garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice orangeish yellow color, nice head. Smells of yeast. Tasted yeasty with malt. Very crisp and clean feeling.
toller (1) - Maine, USA - JUL 24, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(16.9 oz bottle) Fairly light flavor at first, but the sweety, bready maltiness really picks up in the fantastic finish; Wow, the malty finish is really nice, and makes this an outstanding beer to sip and enjoy, even as it warms; Moderate bitterness stays in balance throughout and complements the malt very well; Sweet, lightly malty nose is very pleasant; This beer really tastes and smells like you’re walking into a brewery; Light to medium bodied, but still coats and pleasures the palate; Medium to pale yellow and crystal clear; Snow white head is somewhat explosive on the pour, but manageable, and settles down to about half an inch in thickness; Very good lacing and retention, despite very few carbonation bubbles
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice pale colored lager. Tasted very fresh and was quite enjoyable. Little surprised that it was a touch hoppier than most helles style beers. Had good pale malt flavors along with grassy and citric hop presence.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2004 Skunky mint smell. Gold/orange with some yeast. After you get past the horrendous smell this is one great tasting beer. Has a bread/fruit taste. Kind of similar to a hefe-weizen. Excellent tasting beer with some nice malts. One of the best beers I have tasted.
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml brown bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a light, golden yellow, straw color. It had a volumous, white head at first, but it slid back to a thin veil of clumpy foam on top of the beer. It left a generous lacing down the sides of the glass as well. Aromas right away are of 2-row malts. Sweet, fresh mown hay, and slight amounts of phenolics are present as well. Smells like freshly gound grain, straight from the malt mill. Tastes are of very fresh malts, some slight yeastiness, some phenolics, slightly clove-like. It has just enough hops to balance the malts, but it is not bitter by any means. Very slight aroma of noble hops, and a subdued hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel, not cloying at all. A very drinkable beer overall. Goes down almost too easily. Would make a great lawnmower beer if it weren’t so hard to find in my area.
A top notch German lager, in my humble opinion.
This beer would pair well with a pumpernickel and onion sandwich.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This concludes my collection of "easily obtainable Ayinger beers". There seems to be a big difference between those that are and those that aren’t...as of July 2004, there are "those with over 160 ratings" and "thsoe with under 30 ratings". Uhh. Slightly hazy yellow appearance, decent head. Clean and crisp; somewhat sour finish. Dry wheatiness throughout. Sweet, a bit hoppy. Pretty good stuff.