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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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766 Ratings

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 42
Gots: 22 | 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 mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...

Poured a crystal clear pale golden yellow colour... White head poured fairly big and foamy and a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rushed to the surface maintaining a decent thickish coating throughout... good amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Grainy light biscuity maltiness, light peppery hops, spicy fruits (light lemons, apples), some saltiness, light honey sweetness, some fresh vanilla, almonds, light cut grass notes, some hints of boiled rice, floral...

Taste - Nice peppery and grassy hop bitterness with some biscuit maltiness underneath, quite tart fruits (lemons, sour apples), bready, hints of cooked veg just noticeable, some honey, herbal notes, salty traces...

Feel - Light and crisp... Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable - very sessionable

Overall - A decent enough and pretty drinkable lager.... nothing groundbreaking but very quaffable... worth a try...

mdagnew, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of steinlifter
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light clear golden.sudsy head that diminished but left broken lace all the way through. fruity/malty nose.
malty profile with enough hops to round it out nicely,slightly spicy.Smooth aftertaste.
great, creamy mouthfeel.
drinkability is very good on this, a great example of the style.

steinlifter, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $2.99 for 500ML brown bottle single.

"Century Celebration Bavarian Lager" on label.

A: Cloudy yellow, good carbonation. Head quick to expire. Decent lacing.

S: Very interesting Hay like smell or dried grass.

T: Malty with herbal quality finishes dry with alcohol taste.

M: Fuzzy yet smooth.

D: Yes, very drinkable. Finished the bottle in about 5 minutes, wanted more.

Overall: Very satisfying beer indeed.

ShrinerMcBitey, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale, hazy, straw-gold with a thick foamy white head that receded after a few minutes to a minute layering leaving a speckled lacing.

S: very light and lemony, with pale grains, and a faint, herbal grassy hopping.

T: The initial flavor yielded light pale grains, lemon peels, and a soft herbal hopping. The flavor is very light, crisp and clean. Not particularly big on flavor but is certainly cleanly brewed and fit to style. A light herbal hopping, and faint citrus rounds thing out on the finish.

M: very light, fairly thin with modest carbonation that tingled the tongue.

D: Decent light drinking helles lager, not particularly my style but cleanly brewed and decent for what it is.

beerthulhu, May 10, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; hazy light gold with three finger white head with good drinking lacing and good retention.

Smell: Icy crisp grainy hops, a little herbal background

Mouthfeel: Airy light with high carbonation, sweet on the tongue.

Taste: Excellent crisp sweet hops with an earthy honey sweetness and dry malt finish. There's some spicy cinnamon hidden in there somewhere.

Drinkability: An excellent session beer, very crisp and drinkable.

joezak5, May 03, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the Celebrator Doppelbock so I went for the opposite en of the spectrum. Poured a pale yellow but colorful at the same time, not just drab like many thin, watery beers. Smelled pleasenty of lemons and a bit grassy, reminiscent of a shandy maybe. Taste was crisp and clean with the same hint of lemon zest but smooth on the tongue. It was wunderbar!

Portertime, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

500 ml from Total Wine

A - Champagne in color, lots of head, dissipates slow, minimal alpha clumps, and light legs.

S - Peach and graininess which resembles gasoline. Very bad.

T - Malts, peach, and that faint gasoline.

M - Grainy, malty, and slightly sweet.

D - The Mouthfeel and Appearance help this beer, but I will not drink again.

MisterClean, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, it's my 100th review and what better way to celebrate this achievement with a beer celebrating it's brewery's century landmark!

A: pours a very pale yellow with a lively, frothy 2-finger white head that has pretty good retention and leaves a slight lace. It has the slightest bit of tiny particles in-float on close inspection.

S: pine-like, bitter hops and slight buttery sweet malts. Strong coriander on the nose as well - very interesting.

T: nice and light, slight hoppy bitterness up front with a slight hint of coriander and apple on the finish. Slightly spicy as well. I like it alot.

M: very light and pleasantly crisp with a smooth, dry finish that is quite refeshing.

D: I've never had a lager with such a prominent coriander aroma and flavour. I am enjoying this beer very much. It's very light and a breeze to drink - I will most definitely buy this helles again. This could be a new summer favourite for me. I'm loving this brewery! A perfect fit for my 100th review. Cheers!

Graham5161986, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very different from their doppelbock, this poured a very pale blonde with fluffy white head. It had a very light and springy scent, like lemon and yeast. It tasted like sour hops at first (fairly typical for lagers, I believe) with some honey sweetness for balance. It was light and watery with moderate carbonation and a mild aftertaste. Overall this was a very light beer, not bad for a lager, but not good for me.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of baos
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

17 oz into favorite goblet.

A: Pale straw golden and yummy looking. 2 finger head goes almost completely away except for a wee little collar. A a tiny bit of film here and there. Bits of lacing when glass is tipped.

S: Honey-grass-clover-malts and hay, and canned pears. Very fresh smelling like a barn minus livestock, well, maybe a little livestock.

T: Wow this is a lager. Mellow clover honey with faint hop bite and ultra crispness on the finish. A bit of canned pears. Leaves mouth pleasant throat a bit dry.

M: A one for a lager. I would say the best I've ever had.

D: This beer is nearly perfect. I could sip these or drink these maybe even chug these all night if the occasion called for it.
Bravo to zee Hermans JA JA JA JA

baos, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, the pale colour and standard euro hoppy nose indicate a standard euro pils but the beer is full of big bodied goodness. The crispness and big finish make this beer a cut above most pils. There is a sweetness to the beer combined with a decent hop rate that make every sip a joy.

canucklehead, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very pale golden with a good sized white head that laces a little.
the aroma's got a grainy sweet banana and lemon smell. just a hint of cooked sweet corn and the faintest whiff of sulfur and grassy noble hops.
the taste is light and refreshing with the same grainy banana lemon as in the aroma, but with the banana somewhat magnified, not in the vein of a hefe, but more subdued and mingled with the malt. a soft grassy bitterness brings up the rear. somewhat delicate, and quite good.
the body is medium with a soft side of moderate carbonation, that is incredibly suiting of the beer.
quenching, but not too crisp or dry, giving it a somewhat unique drinkability.

kmo1030, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Eichhof bier mug. Golden straw color with a nice fluffy white head. Good retention and some scattered lacing.

Smell includes some banana and clove phenols, with a citric twang.

Taste is much the same as the aroma, with a banana sweetness, lemony hop zest, and refreshing grainy maltiness.

Mouthfeel is very good. Super smooth, low alcohol, mellow flavors. The kind of beer you can drink forever.

illidurit, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 200th beer review (a veritable drop in the mug for many, to be sure, but a decent milestone for this piker), I'm proud to have chosen Ayinger Jahrhundert. This very tasty, highly drinkable beer lays out three fat fingers of white froth on a clear lemon body, with moderate, amazingly symmetrical lacing as it's consumed. The nose offers corn malt sweetness, hints of lemon and sugar. The taste is very good--creamy smooth and somewhat effervescent--with moderate citrus emerging as it warms slightly--lemon and orange especially, along with a grassy hops finish that pleases a hops lover.

The best element of this gem, to me, is its outstanding texture. It holds this together extremely well and makes it amazingly easy to down. Ayinger is an incredible brewery, and everything I've had from Ayinger, including Jahrhundert, is nothing short of excellent and delicious. Choosing this for my 200th review was almost as good a decision as choosing this from Friar Tuck. Superb.

Gehrig, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought this 500 ml "Hundred-Year Beer" which presented as a blond gold with a two-finger white head. It certainly lives up to it's "helles" appearance.

The smell was a pleasant aroma of floral hops and a bit of citrus coupled with lager yeast notes as well. The taste had a slight spice to it and presented a full and rich body. The color is deceptive, and this was a flavorful brew that had just the right amount of hop and malt flavor. The malt body was slightly sweet, but appetizingly so and not overdone. Everything is very laid back with this beer, but full of rich flavor. The consistency was medium and the carbonation was medium as well.

Well, I was caught off guard by this one, but not at all surprised due to it's namesake. The balance of this beer, excellent flavor, and easy drinkability make this one hell of a good brew. One of the best I've had the privilege of drinking, and highly recommended.

jdmorgan, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger's Brau-Weisse is one of my all-time favorite beers, and their Munich Helles Lager fails to disappoint - top-notch stuff that is head of the class... wonderful hazy, cloudy witbier-like appearance with a foamy head... Copped a 500ML bottle from Gary's in Madison... smell is replete with citrus, floral notes, lemons, and ripe fruits... wonderful, crisp, clear, clean taste with honey-dew and grapefruit notes... extremely crisp mouthfeel with an elegant, easy-going, light drinkability... full-flavored, rich, thick, creamy beer that is ultra-satisfying... wonderfully refreshing and easily drinkable... goes down like water with no problem at all... could drink this all night-long... no bitterness or alcohol detected... top-of-the-line flavor and taste that deserves recognition... another winner from Ayinger... Definitely recommended... Awesome depiction of the style...

dsa7783, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5l bottle obtained at Brawley's in Charlotte into a Seidel.

A. Very hazy amber brew with a 3 finger head after an aggressive pour. Settles to a classic 1 finger head with textbook lacing. Generous bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S. Very light lemon like malt aroma. I know it is a fluke, but the lemon floral smell reminded me of a Schneider brew.

T. Bready matly beer. Tastes like crackers! The malt is predominent with just a wisp of bittering hops.

M. Nicely carbonated and crisp finishing.

D. I cut my teeth on German beers. Helles were never my thing, but I must say this is my favorite of the class. I look forward to trying this directly at the brewery next year!!!!

MarkSCCOT, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger white head that fades very slowly leaving a trace of lace. Ugly cloudy green/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight citrusy nose. Flavor is more like a wheat than a lager - lemony, smooth some sweetness, clean finish. $2.35 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of johanvond
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp clean golden lager with a helthy white ouickly dissapating head,excately what you would look for with a helles. Biscuty scent with a dry malty flavor and an almost electric mouthfeel. Refreshing and envigorating on the pallet. All summing up with a slight hop spice but ending as a well ballenced beer.

johanvond, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier pours a light yellow with a thick white head from a brown half liter bottle. There is a nice light spicy hop aroma. The mouthfeel is thicker than I would expect, but quite pleasant. There is untoasted malt and a bit of spicy/citrusy hops in the taste and that's about it. But this simple combination adds up to quite a pleasant lager.

Drew966, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of ralree
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Lemonade colored and murky. Short-lived 2-finger head of large bubbles.
Meager lacing.

S: Fruity and cloying - I don't think I'll like this one. Citrus and a bit of
bread undertones.

T: Like I thought - pretty cloying. Has that distinct raisiny-alcohol taste
found in many Belgian beers. Alcohol is out in the open. Bread is an
aftertaste along with the raisins.

M: Medium-bodied and perfectly carbonated. Fairly non-astringent. No
complaints in this department.

D: Drinks alright, but due to the taste, I won't be buying again.

ralree, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i haven't tried many true German helles until now, only am. ones ; pours a hazy golden-straw into my weizen w/ thin white head which dissapates rather quickly, lots of lacing ; a rather light aroma, a slight malty aroma , not a noticable hop aroma ; a crisp malty palate w/ a faint amount of hop flavor, a slight "macro" and metallic undertone as well ; a nice light bodied & dry mouthfeel, just enough co2 ; a very drinkable beer, i'll drink this one again soon...

animal69, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance is a bright gold color with moderate lacing and excellent carbonation.

The aroma is of straw and light bread with a wafting hint of lemon peel.

The taste is light bread or cracker and light sweetness with a very slight hint of lemon. The finish is real nice with just a touch of hops. Overall it has a great balance with a real smooth medium body mouth feel and an enjoyable aftertaste. I really enjoyed this and wish I had bought more than one. I will definitely be buying more in the future.

This would also be a great beer to serve up to any BMC drinking friends you have. It has the same look but infinitely better taste. At the same time, it is not a beer with any “new” or overwhelming flavors.

SafeAtFirst, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy pale straw color with a large white head that holds to about a quarter inch but not a lot of lace. smells like green olives cured in oil. taste is malty, with a earthy corn grainy finish. medium body and slightly dry. not what i expected for a lager beer.

billybob, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a bright macro beer colored yellow. The head is white and the overall look of the beer is reminiscent of a macro pilsner, but improved head and a little less clear.

Smells of grass, hay and a flowery bouquet of hops. Almost like a cross between a Czech pilsner and a Belgian saison, minus the saison's spiciness. Very interesting.

What a unique taste! Hops create an initial bitterness that gives way to a minty spicy aftertaste. Very clean and lager like finish. Fairly balanced and could be described as a Czech pils with a heavy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body and almost creamy. Highly drinkable and a great segue way into the fall. As with most Ayinger beers, highly recommended.

Jmamay22, Oct 10, 2007
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.