Saint Florian Doppelbock Lager | Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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Saint Florian Doppelbock LagerSaint Florian Doppelbock Lager
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Saint Florian Doppelbock LagerSaint Florian Doppelbock Lager

Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 25
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark garnet-hued body with an inch of lasting beige-colored foam.

Smell: A mild, soft aroma of bread crusts, cocoa, caramel with an underlying earthy, fruity character.

Taste: Starts with a taste of dry dark bread with a faint dusting of cocoa powder and minor hint of caramel. But there's a disparaging thinness to it all, as if somebody dosed my glass with a shot of ordinary tap water. Fruity tastes of enthusiastically milked raisins. Background hop presence, a bit earthy, herbal, and with no more than a light hint of bitterness. On the finish that damned thinnish creeps in again, presenting final hints of washed out malts and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: St. Flo' is a somewhat fair iteration of the noble, ancient Doppelbock style. I would recommend giving it a try, provided you had a wingman to go in on the cost and drinking duties of the 1-litre swing-top, but I hear Pennichuck Brewing is calling it quits, so nevermind!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1L swingtop into 1L seidel. Match made in heaven.

A- Dark, robust, chestnut/almond brown with a small but thick head. Foam breaks into chunks that sit on top like bits of cookie dough.

S- Sweet, overripe fruit. Plums in the sun. Good, though.

T- Follows the nose... overripe fruit. A tab bit oxidized? Maybe. Very tasty, though. Rasins, plums, grapes, figs... very fruity. Not nearly as smoky, heavy, or full as other doppelbocks... but I like it.

M- Impossibly light when compared to the style. For better or worse. It's a push... would have liked a stronger complexity that an increased malt bill would have brought... but this one is light and tasty.

D- Fairly high, and the price is right @ $8 a liter. I'd buy it again. Not the best doppelbock... but unique, fruity, and pretty tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1-Liter swing-top bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, lager yeast and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of caramel, chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit up front, but not overly sweet. Then there's a hearty breadiness from dark malts and lager yeast that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this might not be the best beer I've had in the style but it's very solid and worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Litre swing-top bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. Pours a dark brown crystal-clear body with nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Dark chocolate, nut, and a tinge of black licorice in the aroma. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, nut, banana characterize the flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, for the style, no alcohol apparent, tasty, pleasant, and balanced. Nothing wrong with the brew that I can tell, one of the best Doppelbocks I've had in quite some time. Awesome.

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Photo of berkey
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 1 Liter bottle. Label says to pour into a flute or mug. Realizing I haven't used my Oktoberfest style mug in years I decided to go with the mug. From 10/18/09 notes.

Forms a massive, light brown, loose, frothy head. Body is a fairly dense dark brown color with some auburn around the edges. Head settles down considerably with time and doesn't leave any real lacing.

As soon as I popped the flip top I was greeted by a great aroma. The first thing I got was raisins but not in a sugary or estery way like in some other beer styles. Actually reminds me of raisin bread more than anything. Also some nice mild cocoa notes here and a lighty roasty character. Altogether very clean though.

Flavor follows the aroma for the most part. A little light on flavor on the entry but still fairly solid overall with a good amount chocolate and some mildly bitter leafy hops in the aftertaste. Having the bulk of the flavor on the back of the palate actually encouraged bigger sips in my case.

Feel is a little thin for my tastes but that's a common feature of this style. Can't call it a defect so I won't deduct points. Clean, balanced, character and fairly low abv for the style help keep drinkability very high. Was no problem at all getting through the bottle.

Overall a very good example of the style. Among the best American versions I've tried so far.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a solid finger of deep-tan head off of the pour with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with NE-quality clarity and ruby highlights. Nose was very malty, kind of molasses underlain with anise. Again, this is the opposite end of the type of beer that I typically drink, but it was a gift from a recent CouchSurfer and I felt compelled to give it a whirl. Mouthfeel was medium with a very molasses taste on the tongue. Yow! Man, I have to say that the utter smoothness of this one could be dangerous. The finish was utterly smooth with a mild molasses sweetness that lingered. Again, not the first thing that I would reach for but this was a special beer. I enjoyed its utter, deceptive smoothness, nor was its sweetness evident in a cloying way. Bring more!

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear deep amber/mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light bready nose. Flavor is sweet coriander and bread. $10.59 for a 1L flip-top bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Overlord
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber. Small white head that quickly vanishes. And I mean vanishes, it is gone in the blink of an eye leaving no trace behind.

Smells like butterscotch caramel and a trace of dark, almost rye bread. Tastes much the same, though it adds an acidic tone that I don't much care for.

Doppebock is not my favorite style, but this is a decently drinkable brew. Thin mouthfeel, though, and could use more carbonation.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 liter bottle, swing-top (2008) > huge dimpled mug

Dark amber-brown in color, 3-fingers deep, lively, frothy tan colored head, slighty creamy. average retention, becomes a bit lifeless later on.

Smells of rich, dark malts and pumpernickle bread, vanila beans, cinnemon and brown sugar, dry herbs in the sun, slight caramel, earthy hop balance, wheat and black peppery yeast way in the back.

The malt is very bready, mostly pumpernickle-style. sour raisins, earthy and very herbal hops and yeast which adds pretty good balance. nutty, roastie malt currents keep coming in the middle. Medium bodied, crisp at first, not at all hefty feeling, perhaps a bit too zippy for the style. There's an earthy nuttiness which comes off very dry in the back palate with leafy, bitter hops in the finish. Only mildly complex flavors, good balance.

This seems like a hybrid of the Dark lager and the malt used in the Barleywine. not hard too drink, but the packaging and price might be a bit too much for this brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/4" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice burnt toffee scent that's rich in caramel aroma. It doesn't come off as being overly high in alcohol and it also seems to have a dry, clean lager aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down swiftly with a burnt toffee finish. It's not too thick and it's quite clean in the finish despite the nice malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. It seems to have a bit too much CO2. This is a tastey beer with much potential. It's plenty malty without going overboard. It's smooth drinking with a touch too much carbonation. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown color into my goblet. Has a nice one-finger head as well.

Aroma is strong with a whiff of raisin and brown sugar in the nose. Only a bit of sweetness is apparent.

Taste is smooth and smoky with a light hint of raisin and brown sugar upfront. Not too sweet.

Beer is thick and slightly chewy. Smoky malt and raisin linger at the back of the throat. Carbonation is a bit high and there's a slight alcohol burn. Otherwise, it's well done.

A very nice local example of a doppelbock. The smoky, slightly sweet flavors are a treat on the taste buds. It could be thicker but otherwise, worth a try.

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Photo of dwaz
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never had heard of Pennichuck brewery but it was on tap at the Memphis Taproom. Really easy to drink with hints of choclate and almost butterscotch flavor. Has a nice dark brown color, definitely recommended. Looking forward to drinking some more today.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into an American pint glass.

A--One finger creamy khaki head lingers and fades atop a deep chocolate brown body that lightens into the more traditional toffee color associated with the style. Still, pretty dark for a doppelbock.

S--Raisins and prunes, teensy bit of is that chocolate? liqueur--like khalua almost This is all to the good, but there's not much I'm getting from the malt, unless that bitter biting smell is from chocolate malt. As it warms you do get a richer barley scent rising to the occasion.

T--The most noticeable thing, to me, is a hint of smoke toward the middle back of your mouth. Other than that it's much like the nose, with dark dried fruits like prunes and even dates taking over first, followed by a touch of caramel, biscuit and wholegrain, but then a wallop of a finish. Bitter, bitter--don't know if it's bittering hops or chocolate malt or both, but dang, this is almost like a porter or a stout at the very end. Fans of Yuengling porter will like this, as it's got the more sulfuric hints and smoothness of a lager combined with a lovely bitter chocolate finish.

M&D--Mouthfeel is lovely soft carbonation that lightens this already not as bready as usual doppelbock. Drinkability is huge because, again, of the lightness combined with a good deal of flavor.

Not sure if this really pinpoints the style--seemed almost more like a more bitter bock, or even a munich dark at points--but it's certainly easy to put down and tasty for the time of year/cold impending snow March weather.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and proteus93, w/ my portion poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours an incredibly gorgeous, robust ruby red with a huge two-finger tan head. Retention is average, perhaps slightly below, though it does leave a nice sheen of lace and some clingy/sticky in places and also runny/glistening in others. Carbonation (when you hold it up to the light) is lively, nucleating pretty quickly from the big ol' D. Attractive and inviting.

Aroma: Light fruity esters are the first thing that meets the nose, pears and apple esters (though these are always the two notes I get from that sort of aroma). Raisins and really sweet, doughy, caramelized malts emerge as it warms. It's pretty full, with a lot of nondescript but nonetheless pleasant fruity notes

Taste: More towards the fruity end of the doppelbock spectrum. A very faint bitterness. Raisins and other hints of dark fruit, flourishes of lighter esters (apples, tropical fruits), and a handful of sweet, honey-like and caramel malts. It's very light and estery, in fact, pleasant and reasonably complex. A few darker malts, too - flourishes of very lightly roasted coffee and chocolate - though this one's mostly about the interaction of the light and dark fruits with smooth, sweet roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, with very mild carbonation. Incredibly slick and smooth, but not quite oily.

Drinkability: A solid, fruity doppelbock and one I'm very glad I had a chance to try. No clue what the abv% is, but I'd imagine it's not too terribly high, and it's very well-hidden. Some good notes here that run the array of what I expect from a good doppelbock - recommended.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip (unusual choice, but it was there). and split with CrellMoset and dkachur - with the massive bottle, there's plenty to go around!

A: A gorgeous deep red / mahogany. A creamy, finger and a half of tight and rather sparkling tan head. Retention is great, leaving a nice and sticky wall of lace.

S: Big , sweet maltiness. Some hints of dark fruits in there, but a bit modest. More toffee coming through. Quite a pleasant aroma, a somewhat doughy biscuit.

T: Flavours have a soft choclate flavour with a creamy caramel and slightly raisiny taste. Flavour is a little mellow, but nice. A little bit of spiciness and a touch of alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium body, a softer carbonation. It does open up to a nice warming on the way down.

D: A little lighter than some, but it still has a pretty big profile. It is an easier going beer, and could go places... I'd gladly have it again, and the price is good for the sheer amount.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice traditional looking bock. Super dark brown with some ruby highlights thrown in. Was served with a finger of white head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits. Tons of malt. Some sweetness. A little hint of an earthly mustiness towards the back.

T: A fairly good doppelbock. The malt is big as it to be expected but the hints of raisins and plums what a nice touch. Only the slightest hint of chocolate.

M: Little heavy on the medium side. Very smooth body. A good drinker.

D: When I ordered this I did not connect it to the giant swing tops I see in the store. A really good beer but drinking 1.5 lt alone not so much. Glad I got this on tap as I am a big fan of the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to nfr5069 for this brew.

Purple Tape/Swing Top

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is sweet, malty, very slight hop, very slight spice. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice touch of hops, very slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice Doppelbock, recommended.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, chocolaty, some sweetness but a bit more ale like than lager style. Very much worth going back to.

Color was dark brown with red highlights, aromas were brown sugar, toasty malt, chocolate, no detectable hops which is appropriate for style, but there was a more pronounced hop bitterness than I would have expected. Alchohol is warming but clean and not upfront with other flavors, well balanced in that regard.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Walnut brown body with reddish hues topped with a clean tan head with nice tight carbonation bubbles, which subsides to little or no lacing throughout the beer.

Sweet malt, toffee, and perhaps brown sugar.

Sweet flavors of toffee and dark fruit dominate this beer, with a slight biscuity hint and just the faintest hops in the aftertaste.

Medium to light bodied, well balanced, with a slight bite in the back of the palate.

Very nice complex flavor that really was a surprise after the aroma, which was a little light. The sweetness is excellent and leaves you craving sip after sip.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this very nice looking 1L swingtop bottle from jwc215 in a trade. Thanks Joe!

I'm always keen on trying a "new" Doppelbock:

This pours a clear reddish amber with a 2 finger head of offwhite foam. The head retention and lacing are both impressive.

The smell is quite nice. Notes of toffee, earthy malt, and fruit are quite inviting.

The taste is yummy. Big on toffee and grain and an earthiness are what I first notice but I can taste some caramel and fruit as well with the latter having some dark fruit tartness to it but it's definitely very mildly and serves as a good balancing agent.

A nice medium mouthfeel with a light amount of carbonation sure makes this an easy one to drink and I don't notice the alcohol, what ever it may be, much at all. Very nice sipping DB and man am I glad a bottle is in my hot little hands. It's definitely worth seeling out. Thanks again, Joe!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L swing-top bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear reddish amber brew. Head falls gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is slightly leathery malt sweetness with fruity undercurrents. Taste starts with husky grains, goes fruity in the middle, and then the leathery flavor comes in at the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, with pretty nice drinkability. Nice representation of the style.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

stopped by Jaspers to pick up some homebrew supplies and of course commercial brews when I noticed he had a nice selection of this new doppelbock from Pennichuck. So of course I must try this one.

A - Rich clear mahogany color, solid light tan head

S - light caramel malts and hint of raisins

T - light caramel, dark fruits with a touch of hops.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth light and crisp with a dry finish.

D - very light easy to drink doppelbock.

Not malty rich / sweet as I was expecting for a doppelbock. looked great, drank smooth but not quite what I want for a doppelbock

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Photo of jwc215
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-liter swing-top bottle - painting of St. Florian, patron saint of firefighters (the theme of the brewery) on the label that has a brief history and food pairings of the style on it):

Pours deep, rich mahogany with a large tan head that slowly descends to a lasting creamy cover. Broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, brown sugar, with earthy, mild fruity notes. Soft.

The taste is of caramel/toffee, raisins - towards chocolatey as it progresses. Malt accented but with some earthy, fruity, slightly foral hop bitterness in the back to keep it balanced enough while remaining characteristically sweet. There's just the slightest touch of warming alcohol in the sweetish finish.

Smooth and very creamy. Hits (or nearly hits?) full-bodied without being thick.

Deceptively drinkable. The smoothness and creaminess make this one disappear faster than intended. A nice interpretation of the style!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had stopped into Jaspers Homebrew in Nashua today to get some Bigfoot and saw this new arrival on the shelves. At $9.99 for a 1-litre swing-top, it sounded like a decent deal, especially for a DBock, one of my favorite styles. Did not find any listing of the ABV on the label (nor any freshness info, though that didn't worry me at all).

Filled an imperial pint glass with a simply beautifully-colored liquid! It was a clear, deep ruby/garnet hue, looking positively luscious! Head was a smooth, creamy, beige dollop of foam, steadying itself at about 1/4", and leaving decent lacing behind. Aroma is not overly strong, though it does emit some light caramel and faint hints of raisins. This bier was quite smooth on the tongue, though not anything more than medium-bodied, which was a let down, as I like a DBock to have some semblance of chewiness with a lean towards fullness.

As for the flavor, I feel that the malt was less than expected. It's there, for sure, but doesn't have an overly solid foundation to it. I get some caramel and a bit of sweetness, though not nearly enough. Some dark fruit (currants and raisins) is present here, yet this leads into a dryish, bitter finish. Hopping is lightly floral, emphasis being on the word "lightly". Yeah, it's a doppelbock, but there is simply not enough malty sweetness here, and too little overall complexity to have me think about getting another. There are simply so many more examples of better DBocks out there asking for my coin. Call this one a letdown, especially at this price....


look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of mshallah
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label depicts St. Florian(patron saint of firefighters) with sword in hand.I poured this right down the center of the glass to get a creamy head. I find a creamy head goes well with the sweetness of doppelbocks. The appearance is almost like a black lager. What I liked about the aroma was the sweet malt but it is nowhere even near as cloying as most doppelbocks tend to be. I keep thinking where is the alcohol. The taste is blissful black malt. Not burned or even roasted but of sweet dark fruit and chocolate. The hops are doing the job of balance and as the aftertaste fades bittersweet it leaves one craving the next sip. Still no alcohol. The mouthfeel can be described as as semi-creamy with very smooth carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, I certainly wish I had more. Kudos to Damase Olssen and the team at Pennichuck for a great beer in a great package.

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Saint Florian Doppelbock Lager from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 25 ratings