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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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 beerfairy
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured from a bottle this beer has a really nice head but it disappears quite fast and doesn't leave any lacing in the glass.

S- Grainy malt and hints of lemon and sweetness.

T-This is a very pleasant beer with hints of lemon and grain much like the smell

M- medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

D- Extremely easy to drink as a session beer. I finished mine in just a couple minutes it was so good.

This brewery makes some good stuff, I haven't had a beer from them I didn't like yet.

beerfairy, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pouring into my SA perfect pint glass reveals a rising fizzy semi fluffy head of 2 fingers that fades semi quickly. It has very few bubbles rising from the etch. It's semi hazy bright banana wheat whitish-yellow colored.

N: Some light wheats and malts. With that is hints of grassy wheat, a little banana, a little lemon grass. Some definite lager aromas. A little bit of a sweet malty aroma.

T: Starts with a nice toasty malt flavor with some wheat. Adds a light banana and grassy wheat flavor. Some very light syrupy malt flavors with some definitive good German lager flavors. A nice toasty malt overtone and some earthy flavors.

M: Medium body with decent but lower carbonation, and slightly fluffy.

F: Semi dry with lingering wheat and toasty malts. A nice lingering good lager flavor. Crisp and clean finish. A light banana lingering as well. Another amazing Bavarian lager from Ayinger. I really need to take a trip out to Bavaria!

jlindros, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden/straw-colored body with a very slight haze. Head is two fingers of rocky white foam.

Smell: aroma has a nice, fresh grain and lemon aroma with a little bit of sweet malt behind. Smells refreshing.

Taste: flavor is actually quite nice. It's subtle, but there are hints of citrusy and floral hops up front with a nice sustaining bitterness. Graininess is present but it's not bad; it complements the light malt well. There's also a light fruitiness, quite subtle, which is reminiscent of pears and red berries. I like it quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: body is light with relatively low carbonation. I feel like this beer could be a lot more active; this is my first Dortmunder, however, so low carbonation might be common.

Drinkability: this is a nice, refreshing, drinkable lager. I'm glad I picked this up and now I really want to try other examples of the style.

flagmantho, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Clear blond in color with good head retention and lacing.

This is a sweet one for sure. The pilsner malt really stands out. There's a little graininess and some mild grassy hops.

This is not a style that's going to blow you away, but considering that, this beer is pretty solid. Sweet pilsner malt and grain are well-balanced by grassy hop bitterness. The term "liquid bread" really describes this one well, as the taste is a lot like a fresh loaf.

This one drinks more or less like a helles lager should. It's clean, crisp, and refreshing with a body on the lighter side. The carbonation level is about average.

As usual, Ayinger has done a solid job at crafting a solid example of the style they're going for. I'm not the biggest fan of light lagers, but if you're going to tie me up and force one down my throat, I definitely wouldn't mind if it were this one. Jahrhundert goes down the ol' hatch like coke up Lindsay Lohan's nose. By the second commercial break of the "24" episode I was watching, it was history.

nickd717, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of speter
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color with a fluffy 3-finger head that fades to lace.

S: Pils malt with just a hint of noble hops.

T: Very balanced. There is a malty start, and the hops begin to hit in the center, then kiss the back of the tongue in the finish, which is neither too bitter nor too sweet.

M: Medium body with relatively light carbonation.

D: A wonderful export lager. Crisp and refreshing with all the elements in good balance.

speter, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of wise456
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 ml bottle during the latest storm of the century in the Philly area. 20 minutes in the fridge and poured into pilsener glass.

A- Pale lemon color with strong carbonation. Good two inch head with sticky lacing.

S - Sweet, sweet malts along with a shortbread cookie-like aroma. Some slight fruit notes - banana maybe?

T- Smooth balanced bready malt character with a very slight metallic overtone. Maybe a bit a long in the tooth? No date stamp on bottle.

M- Light almost airy mouthfeel with a clean and dry finish.

D- Paired well with some leftover Thai red curry chicken. Not a huge fan of German lagers but this was among the better ones I have tried. Give it a try yourself.

wise456, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is clear and yellow forms a thick white head of small bubbles. Head falls away and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady of medium to large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer. Looks good.

Sweet, great lager smell. Sweetness and clean smell. Appropriate leveled. I really like how this smells.

Beer is medium to low bodied. Sweet up front and finishes cleanly. There is a slight sulfur flavor in the back but overall its clean and crisp. There is a slight ester quality to it, almost berry flavor. drinkability is high. Mouthfeel could use a little improvement but in entirety, the beer is very good.

drabmuh, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale yellow in color with a 2" fluffy white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: grass, malt, and lemon zest are easily detectable.

Taste: grainy malt profile with mild lemon zest and some grassy tones.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout with a hint of dryness late. Very short lived aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is a great session beer. Nicely refreshing and easy to quaff.

Gavage, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger- Jahrhundert

A- Bright clear yellow with a thick chunky white head. Small lacing and light carbonation bubbles.
S- Sweet honey and buttery shortbread. Slight dry grass and hay/straw.
T- Light grassy dry grainy malt with sweet honey and buttery shortbread. Grassy and hoppy.
M- Sweet with dry grassy grainy malt. Dry earthy hops. Thick sweet malt and a touch of alc.

Overall- Clean and crisp. Nice drinker.

NJpadreFan, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G – Pilsener glass

A – Very pale lemony yellow, slight haze, sparkling carbonation, small but constant head. A nice looking brew.

S – Great pure honey on the nose. Light biscuity notes as well.

T – The flavors are very subtle and quite sublime. Honey, biscuits and more honey. Honey in a way I've not had it in terms of beer. Unbelievably delicious. Balanced by a very respectfully administered bitter herbal hop.

M – Refreshing, fuller body for the pale appearance.

D – As drinkable as it gets. This beer is now a go-to for me.

ktrillionaire, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours bright light yellow with a 1 finger white head that had good retention and left a good amount of lacing

smells of grassy hops lemon and bready cereal malts

taste - the grassy hops have a little spice to them - the bready malts also have a slight fruit flavor to them - overall one of the best dortmunders on the market

mouthfeel is light medium carbonation that gives it some life but is very smooth and creamy

drinkability is great - light body low abv - just wish i had some mexican food to pair with this

jsh420, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of malty
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ML bottle.

Pours into my Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel stemmed tulip glass a slightly chill hazed but still very clear straw colored with a bone white 1/4" head. As I pour a few more ounces into my glass (topping it off) the head sits creamy and fluffy at 1". Steady visible uprising carbonation. Blankets and sheets of thick bright white lace all the way down.

Bicuit malt scents right off the top melded with clean wet stone earthiness. The keyword here is CLEAN. A little bit of citrus zest and a roll of pennies.

The flavors that hit my tongue first are the sweetish pale malts and just a hint of lemon zest. A pleasant hop bitterness makes a sturdy backdrop for the malts to hover over. The wet stone scent translates perfectly into the flavor category. A meringue/vanilla sweetness gentle borders all of the aforementioned flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is between light & medium bodies with a semi-sweet and oh so chalky hoppy flavorful finish. The body is very airy and fluffy with the fine carbonation at a perfect moderate level.

Drinkability is PERFECT. With or without food. Any season. Most any glassware. Stellar.

Overall a quinessential perfect example of the style. There is so much flavor in this beer, but yet it never bombards or overpowers the palate. Please take heed of the quality, class and care of this fine offering. Train your palate to it. Fully enjoy this masterpiece.

malty, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer of this style that I have tried...not bad at all. It has a good bit more flavor and aroma than a typical pilsner.

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into my trusty Weeping Radish brewery pint glass. Pours a somewhat cloudy dull gold with good carbonation and a decent sized white head. Fairly good lacing and ok head retention.

Smell is more robust than the typical lagers I am familiar with. Good malty smell.

Taste is malty, a little grassiness and mild hops to finish. Still more robust than the typical pilsner.

Mouthfeel is ok for a lager. Nice and crisp and light.

Drinkability is good. I don't like very bland beers. This is interesting enough to make me want to pound a few, especially on a warm day.

JayQue, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle drank out of a standard pint glass. no visible freshness or bottling date info to be found.

A- this comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy golden colored beer with a good two fingers of bright white head. the head lasts a while leaving solid rings of lacing in its wake. lots of carbonation can be seen racing to the top of my glass.

S- very strong smelling beer. the area around my glass fills with the aromas of spicy noble hops. putting my nose to the glass also reveals lots of sweet grainy malts. slightly metallic also.

T- like the smell, the taste is filled with grainy malts and spicy, herbal hops. some light summer fruits like lemon can be tasted as well.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- easy to drink and something i could see myself going for a second and third. sessionable also. great summer beer for BBQ or picnics. i really liked this one.

jwinship83, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is slightly skunky, almost pilsener like. Taste is crisp, some malts and finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly mediocre offering.

tone77, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, if slightly sweet, Export helles.

Pale gold, it has a very big white head, airy and steadilt shrinking to a thin foamy top leaving some weak lace.

The aroma is strong, fruity grain, honey, lots of herb, bread, hints of pears and yeast.

Taste is full maltiness up front with bread, light fruit (golden raisin, pear), hint of honey, and zesty herbs, a nice m,alty-grain-herbal finish and a full grain-bread dough character with light herbal bitterness following at the aftertaste. It is slightly oily and a bit on the sweet side,but the flavours are excellent, clean, fresh, well integrated and balanced.

Offa, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a style I really need to become more accustomed to. Some of the one's that I've previously had seemed like a watered-down helles. Certainly not the case here! This one's boarding on a great Pilsner.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a frothy white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Earthy-mineral, metallic, grassy & herbal with some underlying, sweet-toffee malt.

T: Nobel hops are upfront (metallic mineral & grass), but then the awesome malt comes into play (toffee, honey & biscuit), then it finishes with pleasant floral & herbal flavours. Bitterness is solid.

M: Moderate body is extremely smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: Truly exceptional.

This seems to have the hopping of a German Pils, with the maltyness of a Helles. Great stuff.

Thanks Bobsy!

Derek, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger make fantastic stuff, and this is ranked as one of the top dortmunders in the world, so when I saw it in Buffalo, buying it was a bit of a no brainer really.

Poured a radiant straw gold, with a couple fingers of fluffy pure white head. Good lacing and retention. Sweet, honey aroma, with light floral and grassy notes that remind me of a pilsener. Great malt forward flavour comes through in a sweet honey base, which is excellently balanced by herbal, grassy and floral hopping. Some mineral notes is a crisp and lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is almost perfect - its soft and the carbonation bulks it up far beyond its true weight.

This is an eminently sessionable dortmunder, and a fine example of the style. I could imagine putting quite a few of these back on a nice summer's day.

bobsy, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle into brooklyn brewery pokal

hazy deep straw yellow colour. big bright white head. the bubbles in the beer keep the head stacked at a minimum, but that minimum is kept for a long time. the nose is grainy, and thats about it; maybe a bit of a metallic note, the general taste is a grainy malt with a bit of sweetness. the body is a bit thick even without the addition of the carbonation, but the beer is quite drinkable at a cold temp.

erz316, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the COOP.. poured into MNFG.... 1" rocky head.. the brew is pale straw gold.

Grainy pils malt and some minor sulfur. .. nice noble hops.. biscuity malts.. lite grainy malts.. very balanced.. sorta a mineral essence that makes me think of hard water.. tight finish with the malts and the hops.

I have a hard time thinking of a good American example of the style... very hard water would help.

JohnGalt1, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Dawkfan
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a really light almost clear straw color. 3 fingers of head that doesn't stick around very long, moderate lacing left behind.

S- I can't get a lot in the smell. Sweet malts, breadiness, and some yeast. Nothing really stands out to me.

T- Grassy hops, sweet malts, some breadiness and a slight metallic taste as well. Very crisp, very dry.

M- Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D- It's decent enough but this just wasn't for me. It reminds me a lot of a euro pilsner which I'm not a huge fan of.

Dawkfan, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle with no noticeable lot code or expiration date. Sampled on September 26, 2009. It pours pale yellow with a long-lasting white head. A very malty aroma as it should be. A full bodied mouthfeel and sort of honey-like in texture. Malts are the leading flavor sensation by far along with something bready. A nice traditional Bavarian malt brew.

puboflyons, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Scandinavian mug.

Crystal clear light straw hue with a one finger pearl white head.

The aroma is very pilsner-like, with a bit more of a sweet malty aroma - there is a bit of the dark candy aroma, almost like a Marzen. The hops are assertive and grassy.

Full bodied and almost thick, but still with a lot of carbonation. Lots of sweet malty flavors. The hops add a bitterness, with a little spice. The beer gets dryer toward the end.

A pretty good Export. Recommended.

BeerSox, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a straw color with a two-finger white head. The head slowly dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with hints of sulfur and light floral and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet pilsner malt flavors up front are joined by hints of herbal hops midway through the sip that carry through to a solidly bitter finish. As it warms very light amounts of light fruit flavors make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could have another.

Overall I have to say that I'm not terribly experienced with this style but I was a fan of what I tasted. Crisp flavors and nothing was out of place. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of bristol2120
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale/medium golden with a full head that dissipates into a white ring with moderate lacing. Herbal smells with hay/straw dominating. Taste is rather subdued, again with herbal/straw notes and a restrained hoppiness in the background. Some tart, citrus notes detectable in the aftertaste, not at all unpleasant though. Very good, smooth mouthfeel, with the right amount of carbonation. I find this to be a good representation of what the style should be imho. Highly drinkable, this might be a close to perfect beer on a warm summer day.

bristol2120, Sep 13, 2009
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.