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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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89
very good

1,541 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 108
Gots: 187 | FT: 10
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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Bookseeb

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2006 it's almost a translucent reddish brown with a crisp head that dissapates quickly. Smell of sweet ripe dark fruit, dark honey and a good scent of alchohol. Taste is rather deep and rich of dark fruits, brown sugar and achohol. mouthfeel is full with good carbonation that gives it a good spike going down. I love these kind of beers in the winter that gives an aroma and flavor that warm you inside and out, the color in this one is especially inviting.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 02:39:58 | More by Bookseeb
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czfreeman

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottling. very special bier, as it is brewed on my birthday. The color is ruby, low carbonation. no head to speak of. Smells like fruit,plums, raisins, fruitcake! Taste-honey,carmels,sugary, figs
mmmm,Thick mouthfeel, overwhemling on the palate
I drank this from a wine glass, very good, very nice to sip. it is a little too sweet
Drinkability-i wouldnt want to drink more than one, not only because of the abv, but because one is tasty enough for satisfaction like eating a fine chocolate-1 is enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 18:57:09 | More by czfreeman
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peabody

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very clear light brown with very little suds.
Smell is grapeskin Brandy. Very strong alcohol and the rest of the aroma is hard to distinguish because of the subtle smells.
Taste is strong alcohol with charred sugars, not really burnt but badly charred. A toasty caramel if you will.
Very clean and crisp mouthfeel and it makes you want another sip almost immediatly.
While you wouldn 't want to drink too much of this stuff, it is still something to sip on in the cool mid-winter's eve by the warmth of the hearth.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 22:39:08 | More by peabody
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jimbomill

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is cartoonishly good.
An opaque bronze pour preceded one of the smoothest first sips in the recorded history of man … at least this man. There's a rich honey-like taste but without the sugary-ness; this is simply majestic. Did I mention how smooth this 14% ABV trojan-horse of a knockout drink is?

It is considered a Malt Liquor, I consider it my choice to be with me while marooned on a island.
December 2007 Update:
Here is additional info from a sampling of '06, '05, '04, '03. '01 and year bottled 2000 vintages:
The 2006 was excellent. We started with it, and had poured the 2005 and 2004 to compare. As the most recent year's glass would empty, it would be replaced with the next oldest year until we got to 2000. Not having the 2002 edition is a whole I lament.

The pour of the 2006 was a rich, deep reddish copper that allowed the backlighting to shine through. Taste was malty and near sweet. It was all good. However like the youngest in a full-house, some things get better with age.

The '05 was richer and seemed to have a tad more depth to it. If anything, the flavor profile was even better than the '06.
The '04 did not have the sweetness of the '05, but had a cleaner finish. This one seemed to have a broader flavor profile, indicating that 3 years from the date of bottling may be near optimum!

The '03, which we liked the best last year when we did this style of tasting, seemed no better than the '04, perhaps this bottle lost something. The pour was definitely darker.
The '01 was similar to the '03. No light could be seen through the muddy-red beverage. The taste was again, a 'tweener compared to its other samichlaus siblings.
The 2000 all of a sudden brought back a sweetness, a murky muddy color it too had, like the 2001. This 2000 became my favorite.
The '04, at 3 years old now, seems to be excellent and some may like it better as it had a cleaner color to it.
There was plenty of malty goodness in each year. Aging it at least a year does improve it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 21:44:43 | More by jimbomill
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far333

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage on tap at Eli Cannon's, Middletown, CT. Served one year to the day after having been brewed.

Dark copper colored with orange highlights, glistening in the low light, low carbonation.

Low aroma of sweet ripe fruits and brown sugar.

Flavor is initially sweet, nearly cloying, mostly reminiscent of honey, fruity, hints of caramel and butterscotch and marshmallow. This does not feel or taste like 14% ABV...scary. Very rich flavor, it has substance to it.

Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation, a bit slick and syrupy. Slightly above average drinkability, but this is a sipper no doubt, due to the heavy flavors, sweetness and strength.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 02:20:13 | More by far333
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DavidEddie

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle.

Served in a 12 oz Samichlaus snifter. Golden brown in appearance with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet maraschino cherries, big malts, and a bit of chocolate. Tastes of cherries, sugar, carmel, light vanilla, and some dark fruits. Also some whisky/bourbon type alcohol showed up in the finish. Mouth feel is slightly thick and syrupy. Good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent considering the high ABV. A bit too sweet for me, but still a nice enjoyable treat on a cold day. Worth a try!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2007 02:43:44 | More by DavidEddie
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MillRat

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow. 2007 vintage served on draft into a Samichlaus snifter. A thin ring of a head around the side of the glass over a rich cherry wood color. The first sniff is all about the alcohol, like a mild ABV liquor. Once you work through the alcohol note, there's malt, plums, raisins, a little apricot, too. Hops? Fuggedaboutit. You won't miss them. Flavor is more rich fruit notes with a strong malt backbone and a cleansing alcohol vapor to which you slowly grow accustomed as you glass diminishes. The carbonation and alcohol vapor are all that stand in the way of this being too thick and chewy, and they do so very well. This is a perfect apres feast drink, right up there with port or a sweeter liqueur. No need for dessert, this will complete a meal quite well on its own. A great example of a master brewer's art, an extreme beer that requires far more talent and patience than simply shoveling hops into a fermenter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 06:23:22 | More by MillRat
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samichlaus Bier

· Appearance: Very little head, pouring a nice amber brown to with hints of orange. Very lively carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.
· Aroma: Very sweet aroma, likely dark fruits such as raisins or figs. Also some darker wood notes and various spices.
· Taste: Amazing sweet flavor of spices, chocolate, and maybe even cranberries. Clear alcohol presence, almost like a sweet brandy.
· Mouthfeel: Very lively and sweet on the palate. Clear alcohol that is hidden nicely by the various flavors.
· Drinkability: Oh, this one is dangerous. Absolutely delicious on a cold night, warms the body, and a great bier to sit on for 45 minutes or so. Improves as it warms, and new flavors emerge. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 01:46:14 | More by CHADMC3
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured in to a Samichlaus snifter. Rich, warming amber color with a nice white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a halo around the inside of the glass.

S- smells of spices, figs, and a slight hint of bananas. Strong smell from the alcohol reminds me of smelling the airlock from my first homebrew.

T- this beautiful crafted bock tastes like warm honey with a strong alcohol taste. Slight hints of spices and pears.

M- very warming and slightly thick, but subtle as well. Light carbonation. Very similar to a mead.

D- this is a beer to savor and age(as long as you can wait). It is still amazing from its original '06 release. I would drink this before anything else in a night of tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 01:43:30 | More by paulthebeerguru
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of Samichlaus with some friends this past Saturday night at Deep Ellum. Poured it into a Belgian style goblet, and the first thing one notices is the lack of head or carbonation. The color was an intense copper. This doppelbock looks more like brandy than beer. The smell was overpowering of pure alcohol fumes. But the taste was not as harsh as I expected. It was smooth enough to enjoy if you like beers with gusto, but this one is definitely a sipper. This would be a fine after dinner drink anytime. A good beer to share too, as a whole bottle may be a bit much for some.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 00:04:03 | More by morebeergood
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rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bouteille brune de 330ml. embouteillé en 2006
couleur cognac, ambré foncé sans mousse ou presque, odeur de malt, de caramel et de sucre brun, goût brulant pour la langue, caramel, sucré à souhait, très longue en bouche. elle est chaude et réconfortante, une vrai bière pour les hiver quebecois. un peu moins sucré serait l'idéal.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 00:01:52 | More by rodenbach99
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Floydster

California

2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottled purchased from Beverage Warehouse for five dollars, split with two different friends last night and only had about four ounces

Poured into my small Ballast Point glass with an pinkish amber color with barely any head, this left no lacing at all

Smell was boozy, brandy, cognac, and bourbon we are all in there along with tons of malt and sugar

Taste was too much, so sweet with no real hops, tasted more like syrup and hard alcohol than beer, this needs a lot more age in the cellar, does not taste like a dopplebock to me, almost an extremely fresh barleywine, needs some bitterness which means it needs more hops, honestly a struggle to get this one down it was so strong, this was a pretty disappointing bottle of beer

Barely any carbonation, thick almost like molasses, sweet and aggressive mouthfeel

At fourteen percent, it is already hard enough to drink, but add the strong taste and it makes it even worse, heavy stuff that could only have a few sips of when it is fresh

I do not agree that this is the finest beer in the world like it says on the back of the bottle, but I will see how it evolves in a few years and maybe add another review then

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 05:19:02 | More by Floydster
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Virtually no head, certainly no lasting lace. The color is a slightly dark amber and clear.

Appealing molasses aroma predominates. Some alcohol warmth, too.

The flavor is extremely sweet with almost a cidery flavor and texture. Strong brandy-like alcohol warmth in the swallow with a lingering peppery mouthfeel on the tongue. Very full bodied with full carbonation.

This is an interesting double bock. More potent and fascinating than other DB's I've had. Still, I could not drink more than one of these in a single night. Perhaps, it's too much of a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 01:33:43 | More by smcolw
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aerozeppl

New York

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11.2 oz bottle into my Ommegang goblet.

A: Reddish amber

S:Yeast malt brandy cognac fruit sweetness.

T: Very malty up front

M: Little syrupy almost like medicine.The body is light on this one considering the style.

D: For what was for a while the world's strongest beer this was fairly drinkable. Probably took me an hour and a half to drink the bottle but in no way was it a chore.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 13:40:18 | More by aerozeppl
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DoubleJ

California

4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is only brewed once a year in Austria. Then it's aged for 10 months before bottling. My sample was bottled in 2006, so it's a pretty "fresh" sample. I shall see how this brew works for me. On to the beer:

The beer holds a ruby brown color with a mix of orange in my flute. A two-finger sized head is formed in my flute, but then fades away, not much of a surprise with the amount of alcohol in this. The smell of raisins, sweet dough, and fructose tease my nose. Man, this is getting me excited...
Head for the hills! This is one explosive beer. Full bodied, chewy, and a very syrupy texture. A touch of vanilla here, chocolate raisins there, and alcohol everywhere, brining with it fruity esters. The strong maltiness in the beer is felt strongest just before it goes down your throat, which preludes a warming feel to that area.

Notes: With 14% ABV (twice the amount of most dopplebocks) and a great taste, this beer deserves a category of its own (a quadrabock?). If you're into dopplebocks, eisbocks, or extreme beer, this is one to seek out. Bow down to the brewers of Eggenberg, Austria.

Got another bottle for me? Bring it on. : )

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 06:33:06 | More by DoubleJ
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DIM

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottled in 2005

a: Light ruby color, clear, no haze whatsoever. Minimal head and champagne like bubbles floating to the top.

s: Over-ripe fruit with some brandy notes. Very boozy. Malts smelled a bit like an English barleywine.

t: Well balanced earthy sweet malt up front blanketed by a nice alcoholic warmth. The finish, however, has a medicinal note that is unpleasant. Reminds me a bit of cough medicine.

m: Syrupy and sticky, not bad.

d: This one was a chore to get through. Once and done for me with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 11:28:01 | More by DIM
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thebarracuda

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a viscious copper/reddish-brown with no head and tiny bubbles Its even got great legs!. the flavor. the aroma is really earthy, the flavor is sweet and rasin like. very complex and deep with a sweet aftertaste that never sours. I can barely taste the alcohol, but its noticeable only when you breathe in. certainly a sipping beer, and one should set you up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 04:34:53 | More by thebarracuda
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a tawny brown with a light red hue, very little if any foam, although thin film did develop

S-malty and sweetness provide all of the smell

T- dark fruits present a good flavor, a smooth maltiness. a slight alcohol burn at the end.

M- A light body for a 14 % alcohol beer, very fine bubbles,

D- a solid ale, although more of a strong dark ale in my mind than a dopplebock

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 00:07:50 | More by Atron67
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thierrynantes

France

4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), first tasted in 2003 and vintage 2006 tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark copper color, with no head (due to ABV ?)
Smell : vinous fruit aromas and spicy hops, chocolate, hazelnut, malts.
Taste and mouthfeel : cognac notes, with warming finish.
Drinkability : a very nice beer in the style doppelbock. I's high rate of alcohol will give it a deep color and it will improve with time (keep in the cellar), great as a digestive to drink slowly with a dessert (very good with chocolates).

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 17:07:28 | More by thierrynantes
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Mryup

California

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: A deep copper with reddish/orange highlights. The head is virtually non-existent and has no retention.

S: Alcohol with lots of fruit...raisins...figs...maybe something else. Very nice.

T: Warming fruitiness with hints of nut in the background (I know that doesn't sound right but it is what it is). Very sweet. Surprisingly, I don't taste the alcohol as much as I thought I would as it is melded in very well. It seems to be lacking balance, perhaps intentionally, with the fruit, particularly raisins, dominating the palate. I would have liked the nutty characteristics to show their face a little more.

M: Heavy and smooth...a dangerous combination. The carbonation seems perfect and it not heavy at all as it was aforementioned in other reviews. Aging difference maybe?

D: This beer is like cheesecake. One piece is enough and satisfying.

Overall not my thing but I can understand why it is well liked. A very unusual lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 01:29:47 | More by Mryup
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lifeboyq

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. Vigorous pour for a minimal head with little retention. Color is a deep gold/copper/orange. Hmm, the strongest lager in the world. Isnt that an oxymoron of sorts? Lager inhibits complexity from cold fermentation temperatures. I expect a very one dimensional beer. Nose is very sweet, maybe a caramel sugar, nutmeg or something with maybe some citrus. Its one dimensional but hard to put an exact finger on just what it smells exactly like. Mouthfeel is very silky smooth. Wow, the flavor is nutty and finishes sugary sweet. Interesting. I'm not sure that it lives up to the most extraordinary beverage in the world such as the label says but the alcohol is insanely well masked for 14%. Its slightly too sweet and syrupy for high drinkabilty (not to mention the abv). Fun stuff though and worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 04:36:17 | More by lifeboyq
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srandycarter

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage from local TJ. Into the tulip it goes.

A - Pretty deep golden brown - like a rich cider. Virtually no head. Some lacing.

S - Booze. Dark fruit, earthy and leather tones underneath. A slight antiseptic feel.

T - WOOOH. Big stuff. Heavily carbonated, overwhelming fruit and alcohol.

M - As said very carbed... a thick heavy beer. Fruits and booze reduce greatly at end but linger on subdued. A little too sweet to end for me.

D - C'mon, it's fun. It's pretty good. It's not something to drink all night. Glad I tried it. Will have another when the mood strikes.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 04:33:56 | More by srandycarter
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tpd975

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one came in a huge trade from by boy Sudsdog. I was happy to receive it and ever happier to see the vintage... 2003 wow!

A: Pours a nice nutty brown color with a medium head. The head totally disappears leaving behind a few small lily pads and no lacing.

S: Pure sweetness in a bottle. You could pass is off as some of the best maple syrup straight from Vermont.

T: Wow this is a big boy. Tons of nice sweet malty flavors. Raisins and figs stand out. The booze also makes its appearance in a big way. It's sharp on the tongue to balance out the sweetness and it slowly burns its way down your throat.

M: Big bold, and thick. There is a sting from the ABV.

D: This is a sipping beer. It is a big beer that you would not want to pound.

Overall: This was a very nice sweet treat. Tons of flavors that are to be savored no doubt. It is a very big beer that I was honored to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 17:27:24 | More by tpd975
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very tasty Austrian treat.

Pours an amber color with no head or lacing.

Smell is sweet - most likely the alcohol.

Taste is even more of the sweet alcoholic taste. Burns just a little bit going down. Taste is slightly fruity - cherries maybe.

A relatively creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability might be lacking due to the high ABV.

Overall, this is a tasty, warming beer. I might have to pick up another one of these if I can find it.

Edit: I haven't finished this yet and I am fairly tipsy. The ABV is ridiculous.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 22:31:27 | More by jdubjacket
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snpub540

California

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage. Poured a copper amber color. It was crystal clear, with absolutely no haze. No head whatsoever.

Smell had ripe cherries and plums. Couldn't detect any hops in there. Also a huge amount of alcohol, smelled a little bit like rubbing alcohol but not as powerful.

Tasted very much like wine. Plums, brown sugar, and a little bit of woodiness. Alcohol is very present and it dances on the tongue. Kind of like drinking a port.

Mouthfeel was smooth and the carbonation was perfect. Drinkability is not so great because the alcohol comes out and almost stings. An intersting beer that I think can age very well. I'll have to pick up another one and set it down.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 20:24:46 | More by snpub540
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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