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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#364
Reviews:
2,450
Ratings:
6,551
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
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Ratings: 6,551 |  Reviews: 2,450
Photo of BrewAskew
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a Generous beige head that falls to a thin ring and light lacing. Color is deep ruby-brown and is very clear. Aroma is very malty and rich. Flavor is a nice blend of snappy Munich malts, caramelized malt (decoction?) and noble hops for balance. This is a fine doppelbock in terms of flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and CO2 is good for the style. Overall, I would say this beer is a fine representative of the style and a joy to drink. Celebrate!

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Photo of pburland23
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark mahogany. Almost looks like a glass of Coca Cola. The head is thick and khaki in color. Head doesn't stick around very long though.

Smell is of sweet bready malts, a little caramel and a touch of fruit...cherries and plums. Very complex in taste. It starts off slightly tart before moving to a smoky, not quite rauchbier flavor before ending with a savory rye bread finish.

This is a medium bodied beer with an appropriate level of carbonation. As for drinkability, the breadiness of a doppelbock limits how many of these I could drink in a sitting. It doesn't mean I wouldn't love to make a session out of Celebrator.

A world class beer...I fell in love with Celebrator while traveling in Germany a decade ago. It remains true. Always an enjoy pint.

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

330 ml bottle, BB reads 04.2011, into tulip. Pours creamy tan head with good retention & stickage atop of opaque yet clear dark brown body with ruby highlights. Aroma is rich maltiness with melanoidin-toasty qualities, dark fruits (plum, prune and dried grapes) originating from the malts used rather than fruity esters of yeast, dark chocolate and some caramel. Malty flavor with melanoidin-toasty qualities, chocolaty with roasty notes, non-harsh alcohol warmth and some hoppy bitterness towards the finish which is quite dry for such a dark Doppel Bock. Very clean lager character with less fruitiness than in the aroma. The body is medium with moderate yet fine carbonation allowing smoothness to this nearly flawless beer. In short: An excellent, rather dry Doppel Bock with clean lager character.

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

Pours a very, very, very dark reddish brown, near black. Mocha head settles to a nice thick ring that leaves plenty of lacings behind.

Big rye bread nose with a sweet, almost metallic, twang giving it a bit of oomph.

Liquid bread up front. Big chewy rye-like malt. A very nice subdued molasses sweetness throughout. Just a hint of smoke in the finish as some nice dry, almost tobacco like, hop leaves take over. Finish is surprisingly quenching for such a malt heavy beer. Alcohol is blended in lovingly.

I find the mouth just a touch too thin, but it's actually nice and creamy.

A classic, what more can you say?

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

Reviewed 06/20/10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

A: Immediate bubbling upon cracking bottle. Deep cherry brown. Excellent clarity despite yeast cake confluence.

S: lightly toasted walnuts. warm malts. cocoa.

T: Roasted, malty, nutty. Great beer! Excellent example of doppelbock, maybe one of the best at the price point.

M: fine, creamy carbonation accentuates this med-full bodied beer. rolls over palate and down throat with ease.

D: very drinkable beer. Great dessert. If you haven't, you should try.

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Photo of tburus
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cola-colored liquid with off-white head. Head rose high than quick fizzled down to a thin layer over the beer. Not part of the beer, but an added nod for the cute goat ornament adorning every bottle.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, hint of raisin or cherry. Refreshing hop notes as well.

Taste: Lightly toasted malt flavor, subtle raisin sweetness, and a closing bit of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, enjoyable brew. Barely noticeable aftertaste; somewhat of a malt/hop wrestling match going on with maltiness winning out in the end.

Drinkability: As drinkable as water but much more delicious. Low ABV for a Doppelbock and surprisingly complex palate. Available in 4-packs of 330ml but at a price where four Weihenstephan Korbinian 16.9oz singles are actually cheaper. A tough choice to make.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, juicy, liquor like malt, dark fruits (mostly prunes), with some light hoppy notes in the background. Flavor is very rich, sweet malt and dark fruits with floral hops in the long finish. Simply Great!

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

A: Dark chestnut brown in color, with a beige head that stands in at over an inch in height, leaving considerable lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted malt, sweet caramels, smoke. Very inviting, this smells like a world class doppelbock, which it certainly is.

T: Extremely tasty, with a subtle rauchbier / smoke flavor about it. A pleasant sweetness sneaks in among the smoke and toasted malt, but only enough to make the beer delectable, not cloying in the least. Toffee and bread with a splash of dark fruit are in there as well. This beer is so delicious and still very accessible, which I find very pleasing.

M: Medium to low in both body and carbonation. The beer is smooth, velvety and creamy on the palate, with alcohol content well disguised.

D: One of the best doppelbocks on the planet. A must have for any beer connoisseur.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Celebrator Doppelbock is good beer. Buy it as a gift for any friend or family member whom appreciates good beer and they will truly be greatful for introducing them to this creation. Smooth yet strong. Beautiful to look at and very easy to drink. Malty and earthy scents. Exceptional flavor balance yet quite complex and unique.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single awhile back from the local bottle shop. Have had this before. Poured into my Victory Prima Pils glass.

Pours a ruby red with brownish tan head that lasts for quite awhile. Some suds cling to the glass quite a bit. Aromas of plum, raisin, & fig upfront. Also dark cherry & a tad of chocolate. A bit doughy. A predominantly malty beer.

Tastes of chocolate & cocoa, roasty, tad oak like, and some hints of vanilla. A very even bodied beer with medium mouthfeel. Dry tasting.

Drinkability is just awesome! Only wish it was cheaper to purchase.

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Photo of sartoric
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark brown with an inch tan head.

Aroma of honey, toasted malt and toffee with note of flowers. The flavour is really complex for a dopplebock. You can feel sugar cane and honey as well as coffe and toasted flavour with a light hoppy background.

The body is medium but not too strong or alcoholic. A very balanced Dunkel Dopple Bock. Definitely a must-have beer.

Paired with a typical Italian dish "fagioli con le cotiche" ("fasoeu cui cudich" in Milanese dialect :-) ) stewed beans with pork rind.

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Photo of beerhan
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass and split. I really could not get into this beer but It probably is great if you like this style. I pours a nice dark brown with a foamy head but then everything goes down for me. Tastes and smells way too smokey and I did not find this to balance well with the caramel maltiness that much. Overall I found it just too thick and not very drinkable for what it was.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Dark brown, almost black, small head from an aggressive pour.

S - Toasty caramel sweet scents

T - Malty biscuity, roasty caramel, light herbal hoppiness.

M - Heavy bodied, smooth, chewy.

D - Nice dopple, just as it should be.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark brown with ruby and burnt orange highlights. Clear when held to the light. Decent head produced with the pour. Tan with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Complex roasty and smokey notes. Seems to be a lot going on with the smell. Dark, rich malt. One review I read mentioned the smell of "lard" and I'm certainly picking that aroma out. Some chocolate in there also.

Taste - Again getting a roasty, smokey flavor. A bit sweet, but not overly sweet. Agian, I am detecting that "lard" taste. Different for sure. Chocolate is also coming through. No real alcohol flavor, which is ok with me. As the berr warms it becomes more rich in the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. Almost an oily finish. Plenty left on the palate. The mouthfeel reminds me of a Stout. Nice. Very nice.

Drinkability - This beer may be a bit advanced for my amateur palate and nose. This brew has a lot of different characteristics. Honestly, it was not that easily drinkable for me. This is probably a brew I will have to try again in a few yrs. First doppelbock I have ever tried and it was a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of greygooose
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a deep dark brown (almost black) with ruby undertones. not much in the way of head or lace

S - sweet (burnt sugar), malt complexity, rich, caramelly, milky

T - bready malt, sweet, hint of dark fruit, pinch of spice

M - chewy, thick bodied, super smooth & velvety

D - if you enjoy a sweetened malty concoction then this is the brew for you. definitely an enjoyable sipping beer after dinner, not sure I'd pound more than one of these at a time though.

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Photo of jsh420
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with a little ruby 2 finger head with great retention

smell - not as strong as i remember some roast on the caramel malt little fruit - no booze?

taste was much better but i remember the first time i bought a 4 pack i was blown away - dark fruit little chocolate toasted grains - but no booze no heat

mouthfeel was lighter with medium carb

drinkability was ok but give me a korbinian anytime

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Glass. Nice goat trinket.

A: Clear mahogany brown with a big creamy tan head. Great retention, the head lasts as long as the beer. Spotty lacing clings to the glass.

S: Lots of brown bread, some chocolate, light fruity esters, faint herbal and grassy hops, maybe a hint of straw. Mild alcohol presence. Assertive and very complex.

T: A touch of caramel and molasses, lots of bread, toasted malts, some raisin and plum. Light herbal hop presence. Finish stays rather sweet with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and bread.

M: Medium bodied, but lush, full, and creamy. Mild warming alcohol.

D: Very high for a bigger beer.

Notes: Excellent. Near perfection in every aspect. Not quite as big (abv-wise) as most of the doppelbocks I've had, and the spicy alcohol character is not as pronounced, but this is nit-picking. This beer is malty, thorough, well crafted, and delightfully complex.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/6/10

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Pours a clear, dark mahogany with deep red hues on the edges of the glass. A nice thick, light brown head accompanies an aggressive pour.

S: I'm a little stopped up because of the weather change in the last week, but let's see. Roasted malts come at me, a hint of chocolate, a hint of caramel, a hint of toasted nuts. Maybe the slightest earthy/grassy hint of hops is in there.

T: Definitely get some chocolate. It's interesting I tried this for the first time after the Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock in the winter seasonal pack, because this has all the dark, roasty chocolate flavor without any cloying sweetness. Roasted nuts appear again in the flavor, with maybe the slightest coffee acidity present.

F: Body has medium viscosity. Full and creamy, goes smooth over my tongue. However, it still finishes very clean, and keeps me coming back for another sip.

D: I'm very new to this style, but I could have a couple of these with some barbeque ribs and baked beans, I think. Wow, that actually sounds very, very good right now. I may prefer this style to porters!

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Photo of tharper
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark ruby brown - translucent to 200 watt bulb within 6 inches only (very opaque)- brilliant with two finger head that diminishes to 1/4 inch within 5 minutes

S- awesome, rich malt aroma with very slight hallertau hop tinge

T- smooth, silky, slightly sweet, deep malt - with very low bitterness < 25 ibu

M- smooth, very full for the low gravity considering, lager vinegar aftertaste that disappears quickly leaving a round tone on the palate.

D- could drink 3 bottles easily without desire to change style

Overall this is an incredibly perfect example of the style. I have tried many dopplebocks and this is the most middle-of-the-road stylistic example. This isn't a slight, but rather a proof of concept and guide for crafting a more extreme sample.

Thanks to Ayinger for another excellent lager.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $3.50 in Fall 2010.

The German doppelbock is a must try as it is quite different than American dopplebocks. It pours a very dark brown color with a decent head on it. While there is very little carbonation, there is a reasonably strong coffee/cocoa flavor making the beer extremely flavorful but yet giving it a smooth finish. Drinks fine by itself, but would pair excellent with most foods.

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

-goes well with food
-first time i had this it had very strong fresh wort character, which was very unpleasant with the alcohol presence. the second round, upon which the review is based, was much different, more malt and chocolate.

A - deep ruby with a clinging head, a quick swirl shows some alcohol in the legs. Ayinger certainly have a distinctive packaging for this dbock, and i've been cognizant of Celebrator for years before i finally got around to buying a 4pk.
S- alcohol in the nose melding with dark chocolate, well balanced. a lot of alcohol in the nose for 6.7%, but whatever.
T- between roasted malt and munich malt character. some chocolate. alcohol coming in on the finish. cleans up well with a lingering roasty-ness
M- silky but carbonated. well suited for the beer but was unpleasant the first round.
D - the fusel alcohol character would deter me from more than one of these, but if i had a pairing situation calling for a dopplebock, i wouldn't hesitate to call in Celebrator.

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

Pours a beautiful mahogony color with slight hints of maroon when held to light. Substantial head dwindles to faint traces of foam. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses faint anise, dark malt and faint trace of alcohol. Taste: like pouring velvet in your mouth. This beer tastes and feels so smooth. The smokey malt dwindles to a light hoppy finish with a dry feel on the tongue...beautiful. This is an abolutely world-class beer with nothing to be ashamed of...except maybe the price. Savor every sip!

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

from notes: 11-6-10

A: pours dark amber brown. finger and a half foamy brown head, that falls slow and laces well.
S: sweet malt, a touch of grain sweet caramel/burnt sugar, also caught a hint of tart cherry and light grass hop.
T: a light touch of grain, sweet caramel and burn sugar sweetness. also a light grass hop.
M: smooth, lightly thick is that makes sense. medium carbonation.
D: very easy, balanced flavors. plus you get a plastic ram.

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Photo of Samp01
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black / mahagony with a nice creamy lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malts, dark dried fruit. Taste is a combination of sweet toasted malts dark fruits, raisins, some slight chocaltiness. Palate is nice full body, good carbonation, smooth creamy oily texture. Finish is toasted caramel malt, a lingering tangy flavor of dark fruits with some slight bitterness for balance. Overall a very nice and complex DB. Very enjoyable and tasty brew.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours thick and dark producing a refined and controlled two full fingers of creamy head that slowly falls to form a half finger layer that laces wonderfully and retains well. Body looks black in low light, but when back-lit, the light that manages to penetrate takes on a deep ruby color of exquisite hue. World class appearance.

The nose is not as strong as I expected, but the general make-up is spot on. A full array of malts greet my sense of smell, from medium crystal malt to much darker roasted malts. This whole body of smells doesn't stray into the dark fruit realm that some of this style or the barleywine style can, but stays more to the center of malted barley spectrum. Hop presence in the nose is minimal but enough to keep things in balance.

Rich roasted malts are powerful and delicate in this flavor profile. Burnt sugar, dark caramel, and hints of chocolate rush through the mouth as this excellent lager swirls over the tongue. There is a reason this is one of the main benchmarks for this style. A true malted barley experience. Alcohol is as hidden as can be. Hops are present only to keep things in balance and they do that job well.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth, in a word- rich. Drinkability top notch for this "meal in a bottle". Flavors are full, body is thick, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. What more could you desire from this style?

Conclusion: A superbly crafted lager. The low ABV is remarkable considering the full body, complex flavors and overall power of this beer. This goes to show that tons of alcohol isn't needed to make a big beer that tastes wonderful. One of the best beers ever to swirled in my glass.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,551 ratings
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