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Kräftig Lager - William K Busch Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Kräftig LagerKräftig Lager

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17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.26
pDev: 40.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
William K Busch Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GossageBrewery on 12-12-2011

Kräftig is the classic lager. Malt flavor up front with a slight sweetness, and a hop character that doesn't overtake it.

13 IBU
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 68
Reviews by GossageBrewery:
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Pale Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear straw color, produced a thin white head, below average retention, and left a below average amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pale malt with some citric hop aroma. Light in body, the mouthfeel is nice for a Pale Lager, the backbone of this ale is of pale malt, it is slightly sweet, and has a decent amount of citrus hops. Nice clean finish, outside of the poor retention and being a little thin it is a decent example of a pale later, nice alternative to Bud and Miller.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tastes like what I imagine Budweiser tasted like before corporate greed took over. Still not going to kick you in the face with flavor, but what is there is pleasant. This is a nice sessionable lager that would be very easy to throw a few back of.

Would drink again.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.32/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mkrass
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Schlafly33
2.25/5  rDev -31%

Photo of skloeff
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of RickS95
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker color than I expect for a lager. A faintly burnt gold color. Still very clear with a very white head. The head is about a finger thick of exceptionally white bubbles. Almost no retention. Tight little lace that eventually falls from the glass.

The scent is barely noticeable. Kind of an Earthy, bready scent with hopping that leans toward the savory side.

Flavor is abundant, but picking specific ingredients is futile.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very pleasant. While slightly grainy, it's clean and crisp with a dry, refreshing finish and no aftertaste. Light bodied and free of any sense of alcohol or buttering agents, it makes for a good thirst quencher.

While not a lager fan, this was very acceptable. Easy to drink, flavorful, crisp, and sessionable.

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moby
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was advertised all over Missouri, billboards, gas stations, bait shops, bars, etc.
Guess all that Busch money has to go somewhere...

Bright pale gold, racing carbonation. Feeble head of foam that fades rapidly to a thin ring at the edges. Aromas of sliced apple, something vaguely sweet, corn maybe. Taste is slightly sweet with a dry finish, a little over carbonated and bland. Papery with an apple ester from the yeast, no hop flavor or bitterness. Overall it's pretty dull but clean, perfectly average.

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Photo of mobrockman
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of peabody
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a blah beer all around. Pours out clear with good carbonation and little to no head retention.
Smell is Bud/Bud Lite/Busch. Nothing stands out.
Taste isn't bad it just isn't all that good either.
Mouthfeel is too clean for my tastes. Little to no retention here too.
Overall just a plain jane beer that would be good in a can while sitting on the lawnmower.

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Photo of Hellblazer
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark golden in color, with a moderate, dense off-white head, with good retention. Thick, ragged tidemarks adorn the glass walls. A few fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Pale and caramel malt notes play off well against grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Opens with crisp pale malt and a little caramel, this provides the backbone of the taste. Soon after, grassy and herbal hops present, these compliment the malt well, offering a well-balanced taste. The finish sees the hops intensify just a bit, leaving a modest earthy and leafy presence at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite pleasant..

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of a familiar style, and serves to illustrate the point that macro brewers could offer a far better product than they presently do.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dtalou27
3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer for many reasons. First, being from the St. Louis area, I am so happy to see the Busch family back at the helm of the empire that Augie started. Second, the fact they made the beer similar to Budweiser in an insanely close way...without the "skunky" aftertaste, that I'm sure did not exist long ago. Third, IT IS NOT OWNED BY INBEV!.

Appearance is a great golden color, good head retention... oddly similar to Budweiser ;)

Smell is crisp, can smell the better grains being used.

Taste - Can taste the grains and unique hops with a nice balance, some hint of citrus (different yeast) clean finish. Can definitely tell it is a different yeast used.

Mouthfeel - Light/ slightly Medium bodied

Overall - Yes, this is a mass produced brew, but I am not comparing this to craft beers, , I'm making a fair comparison to other mass brews, and this one really was surprisingly pleasan. If I was sitting at a bar, and the choices were the basics (Bud, Bud Light, Coors, Michelob, Miller, etc...) there would be no second guessing this chocie. Can drink this anytime. Would be happy to purchase again.

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Sabre311
2.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tertullian007
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.57/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jrcmlc
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of krome
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Kräftig Lager from William K Busch Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.