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Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Weissbier HellAndechser Weissbier Hell

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

162 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%


Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Since Saint Joseph’s Day on 19 March 1993, Andechs Weissbier Hell has found many new friends. Untreated and bottled in its natural state of yeasty turbidity, this is a top fermented beer for the epicure.

Its light honey colour makes it an immediate eyecatcher. Then there’s the opalescence and fine structure of the yeast turbidity. At the same time, the creamy, fine pored head invites you to get to know this light Weissbier from the Holy Mountain. You’ll need two takes to enjoy the aromas to the full.

First, distinctive fruity aromas like banana and honeydew melon come to the fore, followed by fine cloves. Andechser Weissbier Hell is a very tangy, refreshing treat with the conviction of a full, soft body. It concludes on a finely balanced interplay of light sweet honey and a delicate acidity with undertones of bitter hoppiness that quickly subside into a harmonious aftertaste.

A Weissbier that embodies a slice of the Andechs lifestyle: finely yeasty, tangy, and sparkling, it refreshes and renews the thirst for more

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

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a copious head, very fluffy and aromatic. Pungent banana, tang and spice in the nose. Orange and straw color.

It has that same Hefeweizen character, but there's something about the Andechs that is absolutely delicious. It's tart, tangy, sweet, bready, phenolic and creamy all at the same time. Really a top-notch brew. The carbonation is very fine and not overpowering, which adds to the incredible smoothness of this brew. I think this more desirable mouthfeel sets it apart from other german Hefeweizens. I wish the Andechs hefe was as common as the other excellent wheat beers in Germany, but alas, it is a rare bird here in Berlin.

*EDIT, March 2011: On a side-by-side with Weihenstephaner, the Andechs holds it own. It's actually more complex, with a great lemony tartness and earthy character that the Weihenstephaner just does not offer. In the end, they're two remarkable wheat beers. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 22:38:56 | More by dasenebler
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TKempe

Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cloudy looking brew, golden to orange in color with a big head on it. Only the slightest lacing.

The first thing that has my attention when smelling the beer is a buttery note that is quite strong, giving the beer a bit of a cloying character. This is contrasted by a sour and dryish tang that is a little sharp and penetrating as well. Banana is there too, as well as a small bit of hops and of course yeast.

In tasting the beer, typical banana and clove accents are met with first. Slowly they make way for a dry and bitter finish that becomes a little watery for a moment, but then moves on to an after-taste that brings back the sweetness while remaining bitter (very charming). The slick, buttery feel is again quite strong.

A good and strong body and carbonation give this beer a tender feel to the mouth.

This Hefe tends towards the saltier side of the spectrum, but seems to be pulled back by a soddenness that I found to be somewhat nauseating. (Maybe I should have had this cooler or fresher....)

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 22:59:14 | More by TKempe
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with some friends, as this is a beer that should be shared out of charity.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a fluffy white head that leaves lacing. The aroma and flavor are rich with yeast character - tons of orange, herbal spice, clove, and vanilla. All these tasty flavors carry over only the palate with a mellow wheat malt and bready grains. The body has a little weight to it, but for the most part this is a tasty hefe you could happily drink all day and night long.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 17:45:36 | More by tempest
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A murky orange, yellow beer with a creamy blanket of foamy head. It pours like velvet.

Smell is full of clove. This is the one Weizen that only has the clove and not the banana's, although there is exotic fruit in here. The wheat adds a grainy and fresh, mango smell.

Taste is clovey with some dextrines. This is a pretty thick beer for a Weizen and it is kind of sticky too. The wheat is grainy and adds the mango and grape taste together with the yeast. So full of phenols. Drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 15:26:20 | More by Absumaster
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thierrynantes

France

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : golden color, with a creamy white head.
Smell : clove, banana, pear and malted wheat aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : well balanced, very delicious finish and refreshing with wheat flavor, and notes of clove.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 21:30:29 | More by thierrynantes
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Andechser Weissbier Hefetrüb is a great looking hefeweizen. It presents itself with massive amounts of pure white head that lasts a long time. The body is a gold hazy peach color, and is of course ultra hazy.

The aromas I detect are that of banana, clove, and a hint of orange rind.

The taste has a little peppery bite, with a little acid sweetness.

This is a very thirst quenching weizen, and a little coarse as well. It is really not too powdery for as much yeast that is left in the bottle.

Overall this is a decent hefeweizen, but not like a good old Weihenstephaner Hefe!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 18:39:33 | More by TheSarge
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy with a nice size head on it

S: Smells of yeast and fruits. Quite pleasing

T: It has a more bitter taste than most hefeweizen beers I've tasted. It's yeasty and wheaty. The fruits don't really come out to play, but they are there in the background. There is a vanilla flavour that comes out.
M: Creamy and with a nice bite from the carbonation

D: Yep, like all German ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 17:45:31 | More by swizzlenuts
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Floydster

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with RedHaze, thank you very much for providing this great addition to my package, poured into my Chimay goblet tonight

A-Pale golden yellow color that is rather murky, 3/4 inch creamy white head that stuck around for nearly five minutes, some lacing at the beginning

S-Lemon juice, orange peel, wheat, bready malt aromas, black pepper, vanilla, banana, cloves, others spices, and some bubble gum

T-Started off with a crisp wheat taste, then faded into some citrus accents, finish was pretty creamy, got a little breadier as time went on, the spices really took over towards the end, taste was subtle but packed a punch in the aftertaste most of the way through, goes down incredibly easy, sweeter as time went on but still highly drinkable, loved the flavor of this brew

M-Chewy and creamy mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, thin to medium body, taste did not linger very long, somewhat spicy towards the end

D-Could have drank a few bottles of this, would make a nice session beer, only five and a half percent alcohol, crisp and refreshing, smooth

First beer from Klosterbrauerei Andechs, I am letting that Dopplebock Dunkel sit in my fridge a little longer, would definitely drink again, great for a hefeweizen, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 07:52:00 | More by Floydster
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle bought from Beers Of Europe...

Poured a hazy golden yellow colour... White head poured typically big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, noticeable wheat, quite bready, very little malts, light fruitiness (banana and lemon), quite peppery, some hay traces...

Taste – Light biscuity malts, faint bubblegum traces mixed with clove, definite breadiness, quite creamy, good fruitiness (lemon and some pear notes), salty, some floral honey sweetness, grassy and peppery hints...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little bite underneath... light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent German hefe... up there with the best...

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 14:25:25 | More by mdagnew
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold color with a nice apricot tint after u look an inch or so up from the bottom of the glass. Gets murkier as we get towards the top--which I actually like. Smell is sweet upfront with some bready malty aspects. Slight citrus notes as well. Earthy muddy notes with the all familiar banana and clove esters.

Taste is about as smooth as can be. Very similar to the nose--lots more citrus on the palate than the nose. Also good liquid -bread effect. As far as hefes go, this has got to be right up there amongst the best ive tried in the category.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 02:16:43 | More by rousee
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stcules

Italy

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lot of a good compact and persistent foam. Orange, lightly cloudy appearance. Right for a hefe weizen.
Weizen smell, too. Good, banana, cloves, orange peel, some spiciness (pepper). Very well balanced.
Wel balanced in the taste too. Maybe, just a bit too thin. Anyway, great drinkability and plesantness. Banana and cloves. Very good weizen.
Aftertaste with a little banana, and pleasantly spiced. Orange peel, pepper.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 13:03:47 | More by stcules
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Daredevil

Switzerland

2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a foamy (a bit shampoo-type) head ... the color is a bit muddy ... the smell is a bit of overripe pears ... taste is fruity (peach, mango) with a shot of grenadine syrup ... all in all the brew is suited for amateurs of rather sweet drinks ....

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 21:20:23 | More by Daredevil
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh bottle delivered straight from Munich...

Hazed straw yellow color, very cloudy, enormous, pillowy white, long-lasting head...looks perfect!

Super fresh aroma! Big banana and orange, with lingering lemon, big and beautiful, airy and invigorating...

Taste: snappy, sparkling, citric, smooth, mellow...lush, lovely malt...lemon, lime and orange lie largest in the flavor...brisk, livley carbonation...refreshing and easy-drinking...definitely downable and downright delicious.

A grittier mouthfeel than many American-made hefe weizens, and a fuller texture...this is the stuff! Not sure if it outshines Weheinstephaner of Schneider Wess...I think it's heavier than them both, more flavorful, without some of the ethereal qualities the finer weizens can boast.

Quite a flavorful number here... big lemon, full malt, not so much spice as you'd taste in others...very full of character and utter panache...there's nothing not to like...yum...so delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 06:33:01 | More by feloniousmonk
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davidchollar

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had a really exciting, but false alarm moment earlier tonight. Thought I saw Andechs doppelbock at a local store! It was, in fact the dunkelweiss bier. Not as good as the almost impossible to get doppelbock, but sitting next to the dunkel was this one. I remember trying it once before and liking it, so I picked it up.

Poured into a small weizen glass, I basically get 2 different-looking beers out of 2 pours. The first pour shows a bright golden beer with very enthusiastic carbonation and decent head. The second one, with the yeast, is a perfect banana-pineapple color with a thick, short head. I love this kind of beer for appearance, very sexy indeed.

Sweet, almost bubble gum banana smells, a little subdued. The spicy clove character is weak in the nose, but seems to come through alright in the taste. Much more hop presence, bitterness in the finish than expected. After some consideration, I really must bump my score up from good to 4.5 for taste. It's not that different from other great German hefes, but right now, for me, it's a nearly perfecet beer.

It's been a long time since I've had a world-class hefeweizen, and this was a real treat. I almost want to give it all 5s. But then I remember Weihenstephaner. And this one still holds up as a fine example of the style. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 15:07:48 | More by davidchollar
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badbeer

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale and cloudy yellow with a soft white head that retained pretty well. I get some light bubble gum and banana in the nose, as well as bread and some light lemon. Just a touch of tartness and clove in the beginning of the taste. Bready tastes throughout with some lemon, not very much banana, except there is some in the finish. Lower in carbonation than most, very light body. Makes for a light, refreshing beer that I'd enjoy in the summer, but considering it's rarity and there being plenty of superior replacements, I'll drink those instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 01:23:50 | More by badbeer
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a big hefe-head and stays thick and frothy for some time. The color is light golden yellow and hefe-cloudy. Smell is clovey with a hint of lemon. Taste has a slight banana with a good amount of clove. A slight breadiness acompany's those flavors. It also has a light body feel to it, something I'm not totally used to in a traditional German hefe. The mouthfeel is ok, not so smooth, not so harsh. Overall it was ok, and I can't wait to try it fresh from the brewery sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 01:15:05 | More by Erdinger2003
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petemoss14

Germany

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a densley clouded autumn wheatish color with a super creamy, lingering white head. It almost looks like a glass of grapefruit juice in its color and density. There must have been a ton of yeast in this sucker!

A stampeding army of clove in the aroma backed up by an intense bready yeastiness and undercurrents of banana.

Nice medium-firm body, spicy on the palate, with the esters (banana) becoming a little more prominant. Bit of a grainy malt character. Slight lemon zest tartness in the finish. Very refreshing! I could suck these down all day up on the mount with the sun shining.

A world class hefe in every respect.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 17:36:07 | More by petemoss14
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3frog

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased in a getränkemarkt in Ismaning, Germany; poured into a Weihenstephaner (shhh) .3L glass.

Appearance: nice slightly reddish gold; almost opaque; moderate head but no lace

Smell: wow, more clove and banana than any other that I've had.

Taste: amps up the aromas and adds a hint of citrus and other fruit; light-to-moderate hop bitterness; the flavors sing weissbier.

Mouthfeel: medium balanced by a moderately high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: for hefe lovers, this is really great. To me, the flavors compare to more mundane weissbiers similar to the hop levels in DIPAs compared to the original style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 19:38:58 | More by 3frog
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haz77

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a big, firm, foaming head that sits there forever. Masses of small bubbles rise to keep it in place. Very inviting.

S - Banana, clove, phenols, yeast, mixed light fruits. Lovely stuff.

T - Yeasty fruitiness and slight bubblegum kick off with the banana appearing in the middle, which really blooms towards the end when it's joined by a spicy clove flavour. There is a slight medicinal phenol note in there too. Aftertaste is a clean, muted version of the finish and it lingers for some time.

M - Light-medium body. Creamy, but finishes clean and refreshes the mouth. The lively carbonation of the appearance is not as aggressive as expected.

D - An excellent and very drinkable beer. I should have bought more. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:39:09 | More by haz77
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 16/03/06, consumed two months after its suggested BB date--I hope it's alright. Served lightly-chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: slightly hazy, dark orange-yellowish hue, coming with a thick, cotton-ish white beer head with superb retention; gently as well as lively carbonation.
S: a fresh banana aroma abounds, neither too harsh, "stinky", nor floating, plus peach+apricot+ripe Cantaloupe melon; added with a lightly ashy note from the foam, yeast-drink's sour-sweet yeastiness, and candyish malts+refreshing wheat-malts all together. Showing no clear structure, but the combination is really nice and harmonious. Surprisingly there's not much hint of cloves in the aroma. But for a hefe-weizen, the nose is still one of the most complex and enjoyable I've ever encountered...
T: sour-sweet, slightly tangy, fruity flavour abounds upfront, almost like green mango+green banana--balanced and delicious; a stream of cottony-textured, wheat-ish flavour slowly takes over the theme, backed by a profound flavour of yeast drink (like Yakult) that is also closely in check. Dryish and sour-sweet aftertone lingers in the back, leaving some tangy mouthfeel at the deep end of the tongue, like after eating some "green" fruits...
M&D: superb carbonation and creamy soft mouthfeel--I suspect the "overly-maturation" of this beer has done some good to the overall texture? A medium-full bodied hefe-weizen, deserving slow sipping. The strength is in its balance, if I may, and it's certainly one of my favourite botted hefe-weizen for sure. Next time I'll find a bottle within its sell-by date to see if it's any different.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 19:30:08 | More by wl0307
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PatYoda

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at the monastery about a month and a half ago.

Cloudy orange with a long lasting white head. Smell is sweet banana and melon. A deep whiff is almost too much for the nose to handle, it's that strong of a smell. Taste is very sweet. This is a weizen that defnitely swings toward the fruity side of things, while not bring out the spicy clove much. Distinct banana lingers on the taste buds long after you take a sip. Yeasty breadiness is present also. Mouthfeel is above average for a wheat beer. Nice and creamy and thick, but still carbonated enough to be refreshing. One of the best wheat beers we sampled in our brief trip to Germany.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 23:43:04 | More by PatYoda
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

aggressive carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Banana in yeast and pronounced lemony sharpness turned me off somewhat . Faint hint of metallic. Considered one of the best labels not available in North America.With appreciation to Madsberg in Denmark in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 03:02:12 | More by Sammy
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body, average white foam with no lacing. Enormously yeasty aroma. It first makes me think of bark, there is big banana in there. Gentle phenols, everything at the right place at the right moment. Beautifully balanced, if I appreciated hefes a lot more, I might shoot for high 4s. Light cloves, sweet, well displayed. Tarter than I expected in mouth though, it makes it all the more refreshing, but I’m not sure I enjoy it as much as the aroma, it is very fruity, yet not very sweet, mostly floral with green herbs hints. Thin-medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, but not lasting. Great aroma..

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 01:21:05 | More by Rastacouere
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Burnt orange with a big fluffy white head. It looks like most other well biult hefes that I've tried.

Smell: Bananas and citrus fruits. Spicy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bananas, and citrus fruits like the smell. Wheaty. No detectable bitternes in the sip, however, the flavor is very well ballanced. The aftertaste is wet, with well balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It can most accurately be described as tasting like happy. Mouthfeel is thicker than most hefes that I have had, but not too thick to make for a hefty brew.

Dirinkability: I must say that I am kicking myself for not trying this beer before today. It is the best hefe I have ever tasted. It is thick and flavorful without being overly filling in the way some hefes tend to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 16:57:35 | More by KarlHungus
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Naerhu

Japan

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold opaque body with a tight white small head.
Huge banana and fluffy yeasty aroma.
Slightly more bitter than usual for style, deep robust wheat malt flavor. Bananas and citrus fruit. Fresh, fresh, fresh.
Creamy smooth mouth feel.
Luscious! Gimme more.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 16:11:07 | More by Naerhu
Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
92 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.