Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier
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Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #4
Ranked #13,573
3.95 | pDev: 10.63%
Jun 18, 2022
Oct 08, 2001
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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4.21 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Jun 18, 2022
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2.53/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by bhaugh20 from Ireland

Disappointed- not as good as the Fuhr beer from Ayinger in the same category

Jun 04, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a clear, light and bright golden color with a mild white head. SRM of 6. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of golden malts. Pale malts, honey, some light yeast with pale malts on the finish.

Flavor: Authetnic German flavors of pale malts, golden malts. Some golden and toasted malt flavors beforea light drizzle of honey on the finish.

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet, but with a twinkle.

Compared to Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold 5/20/22: Pours a lighter color. Stronger aromas. More light and toasty malt. Less earthy honey.

Overall: A fantastic Dortmunder here. Nice pale malts and lightly golden Munich malts that has almost a crispy twinkle to lift it up. Maybe the twinkle is a hint of a flowery or complex yeast note. Whatever it is, it seems to liven the beer. Very similar to a German Helles, but with the yeast of a Kolsch and not sure I could tell the two apart. Among the best Dortmunders for a reason. (Rating:

May 20, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours a beautiful crystal clear golden with white head. Honey sweetness, cracker, dryness. It's not Rothaus but this is a great German pale lager. Softly carbonated and quenching. Really tasty and not something you should hesitate to buy.

May 19, 2022
3.97 by craigbelly from Iowa on May 02, 2022
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a bottle purchased at the Dorset store; unknown freshness. Pours clear yellow with ample amount of frothy head. Tastes of sweet corn with light carbonation. Great for the style.

Apr 29, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

Clean straw with a pile of snow white foth that sticks; fresh soft pretzel insides nose with mild spice; sliced pan, some tin, then grass + herb hop finish; crisp, round, long bitter linger.

4.25 4.25 4 4 4

Not super fresh - 3 months out from expiration month - which could explain the toned down hops flavours.
But Export is also meant to split the difference between Helles + Pils, which this does swimmingly; it's all about the balance. The malts in particular have a pleasingly doughy quality I haven't ever found from just pils malt.
Soft water is making this rounder than the body would suggest (since it's pretty dry as well) without being sharp. And the bitterness, while assertive, never gets up to pilsner levels.
Overall, a superbly drinkable strong lager.

I'd fuss over this before Edelstoff.

Apr 28, 2022
3.58 by BeerWasp from Germany on Apr 16, 2022
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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

A frequent imbiber of Ayinger's brews that make it to the Midwest, I'm surprised Jahrhundert escaped me. Glad it has not.
While this does not Look like an appetizing lager and while Smells mostly of sweet malts, it Tastes very balanced and finishes ever-so-soft in the Feel.

I had an interesting pairing with Indian leftovers. Clean and soothing, the softness calms my buds from the spicy food. Now I know how to eat Indian food. Who would have thunk that Bavaria had the answer ?

Apr 12, 2022
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3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by velocity321

L: Classic pale yellow straw, little foam which quickly dissipated and large bubbles.

S: Faint citrus, tinge of caramel malt.

F: Big bubbles on the tongue, otherwise like water.

T: Clean with slight honey tone, little to no bitterness, but no strong prominent flavors.

O: A good, but not great beer which would drink it again but need to try more of this style for a good comparison.

This beer was purchased at the Super Chedraui in Puerto Morelos, Mexico and subsequently chilled but I did not have the chance to drink it during vacation thus it emigrated to USA. In full disclosure the temperature variation may have affected it and also my nasal system is slightly congested.

Mar 13, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into pokal. Straw color, slightly cloudy. Thin white head.

Biscuity malt & grassy hop nose.

Taste follows, with a good balance of the two, plus honey notes. A little bit of orange on the finish. Pretty much everything everyone else says.

Light and smooth feel, airy carb and chewiness.

This reminds me of a stickier chewier pils. Solid German stuff. A refreshing beer.

Mar 03, 2022
3.94 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Feb 27, 2022
3.97 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Feb 02, 2022
3.99 by dd53grif from Michigan on Dec 31, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased from The Blue Door for $4.99. Poured into a pils glass.

L - Bright gold with a touch of haze. One-finger pale white head that stays awhile.
S - Biscuit, crackers, and white grape. Hints at some sort of earthiness.
T - Honey-forward, with a follow-up of lemongrass and pear peel. Biscuit. White pepper on finish.
F - Refreshing. Not filling, yet satisfying. Light-medium body with plenty of carbonation. A bit oily, but no complaints here!
O - This is the rightful "Champagne of Beers". Light, satisfying, and just complex enough for you to come back wanting more. I love Ayinger, and this is up there on my favorite brews out of their brewery. A must-try for sure, and I'll be sure to buy a few bottles again!

Dec 30, 2021
3.91 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Dec 26, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LukeGude from Iowa

Big bottle from John’s poured into tulip. Easy drinking lager but it has some unidentified flavor - yeast/malt?

Dec 18, 2021
3.75 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on Dec 15, 2021
3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 13, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Chris1108 from New Jersey

Love the products from Ayinger! This is a delishious and refreshing light lager in the traditional sense. ABV 5.5 and .5L bottle. Poured into a pint glass served cold. A: bright yellow with a 2 in head that dissipates but leaves the residue until the bottom of the glass. S: light smell slightly malty. T: very drinkable and refreshing. Quite malty yes good flavor reminds me of a light Vienna lager. M: thin to medium mouthfeel. Let it over all your tastebuds! O: I found this at Gary’s in NJ and I bought two. I really like the Oktoberfests this time of year and this delivers. A slight but lighter than the Ayinger Marzen which is an automatic purchase for me! Prost!

Nov 25, 2021
4 by icemanexit from Indiana on Nov 12, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There’s a fingernail of eggshell white on top. The aroma is of faint grassy hops and pale malt. I’m tasting very delicate pale malt and a hint of grassy hops. The mouth is very light, crisp, and smooth.

Nov 05, 2021
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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

Very light, pale, straw yellow. A bit surprised how light it is. Smell is quite sweet, with honey notes and cracker malts most prominent. The taste, however, has almost none of the sweetness of the aroma; the honey notes are present but subtle. More prominent is a grainy note and peppery spice. The 5.5% ABV is noticeable in the taste. Not ontrusive, but noticeable. Still, it's very smooth, very drinkable. Overall a solid, tasty lager, but not quite worth a special trip, or the $5+ per bottle you find it for around these parts.

Oct 27, 2021
3.78 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Oct 25, 2021
3.11 by Mclusal from Colombia on Oct 23, 2021
3.41 by Traveler1 from Texas on Oct 19, 2021
3.43 by MGibbons from Maryland on Sep 19, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 1/12/21

Dortmunder is a style that I’d love to explore more, but you just can’t find them too easily these days. I’ve only reviewed one example of the style, the one from Riegele. And even that was probably over a year ago. Basically it’s been way too long since I’ve had something new in this lager style, so I’m excited to see what this one has in store

Pours a mostly clear pale straw with 3 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

This is straight up sweet in the nose, just tons of honey notes enveloping everything else. I’m picking up on aromas of sweet honey, toasted grain, lemon, fresh baked bread, light floral hops, and light white grape

It’s not as sweet in taste, taking on more of a spice complex instead. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting lemon rind, toasted grain, white pepper, and grassy hops. The swallow brings notes of sweet honey, lemon rind, orange rind, grassy hops, white pepper, biscuity malt, and light pear

A light medium body pairs with moderate airy carbonation, resulting in a super light and crisp beer. Finishes mostly dry with with a light earthy spice

Oh yeah, this is solid stuff. I could pound these for quite a while. Awesome stuff, and yet another reason to keep exploring the styles

Sep 06, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a single 16.9oz bottle $4.49 Whole Foods
L0324 on bottle so 281 days old
Smell of wheat
Clear golden color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of lemon hits me first, then light malt, some bitterness
Overall good for the style. Straightforward, clean, refreshing, basically what beer should be.

Aug 28, 2021
4.94 by Techichi from Texas on Jul 24, 2021
4.06 by SpaethJam from New York on Jul 06, 2021
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3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

Jahrhundert = year hundred, celebrating the brewery's centennial back in 1978.
Clear, bright golden hue, large, lusty white head.

In the nose: moderately hoppy, spilling out much malt in the aroma, classic dortmunder nose, slightly floral, clean and crisp.

In the mouth: More crisp and clean, light and lovely. Slight sweetness, ultimately ending dry. Expertly consumable, quenching, and tasty. Malty flavors all the way through. Refreshing and delicious.

Jun 07, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by TheRatCage from Connecticut

L: clear gold straw in color. Small head that leaves faint traces of bubbles on the surface. Moderate lacing.

S: Wheat, malted barley. Some pear, apple, and honey notes.

T: Bready malt forward but not too heavy. Very crisp. Hops spice in the middle and end.

M: crisp, towards the heavier end of light-bodied. Dry finish.

Overall: Light and refreshing. Nothing uniquely interesting but a good example of a German lager.

May 24, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Mostly clear gold appearance with a large off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Soft, flowery, malty aroma with some lingering fruitiness. Smooth, malty, moderately sweet taste, doughy at first, then the spicy hops kick in to add some depth and balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation; lasting finish.

May 21, 2021
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3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

500 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 5.5%. Clear and pale golden colour, large white head. Nice floral aroma, a hint of honey. Citric / sharpish mouthfeel. The flavour is first distinctly malty, followed by moderate herbal bittering hops.

May 11, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by backblast from Alaska

Pours light gold with a lingering white head.

Taste the malts and malt sweetness up front with lemongrass and euro lager yeast mixed in. There's also a hint of light bread and mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Very nice.

Apr 04, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

500ml bottle. Printed code on back of the label is 'L0196'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Bigger head upon pouring settles back to a thick cap, which leaves strings of lacing.
Aroma is sweet with honey, with strong smells of floral and fruity. Good bright malt base.
Taste is also sweet, with a spicy bite. Earthy, floral, and with a little fruitiness. Fades away with slight bitterness.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Crisp and bright, with a little bite.

Feb 28, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Radome from Florida

Tasted from a 500 ml bottle.

L - The appearance is light golden and crystal clear, giving it a delicate look. There is a thin sheet of white foam and a constant stream of minuscule bubbles rising through it.

S - Delicate aromas of honey, pears, light green apple and some earthy, herbal hops.

T - The flavors are surprisingly hop-forward after the sweet, fruity aroma. Very little malt, but strong flavors of grassy and earthy hops.

F - Thin body (seems appropriate) with full, fizzy carbonation. Low to moderate hops bitterness. Light alcohol touch.

O - This is an overall light, delicate beer with a strong hops backbone. It gives an impression of classic German precision, but I don't find it all that interesting.

Jan 28, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by timon from California

Pretty nice beer. Smell is nice honey and lemon and wheat and look is golden with bright white lacing, sadly, the taste and mouthfeel are a bit less nice. Taste is a bit too dry and bitter, imho, and the mouthfeel is thin. Still a very drinkable beer, but not one I would want to session with.

Jan 15, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a medium top off white head that dissolves slowly.
Aroma is of bread, crackers, grains, honey, apples, herbs, grassy and floral hops.
The taste is sweet and dry with bready malt notes in the back. It then goes to more herbal and grassy notes before finishing of with a nice amount of hoppy bitterness. A nice and long aftertaste
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A really nice example of a german lager. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Jan 15, 2021
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1133 ratings