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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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96
world-class
2,403 Reviews
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:
2,403
Ratings:
6,398
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
532
Gots:
946
For Trade:
21
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Reviews: 2,403 | Ratings: 6,398
Photo of BeerConny
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer! I gave the smell a 4 only because it is not very strong but as other people have mentioned before.....we are not drinking this for the aroma. Doppelbocks are similar to stouts except they are not as bitter and they are more sweet. That is how this beer is. Wonderful taste and a good creamy mouthfeel. I can hardly taste any alcohol. Great for colder months. Though mine was 7.2 abv and this says 6.7. What gives?

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark brown in color with lasting khaki colored head. I get raisins and dates paired with a leathery background for the scent. Toasty and oaky flavors come through with subtle notes of dark dried fruit in the end. Heavy and creamy on the palate with a slightly dry finish. This beer's flavors balance nicely with its alcohol content. After the first couple sips the strong toasted flavors make way for more of the noticeable hop profiles. Great beer overall

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Photo of Bone53
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brown pour with a beautiful red tent when put up to the light. Half finger of tan head

Smell: Fresh figs, raisins, caramel, toasted grains. Incredible aromas

Taste: Figs upfront, chocolate and vanilla mid palate, with toasted grains on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light medium body and a little thin, but its very creamy and i detect zero alcohol. Moderate bitterness on the finish

Overall: Being a fan of good American porters and brown ales, i highly enjoy this as i find some similarities. The dark fruit, light chocolate and vanilla, caramel, toasted grains, etc. The taste actually reminds me of a weaker version of Dogfish's Palo Santo Marron. It packs a lot of flavor and is extremely dribkable. A winner in my book

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Photo of thebeers
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown in color with a meaty, chocolate-tinted head that lasts. Breadiness, coffee and caramel in the aroma. Smooth and creamy, with rich coffee, fig and cherry flavors, flat root beer and a quick burst of malt sweetness. The total package. Pairs exceptionally well with high-quality chocolate -- and it comes with a toy for the kids, too.

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Photo of mabermud
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark lavender body. Sticky, persistent, beige head.
Smell: Figs and cola.
Taste: Figs and watery cola.
Feel: Smooth and creamy. Superior finish.

Overall - I have not had this style too many times, nor, am I a big fan, but I am able to identify a top-notch, well-made beer. This is one of them.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ever-so-slightly chilled. For the vessel... I choose you, tulip glass!

A dense knitting of tan froth for a head, and a very, very dark body that betrays hints of rich ruby to the light.

It smells of raisins, cherries, vanilla, and chocolate. The chocolate is actually fairly pronounced. Definite ripe banana, too. You know what? It kinda smells like an ice cream sundae!

Dark fruits such as prunes and the cherries and raisins come out in the flavor, then the vanilla and chocolate. The finish is malty, yeasty, a bit earthy, and reminds me a little of chocolate milk! Delectable.

Really nice feel going on. Smooth, creamy carbonation and a seamless yet fairly thick consistency.

Truly an exceptional example of a most malt-forward style. Nuanced, balanced, and yet substantial in every way.

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

Pours a deep ruby, brown color with a two finger medium dark cream head. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, roast and slight bittersweet chocolate. Taste is more of the same with a bit of spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, almost a bit chewy, which I love in a dopplebock. Overall, a very fine dopplebock and a world class beer and example of the style.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator pours a dark ruby brown with a huge light brown head. It smells faintly of dark fruits, earth and herbs. The taste is much stronger of said fruit, earth and herbs.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark black with a one finger tan head.

S - Plums, slight booze, toasted grains.

T - Toasted grains, malts, vanilla, banana. The sweetness is at a good level, not over the top.

M - Great level of carbonation, sits full, but not overly heavy.

O - A very tasty doppelbock. Good level of balance, and is highly drinkable.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very dark brown with some reddish coloring as well. Pours a one finger, white colored, and creamy textured head.

Aroma- Sweet caramel malts,maybe some chocolate, mild toasted malts, and herbal hop aromas.

Taste- Strong caramel malt flavors and dark fruit at first and balanced perfectly with a toasted malt flavor and mild spicy hops at finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, almost creamy texture, and very smooth in the finish with a very pleasant lingering malt presence.

Overall- This is definitely worthy of being regarded as one of the best doppelbocks out there. What sets this apart from other great ones like Korbian and Salvator is the mouthfeel, which is creamy, smooth, and clean. As far as flavor goes its right on par with the other two, yet unique in its own right. Great beer and a must try doppelbock.

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Photo of Wedge35
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black. Produced a 3 inch thick head that dissipated to a thin line (I poured this too quickly and got a little spill over - FOUL!)

S: Sweet slightly fruity. A slight burnt sugar/caramelized smell.

T: Mild carbonation behind a sweet brew with flavors of malty molasses. It tastes as strong as the 7+% on the bottle.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Carbonation not too bright, but holds up well

O: Great dopplebock!

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

-great head, very dark for a lager brewed beer in my opinion
-slightly fruity smell with a crisp yeast scent along with it caramelized
- crisp yet a darker toasty flavor that is complemented with a sweet fruit taste
-rides the palate like a lager, has the flavor of a darker beer though
-overall one of the best beers i have had, have had it before and will buy it time and time again

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Photo of braiden
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: very dark coco looking
smell: slightly fruity and caramely
taste: dark undertones yet bright clean taste
feel: smooth and crisp
overall an excellent beer very flavorfull and smooth

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Photo of GregJ
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of dried fruit, malty, currant. Tastes of dried fruit, yeasty, cherry, some wheat, really nice malt flavor. Really well balanced. Medium body and carbonation. Dark fruit and malt aftertaste. This is truly a treat.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, eventually settling to a film and leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- sweet and bready up front with notes of toasted bread, brown bread, bread crust & fruit cake. Sweet caramel toffee mix with cherry, fig & rum soaked raisin, trace of chocolate

T- bready and malty flavors follow the nose with flavors of dark brown bread, toast and fruited cake. Hints of raisin, black cherry and fig kick in, followed by caramel and toffee. The finish adds a touch of alcohol and cocoa with a continuing sweet linger

M- medium body and medium carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that feels the mouth and continues into a silky smooth finish, high drinkability

O- a standard of the style that is a malt lovers dream, and the drinkability is simply perfect

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Do I love malt. Why, yes I do! This stuff is almost too good. Deepest brown pour with dense tan, clingy head. Aromas of toast, bready malt, some esters and yeast. Flavors similar to smell, with a heavy malt presence dominating the show. There are only a handful of brews, with which if they were the only available in the world, I could be completely content. This is one of them.

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Photo of B4PTSD
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good dark beer. I was lucky to find it here in Hawaii. A must try if you like dark malt caramel coffee kind of beer. It has a rich taste. I'm not a expert reviewer I just know a good beer when I taste one. If you don't like dark beer then don't try it, but if you like porter style/ coffee/ malt then a must try.. Just my opinion of course.

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Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip

A: Jet black, opaque, small tanned head, not much retention, minimal lacing.

S: Prune, grape, oak, dark chocolate, biscuit, burnt caramel and some
diacetyl.

T: Tawny port was the overriding taste, molasses, dark chocolate, lots of roasted barley at the finish, some bitterness. Hint of a boozy burn as it warmed.

M: Smooth in, coarse out because of the booze, low carbonation, heavy chewy texture.

O: Oozed class, would love to make a loaf of bread with this. I’m also intrigued to know what a year of aging would do.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an iconic 12 oz. bottle, complete with miniature plastic ram, in to a small glass mug. The assertive carbonation yields a massive, mounded head of foam that resembles an oven-rising baked biscuit. The beer has a deep chestnut brown appearance with tawny accents. It smells of fresh-baked whole grain bread and a vague notion of sweet nuttiness. Earthy accents of soy sauce and molasses are present in the nose as well. The flavor is very malt-forward, but steers well clear of the cloying sweetness that so many other malt monsters convey. There's some dark fruits, with hints of subtle tart black cherry. A mild earthy hop profile perfectly accentuates the distinct Bavarian flavors. Suggestions of smooth, sweet dark coffee and minerals linger in the aftertaste. The texture of the beer is phenomenal. Rich and creamy velvet perfection. Oh so easy to savor. For such a hearty beer, this is sooo easy to drink. It's simply a masterclass. I've yet to try a dopplebock, foreign or domestic, that I put in the same league as Celebrator. From the iconic artistic style, to the wonderfully smooth texture, to the refined Bavarian taste, this one is just incredible. The definition of world class.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; brown with ruby clearly evident; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: all malt - caramel, prune, toffee;

T: rich; molasses all the way; a little roasted/smoky grain at mid-palate; flavor faded relatively quickly; ABV completely hidden;

M: smooth; medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable; the roasted/smoky note I got at mid-palate is out of place for the style, but I liked it;

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red in color. Smells chocolatey. Tastes chocolatey as well. There is a hint of that lager flavor. Nice amount of carbonation and fairly creamy. This is quite tasty.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got more dark fruit znd raisin than I was expecting..even some faint cinnamon,,,.definitely has the hefty bread mouthfeel and flavor you'd expect due to some great malt notes...a little burnt sugar and molasses in there as well...a meal replacement beer for sure...

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

Truly one of the most delicious beers in the world. The Paulaner monks practiced making awesome double bock beer for several centuries and they definitely got it right. If you are in LA, you can find this beer at Nick's in Beverly Hills. It is the only place I have ever seen it.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look - dark brown to black color, ruby red when held up to a light. creamy tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. good lacing

smell - roasted malts, coffee

taste - follows the smell, very rich

feel - full bodied, smooth, and slightly creamy

overall - didn't live up to the hype for me. It is a great beer, no doubt, but there was no wow factor or any reason that it should be above the rest

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark and smooth with medium head. The smell is malty and NO hops. Taste is sweet and Carmel, molasses, sweet corn. Silky and smooth, lacy. Not my favorite beer style so while i appreciate this beer and how well made it obviously is, it's only an occasional drinker for me.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,398 ratings.
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