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 micmillon18
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. No born on date on glass. The "bock" or goat ornament is a cool, little addition to the glass.

A - Pours a big, creamy head. The beer itself is a deep brown color. I'm reserved from calling it black, especially since holding it up to the light reveals some wonderful deep mahogany hues. Medium lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, dark bread; these seem to be the prevalent scents.

T - More notes of chocolate and dark breads with molasses and caramel. Deliciously sweet yet reserved in its strength. The maltiness is incredibly well balanced with a hoppy bitterness at the close to keep things straight.

M - Medium bodied and ultra smooth. Long lasting aftertaste of bitter hops and alcohol.

D - An incredible beer. I could easily have 3 or 4 of these in a night. A superbly balanced brew that keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - a clear almost black colour, two fingers of mocha head formed at late and retained extremely well leaving random sticky lacing
S - roasty and candied fruit up front, bittersweet chocolate and alcohol
T - roasty and caramel malt, sweet fruit, burnt sugars, hints of chocolate, buttery, and just a hint of leafy hops, this has it all!
M - medium chewy and creamy smooth coating the whole mouth
D - this is almost a perfect beer, so rich and complex, definitely the best of the style that I've tried, just wish the price didn't match the quality

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

A- 4.5 Poured into a pilsner glass. There was a bubbly one-finger khaki head that dissipated quickly (I wished later that there was slightly more head retention). The beer is dark in color; dark brown or nearly black is what I thought initially but when held in light at the right angle there is a definite amber tint to it. It's a beautiful color combination, actually. There is very bubbly, sheet like lacing that is ultra smooth and doesn't cling to the glass.

S- 4 A dark fruity ester, malts and caramel come to mind with the aroma from this brew. It has a pleasant sweetness to it, reminiscent of chocolate but a bit different. It makes me want to dive in.

T- 4 This has a good- but not great- taste to me. The malt and caramel come through stronger than I expected from its aroma. It isn't as complex as I expected it to be. There is just a tiny bit of heat on the finish.

M- 4.5 This has a great feel to it. It is a medium body and very smooth. Nice carbonation level.

D- 4 While I enjoyed the flavor and experience of this brew, I couldn't see myself wanting any more than a couple at a time. That said, it is a smooth and well-crafted product, but it was just a little one-dimensional for me. Good brew nonetheless.

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

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a finger thick, tan colored head that quickly dissipates. Slight lacing.

S: The majority scent here is malts. Sweet smelling with some dark fruits, and definite molasses notes as well.

D: Very malty taste up front, sweet malts with a slight bit of caramel peeking through. The dark fruits are present as well (maybe some raisins). Finish is more of the maltiness and a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Sweet and tingly feel throughout.

D: Overall, this is a good beer. Sweet malty flavors, a hint of caramel and some dark fruits coming through give this beer good flavor.

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

My first Doppelbock...if this is any indication of the style as a whole, I'm quite impressed. I'm a hop-head by choice, but I may need to branch out a bit.

Not a bad looking beer...dark, not black, but darker than a cola for sure...big beautiful head upon pour that fades as you drink the beer, leaving a thin lace.

Fresh, malty scent, mixed in with dark fruits, inviting, not overly sweet.

Man, what a nice surprise! Great flavor. I've had Shiner Bock all my life...this beer makes Shiner taste like mop-water, which it kind of does regardless, but still, what a great taste. Great mix of dark fruits and sweet malt. Who knew there was more out there than a good IPA or DIPA.

Probably one of the most drinkable beers i've had in a while. The second i put it down, I'm ready for my next sip. A 6.7 ABV makes it quite drinkable. Just a tad bit thinner than I expected...but that's a minor fault.

For anyone up for a change of pace from IPAs, I highly recommend this tasty brew.

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Photo of jman892
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark reddish brown with a 2 finger foamy head. Decent lacing left on the glass

S - Malty aroma. Strong smell of cherries, plums, raisins, maybe a hint of molasses.

T - Taste is all plum/raisin. Little bit of a breadiness also. Alcohol very difficult to detect

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation, making this a very smooth drinker

D - Highly drinkable because of the sweet dark fruit taste and smooth mouthfeel. Goes down quickly and easily

An exceptional beer. I am a big dopplebock fan and this one is at the top of the list, and among my top beers overall. Wish I had tried this sooner.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

poured 12 ounce bottle in a wine glass.

A: deep brown almost black, massive light brown stiff head that laces the glass all the way down.

S: coffee, alcohol, sweet malts.

T: sweet malt, balanced perfectly by the hops.

M: the carbonation is a bit high that takes away from a creaminess that I was expecting, and makes it finish crisper than i wanted.

D: smooth perfectly balanced a true pleasure to drink

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with nearly a finger of light tan foam on top of a black body with amber highlights. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Dark, fruity malt with notes of plum, caramel, toffee, and red apple.

T - Lots of dark toffee malt and a bit of caramel up front. Fruity notes of plum and red apple come out in the middle and blend nicely with the caramel. The beer finishes with lots more toffee and some burnt caramel as well as more of the red apple character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Complex, drinkable and overwhelmingly malty. The fruity notes blend very well with the caramel and toffee and give the beer a level of complexity that lasts through the finish. Smooth, and extremely pleasant this is a classic example of the style that I could easily drink all night.

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Photo of techfed87
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle with a tiny plastic ram tied onto it, which is a new thing for me. Color is dark, dark amber. Head is similar in shade, as well as being full in body.

Smell is quite malty, with darker tones mixing with that of lighter lagers.

First sip is quite nice, with a nice caramelized dark malt flavor. It's bitter and malty and clean all at the same time with an absolutely classic aftertaste. And being made for the standards of the Reinheisgebot makes it an that much more interesting as a beer. Hands down, my favorite Doppelbock. It's really that good.

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Photo of KajII
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

Poured a rich dark brown almost black in color it had a nice light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing.

The aroma was moderate of roasted malts, a light resin hop and nice dose of doughy yeast with notes of molasses and coffee.

It tasted mildly sweet with a hint of molasses in the beginning and finished slightly bitter-sweet with a rich coffee note at the end that left the flavor lingering around for a nice long while.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly medium in body and very creamy in texture with a flat carbonation.

Overall one of the best brews I have ever tasted. I sampled this years ago and have to say it still tastes as good as I remember. Definitely in my top 10...

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Photo of bs870621345
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Troegenator mug

Pours a deep amber brown with ruby highlights. Almost no head and no lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark fruits, bread, caramel, hint of roast.

Taste is exactly like the smell, plum comes to mind with caramel peaking through. Roast/smoke makes an appearance midway through the sip. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn. Its a little light on flavor- totally unexpected.

Mouthfeel is full and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is good, its filling, but it finishes clean and is very nice.

Give me a Trogenator over this, but not by much.

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

A: Pours a nice dark mahogany red color with a tan head that sticks around for a while. Settles to a tan color.

S: Caramel malts and some dark, dried fruits. I am also getting some distinct molasses and some very faint roasted or smoked notes.

T: Similar to the smell, the molasses and sweet malt predominate! Also some light coffee notes. A lingering residual sweetness. I love this!

M: Medium/heavy body...definitely Creamy & smooth as silk going down.

D: I could drink this all day. This is quite worthy of being among the highest rated beers, of its style, in the world! Amazing flavor for a lager beer. Cracks my personal top 15 list for sure...which means I'll always have this on hand in my fridge! An A+ ranking from me.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a dark black that lets no light through.

Has smell of cherries, malt and oats. Tastes of cherries and malt and a hint of vanilla

Has a medium mouthfeel and a great drinkibility. I would definitely recommend this beer, it is a great bock beer.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bready smell from a two finger pour. Slight roasty smell in the head and more of the breadiness comes through as the head dissipates. Deep, deep ruby brown color with an off white head.

Its hard to say if the goats mounting the beer on the label add or detract from the experience, but after the first sip the goats were determined to be irrelevant. The roast, the mild hops, the toasted bread notes, all are incredibly well balance and work in unison to create a truly unique and ideal doppelbock experience.

This is the best german beer i've had period. I plan on buying a few 4 packs of this because i am seriously impressed. Great drinkablity and at 6.7 abv one should check himself before he wrecks himself on this bock.

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Photo of AdamMY
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is good, though pitch black, with a nice off white head. While the aroma is wonderful full of pumpernickel bread, chocolate and citrus, and a slight herb nature to it. All that comes out in the taste with chocolate so incredibly pronounced.

The mouthfeel is great although something does not feel quite right about it to me, while it is almost too flavorful to be incredibly drinkable.

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

330ml poured into a Samuel Smith tulip.

Appearance: cherry black with thick, rich and creamy tan head and silky lacing.

Aroma: cherry, alcoholic, raisins and honey.

Flavor: mocha, dark fruits and caramel.

Mouthfeel: smooth yet surprisingly thin, with medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall impression: excellent doppelbock! classic and tasty.

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Photo of mryuk
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a hint of red. very little head.

smell is sweet honey and all malt. not getting any hops at all. maybe a bit of licorice as well.

taste is sweet and malty with coffee undertones and caramel.

mouth is thick bodied with low carbonation.

overall I was hoping for more out of this beer. it certainly makes sense that I did not love it since i am a hop head and celebrator is all malt. definitely too sweet and thick for me to love but it does have some good flavors.

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

Celebrator Dopplebock

My first trip into the land of Dopplebock's...

11.2nd bottle, Stella Artois glass

A: beautiful dark drown/black color with ruby red showing brilliantly at the stem and around the edges. No head to speak of but good lacing and tiny bubbles.

S: aromatic, with the sour sweetness that reminds me of soy sauce, roasted coffee and chocolate. Maybe tart cherries?

T: dark malts, sweetness and sourness. A little bitterness on the back end.

MF: a medium body beer that coats your mouth a little like a viscous heavy bodied beer.

D: pretty drinkable for the style I think.

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Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased earlier today at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Pours a dark brown colour with thick off-white head. The head dissipates to just under a finger, leaving some lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate and raisin with toasted grains. Some small bitterness in the flavour to go with a lot of sweetness. This has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Certainly one of the best doppelbocks I've had, if not the best.

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

Wow, best Doppelbock I have tried so far.

A: Awesome appearance, Extremely dark with a nice head that stays as long as it's there. Gorgeous.

S: Has a great aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a strong molasses sent. It is not to overpowering though great balance.

T: Molasses is the first flavor, then it almost has a chocolate flavor to it, along with a nice malt and hops taste to it. It has a awesome sweetness to it but definitely not too much, just enough to make it flavorful, along with a little bitterness, but not at the finish. Good carbonation, the alcohol is just right. German brewing at its finest.

M: Very creamy, so damn good! Just an awesome feel to it.

D: Infinity on the Drinkability, I would get drunk on this not because I wanted to get drunk, but because it's so damn good. Highly recommend it, best Doppelbock out there.

Trust me, you need to try this, it's worth getting. Exceeds the reputation.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my old favorites.
Dark cola brown in color. Warm hues show in the mostly clear opacity of this fine beer. Rich, caramel tones, roast nutty, Chocolate-malted tongue. Sweet malty nose, with good body, and tall creamy head. Smooth mouth feel bock that has a nice kick to it that puts a monk's smile on my face.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Celebrator pours an inviting mahogany with a thin tan head. There's a malty must in the smell with some spice in the background. Very similar flavors in the taste. It's full of malt but is subtly sweet, bread, and just a kick of spice at the back. Aftertaste of some chocolate and hazelnut. It's smooth, creamy, and amazingly drinkable

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Pours a dark mahogany, just a glimmer of chestnut through the darkness. Two fingers of creamy head rise and fall, leaving a collar and a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Nose is nutty and roasty, hints of caramel and breadiness. Body is smooth with a pleasant drying finish. Dusty cocoa, roasted barley, nuts, fruit bread, molasses, caramel fill out the body which is not nearly as thick or sticky as some in the category, relying more on the smooth dryness. Hides the ABV well but could be a little heftier without harming the beer. Complex and incredibly drinkable, this is a favorite that I wish was locally available.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown with ruby highlihgts. Two finger cream colored head disappates down to a quarter finger.
S- Smell is a bit understated for a dopplebock, but I'm picking up toffee, mollasses, raisen.
T- Much more well developed here. In order of perceived prominance: Toffee, raisen, dark bread, mollasses, coffee, smoke, vanilla. In summary, complex. Only complaint is that starts so complex and finishes a bit thin.
M- Medium body, a little sticky. Not as creamy as I would have expected from the style.
D- A solid doppelbock. Not as great as rating and hype would have suggested though. Very good, but not world class.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A very dark mahogany. Clear but thick. I big tan head that sticks to everything and leaves incredibly thick lace.

S - Malt. Toffee, dark fruits, spices that remind me of Thanksgiving. Malt. light molasses and dark bread. Big, dark, sweet malt.

T/M - heavy bodied, incredibly smooth, and little carbonation. Chewy, with flavors of molasses, toasted dark bread, dried figs and plums. A warm alcohol sensation as it goes down and a dark brown sugar finish.

D - Incredibly complex flavors. Absolutely delicious and a picture of heaven when poured into a bottle. This is truly among the great beers of the world.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,616 ratings