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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.83%


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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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, amber-brown in color with a fizzy, very light brown head that builds and fades fairly quickly. No lace or retention at all. It's actually pretty cool. Very clean beer.

S: Obviously a ton of smoke, heavily roasted malt, charred meat, and wood/peat. You actually get the oak if you know what a wet oak forest or freshly cut oak wood smells like. Earth, metal, motor oil, manliness, freedom. It's all there.

T: Everything in the nose is here, but it's a bit sweeter than expected. The roasted malt and smoked wood give the malt a truly unique and tasty quality. Do I get a faint hop presence? A slight hint of alcohol as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Crazy smooth, big and balanced flavor, not cloying, the right carbonation, great body. A very enjoyable drinking experience.

O: Not your typical Doppelbock. If you like woody flavors, this is for you. A different kind of smokiness compared to their other beers but it's an awesome departure from this style. These guys can't make a bad smoke beer. I can't even imagine drinking these brews at their brewery. It will happen.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 04:09:47 | More by Gatch
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a 16 oz. glass goblet.
Pours a gorgeous, clear, dark amber color with a two-finger off-white head that doesn’t hang around too long. Some lacing left on the glass. The aroma of smoked ham and toasted bread with a grainy, earthiness to it. Smoky flavor up front, then the sweet caramel malts come forward. There is a nice earthy hop flavor and some dark fruity flavors that linger. A hint of alcohol in the finish. Definitely a dopplebock and the smoke flavor doesn’t cover it up. Nice balance. Medium body and a nice low level of carbonation, smooth and silky. Overall a very drinkable beer at 8% ABV, and a very good and unique version of the style. The oak-smoked malt is definitely more subtle than their beech-smoked offerings. I have to say this is my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla; If you didn’t like smoked beers you’ve tried before, (I didn't) I would recommend trying this one. It is definitely unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 17:35:07 | More by kvnstfrd
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky amber with good cream colored head, retained well.

Aroma is bbq smoke, smoked meats, oak and a good dose of toffee. Smokehouse meets toffee factory. No discernible hop aromas. Really pleasant.

Sweet toffee & caramel with mild peppery spice and hints of vanilla work back into a building smoked meat character. Lasting finish. Low bitterness and soft mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to reach the threshold for what this is, well done.

For what this is, they really hit the mark here. Beautiful meld of sweet toffee and caramel meets the aggressive smoke character.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 04:18:26 | More by hoptualBrew
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HardTarget

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light murk in the deep amber brown glass. Holds the thinnest of halos of white head and gives up a little lacing, but nothing special to look at.

Smell: Boom. Ham. Smokey ham. Almost a leathery note, lightly earthy, but just ham.

Taste: The smokey balances out nicely with the toffee light sweetness giving a complicated but never overwhelming experience. The ham bit is firm and probably stomps out some of the subtle flavors of the rich malt, but it's a feast of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick, low carbonation, light coat in the finish.

Overall: A holiday treat. Definitely worth seeking out and trying.

Big thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 23:08:24 | More by HardTarget
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udouche

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into 500ml Klosterbrauerei Andechs stein

A - Poured a deep carmel amber brown. There was very little of the creamy white head. Thin lacing.

S - Sizzling bacon, rock salt, sweet malts.

T - Comes in with powerful bacon, settles with sweet malty sugars. Washes with sweet smoke and a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Leave a sticky sweetness behind.

O - Offers a complexity not usually found in dopplebocks, but doesn't over power the palate. Schlenkerla works magic in my book, and this may be the best of all.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 03:05:28 | More by udouche
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curasowa

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown-ish copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of smoke that reminds me of apple wood smoked bacon. Really no other aroma can penetrate through the smoke.

Taste: Full bodied and creamy, with nice nutty malt sweetness before the smoked flavors take over. This really reminds me of drinking smoked/cured meat. A bit of hop bitterness towards the back end, before a slightly oily, lingering finish.

The Rest: Very tasty; an excellent rauchbier!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 22:37:13 | More by curasowa
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CondorMcBride

California

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 500ml bottle on 12/26/12 at the Total Wine in Redondo Beach, CA for $5.99/bottle.

A - Dark Amber, little to no head, no lacing.

S - I'm sure there is another smoked meat/fish that better represents this smell, but to me it smells exactly like a pound of smoked salmon. Very pungent and very concerned the taste is going to be overly smokey.

T - Tastes exactly like it smells, but not as strong. No doubt about it this is a smoked beer. Yet it has a very dry and smooth finish which urges me to keep picking up my glass for more. Other than the smokiness up front and the smooth finish, I'm not really detecting anything more.

M - Very light on the tongue. Although, I've really only been drinking stouts and barleywines over the past month, so I'd probably be correct to say a light to medium body. Absolutely no hint of the 8% abv.

O - Definitely putting this one in my top 3 for smoked beers. I probably couldn't drink more than one bottle in a sitting, but I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle. If you are holding this beer, thinking "should I try this?'' The answer is yes. This is a must try for anyone who enjoys good beer, and I'm positive the majority of those people will enjoy it as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 07:19:04 | More by CondorMcBride
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was some amazing smokey stuff. Oak-aged beers can have a vanilla flavor to them, but this is oak-smoked. This beer is woody and smokey, with plenty of sweet caramel malt backbone, but dry enough to invite the next sip. To recap, there's wood, there's smoke (bacon), there caramel malts and pleasant finish. Hops? No flavoring hops noticed here, but the bitterness is an important component to balancing things out, but this is not bitter. Is this a malt bomb? Yes, and a darn good, smokey one. Quite possibly my new favorite smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:27:52 | More by marcobrau
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a weihen glass

A- pours a deep amber, very little head....no lacing

S- smells like a pig roast... Ham, fatty Bacon... aged burnt oak simmering on the fire.... light hints of caramel malt on the back

T- sweet caramel malt in front... very sweet mind you... blast of smoked malts .... oak curred pig over a fire ... candiness lingering on

M- medium bodied .... average carbonation... zero alcohol present even with the 8% label... sweetness on the tongue covered up by the smokiness

O- my new favorite from schlenkerla...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:38:40 | More by warrenout330
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beeragent

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - pours a hazy light brown, forming a very thin white head with very little lace.

S - strong smoke malt aroma but with a very noticeable sweetness that you typically find in dopplebocks.

T - the first taste is all smoked malt but as the beer warms a bit, the other malts come through with the unmistakable flavors associated with dopplebocks. The oak tends to come through more in the finish. The smoke is strong but I don't feel as overpowering, as the other flavors are able to come through.

M - medium bodied with very low carbonation. Very smooth and clean, but a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

O - as a fan of anything smoke, this fits right in! While I think I would still prefer the rauchbier unbock or the weizen, I would still look forward to this one during the holiday season!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 08:35:18 | More by beeragent
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FLima

Brazil

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a brown color with a thin head.
Incredible aroma of bacon (yes bacon!) and toasted malts, even more than the regular Rauchbier version. Medium body which is a surprise.
Taste follows aroma, ham and smoked meats with sweet malts. The 8% alcohol is very well hidden on those strong flavors and scent.
Very interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 13:13:27 | More by FLima
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep clear amber beer with a fizzy white head. The head fades fast but a small surface film is there. No lacing and light carbs.
Aroma of course is smoky, the malts are sweet. As far as smoke could be beech could be oak, couldn't tell you which.
On my first taste there was a big smokey presence that was dry and astringent followed but a sweet doppelbock malt taste.It was smooth and bready sweet. Also, I get both in the flavor and on the palette a herbal minty taste perhaps even medicinal. The smokiness is sutle yet promident yet the malts are really sweet and I think the oppose each other.
This is a tough one to gauge since I like smoked beers for the most part, but this one I think needs to grow on you.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 12:32:02 | More by micromaniac129
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant caramel-amber, with limited carbonation and sketchy, minimal lace.

Nose is where this experience all begins...spectacular aroma of smoked, cured meat. It's like I can almost sense the salt, even. Definitely some wood in there, too. Impressive, and daunting!

Taste is definitely heavy. I get lots of wood (hahah), smoky meat, and a nicely warming, dry finish (this one is 8%, after all). I get more wood here (no doubt the malts aged over smoked oak adds to this heaviness more than the regular Schlenkerla's beechwood-smoked malts). Absolutely a pinnacle of rauchbier goodness, this Schlenkerla is tough to find (at least in my area), but well worth the experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:44:02 | More by secondtooth
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with a small white head.

The smell is smoked meats and cheese.

The taste is sweet malts, bacon and smoke.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Another great smoked beer from schlenferla,possibly the smokiest of them all.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 23:17:20 | More by Dave1999
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is powerful though well balanced by some caramel malt. Taste is a great balance between some caramel malt with some light sweet notes and a good level of smoked notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and not as smoky as expected since the malt really cut through some of the smoke.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 19:22:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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n2185

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pous a clear copper with a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: tons of smoke here with notes of campfire and bacon. Underneath it all are some doppelbock notes of sweet dark fruits.

T: smoke dominates here as well with the sweeter, fruity notes a bit more present. The finish is sweet and smokey with a slight bitterness.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is slightly on the watery side.

O: an enjoyable beer, overall. More of a rauchbier than doppelbock, but still tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 21:20:48 | More by n2185
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle, just out of date when poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 14 Nov 2012 @ home.

Good clear amber body with a creamy tan coloured head (for twenty seconds), the head sadly soon turned into a wispy covering and collar.

Smoked German ham came straight into my mind as I poured the beer and the aroma left the bottle. This beer is a liquid version of smoked ham that has been infused with dark, sweet, malty molasses and wraped in hops.

Really enjoyed this beer: I've been to Bamberg a few times and have struggled to embrace the whole rauch scene in general, wish I'd found this during my visits, it might have changed my view of smoky brews: oak obviously does it for me rather than the beech!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 23:31:06 | More by BlackHaddock
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Brenden

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite brown but very close, this one is more of a darkly rusted red. It grows an off-white head that, when the sparse bubbling and the denser foam come together, rises to about one finger. It never completely fades, but lacing is spotty and light.
The aroma is a delight, all the smokiness with the rich, woody tone and meatiness I hope for without the effect of completely diminishing the beer's recogniazability as a doppelbock. There's a nice dry bread/crust element as well as the malts play out fully. Underneath, while certainly not a forward note and perhaps most subtle in the interplay of the complexity, is a bit of dark fruits.
Smoky in the flavor as well, a bit of the subtlety and complexity is dropped for the strength of the primary notes. There's quite a peppery nip to it from start to finish. The flavor also offers a little more of a tangy note than the aroma did. It's recognizable as a doppel, with light touches of molasses and black licorice barely perceptible but not buried. A little bit of baker's chocolate is noted though there's very little bitterness here.
I was a little surprised by the lightness of the feel, though it manages about a medium body, considering both its style and the robustness of its overall character. Crispness is on an even keel with smoothness, if not more, though it's not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 19:25:33 | More by Brenden
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dgilks

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber-orange colour with a small, tan head. Fair head retention.

A little fruity and nicely smoky. Good wood notes. Almost chocolatey.

Very smoky but then a big sweetness cuts across. Deep caramel notes that are edging on burnt. Nice wood and fruit notes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really excellent rauch-bock. Tons of smoke and malt flavour. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 09:39:15 | More by dgilks
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kagent777

Utah

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle that made its way back to me from Vegas. I poured this one into my perfect pint.

Appearance: A semi hazy amber with a short lived white rocky head. The head settled rather quickly.

Smell: Ah, here is where the beer comes alive. This beer is brewed with oak smoked malts. This beers smells of oak smoke. These remind me of Boston Baked beans from some reason, not that the beer smells of baked beans, mind you. Once you get past the camp fire smoke, I can also sense nice caramel malts.

Taste: Taste follows the smell largely. Smoke, some residual sweetness and alcohol, but no heat. I may be imagining things, but I also get a faint hint of ginger

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy going here, carbonation and body are seemingly right in the middle of the road.

Overall: I really liked smoked beers, and I do not get them very often. I am happy to have had the opportunity to try this one. I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:32:23 | More by kagent777
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beergoot

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey amber body topped with a two-finger thick, creamy off-white head. Sweet malt aroma tempered a a mild smokey scent; toffee and caramel. Sweet, caramel taste, brown sugar; touch of smoke; light and smooth hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol heat near the end. Decent mouthfeel; medium bodied, clean and smooth.

A distinctive doppelbock with its oak smoked malt. A classic doppelbock character predominates, the smoked malt adding a slightly different perspective but without overwhelming everything. Even if you find Schlenkerla's rauchbiers too much for you, it's worth trying out this milder cousin from this fine brewery, especially if you like doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 18:27:19 | More by beergoot
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, w freshness date. Colour is a deep chestnut brown. Head of foam shows decent retention and leaves a good lacing.

Smell is a rich, barbeque aroma, smoked kippers/fish. With a nice light bitter astringency. The wood smoke is full and maybe covers the malt, but still this is pretty amazing. Campfires and smoked fish.

Taste shows some more malt, it is roasted, and moderately sweet, a tang of honey. The smoke incorporates nicely with the light hop bitterness. A little bit of fruitiness behind the smoke. The balance could be better, a bit loose. Smoke intensity is pretty high, which I like, but not out of control. Finish is dry and smoky.

Mouthfeel shows relatively light carbonation, mostly roast malt and smoke prickle. Very smooth, it does have a big body and alcohol is present, but still quite sessionable and refreshing.

A real experience of a beer. A really nice incorporation of a huge phenolic barbequ-ey smoke into a rich malty doppelbock. A big beer, with a lot of rich malty character to match the intense smokiness. If youre up for it, this is a solid smoky doppelbock worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 17:59:16 | More by mick303
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BrewerB

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods earlier today for $5.99.

Pours a rich amber maple syrup with a scant haze. Thin layer of white froth perched atop the liquid. Intriguing smokiness in the aroma reminds me of bbq ribs, perhaps a wood fireplace. Some rich malty sweetness is present in the background, far less apparent than the dominant smoke. Despite the strong smoke in the aroma, the flavor leans more towards your traditional dopplebock with caramel/toffee malty sweet, a subtle prune fruitiness, and a touch of herbal hops. Smoke is certainly here and lingers into the finish. Medium full body with a moderate low carbonation level. Overall an interesting blend of doppelbock and smoke beer, well-balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 00:57:38 | More by BrewerB
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Hex92

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wish I had looked a bit closer at the bottle before I picked this one up. I am a big fan of smoked meats, but I don't like smoked, cheese or beers. I don't even drink scotch because of the smoke flavor. So needless to say I am not a fan of this beer.

It was OK before it warmed up, but then the smell and flavor of smoke became overpowering.
I like doppelbocks, but I don't like smoked beer.

I won't buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 03:01:10 | More by Hex92
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper with a soapy white head that dissipates quickly. There appears to be a moderate amount tiny bubbles in the beer. The smoked malt aroma immediately hits the nose. I can detect some of the breadiness and sweetness from the malt. The smokiness in the flavor is quite intense. The oak smoke really comes through here. It blends well with the breadiness and sweetness from the malt. It's rich, but not overwhelmingly so because the smoke helps balance everything well. It all helps mask the 8% alcohol. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish does stick to the mouth briefly. This drinks pretty well for such a big beer. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:12:10 | More by acevenom
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.