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


on tap

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RATINGS: 999   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 11, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1155) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Hazy yellow, with a thick eggshell head. Mild aroma. Nice creamy feel to it that led to a nice sweet malty taste. I really like the brief hop bite in the finish too....well done.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Yellow Coloring. Big Head. Yeast. Earthy. Fruity...Haven’t had alot of this style...while not a fav...certainly not a bad beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Woah. Clear yellow color with a big white head. Very musty aroma; it reminded me of a pet shop. That’s a bad way to start. Some bread and yeast flavor, but some bad earthy-ness as well. I was sadly disappointed, although I am willing to chalk it up to not being a big fan of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Smelly, sweety, mmm, malt! Cloudy yellow, huge white rocky head, mostly lasting. Subtle spicy hop aroma. Oh yes. Thick and full and honeyed yet a clean and herbalesque finish. I could drink a lot of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2004
06.22.04 half liter bottle. Light blond color, slightly hazed; firm head with fabulous lacing. Aromas remind of buttery wheat crackers like Triscuits and a sweetish light malt. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and sweet. Somewhat papery but that is cut short by a (very mild) hop finish reminding of chewing on a blade of wheat. Very nice, what else is new from Ayinger.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2004
This is one fine brew! Pouring the beer throws a large , dense, white head. The color is a hazy yellow. Classic "Bavarian" taste. Reminds me of Spaten helles, or Wurzburger helles, but, MUCH better. I would love to replicate this beer in a homebrew recipe, but, those lager yeast strains are a pain to work with. Those Bavarian folks are sure lucky to have these sorts of brews available as every day beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Hazey sidewalk chalk yellow with a loosely placed thin white cap that dissapates quickly. Earns its keep with some sticky strings of lace and a thin collar. Aroma has a fair amount of slightly baked biscuit, sweet bread doughy malts are mostly prominent with nice ascents of grassy herbal hops. Taste comes across richer then you’d think with a nice malt base with pleasant sweet bread tones, sticky and creamy throughout the duration. The munich malts do their thing with a healthy dose of tender breads with a baked in warming. Hops are soft and supple in their supply with slight herbal spice and grasses. A very nice little taster. Great balance and feel which is nearly full for a Helles with a great smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Crisp little edge to the finish with nice lingering qualities of bread and grass. This is a fine dandy drinker of a beer. Perfect for warmer weather days, or even any Ol’ time as a session brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 14, 2004
In the bottle. The best part of this lager is the aroma. Smells like newly mown hay. Take your time. Sit down with this beer and remember those summers when you would sit on the side of Mrs. Southern’s hill and watch Dewey Burdine mow the fields with his blue Ford tractor. Poofy white head that hangs in there the way those Simpsons clouds did on that same day of making hay. Smooth and mellow to drink. Soft, in fact. As soft as the hillside fescue and clover mix I’m sitting upon on that summer day. It must have been a hundered years ago...

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