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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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953 Ratings

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
First tapping every first Thursday of October. A bitter Smokebock for the strongbeer-season (October through December). Matured for weeks in the deep rock-cellar and tapped freshly from the oakwood cask.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 08-23-2001)
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Photo of Etan


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful brown-black with a rocky off-white head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: Pungent and silky aroma of smoked malts. Burning firewood, smoked meat, brown bread, chocolate. Incredibly savory and delicious-smelling.

T: Roasted grain, bread, milky chocolate, smooth notes of smoked meat, charcuterie, beechwood, and direct notes of wispy smoke. A bit of hop sweetness and bitterness on the end. The smoke is more restrained than in the nose, but this is good for the balance of the beer.

M: Silky mouthfeel with fine carbonation.

O: This stuff is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 02:28:47 | More by Etan
Photo of BradtheGreat7


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint. 6 oz. Brown bottle with a classy German style label. Poured into a standard 12 oz tall mug.

A - deep garnet(ruby) like brown that shows it's clarity quite nice despite it's dark body. Semi lasting tan colored head provides a ring of lace that holds to the glass the entire way down.

S - smokiness of wood and charcoal. It's like a backyard BBQ. Small hints of roasted malt.

T - smoked oak flavor with a charcoal like character. Again, a lot like one of my excellent barbecue outings here in my backyard. The wood smokiness just keeps coming. Some overly roasted malts with the alcohol giving off a slight slickness. I detected no hops.

M - medium bodied with it's thickness giving a joyfully smooth mouthfeel.

O - most probably wouldn't like this, but it's still well made. This is something I could enjoy on occasion. It's different, but still pretty good in it's own way. Reminds me a lot of the country outings I'm accustomed to during summer and autumn. Some may not like this, but I do and I appreciate it's quality as well as the class Brauerei Heller possess.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 05:27:18 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber to medium brown in color with a half finger tall beige head which reduces to nothing almost instantly. Very little lacing is observed.

S: Primary aroma is of wood smoke - a powerful and intense smell. This is followed by some floral hints, heavy roasted malts, and some char.

T: The flavor of this beer is more subtle than I expected, especially based on the intensity of the smell. There is a lot of wood smoke in the flavor with hints of the underlying malts. A slight bitterness in the finish is observed.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. I might almost consider this beer to be slightly thin and with some dryness in the finish.

O: No alcohol can be observed in either the smell or the taste which makes this beer easier to drink. Due to the intensity of the smell, I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these in an evening but it is a beer I definitely enjoy. The smell really reminds me of a good BBQ pit.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 18:41:54 | More by dbrauneis
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: This being an Aecht beer, the smokiness was front and center, with a lot of malt as well.

T: Tasted of a good deal of malt and the aforementioned smoky quality. There were also hints of caramel and what seemed to me to be chocolate. Also, a certain kind of woody aspect permeated the flavor. In general, a well rounded, smooth flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: As is the case with all of Aecht beers, you'll either like them or not. This is a pretty solid, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 13:06:23 | More by avalon07
Photo of GregBlatz


3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby brown. Pretty clear when held to light. My sample had very little head with large bubbles that settled almost immediately.

S - Wood smoke is aggressive. Smells salty? Reminds me of my jeans the day after hanging out at a bonfire. For some reason I get a 'pork' like aroma but that is probably just my imagination. I'm thinking about getting BBQ later tonight!

T - Not as much malt as I expected. The aggressive smokey aroma made me think the flavor would be too aggressive but the taste isn't as aggressive as the smell. The finish is somewhat clean and a little bitter. The smoke resides at the front roof of my mouth.

M - Very thin and a little slick. Very slight alcohol warmth.

O - A very interesting style. It is more drinkable than I remember. I'll use this as a measuring stick for craft interpretations of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:50:10 | More by GregBlatz
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of their better ones despite the fact that they all taste real similar.

stark, deep garnet and clear, it tops off with a half inch of tan, wooden foam - polymorphous bubbles - with staying power, leaving collar and welling up at call to the bottom.

the aroma is typical, comfortingly familiar of the brewery, but somehow one of their better, and of course the char dominates. faintly floral in nature, definite caramelized meat, only delicate malt presence, alcohol nil.

a surprising balance of malt and char. again, no real alcohol present. the flavor, though somewhat full/balanced, perhaps lacking a little malt - it's a straight bock, so maybe it's only supposed to be subtle. there's a tree-pine pitch/sap, flowery thing a bit in the background (alcohol?). all in all tastes great.

fairly round, yet medium-light body - nice. very clean.

very drinkable. daydreaming of its fresh excellence.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:31:51 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a dense 1 finger khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big smoked meat, charred wood, caramel, toasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. Nice and well balanced aromas here. Taste of big smoked meat, charred wood, biscuit, caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, herbal spice, and molasses. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, smoke, charred wood, chocolate, and toasted malt for a bit. Fantastic malt balance with the smoky profile. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden for 6.5% with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an extremely excellent beer; with great balance and smooth drinking. My first true rauchbier as well!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:38:01 | More by superspak
Photo of Florida9


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown in color. Appears clear in the glass, but it's so dark it's hard to tell. Forms a moderate sized oxidized yellow tan colored head. Some mild lacing.

S: strong aroma of smoke with heavily roasted malts. However smoke is not overpowering.

T: taste is malty, with a lot of peat, dirt, and earth. There is some noticeable smoke, but as with the aroma, the smoke is more of a pleasant accent than an overpowering annoyance. Mildly sweet. Long lingering finish. Mild bitterness.

M: medium bodied with mild bitterness. Lower carbonation levels

O: good beer. Paired with BA's brown ale beef and barley soup recipe and it was a damn fine pairing.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 00:28:47 | More by Florida9
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a very smokey aroma, almost like I was near a bbq because there was a slight sweet smell. Its head is a light brown with decent head retention and nice lacing down the glass. The beer itself was brown and murky, but yet it was still enticing. As for the taste it starts upfront very smoky and ends with a slightly burnt taste. I had a medium mouthfeel and the smokiness would not stick around forever. Overall a good beer and I would also like to experiment cooking with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:14:43 | More by pcents
Photo of argock


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.79.

A: Burnished chestnut with very light beige 1-finger frothy head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Smoke with mildly charred grain and light caramel note.

T: Smoke dominates and then some but there are some more crackery malty notes and an enjoyable caramelly sweetness. A faint bitterness finishes this very tasty beer.

M: Good mouth-coating quality with medium body and slightly tacky finish.

O: I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, as I usually am not a big fan of smoke-based beers. This beer though presents additional character that accents the smoke and provides a unique flavor experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:24:21 | More by argock
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South Africa

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle 6,5% Abv
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: The beer looks dark brown/black in the glass, but a back light reveals it to be a beautiful dark red. The head is a good size, beige in colour, lasts pretty well and leaves some good lace on the way down.

Smell: Ah, the beauty of Bamberg malt! Tons of smokey bacon and/or smoke trout, campfire smoke, Black-forest ham, very meaty, a touch of salt and an underlying malty sweetness.

Taste: The flavour is a little lighter on the smoke than the nose and allows some of the base notes to come through. That said bacon smoke still dominates with some campfire, wood, a fair amount of sweet dark fruits and some roasted malt. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fairly high level of super smooth carbonation. A pleasure to drink, I could just gulp this down.

Overall: Not quite as good as their Eiche, but still a great Rauchbier. I really wish I could get beers from Schlenkerla
locally, they would become a staple!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 11:19:05 | More by Thehuntmaster
Photo of RyanLigeia

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark but not black. Kind of looks like thin swamp water I guess but thats what I was expecting.

Smell- Smells like a campfire. Such a potent, potent campfire smell.

Taste- Same as the smell with a little bit of malty sweetness way underneath. I was shocked at how much this beer tastes (and smells) like a campfire, straight up.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall- Glad I tried it. Before this I had never had a Rauchbier and always wanted to try one. I prob wouldnt spend the money on this one again but its one Id reccomend having under your belt.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 19:20:02 | More by RyanLigeia
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the trip to Las Vegas past November. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A nice solid brown beer with a few particulates floating if held to the the light. The constant stream of carbonation bubbles make this one a lively beer with a constant thin film of a head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: The dominant smell is smoke like a nice campfire. The smoke truly smells "woody." The malty sweetness caries through, as well.

Taste: The taste is a complex mixture of smoke and malts as well. The smoke does not dominate, like in the smell. This one is actually pretty balanced (for a rauchbier). Smoke at first, sweetness in the middle, and finishing with a kind of bittersweet note. A "woody", not barrel, taste is noticeable and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is softer than I thought it would be and the body is middling.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, as I can get a few smoke beers here in SLC, but not many. The smoke beer style is a take it or leave it for a most people, I would think. If you have an adventurous friend they may enjoy sharing this beer. I do enjoy the style, although one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 04:23:08 | More by kagent777
Photo of dgugliuzza


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a wili glass

Pours brown with a long cascade effect. Thick and brooding tan colored head. Looks like a puffed up pillow sitting atop the glass. Fantastic retention.

Smells like a bonfire on a cool fall evening. Smokey and woody aromas. Hints of smoked ham as well. Finishes with a blast of sweet malt.

Tastes just like it smells. Smoked ham, bacon and firewood flavors. Extremely malty with no hop presence. Finishes smoky and sweet. This is darn tasty.

Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. The creaminess took me by surprise. Nicely carbonated. It goes down quite easy.

A first rate rauchbier. This is what all other smoke beers should aspire to. Smokey and smooth with loads of sweet malt. I really enjoyed the smoke meat presence. Well worth seeking out if you enjoy smoke beers or are just looking for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 03:18:32 | More by dgugliuzza
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a crystal clear dark brown with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin clumps and streaks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is all about the smoke but in a more subtle was than the Marzen: smoked meat, smoked cheese, campfire, etc. I am getting a slight whiff of malt if I search for it. Taste is also of the aforementioned smoked items with a nice sweet malt that supports everything. The smoke flavors aren't as powerful in the aftertaste compared to the Marzen, leaving more of a sweet and subtle roast flavor. This beer has a nice mouthfeel with a solid body and a crisp amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good rauchbier and hands down my favorite of the Schlenkerla beers I have tried thus far.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:00:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - wonderful looking brown

s - smells like a bonfire (but in a good way) and pork on the barbecue

t - tastes like how its smells with a hint of a berry of some sort.

m - not as thick as a stout, but a good medium bodied feel

o - i think this beer would be a great pairing at a barbecue, but it also does very well on its own. I was a little apprehensive when I first smelled it, but it tastes pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:54:19 | More by Schizo25xx
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black. Hints of brown. Fine head.

S - Smoke. Wet campfire.

T - Up front smoke. But in the background lies sweet malt, toffee, burnt toast, and a moderately spicy bitterness.

M - Very dry. Moderate bitterness.

O - This was a very unique beer. I loved how overpowering the smoke was, but beneath it was a the complexity of a bock. might drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 08:13:43 | More by ficknish
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokiness coming through when initially poured, but over time I'm picking up some other scents. Some caramel, maybe even chocolate off the malt and a bit of grassiness off the hops

Medium to lower carbonation, a bit of weight on the palette and some bitterness that's noticeable on the finish

Dark amber/burghandy in appearance poured to a nice off white head and is lacing fairly well as it goes.

Vibrant smokiness but not overshadowing the other aspects. I continue to get a bit of the caramel taste that I smelled and a firm bitterness to finish. Maybe some copperiness in the taste, but could be due to storage/age issues.

Pretty drinkable, I'm not sure if much over a liter would be for me though. I think the smoky taste might be a bit cloying after a while. ABV 6.5% is well hidden, didn't realize it was that high until I found it on the label.

For a bock (not my favorite style) I definitely like this. The smokiness is present but not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden. I'm not sure I can say this is my favorite of their rauchbiers but this is good and worth having. If you like bock, it might be an interesting take on the style to add some smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:09:42 | More by jerryjeff
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep dark brown, creamy tight little head and some very decent lacing much nicer than what I usually get from the bottle. aroma of smokey BBQ, meaty, bacon, smoke, delicious. Taste is just as it smells. nice balance between sweet meaty BBQ and a slight bitter aftertaste that leaves the palate clean and ready for food or the next sip. Lighter on the tongue than you'd expect and smooth as can be. Overall this is a beer experience, one that helped to change my own attitude as to what beer could be. It is one of my all time favourites.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 10:05:20 | More by thepeter
Photo of Arinthos

New York

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with deep ruby hues. Little head and no lacing

S: Smoky and malty very obvious beechwood smoke like smoked meat over a campfire.

T: smoky follows the smell very closely to my palate not overpowering the malt does come through

M:heavy body due to malt profile with a very light amt of carbonation

O:If you enjoy smoked foods this pairs very well.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:45:52 | More by Arinthos
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United Kingdom (England)

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half litre German glass with a handle

Mid brown in colour to dark chestnut (late in the season) with a head on the small side

Big smokey smell to this beer - thinking frazzles (UK bacon flavoured crisps!)

In addition to the obvious smoked flavour of this beer I also get a malty bitterness particularly in the aftertaste

A similar smoked taste to the other Schlenkerla beers (but not noticeably greater than the Weizen or Maerzen), but being from the bock family has a stronger alochol taste to it

Just smelt the empty glass 15 minutes after drinking - smells like a BBQ pit !

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 20:00:44 | More by Ruds
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep black, with a large tan head that subsides in about a minute, leaving behind some staggered lacing.

S: Very rich, showing a great range of smoke and malt aromas, from burnt wood to rye toast to smoked bacon. Like inhaling a campfire, and I mean that in the best way possible.

T: Initial stout-like roasted/chocolate malt profile becomes progressively smokier, with a faint hint of the characteristic smoked meat flavor also being present. Though relatively bitter in the beginning, the malty sweetness comes out as the smoke fades away. Ends on a lightly smoky, somewhat sweet note that lingers around faintly till the next sip.

M: Medium to slightly heavy body with a very mild carbonation. Relatively smooth, albeit slightly slick finish.

O: Delicious. Much more complex than its Weizen brother, with a less assertive barbecue character and more of a noticeable malt presence. Really a perfect beer for this time of year. Thanks a lot to Brandon/pixieskid for bringing this back for me from Bamberg!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 20:00:40 | More by BMoldy
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer; dark amber color, moderately clear, nice fluffy head with lots of creamy lace. The head sinks slowly to a thin band on top, vanishing, along with the lace, after a little time passes.

Aroma is full of woody smoke; malt underneath; traces of fruity sweetness. The flavor follows the nose, with lots of intense smokiness reminiscent of smoked sausage; undertones of toasty malt. Lightly sweet with no hop presence or bitterness noted.

Medium-low carbonation; slightly creamy medium body. Lingering smoky aftertaste.

Nice rauch beer but I’m not as much of a fan as I used to be. Seems more like a novelty than anything else; I quite enjoy smoked beers but prefer the smoke to be more of a component of the overall taste than the heavily dominant flavor these days. Once in a while, though, this is just what the doctor ordered. Pair it with the right foods and it's perfect.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:01:00 | More by tobelerone
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is strong, it smells mostly like smoked meats and malt, along with some bready malt and wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, it's mainly smoked meats/malt, but there's also some wood, caramel malt and a bit of sweet dark fruit noticeable, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate, soft carbonation. I think it's a pretty good overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 22:19:43 | More by bluejacket74
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before february 2012

A- Very dark brown with lots of ruby hints. Very little head forms even if hard pouring and it disappears immediately. Looks quite lifeless

S- Bready and caramel malts among a strong, dense smoked aroma that reminds of burnt wood. A hint of fruitiness on the back of things

T- As the aroma suggested, despite being so strong on the smoked part, malts still play a very important role in this beer. Quite distinct and dense notes of caramel and grainy malts that can be easily felt among a strong, vivid smoked feel, that besides a burnt wood character has a light 'burnt bacon' character, as ianjsullivan pointed in the previous review. A slight hint of dark fruits may also be found. Finishes with a touch of bitter hops that bring a little freshness to the beer's overall feel

M- Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice and simple, nothing too interesting on the mouthfeel part

O- A nice, warming beer; perfect for winter. Decent complexity and suprising drinkability given its strong smokiness

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 14:56:17 | More by Cozzatoad
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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