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

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unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2011
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Pretty clear Helles like appearance. Milder somke & woodiness in the aroma. Flavor is also pretty mild in terms of smokiness, nice though. Satisfying & very drinkable,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Solid smoke nose...light tawny color. Decent off white head with good lacing. Nice light sweetness from the malt, but thin. Almost a lighter version of the marzen.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Hazy golden amber pour with an awesome foamy white head. Smoked bacon, hints of gorgonzola, and soft doughy campfire lead to bready smoked hickory jerky and hints of banana. medium body with supple caressing carbonation and a clean finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjuf1853 (1200) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Draft at Brass Tap (Wesley Chapel, FL). Pours a clear golden amber color with a decent sized densely packed off white head. Aroma has a good bit of smokiness, but still on the lighter side when compared to other Aecht Schlenkerla beers. Flavor is quite nice with more subdued smokiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2011
on tap @BT Wesley Chapel-pours an offwhite head with hazy yellow color. Aroma is sweet light malt/grain, smoke. Taste is smoke, sweet light malt/grain-bready, some grassy hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3210) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On draft at the Brass Tap, that poured a clear gold, aromas of smoke, clove, and a touch of banana. Favor of light smoke, clove, some honey, and a touch of grassy hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1432) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2011
On tap at Holy Grale. Aroma of dough, banana, clove and very light smoke. Appearance is light amber with bone head. Flavor matches the nose; quite fruity up front, but with a light meaty smoke finish- a bit more substantial than the aroma. Palate is bubbly. Reminds me a bit of their smoked weizen, but with a bit more fruit; quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2011
transparent gold , thin white bubbled head. Nose is light smoke, bark, peach, bit of tea: light and refreshing but not intense or coherent. Flavor of mire bark and light smoke, carbonation seems high, finish is short and doughy, not getting the hops others find, low smoke throughout but lingering in finish. Decent but unfocused, too light for a smoked for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Smoked malt with a touch of toffee and apple aroma. Sweet pear and light smoke taste with a bit of honey and dough. Herbal and grassy hops at the end. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, 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.


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