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

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, with a light head which is fading fast.

Aroma: dark fruit and malts.

Taste: has a belgian quality to it, sorry Germany. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel though. Soft on the palette. Roasted malt without the bitterness. Sweet. Toffee aftertaste. Complex to say the least. A lot going at once, in both aroma, taste and mouthfeel.

No bottled on date or best by.
I can only imagine how this is fresh. Unfortunately most German beers collect dust on the shelves here.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, medium brown into a snifter. Body is very dark, almost black; light is allowed to pass through though and reveals deep crimson red highlights along the edges of the glass. The head is a light khaki color, thick and rocky, that quickly recedes to a thin ring. The nose is very inviting, notes of dark toffee, prunes, dried figs, cocoa, roasted chocolate malt, fruity yeast esters, brown sugar, and toasted tree nuts. The mouth feel is excellent, lots of carbonation, pleasant malt flavors with no bitterness and a clean aftertaste. The taste is all malt, sweet complex notes of caramel, toffee, cane sugar, molasses, chocolate, and dark fruits. The yeast rounds everything up nicely, blends it all together flawlessly. A perfect example of the style.

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Photo of KennethBlomqvist
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got some bad experiences from strong Doppelbocks but decided to test Celebrator (like the -or history in the names). Had a friend that's new in beer tasting and this was his first time with a doppelbock. He started and I could see in his eyes that he was experiencing something great. The same reaction in my GF eyes so I tasted it. Very wonderful coffee and christamsish taste. I had found one of my top 10 brews if not top 5 and putting a couple of bottles in my special stock rack. Go Ayinger.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $4.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" high light brown head that films out within 1min or so. Very, very dark brown colour. So dark I can't tell if it's filtered or not.

S- Lacking here. Has a ton of malt but that's it. Slight spice.

T- Very complex brew. Spicy. Cinnamon, cardamom, molasses and sugar.

M- Thick and rich. Heavy body

O- Very good brew. Has a nice complexity that opens up as it warms. North America is NO WHERE NEAR the Europeans for this style of brew. Guess it's a trade off.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with...... Salted pork rib tips. No sauce, just salt and pepper.


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Photo of floridadrift
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-almost-black-brown from bottle to stange. Thick tan head, probably a finger tall. Smells of sugar and malt. Tastes of chocolate and malt. Heavy. Maybe a little too boozy to drink regularly. As a side note, these are pricey for a single 330mL bottle. Overall though, great flavor and a "wow" beer, but not an everyday drinker. Almost a Porter-meets-Doppelbock.

L: Blackish brown with white tan head
S: Malt, sugar
T: Chocolate Malt, roasted malts
F: Pretty thick, nice going down
O: Solid offering always available in any craft store for Doppelbock Day.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost stout-dark but clear rich brown. Frothy head, light lacing. The smell of roasted malt comes right across the table at you. Besides the malt, you pick up a bit of sweetness, like caramel. Taste is everything you'd want in a Doppelbock - malts, malts and more. Rich and warm aftertaste with very moderate ABV. Let warm to a cool room temp. Deserves every BA point it gets.

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Photo of ranger7
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Pours a dark-almost-black-brown from bottle to stange. Thick tan head, probably a finger tall. Smells of sugar and malt. Tastes of chocolate and malt. Heavy. Maybe a little too boozy to drink regularly. As a side note, these are pricey for a single 330mL bottle. Overall though, great flavor and a "wow" beer, but not an everyday drinker. Almost a Porter-meets-Doppelbock.

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Photo of rickyng
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Easily a 95-98, if ABV was higher, easily a 100.
Does not have.a great nose but taste is great. If this thing was bourbon barrel aged it would easily be a 110 close to Goose Island bourbon county. Let it warm up slightly to get all the incredible flavors, you will want another after another.

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Photo of Act25
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love when I have not yet rated world's best beers, this double bock is one. Try 24.

A. Comes with ram medallion, readily available and affordable at WFM as single. Beer pours a dark amber/brown body with 1 finger tan head that dissipates slowly and reveals lacy carpet of bubbles.

S. Figs. Aroma is dark sweet malts with dark fruit, as well as roasted smells. There is a dominant, complex fruity smell that leans into fig, fruit cake, cherry, kirsch, brandy, cedar.

T. Follows and increases the smell complex. The taste reveals the darker (fig and plum) flavors. There are some sweet malts, mollasses, char, roasted malt and some floral hop bitterness. Syrupy, and rich, meditation beer. Better as it warms, as complex as old world church.

F. Syrup weight that smooth yet refreshing. Despite complexity which is good for after dinner (as it is for me tonight) probably great with any hearty meal.
Try 24. Try often. Best Doppelbock class.

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

Black pour with some clarity just underneath beige cap; spotty lace. Fruit nose, with notes of plum and dark cherries. Flavors of prunes, sweet malt, cherries and bread pudding with sugared raisins. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Great balance of caramel malt and fruit/prune flavors into a long linger. Outstanding.

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Photo of LAp
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 o bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a clear ruby brown. Nose is malt, bready, raisins. Palate is bread, light hops, with a full malt body. Overall excellent.

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Photo of Steev-o
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Dark color, with a tan head. Moderate lacing.
Hint of plum or raisins along with a malty smell
Smooth taste, the malt really comes through, maybe with a taste of chocolate too.
Rich mouthfeel and a great aftertaste
This is an excellent beer

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Photo of amaginbeer
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a nice dark color with an aroma of caramel malt tones. It has a bit of sweetness to it, but is well blended at the finish. It is going to be a favorite doppelbock on my list.

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Photo of tedvr
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark caramel with a medium caramel head. Malt smell. Sweet malt taste, with a mild licorice background and a little burnt caramel. Smooth feel with a great aftertaste. Overall, a wonderful beer!

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown/black pour with a dark tan 2 finger head. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Notable mocha/coffee, malty taste. Perfect amount of bitterness to finish. Would love another!

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Photo of Marius
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour with a velvety dark tan head. Smells of figs, dried prunes, cocoa, milk chocolate, coffee and caramel. The taste follows the same notes as the smell, with coffee and chocolate being more noticeable. Smooth mouthfeel due to the soft texture and low carbonation. A sticky-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of aleigator
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost black color, with a decent sized, light brown head, which slowly collapses to a dense, bubbly lacing.

Smells of warmed toffee, together with dried plums, a smoky whiff and walnut shell. On top of this foundation settles earth coated liquorice, molasses and balancing whole grain bread.

Has a velvet mouthfeel to it, with a medium carbonation and a silk, malt defined smoothness throughout.

Tastes of burned toffee, molasses and caramel, outstandingly well balanced by bitter, dry earth. Its bitterness reveals coffee dregs among an herbal, leafy dryness. Adds a soft dried fruit quality to the flavors, with rock sugar creating a short, sweet peak after the swallow. Nontheless, its world class mouthfeel maintains, due to an aqueous quality soothing the sweetness, creating a transition for the well nuanced bitterness, slowly developing from its earthy foundation. This enables a clean finish, with a brief, toffee coated finish.

Quite complex and pleasantly challenging, as the beer denies the palate to drown solely in sugary malts. Instead, it features a great grassiness of matured hops and bready earth, all mellowed by a world class mouthfeel, ensuring an utmost clean finish.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown, with a tight fizzy tan head that rises up about 1" and fades quickly leaving only a ring. A slight hint of lacing.

Nose is big malt and dark ripe fruit - currants and raisins. But a little light and otherwise not overly distinct.

Flavor is rich, malt sweetness with a great depth of dried and ripe fruits. Great bitter comes at the end. Fantastic, quintessential doppelbock. Fantastic.

Feel is light and airy with this level of carbonation. Wonderful mouthfeel, dry and lightly bitter finish where there hops really come through.

This has been a longtime favorite beer but the first time I've reviewed it - haven't had it in years but it always holds up to my memories of a fantastic beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown. Looks very dark brown, almost black, in the glass, and an aggressive pour yields an enormous fluffy tan head that leaves behind splotchy lacing. It's a thing of beauty.
The smell is pure toasted malts. Nutty, bready, toasty, and sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, earth, and spices.
On the palate, you get pure toasted malts upfront. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and licorice. Thick chunks of toasted brown bread. Dark fruits. Cherries, figs, and raisins. A touch of cocoa. Spiciness of clove and a hint of vanilla. There's some lingering sweetness but there's a beet-like earthiness that balances it.
The mouthfeel is medium-approaching heavy with a nice light carbonation that makes it very drinkable.

This is an excellent beer worthy of its reputation. As a hophead, this is one of the best malt-forward beers I've had.

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Photo of beardfullofbeer
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have nothing bad to say about this beer. It comes in a wickedly attractive packaging; just the process of opening one up is orgasmic, elaborate, and fun. I love this beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to Pint glass in Hoboken, at Mike D's 40th.

AROMA: Caramel. Bread.
LOOK: Dark brown pour. Medium White head.
TASTE: Sweet Malt. Nutty Caramelly
FEEL: Thick....almost porter-ish.

Awesome beer.


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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a thick creamy to white colored three finger-ed head.As it dissipates, lacing becomes foamy and stringy.
The smell has some raisins, dark bread, chocolate, estery dark fruits, light brown sugar, toffee, and a little bit of caramel all running in for the blend.
The taste was mainly malty sweet bringing in the fruits for extra sweetness. There's a light lingering malty sweet aftertaste leading into a sly malty finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and light. Malty smoothness glides over my tongue nicely.
Overall, not just the standard of doppelbocks but a world class beer for this time of year. Would I have another? Damn right I would.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: dark beer, but up to light it's dark red.
S: not a whole lot, some dark malty sweetness
T: all malty sweetness and that distinct German yeast
F: smooth, fairly coating but thin.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a ring.

Juicy plum, grape juice, a hint of earthiness if you seek it out.

A balance of the sweet dark fruits and typical bready and yeasty german accents.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Carbonation is good, light and airy, unobtrusive. ABV around 7.5?

A tasty little beer.

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Photo of Zet
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label is worth mentioning: classic german style billy goats and a miniature goat figurine tied around the neck of the bottle. Dark brown-amber colour with a good steady head of foam. Full nose of caramel, liquorice and malt. Very dense taste as well; in fact, the density almost feels like this beer has a fat percentage: roasted malt, caramel, berries and hops. Very thick, very smooth. Get it while you can: it is worth it!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,470 ratings.
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