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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 386
Hads: 825
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 75
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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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 Avagadro
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Eiche is copper in color, with medium lacing, great clarity, and a dwindling head.

S: Oh how I love the smoke...pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and a touch of malty sweetness compose the bouquet. This Schlenkerla offering is noticeably less fragrant than I remember the others to be.

T: The label says this is a doppelbock, but don't believe it for a second, this is rauchbier through and through. The smoke is a quite a bit lighter than their marzen and bock, with more of a BBQ nuance instead of the bacon that is prevalent in their beers. The most intriguing part of this is that the malt profile pulls through, adding a sweetness that only further resembles BBQ in the form of the sauce.

M: Medium body, slightly oily, and lightly carbonated.

D: Another spectacular release from one of my most cherished breweries. This is something different, but still on base with the brewer's former lineup. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wschmit
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: A just-off white, one-inch head settles rapidly into a thin ring about the top, over a clear amber body with a bit of carbonation. Some lacing, but not too much.

S: Very smoky, but perhaps less "meaty" than other kinds of Schlenkerla--perhaps a bit smoother and sweeter. That sweetness may be the doppelbock speaking to me--I do get just a trace of malt after the potent smoke scent.

T: The smoke, still very prominent as with others from Schlenkerla, melds nicely into a slightly sweet malt body, stronger than the scent would have you believe, but still subdued. The smoke's the star of the show. The oak comes off as a bit more charred, less BBQ pit and more campfire. Beyond that, just your average doppel.

M: Spot on for the style--not at all thick, well-fermented lager. Smooth and simple.

D: Well, with all rauchbiers, there's a sort of limit to drinkability. This is overwhelmingly smoky, which I adore and others loathe. If you love the taste, this is worth seeking out. Otherwise, it's not much milder than any other offering from these guys, and probably a terrible beer for those new to the style. It drinks well, though, smoke aside--stereotypically German.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a clear copper color with a finger-thick white head that settles into a thin film on the beer. Aroma of smoked pork, wood, campfire, well-done bacon, and burnt sweet toast. Flavor of smoked pork, burnt toast, caramel malts, toasted sugar, peat, nectarine, honey, and corn syrup. The flavor drops out a little from the nose. Medium-full bodied, with a smoky, syrupy mouthfeel and a quick metallic, then lingering smoky finish. Sweet and smoky. I can't say this is my style.

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Photo of seand
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber, with a small amount of offwhite head, which builds up enough around the rim to leave some spots of lacing.

S: Heavy smoked meat and burning wood, with a touch of malty sweetness.

T: Smoky up front, with a touch of nutty malt flavors coming through in the mid palate. Finish is dry, lightly bitter, and has a burnt note.

M: Medium to full body, fairly low carbonation.

D: It's a slow sipper, but still quite drinkable.

The extreme smokiness balanced with the light malt characteristics make this a very interesting beer.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into an Aventinus glass yields active one-finger head; body is a gradient between gold at the bottom to amber in the bulb. Head is perfectly even: frothy and fine-grain. This is a pretty beer. Lacing is gorgeous and goes on forever, as you sip, the side of the glass is opaque with it.

Smell is characteristic of Schlenkerla's other rauchbiers, vaguely barbecue-ey with mellow oak. I'm still congested from a cold, so it's probably better than I'm perceiving.

Taste is nice, complex sweet malt (not dark, heavy, or syrupy), possibly some apple and maybe a trace of corn, and mellow wood (it is an oak-smoked beer), balanced by very faint hops aftertaste for a nice aftertaste in a non-heavyhanded way. Taste is much subtler than Schlenkerla's other rauchbiers. making it probably more versatile in terms of food pairings.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal; creamy as nitro, but from a plain glass bottle. Like a wood-smoked milkshake in the best way.

On taste, I could drink a couple of these in a night, though maybe not too quickly. Price and ABV are the only limiting factors on this one.

Fans of this would do themselves a favor to try New Holland Chartooka Rye for an American take on a smoked doppelbock, equally meritorious.

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Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep caramel color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that leaves no lacing on the glass.
S: Smells of smoke mainly, hints of some malt sweetness, but mainly oak smoke. There is a hint of spices in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, nice thick smoke flavor, then some spices and some more sweetness followed closely by more oak and smoke flavors.
M: Heavy feeling, rich, warming, nice amount of carbonation.
D: OK, it is a certainly a smoky beer with nice flavors and decent feel to it. The smokiness doesn't really lend itself to being that drinkable, but for a smoked beer, this was nice.

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Photo of wedge
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear copper-orange - little bits of fine sediment suspended in the liquid. Small creamy yellowed head shrinks to a fine ring. Clean, sweet smoky aroma...not as meaty as the other Schlenkerla beers, but there's still a certain greasy quality to it. Caramel malt and a whiff of nobel hops. Sweet, pleasantly smoked, caramel malt - leather and floral hops. Quite sweet, but mild, smooth, almost creamy. Medium bodied. Not for everyone, perhaps a bit sugary, but expertly crafted as usual.

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Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small head of off-white bubbles that subsides rapidly and leaves no lace. The body is a slightly hazy, copper-gold color.

S - Sweet malt and strong, meaty smoke. Some spicy notes of clove and spruce with a bit of toffee.

T - Strongly smoky malt up front with an intense, candy like sweetness that reminds me of toffee and hazelnuts. More smoky sweetness in the middle with a hint of char and licorice. The beer finishes with intense, sweet toffee, pine and spruce smoke notes, and more black licorice.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a very strange beer, it reminds me in a way of Alba Scots Pine ale (which I wouldn't generally consider a compliment). The smoke character is very different from that found in the other, beech smoked Schlenkerla beers. This is much more spicy and intense with an incense like quality of pine and licorice that does strange things on the palate when it hits the sweet toffee malt. The individual flavors here have some potential, but when it all comes together it just ends up as a sticky, weird, cloying mess. A rare miss from the masters of Smoked beer.

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Photo of dtivp
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a copper color with a large white head that took some time to dissipate, very thin lacing.

The aroma was very smoky, like sitting next to the campfire or drinking in the smoke house. Other than a hint of oak, the smoke controlled the nose.

The flavor followed the nose with smoke, oak, then the malt comes through with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was thin leaning to medium body, the smoke and oak made it feel a little chewy.

This was a good beer, I drank it with out pairing it with food. I would recommend drinking it while enjoying some grilled meat.

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Photo of JayQue
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice!!! Definitely not a Dopplebock like the label says, but a good unusual beer.

Pours a very light copper color. small white head that fades fast and no lacing.

The smell is awesome!!! Smells just like smoked meat/smoked fish. I haven't experienced an aroma like this since Alaskan Smoked Porter!!!

The taste can't match the expectation of the smell, but it was pretty good anyway. Some aspect of smoked meat but also some malty sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a hair thin.

Drinkability is pretty good. It is light and I like the flavor. THere is no hint of the 8% abv.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemmed stange...or something like that from Durty Nellies in Palatine.

This beer was served a clear amber color with a decent ecru foam on the surface that was inviting. The nose is almost totally of smoke with bit of caramel in the background. The flavor has a bit of dryer smoke that has a slightly soured finish to it. The flavors are caramel like in nature beyond the smoke, but it's mostly smoke. The mouthfeel is a little on the acidic side, drinkability depended for me, it was hard to drink just by itself, but when paired with grilled foods it was wonderful. So I leave it at that. A nice beer overall.

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says "doppelbock," so I'm judging this as both a doppelbock and a rauchbier.

Pours with a good, thick head into a pint glass. Has a golden color that seems light for a doppelbock.

Smells like smoked meat. Intensely so. Makes me want to fire up the grill.

Mmm, this is the first all-out Rauchbier I've really enjoyed. Sweet malts shine through a haze of wood smoke. Apparently, this brewery's claim is that they smoke malts with beech wood and oak. I think I taste oak, but I'm just taking their word on it.

Some rauchbiers I've tried tasted too one-dimensional to me. I like this because I can taste a good beer under all the smoke. At the same time, the smoke tempers the sweetness.

Feels full-bodied, a little heavy, as I'd expect from a doppelbock.

Drinkable? No way. The heaviness and the smokiness are intense and a little overbearing after awhile. If this wasn't my last beer of the night, I'd go for the lightest beer I could find after this just to clean off my palate.

Edit: Not "drinkable" which I always took to mean "sessionable," but the best smoked beer I've ever had. Bumped the "overal" from 2.5 to 4.

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Photo of steveh
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlenkerla beers are always a favorite in my glass -- a first couple of tastings of the Eiche (oak).

A -- Pours a clear, orange-amber with a dense, slow-settling, mid-tan head.

S -- Rich and smoky -- reminds me of an old home with an oft-used fireplace, or a good old tavern with a welcoming fireplace. Some mild astringency in the back.

T -- Flavor starts with a quick hit of smoky astringency -- very Scotch-like. Blends into bready malts and finishes with some mild hop bitterness; slightly citric. The smokiness sets up a backbone throughout the consumption -- not heavy, but certainly unlike most beers. The aftertaste is bready malt balanced with spicy hops.

M -- Body is light-medium with a soft, chewy mouthfeel. It's almost like chewing on freshly smoked barley.

D -- Even at 8%, I could see wanting more than a couple of these at a sitting. The smokiness doesn't fatigue the palate, and the flavors grab your interest and appetite.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up in Chicago and served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

THe pour brings a copper-hued brew with a very strange white head. It started out quite frothy with large bubbles, and then comes a reverse head. The two eventually meet and form a nice, dense white head with good retention. A bit of lacing on the glass and a thin collar throughout. This was the highlight of the beer for me. The nose is overwhelmingly smokey with a bit of a meat character and not much playing behind it.

The taste is similar in terms of what the smoke does. Here I can get a bit of the smoked oak, though I can't say it really adds a positive dimension. The underlying doppelbock is completely gone and I don't get anything that would indicate this was the base. The taste brings a bit too much tannin and is overwhelmingly smokey. I suppose it's not that the level of smoke is bad, it's just that there's really nothing else there. A bit of an astringent, bitter finish. Really not a fan of this though I could see how one could enjoy it. My least favorite Schlenkerla beer to date.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich whiskey-amber color with moderate sandy head. Nose is full of smoked meat--delicious bacon-y goodness. Smells awesome, very powerful. The flavor on it is also very good, though it kind of draws back the smokiness a little (still pretty smokey). No ashiness is noted, which is good because ashy flavor is a deal-breaker for me in smoked beers. Underlying dopplebock is pretty clean, though I might be looking for a bit more sweetness for a maple-smoked bacon profile, as of now it's just smoked bacon with a touch of herbal bitterness and maybe some bready malt underneath. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit prickly. Great drinkability, well-disguised alcohol. Love these Schlenkerla beers, superb.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is huge, with an incredible aroma of cinder block, chimney floor, greasy smoked meat and bacon. You be the judge whether or not this is a good thing, but it totally worked for me. In any event, the flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet, incredibly smokey beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a long, fairly smooth, sweet, smokey finish. Drinkability is pretty good. Not sure how much of this I could drink, but this beer is so delicious, and the abv. is manageable... this would be an easy beer to drink a lot of if you can get by all the smokey flavor.

Yumm....

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Photo of bashiba
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Great find on Draft at the Map Room. Poured a nice clean dark amber color with a thick and creamy white head.

The smell had a nice bacony smoke quality along with a touch of malt and a hint of Oak.

The flavor was a huge blast of great deep doppelbock malts mixing nicely with layers of smoke and wood. Very complex the flavor just keeps coming at you in great ways.

The mouthfeel was fairly thick with a nice body to it.

Very drinkable, a truly great smoked beer, will be looking for more of this.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden colour crisp and clear. A good amount of white frothy white head. Very smokey on the nose. The smoke is not an earth smoke but something perhaps lighter. At the same time, very overpowering smoke. On the tongue there is a lot of sweetness and smoke. Very well balanced. Lacking on the body though. Too thin for my taste. Overall fairly drinkable and an interesting beer

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Photo of speter
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich clear dark amber with a light head that rapidly fades to a thin layer, leaving good lacing.

S: The oak scent is present, but you can also pick up the biscuit malt and prunes of a good doppelbock.

T: As with the nose, the taste is mainly oak smoke, but there is a point, just past the center, where the doppelbock character really shows. The grain and prunes gives this beer elements of a Boy Scout campfire dessert. As the beer warms, the fruit becomes a bit more pronounced. (Perhaps as I become used to the smoke as well.)

M: Medium to full body with light but ample carbonation. The smoke effectively masks the abv.

D: For those of us who like Rauchbier, this is wonderful. I personally find the oak to be more mellow than the normal beech smoke from Bamberg.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the GHS crew for bringing this one to share. Not the biggest smoked/rauchbier fan, but largadeer told me it was good, so I was a bit more inclined to try it.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a soapy white head to go with it.

S: Definitely quite a bit of smoke, though not quite as campfire heavy as their other beers. There's a definite oak smell to this (apparently the use of oak is one of the main things that sets this beer apart from their others) it, and just very woody overall. A slight meaty character, which I tend to pick up in smoked beers.

T: I can actually taste a decent amount of sweetness from the beer, which has a doppelbock recipe. There is still a lot of smoke and a hint of saltiness to it. There is a touch of fruit underneath, maybe apples. Perhaps it's the saltiness, but I actually do get some bacon here.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. The smoke sort of lingers on the tongue.

D: While their beers aren't always my thing, this was surprisingly good. Certainly quite smokey, but enjoyable and different.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cask Republic into a wine glass.

A: Clear copper body under a finger of dense white foam. Solid.

S: Holy smokes! Puns aside, this is an incredible-smelling rauchbier - the rich, authentic, pungent smoke is literally the only thing I can smell, and that's perfect.

T: Smoke, smoke, smoke, wood, smoke, malt, smoke, smoke, bacon, smoke, cake, smoke, spam, eggs, spam, spam and...sorry, got carried away there. Smoke dominates, but is joined by malty sweetness and a boozy finish. Incredible, but a little rough on the end.

M: Medium body with plenty of active, crisp carbonation. Nice.

D: The intensity of the smoke and the harshness of the finish really take a toll here, but it's still complex enough to keep me coming back for more, especially in the aroma.

Notes: Awesome rauchbier, but not quite as awesome in the end as I found their Urbock to be. The added strength really didn't do this beer any favors - it's not like their regular strength version is lacking on flavor!

Cheers!

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Photo of AventinusCam
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am so glad I drove across state lines to Vintage Estates on a terrible rainy day...just to grab this. I was doing a German tasting, and even though there are some much better places around Pittsburgh to get German beers, I had never been able to find this Aecht.

A- Very golden colored for a dopplebock. It threw me off at first. A very nice copper-gold, but not the darker beer I was expecting

S- Wow...there is so much smokiness right off the bat. Some big hits of toasted pears. Mainly just that trademark Bamberg smoking

T- Again...Wow. I am a huge Aecht fan, but they are all not created equal. It has the big, dopple flavor, but with that smoke added in, man, it is good.

M- Smooth and thick. You know it is a dopple.

D- Could be better, but, then again, it is a rauchbier. They are supposed to be drawn out sipping beers. Couldn't have any more than 2 of these in a given night.

Please...buy this.

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Photo of misinformed
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Must be the 2010 vintage, reviewed 12/25/10. 500 mL bottle, pint glass.

A- Beer is a cloudy burnt caramel color. Poured with around 1/2" of eggshell white head that quickly faded to dust, then nothing at all.

S- Inviting wood smoke, bacon fat, with just a slight touch of malt detectable. Smoke is the dominant player here obviously.

T- First and foremost wood smoke. Toasted malt, notes of grain, and a faint bit of floral hops(?). Light bit of pork fat flavor with a long lingering smoke finish.

M- Light and smooth with a bit of oiliness to it.

D- I like this waaay more than the Urbock of theirs I tried awhile back. The smoke is still the dominant player here, but there is a nice bit of toasty malt to balance it out. Not something I could drink a lot of, but I would definitely drink this again. I can't smell wood smoke anymore without getting a craving for one of these.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to womencantsail for sharing this one on my recent trip to Cali! Served from bottle into a pilsner glass. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of smoked malt and pulled pork (really!?). The flavor was of smoked malt, pulled pork, and slight wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't bad, but it also wasn't that great. All I have to say is, pulled pork, really!?!? That was definitely the first experience I have had with this flavor in my beer. For some odd reason I liked it (I am from South Carolina afterall). There was definitely some good flavors and aromas going on here.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a Duvel tulip (no mugs were available, waaahhhh!!!), pours a white head atop a golden body. The head dies quickly, returning faintly upon agitation, if at all.

Aromas of blackened smoked malts, oak, apple, and hints of caramel. The smokey smells predominate, while the doppelbock characteristics do not.

Flavors of apple, bacon, applewood bacon, etc. Lots of malty sweetness up front and throughout, with a lot more smoke emerging on the finish. There's a lot going on here, but I will save my BIG issue for the summary...

Thin mouthfeel, insubstantial.

Overall, my problem with this is the seeming lack of integration between the doppelbock and the smoke. Imagine a room where the doppelbock is standing up against a wall on one side, the smoke standing on the other, and neither asks the other for a dance. So the two aspects never quite dovetail.

As I sip, *sniff*, and quaff, there are plenty of apple aromas, flavors of apple and bacon, yada yada, but the two remain elusive in terms of just coming the hell together.

As I continue sipping and the smoke clears (hahahahahahah!) this is ultimately a doppelbock that happens to be smoke-y. That's my initial impression, and upon reviewing additional Rauchbiers perhaps this impression will change.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.