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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 51
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Reddish/amber pour, nearly no head, just some off white whisps.

Smell is of light burning leaves and some caramel, malt.

Smokey bacon malt. Sounds weird but works very well. Very light ham and oak. Faintest amount of red fruits. Finishes dry smokey, peaty and man does it linger.

Very smooth lighter side of mid bodied. More carbonation than the appearance would give. Absolutely no alcohol presence, but it is unique. You definetely need to be ready for what you are getting.

Was a fan of the Marzen, this one is more refined and maybe even better.

Bung, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of wchollif
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with little head

Nose is SMOKE for days. Smells like your clothes the morning after sitting around a campfire, and I like it!

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste, very little carbonation. Not getting a dopplebock feel from this, lighter than I expected.

Finish is good, but you have to like the smoke.

wchollif, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear amber copper gold with a 1 finger head that faded and left no lacing

smells like campfire - smoked meat and some kinda of medical ointment (carmex)

taste is less smokey and more doppelbock fruity apples pears malt - out of this world flavors

mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation

srinkability - great - by far one of the best smoked beers on the market and now on my list of must get xmas beers

jsh420, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly fades away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are smoky aromas in the nose, which intensify as the beer warms up and also have some hints of cured meats such as bacon.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by smoky flavors and has some malty sweetness along with some hints of raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and rather thick on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is rather easy to drink because the smokiness is not overpowering and well incorporated into the smell and taste.

metter98, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a different color than most doppelbocks, it is a heller doppelbock It it a beaut though. t is a clear reddish orange with a foamy, but creamy white head that sticks for a nice while and recedes to some nice lacing.

It smells very smokey with campfire, smoked bacon, and smoked oak. There is a subtle kiss of noble hops hiding in the background.

The taste isn't as smoky as the smell but it is loaded with smoke overtones. This one legitimately has a slight taste of bacon with some syrup. The smokiness is in check, although it lingers with a bit of campfire in the finish. The malts are big and sweet, more so then some of the other Shlenkerla beers and it provides a nice balance to the smokiness.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, it makes this one a mouthful, but a pleasant one.

The helles is the only thing better from this great brewery.

crossovert, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this bottled offering here in Greensboro.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear bronze with a fluffy white head,the lightest doppelbock beer I have ever saw but its clarity is nice.smoked summer sausage really sticks out to me in the nose along with a bit of iron.Smoked meat flavors abound,I mean it tastes like my moms summer sausage from back in the day,the oak makes this beer different than the others Schlenkerla beers.It tastes like oak fired pork,its an aquired taste,I used to cringe at this style of beer,now I search out this style,not for the faint of heart.

oberon, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a lighter-than-expected amber-brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth and slightly bready caramel malts with solid amounts of smoked malts. Also present are very small amounts of toastiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as well-defined. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of smoked malt flavors - equal parts leather and smoked meat, better balanced than most others produced by this brewery. The smokiness carries through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this isn't my favorite smoked beer made by Schlenkerla but you could make the argument that it's the smoothest and best-balanced. Worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of JonB1958
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, poured into a Schenkerla tulip.

A gorgeous clear copper pour with a nice thick head.

Like all the Rauch beers, this one was a smoky, campfire odor to it, yet the oak smoke is different than the typical beechwood smoke; still pronounced and even frightening to some, but more subtle and a little less harsh

The mouthfeel is surprisingly clean and crisp, and the flavor is sublime. It's smokey, of course, but very balanced, and makes the beer quite drinkable. If you've never had Rauch beer before, just make sure you take a second sip!

I've become a big fan of Schlenkerla lately, and this is the best I've had. A real winner.

JonB1958, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Malt House - glad i looked this one up prior to heading over there, though its hard to resist a beer with the words "oat" and "smoke" in the name (alias : Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Bock)

appearance: surprisingly bright orange body, full white foam head - was expecting something darker for some reason

smell: holy moses - liquid smoke, char, smoked meat, oak malt, high potency

taste: open to interpretation - some tasted smoked pork, others summer sausage. Every sip is like an exploration through the spectrum of smoked meats. a little pepper, heavy oak, spicy, some fruit sweetness buried underneath. very interesting

mouthfeel: spicy, biting, leaves a lingering aftertaste of smoke

drinkability: seems like it could be tough but i finished this one with ease

dirtylou, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a 5oz snifter.

Clear dark orange body with faint amber highlights. Small off-white head with excellent lacing.

Smoke (obviously), roast malt, faint tobacco, and a light floral note in the nose.

Fruity undercurrent to the smoke along with a solid clean malt bill. Sweet, and delicately spicy mid-palate. Medium-dry finish.

Not quite medium-bodied. Mildly astringent.

The most balanced beer I've had thus far from this brewery...

augustgarage, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Local Option. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Poured with two fingers of creamy white foam that had excellent retention, but only a few spots of lace. The color was lighter than I expected from a smoked doppelbock, and was almost a transparent dark golden when held up to the light. Still it was quite attractive.

S - The name doesn't lie. Smoke. Oak. Very meaty, with tons of hickory and implied bacon. This is a little more intense than the fastenbier and I miss the offsetting malt sweetness that helps to balance things out.

T - The taste is more in line with what I was hoping for, with some nice caramel malt character supporting the big smoky meat and wood flavors. There's a bitter, tannic finish that jibes with the oak flavor, and an aftertaste of smokiness and lightly glazed ham.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat sticky. There's a definite residual feel of smokiness - not surprising I guess.

D - I don't like this as much as the Fastenbier, but it's better than the Urbock. In general there's just too much smoke and not enough balance. Glad I got to try it once, but not something I feel the need to have again. If you dig rauchbier, this is definitely a must-try, but I doubt you needed my endorsement to know that.

MasterSki, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Julian's Providence

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, black in color

Smell: smells like smoked oak wood

Taste: alcohol, rum, smoked oak, and a bit of dark fruit

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, semi-sweet, boozy, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: This is right up there with my favorite beers of all time. Just an amazing brew. The smoke is there but not overpowering. It sneaks in very subtly. The oak is also there but not too strong. Perfectly balanced. I would love to see this be a regular offering.

tigg924, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City.

Eiche pours a dark chestnut brown, beautifully clear, topped by two fingers of off-white head.

The nose is a blast of bold, spicy oak and smoked malt. There's an undercurrent of caramel malt, dark fruit and a hint of mineral. The smoky, meaty quality is slightly subdued here compared to other Schlenkerla offerings, but the oak adds a unique and interesting element.

Similar flavors reveal themselves on the tongue; spicy, drying oak, savory smoke, caramel sweetness and a touch of raisin-like fruitiness. There's a bit of that signature Schlenkerla meatiness, but it's surprisingly restrained here. The oak smoked malt lends an interesting character to the beer; it's spicy, almost astringent. Hops are absent from the flavor, but there's an assertive bitterness in the finish that's a bit bolder than most Schlenkerla offerings.

The restrained smoke, expertly balanced sweet and bitter flavors and light body make this a remarkably drinkable 8% beer. I'll be heading back for more before the keg dies.

largadeer, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/27/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of smoked meat and caramelized malts with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is very smoky as you would expect with a strong meaty flavor that isn't overdone. Then a mild caramel sweetness comes in with a mild but complementary hops presence. The malt character is hearty and the smokiness tones down a bit allowing everything to balance more after it sits for a few minutes. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, yet another nice smoked beer from this brewer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of jjfancybeers
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to review this brew so I can quit thinking about it.

Consumed 1/22/2010 @ The Map Room

Served in .5L Schlenkerla glass

Pours a deep amber (superb clarity). 2-finger, appetizing head stands strong over the rim and fades slowly; swirls of lacing left around the glass, down to the last sip - one big patch looked like a "guy on a penny-farthing bike" according to my notes. Huh?

Aroma is complex - the obvious (and glorious) smell of smoke is there, mingling with caramel/raisin and slow-roasting brisket.

Taste follows suit - a wave of smoky caramel richness up front, very faint plum/chocolate notes as well. Substantial and delicious grilled brisket (summer sausage?) makes its way into the mix mid-palate alongside a hint of vanilla before more smoke and a touch of spicy noble hop bitterness in the subtle, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy...medium-bodied. Not too light, not too heavy.

Regular doppelbocks can be a bit sweet for me - this one is very well-attenuated, showcasing the unique Schlenkerla malt flavor while ratcheting-up the drinkabilty to an obscene level. Seek it out.

jjfancybeers, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Julians in Providence RI

Pours a clear bright amber on the reddish side. Nice full light tan head stays aloft and creates beautiful lacing.

The nose is big of bacon, smoke, sweet rich malt. Makes me think of smokes Gouda too.

The flavor is not as intense as the aroma but I feel like that is a good thing. The flavor follows the nose but in a somewhat restrained way.

The body is medium and the carbonation is fine and silky. One of the nicest feeling brew that I've ever experienced.

This was really a treat. The bar had several other very nice offerings and I came close to ignoring those just to have another Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche.

ThirstyBird, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a schlenkerla glass.

The beer is a pretty clear gold with a white head, decent head and retention.

The aroma is awesome, just what you'd expect. Tons of smoke and pork, just like it should be.

The taste is like the aroma, tons of smoke and pork, mixed with some light grass. It is wonderful and way to easy to drink.

jrallen34, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a meaty and smokey malt with a touch of sweetness.

The taste was upfront smokey with a lingering sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall another tasty smokey beauty from this proud brewery.

plaid75, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of beertooth
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Maproom.
Served in a Schlenkerla glass.
$7.00 for the pour.

This beer is a wonderful clear gold with a creamy finger of head that leaves some whispy lacing.

The nose is soft and sweet smoked malts, hay, grassy hops.

The taste follows with sweet smoked malts, some earthy hop bitterness, less sticky dank smoke than most of their other beers. It's quite tasty!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It's soft and somewhat creamy.

Awesome stuff! Schlenkerla did it again. My glass went down way too easy.

beertooth, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours deep amber in color with a finger of preposterously dense white head with lengthy retention levels that left weblike lacing in its wake. The aroma is smokey, which is no revelation here, but underneath this I could pick up some subtleties of the underlying beer such as caramel malt and a crisp lager character. The flavor is much the same, the smoke dominates at first, but a doppelbock lies beneath it with a moderately malty backbone and crisp finish. Medium bodied and surprisingly bubbly as well. Interesting beer for sure, I think this type pairs better with food in general, but a very good example of rauchbier.

vacax, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on draft at the Bookstore Speakeasy in Bethlehem, PA.

Pours a clear dark coppery amber color with golden orange/amber edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring that leaves sporadic spots of soapy lacing behind.

Excellent roasted smokey aroma with hints of campfire, butane, barbecue, bacon ash, earthy burnt wood subtle hops, smoked malt and a subtle nut presence. I took in the aroma of this beer for a while before sampling. While it is still pretty intensely smokey, I found the aroma of Eiche to be less extreme than the other Aecht Schlenkerla beers.

Surprisingly creamy medium body with a softer smoke presence than I expected. There is still a good amount of burnt smokey malt flavor but the use of oak instead of beechwood results in a much smoother, less extreme smoke flavor. Still, there is plenty of smoked malt, barbecued bacon, butane and burnt wood in this incredibly complex beer. In addition, there is a lactic creaminess and a noticeable earthy wood presence, likely from the oak. Also, there is a slick, buttery white wine taste that was a complete shock to me. It added another level of complexity to this incredible beer. The only other beer I've tasted this flavor in is Allagash Vagabond and this element of Eiche reminds me of that beer. I'm also picking up a bit of earthy roasted nuttiness toward the end of the finish. Lingering dry and earthy smoked flavor in the finish. Highly recommended!

corby112, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of dudecandle
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman, NYC into 12 oz tulip:

A: Medium-dark amber body with good head, cap and lacing.

S: Smoked salami, but not nearly as pungent as I expected. Quite mellowed out, showing some good floral hops and some other malts.

T: Again, the smoked salami is most apparent, but in time the surprisingly wonderful complement of apples develops. This makes me want to reconsider all things I ever thought about flavor pairings. Light hopping rounds it out.

M: Surprisingly moderate-to-full, and again, the smoke doesn't overwhelm in the unappealing expected way.

D: Wow. The flavors make no sense to me, but I love it anyway. The body is just right, and the 8% is undetectable.

dudecandle, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. growler from Bierkraft, split with the smoke-bomb loving wife, into Sam Adams sensory glasses.

Pours clear bright copper, off-white head that settles into a smattering of suds on top fairly quickly.

Nose is markedly different than previous Schlenkerlas; whereas other Schlenkerlas come off as big, sausagey smoke-bombs to me, the character of the smoke of this one is cleaner, quite different. Still meaty, but more caramelized, and more along the lines of applewood-smoked bacon than smoked sausage. A clear, fruity sweetness, tapping into that caramel note, sits proudly right up on top alongside the smoke - another first for Schlenkerla's beers, since with most others I can write "Smoke. Sausage." and pretty much be done.

Taste is beautifully balanced. 3 aspects to this one, all melding as one: clean, rich, sweet malt, notes of apple; light but clean grassy bitterness that emerges almost from the start and balances perfectly with the other aspects; and the smoke. Beautiful smoke. Drier than beechwood, much cleaner, woodier. Base beer comes off as a beautifully executed imperial Marzen, but it's perfect either way.

Mouthfeel is great as well, maybe a bit sticky, full bodied, moderate carbonation that strikes the right balance between coarse and fine. Smoke pervades your entire mouth.

Drinkability, considering the smoke and the abv, is superb. Fantastic balance and amazing character. Honestly, should come as no surprise given the brewer.

JohnQVegas, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, a smoked dopplebock is what I could learn off of the Internets, so let's see how it is,

A: Pours a relatively clear dark amber/red with a soft, soapy white head, leaving some lace.

S: Some smoke for sure, but a nice dark sugar character from the high gravity gets in there.

T: As with any Schlenkerla beer it's smoky, but this flavour does not dominate as it can it some of their other brews. Moderate oak smoke, but well balanced with the Munich type malt and residual sugar.

M: Very smooth as with most dopplebocks, the alcohol is well hidden, smoky of course.

D: A nice lager all around. The most balanced of the Schlenkerla beers I've had, unique.

Halcyondays, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the Rauchbier category by making a study of this brewery. If I could only find the Fastenbier on draft somewhere.

Beer is orange and clear with a white head. Carbonation is low and lacing is high.

Aroma is like bacon, seriously. Salty, smokey, meaty. Sounds odd but that's what it smells like.

Beer is light in body, tastes a lot like the marzen from the same brewery. There is a strong smoke character. Surprisingly smooth though, not like the urbock that almost makes me choke. This is definitely lighter than the other offerings from this brewery. The smoke lingers on my tongue though. Hard to reset the palate after this one.

drabmuh, Jan 05, 2010
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.