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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 59
Gots: 39 | 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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Ratings: 735 | Reviews: 367
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stew Leonard's in Clifton on sale last week. Never saw this or tried any of Schlenkerla's beers before and since this was on sale, I gave it a go. It's not often that I find a beer on here that's so polarizing on here but given that this has a very, um...unique taste to it, this would fall under that category. It was good to enjoy this but I could see how lots of people would be turned off by the taste and mouthfeel of this!

Without a doubt, the pour was the best aspect of this. The hue was a bright carrot and there was a great haze to this which made it shine. Then came the taste and like so many others have said on here, this reeked of bacon, to the point there someone smelled it on me hours later. This beer was greasy, smelly, and tough to savor for someone like me who never expected this out of a Dopplebock. There's some wood and nut underneath this and there was quite the warming effect to this.

The booze made this feel much stronger than it actually was and if I wanted a fermented ham and cheese sandwich, I'd crack this open and be thankful that I don't have to go about making one the hard way. The smokiness is a lot to take but like so many beers I've had before, this can "warm up" if the person drinking it has an open mind and patience. This isn't for everyone but there's enough here to like, after the initial shock wears off...

Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, dark amber beer with one-inch, off-white, puffy head after some cascading action from the pour. The head is long-lasting, depositing lots of lacing.

Could easily be mistaken for summer sausage and not much else. However, this is precisely as anticipated.

The malt has a strong, smoky flavor with undertones of fruit coming out in the finish. Touches of sour tang add an odd air of interest.

The light body has a texture of silk with light, prickly carbonation and a touch of alcohol.

Consumed from an Aecht Schlenkerla pint glass, this doppelbock may not be quite to style, but it adds to a comfortable, cool, late afternoon.

Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoky looking amber color with a two finger white head that has nice retention and sea foam lacing.

The aroma is of smoke with caramel and bready underneath. Some spicy hops peek through a campfire of oak.

The flavor is of oak smoke with bready foundation, clean malts, touch of caramel and clean noble hops to balance and bitter.

Perfectly balanced, mellow smoke, medium body

Very smooth and mellow with a nice smoky flavor. Great sipper.

Photo of Jimmys
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a dull amber with a large fluffy white head. retention is decent. not entirely clear as i am able to see some particulate matter.

S: the oak hits hard on this one. rich bacon fat. like the skillet left over after morning breakfast. cannot find any hop aroma in this one and am assuming any german varietals that were used add to the earthy smoke aroma.

T: the oak comes through on the palate like a rauchbier. rich and lively. more like eating a brisket than drinking a beer. very smooth. a bit of alcohol warmth at the tail end. a bit of sweetness in the finish, but not a lot.

M: significant carbonation on a very full smokey body.

D: being a sucker for rauchbiers, i am loving this. a beefed up doppel-version of a smoked lager. just so much aroma/flavor from the smoke makes this very enjoyable. maybe not the best beer to start your palate with, but a great beer overall.

Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a fantastic, tall, tan head with considerable density. Redolent reddish-brown in color.

Smells of caramel, smouldering, charred wood, smoked meats (no shit!) and faint cherry. Whoa.

Tastes woody and eathy with prominent notes of oak. Caramel malt sweetness, grain and bubblegum make waves to create a brilliant complexity.

So smooth with a medium body and well-hidden alcohol.

Sharp and sturdy brew.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep caramel color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that leaves no lacing on the glass.
S: Smells of smoke mainly, hints of some malt sweetness, but mainly oak smoke. There is a hint of spices in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, nice thick smoke flavor, then some spices and some more sweetness followed closely by more oak and smoke flavors.
M: Heavy feeling, rich, warming, nice amount of carbonation.
D: OK, it is a certainly a smoky beer with nice flavors and decent feel to it. The smokiness doesn't really lend itself to being that drinkable, but for a smoked beer, this was nice.

Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A formerly somewhat rare smoked doppelbock using oak smoked malts. I've had their other rauchbiers many times (yup, even from the source) but this one is new to me.
Pours a light amber color. Since it was a doppel I actually expected it to be darker than the others, but it's roughly the same. Just the right amount of foam formed at the top as I poured it into my 1/2L "halbe" mug.
The nose is definitely focused on big/sweet/malty with a whiff of smoke. However, the itself smoke seems to be less sweet than their usual beechwood smoked beers.
The flavor follows that path, too. The base flavor is sweet and malty, but the smoke manages to stay drier and therefore the flavor steers away from that "bbq sauce" note their normal bockbier can sometimes have. It's big and bold, but probably easier drinking than some others.
While their Marzen is my favorite from Heller-Trum, this one isn't bad either. The smoke is more nuanced and less sweet, and for an 8%ABV beer, it's pretty easy drinking.

Photo of taospowder
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a classic copper colour with an off White head tah laces and reduces slowly.

S - Classic Schlenkerla smokey notes with ome charcoal.

T - Up front some nice smokey notes folowed by some nice rounded sweet malts of caramel before a smokey finish and the ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Very unusual and very enjoyable, the smokeyness really adds another dimension.

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dansmcd
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark coppery burgundy, one finger of brief white head, no lacing.

S - No surprises - smoked ham hock, bacon, some honey sweetness.

T - Follows on with the signiture smokiness and pork, quite woody (must be the oak), honey.

M - Low carbonation, medium body, smooth.

O - Just like their brilliant rauchbiers, yet sweeter.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. growler from Bierkraft, split with the smoke-bomb loving wife, into Sam Adams sensory glasses.

Pours clear bright copper, off-white head that settles into a smattering of suds on top fairly quickly.

Nose is markedly different than previous Schlenkerlas; whereas other Schlenkerlas come off as big, sausagey smoke-bombs to me, the character of the smoke of this one is cleaner, quite different. Still meaty, but more caramelized, and more along the lines of applewood-smoked bacon than smoked sausage. A clear, fruity sweetness, tapping into that caramel note, sits proudly right up on top alongside the smoke - another first for Schlenkerla's beers, since with most others I can write "Smoke. Sausage." and pretty much be done.

Taste is beautifully balanced. 3 aspects to this one, all melding as one: clean, rich, sweet malt, notes of apple; light but clean grassy bitterness that emerges almost from the start and balances perfectly with the other aspects; and the smoke. Beautiful smoke. Drier than beechwood, much cleaner, woodier. Base beer comes off as a beautifully executed imperial Marzen, but it's perfect either way.

Mouthfeel is great as well, maybe a bit sticky, full bodied, moderate carbonation that strikes the right balance between coarse and fine. Smoke pervades your entire mouth.

Drinkability, considering the smoke and the abv, is superb. Fantastic balance and amazing character. Honestly, should come as no surprise given the brewer.

Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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