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: German 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: 48 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by WunderLlama:
Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Beersilio
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justme
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the brewery. Good looking pour. Slightly reddish color. Well behaved hop level, to my liking. If I may borrow from another review, the doughy taste although very slight may be the only reason for not scoring it higher.

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Photo of nmwhitehead
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Lightly hazy orange. Smells floral, doughy, and light sweetness. Tastes of soft doughy malts and floral hops up front. Bright and almost tangy citrus. Sharp citrus hoppiness and bitterness in the finish. Medium light. Aggressive profile. I like it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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 trevorpost
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yanzo
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 flek
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of selecter70
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twosheds
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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 LeRose
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 justintcoons
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into an imperial nonic.

Golden amber. Lively carbonation. Lightly hazy. Loose white head.

Biscuit, fresh baked bread, brown sugar, nutty, and crackery.

Fresh baked bread, buttered biscuit, and light cracker. Nutty along with brown sugar and earth. Light caramel and molasses.

Light bodied, smooth, balanced, refreshing, and semi-dry.

Incredible depth in flavor for 4.8%! The brewing processes really paid off on this. Thank you, Jack's Abby!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bit of burnt umber in color. Somewhat hazy in appearance. Deeply toasted grain, lots of grass, and Noble Hops bitterness. Medium to light bodied. Flavorful. Real good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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 WesMantooth
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can stamped 4/25/18 so my rating may be different if a bit fresher

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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 nmann08
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrovelli
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Franconian Kraft Kellerbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 48 ratings