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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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Photo of JOBEERFB
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also know as Aecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoke. Pours a bronze amber. Several pouring from different bottles/sources exhibit variable results ranging from a very small amount of rapidly dissipating, beige head with no lacing to a large, foamy, somewhat lasting head with moderate lacing. A lot of smoke in both the nose and mouth. Aroma is medicinal and though not in a negative sense, creosote like. When broken down the nose finds this to be composed of wood smoke (oak), smoked meat, some caramel malt, faint dark fruit and fruity, floral, spicy hops. Taste is similar throughout but also sweet, honey, dark tea herbal notes and perhaps Noble hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy in the mouth, silky on the tongue. Mild on the palate for such a smoke heavy beer. Robust and full of intense smokey character this fine brew is quite drinkable but nevertheless becomes a little heavy by the bottom of a full pint. I recommend this as a 8-12 ounce pour for sipping, the full pint when paired with food.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Baviera
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is fair. Aroma is smoke, oak, and roasted, toasted, and breaded malts. Smoke note is heavy. Flavor profile is smoke, oak, and again - roasted, toasted, and breaded malts. While the malts are loud and balanced, the smoke really steals the show. Mouth feel is a touch creamy, but otherwise medium in thickness. Overall, smoke heavy, but with a quality doppelbock for support.

Served into a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: murky mahogny color with some dark cherry, almost purple notes. pours a tan 1 finger head that fades quickly into a film

s: sweet caramel and berries followed by a big hit of campfire smoke and bacon. slight earthy hop character as well. a touch of roast malt and more bacon at the end. not overly complicated aroma, but wow does it smell nice

t: rich roasted malts, a hint of dark fruit and chocolate upfront. nice mild smokey flavor that ties it in as well - its a mellow campfire smoke and ash. finish is sweet dark fruit and roasted and smoked malts

m: solid medium mouthfeel with mid-low carbonation

o: awesome beer. great smoke in the flavor, but you can absolutely tell that the base beer is a Dopplebock. The style works very well with the smoke. It's mild, yet strong enough to let you know it's there.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From an undated bottle. Dark amber color with a half finger of off-white head. Smell is oak smoke with some malty sweetness in the background. Medium feel. Sweet and smoky taste with some floral hop bitterness. Complex, and definitely a different kind of smokiness than the Beech they use in the Märzen.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Liquid smoked sausage. In a good way.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber-brown with a cream colored two finger head that settled into a thin film. Aroma is moderately smokey sausage, malt and bread. Taste follows the aroma but with a pronounced sweetness followed by the hop bitterness that lingers with the smoke. Light carbonation and moderate feel. Overall, a good beer but not a good choice if you want to have a few because it is too intense.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a glass.

Look - Dark amber to brown and clear. No head or visible carbonation.

Smell - Incredibly smoky. Very strong notes of beef jerky, smoked sausage, and charcoal briquettes. Nothing else can really be picked out around the smoke, but it's such a unique smell that I don't mind too much.

Taste - The smokiness carries over but isn't as overpowering. Sourdough bread comes to mind, as well as black pepper and a bit of raw potato for some weird reason. An insane amount of flavors all going on at once.

Feel - Mildly carbonated with a slightly thick body. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

Overall - I've never had a smoky beer before, so this was interesting. Really tough to dig into, but if you're patient and willing to explore, there's a lot to find.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle or on label.
Clear, amber brown colored body. Off white colored head settles to ring and islands. Ring of lacing left after each sip.
Has a really smoky aroma, which includes smells from barbeque pork, char, and sweeter oak.
Taste also has the smoky element, along with bitter hops. Medium roasted malts also come through.
Medium, slightly coating mouth feel.
This would not be a frequent choice but the beer is very well done, and would suit certain savory food and cheese pairings. The smoke aspect is quite complex.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, into glass

clear dark amber colored, off-white colored head. decent head retention. aroma is very smokey - like the cross between a campfire and a BBQ. taste starts with more caramel, but finishes dry with the smoke. medium bodied.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a perfectly clear amber with a huge white head

A lot in oak smoke in the aroma, some caramel

Strong smoke (but light compared to their other ones), some caramel, some herbal hoppiness. Quite sweet

Velvety but almost syrupy mouthfeel with a low carbonation

Overall a quite original beer. A smoky doppelbock is quite enjoyable

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Photo of jkblr
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL undated bottle poured into a snifter at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium brown in color with minimal khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves only a trace of lacing. The aroma is mildly sweet campfire smoke. The taste is dominated by the smoke as well but also presents some rich malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is no perceived bitterness as the smoke is used to offset the sweetness of the malt bill. Overall, excellent. It's hard to describe how wonderful this beer is to drink. The oak smoke is very distinct and less assertive than the other beechwood smoked beers.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Amber colored liquid nearly matches the color of the bottle it came from. A finger of off white foam sits atop. Bready and sweet aromas dominate with just enough woodsy smokiness to give a hint at what's coming. The smoke really comes through in the flavor as well but is balanced by sweet caramel and brown bready malt flavors, tea leaves, and herbal finish.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep amber coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells just lovely of bready, caramel malt and oaky smoke. Taste follows the nose, with a very malty taste dominated by bready, caramel malt and a rich, but also subtle and nuanced oaky smoke note, followed by a light bitterness with more smoke and just a tiny hint of booze in the aftertaste. Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is by far my favorite Schlenkerla so far, although I haven't had Fastenbier yet. What I like about this is that it's not as sweet and Heavy as the Märzen/Urbock, with a much subtler smokiness that has that lovely oak note to it and that nice bitterness coming through in the aftertaste that other Schlenkerla offerings lack.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A: small slightly off white head tiny bubbled. Body is a rich reddish brown hue with fairly good clarity.

S: Lots of smoke and a light meat smell with some bready malts in the background and a little caramel.

T: Lots of smokiness up front with a layered campfireesque flavor then some nice bready sweet flavor finishing out with more of that smokiness.

M: Medium bodied maybe a little towards the lighter side which is odd for a doppelbock.

O: this is probably my least favorite of their beers, I think the smoke overwhelms the doppelbock too much.

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Photo of Alekcide
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1pt, 0.9oz bottle served in a Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber, clear. Thin persistent light tan head. Some occasional strands of lacing that would slide back down the glass to rejoin the head.

Smell: Rich smoky smell, with a hint of bacon under oak/vanilla notes.

Taste: Smoke up front, then moves into a nice sweet malty middle that had woody/oak/vanilla flavors mixed in. Finish is a light noble hop flavor, with some lingering smokiness like you would get from a good wood-smoked BBQ, but without the meatiness. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. Quite sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: They're not kidding when they say on the back of the bottle that this is a treat for smoked beer lovers, as it really is. The oak wood smoke they use with this really comes out, and pairs really well with all aspects of the beer. At 8% ABV, I'm waiting to notice it...and I'm not, and would not mind having another bottle right now but would probably regret it later. A really good beer and I'll have to buy it again. I definitely need to pair this with a meal, but as a post-dinner dessert, this beer works quite well on its own.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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