Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 46
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001

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Ratings: 853 | Reviews: 486
Reviews by electricfields:
Photo of electricfields
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden yellow with a fizzy, but fairly stable head that leaves a bit of lacing. Bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S: Fruit and honey with a bit of spice and a slight hint of hops.

T: Light, fruity, sort of reminiscent of apple sauce with with just the right amount of cinnamon in it, with a light hop bite keeping the sweetness in check. This is a damn tasty beer.

M: Light, but not too light. The carbonation is perfect and the consistency is pleasant.

D: Was down the glass before I knew it. And it tastes great, too! Definitely deserving of a 5 here. So drinkable I barely noticed it was so easy to drink until I was wondering where the hell all the beer in my glass went. This is one of the best summer beers I've ever tried.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Beric
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Byeast
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of BadBadger
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz Bottle with typical Ayinger labeling. Into a new DFH pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden with a one finger head of white bubbles. Head fades to a covering and leaves spotty lacing. Gentle carb streams.

Smells of fruits. Apple mostly, sweet raisin. Very similar to their dunkelweizen.

Tastes like a helles combined with a dunkel. You have a malt up front, followed by the apple and fruit flavors, which fade to the helles lemony and slightly bitter hop finish.

Nice gentle tickling from carbonation and a slightly wet feel.

Fairly drinkable, although a little more robust and heavier than a regular lager.

Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale straw color, clearish, and a nice 1/2 inch frothy head that leaves crystalline spidery lacing. Crisp nose, hoppy with generous amounts of mown hay. Very smooth malt impression, fresh nuts and honey with a sense of lightly toasted grain. Lower carbonation than I expected, lends a creamy mouthfeel. Decent hop steeping near the finish provides a nice crispness, but overall, I give this concoction marks on the malt side. Just a very pleasant beer, one that I can imagine drinking in quantity in the warmer months. Thanks to the guys at 1st Grand Ave. Liquors for selling me one of four preview bottles.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight haze going on with a yellow straw color light golden with a nice sized well retained white head, lacing is nice and evenly scattered big webbed patterns. Aroma: Some very gentle but evident hoppiness going on along with a signature grainy. Taste: Crisp smooth and refreshing describe this Jahrhundert - Bier or Hundred Year Beer, a creamy sweetness very flavorful when compared to other beers that pour this light in color, the bitterness is tame but balances the beer so well with the no flavors dominating here, very nice. Mouthfeel: It's not light bodied believe it or not nice mouthfeel with a slow even carbonation. Drinkability: Is superb for any German lager fan, this one hit's the spot after a stressful day with two exams.

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a straw color with a two-finger white head. The head slowly dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with hints of sulfur and light floral and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet pilsner malt flavors up front are joined by hints of herbal hops midway through the sip that carry through to a solidly bitter finish. As it warms very light amounts of light fruit flavors make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could have another.

Overall I have to say that I'm not terribly experienced with this style but I was a fan of what I tasted. Crisp flavors and nothing was out of place. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial flute)

A- This beer has a golden yellow crystal clear body with a snow white head made up of thick soft peaks. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles popping up to the surface.

S- The soft dry pale malt aroma has a honey malt hint that turns into hominy as the beer warms. There is a soft green noble hop note with a light sulfur hint in the finish.

T- This beer has a crisp clean taste with a light pale malt hint and a green noble snap that still remains mellow. A smooth taste of hop bitterness lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight full texture on the tongue when the head is still around. There is a tight little fizz in the finish.

D- This light smooth beer has a nice flavor but the aroma is a little strange. There is good depth to the flavor and the sulfur qualities are reserved letting the malt and hops come through.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 17 oz bottle into a pilsner glass, opened with the BA bottle opener

A- straw yellow, crystal clear with a big white head tons of lacing and a good strong carbination

S- hops with some citrus overtones very nice

T- Clean upfront with a stronger hop profile as the beir warms a bit dry in the finish.

M- balanced straight on for the style

D- a highly drinkable offering refreshing yet leaves the mouth a bit dryer than one would expect from the syle. All in all a tremendous beer.

Notes- a very very good beir that I would have again , yet it is not the wiehenstephaner which is the finest example of the syle

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.