Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

very good
983 Ratings
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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of haz77
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright, pale gold with two-fingers of firm white head. This slowly recedes to a thin cap. A dozen bubbles are visible in the liquid. All as expected.

S - Biscuity malt, light fruity notes, mild grassy hops, smoked meat buried at the back, a touch of citrus. Good depth and interest for the style.

T - The lemon flavour at the start builds, becoming rounder and more acidic and is joined by light fruits. Biscuity malts in the middle with a mild caramel flavour. The restrained hops push through towards the end and are slightly spicy/grassy. These linger into a lengthy aftertaste.

M - Soft carbonation lightly tingles throughout. The mouthfeel gains an element of creaminess towards the end of the drink.

D - Great balance and hard to think of a better thirst quencher. If only more lagers were like this one...

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Photo of tobelerone
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An easy drinking Dortmunder-style brew I have enjoyed many times over the years and one which seems designed to be consumed in massive liter steins despite its slightly high ABV for a session candidate. Pours pale gold, with excellent clarity, an enormous white head, strong retention and lacing.

Aroma is bready, malty, lightly toasted, with more prominent caramel and honey than may be anticipated for the style, and a pleasant undercurrent of floral, grassy hops. The flavor matches the nose; this is a simple, straightforward beer with lots of clean malt character and a decent amount of floral noble hops emerging underneath. My one criticism of this beer is that it's a little bit on the sweet side, with more honey and caramel notes than other Dortmunders, and it could stand to be just a touch drier for my tastes. Could stand to have a bit more assertive bitterness as well.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation, ridiculously easy drinking. Tossed back a few of these with some pretzels and football on Sunday, all is right with the world for a few hours.

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Photo of HumphreyLee
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

A- pours a golden straw color, crystal clear with a white foamy head and no lacing.

S- clean malt, hay, a bit of grass, minimal hops

T- malty with a bit of grass and a slight hop linger. Very clean and balanced.

M- med-high carbonation, light body, slightly foamy, finishes dry

O- a clean and enjoyable lager.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Antnyd82
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mscudder
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A - Nice smoke upon popping the top. Transparent, golden hue with a finger-plus pale head. Average retention and lacing.

S - Grains, lemon and a touch of bready malts. Expected more.

T - A strange mix of crackers, sourdough, lemon and clove. Sweet doughy flavor and a slight hop bitterness is present throughout, with a crisp finish.

M - Medium body with a nice, moderate carbonation.

O - This is far from a style I typically enjoy. This does some things well, as far exceeds what it looks like: a light-lager with a massive pale head.

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Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ruckus232
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance: Clear light yellow in color with large amounts of white head

Smell: Slightly yeasty with a little bit of a metallic scent

Taste: Slight pilsner taste with a little bit of a bitterness at first. The aftertaste is somewhat bready which I really like.

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

Poured from an undated 16.9 oz. bottle: light golden with a sustained, foamy white-head. The lager is faintly hazy in the glass stein.

Very nice fresh and doughy aromas with spicy, noble hops and lemon coming through.

The lager begins with a fresh, yeasty and doughy flavors with pleasant hints of lemon and vanilla. The lager remains very refreshing even as it warms in the stein. The malt profile is dominant with a very nice complement of hops. The lager is labeled a dortmunder, but it could just as easily be a helles style with its very soft, malty body. Either way, it is excellent.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and soft with a lingering lemon flavor on the palate. The carbonation is very restrained and the body is generally light.

Overall, this is a very flavorful and quaffable German lager. There is nothing complex but there are subtle flavors that keep this one interesting.

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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So apparently this beer was was brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot purity law of 1516, which means German people swam in the fermenter while eating sausages and cheese to enhance the flavor.

Actually it means that they made it with a specific set of ingredients. It's a very simple beer but with a great taste. You can sip on this beer all day long while you wear your lederhosen and play the trombone.

It's a very enjoyable beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of RussBecker1
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 17 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A-A remarkably carbonated clear yellow brew. A nice frothy head sits atop that paints a smooth color landscape. The beer does look fairly simple, but that is more a reflection of the style than this particular beer.

S-Again a reflection of the beer itself. Dortmunder's tend to be very light in nose and this is no exception. The beer is essentially all malt and grain which is exactly what the nose picks up, with a slight hint of honey to sweeten the overall experience.

M-Much creamier than advertised. Avery nice feel that unexpectedly increases the taste tenfold.

T-Almost identical to the nose with the malts at the forefront complimented by just enough sweetness to give it some depth. Again the mouthfeel really allows each note to shine through making it very delicious.

O-This is not the biggest or most complex beer that you will come across, but for what it intends to be, this ayinger is outstanding.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier has a thick, white, fluffy head and a mostly clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with a generous amount of thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of faint, sweet malt, and the flavor is of sourdough biscuit, bread, sugar, a papery under-taste, with a wonderfully pleasant, grassy, hop bitterness at the end of the sip. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier finishes mostly dry, crisp, clean, refreshing, and ultra drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer.


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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a small amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, pepper, grape, herbal, floral, grass, bread, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of lemon, bread, pear, grass, bread, pepper, grape, herbal, floral, cracker, and light earthiness. Lingering notes of bread, light fruit, grass, herbal, pepper, and earth on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavor; fairly dry on the finish as expected. No cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Dortmunder lager. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very crisp and smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable as expected from this brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 983 ratings.
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