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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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688 Ratings
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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 53
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tykechandler, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

magnusdave, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of allengarvin
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.0 - Clear reddish copper with a small but dense white head.
S: 4.0 - Loads of smokiness, even sitting on my table while I type. Like sniffing liquid smoke.
T: 4.25 - Very smokey flavor of course, but it's also got really good bock-ish malt, bready, slightly toasted. Hop bitterness is very low, leaving it pretty sweet, but the smoke makes an excellent balancer for that.
M: 4.25 - Big bodied, as befits a strong dopplebock.
O: 4.5 - This would be a very good beer without the smoke. With it, it's great.

allengarvin, Friday at 06:26 PM
Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brauerei Heller-Trum have really gone out of their way to make Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock, brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot or "German Beer Purity Law" with 100% oak smoke and matured in vats deep underground during weihnachtszeit or the yuletide season, perfect. Now I will judge it. Taste buds have been activated and are set for launch.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Friendly yeast particles float around in this cloudy copper bodied brew with a minimal cream lace ring on top.

S: Not nearly as smoky as their Urbock, with notes of oak-charred vanilla, sweet caramel, plum, bread yeast and all-spice. It certainly hits that Christmas spot [you know that spot on your body between the elbow and the... argh, forget it].

T: Smooth, so smooth, makes that Urbock seem like a brash young whipper-snapper! The profile is as expected vanilla, sweet caramel, plum, bread yeast and all-spice. There is a mellowness to the smoke that belies the ABV and makes you sit back and ponder things like doing your tax return with each sip. Then you slip back into reality and realise that you hate doing your tax returns, then you take another sip... ahhh, tax returns. It is a subtle mistress this Doppelbock.

M: Here is where it under-performs its Urbock cousin/brother/sister/relative-in-law; medium bodied with a watery light carbonation (lacking in body).

D: Craftier than its Urbock sibling with a tastier, less aggressive smoke and hardly a hint of booze, this is one Brauerei Heller-Trum Aecht Schlenkerla brew that really slides under the radar and would make you blind without you knowing it if you should be foolish enough to drink more than a few. Ultimately though I have really gravitated more towards more fulsome brews and the Urbock, despite being lighter in ABV and bolder in smoke, wins my affections.

Food match: Triamisu [if you haven't figured this out by now I am totally making this shit up].

doktorhops, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of stewfnrocker
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

stewfnrocker, May 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into an Aventinus glass yields active one-finger head; body is a gradient between gold at the bottom to amber in the bulb. Head is perfectly even: frothy and fine-grain. This is a pretty beer. Lacing is gorgeous and goes on forever, as you sip, the side of the glass is opaque with it.

Smell is characteristic of Schlenkerla's other rauchbiers, vaguely barbecue-ey with mellow oak. I'm still congested from a cold, so it's probably better than I'm perceiving.

Taste is nice, complex sweet malt (not dark, heavy, or syrupy), possibly some apple and maybe a trace of corn, and mellow wood (it is an oak-smoked beer), balanced by very faint hops aftertaste for a nice aftertaste in a non-heavyhanded way. Taste is much subtler than Schlenkerla's other rauchbiers. making it probably more versatile in terms of food pairings.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal; creamy as nitro, but from a plain glass bottle. Like a wood-smoked milkshake in the best way.

On taste, I could drink a couple of these in a night, though maybe not too quickly. Price and ABV are the only limiting factors on this one.

Fans of this would do themselves a favor to try New Holland Chartooka Rye for an American take on a smoked doppelbock, equally meritorious.

zaphodchak, Jan 28, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fizzy head of about 1 finger that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over clear reddish slight orange brown color.

Nose is pure smoked malts, a nice smoke though not too overpowering, a bit of a smoked cheese aroma, not much of campfire or anything harsh, just a nice soft smoked gouda like aroma, with a bit of darker wheats and sweet malts behind that, hint of crystal and caramel, and a slight hop character.

Taste starts with more smoke, this time getting a bit more of a smokey smoke, touch of campfire, smoked meats, slight smoked cheese, some sweetness, a bit more darker wheats give it the base with just the slightest hint of fruit, bit of caramel and crystal malts, a slight salty briny taste too. It comes a bit creamy though, with a slight bitterness and just a hint of warming booze. Finishes a bit drier, smoke lingering smoked cheese, a bit more bitterness with a touch of hops and some of the salty smoked malts.

Mouth is medium to slightly bigger bodied, a bit creamy, with decent carbonation and hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, drinkable, much more smooth and mild than the Urbock or Marzen I think. Drinkable and nice smoke qualities.

jlindros, Jun 17, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Fittingly poured into an Eiche snifter (glassware that BA, ironically, does not recommend for the style; screw it). The color is cloudy amber/deep honey. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a thin lacing, ring around the edge, and lacing along the glass.

Smell: The smokiness is not as intense as Schlenkerla’s märzen, but it is still prominent. It offers that smoked bacon/sausage aroma that is enticing. It has me craving landjägers. Beyond the smokiness are faint scents of caramel, maybe some fruits, and grassy hops. Other than that it is straight and beautiful smokiness. After taking a couple sips it is much easier to detect the earthy element from the hops.

Taste: Heavenly. The oak smokiness is obviously prominent, but it is almost balanced by sweet caramel and floral and earthy hops. It has just a touch of pepper spice and also exhibits an incredible burnt edge, much like that of smoked bacon. There is also a hint of honey and a brandy-like alcohol edge, which is hidden very well.

Drinkability: Incredible. This is all I want for Christmas.

TheQuietMan22, Dec 13, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown with a fluffy beige head that fades to film. Sharp hickory-type smoke with some Band-aid and a touch of wholemeal wheat bread. Red currant and wheat germ up front with a gentle layer of smoke then big woody hop spice. Sultana finish and long lingering dryness. Medium, crisp, chewy, some burn.

Wow. Smoke appetizes more than overwhelms, malty sweetness deftly balanced by some serious hop presence, compulsively sippable in spite of how big it is - there's lots of things going on here that are not easy to do. Smoke or no smoke, I'm ever more impressed by what expert brewers this brewery has. Some depth on the nose and a little less heat is all that keeps this from perfect.

Another home run from Schlenkerla.

StJamesGate, Jul 29, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-16-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Appearance is clear, with lots of carbonation seen in the glass. The color is of copper, lighter than I expected. Huge off-white head is 5 fingers high in my mug.

The smell is of smoke - big and in your face! Aromas of a campfire and bacon blanket a base of sweet, roasted malts. I love the smell of a fire outside and this beer puts that in a bottle.

The taste is also heavy on the oak smokiness. Rich and complex, there is a sweetness in the doppelbock paired with flavors of bacon and salt. Also get a spiciness like peppercorns and of course the oak wood tastes. Nice alcohol warming effect.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a full body. Aftertaste has a bite to it from the intense smoke and meaty, roasted malts.

Overall, this is a real treat - definitely different than most beers due to the domination of the smoked wood in the smell and taste, but masterfully done.

sommersb, Aug 17, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before August 2011.

A: A decent head with moderate endurance on top of a beautiful red, darkly-clear beer.

S: Beef jerky. Smoky-sweet malts. I can't get past the strongly meaty smell. Quite nice though!

T: Brilliant! Strong and sweet, a malty-bodied beer with a bitter endtaste. The aftertaste is a huge, roiling tastescape of haunting smoke. What would otherwise be merely a run-of-the-mill doppelbock is lifted up towards the heavens with the burnt offering of oak. Quite nice.

M: Substantial through the whole taste. Towards the end, it lightens up quite a bit.

O: I'm a big fan -- the higher ABV gives this rauchbier a depth and force of flavour that the more-popular Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen doesn't have. Multi-dimensional, but always smoky. Recommended.

AgentMunky, May 19, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited when I came across this beer at my local shop. I thought that I had tried all the different ones they had until I was proven wrong. The beer poured out as a dark brown color. The head was big at first but quickly settles and almost fades completely. The smell of the beer is smokey but it seems like it was a tolerable aroma than their others. The taste of the beer is loaded with smokey malts and some fresh wood in the background. The mouthfeel is drinkable and not really heavy at all. Overall this beer was probably one of the better ones I've had from Aecht.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman, NYC into 12 oz tulip:

A: Medium-dark amber body with good head, cap and lacing.

S: Smoked salami, but not nearly as pungent as I expected. Quite mellowed out, showing some good floral hops and some other malts.

T: Again, the smoked salami is most apparent, but in time the surprisingly wonderful complement of apples develops. This makes me want to reconsider all things I ever thought about flavor pairings. Light hopping rounds it out.

M: Surprisingly moderate-to-full, and again, the smoke doesn't overwhelm in the unappealing expected way.

D: Wow. The flavors make no sense to me, but I love it anyway. The body is just right, and the 8% is undetectable.

dudecandle, Jan 12, 2010
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle watching the Wichita State Shockers knock off (1) Gonzaga.

Purchased on recommendation of Matthew of Virginia Wine Warehaus in Charlottesville, VA fame. His admonition: don't let Beer Advocate hype strangle yr taste & instincts. Respect. Pours a nice amber. Pretty ho hum. No indication of the tidal wave of taste to come. Odor wafts up with soft smells of smoke. Where there's smoke there's FIRE. The taste is immediate: charred, smoked, burnt, formerly on fire. Swallowing doesn't erase the memory of the inferno. Years can't erase the memory.

Rast, Mar 24, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

TapHeadBrewing, Nov 01, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.2/5  rDev +4%

MickeyKnox, Sep 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
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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.

buschbeer, Apr 14, 2013
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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.

schoolboy, Jan 13, 2013
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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