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 HattedClassic
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is clear with a nice pale gold hue. The beer is fairly nice to look at and goes well with either a Summer day or Fall afternoon.

The smell is not bad but not as good as the taste or appearance. The smell is fairly balanced with a nice floral hop note and a sweet malt note that dominates the taste. There is enough of the hop smell to give it a bite but not overwhelm it.

The taste is pretty good. The taste has the same notes as the smell but with more strength. The floral hops are also a bit stronger to balance out the sweeter malt note. There is no water or mineral taste here.

The feel is very good. A lighter bodied beer with a smooth feel and biting carbonation makes the beer fairly refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting. It's as good as some of the American made lagers and can certainly compete with them.

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Photo of djura
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found it here, in Serbia, Bottle 0,5 l

A - Pale golden, big white head, stay for couple of minutes, tick. Medium carbonation.
S - Pale malt.
T/M - Very Pale lager taste. Malz and citrus in the back. Medium bitterness with low carbonation.

O - Pass.

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Photo of James954
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

WTF! Is this Pilsner Urquell??????
This brew is nearly identical to Pilsner Urquell and Naragensett's Bohemian pilsner.

Again, in America, the price is just not competitive.

It is still great beer!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #500! Notes from 9/1/2015.

500 ml bottle into a Ramstein mug. No freshness date.

Beautiful gold color with a thick, creamy white head and brilliant clarity. Sweet, bready Pils malt with a fair amount of noble hops in both the aroma and flavor, but neither is overdone. Almost like a hoppier Helles lager. Clean and smooth. Light to medium body. Remarkable balance. Very easy to enjoy. I feel like I could drink several liters with ease.

500 reviews and still staying the course... Quality over quantity. Craft over mindless swill. Experiences over hype. And a big thank you to the Bros. for this awesome site, this awesome community, and for always giving me something to do when I have nothing to do. Cheers.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale yellow, crystal clear - almost like looking through glass - even with the yellow coloring. Head sits atop the brew like a pillow, with copious streams of bubbles maintaining it.

Nose is lightly sweet with a grainy-malt nose that reminds me of Chex cereal. I get no bittering notes to balance the malt. I do get a light metallic note that is a hallmark of some noble hops to me, but it's not bitter.

Taste is also on the maltier side of things, but still very crisp and pretty clean. The sweetness seems floral, oddly enough, but that is likely the hops countering the malts but losing the battle in a close fight. Guess that's another way of saying the nose seems sweeter than the taste.

The feel again is crisp, not overly light - but on that end. Carbonation is at a very nice level.

It's not a style I have a lot of experience with, and I am having trouble finding anything wrong with it other than a tad of "extra" sweetness, in smell and taste. Glad I ran into one of these after seeing an NBS post about it.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- a beautiful clear light gold as it should be.
S- Muted, biscuity, and clean as it should be.
T- Crisp and clean. Very low bitterness. Like a Pilsener with less bitterness.
F- Light with medium high carbonation. The kind of beer you could drink and keep drinking.
O- This is my first experience with this style. I like it a lot and this beer is a excellent introduction.

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

This one was something special. Straight from the wood enjoyed in a traditional ceramic mug at the Ayinger am Platzl. A real treat, I will have to go back and try the bottled version.

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Photo of Kuaff
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Exceptionally pale, clear straw-gold liquid. Totally white fizz (maybe a couple centimeters) fades fast.

Smells like bread, a little lemon, and maybe some grass.

Tastes of light lemon, and an herbal astringency which I get throughout. A bit of a pear-like fruitiness, perhaps. The finish leaves me with a lingering dry fruitiness of the said type, with a little bit of bread.

Light-bodied with only medium carbonation, it's pretty easy to drink quickly.

I think this specimen could benefit from some more pronounced yeast and bread notes, but it is nevertheless fairly tasty.

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Photo of drmeto
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose with a really big peppery note and grassy
-light body
-medium carbonation
-faint alcohol warmth
-Reference standard Dortmunder/Export

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Photo of Tapioju
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice, fruity body with some banana, hay and the usual citrus flavors. Needs more character, though, as I was a bit dissapointed over the rather flat aftertaste. Good stuff for your summer picnic, though.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(fairly new-looking bottle on sale for $2! - poured into a Stella goblet)

L: crystal-clear, sunny yellow gold liquid, tall stand of spongy white foam... quite lovely... little in the way head retention or lacing, but its glow is just so sublime

S: wet stone, touch of flowery hops... maybe some fragrant under-ripe banana peel, lemon zest, hint of bubblegum... bit of toastiness in the back... just a fantastic smelling German lager

T: wonderfully clean, dainty yet sturdy malt foundation, lemon shortbread cookie with a bit of leafy bitterness in the finish... aftertaste is lemon oil, wrought iron, and fresh-cut grass... altogether, nicely dry with a little yeast character (subtle sulfur?) left over... almost like a sessionable maibock?

F: light-medium bodied, pillow-soft and curvy flowing through, with just a nip of fizzy tingle... finishes lighter than expected, with very little trace of it left on the palate... would prefer if it finished a little 'wetter', if that makes sense - it IS quite a sedative hush to its dryness

O: probably going back to the store to buy up the rest of these... if you like a great German lager that you could drink a few liters of each day, please do try this!

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Photo of Brandingo
4.84/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If Thor put down his hammer it would be only to raise this beer.

Sensational color, yellow with a touch of haze.
Smells like a freshly washed Swede tumbling in hay.
Tastes like everything you could imagine in perfect blend of grass, hop, malt, bite, crisp linger, and carbonation.
Feels like Jen Selter sat on my face.

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Photo of GrahamDN
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Jahrhundert pours with perfect clarity and a surprisingly bright straw color for a Dort-style. Typically German, the nose has a whiff of DMS-laced malt, showing also flour and bread dough aromas. The flavor picks up some steam with just a touch more crackery malt complexity seasoned with a lightly grassy hop note. A subtle, mouth-watering tang on the sides of the tongue gives way to some gently bracing bitterness on the finish, when the hops take over. It's just a little thin, but there's nice balance between body and carbonation--not so effervescent that the mild flavor of the beer is wiped out.

Would buy again.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A Euro bomber poured into a dimpled beer mug.

Appearance - Yellow color. Hazy. Big, white, foamy head. Cool!

Smell - Sweet. Bananas.

Taste - Fruity. Sweet. Herbal. Slightly sour. Nice.

Mouth - Fine carbonation. Creamy.

Overall - Smooth, tasty, and chugable. My only knock on this beer is that the flavor is maybe a bit too subtle.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very agreeable beer. It pours with a rich golden colour and a bit of head that retreats to the edges of the glass. The nose, is distinct - crackers and malt, with a bit of wet grass. The flavour is classic Bavarian lager - cracker, pepper and a delightful hop finish. Overall, this is an extremely well-crafted beer.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottle date

Look - Pours very light blonde with fluffy white head/ Excellent distribution, very good retention. Good clinging. 4.5 paws.

Smell - Very light, touch of honey, blueberry, and dry biscuit. Honey being the dominant aroma with a tad of grassy hop character. 4 paws.

Taste - Bready biscuit of front with honey on the finish. Slight bit of lingering, steely bitterness that balances nicely with the light malt. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Very light but surprisingly creamy. Most of the tingle at the tip of the tongue. 4.25 paws.

Overall - Nice refreshing beer. My first dortmunder, it reminds me of a lot of European lagers I've had over the years. Nothing especially distinctive, but well executed. 4 paws.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bier hits the glass a surprisingly light shade of yellow and very clear in the body. The color is pretty much straw, maybe a little paler, and there is a 2-3 finger head that both retains and laces well. The scent and the taste meld into each other in this bier, starting with a a light malt scent with little to no hops on the nose and moving right into some great light malt flavors on the tongue. There is a touch of hops right after the malts in the flavor, but they are in the great German tradition of being subtle and balancing to the flavor. The traditional aftertaste of German beers is present in this beer, I believe from the usually hard German water. As far as feel goes, this beer is terrifically smooth and light on the palate with a great drinkability.

Overall, this beer is one of the many reasons that I love German lagers. Incredibly delicious, light and easy to drink, and smooth on the palate are just a few of the reasons that the Germans have their reputation for beer, and this beer is stellar on all counts.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into chalice

Clear golden yellow, few strands of carbonation, frothy, billowy, white two finger cap . A few lacings

Aroma of grass, biscuity

Clean , crisp malt, biscuity,

Light, refreshing, no aftertaste, quaffable

Love this beer, reminds me of Germany. You could sit in a bier garden and trink bier after bier after bier of this clean, crisp , light refreshing beer

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Photo of travolta
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A beautiful thing. White, rocky, and chunky head with average retention but beautiful form. Crystal clear straw in color. Nice chunky lacing

Nose: White crackers and yeast. A bit of lemon at the end.

Taste: Very faint. There is a tiny bit of spice, alcohol, and crackers. This is exceptionally drinkable. It is very soft.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Clean lager smell reminds me of a macro but less offensive. Cracker-like malt with a dash of alcohol.

T- Starts out flavorful enough with more crackerish malt and a slight sweetness but the aftertaste has that "give" in flavor that I don't like. A tad biscuity with the sweetness but everything here is very toned down and innocuous. As a result, it drinks like water. Maybe some faint spice? Could be the yeast.

M- Crisp but thin and watery. Medium carbonation and a very light body.

O- A lager done in the proper fashion, but it's still not something I'd like to revisit and surely not a flavor I crave. I suppose, in certain situations (hot weather, beach, sporting event), I would enjoy it's immense drinkability. But I'm really just ticking this to cover the Dortmunder/Export Lager style and move on.

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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 delta490
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-light gold with a thick white head. The head settles down and leaves some nice sticky lacing. The aroma is clean and crisp, with notes of light bread and noble hops. The taste is equally crisp, with both qualities of the aroma balancing each other quite well. The body is both light and full, with a little carbonation and a nice crisp finish. An excellent lager.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

this beer was recommended by a customer at a large store in Boulder Colorado. he had 8 of them in his basket so I suspected something was up and ask him his reply was that he felt it was one of the best Czech pilsners in the world. that's the kind of tip you go with and I did nice 4.0 well done

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Photo of bareju
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Translucent pale gold, rather ugly color. Beautiful white, lingering head. Lots of carb, medium body, smooth and silky. Malt and raisins, toffee, caramel. Really nice malt and raisin linger in the mouth, really excellent. A slight dryness balances the sweetness. This is a really well done malty light beer, and actually feels very heavy for a 5% lager.

Overall excellent and unique. Will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Nose: Light malts, bread, some noble hop spiciness, no esters, clean, a little sweetness, no diacetyl, no DMS.
Hazy pale gold, 1” off-white foam collar dissipates to a thin film, leaves delicate lacing, chill haze partially cleans up as the beer warms.
Flavor: malt and hop, melanoidins, rich malt flavors, good balance of malt and hop, touch of malt sweetness followed up by a touch of balancing hop in the after taste, clean, no esters, no diacetyl, hop and malt after taste.
Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy smooth, no warmth, no astringency.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 958 ratings.
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