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Bayern Dragon's Breath - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.09%


Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bkilpatr on 04-24-2009)
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timmos1

California

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Come on people live a little. Its not a hefe, its not a dunkel. Its some of both, but neither.

Taste--its got the wheat thing going, but it's sweet. I like the sweet aftertaste, no zing here, but hey, it's different. I like it a lot, it goes down smooth for a lighter beer. The color is a little different to get used to, but its a one of a kind beer.

So what do you expect out of this beer? I m not expecting my world to shake here. It's pretty good and drinkable. It's not wine people. It's beer. Relax, enjoy.

Maybe they should remove the heff from the label.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:28:52 | More by timmos1
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Two-finger head of rich, off-white foam that falls at a moderate pace, leaving rings around the glass. Chocolate brown and cloudy. Held to a light, it's apricot brown/orange.

S - Biscuits, malt, and a hint of bananas.

T - Caramel, lightly toasted malt, touch of banana bubblegum on the finish. There's also a trace of bittering hops for balance.

M - Moderately fizzy. Great structure with well-defined body. Good carbonation. Moderately lasting finish.

D - When I lived in Missoula, Bayern was my favorite local brewery and this beer was my everyday brew. This review is of the last bottle of the several cases that came with me when I moved. It's next to impossible to have just one. Very delicious, very well-made. Precisely the type of the beer I enjoy as the refreshing, rewarding sure-thing. It's even better fresh from the tap.

BTW - it's not really a dunkel, but rather a "dark" hefeweizen. That's why it seems a bit more restrained than dunkels that really pop with the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 08:16:52 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the artwork on the label...full props! The brew itself pours a lovely partially yeast hazed coppery brown color. The head is slightly caramel in color and starts off about a finger in thickness, eventually settling down to a thin foamy layer. There appears to be modest carbonation lumbering to the top of my glass, and the lacing is quite impressive, leaving behind thick shapely pieces of soapy foam all around the inside of my glass. Very nice looking beer overall!

S- This brew has a rich, mellow, and malty aroma overall. More specifically, the malt sweetness smells like a combination of sweet toffee and/or chocolate. The richness has a yeasty quality, something like what fresh raw dough would smell like. I also smell an earthy hopped finish that gives this a well rounded aroma profile.

T- The flavors follow the aromas fairly well, with mellow sweet flavors of toffee/molasses, chocolate, and a yeasty rich flavor that is slightly fruity....bananas to be exact....nothing too ripe however. The finish comes across more crispy bitter on the palate than the aroma let on. Overall nothing really stands out....just a nice mellow and flavorful ale!

M- This is a very nice creamy ale! The carbonation is really plentiful yet the bubbles are very small individually....really allowing the flavors to burst on the palate properly! Overall this reminds me of enjoying the type of dessert that I really enjoy....complex and not super sweet.

O- This is a very highly drinkable ale in my humble opinion! I would have no problem enjoying this beer over the course of an evening and appreciate the well balanced nature of the brew! The alcohol is very well hidden, it's very flavorful and rich, yet it's also a very smooth and light on the palate. Now I can understand how this was brewed in Bavaria and won awards so many awards! I highly recommend this!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:38:44 | More by ChrisCage
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MisterClean

California

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At OBF.

A - Pours black with a 2 fingered cappucino head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Wheat and breadiness.

T - Wheat, breadiness, and bitterng hops. You're practically drinking bread here!

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced.

D - A great beer, but not according to BJCP guidelines. A bit dark and overly bready for the style. A good beer nonetheless though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2009 00:21:45 | More by MisterClean
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champ103

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A two finger white head forms an recedes to a ring. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Malty sweet with some banana, clove and spice. Very nice.
T: A great malty flavor of banana and citrus fruits with a hint of spice and cloves. Sweet caramel as well. Some dry wood as well. I really like this.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and low on the carbonation end. Very easy and smooth to drink. An easy session beer for me.

One of the best Dunkelweizens I have had. Something I would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 22:05:25 | More by champ103
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Jackinape

Montana

4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got 6er in Miles city today,had two outta the bottle on the way home.
Outta the bottle smell chocolate,
taste nice chocolate.
Get home outta of a glass now,smell cloves,slight banana, hint of chocolate.
Taste cloves,banana,hint of carob like flavors to me.Not much lacing or head.muddy brownish red color.Best Bayern beer ive had yet really like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 19:15:51 | More by Jackinape
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up I think at Worden's in Missoula... Poured into my shaped SA glass...

Dark brown and expectantly hazy.. good 1" head and descent retention...

Nose is lighter "German" than expected.. more toffee than banana or clove.. but the Motherland still is there... I just wanted/expected more.

Taste has a fresh bready maltiness that helps bring the German qualities out more than the nose.. but it still is a bit lite.. and an nice caramel component adds sweetness that also push the esters up a bit...

the body is about the same as a hefe.. with maybe just a tad more from the leftover sweetness... the carbonation is about right too.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 07:56:52 | More by JohnGalt1
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried (but, oddly, never reviewed) my fair share of 'Dragon' beers: Dragon's Tooth, Dragon's Milk and so on. This is a 12 oz. bottle that buddy Bryce brought back from Montana a few weeks back (the tiny sticker tells me so!). Label notched at 'Best Before: D 10'.

A: Poured to a pint, a deeply weathered copper/auburn, nearly clear and resplendent with carbonation. Fairly good head, dirty whiteness piled to nearly a finger high. It doesn't stay long, and leaves only traces of lace.

S: A murky, pit-fruited twang ~ raisins and prunes. Lots of toasted malt, but a musty and dry/tart-ish finish that entices without enthralling much.

T: Toasted and spiced bread, clove and fruit blending in a time-honored way. The fruit tends toward apple, then a little husk and smoke that reminds me of toasted walnuts. Never too sweet, Dragon's Breath offers a good blend of spices, grains and adequate hop bitterness.

M: Velvety feel, carbonated enough to mimic a better Bavarian, but thinner than I'd like. Crisper and fairly refreshing,

D: Easy enough to drink. Perhaps not as stellar as the German iterations, but no slouch either. Dunkels aren't all that common out west, especially ones that stick to a truer, less-hopped recipe: in that regard a winner I'd enjoy again. Just not one that wins out over the Germanic originators...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:48:11 | More by msubulldog25
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dragon's Breath poured a dark brown color with a single finger foam head and dissipated pretty quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

The smell was of clove and the taste was real spicy. In the mouth it seemed to have a strong bitterness on the finish. It left the roof of the mouth tingling. It also had some dark fruit in the finish. Overall I am not well versed in this style but it was a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 01:16:52 | More by cswhitehorse
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown body with a two finger head of creamy mocha appearance. Decent lacing as it falls fairly quickly to a thin ring.

S: Pretty muted really, faint clove and toasted bread with a light hint of dark malt and faint sweetness.

T: Much better than the aroma, all the flavors of the nose but with added intensity and depth. More malt and clove present with a little added brown sugar sweetness. Pretty nice overall.

M: Smooth with pretty nice carbonation, makes the mouthfeel slightly creamy with just enough activity to wake up the tastebuds.

D: Pretty smooth and drinkable, not a lot going on so it makes it easy going down and the low abv makes it pretty quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:04:06 | More by RedBrewer83
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had passed up on purchasing a six-pack of this beer for a long time. Mostly the dark hefeweizen title worried me, but one day I decided to go for it and buy a sixer.

This beer is truly unique. I have tried many good hefeweizen's in my day and this beer has a great heff flavor that hits you immediately, but there is much more to this beer than this first flavor lets on. After the first fairly normal, but good, hefeweizen flavor a darker malty taste starts to take over and blend with the wheat-like heff. This darker tone blends into the first flavor in a very bold way to give this beer a distinct, rare and bold taste. Dragon's Breath is definitely worth giving a try. I probably couldn't drink it on a regular basis but it is a solid beer that would be great every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 06:50:47 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The label features a fire-breathing dragon. I'm not sure of the symbolism, if any.

Appearance: A not-very-aggressive pour produces a one inch pale brown creamy, billowy, sticky head, which is unusual for this brewery. The color is a pale reddish-brown with thin haze.

Smell: Malt, yeast, perhaps some dark fruit- raisins or prunes. The hop aroma is very subdued.

Taste: Sweet malt, with subdued earthy hops. Perhaps some rye bread, molasses- like the stuff they put on horse feed. Loved eating that stuff when I was a kid. Otherwise very smooth with some crispness.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, primarily due to the creamy, billowy head, which sticks around.

Overall: This beer is very unlike most wheat beers- which is okay by me, since the bananas and cloves can get to be tiresome. Another easy-drinking beer from Bayern.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:22:09 | More by archyquaffer
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler into a weizen glass

A- Poured brown with some reddish hues, very clear with lots of visible carbonation and a giant fluffy off-white head that left splashy lace.

S- Mineral, bready, and banana notes. Fairly faint aroma.

T- Bready, banana, caramel, toffee, and mineral notes.

M- Very easy drinking, light bodied, soft carbonation, and semi-dry finish.

O- A very nice and easy drinking dark wheat ale, which is a style I enjoy but don't see too often.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2013 05:22:04 | More by Hoptometrist
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GClarkage

California

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/25/09- Purcahsed at Osco Drugs in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance- Deep amber colored pour, actually more brown-ruby in color. Full 3/4 inch creamy and thick head with nice staying power. Leaves some nice patchwork and slight clumps of lace behind.

Smell- Not a huge nose, but has the normal suspects of clove, banana, bread and some other mild spices.

Taste- Quite nice for an american made Dunkel. Not any huge flavors, but as in the nose..it has a nice light clove flavor with a very slight banana flavor. More caramel malted and bready in flavor.

Mouthfeel- Good mid range carbonation level with a minor clove aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice job by Bayern. I would buy this off an on for a change of pace beer if I lived back there.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:50:46 | More by GClarkage
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woemad

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Best by February of 2010, according to the label, which refers to this beer as a "dark heff ale". Legal action from Playboy Enterprises is no doubt forthcoming.

Poured an opaque, iced tea-like color, with a big, rocky beige head that took it's sweet time dropping. Lots of lace.

Earthy, bready and clove-y in the nose. I think I can detect some brown sugar notes in there as well. Not an aroma bomb but seems fairly true to the style.

Workmanlike in the flavor department, as in the nose. Starts off slightly sweet. There's an underlying earthy graininess that lurks in the background, along with some mild spicy notes. Slightly dry note at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with an appropriate mouthfeel and carbonation for the style.

Fairly easy drinking dunkelweizen, and not bad for this side of the Atlantic. I wouldn't mind sessioning this.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:09:36 | More by woemad
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chumba526

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears dark amber with a small off white head.

It smells slightly fruity, nutty and a little sweet.

It tastes semisweet, a little smoky; there is a slight clove flavor. You can taste a nice yeasty flavor. I also get a bit of a caramel taste. A nice beer. It is quite light for the color but has a nice flavor.

Carbonation is moderate.

The drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few of these.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not great but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 03:30:39 | More by chumba526
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark red amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Light aroma of toasted and caramel malt, dark fruit, wheat. Flavor follows with toasted and sweet malt, cloves, wheat and a hint of grassy hops. Light to medium bodied. Subdued, but very pleasant malt and wheat flavors, well integrated. As another reviewer noted, a nice light weizen beer, but the "Dragon's Breath" seems to indicate something a little more dangerous. A pleasant, low-key dunkelweizen.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 07:03:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6% ABV on this bottle, procured at a coffee shop in Missoula.

This beer pours a cloudy, iced tea colour, with bits of sediment swirling about the bottom of the glass. It has one finger of very temporary soapy pale beige head, which leaves nary a trace of lace. The aroma is fairly weak, just a bit of wheat grain. The taste is sweet malt, a bit of spicy wheat, some yeast, molasses, and a bit of dry earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry: malty, spicy wheat, and more earthy hops.

An overall decent dunkel, but a bit too restrained, to live up to its moniker.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 00:13:11 | More by biboergosum
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Hazed chestnut

SMELL: Fresh-baked bread, nutty yeast, faint tartness, dried grass, ripe fruit

TASTE: Bready, toasty, animal feed, mild tartness, caramel, brown apples, herbal hop, vague spice, yeast, melon, husky; semidry, pulling finish

Looking for a different kind of bock? Look here. This is not your typical clove-and-banana German Wheat beer profile. It’s more of a rustic Altbier yeast with some depth to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 17:02:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jesseejames

Montana

3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a nice brown with a nice creamy brownish head with lots of lace. The smell is of fruits with a hints of nuts. Nice really malty taste that is just a touch sweet which I like in a nice dark wheat beer. Has a really smooth finish with a bit heavy mouth. For a dunkelweizen this is one of the better ones. Goes great on a hot summer afternoon with salsa and chips.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 05:08:27 | More by jesseejames
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottl on 12/2/09

A - pours a dark walnut color with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared into a layer of foam

S - slight wheat aroma, but not much, hints of some smokiness

T - sweet malt, wheat dominates, a bit of spicyness, slight amount of earthy hop bitterness, maple syrup

M - good carbonation, very smooth mouthfeel

D - very drinkable, good flavor, i definitely want another

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 14:08:11 | More by mikereaser
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not sure why a german style dark wheat beer thats under 6% abv is called dragons breath, with flames all over the label, kind of gimmicky or misleading or something, but nevertheless, the beer isnt all that bad. i can see a thick layer of yeast or bottling sugar on the bottom of the bottle, but a careful pour yields a slightly murky dark brown thin liquid with a half inch of head that fades instantly. the nose is not real german yeasty at all, nor german malty really, more american medium roast barley, somewhere between a porter and a black ale in that regard, with some doughy yeast and a lightness not explained by the color. the taste is rather generic, and off the mark a bit for the style theyre calling it, but its a drinkable dark brew. yeast forward, but nothing too interesting. nice roast on the malt, slight chocolate note and a tad sweet at the end, still clean in the finish and easy to drink a fair few of these. i didnt love this one, but it served its purpose as the only non gold craft beer i could find at a town pump servo in colstrip, montana. wont seek this out again, but it didnt offend me by any means, and at under 8 bucks a 6 pack, i cant really complain...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 04:43:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle from Princeton's. It poured a dark brown with a short light tan head. This tasted like a wheat porter at first, but then the malts seemed to fade away. It's not a bad dunkelweizen, but the flavors all around are a bit muted compared to other examples in the style like Franziskaner Dunkel. There's a bit of dark bread with spicy phenols. It's smooth and drinkable, but the whole character just isn't there.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:20:12 | More by tempest
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Dark amber/brown hue covered with a small white head that is very well retained.

S: Heavy on the yeast, with apricot, banana and lemon. Malt is very light and underapparent.

T: Yeast and bitter hops get your attention at first, but a light chocolate malt flavor comes through toward the end with an unexpected touch of smoke. Finish carries a lengthy bitterness.

M: Nice soft wheaty mouthfeel, and well carbonated with fine bubbles.

Compared with previous dunkelweizens I have enjoyed, I thought this one was lacking a bit in terms of malt and was overly bitter. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:13:06 | More by GeezLynn
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 04/23/09.

Pours a murky brownish-orange color with tons of floaty chunks. Only a thin finger of whitish head is produced from a moderate pour, not much retention. Aroma is mostly toffee and raisin, with minimal banana and wheat characteristics.

Taste is mild with wheat and banana, hints of clove and orange peel. Slight bitter hop in the finish. Feel is smooth but a bit thin and watery. Could use both some more body and carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as a result. It's light, so it goes down quickly.

Though not as good as some German versions of the style, it is much more affordable and tastes pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 04:26:54 | More by bkilpatr
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Bayern Dragon's Breath from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.