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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 +13.2%
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 +5.9%
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 +5.1%
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 -2%
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 +2.7%
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 +0.5%
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 +9.6%
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 +5.4%
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 -10.3%
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 -3.4%
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 +2.2%
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 -14.2%
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 +9.3%
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%
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 +16.7%
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 -15.4%
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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Photo of BarrelO
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: IPA-like amber body with a head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Lots and lots of smoke, some fruitiness.

T: Even more smoke, some malt sweetness, a hint of clean noble hops.

M: Medium-bodied, somewhat sticky.

D: It's certainly unique, I'll give it that. But it's really hard to drink in any significant amount.

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Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish dark orange with thin white head that fades to thin halo with a few spots of lace.

Smell: grassy and lemony hops, a little booze and caramel, wood smoke and not as pungent as their usual (apparently beech wood) smoke component.

Taste: caramel, a little date, smoked gouda, spicy and slightly citric hops.

Easier drinking than some of their other offerings but still smoky and tasty.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

8% ABV and $5.29/500ml bottle...

Pours a purty dense, syrupy-looking amber. Not much of a head forms, but the lacing is quite nice considering. When you pour this beer, it's like stepping into a medieval German home in Winter: it's like the vents are closed on the fireplace. It's smoky...SMOOOKY!!! That aroma is so robust and dominant you can't smell anything else. It's crushing. This must have been what that Franco kid smelled like - only Humboldtier...There are underpinnings of malt and such in there, but they are impossible to locate amdist the flames...

Flavor is also very smoky. It's tastes like when you leave your jacket to close to the fire around X-mas....You get home and the next day it smells like the fireplace. The initial busrt of flavor is very nice - a rich, malty Dopplebock. But it is immediately crushed by the Thor's Hammer of smoke. This beer finishes bitter from the smoke and what I can only assume are hops, and it's not awesome.

To liken this to a movie - I'd call it the "Up in Smoke" of beer. To liken it to a woman I'd call it the Snookie of beer - it's got only one trick and it's not even that great at it...

What I like most: The crazy unique flavor profile.

What I like least: The complete one dimensional nature of it.

Verdict: Too expensive to be worth it, and too unique to be an everyday beer. Really a novelty only.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Krušovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark amber color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Initially, smells smoky but less smoky than other rauchbiers and especially less smoky than Schlenkerla's other offerings. According to the label, this beer is aged in oak rather than beech, which gives it a milder character. You can certainly smell the oak barrels in the nose. Besides the smokiness, there are also notes of sweet malts with perhaps a little caramel as well.

Taste: Only mildly hoppy up front with a strong smokiness to it. The smokiness carries throughout and the beer finishes with a sweet maltiness characteristic of most doppelbocks. There is also a strong woody/oaky flavor towards the back. As with the aroma, the smokiness here is more restrained than in Schlenkerla's past offerings. It still has that flavor though that reminds me of smoked meats and cheeses. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side for a doppelbock but still reasonably full-bodied.

Drinkability: An excellent rauchbier and a decent doppelbock. Schlenkerla's offerings are always unique and intriguing. This one is no different. It's smoky character goes a long way towards hiding the 8% ABV, which makes this beer a bit more quaffable than most doppelbocks. Thoroughly enjoyable and certainly something I wouldn't mind having again soon.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a mug.

A: Dark amber body, perfectly clear. Head is tight, retention is good.

S: Oh my, what a smoky aroma. Smoke blends with malty lager in the background.

T: Not as much smoke in the flavor as I thought up front, but it does become more apparent as the beer warms. It also creeps back on the finish. Smoke is carried by a nice clean lager profile.

M: Nice medium body, with good carbonation. No complaints.

D: This beer probably has the perfect amount of smoke. Often I find the smokiness of rauchbier to be too subtle, getting lost after a few sips. This beer keeps reminding me, in a good way.

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Photo of jyuhas
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - between copper and gold, slightly hazy, very thin off white head

s - smooth smokiness, campfire, slight toffee

t - same as smell

m - body slightly above medium and carbonation slightly below medium

o - smokiness and malt balance make me want to drink more and more

Holy ****! Absolutely amazing. Smoke intensity heavy in both aroma and flavor, malt characteristics just enough to set it off. I love rauchbier, so I'm a bit biased. But this one is my new favorite.

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Photo of bruachan
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

man, i love this brewery (Bamberg is a must visit, by the way). these brews are so fine at the source!

nice clear copper color with great sudsy head, buoyed and sustained by plenty of reinforcements. nice lacing

tons of smoke in the bouquet. it tends to block out other aromas, but some lagermalt sweetness makes its way through the smokescreen (though not quite what i would expect of a doppelbock: more like a hellesbock)

the smoke flavor characteristic is much more readily breached by other elements, however, as spicy hop flavor and a good deal of sweetness punctuate the woody, ashy haze. again, the flavors are more in line with a hellesbock or alt than a true doppelbock (perhaps i should not put so much stake in the beer's self-designation than i clearly do)

another wonderful offering from a world-class brewer!

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a honey brown with a minimal white head
S-smoke and wood with a hint of malt in the background
T-a beautiful balance with a big blast of smoke and wood which is excellently smoothed out by notes of caramel toffee and nuts with a very slight alcohol presence
M-a full body beer with a HUGE taste, but it still manages to be crisp and refreshimg
D-an exceellent beer but im not sure how many i could handle

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.