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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Jahrhundert BierAyinger Jahrhundert Bier

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very good

700 Ratings

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the great german lagers here, light and fizzy and sessionable forever. pale yellow in color with as much frantic carbonation as a well shaken soda. inch of white head rests on top. nose is like cheerios, cereal grains, although light, dominant. bittering hops only, but they add a layer, timeless familiar german lager yeast. this is a beer, that while new to me, is comfortable and familiar. this is what i want when i seek a german lager. ultra refreshing, light but not wanting for flavor at all, no stale malt flavors, and a clean finish that isnt too dry. its just right, perfect for the coming warmer weather, and somehow incredibly cheap to buy in colorado at the moment. extremely high carbonation level would be distracting in another beer, but it works wonders for this already airy lager. german lager exemplified here for me, i am going to load up on this later in the week i think, very impressed with a style here that doesnt always do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:39:38 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of obninsk23


4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Dortmunder that happens to be my favorite brew, so I might be a little biased. The biggest surprise is the first sip. It's very unique. Like the foam, that stays and lingers inviting your lips to kiss it again and again. Has to be chilled well. May be a little too sweet, but Great for relatively inexpensive beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:31:45 | More by obninsk23
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a German-style pilsener glass. This lager is a yellow straw color, just shy of lemon, with around four inches of white bubbles. Smells like sweet white bread, faint green grapes, a green floral note that makes me think of fresh cut clover hay (yes, I have actually smelled this), a noble hop spice. A rather fizzy offering, crisp and tart but with a gentle sweet grain backbone that is not overshadowed by the tasteful hopping. Flavors evoke popcorn and sweet malted cereals, lemon zest, vanilla, licorice ... Herbal and somewhat spicy.
Finishes dry and crisp, quite bitter with some flinty minerals very apparent. You know this is an authentic Dortmunder from this mineral effect that provide some bite and a dry mouthfeel. Whoa. Certainly this feature differentiates this brew from the other German and Czech lagers I've tried to date, including mass-produced examples of the style like DAB, as do the faintly nutty malts. Closest thing I've found to a legit Dortmunder in Canada outside of homebrew circles.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:23:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at 40 degrees into Sam Adams 16 oz lager glass
Aroma – nothing in particular, just faintly smells like a lager
Head large (5 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK
Body – very light yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor begins with a slight sourness, quickly fading to nothing. Very well balanced, no domination by either hops or malts; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, dry, carbonation soft.

Not a fan of the lager style, but this one is very good; 1000x better than any BMC, very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 13:41:01 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of Flounder57


4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of many bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Herbal and grassy noble hops followed sweet and bready pilsner malts.

Taste: Nice hop characteristic, bready and chewy malts with some light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, refreshing, chewy, and medium to ugh carbonation thsg makes the beer a little dry.

Overall: This lager was delicious. Very traditional, clean, and good.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:19:28 | More by Flounder57
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a large mug
no bottling dates

A: Clear, light pale straw yellow with 3 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down pretty quickly, leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Light, crisp, a bit fruity, yeasty, hop characters very low.

T: Crackers, hop spice, fruity, floral.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, drinkability is good.

O: Im not a huge fan of the style but this is a very good beer. Definitely worth trying, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:40:22 | More by zac16125
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dumped into a maß showing off a lightly hazy golden body and thick white head being fed by ample carbonation streaming up through the glass.

Big balanced aroma of bready malt and herbal hop.

Lots of tastiness here. Plenty of that bready maltiness present in the nose as well as the herbal hop. It's got a slight balancing sweetness. A bit of lemon hop behind the more herbal qualities.

Crisp and bubbly with a medium body. Finishes a little dry.

So drinkable. Easy to kill a few bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 17:21:05 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of Fcolle2


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale clear straw in color with a one finger frothy white head that has good retention. Lots of bubbles coming up from the etching.

Smell is great. Lots of nice sweet grainy aromas are followed by a clean very slight sulfuric but clean yeasty aroma. Crisp refreshing slightly spicy hop aroma finishs.

Taste is good and follows the nose.semi sweet light grainy malt is forward along with a nice slightly sulfuric yeasty flavor. Slightly spicey slightly herbal hops finish with very mild, balanced bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp, light and refreshing feel balances the sweet and sticky malt components nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:34:10 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a straw color with slight trails of carbonation. There's a fingers worth of white-colored head, lacking in retention. Not much lacing is left behind.

S: Immediately after pouring, it reveals a nicely balanced backbone of crackers and bread. There's an underlying sweetness, and an even further underlying noble hop bite. As it warms, the malts become faintly nutty. The aroma doesn't blow me away, but it does its job admirably.

T: The maltiness reveals itself immediately with tones of lemon, cream, and even a touch of nuts. There isn't a whole lot to this beer, but the finish dries up enough to keep it from being too sweet. That, and it's few notes are interesting enough to make me care about this one.

M: Its carbonation is powerful and easy to note - however, the actual texture is nicely soft. Perhaps even milky. Of course, being milky means it's a bit on the heavy/sweet side, but like I said before, it's dry enough to not be overly sweet.

O: Tasty lager is tasty. Okay, MAYBE it could be a bit hoppier. Now that I'm done nitpicking, I'd just like to say even though it isn't mega-cheap ($3/500ml isn't BAD, though), I'd gladly buy it again for drinking duty in hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:13:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of soju6


3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a big head that fades to decent lacing. Aroma of malt, fruit, flowery with a bit of yeast. Taste of malt, fruity and a bit of spice in the background. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth and refreshing with a nice balance. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 15:30:24 | More by soju6
Photo of BrownNut


3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I suppose due to growing up on American light beers, I always expect pale lagers to be watery, which I don't want.

This beer on the other hand has such a nice mouthfeel, richer and with some smooth body.

I don't know exactly what hops I'm tasting but they give a familiar taste that I identify genericaly as German and reminiscent of pilsners. That shows up in the aroma too alongside a lovely caramel sweet note.

It's a nice beer with a mature profile, balancing sweetness and bitterness for a nice flavor profile. Very versatile. Sessionable yet substantively satisfying. Great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:27:19 | More by BrownNut
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super clear golden straw color with a lovely cakey white head. Big chunks of fluff stick to the glass once the massive head settles down to a reasonable 1/4" foam pile. Aroma is pilsner malty with a light topping of lemon and flowers. A hint of meaty spice. Taste is full of chewy malt and dry with zesty lemon and herbal hop. Soapy floral included. Overall a clean, simple, and very nicely crafted lager. I'd love to try this fresh at the brewery someday.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:21:20 | More by tastybeer
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is a very clear pale yellow color. A white foamy head sits on top with good retention. Wispy spots of lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with malts and grains coming out, and a faint sourness in the back end.

Taste is soft and sweet up front with sugary wheats and grains dominating. A caramelly sweetness comes in through the finish.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall, I liked this beer the more I drank it. Malty and light.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 19:49:37 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear light yellowish gold with a one finger dense white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Mild nose on this one, pale malts and wheat dominate the forefront. Yeast kicks in to add some flavor. Heavy bread like qualities.

T: Malt forward flavor that comes off smooth. Lighter pale malts add more of a toastiness or cracker quality than a roastiness. Perhaps the bottle is a tad old as there is a touch of staleness but it doesnt by any means ruin it.

M: The yeast really adds a nice creaminess to the body of this beer. Mild carbonation with a crisp and clean finish. Something you could drink all night.

Overall this has some great flavors not typically found on this side of the Atlantic. The malts and yeast blend together very nicely and make for a wonderful mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 22:30:38 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How do they pack so much flavor into such a light beer?

Love this.

A: 22 oz bottle found as a single. Poured a mildly hazed lemon color with a very large white head. laces and lasts nicely for such a light, blonde beer.

S Very welcoming but subtle. It's sweet, lemon-scented grain: Crackers, blonde bread. Simple, direct, pleasant, easy.

T Both sweet and hoppy w lots of flavor!
COULD be a favorite summer beer. It's blonde, light malt with balanced lemony, citric hops.

M: Medium with a lovely weight and tingle, so much more going on than in most pilsners.

O: MUST TRY. I love surprises like this. Great food and fish beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:34:24 | More by Act25
Photo of goochpunch


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear, bright, pale gold. Smells of hay, grain, and bread. Flavor is of crackery malts and crisp grains. So very dry and crisp. Fresh, herbal, minty hops are very faint in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. This is delicious and refreshing. This truly is craft at its finest.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:51:11 | More by goochpunch
Photo of emerge077


4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this many times, but failed to review it.

Bright pale straw gold, sharp clarity and trails of rising carbonation visible. Compact head of white foam that leaves a good amount of wispy lace in the glass.

Bready and crisp malt aroma, clean and classic.

Taste is also bready and malt forward, with a crisp dry finish. Lingering noble hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean and flavorful, light bodied and highly drinkable. Made a great pairing with weinerschnitzel and spaetzle at Laschet's. Simplicity is often underrated, and this is a shining example of how good a simple beer can be.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 00:27:44 | More by emerge077
Photo of Spikester


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with one finger of white head. Some clumps of lacing follow the head as the level drops.
Smell is sweet malty grains with some herbal hop aroma.
The first sip was just alright a bit ordinary was my first impression. As the liquid warmed some the tasty malt goodness started to envelope my tongue. A complimentary amout of herbal earthy hops keeps the malts from taking over.
Mouthfeel was medium carbonation and a smooth balanced finish.
Overall a perfect beer that keeps you wanting more. Hop fans will likely want to pass on this one but I would drink this anytime. I do wish it had a freshness date though.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:28:39 | More by Spikester
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 9/2/13 and chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Poured into a pilsner glass. Came in a 500ml bottle. Pours a light gold in color with a 1-finger+ of a white head. Leaves a lot of lacing when sipped. many streaming bubbles were seen rising from the bottom and sides of the glass BUT the carbonation was actually perfect. The aroma is of grain, malt with a hint of citrus. The taste is pretty close with a nice 'sweet' flavor really coming through. Very pleasant and easy to drink. No bad aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 20:59:26 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decently large cap

S: Mostly fruity. Some graininess and light sweetness mixes well with the fruitiness. Light husk, a little grassy as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice bit of fruitiness and light sweetness. Goes into a bit of cereal graininess and husk before winding up with the fruitiness again for the finish. Lingering sweetness washes away everything and refreshes the palate

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very enjoyable and drinkable brew. Quite simple, but it's a good simple. Good price at just over $3 for a 500 mL bottle, so I can definitely see myself drinking more of this

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 06:43:59 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear light gold with plenty of rising carbonation bubbles. Semi-durable white head.

Plain and simple, malt dominant aroma.
Mundane taste seems tame even for style.
Nice feel with a medium-light body and medium carbonation.

O: A disappointing offering from a sometimes excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:57:39 | More by chinchill
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass, lemon colored with a large white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: light malt flavors coupled with noble hop, grain, bread

T: sweet and slightly floral, pale malt

M: light and crisp with good carbonation

O: nice Bavarian lager with clean palate

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:00:32 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, pale, golden; big frothy head with good lacing

Smell: Malt; slightly grassy; citrus

Taste: Juicy malt with good hit of hops right up front; smooth, clean taste in the mid with a semi-sweet, slightly hoppy finish; very refreshing and pretty well balanced; pretty tasty overall

Mouthfeel: slightly thin, but smooth and clean

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 22:47:30 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pilsener:

A: light gold colored body that is somewhat hazy, two finger white foamy head, slightly lacing but slides and fades like a normal dortmunder

S: bready sweetness, lightly hopped

T: mainly sweet, bready aftertaste, sweet finish

M: light, sessionable, adequately carbonated

O: well, its a dortmunder, what does one expect. Good for the style, but worth coming back to, hmmm...hard to say

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 00:40:50 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light gold color, with brilliant clarity, which showcases the carbonation. The white head is frothy and long-lasting.

Smell: Clean, noble hops are surprisingly at the forefront, followed up by an unmistakeable malt smell that reminds one of freshly baked French bread. Notes of DMS detectable.

Taste: Mimics the aroma by presenting both noble hops, and bready malt. Somehow, the two flavors don't create the most pleasant balance. Finish is clean for the most part. Both hops and malt linger on, but only as an afterthought.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium-light body. True to style.

Overall: Would be a typical, forgettable light lager were it not for the buoyant breadiness present in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:45:17 | More by BethanyB
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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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