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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

very good
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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001

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Reviews: 503 | Ratings: 911
Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer.

Pale golden color. Smells great.. malty and noble hops. Taste is fantastically balanced. Slightly bitter and dry. Its like a lighter version of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. Seeing as how its German it's most likely truer to style, but I do enjoy Great Lakes take on it more. Thats not taking anything away from this one however. No real faults.

A must for any lager lover.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours near-clear light golden with a lasting, clingy pillow of whitest head lacing the glass nicely. Aroma is nice with light honey, bread/biscuit and slight grass. Flavor is similarly pleasant - malty and semisweet bread dominate with only a touch of hop to balance. Delicious, and best lager I've had.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Champagne like. Golden with lots of bubbles. Crystal clear, topped with a finger of ice burg white head.

Skunk, malt, grainy, half dry hay.

Fresh dried hay, malt, grainy, sweet with a grassy finish.

Medium body, super high soda like carbonation.

Found in CNX, drank here the next day, March 31st. Love it mostly due to the fact the style is hard to find here. A little underwhelming though, perhaps due to it being shipped so far.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect helles from Bavaria. Nice heady, malty aroma, light golden color with airy head. taste is biscuity malt with some hop bitterness. I’d expect nothing less from Ayinger, this one’s a must have.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Working our way through the Ayinger line. This lager is a simple, but very well crafted beer. Clear, pale straw color with a solid but fading head. Nice beer aroma, lighter taste, would be good with food.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.25] Very pale straw colored beer. It is very transparent. It forms an impressive 2 1/2 fingers of head. The head is deep, dense and white. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) but there is no date code anywhere.

S: [3.25] Creamed corn, a mild spiciness, slight rusty hints.

T: [3.50] Cereal grains, creamed corn, mild malt present late.

M: [3.25] Low side of medium body. Refreshing carbonation.

O: [3.25] This is not much better than a macro lager. Sorry entire country of Germany - but this simply lacks anything noteworthy. It has a mild lager nose and a mild lager taste with a mild lager body. To be fair it is better than a macro lager - but just not something I would seek out. I really think that American versions of German beers appeal to my palate more.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mostly clear bright yellow, with wispy and fluffy off-white head of good retention. Very clean smell, grain and faint honey, like a Pale or Light Lager. Grainy taste but not harsh at all, some bread and light malt sweetness, some floral hops to be found, a little musty on the finish. Not as profound as the American versions I’ve encountered. On the other hand, it’s probably more drinkable. Light to medium in body but full of soft effervescence.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener glass. It pours a clear, pale golden straw color with a thin, bright white head and lacing. The smell is fairly benign: lots of grain and a faint floral hops. The taste is a big improvement on the smell: a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. it's light and refreshing but has a significant enough taste to enjoy. The ABV is low and this is a very easy drinking lager. The Germans certainly know how to brew a lager and this is a very good one.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served just a couple degrees above fridge temperature and served into a shaker pint.

Appearance - pours a very clear, very pale golden color with near whitish hues. About a finger and a half of white head rest on top with reasonable head retention and a small trail of lacing is left behind. Lots of effervescent bubbles are contained within.

Smell - lots of grain, so e slightly floral aspects and an underlying metallic note that isn't as impressive. Maybe a pinch of lemon too.

Taste - very impressive. Clean and easy to drink with plenty of grainy notes and a fluffy malt backing everything. Hops create some bitterness, but not so much to actual have the taste be bitter, merely enough to counterbalance some mild sweetness in the malts.

Mouthfeel - so smooth and light the 5.5% ABV is very well hidden. Carbonation is expressive but body is light. On my list of easiest to drink beers of all time.

Overall - damn, this dortmunder from Ayinger was delicious. Flavourful and ridiculously easy to drink, I'd love to have easy access to this on a permanent basis. Another wonder from these guys.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is clear with a nice pale gold hue. The beer is fairly nice to look at and goes well with either a Summer day or Fall afternoon.

The smell is not bad but not as good as the taste or appearance. The smell is fairly balanced with a nice floral hop note and a sweet malt note that dominates the taste. There is enough of the hop smell to give it a bite but not overwhelm it.

The taste is pretty good. The taste has the same notes as the smell but with more strength. The floral hops are also a bit stronger to balance out the sweeter malt note. There is no water or mineral taste here.

The feel is very good. A lighter bodied beer with a smooth feel and biting carbonation makes the beer fairly refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting. It's as good as some of the American made lagers and can certainly compete with them.

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Photo of djura
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found it here, in Serbia, Bottle 0,5 l

A - Pale golden, big white head, stay for couple of minutes, tick. Medium carbonation.
S - Pale malt.
T/M - Very Pale lager taste. Malz and citrus in the back. Medium bitterness with low carbonation.

O - Pass.

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Photo of James954
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

WTF! Is this Pilsner Urquell??????
This brew is nearly identical to Pilsner Urquell and Naragensett's Bohemian pilsner.

Again, in America, the price is just not competitive.

It is still great beer!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #500! Notes from 9/1/2015.

500 ml bottle into a Ramstein mug. No freshness date.

Beautiful gold color with a thick, creamy white head and brilliant clarity. Sweet, bready Pils malt with a fair amount of noble hops in both the aroma and flavor, but neither is overdone. Almost like a hoppier Helles lager. Clean and smooth. Light to medium body. Remarkable balance. Very easy to enjoy. I feel like I could drink several liters with ease.

500 reviews and still staying the course... Quality over quantity. Craft over mindless swill. Experiences over hype. And a big thank you to the Bros. for this awesome site, this awesome community, and for always giving me something to do when I have nothing to do. Cheers.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale yellow, crystal clear - almost like looking through glass - even with the yellow coloring. Head sits atop the brew like a pillow, with copious streams of bubbles maintaining it.

Nose is lightly sweet with a grainy-malt nose that reminds me of Chex cereal. I get no bittering notes to balance the malt. I do get a light metallic note that is a hallmark of some noble hops to me, but it's not bitter.

Taste is also on the maltier side of things, but still very crisp and pretty clean. The sweetness seems floral, oddly enough, but that is likely the hops countering the malts but losing the battle in a close fight. Guess that's another way of saying the nose seems sweeter than the taste.

The feel again is crisp, not overly light - but on that end. Carbonation is at a very nice level.

It's not a style I have a lot of experience with, and I am having trouble finding anything wrong with it other than a tad of "extra" sweetness, in smell and taste. Glad I ran into one of these after seeing an NBS post about it.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- a beautiful clear light gold as it should be.
S- Muted, biscuity, and clean as it should be.
T- Crisp and clean. Very low bitterness. Like a Pilsener with less bitterness.
F- Light with medium high carbonation. The kind of beer you could drink and keep drinking.
O- This is my first experience with this style. I like it a lot and this beer is a excellent introduction.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was something special. Straight from the wood enjoyed in a traditional ceramic mug at the Ayinger am Platzl. A real treat, I will have to go back and try the bottled version.

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Photo of Kuaff
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Exceptionally pale, clear straw-gold liquid. Totally white fizz (maybe a couple centimeters) fades fast.

Smells like bread, a little lemon, and maybe some grass.

Tastes of light lemon, and an herbal astringency which I get throughout. A bit of a pear-like fruitiness, perhaps. The finish leaves me with a lingering dry fruitiness of the said type, with a little bit of bread.

Light-bodied with only medium carbonation, it's pretty easy to drink quickly.

I think this specimen could benefit from some more pronounced yeast and bread notes, but it is nevertheless fairly tasty.

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Photo of drmeto
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose with a really big peppery note and grassy
-light body
-medium carbonation
-faint alcohol warmth
-Reference standard Dortmunder/Export

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Photo of Tapioju
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice, fruity body with some banana, hay and the usual citrus flavors. Needs more character, though, as I was a bit dissapointed over the rather flat aftertaste. Good stuff for your summer picnic, though.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(fairly new-looking bottle on sale for $2! - poured into a Stella goblet)

L: crystal-clear, sunny yellow gold liquid, tall stand of spongy white foam... quite lovely... little in the way head retention or lacing, but its glow is just so sublime

S: wet stone, touch of flowery hops... maybe some fragrant under-ripe banana peel, lemon zest, hint of bubblegum... bit of toastiness in the back... just a fantastic smelling German lager

T: wonderfully clean, dainty yet sturdy malt foundation, lemon shortbread cookie with a bit of leafy bitterness in the finish... aftertaste is lemon oil, wrought iron, and fresh-cut grass... altogether, nicely dry with a little yeast character (subtle sulfur?) left over... almost like a sessionable maibock?

F: light-medium bodied, pillow-soft and curvy flowing through, with just a nip of fizzy tingle... finishes lighter than expected, with very little trace of it left on the palate... would prefer if it finished a little 'wetter', if that makes sense - it IS quite a sedative hush to its dryness

O: probably going back to the store to buy up the rest of these... if you like a great German lager that you could drink a few liters of each day, please do try this!

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Photo of Brandingo
4.84/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If Thor put down his hammer it would be only to raise this beer.

Sensational color, yellow with a touch of haze.
Smells like a freshly washed Swede tumbling in hay.
Tastes like everything you could imagine in perfect blend of grass, hop, malt, bite, crisp linger, and carbonation.
Feels like Jen Selter sat on my face.

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Photo of GrahamDN
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Jahrhundert pours with perfect clarity and a surprisingly bright straw color for a Dort-style. Typically German, the nose has a whiff of DMS-laced malt, showing also flour and bread dough aromas. The flavor picks up some steam with just a touch more crackery malt complexity seasoned with a lightly grassy hop note. A subtle, mouth-watering tang on the sides of the tongue gives way to some gently bracing bitterness on the finish, when the hops take over. It's just a little thin, but there's nice balance between body and carbonation--not so effervescent that the mild flavor of the beer is wiped out.

Would buy again.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A Euro bomber poured into a dimpled beer mug.

Appearance - Yellow color. Hazy. Big, white, foamy head. Cool!

Smell - Sweet. Bananas.

Taste - Fruity. Sweet. Herbal. Slightly sour. Nice.

Mouth - Fine carbonation. Creamy.

Overall - Smooth, tasty, and chugable. My only knock on this beer is that the flavor is maybe a bit too subtle.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very agreeable beer. It pours with a rich golden colour and a bit of head that retreats to the edges of the glass. The nose, is distinct - crackers and malt, with a bit of wet grass. The flavour is classic Bavarian lager - cracker, pepper and a delightful hop finish. Overall, this is an extremely well-crafted beer.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottle date

Look - Pours very light blonde with fluffy white head/ Excellent distribution, very good retention. Good clinging. 4.5 paws.

Smell - Very light, touch of honey, blueberry, and dry biscuit. Honey being the dominant aroma with a tad of grassy hop character. 4 paws.

Taste - Bready biscuit of front with honey on the finish. Slight bit of lingering, steely bitterness that balances nicely with the light malt. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Very light but surprisingly creamy. Most of the tingle at the tip of the tongue. 4.25 paws.

Overall - Nice refreshing beer. My first dortmunder, it reminds me of a lot of European lagers I've had over the years. Nothing especially distinctive, but well executed. 4 paws.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.