Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 152   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (1463) - Bled/SF, - APR 18, 2017
Pours haze golden/ copper colour, with off-white/white head. Aroma: smoked, ham, bacon, herbal notes from hops. Flavour follows aroma, with notes of ham, smoked bacon, hint of toffee, gentle fruity esters, herbal hop notes. Fi ish is dry, slightly bitter, body is moderate medium, texture soft, almost smooth, carbonation is medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (4109) - SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
@ Akkurat 17-2-18: Trevlig rökig med en välbalanserad maltbas, trevlig och lättdrucken

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (8867) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2017
At Akkurat. A bit hazy light amber with a creamy head. Aroma of smoke, bread, malt and some meat. Similar taste. The body was medium and the bitterness low. Nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (3981) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2017
February 15, 2017. On tap at Akkurat.
Light hazy golden with a creamy white head. Aroma is smokey and malty with a meaty note, toffee, fresh bread crust, grain and hay. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation. Finish is smokey, light bitter with a touch of grass and hay, light to medium malty sweetness with bread and hints of toffee.
Quite nice, prefer the ones with a slightly heavier malt character though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (4072) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 14, 2017
Keg @Schlenkerla, Bamberg. 06-08-2016.
Pours hazy amber with frothy white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Little smoky , malty, roasty, grilled meat nose. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture. Taste is smoky, malty, little ripe fruit notes. A bit palate saturating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinivini (2052) - Gomel, BELARUS - OCT 22, 2016
Tap. Amber coloured opaque beer. Creamy head. Caramel malts, smoke, smoked cheese, spice on nose. Light to medium body.bittersweet caramelly taste. Additional smoke & decent spicy bitterness. Long balanced finish. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lello4ever (942) - ITALY - SEP 30, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2016 Colore biondo limpida con schiuma biancastra molto compatta e persistente. Aroma lieve di affumicato. Al palato ancora inizia affumicata con sentori di pancetta, ma svaniscono subito. Finale amarognolo un po’ debole. Corpo leggero, carbonazione medio bassa. Discreta ma le. Manca qualcosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (9803) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
(live at the Schlenkerla) Almost cloudy, ruby amber colour with a firm mid-sized and slightly beige foamy head. Moderately smoked malty aroma with the impression of smoked ham, even slightly nutty, also slightly grainy with a whiff of herbal, old world hops in the background. Rounded bitter-sweet flavour, light to almost medium bodied with a well-carbonated mouthfeel. Moderately smoked malty taste with hints of smoked ham and sausages, cereals, backed by herbal hops; lingering bitter-sweet finish. Very balanced and more-ish Rauchbier. 12.VIII.16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7697) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Gravity pour from the barrel @ GBBF 2014. Slightly hazy amber pour with a small head. Nose is substantial and personable. Fat smokiness. baked ham. Brown sugar. Flavor is less smoke-heavy, a bit more subtle. Mellow crystal malt. Baked bread. Light lemon accents. Soft smoke. Palate lets the beer down a bit - watery and under carbonated. Feels a touch lifeless. Only OK - would love to have tried this in better condition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (3645) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Keg at the GBBF 2016. Golden with a frothy off white head. Nice smoked bacon aroma. The taste has hay, beans and bacon with a woody smoked finish. A bit weird, but lovely.

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