Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

6,494 Ratings
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 6,494 |  Reviews: 2,433
Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of beerme411
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of tone77
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty, some caramel. Taste is good, malts, caramel, some fruits, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall be careful with this abv, this beer is very easy drinking and quite good.

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Photo of BobZ
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with an initial tan head of about a 1/2” that recedes to about a 1/16” cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted bready malts dominate the nose.

Taste: Balanced between roasted malt bitterness and a caramel sweetness. This beer has the distinctive caramel notes of a lager which really define this doppelbock. The best way to describe the flavor is toasted (almost burnt) caramel. Pleasant and an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated which makes this beer seem on the dry side with a mildly bitter finish.

Overall: Very good example of a Doppelbock, very flavorful.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black brown with creamy white head into a brandy snifter glass. Tastes of roasted dark malts, with chocolate and dark fruit notes in the finish. Very smooth body and decent mouthfeel overall. Not a bad beer as i'm quite new to the doppelbocks.

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

a-Dark amber colour with very little head.

s-Malt odors at the forefront...dark fruit...slight wood like smell.

t-Malt at the fore...slight bitter smokiness.

m-thicker in keeping with the ABV...

o-good beer...bit of a sipper I found....really sweet imo...def buy this again.

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

Pours a dark brown. Light orangy-reddish tint. Decent amount of light brown head. Looks pretty solid. Smells a bit bland. Light roast, yeast, some sweet fruit as well. Tastes similar. Nice light roast, yeast, sweet dark fruits. Really nice flavour profile. I can't believe I hadn't tried this before! Its really enjoyable. Well carbonated. Good mouthfeel. Overall very solid

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

An old standby favorite for me and a confirmed classic of the style. Love the plastic goat on a string. This one made a nice tailgate beer a week ago for me at the Giants game!

A dark brown beer with red highlights. Semi-clear. Good sized tan head with strong lacing.

Aroma is richly malty, bready, with traces of dark fruit notes and booze. Nutty, caramel, raisins, fruitcake spiciness.

Taste follows the nose…it’s all in there. Very bready, spicy, and malty, with a subdued sweetness and booziness. Complex. Lots of flavors swirling around. Caramel, biscuits, fruitcake and all the attendant tastes: raisins, prunes, dates, alcohol. Low levels of hop bitterness underneath nevertheless cut through just enough to give it some definition.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation, a touch of sticky chewiness, and a fairly clean finish overall.
A truly great doppelbock.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked like a darker brown ale color with the smell of blueberry Special K cereal.
It tasted of Raisins, yeast, slight grappy taste kind of similar to Aventinus from Schneider but not as good. I don't think it's as wonderful as advertised but a decent beer.

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Photo of gregb13
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool bottle with a souvenir plastic goat aruond the neck. Looks like Coke with a tiny head and lacing. Not especially impressive, decent carbonation. Smells of dark, dried and candied fruit. Taste: caramelized sugar, raisins, dark bread (pumpernickel/rye), booze. Bittersweet aftertaste lingers slightly. This is pleasant but extremely overhyped. I would not jump through hoops to get it.

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

Single bottle from the LCBO, sporting the goat figurine on the front.
It's a cold, crisp November day - a perfect occasion for a doppelbock!

Poured into a dimpled mug. Dark brown with ruby accents when held to the light. A half inch of cream-coloured head, nice retention in the form of a thick ring. Some lacing.

Nose is lovely and rich: dark bread, raisin, chocolate, caramel and spice. Very pleasant.

Terrific stuff - rich and malty, with big raisin and spice flavor, a nice rye or pumpernickel bread backing, a bit of coffee, some sweetness and a great nutty character. Finishes surprisingly clean. Hearty in every sense of the word.

Medium-thin bodied, moderate carbonation.

Excellent brew - I'll be picking up a few more of these to hold on to over the course of the winter.

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Photo of Kromes
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A clear dark, dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan colored head.

S: Coffee, sweet roasted grain, caramel and a touch of hop.

T: A perfect blend of sweet, smokey roasted chocolate malt and a touch of bitterness. The sweetness lingers in the finish but it is not cloying at all. Absolutely no off flavors at all. This is pure quality beer.

M: Medium body and low carbonation make this a very easy drinking beer.

O: High quality beer. The best doppelbock out there.

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Photo of MattyV
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin light beige head. The aroma is bready/nutty malt with hints of toffee, cocoa powder and raisins. Lots of a caramel and toffee malt in the taste, but not overpowering as its balanced with breadiness and just a hint of spice. Wonderful hints of cocoa and roasted malt as well.
The finish may be my favourite aspect of this beer--dry and crisp, making it oh so drinkable. Rich and full-bodied, with average carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. A nice balanced, complex, classic example of the style.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with a huge light tan foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing remains. Nose is sweet caramel malt base with fresh bread, some spices, light chocolate malt presence, dark fruits. Taste has a bold spice upfront, mixed with a well rounded malt profile, more chocolate, toffee. Mouthfeel is heavy, dry in the finish.
Overall, a highly regarded and deserving Doppelbock. Satisfying beer all round.

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Photo of match1112
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: deep dark mahogany in color with a three finger khaki colored head that slowly settles to a quarter inch of foam that is to remain for the rest of the drink.

s:bready malts and nuts with a hint of chocolate.

t:caramel, nuts, bread, chocolate and just a pinch of raisins.

m: super smooth, rich and creamy, with a slight bite on the end.

o: the best dopplebock that will ever be made.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby red colour with a very tall and bubbly foam head that takes on a shade of dirty beige. Quite a good retention with spotty lacing.

S: Caramel, molasses, general roasted notes including faint dark chocolate and coffee, and some dried dark fruit elements.

T: Very deliciously smooth which is sneaky as it wasn't exactly what the aroma was presenting. Earthy and herbal hop presence up front which transitions very nicely into caramel-like malts. Very good balance between sweet/malty - This nails it.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very good creamy and rich qualities to this. Truly a near perfect mouthfeel.

D: Fantastic doppelbock that I will be revisiting in the near future. Could easily drink this throughout the night. Plus this label is easily a 5.0

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Photo of iadler
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A two finger off white head dissipates into a thin cap. Minimal lacing left behind.

S- Roasted mat, subtle dark fruits including prunes and raisins, molasses, and a hint of bakers chocolate.

T- Raisins, bakers chocolate, nutty bread with roasted and bready malt, toffee and molasses.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a rich mouthfeel that with a dry roasted and sweet finish.

O- One of the better doppelbocks I've had. Not typically a fan of this style, but this is a nice brew for a cold fall evening.

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

A: pours an opaque brown so dark it's nearly black with a fair-sized head of fine tan foam. Retention is alright, dissipating to a ring of foam and leaving no lacing.

S: Toffee, brown, and biscuit malts with a robust dark chocolate and cocoa powder character. Roasted barley, black molasses, and raisiny dark fruit notes. Hints of candied fruit and ethanol.

T: Bursting with robust, sweet, and slightly bready brown, biscuit, and roasted malts with a rich dark chocolate undertone, molasses, and mildly raisiny dark fruit sweetness. Spiciness, faint floral hops, and a hint of black coffee in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, creamy smooth, and wonderfully chewy with slight stickiness while staying far from feeling cloying or syrupy for one moment; it could give an oatmeal stout a run for its money. The finish is incredibly light and clean, just a faint aftertaste of bittersweet roasted malt.

D: A beautifully-crafted Doppelbock with interplay between nose, taste, and mouthfeel that makes for a sensual experience. I'm getting another one for the cellar come Hell or high water.

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

A - Dark as a good Baltic Porter, bordering on very dark brown and black. A free pour leaves a frothy head that takes its time settling.

A - Rich malty aromatics are noticed even before the beer begins to settle in the glass. You can practically see the thick chewy malt rising above the liquid. Chocolate milk and the slightest suggestion of Port accompany classic Continental malts.

T - Creamy and rich, this is equal parts Lager and Chocolate milk. Some dark fruit crystal melt adds complexity, but mostly very rich malt maloidins coat the palate.

Despite a comparably low ABV, this Doppelbock is chewier than most. It has a more restrained flavor profile than most Stouts, Roubust Porters, Baltic Porters and even select Brown Ales, but it's also no challenge to savor. There's a straightforwardness to this that's very appreciable.

M - Creaminess sells this one. Even if bigger and more exciting beers are out there, few have the tautness of this one. Drinking this beer would be pleasurable even if it were void of flavor.

O - Not the best Doppelbock, but head and shoulders above the most regularly available examples. And definitely king of the (too often overly opulent) Winter beers.

Pound-for-Pound Ayinger is as good a German beer as any. Curator is the only D-Bock I've enjoyed more, but that's beer's staggering strength isn't always appropriate. Celebrator is no sissy, it just drinks so easily and is so versatile there's no fault in treating it as your Winter session beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - very dark brown with ruby tint around the edges and a perfect, creamy tan head.

Smell - Molasses and raisin with a hint of herbal hops and a touch of rummy alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied but creamy textured with moderate carbonation.

Taste - Lots of dark dried fruit, particularly figs and raisins, sweet brown bread, roasted barley, grain, and alcohol.

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

Poured from the bottle to a tulip.

A: Pours a nice, dark brown w/some red. Light brown head that settles quickly. Nice lacing.

S: A very rich, malty aroma with some dark fruits.

T: Raisin is the most easily identified flavor for me. Also some molasses & dark chocolate. Alcohol is present but in a good way. Overall a very bold flavor but it's still smooth.

M: Full bodied with not too much carbonation. Finishes a little on the dry side.

O: Great flavor profile on this - and that's coming from someone who isn't a big raisin fan. Overall it's very well balanced. Would definitely buy again. Plus, each bottle comes with this awesome little plastic statue of their logo, which will hang on my fridge or possibly xmas tree for many years to come :)

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

Finally got my hands on this one; have wanted to try it for a while. Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled almost black with one finger of bubbly light brown head that slowly receded.

S - Sweet bready malts, brown sugar and a touch of moasses.

T - Fresh baked dark break, brown sugar, raisins, dark fruit, light cocoa notes. The ABV is warming. An excellent beer!

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Lived up to the high expectations. A great fall/winter beer. ABV is warming but I could still sit back and drink a few of these.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. I remember having this on tap in Munich after searching for a bit and it was tremendous so let's see how the bottle is.

A - Pours nearly black with red edges. Bright. One finger fizzy light brown head. Some visible carbonation. Almost no lace and a film of retention.

S - Smells of rich malts. A little bit of red port and sugar with strong dark fruits. Absolutely lovely. Very inviting.

T - Dark fruits and sugar. Some more rich maltiness with pumpernickle bread. Less complex and rich than the aroma but still nice.

M - Dry finish might be holding this back. Tingly carbonation and full body.

O/D - A good one, but lacking. Doesn't live up to the aroma. Still good and tasty, but I would only have one.

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

Looks quite like a stout. A very VERY dark brown (I thought it was pure black at first)\ with a moderately sized tan head. Moderate retention- head fades largely away before too long.

Nice malty smell. Bready, slightly sweet with brown sugar scents. Toffee, red grape and raisin sick out as well.

Taste is similar to the nose. The bready malt is in focus, ad the grape and raisin as well. Fairly dry, with the brown sugar causing a bit of a syrupy feel. Chocolate. Woody with a mild bitterness at the end.

Medium bodied, mild to moderate carbonation, syrupy.

Very enjoyable beer.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,494 ratings.
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