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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,423
Ratings:
6,448
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
546
Gots:
969
For Trade:
21
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Reviews: 2,423 | Ratings: 6,448
Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark as a good Baltic Porter, bordering on very dark brown and black. A free pour leaves a frothy head that takes its time settling.

A - Rich malty aromatics are noticed even before the beer begins to settle in the glass. You can practically see the thick chewy malt rising above the liquid. Chocolate milk and the slightest suggestion of Port accompany classic Continental malts.

T - Creamy and rich, this is equal parts Lager and Chocolate milk. Some dark fruit crystal melt adds complexity, but mostly very rich malt maloidins coat the palate.

Despite a comparably low ABV, this Doppelbock is chewier than most. It has a more restrained flavor profile than most Stouts, Roubust Porters, Baltic Porters and even select Brown Ales, but it's also no challenge to savor. There's a straightforwardness to this that's very appreciable.

M - Creaminess sells this one. Even if bigger and more exciting beers are out there, few have the tautness of this one. Drinking this beer would be pleasurable even if it were void of flavor.

O - Not the best Doppelbock, but head and shoulders above the most regularly available examples. And definitely king of the (too often overly opulent) Winter beers.

Pound-for-Pound Ayinger is as good a German beer as any. Curator is the only D-Bock I've enjoyed more, but that's beer's staggering strength isn't always appropriate. Celebrator is no sissy, it just drinks so easily and is so versatile there's no fault in treating it as your Winter session beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been a long time since I had this beer...was eating dessert w/ my wife and friends and the bar had Bud, Bud Light, some other macros and this. I took this as a sign to have it again. Arriving in a large pils glass, I received a beer with a blackish looking body with a clinging, one-finger head that stuck around. A sweet malt smell is prevelant, with caramel really sticking out. Also believe I smelled light hints of chocolate, coffee and some toasted malts as well. Minor hop presence. Medium-bodied and smooth, there is not only a sweetness to this beer but a creaminess to it as well. Good carbonation and a thickness in the beer fill the mouth well, and there are nice hops to be enjoyed on the backbite with a crisp and dry finish. Hints of dark fruit/reminded me a tad of a Belgian triple.
I remember why I don't drink this more...the sugars lead to a Jagerbomb effect and after one bottle I had to pause for a few minutes. This is one great beer that packs a punch as well.

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Photo of Holland
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown color with a sizable tan head that leaves some froth.

S: banana and dark fruits along with sweet malt

T: again fairly heavy on the banana, but has a nice sweet and malty taste to go with the roasted flavors.

M: medium-heavy body with a pleasant carbonation that is just perfect for me. Not overwhelming or harsh at all, but gives the body a bit of a lift, still leaving it feeling smooth.

O: excellent beer, but I'm not a huge fan of the style. For the price, there are better beers to be had. Had this one at a bar on a chilly night, and it was great.

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Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle
$2.99
Binny's Orland

Celebrator poured a crystal clear scarlet red with mahogany highlights shining throughout into my pilsner glass. A 1+ finger tan head formed on thepour that ended up fading to a cap of frothiness. The body looks great. Leaves patchy lacing that slowly slides back into the body.

Smell are deep of lightly roasted malts and fresh baked bread. There's a brown sugar sweetness that comes through as well. A slight boozy quality reminds me of rum soaked raisins.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Starts with a solid dose of lightly roasted malts. Sweet banana bread hits mid-palate, seems doughy. Finishes with a touch of sweetness, mild nuttiness, the roasted grains, banana bread and mild alcohol fumes. Very nice.

Body has a somewhat chewy texture and nice medium, smooth body. Again, mild alcohol fumes show up occasionally.

Good cool weather hearty brew. Easy drinker and very enjoyable.

Celebrator is a truly well made doppelbock that deserves the praise it gets. I will continue to revisit this winter favorite often.

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Photo of budsboy
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, nearly opaque, with a rich tan head.

Big malty aroma. Vinous fruit with hints of spices lurnking in that darkness.

Malty flavor right off the bat, then roasted bitterness and noble hops come through. Fruity in the middle. Alcohol is warming and the bitterness lasts.

Most striking is the mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy. Big and chewy.

Very enjoyable, tastey beer with lots of flavor. Beauty.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a white head.

S: Nose is malty, like most doppelbocks, but also has the delightful scent of maple syrup.

T: More maple syrup and malt! There's also a touch of fruit in there, but the maple syrup is the dominant flavor.

M: Medium-ful bodied and smooth.

O: While I wouldn't say it's as good as Salvator, I would say that it's way better than most other bottom fermented beers.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
Filled the glass with a murky amber body. Tiny tan head settles on top. Nose leaps out ... bready, rummy, syrupy all at once. Taste is rum, strawberry syrup. There's a hint of choclate and pine in the finish. Mouth is rich and creamy. Highly drinkable!

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Photo of Berticus
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was this a skunked beer?
The smell- sweet, nutty, like a good dopplebock should smell
the head was a thin light brown that quickly faded

Taste was watery but sweet and nutty like a dunkel, way more watery than i expected
Mouthfeel was crisp
maybe just a case of high hopes

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Photo of Matty1918
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack for 9.99 at Muckeys in Lakeville Ma.

Popped the cap and had an overflow of a creamy dark head. Poured it quickly into a chalice.

The head disappeared almost immediatly but in there was a constant flow of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass.

Lots of malt and a hint of caramel in the aroma. Very good!!!!

Malt and more malt in that first sip. A great silky, creamy moutfeel. Excellent. You can feel a slight warmness in the back of your tongue.

Not sure if the head was supposed to disapear that quickly....oh well I'll see if it does on the 2nd one.

I'll keep those little goats and hang them around the bar.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Kostritzer pilsener glass.

A: Pours a dark yet lustrous ruby color, with a one finger off white head with unimpressive retention/lacing.

S: Rich dark fruit combined with some dark chocolate and a bit of licorice. An excellent smell.

T: Not quite as impressive as the smell would let on, but it's still excellent, for the most part. There's dark fruit, some caramel, toffee, chocolate, and licorice. All told, it's pretty complex and flavorful - but I think that the chocolate flavors clash with the malt base a little more than they should.

M: It has a medium-to-slightly-heavy body with high carbonation - though perhaps less smoothness than I'd like. Also has a somewhat brief, fleeting finish.

O: The way I see it, if this is like a brilliant painting of the Last Supper, then Troegs Troegenator is like an ordinary but well executed painting of Monica Belucci - I can really appreciate the artful precision that went into making this, but I'd take the Monica Belucci painting instead. Likewise, though it isn't as complex as Celebrator, I'd rather have Troegenator. Don't get me wrong, though, this is a great beer either way.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some red hints thru out nice medium slight off white head,aroma sweet and nutty.Many flavors from this beer starts out a little smokey with some nuttiness,it's finish is a little dry.Not nearly as sweet as some of the style to, wich is a good thing.This is a classic worthy of the high ratings it gets.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, aged a couple of months. Pours brown with ruby highlights and has a thick pillowy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, nuts, some roast and a little smoke.

The flavor is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, molasses, some dark fruits and nuts with enough of a hop finish to balance it well (still a little on the sweet side for me). The mouthfeel is medium to full with velvety carbonation.

Overall, this is much better than I remembered. A very solid, well-made brew. I found this to be better cold.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- dark redish brown with an big off white head. Cascading effect from an aggresive pour. This is a fine looking beer.

S- some heavy malts and some alcohol, a very nice preview of what is to come.

T- malts with some sweetness followed by the hit of alcohol.

M- nice carbination some thickness to this doublebock

D- not quite as refreshing as othersin this style, but still a beer that will get better as the days get colder.

Not my favorite doublebock, but a very good offering nonetheless.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Dark brown, molasses, color with a tan head.

Smell: Nice malts with a great alcohol aroma.

Taste: Heavy malt flavor with a slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slight carbonation, thick with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great German Dopplebock. I love the heavy malt aroma and flavor. I wouldn't drink this all the time but definitely enjoy it when I do. Cheers!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in the "official" glass as the special brew at the SoNo Brewhouse.

Pours dark brown, good finger of white foam resides on the top. Dark fruity smell, some malt. Taste is clean and smooth - almost like a Scwarzbeir (sp?) with fruity tones. Smooth mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite tasty. Solid brew.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a mug.

Pours a dark brown, flirting with black. Ruby red edges along the bottom of the mug. With a mildly aggressive pour an inch thick head is formed. The head is sawdust colored, and slowly settles to a solid cap. Patchy laving all the way down the glass.

Dark malt characters can be detectd along with sweet syrupy aromas. Warm alcohol notes can be found hidden between the bitter malts and sweet smells.

Bitter roasted malts present themselves first, then followed by sweeter flavors. Mild hoppiness can be found in the back of the mouth. A little bit of alcohol can be tasted in each swig.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Somewhat of a dry bitter finish from the hops.

Not a bad beer. This one seemed to have more hops and a little less malt compared to other doppelbocks. Try this one.

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Photo of gerite
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer served with a German meal. My glass had a rich dark, almost opaque brown color with a small head but good lacing. It was very smooth and easy to drink with a slight bitter aftertaste. It tastes a lot lighter than it looks. The flavors increase as the beer warms. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and would order it again.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet chocolate malt smell. Deep dark purple almost opeque look. Rich thick 2 and 1/2 inch lasting head. Light brown sticky head. Medium smoothish mouth. Original sweet caramel/chocolate malt taste followed quickly by a bitter almost sour finish. The tongue is left bitter and dry with a touch of metalic taste. Good but not as drinkable as I thought it would be....

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle. It has a little plastic goat on a string around the neck.

A- Pours a deep dark brown. The head is big, rocky and foamy.

S- Caramel, hazelnut, malty.

T- Smooth, sweet, buttery, malty. A little hoppy in the middle/end but thicker at the ending.

M- heavy, buttery, rich and tasty.

D- Great fall beer. Bring on the snow, I got a doppelbock.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle with a weird little plastic goat tag thingy purchased at Hawthornes Cafe grand opening. Poured into a pint glass as I sip this one outside around the fire.

Appearance: Big Ruby red/Auburn color with a large fluffy off-white head that sticks around forever. Pretty solid lacing down the sides of the glass as well.

Smell: Bready aroma with some caramel mixed in. A bit of a nutty aroma intertwined I believe. Some mild spiciness, alcohol warmth and hop aroma's.

Taste: Toasted grains and molasses. Some oily hop bitterness towards the end. Hints of dried fruits (cherry) and spiciness with some alcohol warmth, but not burn. Hops come through mostly in the finish than anywhere else.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Not much carbonation makes it through. A refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A little heavy and a little strong to be sessionable. But certainly one of the best dopplebocks out there.

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Photo of nafnikufesin
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark cascading looks with medium sized bubbles.

Smell - Sweet malt smell with hints of alcohol.

Taste - Slight smoky wood flavor with slight sweetness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with smooth texture.

Overall, flavorful and drinkable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $3.29 local natural foods store.

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with a two finger foamy beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes with slight chocolate notes.

T-Malty sweetness followed by slight hop bitterness finished with chocolate covered fruit flavor.

M-Smooth and well carbonated.

D-Not sure why this is so highly rated. May very well be a fine Doppelbock, but I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. Perhaps it has more to do with a preference for ales over lagers.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator pours, from it awesome bottle, a very dark brown, coffee like color. A small tan head hangs around on top. The smell is chocolate and figs. The taste has chocolate and coffee notes. A hint of alcohol also shows up and a slight bitterness shows up a few seconds after the swallow. I also get a taste/scent sensation of split firewood post-swallow, but I'm not exactly sure where it's coming from. The taste is defintely a lager. The mouthfeel is nice and full with mid-to-low carbonation. This is just a very well-made brew.

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Photo of bosco7
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick brown head.

Brown sugar, plums, dark cherry, soil, some vinous notes, and cola in the nose.

Starts with lots of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, malt, and persimmon flavors. The middle has a little more fruity edge with prunes and over ripened black cherries. The finish is more or less roasty with a residual sweetness. There is some spice in the finish as well; clovey.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and very pleasant on the tongue. This is an easy drinker especially during the colder months and a must drink for any beer enthusiast. No in your face flavors, just good old fashion balance and drinkability.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a deep amber, nearly muddy colored body with a mocha-to white thick head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing.

S- Hmm.. I get a very metallic aroma that really covers the other notes in the background, which is cloves and bananas.

T- Bread, light caramel, very light spices in the background. Very subtle flavors, nothing overpowering. Raison-plum aftertaste.

M- Where this beer shines. Medium carbonation, light body, superb drinkability.

Overall I did enjoy this beer. I wasn't too fond of the aroma, but otherwise it's solid.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,448 ratings.
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