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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 54
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of JMad
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep amber/ burnt orange color with a tall, frothy, off white head that stuck to the glass nicely.

It's aroma is bursting with oak smoke, it's just like a campfire. I also picked up some sweet malty smells but it was quickly taken over by the campfire.

Wow, the flavor is almost as impressive as the aroma, it's like I bit into a piece of charred wood and beef jerky. I think I noticed a hint of dark fruit and toffee in the background somewhere.

The liquid is kind of thick, nice and warm from the abv and has the perfect amount of carbonation.

Another great beer, I don't see how Schlenkerla fits this much smoke in a beer, it's really good.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of DIM
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: Clear, surprisingly pale, golden amber color; poured with small fizzy head.

s: Mellow, prickly smoke with a hint of sweet bread. I couldn't find all that much here.

t: Plenty more going on in the mouth, I'm liking it. Woody smoke throughout, but plenty more manages to come through. Sweet bread and some caramel up front. Chocolate and sugary tannins at the end. A little too much lingering sweetness.

m: A bit watery.

o: I might have had an older bottle. I liked this but I might have loved it if it wasn't as sugary. Are there any other smoked doppelbocks to try?

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

An interesting doppelbock, using smoke to balance the dense bread crust and caramel malt flavors. Very good, though perhaps lacking the dried fruit flavors that tend to be so enjoyable in other examples of the style. One to definitely try, and seek out again without hesitation if the taste arises.

Pours a 1.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, fading in under one minute to a thick ring of residual foam around the perimeter of the beer and a small island of wispy foam lingering over the center of the body. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. Beer is a medium-light caramel color (light golden brown), with light bringing out golden orange hues and yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent beer, though it is small in number and lethargic in activity.

Aroma of heavy, tangy, surprisingly smooth smoked malts over a dense, heavy caramel malt base with minor flourishes of nearly burnt toast.

Overall flavor is of heavy smokiness joined to a substantial caramel malt base . Front of palate picks up light smokiness with a notable Maillard reaction sweetness (like caramelized sugars and dark bread crusts). Mid-palate finds a major increase in the smokiness, bringing full-on grass and wood smoke together with barbecue-like tanginess and toasted bread crusts. Back of palate picks up continued strong, smoked malts (grass and wood fire complexity) with notable tanginess, heavy bread crusts, and very mild bitterness. Aftertaste of caramel malt and toasted bread crust sweetness joined to tangy campfire-like smoke.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with low levels of carbonation, resulting in a smooth, slightly placid mouthfeel that actually complements the thick smoke and caramel flavors of the beer. Closes dry, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

Photo of acceptmj
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours smooth with a thin white head very little lacing and dissipates quickly

S: very little in the smell except for a light smoky note. not getting much else

T: a little fruit is present but finishes with smoke notes and becomes dominant. but the flavor doesn't linger and is pleasant. very malty the whole way through

M: medium body and slight coating but it is thinner than I had expected

O: I was pleased to buy this very good especially when you are craving a Doppelbock. Give it a try

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.