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 RBRLBRB
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beersignal
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown pour with burgundy/amber highlights through what seems to be a very limpid beer. The biege cap of foam is light but generous and is very persistent and sticky leaving behind fine lacework.

This beer is all about the aromas. Amazing, complex! Superb fruity (raisins, cherries, blackberries...) malt in tandem with burnt caramel notes up front give way to brewing floor aromas like spent grains after a mash and that time I stuck my head in Ken Wilson's mash tun at Le Chaudron. A certain barn quality buttresses the above aromas and mixes with sweet notes of candy.

A fine and stimulating effervescence greets the first sip and gives way to a medium bodied beer up front. Malt dominates the first impressions of taste and is followed by fresh brewed coffee, lightly burnt caramel and a touch of christmas fruit cake. A firm and resiny bitterness cleans out the palate leaving a complex aftertaste.

This thoroughly pleasing and complex brew necessitates several tastings to really grasp all of the nuances which it cloaks. The aromas alone seem to multiply with every smell. The next time I see this beer I will buy more than the four I bought in Lake Placid.

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Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, pours dark luxorious mahogony in color, with a dark tan head, showing respectable retention. Leaves moderate spotty and sticky lacing. Nose is of bananas, caramel and soft ripe fruit. Taste follows through with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, a slight oakeyness and a hint of smoke. Tasty, soft, and complex brew. World class and readily available beer. Go get some and enjoy!

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Photo of watermelonman
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, malted, powerful, and very balanced. This is quite a beer.

It looks mostly like plain darkness. Small amounts of red and brown poke through at times. There's a small head that lasts well. It left a really nice lace web of lace.

There's a touch of carmel on top of a lot of dark and hefty malts. The mouthfeel is very solid and pleasing, and it's still easy to drink. It comes through strong and stays that way, but the strength does not detract. It's good in all ways.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a Generous beige head that falls to a thin ring and light lacing. Color is deep ruby-brown and is very clear. Aroma is very malty and rich. Flavor is a nice blend of snappy Munich malts, caramelized malt (decoction?) and noble hops for balance. This is a fine doppelbock in terms of flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and CO2 is good for the style. Overall, I would say this beer is a fine representative of the style and a joy to drink. Celebrate!

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Photo of BryanRex
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes! This is truly a world class beer, and I can't believe I ran across it randomly at a supermarket for only $12 American (for a 4 pack).

Celebrator is fairly hoppy which results in a more bitter after-taste than I prefer, but it's so well balanced that it's very smooth and is definitely one of the top three beers I've ever experienced.

The pour is a beautiful dark brown which results in a creamy 2-finger head and excellent lacing that persists throughout the entire drink.

The smell is a strong roast malt that hints at a complex blend of roasted toffee, caramel, coffee and molasses. There's more going on than I can explain here, but it reminds me of being a kid at Christmas.

The feel is so incredibly creamy and smooth that it's hard to believe you're actually drinking a carbonated drink. I could appreciate this beverage all night and not realize it even contained alcohol.

If you aren't a die-hard American IPA fan then Celebrator is your brew. If you appreciate quads or any other Belgians (as I do) then you can find a place in your heart for this beer despite its relative bitterness compared to other beer of its style. At first I had my doubts, but Celebrator is truly world class. There's no denying perfection, but be careful... once you try it there's no going back.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even though I have seen this on the shelf and knew it was highly rated on the site, I hesitated to buy the beer, because of the dumb plastic goat hung around the bottles. That was a bad decision.

The beer pours a very dark, mahogany color with a tannish head that is very long lasting. There is some substantial lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is great with a big malty smell and some hints of caramel and herbs.

The taste is the thing here, though. It is huge flavor of malt with a real sweetness hidden in it. There is also a hit of hops and yeast and an alcohol kick at the end.

This is incredible in the mouth. It is so creamy and smooth but it has a carbonated bubble to it as well. It is almost thick. I think that this may be the best German beer that I've ever had in a bottle. It is certainly the best Doppelbock.

I've actually come to like the little goat toy.

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Photo of gtermi
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a very nice DARK brown with a nice thin tan head. The head quickly fades and leaves a very nice thin ring around the glass, no lace and some cloudy head on top of the beer.

S: This smells very nice. I am getting some nice malt scents and some caramel. Very basic, but very nice.

T: Just an explosion of grain and caramel. The beer lingers a long time just gets better.

M: This beer is so smooth. It goes down so easy and has a perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is very awesome. The flavor is what throws me overboard. The flavors are just so perfect and I dont know of another Doppelbock that compares.

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Photo of bambam2517
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old World Standard of the style, shapes the idea of beers to follow. Its high quality is evinced in every detail. The color is rich and carbonation is lingering, yet always delicate in the background. Oaky, bready fruity smell, very complex. I can't put a taste in terms, unique enough to be called its own. The mouthfeel is warming and so smooth, finish is absolutely perfect. No gimmicks here, just an expertly crafted beer.

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Photo of rypkr
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gabedivision
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown, with faint reddish highlights and a 2 finger beige head that turns to a nice bubbly lace and stays with the the beer the whole way down. Smells of roasted coffee beans , bitter sweet chocolates, sour apples and grapes, and pear juice. Sweet chocolates and fruits are sandwiched in between a big mouthfull of bready malts and a smooth coffee/coca bean finish, awesome. Slight friendly alcohol presence can also be found towards the end of a sip. Creamy velvety smooth on the feel with a nice big body. Extremely enjoyable, delicious. Wish i could give it all 5's.

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into large oversized snifter

A: Dark charred brown color with almost no light through, thick frothy 1 finger head with good retention

N: Nose has some sweet dark malts with a little alcohol, deep fruits like raisin and a cramy scent

T: Taste starts with the rich malts and raisin, then moves to a strange dark biscuit like almost chocolate powder with a Christmasy taste that I can't figure out, more rich deep molases like syrupy taste, a slight sweet buttery candi sugar taste like caramelized bananas with walnuts

M: Mouth is very thick and frothy as well as syrupy as it coats the mouth

F: Finish is sweet but not too much, leaves more of the burnt brown sugar taste and toffee, makes my mouth water like crazy for more

Final thoughts: Not heavy on spices like I thought it would be, but lots of deep earthy fruits and rich malts, as well as caramelized sugars and fruits, surprisingly very drinkable for a double boch and celebration style beer. I can see why its so highly rated. I'm glad I can get ahold of this stuff easily. I'll be drinking a lot more in the fall.

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Photo of grub
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Viggo for sharing this bottle.

pours a deep red colour with only a slight ring of head around the glass.

aroma is malt with a little alcohol. just a hint of vinous character noticeable.

taste is nice. deep roasty malt flavour. biscuity. bit of alcohol. a little bitterness. the alcohol is balanced really well by the malt. a bit of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. carbonation level is maybe a little higher than i'd expect. slight astringency.

drinkability is good.

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Photo of Dazfish
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:- Dark brown with ruby highlights; initial off-white head with nice lacing throughout tasting.

Smell:- Big malt waft from the pour filled with molasses, toast, slight dark fruit - prune, alcohol, and gentle hop spice.

Taste:- Malt dominates throughout with hop bitterness present but in a strictly supporting role. Lots of molasses/dark sugar, slight oily coffee, and prune. Smooth and warm with a slight smoke finish.

Mouth:- Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Warm and smooth.

Overall:- Delicious beer; complex and malty. Aromas and flavors work so well together. Bitterness is present to round off the big malt flavor. Nice and smooth; very good stuff.

I was really impressed with this beer, not just from a style aspect but from the taste of the beer itself. I would seek this one out. Yum.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Celebrator pours out a very dark brown color with a huge, dense head. Intricate layers of lacing are left on my glass as I drink. The aroma is caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Big bready malt flavor. Some caramel, and just a hint of chocolate. There is also a nutty flavor that I can't get enough of. Finishes with subtle, spicy hops. Perfectly balanced and quite complex. Mouthfeel is so smooth. I can't detect any alcohol. This is a classic, world class dopplebock.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

**12/9/11 - more notes**

Had this last night for the first time in over a year, what an awesome beer all around. Excellent appearance, great scent and taste, flavors include roasted malt, toffee, dusty chocolate/caramel, dark fruit and dark bread. Exceptionally soft, smooth mouthfeel that reminds me of the lusciousness of beers like Westy 12 and Pannepot. I liked this beer alot before but I have come to appreciate it much more now, has all the traits of a very well made classic beer.

**original review scores - 4.5/4.5/4.5/4/4
11.2 oz bottle, my 3rd out of the 4-pack. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head resting on top, looks good the whole time and leaves great lacing. Smell is great, lots of caramel and toffee along with some dark fruit maybe. Taste is tons of roasted malts, caramel, cola, maple, and a bit of chocolate. This and the TH Liberator are the only doppelbocks I've had but this definitely beats the Liberator (although that might've been a bad bottle). Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, it's not very thick and it's easy to drink but there are tons of malts here, definitely not something I'd want to drink often or session. A great beer for a special occasion...not that this was a special occasion...

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle.
Color is an almost opaque black with a slight reddish tint. Carbonation left a 1 finger light brown head.
Smell: Caramel, nutty, just the slightest touch of noble hops.
Taste: Extremely well balanced. I get the maltiness balanced with the hops to leave a very smooth drink.
Mouthfeel is thick. The alcohol is not perceived at all.
Drinkability: I could drink several of these. Very good for a doppelbock.
This is definitely the standard for the doppelbock style. I have not come across any that have even come close to this.

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Photo of cnally
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came as a recommendation from one of the beer aficionados at the great Indianapolis establishment, Kahn's.

The Celebrator! Okay then, I shall begin celebrating. The beer poured out with a deep brown hue. We are talking Midnight Brown. Light has trouble getting through, and when it does, it picks up that brown visual with a touch of red. The head evaporated pretty quickly. The scent is a subtle nutty, woodsy aroma with some mocha. Caramel is the first flavor, which quickly settles into a convocation of coffee, mocha, molasses & almond flavors. Really deep complex flavor, where all the pieces come together one-by-one, creating a new experience. There is a bit of alcohol burn in the back of your throat if you don't watch it, but the beer is smooth enough. Absolutely a pleasure to drink and attractive in more than one sense.

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Photo of jmc44
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours virtually black with hints of red. The head is brown and lasts a bit.

Taste of beer improves as the temperature increases (I had mine served about 45). Tases sweetly of malt with hints of caramel and nuts. Faintly evident is a bit of bitterness. The beer finishes with a bit more bitterness, not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

This is a heavy beer best for slow drinking. Definitely recommend this if not already tried. And if you have tried, go have another.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was shopping for beer at BevMo last week and saw a 330 ml bottle of this on sale for $2.49. Needless to say, I bought it. On to the beer:

It pours thick into a pilsner glass with a dark brown color. It has a very nice aroma of chocolate covered raisins and brown sugar. Similar taste too, and very well balanced. Not overwhelmingly malty, and a pleasure to drink on slowly. Why spend your money on a forty when you can enjoy this for the same price?

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Photo of gford217
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a quickly diminishing head leaving a hint of lacing.

S: Malty, dark fruit aroma with a hint of alcohol burn.

T: Big dark roasted malt kick up front on the tongue with a nice underlying sugary fruit lingering on the back.

M: This thing just coats your mouth in a thick, syrupy, sweet, malty goodness. Flavor just keeps hanging on the tongue. It doesn't get much better IMO.

D: This is certainly the best dobblebock I've gotten my hands on. Despite the thickness, I could sip on these all night. Lives up to the hype - highly recommended!

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thirty three cl brown bottle, no dates.

Dark brown with glowing ruby red highlights. Tan coloured head - sounds intense - like its going to jump out of the glass to get me!

Nose is filled with chocolate, molasses, & dried fruit.

Coffee, chocolate, molasses, some breadiness (kind of like brown bread), all meld together and give way to the perfect amount of bittering hops. This bitterness rushes in & deftly cuts off all the sweetness from up front. Finishes dry, with a lingering rast flavour, & a hint of fig newton cookies (wihtout all the sugar). Thick & rich, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Celebrator! One of the true legends. Not the strongest of doppelbocks, but probably the best tasting. Not as overly malty and sweet as some of this style, and ultimately quite drinkable. Pours a quite impressive glass of beer. Virtually black, huge head initially (watch for the "over-pour"!), foamy lace remains throughout. Dark, expresso-like flavor, chocolate notes, but not excessive. Quite different from Salvator, which is equally as good, but a very different beer. You owe it to yourself to seek this out. One of the best! (and does any beer have a cooler bottle?!)

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with minimal light making its way through, it also poured a 2-3 finger tan head that quickly receded. the smell is slightly sweet almost caramelized with some roasted malt hints as well. the flavor is mildly sweet with a good roasted malt backbone. the mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. overall this is my favorite doppelbock

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Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Deep dark malt, no noticeable hops.
Appearance: Black, with flashes of blood red in front of a serious light source. My bottle seemed a little flat, very light head that evaporated almost instantly, with no lacing. Maybe it was just my bottle.
Flavor: Fairly straightforward dark malt, with a hint of a maple syrup (blackstrap?). The first taste is the same as the aftertaste: very good both ways. Mild alcohol warming, but not intense.
Mouthfeel: I found it a little light given the rich taste, I expect to have to chew, but it's very smooth.
Overall: Man this went down quick. Great, BIG taste, but none of the heaviness you might expect. Drinkability is outstanding, hard to put it down to savor the aftertaste, you just want to pick it right back up again. A lot of malt sweetness and a sneaky alcohol kick.
Celebration: commence!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,619 ratings