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Aecht Schlenkerla Kräusen
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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Als „Kräusen“ beschreibt der Bierbrauer die vielen Schaumblasen, die sich während der Gärung des Jungbieres bilden. Die Zugabe von einer kleinen Menge solchen Jungbieres zu einem bereits ausgereiften Bier wird als „Aufkräusen“ bezeichnet. Durch das Aufkräusen wird die volle Geschmacksreife des gelagerten Bieres um die Spritzigkeit des Jungbieres ergänzt.

Aecht Schlenkerla Kräusen ist ein bernsteinfarbenes, unfiltriertes Lagerbier mit leichtem Rauchgeschmack. Es reift in den tiefen Stollen unter dem Bamberger Stephansberg und wird kurz vor dem Ausschank mit klassischem Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier aufgekräust. Süffig und mit nicht zu viel Alkohol ist es die ideale Erfrischung für die warme Jahreszeit.

Daten:
Stammwürze 11,7%
Alkohol 4,5%
Bittere 30

Ausschank:
Im Brauereiausschank vom Holzfass ab 1. Juni bis Ende August. Export in die USA.

English Translation:
"Kräusen" describes the bubbles that form during the fermentation of green (young) beer. The addition of a small amount of such green beer to an already mature beer is called "Kräusening". Kräusening adds the full flavor maturity of the stored beer to the liveliness of the green beer that is added.

Schlenkerla Kräusen is an amber, unfiltered lager with a slight smoky taste. It ripens in the deep tunnels under Bamberg until just before adding the classic Schlenkerla smoked beer. Tasty and not too much alcohol, it is the perfect refreshment for a warm season.
Data:
Original gravity 11.7%
Alcohol 4.5%
Bitter 30

Serving:
In the brewery from the keg from 1 June to late August. Exports to the United States.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Draft. Hazy amber body, small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some smoke, light spicy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some smoke, spicy. Light-medium body, light stickiness. Smoke quite mild compared with the other Schlenkerla beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Tap. Pours clear amber with a large, creamy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is light smoke and bacon, caramel and toast malt, and light fruity esters. Flavor is light smoke and bacon with light biscuit malt, yeasty, thin bodied with a lightly sweet finish. Medium-light body, low warmth and carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1675) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Growler from Bierkraft. Golden copper with lasting white head and lace. Mild smoky grassy hay aroma with a tiny citrus hint. Biscuity malty grassy with underlying sweet malty smoky bitterness and lingering noble hop bitterness. Medium body, fairly rich for a pale lager. Excellent. I could drink this all day. Oh, what do you know? I have.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (10035) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Bright clear golden color, small white head. Smoke is very subtle in the aroma, and even more so in the taste, which is mostly clean and crisp. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2011
draft @ redlight redlight. I’ve been waiting for this one for awhile now! Light smoke on the nose, bbq pit. Pours gold with a slight amber hint with a dense white head. Crisp lager, grassy hops upfront with smooth beechwood smoke next, with a hints of malty sweetness. The beer finishes dry and crisp. Excellent!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3216) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Dark amber pour with tan head. Smoke, peat Bacon like aroma. Flavor follows but is smoke dominated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a mostly clear amber with a medium sized white head. Big smoke, rich and smooth. Medium bodied, light, smooth. Sweet caramel note appears before succumbing to rich smoke. Velvety. Lingering smoke finish, crisp and clean.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
En fût. Pinte dégustée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée et de caramel avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #3832)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2209) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Draught from brouwerij lane in bruecklyn. Termed by the server as a cross between the marzen and the helles and I’d say its accurate. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Light brown colored with yellow hints, cloudy appearance. Little yellow head. Yeasty and smoky, thin bacon in aroma with some licorice as well. Medium bodied. Flavor is more on earthy-yeasty side with nicely balanced smokiness, some tar and licorice in still smoky aftertaste. Nice balanced, thinner Schlenkerla.


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