Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 772
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Surly glass. It poured a hazy amber color with a thin white head concentrating around the edges of the glass. The head pretty much faded away after a few minutes.

The aroma is strong with smoky, campfire like flavors. Definitely one of the smokiest aromas I've came across. I get a pretty big malty sweetness coming through behind the smoke as well with a little caramel and toffee poking through.

The taste also has a very bold smoke flavor to it throughout the beer. I get more of the woody, oak coming through in the smoke with a little of the malty sweetness coming through in the finish. Definitely a very smoke forward beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall and maybe a little light for what I like in the style. Carbonation is low and seems appropriate. Overall it was a very smoky beer, definitely one of the smokiest beers I've had. I really liked how the oak wood came out. I really like smoky beers so this one was a nice treat this evening. It would definitely be an intense beer for someone just getting into the style though. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remarkably smooth easy-drinking smoked. The smoke is there but its understated under a delicious malt mix. Its on my lips well after I have completed it. It was great with BBQ. Greyish golden coloured body, small head. Mild smoke aromas. A tad above average mouthfeel. (268 characters)

Photo of SummitVA
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light-ish copper pour with steady carbonation. Frothy head leaves intricate lacing.

S - Strong smoke, naturally, but this is balanced well by sweet malt character.

T - Smoke initially. This is very smooth and pleasant, with none of the stronger band-aid/medicinal flavors that can sometimes result. Maltiness follows in brilliant complexity, but this is not sweet. Bread and toast are warming, along with a bit of warmth from the alcohol, as well. Smoke lingers in the finish.

M - Definitely a chewier beer, but still quite quaffable.

O - Another fantastic Schlenkerla brew. The balance between the stunning malt complexity and smoke-y depth is just wonderful. Wish I had a liter in front of me right now. (714 characters)

Photo of stewfnrocker
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light orangish/red with a small head that dissipated quickly. I took a sniff and there was a smell of smoked malts which almost smelled of a smoked gouda cheese. The taste was quite complex, there was a taste of the smokiness like a smoked cheese/oaky flavor. That was then surpassed with a sweeter aftertaste of fruits and brown sugar finish. The mouthfeel is a a full body and heavy beer like most rauchbeirs. There is light carbonation. There is also a slight hint of alcohol, but it does weigh in at 8% abv. Overall, this rauchbeir is probably at the top of my list of rauchbeirs. I can only drink one or 2 of these bottles and then feel full. If you are into Rauchbeirs get this around christmas or whenever you can find this one! (746 characters)

Photo of vgarneth
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this Rauchbier from the Beer Dispensery in Apex, NC. My BA buddy, y2korey, and I broke one open in May 2011... Damn, I love the Rauchbiers. This beer has a nice golden, amber hue. Its nose is like a fresh, burning campfire that pours over into the taste as you drink it down. Mouthfeel is slightly better than average and I feel that this Rauchbier goes down easy for having an ABV of 8%. (395 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before August 2011.

A: A decent head with moderate endurance on top of a beautiful red, darkly-clear beer.

S: Beef jerky. Smoky-sweet malts. I can't get past the strongly meaty smell. Quite nice though!

T: Brilliant! Strong and sweet, a malty-bodied beer with a bitter endtaste. The aftertaste is a huge, roiling tastescape of haunting smoke. What would otherwise be merely a run-of-the-mill doppelbock is lifted up towards the heavens with the burnt offering of oak. Quite nice.

M: Substantial through the whole taste. Towards the end, it lightens up quite a bit.

O: I'm a big fan -- the higher ABV gives this rauchbier a depth and force of flavour that the more-popular Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen doesn't have. Multi-dimensional, but always smoky. Recommended. (831 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,998 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bennettrox for smoking me out!

Pours a nice amber color, with loads of clarity. Head was off-white, and about a finger which laced well.

Aroma was big and smoky! Like a campfire, only sweeter and maltier!

Taste had a nice woody character, nice smoke notes, sweet malts, nuttyness. The smoke is huge in the aroma, but is more subtle and balanced in the taste. A bit of hops come on the finish. Quite good.

The feel was smooth and creamy. Lot's of substance to it. Carbonation was low, giving it that velvety character. Body is solid medium.

With the smoke intense, yet not overpowering, drinkability was good. Not hard to put away, and overall a shining smoked dopplebock example! (701 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear copper with a small white compact and creamy head. Dissipation leaves almost no lacings.

S: Heavy smoke. There's also smoked ham and band aid. Besides that there's a faint perfume-tone, almost like jasmine. Some fruityness lingers in the back.

T: Sweet malt at first, then the heavy smoke kicks in almost instantly. Fruity. Smoked ham and band aids. Some vanilla from the oak.

M: Long bitter aftertaste with just a hint of smoke. Body is full and carbonation medium, but a bit offensive.

O: A nice beer, but as a Doppelbock; I'm not sure - way to much smoke. The grade would have been higher if I reviewed it as a Rauchbier. Still very interesting. (668 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery. The bbq binge continues. Anyone else add liquid smoke to their Cheerios? :D

Orange/amber, mostly clear, with a tiny amount of noticeable sediment floating about. Good couple inches of cream-colored lather-ish foam.

Smells of pepper & grease, with a backend of oats, bread crust, & bitter greens. I picked up a little bit of awkward acidity.

Peppery pastrami(not hammy), buttery oak, gentle grain sweetness, mild herbal/rind bitterness at the end. Gets pretty sweet as it warms.

Strong carbonation, thicker then a standard amber, buttery mouthfeel. Frothy.

Not as good as their standard lineup I felt, but still a pretty good "meaty" smoke. (676 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of Prime16
2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice creamy off white head.

S: Smokey with the smell of a newly opened band-aid.

T: To me, the smoke flavoring was overpowering. Get yourself ready for a liquid smoke type experience. The band-aid smell also carried over into the taste. This is definitely not my style of beer.

M: This beer does have body to it...

O: This was a tough beer for me to drink. I could not finish a full beer as it was like drinking a burnt piece of oak. If this is your style, then I'd think you'd be happy. (503 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with anything from Schlenkerla, this is akin to drinking a burning log. However, it's not as smoky as other beer from this brewery: the urbock is zillions of times smokier and, for that matter, hammier. Nonetheless, this one has plenty of smoke. There's no ham, however, so I guess that makes it... kosher? Quite tasty and rather low-key for a dopplebock: it doesn't have the boozy, malty smack that most others in this style have. That's a plus in my book, because it's that overtly alcoholic tinge that steers me away from most dopplebocks. If you're a fan of Schlenkerla, you must try this. But if you like your dopplebocks sweet and powerful, you are not worthy. (669 characters)

Photo of PrinceDarren
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normally I don't care much for smoked beers, although I have been starting to warm up to them lately. This was, hands down, the best smoked beer I've ever tried.

The nose was very strong, however, the oak-smoke character of this aroma was less like the typical, stale, wet campfire aroma I typically find. Instead, it was cleaner, sharper and perhaps fresher.

On the palate, the smoke flavor was much more subdued, which is good. The smoke flavor, while milder than the aroma, did stick on my tongue and tended to build sip after sip.

I was also impressed with the color and clarity. A bright bronze/brown color, with no cloudiness, I could see all the way through it.

Summary: This is a fantastic smoked dopplebock that is almost sessionable. (747 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of my doppelbock/dunkel buying spree at the Hudson Heinens.

Live review from .5L bottle. Poured into my Troegenator stein.

I normally do not find myself drawn to smoked beers. They often can be overpowering to the point of conjuring thoughts of ugly smoked meat and provide an unpleasant sweet acidity (for me, at least). This beer, not surprisingly, was better than the norm for me. My first Aecht Schlenkerla offering, I was expecting something of the highest order of tradition and quality.

The beer lacked the awesome head that most doppelbocks boast, instead I only was able to coax a half finger of white head with little retention or lace. The color was not typical of most doppelbocks either. A light, clear amber color. This looks more like a Bock and a double... visible carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

The smell was at first overwhelmingly smokey. But as I adjusted I was immediatly reminded of sitting around a campfire. The smoke is clean and woody, very earthy, with hints of wet ash.

This brew tastes smokey indeed, but the smoke flavor isn't nearly as strong as the aroma would make you think. None of the acidity I dislike in many smoked beers. Though light notes of cured bacon mingle with the campfire and ashy smoke flavors.

The base beer is crsip and clean, with amber malt flavors and subtle grassy European hops (hallertau according to the bottle). Long into the finish there's a charcoal dryness.

Overall I was impressed with this a smoked beer, though nonplused about the assertion that this is a doppelbock. I like my doppelbocks dark, chewy, and sweet and bready. Nevertheless, definitely a beer worth trying, and cheap at $2.99 for the bottle. (1,692 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A premium example of a smoky, satisfying, malty German doppelbock. Excellent in nearly every respect. Rich strong smoked malts dominated the aroma and were substantially comnplemented on the palate. A must-try for anyone a fan of the style. Highly recommended... Great stuff... (277 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear aged copper color with a creamy and bubbly off-white head that last as a thin film of stick foam. There is a gentle carbonation of micro bubbles.

S- The fragrant meaty smoke has a light band-aid aroma and a woody finish.

T- The woody smoke notes are followed by a biting green hops that are Noble in quality. The finish is crisp and dry with a bitter smoke flavor that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a crisp carbonation with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- I love all their other beers but this beer has bitterness and over the top smoke dominating the flavor making it almost undrinkable. There needs to be some other support, at least a bit, and the woody band-aid notes mixed with the bitter green finish just hang on the tongue. (816 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had out of a 25 ounce bottle.
A- Very strong streams of small bubbles coming up the side that lead to a full, creamy head that leaves a good deal of lace behind. Amber in color. A bit hazy.
S- Nice smokey scent with a fruity undertone.
T- That Schlenkerla smokiness certainly comes through. This is lovely. Smooth with an oak taste. There is a mild sweetness underneath, perhaps a caramel taste. Perfectly balanced. Some bitterness. (434 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The smoke has done evidently nothing to sully this beer's appearance nor to cloud its complexion; this cheerfully bright and exceedingly transparent amber coloured beer looks, frankly, perfectly standard. Minus, that is, the fact that it has no head.

Growing up with a Polish grandmother, I feel as though I've smelled Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche many times before in the smoked sausage and cabbage dish she makes every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Others may be more familiar with German sauerkraut, same difference really. Indeed, unlike other Schlenkerla beers, Eiche has a sharp and unmistakable cabbage smell that supplants the smoked pork and kiełbasa aromas.

I expected Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche to be one of the most distinctive beers I've ever tried - and, yes, there is a definite case to be made - however it doesn't taste as unusual as I anticipated. The tastes of Polish cabbage rolls and mashed turnips still prevail, as does a lingering, succulent smoked pork flavour, and while it's difficult to make out the dark fruits and melanoidins, there is an unexpected amount of sweet maltiness present too.

Eiche may actually be less (or at least no more) 'smoky' than a few of this brewery's other offerings; to be sure, however, it is still unmitigatedly smoky, sufficiently so to overwhelm most inexperienced palates. There's enough to impress on the palate the texture of fleshy, fatty meat (kiełbasa, pulled pork) as well as the hearty character of winter root vegetables (cabbage, turnip). It finishes, however, on a distinctly malty sweetness.

The bock itself, although thoroughly enshrouded in the smoke, becomes more noticeable with warmth, impressing crunchy malts (shelled in toasty melanoidins), a rich caramel malt flavour with very restrained sweetness and an overarching Noble-hop pungency. For a beer with such strong qualities (and 8% alcohol) this is way too refreshing.

What I've yet to touch on is the impression of the smoke itself, which isn't at all harsh or roasty - like someone just held the beer over a campfire or BBQ - but rather has an exceptionally pure and clean oak wood aroma and flavour. The smoke (of course) ensures a boldly defined character, but it does so through a gentle kind of nuance.

Don't forget to stamp your passport! Finishing the bottle, you genuinely have the sensation of having experienced something unique and distinctly rooted in a certain landscape and history. I've had some wonderful smoked beers but none honestly capture the distinct character of Schlenkerla rauchbiers, especially not this offering. Buy a bottle, drink up, prepare yourself for one of the most distinctive beers you're bound to try. (2,684 characters)

Photo of slayer3604
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I'm in love....wish I could get this into the store! GURRRR!

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a thin white head, that leaves some nice tight lacing, and a hailstorm of bubbles that never cease to end!

Smells like smoked bacon, and malt. When I say those two things, I mean it in the best way possible...my German ancestors are screaming for me to drink it at this point! HAHAH

WOW!!! Perfect malt profile for a dopplebock without the roast, which is replaced by a smooth, lingering smokiness, and then a semi sweet finish. 8%!??! WHERE?!?!?!

Mouthfeel is very nice and comforting...not too much not too little, very well balance.d

I'd say this is my favorite dopplebock as of right now....there, I said it... (723 characters)

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good, but I must say that I was a little disappointed with this compared to their smoked Marzen and Ur-Bock, both of which are phenomenal.

Amber-pale copper, med. Pale tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring, a little lace.

Aroma is campfire smoke, caramelized grain, bread crust.

Taste is wood smoke, caramelized sweet bread crust up front, hint of spicy-raisiny fruitiness, lingering spicy smokiness just dominates finish & lingers. It’s pretty good, but a bit one-dimensional and slightly sharp. (517 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful color of molten copper with a bit of an orange hue. Pretty still with a slight smoggy effect. A half inch white head thin and whispy goes fades into a foamy cap.

Love this brewery and the uniqueness of there malt. Meaty, smokey, bready malts. Light brown sugar and carmel aromas. Only a twinge of oak at the finish. Oh so lovely.

Again love this brewery. This is much more drinkable and palatable than their regual run. Don't know if it's the oak aging making the overall smokiness more rounded and laid back or if it's just this beer but whatever it is its damn tasty. Burnt caramel, oak, charred woods, smoked meats, brown sugar, some dried fig on the very finish. Creamy nice mouth with a medium sweet finish that than ends dryly. Quite good. (759 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Dogfish Head sniffer. 

A: Amber-colored and effervescent. Pillowy white head that slowly dies, leaving scattered lacing. 

S: Smoked pork, bacon, and campfire. A hint of sweet malt. 

T: Above smoke characteristics spread across palate. Very strong initially but its potency loosens a bit and then sweet caramel, grain and a bit of hoppy bitterness present themselves. 

M: Medium-bodied and appropriate medium-level carbonation. Not particularly warming.

D: A very attractive and balanced smoke beer. It tastes completely natural and has a sort of rustic charm that I find quite appealing.  (610 characters)

Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,057 characters)

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.