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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 800
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 71
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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 rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear aged copper color with a creamy and bubbly off-white head that last as a thin film of stick foam. There is a gentle carbonation of micro bubbles.

S- The fragrant meaty smoke has a light band-aid aroma and a woody finish.

T- The woody smoke notes are followed by a biting green hops that are Noble in quality. The finish is crisp and dry with a bitter smoke flavor that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a crisp carbonation with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- I love all their other beers but this beer has bitterness and over the top smoke dominating the flavor making it almost undrinkable. There needs to be some other support, at least a bit, and the woody band-aid notes mixed with the bitter green finish just hang on the tongue.

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Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had out of a 25 ounce bottle.
A- Very strong streams of small bubbles coming up the side that lead to a full, creamy head that leaves a good deal of lace behind. Amber in color. A bit hazy.
S- Nice smokey scent with a fruity undertone.
T- That Schlenkerla smokiness certainly comes through. This is lovely. Smooth with an oak taste. There is a mild sweetness underneath, perhaps a caramel taste. Perfectly balanced. Some bitterness.

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Photo of biegaman
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The smoke has done evidently nothing to sully this beer's appearance nor to cloud its complexion; this cheerfully bright and exceedingly transparent amber coloured beer looks, frankly, perfectly standard. Minus, that is, the fact that it has no head.

Growing up with a Polish grandmother, I feel as though I've smelled Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche many times before in the smoked sausage and cabbage dish she makes every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Others may be more familiar with German sauerkraut, same difference really. Indeed, unlike other Schlenkerla beers, Eiche has a sharp and unmistakable cabbage smell that supplants the smoked pork and kiełbasa aromas.

I expected Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche to be one of the most distinctive beers I've ever tried - and, yes, there is a definite case to be made - however it doesn't taste as unusual as I anticipated. The tastes of Polish cabbage rolls and mashed turnips still prevail, as does a lingering, succulent smoked pork flavour, and while it's difficult to make out the dark fruits and melanoidins, there is an unexpected amount of sweet maltiness present too.

Eiche may actually be less (or at least no more) 'smoky' than a few of this brewery's other offerings; to be sure, however, it is still unmitigatedly smoky, sufficiently so to overwhelm most inexperienced palates. There's enough to impress on the palate the texture of fleshy, fatty meat (kiełbasa, pulled pork) as well as the hearty character of winter root vegetables (cabbage, turnip). It finishes, however, on a distinctly malty sweetness.

The bock itself, although thoroughly enshrouded in the smoke, becomes more noticeable with warmth, impressing crunchy malts (shelled in toasty melanoidins), a rich caramel malt flavour with very restrained sweetness and an overarching Noble-hop pungency. For a beer with such strong qualities (and 8% alcohol) this is way too refreshing.

What I've yet to touch on is the impression of the smoke itself, which isn't at all harsh or roasty - like someone just held the beer over a campfire or BBQ - but rather has an exceptionally pure and clean oak wood aroma and flavour. The smoke (of course) ensures a boldly defined character, but it does so through a gentle kind of nuance.

Don't forget to stamp your passport! Finishing the bottle, you genuinely have the sensation of having experienced something unique and distinctly rooted in a certain landscape and history. I've had some wonderful smoked beers but none honestly capture the distinct character of Schlenkerla rauchbiers, especially not this offering. Buy a bottle, drink up, prepare yourself for one of the most distinctive beers you're bound to try.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I'm in love....wish I could get this into the store! GURRRR!

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a thin white head, that leaves some nice tight lacing, and a hailstorm of bubbles that never cease to end!

Smells like smoked bacon, and malt. When I say those two things, I mean it in the best way possible...my German ancestors are screaming for me to drink it at this point! HAHAH

WOW!!! Perfect malt profile for a dopplebock without the roast, which is replaced by a smooth, lingering smokiness, and then a semi sweet finish. 8%!??! WHERE?!?!?!

Mouthfeel is very nice and comforting...not too much not too little, very well balance.d

I'd say this is my favorite dopplebock as of right now....there, I said it...

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good, but I must say that I was a little disappointed with this compared to their smoked Marzen and Ur-Bock, both of which are phenomenal.

Amber-pale copper, med. Pale tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring, a little lace.

Aroma is campfire smoke, caramelized grain, bread crust.

Taste is wood smoke, caramelized sweet bread crust up front, hint of spicy-raisiny fruitiness, lingering spicy smokiness just dominates finish & lingers. It’s pretty good, but a bit one-dimensional and slightly sharp.

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Photo of mcallister
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful color of molten copper with a bit of an orange hue. Pretty still with a slight smoggy effect. A half inch white head thin and whispy goes fades into a foamy cap.

Love this brewery and the uniqueness of there malt. Meaty, smokey, bready malts. Light brown sugar and carmel aromas. Only a twinge of oak at the finish. Oh so lovely.

Again love this brewery. This is much more drinkable and palatable than their regual run. Don't know if it's the oak aging making the overall smokiness more rounded and laid back or if it's just this beer but whatever it is its damn tasty. Burnt caramel, oak, charred woods, smoked meats, brown sugar, some dried fig on the very finish. Creamy nice mouth with a medium sweet finish that than ends dryly. Quite good.

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Photo of thepeter
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that I am Biased, I LOVE smoked Beer! Schlenkerla Urbock is one of my favorite all time beers, so i was excited to try this one. Pours a dark but translucent brown with a medium head. Lots of Wood, some meaty goodness and tons of smoke in the nose, I love the way these beers smell and this was no exception. Tasted of wood and smoke as well as bacon but not as intense as the smell. a slight sweetness marries with the smoke perfectly and goes beautifully with food (smoked German Sausage in this lucky mans case!) Smooth and rich on the palate but also light and fluffy as it does not leave any intense flavors in the mouth. Over all a great beer that I will have again but may not love as much as the Urbock.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Dogfish Head sniffer. 

A: Amber-colored and effervescent. Pillowy white head that slowly dies, leaving scattered lacing. 

S: Smoked pork, bacon, and campfire. A hint of sweet malt. 

T: Above smoke characteristics spread across palate. Very strong initially but its potency loosens a bit and then sweet caramel, grain and a bit of hoppy bitterness present themselves. 

M: Medium-bodied and appropriate medium-level carbonation. Not particularly warming.

D: A very attractive and balanced smoke beer. It tastes completely natural and has a sort of rustic charm that I find quite appealing. 

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Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/5/2011. 500 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a nice cherry-mahogany color with gold highlights, topped by a smallish off-white head.

Nose is intriguing. The smoke is clear, but less strong and upfront as I remember from the other Schlenkerla beers. Meaty (bacon, ham), but more rounded. Smoke is smoke, but I think I can distinguish the oak wood specifically. Underneath clearly lies a rich malty beer: notes of dark fruit, candied nuts, toasted bread, earthy caramel, maybe a hint of cocoa.

On the palate this is certainly a doppelbock accented by oak and smoke, rather than a smoke beer with underlying doppelbock notes. Rich and malty and smooth, with just enough smoke to prevent it from being heavy and cloying. As a less-than-enthusiastic doppelbock drinker, I'm happy with this. Oak flavor comes through, but less strongly than in an oak-aged beer; more wood and less vanilla and caramel, etc. A good bit of dark fruit on the finish.

Quite full bodied, but not heavy. Nice rounded mouthfeel, but mostly firm. A nice change of pace.

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Photo of armock
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks to Champ103 for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Like all Schlenkerla beers its a nose full of smoked malt but this one has some burnt oak to it with some sweetness

T - I love it this is like drinking a candied oak campfire the smoke comes out first then the sweetness comes through for a bit but the burnt oak comes back to finish everything off

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I think its pretty easy to see where I stand with this beer and like all Schlenkerla beers I love it even though the abv is a bit higher than the rest of the line up I can't help but to keep on getting sips of this stuff if you like smoked beers this is a beer that you should hunt down to try

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Photo of cpmichael
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Snifter:

A: Pours a very light brown, with minimal carbonation.

S: A smoked ham scent is very noticeable. Sweet malts.

T: Oak Smoke and smoked ham with a sweet malty finish.

M/D: Could have used a bit more carbonation. Overall it was very good, but needed just a little more bite to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice crisp bronze color with a medium sized, thickish, fluffy, foamy, white head. Decent retention leaving a thin foamy lace.

S - Really nice aroma with the obvious smoked meat aroma. The oak provides a nice level to the aroma. There is a nice caramel/sweet malt aroma that in other beers can be overpowered by the smoked aroma. A very subtle raisin like aroma as well.

T - Like the nose, there is a lot of smoked meat flavor, but not much of a bonfire smokiness. Oak flavor is definitely present, though not dominating. Caramel malt and a subtle dark fruit flavor as well as a very faint hoppy bitterness show up. Pretty complex.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Quite smooth.

D - Like other smoked beers I've had, this is a one and done for a while, but the complexity is quite nice.

Notes: Interesting, complex smoked beer. Smoked meat is the strongest, but this more than other similar beers provides more balance and complexity to the flavor. Has subtle/vague doppelbock hints as well as oak.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish dark gold/tan color with decent carbonation and head. Aroma is smokey and meaty, not much else. I like this beer and it is a very enjoyable after dinner sipper for me and it is a sipper - chug this only if you want to be ill. Just slightly disappointed only in that while a medium body and I can pick out some sweet malt tastes and a touch of hoppy bitterness, this is mostly a smoke beer. Nothing wrong with that - just that this is not close to a 50/50 balance of rauch/dopple...the smokiness is clearly more dominant. If you love smoke beers with a touch of lingering sweetness then this is yours, but beware if you think you're getting a slightly smoked dopplebock. Perhaps my hope for the latter leads to my review being less than a solid A-, as I like smoke beers and in that case this is another top notch Aecht brew. That being said, a sturdy, fuller-bodied beer that is exceptionally smooth thanks to oak and has a touch of woodiness in it. Smooths as it warms and the longer you sip on it your tongue adjusts to dry smokiness and caramel, toffee, sticky malts and some minor hop flavors come through behind smoke.

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Photo of Suds
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy smoked beer, and this one was no exception. The beer is a clear, light chestnut color with a modest white head. The aroma is what catches you first. It's a great mix of wood smoke and rich malt. the smoke is intense, something between a smoked ham and a smoldering campfire. The malt is folded in behind the smoke, but still quite prominent. As for the taste, it's a sweet, malty, dopplebock for sure. The smoke comes forth in the taste as a remarkable spiciness. Firm body, and very drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of allanplaysguitar
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance - Clean and clear copper/amber color, carbonation is good
Nose - Very smokey sweet sensation, almost a hickory kick
Taste - Very dark, almost peated malt taste despite the color variable. Sweet malts are there, almost a dark liquorish bite. Earthy mushrooms and dark truffle tastes come through as well.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth almost syrupy but in the best way possible, carbonation compliments well.
Aftertaste - Smokyness lingers long, with the sweet dark fruits of plum and raisens.
Overall - While this is not my favorite style of beer, it is the work of craftsman brewers. Both smoke and dopple bock beers are very difficult beers to brew, and this is a great combination of the two.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped into the Georgetown Deli (Wilkes-Barre) on 19MAR11 for lunch before heading to Hershey. Scooped up a bottle of Eiche ($6.99) for later enjoyment. Later is now!

I released the contents of the 0.5l bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color was a muted, slightly hazy orange/copper. Carbo was sparse, and the head had a few wisps of white foam, but didn't cover the liquid much. Aroma is pure smoke, a common trait among Schlenkerla products! Personally, I love it! I'm a big fan of Schlenkerla biers, so bring the Rauch! I found the body to be a touch bigger than medium, and it was smooth and easy over the tongue.

Slight sweetness coats the palate, while some caramel, hints of toffee, and lots of smoke attack the tastebuds. There is a definite, albeit subtle, tinge of oakiness here, though the smoke easily beats the oak. There is some florality here, too, but you have to look for it. This is quite tasty, if you like the style. I could sit in the Heller Schwemme all night and quaff this stuff!


look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of ksmi116
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a good amber color, with a decent white head

S - Smoke, bacon and malt. Smells wonderful after the head

T - Mostly smoke, which can also be called bacon taste. Best taste ever!

M- Does not coat the mouth too much, which is a good thing. Taste lingers on the back of the tongue. Delicious

O - Aecht doesn't disappoint, and this is not an overwhelming beer. The right amount of smoke and malt makes for a drinkable, wonderful beer

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Photo of Jayli
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a beautiful clear copper, amberish color with a one finger of offwhite head. Head recedes somewhat quickly without leaving any lacing.

S: Nose is - wow at first whiff, smells like Memorial Day weekend at the Quabbin Resevoir. Ahhh my youth. After the beer warms, sweet malts begin to come through with mild cedar chips.

T: Taste starts with light cedar chip flavoring before a heavier smoke and oak flavoring comes through. The finish is where a ton of caramel and toffee sweetness and alcohol come through and hangs on the palate.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, light clean feel with an extremely oily, sticky finish.

O: Goes down easily at first, tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick and a bit off for a Dopplebock...it's more of a smoked dopplebock. At first the smokiness is fantastic but as the beer warms, the sweetness and minor alcohol notes come in and hang. A little too sweet to have more of a pint of, but a decent beer none-the-less.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky orange-amber color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of smoke, wood, bacon, and caramel. It is a strong aroma. The taste is quite a bit mellower than the aroma. There is still a strong smoke presence, especially in the finish, but it is balanced with a solid malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a good rauchbier that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Pahn
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. This is my first rauchbier.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two and a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving a few rings and peaks of lacing. Pours a clear orange with occasional lacing spots.

Smell: At first, a sweet lager smell like a good marzen or altbier, with just a hint of savory smoke. After the head is gone, the smoke really comes out. Definitely some campfire going on here.

Taste: Great mix of smoke and a solid, mild, sweet bock. The smoke is stronger up front, but it lingers as a bold highlight to everything else. Deeper in the bottle, the smoke develops into a decidedly more bacon/smoked meat-like flavor, though it still has some ash and campfire-smell aspects. Bacon aftertaste accumulates gradually. Soon the smoke has become completely dominant, with some nice malty bock highlights that have almost enough sweetness to balance everything.

Even further in, and the balance hinted at above gets reached. Some mild but nice fruity dopplebock notes finally show through, along with a healthy amount of breadiness, with smoke of course remaining the star. There isn't much complexity, but the flavor is really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

Overall: This isn't what I expected a rauchbier to taste like, but it's what i'd *hoped* a rauchbier would taste like. Great mix of really solid lager flavors with bold, evolving smoke flavors.

I'd grade the beer a bit higher if there was more complexity outside of the smoke. Also, the taste does wear on me after awhile, even though I recognize that it's very very good.

Beers like this stand as a refutation of any sentiment that German brewing is irrelevant or obsolete. Schlenkeria Oak Smoke is an exciting and amazingly well crafted beer; I don't see how one could balance such bold flavors without hours of work researching and brewing. I'm not entirely sold on the style, but I'm glad there's adventurous beers like this being made so well.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 20oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 2 fingers of white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is golden amber.

S. Smell is different. Smells smokey, almost like bacon. Has a very unique smokiness over top of a caramel malt smell. Has a woodiness that smells like cedar.

T. Tastes like bacon to me also. The smokey smell to me is just very similar to ham or bacon. Very interesting. This is my first rauchbier, and I have to say that I might not be a fan.

M. Medium bodied. Mediumb carbonation.

O. Overall I really don't think this is my cup of tea. I just can't get warmed up to the idea of drinking a glass of bacon.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with narry a soapy film of head over a very clean/clear amber body.

Aromas are rich with smoked bacon, beef jerky, and maybe a touch of caramel sweetness.

Flavors are not nearly as punch-you-in-the-face as the aromas would suggest. Fairly clean bock quality, with some toffee, ham, and even some fruity pull in the finish. Aromas to flavors are night and day... if you can get over the campfire burning in your nostrils as you take a sip.

As mentioned, the mouthfeel comes across quite cleanly, with low carbonation as a doppelbock should be.

As either a Rauchbier or a Doppelbock, this one is really easy to drink... not thick, great, complex flavors, and those unique Schlenkerla aromas make this a fun one to review.

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Photo of 100floods
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited about this brew. Third one I've had from this brewery and no complaints yet. BA files this under Rauchbier, but the bottle says Doppelbock (worth mentioning)

Pours a nice golden hue, very clear, off white, very bubbly head. Thick, very smokey aroma. Similar to the mikkeller smoked oatmeal stout I had a few weeks ago. Hints of smoked meat and a wee bit of honey. Not as smokey-sweet as some of the other beers in this lineup.

The first sip presents a battle between a honey flavor and the smoked malt. Very silky smooth, but full bodied texture. I'm starting to tasted some of that 'doppelbock' flavor in the malt. I guess this is a smoked version of the style. The hop bite blends with the smoke and the palish malt. It takes the beer to breath a bit before you can taste the hops.

This is a complex beer, although the sweet and smoked flavors dominate. Extremely enjoyable. I love this brewery's consistency and integration of the smoked malt into all their beers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

How should I introduce this doppelbockrauchbier (see what I did there)? Well, it's a beer that I really want to try, and it's from the smoked beer experts of Bamberg. Allowed to warm up 30 minutes from the fridge, on to the beer:

Orange amber in color with a clean body. The head retention is adequate and it leaves a little bit of lacing on the stange glass. One smell puts me in heaven; smoked meats, ham hocks, jerky, summer sausage.

This is a beer that tackles your tastebuds in two phases, and it's an excellent one-two punch, like Roy Halladay/Cliff Lee one-two. The first phase is sweet yet balanced like a doppelbock. With the toffee and caramel galore, I thought I was drinking a brown ale or porter from England. The second phase is which the trademark Aecht Schlenkerla flavors start to take hold. After the sweet rush, in comes an explosion of jerkied meats. The latter seems more real than real, and it whispers long into the aftertaste. Even without the smoked aspect, this would still be an excellent tasting beer. To make things more devilish is the insane drinkability of a beer with 8% ABV, it drinks almost like a standard 5% ABV lager from its region, although some of that may be attributed to the low carbonation and medium body (it doesn't seem much "meatier" than its lighter stablemates, but sure does taste better).

Being a fan of raucbiers, I knew that I would love Eiche. But what I didn't expect was how this beer would touch and tease my palate. Wow!! This might be a great beer to drink during Lent, or...fuck it, how 'bout everyday? The 500 ml bottle went down much quicker than expected, and being a seasonal beer, I'm sure to grab at least a few more bottles before the supply runs dry.

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Photo of daledeee
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was going down the top 100 German beers and saw this one.

The pour was 1" white head with a clean golden orange body.

Nose is very smoky and bandaids.

Taste is malty with fruit in the back ground. I can also taste some rather Belgian like hops.

Mouth feel is pretty carbonated.

This beer is hard to drink for me. The taste does not appeal to me. Very unusual.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.