Celebrator | 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: German 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:
#648
Reviews:
2,478
Ratings:
6,660
pDev:
9.91%
 
 
Wants:
575
Gots:
1,051
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,660 |  Reviews: 2,478
Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red, almost brown. Very little light comes through. A one finger tan head forms upon pouring and reduces to a small layer of foam on top. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Interesting combination of aromas. Overall it is rather sweet, there is some caramel, darker fruit - mostly raisins, and some bready malt.

T: Extremely malty with no sign of hops. The dark fruits come forward on the flavor profile. There are raisins, dates, and figs. Very bready with a slight coffee finish/aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied, more filling than most beers. Has a nice creamy/smooth texture to it.

O: Really good. Only my second Doppelbock, but its really good. Nice flavors, the fruits are really nice. Its fuller body and creamy feel make it go down smooth.

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

The appearance was a black/brown colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that quickly dies and barely leaves any lacing. The smell had a roasty rich maltiness, light chocolate, and a little bit of molasses, some toffee is noted as it warms a bit. The taste was mainly sweet - malty sweet that is, malty aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium, and was slightly sessionable. Carbonation is felt - kinda sharp. ABV felt right. Overall, I say this is dessert in a bottle, and a damn nice one!

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Photo of rab53
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, capped by a massive, light brown, lumpy head that recedes relatively quickly to a thin, covering film. Not much in the way of lace. The aroma is predominantly of coffee and dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes and dates). It isn't as complex as expected, but is appetizing nonetheless.

The flavor is malty sweet, with molasses and coffee at the head of the line. Some alcohol is evident; surprising since the ABV is only 6.7%. I noted a slight metallic taste with the first few sips, but it faded soon thereafter.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but isn't all that wonderful either. I was expecting more smooth creaminess, but didn't get it. Drinkability is good.

Celebrator is my first doppelbock so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Given the high ratings, I expected to like it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but it didn't come close to knocking my socks off. I do like the little goat charm though. Nice touch.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jason
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a plastic trinket goat tied around the neck. No freshness date, not to worry as this brew has a longer shelf life that normal beers.

Appearance: Dark and intense looking of a mahogany colour, a big frothy tan head lays on top that literally sticks around as long as the beer is there.

Smell: Whiffs of mild molasses and faint caramel entanlge with a dark bready aroma. Slight spicy alcohol, herbal hop and light toasted malt as well.

Taste: Huge chewy malt of light molasses and toasted bread with a sharp twang of an even hop bitterness and spicy alcohol. Some dried fruit comes through as well as some hop leaf flavour. Does not dry much in the end ... lots of residual sugars, lingering dark sugars and fading grain in the end.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and creamy the modest carbonation after a sturdy pouring struggles to break free from this thick bodied brew.

Drinkability & Notes: This is the mother of all Doppelbocks ... nearly perfection in a bottle. Mellow yet towering, humbly complex and just a down right beautiful brew.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

Poured slightly chilled from a plastic goat adorned brown 12oz bottle into an Ayiner Celebrator glass with gold rim.
A - Healthy, hefty head hangs on for a while only gradually relaxing leaving a generous amount of lace. A deep brown coffee color similar to mahogany.

S - An extremely pleasant malt with vinous raisin and slightly molasses odor emanates w/ a synergy of roasted malt and brown sugar, fig like scents. Earthy and woody underpinnings follow through.

M - A smooth buttery feel with a masterful blend of carbonation and malt sweetness that surrounds the tongue with exquisite nuance.

T - A beautiful walnut desert flavor gets tangled up in a luscious mix of fig, caramel, toffee, vanilla, subtle dark chocolate and sweet dark malt. The lager yeast really lets the spectrum of nutty, roasty and sweet satiny flavors blend with effortless grace. A majestic harmony is achieved with minimal bitterness and malt that fades into a rippling echo.

D - May be respected in small doses like a truffle with it's rich character and lasting residual sweetness. Almost a meal on its own, it has a fullness and chewiness that makes for a lager for special occasions - like any day it is available.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark chestnut brown in color, with a beige head that stands in at over an inch in height, leaving considerable lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted malt, sweet caramels, smoke. Very inviting, this smells like a world class doppelbock, which it certainly is.

T: Extremely tasty, with a subtle rauchbier / smoke flavor about it. A pleasant sweetness sneaks in among the smoke and toasted malt, but only enough to make the beer delectable, not cloying in the least. Toffee and bread with a splash of dark fruit are in there as well. This beer is so delicious and still very accessible, which I find very pleasing.

M: Medium to low in both body and carbonation. The beer is smooth, velvety and creamy on the palate, with alcohol content well disguised.

D: One of the best doppelbocks on the planet. A must have for any beer connoisseur.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle

A - Dark amber with a tan head.

S - Smells sweet and spicy with some dark fruit scents.

T - A little sweet and spicy. You can taste the alcohol and some of the subtle sugars and fruits. This beer is crisp.

M - This ones more full bodied but not overpowering. It's smooth and soft and mildly carbonated.

D - This beer has all the dimensions of a good beer in my opinion. It can be had in the summer time as an easy drinker, during the fall for it's spice and dried fruits, or in the winter with a hearty meal.

Notes - Celebrator is a popular beer and it's apparent why. It's just a very well built complex beer that can be enjoyed at any time by anyone. I keep this one in my favorite list and as a concrete choice when I'm not experimenting.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark brown with orange/red highlights when held to light. Stingy beige head dissipates quickly to form a cap and light lacing on the sides. Very malty nose. Caramel, brown sugar, plums, berries and a touch of alcohol. Taste of caramel and raisins up front followed but some nice fruity notes, dark pitted fruit, finishing with a long lingering molasses. Mouthfeel is creamy body is medium to thick, carbonation is ample. Beautiful Bock! Very complex. This is one of those I'd love to try it at the source beers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.

S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.

M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.

D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.

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Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A - Pours dark nut brown with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of rich caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits like raisins and figs, and some light booze. Pretty sweet smelling overall.

T - Starts off with a mix of toffee and sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to hints of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and some dark candied sugar. A bit of booze begins to creep in toward the end of the glass.The finish is a mix of dark sweetness and light dryness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, sweet, feel with plenty of sweetness lingering through the finish.

O - This one is very sweet but it has plenty of flavors going on to keep you interested. I wouldn't say this is the best dopplebock I have ever had but it is up there.

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

Pours a very dark brown color with a bit of redness around the edges when held up to the light. Pours a finger thick head of tanned foam. Little bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is filled with an aroma of molasses and a bit of breadiness. Taste is dark malty sweetness reminescent of...yet again molasses and a bit of caramel. Lingering taste left in the mouth similar to dark fruit. As it warms both the aroma and the taste have a bit of hop character without the bitterness. Only faintly picking up on the alcohol character. Thick chewy feel and moderate carbination but wow is it smooth. I honestly feel bad for waiting this long to try this beer, it really is an awesome doppelbock. The little white goat figurine hanging around the neck of the bottle is a bit cheesy but i'll admit I like it.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

A: A 330 ml bottle poured into a mug. The beer is a dark, dark brown with some highlights of red. The head is small and light brown.

S: The smell is roasted malt, molasses, and a bit of caramel.

T: Now, I must say, that I've never been a huge fan of doppelbocks. This one, however, has a flavor unlike any other that I've had. A wonderful mix of roasted malt, caramel, and molasses to provide sweetness. The hops don't make themselves too known, but certain give some balance.

M: Moderate carbonation and rather on the full body side for a lager.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. It's still something I probably wouldn't sit down and drink four of in a sitting, but it's got some great flavors and the alcohol is very moderate.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, pours dark luxorious mahogony in color, with a dark tan head, showing respectable retention. Leaves moderate spotty and sticky lacing. Nose is of bananas, caramel and soft ripe fruit. Taste follows through with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, a slight oakeyness and a hint of smoke. Tasty, soft, and complex brew. World class and readily available beer. Go get some and enjoy!

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Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

It's taken me way the hell too long to review this, especially considering how long I've had and used the thoroughly proper glassware. It pours a lovely brown, complete with garnet highlights, topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, rye bread, pumpernickel, brown sugar, and nutmeg. The taste holds notes of caramel, cinnamon, rye bread, dark wheat, light molasses, and a touch of maple syrup. The maltiness is off the charts, in a very good way. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a sickeningly smooth feel. Overall, one of the best doppelbocks I've yet had, and a true ambassador for the style.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Celebrator from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,660 ratings