Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
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:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#381
Reviews:
2,460
Ratings:
6,610
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
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567
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Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown, white head. nice color for the style

S-very sweet with some molasses and belgian sugars. there's even some chocolate. this is quite a comlex smell. i'd rate it higher but its not very strong

T-hits with an extremely smooth taste of light belgian sugars and...bacon...okay okay i know, that sounds crazy...but its true! ends with a smooth burnt chocolatey taste...i love this. there are no negative flavors...just smoothness and complexity working together.

M-really soft carbonation with a dry finish

D-this is a great, complex beer. the complexity slightly runs together as the beer goes on, but the beer leaves me wondering...i feel like i'm missing something, like there's more to the beer and i need to have it again to see what else i can find in it.

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

A - Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights and edges. 2 finger off-white head that dissipates slowly.

S - Rich malt, chocolate, sweet molasses, creamy toffee, nuts raisins, dried dates, soft vanilla, slight metallic notes.

T - Sweet creamy malt, hints of chocolate a coffee, sugary raisins, roasted toffee. Has an underlying smokiness.

M - Soft creamy feel, adequate carbonation. Full bodied.

One of my favorite beers of all time. It never seizes to amaze me. The complexity of the malt is outstanding. A fantastic comfort beer.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a tulip. Great three-finger dark tan head that dissipate fairly quickly leaving just a little lacing. Dark brown body that is nearly black.

Nice aroma of roasted malt and a hint of banana bread. Just a little dark fruity aroma as well.

Smoky roasted malt dominates the flavor up front. Sweet flavors of raisin, chocolate, and caramel compliment, but lightly. Very good combination of flavors.

Smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Excellent offering.

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Photo of random846
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with one and a half fingers of tan foam. Really nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet and malty, some caramel.

Taste: Definitely can taste the malts and caramel along with toffee, chocolate, and coffee flavors which were not as evident in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, creamy, smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkablity: Good drinkability, but I don't see myself wanting more than two of these in a row.

Haven't had many dopplebocks but this is one delicious beer. It is no surprise to me that it is one of the best examples of this style.

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

Appearance: Dark brown, not quite black. Lots of cream colored head. Really nice lacing

Smell: Sweet and strong. The malt shines through in the aroma. A bit of molasses.

Taste: A nice, deep, sweet, rich, dark malt! Lots of flavor here. The malt has a deep molasses character to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich. The malt lingers on the palette.

Drinkability: What an enjoyable beer! With all of the craft beer movement focused on ales, it is nice to have such a wonderful lager beer to enjoy!

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

First, this bottle has a little plastic goat that is hung on the neck... that is what made me grab it. I had to know what a beer with a plastic goat tasted like. My boyfriend who also loves beer snuck this into the cart for me.

That being said, I am so happy I gave this a shot! It was a great deep brown with a fizzy head. The scent was heavily malted with hints of chocolate and caramel. It is a smooth drinking beer and highly enjoyable. Not too sweet.

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

A great big 3 finger tan head with uniform small bubbles on the poor with good retention. Dark brown with many medium sized carbonation bubbles. Minimal lacing

Smell is of a small banana at first but nice malt and a little bit of roast like sausage meat. Slightly dry and bread like toast as well but hard to detect. Even some faint milk chocolate after quaffing. Great smelling beer lots going on here.

Great mouthfeel and a nice sweet banana at first with mild carbonation, turning into a good simple brown bread. Light milkshake wet/viscosity feel and some light faint milk chocolate as well. This is a great finishing drink and a fantastic tasting beer. I'd have another in a heartbeat.

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

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with a fair amount of room for ruby to peer through in more narrow parts of the glass. A dark copper color sneaks into the very edge of the glass.

Smell: A very smooth aroma that works well together. Soft sweet molasses, some dates and spicy, herbal hoppy notes. Sweet bready notes round things out.

Taste: Chewy caramel malt flavor, followed with a touch of molasses, then some spiced bread as the body fills out in my mouth. Some dates step in before a touch of herbal bitterness sets in for a second. The end of the sip approaches, telling the grain and sweetness to wrap up the show in a polite fashion. Finishes clean and a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is an absolute perfect feel. I can feel the little bubbles actually raise up off of my tongue, keeping it fresh for the next sip. Creamy, medium bodied. Sexy.

Drinkability: I'm not ordinarily a Doppelbock drinker, but this is just phenomenal. Extraordinarily happy to have finally tried this.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep dark reddish brown with gorgeous ruby highlights. Clear, but almost opaque. Moderate tan head with fine bead, decent retention, and some lacing.

Aroma-Big toasty, bready, caramel, and molasses malt aromas. Some low dark fruit aromas (plum, prune). No hops. Smooth, rich, delicious.

Flavor-Follows aroma, though not quite as sweet. Caramel, toast, bread, molasses, and some light roast in the finish. The dark fruit esters are very light here, but still perceptible. Moderately dry finish. No hop flavos, very low hop bitterness, and no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, almost chewy. Smooth as hell. Very very slight alcohol warmth.

This one is a delicious, rich, malt driven beer. I don't think I could drink more than a few of them, but damn is this tasty.

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