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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Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a tall Pilsener glass. The abv is listed on the back label (5.5%) but there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has an extremely clear and light yellow gold color with tons of bubbly carbonation. From the pour I got a tall white foamy head. This head is light, fluffy and slowly settles down to a light wispy thin covering. On the way down the glass it leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: The nose is modest and offers mellow notes of biscuity pale malt with a nice spicy/floral hop backing.

Taste/Palate: It has a light snappy flavor. Its pale bready maltiness is balanced by spicy floral hops that add pleasant bitterness and a very slight sourness. The finish is dry and crisp on a light to moderate palate.

Notes: Overall it's a very good easy drinking beer with excellent balance.

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Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into a cylinder glass, producing a fluffy, full white head with good retention and lace, the beer itself a bright golden in color with a steady stream of carbonation rushing from the bottom

s: herbal and grassy hop notes accompany the bready pale malt base, light balanced malt sugars, maybe some glimpses of dried citrus - but it's an otherwise straightforward aroma

m: carbonation around moderate-high, lively but not abrasive, lighter lager body

t: clean pale lager malts set up a structure for a mild-moderate, grassy noble hop flavor, bready with only a slight sweetness, light grains, somewhat herbal, subtly bitter finish

d: as a nice clean lager with a healthy dose of flavor and quenching finish, this drinks very well

500 mL from WF Arlington

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Photo of meeekyh
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml brown and sleek bottle into mu Fin Du Monde glass. Color is a very light golden that is pleasing and clear. The head is white with tight bubbles and lacing that is like a thin layer of foam.

Smell is crispy with light biscuit smells and a mineral hint. A very clean beer that reminds me of a Pinot Gris (Grigio) wine in its color and light, mineral nature.

Taste is lightly sweet, tart, not bitter in the slightest. The impression is faintly of peach. A nice round beer for its slightness.

Mouthfeel is greatly pleasing. I favor this tiny-bubbles style of carbonation with its brightness and lively tingle. Overall feel is light and the finish is dry.

This is great beer. Light enough to be drinkable all year 'round but with enough character to be enjoyd as a beer unto itself.

I say get some.


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pour yields a golden brew that is nearly completely-transparent and has loads and loads of visible carbonation bubbles. An eggshell head forms and reaches four fingers high, leaving behind a ridiculous amount of lacing after it finally falls. The head is incredibly slow to follow, exhibiting rocky, whipped-cream-like peaks. The nose is a bit grainy with some mild sweetness coming through. Bready it is.

The taste falls along similar lines--there's some bread and grain up front followed by a smooth bitterness. The bitterness comes toward the finish and doesn't rally come along with much hop flavor. Good balance between the malt and hops. Drinks quite well. This would be a great brew on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely pale yellow with a sudsy white head, retains as a cap of random splotches, leaves decent lacing. Very light amount of sediment.

Very straight up pale lager smell, it does supply some decent scents of fruit and bread.

Much more flavorful than expected! It's like a plethora of flavors from pilsners, hefeweizens and oktoberfests. Bubblegum, baked bread, biscuit, buttery malts, a light fruit presence for sure but I can really only pick out lemon. Herbal notes as well. This would probably be a 4.25 to be technical.

Smooth, crisp mouthfeel, carbonation level is perfect. Nothing really off in this beer.

An awesomely flavorful lager. I wish this came in 6-packs, it would make a great session beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my pilnser glass.

A- Body is a transparent pale yellow color. Pours with a big foamy white head. Lacing left all the way down the glass-and bubbles can be seen constantly rising to the top. Fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention from there.

S- Nose is all pilsner- lots of pilsner malt and soft floral hops. A bit dry.

T- Flavor is mellow overall. A floral overtone initially with a mild background. The finish involves soft floral hop bitterness and a fair amount of pale malt the faintest hint of biscuit is there as well.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a smooth slightly oily body-very well done.

D- This is good overall-nice crisp and drinkable. But I think I'll take the American GL dortmunder Gold

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

500ml bottle poured into pint glass jan13 2010

A a very pale yellow with plenty of bubbles feeding a two finger bone white head that leaves a good amount of lace

S lots of grassy hops with a little lemon and bread

T what I smell with more dry cereal and some bubblegum of all things, a fair bit of flavor considering how little color it has

M light and crisp, bubbles give it some life and has just a little bite

D this one went down pretty easy, good flavors and not lacking in any area

this is a great lager that I will be drinking again, this is a great brew in the dead of winter I can't imagine how smooth this would be under a summer sun

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Photo of cudmud
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer has an odd pale color and looks more like a witbier than a Dortmunder. It does have a thick rocky head that produces tons of lace.

Smell: He brew has nice malt and yeast atributes.

Taste: This beer has a strong malt backbone and some notes from the yeast that are very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty beer, but I don't think it fits this style very well.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Jahrhundert boasts a honey colored body and a marvelous white head. The retention is great, but there is no noticeable lacing, and there is a substantial haze in this brew.

S: Biscuity malt and nobel hops promise a delicious flavor to come.

T: And the nose didn't lie; This beer is deliciously dry, exhibiting cereal grain, toast, and nobel hops in the most delicate manner. This is a delicious brew.

M: Body is extremely light, with little in the way of carbonation or residue.

D: An exceptionally drinkable lager, with considerable flavor to boot. I would recommend this to any that believe lagers to be flavorless.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold color with just a thin white head.

Aroma is clean but fragrant with a pale, biscuity, bready malt. This might be the breadiest beer I've ever smelled. Hops are just about undetectable.

Flavor is also bready but with a less characterful and fresh impact than the nose. Big and flavorful malt character with strong biscuity malt. Clean and full finish with a low enough impact to be incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel is light and crisp but with a full mid-palate. For a pale colored, low abv euro lager, this is impressively deep and flavorful.

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

Definitely a toasty, grainy aroma here...there's a hint of hops from the Noble hops as well.

Pours a nice, clear blonde in the glass with a fairly large head that has good staying power.

Taste has a fair amount of toasted barley taste to it upfront. What surprises me is the lack of hoppiness on the finish of this beer. There's only a slight hop bite there, and it's certainly fleeting. With the style, I figured on a bit more of that. A tiny bit of toasted grain hangs around, but not much and not for long; it's a clean beer. Pretty thin though, even for style. Flavors are pretty restrained.

Either way, it's a pretty drinkable and basic German lager. Due to their purity laws that restricts ingredients they can use, a lot of these beers end up tasting somewhat alike. Drinkability doesn't get much better though. I know some people won't like how light the flavors are, though.

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Photo of bubseymour
1.8/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First, I'm quite confused how only a 5.5% ABV beer has the alcohol burn of beers >9%? Second, I'm a huge fan of Ayinger's Celebrator and a few others I've sample but this Jahrhundert seems to miss the boat entirely and should be discontinued. The only positive thing I can say about this beer is the head retention continued for the full 12 oz session in my pint glass. The starting head was only 1 finger thick but held. But you drink a beer not stare at it like a piece of art (although I think all of us beer geeks prefer looking at a fine beer in glass over most artwork). Verdict: stay away from this one!

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier appears a very pale straw yellow. The head is bright white, but pretty light in body. The lacing and retention is average.

The beer is fragrant and easy to smell, but the aromas are generally light (if that makes sense). There are notes of noble hops (like most Euro lager/pils), with some green apple or apple cider notes.

Its taste begins with a slight sweetness; the mid palate is pretty flat. It finishes with a smooth hoppy bitterness. The lingering taste is somewhat sulfuric.

The body is light to medium body, with a good amount of carbonation that pairs well with the beers crispness.

Overall Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier is very sessionable, although the aftertaste is a little odd in flavor. This would seem to be a great transition beer for a person just starting a better beer journey, or anyone who has not had a Dortmunder before.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle. Pours straw with a foamy, white head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is of light floral hops, hay and some bready malt. Fuller body than a look might suggest, quite smooth. Taste is sweet, bready malt in the beginning then light herbal, floral hops kick in overpowering the palate. Long dry finish. This Ayinger I can skip next time.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is scaring me JUUUST a little...Pours a SUPER-DUPER pale yellow - like Bud Light level pale lemon yellow. Like sun-bleached straw. Didn't form a real head like I'd expect a German lager to, either. Middling on the carbonation, and little lacing, if any. Aromas are, strikingly, vgery malty and lager-ish. Big surprise there, right? Some sweetness in the nose portends something hopefully better than our BMC adjunct crap, but I'm not sure...Flavor is weird and, unfortunately, not all that good. Very German and lagerish, but any robustness hits you quick and then immediately backpedals, kind of like a Lennox Lewis fight in the first couple rounds. The flavor evolves into a thin middle that carries some lager-yeast qualities, then fades into a thinner finish that has some slight hop bitterness, but disappears into its corner, wondering how the whole fight ended so quickly. This is not good beer, and I'm disappointed that they'd put such an ambitious name on such a low rate lager. Not super cheap, not super expensive. I would not suggest trying this if you like Ayinger beers because it'll just piss you off rather than up.

What I like most: The aroma that HINTS that something decent might be coming.

What I like least: Everything else.

Verdict: Really poor effort and not worth trying.

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

A: Poured into a footed Pilsner glass of sorts, this beer is extremely pale and golden with a bright white head. Bright golden though not perfectly clear, the haze adds to the pale effect. The head has a very nice texture, but does not linger and only leaves spotty lace. 3.5

S: Pale Malt smells, mild hops and a very slight metallic aroma are the first things noticed. A deeper investigation reveals some slight skunking, and a little spiciness. 3.5

T: Similar to the smell. It's thin, but refreshing. I get a good bit of sour in here though, and again, the skunking. There's not much too this beer. Not much good, not much bad, just not much. 3

M: Thinner, but again, refreshing 4

D: 4

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Photo of Chincino
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a clear light golden yellow color with a fair amount of carbonation. The aroma was pleasant and not overpowering. It had a slight citrus scent. The taste was very crisp, clean, and highly drinkable. It is smooth to drink. I would drink this beer again, but it is not one of my favorite lagers.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The white two-finger head is filled with large bubbles and rapidly dissolves to a half-inch high, leaving some tracks behind on the sides.

A light straw-colored yellow, the beer is exceedingly clear, with enough carbonation rising from the bottom to keep the head replenished.

The smell of mineral water and a bit of flowery hops greets the nose, with a hint of citric sourness. A good mouthful confirms the mineral flavors and musty old aftertaste, which may be from the hops, the light malts or the water. May be an old bottle, or altered by lack of good temperature management in shipping or storage.

Not my favorite style of beer, but drinkable.

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Photo of emsroth
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

App: Pale golden to straw in color. Frothy white head with decent density. Nice lacing for a lager.

Smell: A wonderful lager smell. Some fruitiness, some floral (clover), a bit of earthiness, but it's all clean and well rounded. All with malt and a hint of alcohol below.

Taste: A firm malty body. Notes of honey and cereal grains, definitely worthy of export. Rounded out in the perfect german way with a touch of herbal, spicy hops. The hops certainly take a back seat in this brew, and their minimal presence feels rather appropriate.

As said above, strong malty body worthy of export.

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Photo of claybeer
2.69/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another light, clear, barely yellow beer. The head is just a thin white sheet over the top. The nose is crisp, tart, pilsner-like and extremely light. It taste a little sour with some skunkieness. Not my style beer and a little unpleasant. Not much of a finish and what is there is not that desirable. Just not a lot to say about this experience. Maybe I got a bad bottle. I'll have to give it another try at a later date?

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden...nice clarity and nice white fluffy head

S-Very bready and malty with some lemongrass

T-Nice malt forward lager with a herbal/grassy hop presence...Bready and malty with a nice light hop finish.


D-I just saw this on the shelves and figured it would be fresh and it was....tasty, tasty lager...

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Photo of Schneic8
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden color that you can see through. Good carbonation with bubbles, and a strong thick head. Visually, very appealing.

Smell: Not a strong scent, but sweet. Very little sign of alcohol.

Taste: Smooth taste that is crisp and clean. Slightly bitter, that is refreshing. Slight citrus/fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is not too strong and has a slight prickly feel. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: A refreshing beer that goes down smooth. It is easy to drink. I was expecting something a little more complex but very good overall. I would drink again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10th review on BA
Bottle poured into Sapporo Flute

App- Straw yellow, very clear, very carbonated, poured how you imagine a beer to look if it was perfect, bubbles, 3 finger cloudy white head. Very slow to dissapate with very little lacing.

Smell- Very nice indeed. Little citrus, little grain, little smell. Nothing that overpowered.

Taste- Great beer to me. So smooth. I've reviewed a couple Ayinger and they don't dissapoint. Crispness to the taste with a very pleasant finish.

Mouth- No real aftertaste, drank like a 5.5. Little thin but it was good.

Drink- In the words of Chip Diller, "Thank You Sir, May I have another"

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

From a 16.9 oz. bottle with no date, poured in a pilsner glass.

This is a very appealing looking beer with a clear, straw-yellow color and a big white head that left quite a bit of lacing at first which later diminished. Aroma was mainly of hops, maybe with some slight fruitiness I couldn't quite place. Not an overly strong smell.

Taste was moderately bitter; I was expecting more of a malt balance based on other reviews, but I didn't get that in this example. Mouthfeel was crisp and left a moderate bitterness.

This beer reminded me of a German pilsner, but maybe that's due to my lack of experience in the styles. I'd like to try another one in the future.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-light gold, lots of white head

S-sweet honey and wheat, not strong of a scent but there are hints of banana in there. nice for a lager

T-hmmm very interesting. basically tastes like a very sweet lager with a pleasant sweet after-taste. banana is taste is there as well.

M-medium carbonation, nice creamy finish, just perfect!

D-it needs to come in the 16oz. bottle because nothing less would be satisfying. it goes down so easily and satisfying!

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