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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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785 Ratings

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 41
Gots: 23 | 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 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
Photo of sharkheadlasers
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is light to medium yellow in color, with good clarity. The head was good, but dissipated after several seconds. The aroma was sweet and estery...almost hefeweisen-like. There was no hop aroma. The taste was sweet, estery and lightly spicy, almost ale-like.

sharkheadlasers, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pleasing golden honey hue, topped by a dense, foamy head with good retention that takes up a lot of space in the pilsener glass. Leaves a small trail of lace in its wake.

S: A nice clean profile with somewhat of a sweet, buttery note in the background. Biscuity malt is evident as well. Sort of eggs on the tastebuds... this is one that entices you to drink it.

T: Very well-rounded flavor right off the bat. Malty characteristics provide a smooth introduction, semisweet yet biscuity, leading into a bittering of hops in the finish that makes for the quintessential lager. Aftertaste is clean and refreshing.

M: Carbonation is spot-on, not too much, not too little. The body of this beer is incredible; more assertive than others of its ilk, but still very much a Helles. Has a slick quality to it, and the carbonation adds some creaminess. Great texture on the palate.

D: If you're looking for the subtle nuances of a lager and something that will pair well with food or be able to stand on its own, this is definitely worth a shot. Not only is this a good example of the style, it's quite versatile and has a relatively low abv. Highly recommended for fans of lagers, especially the German Helles style. Great drinkability.

CharlieMopps, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow color with a decent head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some fruitness. Taste is somewhat malty with some spiciness and a decent dryness at the back of the throat.Goes down quite well. It's close to the style as mentioned as well.

Brad007, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of KI9A
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours wonderful, straw color, with rich, creamy white head. Fades to nothing, but leaves a great lace on the glass.

Smells of honey,grass, and grains.

Tastes of hops, wheat, and bit of lemon.

Finishes with a sweet, earthy taste. Very good beer, easy to drink.

KI9A, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of iceball585
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Kind of a straw pale yellow w/ thin white head

S- Earthy smell of grass, wheat, and grain

T- Bready hops taste w/ hints of wheat and lemon

M- Smooth feel w/ a little bite at the begining and slowly fades out

D- Decent session beer

Another good example of a Munich Helles lager. This one isn't anything to go crazy over but it's still above average.

iceball585, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a classically german style 500ml bottle into a good, slender pils glass. Light in colour, even for a pilsner. Crystal clear with nice streaming bubbles, but not much head. Ring-type lacing.

Smell is strongly of honey and raw malt. Grainy bread, english muffins. Yeast is the tiniest bit funky.

Taste is light and sweet. Gentle, floral hops on the side of grass. Dry in the middle before finishing with a quick note of darker malt. Occasional cedar.

As light on the tongue as it is in colour, managed with restrained carbonation. Coats the lips after half the bottle, but with nice effect of aftertastes.

Amazingly drinkable for a pils - all the usual smoothness with a bonus in body. Hops are here seeminglly in tradition only. Less refreshing and more chewable.

ojiikun, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a pils glass. No date. The body was cloudy/hazy and rich yellow in color. There was a huge crisp white head that left delicate lace.

Smell was mildy of lemon peel. Floral and herbal.

Taste was nicely sweet with a slightly tart finish. Refreshing. Easy to drink with a lots of subtle flavor.

Mouthfeel was rounded and smooth with a short soft finish.

Cresant, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Light pale straw color. Some chill haze. Despite this, brilliant clarity. A just there white head. Visible effervescence.

S: Clean delicate lager character. Subtle corn/grain like aroma. Some slight sulfur notes as well.

T: Classic Munich helles taste. Clean and subtle flavor. Sweet, grainy, corn flavor. Nice lingering aftertaste but still clean. A very subtle hop character also detectable.

MF: Medium light mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Creamy, which adds to mouthfeel. Not dry.

D: Easy drinking - effortlessly sessionable. Why doesn't Bud or Miller taste like this (rhetorical question).

Nipitato, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Frothy 2-finger head. The color is a pale gold.
S: Slightly hoppy, with a light natural smell.
T&M: Very refreshing. Light tasting with a sweet and spicy finish. It's certainly a thirst quencher. The over all body is smooth on the palette.
D: Most of the Ayinger brand is a must and this bier stands with it's already exceptional class. I would buy this again...and I think I will as soon as I get around to it!

July2Nov, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very pale straw, perfectly clear with rising bubbles. The head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a quarter-inch cap of foam.

Smell: Subtle, earthy and organic, grainy and grassy.

Taste: Bready and slightly spicy, with a mild sweetness - very fresh and earthy. Mild on the bitterness, hops don't come out until the very end, appearing briefly before leaving a very clean aftertaste.

Texture: Extremely light and effervescent.

Drinkability: This is very sessionable stuff, it's light but very clean and flavorful.

Notes: A simple lager, not terribly complex but impressive in its balance. The taste remains extremely clean, even when it warms up. I bet this would be a great beer fresh on tap.

largadeer, Jul 10, 2007
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.