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 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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Photo of Beervis
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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 merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 -1.8%
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 -6.3%
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 -9.9%
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 -10.6%
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 +21.5%
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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Photo of horndecker
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager is the color of clear honey or polished brass. A decent off-white head forms. The bubbles are not super fine but the suds do linger and leave some strings of lace.
The nose is lemon and yeast right off, then mild grassy hops and a slight vegetal aroma.
The first sip is juicy toasted malt with a hop bitterness rising up behind. A flavor reminiscent of sourdough bread follows, and the finish is once again a mildly bitter wash of hops.
Medium bodied, crisp and smooth, with a pleasant mouthfeel. This is a delicious and very drinkable malt-accented lager. I'm happy that my local store keeps this one in stock.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pilsener glass. Nice cloudy yellow color topped by a firm white head that slowly shrank down and left copious lace behind. A good level of carbonation kept things active and envigorated the head when slightly swirled.
The nose had a dominant aroma of yeasty malt. Secondary was a lighter citrusy, herbal hoppy note. The taste had a doughy malt flavor providing the backbone from which the lighter lemon peel and herbs flavors jumped off. The malt aspect was clearly at the forefront here and an additional sweetness came through in the taste of honeycomb. The feel was medium-bodied, creamy and smooth, almost slick.
Overall, a tasty, well-constructed lager that is refreshing and nicely balanced. Worth picking up.

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

Slightly hazy, golden yellow with a creamy, white to off-white head, that laces nicely, though it doesn't stick around for long. Nose is tangy, yeasty bread malt (sour dough), with some balancing sweetness, and a noble hop backing. Strong yeasty bread malt flavor with light sugar cookie sweetness combine with a perfumey fruit flavor. Light noble bitterness takes us into a yeasty, dryish finish. Medium bodied and quite quaffable. Me gusta.

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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 Chadbrew
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

OK this is a pretty interesting beer to me because although I didn't find any one aspect of this beer to be exceptional, I could really drink the hell out of it.

It pours a bright yellow with about a finger of pure white fine, foamy head that diminishes to a thin ring around the edges.

Slightly sweet, mildly alcoholic aroma. I detect very little hops. Super clean with a touch of diacetyl, maybe some bread.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light. The maltiness is medium and very sharp. As with the aroma, I taste light hops, with just a little bitterness after the swallow. Very little of anything (except a buzz)lingers after the finish.

This is a very easy drinking beer which was gone in no time and left me wishing I'd picked up a few more.

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

50 cl bottle decanted into 50 cl Ayinger becher. Pours a slightly hazed sunny yellow color with a fluffy off-white head. Nice husky and malty nose with a fair hopping level and some suggestions of toasted nuts. Excellent husky astringency melding with the hops. Light malt sweetness, but everything else is dry, lightly astringent and husky. I think I"ve found my new favorite helleslager. Suggestions of nuts show up again in the taste. Just wonderfully drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended a beer that's light in alcohol, yet chock-full-o'-taste.

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Photo of inebrius
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jagged mallow rests on a foggy electric yellow. Clean aroma hinting at baked hard pretzels and crisped rice cereal in lowfat milk. A satisfying mouthful balances a bite of plain puff pastry and weed. Quality suds that might be perfect taken vom Fass in Bayern.

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Photo of pootz
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml crown top bottle (Thanks Sammy) In the glass this is a hazey straw colored lager, lively effervescence, puffy 2 finger white cap and superb lacing. Smells earthy, herbal, husks and malt...a promising nose to this genuine lager. Great malt chatacter... bready with tones of lemon, herbs and musty honey at the finish. Finishes clean with earthy malt after tastes. Great tasting genuine helles lager...malty without being too sweet, hopped to give herbal balance but not obscure the fine malts.

This IS lager...the standard...Refreshing flavorful, well crafted....I could drink dozens in a sitting..this is a world class authentic lager just made for sessions.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.81/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let me preface the review with this: I really enjoyed the all the other beers from this brewery so far. I wish this one had measured up to the fine standard Franz Inselkammer has set with their other offerings. The beer pours out the color of pale golden straw. A big, fluffy head forms and leaves behind some lace. Smell is almost missing in action. Light hops and lighter malt are the only notes found. Taste is a bit hoppy without being bitter but there is not much to taste either. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and a medium body. Drinkability could be so much higher if it had something to taste. In the end, this was more like a German version of an American megabrew offering, a disappointing beer. My only hope - after reading some of the other reviews -is that I simply got a bad bottle. I might try it again down the road.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much the perfect session beer. It tastes like a nap in a Bavarian field. It is a lot more earthy than anything you'd expect from a beer that's also so light anfd fluffy. The head lingers well and there is some lacing. Your 90 year old grandma could drink this all night and awake the next morning a BA.

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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 walleye
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a cloudy yellow with a white head. aroma, citrus, hops, yeast, lemony, pepper. flavor, was surprised by the sweetness that 1st came out, malts, sweet apples, orange, with a touch of lemon. has a nice smooth and creamy mouth feel to it. this would be a good summer beer.

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Photo of mrfosters
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale gold color.really nice head with excellant lacing.Nice crisp aroma and flavor.A little citrus,nothing heavy.Thirst quenching,definitely!Last week I tried Ayinger Hefe-Weisse and was very impressed, it was my first of this style ,but definitely not my last of those babies.So ,since I liked that so much when I saw this lager by the same brewery, I had to give it a shot.There was a moment of hesitation when I got home and took the bottles from the four pack and realized there was actually fuzz and dust in the bottom of the carrier.It was then I noticed the layer of dust on the bottles.Uh-oh, in my haste did I just toss my hard earned money away on something that has been sitting around since George W. Bush was only an embarrassment to Texans.Lo, my fears were unwarranted.I don't know how old this brew is , but it was great so I don't care.Give it a try ,it's worth it.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, transparent, hazy yellow color. The head is mammoth and brilliantly white, with considerable staying power. Small strands of bubbles rise consistently from the bottom of the glass. This is a nice-looking brew. The aroma is mix of malty, musty, and floral sensations, with a bit of citrus hidden in the back. The beer starts just mildly sweet, then truns to a grainy, grassy flavor. The flavor is quite intense, where the aroma is present, but restrained. Light and tasty, this is an exquisitely drinkable beer. Beers like this are the reasons why German beers have such a great reputation.

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

Pours an oh so slightly clouded straw yellow colior with a nice full bright white head. Tastes nice and sweet with a great hoppy nip in the end. Malts are full of flavor for the style, and the hops add such wonderful balancee. This is a top notch basic german lager that is worth a sample if you see it.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a little white head atop this straw gold body. The aroma is lemony with some light grain malt scent as well. Sweet malt up front, nice hop contrast, hints of lemon. Light bodied, refreshing, this is one of those great tasting brews that you could put a bunch down.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 969 ratings.
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