Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

6,486 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of divineaudio
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a pokal.

a - pours a deep garnet color, nearly opaque, with a dense, two finger, tan head. retention is good, leaving thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - rich nutty malt, brown sugar, raisin, faint hop pungency. also has a bit of astringent alcohol presence.

t - more rich nutty malt, bordering on roasted, followed by a nice sugary sweetness. notes of dark fruits and a pleasing bitterness for balance. finishes dry and faintly spicy. really well done.

m - on the fuller side with the right amount of carbonation.

o - a pretty damn good beer and lives up to its reputation. perfect for a cold fall night. if you haven't tried this yet, what are you waiting for?

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Photo of zrab11
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with a nice 2 finger tan head

S- Has a nice smell of biscuits and roasted malts. Also has some aroma of caramel and molasses

T- Starts off with a nice biscuit malty sweetness to it then the caramel flavor comes out in the middle and then it finish's with a nice molasses flavor.

M-medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a very nice Doppelbock. I haven't had a lot of this style but i def. like this one and will search out more from this style.

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Photo of peensteen
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with ruby highlights, one finger of tan head, some lace left behind. Smell is malty, raisin, some brown sugar notes, dark fruit with a nice bready character. Taste is full of dark bread, malty, dark fruit and raisin, light alcohol taste, clean malty finish. Med prickly carbonation, medium weight, full body. Very drinkable and quite solid, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Dark brown, molasses, color with a tan head.

Smell: Nice malts with a great alcohol aroma.

Taste: Heavy malt flavor with a slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slight carbonation, thick with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great German Dopplebock. I love the heavy malt aroma and flavor. I wouldn't drink this all the time but definitely enjoy it when I do. Cheers!

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Photo of pBRale
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 9-22-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Black pour with a very creamy deep tan head that settles moderately slowly and has very mild retention.

Smell: Dark toast, sweet malts. Very bready. Smells inviting with all the malts coming together in a nice bready but sweet combination.

Taste: The taste is strongly of malts--virtually no hop presence--dark malts especially coming through to give the beer a definite bready quality.

Mouthfeel: Thick, rich, silky smooth feel with medium carbonation. This is a heavy and creamy beer that is a pure delight for the mouth to sip on.

Overall: A super thick, rich, and creamy beer that is filling and delicious. Can stand alone or pair well with a host of foods. Delicious!

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

A proper pour reveals a dark rootbeer color exhibiting ruby red glints of light passing through topped by two fingers of mocha head which is reduced to nothing in under a minute. Lace is null.

Aroma is toasty dark-crusted bread, caramel, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, plum, and faint banana.

Flavors are burnt pumpernickle, chocolate, sweet caramel, plums simmering in brown sugar coffee. Finishes with a near vanilla malt experience. Very nice.

Feel is as nice as the flavor. A velvety easy drinker. A well balanced brew.

I've had this Doppelbock many times. I've tried others, but always come back to Celebrator. It's the gold standard Doppelbock. Readily available, consistent, and awesome every time.

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

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Dark copper/maroonish. Very dark. Two and half fingers of light, quickly disappearing head.

S- Tons of malty goodness. Caramel. Dark bread. A good dose of sweetness. Other than a tiny, tiny bit of alcohol, a very clean smell that gets really big as the beer opens up.

T- Again, tons of malts. Some caramel. A hint of chocolate. Sweet bread. A bit of a peppery bite. No real hop presence. Just a wonderful malt bomb, as anticipated.

M- Heavy of medium. This is insanely drinkable. Just sipping it I realized I had drank half of it before typing in the taste component.

O- I like me some doppelbocks, and this guy deserves the hype. Not the biggest or boldest, but absolutely nothing bad to say (and a lot good to say) about it.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with slight red hue, minimal head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Very malty, dark fruit, somewhat sweet.

Taste: Malty, slightly hoppy, some smokiness, oak and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium - Full bodied.

Overall: Another good dopplebock, much maltier and smokier than the Paulaner Salvator.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a dark coffee and produces a tan foam that subsides quickly.

The aroma is of dark malts and dark fruits. Just a hint of hops. Delicious and deep.

Taste starts with Munich maltiness and a big hit of coffee follows. There's a tannic backbone to this beer, like a strong red wine. There's an alcoholic "wash" on the aftertaste, not unpleasant but not expected. a good beer to drink on a rainy day in Fall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side, but not too thick to inhibit an immediate second sip.

Overall, an excellent doppel bock. Not quite as outstanding as the Weihenstephaner Korbinian but enjoyable nonetheless.

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

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is a dark and delicious doppelbock. Roasty with notes of raisins.

A: Brown/red colour and 1 cm head that fades to nothing. 3.5

S: Dark malty aroma with some slight charcoal. 3.5

T: A malty, warm, roasty base. The finish is slightly sweet and raisony. Delicious! 4.5

M: Reasonably foamy.

O: 4

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

This is the first time I have had the Celebrator Dopplebock, which is surprising since I have tried around 2,000 beers in my life. And, this is such a highly rated beer.

I poured this beer into a fluted glass. On the pour I got a pretty good amount of head. There was around four fingers of the beautiful, tan foam. This came down to scum over time. This didn't yield any real lacing.

Celebrator smells really good. I get coffee and dark fruit from the nose.

The Dopplebock has really good texture. There is medium body and a small amount of carbonation.

The taste is extremely well balanced. You get more coffee, but there is the sweet fruit behind it. The after-taste is minimal. The flavor just departs in balance. I don't know how they do that.

This was a great beer. I love trying another great classic.

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

A: Very dark brown with tan creamy head that has good retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing when poured into Nonic glasss.
S: Aromas of malt, chocolate, molasses and bread all produce a very enjoyable quaffing.
T: Roasty malt, bread, chocolate, black cherries, molasses and prunes.
M: Full-bodied and downright chewy. Mildly carbonated. Sweet up front with a bitter finish particularly as it warms a bit.
O: Delicious Doppelbock. I cannot wait for my next Celebrator as it is a cause for celebration.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 5/11/11

Appearance: Very dark brown, with surprising clarity - a nice, tan head that lasts for a while, eventually fades to a great lacing

Smell: Rich, cooked biscuits - slightly roasted, slightly toasted - caramelized malts, some sweetness, molasses - a hint of soy sauce

Taste: Somewhere between a sweet, malty biscuit and roasted bread crust - very malt-forward, as it should be, with caramel malts, roasted malts, and the bread crust flavor I associate with bocks - very clean, hints of molasses and a faint, potentially imaginary touch of soy sauce - very clean, not excessively sweet

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin despite the amount of flavor, nicely carbonated, could be smoother

Overall: Obvious why it's a classic

I have to admit that I haven't had many dopplebocks, but this is a great one. It's very malty, full of flavor without being extreme in any way. This reminds me, I need to figure out if there is a reason why each bottle comes with a plastic goat.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a chocolaty dark brown color...almost stout like to be exact. The head is simply superb, being caramel in color and initially about 3-4 fingers in thickness...it settles down to a cloud like layer over the liquid. I can't really tell how carbonated this beer is but it appeared to be creamy while pouring. The lacing is the only area that lacks, with some clumpy foam quickly sinking back into the beer. Outside of this, it's a very nice looking beverage, plus there is a goat trinket tied to the bottle....how cool is that!

S- This smells very rich....dark fruits are noticeable...prunes and/or raisins mainly. There is also strong molasses and a hint of brown sugary malt present. The finish is also rich and sweet, being of toffee and caramel.

T- Very nice indeed! Along with some of the aforementioned aromas being tasted (raisin, prune, molasses), there is also hints of cocoa, black cherry, baking spices, black coffee, and roasted grain. There isn't really any bitterness....just perhaps a dollop right at the end of the swallow.

M- Full bodied for sure....it's almost like a meal itself! The carbonation is creamy smooth...even sticky/oily on the palate....the flavors are so well balanced and I don't think anything can compare.

O- What can I say that hasn't already been said about this one....a rich, powerful brew that is warming, but nothing near boozy. Full flavors, full bodied, very nice looking and pleasant smelling, this one has it all! I am sure this set and continues to be the standard for the style and I highly recommend this to anyone who is a beer lover!

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

Good looking beer, poured straight from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. The beer itself is dark, not pitch black, but pretty close to black. The head is two fingered and mocha in color.

The aroma is of molasses, dark fruit, bitter-sweet chocolate, and caramel.

The taste is pretty on-par with the aroma. You get a slight peppery note as well. The molasses and caramel notes take a front seat, as chocolate and fig ride not too far. Again, the hops dont play a dominant role, but they do exist somewhere in the back. Peppercorns are surprisingly present and add to the complexity of the beer.

This is definately worthy of getting picked up again. Very good double bock.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with a toffee colored head. Barely translucent purple when held to the light.

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet molasses.

Taste: Again, strong molasses flavor. Some alcohol pushes through tasting a little hot.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy considering the look, smell, and taste give this away as a meal in a glass. Carbonated and coats the mouth like medicine.

Overall: Definitely tasty, but drinkability isn't high for me. One and I'm done!

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Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest brown with a well structured tan head. Heavily malted with fig, toffee, biscuits, caramelized sugar, and raisin all present. Hops take the smallest edge off the maltiness and lend a faint earthy spice. Warming, but not boozy in the least. So much malt packed into less than 7% ABV, something American brewers have yet to master. A benchmark for the style and the little goat charm that comes on the bottles is icing on the cake.

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Photo of MidnightWatch
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, solid. Minimal head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

T - Coffee, and yes chocolate. The smell prefaced the great complexity of this beer. No hop bite.

M - Savoring. Refreshing, yet filling.

O - Awesome doppelbock. Simply enjoyable, I would take this any day vs. any American offering of a German-style beer.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Really dark,opaque brown though it looks relatively thin with a thin layer of dark tan head that fades pretty quickly, leaving a random smattering of patches on the surface and almost no lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, caramel and a slightly woody smell. Smells sweet with molasses and burnt sugars.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Roasted malts compound with toasty flavors, caramel, molasses, some spice and a slight hint of alcohol. Additionally hints of vanilla.

M: This is one of those rare cases where the flavor and the mouthfeel don't just coexist, but play beautifully off of each other. The mouthfeel is light but creamy and slightly sticky, letting the flavor linger in the back of the throat.

O: Really a great beer. The aroma and flavor are complex, compact and absolutely delicious. Worth a look, worth seeking out. This is a beer that could (should) be a staple in any beer drinker's life.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a nice frothy tan head on top. Smells of caramel, coffee, molasses and cocoa. Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation, some hop bitterness, coffee, dark roasted malts, bread, cocoa. This beer is very good.. and it comes with a plastic little goat thing on the bottle.

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Photo of musicman575
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So dark you almost can't see through it when held up to the light. A good, creamy light brown head develops and slowly recedes, but always keeps a nice layer. Strong grainy aroma with molasses, dates, dried fig, tobacco, and some toasty malts.

Strong carmelized sugars and malt dominate the tastebuds. Some aftertaste of coffee. Hops are more of a presence in this doppelbock than others, which makes it a bit more balanced and easy to drink.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter, no freshness date.

This pours a very dark brown / basically blackish color with a thick and creamy tan mocha head. The smells are of figs, prunes, molasses and tons of malts. Feel is medium to thick, a little creamy. The taste is like it smells, lots of malts, almost too much, no real hop balance, but this is probably right for the style. I get a little banana, some dark fruit and lots of molasses. This is pretty thick and sweet, I'm only just starting to like these malt bombs so I'll have to try this again in a few months (I like it more every time I get it).

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick opaque black with a tiny tiny mocha head that didn't even cover all of the beer. The smell is primarily of figs and prunes. There might be some skunkiness in there too.
The taste was also very sweet and like figs. It had some hops to balance it, but not quite enough, giving it sort of a taste that I associate with the smell of the cat food I used to give my cats. So, I'm not really a fan. But it was an alright, decent beer. I don't usually ever say a beer is overly sweet because I like sweet beers, but sometimes they just are. And this one was. Too sweet, that is.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt!

Pours a dark brown w/ a nice chocolate head. Nice head and lacing. Very dark- a virtual black hole. OK carbonation. Nose is hops, malt, chocolate, dark fruit.. Taste is fairly similar to the smell. Very good. Feel is a nice malt vs. hops vibe... Fantastic beer, and really good for the style.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a watery brown from bottle and sits a Cola brown in glass. A slight khaki head forms but quickly fades to leave some random crisp bubbles.

S- Sweet molasses, rum soaked raisins, spice & fruitcake. Lots of potent sweet aromas. Quite inviting. Reminds me of the holiday season.

T- Lots of christmas spice and sweetness. Similar to aroma, just more compacted. Fruit and vanilla comes out in the middle and finish. Tasty. Could be bolder.

M- Light-Medium bodied. Spice dances on palate for a while. Stays wet for a while and dries at the very end. Somehow carb is detected on tongue.

O- Very easy to drink. Lots of great qualities about this beer. Never had this style before, so nothing to compare it to. Very well done. Perhaps could be a bit fuller in the body and mouth feel. A very different unique style.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,486 ratings.
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