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St. Lenny's - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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St. Lenny'sSt. Lenny's

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BA SCORE
87
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GRG1313 on 11-08-2013)
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St. Lenny's from Shmaltz Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.