Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BA SCORE
4.34/5
6,529 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#366
Reviews:
2,443
Ratings:
6,529
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
Wants:
559
Gots:
1,003
Trade:
19
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,529 |  Reviews: 2,443
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark almost black coffee color with a 3 finger dark tan, mocha frappuccino head.

S: Big malty aroma with a distinct molasses smell that is both sweet but almost bity/sour.

T: Taste much like the aroma implies. Malty, but yet a hint of hops, again with that rich molasses flavor, fades to slight alcohol but leaves your mouth coated with sweetness.

M: Dense feeling, and thick but without feeling heavy, very smooth. Doesn't dry very much at all.

D: For such a dark beer a very pleasant one to drink. However, do not fool yourself...you want to drink an entire 12 pack and you might try...but it won't happen.

Notes: The second doppelbock I've tasted (the other being Spaten Optimator). Superior to that beer, pretty much the definition of a doppelbock. Ach du meine Güte. Es ist gut, schon, super, toll, fantastisch, wunderbar, fabelhaft. And I could go on.

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Photo of MWolverines66
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NastyNorseman
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best dopplebock I've tasted thus far. Among the better beers I've had. Pours deep red-brown with nic fluffy head. Smells and tastes of spice, dried prunes, raisin, an dark chocolate. Taste is rich and complex, evolving as the roasted dark malts warm in the glass. Medium bodied and rich. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thirty three cl brown bottle, no dates.

Dark brown with glowing ruby red highlights. Tan coloured head - sounds intense - like its going to jump out of the glass to get me!

Nose is filled with chocolate, molasses, & dried fruit.

Coffee, chocolate, molasses, some breadiness (kind of like brown bread), all meld together and give way to the perfect amount of bittering hops. This bitterness rushes in & deftly cuts off all the sweetness from up front. Finishes dry, with a lingering rast flavour, & a hint of fig newton cookies (wihtout all the sugar). Thick & rich, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of moshea
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy light oak head that retains well. Not much lacing to report, but the color and head are marvelous.

S: In a word: wow! Rich molasses, candied figs, brown sugar, and caramel all blend together wonderfully in front of a backdrop of rich toasted bready malt aromas. Damn near the best nose on a beer I've had to date.

T&M: I'll describe the feel first, as I'm still trying to get a handle on everything I'm tasting here: The body is medium with a light, fine carbonation that produces a smooth velvety mouthfeel that's absolutely delightful. Tastes include dark fruits, molasses, rich bread, some slight grassy/earthy hops, and a tinge of roasted malt. Wonderfully complex and bold. Truly an excellent beer.

D: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is a work of art. The only thing limiting drinkability is the ABV and slight heaviness in the stomach. Still, this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed--not sessioned.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I have to say, it has one of the best bottle designs I've seen in a long time. Love the classic label with the goats on it to the plastic goat hanging around the bottle. Now on to the beer.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a creamy and bubbly thick tan head. Very good lacing.

S - Intense malt and fruit flavors. Noticeable smells of figs, raisins, bread and toffee.

T - Sweet bready flavors - complex mix of fruits and spices. Hints of bitterness after the sweet. Roasted malts also seem to be present. Unique and complex taste. The more I drink the more I discover on the palette.

M - Extremely smooth. Nice carbonation with a syrupy and chewy mouthfeel. Medium to thick bodied. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

O - Ayinger's Celebrator is an awesome beer - simple as that. Its sweet and slightly bitter full of interesting and complex flavors. It's a world class beer and an example of how great a lager truly can be. Run, don't walk to go pick this up!

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

Photo of GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of JothHu
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartyIU13
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brian700
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great dark brew. Looks like a gourmet coffee in a beer. Pours a shiny black with tan head. It smells toasty and chocolatey with a mild fruit aroma. The taste follows suit. Toasted, chocolate, malt, mild fruit esters, and coffee as well. Carbonation is good. Just right I think. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I like this one a lot.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This doppelbock pours darker than any of its famous counterparts (Paulaner Salvator, Bell's Consecrator, etc...). It's color is a deep tan with a slight hint of burgandy, although the deep tan obscures most of that shade until the bottom of the glass. There is little head; however, there are creamy hints at the top of the glass. The smell is sweet malt with a little bit of chocolate/fruit sugar. Upon first taste, the beer seems exceptionally smooth and consistent despite having a nice thickness and depth. The drinkability is outstanding considering the depth, actually, I had two of these without feeling cottonmouthed. This beer is an excellent doppelbock, I'm left wondering if it can be topped
I also had a glass of it on tap at Tornado's in San Fran.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby . Well retained lacing of whitish/off tan head.
Smell has lots of sweet malt- notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit pits
Taste starts with caramel and dark cherries, it does then to a more wholesome malt character with notes of bitter and a slight hazel. Nicely complex.
Finish is wet and creamy with a thick malt and sweet dark candy after-taste.
Drinks very well here- smooth and malty with a very small bite here- nearly sessionable.

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Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $3.29 local natural foods store.

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with a two finger foamy beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes with slight chocolate notes.

T-Malty sweetness followed by slight hop bitterness finished with chocolate covered fruit flavor.

M-Smooth and well carbonated.

D-Not sure why this is so highly rated. May very well be a fine Doppelbock, but I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. Perhaps it has more to do with a preference for ales over lagers.

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Photo of Rob315
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Look: Pours a deep dark umber / almost black color with a two finger butterscotch colored head that leaves lacing all all over the glass.

Smell: Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, sweet maltiness, bready notes.

Taste: Wonderful. Brown sugar with caramel notes, followed by dark fruits and candied sugar. Extremely creamy and chewy, leaves a slight bitterness in the after taste, that fades into sweet again.

Overall: Amazing. Incredibly complex, honestly had trouble finding words to describe some of the nuances. One of my all time favorites, perfect.

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Photo of cclark67789
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of anvilx
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of C_S
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jlee185
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of risenz
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from the bottle at Sunset in Allston, Ma. Poured from the bottle into a mug the beer was a dark, dark brown color with a solid two-fingers of slightly off-white head. Some sticky carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass, and decent lacing throughout the sample.

The smell is of dark, semi-roasted, malt with brown sugar, candi-sugar, some mollasses, caramel, and some anise. The "smell" of sweetness pervades the nose.

The taste is an inntial hearty helping of sweet malt with a big semi-chewy mouthfeel. Sweet from beginning to end with flavors of mollasses, brown sugar, and some caramel all easily detectable. Subtle toffee in the finish and just slight dry, especially as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is big and rich. A hearty and robust coating of the palate with little carbonation and slightly chewy from the sturdy malt backbone of this beer.

It's easy to see why this beer is in the top 100 and easy to see whay it is the basic epitome of the dopplebock. Superbly rich and sweet, right in line with what I want when I think dopplebock. A great beer.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,529 ratings
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