Aecht Schlenkerla Krausen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.55%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 09-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of dgilks
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
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.


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Photo of imbibehour
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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 -43.1%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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 +4.7%
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 +2.7%
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 -3.2%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico's OktoBEERfest 2011. Served in a plastic pint. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-clear medium copper color with a good off-white head and some nice lacing. The nose brings some light bread and toast plus just a touch of smoke. Much, much better than Schlenkerla's other beers, which tend to be far too smokey, in my opinion. Flavor is a good blend of Helles and rauch, definitely leaning heavily toward the former. Light body and nice smokey dryness to the finish. This would be a fantastic summer beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Publican. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - A big off-white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind minimal lacing. Transparent dark bronze body.

S - Very smokey - char, hickory, campfire, and perhaps a hint of the underlying malt imparting a bit of sweetness. Seems more smoked than the regular Helles actually.

T - Again, tons of smoke, hickory, and some bread and cereal grain malt to back things up. Finishes with dry smokiness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, and a tannic, dry, and roasty texture. Obviously no alcohol.

D - Easy enough to drink - the smoke flavors never become overly ashy or astringent. If you like this type of beer it has great session potential. Didn't seem super different from the regular Helles, but perhaps an A/B comparison would reveal some differences. I'll probably have this again down the road.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ll be honest there is not much difference in flavor with this one and the Helles. The body is gold color with lots of carbonation bubbles. The head and lace were both average. The aroma is a deep smoke, wood scent with some earthiness. The flavor was like smoke, meat and grass.

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