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 Franchise
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a foggy straw color, and leaves a very sticky white lace that sticks to the side of the glass. The appearance is foggy with some golden hues throughout. As I taste this beer the grass, malt, lemon, honey, and the very slightest taste of grapefruit bitterness. The mouthfeel is malty the beer just cleanses the palate with crisp carbonation and the finish is semi-sweet with a honey lemon finish. This is a great style my first time trying it, and one I will go back to.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a slight haze and a tall fluffy head that fell to a thin film of bubbles. Smells absolutely fantastic with hints of apples, bananas, play dough, red liquorish and an over all dry smoothness. Tastes like a grassy oat and wheat malt that dries out the roof of my mouth and edges of my tongue with a slight grapefruit rind finish. In the middle, there is an intermittent banana and black pepper sweetens between the initial grains and the final dryness. The mouth feel is thick but on the verge of being too carbonated. Over all, this is a well done beer that I wouldn’t mind having a few more of. Also, I’ve noticed that this beer tastes way better in the half liter bottle, as opposed to the 12 oz, or 330 ml bottles.

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Photo of stewart124
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

17 oz. Bottle
Pours a straw colored pale yellow with thick white head. Smells of a malty bread and bits of lemon and grapes. There is a flowery nose to this also. Taste is grainy with bits of honey and flowers. There is a good hop balance that doesn't over power this beer. Really good taste to this beer with a nice carbonartion amount. Very tasty with the grains coming back as an aftertaste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lite yellow in the glass, slight haze, nice foamy and sticky white head. Surprised, almost no aroma at all, just some hints of a sweet malt. Still tastes like a basic pilsner, very light on the malts and finishes with a touch of hops – guess this is why it’s a Helles *Light* brew.

Even the feel of the brew is dainty, this would make a good summer brew, but now in late fall this just doesn’t fit the bill (no points deducted for me drinking in the wrong season).

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours really pretty. It is a light and clear pale straw color with a 1½” of creamy white foam on top. There are a lot of bubbles rising, but the head lasts a minute or so and ultimately falls to about a quarter of an inch to maintain for quite some time. There is a good bit of lace on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lot’s of sweet grainy malts to greet you through the head. There are also some noticeable hops in the aroma, but I think that the malt is the bigger player in the aroma profile.

Taste: The taste is much lighter than the aroma would have suggested. There is some hops that poke out in the beginning, but this quickly changes to let the malt shine. The malt is the key player for the rest of the profile. There is a bit of bittering hops in this one, but the malt leads the finish. There is no alcohol noticeable in the finish, but there is a touch of a mineral dryness. The dryness along with the carbonation make this beer finish really clean and refreshing.

Opinion: Now this is a good beer! Aying makes good beer anyway, but this is one of their best. It is clean and refreshing, and a good example of the style. If this one were available here in Texas (where I could find it), I would drink this beer on a very regular basis. Thumbs up!

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Photo of stcules
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow orange color. White head, average, not exceptional.
Good hop in the smell, well definite, and fresh, with the maltines in the background. Slightly citric (citron). Camomile flowers.
In the taste the malt is more evident, although the hop is still well present.
Medium body.
It has a malty aftertaste, followed by a little point of pungent.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a huge bright white head that takes it's time to settle. Decent lacing. Nose was of lemon and flowery hops overlying a slight biscuity malt. Taste was is clean and dry, with some light citrus notes over a nice strong malt and finishing with a rather light hop note, just enough to give a hint of bitterness. There's a sweet honeyish aftertaste which is pretty nice. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, good level of carbonation though. This is a really good lager, simple and refreshing, but full flavored.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear pale yellow color, almost as clear as water. Has a huge frothy white head supported by an excellent carbonation. Leaves little to no lacing on the glass. If it weren't for the beautiful bavarian tower of foam above this beer, I would think it a bud light.

Smells very light and fruity. A tiny bit of a spicy and grassy hop bouqet behind the sweet malts.The taste follows along with the nose quite well.

The body is quite light and crisp from the carbonation. There is a tiny hop bite in the finish. Good, but nothing spectacular... and not just because it is a light beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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 beertaster13
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light hazy yellow with a frothy monster of a head, lacing will coat the glass. The smell is of honey toasted grains, hints of lemon coreandor, a nice soft buttery hue. The taste is fabulous, light but damn tasty, the grains are mixed with a light melon. A slight banana yeast with a hint of lemon. Perfect for anything, goes good with a dinner, watching a ballgame or just sitting down relaxing. Ah perfecto!

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer!!!
The look is of a straw-like, apple juice color topped with a modest head...not highly filtered, either. There is apple and nutmeg on the nose, as well as a sweet cream scent. It is heavy on the apple in taste, but in a good way (no gross artificial taste). The lack of carbonation was rather disappointing, but it was a very, VERY drinkable beer overall. Love it!

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus, lemon with some grain. The flavor is tasty with some of the citrus notes and very smooth. The body is light to moderate and the drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that falls to less than a finger. The nose is grainey, but not harsh. Light lemon notes hit. Its very clean. The flavor is very grainey, but again...not harsh. Very flavorful and clean. Very nice beer. Flavors don't hold on too long. The feel is light to moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. I'm very impressed with this one. I'm not very familiar with the style, but I reall like the clean lines. It will never be my favortie, but its good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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 BitteBier
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw color with a good amount of head that lingers nicely. Nose has pleasant herbal notes but grains are nondistinct. Smoothly malted at the start with balanced hops that take over into the aftertaste, giving this one a mildly bitter though not crisp finish. Mouthfeel is rather light and somehow fitting for this lager. I'm a fan of Ayinger, but this one won't frequent my fridge.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystla clear pale golden straw with a white frothy head that looked like whipped topping. The head lasted to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was malty and nutty with a light caramel character. The nutty aroma was interesting and compelling.

The flavor was nicely achieved with a nice complement of light caramel and malty presence coupled with enough bittering to keep the malt from becoming cloying. The bittering was present but in the background.

The finish was dry and actually became more bitter as the beer dried out further into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. The bittering of the beer was high enough to keep you wanting more since the beer was clean and slightly bitter in the aftertaste. A nice Helles.

500 ml bottle.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a bright golden color that is very clear and it's topped with a 2 finger white head that slowly fades and leaves little lacing. In the nose there is sweet malts with some spicy/floral/citric hops and a hint of metal. The malts are grainy and toasty on the palate and they are balanced by moderately bitter spicy hops. There are hints of metal, lemon, and orange and it has a medium body that is smooth, crisp, and a little tingly. Overall a tasty lager.

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Photo of Beervis
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured from the 12oz bottle a very light straw color. There was a thin head that faded quickly, but left a nice lace in the glass.

Smell was lightly fruity and herbal with hints of fresh mown grass and lemon. Very appetizing.

Light mouthfeel, yet very smooth and quenching. Hints of citrus in the mostly malt-driven taste, balanced by very light hopping. There is a slightly sweet taste (honey?) that swirls throughout.

I expected this beer to be light and refreshing, but didn't expect the amount of body. It was very light, but at the same time, sweetly creamy and smooth.

A great warm-weather beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow/cloudy color with a nice head which eventually fizzles away. Has a sweet smell with a nice taste. Mouthfeel is nice not too full. Very nice aftertaste not bitter at all. This brew, to me does not taste like a lager at all. This brew is very drinkable. Will buy again.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light straw yellow beer. Has a big foamy white head with a nice lace. The aroma starts with a sweet grassy character. Followed by a Biscuity grain note with a hint of peppery hops in the back. The flavor has a quick malty sweetness to start and a sharp peppery hop finish.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light yellow (piss?) color, unimpressive. Bitter Heinekan-like smell. Eh. Taste is much better than expected. Good balance and not bitter to the taste, it is definately a german lager. Good carbonation, flows well over the tongue. On a hot summer day, i could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden yellow color. I hate to say it but it could pass for a Bud if it wasnt so carbonated and didnt have a killer head. Almost defines what a "beer" looks like. Sulfury aroma-almost seems skunked but more sulfur. Malty flavor-slight hop bitterness. Slight fruitiness. Very good full mouthfeel. Body stands up quite well. Enjoyable beer overall-bring on the hot weather for this one.

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Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite average pour. Hazy gold with a nice little head that fades out quickly.

Big smell of malt and fruit. Overripe fruits, too. Like apples and plums. Okay, but it smells like this sample might be a little old.

Yeah...this is a little old. Still, pretty good tasting, though. Big fruit malts, apples and plums and some apricots, give way to a dryer fruit middle and a crisp finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel and it goes down great, but I expected more from Ayinger.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure white fat head, with pale transparent body. Excellent lacing.
Small is beautiful. Pretty malt aroma. Bready nice and sweet. Small amount of fruit on the nose.
I have found the most wonderful light beer. Perfect soft bitterness with light peachy maltyness. The hop flavor is complex, ranging from floral to spicy, bitterness refined and always smooth.
Light bodied, dry-finishing great beer.

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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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