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Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by tempest on 10-22-2008

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Photo of jmbranum
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very satisfying beer.

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle (with a ceramic stopper cap) into a pint glass. Honey-amber colored with off-white head. Lots and lots of noticable sediment. I like the hearty look of this beer but I know some will be put off by the amount of visible sediment.

Rich, malty aroma. Flavor is a mouthful. Lots and lots of malt. I can pick up notes of pears, dates, figs and a hint of caramel. Nice background of hops with lots of spices thrown in the mix (I'm assuming from the yeast sediment).

Very full and rich mouthfeel.

Lingering flavors of caramel. A tiny bit of caramel. Very dark-wheat bread-like.

I love this beer and will be drinking more of it in the future.

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very fine brew! A Märzen of deep amber colour, with a thick offwhite head and a fruity nose. But the aroma is topped by the taste. You will feel a fine WHISKEY note. Yes, really.

I don't know how much alcohol is is this brew (unfortunately bottles for the USA seldom carry that print), but we were drunk after sharing this bottle among us 2.

Of course that does not necessarily mean anyhing. But this whiskey note gave me a hint that this might have more alcohol than your regular Oktoberfestbier.

The mouthfeel was smooth, but not in a sweet way. The alcohol was clearly there, but not biting. It was just wonderful!

I will absolutely buy that again, if I see it. Paid 4,75 $ for the half liter bottle with swing top at Abe's Cold Beer Store in Bethlehem.

Yes, I would buy that again, it definitely is worth it.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - super clear light orange color with a thick white head that is well retained, leaves a nice lacing

S - grainy, bready malt aroma, clean - no esters or phenols with no hop

T - like aroma, sweet bready malt with a touch of toast; clean and finishes with a slight hop

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth

D - This is quite a nice authentic märzen. It really delivers everything expected in the style in an unassuming manner - just clean, good and well crafted. I wish I had a few more on hand.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark amber to light brown with a slight chill haze under a 1” light tan cap that grips the glass leaving splotches of lace.
S: Dark malt aromas, light bread and grains.
T: Has a clean palate with a rich malt profile and some darker malt or kettle sugar character.
F: clean and smooth. Medium body and medium low carbonation.
O: A little more dark malt character than I expected but very easy to drink.

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Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a 16.9oz bottle, it left about two beautiful fingers of head and the beer itself had a clear orangey amber hue.

S: Bread and caramel malt notes hit immediately, dominating the aroma. Hints of grassy hop aroma tickle the nose.

T: Delicious balance of caramel malt and bready flavor. I've definitely had bigger, maltier festbiers, but the clean balance gave this beer great appeal. The hops provided a pretty dry finish, leaving me wanting more.

M: The body wasn't huge, and the caramel malt didn't cause any cloying. The medium carbonation plus the mild maltiness really appealed to my palate, and the bread notes were fortunately not overpowering at all.

D: I'd like to think that this is one of the best and closest interpretations of a märzen in existence. The beer was brewed in Franconia (whose caves were used to lager the original märzens), so there's the local ingredients, and the beer was actually brewed in March and lagered until fall by the Franconian brewery. I think this is a superbly drinkable beer, especially for fall. While I love a malty Oktoberfest, this beer is a sign that the trend toward lighter festbiers won't rob me of any satisfaction.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Golden copper, clear. With a moderate pour I got three fingers of white head. Decent retention, and this one leaves a bit of lacing as well.

S - Very soft, bready aroma with just a hint of grain and metal. A peppery hop aroma is noted as well.

T - A very mild taste that is reminding of a helles. Bready/biscuit flavor with a touch of a caramel/brown sugar. Some hop bitterness pulls through in and near the finish, though I'm not getting any flavor. Faint toastiness lingers in the finish. The mildness of this brew makes it difficult to describe, but it is very tasty.

M - Sturdy medium body with a moderate to soft carbonation. Very nice in the mouth.

D - A solid beer to be sure. This is probably my first experience with the more modern oktoberfests, so I don't have a huge frame of reference. However, I'll definitely buy this again (if I can find it) and would recommend this to others.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all over the map for me. Nice opaque maybe burnt orange color but very limited head that disappears quickly and almost no lacing. The caramel jumps out in the aroma but has an almost artificial feel because it is so strong. Sweet malt and plenty of caramel and bread in the flavor, this is an desert beer. Monk's Fest is descriptive word, nice full mouthfeel gives this beer a meal like component. Filling, sweet on the finish but clean. Overall a very enjoyable beer that you will not care for if you do not a sweet beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a US pint glass.

Pours a very dense head of off-white foam (2-3cm) that slowly collapses into a thin sheeting (<0.5cm) across the entire body. Lacing is left on the sides of glass, I'm getting some strange-looking hieroglyphic patterns, quite nice. Body is medium-brown in color, murky/hazy.

Aroma opens with toasted, dark malt sweetness, roasted nuts, caramel/toffee, and roasted malt giving a bit of sweet coffee scent. You can tell from the scent that this is a malt-heavy, malt-forward, hops-be-damned sort of brew.

Taste has a big malt opening with additions of strong nut and mocha flavors. Ends with a bready, nutty flavor. Oh yeah, malty excellence, a definite extreme German way to view a beer: bread-forward.

Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation to make itself felt on the tongue. Fairly clean overall; with a beer this into malt, I'd expect something syrupy afterwards, but this is a rather dry, crisp finish. Not cloying at all.

This is the heartiest Oktoberfest I've ever tried. What's surprising is that that ABV isn't particularly high, despite the robust flavors and chewy mouthfeel. Definitely unique among the German varieties I've had. It would be interesting to see how this fared with some hops, but I can appreciate a brewer trying to go all-out for an already bready style.

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Photo of MillRat
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden amber with a half-inch of white head that dissipates but for a ring around the glass.

Beautiful aroma of malt and toasted bread, with just a bit of grassy hops in the background. Flavor delivers on the promise, providing a textbook definition of what melanoidin is, presenting a rich lightly toasted malt flavor with a little caramel that leaves you prepared to find a rather cloying sweetness, but instead it finishes clean and refreshing without relying on a heavy hopping.

This medium bodied beer goes down easily and leaves the palate refreshed, enhanced by the balance that the melanoidin provides by supplying a rich malt flavor that does not leave a syrupy impression. I'm regretting that I didn't buy a few more.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5L swing top bottle into a flared pint glass. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the label.

A: Nice, rich amber/chestnut brown body with good clarity. 1 finger of dense, off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet malt notes with nuts, almond, fainter dark fruit, grape. Increasingly fruit-forward as it warms. Apple juice and maybe some green apple towards the bottom of the glass. Touch of floral hops.

T: Lightly sweet, fruity notes open, followed by a rather pronounced pretzel-like malt. More toasted pretzel with buttery, nutty elements lead to a noble hop bitterness. Fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol presence. Some lingering toasty bread in the aftertaste, but mostly clean.

M: Very smooth, moderate carbonation with a medium body. Rich feel without any heaviness.

O: Interesting dichotomy of fruit-forward nose and malty flavors that really invoke pretzels on my palate. I really dug this one. Great stuff.


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Photo of philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear amber with a small white head. Nice lacing. Smells clearly of caramel malts; very slightly fruity. Simple, but not one-dimensional. More strong caramel malt in the taste with a lot of mineral character. Earthy. Light hops toward the finish dry it out and make it incredibly drinkable. The kind of thing you could drink all day long.

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Photo of drperm
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unassuming mildly-cloudy tan/dark-apricot color in my Aventinus glass. It pours a generous white foam that calms down a bit without going away entirely.

Aroma: Nice! Toasty, inviting aroma with lots of caramel, a bit of earthiness, a hint of minerals, and a splash of...bath soap?

Taste: This is a fine one - nicely reminiscent of a Dunkel, and to me this hits the tongue and says, "autumn." Crispy, green apple bite with fine notes of homemade toast, lots of banana bread (especially as it warms!), an undercurrent of minerally caramel, mild noble hops, chamomile, and a faint hint of roasted veggies on the finish.

Palate: Approaching thinness, but the overall mouthfeel makes me think of the image of the happy Franconian monk on the label - jolly, agreeable, and pleasant.

Overall/Drinkability: I'm not a huge Märzen/O.F. aficionado, but this one is very nice! Quite flavorful and rich while remaining easily quaffable and easy-going. Perfect for a crisp Sunday afternoon in September. Nobody seems to know the ABV here. As a Märzen, I would expect it on the semi-weak side of things (somewhere between 4 and 5.5%?), but my constitution is suggesting otherwise. Don't throw these back *too* quickly!

I'm intrigued about this brewery. If you speak/read German, they have a fantastic website (but the Monk's Fest is nowhere to be found!). I hope to see more offerings from Weissenohe in my distribution neck of the woods soon.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse. Served in a standard pint glass, it appears a clear amber-orange with a short white head.

Wow this beer is fresh. Right off the bat, it's an expertly balanced, and seemingly flawless Oktoberfest. The aroma and flavor a filled with a seemingly simple bready and light caramel malt profile that's countered by a subtle hop note. I imagine this is what O-fest's from the big German brewers, especially Spaten, would taste like if they fresh and untainted by travel. Overall, this beer is incredibly drinkable and it's a shame this beer isn't everywhere.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine Marzen style beer although almost a tad over the line into a bockish flavor. Poured from the 25 oz flippy, it's nice looking in the glass; a cloudy amber capped with a soon diminished frothy head. Deep malty smells wafted up from the pilsner glass, slightly caramel in nature. Big malty flavor with some real sweetness although there is a decent hop backbone giving this beer great balance for all the flavor. The finish is real good. A very nice beer!

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a slender 0.5L mug. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice rich dark amber/bronze color with ¾" off-white head that recedes slowly. Steady streams of bubbles rising through the beer. Sipping leaves foam on sides of glass with patches of irregular lacing. Throughout the entire beer there is a ring and some foam to leave bits of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft, fresh and clean with bready and caramel malt nicely blending with earthy/herbal undertones from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is bready and caramel, with some initial light malt sweetness followed by a mild but definite bitterness from the earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied but soft and smooth with the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long to long, beginning with the sweet malt flavors and then slowly trailing off to earthy herbal hop bitterness that leaves me wating another sip.

Drinkability: I thought this one nicely drinkable. Unlike some O-fests it isn't too sweet and so the flavors never cloy. I could easily have another and drink this one again. I'll have this one again.

Note: In fact I have had this one again and enjoyed each glass. Definitely drinkable. :-)

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on firkin at Nerax at Novare Res.

Pours with a light fizzy head, dark amber color.

Nose brings straw, toasty malts, sweet and soft but complex decoction malt aroma, smooth with layered malts, and hints of floral noble hops.

Taste starts clean and crisp, a nice decoction soft layered malt profile again, creamy and smooth for a lager, light lager fruits, plenty of toast and straw, floral and fruity hops with a decent noble hop kick and slight spicy hops. A drier clean and crisp finish with a decent bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent enough carb for firkin.

Overall pretty nice, not the best true German Oktoberfest, but right up there, much better than 95% of the "American" style ones, nice crisp and clean lager, nice soft layered decoction malt profile, some floral noble hops, a bit of cracked straw. It's all there.

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Photo of Domingo
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Never seen or heard of this brewer before, but I like the swingtop bottle and labels.
Pours a light amber color that's somewhere between the more orange-y traditional examples from Paulaner/H-P/etc. and the neo-festbier style. I believe this is a hallmark of the Marzen beers from Franconia vs. those further south.
The nose has a pretty strong lager yeast smell that always reminds me of fresh clover honey. You also pick up a malty sweetness, but it's not too strong. The yeast (surprisingly) is the main smell.
The flavor is mildly sweet and toasty. Toasted gingerbread with a hint of nuttiness. Not too sweet, but definitely not dry either. Just a lingering semisweet flavor.
Texture is slicker than some, but it's a long way from watery. Again, it walks the line between the traditional Marzen beers and the newer festbier style.
I polished off my bottle almost too quickly. The flavors are really right up my alley and I could certain imagine polishing off a mass (or two) of this beer.
This definitely gave me a good first impression of Weissenohe.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

overall a german perfect simple little wonder of a marzen. on the formally noted dark marzen... not christmas brighter festbeers. a delicate meal. nice froth of thick head that has some spongy lace. copper clear. nose of toasty malt and almonds and a earthy apple bark like quality. palate is a mild mild sweet that is a back bone of firm earthiness that is sustaining but not massive. it still feels light. maple syrup notes of mineral without the sweetness. tight carbonation that contracts into a very subtle apple acidic brightness. but not a bright beer. this i could see could distort the beer for some. still clean transition in form of minerals, earth, and acidic hints.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of bready and slightly sweet caramel malts with just a hint of earthy hops.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells - caramel malt flavors up front soon gain a bit of body and breadiness that carries through to a slightly sweet and rather crisp ending. As with the smell a light hint of earthy hops enters into things midway through the sip but doesn't manage to do much more than make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer and while the flavors didn't pop as much as others there was the perfect amount of everything present here. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a slightly hazy orange/gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into nothing more than lacing on the surface of the liquid.

A pronounced roasted smell is what I can detect first, followed by a subtly sweet grain note, and a strange and surprising whiff of bitter chocolate.

The taste is reminiscent of a nice toasted biscuit, with a deliciously bready aftertaste. Very simple and satisfying. Medium-bodied, very smooth, and excellently drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Weissenohe Monastary in Weissenhoe, Germany.

A: Poured a predominantly pumpkin orange with marzen highlights throughout. The head started out with a macro-bubbly appearance, 1 finger high and was soft beige in color before lapsing to a smooth creamy whipped coating ¼ finger high. Upon the initial pour the inner glass was lined like bubble wrap composed of micro-carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides, which quickly dissolved leaving behind only a faint and light offering. All in all a decent showcase here appearance wise of a traditional german marzen that should generate few complaints.

S: The nose was clean and soft in nature with light hints of semi-dry oranges and sweet caramelized grains. Fresh bread-dough is also evident while the hops were hard to pick up if any with vague hints of fresh flowerys, mostly greenery coming through with perhaps a touch of sunflowers.

T: The flavor starts out with a beautiful and forth-right display of semi-dry noble flowery hops. The malting is smooth and lusciously sweet with a bit of munich dry toasted grain backing. Midway through there is a sharp spicy hop bite (tettnang?) that really stands out giving this some bite. The beer then proceeds to a light lemony hopping and caramelized grain sweetness for the finish accompanied by a fruitiness of ripe apples and pears. This is what I envision a true german marzen to be. A light noble flowery hopping gives some dryness to the finishing fade giving you incentive looking forward to the next taste.

m: The mouthful was soft, creamy with a light bodied and almost no carbonation getting in the way which only increases the soft luscious feel. Very smooth though out, and again better then expected results.

D: A very smooth drinking experience that brings a nice flowery hop bite and smooth creamy malting to the table which only increases its enjoyability factor. There was a slight bit of alcohol presence which may hinder this as an all day drinker, perhaps more suited in more moderate quantities but should achieve a much higher level of satisfaction. Mug worthy toaster with repeat drinkability and purchase, particularly from a brewer I never previously heard of. I would certainly advocate this for strong recommendation at any Octoberfest gathering.

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Photo of Jaysauras
4/5  rDev +5.8%

This is what you want from a fest beer.

L: Pours a nice crisp amber color with a good amount of head to it. Some notable carbonation and a murky unfiltered look.

S: Toasted Malts and grains with a slight hit of a vague sweetness. Almost citrusy but not quite. Has the same sort of aroma as a belgian.

T: Great sweetness up front without too much carbonation or hoppiness to it. Really nice buttery, fruity, sweet taste to it. Could definitely see this as a sessionable brew due to that. Tastes much like a belgian tripel without the high alcohol content.

F: Moderate carbonation, nice and light.

O: A really solid Märzen. No question. If you are undecided on a fest beer and are looking for an authentic feeling and tasting beer then this is a definite one to check out.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a reddish brown with big head and steady lace down glass with a semi-sweet, semi-bready malt smell along with some minor spicy hops. Taste is more of the same as there is chewiness to the medium body thanks to dry breadiness and some sticky malts as well. Nice balance between this and the bitter hops that finishes with a good crispness and some carbonation. I found this beer to be a great sipper.

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

Pours a surprisingly dark brown color with a slight orange tint with a thin, off-white head. Very murky body with fine sediment and light carbonation.

Clean but thick malty caramel. Fresh bread with light toffee notes and even lighter citrus notes.

The phrase "liquid bread" has never rung truer than it does with this beer. Rich caramel and a heavy nuttiness dominate the sweet flavor profile but with an unfinished quality... It reminds me of a sample of wort, fresh off the stove and ready for fermentation to begin. Malt seems a bit burnt. An earthy bitterness hits at the end.

The thick body will slow your sipping as this is one heavy beer. It's very filling! Carbonation is nearly impossible to detect. Sweet, sweet finish.

A fantastic example of the style. This is a meal in a glass, so prepare to sip it slow. I highly recommend this one to anyone who likes their beer malty and a bit on the sweet side.

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

Pours a nice amber with a glow and a quite thin head. Smells very malty and on the sweeter side with aromas of caramel and toffee, and some lager yeastiness. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest, and the malt is very firm in the mouth. A touch of Horlicks and burnt sugar, and some burnt toffee. Once again, not very sweet even given these flavor notes. The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side, but not sticky or grainy, instead quite drying in the finish, and relatively smooth. Not bad at all.

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