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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website

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

poured from bottle into a stein. Pours a dark orange color with a small and foamy head

very smoked based aromas as would be expected from a smoke beer. Good aromas as well of navel oranges, malts and some caramel aromas as well

fuller bodied with lots of smoke flavors that are expected. Good flavors and a very nice feel with flavors of smoke, malts and dark oranges

I love the smoke flavors from aecht. This carries it through very well along with excellent flavors on both the aromas and feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:33:38 | More by KDawg
Photo of Takahiro


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

A: copper, very little tanned foam, lots of i don't know what floating inside, making it murky

S: smoked malt, leather, moist tobacco

T: malty and alcoholic sweetness to begin, fruitiness (prunes) in the middle, some hoppiness to balance out in the end. it seems that bitterness seems to linger.

M: sweet and little cloying. This is a nice warming brew.

O: very well crafted. It's a little strong, as bocks are intended to be. but the high alcohol makes it a little bit overwhelming in many ways (sweetness, alcoholic warmth, etc). works great in winter times for sure

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:33:42 | More by Takahiro
Photo of herrburgess

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-27-2011 23:10:06 | More by herrburgess
Photo of LtCracker20


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear amber body with a slight brownish hue. 2-finger white head that falls to a nice complete cap that stays the whole time. No lacing.

S- A lot of smoke in this one. Like smoked bacon or something along those lines. Some nice sweet caramel malt as well as some plum or date aroma.

T- Almost word for word like the aroma, but mellowed and subdued except for the smokiness.

MF- Creamy full body.

O- A very nice smoked doppelbock that is an exceptional beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 00:04:42 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of TeamUgly


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-24-2011 02:03:29 | More by TeamUgly
Photo of OneDropSoup


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

Poured into a shaker pint: Crisp, clear brass under a loose, thin head. Nice color, body could be better. Moderate nucleation.

Moderate smoke is notable at first in the smell, with a mild ham character, a little more restrained than most rauchbiers I've had. Behind that is a lager that's a little on the sweet side, with a light honey or even fruity note, like fig. Reminds me more of a maibock in character, but with this layer of smoked meat.

Smoke is right up front in the taste, interestingly coupled with a subtly spicy hop character, moving through typical bready notes in the middle. Interestingly, a kind of honey glaze flavor rises at the end, with a little bit of spice like clove, really rounding this off to a honey-glazed ham flavor. Tasty & rich but quickly satisfying. Just a little bit of alcohol presence, but settles in nicely with the other flavors.

Remarkably smooth for a smoked beer, medium-bodied, & leaves a sweet, lightly viscous coating in the aftertaste.

Everything's good about this beer, but I'm looking at the 10 oz. left in my glass & wondering how the hell I'm going to finish this. Don't estimate this - it's a rich, full beer that kind of tricked me at first, & I've reached my saturation point pretty shortly in. Good, but best to split.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 22:20:58 | More by OneDropSoup
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-15-2011 04:30:12 | More by Beertracker
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Fittingly poured into an Eiche snifter (glassware that BA, ironically, does not recommend for the style; screw it). The color is cloudy amber/deep honey. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a thin lacing, ring around the edge, and lacing along the glass.

Smell: The smokiness is not as intense as Schlenkerla’s märzen, but it is still prominent. It offers that smoked bacon/sausage aroma that is enticing. It has me craving landjägers. Beyond the smokiness are faint scents of caramel, maybe some fruits, and grassy hops. Other than that it is straight and beautiful smokiness. After taking a couple sips it is much easier to detect the earthy element from the hops.

Taste: Heavenly. The oak smokiness is obviously prominent, but it is almost balanced by sweet caramel and floral and earthy hops. It has just a touch of pepper spice and also exhibits an incredible burnt edge, much like that of smoked bacon. There is also a hint of honey and a brandy-like alcohol edge, which is hidden very well.

Drinkability: Incredible. This is all I want for Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 05:51:54 | More by TheQuietMan22
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New York

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-12-2011 19:47:39 | More by alalvarez75
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with one finger of head that did not hang around for long. The head settles to a thick film. Just a little lacing is left on the glass.

Smoke aroma in this beer is definately of a different nature of the other Schlenkerla beers. Very woodsy with the hops adding noticeable floral elements.

The flavor is about what one expects from a Schlenkerla beer. The oak smoke is differnet but if I did not read the bottle, I doubt I would of picked it out. This is definately more highly hopped and slightly sweeter. Alcohol is not detectable.

Rich and creamy body. Very nice carbonation gives this an enjoyable texture.

Another quality beer from this brewery. Not really that different from their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 20:14:30 | More by morimech
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been itchin' to try this!

A: Deep copper, beige head, thin ring of retention, light lace.

S: Smoky, sausage, fruitcake, spice (floral, pepper & grass), hints of phenols.

T: Dark caramel (slightly burnt), roasted nut, quite smoky, light spicing, rye bread, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a slight residual sweetness with a drying alcohol finish.

D: A good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:31:26 | More by Derek
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-10-2011 21:41:51 | More by tbizzle0
Photo of Fatehunter


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

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color, only the faintest head.

Rich malt smell, lots of smoke, but a "clean" smelling smoke with a crispness to it.

The smoke is first in the taste, followed by the traditional doppelbock maltiness, then the smoke overpowers the malt again. It is really a smoke show here. Fairly sweet throughout too.

Soft texture, medium body, low carbonation but still tingles the tongue.

The doppelback flavor is lost in the smoke and the appearance was average. Still a good drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 19:57:04 | More by Fatehunter
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-09-2011 01:47:27 | More by jophish17
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Stew Leonard's in Clifton on sale last week. Never saw this or tried any of Schlenkerla's beers before and since this was on sale, I gave it a go. It's not often that I find a beer on here that's so polarizing on here but given that this has a very, um...unique taste to it, this would fall under that category. It was good to enjoy this but I could see how lots of people would be turned off by the taste and mouthfeel of this!

Without a doubt, the pour was the best aspect of this. The hue was a bright carrot and there was a great haze to this which made it shine. Then came the taste and like so many others have said on here, this reeked of bacon, to the point there someone smelled it on me hours later. This beer was greasy, smelly, and tough to savor for someone like me who never expected this out of a Dopplebock. There's some wood and nut underneath this and there was quite the warming effect to this.

The booze made this feel much stronger than it actually was and if I wanted a fermented ham and cheese sandwich, I'd crack this open and be thankful that I don't have to go about making one the hard way. The smokiness is a lot to take but like so many beers I've had before, this can "warm up" if the person drinking it has an open mind and patience. This isn't for everyone but there's enough here to like, after the initial shock wears off...

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 19:02:22 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche

Pours a cloudy orange color with some yeast sediment. Head is large and frothy when poured. Complex aroma of oak smoke from the malts used, and beech smoke aroma from the kettles and vessels used in brewing. In the taste, bacony, campfire, cured meats and char. Some buttery diacetyl is noted as a byproduct of the yeast. Hints of a small malt sweetness and bitterness, but both are cut by acrid smoke flavors. Not as sweet as your typical doppelbock. Alcohol is felt, not tasted. In the finish, smoke, chalky yeast and slick on the palatte. Another fine smoke beer from Aecht Schlenkerla.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 07:20:48 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Francepants06


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yeasty beer in color with very small head. Smells of grilled meats, with slight oak. It tasted of a wheat with lots of malt, a good strong smoke taste with slight oak. It was pretty much a full bodied beer but a very drinkable smoke beer compare to their marzen.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:13:08 | More by Francepants06
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-02-2011 22:31:14 | More by charladam
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4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours copper with a ring of white head around the glass. Leaves a small amount of lacing after each sip.

S: Smells like pulled pork braised in a doppelbock and smoked. Incredible aroma. Pure smoked, malty sweetness with bacon aromas somehow. The smoke just takes it over the top and really makes this beer something special.

T: Sweet and savory, with a fair amount of smoke. Barbeque is definitely a big flavor here. Some tobacco and an herbaceous flavor. Malt profile is strong, not too much on the bittering end which is nice.

M: Like opening a wood smoke grill and inhaling after taking a swig of doppelbock. Absolutely incredible.

O: Can't help but give this a 5 overall, simply blew any smoked beers I've had previously out of the water. At such a great price, I'll be sure to pick more of this up.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:23:17 | More by kiddynamite920
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-01-2011 08:12:57 | More by pperez38
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle foams up over the mouth as soon as I pop the cap. Pour into weizen glass is amber with an off-white head, vigorous carbonation consisting of minuscule bubbles. Lots of chunks are visible floating in the bottle.

Aroma is that sweet Schlenkerla smoke - slightly acrid but in a good way.

Taste is malty, sweet, and smoky. Just a great balance and the quality of the malt is plainly evident. I can't really detect a big difference between the traditional beech aroma/flavor and the oak used in this one - I expected it to be more distinct.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy texture.

Overall this is another great smokebeer. I was a little disappointed with the foaming and chunkies, but ultimately the taste and aroma won me over.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 05:50:39 | More by draheim
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4/5  rDev -1%

11-29-2011 07:53:05 | More by anyother
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-29-2011 01:46:28 | More by DeutschesBier
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-26-2011 08:10:42 | More by CaptinRedBeard
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

11-25-2011 20:05:59 | More by generallee
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.