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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 51
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Remarkably smooth easy-drinking smoked. The smoke is there but its understated under a delicious malt mix. Its on my lips well after I have completed it. It was great with BBQ. Greyish golden coloured body, small head. Mild smoke aromas. A tad above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, May 27, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%

Pours a murky light brown with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin film. There is really no lacing on this one though. Smell is obviously of smoked cheese, smoked meat, smoked wood, campfire smoke, etc. Taste is of the same but it's not as potent as other Aecht Schlenkerla beers with the smoke flavors. This is actually very pleasant, especially since I love smoked meat and cheese. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly thick mouthfeel (can the smoke do this?). Overall, this is a good beer that is much tamer than the other rauchbier I have had from this brewery.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

djrn2, May 03, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%

Bottle picked up in Chicago and served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

THe pour brings a copper-hued brew with a very strange white head. It started out quite frothy with large bubbles, and then comes a reverse head. The two eventually meet and form a nice, dense white head with good retention. A bit of lacing on the glass and a thin collar throughout. This was the highlight of the beer for me. The nose is overwhelmingly smokey with a bit of a meat character and not much playing behind it.

The taste is similar in terms of what the smoke does. Here I can get a bit of the smoked oak, though I can't say it really adds a positive dimension. The underlying doppelbock is completely gone and I don't get anything that would indicate this was the base. The taste brings a bit too much tannin and is overwhelmingly smokey. I suppose it's not that the level of smoke is bad, it's just that there's really nothing else there. A bit of an astringent, bitter finish. Really not a fan of this though I could see how one could enjoy it. My least favorite Schlenkerla beer to date.

Thorpe429, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly fades away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are smoky aromas in the nose, which intensify as the beer warms up and also have some hints of cured meats such as bacon.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by smoky flavors and has some malty sweetness along with some hints of raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and rather thick on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is rather easy to drink because the smokiness is not overpowering and well incorporated into the smell and taste.

metter98, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev +1%

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is powerful though well balanced by some caramel malt. Taste is a great balance between some caramel malt with some light sweet notes and a good level of smoked notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and not as smoky as expected since the malt really cut through some of the smoke.

Phyl21ca, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Sweet smokiness, fresh carved woods, and a savory (almost meaty) flavors are all delivered in this savory lager that begs a pairing with barbecue.

The Smoked Dopplebock pours a deep copper color with a cottony off white head that dissipates nearly half way through the session with minimal lace. The phenolic compounds seems to have limited head retention and lace.

Aromas of fresh, smoky oak is met with deeply caramelized malts that are reminescent of molassas or toffee. Added notes of the crust of freshly baked bread, stone fruits of plumbs, dates, and figs all contribute to the varying display of aromas.

The sweet smoky interplay continues in taste. Molasass sweetness with light toast, savory lightly charred meats, and soft note of soy sauce offer a lot of complexity aside from the smoke (which seems to be much more aromatic than flavor). The Dopplebock character really takes hold in a slightly sweeter version that's less toasty. A background of chocolate and a spicy bite of black peppercorns make a wonderful transition back to the phenolic smoke character.

Succulent and medium rich, the textures start and are extended well into finish by a lingering residual malt sweetness, lasting well into the next sip. Only a light transition into a malty-dry finish is allowed by light woody tanins and moderately high alcohol.

A very savory and succulently flavored Smoked Dopplebock that relies on malt sweetness to balance the smoke. Avoiding ashy or roast, the beer carries a more meaty character that's very appealing in a beef jerky kind of way.

BEERchitect, Jul 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

Texasfan549, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

kjkinsey, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to the GHS crew for bringing this one to share. Not the biggest smoked/rauchbier fan, but largadeer told me it was good, so I was a bit more inclined to try it.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a soapy white head to go with it.

S: Definitely quite a bit of smoke, though not quite as campfire heavy as their other beers. There's a definite oak smell to this (apparently the use of oak is one of the main things that sets this beer apart from their others) it, and just very woody overall. A slight meaty character, which I tend to pick up in smoked beers.

T: I can actually taste a decent amount of sweetness from the beer, which has a doppelbock recipe. There is still a lot of smoke and a hint of saltiness to it. There is a touch of fruit underneath, maybe apples. Perhaps it's the saltiness, but I actually do get some bacon here.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. The smoke sort of lingers on the tongue.

D: While their beers aren't always my thing, this was surprisingly good. Certainly quite smokey, but enjoyable and different.

womencantsail, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

This doppelbock is described on the breweries website simply as "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke." It also indicates that this beer is only made during Christmas and is very rare in the United States, only a very few places getting some.

"Malt is kilned by an oak wood fire, unlike conventional smoke malt which is kilned by a beech wood fire."

However made, this beer is excellent. Pours a dark orange amber with a big bold white head.

Nose is rich but restrained smoke with a big lavendar floral character and which is pleasant and inviting. This is a more complex smoke character than that to which I was previously familiar.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly creamy and very well balanced. It is inviting.

Flavors are complex and unique. There is a smokey, rich but restrained roasted malt undertone and flavor profile but it also has a somewhat unique hop flavor profile. There is a fruity, almost sweet, hop character to balance out the smokey malt. The fruity character (apricot, peaches, pears, smoked figs) is pleasant and well balanced with a "fruity bitter" character.

The finish is likewise a bit unique in that it, too, has a fruity bitter character.

This one is unlike other "Xmas ales" and is very drinkable and worth the experience. Apparently hard to find. Found on tap at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, California (one of the 42 taps in this unique eclectic and high end BBQ restaurant).

This is a beer to try if you can find it.

GRG1313, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

I was really excited when I came across this beer at my local shop. I thought that I had tried all the different ones they had until I was proven wrong. The beer poured out as a dark brown color. The head was big at first but quickly settles and almost fades completely. The smell of the beer is smokey but it seems like it was a tolerable aroma than their others. The taste of the beer is loaded with smokey malts and some fresh wood in the background. The mouthfeel is drinkable and not really heavy at all. Overall this beer was probably one of the better ones I've had from Aecht.

Knapp85, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Great to see this bottled offering here in Greensboro.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear bronze with a fluffy white head,the lightest doppelbock beer I have ever saw but its clarity is nice.smoked summer sausage really sticks out to me in the nose along with a bit of iron.Smoked meat flavors abound,I mean it tastes like my moms summer sausage from back in the day,the oak makes this beer different than the others Schlenkerla beers.It tastes like oak fired pork,its an aquired taste,I used to cringe at this style of beer,now I search out this style,not for the faint of heart.

oberon, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally, I new Schlenkerla variety around here! Me loves the smoke, honey! It pours a clear tawny copper topped by a finger of ecru-cream foam. My nose is inundated with what I can only call a mixture of a coastal breeze (ocean coast, that is) and the smoke billowing from a coniferous forest. So...downwind from a fire in a forest around Puget Sound? Something like that. Some light honey and caramel sit in the back row, no raised hands and grades in jeopardy. The taste has the usual blackened pork chop flavor that I've come to enjoy from Schlenkerla, but it's a bit more subdued than usual. The honey and caramel put forth a stronger effort (the parents were threatening to take away their cars if they fail another class), joined by maple syrup and straight oak. Despite the relative drop in smoke content, this is a decidedly tasty brew, and the weaker smoke acts as more of a compliment to the other flavors, rather than its usual role as lead. The body is a wavy medium, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this brew was worth the wait, continued proof that some of the best rauchs continue to come from their homeland. In my opinion, had they upped the smoke a very tiny bit and the body were just a bit more assertive (only word I could come up with to describe my feelings), this might be my favorite rauch ever. Instead, only top 5. Shame, really...

TMoney2591, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

I've had this on tap as "Oak Smoke" before, however I don't remember anything labeling it a Doppelbock then. Really gorgeous label for the bottled version.

Copper body with micro sediment suspended in the beer, giving it a fine granulated haze. A finger of tan foam rises up with a nest of larger bubbles in the center. It fades quickly, leaving a very thing ring at the edges.

Heavy wood smoke, hints of peat and bacon fat, sweet and almost to a medicinal degree (more so in the taste). A little bit toned down from the burliness of the Urbock and Weizen.

Brief malt sweetness first, instantly rushed by a complex wave of smoke, woody and layered. A dry bitterness from the Hallertau emerges in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste for awhile. Carbonation is moderate to low, and it's easily sipped. A really enjoyable Rauchbier that has intensity but doesn't overwhelm.

Paired this with a charcuterie plate of smoked sausage, coppa, and Cabot clothbound cheddar.

emerge077, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City.

Eiche pours a dark chestnut brown, beautifully clear, topped by two fingers of off-white head.

The nose is a blast of bold, spicy oak and smoked malt. There's an undercurrent of caramel malt, dark fruit and a hint of mineral. The smoky, meaty quality is slightly subdued here compared to other Schlenkerla offerings, but the oak adds a unique and interesting element.

Similar flavors reveal themselves on the tongue; spicy, drying oak, savory smoke, caramel sweetness and a touch of raisin-like fruitiness. There's a bit of that signature Schlenkerla meatiness, but it's surprisingly restrained here. The oak smoked malt lends an interesting character to the beer; it's spicy, almost astringent. Hops are absent from the flavor, but there's an assertive bitterness in the finish that's a bit bolder than most Schlenkerla offerings.

The restrained smoke, expertly balanced sweet and bitter flavors and light body make this a remarkably drinkable 8% beer. I'll be heading back for more before the keg dies.

largadeer, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1%

zeff80, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +3%

500ml bottle. Made with smoked oak, rather than smoked beechwood - hmmmm, I wonder if Anheuser Busch has tried that out?

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two beefy (the aroma is already infiltrating my consciousness) fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and almost caked dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of woodsmoke-infused dried meat, semi-sweet caramel malt, a twinge of hard toffee, wet brown toast, campfire-melted funky cheese, scorched rubber-like phenols, twisted vanilla, and faint earthy, singed leafy hops. The taste is actually less smoky than I was expecting (lots of room to move in that particular direction), with the same glowing log effluent character moved to the, ahem, near back burner, allowing a strongly caramelized malt to arise, with a touch of biscuity toffee, dark, reduced orchard fruit, edgy warming alcohol, and some still stunned weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly prominent, a bit surprisingly, the swirling frothiness doing well to distribute the flavours, the body a solid medium-full weight, and nicely smooth, once you sublimate all that lurking smoky acridity, which is apparently not all that hard of a thing to do. It finishes on the sweet side, the complex and complicated smoke starting to blow off, leaving us with but a boozy, caramel-heavy, and bready maltiness.

A pretty deft application of the rauchbier treatment to a big doppelbock, the German version of overt style blending, I guess. Everything comes off well enough, the smoke having its way with my palate, before ceding the floor to the equally sturdy, strong like bull, base lager. Once again, a tad scary at first contact, but by the end, it's got me wondering about the times when all beer tasted at least a bit like this.

biboergosum, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.