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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 50
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

man, i love this brewery (Bamberg is a must visit, by the way). these brews are so fine at the source!

nice clear copper color with great sudsy head, buoyed and sustained by plenty of reinforcements. nice lacing

tons of smoke in the bouquet. it tends to block out other aromas, but some lagermalt sweetness makes its way through the smokescreen (though not quite what i would expect of a doppelbock: more like a hellesbock)

the smoke flavor characteristic is much more readily breached by other elements, however, as spicy hop flavor and a good deal of sweetness punctuate the woody, ashy haze. again, the flavors are more in line with a hellesbock or alt than a true doppelbock (perhaps i should not put so much stake in the beer's self-designation than i clearly do)

another wonderful offering from a world-class brewer!

02-27-2011 19:19:50 | More by bruachan
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joshstevens87

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

A-pours a honey brown with a minimal white head
S-smoke and wood with a hint of malt in the background
T-a beautiful balance with a big blast of smoke and wood which is excellently smoothed out by notes of caramel toffee and nuts with a very slight alcohol presence
M-a full body beer with a HUGE taste, but it still manages to be crisp and refreshimg
D-an exceellent beer but im not sure how many i could handle

02-27-2011 05:18:34 | More by joshstevens87
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

16.9 oz bottle. Clear, lighter copper in color. Frothy off-white head, with a nice stream of tiny bubbles. Head retention is nice, and eventually the head falls to a nice thin layer.

A wonderful layer of smoke, not as aggressive as some of their other offerings. Campfire and bacon comes to mind. Some earthy, and slight oaky notes. Some bready malt shines through the smoke, ever so slightly.

Sweet bready malt, very clean. Very minimal fruity notes. Some comes in as a subtle note, adding some character. A bit of drying oak and an earthy finish.

Medium body, carbonation is smooth. Some warming alcohol, but not enough to hurt the drinkability. Smoke adds a great complexity to this. I love the Schlenkerla beers, and this is no exception.

02-26-2011 00:06:50 | More by Bierguy5
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +20%

Getting my fancy on, and really going to play with this one pouring it into a Collins cocktail glass as a Stange substitute. Taken out of my cellar at a nice cool but not too cold temperature like all my beers.

Pours a gorgeous liquid gold with a very solid large off white head. Major head retention off of this it will not go away at all. It leaves the most perfect looking cap of foam, it looks completely frozen. Good appearance on the body also, amber colored body that is clear, with some minimal but nice slow rising carbonation from the bottom. The bubbles just slowly crawl up as if taking their time it is unreal. This looks like hot sex in a glass.

Bouquet, you know it you love it. It's sausage and bacon. Very nice smoked wood which grabs you nicely but isn't overpowering. Total roast pork. This is a little more subtle than the Marzen. There is even some clean grass and small hop behind it but very hard to find. This smells phenomenal it is just "right".

Taste is oh my god so much going on. A small brown sugar at first. Then smoke comes in that is so whispy and enjoyable, faint somewhat hop and a tannin almost barrel note mouth play. This is sweet a little but not malty sweet like the Urbock, this is JUST RIGHT for sweetness. Holy moly this is so balanced in taste of sweets, savory, some sense of caramel malt, maybe even some faint hop bitter on the finish. Sweet malts take over though as you drink more of it. My palate is exploding with joy. Eight percent abv is TOTALY COMPLETELY MASKED!

This is so far the most highest rated beer I've ever rated, thank god I seeked it out it is truly world class, and phenomenal. If you find the regular Rauchbiers too smokey (Marzen) or too sweet (Urbock) drink this thing it's the perfect marriage. The head mashes my face and surrounds my nose cause it will not leave me alone, whisking me to another world as the perfect sweet body and taste envelopes me out of this glass. I WANT MORE!!! I am very tempted to rate this as all fives, I am SHOCKED I never thought this beer would be this good or ANY beer for that matter.

02-23-2011 03:14:15 | More by smakawhat
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Mosstrooper

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 400ml Radeberger seidel.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a bit too large of an large off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind large spots of lace.

Smell: Lots of smokey meat aroma with sweet malt and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Begins with sweet caramel and some plum, rounding out to smokiness and finishing with more smokey flavor and a slight alcoholic twang.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light, natural carbonation and a warming finish.

Drinkability: An interesting and enjoyable beer- one that I would like to have again.

02-18-2011 22:10:59 | More by Mosstrooper
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours dark amber with some decent clarity and a slight head. No lacing.

Big bacon and sugary malt aromas. As much as you get the smoke you get the doppelbock.

Great balance, as the big smoke is actually in the nose. Smoky malt to start, with the deep rich sweetness of aged fruit and tawny grain comes through. Not overpowering, this sweetness dries out where you have a very even smoke, bitter, malt balance. Wonderful.

Full bodied and a little prickly on the tongue.

Fantastic. This is the rauchbier to start with (if you could find it). Incredibly smooth and delicious.

02-13-2011 20:20:22 | More by OtherShoe2
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GRG1313

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

This doppelbock is described on the breweries website simply as "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke." It also indicates that this beer is only made during Christmas and is very rare in the United States, only a very few places getting some.

"Malt is kilned by an oak wood fire, unlike conventional smoke malt which is kilned by a beech wood fire."

However made, this beer is excellent. Pours a dark orange amber with a big bold white head.

Nose is rich but restrained smoke with a big lavendar floral character and which is pleasant and inviting. This is a more complex smoke character than that to which I was previously familiar.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly creamy and very well balanced. It is inviting.

Flavors are complex and unique. There is a smokey, rich but restrained roasted malt undertone and flavor profile but it also has a somewhat unique hop flavor profile. There is a fruity, almost sweet, hop character to balance out the smokey malt. The fruity character (apricot, peaches, pears, smoked figs) is pleasant and well balanced with a "fruity bitter" character.

The finish is likewise a bit unique in that it, too, has a fruity bitter character.

This one is unlike other "Xmas ales" and is very drinkable and worth the experience. Apparently hard to find. Found on tap at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, California (one of the 42 taps in this unique eclectic and high end BBQ restaurant).

This is a beer to try if you can find it.

02-05-2011 18:45:46 | More by GRG1313
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Served on tap in a doppelbock glass at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly PA.

A very good beer. A little lighter in the body and color than I would have guessed (the head also seemed a little airier and fleeting than I anticipated). Light and clean on the palate as well. Requisite familiar perfect smokiness in the nose and taste.

This was done with oak instead of the usual beechwood? I don't know what if any characteristic oak nuances, vanilla for one, carried over into the beer, but I did notice that the smokiness wasn't as burnt or bitter tasting as their other selections. Not to say that the smokiness is light either. It pervades the smell and initial bulk of the taste at first (probably as 3:2 or 4:3 ratio to the malt presence), however, not finishing as smoky, with some of the malt and yeast flavors coming through nicely then.

I don't think the smoke had anything to do with the fact that I found the doppelbock elements of the beer a little on the mild side as compared to other German benchmarks - Optimator, Celebrator, etc. I was a bit surprised to find some of the (estery) fruitiness and bubblegummy tones of the yeast taking precedence over the malt. But a classic doppelbock foundation is in the background there, it just takes your palate a few sips to assimilate the smoke in order to begin picking up these other features, including some faint grain lingering late. I can't say I picked up much alcohol, if any, in any facet of the experience. Oooh, dangerous.

Overall, I was very pleased with this. Drank it fairly quick. One of the tastier more balanced rauchbiers I've had. Hope they put this out for years to come.

02-05-2011 03:50:37 | More by Bouleboubier
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Caml

Germany

4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

Glassware: .25l Liefmans stemmed Pils

A: Deep, clear amber, medium carbonation. No lacing, the bubbles just slide down the considerable legs of this 8% beauty.

S: Where this beer really begins to shine, the oak comes through strong, along with a healthy dose of sweet, bready malt; no detectable hops.

T: the most barbeque-y Rauchbier I've had yet, and by far the most appetizing. The smoke is much more palatable and complex, with a very mild touch of vanilla in between the campfire, smoked meat (almost as reminiscent of chicken as the stereotypical pork), and very sweet malt.

MF: Getting towards the bottom of the glass and some of the carbonation is gone, but quite thick as it's sweetness and gravity would suggest.

D: Much higher than other Rauchbiers, this is just as drinkable as any other doppelbock I've had, helles or otherwise.

02-02-2011 01:54:14 | More by Caml
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caskstrength

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

500ml bottle.

Golden pour with a nice white head. Looks like a Belgian Tripel

Crazy smells from this golden beer. Smoked meats, uncooked bacon, next-morning clothes after a night by the fire.
Just a twinge of sweet malt shows up, and I notice an orange/yellow fruit twang at times, but it's mostly about the smoke

There's just no way the tastes can match the smells, and they don't. More of the malty sweetness shows up here with the smokey vibe, and I can find some of those lighter fruits if looking hard. Ultimately not that complex, but I don't think it's supposed to be.

Mouthfeel on the thinner side. No off textures or tastes.

This is unique, and something I think I would crave now and then. But you have to be in the right mood.

02-01-2011 23:09:42 | More by caskstrength
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Eiche is copper in color, with medium lacing, great clarity, and a dwindling head.

S: Oh how I love the smoke...pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and a touch of malty sweetness compose the bouquet. This Schlenkerla offering is noticeably less fragrant than I remember the others to be.

T: The label says this is a doppelbock, but don't believe it for a second, this is rauchbier through and through. The smoke is a quite a bit lighter than their marzen and bock, with more of a BBQ nuance instead of the bacon that is prevalent in their beers. The most intriguing part of this is that the malt profile pulls through, adding a sweetness that only further resembles BBQ in the form of the sauce.

M: Medium body, slightly oily, and lightly carbonated.

D: Another spectacular release from one of my most cherished breweries. This is something different, but still on base with the brewer's former lineup. Highly recommended.

02-01-2011 20:35:00 | More by Avagadro
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wschmit

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

500mL bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: A just-off white, one-inch head settles rapidly into a thin ring about the top, over a clear amber body with a bit of carbonation. Some lacing, but not too much.

S: Very smoky, but perhaps less "meaty" than other kinds of Schlenkerla--perhaps a bit smoother and sweeter. That sweetness may be the doppelbock speaking to me--I do get just a trace of malt after the potent smoke scent.

T: The smoke, still very prominent as with others from Schlenkerla, melds nicely into a slightly sweet malt body, stronger than the scent would have you believe, but still subdued. The smoke's the star of the show. The oak comes off as a bit more charred, less BBQ pit and more campfire. Beyond that, just your average doppel.

M: Spot on for the style--not at all thick, well-fermented lager. Smooth and simple.

D: Well, with all rauchbiers, there's a sort of limit to drinkability. This is overwhelmingly smoky, which I adore and others loathe. If you love the taste, this is worth seeking out. Otherwise, it's not much milder than any other offering from these guys, and probably a terrible beer for those new to the style. It drinks well, though, smoke aside--stereotypically German.

02-01-2011 05:16:56 | More by wschmit
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -27%

Pours from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a clear copper color with a finger-thick white head that settles into a thin film on the beer. Aroma of smoked pork, wood, campfire, well-done bacon, and burnt sweet toast. Flavor of smoked pork, burnt toast, caramel malts, toasted sugar, peat, nectarine, honey, and corn syrup. The flavor drops out a little from the nose. Medium-full bodied, with a smoky, syrupy mouthfeel and a quick metallic, then lingering smoky finish. Sweet and smoky. I can't say this is my style.

01-31-2011 16:01:31 | More by CuriousMonk
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seand

California

4.2/5  rDev +4%

A: Pours a clear amber, with a small amount of offwhite head, which builds up enough around the rim to leave some spots of lacing.

S: Heavy smoked meat and burning wood, with a touch of malty sweetness.

T: Smoky up front, with a touch of nutty malt flavors coming through in the mid palate. Finish is dry, lightly bitter, and has a burnt note.

M: Medium to full body, fairly low carbonation.

D: It's a slow sipper, but still quite drinkable.

The extreme smokiness balanced with the light malt characteristics make this a very interesting beer.

01-31-2011 02:07:38 | More by seand
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Pour from a bottle into an Aventinus glass yields active one-finger head; body is a gradient between gold at the bottom to amber in the bulb. Head is perfectly even: frothy and fine-grain. This is a pretty beer. Lacing is gorgeous and goes on forever, as you sip, the side of the glass is opaque with it.

Smell is characteristic of Schlenkerla's other rauchbiers, vaguely barbecue-ey with mellow oak. I'm still congested from a cold, so it's probably better than I'm perceiving.

Taste is nice, complex sweet malt (not dark, heavy, or syrupy), possibly some apple and maybe a trace of corn, and mellow wood (it is an oak-smoked beer), balanced by very faint hops aftertaste for a nice aftertaste in a non-heavyhanded way. Taste is much subtler than Schlenkerla's other rauchbiers. making it probably more versatile in terms of food pairings.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal; creamy as nitro, but from a plain glass bottle. Like a wood-smoked milkshake in the best way.

On taste, I could drink a couple of these in a night, though maybe not too quickly. Price and ABV are the only limiting factors on this one.

Fans of this would do themselves a favor to try New Holland Chartooka Rye for an American take on a smoked doppelbock, equally meritorious.

01-28-2011 02:43:45 | More by zaphodchak
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erosier

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

L: Pours a deep caramel color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that leaves no lacing on the glass.
S: Smells of smoke mainly, hints of some malt sweetness, but mainly oak smoke. There is a hint of spices in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, nice thick smoke flavor, then some spices and some more sweetness followed closely by more oak and smoke flavors.
M: Heavy feeling, rich, warming, nice amount of carbonation.
D: OK, it is a certainly a smoky beer with nice flavors and decent feel to it. The smokiness doesn't really lend itself to being that drinkable, but for a smoked beer, this was nice.

01-27-2011 11:58:19 | More by erosier
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wedge

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Mostly clear copper-orange - little bits of fine sediment suspended in the liquid. Small creamy yellowed head shrinks to a fine ring. Clean, sweet smoky aroma...not as meaty as the other Schlenkerla beers, but there's still a certain greasy quality to it. Caramel malt and a whiff of nobel hops. Sweet, pleasantly smoked, caramel malt - leather and floral hops. Quite sweet, but mild, smooth, almost creamy. Medium bodied. Not for everyone, perhaps a bit sugary, but expertly crafted as usual.

01-27-2011 04:20:25 | More by wedge
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nickfl

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%

A - Pours with a small head of off-white bubbles that subsides rapidly and leaves no lace. The body is a slightly hazy, copper-gold color.

S - Sweet malt and strong, meaty smoke. Some spicy notes of clove and spruce with a bit of toffee.

T - Strongly smoky malt up front with an intense, candy like sweetness that reminds me of toffee and hazelnuts. More smoky sweetness in the middle with a hint of char and licorice. The beer finishes with intense, sweet toffee, pine and spruce smoke notes, and more black licorice.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a very strange beer, it reminds me in a way of Alba Scots Pine ale (which I wouldn't generally consider a compliment). The smoke character is very different from that found in the other, beech smoked Schlenkerla beers. This is much more spicy and intense with an incense like quality of pine and licorice that does strange things on the palate when it hits the sweet toffee malt. The individual flavors here have some potential, but when it all comes together it just ends up as a sticky, weird, cloying mess. A rare miss from the masters of Smoked beer.

01-26-2011 04:50:28 | More by nickfl
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured a copper color with a large white head that took some time to dissipate, very thin lacing.

The aroma was very smoky, like sitting next to the campfire or drinking in the smoke house. Other than a hint of oak, the smoke controlled the nose.

The flavor followed the nose with smoke, oak, then the malt comes through with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was thin leaning to medium body, the smoke and oak made it feel a little chewy.

This was a good beer, I drank it with out pairing it with food. I would recommend drinking it while enjoying some grilled meat.

01-23-2011 00:36:16 | More by dtivp
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JayQue

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Very nice!!! Definitely not a Dopplebock like the label says, but a good unusual beer.

Pours a very light copper color. small white head that fades fast and no lacing.

The smell is awesome!!! Smells just like smoked meat/smoked fish. I haven't experienced an aroma like this since Alaskan Smoked Porter!!!

The taste can't match the expectation of the smell, but it was pretty good anyway. Some aspect of smoked meat but also some malty sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a hair thin.

Drinkability is pretty good. It is light and I like the flavor. THere is no hint of the 8% abv.

01-22-2011 05:04:00 | More by JayQue
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Served in a stemmed stange...or something like that from Durty Nellies in Palatine.

This beer was served a clear amber color with a decent ecru foam on the surface that was inviting. The nose is almost totally of smoke with bit of caramel in the background. The flavor has a bit of dryer smoke that has a slightly soured finish to it. The flavors are caramel like in nature beyond the smoke, but it's mostly smoke. The mouthfeel is a little on the acidic side, drinkability depended for me, it was hard to drink just by itself, but when paired with grilled foods it was wonderful. So I leave it at that. A nice beer overall.

01-21-2011 21:40:47 | More by Vdubb86
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TonyReaves

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

The label says "doppelbock," so I'm judging this as both a doppelbock and a rauchbier.

Pours with a good, thick head into a pint glass. Has a golden color that seems light for a doppelbock.

Smells like smoked meat. Intensely so. Makes me want to fire up the grill.

Mmm, this is the first all-out Rauchbier I've really enjoyed. Sweet malts shine through a haze of wood smoke. Apparently, this brewery's claim is that they smoke malts with beech wood and oak. I think I taste oak, but I'm just taking their word on it.

Some rauchbiers I've tried tasted too one-dimensional to me. I like this because I can taste a good beer under all the smoke. At the same time, the smoke tempers the sweetness.

Feels full-bodied, a little heavy, as I'd expect from a doppelbock.

Drinkable? No way. The heaviness and the smokiness are intense and a little overbearing after awhile. If this wasn't my last beer of the night, I'd go for the lightest beer I could find after this just to clean off my palate.

Edit: Not "drinkable" which I always took to mean "sessionable," but the best smoked beer I've ever had. Bumped the "overal" from 2.5 to 4.

01-21-2011 04:32:12 | More by TonyReaves
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steveh

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4%

Schlenkerla beers are always a favorite in my glass -- a first couple of tastings of the Eiche (oak).

A -- Pours a clear, orange-amber with a dense, slow-settling, mid-tan head.

S -- Rich and smoky -- reminds me of an old home with an oft-used fireplace, or a good old tavern with a welcoming fireplace. Some mild astringency in the back.

T -- Flavor starts with a quick hit of smoky astringency -- very Scotch-like. Blends into bready malts and finishes with some mild hop bitterness; slightly citric. The smokiness sets up a backbone throughout the consumption -- not heavy, but certainly unlike most beers. The aftertaste is bready malt balanced with spicy hops.

M -- Body is light-medium with a soft, chewy mouthfeel. It's almost like chewing on freshly smoked barley.

D -- Even at 8%, I could see wanting more than a couple of these at a sitting. The smokiness doesn't fatigue the palate, and the flavors grab your interest and appetite.

01-19-2011 22:25:12 | More by steveh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -21.3%

Bottle picked up in Chicago and served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

THe pour brings a copper-hued brew with a very strange white head. It started out quite frothy with large bubbles, and then comes a reverse head. The two eventually meet and form a nice, dense white head with good retention. A bit of lacing on the glass and a thin collar throughout. This was the highlight of the beer for me. The nose is overwhelmingly smokey with a bit of a meat character and not much playing behind it.

The taste is similar in terms of what the smoke does. Here I can get a bit of the smoked oak, though I can't say it really adds a positive dimension. The underlying doppelbock is completely gone and I don't get anything that would indicate this was the base. The taste brings a bit too much tannin and is overwhelmingly smokey. I suppose it's not that the level of smoke is bad, it's just that there's really nothing else there. A bit of an astringent, bitter finish. Really not a fan of this though I could see how one could enjoy it. My least favorite Schlenkerla beer to date.

01-19-2011 01:13:28 | More by Thorpe429
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

A rich whiskey-amber color with moderate sandy head. Nose is full of smoked meat--delicious bacon-y goodness. Smells awesome, very powerful. The flavor on it is also very good, though it kind of draws back the smokiness a little (still pretty smokey). No ashiness is noted, which is good because ashy flavor is a deal-breaker for me in smoked beers. Underlying dopplebock is pretty clean, though I might be looking for a bit more sweetness for a maple-smoked bacon profile, as of now it's just smoked bacon with a touch of herbal bitterness and maybe some bready malt underneath. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit prickly. Great drinkability, well-disguised alcohol. Love these Schlenkerla beers, superb.

01-18-2011 02:44:26 | More by LordAdmNelson
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.