Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

BA SCORE
96
world-class
2,423 Reviews
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:
6,447
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
546
Gots:
969
For Trade:
21
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Reviews: 2,423 | Ratings: 6,447
Photo of davidchollar
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had a couple dopplebocks, but i really like the style and am looking forward to trying this top pick for the first time.

very dark brown, almost black, but a tiny bit of light passes through along the edge revealing a clear maroon. a smallish dark tan head makes this a good-looking beer. smells like a malt bomb. first impression is wow, malty. next i smell toast and more malt. whoppers.

almost syrupy on the tongue, this is a thick beer, probably not suitable for a rookie. i don't think i would have liked this when i first started drinking 5 years ago. but now i can (sort of, i still am pretty new) appreciate this for what it is, a world class kick ass beer.

the taste is worth celebrating, this beer delivers. full body and nice clean finish with a slight bitterness, by no means sweet, more of a roasty flavor. the taste is an easy 5, i am betting i won't soon forget it. totally deserving of its spot in the best of BA.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from onlyfinebeer.co.uk

Poured a deep dark mahogany red colour... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy and faded to nice thin layer...

Aroma - Strong sweet toffee/caramel maltiness with light toasted notes, strong dark fruit (dates, figs, prunes), treacle, hints of coffee, light hops...

Taste – Strong coffee / chocolate maltiness, definite dark fruits (raisins), nice hop bitterness, slight spiciness, light toffee sweetness, aniseed...

Feel - Quite smooth and slightly oily.. Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable..

Overall - An exceptional beer.... one of the best of it's kind. Extremely recommended....

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Photo of sevineyes
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with the classic plastic goat around the neck.

A: Black. Very black. Has a nice tan head that lingers.

S: Very sweet. Not atypical huge malt smell. Pick up some dry brown sugar and rasins.

T: Very fruity and sweet. Very malty and sugary. Rasin, can pick up some hints of black licorice and dark cherry. Complex flavor ending in a slight bitterness.

M: Dry and carbonation. Ends a bit astringent that acts as a nice compliment to the big malty flavor

D: This is one of those beers that you just can't drink too many of. Although it's got a complex flavor, the richness is a hinderance to drinking many of.

Overall: I'll be the first to admit that I don't care for doppelbocks much, but I've tried to give as impartial and unbiased a review as I can. Frankly I find the style too sweet for my tastes, but if I were to drink one this would top the list of those I have tried. Very complex flavor and unquestionably a fine brew.

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Photo of klewis
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a porteresque brown with deep red hues. A brief one-finger brown head subsides to a frothy ring.

S: Strong malty goodness comes pouring out of the aroma. Also complimented with aromas of honey and brown sugar.

T: Quite malty, but not overly sweet like some. Like other beers that share its color, it has a touch of roasted flavor, giving it an unusual character for a doppel. Strong alcohol presence in the finish.

S: Crisp mouthfeel with a medium-full body

D: This is the first doppelbock that I've had where I could drink more than one in a sitting (all the others I've had were to malty and sweet). A very nice beer to mix up my routine of hop-laced brews. I'm glad I picked this up.

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Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I went out and purchased a 4 pack from the local Beverage Barn. Planned on drinking, quietly, at my house from a glass. I ended up going to a frat house party and drinking it out of the bottle. I must say it has a potent smell and syrupy mouthfeel. I was feeling my stomach ache after the 3rd bottle (i did drink them quite fast). Tastes of dark fruits and molasses. Very sticky. I was licking it off my lips for 20 minutes. I enjoyed a Pear Cider afterwords, and the two mixing tasted like peanut butter!

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Photo of BillyB
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Ludwigs Garten in NYC. The best place other than Germany to try it.
Glass poured a dark brown with amber hues. Very thick, foamy brown head.
Aromas were Roasty, toasty, caramel malts. Chocolate, toffee, figs, plums, raisins and grapes.
Taste was an amazing display of toasted malt and dark fruits and chocolatey, caramelly, toffe-ish decadence.
Very smooth very warm alcohol kick.
Excellent Dopplebock in an excellent German beer bar.

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

A - The color is very dark. Up to the light it is actually ruby red when the light shines through. It pours well with a nice brown head.

S - Smells like fig/raisins, malt, a little fruity, very nice.

T - Tastes malty with a hint of dark cherry then it has a dry hop bitterness to counter the sweetness from the dark malt.

M - Very light on the mouthfeel for the appearance. It seems like it would be perfect if the mouthfeel was a little thicker. Probably a little too picky.

D - Great beer, great doppleback, this one of those beers to use to judge others

Let it warm a little. It is soo much better warm.

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Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark mahagony with a decent tan head that drops to a healthy film. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Spiciness (licorice) and malt

Taste: Malt, licorice, light ginger and pepper. Doughy qualities, yum. Frutiness and dryness in the finish

MF: Complex and filling, Great carbonation levels, perfect, a drink and meal in one

Very drinkable and moreish. Been a while since I had this.
Highly reccomended, so happy that this fared this well despite a long journey from Bayern. the little goat packs a flavor punch!

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Photo of SethB2
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.

Served out of a 12oz bottle in my Sacramento Kings pint glass.

A - Very dark, deep redish brown with a nice one finger head. Lacing is great. Good looking brew.

S - Very nice. Lots of fruit and sweet malt. Very complex. I smell something different every time I put it to my nose.

T - Wow. Starts sweet with fruity flavors and then settles into a slight hop bite. This is as close to perfection as I have ever had. Wonderful taste.

M - Smooth as silk. Low on carbonation.

D - No problems here either. I could drink these all night.

O - One of the best beers that I have had the pleasure of sampling.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mmm…meaty. Very full bodied. Uniquely warming. Uber dark ruby-orange-brown with an impressively huge tan head. Great retention. Carmel, dark chocolate, and toasty raisons in the flavor and aroma. Very dark but very drinkable. Slight dry hop finish. Subtle and effective. A great treat! Sessionable aside from the price.

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Photo of Higravity
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What do you do when you find this bad boy on tap around the corner from your house. That's right you stop by to have a glass in the correct glassware for $3 during happy hour on your way home from work.

Looks like winter's bane robust red-brown darkness with a fluffy boiling fudge cream head. The smell is terrific damn near like boiling wort with lots of over done sweetness without being cloy. Terrific taste if only dampened by the slightly thinish body. While the body makes it more condusive to drinking more it leaves a little to be desired. Whatever, still one of my fav's anyday and I will have some just about everyday until the keg is kicked.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle

Appearance: dark brown, with brownish 1 finger head

Smell: malty, toasty, sweet aroma

Taste: leaves a sweet malty flavor, a hint of chocolate, complex like the smell

Mouth-feel: good, little carbonation, thick and creamy

Drinkability: above average, I could definitely drink multiple over the course of a night

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

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a tall, tan head. Nose is very bready, sweet and malty with a touch of pungent molasses.

Taste is heavily caramelized malts, dark and rich. Elements of pumpernickel, sorghum, licorice, rye, butter toffee, prunes and a sweetness not sweet enough to be cloying. A red-winey element high on the palate. Finish has a lingering dark coffee bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy, very smooth. Eminently satisfying. I could session this one. Plus, a kewl goatee hang-tag, too!

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

Celebrator Dopplebock pours a very dark mahogany brown. The head is modest and is of a mocha color. It quickly dissipates leaving little lacing. But a beer can not be judged solely on its’ head. The smell is fantastic, very malty! It has tones of sweet toffee, anise, cocoa and just a hint of grape.

It tastes of toasted malts and breads. There are many layers to this beer, not just malty. There is an allusion to some hops and a bit of spiciness from the alcohol, I guess. This doesn’t finish particularly clean or dry, but why would you want it to? It leaves a residual taste of dark sugars in the mouth. Very thick and chewy.

This is a fantastic beer. High marks all around and I would recommend it to anybody. Not much to say, except: incredible!

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

This is a very thick and syrupy beautifully sweet and malty Doublebock. This beer is in a league of its own with in this style. WOW!

Appearance: Dark brown with slight amber hues to it. Magnificent fluffy brown head and excellent lacing.

Smell: MMM Toasty dark sweet caramel malts! So malty and so sweet!! This aroma of toffee and figs is truly overwhelming

Taste: As good as the smell. Fantastic toasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, I think there may even be hints of nuts and figs. Complex, intriguing and full flavor puts it all out there on the table and holding nothing back. The aftertaste is sweet and caramely. The sugars that soaked into your gums earlier seep back into your mouth for a long time creating this very nice lingering aftertaste. It evokes in you the desire to take another sip, which makes this beer disappear very quickly.

Mouthfeel: This is the most smooth creamy chewy beer I have had the pleasure to know yet to date.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable! This beer is so sweet its like liquid shoo-fly pie. Almost a 5 but its a bit too heavy to consider it a 5 drinkability but I do think this is a near perfect Doublebock.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Ricochet
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beads in the pour. That means good stuff to me. The reviews are great, I just reviewed JWD's Pale Bock and thought it was great, so, here we go with pretty much the standard. It smelled, like carrot sticks, heavy malt, burnt malt with a coffee note, pungent, a little raisin, lots to love in this beverage. Because I could only see a little light in this, it seemed like a porter or stout with a nice head at the start. Mouth? No way. Chewy. I have had five "gulps" of this and can't get an impression of the mouth, so, I gotta say, awesome. If they want to define how mouth should truly be rated, this would be it. Warming, foamy, alcohol, thick, wow. This is a 5. Period.

Tasting this beverage, well, all I can say is this is almost like drinking pure malt. It's like I'd want to pour it on pancakes. The raisin taste is strong, the dryness of the hops was really evident, and the winey notes define what a quality beer this is. Worth every penny. Drinkability is, well very good. Would I get it again, Yep, but like Gonzo Imperial, I will drink these on special occasions.

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Photo of jslot38
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep mahogony with amber hues on the side (interesting touch, almost ruby red). Barely transparent around the edges. A lovely looking beer, head retains magnificently.

Smell: Deep roasted malts, touch of caramel. Bit of ground coffee, dark chocolate and toffee round it out.

Taste: Up front very mild bitterness created by some earth ridden hops. Malt backbone is littered with complex flavours of caramel, toffee, biscuit, roasted nuts, a touch of smokiness, earthy, coffee, bit of grains and oats at the end.

Mouthfeel: Tingly, good carbonation, slick and partially oily.

Drinkability: I'd drink it all night if I could.

Notes: A beauty, was a little worried because of the hype and following that this beer has that it wouldn't live up. I love being proven wrong. Takes a deserving spot as one of the best beers I have ever had. A truly great experience, and one that I will revisit time and time again.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark garnet foaming with a creamy tan head. Quite a regal visage. The head easily reaches three fingers. Retention is wonderful, while lacing is only average.

Smell: Rich, complex malts. Chocolate, oats, brown sugar. Spicy hop inflections struggle through the mighty malt presence.

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate, some rich, floury oats accented by a nice spicy hop flavor. Hints of coffee ground and cherry. Fine expressive malt backbone balanced well with the right hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Carbonation activates the senses at the finish. Very luxurious on the palate.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Strong, pleasing flavor, not filling, sensually stimulating. Warming, while not inhibiting. Great beer.

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Photo of ski271
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, dark brown with a medium-sized, light tan, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Excellent lacing. The smell is quite sweet with big dark malts. Toffee & molasses are the dominant aromas, and are accompanied by a grainy cookie-like scent, some light yeast and some light herbal hops. The taste is… oh wow this is good. Follows in line with the smell with the dark malts stealing the show. Caramel and molasses take center stage but are surrounded by a supporting cast of many different flavors, including plum, raisin, licorice, cola, alcohol and bready yeast. The finish is dry and has a very light metallic tinge late, not enough to really detract from the overall quality of the beer. The mouthfeel is wonderful for a doppelbock. Full body, and it feels thick and syrupy in the mouth but goes down very smoothly. Now granted, I am a sucker for a good doppelbock, but this is one of the best ones I’ve ever had. Definitely the best bottled one for sure. Very nicely done!

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Photo of rustymoore
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the kind of beer people who want good beer should reach for. Pours with an amber-hued black with little to medium head. Smells of fruits such as apple and figs. Caramel notes are also present. Taste is remarkable aside from being slightly watery. The Bavarian hops really shine through in this beer. The alcohol taste is present but not too obvious. Very smooth and drinkable. I would recommend this for anyone's beer night.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown and beautiful... smallish, dark tan head with excellent lacing. Swirls present legs and stick. Wonderful.

Aroma is exceptional. Deep roasted tones with fig and molasses. Highly malty and full of sweetness. Some hints of chocolate. One of the best aromas out there.

Flavor is malty with roasted qualities. Tiny bits of chocolate. Slightly wine-like in character. Nearly smokey. Molasses. Excellent flavor.

An excellent beer to sip and enjoy.

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

Poured a deep brown color with dark reddish highlights. Head was tannish, puffy , and lasted forever. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Taste was toasty and loaded with dark fruits (raisins, dates. prunes). Taste was absolutely superb, with with the nice toasty maltiness predominating, and the dark fruis adding a subtle sweetness and strong background fruitiness. Very complex mixture of taste. Finish is strong and is the perfect ending to this beer. Easy drinkability that hides the alcohol content extremely well. Outstanding si the best description.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of all i have never seen a beer with a plastic ram hanging from the neck so they get creativity points for that. This poured a gorgous deep brown color with a nice creamy looking yet fizzy tean head. The aroma is smoky and sweet, quite malty w/cocoa hint. The mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and smooth. The flavor is malty as hell with some caramel flavor also. A fruityness sneaks in every now and then. This is so robust and rich yet the drinkability of it leads me to conclude that this brew dominates over the optimator.

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Photo of chrisms86
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A complex flavor which is not so complex as to compromise the enjoyment of the brew. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and the smell is exceptional. The appearance is fantastic and makes me want to dive in. Relatively inexpensive to other top 20 brews, this one is highly recommended.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had a good bit of this beer lately, and as far as I'm concerned, it is the picture-perfect, model doppelbock. There's been a good bit of talk about Sam Adams double bock lately, but Celebrator completely puts Sammy to shame.

The flavor is wonderfully complex. There's a fantastic slightly-burnt quality to this beer. Rich maple syrup tones as well. Chewy and roasty and full bodied. Lovely mocha head and a deep dark body. I found myself craving this out of nowhere in the middle of the day at work today, and I'm going to have to go back to my local bar for more.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,447 ratings.
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