Celebrator | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: German 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:
#648
Reviews:
2,478
Ratings:
6,660
pDev:
9.91%
 
 
Wants:
574
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1,051
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Photo of RyanK252
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy khaki head that hangs around for a while and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Toasty, roasty, earthy, lots of dark fruit, and toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, a little roasty, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of coffee, big dark fruit, fig, raisin, and plum, earthy, a hint of smoke, and toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Can't say I'm all that familiar with this style, but you can tell pretty quickly that this one is world class. Really impressive beer.

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Photo of mikeycibelli
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JWsimpleton
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pontzie
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours choclately dark brown color. A very dark mahogany. Active head that came out a very bright white color. Thinned quickly.

S: very subtle. Smells of molasses and malts but very light. Nothing that really wakes me up or prepares me.

T: the taste on the other hand is incredibly smooth and carries a complexity of sweet molasses and delicious toasted malts. Both sweet and sour in some respects. Both smooth and slightly bitter to the finish. Incredibly balanced and thoroughly tasty.

F:. A thick beer that handles the alcohol content gracefully and yet clears the back of the palate lightly. Big bold malts that get close to the coffee flavors that are encountered in great stouts.

O: A great double Bock. Stays true to tradition and is a fine example of lasting recipes that stand the test of time. This one does not need to be fiddled with. Just has a slight confusion with such a bland scent throwing me off the track.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L8037 bottle

Nose if pretty faint with a roasted breadiness, clovey spice, slight suggestion of bitter dark chocolate. Taste is much more pronounced with a clean malt roast and slight to medium bitterness, dark chocolate notes with hints of coffee bean, and a banana clovey finish. Not a sweet beer by any means but the roast is very clean and upfront. Classic taste.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mehak
3.22/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks slightly lighter than cola. Smells like fresh baked bread or a Hawaiian sweat roll. Tastes like liquid bread and coffee, maybe a tiny bit of sweetness. Medium-full body.
Overall a very enjoyable drink but I would save it for winter.

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Photo of gbiello
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pohr10
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ragnorrox
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A classic!!

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Photo of Jpeluso
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer. Brown/dark reddish caramel color, complex malty smells, medium carbonation with a two finger head that leaves a lingering tan lace. Smooth to the palate, full bodied with rich malt taste, balanced with a host of notes that tickle every taste bud on the way down.

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Photo of Baviera
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kcc
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BocaKayakerDave
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of robotic_being
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GratefulFC
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. Pours dark amber, mahogany. Smell is caramel, coffee, brown sugar. Taste is heavy caramel, brown sugar, currants, malt. Cherries and slightest hint of pepper in the back. Bark and earthy comes in after taste. Complex.

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Photo of Bl25
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely deep amber body. Aromas are rich with toffee, caramel, fruity yeast ester, and coffee. Tons of banana bread yeast character and a nice toasted sweet maltiness that is not syrupy. Delicious stuff and good pricing

90/100

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: mixture of dark ruby red and murky light brown. thin, tan head on top

s: toffee, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, earthy roasted malts, sweet berries, and a big bready aroma

t: follows the nose pretty close. big hit of toffee, molasses and caramel upfront. brown sugar and light toasted malts behind that. there is that sweet berry flavor in there as well. a mild nutty flavor towards the backend as well. a hint of booze and some more toffee to close out

m: medium mouth with mid-level carbonation

o: fantastic beer. malty and delicious

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Photo of bhawk1
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of detgfrsh
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml bottle. Opaque dark brown with a finger of brown head. Strong smell of brown sugar and roasted malt as soon as I opened the bottle. Medium, slightly sticky feel. Rich, roasted malt flavor with moderate sweetness. Outstanding.

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Photo of renstink
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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