Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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4.16/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-27-2014 02:03:37 | More by biboergosum
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-27-2014 01:52:01 | More by stevoj
4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
05-26-2014 21:02:33 | More by puboflyons
4.59/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
05-26-2014 01:20:11 | More by jwhancher
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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!
05-06-2014 23:05:09 | More by Richardbeerlover
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.