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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

2,378 Reviews
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alcohol comes through on aroma and taste. Lovely chocolate brown color, foam, root beer aftertaste. Easy on mouth even with some initial bitterness. Mild roast overwhelmed by malt sweetness. Hint of nuts and chocolate, and pinch of fruit and spices. Great again in March 2005.

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

Pours a very dark clear brown brew.

Smell is malt and a fine perfume. Smell is a bit sweet with some molasses smell.

Taste is all dark malt with a mild bitterness at the end. Spicy but not like a dark Belgian. The alcohol is well hidden and warms your whole body as you sip it.

Mouthfeel is perfect, a rich brew with a level of carbonation that tickles your tongue.

Super excellent Drinkability, a pleasure to sip anytime.

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Photo of DaveGood
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured out a dark, almost chocolate, brown. The tan colored head diminished quickly but left a nice trace throughout the duration.

Overall, a pleasant aroma that has a nice malt scent to it. A second whiff reveals a scent similar to coffee.

The first sip was dominated by the delicious malt flavor. It has an almost chocolate-like taste, with a hint of caramel and molasses. With only a very moderate carbonation, it goes gown extremely smooth and has a dry creamy finish to it. Without a doubt, this is the best doppelbock that I have had.

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

Pours a deep, intense brown, capped with a frothy, cream-colored head. Held to the light, the liquid reveals a garnet hue.
The aroma has a wonderful depth of maltiness, mixed with a background of alcohol. No hops at all in the smell, but there is a very slight roasted malt character. Also, at times the smell carries a twangy, plum-like fruitiness.
The taste is full of a rich, deep malt-flavor. It’s not nearly as sweet as many other doppelbocks, but instead has a full, grainy, chocolaty taste. Unquestionably, this is an oily, mouth-coating beer. Alcohol warming is pleasing. Finish is somewhat bitter…probably more so than other doppelbocks.
Immeasurably enjoyable…this beer is a true classic!

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Photo of pio
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark garnet and solid body.a white fluffy halo and a thinner sheet centrally, solid but for points of activity comming up and building the head. once roused a tad this head becomes a frothing tan monster. the lace look like ticker tapes, webs.
sweet, heavy and wholesome malt and grain scents. not too much on the bread side. hint of honey and pefrume, along with a pinch of alcohol.
drier than i expected with a bitter finish. this dopple bock celebrates a very big bitter malt presence. also a warm squeeze of alcohol warms the belly, palate and dreams.there is a nice vegetal/herbal note with the long bitter finish.
this was a bit more carbonated then i had expected too. still it was pretty low and smooth all the same. amazing body that's full and sturdy yet dosen't come off the least bit sticky.
one of the best i've had in the style for sure. when the mood hits me shirley i'll be back. sweet dreams.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Had to pull back on the pour to prevent the head -- dense, frothy, tan, speckled with beehive-like clusters of tiny bubbles on the side of the glass -- from overflowing. Caught it just in time. Deflates neither quickly nor slowly, like a ripped air mattress. Ovals of lace cling to the glass. I've never seen lace so spare look so interesting.

As soon I started pouring, the smell slapped me lovingly across my face. A bloom of chocolate and sourdough bread. Avocado. Root beer.

The taste opens with a burly malt creature crouched in the background -- she waits a few seconds and then lunges with a sweet, rich open-handed shot of slow malt force, like peppery chocolates melted in velvet, across my palate. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, and the alcohol leaves my nose tickled.

Mouthfeel is, as I said, velvety. Just enough carbonation to curb flatness.

It's no wonder why this beer is so highly rated.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out deep brown, bordering on black, but the head gave way in pretty short order.

Smell is excellent and varied though, roast is there, along with an almost sugar sweetness, and a hint of fruit lurks in the background, as well as some chocolate.

Taste is wonderfully smooth and creamy with a strong sweet tinge that lingers throughout on the middle of the tongue, malt and chocolate are both present, along with a noticeable tinge of caramel and plenty of roast too.

Mouthfeel is thick and full, just like a bock should be, while maintaining smoothness and the drinkability on this is also great.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 12oz bottle from Bacchus in Chattanooga. Out of the bottle it's a translucent, yet dark coffee brown. A HUGE head full of big bubbles literally erupts out of nowhere, 3-4 fingers high! Random small islands of lacing smatter here and there on the glass. Carbonation is middling, and seems to tone down rather quickly.

I can smell the relation between this and other lagers I've tasted. That undefinable (to me) sweet smell is present. However, it is backed by a confident roasty smelling malt that I've never encountered before in anything "lager-ish". This in turn mingles happily with an almost ethereal hop bitterness in the nose. It's far from one-dimensional.

This one goes down smooth and creamy, awesome mouthfeel. Taste leads off with a whispy hop-bitterness edge that transitions rapidly into those big malts. Taste is evident of mild smokiness, coffee, and flat unsweetened chocolate. Finish is ever-so-slightly dry. Alchohol taste is barely there, warming sensation is limited to a slight warmth pooling in my stomach later on in the beer. This beer is very balanced to me, and if I had another I would be hard pressed not to pour it too.

This beer takes the flavors that I really like in porters and stouts and somehow turns it into something I find highly drinkable. This would work equally as well for me sitting at a bar having a few and chatting it up, or sitting here savoring and chilling. Not to disrespect the beer but I could imagine it going great with traditional "beer" food (pizza, wings, appetizers, etc.) This beer and style has acquired a new fan.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An exceptionally dark crimson beer pours out of the bottle and into the glass. A full tan head head crowns this beautiful beer. The lace swirls around the glass in an almost artistic pattern.

Chocolate and roasted malts are heavy in the nose and are joind by a subtle fruitiness.

There is a sharp bitter flavor of roasted malt and chocolate and carmel that is tempered by a nice fruit sensation.

This is a full bodied beer that is wonderfully balanced and complex and bitter in the finish. This is a beer that can be savored like a winter warmer or drunk as a celebration of spring.

I enjoyed this beer and would love to try it on tap. A thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience awaits those who are willing to try it.

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

It pours a deep, dark chocolte brown with glinting ruby flashes. A prompt two fingers of light brown head disappears almost as quickly as it comes. There's shortlived dotty lacing.

First whiff gives roasted malt bearing a hint of sweetness, but rather more of the toasted grain and a note of coffee. A caramel presence makes a solid impression. The thick malt air holds sway until the finish.

Dense malt character dominates the initial flavor, but with notably subdued sweetness. A gentle berry notes slips in, then out, almost before you can identify it. Caramel greets the palate in the middle, then glides into a dark roasted coffee aura with a mild finishing bitterness. It's all malt, but it's also spirited and multi-dimensional.

Medium bodied, the generous malt presence generates a light syrupy sensation in the mouth. It slides slowly away from the palate.

This is the best of a very barleyed world, at least for me this evening; a muscular assertion of malt with blissfully understated malt sweetness. The various aspects of the malt flavors give it a full and impressive image. The mutiple levels keep it interesting. At the risk of sounding sexist, this is a manly beer, leathery and earthen, with body and confidence to spare. Just one could never be enough, and a few, or even more, could never be boring. Each one is something to look forward to.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator Doppelbock is one of those rare standard-bearer brews, a recognized and respected classic of it's particular style. I love these big, malty, hearty, German brews. The bottle comes with this cool little plastic ram tied around the neck, a really classy touch.

Celebrator poured exceptionally well. The head was frothy and at least 3/4 of an inch thick. It took a few minutes to reside, but it never quite completely dissolved, staying around as a thin layer of foam floating on top of the liquid. This is the black hole of beers, so deep and rich that light cannot escape. Absolutely wonderful. The nose was good, too, although not as heavy as I had expected based on the raw appearance of the beer.

The taste was pure bliss. Chocolate malts hit my taste buds immediately, followed by a warm rush of alcohol. This is one rich and inviting doppelbock. Very complex, too. Hints of almonds appear in the taste, followed by a semi-sweet cocoa bitterness. Freakin' fantastic.

The Celebrator finished up smooth and warming. The aftertaste was smooth and clean. Exceptional mouthfeel. The carbonation was perfect.

The Celebrator is certainly a world-class doppelbock. I was glad that I picked this up on my weekend beer run. Although I didn't have this sample with food, I could easily recommend any type of beef dish as a food compliment. It would be a welcome addition at my table if I were serving steaks or pot roast.

Get it if you see it.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark mahogany with a massive head that stuck around. Lots of lacing left behind when the head finally receded. Aroma is slightly malty and spicy but not overly so, making me think that the taste would be muted also. However the taste is exceptional. very malty, thick and chewy with a creamy smooth feeling as it goes down. I could drink these all night!

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Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a very dark mahogany color with a huge foamy tan head taht lasts. The smell is a rich blend of roasted malts and a slight hint of chocolate. Very smooth body with with a creamy feel. There are rich flavors of sweet chocolate, carmel, and traces of molasses. Hops are slightly present and a nice medium carbonation.The aftertaste is a dry burnt flavor.
This is a very nice beer and I didn't want the bottle end. Another plus to the beer is that it comes with a little plastic ram. Outstanding!

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Photo of Hex92
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big foamy head when poured, but no lacing. Very dark with maybe a hint of red if you hold it up to the light. A little flat so the mouthfeel is not as good. But it has a great flavor. For some reason it has always reminded me of those root beer candies that are shaped like a mini keg. This is a good beer. But when you break it down into these categories it seems like the ranking is lower than it should be. Maybe its a case of the whole is better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It is full of black and roasted malts; very malty. It has a creamy scent with hints of chocolate and nuts. The taste is also great. It goes down smooth with a dry, yet creamy finish. It has chocolately, roasted nut flavor that is very nice. This is the best Doppelbock I've ever had. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks very well. It has tremendous flavor; simply a fine beer. This is one that I will buy again.

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

One sentence review: Dopplebock Plus.

Pours a dark, dark ruby with a big brown head. Lacy head as it goes. Smell is extremely malty and nutty.

Taste is very malty and nutty. I mean, it's everywhere on the palate. Rich. Sticky and chewy. Big bodied beer and really, really tasty. If you have ever had another dopplebock, increase all the flavors by equal amounts 25% and this is what you will come up with. Smooth but a real sipping brew for me, not for sessions. The King of Dopplebocks.

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

I did make one mistake when sampling this bottle in that I probably served it a bit too warm, thereby not allowing the changes in flavor and aroma to be experieced by me (which others have noted).
Having said that...
Aroma is a slightly grainy sweet rich dark malt. Very nice.
Boy beer upon opening. Pours with excessive head (3 to 4 inches). Dark brown, red hues. Clear. Lacing and rings after each drink.
Sweet dark heavy caramel, cloy without excess and only a slight malt bite.
Unbelievably smooth. Feel of alcohol warmth in stomach.
Feel is so outstanding for a heavy dark lager.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the tap this pours a very deep dark brown ruby red color. Wonderful off-white head. Great thing about it was that it is being served to me in proper glass. Smells of dark bread. Tastes like a very dark, roasted almost burnt malt, however it is so smooth. How can this be? Looking at it you would expect bitter and harsh, but this is not true. Good mouthfeel. This is a very good beer, but it really isn't my style. I can and will respect this for what it is, a great dopplebock. I couldn't drink many of these, but if it is on tap, I am compelled to have one, if nothing else, than for the glass.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

OldCrustacean brought a couple bottles over. Very much appreciated!
The beer pours a murky umber, almost black, topped with a thick tan foam that reaches out of the glass. A bit hazy, shining a deep mahogany through light. The head settles into a thin covering over the beer, with a healthy thicker dollop in the middle, keeping stubbornly all the way through. Not much in the way of lacing, but I'm not complaining.
The aroma is powerfully malty, oddly soft and gentle for such a big beer. Very refined, with a stagnant black coffee aroma and some mocha. Rather fruity, with some raisin, red grape and fig, conveying a slightly vinous character. A bit woody and leathery, with some caramel quality coming through as it warms. Very clean, despite the fruitiness.
The flavor starts with a powerful fist of chocolate laced coffee, drizzled with molten caramel. A silken smoothness carries the beer, with assertive, yet soft carbonation. Fig and raisin fruitiness peeks through the malt, providing a vinous feel, with hints of red grape, raspberry, and plum. An earthen leathery quality comes through towards the finish, probably from the hops, with slight herbal hop flavor into the finish, providing only slight bitterness. A whiff of alcohol breezes into the sinuses on the swallow, leaving you with a bit of warmth in the stomach. A raisiny mocha aftertaste lingers on the side of the tongue for quite a while, leaving you wanting more.
Truly a legendary beer. This is easily one of my favorites, and it's always a treat to drink. My tastebuds scream for mercy after one, so i can't take too many, not to mention the alcohol sneaks up on you through the smoothness. I prefer the tap version a little more, but it's rather difficult to find. Definitely a winner any way you can get it.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours with a simply massive foamy tan head. the head lasts and lasts (and lasts) too. a nice little bonus. body is a nice brown colour with hints of amber. smells of berries (cherry and grape, perhaps) and malt throughout. almost a bit of a sour (not bad)smell here with hints of licorice and perhaps carrots (?). whatever it is, it smells good, but a tad off. taste is a creamier version of the smell. full bodied and smooth with a touch of caramel added with malt all over the place. the problem is, while the flavour is nice, i can't escape that cooked carrot/slightly 'off' characteristic that was in the smell. it's here in the taste as well and hinders what could be an awesome brew. still very good and drinkable, but i prefer something more along the lines of the SA double bock, which, whilst not as complex or bold as the celebrator, i think it's a better balanced brew. you've got to try the celebrator at least once and it is definitely worth your while (and cash) but while this is an excellent example of the style, i've had doppelbocks i enjoy more than this one.

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

I finally get a shot at trying a real German Dopplebock. No head stuck around to evaluate but the wonderful chocolate color was a beautiful sight in itself and as it turned out it matched the beer as well. Aroma was light and all malt with notes of chocolate. The taste was initially a smooth nutty buscuit that finishes with strong chocolate overtones. It's the same kind of chocolaty taste you get from Anchor Porter except this one was more like having a piece of dark chocolate cake in a glass. Mouthfeel was thick and rich and in fact it was so rich and thick I would not want to have more than one of these at a time but I enjoyed this one so much I gave it good drinkability marks. I would definitely have this again if I can find it again. It is hard to find as I've been looking for this for a long time and I finally came across it about 400 miles from home. If this one is readily available to you, consider yourself lucky.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark, almost black, from its bottle with the little goat figurine hanging on it. The goat is now hanging from one of my cabinets in the kitchen. A nice large white head forms after a standard pour, but fades after a minute or so. Light seeps into the bottom of the glass, making the bottom look a little lighter than the middle and upper parts. Very nice! The aroma is big malty sweetness with a bit of dark dried fruits thrown in. The taste is huge malt right out out of the gate. Yeast and bready flavors begin to hit the tongue almost immediately. As it sits on the tongue, the dried fruits from the aroma make an appearance. The aftertaste is a nice mix of malt and bread. It feels very full in your mouth, the heavy carbonation level tickles the roof of your mouth. I found it very smooth. It was nice and drinkable for the first half of the pint, but I found myself struggling to finish the final quarter of it. I found the malt flavors began to pound all the other flavors into submission and it became a little overpowering and overwhelming. It seems like I would only want one of these in a sitting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will definitely explore this one further.

This was my first experience with a doppelbock and I chose a good one. It tasted like an extremely malted porter or stout. I'll be exploring this style further.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle claiming it contains the "finest Bavarian double bock beer", and displays an illustration of two goats getting frisky with a helpless glass of beer. Upon pouring, an ample tan head formed on the blackish liquid, and soon settled into a thin blanket of foam, leaving fine lacing in its wake. When the beer was held up to a small lamp, the color is a deep and seductive ruby, like a dark red wine. This one was a sniffer, with an upfront nose of dark roasted malts, with perky and clean accents of ripe plantains and turkish coffee. Fantastic and well-defined character! The beer tasted delicioius as well. It started with a suprisingly bittersweet roasty malt wallop, and was soon joined by flavors of raisins, dark bitter chocolate, and coffee, with faint suggestions of cherry. The finish was fairly dry, with chocolate and cherry flavors lingering. I was highly impressed by the everything but the mouthfeel, which I felt could was just a little too thin. This problem is insigificant however, compared with its exceptional beauty, and the characteristics of smell/taste. After experiencing this dopplebock, I am not inclined to argue with the claim on the bottle.

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Photo of Mangus
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark body with a nice thick off-white head. The head slowly settles to a fine thin layer.

Smells nice and malty (I'm partial to the malty side of beers) and I can really smell that barley wort aroma. Sweet and fruity as well.

Nice sweet malt flavor with a slight drying finish. Certainly has that German beer taste. What is that? It leaves a smooth lingering smoothness that makes me reach for the next sip. High quality brew here.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Celebrator is definitely a great beer. It is a very dark, almost black color. It provides a good head and the smell of this beer is really something special. The aroma of chocolate is detectable as well as a very malty smell. This is a thick beer but not overpowering. It is not highly carbonated and goes down smooth. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are evident. Despite its thick body, it goes down smooth. I had a few of these during Christmas dinner and afterward. A few people have said it has gone well with meats but I would also suggest it with goose which is what I had for Christmas this year. It turned out to be a good combination.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,378 ratings.
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