Kräftig Lager | William K Busch Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
William K Busch Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
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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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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Texasfan549
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kjkinsey
2.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of emerge077
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was advertised all over Missouri, billboards, gas stations, bait shops, bars, etc.
Guess all that Busch money has to go somewhere...

Bright pale gold, racing carbonation. Feeble head of foam that fades rapidly to a thin ring at the edges. Aromas of sliced apple, something vaguely sweet, corn maybe. Taste is slightly sweet with a dry finish, a little over carbonated and bland. Papery with an apple ester from the yeast, no hop flavor or bitterness. Overall it's pretty dull but clean, perfectly average.

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Photo of zeff80
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with almost no head. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and faint floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains. There was a mild spicy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. There are better pale lagers out there.

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Photo of krome
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tone
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, clear color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, average or slightly better than average in all categories.

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Photo of Suds
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This is an unexceptional golden american lager with a nice white head (sudsy, with lace and a little staying power). The aroma is faint, with a bit of grain, grass, and not much else. The taste is a bit sweet, with a cereal note and limited bitterness or hop presence. It is a typical macro American Lager. Forgettable.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jame515
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jheezee
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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Photo of BigBry
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear and yellow/tan with a surprisingly decent head, lots of bubbles, some lace.

Aroma is quite subdued, with some graininess and a little sweetness.

Taste is ok, not great but decent enough. A little sweetness accents a primarily grainy flavor, with a little touch of hops, but not really enough.

Body is pretty good. It's got a bit of thickness to it, despite being quite easy to drink and well carbonated.

Overall it's decent enough for the masses. Won't make the craft beer front page but it ain't bad. Needs more hops, this would greatly improve this beer.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of peabody
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a blah beer all around. Pours out clear with good carbonation and little to no head retention.
Smell is Bud/Bud Lite/Busch. Nothing stands out.
Taste isn't bad it just isn't all that good either.
Mouthfeel is too clean for my tastes. Little to no retention here too.
Overall just a plain jane beer that would be good in a can while sitting on the lawnmower.

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Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt sweetness, bit of hops and some fresh grain. Smell is fresh and clean.

T: Taste of mild sweetness, grain and hint of citrus. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice beer for what it is. Nothing fancy just a good alternative to the BMC offerings. Worth a try.

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Photo of RickS95
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker color than I expect for a lager. A faintly burnt gold color. Still very clear with a very white head. The head is about a finger thick of exceptionally white bubbles. Almost no retention. Tight little lace that eventually falls from the glass.

The scent is barely noticeable. Kind of an Earthy, bready scent with hopping that leans toward the savory side.

Flavor is abundant, but picking specific ingredients is futile.

The mouthfeel of this beer is very pleasant. While slightly grainy, it's clean and crisp with a dry, refreshing finish and no aftertaste. Light bodied and free of any sense of alcohol or buttering agents, it makes for a good thirst quencher.

While not a lager fan, this was very acceptable. Easy to drink, flavorful, crisp, and sessionable.

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Photo of Schlafly33
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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