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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001

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Photo of bditty187
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
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 -12.4%
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 +9.9%
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 +0.8%
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 +4.6%
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 -7.1%
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 +3.6%
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 +4.1%
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 +18.8%
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 +11.7%
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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