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Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Aying, Germany
Serve in Lager glass

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bpreo (1781) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2012
I can only describe this beer as "Interesting" in every way, smell, taste, but aren’t all European beers funky?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Draught in Munich (gravity cask). Head is mostly lasting. Body is medium yellow? (served in a ceramic mug). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, soft carbonation. Straightforward but pleasant and clean.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grima (2124) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2011
The beer in the glass is deep golden yellow with a fine head. Smells grainy-hoppy. It starts very flowery-hoppy, with a lot of grain and a pleasant bitterness. The middle part shows very grainy, with a grassy hops, and a slightly sweet flavor. Goes into a grassy, hoppy and grainy-sweet finish!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kjc51478 (397) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2011
500ml Bottle. Appearance is clear, golden yellow color with light, fizzy, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, and somewhat citrusy. Taste is pretty sweet, hints of cookies, cereal, and citrus hops. Very light bitterness. Palate is light- to medium-bodied, slick texture, fizzy carbonation, and a long, sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martinus (3063) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2011
Clear golden colour, fluffy white head. Malty and hoppy aroma, touch of caramel. Flavour malty, hoppy touch, slight sweetness. Malty and pleasurable bitter finish.
(Draught @ Ayinger Speis und Trank, München)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
flying_pig (1010) - SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle brought home from Germany:
Skunky metallic aroma along with a lot a grain. There is also some subtle grassy hops & some malts but grain seems to feature the most.
Light golden colour with lots of bubbles & a huge foamy white head with outstanding retention & some lacing on the glass.
Matches the smell quite closely with lots of grain featuring in the taste as well. There is some grassy hops & the addition of a sweet sort of lemony taste to it that isn’t in the smell.
Light to medium & the beer has an overall fluffy feel to it that is different to most beers out there. Not so much great but certainly different & enjoyable enough. There is also plenty of carbonation without being overly gassy.

I’m rather disappointed in this one really, I think I managed to build it up to much in my head before trying it & ultimately I was going to be disappointed. Not a bad beer, just bad by German standards.

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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2011
On tap and from the gravity cask at Ayinger Speis und Trank, Munich. Good white head. Clear golden pour. Light bitter aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Citrusy and herbal hops ride this Helles’s rolling effervescence, as malts slowly but surely sculpt straw-like flavors.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A wavy head of foam covers the clear, dark golden.
-The mouthfeel on this one may not be as polished as Andechser’s Helles or Augustiner’s for that matter, but it is still cushy and packed with character.
-This is obviously balanced and süffig.
-This is the kind of brew I would love to get to know better. Alas, I cannot get it this fresh across the pond…

On tap and from the gravity cask at Ayinger Speis und Trank, Munich.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2011
On tap at the brewery. A very well made to style classic helles with a great foamy white head. Very drinkable and full bodied for a lager.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7961) - Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 Pretty much everything you want out of a helles. Golden color with a nice white head, pleasant smell. It has a smooth, rich malty taste with a suprise of noble hoppiness. This is the kind of Helles that doesn’t need special attributes, it is just tasty and high-quality, nothing else needs to be said.Gotta drink it fresh.


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