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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 51
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +4%

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a 5oz snifter.

Clear dark orange body with faint amber highlights. Small off-white head with excellent lacing.

Smoke (obviously), roast malt, faint tobacco, and a light floral note in the nose.

Fruity undercurrent to the smoke along with a solid clean malt bill. Sweet, and delicately spicy mid-palate. Medium-dry finish.

Not quite medium-bodied. Mildly astringent.

The most balanced beer I've had thus far from this brewery...

augustgarage, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +4%

8/7/2011

Bottle from largadeer, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Transparent fulvous with a bubbly white head that quickly fades.

S: Having just had another smoked beer, I was eager to crack this and see how it compared. As I suspected, the Aecht Schlenkerla is superior. The smoke profile is flawless. The applewood bacon, oak, and beechwood smoke smell incredible. Beneath the smoke I find toasted malt. The nose is very clean.

T: The flavor is very smoky as well, but it doesn't match the quality of the aroma. The flavor is clean and there's a low level of bitterness. Malt is rich and toasted with some caramel, but ultimately subservient to the oak and beechwood. The liquid smoke finish is clean and dry.

M: Medium body with lower medium carbonation and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: A good smoked Doppelbock with an incredible aroma.

HopHead84, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of steveh
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Schlenkerla beers are always a favorite in my glass -- a first couple of tastings of the Eiche (oak).

A -- Pours a clear, orange-amber with a dense, slow-settling, mid-tan head.

S -- Rich and smoky -- reminds me of an old home with an oft-used fireplace, or a good old tavern with a welcoming fireplace. Some mild astringency in the back.

T -- Flavor starts with a quick hit of smoky astringency -- very Scotch-like. Blends into bready malts and finishes with some mild hop bitterness; slightly citric. The smokiness sets up a backbone throughout the consumption -- not heavy, but certainly unlike most beers. The aftertaste is bready malt balanced with spicy hops.

M -- Body is light-medium with a soft, chewy mouthfeel. It's almost like chewing on freshly smoked barley.

D -- Even at 8%, I could see wanting more than a couple of these at a sitting. The smokiness doesn't fatigue the palate, and the flavors grab your interest and appetite.

steveh, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Pours a golden colour crisp and clear. A good amount of white frothy white head. Very smokey on the nose. The smoke is not an earth smoke but something perhaps lighter. At the same time, very overpowering smoke. On the tongue there is a lot of sweetness and smoke. Very well balanced. Lacking on the body though. Too thin for my taste. Overall fairly drinkable and an interesting beer

Urbancaver, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of afdempse
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Ruby colored beer with an off-white head. Smells like a campfire, with complex smoke aromas and a hint of caramel.

Smooth, multi-layered smokiness. A mellower smoke flavor than the beechwood versions, but a bit more complex. Freshly extinguished campfire ashes come to mind. Sweet caramel malt flavor comes through and balances with clean noble hops. Bittering level is perfect.

Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is full but not too sweet. A very enjoyable rauchbier that I could drink multiple pints of in a sitting.

afdempse, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +4%

I had a 500 ml bottle at tria the other day. The pour is amber/orange with a quickly receding white head. The aroma is full of sweet smoke, it reminds me of smoked bacon. The beer taste a little sweeter than it smells. Smoked meat is the dominant flavor, the smokiness lingers for a while in the finish. The beer was lighter in body than I expected, had a nice "clingy" mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this, I was surprised even the nonbeer drinkers liked it.

bonkers, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev +4%

A: Pours a clear amber, with a small amount of offwhite head, which builds up enough around the rim to leave some spots of lacing.

S: Heavy smoked meat and burning wood, with a touch of malty sweetness.

T: Smoky up front, with a touch of nutty malt flavors coming through in the mid palate. Finish is dry, lightly bitter, and has a burnt note.

M: Medium to full body, fairly low carbonation.

D: It's a slow sipper, but still quite drinkable.

The extreme smokiness balanced with the light malt characteristics make this a very interesting beer.

seand, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%

1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is amber in color with some suspended yeast. It looks kind of cool with carbonation bubbles rising from the laser etchings and the yeast falling. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head.

S - It smells like smoked, salted pork. Got dam it makes me want some bacon!

T - At first I taste nothing except salty pork treats. Eventually, some floral hops and malt break through to say hi.

M - It is pretty thin for a dopplebock.

O - I like rauchbiers. This is no exception. It may have invigorated my love. This beer leaves me craving salty snacks and pork products. This would be great with barbecue or anything with bacon involved.

buschbeer, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%

I tried this based on the blind faith earned by their rauchbier, the best of style, in my opinion, and a bier that made me feel like the real German that I was born. So for the most part it lives up to this high standard.

First, the bad. The beer is missing a head. I am drinking it a little cold, but still, it has little going on in the appearance except a very pretty color and perfect clarity. The great smoky aroma starts making up for this and the taste does it too. It's perfectly malty and (compared to the rauchbier) a nice light smoke flavor.

The aftertaste continues with malt and smoke flavors. Hops are very low down anywhere as is any booze flavor. Overall, this is a great German bier and a very easy drinking doppelbock.

schoolboy, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Could this really be a new Schlenkerla? I only remember ever seeing 3 varieties of their rauchbier -- and this one claims to be a doppelbock as well? Very exciting -- 16.9 oz bottle. As soon as I crack it the smell is unmistakably smoke, just like smoked gouda. Flavor is dead on as well. Slightly sweet, not too bitter. The way the beer falls into the glass it looks over carbonated (big bubbles, no head) but in the mouth it's just right. Very smooth -- the smoke flavor is not at all tiring or abrasive, and while it does have some lagery qualities, I never would have guessed this is a doppelbock or the associated alcohol content. Alas the beer doesn't have much else going for it, and maybe it's a little gimmicky. But what there is is amazing.

hreb, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a slightly hazy orangey brown color with a small wispy khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is nice and smokey. The smoke is not too overpowering and it brings some charred wood and meaty notes. I don't pick up much beyond the smoke.

The taste is sweet and smokey. Some light caramel, candied sweetness and light fruitiness from the malt. The smoke is rich and brings wonderful charred wood notes. A bit meaty. This is a good style to add the smoked malts.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. It is quite sweet on the palate but the smoke provides an earthy offset. Despite the smoke, it drinks easy.

A nice smokey sweet brew. Not the most bockish dopplebock that I have had but the smoke makes the beer.

Gmann, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a classic copper colour with an off White head tah laces and reduces slowly.

S - Classic Schlenkerla smokey notes with ome charcoal.

T - Up front some nice smokey notes folowed by some nice rounded sweet malts of caramel before a smokey finish and the ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Very unusual and very enjoyable, the smokeyness really adds another dimension.

eric5bellies, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

I really enjoy smoked beer, and this one was no exception. The beer is a clear, light chestnut color with a modest white head. The aroma is what catches you first. It's a great mix of wood smoke and rich malt. the smoke is intense, something between a smoked ham and a smoldering campfire. The malt is folded in behind the smoke, but still quite prominent. As for the taste, it's a sweet, malty, dopplebock for sure. The smoke comes forth in the taste as a remarkable spiciness. Firm body, and very drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer.

Suds, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of joshstevens87
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

A-pours a honey brown with a minimal white head
S-smoke and wood with a hint of malt in the background
T-a beautiful balance with a big blast of smoke and wood which is excellently smoothed out by notes of caramel toffee and nuts with a very slight alcohol presence
M-a full body beer with a HUGE taste, but it still manages to be crisp and refreshimg
D-an exceellent beer but im not sure how many i could handle

joshstevens87, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Honey amber body topped with a two-finger thick, creamy off-white head. Sweet malt aroma tempered a a mild smokey scent; toffee and caramel. Sweet, caramel taste, brown sugar; touch of smoke; light and smooth hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol heat near the end. Decent mouthfeel; medium bodied, clean and smooth.

A distinctive doppelbock with its oak smoked malt. A classic doppelbock character predominates, the smoked malt adding a slightly different perspective but without overwhelming everything. Even if you find Schlenkerla's rauchbiers too much for you, it's worth trying out this milder cousin from this fine brewery, especially if you like doppelbocks.

beergoot, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

It poured a brown color with a thin head.
Incredible aroma of bacon (yes bacon!) and toasted malts, even more than the regular Rauchbier version. Medium body which is a surprise.
Taste follows aroma, ham and smoked meats with sweet malts. The 8% alcohol is very well hidden on those strong flavors and scent.
Very interesting beer.

FLima, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Another excellent addition to the Schlenkerla lineup. Sweet malt accented with the deep smoked malts, reminiscent of smoked meats. Copper body with small creamy head, fine carbonation and lots of suspended particulates. Aroma of wood smoke (from a fire), taste comes in with sweet malt and smoked meats. Abrupt finish with some lingering smokiness. Rauchbiers are an acquired taste, but this is a fine example.

stevoj, May 27, 2014
Photo of misinformed
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Must be the 2010 vintage, reviewed 12/25/10. 500 mL bottle, pint glass.

A- Beer is a cloudy burnt caramel color. Poured with around 1/2" of eggshell white head that quickly faded to dust, then nothing at all.

S- Inviting wood smoke, bacon fat, with just a slight touch of malt detectable. Smoke is the dominant player here obviously.

T- First and foremost wood smoke. Toasted malt, notes of grain, and a faint bit of floral hops(?). Light bit of pork fat flavor with a long lingering smoke finish.

M- Light and smooth with a bit of oiliness to it.

D- I like this waaay more than the Urbock of theirs I tried awhile back. The smoke is still the dominant player here, but there is a nice bit of toasty malt to balance it out. Not something I could drink a lot of, but I would definitely drink this again. I can't smell wood smoke anymore without getting a craving for one of these.

misinformed, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Pahn
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. This is my first rauchbier.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two and a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving a few rings and peaks of lacing. Pours a clear orange with occasional lacing spots.

Smell: At first, a sweet lager smell like a good marzen or altbier, with just a hint of savory smoke. After the head is gone, the smoke really comes out. Definitely some campfire going on here.

Taste: Great mix of smoke and a solid, mild, sweet bock. The smoke is stronger up front, but it lingers as a bold highlight to everything else. Deeper in the bottle, the smoke develops into a decidedly more bacon/smoked meat-like flavor, though it still has some ash and campfire-smell aspects. Bacon aftertaste accumulates gradually. Soon the smoke has become completely dominant, with some nice malty bock highlights that have almost enough sweetness to balance everything.

Even further in, and the balance hinted at above gets reached. Some mild but nice fruity dopplebock notes finally show through, along with a healthy amount of breadiness, with smoke of course remaining the star. There isn't much complexity, but the flavor is really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

Overall: This isn't what I expected a rauchbier to taste like, but it's what i'd *hoped* a rauchbier would taste like. Great mix of really solid lager flavors with bold, evolving smoke flavors.

I'd grade the beer a bit higher if there was more complexity outside of the smoke. Also, the taste does wear on me after awhile, even though I recognize that it's very very good.

Beers like this stand as a refutation of any sentiment that German brewing is irrelevant or obsolete. Schlenkeria Oak Smoke is an exciting and amazingly well crafted beer; I don't see how one could balance such bold flavors without hours of work researching and brewing. I'm not entirely sold on the style, but I'm glad there's adventurous beers like this being made so well.

Pahn, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +3%

500ml bottle. Made with smoked oak, rather than smoked beechwood - hmmmm, I wonder if Anheuser Busch has tried that out?

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two beefy (the aroma is already infiltrating my consciousness) fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and almost caked dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of woodsmoke-infused dried meat, semi-sweet caramel malt, a twinge of hard toffee, wet brown toast, campfire-melted funky cheese, scorched rubber-like phenols, twisted vanilla, and faint earthy, singed leafy hops. The taste is actually less smoky than I was expecting (lots of room to move in that particular direction), with the same glowing log effluent character moved to the, ahem, near back burner, allowing a strongly caramelized malt to arise, with a touch of biscuity toffee, dark, reduced orchard fruit, edgy warming alcohol, and some still stunned weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly prominent, a bit surprisingly, the swirling frothiness doing well to distribute the flavours, the body a solid medium-full weight, and nicely smooth, once you sublimate all that lurking smoky acridity, which is apparently not all that hard of a thing to do. It finishes on the sweet side, the complex and complicated smoke starting to blow off, leaving us with but a boozy, caramel-heavy, and bready maltiness.

A pretty deft application of the rauchbier treatment to a big doppelbock, the German version of overt style blending, I guess. Everything comes off well enough, the smoke having its way with my palate, before ceding the floor to the equally sturdy, strong like bull, base lager. Once again, a tad scary at first contact, but by the end, it's got me wondering about the times when all beer tasted at least a bit like this.

biboergosum, May 27, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +3%

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.

brureview, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.16/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours a deep amber color with almost no head

S: Very smoky. Notes of smoked meat, oak, and damp fire pit (in a good way). Also get quite a bit of maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Smokiness compliments the huge amount of maltiness quite well. Get notes of smoke, oak, saltiness/meatiness, fruitiness, sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Finishes with light smoke and sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly thick

O: A very good smoked doppelbock with just the right amount of smoke to compliment the huge amounts of malt used. One of my favorites when it's available

BEERMILER12, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Mostly clear copper-orange - little bits of fine sediment suspended in the liquid. Small creamy yellowed head shrinks to a fine ring. Clean, sweet smoky aroma...not as meaty as the other Schlenkerla beers, but there's still a certain greasy quality to it. Caramel malt and a whiff of nobel hops. Sweet, pleasantly smoked, caramel malt - leather and floral hops. Quite sweet, but mild, smooth, almost creamy. Medium bodied. Not for everyone, perhaps a bit sugary, but expertly crafted as usual.

wedge, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a bright copper color with a nice white head.

Aromas are wonderful, peat smoke, charred wood, campfire, and matchsticks.

Taste starts out malty, lightly sweet, with some slight nutty flavors. Then the smokiness comes out, it is peaty with hints of campfire wood. This beer is balanced well, the sweet maltiness is just right, and the smokiness is strong enough to be easily noticed, but subtle enough to not over power the beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but I wish it had some more body and thickness.

Overall this is a nice approachable smoked beer. It is tasty, but hard core smoked beer fans might be wish for a bit more here. But that's no slight on this one, this is very solid.

flexabull, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

I've been itchin' to try this!

A: Deep copper, beige head, thin ring of retention, light lace.

S: Smoky, sausage, fruitcake, spice (floral, pepper & grass), hints of phenols.

T: Dark caramel (slightly burnt), roasted nut, quite smoky, light spicing, rye bread, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slight residual sweetness with a drying alcohol finish.

D: A good drinker.

Derek, Dec 11, 2011
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.