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German Bock
4 | pDev: 7.25%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Brewed traditionally during Lent, Bock, which is “goat” in German, is a dark, strong lager. A blend of Munich and Carafa Special Type 2 malts give this lager its truly deep hues, and light hopping with Hallertau evens out the flavors. The recipe stays true to its cultural roots.
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(16 oz can, best by 08/05/19; purchased 4-pk last week off shelf at Mr. Liquor... chilled 3-4 days; decanted into 14 oz mug)

L: clear, chestnut-brown liquid; tall, semi-tight, off-white foam, sets a nice dome crest above the glass, but deflates rather quick, leaving thin collar, speckles and thin bands of lace... decanting was important for this - last 2 oz was rather cloudy

S: couch leather, chocolate cake melanoidins, bread crusty as hell, with hints of baked fruit and bruised flower petals... nutty, bready malt cuts through the most

T: beautiful malt sludge, with a mildly herbal-spicy finish; nutty, caramel, chocolate notes dancing around, vaguely candy-bar like, but the aftertaste shows little residual sweetness; soft peppery alcohol accented by toasty roast lingers... full-flavored maltiness, brown ale like, but with obvious style-specific lager/hop character, apparent spice

F: maintained an active spritzy bite up front; bit of padding to its body, bit of residual drag in the finish; almost doppelbock-like roundness and alcohol warmth (shows more of the latter)

O: quick-chilled one the day I brought them home; could taste the age immediately... doesn't taste too dissimilar from any other past-due, imported dark bock I've snagged... I'll knock off the last two cans, but won't pick up another 4-pack (was probably 2 cases worth left on shelf) (1663)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, May 11, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber in color; 1 finger finely pored tan head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: nicely complex - a little sweet, a little spicy, a little smoke, a little caramel;

T: follows the nose - the smoke is up front and the finish is sweet;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O; really nice;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Aug 11, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/05/19
Pours a giant foamy creamy 3 finger off white head that fades quickly at first, then slows for good retention, soapy lacing, very dark but clear auburn mahogany color

Nose sweet biscuity toffee, caramel, brown sugar and toasted malts, a little chocolate coffee like roast, more chocolate as it warms, light fruity ester notes

Taste rich creamy toasty malts, toasted biscuity toffee caramel and brown sugar with fair sweetness, light fruity esters, dark fruit, light herbal hop, soft lager notes, some chocolate as a hint of roasty coffee like malt, light bitterness, med dry sticky finish, light bitterness

Mouth is med to fuller bod, sweet but not quite syrupy, heavy like dark malt, just a touch of alcohol, medium carb

Overall this seemed very "American" like with the big sweet candy like malt, lack of bitterness, borderline syrupy, tons of toffee and caramel like characters, less of the real German or even Austrian like bocks, which is surprising as von Trapp is usually on point for style. But still a pretty good beer

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jul 19, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany, topped with about a finger-high pale sandy head. Notable clarity.

S + T: A soft caramel scent, paired with a little dark fruit--prune first came to mind. There's a little bit of breadiness noted, as well. The flavour sweetens it up a bit, though also brings out a roasted quality that was not detected the same way in the aroma. It offers almost a coffee-like taste that is not unwelcome, though a little unexpected. The hop balance is quite nice.

M + O: The medium body is on the heavier side. A little zing of carbonation is just right for the style. It finishes with just a little slickness over the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue. Quite a nice example of the style.

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Proteus93 from Virginia, May 12, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can BB 8/2019:
A medium brown body comes with clarity of substance if not color (at the thickest parts of the glass), a nice light beige head tops it and provides nice lacing.

Nose has a fresh pumpernickel bread note where the bread is still soft and giving off ever so light yeast notes. Lighter notes and accents include a bit of chocolate and a hint of sweetness that has an apple cider lean to it.

A smooth on a beer that flirts with a medium heft and thickness. Medium dry ending to this one after the pumpernickel bread beer that has a nice balance that keeps the malt flavors in the forefront without bringing too much sweetness. I get a little bit of chocolate in the middle on this sitting that I didn't get in a previous one. This also seems to counter the light coffee note I got more of before but still get a little of in the back of the taste.

A nice, balanced toasty brown lager with a smoothness that was nice, but I found the beer overall a little less refreshing than their Dunkel.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, May 05, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: April 24, 2019... OCCASION: in the midst of a refreshing, productive spring break--time to do a review! GLASSWARE: Celebrator pokal...pours a dark mahogany brown body hiding large, sporadic bubbles... they create a cluster of off-white smears of froth that rescind their height to a thin ring... as expected, a flat-looking bock... rich chocolate comes first--tootsie roll and toffee, with earthy loam, thick dough, and the light spice of dull rye... its first sip is livelier than expected, especially at the throat, while its IBUs don't really suggest much at the point of entry... smooth, slightly flat and easily drinkable, with enough bulk to qualify for liquid bread... toffee, caramel, bagel, tootsie roll, candied sugars, mellow hops that suggest potted plants and window boxes.... sweet like tea, but not thin--this rewards more than the sum of its parts, with a rich finish and a balanced feel... this works better than the vaunted von Trapp lager...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Apr 25, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - 1-finger stubborn offwhite head atop a translucent brown body.

S - caramel, orange trees.

T - sweet caramel, tangy orange, lemon, sourdough bread. A lot going on here. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - for the style, this is killer.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Apr 07, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep ruby chestnut color with thick tan colored head that settles to a thin cap. sheets of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Nice spicy hops, rich malts, light grain, slight nuttiness lingers a bit.

Taste - Smooth chocolate malts dominate, light spiciness, nutty rich flavors.

Feel - medium bodied, well carbonated dry finish smooth.

Overall - Well done bock, flavors are great smooth rich and dry finish. Well done.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Apr 04, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will be my fifth entry of/in Happy Loads of New (Mainly) Lager Beers Sunday (Week 718). I purchased several bottles from von Trapp Brewing at Hunger-n-Thirst, but this was a lucky CAN find for The CANQuest (tm) at The Beer & Beverage Shoppe. Unfortunately, this is my last von Trapp so I will have to scour for some more Lagers after this one!

From the CAN: "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "Brewed traditionally during Lent, Bock, which is “goat” in German, is a dark, strong lager. A blend of Munich and Carafa Special Type 2 malts give this lager its truly deep hues, and light hopping with Hallertau evens out the flavors. The recipe stays true to its cultural roots."; "By the family that inspired 'The Sound of Music'"; "Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, this lager is crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water."; "IBU: 20".

It had been a while since my last Crack & Glug, but The CANQuest (tm) is much like riding a bicycle - once you get the hang of it, you never forget how to do it. Mine came off without a hitch, quickly forming two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with excellent retention, leaving a lot of lacing in its wake. I should also add that the head formed following a pseudo-cascade. Color was a beautiful Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced maltiness, but not necessarily a sweet one. Instead, it had a treacle quality, not precisely sharp, but definitely not sweet. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close & certainly big for a Lager. The taste closely followed the nose - it was not sweet, but nor was it sharp or bitter, falling somewhere in between with a pleasant treacle-like quality along with a maple syrup flavor. It was a real testament to the yeast's action that it was not much sweeter! If anything, it made it even more drinkable, IMHO. Finish was semi-sweet, bordering on semi-dry, but if you wanted to argue for one or the other, I would fold pretty quickly. There is an irony in that I have been exhorting this brewery all afternoon to CAN more of their beers. Here, I had a CAN from them & one was plenty! 8=( It wasn't bad, but it was just a bit sweeter than I like.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Von Trapp Brewing "Bock Bier"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "03/12/18" and sampled on 09/25/18
$2.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So it looks like this is a little old but I'm sure it will be fine. I poured it a bit rough and brought up a massive head of khaki colored foam over its slightly hazy chestnut brown body. Once that settles I can top it off and it should have a beautiful appearance. The aroma is malty and surprisingly spicy with hops. There's a light bit of pine there as well. Interesting. The flavor follows. It's caramelish, bready, and lightly spicy. There's a sweetish side to it but it's balanced, and in the end it finishes mostly dry with just a bit of dark caramel quickly eroding. Surprisingly the hops are very soft in the finish, and take on an almost floral feel. I'm not sure how many IBUs it has but it's moderate to medium. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. Overall it's quite a nice bock that's pleasant and enjoyable, and fulfilling as well. Nicely done.
Review# 6,251

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Sep 25, 2018
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3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a willybecher glass.

A: Small tiny bubbled creamy off white head that settles slowly. Body is a nice deep brown dark amber with pretty good clarity.

S: Lot of sharp spicy hops and a little metallic lingers amid some light grainy malts.

T: a little green apple presents itself then you get some lush nice slight sweet breads malts. Finishes a little like the initial taste.

M: medium bodied decent carbonation get some light cling on the finish.

O: I’m wondering if I got a bad can, flavor is just slightly off.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, dated 3/12/2018.

Beautiful appearance with its ruby brown color, great clarity, and thick, creamy light tan head that has great retention. Sticky lacing on the glass as well.

Loads of dark bread and toasted malt in the aroma. A little bit of roast as well. Smooth malt flavor that is bready, sweet, and even a bit coffee-like. No hops to speak of, this is a true malt showcase. Extremely clean and smooth. Fully attenuated. Medium bodied.

This beer was awesome and the 16 oz format works terrifically. Pair it up with some aged Gruyère or other Alpine cheese for an awesome experience!

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Jacobier10 from New Jersey, Jun 23, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown/red with a good head and nice lacing.
N: Malt, chocolate, and smoke.
T: Very very nice malty beer with some hints of chocolate, and a little smokey note.
M: Medium
O: What a nice beer, very easy to drink and amazing flavors. Really liked this beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is brown when viewed from afar and when held up to a light it is hazy brownish red but too hazy to discern any visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down but never completely faded away and also left some specks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite malty, but there are just enough in the way of underlying hops to mask any associated sweetness without contributing any bitterness.
M: It feels medium-to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked how the mouthfeel of this beer was very filling and satisfied my hunger. It was almost like having a liquid snack.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Jun 16, 2018
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3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, weak and underwhelming... even Shiner Bock is better than this. The caramel taste was good for cooking instead of drain-pouring, even though the super-thin body made it hard to reduce it and use it as a sauce.

Try again, Von Trapp...

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania, Jun 01, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours light brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, grassy hops, caramel and hint of coffee. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of bready malt, spices and herbal hops. Finish is long and spicy. Great brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, May 29, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best nose and flavor on a goat beer ever. Bock on!
a) ruby stained mahogany, low carb, low head, no lace, pretty color.
s) Best aroma on a bock ever! Malty goodness, wood shop, hops.
t) Bigger and more: malt, sweet molasses, wood shavings, hops, a candy and wood taste.
f) Without bubbles it's still tingly on tongue, with a nice sweet tongue wrapper and drying finish just in time.
o) One of my fave bocks (tho box not my fave). (too sweet for me)

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Act25 from New Jersey, May 10, 2018
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing remarkable here, but I enjoy the style and it's not very prevalent. This is a decent offering, certainly enjoyable. Pours light brown with thin head. Aroma are malty with a hint of cooked sugar. Flavor follows nose with a nice malt profile. Finish is slightly sweet, not cloying, and fairly clean.

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tekstr1der from New Hampshire, Dec 23, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a reddish-brown, er mahogany?, color with a nice tan head. Nose gets some malt. Mouth follows with malt. Body is thinner than than my most recent German Bock I had.

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3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can, bought for $2.25 today at the Beer Store in Nashua.

It's a clear, deep mahogany color, with a healthy mousse-like dollop of fluffy beige foam up top. Lacing is all over! Aroma has some inviting caramel and toffee malts. The feel is mostly smooth, though the body is somewhat thin for the style, being a little less than medium.

Flavor also has caramel and toffee, but there's a big lack of malty sweetness here.... While there IS some malt present, it is mostly dry and leaning towards the bitter side, and has minimal complexity . There is some lightly floral hopping in the finish. Somewhat tasty, but won't be a returnee to my fridge... Prosit !!

Reviews by Bierman9:
3.84/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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Bierman9 from New Hampshire, Sep 02, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/17/2017. Poured into cylindrical glass. It pours a lovely cola with orange hues and two full fingers of ecru-colored head and lacing. The nose includes roasty malt, caramel, brown bread, and nuts. It has a nice, complex flavor of earthy, roasted malt, pumpernickel bread, nuts, and a hint of caramel. The flavors blend very nicely. It has a subtly creamy mouth feel, with moderate carbonation, and the 6.5% ABV is not a factor in the enjoyment of drinking this Bock. In sum, I'm surprised the BA average isn't higher. This is a great Bock bier. I'm drinking it in July and it's still outstanding. This beer would pair well with a light meal or for casual drinking any time of the year. From après skiing in late march till the crisp day of autumn. Very well done!

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Jul 23, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts, nuts. Taste is malts, bready, some nuts, a bit of alcohol is present, easy drinking. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Jul 18, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dated 3/16/17
Poured 12/07/17 (16 oz can )
Medium brown with persistent beige head. Smell of lightly toasted malt.
Well balanced carbonation, hops, mouthfeel and body. Alcohol is well hidden tempting you to drink this lager like a soda!

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Poljazz22 from Quebec (Canada), Jul 16, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt amber fairly close to brown color with a slight transparency about it. Two finger white foamy head sustained for a good little bit and gently subsided leaving some light semi-ring-like foamy lace. The aroma had sweet to oven roasted tones of caramel, toffee, earth, grassiness, butterscotch, lager yeasty smooth sweetness, toast, some nuts and some light cereal grains. The flavor blended the malty tones to the grassy and earthy tones in a dried sweet manner. Lingering bready/malty qualities follow through in the aftertaste to ride on into the finish. The feel was almost medium bodied, seemed like it sat just a tad underneath. Lightly carbonated, this one felt pretty close to the projected ABV. Overall, really nice bock that is nice to drink this time of year, especially when we’re having this cold Spring that we seem to be having.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can.

Pours a hazy, deep reddish brown hue with 2 fingers of light khaki head. The head has excellent retention, leaving a ton of lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma brings notes of caramel, toasted wheat bread, toffee, and very subtle milk chocolate. The back end is lightly spicy and earthy.

The flavor is bready and full of caramel malts. Some toffee. Like the nose, finishes earthy and faintly spicy. Very clean and subtly roasty. Lovely all-around.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Very smooth, yet crisp and highly refreshing.

Overall, a great dark lager that definitely restrains itself with regards to hops, yet retains an excellent balance. Love that this is available in 16 oz cans.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, May 31, 2017
Bock Bier from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 79 ratings