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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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buschbeer

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:27:24 | More by buschbeer
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 18:46:57 | More by schoolboy
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hreb

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:56:20 | More by hreb
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Gmann

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:23:09 | More by Gmann
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:07:29 | More by eric5bellies
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:33:45 | More by Suds
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joshstevens87

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 05:18:34 | More by joshstevens87
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beergoot

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 18:27:19 | More by beergoot
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FLima

Brazil

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 13:13:27 | More by FLima
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stevoj

Germany

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 01:52:01 | More by stevoj
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misinformed

California

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 20:28:49 | More by misinformed
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Pahn

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 05:04:01 | More by Pahn
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 02:03:37 | More by biboergosum
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +3%
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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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:17:21 | More by BEERMILER12
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wedge

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 04:20:25 | More by wedge
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flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 03:41:53 | More by flexabull
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:31:26 | More by Derek
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beeragent

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - pours a hazy light brown, forming a very thin white head with very little lace.

S - strong smoke malt aroma but with a very noticeable sweetness that you typically find in dopplebocks.

T - the first taste is all smoked malt but as the beer warms a bit, the other malts come through with the unmistakable flavors associated with dopplebocks. The oak tends to come through more in the finish. The smoke is strong but I don't feel as overpowering, as the other flavors are able to come through.

M - medium bodied with very low carbonation. Very smooth and clean, but a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

O - as a fan of anything smoke, this fits right in! While I think I would still prefer the rauchbier unbock or the weizen, I would still look forward to this one during the holiday season!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 08:35:18 | More by beeragent
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a smoke doppelbock beer thingy. Not sure what to expect from this one...

A bright lighter amber color. Head is 1 finger easy and somewhat dense and sticky. Clean.

Smoke. Aroma. Smoked Canadian bacon. Umami for sure. It's a bit tough to pick out other aromas beyond the smoke. While the smokiness is not powerful it does cover most everything else. Some dark fruit and apples in the back

The flavor is very nice. A good combination of smoke, umami and light bacon. The dark fruit and apples provide a balance to the robustness of the meatiness. Gives it a bit of a light pep. Dark bread on the end. Somewhat sweet, but oh...the smoke!

Darn good.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 21:45:54 | More by Mebuzzard
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illidurit

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a dimpled Eichhof mug. Tips the scales at no darker than bronze, with a solid khaki head. Luscious smokey aroma, recalling smoldering bonfires and smoked cheese especially. Not quite as meaty as the other Schlenkerla offerings. Flavor is smooth and salty, plenty of ham/bacon notes, wood, black coffee, fire. An excellent smoked beer, full and nourishing on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 08:36:48 | More by illidurit
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JizackFH

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice clear orange copper color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lace.

S - It smells meaty and smokey up front. There is also a grassy earthiness to it and also some notes of sweet malt tucked away in the background.

T - In the taste the smoke takes the backseat a bit and the sweet caramel malts come forward. There is a nice earthy hop flavor and some dark fruity flavors. Also, I am getting a hint of alcohol on the back end as well as a bit more of the smoke.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a very smooth silky quality to it. There is some sweetness and a bit of bitterness from the hops. Also, there is some alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very easy, and the flavor is great. I could easily drink a few of these over the course of a night. Overall, I think this is a very good and unique version of the style. I really like how the nose has a nice big smoke presence, but it tones down in the actual flavor of the beer. I think this is great beer, and I would definitely buy it again. I recommend giving it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 11:22:15 | More by JizackFH
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 550 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

The pour is medium amber with a big head and a slight haze. But generally brown.

Check out that smoked cheese aroma! That's the main thing I get along with the caramel malts but limited hops.

Medium or so body but it feels fuller than that.

The taste is alive with smoked cheese and smoked goodness. Caramel malts and mild hops seem secondary. I love beers with a good smoked quality and this one really does the trick. I could have it multiple times.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 21:02:33 | More by puboflyons
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear copper/bronze color with a ¾” light tan, almost white, head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a large patch of foam covering most of the surface. Some leggy and patch lacing is left as it recedes. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam and some nice speckled lacing for part of the beer but about half way there's little or no lacing or foam left.

Smell: The aroma is an interesting blend of smoke and malt without hops or alcohol showing. I think that even without knowing in advance it would be possible to tell there is smoke from the oak used in malting the barley.

Taste: The flavors are much as predicted by the nose and include the sweetness of the malt backed up by a soft smoky and oaky character that spreads throughout the mouth. There are traces of some hop bitterness here but not much else in the way of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on light side of medium bodied and there is a nice soft but persistent level of carbonation. The finish is relatively long and begins when the sweetness of malt gives way to the smokiness. Then there is some bitterness that emerges and persists for a while. Eventually the sweetness tries to emerge again but eventually the smoke and dryness take over the finish as it becomes dry and wide spread in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one more drinkable that I had expected. At first it seemed to me to be somewhat simple and only about the smoke. But as I had more (and as the beer warmed) the flavors became more complex and more interesting. While I’ll not make a great effort to find this one again I certainly would be happy to have another. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer deserving of close attention that requires one to look beyond the smoke and taking some time with the beer to discover the complexity that shows up here.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 01:30:31 | More by drtth
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Francepants06

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yeasty beer in color with very small head. Smells of grilled meats, with slight oak. It tasted of a wheat with lots of malt, a good strong smoke taste with slight oak. It was pretty much a full bodied beer but a very drinkable smoke beer compare to their marzen.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:13:08 | More by Francepants06
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.