Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Jahrhundert BierAyinger Jahrhundert Bier

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 1,031 |  Reviews: 543
Reviews by Liquoric3:
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4/5  rDev +1%

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear straw-yellow color with a huge billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace islands on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of lightly toasted pale malt smell mixed with lots of a biscuit and some caramel smells. Along with these aromas comes some lighter grainy smells as well as a little bit of a grassy aroma

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel and toffee sweeter flavor mixed with a nice doughty taste. As the taste moves from the initial, some light grainy tastes as well as a lighter fruity flavor of both a sweeter apple and pear but also some lighter bitter lemon flavors enters the taste. The sweeter flavors fade ever so slightly as the taste moves on more toward the end, and with some more bitter herbal and grassy hop tastes coming to the tongue, one if left with a moderately crisp and very smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are fantastic for creating the crisp and very easy drinking feel for the brew. This is a superb feel for the flavors.

Overall – A clean and very refreshing brew. This is quite flavorful and very easy drinking with a great crisp taste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready and biscuit malt, grassy, lightly citrus hops. Flavor is lightly grainy biscuit malt, grassy hops, a hint of lemon; finishes with husky biscuit malt and dry grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A classic German lager with great balance between the malt and hops. A slight sweetness cuts the husky graininess of the malt, giving it hints of roughness, but still solid and satisfying. The classic hops are as expected and I'm realizing that I like the deeper malt body of the Dortmunder better as support for these Noble hops better than a standard pilsner malts. Drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into ayinger stange, the way i had it when it was first served to me at the sharp edge, pittsburgh, pa. here's to my 500th review. a trifle to some but a landmark to my vagrant ass.

A- a beer so highly sought after by me and so highly esteemed is more than worthy of my appreciation. if this is an export lager than what the hell do they keep in germany? pours a chill hazed golden amber. more lemony yellow upon inspection. the head is beautiful. european by all means and unquestionably german. does this go without saying? white, rocky, buildable, sturdy, and puffy like a cloud as it rises over the lip of the glass. i've longed to have this on my computer desk to give it an honest to goodness review (as opposed to half drunk in a bar). lacemeister on check, chunky and sticky and everything i seek.

S- crisp pale grainy aroma with lemon and pepper. herbal and grassy and cleaner than the dortmunders i'm accustomed to. straightforward malt sweetness balanced by white lily floral and basil herbal hop notes with a touch of lemony bitterness make for one sick combo.

T- malty sweet, honey and butter, light grains, apple, pear, white grape, reisling, touch of grassy hop flavor is working against the sweet. hard to call it bitter per se, as the bitterness is more expressed in subtle hop flavor- this one showcases malt with hops merely as an accent. all sorts of cereal grain flavors like the sweet little morsels of meusli, bran, rice, barley, oat, and wheat all wrapped up into a cereal bar of a beer with enough flora; and herbal hop bitterness and flavor to keep things under a sublime awning of balance. finishes sweet, dry, hoppy (NOT bitter) and yeasty with a touch of banana. heavenly.

MF- as expected. i mean, after all, we're dealing with reinheitsgebot ass shit and that demands a certain aire of character... nay, a certain guarantee of quality that is-- as it were, encompassing the entire meaning of ingredientiality. respecting the german purity law as i do, i cannot help but be engaged in the balance, the very sincere simplicity of barley and hops and yeast and water that make this beer so great.

D- unashamed, and upon ayinger's nutsack, i plege my allegiance to this brewery. if i ever find myself myself in germany i would probably fall to my knees. drinkability is beyond compare and i glorify this brew as such. hands down my favorite brewery and another stellar offering to hit on par with oktoberfest, weiss, and dunkel. many thanks.

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Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark straw, finely cloudy to small degree, a finger of white head that kicks back to lasting cap, and hangs for the ride.

Nice bready/crackery malt aroma with just enough sweet,light noble hop spice, and super tasty, even lighter, aroma of lager yeast.

Get out of town, this is delicious. All the clean aromas are bright flavors in a super tasty sip. There are hints of lemony citrus, a nice hit of spicy hops that isn't at all rooty, but the star is a great flavored malt that is just sweet enough to power a sip that ends with just enough of every flavor to give a delicious liinger. Tasty with capital T.

Very clean flavors, beautiful finish that leaves me longing for another quaff, just the right body to be refreshing and also satisfying.

Great beer I so regret never having purchased the countless times it was within my reach. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Beric
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 22 May 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear golden color with nice carbonation coming up from the bottom and building into a great foamy white head. Some lacing, but nothing notable.

Smell: Smells somewhat sweet and malty, slight grassy noble hop aromas.

Taste: Magnificently malt-forward with a huge bready sweetness that finishes extremely dry and bitter from the bittering hops. Fantastic Dortmunder.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation makes this one spritzy on the tongue.

Overall: Another great beer from Ayinger and one I would highly recommend to lager lovers everywhere. This is a magnificent beer to emphasize how flavorful lagers can be- the bready bitterness makes this a fantastic beer. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a German-style pilsener glass. This lager is a yellow straw color, just shy of lemon, with around four inches of white bubbles. Smells like sweet white bread, faint green grapes, a green floral note that makes me think of fresh cut clover hay (yes, I have actually smelled this), a noble hop spice. A rather fizzy offering, crisp and tart but with a gentle sweet grain backbone that is not overshadowed by the tasteful hopping. Flavors evoke popcorn and sweet malted cereals, lemon zest, vanilla, licorice ... Herbal and somewhat spicy.
Finishes dry and crisp, quite bitter with some flinty minerals very apparent. You know this is an authentic Dortmunder from this mineral effect that provide some bite and a dry mouthfeel. Whoa. Certainly this feature differentiates this brew from the other German and Czech lagers I've tried to date, including mass-produced examples of the style like DAB, as do the faintly nutty malts. Closest thing I've found to a legit Dortmunder in Canada outside of homebrew circles.

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

real nice slight fruit smell,nice and clean.Could drink alot of this one somewhat different than the dortmunder gold of Great Lakes Brewing,much more delecate.Liked em both havent had to many dortmunder syles but Iam sure this is a standard.Something to drink when eating a light meal.

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

Appearance - This bier poured a beautiful, light hazy yellow in color with some light carbonation and a gorgeous, pitting head.

Smell - The grain was terrific at the nose. It is smooth and lightly balanced with traditional German hops.

Taste - The grain is a real winner at the taste. It is sweet and tutty-fruity. The light hop balance from the nose shows up nicely at the tongue. Well done.

Mouthfeel - This one is light to medium-bodied and expertly balanced. The long, sweet finish leaves the drinker begging for more.

Drinkability - This is my idea of a good German lager and makes a great celebratory prost!

Update - I decided to re-review this with a vintage 2005 and found it exactly, and I mean exactly, like I described it in September of 2004. This really is a good standard for the German style.

Update - I sampled an '06 vintage for review. I'd say it leans more towards medim-bodied at this point but otherwise wouldn't change a thing from my original review. Right on!

Update - I sampled a 2011 vintage and this really is a terrific bier. The grain is strong yet incredibly sensual and the hops, usually too light for Americans' taste, are actually quite strong here and create an expertly balanced brew.

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Photo of BryanFlaherty
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Slycy690
4.84/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a tall Pilsener glass. The abv is listed on the back label (5.5%) but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has an extremely clear and light yellow gold color with tons of bubbly carbonation. From the pour I got a tall white foamy head. This head is light, fluffy and slowly settles down to a light wispy thin covering. On the way down the glass it leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The nose is modest and offers mellow notes of biscuity pale malt with a nice spicy/floral hop backing.

Taste/Palate: It has a light snappy flavor. Its pale bready maltiness is balanced by spicy floral hops that add pleasant bitterness and a very slight sourness. The finish is dry and crisp on a light to moderate palate.

Notes: Overall it's a very good easy drinking beer with excellent balance.

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw with a lasting lace from the carbonation.

Smell: Herbal and bready in the nose with a hint of lemon.

Taste: A sublime smoothness and a well textured malt mouthfeel cradle the delicate light to medium body. Lot of malt flavour ... grain, touch of husk, bready and a mellow raw honey like sweetness. Just enough hops to balance and not clash with the impressive malt character. A herbal hop flavour and a small amount of residual sweetness make up the finish ... though the hops become more prevelant as the beer drys out.

Notes: First brewed in 1978 in celebration of the 100th anniversary for Brewery Aying, a great choice for this creation. A wonderful malt profile. This beer makes you crave for more ... very appetizing. Went well with some dark rye bread and mild goat cheese.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer the first time I tried it and I think it’s still worth a try. I got the current bottle at the German Gourmet in Falls Church. VA., which I visited for the first time this week. If German cuisine is your thing, this is an unbelievable store. In particular, the beer and wine selection is huge. The Jahrhundert pours a yellow straw color with a slight haze to it. There is a very nice malt/hops aroma coming out of the glass. The flavor is well balanced between those components right through the finish. It’s a little spritzier than I’d like but some might find that energizing after a few. Good stuff.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Byeast
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of Apotheosis
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of innominat
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass,very light golden color,nice fluffy white head.Looks very tempting,grainy,slight sweet malty,hint of yeast aroma.A bready,slighty grainy taste,not a lot of hop presence.A light moutnfeel,with just the right amount of bitterness to finish. An execellent session beer. Would really be nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Ayinger 500ml glass.

Pours a very light straw/yellow color with a nice pillowy white head along with some fine lacing. Nose is yeasty and crisp, there's a light hop note that's very delicate.

Taste is very well balanced, it's light and crisp with a nice light hop bite and slightly spicy yeast note on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and full, smooth and a bit sharp. very well done.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,031 ratings