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Bonator - Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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BA SCORE
88
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%


Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WYVYRN527 on 06-27-2009)
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socon67

New York

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gravity cask at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn NY. Might be the first ever cask in the US.

A - Light amber color with an acitve fizzy carbonation in the pour. Sticky lacing on the top and some decent foam retention. Cloudy view belies some sediment of yeast in the pour.

S - Smells of walnuts, maple, and sugary sweet fruit. My first thought was that this was just like popping the box on a Russel Stover chocolate sampler.

T - Very sweet flavor with some bready yeast notes. Has a gritty protein flavor. Rich sugar stays throughout. Residual sugar of fruit adds to the complexity.

M - Crisp clean taste. Actually quite refreshing. Has a distinct texture to the liquid. By the time I finished the glass I found this to be a sneaky full bodied beer.

O - Not a style I go for but this was clearly a solid example of a traditional German dopplebock. If given another chance to have on tap I'd go for it.

Serving type: cask

03-11-2013 01:38:48 | More by socon67
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Holy loaf of bread, caramel, grassy hops, toffee, warm alcohol, plums, and figs.

Taste: The sweetness dies down a bit, but the toasted and bready notes come through with grassy hops and mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little warm booze too.

Overall: Pretty nice doppelbock. Hard find her in Boston and a good bottle price too. Might have to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 06:39:55 | More by Flounder57
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Amgarnier

Maine

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Pours a dark brown, slightly hazy, One finger creamy head that dissipates quickly. High alcohol allows for noticeable lacing.

s: Strong toasted malt scent: very sweet. Some prunes in the background. No diacetyl, clean fermentation.

t: The malted aroma comes through strong in the taste, providing a lasting sweetness; Caramel and somewhat biscuit characters in the malt. Slight taste of prunes. Slight hop flavor. Sweet/ not dry finish.

m: Full body, feels like your eating a piece of toasted bread. Low carbonation. Smooth with no astringency.

O: Great beer very malty, a good beer if you don't like bitter brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:04:22 | More by Amgarnier
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled (actually the whole 550ml -16.9 ounce) bottle on 12/7/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a 2+ finger creamy beige head that lasts for a while. Good lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of nuts, caramel, maple sugar and dark fruits. The taste is even better with a hint of figs and dark wheat bread. Very easy to drink with no bitter aftertaste. Great balance of different flavors just add more to this brew. Really enjoyed this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 22:08:08 | More by BeerWithMike
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bareju

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Black Sheep in Dublin, Ireland, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Ruby red with off-white head

S: Figs dominate smell

T: Figs are dominate, sweet, no bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional. Reminds me of strong dark belgian ales.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium carb and slightly syrupy. I really like the mouthfeel, but it doesn't match the dark fruity tastes at all.

O: Good, but the figs definitely overpower other tastes in this one.

* From tasting notes

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 23:11:43 | More by bareju
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. No English whatsoever (other than the perfunctory import label) on the bottle. I kinda like that, actually.

This beer pours a clear, bright dark red brick amber hue, with two fingers of lightly puffy, moderately bubbly, and creamy beige head, which leaves a few specks of random islet lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of grainy, lightly caramelized malt, more biscuity, actually, with some watery drupe fruit - pears, mostly - and some evolving dark, musty fruit, an oily nuttiness, faint cocoa notes, and earthy noble hops. The taste is more focused nutty, biscuity, toasted grainy caramel malt, with a hefty dose of apple, pear, and even white grape fruitiness, in conjunction with more earthy middle eastern dark fig-like fruit, and a slightly floral, sneakily warming booziness.

The bubbles are well understated, but generally quite supportive, the body a decently stolid medium weight, and really quite smooth, as no hop or alcohol ester seems daring enough here to interfere. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit character really in charge here, but a few caramel and orchard fruit notes seem amiable enough in their lingering.

A pretty enjoyable doppelbock, one with rather heady ESB characteristics, which is a bit weird, I know, but at the same time pretty welcome. The big ABV is kept well in the dark, and with the rest of the overall easy-going nature of this offering, it's a no-brainer to heartily recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:43:41 | More by biboergosum
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Opens with a whoosh, pours an effervescent caramel with a thumb of cream colored head. Pretty good lacing & so-so head retention

S: Pears, a touch of brown bread, slight figgyness

T: Figgyness, leafy hops in tiny amounts& apricot jam up front. A bit of woody hops as this warms, some pear & dryness as this warms, slight treacle sweetness. Finishes with toastyness & a bit of persimmon & apricot

MF: Medium boodied, slight carbonation, thins a bit as this warms.

Not bad, but not a great dopple in any way

Easily one of the worst beers I've had from Franconia. Then again I had most at the delicious source too long ago, sigh...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 04:13:26 | More by russpowell
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the sweet and savory flavor of the dopplebocks that sustained the monks during lent also satisfies the sweet tooth for fans of lagers of the malty side.

Bonator opens with a garnet brown color that's showcased through bright clarity, casting only ruby highlights on the eye. A sturdy and lumbering head develops on the beer and settles to a blanket of creme that accomapnies the beer to the bottom of the glass. This is one masculine and gentlemanly looking beer.

Strong aromas on the sweeter side of maple syrup, soft nuts, toast, chocolate, and dark dehydrated stone fruits swirl about the nose with a heavy bready malt underpinning that pulls all the aromas together nicely.

Flavors rise in similar manner with the starch malt flavors of bread and toast providing a first wave and seems to be soaked by maple syrup in such a way to remind me of French toast. Accompanied with a secondary wash of cashews, dates, figs, red grapes, and bread crust. The strong savory taste develops a somewhat meaty undertone that settles toward a semi-sweet and lightly cloying finish.

Full bodied to the hilt, the combination of residual malt, protein, and starch cling to the mouth with saturating effects. Firm carbonation gives provides a short lived texture of marshmallow cream before the malty-sweet finish closes with mild vinous and melanoidin notes that extend well into the next savory sip.

Steering slightly from the dry toasty path of Ayinger Celebrator, this version revels in the malty sweetness to seduce the palate and calm the senses similarly to Weihenstephaner Korbinian and Augustiner Maximator.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 03:12:20 | More by BEERchitect
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark red amber, off white head with lacing. Nice malt aroma. Very nice medium creamy mouth feel; malt up front. Somewhat sweet malt middle with an abrupt dry finish. A nice malt bomb in an attractive package (flip top bottle). I will buy again

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 22:39:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very reasonably priced German dopplebock ($3.99 at Stevie's Bargain Liquor in NW Oklahoma City), sold in the reclosable-style bottles.

The aroma is heavenly. Rich with lots of maple-laden malty notes.

Pours a rich dark amber, almost the color of a dark honey. Giant tan head but one that disappears quickly.

Taste --- As expected, it is very rich and malty. Some maple notes. Nuts and caramel. Dark wheat bread. A little bit of hops in the background, along with some toastiness. Starts off fairly dry but ends with a mix of alcohol and sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit more carbonation than expected.

Overall... is very good. Reminds me of a sweeter and maltier version of Paulaner Salvator, but I need to taste them both side by side to know for sure. I will definitely be getting more of this beer in the future. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 17:05:03 | More by jmbranum
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Imbibecules


2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: A beautiful dark ruby/amber. Initially strong light amber/cream colored head with little retention but completely understandable given the ABV. Good clarity.

S: Burnt espresso/dark chocolate with a significant sweetness in the background. Rather inviting.

T: Cloyingly sweet at first to the detriment of the beer. As sipping progressed the espresso, dark chocolate, and caramel flavors became more prominent. Some dark fruitiness. Alcohol almost undetectable.

M: Creamy, but sticky with a moderate amount of carbonation at the back of the mouth. Could end slightly drier.

O: Felt flawed in sweetness and amount of burnt flavors. I wouldn't turn one down, but I would certainly not purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 02:25:53 | More by Imbibecules
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a mug...

P: Dark Amber color with a full finger of frothy tan rootbeer head. Good retention and nice vertical lacing along the glass. Streaming bubbles with a thick layer of swimming foam that stays on top.

S: First off is dark chocolate, followed by toffee, espresso and roasted caramel malts. Figs, spices and wood are also players in this warm welcoming.

T/M: Heavy toffee presence with a confident blend of amaretto, dark chocolate, and mild dingy earthy hops. The finish is a wet bitter sweet alcohol and coffee finish.

O: Good double bock with complementing flavors and a smooth finish that leaves you wanting more. A reasonable price which will cause me to grab more.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:20:12 | More by Hopswagger
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RDAdams

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - The pour was reddish brown in color with a weak cream colored head and lace that demonstrated it 8.25 ABV.

S - A definite sweet malt aroma with some floral notes.

T - Sweet malt, toffee, caramel, no noticeable hopsl.

M - Body is low-medium, but very smooth. The finish is clingly and the aftertaste is toffee flavored caramel.

O - This is a nice beer, but the aftertaste cries out for cleansing.

Serving type: bottle
Purchased at: The Perfect Pour in Elkridge, Maryland

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 06:29:49 | More by RDAdams
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger head of fluffy tan foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet and malt with some mild floral notes.

T - It was malty and very sweet with a strong caramel and toffee presence. Very little hop bitterness at all.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a somewhat sticky finish.

O - This is a nice dopplebock. Big sweet and malty - like it should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:50:09 | More by zeff80
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is hazy dark caramel brown color. The ¼” fluffy head is a nice tan color that persists reasonably well. Sipping for the first 1/3 of the beer leaves some bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is on the simple side and mostly dark caramel or brown sugar with a bit of dark breadiness thrown in.

Taste: The flavors include mostly some dark caramel sweetness and nutty character along with a touch of breadiness. The alcohol is nicely concealed here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium and the carbonation is faint. The medium long finish is mostly sweet malt fading a way to an almost dry but not at all bitter ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I sipped my way through this one and kept hoping that some of the complexity I’ve found in other doppelbocks would eventually emerge, but it didn’t. Consequently this is not a beer I’ll be seeking out and I’ll probably not have it again given how much better several other doppelbocks are. However, if someone else was buying and this was my option I’d probably drink another.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 02:28:03 | More by drtth
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4balance


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured somewhat cloudy reddish brown with small tan head in a Chimay chalice, head dissipated to ring around edge, decent lacing.

Smells great! Roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, spice, sweet.

Tastes better! Deep dark and rich, roasted malts, roasted nuts, creamy caramel, dark chocolate, hint of cherries, spices, dates, figs, little sweet into a slight but welcome coffee bitterness, alcohol seems hidden well.

Slight carbonation - little dry with a somewhat creamy finish.

Really liking this one, I can see how they created this for fasting: this is a meal! Delicious! Flavor strengthens as it warms in glass. Cheers ~

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:48:04 | More by 4balance
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peoplewithhands

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a large mug

Appearance: ruby red/brown with a head that starts out thick and rapidly subsides into a thin line that stays and laces as you drink.

Smell: very rich nutty sweet honey nose with some booziness, but not overwhelming

Taste:sweet at first with nutty coffee bitterness and a little dry finish

Mouthfeel Medium body, slightly creamy with just a touch of carbonation at the end

Overall: Nutty, warm....good

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:18:27 | More by peoplewithhands
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

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

A - Pretty pomegranate juice colored body with copper hues. Thin off-white head, very clear.

S - A traditional sweet malty doppelbock nose with plenty of honey too.

T - So rich and nutty up front. Grainy and bitter notes, with slight fruit skin sweetness, like plum. Malty throughout with a dry alcohol finish.

M - A solid DB, delicious full flavor and body with a slightly dry end.

O - Well rounded, chewy, malty and warm.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 00:42:12 | More by BeerForMuscle
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear garnet with tan head.

S - Toasted brown bread, toasted brown sugar, vanilla.

T - Follows the nose - Brown bread crust, woody grain, caramel, light but earthy bitterness, some berry fruit underneath. Bready and nutty on the finish.

M - Low carbonation, thin medium body.

All good except for the mouthfeel was a little off. I would drink this again but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 16:31:56 | More by StaveHooks
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dgilks

Australia

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

Brilliantly clear mahogany brown colour with garnet highlights. Small, foamy, tan head. Fair to poor head retention.

Rich, nutty malt aroma with some bready melanoidin and sugar. Somewhat fruity. Classic.

Nutty, earthy, slightly roasty with some well caramelised melanoidin notes. A touch of fruit rounds it out. A slightly unconventional but nonetheless good Doppelbock.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice Doppelbock. Good malt character and thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:04:39 | More by dgilks
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Bottle received in trade with Erzengel, cheers mate!

50cl bottle poured into Paulaner seidel

BBE 17 Aug 2011

A- Garnet mahogany body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy tan head, reduces relatively quickly to a crown with average lacing, but fine due to abv.

S- Sweet fruit cake, toffee malts, subtle hint of toasted malts.

T- Sweeter caramel/toffee malts up front balancing to a subtler toasted malt quality in the finish. If picky, the finish is maybe a bit thin in flavour, a little bit of an anti climax. Very smooth, no suggestion of alcohol heat at all.

M- Moderate carbonation and full body. Lager clean

D- A nice balance of sweeter and toasted malts on the palate but perhaps a bit weak in the finish. Body is excellent with a fantastic smoothess for its abv strengthened by the lager clean finish. A nice example.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 21:07:16 | More by seanyfo
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StJamesGate

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright ruby leaning towards oxblood with creamy ecru head that clings and sheets. Hints of Christmas spice, red berry and gingerbread on the nose.
Milk chocolate with some soil and maraschino cherry up front with leafy and spice hops.
Red plum finish, nutmeg linger. Thin but soft, chewy, a bit hot.

A light, chocolaty, sippable Dopplebock. Not as complex as you might want it, and a bit sweet, but way too easy to knock back.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 23:20:23 | More by StJamesGate
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generallee

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 0.9oz swing top bottle into a mug.

Appearance: The body has a deep brownish coppery color with dark reddish amber highlights. On top is a small collar of tan foam. The head slowly settles and clings to the glass as I drink. This makes for lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a big deep aroma with tons of malt character. It has deep roasted grain with notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread and toasted nuts. The alcohol is also noticeable and adds a touch of fusel character which is a little distracting.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is big and full bodied like the aroma and like the aroma it starts with a big bready and roasted grain like base. Inside of it are notes of burnt caramel, toasted bread, and some light toasted nuts. I also pick up some dusty/earthy and mildly fruity yeast as well as some old dried/leafy hop spice. This adds some light bitterness to the background. Mingling through all of this is a very noticeable fusel booziness that has a harsh edge to it.

Notes: There is a lot of depth and complexity but it has its ruff edges too.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 17:51:39 | More by generallee
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Premiere Gourmet. Very rich, bit overly sweet, cloying. Reddish dark bown, thick pour, thick mouthfeel. Honey, light spice. Drinkable but not the best representative of the style, would like it less sweet. Very malty aroma.Warming, alcohol hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 04:05:34 | More by Sammy
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours dark orange brown with a good cream head that dissipates. No lacing.

Pint was a bit too cold, so initial sniff reminded me of fruit and caramel, almost like Twizzlers. As it warmed, the malt came out. Caramel, dates, roasted plums, vanilla. Real nice.

Rich and sweet, but complex. Cherries, stone fruit, plums, dried fig or dates, caramel, vanilla, wood leading to some brown bread and light bitterness intermingling. What a treat.

Full bodied, but could use a bit more. Loved this. Sipped it and didn't notice the alcohol at all. Not a hot brew. Very drinkable, and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 15:53:22 | More by OtherShoe2
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Bonator from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
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