Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)
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Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnW on 10-14-2005

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317
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3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
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Photo of Realale
4.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep slightly hazy full gold. Beige head dissipates to a thin cap that leaves lovely lace.

Rich, pure lovely malty goodness on the nose. There is a warmth to the malt that I've rarely encountered. Absolutely captivating.

Medium full in the mouth. Again, intense, pure malt flavors dominate. There's some mineral supporting, and some bitterness keeping it in check, but this is all about the malt. Such a gorgeous balancing act.

Very low carbonation gives a velvety impression as the malt seeps into every corner of your mouth. I could drink this beer forever.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"monschof kellerbrau!!!"
"monschof kellerbrau!!!"
"monschof kellerbrau!!!"

after my foul german caricature accent is tired, i drink the beer.

rich orange rind color, cloudy, rising carbonation with brownish highlights and yellow thinning. perfect creamy head and a rich, grainy nose. smells like baking bread and burnt pizza crust. something underlying evokes pumpkin pie.

this beer has some serious body, and backs that up with a rich, complex flavor. malty sweetness is front-and-center, gentle additions of fresh, low-alpha hops remind the drinker that this is alive with botanical goodness. candied nuts and delicate, richly flaked pastry accent the palate here. really a top notch beer and an excellent recommendation by unionmade.

drinkable? hell yes. creamy and tasty, low alcohol percentage and boatloads of appeal. my only caution is to buy this NOW (check my review date) as its been in the US for a month already and isn't getting any BETTER. walk.. no, RUN to your local good beer store and indulge in a ZUPER KELLER!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one gave off a beautiful white head and the bier was a thick, cloudy dark orange.

Smell – The grain and malts here at the nose work together so well that it's hard to distinguish the two components. There's a light, aromatic sweetness to the nose that gives this KB a wonderful bouquet.

Taste – To me this is the perfect lager. The malty grain flavor is exactly what I think of when I think of German lager. There is a hint of mature sweetness here. It's not sweet like candy or fruit but like the sweetness that you can taste from a carrot or ear of corn only after having abstained from artificial sugars for a week. I can't see any way that you could make this taste better.

Mouthfeel – This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had from a bottle. It's a bit bigger than light-bodied but not yet medium. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste and is a pleasure to slide around in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is German Keller Bier at its best. You won't find a better sample stateside.

PS: I grilled up some big, fat Italian sausages and some Hungarian, Anaheim, and Thai red peppers with white onions and tossed it all in between a couple split brotchen and used this KB to wash it down. Man that was tasty.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the flip-top bottle (saved for my collection). Kellers are new to me; and I now wonder why I hadn't tried the style before. I love the Mönchshof Schwarzbier, so I thought I'd try this one. Wow. Slightly hazy amber color, with a nice fluffy head in the glass. Mostly malt in the nose, then the taste. Phenomenally rich malt, with a very nice and very subtle (slightly fruity?) hops flavor that really rounds out the flavor. I'm glad the bottle was larger than 12 ounces. I was very happy to "top off" my glass about half-way through. Unfortunately a bit pricey, but well worth trying.

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Photo of jayjay1976
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer struck me as cheap because it was, well, cheap at 0.79 euro per bottle, and the crappy label suggests this is something bums drink. I tried it once or twice to wash down a döner kebap and didn't take the time to focus on the flavor. I admit to passing it by the next few visits until I had a thirst for that toasty beer with the brown label that would go so well with my roasted maultaschen. I tried a third bottle and was captivated. As I drink it I wish I could put it back in the bottle, latch the flip top, and save it for something really important. Like the second coming of Christ. It is quite good.

For some time I have thought all the loves of my life were Hefeweizens, but this incredible keller bier has captivated me. Now for the details.

Eyes:
Poured briskly into a shaker pint, it yields a thick layer of frothy ambosia that quickly settles into a sweet creamy head, thin but exquisite. trails from the pour are evident for a minute or so, maybe longer but I was anxious. Left thin lace panties on the walls of my glass. Schwing. Dark orange amber with distinct yellow highlights, ample sediment that must be firmly coaxed from the bottom with the last swig. Not that I drink it from the bottle.

Nose:
Malty, as has been said repeatedly. Heavy creamy scent with an underscore of ripe butter and cave-aged fromage. I could drink this through the nose I am quite certain.

Tongue:
hearty, yeasty tang backed by a formidable hearth-baked bready wall of malt. Front and center is the golden roast seedling. Bringing up the rear is a cultured, yeasty cheese note that's hard to put a finger on. It's a touch musty; but a cultured must, and charming in its subtlety. I'm not ashamed to admit that the back end is what I look forward to.

Wet and milky on the tongue, with a certain strangeness of proportion that is both perplexing and unexpectedly beautiful.

Shamelessly drinkable, I consider this an excellent session beer.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh(ish) 500ml swingtop. Pours hazy dark gold with a fluffy white head that eventually disappears to leave nice lacing. Smells strongly of wet hay and grain. Sweet malt primarily with some grassiness. Big, very grainy, almost bready taste. Plenty of aromatic hop character without all of the bitterness. Surprisingly strong yeast notes for a lager. Rich and characterful. Full body and carbonation that suits it brilliantly. The kind of thing one could drink all day.

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Photo of putnam
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tea brown liquid with soapy, irregular white on top. Nuts and moist brown bread aromas are illuminated with shadings of iron, lemon and herb. Full flavors with astonishing agility and pace render impressions of chestnuts, granitic minerals and floral, herbal hazelnut meal. Bracing, bitter/tart grip on the finish makes it super dry and refreshing. A great beer for a deli sandwich.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden brown, lightly hazy, topped with a fat white head. Great retention and lacing, layers of sheeting lace down my half liter willibecker tumbler. The head thins a bit, but sticks around for the duration. Spicy, floral hop aroma. Very clean. Minerally. A bit of lemongrass and apple skin. Pils malt. Smells quite fresh. Toasty pils malt in the front of the sip, a bit of moderately kilned grain in there. Very clean, with a soup cracker breadiness. A very hard water quality, nearly flinty, with persistent mineral character. Kinda like real mountain spring water, and it gives the beer a very precise, straight-to-the-point character, exactly what you'd expect of the finest german beer. A touch of honey, nuttiness and faint grassy esters. Restrained malty sweetness into the finish, met with an assertive german hop bitterness. Floral and brisk, somewhat metallic in that particular noble hop way, cutting off clean with very little aftertaste. Sturdy, bustling carbonation with a fairly light body bordering on medium. Somehow, this beer reminds me of one of those severe, stern german schoolteachers with a very tight bun and horn-rimmed eyeglasses. Somehow uncompromising and unwilling to suffer a weak palate, this is quality stuff for the more serious german beer fan. A bit more complex than usual, and cleaner than most. It just screams Germany and gives you a disapproving glare. I'll have to get this again. A knockout.

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Photo of etherashe
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is like buttery caramel, with a tiny head and light carbonation. The smell is tacit, grapey sweetness.

The taste is exceedingly level-headed and balanced. Only the hint of tartness, hops and malt, but at the same time (in some mysterious way I cannot fathom) a very full flavor, like olfactory velvet. There's no competition here between the elements. A subtly refreshing flavor combination, especially when compared to the structure of most other beers.

The mouthfeel is even and pleasing.

This beer is a great surprise, and one of my all-time favorites so far. It's passively eloquent. I don't know if I got a sample bottled on an exceptionally good day, or if this beer is always so nice, but I will definitely try it again.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing lager. Although the look of it is a little deceiving, the flavor is great. Poured in the glass, it’s a nice amber color without much head. The aroma picks up with fresh clean malt notes. The taste really hits hard, great malt profile, tending to a little toastiness, that fills the mouth with pleasure. The hops are well balanced with the malt and there is a bit of sweetness that completes the overall flavor. These flavors linger and are followed but a hop tang that highlights the thirst quenching drinkability of this beer. I would consider this one of the best, if not the best, lager I’ve ever had. A really great beer.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9 ounce bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Off-white head, big bubbly, moderate and sticky lacing. Cloudy, amber body with aroma of dark fruits. Raisiny, brown sugary in flavor. Delicious and interesting in style. Easy to drink and a great overall experience.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; cloudy amber with a nice creamy white head. Big strips of off white lacing left behind, even a bit chunky.

smell; very pleasant malts, some vanilla bean comes to mind or maybee sugar/honey coated oats in vanilla milk. Some grassy hops blend subtle with the slightest hint of alcohol, blunt yet gentle. Smells just like a Zwickelbier and yeast is present start to finish, one of the finest smelling to date in my experience.

taste; dry grains and warming yeast, almost like a stale München malt. Not much sweetness comes about as a biter aftertaste takes dominance in the aftertaste. What malts are still present blend nicely with some yeasty blandness. All in all, reminds of a whole grain bread with a bitter bite.

mouthfeel; lower end of medium bodied, creamy and velvety, so smooth and slick, oh so refreshing with a semi-dry finish.

overall; this is a nice one, would definitely buy again. Try with a bit of celery salt sprinkled Limburger and the yeast in this beer takes on a lactic, ice cream-like aftertaste.

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Photo of Maracuja
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden brown, lightly hazy, topped with a fat white head. Great retention and lacing, layers of sheeting lace down my half liter willibecker tumbler. The head thins a bit, but sticks around for the duration. Spicy, floral hop aroma. Very clean. Minerally. A bit of lemongrass and apple skin. Pils malt. Smells quite fresh. Toasty pils malt in the front of the sip, a bit of moderately kilned grain in there. Very clean, with a soup cracker breadiness. A very hard water quality, nearly flinty, with persistent mineral character. Kinda like real mountain spring water, and it gives the beer a very precise, straight-to-the-point character, exactly what you'd expect of the finest german beer. A touch of honey, nuttiness and faint grassy esters. Restrained malty sweetness into the finish, met with an assertive german hop bitterness. Floral and brisk, somewhat metallic in that particular noble hop way, cutting off clean with very little aftertaste. Sturdy, bustling carbonation with a fairly light body bordering on medium. Somehow, this beer reminds me of one of those severe, stern german schoolteachers with a very tight bun and horn-rimmed eyeglasses. Somehow uncompromising and unwilling to suffer a weak palate, this is quality stuff for the more serious german beer fan. A bit more complex than usual, and cleaner than most. It just screams Germany and gives you a disapproving glare. I'll have to get this again. A knockout.

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Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz swing top bottle into a tall mug. The label has no other info.

Appearance: It has deep amber to copper colored body with a heavy haze and visible carbonation. A two finger, creamy light beige head sits on top and hangs on well. On the way down the glass it makes lots of cool sticky lace patterns.

Smell: The nose has notes of bready malt and bready yeast with leafy hop notes and a light mineral edge.

Taste/Palate: There is a clean lager character running up the middle of the tongue with mellow bready malt and yeast notes coming in from the sides. A flash of leafy/herbal hop flavor and bitterness finishes it off with just the slightest hint of something mineral like. On the palate it has a solid medium feel with smooth mellow carbonation.

Notes: Overall this is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper in color with an impressively long-lasting head. Buttery and somehow wholesome to smell, full of fresh bread and honey, plus some floral hop tones and a bit of cracked grain. Deliciously honeyed flavor, full, sweet, bready and spicy. Toffee waltzes with bitter lemon rind to a score of popcorn, caramel, and herbs. Soft yet crisp, malty yet dry, simple yet elegant.

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Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Burnished copper hue with moderate cast of haze. Moderate cream colored head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Light grainy sweetness with slight estery profile with light notes of pears and cherries. Yeasty sourdough aroma as well with faint background notes of breadcrusts.

Flavor-Bready/grainy sweet with light orchard fruit and yeasty/earthy undertones. Finishes with a toasty bread crust flavor and earthy herbal hop notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderate carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy for a lager. Still, refreshing.

Awesome kellerbier-full of flavor and character, while retaining the refreshing smooth characteristics you'd expect from a lager. Charming and delicious.

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Photo of Offa
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty tasty, lightly complex, easy-to-drink beer. It's rather dry, with very light sweetness and even less bitterness, but retains a good feel and lasting flavour.

Slightly hazy light brown-amber, it has a very big off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin top and leaves a tiny bit of lace.

The aroma is bready with yeasty sourdough, crust, pine, leaves, and a hint of caramel.

The taste is bready and leafy with a little root-beer-like spiciness and hint of caramel, along with hints of pine and lemon. It's also a little zesty.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 12/31/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) single bottle with a ceramic stopper for around $4.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass French jelly glass stein.

Pours a reddish-mahogany in color with a good 5-finger foamy/creamy head that finally settled down to around 5mm after a good while! I even poured it very slowly. Most I have seen I believe! A good amount of lacing was seen when sipped. Like a good German brew that was fresh on tap. The aroma is only of malts and yeast for the most part. Pretty much the same is said for the taste with just a very light finish of hops. Wasn't overdone at alll and actually just added some character to this brew. Don't think I have ever had this German style of beer either but was really good. Medium-bottled with perfect carbonation. Overall a great brew! PROST and BEST WISHES for 2015!

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Photo of EPICAC
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lord Hobo.

Mönchshof Kellerbräu poured a cloudy copper, and was topped by a nice, white head that faded to a film, leaving patchy lace. The aroma was moderately malty with a light bit of hops. The malts were toasty, bready, and had a hint of caramel, while the hops were grassy with a light, bright, citric note

Toasty malts upfront let through a mild bready sweetness. The breadiness comes to the fore in the center, and meets the mild grassy and citric flavors from the hops. The hop bitterness appears in the finish and lingers, but isn't strong. Its presence is enough to cut the malts, and give a nice finish. This Keller Bier is crisp, and light with a seltzer like carbonation in finish and mild dryness.

I thought that this beer was very nice. It was crisp and light, but balanced.

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Photo of Pepeton
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Keller Bier, and man, I'm impressed by the style.

Pours a hazy, murky amber reddish, the produces a not matching head, not white not tan. Great lacing all along my pint glass. Nice.

Smell was another surprise. Is this really a lager? Man, my first impression was that this brew is really some sort of ale: Mellow fruity aromas, caramel malts, some spiciness on the background. Good.

Taste was really smooth, well balanced. Caramel malts, of course. Maybe just a pinch of roasted malts too. Refreshing, somehow crisp, and a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel was buttery, round, medium body and with a small bitter at the very end.

Drinkability? Well, high, really high, no matter that it's 5.4% ABV doesn't make this beer a sessionable one.

¡Salud!

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Photo of seanyfo
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark amber orange, 3 finger creamy white head that lasts well with good lacing, beading lively

S- metallic, munich malts, fresh grass clippings. As the beer warms there is a kind of burnt applewood cheeselike aroma. Im also getting a pastry smell ( for the scots amongst us, im getting a bit of scotch pie too??)

T- fresh baked breads, munich malt, slight toffee/honey.

M- lively carbonation, medium mouthfeel

D- a lovely example of the style, comparable to the Hacker Pschorr offering which i am partial to aswell. A fantastic session beer, not overly stimulating flavour wise, but a good honest hearty brew that can be drunk litre after litre without complaint

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swing-top bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a full frothy white head, great retention, minor lace.

S: Great full malty German nose with a dose of minerals thrown in there for good measure.

T: Sweet Vienna style malt with clear mineral notes that are the hallmark of this style. Good complexity, light noble hopping on the back end leaving some bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth and easy to drink. Crisp.

O: Another classic keller. I don't know why more breweries don't do this style, their sure fun to drink.

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Photo of wschmit
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: Took a little work to get up a half inch of egg-shell white, fine creamy head that settles quickly. A slightly hazy body the color of apple juice, this looks just about right.

S: Smell was almost overwhelming upon opening--bananas, pear, and malt. Very dominant and quite pleasant--just enough breadiness reminds me of baking pie, complete with cinnamon and clove. Lovely smell. No hops.

T: Not as sweet as the nose, but still similar in taste. A tad tart, very much in line with the apple pie description. A bit oxidized as per style, and with some bittering at the end. I wish a bit more of the spicy nose came through on the palate, but eh...still quite good for the style.

M: Good body and low carbonation, as befits the style. Very cider-like, really.

D: High. Moderate alcohol, great flavor, excellent nose, all delivered without any irritating carbonation. I could drink this all day, an excellent example of kellerbier.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro for pointing this beer in my direction. It's excellent. A 500ml swing top bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a hazy brown color with a thin head. It had a sweet aroma, to me like a caramel candied apple. Very pleasant malt taste, with the fruity caramel presence, then a little tang at the end. A really enjoyable and fun to drink beer.

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Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint growler poured into a pub glass. pours a brownish amber color with a nice haze and two fingers of loose white head that leaves rocky lacings on the glass.

aroma is malty and lightly floral with a wheat-like base. light caramel and mild grain round out the profile, and remain in the background.

taste is lightly malty and mildly tart, with a soft sweetness, while smooth caramel malt forms a backbone. floral hops remain in the background, while a mildly dry finish provides a clue to their existance. a distant hint of citrus is present as well.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a crisp finish.

drinkability is great. this is a refreshing and mildly rich brew with solid concentration and an easy going character that the growler keeps nice and fresh. cheers!

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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