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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 59
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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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Ratings: 735 | Reviews: 367
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm assuming this beer was not just made in 2009. Big fan of this brewery.

A- Poured into a chalice from the 16.9oz bottle, not exactly proper but fine by me. Body has a dark red-brown hue and is pretty much opaque. Small white head forms with some fizzy bubbles and decent retention. Thin, creamy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Who would have guessed? Smoky. This smoke reminds me more of a campfire than the others, not salty and seaweed like the peat. Very strong smoky fire and some dark fruits and caramel in the background.

T- Some sweetness from the malts comes through here and definitely more layered than the aroma. The campfire, burning log smoke is integrated in with toasted brown malts, candied dark fruit, brown sugar, actual oak wood, caramel and some esters. Something like citrus here and there too.

MF- A nice and silky, creamy feel overall. It feels nice and thick which works well with the sweetness and big flavors present. Smoke in the finish, like charred wood chips.

Someday I will do a side by side of all of this breweries beers. This one seems like one of the more complex ones, maybe because of the higher ABV and darker malts. What a great brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dar482
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a copper, clear color.

The aroma is of huge oak smoke.

The flavor has a huge lager maltiness. The mouthfeel is clean with a huge smoke bite. It almost has a bacon mouthfeel with how much smoke there is in there. There's a breadiness to big the beer lots of character, along with the smokiness.

I do somewhat prefer the Rauchbier Marzen because the darker malt flavors make it so drinkable. However, this is quite amazing.

Photo of Rast
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle watching the Wichita State Shockers knock off (1) Gonzaga.

Purchased on recommendation of Matthew of Virginia Wine Warehaus in Charlottesville, VA fame. His admonition: don't let Beer Advocate hype strangle yr taste & instincts. Respect. Pours a nice amber. Pretty ho hum. No indication of the tidal wave of taste to come. Odor wafts up with soft smells of smoke. Where there's smoke there's FIRE. The taste is immediate: charred, smoked, burnt, formerly on fire. Swallowing doesn't erase the memory of the inferno. Years can't erase the memory.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rand
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From 500mL bottle to mug

A: Blood orange in color, syrupy and viscous in complexion. Not a lot of carbonation is apparent, and a small, wispy head quickly disapears after a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Smokey, leathery, boozy, surrounded by notes of honey-sweet malts. Smells like an unlit cigar dipped in cognac.

T: The sweet aspects jump to front of the palate, surprisingly. Lots of smoky, woody, burnt notes throughout, but the sugary aspects keep the beer from tasting like a campfire. Touches of citrusy tang toward the middle of sip, but the smoke never goes away, closing with a long and sweet finish.

M: Chewy and sticky, a little bit too much. Sticks to all the crevices of the mouth.

Not the best of the Aecht line up. I'm not sure the heavy malt-sweetness works well pressed up against all of that smoke, but it may be that they just need to adjust the ratios a bit.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Provisions in Northampton, MA. I think it was $5, something like that. No code. Served cold in a tulip. I've had this waiting in the fridge for about a month, really been looking forward to it.

A: Moderate pour gives 1/2" of frothy light tan head, very active and bubbly, tons of carbo is visible clinging to the glass and rising upward. It settles after slowly boiling for a minute, just a little big of foam left clinging to the glass. Clear copper brew.

S: Leathery, tobacco-y smokey delicousness. Super smooth semi-sweet malty body lurks underneath. Wow does this smell damn good.

T: Good, but not as exceptional as the smell. Kinda 1-dimensional, just some smoky elements and a little bit of malty sweetness. Not much complexity.

M: The carbo is a bit on the aggressive side but not sharp or offensive. Probably a bit more crisp and dry than is typical for an 8% doppelbock, but I like it this way because its less filling. Not heavy or cloying.

O: I had super high expectations and that led me to be a bit underwhelmed. Not as phenomenal as I had hoped. Oh well.

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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle. Pokal glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Brownish amber color, clear appearance. Tan froth creates a close, small bubbled crown. Good retention & rings left on sides. Intense smoky aroma & caramel malts underneath, leather hues. Delicate malty upfront is attacked by clean bitterness but gentle Bamberg touch provides creamy sensation. Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Floral & earthy notes in the middle linger into a dry bitter finish. Slight burnt wood on the aftertaste. ABV seems to be well masked but it quickly climbs to your head!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche has essentially no head, just a few big, soapy, off-white bubbles. There is no lacing. The appearance is hazy and rust-red, with gray-white sediment floating about and some tiny bubbles that race to the top. The araoma is of smoked pork, and the flavor is of the same, with some underlying malt sweetness, caramel, and a decent amount of hop bitterness in the bottom of the sip. Mouthfeel is watery, and Aecht Sclenkerla Eiche finishes semi-dry, mild, and odd. Overall, I rate this unusual Christmas beer very high, even though it takes some getting used to. You may not like it, but you won't forget it.

RJT

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After popping the top off, a slow very thick foam emerges. Modest but lasting head. Leaves a near blanket of lace. The liquid is deep copper with what appears to be suspended bubbles. Otherwise, it appears clear.

Very smoky aroma, like the end of a camp fire. Smells slightly medicinal.

Lightly sweet with a strong smoke presence. The aftertaste is similar to charred wood. The swallow is still sweet but afterward the smoke gives it a dry finish. Rich bodied with an above average level of carbonation.

Initially, I thought the smoke was way too strong, but the taste is growing on me. The sweet/smoke combination seems to work better than dry rauchbiers. Comes across like an Islay Scotch--still a beer but with a solid dollop of smokiness in the smell/taste.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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