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Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

Schofferhofer Grapefruit HefeweizenSchofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
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174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.86%


Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Redwood21 on 02-19-2008)
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a glowy orange color weizen with a pure white bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma is totally dominated by the grapefruit which are not as syrupy as I expected. Taste is also dominated by nice grapefruit notes with some very subtle wheat note. Not something I would drink on a regular basis but it does work a lot more then I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 20:18:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose—it smells fresh like you just sliced open a grapefruit in half.
T: Contrary to what you would expect, the grapefruit flavors in the taste aren't nearly as prominent as the aromas in the smell and are balanced off with flavors of wheat. Only faint hints of sourness are present.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Coming in a clear bottle with an appearance resembling Orangina, this beer looked a little gimmicky, but was actually rather good and seemed to have a good mix of grapefruit and wheat flavors and didn't taste artificial.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:21:06 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

After the runaway success of Stiegl's Grapefruit Radler last year, it's only natural that we'd see the large liquor stores around here with stacks of this stuff, an untested beer from an untested brewer (for the area, anyway). Hell, I've only seen the normal hefe in these parts, and that was only at a couple of random spots. Let's see if this stuff is worth the attention:

It pours a hazy straw-orange topped by a half-finger of rather short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sharp grapefruit zest. That's it. If there's any hefeweizen in there, I can't smell a lick of it. The taste brings in more of the same, now more of a grapefruit lemonade than anything, sweetener and all. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, this is a pretty weak beer, not altogether unpleasant, but a simple flash of grapefruit. If they hadn't told me there was a hefe base, I'd never have known. Hell, I think it was a waste of a hefeweizen, as all there was was grapefruit. It's not bad, but not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 03:52:57 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle...a beer/fruit juice mix is just what I need after my last dalliance - an 18.5% barrel-aged barleywine. Like a palate cleanser, as it were. Strange this isn't classified as a Fruit Beer.

This beer (mix) pours a bright cloudy medium golden hue, with one fat finger of foamy white head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes. It smells of mild wheat malt, strong coriander, and middling grapefruit juice. The taste is sweet, sugary coriander spice, a neutered wheat graininess, a bit of white pepper, and a mild grapefruit essence. The carbonation is moderate to low, the body on the light side, and fruity in a clean acidic manner. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and scaled back wheat malt still the stars of the show, the only drying offset coming from the grapefruit.

It's nice that there's some obvious traits from the underlying hefe, even if they are soaked in a sugary film. Beyond that, we're talking adulterated beer, albeit with one of my favourite juices, so I'm just gonna have to say that this hits the spot, and would anywhere it's too hot/Checkstopped/overserved...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:22:32 | More by biboergosum
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange yellow with a huge frothy head of dense sparkling yellow bubbles. Very thick. Looks decent enough.

Huge grapefruit sparkling citrus character on the nose. Nothing else. Smells like soft drink, or a premix alcopop. Citrus, acidity, sugar. Not that that's necessarily bad, for what it is. It's just strong, weird and un-beerlike.

Thin alcopop sour-sweet flavour too, with a lingering wheat acidity that tastes surprisingly meaty after the sharp fruit-acid character. Grapefruit leaves a dollop of bitterness on the very back, but don't get me wrong, it's not a beer-like bitterness.

It's very refreshing, and easy to drink, of course, but it's an odd concoction. I'm happy enough to drink it on occasion though.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 23:18:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A soft crayon orange as was evident from the clear glass bottle. Haze is impenetrable near the top although pastel lemon edges allow some inhibited clarity in spots. The head, which later would become no more than a collar, is flawlessly bleach white which gives it an eerily artificial appearance. My better judgment would say this will be a refreshing beverage, whether I'm ready to accept that or not.

The smell is intensely fruity. I usually go to hopped up IPAs for my grapefruit, but this smells considerably more authentically fruity. I do sense a touch of the sharp, cutting acidity of the grapefruit, but more so I'm reminded of the Starburst chewy candies and orange pop-sickles.

I don't think you have to like grapefruit to find this appealing. You do taste grapefruit, but the beer has a citric, fruity flavour in the more general sense. The citrus is cutting, but only as much as it is with an orange juice. The acidity sort of substitutes for bitterness, which like the alcohol, is virtually non-existent. The taste is fine, I almost wish it left a little more aftertaste.

Say what you will, but there's nothing wrong with this beer. I can see something like this being very popular with a number of crowds, including the masses of Germans who can recognize good beer, appreciate a proper hefeweizen, but prefer it cut with a little fruit syrup. This would work well in North America as an " alcopop malternative" with the cooler crowd. Myself personally, I wouldn't buy it again, but I see no reason not to drink the bottle I've opened.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:37:20 | More by biegaman
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plaid75

New York

3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sight orange hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy sweet citrus.

The taste was likewise heavily sweet - remember Ecto-cooler? There was a soft chewy wheat detected as well.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a soft carbonation.

Overall more juice than beer. Tasty, but barely beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:35:37 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle from the LCBO, seems interesting!

Pours a cloudy orange, tangerine/grapefruit kind of colour, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, no lacing. Smell is weird, reminds me of a bathroom, grapefruit, oranges, yeast, wheat, bananas, spice, keeping me on my toes. Taste is very sweet, like grapefruit or orange juice, tangerines, some banana/clove weiss character, very sweet and sugary, almost a bitter rind feel to it. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, feels like carbonated juice. On the sweet side, almost cloying. Pretty neat stuff but not really my cup of tea, little too sweet for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 03:38:15 | More by Viggo
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden orange in color (almost like an Orange Crush soda was dumped into a Hefeweizen) with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some fake orange soda highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light orange/peach head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit juice (ruby red) over the top of light aromas of wheat, banana, and clove.

T: Upfront this beer tastes just like rudy red grapefruit juice with light amounts of sweetness which is followed by a finish that is all light wheat, banana, and just a hint of clove. No perceptible bitterness is present.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing but not sure how many of these I could have in a single session, this seems more like something that might go well with brunch. This one is real interesting in that there are two completely separate components to the flavor of this beer - the grapefruit and then the Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:14:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At only 2.5%, I'd be inclined to call this a fruit beer (though it's a dying style on BA). It's sort of a malternative really.

A: Hazy orange. Really orange. I've never seen a beer so "orange". Off-white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Big grapefruit citrus aroma.

T: I'm not overly fond of Radlers, so I was a little skeptical about this mix... but it actually works! Unfortunately, it's hard for it to measure up to a great hefe. Plenty of grapefruit juice, a little lemon & hints of an underlying hefeweizen.

M: Very light body, mostly juice.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 00:25:57 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass mar23 2011

A cloudy pale orange with a shitload of bubbles feeding a long lasting thumbs width of head that leaves a few random patches of lace

S grapefruit and orange candy, faint yeast and spice

T just a little bit of banana and almost a orange crush pop flavor without as much yeast as on the nose and just a little to sweet

M light but it feels more like juice or pop then anything else

O something different but unless there's a heat wave I can't see myself drinking many of these

something for my lady but not my thing, nothing offensive but I could take it or leave it

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:30:32 | More by wordemupg
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium yellow-orange hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of pillowy white foam. A very nice looking beer, if a bit on the orange side for a hefeweizen (though this should be expected).

Smell: big, rich grapefruit aroma with a little bit of malty, wheaty undertone. The grapefruit is quite strong, like a San Pellegrino pompelmo soda. This beer is definitely as-advertised.

Taste: there's a surprisingly good hefeweizen base, with a good wheaty character with a great banana quality. Over this is the refreshing grapefruit flavor, which really works for me. Nice!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, satisfyingly creamy carbonation. Boom!

Overall: I really like this beer, and I find it delightfully refreshing. I happen to really enjoy radlers, shandies and the like, and this beer is no exception; radlers almost belong in their own category.

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 20:59:50 | More by flagmantho
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tpd975

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to matta

A: Pours very orange and fizzy, very soda like, if you did not know you would guess more Sunkist than beer.

S: Light grapefruit aromas up front, with notes of acid from the carbonation, sugar, and oversweet malt.

T: Tastes like a mix of soda and beer with soda making up more of the mix. Fizzy orange soda flavors up front with notes of the grapefruit pushing thru. A light boozy beer tasty in the finish.

M: Light and Fizzy.

D: This is a very unique brew. On the surface it is not one that I think I would like. It is also not one that will ever rate off the scale. That being said I could pound a few of them after mowing the lawn on a hot Florida summer afternoon, and to be honest I probably will.

Chicks will dig it as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 20:04:38 | More by tpd975
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Brenden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looks like grapefruit juice, a heavily thick red-orange. It doesn't from a whole lot of head, but it does put up some, and the foam that's left for the remainder is strong. Some sturdy patching as well as spotting are left behind.
This beer definitely brings the grapefruit advertised. It's a very interesting take on a hefe, and in an possibly American-inspired turn, the only flavored one I've ever seen. The grapefruit is the dominant force, but the telltale signs of hefeweizen are here: a touch of banana, some dustiness in the malts, a bit of soft clove, and maybe just a faint, very faint, ghost of some bubble gum-like sweetness. Wheat makes itself known as the backbone, and the finish is of some dry, crackery malts and slight ruby red sourness.
The feel isn't as thick or heavy as it seems it might be, but it doesn't have the slight, subtle depth typical to the best of the style. Still, it's light enough and has a nice, sturdy crispness with enough body that's it's not simply a soda.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 20:16:37 | More by Brenden
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laituegonflable

Australia

1.88/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

NOTE: I didn't know what I was drinking when I reviewed this

Pours very pale with a cloudy appearance. White, respectable head, leaves a thin-ish film, decent lacing but not great. Too many floaties.

Bizarre nose, like lemon squash, very sugary and fruity with a slight tang. Not beer-esque at all, this is completely anomalous drop that pretty much smells exactly like soft drink.

Again, very lemony with a slight tartness but mostly a candy sweetness that is like beer with sugar cubes dropped in it. Not pleasant, has no beer taste and is also watery. Mouthfeel is VERY thin.

This is piss in a glass, the puckering aspect is all there is to pique my interest. Obviously a chick beer, obviously a feeble attempt to call itself beer while actually tasting nothing like it. Fuck you, drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 04:10:11 | More by laituegonflable
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for my wife but tried some and was confused how i felt about it as the combo of grapefruit and hefe is not bad as a beer alternative but really it is not a true beer. It is refreshing and low in ABV but the desire in my part is just to have a straight hefe,

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:51:02 | More by canucklehead
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.14/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Yikes. Pours akin to orange soda. Little, white cap of fizz sits atop the soft drink. Very hazy.

S-Big whiff of tangy, organic grapefruit. Natural grapefruit zestiness.

T-Grapefruit soda. Sweet and zesty. Doesn't taste like beer. Soda pop yo!

M-Soda, feels like a sugary soft drink.

O/D-Not beer to me. And apparently its only 2.5℅. Nope, nope, nope. This is not my cup of suds. This is what you'd see a German guy bring to a kids house on To Catch a Predator. Tastes like soda-pop...hooray.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 00:44:46 | More by VelvetExtract
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 330 ml clear bottle that came in a 6 pack. Pours out a cloudy light marmalade hue, fizzy white head that quickly sets to a thin cap.

Intense bright grapefruit juice on the nose, faint soft wheat malt in the background.

The flavour is predominantly that of sweet ruby red grapefruit juice, with some faint, very faint bready malt in the background. I happen to like grapefruit so it's enjoyable, however seems much more like carbonated juice, or a traditional fruit soda.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, the texture carries a bit of fullness from the wheat malt, while the carbonation is brisk and spritzy.

An okay lawnmower beer for those not very mechanically inclined and fearing the loss of their toes (as this a lightweight 2.5%), quenching all the same, but not something I plan on picking up again. A low-alcohol fruit radler for those into that sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 04:04:46 | More by IronDjinn
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FLima

Brazil

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy orange color with a thin head with low retention.
Citrusy aroma, predominanting grapefruits with hints of wheat and acid ascorbic.
Nice refreshing taste of oranges and grapefruit on a light wheaty base and a yeasty finish, almost unperceptible. Dry and acid aftertaste. Light body with good carbonation. At 2.5% ABV with the right level of sweetness, I could never drink again any soda. This would be a perfect substitute. It is actually a grapefruit radler.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:27:10 | More by FLima
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle:

Pours a milky pale orange. small white cap some lacing.

Aroma distinctly citrus and not much else but some sweetness.

Thinish body, sweet citrus flavor, barely detectable malt presence, spritzy drying finish...tastes like grapefruit soda....far too sweet.

I tried it. I don't need to try it again..I can't see the point..fills a niche no one cares about..

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:57:04 | More by pootz
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange with a wispy white head.

S - Grapefruit, some spiciness, kinda like cough syrup

T - Fairly sweet, some bitter orange and of course grapefruit. Hint of honey as well. Light bitter finish. Seems more orange-y grapefruity.

M - Light body with lots of carbonation.

D - Interesting take on a fruit beer. Flavour profile seems more consistent with various alco-pops than a hefe. My beer hatin' gf said it was OK...

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 01:19:42 | More by allergictomacros
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy peach/pink in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Unmistakable whiff if pink grapefruit
Taste-Big blast of sugared pink grapefruit, very faint wheat note. Light, sweet, tangy and super-refreshing. I had one after mowing for an hour and had to fight the urge to just guzzle it from the bottle. That being said it drinks almost like a soft drink or wine cooler. Could be helped greatly by more beer or wheat flavor or just some grapefruit rind bitterness to offset the almost soda-like sweetness. But hey, at 2.5ABV, on a hot summer day, I'm gonna guzzle one down right out of the cooler.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 22:41:29 | More by hosehead83
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep straw color with faint pink highlights. The head is pretty much non-existent. light wheat malt and banana esters in the aroma are overpowered by sweet citrus and grapefruit. The taste is very much like a grapefruit soda, sweet and tart with lots citrus flavor. A bit of hefeweizen character is noticeable but really lies in the background. There's a sacharine sweetness in the finish. Must be some sweetener going on.

This is only half a beer, its basically a summer time fruit beverage with some beer qualities. OK, but I prefer 100% beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 02:27:52 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weird orange (like a Fanta or Crush), but it's an impenetrably cloudy and opaque -- like a proper hefeweizen! No lace here.

Nose is subtle grapefruit, with some sharp wheat character. Actually not bad.

Taste is sweet grapefruit and a hint of wheat sharpness. Actually, this isn't too far from a citrus soft drink, with an infusion of beer. Call it a radler or a shandy or whatever, but this drinks very easily. And at a lowly 2.5% ABV, this is perfect for Summer yardwork. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:20:59 | More by secondtooth
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brendan13

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy vibrant orange colour poured with a few centimetres of fluffy white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Grapefruit is very dominating, the Hefeweizen character is there but only just.
T - The taste, like the smell, is also dominated by grapefruit.
M - Light to medium bodied. Quite suprisingly the carbonation is quite lower than a regular Hefeweizen.
D - The low ABV% helps the drinkability but I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 05:44:25 | More by brendan13
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Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
77 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.