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

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +4.1%
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 -1.5%
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 -4.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +11.2%
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 +7.9%
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 -28.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +5.3%
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 -12.4%
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 +16.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +4.1%
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 +2%
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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Photo of filabrazilia
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemonade yellow with a nice white head that gives way to sheets of lace.

The aroma is light and citrusy with a touch of grassy hops and mild grain. This is a well balanced aromatic beer.

The flavor is just a bit sweet and countered by a nice bitter finish. The grains are subtle and provide a nice balance in the mouth.

This is an excpetionally smooth and easy to drink beer. The thin body is balanced by a strong carbonation that tingles the mouth. For a lager, this is one complex brew.

This is a summer beer that has a little body and alot of flavor. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This bier poured a beautiful, light hazy yellow in color with some light carbonation and a gorgeous, pitting head.

Smell - The grain was terrific at the nose. It is smooth and lightly balanced with traditional German hops.

Taste - The grain is a real winner at the taste. It is sweet and tutty-fruity. The light hop balance from the nose shows up nicely at the tongue. Well done.

Mouthfeel - This one is light to medium-bodied and expertly balanced. The long, sweet finish leaves the drinker begging for more.

Drinkability - This is my idea of a good German lager and makes a great celebratory prost!

Update - I decided to re-review this with a vintage 2005 and found it exactly, and I mean exactly, like I described it in September of 2004. This really is a good standard for the German style.

Update - I sampled an '06 vintage for review. I'd say it leans more towards medim-bodied at this point but otherwise wouldn't change a thing from my original review. Right on!

Update - I sampled a 2011 vintage and this really is a terrific bier. The grain is strong yet incredibly sensual and the hops, usually too light for Americans' taste, are actually quite strong here and create an expertly balanced brew.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Ordinary German half-liter bottle, which I bought from beergeek.biz. Though Ayinger is sold in Dallas, I've never seen this particular beer distributed here.

Appearance: straw-colored, unusually hazy for a Helles.

Aroma: Slightly bready malt aroma.

Taste: Not as sweet as a typical helles beer. Instead, there is an interesting acidity, with a spicy citrus taste from the hops. Medium-high carbonation and medium body. The finish is long and surprisingly tart.

A beer that doesn't fit well in the helles-type category, which is fine by me as I tend to find them drinkable but bland. Instead, it is a tart beer that reminds me more of Belgian session beers than the typical German beer. Very nice.

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

This poured a pale and hazy straw yellow color. A small creamy bright white meringue-like head topped off this beer. The aroma is light and has a grainy sweetness, along with a pleasant floral hoppiness. A light tasting beer, but with a solid body of malt. Overall, this is light and estery with small hints of sweet fruit and an inviting hop bitterness that seems just right in this beer. A satisfying soft lager beer that is easily drinkable.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was somewhat disappointing to me as I normally love Ayinger products. The "Hundred Year Beer" poured a hazy yellow color that had a small, quickly disappearing head. It smelled primarily of the malt with a little hoppiness. The taste though is a kind of musty malt taste. It is very full-bodied in the mouth, but is not as satisfying as some other Ayingers. Not bad, just nothing special.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The "Hundred Year Beer" from Ayinger was quite a pleasant surprise. I expected it to be a standard, run of the mill Helles beer, but what was inside the bottle was one of the crispest and freshest tasting pale colored lagers that I have had the pleasure of drinking in recent memory.

This beer poured a hazy yellow color that appeared to be quite pale. Interesting. One finger of foam forms and disappears rather quickly. Not too interesting. The smell was decent even though to my senses it was your typical Helles aroma: malty with some mustiness/huskiness. A hop presence was detectable in the nose, as some grassy and citric notes were detected. The mouthfeel was light and moderately carbonated. As mentioned, the taste was very crisp and fresh. The pale malt flavors were on par, but the hoppiness (which really wasn't expected in a helles) set this one apart. The fresh grassy flavors, and the citric bitterness from the hops made this very enjoyable, and the dryness in the finish made it very quenching. There was some pear-like fruitiness in the aftertaste to accompany the continuing citrus and dryness, and the brew finished with no alcoholic warmth.

This was a pleasant surprise. I probably shouldn't have been surprised, seeing as how Ayinger is a high quality brewery, but nevertheless I was. It may be a bit simple for some, but I fully enjoyed this offering from the little brewery in Aying, Germany.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, well-crafted punchy lager from the folks at Ayinger.

Appearance: Straw-colored gold. Good carbonation. Nicely sustained white head throughout, leaving excellent lacework.

Smell: Pleasantly malty sweet mixed with good Bavarian (Tettnang or Hallertau, I presume) hop aroma. Good combo.

Taste: Complex malty sweetness up front, with a almost a slight fruitiness character (perhaps the yeast used?) with a nice bittering, crisp hop finish. Tastes like a fresh liquid loaf of a lighter German multi-grain bread, with a floral finish. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Good, hardy body. Definitely not your light-on-its-toes lager beer. Something to savor on the palette. Yum!

Drinkability: Very good. Not your everyday lager, rather one to enjoy for as a reward for something well done. Not really meant for the masskrug, rather a small floral glass. The folks at Ayinger rarely disappoint, and a fresh bottle of this Helles Export-bier is simply wonderful.


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Photo of shirfan
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow, with a soap-suds, clingy head.

Aroma of lemonbread, honey drops, clover.

Surprisingly chewy malt for the color; biscuity. Sweetens a little as it goes down, without overdoing things. A touch of grassy hops finish out without bittering. This is truly a refreshing and light yet tasty lager...it reveals how far the american macros have deviated from what they should taste like. I'm surprised that I like a lager this much, and moreso in that the flavor profile is subtle.

I could drink this like water, without thinking that I'm drinking water...and for that I'm awarding a 5 in drinkability. Exceptional is right.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazey sidewalk chalk yellow with a loosely placed thin white cap that dissapates quickly. Earns its keep with some sticky strings of lace and a thin collar.

Aroma has a fair amount of slightly baked biscuit, sweet bread doughy malts are mostly prominent with nice ascents of grassy herbal hops.

Taste comes across richer then you'd think with a nice malt base with pleasant sweet bread tones, sticky and creamy throughout the duration. The munich malts do their thing with a healthy dose of tender breads with a baked in warming. Hops are soft and supple in their supply with slight herbal spice and grasses. A very nice little taster. Great balance and feel which is nearly full for a Helles with a great smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Crisp little edge to the finish with nice lingering qualities of bread and grass.
This is a fine dandy drinker of a beer. Perfect for warmer weather days, or even any Ol' time as a session brew.

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Photo of silenius
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Resi's bierstube in on Irving Park Rd. in Chicago while waiting for my girlfriend so we could sign the contract on the condo we just bought.

Pillowy white head with nice lacing. Clear yellow color. A bit light and that scared me. Slow bubbles.

Smell was bread. Dark bread - which surprised me given that the beer was so light in color. Smells like a dark wheat or pumpernickel bread with a touch of hop spice.

The taste is very balanced with a bitter clean finish. A great lager in my book.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
88 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.
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