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


on tap

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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Brite golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is very subtle like putting your head in a bag of two row barley. Crisp clean barley flavor with a very slight bitterness for a refreshing finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Slightly over dark color. Mild nose, though balanced between malt and hops, isn’t really knocking me over. Lightly malty with a little bit of a hay or straw flavor. Hops are there, but not very bangin’. Very crisp and clean finish. Well balanced, but unimpressive, especially for Ayinger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle. Very pale straw color with a HUGE white head. Not much aroma, but what’s there just gives a little freshness (mild malt and spiciness). Good malty/bready flavor that is balanced with spice and citrus hops. Low key, but very well made. Finishes clean except for a nice lingering bitterness. Much like a pilsner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Pours a very light gold. Large foamy head, and nice lacing. Pilsener malts and citrus hops in the aroma. Spicy hints as well. That spice comes out a bit more in the flavor, maybe cloves, not sure. Citrus again along with the pilsener flavors. Nice and sharp, a bit acidic. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12353) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a golden yellow with a thick foamy, long lasting head. Has a refreshing grass, banana, and lemon aroma. Flavor of malt, citrus, and some hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5801) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is a little weak. Somewhat citrusy, somewhat hoppy, and a little spicy. Pours a pale hazy yellow with a moderate head. Good lacing. Nice malty taste. Very fruity and cirtusy. Maybe some banana. Not much bitterness like some previous ratings suggest. Short lived sweet aftertaste. I’d say the commercial deScription hits the nail on the head when they say "The taste is pure malt" but way off on the long lasting aftertaste. It sounds to me like people who tasted a skunked bottle have knocked the average rating down a bit. This is a very good beer.

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