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Celebrator | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4.34/5
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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#707
Reviews:
2,486
Ratings:
6,721
pDev:
9.91%
 
 
Wants:
589
Gots:
1,082
Trade:
19
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 6,721 |  Reviews: 2,486
Photo of Mitchellrhen
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redfish2942
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mhadley79
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Distinct, German taste. It's pretty impressive that even in a doppelbock, you can recognize a cup of Deutschland. Don't know how they do it.
Having said that, this is not really my style. Less harsh than a stout but then a bit too watery and somewhat oily as well. I was quite surprised to see the high rating but happy for the brewery.

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Photo of McGee666
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ultrasrs
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tomb_ride
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look : Very dark brown body, two finger mocha head.

Smell : Brown sugar, honey, dark fruit, beeswax, molasses, and banana.

Taste : Brown sugar, dark fruits, mild spices, molasses, and a bit of nutty hops at the end.

Feel : Medium body, medium-high carbonation, slight alcohol bite.

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Photo of RomzesBrewer
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EricColon4
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Look - A murky....dark brown appearance.
Smell - Sweet Dark fruits dominate the nose, some burnt brown sugar notes in there as well as hints of chocolate
Taste - Raisins, dates, prunes, hints of chocolate and coffee too

Overall - This is the king of Doppelbocks! A delicious malty treat.

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Photo of matcris
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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 sdeese21
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akdo
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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 TomMorris
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sherillc
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -1.8%
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 jcflorian
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Twism86
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bgfunk
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jyacco15
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris_r2112
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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 kinggimp
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhartley
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Celebrator from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,721 ratings