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

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.”


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hershiser2 (1315) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Smells of clove and grasses. Looks decent- cloudy light yellow with a white bubbly head. Taste is grassy and coppery, finishing bitter and kinda unpleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Bright maize in color with ample rocky white head. Fantastic head retention, and malty nose portends a well-made brew. Clean and crisp, this beer is dominated by classic German malt character with hops adding a crisp zing. Eminently balanced, this is a quenching bready brew with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Slight malty odor, pleasant but subdued. Golden color in the glass, with a foamy head that disappeared leaving lots of lacing. This had a lot of flavor for the style, malt and yeast at the front, with a good hop finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Aroma is rich and somewhat sweet. Pours golden with a white head that dissipates quickly. The flavor is somewhat sweet and spicy--far more complex than one would expect from a beer this pale. The body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is smooth and indistinct.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Bottle at Parrish Cafe, Boston. Pours an average golden yellow, very bubbly, smaller than expected head, quite clear. Aroma seems promising, lots of thick white bread, crusty and lightly sweet (honey, light toffee). Plenty of mildly spicy hops and a hint of earthiness with bitter touches. Flavor however, starts out lightly sweet (table sugar, light lemon drop cookies) with some bubbly texture from the vast carbonation. Hops are not bitter, but provide a sweet, light apple flavor along with a touch of boring grassy flavors. It never really came together for me, staying too sweet, with a strange thickly sweet palate. It ends on a lightly bitter, lightly sour, meaty/appley note. It wasnt terrible, but it thinned as it warmed and just didnt have any qualities I really enjoy about this style. Especially, this wansnt crisp and powerfully flavorful. No subtleties as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2004
From a bottle - With a fine white head and amber-esque hue, the fresh, clean taste of this Helles (with a hoppy, complex finish) marks it as a good example of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Grabbed a few of these from the base liquor store and took them on the links for 18. This style isn’t one of my favorites, but I figured what the heck. Light gold color. Large head. Aroma is floral and malty. A medium bodied dortmunder. Kind of malty, also not a lot of banana and clove flavor. Not very hoppy. Light and flavorful. Crisp and slightly spicy, although just barely. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Poured straw golden with a nice white head that retreated to a thin layer. The aroma was malty and slightly bready. Taste is lightly malty with some grassiness. The hops are low key, but well balanced with the malt. The finish is crisp and clean, this is an excellent summer beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Nice orangeish yellow color, nice head. Smells of yeast. Tasted yeasty with malt. Very crisp and clean feeling.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toller (1) - Maine, USA - JUL 24, 2004 does not count
Small, crisp, white head that diminishes quickly. I expected a harsher taste on the palate, but was surprised at the relative smoothness. I’m more of a stout/porter person and not one to drink a lot of German beer, but this beer was pleasant.


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