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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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815 Ratings

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 43
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 CharlieMopps
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of KI9A
3.99/5  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.

Photo of iceball585
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of ojiikun
3.94/5  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.

Photo of Cresant
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Nipitato
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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).

Photo of July2Nov
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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

hazy gold with a bright white head that leaft a little lace all over. bready, herbal, slightly floral smell. taste the flowery malt! its not the hops. i'm not a big lager/pilsner fan, but this one has a little thicker body than average, and i like that. very nice going down. very drinkable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a cloudy yellow lager with some white hue and a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of floral malt with some light citrusy notes. Taste is dominated by big floral malt with some light sweetness. Defintely more malt then what i am use to for the style. Body is full with some low filtration and some great carbonation. Overall, well done for the style.

Photo of vanrassel
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If macro drinkers had the inclination to try this beer (and access to it), it would change their minds about what they drink. Jahrhundert isn't going to rock anyone's world, but it's a well-crafted lager that manages to be both flavourful and easy-drinking.

A 500 mL bottle poured into my pilsener glass a clear pale gold with a towering three-finger head. The head shrank to a more reasonable size, but never quit. The smell didn't make quite as much of an impression, but was pleasant enough: grain and a bit of spicy hops.

The flavour was mainly malty and sweet, with a bread-like quality, but some hops at the back end added a nice crisp bitterness that prevented it from being cloying. Medium carbonation and body felt right and kept up this beer's outstanding refreshing qualities.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice white head that dissipated without leaving much lace. The smell is of mellow spice, a bit grainy, almost has a slight buttery smell. The taste is slighty spicy and grainy/bready malt base. Some light hop presence but nothing significant to make this bitter, but a small metallic twang. The feel is creamy yet well carbonated. A very good helles, some nice subtle flavors blending well. A nice summer drinking brew.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (no freshness date) poured into flute glass. Pours a clear pee yellow as to be expected with a foamy fake looking white head that dissiaptes into a ring in about a minute, minimal lacing.

Smell is not much, sort of bland with a bit of skunk to it, small hints of malt and grains here and there.

Taste is pretty average, grains and malt are there but are not very active on the tongue, they sort of stand around and don't do anything, cooked vegetable aftertaste that lingers for a little while on the back of the tongue, light bodied and not much carbonation.

I have to say I was a bit disapointed by this one from Ayinger as I normally enjoy their offerings, but as a Helles its not too bad, I'm just not that big a fan of this particular one.

Photo of scurvy311
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice pale lager, but nothing to flip about. It is so nice to enjoy another great beer, except that it further muddies the water when trying to determine where above average and excellent resides. This is a good crisp pale lager. This is what (to me) is considered good ball-park beer. Not disruptive or offensive in any area, along with many other beers in this category. It is definitely worth being on a long term beer rotation.

Photo of Shadman
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was supposed to be there Hefe, but I guess I was in a hurry and didn't read the label..the good news..another review.

Pale straw color, slight cloudy ( my wife said it looked like piss), smallish head, so-so retention. Lacing was so-so as well.

Not a lot of nose, but some bready malt and hint of classic Helles spice.

Yep. It's a Munich Helles all right. Sweet bready malt and some slighty spicy, slightly bitter hop. Very smooth with a oh so slightly dry finish.

Carbonation levels are resonable, making this beer very easy to drink. A classic munich style lager...PROST!

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

Pours a hazy straw color with a substantial head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid cap.

Nose of lemon, malt and faint hops.

Clean and refreshing, this is well balanced showing just a bit of hops bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, but not as actively carbonated as first appearance would leave one to believe.

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

An awesome lighter lager that's still full of flavor. It looks a proper straw-yellow in my glass, similar to a macro lager, but the aroma is way off from cheap beer. It's sweet with a pale grains and lager funk. The flavor expands on the aroma with deeper barley flavors and a balancing bitterness, but nothing on par with a good pilsner. Definitely a good lager to try if you've never had a good helles lager.

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely light straw color with a fizzy white head. The aroma is clean with malt, a touch of biscuits and some herbal hops. The taste starts out with a smoot maltiness that finishes with dry with a nice lingering herbal hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp from the carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty darn good lager, definately one of the best I have had. Recommended.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This is a great looking beer. Crystal clear pale golden color. Has a huge fluffy white head and leaves great lacing around the glass.

Smell is very potent. Tart fruits and light hops. Has a slightly sweet toasty smell.

Taste is full of subtle hints of sour apples, grapes and hops. Nice malt sweetness as well.

Very well balanced. A smooth refreshing brew that is not short of taste and complexity. Another great beer from Brauerei Aying.

Photo of jmc44
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden straw color with tight, thick white head, which dissipated to a fine film. Light lacing.

Malty in the aroma, with bread and biscut,and a light citrus note.

Malty sweet flavor, with hints of bread and earth; surprisingly strong on the malt. Balanced nicely with hops in the finish to leave the malt dominant in the aftertaste but not overwhelming. Nice and sweet.

Light to medium bodied; slightly creamy and not overly carbonated. Goes down easy, and would be a great drinker on warm days in the backyard (or roofdeck, as the case may be).

Quite simple, but nicely done and enjoyable.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured a clear pale gold with a rocky head and nice lacing. bread dough dominates the nose along with some floral and honey notes. taste is balanced towards the malt with nice residual sweetness reined in slightly by some subdued hop bitterness. i definitely enjoy the clean, slightly sweet malt profile of ayinger beers. mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with lively carbonation. on first impression a great session beer but the sweetness becomes cloying after a couple of these. needs a touch more hop bitterness.

Photo of AlexJ
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly beautiful pour on this beer, lightly hazed pale golden yellow witha a billowing head of stiff, paper white froth with excellent retention and thick crusts of lace. Few lagers are this attractively decanted.

Aromas are clean, crackery, biscuitty, and reminds me of honeyed fresh white bread with subtle notes of grassy and herbal noble hops.

The flavoe has the same, interesting malt entry with a bit more caramel and pale malt sweetness than i expected. It's very clean and has a slight yeasty note and is well balanced by fresh grass and herbal hops with undertones of spice and pepper.

Body is medium, but feels light on the palate with a creamy texture and slick drinkability. A interesting beer, and a style that will require furthur investigation.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good thick head that has pretty good retention. It also has a very good lacing along with a good clear very very light golden color. Smell is bready and a little sweet, nice smell that's lager-like, but with a seemingly thicker smell (if that makes any sense). The first thing is when it hits the tip of the tongue and you taste a sweetness of the malted barley. Usually I'm not a fan of sweetness especially when accompanied by lagers. Ever since my first lager (Butt-wiper), the smell and taste of the sweet beverage has always been sickening. This however is very nice. Mouthfeel is crisp and nice, very good. Overall I will have this again, I like it. I will buy 3 next time to fill up my 1 liter Hofbrau Haus glass.

Photo of Byeast
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a mostly clear , yellow / gold color , with a half inch of white head.

Smell: nice maltiness , kind of cookielike , nice grassy and earthy hop , slight hay.

Taste: Medium body full of pale malt flavor , some grains , slight tea like taste , lots of grassy green hop , just a nice balanceing bitterness , finishes with a hint of cookie sweetness and an earthy grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: very smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability: A very drinkable lager that hooks me right in. Love the smoothness , the tasty malt , and the herbal / grassy hop qualities. I feel like im in Bavaria!

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.