Mühlen Kölsch
Brauerei zur Malzmühle

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4.12 | pDev: 14.32%
Brauerei zur Malzmühle
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Notes: Der ganze Stolz der Malzmühle ist natürlich das unverwechselbare Mühlen Kölsch. Es gehört zu den ältesten und beliebtesten Kölschsorten der Domstadt.

Mühlen Kölsch wird seit 1858 im Stammhaus der Brauerei zur Malzmühle am Heumarkt auf traditionelle Art und Weise in Handarbeit gebraut und abgefüllt. Zum Einsatz kommen ausschließlich natürliche Rohstoffe bester Qualität – Gersten- und in einem geringeren Anteil Weizenmalz, hochwertiger Aromahopfen, Brunnenwasser und Hefe.

Die Kombination der Zutaten und die Herstellung nach altem Familienrezept verleiht unserem Mühlen Kölsch seinen typischen und charakteristischen kräftigen, malzigen und vollen Geschmack.
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Seamill from Germany

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best enjoyed from a Kölsch glass, this beer is the epitomy of drinkable that consits of the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. I always notice a small hint of wheat in the first couple sips which seperates it in the taste category from many of its competiors. This beer truly does have one of the more unique tastes of any of the Kölsch beers that I've tried. With a good head retention and golden straw color, you can really notice the freshness of this beer. I have never seen it for sale outside of the Cologne Metro area, but if you are ever there, definitely give it a try.


Jan 18, 2019
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drmeto from Germany

3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-pours a clear light golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-grainy,metallic,toasted grain,spicy
-grain husk,toasted malt,herbs,spicy
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
This was a bit disappointing.It was missing the usual Kölsch yeast esters from other Kölsch Beers.
Too grainy for my taste

Nov 29, 2017
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SpongeHop from Belgium

3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - gold-yellow, clear; nice solid white head that dissipates quickly
S & T - grassy hops, light bready wheaty, refreshing citrussy freshness, dandelion floralness...
F - thin, nice and spritzy, easily sessionable

O - very solid sessionable beer. Very refreshing. Not a sipper, though. This is a beer that is best enjoyed at the end of a nice summery day by taking some big ol' swigs followed by a content sigh and some lip smacking. It's still not quite my style, but it made me feel just a little bit in Cologne, and that makes me happy.

I recommend this one.

Jun 19, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-draught @ the brewpub on Koln.

HEAD: Pours 2 inches of white frothy goodness. Retention is good - ~5-6 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear clean yellow. Obviously filtered. Nice vibrance.

It's spot-on for the style, and this appearance suggests a clean drinking refreshing brew.

AROMA: Munich malts, faint floral and grassy hop notes. Slight graininess and creaminess.

Simplistic but effective, again suggesting a clean refreshing beer. Aromatic intensity is average. I'm cone across Kolschbiere with more subtlety and nuance in terms of aroma, but this is quite pleasant nonetheless.

T: Matches the aroma, which is to say it's simple for the style without coming off plain. Superb balance and a pleasant flavour profile make this quite enjoyable and approachable. Hop profile is pronounced by German standards, but this isn't as pungent hopwise as, say, Paffgen's offering in the style.

TEXTURE: Clean, light-bodied, delicate, smooth, wet, and above all refreshing, with a crisp spritzy presence on the palate. Complements the taste nicely, but I do wish the flavour profile offered more nuanced notes for the mouthfeel to accentuate. It is a bit overcarbonated, though, to be fair.

OVERALL: The mouthfeel's quality exceeds that of the taste, though this beer's balance and insane drinkability alone make it a must-try when in Koln. I'd certainly recommend giving it a go, though it's not the best beer I've had in the style. That said, it surpasses almost every American expression of the style I've tried to date.

No doubt, this is best from a stange on-draught at the brauhaus.

Low B (3.53) / GOOD

Mar 19, 2016
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meecrob from Germany

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Kölsch in the world! This amazing brew has a beautiful light golden color and a thick creamy head. Its absolute refreshing and very easy to drink. You really feel the amazing hop quality with every sip! This Kölsch has a very nice sweet aftertaste.Its interesting that every bottle has an expiration date of only 4 months. I highly recommend this fresh Kölsch. One of the best german beers and the best Kölsch on the market!

Aug 30, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From bottle

Smells of grassy hops, wheat and a copper, malty hint.

Has light, very refreshing mouthfeel.

Tastes of hay, grassy, slightly dank hops with a metallic high carbonation. Finishes with a decent hop presence, while being well balanced by bready malts, resulting in a pleasant, dry finish.

Exellent example of a well made Kölsch. Light bodied, utmost refreshing with a nice hoppiness.

Apr 12, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pils style glass. Bottled Aug 8th 2014, good till Dec 8th 2014.

Deep brass gold, with wonderful thin streams of slow rising carbonation. Head is a three finger fluffy and bleach white with a thick fluffy cap of about a finger. Light lacing in rings on the glass, as it is consumed. Real nice with a fantastic look.

Great fantastic nose. Hints of deep bread and chewy like malt, with a wine like spritzy quality of lemon and herbs. Dense and nice light hop aromatics, even almost floral. Fantastic smelling.

Palate just sings wonderfully. As wonderful as a malt density hits, with a light carbonation and aromatic herbality. Hints toward light green herbs with a big bakery density sweetness. Light bodied feel but with a huge controlled honey coating.

Lip smacking good, and a perfect example of the style. Hits the bakery notes with a light control and feel, and a great interesting but muted and noticeable hop quality. Excellent beer, I could drink a lot of this.

Oct 07, 2014
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HughinJette from Belgium

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely my favourite Kolsch- an opinion shared by my aussie brother in law who had spent 10 years living in Koln.

I've had both on tap at their brew house in Koln city centre, and on bottle. Scores based on tap.


Served in 200ml cylindrical glasses straight from the barrel. Pleasingly sparkling and clear with about 2cm of head when the glass is plonked down in front of you.

Best thing about it is the freshness- in nose and in mouth.

it is currently the basis of my beer fridge as well- brought a crate of the (brown glass) 500ml bottles back from our last visit (24 bottles for €18!) and am slowly working my way through them.
For the bottles, i'd probably mark down the smell just by one mark- naturally, not as fresh from the bottle and the beer loses it's extra special quality just a litte bit.

Dec 18, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery itself. On to the beer:

A thick creamy head tops this golden colored beer, and adding to the experience is a head which retains very well. The nose is soft and appealing, bringing the smell of milled malt and a drop of honey.

Something about the taste is beautiful. Perhaps it helps that I had been drinking a lot of different kolsch during my short stay in Cologne, because this one stands out. It's clean and crisp throughout, and birngs subtle honey, floral, and grape flavors. The bitterness brought to the table is clean, adding the final touch to this beauty.

A very fine kolsch that is very easy to drink. I helped myself to several glasses and had forgotten that the brewery also served two other beers.

May 26, 2013
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Anacross from Washington

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite kolsch beer and that says a lot because kolsch is also my favorite beer style. Hard to find except if you're lucky enough to be strolling around the beautiful Cologne, Germany. Then you can just look around and try their wonderful local beers, Muhlen, Paffgen and Reissdorf, in that order. You won't be disappointed.

Delicious anytime. Beautiful taste, easy to drink, crisp and perfect, the godess of the kolsch beers. Magic and perfection in a bottle. Don't miss it out. Enjoy! :)

Jun 19, 2012
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beerpirates from Belgium

2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cl bottel poured into my tulip glass

Pours clear,pale golden with a small white head. Grainy aroma. Rather sweet and grainy flavours, some piney hop as well. A hint of lemon. Standard Kölsch in my opinion. Not much going on , to watery , to soft , it's just not my style / kind of thing i guess

Apr 15, 2012
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kjc51478 from Germany

3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep blonde appearance with nice head.

S: Aroma is bread, grass, and floral hops.

T: Hop flavor is floral with wonderful bread or dough note.

M: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish

O: Very good Kölsch.

May 18, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally I've gotten the chance to try this on draft at the brewpub, if for no other reason than to prove to myself that it must be better than the fresh bottle I had 6 months ago (consumed the very day I purchased it, in a hotel in Cologne after trying lots of competitor Kolsch samples). Well it's no different that I can tell, simply the same subtle beer that's had mystifyingly high raving reviews in the past.

Looks like a Kolsch, no lack of points for that. Very light flavors which is also per spec, but I get more flavor out of some of the imports like Reissdorf or Gaffel. Thus they are better, at least to me.

Muhlen is pleasant though, and it pairs well with the German fare that they serve, and before I knew it I'd had a liter of the stuff. I don't recommend anyone try to hard too find it, but if you're in Cologne you could maybe do worse.

Nov 01, 2010
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dasenebler from Maine

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L, Germany, best by 12/10.

Clear gold with a decent head, bit of lacing. Much darker and more attractive than most Kölsch.

Aroma is pleasant, with crackers and lightly earthy hops blending together nicely.

The flavor is exceptionally clean: this is an immaculate Kölsch. Wow. Goes down really easy, and the mouthfeel is light and fluffy. The flavor is simple and plain. There's a touch of sweetness, minerality and a bit of lemony hops, but all in all, there's just not much to write about. I've had many a Kölsch and know they are light, but this one lacked substance. The cleanliness pushes this beer's flavor score above average, but it was still a bit boring for such a highly touted beer.

I really anticipated this beer, and while it was incredibly drinkable, smooth, and clean, it lacked personality. Nevertheless, a very solid Kölsch.

Oct 06, 2010
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seanyfo from Scotland

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.2l gravity serving at Brauerei zur Malzmuhle on the Heumarkt in Koln.

A- Gold colour with excellent clarity. Poor head retention and lacing.

S- Nose is slight toffee malt, with a hint of sulphur and vanilla.

T- On the tongue it still has a hint of malt sweetness which turns to a faint hop bitterness with a semi dry finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D- Excellent drinkability with a nice flavour profile while retaining the clean mouthfeel of a good Kolsch.

Jul 11, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TurdFurgison for hauling some of this back from Germany. Bottled on March 15th, 2010. Served in a Struise tulip glass (as close as I could get to the shape of a stange).

A - Pours with two fingers of eggshell foam that sizzles to a thick ring and some light haze. Lots of bubbles visible in the golden straw body. Not much in the way of lacing - just a few spots.

S - White grapes and spicy German hop character. There's a slight touch of mustiness as well. Malt character reminds me of banana bread and light nuttiness. It's pleasant, and true to style, but nothing mind-blowing.

T - The taste is a little less exciting, with more generic grain character. There's some assertive hop bitterness mid-palate but it fades into the aftertaste. Some nuttiness, but not as much of the grape character as in the nose - it only shows up late in the taste.

M - Zesty, tingly, carbonation that starts to verge on harsh but doesn't get overly irritating. Surprisingly big body for a 4.8% Kölsch, but never gets too heavy. Finish is mildly drying, with a bit of light stickiness in the residual feel.

D - It was pretty easy to drink 500ml of this one, but I don't totally understand the amazing reviews. This bottle was pretty fresh, so perhaps it's one of those beers that doesn't translate well from draft. The heavier body and higher carbonation actually detract from the session character, even with the low alcohol content and solid flavor. Not bad by any stretch, but I've tasted better.

Apr 26, 2010
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czfreeman from California

4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was in Koln this week, and decided to seek this one out after a little R&D.
Pours a light golden tone of carbonated brilliance, light fluffy head quickly settles, leaving the small glass actively moving.
Smells exactly like I was hoping for. Kolsch--subdued simple goodness. Light biscuity malt, toasted almond, a hint of mustiness akin to oak, white grapes, slightly sour apples, a bite of sourness form yeast perfectly melded with the light malt sweetness, and a light pepperiness almost reminiscent of a Bavarian Helles. Light, subdued, yet quiet and complex. By far the best aromatics on any Kolsch I have tried.
Flavor is as the aroma, light, subdued, yet perfect in it's simplicity. Bicuity malt, lemon, white grape, underripe plum, sour honey and a hint of yeastiness that brings a bit of pepper into play Reminds me of a lightly sweetened biscotti with a light dusting of pepper served with a fresh white grape citrus compote.
Mouthfeel is light, simple at first, yet the flavor becomes more and more complex with subsequent sips. This beer is very hard to find even in the city of Koln, but well worth the search.
I saved this one for last, after sampling Fruh, Gaffing, Reissdorf, and Dom Kolsch on previous days, and this little obscure brewery produces the best brew by far. It fits and exceeds every parameter I was looking for after doing research on the style.
Kolsch is not everyone's favorite, and definitely not the best style of German beer by a long shot, but Seek this out if you are ever on a trip to Koln and try it!

Jan 23, 2010
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dbalsock from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was great. It was served in a cylindrical glass with about an inch of white, rolling head. The head left before I would finish the glass and contributed a lot to the aroma and the taste. The smell was of sweet grains, with some very light caramel and honey. The taste picked up where the smell left off with the slightest hint of honeydew melon combining with a firm nuttiness that backed up the honey aroma. The carbonation was perfect and left me both wanting more to drink and refreshing my palate after every sip. I wish I could have this beer all the time, but alas, I will not even be back in Köln on this trip.

Jun 06, 2009
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foles from Australia

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favourite Kolsch, which was thoroughly enjoyed from the barrel at the brewery in Cologne.

Served perfectly, nice head, nice glass. Most balanced combination of spice & fruitiness I have encountered for the style, with a fresh malty backbone. This is really drinkable and a rare treat I've not been able to source since.

This is one of those beers for me that has a real mystique about it.

Jan 16, 2008
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dherling from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From my recent trip to Germany. Poured out a golden color with a thin bone white head. The nose had some nice malt charactertics to it, a little bit of anise and nuttyness too. The taste is really full bodied, nice malt, a little butty, tiny bit of spice. The mouthfeel is fantastic, crisp, clean, refreshing, but tasty as well. Highly dirnkable, I think drinkable best describes this beer.

Mar 30, 2007
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haz77 from Australia

4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark gold with plenty of streamers and large bubbles. A couple of fingers of bubbly off-white head fall to a thin layer.

S - Banana, other light fruit, some spice, nuttiness, biscuity malt.

T - Matches the smell. The initial bisuity malts subside into the banana flavour. Sweet fruits build from the middle out, along with a flavour of boiled sweets. Finish is clean, dry, refreshing and satisfying.

M - Medium bodied, with a cleaning carbonation. Has a fair amount of creaminess.

D - Perfect drinkability. I'd love to try this on draught or even a fresher bottled version. Excellent beer.

Note: The beer was a few months outside of its short 'best' period.

Nov 06, 2006
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wl0307 from England

4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having tried this brilliant beer on draught at the Mühlen Brauhaus two summers ago, it has deeply stayed in my mind as a spicy example of Kölsch. Two years from then, I was so surprised to see the bottled version at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, S. London!! At 4.8%abv., the label seems to suggest it was bottled on 15/05/06 and best consumed by 15/08/06, hence non-filtration and non-pasteurisation!! Served semi-chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark yellow-ish hue, the white beer head grows slowly and steadily to a 3cm thick sponge, pretty tight in texture... retreating very very slowy to a puffy cap on the top; lively but not fierce carbonation. All looking good.
S: super clean in maltiness added with plenty of complex fruity elements... the light malts--almost like lager malts, bear an enticing and chewy, semi-sweet biscuity aroma, coated by ve...ry pleasant fruit-esters: banana, mango, and a touch of green apple, almost like a weizen taken off the edge of strong spicy-yeastiness!! It's so different from what I can remember of the spicy Kölsch tasted at the Brauhaus, but without detailed notes I can't make responsible comments here. But all in all, for a Kölsch the aroma is just brilliantly complex.
T: the light-bodied malty palate is fast engulfed in a thick layer of liquid fruits, showing the same elements as on the aroma--mainly sour-sweet bananas though nowhere as pronounced as a weizen... as the fruitiness expands on the tongue, the palate has quietly proceeded into the next stage dominated by subtle yet evolving, dryish bitterness of abundant hops, intensifying in strength and leaving a fantastic dryish, almost tangy-zesty, palate and subtle presence of dried green tea-leafy and nutmeg-spicy kick in the end... the semi-dryish bitterness in the finish is very much like a Blond Bitter yet all the more subtle!!
M&D: softly-carbonated on the texture, the beer tastes so light but comes with a solid body. With its fruity features and an evolving flavour profile, plus a healthy input of subtly aromatic hops, I'd say this is one of the best Kolsch I feel so lucky to have come across. The mouthfeel, of course, is not comparable to the draught one poured straight from the small cask in the Brauhaus, but for its performance the so-called quaffability is simply sublime~~ making me almost want to go back to Cologne tomorrow only for those lovely ales!!

Sep 27, 2006
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therica from Maryland

4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a month-long exploration and various debates of Kölsches while in Cologne, Germany (Köln). I would ask everyone-- any co-workers, bartenders, people sitting around me-- "which is the best Kölsch?" It's almost like starting a debate on religion.

Mühlen was the one recommended by the beer-savvy locals as "the best," by far. Früh was another. I would agree on both, and I would most highly agree with those placing Mühlen at the top.

Malzmühle is still a privately-held brewery, not mass-produced and distributed, as is Früh, and Mühlen is difficult to find even in bottles. I found only one store (a convenience store) in central Cologne that sold it in bottles.

If you're lucky enough to be in Cologne and can get this on-tap, go for it! I think the other 4 previous reviewers tell the details.

Aug 29, 2006
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shbobdb from Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh, the secret Koelsch. How many of us have seen the brewery, right as we get off the S-bahn, but how many of us have really considered this beer? I mean, with Frueh and Reissdorf so prevalent, tasting another Koelsch just seems silly, now doesn't it?
Do it! This beer has the grainy mouthfeel of 'fluessiges Brot' that I associate with the highest quality of german beers. This beer is also slightly more complex than it's more famous cousins in terms of overall flavour.
Once again, don't expect anything too spectacular. I love Koelsch-style beers, but I also know that they don't have any of the pazzazz that many BA's are looking for. A good beer for good friends, not a good beer for contemplating the wonder of beer and expanding the palate.

Nov 04, 2005
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tjd25 from France

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine dense head, fading on a powerful yellow golden color body. The smell is malty and round, a little bit bready. Some light fruity and floral notes. The taste was malty with some notes of mash. Wet grain reminding me of breakfast cereals. Caramel. Some subdued sweetness. Mouthfeel is heavier than other beers of the style and not as crisp and clean. Seltzer water like in some aspects. Hops are not too noticeable, and quite earthy.
An enjoyable beer, but that didn't impress me as much as the other reviewers.

Apr 09, 2005
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 75 ratings