Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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4/5 rDev -1%
On-tap at Cask Republic into a wine glass.
A: Clear copper body under a finger of dense white foam. Solid.
S: Holy smokes! Puns aside, this is an incredible-smelling rauchbier - the rich, authentic, pungent smoke is literally the only thing I can smell, and that's perfect.
T: Smoke, smoke, smoke, wood, smoke, malt, smoke, smoke, bacon, smoke, cake, smoke, spam, eggs, spam, spam and...sorry, got carried away there. Smoke dominates, but is joined by malty sweetness and a boozy finish. Incredible, but a little rough on the end.
M: Medium body with plenty of active, crisp carbonation. Nice.
D: The intensity of the smoke and the harshness of the finish really take a toll here, but it's still complex enough to keep me coming back for more, especially in the aroma.
Notes: Awesome rauchbier, but not quite as awesome in the end as I found their Urbock to be. The added strength really didn't do this beer any favors - it's not like their regular strength version is lacking on flavor!
01-12-2011 02:45:00 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev -1%
an amber beer that definitely hits the rauchbeer note perfectly with the quality of smokeiness. woody smokey nose that is set in equal parts with a sweet malt fruit. there is a bitter note in the palate and a fruit that seems to separate in the face of the smokiness. this beer seems to be quite temperamental when it come to what you drink it with because it accentuates the malt differently. i would like to see a bit of a different qualities in palate outside of the expected. even though its a doppelbock at 8% abv it still seems to have a similar quality to most all the others. which is a good thing for those that are looking for something that places the alcohol well. but that is the only thing that separates each individual beer. if you're in the mood for a rauchbeer then have this brewery. end of question but i would like to see more accent in the malt tones. it may be because i had beets with it and it give it a particular sweet quality to it. its too sweet... and i'm a bit disappointed.
12-06-2010 23:56:55 | More by rtepiak
4/5 rDev -1%
This is very good, but I must say that I was a little disappointed with this compared to their smoked Marzen and Ur-Bock, both of which are phenomenal.
Amber-pale copper, med. Pale tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring, a little lace.
Aroma is campfire smoke, caramelized grain, bread crust.
Taste is wood smoke, caramelized sweet bread crust up front, hint of spicy-raisiny fruitiness, lingering spicy smokiness just dominates finish & lingers. It’s pretty good, but a bit one-dimensional and slightly sharp.
04-19-2011 20:37:54 | More by Offa
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.