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: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Nice drink with supper. Aggressive carbonation, good taste. Some complexity, with different malts and some toffee and citrus. Went with bread, meat and fish. Appearance light golden with white lasting head. Medium mouthfeel.Refreshing in winter and would be so in summer as well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bread with some grass and citrus notes. There is also a honey aroma coming off this beer as it warms. Taste is exactly like the smell, even with the honey notes. Very refreshing flavors on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager from Ayinger and my first of the style. I would get this one again in the future for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the great german lagers here, light and fizzy and sessionable forever. pale yellow in color with as much frantic carbonation as a well shaken soda. inch of white head rests on top. nose is like cheerios, cereal grains, although light, dominant. bittering hops only, but they add a layer, timeless familiar german lager yeast. this is a beer, that while new to me, is comfortable and familiar. this is what i want when i seek a german lager. ultra refreshing, light but not wanting for flavor at all, no stale malt flavors, and a clean finish that isnt too dry. its just right, perfect for the coming warmer weather, and somehow incredibly cheap to buy in colorado at the moment. extremely high carbonation level would be distracting in another beer, but it works wonders for this already airy lager. german lager exemplified here for me, i am going to load up on this later in the week i think, very impressed with a style here that doesnt always do it for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear pale yellow in color with a thin white head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered most of the surface.
S: There are light aromas of biscuity malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: Flavors of biscuity malts dominate the taste, although these are not too strong. There is a bit of sweetness in the overall taste and a mild amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather crisp and clean on the palate
D: The beer goes down very easy and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a boldness that's greater than normal pilsners, and with a balance that pits pilsner malt against noble hop bitterness and flavor, this may be the most appreciated of light German lagers- only no one remembers them.

With a lighly hazy pour, the canary yellow pour delivers a froathy white head that carries a moderate white head with persistent lace. Aside from the haze, the beer is very standard of other well made German lagers.

Cracker-like malts and fresh baked breads begin to build the aroma complexes, along with acidic lemon-like esters and mild sulfur (match sticks). Apples, light grain, and flowery note allow for a rich and balanced nose.

Rich pilsner-like flavors carry the beer but with extra malt and grain flavor that probably favor the fresh and bready taste. With light grain lurking closely behind, a cracker-like crispness seems to accentuate the acidity and minerally taste that usher in lemons, apples, and light sulfur taste- all are complimentary in their balance and portrayal. Mild grassy and floral hops play delicately on the palate while equally mild bitterness firms up in the throat.

Richer and perhaps more substantial in taste, this Jarhundert also carries added weight and heaft without interferring with the crisp and clean malty textures. Creamy early, the beer turns grassy and dry late with a return of straw and grain in aftertaste. All, with a minty/evaporative feel late. Noble German hops offer a smooth bitterness to offset malt sweetness for the classic balance of flavors for Dortmunders.

Ayinger's Jahrhundert is a firm lager that shows what's best about German lager brewing, but with added body, flavor, and confidence.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, 5.2% ABV. 100 year anniversary of the brewery, still celebrated with this offering 30-plus years later - gotta love the Germans.

This beer pours a clear, very, very pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of densely foamy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a bit of shoreline lace around the glass.

It smells of crisp, biscuity white cracker grain, some lightly edgy yeast, mild, fresh lemon citrus, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is biscuity, bready pale malt, aged lemon rind, a touch of rising yeast, and fairly zesty grassy, floral hops.

The carbonation is generally laid-back, and mostly innocuous in its pedestrian work, the body rather nice, round and full, with a decently working-man smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt still crisp, clean, and quite dry, with a helpful dose of lingering grassy, somewhat perfumed hops.

This has genuinely pleasant German lager, the obviously good kind, written all over it, inside and out. It seems a shame to not be drinking it whilst parking my backpacking rear at some centuries-old, spartan wooden bench table.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a brilliant white head; nice retention and plenty of clumpy lace

Smell: Cracker malt aromatics with a bit of grassy hops on the nose

Taste: Opens with a strong cracker malt character that grows in a graham cracker sweet direction before the grassy hops arrive to provide balance; both the sweet and bitter flavors persist after the swallow, though the malty aspect of this beer is clearly dominant

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Just a great example of the German brewing tradition that is widely overlooked these days

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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml brown glass BOTTLE with classy iconic label design and a colorful pry-off pressure cap acquired at an Austin, TX bottle shop and served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery, which I adore.

No bubble show forms as it's poured. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

HEAD: Five fingers wide. Beige colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Good frothiness. Even and consistent. Retention is superb - about 10 minutes. Leaves a light thin coating on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Appears soft.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow of average vibrance. You can read text through this beer it's so clear. It's clearly filtered, and lacks the strength of colour observed in other Ayinger beers. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's admittedly not much to look at, but I'm optimistic given the brewery.

AROMA: Soft pilsner malts, flaked wheat, clean crisp barley, Munich malts, mild pleasant floral hop character, a light hint of bread, a kiss of banana, and just enough malty sweetness. Seems balanced.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

I'm cautious of the malty sweetness - which almost borders on buttery - and I do pick up on some extract lager-esque graininess. Not at all things I expected from an Ayinger beer. But I'm optimistic; it's pleasant enough. Average intensity.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The malty sweetness does bother me, as does the graininess. Coupled with the artificial sleek smoothness of the texture, this winds up tasting shockingly cheap - not only for an Ayinger beer, but compared to many American attempts at the style. Did I get a bad bottle?

The base of the beer is comprised of Munich malts, clean barley, a bit of flaked wheat, and a light breadiness. There's a hint of diacetyl off-character and a hint of honey. I like that it's clean and refreshing, but the flavour just isn't there for me, nor is the balance. Ultimately, it's a pretty generic lager build with no exciting characteristics or unique properties. I never thought Ayinger would disappoint...

It's wet, light-bodied, and a bit too thick. Nicely soft. The texture is no special companion to the taste, but there're no egregious problems with it. It's just underwhelming.

Has a mild but pleasant floral hop character. Average duration, depth, and intensity of flavour. By no means a complex or subtly executed brew.

OVERALL: Easy to drink, but that's about the best thing I can say about it. I've long been a champion of the quality of Ayinger's beers, but this is one I wouldn't buy again - even at German prices. Perhaps they should stick to their bread and butter - wheat beers. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I'll enjoy quaffing the glass. Definitely Ayinger's worst work. Not sure what went wrong here.


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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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this many times, but failed to review it.

Bright pale straw gold, sharp clarity and trails of rising carbonation visible. Compact head of white foam that leaves a good amount of wispy lace in the glass.

Bready and crisp malt aroma, clean and classic.

Taste is also bready and malt forward, with a crisp dry finish. Lingering noble hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean and flavorful, light bodied and highly drinkable. Made a great pairing with weinerschnitzel and spaetzle at Laschet's. Simplicity is often underrated, and this is a shining example of how good a simple beer can be.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with just a little bit of carbonation. It had a huge rocky, bubbly, white head that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, banana, wheat and pepper.

T - It tasted of sweet grains, wheat and slight caramel malt. It had a very spicy pepper kick.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good lager. Very easy to drink and has a surpising spicy kick.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pour yields a golden brew that is nearly completely-transparent and has loads and loads of visible carbonation bubbles. An eggshell head forms and reaches four fingers high, leaving behind a ridiculous amount of lacing after it finally falls. The head is incredibly slow to follow, exhibiting rocky, whipped-cream-like peaks. The nose is a bit grainy with some mild sweetness coming through. Bready it is.

The taste falls along similar lines--there's some bread and grain up front followed by a smooth bitterness. The bitterness comes toward the finish and doesn't rally come along with much hop flavor. Good balance between the malt and hops. Drinks quite well. This would be a great brew on a hot summer day.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a small amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, pepper, grape, herbal, floral, grass, bread, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of lemon, bread, pear, grass, bread, pepper, grape, herbal, floral, cracker, and light earthiness. Lingering notes of bread, light fruit, grass, herbal, pepper, and earth on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavor; fairly dry on the finish as expected. No cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Dortmunder lager. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very crisp and smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable as expected from this brewery.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pouring into my SA perfect pint glass reveals a rising fizzy semi fluffy head of 2 fingers that fades semi quickly. It has very few bubbles rising from the etch. It's semi hazy bright banana wheat whitish-yellow colored.

N: Some light wheats and malts. With that is hints of grassy wheat, a little banana, a little lemon grass. Some definite lager aromas. A little bit of a sweet malty aroma.

T: Starts with a nice toasty malt flavor with some wheat. Adds a light banana and grassy wheat flavor. Some very light syrupy malt flavors with some definitive good German lager flavors. A nice toasty malt overtone and some earthy flavors.

M: Medium body with decent but lower carbonation, and slightly fluffy.

F: Semi dry with lingering wheat and toasty malts. A nice lingering good lager flavor. Crisp and clean finish. A light banana lingering as well. Another amazing Bavarian lager from Ayinger. I really need to take a trip out to Bavaria!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, yellowish-gold body is topped by a bright-white rocky head that holds very well and eventually settles to a firm 1/8" covering that leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma beckons you with fresh, spicy & floral hops and a sweet & bready malt. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation that's lightly crisp and then creamy in the mouth. The flavor is of a fairly rich and lightly sweet Munich malt that showcases a gently spicy, herbal and floral hop flavor. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering. It's obvious that the malt is intended to come through as support for the hop flavors. It finishes dry with some lingering grassy hoppiness. Very well done.
I was expecting a bigger and darker beer as a "century celebration lager" but was pleasantly surprised to find that this is very much a Munich helles with some added hop character. It showcases the hops, as well as a very nice round malt, but it's also superbly balanced and very drinkable. I'd love to try an even fresher example as I know that some of the hop character has been lost here.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear light gold with plenty of rising carbonation bubbles. Semi-durable white head.

Plain and simple, malt dominant aroma.
Mundane taste seems tame even for style.
Nice feel with a medium-light body and medium carbonation.

O: A disappointing offering from a sometimes excellent brewery.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light funky malts, lager yeast, grain and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some light malt sweetness that is quickly followed by the breadiness of grain and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good mild beer to drink for a long time but there are other beers in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Aroma of tart, sour lemon, spice, and sourdough well... dough.

Taste: Tangy sourdough and wheat taste with a very minimal sweetness that's soon followed by a blast of sour lemons. Hint of saltine. Tiny pinch of clove. Spice-minded hops with a medium bitterness. Finishes crisp with a smooth, easy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable, but it's no Altbairisch Dunkel, I will say!

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Photo of dcmchew
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very pale, straw yellow, big foamy head, lots of apparent fizziness, nice retention.
Smell of earthy maltiness, a bit sweet, spicy and noble hops.
Spicy hop bitterness from the first gulp, earthy, a bit sulphuric, kinda woody too. Low malty sweetness, very faint fruitiness, some white bread. Finish is rather bitter (a small touch of coins), leaves nice hoppy spiciness in the aftertaste.
Light bodied, kinda fizzy tho. Very refreshing and crisp despite it's bitterness.
Great hops, a great Dortmunder.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed pastel lemon with a large, cotton white head. The foam has some heft to it and descends ever so slowly, fastest at the convergence of head and glass. Interconnected arches and supports of bright white lace are seen, suggesting a circular suspension bridge.

The nose is a bit on the unexpected side; perhaps I don't know this style as well as I thought I did. For some reason, I anticipated more of a malty, toasted character, but that isn't what this beer delivers. What it delivers is slightly sweet, lemon-scented grain. Simple, direct and pleasant.

Jahrhundert Bier is both sweet and hoppy with no lack of flavor. It may look like a macro lager--quality head excepted--but it sure as hell doesn't taste like one. The flavor profile is rather simple: untoasted, crackery malt with a perfectly balancing amount of bitter, lightly citric hops. The mouthfeel is medium in heft with a luxuriousness that lesser beer would kill for.

Simply put, Brauerei Aying brews great beer. They're far and away my favorite German brewery and seem incapable of a making a misstep (note to self: revisit Celebrator now that you have more palate experience). Although Munich Helles Lagers will never be my favorite style--and aren't even in the top 10--Jahrhundert Bier is a delicious treat and is probably the best beer of its kind that I'll ever drink.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours golden and clear with a rocky 2" head. Head retention and lacing average

Smell: Light maltiness and some perfumy floral hops with hints of alcohol

Taste: Crispness and a malt on the tounge, dryness with more crispness and some sweetness on the finish

MF: Perfectly balanced helles with perfect carbonation

Super drinkable, perfect summer bier eve in january this made me remember some great biergarten moments

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressive head for a lager. It quickly dissapates, though, leaving a nice lacy ring. Straw golden in color and slightly cloudy.

Raw corn aromas, slight grassiness and a touch of lemon.

Refreshing and clean in the first sip. Delicate flavor: low malt and low hop with a lemony zest bit thrown in. This is thin beer (the body is similar to water) with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is an easily quaffable beer. It's a step up from "lawn mower" beers. If you go into the tasting thinking delicate, you will likely enjoy this. If you are looking a big, powerful lager, this one will disappoint.

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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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