Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Ratings: 6,520 |  Reviews: 2,440
Photo of Luk13
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl Bottle. Very dark dopplebock (tasted side by side with weltenberger kloster, augistiner maximator and trois mousquetaire DB, thanks TheJester) This one stood out from the lot by it's especially fruity aroma, plums and cherries abound with lots of caramelized sugars. Rather cherry taste with some good sweetness. Mouthfeel is okay creamy with very fine carbonation.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: It had brown sugar and molasses aromas with hints of belgian yeast plums and other dark fruits. There is also faint booze notes.

T: molasses and brown sugar dominate the taste which had plum and dark fruit accents. Like the nose I could detect some booze and slight chocolate flavor.

M: medium to full bodiy with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet and very slight boozy finish.

D: it drank good and was a great interpretation of a dopplebock. I could definitely drink lots of this brew in one sitting.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pour: Gorgeous dark red color with a finger and a half of light tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left minimal lacing and a small ring of head all the way down.

Smell: Big caramel malt smell with underlying notes of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, a light earthy hop note, and a just a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Starts off with a big sweet molasses taste and a slight bready note which then gives way into a less sweet caramel malty taste. This is followed up by a hint of currant/raisin and a slight hint of dark chocolate taste. The back end finishes up with a moderate hop bitterness and a slight bit of alcohol warmth, but neither linger.

Mouthfeel: This is the only drawback to this beer, I found it to be a little thin for the style (more toward the medium end of the spectrum), but it's smooth and creamy, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: About the most drinkable beer I think I've ever had. Smooth drink, slides down the throat, and leaves you wanting another sip.

Final Notes: This beer is big, bold, and complex. Potentially one of the best beers I've ever drank, it's nearly perfect. Enjoy it before a meal when your palate is still fresh so you can truly appreciate its complexity. A beautiful beer indeed, highly recommended.

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Photo of magine
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a think tan head. The head is fluffy and leaves some lace. The head settles to about a quarter inch the entire session. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells chocolaty, dark chocolates. Malty; caramel, some hops in there as well. Has a bready nose in there also. Near coffee like. Maybe dark fruits as well. Has a good smell.

Brew is slightly carbonated and spicy on the tongue initially, then a creamy smooth taste and feel takes over. Dark chocolates, coffee, roasted malts, caramel. A bit of a hop bite as well. Near smoky almost. Can taste a hint of that bready/yeasty flavor as well. Finishes slightly dry, thicker bodied feel. Very good taste.

This is a style of brew that I haven't had much experience with. I definitely like this brew a lot. Has great easy drinkability that would make it an excellent session brew. However I guess I was expecting more, like in a world class kind of way. Again, I haven't had many of the style so maybe I need to research (get drinkin') and come back to it. It is very good stuff, just not an all timer, which I was expecting.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

It's taken me way the hell too long to review this, especially considering how long I've had and used the thoroughly proper glassware. It pours a lovely brown, complete with garnet highlights, topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, rye bread, pumpernickel, brown sugar, and nutmeg. The taste holds notes of caramel, cinnamon, rye bread, dark wheat, light molasses, and a touch of maple syrup. The maltiness is off the charts, in a very good way. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a sickeningly smooth feel. Overall, one of the best doppelbocks I've yet had, and a true ambassador for the style.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep brown with lovely Ruby highlights and a thick tan head with very compact bubbles. Nice lacing.

The smell is very interesting. Slight toffee aroma and notes of cinnamon and raisin. Very bread like scent as well.

The flavor is much more mild. The bread and spice is still very prevalent but the toffee is extremely mild. A pleasant char aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is sort of thin and somewhat sweet on the palette but dry and Smokey in the finish.

Somewhat filling but really tasty and easy on the palette.

Great Dopple bock really interesting stuff going on, with the light spicieness and smokeyness and char.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously into a mug...

Massively chunked tan colored head that has big, slowly erupting bubbles. Once settled down, there is nice lacing and thick chunks remaining on top of the brew. The brew itself is a deep dark brown with the faintest hint of amber.

Smells of roasted molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, and bready yeasts.

Big roasted malt sweetness, a hint of chocolate, dark fruits - mild raisins, fig, and a hint of herbal hops - the abv is well hidden.

Thick, nearly chewy mouthfeel; creamy smooth with mild carbonation.

Sadly, I only have one bottle of this...truly a brew that I could get into - would absolutely love to session this.

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Photo of perrinvv
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark beer with nice carbonation. Beautiful dark tan head and fizz long after pouring.

Smells like coffee and chocolate like you would expect but stronger. Very strong, pleasant aroma.

The taste is phenomenal. The chocolate and coffee flavors that you can smell mix with something like molasses that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste in your mouth that reminds you of the awesome sip you just had. The carbonation makes the beer feel lighter in your mouth. As a result, this beer seems especially drinkable for being a strong beer.

If ever presented with the opportunity to try this beer, its a must!

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Photo of glazeman
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter

A: Opaque black. No light coming through even when held up to the light. 1.5 finger light tan head with moderate retention, and some lacing. Nice swirl of bubbles remains after quite awhile.

S: I get a lot of sugar and caramel. Just from the look and smell of this beer I would have easily believed that it were a bourbon aged stout.

T: Quite different than the smell in my opinion. Wonderful balance of molasses, cream, and apples, along with a bit of smoky/fizzy carbonation at the finish.

M: A bit thin for my liking, but with an excellent level of carbonation.

D: Wow, could not possibly be a more drinkable beer. Goes down way to easy and is so balanced.

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

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a chilled stoneware mug.

A: Dark, molasses, but with lovely amber highlights; the brown rocky head lasts and lasts.

S: Molasses right off the bat, over-ripe apples, vinous notes, clover honey, ester-like yeast.

T: Tastes just like it smells, but better: lots of ripe fruit: apple, apricot, vinous grape; honey, brown sugar, candied plums, generous malt, sweet but not cloying, light but balanced floral hops, the finish is dry, yeasty, with a lingering feather touch of hops and vinous grape. Truly awesome.

M: Silky, mouth-coating but not heavy, gentle carbonation.

D: This beer is close to perfect. Celebrate with one any time of the year!

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

Very dark chocolate color with a little bit of foam.
Smells of mollasses.
Wonderful rich, malty flavor with a little bit of hops.
Nicely carbonated.
This is a very good double bock with a high enough alky content to leave a lasting impression on your dart game.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a opaque dark brown color with good tan frothy head, good lacing, and average carbonation. caramel nutty smell with a toasted nutty taste. very smooth. medium body and thin slick texture. very light bitter creamy finish, and short flavor duration. very easy to drink. probably a really good session beer if it wasn't more on the pricey side.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear dark brown. 1.5 finger khaki colored head; good retention. Not much visible carbonation. Not much lacing.

Smell: Strong sweet malts. Flavor of apple juice or cider. A thick syrupy quality with a hint of the alcohol.

Taste: Syrupy apple cider-like flavors, with raisin as well. Smokey and roasted malts. Some caramel as well, with an odd hint of marshmallows.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with little bite. A bit syrupy in body

Drinkability: An interesting doppelbock that is very drinkable. Good flavor, but a little syrupy in taste and body. Also, while the ABV is only 6.7%, it seems to hit strong than that.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a Pilsner glass, this poured a dark brown color with bright amber highlights under a dense pillowy head. There was a big roasted malt and nut nose with a significant cocoa accent. A timid mouthfeel led to a smooth but flavorful chewy center and concluded with a surprisingly light but quenching malt finish...All in all, this is one of the most full flavored, smooth, and well balanced distributions I have experienced on my palate from start to finish. This made a perfect match with pan fried pork chops and was especially complimentary of the burnt fat ends of the chop. Without crying "perfection," I can only guess that anything better than this would have to do with going to Germany and drinking directly from the brewery source itself...

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

A: Into a medium sized wine glass, ACD pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. A khaki head foams up to about a finger and a half and recedes to leave a ring about the top of the beer. The carbonation looks exciting.

S: I smell chocolate, bread, and some interesting sweet spice aromas rising out of the glass. There is a very dry, grainy smell accompanied by some plum and fig hints.

T: I don't know what it is about bock beers, but I get a very salty taste from all of them. If the taste of this beer perfectly matched the aroma, I would be over the moon. But the salt taste overpowers the chocolate flavor that is present and leaves a sodium residue in my mouth. That being said, there is a decent balance between sweetness and dryness in this beer, and it has a nice, crisp, clean taste to it.

M: Relatively full and coating at the beginning of the sip, and then a puckering saltiness/dryness takes over the feel on my palate. Crisp.

D: This is a well crafted Dopplebock and if I really liked Dopplebocks, I would make this one of my go-tos.

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Photo of airohead2001
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate the 2010 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS than with a Celebrator?? This one's for the Hawks - it's been an outstanding season from start to finish with a perfect ending. ONE GOAL.

A - dark mahogany, almost black with a one finger head that quickly fades. not much lacing, but still a great looking beer.

S - just outstanding - caramel, sugar, malts, with a hint of alcohol

T - great beer. taste reflects the smell - caramel, malts, burnt sugar, slight piney hops in the background.

M - good mouthfeel with just the right carbonation.

D - very drinkable beer - perfect for celebrating a Stanley Cup Championship!! Will definitely seek this brew out again. Outstanding.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a bulb glass. no freshness date. the bottle was a little bit of a gusher when i popped the cap, but i only lost a drop or 2 of beer

this beer pours a dark dark brown color, appears black when not in the light.a nice 2-3 fingers of brown mocha colored head fades to some patchy foam and a thick ring after a few minutes. a very nice sticky lace as well.

complex aroma. chocolatey roasted malts, bready, dark fruits such as raison, plum, fig. hints of sweet malt and grapes.

in no paticular order, sweet malts, roasted malts, lots of dark dried fruit, raisons, plums, figs, dates, etc., some good milk chocolate/ cooking chocolate combo, some breadiness, as well as a touch of graininess. flavors of grapes and some hop and roasted malt bitterness finish things off.

the body of this beer seems bigger than the ABV would suggest, medium to almost a little heavy. great feeling carb.

so much flavor packed into this beer, its surprising that its actually quite drinkable. it might sit heavy in ur stomach after a few, definatly wouldnt want a 6 pack in one night, but it goes down very easy. german beers are not my favorite kind of styles, but this one is prolly one of my favorite. i highly recommend this. i would also love to see how this ages.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a coffee-ish brown with about 2 fingers of foam that dissipates after a minute.

Aroma is dark, sweet malt and toffee. Fairly simple and straight forward.

Taste is rich and sweet. Dark malt with a hint of noble hop bitterness. It is a fairly straight forward taste, complex malt and a balancing bitterness, as I would expect with a lager. Finish is a bit sweet and leaves an oxidized, unpleasant dark malt taste.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, medium/low carbonation.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish mahogany topped by a creamy bone-white to khaki head. Pretty good retention. Looks very inviting.

Aroma contains raisin with some grape and warm dark breads.

Raisin and grape hit first. This gives way as some roastiness takes over. The roastiness lingers, the sweet grape comes back for a second, before a long biscuity malty finish with a hint of lightly roasted grain. Dark breads kind of fill out the flavor from start to finish, and become most noticable in the aftertaste. Finishes a little sweet. As it warms, more dark fruits come out. I love how the flavors interchange, and all of them are good. The mouthfeel is amazing.

I haven't had this in years...man I was missing out. This is one of my favorites.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown into a Duvel tulip with minimal head. Aroma of raisiny sweetness, followed by a creamy bread pudding taste with plenty of caramel and dark fruit. Abundant carbonation and a smooth, full mouthfeel. Nice chocolate/toffee finish with a warmth reminiscent of brews with a much higher ABV (tasted more like a 10 than a 6.7). This one is tasty and extremely easy-drinking.

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Photo of dpasotti
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark cola-brown with a thin beige head that disappears fairly quickly. Almost no lacing sticks around. Aroma of sweet vinous semi-dark fruit, vanilla and light chocolate.

Slightly roasty chocolate comes to the front on the palate. Very malty flavor, but not too sweet. A nice clean bitterness rounds things off. Incredibly smooth and full-flavored beer.

Medium-full in body with average carbonation. Leaves a bit of stickiness on the mouth, but nowhere near too much. Celebrator is an excellent example of a doppelbock. This is a very drinkable beer, almost as good as my favorite doppel, Salvator.

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

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a robust coffee like appearance, though one can easily see light through the beer. About a finger of tan colored head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, caramel, malts, light chocolate, and bread.

Taste - Dark fruits in the nose are prevalent in the taste. Prunes, raisins, and dark cherries. Dark, roasted (though not overly) malts make an appearance with a strong caramel presence. The more it warms the more the flavors begin to develop.

Mouthfeel - Quite thick and creamy overall, for appearing to be nothing of the sort from the initial pour. Light carbonation.

Drinkability - A very drinkable and tasty beer. I enjoy a good doppelbock and am surprised I have not tried this sooner. A very good beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice tan head. The aroma is toffee, chocolate malt and some bread. The flavor is more complex with some dark fruit and roasted malt early in the taste and then chocolate and coffee later. Medium, slightly watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A truly world class beer.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a dark brown bottle (11.2 oz. I believe?) into a tall tulip glass. The label is great, gotta love the little plastic ram.

A: Pours a clean dark brown, almost opaque, with glimmers of ruby shining through when held to the light. Very clean, this is obviously a high quality brew. Poured vigorously, it will give up a nice beige head, but it didn't stick around for long.

S: Honestly, I didn't get much of an aroma from this one. There is a faint toasted bread smell coupled with that of roasted malt, but it's all very light.

T: The taste is everything I picked up from the aroma, simply magnified. At the front, I get sweet bread and cinnamon at the front, followed by a roasted malty flavor that reminds me of a good stout. The long finish has a coffee bitterness to it.

M: This is a very full-bodied beer, but it goes down really smoothly. The thick, oily texture goes well with slight prickles from the moderate carbonation, and the flavors are able to stick to the taste buds for quite some time. The ABV is on the low end of the range for this style, so there's not much of a warming sensation.

D: This is a very impressive example of a dopplebock. Rich and full-bodied, this beer has everything I could want on a cold or rainy day. Still, I think it's drinkable enough to suit any palate (even those who are turned off by "dark beers"). A supreme standard of quality shows through in the appearance, taste, and finish of this beer.

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

Pours a dark ruby brown with a tan head that quickly fades to a light covering. There are plums and tart cherries intermingling with sweet and sugary dark bread on the nose. It has a rich bready taste that reminds me a little of zucchini bread, except with dark fruit overtones...kind of roasty tart cherry and plum tastes. It's sweet, but then fades into a bitter chocolate/coffee taste that really lingers. I remember having this years ago and finding it overtly sweet...my how the palate has changed. I really like this.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 6,520 ratings
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