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 matcris
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Dark brown, Nice ruby shimmer up to the light. Big creamy 3" tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Can't really see the carbonation level.
AROMA: Very sweet malt, cocoa, milk chocolate, slight crusty, bready, sourdough bread, and a little bit grassy.
TASTE: Just as aroma. Sweet, with all of the flavors from the aroma and a nice little bit of bitterness to give it a bit of balance. A slight grassiness.
FEEL: A little slick, oily, but finishes more on the dry side. Carbonation level is average and adequate.
OVERALL: A very pleasant DB, no doubt. I find the Weihenstephaner DB a little less sweet and more balanced. This one is slightly too sweet, for me, but not cloying. Nevertheless, a great brew.

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Photo of akdo
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: The beer has a dark brown body, a two-finger mocha head and a copper leg. Of all the German beers I have tried, this one has the best head retention. It recedes to a layer of a few millimetres. By the time one is about to finish drinking the beer, the head will have a few small holes.

Smell: The nose has a mild note of malt. It is a tad reminiscent of chocolate milk. There are no trace of hops in the aromas.

Taste: The palate is almost a replay of the nose. It is very malty and because it is dark, it has a slight toasty taste which makes the beer taste like a toned down Schawzbier. The dominant note was that of caramel, chocolate milk and dark fruits. True to the style, this beer was neither bitter nor dry on the finish.

Feel: The beer is light-bodied and is not astringent. It has a juicy feeling and it is fresh. The warmth of the alcohol can be felt, but it is very low. It doesn't burn the throat. There is also no carbonation.

Overall: This was love at first taste between this beer and me. Despite having an ABV that is comparable to an IPA, this Doppelbock's alcohol is barely felt. Moreover, this is one of the few beers I have tried that comes so close of being to style as per the guidelines of Beer Judge Certification Program.

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

Aroma is sweet, fruity, milk chocolate. Flavours of chocolate, espresso, pumpernickel bread, dark fruit, hint of bitterness and a savoury quality on the finish. Perfect balance of richness and carbonation. An excellent Doppelbock.

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Photo of NorthernLights
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark red verging on brown. Head was moderate, creamy and dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Faint sweet and fruity. Plums, raisins, figs brown sugar, with a slight breadiness.

Taste: Malty, slightly sweet of toffee, brown sugar, molasses, sweet espresso, subtle chocolate and plums. Exceptionally smooth going down.

Mouth feel: Subtle carbonation, full bodied without being syrupy, malty with a very clean finish.

Overall: An exceptional Doppelbock. Very smooth and tasty. If you like Doppelbocks this is a must try. Difficult to have just one.

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Extremely dark, red colour. Almost brown. Poured about a finger and a half of creamy head, which stuck around for a little while. Little bit of light sneaks in at the bottom of the glass. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Very Sweet. Dark cherries, apples, plums, dark fruit. Very slight hint of milk chocolate on the back end.

Taste: Cherries, chocolate, slightly bitter. Little hint of booziness. Very complex and very tasty.

Fell: Slightly heavy. high carbonation. very nice warming sensation, which is surprising considering the relatively low ABV.

This beer is very well done. Chocolate and dark fruits are present on the forefront, with a lingering boozy bitterness. This doppelbock is worth seeking out.

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Photo of jhartley
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby red brown body with a soft head of light tan, almost resembling as if it were on nitro, without as much head.

Aromas of dark fruits; plums, figs, some breadiness, cocoa.

A sweet malty body up front gives way to a slightly subtle sourness, for lack of a better descriptor, that doesn't last too long. Tastes like a dark chocolate covered plum or prune. Very tasty.

Medium to full mouth feel, has a lovely velvety smooth feel to it.

Overall, it's easy to see why this is the top dog when it comes to Doppelbocks! I will definitely be drinking more of this in the future.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a stemmed Ayinger pokal glass after being poured from a 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: Very dark brown with a hint of red hue. Head was initially moderate-to-large but quickly dissipated.
Smell: Subdued/faint malty aroma.
Taste: Chocolate and malty flavor. Extremely smooth going down.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with heavy body.
Overall: One of the best beers that I have every tried. An absolutely delicious beer that does not overwhelm the palate.

Ironically, while vacationing in Munich, I visited the Ayinger Brewery, and while there I asked specifically for this beer (after reading its glowing reviews on Beeradvocate.com), but they told me it was not the right season (I was there in August), and they do not serve this beer until early spring. It was not until I returned to America when I was able to try this beer for the first time.

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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,420 ratings.
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