Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier WeizenAecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Schlenkerla Smokebeer Wheat is an ale with light smoky aroma. As Bavarian wheat beers, it is being brewed with a mixture of both barley malt and wheat malt. The portion of barley malt is hereby a classic Schlenkerla smokemalt, while the wheat malt remains unsmoked. Served unfiltered with its natural haziness, Schlenkerla Wheat reaches its full aroma through bottle fermentation with fine top fermenting yeast.

Added by taez555 on 07-23-2001

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pDev:
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Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a murky dark brown color with three fingers of head. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly smoky, but also has hints of wheat malt and fruit. Maybe a hint of cloves in there as well. The taste is also very smoky, but not overly strong. Very malty and like smoked gouda going across the tongue. A little bit of esters and a slight clove flavor from the yeast as well. Almost no trace of hops. The body is fairly thick and heavy, good for a weizen. The drinkability also fairs well. A very very unique wheat beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown in color with a dull mahogany glow when held to the light. You can see the effervescence that's present as billows of tiny bubbles rise to the surface supporting a thick, creamy ivory head. The head holds extremely well throughout the glass but leaves little lace. The body is medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that gives a creamy mouthfeel. The aroma is outstanding with a very rich, deep, Beechwood smokiness. The flavor starts with a lightly sweet, fruity, and gently tangy maltiness that reveals some soft caramel notes as it warms in the mouth, and then a burst of soft smokiness immediately following the swallow. The smokiness lingers for a few moments and then receeds (at least partially) from the palate. At this point much of the yeast character is noticeable with a gentle clove that works extremely well with the residual smoke character, as well as some vanilla, very light banana, and soft phenolic (plastic). Very nice! The smoke character is extremely well done - never overwhelming the palate, but with enough presence to be continually noticeable throughout the entire serving. Absolutely worth trying!

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Photo of drmeto
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a cloudy chestnut with a small,frothy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-straight up smoked ham,wheat,lemon,slight pepper,slight burned plastic
T:
-wheat and lemon upfront
-smokiness coming on
-smoke sweetness
-black pepper
F:
-light to medium body
-medium carbonation
O:
Definitely less smokey than the Rest of Schlenkerlas Rauchbier lineup and not quite as complex.
Still a good and interesting Weizen.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 2016 and served just below cellar temperature.

Pours a muddy copper-amber colour, producing just over one finger of dense, creamy-looking, light beige-coloured head. Retention is decent; it seeps away slowly over five minutes or so, leaving behind a smooth cap and foamy collar. Lovely aroma that is dominated by beechwood-smoked malt, reminiscent of ham or maybe smoked salmon. Mild hints of banana, clove spice and bready, wheaty sweetness are less attention-grabbing, but play an important role nonetheless.

This is a very nice cross between a German-style wheat beer and an authentic rauchbier. You get a hint of the smoke at first, but it is wheaty, bready malts and some caramel sweetness that provide the initial burst of flavour - followed soon after by notes of plum and applesauce. Beechwood smoke and clove spice take over toward the finish, providing a bacon-esque savoriness alongside hints of earth and wood. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels and quite a smooth, soft feel on the palate. While I usually take my time with their märzen, this little number is just way too easy to knock back - I'd eagerly drink another, but I'm saving the other bottle for the slow cooker.

Final Grade: 4.3, an impressive A grade. As a big German wheat beer fan, I'm probably a little biased as far as this one goes - but I just have to say that I really prefer Schlenkerla's Rauchbier Weizen over their märzen. This one's smokiness, though still a strong presence, is less "in-your-face" when compared to their other brews, and a much more drinkable beverage for it. Keeping in mind that I can still count the number of true rauchbiers I've had on one hand, this is definitely my favourite so far - though I can surely understand why serious smoke beer aficionados would prefer one of this brewery's bolder offerings. A definite must-try in my books; one that I hope to see imported on a more regular basis.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into glass beer mug.

A - Hazy brown, with no head to speak of, no lacing, and a simple off-white collar. Lots of visable yeast sediment.

S - Expected smoke, bacon, jerky, mesquite aromas with an interesting accentuation from wheat malt. The wheat took this beer from smelling like a bag of dried meat to smelling like fresh cooked BBQ.

T - Wood and smoke, less intense than the nose, and all deepened by the wheat twang.

M - Fairly carbonated and light bodied, with a smoothness from the suspended yeast.

D - After having Aecht's Marzen I didn't think any rauchbier would be good enough to have more than a couple of, but this one surprised me. The lightness and depth of flavor make this highly sessionable, style considered.

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Photo of natasharai
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with 1inch of bubbly tan head that dissipated quickly (2 minutes) to a thin covering around the edge of the glass, and is not leaving much of any lacing. The beer is a very translucent brownish gold color.

Smell: Up front very smokey, then some sweetness, malt and fruit, is detectable once your get a little use to the smokeyness. As it warms a lot more fruity aromas are detectible, similar to white grapes or apples. The smoke smell is present but not overwhelming (once you get a little use to it). While I sit here and smell it from a small distance, I feel like I am on the beach at Lake Superior with a campfire going on a 65 degree night. Smokey, but also crisp.

Taste: Bold smoke flavor up front (as expected), then a small fruity apple or grape taste, followed by a bigger sweet malt flavor. At the end there is a bitter smoke flavor left in the mouth, but again the smoke is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Heavier syrupier bodied than I expected up front, but the bubbles and slight bitterness make it seem a bit lighter.

Overall: For me this is very easy to drink. The strong smoke up front starts to diminish and other very interesting flavors/aromas appear, which compliment the smoke very nicely. I might have to go buy another one of these... :-)

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a caramel brown color with a frothy head.

The aroma is an interesting combination of smokey woodiness aloong with banana, clove, and caramel.

The flavor follows with those follows being a really interesting balance between the meaty and woody, smokey, almost ashy flavors then with the bready banana and spice. It also has a good medium mouthfeel.

At first, the combination may seem like it does not work, but as it warms up and with time, one can see where the two balance and bounce between each other.

This is another stellar beer by Schlenkerla. Not my favorite from them, but another example of what they do so well, a clean wonderful German ale/lager with smoked flavors.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy brown garnet in color, the pour builds up very thick frothy khaki head that well retains itself with very good retention before slowly collapsing to an everlasting foamy layer atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The smokiness is throughout the aroma with its pronounced smoked meat, charred wood, and fire. The weizen character is also there to bring good crispness of citrus and clove spice. Sweet banana too as well as bread and caramel.

The tastes has proper balance between the smoked of rauch and fruity yeast of weizen. The smokiness is much prominent with its smoked meat, bbq-like, and charred wood while fruity ester and spice undertone with notes of crisp citrus, mild banana, clove spice, wheat grain, and sweet breadiness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and quite lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and well-rounded yet quite refreshing. Finish is very dry.

Smoked weizen from the Master and when the Master say, you listen. Pour it with yeast for full enjoyment.

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Photo of taez555
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a small bubbly white head that died rather quickly.
The body was a dark brown/reddish hue.

The nose was simply amazing. Smoke, malt, ham, brown sugar, dark smoke, caramel, toffee, smoked gouda. It actually reminded me like a lot of an old old fireplace. Easily one of the most amazing smelling beers ever.

The taste was surprisingly light and highly carbonated. Yet again smoke, malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, meat, a faint touch of wheat and yeast. A light and smooth earthy hop bitterness. What's really interesting with this beer is the touch of wheat beer taste. It has this amazing rauchbier taste with just a splash of weizen to it.

Overall just another outstanding beer from this brewery. The wheat touch throws me off a little, but it is a weizen after all. Not the beer for everyone, but if you like smokey beers this is a must try.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Listen! You smell something?"

With the advent of beeradvocate.com, it's been exceedingly difficult to buy beers on blind faith. This often takes the surprise out of tasting great beers. Fortunately, I had never read a review of this beer prior to tasting it.

I was completely overwhelmed by Schlenkerla's taste. Take the best smoked meat you've ever tasted and ferment it... that's what this is like. Never in a million years would I have thought you could successfully brew such a wonderful smoke beer.

If made a top 5 beer list, this would certainly be on it. It's just too unique to overlook. From the first whiff you take, you're captivated. That's all I can say.

You really ought to try this one. It must be one of the beer community's best kept secrets.

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Photo of nobledust
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: root beer candy color, cloudy, off white head that stays just on the rim. Nice initial head.

Smell: smoked ham, smoke, beef jerky, fire pit ash, smoked bacon, smoke, more smoke. Banana sweetness underneath the barrage of smoke.

Taste: more balanced than the marzen, as this is half rauschbeir and half weizen. Initial smoke note that gives way to the wheat, which manifests as banana, simple grain and sort of a corn thing which tastes like a result of the combination of smoked malt and wheat.

Feel: nice body from the wheat. Full while not showing any hint of alcohol, as it's not high abv. Velvety, on par with the best trappist ales in mouthfeel

Overall: I love this beer. I love the marzen too but haven't had it in awhile and haven't compared the two. Initially i was disappointed by the prevelenace of wheat on the palate, but it actually really works once you get past the novelty of the smoke flavor. The marzen is full steam ahead, this one is about balance and drinkability.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like smoke beers in general, but I didn't care much for this brew. Oak wood smoke doesn't seem to agree with me. The beech wood smoke of their marzen and ur bock is lighter, with less of a sour element to it.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely dark brown/ruby, almost black at first glance. Forms a nice finger and a half of creamy slightly tan head. Whispy lacing.
S - Literally liquid bacon. Not just the smoke, it has the rich fatty and meaty aromas. There are some malts there too, but it literally smells like a plate of hot, freshly fried bacon. For me that's delicious.
T - Good, but unfortunately not nearly as wild as the aroma would lead you to believe it will be. It's much more subdued with malts and balanced.
O - A fine smoke beer or Rauchbier.
V - Single bottle, moderately good value.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into weizen glass. I'm not the biggest rauch fan, but will try to give it a fair hearing.

L) Chestnut brown, some big lumps of yeast falling down as it is poured from the bottle. Very hazy as per any hefeweizen. Head is a disappointment, thing bubbly film is all you get.

S) All rauch, no weizen. Burnt charcoal, maybe hints of sweet malt. At least you are left in no doubt that this is a rauchbier.

T) First, a hint of sweetness, followed very quickly by the taste of hotdogs, with a lingering burnt wood flavour. Sweetness is always there, before and after the smokey hit. The smoke is also lingering. To get any sense of this being a weizen, you have to stop drinking for a couple of minutes, and there is a bit of wheat sourness there, always with hotdog smoke. Really interesting that a drink can give you more complex taste and flavour than a food.

F) Similar pleasant carbonation to many weizens. The aftertaste is a lot of smoke, a bit of sourness, slight hints of sweetness.

O) I had this one time before at the start of my craft / quality beer drinking years and didn't like it. Now that I have had a bit of appreciation for rauch biers (all Schlenkerla, I think) I can appreciate this one. It's difficult to imagine that there is a better rauch weizen in the world, but if there is I will surely seek it out and try it.

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Photo of Wg1041
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown pour. Mediums body. Immediate smoked sausage and smoked cheese flavor. It’s as if the God Zeus ground up smoked cheese and sausage into beer form. Tasty but not excessive. Perfect compliment to all smoked food or steak. Oh wow. Delicious.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a mug.

Look: Hazy chestnut brown with an off white two finger head. Very good head retention.

Smell: Smoke up front and finishes with some malts and wheat.

Taste: Follows the nose. Moderate smoke flavor up front and finishes with malts. Well balanced, the malts are substantial enough that the flavor doesn't wash out after the smoke.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and slightly dry.

Overall: A very good beer. Not as smoke forward as some of their other offerings but good nonetheless. As noted in "Taste" there is a very good balance between smoke and malt flavors.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusky tawny that becomes ripe apricot with an infusion of bright sunlight. The beer appears to be clear on first glance, but with a little determined squinting, fine, suspended specks come into view. The classy head of orangish ecru foam is equal parts creamy and frothy. Surface bubbles pop in slow motion, leaving behind transient, shallow craters like raindrops on a placid pond.

Sweet smoke. The nose is much less forceful than the nose on Rauchbier Marzen. There would be no point in smoking the hell out of all their offerings, so I'm glad to see gradations based on the individual styles. There's a light, almost fruity, aspect to the aroma that is some kind of enjoyable. Any hope of appreciating wheat would be dashed by even half as much smoke however. Tantalizing, but not overwhelming. Very well done.

I like it. I don't love it. I find myself appreciating its lightness, but my penchant for bigger beer has me pining for the marzen. I have to say, though, they've managed to distinguish this one from the bigger beer. Weizen is modestly malted with surprisingly sour underpinnings. As in the nose, wheat (a bland grain at the best of times) isn't appreciated per se on the palate. A light fruitiness more than manages to hold its own with the smoke.

Light tendrils of sweet wood smoke weave in and out, dissipating long before the taste buds send up the white flag of surrender. The tart finish is also sneaky sweet and contains diminishing echoes of... say it with me now... smoke.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen would be an excellent place to start for someone who is interested in the rauchbier style, but who is afraid of being overwhelmed. Unfortunately, the marzen spoiled me, in that less body and less smoke just seem like less of a very good thing.

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Photo of Spechopper1007
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been dying to try this Smokey bandit for a while and boy is it Smokey. It pours a thick light-tan head. Its colour is deep dark brown. Its aroma is burnt wood, roasted/burnt wheat, and a smoked sausage quality. The taste is dark and smokey with a nice string of burnt wheat and malt. Overall this is a great smoke beer and I will recommend this beer to anyone who likes smoke beers.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a perfect combination for the apple wood smoked ribs I did yesterday,poured a murky tea colored brown with a well defined 1/2 finger head that didnt stick around for long.Obviously the smoke is gonna be a large part of the aroma like smoked ham but the weizen part shows thru with a clove spiciness underneath the smoke.Up front the smoke is dominant but it melds into a clvey spicness with a note of banana in there as well.Near perfection with the smoked pork flavors of the ribs and vinegar of the homade slaw wow it was great.If you pick the right moments for these smoked beers they can be rewarding no doubt.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S- Chocolate cake>spicy Christmas pudding>+ smoke.
L- Very hazy deep chestnut. Thin pale tan head reducing to lacing. Poured with whole 5mm lumps of sediment that streaked the bottom of the glass at the end!
T- Smoke, smoked meat, malts and hops at the finish.
M- Quite rounded and lively on the tongue.
O- Pleasant, the smokeyness not over-bearing. I had another rauchbier recently and it almost put me off for life, the smoke was so OTT. This was bought for me, so I approached with caution, but it was more pleasant and in-balance than I expected. I'd drink and enjoy this again.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of -DF-
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t8000shx
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Holy Smokes! Ah, I deserve to be shot for that.

Anyway. First and last impression of this beer is that of holding your face over a hardwood bonfire and inhaling deeply. Throw a kielbasa or sausage in there for good measure, carbonate it, ferment it, put it in a bottle, and voila! You have a Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen. Clearly not how it's made, but a adequate description of the flavor. Looking for a good wheat beer with a hint of smoky flaver? Pass on this one. This is an intensely smoky experience with some weizen buried deep under the surface, revealing itself only after the initial smokehouse essence hits.

Appearance is a bit more amber than most other weizens, reflecting the flavor nicely. Medium sized head, though light in texture. Same goes for mouth feel, though you may grow tired of the beer quickly anyway thanks to its intensity. The light body is a stunning disconnect from the (over)powerful taste.

Drinkability on this one is going to vary considerably, though even for the most hardened rauchbier drinkers I wouldn't call this a session beer. A pint or two at most I would imagine sufficient to take care of anybody's hankering for some good smokiness, but a very enjoyable pint or two it would be.

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Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 9fl oz short necked brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark tawny brown (same colour as the bottle almost), crowned with a frothy, tight, off-white cream lace with plenty of retention and substance. Exceptional.

Note: there is yeast sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Soft, but distinct and bold, smoke aromas -- reminds me of spicy cold kielbasa and a wood fire.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied, with a touch of smoothness upfront that eventually turns a bit coarse on the palate, going bitty and crisping up from the beer's carbonation and a smack of wheat astringency and light floral bitterness. Malt sweetness is low, but there's plenty of body under the crisp dry character. Smoke flavours are everywhere, leaving a smooth char flavour that blends perfectly with an edge of spicy clove, wood character and splash of grape juice. Lots of residual smoke flavours rock the dry finish, hints of yeast.

Notes & Drinkability: I just love a good rauchbier, and this is one of the best. It combines the pleasantries of a tasty wheat beer with old school flavours to create one helluva an exceptional brew!

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Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no freshness date but it does have the abv (5.2%) and a description of the beer on the back.

Appearance: The body has a nice copper colored body with clear reddish highlights. From the pour I got a tall, light tan head that makes some spotty and slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is smoky and bready. The smoke character is very similar to imitation bacon bits and this is backed up with bready and roasted maltiness.

Taste/Palate: The smoked malt is the dominant force here and it is balanced with some mild bready sweetness. Under this are some very light yeast notes and some faint herbal/mineral hops notes. The palate has a slightly slick smooth feel with a medium body and carbonation.

Notes: There is a little more balance to the Weizen compared to some of there other offerings and so it is more interesting and drinkable for my taste.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 792 ratings