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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 985   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.”


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
I was pleasantly surprised at the finesse of this somewhat average looking member of its class. It has a typical honey gold pale lager color and a brief, thin pinkish head. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and could perhaps use just a tad fuller carbonation; nevertheless there is still an Alpine strength to Jahrhundert’s character, as if its thinness is "natural" like air at 12,000 feet (I’m not sure of Aying’s altitude but this is sort of the kind of thing I’d expect Germans to make if they opened a brewery in the Rocky Mountains). Aromas are subdued yet clear and high-altitude flowery. This beer possesses a untart-dried-fruit malty flavor that is meant to be savored at any altitude. Its own description of a "clean and long lasting" aftertaste is quite accurate; the aftertaste could also be called quite hoppy and, again, high-altitude. I like this beer and will be sampling other products in its class.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4112) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2004
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester. Very clean taste, very clean look (bright yellow, with a white head). Some honey and light fruit contained within. Refreshing with some body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Nice grassy and floral aroma. Maybe I had an out of date bottle but I missed out on the bready/fruity flavor and the follow was a little sour. I need to try this one again to be certain.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hershiser2 (1419) - 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 (1634) - 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 (1164) - 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 (4211) - 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 (780) - 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.


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