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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of Anvilfarm
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Vogey77
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TTTBeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Etrusco
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of mjc410
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Gaffel Kolsch glass (it doesn't get used much, so I figured I'd give it a shot despite the style) raises a dense, creamy one inch plus head, very light brown. The lacing is not much to speak of, but the retention is very impressive. The beer is a murky dark brown until backlit, when it becomes a crystal-clear deep ruby. The nose is very malty sweet, with a bit of dark fruity vinousness, caramel, toasted malts, and earthy hops (just a tad). The taste is lightly smoky, with deep caramel and toffee notes. A tiny bit sour, too. The mouth is medium-thick, with very low carbonation. A worthy DB.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a dark mahogany, almost opaque with ruby highlights, and a dense tan head that lasts forever

S - Caramel malt aroma dominates with chocolate notes

T - Has that typical imported beer flavor, kind of cardboardy. Caramel malts are in the finish, but muted. Leaves a chocolate aftertaste.

M - Nice creamy full mouthfeel

D - Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Incredibly dark red, almost black in colour. The head pours fluffy and tan but fades very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Rich dark fruits, raisins, blackberries, and black grapes. Sweet malts, sugars, molasses, hints of vanilla, and dark toffee. Wonderfully aromatic, full and rich.

Taste: Sweet sticky malts right from the start. Lots of caramel and toffee flavours, entwined with dark forest fruits. Strong chocolate flavours force through in the middle leveling out the taste with a touch of bitterness. The aftertaste is malts still but there are impressions of bitter coffee, which linger at the back of the palete.

Mouthfeel: Full and heavy in the mouth, with a soft smoothness but still thick and chewy. The texture is quite oily.

Drinkability: World class, truly world class. This is the Doppelbock by which others should measure themselves. The flavours are rich and sweet, with a beautifully balanced fruity profile. The best beer in the Ayinger stable by far.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -59.7%

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

Man-O-Shevitz this beer is deeeelicious! I'm skipping dinner as I'm having it now! No kiddding! The color of this brew is subtley dark, complex in color with orange, red and deep brown intermingling. Aromatics are heavenly and hint at the best chocolate-bitter in the most elegant fashion. The taste is all over the place-black licorice, Bittersweet chocolate, mocha, sweet malt, espresso-this is a meal. A highly satisfying drink that I can honestly say rates up there with some of the best things ever to slip across my tongue. It is good to be alive! I'll have another, turn on some Red Garland, and call it a night. Wow!! You have to go find this beer tonight!

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of glazeman
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter

A: Opaque black. No light coming through even when held up to the light. 1.5 finger light tan head with moderate retention, and some lacing. Nice swirl of bubbles remains after quite awhile.

S: I get a lot of sugar and caramel. Just from the look and smell of this beer I would have easily believed that it were a bourbon aged stout.

T: Quite different than the smell in my opinion. Wonderful balance of molasses, cream, and apples, along with a bit of smoky/fizzy carbonation at the finish.

M: A bit thin for my liking, but with an excellent level of carbonation.

D: Wow, could not possibly be a more drinkable beer. Goes down way to easy and is so balanced.

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Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stocean1
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a two finger head into a pint glass, great retention and lacing. Deep mohagony body nearly black.

Smell is a rich malt with molasses,dark rye and fruit

Taste is spectacular, malt, dark fruit with sweet molasses, bread, vanilla note, herbal hops

A medium to full bodied tremendously smooth brew with a pleasant bitter mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

This celebrated brew did not disappoint and I will grab an armful whenever it hits the shelves.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark ruby red. Has a small tan head that leaves good lacing. Not sure about the smell, its kinda funky, dark fruit and sour fruit smell, but not unappealing. Flavor follows with hits of raisins, fruitcake and hint of dark rye. As it warms the flavors smooth out and become more defined and tastier. Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Very drinkible, with no notice of the 6.7% ABV.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.54/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of d_kizzle
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Finally! After what seems like ages, the renowned doppelbock becomes available in Alberta. Thanks to Delancey Direct for importing it into the local market. Comes in a 4-pack holder, telling about the numerous awards and a little piece on the side about the Aying brewery. 330ml bottles. The beers all have a white plastic goat-charm on red string around the neck...cool. I have never seen that before. Simple labelling showing two goats and a big glass of beer. Blue and white neck wrapping too. Popping the unlabeled white cap gives smoky bbq aromas rigth away. The glass reveals a cola-dark beer, deep chestnut brown and ruby-reds when held to light. Black, to look at it from a distance. A thin but consistent coffee-coloured head. Impermeable sheets of slow-moving lace. Looks mighty drinkable sitting there in the glass. But first...a sniff, revealing charcoal and seasoning salt firstly. Oh, but give the glass a slight swirl to release some beautiful notes of raisins, roasted peanuts, toast, grape-juice, and some very woody notes, like balsam or fir. A hint of the woodiness I am used to in some Belgian dubbels, but with more salinity. All the usual dark-fruit suspects: dates, prunes, and plums. The mocha/coffee notes arirve with the warming of the beer, adding a dusty bitterness. I get loads of salt in this beer from the roasted malts, giving beef roast and beef jerky smells. Some lactose in the malting too, very minimal. Little bits of German hopping appear now and again, but this is all about the meat-like grains for sure. For me it is similar to Salvator but more balanced: not quite as dusty or sour as Paulaner's doppelbock. Subtle, but extremely appetising. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and light on the tongue, like ice-cream. As soon as you sip you sense the almost airy quality of the body, smooth as oil on the tongue. Salty and sourish malting at first in the mouth, with full vinous grains on the finish. A lot of milkiness up front actually, with the soft sourness of table-cream. Hickory and tree-bark on the middle, some bbq and roast beef as well. A little less smoky or even malty as I expected, the whole taste just screams balance and tastiness. An aftertaste of mollasses and maple syrup, with next to no bitterness...this beer ends extremely sweet. Candy sweet with hints of licorice and brown sugar. The malting rarely lets you see the hops, but occasionally a little burst of continental hopping appears. Like the aroma, this beer just works through subtlety and good elements balanced masterfully. Full bodied and very low in carbonation. The drinkability is profound at only 6.7%. The alcohol is never noticeable. This is a doppelbock I could drink all night long. A noteworthy example of the style. Not trying to go over-the-top, just succeeding in a fine-tasting bock beer. I think that is where its beauty lies: simply flavourful.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ptykozoon
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a ring.

Juicy plum, grape juice, a hint of earthiness if you seek it out.

A balance of the sweet dark fruits and typical bready and yeasty german accents.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Carbonation is good, light and airy, unobtrusive. ABV around 7.5?

A tasty little beer.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,551 ratings
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