Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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

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

It pours dark brown with an inch tan head.

Aroma of honey, toasted malt and toffee with note of flowers. The flavour is really complex for a dopplebock. You can feel sugar cane and honey as well as coffe and toasted flavour with a light hoppy background.

The body is medium but not too strong or alcoholic. A very balanced Dunkel Dopple Bock. Definitely a must-have beer.

Paired with a typical Italian dish "fagioli con le cotiche" ("fasoeu cui cudich" in Milanese dialect :-) ) stewed beans with pork rind.

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Photo of beerhan
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass and split. I really could not get into this beer but It probably is great if you like this style. I pours a nice dark brown with a foamy head but then everything goes down for me. Tastes and smells way too smokey and I did not find this to balance well with the caramel maltiness that much. Overall I found it just too thick and not very drinkable for what it was.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Dark brown, almost black, small head from an aggressive pour.

S - Toasty caramel sweet scents

T - Malty biscuity, roasty caramel, light herbal hoppiness.

M - Heavy bodied, smooth, chewy.

D - Nice dopple, just as it should be.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark brown with ruby and burnt orange highlights. Clear when held to the light. Decent head produced with the pour. Tan with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Complex roasty and smokey notes. Seems to be a lot going on with the smell. Dark, rich malt. One review I read mentioned the smell of "lard" and I'm certainly picking that aroma out. Some chocolate in there also.

Taste - Again getting a roasty, smokey flavor. A bit sweet, but not overly sweet. Agian, I am detecting that "lard" taste. Different for sure. Chocolate is also coming through. No real alcohol flavor, which is ok with me. As the berr warms it becomes more rich in the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. Almost an oily finish. Plenty left on the palate. The mouthfeel reminds me of a Stout. Nice. Very nice.

Drinkability - This beer may be a bit advanced for my amateur palate and nose. This brew has a lot of different characteristics. Honestly, it was not that easily drinkable for me. This is probably a brew I will have to try again in a few yrs. First doppelbock I have ever tried and it was a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of greygooose
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a deep dark brown (almost black) with ruby undertones. not much in the way of head or lace

S - sweet (burnt sugar), malt complexity, rich, caramelly, milky

T - bready malt, sweet, hint of dark fruit, pinch of spice

M - chewy, thick bodied, super smooth & velvety

D - if you enjoy a sweetened malty concoction then this is the brew for you. definitely an enjoyable sipping beer after dinner, not sure I'd pound more than one of these at a time though.

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Photo of jsh420
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with a little ruby 2 finger head with great retention

smell - not as strong as i remember some roast on the caramel malt little fruit - no booze?

taste was much better but i remember the first time i bought a 4 pack i was blown away - dark fruit little chocolate toasted grains - but no booze no heat

mouthfeel was lighter with medium carb

drinkability was ok but give me a korbinian anytime

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Glass. Nice goat trinket.

A: Clear mahogany brown with a big creamy tan head. Great retention, the head lasts as long as the beer. Spotty lacing clings to the glass.

S: Lots of brown bread, some chocolate, light fruity esters, faint herbal and grassy hops, maybe a hint of straw. Mild alcohol presence. Assertive and very complex.

T: A touch of caramel and molasses, lots of bread, toasted malts, some raisin and plum. Light herbal hop presence. Finish stays rather sweet with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and bread.

M: Medium bodied, but lush, full, and creamy. Mild warming alcohol.

D: Very high for a bigger beer.

Notes: Excellent. Near perfection in every aspect. Not quite as big (abv-wise) as most of the doppelbocks I've had, and the spicy alcohol character is not as pronounced, but this is nit-picking. This beer is malty, thorough, well crafted, and delightfully complex.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/6/10

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Pours a clear, dark mahogany with deep red hues on the edges of the glass. A nice thick, light brown head accompanies an aggressive pour.

S: I'm a little stopped up because of the weather change in the last week, but let's see. Roasted malts come at me, a hint of chocolate, a hint of caramel, a hint of toasted nuts. Maybe the slightest earthy/grassy hint of hops is in there.

T: Definitely get some chocolate. It's interesting I tried this for the first time after the Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock in the winter seasonal pack, because this has all the dark, roasty chocolate flavor without any cloying sweetness. Roasted nuts appear again in the flavor, with maybe the slightest coffee acidity present.

F: Body has medium viscosity. Full and creamy, goes smooth over my tongue. However, it still finishes very clean, and keeps me coming back for another sip.

D: I'm very new to this style, but I could have a couple of these with some barbeque ribs and baked beans, I think. Wow, that actually sounds very, very good right now. I may prefer this style to porters!

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Photo of tharper
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark ruby brown - translucent to 200 watt bulb within 6 inches only (very opaque)- brilliant with two finger head that diminishes to 1/4 inch within 5 minutes

S- awesome, rich malt aroma with very slight hallertau hop tinge

T- smooth, silky, slightly sweet, deep malt - with very low bitterness < 25 ibu

M- smooth, very full for the low gravity considering, lager vinegar aftertaste that disappears quickly leaving a round tone on the palate.

D- could drink 3 bottles easily without desire to change style

Overall this is an incredibly perfect example of the style. I have tried many dopplebocks and this is the most middle-of-the-road stylistic example. This isn't a slight, but rather a proof of concept and guide for crafting a more extreme sample.

Thanks to Ayinger for another excellent lager.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $3.50 in Fall 2010.

The German doppelbock is a must try as it is quite different than American dopplebocks. It pours a very dark brown color with a decent head on it. While there is very little carbonation, there is a reasonably strong coffee/cocoa flavor making the beer extremely flavorful but yet giving it a smooth finish. Drinks fine by itself, but would pair excellent with most foods.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-goes well with food
-first time i had this it had very strong fresh wort character, which was very unpleasant with the alcohol presence. the second round, upon which the review is based, was much different, more malt and chocolate.

A - deep ruby with a clinging head, a quick swirl shows some alcohol in the legs. Ayinger certainly have a distinctive packaging for this dbock, and i've been cognizant of Celebrator for years before i finally got around to buying a 4pk.
S- alcohol in the nose melding with dark chocolate, well balanced. a lot of alcohol in the nose for 6.7%, but whatever.
T- between roasted malt and munich malt character. some chocolate. alcohol coming in on the finish. cleans up well with a lingering roasty-ness
M- silky but carbonated. well suited for the beer but was unpleasant the first round.
D - the fusel alcohol character would deter me from more than one of these, but if i had a pairing situation calling for a dopplebock, i wouldn't hesitate to call in Celebrator.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful mahogony color with slight hints of maroon when held to light. Substantial head dwindles to faint traces of foam. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses faint anise, dark malt and faint trace of alcohol. Taste: like pouring velvet in your mouth. This beer tastes and feels so smooth. The smokey malt dwindles to a light hoppy finish with a dry feel on the tongue...beautiful. This is an abolutely world-class beer with nothing to be ashamed of...except maybe the price. Savor every sip!

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

from notes: 11-6-10

A: pours dark amber brown. finger and a half foamy brown head, that falls slow and laces well.
S: sweet malt, a touch of grain sweet caramel/burnt sugar, also caught a hint of tart cherry and light grass hop.
T: a light touch of grain, sweet caramel and burn sugar sweetness. also a light grass hop.
M: smooth, lightly thick is that makes sense. medium carbonation.
D: very easy, balanced flavors. plus you get a plastic ram.

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Photo of Samp01
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black / mahagony with a nice creamy lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malts, dark dried fruit. Taste is a combination of sweet toasted malts dark fruits, raisins, some slight chocaltiness. Palate is nice full body, good carbonation, smooth creamy oily texture. Finish is toasted caramel malt, a lingering tangy flavor of dark fruits with some slight bitterness for balance. Overall a very nice and complex DB. Very enjoyable and tasty brew.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours thick and dark producing a refined and controlled two full fingers of creamy head that slowly falls to form a half finger layer that laces wonderfully and retains well. Body looks black in low light, but when back-lit, the light that manages to penetrate takes on a deep ruby color of exquisite hue. World class appearance.

The nose is not as strong as I expected, but the general make-up is spot on. A full array of malts greet my sense of smell, from medium crystal malt to much darker roasted malts. This whole body of smells doesn't stray into the dark fruit realm that some of this style or the barleywine style can, but stays more to the center of malted barley spectrum. Hop presence in the nose is minimal but enough to keep things in balance.

Rich roasted malts are powerful and delicate in this flavor profile. Burnt sugar, dark caramel, and hints of chocolate rush through the mouth as this excellent lager swirls over the tongue. There is a reason this is one of the main benchmarks for this style. A true malted barley experience. Alcohol is as hidden as can be. Hops are present only to keep things in balance and they do that job well.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth, in a word- rich. Drinkability top notch for this "meal in a bottle". Flavors are full, body is thick, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. What more could you desire from this style?

Conclusion: A superbly crafted lager. The low ABV is remarkable considering the full body, complex flavors and overall power of this beer. This goes to show that tons of alcohol isn't needed to make a big beer that tastes wonderful. One of the best beers ever to swirled in my glass.

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

Husband and I love dopplebocks, so we thought we'd give this one a try. Smell is roasty-sweet, almost like a dark-roasted coffee. Taste is surprisingly sweet and mild, especially for such a dark brew. Velvety mouthfeel, almost creamy. Very, very glad we sprung for the four pack.

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Photo of IPAescotch
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Amber, some head. Nothing amazing here

Smells like nectar. Some roasted darkness. Intriguing

Sweet tangy and bitter. A little bit of fruitiness.

Very light mouthfeel for a doppel, but not watery

Highly drinkable. My friend complained it was too sweet, but to be honest he's been on a troegs-hops-ipa binge lately so i had to agree to disagree. Sweet in a good way

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/2" head at pour, settles to thin layer lasting throughout drink. Nice light tan color head. Neat webbish lacing on glass Awesome Dark rich ruby red color, very clear. Nice malty aroma. Picked up some subtle earthiness. Very faint hint of alcohol in aroma. Amazing malty earthy flavor. mildly carbonated. Incredibly smooth, and very well balanced. Dark fruity notes with a mild alcohol warming taste towards end of drink. Slightly dry finish accompanied with a breadiness. Overall, one of the tastiest, most well balanced beers I've ever had. Absolutely delicious!

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

Pours a deep dark black color with a thick brown head and tons and tons of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, and coffee. Tastes is a little different. Plenty of tasty roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, and only slight hints of prune, plum and coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with a mild carbonation that springs life into the palate. Drinkability is very high.

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

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is dark brown with beautiful ruby hues when held to the light. The head is a lovely fluffy light brown.

S: Dominated by malt, and syrupy goodness. A nice bit of roasted aromas in there as well. Notes of brown sugar, and brown bread.

T: Huge malt and roasted character. Matched with the sweet dark flavor of canned brown bread and raisons. Tasty.

M: Medium thickness, good carbonation. And a nice

D: Quite lovely, and a great beer for a cold fall night. Tasty, malty and well put together.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown, 11.2 oz. bottle with a plastic goat tied around its neck. Tiny goat dutifully saved for the kiddos.

Pours a dark chestnut color with ruby flarings and a massive tan head with good retention. Simply gorgeous.

Complex aromas of raisins, prunes, plumbs, caramel, malt, gingerbread and pumpernickel.

Full bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Malty goodness abounds with sweet caramel upfront. Dried fruits advance in the form of raisins and prunes, before yielding to suggestions of gingerbread, dark sugars and light molasses. Slight metallic twang of hop bitterness surfaces and fades. Finishes sweet with a lingering scratch of grain.

Just about perfect.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out looking dark.The smell is a nice sweet aroma.It smells kinda malty W/ hint of choclate.This is good. YOU have to check this out fo sho!! The taste is creamy.Reminds me of something I've had before, but a some time ago(maybe Old nick)but not for sure.THis is with out a doubt smooth and has hints of fruit to taste. Ayinger does so well creating great beer.THis is terrific.Must buy more!!!!

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Photo of afksports
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As dark as a doppelbock gets, and with great head and lacing, this Ayinger creation is pretty damn smooth. The smell is what really blows me away. It's burnt malts, sweet, but then there's some sort of tang I can't place. Almost sour.. or funky. It's distinct. Taste is great too - the sweetness continues with some nice hop notes in the middle. It fills the mouth - the bubbles take care of that more than the body.

With the low abv and the nicely complex taste, this one is a redrinker if you're into it. To be honest, I'm not that much. It's a little off for me.

I could see someone drinking a whole pack to figure out the taste. But I only bought one. So I'll just content myself with looking at the nice little animals on the front of the bottle.

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

Looks: charmed. Bonus points for the little goat necklace on the bottle. The beer itself is dark and purplish like merlot, and at first appears to be opaque, though a hold to the light reveals the clarity and color of grape juice. A one-finger head of light khaki foam sits atop and recedes rather quickly, becoming a thick, sticky ring and film. 4

Smells: like teriyaki! Wow, weird. Also picking up some raisins and lightly toasted bread.

Tastes: like toasted, rum-soaked raisin bread. The teriyaki drops off, but the Asian flavors continue with a little sesame. Oh so smooth.

Feels: very lightly carbonated. The beer softly massages the tip of the tongue. Velvet-smooth medium body, very lightly fizzy, with an alcohol warmth that tickle the chest.

Drinks: prominently. I enjoyed this beer in a tasting up against doppelbock standouts like Liberator and the classic Salvator, and even amongst the greats, Celebrator still stands out. A delicious doppelbock and a delicious beer in general.

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

A - Very dark color with a thin tan fluffy head.

S - Sweet malts with grains. Chocolate is prevalent

T - medium carbonation, medium body. Very rich and malty. roasted taste

M - Rich creamy. great example of the style. Not harsh at all.

D - Very Smooth.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,616 ratings