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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

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seemed like a good one to pop open on my birthday :-)

A: Rich brown color, displaying plenty of red when held up to the light. Good clarity. 1/4" head forms but recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet fruity aroma, actually reminiscent of a belgian dubbel or quad. Some toffee and caramel. Slight banana esters

T: Bready and roasty, but avoids any bitterness or acridity. Moderately sweet.

M: Medium carbonation. Full bodied, but still quite drinkable.

O: Gets good marks for being practically the definition of the style (although the aroma seems a bit off style to me). That said, maybe the style doesn't really appeal to me, or there's some "intangible" missing, but it doesn't excite me at all.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into my Lancaster Milk Stout tumbler. The beer is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep midnight color. The edges reveal ruby red hints. It pours with a vigourous head that slowly dissapates.

Smell: Barley flourishes in the nose. The malts make themselves known up front. I also detect some licorice notes and even a bit of apple (green not red or yellow).

Taste: While the malts are present, they are not overpowering. I'd even go so far as to call them muted. There is a small hop presence, but not enough to register.

Mouthfeel: The malts are a little abrasive and they linger long after the beer has been swallowed.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, I guess. The abv is not overpowering and the sweetness of the malts can make for a good drink.

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Photo of beertunes
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured an almost black, brown color with just a slight reddish tint on the edges. Poured a thick, dense, khaki colored head that slowly dissipated leaving a moderate amount of lacing. A sweet malt aroma with a touch of roast noticed. The flavor delivers on the promises that the aroma made to you. The roasted malt flavors are more pronounced. A smooth, full, well-rounded body that is very pleasant and fulfilling. Very drinkable, it's easy to get comfortable with these brews. A true classic, your beer life is not complete without regular visits with this masterwork.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a tan head. The aroma is loaded with toasted malt, dark fruits (prunes, raisins) and just a tad bit of caramel. The taste features toasted malt with kind of a nutty chocolatey finish. The taste is a little thinner than I would have liked but it is certainly not bad. Mouthfeel much like the taste is a little thinner than I would have liked but does not detract from the beer that much. Overall, this is a fine representation of the style and a beer that is certainly recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.

It pours from 330ml bottle a clear dark brown with reddish highlights and a very small head of foam with almost no lacing.

The smell of caramel malt hits my nose before I even get close to the glass..lots of dark fruit like fig also there in abundance. Wonderful smell!

The taste is big on the sweet malt and has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, fig, toffee, and just a touch of bitterness that I find mainly in the finish but it's more of a dark chocolate bitterness and it really gives a superb ending to a great DB.

More sips in and I'm beginning to notice the alcohol a bit; it's mainly a warming after the swallow. I wish I had picked up more than the 2 bottles I have.

The mouthfeel is kind of chewy, the carbo is fairly lightly done, and the aftertaste lingers on for some time and *that's* a plus. Best darn Doppelbock I've ever tasted and I couldn't recommend it more. Another great product from Ayinger!!!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown color clear wen held up to the light. Billowy off-white head that dissipated rapidly and and lace only in spots; that was the only thing that disappointed me about this beer,

S: Toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Rich long and savoring aroma.

T: Toasted malt, coffee, caramel, chocolate, and molasses. Very complex flavors that tease out of the beer with every drink. I loved this beer. Slightly bittering clean finish.

M: Very full bodied and not overly carbonated; very nice balance complimented by a clean and delicious aftertaste.

D: Goes down very easy and seems drinkable even with the high ABV.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a huge size frothy dark beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, raisins, prunes, roasted/smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels very creamy on the tongue. There is a lot of dark fruit taste - raisins and prunes and also a molasses/caramel flavour. I can also taste roasted/smoke notes and a bit of a woodiness and a tiny bit of chocolate. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely a world class beer that is a must try. It's very drinkable and my glass was empty before I knew it. Looking forward to drinking more of it during the colder weather and holiday season.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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 pat61
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%

Nose: dark malt and fruit, dark bread, no roasted aromatics. Faint noble hops.
Brilliant chestnut, under a persistent, clingy, rocky 2"+ lightly brown tinted off-white foam cap that provides excellent lace.
Palate: Liquid fresh baked dark German bread, a hint of prune, spicy malt and hops, a slight tartness on the finish and a faint hint of hop bitterness.
Full body, medium low carbonation, rich, creamy, clean.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark brown. Hard to really see much color on the edges of the beer. Lightly tan head is small but compact, level, and frothy. Leaves speckles of lace along the glass.

S-Nose is crammed with flavorful aromas. Darker fruit juices combine with a heavy blast of deep sweet malts. Brown sugar, caramel, fig and prune, molasses. Lots of different scents.

T-Pretty neat flavor here. I get cocoa first. I find it to be the dominating flavor. Along with the cocoa powder is an almost tart fruitiness. The brown sugar, molasses, and tobacco adds big complex edges to the flavor.

M-Slicker, smooth too. Medium to heavy bodied. Softer carbonation. Good feel here.

O/D-Overall, a pretty awesome Doppelbock. Not my favorite style but I can clearly tell why this is the Michael Jordan of Doppelbocks. Just a fantastically crafted beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from BigLove as part of The Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of tan head over the dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is incredible, sweet malts, and nuttiness like you wouldn't believe. Taste is just what the nose portended, although maybe a little less so. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both incredible for the style. A standard for dBocks, for sure.

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Photo of barczar
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy, dense one inch cappuccino head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Bready, deeply caramelized malt, extremely rich, with molasses sweetness, toffee, nuttiness, and dark fruits form the initial aroma. Smells like wort with undertones figs, dark cherries, raisins, and dates.

Flavor is sweet initially, with nutty, toasty notes hitting mid palate, finishing a touch roasty and dry. Malt is extremely rich and complex. Brown sugar, tart cherries, raisins, and a touch of chocolate emerge. Melanoidin character, that standard kettle caramelization, abounds.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Probably a little more dark fruit character than when fresh, but that malt richness is phenomenal. Great malt-centric brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug the Celebrator pours dark brown, with some tinges of red. There's about an inch tan carbonated head which doesn't stay around for too long. It smells like roasted malt, molasses, and a little bit of chcocolate. A very nice aroma. It tastes like roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and coffee, with a mild bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is an easily drinkable dopplebock, with a good mixture of sweet and bitter. Celebrator is a well balanced beer that I would recommend to anyone, it's a very good beer, one of the best that I've had. The little plastic goat that comes with the beer is an added bonus! Cheers!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Fat Heads with the bottle discount came to only 3 bucks. Bought this since I was told it had subtle maple tones...

A - Man what a cool looking bottle. Especially with the plastic goat thing... ow the beer! Wow a very heavy brown since I can see some light with a nice tan colored head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Looks lovely and fresh since no sediment.

S - Smells of brown sugars, toffee and caramel with just a mild bite of alcohol. Smells a bit maple like I guess.

T - Smooth with a nice bit of roast that rounds to candied sugars and sweetness does have a touch of maple too it. Slight chocolate as well and finishes clean with no bitter roast, hops, or even ABV burn. Man what a good beer.

M - ABV is pretty moderate for me and it drank with a medium body but sipping was rather easy.

Overall wow what a Doppel Bock! Tons of flavors using only the basic ingredients to make a beer. Nothing artificial or anything added! Will keep this in mind if I am ever at Fat Heads again.Tasty.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty malts actually bordering on the line of roasty bring notes of dark bread, vanilla and nuts. Very pleasant. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Solid toasted malt brings more nutty notes plus some dark bread crackers like rye croutons or something. Not as much vanilla in the aroma, more milk chocolate tones here. Pretty damn complex for a lager. A touch of alcohol.

M- This is where you can tell it's a lager as it's not necessarily thin, just not as robust as the flavor and appearance let on. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though I'm not much of a lager guy, I would reach for this all the time if the price were lower. Flavorful and slightly robust with a well-hidden ABV. I can see why this is so revered.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard so much about this beer from BA that i just had to grab a four-pack at Sam's Wine and Liqour on Butterfield in Downers Grove, IL. When held directly into the light, it almost takes on a dried blood color. But when not directly in the light, the color is a dark chololate brown. The smell is of a pleasant toffee and malt note. The beer itself is any easy swalow, which was not what i was expecting from such a dark beer. This easy drinkability allows the drinker to let it be absorbed by the palate to soak as much flavor as possible. The taste mimics the smell exactly with a clean, smooth finish. This dopplebock ent well with hamburger and a cold tomato, onion gespacho very nicely.

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Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Has a dark brown color, with almost no translucence. There was a little head that didn't last especially long, but left a little lacing around the glass that had a brownish color.

Strong but not overpowering smell. Very malty with hints of older, dark fruits.

The most apparent aspect of the taste was the presence of coffee - at least to me. It was somewhat similar to a stout in this respect. Also, there were some sweets, possibly caramels and some yeast as well.

Had a nice amount of carbonation for solid mouthfeel.

Overall, the Celebrator is a drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth, without an obnoxious aftertaste. Surprisingly not a beer that weighs you down.

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Photo of DrJay
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights. The light tan foam poured a little short, but quite dense, and produced decent lacing. Heavy malt aroma with some molasses and a hint of cocoa. Fruity notes of raisins and prunes. Light charcoal smokiness came out as it warmed as well. Bitterness was on the low side, balance was very much towards malt. Sweet, dried fruit and rich malt, not quite caramel but definitely caramelized sugar. Smoke character and light metallic iron lingers in the finish. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation and delicate alcohol warmth. Creamy texture with a bit of grain dryness. Great complexity yet still highly drinkable. Definitely a world class dopplebock.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, indeterminate bottling date, comes with the small plastic toy. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 3/27/2014. First time sitting down to review this beer, have had the chance to drink this in the past both here in the US and abroad in Bavaria.

App- Dark ruby-brown body, two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Initially poured with a lot of foam as if it were undercarbonated but quickly dropped to a more normal sized head with great retention.

Smell- Sweet caramel, dark fruits, raisins. Brown sugar, not quite molasses. A bit of yeast esters, kind of banana-like.

Flavour- Nice and sweet yet not overwhelmingly so. Very malt forward. Lots of caramel and raisin, some toffee, brown sugar, a small handful of esters and sharp spices, with a very slight booze on the finish. Certainly a complex beer that is worth appreciating over time.

Mouthfeel- Feels medium bodied, not particularly thick but the carbonation is spot on, making it feel creamy. Aftertaste seems to be similar to eating fresh raisins- sweet but a bit bitter, with a nice bit of dryness.

Overall- Very nice doppelbock that reminds me of my time in Bavaria. Delicious, creamy and malty as expected. A very good and accessible example of the style.

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Photo of tigg924
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, dark brown

Smell: sweet toasted malt, caramel, and coffee

Taste: sweet toasted malt, caramel, licorice, some smoke, and coffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, light, sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: One of the best in the style, if not the best. With its relatively low ABV I could have several. The alcohol is not noticable. This beer is elegant and one of the first I will reach for in the style.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitdz

A: Clear carmel in color. Some ruby highlights. Quick plume of head, diminishing into nothing with little lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, sweet dark carmel, some dark fruits.

T: Dark roasted malts, sweet carmel malt ending. touch of dark fruits.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Decent coating and nice roasted aftertaste.

D: Excllent version of the Doppelbock. The malts are top notch and the ingrediants blended to perfection.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. I remember having this on tap in Munich after searching for a bit and it was tremendous so let's see how the bottle is.

A - Pours nearly black with red edges. Bright. One finger fizzy light brown head. Some visible carbonation. Almost no lace and a film of retention.

S - Smells of rich malts. A little bit of red port and sugar with strong dark fruits. Absolutely lovely. Very inviting.

T - Dark fruits and sugar. Some more rich maltiness with pumpernickle bread. Less complex and rich than the aroma but still nice.

M - Dry finish might be holding this back. Tingly carbonation and full body.

O/D - A good one, but lacking. Doesn't live up to the aroma. Still good and tasty, but I would only have one.

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown/mahogany (almost black) with a full creamy tan-light brown head, decent carbonation, and clumpy lace. Big malty aroma -- coffeeish and almost chocolatey. Big malty coffee-ish flavor dominates with dark fruitiness noticeable. Full bodied, rich and creamy.

The Standard in Doppelbocks !! Awesome and Pure Bliss !! Unlike many expensive beers, this one is worth the price...

Label states: Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer

($3.99 / 11.2 oz. / 330 ml)

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottle date present. A fun little goat charm hangs around the neck of the bottle.

(A)- Pours a thick dark brown that is nearly opaque. Started out with a huge 4+ finger head but slowly dissipated to a 1-finger after many minutes and is still present. Some lacing here and there.

(S)- Tons of sweet brown sugar and molasses. Some smokiness like hickory smoke in this. Maybe even a touch of coffee.

(T)- Very coffee-like nuances surrounded by a super creamy milk chocolate and vanilla combination. Some brown sugar/molasses in this too.

(M)- Super smooth and velvety on the tongue. Good level of carbonation that balances everything nicely. Creamy and delicate textures.

(D)- This is one of the easiest drinking dopplebocks I have had to date. Most are too sweet and too filling. But this one is just right. Its rich, smooth, creamy, and wonderfully balanced. Cheers!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is time to celebrate the imminent arrival of Oktoberfest. Poured into my Celebrator glass.

A: The pour is deep ruby red with great clarity. There's a dense, two-finger creamy-mocha colored head that recedes slowly, leaving some lace. Plenty of carbonation. Pretty.

S: Bready and fruity, there's freshly baked whole wheat bread, along with raisins, dates, plums and a little clove. Wholesome. Plenty of brown sugar and molasses.

T: Opens up with pretty complex malt flavor featuring bread, raisins, plums and dates before a firm bitterness balances things out. Bitterness tastes like it's mostly derived from burnt/caramelized sugar, but there's also a faint earthy hop character that makes itself towards the finish, especially as the beer warms up. Mid palate has flavors of buckwheat honey and brown sugar. While having plenty of sweet flavors, this is far from cloying, and is quite tremendously enjoyable.

M: While it is fairly light in body, it also has a little heft to it. Carbonation is moderate, ample for the beer. While the finish is great, with flavors of burnt sugar sweetness and bitterness, I wish it had a little more oomph to it, as it seems a little light compared to the rich flavors. What flavor is present lasts long, though

D: I was supposed to savor this over 30 minutes, but it's almost gone in the 10 that it took to review. Awesome stuff.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,375 ratings.
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