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

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common

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pepsican (1445) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Draft at brewfest. Hazy gold with a white head. Yeasty bacon with a bit of noble hop character and some burnt pizza crusts. Smoked out finish, mildly sweet. ok.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6455) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
Draught at Coopers Ales. Cloudy amber-brown with a fine, high head. Lightly smoked nose, malty, bread, light cardboard. Light malt flavor, nice light smoke, a bit too much cardboard, but great body and very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5438) - Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Draft to pint at Dutch’s. Looks good; a semi-transparent copper with off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; smoke and citrus hops. Tastes slightly sweet and smoky. Average on the palate. Not my favorite style, but a good example of it nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7390) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
An older tap, but still enjoyable. I would love to try it absolutely fresh. PEaty smoke taste, smokier than thier original lager. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Hazy golden with a firm and lasting white head. Big malty aroma with a touch of meaty smoke. Sweetish malty flavour with meaty smoke, a touch of fruit and a nice bitter finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (2923) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Tap at The Mark in South Bend, IN. Light woody smoke and musty aroma. Golden amber with a small beige head. Light smoky and musty (almost horse blanket) aroma. Light to medium body. Very easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyburnette (26) - - AUG 22, 2012
Nice peat finish....feels like that happy warm feeling after drinking single malt Scotch after the alcohol has dissipated. Surprisingly complex looks unassuming

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbierlover (596) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2012
Tap @ Brauerei. Hazy orange body with a small white head. Taste is malty, a bit tart. Refreshing, but nothing special IMHO

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (5960) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2012
Tap @ Schlenkerla, Bamberg. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of malt, grass, weak smoke, oak, fruits. Flavor is malt, caramel, smoke, grass, oak, fruity. Medium body, soft carbonation. 090812

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
felipelo (15) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2012
A very nice "light" smoked beer. Lighter than the classic Märzen with a nice white head. The smell is still very smoky, but not as much as a Märzen. Nice burnt wood smell and some "green" beer aroma also. A light beer with a nice smoky taste that is well balanced with the young beer character.


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