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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

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413
Ratings:
902
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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Photo of hardy008
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with an off white 2 finger head which slowly fades to 1/2 finger. Leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has smoked malt, and smells like smoked ham or bacon. Smells sweet, some caramel present.

The flavor is sweet and smoky. Much like smoked bacon or ham. Some caramel flavor is also present. No real hop presence at all, which is okay for this type of beer. Very nice.

Better than medium bodied, smooth, with slightly below average carbonation. Easy to drink. Leaves a sweet and smoky aftertaste. A nice beer, which I would gladly buy again.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin film. There is really no lacing on this one though. Smell is obviously of smoked cheese, smoked meat, smoked wood, campfire smoke, etc. Taste is of the same but it's not as potent as other Aecht Schlenkerla beers with the smoke flavors. This is actually very pleasant, especially since I love smoked meat and cheese. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly thick mouthfeel (can the smoke do this?). Overall, this is a good beer that is much tamer than the other rauchbier I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of porkinator
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle with no date. James from the Pangaea Bottle Shoppers assured me that this would be a different beer from anything that I've had. He's right.

A - Light Amber color. Very thin head with not much pacing.

S - The aroma is giving me flashbacks to camping as a child. Smoked wood and bacon are definitely present. Little bit of sweetness and rosary flavors filling my nose. Catching a little bit of spice.

T - Not as smokey as the smell, which I prefer. Getting meaty flavors and a dry finish. After taste is good. Flavor of smoke lingering. Roasted malt flavor with little touch of the 8% alcohol. As it warms up, I'm getting more malt.

M - Medium carbonation. Not to thick and heavy as some other Doppelbocks that I've had, even with more flavor.

O - I'm enjoying this Smoked beer. Not to heavy, good after taste, excellent flavor. It is yet another new beer into my world that will open my eyes even wider for new stuff. I'd love to purchase again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquor Shed.

A clear copper pour, small head of foam, not much lacing.

The smoke sure does dominate the nose. I get a hint of malty sweet notes from the DB base beer but not much.

More of the DB style shines through in the taste. Bready, sweet, and of course, the smoke.

Medium body, light to medium co2.

A brewery famous for their rauchbiers, this did not disappoint.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/27/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of smoked meat and caramelized malts with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is very smoky as you would expect with a strong meaty flavor that isn't overdone. Then a mild caramel sweetness comes in with a mild but complementary hops presence. The malt character is hearty and the smokiness tones down a bit allowing everything to balance more after it sits for a few minutes. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, yet another nice smoked beer from this brewer to drink for a while.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After popping the top off, a slow very thick foam emerges. Modest but lasting head. Leaves a near blanket of lace. The liquid is deep copper with what appears to be suspended bubbles. Otherwise, it appears clear.

Very smoky aroma, like the end of a camp fire. Smells slightly medicinal.

Lightly sweet with a strong smoke presence. The aftertaste is similar to charred wood. The swallow is still sweet but afterward the smoke gives it a dry finish. Rich bodied with an above average level of carbonation.

Initially, I thought the smoke was way too strong, but the taste is growing on me. The sweet/smoke combination seems to work better than dry rauchbiers. Comes across like an Islay Scotch--still a beer but with a solid dollop of smokiness in the smell/taste.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This brew pours a peachy auburn-brown hue, slightly hazy, and is capped with a decent off-white head that has some staying power.

S - The brew is smoky, of course, but seems less so than the regular offerings. There are some nutty and dark fruity suggestions in the nose, and the smoke has much more campfire and less smoked meat, fish, or cheese than the standard Bamberg brews tend to.

T - The flavor is less intense than regular Schlenkerla offerings, and is only slighly smokier than the Helles. The fruity and nutty dark malt comes through, and the smoke offers hints of Gruyere or Rauchkäse much more than campfir or smoked meat, differing from the nose in that aspect. The alcohol is slightly observable, and I don't find that to be a good fit here. Despite the relative balance (AKA toned-down smoke), I do not think this to be an improvement on any Schlenkerla, except the Weizen. It is still a good and delicious tasting brew, however.

M - Lighter than medium, with lingering smoke.

O - Not the best for my taste, but I can appreciate both the Doppelbock aspect as well as the Rauchbier, so it is quite successful in that regard.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by an inch of foam that leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Caramel and smoked oak tones; hints of fig and tobacco

Taste: The caramel and smoked oak flavors intermingle with fig and tobacco flavors building through the middle; somewhat ashy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting doppelbock; I like the way the smoke is integrated and doesn't overwhelm

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great in the glass at the Schlenkerla Tavern watching the tourists blunder about and great from the bottle in the USA poured int a snifter to enjoy! Recommended!

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - beer pours a copper color with tan head

Smell - smoke, burnt firewood, caramel

Taste - burnt firewood upfront, caramel, malts

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, smoke and burnt firewood upfront, residual sweetness on the back of the palate

Overall - I liked this beer, has the smoky profile that is palatable and hits the traditional dopplebock notes as well. Worth a shot

Price Point - $4.79/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown-ish copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of smoke that reminds me of apple wood smoked bacon. Really no other aroma can penetrate through the smoke.

Taste: Full bodied and creamy, with nice nutty malt sweetness before the smoked flavors take over. This really reminds me of drinking smoked/cured meat. A bit of hop bitterness towards the back end, before a slightly oily, lingering finish.

The Rest: Very tasty; an excellent rauchbier!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish dark gold/tan color with decent carbonation and head. Aroma is smokey and meaty, not much else. I like this beer and it is a very enjoyable after dinner sipper for me and it is a sipper - chug this only if you want to be ill. Just slightly disappointed only in that while a medium body and I can pick out some sweet malt tastes and a touch of hoppy bitterness, this is mostly a smoke beer. Nothing wrong with that - just that this is not close to a 50/50 balance of rauch/dopple...the smokiness is clearly more dominant. If you love smoke beers with a touch of lingering sweetness then this is yours, but beware if you think you're getting a slightly smoked dopplebock. Perhaps my hope for the latter leads to my review being less than a solid A-, as I like smoke beers and in that case this is another top notch Aecht brew. That being said, a sturdy, fuller-bodied beer that is exceptionally smooth thanks to oak and has a touch of woodiness in it. Smooths as it warms and the longer you sip on it your tongue adjusts to dry smokiness and caramel, toffee, sticky malts and some minor hop flavors come through behind smoke.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the Rauchbier category by making a study of this brewery. If I could only find the Fastenbier on draft somewhere.

Beer is orange and clear with a white head. Carbonation is low and lacing is high.

Aroma is like bacon, seriously. Salty, smokey, meaty. Sounds odd but that's what it smells like.

Beer is light in body, tastes a lot like the marzen from the same brewery. There is a strong smoke character. Surprisingly smooth though, not like the urbock that almost makes me choke. This is definitely lighter than the other offerings from this brewery. The smoke lingers on my tongue though. Hard to reset the palate after this one.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smoked Doppelbock huh? I sampled this one the other day at my local Whole Foods and wanted a healthier taste of this brew.

A: Usually I peg Doppels as being dark, blood red. However, this one was different indeed. Almost clear, orange-grey color, with a nice slight off-white head after a hard pour.

S: Bacon for sure, but it had the sweetness of a Doppel, which gave it sort of an applewood sort of scent.

T: I like this style in this setting. I'm usually not a fan of Doppelbocks because of the concentrated, in-your-face, beet sugar type of sweetness. The smoked concept really mutes that, making this much more palatable.

M: Low carbonation, not overly sweet as a result of the oak smoking, and the lacing was non-existent.

O: Interesting and quite good. Still, I wouldn't drink this every day, but I'd have it again... especially if I'm ever in the mood for a Doppelbock.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an amber beer that definitely hits the rauchbeer note perfectly with the quality of smokeiness. woody smokey nose that is set in equal parts with a sweet malt fruit. there is a bitter note in the palate and a fruit that seems to separate in the face of the smokiness. this beer seems to be quite temperamental when it come to what you drink it with because it accentuates the malt differently. i would like to see a bit of a different qualities in palate outside of the expected. even though its a doppelbock at 8% abv it still seems to have a similar quality to most all the others. which is a good thing for those that are looking for something that places the alcohol well. but that is the only thing that separates each individual beer. if you're in the mood for a rauchbeer then have this brewery. end of question but i would like to see more accent in the malt tones. it may be because i had beets with it and it give it a particular sweet quality to it. its too sweet... and i'm a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good, but I must say that I was a little disappointed with this compared to their smoked Marzen and Ur-Bock, both of which are phenomenal.

Amber-pale copper, med. Pale tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring, a little lace.

Aroma is campfire smoke, caramelized grain, bread crust.

Taste is wood smoke, caramelized sweet bread crust up front, hint of spicy-raisiny fruitiness, lingering spicy smokiness just dominates finish & lingers. It’s pretty good, but a bit one-dimensional and slightly sharp.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent amber color, only the faintest head.

Rich malt smell, lots of smoke, but a "clean" smelling smoke with a crispness to it.

The smoke is first in the taste, followed by the traditional doppelbock maltiness, then the smoke overpowers the malt again. It is really a smoke show here. Fairly sweet throughout too.

Soft texture, medium body, low carbonation but still tingles the tongue.

The doppelback flavor is lost in the smoke and the appearance was average. Still a good drink.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle, 2010, best by 6/11.

Pours an attractive and clear ruby-amber. Thick head falls fast, but leaves nice lacing on the way down.

The aroma is smokey, oaky and pungent, reminiscent of chimney smoke cutting through a cold winter night. Slightly different from the other Schlenkerla brews, but not markedly.

Smoke flavor is deep and strong, yet with soft edges. Not as sharp as the other Schlenkerla brews -- maybe the result of oak replacing the customary beechwood in the malt smoking process. Thick maltiness blends well, but perhaps too well, as I don't get many of the sweet and malty flavors typical of Doppelbock. There's a light tanginess from the hops, actually. There's some caramel, but the smokiness dominates. The mouthfeel is soft, chewy and perfectly carbonated (medium-low). Eight percent alcohol is incredibly well integrated.

This is solid stuff, I just find myself yearning a bit for the usual Doppelbock flavors, such as molasses, sweet dough and dulce de leche, and maybe a bit less Rauch. I knew it would be smokey, but I feel a bit misled, honestly. Sort of a strange mix, though definitely a Rauchbier!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

An interesting doppelbock, using smoke to balance the dense bread crust and caramel malt flavors. Very good, though perhaps lacking the dried fruit flavors that tend to be so enjoyable in other examples of the style. One to definitely try, and seek out again without hesitation if the taste arises.

Pours a 1.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, fading in under one minute to a thick ring of residual foam around the perimeter of the beer and a small island of wispy foam lingering over the center of the body. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots and lines cling to the insides of the glass. Beer is a medium-light caramel color (light golden brown), with light bringing out golden orange hues and yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent beer, though it is small in number and lethargic in activity.

Aroma of heavy, tangy, surprisingly smooth smoked malts over a dense, heavy caramel malt base with minor flourishes of nearly burnt toast.

Overall flavor is of heavy smokiness joined to a substantial caramel malt base . Front of palate picks up light smokiness with a notable Maillard reaction sweetness (like caramelized sugars and dark bread crusts). Mid-palate finds a major increase in the smokiness, bringing full-on grass and wood smoke together with barbecue-like tanginess and toasted bread crusts. Back of palate picks up continued strong, smoked malts (grass and wood fire complexity) with notable tanginess, heavy bread crusts, and very mild bitterness. Aftertaste of caramel malt and toasted bread crust sweetness joined to tangy campfire-like smoke.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with low levels of carbonation, resulting in a smooth, slightly placid mouthfeel that actually complements the thick smoke and caramel flavors of the beer. Closes dry, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light brown color, unexpectedly light compared to most Doppelbocks. Smells like delicious oak smoke, and not much else. Tastes like a freshly scorched 2x4.

I'm enjoying this one to a certain extent, but I"m not entirely sure that if the smoke were gone, I'd still enjoy the beer underneath it. If it's smoke you really like, or if you're just in the mood for something different, this might be the one for you.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remarkably smooth easy-drinking smoked. The smoke is there but its understated under a delicious malt mix. Its on my lips well after I have completed it. It was great with BBQ. Greyish golden coloured body, small head. Mild smoke aromas. A tad above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip with a moderately aggressive hand. No date on the bottle. Classic Schlenkerla font on the label.

A: Amber/copper colored body with good clarity and 1 finger of off-white head. Thin coating at 2 minutes. Light lacing.

S: That is a nice quality, complex smoke! Campfire. Peat. Bacon. Under the smoke there is a nice round malt with a bit of light fruitiness.

T: Full sweet malt up front with a transition to a mild German hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish. The woody smoke is prominent throughout and nicely present on the finish. Roasted malt. Light fruit. Smoked meat. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a moderate to light body. Smooth, but was hoping for a bit more substantial feel given it's classification.

O: Nice Rauchbier for sure. Smoke quality is superb, but could have used a bit bigger of a beer to back it up. Drinks more like a marzen than a doppelbock. Is it better than the usual Schlenkerla Marzen? Not sure, but probably. I believe I appreciated the complexity of the smoke a bit more with this one.

Prost!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours much lighter than I would have expected for a smoked doppelbock. It's very honey-golden, with a thin head that doesn't hold on all too long. The beer itself is rather nice (and it's got quite a clarity to it), but more average as far as looks go, I feel.

S: Smoky wood notes, and that's a rather specific scent that I don't find in a lot of other rauchs. Often, there's the "ham and cheese" comparison that I don't pick up on a lot here, though it's pleasant. It doesn't completely overpower the caramel notes, which is nice, as well.

T: More smokiness in the flavour, a little bit 'cheesy.' Some sweetness / dark fruits come out... particularly raisin notes, along with some caramel. A nicely balanced flavour.

M + D: Somewhat chewy, and quite appropriate given the flavour profile. They work together very well. Notes of alcohol are more apparent as the glass goes, but the smoke does tend to hide those characteristics in many of these beers. While I think I might find myself leaning more towards New Holland's Charkoota Rye, this is a nicely done brew that I would certainly return to in the future.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a mug.

Appearance: hazy orange hue with not a lot of effervescence. Head is one finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad, but not outstanding.

Smell: smoky, woody aroma; lapsang souchong on top with a light wood character underneath. Sweet malt ties these together. Pretty nice, if you like smoke.

Taste: rich smokiness in the flavor on top of a sweet, slightly caramelly malt. Bitterness is earthy and rich, but balanced. Quite a nice rauchbier.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a smooth texture and a pretty solid creaminess. I like it.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I like smoky flavors, so keep this one coming.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a weak 1/2-finger offwhite head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

The nose is malty sweet and smoky with a character that brings to mind Thanksgiving or Easter dinner- aromas of smoked ham, baked apples, white pepper and toasted bread crust. Is it my imagination or can I smell the sweet potatoes too?

The palate is rich, smoky sweet and dives right back into the ham vibe, though adding a nice spicy dusting of candied orange to the whole presentation. Hops are minimal with a mild bitterness, while the finish is long, dry and very mouthwatering.

Overall, this was a rather delicious and well balanced Rauch. Personally ham is one of my least favorite meats of the pork persuasion, so I probably won't be buying this again. I can't knock it for that though, and the dryer finish gives this one a few extra points.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.08 out of 5 based on 902 ratings.
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