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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: 55
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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 safaricook
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattbk
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Copper, not much head or carbonation, suspended solids. Not a great start.
S: Super bacon. Maybe slight hop aroma, not much else. Smells nice, slightly one-dimensional?
T: Smoke, phenol, subtle malt character which is prune. Some bitter alcohol. As it warms, smoke subsides to malt character, sweetness. Not incredibly lagerlike. Just ok.
M: Thicker than I'd like. Fairly light in carbonation.
O: It's not the smoke I mind, it's the alcohol bitterness and the heavy mouthfeel. It's pretty rough, not very smooth. Will take some effort to finish.

Photo of snakeayes11
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mobrado
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oak, smoked sausage, leather, tobacco. The smoke is what it is. I'm not the biggest fan, but I can appreciate that this beer is well done. The Doppelbock underneath is a bit too sweet and one-dimensional and cannot fully stand up to the smoke. Needs food to pair it with, something that's very big and savory, but not too sweet in itself.

Photo of fscottkey
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: [3.50] Mid to light amber color. Produced a nice 1 1/2 finger head. The head was creamy and tight. The head dissipated pretty quickly. The bottle had a bit of sediment - but I think that is expected for the style. Beer is listed at 8% ABV. No dating on the bottle.

S: [3.75] Smoke. More specifically bacon. There is a distinct charred hardwood (like what bacon is cured over). Maybe some other hints of sweetness and caramel underneath.

T: [4.25] The taste follows the nose - but it is reversed. I get caramel and malty sweetness up front and then the smoked wood on the finish. There are no hops (or none that I can taste). I get no sense of the 8% alcohol - it is well hidden.

M: [4.50] Nice mouthfeel. Nothing cloying or drying at all.

O: [4.00] I have had one other smoked beer, from Germany, and it was over the top. This one is nicely balanced with more malt character. I really enjoyed this one. Very crisp and refreshing. No sense of alcohol burn, no drying or bittering. I think you could session a few of these.

Photo of ILuvBeer
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Desimoaj
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sirhc3034
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of blairdils
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whatsgoody
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ioannisdavios
1.2/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a cloudy brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong smoke, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight alcohol, strong smoke, sweet malt, slight wood, hint of pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, simple aroma that is mostly smoke, great feel, and good body.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of rostencrantz
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of smekermann
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.0 - Clear reddish copper with a small but dense white head.
S: 4.0 - Loads of smokiness, even sitting on my table while I type. Like sniffing liquid smoke.
T: 4.25 - Very smokey flavor of course, but it's also got really good bock-ish malt, bready, slightly toasted. Hop bitterness is very low, leaving it pretty sweet, but the smoke makes an excellent balancer for that.
M: 4.25 - Big bodied, as befits a strong dopplebock.
O: 4.5 - This would be a very good beer without the smoke. With it, it's great.

Photo of Brewndruid
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of LoudRed
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this 500ml bottle chilled in a pilsner glass.

The color is deep amber with light haze and some suspended floating matter with ecru head and very fine bead with thick ringlets off lace left holding. The smell is smokey and woody at first with mild sweet nutty scent and slightly spice with some wood araomatics adding earthiness with yeast which augments the mild caramel type malt smell. The feel is full with thick malt body with medium carbonation and slight smokey dry texture and semi-dry finish which carries a light spice and almost no alcohol in the finish witth residual smoke on the palate.

The flavor is rich with malt flavors with slight smoke on entry and sweet nutty flavor with light hop in the taste balancing some toffee in the middle with caramel and mild brown sugar with a slight fruitiness in the yeast with a slight dried apricot and mild bready toasted flavor adding to a slight cinnamon and vanilla accent with slight golden raisin type sweet and earthy flavor. There is a mild aromatic smoke in the dark fruity and woody finish which is not downplayed at all and compliments the layers of malt with slight taste of alcohol in the mostly dry finish. Overall this is wonderful and I think the oak smoke in the dopplebock fits very well with truly delicious results. A great example of how smoke can enhance and already great example of the dopplebock style -enjoyable in its subtlety yet fully flavored and rich w/ out any alcohol in the flavor which makes it deceptively drinkable and the smoke perfectly implemented in the aroma and flavor. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys smoked beer, strong lager or a dopplebock fan

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