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The Ultimate at Home Draught Beer Experience
| The B95 BeerTender is a stylish, high-tech countertop beer draughting system that uses the Heineken DraughtKeg patented carbonator pressure technology to ensure an authentic draught beer at home. An innovative ultra quiet chilling technology maintains the beer at the perfect serving temperature. The BeerTender and DraughtKeg connect through a patented interface. Simply snap on the disposable draught beer tube (included in box or sold separately) onto the DraughtKeg, insert into the BeerTender and serve.The BeerTender: |
Illuminated LED Control Panel Features:
Pouring the worlds preeminent premium lager requires a technique that enhances and preserves its superb flavors. That is why Heineken always has been and still is served in a very specific way. Known as "The Heineken Perfect Pour," the technique delivers a perfect glass of Heineken--one that has a soft, freshly skimmed white head of two fingers width, at a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. A perfect Heineken should have a head that aligns perfectly with the horizontal line of the red star on the glass. Follow these steps:
The Right Glass: The Heineken Glass Story
|In Amsterdam, draught beer is served in smaller 8-ounce galaxy glasses by the round, so friends can enjoy Heineken together. Smaller glasses ensure fresher, colder beer and sharing with friends creates a warm social vibe that the Dutch call "Gezellig." Glassware needs to be "beer clean," meaning that it is only washed with non-petroleum-based cleaners and washed separately from food dishes that would expose it to any oils or grease. Oil and grease are natural enemies of beer, and will quickly disintegrate the foam head that contributes to the flavor, not to mention the beauty of a perfectly poured draught beer. To prevent beer from being contaminated, stick to the golden rule--use beer glasses for beer only.|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First off...this is simply an expensive toy for beer drinkers. Anyone can open a bottle and pour it in a glass. Using the BeerTender takes some skill and a bit of patience. With that said, I would not recommend the BeerTender to people who drink a lot of beer. It will only frustrate them.
Yes...the BeerTender is expensive (I paid $299) and the Heineken DraughtKegs are also expensive ($19.99) considering they contain the equivalent of 14 twelve ounce bottles. And yes, you could chill a DraughtKeg in the refrigerator just as easily...BUT HEY....This is a fun appliance and that's what it's all about. I have always wanted a keg system for my bar but I don't have the space for one so this is the next best thing.
And yes...you can only use the BeerTender in Heineken DraughtKegs, so you better like Heineken if you buy a BeerTender. I hope Heineken starts producing Amstel Light in DraughtKeg. Or better yet, I hope Krups gets smart that starts partnering with Sam Adams and other domestic brewers.
Here are some of my random observations.
I found the BeerTender (model B95) to be a well built appliance. It looks nice and takes up about the same amount of space has a large coffee machine or KitchenAid mixer. It has become the centerpiece on my bar.
Setup is very simple. Follow all the instructions. The art is in pouring the "perfect" draught.
The LCD display is bright and on all the time. Now my bar has a pale blue nightlight.
There is a low fan sound when the BeerTender is cooling down a keg to the specified temperature.Read more ›
I like my beer ice cold poured in a SMALL frozen glass .... I dont drink enough to warrant a full size type draft keg machine with all the hassles that come with it (like Co2) this unit is simple: just drop the draughtkeg in and your done. This unit has a thermostat setting that lets you set it to 36 degrees , the other unit will not allow you to lower the setting so this alone makes it worth the extra $20.
With the draughtkeg and beertender you get a nice little fridge who's sole job is to keep that keg ice cold and easy to pour... since it has a bottom drip tray you can pour your draught " english " style by letting the first half second just pour out to clear the foam then quickly put your glass in to get a nice pour with little foam - you cant do that when pulling from the big fridge....
What makes it nice is you can pour as much or more importantly as little as you want... like I said I like a small beer glass that gives me nice cold gulps of beer then just pour more - no wasted warm beer just nice and cold PLUS its fun to pour ! Lets face it this is a luxury item because you could just keep it in the big fridge and pour from there but thats no fun! Plus the big fridge is not going to maintain that keg at a constant 36 degrees!
The unit itself is pretty small and very light - it uses some induction type cooling so there is no typical fridge motor its a small fan - now this fan will work hard at first to get that keg down to temp but once its done it gets quieter - its loud enough that you should not put it in an area that is normally quiet .. also since it does not use a fridge type motor it will not work outdoors!Read more ›
Some downsides, Don't jiggle the kegs or you are gonna get alot of foam. When you install the keg, wait 24 hours before use.Keep this in mind for that bar-b-que next Friday.You also have to get the kegs cold and I mean cold, put them in that other fridge or in a ice chest with ice, because they will foam as well.
Most supermakets here in Vermont, don't have the keg so, you have to go to a beer warehouse. Prices I have been finding are $15.99 to $17.99 per keg.
The Heneken light is very good!!. I like better than the regular.
I guess to sum it up is read the booklet that comes with the Beer Tender...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These units are total junk!. I love the concept if they held up. I am on my third one that just died as the other two did. Forget help from Krups. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael Rossmark
My unit just went out after 28 months of service. During its final pours, the compressor could not maintain the setting of 36 degrees, it rose to 39, and soon just died. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Philip Itoh
After using this for about 6 months, it stopped keeping the beer colder than 45-50 degrees... and then it died. The cost of repairing it is prohibitive. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by M.D.M., Esq.
Once we figured out the trick to pouring a good cold glass of beer, it was great!! Being that I am of the careful sort, I was SLOWLY pouring the beer ever-so-carefully into a... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Michelecards
The wort thing I have ever bought. My friend and I both bought the krups beer tender at the same time his went out 6 months ago mine stopped working by it self when I put in a new... Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by dk
I purchased the Beer Tender as a gift for my husband and it was great.... the first two times it worked! Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Angie
I have had my beertender for two years and it is now dead. Either the fan or computer board is shot and it is out of warrenty. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by BBMass65
You are getting as bad as corona you start a contest and continue to have the
info on your bottle caps, but to our amazement its over. Read more
Well, its a great idea and well made. It also looks great on the bar but this thing produces 80-90% foam. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Amazon Customer