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Freigeist Abraxxxas - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
85
very good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%


Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 04-08-2010)
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a drab hazy gold with a thin off-white head. Pleasant, but nothing spectacular.
The nose is more interesting with scents of Meyer lemon, red licorice, and subtle apricot.
Flavors unexpectedly clash with the visuals and smells. Bright green apple and peppery spice jump forth early. There's a hint of smoke on the end that's more noticeable as it warms. This brew has a very tart taste up front that's clean and falls into a cidery end with grassy vinegar.
The body is light--too light to contain all of the flavor eccentricities. And it could use more heft to go with all the bubbles and acids. After gulps, it does warm nicely in the belly.
This is a gangly creation. A learning experience of sorts. I found myself wishing for some mild cheese to smooth out the sharp edges and make it more drinkable; lacking this, I left some in the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 01:57:26 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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Birdmarg741

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium orange color. Minimal head but a thin lace covers the drink through its lifespan in the glass.
Smells like apricot, meyer lemon, and honeysuckle. Light smoke smell at first, but it grows significantly as the drink warms.
Wow- tart. Really get the lemon in the taste. Shocking at the first taste. Hard to hold in the mouth for too long. Predominant flavors are certainly the lemon and smoke. It is lovely overall, but mostly after the actual tasting experience- not so much during it. A bit painful on the bitterness. Jaw clenching. The lemon takes over the ability for the apricot to shine through. Honey still coats the back of the throat at the end with the smoke.
The mouthfeel is a bit painful. Tastes more like a cocktail than beer. Even though the alcohol content isn't high, it feels like it belongs in a martini glass.
Absolutely happy I had the experience. Wouldn't and couldn't drink a ton of it on one setting. But would certainly have a glass again. Must try!

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 18:20:31 | More by Birdmarg741
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AgentMunky

California

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mikkeller bar in SF.

Hazy gold. Good lacing. Scattered lacing.

Barnyard funk. Dank hair and horse piss. Meh

Holy shit this is so good. A weirdly smokey sour beer. Wild ale with barbecue?

I don't know that I'd get another but damn. Strange one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 04:48:20 | More by AgentMunky
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Peated Abraxxxas

Cloudy orange/amber. Small lip of foam.

Funky nose with a delicate smokiness. White currant, hay, and smokestack. Graham crackery malts. Great nose.

Unctuously funky and a little sweet with apricot and wheat notes. Nice salty peat smoke is the real game changer. Slightly citrusy in the way that it's tart. Unreal good.

Soft and supple. The right kind of spritz marries the sour. Wonderful.

Blown away by this one. Amazing brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 02:37:18 | More by thecheapies
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a goblet.

A: Hazy gold in color with a thin white head and just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Grainy, a bit funky, light lemony sourness and light smokiness.

T: Some sourness up front, then tart and then the smoke shows up! Cracker malt underneath as well. The smoke starts to fade into some sourness but never entirely disappears, lingering on the back of the tongue for awhile.

M: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: Well, I didn't realize this this was a smoked Berliner when I ordered it. And I probably wouldn't have tried it if I did. The smoke was a surprise, and diminished what was otherwise a tasty beer. But I can't ding the beer too much for tasting like what it's supposed to. I finished it without a problem....but won't be having another.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 03:47:56 | More by macrosmatic
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy gold with a sticky white head

S-smoky tartness. Very odd but awesome. Green apples. Medium strength

T-comes in with a weirdly awesome flavor of sour apples and smoke. It's a great flavor with a nice matching after-taste.

M-dry medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-points for uniqueness. It is drinkable, though maybe not as much as other German sours. I recommend anyone to try this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 02:26:26 | More by AdamBear
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while attending Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub as a pre-game to the event! Served from tap into a Duvel sampler. Poured a hazy pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, sour, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, toasted malt, smoke, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This brew really had quite a bit of potential. The aroma was about the only letdown here as it was rather weak. I basically had to bury my nose into the beer to pick up on anything. While this was a little bit of a buzzkill, the flavor did recover from this. The toastiness actually went decently with the sour note I picked up on. The smokiness just took it to another level on top of that. A really well done brew that I would definitely take the time to explore again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 13:25:15 | More by thagr81us
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, cloudy wheat beer. Nice tall head.

S - A bouquet of smokey, tangy wheat. Cured meat, salty ham, tangy yeast and grainy wheat. A nice start.

T - This beer is acidic and tangy up front with yeasty wheat twang and a smokey side. Tart and bitter with some hop dryness, and a hearty dose of yeast flavor. Berliner-rauch hybrid on the flavor.

M - Medium Bodied, effervescent, clean. A dry smokiness and finish.

O - German craft beer, thats right German craft beer. Certainly not in line with tradition but this one escaped that rule for a pretty good reason.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 18:45:06 | More by BeerForMuscle
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Freigeist Abraxxxass has a bright yellow color with some slight blond trimmings, it's almost like squeezed lemon juice with the mild sediment in it. On top, a quarter inch of loose white soapy bubbles, no cling.

Big spirtz of lemon drops and some barnyard hay with old feet. I don't think any funky yeast was used, but that's what I get. It's pretty straight forward, but not to pleasant, at least for me. The smoke is not picked up in the nose. Standard Berliner fare, not very pungent.

Lemongrass with a touch of pale malt. At some points I get a small sense of barnyard hay. Not very funky, mildly tart, a small hit of smoke in the finish on this that comes and goes and does not smoke the palate, not sour. Good, but not great.

Pretty mild on the tartness and slightly acidic on the back of the tounge. The taste seems to fade out towards the end. Light bodied and boldly carbed up. If it tasted better and the ABV was lowered a bit this would make it easy for a few. Maybe the addition of peat/smoke ingredients is what upped the Alc on a session type beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 04:45:24 | More by BARFLYB
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at City Tap House in Philadelphia, PA

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Earthy aroma that's dominated by a strong lactic funk presence. Really cheesy with subtle citrus, light fruit and pale malt notes underneath. Kind of bland and I'm not picking up on the smokiness or much of anything else.

Fuller bodied than expected but even more one dimensional than the nose suggests. Only sligtly sour with an overwhelming lactic funk presence. Very funk and cheesy with an unpleasant dairy flavor that overpowers the mustiness, light fruit and other notes. Again, I'm not picking up any smokiness, wheat or citrus. Just all lactic funk.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 02:41:20 | More by corby112
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

The body is a murky, hazy light orange color with a one finger paper white cap. Some small lines of lace strewn about.

Lemons, smoked malt, damp wheat, and lactic sourness. The smoke is prominent, but doesn't overwhelm the softer points of the nose.

Upfront, lemons and wheat before a rush of smoke and a sharp finish of lactic sourness. A little too well-integrated on the palate. The smoke adds a nice layer of complexity, but the lactic sourness isn't there in the finish to give it that extra push over the edge.

Light body, with a gritty mouthfeel that I can only attribute to the smoke. Carbonation is low for the style. Finish is lightly tart with some smoke.

A unique take on the style for sure. I'd a like a bigger sour kick, but this is still a pretty good beer and a bit of a surprise to come across.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 13:33:26 | More by ColForbinBC
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft served in a footed tulip glass, review from written notes.
A unique combination of smoked malt and light lactic tartness, not unlike the obscure Grätzer bier style.

Color is a hazy dark orange, a thin ring of white lace around the edges, and a thin skim across the surface. Aromas of light wood smoke, lactic tartness, clean yeastiness. Tastes sharply tart, light subtle smokiness, traces of fruit. Dry clean finish, pretty quenching overall.

2nd glass, different keg: Seemed a bit less funky and the tartness was in the background compared to the mild smoked grain character.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 01:55:44 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wine glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Murky peach body.

S - An unusual combination of smoked malts, wheat, and mild lemony sourness. Well-integrated, with good balance to the various flavor components.

T - The taste has a bit more of the tartness you'd expect from a Berliner, with lactic acidity and some tart lemon citrus. A tad less overt smoke, with more unmalted wheat and lightly toasted grains instead.

M - Medium-light body, with some chaffed wheat grit to it. Lower carbonation, minimal alcohol, and low acidity. Finishes fairly clean.

D - I had multiple pours, and I found this pretty easy to quaff even at 6%. Would really like to try the original version, as I can imagine it'd be even more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 00:37:56 | More by MasterSki
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Medium orange colored body, very hazy, with a thin white head. Light carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma:
Slight tang of tart fruits and and a light sweetness. All malt, no hop notes to speak of. Overall, this is pretty dull as everything is too muted - requiring a fair amount of effort to pick up the subtle aromas.

Taste:
Tart fruit right off the bat. A bit of orange and peach provides a bit of sweetness, though, not much else to report on, sadly... A bit of peat character on the finish and in the aftertaste, otherwise the smoked character is way too muted.

Mouthfeel:
Light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Goes down easy with a semi-dry finish.

Overall:
Worth adding to your palate but there is not enough smokey character though.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:02:25 | More by alphagnome
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baakabak

New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber with the thinnest of heads.

Scent is hay,citrus, and damp earth.

Tart citrus and sourdough bread followed by grain and grass. Mineral and faint smoke finish.

Thin mouth with low carbonation.

Really great all around. Not nearly as much smoke presence as I'd expected, but far more complex. Well balanced and very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:14:34 | More by baakabak
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Footed Flute glass. Pale brass, foggy appearance. White froth, close crown. Fairly good retention. Lasting thin layer on top. Gentle acidic at first -wine like- followed by slight sugar & bready notes. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation but funny palate. Oily texture. Citric astringency in the middle rounded by sour fruity notes - green pears & apples. Low bitterness. Long acidic finish & subtle hops on the aftertaste. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:01:25 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dim, hazy orange. Even an aggressive, downward pour brings forth only a light, white head that has almost no core, only a crown of outer bubbles.

S-I may have served this initially too cold. Aroma is muted. I do get smoke. Not tart, smells like a smoky Hefe. Belgian spice.

T-The flavor is also tame in tartness but it's there. The smokiness really complicates the flavor. It works during some sips but falls apart during others. Like a smoky, tart apple juice with spices. Finishes with a dried wheat flavor.

M-Bigger and fuller than most Berliners. Finishes surprisingly clean. Carbonation is pretty mellow.

O/D-Interesting. Never had a "Smoked Lichtenhainer Weisse". I dare say, I would take another stab at this interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:16:20 | More by VelvetExtract
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with somewhat good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Smokey, ham, wheat, and a little funkiness.

Taste: Smokey wheat, tart, ham, salty, a little sour, and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Tart, Puckett, acidic, chewy, light bodied, and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: A style I am a little familiar with and this beer is like a rauchbier and Berliner Weiss mixed in him. Delicious and interesting. Might not be for some people, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 09:04:27 | More by Flounder57
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a spongy white head.

S: Smells of mild smoked meat, some lightly acidic citrus notes, sweet wheat.

T: Taste brings subtle lactic acidity (more of the feel of tartness on the tongue rather than a flavor), pleasant mild smoked malt, light grainy sweetness.

M: Light-bodied with very fine carbonation giving the beer a silky feel.

O: The smoked malt is nice but they need to let the lacto do its work here...not nearly acidic enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:28:00 | More by Etan
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.19/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Small head, but it leaves a lot of lumpy lace. Hazy with a dark straw/light gold color.

Earthy and sour smell. There's a bit of soup/stew aroma as well. Not a fan of this.

Quite sour flavor. Little wheat taste. The body is a bit watery, in both body and carbonation. The aftertaste reminds me of cranberry juice. Overall, I can't advise to try this. I even find the smoky flavor to be distracting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 01:53:13 | More by smcolw
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head that dssipates to patchy foam and a ring around the glass. Mild aroma of lemon, white grapes and slight biscuit malt, faint smoke. Flavor is tart lemon, apple and grape juice up front, very tart at first, but soon ameliorated by smoky dry light fruit. Light bodied. An interesting take on the Berliner style. The flavor was almost to tart at first, but does mellow in the finish, althoug it leaves a lingering lactic tart and smoke aftertaste. Flavors are tart, but not intense. Although tart beers are not my style, I enjoyed this. I would have liked a bit more smoke presence, although the smoke does make this beer stand out. Interesting and different.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 03:27:31 | More by LiquidAmber
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap within a few minutes

S: A bit of a mash-up. Some fruity yeast, smoked malts, and a bit of tart acidity jump out and are the dominant aromas. Not too much else

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of fruity yeast mixed with the tart acidity and sour notes. Smoke starts out lightly but makes more of a presence once the fruity and tart notes die down. Smoke lingers well into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky and acidic

O: I've never had a beer be both sour and smokey, so this was a nice first experience to the lichtenhainer weisse sub-style. I'm generally a fan of both sours and smoked beers, and this delivered on both ends. Worth a stab if you're into either individual styles

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:11:47 | More by BEERMILER12
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mactrail

California

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear amber color in the Aventinus bulb glass with a big foam. It settles down to the ideal sudsy German mouthfeel. A little yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Malty and wheaty with just a touch of tartness. The balance of sweet and sharp, smokey and spicy, is outstanding. Not as sweet as the bocks or dunkels. This is one of the best German beers I've had and I hope it's part of a quiet revolution to apply some Teutonic intelligence to their wealth of traditional beer styles.

I like the argument that Lichtenhainer should be its own style, as apparently it was historically, and not any sort of Berlinerweiss. There is no hint of lactobacillus. It has just a touch of the Hefe spice, but a distinct malty, grainy flavor with some perfumey notes. This is vastly more drinkable than any Berliner I've had, in any case, and I say if you see it you ought to try it. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 05:17:24 | More by mactrail
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep apricot body with a thick snow white head that boils down a bit. It sticks in thick rings to the glass with each sip. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that trail up the glass.

S- The mellow alder wood aroma with some gentle smoke qualities has a nice tart hint with a faint hop note and some nice yeasty qualities in the finish. There is a nice bread crust malt note that comes through as it opens.

T- Nice bread dough note leads to an alder smoke hint that is mellow but lingers nicely through the flavor with a crisp green hint in the finish. There is a soft funky tartness that comes through in the finish as it warms a bit.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight little fizz on the tongue.

O- The nice wheat flavor with good smoke flavor is complimented by some funk tart hints. Every thing is balanced and mellow making this interesting and very tasty and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:11:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this at a tasting last week. Smoked berliner weisse, what the.

Pour is hazy bright orange with a very nice white head. Thick with good retention and lace.

Cool and interesting scent. Light fruity notes of peach, apple and lemon, some hay, earthiness, light smokiness. Surprisingly good mix.

The taste is a little less potent but maintains the same well-done and unique balance of flavors. More wheat/breadiness coming into play, light fruits, and light tart, farmy, smoky flavors.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Easy drinking.

Definitely a strange idea but it works well here. Nice balance and the flavors don't clash.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 17:28:02 | More by Chico1985
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Freigeist Abraxxxas from Braustelle
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.