Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
89
very good

809 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 43
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml brown glass BOTTLE with classy iconic label design and a colorful pry-off pressure cap acquired at an Austin, TX bottle shop and served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery, which I adore.

No bubble show forms as it's poured. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

HEAD: Five fingers wide. Beige colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Good frothiness. Even and consistent. Retention is superb - about 10 minutes. Leaves a light thin coating on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Appears soft.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow of average vibrance. You can read text through this beer it's so clear. It's clearly filtered, and lacks the strength of colour observed in other Ayinger beers. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's admittedly not much to look at, but I'm optimistic given the brewery.

AROMA: Soft pilsner malts, flaked wheat, clean crisp barley, Munich malts, mild pleasant floral hop character, a light hint of bread, a kiss of banana, and just enough malty sweetness. Seems balanced.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

I'm cautious of the malty sweetness - which almost borders on buttery - and I do pick up on some extract lager-esque graininess. Not at all things I expected from an Ayinger beer. But I'm optimistic; it's pleasant enough. Average intensity.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The malty sweetness does bother me, as does the graininess. Coupled with the artificial sleek smoothness of the texture, this winds up tasting shockingly cheap - not only for an Ayinger beer, but compared to many American attempts at the style. Did I get a bad bottle?

The base of the beer is comprised of Munich malts, clean barley, a bit of flaked wheat, and a light breadiness. There's a hint of diacetyl off-character and a hint of honey. I like that it's clean and refreshing, but the flavour just isn't there for me, nor is the balance. Ultimately, it's a pretty generic lager build with no exciting characteristics or unique properties. I never thought Ayinger would disappoint...

It's wet, light-bodied, and a bit too thick. Nicely soft. The texture is no special companion to the taste, but there're no egregious problems with it. It's just underwhelming.

Has a mild but pleasant floral hop character. Average duration, depth, and intensity of flavour. By no means a complex or subtly executed brew.

OVERALL: Easy to drink, but that's about the best thing I can say about it. I've long been a champion of the quality of Ayinger's beers, but this is one I wouldn't buy again - even at German prices. Perhaps they should stick to their bread and butter - wheat beers. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I'll enjoy quaffing the glass. Definitely Ayinger's worst work. Not sure what went wrong here.

C

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-light gold with a thick white head. The head settles down and leaves some nice sticky lacing. The aroma is clean and crisp, with notes of light bread and noble hops. The taste is equally crisp, with both qualities of the aroma balancing each other quite well. The body is both light and full, with a little carbonation and a nice crisp finish. An excellent lager.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.8/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

this beer was recommended by a customer at a large store in Boulder Colorado. he had 8 of them in his basket so I suspected something was up and ask him his reply was that he felt it was one of the best Czech pilsners in the world. that's the kind of tip you go with and I did nice 4.0 well done

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.28/5  rDev -17.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.92/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Translucent pale gold, rather ugly color. Beautiful white, lingering head. Lots of carb, medium body, smooth and silky. Malt and raisins, toffee, caramel. Really nice malt and raisin linger in the mouth, really excellent. A slight dryness balances the sweetness. This is a really well done malty light beer, and actually feels very heavy for a 5% lager.

Overall excellent and unique. Will definitely purchase again.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.