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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Ratings: 6,619 |  Reviews: 2,463
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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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted smell and appearance, The lacing of this beer is amazing. Great retaining head. cant quite put my finger on the taste. After taste is an enjoyable bitterness. almost a sour taste? Very enjoyable. Could really drink this with a nice meaty meal.

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

A - Ruby plum.

S - Light aroma. Sweet prune, brown sugar, vanilla,

T - Sweet brown sugar, light molasses in the back of your palate, warm well balanced alcohol, and doughy malt.

M - Creamy, smooth. Great body that isn't too heavy or too light.

D - The flavors are big, but it's put together nicely. Not a session beer, but I'd love to have more than one.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. So often when beer and wine come with little toys attached to the neck they're crappy products. In this case it's great.

Poured a 2" head which gradually dissipated to 1/4". Dark as coffee. It had a delicious dark roasted malt smell and taste with lots of chocolate and kind of a rye bread bitterness. Very flavorful stuff, including a long finish. I'd celebrate with this anytime.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark color with finger sized head that turns into an layer of lacing around the top.

Smell: Malts and grains. It's a very sweet smell almost like malts mixed with molasses.

Taste: Very complex. Sweet burnt malt character, almost stout like. Very heavy malts that mix with the hops and alcohol to produce a sharp flavored ending to every sip. I first had this beer at room temperature and then the next day I decided to have a cooled version for my review. I wasn't wild about the flavor at room temperature. It tasted sort of metallic and too malty. The cooled down version, which I'm reviewing now is far better.

Drinkability: This is heavenly nectar. I'm typically biased towards malty brews and this is one of the best I've had in a while. Easy to sip on and have by itself. I don't see this as a beer that you could drink with food though. It's too heavy of a beer. Its flavor might overcome whatever you were having.

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

appearance - dark brown almost black appearance with tan fluffy head

smell - chocolate is prominent along with malts

taste - this is good, roasted chocolate, rich malt also present, mocha, hazelnut

mouthfeel - this is a rich, creamy beverage that goes down slick, medium body and medium carbonation, flavor profile lingers into the aftertaste

drinkability - this is a great representative of the style, the price brings the drinkability down a bit, but make no mistake, this is excellent

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Photo of bigrzman
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black as coal, one finger deep yellow white head and opaque. I can't even see the bubbles. Hints of mollases, roasted malts, and grain are the smelling highlights. Wow that taste is complex where do I start? Toasted malt, coffee, fruit bread, and banana finished off with alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy and coating like a good cough syrup. I can drink a lot of these just at my own pace. World class!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with dark ruby highlights. About a finger of tan head reduces to a slight amount of tight lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, with caramel and some floral, fruity hop notes. Pretty complex.

Taste: Dark malts up front, with caramel and some dark fruits in the middle. The back end shows a bit of floral hop bitterness. Very nicely done, indeed.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Mouthfeel is just under medium, very smooth and creamy, but a little light in my opinion. Drinkability is high, this beer might be pretty dark but it is smooth and the alcohol is muted by all the great flavors.

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Photo of cleolicious
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tall, tan, thick head that lasts. Light caramel and malts. Taste: Really delicious and very smooth. Spices, grains, fruits, and sugars. A hearty meal.

Very drinkable, but will get filling after a few. Even though I like a bit more carbonation in my beers I have to say that this is an great beer. Quite delicious.

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

11.2oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into a pilsner glass.

A: dark, dark brown with deep red mahogany when put up to the light. Pours a big 3-finger foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving just a little lace.

S: Smells like a old-style porter, lots of dark fruits, bready, malty, a little bit medicinal. Pleasant.

T: Dark, bitter, and malty. Lots of stale dark bread, molasses, bitter roasted quality, prunes, figs, dark fruits, ester essences, some medicinal qualities. The bitter roasted quality his the palate fairly strongly and then mellows into the dark fruits and then fades into a dry, ester finish, slightest bit bitter and nice and warm.

M: Very bubbly (tiny bubbles) even 15 minutes in, little bit sticky, bitterness initially that returns faintly in the finish. Very smooth and somewhat refreshing. Very nice.

D: The slight bitter, ester finish makes you want to take another sip and I have no problem with that! I could easily drink a couple of these and feel refreshed, even on a hot summer day.

This is one tasty, refreshing Doppelbock that warms nicely, but isn't a hard hitter, sitting at 6.7% ABV. Very complex dark fruit flavor and malt, went perfectly with the pot pie I had for dinner. If it wasn't for the high price, I might make this my go-to doppelbock.

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. SUPER dark. Almost opaque until you hold it directly up to a light, at which point you see some red and brown tones buried deep within. Small but beautiful and perfect tan head. Sticky lacing. Generally a beautiful beer.

Aroma: Brown sugar, molasses, and warm alcohol deepened with beautiful tones of dark fruit; figs, dates, plum, and raisins. A little spice on the nose as well.

Flavor: BIG complex flavor: raisins, figs, and dates accompanied by dark, natural sugars. Very similar to the aroma. Strangely enough, less alcohol in the flavor than in the aroma. Really balanced sweetness, not cloying. A definite perceptible roasty bitterness that is more like the crust on a good loaf of dark bread than like coffee or chocolate. Delicious bready malts round out the flavor (give us this day our daily bread...).

Mouthfeel: Beautifully smooth, with a medium-full body. Not quite as "chewy" as I was expecting from such a high gravity, malty beer, but I think that the real mouthfeel is much more pleasant than a giant, thick one that just bogs the drinker down. Matches up perfectly with the flavors.

Overall: What a wonderful beer. I have tried other dopplebocks, and this is almost definitely the one that I have enjoyed the most. The complexity of it is incredibly exciting to the palate and begs me to come back for more. Very drinkable for a big beer, because the whole thing is really very balanced. This is definitely not a beer that you would reach for on your average trip to the beer store, but it is a wonderful treat for a special occasion and definitely a great warming winter beer. Would be a perfect beer to sip by the fire on Christmas Eve while watching the snow fall. Ahhh...

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

Appearance: Deep dark mahogany color with a large tan foamy head that has great retention. Even before your first sip, you can tell this beer has a lot of character.

Smell: Predominately malt and molasses with a slight roasted aroma.

Taste: The roasted notes from the smell are evident in the taste. Absolutely delicious malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, and heavy. The carbonation is deftly executed to achieve this and is a match for the taste.

Drinkability: You'll know right away that you have something special on your hands with this beer.

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Photo of claybeer
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More of a dark, dark maroon color instead of a brown. The head has that stout like chocolate foam color. It doesn't really lace the glass but it at least shows up and hangs out for a while. A rich malty nose with some toffee and brown sugar. The taste is a little bit grainy. A sweet molasses tickles the palate and the slightest hint of bitterness that is almost unnoticeable. The finish lingers just long enough to leave a sweetness on your lips making you want another sip. Great food beer.

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Photo of taigor
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into traditional Aynger Celebrator glass.

A - Poured non-transparent dark brown almost black color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront with hints of caramel, brown sugar, figs, raisins and other dark fruits.

T - Sweet to start with malts dominating all the way. It turns caramel and slightly fruity towards the end.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Excellent and very enjoyable doppelbock. Definitely get your hands on it if you see it.

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Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is a very dark brown, with dark reds at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Nice finger and a half of khaki colored head initially that laces just slightly, but slides down the side of the glass. Starts to dissipate fairly quickly though.

Aroma is dark caramel malt sweetness initially, but with some dark dried fruit, figs, prunes and raisins. A little anise/licorice flavor as well.

Taking a sip, I'm somewhat surprised that the taste is not as sweet as the nose. The dark fruit is barely present, mostly a anise and malty flavor. Good, but not as complex as the nose when the beer is ~40°F.

Medium bodied beer with lots of small bubble carbonation leads to a nice, creamy mouthfeel. The beer is a little too easy to drink, as I can easily have several of these without noticing the alcohol content.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I part with the majority. I was very excited to find this beer. I found the only store in Columbus that carries it. Perhaps it was the hype that made it disappointing. Also, I might be biased. The first double bock I had was Troeg's Troegenator. Still my favorite. This one just didn't have the same richness and complexity.

A- Exceptional. A nice light coffee tone with swirls of amber. A nice wispy tan head.

S- Notes of caremel and molasis. Slight woody tones.

T- Very clean. hints of chocolate raisain. A slight smoky taste. Crisp. Not as rich as expected. Complex, but I've had better.

D- Very representative of what a double bock should be. I think its overrated. I prefer the Troegenator for its more robust and rich complexities. Not bad. I'd buy it again, but won't go crazy seeking it. Its a rarity so if I see it I'll get it.

This beer is very enjoyable and I completely understand why it gets the good reviews it does. I'm giving it an A and I would buy it again. Just because I'm biased to the Troegenator, doesn't mean this isn't a good beer.

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

Had at Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown on 10/25
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice deep dark brown with a 1/4 inch of light brown head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minor wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

T: Taste starts with a molasses and brown sugar flavoring. Middle consists of caramel malts. Finish is all dark fruits - cherry, raisin and plums with a minor hint of chocolate.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. I could sit and enjoy a few of these on a fall evening.

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

While I was pouring the beer it was crystal clear dark brown in color, but once all of it makes it into the glass it seemed pitch black. The head is composed of rich tight tab bubbles 4 fingers high. After 5 minutes the head slowly subsides to a thin ring. In the nose I'm picking up a lot of rich caramel and chocolate with a subtle roasted element. The taste is so beautifully clean and crisp. There are elements of roasted chocolate, molasses and a subtle twist of smoke. This beer feels creamy and smooth on the tongue with subtle carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer and the epitome of Dopplebocks. I'm glad that I was able to pick up a bottle of this, and I'm going to be sure to pick up many more in the future.

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

poured into a tulip.


A very dark beer...dark brown/reddish almost to the point of black. about 2 fingers worth of head.


I'm getting a nice malt aroma. Some roasted malt flavors and some dark fruits in there. similar to a dark pumpernickel or raisin bread.


same as nose. sweet malts. dark fruit tones with a little bit of bittnerness.


about medium bodied. low carbonation, which is perfect for this type of beer. A pretty smooth tasting beer. aftertaste a little dry from the bitterness.


very high. At 6.7%, I could have a couple of these. Only bought a single but could easily have another. great taste, not too filling.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what can I say about this beer. It pours black witha tan creamy head that stayed throughout. Looks very much like a stout. Smells very very malty with a strong choclate flavor. The taste is strong and heavy. Very heavy in the malt, strong choclate flavor. The heavy flavors kick you in the mouth. Deffently a sipping beer. Overall a fantastic beer. A must have.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fairly hard pour gives 2 fingers of beige foam that takes a few minutes to settle to lacing. The beer is dark, dark brown until held up to the light when it shows a clear dark ruby color.

The smell is roasted malts and dried fruits with some sweetness.

The taste is rich, semi-sweet fruits and chocolate. Some back-of-the-tongue bitterness with a dry finish. As it warms the fruitiness comes to the fore.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with some alcohol drying it out just a bit.

Easy, easy drinking beer. It would be unwise for me to have more than one but the temptation is definitely there.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.46/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 330mL single of this apparently epic brew at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $3.18. Served cold in a chilled goblet.

A hard pour of this dark brown brew gives a reluctant 1/2" of creamy tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer. A generous level of carbonation is seen clinging to the inside of the glass. The nose is spot-on, thick and bready, brown sugar, some earthy nutty kind of aspects, banana. The feel is only moderately thick, fairly dry, with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Taste is kind of muddy- some earthy bitterness, burnt molasses, maybe some anise... all lumped together, none of it is distinct. Taste is much less interesting than the smell. Finishes with lingering bitter earth, mostly dry.

Pretty mediocre in my opinion, certainly nothing special. More like a dunkel than a doppelbock, especially in the lack of sweetness or body. Can't believe it rates this highly.

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Photo of chalsk
1.98/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overrated. Pours a dark amber brown color with a thick white foam head. Has a yeasty aroma of dark fruit and toffee. Has a dry bitter taste with notes of dark fruit and caramel. The mix doesn't work for me. Too doughy and too sweet. To each their own.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 6,619 ratings