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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 800
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 71
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a big fan of smoke beers, this may be my favorite from Schlenkerla. The fact that doppelbocks are among my favorite styles earns this beer points as well. Poured into a glass, the beer had a murky brown color with variations. The aroma reminded me most of smoked ham. Even though I do not eat/like ham, I love the aroma. In the initial taste, one gets the best qualities of a doppelbock and a smoke beer. The sweetness of the malt jumps to the front, but it is nicely balanced by the character of the smoke. In both case, the sizes of the taste are huge while balancing each other out. The malts sour slightly in the aftertaste, while the smoke lingers on the roof of the mouth. The thick texture allows the smoke to stick. This is a well-developed smoke beer, and a fabulous example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed amber color with an ample off-white head. Fine-bubbled and long lasting. Nice...real nice.

Nose goes beyond bacon...lets go with whole smoked ham...double smoked! More smoky than the Ur-bock, which I did not think was possible. Not much else is noticeable, but thats ok for us smokeheads.

So smooth, yet so intense. Liquid smoke meets sweet malts and a kiss of alcohol. Body is light and I think that helps not make it too heavy-feeling of a brew. Pretty amazing brew and after a couple Schlenkerla brews that were not as smoky as Ur-bock, this one is damn smoky and enjoyable. Love it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a doppelbock glass at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly PA.

A very good beer. A little lighter in the body and color than I would have guessed (the head also seemed a little airier and fleeting than I anticipated). Light and clean on the palate as well. Requisite familiar perfect smokiness in the nose and taste.

This was done with oak instead of the usual beechwood? I don't know what if any characteristic oak nuances, vanilla for one, carried over into the beer, but I did notice that the smokiness wasn't as burnt or bitter tasting as their other selections. Not to say that the smokiness is light either. It pervades the smell and initial bulk of the taste at first (probably as 3:2 or 4:3 ratio to the malt presence), however, not finishing as smoky, with some of the malt and yeast flavors coming through nicely then.

I don't think the smoke had anything to do with the fact that I found the doppelbock elements of the beer a little on the mild side as compared to other German benchmarks - Optimator, Celebrator, etc. I was a bit surprised to find some of the (estery) fruitiness and bubblegummy tones of the yeast taking precedence over the malt. But a classic doppelbock foundation is in the background there, it just takes your palate a few sips to assimilate the smoke in order to begin picking up these other features, including some faint grain lingering late. I can't say I picked up much alcohol, if any, in any facet of the experience. Oooh, dangerous.

Overall, I was very pleased with this. Drank it fairly quick. One of the tastier more balanced rauchbiers I've had. Hope they put this out for years to come.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich whiskey-amber color with moderate sandy head. Nose is full of smoked meat--delicious bacon-y goodness. Smells awesome, very powerful. The flavor on it is also very good, though it kind of draws back the smokiness a little (still pretty smokey). No ashiness is noted, which is good because ashy flavor is a deal-breaker for me in smoked beers. Underlying dopplebock is pretty clean, though I might be looking for a bit more sweetness for a maple-smoked bacon profile, as of now it's just smoked bacon with a touch of herbal bitterness and maybe some bready malt underneath. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit prickly. Great drinkability, well-disguised alcohol. Love these Schlenkerla beers, superb.

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Photo of Uanof
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to mug.

A: has a beautiful amber caramel color with a head that's in absolute no hurry to leave this beer behind.

S: smoked wood, vanilla, nutmeg and more smoked!

T: the taste is more subtle than your nose would lead you to believe, it's just he right amount of smoke as to not overpower the subtleness of a doppelbock.

M: medium bodied, no stickyness, no dryness, just beer flowing thru your taste buds and smoked notes adorning your molars.

O: i believe this to be a great approach on a doppelbock, it gives it an extra "spicyness" to the flavor profile and at the same it allows the doppelbock to be a doppelbock. For 8% this is a brew i would definitely go back to again and again given the right circumstances.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Krušovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark amber color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Initially, smells smoky but less smoky than other rauchbiers and especially less smoky than Schlenkerla's other offerings. According to the label, this beer is aged in oak rather than beech, which gives it a milder character. You can certainly smell the oak barrels in the nose. Besides the smokiness, there are also notes of sweet malts with perhaps a little caramel as well.

Taste: Only mildly hoppy up front with a strong smokiness to it. The smokiness carries throughout and the beer finishes with a sweet maltiness characteristic of most doppelbocks. There is also a strong woody/oaky flavor towards the back. As with the aroma, the smokiness here is more restrained than in Schlenkerla's past offerings. It still has that flavor though that reminds me of smoked meats and cheeses. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side for a doppelbock but still reasonably full-bodied.

Drinkability: An excellent rauchbier and a decent doppelbock. Schlenkerla's offerings are always unique and intriguing. This one is no different. It's smoky character goes a long way towards hiding the 8% ABV, which makes this beer a bit more quaffable than most doppelbocks. Thoroughly enjoyable and certainly something I wouldn't mind having again soon.

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly fades away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are smoky aromas in the nose, which intensify as the beer warms up and also have some hints of cured meats such as bacon.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by smoky flavors and has some malty sweetness along with some hints of raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and rather thick on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is rather easy to drink because the smokiness is not overpowering and well incorporated into the smell and taste.

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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/amber color. At first a two finger white head slowly rises, and sticks around for a minute. Some lace is left. Looks nice.
S: That huge meaty Bamberg smoke is huge at first. A lot more complexities come out as this warms though. Toasted malt, chocolate, wood. Got to love meat in a bottle.
T: Smoke of coarse. Though much more balanced than any of the other Schlenkerla Rauchbier's. Toasted malt, lightly sweet, chocolate, wood. Everything is really well balanced and incorporated.
M/D: A medium to full body. Velvety, silky smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. I can not make out any alcohol. Just smoky goodness. One of the few Rauchbier's I can enjoy many of.

I have never been a big Rauchbier fan. The smoke has always overpowered everything for my tastes, and that is especially true with this brewery. I have always been interested in the style in small samples however. This is just great through and through. Everything is really well incorporated. Highly recommended, and the best example of the style I have come across.

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Photo of CondorMcBride
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 500ml bottle on 12/26/12 at the Total Wine in Redondo Beach, CA for $5.99/bottle.

A - Dark Amber, little to no head, no lacing.

S - I'm sure there is another smoked meat/fish that better represents this smell, but to me it smells exactly like a pound of smoked salmon. Very pungent and very concerned the taste is going to be overly smokey.

T - Tastes exactly like it smells, but not as strong. No doubt about it this is a smoked beer. Yet it has a very dry and smooth finish which urges me to keep picking up my glass for more. Other than the smokiness up front and the smooth finish, I'm not really detecting anything more.

M - Very light on the tongue. Although, I've really only been drinking stouts and barleywines over the past month, so I'd probably be correct to say a light to medium body. Absolutely no hint of the 8% abv.

O - Definitely putting this one in my top 3 for smoked beers. I probably couldn't drink more than one bottle in a sitting, but I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle. If you are holding this beer, thinking "should I try this?'' The answer is yes. This is a must try for anyone who enjoys good beer, and I'm positive the majority of those people will enjoy it as well.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Julians in Providence RI

Pours a clear bright amber on the reddish side. Nice full light tan head stays aloft and creates beautiful lacing.

The nose is big of bacon, smoke, sweet rich malt. Makes me think of smokes Gouda too.

The flavor is not as intense as the aroma but I feel like that is a good thing. The flavor follows the nose but in a somewhat restrained way.

The body is medium and the carbonation is fine and silky. One of the nicest feeling brew that I've ever experienced.

This was really a treat. The bar had several other very nice offerings and I came close to ignoring those just to have another Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant caramel-amber, with limited carbonation and sketchy, minimal lace.

Nose is where this experience all begins...spectacular aroma of smoked, cured meat. It's like I can almost sense the salt, even. Definitely some wood in there, too. Impressive, and daunting!

Taste is definitely heavy. I get lots of wood (hahah), smoky meat, and a nicely warming, dry finish (this one is 8%, after all). I get more wood here (no doubt the malts aged over smoked oak adds to this heaviness more than the regular Schlenkerla's beechwood-smoked malts). Absolutely a pinnacle of rauchbier goodness, this Schlenkerla is tough to find (at least in my area), but well worth the experience.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche has essentially no head, just a few big, soapy, off-white bubbles. There is no lacing. The appearance is hazy and rust-red, with gray-white sediment floating about and some tiny bubbles that race to the top. The araoma is of smoked pork, and the flavor is of the same, with some underlying malt sweetness, caramel, and a decent amount of hop bitterness in the bottom of the sip. Mouthfeel is watery, and Aecht Sclenkerla Eiche finishes semi-dry, mild, and odd. Overall, I rate this unusual Christmas beer very high, even though it takes some getting used to. You may not like it, but you won't forget it.


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Photo of plaid75
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a meaty and smokey malt with a touch of sweetness.

The taste was upfront smokey with a lingering sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall another tasty smokey beauty from this proud brewery.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A premium example of a smoky, satisfying, malty German doppelbock. Excellent in nearly every respect. Rich strong smoked malts dominated the aroma and were substantially comnplemented on the palate. A must-try for anyone a fan of the style. Highly recommended... Great stuff...

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear amber body with a slight brownish hue. 2-finger white head that falls to a nice complete cap that stays the whole time. No lacing.

S- A lot of smoke in this one. Like smoked bacon or something along those lines. Some nice sweet caramel malt as well as some plum or date aroma.

T- Almost word for word like the aroma, but mellowed and subdued except for the smokiness.

MF- Creamy full body.

O- A very nice smoked doppelbock that is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was some amazing smokey stuff. Oak-aged beers can have a vanilla flavor to them, but this is oak-smoked. This beer is woody and smokey, with plenty of sweet caramel malt backbone, but dry enough to invite the next sip. To recap, there's wood, there's smoke (bacon), there caramel malts and pleasant finish. Hops? No flavoring hops noticed here, but the bitterness is an important component to balancing things out, but this is not bitter. Is this a malt bomb? Yes, and a darn good, smokey one. Quite possibly my new favorite smoked beer.

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Photo of greatdanewp
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Amber in color and clear; low to medium head carbonation; low head retention. Did not have the high head retention of a typical doppelbock.

Smell- Intense smoke in the nose with a slight scent of olives.

Taste- Smokiness throughout from the second it hits your tongue and for 20 minutes after you take a drink. Very smooth for a high alcohol beer with little to no hint of alcohol flavors-perfect adaptation of a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel- Heavy with a good feel of carbonation.

Overall- This beer is a unique character and one that every beer drinker should try at least once; Perfect companion with smoked meats!

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Photo of AventinusCam
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am so glad I drove across state lines to Vintage Estates on a terrible rainy day...just to grab this. I was doing a German tasting, and even though there are some much better places around Pittsburgh to get German beers, I had never been able to find this Aecht.

A- Very golden colored for a dopplebock. It threw me off at first. A very nice copper-gold, but not the darker beer I was expecting

S- Wow...there is so much smokiness right off the bat. Some big hits of toasted pears. Mainly just that trademark Bamberg smoking

T- Again...Wow. I am a huge Aecht fan, but they are all not created equal. It has the big, dopple flavor, but with that smoke added in, man, it is good.

M- Smooth and thick. You know it is a dopple.

D- Could be better, but, then again, it is a rauchbier. They are supposed to be drawn out sipping beers. Couldn't have any more than 2 of these in a given night.

Please...buy this.

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Photo of rangerred
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orangy copper with a thin wispy head.

The smell is lots of smoke. Smells like a bonfire with really no other smell being apparent. I love it!

The taste is extremely smoke-forward followed by an assertive bitterness that increases toward the finish. The smoke seems more pronounced and forceful in this beer compared to the others from Schlenkera. Very nice.

I love smoke beers and I have to say that the ones from Schlenkera are probably the best examples made. Just perfect for a fall evening.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a weihen glass

A- pours a deep amber, very little head....no lacing

S- smells like a pig roast... Ham, fatty Bacon... aged burnt oak simmering on the fire.... light hints of caramel malt on the back

T- sweet caramel malt in front... very sweet mind you... blast of smoked malts .... oak curred pig over a fire ... candiness lingering on

M- medium bodied .... average carbonation... zero alcohol present even with the 8% label... sweetness on the tongue covered up by the smokiness

O- my new favorite from schlenkerla...

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, this beer is a beautiful, dark amber with a light tan head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no noticeable lacing.
The aroma is quite remarkable: Sweet malt and biscuit and baking bread and that underlying smoked char. Lovely.
Amazing taste this beer. I keep thinking it's a liquid Pixies song; instead of soft-loud-soft, it's bitter-sweet-bitter. Lots of bitter, dark fruit and spice right off, then sweet caramel and toffee and then a spicy and dry bitter. And beneath it all, that wonderful lingering oak char with hints of vanilla thrown in.
Moutfeel is medium-thin and a bit sticky.
Overall, this is just a great beer.

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Photo of PrinceDarren
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normally I don't care much for smoked beers, although I have been starting to warm up to them lately. This was, hands down, the best smoked beer I've ever tried.

The nose was very strong, however, the oak-smoke character of this aroma was less like the typical, stale, wet campfire aroma I typically find. Instead, it was cleaner, sharper and perhaps fresher.

On the palate, the smoke flavor was much more subdued, which is good. The smoke flavor, while milder than the aroma, did stick on my tongue and tended to build sip after sip.

I was also impressed with the color and clarity. A bright bronze/brown color, with no cloudiness, I could see all the way through it.

Summary: This is a fantastic smoked dopplebock that is almost sessionable.

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Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on draft at the Bookstore Speakeasy in Bethlehem, PA.

Pours a clear dark coppery amber color with golden orange/amber edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring that leaves sporadic spots of soapy lacing behind.

Excellent roasted smokey aroma with hints of campfire, butane, barbecue, bacon ash, earthy burnt wood subtle hops, smoked malt and a subtle nut presence. I took in the aroma of this beer for a while before sampling. While it is still pretty intensely smokey, I found the aroma of Eiche to be less extreme than the other Aecht Schlenkerla beers.

Surprisingly creamy medium body with a softer smoke presence than I expected. There is still a good amount of burnt smokey malt flavor but the use of oak instead of beechwood results in a much smoother, less extreme smoke flavor. Still, there is plenty of smoked malt, barbecued bacon, butane and burnt wood in this incredibly complex beer. In addition, there is a lactic creaminess and a noticeable earthy wood presence, likely from the oak. Also, there is a slick, buttery white wine taste that was a complete shock to me. It added another level of complexity to this incredible beer. The only other beer I've tasted this flavor in is Allagash Vagabond and this element of Eiche reminds me of that beer. I'm also picking up a bit of earthy roasted nuttiness toward the end of the finish. Lingering dry and earthy smoked flavor in the finish. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like strong charcoal and smoke and oak, with earthy roasted barley and bacon, and a little herbal hops and rye bread.
T: It tasted like smoke and bacon and charred oak, with some earthy barley and caramel and rye bread. It had a smoky but clean aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This is definitely my favorite smoke beer. It wasn't as intense from the bottle as on tap, but it still had a great woody scent and taste that was amazingly clean without any harshness. It had great body too with no alcohol noticeable, so it was really easy to drink. Probably not for aging, but who knows how it might develop over time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoky looking amber color with a two finger white head that has nice retention and sea foam lacing.

The aroma is of smoke with caramel and bready underneath. Some spicy hops peek through a campfire of oak.

The flavor is of oak smoke with bready foundation, clean malts, touch of caramel and clean noble hops to balance and bitter.

Perfectly balanced, mellow smoke, medium body

Very smooth and mellow with a nice smoky flavor. Great sipper.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.