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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 superjose
3/5  rDev -25.7%

superjose, Jan 09, 2012
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.

eric5bellies, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of towlea25
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of oregone
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

oregone, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of soulgrowl
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.

soulgrowl, Jan 06, 2012
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.

JayS2629, Jan 06, 2012
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.

afdempse, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of SteveRod
1/5  rDev -75.2%

SteveRod, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Stoffel, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orangey brown color with a small wispy khaki colored head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is nice and smokey. The smoke is not too overpowering and it brings some charred wood and meaty notes. I don't pick up much beyond the smoke.

The taste is sweet and smokey. Some light caramel, candied sweetness and light fruitiness from the malt. The smoke is rich and brings wonderful charred wood notes. A bit meaty. This is a good style to add the smoked malts.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. It is quite sweet on the palate but the smoke provides an earthy offset. Despite the smoke, it drinks easy.

A nice smokey sweet brew. Not the most bockish dopplebock that I have had but the smoke makes the beer.

Gmann, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of uno99
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A one pint bottle gifted from my brother. No dates or anything on the label, but I assume this seasonal offering is pretty fresh.

A: Pour is deep amber, and fairly clear. not much head even with an aggressive pour into my Lucifer goblet, and certainly no lacing going on.

S: A slight hint of smoke.... just kidding -- an ass-hammering amount of smoke. This might be the most smokey beer I've ever had, although its been a good couple years since I've had the regular Aecht Schlenkerla. It is fairly distinct and oaky however, and I dare say balanced with the malt and hops. Maybe more ceder like than oak -- on second sniff.... Hints of campfire and back bacon.

T: Pretty sweet up front. Hops bite pretty hard after the swallow and everything is blanketed some thick rolling smoke. Again it seems quite ceder-y and sort of pine like (probably from the hops). I'm not loving this beer, but if you are a fan of smoke, this has to be The Daddy.

M: Pretty thick. Moderate carbonation. Quite sweet as I mentioned and sticky as a result. somehow the insane amount of smoke adds a bit of astringency however -- It's palatable but not the easiest thing to drink.

Overall: I think if I lived in Bamburg, I'd like this, but growing up in Canada and not being exposed to this very often, I really don't have a big fondness for this style of beer. However, it is INCREDIBLY interesting, AND probably better than the regular Aecht Schlenkerla.

uno99, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of KDawg
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.

KDawg, Dec 28, 2011
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

Takahiro, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of herrburgess
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

herrburgess, Dec 27, 2011
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.

LtCracker20, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of TeamUgly
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

TeamUgly, Dec 24, 2011
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.

OneDropSoup, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Beertracker, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
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.

TheQuietMan22, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +23.8%

alalvarez75, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of tbizzle0
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tbizzle0, Dec 10, 2011
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.

Fatehunter, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.