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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,965 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,965
Reviews: 2,215
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 431
Gots: 465 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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cvaypai

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed this many times, finally getting around to reviewing.

Poured from bottle to weiss glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with some beautiful orange highlights with a huge bubbly 4 finger white head. Laces all the way down the glass leaving it's remnants. Tons of bubbles rushing through this one.

Smell - Very bready, yeasty and wheaty. These smells dominate but they are there to perfection. The banana and clove are right up there too, the banana less than the cloves. This smells very nice. Maybe even a little orange rind?

Taste - The taste is just simply awesome, tons of very clean wheat and yeastyness with some great underlying clove flavors. As it warms a bit more fruit comes out but I'm just amazed at the "clean" taste of this beer. It isn't super complex, but why does it have to be? Superb.

Mouthfeel - This is smooth and wonderful, the carbonation and weight are almost perfect. There isn't much else to say, just a great mouthfeel here.

Drinkability - Way more than Bud Light, I can tell you that. I could drink several 500ml bottles of this, and I would. This is one to drink all day on a hot summer day.

Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:59:53 | More by cvaypai
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dull dark yellow color with a big thick frothy head which resides to a nice skim that leaves nice lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is a nice big yeast smell with some pepper and clove as well as banana. The aroma has a nice smoky smell. The taste has a big smokey taste with yeast and clove present. Hints of banana and maybe orange come through. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and creamy. Overall it is very drinkable, smooth, and well balanced. You could easily do a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 13:05:14 | More by goblue3509
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours dark gold with a beastly head.

S-Spicy cloves. Kinda fruity. Yeasty.

T-Very smooth and light yet still quite flavorful. Like the nose there are flavors of light banana, clove, a bit smokey, also this guys got some nice spice to it.

M-Smooth and light. Carbonated.

M-Very very very drinakble. Hefeweizens are not my favorite style but this boy is pretty tasty. Great when its hot out.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:32:03 | More by VelvetExtract
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml tall brown Euro bottle, best before on back label says 01/06/2011. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, tall chunky frothy white head with great retention.

Clean fruity esters and sweet bready malt, light phenols, light vanilla, light candied banana.

Flavour starts pretty clean for a Hefe, soft light bready malt, light vanilla in the middle, mild warming phenols on the finish, while the banana esters rise up on the finish as well, but lingers on into the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, soft carbonation, very quenching.

A pretty damn good Hefe from what claims to be the world's oldest brewery (of course I'm assuming oldest operating brewery). Still, it's one of those moments when the hype greatly over-shadows the actual experience. It's a well put together wheat beer, but I don't quite think it's the holy grail of the style. it's up there though...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:34:24 | More by IronDjinn
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bosox941827

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into an oversized pilsener glass; poured cold and allowed to warm as tasted. Not my style usually, but had to revisit it when I saw how high it was ranked in BA 100.
A - Pours cloudy orange with an incredibly rocky head that is incredibly insistent...
S - Everything you've heard; vanilla, banana, clove, lemon....impressive as I usually don't get much in this department.
T - As I said, this is usually not my style, but this is pretty impressive. The most prominent flavor, of course, is the banana/clove hit from the yeast, but it's not overwhelming and it's quite well-balanced with the touch of hoppiness that is present. The aftertaste is a mix of faint hoppiness along with a lemon/banana tang that stays around for quite a while.
M - The carbonation is pretty incredible; the bubbles are large, but there's so many of them that the impression is one of filling the mouth, which adds to the taste of course.
D - On a warm summer day, really could drink a zillion of these; I find myself taking big gulps even during this review.

Have pretty much ignored Weissbiers for a few years, but after this reminder may need to come back to them. Am more of a Pale Ale/IPA guy, but this is going down pretty good and am glad I picked it up; the "banana" flavor is pretty toned down in this example, which is fine for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 23:10:07 | More by bosox941827
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callmeclemens

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

after seeing this listed as BA`s best hefe I had to try it. Open bottle and poured into a hefe glass. Beautiful head and sunburst orange. color. Immeadiatley upon pouring smelled clove. This beer feels nice, though it tastes overwhlemingly of clove, and just a subtle hint of citrus. Though I certainly wouldn`t call this the best, it`s certainly worth the 1.50 I payed for the single.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 22:12:19 | More by callmeclemens
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with a huge cloud deck of white foam
Aroma-Wheat, subtle clove and bananas
Taste-Clove, wheat, faint banana notes.
Perfectly balanced and very drinkable and refreshing. A classic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:27:04 | More by hosehead83
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A long time favorite of mine, it's finally time to review this great beer.

A: Cloudy, hazy yellow with a huge, white head. The head has very long-lasting retention and leaves a copious amount of lace all over the glass. Very nice.

S: Banana, clove, spices, apples, wheat malt.

T: Refreshing, delicious, amazing...I could go on. Certainly one of the best hefeweizens in the world. It is anything and everything a great German wheat beer can be. Awesome flavor, with a large banana, clove, wheat, and spice presence. All of these aspects are woven together and balanced perfectly. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

M: Refreshing and clean, with a pleasant aftertaste of spices, bananas, and wheat.

D: Chuggable. A great choice for the summer and/or when grilling, there is never a wrong time to indulge in this masterpiece of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:02:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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Fieldzy27

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy saffron with an incredible head of bright white foam thats three fingers high. As the head melts its amazing retention fades slowly leaving large chasms in its top and laying down amazing sheets of lace leaving the glass look just like spent bubble wrap. stellar simply stellar.

S-Smells of delicious banana nut bread almost.... with hints of bubblegum and wheat. No alcohol apparent at all.

T-The taste is stellar. All banana and wheat sweetness that tastes delicious. There is an extremely clean finish with no bitterness at all.

M-The mouthfeel is silky smooth with just enough carbonation to keep things exciting.

D-This beer is amazingly drinkable. I have yet in my life to find a better hefe than Weihenstephaner. I have compared all others to this so far. If I was rating on a scale of 5 to the style this would easily be across the board. The smells erupt from the glass the taste is not only dead on for the style but also downright explosive for a wheat beer. The drinkability is both flawless and dangerous as you will require to buy more of this before you are ready if your not careful. A sixteen oz bottle can last no more than 5 minutes if you're not paying attention.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 20:42:40 | More by Fieldzy27
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hayesez

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This used to be one of my standard beers back in graduate school - what a great beer for hot summers. Absolutely one of the most drinkable beers in the world as there is an amazingly quick and clean finish. Very little alcohol and no bitterness. Had one last night at the Rathskellar in downtown Indianapolis during a friend's "surprise" 30th birthday...took a few drinks and looked down to find it empty. Yup, dangerous!

Received in a 22 ounce weizen glass, this hazy orange brew came stock with a thick, sticky, three finger head that was doing its best to look like wallpaper on the side of my glassware. It looks like a heavy murky beer, but turns out to be more in the medium-bodied range.

A strong smelling beer when compared to others of the same style. Has the telltale hefeweizen malty-wheatiness, in addition to a spicy banana, and a bit of clove. That yeasty hefeweizen smell gets the saliva flowing!

Yup, still an outstanding interpretation. Weihenstephan claims to be the world's oldest brewery - well, I suppose you don't stay around this long unless you brew good beer. A nice crisp beer, this one is built to be put away quickly. Definitely the hefeweizen yeast, banana, and wheat flavors that the nose suggests. The thing that separates Weihenstephaner from the others is the boldness of the flavor. I certainly appreciate a good wheat beer, but this one is definitely one of the best. The beer bursts with flavor in each drink, but disappears rather quickly at the end, making it extremely drinkable. Still one of my favorites.

Consumed: 8/14/2010

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 19:54:00 | More by hayesez
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into tall weizen glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a half-glass full of sea foam-like white head over a semi-opaque, dirty golden body. Plenty of effervescence. Decent lacing.

Aromas are rich in ripe banana, clove-like phenols, wheaty yeast, and some coconut sweetness in the back.

Pretty smooth across the palate. Banana flavor comes through the strongest, with a nice balance of spices, light lemony tartness, and whole grain bread.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with just a touch of carbonation - was hoping for a little more.

Very easy drinking beer. Nice balance of flavors, and smooth Mouthfeel. Although this particular one seemed to lack some of the top-notch characteristics that I've come to enjoy in the Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 15:33:11 | More by BeerImmediately
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review in quite a while...

Pours the typical cloudy golden yellow and with a hell of a lot of head which recedes fairly quickly. A thin but formidable layer of bubbles lingers on the top for the duration of my drinking. Banana and clove as you would expect in the nose, but with a mild peppery spiciness. The taste is subdued. By that I mean it is much milder than other hefes. Not sweet, but rather light and finishes pretty clean. This makes this brew so very drinkable. Reminiscent of Live Oak.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:37:48 | More by HoppyMcStout
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear ,carbonated orangy yellow. Biiigggg foamy white head
Smell is amlmost non-exhistant, but not unexpected for the style. Taste is very light and refrshing on this hot summer afternoon. Slight banana in the taaste. Very light hops. Clean mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 23:38:06 | More by blivingston1985
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chetti76

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer a few weeks ago on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown PA. It was poured into a weizen glass.

Appearence - 5.0 - hazy golden orange color

Smell - 5.0 - hints of citrus with some nice spices and even a little bananna mixed in

Taste - 5.0 - Wonderful! It was sunny and in the mid-high 80's the day I tasted this beer and wow, was it refreshing. the perfect beer to sit and enjoy on a nice day

Mouthfeel - 5.0 - Very smooth with no bitter aftertaste. Every sip actually leaves you wanting to take another.

Drinkability - 5.0 - Had I not had to leave shortly after trying this beer I probably would still be sipping on one right now. This is hands down the best Hefeweizen I have ever tried and is now my favorite beer. You can enjoy several of these in a party environment or just at your leisure without getting too tipsy given the average ABV%

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 18:14:28 | More by chetti76
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stimulus

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a deep golden with a foamy white head.
S: Bananas without much else of note.
T: Bananas and a bit of clove flavor.
M: Light bodied and very well carbonated.
D: Very light and sessionable, even for its style. What a well crafted beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 13:41:15 | More by stimulus
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

According to the date code on the bottle, this beer is a bit over 3 months old.

A - It looks like Hefeweizen, what can I say? It has a hazy golden body, not quite turbid, with a large cap of foam that persists for quite some time.

S - Banana, clove, small melon, and pale malt (not sweet wheat?) are the staples of the aroma. It is not hugely complex or pungent, but it is well-balanced and easily accessible.

T - Pale malt first, banana nut bread, sweet in flavor profile, but not actually tremendously sweet. This beer is actually pretty simplistic. Though I love Weihenstephaner and it pains me to say it, there are much nicer Hefeweizens out there, such as Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse or my beloved New Glarus Dancing Man.

M - This beer is not as lively or as light-bodied as I would like.

D - Not on the level of some of the other offerings by said brewery. Still good.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 14:16:59 | More by ktrillionaire
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried this beer at a place called Little Miss Wiskey's in the city. It wasn't expecting much (as I wasn't familiar with it's A-status on Beer Advocate), and I was pleasantly surprised. It was crisp and refreshing, with hints of earthy clove and allspice.. similar notes on the nose. Very clean flavors overall, and highly drinkable. I would highly recommend, as it seems this beer is the best of it's style.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 19:15:37 | More by alysmith4
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chickencoop

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorites. Had this up in Northern Italy in Cles, more than likeley you'd say ambiance made me love this beer, but had many here in the states and still one of my favorites. Full of banana/ clove flavors, love the cloudy chunky pour. I could drink these all day here in NorCal or all day at Flamingo Pizza in Cles/ Italy.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 06:02:58 | More by chickencoop
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard 22 oz Hefeweizen glass

A: Very carbonated. Foam starts coming out of the bottle after I open it. This beer pours a lovely orangish-yellow color. Perfect cloudiness. After I swirl the yeast in the bottle and pour it in, a healthy head sits on top. The carbonation feeds the head for some time. What I like the most about this beer is the beautiful, cloudy orange color. Text-book hefeweizen.

S: Cloves, banana, and some lemon rind characteristic in the nose. I do get hints of sulfur as well. Some breadiness from the yeast as well. Not terribly aromatic, but pretty good.

T: Banana and clove are definitely there. I get a touch more banana in this than in others in the style. The clove is present, but a little lighter. Lots of bready wheat character. A very slight hint of vanilla. I do get some bitter, lemon rind character in the end, along with a hint of sulfur. It doesn't make the beer bad, but knocks a few points off for me.

M: Light bodied. Crisp and highly carbonated on the tongue. The creamy head makes the beer seem thick and creamy at first, but in the end it finishes dry and crisp.

D: A really solid Hefeweizen. It really looks phenomenal. I will admit that I was expecting more out of the flavor and nose for this iconic beer. It may be that I didn't get a fresh one. I'll try it again, but will have to make sure I'm getting a fresher beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 18:24:36 | More by brewdoc75
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange with huge white head, not too much lacing though. Smell has banana and clove with a some sweet candy. Flavour has everything you'd expect from a hefe, with clove and banana to go with the wheat flavour. One of my favourites of the style, but not quite my favourite.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 16:32:07 | More by kwjd
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with a big fluffy white head and good lacing. Nose and taste are loaded with wheat, banana and cloves. Extremely full and smooth body with appropriate carbonation - which is nice to try, but I think I prefer my hefes to be a bit thinner.

All in all, a very tasty beer that I think would play well with craft drinkers and BMC drinkers alike.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 12:56:43 | More by Mavajo
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DeliciousSeeker

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- nice golden amber color, with about two fingers width of head. It looks delicious.

S- a plethora of smells, all of them good. Fruity, nice hops smell, and is just wonderful. Slight banana smell.

T- I really don't have many adjectives on hand to fully describe how good this is. So I'll leave it this; best tasting hefeweizen I've ever had.

M- Nice body, not light at all, even though it's a lighter beer.

D- I could have this all night, every night. This is my new favorite beer. Period.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:19:16 | More by DeliciousSeeker
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not my first bottle of this, but figured I should get around to reviewing it. Have also had on tap in Munich FWIW.

I always get a huge head when I pour this beer. My beer fridge is set to the cold side, so perhaps that is the culprit. None the less once it subsides I get a nice little layer of snow white foam throughout the session. Color is hazy that is bright gold on the sides, and gets darker towards the center (since more light has to travel through it, it gets darker).

Anyways, I've never gotten much smell out of wheat beers. So not much was to be expected. I think I smell wheat, and a hint of cloves.

Now taste: It's gentle and refreshing. Nice Hint of bananas, cloves, a bit of wheat. This is what a hefeweissen should be. I've had countless bad American interpretations of wheat beers. Brewers tend to get banana happy, or clove happy, or citrus happy (in a wheat beer, really?).

Mouthfeel is great. Smooth and reasonably carbonated. The warmer the beer gets, the more the carbonation subsides.

I have not found any American brewers who can do a true to the style Hefeweissbier HALF as good as this. You morons hear me? Stop trying to reinvent the wheel.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 02:40:40 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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RareMonkey

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Has a blond color and pours a huge head. Lacing is really strong and sticks everywhere.

S - Prominent smells are banana and clove, and a bit of spice.

T - Sweet citrus with banana following it. While sucking in air with it you can really taste bubble gum flavor too.

M - Smooth is an understatement. Great mouthfeel.

D - One of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. Just goes down great during the warm months.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:57:54 | More by RareMonkey
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FernMaster

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

First review on my shiny new mac!

Ahem...

I was excited when I poured this beer, when a beer is poured in a movie it looks like this. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (wow, I'm not typing that again) pours a clear beautiful amber color, with two and a half fingers worth of head. There's some decent lacing as well.

The smell of this beer is a wonderful concoction of wheat and banana, it smells a lot like banana nut bread. I like banana nut bread.

The taste is actually a little lighter than I anticipated, sort of watery. There's some decent banana flavor in the beer and maybe a hint of clove. I like the flavor, it's nice and simple, but how is this the best in the world? It's an amazing session beer, but I don't see it beating Boulevard Wheat or Goose Island 312. It drinks easily and is very affordable, but so are those two I listed above.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:54:51 | More by FernMaster
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 5,965 ratings.