Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 770
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours much lighter than I would have expected for a smoked doppelbock. It's very honey-golden, with a thin head that doesn't hold on all too long. The beer itself is rather nice (and it's got quite a clarity to it), but more average as far as looks go, I feel.

S: Smoky wood notes, and that's a rather specific scent that I don't find in a lot of other rauchs. Often, there's the "ham and cheese" comparison that I don't pick up on a lot here, though it's pleasant. It doesn't completely overpower the caramel notes, which is nice, as well.

T: More smokiness in the flavour, a little bit 'cheesy.' Some sweetness / dark fruits come out... particularly raisin notes, along with some caramel. A nicely balanced flavour.

M + D: Somewhat chewy, and quite appropriate given the flavour profile. They work together very well. Notes of alcohol are more apparent as the glass goes, but the smoke does tend to hide those characteristics in many of these beers. While I think I might find myself leaning more towards New Holland's Charkoota Rye, this is a nicely done brew that I would certainly return to in the future. (1,124 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a mug.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with not a lot of effervescence. Head is one finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad, but not outstanding.

Smell: smoky, woody aroma; lapsang souchong on top with a light wood character underneath. Sweet malt ties these together. Pretty nice, if you like smoke.

Taste: rich smokiness in the flavor on top of a sweet, slightly caramelly malt. Bitterness is earthy and rich, but balanced. Quite a nice rauchbier.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a smooth texture and a pretty solid creaminess. I like it.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I like smoky flavors, so keep this one coming. (647 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

what a sexy little bottle! bought this just for fun..clear light amber, almost no head.
smoked sweet coal, woody tannins and some malt highlights dominate the beer. pretty enjoyable, but having a sore throat, drinking a smoked beer was probably not a good idea. i'm not going to knock it too much for my dumb decision making. I'll come back to this with my next bottle.. (370 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a copper hue, a very slight haze but one you can see through. The carbonation rises a thin off-white head that leaves a decent ring.

The oaky smoke is easily evident with sweetness behind it and supporting well. The sweetness is a little candy sugar and a little fruity...perhaps apple or something more tropical. Maybe someone set a candy apple on fire?

Unlike their urbock this one is not all about the smoke. The smoke is there in a big way but the supporting cast really makes this one work well. All the flavors in the nose are there in good measure...nicely balanced.

The smoke gives a bitterness an acrid bite to the sides of the tongue. There's also some bitterness at the back of the throat that might be from the hops, which I also think are responsible for the fruitiness.

This is perhaps the most drinkable rauchbier I've ever had. I've had smoked beers that were easier to drink, but they were classified as smoked stouts or porters. (963 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light brown/amber color, thin head but nice
S: nice traditional smoke nose, very subtle but well balanced
T: not sure what to expect but somewhat surprised, expecting more of an intense smoke, crisp, clean, German doppelbock with underlying smoke, some sweet in mid-palate with nice hop finish
M: nice, not as rich and robust as I would have liked for a doppelbock but it's more on the order of a blond
D: easy drinking for its ABV (434 characters)

Photo of cooch69
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Schlenkerla poured a very clear Amber. It had a small one finger head with barely anything left over after it dissipated.

Nose was full of Juicy smoked Kielbasi. It was a very luxurious smoke that I could sit with infront of the fire for hours on end.

The flavors came along pretty much the same way with a medium amount of hoppiness in the mid sip. This only lasted into the finish and any biterness was gone pretty quickly.

I love everything that this brewery makes and this beer only gives us beer nuts an opportunity to try something a bit higher in alcohol(even though I did'nt think that it tasted much like it had 8% in it. I would say it felt more like 6%).

A must try for smoke Aficianado's. (713 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a light clear amber with a quickly diminishing beige head. Little to no lacing. Malty aroma with a slightly medicinal smokiness. Taste is exceptional, especially considering dopplebock is not a favorite style. But Schlenkerla saves the day. There is just a tad of hop bitterness, and a wonderful smoke that tempers the malty sweetness. This is wonderful beer, whether you call it a rauchbier or a smokey dopplebock. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation light too. Alcohol never really makes itself known. On cold days like today, this could be dangerous. A fantastic winter treat for smoke fans. (603 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rustic orange on the pour, good clarity reveals a soft whisper and lazily rising effervesce. The head is a good size, soft and fluffy while ivory white in color maintaining a fair rate of retention over time. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong indications of burnt wood ambers on the pour are very evident at arms reach. Burnt wood, smoked dried meat are also there. Dried amber malt lies underneath with a smoky bacon presence finishing out.

T: Flavor is smooth, smoked malt, though not as strong as the nose led you to believe. Creamy malts, dried beef jerky with smoked ambers on the follow. Some sweetness creeps in but is balanced by a smoldering campfire finish. Some spiced smoked apple peels come about. Overall starts off strong and smoky while ending with a good fruity bock finish capturing the best of both worlds.

M: Thick and creamy mouthful, carbonation is very light if at all detected. Malty and smoky after-thoughts with a burnt bitterness.

D: Very smooth with a very good smoked presence. The smokiness strong at first quiets and lets the fruity bock nature come through with a good balance. Fairly easy to manage. (1,135 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an amber beer that definitely hits the rauchbeer note perfectly with the quality of smokeiness. woody smokey nose that is set in equal parts with a sweet malt fruit. there is a bitter note in the palate and a fruit that seems to separate in the face of the smokiness. this beer seems to be quite temperamental when it come to what you drink it with because it accentuates the malt differently. i would like to see a bit of a different qualities in palate outside of the expected. even though its a doppelbock at 8% abv it still seems to have a similar quality to most all the others. which is a good thing for those that are looking for something that places the alcohol well. but that is the only thing that separates each individual beer. if you're in the mood for a rauchbeer then have this brewery. end of question but i would like to see more accent in the malt tones. it may be because i had beets with it and it give it a particular sweet quality to it. its too sweet... and i'm a bit disappointed. (1,005 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours chestnut brown with no head, just a thin ring of eggshell white bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S-Smoked pork, charred wood, bacon.

T/M-Aggressively smoky, very rich. I wouldn't have pegged this as a doppelbock at first, but as it sits, the malty flavors become more apparent. There is a thin line of concentrated caramel malt sweetness running through this, but it's mostly overwhelmed by lovely smoke. The finish is bitter and dry, with notes of burnt whole wheat toast. Full bodied with almost no carbonation.

D-I love Rauchbiers, and this is one of the best. Would go great with a peppery cigar. (616 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally, I new Schlenkerla variety around here! Me loves the smoke, honey! It pours a clear tawny copper topped by a finger of ecru-cream foam. My nose is inundated with what I can only call a mixture of a coastal breeze (ocean coast, that is) and the smoke billowing from a coniferous forest. So...downwind from a fire in a forest around Puget Sound? Something like that. Some light honey and caramel sit in the back row, no raised hands and grades in jeopardy. The taste has the usual blackened pork chop flavor that I've come to enjoy from Schlenkerla, but it's a bit more subdued than usual. The honey and caramel put forth a stronger effort (the parents were threatening to take away their cars if they fail another class), joined by maple syrup and straight oak. Despite the relative drop in smoke content, this is a decidedly tasty brew, and the weaker smoke acts as more of a compliment to the other flavors, rather than its usual role as lead. The body is a wavy medium, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this brew was worth the wait, continued proof that some of the best rauchs continue to come from their homeland. In my opinion, had they upped the smoke a very tiny bit and the body were just a bit more assertive (only word I could come up with to describe my feelings), this might be my favorite rauch ever. Instead, only top 5. Shame, really... (1,424 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is clear amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

The smell is clearly smoky, a bit of tar and peat, some wood. Very much like a traditional wood sauna.

Upfront sweet, brown sugar, sweet bread, smoked meat, sweet sour bitter nuances (mango chutney?).

Low carbonation, soft and oily, a rather dry finish.

A pleasant moderated rauchbier. (377 characters)

Photo of LinusBohman
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier holds a special place in my beerheart as it was one of the beers that really sparked my geekiness and dedication to beers that gives you something that you didn´t knew beer could.
Therefore I was very excited when I saw this one at the Swedish systembolaget.

A: Amber coloured with a very light white head that disapears without a trace after a few minutes. Some bubbles at the beginning but they also vanishes after the pour.

S: Hay, bacon, smoke, bbq meat. With a hint of all these being glaced with honey.

T: This is quite complex. The taste at the top of my tounge is quite fruity, like pears and peaches. Then theres the smoked saltiness rounded off with a sweet aftertaste and just a hint of bitterness. The best taste in all is this taste of smoked meat with a sweet aftertaste. A marriage between my two gastric favourites, beer and smoked meat.

M: Oh so smooth, medium body but the very resignated carbonation makes this beer rest very gentle on my tounge. It´s really making love to my pallet ;)

D: I love most eatable and drinkable things smoked. Be it meat, whiskey, cheese or beer. This beer has a great balance and if I didn´t know I would never guess that it has as high ABV as it has.
I could drink this a lot and every day. Luckily for my health I don´t have a limitless supply.
Just a great beer in all and a fantastic smoked beer. (1,390 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange copper body. Thin bubbly beige head. Lace is sparse. Beautiful smokey nose. Hate to say it again, but like a distant campfire. Or actually, not so distant. Oaky and greasy. I love it. This beer is fantastic. Nobody does Rauchbier like Schlenkerla. And I mean nobody. I can't believe how easy this goes down for an 8% beer. The richness of a dopplebock isn't quite where I was expecting it, but the flavor is delicious. Malts are pretty rich and the smokiness is complex and soothing. Very slightly phenolic, which adds a dimension, and also slightly oily and bitter. Awesome beer. (592 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

http://www.schlenkerla.de/rauchbier/sorten/schlenkerlaeichee.html

eyes...
lovely copper glow, active carbonation, head dissipates quickly but the carbonation is ample to make up for that. pretty straight forward and well done showing the craft of generations of brewers.

nose...
not quite burnt embers, not quite smoked meat, somewhere nestled comfortably in between, a nice malty backbone lies underneath the mist, the smoke is mouth watering and tantalizing

taste etc...
coats the mouth with malt-o-rama, the smoke is subtle and lingers nicely in the background, the alcohol warms the belly but is not overpowering in anyway flavor wise. the smoke builds like a slow burn from spicy food... the more you sip the better the aftertaste lingers and caresses, the lingering smoke even fills your nose well after you are done. the body is perfect, existing in a realm between heavy and just light enough. There is not one off note in this brew.

verdict?
craftsmanship, a beautiful example of the style. (1,003 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/amber color. At first a two finger white head slowly rises, and sticks around for a minute. Some lace is left. Looks nice.
S: That huge meaty Bamberg smoke is huge at first. A lot more complexities come out as this warms though. Toasted malt, chocolate, wood. Got to love meat in a bottle.
T: Smoke of coarse. Though much more balanced than any of the other Schlenkerla Rauchbier's. Toasted malt, lightly sweet, chocolate, wood. Everything is really well balanced and incorporated.
M/D: A medium to full body. Velvety, silky smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. I can not make out any alcohol. Just smoky goodness. One of the few Rauchbier's I can enjoy many of.

I have never been a big Rauchbier fan. The smoke has always overpowered everything for my tastes, and that is especially true with this brewery. I have always been interested in the style in small samples however. This is just great through and through. Everything is really well incorporated. Highly recommended, and the best example of the style I have come across. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Reddish/amber pour, nearly no head, just some off white whisps.

Smell is of light burning leaves and some caramel, malt.

Smokey bacon malt. Sounds weird but works very well. Very light ham and oak. Faintest amount of red fruits. Finishes dry smokey, peaty and man does it linger.

Very smooth lighter side of mid bodied. More carbonation than the appearance would give. Absolutely no alcohol presence, but it is unique. You definetely need to be ready for what you are getting.

Was a fan of the Marzen, this one is more refined and maybe even better. (560 characters)

Photo of wchollif
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with little head

Nose is SMOKE for days. Smells like your clothes the morning after sitting around a campfire, and I like it!

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste, very little carbonation. Not getting a dopplebock feel from this, lighter than I expected.

Finish is good, but you have to like the smoke. (326 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear amber copper gold with a 1 finger head that faded and left no lacing

smells like campfire - smoked meat and some kinda of medical ointment (carmex)

taste is less smokey and more doppelbock fruity apples pears malt - out of this world flavors

mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation

srinkability - great - by far one of the best smoked beers on the market and now on my list of must get xmas beers (427 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly fades away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are smoky aromas in the nose, which intensify as the beer warms up and also have some hints of cured meats such as bacon.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by smoky flavors and has some malty sweetness along with some hints of raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and rather thick on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is rather easy to drink because the smokiness is not overpowering and well incorporated into the smell and taste. (809 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a different color than most doppelbocks, it is a heller doppelbock It it a beaut though. t is a clear reddish orange with a foamy, but creamy white head that sticks for a nice while and recedes to some nice lacing.

It smells very smokey with campfire, smoked bacon, and smoked oak. There is a subtle kiss of noble hops hiding in the background.

The taste isn't as smoky as the smell but it is loaded with smoke overtones. This one legitimately has a slight taste of bacon with some syrup. The smokiness is in check, although it lingers with a bit of campfire in the finish. The malts are big and sweet, more so then some of the other Shlenkerla beers and it provides a nice balance to the smokiness.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, it makes this one a mouthful, but a pleasant one.

The helles is the only thing better from this great brewery. (874 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this bottled offering here in Greensboro.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear bronze with a fluffy white head,the lightest doppelbock beer I have ever saw but its clarity is nice.smoked summer sausage really sticks out to me in the nose along with a bit of iron.Smoked meat flavors abound,I mean it tastes like my moms summer sausage from back in the day,the oak makes this beer different than the others Schlenkerla beers.It tastes like oak fired pork,its an aquired taste,I used to cringe at this style of beer,now I search out this style,not for the faint of heart. (582 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a lighter-than-expected amber-brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth and slightly bready caramel malts with solid amounts of smoked malts. Also present are very small amounts of toastiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as well-defined. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of smoked malt flavors - equal parts leather and smoked meat, better balanced than most others produced by this brewery. The smokiness carries through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this isn't my favorite smoked beer made by Schlenkerla but you could make the argument that it's the smoothest and best-balanced. Worth a shot. (1,009 characters)

Photo of JonB1958
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, poured into a Schenkerla tulip.

A gorgeous clear copper pour with a nice thick head.

Like all the Rauch beers, this one was a smoky, campfire odor to it, yet the oak smoke is different than the typical beechwood smoke; still pronounced and even frightening to some, but more subtle and a little less harsh

The mouthfeel is surprisingly clean and crisp, and the flavor is sublime. It's smokey, of course, but very balanced, and makes the beer quite drinkable. If you've never had Rauch beer before, just make sure you take a second sip!

I've become a big fan of Schlenkerla lately, and this is the best I've had. A real winner. (661 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Malt House - glad i looked this one up prior to heading over there, though its hard to resist a beer with the words "oat" and "smoke" in the name (alias : Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Bock)

appearance: surprisingly bright orange body, full white foam head - was expecting something darker for some reason

smell: holy moses - liquid smoke, char, smoked meat, oak malt, high potency

taste: open to interpretation - some tasted smoked pork, others summer sausage. Every sip is like an exploration through the spectrum of smoked meats. a little pepper, heavy oak, spicy, some fruit sweetness buried underneath. very interesting

mouthfeel: spicy, biting, leaves a lingering aftertaste of smoke

drinkability: seems like it could be tough but i finished this one with ease (777 characters)

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