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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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 Hopfenpeter


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a fan of , this will be an enjoyable tasting! Thanks, Willi from "The Bottle Shop", for getting this for me!!
The beer poured a nice, clear amber and produced a one finger high, bubbly off white head, which dissipates fast, leaving a ring of lacing.
The smell is that of a smokehouse, mixed with some sweetness of caramel.
The taste is remarkable. Smoked ham, glazed with brown sugar and caramel comes to mind up front. Than some of the malt flavors are doing the works. A fine addition of selected hops give the beer perfect balance in the end.
The ABV of 8.0 is well hidden, but the Doppelbock characteristics are all there.
A wonderful Rauchbier!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:59:33 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of BelgiumBill


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. It was a caramel/honey color with a minimal head that quickly vanished with no signs of lacing.

The smell is all about the smoke. Obviously smokey with hints of toffee, sweet malt.

Flavor - no big surprises as smoke dominates with undertones of sweet malts, and a bit of hops. Campfire. Nothing complex here but it's hard to expect anything else.

I found the carbonation to be very low, maybe too low, but it coated the mouth nicely with a slick layer of sweet smokey goodness. Reminds me of a good Texas BBQ joint.

Overall, good as an occasional beer due to the uniqueness. Far from a complex, multi-layered masterpiece - but that's not how its advertised either.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 00:30:21 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a bright amber color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Almost no lacing.

S: Smoky, smoky, and smoky. You get a little malt in the nose, but the smoke takes center stage.

T: Tasted overwhelmingly of smoked malt, with some hops and a bit of grain as well. As it goes with the other Aecht beers, the smokiness dominates the flavor. Decent, but not exactly multidimensional.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Beers like this with smoked ingredients are good every once in a while, but they aren't something I'd drink all the time. Still, a well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 13:15:35 | More by avalon07
Photo of kenzak

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

01-29-2012 03:21:54 | More by kenzak
Photo of dansmcd


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark coppery burgundy, one finger of brief white head, no lacing.

S - No surprises - smoked ham hock, bacon, some honey sweetness.

T - Follows on with the signiture smokiness and pork, quite woody (must be the oak), honey.

M - Low carbonation, medium body, smooth.

O - Just like their brilliant rauchbiers, yet sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:07:50 | More by dansmcd
Photo of xylophonica


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light head with a deep copper-amber hue and a ruby tint.

S - Intense smoked pork and ham aromas abound. A subtle spiciness is lurking underneath with some sweet malt and mead.

T - Dark malts and smoke combine together quite well on the initial taste. Rich dark chocolate/cacao flavours dominate while the smokiness serves almost as an aftertaste; sitting on the palate but without overpowering it. There's also a touch of soothing honey-malt.

M - Normally with this part of the review I'm looking for the texture/feel, but with this beer it's quite smooth and not overly strong in texture. However the combination of smoke and malt sensations on the palate makes it all work together quite well.

O - With most smoked beers I find that that the smoked scent/taste overwhelms every other aspect of the beer; in essence it's like drinking a smoked pig... Fortunately this beer rises above that silly preconception and offers something more for the drinker. A nice doppelbock combined with some smoky flavours and delivering a satisfying overall feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 12:15:05 | More by xylophonica
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber, with a full finger of head. Retention is fair, lacing minimal.

S: Interesting. Fruity malt for sure, but a strong smell of smoke is thoroughly mixed in. I'm reminded of a sweet, smoked bacon.

T: Whoa, REALLY sweet! Then, after a moment, really bitter when the hops kick in. And nothing in between. The smokiness is there from start to finish, too, but in contrast to the smell, it plays second fiddle to the other flavors.

M: Good carbonation, though a bit astringent.

O: This was my first (and likely last) foray into Rauchbier.
That overwhelming sweetness just didn't do it for me. I am a big fan of smoky flavors in tea and scotch whiskey, so I was optimistic that I'd be a big fan, but I'm sorry to say I'm disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 03:18:44 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of monitorpop


4/5  rDev -1%

01-25-2012 00:16:17 | More by monitorpop
Photo of Deshelto


4/5  rDev -1%

01-23-2012 01:57:16 | More by Deshelto
Photo of StateMech

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed straight from the bottle into a snifter, slightly chilled from my garage

appearance - clear chestnut with lingering medium head

smell - immediate smoke character with a sweet back end

taste - rounded smoked flavor on top, followed by a more pronounced sweet-savory base, lingering feeling that I just had a bite of smoked ribs, the 8% alc/vol nearly entirely hidden

mouthfeel - light carbonation, light density feel, smooth without too much physical presence

overall - one of the more unique beers I have enjoyed, first time I had beer that made me think of (and desire) bbq ribs, good overall but probably wouldn't purchase again

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:43:07 | More by StateMech
Photo of jakesingleton


3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-19-2012 13:35:47 | More by jakesingleton
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

01-18-2012 20:14:40 | More by ATPete
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

01-18-2012 19:14:35 | More by jaredtuk
Photo of KAF


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-17-2012 22:37:04 | More by KAF
Photo of ggodzik


2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

01-16-2012 04:38:18 | More by ggodzik
Photo of animal69


4/5  rDev -1%

01-15-2012 22:29:54 | More by animal69
Photo of Mar02x


2.03/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - A deep red beer with a light beige lacing.

S - A strong smell of burned and smoked oak wood.

T - This is like drinking an astray with a smoked ham added. There is however a undertone of a very nice Doppelbock which is a bit sweet. Unfortunately I am sure that by the time my glass is finished I will end up with a huge headache.

M - A medium carbonation with no bitterness or any alcohol heat.

O - Now I found a beer that is even worse than a sour one. This is not my kind of thing. I stopped smoking 8,5 years ago and this beer tastes like I have started again. This beer still get some points for the Doppelbock undertone which is is undoubtedly nice and wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 15:31:10 | More by Mar02x
Photo of jsanford


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5l bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Purchased at CBX.

A - Pours a hazy orange-copper with a white head that quickly settles to some patchy haze.
S - Sweet and smoky, with a solid base of caramel malt and honey and a wonderfully "hammy" smokiness. Honey-baked ham, all the way! Mmmm...ham.
T - Oh yeah, that's the stuff. More sweet malt, honey, and smoke, again reminiscent of honey ham. Not quite as quaffable at the "standard" offerings, I couldn't drink my weight in this like I could the, oh, Märzen.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation.
O - Another amazing offering from Schlenkerla, the Cantillon of smoked beer. Rich, smoky, and sweet with that signature Schlenkerla smoke profile, I love this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 00:09:31 | More by jsanford
Photo of superjose


3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-09-2012 02:26:15 | More by superjose
Photo of eric5bellies


4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a classic copper colour with an off White head tah laces and reduces slowly.

S - Classic Schlenkerla smokey notes with ome charcoal.

T - Up front some nice smokey notes folowed by some nice rounded sweet malts of caramel before a smokey finish and the ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Very unusual and very enjoyable, the smokeyness really adds another dimension.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 16:07:29 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of towlea25


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-08-2012 02:26:04 | More by towlea25
Photo of oregone


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-08-2012 02:08:51 | More by oregone
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Much lighter than the other Schlenkerlas, a dark caramel beer with a weak off white head — but my glass wasn't immaculately clean, so I'll give this the benefit of the doubt. Aroma is smooth and mellow, but strong and meaty. Lovely notes of sweet barbecue char, fruity kalamata olive, rich oaken vanilla, maple leaves, and apple hum a rich, enticing, autumnal harmony. Smooth on the tongue as well, with a smoke flavor that's sweet, rich, and dominant but not overpowering, allowing pleasantly rich fruit and caramel flavors in along with a nice slap of bitter green noble hops. The mouthfeel falls a bit short, with a pleasant tingle but a lack of body that doesn't carry the flavor and allows the raw alcohol flavor to intrude. Quite a nice beer, though, and one I'd love to try with cheese or chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 20:07:30 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of JayS2629


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoky looking amber color with a two finger white head that has nice retention and sea foam lacing.

The aroma is of smoke with caramel and bready underneath. Some spicy hops peek through a campfire of oak.

The flavor is of oak smoke with bready foundation, clean malts, touch of caramel and clean noble hops to balance and bitter.

Perfectly balanced, mellow smoke, medium body

Very smooth and mellow with a nice smoky flavor. Great sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 12:39:59 | More by JayS2629
Photo of afdempse


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby colored beer with an off-white head. Smells like a campfire, with complex smoke aromas and a hint of caramel.

Smooth, multi-layered smokiness. A mellower smoke flavor than the beechwood versions, but a bit more complex. Freshly extinguished campfire ashes come to mind. Sweet caramel malt flavor comes through and balances with clean noble hops. Bittering level is perfect.

Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is full but not too sweet. A very enjoyable rauchbier that I could drink multiple pints of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 04:20:33 | More by afdempse
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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