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


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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

TAR's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Draught at Rich O’s Publick House: Burnished golden. Creamy white ring deposits wispy lace. Greasy, petroleumlike smoke aromas, with a light note of sugar cookie, smoked cracker dough, mineral, browned biscuit, peach marmalade and apple peels. Soft, compact carbonation. Spicy licorice-tinged hop bitterness is firmed up by a stiff dose of minerals and equally firm woody smoke. Delightfully fluffy smokiness, with nary a hint of ash or astringency. Some faintly apparent juicy esters emerge alongside a suggestion of orange preserves. Sturdy malt is deepened with some springy and grassy hay notions, though it loses some of its sound structure as a bit of wet hay begins to creep in. Vibrant hop flavor imparts some dense yet somewhat succulent texture to the otherwise smoke- and mineral-charged center. Plentiful aniseed-tinged hops accompany a lively yet thoroughly fulfilling blend of dry malt and breaths of smoke in the finish. A straightforward version, more or less, with that telltale Heller-Trum cleanliness and balance. A fun quaff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6782) - ITALY - OCT 6, 2015
on tap oro carico discreto naso affumicato non invademnte buon abeva filo legno amaro contenuto discreta secchezza

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielecamo (845) - ITALY - AUG 24, 2015
Alla spina. aroma affumicato intenso, faggio, caramello, fumo. al palato cereale seguito da un intenso affumicato, legnoso e con finale morbido, lievemente erbaceo. Corpo leggero, estremamente beverina

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiammanghilla (875) - Genova, ITALY - AUG 21, 2015
Spina @ Scurreria. Chiara con bella schiuma. Si sente affumicato della casa, ma invade meno rispetto a marzen. Bella bevuta

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6063) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2015
Draught (Schlenkerla, Bamberg) - Amber with a slight haze. Fruity, smoky and hoppy aroma with peach, ash, tangerine and caramel. The taste is refreshing, hoppy and moderately smoky with notes of orange, chocolate and ash standing out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2258) - London area, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2015
On tap at the source, pours a hazy medium honey color with a light tan head. The smell is to toasted malt, mild smoke. The taste is as is smells...mild sweetness sending smokey and dry. A nice summer brew. Light in body with elegant carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (887) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 8, 2015
At the source in Bamberg-Germany, from gravity keg. Pours amber hazy color, medium gassy off-white foam. Nose: mild smoke character, with some malty distinctive notes. Floral too. Nice!. Mouth: soft carbonation, almost flat which makes it perfect for drinking sessions. Medium body. Bread crust, herbal end. The softest smoked beer of my trip and one of the best I have ever had here in Franconia. Apparently I was very lucky to find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14775) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Draft at GBBF 2014 - London. Day 2. Pours clear, deep gold with a foamy, mostly white head. Rich smoked malt nose with accents of bread and berry. Light-medium sweet flavor with further smoke, some mild candied ham, dry bread. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lingering dry and smokey finish with a bit more ham and honey. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23228) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Draught. Brown colour, small foamy white head. Aroma is smoked, a bit ashy along with some ryebready and strange sweetness to it. Flavour is very similar in a good balance. A bit on the sweeter side, but still a nicely balanced brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (5156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2014
How: Cask, wooden barrel.
Where: GBBF 2014.
Appearance: Opaque golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Smoked malt, sausage, bread.
Body: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Sausage, smoke, rather light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (13535) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Wooden barrel dispense at GBBF ’14, day 2, 13/08/14. Clear golden with a moderately appointed white head. Nose is bready, spice, smoke, more bread focussed than other Schlenkerla beers. Taste comprises smoked malt - fair subtle, bready, light gammon, spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a smokey linger. Decent rausch.

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