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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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652 Ratings
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 51
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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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4/5  rDev -1%

tbeq00, Oct 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

BlackBeerDown, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jbertsch, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of henryhampton
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

henryhampton, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of mick303
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

500 mL bottle, w freshness date. Colour is a deep chestnut brown. Head of foam shows decent retention and leaves a good lacing.

Smell is a rich, barbeque aroma, smoked kippers/fish. With a nice light bitter astringency. The wood smoke is full and maybe covers the malt, but still this is pretty amazing. Campfires and smoked fish.

Taste shows some more malt, it is roasted, and moderately sweet, a tang of honey. The smoke incorporates nicely with the light hop bitterness. A little bit of fruitiness behind the smoke. The balance could be better, a bit loose. Smoke intensity is pretty high, which I like, but not out of control. Finish is dry and smoky.

Mouthfeel shows relatively light carbonation, mostly roast malt and smoke prickle. Very smooth, it does have a big body and alcohol is present, but still quite sessionable and refreshing.

A real experience of a beer. A really nice incorporation of a huge phenolic barbequ-ey smoke into a rich malty doppelbock. A big beer, with a lot of rich malty character to match the intense smokiness. If youre up for it, this is a solid smoky doppelbock worth trying.

mick303, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of BrewerB
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Picked this up at Whole Foods earlier today for $5.99.

Pours a rich amber maple syrup with a scant haze. Thin layer of white froth perched atop the liquid. Intriguing smokiness in the aroma reminds me of bbq ribs, perhaps a wood fireplace. Some rich malty sweetness is present in the background, far less apparent than the dominant smoke. Despite the strong smoke in the aroma, the flavor leans more towards your traditional dopplebock with caramel/toffee malty sweet, a subtle prune fruitiness, and a touch of herbal hops. Smoke is certainly here and lingers into the finish. Medium full body with a moderate low carbonation level. Overall an interesting blend of doppelbock and smoke beer, well-balanced and enjoyable.

BrewerB, Oct 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

CWhite, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

SageO, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Hex92
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%

Wish I had looked a bit closer at the bottle before I picked this one up. I am a big fan of smoked meats, but I don't like smoked, cheese or beers. I don't even drink scotch because of the smoke flavor. So needless to say I am not a fan of this beer.

It was OK before it warmed up, but then the smell and flavor of smoke became overpowering.
I like doppelbocks, but I don't like smoked beer.

I won't buy this one again.

Hex92, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Miike
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Miike, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

Poured into a glass mug. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper with a soapy white head that dissipates quickly. There appears to be a moderate amount tiny bubbles in the beer. The smoked malt aroma immediately hits the nose. I can detect some of the breadiness and sweetness from the malt. The smokiness in the flavor is quite intense. The oak smoke really comes through here. It blends well with the breadiness and sweetness from the malt. It's rich, but not overwhelmingly so because the smoke helps balance everything well. It all helps mask the 8% alcohol. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish does stick to the mouth briefly. This drinks pretty well for such a big beer. This is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

I've been on a rauchbier kick these last few weeks so I'm trying this one knowing full well it's been out since last winter. I'll look for a fresh bottle in a couple months when Christmas rolls around.

Fills the glass with a nice reddish-copper color and a thin white head. Lots of campfire smoke upfront on the aroma but leaves more room for the malty undertones than the Maerzen. Not quite as much of the smoked meat aroma as the others as well, perhaps because the meats also typically use beech wood. Nice and sweet caramel and biscuity to round it out.

A nice balance of smokey and sweet on the palate. Campfire and just a hint of bacon and lots of caramel and toffee notes. Medium bodied and a bit creamy as well. This could certainly make a great holiday dessert beer.

Kinsman, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

this is a unique beer. i like everything ive had from these guys, but this one might be my favorite just because of how different it is. it pours a dusty bacon red color with a lively and frothy one inch just off white head. the nose is smokey as hell. just as much as their rauchbier i think, its close anyways. there is a sweet malty richness thats quite obvious, and the smoke profile is odd. its a lot like the weber when i do a pork shoulder over oak chips, a really similar vibe. the flavor isnt oaky in the barrel aged sense, but in the burning oak sense, really far out. it tastes like a big old turkey leg or something, midieval and hearty, almost arrogant. its really meaty in feel too, thick and saturated with flavor. good carbonation too. overall this is a great beer for this time of year. it tastes like october to me, but it isnt something i need to drink a whole lot of. i was still tasting it this morning. really powerful flavor here.

StonedTrippin, Oct 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

wdarcy77, Oct 09, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

Going into this saying I don't think I really am ready to like smoked malt beers. Having said that, I will try to rate this on its merits, not on my immaturity.

A - Dark semi murky bronze, not much head, some white lace and ring.

S - Malt and smoke compete for smell. A medicinal herbal note in there too.

T - Very smoky, that is the top flavor. Malt is next. I can't really discern much after that.

M - Medium body, good carb, finishes on the smoky side.

D - One is more than enough. Good to try.

srandycarter, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into a perfect pint. The first time I had one of these (the marzen), the smoke was just too damn strong. Since then I've grown to love the smoke.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed orange amber color. Just a finger of frothy beige head. Retention is below average, but a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: When you smell this, your nostrils get porked. Slow roasted and smoked pork, bacon, campfire all in great balance, but not without plenty of power. Not much else can get passed the smoke, but that's fine since it smells so wonderful.

4.0 T: Again big smokiness with both porcine and campfire components. Sweet caramel from the base along with a robust neutral maltiness and toastiness. A little less smoky than the nose (I can taste the base) but still quite potent. A bit boozy, but nothing out of hand.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and a bit syruppy.

4.0 D: This brand is the one to go to when you want slapped silly with smoke. Very tasty.

DavoleBomb, Oct 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured into a Celebrator glass on 9/12/12

The body is a medium caramel color with a moderate density. The foam is fizzy, reluctant and produces little head ultimately - a thin layer rests on top with a ring of bubbles. Not much retention; only a small strand catches halfway through the glass.

Wood smoke practically spews forth from the glass, intermingling with charred oak and notions of smoked meat. Malt undercurrents move beneath the smoke - short-baked dark bread, toasted grains, hints caramel and a very subtle fruity yeast notion. Faint floral hop hidden in there, too.

The taste finds the malts to be the most appreciable flavor, full of plush bread and grains, plump and in the center. Subservient earthy hops roughen up the peripheries for but a moment before a modest smokiness rounds out the edges. The flavors are wonderfully integrated.

The beer isn't as heavy of body as I was expecting - along the lines of medium-full - and it drinks accordingly. Carbonation is low and fluffy, making for a soft feel that is inclined to linger on and on. It's no surprise that the finish is smokey.

The smell is smokier than the taste and, very likely, therein lies this beer's success - the overall experience is balanced. I'm glad I finally picked up a bottle of this.

Ryan011235, Sep 30, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

16oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep ruby brown color. A retentive 1/4 in layer of off white head. Mild lacing from a swirl is quick to fall back into the beer.

Big smoked meat aroma. Very nice. Some sweet bready malt struggles to be noticed through all the smoke.

Again, intense smokiness, smoked meats, seems slightly oaky with a slightly smoother overall character than their other beers. A nice dark bready sweet malt rounds things out and reminds you of the dopplebock base.

Medium in body, good carb. Feels as the style should.

A very nice smoke beer, among the best. Keeps me coming back to the classic of classics when it comes to this style. As with their other beers, a nice balance of smoke to malt.

dogfishandi, Sep 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

elec, Sep 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

rderedin, Sep 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Eriktheipaman, Sep 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

MisledTitan, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ZethOfTheNorth, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

PatGreer, Sep 04, 2012
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.