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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
89
very good

728 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 41
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a boldness that's greater than normal pilsners, and with a balance that pits pilsner malt against noble hop bitterness and flavor, this may be the most appreciated of light German lagers- only no one remembers them.

With a lighly hazy pour, the canary yellow pour delivers a froathy white head that carries a moderate white head with persistent lace. Aside from the haze, the beer is very standard of other well made German lagers.

Cracker-like malts and fresh baked breads begin to build the aroma complexes, along with acidic lemon-like esters and mild sulfur (match sticks). Apples, light grain, and flowery note allow for a rich and balanced nose.

Rich pilsner-like flavors carry the beer but with extra malt and grain flavor that probably favor the fresh and bready taste. With light grain lurking closely behind, a cracker-like crispness seems to accentuate the acidity and minerally taste that usher in lemons, apples, and light sulfur taste- all are complimentary in their balance and portrayal. Mild grassy and floral hops play delicately on the palate while equally mild bitterness firms up in the throat.

Richer and perhaps more substantial in taste, this Jarhundert also carries added weight and heaft without interferring with the crisp and clean malty textures. Creamy early, the beer turns grassy and dry late with a return of straw and grain in aftertaste. All, with a minty/evaporative feel late. Noble German hops offer a smooth bitterness to offset malt sweetness for the classic balance of flavors for Dortmunders.

Ayinger's Jahrhundert is a firm lager that shows what's best about German lager brewing, but with added body, flavor, and confidence.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 12:28:35 | More by BEERchitect
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beertaster13

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy yellow with a frothy monster of a head, lacing will coat the glass. The smell is of honey toasted grains, hints of lemon coreandor, a nice soft buttery hue. The taste is fabulous, light but damn tasty, the grains are mixed with a light melon. A slight banana yeast with a hint of lemon. Perfect for anything, goes good with a dinner, watching a ballgame or just sitting down relaxing. Ah perfecto!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 04:11:12 | More by beertaster13
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Opethsprite

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer!!!
The look is of a straw-like, apple juice color topped with a modest head...not highly filtered, either. There is apple and nutmeg on the nose, as well as a sweet cream scent. It is heavy on the apple in taste, but in a good way (no gross artificial taste). The lack of carbonation was rather disappointing, but it was a very, VERY drinkable beer overall. Love it!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 04:14:03 | More by Opethsprite
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus, lemon with some grain. The flavor is tasty with some of the citrus notes and very smooth. The body is light to moderate and the drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 11:47:26 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that falls to less than a finger. The nose is grainey, but not harsh. Light lemon notes hit. Its very clean. The flavor is very grainey, but again...not harsh. Very flavorful and clean. Very nice beer. Flavors don't hold on too long. The feel is light to moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. I'm very impressed with this one. I'm not very familiar with the style, but I reall like the clean lines. It will never be my favortie, but its good.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 02:30:05 | More by kmpitz2
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressive head for a lager. It quickly dissapates, though, leaving a nice lacy ring. Straw golden in color and slightly cloudy.

Raw corn aromas, slight grassiness and a touch of lemon.

Refreshing and clean in the first sip. Delicate flavor: low malt and low hop with a lemony zest bit thrown in. This is thin beer (the body is similar to water) with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is an easily quaffable beer. It's a step up from "lawn mower" beers. If you go into the tasting thinking delicate, you will likely enjoy this. If you are looking a big, powerful lager, this one will disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 19:09:31 | More by smcolw
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BitteBier

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw color with a good amount of head that lingers nicely. Nose has pleasant herbal notes but grains are nondistinct. Smoothly malted at the start with balanced hops that take over into the aftertaste, giving this one a mildly bitter though not crisp finish. Mouthfeel is rather light and somehow fitting for this lager. I'm a fan of Ayinger, but this one won't frequent my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 00:05:35 | More by BitteBier
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystla clear pale golden straw with a white frothy head that looked like whipped topping. The head lasted to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was malty and nutty with a light caramel character. The nutty aroma was interesting and compelling.

The flavor was nicely achieved with a nice complement of light caramel and malty presence coupled with enough bittering to keep the malt from becoming cloying. The bittering was present but in the background.

The finish was dry and actually became more bitter as the beer dried out further into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. The bittering of the beer was high enough to keep you wanting more since the beer was clean and slightly bitter in the aftertaste. A nice Helles.

500 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 21:27:50 | More by GCBrewingCo
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a bright golden color that is very clear and it's topped with a 2 finger white head that slowly fades and leaves little lacing. In the nose there is sweet malts with some spicy/floral/citric hops and a hint of metal. The malts are grainy and toasty on the palate and they are balanced by moderately bitter spicy hops. There are hints of metal, lemon, and orange and it has a medium body that is smooth, crisp, and a little tingly. Overall a tasty lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 23:56:09 | More by mmmbeer
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured from the 12oz bottle a very light straw color. There was a thin head that faded quickly, but left a nice lace in the glass.

Smell was lightly fruity and herbal with hints of fresh mown grass and lemon. Very appetizing.

Light mouthfeel, yet very smooth and quenching. Hints of citrus in the mostly malt-driven taste, balanced by very light hopping. There is a slightly sweet taste (honey?) that swirls throughout.

I expected this beer to be light and refreshing, but didn't expect the amount of body. It was very light, but at the same time, sweetly creamy and smooth.

A great warm-weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 15:12:29 | More by Beervis
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow/cloudy color with a nice head which eventually fizzles away. Has a sweet smell with a nice taste. Mouthfeel is nice not too full. Very nice aftertaste not bitter at all. This brew, to me does not taste like a lager at all. This brew is very drinkable. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 19:31:46 | More by Wasatch
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed after enjoying a 4 pack that I found at one of the Liquor Barn stores in Louisville, Ky. 11.2 oz brown bottle pours a clear yellow body, similar to apple juice, with two fingers of white head. Active carbonation is evident in the glass. Good head retention and moderate patch lace is left on the glass.
Mouthfeel has a light medium body and is alive with crisp carbonation.
Taste is interesting, with a biscuity and bready sweet malt that is mostly caramel, balanced with a spicy and grassy hops presence. Toasty grain notes are complimented with a breadiness that is almost sourdough in presence. There is an odd, but fleeting, metallic note that is unpleasant, like carbonated corn syrup out of a can, but it is quickly gone. Finishes with a floral and spicy hops bitterness that lingers for several minutes.
Drinkability is very fine. This Ayinger has an interesting complexity for a lager style. This is an excellent session brew. Wish I had purchased another 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 22:37:50 | More by merlin48
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light straw yellow beer. Has a big foamy white head with a nice lace. The aroma starts with a sweet grassy character. Followed by a Biscuity grain note with a hint of peppery hops in the back. The flavor has a quick malty sweetness to start and a sharp peppery hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 22:56:05 | More by ybnorml
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TheJudge

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light yellow (piss?) color, unimpressive. Bitter Heinekan-like smell. Eh. Taste is much better than expected. Good balance and not bitter to the taste, it is definately a german lager. Good carbonation, flows well over the tongue. On a hot summer day, i could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 16:59:40 | More by TheJudge
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden yellow color. I hate to say it but it could pass for a Bud if it wasnt so carbonated and didnt have a killer head. Almost defines what a "beer" looks like. Sulfury aroma-almost seems skunked but more sulfur. Malty flavor-slight hop bitterness. Slight fruitiness. Very good full mouthfeel. Body stands up quite well. Enjoyable beer overall-bring on the hot weather for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 17:20:32 | More by lackenhauser
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mynie

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite average pour. Hazy gold with a nice little head that fades out quickly.

Big smell of malt and fruit. Overripe fruits, too. Like apples and plums. Okay, but it smells like this sample might be a little old.

Yeah...this is a little old. Still, pretty good tasting, though. Big fruit malts, apples and plums and some apricots, give way to a dryer fruit middle and a crisp finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel and it goes down great, but I expected more from Ayinger.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:37:36 | More by mynie
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Naerhu

Japan

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure white fat head, with pale transparent body. Excellent lacing.
Small is beautiful. Pretty malt aroma. Bready nice and sweet. Small amount of fruit on the nose.
I have found the most wonderful light beer. Perfect soft bitterness with light peachy maltyness. The hop flavor is complex, ranging from floral to spicy, bitterness refined and always smooth.
Light bodied, dry-finishing great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 13:10:35 | More by Naerhu
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horndecker

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager is the color of clear honey or polished brass. A decent off-white head forms. The bubbles are not super fine but the suds do linger and leave some strings of lace.
The nose is lemon and yeast right off, then mild grassy hops and a slight vegetal aroma.
The first sip is juicy toasted malt with a hop bitterness rising up behind. A flavor reminiscent of sourdough bread follows, and the finish is once again a mildly bitter wash of hops.
Medium bodied, crisp and smooth, with a pleasant mouthfeel. This is a delicious and very drinkable malt-accented lager. I'm happy that my local store keeps this one in stock.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 18:35:54 | More by horndecker
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Boilermaker88

California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pilsener glass. Nice cloudy yellow color topped by a firm white head that slowly shrank down and left copious lace behind. A good level of carbonation kept things active and envigorated the head when slightly swirled.
The nose had a dominant aroma of yeasty malt. Secondary was a lighter citrusy, herbal hoppy note. The taste had a doughy malt flavor providing the backbone from which the lighter lemon peel and herbs flavors jumped off. The malt aspect was clearly at the forefront here and an additional sweetness came through in the taste of honeycomb. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy and smooth, almost slick.
Overall, a tasty, well-constructed lager that is refreshing and nicely balanced. Worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 19:26:20 | More by Boilermaker88
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, golden yellow with a creamy, white to off-white head, that laces nicely, though it doesn't stick around for long. Nose is tangy, yeasty bread malt (sour dough), with some balancing sweetness, and a noble hop backing. Strong yeasty bread malt flavor with light sugar cookie sweetness combine with a perfumey fruit flavor. Light noble bitterness takes us into a yeasty, dryish finish. Medium bodied and quite quaffable. Me gusta.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 18:25:15 | More by alexgash
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice drink with supper. Aggressive carbonation, good taste. Some complexity, with different malts and some toffee and citrus. Went with bread, meat and fish. Appearance light golden with white lasting head. Medium mouthfeel.Refreshing in winter and would be so in summer as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 02:47:59 | More by Sammy
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Chadbrew

Delaware

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

OK this is a pretty interesting beer to me because although I didn't find any one aspect of this beer to be exceptional, I could really drink the hell out of it.

It pours a bright yellow with about a finger of pure white fine, foamy head that diminishes to a thin ring around the edges.

Slightly sweet, mildly alcoholic aroma. I detect very little hops. Super clean with a touch of diacetyl, maybe some bread.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light. The maltiness is medium and very sharp. As with the aroma, I taste light hops, with just a little bitterness after the swallow. Very little of anything (except a buzz)lingers after the finish.

This is a very easy drinking beer which was gone in no time and left me wishing I'd picked up a few more.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 23:12:26 | More by Chadbrew
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50 cl bottle decanted into 50 cl Ayinger becher. Pours a slightly hazed sunny yellow color with a fluffy off-white head. Nice husky and malty nose with a fair hopping level and some suggestions of toasted nuts. Excellent husky astringency melding with the hops. Light malt sweetness, but everything else is dry, lightly astringent and husky. I think I"ve found my new favorite helleslager. Suggestions of nuts show up again in the taste. Just wonderfully drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended a beer that's light in alcohol, yet chock-full-o'-taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 20:43:38 | More by crookedhalo
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inebrius

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jagged mallow rests on a foggy electric yellow. Clean aroma hinting at baked hard pretzels and crisped rice cereal in lowfat milk. A satisfying mouthful balances a bite of plain puff pastry and weed. Quality suds that might be perfect taken vom Fass in Bayern.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 02:50:36 | More by inebrius
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml crown top bottle (Thanks Sammy) In the glass this is a hazey straw colored lager, lively effervescence, puffy 2 finger white cap and superb lacing. Smells earthy, herbal, husks and malt...a promising nose to this genuine lager. Great malt chatacter... bready with tones of lemon, herbs and musty honey at the finish. Finishes clean with earthy malt after tastes. Great tasting genuine helles lager...malty without being too sweet, hopped to give herbal balance but not obscure the fine malts.

This IS lager...the standard...Refreshing flavorful, well crafted....I could drink dozens in a sitting..this is a world class authentic lager just made for sessions.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 21:52:21 | More by pootz
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.