Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche
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From:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
 
Germany
Style:
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #13
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,863
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 12.81%
Ratings:
1,062
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 04, 2022
Added:
Dec 13, 2009
Wants:
  90
Gots:
  105
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Facts on Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche:

While for the classic Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier traditionally beech has been — and still is — used, the malt for Schlenkerla Oak Smoke is kilned with oak wood. The resulting Schlenkerla Oak Smokemalt has a smoother and more multilayered smoky note than the intensely aromatic beech smokemalt. The hence complex smokiness in this double bock is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and amber color it matures for months in the 14th century brewery cellars into a special treat for smoke beer lovers. As one of the last traditionally made smoked beers, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier is a passenger in the „Ark of Taste” by SlowFood®.

Brewed with 100% Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt
40 IBU from finest aroma hops
Bernstein (amber) color
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4.17 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Apr 04, 2022
 
4.06 by beerrat from Virginia on Apr 03, 2022
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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Of the relatively obtainable Schlenkerla beers, this is my last new one. I doubt I will ever get to try the Krausen blended version, the unfiltered version, or the low alcohol version, at least in the US. That being said, I’m very excited to see how the smoke will play with a bigger beer like this

Pours a mostly clear brownish amber with a ruby glow and a finger of off white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

Oh man, the smoke is heavy and intense in the aroma. I’m picking up on aromas of charred oak, campfire smoke, toffee, smoked ham, dark toast, and subtle dark fruit

There’s more depth in taste, still remaining smoky but more malty sweet. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting sweet caramel, dark bread, smoked ham, dried oak, raisin, light toffee, and light pepper. The swallow brings notes of campfire smoke, raisin, caramel malt, toffee, pear skin, dried oak, and light molasses

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a smooth and slick beer. Finishes neutral and smoky

This is quite good, but they do much better. Again, I hope to one day try the other variants, but for now I’m happy to have had all of the main ones, and will continue to drink them

Apr 03, 2022
 
4.95 by Beecham from California on Apr 02, 2022
 
4.5 by shigg85 from Japan on Mar 24, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

Look: Chestnut/Mahogany brown with reddish highlights. Can't see through the bulb of the tulip. 1.5 finger beige head that fairly quickly dissipates to a thing covering. Decent lacing.

Smell: Smokey and malty. The smoke is somewhat 'finer' or more rounded than the normal beechwood that Schlenkerla uses but it is prominent nonetheless. Some brown sugar and either wheat or dark bread. I am reminded of a log on a fire (without the ash) and a glazed ham or some bacon cooking on the stove.

Taste: Smoke and toasted grains. Brown sugar. The hops assert themselves some, but just enough to dry things out and keep them balanced. Finishes on a slightly bitter note. The alcohol is well hidden.

Feel: Smooth and slightly creamy with a medium body

Overall: Not my favorite brew from Schlenkerla, but a tasty Rauchbier nonetheless that is a nice sipper on a chilly and overcast night.

Mar 18, 2022
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4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

500ml bottle from Total Wine - they gave me a $2 coupon(!!!!!!)

Dark brown. Smell is delicious: smoky and salted with 1000 aspects of a dank old fishing cabin somehow distilled into the scent, down to the oak/beech wood, preserved fruit and dusty leather boots. Insanely smoky, but with a depth. Surprisingly easy to drink, slightly meaty and/or fishy, but with a nice sweet malt backing that carries the intense woody smoke and flavor

Very memorable stuff, might buy another and pour half in the slow cooker with a nice chunk of beef

Feb 07, 2022
 
4.46 by irishevans from California on Jan 24, 2022
 
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle. Dark caramel brown color. Khaki tan head.

Smokey and bacon and ham. Caramel malts. Would be tough to pick out a dopplebock, but I could maybe see it coming from this brewery. Solid per usual.

Jan 09, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

500ml bottle.

Pours clear amber with moderate retention and lacing. Strong smoke in the nose with malt. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Smoky malt on the palate with more smoke following through. Finishes smokey.

Jan 01, 2022
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by KT3418 from Colorado

I just dont like this one as much for some reason. Not even sure as to why I just strongly proffered the Urbock one. This tastes essentially the same to me but just... less.

Dec 20, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

500ml bottle into a pint glass. NO freshness dating.

Bit of a murky look to this one. Head doesn't hang around for long and there are some serious floaties.

Mild sweet and smoky aroma, like glazed ham.

On tasting, it's certainly a lot sweeter than the other Aecht beers I've had. Smoke element is milder. Good body.

Mouth above medium, finish sweet with a light smoke.

Overall, a good beer as it stands, but not my favorite from this brewer.

Dec 17, 2021
 
4.25 by Rhetion from Florida on Dec 12, 2021
 
4.13 by cabsandking from Ohio on Dec 07, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jjamadorphd from Florida

My first ever "smoked" beer...damn!

I had been saving this waiting for the "right" time to try. I had never come across a smoked beer until now and was both intrigued as I harbored some misgivings about it. Well, this was a surprise - a good one at that. Not only did this look good, but the smoked smell translated to an equally strong smoked flavor that had a hint of maltiness as well. I can't begin to express how unique (at least to me) this beer was. So much so, I think I'm gonna start researching smoked beer recipes to try on on my own. For the rest of us, if you come across this, you must grab and try. As a craft beer drinker, you won't be disappointed.

Dec 06, 2021
 
4.31 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 03, 2021
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4.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by eatsluggs from Oregon

Ever stood by a campfire in a misty night eating bread and bacon roasted straight on the ambers?
If yes, drink this beer.
If not, drink this beer.
This is a beer for strong men. If you like the "bull_ _ _t light" type of beers, stay away and drink your p_ss somewhere else.

Nov 16, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

L: rich semi-opaque burgundy with a nice khaki head.
S: campfire, bacon, pepper, caramel, wood, leather, and oil.
T: creamy, very smooth for an 8%, good dry finish.
F: very good carbonation and mouthfeel.

A very good beer, definitely unique.

Nov 07, 2021
 
4.14 by icemanexit from Indiana on Nov 07, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Looks reddish-brown; smells of dark fruits & smoked meats; tastes malty, smokey, with hints of prunes, black tea, light pine & cedar. The bitterness at the end balances the malt sweetness. And the 8% ABV is well hidden. Overall, a well done oak smoked double bock.

Oct 23, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Pint+.09oz bottle into a tall beer glass.
L: Pours a deep dark caramel mahogany amber with a solid 1" tan head with good retention to a thick skin. Low but good carbonation. Random sticky lacing.
S: Dried apricot, toasted smoky malts, red apple skin, toffee.
T: Smoky bittersweet grassy grains, toasted malts, brown sugar, dark honey, prunes, black tea, glazed ham, light pine/cedar. Smoky cedar lingers in the finish.
F: Creamy, lightly sticky soapy med-heavy mouthfeel with a medium long finish. Very lightly drying and has a bit of a dense palate.
O: A succulent and semi-complex Doppelbock. Overall it is smoky, malty and sweet with the hop value extending the flavors and adding a slight bitterness to it. Smoky and fruity it is outstanding in it's style.

Oct 17, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Captain68 from Russian Federation

93

Sep 26, 2021
 
4.59 by Dovi from Australia on Sep 23, 2021
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by blazerkor from Nevada

Well that smells like a campfire that a marshmallow fell into. There is a burnt sugar smell with a lot of smoke. There is a hint of wood.

Sweetness is the first thing that hits my tongue. Then there's a real burnt bitter taste that comes through.

It's medium bodied with a lot of sudsy carbonation. The finish has just a dash of bitterness that's almost obscured by overpowering long lasting smoke..

It's different from anything I've ever tasted. I like it a lot but don't know if I'll have it again. I give it a 4.8 out of 6.

Aug 18, 2021
 
4.31 by BCole281 from Texas on Jul 31, 2021
 
4.43 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Rubicj from Massachusetts

Smells like a cabin in the woods, in the best possible way. It smells so good that no taste could possibly be anything other than a disappointment, but it tries its hardest. Forgettable look.

Jul 07, 2021
 
4.37 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin on Jul 04, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Amber to brown color. Rauchbiers are not my fave, but this one was done well. Smoke and oak come through in abundance. A fairly full-bodied doppelbock with a healthy 8% ABV. Funny, but the taste brought me all the way back to being a child being carried out of a burning apartment building. Smoky, indeed!

Jun 05, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

L: Pours a deep amber color with good clarity. A gentle pour results in two fingers of fine, tan head with ok retention. As the beer goes down the head leaves a light spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Smoked malt dominates. I also get a hint of bready and caramel malt character, an earthy grass note, toffee, and dark fruits.

T: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, prunes, some noble hop grassiness, earthy herbal notes, and smoked malt. There is a nice bitterness on the mid and rear palate with a very restrained sweetness on the finish.

F: Medium body with medium to medium-low carbonation.

O: This is one excellent rauchbier. I really liked the malt forward profile with just enough hop character to balance out the smoked aspects. The palate is not as smoky as the nose would lead one to believe, but midway through the glass the smoked malts have permeated my palate. Really digging how the earthy and herbal aspects play with the smoked malt. Highly recommended!

May 13, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sjrider from California

Bottle pour -clear dark mahogany with thick khaki head leaving significant foamy/frosty lacing. Nose is a much milder smoky malt than some other rauchbiers I have consumed. Taste is also milder on the smoke but still has some sweetness and a mild hop bite. Mild smoke lingers on the finish.Tasty and smooth.

May 05, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

500 ml bottle poured into a mug

A- A clear reddish amber with a two finger tan head

S- Smoky, oak, caramel malts, earthy, hints of dark fruits.

T- Smoky, peat, caramel malts, earthy, bandaid, oak, hints of dark chocolate, some dark fruits.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Rauchbeir and Doppelbock come together beautifully. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Apr 24, 2021
 
4.13 by MGibbons from Maryland on Apr 14, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2014 Vintage
550ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours brown in color with a ruby hue, two-finger creamy light khaki head has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- rich and bold smoke on the nose with aromas of smoked oak, campfire, bandaid, smoked pork, smoked salmon and black licorice. Undertones of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, even a bit of chocolate

T- initial hit of smoke on the palate up front, with notes of oak, licorice and smoked meats. Mid-palate brings out some doppelbock notes that battle the smoke; caramel, toffee, brown sugar. The finish gives some dark fruits, peppery yeast and lingers with more smoke, long after the finish

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- 6-7 years of age seems to mellow out the smoke a bit, allowing the sweet caramel notes to pop through as well, providing a nice balance of smoke and sweetness, outstanding

Mar 23, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

I'm a Rauchbier sucker and my score reflects it. Incredible beer from the top smoked beer producer.

Mar 07, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by backblast from Alaska

2011 vintage
Definitely get the sweet malt and oak smoke up front with the caramel and brown sugar coming in and a mild bitterness to round it all out. I do get a very slight booziness that is welcome.

EDIT:
2016 vintage - upped my rating.
Same as above but the flavors are more pronounced. Seems like cellaring for 5 years is the sweet-spot for this one, much longer and it seems to start dropping off.

Mar 03, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear brown color with good initial head and nice curtain lacing. Smokey, toffee smell and taste. Earthy, malty with dark toast. Nice bitter finish. Great beer with food!

Feb 12, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

Fine, light carbonation with lacing, sweet malt laden nose, sweet and carmel malt twist and turns into a bitter hop finish mid-palate, the bitterness comes on strong then fades away just as fast. In a word, Adventurous.

Jan 31, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

500 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 8.0%. Clear chestnut to mahogany colour, large off-white head. Aroma of smoked malts and bonfires, but not quite as intense as I expected (or feared). The flavour has a moderate malty sweetness with some caramel, and distinct notes of smoked malts and smoked meat. Moderate hops.

Jan 19, 2021
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1062 ratings