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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 53
Gots: 32 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Beerstorian, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Greggo123, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

eulerthegrape, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After popping the top off, a slow very thick foam emerges. Modest but lasting head. Leaves a near blanket of lace. The liquid is deep copper with what appears to be suspended bubbles. Otherwise, it appears clear.

Very smoky aroma, like the end of a camp fire. Smells slightly medicinal.

Lightly sweet with a strong smoke presence. The aftertaste is similar to charred wood. The swallow is still sweet but afterward the smoke gives it a dry finish. Rich bodied with an above average level of carbonation.

Initially, I thought the smoke was way too strong, but the taste is growing on me. The sweet/smoke combination seems to work better than dry rauchbiers. Comes across like an Islay Scotch--still a beer but with a solid dollop of smokiness in the smell/taste.

smcolw, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

nebula1999, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

alysmith4, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

JDavidRice, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of garuda
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Ruby, great clarity, white head recedes a little quick but laces well.

S/T - Solid Schlenkerla smoke. Maybe not quite as intense as the Urbock and Marzen. Caramel, nutty, bready malts play a bit of a larger role in this one. Finishes sweet and smokey.

M - Full body, low carb level, finishes dry. alcohol well hidden.

garuda, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

CharlatanSin, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

MystikCelt, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Tibi81, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

SuyoonShin, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of greatdanewp
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

greatdanewp, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Bix, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

sneaks2210, Jan 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

2neardead, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
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
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Poured into my Eiche balloon glass. My really vigorous pour resulted in a very sudsy cream colored head, though no larger than a finger high. It recedes fairly quickly after a minute or two and leaves the beautiful ruby-colored beer bare on top. The clarity is decent, but kind of hazed. Honestly would love to give this beer a higher score for appearance just because the color is so spectacular, but 8% ABV isn't high enough to account for a missing head in my opinion.

It comes as no surprise that this Bamburg beer shows off a heaping smoke aroma. Very nice smoked malts that are not overly aggressive and still allow the rich malt aroma to shine through in the background. Notes of autumn leaves on fire, sweet sherry and plum skins.

Really great tasting beer! The smoked malts are delicate and far from over-bearing. They lend a meatiness to the sweet malt flavor, which is lightly balanced by Hallertau hops in the backend. Also, the smoke really shows up in the exhale and aftertaste. It lends a "woodiness" to the flavor that I really dig and it reminds me of a great scotch.

The beer has very modest carbonation and by the end of the glass it feels flat. The gentle carbonation does give the beer a much softer impression, which the medium body helps contribute to, and I will say that this does not seem like a beer that clocks in at 8% ABV!

This smoked doppelbock is superbly balanced. There is no denying the smoked malt here, but it is so controlled and it lets the rich malt sweetness shine through, which brings its own character to the table as well. I would revisit this beer anytime. Very good, and I easily downed that 500mL bottle by myself.

MusicaleMike, Jan 10, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy amber/red, with a thin tan head. Aromas of freshly smoked barbeque, and some toffee. Taste is a powerful smoked meat flavor up front, followed by some dark caramel, then some oak flavor, then a bit of earthiness from the hops. The finish is similar to that of some wonderful smoked meats. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall an amazing beer, I wish I could get this from my local stores.

tronester, Jan 09, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle poured into a stange glass.

Appearance
Brownish amber with 1-2 fingers of light tan head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Big meaty campfire smoke and fire logs with a caramel sweetness.

Taste
Big caramel sweetness with slices of rye bread. Medium smokiness with hints of bacon mid-palate. The campfire gets richer towards the finish with smoked meats and cherrywood. Some residual breadiness lingers as well as oak and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and clean.

Overall
Meaty, smoky, sweet. I like. The sweet malts do a good job balancing the smoke. The 8% abv is hidden extremely well.

justintcoons, Jan 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

Fuzzycuffs, Jan 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Rusty_Pabst, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, amber-brown in color with a fizzy, very light brown head that builds and fades fairly quickly. No lace or retention at all. It's actually pretty cool. Very clean beer.

S: Obviously a ton of smoke, heavily roasted malt, charred meat, and wood/peat. You actually get the oak if you know what a wet oak forest or freshly cut oak wood smells like. Earth, metal, motor oil, manliness, freedom. It's all there.

T: Everything in the nose is here, but it's a bit sweeter than expected. The roasted malt and smoked wood give the malt a truly unique and tasty quality. Do I get a faint hop presence? A slight hint of alcohol as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Crazy smooth, big and balanced flavor, not cloying, the right carbonation, great body. A very enjoyable drinking experience.

O: Not your typical Doppelbock. If you like woody flavors, this is for you. A different kind of smokiness compared to their other beers but it's an awesome departure from this style. These guys can't make a bad smoke beer. I can't even imagine drinking these brews at their brewery. It will happen.

Gatch, Jan 05, 2013
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.