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Andechser Weissbier Dunkel - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Weissbier DunkelAndechser Weissbier Dunkel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 115
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%


Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This dark Weissbier retains its aromatic character thanks to the select choice of Hallertau aroma hops and highest quality Bavarian wheat and dark barley malts.

Its characteristic, distinctive maroon colour is a feast for the eyes. Then there’s the opalescence and fine structure of the yeast turbidity. The perfect complement is provided by the very creamy, fine pored head. This dark Weissbier from the Holy Mountain will delight connoisseurs with a harmonious interplay of fruity odours, above all ripe bananas and pineapple, with undertones of caramel and cocoa.

Andechser Weissbier Dunkel teases the tongue with a delicate tanginess carried by a round, soft body. A light caramel sweetness harmonises well with the fine hoppy bitterness. It concludes on a soft and refreshing note.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerful aroma of mixed spices fruit, yeast and sweetness...deep rich colour, all matched to the taste...deep, rich, fruity, real depth of character, though the powerful tastes do not encourage it as a session beer, maybe a bit too sweet for that in my opinion, but - as always with Andechs - a wonderful beer not to be missed.


John W
Bham UK

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 12:54:47 | More by JohnW
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An even mahogany, translucently opaque with a solid ivory head. Huge molasses aroma dominates the smell, with pumpernickel bread on the side and heaping helpings of licorice, raisins, and rum without the burn. Sweetish taste, like a dry, drinkable cinnamon roll, sublimated with nuances of basil, anise, clove, root beer, and some faint banana bread. The carbonation is slightly too sharp, and the body slightly too thin, to carry all these wonderful flavors, but nonetheless this is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:58:05 | More by soulgrowl
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eric5bellies

Australia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber colour with an off white two fingered head that reduces to a film.

S - Hints of caramel malt and banana and a little sweetness.

T - Nice caramel flavours up front with a srong spiceyness follwing before some clove and banaa kick in. A little hoopy and crisp on the finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

O - Well worth a shot

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 06:54:52 | More by eric5bellies
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thierrynantes

France

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased in Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : brown color, with huge tan foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : wheaty and yeasty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel :wheaty flavours, with notes of caramel and dark fruits.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dunkel weizen.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 16:58:50 | More by thierrynantes
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a flared pilsner glass. Moderate hand. No clear date identified on the label.

A: Cloudy, toffee-brown with reddish tint. 2 fingers of slightly rocky, off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Banana & darker fruit. Spice, clove. Sweet bread. Chocolate and toffee are revealed as it warms. Pretty nice.

T: Lightly sweet, fruity and spicy up front. Fades into roasted malt notes. A very light touch of hops. Weiss flavors - spice, banana, bubble gum - reappear in the aftertaste. No alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation that is a tad prickly at first, but then slightly creamy. Moderate to light body and somewhat less full than I was expecting.

O: Solid dunkelweizen with a nice blending of wheat flavors and roasted malts. Good quality, but a bit lighter than some others in the style.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:55:11 | More by fourstringer
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scottfrie

California

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Franziskaner Weissbier glass. Thanks a ton Ayn!

A: Pours a clear cola brown with a huge, billowing and frothy dark tan head that took forever to fade into a thick film that left streaky lace down the glass.
S: Rich and lightly sweet notes of whole grain wheat bread, toasted caramel, bananas foster, and brown sugar. Not cloying or synthetic smelling in the slightest.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and ripe banana hitting first followed by caramel, crème brulee, and dark roasted malts. Slight hints of toast, tobacco, leather and dark fruits come through as well. The finish is bready and malt heavy, and the aftertaste is lightly sweet with notes of lingering banana and brown sugar. M: Mouthfeel is slicker and more watery than expected, with a fairly light body, and very low carbonation. Smooth overall, but a bit thin.
O: Like dark bread, banana bread and bananas foster all in one. Very delicious, but a touch thin.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:29:29 | More by scottfrie
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent little wheat dunkle, very smooth, nice chocolatey banana flavour, and even though its dark i thought it was even refreshing, excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 17:48:20 | More by rastaman
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark chestnut brown with some ruby hues. About average sized rocky, foamy, light beige head. Disappears fairly fast with no lacing left, but a lot of bubbles.

S - A lot of banana and caramel malt. Very much like a banana bread. Fair amount of bubblegum as well. Some clove and citrus along with a touch of other fruitiness. Nice typical dunkelweizen aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Strong banana and caramel flavor with some nutty flavor. Similar to a banana bread. Some clove taste as well. Some fruit apart from the banana gives it a bit of a fruitcake taste as well. The flavors are a bit on the thin side, but they are enjoyable.

M - Medium to light body, with it being a bit more on the light side, with a bit above average carbonation. Pretty fizzy feel.

D - Really easy to drink beer. With pretty typical dunkelweizen flavors. None of the flavors are too strong or overpower the palate, but it has a good amount of flavor.

Notes: Best before 29/09/10. Overall a nice dunkelweizen. WEll balanced and flavorful, all though it was a bit thin. It didn't blow me away, but was a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 00:27:33 | More by FreshHawk
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap while in Germany at the Wiesbaden Rathaus. Based on the low scores from bottle reviews, I'd say you definitely need to try this fresh from the tap - pretty good stuff really.

A nice dark weizen with banana bread and clove aroma with some malty dark fruits.

The taste was much the same and the mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Very drinkable.

I wish I could have tried all the Andechser beers at this place but unfortunately could only get through three. Next time...

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 01:17:13 | More by ecoastman
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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright chestnut with loose, rocky beige foam.
Banana bread on the nose with more than a bit of phenol bite, plus woody spice underneath.
Cola, nutmeg, brown soda loaf up front, some clove, walnut oil and natural licorice in the middle plus bubblegum yeast, with mild winter spice hops.
Praline finish and creme caramel linger.
Light, fizzy, clean, creamy.

Surprising complexity from the malts - carob in there, too - switching smoothly from sweet to sharply spicy to nutty. Body manages to be both light and lively (high carb) but luscious as well (some residual sugars.) Shows brightness doesn't have to all be about hops.

Top dark wheat and great autumn beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 11:25:22 | More by StJamesGate
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glid02

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a hazy light brown color with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of caramel malts overloaded with bruised banana and various spices. As the beer warms the sweetness in the aroma subsides just a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are almost immediately overtaken by strong spices - clove mostly with hints of nutmeg and brown sugar. Midway through the sip hints of banana flavors work their way into things before they fade out into mildly earthy hops. The hop, malt, and spices carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall neither the aroma nor the flavors blew me away with this beer although both were very solid. Everything else was solidly above average making this beer well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:12:47 | More by glid02
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from World Wide Spirits
Best by 04.10.12
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Kloster Andechs' dunkelweizen is a solidly constructed beer, built upon noticeable toasted wheat and roasted malt. These ingredients yield a true-to-form dunkelweizen that has a unique, though subtle, nutty and roasted component that other dunkels choose not to feature. A high quality dunkel that should stand alongside Ayinger and Weihenstephaner (just wish it were available in the US).

Pours a huge, tan-brown head of small and medium-sized bubbles, takes ages for this to recede, leaving about a centimeter cap atop the beer and some good lacing. Body is chocolate brown, with lighter brown around the edges; in light, it has a faint orange tint as well. Totally opaque from yeast sediment, as it should be, but carbonation is still readily visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of classic weizens: yeast, bananas, sliced apples, wheat bread, a bit of roasted malt character, spicy phenols. All components are fairly well balanced with each other, so this smells good, but I think the aroma could be a bit stronger and still benefit.

The taste opens with modest wheat and barley malt sweetness joined to some soft roasted malt yielding very subdued nut and chocolate flavors. Sliding down to mid-palate, there's a relative explosion of sweet and delicious flavors: tart wheat malt twang, yeast, bananas, sliced apples, and mild phenols. Back of palate continues with the fruity esters from the yeast and wheat malt, adding a bit more tartness. Lingering aftertaste of toasted bread and nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts).

Body is medium to medium-light, with just a bit of wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is present, but light and effervescent, allowing the beer to feel fairly crisp, and yet foam up a bit on the palate as it travels along. Finish is dry. Generally very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 16:24:07 | More by falloutsnow
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Sigmund

Norway

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 5.0%. Cloudy dark brown colour, enormous thick and creamy light tan head. Lovely aroma of brown bread, yeast, cloves, banana and caramel. Flavour has malts, caramel, chocolate and cloves, some hops in the fairly dry finish. I had it on its own, must be good with food too. A very fine dunkelweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 17:29:00 | More by Sigmund
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deg

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a thick head, almost like Guinness from the tap. The beer is very dark, almost black. I could smell cloves and a hint of malt. The initial taste was that of cloves and banana bread, and the aftertaste had a roasted malt character to it. As I drank more of the beer, I noticed more of a chocolate taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 14:11:13 | More by deg
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a light chocolate brown color with a 4+ f head in a Weizen glass.
Immediate clove and spice aroma wafting from the glass.

The mouth feel is moderately carbonated.

The taste is strong clove with a lemon aftertaste, and perhaps chocolate.
This beer is different than other Dunkeweizens than I have tasted:
The clove is more piquant- but not overwhelming.

The beer is well balanced. Although the body is slightly more watery than other Dunkelweizens.
it is quite enjoyable.

A classic taste from an old brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:59:52 | More by brureview
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; big cream-colored head

Aroma: Roasted malt; cloves

Taste: Excellent flavor; malty, smooth, and well balanced with roasted malt, spices and bananas; fizzy bite

Remarks: Bought at Kloster Andechs as a mixed 6 pack.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:05:09 | More by IchLiebeBier
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a New Glarus Weizen glass.

A: Hazy persimmon body under three fingers of dense, creamy tan head. Great retention but only spotty lace. Very nice.

S: Hugely complex aroma: banana, clove, chocolate, fig, and herbal hops. No one aspect dominates, and all are pleasantly enticing.

T: Delicious, but a little more straightforward than the vibrantly multifaceted nose: rich banana bread up front, mild spiciness midway through, and a cleanly bitter, hoppy finish. The bitterness is surprising, and takes away from the smoothness a bit, but is not entirely unwelcome.

M: Soft, creamy, highly effervescent medium body. Perhaps a little too bubbly, but good for the style.

O: Yet another excellent Andechs brew. The relatively high hoppiness for the style threw me off a bit at first, but in the end I really enjoyed it as a complement to the rich malt and ester sweetness.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 04:23:05 | More by woosterbill
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brc

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a slender weissbier glass in Kloster Andechs, Nurnberg.

Dark brown / chestnut color with a frothy tan head. There are lots of rising bubbles, in long streams.

Smells of dried fruits. Really a gloriously rich smell; makes you forget you're in a bar instead of at the brewery with your head stuck in a barrel.

Taste biscuts, roasted malt, brown sugar. Some wheat character, and hints of caramel and cocoa. At first it's generally a light taste for such a dark aromatic beer. As it warms the caramel and cocoa flavors become more present.

A bit light in the mouthfeel, a touch watery.

Tasty brew, quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 13:47:55 | More by brc
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Belmont Station. Holy fuck.

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is all sorts of dunkelweizen delicious ridiculousness. Caramelized bananas spiced with cloves and dusted with cocoa just jump straight out of the glass, exceptionally flavorful and balanced. Minimal roast with some toffee, honey and toasted wheat bread are present. The palate is like an alcoholic candy bar, and I mean in the most refined and addictive kind of way. Sweet bananas tempered by toasted wheat and a carbonic acidity; a delicate but fresh and clean clove phenolic character balanced by a touch of chocolate; and a mellow hop character with earth pairing beautifully with the spice and sweetness, this beer is outrageously good. Medium light in body, crisp but creamy in carbonation, this beer finishes dry with a blend of banana, clove and cocoa. The wheat huskiness and carbonic acid lend a cleansing bite to the finish, making this downright quaffable if a hair watery. Still, this is outstanding. Very highly recommended. For under $3 a bottle, it doesn't get better than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:02:05 | More by DefenCorps
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a wheat beer glass

Full pour results into a fistful of thick, billowy taupe foam. Translucent dark brown liquid with no visible carbonation.

Aroma of carmaker and bananas , honey, toffee and rich sweet malts. Smells great.

Carbonation on the back of the tongue . Carbonation is not too much. Clean , smooth start. Banana, cloves, sweet toasted malts. Sweet, delicious, quaffable in mass quantities, refreshing. Medium mouthfeel. Bananas again. Clean finish.

A friend who lives in Munich took me to the and echo bar in downtown Munich. Heavenly beers in tap. Never knew that Andechs was available in the USA. Wonderfully delicious and refreshing beer, even for a dunker weissbier. Full flavor, sweet malts. Ill stock up if I can find more. I recommend you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:47:36 | More by WunderLlama
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Cloudy chocolate brown pour with a huge three finger beige head with great retention and nice lacing. Malty, spicy, earthy nose with hints of brown bread, banana, dark fruits, toffee, and subtle cloves. The taste follows suit with big banana bread notes along with hints of toast, cocoa, spicy hops, nutmeg, dark fruits, toffee, nuts, cloves, and just a touch of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied than I had expected, but still substantial and slightly chewy. Subtle fizzy carbonation, great balance, and hugely drinkable. Overall, a great interpretation of the style from one of my favorite German Breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 18:09:44 | More by beerdrifter
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richdebs

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I must admit to being a fan of Andechs's methodof colour coding their beerlabels. In this instance the black front label looks good and the back label has a photo of the monastery, it's always nice to see a beer's home!. When poured, the beer is a dark brown, burnt caramel colour, the head forms qucly but soon dissipates.

Smell: Very promising, wheaty & stong

Taste: Excellent, this is just what I expected from this type of beer, the flavour really hits the back of your throat on it's way down. I'd love to be able to describe better but sadly I'm a mere amateur at this game!

Mouthfeel: This is a chunky beer with just the right amount of carbonation

Drinkability: More please!!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 21:16:41 | More by richdebs
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Frothy head collapses ever-so slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is banana and cloves, with a slight burnt character.

Taste is sweet to start, cloves and banana and slight burnt in the middle, with a light acrid character coming on at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Another good brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:59:14 | More by ppoitras
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-10-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark caramel with a 2-finger dark tan, pillowy head that fades quickly to 1/2-finger and leaves mild lacing.

S - Banana, sharp clove, yeasty bread.

T - Toasted dark bread, mild banana, clove, cocoa, subdued hops that provide a touch of spice and moderating bitterness. Dries pretty quickly with a bit of lingering malt sweetness and clove.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. A little creamy at first but the carbonation scrubs that away quickly making this an easy to drink, refreshing beer.

O - A very fine dunkel. Right up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 21:34:53 | More by Tucquan
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 18, 2006.

A: Cloudy chestnut, off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Christmas cake (fruit bread with a little spice).

T: Bready, nutty and caramel malt, slightly earthy spice, with a little banana.

M: Light to moderate body (a little prickly), moderate carbonation.

D: IST GUT!

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2006 22:27:58 | More by Derek
Andechser Weissbier Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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