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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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634 Ratings
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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | 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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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-02-2012 18:14:38 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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Domingo

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A formerly somewhat rare smoked doppelbock using oak smoked malts. I've had their other rauchbiers many times (yup, even from the source) but this one is new to me.
Pours a light amber color. Since it was a doppel I actually expected it to be darker than the others, but it's roughly the same. Just the right amount of foam formed at the top as I poured it into my 1/2L "halbe" mug.
The nose is definitely focused on big/sweet/malty with a whiff of smoke. However, the itself smoke seems to be less sweet than their usual beechwood smoked beers.
The flavor follows that path, too. The base flavor is sweet and malty, but the smoke manages to stay drier and therefore the flavor steers away from that "bbq sauce" note their normal bockbier can sometimes have. It's big and bold, but probably easier drinking than some others.
While their Marzen is my favorite from Heller-Trum, this one isn't bad either. The smoke is more nuanced and less sweet, and for an 8%ABV beer, it's pretty easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 13:57:03 | More by Domingo
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mojuyt

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-24-2012 21:15:54 | More by mojuyt
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 oz. poured into a snifter at Churchkey. From notes.

A: Pours a dark tawny color with low clarity. The head is a one finger offwhite color with a thin ring sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Smoke. And lots of it. Really, you have to expect that coming into something that's from Bamberg. But other than the smoky notes, there's an underlying oak quality to it - and overwhelming plasticky phenols. Quite good, apart from the strong phenolic aroma.

T: I half-expected this to be one massive smoke orgy. I didn't expect it to be so impressively balanced behind a caramel malt backbone, oaky tannins, and the damn phenol notes. The finish is more smoky than the beginning, but never overdone. Each subsequent sip helps to balance the firepit-esque smoke with the maltiness increasingly. Would be great if not for the plasticky flavors.

M: The texture is pseudo-creamy with a dry, tannic finish. Lower carbonation and decent drinkability.

O: Wasn't sure what to think at first, but I started to enjoy this more as I got near the end of my little sample, suggesting this is something that needs to be savored in larger quantities. An acquired taste to be sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 05:43:50 | More by ThisWangsChung
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GoGators

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-11-2012 15:25:37 | More by GoGators
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wo87810

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-07-2012 18:36:26 | More by wo87810
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vegasmac99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

06-05-2012 00:16:14 | More by vegasmac99
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

1.43/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Served from the bottle into a mug

A- Poured a murky brown with orange hues with a three finger soapy head that left no lace.

S- Very strong aroma. This smells like bacon, rubber like aroma. I love bacon, but this smells just like bacon, a little startling.

T- This tastes like bacon, burnt rubber, beef jerky, and band aids. Very strong flavors that I did not care for.

M- Hard for me to get this in my mouth long enough to really assess the mouthfeel. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O- I could not choke this down. This flavor is just not for me I guess. My experience with smoked beers is limited, I have had some that were okay, but the smoke flavor in this one is very strong.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 23:18:20 | More by Hoptometrist
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rob99er

California

5/5  rDev +23.8%

05-28-2012 23:26:28 | More by rob99er
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BradAndAdele


3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

All about the smell. Beautiful bacon, honey and honey-cured ham. As enjoyable to sniff as it is to drink. An indulgent treat with some nice cheese.

The appearance, however, is nothing special. Smoked beers are not made for their looks. This is very light for a doppelbock, a smooth amber colour and perfectly clear. Looks a lot like cognac.

The taste comes second fiddle to the smell. It's sweet, with the smell coming through -- honey and ham. No hops. Malty.

Minimal carbonation and, like most smoked beers, rather watery.

Overall quite a novelty and always an enjoyable treat. But not a beer to be consumed regularly. For special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 04:25:36 | More by BradAndAdele
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sweethome

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is orange amber with a bit of chill haze. Virtually no head on pour - quite surprising. Quite still after pour.

Nose has upfront smoke complexity and candy sweetness, hint of maple syrup.

Thick and creamy entry. Smooth flow on palate, builds out with in a hint of hop bittering on outer palate. Smoke is rich and layered. As I consumed this, the flavors of bock beer opened up. Sweetness is balanced by the smoke and backing of hops. A slight noble hop flavor comes through on the finish.

Big and flavorful, packs an alcoholic kick but not at all boozy. Complexity is key, at mid-mouth I get a touch of chocolate malt mixing with the smoke, so flavorful and layered, nuances come out in a beer that is quite flavor forward.

Another great work of brewers art - my favorite from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 23:15:35 | More by sweethome
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-10-2012 19:29:53 | More by Lawnboy33
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-09-2012 00:19:24 | More by Archemedies
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Niklas


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-30-2012 12:41:34 | More by Niklas
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a light orange hue and transparent. The head is a light khaki shade with a soapy consistency, fading to a thin layer clinging to the perimeter of the tulip.

The aroma brings campfire, sausage, bacon, smoke.

The flavor is peaty, smoky, but less wonderful than the standard trio I often drink from this brewery (Urbock, Weizen, Marzen). Grilled meat and a touch of sweet malt.

My biggest complaint is the body, which is quite thin. The feel is smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

Overall, worth a try, but I wouldn't choose this over the standard rauch offerings from Aecht Schlenkerla.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:44:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the moment the cap is sprung it drifts a light smoky meatiness which is deep and delicious but no where near as pungent as I expected.
Even half inch head tops a beautiful clear cyrstal copper colour which deflates despite leaving some complex Rorschach test type lacing.
To taste, whoa. Tastes as it smells despite some risidual fizziness which cuts through the mediumish body and is firm and reasonably dry. There is also a degree of softness knitted in there too. The restrained lucious roasted meaty quality is beautifully integrated producing a truly earth shattering finesse and balance. Just mouthwatering. Can barely believe it is 8%ABV.

Truly truly delicious. Just want to drink this outside before a roaring fire with a plate of quality Aufscnitt.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 11:29:55 | More by Zimbo
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Leipziger

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-29-2012 01:30:55 | More by Leipziger
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-24-2012 04:21:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy reddish orange color with a small 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big wood, smoked meat, charcoal, raisin, molasses, caramel, toffee, banana, apple, and herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. The smoked aspect compliments the standard doppelbock aromas nicely. Taste of caramel, molasses, raisin, smoke, wood, ham, toffee, biscuit, pepper, light citrus, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of smoke, caramel, molasses, biscuit, and fruitiness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors, with more standard doppelbock flavors going on; without the smokiness becoming too overwhelming. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all. Dangerously smooth to drink for 8%, but is definitely great to sip on. Overall this is an excellent and highly enjoyable smoked doppelbock. Great balance of flavors, without the smoke being over the top. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 03:56:49 | More by superspak
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

04-21-2012 03:58:00 | More by Beer21
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foobula

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kept this in the back of the fridge for a several months. Was looking for something barrel-aged when I remembered this one and dug it out. Did not disappoint.

A: Dark amber, a good amount of small particulates suspended. Small head formed and dissipated quickly.

N: Wood, smoke, beef jerky, WOW is it smokey!

T: Primarily smokey, smokey, smokey! But a malty sweetness is there as well. It's like 60/40 between smokey and sweet, so with each taste you might get more of the smoke or more of the malt. I find it nearly perfectly balanced in that regard.

M: Medium, somewhat creamy

O: I've gotta give this a 5. Definitely my favorite smoked beer so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:17:34 | More by foobula
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jgurley

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, I am a great fan of the Sclenkerla beers. I drink them as regularly as I am able to get them and I'm a HUGE fan of the Urbock and Marzen. As one who has had these beers many times, I can taste "beyond the smoke" and this beer is exceptional as expected. Pretty medium amber color with a nice head. Smoke dominates the aroma. Taste is what one would expect from Sclenkerla, with a ton more hop bitterness as well as booziness from the higher alcohol. Light and extremely drinkable mouthfeel. Very refreshing and not at all heavy on the belly. OUTSTANDING!! Bravo!
P.S. Some will suggest this with BBQ or smoked meat. I think that smokey meats may overdo the whole smoke flavor. I had it with a chicken caesar salad. Salty with lots of bleu cheese. Very nice contrast of smokey and salty.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 01:35:06 | More by jgurley
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Wulfkvlt

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%

04-15-2012 21:29:06 | More by Wulfkvlt
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sparx1100

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-12-2012 03:44:44 | More by sparx1100
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

04-06-2012 16:32:03 | More by PeteRiz
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.