Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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4.85/5 rDev +20%
A - slight amber with quite a bit of clarity. Very little head present
S - Incredibly strong notes of camp fire.. oak, ham
T - smoked pork, maybe even a bit of saltiness, blended extremely well.
M - Very smooth drinking, low on the carbonation side of things
O - There is a definite strong smoke presence here, however it seems to flow well with everything without having any harsh edges. I admit that I'm not normally one for a smoked beer, but this was an extremely well crafted product
07-21-2012 03:49:54 | More by bjohn84
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows smoked malt, but there's a distinct oaky character to it as opposed to the usual campfire and smoke ham. Underneath is sweet caramel.
Similar oaky and smoky flavours along with more sweet malt, this time with syrupy and bready characters. Seems to be missing a little of the usual complexity.
Body is a little undercarbonated.
Not quite on par with the others from this brewery. Too sweet, and the oaky smoke and sweet malt seem a little discordant rather than complimentary as you'd find in the urbock/marzen. Still really enjoyable though.
07-16-2012 01:33:26 | More by CrazyDavros
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear orange amber, modest white head and lacing. Malt and smoke aroma. Moderately sweet caramel malt, smoky malt, smoke. Hint of smoked meat, minimal hops. Nice flavor, smooth and mellow. Medium bodied. One of my favorite smoked beers.
07-08-2012 03:37:55 | More by LiquidAmber
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
Bottle purchased from Beermongers in Portland, OR.
Pours a lovely clear amber hue, with a very fine and consistent head of white that leaves some lovely webbed lacing. Body is firm, and although there's not noticeable carbonation when it's static, the beer foments some lovely fine powder when tilted. Very nice looking beer indeed.
Nose is smooth and smoky, with a big, but not insistent smoked aroma pronouncing itself. Moderated smoked pork, some smoothness and sweetness come through, leaving a malty basis and a touch of wheatbeer banana. Very pleasant indeed.
Taste is also exceptionally smooth on the front, with a mild sweetness welling into a pronounced smooth smoky character. This develops into a hint of harshness, or at least a bit of herbal bite, that doesn't necessarily sit all that well. However, there's a continual malty character underneath, which feels as though it could support anything. Seriously good overall.
Very, very interesting indeed. I'm not sure how much difference the oak- verses beechwood-smoke character makes (it's still exceptionally smoky), but I feel as though it has a smoothness that isn't altogether to do with the extra body and extra malt. An exceptionally interesting brew.
07-08-2012 02:48:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.45/5 rDev -14.6%
16.9 oz bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a small frothy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is nice sweet caramelly smoke (campfire and BBQ), but quickly gets subdued.
The flavor is some sweet caramel malt and bitter smoke in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Overall, I probably liked this one the best of the 3 I had. It was pretty one-sided but had no off-notes I found in the others (marzen and urbock).
07-07-2012 03:53:58 | More by Beaver13
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours clear and medium brown. Decent tan head develops but recedes within a minute or so to a film-like island and ring. Lacing is decent.
Smell is, as with all Schlenkerla brews I've had, smoky like the leftover coals of a campfire. Malt, peat, soy sauce and faint hops also appear. Balance is weighted to the smoke of course, but the rest is reasonably solid.
Taste is smoky malt, soy sauce, peat, a faint whiskey note, too. Well-balanced.
Mostly full bodied with a light, almost faint, effervescence. A sipping beer, for certain, especially considering the ABV, and a very good one if you ask me.
07-03-2012 01:48:28 | More by PorterLambic
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
06-30-2012 13:57:03 | More by Domingo
3.4/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
06-17-2012 05:43:50 | More by ThisWangsChung
1.43/5 rDev -64.6%
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.
05-29-2012 23:18:20 | More by Hoptometrist
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
05-14-2012 04:25:36 | More by BradAndAdele
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
05-12-2012 23:15:35 | More by sweethome
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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