Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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.

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Koelschtrinker (20208) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 8, 2013
Weicher, leicht röstiger Antrunk. Die typischen Rauchnoten sind mild, fast wässrig, sie werden auch mit der Zeit nicht intensiver. Herb wässrig, zum Ende milder, wenig getreidig. 11/9/10/9//9

beastiefan2k (3900) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2012
No idea what this is supposed to actually taste like because the glass round stein I am drinking at 3 Floyds is definitely infected. Nice sour and tart cherry on the nose. Its a nice infection, no strong aceto on the nose. Flavor has not made it that far yet. Just a clean beer with a hint of sweet smoke and a zing at the end of the flavor. If his keg is a few months old, I guess the infection makes sense? I like it this way though. Looking over the other recent rates, other people are saying "cherry" and "leather" and I am pretty sure that is unintentional.

beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - DEC 1, 2012
On tap at Zly Casy in Prague, poured into a lager glass. Hazy light amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Fresh grassy aroma, some tender smokiness and faint floral hops. Light and sweetish malt flavor, low bitterness and mellow fruit (ripe pear) with some mold. Medium body, a bit strange but OK.

kindacold (235) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Pours murky amber, no head. Sweet, smokey, mild. Smokiness is less pronounced than odor would have you believe. Bit of a disappointment, but still a decent beer. Just too mild.

Drake (13637) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Served on draft at The Birch, Norfolk. Pours a nearly murky brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of leather, smoke, cherries and caramel. The taste is smoke, caramel, leather and a fruity finish. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

TimE (5770) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
light amber color. Slightly tart, nice lightly smokey flavor, caramel and dried strawberries. Good depth for what it is, but it doesn’t take me anywhere special.

DietPepsican (1590) - @ $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.

KyotoLefty (10193) - 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.

b3shine (8795) - 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.

crossovert (12614) - Chicago, 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.

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