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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 59
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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.
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Ratings: 735 | Reviews: 367
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewerB
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods earlier today for $5.99.

Pours a rich amber maple syrup with a scant haze. Thin layer of white froth perched atop the liquid. Intriguing smokiness in the aroma reminds me of bbq ribs, perhaps a wood fireplace. Some rich malty sweetness is present in the background, far less apparent than the dominant smoke. Despite the strong smoke in the aroma, the flavor leans more towards your traditional dopplebock with caramel/toffee malty sweet, a subtle prune fruitiness, and a touch of herbal hops. Smoke is certainly here and lingers into the finish. Medium full body with a moderate low carbonation level. Overall an interesting blend of doppelbock and smoke beer, well-balanced and enjoyable.

Photo of craigdb
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven. Never heard of the brewery before. On tap list as "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Oak Smoke." Review from notes.

The beer was served in a tulip. Crystal clear reddish amber with a big, puffy white head. Not much retention or lacing. The smell is big smoke, with a little bit of sweet malt. Not terribly complicated but good.

The taste isn't what I was expecting. I now see that the style is a Doppelbock but I didn't know that at the time. A scotch-y smokiness is prominent throughout, but there's also a fantastic deep toffee malt sweetness. The combination of smoke and sweetness is fabulous, and a new experience for me. Smoked doppelbocks -- who new? The overall effect is somehow meaty. Ham? Mouthfeel is slick, very low carbonation, and I can't detect any alcohol presence.

This is one of the more interesting beers I've tried in some time. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and the smoked doppelbock is something I'll definitely keep my eyes open for from now on.

Photo of BJasny
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of magnusdave
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tzieser
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with a small white head that quickly settles into a tiny lacing.

Signature smoky aroma with a subtle sweet maltyness

Sweet malt flavor with notes of bread and caramel. oak flavor and smoke is present throughout. Outstanding

Glad i finally got to try this. a welcome addition to the schlenkerla family

Photo of HopHead84
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of tony223366
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is a nice caramel color that's more brown than red. The head is a nice color and consistency, however there's only one finger (after a vigorous pour) that turned into a thin layer. Clarity is excellent and there's a little action from the carbonation.

S: Wow, this smells amazing! OK so there's smokiness (obviously) but it's not the only thing that I get from this. I also get something akin to apple and also dark fruits. I'm also able to get some caramel from the malts.

T: Man that's nice. The smoke is a little more subdued than their other releases (to me). But I'm getting some real depth that makes this beer very drinkable. I do get some of the caramel malt and dark fruits. They're followed by a really nice smoke flavor. I mean really nice. It puts something interesting in the mix without taking over the entire beer. So it reminds me of smoked meets. The beer is a little on the sweeter side but the finish is very clean.

M: Really smooth, medium body. Carbonation is slightly lower than I would like, I'd prefer a bit more to really make the beer perfectly clean.

O: Tasty beer... I'm always surprised by how much I love Schlenkerla's beers. They do amazing things with their smoked flavors. I'm going to now finish the last bit of my drink and enjoy every second.

Photo of dgilks
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber-orange colour with a small, tan head. Fair head retention.

A little fruity and nicely smoky. Good wood notes. Almost chocolatey.

Very smoky but then a big sweetness cuts across. Deep caramel notes that are edging on burnt. Nice wood and fruit notes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really excellent rauch-bock. Tons of smoke and malt flavour. Very good.

Photo of rajendra82
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bronze colored body was clear, and the head that formed was a very small ring of bubbles. While the looks were quite timid for a Doppelbock, the smell was anything but. The smoked Bamberg malts were prominent, and gave this beer a smoky, sweet aroma evocative of pork ribs. The taste continue the theme of the smell, with a real smoke laden flavor backed by good deal of sweetness. The hops were there in the finish, but only provided a restrained drying note, instead of an overt bitterness. The sticky and smooth feel on the palette and a drawn out smoky finish that ended each sip were both very classy. The smoked malts seem to do very well in a Dopplebock style. Now please brew a Trippelbock like Samichlaus with these.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.23/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  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.

Photo of Wadsey
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Dogfish Head sniffer. 

A: Amber-colored and effervescent. Pillowy white head that slowly dies, leaving scattered lacing. 

S: Smoked pork, bacon, and campfire. A hint of sweet malt. 

T: Above smoke characteristics spread across palate. Very strong initially but its potency loosens a bit and then sweet caramel, grain and a bit of hoppy bitterness present themselves. 

M: Medium-bodied and appropriate medium-level carbonation. Not particularly warming.

D: A very attractive and balanced smoke beer. It tastes completely natural and has a sort of rustic charm that I find quite appealing. 

Photo of dudecandle
4.23/5  rDev +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.

Photo of stewfnrocker
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is orange amber with a bit of chill haze. Virtually no head on pour - quite surprising. Quite still after pour.

Nose has upfront smoke complexity and candy sweetness, hint of maple syrup.

Thick and creamy entry. Smooth flow on palate, builds out with in a hint of hop bittering on outer palate. Smoke is rich and layered. As I consumed this, the flavors of bock beer opened up. Sweetness is balanced by the smoke and backing of hops. A slight noble hop flavor comes through on the finish.

Big and flavorful, packs an alcoholic kick but not at all boozy. Complexity is key, at mid-mouth I get a touch of chocolate malt mixing with the smoke, so flavorful and layered, nuances come out in a beer that is quite flavor forward.

Another great work of brewers art - my favorite from this brewery.

Photo of steveh
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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