Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus | Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH

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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser AventinusSchneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Germany
schneider-weisse.de

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Schneider Aventinus.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,129
Ratings:
4,453
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
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Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my two lunch beers today, and it's a classic that I've enjoyed many times -- this time in a bottle. Deep copper brown color -- like mahogany furniture or something, really. Head dissipates a bit faster than most wheat beers, but the aroma is strong. Raisinets and wheaty lemon zest. Tastes great as well. Someone put their Christmas gift basket of fruits and bittersweet chocolates in this beer. Wheat finish with a stronger malt presence up front. Overall a nice combination of flavors. Great beer. The vintage 1996 and 1999 are, to my recollection, even an improvement upon this.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearence : Dark unfiltered wheat bock
Smell : A wonderfull banana aroma
Taste : malty, well balanced with cloves, fig and raisin
Mouthfeel : A fruity chocolate finish
Drinkability : a very good weizenbock beer, very complex and sophisticated

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle up in Portland at a Whole Foods Market.

The color was a unique color that can be called a hazy, almost purple hued amber color. The beer poured with a big, beautiful head that retained very well. Lacing hung out around the top half of the glass.
The nose was sweet banana and with some yeasty, spicy elements to it as well.
The taste was spectacular, and no beer that I've encountered compares. The taste ranges from both bananas and also darker fruites to bready and doughy. This beer is complex, and my girlfriend commented about it's favorable comparison to wine. An excellent brew. Warmed nicely and allowed more flavors to slowly peak out.
This is a medium to full bodied beer that retains it's high drinkability because of the complex taste. I didn't want to put this down, and I am already considering driving up to Portland to pick up a few more bottles.
One truly great brew.

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Photo of proc
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fine, fine beer! I wasn't expecting to like this beer as much as I did. Complex doesn't begin to describe it. Pours out to a plum darkness in the glass with a light brown head that reminds you of brown sugar. The aroma is that of fruit. The taste. Man, the taste. Where to begin? Initially, there is a presence of nutmeg, cloves and banana, much like a regular wheat beer. But just when you think this is what you get, the beer transforms as it warms and the clove/banana taste leaves and a warm fruit taste of raisins takes over. A wonderful beer that truly hides the 8% ABV very well.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap review from recent München trip - 11OCT02.
I had a few of these on tap at the Weisses Brauhaus in Munchen...ooooh baby!! Poured a cloudy brown, with a huge, whipped head which lasts all night. Nose has clove, yeast, banana, chocolate...oh baby! Body is medium, and it's much smoother on the tongue from the tap than the bottled-version. Flavors produced are more clove, yeast, banana, chocolate, some malt and even a hint of raisins! Has an oh-so-smooth finish. Superb!! A huge Prosit for this one!!!!

overall: 4.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Bottle review of 02MAR02:
This is a real nice one!! Pretty tawny russet-brown color, a touch hazy if you swirl the yeasties in (I do!). Sizable, fine, creamy tan head sticks around a bit, leaving nice lacework!. Nose is an appetizing, fruity banana-yeasty nose, with clove and chocolate as well. Nice fruity, sweet taste; bananas and cloves are evident. Has nice body, but I wish it were just a tad less carbonated...a bit prickly on the tongue. All-in-all a very pleasurable bier! (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.0/4.5 = 4.45)
Prosit!!

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Photo of kmcnair
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 500ml bottle pours a rich deep amber color into my tall glass and creates a nice tan head. Note: Wow, that is a lot of yeast in the bottom of my glass.

The boquet is thick, sweet and malty with a strong presense of fruit, wheat & spice. Its quite nice.

Flavor is spicy, sweet and has qualities of a belgian tripple. It has a fruity like banana flavor and some hints of nutmeg. The alcohol is definately there, but it is not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is thick, bubbly and very crisp.

Whew... down to the end of my glass and I am certainly feeling it. This one is a great way to unwind after a long day of work, but I don't think I could put many of these down in one sitting.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Definately my favorite Doppelbock to date.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into Watou chalice. Not sure if this is the proper glassware, but what the hell it looks good. Deep reddish brown color with thick head which quickly disappears to a thin ring around the glass.

I'm trying to increase my exposure to German beers, and this one proves that the Germans know what they're doing. Aroma is extremely inviting, bready and fruity. It delivers the fruit bread flavor and adds an alcohol punch.

Nice.

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Photo of dnichols
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 500 ml capped bottle into a traditional hefe wiezen glass.

A: It poured a murky, cloudy brown body. A moderately aggressive pour generated a massive three finger dark caramel head. The head lingered for a time then receded to a light cover over the liquid. It supported a thick curtain of lacing that did not last very long into the xperience.

S: It had the strong aroma of yeast from the dough of a dark nutty bread and sweet medium roast malts. The sweet aromas were complex and included brown sugar, ripe dark fruits and rich cream maple syrup.

T: It is a smooth and creamy malty brew that has a nice even but pronounced sweetness that coats the mouth. There is no bite to this brew, its all about the balance of malts and yeasts. Its sweetness is not overpowering at all...just a nice balanced bundle of joy.

M: It is a creamy and full bodied brew that is deceptively light on the palate. Its sweet without being syrupy, has a balanced carbonation and strong enough ABV to clean the palate but sufficiently hidden to provide a nice warm glow that lingers long after the swig is gone.

D: It is a wonder of balance...sweet but not too much so, hidden but high ABV, and nice even carbonation. It is full bodied by light on the palate. A wonderful drink that I could drink several of in a session.

Comment: I am becoming a real fan of Weizenbock...and this is the head of the class (so far).

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A:
Pours a crazy, cloudy brown the color of chocolate milk with a creamy, puffy, perfect tan head. Excellent retention; excellent lacing. Lovely!

S:
Citrus, sunscreen, bananas, doughy yeast. Very mellow.

T:
Fresh, earthy fruit-rind flavors followed by a quick dash of peppers and some low rumbling hoppiness at the finish. Wow.

M:
Rich and creamy, there is good carbonation. Medium body. Exactly what it should be.

O:
Really fantasic stuff! First off, it is gorgeous. I have never seen a beer that looks like this one but it looks exactly how it should. Everything else is as well-balanced and unoffensive as anyone could hope for. Interesting. Fantabulous.
Would get again in a second. Must be heavenly on tap....

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Photo of aleyeast
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A world classic, This beer is not in a style,, it defines a style. This particular bottle is probably 1 1/2 years old. I usually buy by the case and slowly consume over time keeping a bottle or two in the fridge always.

bottle is a 16.9 oz crown (standard) and of course served in a .5l Aventinus glass.

color: dark brown with light tan head covers the wide glass.
aroma: fruity, banana, clove, spice
taste: chocolate, caramel, spice, banana & clove are more subdued with age
mouthfeel: very smooth and easy drinking for the abv.

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Photo of Hachiman
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly golden with a lasting 1cm white head. Aroma is of slightly overripe banana and a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth with no alcohol sting. Instead the taste is of banana, well-rounded, mild hops, with clove/black pepper at the end. Very tasty!

I had this with mild-flavored picnic food: boiled eggs, ham, fried chicken, potato salad, etc. It enhanced the meal well.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like back in Germany! The beer pours a beautiful cloudy brown with a tan creamy head building up, about 4 fingers thick.
Of course you have to use an original Weizenglas in order to achieve the right environment.
Smelling the beer, the banana, clove and vanille flavors invite you for the first taste.
Tasting this beer, the doors open to a very vast complexity of flavors. Up front a fruit ensemble of banana, peach ,orange , raisin and apple will sweeten your palette, to be balanced with the perfect amount of a variety of malts and yeast. At the end you finish with a bittersweet lingering of wheat, citrus, hop combination. Someone really could go much deeper into this rich, but perfectly balanced variety of flavors. Very drinkable beer.
What a great job and a must try beer!

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Photo of coalcracker
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my top five 'all-timers'. Served from bottle into pilsener glass.
A: Dark ruby red with fizzy head that dissipates.
S: Wonderful aroma that will mirror the taste. Raisin, clover, and a slight medicinal taste- black cherry perhaps?
T: Taste as above: raisins, black licorice, perhaps a bit of fruit (banana) strike the palate immediately. Very malty overall. Minimal but pleasant aftertaste.
M: Very smooth and thick, though the carbonation level lightens the feel up a bit.
D: Drinkable anyday at anytime. But session? I took three of these down during my fantasy football draft and nearly ended up drafting Don Mattingly....perhaps not.

I was introduced to this beer back in 1998 and have never looked back. If the world was left with only 5 beers, I would hope this would be one of them.

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Photo of RobJTejas
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into weizen glass.

A - cloudy brown appearance looks delicious and thick! Thick fluffy, creamy tan head lasts a few minutes and leaves medium lacing.

S - heavy yeast odor with just a hint of spice and dark fruits. Coupled with nutty notes its reminiscent of a bread pudding.

T - Extremely smooth balanced flavor, light hop bite and delightful roasted malts give it a complexity that I will enjoy again and again. Lots of dark fruit at the end, but never really becomes overly sweet. Subtle taste of cloves comes on strong to finish.

M - Medium to medium-heavy thickness with light carbonation keeps this beer tasting fresh throughout. Alcohol is hard to find.

O - Love, love, love this beer. It is a great, Belgian beer that I will definately keep stocked.
A tad pricey though.

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Photo of smurphy77
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Was poured a sample from draft on the recommendation of the bartender (I asked for something bold and/or extreme).

Poured a light caramel color with a big foamy head. One sip and I was blown away. The big head gives way to a blast of banana aroma and flavor. The fruitiness is complemented by a distinctive toffee/caramel sweetness. This beer melts in your mouth. The finish is sweet with a trace of alcohol, just enough to let you know you're drinking a beer and not a dessert from iron chef.

Fantastic beer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy brown with a frothy tan head. Lacy. Smells of wheat malt and ripe banana. Cloves and light caramel.

Wow. This beer is amazing. My description will not do it justice. Tastes of dark wheat malt and strong ripe banana. Caramel and cloves. Rich, complex flavors. Fruity. This is sooo smooth. For a 12% ABV brew, it remarkably smooth. Rich malty aftertaste. Soooo drinkable and so tasty. This beer makes me happy.

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Photo of Ri0
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 500ml into Weizen glass. Almost coffee like brown with similar clarity and a two finger off-white head with decent retention and great lacing. Sweet malty aroma, bready with hints of banana, cloves, chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste is rich and bold with hefty amounts of malt, sweet brown bread. banana, plums, caramel, cloves, tobacco, chocolate, anise, apple skin, and some nice subtle citrus hop notes. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with prickly carbonation and a creamy finish. Absolute joy to drink on any given day of the year.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, translucent copper color. Fizzy white head that quickly fades to a skim and collar.

Smells of cloves, raisins, spicy fruit, banana and booze. Smells like something I'd want to drink.

Tastes like spicy caramel with yeasty, clove saturated rum raisins. Creamy mouthfeel with no yeasty snap, though at times syrupy. Seems like something sugar plum fairies would drink.

I'm usually skeptical about beers on the top 100 due to the fact that I believe most are just considered great because no one can get them. This stuff really, really, really good.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: looks like liquid raisin. Best appearance for a beer I've ever seen, especially for the style. Tall tan khaki head.

S: yes! ...bananas, raisins, bread, yeast, booze soaked fruits.

T: Raisins, old grapes, yeasts (lots of it), apple skins, bread, bananas, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, and malts.

M: so good... damn near perfect if you ask me. Medium on the heavier side, yet airy and light in a way. A lot like a banana to be honest. Very soft and smooth.

O: this is just a great beer. When I'm in a German mood, I go to this or Vitus. It's almost perfect for the style and so refreshing and full of flavors.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%

Cold euro bomber, with freshness date, into tulip

Appearance - Glowing opaque and dark brown, massive 2 finger dense head retains well, lots of lacing, looks fantastic

Smell - Smells like spicy banana bread! Delicious.

Feel/Taste - Creamy smooth medium-full body yet crisp and drinkable, plenty of gentle carb to keep things moving. Taste is like nose but more profound: Big, fruity, sweet, and yeasty up front with ripe banana, feint spiciness of clove, fresh baked bread maltiness, some wheaty twang with hints of lemon keep the sweetness in check, a hint of grassy hay. Flavor finishes long with a very slight alcohol warmth, though alcohol is integrated perfectly with no perceived flavor/astringency.

Overall - This beer is an absolutely masterpiece. It is practically liquid spiced banana bread! It's a marvel that the 8.2% ABV is so well integrated, and this beer comes off as so crisp, refreshing, and drinkable still - dangerously drinkable. Truly a world class beer that I very much enjoyed.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a muddy reddish copper color.

The aroma has white grape raisins, sharp light dried fruit, like apricot. Lots of banana, banana Runts as well. Some light breadiness. Sweet toffee, caramel, and ripe banana and a good amount of clove and spice.

The flavor follows of raisin bread and fruit cake. Super sweet ripe banana and caramel sweetness. There's lots of spice with pepper, clove, star anise.. Sweet juicy plum. The beer finishes off clean and gentle with tons of the carbonation. Quite dry on the finish.

My favorite German beer as its filled with flavor. Somehow, that makes me want to analogize this beer as a "German DIPA." Similar to a DIPA with clean, slightly malty, filled with fruit flavor, medium creamy mouthfeel, clean finish.

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Photo of therube
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gulu-Gulu Cafe in Salem, MA. Served in the Aventinus glass.

The appearance of this beer is fantastic, especially served in the unusual looking glass made for it. The color is majestic and powerful. The head is fluffy and commands your respect and attention. This is the prettiest beer in the room.

The smell is good, but I had only seconds to smell the beer before my hand grabbed the glass and put it to my lips.

This beer tastes better than it looks. It's surprisingly complex but never confusing. Its taste is unique, but devoid of gimmicks. On the whole, it is masterfully balanced wheat beer with a taste you'd be hard pressed to find replicated anywhere else.

The level of carbonation is good and Aventinus is a pleasure on the mouth. It's a little on the viscous side, but it's hard to imagine it any other way.

This is one of my all-time favorite beers and I always get excited to drink one. The drinkability is almost dangerous considering the ABV.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks

appearance: pours dark and had in logoed glass

smell: nice banana

taste: low bitterness, but a nice malty, fruity, and nice banana flavor

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkability: why did I wait so long to have this, world class beer and model weizenbock

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this beer into my special German drinking glass and watched the enourmous, delicious head foam up. After a minute or two the head dissapated and revealed a dark brown beer. The taste of this beer is pretty strong, like a super Hefe Weissen. It goes down smooth and, with an 8% alcohol content, gives a decent kick. I recommend this beer for anyone who enjoys Hefe weissens, or anyone who wants to enjoy a fine German beer. However, the average Corona drinker probably wouldn't appreciate it.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at the Albany Taproom, served in a Delirium Tremens tulip glass. Review is from my notes.

Pours a murky, cloudy, and quite yeasty looking brownish, yet lightly tanned, caramel filled residue. Honestly, that's the best way I can describe this thing, because it's by far one of the most notoriously ugly beers I've ever seen from Germany. At the same time, it wins me over with its rustic appearance, and while this didn't produce any major or significant head here (other than about a finger, which fades away eventually), it is viscous and thick unlike any weizenbock - or, hell, any *wheat* beer - I've ever had. Alcohol legs are massive. Carbonation looks decent at best. The inner glowing amber hue in between the darkened murkiness is definitely unique. Not the cutest kid on the block, but definitely the toughest in its realm.

The aroma is by far one of a kind here, bringing forward all of the greatest aspects of both weizenbocks and doppelbocks, with some new additions to the table. Right at the front, I get juicy, booze-soaked notes of raisins, bananas, plums, apricots, grapes, and also awash with a variety of fresh, earthy, pungent spices ranging from the obvious clove notes, to rosemary, and definitely a hint of pepper at the finish. Everything then melds quite beautifully into an array of toasted, succulent, and fresh wheat malts and toasted grains to create a hearty smell indeed. No noticeable alcohol on the nose, and no significant bitterness. Very pleasant to whiff on, as these aromas all come in spades, only to be coated by the wheat and yeasty feel. Pretty much transcends the style at hand here... Absolutely one of a kind.

Yes, as expected at the aroma, this is very delicious. Huge notes of caramelized bananas, accompanied by raisins, a dried plum finish, and coated with fresh, dank clove, faint ginger, nutmeg, toffee, and toasted breadiness. Again, this being pretty much a hybrid of two styles known for big recipes, I expected to get the best of both worlds here. However, this does drink far more like weizenbock than a doppelbock overall, as is not nearly as spicy or filled with that faint smoky malty flavor that can make them more challenging to drink. Rather, it is presented with a juicy, thickened, yet crisp body of a hefeweizen, yet packed with all kinds of flavors that breeze by, rather than assault the palate. Carbonation is not as present as desired, but this is thick enough to make up for it. I'd imagine if this went flat that it'd become a syrupy, sweetened conundrum, but at that point, I'd say to use it for a cooking recipe. For a beer this strong and varied in flavors, I drank this way too fast due to the near perfection in balancing it all out and presenting it in a silky manner - but it was completely worth it.

This is definitely one of the most complex, mass-produced recipes out of Germany, and it's clear where it gets its praise from. Tons of well balanced, juicy flavors, and delicious bready and yeasty characteristics that further enhance them. Absolutely an easy beer to drink with its crisp, smoothened body, and at 8.2%, a dangerous choice at that. This is definitely something I'll treat myself more often to from time to time. Fantastic stuff.

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Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Unser Aventinus from Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
4.31 out of 5 based on 4,453 ratings.
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