Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Style: 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 Alekcide
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chebode2
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Half litre bottle, poured into Triple Karmeliet tulip.

A: Dark ruby, mahogany colour. Thick looking, initial large head, left a small foamy lid which stayed for the duration.

S: A Smokery.

T:Oak, smoked sausage which gave way to a rich malty aftertaste, hid the booze well.

M: Silky smooth texture, low carbonation, slid down very well.

O: The biggest compliment I can pay this beer is that the bottled version tastes and feels like it could have come out of the oak barrels at the Schlenkerla, great with a heavy meal.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky nose, flavor follows seriously smoky, some sweetness. $6.30 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle (no date) to a nonic glass.

A-An aggressive pour produces about one and one-half fingers of light-tan head. The foam is dense and retention is OK, about two minutes. The beer beneath is clear and light amber in color with rusty red highlights. No carbonation is visible.

S-The smoke is obvious; like a peated scotch whisky, with notes of iodine and brine. I'm also sniffing wood, like campfire wood that is not burned yet. Aside from the huge smoky note, there is a decent doppelbock aroma of sweet malty flavors like toffee, caramel, and creme brûlée. A few deep whiffs even reveal a little earthy hop note.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell. Moderately sweet malt flavors lead out with notes of bread dough followed by huge notes of woody and briny smoke on the finish. The woody campfire flavor lasts on the palate long after I am done with the bottle.

M-The heft is medium and carbonation is mild and creamy. Despite the strong, unique flavors, the beer drinks real easily.

O-It has been a while since I have jumped into the smoky world of Schlenkerla, but I am glad to be back. This is a a unique and well-done doppelbock.

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Photo of SociableJimmy
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Toothmother
1.44/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I am a huge fan of smoked food but this beer is so heavy with a smoked flavor that I could not drink the whole beer I bought. It was really bad.

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Photo of SABERG
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle into the test glass
A - Little carbonation rises through copper colored backdrop. Thin cap dissipates quickly
S - Smoked meats, earthy notes from Hallertau, big aromatic campfire
T - Smoked meats start then a pleasant sweet dark malt flavors.
M - A semi sweet start, a bit oily, dry finish.
O - A big take on the Dopplebock, the smoked malts are aggressive without taking over.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big, frothy cream-colored head with excellent retention. Body is crystal clear and transparent, and a burnished reddish-brown.

Woody smoke dominates the aroma in a wonderful fashion. Deeper tones of caramel malt and dark fruit lurk behind, but this is really all about the rich smoke aroma. Almost one-note in that regard, but what a pleasant note it is!

Flavor is more balanced, with thick bready malt up front, and smoke taking over on the second half. Fruitcake, wheat, prunes, toffee, bananas, and earthy hops. Finish carries notes of oak and smoked ham.

Very drinkable, but a touch too slick for my preference. Almost oily on the finish.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours clear and mahogany colored with a two finger head that doesn't leave anything on the glass when it disappears.

Nose: Caramel malt, smoke, honey, syrup, oak, toffee and nuts.
Taste: Caramel, oak, honey, prune, smoked wood, raisin and charcuteries.
Mouth: Full body, medium carbonation. Light bitter at the end.

Absolutely beautiful!

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark woody-copper coloring, thick dark tan head with tiny bubbles
Smell: First and foremost, smokey and peaty
Taste: Smoky! With heavy caramel notes, with mild roastiness
Feel: Not very viscous, kind of slick, with soft carbonation
Overall: Cool beer to try and give to who have never had a smoke beer.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear, dark amber copper color with a white head that's about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick when first poured. Seethes eventually to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Barely any lacing though unfortunately. Aromas of toasted, smoked, bready malt sweetness along with a nice oak hint. The taste is pretty much the same with toasted, smoked, bready caramel malt sweetness along with slight hints of peppery spice notes. Also a nice oak presence alon with a touch of the Hallertau hops. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a clean finish. Has a clean finish and a nice aftertaste. A very good beer all around.


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Photo of Evilyak
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours brown. didn't really get much in the way of head or lace.

nose and mouth are in perfect alignment. smoke dominates completely. licorice. some sweetness from the malt, but the smoke really carries the day.

moderate carbonation. finishes rather dry.

not for everyday, but man this thing is fantastic.

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Photo of deereless
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wer34truh
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 04/25/17:

Deep orange copper, clear, lighter than the Märzen and Urbock both, to my surprise. Sandy tan light and fluffy foam head, fast-sinking. Speckled lacing. Wood smoke, dark chocolate, spirity alcohol that’s presumably a combination of ethanol and oak, some licorice, a little plum on the nose. That’s after the head is mostly gone, it’s a little meatier just whiffing the head. Palate takes an interesting turn, nowhere near as fruity or overtly boozy as I surmised it would be upon smelling it. Still smoky, roasty meat, still a pinch of dark chocolate, but moving toward coffee, toffee, ferrous metal, soil, a hint of caraway seed, juniper, or similar herbs and spices and earthen flavors in place of the anise or licorice detected in the aroma, which, with the light alcohol flavor reminds me of a gin or certain aquavits or even an extra dry vermouth. Plums or black cherries too, but with much of the sweetness and tartness cut out, and hidden under both the chocolate notes and the alcohol. Green and black peppercorn and more gin-character to be found in retro-olfaction. Full-bodied, slick, sloshy, moderately sudsy, warm. A treat, more well-balanced than certain other high ABV dark beers, whether lagers or ales, thanks to the addition of wood smoke, but likely a taste to be acquired in most cases.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this. Love the style and simplicity of the bottle.

Popped the cap and was hit with a campfire. I was definitely expecting smoke, so no surprises. Man, haven't even poured and it smells amazing, got me salivating.

Pours out a lovely hue of brown, and with an soft, billowy head, that seemed to disappear quick and never really could coax it back. Still, beer looks lovely.

The aroma is just heavenly to me; people will either love it or hate it, I presume. Do you like bacon, camping, smoked gouda? Holy hell is there smoked loveliness in that aroma. All the cliched obvious notes of the aforementioned bacon or roasted ham, oak chips, salt and a hint of pepper. Hard really to describe, just incredible. And very appetising. There is malt backbone here as well though in the Doppelbock...some caramel and doughy dark bread. Smoked gouda was my first thought when I smelt this though.

The taste is much the same as the what the smell promises. Full mouthfeel, creamy and on the lighter side for carbonation. All the big ole smoked loveliness, pronounced salinity, like liquid bacon. Great malt behind that, roasty, dark bread, even hints of licorice or tobacco. Amazing to drink, and the smoke is strong but it never GETS to me--I could drink 2 or 3 of these easily.

World class stuff. Ecstatic to finally have it available here in Alberta.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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