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Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Organic) Dunkel - Neumarkter Lammsbräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-25-2006)
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Tone

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown/red. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. There is also suspended sediment present. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, grain, pale malt, slight oatmeal sweetness, and yeast. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, hint of grain, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of hops. Overall, a light and refreshing brew. There is a strong sweetness, but not of a cloying nature.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:06:51 | More by Tone
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown with a foamy beige head. No lacing, good clarity. Nice color.

Sweet caramel notes, with sweet bready elements and maybe even a honey-like aroma.

Smooth brew. Brown bread, light toasty malt, caramel, honeyed roasted grain, then drying carbonation, very very light bitterness going to clean flavors. Maybe I really wanted a beer today -- I dunno -- but this is just friggin great.

Surprising carbonation in this one. You don't see bubbles in the glass, but it cuts the sweetness perfectly. I wanted a bit more body in this, a little light here. Not watery at all -- just light.

Drinkability? Oh hell yes. This was a 4 pack, and I bought a single. I would have killed all 4 had I made the jump. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 22:48:04 | More by OtherShoe2
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From an odd shaped 11.2oz bottle, long skinny neck.

Pours an amber color with a large off-white head, fades fast at first but slows down and leaves a long lasting cap, some patchy lacing.

Smell is primarily malt with a light caramel presence.

Taste is crisp yet has a very soft carbonation to it (plenty of it, just very soft), all caramel malt and slightly earthy, sadly it has a very thin mouthfeel that borders of water-like that ruins it.

Got it for my birthday from my parents, surprisingly they got a few things I've never tried and this is one of them.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 21:07:58 | More by deltatauhobbit
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. No obvious best before or brewing date.

A - Red brown brew showing some light carbonation in the glass. A light head that doesn't stay around long, nor does it leave any lacing.

S - Moderate nose on it - some caramel and apple, as well as a hint of copper/iron.

T - Quite light with a nice toasted malt and caramel aftertaste (doesn't last too long).

M - Very light with some moderate carbonation - less of an impact than I would expect.

D - Decent drinkability, though the perceived lightness seems to take away from its thirst-quenching power.

Overall a decent beer - somewhat of a novelty being a certified organic German dunkel. I think I want to try this again (would love to try it on tap).

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 21:03:41 | More by DoktorZee
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crossovert

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz odd-shaped green bottle. Organic beer.

Pours into my dimpled mug a nice cloudy w/apple juice with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves spots of lacing.

This one smells uttelry Americanized. It has htick hops, a wallop of caramel and a sort of toned-down black ipa scent overall, truly bizzare for the style. There is also a lot of cocoa.

The taste is good, not too sweet, flavor on par with the style with a good hop kick. It isn't bitter hops rather a mouthful of hop flavor.

A good easy drinker for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:02:21 | More by crossovert
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden amber/mahogany edges when held to a light source and a thin off-white foam head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of caramel, nut, chocolate and slightly earthy hops. Pretty bland really.

Lighter end of medium body with a crisp, clean mouthfeel, soft carbonation, roasted maltiness and bitter hops. Hints of caramel malt, chocolate, nut, toffee and earthy bitter hops. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 04:22:22 | More by corby112
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cjgator3

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
4.8% ABV

A- Pours a dark copper/brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet bready malt and a hint of caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark bread, toasted malt and a touch of caramel. There is a good amount of sweetness and a moderate hop presence in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid Dunkel that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 03:00:20 | More by cjgator3
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Walken

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Neumarkter Lammesbrau: Organic Dunkel (No Date) (Tasted 04/12/10)
11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Dark amber, just a few steps shy of brown. Head is unimpressive in size, but long on stamina, leaving some solid lace around the edges and a two millimiter cap of foam that last and lasts.
Odor: Soft, malty aromas all around. Toasted dark bread and fresh milled grain with hints of molasses.
Consistency: Soft carbonation,
Flavor: An explosion of brown bread flavors ranging from fresh-baked to toasted to candied. Instead of trying to cleverly re-phrase somebody elses words, how about we just steal them "fermented honey" (thanks Todd). Finish is on the drier side, malt doesn't die, stays really strong showing a slight chocolate tinge.

Dug it. This is an exemplary session beer, dunkel lager and definitely something that I would love to have around often.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 21:13:42 | More by Walken
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lstokes

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is dark chestnut with lots of bubbles and impressive head retention. The smell is a little cloyingly sweet, but the taste is a nice balance of burnt malts, a note hay-like hops, some sweet grape and honey like taste, all backed up by a nice roasty background. It's a very dry finish and a solid body.

Neumarkter Lammsbräu continues to restore my faith in German beer. I will be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 17:28:58 | More by lstokes
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color with a very modest head that fritters away without leaving any residue

Smell: Brown bread and malted milk

Taste: Brown bread with malted milk, up front, with a slightly fruity flavor developing by mid-palate; malted milk finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Far too malty without any hop balance; under-attenuated

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 00:32:32 | More by brentk56
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/10/2009- from notes.

Green 11.2oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Kind of a murky deep copper color with a tightly bubbled, off white, two finger head that quickly settled to a thin cap for the remainder. Ok lacing.

S- I expected more, sweet dark bread was about all I got.

T- Dark bread again, an almost caramelish sweetness for a bit, dark fruit hints, and a little hoppy at the end.

M- Medium bodied, smooth. The carbination wasnt very evident.

D- Pretty easy to drink and I think a decent example of the style but I probably wont pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 19:58:30 | More by tatoodkelt
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endovelico

Portugal

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,33 L. Served cold. Poured into Cut glass stein. Reviewed on 19-9-2009 under normal natural light. Taken from notes.

Appearance: Pours muddy/semi hazy Mahogany/Amber-ish colored brew with unperceived effervescent and a sizeable tan head. Some lacing and decent head retention.

Aroma: Condition OK. Intense aroma of sweet chocolate with some molasses and vanilla on the back. Has some faint herbal quality to it aswell that fades as the beer warms giving in to the chocolate aroma.

Taste: Subtle/mild intensity. Condition OK. Sweet chocolate on the front, slight vanilla and caramel with some roastiness on the back.

Palate: Low bitterness. Coating with medium low body. Finishes sweet and 'heavy'. Medium low carbonation.

Drinkability: PQR ratio is very decent, but i cant help but think this should be a lighter drink. The chocolate and sweetness makes it cloying and the low carbonation doesn't help aswell. Could use more roastiness and other types of dark flavors to balance the chocolate taste, give it more depth and make it less heavy.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 14:49:16 | More by endovelico
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark mahogany-hued body with a bubbly, off-white head.

Smell: Mild nose woefully reduced to no more than a few weak notes of dark bready, nutty malts and little else.

Taste: Maltiness displays some mild dark breadiness and nutty tones with just a touch of sweetness. Ultra light herbal hop character with almost no bitterness to be found. Drying finish. Pretty lacking overall, I must say. It's quite an impressive feat to make St. Pauli Girl Dark seem bold!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Skip it. For me, this one just comes across as entirely too thin in all of its attributes. Next time I'm in the mood for a Dunkel, I'll do myself a favor and have an Ayinger Altbairisch, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 18:23:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Caesar024

New York

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received as a gift from my boss in a mixed six-pack of various beers (he knows I'm a sucker for pretty well anything German). Label reads as "Lammsbräu Organic Dunkel - Premium Bavarian Dark Lager." After a brief investigation, all Neumarkter beers are organic and are now marketed as such in the USA.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard US pint glass. Pours a light brown with a huge eggshell white head that dissipated quickly leaving no perceptible lacing.

Smell is bready with an underlying sweetness, notes of toffee.

Flavor is similar to nose with a slight toastiness balanced by the malt's sweetness and a slight hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with standard carbonation to be expected from a lager of this style. Remaining sweetness/bitterness on the palate demands that one continues drinking this lager.

Truly exceptional. I wonder what a keg of this costs and if my customer base at work would be willing to pay for it by the pint?

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 20:01:27 | More by Caesar024
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that is nearly clear. Nose is thick and sweet cloying malts. Flavor is malty sweet as well. Cloying, yes. Smooth, fairly. Some fruit tones, but mostly what I notice is an odd burn on the flavor profile. Seems almost alcoholic, but isn't really. Feel is smooth on liquid and lower on carbonation. This is okay I suppose. Too cloying though, and I wouldn't go for it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 04:27:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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DoubleJ

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with a fat bottom and a pencil-thin neck, on to the beer:

Autumn muddy orange in color, the head is bubbly with only decent head retention, dissipates into nothing in a few minutes. A hint of cardboard in the nose, but that soon takes a back seat to the overwhelming raisin aroma. The taste...dark bread makes its appearance on the palate with a pinch of sweetness. Just when you think something is about to build, it dries up. There's a hint of yams, but for the most part this is a dry bodied beer that doesn't soak your palate with flavor. Also there is a touch of dark fudge and tea-like hops found amid this medium-carbonated, light/medium bodied beer.

This is a very dry version of a dunkel lager. I prefer my beers to drench my tongue in flavor, but I can adjust to some extent to dry, balanced, non-offensive, low-flavored beer.

As for being "...dedicated to environmental responibility, sustainable agriculutre..." why the hell would you go organic? You need significently more land to produce the same yields. At least it's produced for "your enjoyment", and that's what matters the most for the consumer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 06:45:16 | More by DoubleJ
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown, head dissipates quickly.

Smells bready and malty, a bit sweet.

Taste is bready, with molasses, raisins and earthy flavors, very malty and very sweet.

Mouthfeel was a bit flat for me, which sort of detracted.

This one wasn't really my thing. Got too sweet on me after awhile. I guess some people love it, but for me it was nothing special. Tastes were just sort of off and mouthfeel was flat.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:07:19 | More by Strix
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Halcyondays

California

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Strong smell of malt, caramel, bread.

T: Very malty, dark bread, molasses. Hops are a minor note, but a good balance with the malt. Straight up dark lager here, full flavoured.

M: Mild carbonation, smooth, creamy, fully lagered.

D: A very nice dunkel beer, the Bros recommended it in their last issue, and I concur, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 05:47:03 | More by Halcyondays
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is usually one of my favourite styles. That said, I have had quite a few Munich Dunkel Lagers in my lifetime. This one does not resemble any of them. The colour is a bit lighter than it should be, IMO. The head was about a half inch tall and vanished into nothing in less time than it took to type this sentence. Smell was malty and marginally close to what other Munich Darks smell like, but really wasn't very impressive. Taste was average at *best*, but again, there are many examples of this style that much better represent the Munich Dark. I'm just not feeling the Lammsbrau version of one of my all time favourite styles. Mouthfeel is noticeably too thin, and of course, given all these negatives, this is simply not very drinkable to me. Not an awful beer, but in the way of Munich Darks, there are many offerings out there much, much better IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 02:27:22 | More by SilentSabre
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Psilo707

California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured very tank, with a quickly dissipating *very* thin head. No lacing present whatsoever. Closer inspection reveals a ruby red color when held up the light.

S: Pretty deep scent. Very piney and solid.

T: Good taste, although not as deep as I was expecting at first. Sits on the taste buds very quickly before vanishing.

M: Fairly good. Thin feeling but solid.

D: Can drink this very quickly or at any pace desired without any noticeable negatives.

Overall: Decent beer! Not what I expected at first but then again that's usually the case with dunkel's for me. Buy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 21:51:24 | More by Psilo707
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Offa

California

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent dunkel, light, highly drinkable, but tasty and engaging.

Red brown, dark but not black, it has a fairly big tan head, slowly shrinking to a thin top and leaving a little bit of lace.

The aroma is very nice and full, wheat bread, bread crust, hay, hint of dry leaves, pine, and chocolate.

The taste is earthy grain, leaves, hitns of coffee chocolate, and licorice. It's dryish, zesty, lightly sweet up front then becoming lightly bitter and drier by the finish. Nice, clean, crisp, light, and smooth, it has lasting flavour, subtle complexity, and is engaging and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 17:57:12 | More by Offa
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Gamemako

France

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sitting here drinking it right now. ,5L bottle into a mug. Pours a dark amber colour. It has a fairly large and frothy tan head, drops a bit but the remainder has the staying power of a house. By far the lightest of the darks I've had. Draws unusual webs as it goes down the mug, but that could just be the mug's fault.

I absolutely adore the nose of this one. It's aromatherapy. Wonderful toasted malts and nuts with sweet notes of caramel and bread. It's delicious. It's enticing. It's everything I could ask for from the aroma of a beer. Toasty and tasty.

Not quite perfect, but pretty damn close. Start with the nose. It has a malty, bready taste. On top, add sweet nut and wood syrup (not like maple syrup, but not like caramel, either -- not something I'm too great at explaining). Some roasted-coffee-like flavours. The sweetness gives way to a bit of roasted, smoked hops flavour (I wonder what that recipe would actually taste like, though -- probably not nearly as tasty as this beer). Almost no bitterness on the finish. Extremely well-balanced. Never beats you to death with anything and certainly doesn't hurt in terms of bitterness.

It feels smooth and substantial in the mouth. It actually appears significantly more carbonated than it feels. Slight tingle and otherwise creamy. Definitely no slouch here. Finish is somewhat dry. I thought about drinkability briefly before I noticed where my beer was. It begs you to drink more. You look at the lacing, the sudsy foam and the distinct dark amber colour and you just want more. I could (but won't) get plastered off this one without even noticing it. It's good stuff, every last bit of it. Not bitter by any means. You just want more as you go. Bottoms up, boys!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 21:01:19 | More by Gamemako
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AlexLMS

Portugal

2.2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: bright with deep amber colour. The head is light tan, moderate in size and frothy. It may not be long lasting and presents almost no lacing.
Aroma: slightly roasted sweet malt aroma.
Taste: sweet and slightly toasted malts, some herbal hops and a not very nice cooked vegetal flavour.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average level of carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: I really did not appreciated this one and could not see why the fuss about this dunkel. Perhaps it was a bad batch as the bottle was very near its expiration date.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 14:33:10 | More by AlexLMS
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This organic dark lager from Neumarkt, Germany is a brilliant example of the dunkel style. It pours a crystal-clear dark chestnut body at around 22 SRM, and offers up a frothy head of tan foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves large spots of lace about the glass.

The aroma suggests toasty, almost roasted malts. It's sweetish, bready, and a bit caramelish. Floral and softly grassy hops round out the nose.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a starting gravity of 12.5 P, and just delicately tingly on the tongue with a very-fine bubbled moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth and subtly creamy.

The dark malts give a quick hint of sweetness up front, caramelish and doughy, before it dries across the middle as the bitterness rises. It then becomes toasty, and it even has a suggestion of roasty smokiness. Floral, grassy, herbal, and even a bit spicy, the hop flavors appear just before the swallow and then fade in a short lived finish that leaves only a thin coating of bittered malt sticking to the tongue and teeth. Remarkably well-balanced and rounded.

Complex enough to keep it interesting beyond one serving, it's also quite easy to drink as it's not overdone with flavor, and its smooth carbonation and body don't fill you up. Certainly worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 14:51:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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dedrinker

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/ nut brown appearance with a cream colored head. Delicious aroma of toffee, nuts, and lightly toasted pumpernickel. The flavor is a very dry, nutty toffee-like affair with a marked smoothness. The hops serve to balance the malts and go a little step further to dry it out on the finish, making this beer very drinkable. You get deep rich malt flavor in a medium bodied package that does not cloy. In an era of beers that cater to palettes that were raised on soft drinks, this dunkel is a glorious reminder of the heyday of Germany's beer reputation.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 04:36:39 | More by dedrinker
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