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BeerTender from Heineken and Krups B95 Home Beer-Tap System

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  • Home beer-tap system for use with a 5L Heineken DraughtKeg
  • Silent cooling system allows for an adjustable temperature of 36,39 or 42 degrees F
  • LCD display with volume and temperature indicators
  • Maintains freshness for up to 30 days; easy-to-clean detachable parts
  • Measures 18 by 12 by 19 1/2 inches
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Technical Details
Brand NameKRUPS
Model InfoB95
Item Weight15.4 pounds
Product Dimensions19.5 x 12 x 18 inches
Item model numberB95
Part Number B95
  
Additional Information
ASINB00132J8RA
Best Sellers Rank #5,055 in Appliances (See top 100)
Shipping Weight15.4 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 9, 2003
  
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Product Description

Krups, the world-wide leader of small appliances, and Heineken, the leader in European premium imported beer, have partnered together to create the ultimate beer-drinking experience at home. Compatible with the Heineken DraughtKeg and the Heineken Premium Light DraughtKeg, this beautifully designed beer-tap system features a silent cooling system that delivers constant and consistent cooling, keeping the 5L keg at the ideal temperature of 41 degrees F. Simple to operate, just place a pre-cooled Heineken DraughtKeg into the machine, position the keg's plastic tube into the spout, close the lid, and it's ready to go. Inserting a keg takes less than 15 seconds. Even more, the unit automatically pressurizes the keg, releasing Co2 every time the tap opens, to ensure the beer remains fresh for up to 30 days--plus it allows for a crisp, quality beer with Heinekens' signature head of foam and trademark "bite". Other highlights include an LCD display with a volume indicator, freshness indicator, and temperature-control indicator; as well as a detachable pour handle, detachable draw spout, and a removable tray for easy cleanup. Ideal for football-viewing parties, game rooms, or poker night with friends, the compact beer-tap system measures 17-4/5 by 13-1/2 by 13-1/2 inches.

From the Manufacturer

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:
  • Maintains beer at the ideal temperature for drinking
  • Lets you draught beer at home like an expert
  • Works exclusively with the Heineken or Heineken Premium Light DraughtKeg
  • Has an ultra quiet electronic cooling system
  • Keeps beer fresh for 30 days after tapping

Illuminated LED Control Panel Features:

  • Keg volume indicator shows how much beer is left
  • Freshness indicator with 30 day countdown
  • Temperature control: choose from 3 temperature settings--36, 39, and 42 degrees
  • Temperature indicator and Ready to Drink icon show actual temperature of DraughtKeg
The Perfect Pour

Pouring the world’s 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:

  1. Select a clean Heineken glass and rinse in cold water. The glass should be rinsed until you feel the glass chilled in your hand (do not place in refrigerator or freezer).
  2. Tilt the glass at a 45 degree angle and open the tap all with one smooth motion. Make sure that the foam is generated within the base of the glass initially and then run the beer under the foam.
  3. Align the head with the star: straighten the glass at 3/4 full. Make sure the tap doesn’t touch the beer and that the bottom of the head should line up with the horizontal line in the Heineken red star on the glass.
  4. Skim it: sit the glass to the side of the tap on the drip tray. Wet your skimmer, hold it at a 45 degree angle and scrape the top of the glass in one single smooth movement. By shaving off the excess foam the head is sealed and carbonation is prevented from leaving the beer. This makes the beer last longer and also seals in the flavor.

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.

Customer Reviews

Product works great and looks cool!
D. Veldkamp
My room temp is 78 degrees, and not in direct sunlight.
E. Martinez
If you follow the directions you have no problems.
The X

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By M. McMahon on October 30, 2008
Okay....I've read a lot of reviews (both negative and positive) on the BeerTender and now that I have gone through six DraughtKegs. I thought it's time to provide my own feedback.

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.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By John Hillestad on April 3, 2008
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If you love draft beer but don't drink enough to need a full keg this is for you!

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!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ojinaga on May 2, 2008
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I bought one of these and am impressed. The B 95 model shows you all the levels of beer, tempeture, and date of installment. The beer is coldest when set on the lowest level. No complaints about shipping or the price.Amazon had the best price and free shipping.

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...
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By H. Anthony Richards on August 9, 2008
I received the BeerTender for my birthday. Unfortunately, the maiden voyage met with very rough seas. Three of us floated the keg in a single weekend, and each glass was about 90% foam. The second keg was a little better, but still yeilded way too much foam. I carefully re-read the instructions, and I visited the web to educate myself on other people's experiences and ideas. On the third keg, I was careful not to agitate, I refrigerated it for 24 hours, thoroughly washed the spout (the only part of the BeerTender that comes into contact with the beer), tapped the keg and waited 24 hours before pulling the first draw (making certain to pull the tap quickly all the way) using a frosted pint glass tilted at a 45 degree angle. My efforts yeilded about 80% foam on the first couple draws which reduced down to about 60% foam after 2-3 days. I just tapped my fourth keg yesterday, and the results thus far seem virtually identical to the third keg. Perhaps I am still making a critical mistake, and if so, someone please help! Otherwise, it sounds a lot like a Visa commercial... BeerTender ($300), Heineken keg ($20), tubes ($35.57 for 30 tubes - $1.18 ea), having to wait 5 minutes to drink a 55 degree pint after the foam settles 'priceless'. I'd have to say, all things considered, the product is a marginal value.
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