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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Jahrhundert BierAyinger Jahrhundert Bier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

700 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 700
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%


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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TheDM

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a very large white head of fine to medium sized bubbles that was mostly lasting and a cloudy wheat yellow body. With a mild hoppy aroma and the flavor of fizzy banana and hops, this beer goes down smoothly with a slight bite to its finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 18:17:03 | More by TheDM
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jcalabre

California

2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this at a Bavarian beer tasting at Hi Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA on 26 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. For me, there was nothing about this beer that stood out. It wasn't bad, but I certainly wasn't impressed by it. It was rather bland

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 04:06:25 | More by jcalabre
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml slender brown glass bottle. Typically German with a neck, main and a back label. The name of the beer speaks for itself, even if your German is rusty. Described on the label as “Century Celebration Bavarian Lager”. Whilst it has no best before date, or strength, it does have one of the most attractive and colorful crown caps that I have ever seen.

Appearance: Light straw color with exceptional clarity. Massive white frothy head sits atop all of this at first. The pure white head slowly settles, lacing finely as it goes, it finally settles to a stable ¼”-½” thick. A rather masterful, definitely Germanic looking Lager. Lowish carbonation, but an impressive looker nonetheless.

Nose: Extremely clean, crisp, fresh nose that peaks with light grains and the odor of freshly baked bread ripped apart to reveal all its doughy aspects.

Taste: Quite a spectrum of flavors; starts malty with a grain aspect; the party is soon crashed by feint banana and cloves, hops, bitterness mixed with wild herbs. It’s all in there somewhere but somehow it balances extremely well, and remains crisp, clean and refreshing. The finish has a sweetness that coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Substantial given the light appearance of the body. Very crisp, complex, clean lines. Dry and sweet, solid but light. This is a great drinking Lager that has a really good mouthfeel that never overpowers or underplays itself.

Drinkability: No problems with this beauty! Highly appealing to all of the senses, great thirst quenching qualities mixed with fresh crisp hop and malt flavors that blend together well. Easily imbibed in great quantities!

Overall: A very good quality lager, imported by Merchant du Vin I have just noted, $1.99 for the bottle was not too bad for this high quality Helles Bier I thought. Makes a great, thirst quencher, and a very refreshing lager for a very warm night.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 04:52:48 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear in color-very clean and pure looking to the eye.Simple grain notes on the nose. In the mouth the beer shows alot of grain and an almost meaty/earthy like flavor that makes me yearn for veal sausage? Slight hint of cream corn mid-palate. A rather grain driven offering, with some melon chiming in on the finish-canteloupe? An interesting, refreshing lager that I would be happy to serve with my next encased meat sandwich-mustard only!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 17:55:08 | More by moulefrite
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MJR

Missouri

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

Appearance: Pours an exceptionally pale gold with brilliant clarity. A pure white head starts thick and holds well at a thin cap. Lots of carbonation bubbles steadily fight their way to the surface.

Smell: Very fresh and clean aroma that's almost all malt. Freshly cut hay and a faint touch of baked bread rule the aroma. Tiny hint of sweetness...

Taste: Starts out malty with lots of freshly mown hay and bready yeast. Mid-palate, a slight bitterness and herbal hops appear. Flip-flops back to the malt on the finish, with a crisp and clean maltiness. Ends with a hint of residual honey-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp with a light body. Finishes very clean...

Drinkability: Good stuff here. Highly drinkable and superbly crafted.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 19:19:21 | More by MJR
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beerguy101

California

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light gold color. Large head. Aroma is floral and malty. A medium bodied dortmunder. Kind of malty, also not a lot of banana and clove flavor. Not very hoppy. Light and flavorful. Crisp and slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 09:22:35 | More by beerguy101
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 08:39:45 | More by ADR
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jackndan

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier, Century Celebration Bavarian Lager: a huge white head on this bier, at least an inch and a half over the lip of the glass, and it is extremely long lasting. It pours a very clear and pale golden color.

The aroma is fairly light, with a hint of skunk, and a bare minimum of citrus as well.

The taste is exceptionally light, actually while it is nice and refreshing, I am struggling to detect much more than that. I can sense some malt taste, and a crisp snap of hops.

Very light bodied, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 16:09:00 | More by jackndan
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aracauna

Georgia

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

Not a bad golden lager by any shot. I'd say this probably ranks for the style of golden lagers excludng pilsners up with the Max Lagers Reserve Lager. There's not a lot of hops going on, but there is a maltiness that is pleasant and lightly sweet. The body is probably on the darker end of the golden style, but the carbonation was plentiful, but not overbearing. A nicely crafted lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 21:18:14 | More by aracauna
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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

The straw/pale golden body with a big pure white foamy head is a one-of-a-kind, in a league of its own. I drank the first one too fast to notice the lace, so I popped open another and noticed some sticky lace. The floral hop and lightly roasted malt lasts a good long time. The lightly roasted malt is heavier than it appears and possesses a pleasing sweetness. A bountiful sharp-edged bitterness is lightly tempered with caramel notes. A faint note of vanilla is detected. Balances slightly, although the hoppiness remains dominant. Hmmm, grilled bratwurst would hit the spot right about now!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 19:13:28 | More by BeerResearcher
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew poured a large white long lasting head. The lacing was not very good on the sides of my mug. This brew had a yellow body to it and a cloudy appearance. It had a fruity aroma to it. It was very bitter tasting in my opinion which isn't a taste that I enjoy all that much. An aftertaste was also observed.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 06:34:47 | More by hotstuff
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BierReise

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't enjoy this as much as the Weisse from Ayinger but the Lagers are not one of my favorite styles. Nonetheless, this is what I can say is a classic German lager. It is a refreshing beer. Clean, malty and fresh just like the description. Reminded me instantly of some of the beer I had in Duesseldorf a couple years ago. Has that German taste to it. I don't know how else to describe it but I would drink it again. Not a dissapointment

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2003 13:33:59 | More by BierReise
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Scooter77

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I was expecting a little bit more out of this one especially, since it’s their anniversary beer. It just didn’t have that OOMPH!, that I thought it would. It pours a cloudy yellow/gold color with a medium sized, fluffy white head. Head retention is good and leaves a sticky lace. Aromas are of mild hops with some undertones of yeast bread. The taste was a mixture of fresh baked bread, citrus fruit, and earthy hops. There was a bit of a bitter aftertaste left in my mouth. I don’t know if I got a bad bottle or what, but this one just didn’t knock my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 04:15:50 | More by Scooter77
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fattyre

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy(some particulates) yellow-orange color with a large very bubbly disappating white head. The mouthfeel is slightly rounded and effervescent. The smell is rich, almost(but not quite) smoky. The taste is round malty with a sweet hoppy finish. A pleasant drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 19:35:26 | More by fattyre
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

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

Cloudy yellow/golden color, medium sized head turns into a nice lace. Bready malt with a touch of hops is the mellow aroma.
A smooth medium carbonated mouthfeel is enjoyable along with some sweet malts and a touch of hops in the finish. The finish is pretty dry with not much of an aftertaste. A very enjoyable lager, most definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 19:13:54 | More by AudioGilz
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this head to head with Weihenstephaner original, my favorite lager. This more than held it's own. Pours a Duvel-like meringue head, which took a while to disapate. Nice, fresh malt taste. Quite clean and refreshing. Like another reviewer said, this is what A.B. should be making. Everything you could want in this style beer. Seems to have a decent kick, and would rate right up there with the Weihenstephaner, Paulaner Original Munich, and Sammy Smith's lager as the best examples of the style that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 21:57:11 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very nice pale gold with a fluffy white head. The look is slightly opaque and the head lingers nicely after settling into a thin layer. The lacing is lasting and full. The smell is pleasant and bready; full of malt. The taste is quite nice with a slight citrus hint and good bitterness over the sweetness that seems short-lived. Good aftertaste after the creamy mouthfeel, although somewhat astringent. Overall this is a very nice Munchener style light lager that I'd go back to if it were easily available. Nicely bottled and presented. Great capping.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 11:11:15 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light gold. Gives off a tight white head, great retention, leaves a thin lace behind A mostly hop aroma is present, fresh cut grass comes to mind. A balanced flavor of malt and hops for a dry finishing taste. A great session beer, with or with out food.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 05:42:12 | More by Stubbie1
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stoutman

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a pretty light-gold; head is frothy white. Aroma hoppy, slightly tangy. Flavor is nicely balanced between hops and a mildly sweet malt. Body is just right. Finish is medium-dry with a spicy attack right in the middle of the tongue. This is a flavorful, well-balanced brew with body...solid effort by Ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 12:17:54 | More by stoutman
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

I decided on this as a change up from the Scottish brews i had been drinking tonight.
Lovelly bottle 500ml very colourful label and a great cap..
All in all a handsome lager very nice large head which sticks around for a while nice gold colour to the beer , its also slightly hazy which adds to the appeal.
Smell is pretty malty buy pleasant enough.
Taste very crisp and refreshing..even a bit of dough in there sweetish.
Very creamy feeling for a lager in the mouth.
All in all an excellent summer session bier.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 20:10:52 | More by Reidrover
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

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

A hazy (with some particulates), yellow-orange Helles Dortmunder (pale expot style beer) with a large, very bubbly, dissipating head. There is a sweetness to the smell, and a slight smokiness. The taste is malty, with a slight sweetness, and a hint of smokiness. The body is round and slightly effervescent in my mouth. Overall a decent beer but, I was surprised by the smokiness it had.

(source: Savannah, GA)

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 16:30:23 | More by Bunnyhop
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cretemixer

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with a frothy pure white head that faded to a 1/4 inch rather quickly leaving a thick spotty lace. Bready aroma, yeasty with a slight hop tinge. Taste is very crisp and clean. Slightly sweet with a little hop tartness too. A really enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 05:56:10 | More by cretemixer
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours to an almost clear yellow golden color with a huge white head that does not want to go away. it leaves sticky lace all over the glass. it has a bready aroma that is blended with malts.

the taste is pretty good with some nice malts. it has the good qualities o f a german brew. a medium body with mild carbonation and smooth as silk. there is a dougy characteristic that makes this an interesing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 20:48:06 | More by ElGuapo
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

A slightly hazy, yellowish-gold body is topped by a bright-white rocky head that holds very well and eventually settles to a firm 1/8" covering that leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma beckons you with fresh, spicy & floral hops and a sweet & bready malt. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation that's lightly crisp and then creamy in the mouth. The flavor is of a fairly rich and lightly sweet Munich malt that showcases a gently spicy, herbal and floral hop flavor. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering. It's obvious that the malt is intended to come through as support for the hop flavors. It finishes dry with some lingering grassy hoppiness. Very well done.
I was expecting a bigger and darker beer as a "century celebration lager" but was pleasantly surprised to find that this is very much a Munich helles with some added hop character. It showcases the hops, as well as a very nice round malt, but it's also superbly balanced and very drinkable. I'd love to try an even fresher example as I know that some of the hop character has been lost here.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 18:10:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Strange, weizen-looking translucent straw. Pure whipped cream white head.
Lemongrass aromas with some pale malts and hay.
Pales malts are focused in the taste. Lemon lingers in the distance, but never intrudes. Just primarily a showcase of the soft malts. Hay and psuedo-wheat flavors mingle in towards the middle. Lightly spicy hops sew this one up.
Incredibly soft bodied and extremely drinkable.
Not a juggernaut by any sense, but very well-built and worth the while to seak out. Fairly unique
Delicate all-around and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 22:17:17 | More by cokes
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.