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Kräftig Lager - William K Busch Brewing Company

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Kräftig Lager
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
Kräftig is the classic lager. Malt flavor up front with a slight sweetness, and a hop character that doesn't overtake it.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: GossageBrewery on 12-12-2011)
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5/5  rDev +51.5%

jptg2d, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

ggourde, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Brewnah, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of robbotis
4.23/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice light beer. It looks a little clear, maybe watery, but it's a lighter lager. Not sure you want it dark, or heavy. Not much of a smell to speak of. The taste is smooth. Sipping these poolside or at a summer picnic, will not be a problem. It's a tasty, smooth lager. Something, that's not all that popular or common today. I like it alot.

robbotis, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of wages
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a frosty mug

Appearance - 3/5 - straw color, no head. A few bubbles streaming from the bottom

smell - 4/5 - mellow sweet aroma

Taste - 4.5/5 - mildly sweet with a subtle earthy floral hop

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - big body for a lager, medium low carbonation

Overall - 4/5 - overall, a surprisingly pleasant and refreshing lager

wages, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

ch473, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

jharris0624, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Hellblazer, Sep 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Bulldawg84, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JosefBerger, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

rlb49, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JoshuaHesseltine, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of dtalou27
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

dtalou27, Dec 27, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color and completely transparent. Weak head forms with poor retention and some lacing.

Smell is clean with bread grains and leafy hops.

This actually tastes a lot better than I expected. Smooth, unskunked pale malt and corn husk flavors. Spinach leaf hop flavor. Descent balance and crisp finish.

Light feel as expected. Way overcarbonated! No surprise since this was certainly force carbonated.

Overall a descent lager and much better than most brews coming from AB. I decided to keep an open mind when trying this and was pleasantly surprised. Not something I am going to drink on a regular basis but I would choose this over Budweiser.

bnes09, Feb 19, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a translucent, almost hazy (was expecting crystal clear), deep gold color. Poured with no head that didn't leave any lacing.

S - Sweet grain and a little citrus from the hops.

T - Sweet grain with just barely enough hops to balance. Very clean aftertaste. Wish there were more hops. Tastes yeasty to me too. I'm tasting something else familiar, but can't put my finger on it. Almost tastes like wheat. Maybe my taster is off tonight. Nothing bad though. Maybe it's not filtered?

M - Surprisingly full mouth feel. Crisp clean beer flavor. Carbonation tingles nicely on the tongue.

O - It's pretty good for what it is. It's not going to win any major competitions but it's a tasty, clean and unoffensive american pale lager. I think i'd like it better with another point or two of attenuation and about 50% more hops. After 3 I'm starting to get full.

schematix, Oct 15, 2013
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3.57/5  rDev +8.2%

Stephen_Woods, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JLaw55, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jrcmlc, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Goosehunter75, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Kpitevl, Jul 11, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with almost no head. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and faint floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains. There was a mild spicy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. There are better pale lagers out there.

zeff80, Jun 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Moby, May 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Eaglefan344, Jul 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

AleWatcher, Jun 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

creepinjeeper, Apr 15, 2014
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Kräftig Lager from William K Busch Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.