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Knappstein Reserve Lager - Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

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Knappstein Reserve LagerKnappstein Reserve Lager

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very good

58 Reviews

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 81
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines) visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-05-2006

A Bavarian-style Lager.
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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 81
Photo of rowey77
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a decent size head that quickly disappears. Leaves very little lacing. Interesting labeling with a bit about the beer and the history of the brewery.

S - This is the standout feature of this beer. The Sauvin hops gives this a very fresh fruity smell, as would be expected. I get passionfruit, a bit of lemon maybe some melon.

T - For the style, the taste is pretty good. Quite crisp and refreshing with a bit of a fruity tartness towards the end.

M - A very light feeling beer given its 5.6%ABV. I guess the hops hides the alcohol.

D - Good session beer for the sort of weather we've been having here lately (38c).

It's a pricey beer but I guess that's to be expected given that it's made by a winery as opposed to a proper brewery. Some people may criticise them for making a beer to cash in on a growing premium beer market but I think it's a good thing. Could be a good "educating" beer.

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Photo of juju7
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of my favourite pale lagers. If more pale lagers were like this the world would be a better place. Quite pale in colour, tight, persistent head. The nose is a lot of fun - grape, lychee and melon with some definite hints of sauvignon blanc. Forunately, flavour-wise not as one-dimensional as sauv blanc. Fresh, dry and again a little grapey on the palate with some sturdy bitterness along for the ride. I just wish these guys would make another beer!

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Photo of Daniell
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours with an impressive head, good lacing, unattractive yellow peey pilsener colour (to me at least), but I guess it's to style and the head and lacing more than make up for it. 4.

S: Passionfruit. Tempered with an "Australian beer" smell. There's definitely a yeast smell that sort of reminds me of Cooper's prominent in the nose. 3.5

T: Passionfruit, sour citrus, tempered with a little bit of bitterness at the back of the palate. 3.5

M: I guess it's about right for the style. 4

D: 3.5 This is nice but I almost find myself craving a bit more substance- perhaps some more malt as well as some more bitterness. It's not that far from style though. And there is a wholesome lingering bitterness there, even if it is subtle. 3.5

A nice beer, not sure if I'd bother getting it again with more interesting offerings available though.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

What happens when an Australian winemaker becomes a brewer? Let's find out.

Pours a clear, pale yellow; somewhat still and dense in appearance, with a thick white lacing. Unexpectedly fruity in the nose, with some melon, grape, and light herbal notes; clean overall though. Very smooth on the palate. Malty, fruity, medium bodied, rounded and even. Sweetness is light but present and provides some depth; something to lean on. The fruitiness emerges with suggestions of nectarine and lychee. Spicy, tingly noble hop character. Quite hoppy and playful, with complex herbal and floral notes. Perfectly balanced. Some white grapes in the creeping dryness. Lingering herbal spice, melon, and faint vegetal in the finish.

Very German Export Lager-esque, but with a unique nod to a Sauvignon Blanc, no doubt thanks to Knappstein's use of Sauvin hops. Bold, lively, and re- freshing, this is an excellent offering and a must-try beer for the Lager connois- seur. We look forward to future beers from these guys.

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Photo of philphilphil
2.13/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got it from my friends fridge, within freshness date. This beer has definately been overrated by the earlier reviewers.
Smell is a floral and strong, bit over the top.
Not exceedingly carbonated.
Taste is too, too strong, offensively so, masks the high ABV, but at the cost of making each sip an effort. Maybe just not to my taste.
I wouldn't drink another if it were free. Tasted like a classy version of crown lager which I hate. maybe it is just not to my taste.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A-- Poured a light straw color. Half inch head with good retention and very carbonated.

S-- Took a good minute or 2 for the beer to open up. Once it did I got a decent floral smell. Nothing real strong but is there. Also a bit sweet, like pineapple and mango sweetness. Once the beer opens up a bit it does go from floral to fruity.

T-- Not a lot really. Fairly neutral I thought. Got a floral taste in the end but not a whole lot else. A little bit of bitterness, or grassy taste from the hops but very neutral.

M-- Well carbonated and fairly lively. Much more hoppy than malty to me, even though it does have a little bit of biscut sweetness in it. Does get grassy in the end and it is a bit of a turn off to me. Would have rather have the sweetness than a bitter end to the beer. Or the other way around.

D-- Not my style, to be up front. Only one is sufficient. I really liked the sweetness in the smell and wish this was more fruit forward. Would be pretty good then. Summer beer only and decent drinkability for the summer. 5.6% is not that bad at all and do not really get much of the ABV in it

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Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale straw colour. A fluffy two finger head has good retention.

Light passionfruit and mango aromas. A nice floral, slightly tart nose.

Lightly flavoured but well executed. I get passionfruit, lemon, and some nondescript fruit. A slight astringency comes through the back palate along with a hint of grain. A balancing dose of bitterness lingers but doesn't put itself in the forefront.

A little bit heavy for a pils with the lower (for style) carbonation allowing the beer to coat the mouth. On the other hand, the smooth, creamy mouthfeel works well with the flavours here.

A tasty, well crafted pilsner which is definitely in the New World mould. Very tasty and a great spring drink.

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Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been around for quite a while now and is consistently popping up in most bottleshops these days and have tried it before but not lately so thought id buy it and review it as i do remember it being nice,it pours a beautiful pale see thru straw colour with nice carbonation for the style which leaves a nice two finger airy head full of bubbles which quickly dissapates to a half finger head,it has beautiful sweet,floral hoppy aromas a real flowery passionfruit sweet smell i really like this smell,the taste is quite sweet and hoppy but just perfect hoppy with some nice passionfruit notes and finishes quite caramelish with a little bitter taste aswell but hardly any such a nice quirst thenching beer could easliy drink alot of this.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale gold pour. Inch-high persistent head.
Aroma is very "new-world": lychee, passionfruit, quite floral and grassy. Supported by sweet biscuity malt.
Similar flavours, with bready/biscuity malts, green/grassy hops and an assertive bitterness that combines with the malt to create an impressive lasting finish.
Great body and carbonation for the style.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seeing this in more and more bottle shops of late, which is definitely a good thing as it's one of a scant handful of really good Aussie lagers.

Pours clear and lightly golden. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Nothing magical going on, but in some cases it's best not to judge a book by it's cover, right? That goes for the packaging too, which could be a turn-off for folks who are only willing to drink lagers featured in commercials featuring hairy dudes lifting heavy things.

Smells amazing. Flowers, passionfruit, crushed white grapes, maybe a little pine. I was unfamiliar with Sauvin hops until just 3 days ago when I went to a Barons tasting event and tried their limited batch Hop Mother pale ale utilising Sauvins, which I also really enjoyed - my hat goes off to these guys for making good use of them too.

Tastes not dissimilar to how it smells. Perhaps a bit floral/sweet/"girly" for some, but backed up with a manly bitterness that lingers for a while, but not obtrusively so. Really well-balanced. Mouthfeel is the platonic ideal of crisp and smooth.

I had one to start and eagerly anticipated the next, but I'm not sure how much more I'd want after that. It's fantastic, there's maybe just too much going on. I'd have no problem drinking blander lagers all day & night, but perhaps this one needs to be savoured and respected. On a hotter day, I suspect I'd change my mind.

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Photo of Macca
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The reputation for Knappstein wines is well deserved and even though Tim Knappstein is long gone and Lion Nathan now own the joint, the quality continues. This quality is evident in the Reserve Lager. Made by the wine maker it is a great drop.

It pours golden with a good head which drops away.
The aromas are of hops, biscuits and tropical fruit juice.
This continues on the palate and makes for one very lovely and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of bhb
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer pours much like any lager - a gentle crisp white head that persists for a little while, not too long though, and pale yellow, somewhat like a typical macro, but actually deceptive as the rest is quite impressive.

Smell - The Sauvin hops give this a very floral aroma, with grape notes, leaving no doubt as to its origins from the South Australian wine regions. Probably one of the more amazing lager aromas, it's truly crisp and fresh, I could smell it all day.

Taste - A light crisp flavour, with no harsh undertones at all, which still remains even as the beer warms. The flavours in the beer put it in the same category as a white wine - crisp , fresh and I feel this beer would go very well served with foods that would traditionally be served a white wine. Not complex, but the simple flavours are delicious, and make it the best lager I've tasted in this country.

Mouthfeel - Slightly dry, but not overly so. Some carbonation comes off the tongue, giving a little added tingle.

Overall, this is a fine beer, and probably the best Australian lager I've come across. The flavours are light, but the aromas quite amazing. Indeed overall this beer is much better than even most European lagers.

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Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...a rarity for me from down under. Thanks to nyctreal for the hook-up on this one!

Excited to see the use of Sauvin hops. The only other beer I knowingly had made with this hop was an IPA from Sly Fox during the 2007 IPA Project. It was my personal IPA pick of the year!

A-Slighty hazy golden yellow with a thin bright white head.

S-Fantastically fruity-Almost like a stainless steel aged chardonnay. Nice earthy mustiness and small notes of citrus.

T-Earthy tones blend nicely with a sharp bite from the Sauvin hops--for a "plain, old yellow" lager this one is loaded with flavour!

M-Med-light with a very nice crispness. Long lasting citrus/foral notes left behind.

D-For fizzy, yellow beer this one is wonderful. Big ups for use of the Sauvin hops. The fruitiness is great in the nose. I would love to have some of this fresh to see if it comes thru in the palate as well when fresh. Great job!

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a standard adjunct lager like VB or something similarly horrible - light golden colour, lots of thick frothy head, but with the exception that this has a generous amount of lacing - beer sticks to the glass like honey, makes this very appealing indeed.

Nose is rich with plummy characters accompanied by a hoppiness which suggests a full-bodied palate. The aromas are ultimately a bit simple but very pleasant and appealing.

Palate has a rich, red wine character to it with a delightful hoppy bitterness which lingers long into a robust but refreshing palate. Mouthfeel is slightly soupy but very pleasant, and this tasty, long-palate beer goes down mighty smooth. Very pleasant.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review refers to the 640mL longneck, best before 19 Jun 08. A 640mL longneck? wtf? How big are the glasses we're supposed to drink this out of, presuming one bottle is meant for two people?

Appearance: Looks good in a stemmed pilsener glass, not a very dense head but quite a bit of lacing and a good amount of carbonation. Beer is gold, head is white. Looks pretty standard so far.

Smell: Definitely an unusual mix of aromas. When I was having my first sip I noticed someone else detected lychee - that's definitely there, and not one I'd expect or normally pick out either. Good spotting. Peach and white grape as previously mentioned as well. Pretty heady and impressive for a brewery that only makes the one beer!

Taste: Sweet, fruity and a bit girly. Not very gutsy in the hops department, barely any aftertaste. Some strange characteristics on the side of the tongue, could be skunkiness, not sure because I'm not familiar with whatever hops they used. Seems like this brew is designed to be taken to a classy restaurant for people to sip and appreciate their own sophistication, however the brew is a bit sweet and not subtle enough to bring out the flavour in anything except plain rice. A bit like a dessert beer - this wouldn't be the beer to choose after you've had a few others, or even a single hoppy IPA. Good in its way though, and it would be very refreshing cold on a hot day.

Mouthfeel: Pretty fair, not much to say, you can taste the beer while it's in your mouth but any lasting flavours disappear quickly.

Drinkability: Considering this was only $6.95 (probably because people weren't buying this beer at double the price or more), I should have bought more than two. That's the price I pay for a pint of good beer at the pub, and this has the flavour of a fresh tap beer at bottle shop prices. Yeah, I'll get some more, and I wouldn't mind another one right away, why not.

Overall: Better than I remember it, impressive aromas, pretty unique, but still ostensibly a beer made by and for wankers.

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Photo of Cs1987
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold, with two fingers of head that reduced gradually.

Smell - Strong, quite similar to white wine.

Taste - Surprisingly hoppy, again with white wine and other fruity characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Very good all round.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and quite addictive.

Overall - For those who have no respect for Australian lagers, think again, because this one's a beauty.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden color with a decent amount of bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Smells a little bit yeasty, and sweet & grapey, like a fruity white wine, which I guess isn't that surprising considering it's from a winery. There's also a little spiciness in the aroma as well, pepper maybe. The taste is also very sweet and winey. Not a lot of bitterness or hoppyness there at all. It's a lot like a wine cooler, only not as over the top. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, not much in the way of carbonation, so it's not scraping, but it's not creamy, either. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, especially if you're a wine drinker having a beer. I'm a beer drinker though.

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Photo of madvoice
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really light amber colour with a nice froth of head. It stayed around for a while and left some lacing on the glass. I was very surprised with the aroma. It is very distinctive and is much like the aroma of a wine which isn't surprising where this beer comes from. An instantaneous blast of passionfruit and rose scent hit the nose and it got better from there. The taste was very fruity as well and it mimics the smell very well. Very smooth and full bodied with a crisp aftertaste. Is quite lightly carbonated. I expected something a lot fizzier. It reminds me of a fruity reisling but made into a beer. I could drink this all day if it wasn't for the fact it is a little pricey. Nice drop.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a thickish, foamy two fingers of white head that reduced slowly, leaving decent lacing. The body is is a quite pale, straw-like colour, which looks to be moderately carbonated.

Smell - 4.5
The sweet smell of fruity and floral hops dominate here (lager? what were they thinking, this definitely smells like a pilsener!).

Taste - 4.5
Wow, this is a really tasty pilsener, probably the tastiest I have ever tried. The taste is sweet and smooth upfront, with flavours of grapefruit, some stone fruit and a little malt. Bitterness is moderate and quite crisp, about perfect for this style of beer. The finish is slightly dry, and only hints at the highish 5.6% ABV. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Again, very good for the style. Light in the mouth with a lovely, light but lively carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability - 3.0
Close to scoring a 4 here, but the alcohol character in the finish just stops it from doing so. Also too sweet for using as a session beer.

This went down far too quickly! I have definitely had better beers, but compared to other pilseners I have had, this is clearly superior. To me it tasted halfway between a pilsener and an American pale ale (my favourite style). The price is on the high side, but definitely worth it in my opinion - I will be buying a 4 pack as soon as I can! A beer for Australia to be proud of.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer with the stunning aroma - oodles of white grape, lychee, mango that just bursts with freshness. Low head retention on a delicate straw-coloured beer. Big aroma punch carries through to buoyant hop flavour backed by a moderate but good bitterness and some subtle pale sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel and body fall down somewhere in the middle (doughnut beer), probably due to the upfront hop domination. However, that's just picking faults, it's still very well balanced and an exceptional drop. Costs too much to buy regularly though.

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Photo of mkultra
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Golden yellow in colour. Moderate corbonation with average head on okay head retention. Nice colour, but appearance is not this beers best qaulity.

Smell: Floral, with a hint passionfruit aroma. Not too different from your typical pilsener.

Taste: Very nice lager. Hint of the abovementioned passionfruit, slight bitterness, and coppery flavours with a very well balanced bittersweet linger on the palate. The brewer seems to have brought his wine making skills along to the brewing process. The balance is the standout. Top marks here.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel, the small bubbles dance on the tongue.

Drinkability: Overall this is a very good beer. A well balanced pilsener. I will be heading up to the local bottlestore for 4 pack of these again and again this summer. A very nice addition to the Australia beer selection anywhere.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear pineapple gold colour. Medium white fluffy head and some lacing. Fruity aroma of passionfruit and white wine. Tastes of white wine and green grapes with some sour pineapple and passionfruit flavour. Underlying slightly sweet malt. Distinct sauvin hops at the finish add some bitterness. Light lager mouthfeel. A very good Australian pale lager.

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Photo of rizzo
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink this beer if you want to know what Nelson Sauvin hops taste like - pear, apples, tropical fruit aroma and flavour. Balanced reasonably well, more pilsener than lager like. Would have liked a bit more solid malt backing and maybe Ale esters rather than a clean crisp finish.
Worth seeking out. Small batch brewery - very variable in quality. Suspect it wouldn't travel well as this hop is known for it's instability.

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Photo of joecast
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

hey!! KRL finally makes it down to the south island.
330ml bottle 5.6%abv. best before 12/07

seriously classy looking bottle. almost to the point of being sexy. pours wonderfully into my waterford crystal pilsner glass (courtesy of the wife on christmas). light golden color with a good inch thick white tightly packed head. good retention. light lacing.
the interesting part is the carbonation. two nucleation sites (thats the term right?) spewing forth different sized bubbles. some very small, the other, rather large.

aroma. the most talked about aspect of the beer. poured cold so it didnt come across as strong as i expected. sharp spiciness and the hoppy wine-like fruits. not really citrus, more passion fruit. really good.
as it warms the sharpness dulls a bit allowing the passion fruit to become more rounded if that makes sense.

great hop presence in the taste. full bitterness and a balance between the hop and malt flavor. this just doesnt quit right through the palate. raw hop spiciness lasts on the tongue.
non-hop heads might find the bitterness a bit much.
they're wrong. it should be celebrated. a public holiday should be named. there should be marching bands and school children should be singing.

smooth substantial mouthfeel. and it needs it. a hearty beer like this should to be felt as it passes into the stomach.

lets be honest. this isnt a beer to be sculled out of the bottle in a race to get pissed. its a beer to be savoured, enjoyed, contemplated.
too philosophical? maybe.
anyway, these wine folk are showing they know how to make a good beer. my only mistake, not getting the four pack.

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Photo of rec
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The pour was generally good, with reasonable head and stand-out lacing. On the nose I recognise honey, malt, hops and farmyard undertones. Quite full, and rather pleasant.

The first sip knocked me back with a cringe; overpowering tart came through like a train wreck with a bitter, sour awful finish. Somewhere in there is some light fruit, but even half way through the bottle each sip is a chore.

I hope I have been given a bad bottle, otherwise this is one I'll personally recommend that you avoid at all costs.

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Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.