Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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
12-13-2010 02:45:56 | More by wisrarebeer
3.88/5 rDev -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.
08-19-2012 03:25:31 | More by axeman9182
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Tasted On: 08-16-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
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.
08-17-2011 03:55:52 | More by sommersb
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-05-2013 04:09:47 | More by Gatch
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
01-23-2014 17:23:58 | More by MattSweatshirt
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
.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!
01-04-2011 22:18:43 | More by dasenebler
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev -4%
Much lighter than the other Schlenkerlas, a dark caramel beer with a weak off white head — but my glass wasn't immaculately clean, so I'll give this the benefit of the doubt. Aroma is smooth and mellow, but strong and meaty. Lovely notes of sweet barbecue char, fruity kalamata olive, rich oaken vanilla, maple leaves, and apple hum a rich, enticing, autumnal harmony. Smooth on the tongue as well, with a smoke flavor that's sweet, rich, and dominant but not overpowering, allowing pleasantly rich fruit and caramel flavors in along with a nice slap of bitter green noble hops. The mouthfeel falls a bit short, with a pleasant tingle but a lack of body that doesn't carry the flavor and allows the raw alcohol flavor to intrude. Quite a nice beer, though, and one I'd love to try with cheese or chocolate.
01-06-2012 20:07:30 | More by soulgrowl
3.88/5 rDev -4%
Pours up a medium orange amber colour with about a half inch of sandy coloured foam on top. It's good looking beer, but rather light for a doppelbock, I'd say.
Smell is precisely what I was hoping for. Smoke, the smell that emanates from a hot, freshly used cast iron skillet, singed bits of ham fat, and a trace of freshly sawn timber. Smell's fantastic just like everything else they brew!
The intensity of the smoke is just as assertive in the flavour as it is with the Märzen or the Ur-bock, however, this seems to have sweeter malts, and the body seems a bit thinner; odd since this is 8% and the Ur-bock is 6,5%.
Not my favourite beer from these guys, but still a good rauch!
12-19-2010 21:22:39 | More by SilentSabre
2.9/5 rDev -28.2%
A-Pours a hazy amber color with yeast floaties suspended in the beer with a finger of white head.
S-Smells strongly of oak and smoked bacon with some very mild caramel.
T-Smokey and slightly bitter and tannic with a lingering medicinal note.
M-This is pretty viscous with moderate carbonation and with a dryness in the throat.
D-I guess this style just isn't for me. I have a bottle of their Marzen that I'll try to see if this one was off a little.
06-13-2011 04:23:40 | More by samie85
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a slightly hazy amber/red, with a thin tan head. Aromas of freshly smoked barbeque, and some toffee. Taste is a powerful smoked meat flavor up front, followed by some dark caramel, then some oak flavor, then a bit of earthiness from the hops. The finish is similar to that of some wonderful smoked meats. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall an amazing beer, I wish I could get this from my local stores.
01-09-2013 00:56:08 | More by tronester
1.43/5 rDev -64.6%
Served from the bottle into a mug
A- Poured a murky brown with orange hues with a three finger soapy head that left no lace.
S- Very strong aroma. This smells like bacon, rubber like aroma. I love bacon, but this smells just like bacon, a little startling.
T- This tastes like bacon, burnt rubber, beef jerky, and band aids. Very strong flavors that I did not care for.
M- Hard for me to get this in my mouth long enough to really assess the mouthfeel. Medium body and medium carbonation.
O- I could not choke this down. This flavor is just not for me I guess. My experience with smoked beers is limited, I have had some that were okay, but the smoke flavor in this one is very strong.
05-29-2012 23:18:20 | More by Hoptometrist
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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