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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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652 Ratings
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 52
Gots: 29 | 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:
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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Photo of greatdanewp
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

greatdanewp, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Bix
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Bix, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

sneaks2210, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of 2neardead
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

2neardead, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

schoolboy, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

MusicaleMike, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of tronester
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

tronester, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

justintcoons, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Fuzzycuffs
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Fuzzycuffs, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Rusty_Pabst
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Rusty_Pabst, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, amber-brown in color with a fizzy, very light brown head that builds and fades fairly quickly. No lace or retention at all. It's actually pretty cool. Very clean beer.

S: Obviously a ton of smoke, heavily roasted malt, charred meat, and wood/peat. You actually get the oak if you know what a wet oak forest or freshly cut oak wood smells like. Earth, metal, motor oil, manliness, freedom. It's all there.

T: Everything in the nose is here, but it's a bit sweeter than expected. The roasted malt and smoked wood give the malt a truly unique and tasty quality. Do I get a faint hop presence? A slight hint of alcohol as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Crazy smooth, big and balanced flavor, not cloying, the right carbonation, great body. A very enjoyable drinking experience.

O: Not your typical Doppelbock. If you like woody flavors, this is for you. A different kind of smokiness compared to their other beers but it's an awesome departure from this style. These guys can't make a bad smoke beer. I can't even imagine drinking these brews at their brewery. It will happen.

Gatch, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Vinylboy20
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Vinylboy20, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of kvnstfrd
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a 16 oz. glass goblet.
Pours a gorgeous, clear, dark amber color with a two-finger off-white head that doesn’t hang around too long. Some lacing left on the glass. The aroma of smoked ham and toasted bread with a grainy, earthiness to it. Smoky flavor up front, then the sweet caramel malts come forward. There is a nice earthy hop flavor and some dark fruity flavors that linger. A hint of alcohol in the finish. Definitely a dopplebock and the smoke flavor doesn’t cover it up. Nice balance. Medium body and a nice low level of carbonation, smooth and silky. Overall a very drinkable beer at 8% ABV, and a very good and unique version of the style. The oak-smoked malt is definitely more subtle than their beech-smoked offerings. I have to say this is my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla; If you didn’t like smoked beers you’ve tried before, (I didn't) I would recommend trying this one. It is definitely unique.

kvnstfrd, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of matingram
4/5  rDev -1%

matingram, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky amber with good cream colored head, retained well.

Aroma is bbq smoke, smoked meats, oak and a good dose of toffee. Smokehouse meets toffee factory. No discernible hop aromas. Really pleasant.

Sweet toffee & caramel with mild peppery spice and hints of vanilla work back into a building smoked meat character. Lasting finish. Low bitterness and soft mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to reach the threshold for what this is, well done.

For what this is, they really hit the mark here. Beautiful meld of sweet toffee and caramel meets the aggressive smoke character.

hoptualBrew, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of ARCAChanger27
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ARCAChanger27, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light murk in the deep amber brown glass. Holds the thinnest of halos of white head and gives up a little lacing, but nothing special to look at.

Smell: Boom. Ham. Smokey ham. Almost a leathery note, lightly earthy, but just ham.

Taste: The smokey balances out nicely with the toffee light sweetness giving a complicated but never overwhelming experience. The ham bit is firm and probably stomps out some of the subtle flavors of the rich malt, but it's a feast of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick, low carbonation, light coat in the finish.

Overall: A holiday treat. Definitely worth seeking out and trying.

Big thanks to Illudium for the sample!

HardTarget, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of udouche
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into 500ml Klosterbrauerei Andechs stein

A - Poured a deep carmel amber brown. There was very little of the creamy white head. Thin lacing.

S - Sizzling bacon, rock salt, sweet malts.

T - Comes in with powerful bacon, settles with sweet malty sugars. Washes with sweet smoke and a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Leave a sticky sweetness behind.

O - Offers a complexity not usually found in dopplebocks, but doesn't over power the palate. Schlenkerla works magic in my book, and this may be the best of all.

udouche, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1%

Texasfan549, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of jcoulighan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jcoulighan, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

szmnnl99, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1%

kjkinsey, Dec 29, 2012
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.