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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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4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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Photo of adamette
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle that I bought $4.99 from World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few weeks ago into my silver rimmed Orval Chalice. No observed “best by” date but I am not really sure that it matters that much. Love the green label and the very cool green cap with the image of a striding man holding a beer and the word “Schlenkerla” wrapped around the top of the cap. It is the same image from the sticker on the neck of the bottle if you are able to see that here on BA.

A Moderate caramel color body under a brief but creamy white head. Body has visible sediment floating about. Good look. 4.0

S Oak, smoke. I have to admit a strong bias for this smell in a beer which I find “intoxicating!” Really, it smells like the greatest campfire burning in front of you on a star-filled night on the Alaskan coast (I used to enjoy those when living in Juneau a while back). I do not know how the smell can be improved upon. Love it. 5.0

T Wow, like a liquid campfire…really this stuff is really tasty! This is like the opposite of Pacifico (my idea of a really, really thin, watery tasting beer). Of course I get big notes of smoke, oak but also in the mix is a sweet malt taste too. Some escaped onto my lips and when I went to lick it off it tasted like sugar! A really excellently crafted beer. 4.5

M Suitably thick, syrupy feel 3.5

D Fair to good. This is a big, tasty beer. I cannot imagine reaching for a second one of these. It really makes me want to go camping! 3.5

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Photo of beertooth
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Maproom.
Served in a Schlenkerla glass.
$7.00 for the pour.

This beer is a wonderful clear gold with a creamy finger of head that leaves some whispy lacing.

The nose is soft and sweet smoked malts, hay, grassy hops.

The taste follows with sweet smoked malts, some earthy hop bitterness, less sticky dank smoke than most of their other beers. It's quite tasty!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It's soft and somewhat creamy.

Awesome stuff! Schlenkerla did it again. My glass went down way too easy.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle. Clear, lighter copper in color. Frothy off-white head, with a nice stream of tiny bubbles. Head retention is nice, and eventually the head falls to a nice thin layer.

A wonderful layer of smoke, not as aggressive as some of their other offerings. Campfire and bacon comes to mind. Some earthy, and slight oaky notes. Some bready malt shines through the smoke, ever so slightly.

Sweet bready malt, very clean. Very minimal fruity notes. Some comes in as a subtle note, adding some character. A bit of drying oak and an earthy finish.

Medium body, carbonation is smooth. Some warming alcohol, but not enough to hurt the drinkability. Smoke adds a great complexity to this. I love the Schlenkerla beers, and this is no exception.

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Photo of ksmi116
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a good amber color, with a decent white head

S - Smoke, bacon and malt. Smells wonderful after the head

T - Mostly smoke, which can also be called bacon taste. Best taste ever!

M- Does not coat the mouth too much, which is a good thing. Taste lingers on the back of the tongue. Delicious

O - Aecht doesn't disappoint, and this is not an overwhelming beer. The right amount of smoke and malt makes for a drinkable, wonderful beer

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Photo of JMad
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep amber/ burnt orange color with a tall, frothy, off white head that stuck to the glass nicely.

It's aroma is bursting with oak smoke, it's just like a campfire. I also picked up some sweet malty smells but it was quickly taken over by the campfire.

Wow, the flavor is almost as impressive as the aroma, it's like I bit into a piece of charred wood and beef jerky. I think I noticed a hint of dark fruit and toffee in the background somewhere.

The liquid is kind of thick, nice and warm from the abv and has the perfect amount of carbonation.

Another great beer, I don't see how Schlenkerla fits this much smoke in a beer, it's really good.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Beermongers in Portland, OR.

Pours a lovely clear amber hue, with a very fine and consistent head of white that leaves some lovely webbed lacing. Body is firm, and although there's not noticeable carbonation when it's static, the beer foments some lovely fine powder when tilted. Very nice looking beer indeed.

Nose is smooth and smoky, with a big, but not insistent smoked aroma pronouncing itself. Moderated smoked pork, some smoothness and sweetness come through, leaving a malty basis and a touch of wheatbeer banana. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also exceptionally smooth on the front, with a mild sweetness welling into a pronounced smooth smoky character. This develops into a hint of harshness, or at least a bit of herbal bite, that doesn't necessarily sit all that well. However, there's a continual malty character underneath, which feels as though it could support anything. Seriously good overall.

Very, very interesting indeed. I'm not sure how much difference the oak- verses beechwood-smoke character makes (it's still exceptionally smoky), but I feel as though it has a smoothness that isn't altogether to do with the extra body and extra malt. An exceptionally interesting brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with some decent clarity and a slight head. No lacing.

Big bacon and sugary malt aromas. As much as you get the smoke you get the doppelbock.

Great balance, as the big smoke is actually in the nose. Smoky malt to start, with the deep rich sweetness of aged fruit and tawny grain comes through. Not overpowering, this sweetness dries out where you have a very even smoke, bitter, malt balance. Wonderful.

Full bodied and a little prickly on the tongue.

Fantastic. This is the rauchbier to start with (if you could find it). Incredibly smooth and delicious.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Eiche is copper in color, with medium lacing, great clarity, and a dwindling head.

S: Oh how I love the smoke...pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and a touch of malty sweetness compose the bouquet. This Schlenkerla offering is noticeably less fragrant than I remember the others to be.

T: The label says this is a doppelbock, but don't believe it for a second, this is rauchbier through and through. The smoke is a quite a bit lighter than their marzen and bock, with more of a BBQ nuance instead of the bacon that is prevalent in their beers. The most intriguing part of this is that the malt profile pulls through, adding a sweetness that only further resembles BBQ in the form of the sauce.

M: Medium body, slightly oily, and lightly carbonated.

D: Another spectacular release from one of my most cherished breweries. This is something different, but still on base with the brewer's former lineup. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a fan of , this will be an enjoyable tasting! Thanks, Willi from "The Bottle Shop", for getting this for me!!
The beer poured a nice, clear amber and produced a one finger high, bubbly off white head, which dissipates fast, leaving a ring of lacing.
The smell is that of a smokehouse, mixed with some sweetness of caramel.
The taste is remarkable. Smoked ham, glazed with brown sugar and caramel comes to mind up front. Than some of the malt flavors are doing the works. A fine addition of selected hops give the beer perfect balance in the end.
The ABV of 8.0 is well hidden, but the Doppelbock characteristics are all there.
A wonderful Rauchbier!

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Photo of ricke49
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As expected smokie, "hammy" and all that. I prefer this to this breweries other smoked offerings for a couple of reasons. The higher alcohol makes the intensity of the smoke more reserved, as it meshes with a pleasant alcohol burn. Also at 8%, instead of just getting stale on its path way through ocean voyage and time in a warehouse, it probably just keeps getting better! The malty sweetness of this exceptional brew seems perfect for the smoked characteristic. Buy several and enjoy all winter long. With Christmas or Easter ham - nirvana.

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Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yes, indeed, this is a thing I will purchase.

Absolutely gorgeous bock pour, although perhaps a bit pale colored for a doppel: a clear dark amber with a fluffy white head.

Smells smoky, of course, but a bit of aged bocky zing finds its way through. It's a great combination, although perhaps not as dense and complex as a top-tier doppelbock.

Tastes quite complex, but surprisingly drinkable for its strength. Smoke up front, and it's not a weak smoke. But the bockiness is full and complex enough to assert itself halfway through the sip, biscuits, caramel, and sweet yeast. The finish is a nice combination of smoke and bock.

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Photo of glid02
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a lighter-than-expected amber-brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth and slightly bready caramel malts with solid amounts of smoked malts. Also present are very small amounts of toastiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as well-defined. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of smoked malt flavors - equal parts leather and smoked meat, better balanced than most others produced by this brewery. The smokiness carries through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this isn't my favorite smoked beer made by Schlenkerla but you could make the argument that it's the smoothest and best-balanced. Worth a shot.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Macadoodles in Springdale, AR

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Above average lacing & scant head retention

S: Charred, smokey oak, hints of juicy fruit& the smell of wet leaves being burned

T: Rich brown bread with much smokeyness, some hints of cherry bubble gum up front. Rich sweet doughy notes as this warms, along with some woody hops & nice smokeyness that doesn't over power & some brown sugar sweetness/dryness as well

MF: Rich, chewy with low carbonation

Very nice dopple that screams Bamberg

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rustic orange on the pour, good clarity reveals a soft whisper and lazily rising effervesce. The head is a good size, soft and fluffy while ivory white in color maintaining a fair rate of retention over time. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong indications of burnt wood ambers on the pour are very evident at arms reach. Burnt wood, smoked dried meat are also there. Dried amber malt lies underneath with a smoky bacon presence finishing out.

T: Flavor is smooth, smoked malt, though not as strong as the nose led you to believe. Creamy malts, dried beef jerky with smoked ambers on the follow. Some sweetness creeps in but is balanced by a smoldering campfire finish. Some spiced smoked apple peels come about. Overall starts off strong and smoky while ending with a good fruity bock finish capturing the best of both worlds.

M: Thick and creamy mouthful, carbonation is very light if at all detected. Malty and smoky after-thoughts with a burnt bitterness.

D: Very smooth with a very good smoked presence. The smokiness strong at first quiets and lets the fruity bock nature come through with a good balance. Fairly easy to manage.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap as "Oak Smoke" before, however I don't remember anything labeling it a Doppelbock then. Really gorgeous label for the bottled version.

Copper body with micro sediment suspended in the beer, giving it a fine granulated haze. A finger of tan foam rises up with a nest of larger bubbles in the center. It fades quickly, leaving a very thing ring at the edges.

Heavy wood smoke, hints of peat and bacon fat, sweet and almost to a medicinal degree (more so in the taste). A little bit toned down from the burliness of the Urbock and Weizen.

Brief malt sweetness first, instantly rushed by a complex wave of smoke, woody and layered. A dry bitterness from the Hallertau emerges in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste for awhile. Carbonation is moderate to low, and it's easily sipped. A really enjoyable Rauchbier that has intensity but doesn't overwhelm.

Paired this with a charcuterie plate of smoked sausage, coppa, and Cabot clothbound cheddar.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is huge, with an incredible aroma of cinder block, chimney floor, greasy smoked meat and bacon. You be the judge whether or not this is a good thing, but it totally worked for me. In any event, the flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet, incredibly smokey beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a long, fairly smooth, sweet, smokey finish. Drinkability is pretty good. Not sure how much of this I could drink, but this beer is so delicious, and the abv. is manageable... this would be an easy beer to drink a lot of if you can get by all the smokey flavor.

Yumm....

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Photo of gfreed
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with anything from Schlenkerla, this is akin to drinking a burning log. However, it's not as smoky as other beer from this brewery: the urbock is zillions of times smokier and, for that matter, hammier. Nonetheless, this one has plenty of smoke. There's no ham, however, so I guess that makes it... kosher? Quite tasty and rather low-key for a dopplebock: it doesn't have the boozy, malty smack that most others in this style have. That's a plus in my book, because it's that overtly alcoholic tinge that steers me away from most dopplebocks. If you're a fan of Schlenkerla, you must try this. But if you like your dopplebocks sweet and powerful, you are not worthy.

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Photo of SummitVA
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light-ish copper pour with steady carbonation. Frothy head leaves intricate lacing.

S - Strong smoke, naturally, but this is balanced well by sweet malt character.

T - Smoke initially. This is very smooth and pleasant, with none of the stronger band-aid/medicinal flavors that can sometimes result. Maltiness follows in brilliant complexity, but this is not sweet. Bread and toast are warming, along with a bit of warmth from the alcohol, as well. Smoke lingers in the finish.

M - Definitely a chewier beer, but still quite quaffable.

O - Another fantastic Schlenkerla brew. The balance between the stunning malt complexity and smoke-y depth is just wonderful. Wish I had a liter in front of me right now.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a light clear amber with a quickly diminishing beige head. Little to no lacing. Malty aroma with a slightly medicinal smokiness. Taste is exceptional, especially considering dopplebock is not a favorite style. But Schlenkerla saves the day. There is just a tad of hop bitterness, and a wonderful smoke that tempers the malty sweetness. This is wonderful beer, whether you call it a rauchbier or a smokey dopplebock. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation light too. Alcohol never really makes itself known. On cold days like today, this could be dangerous. A fantastic winter treat for smoke fans.

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Photo of Beric
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 24 Jan 2015

Appearance: Pours a standard, almost mud-colored brown with minimal head. Little to no lacing, but this is not surprising given the alcohol content. Some faint streams of carbonation from the bottom leaving splotchy tannish spots on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Soft pure smokiness with an underlying sweetness. Much less smoke in the nose than the Märzen.

Taste: Really smooth steady smokiness, reminiscent of the lingering scent of a campfire on a crisp fall day. Silky sweetness from the Doppelbock malts, but little to no assertion of the prototypical caramel flavors. Despite the smoke, the beer does not taste burnt.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with medium-high body and medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A magnificent beer, and one of the best from Schlenkerla that I've reviewed so far. The smoke character in this one is much similar to the one in the Urbock-- it is not 'meaty' like the Märzen. A great beer and one that I found is very approachable for the style. Looking forward to trying the rest of the Schlenkerla repertoire.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Snifter:

A: Pours a very light brown, with minimal carbonation.

S: A smoked ham scent is very noticeable. Sweet malts.

T: Oak Smoke and smoked ham with a sweet malty finish.

M/D: Could have used a bit more carbonation. Overall it was very good, but needed just a little more bite to the mouthfeel.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a schlenkerla glass.

The beer is a pretty clear gold with a white head, decent head and retention.

The aroma is awesome, just what you'd expect. Tons of smoke and pork, just like it should be.

The taste is like the aroma, tons of smoke and pork, mixed with some light grass. It is wonderful and way to easy to drink.

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Photo of mick303
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, w freshness date. Colour is a deep chestnut brown. Head of foam shows decent retention and leaves a good lacing.

Smell is a rich, barbeque aroma, smoked kippers/fish. With a nice light bitter astringency. The wood smoke is full and maybe covers the malt, but still this is pretty amazing. Campfires and smoked fish.

Taste shows some more malt, it is roasted, and moderately sweet, a tang of honey. The smoke incorporates nicely with the light hop bitterness. A little bit of fruitiness behind the smoke. The balance could be better, a bit loose. Smoke intensity is pretty high, which I like, but not out of control. Finish is dry and smoky.

Mouthfeel shows relatively light carbonation, mostly roast malt and smoke prickle. Very smooth, it does have a big body and alcohol is present, but still quite sessionable and refreshing.

A real experience of a beer. A really nice incorporation of a huge phenolic barbequ-ey smoke into a rich malty doppelbock. A big beer, with a lot of rich malty character to match the intense smokiness. If youre up for it, this is a solid smoky doppelbock worth trying.

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Photo of babaracas
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish dark orange with thin white head that fades to thin halo with a few spots of lace.

Smell: grassy and lemony hops, a little booze and caramel, wood smoke and not as pungent as their usual (apparently beech wood) smoke component.

Taste: caramel, a little date, smoked gouda, spicy and slightly citric hops.

Easier drinking than some of their other offerings but still smoky and tasty.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Schlenkerla is one of my favorite breweries so I am excited to try this offering for the first time. Pours a dark brownish color with an off-white head. The aroma is filled with smoke and malts. It honestly smells like smoked meats. The aromas with this brewery are amazing if you love smoke. The taste is smooth, malty, sweet and deliciously smokey with some hops in the finish. Overall, this is another fine offering from this great brewery.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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