Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

BA SCORE
96
world-class
6,500 Ratings
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
Ratings:
6,500
Reviews:
2,434
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
558
Gots:
983
For Trade:
19
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Ratings: 6,500 |  Reviews: 2,434
Photo of Hachiman
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark mahogany, with 1-inch mocha head that persisted well. Beautiful lacing for a dark beer.

Clean, fruity aroma, a hint of malt.

Very subtle mix of roasted coffee, cocao, chicory.

Mouth feel had carbonation at the front of the tongue. Satisfyingly substantial for such a subtle-tasting brew. A pleasant alcoholic nip at the back of the throat.

I'm glad I encountered this classic double bock, and look forward to drinking it many more times in the future.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock pours to a deep, appetizing amber. The light frothy head melts out to a light lace.

It has a subtle fruity aroma that cleverly caused you to underestimate it's wonderfully complex flavor. Malty and nice fruit.

It posseses a buttery complex flavour with a light-hoppiness and toasty, bread-like undertones. It finishes as well as it starts and will keep you coming back for more; one of my favorites. A must-try beer experience. Smooth and falvorful.

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Photo of jmhart
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Munich at the Ayinger brauhaus across from Hofbrau

Deep brown, almost black, in color with black cherry elements when held up to the light. Firm walnut head that fades quickly with minimal lace. The blackness of the color almost worried me. Darker than any German beer I have ever seen before.

Typical darkly roasted malt elements. Dark fruits come off most prominently. Rich prune with a strong coffee aroma and minor cocoa hints. The aroma is very rich and full bodied. The aroma alone will pull me back to this beer again and again.

The dark fruits that were present on the nose take a backseat in the taste, and the coffee and sugar/malt really come through. The taste is strong of caramel, but not sugary, and incredibly well balanced. Subtle hints of tobacco.

Velvety with a bite. Relatively minor carbonation, but present acidity. Smooth to consume with a long drawn out finish.

Overall a truly fantastic brew. The sweet, rich fruits of the smell combine with the rich roasted elements in the taste to make something very special. I will recommend this and consume it whenever I come across it.

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Photo of thedaveofbeer
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCondor
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I fell in love with this one as soon as I looked at it. The ram figurine, the packaging, the fact it is an Ayinger, whose Dunkel I am a total homer for...all the elements lined up. And I have wanted to try a big-time German doppelbock forever. Side poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - As previously mentioned, the packaging is so cool on this one. I added the figurine to my brewerania collection, including bottle caps and rare labels. This beer hasa magnificent presentation. Dark, dark brown, almost black pour with a nice one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Doesn't sound like much until you've seen it.

Smell - Sweet malts, rich dark fruit, molasses, and did I mention sweetness? If a beer can smell rich, this one does.

Taste - Oh Lord Jesus its' a fire. This is one of the most spectacular tasting beers I have ever had. Rich and creamy sweet malts wash the palate, with some nutty notes in there as well. Dark fruits round out the spectacularly balanced taste. My wife said it tasted like beer and wine had a kid together. I said it tastes like proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Mouthfeel - The most incredible part of the beer. Washes down so smooth and creamy, almost like cream soda or a root beer float or something. Leaves you wanting to drink more, so smooth. By far the best aspect of an incredible beer.

Overall - Seriously, this beer is in contention for the best I've ever had. This blew my hair back for sure, even my wife liked it, and she typically hates all beers. I'd buy this by the gallon if I could get it (and afford it). Unbelievable.

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Photo of Motozappa
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenWBush
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy noir in color, Celebrator's head starts out white but calms to a dingy brown atop the chalice. Stone formations of lace are observed.

Nose is filled with toasted malts, malt, malt, and did I mention malt? Malt-bomb. Toffee, caramel, and watered chocolate also appear. Fallen leaves. Extremely robust.

Taste is filled with a nutty sweetness that pushes up to a drying Munich character, emboldened by toasty grains. Wisps of peat. Layered molasses, licorice, anise, and a dry finish filled with raisins.

Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, with piques of hop tartness that subsides to a quiet but complex sweet ending.

Two 11.2 ozer's wasn't enough to quench my increasing D-bock urge, but with a hefty price tag two ended up being plenty. Great beer...

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Photo of matcris
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Dark brown, Nice ruby shimmer up to the light. Big creamy 3" tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Can't really see the carbonation level.
AROMA: Very sweet malt, cocoa, milk chocolate, slight crusty, bready, sourdough bread, and a little bit grassy.
TASTE: Just as aroma. Sweet, with all of the flavors from the aroma and a nice little bit of bitterness to give it a bit of balance. A slight grassiness.
FEEL: A little slick, oily, but finishes more on the dry side. Carbonation level is average and adequate.
OVERALL: A very pleasant DB, no doubt. I find the Weihenstephaner DB a little less sweet and more balanced. This one is slightly too sweet, for me, but not cloying. Nevertheless, a great brew.

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Photo of Zcrizer
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just an incredibly well-conjured beer. The perfect embodiment of the style.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A normal pour created a 1-1/2 finger, tan/brown head that dropped, somewhat quickly, to a full lace. The body was a deep brown, nearing black, and showed a medium carbonation level. The sticking quality is there, although the glass I chose didn't do a great job of showcasing it.

S- Robust and complex. I was met with sweet scents that remind me of cooked raisins or prunes. Great malt profile is definitely showcased. There's something of a chocolate aroma in the background.

T- More of the goodness hinted in the aroma. Sweet raisin-like flavors. There's a quality that makes me think of a nice, dark, artisan bread.

M- Medium-light carbonation. Slightly warming. Bit of a hop/carbonation/alcohol tingle. Some light coating effect. Very solid.

D- It's so complex, yet goes down so easily. If it weren't for its potency, I could treat this as a meal in itself. I'd definitely go back to this beer.

Overall- I drank this one in a celebratory mood and it did not disappoint. This is a very solid beer.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at a bar, look was opaque, nothing getting through that! smell deep rich and malty, taste was surprisingly approachable and smooth for the style as rich and malty as the smell, feel was lighter than expected and enjoyable usually this style (while quite enjoyable) is a one and done for me, but this could be a few. Very Nice.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased on a whim at my local craft beer store......(I don't squally stay away from European imports, too expensive). Oddly, when I got home, this actually the highest rated dobblebock on BA. It's a winner. Read all the reviews and you'll see why. Color: darkkkk, aroma/ flavor: magnificent .....

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Photo of petemoss14
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours the deep brown of a medium roast cup of coffee. Puffy, mocha-tan head subsides after a few minutes.

Wonderfully sweet, bready aroma. Vanilla, caramel, chocolate all detectable. Prunes soaked in bourbon. Very complex malt aroma mixes with some alcohol esters and a touch of hop resin.

Tastes is fully of coffee, chocolate, toasty bread and oatmeal cookie. The high viscosity of this brew is evident on the lips and as it goes down the gullet, but a rather firm, underlying roasted-malt dryness combined with nice carbonation keep it remarkably light on the palate. This, combined with some nice hop balance in the finish makes this a very drinkable doppelbock.

This beer is just begging for some grilled sausages or venison steaks. A classic.

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Photo of DrJay
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights. The light tan foam poured a little short, but quite dense, and produced decent lacing. Heavy malt aroma with some molasses and a hint of cocoa. Fruity notes of raisins and prunes. Light charcoal smokiness came out as it warmed as well. Bitterness was on the low side, balance was very much towards malt. Sweet, dried fruit and rich malt, not quite caramel but definitely caramelized sugar. Smoke character and light metallic iron lingers in the finish. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation and delicate alcohol warmth. Creamy texture with a bit of grain dryness. Great complexity yet still highly drinkable. Definitely a world class dopplebock.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Luckily this beer is widely available in the Milwaukee area. The first one I had I did not know what to think because the overwhelming initial malt smell almost made me sick to my stomach. After getting over that and trying the beer; just pure greatness. To me it tastes like a sourdough raisin type hybrid. It is a strange beer: I could chug the entire thing no problem it is that easy drinking; but then when you sip it slowly the rich flavor really comes out. One day will get to Germany and try it fresh (if that is a thing). Do yourself a favor and put down the overhyped imperial double IPA that tastes like cheap booze and get one of these bad boys. You will not regret it.

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Photo of D-18V
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wonka
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11,2 FL.OZ.

Appearance – in direct light its blood red/touch of purple while in general room lighting there's a minimal black core holds court surrounded by that blood red; three-finger, luscious head that crackles back to relative scarcity over a minute or two; lace is reasonable

Smell – a relaxing smooth malt; molasses, ripe plum and fig; this is a massive, full experience and my favorite component; beer cologne candidate

Taste – a classic transition of smell to taste; mellow with bread, wheat and molasses; great balance at close

Mouthfeel – tremendous light/moderate, smooth feel with the countering sharper carbonation entering; close is nearly perfect; its not dry or too syrupy

Drinkability – the smell and aftertaste really set the tone but I desire a bit less crispness in the feel

In the home of doppelbock, here is the champ. It has been a favorite and it’s a 'no doubt' recommendation.

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Photo of mick303
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown colour, strong carbonation, with a compact head that leaves a good film and lacing.

Smell is full of dark malt, coffee, bitter chocolate. Roast coffee blending with some fruitier undertones, plumy. Remarkably rich.

Taste starts with a fruity kick with tangy malt. A strong roast character follows. Strong maltiness throughout with a creamy feel. Just exudes rich character, with a plumy, coffee, chocolate undercurrent. There is quite a bit of sweetness initially. Complexity is great, this beer just glides on the palate. Malts are nicely tempered with a bit of hop bitterness at the end. Finish is crisp, malty with a good roasty length.

Mouthfeel is quite full bodied, appropriate carbonation. Gives a nice bit of refreshing crispness while the strong finish lends a strong satisfaction. This remains remarkably drinkable and pleasing on the palate.

This is rich and delicious from start to finish. Plenty of rich malt carried through by a delicious fruitiness and roast bitterness. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into celebrator glass

A - dark cloudy brown body with a light brown head two fingers deep. decent retention and good lacing.

S - dark fruit, dates, cherries, cranberries. caramel brown sugar and toffee sit in the back. superb nose on this.

T - dark fruit, dates, brown sugar caramel. nice grassy hop presence thats muted but there finishes it off.

M - medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. coarse coffee grind feel to the body that works with this beer.

O - such a brilliant beer. if you have not had this go get some.

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Photo of scratch69
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mmm…meaty. Very full bodied. Uniquely warming. Uber dark ruby-orange-brown with an impressively huge tan head. Great retention. Carmel, dark chocolate, and toasty raisons in the flavor and aroma. Very dark but very drinkable. Slight dry hop finish. Subtle and effective. A great treat! Sessionable aside from the price.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So dark, malty, and delicious. One of the best beers I've ever had. Drink it warm, its meant to be drank at 16 degrees Celsius (around 59 degrees Fahrenheit). If you drink it cold you are not drinking it the way it was made to be consumed and the taste profile is TOTALLY different. When it is warm the flavors explode. It has a very little alcoholic zing at the end. Bitterness is next to nonexistent but it does have a beautiful dark cocoa taste. Cocoa is very bitter but this cocoa is balanced among all the dark fruit and other flavors. If you are a fan of other Ayinger beers you can taste that hefeweizen core at the very end. I LOVE their hefeweizen (Ayinger Bräu Weisse) so this is a nice change of pace. A perfect cold weather beer while the hefeweizen is perfect for the warmer weather.

Ayinger is one of the best beer crafters in the world. This beer continues that pedigree. If you want a lighter beer from them look for the Ayinger Bräu Weisse.

Other notes: If you check the Alström Bros' review it looks like they made a mistake in Jason's review. He gives the beer an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 but every other aspect of the beer (taste, appearance, smell, and mouthfeel) got a 4.5 out of 5 or higher. Seems like he made a typo when setting the overall rating. Seems like it should have been 4.5 instead of 3.5

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,500 ratings.
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