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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
2,380 Reviews
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,380
Ratings:
6,328
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
518
Gots:
916
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,380 | Ratings: 6,328
Photo of citizencane
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looked okay poured into a pint glass out of the bottle. No head to speak of, but good dark reddish brown color. Smelled of dark malts and maybe some dark fruit. Tasted immediately upon pouring and got an unpleasant metallic taste, so I let it warm up.

After warmup time, I got burnt toast and grains, and a hint of brandied cherries. Very tasty. My only complaints are that as doppelbock this has to warm, and that I only had 12 oz, not a pint. Will definitely be buying again.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As has likely already been previously stated, this is the bar-setter for this style... A style far too often overlooked, but this doppelbock is nothing short of perfection. I have deep, German roots and love the fact that this come from the Motherland!

Drink up, BA's. This is one beer everyone should try. Malty, sweet, strong and beautiful- it's available almost everywhere as well, so leave your harpoon at home, whale-hunters!

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Photo of Mikus
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My scores on this one were all over the map with the appearance and mouthfeel exceptional, and the aromas and flavors on the side of (Borat-voice) 'very niiice'. An opaque brew (seemingly black) with vinous red highlights around the base of the snifter in the light. Rich and malty on the nose, opens up to some nice dark fruits (plums, raisins) and hints of tobacco and light chocolate notes. Nice, but really had to work on the 'smell' portion here. Just a hint of tartness up front on this one, moving into the dark fruits which came in as some nice cherries on the mid, and alcohol warming noticeable. Aftertaste actually brings up more of the malty and chocolatey notes sneaking in. Nice coating mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Drinks like a bigger ABV beer. Comes together well, and now I have a benchmark doppelbock.

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Photo of Myotus
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass. LOOK: Pours with a glorious three finger's worth of khaki foam that dissipates into two finger's worth within two minutes. Extremely dark brown in color with a ruby tint. Plenty of bubbles rising along the side of the glass to support that massive head. Lacing is wonderful as it is in abundance and adheres to the sides of the glass.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of caramelized malts that entangle with mild roasted malt, fig, and plum aromas along with a hint of spicy hops.
TASTE: Intial taste is of strong caramelized malt flavors with a hint of alcohol. Mild roasted malt flavors and subtle spicy hop flavors enter immediately after the initial flavors. As all flavors persist in strength, subtle fig and plum flavors complete the 3rd and final act of flavors about 3 seconds after the initial taste.
FEEL: Full-bodied, subtly carbonated, with a thirst quenching finish that sticks to the back of the throat.
NOTE: I love, love, LOVE, how the alcohol was barely detectable. However, as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

333 ml bottle Brewer's Droop, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a creamy frothy head. Strong carbonation. Smell - Caramel, plummy. Taste - Caramel, malts, light hoppy finish. Great dobbelbock, smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of stompilator
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chalice.

A - Poured a deep, dark brown. Light, tan head.

S - Caramel, biscuits, light stone fruit aroma.

T - Bright, lightly toasty malts hit right off the bat, with notes of biscuits, butter, and caramel. Fruity esters from the yeast produce bananalike, plumlike flavors underneath, but the sweet malts steal the show. Very light hop bitterness adds a certain crispness to the flavor. Nice residual sweetness.

M - Medium-heavy body, light carbonation. Very little dryness.

O - Everything you could ask for in a Doppelbock and more. A straightforward but oh-so hearty brew.

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Photo of 360logic
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Standard dark brown/amber hue for doppelbocks. Small but thick layer of off-white head sticks around. The way it looks very much promises the dark, rich, chewy brew to ahead of you.

S: Pumpernickel bread, toffee, prunes and raisins, wet coffee grounds

T: Toasted wheat bread, graham cracker, molasses, prunes, wet coffee grounds. Finish is like burnt sugar, dark sweetness that leads to lingering bitterness. Super elegant and complex for so much malt.

M: Light to medium carbonation, really decent chew to it. Not imperial stout chewy, but definitely full bodied for the style.

O: I think it lives up to the hype. Back of the bottle says "DARK, MALTY, AND RICH" and that's exactly what you get. But more. This is like a loaf of bread at an artisinal bakery or chocolate cake from a high end pastry shop. Maybe you can buy bread and cake at the grocery store, but it's not going to create a rich, flavorful, and cohesive landscape for your tastebuds like the others can. I found the new standard by which I will now compare all other doppelbocks to.

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Photo of drmeto
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,slight roasted malt,dark bread
-disappointing aroma
T:
-caramel,toffee,syrup,molasses,toast,bread,coffee,brown sugar,rum
F:
-medium carbonation,medium-full body
O:
Easily a Top 5 Doppelbock in the world

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Photo of breakingbland
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (at Knight's on LIberty in Ann Arbor)

The overall taste is sweet -- roasty, rich sweet malt with a hint of dried cherry -- with perhaps a very slight bit of funk.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Sweet dark malts, caramel, and dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, caramel, sweet malts, straight to the point great Doppelbock.

M: Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy on the finish.

O: This is a perfect example of a Dopplebock. A great beer and one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of DCP
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tied with many other beers as the greatest for me.

Had it on tap for the first time today at a German pub in town:
extra large head, light and fluffy, smells like warmth in winter
caramel and malt dominate. Goes down perfect.
Only thing is you're hammered before you can drink your fill of it.
Kings Brew

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Photo of bertler02
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Germany’s Finest:

The Mathematics of Carl Friedrich Gauss,
The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke,
The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach,
A fine Maybach automobile,
The Bayern Munich Football Club,
A genuine Black Forest ham,
and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.

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Photo of highTempo
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Big head, about a full inch -- cafe-o-lait color. Very dark body that's opaque until held to the light, then translucent maroon. Nice looking!

The smell has a lot of true malt coming through, almost like malt candy, chocolate, some present alcohol.

Very full flavor, not as sweet as I expected. Very 'roasty'. There's a metallic undertone that reminds me of traditional molasses. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Just a bit smokey. Some cereal coming through. The alcohol is present in the flavor as well, that brings some warmth.

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Photo of MartyMaltose
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. A grand and beautiful beer. Its greatness comes not from any extreme of taste or texture, but rather some inimitable proportion that allows you to dwell in the higher plane of genius just for awhile, like a late Mozart symphony might.

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Photo of KevinRut
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good, and pretty strong. Gave me a headache though, will have to try again. And again gave me slight headache, gas, felt a little ill. A strong beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not much I can add to the already superlative reviews here. One of the world’s best. This is the doppelbock to which all others should be compared, hands down.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a fan of doppelbocks, I did like this. I know many consider it the standard by which all doppel's are judged, but I prefer Salvator a tad more. Very intense sustained sweetness to this one, which sort of hands off almost entirely to a fair bitterness at the finish and beyond. For me personally, I think Salvator may "balance/blend" those spectrums a tad more effectively so it's not so pronounced. Nice head and darker color to this: more brown than copper or orange. A little lacing, but not a great amount. Fairly thick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. This one more similar to Eggenberg's doppelbock to me.

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

Pours dark cola brown, nearly black. Big light tan head that recedes gradually. Decent lacing. Ruby highlights, good clarity.

Grapey dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Very rich and sweet. Some brighter fruity esters as well. Toasted bread. No hop aroma. A hint of oxidation, but not bad.

Dark fruits and roasted malts. Big and rich, but not sweet. A hint of cocoa. No hop character and low bitterness. Very bready. Impressively clean lager fermentation. The malt shines beautifully. Some mineral notes as well.

Full body with medium low carbonation. Smooth and dry finish with lingering roastiness on the palate.

Big and rich without being sweet. A classic, of course.

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Photo of Gote
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother-in-law bought this for me in a little bistro in Columbus. He'd had it before in Germany. Dark and smooth. I read people going on about raisins and caramel but I didn't get any of that. What I got was a good, smooth, dark beer. Oh, and the goat was a plus.

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Photo of 513BeerLover
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Pours dark with medium tan head. Very smooth taste. Tastes fruity with a hint of caramel. Low carbonation and flavor is amazing. Great beer to drink during a cold winter's night.

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Photo of slusk
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a dense tan head. Dark fruits and raisin dominate the malt aroma with a good amount of caramel. little hops in the aroma. Decent roast underpinning. Flavor is spot on. Dark fruits and raison balance with a roasted malt base and a beautiful caramel malt base. Big flavor here. Medium full body with a low carbonation. This is hands down my favorite doppelbock. Definitely worth starting a collection of little white plastic goats.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: very dark brownish-black, some head, lots of bubble, very lively.
Smell: The most lovely smell came out even when I started opening the bottle. dark fruit, a lot of caramel, molasses smell, very sweet and lovely. I kept on smelling it the whole time.
Taste: some carbonation, very sweet molasses, malty and yeasty. Little hop, some bitterness at the end, like caramelized sugar. Bread like taste. A meal in a bottle!
Feel: full bodied, chewy, voluptuous, lusty, viscous liquid. Great sweet aftertaste, and I bet my mouth smelled better than any gum out there.

One of the best beers I have ever had, and I'll keep coming back for more. Also, great label, and thanks for plastic mountain goat!

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Photo of curasowa
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, ruby color with a huge, tan head that fades slowly with thick lacing.

Aroma: Super malty, molasses, toasted malt, chalky cocoa, nutty

Taste: Taste matches the aroma; huge caramel malt flavor, thick and chewy, a little chalky, some ripe tree fruit, then thins a bit on the finish which is nutty and lingering.

The Rest: mmmm, Tasty. A near perfect example of the style.

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

I give it a 4.5 all the way across. Tastes smooth but also reminds me more of a Dunkel. I'll say it's a great smooth easy drinking beer. They sneak up on you. Wish they came in 6 packs instead of 4 packs. 7.2% alcohol instead of 6.7%. I prefer Sneider-Weisse Dopplebock but I'd def buy this again.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark with a reddish tint and a tan head

Smell Cherry and figs

Taste Dark fruits and caramel sweetness.

MF- Creamy

OVerall- Great doppelbock, perhaps the best.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,380 ratings.
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