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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
84
good

943 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 27
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001)
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L brown bottle with black label and gold lettering. Into an Erdinger weizen glass fom the gift box. Contained a hefe, dunkel, and the glass for $10.

Pours an almost porter deep brown color, completely opaque like cola. A small tan head formed which fizzed like soda and disappeared to nothingness. No lace. Darkest dunkel I've had.

Smells of raisins, molasses, and dark fruity malts.

Tastes like the aroma, bready, roasted malts with raisins, dark fruit, cherries, and a slight spice when warm. A little watered down.

Mouthfeel is wet and slightly chewy.

This beer is a good beer. It's not great, but not bad. It's missing some normal dunkel notes and ends up being just like other Erdingers, average and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 20:54:26 | More by BranfordBound
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philbertk

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Erdinger Weissbrau Brauerei Aus Bayern--Erdinger Hefeweizen Dark--2007 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV--15 IBU's.? (4.0 / 5.0) Dunkelweisen. 2 @ $3.00 Each. Creamy lacy off white head. Rich tight sediment. Cloudy dark brown color. Toasted banana wheat ester mild hop front. Creamy tangy smooth toasted wheat malt mild apple plum fruit rich body. Clean mild hop spice tangy mild citrus refreshing smooth end. Sampled 7/13/2008.

Erdinger Weissbrau Brauerei--Erdinger Hefe-Weizen Dark--All Natural Bottle-Fermented Dunkel--Wurzig Aromatischer Weissbiergenuss--2010 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 10 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Dunkel Weizen. Big foamy thin mild lace light tan head. Cloudy dirty red black brown color. Tight Bottle Conditioned sediment. Mild wheat ester toasted fruit hint front. Slightly creamy mild sweet light toasted clean dark fruit smooth Hefe wheat body. Light refreshing clean Dunkel end. Delicatly fruity. Not a favorite style, but very drinkable. Sampled 7/3/2010. 2 @ $2.59 Each.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 21:31:40 | More by philbertk
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint. It's a cola brown type color. Pours with a a thick white head with many different sized bubbles. It took a few minutes to go away, but once it does, it's gone. No real lacing to it, there is a slight ring around the very top. Not a whole lot going on with the smell. Little bit of dark fruit, doesn't quite have that almost banana smell that some dunkelweizens tend to have. The taste also isn't very strong either, almost a little bland. A little sweet and malty along with bready and yeasty. As mentioned earlier nothing jumps out at out at you, but I will mention that it does taste "pure" like several German beers. Never really been a huge fan of the mouthfeels of these beers, don't like the texture that much, so with that I think it's pretty average from any I've had. Despite that it's pretty drinkable. All in all an ok beer. Nothing very unique about it, it is what it is, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 02:21:19 | More by AndyAvalanche
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metter98

New York

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured dark brown into a weizen glass with a perfectly sized tan head that has good head retention properties. A very high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are faint aromas of cloves, dark malts and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a bit of sweetness and is mostly malty with some notes of cloves and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and very bubbly.
D: The beer is rather easy to consume, although there's nothing particularly special that would definitely make me want to have another one.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 15:53:23 | More by metter98
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erdinger Dunkel. Trying this one next to the Paulaner Dunkel.
0.5 l bottle.

Looks dark brown. soapy head in my Weihenstephaner glass.

Smell is slightly roasted malts, some coffee notes even.. Fruits, biscuits. Hops too. A bit faint.
More roasty malts than the Paulaner sample.
Taste is equal. More hoppy than the Paulaner. It's not as complex and full flavoured.
Aftertaste is defenately more bitter than the Paulaner as well.
Still easy drinkable.

All in all, a good beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 14:14:54 | More by RuudJH
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scottyb88

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by August 2010, poured into Ayinger wheat glass

A- on the darker side of the dunkelweizen spectrum; very dark brown with hints of red/orange colors peeking through, cloudy, with a two finger light tan head that appears to be staying around for awhile and creating some lacing

S-not getting much on the aroma; faint caramel malt and bread-like smells; not much spice, nor does it remind me of fresh baked banana bread; there's a slight fruitiness, but slight

T-eh its just kind of there not much going on; definite caramel type maltiness with a slight dryness but not really any spice character to balance out the earthy sweetness; the smell is definitely more reminicsent of banana bread than the taste (although it is subtle); the taste is more on lines of a sticky and chewy loaf bread that doesn't have any flavoring added

M-has a crisp bite from the carbonation and a yeasty some what dry aftertaste

D-it's definitely not a terrible beer, but not a great example of the particular style IMO; definitely drinkable but leaves you wanting a bit more spice because it is a very flat beer in terms of overall depth; worth a try, but probably won't be seeking it out again

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 22:32:18 | More by scottyb88
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a very dark brown color with hints of red coming in at the bottom. Head is tan and foamy, 3 fingers thick with great retention.

S: A caramel and chocolate backbone. Dark bread in the mix. Slight mineral character and earthiness within.

T: Dark fruits like plums and blackberries. Strawberry comes into play for a second. A slight nuttiness. Caramel. Malt character is dark with a slight chocolate/cocoa taste. Dark wheat breads, followed by a light sweetness and a bit of yeast. This is a good beer.

F: Carbonation is high coming in but it fades into a nice smooth beer going down.

D: This is a great beer that I could have a lot of. Good taste, but still relatively light bodied. A good beer even on a hot day in Bulgaria.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 17:33:31 | More by BucBasil
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with deep mahogany. A small off white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, herbs, grain, brown sugar, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a dry cocoa flavor.
Mouthfeel is mdium bodied, semi sweet and dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 17:38:20 | More by weeare138
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddied brown/ruby pour. Dark alright, but the lack of a head screams that's missing the bought as per style. It has a head, but very minimal.
Well, aroma is caramel and sweet. Some roastiness. No spice, yeast, citrus, cloves...
Taste matches aroma. It's not bad, just not to style. But I wonder if that's b/c they missed the boat, or just didn't try. No spice, no tingle. Had it with a burger and shouldn't have.

Poured the last inch to the drain. If only because I had another beer waiting on deck.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:43:48 | More by Mebuzzard
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StJamesGate

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light cloudy flat brown with pink highlights and a big lively head that fades to cling. Fresh Irish brown bread nose - yeast + wheat. Waxy yeast, banana esters in the middle and a spicy pop to end. Kola nut linger. Soft, lively, light.

All the flavors are in the right place, but maybe a bit thin and simple. Could stay on this a while, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 20:48:49 | More by StJamesGate
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xylophonica

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Very dark. Pours with about 2.5 fingers of head. Dark crystal froth on top. Minimal lacing.

S - Dark berries, cherry being most notable. Some malt and dark caramel as well. Toffee coming through later on.

T - Dark caramel, cacao flavours at first with some bitter toffee to balance. However roasted malts and rich nut flavours are the basis of this drink.

M - Not bad, but hardly worth any special mention. Strong on the tongue at first but fading out quickly to a nice smooth ending.

D - Very easy to drink, quite smooth which makes it great for an early evening sip around the fireplace. Goes down easy.

Not a bad Dunkel, but a bit darker than most i.e. the roasted malts are more obvious here. Preference in this category would be Hofbrau Dunkel but this is great to drink regardless.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 11:12:07 | More by xylophonica
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated BB 09-2010 poured moderately into a weizen glass at around 4-5C. Swirled some sediment into the glass, but missed much of it as it had flocculated heavily.

The body of the beer is a deep brown with a rich head that doesn't lace, but leaves a ring about the edge for the entire session.

The aroma of the beer is its greatest disappointment. Very light, with malty notes and roasted grain with little wheat aromas. Much too light and I was taken aback by its lack of character. The aroma develops over time though.

The beer has a malty body that has flavours of chocolate in it that eventually gives way to some fruity undertones with a strong and somewhat bitter finish that lingers a little too strongly ini the mouth. Seems a touch unbalanced, with the malt being too strong or the fruity character being too low.

Feels nice in the mouth, with the carbonation being below average for the style, but still crisp. A decent glass of beer, though flawed in (IMHO) the most important places.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 23:44:35 | More by kjyost
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jspruit

Denmark

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this 50cl bottle as an Easter gift.

Pours a cola-ish brown body with a giant 3 finger foamy white head, which slowly reduces to a small 1/2 finger head.

Doesn't smell of too much-sort of sweet notes, small wheat/yeast, and a bot of light chocolate but very faint.

Tastes more sweet wheatiness than anything. Malt comes through in the middle of the sip with some light spices, chocolate and caramel notes. Nothing overpowering though and I didn't detect much banana/cloves hints that I would have expected from a dunkelweizen.

Feels relatively light in the mouth and going down and not too filling.

Higher ABV than I would have thought for this one after tasting it. Drinks pretty easy, but there isn't as much to taste as I would have expected. I'd like to try some other beers of this style to see what the best are supposed to be like.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 13:45:35 | More by jspruit
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PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark brown, little bit of red. The head is pretty tall, and looks like the foam on a glass of pop, except for the very top, where it looks and feels creamy. At least a little head sticks around for the whole drink.

Smell is good... pretty average. Kind of sweet / doughy / roasted.

Taste is good. I wasn't impressed by it much... seemed like an average good beer. Nothing made go "wow, that's cool". A bit sweet, roasted... standard stuff.

Feels fine in the mouth. Not too fizzy, pretty smooth.

Pretty drinkable. I don't think I like it enough to be motivated enough to have more than one at a time, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 21:54:38 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut brown with a big billowy beige/tan head. Some bubbles rising in the glass, and some good lacing. Pretty beer -- surprised at depth/degree of brown in this one.

Dunkelweizen? Really? Where in the f*ck is the clove, banana, spice, etc.? Hell, where is the wheat? Where is the yeast? Toasted malt, some cocoa in the nose...is this Schwarzbier? Nope, label says dunkelweizen.

Big friggin disappointment here. Some nice toasted grain flavors, but then there's a brown sugar element to this. Again, you cannot tell this is wheat beer. Some uneven balance between sweet brown bread and pumpernickel. Some bitter/sweet in the finish. Not undrinkable but damn, what a mess.

Nice carbonation, decent body, but just right on the lighter side.

I drank it. Didn't dig the sweet part of this and all of the elements missing from traditional versions of the style. With all of the other good, complex and easily available versions of this beer out there, there is no way in hell I'd seek this out for another go. Again, it was drinkable, but falls far short of others.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 23:21:33 | More by OtherShoe2
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice deep dark brown with a thick light brown foamy head. I get lots of caramel and banana in the smell. It is quite sweet smelling.

The taste is a bit lemony at first and end with toffee/caramel sweetness that lingers. I don't get a lot of wheat in the flavor which is a bit disappointing as I really enjoy their Hefeweizen.

It is a very easy drinker and the sweetness only slightly hinders that.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 04:38:14 | More by VWBuggirl
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BierFan

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass. Best before date of "07-2010".

Appearance: Big tan head, cloudy brown body. Decent carbonation and spots of lacing.

Smell: Prune and banana are the most prevalent aromas for me. Noble hops, as well.

Taste: Noble hops play a bigger part of the taste than I was expecting. Dark malts and a little banana after the noble hops have faded from my palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 18:21:10 | More by BierFan
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super thick head from an aggressive pour. Color of dark coffee.
Great nose on this brew with grain aromas ballanced by noble hops. Some toffee and coffee aromas in there too, but light.
Light wheat flavors, some other grains in there too. Nice low malted profile that maintains dominace. Very mild coffee flavors mixed in. Real clean brew.
Medium mouthfeel, again real clean, no lingering flavor.
Nothing outstanding here, just a solid offering. Very plesant brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 23:10:32 | More by FishGetter
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour. Heady beige foam atop. Spices, peat, and roasted malts in the nose. Flavours include sweet candy malts, a subtle spiceyness, with mild earthy peaty flavours in the finish. Medium light bodied, with a somewhat watery finish. No trace of the ABV. Pretty good Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 23:03:27 | More by mrmanning
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, if a bit flat, dunkelweizen

Presentation: 500 ml. bottle. classic label design around the brand text and seal. Back notes briefly the characteristics of the brew, and enumerates ingredients. Shows best before date (05 2010). Notes brewing according to the reinheistgebot, and Alc. by Vol. (5.6%) Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Brown hazy pour, with an early assertive head, that does not show much retention, and minimal lacing.

S - Wheat and soft yeasty smell, with a citrusy note, and a toffee and caramel small range.

T - Light spicy wheat taste with a soft range of spices, and a malty sweetness that shows notes of caramel and toffee.

M - Light body with good carbonation early on that halfway through fades a bit retaining its body a bit better than other Erdinger offerings.

D - Good drinkability, lacks much to make it memorable but it is pretty reliable.

Notes: Nothing remarkable but it is one of their better offerings and makes for a fair dunkelweizen.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:09:01 | More by Daniellobo
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a 50 cl short-necked brown bottle. The label is dark brown with the writing in golden with a picture of barley.

A: The pour is hazy dark brown with a really creamy light brown large head that takes some time to dissipate. Some lacings.

S: Roasted malt and wheat, ripe bananas and some yeast. Some chocolate notes as well. A bit flowery.

T: Nice mix of roasted sweet malt and wheat. Very bready. The bananas are held back a bit. Flowery.

M: Refreshing with a rather short aftertaste that holds some sweetness and bitterness at the same time. The body is mediumlight and carbonation is rich. A smooth warm feeling fills your mouth.

D: A Dunkelweizen is always a nice experience. This one was a bit to light in taste and smell to be a top-beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 18:13:13 | More by Evil_Pidde
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BMoney575

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-24-10
Best before April 2010

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-brown color, with a great white head that last forever in a thin, bubbly layer.

Smell is very light, a little bit of clove and banana, and just the tiniest bit of sweet malt. Not overly complex, and maybe slightly adjuncty.

Taste is just like the smell, subtle sweet malt, and hints of banana. A little bit on the bland side.

Mouthfeel is very thin and bubbly, but suits this beer well.

Drinkability is good, just not very exciting.

Overall, I'd go with the regular hefe-weizen anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:46:32 | More by BMoney575
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rarbring

Sweden

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very dark brown beer, almost black, the head is tan and recedes rather quickly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is typical for many wheat bears, sour notes mixed with dough and yeast. A sweetness from caramel and toffee.

Taste is some sourness, bread notes and a rather short bitterness. The malt is dominating.

A heavy carbonation, small sizzling bubbles.

I have some difficulties with finding the right surrounding for dark sweeter wheat beers, maybe a strong hard cheese?

But anyway a good and well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 21:38:42 | More by rarbring
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The bottle opens with an aggressive hiss of carbonation and pours with a bit, three finger head of light tan foam. The body is dark amber-brown with a light haze. The head exhibits good retention and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A light, toasty aroma of dark bread and sweet malt with just a hint of toffee richness. A little bit of bubblegum and clove yeast character shows through in the background.

T - Dark, toasted malt flavors blend up front with banana and bubblegum yeast notes. More toasty, cola like malt flavors in the middle before a finish of fruity yeast with some clove notes that compliment the darker malt notes.

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

D - This is a very enjoyable beer with nice yeast character and a touch of dark malt that adds color and complexity to the beer without overwhelming it in caramel sweetness. I particularly like the way that the yeasty clove flavor in the finish compliments the sweet toast and toffee flavors of the malt. A nice example of the style and an enjoyable, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 07:23:36 | More by nickfl
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irishking1977

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Jet black with a small tan head that leaves no residual lacing.

S: Lots of malt in this brew. I do not detect anything that resembles wheat or anything to do with a hefe-weizen.

T: Very malty, but otherwise, there isn't much else to this brew. Basic by dunkel standards; non-existent hefeweizen standards. This is a dunkel, nothing more.

M: Nicely carbonated and quite chalky and chewy due to the robust maltiness of this brew. Not bad.

D: I've had better dunkels, better hefeweizens, and have even had better dark hefeweizens. This has almost no relevance to hefeweizens as far as my palate is concerned. This isn't a terrible brew, but it's just lacking in complexity. For those who like dark, malty brews, check this one out. Those who prefer their hefeweizens taste, smell and feel like hefeweizens, this one is probably not what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:56:32 | More by irishking1977
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