Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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 battlekow
3.2/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Celebrator looks awesome. It's a thick brown with a huge tan head that soon fades to a thin, even layer of bubbles. Plus--the necklace! How many beers are classy enough to have a necklace?

The primary scent is like baby food. I think it's a combination of caramel and dark fruits/anise, but to me it comes off as candied carrots. I'm not a fan of candied carrots.

The taste, fortunately, gets it better; the caramel and anise are more distinct. There's a little nuttiness, and it finishes with a very pleasant roasted flavor. I'm really not getting much chocolate.

Celebrator was okay, but honestly, this seems more like a weird nut brown ale than a doppelbock lager.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- I like the design on the bottle. The plastic goat is also nice.

I poured the beer into a dimpled mug. Poured blackish brown. Very nice thick, foamy head. Cappuccino colored head. Very appealing.

Smell -- Very malty. It smells like bread and cookies. Can also distinguish a carmel scent. I do believe I can also pick up faint traces of hops.

Taste -- Sweet, bready, and malty. Reminds me of the taste of a bowl of cereal.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and heavy. Kind of chewy. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability -- I could drink a couple of these, but would probably end up feeling overly full. It is a nice easy fall drinking doppelbock. Very filling!

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

11.2 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a 24 oz Pilsner

Pours a dark brown with light brown glowing through on the edges. The head is thick, foamy, cascading and has a dark tan color. As it dissipates dips and valleys spread across the top. Very attractive.

The smell is heavy on the roasted side, some slight hop earthiness comes through, and then a definite yeast smell. Also some notes of dark chocolate and maybe even what I found to be pan-roasted rasberries. Very interesting.

The taste is very good. Heavy on the roasted sweetness. A little sourness like dark chocolate. Leaves a spicy aftertaste on your tongue, which is the only time you taste the alcohol. A very heavy note of molasses jumps to the forefront as the beer warms a little. A little fruity and earthy in the background. Quite complex and good. Mouthfeel is incredibly thick, probably as close to motor oil as anything I’ve drunk. I really like it.

The only tangible downside to this beer is the sheer weight of it. It’s thick as hell, and quite strong. A few sips of this and my stomach is getting pretty heavyl. Yow. Not a session beer. But definitely one worth sipping and pondering.

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Photo of danielharper
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Woody's Smokes and Brews, Franklin, TN.

Not a big fan of Dopplebocks. Take that as you will.

This beer pours dark with a thick off-white head. Very black body, but with a reddish tinge at the bottom of the glass. The head is thick and dissipates slowly.

I found it to have a roasty, matly aroma with complex flavor notes, almost licorice-like in quality. Enjoyable.

Overall taste was very similar, although I thought it was a bit more complex, with notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts, as well as the aforementioned licorice. It also had a bitter finish and aftertaste, but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel was medium, with not much else to report, and drinkability was decent. Average scores on both fronts.

A note: After drinking this beer, I happened to wander past my fiancee, who got a whiff of me and was intrigued. She's not a fan of beer in the slightest, but I think the maltiness piqued her interest. She gave me a closer whiff, then started her own "tasting" by kissing me lightly on the lips several times, each time coming back with different flavors that she liked. (She's into wine and good food, and is probably a "supertaster".) She found licorice, coffee, pistachio nuts, and even bubblegum on me, and was getting more and more into it before suddenly reeling back and realizing that some unknown "beer" taste had just wafted into her consciousness, and now she was unable to enjoy the other flavors.

Does Ayinger make cologne or mouthwash? I can only wish.

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Photo of Pingotas
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, despite anything you read.

I contrasted this to Young's Double Chocolate and I must say this beer can carry it's weight. Flavorful and worthy of the reputation I've heard about many times.

The hops predominate an a well-balanced brew that you can drink the entire day.

Clearly a winner in my book.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard so much about this beer from BA that i just had to grab a four-pack at Sam's Wine and Liqour on Butterfield in Downers Grove, IL. When held directly into the light, it almost takes on a dried blood color. But when not directly in the light, the color is a dark chololate brown. The smell is of a pleasant toffee and malt note. The beer itself is any easy swalow, which was not what i was expecting from such a dark beer. This easy drinkability allows the drinker to let it be absorbed by the palate to soak as much flavor as possible. The taste mimics the smell exactly with a clean, smooth finish. This dopplebock ent well with hamburger and a cold tomato, onion gespacho very nicely.

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Photo of waldowin
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderful dark, dark malt color, with ruby highlights at the edge when held up to the light. A two-finger light tan head forms immediately, and the surface boils for quite some time. Eventually it fades down to a cap.

Smells of malts, vanilla, and honey. Very rich and sweet, and pretty direct.

Taste up front is just loaded with malts. Some roasted, some not, and a small amount of completely unsweetened chocolates that show up near the end. Initial sweetness like biting into a plum, followed by a very aggressive set of hops, spiced and tangy. Finish is extremely smooth, and the slightly bitter tang of hops leaves you craving more of the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly "big" for a beer that's only 6.7% ABV. Extremely carbonated. Leaves a sweet slickness on the lips, and a tangy layer of hop oils on the tongue. Excellent combination.

This stuff is scarily drinkable. I had to open a second and let it sit so I could try this warmer. I'd finished the first bottle without giving it any time to warm up, by accident. Definitely the best dopplebock I've had so far.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Were it not for the healthy deep tan head, this would look like a cola in the glass. Dark brown, reddish orange hints when held to the light.

The smell s a bit airy and yeasty, with some medium maltiness underneath. It smells like the homemade crusty brown bread of my youth. That smell brings back nice memories.

The flavour has hints of slightly over-caramelized brown sugar, molasses, some subtle spicy hops, and a tanginess just at the end. Very nice.

The mouthfeel s just the thck side of medium, and is not overly assertive. Carbonation is tight and just about at a perfect level.

This is a very drinakble beer, and would make a fabulous sessioner. It gets your attention, but doesn't smack you around.

Be well

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Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this thing has been sitting in my fridge since july and I finally got around to it

appearance: pours a rather dark mahogany with ruby highlights, a foamy tan head forms immediately

smell: very bready, caramel, molasses, sweet apples

taste: sweet caramel, very sweet malts with a certain bready characteristic that is prevelant, red apples, mild alcohol...a tasty doppelbock

mouthfeel: medium body, smooth and creamy

drinkability: above average

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Photo of gotbeer
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown, although a little red shows around the edges where the light comes through. Thick head that dissapates quickly, and laces the glass very lightly.

The smell is of malty bread, and some earthy tones.

The taste is huge malt sweetness with a little taste of hops at the end. Molasses and bread with some earthy notes. Huge and complex. Very interesting beer.

The mouthfeel is a little chewy, but the carbonation takes a little away from the overall experience.

Overall a good double bock.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked nice, dark, brown with hi lights of red.Nice thick tan colored head.
Very nice sweet, malty scent.
Very smooth malt flavor accompanied by a sweet fruit and spice flavor.
I enjoyed the richness of the beer.
Pretty filling stuff great beer for "Celebrating" Oktoberfest.

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Photo of whynot44
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark opaque chestnut brown color with a substantial creamy milk chocolate colored head that subsides fairly quickly but leaves a nice bunch of lace behind.

The aroma is rich fresh bread with molasses, toffee, raisins and a bit of rum.

The flavor follows with deep fruity malt and molasses with just a touch of floral hops and some alcohol warmth at the end.

Creamy smooth and rich, full bodied but very easy to drink and well worth a try especially for fall and winter..

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Photo of AltBock
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th Celebrator review

11.2oz bottle with a cool vintage label and with a bock necklace around the bottle.

Appearance: Poured a Dark Ruby color with a small amount of tan colored foam that left just a small amount of lace.

Smell: A pleasant aroma of roasted malts, sweet caramel, and dark chocolate. When swirled around, you get a fruity smell too.

Taste: It was very malty with coffee, chocolate, and caramel in the background. A typical Dopplebock taste, but just a little better than some.

Mouthfeel: It was lightly carbonated, full-bodied, and with a malty coffee, and alcohol aftertaste. Being full-bodied it really goes down smooth. Although you can taste the alcohol, it still hides it alcohol content.

Drinkability: An excellent example of a dopplebock that you can drink all day. A 11.2 oz bottle really doesn't go that far. A must try!

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Photo of germaniac
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left the bottle as deep brown with reddish highlights.

Smells of roasted malts, brown sugar, dates, and figs.

The taste starts with malty, heavy sweetness. Raisins and brown sugar with burnt toffee round out the experience.

This is one of those 'can't miss' beers.

2 bucks a bottle at the Fresno BevMo.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby and caramel highlights, topped by a light creamy tan head. Amazing aroma not unlike freshly baked bread - rich malt, pleasant yeast, raisin, and a ton of brown sugar. Palate is deeply rich, redolent of roasted malt, dried fruit (raisin, prune), and brown sugar. Aftertaste is a lingering sweetness. Body is nice and substantial, and a tad bit syrupy. A good, warming beer for sipping on a fall evening.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful deep mahogany with garnet highlights, and a thick, creamy tan head that retains well. Aroma is very malty with scents of toasted bread, rum soaked prunes, caramel, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is complex and very rich (definately a meal in a bottle); tastes of toasted bread, caramel, rum soaked raisins and prunes, and a slightly floral and mineraly hops compliment. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a huge body and light carbonation, and drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was never into bocks or doppelbocks, but that has all changed. first, i got the sam adams double, which i loved. so i picked up a 4-pack of the celebrator when in atlanta. damn, this is german beer, my friends.
dark brown with a thick tan head that does not go away.
smells of brown sugar and burnt caramel, a hint of alcohol.
taste of sweet malt, just a little hop in there somewhere.
very creamy, thick and full in the mouth.
i doubt that i could have too many of these, but i'd try.
fall and winter, i'm looking for more of this.


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Photo of Stubbie1
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deep dark brown color with a tight tan head up top. Nice lace all the way down the glass. Aroma of malt, molasses and caramel come to mind. There is also a roasted feel going on and a hint of alcohol in there. Taste is big taste of molasses and malt. There is a slight play with the alcohol in there and a dry hop feeling mixed in as well. Smooth and creamy in the mouth and a nice mellow carbonation as well. Overall…….WoW!

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Photo of smcolw
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany cherry color--light does not shine through. Nice head with a little lace left on the glass as I drink this.

Very powerful caramel aromas; I like the touch of chocolate malt and hop. Still this is potently sweet smelling brew.

Perhaps the truest double bock in terms of taste...sort of the Guinness of d-bocks. While the caramel sweetness is present, it is not the main flavoring. There are chocolate notes, sinewy alcohol touches, and (quite surprisingly) excellent hop balance which I taste on the roof of my mouth as I swallow.

This is a thinner beer than I expected, but it really doesn't detract from the superior flavor. This beer is too potent to rapidly consume, but it does go down easily. Seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Time to celebrate! This beer has a color that is similar to Coke: almost jet black but dark translucent red near the edges. The smell is like candied fruits, especially apricot. The taste is stellar. It has a large body but not an overwhelming taste. The mouthfeel is also great, with it going down like a normal liquid and not ephervessing too much on the tongue. Definitly a drink you could have more than one of if it weren't for the price!

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - There is a deep cherry colored beer topped with a big fluffy almond colored head.
Aroma - Yeasty, Earthy aroma with a hint of figs.
Taste - Tastes very well balanced between the malts, bitterness, and alcohol. There seems to be some sweet subtle characteristics of plum and vanilla. There also seems to be a light "woody" flavor in the finish.
Body - Medium body that is thick enough to make you take notice but not overly heavy.
Drinkability - Pretty good overall drinkability, this will be a fine lead in to the rest of the evening.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Sharp Edge Creek House. Served in a Celebrator Glass... sweet.

Looked like Pepsi in my glass, but with a nice thick head that fell not long after arriving. The smell was slightly nutty, with hints of caramel and roasty malts and some sort of sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. The taste was bready, with some, but not much, sweetness and roasted malty goodness. The mouthfeel was creamy, mildly carbonated, and very smooth. This was so good that I had to have another! Excellent beer.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with a mountainous 1.5" head that barely subsides at all.

Smells of nuts and brown sugar, deep and sweet and lush... some hints of chocolate maltiness in there as well.

Wow... oh wow... rich, luscious, wonderfully deep taste. Nuts, toffee, and caramel are all largely prevalent in this beer. Delicious.

Huge mouthfeel.... completely coats the tongue. Even after the beer is gone, the taste refuses to leave your tongue.... divine chewiness.

IMMENSELY DRINKABLE! What a quality example of this style... I wish I could find this locally... I would purchase a case without second thought.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cola colored brown with a thick foamy head which goes away quickly. Not much carbonation visible, or maybe it's just hidden in the darkness. Nice, sweet, rich malty aroma, not much going on in the hops department (sorry hopheads). Taste is initial sweet maltiness, with a little dark fruit in the background. The finish is dry, spicy, and a little bit smoky. Overall, a smooth, complex & very tasty brew that lives up to all it's accolades!

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Photo of scooter231
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark beer. Tan head that will not go away. Looks slightly intense. Smells of dark fruits, and coffee and chocolate- it's hard to get, have to take a big whiff, even when warm. Light hops and malt in there- just so hard to find.

Taste is stouty, lots of coffee and roasted flavors in there. Chocolate and caramel complete the background, with a hint of hops somewhere in there. Tasty. Mouthfeel is chewy and bubbly and full, and I'd say this is decently drinkable- it's a solid beer, but a tad too heavy to drink a lot of. Still, a tasty concoction, one I'd have again.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,433 ratings.
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