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:
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

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown verging on black with a nice head and excellent lacing.

S: The aroma gives off nice roast malts, light coffee, chocolate and some dark fruit, as well as some nice deep biscuit/bready malt notes. Light, noble hop presence, as well as some spicy lager yeast notes.

T/M: The flavor matches the aroma well, very rich and malty, crazy smooth for a lager. Well rounded roasted notes with more coffee and chocolate, a little molasses. The is a big munich malt presence underneath that lifts the other flavors, and it tapers off into a more herbal hoppy finish.

Overall: I can see the reason for the high ratings on this one, I have not had a doppelbock that could come close. Amazing beer.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany, ruby red with light through and 2-inch thick tan head which eventually fades to thin lacing.

S - Malty, hints of raisin or maybe chocolate in there. Notable sweetness along with toasty malt smell.

T - Malt forward with flavors of molasses and toffee prominent. Rich, chewy, layered, the ripe fruit in the nose plays a bigger role here.

M - Extremely smooth. Nice carbonation with a syrupy and chewy mouthfeel. Medium to thick bodied. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

O - I haven't had many Dopplebocks but I can't imagine any better then this. A really great beer that is easy to get.

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Photo of quantumcipher
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Sharkophile
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review. Cheers!

Split a four pack of the stuff with my buddy.

A: Pretty rigorous pour into a pint glass. Dark reddish brown with a thick beige head.

S: Smells sweet, fruity, chocolatey and a little boozy.

T: Dark fruit, caramel, coffee and a light hoppiness that melds with the sweet finish, with a little bit of alcohol in the finish as well.

M: Medium body with pretty light carbonation.

O: A real treat. Complex and absolutely delicious. Will definitely have this again (and again and again).

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Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Right off the bat, the appearance is fantastic. It's a dark beer the color of molasses, allowing beautiful dark brown tones of color to show through when held up to a light. The head stands about the width of my small finger, and sinks to a sliver across the top of the beer. It is a light tan color, and looks milky smooth across the surface. Lacing is already starting to build.

S: The beer is very light in the scent department. I pick up notes of caramel, some roasted grains are in there. Most of the scent is caramel.

T: There's a nice light smooth roasted flavor to this. It's a very good tasting Dopplebock.

M: It's a very smooth beer. It's medium bodied, and very easy to drink. Very light bitterness.

O: Overall it's a really good beer. It is, what a Doppelbock is. I would recommend it to another person, and would drink it again. I don't pick up much nose from this beer, and the taste is not very complex or rich as I'd want it to be. It's still a good beer.

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Photo of littlespeaker
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of titosupertramp
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a chestnut brown with dense tan head. Fades leaving behind film around the edges of the glass and lacing on the drinking side.

S: Molasses, roasted malt, has a bitter smell that I can't really place. Slight alcohol.

T: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, just a hint of bitter hops and alcohol. Really tasty at room temp.

M: For a smaller ABV beer, this has a pretty full mouthfeel. Almost chewy.

O: I don't have a ton of experience with Doppelbocks, but this is quite enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Leftfield00
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown with a creamy tan head that fades to film. Raisin toast nose with some spice.
Prune, dark rye and milk chocolate with branchy hops.
Cherry pit finish and spicy linger. Medium, smooth, creamy and chewy.

Silky with no burn. Reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald in that it’s so smooth, balanced and well-constructed that it’s hard to deconstruct why it’s so good. Paragon for the style.

2nd tasting, 8/16/12; exp.10/12: Cola body and head with brown sugar, fig, ash and meat juice on the nose. Christmas cake malts with some black grape, cherry stones in the middle, lots of crusty melanoidin notes, mulling spice end and a long dry bitter linger with echoes of ginger and bark.

exp. 02/09: Same color with stiff whipped cream head; nose is sharper: booze and dark dried fruit like port. Gentle fruitcake (prune & molasses) malts with little hops, dark rum finish and bitter carob linger.

Smoother, drier, less fizzy, creamier, subtler, deeper yet less intricate and darker (if that's even possible) with some age. Any sharpness from fruit is gone in the 3.5 year old bottle, leaving lots of round, artisanal chocolate notes, edging towards a Scotch Ale. Reminds of how laying down Double Bastard knocked all the rough edges off. At the same time, the tartness and hopes in the fresh bottle did serve to keep it from cloying, probably improving drinkability overall.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of JOaikido
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. BBF 03-12.

A- Very dark with slight hints of amber at the edges if held up to the light. Big head of small foamy bubbles.

S- caramel, coffee. Very appetizing.

T- Nice coffee and bitter chocolate flavours. Mild bitter finish. Well balanced. Touch of caramel with very malty middle behind the roast.

MF- Surprisingly light. Very smooth.

D- Nice and easy to drink yet having nice taste and character. Wouldn't replace a good stout for me when looking for a dark beer, but I enjoyed this.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of henskejk
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - dark brown color. light brown head that was thick when poured, but faded quickly

S - a lot of sweetness with some dark fruity aroma and a little burnt/caramalized sugar

T - Some molasses-y sweetness and burnt sugar bitterness.

M - smooth, with light to moderate carbonation

O - enjoyable beer, would recommend it.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of rinhaak
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a famous beer, but it deserves the hype. Unlike many German Doppelbocks, this beer is never too sweet and commands a tremendous depth of flavor that is really (and unfortunately) uncommon for the style.

It pours dark red with a full thick head, though the head doesn't last terribly long. The nose is full of cherry, coffee, caramel, dark sugars and a faint metallic aroma.

There are robust roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, and dark caramel flavors that really contribute to the beer's depth. Though there is some fruit present, it is among the least fruity Doppelbocks I've ever tasted. As it sits, freshly baked bread joins the flavors, but the darkness of the roasted malts always remains in the center.

I cannot imagine a Doppelbock with a better mouthfeel. It's not at all syrupy, never too sweet, and with the right amount of carbonation.

This is well balanced beer that you dancing with every sip. I challenge anyone to find a better example of the style.

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Photo of whendeathsleeps
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours dark brown, two finger tan head, little retention, moderate lacing.

S- Nutty, sweet, roasty.

T- More smokiness, caramel notes, dark fruits, a little chocolate, light hop finish. Complex and brilliant.

M- Smooth, chocolate finish lingers a while, great sweet aftertaste, but balanced out well. Moderate carbonation.

O- Wow. Just try it.

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Photo of JimmyTango
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of cowineaux
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of liveKarl
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DreamInOrange
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great doppelbock! Pours a deep brown with some clarity through light with a decent off-white head that clings to the glass going down. Smells fantastic, with aromas of brown bread, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is very smooth and well put together. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts with some alcohol warmth at the back of the tongue. Terrific beer!

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Photo of mcgrat07
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of smibroncos
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,618 ratings