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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.83%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Facts on Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche:

*brewed with 100% Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt
*8% alcohol
*40 bitter units from finest aroma hops
*Bernstein (amber) color
Schlenkerla Oak Smoke will be available during Christmas time 2009 at our historic brewery tavern in Bamberg (first tapping Dec. 18th), and on draft as special import in the USA - please contact our US importer for availability.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-13-2009)
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ASonner

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in short glasses, at a tasting. Very nice appearance. Not a beer I would drink every day, but very unique! The smokiness was overpowering at times (leave subtleness out in this one!), and agreed from previous comments that this is best had ice cold. I would buy again for a group tasting to get a variety of opinions. Glad to have tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 14:58:14 | More by ASonner
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown, thin head and minimal lacing.

Smells of wood smoke, vanilla

Tastes like a doppelbock, sweet, caramel, vanilla and the perfect amount of smoked malt to give it that Rauchbier quality but still let the base style come through

Full bodies and light carbonation, nice chewy doppelbock

Overall a great doppelbock and smoked beer. Definitely recommend if you like this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:42:14 | More by BradC
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joe1510

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$4.49
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Schlenkerla's Oak Smoke shows off an incredibly vibrant tarnished copper body that absolutely glows when backlit. The foam borders on beige and easily grows to two fingers. As it settles to an impressive cap of creaminess it leaves sheet lacing down the glass with drink lines even thicker yet.

Smoke. The nose is chock full of that campfire smokiness that Schlenkerla does so well... and aggressively. Dense smoke permeates all with smoldering logs, smoked meats, and a touch of rubber. The maltiness is dense and ranges from doughy bread to caramel to black bread with a little spiciness. Malt forward as it rests and the smoke settles.

The smoke isn't near as dominant in the flavor as the nose suggested. Doughy malts dominate although permeated by open fire. A touch of fruitiness rolls through the middle, plum mostly, before rich caramel and heavier smoke pick up on the finish. The smoke runs throughout but in waves of intensity while allowing the other characteristics to shine.

The carbonation is soft and the body smooth. There's a bit of hefty to the body, never exceeding much beyond moderate, but enough to let you know there is some substantiality. The finish leaves behind a touch of sweetness and smoke, though only moderate, manages to permeate very nook and cranny. Very nicely done.

Oak Smoke is another outstanding beer from Schlenkerla. The smoke is more subdued than most of their offerings, besides the hells, and therefore more approachable. This even handedness with the smoke allows the bready sweetness to shine through so the base can be enjoyed as well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 01:28:34 | More by joe1510
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Uanof

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to mug.

A: has a beautiful amber caramel color with a head that's in absolute no hurry to leave this beer behind.

S: smoked wood, vanilla, nutmeg and more smoked!

T: the taste is more subtle than your nose would lead you to believe, it's just he right amount of smoke as to not overpower the subtleness of a doppelbock.

M: medium bodied, no stickyness, no dryness, just beer flowing thru your taste buds and smoked notes adorning your molars.

O: i believe this to be a great approach on a doppelbock, it gives it an extra "spicyness" to the flavor profile and at the same it allows the doppelbock to be a doppelbock. For 8% this is a brew i would definitely go back to again and again given the right circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 10:13:44 | More by Uanof
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a 2F head in a Pilsner glass. Lighter than most
Doppelbocks I have tasted.

Aroma- striking. Peat and smoke. As if you were there- by a fireplace or near a kiln.
The best aroma of any smoked beer I have tasted.

Mouth feel quite moderate, although carbonation bubbles were visible coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Taste: excellent- the smoke and peat transition well from the aroma. The beer loses some of the peatiness and smoke as it warms, so it's best to drink it colder.

Overall, one of the best smoked beers I have tasted. A classic German smoked beer. look for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:59:54 | More by brureview
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BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy bronze amber, no visible carbonation, no head.

S: Smoked meat, specifically bologna, is the dominant scent. It smells very similar to a home that has a traditional wood burning stove. Very slight sweet fruit can be found if you look hard enough.

T: Smoked meat on the front end that lingers, and a sweet dark fruit taste on the back end that accumulates through the pint.

M: Absolutely flat, no carbonation, slight alcohol sensation that hangs out for a minute before moving on. A very light body for a doppelbock.

O: Change of pace beer to have once in a very long while, but I only got halfway through the pint, and am not interested in coming back anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:45:39 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper/amber with a thick off-white head. Lots of lacing left over.

Smoke comes off less powerful than some of the other Schlenkerla offerings. More woody than meaty. Smoke seems a little more multifaceted than how the beechwood comes off. Sweet caramel maltiness.

Plenty of smoke character and sweetness all over with some breadiness.

Creamy smooth medium body.

Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 17:23:58 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into goblet
Vintage cellar $ 5.95/bottle
Lovely aroma of smoke
Head nonexistent
Lacing poor
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor very malty and smokey, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Medium palate, slightly oily, carbonation soft

Lack of head/poor lacing detracts from the appearance, but served closer to 50 degrees the head is quite nice. Another good rauch from Bamberg.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 12:44:33 | More by Ozzylizard
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Dalmas

Alabama

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nice small bubbles. Amazing colour, close to orange.

very strong smoke flavour. smelling almost like barbecue or grilled bacon.
it sounds like their is a great bear under it, with complexity and red fruit flavour.
nice bitterness, underlined with a salty effect.

amazing lenght on the palet that makes you enjoy it for long.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 19:20:18 | More by Dalmas
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a fantastic, tall, tan head with considerable density. Redolent reddish-brown in color.

Smells of caramel, smouldering, charred wood, smoked meats (no shit!) and faint cherry. Whoa.

Tastes woody and eathy with prominent notes of oak. Caramel malt sweetness, grain and bubblegum make waves to create a brilliant complexity.

So smooth with a medium body and well-hidden alcohol.

Sharp and sturdy brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:50:04 | More by stephens101
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Beerswag

California

3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 25cl tulip
Mahogany colored with minimal, yellowish-tan head. Smells of oak smoke, ash-pit, pine, strong aroma fills the nose, pungent smell which permiates the nose wuickly. Tast is similar to smell, yet even more smokier, tastes like a beef jerkey stick. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, very drinkable, if you like "smoke flavor"... nice smooth/smokey finish, with some complexity, however the smoke lingers..overall, this is a unique beer, which could be enjoyed if you love the smokiness of scotch/whiskey. Would pair awesome with sausage, smoked salmon, cream-cheese, dill, herbs, mustard.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 16:42:37 | More by Beerswag
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SetarconeX

Florida

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light brown color, unexpectedly light compared to most Doppelbocks. Smells like delicious oak smoke, and not much else. Tastes like a freshly scorched 2x4.

I'm enjoying this one to a certain extent, but I"m not entirely sure that if the smoke were gone, I'd still enjoy the beer underneath it. If it's smoke you really like, or if you're just in the mood for something different, this might be the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:09:10 | More by SetarconeX
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TapHeadBrewing

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber
S - The smokiness actually brings forth an odd, but very interesting beef jerky smell. Seriously, it smells like Jack Links with a little pepper.
T - Smoked malts with a bitter end to it.
M - More creamy than crisp.

Overall, this was a quality doppelbock. In the true style, I have no doubt that this is loaded with malts and would no doubt sustain the monks through the Lent season.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:34:14 | More by TapHeadBrewing
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head is promptly down to a skim, with leggy coating lace. Aroma is hammy, with a sweet undercurrent.

Taste is smoke through and through, just as I expect and want from one of their brews. Sweet here and there. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth over the tongue, and drinkability is wow. I'd get this one again. Quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 21:44:23 | More by ppoitras
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip with a moderately aggressive hand. No date on the bottle. Classic Schlenkerla font on the label.

A: Amber/copper colored body with good clarity and 1 finger of off-white head. Thin coating at 2 minutes. Light lacing.

S: That is a nice quality, complex smoke! Campfire. Peat. Bacon. Under the smoke there is a nice round malt with a bit of light fruitiness.

T: Full sweet malt up front with a transition to a mild German hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish. The woody smoke is prominent throughout and nicely present on the finish. Roasted malt. Light fruit. Smoked meat. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a moderate to light body. Smooth, but was hoping for a bit more substantial feel given it's classification.

O: Nice Rauchbier for sure. Smoke quality is superb, but could have used a bit bigger of a beer to back it up. Drinks more like a marzen than a doppelbock. Is it better than the usual Schlenkerla Marzen? Not sure, but probably. I believe I appreciated the complexity of the smoke a bit more with this one.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 21:45:34 | More by fourstringer
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Bronze color with a thin head & nice carbonation. Edited after the glass was consumed to note the lacing this beer leaves on the glass is possibly the best I've ever seen... upped the appearance score to reflect this
S: Smoky & meaty, particularly bacon & smoked ham. Some smoked malt/jalapeno cornbread also comes through
T: Hard to believe but this is almost smokier than the nose. I enjoyed the brewery's Rauchbier Märzen... this is at least if not more smokey. Lots of grilled meats & some hops too. I like it but it's almost too much of a good thing
M: Medium-bodied. Smokey (duh) if you can feel such a thing; distinctly smooth
O: If you like smoke, cured meat/charcuterie, etc you will love this. Definitely distinct & well made. But probably not for everyone

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 05:59:04 | More by ONUMello
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Redstone
Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates to a cap. Smells of campfire, bbq chips, and a hint of alcohol. I really can't get past the smoke in the aroma. The flavor is sweet and malty deep underneath a smokey woody facade. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet phenolic mouthfeel. Really smokey, a bit one dimensional, but damn it was easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 01:38:30 | More by johnnnniee
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JMad

Texas

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep amber/ burnt orange color with a tall, frothy, off white head that stuck to the glass nicely.

It's aroma is bursting with oak smoke, it's just like a campfire. I also picked up some sweet malty smells but it was quickly taken over by the campfire.

Wow, the flavor is almost as impressive as the aroma, it's like I bit into a piece of charred wood and beef jerky. I think I noticed a hint of dark fruit and toffee in the background somewhere.

The liquid is kind of thick, nice and warm from the abv and has the perfect amount of carbonation.

Another great beer, I don't see how Schlenkerla fits this much smoke in a beer, it's really good.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:03:59 | More by JMad
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: Clear, surprisingly pale, golden amber color; poured with small fizzy head.

s: Mellow, prickly smoke with a hint of sweet bread. I couldn't find all that much here.

t: Plenty more going on in the mouth, I'm liking it. Woody smoke throughout, but plenty more manages to come through. Sweet bread and some caramel up front. Chocolate and sugary tannins at the end. A little too much lingering sweetness.

m: A bit watery.

o: I might have had an older bottle. I liked this but I might have loved it if it wasn't as sugary. Are there any other smoked doppelbocks to try?

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 16:20:49 | More by DIM
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gatorbev

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Darker copper color, light head

S- Overpowers you with the smell of smoked materials, you can almost taste smoked ham from the fragrances of this beer.

T- Tastes of smoked ham, smokey materials, smoked oak, overpowers this beer but in a good way. No alcohol can be tasted on this beer at all, which is hard to believe at 8%.

M- Light bodied but perfect for what this beer is.

O- Overall this beer is a world class example of a smoked beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 05:38:30 | More by gatorbev
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

An interesting doppelbock, using smoke to balance the dense bread crust and caramel malt flavors. Very good, though perhaps lacking the dried fruit flavors that tend to be so enjoyable in other examples of the style. One to definitely try, and seek out again without hesitation if the taste arises.

Pours a 1.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, fading in under one minute to a thick ring of residual foam around the perimeter of the beer and a small island of wispy foam lingering over the center of the body. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. Beer is a medium-light caramel color (light golden brown), with light bringing out golden orange hues and yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent beer, though it is small in number and lethargic in activity.

Aroma of heavy, tangy, surprisingly smooth smoked malts over a dense, heavy caramel malt base with minor flourishes of nearly burnt toast.

Overall flavor is of heavy smokiness joined to a substantial caramel malt base . Front of palate picks up light smokiness with a notable Maillard reaction sweetness (like caramelized sugars and dark bread crusts). Mid-palate finds a major increase in the smokiness, bringing full-on grass and wood smoke together with barbecue-like tanginess and toasted bread crusts. Back of palate picks up continued strong, smoked malts (grass and wood fire complexity) with notable tanginess, heavy bread crusts, and very mild bitterness. Aftertaste of caramel malt and toasted bread crust sweetness joined to tangy campfire-like smoke.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with low levels of carbonation, resulting in a smooth, slightly placid mouthfeel that actually complements the thick smoke and caramel flavors of the beer. Closes dry, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 05:01:57 | More by falloutsnow
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acceptmj

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours smooth with a thin white head very little lacing and dissipates quickly

S: very little in the smell except for a light smoky note. not getting much else

T: a little fruit is present but finishes with smoke notes and becomes dominant. but the flavor doesn't linger and is pleasant. very malty the whole way through

M: medium body and slight coating but it is thinner than I had expected

O: I was pleased to buy this very good especially when you are craving a Doppelbock. Give it a try

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 00:02:00 | More by acceptmj
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Julio's recently.

Pour is copper orange/amber with a tiny bit of sediment dust floating about, off-white head retains as a thick cap, some lacing left.

Smoke is there but somewhat on the light side, mixing well with toasty and roasted malts, bread, caramel, and hot dogs.

Smoky grilled meat and light char stronger in the taste, but nicely well-rounded with doppelbock flavors coming through. Big caramel, toffee, roast, dark fruit. Some lighter-end fruits (apple) and some licorice noticeable.

Somewhat thin, could use more of a full-on malty feel but decent. Obvious smokiness and some alcohol presence make this kind of a sipper, but it's well-balanced.

Good, as always a nicely complex and interesting rauchbier from Schlenkerla. It's not my favorite of theirs but the bigger/doppelbock take on this one definitely supplies its own unique charm.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:57:34 | More by Chico1985
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy orange/copper with a thin white head, quickly deteriorating into an even thinner ring around the edge of the pint glass.

The aroma is intensely smokey. Like a campfire just beginning to heat large sappy logs. There is also a sweet malty smell, though much less pronounced than the smokiness.

The taste is like toasted biscuits, sweet molasses, with a slight hop bitterness, as well as the mesquite-like flavor of the oak smoke. No detectable alcohol notes, except for a slight warming sensation. Medium-full texture, prickly carbon dioxide release on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 03:07:22 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: slightly hazy golden amber. Wispy off white head.
Smell: the smoked malt is front and center but the most refined smoked nose I've sniffed. It's like the maker of Slim Jim gave away his crappy business and became a gourmet chef.
Taste: very interesting if not spectacularly satisfying, blend of smoke and dopple malt.
Overall: interesting beer. Glad I tried it. Unlikely to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 22:43:00 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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