Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

6,500 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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Photo of Callaghan
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured smoothly into an English pub glass. I like the artwork on the bottle, and the Bull ornament hanging around the bottle neck.

A: After pouring fairly gently, a nice 2 inch tan head grew from the beer eventually settling into about 1/2 inch that never went away. Looked like a nitro-can pour; however, the head was nice and foamy, and stayed around for the entire glass. Beer is a dark brown color, almost opaque. Beautiful. Lacing was amazing, shimmering all down the side of the glass.

S: Toasted malts, sweetness of caramel, maybe toffee? Very pleasant, but I don't like whatever sourness is there. It's not much, and maybe it's the glass I poured it into, but I would have preferred it to not be there...

T: Definitely toasted malts, like the smell. I like this very much. Also, dark fruits, though I am not experienced enough to really pick them out individually. The taste is extremely pleasant, that's all I can say really.

M: Absolutely wonderful. Borders on perfection. Light carbonation, light-medium weight on the tongue. Silky and smooth, I want another already. Finish lasts a while, and tastes great. No need to clean the palette either.

O: One of the best beers I've had. Looks beautiful, tastes wonderful, and finishes perfect. I should buy this more often, and I'm not sure why I don't really. Oh, because I would be broke it I bought as much as I wanted to.

I think I'll have me another.

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Photo of dgilks
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown colour with a big, fluffy tan head. Good head retention.

Somewhat oxidised and metallic malt aroma with some melanoidins and roast. A touch fruity and earthy.

Bready and fruity. This is a very malty lager with a nice and slightly unusual fruit ester profile. I find that the fruit character is a nice touch.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A touch fizzy for me and oddly light for a doppelbock.

I like this a lot. Unlike my favourite, the Andechs Doppelbock, this is distinctly fruitier and a touch lighter. It's good.

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

Had this beer served with a German meal. My glass had a rich dark, almost opaque brown color with a small head but good lacing. It was very smooth and easy to drink with a slight bitter aftertaste. It tastes a lot lighter than it looks. The flavors increase as the beer warms. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and would order it again.

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Photo of Hachiman
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark mahogany, with 1-inch mocha head that persisted well. Beautiful lacing for a dark beer.

Clean, fruity aroma, a hint of malt.

Very subtle mix of roasted coffee, cocao, chicory.

Mouth feel had carbonation at the front of the tongue. Satisfyingly substantial for such a subtle-tasting brew. A pleasant alcoholic nip at the back of the throat.

I'm glad I encountered this classic double bock, and look forward to drinking it many more times in the future.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal, how could I forget to buy this after so many years?

The look is great, it looks to be black but when held up to the light, you can see that it is a very dark brown color. There is a beautiful tan head that is like Rocky in the ring, refusing to go down. Not a whole lot of lacing but still very pretty.

The smell is a malt bomb in the best way. Huge savory malts, molasses, and brown sugar hit with other notes of dried figs and other assorted accompaniments to a meat and cheese plate, if you get my drift (dark fruits). A large amount of barley was injected into this beer and I love it.

The taste opens up beautifully with a symphony of malts all working well together. A very nice molasses notes with sweet savory fruits that leave a lasting brown sugar taste that just refuses to go away. A super complex malt bill with just a glimpse of the alcohol in a refined savory sweetness in the mid palate. Figs and dates, a nice big black berry lingering taste as well... Just what I'd like in a doppelbock, thank you very much.

Creamy and semi thick, great amount of carbonation. Nice to sip and savor, but also could be drank in large quanities without any burn or carbonation getting in the way. If it was just a hair thicker I'd go 5 for it.

Just an outstanding beer, and another classic European beer that I should buy much, much more often (like Aventinus, Weinstephaner, Rochefort 10, etc.). So happy it's very available. A benchmark of the style still, the only doppelbock I like as much would be the Andescher.

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

Beautiful dark brown red color with a nice creamy dark tan head building about three fingers high. Leaves great lacing after dissipating.
The smell speaks of sweet malts and dark fruit.
Tasting this beer you have those sweet malts up front. The fruit notes and caramel flavors are in the middle, being balanced at the end by a great mild hop.
A very drinkable beer which is actually not overly sweet, like so many other Doppelbocks.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown body with small and fast dissipating head.

S: Smells of hops and roasted malt.

T: dark fruits(cherries), sweet malt, and roasted bitter aftertaste/finish.

M:Smooth/silky, medium bodied, low alcohol presence and medium carbonation.

O: Nothing earth shattering but it's a good beer. Very easy drinking and complex considering the ingredients. Not the top of my dopplebock list but will defiantly keep in mind.

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Photo of seeswo
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with just a touch of reddish tint and a small amount of tan head. The nose is toasted malts, dark fruits (raisin, plum), and a bready yeastiness. Big and malty, this succeeds where other doppelbocks fail by being not too sweet for what it is. A strong dark fruit component with malts that are tamed a bit and nice dark fruit and bready components. This actually reminds me of Dr. Pepper a bit, but not as carbonated and obviously not nearly as sweet. Pretty big body with good carbonation, this is a winner. Overall, I liked this one a lot and it shows what a doppelbock can be when the sweetness is toned down a touch.

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

Poured from a 33 centiliter bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours vigorously, with good carbonation. Color is amber- or ruby-tinted mahogany, nearly opaque. Nice frothy cappuccino-type head. After several minutes, there's still a formidable amount of head.

Smell: Toasty malt with a gentle sweetness, and some moderate ester tones. Sweet bread, licorice, woodiness, dark berries...very nice!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is light on the tongue, the carbonation keeps it floating. Esters are fairly high, as is the wooden cask flavor (oak? hickory?). As the beer settles into the palate, that very toasty malt comes back with some licorice and possibly blood orange bite. Finishes wet. Tasty.

Overall: I absolutely despise doppelbocks. This is a good beer. That's all that need be said.

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

11.2oz bottle with a celebrator ram figurine hanging off the neck. Pretty cool stuff, love the label work as well.

Deep dark brown, with amber hues when held to light. Opaque for the most part. Nice khaki head falls to a layer up top and mild lacing on the glass.

Nose is nutty toffee caramel malts with a little roastiness & some sweet dark fruits. The nut aroma really stands out though!

Caramelized sugars hit up front & toffee coat the palate. The back end is where the brown nut smack comes through, a bready character & also somewhat of a drying bitterness. Moderately thick in the body (7/10) & carbonated well, thick goes down really well.

Overall, amazing and well balanced dopplebock. Absolutely loved it. Worth the $3 bottle? Yes.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into cervoise.

A - Pours an opaque brown with reddish edging. Off-white single finger head. Minimal lacing

S - Lots of sweet caramel and toffee. Slight herbal hops on the nose and some figs.

T - Lots of sweet caramel malt along with brown sugar and a bready yeast. Decent accenting pine hops.

M - Thinner than I expected. The sweet malts gave it a certain stickiness and ABV wasn't noticeable.

O - I thought it was going to be a bit heavier for the style. Tasty sweet malts but didn't stand out for me for the style.

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

Appearance: Beer grows into a two-finger cap the color of toffee. After a couple of minutes, it has still retained about one finger of head that looks pleasantly creamy.

There is quite a bit of carbonation coming up through the opaque body, some beige highlights when held up to the light. Celebrator is a good looking beer!

Smell: The malts produce a sugary, caramel sweetness. The sweet is accompanied by some sour esters too, reminds one of raisins, apples, and pears. The sourness is not off putting at all, it really invites one to take a few swigs, don’t mind if I do.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the sourness of the hops and the sweetness of the caramel malt. It finishes more on the sweet side with a strong taste of raisins and pears. The finish is very long. It is a little different from what I usually drink, but it is still very good.

Mouth feel: No dryness here, the sweet finish sees to that. The beer is also quite chewy, and finishes smooth, with that distinctive raisin after taste. I don’t know if I’ll ever find a beer that finishes with this flavor profile. I feel like if I drink more of this beer, I’m going to really grow to like it.

Overall: My first doppelbock was certainly a good one. Now I just hope that the more I try I’m not let down because of how amazing this one was. The sweetness of the beer totally hit me by surprise, but it is growing on me easily.

I will definitely pick some of this up again someday, for now I’ll just have to display the bottle with the little ram trinket.

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale glass.
A: Pours dark brown and creates large foamy brown head. I can thank the tall glass for the huge head, this beer looks good.

S: Toasted malts not too strong but smeels amazing, maybe some kind of delicious baked cookie.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Like it smells but tastes sweet throughout. Good to the last drop.

M: Smooth in the mouth and on the palate and slightly creamy.

O: This beer is incredibly drinkable, I would like to see how a six pack would do over a nice dinner. A "world class" beer, it is overall one of the best of the category. I plan on collecting every ram trinket I get.

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

Bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A - Pours dark nut brown with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving small wisps of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of rich caramel malt, toffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits like raisins and figs, and some light booze. Pretty sweet smelling overall.

T - Starts off with a mix of toffee and sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to hints of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and some dark candied sugar. A bit of booze begins to creep in toward the end of the glass.The finish is a mix of dark sweetness and light dryness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, sweet, feel with plenty of sweetness lingering through the finish.

O - This one is very sweet but it has plenty of flavors going on to keep you interested. I wouldn't say this is the best dopplebock I have ever had but it is up there.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaquely black, with ruby highlights and a good sized tan head that reduces down to almost nothing. Retention is lacking. Coffee and dark roasted malts on the nose, softly. Just a touch of German hops that add a slight floral aroma.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel that suits the style perfectly. Not too carbonated, but just enough to complement and even accentuate the Hallertauer hops. Those hops are so perfectly added as a rounding complement to the delicious dark-roasted malts, coffee malts and caramel malts. All three malt flavors combine to bring a very nice caramel coffee style beer, certainly the best I've had of the style. The 6.7% ABV is detectable, but only barely as the hops take hold and wash the booze character away perfectly. The aftertaste is mostly coffee, but not overpowering. Its got a long and pleasant finish.

Overall this is just a really great doppelbock and when I'm in the mood for the style, this is the one I'll be grabbing for.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: A beautiful, brownish color with red hues. Contains a small head that remains for a while.

Smell: The scent of roasted malts are all over the place on this one. Raisins, cherries, dark breaded aromas come to mind. The hops are significantly noticeable, but there is *definitely* an instant alcohol aroma as well.

Taste: A smoky bitter flavor than manages to be quite fruity as well. This definitely has all of the properties of a boozier brown ale: other than the fact that it's bock, it contains the same delectable roasted malts and nuts, and tastes of dried fruits. I've not quite anything like this before! It actually tastes so good that I feel like weeping.

Mouthfeel: Perfection all around here! The malted creaminess and bitterness of the beer provides a wonderful drinking experience. As it's a lager, it feels smoother than most ales, and makes it an excellent pick on a warm or cold day! There's some sweetness and bitterness as it descends the back of the tongue - which is my all-time favorite combo in beers.

Overall: A beautiful, beautiful beer that probably tastes better to me now after finishing a ton of work! It's absolutely wonderful and completely delicious. I wish I could say more about it, but it's too good to keep waiting to be finished as I type here! Highly recommended, a world class recipe right here.

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

multiple 330 cl bottles sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Clear medium brown body with tan head quick dissipation with a fair amount of lacing. Malty nose mostly caramel with some roasted malt. Taste is tres complex, caramel, some burnt brown sugar and a huge dark stone fruit presence, more prunes than raisins balanced by floral hops. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, pretty rich, sticky finish. We started the tasting with this and everyone thought this was the gold standard. Not the most drinkable of beers, very filling re meal replacement, but the relatively low ABV for this style adds to the allure of this world classic.

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

330mL bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Foam starts peeking out of the bottle mouth before I even begin to pour.

Brown/mahogany color with a 3-finger khaki head.

Aroma is dark malt, molasses, and brown sugar - overall a sticky sweetness.

Taste is smooth and silky, sweet and fruity, with a hint of spice.

Overall this is perhaps the defining version of the style. Not a beer I would drink every day, but if you want a doppelbock this is what you're looking for.

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

Glassware: Mug

Appearance: Opaque, like a dark roast coffee, with a thick, tan head.

Smell: bread-ish with a strong and sweet molasses smell, also some aromas reminiscient of dark cherry. Some spicy notes in the background.

Taste: Opens with roasted flavors; then, a very balanced middle...bitterness equaled by the molasses/roasted malt taste. Ends dry with a dark chocolate and (as it warms) coffee taste. Mellow throughout but interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Mine had pretty low carbonation; medium-bodied with a slick feel.

Overall: Solid brew...No faults. Not a big or intense beer, it was more mellow than I was expecting, but I enjoyed it and will certainly have again.

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

After all of these years of that little white hanging goat beckoning me, I have finally succumbed. A steady pour into a SA Perfect Pint glass yielded a a good 2+ fingers of creamy smooth offwhite head that stuck around for a good amount of time. Beer was a nice oaken brown color. Smelled of leather, toasted malts, molasses, a bit of sweet dark dried fruit. Seemed almost quad-esque, sans the spicy yeast. Taste was big with the roasted sweet malts, prunes, chocolate, raisin with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full & creamy, with a high amount of carbonation. Overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Moon2Goddess
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Rich amber, similar to a cola, quite dark, but allows light to penetrate. Demonstrates nice red tones in bright light.

Head: Hesitant development, chunks up like a rootbeer float. Beautiful caramel color, lively, bubbly, height fairly low, slides down the glass and eventually dissipates. A top layer lingers through the entire drink.

Aroma: Maple syryp, peanuts, pecans, biscotti and muted hints of licorice, cherries amalgamate into the scent of a classic malted german beer. Aspects remind me of Indian spices found in tikka masala- an aroma that makes it impossible to walk past Bombay Bistro without pausing; likewise you stop often during the experience to smell the rim of the bottle. This is my best attempt, but Celebrator has a singularly unique scent that I cannot find words to describe or a simile with which to accurately capture it.

Texture: Medium body, ultra smooth.

Flavor & Balance: Tastes precisely how it smells. Conspicuous malt flavoring, maple, milk chocolate and nuts remind you of eating a nut goodie bar without the sickening sweetness. Acquires nice fruit tones like the skin on a bing cherry. All the while, never forgets it's origin, and maintains the identity of a beer. 100% pleasant through and through, a very easy drink, I can have one while I am cooking and another with my meal, although I would never only have it with food and forego the complete flavor experience. Great sipping beer.

Sustained Taste: Progressively smoother, taking on more licorice, chocolate and bing cherry characteristics over time, without losing it's maple brown sugar goodness. A craver...every few months you will have a craving for a celebrator (one would be shocked at how many goat pendents I have!)

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown in color with a thin, creamy tan head. Not much can be seen through because of the color, but when held up to light its clearness becomes more noticeable.

S- Lots of toasted malt attacks the nose, most likely vienna or munich malt. Bready character becomes more prominent in the middle. Some light caramel rounds it out.

T- Rich, malty character is the defining attribute in the beer. Toasted malt accompanies the sweet malt as well. Some caramel and light hints of chocolate touch the flavor profile as well. Small hop bitterness lingers into the finish.

M- Medium full body with smooth carbonation. Sweet start and finish.

O- Though I already had a review of this beer, but nevertheless I still love it. If it weren't for the price tag, this would constantly be in my fridge without a doubt. Sadly, this was my last one.

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Photo of larryi86
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Dark brown/black with a two finger tan head.

S- Sweet, caramel, toasted malts, dark fruits.

T- Very close to the smell, but not as sweet. Has a nice somewhat earthy hop finish, after taste is great, well balanced.

M- Medium body, smooth, creamy.

O- Very happy that I decide to give this a try. This complexity, easy to drink, and very enjoyable. I will be picking this up again.

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

Opaque black in color, with a creamy thin head. Lace not too noticeable.

Nose seems fruity, candied fruit.

Taste is exquisite. Heavy body, malty, rich, and distinctive. Hints of dried fruit, molasses. Very tasty and worthwhile. I've never been much a fan of bocks, but this is the best I've had, easily. Will be enjoying again.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Light brown head. Medium-low retention.

Smell - Toast. Lots of toast. Coffee. Woody. Earthy. Slightly grainy.

Taste - Malty sweetness. Bitter middle. Mild bitter finish. Astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Mild. Some astringency. Nothing bad or overpowering.

Overall Drinkability - Good, enjoyable hardcore session beer. Guess that's why they call it Celebrator.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,500 ratings.
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