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Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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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Photo of lastmango
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber-brown with a cream colored two finger head that settled into a thin film. Aroma is moderately smokey sausage, malt and bread. Taste follows the aroma but with a pronounced sweetness followed by the hop bitterness that lingers with the smoke. Light carbonation and moderate feel. Overall, a good beer but not a good choice if you want to have a few because it is too intense.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a glass.

Look - Dark amber to brown and clear. No head or visible carbonation.

Smell - Incredibly smoky. Very strong notes of beef jerky, smoked sausage, and charcoal briquettes. Nothing else can really be picked out around the smoke, but it's such a unique smell that I don't mind too much.

Taste - The smokiness carries over but isn't as overpowering. Sourdough bread comes to mind, as well as black pepper and a bit of raw potato for some weird reason. An insane amount of flavors all going on at once.

Feel - Mildly carbonated with a slightly thick body. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

Overall - I've never had a smoky beer before, so this was interesting. Really tough to dig into, but if you're patient and willing to explore, there's a lot to find.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle or on label.
Clear, amber brown colored body. Off white colored head settles to ring and islands. Ring of lacing left after each sip.
Has a really smoky aroma, which includes smells from barbeque pork, char, and sweeter oak.
Taste also has the smoky element, along with bitter hops. Medium roasted malts also come through.
Medium, slightly coating mouth feel.
This would not be a frequent choice but the beer is very well done, and would suit certain savory food and cheese pairings. The smoke aspect is quite complex.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, into glass

clear dark amber colored, off-white colored head. decent head retention. aroma is very smokey - like the cross between a campfire and a BBQ. taste starts with more caramel, but finishes dry with the smoke. medium bodied.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a perfectly clear amber with a huge white head

A lot in oak smoke in the aroma, some caramel

Strong smoke (but light compared to their other ones), some caramel, some herbal hoppiness. Quite sweet

Velvety but almost syrupy mouthfeel with a low carbonation

Overall a quite original beer. A smoky doppelbock is quite enjoyable

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Photo of jkblr
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL undated bottle poured into a snifter at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium brown in color with minimal khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves only a trace of lacing. The aroma is mildly sweet campfire smoke. The taste is dominated by the smoke as well but also presents some rich malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is no perceived bitterness as the smoke is used to offset the sweetness of the malt bill. Overall, excellent. It's hard to describe how wonderful this beer is to drink. The oak smoke is very distinct and less assertive than the other beechwood smoked beers.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Amber colored liquid nearly matches the color of the bottle it came from. A finger of off white foam sits atop. Bready and sweet aromas dominate with just enough woodsy smokiness to give a hint at what's coming. The smoke really comes through in the flavor as well but is balanced by sweet caramel and brown bready malt flavors, tea leaves, and herbal finish.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep amber coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells just lovely of bready, caramel malt and oaky smoke. Taste follows the nose, with a very malty taste dominated by bready, caramel malt and a rich, but also subtle and nuanced oaky smoke note, followed by a light bitterness with more smoke and just a tiny hint of booze in the aftertaste. Medium body with a very smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is by far my favorite Schlenkerla so far, although I haven't had Fastenbier yet. What I like about this is that it's not as sweet and Heavy as the Märzen/Urbock, with a much subtler smokiness that has that lovely oak note to it and that nice bitterness coming through in the aftertaste that other Schlenkerla offerings lack.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A: small slightly off white head tiny bubbled. Body is a rich reddish brown hue with fairly good clarity.

S: Lots of smoke and a light meat smell with some bready malts in the background and a little caramel.

T: Lots of smokiness up front with a layered campfireesque flavor then some nice bready sweet flavor finishing out with more of that smokiness.

M: Medium bodied maybe a little towards the lighter side which is odd for a doppelbock.

O: this is probably my least favorite of their beers, I think the smoke overwhelms the doppelbock too much.

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Photo of Alekcide
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of damndirtyape
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1pt, 0.9oz bottle served in a Weihenstephaner 0.5l glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber, clear. Thin persistent light tan head. Some occasional strands of lacing that would slide back down the glass to rejoin the head.

Smell: Rich smoky smell, with a hint of bacon under oak/vanilla notes.

Taste: Smoke up front, then moves into a nice sweet malty middle that had woody/oak/vanilla flavors mixed in. Finish is a light noble hop flavor, with some lingering smokiness like you would get from a good wood-smoked BBQ, but without the meatiness. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. Quite sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: They're not kidding when they say on the back of the bottle that this is a treat for smoked beer lovers, as it really is. The oak wood smoke they use with this really comes out, and pairs really well with all aspects of the beer. At 8% ABV, I'm waiting to notice it...and I'm not, and would not mind having another bottle right now but would probably regret it later. A really good beer and I'll have to buy it again. I definitely need to pair this with a meal, but as a post-dinner dessert, this beer works quite well on its own.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chebode2
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Half litre bottle, poured into Triple Karmeliet tulip.

A: Dark ruby, mahogany colour. Thick looking, initial large head, left a small foamy lid which stayed for the duration.

S: A Smokery.

T:Oak, smoked sausage which gave way to a rich malty aftertaste, hid the booze well.

M: Silky smooth texture, low carbonation, slid down very well.

O: The biggest compliment I can pay this beer is that the bottled version tastes and feels like it could have come out of the oak barrels at the Schlenkerla, great with a heavy meal.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky nose, flavor follows seriously smoky, some sweetness. $6.30 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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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.

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Photo of SociableJimmy
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Toothmother
1.44/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I am a huge fan of smoked food but this beer is so heavy with a smoked flavor that I could not drink the whole beer I bought. It was really bad.

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Photo of SABERG
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bottle into the test glass
A - Little carbonation rises through copper colored backdrop. Thin cap dissipates quickly
S - Smoked meats, earthy notes from Hallertau, big aromatic campfire
T - Smoked meats start then a pleasant sweet dark malt flavors.
M - A semi sweet start, a bit oily, dry finish.
O - A big take on the Dopplebock, the smoked malts are aggressive without taking over.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big, frothy cream-colored head with excellent retention. Body is crystal clear and transparent, and a burnished reddish-brown.

Woody smoke dominates the aroma in a wonderful fashion. Deeper tones of caramel malt and dark fruit lurk behind, but this is really all about the rich smoke aroma. Almost one-note in that regard, but what a pleasant note it is!

Flavor is more balanced, with thick bready malt up front, and smoke taking over on the second half. Fruitcake, wheat, prunes, toffee, bananas, and earthy hops. Finish carries notes of oak and smoked ham.

Very drinkable, but a touch too slick for my preference. Almost oily on the finish.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours clear and mahogany colored with a two finger head that doesn't leave anything on the glass when it disappears.

Nose: Caramel malt, smoke, honey, syrup, oak, toffee and nuts.
Taste: Caramel, oak, honey, prune, smoked wood, raisin and charcuteries.
Mouth: Full body, medium carbonation. Light bitter at the end.

Absolutely beautiful!

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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