Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by JMad:
4.29/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
10-11-2013 00:03:59 | More by JMad
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Great to see this bottled offering here in Greensboro.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear bronze with a fluffy white head,the lightest doppelbock beer I have ever saw but its clarity is nice.smoked summer sausage really sticks out to me in the nose along with a bit of iron.Smoked meat flavors abound,I mean it tastes like my moms summer sausage from back in the day,the oak makes this beer different than the others Schlenkerla beers.It tastes like oak fired pork,its an aquired taste,I used to cringe at this style of beer,now I search out this style,not for the faint of heart.
11-17-2010 21:50:37 | More by oberon
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
It pours a light orangish/red with a small head that dissipated quickly. I took a sniff and there was a smell of smoked malts which almost smelled of a smoked gouda cheese. The taste was quite complex, there was a taste of the smokiness like a smoked cheese/oaky flavor. That was then surpassed with a sweeter aftertaste of fruits and brown sugar finish. The mouthfeel is a a full body and heavy beer like most rauchbeirs. There is light carbonation. There is also a slight hint of alcohol, but it does weigh in at 8% abv. Overall, this rauchbeir is probably at the top of my list of rauchbeirs. I can only drink one or 2 of these bottles and then feel full. If you are into Rauchbeirs get this around christmas or whenever you can find this one!
05-21-2011 05:45:05 | More by stewfnrocker
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a deep amber color around the edges with a noticeably darker, copper center. Mostly murky and hazy with only slight transparency in the outer-amber crust. The cap is a weird shade of beige, possibly with some grey tint to it; decent retention and mild lacing left near the very top of the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles stream to the top of the beer - this one started slowly bubbling over after popping the cap.
As expected, a deep blanket of smokey goodness cleanses my nostrils the second I begin to bring the beer to my face. The smoke is deep and robust with a soft, underlying sweetness. It's got the "meaty" vibe going just a bit, hinting at smoked sausage or bacon. However the smoke seems a little sweeter in this as compared to the marzen and urbock. The malts seem to be heavier as they inject a caramel and toffee-like sweetness to the mix. In this sense, the smoke isn't quite as "forward" as some of the other Schlenkerla beers, rather it's more entwined. Strong notes of oak come out halfway through as well, and get even more forward upon the warming of the beer.
After my first sip, I'm surprised to find that the smoke flavor is much lighter on the palate than the nose would lead you to think. It's definitely still a huge contributing factor to the flavor, though; liquid smoke, soft sweetness, lightly burnt campfire wood, oak. The smoke flavors show unexpected complexity, actually. Equal in power, however, are the malts; caramely sweet, lightly sticky like toffee, and granting a substantial plum-like fruitness on the very tail end. Also in the finish is big-time bread and a lightly fading, sweet smoke and burnt wood flavor. Alcohol undetectable at first but provides some warmth halfway through the brew. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouth feel with lots of carbonation.
Pretty damn good - if I had to choose, I'd say I like this better than the Marzen but not quite as much as the Urbock. The smoke flavors are a little more balanced in the way that the malt character seems to be much more "loaded up" in this one. The oak makes a very solid contribution to the flavor as well. Very enjoyable to drink - Heller-Trum is quickly becoming one of my favorite overseas breweries.
04-14-2013 16:32:40 | More by tectactoe
3.45/5 rDev -14.6%
16.9 oz bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a small frothy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is nice sweet caramelly smoke (campfire and BBQ), but quickly gets subdued.
The flavor is some sweet caramel malt and bitter smoke in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Overall, I probably liked this one the best of the 3 I had. It was pretty one-sided but had no off-notes I found in the others (marzen and urbock).
07-07-2012 03:53:58 | More by Beaver13
3.81/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
12-29-2013 16:42:37 | More by Beerswag
4.7/5 rDev +16.3%
Had on tap at Julian's Providence
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, black in color
Smell: smells like smoked oak wood
Taste: alcohol, rum, smoked oak, and a bit of dark fruit
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, semi-sweet, boozy, medium/low carbonation
Drinkability: This is right up there with my favorite beers of all time. Just an amazing brew. The smoke is there but not overpowering. It sneaks in very subtly. The oak is also there but not too strong. Perfectly balanced. I would love to see this be a regular offering.
02-05-2010 13:53:12 | More by tigg924
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
16oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep ruby brown color. A retentive 1/4 in layer of off white head. Mild lacing from a swirl is quick to fall back into the beer.
Big smoked meat aroma. Very nice. Some sweet bready malt struggles to be noticed through all the smoke.
Again, intense smokiness, smoked meats, seems slightly oaky with a slightly smoother overall character than their other beers. A nice dark bready sweet malt rounds things out and reminds you of the dopplebock base.
Medium in body, good carb. Feels as the style should.
A very nice smoke beer, among the best. Keeps me coming back to the classic of classics when it comes to this style. As with their other beers, a nice balance of smoke to malt.
09-30-2012 20:21:42 | More by dogfishandi
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a lighter-than-expected amber-brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of smooth and slightly bready caramel malts with solid amounts of smoked malts. Also present are very small amounts of toastiness.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as well-defined. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of smoked malt flavors - equal parts leather and smoked meat, better balanced than most others produced by this brewery. The smokiness carries through to a moderately bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall this isn't my favorite smoked beer made by Schlenkerla but you could make the argument that it's the smoothest and best-balanced. Worth a shot.
10-12-2010 01:20:42 | More by glid02
3.38/5 rDev -16.3%
(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear aged copper color with a creamy and bubbly off-white head that last as a thin film of stick foam. There is a gentle carbonation of micro bubbles.
S- The fragrant meaty smoke has a light band-aid aroma and a woody finish.
T- The woody smoke notes are followed by a biting green hops that are Noble in quality. The finish is crisp and dry with a bitter smoke flavor that lingers.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a crisp carbonation with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- I love all their other beers but this beer has bitterness and over the top smoke dominating the flavor making it almost undrinkable. There needs to be some other support, at least a bit, and the woody band-aid notes mixed with the bitter green finish just hang on the tongue.
04-27-2011 21:55:34 | More by rhoadsrage
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Not quite brown but very close, this one is more of a darkly rusted red. It grows an off-white head that, when the sparse bubbling and the denser foam come together, rises to about one finger. It never completely fades, but lacing is spotty and light.
The aroma is a delight, all the smokiness with the rich, woody tone and meatiness I hope for without the effect of completely diminishing the beer's recogniazability as a doppelbock. There's a nice dry bread/crust element as well as the malts play out fully. Underneath, while certainly not a forward note and perhaps most subtle in the interplay of the complexity, is a bit of dark fruits.
Smoky in the flavor as well, a bit of the subtlety and complexity is dropped for the strength of the primary notes. There's quite a peppery nip to it from start to finish. The flavor also offers a little more of a tangy note than the aroma did. It's recognizable as a doppel, with light touches of molasses and black licorice barely perceptible but not buried. A little bit of baker's chocolate is noted though there's very little bitterness here.
I was a little surprised by the lightness of the feel, though it manages about a medium body, considering both its style and the robustness of its overall character. Crispness is on an even keel with smoothness, if not more, though it's not overdone.
11-14-2012 19:25:33 | More by Brenden
3.94/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-15-2013 23:09:10 | More by SetarconeX
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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