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:
574
Gots:
1,051
Trade:
19
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Ratings: 6,660 |  Reviews: 2,478
Photo of Antg8989
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours brown with a frothy, creamy mocha head. Aroma changes as this one warms from freshly baking brown bread to dark fruits (grapes/raisins/figs). Taste is bready, chocolatey and somewhat raisiny/figgy. Feel is smooth, yet chewy; low-medium carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent representation of the style and a great beer regardless. Superb drinkability for the style and one I would gladly have again.

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Photo of jdurey
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best dopplebock I’ve had. I’ll spend years trying to find a better one.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Captain69
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE MY BEST BEERS - JUST PICKED UP ANOTHER 4 PACK -I TRY SO MANY BEERS , IT IS GREAT TO HAVE ONE OF MY FAVORITE NOW AND THEN

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustCamIt
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RoronoaRyujin
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AmitC
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonehunting73
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've tasted many of the German ales and beers and this by far is my favorite overall. The taste and smell are what makes this beer one to remember.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent doppelbock. Beautiful deep reddish brown color, creamy, smooth and not overly sweet. A malt bomb with hints of toffee, caramel and brown sugar but not excessive. Just a great beer to sit back and enjoy. Well done!

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BellsFan
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jripley97
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Djoneil
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It didn't get any cooler or dryer here at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore, so followed up the Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel w/330ml of this delight poured (in stages) into an 8oz snifter

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Photo of RayCannata
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of depechemode1983
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with dark red hues. Head is tan with moderate retention. Lacing is minimal but there.
The nose is creamy, earthy, fruity, sweet, toasty and all around malty. Very nice.
Sweet up front. Figs and coffee come to mind. Dark chocolate is present.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy smooth. Carbonation is on the light side and feels right.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a narrow, large pilsner (?) style glass: color is dark brown, amber edges, head is light tan with fine bubbles, head presents 3/4 inch thick and then dissipates to a top with some spotty lacing on the glass edges.

Smell has some quality depth - I think this is an unintended aged bottle - but the aroma has some an aged dark malt with plum like qualities, slight yeast and bready notes, maybe some dark sugar.

Taste is quite good with great depth - dark fruit, plum/raisin, bread, yeastiness, but more in a bready quality (yeast bread flavor), some roast seems to emanate as well.

Mouthfeel is moderate to crisp, still well carbonated after some aging, maybe some mineral qualities but good lingering sweetness seems to dominate.

Overall an excellent doppelbock with a flavor unique to its own - a bit more roast or darker malt than some of the others in the style but it assists with some depth after some aging.

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Photo of BrieCheese
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer! Aroma is mostly of roasted malts with subtle caramel notes. The taste is slightly creamy, very malty. Overall, a very smooth beer. The aftertaste and retronasal is great. Very warm and somewhat smokey. Overall a great doppelbock and one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of pejohnson46
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful balance between clean aroma, dense malt flavors and creamy mouthfeel. Simple hop additions, wafts of fresh bread, pilsner and dark malt backbone, and smooth lager finish makes this something to savor.

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Photo of ssjmalt
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Put this in your cold cellar for a few years. Enjoy. Yummy!

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Photo of jrc1093
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown-amber with a massive off-white head. Smells of smoky malt and grainy, sweet rye bread. Taste is excellently balanced with string notes of bread, spice, sweet malts, and bits of caramel. A great buffet of flavor for the palate, and a really enjoyable intro to the style.

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Photo of NRMeadmore
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ceddd99
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown appearance, much darker than the image on the bottle. Rich molasses smell and matching flavor but without being overly sweet. Also some nutty, roasty flavors reminiscent of a brown ale. What I like most about this beer is the mouthfeel. Its incredibly creamy and rich. Overall very good, I need to explore more beers of this style.

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Photo of FalconOne
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JVasky
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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