Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche
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Style:
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #4
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,592
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 12.65%
Reviews:
482
Ratings:
1,033
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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
 
Germany
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Wants
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Gots
  101
SCORE
92
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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
Reviews: 482 | Ratings: 1,033 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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sjrider from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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larryi86 from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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backblast from Alaska

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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puck1225 from Texas

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

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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SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Sigmund from Norway

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Deep clear chestnut brown, pours with 1Cm mid-tan head. Looks good.
S- Pungent timber smoke. Not like sniffing a fireplace, but reminds me of the smoked note on heavily smoked fish, it's food+beverage like smoke, not fireplace-smoke. Nothing else gets through this^ smoke for me.
T- The smell^ follows precisely over into the taste. To be clear it's unusual for the smell to follow into the taste quite this clearly. Again the smoke-note has a richness that reminds me more of heavily smoked salmon or kippers (herring) than direct wood-smoke/fireplaces, it's rounder, more aromatic, deep but gentler. The ABV% is subtle and begins to peek into view right into the finish.
F- Pungent get with a gutsy feel to it too, a balancing richness. Thanks heavens, if this had a lower ABV% the taste might seem simply way OTT.
O- I've had mixed feelings about smoked beer before but this one shows what can be done. It is prominently smokey and yet the other aspects come together to provide balancing context. This might be a good '1st smoked beer' for people to try to see how a decent one can be put together in this rather niche/left-field style.
Bought from: TremblingMadness/York for home delivery to me in London. 500ml bottle £4.25 BB: 07/2021.

Dec 10, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with a hazy complexion. There’s a quarter inch of brown around the rim and covering three quarters of the top. The aroma is of smoked oak and dark malt. The taste is an assertive blast of smoked oak, marzipan, and roasted nuts. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and dense.

Nov 26, 2020
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kybo61 from Kansas

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

Surprised by the smoky aroma; 1st encounter with a smoked beer. Unusual smoky taste, but nice. Made me think of a campfire, maybe some vanilla overtones. Also a mellow feel in the mouth; not too fizzy. I'm newly getting acquainted with double bocks, so this one is a good one.

Nov 25, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picture yourself sitting next to a campfire drinking a really good doppelbock
L: Murky brownish amber with a quickly dissolving thin light tan head.
S: cherry wood on a charcoal grill
O: this beer is excellent, unique, and one of my cool weather favorites. The sweet malt has a slightly bitter aftertaste that melds perfectly with the oak smoke.

Nov 21, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish-purple from the bottle, small one-inch tan head that quickly settles, moderate retention. Nose is strong beechwood smoke, savory meats, liquid smoke, Slim Jims; subtle undertone of sweeter roasted malts, but the smoke is prominent here. Taste follows - meaty smoke, brisket bark, country ham; like the nose, a light sweet, roasted malt underneath. Mouthfeel is moderate, and the 8% alcohol is well hidden. Sits between the Märzen (lower) and the Fastenbier (higher) on the smoke scale, so there's some balance here.

Nov 04, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

About average body and carbonation
Aroma is smoke foremost followed by smoked meat, roasted malt, brown sugar,toasted oak chips.
Taste is again smoke up front followed by a heavy smoked meat flavor. There's brown sugar, char,toasted oak chips.
This is not a post mowing the lawn beer but excellent on a cool evening.

Oct 15, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

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

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark reddish-brown with little head. The smoke danced through the air the second the cap was popped. This is definitely not for someone who doesn't love smoky beer! The deep smoke is balanced by a nice fruity sweetness - plums and figs. A good dose of bread and leather are also apparent. The taste is splendid. Very smooth and not dominated by the smoke from the nose. It is rich and mouth-watering. Smoked ham, reminiscent of a Lagavulin scotch, but with a nice amount of black licorice (not peat). Buttered rye bread, dark fruit, tree sap, leather, grass, and some pepper spice. Creamy mouthfeel, and overall a phenomenal smoky doppelbock.

Sep 07, 2020
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Crystal clear, dark copper colored lager with thick, cream colored head.

S - Up front smokiness, leading into aromas of caramel and toffee. Center has notes of leather and fine tobacco. In the finish is a sort of sweetness that seems to come from the smoke, leather, and tobacco notes.

T - Starts off full bodied, smooth, and almost lush in its maltiness the way a doppelbock should. As with the nose, malt builds towards a fullness in the center which is where I get leather, just like in the nose but also hints of dark, pitted fruit. Only there for a moment before giving way to an acrid, smoky finish.

Aug 27, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a 2 inch cream-colored head. Moderate lacing.

Strong smoke aroma, oak, caramel malt, rye.

Taste is smokey, malty, oak, peat, rye, toast, smoked ham.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Semi-sweet, smokey aftertaste.

Outstanding! One of the best smoke beers I've had.

Jun 29, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful reddish amber hue. Some brown sugar on the nose. The meatiness is notably subdued on the nose. It's a touch astringent in a way that I would not have expected from Schlenkerla. Body is thinner than I would have expected from a bigger lager from this outfit. I don't like this as much as some of their other offerings. The smoke level isn't the problem, it's everything else.

Jun 09, 2020
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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 (AB)

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
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1033 ratings