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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier MärzenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

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1,564 Ratings

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Ratings: 1564
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 15.35%

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

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV may vary slightly year to year.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-11-2001)
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Photo of far333


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Millwright's Tavern in Simsbury, CT. Amber color, but two tone colored, a bit darker toward the top. Thick fine head that settles out slowly and leaves sheets of lace up the sides of the glass. Malty and rich aroma. Rich flavor of biscuit malt laced with peat smoked malt. Good balance, rich and malty with a nice even smokiness. Rich and full mouthfeel. been wanting to try this one for a while, and pleasantly surprised to see it on tap right in my home town. Very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 23:28:55 | More by far333
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Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Brauerei Heller-Trum Schlenkerla on 4/8/2013. .5L served in a willbecker. Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy, 1.5 inch off-white head that settles into a consistent skim leaving delicate curls of lacing as it recedes. Nose is smokey - wood smoke initially, followed by roasted/smoked meat. Taste starts off roasty, with the smoke settling in shortly thereafter; however, there is also a touch of malty sweetness and a slight buttery quality that is nicely integrated into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with a slightly watery texture and an even, smooth carbonation and a hint of dryness at the finish. Not my go-to style, but pleasantly quaffable and pairs nicely with quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 00:49:10 | More by Jwale73
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Waitress is rocking socks with her sandals. Guess I really am in Germany. Holed up in the Bierstube. The märzen is the only thing on tap so I guess I'm drinking that.

The beer is a dark orange/amber that is still transparent. Lightly tanned two finger head that falls down fairly quickly leaving a film on top and lacing down the glass.

Smoky meaty aroma. Kind of weird but the way it should be. There is some slight caramel sweetness underneath.

Tastes smoky and meaty and leaves the same flavor lingering in my mouth. A little malt sweetness hides in there.

It's light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks fairly smooth and easily.

Oh yes this is a beer. No telling how many of these I had in my couple days in Bamberg.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 07:21:58 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in nonic at Track 84

App: reddish brown, two finger foam, almost nitro-like

Smell: amazing aroma of peaty roasted husk, hickory beef jerky, smoked bacon or pulled pork bbq

Taste: smoked meat, subtle hop undertones, caramel malt twang, not too buttery, good balance overall

Mouthfeel: medium carb level, somewhat syrupy malt, not as clean as ales, not bad though

Overall: Though the friend I'm with doesn't like this beer, since his palate cannot wrap itself around this bold style, I really like it. I will admit that I've only tried Sam Adams' version but as a beer, on itself, it holds up very well

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 21:29:20 | More by chimaylvr
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a .5l glass at Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011 while getting my bier diplom. Expectations were very high; I'd had the Marzen and Eiche before and quite enjoyed them. 5.1% as I had it at the brewery. (See schlenkerla.de)

A: Pours a two finger head of very good cream, nice thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a dark brown-amber.

Sm: Smoke, bacon, roast, and abit of cream. Wonderfully complex. A strong aroma.

T: Wonderful brilliant bacon roast smoke pork taste, with a nice bacon heavy climax. Slight oak tinges. I understand the ash tray jokes from Bamberg locals surrounding this beer (insert badly thought out Holocaust jokes here), but this beer is special and unique. I quite fancy it. Less smokey than baconey. Very complex and balanced. Finish is a bit ashen. The bacon lingers into the aftertaste.

Mf: Nicely dry, especially on the climax. Coarse enough, letting the flavours come through. Complements the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Nice ABV, great drinkability (albeit very filling), and excellent pricing in spite of the alleged touristy vibe about the brewery. This is so traditional it's unbelievable. My local friends insist half the tenants are local regulars.

High B

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 01:43:16 | More by kojevergas
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L served in Pint glass.

Paired with the Bamberger Zweibel and a Schweinhaxen, this was a good choice.

A- Deep Black, One finger head, not a lot of retention, no lacing.

S- Lots of smoke, toasted malts.

T- Bready with lots of smoke. Has a touch of watered down liquid smoke aftertaste.

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation.

D- I've had these beer on several occasions on-tap and in the bottle but have never rated it. Among Rauchbeers this is the leader of the pack in terms of originality and taste. The beer however is relatively heavy and hard to drink more than a few without feeling weighed-down.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 07:38:24 | More by skypup
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bangers & Lace in Chicago.

Appearance - ruby-tinted dark brown with a smnall, frothy cap.

Smell - Dominated by a smooth smokiness. It is the kind of smokiness you would encounter in a nice smoked cheddar or sausage; it's dominant, but not overpowering. There is a hint of malt sweetness in there, too, but it's all about the smoke.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and nicely carbonated for a very smooth and creamy texture.

Taste - The smoke is upfront again, but not as dominant as in the smell. Sweet malts and a hint of hops bitterness provide some balance.

I enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure I woud want to drink it all the time, but is is unique and very well-made.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 00:02:35 | More by
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one and the Urbock are my two favorite from Schlenkerla. I might have to go with this one though. I might be being bias too. I love Marzen and this is an interesting twist. On the other hand the smokiness sort of drowns out some of the traditional Marzen traits. It has a dark brown body with a bit of orange hue. The aroma is not as Marzen like; this is the main thing that takes a backseat to the smokiness in the beer. It has that old smokehouse scent just like all their beers. The taste is meaty and there is subtle sweet roasted malt flavor before the smoke sets in. The body is medium and this is a great heavy meal beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 19:17:22 | More by MTNboy
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this on tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor, Maine. A giant pour arrived in a tall glass handled mug as big as my head, and perfect for this October afternoon.

Rich dark chestnut brown, but not totally opaque. An off-white loose two finger head settled quickly. Lots of smoke and wood in the nose. Smells like bacon & smoked meats. The taste is more smoke and bacon. Liquid barbecue. This tastes delicious, but is just a little too watery for me. Something doesn't seem quite right. It might just be that I'm not used to the style. I love the nose, and the flavor, but it's not 100% satisfying.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel, with a decent medium carbonation.

Could be my senses aren't ready for these flavors in a beverage. But in reviewing the style, I think it's a top notch representation. Lots of Smoke & Wood, and not much else.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 17:11:04 | More by ggilman
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando.

Poured a clear, dark brown with a fluffy khaki-colored head. Wonderfully smoky aromas mingle with dark German malts, and a distinctive baked brown bread character. Smoke is very nice, walks the line between "campfire" and "meat" nicely. Taste is quite similar to the nose, the smoke character is delicate and sweet, and compliments the bready malt profile nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. I could easily sip on this all day, anytime, but on a cool Fall day? Nothing is better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 16:32:58 | More by jsanford
Photo of xnicknj


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an almost blacked out color with a thick crop of beige head resting on top. Retains well, thick film and head for a while, patchy lacing all over.

A heaping serving of heavy smoke in the nose combined with dark European malt tones. Spice and beef jerky come to mind.

Roasty malts up front, bready with notes of caramel. Thick smokiness runs throughout the profile, wrapping around the tongue. Hints of spice and smoked meat with some bacon touches. Peppery towards the finish, which is a little dry but still pretty clean.

Thinner medium body, higher carbonation, a little watery on the tongue, dryness lingers. Really interesting and tasty smokiness, although the body wasn't great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 15:35:23 | More by xnicknj
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bodega. 10oz served in a tulip.

This is much darker than I expected, much darker than any other Marzen. Its nearly black in the low light of the bar. I can tell there are deep red hues, especially around the edges. The head is quite a sight. It's huge, taking up the whole rest of the tall, slender tulip with a khaki froth. The retention is very nice, as is the lacing.

Very smoky, obviously. Smoked, cured ham with a brown sugar and caramelized glaze. The beer isn't totally overrun with the smoke; earthy malts come out along side sweeter caramel and toffee.

I expected this beer to be a little bit of a chore to finish, but instead it became easier to drink as it went along. The smoke is very clean, finishing without too much lingering flavor. It starts out sweet, malty, bready and caramely. The smoke comes in soon after giving flavors of wood and the rind on a smoked ham.

Lots of fluffy soft carbonation. The body is fuller than a typical Marzen, this is a well done, robust lager.

Very enjoyable. It was much easier to drink than I expected. I would totally have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 20:28:57 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably (okay, *easily*) the most famous beer from Bamberg.
Had this in 06/11 at the Shlenkerla beerhall in old town Bamberg.
Served in the traditional 1/2L German beer glass, this arrived a cherrywood brown with a 1/2" foam cap. Looks great.
The nose is smoky...but not as bacon-heavy as the bock version or even the bottled version of this that's so common in the US. I wonder if it's because it's fresh or if it's because it's draft?
The flavor is similar. I feared the bacon bomb I've tasted here and there over the years, but the smoke notes are mainly in the nose and in the finish. The flavor profile is malty and even has a decent amount of perceivable hops to it. The smoke is certainly ever-present, but it doesn't kill off everything else. My wife noticed the same thing. I'd dare say it's much easier to drink than I expected. Love the texture, too.
While this will never be any kind of session type beer for me, I really could've had another with no burnout issues at all. Not my favorite beer in the world or anything, but it's pretty good.
I do find that I prefer the slightly less smoky Spezial rauchbiers, BUT when fresh this isn't that much heavier.
If you're a fan of rauchbiers, you owe it to yourself to get both and compare them. Personally, I'd rather have the only passively smoky Shlenkerla helles.

EDIT: I will have to admit that this has grown on me a little since my visit. I still prefer the one from Spezial, and wish I could get it more readily, but this is still a beer I randomly crave here and there. The bottled version still has more smoke than the draft one, but it's tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 13:47:06 | More by Domingo
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas.

A: Clear, deep amber-brown body with a solid cap of fine tan foam. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Pure, authentic campfire, and nothing more needs to be said. I love it.

T: Smoke dominates, with some lightly sweet malt also contributing. Ashy, dry, charred wood finish. Tasty, but a bit much.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. Lively + pleasant.

O: The quintessential Rauchbier, I can never get over how perfectly, authentically woodsmoky the Schlenkerla beers are. I think I like this one the least out of it, the Urbock, and the Eiche, only because the background malt doesn't do as much to lend complexity here as it does in the stronger, darker variants. As much as I love these beers (especially the aromas), though, I really find them challenging to drink after a while. Who wants a whole pint of liquid smoke?



Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 00:36:26 | More by woosterbill
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe the most consistently drinkable and enjoyable of the Schlenkerla rauchs. With their unmistakable, incomparable ember-y, barbecued-caramel delicious char atop a puffy, medium-bodied Munich-esque malt foundation - the major elements here are most fortunately balanced.

Poured in the proper glass (as usual at Brauhaus Schmitz) with thick, spongy head rising up into a hill above the top of the glass, long decay, light tan above a coffee-crimson semi-opaque liquid.

Aforementioned charred fireplace aroma, some malt sugars detected, giving some background - a canvas - for the smoke smear to stick on.

A lot more of the crispy meat fat essence of the malt supports that lovely rauch on the palate. Where the smoke overpowers (but hardly in a bad way, maybe coming across as one-dimensional at times) in some of their other beers, you do get great malt presence, taste and feel. Feel - enough body to say hello, but superbly clean and refreshing, as it should be. Really, their beers would be better off marinade with any thickness.

The "Marzen" nuances may very well get lost here, but so what.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 04:23:38 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, nice smokey aromas

Taste: wow, nice and smokey,and prefectly balanced. This is the best smoked related beer I have had by far

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: awesome and great for pairing with foods

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 15:48:34 | More by CampusCrew
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4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Church Key into a tumbler.

Having had this in the bottle the biggest difference is the appearance and smell. This beer's retention and head staying power is insane. Super sheets of lacing and the head doesn't go anywhere. The head even on tilt sticks to the glass in chunks so much that this beer looks like a freak show.

The smell is intensely more smokey and bacony than from the bottle. But it has all the great qualities (smoke, bacon, jerky, some mild salt) out of the bottle also but a little more dense body.

Overall on tap or in the bottle this beer just delivers in spades. Super drinkable and just meets expectations in feel all around.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 00:00:59 | More by smakawhat
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazing beer, I have been dreaming of it for days... imagine if some gouda cheese got it on with a beer and had its love child, THIS would be that love child and i would want to drink it and wait for the cheese and beer to get it on again....

Seriously, if you ever have the opportunity to try this beer do not hesitate. Extremely tasty, amazing smell, and it even looks good to boot!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 23:16:49 | More by Lev
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a mini-keg received from neorunner as part of the Blind Beers BIF. Poured into a weizen glass, because I assumed from the German writing on the top of the keg that it would be a wheat beer of some kind. This is also review number 300 -- a milestone!

Looks: foamy. I probably should've let sit and settle a little longer, but I just couldn't wait. The beer rockets from the opened tap, filling the glass completely with cascading light tan bubbles. The glass o'foam eventually fizzles and becomes a nice-looking drink, decorating the walls of the glass heavily with sticky webs of lace, though it remains about two-fingers thick and doesn't appear to be going anywhere soon. The beer itself is deeply hazy, the color of cherry wood, and speckled with oodles of tiny floating flecks. All in all, pretty good-looking.

Smells: salty. I was WAY off on my style guess. This may be one of the smokiest beers to ever grace my nostrils, with notes of campfire fumes amidst salty beef jerky, caramelized pork and a background of cocoa powder. It's captivating; I can't stop dipping my nose in to take huge whiffs.

Tastes: like licking a charred campfire log. The flavor follows the nose fairly well: lots of smoked malt and salty bacon paired with faint hints of cocoa and a subtle sweetness that follows through into the finish. The flavor's not quite as intense as the aroma, but considering the power of that beast, that might be a good thing.

Feels: fairly flat, though that may be the fault of the explosive pour. Regardless, it's got a smooth medium-light body and a light, pleasant finish that works well with the flavor.

Drinks: easily, despite the potent flavor and aroma. Schlenkerla has long been my favorite rauchbier for the simple fact that they do it better than anyone else. No other brewer can deliver the complexity and the pure, unadulterated liquid smokiness and drinkability I find in these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 08:06:30 | More by Phelps
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L glass served from barrel on the bar at Schlenkerla - my first visit to Bamberg.
Smoky bacon aroma from fresh light brown head that leaves light lacing.
Cola brown color.
Deep smoked wood jerky taste but smooth and cool on the pallate.
A amazing challenge that fans of stouts and porters will enjoy.
Thoroughly enjoyed with the Hausgemachte Schlenkerla bratwurste (possibly the best I have ever tasted in Germany yet) und Frankissch Dampfkraut (they season it with bay leaves and cloves!).

I really didin't think I could drink this smoked stuff but when consumed in the context of this ancient restuarant in this really neat medieval town, I was hooked.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 20:59:06 | More by cpanossian
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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. Pours a dark brownish color with a light tan head. The aroma is fantastic! A lot of smoked malts dominate the nose. The taste like the aroma is deliciously smokey! This beer is great in the bottle and even better on-tap!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 02:39:48 | More by cjgator3
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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, rich, mahogany in color with a slight haze. Strong firm head that persisted and left a nice lace.

Smokey, smokey, smokey (surprise, right?). Hints of pork and hickory. The smoke doesn't let any other aromas threw in the smell.

Smoke hits your first, but with a bite, and a thick nice toasted coffee follows. Hints of nuts. Bready finish. Smoke persist throughout, but accent the other flavors very well.

Thick and full bodied, high carbonation. Spreads very nicely around the mouth. Thick like a porter.

Smoky as anything could imagine, but the other flavors really balance well with it and make it very drinkable. So good, I just had to order another.

Best smoky beer, and smokiest, I've ever had and I'm sad being an ocean away from having it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 23:45:39 | More by jmhart
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served with a sticky, fluffy head of two fingers, tanned, over a mahogany body. Not much lace. Nose is strongly bacon-like, with notes of open flame and burned wood. Slight sweetness in the flavor that's not present in the nose, some roasted barley in there. The rest of the flavor is heavily smoked, lightly bitter. Herbal hopping component is also noted. Light body with high carbonation. Not so easy to drink due to the unusual nature of the beer, but a solid drink for when you're in the mood for a super-smoky sip.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 00:00:10 | More by BretSikkink
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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8 at Lord Hobo, Somerville MA. 2/3/10. Served in a Radenburger nonic.

Looks like a beautiful marzen: dark amber color and a large white head. The head quickly collars and dies. Smells like a hickory tree campfire. Tastes like a rich and malty marzen with mesquite BBQ flavors. I love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 15:42:22 | More by donkeyrunner
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4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at the brewery in Bamberg. Served out of barrel into glass, cool.

A-black walnut body with an off white head.

S-smells like mesquite smoke.

T-smoke front, malt with some nice hop flavor at the end.


D-GREAT beer. This is a classic smoked beer. Not overly smoky at all. I would have this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 01:27:09 | More by jneiswender
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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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