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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 800
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 72
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

Facts on Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche:

*brewed with 100% Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt
*8% alcohol
*40 bitter units from finest aroma hops
*Bernstein (amber) color
Schlenkerla Oak Smoke will be available during Christmas time 2009 at our historic brewery tavern in Bamberg (first tapping Dec. 18th), and on draft as special import in the USA - please contact our US importer for availability.
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Photo of brendanbeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. rich red orange color. beautifully clear dark beer.

s. it smells exactly like bacon, not like bacon, it is bacon, really really rich sweet and salty bacon.

t. mellow up front with a rich almost sweetness that hops into hoppiness and bitterness. finishes with that bacony aftertaste, a bit dry. bready and malty and delicious.

m. mellow mouthfeel, nothing special. a little above "average"

d. drinkable, because of the sensory playfulness, the smell is incredibly potent and unique.

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Photo of alexgash
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

Clear, clean, orange bronze body. Pinkie finger of wispy, light beige head. A little lighter than I expected for some reason. Classic Schlenkerla smoke dominates the nose. However, it does seem to be a little less "hammy" and maybe a little more integrated with sweet honeyish fruit and cookie malt. Still, the smoke in this beer is prominent and wonderful.

Toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness up front. Sweetish fruit and cookie malt meld with flinty campfire smoke. Charred cooked veggies follow, with lingering caramel and smoke. Herbal bitterness from some delicious noble hops are a nice foil to the malty sweetness, and they go surprisingly well with the layered smokiness. Not as strong and meaty as the marzen, partly due to the increased malt/alcohol complexity, but also to the oak. Medium-full body with a thick, chewy feel and gentle carbonation. Delicious and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber pour with a fast-fading off-white head.

S: Intensely smoky, camp fire, bacony nose, very inviting, would be great next to some barbequed pork.

T: Rich caramel malt, smoky, bacony backbone, nicely bitter finish.

M: I thought the mouthfeel was pretty thin.

D: Very tasty. I really enjoy the beechwood smoked version as well and will probably do a side-by-side comparison to see how the msoke character differs.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. On tap at DBGB. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of smoky meats, peat, bacon. Flavor is quite minty on the initial sip followed by berries, smoked wood, smoked meats. Hmm, didn't really enjoy this one -- it was too minty.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, my second Rauchbier from this brewery, here goes!

A - Pours a clear amber hue, with a mild off-white head, with little retention, but good lacing. Looks similar to a Marzen.

S - Woah! That unique rauchbier smell can be found here in all it's glory. Smell is of strong, smokey bacon bits and sausage, caramel malts, vanilla, and oak.

T - Not quite as brutally smokey as the smell initially suggests, but still pretty friggin tasty! Lots of smoked meat (bacon, sausage) flavor over a toasty caramel malt backbone, with hints of vanilla and oak. Viciously complex. You would think this stuff is actually made with meat/spices during the brewing process!

M - This beer is medium bodied, with mild carbonation, and a slick, creamy feel going down. Even though it's an 8% beer, it drinks more like a 6 or 6.5% one.

D - Pretty damn easy to quaff down for 8%, so it scores well here. Not to mention it's unique flavor profile.

Overall - A very good second shot at the Rauchbier style. Though overall I think I prefer the Urbock from this brewery, this beer has a more complex flavor profile, and I'm very glad I tried it. Recommended for die-hard fans of smokey flavors!

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L brown glass pry-top bottle. One of only 20 bottles of come to VT.

Pours a clear pale amber with some thin bone-white head.

Nose is beautiful. Doesn't have the huge bacon smell that Schlenkerla usually has (not a bad thing). Actually smells like oak wood smoke, like a roaring fire in the fire place instead of a campfire. More approachable.

Palate is medium-light bodied and crisp. Oak is the predominant flavor with a little pale malt creeping through. Definitely a lager, but dopplebock doesn't come to mind. The 8% is well hidden by the smoke. Clean yet smokey.

Notes: Perhaps a more approachable smoke beer, but not as complex as the Marzen.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap as "Oak Smoke" before, however I don't remember anything labeling it a Doppelbock then. Really gorgeous label for the bottled version.

Copper body with micro sediment suspended in the beer, giving it a fine granulated haze. A finger of tan foam rises up with a nest of larger bubbles in the center. It fades quickly, leaving a very thing ring at the edges.

Heavy wood smoke, hints of peat and bacon fat, sweet and almost to a medicinal degree (more so in the taste). A little bit toned down from the burliness of the Urbock and Weizen.

Brief malt sweetness first, instantly rushed by a complex wave of smoke, woody and layered. A dry bitterness from the Hallertau emerges in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste for awhile. Carbonation is moderate to low, and it's easily sipped. A really enjoyable Rauchbier that has intensity but doesn't overwhelm.

Paired this with a charcuterie plate of smoked sausage, coppa, and Cabot clothbound cheddar.

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Photo of blackie
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured roughly into a unibroue tulip, creating a frothy, cream-colored head that steadily settles into a thing coating and ring, the beer a coppery golden color

s: rich oak smoke - dominant but delicate - provides an immediate glimpse into what the schlenkerla line is all about, playing fantastically off the sweet, malty doppelbock base - heavy with sweet/toasty german malts; while it carries more malt complexity than the rest of the line, it's still decidedly a smoke-forward beer, and likely won't win over any who don't already enjoy the style; superb balance and a less overpowering smoke than the beechwood, hops appropriately light

m: carbonation light on the palate, medium bodied, smooth

t: a deep base of sugary, lightly nutty german malts backs up strong flavors of oakwood smoke, the doppelbock base is the perfect match to balance out the complex, pure smoke, brief flash of metallic hops towards the finish, great

d: dangerously easy given the elevated abv and rich smoke, a hallmark of the style

500 mL from WF Arlington, paired with some sharp cheddar

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a medium orange amber colour with about a half inch of sandy coloured foam on top. It's good looking beer, but rather light for a doppelbock, I'd say.

Smell is precisely what I was hoping for. Smoke, the smell that emanates from a hot, freshly used cast iron skillet, singed bits of ham fat, and a trace of freshly sawn timber. Smell's fantastic just like everything else they brew!

The intensity of the smoke is just as assertive in the flavour as it is with the Märzen or the Ur-bock, however, this seems to have sweeter malts, and the body seems a bit thinner; odd since this is 8% and the Ur-bock is 6,5%.

Not my favourite beer from these guys, but still a good rauch!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours much lighter than I would have expected for a smoked doppelbock. It's very honey-golden, with a thin head that doesn't hold on all too long. The beer itself is rather nice (and it's got quite a clarity to it), but more average as far as looks go, I feel.

S: Smoky wood notes, and that's a rather specific scent that I don't find in a lot of other rauchs. Often, there's the "ham and cheese" comparison that I don't pick up on a lot here, though it's pleasant. It doesn't completely overpower the caramel notes, which is nice, as well.

T: More smokiness in the flavour, a little bit 'cheesy.' Some sweetness / dark fruits come out... particularly raisin notes, along with some caramel. A nicely balanced flavour.

M + D: Somewhat chewy, and quite appropriate given the flavour profile. They work together very well. Notes of alcohol are more apparent as the glass goes, but the smoke does tend to hide those characteristics in many of these beers. While I think I might find myself leaning more towards New Holland's Charkoota Rye, this is a nicely done brew that I would certainly return to in the future.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a mug.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with not a lot of effervescence. Head is one finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad, but not outstanding.

Smell: smoky, woody aroma; lapsang souchong on top with a light wood character underneath. Sweet malt ties these together. Pretty nice, if you like smoke.

Taste: rich smokiness in the flavor on top of a sweet, slightly caramelly malt. Bitterness is earthy and rich, but balanced. Quite a nice rauchbier.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a smooth texture and a pretty solid creaminess. I like it.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I like smoky flavors, so keep this one coming.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

what a sexy little bottle! bought this just for fun..clear light amber, almost no head.
smoked sweet coal, woody tannins and some malt highlights dominate the beer. pretty enjoyable, but having a sore throat, drinking a smoked beer was probably not a good idea. i'm not going to knock it too much for my dumb decision making. I'll come back to this with my next bottle..

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Photo of Naugros
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a copper hue, a very slight haze but one you can see through. The carbonation rises a thin off-white head that leaves a decent ring.

The oaky smoke is easily evident with sweetness behind it and supporting well. The sweetness is a little candy sugar and a little fruity...perhaps apple or something more tropical. Maybe someone set a candy apple on fire?

Unlike their urbock this one is not all about the smoke. The smoke is there in a big way but the supporting cast really makes this one work well. All the flavors in the nose are there in good measure...nicely balanced.

The smoke gives a bitterness an acrid bite to the sides of the tongue. There's also some bitterness at the back of the throat that might be from the hops, which I also think are responsible for the fruitiness.

This is perhaps the most drinkable rauchbier I've ever had. I've had smoked beers that were easier to drink, but they were classified as smoked stouts or porters.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light brown/amber color, thin head but nice
S: nice traditional smoke nose, very subtle but well balanced
T: not sure what to expect but somewhat surprised, expecting more of an intense smoke, crisp, clean, German doppelbock with underlying smoke, some sweet in mid-palate with nice hop finish
M: nice, not as rich and robust as I would have liked for a doppelbock but it's more on the order of a blond
D: easy drinking for its ABV

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Photo of cooch69
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Schlenkerla poured a very clear Amber. It had a small one finger head with barely anything left over after it dissipated.

Nose was full of Juicy smoked Kielbasi. It was a very luxurious smoke that I could sit with infront of the fire for hours on end.

The flavors came along pretty much the same way with a medium amount of hoppiness in the mid sip. This only lasted into the finish and any biterness was gone pretty quickly.

I love everything that this brewery makes and this beer only gives us beer nuts an opportunity to try something a bit higher in alcohol(even though I did'nt think that it tasted much like it had 8% in it. I would say it felt more like 6%).

A must try for smoke Aficianado's.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a light clear amber with a quickly diminishing beige head. Little to no lacing. Malty aroma with a slightly medicinal smokiness. Taste is exceptional, especially considering dopplebock is not a favorite style. But Schlenkerla saves the day. There is just a tad of hop bitterness, and a wonderful smoke that tempers the malty sweetness. This is wonderful beer, whether you call it a rauchbier or a smokey dopplebock. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation light too. Alcohol never really makes itself known. On cold days like today, this could be dangerous. A fantastic winter treat for smoke fans.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rustic orange on the pour, good clarity reveals a soft whisper and lazily rising effervesce. The head is a good size, soft and fluffy while ivory white in color maintaining a fair rate of retention over time. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong indications of burnt wood ambers on the pour are very evident at arms reach. Burnt wood, smoked dried meat are also there. Dried amber malt lies underneath with a smoky bacon presence finishing out.

T: Flavor is smooth, smoked malt, though not as strong as the nose led you to believe. Creamy malts, dried beef jerky with smoked ambers on the follow. Some sweetness creeps in but is balanced by a smoldering campfire finish. Some spiced smoked apple peels come about. Overall starts off strong and smoky while ending with a good fruity bock finish capturing the best of both worlds.

M: Thick and creamy mouthful, carbonation is very light if at all detected. Malty and smoky after-thoughts with a burnt bitterness.

D: Very smooth with a very good smoked presence. The smokiness strong at first quiets and lets the fruity bock nature come through with a good balance. Fairly easy to manage.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an amber beer that definitely hits the rauchbeer note perfectly with the quality of smokeiness. woody smokey nose that is set in equal parts with a sweet malt fruit. there is a bitter note in the palate and a fruit that seems to separate in the face of the smokiness. this beer seems to be quite temperamental when it come to what you drink it with because it accentuates the malt differently. i would like to see a bit of a different qualities in palate outside of the expected. even though its a doppelbock at 8% abv it still seems to have a similar quality to most all the others. which is a good thing for those that are looking for something that places the alcohol well. but that is the only thing that separates each individual beer. if you're in the mood for a rauchbeer then have this brewery. end of question but i would like to see more accent in the malt tones. it may be because i had beets with it and it give it a particular sweet quality to it. its too sweet... and i'm a bit disappointed.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours chestnut brown with no head, just a thin ring of eggshell white bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S-Smoked pork, charred wood, bacon.

T/M-Aggressively smoky, very rich. I wouldn't have pegged this as a doppelbock at first, but as it sits, the malty flavors become more apparent. There is a thin line of concentrated caramel malt sweetness running through this, but it's mostly overwhelmed by lovely smoke. The finish is bitter and dry, with notes of burnt whole wheat toast. Full bodied with almost no carbonation.

D-I love Rauchbiers, and this is one of the best. Would go great with a peppery cigar.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally, I new Schlenkerla variety around here! Me loves the smoke, honey! It pours a clear tawny copper topped by a finger of ecru-cream foam. My nose is inundated with what I can only call a mixture of a coastal breeze (ocean coast, that is) and the smoke billowing from a coniferous forest. So...downwind from a fire in a forest around Puget Sound? Something like that. Some light honey and caramel sit in the back row, no raised hands and grades in jeopardy. The taste has the usual blackened pork chop flavor that I've come to enjoy from Schlenkerla, but it's a bit more subdued than usual. The honey and caramel put forth a stronger effort (the parents were threatening to take away their cars if they fail another class), joined by maple syrup and straight oak. Despite the relative drop in smoke content, this is a decidedly tasty brew, and the weaker smoke acts as more of a compliment to the other flavors, rather than its usual role as lead. The body is a wavy medium, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this brew was worth the wait, continued proof that some of the best rauchs continue to come from their homeland. In my opinion, had they upped the smoke a very tiny bit and the body were just a bit more assertive (only word I could come up with to describe my feelings), this might be my favorite rauch ever. Instead, only top 5. Shame, really...

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Photo of rarbring
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is clear amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

The smell is clearly smoky, a bit of tar and peat, some wood. Very much like a traditional wood sauna.

Upfront sweet, brown sugar, sweet bread, smoked meat, sweet sour bitter nuances (mango chutney?).

Low carbonation, soft and oily, a rather dry finish.

A pleasant moderated rauchbier.

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Photo of LinusBohman
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier holds a special place in my beerheart as it was one of the beers that really sparked my geekiness and dedication to beers that gives you something that you didn´t knew beer could.
Therefore I was very excited when I saw this one at the Swedish systembolaget.

A: Amber coloured with a very light white head that disapears without a trace after a few minutes. Some bubbles at the beginning but they also vanishes after the pour.

S: Hay, bacon, smoke, bbq meat. With a hint of all these being glaced with honey.

T: This is quite complex. The taste at the top of my tounge is quite fruity, like pears and peaches. Then theres the smoked saltiness rounded off with a sweet aftertaste and just a hint of bitterness. The best taste in all is this taste of smoked meat with a sweet aftertaste. A marriage between my two gastric favourites, beer and smoked meat.

M: Oh so smooth, medium body but the very resignated carbonation makes this beer rest very gentle on my tounge. It´s really making love to my pallet ;)

D: I love most eatable and drinkable things smoked. Be it meat, whiskey, cheese or beer. This beer has a great balance and if I didn´t know I would never guess that it has as high ABV as it has.
I could drink this a lot and every day. Luckily for my health I don´t have a limitless supply.
Just a great beer in all and a fantastic smoked beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange copper body. Thin bubbly beige head. Lace is sparse. Beautiful smokey nose. Hate to say it again, but like a distant campfire. Or actually, not so distant. Oaky and greasy. I love it. This beer is fantastic. Nobody does Rauchbier like Schlenkerla. And I mean nobody. I can't believe how easy this goes down for an 8% beer. The richness of a dopplebock isn't quite where I was expecting it, but the flavor is delicious. Malts are pretty rich and the smokiness is complex and soothing. Very slightly phenolic, which adds a dimension, and also slightly oily and bitter. Awesome beer.

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Photo of Ego
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


lovely copper glow, active carbonation, head dissipates quickly but the carbonation is ample to make up for that. pretty straight forward and well done showing the craft of generations of brewers.

not quite burnt embers, not quite smoked meat, somewhere nestled comfortably in between, a nice malty backbone lies underneath the mist, the smoke is mouth watering and tantalizing

taste etc...
coats the mouth with malt-o-rama, the smoke is subtle and lingers nicely in the background, the alcohol warms the belly but is not overpowering in anyway flavor wise. the smoke builds like a slow burn from spicy food... the more you sip the better the aftertaste lingers and caresses, the lingering smoke even fills your nose well after you are done. the body is perfect, existing in a realm between heavy and just light enough. There is not one off note in this brew.

craftsmanship, a beautiful example of the style.

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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/amber color. At first a two finger white head slowly rises, and sticks around for a minute. Some lace is left. Looks nice.
S: That huge meaty Bamberg smoke is huge at first. A lot more complexities come out as this warms though. Toasted malt, chocolate, wood. Got to love meat in a bottle.
T: Smoke of coarse. Though much more balanced than any of the other Schlenkerla Rauchbier's. Toasted malt, lightly sweet, chocolate, wood. Everything is really well balanced and incorporated.
M/D: A medium to full body. Velvety, silky smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. I can not make out any alcohol. Just smoky goodness. One of the few Rauchbier's I can enjoy many of.

I have never been a big Rauchbier fan. The smoke has always overpowered everything for my tastes, and that is especially true with this brewery. I have always been interested in the style in small samples however. This is just great through and through. Everything is really well incorporated. Highly recommended, and the best example of the style I have come across.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.