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 | website

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:
2,387
Ratings:
6,344
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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520
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921
For Trade:
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Photo of SetarconeX
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most impressive beers I've seen recently. Very dark brown, though not as dark as it perhaps could be. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Pure toasty chocolate malt with a relatively clean finish. Much sweeter than I would have expected. Mouthfeel is soft and inviting, and the whole beer is eminantly drinkable.

And the bottle came with a cool little plastic goat that you can play with. Nifty.

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Photo of bruachan
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at the lizard
the bottle arrived with a wee plastic goat hanging from a string

sits in my glass a dark brown with some garnet highlights. decent head. the aroma reveals dark Munich malts and chocolate. smooth, with a surprising fruitiness. chocolate. slight diacetyl and a perceiveable balancing bitterness

mmm...tasty. i've heard goood things, and now i've tased them

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with just a hint of light showing through in the thin part of the glass. The head is a big creamy light tan that last for most of the beer. The carbonation is lots of tiny champagne bubbles.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt and caramel are strong even during the pour. Some dry pale malt with a hint of Munich malt comes through with the big sweeter malts aswell. There is a nice soft sulfur and green hop bitterness at the finish.

T- Notes of smooth toasted and roasted malts with some dry crisp pale malt notes are nice. The taste is smooth and crisp with no sweetness in the taste. There is a slight coffee or bitter grain note in the finish. As it warms it has a nice toffee nutty note in the finish.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a smooth but watery texture.

D- This beer has a very smooth soft quality to the grain bill. The finish is dry with a soft hop note. The flavor has just enough malt complexity to leave me wanting more but not enough to make me satisfied.

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

Dark, dark amber with a tan foamy head...settles down to 1/4" and then stays for the duration.
Smells very malty ..a little musty, and a hint of sherry odor.
Tastes great....sweet, nutty, a hint of chocolate...I'm not getting any bitterness....well , maybe a hint ( just took another sip) A definite sherry finish. The complexity really comes out when it warms up a bit...yes, this is good stuff !
Carbonation is low...that's OK..this has a great, smooth micro-carbonation feel.
Very drinkable...I would definitely like another.

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Photo of budsboy
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, nearly opaque, with a rich tan head.

Big malty aroma. Vinous fruit with hints of spices lurnking in that darkness.

Malty flavor right off the bat, then roasted bitterness and noble hops come through. Fruity in the middle. Alcohol is warming and the bitterness lasts.

Most striking is the mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy. Big and chewy.

Very enjoyable, tastey beer with lots of flavor. Beauty.

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Photo of flatspin187
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was probably my 4th different dopplebock that i've tried.. The color of the beer was like anyother typical dopplebock.. nice and dark, but not too dark.. The smell.. man gotta love the smell of a dopplebock.. And as far as taste.. it was so far the best dopplebock i've drank... I would recommend trying it.. It is a good beer to just sit back and enjoy with a good meal...

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Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have plenty of access to this beer so it's been flying under my radar for quite some time. Guess I should give it a go...

Appearance: Deep ruby mahogany pour with a pancake batter-like head. Visible carbonation up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wheaty and grainy with a pleasant and understated carmel background.

Taste: Raisins, slight smoke, nutty, with a brush of maple. Pretty much everything you would expect out of a classic "malt bomb". I love the balance here. It's definitely sweet but never approaches cloying at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is deceptive and coats the tongue as you go. An immensly enjoyable beer that is worth the occasional treat. A "must try" for sure.

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Photo of ChuckD
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a clear chalice from a 11 oz brown bottle. No drink by or born on date.

In the glass, this has a huge, foamy head that has ample staying power, and is with you for the entire sitting. The color is a deep red, chestnut. Beautiful - as it is more colored that other dopples.

The nose is expectant of the style. Wild sweetness, with the alcohol in the background. From the nose, you seem to expect a real shit load of taste.

As you sip, the taste and feel in your mouth and throat will overwhelm you. Few brews bring the over the top malt sweetness with a delicate hoppy finish as this one. It is full and juicy. It's unbelievable. The finish let's you know that you are drinking a dopple as the sweetness and alcohol stay a long while.

Musings: This is one brew that I spluge and keep around every winter. The alcohol content is not as high as some other dopples - but the taste comes across like a monster. I reviewed this after the Sam's dopple. I do like the Sam's - however, it is not on the same planet as the Celebrator. This is one of the best beers you will ever drink. I don't know how it could be improved.

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Photo of akahn
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my champagne flute a very dark brown cola color (mahogany?) with a modest brown head which recedes quickly and leaves just a bit of lace. Truly gorgeous color.

Smells of mushy oil-cured black olives, prunes and tamari sauce if it weren't salty.

More dark, sweet fruit in the taste, extremely rich, somewhat cloying. Then, in the finish, a gentle alcohol bitterness.

A fascinating and extremely pleasant tickling carbonation across the whole palate.

Plump, full body.

This is an awesome beer! This has totally turned me on to this style; now I can't wait to try Liberator and others.

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Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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 jaluria
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was highly anticipating this brew since I had ordered it several times before from my local store, but it had been out-of-stock.

Great artwork on the bottle; made it seem very special.
Appeared a very dark brown color with an above normal viscosity and a tan colored head that did not stick around, but left little bits of lacing. Definitely appeared darker in color than other Doppelbocks I've had, and that made this interesting from the very start.
Aromas of caramel, various types of malt (roasted and dark), and alcohol. There seemed to an astringent-like aroma as well, but that could have been the result of the different ingredients coming together, rather than an unique ingredient. Whatever it was, it was not appealing. I can best describe it as the feeling you get when you smell cheap perfume; it can begin to give you a bit of a headache. The taste was very good with a variety of sweet flavors coming through, quite complex and very malty. Rich and powerful, but perhaps, a bit too sweet especially in the aftertaste. Seemed almost like a malt beverage rather than a malty beer. The smooth character I normally associate with this style, just was not there. The drinkability is good; I could see myself having a few of these in one sitting.

I'll have to try this beer again on-tap.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a Celebrator glass,this is a dark ruby brown with a finger of off-white head that sticks around for a while, some moderate spotty lacing. Nose is sweet and malty--molasses, raisins, figs, caramel, coffee. Taste is more of the same, sweet malt, raisins, figs, brown sugar, molasses,rum soaked cherries,dark bread, very nice tasting, not cloying at all, just a slight note of alcohol in the finish. Medium/full bodied with a medium carbonatin level, slightly syrupy. This is a really nice doppelbock, excellent drinkability.

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room...
Appears a mahogany color with a lush, light tan head. The head refuses to fall and it leaves lots of streaky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of a malt lover's paradise. Fruity cake, caramel, cocoa, raisins, coffee, and anise.
Taste is of the same wonderful aromas that come through along with some mild smokiness and nice German hop additions.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and rich with a perfect amount of carbonation.

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

Like a substantial winter warmer and very drinkable; lovely beer.

11.2 oz bottle; blood brown - almost ruby; 2-3 finger creamy brown head. Aroma of spice, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, malt notes, licorice, coffee liqueur. Flavors of licorice, alcohol, spices, coffee, caramel, root, earth, toffee, malt. Yummy. Oat & wheat flavor on the backside. Silky carbonation coats the palate, very pleasant throughout.

Line a few up and I will enjoy every drop.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It pours lookin' niiice and dark. The smell is roasty-toasty with one heck of an alcohol-laden cherry on top. Mmmmm.
The taste itself is something of a letdown after the smell. The mouthfeel is very thin and the flavour is dominated by the roast character, without too much sweet malt to back it up. That isn't to say that it tastes bad, and it is worth noting that there are many other flavours dancing happily in the background . . . but they all play second fiddle to roast.
It reminds me a lot of Salvator. That isn't a bad thing at all . . . but given the extremely high quality of Ayinger's other brews I expected to be blown away, rather than just be served another pretty damn good brew.

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Photo of stodbrew
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/red color with a very quickly dissipating tan head. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma is slightly melanoidin/caramel, with some nice roasty maltiness. Maybe a very slight hop spiciness.

Flavor is sweet malt with a touch of roastiness. There is an astringency on the finish which detracts from the overall enjoyment a bit.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a pretty big prickly carbonation bite.

Overall, not a bad beer. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!

Truly the class of the doppelbocks. Poured a dark, garnet color into a pint glass with a half inch, white head that dissipated quickly.

Aromas of molasses and caramel. Smelled really good!

The taste was exceptional. Sweet, malty, very molassasy with hints of caramel.

Nice, clean finish.

Very drinkable. Highly recommended!

(And I liked the little goats that came with the bottles!)

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a dark brown color with a wonderfully lively head of tan foam. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts are prevailant, with hints of caramel and some toffee. Nice. Flavor is robust and packed with different nuances, but suprisingly easy on the palate. Complex flavors of malts, smoke, earth, grains, bread and some light coffee. Wow. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied, with a smooth texture and a touch of creaminess. Good drinkability. The standard by which many other doppelbocks are judged. Recommended drinking.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: If there were more than 12 oz in the bottle, maybe the dogs would've got to taste it...

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigLove for this addition on our first trade....
Pours a dark brown color with a full finger and a half of light tan head...disappears quite rapidly and produces very little lace.
Nice aromas...rum raisins, a hint of smoke, and roasted malt.
A very pleasant taste and perfectly balanced for the style...an earthy flavor and not overdone in any one category. All of the things detected in the nose make their way into the taste and the mouthfeel, while thin, is very smooth. Carbonation is perfect and this one goes down oh so easily.
Alcohol is nowhere to be found...
I can see why this one gets so much praise...one of the best I've had and one I will go to on any given occasion.

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

Dark color, almost black, with mahogany reflexes. Brown beige foam, average.
The smell is dry fruit (hazelnuts over all), earthy and dusty, and a liquer-like finish.
Dust, earth, cocoa, hazelnut and hint of coffe in the taste, in a roasted malt background.
The aftertaste is of malt, dry fruit, raisins, and then cocoa and chocolate, and a point of astrngency. All in following waves, pleasant.
Absolutely to try!

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Photo of troutmask96
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inpenetrable noir with a tan head that comes down quick. Smell is just heavenly: dark chocolate, molasses, dates, spice, coffee and alcohol. What a smooth, smooth beer - like drinking fresh roasted dark coffee with an alcohol buzz. What's really unique about this brew is its low 6.7 ABV, making it gleefully drinkable.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml. bottle poured into a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature.

Poured a very dark brown with a medium light brown head. Head quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, toasted malts and molasses. Quite earthy. Taste was creamy, sweet, soy sauce, caramel and malts. Very, very nice.

A nice level of carbonation gave this a decent mouthfeel. Quite a balanced beer. Overall, very easy to drink. Mild bite of alcohol. This is an exceptional beer that should be a standard in anyone's cellar. Served with cheese it is amazing!

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Photo of TheLocust830
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The guy at my liquor store told me that I NEED to try this beer, and now I understand why. The first sip actually made me grin with joy at finding such a beer. I am sitting here drinking it now straight from the 330ml bottle.

The taste is strongest just after swallowing and is good malt with a taste of hops if you try to taste it. It's not nearly as strong as other doppelbocks I have enjoyed, but is by no means weak. The slightly hoppy aftertaste does dissipate very quickly though, but that's OK with me seeing how I prefer a malty taste.

Very clean and refreshing while it is in your mouth, and very thirst quenching. I almost think it might be a little too thin for a dark beer, but it doesn't seem to detract from the taste, so I guess that just means that one can drink more without getting full

A top of the line beer from a top of the line brewery.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator
330 ml brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Christmas Eve 2005 *

Pours a chestnut brown color with a thick tan colored head on top. Trails of lace are rather minimal. Ruby highlights on the bottom of the pint glass.

Whiffs of malts, figs and prunes.

This is an exceptional tasting doppelbock. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick with a sweet caramel twist. The malt presence here is off the charts. Hints of melted caramel and juicy prunes. So smooth and drinkable, it's scary. This beer is pure quality and so enjoyable.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A thanksgiving gift from my father, due to be opened for a little holiday cheer.

A - That deep dark glassy color in a great dopplebock with the red hue against the light. No head, and a dash of lace.

S - Nice and sweet with a malty body to it. Perhaps a little bit of licorice also.

T - Rich and malty up front with a bit lighter of finish. I am used to seeing (tasting rather) more body in the closing, but not so much. Not to say it's watery, but needed just a little more "oomph" at the end.

M - A beer with a body without being pushy. It gives you a mouthful with a sip, but still slides right down, exceptional mouthfeel.

D - Drinkability is great, not decimating for a dopplebock and keeps you wanting the next sip after the one before.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,387 ratings.
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