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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 59
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

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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Ratings: 735 | Reviews: 367
Photo of Jayli
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a beautiful clear copper, amberish color with a one finger of offwhite head. Head recedes somewhat quickly without leaving any lacing.

S: Nose is - wow at first whiff, smells like Memorial Day weekend at the Quabbin Resevoir. Ahhh my youth. After the beer warms, sweet malts begin to come through with mild cedar chips.

T: Taste starts with light cedar chip flavoring before a heavier smoke and oak flavoring comes through. The finish is where a ton of caramel and toffee sweetness and alcohol come through and hangs on the palate.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, light clean feel with an extremely oily, sticky finish.

O: Goes down easily at first, tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick and a bit off for a Dopplebock...it's more of a smoked dopplebock. At first the smokiness is fantastic but as the beer warms, the sweetness and minor alcohol notes come in and hang. A little too sweet to have more of a pint of, but a decent beer none-the-less.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky orange-amber color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of smoke, wood, bacon, and caramel. It is a strong aroma. The taste is quite a bit mellower than the aroma. There is still a strong smoke presence, especially in the finish, but it is balanced with a solid malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a good rauchbier that I would gladly drink again.

Photo of Pahn
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. This is my first rauchbier.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two and a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving a few rings and peaks of lacing. Pours a clear orange with occasional lacing spots.

Smell: At first, a sweet lager smell like a good marzen or altbier, with just a hint of savory smoke. After the head is gone, the smoke really comes out. Definitely some campfire going on here.

Taste: Great mix of smoke and a solid, mild, sweet bock. The smoke is stronger up front, but it lingers as a bold highlight to everything else. Deeper in the bottle, the smoke develops into a decidedly more bacon/smoked meat-like flavor, though it still has some ash and campfire-smell aspects. Bacon aftertaste accumulates gradually. Soon the smoke has become completely dominant, with some nice malty bock highlights that have almost enough sweetness to balance everything.

Even further in, and the balance hinted at above gets reached. Some mild but nice fruity dopplebock notes finally show through, along with a healthy amount of breadiness, with smoke of course remaining the star. There isn't much complexity, but the flavor is really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

Overall: This isn't what I expected a rauchbier to taste like, but it's what i'd *hoped* a rauchbier would taste like. Great mix of really solid lager flavors with bold, evolving smoke flavors.

I'd grade the beer a bit higher if there was more complexity outside of the smoke. Also, the taste does wear on me after awhile, even though I recognize that it's very very good.

Beers like this stand as a refutation of any sentiment that German brewing is irrelevant or obsolete. Schlenkeria Oak Smoke is an exciting and amazingly well crafted beer; I don't see how one could balance such bold flavors without hours of work researching and brewing. I'm not entirely sold on the style, but I'm glad there's adventurous beers like this being made so well.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 20oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 2 fingers of white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is golden amber.

S. Smell is different. Smells smokey, almost like bacon. Has a very unique smokiness over top of a caramel malt smell. Has a woodiness that smells like cedar.

T. Tastes like bacon to me also. The smokey smell to me is just very similar to ham or bacon. Very interesting. This is my first rauchbier, and I have to say that I might not be a fan.

M. Medium bodied. Mediumb carbonation.

O. Overall I really don't think this is my cup of tea. I just can't get warmed up to the idea of drinking a glass of bacon.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with narry a soapy film of head over a very clean/clear amber body.

Aromas are rich with smoked bacon, beef jerky, and maybe a touch of caramel sweetness.

Flavors are not nearly as punch-you-in-the-face as the aromas would suggest. Fairly clean bock quality, with some toffee, ham, and even some fruity pull in the finish. Aromas to flavors are night and day... if you can get over the campfire burning in your nostrils as you take a sip.

As mentioned, the mouthfeel comes across quite cleanly, with low carbonation as a doppelbock should be.

As either a Rauchbier or a Doppelbock, this one is really easy to drink... not thick, great, complex flavors, and those unique Schlenkerla aromas make this a fun one to review.

Photo of 100floods
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited about this brew. Third one I've had from this brewery and no complaints yet. BA files this under Rauchbier, but the bottle says Doppelbock (worth mentioning)

Pours a nice golden hue, very clear, off white, very bubbly head. Thick, very smokey aroma. Similar to the mikkeller smoked oatmeal stout I had a few weeks ago. Hints of smoked meat and a wee bit of honey. Not as smokey-sweet as some of the other beers in this lineup.

The first sip presents a battle between a honey flavor and the smoked malt. Very silky smooth, but full bodied texture. I'm starting to tasted some of that 'doppelbock' flavor in the malt. I guess this is a smoked version of the style. The hop bite blends with the smoke and the palish malt. It takes the beer to breath a bit before you can taste the hops.

This is a complex beer, although the sweet and smoked flavors dominate. Extremely enjoyable. I love this brewery's consistency and integration of the smoked malt into all their beers.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.76/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

How should I introduce this doppelbockrauchbier (see what I did there)? Well, it's a beer that I really want to try, and it's from the smoked beer experts of Bamberg. Allowed to warm up 30 minutes from the fridge, on to the beer:

Orange amber in color with a clean body. The head retention is adequate and it leaves a little bit of lacing on the stange glass. One smell puts me in heaven; smoked meats, ham hocks, jerky, summer sausage.

This is a beer that tackles your tastebuds in two phases, and it's an excellent one-two punch, like Roy Halladay/Cliff Lee one-two. The first phase is sweet yet balanced like a doppelbock. With the toffee and caramel galore, I thought I was drinking a brown ale or porter from England. The second phase is which the trademark Aecht Schlenkerla flavors start to take hold. After the sweet rush, in comes an explosion of jerkied meats. The latter seems more real than real, and it whispers long into the aftertaste. Even without the smoked aspect, this would still be an excellent tasting beer. To make things more devilish is the insane drinkability of a beer with 8% ABV, it drinks almost like a standard 5% ABV lager from its region, although some of that may be attributed to the low carbonation and medium body (it doesn't seem much "meatier" than its lighter stablemates, but sure does taste better).

Being a fan of raucbiers, I knew that I would love Eiche. But what I didn't expect was how this beer would touch and tease my palate. Wow!! This might be a great beer to drink during Lent, or...fuck it, how 'bout everyday? The 500 ml bottle went down much quicker than expected, and being a seasonal beer, I'm sure to grab at least a few more bottles before the supply runs dry.

Photo of daledeee
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was going down the top 100 German beers and saw this one.

The pour was 1" white head with a clean golden orange body.

Nose is very smoky and bandaids.

Taste is malty with fruit in the back ground. I can also taste some rather Belgian like hops.

Mouth feel is pretty carbonated.

This beer is hard to drink for me. The taste does not appeal to me. Very unusual.

Photo of BarrelO
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: IPA-like amber body with a head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Lots and lots of smoke, some fruitiness.

T: Even more smoke, some malt sweetness, a hint of clean noble hops.

M: Medium-bodied, somewhat sticky.

D: It's certainly unique, I'll give it that. But it's really hard to drink in any significant amount.

Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish dark orange with thin white head that fades to thin halo with a few spots of lace.

Smell: grassy and lemony hops, a little booze and caramel, wood smoke and not as pungent as their usual (apparently beech wood) smoke component.

Taste: caramel, a little date, smoked gouda, spicy and slightly citric hops.

Easier drinking than some of their other offerings but still smoky and tasty.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.76/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

8% ABV and $5.29/500ml bottle...

Pours a purty dense, syrupy-looking amber. Not much of a head forms, but the lacing is quite nice considering. When you pour this beer, it's like stepping into a medieval German home in Winter: it's like the vents are closed on the fireplace. It's smoky...SMOOOKY!!! That aroma is so robust and dominant you can't smell anything else. It's crushing. This must have been what that Franco kid smelled like - only Humboldtier...There are underpinnings of malt and such in there, but they are impossible to locate amdist the flames...

Flavor is also very smoky. It's tastes like when you leave your jacket to close to the fire around X-mas....You get home and the next day it smells like the fireplace. The initial busrt of flavor is very nice - a rich, malty Dopplebock. But it is immediately crushed by the Thor's Hammer of smoke. This beer finishes bitter from the smoke and what I can only assume are hops, and it's not awesome.

To liken this to a movie - I'd call it the "Up in Smoke" of beer. To liken it to a woman I'd call it the Snookie of beer - it's got only one trick and it's not even that great at it...

What I like most: The crazy unique flavor profile.

What I like least: The complete one dimensional nature of it.

Verdict: Too expensive to be worth it, and too unique to be an everyday beer. Really a novelty only.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Krušovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark amber color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Initially, smells smoky but less smoky than other rauchbiers and especially less smoky than Schlenkerla's other offerings. According to the label, this beer is aged in oak rather than beech, which gives it a milder character. You can certainly smell the oak barrels in the nose. Besides the smokiness, there are also notes of sweet malts with perhaps a little caramel as well.

Taste: Only mildly hoppy up front with a strong smokiness to it. The smokiness carries throughout and the beer finishes with a sweet maltiness characteristic of most doppelbocks. There is also a strong woody/oaky flavor towards the back. As with the aroma, the smokiness here is more restrained than in Schlenkerla's past offerings. It still has that flavor though that reminds me of smoked meats and cheeses. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side for a doppelbock but still reasonably full-bodied.

Drinkability: An excellent rauchbier and a decent doppelbock. Schlenkerla's offerings are always unique and intriguing. This one is no different. It's smoky character goes a long way towards hiding the 8% ABV, which makes this beer a bit more quaffable than most doppelbocks. Thoroughly enjoyable and certainly something I wouldn't mind having again soon.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a mug.

A: Dark amber body, perfectly clear. Head is tight, retention is good.

S: Oh my, what a smoky aroma. Smoke blends with malty lager in the background.

T: Not as much smoke in the flavor as I thought up front, but it does become more apparent as the beer warms. It also creeps back on the finish. Smoke is carried by a nice clean lager profile.

M: Nice medium body, with good carbonation. No complaints.

D: This beer probably has the perfect amount of smoke. Often I find the smokiness of rauchbier to be too subtle, getting lost after a few sips. This beer keeps reminding me, in a good way.

Photo of jyuhas
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - between copper and gold, slightly hazy, very thin off white head

s - smooth smokiness, campfire, slight toffee

t - same as smell

m - body slightly above medium and carbonation slightly below medium

o - smokiness and malt balance make me want to drink more and more

Holy ****! Absolutely amazing. Smoke intensity heavy in both aroma and flavor, malt characteristics just enough to set it off. I love rauchbier, so I'm a bit biased. But this one is my new favorite.

Photo of bruachan
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of joshstevens87
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Caml
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of caskstrength
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Avagadro
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.