Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: 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

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Photo of stcules
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark color, almost black, with mahogany reflexes. Brown beige foam, average.
The smell is dry fruit (hazelnuts over all), earthy and dusty, and a liquer-like finish.
Dust, earth, cocoa, hazelnut and hint of coffe in the taste, in a roasted malt background.
The aftertaste is of malt, dry fruit, raisins, and then cocoa and chocolate, and a point of astrngency. All in following waves, pleasant.
Absolutely to try!

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPfromTX
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: stout-like appearance, very dark black/brown to deep red amber in heavy light. little head, head is creamy off-white color similar to color of guiness draft head

S: coffee tones with smaller caramel, sweeter overtones. I get a lot of chocolate. Hint of alcohol, definitly can tell from smell that stronger than 6%.

T: dominant coffee and caramel taste, much smaller hop taste. Alcohol very well-hidden. Smooth overall taste with little bitterness and great chocolate character.

M: medium-bodied to heavy, goes down smooth with no hint or burning sensation from alcohol, some bitter-sweet feel drifting towards sweet at the finish.

D: not the most drinkable beer. Stronger than its smell and taste give off. Great beer for someone looking to explore doppelbocks. Not sessionable but definitly worth a cool sip.

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

A - Dark Brown, light khaki head, very nice lacing, barely translucent but cannot see thru brew, head is slow to dissipate

S - Deep rich carmel, earthy, chocolate, bread

T - Rich carmel and chocolate, light hops, molasses, figs

S - Carbonation is excellent, froth is excellent, thick full body, exactly how you want a dopplebock

O - Excellent representation of style. Carmel is deep. Mouth is awesome, flavors are balanced very well. Says 'Finest Bavarian Doppelbock' right on the bottle...this may not be a lie.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear dark mahogony with a medium tan foamy head. The smell is a smoked wood with dark fruit,not too strong,but OK. The taste,like the smell,has dark fruit,smoked wood,vanilla, sweet malt,and maybe carmel. The m/f is medium with a nice creamy feel. All the flavors mix very, very well. An incredible beer well worth all the acolades given to it.

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

Alcohol comes through on aroma and taste. Lovely chocolate brown color, foam, root beer aftertaste. Easy on mouth even with some initial bitterness. Mild roast overwhelmed by malt sweetness. Hint of nuts and chocolate, and pinch of fruit and spices. Great again in March 2005.

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

This one pours a nice dark mahogany with decent head retention.

Smells mainly of caramel and sweet malts. A little lacking, but still quite nice.

The taste on this one is much more rich than the smell. Grains, malts, and some more caramel are hanging around. Even though I know this one has been hanging around the store for a while it still tastes like fresh grains.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy. Very nice.

Pretty drinkable. This would pair nicely with some German food.

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

Deep brown color with dark ruby hues on the edges. A medium tan to brown head. Decent visible carbonation for how dark the beer is. Good head retention with some lacing on the glass.

Lots of malt going on. Some sweet breadiness up front with a definite roasted character and some caramel as well. Hints of chocolate towards the end.

Slightly sweet, lots of bread and biscuit flavors and plenty of roasted character. Also a strong raisin and other dark fruit flavor. A hint of hops towards the end but still mostly malty and sweet.

Rich, full body and rather sweet. A powdery, almost chewy mouthfeel. Overall a big, complex, and very malty beer. A great showcase of what malts can really do for a beer.

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

Pours an almost black ruby with a pillowy off white head that dies rather quick. Smells very roasty, a little sweet of malt and caramel. Taste is quite delightful. The roast is nice followed by multiple layers of subtle sweet flavors. Smooth as silk in the mouth and very drinkable. A delicious brew indeed.

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

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a huge size frothy dark beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, raisins, prunes, roasted/smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels very creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of dark fruit taste - raisins and prunes and also a molasses/caramel flavour. I can also taste roasted/smoke notes and a bit of a woodiness and a tiny bit of chocolate. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely a world class beer that is a must try. It's very drinkable and my glass was empty before I knew it. Looking forward to drinking more of it during the colder weather and holiday season.

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

Pours a lovely dark brownish nearly black color with a nice coffee colored head. Smells of chocolate, coffee and spicey malt. Tastes just like it smell. Nice and full bodied. Spice on the backend of that wonderful bread flavor. I can feel myself getting all the nutrients I need today! Very, very good. I will certainly be back for another of these.

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

Poured from two 11.2oz bottles into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Deep, dark brown. Almost ebony. Creamy, khaki-colored, 1/4 finger head that recedes to a thin film and leaves sticky lace sheeting down the sides of the glass.

S: Big aromas of sweet malty goodness! Chocolate, caramel malt, raisin bread, figs, and a slight lemony hop smell.

T: The beginning is all chocolate and caramel malt. Followed closely by dark fruit, coconut, and brought to a close by a faint whisp of citrus/lemon.

M: Rich and creamy. Surprisingly bitter when cold, but becomes noticably thicker and creamier as it approaches room temperature.

D: In my opinion, this is one of the top two doppelbocks on the planet. Sweet and earthy and so very malty. An excellent treat!

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

Served at Aroma's Cafe and Wine Bar in Augusta, GA. Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a mug.

Pours deep chestnut-mahogany, with reddish highlights when held to the light. The thick, fluffy, light brown head reaches a high peak before settling slowly, clinging nicely to the sides of the glass.

A thick, sweet, malty aroma fills the nose, with notes of toffee and chocolate. Some light herbal hop notes make their way through as well.

Full-bodied, with a rich and chewy mouthfeel, flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, and chocolate dominate the palate. Hop presence is minimal, with some herbaceous, slightly bitter hop notes balancing things out in the middle. Finishes with a thick, lingering sweetness, but one that is far from cloying.

A delicious drinker, and seemingly less-filling than many Doppelbocks out there, though perhaps owing to its minimalist serving size; either way, it retains all of the characteristics that make the style great, with the ubiquitous plastic Bock to go along with it.

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


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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,582 ratings
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