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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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803 Ratings

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001)
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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold with a bubbly white head. Lacing is spotty but ever-present, as a liight foamy ring sits nicely around the glass.

Tough to dig out some aromas. Lightly floral/honeyed aromas; straw/grass; some raw grain.

Crisp clean flavors here. Light honeyed sweetness and some dry bread flavors. Raw grain husk, grassy elements, and very very light bitter lemon rind (although it does not show in the finish), which is lightly mineralized and slightly bitter. This is a very clean beer.

Lighter bodied, but more on the light to medium side. Some carbonation, but not filling.

I'm really digging this. Easy to sip, but fully qu
enching on a hot day, this is a keeper. For those of you who like dry, grassy, clean beers, you've gotta try this.

OtherShoe2, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of fropones
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with a lot of bubbles and a bubbly 2.5 finger white head with great retention. Smell is some bready malt and a bit of spice. Taste is up front with some spice and malt, some honey sweetness, and a bit of hops in the back for a somewhat dry finish. Some lemon and citrus notes as well. Mouthfeel is creamy with some effervescence. Very nice. Very drinkable. I'm not normally a fan of lagers, but I'd drink this one again.

fropones, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, clear brown with some active carbonation and a large tan head.

S: Generally clean. Some sweet malts and honey.

T: Strong honey flavor backed up with dark malts. Largely bready and sweet, with some medicinal herb flavors rounding up the end.

M: Somewhat under-carbonated and juice-like, almost as if the carbonation escaped.

D: Not bad. Decent session beer, but I'm not a big fan of the style.

thekanna, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle - no freshness date.

Pours into an imperial pint glass. It has a hazy pale yellow color with high-rising fine white head.

Aroma is faint and lacking in personality. Hard to pick up anything but if I try really hard I get a hint of milk, strangely.

Flavor is much better and reminds me of some of the better German wheat beers I've had. It's mild but full of subtle flavors. Not at all spicy like a hefe sometimes is but with the same sort of banana character.

Mouthfeel is light in body and medium-low carbonation. Somewhat sweet with little in the way of hops to balance it out. Very drinkable and especially nice on a hot day.

GilGarp, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/18/2009- from notes.

Green bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Light gold with a two and a half finger fluffy white head that settled to a nice cap. Good lacing, pretty active carbination.

S- Honey, grassy with light citrus hints.

T- Honey again, some light fruit notes, a little bready but overall mostly sweet.

M- Crisp, light body, carbination definitely evident, finished a little dry.

D- My first for this style I didnt really know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! Definitely could be a easy session brew.

tatoodkelt, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of TeeCee
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick review - very sessionable beer that would work well in the heat.

Color - very yellow, along the lines of an American lager. The beer started of with ~1" of head that quickly dissipated, leaving almost nothing behind. Several swirls prodduced adiitional head and minimal lacing.

Smell - I get almost nothing from the smell of this beer. I can small something slightly sweet and malty and something that reminds me of a pilsner.

Taste - light like the smell, but what is there is slightly sweet and malty. I get some bitterness towards the end, again reminding me of a European pilsner, but not much bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel - medium in the mouth. Thicker than I would have expected by the color and smell.

Sessioning - this is definitely a sessionable beer. Maybe too much so. At 5.5% and in 500ml bottles, sucking these back is gonna catch up to you.

TeeCee, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of these types of beer but this pleasantly surprised me.
Poured a clear straw gold with good head retention thanks to constant carbonation. A grainy, herbal hop smell that is a little husky. Incredibly smooth and has a good amount of sweetness to it, like honey or light chocolate and hints of cherries/berries for a very minor fruit taste; not just a dry, citrusy/veggie taste. Balanced and has a dry edge but is very well balanced thanks to the sweet malt sensations. I could session this anytime.

clayrock81, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of hossua34
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright, clear honey gold. The small head goes away pretty quickly. A tiny bit of lacing.

S - Crackers, honey, lemongrass and a clean crisp malt finish.

T - Oaky, honey taste with a touch of lemon. Cloves. It's sweet. A tiny bit of a damp cardboard taste that I recall from bottles of Heineken and Stella Artois, though not as strong.

M - A tiny bit flat. Nothing major to complain about, nothing that really impresses me.

D - A little bit too sweet overall. The predominant flavor charactaristics of this brew are honey and biscuits. I love Dortmunders and would definitely buy this again, but I like Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold better.

hossua34, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of ski271
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden-straw with a large, white, frothy head that slowly diminishes to a thin film. Light lacing. Smell is mild and malty with some grain and light lemon. The taste has a huge malty sweetness. It's fine, it's just that I wasn't expecting it. Also a pleasant mild, floral hops presence. The finish is nicely bitter and dry with some lingering grassy hops. It has a medium body, dry texture and moderate carbonation. This was a good beer that I enjoyed more as it went down. Worth trying.

ski271, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of electricfields
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden yellow with a fizzy, but fairly stable head that leaves a bit of lacing. Bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S: Fruit and honey with a bit of spice and a slight hint of hops.

T: Light, fruity, sort of reminiscent of apple sauce with with just the right amount of cinnamon in it, with a light hop bite keeping the sweetness in check. This is a damn tasty beer.

M: Light, but not too light. The carbonation is perfect and the consistency is pleasant.

D: Was down the glass before I knew it. And it tastes great, too! Definitely deserving of a 5 here. So drinkable I barely noticed it was so easy to drink until I was wondering where the hell all the beer in my glass went. This is one of the best summer beers I've ever tried.

electricfields, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a a large, sturdy white head that lasts. Nice sweet grainy smell with very light grassy hops. Tastes again of grains notes of sweet hay. Faint hop bitterness. Lightish body. A pretty straightforward lager without any real character.

philipquarles, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a straw-pale yellow color with a fluffy, brightly colored white head that sticks slowly falls, leaving nice patches and rings of lace. Bubbles of carbonation shoot up the glass all the while.

S: Raw grains, loads of honey, apple, a slight twinge of earthy hops. This thing is robust and complex--reminds me of a helles lager on steroids.

T&M: Yummy. This is a very flavorful lager. Clean grain taste up front gives way to noble hops that bitter with a spicy, lightly herbal taste. The finish is sweet, but not cloyingly so, and showcases flavors of honey, lemon, herb, and pale malt. Well done. Body is light with an aggressive carbonation that tingles well without negatively impacting flavor.

D: Flavorful and light, this one is quite the easy drinker. It's got enough flavor to go with food or on its own. I may prefer something just a tad bit hoppier to session with, but this beer would do just fine.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial flute)

A- This beer has a golden yellow crystal clear body with a snow white head made up of thick soft peaks. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles popping up to the surface.

S- The soft dry pale malt aroma has a honey malt hint that turns into hominy as the beer warms. There is a soft green noble hop note with a light sulfur hint in the finish.

T- This beer has a crisp clean taste with a light pale malt hint and a green noble snap that still remains mellow. A smooth taste of hop bitterness lingers a moment after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight full texture on the tongue when the head is still around. There is a tight little fizz in the finish.

D- This light smooth beer has a nice flavor but the aroma is a little strange. There is good depth to the flavor and the sulfur qualities are reserved letting the malt and hops come through.

rhoadsrage, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely flawless light blonde with two fingers pure white head. Lacings coat the glass all the way down.

Really fresh on the nose, but a little unwanted funkiness. Otherwise, a nose full of grass seed and damp grain.

Incredibly clean grainy malt right up front with just the slightest sweetness lurking behind. Tongue tingling bittering hops sweep over the tongue and stick around for awhile after you swallow. Finish brings on some fresh fruit flavours, lemon and a bit of apple.

Lively carbonation make and a medium body make this a very refreshing beer.

A world apart from North American lagers, close your eyes and imagine yourself in Munich... or Aying.

CanuckRover, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, 5.2% ABV. 100 year anniversary of the brewery, still celebrated with this offering 30-plus years later - gotta love the Germans.

This beer pours a clear, very, very pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of densely foamy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a bit of shoreline lace around the glass.

It smells of crisp, biscuity white cracker grain, some lightly edgy yeast, mild, fresh lemon citrus, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is biscuity, bready pale malt, aged lemon rind, a touch of rising yeast, and fairly zesty grassy, floral hops.

The carbonation is generally laid-back, and mostly innocuous in its pedestrian work, the body rather nice, round and full, with a decently working-man smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt still crisp, clean, and quite dry, with a helpful dose of lingering grassy, somewhat perfumed hops.

This has genuinely pleasant German lager, the obviously good kind, written all over it, inside and out. It seems a shame to not be drinking it whilst parking my backpacking backside on some centuries-old spartan wood bench table.

biboergosum, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A hazy yellow with at frothy two finger head. Looks just as it should.
S: Some lemon zest and perhaps some other spices and fruits. Very fresh.
T: Off the charts! I get some bready flavors along with a little tartness from what I believe to be lemons. A nice, clean, hoppy taste at the end.
M: A little carbonation, slighty creamy, but finishes crisp and smooth.
D: Very tasty, very easy to drink. I imagine you could throw down quite a few of these in place of your everyday lager.

Infamous7100, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of confer
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow with a three finger fluffy head that held on for quite a while.

S- Light fruity, very clean.

T- Delicious. Slightly fruity with a very subtle hop finish.

M- Smooth and a little creamy

D- I love this beer. I could drink several. I didn't know of it until finding it in the local Wegmans. Very very easy drinking.They only sold the half liter bottles as singles.

confer, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of steveh
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BA & BJCP call this a Dortmunder, I respectfully disagree as I think it's more Munich Helles -- a fine line to walk, but this beer doesn't seem to have the mineral, hop character that most Dortmunders have -- and Ayinger *is* in Bavaria (and the label says, "Helles Exportbier").

A -- Pale straw with a long, long lasting, creamy white head.

S -- Vague DMS up front with mild hop citrus character. Sweet breadiness -- near yeasty -- back.

T -- Soft, mildly sweet bready malts with mild, spicy bitter hops in between. Finishes with a lingering breadiness that is very appetizing -- the palate cries for more.

M -- Soft and smooth mouth-feel; light carbonation, with a light-medium body.

D -- Very good drinkability. I was afraid that this bottle may have been past prime, based on where it was purchased, but it's damn good.

steveh, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of julian1117
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Visual Appeal: cascaded mine into a Pilsener glass, classic lager pale gold, pleasing effervescence, small head

Smell: weaker in the hop department, but smells crisp and refreshing

Flavour: crisp and refreshing, slight corn bite initially, lemony aftertaste, banana on finish

Mouthfeel: pleasing carbonation, but not outstanding

Drinkability: very drinkable

I was going to save my reviews of my favorite biers from Deutschland until Oktoberfest 2009 season, but what the Hell! Dortmund (not "Dortmunder") is a suburb-like area of Muenster in the northwest (where I plan on visiting next year), and I could see the factory workers dropping by the local and sitting outdoors for a few pints of this before heading home for their wives' home-cooked German meals.

julian1117, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is golden with a mild greenish tone. two fingers of white head... nice delicate lace. nose is malt of toffee and apple and a nice twig quality. palate is not so earth but citrus with a nice toffee apple finish. consistent and steady feel that has a nice sweet fruit a blend of apple like and citrus yet subtle.

rtepiak, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a bright golden yellow with nice thick head that stays a while before disappearing. Its not as clear as I expected but by no means hazy. A lot of bubble coming up from the bottom.

S - Malty and grainy. With hints of almonds and other nuts also a bit woody like oak. Presence of bread is very prevalent as well. Very appealing.

T - Very malty with a slight hop finish that makes the end a bit dry and tart. Grainy and hints of bread all over the palate. Very appetizing beer. Some slight caramel sweetness as well.

M - Creamy to my surprise. Light bodied and refreshing. Well balance between carbonation and sweet malts.

D - Refreshing and very drinkable, perfectly carbonated, perfect ABV.

JoEBoBpr, May 19, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle into pilsner glass.

A- clear, bright yellow with a pure white head.

S- very strong, sweet malt paired with bitter hops.

T- light flavor settles into a bready, then very rich and subtle sweet malt, laced with bitter hops. Swallow is clean, but the aftertaste is hoppy, juicy and dry. Somehow.

M- light and crisp, with brusque carbonation.

D- pretty good, this beer has a good body but is smooth drinking and crisp, with flavor for days. Really hard to go wrong.

WalrusJockey, May 07, 2009
Photo of benwah22
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured translucent yellow - not completely see through, but not as cloudy as an unfiltered/hefeweizen. Very refreshing beer. The carbonation seemed as if there was more of it, but with smaller than usual bubbles - if that makes sense. At it warmed slightly the aroma really came out. Honey and malt was what I was getting from it. I didn't get much citrus as some others did, but did notice the slightest acidic hint to linger. For a lager is sure drank a lot like a Czech pilsner. Just a great quality beer.

benwah22, May 03, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Probably the palest beer I've ever seen. Rather mesmerizing. Healthy head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Shockingly rich, especially in contrast with the lightness of the appearance. Sweet bready malt with just a hint of roastiness, almost like a bock. Hops in the background.

T: Again, dominated by the malt. Kind of like drinking honey bread. This is to malt what Prima Pils is to hops. Hops and lemony notes balance it out.

M: Light. Good carbonation.

D: First of all, this really should be listed as a Dortmunder/Export. Anyway, I am of the opinion that, with the exception of Prima Pils, Bavarian brewers are absolutely untouchable when it comes to producing quality pale lagers. This is one of the premier examples. A bit maltier than most, but outstanding nonetheless.

BarrelO, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into a pils glass

Pours a clear golden yellow with a two inch white head protruding over the rim of the glass. Lots of active carbonation makes for a nice display. Tons of thick lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is sweet grainy malt for the most part with some subtle breadiness and the usual spicy and herbal noble hop character. A tiny lemon zest zing too.

Taste has a sweet malty flavor to begin with that is met with a bit of a biscuity taste and a mild hop flavor that is again spicy and herbal but there's also a floral character to it. A very slight lemony zing to it as well. Finish is clean with lingering hops and light malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very creamy texture. A refreshing beer that is highly drinkable.

Easily one of the best Munich Helles that I have had. I only wish these beers were cheaper and available in six packs.

roadhouse, Apr 18, 2009
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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