Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche
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German Rauchbier
Ranked #4
Ranked #3,199
4.11 | pDev: 12.9%
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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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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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had their Rauchbier Marzen earlier today by way of comparison... Brown-bodied here again, with a finger or so of foam - I went with my stange - this was a delicious smoked doppelbock - warm fruits and suggestions of doppelbock spices up front, and then scorched with the smoky and peat and wood - medium-bodied, smooth, with a charred dry of wood cast over the finish... Great drinking experience - recommended...

May 21, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber with three fingers of cream color head. Swathes of fine bubble lace.
Smell is light smoke sweet malts herbal hops.
Taste is smoke sweet plum herbal grassy hops and bready malt.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and balanced sweet/bitter.
Overall a very tasty doppelbock from Germany.

May 09, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber pushing to brown with a finger of creamy khaki head.
The aroma is distinctly smoky, smoked caramel malt, evokes smell of quality smoked meats, smoky wood/oak.
Taste follows - the smoky meaty flavour is not subtle but it is not overpowering either allowing the malty caramel sweetness to break through with only hint of bitterness.
Bubbly carbonation on a medium full mouthfeel without evidence of the 8% ABV - the smoky sweetness sits on he palate. An absolute treat of a beer.

Apr 29, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow...what a distinctive taste!! This is my first beer in this style and I am surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Yes, it it is very "smokey" tasting but that does not overwhelm the other flavors in the beer. I am not sure I will drink a lot of these, but I think I will add it to the rotation as a "lets drink something totally different" beer.

Apr 18, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: light yellow with a thin white head

Aroma: smoke, caramel, oak

Taste: The flavor is caramel, dark fruit, and smoke and oak.

Body/Overall: medium body, interesting and delicious, good with spicy or smoked food

Apr 06, 2020
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stcules from Italy

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark copper, bright and clean. Off-white foam, not too much, but ok.
At the smell, obviously, a lot of rauch, full and intense.
Intense malty taste, well mixed with the smokiness.
Round an full, but not boring at all.
Alcohol absolutely hidden. Soft, smoked chestnut, some woody notes, almost vanilla.
Long, and smoked, aftertaste.
Great beer.

Apr 04, 2020
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Bamberg89 from Germany

4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: It is even darker than the normal smoked beer. Very dark.
Smell: It smells like smoke, but a lot much more delicate and it is rather subtle compared to the other smoked beers I know.
Taste: In the beginning, there is a taste of malt. Than, there is a lot of smoke, but more complex than the usual smoked beers.
Feel: A very rich feeling in the mouth, very pleasant.

Feb 20, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a clear mug at room temperature in true German fashion. Fine foam head at about 2 fingers that subsides quickly. See-through burnt umber in color. Has the aroma of a bonfire and the taste of smoke which I can only describe as rich and musky. It goes down extremely smooth and has a decently strong alcohol content. I probably couldn't drink many of these in one session but it's a real treat and standalone brew to enjoy now and again.

Jan 08, 2020
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laketang from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper tone, clear, bubbly head with okay retention. Nice scent of smoke, char with a spice aroma. Toffee, caramel, rich flavor, nice bitterness, earthy. Medium feel, chewy. I enjoyed this beer snd would drink again. Nice aspects from the hallertau hops, great aromas.

Nov 30, 2019
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KooVee from Finland

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

50cl bottle, bb in 8m.

Beautiful clear mahogany. Medium head receding to a weak but persistent foam.

Subtle, very balanced smoky aroma that associates with high-quality smoked ham for me. Underneath, a bit of metal mixed with caramel, like a British strong ale of the darker kind. A fitting whiff of dark fruit, too. No alcohol, which is nice for the strength.

Caramel, dark fruit, some noble bitterness, suitably substantial mouthfeel. Finally a bit of subtle alcohol married to the persistent note of smoke in the aftertaste, like a very mild but sophisticated whiskey with smoke aromas. Burnt caramel too, in the crème brûlée style. Gets ever better warming up.
Sweet, but not tiring.

A classic and unique. A smoked beer to recommend as a first for the inexperienced. Subtle. Satisfying.

Nov 08, 2019
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Impetuous from Montana

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear, very beautiful red body with small and somewhat resilient white head which leaves mediocre lacing.

Flavors are there and it's unlike anything else I've had; the first and last flavors are smoked, and then there's some herbal hops and a lot of chewy, drop biscuit malts. It's good, but weird.

Oct 03, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant smoke and malt hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a generous smoke and malt flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good German Rauchbier

Aug 04, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So I have found that rauchbiers are not my go to style, but this one was actually a really great experience. The pour was dark brown with some foam that quickly disappeared. Smell is very smoky and meaty, more than just bacon, some more substantial meat on the fire in this wood. Tons of smoked oak in the smell, plus some light floral elements in the background. Probably the best tasting rauchbier I have had, so rating per style have to give high marks to the taste. Great depth in smoke, wood, and meatiness. Have some smooth malts, toasted caramel, flowers, grass, and lemon in there too. Feel is all encompassing for the textures of the style, plus some bock like smoothness to finish.

Apr 20, 2019
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Reef from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

.5 liter bottle with no date poured into a seidel
Dark copper clear appearance with two fingers of white head. Curtains of lacing and a healthy cap persist.
Strong smoke aroma is evident on removing the cap. Oak smoke overpowers the other scents, light smoked meat, floral, sulphur
Smoke is more integrated with the other flavors, light toffee sweetness, biscuit, hops
Medium feel, not dry, smooth in the mouth, no alcohol sting
Delicious hefty smoked beer.

Apr 02, 2019
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Strong smoked ham.

Taste: Sweet, bit of dark fruit, then smoky ham in the finish.

Overall: The smoked double bock from Schlenkerla hits a little harder with the smoke than the Helles. Nice mix of dark fruit and smoke, not too heavy.

Mar 17, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into Tulip
No date code
Pours a dark Auburn with thin off white head
Aroma is pure smoke
Taste is as well, with some subtle sweetness as well
Feel is medium bodied
Overall this is ok, except I'm not sure how this is different than their Marzen

Feb 24, 2019
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a cloudy brown amber and briefly floats a 1in head of off-white colored foam that reduces to whispy clouds and leaves erratic sheets of webbed and spotted lacing.

Aroma is smoked malt that is slightly less than that of the Urbock and more sweet than savory.

Flavor is sweet smoked malt including hints of chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel leans a little fuller than medium and finishes wet.

Overall a tasty classic. Slightly sweeter and less smoky than Urbock.

Feb 03, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Jan 01, 2019
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Jan 01, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Dec 04, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Nov 09, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Jul 30, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Jul 24, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Jun 16, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

May 08, 2018
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