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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 777
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 68
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (268 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (604 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,470 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (809 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (584 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,564 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (478 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,841 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (976 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (582 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small head of off-white bubbles that subsides rapidly and leaves no lace. The body is a slightly hazy, copper-gold color.

S - Sweet malt and strong, meaty smoke. Some spicy notes of clove and spruce with a bit of toffee.

T - Strongly smoky malt up front with an intense, candy like sweetness that reminds me of toffee and hazelnuts. More smoky sweetness in the middle with a hint of char and licorice. The beer finishes with intense, sweet toffee, pine and spruce smoke notes, and more black licorice.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a very strange beer, it reminds me in a way of Alba Scots Pine ale (which I wouldn't generally consider a compliment). The smoke character is very different from that found in the other, beech smoked Schlenkerla beers. This is much more spicy and intense with an incense like quality of pine and licorice that does strange things on the palate when it hits the sweet toffee malt. The individual flavors here have some potential, but when it all comes together it just ends up as a sticky, weird, cloying mess. A rare miss from the masters of Smoked beer. (1,148 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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... (1,424 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche
Doppelbock Schlenkerla Oak Smoke
$5.49 at Whole Foods, union Square, NY

Appearance: The body is a deep amber with an orange cast, and almost borders on becoming russet brown. Creamy khaki head. Surprisingly good head retention for a strong rauchbier; and with better than average lacing.

Smell: Smoke. I'm not sure that I can tell the difference between the oak and their standard Beechwood but this is a little less bacon-like if I'm not imagining it. It's more refined. I don't get that 'campfire on my shirt the morning after' scent that I usually do. I can also find hints of caramelish malt but the smoke rarely lets it through.

Taste: Again, smoke, but it's immediately backed by a supple, bready and caramel coated maltiness. There aren't many hops present, but I do find a light touch of floral character and a bit of a dull mintiness that turns grassy in the finish. Not much bitterness is present, but not much is needed as the smokiness lends to the dryness in the lingering finish. In comparison to the other beers, the smoke here fades on the palate fairly readily. It's strong upfront, and always present, but it doesn't build on you as it does in their other beers; and perhaps that's the oak rather than the beechwood, or maybe it's the increased malt and alcohol, but as I let it linger on my palate I'd certainly lean more towards the use of oak as the malt doesn't really have any staying power.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a gentle caress of tiny bubbles across the palate.

Overall: For a lover of rauchbier such as myself, a 16.9 oz. bottle is too small. Two would be better. Well worth seeking out! (1,664 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fizzy head of about 1 finger that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over clear reddish slight orange brown color.

Nose is pure smoked malts, a nice smoke though not too overpowering, a bit of a smoked cheese aroma, not much of campfire or anything harsh, just a nice soft smoked gouda like aroma, with a bit of darker wheats and sweet malts behind that, hint of crystal and caramel, and a slight hop character.

Taste starts with more smoke, this time getting a bit more of a smokey smoke, touch of campfire, smoked meats, slight smoked cheese, some sweetness, a bit more darker wheats give it the base with just the slightest hint of fruit, bit of caramel and crystal malts, a slight salty briny taste too. It comes a bit creamy though, with a slight bitterness and just a hint of warming booze. Finishes a bit drier, smoke lingering smoked cheese, a bit more bitterness with a touch of hops and some of the salty smoked malts.

Mouth is medium to slightly bigger bodied, a bit creamy, with decent carbonation and hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, drinkable, much more smooth and mild than the Urbock or Marzen I think. Drinkable and nice smoke qualities. (1,191 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/27/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of smoked meat and caramelized malts with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is very smoky as you would expect with a strong meaty flavor that isn't overdone. Then a mild caramel sweetness comes in with a mild but complementary hops presence. The malt character is hearty and the smokiness tones down a bit allowing everything to balance more after it sits for a few minutes. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, yet another nice smoked beer from this brewer to drink for a while. (891 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
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 (1,669 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Macadoodles in Springdale, AR

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & scant head retention

S: Charred, smokey oak, hints of juicy fruit& the smell of wet leaves being burned

T: Rich brown bread with much smokeyness, some hints of cherry bubble gum up front. Rich sweet doughy notes as this warms, along with some woody hops & nice smokeyness that doesn't over power & some brown sugar sweetness/dryness as well

MF: Rich, chewy with low carbonation

Very nice dopple that screams Bamberg (535 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I was at this brewery when I getting my beer diploma in Bamberg and their Marzen was excellent.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice slight cream, good thickness, and good retention (considering the high ABV). Colour is a hazy copper. Appealing.

Sm: Smoke, bacon, roast, cream, vanilla, and light wooden notes (I wouldn't go so far as to commit to oak). Moderate strength.

T: Restrained smoke comes through, but surfaces primarily on the climax. The foundation is a wooden barley one. Copper marzen hops (I can't distinguish which) are present as well, but the alcohol doesn't come through. It's very pleasant. It's built well but I wouldn't call it complex. Against my expectations, it's actually lighter bodied than their Marzen. Very well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Pretty thick and filling, however.

Dr: Actually very drinkable, and not just for the ABV. It's more drinkable than their Marzen, which I didn't expect. A good quality beer, its only flaw its simplicity. In the style, I believe it's among the best I've had. (1,218 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Local Option. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Poured with two fingers of creamy white foam that had excellent retention, but only a few spots of lace. The color was lighter than I expected from a smoked doppelbock, and was almost a transparent dark golden when held up to the light. Still it was quite attractive.

S - The name doesn't lie. Smoke. Oak. Very meaty, with tons of hickory and implied bacon. This is a little more intense than the fastenbier and I miss the offsetting malt sweetness that helps to balance things out.

T - The taste is more in line with what I was hoping for, with some nice caramel malt character supporting the big smoky meat and wood flavors. There's a bitter, tannic finish that jibes with the oak flavor, and an aftertaste of smokiness and lightly glazed ham.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat sticky. There's a definite residual feel of smokiness - not surprising I guess.

D - I don't like this as much as the Fastenbier, but it's better than the Urbock. In general there's just too much smoke and not enough balance. Glad I got to try it once, but not something I feel the need to have again. If you dig rauchbier, this is definitely a must-try, but I doubt you needed my endorsement to know that. (1,267 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy reddish orange color with a small 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big wood, smoked meat, charcoal, raisin, molasses, caramel, toffee, banana, apple, and herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. The smoked aspect compliments the standard doppelbock aromas nicely. Taste of caramel, molasses, raisin, smoke, wood, ham, toffee, biscuit, pepper, light citrus, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of smoke, caramel, molasses, biscuit, and fruitiness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors, with more standard doppelbock flavors going on; without the smokiness becoming too overwhelming. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all. Dangerously smooth to drink for 8%, but is definitely great to sip on. Overall this is an excellent and highly enjoyable smoked doppelbock. Great balance of flavors, without the smoke being over the top. Great stuff. (1,176 characters)

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