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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle, just out of date when poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 14 Nov 2012 @ home.

Good clear amber body with a creamy tan coloured head (for twenty seconds), the head sadly soon turned into a wispy covering and collar.

Smoked German ham came straight into my mind as I poured the beer and the aroma left the bottle. This beer is a liquid version of smoked ham that has been infused with dark, sweet, malty molasses and wraped in hops.

Really enjoyed this beer: I've been to Bamberg a few times and have struggled to embrace the whole rauch scene in general, wish I'd found this during my visits, it might have changed my view of smoky brews: oak obviously does it for me rather than the beech!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 23:31:06 | More by BlackHaddock
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Brenden

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite brown but very close, this one is more of a darkly rusted red. It grows an off-white head that, when the sparse bubbling and the denser foam come together, rises to about one finger. It never completely fades, but lacing is spotty and light.
The aroma is a delight, all the smokiness with the rich, woody tone and meatiness I hope for without the effect of completely diminishing the beer's recogniazability as a doppelbock. There's a nice dry bread/crust element as well as the malts play out fully. Underneath, while certainly not a forward note and perhaps most subtle in the interplay of the complexity, is a bit of dark fruits.
Smoky in the flavor as well, a bit of the subtlety and complexity is dropped for the strength of the primary notes. There's quite a peppery nip to it from start to finish. The flavor also offers a little more of a tangy note than the aroma did. It's recognizable as a doppel, with light touches of molasses and black licorice barely perceptible but not buried. A little bit of baker's chocolate is noted though there's very little bitterness here.
I was a little surprised by the lightness of the feel, though it manages about a medium body, considering both its style and the robustness of its overall character. Crispness is on an even keel with smoothness, if not more, though it's not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 19:25:33 | More by Brenden
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dgilks

Australia

4.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 09:39:15 | More by dgilks
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Vonstein15

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-13-2012 01:56:57 | More by Vonstein15
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kagent777

Utah

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle that made its way back to me from Vegas. I poured this one into my perfect pint.

Appearance: A semi hazy amber with a short lived white rocky head. The head settled rather quickly.

Smell: Ah, here is where the beer comes alive. This beer is brewed with oak smoked malts. This beers smells of oak smoke. These remind me of Boston Baked beans from some reason, not that the beer smells of baked beans, mind you. Once you get past the camp fire smoke, I can also sense nice caramel malts.

Taste: Taste follows the smell largely. Smoke, some residual sweetness and alcohol, but no heat. I may be imagining things, but I also get a faint hint of ginger

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy going here, carbonation and body are seemingly right in the middle of the road.

Overall: I really liked smoked beers, and I do not get them very often. I am happy to have had the opportunity to try this one. I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:32:23 | More by kagent777
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beergoot

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey amber body topped with a two-finger thick, creamy off-white head. Sweet malt aroma tempered a a mild smokey scent; toffee and caramel. Sweet, caramel taste, brown sugar; touch of smoke; light and smooth hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol heat near the end. Decent mouthfeel; medium bodied, clean and smooth.

A distinctive doppelbock with its oak smoked malt. A classic doppelbock character predominates, the smoked malt adding a slightly different perspective but without overwhelming everything. Even if you find Schlenkerla's rauchbiers too much for you, it's worth trying out this milder cousin from this fine brewery, especially if you like doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 18:27:19 | More by beergoot
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rangr514

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -75.2%

10-28-2012 03:28:20 | More by rangr514
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev -1%

10-26-2012 01:47:38 | More by tbeq00
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BlackBeerDown

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +23.8%

10-25-2012 02:20:32 | More by BlackBeerDown
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-21-2012 20:34:47 | More by jbertsch
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henryhampton

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-19-2012 21:03:15 | More by henryhampton
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, w freshness date. Colour is a deep chestnut brown. Head of foam shows decent retention and leaves a good lacing.

Smell is a rich, barbeque aroma, smoked kippers/fish. With a nice light bitter astringency. The wood smoke is full and maybe covers the malt, but still this is pretty amazing. Campfires and smoked fish.

Taste shows some more malt, it is roasted, and moderately sweet, a tang of honey. The smoke incorporates nicely with the light hop bitterness. A little bit of fruitiness behind the smoke. The balance could be better, a bit loose. Smoke intensity is pretty high, which I like, but not out of control. Finish is dry and smoky.

Mouthfeel shows relatively light carbonation, mostly roast malt and smoke prickle. Very smooth, it does have a big body and alcohol is present, but still quite sessionable and refreshing.

A real experience of a beer. A really nice incorporation of a huge phenolic barbequ-ey smoke into a rich malty doppelbock. A big beer, with a lot of rich malty character to match the intense smokiness. If youre up for it, this is a solid smoky doppelbock worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 17:59:16 | More by mick303
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BrewerB

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 00:57:38 | More by BrewerB
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-18-2012 17:00:41 | More by CWhite
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SageO

California

4/5  rDev -1%

10-18-2012 06:43:01 | More by SageO
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Hex92

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wish I had looked a bit closer at the bottle before I picked this one up. I am a big fan of smoked meats, but I don't like smoked, cheese or beers. I don't even drink scotch because of the smoke flavor. So needless to say I am not a fan of this beer.

It was OK before it warmed up, but then the smell and flavor of smoke became overpowering.
I like doppelbocks, but I don't like smoked beer.

I won't buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 03:01:10 | More by Hex92
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Miike


1/5  rDev -75.2%

10-16-2012 00:52:16 | More by Miike
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper with a soapy white head that dissipates quickly. There appears to be a moderate amount tiny bubbles in the beer. The smoked malt aroma immediately hits the nose. I can detect some of the breadiness and sweetness from the malt. The smokiness in the flavor is quite intense. The oak smoke really comes through here. It blends well with the breadiness and sweetness from the malt. It's rich, but not overwhelmingly so because the smoke helps balance everything well. It all helps mask the 8% alcohol. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish does stick to the mouth briefly. This drinks pretty well for such a big beer. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:12:10 | More by acevenom
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Kinsman

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been on a rauchbier kick these last few weeks so I'm trying this one knowing full well it's been out since last winter. I'll look for a fresh bottle in a couple months when Christmas rolls around.

Fills the glass with a nice reddish-copper color and a thin white head. Lots of campfire smoke upfront on the aroma but leaves more room for the malty undertones than the Maerzen. Not quite as much of the smoked meat aroma as the others as well, perhaps because the meats also typically use beech wood. Nice and sweet caramel and biscuity to round it out.

A nice balance of smokey and sweet on the palate. Campfire and just a hint of bacon and lots of caramel and toffee notes. Medium bodied and a bit creamy as well. This could certainly make a great holiday dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:03:13 | More by Kinsman
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a unique beer. i like everything ive had from these guys, but this one might be my favorite just because of how different it is. it pours a dusty bacon red color with a lively and frothy one inch just off white head. the nose is smokey as hell. just as much as their rauchbier i think, its close anyways. there is a sweet malty richness thats quite obvious, and the smoke profile is odd. its a lot like the weber when i do a pork shoulder over oak chips, a really similar vibe. the flavor isnt oaky in the barrel aged sense, but in the burning oak sense, really far out. it tastes like a big old turkey leg or something, midieval and hearty, almost arrogant. its really meaty in feel too, thick and saturated with flavor. good carbonation too. overall this is a great beer for this time of year. it tastes like october to me, but it isnt something i need to drink a whole lot of. i was still tasting it this morning. really powerful flavor here.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 21:55:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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mjtiernan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-10-2012 02:34:00 | More by mjtiernan
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

10-09-2012 16:36:48 | More by wdarcy77
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srandycarter

California

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going into this saying I don't think I really am ready to like smoked malt beers. Having said that, I will try to rate this on its merits, not on my immaturity.

A - Dark semi murky bronze, not much head, some white lace and ring.

S - Malt and smoke compete for smell. A medicinal herbal note in there too.

T - Very smoky, that is the top flavor. Malt is next. I can't really discern much after that.

M - Medium body, good carb, finishes on the smoky side.

D - One is more than enough. Good to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:47:04 | More by srandycarter
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. The first time I had one of these (the marzen), the smoke was just too damn strong. Since then I've grown to love the smoke.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed orange amber color. Just a finger of frothy beige head. Retention is below average, but a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: When you smell this, your nostrils get porked. Slow roasted and smoked pork, bacon, campfire all in great balance, but not without plenty of power. Not much else can get passed the smoke, but that's fine since it smells so wonderful.

4.0 T: Again big smokiness with both porcine and campfire components. Sweet caramel from the base along with a robust neutral maltiness and toastiness. A little less smoky than the nose (I can taste the base) but still quite potent. A bit boozy, but nothing out of hand.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and a bit syruppy.

4.0 D: This brand is the one to go to when you want slapped silly with smoke. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:54:51 | More by DavoleBomb
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator glass on 9/12/12

The body is a medium caramel color with a moderate density. The foam is fizzy, reluctant and produces little head ultimately - a thin layer rests on top with a ring of bubbles. Not much retention; only a small strand catches halfway through the glass.

Wood smoke practically spews forth from the glass, intermingling with charred oak and notions of smoked meat. Malt undercurrents move beneath the smoke - short-baked dark bread, toasted grains, hints caramel and a very subtle fruity yeast notion. Faint floral hop hidden in there, too.

The taste finds the malts to be the most appreciable flavor, full of plush bread and grains, plump and in the center. Subservient earthy hops roughen up the peripheries for but a moment before a modest smokiness rounds out the edges. The flavors are wonderfully integrated.

The beer isn't as heavy of body as I was expecting - along the lines of medium-full - and it drinks accordingly. Carbonation is low and fluffy, making for a soft feel that is inclined to linger on and on. It's no surprise that the finish is smokey.

The smell is smokier than the taste and, very likely, therein lies this beer's success - the overall experience is balanced. I'm glad I finally picked up a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 23:49:57 | More by Ryan011235
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.