Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Style:
European Export / Dortmunder
Ranked #2
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,169
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
Reviews:
559
Ratings:
1,070
From:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  69
Gots
  103
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: This beer was first brewed in 1978 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our brewery. It has a golden-yellow color with a slightly flowery yeast, honey-ish aroma, tastes a little spicy and is full-bodied in initial taste, mild before swallowing and soft with a refined sparkle and fades with a well-balanced hint of bitterness. It is an especially drinkable and harmonious beer. Conrad Seidl, known as the Austrian “Pope of Beers”, on the Jahrhundert Bier: “It is a malty beer that pronounces the precious earthy quality of malted barley.”
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

The only other beer in this style I have tried is Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. This is not quite as good but is very close. It should however be said that unlike Dort, I have no idea what the age of this bottle is although it lacks any oxidative flavors. The nose seems a little light in strength but has nice floral and spice aromas along with some honey and a touch of corn. Taste is largely in line with the nose but with more grain and bread malt flavors a well as a small amount of corn. Smooth in body and somewhere in between light and medium in weight it finishes slightly crisp. Mild and very drinkable. My assumption is that this is not fresh and some of the more delicate flavor qualities have lessened. That said, it is still an enjoyable lager as is.

May 28, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light carbonation with about a medium body
Aroma is wheat, bread crust,whole wheat bread, malt
Taste is whole wheat bread, bread crust,malt, sour,alcohol, slightly astringent
Not my favorite from ayinger but still a high quality beer

May 24, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottle. Coded L9319
Perfect clear gold, Three fingers white head, full lacing, reduces to a full cap of assorted carbonation.
Mingled aromas of apple, cut grass, minerals, flowers, honey.
Malt base, tasty Pils hops with apple, biscuit, mineral flavors.
Smooth, well carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.
Great beer.

May 10, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with visible carbonation. A large foamy head displays good retention.

The aroma is mostly malt forward, grainy and toasty, with light notes of honey sweetness. There are also subdued aromas of spicy and grassy hops.

The taste opens with moderate malty sweetness. Nice round malt profile, toasty, doughy and chewy. Well balanced by earthy, spicy, and grassy hops that provide an easy going bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp refreshing mouthfeel. The medium length finish is dry and with a touch of bitterness.

I do not have a great depth of experience drinking this style, however, I certainly enjoyed this offering. A bit fuller than a pilsner or Helles, yet drinkable and refreshing.

Jan 22, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful dortmunder! Crystal clear golden body with two fingers of white foam. Biscuit and bready malts with german yeast, flowers, grass, lemon and black pepper. Taste leans into the floral and malt flavors, has a touch of honey and lemon zest as it warms, finishes with the grass, black pepper, and spicy earth. Body is highly carbonated for style, malty, sneaky spicy and springy. Going to get another bottle come spring time, would be amazing with Easter dinner

Dec 30, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle. Pours a golden color with a pillow of white head. Smells of straw, lager yeast, and spicy hops. Medium feel. Dry with light malt and spicy hop flavors. This is a great beer.

Dec 06, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 3/14/12: Pours an opaque straw, honey yellow producing a 2 finger, variously bubbled, off-white, moderately lasting, foamy head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is bread, honey and grassy hops. Taste is biscuit, soda cracker, lemon and grass with a slim bitterness. The aftertaste is astringent with a mineral hint. Crisp and refreshing.

Nov 19, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a grainy sweetness to it with some honey notes to start with. There are hints of flower and spice.

Taste: It has some grainy sweetness and bread with a bit of a flower and honey like taste. There is a very low level of spice.

Feel: It has a medium body with some moderate bitterness.

Overall, there is an interesting flavor combination and it is easy drinking.

Oct 12, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice flowery and herbal hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a pleasant flowery and herbal flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Dortmunder

Sep 03, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a supremely transparent straw color capped by nearly an inch of coarse, white suds. Aroma smells of noble hops, honey, bread, and a touch of apple.

The taste features zesty, peppery hops up front, complemented by light, bready malt. Warming reveals traces of honey and apple peel on the back end. Light body and medium-high carbonation make for a crisp, clean mouthfeel.

Overall, this as traditional and streamlined a German lager as you're likely to find—no frills, and eminently sessionable.

Aug 06, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crisp clear straw yellow with a thick pillowy white head that will not die. Lovely
Nose is musty and bready, like sourdough and a light cheese. The cheese/must is not dominant, it's just a subtle little edge to the rich grainy aroma.
Taste is super bready with a nice rye like spiciness ( i don't think it's rye it just reminds me of that) and a clean finish.
Feel is soft and clean. Nice full feel without any excessive sweetness and a super clean finish.
Overall this is a nice and drinkable beer, not the kind that forces you to sell everything to move to bavaria and live the good life, but a pleasant quaff none the less

Jul 21, 2019
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beertunes from Montenegro

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into 16oz knock-off perfect pint glass. poured a clean, clear,bright yellow color with an inch of white head that had good retention, but light lacing.

The aroma had great malts, a touch of grain, and nicely floral hops.

Same, just amplified, on the tongue with the addition of a slight touch of grassiness that added a touch of contrast.

The body was light, crisp, smooth, and had a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was great, I'm sorry I haven't tried this beer before.

Overall, a great beer. Perfect for our freshly arrived summer. Will bang again.

Jul 06, 2019
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look - A crystal clear pale straw colored body with an incredibly lively, fizzy, fluffy, cloud-like head. Refreshing just to look at.

Smell - Fragile wisps of herbs with a floral overtone. A mild peppery malt on a deeper inhale. Very gentle and nuanced.

Taste - Sweet round sourdough bread immediately lands at first but eventually gives way to an earthy metallic bitterness that lingers long after the swallow. Simple without being too simple.

Feel - A thin body with a surprisingly chewy feel. Not nearly as fizzy as I was expecting it to be, based on the initial pour.

Overall - Light, refreshing, and not overbearing. A good sipper to sit back and enjoy.

Jul 04, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Clear, pale gold, 1.5cm pillowy white head, and some rising CO2. (Eventually clears to lacing).
S- I just get some mild grains and mild malt - could be as it's a late/hot Spring day and the pollen is very high right now.
T- No doubt there, somewhat dry on the front, with some rich creaminess following, finally the two coming into balance.
F- It leaves no doubt either that's it's 5.5%, that (and more) comes over in the seemingly increasingly pungent deep finish. In fact it has that kind of liquor-ish edge; blind-tasted I'd guess this to be say 7-7.5%.
O- What a lovely beer, the taste and feel are superb. As said it's comes over as 'heavier' than 5.5% so should cope with a drinker starting with one quite well chilled. To think I lived in Germany for 3 years, 'drunk every line of beer in sight' and never heard of this brewery. Google shows I could buy a 500ml bottle there for Euro1.70. 'Alas' I now live in London :)
Bought from 'Real Ale Ltd', 97 Golborne Rd, London W10 5NL, a drinks shop and mini-bar at the very top end of Portobello Market. £3.30/500ml bottle. BB: [?]2/08/19.

Apr 20, 2019
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omahawk from Nebraska

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear light gold yellow hue with moderate lacing. Very faint sweet malt smell that is spot on German lager. Taste is wonderful malt sweetness that combines bread, light crackers, and floral spicy hop flavors. Beer is balanced, somewhat dry on the palate due to assertive bittering, appropriate for this export style. This is a really great bier worthy of purchase.

Mar 15, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, shared with my brother-in-law, Chris. Pale straw-golden colored bier, very slight haze; thick & creamy white head. Earthy, herbal, and pungent noble hop aroma with a biscuity malt presence in the background. Once again the hops are forward while being earthy, spicy, herbal, and pungent; malt is mild but balances the bitterness enough for optimum balance with notes of grain, biscuit, and honey. LIghter body yet very creamy and smooth; carbonation is spot-on; crisp and dry finish. It's been about a decade since I came back around to this one. I wasn't a fan of this one back then, but I have definitely grown to appreciate this classic German style over the years.

Jan 31, 2019
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MrGreensled from Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps the cleanestbesdy drinking german beer I've encountered so far. Not exactly a Oktoberfest as it is lighter in color, less sweet. Clean finish

Nov 03, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottled 4/09/18 (6 months ago) poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with nearly white head. Head retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is pils malt first with floral hops coming in behind. The taste is full soft pils malt at first with medium bitter floral hops gaining traction toward the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, excellent despite the age.

Oct 22, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz beer poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Nice dense white tiny bubbled head that settles very slowly. Body is gold in color with great clarity leaning toward light gold yellow.

S: lots of toffee, caramel, sweet doughy bread, and some banana to finish it out.

T: Slight metallic flavor up front gives way to light toffee and breadiness maybe a little of the banana in the end but it’s light.

M: Very well carbonation a touch thin but not watery.

O: it’s a solid beer but I firmly believe Ayinger really doesn’t make a bad beer. Very light and easy to drink.

Oct 12, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light yellow color with World Class white cap and lacing.

Aroma of mild malt with floral, spicy hops.

Taste on entry is mildly malty with hops arriving early and staying for the duration. Conceptually this is a European Lager brewed on the milder side yet nicely hopped in a clean, bittering way. A rich nuttiness emerges in the aftertastes and I get nothing but goodness from this cup.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A very pleasing traditional Lager with Dortmunder style hopping that comes across as floral and spicy with a definite bitter kick at the finish. Well, a kick in the tasting sense, physically it's more of a slight nudge.

Aug 20, 2018
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical Bavarian lager with a little too much bitterness in the end which is unfortunate for the drinkability. This is probably a bit too much hopped for a Helles and a little too much alcohol. not bad though.

May 21, 2018
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chuckyboomboom from California

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw colored with slight haze, tight white head which disappears quickly
Aroma: Bready, yeasty, floral with slight noble hops
Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nice carbonation
Taste: Earthy, grassy, slightly metallic, dry with some malt sweetness finishing with lingering hops
Very drinkable, wish I had more

May 12, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unlike other reviewers, my brew poured a pale hazy yellow, certainly not crystal. One finger white head with lots of lacing. Aroma was almost non-existent herbs and grass. Initial taste of grass, corn, and malt followed by juicy grass, malt, biscuit tastes. The feel is crisp with a light to moderate body and carbonation. This has a very refreshing taste and feel. Very enjoyable!

Mar 24, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear, bright golden color with a huge, spongy head.

Smells very grassy, with a floral note and a subtle hint of peppery spices, coming from well nuanced wheat. Has a crackery maltiness to it, staying in great balance with the other components from the nose.

Offers a very light body with a sparkly finish and a previous smoothness.

Tastes of light straw, corn and wet grass, slowly developing a herbal dryness among white bread dough. This contains only a very subtle sweetness, resulting from the supportive malts, entangled into the hops. Finishes sparkling and refreshing with a long lasting, still subtle nuanced hoppiness.

Very bright on the palate throughout with a great, versatile mouthfeel and interesting flavor composition.

Jan 06, 2018
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

.5L bottle split with Lisa in the hotel in Berlin. Crystal clear yellow color with a thin white cap and some lacing. Nose isn't too impressive - mostly cracker and a light biscuit malt. Taste is at first a bit skunky up front, then a more grassy and maybe herbal/floral hoppy note on the back end. Dry, clean, and crisp. Light mouthfeel, medium carb. Good beer, not great considering the source.. obviously the style isn't super flashy though.

Dec 24, 2017
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1070 ratings