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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 54
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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 +5.2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light brown/amber color, thin head but nice
S: nice traditional smoke nose, very subtle but well balanced
T: not sure what to expect but somewhat surprised, expecting more of an intense smoke, crisp, clean, German doppelbock with underlying smoke, some sweet in mid-palate with nice hop finish
M: nice, not as rich and robust as I would have liked for a doppelbock but it's more on the order of a blond
D: easy drinking for its ABV

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper/amber with a thick off-white head. Lots of lacing left over.

Smoke comes off less powerful than some of the other Schlenkerla offerings. More woody than meaty. Smoke seems a little more multifaceted than how the beechwood comes off. Sweet caramel maltiness.

Plenty of smoke character and sweetness all over with some breadiness.

Creamy smooth medium body.

Highly enjoyable.

Photo of stephens101
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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 csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Maillard
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Docer
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pours a rather clear copper. Perhaps a bit darker than a new copper penny. After seeing that it didn't have much carbonation, I immediately started a heavy pour into the glass. Perhaps a touch of off-white fizzy head appeared, but it quickly settled to the smallest half-ring, and some very small traces of bubbles on top.

Smell: (3.0)
- Big smoke. Wonderful woody smoke, salty smoke, light grain and sweetness. Like that smell that sticks with you if you hung out by a fire burning old pallets all night. Very woody smoked scent. It is pretty much all that dominates this beer. While it smells very good, I feel the smoke dominates the smell much too much.

Taste: (2.5)
- Huge smokey salty woody flavor, but I think the aroma might twist what one would think the true flavor is. Light grain, slighty wheaty flavor. Small touch of caramel. Bit earthy, burnt, sweet.. not much hop. Overall very smokey, and interesting... but really isn't overly good.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- It's basically medium bodied, slightly syrupy, but lacks a good amount of carbonation. I feel it is kind of flat, and does wet the palate a bit because of its pallet burning presence. Eh..

Overall: (2.5)
- If you like burned wood, and massive smokey character.. this beer is for you. I feel it is way undercarbonated, may have a decent malt backbone, but is just not hitting high marks with me. I like some good smoked oak etc, age, and unique character.. but holy smokes..

Photo of bruachan
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

man, i love this brewery (Bamberg is a must visit, by the way). these brews are so fine at the source!

nice clear copper color with great sudsy head, buoyed and sustained by plenty of reinforcements. nice lacing

tons of smoke in the bouquet. it tends to block out other aromas, but some lagermalt sweetness makes its way through the smokescreen (though not quite what i would expect of a doppelbock: more like a hellesbock)

the smoke flavor characteristic is much more readily breached by other elements, however, as spicy hop flavor and a good deal of sweetness punctuate the woody, ashy haze. again, the flavors are more in line with a hellesbock or alt than a true doppelbock (perhaps i should not put so much stake in the beer's self-designation than i clearly do)

another wonderful offering from a world-class brewer!

Photo of dansmcd
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear copper/bronze color with a ¾” light tan, almost white, head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a large patch of foam covering most of the surface. Some leggy and patch lacing is left as it recedes. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam and some nice speckled lacing for part of the beer but about half way there's little or no lacing or foam left.

Smell: The aroma is an interesting blend of smoke and malt without hops or alcohol showing. I think that even without knowing in advance it would be possible to tell there is smoke from the oak used in malting the barley.

Taste: The flavors are much as predicted by the nose and include the sweetness of the malt backed up by a soft smoky and oaky character that spreads throughout the mouth. There are traces of some hop bitterness here but not much else in the way of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on light side of medium bodied and there is a nice soft but persistent level of carbonation. The finish is relatively long and begins when the sweetness of malt gives way to the smokiness. Then there is some bitterness that emerges and persists for a while. Eventually the sweetness tries to emerge again but eventually the smoke and dryness take over the finish as it becomes dry and wide spread in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one more drinkable that I had expected. At first it seemed to me to be somewhat simple and only about the smoke. But as I had more (and as the beer warmed) the flavors became more complex and more interesting. While I’ll not make a great effort to find this one again I certainly would be happy to have another. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer deserving of close attention that requires one to look beyond the smoke and taking some time with the beer to discover the complexity that shows up here.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.