Kräftig Lager | William K Busch Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
William K Busch Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
enjoykraftig.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kräftig is the classic lager. Malt flavor up front with a slight sweetness, and a hop character that doesn't overtake it.

13 IBU

Added by GossageBrewery on 12-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
19.75%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +56.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

Photo of robbotis
4.17/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice light beer. It looks a little clear, maybe watery, but it's a lighter lager. Not sure you want it dark, or heavy. Not much of a smell to speak of. The taste is smooth. Sipping these poolside or at a summer picnic, will not be a problem. It's a tasty, smooth lager. Something, that's not all that popular or common today. I like it alot.

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Photo of wages
4.14/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a frosty mug

Appearance - 3/5 - straw color, no head. A few bubbles streaming from the bottom

smell - 4/5 - mellow sweet aroma

Taste - 4.5/5 - mildly sweet with a subtle earthy floral hop

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - big body for a lager, medium low carbonation

Overall - 4/5 - overall, a surprisingly pleasant and refreshing lager

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of MaddoJay
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dtalou27
3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer for many reasons. First, being from the St. Louis area, I am so happy to see the Busch family back at the helm of the empire that Augie started. Second, the fact they made the beer similar to Budweiser in an insanely close way...without the "skunky" aftertaste, that I'm sure did not exist long ago. Third, IT IS NOT OWNED BY INBEV!.

Appearance is a great golden color, good head retention... oddly similar to Budweiser ;)

Smell is crisp, can smell the better grains being used.

Taste - Can taste the grains and unique hops with a nice balance, some hint of citrus (different yeast) clean finish. Can definitely tell it is a different yeast used.

Mouthfeel - Light/ slightly Medium bodied

Overall - Yes, this is a mass produced brew, but I am not comparing this to craft beers, , I'm making a fair comparison to other mass brews, and this one really was surprisingly pleasan. If I was sitting at a bar, and the choices were the basics (Bud, Bud Light, Coors, Michelob, Miller, etc...) there would be no second guessing this chocie. Can drink this anytime. Would be happy to purchase again.

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3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.57/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of schematix
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a translucent, almost hazy (was expecting crystal clear), deep gold color. Poured with no head that didn't leave any lacing.

S - Sweet grain and a little citrus from the hops.

T - Sweet grain with just barely enough hops to balance. Very clean aftertaste. Wish there were more hops. Tastes yeasty to me too. I'm tasting something else familiar, but can't put my finger on it. Almost tastes like wheat. Maybe my taster is off tonight. Nothing bad though. Maybe it's not filtered?

M - Surprisingly full mouth feel. Crisp clean beer flavor. Carbonation tingles nicely on the tongue.

O - It's pretty good for what it is. It's not going to win any major competitions but it's a tasty, clean and unoffensive american pale lager. I think i'd like it better with another point or two of attenuation and about 50% more hops. After 3 I'm starting to get full.

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Photo of bnes09
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color and completely transparent. Weak head forms with poor retention and some lacing.

Smell is clean with bread grains and leafy hops.

This actually tastes a lot better than I expected. Smooth, unskunked pale malt and corn husk flavors. Spinach leaf hop flavor. Descent balance and crisp finish.

Light feel as expected. Way overcarbonated! No surprise since this was certainly force carbonated.

Overall a descent lager and much better than most brews coming from AB. I decided to keep an open mind when trying this and was pleasantly surprised. Not something I am going to drink on a regular basis but I would choose this over Budweiser.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark golden in color, with a moderate, dense off-white head, with good retention. Thick, ragged tidemarks adorn the glass walls. A few fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Pale and caramel malt notes play off well against grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Opens with crisp pale malt and a little caramel, this provides the backbone of the taste. Soon after, grassy and herbal hops present, these compliment the malt well, offering a well-balanced taste. The finish sees the hops intensify just a bit, leaving a modest earthy and leafy presence at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite pleasant..

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of a familiar style, and serves to illustrate the point that macro brewers could offer a far better product than they presently do.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Kräftig Lager from William K Busch Brewing Company
3.19 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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