Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Jahrhundert BierAyinger Jahrhundert Bier
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2001

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Ratings: 988 |  Reviews: 531
Photo of Wally1912
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of JMWEB2
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: CLear yellow with a white bubbly head spotted lacing.

S: Modest smell love Germans hops aspect.

T: Love the spicy light hop lager, very mild for a lager.

M: Finish is outstanding! Ayinger does it again!

O: Light and drinkable for a lager I will put it on tap right now!

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Photo of bobhits
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a thick white head. Think bud light with a head that has more substance. A few denser white particles floating in the head as well. Not excited so far.

The first sniff of this comes off like a farm house saison, but the aroma turns to lemon grass and hops. A touch more earthy and less funky than a saison (star the insults for the comparison).

I was really expecting a lot less flavor here,wow they got it down. Cracker malt with citurs lemon flavors and finishing with a slight grassy hop flavor. A bit of yeast flavor in the finish , or maybe I'm tasting something else here as this one looks filtered or at least very low in yeast.

Perfect carbonation! I love a beer carbonated but not so much I'm burping half way through it. The body and density are perfect.

These aren't my flavors, but this one does them really well. This is exceptional for a l ager but it is still a lager.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light straw golden color with great carbonation leaving a beautiful white cascading cap

S: Little dash of grassy hops, grains but very faint.

T: Crisp, light citrus, hints of fresh bread, corn and Earthy hops with a nice but very subtle hop presence.

M: Light body, balanced

O: Great example of the style and well put together. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer

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Photo of claytong
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - a simple straw color. minor head off controlled pour. lacing is minimal.

smell - interesting, a little barnyard funk, old wet grass, and some ham

taste - corn leaves, bad grass eh...

mouthfeel - light, drinkable, medium carbonation to light for the style

not that ive read others review maybe i got an old bottle or bad bottle. so i might be getting another to rereview

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A subtle haze lays over a golden yellow body. The haze give the yellow a small amount of orange color. Head is minimal but the ring around the glass is thick and stays the whole way down. Nose has a light yeast character that meshes well with some grassy/spicy hops. Light, doughy malt character is in equal proportion to the hops and yeast. Flavor has a malty sweetness upfront but switches right over to some fruity grass and pale malts. Finishes with that fruity/grass hop character playing a big role and lingering. The malty dough sweetness carries throughout the finish even with a big dryness at the end. The balance of malts and hops from start to finish is extremely satisfying.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours a bright, clear golden with a huge stream of bubbles feeding the thick white head which shows excellent retention and lacing.

The nose is extremely clean and crisp with toasted bready malts, light caramel sweetness and a hint of floral German hops.

Taste mirrors the aroma - clean biscuity malts and lemon zest and light floral hops. Dry and clean finish, almost zesty with a little spiciness and toast.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light bodied with a crisp dryness through the finish.

Another fantastic beer from Aying who rarely goes wrong. It can't compete with some of the bigger styles, but it's probably the best I've had in the style.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A cloudy and very murky dull yellow body with some cola like large bubbled carbonation. Head is a simple foamy white and forms nicely.

Nose is almost hefeweizen wheat and yeasty. Dense malt and some clove.

Taste brings, prickly malt sense and almost spritzy champagne crispness. Interesting brut like texture, with some crisp sense of doughy malt flavor.

Overall very interesting and very tasty with a hint of lemon goodness!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (no date) poured into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw yellow to light gold color. 1/4" white head upon pouring quickly died back and left the barest of ring on the top and this was pretty much gone by the time I hit the last 1/3 of the glass. No lacing at all. Plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer which was nice to look at, but the lack of lacing was a bummer.

Smell: Grain, faint hint of tart apple, some floral and mildly skunked hops as well.

Taste: Clean crisp malt and some spicy and earthy hops. Maybe just a hint of apple in there. Crisp and dry finish. Simple and straight forward German lager. Nothing complex, nothing amazing, but just right in its simplicity.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation. A bit chewy and thick but airy enough that it does not linger around for very long.

Overall / Drinkability: A good German lager and very drinkable. I could easily have another one. It's a beer that is enjoyable in its simplicity - I feel I could have plenty of it and not get bored of it. But - it's not a deep or amazing beer, just good.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1.5" white head. Hazy light lemonade colored body. Smells of malt, nuts, spice, and a little of fruit esthers. Taste is the same plus it adds on a nice long refreshing zing in the finish along with lager crispness. Certainly a worthy lager, one both beer afficianados and even BMC drinkers can enjoy together.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden straw color fills the glass and is crowned by a fluffy eggsheel colored head that is just sticky enough to leave a bit of lace behind.

Upfront I was a bit taken aback by the pungent aroma, which had a much stronger herbal and grassy hop character than expected. As this dissipated a good bit of grain and bread come a long which are topped off by just a hint of lemon.

Not as much toasted or sweet malts as expected but a good bit of graininess and bready character. Hops add a bit of herbal flavor and provide a nice bitter kick as well.

Crisp and bubbly light-bodied mouthfeel which comes across with a clean bite. Overall, this makes for a tasty lager but it wasn't quite what I expected, as the continental hop profile was stronger (almost like a pils) than expected. Recognizing it for what it is though, this is a damn fine hoppy lager.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute glass from a 500ml bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a pale, golden color with a small, foamy head that slowly fizzes out.

Smell: Cane sugar, fresh hops, unmistakable Bavarian malts.

Taste: A grainy, sweet beer with a honey aftertaste. The hops provide a light, tingling sensation and the malts have a well balanced cereal-like touch.

Mouthfeel: A ridiculously easy beer to drink, as all good German lagers tend to be. It contains light, noticeable carbonation that enhances the beer's drinkability. While it initially provides bitterness on the tongue at first, the aftertaste is smooth and flavorful. It warmed up my throat and retained a sweet, delightful taste on the palate.

Overall: This is a very straightforward German lager that is ideal to have with almost any meal, especially one that is bready. Its recipe may be simple – and not usually what I drink – but it provides immediate gratification and quality that any beer should have.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a thin film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bread with some grass and citrus notes. There is also a honey aroma coming off this beer as it warms. Taste is exactly like the smell, even with the honey notes. Very refreshing flavors on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lager from Ayinger and my first of the style. I would get this one again in the future for sure.

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Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden, very clear. Good initial head, some lacing.

Aroma full of pilsnery/oktoberfest type notes

Malty and biscuity, with cheerios, a pilsnery hop note, and fresh bread. Clean and crisp.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

A nice beer, if you're in the mood for a lager.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very clear, light gold. dense, bright white head is not as persistent as it should be.

S: a furious pilsner maltiness. noble hops definitely make their way into the aroma as well. a slightly sulfury aroma as well.

T: a fair amount of bready pils malt interacts with a earthy/spicy german hop variety. maybe a little heavier on the malt side then the hops, but still reasonably balanced.

M: an almost effervescent carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: very clean and refreshing gold lager from Aying.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Ayinger 500ml glass.

Pours a very light straw/yellow color with a nice pillowy white head along with some fine lacing. Nose is yeasty and crisp, there's a light hop note that's very delicate.

Taste is very well balanced, it's light and crisp with a nice light hop bite and slightly spicy yeast note on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and full, smooth and a bit sharp. very well done.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

17-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 3 fingers of white head over a slightly-cloudy golden yellow body

S - bready and flowery; caramel; corn

T - strong malt flavor lightly sweetened with caramel followed by spicy/floral hops that mingle with corn for a balanced, crisp finish

M - medium-bodied with medium/high carbonation; smooth and refreshing

O - Another decent Ayinger. Try one if you're in the mood for a good malty lager.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a brilliant white head; nice retention and plenty of clumpy lace

Smell: Cracker malt aromatics with a bit of grassy hops on the nose

Taste: Opens with a strong cracker malt character that grows in a graham cracker sweet direction before the grassy hops arrive to provide balance; both the sweet and bitter flavors persist after the swallow, though the malty aspect of this beer is clearly dominant

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Just a great example of the German brewing tradition that is widely overlooked these days

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure if I have had this before, but I was craving a German Lager today, and this was the first bottle that caught my eye. Poured in to a Sam Adams Noble Pils glass, it comes out a clear golden straw color, with a finger of white heading, and a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles shooting to the top of the glass. The nose comes in with lots of grain husk and a certain mineral quality. Huge malty grain in the flavor, with bittering hops giving it a nice edge. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and entirely refreshing. It strikes me as a beer I could sit and drink all day. A true gem of a beer here.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; slightly hazy, straw yellow with a bleached white head. Great creamy foam with endless retention and chunky, ringed lacing.

smell; strong biscuity malts. Very dry and rustic with a hint of sweetness, I could be wrong but I think it is München malt. Dry grasses and hay come to mind. The hops are just a bit lemony but mostly herbal and grassy.

taste; very rustic and mildly sweet malts, leaving a dry hay flavor with a bit of caramel on the palate. Some spicy bitter hops linger in the finish.

mouthfeel; light, refreshing, and crisp. Very advanced carbonation that stings the palate deep and sharp.

overall; a very drinkable and tasty brew. Definitely a benchmark for the style, nearly flawless with a malt profile that is strong and grainy, without becoming sweet...amazing and what this style is all about....well done! Just for fun, eat some München malts, appreciate the flavor, cleanse the palate, and try this beer.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really nice smooth lager from Ayinger which is one of my personal fave German breweries. The beer looks beautiful with a very light golden color and soft head. The aroma is clean fresh malty smell. This beer is very easy to drink and refreshing. the taste is a nice malt sweetness that finishes dry and crisp. Truly a pleasure to drink this beer. Great session beer. When you want to graduate beyond American lagers this a great place to start.

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Photo of bump8628
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Radiant straw-yellow with an adequate cap of white foam. Grain and hops seem to be neck and neck with the former providing a complex grainy, husky, and bready base for the latter's beautiful blend of Easter grass, lemon, wildflowers, and micro-herbs, while finishing with a touch of honey that softens. The essence of an early spring meadow trapped into a beer. Gorgeous. And by far the most excellent example of the style I've come upon.

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Photo of stephens101
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow in color with a full, stable, dirty white head. Smells malty with subtle clove, grain, and a pinch of lemon. Tastes malty and lemony with a backslpash of orange and a light hop finish. Clean and light bodied. Well-balanced and smooth. This is simply a sharp dressed lager.

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Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 77.8% out of 100 with 988 ratings
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