Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had only had this once, out of the bottle, years ago. Why haven't I had this again? Wow!

Among the darkest (if not THE darkest) and thickest-looking doppelbocks I can recall. The foam is a bit lighter than I would have expected (no roasted barley, just decocted?). Despite its appearance, it doesn't look like a (dry) stout. Looks heartier, that's for sure.

First impression of the smell is the unmistakably molasses, almost ginger snap aroma. Comes across like a dark, dense, molasses-y German bread with a bit of underlying dark fruit (black grape, cherry), and a kiss of alcohol.

While the taste, like the smell, screams "dark-toasty, lightly-spiced, dense, dark bread", I can't help but get a little peppermint(?!), as in, candy cane. Super rich-malty. The overall taste, maybe more than any other (German) beer, is that of "liquid bread". The body, for me, exhibits a filling-smooth, almost doughy quality. Perhaps it could be a little cleaner - but that's only what I'd expect from a lager. Can't argue with what this offers though. Such a rich malt character! - Dark-toasted bread - dark, but not roasty or bitter - bold molasses and background cherry. The depth of the malt flavor is excellent - sticks around on the palate for what seems endlessly.

This beer has some complexity but also very (unique) bold/loud flavors - more character and depth, but less clean than most. Whatever - I'm rambling here - it's a fantastic drink!

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!

Truly the class of the doppelbocks. Poured a dark, garnet color into a pint glass with a half inch, white head that dissipated quickly.

Aromas of molasses and caramel. Smelled really good!

The taste was exceptional. Sweet, malty, very molassasy with hints of caramel.

Nice, clean finish.

Very drinkable. Highly recommended!

(And I liked the little goats that came with the bottles!)

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Photo of mariposafan
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fairly hard pour gives 2 fingers of beige foam that takes a few minutes to settle to lacing. The beer is dark, dark brown until held up to the light when it shows a clear dark ruby color.

The smell is roasted malts and dried fruits with some sweetness.

The taste is rich, semi-sweet fruits and chocolate. Some back-of-the-tongue bitterness with a dry finish. As it warms the fruitiness comes to the fore.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with some alcohol drying it out just a bit.

Easy, easy drinking beer. It would be unwise for me to have more than one but the temptation is definitely there.

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Photo of jxboldaslovexh
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, rich, mahogany in color. the head is thick and light tan in color. head retention and lacing is excellent.

smell: deep, complex malts. smells of roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate and caramel. the presence of the alcohol can be smelled as well.

taste: perfect melding of subtle hops and complex malts. the presence of roasted malts create a lasting taste on the tastebuds. the hops and alcohol content add a subtle spicyness which melds perfectly with the malty sweetness and flavors of coffee and caramel.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, of a medium bodied mouthfeel.

drinkability: although slightly higher than average in abv, it is still an easily drinkable beer.

notes: a testament to german beer making

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Photo of zeledonia
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with ruby at the edges when held to light. Quite clear despite the dark color, though very little light actually makes it through. The medium-tan head is fluffy and leaves great lacing.

Smell is all delicious rich caramel malts. Figs, chocolate, and root beer. And of course the characteristic bready yeast smell. The layers of complexity are amazing.

Once again, I get rich, sweet, bready, fruity malty goodness. Dark fruits like figs and a hint of cherries. A touch of tangy spice comes in late to give some more variety.

Thick and heavy, chewy, with just enough carbonation to balance out all that weight. Also has a creamy smoothness. Definitely on the thick side compared to most other doppelbocks.

This is simply an outstanding beer, all around. I could imagine the taste being a bit deeper or more complex, but I've certainly never encountered such a beer. Simply the best doppelbock I've had, bar none.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMM, good. Excellent double bock. Pours a very dark, brownish color with reddish amber around the edges. I poured this one pretty fast and came up with a 2 inch head that was light brown and frothy. The lace is very abundant from top to bottom.

The aroma is very malty with a nutty undertone. Also hints of toffee or sweet coffee.

The taste is excellent, also malty, nutty and sweet caramel. The aftertaste is definitely coffee tasting and slightly alcoholic and also very malty. This is the champion of double bocks in my opinion.

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Photo of dpianka
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 3/16/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Celebrator
type: Ale
style: dopplebock
brewery: Ayinger
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 55

Appearance: a beautiful rich freshly varnished mahogany

Smell: first hit: fruit leather, (sure this is a serious beer, but all beer is fun damnit) then onto rich caramel hops and banana

Taste: like someone decided to make a really complex banana custard. Pleasant pine undertones with almost a hint of Irish whiskey. As it warms up, rich grape takes over and is almost malty caramel kool-aid like.

Mouthfeel: a great balance of creamy and carbonation with slight preference to carbonation

Overall Impression: I could drink this. I will drink this. There is a reason a beer like this has already been rated so high. Beautifully complex, yet simply delicious.

Food Pairing: I had this with some Irish lamb stew and it really goes perfectly. This would also go with some bananas foster as silly as that sounds now. A hamburger or some bratwurst would be really yummy, maybe a pretzel and whole grain mustard. I’m hungry again.

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Photo of illidurit
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into the official Celebrator glass. Deep brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy light brown head that sticks around forever.

Yeasty, malty aroma with coffee grounds and dried fruit.

Toasty sweet malt flavors abound: coffee, milk chocolate, molasses, caramel. There is a slight hop flavor and a slight pepperiness. Fruity esters come into play with warmth.

Modest carbonation results in a big chewiness. Smooth and sweet. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of salukiKMO
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is beer.
A- like maple syrup only a touch darker and thinner
S- malty, with a hint of raisin
T- hits all the taste buds perfectly, sweet and mellow
M- velvety and smooth
D- This is a beer where I wish I bought more than one. If you see it, get an extra for the cellar.

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Photo of Dopplebock
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although served from the bottle, this beer has it all! A wonderful malt fragrance carries the dark mahogany colored liquid as it pours into the glass. The mouthfull combines chocolate and caramel malt with a minimal hop presence. Smooth as silk, this dopplebock has an exceptional drinkability. The finish is moderately sweet with hints of vanilla. This beer is for one who truly wants complex levels of flavor! Let it warm to room temperature (recommended), and you open yet more complex flavors. I am not sure I've even experienced the full palate of flavors in this exceptional brew!

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Photo of pojo41
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, rich, brown color with ruby tint in the light. Aroma of sweet, dark, roasted malt. Taste of dark malt and raisin and a hint of smoke. The flavor hides the alcohol very well but, you still know you are drinking a substantial beer. Excellent

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Photo of markman
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock:

This remains one of my all-time favorites. Beautiful near-pitch colored pour settles quickly to a gossamer topped sea of liquid silk. Aroma is a deceivingly light meld of subtle grain and easy malt. Taste is just uber-freakin-liceous. Chewy malt, chocolate, molasses…beautimus, just beautimus. Creamy mouthfeel and subtle smoky/roasted finish calls to me…gently reminding me of the beauty that is beer. And I know I’m preaching to the choir on this one, but show some respect…cellar temp only, please.

Cheers…

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee, subtle cocoa

taste: beautiful, mild bitterness, rich flavor, coffee notes

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: The best dopple I have had by far, excpectional and i will continue to drink often

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Photo of NightINgale
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release. 330ml bottle...

A - Pours a marvellous dark mahogany/reddish brown coloured body, with a rich light caramel head. Excellent lacing and good head retention.

S - The beer has a very rich and complex malt smell (caramel, chocolate, toasted bread) with some hints of vanilla, cherries and dark fruit (prunes, dates).

T - This is complex like no other doppelbock out there! It starts out fairly typical, with lots of caramel and bread and a slight fruitiness to it, but then I get a massive chocolate and vanilla taste, which ends with a very nice and lingering finish, with hints of toast, coffee and prunes. There are also some minor vinous qualities and a slight hint of honey in the after-taste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth and velvety on the palate. The alcohol barely shows, even after the beer has warmed up.

O - Hands down, this is the pinnacle of the style. Paulaner Salvator might be the original doppelbock, but it seems that Celebrator is... well, the most flavourful. It's also impressive that being so big in flavour it's less than 7% in alcohol.

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Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the court of the prince of beers... Man, this is a bulwark of dopplebocks. One of the very best. This one is an interpretation that is earthier and a bit more scrappy. Perhaps even a little more drinkable than the original dopplebock. Poured wth a nice tan head, fine and a bit creamy. Dark almost opaque brown. A little crisper in the mouth with excellent carbonation. A nice smokey character. Just enough bittersweetness to make you want to have another swallow. Beer at its best!

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. 11.2 oz.

Appearance:
Pours a Coca-Cola brown with ruby highlights (ruby red when under direct light). Head is a 2" smooth mocha cap that sinks to 0.5".

Aroma:
Fragrant raisins and sweet grapes push through a mocha-coffee haze.

Taste:
An instant favorite! Toasted bread and a huge chewy malt mashes with tart dry fruits. Light molasses and spices linger in the background. The finish is sweet and succulent.

Mouthfeel:
It has a wonderfully smooth, creamy and palpable consistency. The modest carbonations breaks free towards the end of each sip to punctuate the residual brown sugar sweetness.

Drinkability:
The second I put the cup to my mouth I knew I was going to love drinking it. It's so full of flavor -- strong and complex but accessible. The consistency is close to perfect for a double bock.

Notes:
I was skeptical at first given all the hype, now I'm confident this is a world class brew. The best part? It doesn't go to high alcohol extremes to impart great flavor and bottomless complexity.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a wonderful beer indeed! If you like powerful tasting darks, then I highly recommend this one. This one has a robust but nice smell, and the malt leaves a prominent chocolate taste in the mouth.The appearance is almost like coffee. (Which is good if you're a fan of darks.) Just a great beer with a wonderful mouth feel and great taste for those who really like the fairly strong to quite strong darks.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator
330 ml brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Christmas Eve 2005 *

Pours a chestnut brown color with a thick tan colored head on top. Trails of lace are rather minimal. Ruby highlights on the bottom of the pint glass.

Whiffs of malts, figs and prunes.

This is an exceptional tasting doppelbock. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick with a sweet caramel twist. The malt presence here is off the charts. Hints of melted caramel and juicy prunes. So smooth and drinkable, it's scary. This beer is pure quality and so enjoyable.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours dark brown with hints of mahogany and ruby towards the light, half finger head that sticks around.
Rich malty smell, with salty roasted grains, dark bread crust, some caramel, a big nut mix, some cocoa powder, faint dried plum. Big expectations.
Which are met entirely, and then some. Lots of dark chocolate, not too rough, but with a nice clear cocoa note. Some salted toffee, some caramel, rich nuttiness (peanut, walnut, faint pistachio). A dark fruit zing, subtle, with some nice dried fig mostly and some faint smoked plums. Faint vanilla and licorice. Gets roastier hinting some coffee but more especially dark bread crust. A bit of charcoal in the finish, mildly bitter, even with a nice German hop presence felt.
Medium to thick in body, oily, with a medium carbonation. Quite "full". Nice nutty, malty aftertaste.
A huge doppelbock, tons of taste, great balance, beautiful from start to finish. Deserves being a classic.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle no date into New Belguim globe

A-Deep brown color, small beige head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruits, caramel and chocolate.

T-Sweet taste has similar notes with hint of smoked wood in gently bitter roasty finish.

M-Medium body and soft carbonation.

O-Overall this beer is fantastic!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Black, some traces of red when held to a light, nice creamy 2 inch head

Smell - Malts, Barely, sugars, spices some coffee and hops. Alot going on

Taste - VEry smooth and easy to drink. Each drink is a sweet flavor, malts and barley with spices. Theres a slight stout edge to it. Its so huge on flavor, you taste so much on each drink, man its a pleasure

Mouthfeel - Superb, like a desert in your mouth, you can enjoy it without being burn by alcohol. Smooth and tasty, tounge, palette, and throat can handle this very easy.

Drinkabilty - Well i just bought a case of this, so its very drinkable. Its more of a winter beer they say but seems to me its a weekly beer. Fantastic and so smooth, wow

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Photo of Ilafan
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It has a nice stout kind-of-taste of coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. It pours dark and is very rich. Love the head on this, too. The smell of roasted coffee and chocolate entices my taste buds very nicely. Yeah! Hey, even the label design is cool! I love this dopplebock!

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Photo of jdmorgan
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best I've ever had, straight up. First of all, it comes in an awesome bottle and pours a dark brown. It had a rich and bold roasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel to it and a medium hop bitterness. The taste was well-balanced and flavorful without allowing the higher amount of alcohol to make it taste "boozy". The mouthfeel was medium/thick with medium carbonation. I felt that this beer was quite drinkable simply because of it's high quality and excellent taste. My only lament is that I'm a college student and can't afford to drink these on a regular basis. Highly recommended!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Celebrator stem pokal... OCCASION: NFL draft day--and the Browns select?... APPEARANCE: "dark" indeed; a cola body that sports a settling white head--not spectacular to look at, but the bottle sports the Celebrator ram talisman, so... AROMA: chocolate, prune, malt, some cola--grapefruit and even some bourbon--in a word, impactful!... PALATE: active cola feel with a subdued effervescence--strong, staunchly full-bodied, and pronounced in its aftertaste...TASTE: ditto on the aroma--stacked malt catapults this past the normal dough/biscuit flavors and into a field reserved for beers I'd break my fast for--the aged alcohol pairs well with the chocolate...OVERALLL: In some ways, a ram's butt to the taste buds--nothing subtle or soft about this doppelbock...a perfect nightcap or dessertif.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle pours a very dark brown color with a creamy cap of tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Nose is sweet and caramely with a touch of dried fruit...raisins or prunes. Not sure Id go so far as to say chocolate, but there are some cocoa-esque notes in here.

Taste is wonderfully malty without being too burnt, toasty, roasty or otherwise bitter. Its so smooth and creamy. Malts are sweet, but never coming anywhere near cloying. There is a kiss of herbal hop bitterness on the finish as well. Just the right strength...some doppels, especially Americanized ones, seem to think they must clock in at 8 or 9 percent. This is one of those beers that you go back and revisit and wonder why the hell it has taken so long to buy again! This is the best doppelbock out there when fresh, I dont even really think it is debatable. Delicious.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,389 ratings.
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