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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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90
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666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 51
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Kinsman
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 others 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 11, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev -1%

wdarcy77, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of elec
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

elec, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of rderedin
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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

Eriktheipaman, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of MisledTitan
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

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

PatGreer, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

claytong, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

GennyCreamAle, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev -1%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of tzieser
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with a small white head that quickly settles into a tiny lacing.

Signature smoky aroma with a subtle sweet maltyness

Sweet malt flavor with notes of bread and caramel. oak flavor and smoke is present throughout. Outstanding

Glad i finally got to try this. a welcome addition to the schlenkerla family

tzieser, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at Cloverleaf Tavern, served with a tumbler glass.

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche pours a crystal clear amber, with about two fingers of off white foam crowning the beer. Head retention is short lived and lacing is minimal. The nose is fairly one-note, but it has a nice hickory smoked bacon aroma. The glavor gas a solid bready malt opening. The rauch malt then comes in to finish out the flavor profile with a pleasant smoked meat/barbecue presence. There's a nice sturdiness to the body, while staying short of being overbearingly chewy. The carbonation is subtle, just enough to cut through the malt. Even if Aecht Schlenkerla's Eiche is classified as a doppelbock, the use of smoked malt renders it a bit idiosyncratic for the style. While it's intensely smoky, it's not too much, once one takes a couple sips and gets acclimated.

axeman9182, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of kurt5316
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

kurt5316, Aug 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

beerFool28607, Aug 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

freewill35, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Brubaker
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Brubaker, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ale207, Jul 23, 2012
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.