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Ayinger Ur-Weisse - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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551 Reviews

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Reviews: 551
Hads: 1,049
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 80
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle, no date

appears a cloudy rust color with orange highlights. 1" white head that fades down to a thin covering, but good retention. spicey aroma of clove, with the typical banana notes, but not quite as much as regular hefeweizens.

similar taste to the aroma, wheat dominates but is a bit muted by some darker malt. smooth body, medium carbonation.

overall - I like this style better than most hefeweizens, and it seems to fit the style description to a t

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Photo of JizackFH
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark golden orange copper color. There are some bright golden highlights at the bottom of the glass. There is about three fingers of white pillowy head on top. The head doesn't last long, and there is just a little bit of lace left behind. This beer is just awesome looking.

S - The nose has a good amount of bready malt. There is a nice banana aroma, as well as some cove, dark fruits, and some floral notes.

T - The taste follows the nose. It starts out with some sweet malt and wheat flavors. There is a good bit of banana and clove, as well as some subtle dark fruit flavors. There is a nice toastiness to it, and some yeasty esters. The finish leaves some lingering wheat, banana, and clove.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down really easy, and it has a super smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness as well as some spices. There are some yeasty esters, and a very little bit of bitterness on the back end. I thought this was pretty refreshing, and it just goes down really easily.

O - This has good drinkability. It has really nice flavor, and I would have no problem downing a few glasses of this, especially on a nice warm day. Overall, I think it is a really nice beer, and a good representation of the style. I'm not the most familiar with dunkelweizens, but I look forward to trying more. Anyways, I recommend checking this one out, I would buy again.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at my in-laws house once when I had already drank for a while. Even in my inebriated state, I said to myself "damn self, that's a good beer. We gotta try that one when we get sober." Fast forward a few months, hanging at the liquor store, and I remember...Ayinger! Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a medium brown, almost orange color with a towering, dominating, intimidating four finger head that is like whipped cream. Although the head didn't last long and there wasn't much lacing, this beer is to appearance what Arnold was to symmetry in bodybuilding. Impressive!

Smell - The nose is a strong malty/banana/bread smell. I knew as soon as I took a whiff that this beer would not disappoint.

Taste - Follows the nose to a T. Heavy on the bread, bananas and other light fruit, malty finish. I swear it tasted to me like banana bread, with a dash of excellence. This is an incredible taste.

Mouthfeel - Good strong finish, have the aftertaste of malts and barley streaming all the way up through my sinus cavities. This a beer that lets you know you are drinking a good strong beer from the Deutschland, not some industrial pee-water mass production garbage. Man those guys know how to make a beer.

Overall - Incredible. Wonderful. This beer is highly recommended no matter your tastes. This will overwhelm you with awesomeness. I am impressed.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes slowly into two inches of fluffy foam that sticks in chunks to the sides of the glass, and lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of tons of cloves, and ample bananas with a hint of roasted malt. The taste is more balanced between the banana and clove elements with some nice malt tones underneath. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a chewy texture, and appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer that I will surely drink again.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 1 pint 9oz poured into a wiess glass. Bottle lists ABV but does not list DBD.

A: Cloudy dark orange with over a finger length pure white head.

S: Banana, clove, lemon, and bread, caramel, butter popcorn, and fruity esters.

T: Sunny lemon joins heavy bread. The finish has a malty backbone, spice, and warming alcohol.

M: On the heavy side of medium and creamy.

O: An excellent wheat beer with intense fruity flavors, creamy bread, and malty accents. Though not as light or zingy as other weiss can be, this is a bit of a heavier more serious sipper which is meant to be slowly enjoyed and savored.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

Super large typical styrofoamy head, kind of like a meringue top nice and white hints at cream and egg sheen. Body color is a classic amber and cloudy murky yellow. Lots of rising carbonation.

Nose is sweet clove, toasted malts and grain. A little bit of orange in there. A bit of ripping dry husk action. Real nice lovely nose.

Chewy palate mixes with just the right amount of playful carbonation. Lingering finish. Palate is rich in malts and dark spices with some dry action. A chewy feel, with clove like aromatics, very much so on the finish. Borderline creamy texture but the carbonation cuts through that just slightly.

Overall, a great example of the style and tasty. More Ayinger win.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Weisse glass 7/1/12

A murky brownish orange liquid completely saturated with big bubbles, large off white head has decent retention and a few random patches of lace

S a little fruity with some honey wheat bread to go with the usual suspects of bruised banana, clove and a little chewing gum

T a little more spice and just a hint of booze I couldn't smell, just a little toffee and everything else I could smell

M enters silky then gets a little foamy from the bubbles, medium bodied with a grainy aftertaste

O pretty solid beer for a good price, I was expecting something darker but this did just fine for me

not the best I've had from Ayinger but that still puts it above most German beers I've tried. pick one up if you see it along with anything else these guys make

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a yardstick glass. Merry f'n Christmas!

A: Due to the way I poured it into the said glass (read: as aggressively as possible), it came out with one of the biggest damn heads I've ever seen. Forget measuring it in fingers, this thing would have had to been measured in FEET. And it was beautiful to boot. Frustratingly, the head retention is excellent. The body itself is a very cloudy, murky dark copper color that looks vibrant.

S: Apple, banana, cloves, and that trademark "bubblegum" smell dominate the nose. Smells a bit tangy, as well. Nice!

T: Very refreshing stuff. The typical wheat beer esters are there in full force (bubblegum, banana, cloves), but it also has a tangy apple quality that mixes beautifully with the other flavors. I have to say that I slightly prefer the flavor profile of a hefeweizen, but I can really taste the top-notch quality in this.

M: Nice smoothness, with refreshing carbonation. The feel of the beer doesn't stand out, but holy shit, is it easy drinking.

O: Like I said, if given a choice between a hefe and a dunkel, I'll probably take a hefe. But this is nonetheless an excellent beer. If you've never had the style before, this is a great place to start.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger, never had heard of it but I figured a with a bavarian dunkel you cant go wrong for Christmas Eve.

Appearance - a murky orange brown. Not that is looks unfiltered but it has a nice opaqe quality to it.

Smell - The smell first told me I had got a quality beer. Hoppy, yeasty, crisp, and faint green apple tones.

Taste - Perfection! Just what a dunkel should be. Crips, fresh, good hop flavor and also the crisp apples come back. Perfect aftertaste that doesn't linger too long.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is right on for this beer. Not overpowering or leaving me wanting. Just cant beat it.

Overall - 4.5 One of the best dunkels (or beers) I have had thus far. I will buy this one again and through the year

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Photo of JMWEB2
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden body, two finger head slowly leaves a thin white head, very nice.

S: Wheaty, fruit smell, think its banana. Also getting some malt, and clove.

T: There is a yeast character in the taste, there is a bready sweetness and a dry finsh. Tasted a little banana and some spice. Very tasty Dunkel.

M: Lighter body than I expected finish is clean and refeshing. Very drinkable.

O: I enjoyed this brew, Ayinger is one of my favorites.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hyvee in West Omaha, NE.
No clear freshness date on bottle.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a tall, off-white, meringue-like head, fluffy and cloud-esque. Head fades down over time to a 1cm cap atop the body and leaves spotty lacing, but nothing amazing. Body is an opaque dark-orange-brown with plenty of yeast sediment; when held up to a light, the beer is burnt orange with yellow highlights. Gazing into the beer, one notes fairly active carbonation streams that support the lingering ring of foam.

Aroma is strongly of esters: ripe bananas and apple cider. Secondary aromas include toasted bread, yeast, and mild phenols.

Taste opens with some wheat malt sweetness tempered closely by sharp phenols (clove and allspice) and esters (fruity, particularly banana and apple). The phenols and esters continue into mid-taste, with bubblegum and yeast appearing as well. Flavors fade out on a banana note, with lingering cloves as well.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with some tingling carbonation at first, which quickly decreases as this passes along the tongue. Mouthfeel ends up being first tingly, then smooth and creamy (exciting, expressive, then calmly satisfying). Finish is quite dry.

Ayinger's version of the dunkelweizen is classic, true to expectations, but also unique enough to draw its own interest. Like a more aggressive version of their hefeweizen. The flavors are powerful and stand out; the aromas do as well, if slightly more muted. This is a high quality dunkel, and should be alongside Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A truly classic German dunkelweizen. Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color with a great fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Typical hefe aroma: yeasty spices, clove, banana, light citrus, grass. Smells sweet.

Tastes like banana, wheat, bread, clove. Lightly sweet, malty, but crisp. Carbonation is nice and lively; this beer is quenching and highly drinkable.

This has got to be one of the best examples of the style you can find. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirtied tan body with a near-white, expansive head.

Smell: Fruity, malty nose with some traces of honey on morningtime wheat toast, a dusty yeastiness, and popped clove buds.

Taste: Faintly tangy wheat malt at the start, a moderately sweet inclusion of both wildflower honey and light-colored caramel before some fruity tastes of Gala apples, bananas, and pears. Very low, fairly brief tartness present. Light clove accent (certainly less than was present in the aroma). Very subdued bitterness. Soft but also a bit of carbonated crispness on the sweetish, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth on the tongue.

Overall: Quite pleasant and quaffable, one of those moreish beers where you clear through the entire bottle pretty quickly. This just might beat out Weihenstephaner's dunkelweizen for me.

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Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a murky brownish amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes very slowly to a thick cap of foam, leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet with lots of wheat presence but with plenty of dark malts as well. There are other sweet fruit notes with apples and pears and a healthy dose of cloves and even some citrus.

Taste is honey-coated bananas with dark roasted malts. It still tastes mostly like an amped up hefe with the yeast dominating though the malts add a nice layer underneath. The finish has a nice mellow spiciness.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, very active on the palate, almost too active but it's OK since the body is pretty meaty for the style.

Another fantastic beer from Aying, who really know their way around a wheat beer. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lg brown glass bottle with a beautiful Ayinger logo. Poured into one of my weizen glasses.

A - hazy dark and light shades of caramel to a hazy bright orange toward the bottom of glass. A nice fluffy off white head with good thick lace.

S - very fruity. Bananas along with a few other hints of soft fruit. Very sweet malt aroma. The aroma of this brew is like a whiff of sweet banana bread with a touch of spice.

T - taste is sweet as well. Ripe banana bread with maybe a hint of apple. A nice wheat flavor also creeps into the mix. Good spice and clove hints as well. Excellent finish that leaves a great aftertaste department.

M - very smooth mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied that's very easy to drink. Superb feel from start to finish. Smooth and thick.

O - this is my first dunkelweizen of any kind. I've always heard mixed reviews on the dunkelweizen style. I've had many Hefes including the Ayinger here, and when it comes to Ayinger weizens Id go with the dunkel over the hefe, and their hefe is a absolute great craft brew. As much as I like the hefe, I liked this one even more. This is a world class brew and an excellent introduction for me into the dunkelweizen style. Man, Ayinger really have 2 great weizens with their dunkel and their hefe. Both are a must try.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A caramel brown colour, cloudy & forms a 2-finger sized foamy head with good retention.

Cloves, banana and wheat along with a little spiciness & some bubble gum. Faint coriander in the background too.

Lots of banana quickly followed up by mild citrus flavours, a hard to detect toffee flavour and a nice spicy clove taste.

Medium bodied with a refreshing feel to it & a smooth texture overall. Goes down great & even though the carbonation is high the beer isn't gassy.

Excellent tasting & well balanced that goes down a treat. The colour isn't as dark as I remember from previous dunkelweizens I have tried but that isn't necessarily a bad thing as this one still looks (and tastes) fantastic.

1 of 1001 Beers to Try Before You Die:

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. This one pours a hazy chestnut color with two fingers of frothy white head. Simply looks damn good.

Right off I get a big whiff of banana in the aroma. It seems to mellow out after a few sniffs where a nice spicy and bready aroma come through. The flavor has a little bit of banana bread like characteristics; slightly sweet and yeasty with some spice. A little bit toasty on the malts.

The body is light and the carbonation is lively and a bit sharp. Overall a pretty rock solid German brew here I told my brothers girlfriend to buy me a beer and she got me this. I should clearly try that tactic more often.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Very cloudy carmel color with an abundant frothy off-white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin foam that hung around throughout.

S -Smell is of sweet malt, banana bread,ad bisquit.

T - Clove up front that gives way to a fruity, sweet malt. No hop or alcohol readily apparent.

M - Really great level of crisp carbonation, refreshing, medium/full body for the style.

O - This is a pretty good good example of the style. An enjoyable drink, but I'd max out at two I think, and would desire a change.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on August 7, 2011. It pours a slight murky medium to dark amber. My glass was not big enough to pour it all in without spilling some due to the huge, frothy, off-white head. Wheat and bananas penetrate the nose with virtually nothing in the way of hops or malts. The body is nice and creamy and glistens on the tongue. The taste also brings out that wheat, clove, banana flavor but there is also a noted sugary sweetness thrown in. Exquisite for an 83-degree late summer day.

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Photo of RJZ
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: banana, wheat based aroma.

T: Taste is dominated by bananas. Some grain and yeast, almost bread-like.

M: Not overwhelmingly heavy. Medium body, nice carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Great drinkability and a rather enjoyable purchase. Need a switch after a few however. A recommended buy.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a very nice off-white creamy head.

The scent is of fruit and some spice.

The taste was of banana and notes of apple I believe, really no hop presence, notes of grain.

Medium body, very crisp and somewhat creamy, high carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, lots of good flavor, and very easy to drink. I would definitely go for this again.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 Liter bottle poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

Bought from a store with a large turnover, so even though there is no date I believe that this is a fresh beer, and the tasting notes would seem to reinforce this. Purchased early summer 2011 and since then kept in a temperature controlled environment.

Pours a thick two finger head which settles fairly rapidly into a 1/8” cap, medium deep amber color, somewhat cloudy (yeast?), fine champagne like bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Distinct and powerful aroma of yeast, spicy cinnamon, and some hints of citrus, the very enjoyable yeast continues to dominate as this beer warms, as does the spicy components of this beer, very enjoyable and pleasant smell. Refined and elegant in nature.

The first swallow reveals lots of very distinct yeast, excellent refreshing acidity, medium body, with a wonderful carbonation that is very champagne like with fine bubbles and a wonderful mouth feel, delicious flavors of fresh baked bread and lightly roasted grain. Delicious!

Decent finish of yeast dominated, grainy malts.

Overall this is a very, very enjoyable beer to drink, one that I would say is a session beer, as I could definitely drink several of these, one after the other. As a fan of Belgium Ales the powerful yeast of this beer is very attractive to me, and the relatively tame 5.8% ABV certainly begs one to have another. Seems to be at its best at about 45-50 degrees. This is an expensive beer to buy here in the States, and there are many domestic examples of this style.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with three fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden-brown body. The head settles down rather quickly, but leaves fairly good lace on the glass.

S - Lots of bubble gum and banana with some bready notes of honey and toffee.

T - Banana flavored yeast and toffee malt with some bubblegum yeast. A little bit more fruity yeast in the middle with a hint of caramel. It finishes up with more bubblegum character and toffee paired with spicy clove notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, like Ayinger's light colored weisse it has an excellent yeast character, but here it is balanced by a light note of bready toffee and just a hint of sweet caramel in the middle. Very drinkable, one of the best German wheat beers that you are likely to come across in the US.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 2 finger head that was somewhat fizzy. Very scary looking like a dark murky pond in the woods.

Smell - pleasant scents with lemon, bready and bannana hints

Taste - Decent taste exactly as it smells. Very little hop presence but very smooth. Full bodied taste.

Mouthfeel - fizzy but full bodied. Leaves a dry aftertaste like some red ales I've sampled.

Overall - a decent German beer, but not the greatest I've sampled. I could drink several of these but wouldn't seek after them unless there were bad options.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle

A- A cloudy light brown/dark copper colour, actually quite clear for the style. Classic weizen foamy head, quite big with very nice retention. Near no lacing at all

S- Light but fresh bready aroma with banana notes and some faint spicy undernotes. Maybe a hint of caramel

T- Bready malts are actually on the low side. A typical banana flavour immediately gets dominant (probably too dominant). Some spicy notes (clove, maybe others) bring a little life. Some caramel notes are now clearly detectable. Decently fresh flavour, though pretty much just banana

M- Light/medium body. Carbonation is moderate but still easily detectable on the tongue. A soft mouthfeel overall, maybe a tad too watery

O- Nothing really interesting with this beer in my opinion. it fits the style, that's all

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Ayinger Ur-Weisse from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
90 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.