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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 415
Hads: 952
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 410
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-16-2002

This world famous bock from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain is not meant to be rushed, but savoured slowly. As solid as a rock, Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel presides over the evening meal with a colour reminiscent of dark copper with nuances of fiery red. Its clear gleaming look harmonises with its firm, fine pored head.

Also the aroma delights the connoisseur: soft roasted accents and a nuance of dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel. This Doppelbock Dunkel from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain presents a pleasant effervescence. And then there’s the unmistakable flavour: mouthcoating and velvety, strong and yet pleasantly malty – a powerful, robust body. At the same time, it develops an easily recognisable sweetness, embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness.

Concluding with a powerful punch, this Doppelbock departs with a lingering aftertaste of quality plain chocolate. A strong Doppelbock that embodies the centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition, sip by delicious sip.
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Photo of smanders
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is THE example for the Doppelbock style; deep color, rich aromas, sweet and malty flavors with an oilslick for a mouthfeel. Few brews are better under the chestnut trees when the weather turns cold in Bavaria than this one. The only negative I have is that I'm never able to drink an abundance of them. Introduce this Doppel to an acquaintance and you'll have a friend for life.

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Photo of bobsy
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured it was time to attack the German Top 25 with zeal, so I hunted down a few brews in the UK and the Andechs was the first I popped.

Pours a wonderfully deep mahogany with a two finger tan head that leaves impeccable sheets of lacing to the very end. Huge bready aroma, joined by chocolate, raisin and toasted nuts. Full of wow. This could well be my favourite doppelbock. A huge bready backbone provides the base from which massive chocolate, nut and dark fruit flavours soar. The alcohol is only perceptible in the very finish. Medium full body, but I felt the carbonation could do with a bit more pep.

Wonderfully drinkable, liquid bread indeed.

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Photo of engisch
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Pours a dark amber-brown with a light head that sticks around for a while. This head laces all the way down to the last sip. What beautiful lacing!?

In the nose is carmel and chocolate. All sweet smells!

The taste is phenomenal. I use to say Ayinger Celebrator was my favorite doppelbock, but now I would say it is a hard decision between Andechs and Celebrator. I wish I had a Celebrator to compare head 2 head!

If you see this, are a true beer person, pick it up and enjoy true brilliance!

Mmmm... mmm... good!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt red-rust color with a super-creamy head composed of zillions of tiny bubbles tightly bonded and looking like fresh cream. Immediate lace and the head sticks around for the duration.

Wonderful aroma gives off strong waves of caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, root beer, and just the right amount of alcohol. Also reminds of any number of caramel/chocolate candies.

Flavor is all the nose promises, especially toffee and root beer. Also some raisin and burnt sugar. Sweet at its center, but with a delicate dessert-like spice that I can't pinpoint. Maybe a mixture of anise and cinnamon. Together with a forward but not cloying alcohol presence, this is a bold, unsubtle doppelbock that drinks like a replacement for candy-and-liqueur after-dinner treats.

Medium-bodied at best, the texture here is slick and slippery, with just a little bit of carbonation propping up the exciting flavors.

Had NO IDEA this beer was so highly-rated on BA. Had I known, I might have picked up more bottles on my recent German adventure, but judging from the # of reviews here, maybe it's available in the states? Nevertheless, now that I know it, I will definitely be on the lookout for more. Yummy, and that's putting it lightly.

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Photo of DerBayer
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Woohooo my first 5 and finally a beer to beat the Weltenburger Doppelbock

It is Chestnut colour with some ruby when held into the light

It smells divine of dark fruit, caramel and a hint of chocolate

Perfect carbonation and body in my view

Guess what drinkable eh!!!

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Photo of Risser09
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 liter bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by 3/25/09

Appearance: Pours a transparent brown color that goes from red to orange as the bottom of the glass thins out. Carbonation slowly moves to the surface. A 2" light tan head builds and shows great retention. Some lace tentacles span around the glass.

Smell: Sweet nuttiness of almonds and pecans meet with a slippery butter aroma. Biscuity caramel malt aromas are mouthwatering. Butterscotch and dark rum. A great aroma.

Taste: Robust, sweet malt flavors of butter, fig, raisin, biscuits, caramel malt and almond. There is even a slight hop bitterness that balances out the flavor profile. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Buttery, smooth, sweet, chewy and actually a bit bitter. A subtle alcohol notation at the finish, along with some belly warmth.

Drinkability: A great German brew that is worth seeking out. I can't imagine a better doppelbock than this one. Spectacular aroma and closely matched taste. An awesome brew.

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Photo of jmalex
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For review #300, I decided on something that I probably won't get to drink again for a really long time once my current stash is gone. Though I'm drinking this from the bottle now, this review will reference notes taken while drinking it straight from the source on the Holy Mountain itself as well as a second helping at Andechser am Dom in Munich.

APPEARANCE: In the glass, it's a mostly clear dark brown, but when held to light it becomes a beautiful ruby red. A rocky, light tan head is at a fantastic size which retains well. Eventually it settles out to a one-finger high cap with sheets of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Deep, cavernous aromas of fresh bread and dry chocolate. It's coupled with a wine-like fruitiness and toffee with a hint of alcohol to top it off.

TASTE: Loads of caramel with chocolate lurking just behind on top of a sweet, bready base. A slight alcoholic note peeks out just at the end before yielding to more of the wonderful malt flavors which linger on seemingly forever. Heavenly.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body with a hint of lager crispness. Carbonation is slightly low though definitely within limits, with the finish yielding a slight stickiness.

DRINKABILITY: INSANE, as my notes say. That really does sum it up. I've never seen a half liter of such a formidable beer go so quickly.

It's a religious experience just drinking this beer, but I feel extremely lucky to have gotten the chance to drink it from the source. It's required traveling for any beer lover, and I cannot wait for the next chance I have of making the pilgrimage.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Overlord!

Poured into my Deschutes snifter. The beer is dark brown with ruby highlights and a two finger frothy toffee colored head with good retention.

The aroma is of figs, lots and lots of figs. Dark fruit notes of plums and grapes are present, but prunes are dominant. The sweet malt is toasted and bready, with some toffee notes.

The flavor is amazingly rich for a lager. Sweet fruit notes of prunes and plums are noticeable, and the malt is sugary sweet and toasted with a low level of alcohol. A hint of oxidation imparts sherry notes. It's at a low level and isn't detrimental to the great flavor. The finish is rich, with lingering fruit notes. The beer is medium full bodied with a lower level of carbonation that works quite well with the rich malt and fruit.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark like raw dense cider, off white .5 inch head leaves to disk. Small bubbled tight lacing.

S - Deep wort like malt. Bready, doughy.

T - Taste as smell. Add some grain flavors too.

M - Creamy, great carb, good coating, beautiful balance. Everything in sync.

D - A very nice beer. Not sure its worth the hype for me, but I like it!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 who hand carried this back to the USA.

Pours into my glass a deep amber/brown with a big creamy white head and great clarity. Looks quite inviting in my glass. Aromas start with deep rich malts. Caramel, sweetbread, a touch nutty and doughy. Just intensely malty with toffee accents as well. Rich, deep and enticing.

First sip brings caramel and toffee German malts rolling all over the place. Doughy with a bit of nuttiness that moves into some dark fruit flavors as well. Flows down with rich lingering malts and a touch of bitterness. Not the most complex of beers but a clean, tasty malt bomb that does not disappoint.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with solid medium body. Quite drinkable and somewhat like a meal in a glass. "Liquid bread" is not a bad way to describe this one. Well worth tracking down if you love doppelbocks. I would love to try this at the source sometime.

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Photo of mcallister
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mahagony in color with ruby hues where light interacts. Nicely carbonated upon opening with a efficient off white head that fades into a half inch topper leaving no lace.

Aroma shows massive toffee and caramel with a smell like the candy coating on a candy covered apple. Some wine like notes as well. Earthy with a biscuity presence.

Damn I can see why this is so well reviewed. This bottle is probably over two years old. Shows hints of oxidation which add a sherry like quality to the middle and finish. Beginning is all toffee, caramel, mollasses brown sugar and a walnut type nuttiness. Some other dried fruits intermingled in as well. A slight roastiness on the long, decadent semi sweet finish. Mouth is round and chewy with light carbonation.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Florida, thanks Dave! Poured into a fluted glass - appearance is a murky dark brown with red highlights in the light, off white head is half a finger and quickly dissipates. Lots of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell is very faint, but I can still detect biscuity malts and a ripe raisin smell.

The taste is the highlight for this beer, definitely. Initially a creamy vanilla flavor, but later you get the malt, some strong yeast, and some fruity astringency. Very complex, very balanced, a damn well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than I was expecting - compared to other Dopplebochs, this one is a bit lighter and more crisp - lacks the lingering creaminess of an Ayinger.

I must once again say thanks to Dave from FL for giving not one, but two of these up in a trade - the first being damaged. He was right in saying this was one of the best beers he's had yet on the best of BA.

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Photo of brc
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Kloster Andechs Nurnberg. Served in a stemmed Andechs glass.

Mahogany color, 2 fingers of tan head with great retention. Very clear liquid, though dark.

Fairly strong smell, of wood, campfire, and dried fruit. Makes me think of a strange quad/rauch blend.

Lovely rich taste, caramel, raisin, burnt sugar, biscuts, alcohol. Pretty overpowering and incredible.

Medium full mouthfeel. The taste lingers, slight alcohol feel in finish.

Drinkable, though I'd prefer to savor a smaller glass.

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Photo of Damian
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a ,5l bottle
Best before end: 25 03 09
Served in a pilsner glass

Acquired in a trade with mikesgroove

The beer poured a crystal clear, amber-mahogany color with a tight, creamy, light tan, two-finger head that faded to a lasting cap. Chunks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was robust. Very beady and sweet with a rich caramel maltiness and some brown sugar notes. Slightly nutty. Somewhat candy-like and a touch boozy.

The taste was decent but not stellar. Definitely not as full-flavored as I anticipated. Sweet caramel malts came through strong up front. Buttery and smooth. Slightly grainy in the center. Quite bready and biscuity. The flavor profile faded rather quickly on the back end. A touch of booziness appeared on the finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth yet thinner than expected. Somewhat fluffy on the palate.

Drinkability was good. This pleasant, easy-drinking doppelbock masked its alcohol quite well.

I had very high hopes for this difficult to find brew, but unfortunately it did not win me over. This is a better than average doppelbock but definitely not one of the best (and certainly not a top twenty-five beer, in my opinion). I am perplexed as to why this beer garners the attention that it does.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My brother-in-law brought me back a bottle of this from Germany. I told him to pick up anything, and was surprised to see this waiting for me. This pours a brilliant rusty, deep copper body with maroon highlights and perfect clarity. The head was very bountiful and bright white. The aroma is wonderfully fresh with fresh dough and toffee highlights. Hops are very subtle as the maltiness leads the way. The taste is filled with sweet caramels and toffee-like sugars. A slightly metallic sharpness seems to be a product of the hops and crystal malt. Not all that complex, but superbly layered. A coarse finish produced by the hops creates a perfect balance between the insanely smooth body and mouthfeel. As it warms, the sweetness increases and it goes down easier with each sip. Although I am not a huge dopplebock fan, this one is very well done and credit is due. I am glad I had the pleasure to taste this.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dyan for sending this gem my way. Served at room temperature, poured into a stein.

A- Gorgeous combination of ruby red and burgundy hues. Produces a solid two fingers width of white head.

S- Strong scents of malts, caramel and toffee infiltrate the nose. Very unique mixture.

T- Best tasting doppelbock I have had to date....hands down! Rich flavors of caramel and buttery malts run abound. Absolutely delicious.

M- The favorite part of the beer IMO. It had a diacetyl type feel, which produced a smooth, buttery type viscosity that was perfection. Definitely can't be beat.

D- Smooth, great tasting what more can you ask for. I wish I had unlimited access to this fantastic brew.

Overall, thanks again dyan for hooking me up. If you are a doppelbock fan, this is definitely the perfect example of the style. We need to figure out a way to import this into the U.S.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized off-white head that is very thin for the style. Head quickly dissipates to a very thin film, but soon everything vanishes. Colour is dark brown, like sienna or burnt umber. Next to zero carbonation evident.

SMELL: A medium scent of caramel malt and toffee. A slight hint of spiciness in the nose as well, which is nice. Not bad, though it could be stronger.

TASTE: Some sweet caramel malt, toffee, and some sweet wood in there as well. Very sweet and malty initially. Aftertaste is mild but long lasting, including some sweet wood and some spiciness, with a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice and relatively well balanced, but a bit too weak.

PALATE: Thinner bodied with lower end carbonation. Smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a little bite at the end. Finishes with the right amount of stickiness on the palate.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable, goes down very easy, but unfortunately it's not quite memorable. Kind of neutral and overrated in my view. This is one I'd have again, but wouldn't go out of my way to find.

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this so many times. Always perfect quality. Straightforward like all German beers but still very flavorful. Loads of malts in both aroma and flavor. Nice sweetness, balanced bitterness, toffee and some butterscotch. Once had 6 bottles of 0,5 litres in a row and could still walk straight and no hangover. Great brew.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally able to try this one. Poured into my nonic pint glass from a 500ml bottle. Appears a clear ruby red and brown color with a healthy two fingers of tan foam. Notes of dark fruits, bready grains and caramel malts are obvious in both the nose and taste. Really delicious and complex flavor full of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and a touch of chocolate. Medium in both body and carbonation. Best doppel I've tried so far.

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Photo of sweethome
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Munich pub.

I'm going from notes taken last summer. I loved a previous bottled version of this I had and highly anticipated this visit.

Deep chestnut color. A dazzling array of cedar, dark brown and a deep tan head. Perfect lacing as consumed.

The nose is quite good, but I was expecting a blast based on my memory of how much I like this beer. Was it to be? Yes, a rich vineous style of chocolate, german malt, noble hops.

Smooth and rich entry. Dances on the tongue, provides a near perfect balance of sweet maltiness and hop bittering. A hint of hop flavor behind the caramel and chocolate with hint of roast malt. Everything I remembered and more. So fresh, so inviting. I enjoyed this beer for 20 minutes while enjoying the atmosphere...warm evening, cafe doors opened to the evening sky.

One of the best of examples of the brewers art I have found.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was at the monastery 3 years ago & thought their doppelbock was a little boozy fresh from the tap. So I picked up a bottle & it's been in my fridge since! (Best before 28 08 06)

A: Deep reddish-brown with a light tan head; ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Dark fruit & bread, dark caramel, light spicing, slightly herbal with hints of alcohol.

T: Plenty of dark fruit, bready, dark (almost burnt) caramel, roasted nuts, peppery spicing, herbal, slight steelie grassiness, hints of chocolate, balanced bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Fairly full body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep ruby-red/mahogany color. Nice light tan, creamy head, pretty good retention. Nose is somewhat fruity and tart, with a little bit of roast.

Flavor is fantastic. I've had this beer several times now, including on tap, and it's absolutely delicious out of the bottle as well. This doppelbock has an amazing chocolately flavor, with a great roasty aftertaste. There's a lot of meat on the bone here. Dark fruit, roast, coffee, chocolate, and maple syrup sum this one up for me. And unlike the Celebrator, it's not too sweet. Medium-heavy, chewy mouthfeel coats the tongue in luscious, buttery layers. Low carbonation, which I love. Alcohol is not really apparent, although it's seven percent.

A malt bomb of the highest order, Andechser Doppelbock is in a league of it's own. Prost!

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Photo of TommyW
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, brown with an amber tint. Fluffy, off-white head about an inch high which slowly settles to a lasting film.

S- Smell is not very intense. A medium-low sweetness from dark fruits, yeasty bread, and some roasted coffee. A slight note of citrus as well.

T- Follows the nose, but not as reigned in. Sweetness of dark fruit and roasted malt. There is only a slight hoppy bitterness. Slight note of alcohol on the finish makes it cut out nicely. Very well balanced.

M- Nice medium creaminess that is balanced perfectly with the carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable for a doppelbock.

Overall, this beer is worthy of all of the praise it's received. A must try!

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My german wife and her sister had a special surprise for my birthday this year: a bottle of this fantastic Doppelbock and even a glass mug with its name on.

I used to drink this beer while visiting my then-fiance in Germany, but I did not have any of this beer for pretty exactly 5 years.

I poured it into the new mug, and it looked amazing, like black coffee with a beige head. Against the light it had a red shine.

The foam disappeared qickly.

The aroma is undescribable. Karamel is my first thought. Thick, sweet, but not sticky.
Very complex, a bit nutty.

The alcohol is with around 7% not that high for a Doppelbock, but it was very prominent in the taste.

During the last 5 years when I knew I could not get this beer, I was searching for something like this. I have tried quite a lot Bocks and Doppelbocks and other brews, and the closest similar kind is (in my opinion) the Ettaler Curator. And I am happy that I can buy that here in PA.

The Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel is the best beer I have ever tasted in my life, and it is such a shame that it cannot be sold in the US.

And to think that my wife's sister can get it in a regular supermarket for the equivalent of around 2$... Two dollars!... I want to cry...

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle.

Poured a dark reddish brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, roasted nuts, and all around malty. Tastes of caramel, toasted nuts, dark fruits, and some chocolate.

Notes from 12/17/07.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
96 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.