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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 2,394 | Ratings: 6,375
Photo of rdrummer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even though I have seen this on the shelf and knew it was highly rated on the site, I hesitated to buy the beer, because of the dumb plastic goat hung around the bottles. That was a bad decision.

The beer pours a very dark, mahogany color with a tannish head that is very long lasting. There is some substantial lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is great with a big malty smell and some hints of caramel and herbs.

The taste is the thing here, though. It is huge flavor of malt with a real sweetness hidden in it. There is also a hit of hops and yeast and an alcohol kick at the end.

This is incredible in the mouth. It is so creamy and smooth but it has a carbonated bubble to it as well. It is almost thick. I think that this may be the best German beer that I've ever had in a bottle. It is certainly the best Doppelbock.

I've actually come to like the little goat toy.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was deep mahogany/red with a creamy beige one and one half inch head. The head quickly dissapated to a beige lace that coated the top of the beer throughout the drink.

The smell was very fruity and sweet. It had very strong raisin and fig quality.

The taste only carried the smell to the mouth, it was just the same. I really liked the fact that even though it was sweet, it didn't linger in the mouth too long.

Even with the fact that it was heavy as a ton of bricks, it was quite tasty and refreshing. I will try to find this beer again!

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Photo of Trentonator
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolatey brown, almost black, wth a nice, creamy eggshell white head. Lacing is incredible. Smell is exquisite-lots of cherry, chocolate, toffee, coffee, and smoky richness. Taste is smooth, easy and surprisingly light for a doppelbock. I had this in a wide mouthed glass, I highly recommend this type of glass to fully appreciate the aroma and bouquet (can you say that about a beer?). Seriously, the smell of this beer is out of this world. Taste is top notch. I love this beer, and can't believe I haven't tried it before, I guess I was afraid of a dark German beer. Don't fear the doppelbock . . . .

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, I don't think I was as bowled over as some by this one, but it certainly wasn't awful or anything. Had at Anam Cara, served in lovely Celebrator glass. Pour was opaque dark amber, I found the aroma to come across as slightly roasted, and slightly plumey. Taste is a bit lean and smooth, I thought, mostly of roasted malt and a bit of alcohol hinting around. I will have to try this again.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fabulous. Deep chestnut with a small creamy beige head. It is a nice combo of roastiness, smokiness, and nuttiness with low carbonation and nice lagery characteristics. Ultra-smooth yet complex. Very drinkable. Not really like any other doublebock that I have had - less body and caramel, more nutty and that little smokiness. A classic.

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Photo of BrewMan82
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black, closer inspection reveals some nice ruby tint in the light. White head settle down quickly. Smells very sweet and malty, with some nutty fruit aroma coming to the front. Malt overpowers this brew with sharp and strong coffee and fruit taste. The finish is much smoother, with some smoky toastiness I really liked. Tasted almost completely flat and on the tongue - no carbonation - but intense flavor kept thinness away and richness provided ample fullness. The smokiness melts away for a smooth aftertaste that invites more. Excellent.

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Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The doppelbock poured a deep ruby to brownish hue, on the darker end of the ruby scale. An initial thin caramel, head existed that floated into disorganization rather quickly, so there was little to no retention. Up front date and caramel notes existed, with a bit of licorice or treacle off to the side, along with the present tone of malt. On first taste, the malt overpowers immediately, but not negatively. This is followed by some roasted characters, not unexpected. This had a creamy mouth feel with burnt umber tinges left as echoes. There is a pleasant amount of alcohol, but an amount that would not prevent this from being a session ale.

Celebrator holds a particular fondness in my heart for two reasons-

1. Shortly after discovering home brewing in spring of 1993, I went on a beer-buying excursion in Boston and this was one of the libations that I purchased, no doubt swayed by the plastic goat.

2. On a business trip to Seattle, I discovered Celebrator on draught at the Pike Pub and Brewery. Needless to say, I stumbled home after that.

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle with a cool little goat pendant hanging on the neck into a 16 oz goblet. Dark brown opaque dense body with ruby red highlights when held up against the light. Nice two inch tall khaki colored head formed after pouring, but soon dissipated to a thin soapy ring of bubbles. Lacing around the glass is relatively moderate. Aroma was that of plums, raisins, and hazelnuts. Taste was vinous and fruity with notes of sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruits, roasted nuts, and spices. There were also some burnt smoky flavors evident. Creamy mouthfeel is smooth like satin. The aftertaste was dry and the only place where the hops stepped out. Nice find at Ziggy’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich chocolaty brown, with a thick, foamy, light beige head. Good head retention; slow to retire. Prominent lacework.

Smell: Malty, chocolaty nose, in the main. Hints of hop spiciness and raisins. Banana and apple esters also present.

Taste: Mild beginning, leading to strong malt presence mid-palate. Hints of coffee and caramel tease the tongue. Finish is reminiscent of chocolate bread, with a mild alcohol burn and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick-ish, but not as thick as a Baltic porter or Mackeson's stout. Large-bead carbonation aerates the palate.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable beer. Could certainly pound a few of these back.

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Photo of DrunkenPanther
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should start off by saying that although I had this on tap, it was not the conventional tap. While at an Ayinger brauhaus in Munich, this was available in a large wooden keg that was just tapped with a wooden faucet. Wasnt quite as carbonated as the regular tap version, but was not exactly a cask version either. It was also a tiny creamier tasting than the tap version. Other than that, it was pretty much the same.
Ok, the color was a dark ruby, almost brown, with a tannish colored thick head.
The smell was almost a woody malt scent which was very enjoyable. The aroma lasted well into the drink.
The taste was that of malt and raisin. Maybe a little berry tasting as well. Extremely well balanced.
The mouthfeel was typical of the doppelbocks but maybe a bit more mellow. Very full and inviting. It is a beer that you dont mind holding in your mouth a bit longer to get a bit more taste.
This is a very drinkable beer. Being not as strong as some of the other doppels, it doesnt give you that boozy aftertaste, nor does it have you drunk insanely fast.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - following the pour, it's black if viewed straight on, but hold it in front of a good light, it's a beautiful dark ruby color. Tan head formed up to about a finger and a half, holding at a covering and heavy collar.

Aroma - has a bready malty base with hints of spice and yeast. Kind of short-lived, the scents are light but steady, even in a Belgian glass.

Taste - malt base tastes good, develops into some chocolate and coffee notes. A pleasant hop influence shows up around the swallow, the flavor turns noticeably sweeter, some dark roasted coffee as well. Didn't wow me, but I like it. Alcohol presence is a bit noticeable initially and increases with temperature. Frankly, it's better than average, but not by leaps and bounds.

Mouthfeel - sturdy feel, moderate carbonation, well done for the style.

Drinkability - very much so. Not too over the top, but does a few things well. Personally I think it's a bit overrated on the whole, but earns high marks in a few areas.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown pour with burgundy/amber highlights through what seems to be a very limpid beer. The biege cap of foam is light but generous and is very persistent and sticky leaving behind fine lacework.

This beer is all about the aromas. Amazing, complex! Superb fruity (raisins, cherries, blackberries...) malt in tandem with burnt caramel notes up front give way to brewing floor aromas like spent grains after a mash and that time I stuck my head in Ken Wilson's mash tun at Le Chaudron. A certain barn quality buttresses the above aromas and mixes with sweet notes of candy.

A fine and stimulating effervescence greets the first sip and gives way to a medium bodied beer up front. Malt dominates the first impressions of taste and is followed by fresh brewed coffee, lightly burnt caramel and a touch of christmas fruit cake. A firm and resiny bitterness cleans out the palate leaving a complex aftertaste.

This thoroughly pleasing and complex brew necessitates several tastings to really grasp all of the nuances which it cloaks. The aromas alone seem to multiply with every smell. The next time I see this beer I will buy more than the four I bought in Lake Placid.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got myself this ($2.99 for 11.2 oz.), a couple of Salvators ($1.49 for 12 oz.) and a 750 ml bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 ($8.99!) at Wilbur's Wine and Spirits in Ft. Collins, CO, to celebrate my birthday, and to compare with each other. Appropriately, I'm starting the celebration with Celebrator!

Opened the bottle at approximately 45 degrees F. Perhaps a bit too warm, probably not?

Pours a lovely dark, almost opaque mahogany red-brown with a smooth tan two-finger head, that turns bumpy and thick and quickly diminishes to a small ring. Minimal lacing.

First smell is of raisins, coffee, chocolate and some sugar: warm and inviting. A very rich aroma.

First taste is rich, dark malt, and very very smoooth. Not as bitey as Salvator -- smooth like St. Martin's Dunkler Doppelbock, but warmer and heavier. By mid-glass, some of the spicey underflavors have come up. The taste takes on a clove almost peppery set. Long chocolatey, peppery, clovey aftertaste. Mmmm. I'm sure there are some hops in there somewhere, but they're well in the background -- just where I like them.

So silky in the mouth -- you want to roll it around a bit.

Drinkability is hard to judge from only one bottle, but at 6.7%, this one is bit on the weak end of the D-B scale, so it's pretty sure you could handle two or three -- if you can afford them.

While this is pretty good, I don't see it as being THAT much better than the St. Martin I mentioned earlier. It IS smoother than Salvator.

I'd love to compare this with Maximator -- anybody know where I can get a couple of them in N. Colorado?

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Photo of 99bottles
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celebrator pours a very deep red-mahogany body with a billowing tan/off white head. After popping the cap, the smell immeadiately takes over. Sweet and rich, it speaks of raisins and prunes. Fermented sugars and alcohols combine with malted notes to give this an incredibly appealing and complex nose. The taste is on quite the same level. Sweet and very smooth, not nearly as viscous as you might expect. Again, prunes, raisins, nuts, molasses, and light choco taste. There is a flavor very much like candied yams: a sort of carmelized, burnt, fermented sugar taste that makes this oh so delicious to sip. A really unique aftertaste, of earth, sugar, smoke, and nuts. Cashews or something, it's sort of tough to describe. This is really good stuff. The mouth is balanced to perfection. Light enough to be easily drank, but heavy enough to hold the intense flavors. Drinkability is also top notch, as this is good enough to warrant having another. Quite a special beer, and the pinnacle of dopplebocks IMO. Plus it comes with a fun plastic goat trinket. Whee!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick dark amber with black highlights. Minor tan head forms on the pour and goes away quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.
Aroma of raisins, black currant, chocolate, coffee and earthy hop aromas. Very complex and enticing.
Flavor of sweet chocolate malt, raisins and sicpy, bittr medicinal alcoholic hit.
Mouthfeel of sweet malt that moves to a very dry, slightly bitter and spciy middle and a finish of dry alcoholic power.
Drinkability is pretty good. This beer is just served well in a bottle, it's a good beer but on darught this beer is probably as good as it gets.

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Photo of tjd25
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an intense dark brown color. Totally opaque. The head was creamy. Clearly malt in the smell, with some sweetness.

A very thick brew, even chewy after a while. Dark malts, well balanced with some bitterness. Some caramel, and the bitterness of chocolate. The alcohol warmed my throat as I was drinking. It would be nice to enjoy this beer on a cold winter evening. Spices abound. The alcohol content seemed higher than the 6.7% he label announces.

This is not an easy beer to appreciate. My palate still needs some education for such a hardcore brew. But you can tell it's a great and complex beer.

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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,375 ratings.
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