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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Reviews: 519 | Ratings: 958
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very nice pale gold with a fluffy white head. The look is slightly opaque and the head lingers nicely after settling into a thin layer. The lacing is lasting and full. The smell is pleasant and bready; full of malt. The taste is quite nice with a slight citrus hint and good bitterness over the sweetness that seems short-lived. Good aftertaste after the creamy mouthfeel, although somewhat astringent. Overall this is a very nice Munchener style light lager that I'd go back to if it were easily available. Nicely bottled and presented. Great capping.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light gold. Gives off a tight white head, great retention, leaves a thin lace behind A mostly hop aroma is present, fresh cut grass comes to mind. A balanced flavor of malt and hops for a dry finishing taste. A great session beer, with or with out food.

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Photo of stoutman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a pretty light-gold; head is frothy white. Aroma hoppy, slightly tangy. Flavor is nicely balanced between hops and a mildly sweet malt. Body is just right. Finish is medium-dry with a spicy attack right in the middle of the tongue. This is a flavorful, well-balanced brew with body...solid effort by Ayinger.

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

I decided on this as a change up from the Scottish brews i had been drinking tonight.
Lovelly bottle 500ml very colourful label and a great cap..
All in all a handsome lager very nice large head which sticks around for a while nice gold colour to the beer , its also slightly hazy which adds to the appeal.
Smell is pretty malty buy pleasant enough.
Taste very crisp and refreshing..even a bit of dough in there sweetish.
Very creamy feeling for a lager in the mouth.
All in all an excellent summer session bier.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy (with some particulates), yellow-orange Helles Dortmunder (pale expot style beer) with a large, very bubbly, dissipating head. There is a sweetness to the smell, and a slight smokiness. The taste is malty, with a slight sweetness, and a hint of smokiness. The body is round and slightly effervescent in my mouth. Overall a decent beer but, I was surprised by the smokiness it had.

(source: Savannah, GA)

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Photo of cretemixer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with a frothy pure white head that faded to a 1/4 inch rather quickly leaving a thick spotty lace. Bready aroma, yeasty with a slight hop tinge. Taste is very crisp and clean. Slightly sweet with a little hop tartness too. A really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours to an almost clear yellow golden color with a huge white head that does not want to go away. it leaves sticky lace all over the glass. it has a bready aroma that is blended with malts.

the taste is pretty good with some nice malts. it has the good qualities o f a german brew. a medium body with mild carbonation and smooth as silk. there is a dougy characteristic that makes this an interesing beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, yellowish-gold body is topped by a bright-white rocky head that holds very well and eventually settles to a firm 1/8" covering that leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma beckons you with fresh, spicy & floral hops and a sweet & bready malt. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation that's lightly crisp and then creamy in the mouth. The flavor is of a fairly rich and lightly sweet Munich malt that showcases a gently spicy, herbal and floral hop flavor. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering. It's obvious that the malt is intended to come through as support for the hop flavors. It finishes dry with some lingering grassy hoppiness. Very well done.
I was expecting a bigger and darker beer as a "century celebration lager" but was pleasantly surprised to find that this is very much a Munich helles with some added hop character. It showcases the hops, as well as a very nice round malt, but it's also superbly balanced and very drinkable. I'd love to try an even fresher example as I know that some of the hop character has been lost here.

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Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strange, weizen-looking translucent straw. Pure whipped cream white head.
Lemongrass aromas with some pale malts and hay.
Pales malts are focused in the taste. Lemon lingers in the distance, but never intrudes. Just primarily a showcase of the soft malts. Hay and psuedo-wheat flavors mingle in towards the middle. Lightly spicy hops sew this one up.
Incredibly soft bodied and extremely drinkable.
Not a juggernaut by any sense, but very well-built and worth the while to seak out. Fairly unique
Delicate all-around and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of bditty187
2.33/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was told this bottle is “new” and I have no reason not to think so. Maybe I am just not “in tune” with the other BAs who reviewed this beer because…

The nose on this beer is completely dreadful, it ruins the beer, and I can’t drink anymore! I tried but I just can’t handle the herbal, spice, lemon and sweet malt (which I think is the culprit) arrangement! I couldn’t get passed the smell in the taste, awful! The beer feels great on the tongue and seems to contain some quality citrus, grassy, and malt. The body was slightly cloudy, yellow, with a white head, good retention, and good lace.

I cannot help but loathe this beer, the bouquet is horrible and it soils almost everything about it. I had to pour it out…

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

My bottle may have been a little long in the tooth, since I noticed some aspects not noted by other reviewers. Appearance was a little cloudy for the style (listed here as a Dortumunder, but on the bottle there was a notation "helles export"). Aroma was a little yeasty, and at the front the flavor was likewise yeasty and a little bready, almost like a weizen. Good, solid mouthfeel, a little unrefined. Overall, not a bad bier, but did not really grab my interest.

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Photo of Murph
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden color with a creamy white head that sinks slowly and a nice lace down the glass. Nice biscuity malt aroma to this one that is balanced out by the earthy hoppiness of the noble hops used. Great biscuity malt character that gives the bier a great creamy mouthfeel. The hops were a little more subtle that expected, but were still very nice as they provided a great balance to this brew. Awesomely drinkable brew with its smooth creaminess and excellent flavor. I don't generally like a lot of the lager styles of bier but this was an absolute joy to drink.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Okay, apparently I don't know what a Dortmunder is supposed to taste like. My only other review of this style was DAB, which is a serious hot-mash-alpha-amylase malt banger!

This beer, on the other hand, seems to fall in line nicely with the things I've read about Dortmunders--somewhere between a Pilsener and a Helles.

Well, it's definitely too strict on malt to be a Helles, and the hops are nowhere near Pils, so I guess we have.....Dortmunder!

Lessons in head (I beg your pardon!):

Talk about standing to attention, not only does the head on this beer look like meringue, the lace also peaks like fluffy egg whites! Quite a sight. I'm all with the others on the citrusy finish. It left my mouth squeaky clean. And, indeed, it is refreshing. I am more awake after drinking this baby.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is yellow-golden, a straw-like color, with the slightest hint of cloudiness. An inch-thick head was produced, sticking around a while, and leaving some nice lace for the duration of my imbibing. I picked up some malt sweetness along with a smattering of hop aromas. This good-bodied bier made it's way smoothly over the tongue. The taste is a pleasure. Well balanced malt sweetness makes way for a citrusy hop bite to end things. Hey, get me to Aying, under the Chestnut trees, quaffing this with a plate of Bratwurst!

overall: 4
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of marc77
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The huge fluffy white head settles painfully slowly. It's a notch darker than a pilsner and is yellowish -gold in color. Clarity is excellent. Soft, slightty grainy notes in the aroma, with only a hint of a herbal noble hop nose. Clean aroma overall, but not too exciting. A clean malt sweetness dominates the flavor, but a clean hop bitterness does a fine job of both balancing the malt sweetness and adding to the drinkability of this brew. There's a bit of a nondescript grassy finish, but the taste is overall clean and balanced, borderlining on being bland. Although Jahrhudert is a well brewed beer, it leaves me craving a good helles, which has many of the same qualities, albeit with a more pronounced malt character.

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 17 oz euro brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw with a lasting lace from the carbonation.

Smell: Herbal and bready in the nose with a hint of lemon.

Taste: A sublime smoothness and a well textured malt mouthfeel cradle the delicate light to medium body. Lot of malt flavour ... grain, touch of husk, bready and a mellow raw honey like sweetness. Just enough hops to balance and not clash with the impressive malt character. A herbal hop flavour and a small amount of residual sweetness make up the finish ... though the hops become more prevelant as the beer drys out.

Notes: First brewed in 1978 in celebration of the 100th anniversary for Brewery Aying, a great choice for this creation. A wonderful malt profile. This beer makes you crave for more ... very appetizing. Went well with some dark rye bread and mild goat cheese.

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

real nice slight fruit smell,nice and clean.Could drink alot of this one somewhat different than the dortmunder gold of Great Lakes Brewing,much more delecate.Liked em both havent had to many dortmunder syles but Iam sure this is a standard.Something to drink when eating a light meal.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden lager, rising up to a wonderful puffy head. Absolutely delicious. Ayinger does it again. I love this brewery. Clean crisp taste, smooth, flavorful. Ayinger brews (this one included) remind me gently of apples. Complex taste that grows bolder with each sip. Leaves you feeling light as a feather - most beers can make you a bit logy. Disappears from my glass very quickly, too quickly. If it was cheaper I'd probably drink it all the time. Man, if Anheuser Busch could learn how to make a beer like this, they could rule the world. Excellent complement to a weird pineapple chicken dish that I had.

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Photo of hbis2gut
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive amount of both malt taste and aroma. This beer tastes like you are literally snacking on fresh grain. A touch of sweetness rounds out the husky flavor(which some may not care for but I certainly do). Hops are not that noticible to me, a slight bitterness though. Color is appealing and mouthfeel is initially crisp. Quality brew from a quality brewer.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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