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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This world famous bock from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain is not meant to be rushed, but savoured slowly. As solid as a rock, Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel presides over the evening meal with a colour reminiscent of dark copper with nuances of fiery red. Its clear gleaming look harmonises with its firm, fine pored head.

Also the aroma delights the connoisseur: soft roasted accents and a nuance of dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel. This Doppelbock Dunkel from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain presents a pleasant effervescence. And then there’s the unmistakable flavour: mouthcoating and velvety, strong and yet pleasantly malty – a powerful, robust body. At the same time, it develops an easily recognisable sweetness, embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness.

Concluding with a powerful punch, this Doppelbock departs with a lingering aftertaste of quality plain chocolate. A strong Doppelbock that embodies the centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition, sip by delicious sip.

Added by Bierman9 on 06-16-2002

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Turdfurgison for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, very minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is very big on malts, sweet, and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty doppelbock, but I would definitely put up a Celebrator up against it, recommended. Availability is the only thing I can see that makes this special. Thanks Eric.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By Date March 2008; Sampled April 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially three finger thick, tan colored head that . The beer is quite clear, despite being a dark plum color I can see through it as it sits on my desk, if held up to the light it shows a light, brilliantly clear, cranberry color that has touches of copper to it. this has a malty aroma to it that is quite meaty, meaning it has a richness to it that I associate with umami. Caramelized malt sugars, touches of toffee, sweet toasty bread aromatics and perhaps a touch of oxidation around the edges that seems to boost some of the rich malt notes. There is also a distinct fruity, almost berry like note here, though it isn't always noticeable.

Richly textured though not overly heavy, it also has a nice, prickly carbonation to it that helps to lighten things on the palate just a touch. Sweet, though not cloying, it continues to have a richness & complexity to its malt-sweetness. The beer finishes with a touch of sharp dark malt notes, not really roast-like, but something that is going that direction with a toasty edge. This almost has a cocoa note to it at times, especially when the beer hits the taste buds right such that it tastes drier than normal. I really like the heft and texture of this brew, it is chewy & rich with a certain viscousness to it, yet it is still easily drunk 500ml at a time. The malt character really takes on a rich bread-like flavor that is somewhere between a chewy whole grain bread and a lightly sweet, faintly spiced, holiday bread. This actually has a fantastic malt depth & character to it & it really lingers quite well on the tongue; changing from sweet to rich to toasty to caramelized. A light hop bitterness kicks in towards the beginning of the finish and provides a touch of balance to the rich malt character.

This just gets better as it warms up a bit and I work my way through this glass; I can't quite pinpoint why (though I don't think it is just the alcohol), but it just is so rich, chewy and drinkable all at the same time. A wonderful beer, that I will most definitely have to get more of at some point in the future. I'd be curious what a fresh bottle of this would taste like, though this one is not noticeably over the hill in any way. This perhaps started out a bit slow (though still really good), but it has picked up lots of steam, finishes incredibly strong and I am now wishing I had more of this sitting in my glass right now; this is really quite fantastically tasty. Letting it warm up really makes this beer shine.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! David said I could open up one of the bottles I brought back with me this past year. Freshness date was still good. Shared the bottle with David and Uncle Jimbo. More than cola colored, I poured a thick chewy tan head that was full of a nice Germanic pumpernickle bread. The carbonation was really nice, not too little, not too much. Full bodied, but the spot on Germanic breadiness, and smooth hoppiness make this more sessionable than other Doppelbocks I've tried. It lives up to the hype, if you are not expecting overwhelming alcohol. Would drink it again, and I can, 'cause I still have a bottle left.

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Photo of dherling
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this in February during a trip to Germany. Poured out a cola brown, dark but see through, with a creamy tan head. The nose is fruity, malt, ruity pebbles, cotton candy, vienna malt, a nice toasty roasty aroma. The taste is big, huge, tremendous, then drops off to a clean crisp palate. Along the way it drops malt and dark fruit bombs, fresh grain taste, green grain, roasted lovelyness. Has a fantastic crisp mouthfeel, the effervescents lasts on a now prickly tongue, but not too sharp. I love when such a big beer is this incredibly drinkable. A rare quality, definitly appreciated here.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fruit and slight nut taste up front get overran by alcohol & body, lots of body! Licorice also is there. Beautiful brown to black color. Tried this numerous times after purchasing in getranke markets and on base class-six stores. It was the perfect beer for cutting the chill on the long chilly German winter nights. All the beers from this brewery are great. Wish I could've visited the monastery...

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Photo of RedHaze
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in Munich, Germany. Best by 08/10/08

Pours a deep dark mahogany, with a one finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; caramel and molasses dominate upfront, followed closely by a little chocolate. Brown sugar covered dates, with a mild hint of some herbal/grassy hops fade to a some more dark fruits such as raisins and plums.

Taste; thick sweet molasses and caramel kick things off, then chocolate and a faint roasted malt flavor comes forward. The middle is all dark fruits with some dates, raisins, and cherries (after a bit of warming). Herbal/grassy hops are present, but they definitely take a supporting role to the malts.

moutfeel/Drnkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth carbonation, and, for me, the drinkabilty is off the charts.

I've had about twenty bottles of this so far between Germany, and the bottles I've brought back, and each time I've had this I discover another flavor that I didn;t notice before.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Florida, thanks Dave! Poured into a fluted glass - appearance is a murky dark brown with red highlights in the light, off white head is half a finger and quickly dissipates. Lots of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell is very faint, but I can still detect biscuity malts and a ripe raisin smell.

The taste is the highlight for this beer, definitely. Initially a creamy vanilla flavor, but later you get the malt, some strong yeast, and some fruity astringency. Very complex, very balanced, a damn well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than I was expecting - compared to other Dopplebochs, this one is a bit lighter and more crisp - lacks the lingering creaminess of an Ayinger.

I must once again say thanks to Dave from FL for giving not one, but two of these up in a trade - the first being damaged. He was right in saying this was one of the best beers he's had yet on the best of BA.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice two finger tannish fluffy head. Beautiful dark reddish brown color. So-so retention and lacing. Great aromas of figs, banana, clove and sweet malt. Nice dark fruit favors, with a bit of banana, clovey spiciness, and sweet molasses. Nice fairly thick mouthfeel for a lager, sweet finish, but not cloying. This beer is one of the classics, and now I know why- simply outstanding!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, no dating that I can find but L 1595 is stamped on the back label. This was a recent arrival at my local beer store so I'm assuming it's somewhat fresh. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, dried dark fruit, and some light grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some breadiness and chocolate noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and very easy to drink. I thought this was really good, I'll have to pick up some more soon if there's any left at the store! $3.49 a bottle.

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Photo of crossovert
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle purchased at the local Edeka, mente antes de: 30.12.11.

The pour is actually not that pretty with this beer. It has a beautiful rusty reddish brown color and tan head but it comes of as too soapy looking.

The smell is fresh and clean, just smooth, sweet malt flavors like dark bread, honey, dark fruit,and brown sugar and some subtle but noticeable hops that produce a delightful smell.

The taste is out of this world, i haven't had a good doppelbock this fresh. It is bursting with sweet malt flavor with raisins and dark sugar, it is clean but the sweetness isn't too low. The sweetness is higher than the average doppelbock though, so bear that in mind.

Overall a solid doppelbock, the best? Maybe.

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Photo of Premo88
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: ruby red, clear, topped by thick 1-inch-plus head of tan foam that sticks a little; the red has just a twinge of brown/orange in it; the head lingers for a couple of minutes, and there's enough activity in the glass to keep a frothy thick collar and skin of foam; a wonderful percolating show off the pour and a gorgeous beer all around -- the collar and skin are works of art; doesn't lace much but it's still a work of art

S: dark dried fruits galore ... dates, prunes, raisins, raisin bread ... and all of it super sweet; as it warms, the lighter malt gives off some buttery bread; so sweet and dark-malty at times you get a little chocolate out of it ... like a chocolate-covered donut; if the butter is diacetyl, one ask to ask "who cares?" ... noses don't get better than this

T: strong dark malt flavors with tamed-down sweetness, unsweetened prunes; as it warms, a little more sweetness shows up; raisins

F: what beer's all about ... tons of good carbonation, a decent body and all of it softened just a tad by the constant skin you drink through; it seems very light at first, but the overall effect is a near-perfect midweight

O: as good as advertised, perhaps better; Andechs is chock full of dark malt flavors with one of the sweetest, dark-fruitest noses you'll ever come across; as it warms, the flavor opens up into a true treat, almost as good as that nose; at 7.1% ABV it's strong but just tame enough to help you counter the fact that you want to drink it way too fast; I bought two bottles, I should've bought half a case -- it's good enough that I'll seek this out again and again and drink it year round

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My special thanks go out to William (WJVII) and Marla Vogel. On there vacation to Europe in May of 2008 they purchased this brew for me. They carted it half way around the world from Germany to Stevens Point, Wisconsin. All for me to have this special moment. Again, thank you.

A - A very tall, dark tan, foamy, and quickly rising head. The body is a dark brown with amber and purple tints as the light passed through.

S - The scents of chocolate, smoked meats, malt and cherry all wrapped up in one. The only hindrance is the weakness.

T - The flavors begin mild and move toward bold as the taste progresses. There are strong malt flavors that consist of caramel, subtle spices and pungent fruits. While the alcohol taste is present it by no means controls the brew.

M - The feel is actually a bit coarse considering how smooth the flavors flow. There is an after-feeling in the back of my throat that's obvious. The texture is strange in that it touches the front of my tongue very softly but after the brew is down there is a coarseness left behind. I actually think it assists in prolonging the flavor. Upon my first sip I was not please but as I've moved on I am actually really enjoying this unique characteristic.

~ I must admit this is one of the finest, if not THE finest, doppelbock I've ever had. I will look again for this brew and hope to someday enjoy one on German soil with my good friends, Bill and Marla. Did I say thank you?

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. After years of craving this beer, I'm so happy it's finally available locally.

A:Pours a beautiful, clear garnet body under two fingers of fine, pillowy tan head. Retention is great, but lacing is on the weak side. Lovely overall.

S: Purely malty, yet extremely complex. Each inhalation brings a new wave of aromas, ranging from toasted bread to raisin to dark chocolate to licorice to cherry. Bittersweet and amazing.

T: More direct here, with rich dark fruits ahead of toasty malt on the mid-palate; the finish brings notes of grape skin, cocoa powder, and booze. Delicious, but a trifle harsh for only 7%.

M: Medium-to-full body with carbonation to match. Mouth-filling without being sticky. Wonderful.

O: This definitely lived up to the hype, if Doppelbocks can exactly have hype. It's definitely a more subtle, complex beer than Celebrator, and for that reason I prefer it. It's especially gratifying to have such a world-class beer be so affordable.

Cheers!

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

0.5L Mug On-tap at the Kloster Andechs....

Appearance: A lightly darkened caramel brown with some, but very little, reddish transparency to it. Solid bubbly consistency with a frothy head.

Smell: Malty sweetness that hints toward caramel and bread but with it's own element of fruity darkness.

Taste: Definite malt kick of caramel sweetness but with a balance of both dark fruit and hop tones that add to the subtle complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium crisp carbonation with a smooth, highly drinkable, body. Beware! xD

Overall: For those who enjoy a good Doppelbock this is easily in the upper echelon of the style so consider it a must. This beer sets a standard. Make a mecca and go see the monastery. The food and beer are extraordinary and will set the mood for the best, most palatable, experience.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rb

Pours with a nice 1/2" light khaki head... the brew is dark brown with beautiful garnet highlights... good lacing.

Nose is dark toast... very malty... light caramel...

Flavor mirrors the nose... no chocolate like some darker versions (like Celebrator)... just pure malty goodness... something that I associate with dates with warmth, so does a grainy sweetness.

Very smooth body... the head is so creamy it almost feels like nitro.

Worthy of the hunt and the reputation.

4.5's across the board.

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

This review is of the beer poured for me in Regensburg at the Andechers Kloster Hotel Bar (I think that was its name anyway).

Lovelly glass, lovelly sight, almost jet black with a half inch of a tight creamy coloured head, which stayed with me and the pint (half litre really) until we had both finished.

Aroma of toffee apples dipped in malt and then plunged into plum ram.

The taste was wonderful, syrup like, but not sticky or jammy, just wonderful and right.

Stuck to my mouth, giving the palate time to take in the taste and flavours, so complexed, it is hard to explain. If you have never tried it, try and find some, it is very, very good.

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

I picked this up at Utobeer in Borough Market in London. Poured this .5 litre brown bottle into a .5 litre Spaten mug. Coded: 111007. The body was a clear clover honey/amber color. The two fingers of khaki, coarse bubbles faded moderately slow.

Smell was rich caramel. Sugary. Lightly bready. Nutty. Faint cherries and raisin bread.

Taste was spicy, roasted bitterness up front. Dates. A sort of liquid sweet-roll, but countered with enough hops to prevent it from being overwhelming. Truly like a dessert to me. Extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a zippy bite of carbonation. This is a very well constructed beer (like the world doesn't know that already). Cheers.

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

150 reviews as of this writing. Thanks to redhaze for the chance to try this gem. I've had a number of US interpretations of this style and enjoyed them. This.... This beer set's the standard for me and is one I'd be happy to enjoy again except for the whole getting access to it. If you like your dopplebock malty, crisp and oh so easy to quaff try this one. If you get the chance definitely go for it!

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Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on tap, served in a 1 liter glass directly at Andechs monastery. The trip and ambiance played certainly influence my perception and appreciation of this beer. Very nice dark roasted malts without being too sweet which makes it one of the most easy drinking doppelbock. Wish they would import bottles of this in Canada.

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

500 ml bottle, had a bottle date but I forgot to write it down, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with an inch of off-white head, very good retention and lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar and bread. This actually smells really, really nice. I'm usually not into doppelbocks because of excessive sweetness, but the aroma here is sweet and complex without overdoing it.

T- Again, not too sweet at all. Flavor has a really nice dark fruit component, along with nuts, bread, caramel and brown sugar.

M- Medium-bodied, soft, creamy and smooth.

O- I was very pleasantly surprised by this, it's damn tasty stuff, easily my new favorite in the entire style.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

500 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Mahogany brown with 1 finger of creamy, tan head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Sweet brown bread, fig, date, molasses, toffee, and concord grape.

Taste
Sweet dark fruit notes of fig, date, and concord grape. Caramel, toffee, molasses, and plenty of sweet brown breadiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, smooth, and sweet.

Overall
Super balanced, smooth, and easy drinking. An excellent Doppelbock!

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Photo of tjd25
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brownish dense head disappears into a very thin color. The color is impressive: a beautiful brown-red, almost purple, opaque. The smell is of dark malts, non sweet caramel, and a warming winy grapes aspect. The taste is very enjoyable and complex. Raisins with a sweet and refreshing citric aspect (almost like the soda aspect of Belgian stouts); then dark malts, with a thick almost chewy impression of chocolate; the chocolate announces the veil of hoppiness that covers the mouth without overwhelming it. Finally, a warm alcohol feeling. Very well balanced. My favorite Doppelbock .

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

Split a bottle with largadeer. Best before 30th July 2008

A: Crimson with a nice, dense tan head

S: Fruity with dark raisins, plums, dates and caramel. Slightly bready. Different from other dopplebocks i've had but still recognizable.

T: Complex yeasty, fruity profile with a hint of rum. Bready, fruity sweetness with a medium body and a dry finish

M: Medium bodied but with a dry finish, this one's great. The drying finish is spectacular

D: Very easy to drink a ton of this. I wish i could find more and easily.

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

What we have here is an outstanding beer...and even better if you fortunate enough to have it at Kloster Andechs. Truly a great experience. It's about 40-45 min. outside of Munich on the S-Bahn (toward Herrsching) but well worth the trip. We had a perfectly clear day to visit this gorgeous hilltop setting with visibility for miles it seemed. As majestic as the scenery was the beer, brewed here for more than 500 years. Superb doppelbock, big with malty goodness, the real deal. The monks sacrificed little while fasting on this liquid bread.

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

I had this beer at the cafe in the central are of old Burghausen with the Andechs umbrellas and sign.

Appearance: Served in a tall, narrow stange glass. Dark brown with a ruby hue. Off white head with very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Wow.

Smell: Caramel, malty sweetness and ripe berries.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavor with a clean maltiness and a light roastiness. Vinous, earthy, bark, brown sugar, and plums. This beer is thick and full with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy sweet but smooth and clean.

Drinkability: Very good and drinkable. It makes a great dessert beer. It's strong but not overpowering or offensive. Rich in flavor and complex. I liked this beer in the bottle but I LOVE it on tap.

This was the last beer of the evening on my second night in Germany. I was still jet lagged but that night I had the best night of sleep of any night in Europe. This beer isn't high in alcohol but with the sugars and alcohol together, this was lights out for me. I look forward to drinking this beer again when I am in Germany.

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Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,112 ratings.
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