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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Jahrhundert BierAyinger Jahrhundert Bier

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very good

701 Ratings

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%

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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Photo of chriscolby


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light in color, almost Budweiser light. Lightly malty aroma. (My bottle is a bit oxidized, but it is fairly old.) Grainy malt flavor with very light, noble hops. Hops are most prevalent in the aftertaste. Has a "minerally" taste, indicative of hard brewing water, to me. Moderately full mouthfeel with a spritizy, lively edge.

A nice helles.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 03:39:34 | More by chriscolby
Photo of Zorro


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear yellow brew.

Smell is big chewy grains and biscuits, notable yeast scent. Mild fruitiness in the scent.

Taste is mildly sweet and surprisingly fruity, similar to the flavor of an Alt Bier. Mild amount of maltiness and abundant grain flavor finished with just the right amount of hops. A superior lager.

Mouthfeel is quite good for a lager.

Superior Drinkability balances all the flavor components well. Probably one of the top 3 lagers in the world.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 01:40:41 | More by Zorro
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow colour and is quite cloudy. Has a nice snow white head and laces ones glass nicely. The smell is quite strong and very impressive. Very bread like and a bit sweet with the tiniest hint of cloves and an even smaller hint of citrus. I'm very impressed with the smell of this one.
The taste is excellent, as well. Fairly light in body, it has a crisp finish without "stinging" like Sprite. A bit of a bitter finish, the initial taste is distantly similar to the multitude of wheat beers Ayinger seems to produce so much of.
Overall, I was thoughly impressed with this one and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 19:03:07 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of maxpower


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden in color with a huge white head that lasts, nice lacing. Bready, grainy and flowery aromas, starts sweet and bready with nice balanced hop bitterness, light bodied, good crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean with some lemon flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 01:01:41 | More by maxpower
Photo of BadBadger

New York

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 11:48:57 | More by BadBadger
Photo of Sixpack595


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow straw color with a moderate head that quickly recedes leaving a minimal lacing. Aroma is weak, but malt and a touch of hops are noticable. Flavor is sweet, bready malts and a touch of barely there noble hops. Body is surprisingly full, not going to pass itself off as "liquid bread", but it is heavier than I expected from the light color, flavor, and aroma. A good summer beer if you want something light yet malty, however there are better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 22:18:40 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of bgcookie


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head was glorious, a thick white mass that lingered and laced the glass. The light crystal clear straw color was brilliant. It made my mouth water just pouring it.

The aroma was all about the malt, sweet to be exact. The hop aroma was ever so slight and balanced out the package nicely. The carbonation was medium as was the body. This beer was well balanced between the malt in the front and there were enough hops to clean the palate.

This beer is a great answer to the pilsners of the world. I really enjoyed this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 01:41:43 | More by bgcookie
Photo of Hhawk06


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A "century celebration bavarian lager".

It poured almost completely transparent, a very faint straw gold color. Doesn't look like much. However, the head is heavenly, huge and cloud-like with great staying power and lace. Fabulous. It smells a tad malty and fruity (cranberry?)
The taste is crisp, clean, and impeccably balanced. Its very light, with a slightly clove-ish and lemon presence. The aftertaste is very quenching with an ever so subtle hop bitterness sticking to the back of the palate. Pleasantly surprised, great brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 00:40:28 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of surfmeister


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellow, firm white, frothy head with impressive staying power
Smell: great malt nose, a hint of hop spice
Taste: bready, malt start with firm hop presence, almost pilsner-like on the Munich/Dortmunder/Pilsner scale, clean, dry finish
Mouthfeel: full, frothy, slightly piquant
Drinkability: Like many of the other fine German lagers, pull up a seat, listen to the oompah band and stay awhile

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 18:21:58 | More by surfmeister
Photo of genaro


3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color was very light, clear gold topped by a big creamy head. The lace was good. The aroma was malty, with some citrus and yeast elements. The taste was slightly bitter-sweet and a little grainy with some citrus (lemon). The finish was dry and citrusy with a little sweetness. A good beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 01:54:28 | More by genaro
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick white head. The aroma is refreshing with a malty touch; not bad. The taste is good. It has a bit of pale malt and bitter hop flavor. It finishes dry, but manages to please. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks decent; a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 22:03:25 | More by WesWes
Photo of daledeee


3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Made a mistake. Thought I was buying the Weiss beer.

Pours a very nice head with yellow colored body. Nose is yeasty.
A little more hoppy and bitter than the weiss beer. The aftertaste is very strong on this beer. A funny blend of hops and malt. Maybe I can get used to it over time. Not as smooth as other Germans I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 02:17:20 | More by daledeee
Photo of Mitchster


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly cloudy pale golden brew forms a poofy, meringue, snow white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. The head is sticky and thick with a densely soapy whipped consistency, forming one of the most beautiful looking brews I've ever had. Milky with just a hint of opacity. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is delicate with a distant sweetness...grassiness, husken malts, pale grains, lightly perfumy hops all contribute to a nice, bready, satisfying nose. Mouthfeel is full, bright and crisp, with a smooth, lingering aftertaste. Medium-light in body. Taste is of the highest quality...perfectly balanced contributions of the above noted tastes and aromas..the water is clean and fresh, and the finish is bready with just a hint of cookie-like sweetness. It reminds me of mixing a Steinlager or Harp with 33% hefe-weizen. The only fault in this otherwise very good brew is an off-putting metallic ring about halfway through, with a bit of skunk.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 01:40:13 | More by Mitchster
Photo of avylover


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this for christmas from a beer knowledgeable uncle in law..the most interesting gift so far it looks like.

Pours out a cloudy light yellow with a nice big white head. Looks like a hefe. Aroma of lemons and grain, nothing to strong or overwhelming. This beer is very clean tasting. There is a strong lemon taste, and not really much else I can put my finger on. Not too different than a corona with lime (Sacrelige!). Good full mouthfeel while remaining refreshing. Very easy to drink, this would make a great session brew. "Half pilsner half hefe" pretty much sums up this beer. Good, but nothing to celebrate over as the name suggests.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 23:41:57 | More by avylover
Photo of BierManVA


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Pours a beautiful light golden with and excellent whip cream like head w/retension and lace.

Taste has a slight plesant bite indicative of a good lager/pilsner. Pleasant aftertaste of pink grapefruit. Quite nice.

I could definately knock back a few of these. Next time I am in Germany, I will be looking for this on-tap.

Very good.


Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 21:21:57 | More by BierManVA
Photo of marburg


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Pretty impressive for a light-ish lager style beer. Immensely refreshing. Has more a witbier appearance, really -- very light golden yellow with a very light whitening haze and a dense, lightning white head.

Lemon zest and angel food cake aroma. Incredibly smooth on the tongue. Effervescent and light, but solid in terms of flavor -- malty sweetness underscored by fresh honey and little bits of lemon, or perhaps lemon-scented herbs. Not particularly hoppy, but I don't think that trait would suit this beer particularily well.

Very pleasant, and one of the most refreshing brews I've had in a while. Pairs pretty well with salad and/or chicken too.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 14:33:28 | More by marburg
Photo of marcobrau


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A surprisingly hazy, but a rather tasty example of a German helles beer. A hazy pale yellow lager with an astonishing crispness: like drinking fresh air. A very neutral aroma that could be considered malty. The malt and hops are balanced and the finish lightly dry, but the hops are not at all assertive in the way of other German pilsners. Light in color and body without being boring. This is a very straightforward incredibly crisp tasting lager that is very drinkable and desirable, if for nothing else, its remarkable fresh and firm maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 04:17:51 | More by marcobrau
Photo of au1sec


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with the coolest cap I've ever seen. "Century Celebration Bavarian Lager", no discernable freshness date. I was surprised when I poured at how hazy it is...looks like a wheat beer instead of a lager. Nice big foamy head, and a potent aroma...grainy, sweet, citrusy hops. Tastes like it smells, highly carbonated, and very smooth. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 01:27:33 | More by au1sec
Photo of putnam


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy gold. Smells like wet pine cone dipped in honey.
Woody, stemmy tannins provide a foundation for blazingly bright tangerine peel and lime fruit. Broad, alcohol-driven texture. Notes of reduction (cherry pits), nectarine, peach and tropical fruit liqueur decorate the long, bitter finish.
A soft, low-acid beer with enough bitterness to keep it very well balanced. Quite viscous and chewy in texture without ever clogging up the senses.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 22:12:20 | More by putnam
Photo of rkhaze


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy straw yellow with a big foamy white head that left good lacing. A nice abundance of carbonation bubbles that would make Champagne proud.
It had a fresh, sweet, bready malt and citrusy hop aroma.
The taste mimicked the aroma. Malty, fresh, crisp and clean with a mild lemony tinge and pleasant hop bitterness
Light to medium bodied with tongue tingling carbonation.
Easy drinking and refreshing.
A nice version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 00:53:35 | More by rkhaze
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 20:39:49 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Bighuge


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light golden appearance. Big fluffy white head that retains nicely. Aroma is very pleasing. Soft pilsner malts. Flowery boquet of hop flowers. And a little sun baked hay. Body is about medium with a good dose of carbonation. Taste is herbal, grassy, malty in a bohemian kind of way, and also appropriately bitter for the style. Nice combination. Enjoyable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 22:47:11 | More by Bighuge
Photo of garymuchow


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

Light overall aroma that's made up of a light, sweet watery and slightly grainy malt, with a small amount of hops backing. Clear, light yellow/gold with a watery look to it. Medium sized white fizzy head that subsides to a ring around the edge. Flavor is a mix of a malt base (grainy quality), but with hop bitterness present and firm (a little strong for style, Helles). Long dry and bitter finish that is also rather crisp leaving a thirst quenching quality. Fairly carbonated, which keeps it feeling heavier that it is, but also adds some fluffiness. Develops some smoothness in time. I was hoping for better. This is a beer that seems readily available, but not as good as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 03:22:38 | More by garymuchow
Photo of TripelJ


3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Ayinger Jahrundert Bier

This beer pours a huge head of big bubbles quickly filling my 'weisse-pilsner' glass. Head recedes with good lacing and a clumpy appearance on the surface. Color is of straw or hay, very pale, with medium clarity. Aroma is sweet and citrusy and a little pungent. Taste is sweet citrus with a smooth hoppy finish. Very light and balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 00:51:56 | More by TripelJ
Photo of sparkydoyle


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light straw color , and appeared clear with light to moderate carbonation. Creamy head dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacework on the glass.

Excellent lager nose--tawny with a little fruit, leads to an exciting palate of flavors. Complex palate offers an interesting display of yeasty flavor notes including vanilla, cinnamon and apples, along with a variety of grain notes. Very light on hops, at the finish. My favorite lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 12:04:27 | More by sparkydoyle
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.