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Aecht Schlenkerla Krausen | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brewed by:
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

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 15
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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Birch in Norfolk, Va

a - off-amber with huge white head that refused to be gone. lacing would be an understatement.

s - light smoke, the twang of an almost-sour, grapes, german skunk (the good kind.).

t - light german malts with that helles feel, smoke, but not obnoxiously so. a great balance of flavor and smoke. I'm sure there are hops, oh wait, I'm getting them on the finish. Light bitterness follows.

m - light body, only mild bitterness and a whisp of smoke remains.

o - one of the more enjoyable smoke beers I've had, in that the smoke is minimal but present. Its light and crisp nature lends to some immense drinkability. Interesting and repeatable.

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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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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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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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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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of surprised not to already find this in the data base (it's listed over on rate beer).

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey amber color with very good head retention and considerasble lacing. The nose is rather typical for this brewery, which means I get smoked meats, intermixed with light sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent beer, with something of a peppery, burnt toast flavor as well. You can tell from the mouthfeel that the alcohol is fairly low, but it's amazing how much flavor this low alcohol beer delivers. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a moderately long, lightly sweet and very smokey finish. Alcohol is completely unnoticeasble in this fine beer.

Just delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

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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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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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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%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft, a new beer from Schlenkerla? Yes please. Beer is yellow with a mild haze, a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, head is lazy.

Aroma is sweet, smoky, malty, mild.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet and smokey up front with a relatively dry finish, lots of smoke on the backend, there is a sort of bitterness from the whole thing that pushes from the back to the front of the palate, the smokiness grows with every sip.

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

Pours a nice golden color with a two-finger white head - not too much lacing. Smell is light smoke, lots of grain, some herbs. Taste is mild smokiness, clean grains, some grassy notes and bitterness in the finish. It's light, highly carbonated. Another fine beer from these folks - not on the level of the Fastenbier, but easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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