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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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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Photo of gregb13
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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
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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Photo of MattyV
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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Photo of heebes
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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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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Photo of
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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,610 ratings