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 scottoale
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a good deal on 500ml bottle that when pouring looks like water coming out of the bottle, it's so light in color. In the glass it is a very light gold with a pure white finger and a half of head. A light delicate lacing left behind, carbonation looks minimal.

Citrus, semi-musty first on the nose with a yeasty twang to follow. Dryish wheaty, with a citrus tang, this lager is a fairly complex and flavorful brew. It reminds me much of a light Belgian Trappist ale, rather tasty !

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit of carbonation tingle on the tongue with a clean and crisp finish as it goes down. This is not my favorite style but I'd probably buy it again when I feel like something different from my normal strong ales...cheers

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Terp96
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It pours a bright, slightly hazy golden color with a thick, white head. Nice lacing as I progress through this beer.

Smell is pilsner like due to a nice hop profile. I wouldn't have classed this one as a helles but it doesn't matter.

Taste is exceptional. Sweet and malty up front with a nice hoppy influence. It finishes dry and earthy. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is great. Like I said, very balanced. Oily on the tongue and just the right thickness. Very refreshing.

Drinkability is exceptional as well. I could drink this anytime of year. It would be great on a hot summer day or just sitting around the house in a snow storm (as I am right now). I will go back for more of this one.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pouring out of the bottle, this beer opens with a big, fluffy white head that is over two fingers in height. Disparate streaks of lacing are left on glass sides as the initial froth slowly deflates. Murky straw yellow in color, carbonation appears quite active.
S: What stands out in this beer is the mild citrus scents (it hints at lemon or lime) that most likely originate from the use of floral hops. There's a bit of yeast in the nose as well, though this disappears as the beer warms. The sweet backbone of malt underlies all these other elements, creating a layered, robust olfactory experience.
T: Sipping the beer first brings out the malt sweetness that's tempered with mild hop bitterness as the beer moves to the back of the mouth. Well-balanced in both these aspects with a satisfying, moderately dry finish.
M: The carbonation of the lager is at first strong, but quickly melts away into a light-bodied and crisp drink that leaves no cloying sweetness and a mildly bitter, dry aftertaste.
D: The moderate alcohol content; fresh, distinct taste; and pleasant mouthfeel make this beer not only great for part of a session, but also an excellent choice for those days where you'd prefer something lighter-bodied, refreshing, and crisp

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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 OldSock
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Marty's. Served in the mid 30's in my pilsner glass. It pours slightly hazy with a creamy white head that leaves loads of lacing. The beer itself is bright yellow/gold with rapid carbonation.

Smell – Spicy noble hop presence with a bit of caramelly sweet malt in the background. Perfectly clean flavor with no hint of yeast byproducts. The flavor is just what a Helles should be, nothing more nothing less.

Taste – Good balance between toasted malt and spicy hops. Not as bitter as I was expecting, just enough to balance the malt without leaving any lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Appropriately thin body with strong carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Great summer beer, sadly its the middle of January... Still tasty, but I'll have to try it again in 6 months to see if I like the smooth easy drinking flavor on a hotter day.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, murky straw like appearance; champagne-bubbly carbonation that helps solidify a soapy white head. Subtle nose—bready and grainy notes, as the beverage is sipped, more fruity notes, banana peel and lemons, are noted. A rather suprising ‘chewy start’, spicy floral hops, crisp carbonation and lightly toasted malts. The body is quite rich and creamy, the Munich malts are the key player here, with some dry hoppiness in the body. Medium bodied. Warming shows the doughy characteristics that allow for a very smooth finish. This helles takes me back to my days in Germany, and has ‘gimme a brat and a bier’ written all over it. A winner, and one that should indeed satisfy the wide range of BA taste-buds.

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

Poured a nice two finger head. Slighty cloudy golden color. Great carbonation and brussell's lace. The little sediment that poured out was kept floating in the middle of the beer because of the high carbonation. Smelled a nice hoppy and estery green apples and lemon. Tasted of green apples with a nice hop note. Very light and semi-tart palate. Very eay to drink and a good recommendation for a session beer.

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Photo of Franchise
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +8.1%
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 +16.5%
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 -11.1%
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 +14.7%
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 -24.8%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.1%
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 -8.9%
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 beertaster13
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 +6.3%
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 -8.6%
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 BitteBier
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +7.6%
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 +7.6%
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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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 958 ratings.
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