Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
German Rauchbier
Ranked #4
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,236
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 12.93%
Reviews:
453
Ratings:
980
From:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
 
Germany
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  85
Gots
  97
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche
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
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 453 | Ratings: 980
Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish colour, head is sparse and bubbly. Beige colour, thin lace, not much head. Looks pretty meh.

Wooo-o-o-ah. Bacon. So smokey. So meaty. Almost smells like pepperoni. Huge peaty character with a lot of peppery spice, sour green pepper and even garlic notes. Woah. Such a complex smokey, meaty aroma. Love it.

Taste starts off sweeter, then gets more smokey, but there's also a subdued, background character like it's all smothered by something else. Maybe a bit too sweet - there's notes of bacon, black pudding and charry wood, but there's a veil of brown sugar and malt over the top as well, which sort of muffles the smoke without adding too much. Feel like it should just tone down the sweetness a bit. The smoke complexities should own this more.

Fairly fluid, to the point of being watery. Bit of spicy texture. Not bad.

Had so much promise on the nose; lots of character but it just feels muffled. Still a fascinating palate, I have to give kudos for the complexity.

 990 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of rypkr
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's good in small sips but the smoke is so potent and dense that a pint is hard to put down.

Edit - second time I had this it became much more quaffable, and went stellar with a bag of beef jerky.

Edit - third, fourth times and so it's become insatiably good.

 263 characters

Photo of jeffdr123
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like nothing I've ever tasted outside a boy scout camp out. Lots of beers have a smokey background, but here, it's the main show. But it works. Not a mainstay beer for me but a fun change of pace.

 196 characters

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 500 mL bottle.

Smells very much of a classic doppelbock in the best German style, with an infusion of very palatable smokiness- more like a fireplace and less like a campfire if that makes any sense. It has a meaty quality, but more like a purposefully smoked piece of meat than one cooked over open flame.

The flavor is fantastic. The doppelbock is rich, smooth and just sweet enough to balance the light alcohol note and subtle hops. Without the smoke this would be outstanding. Then add some delicious savory smokiness to balance the rich sweet malt and things go from great to awesome. This hits all the right notes from start to finish- in particular the smoke never gets overpowering, but stays put right in line with the wonderful "lagery" malt-bonanza of the big German beer. A Damned delight of a brew.

Conclusion: This is great stuff. The best Rauchbier I have had to date!

 918 characters

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.

 1,158 characters

Photo of GFM
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Enjoyed outside next to my fire pit. Pours a clear light amber color with not much head. Light, blotchy lacing. Feel resembles a flat cola with slight carbonation. There's a cured meat resemblance to the taste (like a stick of salami). Smoke clearly present in its scent (not as strong as in its urbock sibling). Sweet toasted malt taste with a hint of alcohol. I prefer the urbock but this is a great beer. (9.0)

 450 characters

Photo of fscottkey
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: [3.50] Mid to light amber color. Produced a nice 1 1/2 finger head. The head was creamy and tight. The head dissipated pretty quickly. The bottle had a bit of sediment - but I think that is expected for the style. Beer is listed at 8% ABV. No dating on the bottle.

S: [3.75] Smoke. More specifically bacon. There is a distinct charred hardwood (like what bacon is cured over). Maybe some other hints of sweetness and caramel underneath.

T: [4.25] The taste follows the nose - but it is reversed. I get caramel and malty sweetness up front and then the smoked wood on the finish. There are no hops (or none that I can taste). I get no sense of the 8% alcohol - it is well hidden.

M: [4.50] Nice mouthfeel. Nothing cloying or drying at all.

O: [4.00] I have had one other smoked beer, from Germany, and it was over the top. This one is nicely balanced with more malt character. I really enjoyed this one. Very crisp and refreshing. No sense of alcohol burn, no drying or bittering. I think you could session a few of these.

 1,046 characters

Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.51/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a mug at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden red, almost orange-tinted, and forms quite a thick pale beige head that leaves crazy amounts of lacing as it slowly recedes. Bubbles line the bottom of the glass, and rocket upwards sporadically rather than in columns.

Smell: Dark, dank smoke swirls out of the glass, redolent with scents that remind me of a pork shoulder going in my smoker on a spring afternoon. There's a sweetness underlying the smoke, like caramel. The smoke scent itself, while allegedly oak, reminds me more of burning a mix of peat and hickory.

Taste: Oh my, that is a smooth-drinking beverage. The taste opens with a sweet caramel malt that seems to have been aged in oak barrels, which is suddenly overtaken in the middle by the taste of fire-blackened pork still dripping with fat. As it progresses, the meaty essence gives way first to charred and ashy wood, and by the finish, to a peaty soot. While there are allegedly Hallertau hops present, I can find no hop character to this beer (which is a plus for me), beyond the slight earthy-peaty tone to some of the smoke. There is no indication at all that this contains alcohol, just sweetness and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite drinkable, this feels like silk along the palate.

Overall: My first encounter with a Schlenkerla, and assuredly not my last. I'd call this more of a rauchbier than a doppelbock, as the primary characteristic is the smoke - there's nowhere near the level of bready, toffee, caramel, nutty, or dark fruit flavors I would associate with a doppelbock, nor the sticky mouthfeel. I greatly enjoy this beer, but I am forced to rate it as a doppelbock because that's how it's classified, and therefore that's the style-specific ranking it will appear in. Were this lumped in as a rauchbier, use of oak instead of beech notwithstanding, my rating would be far higher - easily over a 4 in every category.

 1,970 characters

Photo of JohnnyK
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RichD
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a classic copper colour with an off White head tah laces and reduces slowly.

S - Classic Schlenkerla smokey notes with ome charcoal.

T - Up front some nice smokey notes folowed by some nice rounded sweet malts of caramel before a smokey finish and the ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Very unusual and very enjoyable, the smokeyness really adds another dimension.

 444 characters

Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at Cloverleaf Tavern, served with a tumbler glass.

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche pours a crystal clear amber, with about two fingers of off white foam crowning the beer. Head retention is short lived and lacing is minimal. The nose is fairly one-note, but it has a nice hickory smoked bacon aroma. The glavor gas a solid bready malt opening. The rauch malt then comes in to finish out the flavor profile with a pleasant smoked meat/barbecue presence. There's a nice sturdiness to the body, while staying short of being overbearingly chewy. The carbonation is subtle, just enough to cut through the malt. Even if Aecht Schlenkerla's Eiche is classified as a doppelbock, the use of smoked malt renders it a bit idiosyncratic for the style. While it's intensely smoky, it's not too much, once one takes a couple sips and gets acclimated.

 843 characters

Photo of tectactoe
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color around the edges with a noticeably darker, copper center. Mostly murky and hazy with only slight transparency in the outer-amber crust. The cap is a weird shade of beige, possibly with some grey tint to it; decent retention and mild lacing left near the very top of the glass. Plenty of carbonation bubbles stream to the top of the beer - this one started slowly bubbling over after popping the cap.

As expected, a deep blanket of smokey goodness cleanses my nostrils the second I begin to bring the beer to my face. The smoke is deep and robust with a soft, underlying sweetness. It's got the "meaty" vibe going just a bit, hinting at smoked sausage or bacon. However the smoke seems a little sweeter in this as compared to the marzen and urbock. The malts seem to be heavier as they inject a caramel and toffee-like sweetness to the mix. In this sense, the smoke isn't quite as "forward" as some of the other Schlenkerla beers, rather it's more entwined. Strong notes of oak come out halfway through as well, and get even more forward upon the warming of the beer.

After my first sip, I'm surprised to find that the smoke flavor is much lighter on the palate than the nose would lead you to think. It's definitely still a huge contributing factor to the flavor, though; liquid smoke, soft sweetness, lightly burnt campfire wood, oak. The smoke flavors show unexpected complexity, actually. Equal in power, however, are the malts; caramely sweet, lightly sticky like toffee, and granting a substantial plum-like fruitness on the very tail end. Also in the finish is big-time bread and a lightly fading, sweet smoke and burnt wood flavor. Alcohol undetectable at first but provides some warmth halfway through the brew. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouth feel with lots of carbonation.

Pretty damn good - if I had to choose, I'd say I like this better than the Marzen but not quite as much as the Urbock. The smoke flavors are a little more balanced in the way that the malt character seems to be much more "loaded up" in this one. The oak makes a very solid contribution to the flavor as well. Very enjoyable to drink - Heller-Trum is quickly becoming one of my favorite overseas breweries.

 2,221 characters

Photo of archdukeofrandom
4/5  rDev -2.4%

It is their christmas brew but i think it could be great in early spring or fall

80 characters

Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like strong charcoal and smoke and oak, with earthy roasted barley and bacon, and a little herbal hops and rye bread.
T: It tasted like smoke and bacon and charred oak, with some earthy barley and caramel and rye bread. It had a smoky but clean aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This is definitely my favorite smoke beer. It wasn't as intense from the bottle as on tap, but it still had a great woody scent and taste that was amazingly clean without any harshness. It had great body too with no alcohol noticeable, so it was really easy to drink. Probably not for aging, but who knows how it might develop over time. Highly recommended.

 744 characters

Photo of wschmit
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: A just-off white, one-inch head settles rapidly into a thin ring about the top, over a clear amber body with a bit of carbonation. Some lacing, but not too much.

S: Very smoky, but perhaps less "meaty" than other kinds of Schlenkerla--perhaps a bit smoother and sweeter. That sweetness may be the doppelbock speaking to me--I do get just a trace of malt after the potent smoke scent.

T: The smoke, still very prominent as with others from Schlenkerla, melds nicely into a slightly sweet malt body, stronger than the scent would have you believe, but still subdued. The smoke's the star of the show. The oak comes off as a bit more charred, less BBQ pit and more campfire. Beyond that, just your average doppel.

M: Spot on for the style--not at all thick, well-fermented lager. Smooth and simple.

D: Well, with all rauchbiers, there's a sort of limit to drinkability. This is overwhelmingly smoky, which I adore and others loathe. If you love the taste, this is worth seeking out. Otherwise, it's not much milder than any other offering from these guys, and probably a terrible beer for those new to the style. It drinks well, though, smoke aside--stereotypically German.

 1,211 characters

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mobrado
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oak, smoked sausage, leather, tobacco. The smoke is what it is. I'm not the biggest fan, but I can appreciate that this beer is well done. The Doppelbock underneath is a bit too sweet and one-dimensional and cannot fully stand up to the smoke. Needs food to pair it with, something that's very big and savory, but not too sweet in itself.

 338 characters

Photo of crwrunner
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cyrano41
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one came to me as gift in a mix of beers my sister in law picked up on recommendation from the staff at the local total wine. The Oak smoked beer is something I wouldn't have gravitated to on my own, but it was tasty none the less !

 237 characters

Photo of hopsputin
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 827 characters

Photo of I3eer
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 980 ratings