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

Style: German Rauchbier

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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Reviews:
444
Ratings:
961
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
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Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark brown with hints of amber. A modest head soon dissipates.
Aromas of chocolate malt followed by strong scents of smoked malts.
Delicious combination of sweet chocolate flavored malts complimented by an intense smokiness that evokes bacon. A wonderful and hearty combination.
Medium to full bodied and smoothly carbonated.
Feels like a meal in and of itself, however, also pairs well with BBQ. If you’re a fan of smoked beer, this is for you. If not, stay away.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful deep amber, crystal clear. Thick rocky light khaki head. Great lacing.
Nose is Smokey Malts and a touch of caramel
Taste follows. Medium strength pleasant smokey oak. Caramel and toffee subtly shine through on the finish. Light biscuit character. Subtle earthy hop character.

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

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Decervecitas. En vaso de hefe de Bavaria. Viendo Los 100 2x15-16. Mucho mas suave y asequible que el resto del portfolio de schlenkerla a pesar de su mayor abv. Deberian ahumar siempre con roble y no haya

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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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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 961 ratings