Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier is a Dortmund lager. Named for the German town, Dortmunds were made popular in the 19th and are characterized by their clean, dry, and biscuity malt flavors. Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier pours a light, lemon-yellow with a 2-finger, bright, white head that is well-sustained throughout. The nose is a nicely balanced fusion of sweet malty grains and herbal hop aroma... similar to a Pilsner. The flavor follows along the same lines as the nose with very similar characteristic as a Pilsner. There are notes of sourdough bread, sweet malts, and grassy hops. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, but smooth with a little sharpness upfront and some creaminess in the back. With those crisp, easy-drinking flavors, the Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier is the perfect companion to the hard rocking goodness of "Taken By Force"!!
Probably my favorite Scorpions album, "Taken By Force" is the 5th studio album by German metal gods and was released back in 1977. Let's talk about how hard this album rocks!! The fist-pumping opener, "Steamrock Fever" sets the tone for the whole album with lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth's guitar work as the driving force! Songs like "I've Got To Be Free," "The Riot Of Our Time," the absolutely brilliant "The Sails Of Charon," "Your Light," "He's A Woman - She's A Man," and "Suspender Love" are must-own, heavily influential metal classics! The lyrics to the wonderful 2nd track, "We'll Burn the Sky" were taken from a poem written by Monika Dannemann (lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth's wife). She happened to be the last girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix, and wrote "We'll Burn the Sky" as a tribute to Hendrix after his untimely death in 1970. (Sadly, Dannemann committed suicide in 1996.) You can also hear the influence of Hendrix in Roth's playing throughout the album. The re-released version (which is what I own) includes a fantastic live version of "Polar Nights" as well.