Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,423
Ratings:
6,448
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
546
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969
For Trade:
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Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Teresa's in Wayne, PA

Pours a very dark brown with foamy tan head that forms a lacing that lasts throught the whole glass. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee and roasted coffee. Very quaffable, smooth and easy to drink with malty chocolate flavor, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this years ago at Old C's in Boise but pickedup another bottle today.
Poured an amazing dark brown color. rich. Nose is toffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar with a roastiness. Taste is exactly what I want in a dopplebock. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky, creamy but not too heavy. Drinkability is up there!

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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 rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My apologies to all the doppelbock lovers out there, take this review with a grain of salt (no wait, that's a gose). Comes out dark with those burnt dark copper undertones. Aroma is a lot of roasted dark fruit and solvent like alcohol feels. Some smoke.

Waves of belgian yeast, spice rack, alcohol, overripe burnt dark fruit and malt.

Kinda harsh man, thought this would be a smoother drinking experience, just comes across like the average doppel to my tastes.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with just a hint of light showing through in the thin part of the glass. The head is a big creamy light tan that last for most of the beer. The carbonation is lots of tiny champagne bubbles.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt and caramel are strong even during the pour. Some dry pale malt with a hint of Munich malt comes through with the big sweeter malts aswell. There is a nice soft sulfur and green hop bitterness at the finish.

T- Notes of smooth toasted and roasted malts with some dry crisp pale malt notes are nice. The taste is smooth and crisp with no sweetness in the taste. There is a slight coffee or bitter grain note in the finish. As it warms it has a nice toffee nutty note in the finish.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a smooth but watery texture.

D- This beer has a very smooth soft quality to the grain bill. The finish is dry with a soft hop note. The flavor has just enough malt complexity to leave me wanting more but not enough to make me satisfied.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

This dopplebock pours a deep, dark brown with garnet hues. A foamy light brown head rose a good two fingers and settled to form a thin collar. Little to no lace or streaking.

Aroma is of primarily dark, dried fruits (raisins, dates and prunes) with sweet caramel malt, toffee, and possibly a touch of anise.

A malt bomb. Big sweet caramel, raisins, toffee, and some coffee flavors blend to form a syrupy body. Not overly thick, but slick and syrupy. Medium to full body with a good amount of warming. They don't try and mask the abv behind the sweetness, it lends to the flavor profile nicely.

Overall, this is a very drinkable dopplebock. An authentic german representation.

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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,448 ratings.
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