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


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.

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

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.
Original gravity 11.7%
Alcohol 4.5%
Bitter 30

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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9273) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. Very excited to try this. The pour is a clearish orange to gold with chill haze diminishing as it warms. A slightly fizzy yellow head forms with good retention and small lace. Looks very pretty. Nose is muted ham and bacon with sugary/candied orange and honey. Perhaps honey baked ham? As it warms the nose is more just like "hot ham water" if anyone knows Arrested Development. Taste is sharp/herbal/grassy/soapy bitter, finishing abruptly and dry like a very good pilsener. Overlaid are sugary bacon and orange flavored seltzer. Very mild smoke. In a way, I wish it were either one or the other. Either a sharp and refreshing pils or a big meaty smoked beer. Instead, it is in between: exactly what it was meant to be. But that doesn’t mean it works perfectly. Still, much richer than 4.5% would suggest and would do well as a session beer as long as you like ham.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2011
On tap at Frisco Tap House: Pours a pale copper amber hue with a small ring of off-white head. Has a clean, subtly smoky light caramel nose. Starts with pretty good fullness and lightly toasted malty sweetness with a healthy amount of smoke flavor, albeit lesser than their regular beers, drying out slightly before the crisp finish. Well balanced and very drinkable. I wish this was available in six packs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6892) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Draft. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Toasted malty aroma with some light smokey notes. The flavor has toasted and smoked malts with a very light sweetness, bread crust, and light earthy notes. Very clean and outrageously drinkable. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2011
From the tap poured a light brown color with a good amount of head. Light smokey malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2899) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. In a dimpled mug, has kind of a light brown color, thin lacy layer of foam. Smoky smell but not in an obnoxious way. A bit of cheese rind and barbequed beef, in my opinion. Still has a big smoky flavor, most like a Gouda cheese rind, but also like a Cold-eeze cough drop. You know, kind of medicinal yet minerally. And I’ve always held that Cold-eeze was like sucking ona roll of pennies. Yeah, that’s it. Zinc. You have got to really like smoked beers to enjoy this, and luckily I do, in small doses anyway. However, some tasty German malts comes in here, more detectable than the other Schlenkerlas I’ve had. And yeah, a bit of a medicinal taste. But I can’t help but want to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
On draft at map room. Pours a deep amber with a moderate fluffy off white head. Aroma is nicely rounded with bready biscuit notes and a delicate smokey character. Everything is very light, a fruity note, earthy, woody. Flavor is soft and smokey, nice sweetness that never gets cloying, grainy doughy bread notes and a smooth woody smoke finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft on tap at Publican (Chicago, IL). Stopped by to check out the deal with these lambic blends and found this gem. Pours a glowing darker golden amber pour, a healthy darker golden glow on the edges, gentle haze, and frothy offwhite head cakes moderate sized and sits around well, healthy lacing. Aromas are a wonderful mixture of bready malts and grainy essence mixing with gentle woody smoke, touches of meat, lively fruity apple, touches of spice, carmelization, and more yeast and bread dough. A mellow smokiness with lively fruity and bready malts. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, sitting fuller on the palate than expected. Sufficient smokiness, earth and woody with gentle carmelization and toast, moving into crisp bread, cereal grains, touches of yeast and lingering house smoke into the backend. Lingering on with notes of apple and bread, spice, touches of pear. A lively little brew with a good flavor wheel, healthy smoke for it’s size, but nothing overbearing, giving a new lighter spin on their house flavors. Very nice, aromas giving off smoked apple and bread. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Clear amber, white cover. Aroma is very light, toast, caramel, the smoke is an afterthought. The flavor is mild caramel, toast, light meat smoke trails way behind but in a good way. I will say that I remember even the regular Helles being smokier than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Tap at Ginger Man - Hazy golden-amber pour topped by a tight sticky white head. The aroma is quite lightly smoky with a touch of noble/minerally hoppiness. Creamy palate with a lovely soft malt sweetness. Rounded character that really melds the malt, hops and smoke. Soft and a little bit sweet. A touch of light sweetness along with a touch of soft chewiness. Moderate minerally bitterness on the back. It doesn’t quite rise to the heights if the Urbock or the Marzen, but it’s a fine drink nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12042) - 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.

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