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 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!


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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. 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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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice looking coppery golden hue with a thin head of large bubbles that fades a bit too quickly and only leaves light traces of lacing.

aroma has faint smoke, lots of wood and earthiness. hints of sweetness, a touch of green herbal hops and more smooth smoked woodiness.

wow. this one is definitely complex. more levels than the usual rauch, this one traverses the spectrum of earthy flavors. dopplebock malts with earthy smoke, a hint of peat, caramel, fresh green hops, a hint of honey.

mouth is amply carbonated... maybe a touch thin for an 8% dopplebock, but it works beautifully for the oak smoke and the rest of the flavors. thicker and this one might be tough to swallow. This is smooth and goes down perfectly, highlighting the complexity of the flavors nicely.

All in all, I'm pleasantly blown away. surprisingly drinkable for 8% and smoke. Taste is amazing and not overpowering. complex and nowhere near as one-dimensional as many rauchbiers. This one is a must try.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly outstanding beer. Who could say no to an Eiche smoked Doppelbock.

I certainly could not so I had several pints at the Rake and I bought ALL 12 bottles from the store which are surprisingly good value at 3.50 a go.

The beer is nothing like the standard Schlenkerla rang and is not as punchy in its smokeyness but works on a lot more different levels. FANTASTIC.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml with best before date June 2011 into Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche glass. Pours amber to deep coppery body with reddish hue and good clarity, topped by medium beige dense head with good retention, that clings to the walls.
Aroma is a pleasant balance between malty sweetness and non-harsh, smooth wood &, bacon-like smokiness obtained by oak-wood kilned malt.The smoky curtain is delicate enough to transmit the Doppelbock characteristics of the base beer underneath: rich malty sweetness with significant melanoidins and touch of plum and grape-like fruitiness.
The flavor is campfire and bacon-like smokiness which interplays with malty sweetness. The malts exhibit melanoidin qualities accompanied by notes of dark chocolate. Towards the finish emerges peppery spiciness (probably originating from the Hallertau hops used) with moderate hoppy bitterness. No inappropriate harsh, burnt or charred flavors. The finish is semisweet although the smoke reduces the Doppelbock sweetness to some degree by adding some dryness. Medium to full boded with soft carbonation and unbelievable drinkability for a beer of this type, partially thanks to smooth and complex yet not overpowering smoky character.

In short: A fantastic smoked Doppelbock with perfect balance between the smoke and base beer, reflecting the character of both.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the frustration of living in MD are the small things. Like the fact that I could buy an Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche tulip 4 weeks before I could buy a bottle of this beer. Still, I'm not complaining.

A brilliant amber-copper with a dense, off-white head, receding to a thick cap. A little lacing is present too. The nose is excellent. Brown sugar, caramel, a little sugar, and of course, smoke. I'm probably in the minority here, but to me, this is less smoky than their Urbock or Marzen. A definite hop character is present, earthy and leafy. As it warms, there's a touch of alcohol too. The oak smoke lends a mild spiciness to it.

Medium in body, this beer opens sweet with caramel, brown sugar and an earthy smokiness. The smoke character is definitely reserved, providing a faint bacon flavor. Hops appear mid-palate, providing a blend of earth and green, leafy flavor. Moderate bitterness is present on the finish, again, earthy, along with a blend of smoke, brown sugar and a little alcohol. Carbonation is medium-light , working well with the medium body and the complex finish. Oak is present mostly as a little vanilla-sweetness to complement the smoke. As always, I'm astounded by how hoppy German beers are when fresh. Excellent stuff, I will drink more of this.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle, 2010, best by 6/11.

Pours an attractive and clear ruby-amber. Thick head falls fast, but leaves nice lacing on the way down.

The aroma is smokey, oaky and pungent, reminiscent of chimney smoke cutting through a cold winter night. Slightly different from the other Schlenkerla brews, but not markedly.

Smoke flavor is deep and strong, yet with soft edges. Not as sharp as the other Schlenkerla brews -- maybe the result of oak replacing the customary beechwood in the malt smoking process. Thick maltiness blends well, but perhaps too well, as I don't get many of the sweet and malty flavors typical of Doppelbock. There's a light tanginess from the hops, actually. There's some caramel, but the smokiness dominates. The mouthfeel is soft, chewy and perfectly carbonated (medium-low). Eight percent alcohol is incredibly well integrated.

This is solid stuff, I just find myself yearning a bit for the usual Doppelbock flavors, such as molasses, sweet dough and dulce de leche, and maybe a bit less Rauch. I knew it would be smokey, but I feel a bit misled, honestly. Sort of a strange mix, though definitely a Rauchbier!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally saw this on the shelves in Columbus, $4.99 per bottle. Jumped at it, I love Schlenkerla rauchbiers and this is the only one on the BA database (so far) I haven't tried yet. Smoked oak instead of beech according to the label: "The resulting Schlenkerla oak smoke malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic beech smoke malt. The hence complex smokiness is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops".

It pours a very clear copper color with a thin foam that dissipates quickly to a small poof and a ring. Strong campfire aromatics, cured meat, your usual smoked razzle dazzle. I do love rauchbiers but apparently my perception isn't good enough to discern oak from beech, at least without a side-by-side.

Very nice flavor, smooth up front with salty bacon and sweet malts, a little bitter in back with a lasting smoky presence. Hard to find the bock flavors, I guess the sweet malts can be attributed to the bock style though.

Easy drinking, a very solid rauchbier. I'm gonna keep one for a Schlenkerla portfolio night, everything but the fastenbier (tap only).

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a smoked doppelbock? Nice!

Pours a mild amber color with a head that quickly fades down into my glass. It's been a while since I've had a smoked beer so bear with me.

Lots of smoked oak character to greet the nose. Makes my mouth water for some brisket. It couldn't possibly get better than this.

Smoked oak mingles with chewy malt to create a smorgasboard of win with this ale. Alcohol is well-hidden too so watch out!

Mouthfeel is full of lingering chewy smoked malt. Explodeifragilous!

Forgive the silly puns and all. This is a beer that all fans of rauchbiers would enjoy. It's deceptively drinkable and should do a good job of reminding a brisket/bbq fanatic of warm summer days behind a grill.

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Photo of plfahey
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium copper in color, slightly hazy, moderately low off white head with some lacing and fair retention.

Aroma-Smoke, oak, bacon, charcoal, this is the holy grail of smoked beer aroma. Very light toast and a little bit of sweet caramel perceptible as well. No hops. As it warms, it almost develops a hint of fruit in the aroma, like apple-wood smoked bacon.

Flavor-Slightly less smoke in the flavor allows other malt characteristics to shine through. Nutty, toasty, caramel, smoky, bready, yummy goodness. Perfectly balanced between smoke and malt characteristics. No hops. No notable alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel-Medium light mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation. Smooth as hell with some alcohol warmth.

This is such an awesome beer. I honestly think it's one of the best balanced smoked beers I've ever had. Fan-fucking-tastic.

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

I had a 500 ml bottle at tria the other day. The pour is amber/orange with a quickly receding white head. The aroma is full of sweet smoke, it reminds me of smoked bacon. The beer taste a little sweeter than it smells. Smoked meat is the dominant flavor, the smokiness lingers for a while in the finish. The beer was lighter in body than I expected, had a nice "clingy" mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this, I was surprised even the nonbeer drinkers liked it.

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Photo of brendanbeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. rich red orange color. beautifully clear dark beer.

s. it smells exactly like bacon, not like bacon, it is bacon, really really rich sweet and salty bacon.

t. mellow up front with a rich almost sweetness that hops into hoppiness and bitterness. finishes with that bacony aftertaste, a bit dry. bready and malty and delicious.

m. mellow mouthfeel, nothing special. a little above "average"

d. drinkable, because of the sensory playfulness, the smell is incredibly potent and unique.

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Photo of alexgash
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle.

Clear, clean, orange bronze body. Pinkie finger of wispy, light beige head. A little lighter than I expected for some reason. Classic Schlenkerla smoke dominates the nose. However, it does seem to be a little less "hammy" and maybe a little more integrated with sweet honeyish fruit and cookie malt. Still, the smoke in this beer is prominent and wonderful.

Toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness up front. Sweetish fruit and cookie malt meld with flinty campfire smoke. Charred cooked veggies follow, with lingering caramel and smoke. Herbal bitterness from some delicious noble hops are a nice foil to the malty sweetness, and they go surprisingly well with the layered smokiness. Not as strong and meaty as the marzen, partly due to the increased malt/alcohol complexity, but also to the oak. Medium-full body with a thick, chewy feel and gentle carbonation. Delicious and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber pour with a fast-fading off-white head.

S: Intensely smoky, camp fire, bacony nose, very inviting, would be great next to some barbequed pork.

T: Rich caramel malt, smoky, bacony backbone, nicely bitter finish.

M: I thought the mouthfeel was pretty thin.

D: Very tasty. I really enjoy the beechwood smoked version as well and will probably do a side-by-side comparison to see how the msoke character differs.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. On tap at DBGB. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of smoky meats, peat, bacon. Flavor is quite minty on the initial sip followed by berries, smoked wood, smoked meats. Hmm, didn't really enjoy this one -- it was too minty.

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

Ah, my second Rauchbier from this brewery, here goes!

A - Pours a clear amber hue, with a mild off-white head, with little retention, but good lacing. Looks similar to a Marzen.

S - Woah! That unique rauchbier smell can be found here in all it's glory. Smell is of strong, smokey bacon bits and sausage, caramel malts, vanilla, and oak.

T - Not quite as brutally smokey as the smell initially suggests, but still pretty friggin tasty! Lots of smoked meat (bacon, sausage) flavor over a toasty caramel malt backbone, with hints of vanilla and oak. Viciously complex. You would think this stuff is actually made with meat/spices during the brewing process!

M - This beer is medium bodied, with mild carbonation, and a slick, creamy feel going down. Even though it's an 8% beer, it drinks more like a 6 or 6.5% one.

D - Pretty damn easy to quaff down for 8%, so it scores well here. Not to mention it's unique flavor profile.

Overall - A very good second shot at the Rauchbier style. Though overall I think I prefer the Urbock from this brewery, this beer has a more complex flavor profile, and I'm very glad I tried it. Recommended for die-hard fans of smokey flavors!

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L brown glass pry-top bottle. One of only 20 bottles of come to VT.

Pours a clear pale amber with some thin bone-white head.

Nose is beautiful. Doesn't have the huge bacon smell that Schlenkerla usually has (not a bad thing). Actually smells like oak wood smoke, like a roaring fire in the fire place instead of a campfire. More approachable.

Palate is medium-light bodied and crisp. Oak is the predominant flavor with a little pale malt creeping through. Definitely a lager, but dopplebock doesn't come to mind. The 8% is well hidden by the smoke. Clean yet smokey.

Notes: Perhaps a more approachable smoke beer, but not as complex as the Marzen.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap as "Oak Smoke" before, however I don't remember anything labeling it a Doppelbock then. Really gorgeous label for the bottled version.

Copper body with micro sediment suspended in the beer, giving it a fine granulated haze. A finger of tan foam rises up with a nest of larger bubbles in the center. It fades quickly, leaving a very thing ring at the edges.

Heavy wood smoke, hints of peat and bacon fat, sweet and almost to a medicinal degree (more so in the taste). A little bit toned down from the burliness of the Urbock and Weizen.

Brief malt sweetness first, instantly rushed by a complex wave of smoke, woody and layered. A dry bitterness from the Hallertau emerges in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste for awhile. Carbonation is moderate to low, and it's easily sipped. A really enjoyable Rauchbier that has intensity but doesn't overwhelm.

Paired this with a charcuterie plate of smoked sausage, coppa, and Cabot clothbound cheddar.

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Photo of blackie
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured roughly into a unibroue tulip, creating a frothy, cream-colored head that steadily settles into a thing coating and ring, the beer a coppery golden color

s: rich oak smoke - dominant but delicate - provides an immediate glimpse into what the schlenkerla line is all about, playing fantastically off the sweet, malty doppelbock base - heavy with sweet/toasty german malts; while it carries more malt complexity than the rest of the line, it's still decidedly a smoke-forward beer, and likely won't win over any who don't already enjoy the style; superb balance and a less overpowering smoke than the beechwood, hops appropriately light

m: carbonation light on the palate, medium bodied, smooth

t: a deep base of sugary, lightly nutty german malts backs up strong flavors of oakwood smoke, the doppelbock base is the perfect match to balance out the complex, pure smoke, brief flash of metallic hops towards the finish, great

d: dangerously easy given the elevated abv and rich smoke, a hallmark of the style

500 mL from WF Arlington, paired with some sharp cheddar

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a medium orange amber colour with about a half inch of sandy coloured foam on top. It's good looking beer, but rather light for a doppelbock, I'd say.

Smell is precisely what I was hoping for. Smoke, the smell that emanates from a hot, freshly used cast iron skillet, singed bits of ham fat, and a trace of freshly sawn timber. Smell's fantastic just like everything else they brew!

The intensity of the smoke is just as assertive in the flavour as it is with the Märzen or the Ur-bock, however, this seems to have sweeter malts, and the body seems a bit thinner; odd since this is 8% and the Ur-bock is 6,5%.

Not my favourite beer from these guys, but still a good rauch!

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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