residing on the top of the beer, which is remenisant of a roasted marshmellow.

A richly complex and balanced beer that I would love to always have on hand. Tastes even better in my Celebrator glass.

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Photo of mareth01
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a nice very tan 1 finger head with a dark brown to black appearanc. Throughout the drink it had very good head retention with nice lacing.

S- The smell was strong of malts and carmel.

D- It was sweet throughout with a hint of a like carmel flavor with a slight bitter taste of dark chocolate.

M: Smooth with med. carbo., decent body that's just right.

D: Very drinkable, good flavors and taste, you don't know that your are drinking a doppelbock until the third or fourth one.

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

a. dark brown with a long lasting thick coco head

s. carmel roasted goodness roasted malts

t. carmel buttery very smooth enjoyable aftertaste

m.full bodied creamy

d.very drinkable taste great carmel buttery perfect bitterness very enjoyable

one of my favorites...

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

Had this on tap at Heorot a month or so ago. Amazing beer. I will definitely seek this out again.

Color is very dark - I'd say opaque black, but others have said no so much. Heorot is VERY dark inside, so it'd be hard to get a true color eval in there. Aroma, to me, was of sweet malts.

Taste, well... malty and wonderful and dark and... gah. Must find someone with this on tap within 100 miles! It's that good. I'd drive 100 miles for a pint right now.

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Photo of dpianka
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 3/16/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Celebrator
type: Ale
style: dopplebock
brewery: Ayinger
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 55

Appearance: a beautiful rich freshly varnished mahogany

Smell: first hit: fruit leather, (sure this is a serious beer, but all beer is fun damnit) then onto rich caramel hops and banana

Taste: like someone decided to make a really complex banana custard. Pleasant pine undertones with almost a hint of Irish whiskey. As it warms up, rich grape takes over and is almost malty caramel kool-aid like.

Mouthfeel: a great balance of creamy and carbonation with slight preference to carbonation

Overall Impression: I could drink this. I will drink this. There is a reason a beer like this has already been rated so high. Beautifully complex, yet simply delicious.

Food Pairing: I had this with some Irish lamb stew and it really goes perfectly. This would also go with some bananas foster as silly as that sounds now. A hamburger or some bratwurst would be really yummy, maybe a pretzel and whole grain mustard. I’m hungry again.

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Photo of warchez
2.92/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

aroma: slightly grapey smell, once poured there is some maltiness, however the smell os more of estery fruits and cereal like qualities.
Apperance: Its a dark flat brown, there are little rudy or red tones to it to make it seem more vibrant in color. No sediment in bottle
Taste: strong tastes, very complex. head itself tastes sort of copper-like, not bad. Malt flavor has a raisen/dried fruit/prune flavor to it. Pleasant mold bite on the palate. Slight alcoholic finish to it with a warming effect.
Mouthfeel: this is the most striking feature to the beer. The flavors grab hold of the tongue and coat it. It has a thickness to it that doesn't quit. Continually rubbed my tongue on the roof of my mouth as iff to clear something. The wholeness of the mouth feel experience is nice.
Overall: not a session beer. I don't care for the style, however the mild fruity malt character is true to the style and it is well done. The mouthfeel alone makes it worth a try. Not something I'd drink again, but had to try due to its high rating and often talked about qualities.
This would maybe pair well with a strong beef stew.

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Photo of JulieRFoster
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a deep dark beer that feels like it was resurrected from the depths of the earth. There is some alcohol in the nose, but it mostly smells of burnt malts that are slightly tangy, with caramel and a little black cherry. A decent brown head pours out to 3 cm and quickly falls, fizzling like nymphs absconding into the forest, to a splotchy film. (Again, I fear that this head is product of French mis-treatment of beer and glassware).

The flavor and color are equally deep and earhty (adjectives that can be used to describe everything about this beer). The flavor is smoky, of burned or even charred malts that has almost a barbeque quality to it. There is also an oaky and tangy side to this intense flavor with some red fruit and even hoppy grassy notes coming through. After the creamy liquid slips (with great ease) down your throat, the aftertaste is looonnngg and sweet.
A hard-core, yet beautiful specimen.

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

11.2 fluid oz bottle with the nifty goat around its neck. Picked this one up from the Wine Gallery Kenmore in Boston. 4 pack a little expensive but boy, was it worth it.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, dark brown with slight lacing and a delicate but delicious looking foam head. Almost opaque through the sides but viewed at an angle it's definitely a little transparent.

Smells of dark mollasses and slight fruity alcohol. Mmmm. Almost bready in texture. The light carbonation helps round this one out. Wow, almost perfection. This is one of my new favorites, up there with Liberator.

I could drink this one all day. This might be my new favorite beer. Too bad it's so pricey!

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Photo of THEBEERBAR0N
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer from a pilsner glass after pouring it out of a 12oz bottle. Lacing is negligable.

It runs a deep mahagony color with minimal cappucino head that quickly gets absorbed back into the brew.

Bready smells with caramel, butterscotch, molasses, christmas spices... and so much more. This brew has an amazingly immense depth whose flavors transcend the bounds of my vocabulary.

The taste matches the smell... deep and rich with a lot of earthiness, breadiness, and caramel/toffee/butterscotch notes. I also get maybe... raisins? Finishes with a pleasant warming alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick at first and then somewhat chewy on the palate for the finish. The flavor sticks with you well after the last sip.

Drinkabililty is high but perhaps a bit heavy for the summer months, definitely a beer I prefer on a rainy night.

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Photo of Berticus
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was this a skunked beer?
The smell- sweet, nutty, like a good dopplebock should smell
the head was a thin light brown that quickly faded

Taste was watery but sweet and nutty like a dunkel, way more watery than i expected
Mouthfeel was crisp
maybe just a case of high hopes

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. SUPER dark. Almost opaque until you hold it directly up to a light, at which point you see some red and brown tones buried deep within. Small but beautiful and perfect tan head. Sticky lacing. Generally a beautiful beer.

Aroma: Brown sugar, molasses, and warm alcohol deepened with beautiful tones of dark fruit; figs, dates, plum, and raisins. A little spice on the nose as well.

Flavor: BIG complex flavor: raisins, figs, and dates accompanied by dark, natural sugars. Very similar to the aroma. Strangely enough, less alcohol in the flavor than in the aroma. Really balanced sweetness, not cloying. A definite perceptible roasty bitterness that is more like the crust on a good loaf of dark bread than like coffee or chocolate. Delicious bready malts round out the flavor (give us this day our daily bread...).

Mouthfeel: Beautifully smooth, with a medium-full body. Not quite as "chewy" as I was expecting from such a high gravity, malty beer, but I think that the real mouthfeel is much more pleasant than a giant, thick one that just bogs the drinker down. Matches up perfectly with the flavors.

Overall: What a wonderful beer. I have tried other dopplebocks, and this is almost definitely the one that I have enjoyed the most. The complexity of it is incredibly exciting to the palate and begs me to come back for more. Very drinkable for a big beer, because the whole thing is really very balanced. This is definitely not a beer that you would reach for on your average trip to the beer store, but it is a wonderful treat for a special occasion and definitely a great warming winter beer. Would be a perfect beer to sip by the fire on Christmas Eve while watching the snow fall. Ahhh...

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Photo of MisterTiat
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nice, very dark amber color, almost black. Head retention is poor, almost non-existent, a little dissapointing

Smell is not what I was expecting, surpisingly subtle, with a nice malty sweetness

Taste comes as a wave, roastiness, coffee like, followed by mellow sweet malt, bitterness like dark chocolate lingers in the mouth, pleasant after taste

Wonderfully full mouthfeel, thick, fits the beer's complex flavor

The alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering, easy to sip, not exactly quaffable, but pleasant

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My go to brew from Ayinger. Prime example of the style. Not to be missed, highly recommended.

Used a Mug and it pours a black, redish brown brew with a thick yellow medium crown. Nice body, good carbonation. Very nice on the nose, roasted malts, cocoa beans and rippen fruits.
The first tip is of cocoa developing into the malts and ending in a nice touch of coffe with litte hints of rippen fruit in the aftertaste. Great drinkabilty and very refreshing.

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

Poured in a .5 liter glass mug.

Appearance - assertively poured, it produced a nice off-white two finger head. Dark brown body Slight lacing noticed as it settled.

Smell - Nice subtle molasses aroma

Taste - Outstanding flavor, detecting raisins and molasses in its brown malty character.

Mouthfeel - Smooth body with low carbonation.

Overall, a terrific doppelbock - I'll certainly try to keep a four pack of this available in my fridge on a regular basis.

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Photo of MartyMaltose
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. A grand and beautiful beer. Its greatness comes not from any extreme of taste or texture, but rather some inimitable proportion that allows you to dwell in the higher plane of genius just for awhile, like a late Mozart symphony might.

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

Enjoyed a Celebrator tonight with a grilled flatiron steak and baked potater. What a treat. It's hard to imagine a better brew to suit my taste (although it is such a rich beer I don't see myself drinking more than one or two at a sitting). This beer has a rich brownish-black appearance and pleasant aroma. The mouthfeel is like drinking milk although the taste is nothing like that. The taste is startlingly complex with so many recognizable pleasant flavors all at once. This beer goes down smooth and clean with no distracting after taste. It can be matched, but I don't think I've had better!

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Photo of JWearda
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served: poured into a pint glass from the bottle

Appearance: it looks like a proper double bock, alright! Deep, dark, almost ruby brown body and a hint of a somewhat beige top. About a finger's worth of foam.

Scent: sweet and nice on the nose, lots of dark malty sweetness with caramel. I also get hints of coffee and Kahlua. Dang, this smells good!

Taste: it tastes just as good as it smells! It’s dark and super malty. It has a perfect thick and rich smoothness. Taste buds come to life wanting to experience this great beer! It's not too sweet, as sometime double bocks can be.

Feel: so smooth, you just want to let it linger and tease your mouth for a moment before you swallow.

Finish: it leaves you with a dark, thick, malty cake feeling at the finish. So smooth, so good!

A true experience, one that you'll want to really savor every sip!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,396 ratings.
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