Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier
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Style:
Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #2
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,450
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
577
Ratings:
1,100
From:
Ayinger Privatbrauerei
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  71
Gots
  111
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.”
Reviews: 577 | Ratings: 1,100 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Tuesday at 07:33 PM
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backblast from Alaska

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

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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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Radome from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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timon from California

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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OlaB from Norway

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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BubbleBobble from New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear tawny yellow, nice white 1.5" head, strong retention. Nose is straw, wheat, sweeter malts; notes of lemon and grass as well. Touch of noble hops, but not overwhelming. Taste is closer to a Helles than a Dortmunder to me, and is even a bit on the dry side. Mouthfeel is moderate but crisp, extremely refreshing. An excellent beer!

Dec 24, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500mL bottle with a code

Very clear, good retention. Smell is bread and noble hops. Smooth and creamy with a bite of hops at the end, and a long sweet malty finish. Tastes kinda like a golden ale. Unbelievably flavorful given it's look and ABV.

Top tier bier

Sep 27, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far as I can tell this bottle is about 8 months old (L0013 @ 08/23/20)

L: Clear yellow straw with a long lasting white head.
S: Faint wheat & lemon aroma
T: wheat and malt with a hint of lemon and bread with slight hops
F: smooth with a mild, crisp lemony aftertaste
O: Jahrhundert is a very good export style beer; refreshing and full without being filling. I wish I'd had a fresher bottle because that might have moved it into the excellent range
I wish i had found this beer fresher

Aug 23, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

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

2020-08-16
500ml bottle served in a pint glass. Stamped L0041, based on something I recently learned, that sounds like February 10th, 2020, so it's not particularly fresh. That sucks. Bought it at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, WA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a decent sized head that sustains quite some time. Smell is grassy and honeysuckle with just a little lager yeast. Taste is bitter, with a little honeysuckle. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry. Overall, this is pretty nice -- even though it's pretty old.

Aug 17, 2020
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not entirely sure how old this bottle is... I might be reading the code wrong but this is potentially from 2018... I would like to try it again from a source that I know is fresh, however, this is still pretty good as it is. Looks beautiful with a super frothy head, smells nice, tastes good and a bit bitter, feels actually fairly heavy for a lager. Overall pretty nice, would be enjoyable with some German food.

Aug 16, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a nice velvety white head that dissipates leaving just a thin layer of velvety white foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has lovely notes of rich bready malts, fresh dough, a touch of lager yeast, a hint of grape. Absolutely rich, decadent and delicious.

Taste follows the nose with rich bready malts, just a hint of toast with some light sweet grape notes. Just a bit of sweetness to this - some honey character to it, but its very balanced. Light yeasty notes come through on the back end, with a spicy hop note. There is a slight, mild mineral note - its subtle, but its there.

The feel is actually quite full for the style. Gives a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Bright vibrant carbonation.

Overall, this is absolutely delicious - I can't believe I hadn't reviewed this one before.

Aug 14, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear bright yellow brew with a nice pile of foam in the Faust stein. Quite aromatic with a long-lasting nose of grain, straw, and flowers. There is some pleasant sweetness along with the flavorful malt. There is a tang of hops that leaves just a touch of bitterness, but enough to balance. Flavors of grain, a little caramel, and a hint of bitter greens.

Clean, rich, and tasty, as rewarding to sip as to down a big draught. I was surprised to see I have only tasted a dozen beers in this style, but this is certainly one of the best. It's one that would be even better in the breezy bierstube. From the 500 ml bottle purchased from Bine & Vine.

Aug 08, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear, bright golden coloration with a medium, fluffy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, slightly bready malt and floral, grassy hops. Taste is a good balance of sweet, doughy, bready malt, with a certain honey note, and lightly bitter, floral, grassy hops with some slightly spicy accents. Finishes quite crisp, with a light/medium bitterness and some doughy malt, honey and floral hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation.

While this may be a pretty decent example of the style, it's really not for me personally at all, as it has that sweet and floral flavor profile that I detest in Lagers, which is exacerbated here with a distinct honey note, although also balanced by a certain bitterness and spicy hop note. Very crisp, clean and refreshing, but just way too sweet for me. I usually try to rate to style, but I really didn't enjoy this one at all.

Jul 02, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear bright golden. Is full bodied up front and fades to a smooth finish with only a touch of hop bitterness. Floral and a bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Very very balanced and crisp but rich.

Jun 19, 2020
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thesherrybomber from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a slightly old 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass

Three fingers white head and clear, light gold/straw body. Spicy floral hops, sulfuric, lemony? Taste is slightly sweet, but oh so smooth. Short finish

Overall I would love to try this from the source. It takes me back to my early days of experimenting with European pale lagers

Jun 17, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with two and a half finger head. Honey and grape aroma. Taste is sweet malts and a slight but insistent hop bitterness. Smooth on the mouth and easy drinking, medium carbonation. The best Dortmunder in my experience and my favourite from one of my favourite breweries.

Jun 13, 2020
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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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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1100 ratings