Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

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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2,393
Ratings:
6,364
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; brown with ruby clearly evident; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: all malt - caramel, prune, toffee;

T: rich; molasses all the way; a little roasted/smoky grain at mid-palate; flavor faded relatively quickly; ABV completely hidden;

M: smooth; medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable; the roasted/smoky note I got at mid-palate is out of place for the style, but I liked it;

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from Bucket O'Brew for about $3.75 (I think).. shared grudgingly with Brenda.. the lion's share from my New Belgium goblet.

One Finger Light tan head dies fairly quickly leaving behind a suprising amount of lacing... deeep brown brew... only reveals walnut/deep ruby highlites when held up to a bare bulb.

Dark bread and subtle molasses are the name of the game.. some dark caramel... only a touch of dried fruit comes through.. figs I guess... as it warms it reminds me of a cold mocha coffee without the sugars.

Flavor is complex dark malts.. and a waft of raisin and a little more dark caramel... light but present nuttiness... not alot of chocolate or coffee, just a touch. For me, the complexity lies in the dark malts.. very tasty... subtle noble hops are easily overlooked... I always walk into Celebrator remembering a bigger body, but the body is really just a solid medium with a creamy carbonation and mouthfeel... with warmth comes a touch of smokey/mild peatiness.

I know that what I am enjoying is world-class, although my simplistic palate is not refined enough to really describe it..

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Photo of dc87
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, with dark ruby red around the edges. Thin head just off white. Head disappears quickly.

S - Smells wonderful. Distinctive, bright smell. Very sweet and malty with some dried fruit, raisins. Not smelling any hops.

T - Rich. Very similar to the nose, but just a little less exciting. A little sweeter. Malts, dried fruit, and some caramel sweetness. The aftertaste is dry, hoppy and slightly toasted.

M - Decent. Light bodied. Very smooth, light on carbonation.

O - An interesting, rich lager. Pleasant to drink, but for me it doesn't live up to the hype surrounding it.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown color - almost black wit just a touch of light getting in. A thin ring of off-white head circles the glass, but sticks around for most of the drink. Looks very manly (if that's possible for a beer). Nice.

S: Lots of roasted malts meet the nose along with notes of caramel and dark fruit. A little more subdued than I expected. As the brew warms the dark fruits become a little more apparent.

T: Similar to the nose, but better. Plum, raisin, hints of caramel, and roasted malt all hit the palate initially. There is some brewed coffee flavor to go along with some bitterness in the finish. As with the nose, the dark fruits become more prominent as the beer warms. Some hints of what I think are anise and alcohol surface as well. Fairly complex and flavorful overall.

M: A thick and fully body, boarding on chewy, with a medium amount of carbonation. I would expect nothing less from a dopplebock.

D: Obviously this is a great example of the style. I wasn't as impressed as I hoped I would be, but it's a solid drinking brew nonetheless. A high degree of complexity combined with the well hidden abv give this one a high drinkability rating.

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Photo of jaluria
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was highly anticipating this brew since I had ordered it several times before from my local store, but it had been out-of-stock.

Great artwork on the bottle; made it seem very special.
Appeared a very dark brown color with an above normal viscosity and a tan colored head that did not stick around, but left little bits of lacing. Definitely appeared darker in color than other Doppelbocks I've had, and that made this interesting from the very start.
Aromas of caramel, various types of malt (roasted and dark), and alcohol. There seemed to an astringent-like aroma as well, but that could have been the result of the different ingredients coming together, rather than an unique ingredient. Whatever it was, it was not appealing. I can best describe it as the feeling you get when you smell cheap perfume; it can begin to give you a bit of a headache. The taste was very good with a variety of sweet flavors coming through, quite complex and very malty. Rich and powerful, but perhaps, a bit too sweet especially in the aftertaste. Seemed almost like a malt beverage rather than a malty beer. The smooth character I normally associate with this style, just was not there. The drinkability is good; I could see myself having a few of these in one sitting.

I'll have to try this beer again on-tap.

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Photo of Pdu8s
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Little head, very dark color. looks delectable

S- light smell, not overwhelming. Chocolate, almost vanilla smell

T- starts with an alcohol taste, almost fruity at the beginning. By wow how it finishes! It becomes a light chocolately flavor that ends roasty/malty. Caramel notes pervade throughout.

M- starts slightly thick, but goes down smooth. A great compliment to how it tastes.

O- there is a reason this is a world class beer. It is very tastey and the consistency in one's mouth matches the taste. top-quality dark beer. a must-try!

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

Pours a color close to inky black at first, but shows some deep ruby red clarity when held up to the light. A big, creamy, light-tan head tops this one off - nice retention, however much to my surprise, not much lace is left behind.

Nose is powerful, right from the start. Caramel malts take center stage with some sweet, brown sugar heavy in the background. Light fruits also help contribute to the sweet smelling aroma - raisins, plums - all covered in molasses. Some grains help dry things out a little bit and stop the aroma from being too overpowered with sweetness.

Up front, the alcohol is noticeable, especially considering the brew is only 6.7% ABV, but it's far from off-putting. It meshes with the dark fruits to give almost a wine-like presence and sweetness. This beer is nearly as sweet as it smells - molasses, syrup, deep black licorice, and a faint spice, somewhat reminiscent of anise. Rustic, dry cocoa flavors hide in the back, but are definitely there.

Roasted malts? A little. But I'm getting a larger quantity of sweetness from the malts here - this brew is very caramely and toffee-like. Some earthy undertones trace the outline for this beer, with some herbal hop aromas, slightly tea-like on the tail end. Aftertaste is a fading, earthy caramel sweetness with a hint of dry bitterness. Medium bodied, light creaminess to it on the palate, medium amount of carbonation.

Very robust and full-flavored brew. Haven't had many Doppelbocks, but this one was certainly tasty. Packed with intense malt and sweetness without being cloying - very impressive. Score may adjust once I open up and sample more and more beers of the style, but this is definitely something I'd like to have again.

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

Celebrator...I've waited a long time to try my first doppelbock, and I might as well start with the best...

Poured a dark, dark, DARK chestnut, with ruby tones reflecting light. A strong two-finger head quickly died down to a thin layer of foam. First deep breath revealed a touch of caramel and some spices. Taste was rich and malty, with the same caramel and a nice complexity of spices as well as a roasted edge that's so palpable its almost chewy. Definitely strong on the caramel, though.

This felt a lot lighter and easier to drink than its flavor and complexion would have you believe. I usually don't like brews this soft and malty, but this is good--no wonder it's legendary. Still, and I hate to say it, but to me this is a very good but not great beer--but that's more to do with personal preference than the quality of Celebrator, which I can definitely appreciate even if it isn't my style. My tastes wouldn't stop me from recommending this to anyone, especially if you like stuff along these lines (that means you, Joj and Erti).

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label has notchings along the bottom that probably correspond to a brew date, but I don't know how to read them.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 of an inch of light brown, foamy head. This disipated quickly to just a thin layer of foam. The beer is almost opaque, but when you hold it up to the light, you can see a little bit of a reddish tint.

Smell: Malty, with an alcoholy sweetness. Almost a hint of raisins.

Taste: Initially, the sweetness of alcohol, followed by malt, and finished by roasted barley bitterness. A decent amount of bite from the CO2.

Mouhfeel: Average level of carbonation, mouthfeel is pretty good, decent body.

Drinkability: This is a very filling beer. I imagine it has to do with the high levels of maltiness, carbonation, and alcohol. Good, but not a session beer.

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

Glassware: Mug

Appearance: Opaque, like a dark roast coffee, with a thick, tan head.

Smell: bread-ish with a strong and sweet molasses smell, also some aromas reminiscient of dark cherry. Some spicy notes in the background.

Taste: Opens with roasted flavors; then, a very balanced middle...bitterness equaled by the molasses/roasted malt taste. Ends dry with a dark chocolate and (as it warms) coffee taste. Mellow throughout but interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Mine had pretty low carbonation; medium-bodied with a slick feel.

Overall: Solid brew...No faults. Not a big or intense beer, it was more mellow than I was expecting, but I enjoyed it and will certainly have again.

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Photo of windigo32
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had one of these tonight, served in the proper "Celebrator Glass".

A: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue when light passes through it. There is a tan head that turns white after settling for a bit. The head is composed of fine bubbles.

S: A nose of roasted malt is unmistakable with this beer. Possibly plum or fig as well.

T: Crisp and clean roasted malt taste. No bitterness or harsh after taste like some doppelbocks have.

M: Feels rather smooth in the mouth.

D: The crisp and clean taste with the lack of after taste makes this a very drinkable bock.

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

Poured pitch black, no light getting through, with a two finger white head that dissipated into a thin lacing. The nose is very sweet, strong malts, alcohol is definitely present. This left my mouth confused after my first sip. The malts are sweet and strong, my mouth is left searching for the hops, but none are to be found. The after taste is slightly fruity with a nice alcohol burn. I do love me hops and consider myself an ale man but this Doppelbock is defintely a nice surprise.

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

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is dark brown with beautiful ruby hues when held to the light. The head is a lovely fluffy light brown.

S: Dominated by malt, and syrupy goodness. A nice bit of roasted aromas in there as well. Notes of brown sugar, and brown bread.

T: Huge malt and roasted character. Matched with the sweet dark flavor of canned brown bread and raisons. Tasty.

M: Medium thickness, good carbonation. And a nice

D: Quite lovely, and a great beer for a cold fall night. Tasty, malty and well put together.

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

Appearance: An exceedingly dark brown body capped by about two fingers of creamy, tan-tinged head that leave only a few bare patches of lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit and smoke over rich, earthy, and sweet caramel malt.

Flavor: Smokiness, mild coffee, and dark fruit over a toasty, earthy, and burnt sugar-like malt backbone. Lightly bitter hops keep everything decently balanced. No sign of the moderately-high alcohol content. Cereal grains, dark fruit, and herbal hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this is remarkably sessionable.

Verdict: Complex and tasty, yet highly drinkable, Celebrator is a brilliant example of the Doppelbock style. Not big and boozy like others in this style, this is a more fine tuned and subtle approach.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost black and opaque. A small tan head dissipates into a wisp after a few seconds.

Aroma is some sweet bready malts maybe a bit of raisin.

Malty bready sweetness assaults the taste buds. Hints of raisins and fig before finishing with a little spicy hoppiness.

Not terribly thick on the mouthfeel so it doesn't get cloying.

I generally don't like more malt forward brews so I doubt I'll go back to this one often, but for the style it is pretty good. I was expecting a bit more complexity, but it's still good.

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

Dark caramel in color with a massive 3 finger head on an aggressive pour. Lot's of carbonation.
Tons of toasted malts in the aroma and a bit of alcohol.
This is one malt bomb. Caramel, toast, and a touch of roasted flavors. Also some nice dark fruit flavors compliment the huge maltiness.
Thick and chewy mouthfeel. This is a meal in a bottle.
Very drinkable, very good. This is the dopplebock that sets the standard all others are compared by.

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

This one brings back some memories, haven't had it for five or six years or so...330ml. brown bottle with stylish classic label and plastic white mtn.goat charm hanging on the neck...some things never change.

Pours a very dark brown with hues of ruby red when held to the light. A nice frothy tan head settles minutes later, leaving some decent lacing behind as you go.

Sweet malty nose, toasted, roasty and nutty. A malt lovers dream. Fruity and floral malt, with malt and more malt...toffee, caramel and molassas, smells like candy.

Tastes much like it smells, sweet roasty malts with a subtle nuttiness and a tang of hops in the finish and a grassy aftertaste. Definitely heavy in body, it has a some what chewy, yet lively mouthfeel and a bitter-sweet balanced finish.

Plenty of flavor, complex and balanced, this is a true Doppelbock from which this style originated, it's more like a meal, than just a drink !

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color. Pours a dense tan two fingered head that breaks down into a soft blanket covering the top of the sample. Nice sticky lacing that crawls on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts. Caramelized sugars. Fresh baked bread and wet earth.

T: A nice rich roasted malt base is followed by sweet brown sugar favor. Slight hop presence with a small bite. Yeast and an herbal or earthy finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Slighty dry.

D: I am not a huge fan of the style but this is by far the best dopplebock that I have tried to date. Complex and enjoyable. A well crafted beer. Recommended.

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Photo of ajramirez1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prolly best doppel i have had to date, but doppels are in my bottom third of fav styles. Everything on this beer is decent, nice look, okay smell, alright taste. This beer is above average for its style. A good doppel, use this beer to compare to others as well.
A-

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

Almost black until held up to a light source which reveals that the beer is not completely devoid of translucence. The head is pretty light compared to the color of the liquid and doesn't last long. This is indicative of the lack of carbonation throughout.

I thought the smell and taste transformed twice while I was drinking it. At first, the smell and taste were a not overly pleasant buttermilk biscuit. But it got sweeter and sweeter in the mouth and nose as it warmed until it was not unlike a cinnamon roll. Then this soon gave way to feel and taste that was eerily reminiscent of wine with more and more alcohol showing up.

Overall, I thought it was very solid, but not spectacular. I'll drink it again.

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

A very well balanced beer considering the depth of complexity in flavors. Aromas of molasses, dates, malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, punctuated by firm by elegant carbonation. Taste is rich with dark, dried fruit, coffee, hints of dark chocolate. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Very well crafted although perhaps not one of the more bold and intense doppelbocks.

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

Ok second beer of the "wetting the babies head" night.
Ah love the white plactic goat..its right on the key chain!.Also like ye olde fashioned label.
Now this has one terrific look about it it pours an opulent dark red, almost deep dark blood red..with a small off-white head that doesnt last too long.
Smell as expected with this style is super sweet and malty..so sweet its almost "winey"..but its pleasant not sickening.
The taste is slightly strange it sort of comes in waves..first an almost zanyy sweetness hits , then it fades to a small bitterness, then some sweetnes returns and is finished of with a wet unsweetned chocolate bitterness..very odd...but exciting certainlly.
Very very nice on the taste buds due to the 'waves" of flavour mention above!
A very good dopplebock..but for some reason i still prefer Salvator or Doppel-Hirsch, but this is nice stuff.

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

Pours a decent reddish black color and has a thin tan head. My thoughts on the first sip are that it is a decent Doppelbock, but not nearly as good as it is commonly bragged up to be... It has a decent sweet malty aroma and a very sweet taste, burnt caramel and a roasted malt bite. Paulaner owns me in this category.

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

First had: ?

I have had this on tap and in bottles, but as to when and where I first had it, I do not remember. Probably Eulogy or something.

Cherry cola color, hazy and thick, with a decently-sized tan head that recedes quite a bit but still leaves a good coating of lace on the glass. Malty aroma, caramel, roast, cocoa and dark fruits. Taste of sweet malts and caramel, roasted grains and nuts, raisins and figs, a touch of chocolate; malt-dominant, but I still pick up a faint hoppiness in the finish. Medium-bodied, flavorful, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Nice brownish head. Good retention. Smells of caramel, dark fruits, toffee, and sweet malty grains. Very malty flavor. Tastes of bread, cherries, caramel,and a bit of a roasted coffee character. Medium body, ample carbonation. Great beer. I'm sure I will enjoy it even more once I become more acclimated to the doppelbock style.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,364 ratings.
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