Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BEER INFO

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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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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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours dark brown with a foamy head and a long lasting lace. The aroma is of molasses,hops and toasted malts.
The taste is malts,sweet caramel,alcohol,raisins,plums and just a hint of spice.
The finish is bread,smooth,medium carbonation and grains.

Notes: This was something I had to try and it did not disappoint.
So well balanced,so perfect in every way. I never thought I would have a Doppelbock that was so refreshing,so light bodied and yet so satisfying. Truly remarkable in every sense of the word and sessionable.I would have liked it to be a bit stronger,but what right do I have to complain?

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Photo of Tballz420
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this was a damn good drink. Its a dark brown color with a good sized tan head on top. This is a very smooth beer, it has a creamy feel to it. Excellent malt flavor. Some hop bitterness to balance. Somewhat spicy. A very good beer, its pretty pricy but its worth getting when you got something to celebrate.

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

Not much I can add to the already superlative reviews here. One of the world’s best. This is the doppelbock to which all others should be compared, hands down.

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Photo of meatyard
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle pored into a Celebrator DB glass.

Pours out a clear, dark mahogany with a 1+ finger, tan head that lingers, falling slowly. It's such a pretty color when viewed through a 100W bulb.
The smell is prunes, dark fruit and sweetish malt.
The taste has a lot happening. There's a bit of smoke, some dark fruit, roasted malt and mild sweetness.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, medium body and smooth.
Very drinkable, the first glass goes way too quickly. While not a low ABV, this is still an easy to drink couple with no harm done. This is better than my favorite American DB, Hooker's Liberator which is an excellent DB. If Andechs is better then I really want to try it sometime.
Such a good beer, wish I had a case of it like I had a few years ago-what luxury that was.

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

Appearance – The head came up, lasted and laced, but the body is the story here. This is that deep, dark, rich color that all good Doppelbocks possess.

Smell – The darl malt, bready yeast aroma is here in spades. There’s also a deep molasses scent that fills the room. Some loose fruits and a scent of alcohol complete the package.

Taste – This is monstrous. The molasses comes out in force, laced with brown sugar and alcohol along with deep, roasted, mature yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied and very bitter from the unsulphored molasses flavors. It has a lingering aftertaste, which seems to be a trademark of the style.

Drinkability – This is a terrific representation of the style. It is more complex than most and is a real treat.

Update – I have this occasionally and decided to review it for 2004. This really is a big, complex example of the style and I guarantee will top the list of any blind DB tasting.

Update – I cellared a 2004 vintage and popped it in the spring of ’06. The body held up well but was right on the edge of being spent. The molasses matured times two and the overall mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. It was sweeter than the style standard after being laid down for two years but boy was this some fun to drink.

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

Got this from Belmont Beverage and opened from a bottle. So cold in SB that it was ready to be drank from my closet.

A - Very dark chocolate brown, almost opaque but can see plumish hues to it as well. A nice thick creamy, bubbly head that left lacing down the glass.

S- alot of sweetness coming off of this one as well; smell mixtures of fruit, mostly the grape and plum. Also a bit of chocolate and toffee like sensations.

T - wow this is a really good beer that literally blew me away the first time I put my mouth on it. Loads of malt in it and can taste sweetness but it is not at all overpowering. The taste is a lot of plum, brown sugar, molasses is there too. Rather sweet but it is not at all overpoweringly sweet; it is actually rather well balanced as well. The aftertaste is a little less plummy but that is mostly what I note; also a nice warming alcohol taste which is necessary to offset some of the sweetness. Leaves a nice roasted flavor in the mouth as well.

MF - A light carbonation, not too sticky either; a little bit thin but pretty good. Leaves a slight tingly aspect on your tongue.

D - For such a big beer this is very drinkable. I think I could drink these one after another and definitely one that I would pick up again if I saw it out lying it around. A definite must buy if you see it lying around. Plus you get those white goats on the bottles! Agree with the one guy down below that this is one beer that I drank a lot faster than I thought I would.

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

Pours out a light tan head that doesn't retain very well, thinning to a crown quickly. Color is a soupy deep-brown/almost-black thing that glows with a ruby tinge when held up to light.

Aroma is beyond malty...a lively, nutty, sweet aroma reminding of pumpernickel, toffee, chocolate syrup. Hell, it's almost futile comparing this to anything. If you've had a few of these, you come to learn this is simply "Celebrator".

Same goes for the flavor. If you know this one already, you'll never mistake it. Everything in the aroma comes out even stronger in the flavor, bringing along frothed milk, burnt raisin, a very slight hint of smoke, soil, more nuts, more chocolate. And more frothed milk. All bolstered by a substantial, slick, thick mouthfeel that is simply superb.

A German classic. And of the best bottles ever, considering the plastic goat on the bottle neck (the grown-up equivalent of the free toys you used to get in cereal boxes?) and the old-time/timeless label drawing. I need to buy a case of this stuff and have it always on hand. Or better yet, a jeroboam. Lovely, lovely stuff.

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

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a downward cascading 2.5 finger semi-fine brownish-cream head with respectable retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque purplish-brown. Lacing is stringy and sptty and never strays far from the head.

S: Caramel, coffee, toasted toffee, signature European malt mintiness, slight sourness and cream. Overall aroma is very cakey and doughy. Pungent, yet subdued and subtle at the same time.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, toffee sweetness. Sweet coffee and cream linger in the background. Spicy at points that constantly tickles the back of the throat. Very chewy in the middle and even a little bit fruity. Burnt plums? Coffee comes back around for another go at the end. Slightly roasty characteristic this time though with the same accompanying sweetness. Finish is messy with a lingering roasted malt sourness that gets sweeter just as it disappears from the tongue.

M: Medium bodied and smooth as all hell. At 6.7% this is by no means a strong beer but it might as well be 3%. Alcohol is non-existent. Carbonation is there but at just the right amount it excites the palate while not interrupting the silky feel. Finish is messy but leaves such a delectable taste on the palate, I don't mind.

D: I thought I knew what a doppelback tasted... and then I had this. An astounding beer by every measure, this is probably one of the most sessionable beers for every season. Warming when its cold and quenching when its hot, there's no time when this wouldn't be enjoyable. A fantastic brew!

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

Wow what a great example of a Bock. And this is a double bock and I always love double of anything.

Pours a nice dark brown color. Nice head at first but dissapated fast. No lacing. But my experience with most bocks is no lacing.

Smells of toasted sugar and caramel. Nice malty sweetness to the nose.

Taste is wonderful. Nice and malty and sweet with just enough roastyness. Nice caramel taste from the crystal malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Perfect carbonation.

Overall I think this is the best bock I have ever tried. Will have more for sure.

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Photo of output01x
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2 finger tan-colored creamy head that quickly recedes to slight dusting and a thin ring of foam around the edge. The body is near black with no traces of color even when held to light. Lacing is not thick, but definitely there.

Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee beans, and hazelnut. Bold and delicious, the nose makes you want to taste this beer.

Dark malt with notes of rye bread and toasted nuts. Dark, robust, and complex, the flavors are interesting and more than satisfying. A slightly bitter roasted coffee aftertaste finishes each sip perfectly.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is thick but not syrupy in the least. It coats your mouth well, but only enough to allow the flavors to stick around for the preferred amount of time.

I could drink Celebrator for breakfast, enjoy it with a chicken club sandwich for lunch, pair it with BBQ spare ribs for dinner, or sip on it as a midnight snack. And by "could", I really mean "have and will glady do so again". There is a reason why Celebrator is widely considered one of the best beers in the world. Every fan of craft beer should try Celebrator at least once.

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

A- Pours a chocolaty dark brown color...almost stout like to be exact. The head is simply superb, being caramel in color and initially about 3-4 fingers in thickness...it settles down to a cloud like layer over the liquid. I can't really tell how carbonated this beer is but it appeared to be creamy while pouring. The lacing is the only area that lacks, with some clumpy foam quickly sinking back into the beer. Outside of this, it's a very nice looking beverage, plus there is a goat trinket tied to the bottle....how cool is that!

S- This smells very rich....dark fruits are noticeable...prunes and/or raisins mainly. There is also strong molasses and a hint of brown sugary malt present. The finish is also rich and sweet, being of toffee and caramel.

T- Very nice indeed! Along with some of the aforementioned aromas being tasted (raisin, prune, molasses), there is also hints of cocoa, black cherry, baking spices, black coffee, and roasted grain. There isn't really any bitterness....just perhaps a dollop right at the end of the swallow.

M- Full bodied for sure....it's almost like a meal itself! The carbonation is creamy smooth...even sticky/oily on the palate....the flavors are so well balanced and I don't think anything can compare.

O- What can I say that hasn't already been said about this one....a rich, powerful brew that is warming, but nothing near boozy. Full flavors, full bodied, very nice looking and pleasant smelling, this one has it all! I am sure this set and continues to be the standard for the style and I highly recommend this to anyone who is a beer lover!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,388 ratings.
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