Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
6,529 Ratings
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of SargeC
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful black with a dense, tan head.

Smell: Caramel, coffee and rich malt with an undercurrent of hops.

Taste: Sweet malt and coffee. Scorched caramel and toffee. A faint hint of hops finishes the flavor off.

Mouthfeel: Dense liquid with a waxy quality that allows flavor to linger. A real stick to your ribs brew.

Drinkability: This beer is a treat. I am glad I finally found it. I have hunted for this beer for years. I am glad I finally made the kill.

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Photo of tlinner
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just realized I've never reviewed this gem. Nutty, roasted malt throughout. Very complex taste. Some notes of sweetness, but very "dark", like bread or dark fruit. Someone who hated it once told me it tastes like dead leaves. It doesn't, but that's not really far off, in a weird way. Nice substantial feel to it, like you're drinking a real man's beer. Absolutely on my Top-5 All Time list. Plus, the little goats make great Christmas tree ornaments.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with uniform darkness and compact head that lingers longer than expected, though not for too long. Smell (toffee et al.) is exceptional and complex, and the taste is even more complex. Flavors are numerous but well-balanced. While this is a characteristically heavy beer, I found myself saying "one more drink" (over and over) just to decode what is so wonderful about it. To date, this is my single favorite beer. One more drink...

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Photo of waynebeer
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joss
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Burned sugar and chocolate aroma.
Black redness, creamy brown head with lace clinging to the glass.
Toffee, chocolate and espresso flavors, yet wiyh a inexplicable freshness on the tip of the tongue.
long lingering sticky sweetness.
Like eating sirup with spoons - in a good way.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 11.2oz. bottle with an illustration on the front label of two goats on their hind legs almost caressing a flute-like glass of celebrator. "finest bavarian double bock beer" is printed on a banner across the label. 6.7%abv is displayed. no freshness date. most importantly, there is a plastic celebrator goat trinket tied to the neck of the bottle by a red string. (i started hanging these on the window of our kitchen. my wife doesn't think they go well with the decor.)

appearance: pours a deep shadowy ruby red with scarlet highlights into a pilsner glass. huge rolling tan head that's thick and batter-like. beautiful eye candy. head sticks and laces like a champ.

smell: heavy molasses and biscuits with caramel. mostly sweet malty aromas with some alcohol and very little hop scents.

taste: caramelly molasses over biscuits. some chocolate and coffee as well. super complex malt flavors. dark fruity flavors suggesting prunes, dates and a hint of black grapes. finishes with some alcohol and very sweet. very little hop flavors/bitters. huge malty doppelbock!

mouthfeel: wonderful coating mouthfeel. creamy and thick medium-heavy body. low carbonation and silky swallow.

drinkability: as thick as this is, it's very drinkable. alcohol is noticable, but not a hinderance. almost a dessert beer. a truely special treat that goes down super easy.

overall: i know it's easy to say that michael jordan is the best ever basketball player, but quite simply, this is the best doppelbock i've had to date. absolutely delicious.

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Photo of IgotsHops
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? This is one of the best Belgium Dopplebocks, if not the best. Strong caramel and chocolate on the nose, some dark fruit and molasses bread.
Tastes very similar to the smell, full and rich of dark malt, dark fruit, molasses, and roasted grain. A wonderfully complex but drinkable beer.
Keeps smooth in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep your tongue excited for the next sip.

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Photo of danlib21
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lupe
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like the goat trinket, could make a nice ornament on the tree.

Wonderful appearance. Pours almost back, some dark red hues. Huge tan head that settles into a nice sheet and sticks to the glass. Different aromas come through with no single one dominating: toffee, chocolate, toasted malt, carmel and rum scents are all present. Thick and full bodied with a silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Flavor is very complex. Starts sweet with some molasses, chocolate, and toffee, then comes a bready taste. Some fruity flavors come through, kind of like green apple. A little hop presence is noted and helps it from being overly sweet. Finishes a bit dry with a slightly sugary aftertaste.

This brew is delicious. Thick and chewy, easy to drink - especially for a doppelbock. Wonderful complexity. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of joekfsu
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a nearly black ruby. 1.5 cm tan head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of malt and hint of coffee. Sweet initial taste, coffee finish and aftertaste. Medium to full body, light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, shows up a little on the back end. Very drinkable and well worth the money spent.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottles into Ayinger Celebrator branded glasses. These are Pils glasses, I think?

Appearance- in the branded glasses, it is literally picturesque. Dark, dark brown, with golden-red highlights, and a golden-tan head. Beautiful. The head falls eventually, but all throughout the glass the lacing is significant.

Smell- chocolate-roasted malt, and lots of it. A hint of alcohol sent, and what I guess is a spice-smelling yeast. Primarily the cocoa, and it is very enticing.

Taste- wonderful chocolate flavors from the malt. Ranging from a medium-dark-chocolate, to a full on cacao flavor, all over the spectrum of high quality, rich chocolate flavors, washed down with a splash of coffee. On flavor alone, it reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, only it tastes much better.

Mouthfeel- thought the beer pours with a respectable head, and maintains it fairly well, there isn't a ton of carbonation on the palate, leaving this beer silky, smooth, and creamy. It isn't flat, by a long shot, and the amount of malt flavor suggests that if it were it would be wretched, but the carbonation is balanced, and modestly understated.

Drinkability- very high. Most beers with very strong flavor profiles I could not have several of in a day. This is strongly flavored, but I could drink 2 or 3 tonight, easily, and want more this weekend.

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Photo of Nucleozoid
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a .5 liter glass mug.

Appearance - assertively poured, it produced a nice off-white two finger head. Dark brown body Slight lacing noticed as it settled.

Smell - Nice subtle molasses aroma

Taste - Outstanding flavor, detecting raisins and molasses in its brown malty character.

Mouthfeel - Smooth body with low carbonation.

Overall, a terrific doppelbock - I'll certainly try to keep a four pack of this available in my fridge on a regular basis.

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Photo of mwilson85
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good beer. At the moment, my #1 favorite beer! Even over Affligem Triple.

Appearance - Very dark. Light brown Head forms quickly but also dipserses just as quickly. Very dark brown in appearance.

Smell - Dark fruits, roasted smell, with a hint of raisin.

Taste - Dark fruits, sweet but also biscuity which balances out really well. Raisins and even dark nuts and malts.

Mouthfeel - Lighter on the tounge than expected, carpinated perfectly where it tingles the mouth but doesnt sting. Finishes strong with a great after taste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, great before and after-taste. Goes down smooth.

I love this beer. This overtook the top spot of my favorite beer list instantly. I definitely recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Hermanater
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can you say molasses?

Had this beer while sampling several bocks. Of all of the bocks we tried, this was my favorite.

I tend to stay away from sweeter beers and bocks typically have that sweetness. This had a wonderfully bittersweet molasses aroma and flavor.

Respectable appearance-much darker than most bocks.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark. The color is a wonderful brown almost burgundy with and inch of head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is light. Malt, coffee and some molasses. Taste follows scent. Big malt followed by coffee and dried fruit. A little hops flavor towards the back of the tongue Slightly bitter finish. Light mouthfeel with light carbonation. The flavors become more complex once the palate settles down and the beer warms a little. This is a very drinkable beer. I could easily have 2-3 of these.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Celebrator glass. Very nice looking label on the bottle, while the neck is decorated by an ornament of a goat.

Appearance - As picture perfect as a beer can get. In beer heaven every beer would look like this. A dark dark brown almost black color with a reddish tint when held up to light. A tan very thick head shot up about an inch to the lip of the glass before stopping. Head puffed out beautifully right over the top of the glass. Hundreds of tiny bubbles shot up the sides of the beer for awhile after the pour.

Smell - A sweet, very thick malt as well as a toasty grain for the base of this one. Spicy hop and alcohol linger too.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Man oh man is this a smooth drinker! Goes down extremely smooth with a quick little kick of carbonation in the middle. A bready, dark, sweet malt takes over right away, with the spicy hops and alcohol gently flowing through to give this one some background. The best part comes in the end, as this masterpiece goes down creamy and smooth, coating the tongue like a soft blanket for a slam dunk finish.

Drinkability - One of the finest beers to ever grace our planet. A simply awe-inspiring creation that every beer lover must try at least once in their lives. I must make the pilgrimage to Ayinger to try this fresh.

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Photo of match1112
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: deep dark mahogany in color with a three finger khaki colored head that slowly settles to a quarter inch of foam that is to remain for the rest of the drink.

s:bready malts and nuts with a hint of chocolate.

t:caramel, nuts, bread, chocolate and just a pinch of raisins.

m: super smooth, rich and creamy, with a slight bite on the end.

o: the best dopplebock that will ever be made.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single awhile back from the local bottle shop. Have had this before. Poured into my Victory Prima Pils glass.

Pours a ruby red with brownish tan head that lasts for quite awhile. Some suds cling to the glass quite a bit. Aromas of plum, raisin, & fig upfront. Also dark cherry & a tad of chocolate. A bit doughy. A predominantly malty beer.

Tastes of chocolate & cocoa, roasty, tad oak like, and some hints of vanilla. A very even bodied beer with medium mouthfeel. Dry tasting.

Drinkability is just awesome! Only wish it was cheaper to purchase.

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Photo of gilgar
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LinksusMaximus
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of musicman575
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So dark you almost can't see through it when held up to the light. A good, creamy light brown head develops and slowly recedes, but always keeps a nice layer. Strong grainy aroma with molasses, dates, dried fig, tobacco, and some toasty malts.

Strong carmelized sugars and malt dominate the tastebuds. Some aftertaste of coffee. Hops are more of a presence in this doppelbock than others, which makes it a bit more balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark amber with a tan foamy head...settles down to 1/4" and then stays for the duration.
Smells very malty ..a little musty, and a hint of sherry odor.
Tastes great....sweet, nutty, a hint of chocolate...I'm not getting any bitterness....well , maybe a hint ( just took another sip) A definite sherry finish. The complexity really comes out when it warms up a bit...yes, this is good stuff !
Carbonation is low...that's OK..this has a great, smooth micro-carbonation feel.
Very drinkable...I would definitely like another.

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Photo of Lucular
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chiccabeer
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best double bock beers. It has a milky smooth feel with a great flavor. It does not have a hard hitting flavor, but it keeps in a decent malty flavor that stays with you after you finish it. The smell is not intense, but smells slightly sweet. This is a good beer to have any time, but is slightly heavier so I would suggest you have it after a meal.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip.

seen this likened to cola in color, pretty dang close. sticky 1/2 inch head that refuses to budge. excellent retention.
nose - dark, malty, fruit. almost a hint of grape juice, some raisins, figs, etc.
taste - like a roaring fire in a glass. full across the palate, more raisins, tons of maltback, is there seriously any alcohol here? impossibly well blended. mouthfeel is tremendous, exceptional representative of the style.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,529 ratings
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