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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 332
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pDev: 13.83%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-13-2009)
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an auburn hue into my goblet. There's a very thin ring for a head, but the beer has a great gem-like clarity to it. Minimal to no lacing. Aroma like that of charred embers, oakiness, and a savory characteristic. Like their other selections, the flavor is pleasantly complex. Charred wood, molasses, brown bread, smoked cheese, and peppercorn notes can be detected within the mix. The finish is soft, with a faint bitterness. Medium bodied with a noticeable ABV. So far, this is my favorite of the three Schlenkerla Rauchbiers I have tasted...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:51:42 | More by Neorebel
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pilsener glass. A slight gusher off the bottle pop. Pours a dull amber hue with a loose, fizzy, one-inch, cream-colored head the sizzles and pops as it dissipates into a broken slick. Nose expresses smoked, salt pork, some malty sweetness and a hint of toffee in the background. Taste is really quite interesting - the malt and toffee come out in the foreground, with the smoked, salt pork pleasantly integrated into the background - a juxtaposition of the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and some residual saltiness. Overall, an interesting beer - not my favorite from Schlenkerla, but a pretty unique example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 00:27:28 | More by Jwale73
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Caramel syrup with fiery carbonation. Incredible lacing. Really one of the best I have ever seen.

Smell: Salt and pepper covering notes of peat and scotch. I would like a bit more punch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like a cigar...there's that much smoke. Hints of bacon/pork fat...ok...more than hints...more like obvious overtones. The smoke really makes this worth it. Crisp/active feeling, but a tad flat in the finish, most likely due to the overwhelming heavy body.

Overall: I could possibly justify calling this my favorite beer ever.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 04:01:24 | More by tjsdomer2
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into Maudite tulip glass.
Pours a gold - copper with modest head, significant bubbles on side of glass.
Aroma of liquid smoke, sour wheat, rye.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malts and liquid smoke...slight notes of fennel, powdered sugar, Indian spices, floral and straw hops.
OK...so I'm an admitted fan of Schlenkerla even though the smoke is often off the charts (hint...age it 3 years and it'll smooth out, all their flavors mellow out wonderfully with age), and this one is as intriguing as the others, but different. As a doppelbock this is way smoky and flavor-wise bodacious, but also very drinkable to those that appreciate a good smoked brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:39:00 | More by DenverLogan
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AltBock

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle with the standard Schlenkerla label. This version is a dark forest green with a silver border. Inside the rectangular label is the name of the beer in German, but it was written in some white hard to read old school weird font lettering. Below the name of the beer is a wreath made of leaves and acorns. The back dark forest green label contains a lengthy description of the beer and all the mandatory US information. Missing from the labels is a best before date or a bottle code.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this smoky beer was a crystal clear amber with some faint tangerine orange highlights along the sides. The initial head of foam was about 3/4 of an inch in height and cotton white in color. This cotton white head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a tiny skim of foam and a few small blots of lace around the glass. I'm pretty sure that I haven't had a crystal amber Doppelbock before.

The aroma was smoky as hell! It was as strong as their other smoked beers. The first smoky aroma that came pouring out was the hickory smoked bacon. Behind the bacon was some smoked ham, beech wood, a dab of smoked sausage, a pinch of black pepper, a touch of smoked malts, and a subtle whiff of green olives. It smelled like every smoky aroma had a sweet undertone to it. The aroma was unique for a Doppelbock, but not a Rauchbier.

The taste was smoky, but not as smoky as the aroma indicated the taste might be. The first taste that I got was the smoked malts. Waiting behinds the smoked malts was some hickory smoked bacon, a little smoked ham, a dash of black pepper, and a pinch of beech wood. While all the smoky aroma had a sweet undertone to them, the smoky tastes had a slightly bitter undertone to them. If the beer's tastes were as smoky as the beer's aroma, this beer would tasted like you were drinking a beer from a smoke stack or from a pit BBQ.

Even though this was a 8% ABV smoky beer, it was more a medium bodied beer than a full bodied beer. The aftertaste was smoky of course. Did you expect anything different? The aftertaste of smoked ham, bacon, and malts lingered on for a little bit. I had a hard time tasting and feeling the beer's somewhat high 8% ABV.

To me it tasted like the brewery combined the Rauchbier style with the Doppelbock style. A part of me wished that there were more smoky flavors in the taste and aftertaste. I think my taste buds were jealous with what my nose smelled. It was the aroma of this beer that made it for me. Would I drink this beer again? Probably not. If I want a smoky beer, I'll order a Rauchbier or a Smoked Porter. If I want a Doppelbock, I'll order a Doppelbock. I don't want to cut any corners and get another bottle of a Smoky Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 02:47:48 | More by AltBock
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color around the edges with a noticeably darker, copper center. Mostly murky and hazy with only slight transparency in the outer-amber crust. The cap is a weird shade of beige, possibly with some grey tint to it; decent retention and mild lacing left near the very top of the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles stream to the top of the beer - this one started slowly bubbling over after popping the cap.

As expected, a deep blanket of smokey goodness cleanses my nostrils the second I begin to bring the beer to my face. The smoke is deep and robust with a soft, underlying sweetness. It's got the "meaty" vibe going just a bit, hinting at smoked sausage or bacon. However the smoke seems a little sweeter in this as compared to the marzen and urbock. The malts seem to be heavier as they inject a caramel and toffee-like sweetness to the mix. In this sense, the smoke isn't quite as "forward" as some of the other Schlenkerla beers, rather it's more entwined. Strong notes of oak come out halfway through as well, and get even more forward upon the warming of the beer.

After my first sip, I'm surprised to find that the smoke flavor is much lighter on the palate than the nose would lead you to think. It's definitely still a huge contributing factor to the flavor, though; liquid smoke, soft sweetness, lightly burnt campfire wood, oak. The smoke flavors show unexpected complexity, actually. Equal in power, however, are the malts; caramely sweet, lightly sticky like toffee, and granting a substantial plum-like fruitness on the very tail end. Also in the finish is big-time bread and a lightly fading, sweet smoke and burnt wood flavor. Alcohol undetectable at first but provides some warmth halfway through the brew. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouth feel with lots of carbonation.

Pretty damn good - if I had to choose, I'd say I like this better than the Marzen but not quite as much as the Urbock. The smoke flavors are a little more balanced in the way that the malt character seems to be much more "loaded up" in this one. The oak makes a very solid contribution to the flavor as well. Very enjoyable to drink - Heller-Trum is quickly becoming one of my favorite overseas breweries.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 16:32:40 | More by tectactoe
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is amber in color with some suspended yeast. It looks kind of cool with carbonation bubbles rising from the laser etchings and the yeast falling. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head.

S - It smells like smoked, salted pork. Got dam it makes me want some bacon!

T - At first I taste nothing except salty pork treats. Eventually, some floral hops and malt break through to say hi.

M - It is pretty thin for a dopplebock.

O - I like rauchbiers. This is no exception. It may have invigorated my love. This beer leaves me craving salty snacks and pork products. This would be great with barbecue or anything with bacon involved.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:27:24 | More by buschbeer
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep amber color with almost no head

S: Very smoky. Notes of smoked meat, oak, and damp fire pit (in a good way). Also get quite a bit of maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Smokiness compliments the huge amount of maltiness quite well. Get notes of smoke, oak, saltiness/meatiness, fruitiness, sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Finishes with light smoke and sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly thick

O: A very good smoked doppelbock with just the right amount of smoke to compliment the huge amounts of malt used. One of my favorites when it's available

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:17:21 | More by BEERMILER12
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a big fan of smoke beers, this may be my favorite from Schlenkerla. The fact that doppelbocks are among my favorite styles earns this beer points as well. Poured into a glass, the beer had a murky brown color with variations. The aroma reminded me most of smoked ham. Even though I do not eat/like ham, I love the aroma. In the initial taste, one gets the best qualities of a doppelbock and a smoke beer. The sweetness of the malt jumps to the front, but it is nicely balanced by the character of the smoke. In both case, the sizes of the taste are huge while balancing each other out. The malts sour slightly in the aftertaste, while the smoke lingers on the roof of the mouth. The thick texture allows the smoke to stick. This is a well-developed smoke beer, and a fabulous example of a doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:25:44 | More by JohnnyHopps
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Started to gush upon opening. I was at first concerned about infection. Nice golden amber color. Very clean looking. Moderate amount of smoke in the aroma. Mild malt behind all that. Big huge smoke flavor. Label says oak but I really get the cherrywood smoke in there. Sweeness from the malt. Very clean even with the huge smoke flavor. Damn solid mouthfeel. More and more enjoyable as it goes down. Really worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:52:36 | More by lackenhauser
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm assuming this beer was not just made in 2009. Big fan of this brewery.

A- Poured into a chalice from the 16.9oz bottle, not exactly proper but fine by me. Body has a dark red-brown hue and is pretty much opaque. Small white head forms with some fizzy bubbles and decent retention. Thin, creamy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Who would have guessed? Smoky. This smoke reminds me more of a campfire than the others, not salty and seaweed like the peat. Very strong smoky fire and some dark fruits and caramel in the background.

T- Some sweetness from the malts comes through here and definitely more layered than the aroma. The campfire, burning log smoke is integrated in with toasted brown malts, candied dark fruit, brown sugar, actual oak wood, caramel and some esters. Something like citrus here and there too.

MF- A nice and silky, creamy feel overall. It feels nice and thick which works well with the sweetness and big flavors present. Smoke in the finish, like charred wood chips.

Someday I will do a side by side of all of this breweries beers. This one seems like one of the more complex ones, maybe because of the higher ABV and darker malts. What a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 02:13:00 | More by cbutova
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dar482

New York

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a copper, clear color.

The aroma is of huge oak smoke.

The flavor has a huge lager maltiness. The mouthfeel is clean with a huge smoke bite. It almost has a bacon mouthfeel with how much smoke there is in there. There's a breadiness to big the beer lots of character, along with the smokiness.

I do somewhat prefer the Rauchbier Marzen because the darker malt flavors make it so drinkable. However, this is quite amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 04:16:24 | More by dar482
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Rast

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle watching the Wichita State Shockers knock off (1) Gonzaga.

Purchased on recommendation of Matthew of Virginia Wine Warehaus in Charlottesville, VA fame. His admonition: don't let Beer Advocate hype strangle yr taste & instincts. Respect. Pours a nice amber. Pretty ho hum. No indication of the tidal wave of taste to come. Odor wafts up with soft smells of smoke. Where there's smoke there's FIRE. The taste is immediate: charred, smoked, burnt, formerly on fire. Swallowing doesn't erase the memory of the inferno. Years can't erase the memory.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:16:53 | More by Rast
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rand

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From 500mL bottle to mug

A: Blood orange in color, syrupy and viscous in complexion. Not a lot of carbonation is apparent, and a small, wispy head quickly disapears after a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Smokey, leathery, boozy, surrounded by notes of honey-sweet malts. Smells like an unlit cigar dipped in cognac.

T: The sweet aspects just to front of the palate, surprisingly. Lots of smoky, woody, burnt notes throughout, but the sugary aspects keep the beer from tasting like a campfire. Touches of citrusy tang toward the middle of sip, but the smoke never goes away, closing with a long and sweet finish.

M: Chewy and sticky, a little bit too much. Sticks to all the crevices of the mouth.

Not the best of the Aecht line up. I'm not sure the heavy malt-sweetness works well pressed up against all of that smoke, but it may be that they just need to adjust the ratios a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 06:14:55 | More by rand
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Provisions in Northampton, MA. I think it was $5, something like that. No code. Served cold in a tulip. I've had this waiting in the fridge for about a month, really been looking forward to it.

A: Moderate pour gives 1/2" of frothy light tan head, very active and bubbly, tons of carbo is visible clinging to the glass and rising upward. It settles after slowly boiling for a minute, just a little big of foam left clinging to the glass. Clear copper brew.

S: Leathery, tobacco-y smokey delicousness. Super smooth semi-sweet malty body lurks underneath. Wow does this smell damn good.

T: Good, but not as exceptional as the smell. Kinda 1-dimensional, just some smoky elements and a little bit of malty sweetness. Not much complexity.

M: The carbo is a bit on the aggressive side but not sharp or offensive. Probably a bit more crisp and dry than is typical for an 8% doppelbock, but I like it this way because its less filling. Not heavy or cloying.

O: I had super high expectations and that led me to be a bit underwhelmed. Not as phenomenal as I had hoped. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 04:25:42 | More by BeerNinja007
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle. Pokal glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Brownish amber color, clear appearance. Tan froth creates a close, small bubbled crown. Good retention & rings left on sides. Intense smoky aroma & caramel malts underneath, leather hues. Delicate malty upfront is attacked by clean bitterness but gentle Bamberg touch provides creamy sensation. Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Floral & earthy notes in the middle linger into a dry bitter finish. Slight burnt wood on the aftertaste. ABV seems to be well masked but it quickly climbs to your head!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 08:08:33 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche has essentially no head, just a few big, soapy, off-white bubbles. There is no lacing. The appearance is hazy and rust-red, with gray-white sediment floating about and some tiny bubbles that race to the top. The araoma is of smoked pork, and the flavor is of the same, with some underlying malt sweetness, caramel, and a decent amount of hop bitterness in the bottom of the sip. Mouthfeel is watery, and Aecht Sclenkerla Eiche finishes semi-dry, mild, and odd. Overall, I rate this unusual Christmas beer very high, even though it takes some getting used to. You may not like it, but you won't forget it.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:04:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After popping the top off, a slow very thick foam emerges. Modest but lasting head. Leaves a near blanket of lace. The liquid is deep copper with what appears to be suspended bubbles. Otherwise, it appears clear.

Very smoky aroma, like the end of a camp fire. Smells slightly medicinal.

Lightly sweet with a strong smoke presence. The aftertaste is similar to charred wood. The swallow is still sweet but afterward the smoke gives it a dry finish. Rich bodied with an above average level of carbonation.

Initially, I thought the smoke was way too strong, but the taste is growing on me. The sweet/smoke combination seems to work better than dry rauchbiers. Comes across like an Islay Scotch--still a beer but with a solid dollop of smokiness in the smell/taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 23:39:17 | More by smcolw
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Ruby, great clarity, white head recedes a little quick but laces well.

S/T - Solid Schlenkerla smoke. Maybe not quite as intense as the Urbock and Marzen. Caramel, nutty, bready malts play a bit of a larger role in this one. Finishes sweet and smokey.

M - Full body, low carb level, finishes dry. alcohol well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:53:43 | More by garuda
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven. Never heard of the brewery before. On tap list as "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Oak Smoke." Review from notes.

The beer was served in a tulip. Crystal clear reddish amber with a big, puffy white head. Not much retention or lacing. The smell is big smoke, with a little bit of sweet malt. Not terribly complicated but good.

The taste isn't what I was expecting. I now see that the style is a Doppelbock but I didn't know that at the time. A scotch-y smokiness is prominent throughout, but there's also a fantastic deep toffee malt sweetness. The combination of smoke and sweetness is fabulous, and a new experience for me. Smoked doppelbocks -- who new? The overall effect is somehow meaty. Ham? Mouthfeel is slick, very low carbonation, and I can't detect any alcohol presence.

This is one of the more interesting beers I've tried in some time. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and the smoked doppelbock is something I'll definitely keep my eyes open for from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 13:25:07 | More by CharlatanSin
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greatdanewp


4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Amber in color and clear; low to medium head carbonation; low head retention. Did not have the high head retention of a typical doppelbock.

Smell- Intense smoke in the nose with a slight scent of olives.

Taste- Smokiness throughout from the second it hits your tongue and for 20 minutes after you take a drink. Very smooth for a high alcohol beer with little to no hint of alcohol flavors-perfect adaptation of a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel- Heavy with a good feel of carbonation.

Overall- This beer is a unique character and one that every beer drinker should try at least once; Perfect companion with smoked meats!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:14:42 | More by greatdanewp
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this based on the blind faith earned by their rauchbier, the best of style, in my opinion, and a bier that made me feel like the real German that I was born. So for the most part it lives up to this high standard.

First, the bad. The beer is missing a head. I am drinking it a little cold, but still, it has little going on in the appearance except a very pretty color and perfect clarity. The great smoky aroma starts making up for this and the taste does it too. It's perfectly malty and (compared to the rauchbier) a nice light smoke flavor.

The aftertaste continues with malt and smoke flavors. Hops are very low down anywhere as is any booze flavor. Overall, this is a great German bier and a very easy drinking doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 18:46:57 | More by schoolboy
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Poured into my Eiche balloon glass. My really vigorous pour resulted in a very sudsy cream colored head, though no larger than a finger high. It recedes fairly quickly after a minute or two and leaves the beautiful ruby-colored beer bare on top. The clarity is decent, but kind of hazed. Honestly would love to give this beer a higher score for appearance just because the color is so spectacular, but 8% ABV isn't high enough to account for a missing head in my opinion.

It comes as no surprise that this Bamburg beer shows off a heaping smoke aroma. Very nice smoked malts that are not overly aggressive and still allow the rich malt aroma to shine through in the background. Notes of autumn leaves on fire, sweet sherry and plum skins.

Really great tasting beer! The smoked malts are delicate and far from over-bearing. They lend a meatiness to the sweet malt flavor, which is lightly balanced by Hallertau hops in the backend. Also, the smoke really shows up in the exhale and aftertaste. It lends a "woodiness" to the flavor that I really dig and it reminds me of a great scotch.

The beer has very modest carbonation and by the end of the glass it feels flat. The gentle carbonation does give the beer a much softer impression, which the medium body helps contribute to, and I will say that this does not seem like a beer that clocks in at 8% ABV!

This smoked doppelbock is superbly balanced. There is no denying the smoked malt here, but it is so controlled and it lets the rich malt sweetness shine through, which brings its own character to the table as well. I would revisit this beer anytime. Very good, and I easily downed that 500mL bottle by myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:13:51 | More by MusicaleMike
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 00:56:08 | More by tronester
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle poured into a stange glass.

Appearance
Brownish amber with 1-2 fingers of light tan head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Big meaty campfire smoke and fire logs with a caramel sweetness.

Taste
Big caramel sweetness with slices of rye bread. Medium smokiness with hints of bacon mid-palate. The campfire gets richer towards the finish with smoked meats and cherrywood. Some residual breadiness lingers as well as oak and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and clean.

Overall
Meaty, smoky, sweet. I like. The sweet malts do a good job balancing the smoke. The 8% abv is hidden extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 18:56:10 | More by justintcoons
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.