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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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 -6.7%
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 +0.9%
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 -7.1%
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 +2.5%
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 -12.7%
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 -5.1%
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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Photo of Stocean1
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a two finger head into a pint glass, great retention and lacing. Deep mohagony body nearly black.

Smell is a rich malt with molasses,dark rye and fruit

Taste is spectacular, malt, dark fruit with sweet molasses, bread, vanilla note, herbal hops

A medium to full bodied tremendously smooth brew with a pleasant bitter mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

This celebrated brew did not disappoint and I will grab an armful whenever it hits the shelves.

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Photo of bryehn
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut-ruby colour with amber highlights around the edges when held up to light and a small tan coloured head that gets retained as a thin, but frothy collar without leaving much lacing.

Rich, complex malty aroma. Strong oak tone. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Alcohol pokes through about halfway through the glass

Taste follows suit and is equally rich and complex. Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, sweet malts, roasted grains and oak. Nice bitter finish.

Creamy and hearty mouthfeel with a low-medium carbonation. Yeasty sensation on the tongue. Aftertaste is dry with oak and fruit tones. Very drinkable, little trace of alcohol aside from the pleasant warming effect.

It's not my favourite doppelbock (Doppel-Hirsch is), but this is a truly excellent beer that is a must-try for fans of the style in my opinion. Glad I got a few.

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

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a huge size frothy dark beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, raisins, prunes, roasted/smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels very creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of dark fruit taste - raisins and prunes and also a molasses/caramel flavour. I can also taste roasted/smoke notes and a bit of a woodiness and a tiny bit of chocolate. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely a world class beer that is a must try. It's very drinkable and my glass was empty before I knew it. Looking forward to drinking more of it during the colder weather and holiday season.

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

330ml bottle with no freshness date. Does comes with a goat necklace though!

Pours dark brown in color with a tan colored head that stood about a half of an inch tall. Has since settled to a rather thin and spotty lace with minimal head retention and lacing. Truth be told, this looks an awful lot like a glass of Pepsi.

Sure don't smell like it though! Big nose full of bready malts, molasses, a hint of soy sauce with a touch of smokiness.

Taste is full flavored and malt driven up front. There is some bitterness towards the middle, but it's just enough to add to the overall flavor of the beer. Doesn't get in the way of the malts which are obviously the star of the show. Smooth with a slight smokey finish.

Medium (almost full bodied) ale. A bit chewy with moderate carbonation.

I've had a fair amount of Double Bocks now, and this one tops the list. Only Smooth Hoperator comes close, but this is obviouly the more traditional of the two.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've had this one before, but it had been a while. I won't wait this long again. Very good fall beer too....IMO. If you're a fan of malty beer, this is a must try.

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Photo of tony223366
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on August 4, 2011.

A: Really dark copper/amber color. Pretty close to dark brown. Just enough hints of brown/red to keep you interested. This beer had a great 2 finger tan head that lasted nicely.

S: Nice raisins with toffee malts and a faint hop background

T: This beer floored me! Rich caramel malts lead to those rich dark fruits. Nice bourbon that interplays with a great bourbon flavor.

M: Nice full bodied beer. Good carbonation.

O: To be honest I had never even thought about trying this beer before I did The Naked Pint beer tour. So I was not expecting it to vault to becoming one of my favorites of all time. I could drink this beer anytime. Delicious.

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Photo of hhboulder
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 11.2 oz into a Deschutes tulip glass after drinking Salvator--surprisingly very different!

App: Deep brown with amber/red highlights when held up in the light. Tan head that fades by 1 min with spotty lacing.

Smell: Rich, sweet toffee and raisin. No roasty/smoky aroma but it just smells "darker" than Salvator. Can't place them but fruity esters noted along with faint alcohol.

Taste: Smooth, rich, sweet bread and raisin. There is alcohol, but it is modest and plays a supportive role as it fades into a dry, malt, bitter finish with some tannins drying the tongue.

Mouth: Full body with low-moderate carbonation. Thick but not as viscous/oily as Salvator. No astringency.

Overall: Great beer that is definitely more interesting and rewarding than Salvator (which is still a very good beer, esp the aroma).

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Photo of Noxious26
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with pry off cap. Interesting little trinket of a mountain goat attached to the bottle. Thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for bringing this back from a recent trip. Poured in a pint glass.

Dark beige to light brown head is about an inch on the pour. Recedes down to a tight, thin cap. Spots of lacing here and there down the sides. Dark brown, slightly darker than cola. Hints of light poke through here and there.

Aroma is full of malt with dried fruit and alcohol. Perhaps a little vinous too.

Very malty and sweet. Nutty, chewy malt with dried fruit. Almost like a fruitcake in a bottle. Strong alcohol presence at the end. Not alot of complexity here, just straight ahead malt bomb. A little bit like drinking cough syrup.

Thicky, chewy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation on the palate.

Definitely a sipping beer. It's so thick and chewy that you couldn't drink it fast if you tried. Plus, even if you could pound it back, the alcohol would smack you around shortly after finishing. I'm not a big fan of doppelbocks, but this is a good example of the style.

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Photo of MLucky
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, reveals a little ruby held to the light. Otherwise, it almost looks opaque. One finger of persistent foam, lots of lacing.

Dark, nutty, aroma, not much hops, some raisin and coffee notes.

Deep, roasty malt flavor, hops not super distinct but definitely a presence that balances out the raisin and fig-like sweetness. Complex and satisfying.

Mouthfeel’s amazing. Very smooth for this relatively big beer.

Overall, a great example of the style and a thoroughly enjoyable beer experience.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -9%
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 -0.5%
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 -7.1%
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 +1.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +4.1%
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 -10.6%
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 +3.7%
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 -6.7%
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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,551 ratings
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