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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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657 Ratings
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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 52
Gots: 28 | 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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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
Photo of dccombs
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
Photo of Pamola
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
Photo of bigred89
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
Photo of Dave1999
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with a small white head.

The smell is smoked meats and cheese.

The taste is sweet malts, bacon and smoke.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Another great smoked beer from schlenferla,possibly the smokiest of them all.

Dave1999, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

AlaskanYoung, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is powerful though well balanced by some caramel malt. Taste is a great balance between some caramel malt with some light sweet notes and a good level of smoked notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and not as smoky as expected since the malt really cut through some of the smoke.

Phyl21ca, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pous a clear copper with a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: tons of smoke here with notes of campfire and bacon. Underneath it all are some doppelbock notes of sweet dark fruits.

T: smoke dominates here as well with the sweeter, fruity notes a bit more present. The finish is sweet and smokey with a slight bitterness.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is slightly on the watery side.

O: an enjoyable beer, overall. More of a rauchbier than doppelbock, but still tasty and drinkable.

n2185, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle, just out of date when poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 14 Nov 2012 @ home.

Good clear amber body with a creamy tan coloured head (for twenty seconds), the head sadly soon turned into a wispy covering and collar.

Smoked German ham came straight into my mind as I poured the beer and the aroma left the bottle. This beer is a liquid version of smoked ham that has been infused with dark, sweet, malty molasses and wraped in hops.

Really enjoyed this beer: I've been to Bamberg a few times and have struggled to embrace the whole rauch scene in general, wish I'd found this during my visits, it might have changed my view of smoky brews: oak obviously does it for me rather than the beech!

BlackHaddock, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite brown but very close, this one is more of a darkly rusted red. It grows an off-white head that, when the sparse bubbling and the denser foam come together, rises to about one finger. It never completely fades, but lacing is spotty and light.
The aroma is a delight, all the smokiness with the rich, woody tone and meatiness I hope for without the effect of completely diminishing the beer's recogniazability as a doppelbock. There's a nice dry bread/crust element as well as the malts play out fully. Underneath, while certainly not a forward note and perhaps most subtle in the interplay of the complexity, is a bit of dark fruits.
Smoky in the flavor as well, a bit of the subtlety and complexity is dropped for the strength of the primary notes. There's quite a peppery nip to it from start to finish. The flavor also offers a little more of a tangy note than the aroma did. It's recognizable as a doppel, with light touches of molasses and black licorice barely perceptible but not buried. A little bit of baker's chocolate is noted though there's very little bitterness here.
I was a little surprised by the lightness of the feel, though it manages about a medium body, considering both its style and the robustness of its overall character. Crispness is on an even keel with smoothness, if not more, though it's not overdone.

Brenden, Nov 14, 2012
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.