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
Germany | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of drmeto
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -24.6%
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 +11.9%
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 +22.8%
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 -14.7%
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 +4.8%
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 -0.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +17%
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 +6.3%
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 -7.1%
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 -5.1%
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 -26.9%
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 +4.1%
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 +1.5%

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 +7.9%

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 +14.2%

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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Photo of Wiffler27
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy straw gold. thin head.

smell is grassy with spicy noble hops.

taste is nice, clean and crisp. has some malty clove and banana-y notes to it as well. goes down smooth, easy drinking lager.

overall this is pretty good to me. i've had this numerous times before as well. will admit, GLBC Dortmunder Gold is still my favorite.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer, smooth flavor, nice clear golden yellow appearance and a crisp aroma. I drank this without food but I imagine this would be a homerun with a good meat dish. Side note, this beer has a killer bottle cap, great landscape painting that really caught my eye.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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 keithmurray
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - clear, pale straw color with white head

Smell - bready, doughy, butter, hint of honey sweetness

taste - baked biscuit, butter, hint of honey

mouthfeel - crisp, medium bodied, medium carbonation

overall - good representation of a style not readily available in the marketplace. worth a try

price point - $3.59/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden color with white foamy head.
Smell : grassy and hoppy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and hoppy flavors with a slightly bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the style Dortmunder.

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Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +4.1%
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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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.94 out of 5 based on 933 ratings.
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