Celebrator | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: German 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#657
Reviews:
2,479
Ratings:
6,680
pDev:
9.91%
 
 
Wants:
576
Gots:
1,058
Trade:
19
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Ratings: 6,680 |  Reviews: 2,479
Photo of warchez
2.92/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

aroma: slightly grapey smell, once poured there is some maltiness, however the smell os more of estery fruits and cereal like qualities.
Apperance: Its a dark flat brown, there are little rudy or red tones to it to make it seem more vibrant in color. No sediment in bottle
Taste: strong tastes, very complex. head itself tastes sort of copper-like, not bad. Malt flavor has a raisen/dried fruit/prune flavor to it. Pleasant mold bite on the palate. Slight alcoholic finish to it with a warming effect.
Mouthfeel: this is the most striking feature to the beer. The flavors grab hold of the tongue and coat it. It has a thickness to it that doesn't quit. Continually rubbed my tongue on the roof of my mouth as iff to clear something. The wholeness of the mouth feel experience is nice.
Overall: not a session beer. I don't care for the style, however the mild fruity malt character is true to the style and it is well done. The mouthfeel alone makes it worth a try. Not something I'd drink again, but had to try due to its high rating and often talked about qualities.
This would maybe pair well with a strong beef stew.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I know this beer is very popular, and held in some degree of esteem, but I don't get it.

A - Very dark, little off-white head, looks thin.

S - Huge breadiness, sweaty German hop, almost a wet dog smell, or like a dog that was out in the yard messing with dead animals. A very unsavory sweetness.

T - The taste is much better than the smell, but still not great, too sweet and gamey tasting for me. Basically, everything about this beer rubs me wrong.

M - Normal mouthfeel for the style. Medium body, good carbonation, slightly slick finish.

D - Blahhh. None for me. I really don't like it. You might though.

I think this beer is significantly outclassed by Tucher's Bajuvator and Weihenstephaner's Korbinian, both of which tend to be cheaper as well. And don't even mention Aventinus, they aren't in the same league.

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Photo of biglite351
2.94/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark with blood red shine through when held to the light. Tall tan head.

S - sweet but with a minor V8 juice scent. Some malt as well.

T - not as sweet as the scent would make you think. Typical doppelbock flavor, not bad, but nothing special.

M - medium coating but no tingle or anything.

D - drinkable., but not a first choice or anything like that.

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Photo of GeneralZod
2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

APPEARANCE
It looks like a bock, dark. Very inviiting. Ok head retention.

SMELL
Smells chocolately. Very good.

TASTE
It's ok. Good for a bock. Taste like chocolate and sweet.

MOUTHFEEL
silky and smooth

DRINKABILITY
Ok to have one now and then. Not so bad, but it is very filling.

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Photo of imhoudinibitch
2.95/5  rDev -32%

Photo of jahbless
2.96/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special, can't believe this has such good ratings. Bland taste, will not get again.

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Photo of vkv822
2.96/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, near black. Deep red edges when held to light. A foamy light tan head, leaves some lacing.

Dark fruit, raisin or prune perhaps, with some light caramel and faint cocoa.

The taste follows the nose pretty well.

A medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

A decent beer I suppose, but the dark fruit notes were a bit dominate for my liking in both the aroma and taste.

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Photo of joshautry
2.96/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of VTaler
2.98/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish color. Small head with little lacing
S - Smells like an amber ale. Hops and sweet malt.
T - Kind of an off taste at first. A little bitter. Has a not so sweet caramel flavor. Personally I do not really like this beer but maybe that is because I just do not like bocks in general. I really do not like this beer at all.
M - Kind of cloying, Not that carbonated
D - Very drinkable.

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Photo of blabaer
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of jheberle
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very very deep ruby/brown with a tan head which recedes to a thin lace. Smells of dark fruits, licorice, and a hint of caramel.

Thick and full in body. Dark malts and caramel up front, raisins and dark fruit on the back end with a mild hop presence to balance things out. Lets you get that dark fruit taste without the lingering fruity after taste. Also has some earthy under tones.

Tastes are good and alright but nothing spectacular. I also expect a bit more out of a Doppelbock. This bottle aslo has some age to it though and is almost a year old now, so maybe some of the flavors have died down. Oh well.

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Photo of Jlk819
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of sprinkle
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointed in this beer.Its not a bad beer but desent color of brownish/black.Not much nose on it.Not to malty in your mouth,just a little bit to light.I read somewhere that this was the mother of all dopplebocks...not quite

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Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of cosmonick
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of HeadyTheElder
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Mythos82
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just not a style that I enjoy.

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Photo of dradair
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of dctriman
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My apologies to all the doppelbock lovers out there, take this review with a grain of salt (no wait, that's a gose). Comes out dark with those burnt dark copper undertones. Aroma is a lot of roasted dark fruit and solvent like alcohol feels. Some smoke.

Waves of belgian yeast, spice rack, alcohol, overripe burnt dark fruit and malt.

Kinda harsh man, thought this would be a smoother drinking experience, just comes across like the average doppel to my tastes.

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Celebrator from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,680 ratings