Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#370
Reviews:
2,458
Ratings:
6,588
pDev:
9.91%
Bros Score:
4.69
 
 
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Photo of etn3000
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was out with my wife the other night and she had a wild idea that she would pick my beer out for me. My wife doesn't know anything about beer, nor does she drink it. Out of a list of about 60 some beers, she picks this one. I could have kissed her for that! I love this beer. I would have never picked it because somewhere in the back of my head I have a notion that I don't like dark beers. But the last 2 beers that I have had were both very dark and I absolutely loved both of them!

This beer is very dark, almost black. I held it up to a light and you could barely see through it. I poured to from the bottle to a glass (as you always should) and it was a glorious moment watching that silky smooth dark liquor moving from the bottle to the glass. The head was thick with a almost tan colour. It had as very smooth texture going down, very easy to drink. The taste was not what I usually associate with a dark beer. The taste was actually very pleasant. I love this beer. I will buy it again. And I will suggest this to ANY beer lover!

Later I found out that this beer is #25 on BeerAdvocate's Top 100 Beer list!

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle -No best by date visible.

Poured into Duvel tulip, poured a deep dark brown almost black , two finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacing,good carbonation .

Smell - Ripe fruits with toasted malts.

Taste - Sweet fruits with a toasted malt backing ,slight caramel , molasses with chocolate hints .

Drinkability - Very drinkable Doppelbock the tastes seem to come together well and has a nice aftertaste with a fruity finish,well blended and balanced beer.

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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this is the best looking doppelbock I've ever seen. It pours a thin, rich mahogany in color with a one finger off white head which quickly dissipates. The aromas are very bready. There's slugfest of yeast and malt with some caramel and brown sugar and it is pretty mild overall. It tastes of malted barley, brown sugar, molasses, and bready yeast. It also has some subtle dark fruits to it. It drinks really well and is light to medium in body. It has good crispness and goes down smoothly. This is an excellent doppelbock, definitely worthy of its ranking.

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Photo of Noahman23
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is hands down the best doppelbock available in Massachusetts. The nose is straight roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. In my experience, it shows best in a tulip glass.

The taste is near perfection--one of the smoothest beers I've had, especially considering the 6.7% abv. Dark, roasted, bready malts, nuttiness, chocolate, coffee--really just a complex, and impressively drinkable beer that gets better as it warms up. I recommend not drinking it too chilled as it masks a lot of the flavor. That's the best thing about the beer, is that each sip is better than the last. Anyhow, I recommend this doppelbock to any beer drinker. Unquestionably worth the $14 for a four-pack.

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Photo of Someguy1989
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark Brown color with a pleasant light brown head that retained itself for quite a while.

S: Roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some bready aromas.

T: Lots of coffee in the flavor, accentuated with some sweet chocolate notes balanced with a bit of bread flavor. It finished with a slight bit of lager crispness.

M/D: A full thick body, the carbonation was very smooth. On drinkability terms, this one was fantastic. A lot of this style is cloyingly sweet and its very hard to down more than one of them. I could drink this one all night.

All and all, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a mug.

A: It pours a nearly opaque black color with some red hues in light and two fingers of light tan head that recede slowly to the edges but don't lace well.

S: Chocolate, light roastiness, light banana, and some bready notes.

T: Light roastiness, caramel, wheaty/bready notes, and some mellow, sweet dark fruitiness.

M: It has a medium body thickness with some creaminess and delicious lingering flavors.

D: Can a doppelbock get any better? I think not.

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Photo of oline73
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark mahogany color. Initially there is a half inch dark tan head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell: A mild dark fruit and caramel malty sweetness. Fairly mild.

Taste: First thing I notice is the perfect level of sweetness. There are hints of roast and dark chocolate, as well as caramel and ripe dark fruit. Slight bitterness at the very end. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly dry finish. Very nice delicate carbonation that fits the beer well.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. I will definitely be picking up more in the future.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich ruby-brown, some translucence. Even three-finger head. Took multiple attempts to get it all in a 12oz. tulip.

Aroma is bready and rich. Sweet malts, caramel, dark toast, pumpernickel. Mild scents but indicating complexity.

Taste is part lager, part stout, part quad. Rich but subtle roast up front, followed by malt sweetness. Pumpernickel, oats, berries, toffee/caramel. Nothing is big in here. It has a wide array of flavors but all are just noticeably present.

Very smooth and pretty light drinking. Sweet aftertaste with no lingering roast or dryness. Again, it's not overly sweet.

Better as it warms. Remarkably so. This is a beer I almost dismissed as I started it, but by the end I wanted another.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in the "official" glass as the special brew at the SoNo Brewhouse.

Pours dark brown, good finger of white foam resides on the top. Dark fruity smell, some malt. Taste is clean and smooth - almost like a Scwarzbeir (sp?) with fruity tones. Smooth mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite tasty. Solid brew.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on the reviews and past experiences with the style, I was really looking forward to this one.

A - Pours a dark mohogany with a ruby red hue, finger of mocha coloured head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty chocolate and raisins, with a touch of leather. Reminiscent of a barley wine and almost smells like a wet dog.

T - Malted barley comes through with dark fruits and a touch of chocolate and molasses. Leather and toffee notes come through as it warms. A tad on the sour side, and I was expecting something a bit sweeter.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth but finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

D - Overall a tasty offering, but I certainly didn't have the same experience as some of the other BA's. I much prefer Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock and am inclined to try this again in a head to head challenge. A little disappointed, but I'll pick up another in the event that my bottle was dated or off.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with a decent head that sticks around for a while

S: Malts and dark fruits, molasses, and a little sweetness

T: Same as the smell, the molasses and fruits come out from the start and it finishes with a great sweetness that doesn't overpower

M: Fairly heavy with little carbonation. Very smooth, glides over the tongue

D: I could drink this all day if the sweetness didn't get to me. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks, for sure

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Photo of paulginva
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass, I was immediately struck by the 1.5" dark tan frothy head. Lacing was excellent and seemed like it was stuck to the side of the glass with glue. The head dissipated very, very slowly. The body was a cloudy, rich mahogany color with particles suspended seemingly endlessly and a moderate carbonation bubbling slowly to the surface.

AROMA: There was a light aroma of toasted bread, caramel and molasses with a tangy hit of herb scented hop leaf and a light scent of alcohol and dried fruit. All in all, a very inviting aroma.

TASTE: A big hit of malt deliciousness consisting of light molasses and toasted bread matched up with a sharp snap of a smooth hop bitterness and spicy alcohol. A light amount of dried fruit is noticeable along with some hop leaf flavor. There is a really nice taste of residual sugars, dark sugars and fading grain in the end.

MOUTHFEEL: This brew delights the tongue with a full body, a smooth, creamy texture, a soft carbonation and a very light bitter finish. When sipped, the first impression is of a light sweetness and the finish maintains it with the addition of a slight bitterness that engages the whole tongue. Body lacing is excellent.

DRINKABILITY: This is the best Doppelbock I've ever tasted. I can't wait to have another. A bit more expensive than its competition, it still provides excellent value because it is just so much better. Simply a terrific brew.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: 1/20/2011

A: malts, sour, molasses

Ap: dark brown-black with 1 finger tan head, nice lacing

B/T: very mild carbonation, thick, smooth

Af: caramel and/or molasses, sour/bitter

O: in my humble opinion, not your everyday go-to brew, but at least I got a cool goat out of the deal

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of redzone3120
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown color with a slight hue of red when held up to the light. Nice brown head though somewhat thin.

S - Nice dark roasted aroma. Hints of coffee and is similar to a stout. Very good!

T - You can taste the roasted malts and the hints of coffee and chocolate. Very complex flavors but finishes with a mild sweetness.

M - Smooth carbonation with a moderate body. Balances well with the rich flavors while not being too heavy. Great finish that has flavor but doesn't linger for too long.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced, great flavor, and nice finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tobin
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this brew in college and I had no idea what was going on in my mouth, now however..

Reddish brown body with a huge, creamy tan head. Good retention and lace. Very good looking.

Intensly sweet and toasted malt nose, with some roasted grain, raisin, and floral hop. The first sip overtakes you in rich and chocolatey flavor.

Chewy, with notes of dried fruit and herby, floral hop. A bit sour, and perhaps a little lactic. Spicy towards the finish. Very sweet, with an eternal finish. Practically chewable.

Very easy to drink. A perfect friend on a cold, rainy day.

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Photo of jss79
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a dark ruby brown. On the nose you could discern dates with roasty notes. Initial raisin like taste with a semi-sweet second taste, ending in a smooth non-bitter finish. Left a faintly sweet after taste that sat well in your mouth. Well rounded beer, perfect for a cold winter evening.

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Photo of DKMonroe
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours decent with a head that took me some co-hearsing to get 2+cm out of. Then it dissipated mostly to the small island that the etch of the Duvel glass left in the center. There was some lacing as I slowly finished the glass. Color was fairly dark some red highlights peeking through.

Taste for me at first was good but not great until the glass warmed a bit, then it was stellar. Got the fruits some caramel some here say banana, I have no idea about that. I got some chocolate. Of course a hit of the roasted malts.

It was a mellow well balanced brew. I love it, and hey the bottle is cool looking too.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a phenomenal looking dark chocolate brown color with a 2 finger head that fades away , leaves nice lacing down the glass.Aroma is very sweet, with toffee, caramel and sweet malt. Taste is primarily of sweet malt with the toffee and caramel evident, with a bit of dark fruit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky, drinkability is great as this beer washes down quite easily

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Photo of ahogue
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from my Christmas 2010 selection, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a bright red color when held up to the light. About one finger of light tan head that stuck around for a good 10 minutes before dissipating.

S: Lots of malt and some sweet caramel and figs, with a definite nuttiness in there as well.

T: Sweet and smooth up front, with the nuttiness coming through on the back end. Some banana and other fruits in there, lots of malt flavor. Not much bitterness at all.

M: Light carbonation, very smooth, with some body, but not aggressive.

D: Lots of flavor here, can't taste the alcohol - this is a good beer for sipping on its own.

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Photo of veinless
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a lighter tan head.

Smells of nuts, some fruit sugars, and a bit of caramel.

The taste is fantastic, with a deep malt background supporting various hop and fruit tastes. Nuttiness is very noticeable as well near the end. Finish is dry and pleasing.

Extremely well bodied and rich, giving a sense of fullness when completed (I wish protein shakes tasted like this).

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stein. One of my favorite German Doppelbock beers. Pours a deep dark ruby appearance. Aroma is very full with brown sugar, candied figs, caramel, and a touch of dark fruits. The taste is very heavy, with plum and dark bread. A really nice doppelbock.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer I've had before, but I'm making the attempt to finally get around to reviewing it. Wow, how my tastes have changed. I remember liking this beer the first time i had it, but now i really really like it.

First it pours a deep dark garnet color with a light beige head. The smell of it is both malty and fruity. The malty sugary smell make up the great majority of the aroma with the caramelized sugar notes, but the stars of the show are the clove and slight banana notes that are present as if a wonderful mild Belgian yeast fairy dropped it into this smooth doppelbock. The taste takes some getting used to still as there is an acidic malt flavor that does tend to ruin what is a wonderful malty and clovelike taste. The mouthfeel of this particular beer is pretty damn smooth. While it isn't the easiest drinking beer that I've ever had it's pretty darn near the top 10. I truly enjoyed this beer and would have no problem purchasing it again in the future.

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Photo of CourteManche
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Celebrator flute.

A - Very deep, dark black color with hues of ruby red along the edges; beautiful, light-brown, one-finger head; appears to be slightly carbonated with very small bubbles; head retention is low, only slight lacing throughout drink.

S - Big nose! Very complex. Explosion of malts up front, with coffee & chocolate. Subtle hint of roastiness.

T - Thick malts with an explosion of chocolate; subtle hints of coffee and caramel. Intense dark chocolate finish with a hint of sweet roastiness. No heat.

M - Medium-bodied; cool carbonation that tingles in your mouth (and on your mustache).

D - Fully drinkable. World-class Doppelbock. A must-try!

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my previous review having vanished, here is a replacement

celebrator

a 4 very dark brown and nearly opaque, light tan head tanks to a ring, leaves a little lace.

s 4 dark caramel, some breadyness, hints of dark chocolate brownies and peat

t 4 somewhat less impressive version of the nose, but nicely balanced. touch of roast in the finish.

m 3.5 barely medium body and could stand to be creamier. no, demands to be creamier.

d 3.5 i haven't been buying this much since they nearly doubled the price. good but i still believe it's overrated.

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Photo of BryanRex
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes! This is truly a world class beer, and I can't believe I ran across it randomly at a supermarket for only $12 American (for a 4 pack).

Celebrator is fairly hoppy which results in a more bitter after-taste than I prefer, but it's so well balanced that it's very smooth and is definitely one of the top three beers I've ever experienced.

The pour is a beautiful dark brown which results in a creamy 2-finger head and excellent lacing that persists throughout the entire drink.

The smell is a strong roast malt that hints at a complex blend of roasted toffee, caramel, coffee and molasses. There's more going on than I can explain here, but it reminds me of being a kid at Christmas.

The feel is so incredibly creamy and smooth that it's hard to believe you're actually drinking a carbonated drink. I could appreciate this beverage all night and not realize it even contained alcohol.

If you aren't a die-hard American IPA fan then Celebrator is your brew. If you appreciate quads or any other Belgians (as I do) then you can find a place in your heart for this beer despite its relative bitterness compared to other beer of its style. At first I had my doubts, but Celebrator is truly world class. There's no denying perfection, but be careful... once you try it there's no going back.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,588 ratings
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