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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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Photo of BrewerB
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods earlier today for $5.99.

Pours a rich amber maple syrup with a scant haze. Thin layer of white froth perched atop the liquid. Intriguing smokiness in the aroma reminds me of bbq ribs, perhaps a wood fireplace. Some rich malty sweetness is present in the background, far less apparent than the dominant smoke. Despite the strong smoke in the aroma, the flavor leans more towards your traditional dopplebock with caramel/toffee malty sweet, a subtle prune fruitiness, and a touch of herbal hops. Smoke is certainly here and lingers into the finish. Medium full body with a moderate low carbonation level. Overall an interesting blend of doppelbock and smoke beer, well-balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of plfahey
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium copper in color, slightly hazy, moderately low off white head with some lacing and fair retention.

Aroma-Smoke, oak, bacon, charcoal, this is the holy grail of smoked beer aroma. Very light toast and a little bit of sweet caramel perceptible as well. No hops. As it warms, it almost develops a hint of fruit in the aroma, like apple-wood smoked bacon.

Flavor-Slightly less smoke in the flavor allows other malt characteristics to shine through. Nutty, toasty, caramel, smoky, bready, yummy goodness. Perfectly balanced between smoke and malt characteristics. No hops. No notable alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel-Medium light mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation. Smooth as hell with some alcohol warmth.

This is such an awesome beer. I honestly think it's one of the best balanced smoked beers I've ever had. Fan-fucking-tastic.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +22.5%

This one pours a nice cloudy umber color that has golden undertones. The head is a nice tan that is shallow but rich and leaves little to no lacing down the glass.

The nose is an interesting contrast of sweet malt, smoked malt and , spices and bread with citrus and a floral note that blends nicely.

The flavors are very pleasant and drier than I expected with the nose. The smoke is very prevalent and nicely balanced with the malt and hops. there is a contest of fruit, smoke and tartness that blends exceptionally well. It is as if a rauchbier and a sour are battling for dominance and yet settling on a divine concoction that is complex and superb. IF one thing were off this would not be a good beer. T Hat is why is is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is nicely balanced for the style allowing the complexity of this beer to bathe the palate without lingering to long.

Overall this is a fantastic beer and well worth drinking. I cannot recommend it enough. I will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of dank203
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the smoke on this is incredible. I mean pure bacon/smoked meat aroma. never smelled anything like it. flavor repeats some of this with some sweeter malty aromas.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

Small fizzy white head that leaves behind a thin layer of retention. Very cloudy dark amber color.

Strong smoke aroma similar to my clothes the day after I sit around a campfire all night. A bit reminiscent of teriyaki beef jerky. Some burnt chicory wood like day after campfire in there as well.

A nice bit of mild hops comes through the smoke in the taste with some sweet malts to help balance. Much less one dimensional than my nose predicted, but don't get me wrong this is very much tasting like oak aged and smoked beef jerky.

Medium bodied with light but acceptable carbonation levels. Goes down alright for a smoke bomb.

This is one of the rauchiest beers I've tried to date. Pretty good, if you can handle the smoke!

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

November 4, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – A very dark amber, not quite turning to brown, all the way through. Fairly clear, with some dark gold highlights. Mildly frothy, light tan head, low to moderate retention.

S – Smoked light wood, oak or beech. Some light hop bitterness. Otherwise pretty malty, a bit juicy. Smoke is really so prominent as to mask the rest.

T – Smoke, very mild, really more on the nose. Caramel, toffee, warm toasted bread, actually a lot of dark sugar-type sweetness. Some very mild to moderate bitterness, almost all on the finish. For all the sweetness, the smoke provides a nice counterbalance.

M – Low carbonation, a fairly juicy backbone, with a touch of dryness on the finish.

O – The smoke really defies the doppelbock category, but otherwise is a great example of the base style. Smoke is mild enough to allow its inclusion, but it’s a unique entry. Very good beer, seems to accomplish its intended goal very well.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color and pretty clear. This one has a just off white head which does not build up very much but has ok retention... lacing is better than ok.

S: When I opened the bottle I got an immediate skunky (clear bottle) heineken aroma. Up close it's pretty much gone. In place the bouquet has smoke and lots of it. Fried bacon and campfire.

T: Coming up a bit flat I wonder if this has suffered from light pollution. Just the same there is a smokey presence which does not smash the palate. Sweet biscuit and subtle (but present) smokey bacon jam. The finish is just north of sweet.

M: Lighter than I would have anticipated but still pretty sticky.

O: This is a disappointing one for me and I do wonder if its been subject to the elements. I would go to their Urbock over this beer any day of the week. It seems to carry few things which I associate with its doppelbock style.

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Photo of KDawg
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a stein. Pours a dark orange color with a small and foamy head

very smoked based aromas as would be expected from a smoke beer. Good aromas as well of navel oranges, malts and some caramel aromas as well

fuller bodied with lots of smoke flavors that are expected. Good flavors and a very nice feel with flavors of smoke, malts and dark oranges

I love the smoke flavors from aecht. This carries it through very well along with excellent flavors on both the aromas and feel.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown-ish copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of smoke that reminds me of apple wood smoked bacon. Really no other aroma can penetrate through the smoke.

Taste: Full bodied and creamy, with nice nutty malt sweetness before the smoked flavors take over. This really reminds me of drinking smoked/cured meat. A bit of hop bitterness towards the back end, before a slightly oily, lingering finish.

The Rest: Very tasty; an excellent rauchbier!

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Photo of Zimbo
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the moment the cap is sprung it drifts a light smoky meatiness which is deep and delicious but no where near as pungent as I expected.
Even half inch head tops a beautiful clear cyrstal copper colour which deflates despite leaving some complex Rorschach test type lacing.
To taste, whoa. Tastes as it smells despite some risidual fizziness which cuts through the mediumish body and is firm and reasonably dry. There is also a degree of softness knitted in there too. The restrained lucious roasted meaty quality is beautifully integrated producing a truly earth shattering finesse and balance. Just mouthwatering. Can barely believe it is 8%ABV.

Truly truly delicious. Just want to drink this outside before a roaring fire with a plate of quality Aufscnitt.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Poured into my Eiche balloon glass. My really vigorous pour resulted in a very sudsy cream colored head, though no larger than a finger high. It recedes fairly quickly after a minute or two and leaves the beautiful ruby-colored beer bare on top. The clarity is decent, but kind of hazed. Honestly would love to give this beer a higher score for appearance just because the color is so spectacular, but 8% ABV isn't high enough to account for a missing head in my opinion.

It comes as no surprise that this Bamburg beer shows off a heaping smoke aroma. Very nice smoked malts that are not overly aggressive and still allow the rich malt aroma to shine through in the background. Notes of autumn leaves on fire, sweet sherry and plum skins.

Really great tasting beer! The smoked malts are delicate and far from over-bearing. They lend a meatiness to the sweet malt flavor, which is lightly balanced by Hallertau hops in the backend. Also, the smoke really shows up in the exhale and aftertaste. It lends a "woodiness" to the flavor that I really dig and it reminds me of a great scotch.

The beer has very modest carbonation and by the end of the glass it feels flat. The gentle carbonation does give the beer a much softer impression, which the medium body helps contribute to, and I will say that this does not seem like a beer that clocks in at 8% ABV!

This smoked doppelbock is superbly balanced. There is no denying the smoked malt here, but it is so controlled and it lets the rich malt sweetness shine through, which brings its own character to the table as well. I would revisit this beer anytime. Very good, and I easily downed that 500mL bottle by myself.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip with a moderately aggressive hand. No date on the bottle. Classic Schlenkerla font on the label.

A: Amber/copper colored body with good clarity and 1 finger of off-white head. Thin coating at 2 minutes. Light lacing.

S: That is a nice quality, complex smoke! Campfire. Peat. Bacon. Under the smoke there is a nice round malt with a bit of light fruitiness.

T: Full sweet malt up front with a transition to a mild German hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish. The woody smoke is prominent throughout and nicely present on the finish. Roasted malt. Light fruit. Smoked meat. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a moderate to light body. Smooth, but was hoping for a bit more substantial feel given it's classification.

O: Nice Rauchbier for sure. Smoke quality is superb, but could have used a bit bigger of a beer to back it up. Drinks more like a marzen than a doppelbock. Is it better than the usual Schlenkerla Marzen? Not sure, but probably. I believe I appreciated the complexity of the smoke a bit more with this one.

Prost!

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

8% ABV and $5.29/500ml bottle...

Pours a purty dense, syrupy-looking amber. Not much of a head forms, but the lacing is quite nice considering. When you pour this beer, it's like stepping into a medieval German home in Winter: it's like the vents are closed on the fireplace. It's smoky...SMOOOKY!!! That aroma is so robust and dominant you can't smell anything else. It's crushing. This must have been what that Franco kid smelled like - only Humboldtier...There are underpinnings of malt and such in there, but they are impossible to locate amdist the flames...

Flavor is also very smoky. It's tastes like when you leave your jacket to close to the fire around X-mas....You get home and the next day it smells like the fireplace. The initial busrt of flavor is very nice - a rich, malty Dopplebock. But it is immediately crushed by the Thor's Hammer of smoke. This beer finishes bitter from the smoke and what I can only assume are hops, and it's not awesome.

To liken this to a movie - I'd call it the "Up in Smoke" of beer. To liken it to a woman I'd call it the Snookie of beer - it's got only one trick and it's not even that great at it...

What I like most: The crazy unique flavor profile.

What I like least: The complete one dimensional nature of it.

Verdict: Too expensive to be worth it, and too unique to be an everyday beer. Really a novelty only.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours copper with a ring of white head around the glass. Leaves a small amount of lacing after each sip.

S: Smells like pulled pork braised in a doppelbock and smoked. Incredible aroma. Pure smoked, malty sweetness with bacon aromas somehow. The smoke just takes it over the top and really makes this beer something special.

T: Sweet and savory, with a fair amount of smoke. Barbeque is definitely a big flavor here. Some tobacco and an herbaceous flavor. Malt profile is strong, not too much on the bittering end which is nice.

M: Like opening a wood smoke grill and inhaling after taking a swig of doppelbock. Absolutely incredible.

O: Can't help but give this a 5 overall, simply blew any smoked beers I've had previously out of the water. At such a great price, I'll be sure to pick more of this up.

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Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/5/2011. 500 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice cherry-mahogany color with gold highlights, topped by a smallish off-white head.

Nose is intriguing. The smoke is clear, but less strong and upfront as I remember from the other Schlenkerla beers. Meaty (bacon, ham), but more rounded. Smoke is smoke, but I think I can distinguish the oak wood specifically. Underneath clearly lies a rich malty beer: notes of dark fruit, candied nuts, toasted bread, earthy caramel, maybe a hint of cocoa.

On the palate this is certainly a doppelbock accented by oak and smoke, rather than a smoke beer with underlying doppelbock notes. Rich and malty and smooth, with just enough smoke to prevent it from being heavy and cloying. As a less-than-enthusiastic doppelbock drinker, I'm happy with this. Oak flavor comes through, but less strongly than in an oak-aged beer; more wood and less vanilla and caramel, etc. A good bit of dark fruit on the finish.

Quite full bodied, but not heavy. Nice rounded mouthfeel, but mostly firm. A nice change of pace.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW This is a great beer!!!

App: Darkish brown like most doppelbocks that I've seen imported to the usa. I don't know what the previous reviewer had, but this is definitely not light colored. The head sticks around and is an off white color, very light and fluffy.

Smell: Roasted meat... it reminded me of the roast boar I had a few days ago, except with better caramelization and a great smokiness with a subtle hint of chocolate.

Taste: The flavor integrates all of the aspects of the aroma while also adding a biscuity undertone. The smokey caramel flavors fill the mouth, making all other flavors secondary and supportive. It reminds me of eating a great piece of pork, slow cooked over an open fire.

Mouthfeel: The smokiness takes over, much the same way that it does in an alaskan smoked porter. It held all of my attention, with a nice clean bitterness at the end that doesn't overpower or take away from any of the nuances of the brew. It's smooth on the palate with no noticeable alcohol... I was flabergasted to see that this is an 8% brew.

Drinkability: Easily the most drinkable rauchbier I've ever had, and most drinkable doppelbock I've ever had. I could sit in front of a fire and drink myself straight to the abyss with this, never realizing it until the wee hours of the morning when I try to stand.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a mug.

A: Dark amber body, perfectly clear. Head is tight, retention is good.

S: Oh my, what a smoky aroma. Smoke blends with malty lager in the background.

T: Not as much smoke in the flavor as I thought up front, but it does become more apparent as the beer warms. It also creeps back on the finish. Smoke is carried by a nice clean lager profile.

M: Nice medium body, with good carbonation. No complaints.

D: This beer probably has the perfect amount of smoke. Often I find the smokiness of rauchbier to be too subtle, getting lost after a few sips. This beer keeps reminding me, in a good way.

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Photo of wcintula
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.49 for just over a pint.

Pours a dark copper amber with a nice ecru head that recedes with spotty lacing. The smell is a strong delicious smoke atop the sweet doppelbock base. I smell the malt through Schlenkerla's signature smoke. Any hop bitterness flavor or aroma is hidden but it's solid malt and smoke.

This beer is delicious, if the rating doesn't sell you on it, then you're stupid. Just try the beer.

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Photo of output01x
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2 1/2-finger cream-colored head that slowly settles to. The body is a hazy orange honey color with a slow flow of tiny carbonation bubbles meandering to the surface. The body is rather light in color for the style. Thin lacing attempts to stick to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

I have opened bags of beef jerkey that smelled more bland than this. Was this beer brewed with bacon grease? The smokiness is incredible and extremely overpowering of the other aromas attempting to come through.

The flavor, while matching up perfectly with the aroma, is a little weak comparatively. The smokiness and the meatiness are both there, but in a creamier way. This allows for the sweet, caramelized malts to come through a little.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer is a little watery in my opinion. While the body is great as you hold it in your mouth, it is swallowed like a heavy water and leaves little coating. A stickier mouthfeel would have helped this beer's flavor profile immensely.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly outstanding beer. Who could say no to an Eiche smoked Doppelbock.

I certainly could not so I had several pints at the Rake and I bought ALL 12 bottles from the store which are surprisingly good value at 3.50 a go.

The beer is nothing like the standard Schlenkerla rang and is not as punchy in its smokeyness but works on a lot more different levels. FANTASTIC.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml with best before date June 2011 into Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche glass. Pours amber to deep coppery body with reddish hue and good clarity, topped by medium beige dense head with good retention, that clings to the walls.
Aroma is a pleasant balance between malty sweetness and non-harsh, smooth wood &, bacon-like smokiness obtained by oak-wood kilned malt.The smoky curtain is delicate enough to transmit the Doppelbock characteristics of the base beer underneath: rich malty sweetness with significant melanoidins and touch of plum and grape-like fruitiness.
The flavor is campfire and bacon-like smokiness which interplays with malty sweetness. The malts exhibit melanoidin qualities accompanied by notes of dark chocolate. Towards the finish emerges peppery spiciness (probably originating from the Hallertau hops used) with moderate hoppy bitterness. No inappropriate harsh, burnt or charred flavors. The finish is semisweet although the smoke reduces the Doppelbock sweetness to some degree by adding some dryness. Medium to full boded with soft carbonation and unbelievable drinkability for a beer of this type, partially thanks to smooth and complex yet not overpowering smoky character.

In short: A fantastic smoked Doppelbock with perfect balance between the smoke and base beer, reflecting the character of both.

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Photo of thepeter
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that I am Biased, I LOVE smoked Beer! Schlenkerla Urbock is one of my favorite all time beers, so i was excited to try this one. Pours a dark but translucent brown with a medium head. Lots of Wood, some meaty goodness and tons of smoke in the nose, I love the way these beers smell and this was no exception. Tasted of wood and smoke as well as bacon but not as intense as the smell. a slight sweetness marries with the smoke perfectly and goes beautifully with food (smoked German Sausage in this lucky mans case!) Smooth and rich on the palate but also light and fluffy as it does not leave any intense flavors in the mouth. Over all a great beer that I will have again but may not love as much as the Urbock.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light brown color, unexpectedly light compared to most Doppelbocks. Smells like delicious oak smoke, and not much else. Tastes like a freshly scorched 2x4.

I'm enjoying this one to a certain extent, but I"m not entirely sure that if the smoke were gone, I'd still enjoy the beer underneath it. If it's smoke you really like, or if you're just in the mood for something different, this might be the one for you.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven. Never heard of the brewery before. On tap list as "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Oak Smoke." Review from notes.

The beer was served in a tulip. Crystal clear reddish amber with a big, puffy white head. Not much retention or lacing. The smell is big smoke, with a little bit of sweet malt. Not terribly complicated but good.

The taste isn't what I was expecting. I now see that the style is a Doppelbock but I didn't know that at the time. A scotch-y smokiness is prominent throughout, but there's also a fantastic deep toffee malt sweetness. The combination of smoke and sweetness is fabulous, and a new experience for me. Smoked doppelbocks -- who new? The overall effect is somehow meaty. Ham? Mouthfeel is slick, very low carbonation, and I can't detect any alcohol presence.

This is one of the more interesting beers I've tried in some time. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and the smoked doppelbock is something I'll definitely keep my eyes open for from now on.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours lighter than I expected, but it's a nice amber with a big head, though that may be a function of the bottle neck. The smell is smoke, and a ton of it, with some meat. The smoke is by far the dominating and overpowering flavor, but I do get some pork and there is a bit of sweet malt, too. It's like liquid bacon. Goes down quite easily, and there is no hint of the 8% ABV.

This is unlike any doppelbock I've had. So if you think you'll be getting something like Celebrator or Salvator, you're not. It is firmly a Rauchbier.

Overall, it's pretty tasty, but the smoke really is a lot to handle. Be ready!

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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