Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
4.34/5
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6,625 Ratings
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:
#378
Reviews:
2,467
Ratings:
6,625
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
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574
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Ratings: 6,625 |  Reviews: 2,467
Photo of redzone3120
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown color with a slight hue of red when held up to the light. Nice brown head though somewhat thin.

S - Nice dark roasted aroma. Hints of coffee and is similar to a stout. Very good!

T - You can taste the roasted malts and the hints of coffee and chocolate. Very complex flavors but finishes with a mild sweetness.

M - Smooth carbonation with a moderate body. Balances well with the rich flavors while not being too heavy. Great finish that has flavor but doesn't linger for too long.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced, great flavor, and nice finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tobin
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this brew in college and I had no idea what was going on in my mouth, now however..

Reddish brown body with a huge, creamy tan head. Good retention and lace. Very good looking.

Intensly sweet and toasted malt nose, with some roasted grain, raisin, and floral hop. The first sip overtakes you in rich and chocolatey flavor.

Chewy, with notes of dried fruit and herby, floral hop. A bit sour, and perhaps a little lactic. Spicy towards the finish. Very sweet, with an eternal finish. Practically chewable.

Very easy to drink. A perfect friend on a cold, rainy day.

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Photo of jss79
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a dark ruby brown. On the nose you could discern dates with roasty notes. Initial raisin like taste with a semi-sweet second taste, ending in a smooth non-bitter finish. Left a faintly sweet after taste that sat well in your mouth. Well rounded beer, perfect for a cold winter evening.

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

It pours decent with a head that took me some co-hearsing to get 2+cm out of. Then it dissipated mostly to the small island that the etch of the Duvel glass left in the center. There was some lacing as I slowly finished the glass. Color was fairly dark some red highlights peeking through.

Taste for me at first was good but not great until the glass warmed a bit, then it was stellar. Got the fruits some caramel some here say banana, I have no idea about that. I got some chocolate. Of course a hit of the roasted malts.

It was a mellow well balanced brew. I love it, and hey the bottle is cool looking too.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a phenomenal looking dark chocolate brown color with a 2 finger head that fades away , leaves nice lacing down the glass.Aroma is very sweet, with toffee, caramel and sweet malt. Taste is primarily of sweet malt with the toffee and caramel evident, with a bit of dark fruit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky, drinkability is great as this beer washes down quite easily

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

Another bottle from my Christmas 2010 selection, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a bright red color when held up to the light. About one finger of light tan head that stuck around for a good 10 minutes before dissipating.

S: Lots of malt and some sweet caramel and figs, with a definite nuttiness in there as well.

T: Sweet and smooth up front, with the nuttiness coming through on the back end. Some banana and other fruits in there, lots of malt flavor. Not much bitterness at all.

M: Light carbonation, very smooth, with some body, but not aggressive.

D: Lots of flavor here, can't taste the alcohol - this is a good beer for sipping on its own.

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

Pours a nice dark brown with a lighter tan head.

Smells of nuts, some fruit sugars, and a bit of caramel.

The taste is fantastic, with a deep malt background supporting various hop and fruit tastes. Nuttiness is very noticeable as well near the end. Finish is dry and pleasing.

Extremely well bodied and rich, giving a sense of fullness when completed (I wish protein shakes tasted like this).

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

Poured from bottle into a stein. One of my favorite German Doppelbock beers. Pours a deep dark ruby appearance. Aroma is very full with brown sugar, candied figs, caramel, and a touch of dark fruits. The taste is very heavy, with plum and dark bread. A really nice doppelbock.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer I've had before, but I'm making the attempt to finally get around to reviewing it. Wow, how my tastes have changed. I remember liking this beer the first time i had it, but now i really really like it.

First it pours a deep dark garnet color with a light beige head. The smell of it is both malty and fruity. The malty sugary smell make up the great majority of the aroma with the caramelized sugar notes, but the stars of the show are the clove and slight banana notes that are present as if a wonderful mild Belgian yeast fairy dropped it into this smooth doppelbock. The taste takes some getting used to still as there is an acidic malt flavor that does tend to ruin what is a wonderful malty and clovelike taste. The mouthfeel of this particular beer is pretty damn smooth. While it isn't the easiest drinking beer that I've ever had it's pretty darn near the top 10. I truly enjoyed this beer and would have no problem purchasing it again in the future.

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Photo of CourteManche
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Celebrator flute.

A - Very deep, dark black color with hues of ruby red along the edges; beautiful, light-brown, one-finger head; appears to be slightly carbonated with very small bubbles; head retention is low, only slight lacing throughout drink.

S - Big nose! Very complex. Explosion of malts up front, with coffee & chocolate. Subtle hint of roastiness.

T - Thick malts with an explosion of chocolate; subtle hints of coffee and caramel. Intense dark chocolate finish with a hint of sweet roastiness. No heat.

M - Medium-bodied; cool carbonation that tingles in your mouth (and on your mustache).

D - Fully drinkable. World-class Doppelbock. A must-try!

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my previous review having vanished, here is a replacement

celebrator

a 4 very dark brown and nearly opaque, light tan head tanks to a ring, leaves a little lace.

s 4 dark caramel, some breadyness, hints of dark chocolate brownies and peat

t 4 somewhat less impressive version of the nose, but nicely balanced. touch of roast in the finish.

m 3.5 barely medium body and could stand to be creamier. no, demands to be creamier.

d 3.5 i haven't been buying this much since they nearly doubled the price. good but i still believe it's overrated.

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

Holy smokes! This is truly a world class beer, and I can't believe I ran across it randomly at a supermarket for only $12 American (for a 4 pack).

Celebrator is fairly hoppy which results in a more bitter after-taste than I prefer, but it's so well balanced that it's very smooth and is definitely one of the top three beers I've ever experienced.

The pour is a beautiful dark brown which results in a creamy 2-finger head and excellent lacing that persists throughout the entire drink.

The smell is a strong roast malt that hints at a complex blend of roasted toffee, caramel, coffee and molasses. There's more going on than I can explain here, but it reminds me of being a kid at Christmas.

The feel is so incredibly creamy and smooth that it's hard to believe you're actually drinking a carbonated drink. I could appreciate this beverage all night and not realize it even contained alcohol.

If you aren't a die-hard American IPA fan then Celebrator is your brew. If you appreciate quads or any other Belgians (as I do) then you can find a place in your heart for this beer despite its relative bitterness compared to other beer of its style. At first I had my doubts, but Celebrator is truly world class. There's no denying perfection, but be careful... once you try it there's no going back.

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

This brew poured a very dark brown color. It had a nice tan, sticky head that had some amazing retention. The head, leads to some amazing lacing that follows the glass to the very end.

The aromas begin with some toasted malts and toffee/caramel sweetiness at the front. There is a bit of spice and some citrus, herbally hops that come in as well. It finishs with bit of an alcohol smell that warms, but not to big.

The taste on this brew is nothing more then amazing. There is so much going on, but it all come together to make one amazing brew. There are some great malt flavors up front. This flavor leads into the caramel sweetiness that smelled in the aroma that gives and blends well with the citrusy, spicy hops. When you take the bitterness of the hops and the light fruit flavors and the toasted bread/biscuit flavors, you have one killer brew.

The mouthful on this brew is as I have said many times on this brew, amazing. It was cream, full bodied and thick. This super smooth brew, has a great carbonation level that makes it go down that much better.

The drinkablity on this brew is pretty good as well. I could probably session this beer with out a problem, but others might have a problems with such a thick brew. This was one amazing Dobbelbock. No wonder its found on the Top 100 brews of BA

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Photo of nickthetick
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with brick red highlights when held up to the light into a Duvel tulip. Thick creamy dirty khaki head that sticks around and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: earthy and dark roasted malt, fig and plum hints. It is extremely earthy and hoppy.

T: burnt biscuit malt and leathery right up front. A lot of bitterness from the hops, and dark pitted fruits on the back and a lingering smokiness.

MF: thick and creamy, astringent and not very effervescent. Filling and extremely bold flavor. A little dry.

D: an amazingly bold and flavorful beer. Not a great deal but its so good I would quickly pick this one up again.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a 2-3 finger creamy khaki colored head. Good lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, raisins, freshly cured tobacco and a mild nutty aroma.

Taste: Bready malt and a faint hint of chocolate up front followed by caramel malt and dried fruit in the middle middle then finishing with a mix of nuttiness and hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste mildly sweet with a bit of bitterness. Extremely well balanced. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is completely hidden by the excellent flavor.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Arguably the best doppelbock in the world. You can't go wrong with this beer. Buy it.

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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,625 ratings