Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
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#3,179
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
936
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
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Photo of poskok
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PorterLambic
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and medium brown. Decent tan head develops but recedes within a minute or so to a film-like island and ring. Lacing is decent.
Smell is, as with all Schlenkerla brews I've had, smoky like the leftover coals of a campfire. Malt, peat, soy sauce and faint hops also appear. Balance is weighted to the smoke of course, but the rest is reasonably solid.
Taste is smoky malt, soy sauce, peat, a faint whiskey note, too. Well-balanced.
Mostly full bodied with a light, almost faint, effervescence. A sipping beer, for certain, especially considering the ABV, and a very good one if you ask me.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a subtle garnet hue. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.

Rich nose of bacon cooking over an oak campfire. Underneath is a subtle caramel sweetness. The aroma is less intense than the Marzen and Urbock variants.

Almost full bodied with a rich texture that is oily and creamy. Below normal carbonation level with almost no effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is near World Class. It is reasonably intense, a bit complex and exceptionally well balanced. It begins with a burst of oak smokiness that lacks the meaty aspects of the nose, that slowly blends, rather than fades, with a rich underlying sweetness. Both caramel and biscuit notes are present. Here is where the rich malts of a doppelbock kick in. In the middle, a balancing mild bitterness emerges over a vanilla note. The finish is a slow fade of oak smoke and sweetness with a slight note of alcohol.

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Photo of thepeter
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that I am Biased, I LOVE smoked Beer! Schlenkerla Urbock is one of my favorite all time beers, so i was excited to try this one. Pours a dark but translucent brown with a medium head. Lots of Wood, some meaty goodness and tons of smoke in the nose, I love the way these beers smell and this was no exception. Tasted of wood and smoke as well as bacon but not as intense as the smell. a slight sweetness marries with the smoke perfectly and goes beautifully with food (smoked German Sausage in this lucky mans case!) Smooth and rich on the palate but also light and fluffy as it does not leave any intense flavors in the mouth. Over all a great beer that I will have again but may not love as much as the Urbock.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Poured into my Eiche balloon glass. My really vigorous pour resulted in a very sudsy cream colored head, though no larger than a finger high. It recedes fairly quickly after a minute or two and leaves the beautiful ruby-colored beer bare on top. The clarity is decent, but kind of hazed. Honestly would love to give this beer a higher score for appearance just because the color is so spectacular, but 8% ABV isn't high enough to account for a missing head in my opinion.

It comes as no surprise that this Bamburg beer shows off a heaping smoke aroma. Very nice smoked malts that are not overly aggressive and still allow the rich malt aroma to shine through in the background. Notes of autumn leaves on fire, sweet sherry and plum skins.

Really great tasting beer! The smoked malts are delicate and far from over-bearing. They lend a meatiness to the sweet malt flavor, which is lightly balanced by Hallertau hops in the backend. Also, the smoke really shows up in the exhale and aftertaste. It lends a "woodiness" to the flavor that I really dig and it reminds me of a great scotch.

The beer has very modest carbonation and by the end of the glass it feels flat. The gentle carbonation does give the beer a much softer impression, which the medium body helps contribute to, and I will say that this does not seem like a beer that clocks in at 8% ABV!

This smoked doppelbock is superbly balanced. There is no denying the smoked malt here, but it is so controlled and it lets the rich malt sweetness shine through, which brings its own character to the table as well. I would revisit this beer anytime. Very good, and I easily downed that 500mL bottle by myself.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 936 ratings