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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 2,394 | Ratings: 6,375
Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a bit of redness around the edges when held up to the light. Pours a finger thick head of tanned foam. Little bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is filled with an aroma of molasses and a bit of breadiness. Taste is dark malty sweetness reminescent of...yet again molasses and a bit of caramel. Lingering taste left in the mouth similar to dark fruit. As it warms both the aroma and the taste have a bit of hop character without the bitterness. Only faintly picking up on the alcohol character. Thick chewy feel and moderate carbination but wow is it smooth. I honestly feel bad for waiting this long to try this beer, it really is an awesome doppelbock. The little white goat figurine hanging around the neck of the bottle is a bit cheesy but i'll admit I like it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a Celebrator glass.

Appearance - Murky brown. Huge khaki head. Lasts forever and laces well.

Smell - Deep caramel, brown sugar. Some nuttiness.

Taste - Chocolate malts lace a deep caramel. Buckets of brown sugar. Clean nutty finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Feels way heavier than a 6.7% beer.

Overall - Easily one of the best Doppelbocks.

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Photo of jwc215
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes with a cool plastic goat around the neck of the bottle and a highly decorative label.
Poured into a Celebrator glass.
Poured brown with ruby highlights, especially when held to the light. The creamy, slightly off-white two finger head slowly went to half the original size and remained for the long lasting drink.
The smell was a blanced mix of chocolate, caramel, and hints of rich coffee. There was a slight fruity aroma in the background that enhanced the delicious aroma.
The taste was superb. It was layers of rich, dark chocolate, robust coffee and caramel. As the drink slowly progressed, flavors of berry-like fruits came through to form an extremely well-balanced taste.
It was rich and creamy in the mouth. It reminded me of eating a rich chocolate cake with raspberry or strawberry filling.
If it weren't so rich/filling after a while (and not inexpensive) I would want to continue drinking these. It's one of my all-time favorites. Heaven in a bottle. Exceptionally smooth and delicious!

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

Pours a solid dark brown with orange/red highlights when held to light. Stingy beige head dissipates quickly to form a cap and light lacing on the sides. Very malty nose. Caramel, brown sugar, plums, berries and a touch of alcohol. Taste of caramel and raisins up front followed but some nice fruity notes, dark pitted fruit, finishing with a long lingering molasses. Mouthfeel is creamy body is medium to thick, carbonation is ample. Beautiful Bock! Very complex. This is one of those I'd love to try it at the source beers.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A color as black as night, and a toasty tan head. Strong and seductive aromatics: sweet and candyish, with notes of toffee, anise, and cocoa, and a slightly burnt character that perhaps derives from the higher alcohol. Taste is huge with malt, highly warming (note the ABV), full, rich, and delicious. A perfect aperitif beer. Three things ring above all else: malt, coffee, and caramel. Solid, bold, and loaded with coffeeish flavor. One of the world's greatest brews.

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

A great big 3 finger tan head with uniform small bubbles on the poor with good retention. Dark brown with many medium sized carbonation bubbles. Minimal lacing

Smell is of a small banana at first but nice malt and a little bit of roast like sausage meat. Slightly dry and bread like toast as well but hard to detect. Even some faint milk chocolate after quaffing. Great smelling beer lots going on here.

Great mouthfeel and a nice sweet banana at first with mild carbonation, turning into a good simple brown bread. Light milkshake wet/viscosity feel and some light faint milk chocolate as well. This is a great finishing drink and a fantastic tasting beer. I'd have another in a heartbeat.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Johnstown again for work so I went to Tulunes Southside Saloon....again! My second beer on this evening was the Celebrator Doppelbock from Ayinger. Not a Doppelbock fan so my grade for this beer will not be as high as others. The color was a ruby clear amber. The aroma had hints of honey and malt. The taste was very tart and sweet. Not a huge fan of the sweet malts that are generally put in Doppels. Due to the sweetness, the mouthfeel was rated lower than other beers.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle

A - Dark amber with a tan head.

S - Smells sweet and spicy with some dark fruit scents.

T - A little sweet and spicy. You can taste the alcohol and some of the subtle sugars and fruits. This beer is crisp.

M - This ones more full bodied but not overpowering. It's smooth and soft and mildly carbonated.

D - This beer has all the dimensions of a good beer in my opinion. It can be had in the summer time as an easy drinker, during the fall for it's spice and dried fruits, or in the winter with a hearty meal.

Notes - Celebrator is a popular beer and it's apparent why. It's just a very well built complex beer that can be enjoyed at any time by anyone. I keep this one in my favorite list and as a concrete choice when I'm not experimenting.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, pours dark luxorious mahogony in color, with a dark tan head, showing respectable retention. Leaves moderate spotty and sticky lacing. Nose is of bananas, caramel and soft ripe fruit. Taste follows through with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, a slight oakeyness and a hint of smoke. Tasty, soft, and complex brew. World class and readily available beer. Go get some and enjoy!

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

This is one of my favorite bock biers, probably one of my favorite beers of all time. I was shocked that I had not reviewed it. I recently picked up a four pack from a local liquor store as part of my beer photography project where I photograph beers in the appropriate glassware, I have a Ayinger Celebrator glass, so I poured it into the glass. This beer is dark, nearly black. Has a nice head and it falls away quickly. The smell is sweet like malt, it may be dark but there are no hints of any roasted malt, just some sweetness from the alcohol and the malt. No aftertaste to speak of, amazingly smooth. A great beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/31/04- DAMN!! I meant to review this one as #200 rather than the last brew I had!!! Oh well. Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2 oz bottle with a cool mountain goat hanging from the bottle. A notched bottled date or expiration that I don't understand. Poured into my Chouffe tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours an almost black or at least dark brown color. Nice sticky head and nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet and sugary. Maybe a brown sugar scent. Molasses and maybe even really sweet milk chocolate.

Taste- Sweet malty goodness. Definite molasses swirling around everywhere. A high amount of hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated IMO, but other than that it's a nice full beer that goes down well.

Drinkability- One of my first bocks that I decided to drink at the turn of the year. Thus the name Celebrator. Good choice. I'll he having this one again soon.

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

Finally got my hands on this one; have wanted to try it for a while. Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown and settled almost black with one finger of bubbly light brown head that slowly receded.

S - Sweet bready malts, brown sugar and a touch of moasses.

T - Fresh baked dark break, brown sugar, raisins, dark fruit, light cocoa notes. The ABV is warming. An excellent beer!

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Lived up to the high expectations. A great fall/winter beer. ABV is warming but I could still sit back and drink a few of these.

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Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at the Party Source in Syracuse.

A gorgeous beer with a bit thick head and lacing. The flavor isn't as rich as I'd like. It tastes of fruity licorice with back current and blueberry cobbler with a dry cocoa aftertaste. The mouthfeel here is fantastic, smooth and creamy with a bitter edge. Really wonderful balancing here. I'd like more flavor, but at the same time, it lacks the overpowering licorice root that other doppelbocks like Spaten's have that I don't care for as much. Definitely the best doppel I've had.

More cowbell (see below).

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice caramel, mohagany color. Good medium sized off white head. The head stayed a bit longer than I thought it would, and never totally disappeared.
Smell of rich molasses and caramel, sticky sweet with some hints of earthy hops.
Taste of sweet vanilla, caramel and cashew. Some richness of yeasts seem present as well. Some dryness halts the sweetness from becoming overpowering.
Finish leaves a bit of peaty aftertaste. Not really my type of beer, but it is good.

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Photo of Tone
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a light tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of lager yeast and some earthy malts. The overall aroma characteristics are quite muted. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Smooth and crisp mouth feel with average carbonation levels present. Tastes of good lager yeast, smooth yet distinct earthy malts, and the hop bitterness is noticeable. There is also a chocolaty richness that is quite extraordinary. This is one hell of a smooth lager family beer (includes bocks, etc.)!. Definitely worth a try.

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

The beer pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It is full of black and roasted malts; very malty. It has a creamy scent with hints of chocolate and nuts. The taste is also great. It goes down smooth with a dry, yet creamy finish. It has chocolately, roasted nut flavor that is very nice. This is the best Doppelbock I've ever had. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks very well. It has tremendous flavor; simply a fine beer. This is one that I will buy again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: the color was dark brown with ruby highlights. 1/2" head fell to a surface foam in a few minutes.

Smell: the aroma was sweet, as caramel and hints of chocolate were detectable.

Taste: The flavor was very malty and softly sweeet. Caramel, chocolate, molasses, and prunes are balanced with a mild bitterness. Alcohol level is barely noticable on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start. The finish was also smooth, and the flavors lingered on the tongue for while after swallowing.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable, and this is a great version of the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was shopping for beer at BevMo last week and saw a 330 ml bottle of this on sale for $2.49. Needless to say, I bought it. On to the beer:

It pours thick into a pilsner glass with a dark brown color. It has a very nice aroma of chocolate covered raisins and brown sugar. Similar taste too, and very well balanced. Not overwhelmingly malty, and a pleasure to drink on slowly. Why spend your money on a forty when you can enjoy this for the same price?

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Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from the LCBO, into a tulip. Best before March 2012.

Poured a dark burgundy/brown, almost opaque. Fairly dense dark tan head, a thick collar sticks around with a thin head. Nose has some dark breads, caramel and toasty malts. Taste has some toasted dark bread/cereals, some chocolate, toffee and light grain notes. Loads of malt flavour. No alcohol on the palate but catches up after a couple of bottles. Smooth, sticky and drying body and finish. Opens up and really becomes something else at around room temp. Didn't understand the comparison to liquid bread until I actually got into this. Really warming and essential drinking for the cooler months.

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown...red-tinged around the edges. Nice one fingered head on the initital pour. Some, not much, lacing present. Can see the carbonation rising in some places.

S- A lot of roasty malts going on here. Caramel.

T- More caramel, molasses. Biscuity. "Magnificent" comes to mind. Subtle but noticeable alcohol presence.

M- Adequate carbonation, tad syrupy.

D/O- Delicious. Could and would put down a few of these if it came to it. Went down way too fast and easy. Out of the handful of doppelbocks I've had, this is the best. Will be buying more.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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 stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not much I can add to the already superlative reviews here. One of the world’s best. This is the doppelbock to which all others should be compared, hands down.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a very dark red brown with slight head and lacing. Pleasant sweet malt aroma. Sweet malt and dark fruits throughout, finishing with a light malty, pleasant fruit finish. Almost perfectly balanced and pleasant. Bravo.
I have had interesting results aging this beer. Most bottles at 2 or 3 years old have lost some of their intense malt and fruit flavors, but have mellowed and integrated into an interesting malty bock. Some bottles lose most of their flavor and are not that interesting. A few others develop into a superb creamy, malty uber-bock that is very delicious. Most of these bottles were from a case that I cellared, so the differences are probably not due to batch differences. The worst of these is still ok to drink and most are still very nice, so it has been worth it for the exceptional aged bottles.

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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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