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


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RATINGS: 933   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This beer was first brewed in 1978 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our brewery. It has a golden-yellow color with a slightly flowery yeast, honey-ish aroma, tastes a little spicy and is full-bodied in initial taste, mild before swallowing and soft with a refined sparkle and fades with a well-balanced hint of bitterness. It is an especially drinkable and harmonious beer. Conrad Seidl, known as the Austrian “Pope of Beers”, on the Jahrhundert-Bier: “It is a malty beer that pronounces the precious earthy quality of malted barley.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1742) - - JUL 31, 2014
Poured from bottle into a weizen glass Appearance – The beer pours a clear straw-yellow color with a huge billowy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace islands on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of lightly toasted pale malt smell mixed with lots of a biscuit and some caramel smells. Along with these aromas comes some lighter grainy smells as well as a little bit of a grassy aroma Taste – The taste begins with a caramel and toffee sweeter flavor mixed with a nice doughty taste. As the taste moves from the initial, some light grainy tastes as well as a lighter fruity flavor of both a sweeter apple and pear but also some lighter bitter lemon flavors enters the taste. The sweeter flavors fade ever so slightly as the taste moves on more toward the end, and with some more bitter herbal and grassy hop tastes coming to the tongue, one if left with a moderately crisp and very smooth flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are fantastic for creating the crisp and very easy drinking feel for the brew. This is a superb feel for the flavors. Overall – A clean and very refreshing brew. This is quite flavorful and very easy drinking with a great crisp taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schnabelhund (69) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2014
Pours clear pale yellow and sports a big, fluffy white head with good retention and really nice lacing. The nose is very clean and subtle. It includes notes of white bread and butter from the malts as well as noble earthy-flowery notes from the hops. On the palate, Ayinger Jahrhundert starts off with the malts with muted sweetness, then proceeds to earthy hops on the mid-palate before light bitterness and astringency kick in, and finally leaves some spiciness behind in the dry finish. The body is light and spritzy; it could come off as watery if the subtleties escape you. This brew is very good and exemplary for pale lagers (in a broad sense) that target connoisseurs and casual session drinkers alike.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (2811) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pale yellow color. Small size, white head, stays. Grainy, malty, honey in aroma. Honey, hay, straw, malty taste. Medium carbonation. Sweet malts in aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirstyrabbit (1109) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle. Light golden body, medium head. Sweet malty aroma, a bit muted. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Sweet malty taste with grainy finish. Too light flavours. Lacks that nice cookie taste that many examples of the style have. Unimpressive, especially for the high score here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3304) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Vom fass at Ayinger. Nice grainy, vanilla aroma, very mild kellerbier funk, wet yeasty graininess. Taste is smooth, light grain, light bready flavor, hay, earthy, almost salty mineral notes, fresh bread. Palate is light bodied with light carbonation. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1222) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2014
On tap at Apex Bar in Portland, Oregon. Colour... Light golden straw with a thick white head. Nose...redolent of honey comb, cereal and especially Corn Pops. Palate...light CO2, husky, grassy and honeyed with corn sirop and floral notes that provide a delightfully light aire to the palate. The finish is dry and cereal-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Clear straw colour with white head. Aroma cereal, light hops, alcohol and honey. Taste medium sweetness, trace of bitter. Well balanced, light finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
agent_persik (417) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 13, 2014
Clean golden color, medium white head. Aroma of malt, grass, light honey and floral notes. Taste is sweet with light sourness and has malt, spice, grain, grass. Thin body and average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kita (1127) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear pale golden color with medium frothy white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma of toasted malt, honey, flowers and grassy hops. Taste starts with light sweet toasted malt and honey with bready and grassy following, crisp spicy mouthfeel and clear moderate bitter finish. Medium body, slick texture and lively carbonation in palate. Despite its common style, this Ayinger brew is way above average...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (847) - HONG KONG - JUL 12, 2014

500 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Looks: Light golden yellowExplosive three-finger head and crumpety white foam which lasts for 4 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with very fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant, light sweet malt, with light touch of floral, spices and honey, plus bread, strong yeast, lemon and light grass.

Taste: Medium sweet malt, with honey, molasses, floral, light bread, yeast, lemon and light bitter grassy hops.

Body: Mid to light; Very slick and slightly thick palate.

Mouth feel: Wow, it’s pretty right-on here: maltyness is moderate, not too full. Body has right thickness but not oily. Very pleasant sweetness of honey and molasses - light and expressive - the kind of sweetness I longed for a Lager is here. Yea! Flowery hops and light bread to round off. This is very neat and lovely!

Hoppiness: Light floral, honey and spice in nose. Floral, lemon and fairly light grass in taste. Bitterness is light to the style for a lasting, fairly low-fi astringent finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Nicely sweet and hoppy to mouth.

Comments: This is a nice and delicate Helles. Everything from aroma, taste and palate is meticulously prepared to please the casual drinkers as well as picky connoisseurs. It may not be the absolute best, but it’s right up there as the poster boy of the style. I love it!

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