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

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous medals.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of tone77
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -9%
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 -6.7%
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 -6%
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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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -16.1%
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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3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
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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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +9.9%
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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4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +5.5%
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 -2.1%
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 -8.5%
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%
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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,625 ratings