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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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

Poured pitch black, no light getting through, with a two finger white head that dissipated into a thin lacing. The nose is very sweet, strong malts, alcohol is definitely present. This left my mouth confused after my first sip. The malts are sweet and strong, my mouth is left searching for the hops, but none are to be found. The after taste is slightly fruity with a nice alcohol burn. I do love me hops and consider myself an ale man but this Doppelbock is defintely a nice surprise.

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

Dark brown, tan head slight lacing.

Deep complex bready malt smell, can tell it has a bit more alcohol than you tipical beer.

Has a bit of a moloasas flavor with a bit of a fruity aftertaste, very mild hop flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation

This is the ultimate dopplebock.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this for a while, happy to have found it at Monument in Concord.

Very nice clear brown ruby with a bubbly tan head. Relatively large but uniform bubbles gave a great indication on the mouthfeel.

Supremely malty and sweet smelling. Definitely alluring, especially on the first day that's really felt like fall.

Great deep malts and sweetness up front, with a small metallic tang that I seem to get from a lot of German beers. After a few seconds of the malts dancing on the tongue, a vague balancing bitterness starts offsetting the sugar in a perfect manner. The hops crescendo to a straight bitter that is washed away by another glorious gulp, restarting the whole process.

My only complaint, and it's not a huge one, is the mouthfeel. This beer is seriously carbonated. If you swill a little of it and let it sit in your mouth, it becomes a ball of froth which is not really like liquid any more. Once the beer has gassed out a little bit this goes away and I think the beer is better for it.

Very very drinkable. Maybe I wouldn't have more than 2 of them, but they are great going down.

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

330ml bottle poured into pint glass sept7 2010

A a ruby red leaning towards cola in color and enough carbonation that you could mistake it for cola, the thumbs width of head falls fast but leaves some patches of lace

S molasses, cherry, dark toffee and some brown sugar

T all I smell but with some rye bread, chocolate and some very faint coffee and even some rum, great tasting beer plenty going on here

M almost turns to foam in your mouth from the bubbles and sticks to your lips just a little

D no issues with this one about as easy to drink as they get

a classic and one of those beers everyone should drink every now and then

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

A - Pours a Medium Brown with Yellow highlights. There was a finger of head that disappeared quickly to leave a light film. Look is very similar to a Coke or Pepsi in the glass.

S - Smells of Brown Sugar, Caramel, Rootbeer, Coffee, Toffee, Alcohol Plum and Malt Sweetness.

T - Tastes of Toffee, Coffee, Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Bread, Raisins and only a sight Bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is Very smooth with great carbonation although a little sweet.

D - This is very drinkable but a little

Much better than I anticipated.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany with deep ruby and slightly orange hues on the edges. Slightly larger than average size, sticky, frothy, khaki colored head. Nice retention leaving a nice, thick, creamy layer of lace.

S - Dark bread aromas with a good amount of burnt molasses and brown sugar. A touch of licorice with plenty of dark fruit similar to other Doppelbocks with a slight touch of tart aroma. Nice touch of spice and herbal aroma in the background.

T - A good amount of burnt brown sugar/molasses with lots of toasted dark bread. Big kick of spice (mostly clove and pepper but others) mid sip with a good amount of grassy and herbal hop flavors with a touch of bitterness. Nutty and earthy flavors also come out mid sip. Some dark fruit (plum, fig, date, touch of raisin) provides a background taste through out. Also a slight tartness with that fruity flavor. Perfectly balanced flavors.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, but could use just a touch more for the style. Touch of a drying finish.

D - Pretty drinkable beer with perfectly balanced flavors. Only thing that really holds it back is the slightly sweet and drying finish.

Notes: Very good beer and a great example of a Doppelbock. Perfectly balanced with the dark bread, dark fruit, nut/earth, brown sugar/molasses, and spice with a good kick of hops, bitterness, sweetness, and tartness. Quite a lovely beer that I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Dunkle
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, but not quite opaque. Poured with one inch of light brown foam, with nice lacing throughout.
S: Roasted malts in the nose along with some plum and maybe a hint of bread.
T: Is that nuts and some molasses I taste? I wasn't expecting that. The plum I smelled lingers in the background with some raisin as well. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the hops in this brew. Good nonetheless, but nothing particularly special.
M: Medium-full bodied. Smooth and not dry.
D: It took me a while to drink one bottle. I could not see myself having more than one in a night.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip at around 50 degrees.

Body is black as night with maybe a tinge of dark brown around the edges. The head is an extremely light tan color, almost off-white. Khaki perhaps. Around one finger width of super creamy head. The retention and lacing is a little on the light side.

I'm smelling dark fruits, plum, raspberry, fig, raisins. Also quite a bit of bittersweet chocolate here and vanilla/caramel. A smidge of coffee even enters the equation, which I wasn't expecting.

Taste is more of the same. Happy to report that this is not sickly sweet like many of the other doppelbocks I have had. Good bit of dark fruit up front, lots of fig, almost like eating a fig newton. Huge caramel mid-range, with a good amount of vanilla, and more coffee rounds out the flavor than was in the smell. Yum!

Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Smooth and creamy yet well carbonated, the only dock I can give it is that it may be a little thinner than I was looking for.

Drinks impeccably well. No alcohol heat to speak of at all, extremely palatable flavors with no off flavors at all. Damn, it's hard to put a finger on why this is such a great beer, but it really is a great great classic. If I could only pick one beer to sum up why German beers are so awesome, this would likely be it.

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Photo of tewaris
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Celebrator Doppelbock
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
6.7% ABV
330 ml into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint"

Apperance 5/5
Pours clear and dark brown with a light brown colored bubbly head, that recedes to a thin, but persistent and creamy one, with good lacing.

Aroma 5/5
A very rich aroma, full of dark fruit (raisins and figs), like a fresh, warm dessert. Caramel. There is a strong malt presence that goes well beyond mere sweetness. This is one of the best smelling malt forward beers that I have had a chance to try.

Taste 4/5
Taste is similar to aroma, but has a stronger candied, almost burnt, sugar character, that could be identified as molasses, but nowhere as viscous. Sweet all the way without being cloying, because of the excellent flavor. There is a slight bitterness that doesn't seem "hop-like". This bitterness balances the malts quite well, so that the overall impression is like caramel: nice! The finish is moderately dry: attenuated, given the sweetness. Although a residual sweetness is still notable over the course of the beer, it is adequately complemented by a darker taste. What's missing? Strength.

Mouthfeel 3.5/5
For a beer of this taste, I would prefer a stronger body. Also, the carbonation is higher. Wait after drinking some of it, and it does feel like you've had bread: very fitting! But my only complaint is a thin body.

Drinkability 3.5/5
I can drink a few of these. But if you're having more than one, it needs to be accompanied by some food, to avoid cloying aftertaste. I wrote that the taste is not cloying but a malty beer will get to you, given enough sips. Period. Usually this won't affect drinkability score for me, but this beer has a thin body. Had it been stronger in body, I'd give it a 5/5 on drinkability but in the long run, for this ABV & body, drinkability is not the best.

Overall, this seems like a milder doppelbock. An enjoyable drink indeed, but going by the style guidelines, it needs to be more aggressive in taste and body.

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Photo of SteelKettle
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a. dark brown with a long lasting thick coco head

s. carmel roasted goodness roasted malts

t. carmel buttery very smooth enjoyable aftertaste

m.full bodied creamy

d.very drinkable taste great carmel buttery perfect bitterness very enjoyable

one of my favorites...

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep brownish black with a 2 inch creamy cocoa like head. excellent retention.

light roasted malts and light caramel. nice light sweetness

very rich. lots of butterscotch and caramel. light roasted nutty flavor. slight bitterness with a chocolate flavor in the finish.

very full bodied with a nice moderate carbonation. sweetness coast your mouth.

this is an excellent dopplebock and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ncredible1
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark brown/mocha doppelbock, however you can still see some light through it. Very nice tan head that sticks around for awhile. Smells of caramel,cream, and malt. Taste is smooth and well balanced with good roasted maltiness and little hop bitterness. A smooth easy drinking brew. Beware you can drink these down quickly.

Drink this at colder temperatures as I found it tasting a bit better. World Class brew from Ayinger. One of the best Doppels.

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. 3 finger creamy light brown head which reduces down to a light cap after a few minutes. Dark brown almost opaque color, though I note I can still see my fingers on the other side of the glass.

Aroma of caramel, toffee, and soy sauce which is weird and a tad bit off-putting. Tastes of roastiness, a bit sour and salty, resiny hops, all of which ride over a nice sweet maltiness underneath of fresh soft pretzel and plum. Interesting roastyness leads to light bitterness then fresh maltiness. Feels excellently balanced. Moderately long lightly bittersweet finish is nice.

Moderate carbonation feels crisp on the tongue with the initial roastiness. Medium light bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability is okay: tastes good and seems well balanced between the bitter roastiness and sweetish malt.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashleys Westland.

A_Deep mahogany with a thick creamy head that lasts untill the final sip.

S_Malty,bready,caramel. Has sort of an earthy "musky" Smell to it.

T_Very rich. Malt,caramel,plums,raisins. A little not of coffee in the finish.

M_Very thick and creamy. Full bodied.

D_Extremely drinkable. Has got to be the best Dopplebock I've ever had.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a pint glass, poured from a bottle

A: Mahogany brown/red colour, with a small caramel-white head that leaves good lacing downwards.

S: In addition to the rich maltiness and slight bitter scent, there is plenty of that characteristic savory doppelbock scent. Sweet vanilla, rum, scotch, and herbal scents dominate the nose.

T: Besides a strong toasted maltiness with a bitter side of hops, there is the savory, almost steak-like taste characteristic of good doppelbocks (as opposed to the not so nice ones which taste like marinara sauce). I can detect something of butterscotch as well. The dominant feel of the taste is something like drinking a good scotch, just with a quarter of the alcohol.

M: Incredibly smooth and luxurious on the tongue. You can clearly taste the alcohol. Leaves a smooth, wistful feeling in the mouth.

D: Very delicious, but ONLY WHEN COLD. I had one at room temperature before this one, and it was truly nothing special. A lager/doppelbock should really be drank on the colder side. The taste and texture really come out if its chilled properly, and the drinkability really is inversely proportional to the temperature.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330 mL bottle served at al little less than room temperature. Poured directly into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass and enjoyed with dinner.

Appearance; Deep, dark brown in color with some lighter brown edges. Nice, two finger, beige head with moderate retention.

Aroma: Figs, raisans, molasses and a hint of coffee. Big sweetness with a touch of roasted malt. Nicely balanced.

Taste: All the notes from the aroma with some brown sugar and caramel note in there as well. Sweet, but not cloying. Nice balance and the boose never really comews through at all. the coffee component adds a nice bitterness to this.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Works great as something to enjoy for a couple minutes.

Drinkability: Very sweet, with some moderate booziness, but still entirely drinkable. Finishing a couple of glasses would not be a problem.

Overall, a great example of this style that doesn't overwhelm but is just solid all around. I really wish this was easier to come by in NH. Nails exactly what this style should be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a VERY dark brown color which appears ruby red when held up to light. The head a quite big and tan and diminishes rather slowly. Scent is very sweet molasses and dark fruits (raisins, prunes, figs...). I also get some cherries. A bit of a burnt scent as well. Absolutely NO hops. The taste is initially slightly metallic and then overcome by dark fruits and sugar. The molasses makes itself dominant mid taste. At the end theres a very nice burnt taste along with dark coffee. The alcohol is more noticeable as this beer warms up. The metallic taste also goes away. Very nice taste to this well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. I like it a lot. The drinkability is rather high.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did the Imperial beach Triathlon (actually think it's called Surf Town instead of IB, but whatever) and so I think this is a fitting beer to have.

Bought at South Coast Drugs, since I was in the neighborhood. Bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - A deep molasses color. There was a few mm worth of head, and it died down fairly quickly. Not much lacing is left on my glass.

S - Some nice roast smells mixed with a biscuity sweetness. I almost want to say I get a touch of oak or bourbon in there too. No, I lied. It's vanilla. I like vanilla.

T - Similar to the smell. Some nice roast mixed with espresso and a touch of malty sweetness on the back. Lots of flavor for the style. There's a little bit of a boozy bite on the end of it as well.

M - High carbonation with an oily/heavy body. Maybe a touch too high on the carbonation for me.

D - Really good doppelbock. It's drinking easy, but I prefer other styles. Glad I finally tried this, though.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a big fuzzy light brown head that reduced into a thick film that left spots of lace.
S: Big malty notes of caramel, molasses with a hint of vanilla.
T: Follows the nose with rich dark malts and molasses. Slight grassy hop undertones poke through the overwhelming malty sugary sweetness. Aftertaste has a light bitterness, but isn't dry, and tastes a bit like toasted marshmallows. Slight burnt notes.
M: Rich medium body with a syrupy mouthfeel and light, tingly carbonation. Very slick. No alcohol present.
D: What a rich and flavorful beer. I'm no expert on the style but I know a good beer when I taste one, and while this isn't going to win a whole lot of shelf room in my fridge, it is a great beer none the less.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a rich brown with burgundy highlights and a voluminous, creamy tan head.

Smell -- Molasses, dark fruits, raisin, and cocoa. Lots of Molasses. There is a slight metallic smell upon first pouring, but it soon disappears.

Taste -- Overall very sweet and malty: raisin, dark pitted fruits, molasses, coffee, cocoa, and dark toast. Like the nose, there is a faint metallic taste initially, but this soon disappears as well.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, but chewy, with mild, creamy carbonation. I can't imagine a better mouthfeel. Glorious.

Drinkability -- This is yet another beer that I set back on the shelf numerous times before finally purchasing. I could kick myself for missing out on such a great beer for so long. Celebrator is more than deserving of all it's accolades. Wonderful.

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

Poured from a bottle. Nice head above a darkened, almost troubled beverage.

Tastes/smells of molasses, the city streets after a rain, the inside of a high quality Halloween mask, plum, raisins and a gasoline pump (on a good day) all rolled into a toasty, malty beer.

Very drinkable and nicely complex.

Drank while listening to soundtrack to "Good, Bad and the Ugly."

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Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of rich caramel malts...molasses...some dark fruit perhaps...very thick. Tasty.

The beer itself is not quite as thick in mouthfeel as I may have expected. Taste is of caramel malts...raisins...molasses....figs maybe. A heavy beer without being TOO heavy. Finish has basically no bitterness on it at all, but there is a very healthy dose of caramel sweetness....alcohol is somewhat noticeable but not astringent, as the ABV isn't all that high. There isn't that much of an aftertaste either, aside from a bit of residual sweetness.

It's certainly a malty monster, but I like that it doesn't go to the point where I feel I'm going to go into a diabetic coma from drinking it. It's balanced quite well.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with an off white head

Smell - very sweet smell

Taste/mouthfeel - very strong rich chocolate roasted flavor but not as thick as other doppelbocks i've had. its not as filling and is a refreshing doppelbock, not what i had expected. Has little carbonation and is very smooth

Drinkability - its good but it is a dark beer just wanting you to savor this flavor, it tastes so good you'll want to savor it.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Celebrator glass. Pours dark and has a good head which fizzles down into a nice foamy rim. Immediately the smells of coffee, nuts, and roasted malts hit my nose. Smells delicious. First taste confirms this. It's delicious and not heavy at all. For some reason I was always intimidated by the doppelbock style (maybe because it's dark?), but this is very user friendly. The taste matches the scents and has very light body and mouthfeel.

For me, it always comes down to drinkability and whether or not I would buy it again. This is very drinkable and, in my opinion, a good introduction to darker beers. And I would/will definitely buy it again

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Photo of Mavajo
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brown/garnett color with a decent cream head. Nose and taste are both layered with malt, caramel, toasty and nutty. It's a decent flavor, but I didn't find it impressive. Mouthfeel is solid - nothing wrong here at all.

All in all, this beer is good, but I just simply wasn't wow'd. To get an A out of me, I need to be wow'd. I found this merely "good." Which isn't a bad thing, to be sure.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,534 ratings
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