Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
10-12-2010 01:20:42 | More by glid02
4.72/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
04-18-2010 15:03:24 | More by JonB1958
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
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
03-06-2010 19:31:42 | More by dirtylou
4.2/5 rDev +4%
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...
02-18-2010 06:59:43 | More by augustgarage
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
02-05-2010 15:38:36 | More by MasterSki
4.7/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
02-05-2010 13:53:12 | More by tigg924
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-02-2010 01:53:54 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-29-2010 20:40:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
01-27-2010 21:49:57 | More by jjfancybeers
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-25-2010 04:14:51 | More by ThirstyBird
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-24-2010 20:52:31 | More by jrallen34
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
01-24-2010 00:35:26 | More by plaid75
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-21-2010 01:17:50 | More by beertooth
3.88/5 rDev -4%
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.
01-16-2010 18:17:29 | More by vacax
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
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!
01-15-2010 06:10:54 | More by corby112
4.22/5 rDev +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.
01-12-2010 06:14:07 | More by dudecandle
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
01-06-2010 02:49:31 | More by JohnQVegas
3.88/5 rDev -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.
01-05-2010 23:39:52 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-05-2010 18:51:44 | More by drabmuh
4.75/5 rDev +17.6%
WOW This is a great beer!!!
App: Darkish brown like most doppelbocks that I've seen imported to the usa. I don't know what the previous reviewer had, but this is definitely not light colored. The head sticks around and is an off white color, very light and fluffy.
Smell: Roasted meat... it reminded me of the roast boar I had a few days ago, except with better caramelization and a great smokiness with a subtle hint of chocolate.
Taste: The flavor integrates all of the aspects of the aroma while also adding a biscuity undertone. The smokey caramel flavors fill the mouth, making all other flavors secondary and supportive. It reminds me of eating a great piece of pork, slow cooked over an open fire.
Mouthfeel: The smokiness takes over, much the same way that it does in an alaskan smoked porter. It held all of my attention, with a nice clean bitterness at the end that doesn't overpower or take away from any of the nuances of the brew. It's smooth on the palate with no noticeable alcohol... I was flabergasted to see that this is an 8% brew.
Drinkability: Easily the most drinkable rauchbier I've ever had, and most drinkable doppelbock I've ever had. I could sit in front of a fire and drink myself straight to the abyss with this, never realizing it until the wee hours of the morning when I try to stand.
12-31-2009 18:37:05 | More by dbalsock
4.58/5 rDev +13.4%
On draft @ Rich O's (Kentuckiana represent). I was expecting a much darker color given it's ABV, but it is a pale, golden color something like a Dortmunder, and drinks like a Helles Doppelbock. Overall impression is very good, however I am fond of richness of the UR Bock. The oak plays very nice with the body of the beer.
12-17-2009 18:58:14 | More by baconindustry
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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