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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Ratings: 6,600 |  Reviews: 2,459
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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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.2 oz amber bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Poured to give a dark coffee brown (with a touch of red if held to the light) beer with a good, tan foam head that settled relatively quickly to leave a think coating.

Smell: A very fine, malty and yeasty aroma!

Taste: Thick and malty! Moderate sweetness, earthy, with a hint of chocolate and coffee, and a slight taste of alcohol. Gets better with each sip.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full bodied, creamy, light carbonation, with a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Very, very good. This is a very tasty, and not overly sweet bock beer. I could imagine myself drinking this beer all night. Very well done.

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

Poured a deep brown into a Duvel tulip with minimal head. Aroma of raisiny sweetness, followed by a creamy bread pudding taste with plenty of caramel and dark fruit. Abundant carbonation and a smooth, full mouthfeel. Nice chocolate/toffee finish with a warmth reminiscent of brews with a much higher ABV (tasted more like a 10 than a 6.7). This one is tasty and extremely easy-drinking.

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

Bottle. Poured a ruby read with a medium but attractive tan head and good lacing. Nose is fantastic, with fruits, citrus, and chocolate, and just a little coffee. Very smooth mouthfeel and a flavor of chocolate, coffee, and toast. But not burnt toast. A remarkable brew. Slightly dry finish with a nice touch of hops. Best dopplebock ever for me.

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Photo of Brittonnash
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Sweet and malty. But not overly so. One of the best in its class.

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Photo of BaileyMitch
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _nickg_
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fourstringer
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Chilled in the fridge for about 90 minutes. Goat figurine studied and set aside.

A: Very dark amber red. Almost black when viewed straight on. 1 finger of caramel colored head that reduced to a fine layer after approximately 1 minute. Pretty nice.

S: Very sweet. Chocolate. Sugar. Raisins. A bit like Xmas. Not piney Xmas, but spice cake Xmas.

T: Full malty sweetness initially with a gradual fade to a dark chocolate-like light bitterness. Some cherry, raisin, spice. Minimal hop bitterness. Into an empty stomach it provides a nice late-onset warming. Nice spot-on coffee notes.

M: Full bodied. A bit too much carbonation on the first sip, but perfect by mid-way. A little agitation in the mouth renders it delightfully creamy. Leaves a notable stickiness on the lips and tongue, which I could do without.

O: This beer is pretty amazing. Even more so given it adheres to Das Reinheitsgebot. The taste, in particular, just abounds with complexity and really fine coffee/chocolate/dark fruit notes. Having recently had some similarly flavored beers with coffee/chocolate actually added as ingredients, I am surprised how this beer has outperformed them. I will definitely have this on hand at all times headed into the Holiday season. I believe I'll have another.


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Photo of Jdrich44
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of illpass78
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a big, creamy, inviting head.

Aroma: This beer has a rich malty smell with some booziness and slight fruitiness. Also some nice molasses notes.

Taste: True to the nose, this is a big, malty beer with flavors of molasses, caramel and dark fruits. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick for a lager, with a nice amount of heft, but by no means sludgy.

Overall: A terrific beer, holidays or no. Deservedly beloved.

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Photo of Altello
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of pau622
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dandy14
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got more dark fruit znd raisin than I was expecting..even some faint cinnamon,,,.definitely has the hefty bread mouthfeel and flavor you'd expect due to some great malt notes...a little burnt sugar and molasses in there as well...a meal replacement beer for sure...

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Photo of alostplot
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of st3mx
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,600 ratings