Franconian Kraft Kellerbier | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Franconian Kraft KellerbierFranconian Kraft Kellerbier
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Franconian Kraft KellerbierFranconian Kraft Kellerbier

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Franconian Kraft is a kellerbier style from the region of Franconia in Bavaria. This kellerbier utilizes floor malted specialty malts from Germany, and is hopped with a noble hop, Perle. Franconian Kraft was decoction mashed and open-fermented to express the ingredients unique qualities in this recipe. It is a rustic, amber, and maltyinterpretation of a classic country lager. Like the rest of our Kellerbier Series, Franconian Kraft is left unfiltered.

Added by jbertsch on 07-29-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of edward_boumil
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Burnt orange colored beer, translucent (slight haze). Head leaves a soapy lace, originally poured quite large though there is some good retention overall.
S: That sort of soapy/sudsy lager aroma. Overall very malty, honey granola being a big note. Some molasses, toffee, and brown sugar, think more on the caramelized sugar end of the spectrum, slightly syrup-like, though this are more not and not primary as one would expect in something like a brown ale.
T: Malts are a repeat of the nose. Hops are more present here on the finish, present a light earthy and herbal touch on the end. Less bitter and more reminiscent of pepper or spice.
F: Remarkably smooth and easy to drink. Has a bit more body than a standard lager like a helles, but still drinkable. Carbonation is not that apparent in the mouthfeel, rather soft.
O: JA doing what they do best, brew traditional style lagers that provide a domestic example of the classics. Certainly very true to the style, certainly enjoyable to drink. Hits all the right notes and hits them well.

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Photo of flek
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of QuentinDishaw
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solidly amber. It has a light haze. Excellent starting head but it fades to a thin layer of bubbles. Random spots for lace.

Deeper, darker caramel aroma. Nearly no hop.

The flavor is very much like the smell. The hop is subtle which I initially did not pick up until the aftertaste. Subsequent sips show a more distinct, but light, presence. Even there, it's just barely present. Rich and mildly sweet with a good dollop of caramel.

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Photo of LeRose
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden amber color, very light haze, with a frothy white head that retains well and clings stubbornly to the glass.

The smell is sweet caramel malty goodness with something else like a baked pretzel in the background. A little yeasty, and light spiciness and earthiness.

Wow - rich, full-flavored malt opens the taste. There's a green apple note on top and while the hops are barely detectable in the aroma, they bring it in the flavor - a very nice spicy note that also lends an earthiness to the beer. Incredibly rich flavors.

The feel is extraordinary - very full texture, yet the overall impact is more moderate. Creamy and rich without being a super heavyweight. Nicely balanced by the carbonation.

Overall this is one worthy beer - a great drinker that delivers boatloads of flavor and what I think is a great sensation on the tongue. You know you are drinking something of substance, yet it is not heavy and overpowering. Well done - get some.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very attractive amber gold color with white froth and good lacing.

Deep aroma of sublime caramel malt with floral, spicy hops.

Malt forward flavor that is exceedingly rich, almost to the point of being bold, but hops are not forgotten here, rather they show at the beginning like dancers on the stage swirling around the main action and remain until the end being ever present and adding to the overall experience. If this were the only beer I've had from this brewery it would make me a fan of the place.

Medium-full texture with balancing carbonation.

The overall impression is of great complexity and style. In short, greatness. Forget waiting for October just give me this year round.

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Photo of nmwhitehead
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear amber color. Moderate foam head adds a nice look, however, retention is not particularly high.
Aromas impart sweetness; bready and light caramel malt, and apple aromas derived from yeast.
Taste is quite clean throughout, with an emphasis on bready malt, green apple esters and a moderate to assertive hops spice. Bitterness is clean, moderate, yet bold. A modest sweetness opens up in the palate, with a malty finish combined with spicy hops, dryness and lingering bitterness.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and relatively smooth drinking.
I continue to be a fan of the lagers this brewery makes.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 04/25/18.
This was poured into glass mug.
The appearance was a high copper toned color with a slim cap of a white foamy head that slid off fairly quick. Not much lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet caramel malt to pretzel/sourdough malt, light sweet wheat and earthy to grassy hops.
The flavor speaks of a mild blend of caramel to wheat to pretzel/sourdough to want to glide nicely together on into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine, maybe a tickle under, but I was fine with the level. ABV felt as projected. Smooth malty to earthy hopped finish with a slight acceptable stickiness to it.
Overall, as a kellerbier, I'd say this works and would welcome again. Might be damn nice next to brats in early Autumn or late Summer.

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Photo of nodder
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives hazy and russet colored with a thick, nitro-like head that sheets the glass as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Malt dominant - toasted brown bread, apple spice cake, nuts and caramel

Taste: Toasted brown bread and apple spice cake forward, with brown sugar and caramel tones developing; a hint of nut flavors join in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer packs a lot of flavor for 4.8% ABV; really enjoy the complex malt flavors

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down, leaving a layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuity malts are present in the nose along with hints of yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the yeasty flavors are stronger and stand out in front of those of the biscuit malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of chalkiness in the finish.
O: This kellerbier has a nice balance in the taste between the yeasty and malty flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of twosheds
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep cloudy copper with a white head.

Smell is light with a subtle malt sweetness.

Taste is smooth, balanced, and light but has a bit of grassiness that gives it an edge.

This is a really easy drinking beer that isn't boring. Good for summer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 4 25 18

16oz can poured into a snifter

Two finger off white foam cap, sticky lacings settles to islands of foam

Translucent deep amber colored liquid

Aroma of malts, sweetness, whiff of cinnamon like spice

Taste of malt, grains, grassiness, little bit of the hops on the end

Low sudsing, quaffable

Good beer

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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of selecter70
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobGWS
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Franconian Kraft Kellerbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 44 ratings