Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

6,509 Ratings
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Pantalones
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to reviewing this one; last bottle from the 4-pack, no bottling/best-by date that I could find but I know the beer store ordered these after I mentioned that they were out when I was looking for this beer specifically, so it should be reasonably fresh.

Pours a clear cola-like brown, looking darker brown (almost black at a glance!) once it's in the glass. Big head of light tan foam at first, shrinking to about half that size within a few minutes and then into just a thin cap on the surface of the beer with a thicker ring around the edge of the glass a few minutes after that. The beer is so dark that my little LED flashlight only barely penetrates it -- it gets through as some faded points of red light -- but shining it into the beer I can see some rising bubbles.

Smell is TONS of rich malt -- basically smells like some nice dark brown bread is sitting in my glass! I also noticed a bit of a frutiy thing on the end when I first took a sniff after pouring, but I'm not really finding that now. Maybe just a hint of a brown-sugary sort of thing in there behind all the bread, too. After taking a few sips, I'm noticing there's almost a sort of butteriness to the smell, which works well with all that bread.

On the first sip, taste matches the smell for sure -- loads of bread right away, like really nice whole-grain bread. Also a good bit of dark roasty/bordering on char flavors mixed in, somehow coming across as both fresh bread and toast that's a little crispy around the edges at the same time. There is A LOT of breadiness going on in this beer. Surprisingly dry -- other doppelbocks I've had were noticeably sweeter. About halfway through I'm beginning to pick up on that brown-sugary thing I noticed in the smell -- it pops in for just a few moments at the start of every sip, before giving way to the waves of bread that dominate the flavor of this beer. i think I may have just noticed a tiny bit of that fruity-ish thing I smelled early on, just for a second at the end of a drink. Lingering flavor after swallowing tends to lean toward the dark-roasty elements, with occasional bread and slight doughiness finding their way in, too.

Mouthfeel is nice -- right on the line between "big gulps" and "little sips," so it works pretty nicely either way. There's a bit of a slickness to it, while not going so far in that direction as to be sticky from sweetness the way some other high-ABV dark beers tend to be. A little bubbly but in a pleasant way, no excessive fizz/prickliness... no negative features at all that I can point out really.

Overall, this is a great beer -- definitely glad I finally got around to trying it after all those trips to the beer store where I considered it, but then ended up trying something else instead. Plus, it comes with little plastic goat ornaments on every bottle (at least if you get to it fast enough -- I've noticed that the goats tend to go missing from 3/4 of the bottles in each pack when a 4-pack sits at the store for a while) -- how many other beers have THAT going for them??

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Estria
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yuno
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBRLBRB
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany color aroma was heavy with roasted malt. An excellent version of this style and would seek this beer out. Taste was loaded with malt and was sweet,thick,heavy,but not sickly sweet. Well balanced and really flavorful,a really well made beer

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Photo of omeliast
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown. Smells of toffee and coffee.

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Photo of jmarod7
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. Love this beer. Has a smell of dark fruits with a dark roast finish. Taste like a coffee roast with a strong finish. Would drink again.

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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twage04
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with medium carbonation. Aroma is of dark fruit, malt. Taste is much of the same, lots of dark fruit back up by toasted malts and a hint of sweetness. The beer is smooth in your mouth and very easy to drink. You might find a trace of roast in this but it's still a great "black beer" for those who would normally avoid a porter or stout.

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Photo of mnine
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polaroidcaesar1995
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pau622
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Poured from bottle to shaker pint glass. Mahogany liquid shot through with garnet topped by a creamy khaki head. Aroma and flavor are full of roast, toffee, caramel, dark fruit (raisin, fig, prune, dark bread, molasses and finally cocoa. Balanced like a goddam champ. Fuller in feel, rolls over the tongue and down the throat in a creamy wave. Would have again and again.

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

Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Pilsener glass. A deep ruby brown color with a modest light tan head. Aromas of raisins, cherries, brown bread, and plums. The taste was just as rich - spices, bread, dark fruit, and bready malt. Really focused on the malt without any distracting floral or citrus notes. The yeast is also in the background. A world class beer.

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Photo of golf4collet
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schuler
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best dopplebock I've tasted thus far. Among the better beers I've had. Pours deep red-brown with nic fluffy head. Smells and tastes of spice, dried prunes, raisin, an dark chocolate. Taste is rich and complex, evolving as the roasted dark malts warm in the glass. Medium bodied and rich. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No visible date. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany brown with a thick, frothy one finger of sandy head. If there is carbonation, I can't see it.

S: this is straight out of the fridge, but even at that temp it is emanating fruity and malty aromas. My first thought is a cherry tootsie pop after you have lost patience and bitten it open. Red cherries, chocolate, toasted barley sugar (like cheerios), molasses.

T: lightly sweet arrival, turns toastier, then the molasses roast and sourness come through. Much less sweet on the palate than the nose, but still a sweet beer. Lingering clean lager yeast and malty chocolate.

M: this is where this thing really shines. Medium to full bodied, but somehow magically retains this crispness that makes it feel light on the tongue. Slick finish.

O: I have wanted to try this forever, and it was totally worth the wait. A rich and malty sipper that doesn't get cloying. THE definitive example of the style. Salvator has nothing on this.

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Photo of samEBC
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akacojack
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just as the bottle indicates; dark, malty and rich. Very good looking and tasting bock.

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

Served from 330 mL bottle into glass at home. Pours deep brown with a reddish hue, practically opaque with small tan head. Some legs are noticeable on the glass after movement. Strong malty aroma with dark fruit and hints of chocolate and coffee. No detectable hop aroma. More malt and dark fruit flavor and even stronger chocolate, creating a kind of chocolate covered raisin flavor. The dark fruit is definitely not overpowering, in fact the flavor is almost ephemeral: disappearing from the pallet quickly after finishing. No hop flavor is detectable. The finish itself is somewhat sweet but not cloying, with very low bitterness and a small amount of alcohol flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. Overall this beer is full of rich dark flavor with the smooth crisp clean lager quality expected from a century old German brewer. This beer is very enjoyable, easily drinkable despite the strong flavor and a perfect example of the style.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,509 ratings.
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