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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
89
very good

828 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 45
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001

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Ratings: 828 | Reviews: 478
Photo of PatrickJR
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Pale yellow, slightly golden, with great clarity. A finger or so of bone white head rises and settles fairly quickly into a thin collar. Very minimal lacing.

S - Very aromatic biscuit malt here. Subtle, but absolutely beautiful. Spicy hops dance in the background.

T - Helles isn't really my thing, but this is amazing from an objective and subjective standpoint. The subtle malt from the nose creates a rich bready taste with a touch of buttermilk sweetness. The hops play a fairly secondary role and contribute mild spiciness and trace bitterness to keep the malt in check. The hop bitterness mingles with some noticable alcohol in the finish, which is the only thing keeping this from a perfect 5.

M - Though I enjoy the mouthfeel, I think it brings down the refreshing quality of this beer. Light bodied, but bordering on medium with a very soft and at times nearly non-existent carbonation. It severely lacks the "snap" that a helles needs.

D - I've thoroughly enjoyed this beer, but the mouthfeel really keeps the drinkability down. The flavor is good, but it's not something I want to keep drinking with the relatively heavy and flat mouthfeel.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a .5L Franzeskainer glass.

Appearance: billowy head 2+ fingers, pale golden, random lace

Smell: horse blanket, wheat, complex and spicy

Taste: crisp and complete, well balanced, malty sweetness, caramel, hops but not bitter

It has almost a marzen flavor, but with a hefeweizen's complexity. Yet another winner from Ayinger.

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

Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow color with a thick rocky head that left behind some very nice looking lacing. Grainy aroma with only slightest hint of hoppiness. Sweet, malty flavor, a little grainy, husky, minimal hop bitterness. Creamy on the tongue, decent carbonation. A fantastic Helles Lager, probably the best I've had.

Photo of becktone
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 9-8-08

Done back-to-back with Augustiner Edelstoff

Eye: Pretty good head retention with about a ½ finger of a poor soapy looking head. Lacing needs or could use some work-off to Santa's Elf Shop for you....(Don't know where that came from) Color of the head is a dirty white. Crystal clear and translucent in appearance, carbonation looks to be pretty low from the amount that is rising to support the head. Color is straw gold in color fading to more of a lemon yellow at the bottom of the pils glass.

Nose: Great strong sweet malt aroma on this beer. Also bready notes. Also kinda reminds me of sugar cookie dough, sweetness of maple brown sugar oatmeal-with definite emphasis on the maple brown sugar. Didn't look to find such prominent and odd aromas in a Helles... No hops here.

Tongue: Real nice heavy malt flavor here, this one definitely has a heavier and more pleasant body than the Edelstoff. More flavor overall in this beer, much easier to identify than the Edelstoff. Sweet malt flavor blows Edestoff away, fractions of that sweet maple/sugar cookie aroma, bready notes are very easy to get here. The combination of the color of the brew, the thick body, and the sweet flavors in here make me want to say that I taste honey, however I know that there is no honey in here as this beer is brewed in accordance to the purity law of 1516. German yeast strain is very easily identifiable, ever so slight flavor of banana and clove, just there pretty much hidden. Didn't notice it till I was drinking the last of the four pack. I know in lagers there isn't supposed to be any phenols or esters, yet this adds to the authenticity of the beer. Still not really any hop flavor, but that is to be expected, doesn't really fit with the style, less its purpose is to really round out the brew, as in Edelstoff, but here its not really needed. Great beer, nicely done, good representation of the style. I'd say that this one could be comparable to a reisling in the wine world-sweet (well as far as beer goes).

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As aforementioned this one is much heavier on the palate than I expected. I'm going to say that this one is heavy on the palate. Not heavy as a stout mind you, but for the style I think that it is heavy. Low carbonation and what I'll gather to be quite a bit of residual sugar, or maybe its just full of unfermentable dextrins... no matter what it is this beer has a full body. Finish isn't dry as was with the Edestoff. Very pleasant beer, one that I'll definitely be buying again next time I'm in the mood for a great Helles. However, still going to be "questing" for better and different Helles. Most likely won't be back to it for a while, till I run out of available Helles in the area. Definitely worth the time and money to try.

Photo of nasty15108
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt .1oz Euro style bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellow color. Thin white head that gave way to a spotty film. Good carbonation.

S - Malty, like crackers or pretzel, with definite hints of herbs and citrus (lemon). Slightly musty.

T - Malty with a good amount of herbal hop taste. Slightly sweet up front followed by a slightly dry and bitter citric hop flavor.

MF&D - Overall a very good beer. Went great with a soft pretzel and spicy mustard.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber color with a very light haze. Poured a two finger head that settled to one and held.
Meduim thickness lacing all the way down. Lightly decanted continuously.

S: Light citrus and wet malt aroma. Slightly bitter.

T. Bready, wet malt. Slightly bitter hops.

M. Medium body. Carbonated nicley balnced. Crisp and refreshing finish.

D. Nice, easy full-floavored Helles. Very nice hop and malt balance.

Photo of biggmike
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark yellow color with extremely fluffly white head that took quite some time to dissipate. Aroma was a malty grainness. Taste was extremely malty with just enough hops to balance it out. Tasted of malt, grain, and just a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel was excellent and drinkability is way up there. I enjoyed.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Aroma of tart, sour lemon, spice, and sourdough well... dough.

Taste: Tangy sourdough and wheat taste with a very minimal sweetness that's soon followed by a blast of sour lemons. Hint of saltine. Tiny pinch of clove. Spice-minded hops with a medium bitterness. Finishes crisp with a smooth, easy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable, but it's no Altbairisch Dunkel, I will say!

Photo of jordoo
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

17oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

It has a very clear pale straw yellow body with a large 1.5" head that had great retention and lasted to the last sipp and left some extensive patches of film. Smells of biscuity malt and light grassy noble hops. Taste is a nice sweet buscuit malt with some grainy flavors and a good back end bitter hop hit that gives a clean dry entrance to the finish before giving way to the malt again on the swallow. The mouth feel was medium, smooth and slightly creamy. Very drinkable I wish I had more...oh wait about 3 more oz's in the bottle, nice!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with an average white head, with average retention, no lacing.

S: Grassy noble hops, and a lot of sweet bready malt, pastry-like.

T: Definitely a hop-oriented Helles, blind tasting this I'm sure I'd say it was a pils. Dry hop character of cut grass and lawn clipping, light herbal character is balanced by the semi-sweet malt, good flavour overall.

S: Dry and crisp, smooth, lightly resiny, well done to style.

D: A good beer from Ayinger, not a typical Helles, but solid nonetheless.

Photo of Mryup
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Classic lager golden with an inch and 1/2 of foamy white head that reduces to a thick sheet. Lots of CO2 visible. Lacing as well.

S: Lots of malt with some husk. Floral hops whisper with some citrusy notes. Wait..mellow earthy spices too.

T: Ohh wow...floral hops come strong. Not expected. Yup, hops dominate with doughy malt backing it up. Malt dominates the smell and hops dominate the taste. Citrus and spice are balanced perfectly. A surprisingly good hoppy lager.

M: A light to medium body with adequate CO2.

D: Above average but nothing special. The hoppyness brings it down just a touch.

A very well balanced brew that is more complicated than it seems. A another great brew from Ayinger.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into my weizen glass

A: Crystal clear yellow with a massive billowing head and a ton of carbonation. Excellent retention, pretty lacework

S: A combination of subtle sweetness with light sugar, toast and mild cotton candy with a delicate hop touch with earthy and mildly spicy character. Good

T: Wonderful - light in body, delicate and well balanced with toast and a mild nougat-like sweetness contrasted by a mild hop flavor that replicates the nose. The finish is dry and wonderfully bitter

M: Excellent carbonation, great feel and finish

D: I need to buy more of this.

Notes: Finally I find a Helles lager that I enjoy. Both the FFF Gorch Fock and Brooklyn Keller Helles were disappointments

Photo of mdagnew
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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...

Photo of steinlifter
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of ShrinerMcBitey
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of joezak5
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Portertime
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of MisterClean
2.3/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.54/5  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!

Photo of Pencible
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of baos
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.