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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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664 Ratings
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 51
Gots: 29 | 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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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
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4/5  rDev -1%

kjkinsey, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

dccombs, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown-ish copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of smoke that reminds me of apple wood smoked bacon. Really no other aroma can penetrate through the smoke.

Taste: Full bodied and creamy, with nice nutty malt sweetness before the smoked flavors take over. This really reminds me of drinking smoked/cured meat. A bit of hop bitterness towards the back end, before a slightly oily, lingering finish.

The Rest: Very tasty; an excellent rauchbier!

curasowa, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of CondorMcBride
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 500ml bottle on 12/26/12 at the Total Wine in Redondo Beach, CA for $5.99/bottle.

A - Dark Amber, little to no head, no lacing.

S - I'm sure there is another smoked meat/fish that better represents this smell, but to me it smells exactly like a pound of smoked salmon. Very pungent and very concerned the taste is going to be overly smokey.

T - Tastes exactly like it smells, but not as strong. No doubt about it this is a smoked beer. Yet it has a very dry and smooth finish which urges me to keep picking up my glass for more. Other than the smokiness up front and the smooth finish, I'm not really detecting anything more.

M - Very light on the tongue. Although, I've really only been drinking stouts and barleywines over the past month, so I'd probably be correct to say a light to medium body. Absolutely no hint of the 8% abv.

O - Definitely putting this one in my top 3 for smoked beers. I probably couldn't drink more than one bottle in a sitting, but I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle. If you are holding this beer, thinking "should I try this?'' The answer is yes. This is a must try for anyone who enjoys good beer, and I'm positive the majority of those people will enjoy it as well.

CondorMcBride, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Pamola, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of marcobrau
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was some amazing smokey stuff. Oak-aged beers can have a vanilla flavor to them, but this is oak-smoked. This beer is woody and smokey, with plenty of sweet caramel malt backbone, but dry enough to invite the next sip. To recap, there's wood, there's smoke (bacon), there caramel malts and pleasant finish. Hops? No flavoring hops noticed here, but the bitterness is an important component to balancing things out, but this is not bitter. Is this a malt bomb? Yes, and a darn good, smokey one. Quite possibly my new favorite smoked beer.

marcobrau, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of warrenout330
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a weihen glass

A- pours a deep amber, very little head....no lacing

S- smells like a pig roast... Ham, fatty Bacon... aged burnt oak simmering on the fire.... light hints of caramel malt on the back

T- sweet caramel malt in front... very sweet mind you... blast of smoked malts .... oak curred pig over a fire ... candiness lingering on

M- medium bodied .... average carbonation... zero alcohol present even with the 8% label... sweetness on the tongue covered up by the smokiness

O- my new favorite from schlenkerla...

warrenout330, Dec 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

bigred89, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of beeragent
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - pours a hazy light brown, forming a very thin white head with very little lace.

S - strong smoke malt aroma but with a very noticeable sweetness that you typically find in dopplebocks.

T - the first taste is all smoked malt but as the beer warms a bit, the other malts come through with the unmistakable flavors associated with dopplebocks. The oak tends to come through more in the finish. The smoke is strong but I don't feel as overpowering, as the other flavors are able to come through.

M - medium bodied with very low carbonation. Very smooth and clean, but a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

O - as a fan of anything smoke, this fits right in! While I think I would still prefer the rauchbier unbock or the weizen, I would still look forward to this one during the holiday season!

beeragent, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a brown color with a thin head.
Incredible aroma of bacon (yes bacon!) and toasted malts, even more than the regular Rauchbier version. Medium body which is a surprise.
Taste follows aroma, ham and smoked meats with sweet malts. The 8% alcohol is very well hidden on those strong flavors and scent.
Very interesting beer.

FLima, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep clear amber beer with a fizzy white head. The head fades fast but a small surface film is there. No lacing and light carbs.
Aroma of course is smoky, the malts are sweet. As far as smoke could be beech could be oak, couldn't tell you which.
On my first taste there was a big smokey presence that was dry and astringent followed but a sweet doppelbock malt taste.It was smooth and bready sweet. Also, I get both in the flavor and on the palette a herbal minty taste perhaps even medicinal. The smokiness is sutle yet promident yet the malts are really sweet and I think the oppose each other.
This is a tough one to gauge since I like smoked beers for the most part, but this one I think needs to grow on you.

micromaniac129, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant caramel-amber, with limited carbonation and sketchy, minimal lace.

Nose is where this experience all begins...spectacular aroma of smoked, cured meat. It's like I can almost sense the salt, even. Definitely some wood in there, too. Impressive, and daunting!

Taste is definitely heavy. I get lots of wood (hahah), smoky meat, and a nicely warming, dry finish (this one is 8%, after all). I get more wood here (no doubt the malts aged over smoked oak adds to this heaviness more than the regular Schlenkerla's beechwood-smoked malts). Absolutely a pinnacle of rauchbier goodness, this Schlenkerla is tough to find (at least in my area), but well worth the experience.

secondtooth, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Kahlerbock, Nov 29, 2012
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.