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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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

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Reviews: 2,394 | Ratings: 6,375
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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Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter, no freshness date.

This pours a very dark brown / basically blackish color with a thick and creamy tan mocha head. The smells are of figs, prunes, molasses and tons of malts. Feel is medium to thick, a little creamy. The taste is like it smells, lots of malts, almost too much, no real hop balance, but this is probably right for the style. I get a little banana, some dark fruit and lots of molasses. This is pretty thick and sweet, I'm only just starting to like these malt bombs so I'll have to try this again in a few months (I like it more every time I get it).

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

Appearance: Beer grows into a two-finger cap the color of toffee. After a couple of minutes, it has still retained about one finger of head that looks pleasantly creamy.

There is quite a bit of carbonation coming up through the opaque body, some beige highlights when held up to the light. Celebrator is a good looking beer!

Smell: The malts produce a sugary, caramel sweetness. The sweet is accompanied by some sour esters too, reminds one of raisins, apples, and pears. The sourness is not off putting at all, it really invites one to take a few swigs, don’t mind if I do.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the sourness of the hops and the sweetness of the caramel malt. It finishes more on the sweet side with a strong taste of raisins and pears. The finish is very long. It is a little different from what I usually drink, but it is still very good.

Mouth feel: No dryness here, the sweet finish sees to that. The beer is also quite chewy, and finishes smooth, with that distinctive raisin after taste. I don’t know if I’ll ever find a beer that finishes with this flavor profile. I feel like if I drink more of this beer, I’m going to really grow to like it.

Overall: My first doppelbock was certainly a good one. Now I just hope that the more I try I’m not let down because of how amazing this one was. The sweetness of the beer totally hit me by surprise, but it is growing on me easily.

I will definitely pick some of this up again someday, for now I’ll just have to display the bottle with the little ram trinket.

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

Poured a nice caramel, mohagany color. Good medium sized off white head. The head stayed a bit longer than I thought it would, and never totally disappeared.
Smell of rich molasses and caramel, sticky sweet with some hints of earthy hops.
Taste of sweet vanilla, caramel and cashew. Some richness of yeasts seem present as well. Some dryness halts the sweetness from becoming overpowering.
Finish leaves a bit of peaty aftertaste. Not really my type of beer, but it is good.

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

Poured from the bottle to a tulip.

A: Pours a nice, dark brown w/some red. Light brown head that settles quickly. Nice lacing.

S: A very rich, malty aroma with some dark fruits.

T: Raisin is the most easily identified flavor for me. Also some molasses & dark chocolate. Alcohol is present but in a good way. Overall a very bold flavor but it's still smooth.

M: Full bodied with not too much carbonation. Finishes a little on the dry side.

O: Great flavor profile on this - and that's coming from someone who isn't a big raisin fan. Overall it's very well balanced. Would definitely buy again. Plus, each bottle comes with this awesome little plastic statue of their logo, which will hang on my fridge or possibly xmas tree for many years to come :)

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Photo of becktone
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Black in color with ruby highlights, this brew is everything that a doppelbock should look like. The head has good retention, is tan in color and appears to be creamy. As it recedes from the pour it leaves appetizing lacing along the sides of the glass.

Nose: Strong sweet malt aromas right up front. Alcohol presence is noticeable. No hop aroma present. Notes of chocolate come thorough, overall dark character to the aroma.

Tongue: Overall dark complex nicely mixed flavor. Flavor is also very clean. As with the aroma there is a chocolate presence, and a bit of alcohol is noticeable. Finishes with some roasted type and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and creamy on the palate. Lower carbonation of this brew accentuates the complex flavors. This brew is real easy to drink, could easily drink this without getting tired of it. The body is a bit thinner than what I would have expected; however, it is still full bodied. Finishes more on the drier side once one has sat without taking another sip for a few moments. A great doppelbock, but for the price of 4 of these I'd probably rather buy Bell's or Spaten's doppelbock....you know more bang for the buck. But I guess If I want to splurge then I'd buy these.

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Photo of bnes09
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown. Pours a thin head with no retention and zero lacing. Opaque quality of the brew and lack of head reminds me of prune juice.

Tons of sweet dark fruits and malts in the aroma along with a piney spice and touch of alcohol.

Flavor profile is highly roasted with toasty whole wheat and smooth dark chocolate. Prune sweetness mellows things out a bit. Mild earthy hop comes to life and attempts to balance but is quickly reminded that this beer is all about the malt.

Burly medium to full body with lots of lingering malt texture. Fairly low carbonation. Smooth, slick feel.

Not as good as I expected but still really solid. I think it could use just a little more balance from the hops.

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

Ornamental, extremely German-looking bottle, with a white plastic faux-ivory goat hanging from the neck. Pretty cool.

Pours dark brown with a ruby cast and a thin head.

First whiff is malty as hell, super-sweet with some dark fruit and molasses.

Tastes exactly like it smells and finishes clean. Alcohol is virtually undetectable-- it's only 6.7% ABV and it shows. Packed with simple, rich malty sweetness-- a dessert beer for sure. It's not really all that complex, but Celebrator is pretty much a flawless doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is thin and very lightly carbonated. Pretty much on-par for the style.

Not really all that drinkable, but great for after-dinner sipping.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hard pour into a Duvel tulip. Very dark red brown, fairly clear. Held up to light, has a deep red glow. 3/4 tan head that disappeared rather quickly.

S- Somewhat sweet, malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T- Semi-sweet, not as sweet as some others. (Not a bad thing.) Chocolate and coffee.

M- Very smooth. Creamy. Medium carbonation.

O- Very good dopplebock. Easy to drink. Had 2. Could have had another, no problem.

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

Hmm, I don't think I was as bowled over as some by this one, but it certainly wasn't awful or anything. Had at Anam Cara, served in lovely Celebrator glass. Pour was opaque dark amber, I found the aroma to come across as slightly roasted, and slightly plumey. Taste is a bit lean and smooth, I thought, mostly of roasted malt and a bit of alcohol hinting around. I will have to try this again.

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

The color is an opaque, extremely dark brown. It has a creamy tan head. Lots of bubbles visible coming from bottom of glass.

It is sweet smelling with hints of chocolate.

This beer has light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

The flavor is not particularly strong but it is a really smooth beer. Starts out with a little bit of sweet malt flavor, then a little chocolate. The aftertaste is rounded with with some bitterness.

Drinkability is decent on this one. It's a smooth beer, but not something I'm going to drink a lot of.

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

Dark brown and clear bdy with ruby highlights.

Sweet, dark fruit aroma with a touch of roastiness.

Faint cherry, malt, and slight bitterness at the end of the taste.

Slightly sticky, a good amount of bitter at the very end.

Another great beer. I don't think I've had a dopple I didn't like!

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Purchased at Joe Canal's on Fire Rd. in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

Appearance: Very dark brown with reddish tinge showing around the edges of the glass where a little light does get through. Small, light tan head dissipated after a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet maltines,. Slightly fruity.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a hint of hops and bitter chocloate.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smoothe. Nice medium body.

Drinakbility: Rich but not overly filling. A good sipping beer for a night at home with my feet up.

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

Pours a dark brown with a semi-transparent reddish glow into a pint glass. Minimal head; I've got it pretty cold.

Smell is of malty sweetness. Taste is straight doppelbock. Good sweetness balanced by a nice tinge of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very full flavor throughout. I taste a bit of chocolate and a good bit of alcohol.

Very pleasant.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this into a mug. Very dark, you can see through a little when held to light. The head was a cream color, two fingers high, the head fadded into lacing.

smells of spices, chocolate, toasted, and coffe

the taste has so much to it. Chocolate, burnt toast, oily, a little bitter but it ends so sweet. Very well rounded drink.

medium body, right amount of carbonation. Taste stays on the tounge for a while

very good but not extremely drinkable

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

Dark, dark ruby brown, almost black in appearance. A full, rocky, tan head that faded a bit more quickly than I would have liked (though residual foam remained throughout the glass, so I'm not complaining too much). Aroma of toffee, caramel, and burnt dark fruits (raisins, dates, prunes). First sip put me off a bit -- there was a slight metallic tang that I didn't expect, but it quickly went away as I adjusted to the beer. Complex combination of malty sweet, toffee flavors, slight hop bitterness, and burnt fruit. Medium carbonation that leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue. Spicy, dry finish. For the money, I'd rather have a Salvator or Sammy's DB, but this is a great doppel nonetheless.

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Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingling dark, but clear amber pour. Frothey cream head. Good balance of malt, toffee/caramel, raisin, wheat bread, citrus, light hops. Good clean finish, typical of most German offerings. Considering this is one of the highest ranking Doppelbock, would like to have seen more of all the usual dopplebock components, not just a moderate balance of them. That said it is still very good, probably the most drinkable I've had, with a great palate. For someone who likes big beers, this may not be the most impressive though

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the tap this pours a very deep dark brown ruby red color. Wonderful off-white head. Great thing about it was that it is being served to me in proper glass. Smells of dark bread. Tastes like a very dark, roasted almost burnt malt, however it is so smooth. How can this be? Looking at it you would expect bitter and harsh, but this is not true. Good mouthfeel. This is a very good beer, but it really isn't my style. I can and will respect this for what it is, a great dopplebock. I couldn't drink many of these, but if it is on tap, I am compelled to have one, if nothing else, than for the glass.

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Photo of BigGold
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle (with plastic goat "prize" attached) into Pilsner glass, when I remembered that a hot, muggy Deep South summer is the time for dark LAGERS. And this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a smidgeon of a white head, releasing a sweet, malty, nutty aroma. Caramel malts and just enough subtle hop presence to provide a good balance and nice flavor, improving as it warms, and becoming much more flavorful. Moderate ABV and a flavor that is by no means overwhelming make this a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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 jonb5
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip

A: Jet black, opaque, small tanned head, not much retention, minimal lacing.

S: Prune, grape, oak, dark chocolate, biscuit, burnt caramel and some

T: Tawny port was the overriding taste, molasses, dark chocolate, lots of roasted barley at the finish, some bitterness. Hint of a boozy burn as it warmed.

M: Smooth in, coarse out because of the booze, low carbonation, heavy chewy texture.

O: Oozed class, would love to make a loaf of bread with this. I’m also intrigued to know what a year of aging would do.

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Dark brown in color with reddish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a brief off-white foam that quickly reduced to thin wisps and no lacings. Sweet dark fruit aromas, fig, raisin, with sweet molasses and dark caramel malt. Fuller bodied with tight carbonation, smooth up front with a slight resinous feel toward the end. Dark malt and sugary molasses flavor throughout with a bit of bitter hoppiness showing up in the middle through to the end. Finishes with a touch of heat and lingering malty sweetness.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,375 ratings.
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