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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 2113
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of guityler83


4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A hazy penny copper color on the thin part of the glass melds to dark brown leather on the thick part. Lots of pillowy big bubbles with an aggressive pour.

S: Cloves and bananna esters peek through the wheat bread armoma.

T: Bananna, toast, no hop flavor detected. Slightly sweet, but so sessionable you can't help but take big gulps.

M: moderate carb with a smooth body. nice crisp clean finish. A tingly sensation on the toungue possibly from the residual yeast, nice!

O: This is by FAR my favorite wheat beer... and its the first time I've had it. I'll be seeking out more Dunkelweizen's in the near future!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:57:46 | More by guityler83
Photo of DIM


3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a muddy looking caramel color. It poured with a massive, rocky head that refused to dissipate.

s Banana, cloves, plus hints of caramel and cocoa. Very bready overall.

t: This wasn't quite as fresh tasting as I hoped it would be. Yeasty cloves and banans lightly dusted with cocoa.

m: Maybe an old bottle, this wasn't quite as full bodied does I hoped it would be.

o: A bit of a disappointment overall. I just don't think this bottle was very fresh. Still, this wasn't bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 23:41:44 | More by DIM
Photo of minterro


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I believe this is my first beer of this style, and little to no experience means I don't have much to go off of. Bought this beer on a whim in Hancock, MI at their CO-OP, the whole oldest brewery thing caught my eye.

A&S: From the Dunkelweizen description this beer pretty much nails the appearance category; murky brown, huge clumps of yeast, great head retention (light brown coloration). The smell isn't very powerful but it does contain pleasant banana yeastiness along with some sweet maltyness.

T&M: Super drinkable for starters. Has the classic hefewisen banana and clove tones. Similar to the nose as far as the malts are concerned. Nothing surprising or nothing standing out. very crisp with little bitterness, medium to light body.

overall: I was happily surprised by this beer. Some of these old European breweries have beer that tastes remarkably similar (mostly due to the purity laws), but this beer and this style incredible delightful. The cost on this beer is extremely low compared to the quality (I believe it was around 3 dollars). Would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 08:31:59 | More by minterro
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours dark brown with a 2 finger dark tan head. Big walls and leopard spotting of lacing cover the glass.

S- sweet maple, toast, toffee, caramel

T- huge sweet malts, toast, caramel, toffee, light roast, and slight bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Thick, syrupy and creamy feel.

O- very good dunkel. Huge sweet malts with some light toast notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:24:43 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

epic value at under 4 bucks per bottle. the pour is really cloudy brownish pinkish color, kind of odd really, with a really robust pure white head of thick foam, long lasting, and leaves good lace. the color is funky, and I think this is far superior on tap, but the beer itself is amazing. it smells like good german hefe yeast and dark wheat malt, some solid toast on the grains, and a refreshing citrus element. the flavor is identical to the nose, rich and complex, quite fruity, but a little more roast than the weizenbock or the regular hef. I like the additional body it provides, there is a nice soft feel too, although the carbonation is still quite lively. its traditional, its cheap, and its damn good. how can you beat that? I think of the four ive had from this brewery, I like the regular hefe the best, but all have been extraordinary. again, the value cannot be beat!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 23:23:46 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of buschbeer


3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One pint 0.9FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - This beer is a murky tea color with some burnt orange highlights. I got several inches of beige head.

S - I smell some banana immediately. I also get some caramel and some molasses.

T - The taste is kind of like a molasses cookie, but not as sweet. There is also some banana in the finish.

M - Medium with plenty of carbonation.

O - I had this on tap and absolutely loved it. I am not as impressed with the bottled version. It might be an old bottle. That being said I would not hesitate to have this beer on tap again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 18:38:52 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Huffs

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weiss Beer glass which developed a tan frothy head. Head was full and lasting with little lacing. Aroma was hoppy, almost grainy with a hint of sweetness and malt, Appearance was a light brown / straw color with a cloudy hue. Taste was clean and hoppy with hints of citrus and grain and slight caramel. Tasted more like a Weiss than a dark Weiss. Aftertaste was clean and dry with a light dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:51:06 | More by Huffs
Photo of brewskifan55


4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Fig brown with a tan, two finger head that lasts and lasts. Lacing for days. What a beauty.

S: Bananas, dark fruits, cloves.

T: Follows nose with a malty base. Sweet, yeasty, caramel. Yum!

M: Medium to heavy with great, frothy carbonation.

O: A delight in drinking. A marvelous hybrid of light and dark. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 15:21:56 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of lefty


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring from a 16.9 oz bottle into a glass.

I decided to buy this beer based on the ratings from my fellow reviewers and I couldn't be more happy that I did. Right from the initial pour, this beer was absolutely perfect.

The pour was smooth and had a nice three finger head, the color was a nice amber brown/yellow. The aroma was an excellent banana-wheat smell with a perfect balance.

The taste fully lived up to my expectations based on previous reviews. A great wheat taste with a smooth fruit/banana/clove mix. In the mouth it was very smooth. It was so smooth it almost tasted like a "flat" soda on the palate, which shows how smooth it was (and yes, I am 100% confident this was a fresh beer).

Overall, I rate this right up there with the Hofbrau Dunkel Weisse as one of the best beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:55:55 | More by lefty
Photo of BierStein711


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Two Brothers Brewing Company Weizen

Two finger burnt dark head

Dark amber colored ale, mild carbonation

Smells: banana, cloves, raisins,and herbs

Taste: Banana, cloves, medicinal finish

Mouthfeel: smooth and warming!

Overall, this is an exceptional weissbier!! However, I made a cardinal error of keeping the bottle in the refrigerator too long. This stopped me from experiencing the full flavors of the beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:56:21 | More by BierStein711
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner is famous for it's history. Their beers are still highly rated after being invented hundreds of years ago. Their brews are readily available in many locations in the US, but many people pass them over for the rare finds. It is when I review their beers that I am reminded how amazing they are.

This beer smells really good. This beer has a lot of really good esthers and malt. I recommend really pulling in the great balance and clean smell.

The flavor is also excellent. The Hefe-Dark is a very good example of flavor following the smell consistently. What you smell is what you get.

Needless to say, this is an amazing beer. I'm glad I got around to reviewing it.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 20:28:21 | More by ummswimmin
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before 02/07/2013. I have been seeking this one out for a while - dunkelweizens aren't necessarily my favourite type of wheat beer, but past experience with Weihenstephaner suggests this will be nothing less than a superb example of the style.

Pours an amber-orange colour, clouded up with suspended sediment, and topped with two fingers of fluffy, creamy, sparkling white head. As with most of the beers I've had from this brewery, the head retains itself nicely, lasting well into the glass, smearing the sides with lacing before it dies down into a bumpy cap/collar. The aroma is fresh and yeasty, very reminiscent of their flagship hefe - lots of toasted wheat malt, some banana, bubblegum and clove spice notes, with a few added twinges of dark fruit or brown sugar. Pretty enticing for sure.

Most of the features from the nose follow through into the flavour - lightly toasted wheat malt provides the backbone, with the usual accompanying notes of banana, bubblegum, yeast and cloves. Much like the aroma, the taste certainly reminds me of their regular hefe - though this one comes across with toastier malts, more of a caramel/brown sugar sweetness amongst the banana, and perhaps a bit more spice toward the finish. The aftertaste is of wheaty malt and spice, and doesn't cling to the palate for very long. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, with moderately high carbonation that gives it a prickly feel on the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied - a little watery, but all of the sediment gives it at least some thickness. Very easy to drink, but as with any dunkel I doubt I'd be up for more than one or two glasses per night.

Final Grade: 4.35, a solid A grade. Although I have always been a pretty big hefeweizen fan, dunkelweizen acceptance has eluded me - probably because there have never been any particularly good ones available locally. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel changes all that for me, as it shows the same level of quality and craftsmanship as their flagship hefe. Even though I probably like the hefe a bit more, this stuff is still a strong contender in the wheat beer category, and undoubtedly the best dunkel I've ever had. This is a delicious brew, and no fan of German wheat beer should hesitate to try it. A magnificent selection for my 400th review on BA, one that I will assuredly pick up again soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 17:10:15 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of Maxwell


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fiery dark orange, bordering on amber, with a massive, cream colored, two fingers-width head and medium sized, creamy bubbles. The body of the beer is dark orange and hazy, with a proper Hefe-haze, and a light carbonation moving through the beer. In the glass the beer is really quite lovely, and reminds me of corn syrup. Lacing is thick and fluffy on the sides of the glass, leaving almost-full rings. On the nose the beer smells richly creamy with banana and a good nip of clove spice. The darker wheat malt seems to give the beer some caramelly hints, and the esters suggests plantains as well as bananas fried in brown sugar. There is even a faint citrus note coming from either the light hops or the yeast, and further adding to the complex smell.

The beer tastes of subdued banana, spicy clove, and sweet wheat grain. It begins surprisingly light with hints of plantains, before opening into unripe banana flavors with spicy clove notes, and then folding into a thick wheat grain and spice flavoring that lasts in the mouth. In the middle of the taste there is also an almost-pear flavor alongside the banana esters of the yeast, and there also rich caramel notes alongside the wheat grain in the aftertaste. On the mouth, the beer feels creamy and smooth, with a medium body. Carbonation is velvety, and the tongue is left sticky in the back with malty saliva, while the rest of the mouth feels quite dry. Overall this is a lovely Dunkelweizen. I feel that some of the rich banana esters from Weihenstephan’s Hefeweizen are lost here in the darker malts, which is too bad, but the addition of heavy wheat grain flavors is nice. The smell is definitely more complex than the taste though. This beer is a classic and definitely worthy of a taste, though I hold their Hefeweizen up as a better beer than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 20:21:56 | More by Maxwell
Photo of acelin


4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large bottle into a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass.

Gorgeous head, beautiful medium nut brown color with golden edges, huge lacing all down the glass.

Smell of cloves, banana, nutmeg, wheat malt, and sugar.

A taste for the ages, beautiful banana flavors, with dark caramel, nuttiness, sugar, wheat, baked baguettes, absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick, but super sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 17:10:44 | More by acelin
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a Guinness imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Very hazy amber/orangeish color. Two fingered fluffy white head that left no lacing.

Smell- Absolutely incredible. Lemon, orange, coriander, yeast, malts. Very pronounced aromas.

Taste- Yeasty/breadyness up front, some light citrus, not much roasted malt character. No hop profile either.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall- This is a good beer, but not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 18:46:36 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of jucifer1818


3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: golden amber, with heavy carbonation and minimal cloudiness, with a very rich head that comes with the style. I would had preferred darker colors on my dark hefe, and a bit more cloudiness, but this is not bad at all

smell: the smell is dominated by cloves and phenol spice, as well as the familiar and rich smell of wheat malt.

taste: a very balanced, but minimilistic taste, that leans heavily on the clove side vs the banana and bubblegum flavors I much prefer. For the color, and the said "dark" hefewisen, their is not hint of darker, roastyer flavors. I jsut tastes like a more middle of the road hefewisen, and I cant say I'm very impressed .

mouthfeel: this is where the beer really shines. rich, creamy mouthfeel that is easy to drink and easy on the mouth, benefiting greatly from its heavy carbonation.

overall: to be honest, I was expecting more from this beer, as the reviews where high, and the brewery's reputation is VERY impressive, but really, it did not come off as the beer I was expecting, which was, a slight above average regular hefewisen with a amber color instead of a straw color.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 07:06:08 | More by jucifer1818
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Ontario (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. Veronus in Peterborough.

Cloudy light brown in colour with a big white head that gives way to a fair amount of lacing.

Smell is mostly banana and spice with a bit of breadiness behind it.

Tastes of citrus with a little bit of banana and hops, very, very smooth.

Medium carbonation and body, this is just a great tasting beer. Not long after having it on tap, they had some bottles at the LCBO and I picked up a bunch of them.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 04:53:02 | More by NV9
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Purchased at nikkis liquors in north providence ri:

A- dark brown clear body with a huge white head that leaves little lacing. Chunky settling.

S - unripe bananas; yeast, cloves, malt.

T- big wheat, caramel, clove, belgian spices. Delicious and fresh and drinkable. Demands many sips and gulps.

M- low carbonation; medium high mouthfeel

Overall a delicious, fulfilling brew. Like their hereweissbeir but more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 03:56:14 | More by gcamparone
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL served in a Notorious BIG pint glass

A- Pours a murky orange-brown body with a 3-finger off white head.

S- Not too potent. Mostly spice with a little bit of banana and cloves. Maybe some dark fruits trying to peak in.

T- Quite similar to the nose with a lot of wheat up front. Not as fruity as I was expecting, but spicier. There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between the different flavors at a colder temperature but it becomes much more enjoyable as it warms.

M- Medium feel and decent carbonation. FInishes quickly overall and a nice little tingle sticks around on the tongue

O- I'm no expert on the style, but I'd say this does the style justice. Easy to drink but I'd still take their regular hefeweizen over their dark.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 23:40:27 | More by tviz33
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2.7/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 500ml hefeweissbier glass at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice soft cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown.

Sm: Roasted barley (in a dunkel?) Floral hops. Heavy caramelized malt. Some nuts.

T: Caramelized malt dominates the first half, but the second half feels empty. Slight nutty character on the fringe with hints of cream. Quite imbalanced structurally, with radically different halves. Very strange build compared to most dunkels I've had; I have to wonder if the tap is set up correctly. I wish the flavour early on remained for the latter half.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body.

Dr: The caramelized malt is overdone. The balance is off. The price is fair, and she drinks pretty easy. Worth a go, but better out of the bottle.


Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 02:18:23 | More by kojevergas
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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my perfect pint. Batch 7102 is printed on the back of the label.

Appearance: A slightly hazy light brown beer. The beer itself does not look too nice but the head is glorious at a foamy three finger size that leaves splotchy lacing.

Smell: Wheat, bananas, and some cloves and general spiciness.

Taste: Similar to their regular hefe, except slightly more toasted. Toasted grains with wheat leading the way, a slight fruity note and nice spiciness backing it all up.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little piquant, while the body is thin to middling but really smooth. The flavors do coat the mouth all around nicely.

Overall: I do like this dunkel, but was not wowed by it. Maybe my palette is off tonight. I ought to give it another go.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 05:25:06 | More by kagent777
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into hefe glass

Pours murky yellow/brown, not an entirely pleasant look especially for those unused to the style. Big fluffy off-white head but smaller than the normal hefe. Smell is spicy bananas. Taste is dry and spicy and yeasty, very dry finish and a bit of boozines (strange for the lowish abv). Malt is a bit more prominent than in the regular hefe and adds some sweetness. Mouthfeel is dry, spicy, and highly carbed. A smidgeon heavier in weight than the standard hefe.

Not as good as the classic Weihen hefe but still a very good beer, more yeast and malt flavor but doesn't seem to pull together as well as the classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 22:31:18 | More by VaterRoss
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #100! Pours a swamp-like hybrid color, dark copper and dark tan, opaque and murky with an off-white head that plumps up big time and looks super thick and creamy. The head is long lasting and easy to conjure up from nothing due to the volatile nature of the brew. Nose hits just like you'd expect with an initial bubblegum hint, quickly surrounded by clove and some other kitchen spices, maybe coriander. Both malty and fruity on the tongue - bananas are, of course, the most prevalent, followed by plums and grapes. Yeast sinks into the tastebuds and provides a nice, toasted-bread-like backbone for the sweet fruity malts to stand upon. No real apparent bitterness here, and hops aren't noticeable unless you try extremely hard (and even then, it's probably all in your mind). But this brew was meant for the malt! Thin-medium body with a great deal of carbonation, leaving a nice snap on the tongue up front and through the finish.

Another amazing brew by Weihenstephaner. Hits all the marks and traits you'd expect from a hefeweissbier - bananas, cloves, breads, yeast, toasty malts, etc. Remains simple while exceeding at everything it does. This is a must-try, and the best part is that it's readily available in most places.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 13:20:40 | More by tectactoe
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd of the five bottles of the gift pack. Poured the 500ml into traditional hefeweizen glass that came with the pack. Excellent, though not as inviting as Hefeweissbier.

Pours with a huge three-four finger thick off white head. Has good retention. Decent lacing. Color is copper-brown. Against the light, the top is darker compared to the bottom. A lot of cloudiness as is typical of wheat beers. Not very dark. Slightly less number of bubbles.

Smell is more banana and cloves, with the former dominating. Slight hints of dark malt and some sweetness. This one is more banana than hefeweissbier.

Taste is very much similar to the nose, with dominant wheat beer taste. Slight hop presence. Bready taste. Not a lot of sweetness. Overall taste is well balanced. No hints of roasted malts.

Mouth feel: Light to medium bodied feel. Moderate on carbonation makes it much more drinkable. Refreshing but not as much as its hefeweissbier brother.

Overall style wise it scores 4.25-4.5 Personally It is a good beer but nothing that i am a fan of. I did not like it much. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:33:55 | More by AmitC
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber and brown in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a huge, billowy off-white foam with excellent staying power that leave thick sheets of lacings on the glass. Sweet banana and clove aromas with an earthy sweet toasted malt aroma beneath. Creamy smooth delicate feel with a clean crisp finish. Combination of sweet banana and light toasted malt flavors up front followed by spicy clove flavors through the middle that usher in a light hop bitterness toward the end. Like the feel the flavors finish clean and crisp with a sweet fruity banana aftertaste. Fabulous, earthy, delicate aromas, flavors and feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:37:05 | More by IronLover
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
95 out of 100 based on 2,113 ratings.