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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 826
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 75
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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.
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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Made with smoked oak, rather than smoked beechwood - hmmmm, I wonder if Anheuser Busch has tried that out?

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two beefy (the aroma is already infiltrating my consciousness) fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and almost caked dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of woodsmoke-infused dried meat, semi-sweet caramel malt, a twinge of hard toffee, wet brown toast, campfire-melted funky cheese, scorched rubber-like phenols, twisted vanilla, and faint earthy, singed leafy hops. The taste is actually less smoky than I was expecting (lots of room to move in that particular direction), with the same glowing log effluent character moved to the, ahem, near back burner, allowing a strongly caramelized malt to arise, with a touch of biscuity toffee, dark, reduced orchard fruit, edgy warming alcohol, and some still stunned weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly prominent, a bit surprisingly, the swirling frothiness doing well to distribute the flavours, the body a solid medium-full weight, and nicely smooth, once you sublimate all that lurking smoky acridity, which is apparently not all that hard of a thing to do. It finishes on the sweet side, the complex and complicated smoke starting to blow off, leaving us with but a boozy, caramel-heavy, and bready maltiness.

A pretty deft application of the rauchbier treatment to a big doppelbock, the German version of overt style blending, I guess. Everything comes off well enough, the smoke having its way with my palate, before ceding the floor to the equally sturdy, strong like bull, base lager. Once again, a tad scary at first contact, but by the end, it's got me wondering about the times when all beer tasted at least a bit like this.

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Photo of stevoj
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another excellent addition to the Schlenkerla lineup. Sweet malt accented with the deep smoked malts, reminiscent of smoked meats. Copper body with small creamy head, fine carbonation and lots of suspended particulates. Aroma of wood smoke (from a fire), taste comes in with sweet malt and smoked meats. Abrupt finish with some lingering smokiness. Rauchbiers are an acquired taste, but this is a fine example.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 550 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

The pour is medium amber with a big head and a slight haze. But generally brown.

Check out that smoked cheese aroma! That's the main thing I get along with the caramel malts but limited hops.

Medium or so body but it feels fuller than that.

The taste is alive with smoked cheese and smoked goodness. Caramel malts and mild hops seem secondary. I love beers with a good smoked quality and this one really does the trick. I could have it multiple times.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a single at Local 44's bottle shop this past Wednesday. Poured into large tulip for review.

Looks clear copperish amber with nice fluffy white head that persists. Carbonation seems good.

Has that classic smoke beer aroma. Smoky phenols that reminds me of sitting around a campfire. Noble hops and a bit of toast. High level of smoke in relation to standard Doppelbock makeup.

Tastes of oak smoke which gives way to classic bacon-like flavors. Or a glazed ham. Really well done and one of a kind. Tastes medium with a touch of malt sweetness with balanced bitterness. Hop flavors low to none.

World class smoke beer. Well brewed and nicely done. Would definitely drink again as I'm a big fan of this style.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark amber that looks almost ruby reddish given the right light. Nice lacing. Smell of smoke is not as intense as the darker cousin. Tons of white particles. This beer has substance and is alive! Lots of faint fruitiness. Tastes great and not too heavy. A nice summer smokey alternative to the darker beer. Great beer!

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Photo of ASonner
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in short glasses, at a tasting. Very nice appearance. Not a beer I would drink every day, but very unique! The smokiness was overpowering at times (leave subtleness out in this one!), and agreed from previous comments that this is best had ice cold. I would buy again for a group tasting to get a variety of opinions. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of BradC
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown, thin head and minimal lacing.

Smells of wood smoke, vanilla

Tastes like a doppelbock, sweet, caramel, vanilla and the perfect amount of smoked malt to give it that Rauchbier quality but still let the base style come through

Full bodies and light carbonation, nice chewy doppelbock

Overall a great doppelbock and smoked beer. Definitely recommend if you like this style.

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Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$4.49
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Schlenkerla's Oak Smoke shows off an incredibly vibrant tarnished copper body that absolutely glows when backlit. The foam borders on beige and easily grows to two fingers. As it settles to an impressive cap of creaminess it leaves sheet lacing down the glass with drink lines even thicker yet.

Smoke. The nose is chock full of that campfire smokiness that Schlenkerla does so well... and aggressively. Dense smoke permeates all with smoldering logs, smoked meats, and a touch of rubber. The maltiness is dense and ranges from doughy bread to caramel to black bread with a little spiciness. Malt forward as it rests and the smoke settles.

The smoke isn't near as dominant in the flavor as the nose suggested. Doughy malts dominate although permeated by open fire. A touch of fruitiness rolls through the middle, plum mostly, before rich caramel and heavier smoke pick up on the finish. The smoke runs throughout but in waves of intensity while allowing the other characteristics to shine.

The carbonation is soft and the body smooth. There's a bit of hefty to the body, never exceeding much beyond moderate, but enough to let you know there is some substantiality. The finish leaves behind a touch of sweetness and smoke, though only moderate, manages to permeate very nook and cranny. Very nicely done.

Oak Smoke is another outstanding beer from Schlenkerla. The smoke is more subdued than most of their offerings, besides the hells, and therefore more approachable. This even handedness with the smoke allows the bready sweetness to shine through so the base can be enjoyed as well. Recommended.

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Photo of Uanof
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to mug.

A: has a beautiful amber caramel color with a head that's in absolute no hurry to leave this beer behind.

S: smoked wood, vanilla, nutmeg and more smoked!

T: the taste is more subtle than your nose would lead you to believe, it's just he right amount of smoke as to not overpower the subtleness of a doppelbock.

M: medium bodied, no stickyness, no dryness, just beer flowing thru your taste buds and smoked notes adorning your molars.

O: i believe this to be a great approach on a doppelbock, it gives it an extra "spicyness" to the flavor profile and at the same it allows the doppelbock to be a doppelbock. For 8% this is a brew i would definitely go back to again and again given the right circumstances.

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Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a 2F head in a Pilsner glass. Lighter than most
Doppelbocks I have tasted.

Aroma- striking. Peat and smoke. As if you were there- by a fireplace or near a kiln.
The best aroma of any smoked beer I have tasted.

Mouth feel quite moderate, although carbonation bubbles were visible coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Taste: excellent- the smoke and peat transition well from the aroma. The beer loses some of the peatiness and smoke as it warms, so it's best to drink it colder.

Overall, one of the best smoked beers I have tasted. A classic German smoked beer. look for it.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
2.14/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy bronze amber, no visible carbonation, no head.

S: Smoked meat, specifically bologna, is the dominant scent. It smells very similar to a home that has a traditional wood burning stove. Very slight sweet fruit can be found if you look hard enough.

T: Smoked meat on the front end that lingers, and a sweet dark fruit taste on the back end that accumulates through the pint.

M: Absolutely flat, no carbonation, slight alcohol sensation that hangs out for a minute before moving on. A very light body for a doppelbock.

O: Change of pace beer to have once in a very long while, but I only got halfway through the pint, and am not interested in coming back anytime soon.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper/amber with a thick off-white head. Lots of lacing left over.

Smoke comes off less powerful than some of the other Schlenkerla offerings. More woody than meaty. Smoke seems a little more multifaceted than how the beechwood comes off. Sweet caramel maltiness.

Plenty of smoke character and sweetness all over with some breadiness.

Creamy smooth medium body.

Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into goblet
Vintage cellar $ 5.95/bottle
Lovely aroma of smoke
Head nonexistent
Lacing poor
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor very malty and smokey, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Medium palate, slightly oily, carbonation soft

Lack of head/poor lacing detracts from the appearance, but served closer to 50 degrees the head is quite nice. Another good rauch from Bamberg.

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Photo of Dalmas
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nice small bubbles. Amazing colour, close to orange.

very strong smoke flavour. smelling almost like barbecue or grilled bacon.
it sounds like their is a great bear under it, with complexity and red fruit flavour.
nice bitterness, underlined with a salty effect.

amazing lenght on the palet that makes you enjoy it for long.

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Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a fantastic, tall, tan head with considerable density. Redolent reddish-brown in color.

Smells of caramel, smouldering, charred wood, smoked meats (no shit!) and faint cherry. Whoa.

Tastes woody and eathy with prominent notes of oak. Caramel malt sweetness, grain and bubblegum make waves to create a brilliant complexity.

So smooth with a medium body and well-hidden alcohol.

Sharp and sturdy brew.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 25cl tulip
Mahogany colored with minimal, yellowish-tan head. Smells of oak smoke, ash-pit, pine, strong aroma fills the nose, pungent smell which permiates the nose wuickly. Tast is similar to smell, yet even more smokier, tastes like a beef jerkey stick. Malt undertones and with some toasted hints, and a hint of dry Carmel flavor, not sweet at all. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, very drinkable, smooth texture and light-medium body is memorable, since I would expect much more heaviness in texture with beer of this many layers. Would pair awesome with sausage, salmon, cream-cheese, dill, herbs, mustard, smoked trout.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light brown color, unexpectedly light compared to most Doppelbocks. Smells like delicious oak smoke, and not much else. Tastes like a freshly scorched 2x4.

I'm enjoying this one to a certain extent, but I"m not entirely sure that if the smoke were gone, I'd still enjoy the beer underneath it. If it's smoke you really like, or if you're just in the mood for something different, this might be the one for you.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Chocolate and Vines in Rochester, NY.

Pours a ruddy looking light brown, with a small quarter inch head or so, and not much lacing.

Smells like a campfire, with some sweet malts and toasted malt as well.

This is probably the smokiest beer I've ever had (first Aecht Schlenkerla beer I've tried), so it was a bit of a shock. Slightly meaty, but mostly tastes like smoked wood, slightly ashy. Some sweetness near the end cuts the smoke a little bit, some caramel and honey.

Medium bodied, thick and chewy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Starts smoky then finishes sweet.

This intense of a smoked beer will never be my favorite thing, but I still did enjoy it.

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Photo of TapHeadBrewing
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber
S - The smokiness actually brings forth an odd, but very interesting beef jerky smell. Seriously, it smells like Jack Links with a little pepper.
T - Smoked malts with a bitter end to it.
M - More creamy than crisp.

Overall, this was a quality doppelbock. In the true style, I have no doubt that this is loaded with malts and would no doubt sustain the monks through the Lent season.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head is promptly down to a skim, with leggy coating lace. Aroma is hammy, with a sweet undercurrent.

Taste is smoke through and through, just as I expect and want from one of their brews. Sweet here and there. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth over the tongue, and drinkability is wow. I'd get this one again. Quickly.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip with a moderately aggressive hand. No date on the bottle. Classic Schlenkerla font on the label.

A: Amber/copper colored body with good clarity and 1 finger of off-white head. Thin coating at 2 minutes. Light lacing.

S: That is a nice quality, complex smoke! Campfire. Peat. Bacon. Under the smoke there is a nice round malt with a bit of light fruitiness.

T: Full sweet malt up front with a transition to a mild German hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish. The woody smoke is prominent throughout and nicely present on the finish. Roasted malt. Light fruit. Smoked meat. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a moderate to light body. Smooth, but was hoping for a bit more substantial feel given it's classification.

O: Nice Rauchbier for sure. Smoke quality is superb, but could have used a bit bigger of a beer to back it up. Drinks more like a marzen than a doppelbock. Is it better than the usual Schlenkerla Marzen? Not sure, but probably. I believe I appreciated the complexity of the smoke a bit more with this one.

Prost!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Bronze color with a thin head & nice carbonation. Edited after the glass was consumed to note the lacing this beer leaves on the glass is possibly the best I've ever seen... upped the appearance score to reflect this
S: Smoky & meaty, particularly bacon & smoked ham. Some smoked malt/jalapeno cornbread also comes through
T: Hard to believe but this is almost smokier than the nose. I enjoyed the brewery's Rauchbier Märzen... this is at least if not more smokey. Lots of grilled meats & some hops too. I like it but it's almost too much of a good thing
M: Medium-bodied. Smokey (duh) if you can feel such a thing; distinctly smooth
O: If you like smoke, cured meat/charcuterie, etc you will love this. Definitely distinct & well made. But probably not for everyone

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Redstone
Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates to a cap. Smells of campfire, bbq chips, and a hint of alcohol. I really can't get past the smoke in the aroma. The flavor is sweet and malty deep underneath a smokey woody facade. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet phenolic mouthfeel. Really smokey, a bit one dimensional, but damn it was easy to enjoy.

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Photo of JMad
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep amber/ burnt orange color with a tall, frothy, off white head that stuck to the glass nicely.

It's aroma is bursting with oak smoke, it's just like a campfire. I also picked up some sweet malty smells but it was quickly taken over by the campfire.

Wow, the flavor is almost as impressive as the aroma, it's like I bit into a piece of charred wood and beef jerky. I think I noticed a hint of dark fruit and toffee in the background somewhere.

The liquid is kind of thick, nice and warm from the abv and has the perfect amount of carbonation.

Another great beer, I don't see how Schlenkerla fits this much smoke in a beer, it's really good.

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Photo of DIM
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: Clear, surprisingly pale, golden amber color; poured with small fizzy head.

s: Mellow, prickly smoke with a hint of sweet bread. I couldn't find all that much here.

t: Plenty more going on in the mouth, I'm liking it. Woody smoke throughout, but plenty more manages to come through. Sweet bread and some caramel up front. Chocolate and sugary tannins at the end. A little too much lingering sweetness.

m: A bit watery.

o: I might have had an older bottle. I liked this but I might have loved it if it wasn't as sugary. Are there any other smoked doppelbocks to try?

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.