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 zimm421
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 11.2 oz bottle. Appears a dark brown color with very little transparency. Has a fluffy brown head about two fingers thick that has great staying power and doesn't really ever completely dissipate.

The nose is sweet and full of maltiness. Lots of molasses and caramel, a slight amount of fruitiness. Aroma doesn't knock your socks off but definitely draws you in for another sip. The taste starts out sweet with the caramel, molasses and dark fruit flavors. Finishes slightly bitter, but is very well balanced. Very complex flavors here, tough to pick out the different notes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation sting with each sip. Overall, this is a great brew. The complexity makes it very interesting, the flavors fit together very well and it is pretty drinkable for the complexity. Definitely a great brew, ran across this without really looking for it, but knew I had to pick it up. I'll definitely be looking for it in the future.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with tan head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smells of sweet malted barley bread. Also of freshly mowed grass, and molasses.

Sweet molasses followed by malty mouth feel crisp grass freshness, and finishing with grape wine notes slightly dry. A very nice double bock.

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Photo of beenitty
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours dark brown, almost opaque with mocha bubbles. Looks awsome

S. BOOM! Best smelling dopplebock I've come across. Malt, Brown Sugar, Caramel and Booze. Bit of dark fruit notes. Lots going on here

T. Malt, Chocolate, Brown Sugar, dark fruit and bit of heat in the end. Complex as well with the flavors playing off of each other

M. Good, chocolate notes accumulate, which I liked.

D. Only had one, but could easily down more of these.

Overall, very impressive dopplebock. Tried a bunch of others and never got around to this one but happy that I did, definitely worth its top dopplebock status.

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Photo of awmiller
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why oh why did I wait so long to try this stellar brew?! This brew poured up a hefty dark mahogany-colored body with a thick one-fingered tan colored with retention lasting long after the beer was gone and amazing lacing effects. Aromas of warm dark bread, caramel, molasses, malts and hops, and a very slight hint of alcohol. Of the doppelbocks, I am sure that this one reigns supreme! Medium-bodied, light carbonation, very thick and creamy with a well-balanced hit of hops on the finish that is dry but not too dry.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark muddy brown with about an inch of creamy light tan head. A bit of soapy lace.

Plumbs, raisins, and grapes are the first aroma that hits me on this guy. A little bit of toast from the malt. A hint of dry chocolate in the aroma. A lot going on on the pallet here. Slightly bready with that big dark fruit flavor that the aroma indicated. However this is a big malty monster.

The body here is somewhat full with good carbonation. Overall this is a malt bomb. Maybe not the best choice for a 90+ degree night but I'm enjoying the heck out of it anyhow. Malt heads, you'll love this (if you don't already)

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Photo of Smokehouse2012
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recommended by my local brewery bartender and boy he really hit it on this one. Beautiful dark brown color, just a bit of light gets through. Excellent caramel smell with a hint of fruits maybe? Mouth feel is amazing, silky smooth and very inviting for another sip. Taste is nothing short of exceptional, excellent to enjoy right after dinner. Overall this is a beer i would seek out time and time again, an excellent representative of its style, hence its name Celebrator... Great beer to celebrate!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrator has to be one of the best Doppelbock's I've had. This beer poured out as a really deep reddish brown color. The head was average sized but had a good retention to it. The smell of the beer was of rich caramel notes with some strong malt aromas. The smell is a little warming and inviting. The taste of the beer was had many of the elements that were on the nose, it was sweet upfront which faded into a nice caramel bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was really well balanced between thickness and carbonation. Overall I feel that it's a must try.

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Photo of ahq514
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours a near opaque chocolate color with a bit of an amber hue. Head is minimal.

Aroma is tantalizing. Smells like sweet, thick, rich malts with a hint of chocolate. Some hints of dark fruits as well.

Wow, that is one delicious doppelbock. Everything from the aroma is present in the taste, but instead of different parts shining through at different times, the flavors mingle together and complement each other perfectly. You get sweet, rich malt with chocolate, fruits, and brown sugar, and a lingering roasty almost sweetened coffee like taste. The hops are not prominent in this beer by far, but you can tell they are in the background only complementing the malt profile.

The mouthfeel is right on too. Not too much carbonation. Its got a nice viscosity to it that kind of reminds me of chocolate milk. The lingering roastiness I mentioned earlier sticks to sides of your mouth for awhile. Pretty drinkable.

This beer is near perfect. Would gladly drink this anytime. Best doppelbock I've enjoyed to date by far.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks black but is ruby-brown up to the light. Big head gives way quickly but leaves some lacing.

Smells like burnt sugar, dark fruits, other maltiness.

Flavor is very smooth and robust. Thick fig-like malt flavors, some raisin, caramel/burnt sugar--but not sweet. Finish is smooth and a bit creamy. Very little alcohol. A lot going on for how crazy smooth this is.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel seems appropriate for the robustness of this beer. Not like a stout or anything, but it sure isn't crisp.

This is a great beer that tastes delicious and is incredibly easy to drink for how robust it is.

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Photo of marcellaproust
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great suggestion from a trusty bartender. The Celebrator pours a fluffy, coarse head which fades to thin lace. Great exemplar of the style, as its full bodied but light on the finish--no syrupy or winey over-production here. Color is a translucent chestnut-red brown. Nose is burnt toast. Mouthfeel is silky. Tastes like toasted oak (by which I mean the flavor that you get from over-oaked California chardonnays, but in the Celebrator a good thing). So, vanilla, burnt sugar/glaze, and . . . I'm serious, Kraft's dark milk-maid caramels (but without the sweetness). Finish is long and dries, reminding you that this is a beer. Nice carbonation for this style as well.

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle with no freshness date or other bottle numbers

A: Pours out very dark, and initially appears an opaque black until held up to a light when a reddish hue comes out and a small amount of light shines through. A massive 2.5 fingers width of khaki colored head that dissipates down at a moderate rate to leave just an outer ring. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit aromas, fig and plum, and roasted malt. There is a significant smokey aroma as well.

T: The balance of dark fruit (fig again), and roasted malts is in the taste as well. There is also a hint of caramel malt sweetness in there, and a subtle bitterness on the back end of some sips. One thing I really like about the taste is it has a surprising and unique berry sweetness in the aftertaste. Very good flavors, similar to the aroma, but the flavors as a whole are not as strong and are more subdued, and in that sense it doesn’t quite live up to the nose.

M/D: Smooth, yet sticky mouthfeel. Medium bodied with heavier carbonation that I expected from the appearance, but not quite to a negative degree. Goes down fast and is real easy to drink.

O: Overall a very good offering. This is not my favorite style of beer, but this one was damn good and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Certainly a beer I wouldn’t mind trying again.

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Photo of ModemMisuser
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Heorot a month or so ago. Amazing beer. I will definitely seek this out again.

Color is very dark - I'd say opaque black, but others have said no so much. Heorot is VERY dark inside, so it'd be hard to get a true color eval in there. Aroma, to me, was of sweet malts.

Taste, well... malty and wonderful and dark and... gah. Must find someone with this on tap within 100 miles! It's that good. I'd drive 100 miles for a pint right now.

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Photo of raffy313
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Bought a 4 pack of this simply on the merits of the Ayinger brand. Had no idea exactly what I was in for(or the BA score it had been given). Here goes...

330ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A very dark brown, almost black in appearance with somewhat copper-ish hues. Tan, 3 finger head that recedes to a small ring and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Malty sweetness dominate in the aromas, getting mostly dark fruit(raisins, prunes). Some licorice spiciness along with a definate molasses secondary aroma. Slight bready notes as well. A very nicely balanced, overall great smell.

Taste is very similar to the smell, only abit more distinguished. Everything listed above seems to stand out more with the taste. Some added coffee bitterness. Has a nice alcohol bite without being too overpowering. Again, great balance.

Medium body, medium carbonation. A very smooth, super drinkable beer.

Not overly familiar with this style as there aren't a ton of good ones in my area, but really loving it after trying this one. Looking forward to tracking down more German doppelbocks of this quality. In the meantime, I will most definately buy this one again, even at it's somewhat higher pricetag. So very happy to have stumbled across this one.

*My daughter loves the little plastic goat(bock) that comes tied around the neck of these bottles. :)

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Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with some red notes. Has a big bubbly foam like dish detergent. Poured into a siedel it left a thin amount of lacing.

S - The most prominent smell was of dried fruit, like prunes. Had a sugary scent like opening a jar of molasses.

T - Exceptionally sweet and malty. This one drinks very heavy. I've had this y
ears ago and remember how it felt like an imperial stout. The finish is has a hint of raisin.

M - Syrupy thickness and feeling like a meal, this is best enjoyed on its own, though each time I've had it was with dinner. This is a one and done beer.

O - The gold standard of dopplebocks and the perfect example of the style. Worth trying because it is so epic.

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Photo of ryantaussig
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer. When it comes to Doppelbocks, this one is king. The nose was the only thing that left me wanting. This beer can serve in so many functions. I consider it one of the best possible beers to cook with. It's exceptionally well balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Plenty of spice to it as well, but not so much that it throws it off balance, in fact it enhances the balance. I don't rave like this about many beers. This one is simply great.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to rtepiak for this legendary brew!

A: Pours a dark reddish brown murky beer. Nice 2 fingers of beige head with a soapy texture. Retention is okay as well as lacing.

S: Very meaty like feel. Great amount of burnt molasses, leather, oak. Solid amount of bread-y notes with good amount of cinnamon and vanilla. Quite a nice amount of caramel, toffee and light coffee. Finally, lightly vinous with raisins, figs and dates. Amazingly complex and balanced.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Except the burnt characteristics are quite stronger with the strong molasses, leather, oak, toffee and light coffee. Still quite sweet with a good amount of caramel and vanilla with light touch of cinnamon. Still just as fruity with the raisins, dates and figs. The balance is phenomenal and the complexity of tastes achieved with such a low ABV (for a dopplebock) is amazing.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Super smooth feel. Very drinkable.

O: An amazing brew from a very very old brewery. I LOVED everything weihenstephaner produced and this is no different. Amazing taste that is FAR from being overwhelming with exceptional balance.

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

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

pours a dark cola brown - borderline mahogany - while yielding a frothy 1"+ head; decent retention, some patchy lacing evident.

nose isn't as bold as i sort of expected given all the glowing reviews, but it's decent: malty, with some dark fruits and a spice presence.

a sip and the somewhat unimpressive aroma is forgotten. a lot going on in the robust, malt-forward flavor: notes of cherry, figs, dates, spice, a bit of caramel, even touch of smokiness. not much in the way of hops, but a damn tasty beer. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'd stop short of naming this the world-beater that i kind of expected, but that doesn't change the fact that it's an excellent beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Poured yielded a 1 inch cratered khaki head that dissolved into a foamy ring after 1st sip but leaves some nice lacing. Color is beautiful, almost black and seems opaque until held up to a light where it turns into a deep garnet that barely allows light to seep through.

Aroma is bready malt with a very muted fruitiness that becomes very pruny as the glass warms. No Hops detected at all.

Moutheel is slippery, almost buttery.

Taste: Mein Gott in Himmel! Where do I begin? The overall impression I get is a burnt malt smokiness followed by a syrupy sweetness full of prunes and dates and figs. This is a lager? With it's fruity, maltiness, it's seems more like a Porter or a Tripel.

This is definitely a warmer, a way to pass the evening when snow is still on the ground and the baseball season is a ways away,

It's amazing that when I review a beer it disappears so quickly as I try to analyze it's taste. I am sad as I only bought a single 12 oz. bottle. At $ 3.95 a bottle it is not a beer to buy cavalierly and as it is Summer not really seasonal but the reviews of this beer so beguiled me I had to try it.

This Doppelbock will make an entry into my basement this Winter.

I can hardly wait.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Dark brown in color with reddish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a brief off-white foam that quickly reduced to thin wisps and no lacings. Sweet dark fruit aromas, fig, raisin, with sweet molasses and dark caramel malt. Fuller bodied with tight carbonation, smooth up front with a slight resinous feel toward the end. Dark malt and sugary molasses flavor throughout with a bit of bitter hoppiness showing up in the middle through to the end. Finishes with a touch of heat and lingering malty sweetness.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark but not black. When held to the light you get very dark red highlights shining through. Light brown one finger head. Just OK lacing.

S: Dark fruits. Dark cherries, plums, raisins, & wine grapes. Sweet caramel malts. Slight hints of roasted malts. Maple syrup. Very light chocolate and coffee.

T: Caramel at first. Dark cherries, raisins, & other dark fruits. Very light chocolate notes and an almost undetectable coffee bitterness. A maple syrup flavor throughout. Very sweet.

M: Pretty light. Low carbonation. Would have liked a syrupy/creamy feel to go with the smell and taste.

O: This is a very complex style. So much going on the the aroma and taste. I will need to have a bad beer in this style to better weight my ratings. I know now that this style isn't for me. To sweet for me.

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Photo of pinni
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Comes in a bottle with a little plastic ornament dangling on a red string. Poured, slightly cool, into a pint glass. This beer is dark, nearly no light gets through this deep, dark, amber-brown liquid. It's a sight to behold.

S: The smell is my favorite part: Dark fruit, rasins, some woody-nuttiness. YUM.
Taste: You get that dark fruit and raisons, a sweetness with a little bit of alcohol and a lingering coffee in the finish.

O: What a delightful beer. I would definitely get another for a special occasion, definitly a celebration in a glass!

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

564th Review on BA
Bottle to Pils glass
11.2 oz

Thanks to my comadre for the gift!

App- As dark as some stouts I've seen but with more highlights running through. A giant 3 finger head that was fast to recede and leaves no cling but a film of head.

Smell- Spices mingle with malts that take on a dark cherry tinge and then follow up some roast notes. It's good and it's inviting.

Taste- One of my all time favorite tasting beers. One of the first craft imports I had and I was hooked. The dark cherry with spice remains and mingles with the lower but present ABV. Malts also remain with some roasted nuts.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Not as thick as I remember but tasty cherry flavors remain.

Drink- So flavorful but retains a small quality. Balanced, flavorful, not a palate wrecker or tries to be what it's not. I'll come back to this beer a lot. One of the best

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Photo of gabedivision
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown, with faint reddish highlights and a 2 finger beige head that turns to a nice bubbly lace and stays with the the beer the whole way down. Smells of roasted coffee beans , bitter sweet chocolates, sour apples and grapes, and pear juice. Sweet chocolates and fruits are sandwiched in between a big mouthfull of bready malts and a smooth coffee/coca bean finish, awesome. Slight friendly alcohol presence can also be found towards the end of a sip. Creamy velvety smooth on the feel with a nice big body. Extremely enjoyable, delicious. Wish i could give it all 5's.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with minimal light making its way through, it also poured a 2-3 finger tan head that quickly receded. the smell is slightly sweet almost caramelized with some roasted malt hints as well. the flavor is mildly sweet with a good roasted malt backbone. the mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. overall this is my favorite doppelbock

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Photo of seanyfo
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice.

BBE 04/2011

A- 1 finger tan creamy head sitting on top of a dark mahogany body with excellent clarity. Lacing and head retention is low.

S- Munich malts, dark plummy notes,some doughiness, wholemeal bread with a hint of a heavy fruit cake.

T- Dark sweet fruits and strong toasty malt presence a wholemeal bread quality. Creamy milk chocolate in the finish. Alcohol very well hidden, deliciously smooth finish.

M- Medium/full body and medium carbonation, clean finish.

D- Delicious malty doppelbock with a lovely balanced flavour profile. Hint of chocolate creaminess in the finish balances the toasty malt and makes it wonderfully smooth. Excellent.

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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