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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Reviews: 371
Hads: 784
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 71
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their 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 SetarconeX
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -5.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +18.9%
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 -2.5%
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.


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Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -6.9%
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 +5.7%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

An interesting doppelbock, using smoke to balance the dense bread crust and caramel malt flavors. Very good, though perhaps lacking the dried fruit flavors that tend to be so enjoyable in other examples of the style. One to definitely try, and seek out again without hesitation if the taste arises.

Pours a 1.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, fading in under one minute to a thick ring of residual foam around the perimeter of the beer and a small island of wispy foam lingering over the center of the body. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. Beer is a medium-light caramel color (light golden brown), with light bringing out golden orange hues and yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent beer, though it is small in number and lethargic in activity.

Aroma of heavy, tangy, surprisingly smooth smoked malts over a dense, heavy caramel malt base with minor flourishes of nearly burnt toast.

Overall flavor is of heavy smokiness joined to a substantial caramel malt base . Front of palate picks up light smokiness with a notable Maillard reaction sweetness (like caramelized sugars and dark bread crusts). Mid-palate finds a major increase in the smokiness, bringing full-on grass and wood smoke together with barbecue-like tanginess and toasted bread crusts. Back of palate picks up continued strong, smoked malts (grass and wood fire complexity) with notable tanginess, heavy bread crusts, and very mild bitterness. Aftertaste of caramel malt and toasted bread crust sweetness joined to tangy campfire-like smoke.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with low levels of carbonation, resulting in a smooth, slightly placid mouthfeel that actually complements the thick smoke and caramel flavors of the beer. Closes dry, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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Photo of acceptmj
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours smooth with a thin white head very little lacing and dissipates quickly

S: very little in the smell except for a light smoky note. not getting much else

T: a little fruit is present but finishes with smoke notes and becomes dominant. but the flavor doesn't linger and is pleasant. very malty the whole way through

M: medium body and slight coating but it is thinner than I had expected

O: I was pleased to buy this very good especially when you are craving a Doppelbock. Give it a try

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Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Julio's recently.

Pour is copper orange/amber with a tiny bit of sediment dust floating about, off-white head retains as a thick cap, some lacing left.

Smoke is there but somewhat on the light side, mixing well with toasty and roasted malts, bread, caramel, and hot dogs.

Smoky grilled meat and light char stronger in the taste, but nicely well-rounded with doppelbock flavors coming through. Big caramel, toffee, roast, dark fruit. Some lighter-end fruits (apple) and some licorice noticeable.

Somewhat thin, could use more of a full-on malty feel but decent. Obvious smokiness and some alcohol presence make this kind of a sipper, but it's well-balanced.

Good, as always a nicely complex and interesting rauchbier from Schlenkerla. It's not my favorite of theirs but the bigger/doppelbock take on this one definitely supplies its own unique charm.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy orange/copper with a thin white head, quickly deteriorating into an even thinner ring around the edge of the pint glass.

The aroma is intensely smokey. Like a campfire just beginning to heat large sappy logs. There is also a sweet malty smell, though much less pronounced than the smokiness.

The taste is like toasted biscuits, sweet molasses, with a slight hop bitterness, as well as the mesquite-like flavor of the oak smoke. No detectable alcohol notes, except for a slight warming sensation. Medium-full texture, prickly carbon dioxide release on the tongue.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: slightly hazy golden amber. Wispy off white head.
Smell: the smoked malt is front and center but the most refined smoked nose I've sniffed. It's like the maker of Slim Jim gave away his crappy business and became a gourmet chef.
Taste: very interesting if not spectacularly satisfying, blend of smoke and dopple malt.
Overall: interesting beer. Glad I tried it. Unlikely to revisit.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an auburn hue into my goblet. There's a very thin ring for a head, but the beer has a great gem-like clarity to it. Minimal to no lacing. Aroma like that of charred embers, oakiness, and a savory characteristic. Like their other selections, the flavor is pleasantly complex. Charred wood, molasses, brown bread, smoked cheese, and peppercorn notes can be detected within the mix. The finish is soft, with a faint bitterness. Medium bodied with a noticeable ABV. So far, this is my favorite of the three Schlenkerla Rauchbiers I have tasted...

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a pilsener glass. A slight gusher off the bottle pop. Pours a dull amber hue with a loose, fizzy, one-inch, cream-colored head the sizzles and pops as it dissipates into a broken slick. Nose expresses smoked, salt pork, some malty sweetness and a hint of toffee in the background. Taste is really quite interesting - the malt and toffee come out in the foreground, with the smoked, salt pork pleasantly integrated into the background - a juxtaposition of the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and some residual saltiness. Overall, an interesting beer - not my favorite from Schlenkerla, but a pretty unique example of the style.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Caramel syrup with fiery carbonation. Incredible lacing. Really one of the best I have ever seen.

Smell: Salt and pepper covering notes of peat and scotch. I would like a bit more punch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like a cigar...there's that much smoke. Hints of bacon/pork fat...ok...more than hints...more like obvious overtones. The smoke really makes this worth it. Crisp/active feeling, but a tad flat in the finish, most likely due to the overwhelming heavy body.

Overall: I could possibly justify calling this my favorite beer ever.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into Maudite tulip glass.
Pours a gold - copper with modest head, significant bubbles on side of glass.
Aroma of liquid smoke, sour wheat, rye.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malts and liquid smoke...slight notes of fennel, powdered sugar, Indian spices, floral and straw hops.
OK...so I'm an admitted fan of Schlenkerla even though the smoke is often off the charts (hint...age it 3 years and it'll smooth out, all their flavors mellow out wonderfully with age), and this one is as intriguing as the others, but different. As a doppelbock this is way smoky and flavor-wise bodacious, but also very drinkable to those that appreciate a good smoked brew.

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Photo of AltBock
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle with the standard Schlenkerla label. This version is a dark forest green with a silver border. Inside the rectangular label is the name of the beer in German, but it was written in some white hard to read old school weird font lettering. Below the name of the beer is a wreath made of leaves and acorns. The back dark forest green label contains a lengthy description of the beer and all the mandatory US information. Missing from the labels is a best before date or a bottle code.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, this smoky beer was a crystal clear amber with some faint tangerine orange highlights along the sides. The initial head of foam was about 3/4 of an inch in height and cotton white in color. This cotton white head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a tiny skim of foam and a few small blots of lace around the glass. I'm pretty sure that I haven't had a crystal amber Doppelbock before.

The aroma was smoky as hell! It was as strong as their other smoked beers. The first smoky aroma that came pouring out was the hickory smoked bacon. Behind the bacon was some smoked ham, beech wood, a dab of smoked sausage, a pinch of black pepper, a touch of smoked malts, and a subtle whiff of green olives. It smelled like every smoky aroma had a sweet undertone to it. The aroma was unique for a Doppelbock, but not a Rauchbier.

The taste was smoky, but not as smoky as the aroma indicated the taste might be. The first taste that I got was the smoked malts. Waiting behinds the smoked malts was some hickory smoked bacon, a little smoked ham, a dash of black pepper, and a pinch of beech wood. While all the smoky aroma had a sweet undertone to them, the smoky tastes had a slightly bitter undertone to them. If the beer's tastes were as smoky as the beer's aroma, this beer would tasted like you were drinking a beer from a smoke stack or from a pit BBQ.

Even though this was a 8% ABV smoky beer, it was more a medium bodied beer than a full bodied beer. The aftertaste was smoky of course. Did you expect anything different? The aftertaste of smoked ham, bacon, and malts lingered on for a little bit. I had a hard time tasting and feeling the beer's somewhat high 8% ABV.

To me it tasted like the brewery combined the Rauchbier style with the Doppelbock style. A part of me wished that there were more smoky flavors in the taste and aftertaste. I think my taste buds were jealous with what my nose smelled. It was the aroma of this beer that made it for me. Would I drink this beer again? Probably not. If I want a smoky beer, I'll order a Rauchbier or a Smoked Porter. If I want a Doppelbock, I'll order a Doppelbock. I don't want to cut any corners and get another bottle of a Smoky Doppelbock.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color around the edges with a noticeably darker, copper center. Mostly murky and hazy with only slight transparency in the outer-amber crust. The cap is a weird shade of beige, possibly with some grey tint to it; decent retention and mild lacing left near the very top of the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles stream to the top of the beer - this one started slowly bubbling over after popping the cap.

As expected, a deep blanket of smokey goodness cleanses my nostrils the second I begin to bring the beer to my face. The smoke is deep and robust with a soft, underlying sweetness. It's got the "meaty" vibe going just a bit, hinting at smoked sausage or bacon. However the smoke seems a little sweeter in this as compared to the marzen and urbock. The malts seem to be heavier as they inject a caramel and toffee-like sweetness to the mix. In this sense, the smoke isn't quite as "forward" as some of the other Schlenkerla beers, rather it's more entwined. Strong notes of oak come out halfway through as well, and get even more forward upon the warming of the beer.

After my first sip, I'm surprised to find that the smoke flavor is much lighter on the palate than the nose would lead you to think. It's definitely still a huge contributing factor to the flavor, though; liquid smoke, soft sweetness, lightly burnt campfire wood, oak. The smoke flavors show unexpected complexity, actually. Equal in power, however, are the malts; caramely sweet, lightly sticky like toffee, and granting a substantial plum-like fruitness on the very tail end. Also in the finish is big-time bread and a lightly fading, sweet smoke and burnt wood flavor. Alcohol undetectable at first but provides some warmth halfway through the brew. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouth feel with lots of carbonation.

Pretty damn good - if I had to choose, I'd say I like this better than the Marzen but not quite as much as the Urbock. The smoke flavors are a little more balanced in the way that the malt character seems to be much more "loaded up" in this one. The oak makes a very solid contribution to the flavor as well. Very enjoyable to drink - Heller-Trum is quickly becoming one of my favorite overseas breweries.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is amber in color with some suspended yeast. It looks kind of cool with carbonation bubbles rising from the laser etchings and the yeast falling. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head.

S - It smells like smoked, salted pork. Got dam it makes me want some bacon!

T - At first I taste nothing except salty pork treats. Eventually, some floral hops and malt break through to say hi.

M - It is pretty thin for a dopplebock.

O - I like rauchbiers. This is no exception. It may have invigorated my love. This beer leaves me craving salty snacks and pork products. This would be great with barbecue or anything with bacon involved.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep amber color with almost no head

S: Very smoky. Notes of smoked meat, oak, and damp fire pit (in a good way). Also get quite a bit of maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Smokiness compliments the huge amount of maltiness quite well. Get notes of smoke, oak, saltiness/meatiness, fruitiness, sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Finishes with light smoke and sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly thick

O: A very good smoked doppelbock with just the right amount of smoke to compliment the huge amounts of malt used. One of my favorites when it's available

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a big fan of smoke beers, this may be my favorite from Schlenkerla. The fact that doppelbocks are among my favorite styles earns this beer points as well. Poured into a glass, the beer had a murky brown color with variations. The aroma reminded me most of smoked ham. Even though I do not eat/like ham, I love the aroma. In the initial taste, one gets the best qualities of a doppelbock and a smoke beer. The sweetness of the malt jumps to the front, but it is nicely balanced by the character of the smoke. In both case, the sizes of the taste are huge while balancing each other out. The malts sour slightly in the aftertaste, while the smoke lingers on the roof of the mouth. The thick texture allows the smoke to stick. This is a well-developed smoke beer, and a fabulous example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Started to gush upon opening. I was at first concerned about infection. Nice golden amber color. Very clean looking. Moderate amount of smoke in the aroma. Mild malt behind all that. Big huge smoke flavor. Label says oak but I really get the cherrywood smoke in there. Sweeness from the malt. Very clean even with the huge smoke flavor. Damn solid mouthfeel. More and more enjoyable as it goes down. Really worth trying.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm assuming this beer was not just made in 2009. Big fan of this brewery.

A- Poured into a chalice from the 16.9oz bottle, not exactly proper but fine by me. Body has a dark red-brown hue and is pretty much opaque. Small white head forms with some fizzy bubbles and decent retention. Thin, creamy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Who would have guessed? Smoky. This smoke reminds me more of a campfire than the others, not salty and seaweed like the peat. Very strong smoky fire and some dark fruits and caramel in the background.

T- Some sweetness from the malts comes through here and definitely more layered than the aroma. The campfire, burning log smoke is integrated in with toasted brown malts, candied dark fruit, brown sugar, actual oak wood, caramel and some esters. Something like citrus here and there too.

MF- A nice and silky, creamy feel overall. It feels nice and thick which works well with the sweetness and big flavors present. Smoke in the finish, like charred wood chips.

Someday I will do a side by side of all of this breweries beers. This one seems like one of the more complex ones, maybe because of the higher ABV and darker malts. What a great brewery.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
91 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.