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 beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Iron Horse mug.

A Pours a dark brown cola like color with a 2 finger off white head that had good retention.

S The nose had lots of dark fruit, and some malty bread notes.

T More bread, caramel, some toffee, some dark fruit quite enjoyable.

M a medium leaning towards heavy body with pretty good carbonation.

Overall this is quite an excellent beer and an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. If you are a fan of big malty beers this one should be on your list to try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Fat Heads with the bottle discount came to only 3 bucks. Bought this since I was told it had subtle maple tones...

A - Man what a cool looking bottle. Especially with the plastic goat thing... ow the beer! Wow a very heavy brown since I can see some light with a nice tan colored head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Looks lovely and fresh since no sediment.

S - Smells of brown sugars, toffee and caramel with just a mild bite of alcohol. Smells a bit maple like I guess.

T - Smooth with a nice bit of roast that rounds to candied sugars and sweetness does have a touch of maple too it. Slight chocolate as well and finishes clean with no bitter roast, hops, or even ABV burn. Man what a good beer.

M - ABV is pretty moderate for me and it drank with a medium body but sipping was rather easy.

Overall wow what a Doppel Bock! Tons of flavors using only the basic ingredients to make a beer. Nothing artificial or anything added! Will keep this in mind if I am ever at Fat Heads again.Tasty.

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Photo of aval89
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pretty much looks like Coke soda.. dark brown with dark amber shades when put up to the light.. solid 2 finger fizzy head.. gets creamy..

S: cocoa, brown sugar, figs, raisins, roasted malts, & bready yeast character ..

T: upfront I got figs & some dark fruits.. the roasted malts come in with some brown sugar & hints of cocoa...some slight alcohol detection with some bready yeast.. finish has a slight bitter cherry flavor going on. Also some nuttiness, almost like a brown ale..

Mf: has a full medium feel with a nice carbonation level.. semi dry finish on the palate..

O: overal this is a great beer.. considering it only uses water, hops, malt, & yeast, it is very complex.. a standard among doppelbocks.

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Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown that looks like cola when held up to the light. Two finger tan head that has good retention and never completely disappears. Leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is brown sugar, a light nuttiness, roasted malt, molasses, and a yeasty breadiness. The initial taste is a sweet nuttiness with a good amount of roast. Brown sugar is also present along with molasses. The finish has some more nuttiness and breadiness as well as a light bitterness. Medium-heavy body. Relatively low carbonation. Could probably use a bit more carbonation. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. Very smooth.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is beer. Mahogany colored with a perfect head that never went anywhere.

S: Sweet bread. That is the nose on this guy. Caramel and great malt notes.

T: Sweetness pushes through early on in molasses and dried fruit, perhaps raisins and plums. Then huge bready malts and just the slightest thread of pure alcohol near the end.

M: Perfect. Medium and slightest bit chewy when you want it, smooth and light when you dont.

O: The goat has been hanging from the stick in my jeep for years because this is a beer to remember. So enjoyable from start to finish. The Doppelbock. Brilliant in its simple complexity.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3.23.11

11.2oz bottle, white ram charm around the bottle neck.

I came home to this surprise from my wife.

A- Pours a deep brown with a small tan head.

S- Smells of sugar, malts, booze, and dark cake.

T- Tastes like a chocolate-cinnamin cake with a boozy finish.

D- Drink easy, with a slight booze finish.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is what you think of when you think BEER! It is a complexity of Carmel and Chocolate, with a tiny hint of herbs, not yeasty at all. The color was a very rich, dark reddish brown, that when poured into a tulip glass cascaded back into itself for about 30 seconds as the head built to a good 2", that lasted until you licked it off the edge of the glass.The head was a dark amber with small bubbles. After the cascading ceased it was a very clear pour. WOW Taste was lightly sweat and bitter at mthe same time, remarkable! Body had a full, creamy, thick feel, and a lively, slightly bitter finishing that was just right. WoW, this is one beer to keep around for youself, don’t share it as the store may run out. Then what would you do for an excellent beer?

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Photo of JizackFH
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice dark rusty brown color. It has a nice 2-finger light tan head. The head has good retention, and leaves some lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of toasted malts, chocolate, and some dark fruit. There is also a bready quality to the nose.

T - It tastes of roasted caramel malt up front. There are nice flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, and some brown sugar. There is a touch of hops at the finish, which is mostly smooth and sweet.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It is very smooth and creamy. It just goes down so easy.

O - This has awesome drinkability. It is just a very hard beer to set down. The rich creaminess of it, and the great flavor makes you want to just keep drinking it. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and I would definitely pick it up again. I recommend trying it.

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

330ml bottle with a white plastic goat hung from the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown, almost black, good brown head that dissipates at a medium pace and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Very malty, light roastiness. Molasses, caramel, and bready.

Taste: Roasty malt, molasses and bread, some hop spice, with some fruitiness, mostly plum and raisin.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, medium carbonation

Overall: Very enjoyable, I can see why this is one of the top German beers on this site. Would gladly buy it again.

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

Pours a caramel brown with a small half finger head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Smells of nutty, bready malts. Caramel and toffee come through as it warms.

Taste follows the aroma. Caramel, nutty, bready, some sweetness coming through. Very tasty without being too overly flavored. Complex with a nice balance between all the flavors.

Medium thickness that feels perfect for this beer's flavor profile.

Unique and one of the best I've tasted of this style. Very drinkable as I could put a few of these away without tiring of the taste.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brownish-black with a 1.5 finger tan head. Moderate retention and light lace.

Nose is a big bready mix of coffee, raisins, prunes and candied orange peel. Sweet and alluring with a near perfect balance of malt and hop tones.

Did I mention a near perfect balance of malt and hops? Fantastic structure, warm flavors.

Gah, such a treat! And each bottle comes with a xmas ornament!

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark mahogany brew with a fine head that rising quickly but falls too fast.

Aroma mainly reflects toasted malts, with hints of light molasses, caramel, and dark bread. I wish it were more robust like the flavor.

T - Not strong or extreme, the flavor is predominately roasted malts, but is admirably rich. I find this otherwise excellent beer to be a little bit too sweet.

M - full and smooth, but good carbonation leads to a somewhat lively mouthfeel.

O - outstanding dopplebock

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Photo of MikieV
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark like a porter or stout. Great thick, rich head lasts a pretty long time. Lacing persists to the bottom of the mug.

Roasted flavor of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.
Very complex, but balanced. Very smooth mouth feel.
Easy to drink.

Cute goat necklace on the bottle.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap room, By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA.

Pours a deep brown with a ruby tinge. Small light-brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring around the edge.

Big malts in the nose, with caramel and hops. Very rich and bready.

Again, strong malts, a little sweetness, and some hops, with grains throughout. Rich, strong, and tasty.

Smooth and thick, very creamy, with a little carbonation dancing on the tongue.

This beer exemplifies the "meal in a glass" name for doppelbocks. very strong, and very rich, but approachable and smooth. Definitely a credit to its style.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark cherry wood brown color with a two finger tan colored head that dissipates slowly to a one fingered head and stays around after that for a while.

S: Very much malty with dark sweet malts making up the majority of the nose. I was also able to pick up some molasses and dark fruits, maybe a bit of raisin and fig.

T: Again with the dark malts coupled with some dark fruits, raisins, dates, a little fig like in the nose. The are some bready malts in the flavor along with a slight amount of coffee.

M: Mouthfeel is good, this is a pretty heavy bodied beer and very light on the carbonation.

O: Overall quite good, this is a very drinkable beer and it's definitely going on my buy again list.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i think Bock and Dopplebock etc... are an acquired taste. i sought this out because i thought i might finally get it. and i think i do now -- this is simple, noble beer.

pours a deep dark brown and foams up a one finger tan head that pits out pretty quickly. but the drink is excellent, well carbonated and sparkles on the tongue nicely.

it's a malt showcase -- not roasty, but deep and sweet. the aroma is very subtle, slight malt sweetness with no hop presence.... i get some raisins and coffee level bitterness... but mostly a deep, complex malt base that really sings -- well cooked barley and wheat, slightly toasted.

eminently drinkable. the alcohol presence is just in the background warmth. you could session this baby!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Johnstown again for work so I went to Tulunes Southside Saloon....again! My second beer on this evening was the Celebrator Doppelbock from Ayinger. Not a Doppelbock fan so my grade for this beer will not be as high as others. The color was a ruby clear amber. The aroma had hints of honey and malt. The taste was very tart and sweet. Not a huge fan of the sweet malts that are generally put in Doppels. Due to the sweetness, the mouthfeel was rated lower than other beers.

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

I got a bottle of Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock for $3.49 at The Lager Mill. I been trying a lot of different Doppelbocks lately so when I saw one of most highly regarded Doppelbocks on the singles shelf I figured I better try it to see how it stacks up to the other Doppelbocks I have had and if it lives up to all the hype. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label and packaging of this beer, it looks cool and is well done, the little white goat thing was cool too. I still don't get whats up with Doppelbocks being associated with goats, somebody needs to school me as to why this is. It poured a deep dark ruby red color bordering on being brown, the ruby red really sticks out much more when held up to the light. A slightly rough pour resulted in four fingers worth of light tan colored head that died down to a thick layer that left some nice lacing.

S- I pick up aromas of lightly roasted malts that impart some nice sweet dark chocolate and coffee aromas that are subtle but nice. The main player in the aroma is the dark fruits which stick out a lot, mainly plums, figs, and red grapes along with some brown bread aromas. Smells good and what I would expect from a good Doppelbock.

T- The malts impart some nice light roasted flavors that I picked up in the aroma along with some caramel that I didn't get in the aroma. The brown bread is a little more prevalent then it was in the aroma and blend nicely with the malts. Like most Doppelbocks I have encountered the aroma is far sweeter then the flavor. Just like in the aroma the dark fruits dominate, I like that, lots of figs, prunes, dates, red grapes, and little bit of raisins. Very well balanced, nothing overpowers one another and the alcohol is hidden nicely.

M- Medium full bodied, slightly chewy, smooth and it had the right amount of carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty damn good Doppelbock, one of the best I have had, to me it is slightly better then Bell's and Weihenstephaner's Doppelbocks. The key to this brew was balance and complexity, there were a lot of different things going on with the flavor and somehow they all came together nicely. This beer seems like it would go good with some nice BBQ are any other hearty dinner, it has good drinkability. Everything about this brew was on par for it's style and I really liked the dark fruit aspect of this beer, it was a nice mixture of dark fruits and was done better then any other Doppelbock I have had. This beer would do a fine job at representing it's style in my fridge, it may share some room with Bell's, but since this is available year round I see more of this brew to come in my future. If you like this style then you have to try this beer, it is a perfect example of it's style and certainly lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.46/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, but I'm not complaining because I get a cool plastic goat. Poured into a Mac & Jack's pint glass, reviewed on 4/26/11

A: Pours a deep dark brown with tan head dissipating to a collar that leaves little lacing around glass.

S: Doughy dark malts with some soy sauce and a touch of molasses and spices.

T: Dark toasted bread-like malts, bitter herbal hops, burnt sugar and a hint of salty soy sauce.

M: Creamy and smooth medium body with some carbonation.

O: Decent beer, don't love it and don't hate it. Looks and feels good but I don't really enjoy the smell much. This tastes better than it smells but the soy sauce that I pick up in the aroma and taste definitely cost this some points. Fairly drinkable for a dark 6.7% ABV beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red, almost brown. Very little light comes through. A one finger tan head forms upon pouring and reduces to a small layer of foam on top. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Interesting combination of aromas. Overall it is rather sweet, there is some caramel, darker fruit - mostly raisins, and some bready malt.

T: Extremely malty with no sign of hops. The dark fruits come forward on the flavor profile. There are raisins, dates, and figs. Very bready with a slight coffee finish/aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied, more filling than most beers. Has a nice creamy/smooth texture to it.

O: Really good. Only my second Doppelbock, but its really good. Nice flavors, the fruits are really nice. Its fuller body and creamy feel make it go down smooth.

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a deep chestnut color, nearly opaque. One finger of khaki head has good retention but minimal lace.

S: Sweet, roasted malts, cloves and a little bit of bubble gum.

T: Very mellow sweet malt up front, with a bit of fruit and bubble gum. Followed quickly by coffee, somewhat stout-like finish with a little smoke and chocolate. There is also a metal quality in there that is hurting the overall impression and keeping it from being a 5. But the rest is zo good that it's smoothing over this flaw to an extent. About half way through the glass, the metal seems to disappear.

M: Medium-heavy, smooth, a bit oily. Menthol feeling (more feeling than flavor) builds through the glass.

O: A very nice brew. Really wish the metal wasn't there, would be outstanding without that. Will have to try again to see whether the metal taste is typical or just an odd bottle. A good fit for this cold and dreary day.

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Photo of output01x
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2 finger tan-colored creamy head that quickly recedes to slight dusting and a thin ring of foam around the edge. The body is near black with no traces of color even when held to light. Lacing is not thick, but definitely there.

Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee beans, and hazelnut. Bold and delicious, the nose makes you want to taste this beer.

Dark malt with notes of rye bread and toasted nuts. Dark, robust, and complex, the flavors are interesting and more than satisfying. A slightly bitter roasted coffee aftertaste finishes each sip perfectly.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is thick but not syrupy in the least. It coats your mouth well, but only enough to allow the flavors to stick around for the preferred amount of time.

I could drink Celebrator for breakfast, enjoy it with a chicken club sandwich for lunch, pair it with BBQ spare ribs for dinner, or sip on it as a midnight snack. And by "could", I really mean "have and will glady do so again". There is a reason why Celebrator is widely considered one of the best beers in the world. Every fan of craft beer should try Celebrator at least once.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/23/11

Stained cherry brown color on the pour and in the glass. Ruby hued when held to the light. Two finger tan head thinned over three or four minutes. Skimmed, bubbly retention. Some lace.

Full aroma of robust dark bread and lightly toasted grain notes. Smooth and quite enticing. Just a faint hint of dough hidden deep down. Lightly hopped around the edges, adding an earthiness to the overall spectrum. Smells great initially and gets even better as it warms.

The flavors are comparably excellent. Toasted grains abound; at times nearing the point of burnt but never crossing that threshold. Dark bread, too; calls to mind pumpernickel. Earthy hops and something of a light, dry spice. The finish is surprisingly dry with toasty bread notes.

Reasonably full bodied. Aside from the inherit graininess there is a smooth, languid feel. To the effect carbonation is low. Even grainier as time wears on. Still surprised at how dry it is.

Celabrator is an excellent beer; certainly top-notch in style. I can't believe I have never had it before. I'll be looking forward to the next time I drink it.

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

Ayinger Celebrator's dark tone and steadfast opacity give it the intimidating appearance of a guard dog, or maybe one of those angry, long-horned rams on its label in mating season. This is slightly ironic considering how its violet and ruby highlights are gorgeous and inviting. Its head, while thin, looks harder than marble stone (and is coloured like it too).

It smells like someone took the world's finest tawny port and improved it exponentially. The sweet, fruity notes of plum and grape are gracefully tempered, somewhat offset by a tremendously rich maltiness. This 'toast and jam' combination would make a memorable breakfast; even the best noses are bound to miss a feature or two. It's that layered.

I don't think you could find a better, more exemplary tasting doppelbock than Celebrator. The poised sweetness of a fig and prune compote is mushed into the taste of heavily browned bread crusts, which turn into a sooty, moderately bitter dark chocolate note on the finish. If ever a beer deserved a perfect score for flavour, truly, Celebrator is it.

There's rich - and then there's Bill Gates rich. This doppelbock is Bill Gates rich. Profound, full-bodied, uncompromising maltiness becomes heavily intimate with all parts of the palate, and refuses to go away even in the aftertaste. To suggest caramel is grossly overstating the quantity of sweetness, and downplaying the rich, luscious quality of it.

If you want to learn about German brewing, throw out the books and just stock up on Celebrator. Few examples pack as much punch per square sip or capture so elegantly the style's rich, nectarous qualities. Although the expression is used quite commonly, few things are actually "mouth-watering" - this is. Trust me, I feel myself drooling.

Brewers will make a lot of claims about the superiority of their beer on labels. Typically, these should be taken with a heaping tablespoon of salt. However, for Ayinger to call Celebrator "the finest double bock beer" is no exaggeration. It is unequivocally, undeniably the golden standard of the style; any attempts to replicate it or even to honor it only serve to advertise that fact and endorse the superiority of its brand.

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a very very dark ruby color with a one-finger dark cream-colored head. Lacing could have been a bit better.

S: Caramel and malty bread notes come through quite strongly, with a bit of yeast at the end.

T: Primarily caramel up front moving into the malty bread flavors you'd expect from a dopplebock. There are some pleasant notes of bitterness toward the end, and I enjoyed the alcoholic notes on the finish.

M: Generally wet and creamy with some carbonation to tingle your tongue. Very nice.

D: This is a really filling brew, so it might better serve as dessert than something you drink all night.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,590 ratings