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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4.34/5
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#364
Reviews:
2,449
Ratings:
6,550
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
Wants:
563
Gots:
1,010
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,550 |  Reviews: 2,449
Photo of Zanico
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit up front. There's a hearty malt character that brings a nice, substantial breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Doppelbock to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle

Apearance: completely black, beige one finger head of small bubbles that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Aroma: chocolate, roasted malts, smoked wood, fresh bread, delicate dark fruits, but in a different way than belgian dubbels, for example. Amazing.

Taste: tastes like it smells, with a distinct cocoa/chocolate flavour that is really great. A slight fruity sweetness backed up by some bready notes come through and complete the beautiful experience.

Mouthfeel: alcohol not noticed. Low carbonation makes up for a somewhat watery but full of flavout mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. With a little more of body it would be a 10.

Overall: my first doppelbock ever and feels like I've waited too much to try this. Great beer, would get my hands on it almost everyday if it was available around here. Unfortunately, it isn't, so I'll have to try the Paulaner Salvator and be satisfied wit that.

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Photo of Griphon
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JBDE16
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malty, MOLASSES!

Its darker and sweeter than I expected!
It poured nearly black into a tulip, dried fruit on the nose dipped in molasses, lots of malt.

Molasses and malt dominate the flavor profile.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a dark brown color with a wonderfully lively head of tan foam. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts are prevailant, with hints of caramel and some toffee. Nice. Flavor is robust and packed with different nuances, but suprisingly easy on the palate. Complex flavors of malts, smoke, earth, grains, bread and some light coffee. Wow. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied, with a smooth texture and a touch of creaminess. Good drinkability. The standard by which many other doppelbocks are judged. Recommended drinking.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: If there were more than 12 oz in the bottle, maybe the dogs would've got to taste it...

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330 mL bottle served at al little less than room temperature. Poured directly into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass and enjoyed with dinner.

Appearance; Deep, dark brown in color with some lighter brown edges. Nice, two finger, beige head with moderate retention.

Aroma: Figs, raisans, molasses and a hint of coffee. Big sweetness with a touch of roasted malt. Nicely balanced.

Taste: All the notes from the aroma with some brown sugar and caramel note in there as well. Sweet, but not cloying. Nice balance and the boose never really comews through at all. the coffee component adds a nice bitterness to this.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Works great as something to enjoy for a couple minutes.

Drinkability: Very sweet, with some moderate booziness, but still entirely drinkable. Finishing a couple of glasses would not be a problem.

Overall, a great example of this style that doesn't overwhelm but is just solid all around. I really wish this was easier to come by in NH. Nails exactly what this style should be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown transparent body. Pours a good three-quarter inch head that dissipates quickly to a ring. No lacing.

Smells of dark malt, wood, coffee, leather, molasses.

Tastes complex, some cola, coffee, prune, chocolate, figs, roast chestnut. There is a lot going on, especially roasted notes. Finish has a note of mint and is dry, with a bitter coffee finish.

Body is medium, not much carbonation, which is lightly fizzy.

A very good and drinkable double bock.

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Photo of brianjay
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hello, beer,you are one beautiful looking brew! A jet black but with some dark red hue around the glass when the light shines through. A creamy head with large bubbles which melts after sitting around a bit. The foam hangs around the glass in cloud-like formations.
Put my nose deeply into this one for an aroma of black cherries. On the end of the aroma is a baked bread flavor, no doubt from the malt.
When letting this beer sit in the mouth, I am finding more and more flavors come to life. The instant taste is of banana bread, nuts and candy. The fruit flavor (dark cherries, as I mentioned in the aroma) comes out as well.
Surprisingly light in the mouth, this goes down with ease. The finish is more and more overtaken by the malt, as I can sense a roasted veggie/baked bread taste.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked nice, dark, brown with hi lights of red.Nice thick tan colored head.
Very nice sweet, malty scent.
Very smooth malt flavor accompanied by a sweet fruit and spice flavor.
I enjoyed the richness of the beer.
Pretty filling stuff great beer for "Celebrating" Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Slynger
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a good, full and deep, cinnamon head.
Smells of toffee, molasses, and dark fruits (fig/raisin) with a deep malty overtone.
Taste seems slightly sweeter than the nose suggested (not a bad thing in the least). Sweet molasses and caramel malts. Toffee and dark fruits as well with a slightly bitter finish. This is a flavorful beer with a medium to full mouth feel.
A classic.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Black with very nice head, dense small bubbles great lacing.

Smell - Plum, dark fruit, molasses, tobacco, bitter chocolate.

Taste - Rich sweet malts, little milder on the chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar, oak finish.

Feel - Heavier body well carbonated, great finish not too dry or bitter.

Overall - The aroma really pulled me in with the dark fruit and molasses the flavor was amazing plenty of caramel, dark fruit and little bit of oak.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle with a little prancing ram trinket around the neck. No freshness date to be found.

A - Pours a deep molasses brown (looks nearly as thick!) Yields a finger of light tan head that is extremely creamy and rich-looking. When held up to the light it has some light brown and amber highlights.

S - Strong hints of brown sugar, molasses, cocoa nibs and toasted grains.

T - Rich and sweet up front. Lots of molasses and dark chocolate character. Incredibly creamy and smooth. A slight bourbony booziness is present along with some bitterness from the hops and dark malt. This beer is good, but almost overkill on the sweet factor for me (but that is just the nature of the doppelbock style)

M - As noted earlier, creamy smooth texture with mild carbonation. Medium to thick body. Leaves the mouth feeling sticky like I just ate a stack of pancakes and syrup.

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Photo of BlackBeerDown
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BierStein711
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I've made it to the big leagues....

Bottle poured into chalice, three finger golden brown head.

Smells of chocolate, malt, and coffee. As the night continued, and the brew warmed, more and more of its character became present.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, grain, and alcohol!

Mouthfeel: Thick, like a bock should be.

Overall, this is a beer that will warm you up on a winter's night. This beer's dark brown body screams warmth and comfort. Let the two billy goats on the label show you a beer to be proud of, better yet...

Let them show you a celebration.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark black with a one finger tan head.

S - Plums, slight booze, toasted grains.

T - Toasted grains, malts, vanilla, banana. The sweetness is at a good level, not over the top.

M - Great level of carbonation, sits full, but not overly heavy.

O - A very tasty doppelbock. Good level of balance, and is highly drinkable.

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Photo of freed
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have picked the wrong time to have this, but I wanted malt. The room is probably 90F, and the beer is rapidly approaching that.

Standard 12 oz. bottle with a cool charm. No wonder the beer is $3.50/bottle. Nice deep umber though quite clear. Even finishes without sediment. Aroma is sweet, smokey, and malty. A big malt wave fills my mouth at first sip, warm and sweet. No trace of hops in the aroma, nor as a finishing on the beer. The aftertaste is almost alcoholic, and cereal. This is a wonderful beer, but it was a poor choice for a hot night.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Light orangy-reddish tint. Decent amount of light brown head. Looks pretty solid. Smells a bit bland. Light roast, yeast, some sweet fruit as well. Tastes similar. Nice light roast, yeast, sweet dark fruits. Really nice flavour profile. I can't believe I hadn't tried this before! Its really enjoyable. Well carbonated. Good mouthfeel. Overall very solid

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Photo of mikereaser
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very dark chestnut brown with just a ring of bubbles around the surface

S - aroma is slight hints of roasted malts and caramel

T - very nice complex brew. roasted malts and caramel, a slight creaminess, some hints of citrus hops comes through with a grainy finish

M/D - very light and very tasty, definitely a must try and will be a nice treat

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Photo of bonkers
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. A beutiful beer, dark with ruby highlights, and a thick white head. The aroma is spicy, with dark fruit and phenolic notes. The flavor is bready, fruity and spicy, all in one sip. The finish linges with sweeet dried fruit. Celebrator is medium bodied with adequete carbonation. The beer is damn good.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark brown. Hard to really see much color on the edges of the beer. Lightly tan head is small but compact, level, and frothy. Leaves speckles of lace along the glass.

S-Nose is crammed with flavorful aromas. Darker fruit juices combine with a heavy blast of deep sweet malts. Brown sugar, caramel, fig and prune, molasses. Lots of different scents.

T-Pretty neat flavor here. I get cocoa first. I find it to be the dominating flavor. Along with the cocoa powder is an almost tart fruitiness. The brown sugar, molasses, and tobacco adds big complex edges to the flavor.

M-Slicker, smooth too. Medium to heavy bodied. Softer carbonation. Good feel here.

O/D-Overall, a pretty awesome Doppelbock. Not my favorite style but I can clearly tell why this is the Michael Jordan of Doppelbocks. Just a fantastically crafted beer.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*11.2 oz. bottle*
Look: Very dark ruby red body, off-white lacey ring around my glass.

Smell: Strong notes of toffee, dark red fruits, licorice, well rounded vanilla, faint hint of cocoa.

Taste: Toffee, slight cherry, licorice, bitter cocoa, subtle hints of spice, toasted nuts, vanilla, well balanced dryness that finishes slight bitter.

Feel: Medium-light body, poppy carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty and to the point. I can see why this is called Celebrator. At nearly 7%abv, there is a lot going on. The flavors are pronounced yet seem individual other than just being a mess in a glass. The dryness leaves you wanting more. This is recommended.

*Originally reviewed on 10-18-2013*

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a near-black, extremely dark purple into my mug. A massive blooming head appeared, and it stayed around for quite a while. It showed off a light to moderate amount of carbonation. In the nose I caught scents of dark grape, as well as sweet malts with a bit of an acidic aroma.

Tasting: Malts, malts, malts. That's what you will find in this beer. A sweet, slightly alcohol-tinged flavor hits the front of the tongue, followed by a kick of roasted malt and chocolate-infused grape. This fits the Doppelbock style perfectly, and it was quite pleasant to drink. A medium-bodied beer with relatively low carbonation, its flavors dance across the tongue nicely.

I had this after my college graduation, and its name was very appropriate for the quality of the beer. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to taste a great example of the style.

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Photo of samEBC
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Latest in my quest to expand my experience of German beers. Poured from a bottle into a Watou brewery chalice. Dark chocolate brown with thick khaki head, really inviting. The aroma was enticing as well, but I think I prefer the weizenbock aroma over the doppebock. Just my preference...

Taste was good, malty and a little roasty. The main thing I will rave about was the mouthfeel. Coated everywhere, and felt so smooth. Really awesome in that aspect.

Excellent dopplebock, although Paulaner Salvator is a bit better in my opinion.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,550 ratings
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