Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 66
Gots: 44 | 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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Ratings: 764 | Reviews: 374
Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with two fingers of frothy cream coloured head.

Smell - smoked meat, sausage spices, caramel malts, dark fruits (plum), leafy hop, and hint of toffee

Taste - Hit away with the smoke meat and sausage spices followed the caramel malts, touch of dark fruits, toffee sweetness, and hint of leafy hops

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant sweetness.

Overall - A nice malty doppelbock with the twist of adding the smoked meat and sausage spices to the brew. This one is definitely an interesting brew for those wanting to venture off the beaten path from your standard doppelbock.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, this beer is a beautiful, dark amber with a light tan head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no noticeable lacing.
The aroma is quite remarkable: Sweet malt and biscuit and baking bread and that underlying smoked char. Lovely.
Amazing taste this beer. I keep thinking it's a liquid Pixies song; instead of soft-loud-soft, it's bitter-sweet-bitter. Lots of bitter, dark fruit and spice right off, then sweet caramel and toffee and then a spicy and dry bitter. And beneath it all, that wonderful lingering oak char with hints of vanilla thrown in.
Moutfeel is medium-thin and a bit sticky.
Overall, this is just a great beer.

Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Smoked taste takes a lot of place. Unfortunately, the doppelbock side is quite hidden.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Hazy dark amber and not much of a head.

S: Smoke and malt.

T: Wow. This is really weird and awesome at the same time. It tastes like smoked BBQ ribs. Notes of popcorn, butter, oak wood, burnt bread, and spices are prominent. There is a nice background taste of sugar sweetness.

M: Fairly thick and syrupy, but on the light side as well.

O: Really awesome and original. Never had a beer like this at all, and wasn't disappointed.

Photo of Dentist666
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper/amber beer with golden 2-finger head. Moderate retention.
Smell of smoked malts, peculiar and pleasant.
Taste is malty, full of smoke, slight bitterness in the finish.
Syrupy, full-bodied, utterly balanced.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquor Shed.

A clear copper pour, small head of foam, not much lacing.

The smoke sure does dominate the nose. I get a hint of malty sweet notes from the DB base beer but not much.

More of the DB style shines through in the taste. Bready, sweet, and of course, the smoke.

Medium body, light to medium co2.

A brewery famous for their rauchbiers, this did not disappoint.

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

Wood smoked malt dominates the nose.
Pours deep ruby tinted amber with a rich 2" off-white persistent head.
The big smoky caramelly malty rich palate reminds me of wood roast pork chops or fall off the bone smoked pork shoulder. It is very rich and wonderful but it is very hard to drink more than one at a sitting.
Creamy smooth, a little oily, medium full body, medium low carbonation.
A unique classic.

Photo of Dave_Palmer
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Love the oak smoke malt flavor. Great cloudy color and awesome nose. Would be perfect wish some smokey pulled pork with a nice South Carolina vinegar dipping sauce.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish colour, head is sparse and bubbly. Beige colour, thin lace, not much head. Looks pretty meh.

Wooo-o-o-ah. Bacon. So smokey. So meaty. Almost smells like pepperoni. Huge peaty character with a lot of peppery spice, sour green pepper and even garlic notes. Woah. Such a complex smokey, meaty aroma. Love it.

Taste starts off sweeter, then gets more smokey, but there's also a subdued, background character like it's all smothered by something else. Maybe a bit too sweet - there's notes of bacon, black pudding and charry wood, but there's a veil of brown sugar and malt over the top as well, which sort of muffles the smoke without adding too much. Feel like it should just tone down the sweetness a bit. The smoke complexities should own this more.

Fairly fluid, to the point of being watery. Bit of spicy texture. Not bad.

Had so much promise on the nose; lots of character but it just feels muffled. Still a fascinating palate, I have to give kudos for the complexity.

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

Brauerei Heller-Trum have really gone out of their way to make Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock, brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot or "German Beer Purity Law" with 100% oak smoke and matured in vats deep underground during weihnachtszeit or the yuletide season, perfect. Now I will judge it. Taste buds have been activated and are set for launch.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Friendly yeast particles float around in this cloudy copper bodied brew with a minimal cream lace ring on top.

S: Not nearly as smoky as their Urbock, with notes of oak-charred vanilla, sweet caramel, plum, bread yeast and all-spice. It certainly hits that Christmas spot [you know that spot on your body between the elbow and the... argh, forget it].

T: Smooth, so smooth, makes that Urbock seem like a brash young whipper-snapper! The profile is as expected vanilla, sweet caramel, plum, bread yeast and all-spice. There is a mellowness to the smoke that belies the ABV and makes you sit back and ponder things like doing your tax return with each sip. Then you slip back into reality and realise that you hate doing your tax returns, then you take another sip... ahhh, tax returns. It is a subtle mistress this Doppelbock.

M: Here is where it under-performs its Urbock cousin/brother/sister/relative-in-law; medium bodied with a watery light carbonation (lacking in body).

D: Craftier than its Urbock sibling with a tastier, less aggressive smoke and hardly a hint of booze, this is one Brauerei Heller-Trum Aecht Schlenkerla brew that really slides under the radar and would make you blind without you knowing it if you should be foolish enough to drink more than a few. Ultimately though I have really gravitated more towards more fulsome brews and the Urbock, despite being lighter in ABV and bolder in smoke, wins my affections.

Food match: Triamisu [if you haven't figured this out by now I am totally making this shit up].

Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a foamy cream head that dissipates fairly quickly to almost nothing.

Smoke and meaty goodness comes to the forefront of the aroma. There's a slightly sweet underlying malt character that accompanies the phenolic smoke.

Flavor reveals a sweet melanoidin and toasted malt backbone, which is nicely contrasted by the smoke that kicks in most palate. The finish is lightly dry and floral. Herbal hop notes lend a tea-like impression.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the lower side. Alcohol warmth is subtle.

Smoke is far more prevalent in the aroma than the flavor, which is actually fairly balanced. Would be a little sweet for a doppelbock, but the smoky notes prevent that from being noticed.

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Made with smoked oak, rather than smoked beechwood - hmmmm, I wonder if Anheuser Busch has tried that out?

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two beefy (the aroma is already infiltrating my consciousness) fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and almost caked dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of woodsmoke-infused dried meat, semi-sweet caramel malt, a twinge of hard toffee, wet brown toast, campfire-melted funky cheese, scorched rubber-like phenols, twisted vanilla, and faint earthy, singed leafy hops. The taste is actually less smoky than I was expecting (lots of room to move in that particular direction), with the same glowing log effluent character moved to the, ahem, near back burner, allowing a strongly caramelized malt to arise, with a touch of biscuity toffee, dark, reduced orchard fruit, edgy warming alcohol, and some still stunned weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly prominent, a bit surprisingly, the swirling frothiness doing well to distribute the flavours, the body a solid medium-full weight, and nicely smooth, once you sublimate all that lurking smoky acridity, which is apparently not all that hard of a thing to do. It finishes on the sweet side, the complex and complicated smoke starting to blow off, leaving us with but a boozy, caramel-heavy, and bready maltiness.

A pretty deft application of the rauchbier treatment to a big doppelbock, the German version of overt style blending, I guess. Everything comes off well enough, the smoke having its way with my palate, before ceding the floor to the equally sturdy, strong like bull, base lager. Once again, a tad scary at first contact, but by the end, it's got me wondering about the times when all beer tasted at least a bit like this.

Photo of stevoj
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another excellent addition to the Schlenkerla lineup. Sweet malt accented with the deep smoked malts, reminiscent of smoked meats. Copper body with small creamy head, fine carbonation and lots of suspended particulates. Aroma of wood smoke (from a fire), taste comes in with sweet malt and smoked meats. Abrupt finish with some lingering smokiness. Rauchbiers are an acquired taste, but this is a fine example.

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 550 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

The pour is medium amber with a big head and a slight haze. But generally brown.

Check out that smoked cheese aroma! That's the main thing I get along with the caramel malts but limited hops.

Medium or so body but it feels fuller than that.

The taste is alive with smoked cheese and smoked goodness. Caramel malts and mild hops seem secondary. I love beers with a good smoked quality and this one really does the trick. I could have it multiple times.

Photo of jwhancher
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a single at Local 44's bottle shop this past Wednesday. Poured into large tulip for review.

Looks clear copperish amber with nice fluffy white head that persists. Carbonation seems good.

Has that classic smoke beer aroma. Smoky phenols that reminds me of sitting around a campfire. Noble hops and a bit of toast. High level of smoke in relation to standard Doppelbock makeup.

Tastes of oak smoke which gives way to classic bacon-like flavors. Or a glazed ham. Really well done and one of a kind. Tastes medium with a touch of malt sweetness with balanced bitterness. Hop flavors low to none.

World class smoke beer. Well brewed and nicely done. Would definitely drink again as I'm a big fan of this style.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark amber that looks almost ruby reddish given the right light. Nice lacing. Smell of smoke is not as intense as the darker cousin. Tons of white particles. This beer has substance and is alive! Lots of faint fruitiness. Tastes great and not too heavy. A nice summer smokey alternative to the darker beer. Great beer!

Photo of ASonner
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in short glasses, at a tasting. Very nice appearance. Not a beer I would drink every day, but very unique! The smokiness was overpowering at times (leave subtleness out in this one!), and agreed from previous comments that this is best had ice cold. I would buy again for a group tasting to get a variety of opinions. Glad to have tried this one.

Photo of BradC
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown, thin head and minimal lacing.

Smells of wood smoke, vanilla

Tastes like a doppelbock, sweet, caramel, vanilla and the perfect amount of smoked malt to give it that Rauchbier quality but still let the base style come through

Full bodies and light carbonation, nice chewy doppelbock

Overall a great doppelbock and smoked beer. Definitely recommend if you like this style.

Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$4.49
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Schlenkerla's Oak Smoke shows off an incredibly vibrant tarnished copper body that absolutely glows when backlit. The foam borders on beige and easily grows to two fingers. As it settles to an impressive cap of creaminess it leaves sheet lacing down the glass with drink lines even thicker yet.

Smoke. The nose is chock full of that campfire smokiness that Schlenkerla does so well... and aggressively. Dense smoke permeates all with smoldering logs, smoked meats, and a touch of rubber. The maltiness is dense and ranges from doughy bread to caramel to black bread with a little spiciness. Malt forward as it rests and the smoke settles.

The smoke isn't near as dominant in the flavor as the nose suggested. Doughy malts dominate although permeated by open fire. A touch of fruitiness rolls through the middle, plum mostly, before rich caramel and heavier smoke pick up on the finish. The smoke runs throughout but in waves of intensity while allowing the other characteristics to shine.

The carbonation is soft and the body smooth. There's a bit of hefty to the body, never exceeding much beyond moderate, but enough to let you know there is some substantiality. The finish leaves behind a touch of sweetness and smoke, though only moderate, manages to permeate very nook and cranny. Very nicely done.

Oak Smoke is another outstanding beer from Schlenkerla. The smoke is more subdued than most of their offerings, besides the hells, and therefore more approachable. This even handedness with the smoke allows the bready sweetness to shine through so the base can be enjoyed as well. Recommended.

Photo of Uanof
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to mug.

A: has a beautiful amber caramel color with a head that's in absolute no hurry to leave this beer behind.

S: smoked wood, vanilla, nutmeg and more smoked!

T: the taste is more subtle than your nose would lead you to believe, it's just he right amount of smoke as to not overpower the subtleness of a doppelbock.

M: medium bodied, no stickyness, no dryness, just beer flowing thru your taste buds and smoked notes adorning your molars.

O: i believe this to be a great approach on a doppelbock, it gives it an extra "spicyness" to the flavor profile and at the same it allows the doppelbock to be a doppelbock. For 8% this is a brew i would definitely go back to again and again given the right circumstances.

Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a 2F head in a Pilsner glass. Lighter than most
Doppelbocks I have tasted.

Aroma- striking. Peat and smoke. As if you were there- by a fireplace or near a kiln.
The best aroma of any smoked beer I have tasted.

Mouth feel quite moderate, although carbonation bubbles were visible coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Taste: excellent- the smoke and peat transition well from the aroma. The beer loses some of the peatiness and smoke as it warms, so it's best to drink it colder.

Overall, one of the best smoked beers I have tasted. A classic German smoked beer. look for it.

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
2.14/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy bronze amber, no visible carbonation, no head.

S: Smoked meat, specifically bologna, is the dominant scent. It smells very similar to a home that has a traditional wood burning stove. Very slight sweet fruit can be found if you look hard enough.

T: Smoked meat on the front end that lingers, and a sweet dark fruit taste on the back end that accumulates through the pint.

M: Absolutely flat, no carbonation, slight alcohol sensation that hangs out for a minute before moving on. A very light body for a doppelbock.

O: Change of pace beer to have once in a very long while, but I only got halfway through the pint, and am not interested in coming back anytime soon.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into goblet
Vintage cellar $ 5.95/bottle
Lovely aroma of smoke
Head nonexistent
Lacing poor
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor very malty and smokey, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Medium palate, slightly oily, carbonation soft

Lack of head/poor lacing detracts from the appearance, but served closer to 50 degrees the head is quite nice. Another good rauch from Bamberg.

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.