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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very pale, lots of carbonation. Fairly small head. not a lot of retention.

S - Dry, just a hint of spicy hops.

T - Light, mild hops, slight bitterness.

M - Medium light body.

O - A solid beer. not as good as others from this great brewery, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of teromous
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden colored body with a fluffy white long-lasting head. Good visible carbonation and it leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Spicy noble hop aroma that reaches out of the glass nicely.

T: I get some of the spicy hop flavor followed shortly by its bitterness. Not strong but it stands out in such a light beer. I don't pick up any grain character. It is tasty.

M: It has a pretty good mouthfeel. It's slightly rough around the edges but it drinks well enough. Light bodied. Finishes dry but leaves a lingering taste.

O: Overall It was a good beer. It has a good hop character which keeps the beer interesting, while being light enough to make it an easy drinker. I didn't get any grain flavor, which is the biggest disappointment. It could be a freshness issue, but there is no bottled date or import date listed on the label. There was also a slight harshness to the beer. Even still, It was an enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the great german lagers here, light and fizzy and sessionable forever. pale yellow in color with as much frantic carbonation as a well shaken soda. inch of white head rests on top. nose is like cheerios, cereal grains, although light, dominant. bittering hops only, but they add a layer, timeless familiar german lager yeast. this is a beer, that while new to me, is comfortable and familiar. this is what i want when i seek a german lager. ultra refreshing, light but not wanting for flavor at all, no stale malt flavors, and a clean finish that isnt too dry. its just right, perfect for the coming warmer weather, and somehow incredibly cheap to buy in colorado at the moment. extremely high carbonation level would be distracting in another beer, but it works wonders for this already airy lager. german lager exemplified here for me, i am going to load up on this later in the week i think, very impressed with a style here that doesnt always do it for me.

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Photo of obninsk23
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Dortmunder that happens to be my favorite brew, so I might be a little biased. The biggest surprise is the first sip. It's very unique. Like the foam, that stays and lingers inviting your lips to kiss it again and again. Has to be chilled well. May be a little too sweet, but Great for relatively inexpensive beer.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a German-style pilsener glass. This lager is a yellow straw color, just shy of lemon, with around four inches of white bubbles. Smells like sweet white bread, faint green grapes, a green floral note that makes me think of fresh cut clover hay (yes, I have actually smelled this), a noble hop spice. A rather fizzy offering, crisp and tart but with a gentle sweet grain backbone that is not overshadowed by the tasteful hopping. Flavors evoke popcorn and sweet malted cereals, lemon zest, vanilla, licorice ... Herbal and somewhat spicy.
Finishes dry and crisp, quite bitter with some flinty minerals very apparent. You know this is an authentic Dortmunder from this mineral effect that provide some bite and a dry mouthfeel. Whoa. Certainly this feature differentiates this brew from the other German and Czech lagers I've tried to date, including mass-produced examples of the style like DAB, as do the faintly nutty malts. Closest thing I've found to a legit Dortmunder in Canada outside of homebrew circles.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at 40 degrees into Sam Adams 16 oz lager glass
Aroma – nothing in particular, just faintly smells like a lager
Head large (5 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing
Lacing OK
Body – very light yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor begins with a slight sourness, quickly fading to nothing. Very well balanced, no domination by either hops or malts; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, dry, carbonation soft.

Not a fan of the lager style, but this one is very good; 1000x better than any BMC, very drinkable

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of many bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Herbal and grassy noble hops followed sweet and bready pilsner malts.

Taste: Nice hop characteristic, bready and chewy malts with some light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, refreshing, chewy, and medium to ugh carbonation thsg makes the beer a little dry.

Overall: This lager was delicious. Very traditional, clean, and good.

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Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a large mug
no bottling dates

A: Clear, light pale straw yellow with 3 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down pretty quickly, leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Light, crisp, a bit fruity, yeasty, hop characters very low.

T: Crackers, hop spice, fruity, floral.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, drinkability is good.

O: Im not a huge fan of the style but this is a very good beer. Definitely worth trying, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dumped into a maß showing off a lightly hazy golden body and thick white head being fed by ample carbonation streaming up through the glass.

Big balanced aroma of bready malt and herbal hop.

Lots of tastiness here. Plenty of that bready maltiness present in the nose as well as the herbal hop. It's got a slight balancing sweetness. A bit of lemon hop behind the more herbal qualities.

Crisp and bubbly with a medium body. Finishes a little dry.

So drinkable. Easy to kill a few bottles of this.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale clear straw in color with a one finger frothy white head that has good retention. Lots of bubbles coming up from the etching.

Smell is great. Lots of nice sweet grainy aromas are followed by a clean very slight sulfuric but clean yeasty aroma. Crisp refreshing slightly spicy hop aroma finishs.

Taste is good and follows the nose.semi sweet light grainy malt is forward along with a nice slightly sulfuric yeasty flavor. Slightly spicey slightly herbal hops finish with very mild, balanced bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp, light and refreshing feel balances the sweet and sticky malt components nicely.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a straw color with slight trails of carbonation. There's a fingers worth of white-colored head, lacking in retention. Not much lacing is left behind.

S: Immediately after pouring, it reveals a nicely balanced backbone of crackers and bread. There's an underlying sweetness, and an even further underlying noble hop bite. As it warms, the malts become faintly nutty. The aroma doesn't blow me away, but it does its job admirably.

T: The maltiness reveals itself immediately with tones of lemon, cream, and even a touch of nuts. There isn't a whole lot to this beer, but the finish dries up enough to keep it from being too sweet. That, and it's few notes are interesting enough to make me care about this one.

M: Its carbonation is powerful and easy to note - however, the actual texture is nicely soft. Perhaps even milky. Of course, being milky means it's a bit on the heavy/sweet side, but like I said before, it's dry enough to not be overly sweet.

O: Tasty lager is tasty. Okay, MAYBE it could be a bit hoppier. Now that I'm done nitpicking, I'd just like to say even though it isn't mega-cheap ($3/500ml isn't BAD, though), I'd gladly buy it again for drinking duty in hot weather.

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Photo of soju6
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a big head that fades to decent lacing. Aroma of malt, fruit, flowery with a bit of yeast. Taste of malt, fruity and a bit of spice in the background. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth and refreshing with a nice balance. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I suppose due to growing up on American light beers, I always expect pale lagers to be watery, which I don't want.

This beer on the other hand has such a nice mouthfeel, richer and with some smooth body.

I don't know exactly what hops I'm tasting but they give a familiar taste that I identify genericaly as German and reminiscent of pilsners. That shows up in the aroma too alongside a lovely caramel sweet note.

It's a nice beer with a mature profile, balancing sweetness and bitterness for a nice flavor profile. Very versatile. Sessionable yet substantively satisfying. Great brewery.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super clear golden straw color with a lovely cakey white head. Big chunks of fluff stick to the glass once the massive head settles down to a reasonable 1/4" foam pile. Aroma is pilsner malty with a light topping of lemon and flowers. A hint of meaty spice. Taste is full of chewy malt and dry with zesty lemon and herbal hop. Soapy floral included. Overall a clean, simple, and very nicely crafted lager. I'd love to try this fresh at the brewery someday.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is a very clear pale yellow color. A white foamy head sits on top with good retention. Wispy spots of lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with malts and grains coming out, and a faint sourness in the back end.

Taste is soft and sweet up front with sugary wheats and grains dominating. A caramelly sweetness comes in through the finish.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall, I liked this beer the more I drank it. Malty and light.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear light yellowish gold with a one finger dense white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Mild nose on this one, pale malts and wheat dominate the forefront. Yeast kicks in to add some flavor. Heavy bread like qualities.

T: Malt forward flavor that comes off smooth. Lighter pale malts add more of a toastiness or cracker quality than a roastiness. Perhaps the bottle is a tad old as there is a touch of staleness but it doesnt by any means ruin it.

M: The yeast really adds a nice creaminess to the body of this beer. Mild carbonation with a crisp and clean finish. Something you could drink all night.

Overall this has some great flavors not typically found on this side of the Atlantic. The malts and yeast blend together very nicely and make for a wonderful mouthfeel.

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Photo of Act25
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How do they pack so much flavor into such a light beer?

Love this.

A: 22 oz bottle found as a single. Poured a mildly hazed lemon color with a very large white head. laces and lasts nicely for such a light, blonde beer.

S Very welcoming but subtle. It's sweet, lemon-scented grain: Crackers, blonde bread. Simple, direct, pleasant, easy.

T Both sweet and hoppy w lots of flavor!
COULD be a favorite summer beer. It's blonde, light malt with balanced lemony, citric hops.

M: Medium with a lovely weight and tingle, so much more going on than in most pilsners.

O: MUST TRY. I love surprises like this. Great food and fish beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear, bright, pale gold. Smells of hay, grain, and bread. Flavor is of crackery malts and crisp grains. So very dry and crisp. Fresh, herbal, minty hops are very faint in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. This is delicious and refreshing. This truly is craft at its finest.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this many times, but failed to review it.

Bright pale straw gold, sharp clarity and trails of rising carbonation visible. Compact head of white foam that leaves a good amount of wispy lace in the glass.

Bready and crisp malt aroma, clean and classic.

Taste is also bready and malt forward, with a crisp dry finish. Lingering noble hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean and flavorful, light bodied and highly drinkable. Made a great pairing with weinerschnitzel and spaetzle at Laschet's. Simplicity is often underrated, and this is a shining example of how good a simple beer can be.

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Photo of Spikester
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with one finger of white head. Some clumps of lacing follow the head as the level drops.
Smell is sweet malty grains with some herbal hop aroma.
The first sip was just alright a bit ordinary was my first impression. As the liquid warmed some the tasty malt goodness started to envelope my tongue. A complimentary amout of herbal earthy hops keeps the malts from taking over.
Mouthfeel was medium carbonation and a smooth balanced finish.
Overall a perfect beer that keeps you wanting more. Hop fans will likely want to pass on this one but I would drink this anytime. I do wish it had a freshness date though.

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

Sampled 9/2/13 and chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Poured into a pilsner glass. Came in a 500ml bottle. Pours a light gold in color with a 1-finger+ of a white head. Leaves a lot of lacing when sipped. many streaming bubbles were seen rising from the bottom and sides of the glass BUT the carbonation was actually perfect. The aroma is of grain, malt with a hint of citrus. The taste is pretty close with a nice 'sweet' flavor really coming through. Very pleasant and easy to drink. No bad aftertaste.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decently large cap

S: Mostly fruity. Some graininess and light sweetness mixes well with the fruitiness. Light husk, a little grassy as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice bit of fruitiness and light sweetness. Goes into a bit of cereal graininess and husk before winding up with the fruitiness again for the finish. Lingering sweetness washes away everything and refreshes the palate

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very enjoyable and drinkable brew. Quite simple, but it's a good simple. Good price at just over $3 for a 500 mL bottle, so I can definitely see myself drinking more of this

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear light gold with plenty of rising carbonation bubbles. Semi-durable white head.

Plain and simple, malt dominant aroma.
Mundane taste seems tame even for style.
Nice feel with a medium-light body and medium carbonation.

O: A disappointing offering from a sometimes excellent brewery.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.94 out of 5 based on 944 ratings.
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