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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1 finger white head, red-tinged brown hazy body.

Smell: Campfire smoke, BBQ sauce, notes of caramel and dark fruit.

Taste: Same as above, but the caramel and dark fruit is a bit more pronounced to balance out the smoke.

Feel: Medium body, low carbonation, creamy.

Other: This was way out in left field for me. I love trying new things, but I felt the smoke was too jarring, it was like drinking jerky or a BBQ sandwich.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 24 oz beer mug.

a: Brilliant orange tinged amber. The color of bourbon or maple syrup. Clear but thick looking. 2 finger off white foamy head leaves light, soapy lace.

s: Smokey, toasted malts.

t: Caramel like malts, smoke, oak woodiness, tobacco, a nice balancing spiciness, weather from the yeast of hops I can't tell.

mf: Medium body with good carbonation. An excellent balance in the finish that brings together a nice hop presence and lets the alcohol peek out just a bit.

o: Smoked beers aren't necessarily my thing, but this beer is so well done. I look forward to the next.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsener glass. Initial smell of smoke. Hard pour led to a two finger head such dissipated quickly. Initial taste is smoky and sweet malt. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of smbslt
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Auburn with dark orange highlights and a healthy tan head.
The smoke, which is not unexpected dominates - makes it hard to detect the hops or any sweetness
The sweetness of the malt and the slightly astringent, alcohol-burn finish strung together with the smoke impresses the craft of the method.
Very smooth feel until the smoke reminds you that it is not going anywhere.
You'll love it or hate it but be impressed by the craftsmanship.

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Photo of mncoinman
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a pint bottle. Initial smell reminds me of a spicy salami or pepperoni. Pours cloudy, medium brown with a small head. Lacing is apparent. Low carbonation. Smoked flavor comes through nicely on a pour sample (smell and taste)....although this diminishes somewhat as you work your way through it. Low bitterness. Reasonable Munich malt (but could be more intense for a doppelbock in my opinion). A very flavorful beer that is meant to have only one at the beginning of a drinking session.

Not a favorite for a doppelbock, but an interesting change of pace that could be enjoyed now and then.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color. Smells, as expected, of oak smoke and malt. The taste isn't quite as sweet as the smell would suggest, being overbalanced a bit by the hops, but it does have some nice caramel and smoke flavors. Somewhat sticky, medium bodied. Alcohol is well hidden. Pleasant enough, but slightly too bitter.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy dark golden brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice creamy small off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast note, slight oak, very nice smokeyness. The taste is very nice malty, slightly yeasty, oaky, very nice smoke note. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew. Glad to see it around here.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You must like the flavor of smoke if you drink this beer! One of my favorites-
It pours a nice clear copper color with moderate carbonation. The hint of smoke is evident at the pour. The smokiness of oak sets the palate for that first taste - I suggest you close your eyes and take the hit! Allow it to rest on your palate - the malts, caramel and smoke are well balanced.
This is a medium bodied beer and easily enjoyed! If you like this one try the Schlenkerla Rauchbier- dark and full bodied.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by an inch of foam that leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Caramel and smoked oak tones; hints of fig and tobacco

Taste: The caramel and smoked oak flavors intermingle with fig and tobacco flavors building through the middle; somewhat ashy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting doppelbock; I like the way the smoke is integrated and doesn't overwhelm

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one came to me as gift in a mix of beers my sister in law picked up on recommendation from the staff at the local total wine. The Oak smoked beer is something I wouldn't have gravitated to on my own, but it was tasty none the less !

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

R: clear, mid-dark brown with a white head.
N: that beautiful, sweet Beechwood smoke dominates.
B: more agreeable than I remember the Marzen being. Crisper, cleaner, with still a great level of that famous smoked malt.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, transparent mahogany color; poured a large bubble head, but dissipated quickly. Slight nose of malt, but the oak smoke definitely comes through. Taste is pretty simple and matches the ingredient description - malty and smokey. As it warms a bit, the smoke really comes out -- thoughts of cooking large pieces of meat outside -- much happiness.. Nice, even mouth feel. Not an everyday beer, but definitely will have again -- thinking this would be a perfect outside beer in the fall.

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Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum, nice beer. Poured with a nice thick head and lots of lace. Aroma is mainly smoke with just a hint of malt. Flavor's like nose, plus has some bitter/sweet/tang to balance the smoke and add interest. Good body. Fairly easy drinking for as full flavored as it is.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A not only palatable, but very enjoyable smoked beer. Dense, creamy head. Medium-thick mouthfeel. I've had some nasty smoked beers, but this is really good. The smoked malts, oakiness, and well rounded malty backbone make this a big tasty brew. I've only seen it a couple times, and I'm glad I snatched it. Buy it if you see it.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - beer pours a copper color with tan head

Smell - smoke, burnt firewood, caramel

Taste - burnt firewood upfront, caramel, malts

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, smoke and burnt firewood upfront, residual sweetness on the back of the palate

Overall - I liked this beer, has the smoky profile that is palatable and hits the traditional dopplebock notes as well. Worth a shot

Price Point - $4.79/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a caramel color, cloudy, with a two finger head, not much lacing. Very active carbonation at first pour. Smell is smoke, burnt wood, caramel, malt, charred meat as it warms, a little sulphur in the head at each pour. Like a match, not rotten eggs... Taste is more malt forward, caramel, still good amount of smoke- but not as burnt or charred as the nose, brown sugar. It's a little sweet. Smooth, full bodied, creamy.

Very flavorful, a nice blend between a Doppelbock and a Rauchbier. Not as raw and vivid as the Urbock. If you like smokiness and burnt wood with a little bit of sweetness, this is worth your money.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich hamy aroma. Roast mingling with smoke. Hearty rye bread. Some herbal floral noble hops. Some clovey alcohols. Earthy woodsy aroma, perhaps like smelling a campfire from a distance. Toasty and malty doppelbock is apparent aside from the smoke. Incredibly rich and meaty.

Pours hazy light brown/dark copper with some ruby highlights. Very small tan head but it lingers a while. Not much lacing.

The flavor complexly layered. Rich pumpernickel bread upfront giving to slightly fruity caramel and sweeter malt flavors finishing with meaty smoke. Typical doppelbock flavors are more present in the flavor. Solid herbal hop bitterness without getting in the way of rich malt flavors. Finishes with some residual sweetness. Big and hearty.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Seems under carbonated, but the lack of carbonation contributes to the richness. Finish is long with a slight bitterness mingling with malt sweetness.

The "meal in a glass" phrase applies to this beer much more than it does to Guinness.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle.

Brilliantly clear, amber pour with a small white head. Nice looking lager. The aroma is straight-up smoked ham. There are mentions of Hallertau hops on the label description, but I don't get anything besides smoked malt. And beautifully smoked it is. The smoke is not as "in your face" as some of the other Schlenkerla offerings, but it is a deep, smooth smoke. Medium bodied, but the oak smoke makes it seem heartier than it actually is. What an enjoyable, clean lager with tons of character. If you're looking for an entry level smoked beer, this is not it. But if you've had rauchbiers before and are looking for something different, this makes an excellent change of pace.

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Photo of Gadzook
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber color with a light head that dissipates into a nice ring.

Beautiful smoky aroma with a light hopiness and just a hint of sweetness.

Smoke flavor up front, but nowhere near overpowering. Nice hop hints in the middle and back. Lingering sweetness (bready malts), and a wonderful malt aftertaste that coats the palette in between sips.

Lightly carbonated with a medium body that feels just a little bit creamy.

Overall, this beer is absolutely fantastic. I've seen this beer a lot, and I waited way too long to try it. Just get it. Really.

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Photo of DDiFran
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color, aroma and flavor are fantastic. Smoky sausage and chewy Carmel. Not much body in this undated bottle. Suspect it may be a bit past its prime, but still love smoked beers when the leaves start to turn.

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Photo of cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, just short of syrup, full of floaties. A half-hearted whisp of white head kicks back quick to floating islands and a steady ring. Wooaaah, thick and laden with chunks.

Smoke and beautiful caramel combine with hints of spicy hop to make a light but wonderfully enticing aroma.

Full strength taste fronted by brilliant smoke that is not overridingly dominant but still leads the harmony it makes with caramel, spicy hop and herbal bitter hop, and nice fruity notes that lighten the taste markedly. Smoke does not build on palate and is clean partner in the flavor profile.

Despite it's look, it is easy drinking for a doppelbock, dangerously so, highest alert, low carb. to good result, and stunning finish that is complex, bold, and clean.

This one blew me away. Amazing beer, best from this brewery, of which my local will be out of stock after my visit tomorrow. Highest recommendation

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while in the US. Hoping that this smokey doppelbock will cheer me up after the Blue Jays devastating loss to the Royals.

Appearance - pours a dark garnet coloured beer that is clear at the bottom and slightly hazy towards the top where a finger of thick tan foam rest. Good clarity within the beer and nice patterns of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.

Smell - as you'd expect from these guys the name of the game is smoke and lots of it. Bigger and more intense than their marzen and hefeweizen/rauchbier mix in terms of smoke aroma. As opposed to just smokiness, you can actually smell the wood itself burning as embers from a chemical reaction with the wood. Some slightly meaty smells of bacon or sausage, but the smokiness takes the cake.

Taste - huge smoke flavor, quite meaty of grilled meats coalesce with the smoke flavours. There's a big malty presence that is hard to put a finger on, maybe some butterscotch notes, but it's masked carefully by the smoke body. Some spiciness does start to make it through after a few sips as well.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is modest, body is fairly thick but not chewy and the beer finishes quite dry.

Overall - it's very reminiscent of all of the Schlenkerla beers, huge amount of smoke, meat falvor and whatnot, this is the biggest and baddest brother out of all of them, with extra strength and extra intensity on all your senses. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but this is one delicious beer.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 500 mL bottle.

Smells very much of a classic doppelbock in the best German style, with an infusion of very palatable smokiness- more like a fireplace and less like a campfire if that makes any sense. It has a meaty quality, but more like a purposefully smoked piece of meat than one cooked over open flame.

The flavor is fantastic. The doppelbock is rich, smooth and just sweet enough to balance the light alcohol note and subtle hops. Without the smoke this would be outstanding. Then add some delicious savory smokiness to balance the rich sweet malt and things go from great to awesome. This hits all the right notes from start to finish- in particular the smoke never gets overpowering, but stays put right in line with the wonderful "lagery" malt-bonanza of the big German beer. A Damned delight of a brew.

Conclusion: This is great stuff. The best Rauchbier I have had to date!

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours kind of a deep red-orange color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to a ring. As many others have said, very smoky in both aroma and taste. There is also a layer if sweet malt under the smike which is very pleasing to the palate. Schlenkerla makes, in my opinion, some of the best smoked beers on the planet.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a short cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Strong woodsmoke and cooked bacon
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, smoked ham. A full-bodied sipper that cries out for a food pairing of the smoked meat variety.

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