Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

6,501 Ratings
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown with fiery hue. Dark biege head recedes to a ring and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma: Smoky, cheesy, wet chocolaty malt. Different and intense, but typical of darker offerings from this outstanding brewery.

Taste: As in the aroma: smokiness, cheese, wet chocolate malts, but also with a good vinous character and a christmasy spiced flavour, cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg or allspice, with a delicate treacle and honey sweetness. All of this balanced with just a touch of hop, enough to round it out but to keep this essentially a malt bomb. Absolutely delightful. 6.7% abv is not particularly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, incredibly smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Delicious and moreish. One of the world's best beers from one of the world's best breweries.

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Photo of mklinger
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed pilsener glass. Deep mahogany color with a thick tan head on top that dissipated fairly quickly and left just a little lace on the glass.

Aroma was great with molasses, bread crusts, and some sweet caramel. No hop character discernible.

Flavor was great with even more bready melanoidens that were there in the aroma. No real bitterness in the taste, but also, no real alcohol character either. Plenty of residual sweetness, though.

Mouthfeel was thick & rich. This is an easy to drink doppelbock. I love the dark style here.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer numerous times on tap and from bottles-- today I finally decided to review a bottle
poured into standard pint glass.

Deep barely translucent red. Looks brownish black until held up to light. Tan head rose two fingers before
settling into a ring and some wispy bubbles. Lacing is fine and light, and clustered together-- doesn't make rings around the glass.

Roasted malts. Smells sweet, like brown sugar and some kind if hard candy I can't quite place... Almost like those old root beer barrels!

Taste has a coffee like bitterness on the back end after starting out sweet and slightly fruity?. Not quite as toasty as I expected from the smell-- but certainly tasting those malts. A little dry too. Can certainly notice that yeast as well!

Very nice body-- on the fuller side of medium, but not chewy. Plenty of carbonation helps this be smooth, until the very last moment, it then feels just slightly syrupy.

This is one of the easiest drinking 7%ers out there!! Even my wife wanted another sip! Very tasty and drinkable brew here that I would not mind having again. I could
actually see this pairing with lots of things, but in my head right now, I mostly picture some coffee cake.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into wine glass.
Looks very dark brown sitting on the bar, with tints of red and copper when held to the light. Small head with mild lacing. Smell is very enticing. Lots of raisin and licorice notes with hints of rye bread. Taste is a melody of flavors. Roasted grains, licorice, molasses, and a heavy bread backbone. Not real bitter or hoppy. Chewy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. While this beer didn't exceed my lofty expectations, it didn't disappoint either. Very worthy of the hype.

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Photo of spoons
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

This brew is dark, has carbonation up the sides. A tan fluffy head produces some lacing as it goes down.

Smells like sweet red fruit with a big malty backbone. Almost smells a little like strawberry fruit snacks, not overpowering.

Very smooth and drinkable. Great mouthfeel. Lighter on the roasted malts than I thought it would be but its nice. Tastes great with an amazing creaminess, slightly bitter finish.

A benchmark brew.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 3/27/10

A - deep ruby, short lived light tan head, decent retention. Light lacing, very clear. 4.0

S - Lots of caramel, very sweet, toffee and light carob. 4.5

T - Very much like the aroma but more toffee and brown sugar sweetness. Very slight bitterness in the finish. This is the doppelbock to end all doppelbocks. 5.0

M - Rich, well carbonated, immensely smooth. 4.5

D - Way too drinkable man. 4.5

Notes - Goes well with German tilsit cheese.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass it pours a deep dark cherry color when held to the light. it is fairly dark and lots of fine bubbles can be seen traveling the glass. Nice foamy head that reduces to a thin layer of suds.

In the nose I get sweet malts and confections, and I can detect the alcohol. Has a very robust smell.

Taste is a sort of burnt bitter, or roasted malt with an almost medicinal taste. it seems to have some sourness to it as well. A bit one-dimensional, in my opinion.

in the mouth it feels somewhat thin and sticky, though it is medium bodied with high carbonation.

It's fairly drinkable but 1 or 2 would probably be enough for me, but it's obviously not a session brew. It would probably be a long while before I would decide to get this again. Not really worth the $3 price tag on the 11.2 oz bottle. But the ram is cool.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (no date on bottle anywhere) poured into a Tumbler/Shaker Pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a 1/2" thick light brown foam that died down to a thin layer across the top of the beer. Plenty of lacing as I drank it down. The color on the table is a deep mahogany brown, but held up to the light is a deep garnet red. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the dark liquid as you hold it up to the light.

Smell: Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Reminds me of the smell upon opening up a box of dark chocolate covered raisins. The raisin is the main smell, but there are chocolate and bready notes in there too. Very nice.

Taste: Caramel malt, the raisin fruitiness, bittersweet chocolate all rolled into one. A nice balanced bitter finish and some lingering bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and a little chewy, with just enough carbonation on the tongue to be noticeable. Again, very nice adds to the overall richness (but never excessive) of this beer.

Drinkability: My only problem with this beer is that the 12oz bottle is too damn small, I really want more to enjoy. An outstanding beer but strangely I am noticing the alcohol (maybe because I'm drinking it faster due to the wonderful flavor) so I have to learn how to pace myself on something this good.

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Photo of Onenote81
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark tawny brown with some ruby highlights at the edges. A massive beige head billows out. Great retention; left lost of sticky lace in its wake. Scents of plums, currants, wood, booze, and some roasted malts. Nice.

The body on this is much thinner than I'd like. Carbonation level is low. This feels flat and unimpressive. The flavors are malty in character. Some roasted malts at the onset, but then this gives way to a dark fruity flavor, and finishes with some alcohol heat. All in all, I did not care for this beer. I know it's one of the top 100 beers, but I have had better of the style for sure. Won't have this again most likely.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Local 44

Look: Dark mahogany color, creamy beige head, light lacing

Smell: Malty, chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel

Taste: Up Front: Malt, dark fruit, burnt toast, toffee, vanilla. Finish: Chocolate with a slight fruity finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth

Drinkability: Keep em' coming!

Overall Impression: Had this one on tap and it was De-LISH! This beer has great depth to it, but it's not overpowering, so you can have more than one. Herr Rick took a sip of my beer and he liked it too!

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator into Stone IRS tulip

Pours with a nice one finger tan head on a deep brown/mahogany body. Head dissipates quickly, and leaves no lace in its wake. A quick swirl leaves some nice webbing.

Aroma is a meaty dark malt, stewed prune, powdered cocoa (Nestle), light roast coffee, dark caramels. This is the imperial stout of lagers.

Too cold and this beer is very muted. In typical Bavarian style, this needs to be consumed closer to room temperature. At proper temps the flavors shine through; dark malt chewiness, breakfast blend coffee, molasses, a light touch of dark fruits.

Chewy with lots of residuals left, definitely not a dry doppelbock. Carbonation is restrained, but provides enough gusto to move the beer across the entire expanse of the palette before the moderately long finish.

Easy drinking, not too high of an ABV, but the price point is a bit stiff. That said, a price tag this high is warranted in a beer of this quality. Probably the best lager in the world, at least that I have had the pleasure to try.

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Photo of irisier
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from an 11.2 oz brown bottle emblazoned with a logo that features two goats holding up a glass of dark beer. Plastic goat tchotchke tied around neck of bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Thick, creamy tan head that subsides to a good lace and sticks pretty well. Dark, almost black body that tints red through the light.

Smell: Dark sugar smell upfront, similar to molasses. Some sweet, fruity bread aroma as well. Hint of some hops hiding amongst that bready smell.

Taste: A little sweet at the start, with some bread and molasses qualities. Some kind of mild fruity taste that accompanies the sweetness as well, raisins maybe, or perhaps figs. Becoming astringent from roasted malts and hops and finishing with a little hop bitterness that complements and reinforces the mild bitterness from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, but pretty thick. This is definitely no light beer.

Notes: Great brew, a little complex but also accessible and really likable. Tasty.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark nut brown color, able to see through when held up to light. Thin frothy mocha head.
Nice toasted nut aroma. Rasin, fig, and heavy toasted malts. Some canndied fruit. Complex nose but not confussing. Great ballance.
Rasin, figs, and canndied fruit all blend up front. Toasted grains show up midway with a mild nut flavor. Finishes with mild coffee and chocolate flavor. Big variety of flavors, all represented evenly. Very mild bitter finish.
Great meduim to an aggitated heavy mouthfeel. Mostly clean finish.
Great complexity in this offering. All flavors seem to be distinct and not mudded together. Well deserving of a top 100 brew.

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Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pils glass. My first time trying this classic brew.

The Celebrator pours a deep amber/brown color with a 1 finger whitish color head and good retention on the glass. Aromas are caramel malts up front with a semi hoppy finish. Quaff is similar to the nose with caramel malts dominated. Also hints of grapes, raisins, and toffee. The quaff starts sweet then has a bitter phase with a sweet, fruity finish. A great tasting bock. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is solid. I would be interested in what a year would do to this beer but it is great fresh nonetheless.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby . Well retained lacing of whitish/off tan head.
Smell has lots of sweet malt- notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit pits
Taste starts with caramel and dark cherries, it does then to a more wholesome malt character with notes of bitter and a slight hazel. Nicely complex.
Finish is wet and creamy with a thick malt and sweet dark candy after-taste.
Drinks very well here- smooth and malty with a very small bite here- nearly sessionable.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice dark mahogany with decent head retention.

Smells mainly of caramel and sweet malts. A little lacking, but still quite nice.

The taste on this one is much more rich than the smell. Grains, malts, and some more caramel are hanging around. Even though I know this one has been hanging around the store for a while it still tastes like fresh grains.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy. Very nice.

Pretty drinkable. This would pair nicely with some German food.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard. It starts with the amazing aroma that smells of chocolate with slight floral hints. The head is fantastic as it pours a nice dark brown. Tastes incredibly balanced with a bit of sweetness, but the highlight is how smooth it goes down and the incredible finish. May be the best beer I've ever had.

Re-rated on 6/1/09: from Taphouse Grille in Bellevue.

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Photo of RickS95
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is 1 part ruby, 4 parts black with a thick tan head.

Has a malty, wheaty, hoppy smell to it.

Tastes like caramel; like the smell, a lot is there, but nothing dominates.

Very smooth in the mouth, only a touch of heat from the alcohol in the finish.

This is really easy to drink.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. The head has good retention and forms decent lacing.

S: Very warm, toasty malts. Sweet molasses and caramel as well as dark fruit are very prevalent.

T: Not as much of a forward and strong taste as I was expecting. The smokiness and malts hit you first, followed by a very nice caramel sweetness. The dark fruits, cherries and figs I think, really hit you as you swallow. Even though the taste wasn't as strong as I expected from the nose, it is very well balanced and tasty.

M: Well carbonated and very smooth. Slightly thicker body, almost chewy in feel. Very enjoyable.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this beer and could definitely have a few with hesitating.

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Photo of Musition12
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4-pack from City Beer Store in San Francisco. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with hints of ruby peaking through the edges of the glass when viewed in light. 1-finger head with solid retention and spotty lacing. Small, compact bubbles in head.

S: Lots of malt. Molasses, caramel, smoke, nuts, and dark fruits. Anticipating a malt bomb.

T: At the outset, while the beer was still quite cool, it was just that: a malt monster. Creamy caramel and dark cherries. Chocolate and hazelnuts. Smokey malts and dried figs. As the brew warms, other flavors begin to show themselves. Hops begin to make their presence known with a slight twang in the finish. A very modest sharpness from both the alcohol and the hops really help in balancing an otherwise malt-heavy bruiser of a beer. This results in a remarkably complex (and delicious) flavor profile especially for this style.

M: Very light carbonation and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Delicate alcohol warmth. Absolutely lovely.

D: At only 6.7%, this is definitely a sessionable brew in my book. I could imagine downing all four of these in quick succession. I'll probably grab another one after this.

I've never been big on doppelbocks. For me, they tend to be cloying malt messes or alcohol-dominated disasters. Not this one. This is probably the best doppelbock I've ever had and definitely lives up to its claim as "the finest Bavarian double bock beer." Amen.

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Photo of BDJake
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark ruby brown with rich tan, well retaining head

S- rich dark malts, with a touch of noble hops, dark fruit, and a mild cloying sweetness

T- very malty, nutty with caramel notes and fig

M- medium, chewy, yet smooth

D- went down without any struggle

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Photo of hawks10
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Ayinger Celebrator glass...

Pours a rich dark brown with a two finger, soft, tightly formed tan head which leaves a haze on top of the beer for the duration. When held up to the light, this beer becomes a translucent dark ruby/mahogany color, very nice...

Loads of sweet dark fruits on the nose, malt bomb. Sweet bready caramel malt, tons of ripe dark fruits a little bit of smoke and some subtle earthy hops...

Hmmm, not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be, given the nose. A somewhat smoky taste at first, more hop presence than expected. After the beer warms a bit I get more of the sweet malt, ripe dark fruits and caramel flavor in the taste...makes for a very balanced brew, thought I was in for a totally one sided malt bomb when I smelled this beer, I was wrong...again...

Very smooth and slick, medium bodied and somewhat chewy. A little light on the carbonation and a tiny bit of alcohol warmth...

Solid beer and in my eyes the standard for all doppelbocks...

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.3l poured into a celebrator glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is boozy and very malty.

Taste is mostly malt with some sweet licorce and nuttiness it's really good. Mouthfeel is fairlyrich an crisp. Easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark chocolate with a thick, frothy mocha brown head. Lots of lacing all the way down glass

S- probably the weakest part of this beer. A little muted but aromas of toasted nuts, chocolate and malts.

T- toasted malts, espresso & chocolate. ends bitter but works well with the sweet malty flavor. very well balanced.

M- thick and velvety. Medium body with light carbonation.

D- really enjoyed this beer. Very good example of a dopplebock.

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Photo of jovy1097
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, spongy head that dissipates down to a film. Looks like a cola drink after pouring. Brown with garnet highlights.

S: Dark molasses bread, dates, and cloves.

T: Dark cane syrup, toasted wheat bread, roasted malts, and sweet aftertaste. There is a mild smoke flavor too. Very complex and nice.

M: Smooth and thick, but not cloying at all. Warming as it goes down.

D: You would never guess that this has the alcohol that it does. It's incredibly drinkable. One of the most complex tasting beers I've ever quaffed. You want to come back for more just so you can see what you might have missed last time.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,501 ratings.
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