Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

very good
988 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001

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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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Photo of Trulius_Slackerus
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%

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

500ml botle poured into glass

A - Crystal clear straw yellow beer with snow white two finger head which diminishes slightly, but never actually disappears. Very fizzy with champagne-like bubbles that rise from the bottom of the glass.

S - Grainy biscuit smell with a slight musty dankness.

T - Crisp, unoffensive lager taste. Clean grain, bready, and light.

M - Incredibly, almost, too fizzy is the one drawback. The beer just turns to foam in your mouth. Otherwise, it's light and smooth. A 500ml bottle is just the right size.

O - Smooth European lager, not quite as much hop taste as I'd like, but the clean flavor makes for a great beer on a warm day. The excessive foam is a little off putting, but an otherwise solid beer.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold and very fizzy. Coarse head looks lovely as it burbles away. Looks refreshing.

Sweet and grassy with a bright pilsner-like malt shining through. Biscuity and pale with a light pomme fruitiness.

Clean, dry, and firm. A decent stronghold of bitterness and a loud zesty hop character. Biscuity grains and low in phenols. Absent is the mustiness and/or funkiness of aged German hops. Very nice.

Thin-bodied. Light showing of booze. Amply dry in the finish. Beefy carbonation that cleanses the palate after each glug.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale straw yellow with a white 2 finger head, good retention and a resulting lace that's thick, frothy and sticky.

Smell - Smells grainy with a bit of skunk to it. Hints of lemongrass and bread.

Taste - Super clean grain, sweet bread malts, hints of citrus bitterness. Ever so subtle mintiness that improves as it warms. Aftertaste is clean, faint lemon.

Mouthfeel - Light, but with a sense of completeness. Bubbly carbonation leaves a nice bite. Super smooth going down; really, the smoothness is impeccable.

Overall - The flavors in this lager are great, but the smoothness and overall mouthfeel are world class. I could chug this happily if it weren't too damn good to savor. Hats off to you, Ayinger.

Note: There was still a bit left in my glass when it warmed, and the characteristics were much bolder and more complex. Pity there was not even half a mouthful's worth. This is one lager I'll need to try again at warmer temps, because I think it has much better things to offer.

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Photo of Eddxii
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jahrhundert-Bier is quite pale in color with an ever-so-slight haze to it. Under light the beer is a light gold, straw-blond. Bubbles flow to the top with the playfulness of champagne. It smells clean, bready, with a very slight herbal sweetness. It doesn’t so much pique your intellectual interest as it does lure you in with its back-to-basics approach. As I am an American, I have certain built-in expectations with beers of such a light color. Any expectation of thinness or boredom, though, disappears in the first taste as the full-bodied character of the helles immediately occupies the appropriate senses. It is refreshing, drinkable. It’s malty without being sticky. It is the epitome of well-balanced. I want a liter or three in a giant glass mug while I peer over the landscape on a cool summer afternoon. I am in a state of Gemütlichkeit.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle $3.49 Super light yellow color, average white head. Smells lager-like if that makes any sense, not bad but nothing enticing. Flavor is very much lager like almost like what a pilsener taste like but more. Crisp, easy to drink, refreshing but not something I would reach for over a pilsener or kolsch. I did kill this quite fast so it is a pretty decent beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Tall Lager glass. Enjoyed on may´12.Pale golden color, crystal clear appearance. White, close & dense, froth. Thick layer, fairly well retention, crown. Floral hop & Noble aromas. Well balanced Malts & hops. Medium body, soft carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Refreshing & easy drinkable. Close to style.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
3.95 out of 5 based on 988 ratings.
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