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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
89
very good

754 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 41
Gots: 20 | 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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NODAK

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Definitely a toasty, grainy aroma here...there's a hint of hops from the Noble hops as well.

Pours a nice, clear blonde in the glass with a fairly large head that has good staying power.

Taste has a fair amount of toasted barley taste to it upfront. What surprises me is the lack of hoppiness on the finish of this beer. There's only a slight hop bite there, and it's certainly fleeting. With the style, I figured on a bit more of that. A tiny bit of toasted grain hangs around, but not much and not for long; it's a clean beer. Pretty thin though, even for style. Flavors are pretty restrained.

Either way, it's a pretty drinkable and basic German lager. Due to their purity laws that restricts ingredients they can use, a lot of these beers end up tasting somewhat alike. Drinkability doesn't get much better though. I know some people won't like how light the flavors are, though.

12-17-2010 21:21:07 | More by NODAK
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bubseymour

Maryland

1.78/5  rDev -55.1%

First, I'm quite confused how only a 5.5% ABV beer has the alcohol burn of beers >9%? Second, I'm a huge fan of Ayinger's Celebrator and a few others I've sample but this Jahrhundert seems to miss the boat entirely and should be discontinued. The only positive thing I can say about this beer is the head retention continued for the full 12 oz session in my pint glass. The starting head was only 1 finger thick but held. But you drink a beer not stare at it like a piece of art (although I think all of us beer geeks prefer looking at a fine beer in glass over most artwork). Verdict: stay away from this one!

12-16-2010 01:11:54 | More by bubseymour
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DrinkinBoy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier appears a very pale straw yellow. The head is bright white, but pretty light in body. The lacing and retention is average.

The beer is fragrant and easy to smell, but the aromas are generally light (if that makes sense). There are notes of noble hops (like most Euro lager/pils), with some green apple or apple cider notes.

Its taste begins with a slight sweetness; the mid palate is pretty flat. It finishes with a smooth hoppy bitterness. The lingering taste is somewhat sulfuric.

The body is light to medium body, with a good amount of carbonation that pairs well with the beers crispness.

Overall Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier is very sessionable, although the aftertaste is a little odd in flavor. This would seem to be a great transition beer for a person just starting a better beer journey, or anyone who has not had a Dortmunder before.

11-20-2010 05:48:02 | More by DrinkinBoy
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mikeg67

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -27.3%

500 ml bottle. Pours straw with a foamy, white head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is of light floral hops, hay and some bready malt. Fuller body than a look might suggest, quite smooth. Taste is sweet, bready malt in the beginning then light herbal, floral hops kick in overpowering the palate. Long dry finish. This Ayinger I can skip next time.

11-17-2010 20:17:59 | More by mikeg67
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SolomonGrundy

California

2.8/5  rDev -29.3%

This is scaring me JUUUST a little...Pours a SUPER-DUPER pale yellow - like Bud Light level pale lemon yellow. Like sun-bleached straw. Didn't form a real head like I'd expect a German lager to, either. Middling on the carbonation, and little lacing, if any. Aromas are, strikingly, vgery malty and lager-ish. Big surprise there, right? Some sweetness in the nose portends something hopefully better than our BMC adjunct crap, but I'm not sure...Flavor is weird and, unfortunately, not all that good. Very German and lagerish, but any robustness hits you quick and then immediately backpedals, kind of like a Lennox Lewis fight in the first couple rounds. The flavor evolves into a thin middle that carries some lager-yeast qualities, then fades into a thinner finish that has some slight hop bitterness, but disappears into its corner, wondering how the whole fight ended so quickly. This is not good beer, and I'm disappointed that they'd put such an ambitious name on such a low rate lager. Not super cheap, not super expensive. I would not suggest trying this if you like Ayinger beers because it'll just piss you off rather than up.

What I like most: The aroma that HINTS that something decent might be coming.

What I like least: Everything else.

Verdict: Really poor effort and not worth trying.

11-13-2010 05:15:05 | More by SolomonGrundy
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -13.4%

A: Poured into a footed Pilsner glass of sorts, this beer is extremely pale and golden with a bright white head. Bright golden though not perfectly clear, the haze adds to the pale effect. The head has a very nice texture, but does not linger and only leaves spotty lace. 3.5

S: Pale Malt smells, mild hops and a very slight metallic aroma are the first things noticed. A deeper investigation reveals some slight skunking, and a little spiciness. 3.5

T: Similar to the smell. It's thin, but refreshing. I get a good bit of sour in here though, and again, the skunking. There's not much too this beer. Not much good, not much bad, just not much. 3

M: Thinner, but again, refreshing 4

D: 4

11-11-2010 17:05:39 | More by mdwalsh
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Chincino

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

This beer was a clear light golden yellow color with a fair amount of carbonation. The aroma was pleasant and not overpowering. It had a slight citrus scent. The taste was very crisp, clean, and highly drinkable. It is smooth to drink. I would drink this beer again, but it is not one of my favorite lagers.

11-08-2010 04:15:49 | More by Chincino
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.2%

The white two-finger head is filled with large bubbles and rapidly dissolves to a half-inch high, leaving some tracks behind on the sides.

A light straw-colored yellow, the beer is exceedingly clear, with enough carbonation rising from the bottom to keep the head replenished.

The smell of mineral water and a bit of flowery hops greets the nose, with a hint of citric sourness. A good mouthful confirms the mineral flavors and musty old aftertaste, which may be from the hops, the light malts or the water. May be an old bottle, or altered by lack of good temperature management in shipping or storage.

Not my favorite style of beer, but drinkable.

11-08-2010 01:16:50 | More by tubacharlie
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emsroth

New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

500ml bottle

App: Pale golden to straw in color. Frothy white head with decent density. Nice lacing for a lager.

Smell: A wonderful lager smell. Some fruitiness, some floral (clover), a bit of earthiness, but it's all clean and well rounded. All with malt and a hint of alcohol below.

Taste: A firm malty body. Notes of honey and cereal grains, definitely worthy of export. Rounded out in the perfect german way with a touch of herbal, spicy hops. The hops certainly take a back seat in this brew, and their minimal presence feels rather appropriate.

As said above, strong malty body worthy of export.

11-04-2010 05:36:42 | More by emsroth
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claybeer

Oklahoma

2.68/5  rDev -32.3%

Another light, clear, barely yellow beer. The head is just a thin white sheet over the top. The nose is crisp, tart, pilsner-like and extremely light. It taste a little sour with some skunkieness. Not my style beer and a little unpleasant. Not much of a finish and what is there is not that desirable. Just not a lot to say about this experience. Maybe I got a bad bottle. I'll have to give it another try at a later date?

11-01-2010 18:38:16 | More by claybeer
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

A-Golden...nice clarity and nice white fluffy head

S-Very bready and malty with some lemongrass

T-Nice malt forward lager with a herbal/grassy hop presence...Bready and malty with a nice light hop finish.

M-Perfect...crisp...clean....tight...

D-I just saw this on the shelves and figured it would be fresh and it was....tasty, tasty lager...

10-31-2010 16:54:02 | More by ZAP
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Schneic8

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Nice golden color that you can see through. Good carbonation with bubbles, and a strong thick head. Visually, very appealing.

Smell: Not a strong scent, but sweet. Very little sign of alcohol.

Taste: Smooth taste that is crisp and clean. Slightly bitter, that is refreshing. Slight citrus/fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is not too strong and has a slight prickly feel. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: A refreshing beer that goes down smooth. It is easy to drink. I was expecting something a little more complex but very good overall. I would drink again.

10-27-2010 22:09:58 | More by Schneic8
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FosterJM

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

10th review on BA
Bottle poured into Sapporo Flute

App- Straw yellow, very clear, very carbonated, poured how you imagine a beer to look if it was perfect, bubbles, 3 finger cloudy white head. Very slow to dissapate with very little lacing.

Smell- Very nice indeed. Little citrus, little grain, little smell. Nothing that overpowered.

Taste- Great beer to me. So smooth. I've reviewed a couple Ayinger and they don't dissapoint. Crispness to the taste with a very pleasant finish.

Mouth- No real aftertaste, drank like a 5.5. Little thin but it was good.

Drink- In the words of Chip Diller, "Thank You Sir, May I have another"

10-21-2010 04:42:50 | More by FosterJM
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

From a 16.9 oz. bottle with no date, poured in a pilsner glass.

This is a very appealing looking beer with a clear, straw-yellow color and a big white head that left quite a bit of lacing at first which later diminished. Aroma was mainly of hops, maybe with some slight fruitiness I couldn't quite place. Not an overly strong smell.

Taste was moderately bitter; I was expecting more of a malt balance based on other reviews, but I didn't get that in this example. Mouthfeel was crisp and left a moderate bitterness.

This beer reminded me of a German pilsner, but maybe that's due to my lack of experience in the styles. I'd like to try another one in the future.

10-20-2010 02:27:57 | More by sommersb
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

A-light gold, lots of white head

S-sweet honey and wheat, not strong of a scent but there are hints of banana in there. nice for a lager

T-hmmm very interesting. basically tastes like a very sweet lager with a pleasant sweet after-taste. banana is taste is there as well.

M-medium carbonation, nice creamy finish, just perfect!

D-it needs to come in the 16oz. bottle because nothing less would be satisfying. it goes down so easily and satisfying!

10-18-2010 01:07:43 | More by AdamBear
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +3%

Pours a transparent golden yellow color with a tall white head. The head is tall enough that it gets in your nose a little when you take the first sip, thats a good sign for a great beer. Smells refreshingly hoppy, i can smell some citrus and yeast in there too. The taste is similar, light fresh hops, a little grain, taste is definitely one of the strongest suites. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Overall, its a great lager, something I would consider drinking again.

10-16-2010 20:12:30 | More by gkunkle
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WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

.5 liter undated bottle from Oliver T's in Grand Blanc

a - pours a bright amber color with only a very slight haze, huge frothy white head with good retention and lacing, tons of small bubbles continuously rise, almost champagne like

s - crisp and clean graininess, earthy and lemony hops, light banana and bread, no sign of alcohol

t - once again, crisp and clean grains shine with a really nice lemon hop presence in the midpallet, dry earthy hop finish with more grain, light notes of caramel malt, but still pretty dry, no alcohol presence

m - light-bodied (but not too thin), higher carbonation, crisp dry finish, no alcohol warming

d - very refreshing and drinkable, the flavors are fresh and crisp and moderately complex, points for only being $2.19 for a .5 liter as well making this a great value, could drink several bottles of this easily

Really good German lager here, and a cheap one at that. I think this just found a regular spot in my beer fridge.

10-15-2010 21:01:50 | More by WeisGuy
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Notes from 10/09/2010:

16.9 oz. bottle at 42* into a dimpled mug.

A: It pours a clear yellow color with 3 full fingers of dry, fluffy head.

S: It features lemon, spicy yeast, and a bit of breadiness.

T: It's lemony, with some spicyness, banana, clove, and a bready finish.

M: The finish is light, a bit prickly, and refreshing.

D: As a beginner to the style, I'd say this balances somewhere between a hefeweizen and saison. Fantastic beer.

10-14-2010 04:33:23 | More by bucklemyshoe
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DoppleJock

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

10/11/2010
500ml bottle poured into a 0.3L Stiegl flute.

A: Poured nicely with a light 2-finger head. Pale straw. High clarity. Decent carbonation.

S: Light hops, yeast, and citrus.

T: Very "grapey," similar to a Kölsch. Mild biscuits.

M: Crisp with a dry finish.

D: A refreshing beer from Ayinger. Solid dortmunder.

10-11-2010 23:54:51 | More by DoppleJock
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier

Appearance: Yellow-orange, large head, lacing.

Smell: Grains, malts, and slight yeast, hops, and citrus.

Taste: Graints, malts, subtle yeast, and very light hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

Overall:
A decent lager. It has good balance and goes down smooth.

10-09-2010 05:14:23 | More by megahurts4
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: Poured into my Dirty John's pilsner glass. The color is a light straw. Two fingers of dense white head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Crisp and light barnyard malts with a little hop bitterness. Very true to style.

Taste: Follows the smell. Lots of crisp barnyard/grassy malts and a nice hop bite. Introduced in the flavor are hints of lemon citrus and honey for added sweetness.

Drinkability: Very straightforward, but not exactly something I expect a brewer to make for a centenary celebration. Though I was hoping for something bolder and more complex, Jahrhundert-Bier is a good brew.

10-06-2010 03:35:51 | More by TheQuietMan22
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gtn80

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Almost no aroma, nothing noticeable.

Beautiful head that lingered throughout the glass.

Crisp, fruity flavor. Wonderful finish that is tart and clean on the tongue.

Almost no hop bitterness, but hop flavor is clear and present.

09-27-2010 14:11:34 | More by gtn80
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cetherid

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

poured into a pint glass

A.

a very pale gold color. a nice thick frothy white head.

S.

a grainy malt smell...crisp and clean. no really strong smells.

T.

Not what I expected. similar to a dunkel. very sweet malts. hints of fruit in there. I was expecting more of a pilsner taste to it. a slight bitterness from the hops at the end. very good tasting beer. was expecting something weak because of the smell.

M.

lightbodied, but not too thin. perfect cabonation. not sure what alcohol content is of this however.

D.

very high. A light bodied brew with very good flavor. would love to have this in a big german krug.

09-19-2010 20:31:24 | More by cetherid
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a pale gold color with plenty of white bubbly head. head evaporates at a fairly steady pace, leaving very little lacing on the glass but eventually settling down to about a finger of head.

Scent is grainy.

Taste is also grainy, with a honey sweetness near the end. Also minor hop bitterness near the end. Minor grassy and floral flavor throughout. Sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

True to style, but I think I enjoyed their other brews I have tried more. Good summer/grass cutting beverage.

09-17-2010 00:57:51 | More by Seanstoppable
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

A - clear light golden, solid 2 fingers of white head dissipated to a thick retained covering with sticky a nice lace
S - grainy biscuity malt and herbal hops, nothing fancy
T - a great malt flavour of sweet bready grains, the hop flavour is herbal, very crisp flavours
M - full carbonation, a smooth start that moves to a dry yet savoury fullness that leaves you craving more
D - very classic bavarian beer flavours with a nice feature of maltiness, the dry crispy finish leaves me craving more, a very chugable brew

09-15-2010 03:33:05 | More by joemcgrath27
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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