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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 784
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 71
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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 allforbetterbeer
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.9%
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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Photo of dank203
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the smoke on this is incredible. I mean pure bacon/smoked meat aroma. never smelled anything like it. flavor repeats some of this with some sweeter malty aromas.

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Photo of drmeto
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-strong notes of smoked bacon (Serrano),camp fire and caramel
-slightly spicy (Rosmaryn)
-slightly hoppy
-very sweet and slightly alcoholic finish

another great smoked one from schlenkerla

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Photo of GFM
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Enjoyed outside next to my fire pit. Pours a clear light amber color with not much head. Light, blotchy lacing. Feel resembles a flat cola with slight carbonation. There's a cured meat resemblance to the taste (like a stick of salami). Smoke clearly present in its scent (not as strong as in its urbock sibling). Sweet toasted malt taste with a hint of alcohol. I prefer the urbock but this is a great beer. (9.0)

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear, deep copper body and a khaki-hued head. The smoky aroma is savory and refreshing and is complemented by lightly sweet malt and a dash of clove-like spiciness. The malt in the flavor is smooth and sweet. There is also toasted grain, some prune, and—like the aroma—a little clove. Unlike the aroma, the flavor has only a little smokiness. The alcohol is well hidden for 8%. Malt and bitterness linger in the finish. It’s medium bodied with subdued carbonation but just enough bite to punctuate the richness of the malt.

Quite tasty overall, though the bitterness is a bit intense. While the smoky aroma is appetizing, the smoky flavor is almost negligible, making the heightened bitterness essentially moot. On the other hand, the smoky aroma persists throughout, so there is at least a waft of it while sipping.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden copper color, slight haze, quarter inch white head - good retention and lacing. Smells like a good country ham. Taste is smoky up front, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty creamy. Quite a tasty beer, the combo of the smoke and the sweet is just fantastic.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, unknown date:
Nice auburn color, decent clarity ignoring color blockage. Head is small-bubbled off white that covers surface quite well. Nose is smokey, for sure. Bartender said bacon, which I can see, but I get campfire and beef jerky, with a light dark caramel maltiness in the background.

Sweet dark bread is the backbone, but the more exciting to the tongue salty smokiness also plays in. I expected more of the latter from the nose. After the initial tastes, I start to get a woody (oak) note, that slowly leads to a dry finish. The brown sugar/bread malt notes are in play the whole way.

I appreciate the beer but am not as big a fan of this one. Would not turn it down if offered one, and might even grab one once in a while for a change of pace.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Someone else has said this is like a bbq in a bottle . . . And it is. But I like it. Smokey with a capital S ! I think this would go great with some wings.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great in the glass at the Schlenkerla Tavern watching the tourists blunder about and great from the bottle in the USA poured int a snifter to enjoy! Recommended!

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Photo of teromous
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark transparent bronze and brown colored body with a fluffy off-white eggshell colored head that stands up pretty good.

Aroma: Smells like smoked sausages, a bit of rosemary, and a spicy clove scent. I feel it is important to note that the label does state "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" and the back explains that the malt is kilned with oak wood, which would explain the smoked sausage aroma...so it's not a bad thing. It reminds me of summer campfires and cookouts. It's hard to explain why the aroma is so unique and pleasant...it just is.

Taste: Wow there is this caramel sweetness mixed with a hint of smokey flavor. It's not as rich as I would expect from a Doppelbock...a bit thin, but still tasty. Most of the flavor comes from the smokey presence.

Mouthfeel: Despite the smokiness it is not bitter or acrid which is a plus. It does feel rather thin for a Doppelbock, but it is smooth.

Overall: It's a very nice and unique beer especially if you consider the smoke flavor and aroma. For this reason alone I would say give it a shot. It's not the malty sweet caramel Doppelbock you are probably used to, but it is its own beast. The spicy quality of the beer wins a merit on their own. This is a great beer to pair with food. Have fun with it.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a subtle garnet hue. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.

Rich nose of bacon cooking over an oak campfire. Underneath is a subtle caramel sweetness. The aroma is less intense than the Marzen and Urbock variants.

Almost full bodied with a rich texture that is oily and creamy. Below normal carbonation level with almost no effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is near World Class. It is reasonably intense, a bit complex and exceptionally well balanced. It begins with a burst of oak smokiness that lacks the meaty aspects of the nose, that slowly blends, rather than fades, with a rich underlying sweetness. Both caramel and biscuit notes are present. Here is where the rich malts of a doppelbock kick in. In the middle, a balancing mild bitterness emerges over a vanilla note. The finish is a slow fade of oak smoke and sweetness with a slight note of alcohol.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Oak smoke can be a harsh mistress, and so it is here, imparting all of the medicinal astringency it's so capable of giving. Love the different spins Schlenkerla tries to put on their smoked offerings, but I still find myself coming back to the classic marzen as the best. This, sadly, was a misfire, pun intended.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.51/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a mug at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden red, almost orange-tinted, and forms quite a thick pale beige head that leaves crazy amounts of lacing as it slowly recedes. Bubbles line the bottom of the glass, and rocket upwards sporadically rather than in columns.

Smell: Dark, dank smoke swirls out of the glass, redolent with scents that remind me of a pork shoulder going in my smoker on a spring afternoon. There's a sweetness underlying the smoke, like caramel. The smoke scent itself, while allegedly oak, reminds me more of burning a mix of peat and hickory.

Taste: Oh my, that is a smooth-drinking beverage. The taste opens with a sweet caramel malt that seems to have been aged in oak barrels, which is suddenly overtaken in the middle by the taste of fire-blackened pork still dripping with fat. As it progresses, the meaty essence gives way first to charred and ashy wood, and by the finish, to a peaty soot. While there are allegedly Hallertau hops present, I can find no hop character to this beer (which is a plus for me), beyond the slight earthy-peaty tone to some of the smoke. There is no indication at all that this contains alcohol, just sweetness and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite drinkable, this feels like silk along the palate.

Overall: My first encounter with a Schlenkerla, and assuredly not my last. I'd call this more of a rauchbier than a doppelbock, as the primary characteristic is the smoke - there's nowhere near the level of bready, toffee, caramel, nutty, or dark fruit flavors I would associate with a doppelbock, nor the sticky mouthfeel. I greatly enjoy this beer, but I am forced to rate it as a doppelbock because that's how it's classified, and therefore that's the style-specific ranking it will appear in. Were this lumped in as a rauchbier, use of oak instead of beech notwithstanding, my rating would be far higher - easily over a 4 in every category.

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Photo of Beric
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 24 Jan 2015

Appearance: Pours a standard, almost mud-colored brown with minimal head. Little to no lacing, but this is not surprising given the alcohol content. Some faint streams of carbonation from the bottom leaving splotchy tannish spots on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Soft pure smokiness with an underlying sweetness. Much less smoke in the nose than the Märzen.

Taste: Really smooth steady smokiness, reminiscent of the lingering scent of a campfire on a crisp fall day. Silky sweetness from the Doppelbock malts, but little to no assertion of the prototypical caramel flavors. Despite the smoke, the beer does not taste burnt.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with medium-high body and medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A magnificent beer, and one of the best from Schlenkerla that I've reviewed so far. The smoke character in this one is much similar to the one in the Urbock-- it is not 'meaty' like the Märzen. A great beer and one that I found is very approachable for the style. Looking forward to trying the rest of the Schlenkerla repertoire.

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Photo of mattbk
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Copper, not much head or carbonation, suspended solids. Not a great start.
S: Super bacon. Maybe slight hop aroma, not much else. Smells nice, slightly one-dimensional?
T: Smoke, phenol, subtle malt character which is prune. Some bitter alcohol. As it warms, smoke subsides to malt character, sweetness. Not incredibly lagerlike. Just ok.
M: Thicker than I'd like. Fairly light in carbonation.
O: It's not the smoke I mind, it's the alcohol bitterness and the heavy mouthfeel. It's pretty rough, not very smooth. Will take some effort to finish.

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Photo of mobrado
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oak, smoked sausage, leather, tobacco. The smoke is what it is. I'm not the biggest fan, but I can appreciate that this beer is well done. The Doppelbock underneath is a bit too sweet and one-dimensional and cannot fully stand up to the smoke. Needs food to pair it with, something that's very big and savory, but not too sweet in itself.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: [3.50] Mid to light amber color. Produced a nice 1 1/2 finger head. The head was creamy and tight. The head dissipated pretty quickly. The bottle had a bit of sediment - but I think that is expected for the style. Beer is listed at 8% ABV. No dating on the bottle.

S: [3.75] Smoke. More specifically bacon. There is a distinct charred hardwood (like what bacon is cured over). Maybe some other hints of sweetness and caramel underneath.

T: [4.25] The taste follows the nose - but it is reversed. I get caramel and malty sweetness up front and then the smoked wood on the finish. There are no hops (or none that I can taste). I get no sense of the 8% alcohol - it is well hidden.

M: [4.50] Nice mouthfeel. Nothing cloying or drying at all.

O: [4.00] I have had one other smoked beer, from Germany, and it was over the top. This one is nicely balanced with more malt character. I really enjoyed this one. Very crisp and refreshing. No sense of alcohol burn, no drying or bittering. I think you could session a few of these.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a cloudy brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong smoke, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight alcohol, strong smoke, sweet malt, slight wood, hint of pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, simple aroma that is mostly smoke, great feel, and good body.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.0 - Clear reddish copper with a small but dense white head.
S: 4.0 - Loads of smokiness, even sitting on my table while I type. Like sniffing liquid smoke.
T: 4.25 - Very smokey flavor of course, but it's also got really good bock-ish malt, bready, slightly toasted. Hop bitterness is very low, leaving it pretty sweet, but the smoke makes an excellent balancer for that.
M: 4.25 - Big bodied, as befits a strong dopplebock.
O: 4.5 - This would be a very good beer without the smoke. With it, it's great.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this 500ml bottle chilled in a pilsner glass.

The color is deep amber with light haze and some suspended floating matter with ecru head and very fine bead with thick ringlets off lace left holding. The smell is smokey and woody at first with mild sweet nutty scent and slightly spice with some wood araomatics adding earthiness with yeast which augments the mild caramel type malt smell. The feel is full with thick malt body with medium carbonation and slight smokey dry texture and semi-dry finish which carries a light spice and almost no alcohol in the finish witth residual smoke on the palate.

The flavor is rich with malt flavors with slight smoke on entry and sweet nutty flavor with light hop in the taste balancing some toffee in the middle with caramel and mild brown sugar with a slight fruitiness in the yeast with a slight dried apricot and mild bready toasted flavor adding to a slight cinnamon and vanilla accent with slight golden raisin type sweet and earthy flavor. There is a mild aromatic smoke in the dark fruity and woody finish which is not downplayed at all and compliments the layers of malt with slight taste of alcohol in the mostly dry finish. Overall this is wonderful and I think the oak smoke in the dopplebock fits very well with truly delicious results. A great example of how smoke can enhance and already great example of the dopplebock style -enjoyable in its subtlety yet fully flavored and rich w/ out any alcohol in the flavor which makes it deceptively drinkable and the smoke perfectly implemented in the aroma and flavor. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys smoked beer, strong lager or a dopplebock fan

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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

November 4, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – A very dark amber, not quite turning to brown, all the way through. Fairly clear, with some dark gold highlights. Mildly frothy, light tan head, low to moderate retention.

S – Smoked light wood, oak or beech. Some light hop bitterness. Otherwise pretty malty, a bit juicy. Smoke is really so prominent as to mask the rest.

T – Smoke, very mild, really more on the nose. Caramel, toffee, warm toasted bread, actually a lot of dark sugar-type sweetness. Some very mild to moderate bitterness, almost all on the finish. For all the sweetness, the smoke provides a nice counterbalance.

M – Low carbonation, a fairly juicy backbone, with a touch of dryness on the finish.

O – The smoke really defies the doppelbock category, but otherwise is a great example of the base style. Smoke is mild enough to allow its inclusion, but it’s a unique entry. Very good beer, seems to accomplish its intended goal very well.

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Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with two fingers of frothy cream coloured head.

Smell - smoked meat, sausage spices, caramel malts, dark fruits (plum), leafy hop, and hint of toffee

Taste - Hit away with the smoke meat and sausage spices followed the caramel malts, touch of dark fruits, toffee sweetness, and hint of leafy hops

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant sweetness.

Overall - A nice malty doppelbock with the twist of adding the smoked meat and sausage spices to the brew. This one is definitely an interesting brew for those wanting to venture off the beaten path from your standard doppelbock.

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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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