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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 43
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001

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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.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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.

Photo of steveh
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of julian1117
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of benwah22
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of BarrelO
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of soupermirl
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice yellow - blond color. Pretty beer with a held head... Smells good, sweet kind of, not hoppy but malty. Very good tasting beer. Again sweet and easy to drink. Really good. Mouthfeel was good... Full of flavor. Very nice beer. I could drink a couple and then sit around for awhile. Good beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light funky malts, lager yeast, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some light malt sweetness that is quickly followed by the breadiness of grain and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good mild beer to drink for a long time but there are other beers in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into stein.

Pours a crystal clear yellow, effervescent, with a fluffy white head.

Nose is grassy, a bit of sweet pale malt after the initial rush.

Flavor is dry, subtle pale malts up front, but sweeter later, with a light, sweet cereal note towards the finish with a hint of toffee, followed by a soft, refreshing grassy presence. Light, softly bitter finish that never quite loses the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is soft but sparkling carbonation. Nice beer, the kind I'd gladly sit and drink all night long if given the opportunity.

Photo of gearkraft
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep straw-like color with a subtle hint of amber. Really nice rich color. Never seen a beer pour this color. Not much extensive lacing on the glass, however the head line recedes slowly after you take a sip.

S: A rather average smelling lager beer, with a balance of hops, malts, and grains all blended together. No real highlight here.

T: A very complex tasting beer. You begin with a super sweet malty front followed by an effervescent rush of carbonation that calms to a slightly hopped backend. What a good lager should taste like. Crisp and refreshing.

M: Clean and light, good lager feeling.

D: I could see myself pounding several of these if it weren't for the slightly elevated price I would have to pay. The price was not considered in my rating.

Sidenote: Wonderful label as well... Im a graphic designer and I have to say this is one bottle I'll be saving.

Photo of Psilo707
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright golden hue with a lot of macro-sized bubbles rising to the top underneath a two finger decently laced head. The smell is one of my favorites of any lager ever. Very hoppy and of lots of banana and fruit, the aroma is extremely inviting. Tastes very malty and finishes off with a sense of grains on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side but still retains an overall viscosity that's about right. Drinkability is decent. Overall a pretty good lager from Germany.

Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow/straw color with a good head, good retention. Layer of foam sits at the top..a thick layer, at that, not feeble at all. Carbonation looks good. Clear

Aroma: Hops, but mild and some malts

Taste: Starts out mildly hoppy, and then goes into the grainyness..and finishes off with that bread/yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, as well as a clean, crisp finish.

Drinkability: Tastes good, mild generally, low ABV, good mouthfeel. Recommended

Photo of AccidentalKate
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from a friend of mine. I have no idea how long it has traveled the world to get into my little hands.

Appearance: A nice straw gold color. A little more opaque than American Lagers. A nice head with a delicate belgium lace as the head very slowly dissipates.

Aroma: A little floral aroma followed a bit by sharpness. The hops are rather prevelant.

Taste: A nice hoppy start that attenuates just enough to allow the taste of the grain to come forth. Nice, bready aftertaste in the back of the throat as it finishes. Very nice. Very, Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Ever present with enough carbonation to keep one happy. A little watery at the end, but not overly so.

Overall: Quite nice. Highly recommended.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear, straw yellow color with a bright white head. Laced nicely, but retention was average.

S: Light, floral hop aroma, with a bit of pale malt poking through. Some bready yeast scents as well. Pretty light nose.

T: Nice balance of pale malt and floral, earthy hops. Yeast character adds a drying effect on the finish. Very refreshing.

M: Light bodied and well-carbonated. Finishes crisp, clean and slightly dry.

D: This would make a great kick-back beer, especially during the summer months.

A masterful balance of malt and hop character. A nice light, refreshing brew that knows no boundaries, as far as the time of year is concerned. This is a beer that Budweiser etc. wishes they could brew.

Photo of JBogan
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright gold with a foamy white cap which leaves moderate lacing.

Sort of a metallic smell, along with some grain. Not very strong either, kind of difficult to pick up any aromas.

Tastes of malts, not too sweet but nicely balanced. Some breadiness, along with straw.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Crisp and smooth with perfect carbonation.

I could see sitting back and knocking down a number of these. It's very easy to drink, clean tasting and goes well with just about anything.

Photo of Lambstrong
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear golden color with a big frothy white head.

Aroma: Banana and a bit medicinal notes.

Taste: Very spicy, but doesn't have a much of that mineral taste that you normally associate with German lagers (not that that is a bad thing).

Mouthfeel: very smooth and light. On the lower end of carbonation for this style.

This is a very drinkable beer and one you could enjoy throughout the night.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purs a pale straw color with a some cloudiness possibly from chill-haze. Very white meringue-like head.

Aroma is earthy with some skunky qualities I'd associate with euro hops and lager yeasts. Bready aroma from the pale malts.

Taste is very malty and dry.

Thin mouthfeel and nice carbonation finishes very dry and slightly bitter.

Photo of cedricwarner
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a little cloudy for the style, almost like a Kellerbier, but the head is fluffy and huge, so I'm not going to knock off too much in the appearance department.

The smell is of pure, fresh farm honey. Incredible.

The taste isn't really to style (it is marketed on the label and their website as a Helles Exportbier, their Helles Lager is the Ayinger Bräu Hell). The yeast flavor actually comes through quite strong, almost to the level of a Hefeweizen, which is definitely not normal for the Export style.

That being said, the honey sweet malts and mild but spicy hops make this one of the most delicious and balanced lagers I have tasted. Call it what you like, I could drink these all day.

Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really mellow, smooth, and eminently drinkable lager. It pours a slightly cloudy pale with a rust tint, a nice white head that retains a bit and does lace. The nose on the beer wonderfully floral for a lager, some honey sweetness in there as well.

The taste, wow! This is probably one of the smoothest lagers you'll find. There is a nice graininess to the beer, some florals popping through, and just a honey smoothness that makes this a delight. It is very refreshing, there are some cracker like biscuitiness in the background, and some smooth malts that do tend towards the dryness in the finish. There is just a bit of hop presence that balances out the honey flavors so that the beer doesn't become overly sweet or cloying. The hop adds a nice complementary balance in this beer. There isn't much crispness and it has just the right amount of carbonation. The Germans still make the best lagers around and this is no exception. L'Chaim.

Photo of CMW
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Jahrhundert pours to a bright golden yellow color with a bright white pillow of head which was at first around 1 inch. The brew is slightly cloudy and had good head retention. Even after the head dissipated, there was a nice white lacing around the sides of the glass.

The aroma is filled with malt and citrus scents. The malt is very prominent and is the first thing that hits my nose. You can also smell earthy grains, almost like baked bread. To finish off the nose I also detect a very faint smell of citrus.

The taste is very grainy upfront as the malt hits your palate. This is where the grains I detected in the nose hit my mouth. You also taste a hint of sweetness that balances out this medium-bodied brew. There is a slight bitterness in the end with a mild hop bite, but the brew finishes very clean.

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.