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Brewed by:
Brauerei Max Leibinger GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mora2000 on 06-15-2010

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquried as part of a mixed six-pack at Whole Foods HQ and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as a kellerbier because Leibinger's website identifies it as such (even though the label clearly refers to it as an ale). Best before: "003 L 31 FL."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of off-white colour. Subpar thickness. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Subpar consistency and complexion. Head retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. Lacing is quite sticky and clumpy as the head recedes, but the lacing doesn't hold - it slides down the sides fairly quickly.

Body colour is a nontransparent translucent dull copper with brown hues. Not a great colour by any means, and not particularly vibrant either. No yeast particles are visible, which is a bit troubling given the style. Actually, it looks like most of the sediment has attached itself to the bottom of the bottle. I wouldn't call this cloudy. It doesn't even look unfiltered.

Way out of style conventions here. I'm concerned. Far from unique or special, unless brewing a kellerbier that overtly violates style conventions is considered unique.

Sm: Low carbon dioxide is already evident from the aroma, which resembles a cask beer. Munich malts, pilsner malts, honey, grains, some brown malts, caramalt, and some floral character from the weak barely integrated hops. A biteen buttery. Bready. A bit on the sweeter side.

Caramel is dominant.

Strangely, I can't find any yeast character in the aroma. Odd for a kellerbier. No alcohol is detectable.

Overall, I'm liking it and looking forward to it in spite of its simplicity. I get the feeling this is going to bring the vitamins and rich bready quality I'd expect in a good keller.

T: Buttery (butterscotch/intentional diacetyl), mellow grains, munich malts, dominant caramalts, pilsner malts, and floral hops - with a minimal presence and little noticeable bitterness. Edges towards the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum, but it's pretty close to centre. Bready, sure. I do pick up some rich vitamin-ridden biscuity yeast character lurking beneath the malty core. It is a bit nutty, but I can't quite identify the nuts.

An extremely simple kellerbier with a good balance. Very no-nonsense and back to basics. I can dig that. Sure, I'd like more complexity and subtlety. It may be simple, but it's a gestalt build - I can't imagine removing or adding any notes would keep it as a whole. It's more than the sum of its parts, and that's a difficult thing to achieve. Tasty stuff even if it's shallow. Average flavour duration. Below average flavour intensity.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Classically undercarbonated to style. If you don't like that, kellerbiers aren't for you. Smooth and wet. Mellow light body. Fairly refreshing. A bit thinner than most lagers, which aids drinkability. Texture complements the taste well.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, oily, rough, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Very drinkable. This is a lager I could down by the litreglas, but it won't dazzle with intricacy or nuance. Just a solid table beer that's good for any season. I like that the flavour profile is bready and almost a meal-in-a-glass but that the mouthfeel is lighter and thinner, making it extraordinarily quaffable. I do appreciate a good keller and though this is far from world-class, it's one I'd happily go back to.

The nuttiness is a highlight for me personally.

High C+

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brauerei Max Leibinger "Zeppelin"
11.2 oz. brown glass bottle, "Best Before End: 003 E 51 FL."
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More "901, Tampa, FL

I was hoping for a little more from this beer given that it's supposedly a kellerbier, and that it reads "So schmeckt geschichte" - so tastes history, but what I found was a fairly basic brown ale, albeit it quite refined and enjoyable.

The body was actually fairly clear, and although I couldn't see my fingerprints through the glass, I could clearly see my fingers. The color was a deep amber/copper beneath a creamy off-white head. The head retention and lacing were actually quite good, and I appreciated the the initial ring of lace it left followed by thin broken-veils.

In the aroma I found apple and soft dark skinned fruit with a very subtle edge - just a suggestion - of roastiness or smokiness. I'm guessing that this is made with brown malt and that's where it's coming from. Some nuttiness, and minor background floral, grassy, and leafy/earthy hops come through as well.

A full nuttiness joins the fruit along with a complementary bit of golden caramel, and the combination of the three is really quite nice. A stiff bitterness braces it, and all that's needed are some hops to lend a bit of spice and usher in a dry finish... and there they are: herbal, spicy, leafy, grassy, and lightly floral.

In the end I was impressed, if somewhat disappointed that I didn't find something more exciting. Of course it all makes sense: the malt that they're using would surely mimic what was being produced in the early 1900's; and given their location to the southwest of Munich a brown, semi-malty ale would have still been the norm.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter.
Slightly cloudy yellowish-amber-gold color. Decent head.

This is a relatively fruity smelling zwickel lager from Bavaria. It has a good aroma and is quite tasty, with a touch of nutty yeast over a solid malt base. Mouthfeel is this lager's weak spot.

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Photo of russpowell
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Always happy to try a keller bier, here's hoping it won't be tired or old...

Pours a clear caramel with 2 fingers a cream colored head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Pears, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, figgyness as well up front. More of the same with faint leafy hoppyness as this warms. Pears,dryness & hints of oxidation as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, thins out as this warms

Gonna guess this is old, no discernable dating on the bottle, I wouldn't buy this again unless I was in the country of origin, drinks alright at best

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Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy iced tea color with an off-white head. The aroma is grapes, wheat, grass and flowers. The flavor is a mix of wheat, grapes and flowers with a somewhat earthy finish. It almost resembles dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Zeppelin

Pours a light amber shade. ok clarity. Aroma is good and strong. Caramelized malt, toast, bread. Simple well rounded nose

In the taste, semi sweet flavors of euro malts, mild citrus hop, bread, and has a mild peppery character. Medium bodied, well carbonated texture. Overall this makes for a nice little Keller beer in the darker range of the style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

International Green Week, Berlin 2012: at last we reach Hall 12, the hall dedicated to German breweries and food to go with beer. We find a table and seats by the Andechs bar, leave the womenfolk to keep the area safe and start to forage for beers. Loads of breweries and beers to choose from and for some reason I broke one of my own golden rules ‘always try the draught beers, you’ll find bottles again, but may never get the chance to have the beer on tap again’. So a .33cl bottle of this brew caught my eye as I wandered around and I had to have one.

This unfiltered brew comes with a natural cloudy look, red/brown in colour: on top a thatch of white bubbles, the head left almost before I got back to the table and no lacing was produced by what remained floating on top as I sat down.

The smells were of malty bread/toast and some sweeter molasses; a hop hint as the beer warmed: this was the best bit I’m sorry to say, it went downhill from now on.

The taste was on the malty side and appeared one dimensional in flavour: I expected a lot more to be honest, thin and lacking in substance for a 5.2%ABV brew. The hops just didn’t show at all, no bite or crispness to the brew, I’m struggling to find anything nice to say about this beer, so I’ll curtail the review now!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had very many beers of this style.
A - pours a rather deep amber brown with a yellow tint and just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a mildly sticky lace ring.
S - Cereal grains, mild lager yeast with a touch of bready malts.
T - Rather sweet has a bit of a twingle which I assume is the hops. Mildly bready with mostly some caramel malts not your typical lager.
M - Light to medium easy to drink overall

Well I got this at my local place mixed and matched. It seems above the taste of a typical lager but not by much. Strictly picked for its interesting cover art.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a medium brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing here.

S: A very sharp aroma of hops and malt, but not much else. Still, very pleasant.

T: Tasted of malt, a pronounced hoppiness (more than you get in most German beers), and slightly fruity element. An interesting, but not necessarily mind-blowing flavor. Easy to drink, though.

M: A generally well carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Foggy amber/orange, nice layer of white head.

Aroma, some malty mustiness. Not sure what this style should smell like, but this is similar to a bock with slightly less fruit.

Taste is leather, tea, peat accented malt. Pretty much no hop presence. Improves as it warms, but it's still pretty basic.

Lighter bodied of course, with a lively carbonation. Drinks very easy.
Kind of reminds me of Yuengling.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this single thinking it was another basic German pilsener or euro lager, not to mention the obvious connection to Led Zeppelin. Boy was I in for a surprise! 12 oz bottle pours a very hazed amber color with a squat froth of white head. Retention is decent and lacing ok.

Nose is an interesting blend of sweet-ish grainy malt with plenty of mid to dark fruit. Lots going on here, a bready yeast aroma definitely comes to the forefront as it warms.

Yes, definitely bready. Oh-so smooth, wow...the yeast makes for great drinking here! It is great to have a yeasty German brew that is not a wheat beer. Pleasant grassy hops on the finish, refreshing yet full of flavor. Malts border on chocolate, but mostly stay in the caramel range. I am digging on this, I got this as a single, but will certainly pick up a sixer next time I am downtown.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.74/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, little to no aroma whatsoever. In the taste, a small caramel like note, but really nothing at all. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel note in the aftertaste. Lack of flavor, and taste.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear sweet tea amber.

Aroma/Flavor: Malt forward notes of dark fruit, caramel, and toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, fairly refreshing. Oktoberfest-esque

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Zeppelin Bier has a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head, and a clear, light amber, bubbly appearance, which clouds up, once the bottom contents are aggressively swished and poured in. Lacing is heavy. The aroma is faint, but one can detect subtle sweetness and bread crust. Taste is of sweetness, bread crust, and stereotypical lager beer flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Zeppelin Bier finishes crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is excellent.

RJT

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Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass, this beer is a rather dark brown with a good initial, but soon-fading head. The nose smells like a typical helles: light malt and light noble hop aroma. Flavor is halfway between a helles and dunkel. Malt is light, but there's a sweet, slightly bready side to it. Bitterness and hop flavor is on the low side. The finish is sweet.

Not a bad beer, but not very interesting.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woo-hoo: 300th brewery!!

11.2oz bottle into a Stella Artois goblet. Best before 02.02.11.

Classy-looking label. The pour is a bit more unkempt, with a mottled, soapy head that slowly recedes atop the caramel-amber liquid. Zeppelin's body is murky with yeast and visibly carbonated--good depth to the browinsh hue as well. A bit of spice and brown sugar in the aroma get backed by a semi-sour mineral note and some cooked veggies. Musty. Hops save the day with a soft floral presence reminiscent of lilac and lavender.

Tastier than expected, that's for sure, Zeppelin packs on the flavor with lots of browned fruit flesh notes from the yeast. Hops taste zesty and alive on the palate, with a refreshing bite that lingers into the finish and suggests (mildly) pine and orange peel. Malts boast a superb balance of caramel and toffee sweetness. Again, very musty and organic. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, crisp and refreshing, but the carbonation is a bit too aggressive at times, leaving the tongue raw with effervescence. Overall, I found Zeppelin to be a pleasant surprise, and a damn tasty German import. Recommended.

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the extra! 11.2oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin off white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild sweet malts, burnt caramel and brown sugar. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet malts and fruit with a nice kick of brown sugar in the finish. The beer is quite light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is a very interesting beer, one I'm glad I got the opportunity to try and would certainly have again.

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Photo of ordybill
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. this beer has great label art. The aroma is mostly sweet malt and a bready aroma. The appearance is a murky amber brown a small white head. The beer has a sweet taste with caramel notes. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I had never heard of it and gave it a try.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 003 G 51 F1 at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma – slight yeasty
Head average (Four cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – partial rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body amber, hazy
Flavor - not much – some weak caramel and some yeasty notes, slightly bitter; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.5

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Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks wagenvolks for the brew hookup. 11.2 oz brown bottle best by 02.02.10.

It pours a sightly hazy cider color, darker than the other kellerbier I had today. The head is white and quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

The smell is kind of meager, reminds me of an oktoberfest, light bread, light nuttiness, pinch of hops, not too complex.

The flavor picks up though, nice beadiness, slight nuttiness, the hops are delicate but noticeable enough. There is a distinct fruit flavor that is in there as well and pretty much makes the taste. It goes down smooth and easy.

The kellerbiers are interesting lagers that are a nice change of pace form the Helles or Dunkel. You could also replace an okto with this one.

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Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a mug.

A: Cloudy light brown color. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Nice and tight. Settles fairly quickly. Doesn't really dissolve completely, but leaves a smattering of foam on the surface of the brew. Leaves some nice beer ring lacing behind as you drink.

S: Wheaty, malty, and really yeasty. A little peaty tone, and maybe some clove in there, too.

T: Yeasty flavor. Very grainy and woody.

M: Kind of a gritty feel on the palette. The grainy palette sticks with you.

D: Light body with a certain refreshing quality.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Pretty nice rich look, and a thick tight head. Nose has a variety of grain tones. Nothing profound, but nicely balanced. Flavor, again, grain filled goodness. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have no idea what kind of beer this is. So I'm going to just do a blind review here, not sure what I'm to expect as far as smell, taste, malts, hop presence, etc. This is totally just off the cuff (and maybe that's the most honest way of doing it?)

A : A dirty, dark iced tea color, with hues of real honey. The opacity is about 80% as I can see my fingers shadowed on the other side of the glass. The head pours large and porous, off-white, about 2 fingers, leaving speckles of lace on the glass generously and receding to a thick ring. The body is definitely different from anything else I've seen really.

S : Again, this is blind. So I'm not "looking" for anything. I'm detecting faint yeast, some dirty rooty aromas, a bit of anise, and lightly roasted malts. Maybe a fig or two. Am I totally off?

T : The roasted malts come out HUGE, and I love it. It just washes over the tongue in waves, like bare feet at the beach. It just rolls over and keeps coming. Yet the hop is delicately balanced, giving a sharp prickle to the tongue and leaving just enough bitterness to keep it from being over-malted. Again, there's a bit of fig, some dirty root, and an almost sarsaparilla-like finish.

F : The carbonation is super appropriate, non-artificial (artificial would be like pop rocks or soda...this is more like...fireworks in your mouth). It's sticky, slightly dry, and ends drying politely like a primer on the tongue. Exceptional mouth-feel.

O : It is slightly on the hoppy side (I do like malty beers better), but really - the IBU's probably aren't that high. The rush of roasted malt and fire-roasted fig really make up the better part of this beer. Would I buy this again? Of course I would. Zeppelin is a great beer, whatever it is.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 10/9/15. Had no idea what kind of beer it was at first but loved the label and that it was from Germany. Comes in a 11.2 ounce (330ml) bottle and chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage gold-rimmed "SONNEN GOLD-EX" 0.25L glass.

Brew pours a hazy deep orangish-dark amber in color with close to a 1-finger creamy white head. Lots of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the insides of the glass. Aroma is kind of hard to figure out but has some sweet malts and yeast. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of some dark fruits, roasted malts with a slight hoppy finish was was very drinkable. It was kind of a sipper type of brew for anyways. Medium+ bodied with perfect (or even lower) carbonation. Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a cloud stale orange color. something between a hef and duklewiess really. nose is german lager yeast and a mild sour apple funk. mild floral sweet... sort of wheat malt and hop blend in odor. licorice... no banana though. palate is apple with a funky grit of something astringent acidic. a mild sweet... some pollen and clove. not smoky like an alt on the brink of herbal, unstable bitter funk, and germany body. great style. consistent example. nice body.

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Photo of Myotus
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at 41°F from a 11.2oz bottle into a beer mug. Consumed on 27Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that halves itself after 45 seconds. Honey orange in color with a slight amount of cloudiness. There is an abundance of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and mostly thin with a few spotted areas of thickness.
SMELL: Strong aromas of biscuits entangle with mild aromas of caramel and subtle floral hop aromas.
TASTE: Strong caramel and biscuit flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild flavors of floral hops and grainy malts. Subtle bitter hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors, except for grainy malts, grow slightly stronger. The final resulting taste is of a slightly unbalanced malt bomb with just enough hop flavors to prevent cloyingness.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes very crisp.
NOTE: Only my second of its style. This was very malty just like the first one I had. Hop balancing was mild, which was fine by me. I just wish those grainy malt flavors weren't there.

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Zeppelin Bier from Brauerei Max Leibinger GmbH
80 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.
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