Aecht Schlenkerla Kräusen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.55%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 09-24-2011

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Ranking:
#9,494
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
32
pDev:
13.05%
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the brewery in Bamberg. Pours hazy, golden copper in color with one inch head. Taste is big smoke, wheat, and toasted malt. Light bodied, smoky, sweet with moderate carbonation. Amazing. Best beer all trip. Please send this to the states.

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Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dgilks
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Try it at the brewery, in the hallway, sitting quietly and watching the tourists. .....heaven!... Smokey to the nose, smokey to mouth and a bit like bacon as well. Yum!

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Photo of Durge
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of herrburgess
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of hansgruber
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ucis
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a .5L glass at Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany, where it's labelled "Aecht Schlenkerla Krausen Hefetrub". Reviewed from notes taken June 2011. Expectations were pretty high given the brewery.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and nice retention. Colour is a hazy nontransparent gold. Appealing.

Sm: Slight roast bacon notes. Some barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Slight roast with very light bacon hints. Hoppy, with a nice barley foundation. Complex but less so than the marzen. Still pleasant though unrefreshing and lacking subtlety.

Mf: Thick, nicely coarse, and dry enough to match the style (which I define not as a Munich Helles Lager, but rather a Bamberg Rauch lager).

Dr: Hides its low ABV and is easy to drink (except perhaps or unpracticed drinkers). Very affordable by German standards. I might get it again, but the Marzen is a much better choice.

B-

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tumbler at ChurchKey DC.

A nice semi creamy like head off white in color, resting on a pale yellow/orange body. There is some semi lacing on the glass which seems to creamy coat the edges. Pretty good looking and some small rising carbonation.

Nose brings light malts, typical faint smoke, but almost toasty and crisp. Unfortunately there is a large medicinal novocaine and band aid presence, even almost dare I say.. wild yeast smelling.

Taste is a very sharp bitter with a light malt body, gives a little toasty crispness on the palate. Once again lots of numbing novocaine character.

It's one of my favorite styles of beers, and it's from a brewery I absolutely adore, but this isn't really doing it for me. I am glad though I had a chance to try it, I didn't think I would, but I'll probably never order it again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.28/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Single finger head, no lace on a clear golden body. Aroma is mostly malt and breads. The aroma doesn't forbids the flavor which is smokey and burnt toast like. Otherwise typical lager yeast in the background. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Very unique beer. More like a rauchibair but not as drinkable as a typical helles lager

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at the Lion's Pride.

A - Served in a pilsner glass a super light amber hue with a nice creamy, thick blanket one finger head that left solid side lacing.

S - Wow, smokey smokey smokey. This is like meat in a glass. Like brisket fresh from a smoker! Behind the smoke is a light hay like aroma.

T - Unlike the nose, the smoke on the pallete is very light. With it is a nice buttery, bready flavor. Very german on the taste, with that sweat cream butter and bread being nicely prominant.

M - Super clean and lighter carbonation with a good crisp finish.

O - This beer was a huge surprise. I would LOVE to have been eating some smoked meats with this. It was a bbq in the glass.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Track 84 10/28
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy light copper color with a two finger of white sudsy head that recedes at a decent pace. Nice wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is light smoke, lots of grain, and a leafy, hay character.

T: Taste is lots of light smoke, then a good deal of grain and some more light smoke. The smoke flavoring is actually nicely blended with grain and earthy, leafy notes.

M: Lighter bodied, medium to high carbonation, crisp, dry body.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. I love smokey beers, so this was right up my alley...however, far lighter smoked than other offerings from Schlenkerla.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delightfully sampled this rarity on tap at ChurchKey DC. Review from notes:

A hazed copper starts with an off-white head. Decent retention. Smells like pork belly. I love it already. Maybe some kettle corn too. Grain and smoke in an all-out battle. So rich. Meaty. Reminds me of a breakfast I had while traveling in London of the smokey bacon paired with baked beans. Flavor keeps dabbling between smoked pig products and a rich graininess. The smoke takes over as more sips go down the gullet. Neat mix of 2 good brews from Schlenkerla. Great way for a consumer to take baby steps through the ranks of smoke.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/28/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, lager yeast and a touch of smokiness.

T: The taste starts with a mild malt sweetness followed by some breadiness from the lager yeast. Then some smokiness comes in but it’s not over-powering. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter smoky beer to drink for a while.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 32 ratings