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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
89
very good

803 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

There are so many bubbles racing through the body of this beer, you could...I don't know where I'm going with this gag, but there's a lot in this golden straw colored beer. Great frothy head on top that retains well. Good smell too. Its lemon notes are both sour and sweet. Grassy and hay aromas too. Hint of oxidation. I'm psyched for taste this one.

This is one smooth beer and jam-packed with taste. It's impossibe to take a small sip from this beer, I'm taking big gulps. I'm already finished with one-thirds of my beer, and I still don't have any tasting notes yet. The taste dissolves on the palate...malty, lemongrass, bits of hops, lemon tartness, grain. Great balance of the flavors. Spicy notes and a dash a saltiness linger on the palate in the aftertaste.

Wow, this one blew away my expectations to the next county! To its credit, Ayinger Jahrhundert becomes my favorite lager to date, as well as one of the best beers I've ever had. And fortunately for me, it's easily accessable and won't cost me more than $3 a half-liter. Drink and learn fellow BA's, this is what a German helles lager is all about.

DoubleJ, Oct 31, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear straw-yellow color with a huge billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace islands on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of lightly toasted pale malt smell mixed with lots of a biscuit and some caramel smells. Along with these aromas comes some lighter grainy smells as well as a little bit of a grassy aroma

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel and toffee sweeter flavor mixed with a nice doughty taste. As the taste moves from the initial, some light grainy tastes as well as a lighter fruity flavor of both a sweeter apple and pear but also some lighter bitter lemon flavors enters the taste. The sweeter flavors fade ever so slightly as the taste moves on more toward the end, and with some more bitter herbal and grassy hop tastes coming to the tongue, one if left with a moderately crisp and very smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are fantastic for creating the crisp and very easy drinking feel for the brew. This is a superb feel for the flavors.

Overall – A clean and very refreshing brew. This is quite flavorful and very easy drinking with a great crisp taste.

Darkmagus82, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of cavedave
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark straw, finely cloudy to small degree, a finger of white head that kicks back to lasting cap, and hangs for the ride.

Nice bready/crackery malt aroma with just enough sweet,light noble hop spice, and super tasty, even lighter, aroma of lager yeast.

Get out of town, this is delicious. All the clean aromas are bright flavors in a super tasty sip. There are hints of lemony citrus, a nice hit of spicy hops that isn't at all rooty, but the star is a great flavored malt that is just sweet enough to power a sip that ends with just enough of every flavor to give a delicious liinger. Tasty with capital T.

Very clean flavors, beautiful finish that leaves me longing for another quaff, just the right body to be refreshing and also satisfying.

Great beer I so regret never having purchased the countless times it was within my reach. Highly recommended.

cavedave, May 25, 2014
Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 22 May 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear golden color with nice carbonation coming up from the bottom and building into a great foamy white head. Some lacing, but nothing notable.

Smell: Smells somewhat sweet and malty, slight grassy noble hop aromas.

Taste: Magnificently malt-forward with a huge bready sweetness that finishes extremely dry and bitter from the bittering hops. Fantastic Dortmunder.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation makes this one spritzy on the tongue.

Overall: Another great beer from Ayinger and one I would highly recommend to lager lovers everywhere. This is a magnificent beer to emphasize how flavorful lagers can be- the bready bitterness makes this a fantastic beer. Would highly recommend.

Beric, May 25, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

real nice slight fruit smell,nice and clean.Could drink alot of this one somewhat different than the dortmunder gold of Great Lakes Brewing,much more delecate.Liked em both havent had to many dortmunder syles but Iam sure this is a standard.Something to drink when eating a light meal.

oberon, Mar 03, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This bier poured a beautiful, light hazy yellow in color with some light carbonation and a gorgeous, pitting head.

Smell - The grain was terrific at the nose. It is smooth and lightly balanced with traditional German hops.

Taste - The grain is a real winner at the taste. It is sweet and tutty-fruity. The light hop balance from the nose shows up nicely at the tongue. Well done.

Mouthfeel - This one is light to medium-bodied and expertly balanced. The long, sweet finish leaves the drinker begging for more.

Drinkability - This is my idea of a good German lager and makes a great celebratory prost!

Update - I decided to re-review this with a vintage 2005 and found it exactly, and I mean exactly, like I described it in September of 2004. This really is a good standard for the German style.

Update - I sampled an '06 vintage for review. I'd say it leans more towards medim-bodied at this point but otherwise wouldn't change a thing from my original review. Right on!

Update - I sampled a 2011 vintage and this really is a terrific bier. The grain is strong yet incredibly sensual and the hops, usually too light for Americans' taste, are actually quite strong here and create an expertly balanced brew.

RoyalT, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Kappakoosh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Kappakoosh, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a tall Pilsener glass. The abv is listed on the back label (5.5%) but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has an extremely clear and light yellow gold color with tons of bubbly carbonation. From the pour I got a tall white foamy head. This head is light, fluffy and slowly settles down to a light wispy thin covering. On the way down the glass it leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The nose is modest and offers mellow notes of biscuity pale malt with a nice spicy/floral hop backing.

Taste/Palate: It has a light snappy flavor. Its pale bready maltiness is balanced by spicy floral hops that add pleasant bitterness and a very slight sourness. The finish is dry and crisp on a light to moderate palate.

Notes: Overall it's a very good easy drinking beer with excellent balance.

generallee, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw with a lasting lace from the carbonation.

Smell: Herbal and bready in the nose with a hint of lemon.

Taste: A sublime smoothness and a well textured malt mouthfeel cradle the delicate light to medium body. Lot of malt flavour ... grain, touch of husk, bready and a mellow raw honey like sweetness. Just enough hops to balance and not clash with the impressive malt character. A herbal hop flavour and a small amount of residual sweetness make up the finish ... though the hops become more prevelant as the beer drys out.

Notes: First brewed in 1978 in celebration of the 100th anniversary for Brewery Aying, a great choice for this creation. A wonderful malt profile. This beer makes you crave for more ... very appetizing. Went well with some dark rye bread and mild goat cheese.

Jason, Apr 04, 2002
Photo of BeerIsland
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer the first time I tried it and I think it’s still worth a try. I got the current bottle at the German Gourmet in Falls Church. VA., which I visited for the first time this week. If German cuisine is your thing, this is an unbelievable store. In particular, the beer and wine selection is huge. The Jahrhundert pours a yellow straw color with a slight haze to it. There is a very nice malt/hops aroma coming out of the glass. The flavor is well balanced between those components right through the finish. It’s a little spritzier than I’d like but some might find that energizing after a few. Good stuff.

BeerIsland, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed after enjoying a 4 pack that I found at one of the Liquor Barn stores in Louisville, Ky. 11.2 oz brown bottle pours a clear yellow body, similar to apple juice, with two fingers of white head. Active carbonation is evident in the glass. Good head retention and moderate patch lace is left on the glass.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body and is alive with crisp carbonation.
Taste is interesting, with a biscuity and bready sweet malt that is mostly caramel, balanced with a spicy and grassy hops presence. Toasty grain notes are complimented with a breadiness that is almost sourdough in presence. There is an odd, but fleeting, metallic note that is unpleasant, like carbonated corn syrup out of a can, but it is quickly gone. Finishes with a floral and spicy hops bitterness that lingers for several minutes.
Drinkability is very fine. This Ayinger has an interesting complexity for a lager style. This is an excellent session brew. Wish I had purchased another 4 pack.

merlin48, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Byeast
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a mostly clear , yellow / gold color , with a half inch of white head.

Smell: nice maltiness , kind of cookielike , nice grassy and earthy hop , slight hay.

Taste: Medium body full of pale malt flavor , some grains , slight tea like taste , lots of grassy green hop , just a nice balanceing bitterness , finishes with a hint of cookie sweetness and an earthy grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: very smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability: A very drinkable lager that hooks me right in. Love the smoothness , the tasty malt , and the herbal / grassy hop qualities. I feel like im in Bavaria!

Byeast, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Apotheosis
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Apotheosis, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass,very light golden color,nice fluffy white head.Looks very tempting,grainy,slight sweet malty,hint of yeast aroma.A bready,slighty grainy taste,not a lot of hop presence.A light moutnfeel,with just the right amount of bitterness to finish. An execellent session beer. Would really be nice on a hot summer day.

jcdiflorio, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Ayinger 500ml glass.

Pours a very light straw/yellow color with a nice pillowy white head along with some fine lacing. Nose is yeasty and crisp, there's a light hop note that's very delicate.

Taste is very well balanced, it's light and crisp with a nice light hop bite and slightly spicy yeast note on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and full, smooth and a bit sharp. very well done.

kingcrowing, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Janeinma, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Nose: Light malts, bread, some noble hop spiciness, no esters, clean, a little sweetness, no diacetyl, no DMS.
Hazy pale gold, 1” off-white foam collar dissipates to a thin film, leaves delicate lacing, chill haze partially cleans up as the beer warms.
Flavor: malt and hop, melanoidins, rich malt flavors, good balance of malt and hop, touch of malt sweetness followed up by a touch of balancing hop in the after taste, clean, no esters, no diacetyl, hop and malt after taste.
Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy smooth, no warmth, no astringency.

pat61, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Thrasher
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden lager, rising up to a wonderful puffy head. Absolutely delicious. Ayinger does it again. I love this brewery. Clean crisp taste, smooth, flavorful. Ayinger brews (this one included) remind me gently of apples. Complex taste that grows bolder with each sip. Leaves you feeling light as a feather - most beers can make you a bit logy. Disappears from my glass very quickly, too quickly. If it was cheaper I'd probably drink it all the time. Man, if Anheuser Busch could learn how to make a beer like this, they could rule the world. Excellent complement to a weird pineapple chicken dish that I had.

Thrasher, Feb 21, 2002
Photo of BadBadger
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a very fine looking lager. It pours out of the bottle as a wonderrful light golden color. There was a nice foamy off-white head. The smell and taste were somewhat neuatral: neither hoppy or malty. This beer was not bad but it is not something I would search out again.

BadBadger, May 03, 2004
Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $2.99 for 500ML brown bottle single.

"Century Celebration Bavarian Lager" on label.

A: Cloudy yellow, good carbonation. Head quick to expire. Decent lacing.

S: Very interesting Hay like smell or dried grass.

T: Malty with herbal quality finishes dry with alcohol taste.

M: Fuzzy yet smooth.

D: Yes, very drinkable. Finished the bottle in about 5 minutes, wanted more.

Overall: Very satisfying beer indeed.

ShrinerMcBitey, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of gunnerlincoln
4/5  rDev +1.3%

gunnerlincoln, Sep 08, 2014
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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.