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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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very good

726 Ratings

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 40
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001)
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4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into ayinger stange, the way i had it when it was first served to me at the sharp edge, pittsburgh, pa. here's to my 500th review. a trifle to some but a landmark to my vagrant ass.

A- a beer so highly sought after by me and so highly esteemed is more than worthy of my appreciation. if this is an export lager than what the hell do they keep in germany? pours a chill hazed golden amber. more lemony yellow upon inspection. the head is beautiful. european by all means and unquestionably german. does this go without saying? white, rocky, buildable, sturdy, and puffy like a cloud as it rises over the lip of the glass. i've longed to have this on my computer desk to give it an honest to goodness review (as opposed to half drunk in a bar). lacemeister on check, chunky and sticky and everything i seek.

S- crisp pale grainy aroma with lemon and pepper. herbal and grassy and cleaner than the dortmunders i'm accustomed to. straightforward malt sweetness balanced by white lily floral and basil herbal hop notes with a touch of lemony bitterness make for one sick combo.

T- malty sweet, honey and butter, light grains, apple, pear, white grape, reisling, touch of grassy hop flavor is working against the sweet. hard to call it bitter per se, as the bitterness is more expressed in subtle hop flavor- this one showcases malt with hops merely as an accent. all sorts of cereal grain flavors like the sweet little morsels of meusli, bran, rice, barley, oat, and wheat all wrapped up into a cereal bar of a beer with enough flora; and herbal hop bitterness and flavor to keep things under a sublime awning of balance. finishes sweet, dry, hoppy (NOT bitter) and yeasty with a touch of banana. heavenly.

MF- as expected. i mean, after all, we're dealing with reinheitsgebot ass shit and that demands a certain aire of character... nay, a certain guarantee of quality that is-- as it were, encompassing the entire meaning of ingredientiality. respecting the german purity law as i do, i cannot help but be engaged in the balance, the very sincere simplicity of barley and hops and yeast and water that make this beer so great.

D- unashamed, and upon ayinger's nutsack, i plege my allegiance to this brewery. if i ever find myself myself in germany i would probably fall to my knees. drinkability is beyond compare and i glorify this brew as such. hands down my favorite brewery and another stellar offering to hit on par with oktoberfest, weiss, and dunkel. many thanks.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 05:54:04 | More by hustlesworth
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4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And I think to myself . . . what a wonderful beer!!!

Wow. It pours a stunning honeydew with a fluffy egg-white head.
It smells, well, like simplicity itself. Grains, mostly, with the ever so slight hint of hops.
The taste, like the smell, is pure and clean. Flavours of light summer fruits blend into the rich, grainy munich malt. The hops serve as a balancing agent and are largely unoticed.

Ahhhh. There is little to say about a beer of this caliber. It is simply beautiful.
Less reviewin', more drinkin'.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 02:03:16 | More by shbobdb
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4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 03:38:41 | More by DoubleJ
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4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jahrhundert Bier by Brauerei Aying pours a chill hazed amber from a dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Massive head of fine white foam went well over three fingers before turning rocky on the way down to a thick carpet of foam and loads of lacing down the sides of my beer glass.

Nose is of damp sweet barley malt and a light hops. Palate is a full bodied well bittered sweet barley malt.

This beer is one of the best beers that I have yet to run across. Good looks, good to the nose, and very good on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 07:36:44 | More by BeerBob
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4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a style I really need to become more accustomed to. Some of the one's that I've previously had seemed like a watered-down helles. Certainly not the case here! This one's boarding on a great Pilsner.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a frothy white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Earthy-mineral, metallic, grassy & herbal with some underlying, sweet-toffee malt.

T: Nobel hops are upfront (metallic mineral & grass), but then the awesome malt comes into play (toffee, honey & biscuit), then it finishes with pleasant floral & herbal flavours. Bitterness is solid.

M: Moderate body is extremely smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: Truly exceptional.

This seems to have the hopping of a German Pils, with the maltyness of a Helles. Great stuff.

Thanks Bobsy!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 15:40:22 | More by Derek
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4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure white fat head, with pale transparent body. Excellent lacing.
Small is beautiful. Pretty malt aroma. Bready nice and sweet. Small amount of fruit on the nose.
I have found the most wonderful light beer. Perfect soft bitterness with light peachy maltyness. The hop flavor is complex, ranging from floral to spicy, bitterness refined and always smooth.
Light bodied, dry-finishing great beer.

Serving type: bottle

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4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; slightly hazy, straw yellow with a bleached white head. Great creamy foam with endless retention and chunky, ringed lacing.

smell; strong biscuity malts. Very dry and rustic with a hint of sweetness, I could be wrong but I think it is München malt. Dry grasses and hay come to mind. The hops are just a bit lemony but mostly herbal and grassy.

taste; very rustic and mildly sweet malts, leaving a dry hay flavor with a bit of caramel on the palate. Some spicy bitter hops linger in the finish.

mouthfeel; light, refreshing, and crisp. Very advanced carbonation that stings the palate deep and sharp.

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Presentation: Served in pint glass at Sewickley Sharp Edge.

Appearance: Straw color, thick white head, light carbonation, lacing retained through entire drink.

Smell: Very malty, bready, and doughy with faint hop smell

Taste: Medium bodied, malty with a smooth finish. Very nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Nice malt flavor with a balanced, crisp, and dry finish

Notes: Really enjoyed this one. Better beer on draft than in a bottle. Great Dortmunder.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served via gravity at Ayingers in München.

slightly hazy yellow with an unbelieveable white head.

smelled and tasted strongly of breads and cereal grains. very slight hop character.

so damn drinkable. 3 L went down in a hurry.

if there is heavens manna on earth, this is it. everything about this beer is glorious.

Serving type: cask

04-12-2012 13:53:38 | More by bier_uber_alles
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4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into dimpled mug.
A - Color of straw. A bit cloudy. Pure white head. Spotty lacing.
S - Light malt, grassy with notes of lemon.
T - Malty at first with some lemony notes followed by a well balanced, crisp hop finish.
M - Light with excellent carbonation. Finishes very clean.
D - I was in a bad mood when I poured this. I took one sip and I couldn't recall what I was pissed about! Amazingly refreshing, easy to drink, and reasonably priced($2.89!). I could drink this all day. I'm using the remaining half-pint in my mug to wash down some German sausage,sauerkraut and potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

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4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A hazy yellow with at frothy two finger head. Looks just as it should.
S: Some lemon zest and perhaps some other spices and fruits. Very fresh.
T: Off the charts! I get some bready flavors along with a little tartness from what I believe to be lemons. A nice, clean, hoppy taste at the end.
M: A little carbonation, slighty creamy, but finishes crisp and smooth.
D: Very tasty, very easy to drink. I imagine you could throw down quite a few of these in place of your everyday lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 21:27:02 | More by Infamous7100
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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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