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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Jahrhundert BierAyinger Jahrhundert Bier

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700 Ratings

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Ratings: 700
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001)
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Photo of mscudder


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A - Nice smoke upon popping the top. Transparent, golden hue with a finger-plus pale head. Average retention and lacing.

S - Grains, lemon and a touch of bready malts. Expected more.

T - A strange mix of crackers, sourdough, lemon and clove. Sweet doughy flavor and a slight hop bitterness is present throughout, with a crisp finish.

M - Medium body with a nice, moderate carbonation.

O - This is far from a style I typically enjoy. This does some things well, as far exceeds what it looks like: a light-lager with a massive pale head.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 04:10:13 | More by mscudder
Photo of ruckus232


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: Clear light yellow in color with large amounts of white head

Smell: Slightly yeasty with a little bit of a metallic scent

Taste: Slight pilsner taste with a little bit of a bitterness at first. The aftertaste is somewhat bready which I really like.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:00:59 | More by ruckus232
Photo of jkrich


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 16.9 oz. bottle: light golden with a sustained, foamy white-head. The lager is faintly hazy in the glass stein.

Very nice fresh and doughy aromas with spicy, noble hops and lemon coming through.

The lager begins with a fresh, yeasty and doughy flavors with pleasant hints of lemon and vanilla. The lager remains very refreshing even as it warms in the stein. The malt profile is dominant with a very nice complement of hops. The lager is labeled a dortmunder, but it could just as easily be a helles style with its very soft, malty body. Either way, it is excellent.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and soft with a lingering lemon flavor on the palate. The carbonation is very restrained and the body is generally light.

Overall, this is a very flavorful and quaffable German lager. There is nothing complex but there are subtle flavors that keep this one interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 22:59:47 | More by jkrich
Photo of jokemon


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So apparently this beer was was brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot purity law of 1516, which means German people swam in the fermenter while eating sausages and cheese to enhance the flavor.

Actually it means that they made it with a specific set of ingredients. It's a very simple beer but with a great taste. You can sip on this beer all day long while you wear your lederhosen and play the trombone.

It's a very enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 21:28:23 | More by jokemon
Photo of RussBecker1

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 17 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A-A remarkably carbonated clear yellow brew. A nice frothy head sits atop that paints a smooth color landscape. The beer does look fairly simple, but that is more a reflection of the style than this particular beer.

S-Again a reflection of the beer itself. Dortmunder's tend to be very light in nose and this is no exception. The beer is essentially all malt and grain which is exactly what the nose picks up, with a slight hint of honey to sweeten the overall experience.

M-Much creamier than advertised. Avery nice feel that unexpectedly increases the taste tenfold.

T-Almost identical to the nose with the malts at the forefront complimented by just enough sweetness to give it some depth. Again the mouthfeel really allows each note to shine through making it very delicious.

O-This is not the biggest or most complex beer that you will come across, but for what it intends to be, this ayinger is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 02:22:35 | More by RussBecker1
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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

Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier has a thick, white, fluffy head and a mostly clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with a generous amount of thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of faint, sweet malt, and the flavor is of sourdough biscuit, bread, sugar, a papery under-taste, with a wonderfully pleasant, grassy, hop bitterness at the end of the sip. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier finishes mostly dry, crisp, clean, refreshing, and ultra drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer.


Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 14:13:30 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of superspak


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

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a small amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, pepper, grape, herbal, floral, grass, bread, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of lemon, bread, pear, grass, bread, pepper, grape, herbal, floral, cracker, and light earthiness. Lingering notes of bread, light fruit, grass, herbal, pepper, and earth on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavor; fairly dry on the finish as expected. No cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Dortmunder lager. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very crisp and smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable as expected from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 04:07:41 | More by superspak
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml botle poured into glass

A - Crystal clear straw yellow beer with snow white two finger head which diminishes slightly, but never actually disappears. Very fizzy with champagne-like bubbles that rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Grainy biscuit smell with a slight musty dankness.

T - Crisp, unoffensive lager taste. Clean grain, bready, and light.

M - Incredibly, almost, too fizzy is the one drawback. The beer just turns to foam in your mouth. Otherwise, it's light and smooth. A 500ml bottle is just the right size.

O - Smooth European lager, not quite as much hop taste as I'd like, but the clean flavor makes for a great beer on a warm day. The excessive foam is a little off putting, but an otherwise solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 17:51:54 | More by Rukasu
Photo of thecheapies


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold and very fizzy. Coarse head looks lovely as it burbles away. Looks refreshing.

Sweet and grassy with a bright pilsner-like malt shining through. Biscuity and pale with a light pomme fruitiness.

Clean, dry, and firm. A decent stronghold of bitterness and a loud zesty hop character. Biscuity grains and low in phenols. Absent is the mustiness and/or funkiness of aged German hops. Very nice.

Thin-bodied. Light showing of booze. Amply dry in the finish. Beefy carbonation that cleanses the palate after each glug.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 03:23:09 | More by thecheapies
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale straw yellow with a white 2 finger head, good retention and a resulting lace that's thick, frothy and sticky.

Smell - Smells grainy with a bit of skunk to it. Hints of lemongrass and bread.

Taste - Super clean grain, sweet bread malts, hints of citrus bitterness. Ever so subtle mintiness that improves as it warms. Aftertaste is clean, faint lemon.

Mouthfeel - Light, but with a sense of completeness. Bubbly carbonation leaves a nice bite. Super smooth going down; really, the smoothness is impeccable.

Overall - The flavors in this lager are great, but the smoothness and overall mouthfeel are world class. I could chug this happily if it weren't too damn good to savor. Hats off to you, Ayinger.

Note: There was still a bit left in my glass when it warmed, and the characteristics were much bolder and more complex. Pity there was not even half a mouthful's worth. This is one lager I'll need to try again at warmer temps, because I think it has much better things to offer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:04:52 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of Eddxii


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jahrhundert-Bier is quite pale in color with an ever-so-slight haze to it. Under light the beer is a light gold, straw-blond. Bubbles flow to the top with the playfulness of champagne. It smells clean, bready, with a very slight herbal sweetness. It doesn’t so much pique your intellectual interest as it does lure you in with its back-to-basics approach. As I am an American, I have certain built-in expectations with beers of such a light color. Any expectation of thinness or boredom, though, disappears in the first taste as the full-bodied character of the helles immediately occupies the appropriate senses. It is refreshing, drinkable. It’s malty without being sticky. It is the epitome of well-balanced. I want a liter or three in a giant glass mug while I peer over the landscape on a cool summer afternoon. I am in a state of Gemütlichkeit.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 01:36:53 | More by Eddxii
Photo of ArrogantB


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle $3.49 Super light yellow color, average white head. Smells lager-like if that makes any sense, not bad but nothing enticing. Flavor is very much lager like almost like what a pilsener taste like but more. Crisp, easy to drink, refreshing but not something I would reach for over a pilsener or kolsch. I did kill this quite fast so it is a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 19:43:41 | More by ArrogantB


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Tall Lager glass. Enjoyed on may´12.Pale golden color, crystal clear appearance. White, close & dense, froth. Thick layer, fairly well retention, crown. Floral hop & Noble aromas. Well balanced Malts & hops. Medium body, soft carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Refreshing & easy drinkable. Close to style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 10:09:32 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled across this one by accident. It poured a almost clear, but little hazy, light yellow gold. The white bubbly head builds one finger high and dissipates, leaving average lacing.
The smell is flowery hops and light malt notes maybe some lemon.
Tasting the beer, the flowery hops are up front. Bread and a little tart follow in the middle, while the malt backbone is towards the end. Very balanced and very drinkable. A very nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:14:03 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of bier_uber_alles

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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South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A malty aroma, with some traces of hops as well. About what you'd expect from the style.

T: Tasted of malt, with hints of hops (not too much), and a little bit of grain mixed in. An incredibly well-balanced flavor. Won't win awards for originality, but definitely succeeds in what it does.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: I'm not the biggest lover of lagers, but this is a drinkable, easy to like beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 13:18:45 | More by avalon07
Photo of vkv822


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear, bright yellow with a thin, bubbly white head.

The aroma and taste iare crisp, with light biscuit notes and grassy hops.

A medium to full body with fairly average, bubbly carbonation.

A fairly simple beer, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 18:20:06 | More by vkv822
Photo of IronLover


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a huge soapy white foam that slowly dissipated to a wispy cap. Biscuity and bready malt aromas with hints of earth grass and floral hops. Smooth delicate feel and a surprisingly thicker, fuller feel given the appearance. Pleasant delicate carbonation. Bready and biscuit flavors up front with light, tangy, spicy hoppiness lazily carrying through the middle to a crisp biscuit finish. Maltiness was very much like a pilsener, but with a more delicate feel and less hop character. Refreshing and enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:02:38 | More by IronLover
Photo of hiku7


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold to yellow with a white pillowy head. Moderate retention. Slight lacing.

Pilsner malt grainy aroma. Hint of sulfur. Small amount of spicy and floral noble hop aroma. Balanced aroma, but also not too exciting.

The flavor starts with spicy noble hops, followed by a slight tartness, and a clean finish. Hops linger pleasantly on the palate but without any real bitterness. Slight mineral and sulfury taste. Very balanced taste.

Moderate carbonation, medium body - bigger than the color lets on, and a creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, this is my first experience with the style. Based on the description of the style, I thought I would like it, but didn't find this offering terribly interesting. I'll have to give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:49:49 | More by hiku7
Photo of PhillyStyle


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

500ml bottle

The beer as a crystal clear yellow that produced a white, fizzy head that was decently retained and left some lacing on the glass.

The beer gave off a nice bready malt aroma with perhaps a hint of fruit sweetness.

The beer had a good flavor, bready and again a hint of something else sweet that I cannot place my finger on. Just enough hops so that it is not too malty. The beer is clean, crisp, refreshing and exceptionally easy to drink.

The beer had a light feel to it, as expected. Overall, this is a quality brew and one that I will enjoy many more times in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 18:11:28 | More by PhillyStyle
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A basically clear, super pale straw color. Fizzy white head. Quite good lacing and decent retention.

S: Sourdough lager yeast. Just a bit of grass.

T: Clean and smooth bready malt. Some caramel sweetness in the middle. A hint of grass in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth with a crisp finish.

O: A simple beer for sure, not overly complex but the drinkability is off the charts. Very smooth and clean tasting. No bitterness. A touch of sweetness. Nothing offensive about it at all. I really enjoyed drinking it - not every beer has to be a barrel aged 13% monster.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 06:04:00 | More by Dope
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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - it pours a straw color. The head retention and clarity are exceptional. It's uncommon for a beer of such strength to be so pale. Interesting. I suspects wheat was used because it has an fantastically mound of froth on top.

A - from the first pour, that rich malty Stinger yeast flows forward. Very inviting. However, there's no real hop quality. I don't doubt that transit depleted the beer's hop quality. Still, I'm disappointed.

T - I wish all Lagers tasted so wonderful! There's no cracker finish, the yeast fiesta bite back, there's even a degree of sweetness. However, it eventually wears out its virtues and becomes completely pedestrians. Sure it'd better than BMC, but it shots out compared to you're average British style ale.

A beer with this ABV had me expecting a bit more malt profile. And from this style I expected more hop flavor.

M - Thin, but that makes it refreshing and it finishes dry. I expected a bit more body because this style should have a richer malt profile and support reasonable hopping.

O - It's a Lager, so the bar should be set low. But this is also from the Ayinger stable, so why shouldn't I hope to be impressed?

It's neutral, and a benchmark for Lagers. Happy to have tried it. Of course I'll make it a point to avoid it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 23:44:11 | More by MONKandTUCK
Photo of fox227


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

A: This beer has a towering white head and excellent retention, and lacing. The beer's hue is pale straw yellow, as expected. Lots of bubbles rising to the top insure the healthy retention.

S: I smell a bready malt base and some sweet bananas.

T: This is rather on the sweet side, with a bit of herbal hops buried in there somewhere. You can never be sure about freshness, because the hops are so muted. The familiar flavors of grain husk and bready malt quickly surrender to a strong honey base, and these flavors make for a smooth and delicious beer. But I would like to have more hops.

M: High carbonation, and much more heavy than your average pale lager.

O: Overall, this is an excellent German Pale Lager, maybe a bit on the sweet side for me, but the taste, feel, and appearance lack any real flaws.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:29:09 | More by fox227
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with an inch and a half thick head that lasts for 2 minutes.

Smell - Grass and bread. Not too much of a complicated smell here.

Taste - Sweet with hints of coriander, cornbread, maybe some lemon zest.. Has other spices I can't really point out.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good lager.. brewed under the purity law, pretty interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:02:42 | More by jsisko01
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New Jersey

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

A: CLear yellow with a white bubbly head spotted lacing.

S: Modest smell love Germans hops aspect.

T: Love the spicy light hop lager, very mild for a lager.

M: Finish is outstanding! Ayinger does it again!

O: Light and drinkable for a lager I will put it on tap right now!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 05:28:45 | More by JMWEB2
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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