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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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671 Ratings
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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 52
Gots: 30 | 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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Beertracker, Dec 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

stumac, Mar 31, 2014
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.

drtth, May 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

HumanParaquat, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

valkyre65, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of daledeee
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was going down the top 100 German beers and saw this one.

The pour was 1" white head with a clean golden orange body.

Nose is very smoky and bandaids.

Taste is malty with fruit in the back ground. I can also taste some rather Belgian like hops.

Mouth feel is pretty carbonated.

This beer is hard to drink for me. The taste does not appeal to me. Very unusual.

daledeee, Mar 06, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L brown glass pry-top bottle. One of only 20 bottles of come to VT.

Pours a clear pale amber with some thin bone-white head.

Nose is beautiful. Doesn't have the huge bacon smell that Schlenkerla usually has (not a bad thing). Actually smells like oak wood smoke, like a roaring fire in the fire place instead of a campfire. More approachable.

Palate is medium-light bodied and crisp. Oak is the predominant flavor with a little pale malt creeping through. Definitely a lager, but dopplebock doesn't come to mind. The 8% is well hidden by the smoke. Clean yet smokey.

Notes: Perhaps a more approachable smoke beer, but not as complex as the Marzen.

SFLpunk, Dec 23, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

leinie13, Mar 24, 2014
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

wisrarebeer, Dec 13, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

TheBishopco, Feb 28, 2013
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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.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

freewill35, Aug 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

carteravebrew, Jul 29, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -4%

Proclarush, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

CaptainNomihodai, Sep 25, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at Cloverleaf Tavern, served with a tumbler glass.

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche pours a crystal clear amber, with about two fingers of off white foam crowning the beer. Head retention is short lived and lacing is minimal. The nose is fairly one-note, but it has a nice hickory smoked bacon aroma. The glavor gas a solid bready malt opening. The rauch malt then comes in to finish out the flavor profile with a pleasant smoked meat/barbecue presence. There's a nice sturdiness to the body, while staying short of being overbearingly chewy. The carbonation is subtle, just enough to cut through the malt. Even if Aecht Schlenkerla's Eiche is classified as a doppelbock, the use of smoked malt renders it a bit idiosyncratic for the style. While it's intensely smoky, it's not too much, once one takes a couple sips and gets acclimated.

axeman9182, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

birdsellam, Oct 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

JMS1512, Mar 29, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-16-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Appearance is clear, with lots of carbonation seen in the glass. The color is of copper, lighter than I expected. Huge off-white head is 5 fingers high in my mug.

The smell is of smoke - big and in your face! Aromas of a campfire and bacon blanket a base of sweet, roasted malts. I love the smell of a fire outside and this beer puts that in a bottle.

The taste is also heavy on the oak smokiness. Rich and complex, there is a sweetness in the doppelbock paired with flavors of bacon and salt. Also get a spiciness like peppercorns and of course the oak wood tastes. Nice alcohol warming effect.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a full body. Aftertaste has a bite to it from the intense smoke and meaty, roasted malts.

Overall, this is a real treat - definitely different than most beers due to the domination of the smoked wood in the smell and taste, but masterfully done.

sommersb, Aug 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

RobertColianni, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

ATPete, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, amber-brown in color with a fizzy, very light brown head that builds and fades fairly quickly. No lace or retention at all. It's actually pretty cool. Very clean beer.

S: Obviously a ton of smoke, heavily roasted malt, charred meat, and wood/peat. You actually get the oak if you know what a wet oak forest or freshly cut oak wood smells like. Earth, metal, motor oil, manliness, freedom. It's all there.

T: Everything in the nose is here, but it's a bit sweeter than expected. The roasted malt and smoked wood give the malt a truly unique and tasty quality. Do I get a faint hop presence? A slight hint of alcohol as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Crazy smooth, big and balanced flavor, not cloying, the right carbonation, great body. A very enjoyable drinking experience.

O: Not your typical Doppelbock. If you like woody flavors, this is for you. A different kind of smokiness compared to their other beers but it's an awesome departure from this style. These guys can't make a bad smoke beer. I can't even imagine drinking these brews at their brewery. It will happen.

Gatch, Jan 05, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle, 2010, best by 6/11.

Pours an attractive and clear ruby-amber. Thick head falls fast, but leaves nice lacing on the way down.

The aroma is smokey, oaky and pungent, reminiscent of chimney smoke cutting through a cold winter night. Slightly different from the other Schlenkerla brews, but not markedly.

Smoke flavor is deep and strong, yet with soft edges. Not as sharp as the other Schlenkerla brews -- maybe the result of oak replacing the customary beechwood in the malt smoking process. Thick maltiness blends well, but perhaps too well, as I don't get many of the sweet and malty flavors typical of Doppelbock. There's a light tanginess from the hops, actually. There's some caramel, but the smokiness dominates. The mouthfeel is soft, chewy and perfectly carbonated (medium-low). Eight percent alcohol is incredibly well integrated.

This is solid stuff, I just find myself yearning a bit for the usual Doppelbock flavors, such as molasses, sweet dough and dulce de leche, and maybe a bit less Rauch. I knew it would be smokey, but I feel a bit misled, honestly. Sort of a strange mix, though definitely a Rauchbier!

dasenebler, Jan 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

wonothesane42, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Archemedies, May 09, 2012
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.