Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

BA SCORE
96
world-class
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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:
2,419
Ratings:
6,432
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
539
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962
For Trade:
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Photo of pkalix
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i got a very dark (ruby around the edges) pour from this, with very little head on top.
the smell is of a very toasted, malted elixir, very reminiscent of an age long passed. i'm happy this stuff still exists, though.
the taste is sweet and dark and i absolutely love this stuff! i love the sweetly malted taste and the beautiful smell i get when i put it to my mouth.
i like the round feeling of carbonation with the thickness of the taste.
overall, although i have had a couple of these within the last year, i realized i hadnt reviewed one yet and i'm at a loss to explain the difference of the recent tastings versus the tastings of 20 years ago. this is certainly one of the best beers i have had in the last couple of years and the fact it comes from Ayinger doesnt surprise me.
20 years ago, the little goat hung from the neck of the bottle in a thicker, red and white intertwined rope; today's offering is a pathetic little red string i could floss my crowns with. yes, it was noticed. i still have several of these GOATS hanging from my DER BARON's mug from yesteryear and this pathetic little note confirms the cheapness the old empires have sunk to. and 20 years ago, though, i didnt like this beer much . . . . i'd love to find this stuff on tap...

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Photo of THEBEERBAR0N
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer from a pilsner glass after pouring it out of a 12oz bottle. Lacing is negligable.

It runs a deep mahagony color with minimal cappucino head that quickly gets absorbed back into the brew.

Bready smells with caramel, butterscotch, molasses, christmas spices... and so much more. This brew has an amazingly immense depth whose flavors transcend the bounds of my vocabulary.

The taste matches the smell... deep and rich with a lot of earthiness, breadiness, and caramel/toffee/butterscotch notes. I also get maybe... raisins? Finishes with a pleasant warming alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick at first and then somewhat chewy on the palate for the finish. The flavor sticks with you well after the last sip.

Drinkabililty is high but perhaps a bit heavy for the summer months, definitely a beer I prefer on a rainy night.

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

This was one of the first craft brews I tried and haven't had it in quite a while. Smells like baked bread, brown sugar, sweet malts, and just a bit of sourness. Taste is just as amazing, if not more. Same as the smell, with the addition of dark fruit. A nice lingering flavor with some of that sourness. Time to revisit Dopplebocks.

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

Man, this is one good beer.

Appearance: Deep brownish red. Very dark, beautiful. A fairly large head forms, but disapears as you drink.

Smell: Rich, creamy and malty. Maybe a little bit of cookie dough?

Taste: What can I say? It's beautiful. Sweet but not overly so. A chocolatey, creamy taste is the first thing you get. Beneath that there is a wonderful bready/doughy flavor and hints of some dark fruit. Sweeter by far than the beers I typically drink, but somehow it's balanced. Very faint hop and alcohol bite. Finish is very long, with that chocolatey creamy malty taste just resting on your tounge.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, but pretty viscous. Good carbonation, but it maintains the creamy aspects of it's flavor.

Drinkability: Two of these were gone before I had a chance to notice it. This is one damned drinkable beer, though it's a little heavy to drink several.


Final note: I am absolutely wild about this beer.In fact, I'm so crazy about this beer that I can't tell if I'm objective in rating it. It's one of the best I've tasted, no kidding. For all the talk of creamyness and sweetness, at it's core this is a highly balanced brew. The brewers at Ayinger are true craftsmen. This is a work of art.

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

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy light oak head that retains well. Not much lacing to report, but the color and head are marvelous.

S: In a word: wow! Rich molasses, candied figs, brown sugar, and caramel all blend together wonderfully in front of a backdrop of rich toasted bready malt aromas. Damn near the best nose on a beer I've had to date.

T&M: I'll describe the feel first, as I'm still trying to get a handle on everything I'm tasting here: The body is medium with a light, fine carbonation that produces a smooth velvety mouthfeel that's absolutely delightful. Tastes include dark fruits, molasses, rich bread, some slight grassy/earthy hops, and a tinge of roasted malt. Wonderfully complex and bold. Truly an excellent beer.

D: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is a work of art. The only thing limiting drinkability is the ABV and slight heaviness in the stomach. Still, this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed--not sessioned.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most impressive beers I've seen recently. Very dark brown, though not as dark as it perhaps could be. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Pure toasty chocolate malt with a relatively clean finish. Much sweeter than I would have expected. Mouthfeel is soft and inviting, and the whole beer is eminantly drinkable.

And the bottle came with a cool little plastic goat that you can play with. Nifty.

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

Huge, puffy tan head. Good lacing. Really, really dark red in color. It's almost black really, but there are these deep red tones the come through every so often. For some reason it reminds me of a dark red wine. Actually, if you hold it to direct light (which I know you're not really supposed to do to judge color, but sometimes it's interesting) the light turns bright red through the beer. A really intriuging looking beer.

The smell actually has a creamy texture to it. That seems really strange, but that's how it feels to me when it hits the nose. It's a sweet malt scent. Maybe a hint of caramel. Maybe a hint of pine and citrus too. Definitely a touch of chocolate. Chocolate brownies actually. Just a bit of a fruity scent too. None of this is particularly strong, but it smells good.

Tastes of smooth chocolate and a little caramel. Some malt characteristics. A little coffee or espresso. There is absolutely no trace of the alcohol, which I found a little surprising. Not that this is particularly high, but I can usually get a little of it if I try. A little of a dry rasberry flavor seems to creep in as it warms.

Extremely smooth, rich and creamy. This is a fairly heavy bodied beer. Mostly sweet, but there's a little bitter bite on the finish. Very nice really.

Had this as a dessert-like cap to the night and it worked perfectly. This is a tasty beer that I will probably be looking for more of and introducing friends to.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a beautiful ale! Dark cherry/mahogany body. Lush, 3-finger, tan pillow-head that seems to last forever and lace all over the place.
Smell: Sweet malt, molasses, caramel. Fresh, energizing, bready nose.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Thick, lush, knife-and-fork chewyness. Sweet (but not as cloying as some other doppels), creamy, followed by semi-dry finish. Alcohol hangs back in the taste/mouth, but sneaks up later in the overall "experience."
Drinkability: A stellar brew, worthy of it's BA ranking (sets the standard for its style IMO). I find the combination of sweetness and ABV (in general) to be formidable for extended sessions. Make sure I always have a bottle or two of this around when in need of a cheer-me-up. This is one of the beers that originally hooked me on micros.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A.Dark,burgundy where the light penetrates. 1 1/2 finger head that looks creamy and delicious.
S.Lots of malt, slightly roasted and believe it or not, grape soda.
T.MALT!After taste reminds me of grape soda, in a good way.
M.Full body, creamy, good amount of carbination.
D.I could drink this all night.Overall one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - a clear almost black colour, two fingers of mocha head formed at late and retained extremely well leaving random sticky lacing
S - roasty and candied fruit up front, bittersweet chocolate and alcohol
T - roasty and caramel malt, sweet fruit, burnt sugars, hints of chocolate, buttery, and just a hint of leafy hops, this has it all!
M - medium chewy and creamy smooth coating the whole mouth
D - this is almost a perfect beer, so rich and complex, definitely the best of the style that I've tried, just wish the price didn't match the quality

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Photo of cpn920
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby/brown with a quickly dissipating tannish head. The smell is definitely one of a malt aroma. The taste is amazing with a nice range of flavors, from fruits to mild coffee undertones. Perfect balance that leaves you craving more. I love this beer and is without question a worldclass doppelbock.

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Photo of Ri0
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500ml bottle into tulip. Deep dark brown with a 2.5 finger effervescent light brown head. Slowly fades into a cap and deposits fine lacing on my glass. Copious amounts of fresh baked molasses bread, caramel and dark fruit fill the air. Flavor is heavy malts with bread, molasses, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit galore. Feel is so smooth and creamy, liquid velvet carbonation. Outstanding Dopplebock, not sure why it took so long for me to write a review.

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Pours a deep amber brown, with a dark tan head. Not quite black and still catches some light.

S. Bread pudding with raisins, malty, sweet, some toffee.

T. Bread pudding with raisins, drizzled with plum brandy sauce. This is divine and delicious. Many others flavors to pick out here. Alcohol is well integrated.

M. Viscous, very full and round. Coats your whole mouth.

O. Amazing beer. Not sure how I missed it, but it is among the best I have had. A must try.

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

Poured a 11.2 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Huge rocky, creamy, thick head. The body looks very dark and rich. As it's being consumed, it leaves a substantial amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly roasted malt and a good dose of clean hops in there as well.

T: This brew is very complex in that the first couple of sips seemed to have a lot of roasted malt flavor up front. Then, as I took the next few sips, the roasted character of this brew seems to mellow out and the hops really shine through more to balance the malt sweetness. In my opinion, the only thing missing from this brew is that it actually needs just a slight touch more of malt sweetness for all the hop flavor it has.

M: Simply awesome. Perfect for the style, but still doesn't weigh you down.

D: Without a doubt, the most drinkable double bock I've ever had. It's not quite as sweet as most brews of the style, and I just can't get enough the awesome hops that do such a nice job of balancing everything out. Also, this brew has a somewhat lower ABV than most doppelbocks, which makes it an excellent session beer if you feel like having a few. My local grocer just started getting this beer, it tastes so good I forgot the expensive price already!

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Photo of mikeg67
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, juicy, liquor like malt, dark fruits (mostly prunes), with some light hoppy notes in the background. Flavor is very rich, sweet malt and dark fruits with floral hops in the long finish. Simply Great!

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Photo of amaginbeer
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a nice dark color with an aroma of caramel malt tones. It has a bit of sweetness to it, but is well blended at the finish. It is going to be a favorite doppelbock on my list.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark brown with a good dose of red. Doesn't leave much head, but the film it does leave is attractive.

S - Intoxicatingly sweet malts come with hints of plums and other dark fruit. Not too complex, but it's nice.

T - Sweet bready malts and plenty of those dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates). A touch of molasses.

M - Drier than expected, and high in carbonation. The malts stick around a little bit, but it's not unpleasant. Actually it's nice.

D - This is a beer that goes down way too easily. World class.

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Photo of mcallister
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark and delectable looks. Reminiscent of making homeade caramel on the stove top. Thick and foamy tan head. Great retention with thick lace. Much darker than in the bottle.

Thick with caramel, and layered toffee malt aromas. Sweet milk chocolate also teases the senses.

Double bocks and eis-bocks have been one of my favorite styles of late and this beer on draught proves this theory. Sweet somewhat roasty layers of caramel malt. Toffee coats the tongue on the long 45 second finish. Also the milk chocolate comes into play on the finish. Just spectacular.

Creamy thick mouthfeel could drink till I'm on my ass.

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

I recall it being at the top of the BA top 100 list several years ago, ever since joining BA Ive been wanting to try it.

It pours near black with deep ruby highlights. I giant super creamy head is formed on the pour. It lasts a very long time and coats the glass with patches and webs of lace. The aroma is lively and complex with chocolate, overripe prunes and figs, caramel, winter spices (nutmeg?) and a subtle alcohol spice.

The taste is aromatically malty, with an airy, fresh character. Layers and layers of fruity, doughy malt abound. Some roasty, coffeeish flavors and dark chocolate ensures this is never cloying. Alcohol is very well hidden, as are the hops. Just a ghost of hellertau flavor is perceptable. The finish is sweet and somewhat grainy. The mouthfeel is thick and incredibly smooth with subtle tiny carbonation bubbles.

Ultra complex and tastey, a full on tribute to the glory of malts.

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

Very nicely presented 11.2oz bottle with the ornament around the neck.

Appearance- Quite dark with hues of red and brown. It gurgles out of the bottle producing a big frothy, nearly tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell- Very aromatic. Chocolate covered raisins, a bit fruity, slight amount of alcohol is percievable.

Taste- Chocolate (the sweet kind), raisins, something marshmallow-like, and just a bit fruity. A warming alcohol finish with a coffee twist to end it. Hints of nuts somewhere in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Umm... pretty much perfect. Thick, creamy, smooth. Modest carbonation fits well.

Drinkability + conclusion- A deliciously complex brew that while filling, I would be able to session just out of pure enjoyment. I should have broken down and bought this sooner. This has got to be in my top 5 favorite beers.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful dark mahogany, with an agressive cream colored head. The aroma is all malt, with hints of fruits, spice, and toast. The flavor is rich. Malty sweetness dominates, with toffee and fresh baked bread. The finish is very clean, with a slight hop character. Celebrator has a great silky mouthfeel, and is very easy to drink. This is a perfect example of the doppelbock style, and is definitely a benchmark.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in a four pack at Wegman's, bottled date unknown. I normally don't drink this type of beer, being an IPA guy, but as this beer had great ratings, I thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed at all. A: Dark Brown molasses almost, with a nice light brown foamy head that dissipated after a bit. S: Very inviting, roasted caramel, nutty and raisin-like. T: The taste matched the smell with a caramel-nut-raisin taste. I could imagine drinking this fire-side. M: Tasted great in my mouth. Very little hint of the alcohol, if any. Smooth, refreshing. If you stick this in the fridge, be sure to let it sit a good 15 minutes before drinking. You don't want to drink this ice cold. Let it warm up. Very pleased and looking forward to drinking the three others.

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Photo of starkdog24
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass bar cup, it was rich thick, very dark brown. The head rose slow and then grew rapidly to almost an inch (blame my anxiousness). In about 30 seconds, there was just an outer lace of head adhering around cup. Initial taste is sweet, dark sugars just like you smell -- caramel, brown sugar, toasted coffee, still working on other awesome adjectives etc. Just a fanstastic robustic blend in your mouth all at once. I think I let out a verbal "wow" at this point. Yeah, it's that good. I took a good mouthful taste, and realized the back of my tongue (bitter) does not like it as much. But, you will enjoy every sip of this beer!!

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had. I highly recccomend it.

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

I have been waiting to sample this beer for some time now. Everything looks grand about it. The label, the glass and of course the little plastic medallion that sits around its neck.

Pours very dark brown in color with a 3/4 inch head that seems to last. The smell is sweet, malt, chocolate and honey. One of the first things that I notice---smooth! The taste is earthy, old, metallic, plum and raisin. The aftertaste is more chocolate and it gives that warming feeling.

This might sound odd but it reminds me a lot of Rapscallion Creation.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a deep deep rich amber color. I say amber because when held up to the light it is a deep amberish red color however when in the glass and not to the light it's just black looking. There is a nice two finger head coming out of it that I didn't expect to show up for some reason but it is there and it falls to a thiner one finger and stays there nice and dense. Great lacing as well.

S= pungent. I can smell it from a ways away which I havent been able to do with some of my more recent beers so that's a plus. When I stick my nose in there I get a lot of aroma. Nice sweetness to it. Smells almost like some delicious cookies. Good chocolate and roasty notes. Not so much coffee notes in this one which I usually expect from a beer of this color. Really a nice sweet smell. It may seem odd but it smells lagered. I dunno what it is but it has a nice crisp distinct lager smell.

T= Ta ta ta tasty tasty. Smells very similar to the smell. Almost to the tea. Upfront of the tip of the tongue it matches the smell word for word. As it passes along the tongue I get more bready doughyness from it that is just great. The finish is nice and bready with lingering roasty chocolaty taste on your tongue making this a beer you can nurse for a while and just enjoy without having to go back to much

M= Smooth and clean. Really sort of light I guess. The mouthfeel isn't my best evale area but I like this one.

D= As I mentioned before this beer has a lasting flavor so you don't have to chug a ton of them down however if you wanted the alcohol is a little lower so you could have a few... I wouldn't get too carried away though. This beer has great flavor and nose with a lasting complex mouth on it. I can see why it's among the highest rated in it's class.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,432 ratings.
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