Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Ratings: 6,521 |  Reviews: 2,440
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.4%
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 +11.1%
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 -0.2%
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 +5.5%
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 -7.1%
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 -21.4%
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 -5.1%
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 -5.8%
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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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a handsome little 11.2oz bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a deep wood resin brown with two fingers of tan head that sticks around 'till the end.

S: A little light in smell. There is sweet caramel and oak with hints of vanilla, booze and fruity yeast contribution.

T: Yum! Sweet and sticky, with cocoa, dulce de leche and biscuity malt flavours. Hops are pulled back big time, but keep this brew from being saccharine.

D: Hides the alcohol and is just bursting with flavour. This is a beer you could drink all night long; alone, with other beers, with a meal, or without.

Overall: Great brew! If it wasn't for the price, I would be buying these all the time. This is a great introduction to the finer, heavier lagers.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: Mahogany, cola brown; 1 finger head, nice lacing; love the little ram hanging from the bottle...that's class!

Smell: Malty, raisins, fruity

Taste:Rich, complex. Very malty with a light, smoky finish. Semi sweet chocolate and roast coffee. Raisins and spices and everything nice-es. Goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. Really coats the tongue.

Overall: Not as impressed as I thought I'd be, after all the hype. A good sipping beer, nonetheless. My wife, too, kept coming back for more. Pairs well with cheddar. Ram on, little Celebrator.

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Photo of suspect
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Perfect mahogany color...almost opaque. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger light brown head that sticks around for a minute or two before disappearing and leaving a small ring around the glass. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Toasted malts, toffee, caramel malts and a hint of spice like nutmeg. Really nice nose on this one but not totally overpowering.

T: Dried fruit, huge malt profile and some hop bitterness to this one. Easily one of the best, if not *the* best dopplebock I've had. Although I'm a relative dopplebock newby, I'll be revisiting for sure.

M: Sticky but not over powering, slight bitterness, a touch of alcohol and perfect carbonation.

O: A really nice beer. This is why I feel like a trip to Germany is in order. Beers like this have been around for *hundreds* of years and it shows in near-perfection. It makes me happy that they export!

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Photo of codfeast
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint.

A: Very dark almost stout like. thin tan head, little lacing.

S: Lots going on here, Dried fruit, Christmas cake, caramel corn, hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Malty start with hints of raison and molasses, gives way to a roasted coffee and chocolate finish.

M: Full bodied, fairly high carbination. Slowly drying finish.

O: Very complex, sweet and savory. My wife kept coimg back for multiple sips which is unusal. Needless to say I very good beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark brown. Hard to really see much color on the edges of the beer. Lightly tan head is small but compact, level, and frothy. Leaves speckles of lace along the glass.

S-Nose is crammed with flavorful aromas. Darker fruit juices combine with a heavy blast of deep sweet malts. Brown sugar, caramel, fig and prune, molasses. Lots of different scents.

T-Pretty neat flavor here. I get cocoa first. I find it to be the dominating flavor. Along with the cocoa powder is an almost tart fruitiness. The brown sugar, molasses, and tobacco adds big complex edges to the flavor.

M-Slicker, smooth too. Medium to heavy bodied. Softer carbonation. Good feel here.

O/D-Overall, a pretty awesome Doppelbock. Not my favorite style but I can clearly tell why this is the Michael Jordan of Doppelbocks. Just a fantastically crafted beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into my snifter. one of those widely available world class beers.

A: opaque dark brown. looks more like a porter or stout in my glass. when held to the light some ruby highlights can be seen around the immediate edge. head is aggressive and frothy. reasonable retention. some lacing.

S: caramel works its way in with a dominate lager maltiness. aroma is clean and very lager-like, however there is a slight fruitiness detectable. maybe some brown sugar and fig.

T: a toasted grain mixes with a burnt caramel. wheat. not on the mouthfeel, but definitely a touch on the palate. similar fruit that was sensed in the nose, plum comes into play. a solid sweetness in the finish while tasting well-attenuated.

M: average carbonation on a medium body. very smooth drinking brew.

D: super drinkable doppelbock. an interesting style, not extreme with fruit, malt, sweet flavors, but more of a marriage of everything together. makes for a very drinkable, but strong, lager.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer soup. A monk's dinner. One of the world's greatest doppelbock's and more. Let's review the beer that pours from the beautiful bottle, celebrator.

The beer pours a very dark brown with hints of dark red. This is so beautiful to admire. I think a rare dark brown is a hard quality to achieve. The tan head is frothy, like rich espresso the oils slowly erode the head. what remains is some light lacing that are like fingers dragging me into this holy elixir.

The aroma's remain strong in this bottle. I have no idea how long this has been on the shelves but it smells like it was just cooked up in a cloistered abby by a jolly red faced monk. I imagine the bald friar's nostrils flaring at the smell of caramel, candied sugar. The sugars resound in a symphony of chocolate, dried fruit, apricots. Is it Christmas in August?

This beer taste like it was cooked by a fireside, chestnuts, spices. The nutty dark roasted malts become a nice banana bread flavor in my mouth. The subtle hints of sourness and bitterness lend a punch to the beer. The beer finishes with a mild cocoa flavor. This is terrific.

The mouthfeel is really good. It taste like beer soup oils and malts fill my stomach and a light alcohol presence warms my head.

I love this beer. I am glad it is so widely available. This is the go to doppelbock. It's also a beer to reflect on. To slowly savour and appreciate the miracle of life and beer.

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Photo of uawildcat
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought an 11.6 oz bottle at Bevmo on Broadway. Took straight from the fridge and poured into a Pilsner glass. It was a little too cold at first making smelling and tasting the beer too difficult.

A: Pours as a clear dark brown color. It has a finger and a half head that eventually falls to a decent film leaving behind lacing. Very pretty.

S: Smells like toffee and a toasted English muffin to me. Very sweet smelling.

T: This is like the caramel of beers. It has a caramel like sweetness with a touch of bitterness from the dark malts used. The hops are not detectable to me, but that’s ok, it would throw the flavor off. It ends with a little spice. The aftertaste is too pleasant to eat with this beer.

M: Sticky, thick, high sugar beer. I think this should be drunk on it’s own. It has a creamy like feel in my mouth as well, nice job on the carbonation.

O: Haven’t had many beers of this style, but this one sets a high bar for any others. Wish it was sold in pack where I live.

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Photo of RankRefugee88
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Pilsener glass.

A - Deep ruby red body, average sized tan head. Bubbles shoot from the bottom into the abyss of the glass one by one.

S - Powerful gust of malts. Aged berries blanket a fruity hop character. Yeast is there.

T - Aroma and taste are different, but compliment eachother so nicely. Taste consists of rich dark malts, again darker fruits dominate the hop character. Slight chocolate with a hint of caramel highlights, finished with a bittersweet backbone.

M - Creamy, smooth, carbonated.

D - Aging 2 and using the other to marinade a steak but is extremely drinkable. Smooth and rewarding.

Remarkable brew with a substantial dosage of flavor. Very important for any lover of this style to pick this up for a try.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep amber color with a thin lacey head.

S - Roasty malt smell with a little bit of a dark fruit.

T - It's a sweet malt with notes of wood and fruit. Fairly low hop profile.

M - Mouth feel is light and carbonated.

O - Good beer but nothing fancy. Best doppelbock I've had though.

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Photo of sureshot08
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red hues. Head dissipated quickly, but I probably used to wide a glass (like a goblet).

Smell: Lots of molasses, some dark fruit (cherries, etc), malty.

Taste: Again with the dark fruit and molasses. Slightly sweet with a little tartness. No bitterness. Bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full and rich with relatively mild carbonation.

Overall: Probably one of the top five beers I've had. Outstanding.

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Photo of Callaghan
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -3%
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 -7.1%
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 +5.5%
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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 6,521 ratings
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