Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 53
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Lugenbeast
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of AltBock
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tectactoe
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of jricharc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Rast
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rand
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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 jump 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.

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of alelover
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of speedvagen
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.