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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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897
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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Photo of Premo88
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into tall mug

L: cloudy amber/orange, a little bit of sediment suspended throughout the column, pushes up pretty legit head of foam, about 1-inch tall and beige/tan that doesn't stick; keeps think collar of beige foam; I kept most of the sediment in the bottle (drink it! it's tasty), but even a careful hand here allowed some sediment in; color is beautiful, lots of red in it

S: you don't even have to put your nose in the glass ... smokey BBQ fest 2017 hits you right between the eyes as you pour the pint into the tall mug; reminds me of deer sausage, really well smoked deer sausage (like a good friend's pecan-smoked deer sausage); light malt sweetness offers some peach and honey, while the darker dopplebock malts push in prunes and molasses; really hard not to call this a 5

T: much more peaty than the nose, earthy and the wet Scottish bog kind, muddy dank earthy, but that's the main difference — the rest of the flavor is very similar to the nose, some malt sweetness mixing with a nice bit of oak-wood smoke that again reminds me of a hard-smoked deer sausage; meaty ... not quite salty like a gose, but definitely meaty; does have a little alcohol warmth to it, not a lot and it's far from what I'd call "hot", but you can taste/feel the 8% ABV

F: ale soft ... enough carbonation to make it work, and you even get a little carbonation burn on the end of the swallow, but the first 75% of the swallow is slick and soft and pretty light

O: the oak smoke is nice; still has some peaty qualities to it like Schlenkerla's beech-smoked beers, but it's not unpleasant, even for someone who isn't a big fan of peat; as it warms and the dopplebock dark fruit/caramel/molasses flavors start working harder, the mix of smoke and dopplebock goodness makes for one tasty beer

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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 Buck89
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Clear ruby-copper brown color with a thick light-tan head. Nice retention that left great tracks in the glass. Great aromas. Smells like smoked bratwurst lying on top of freshly backed pumpernickel bread. Faint chocolate as well. The taste was as expected with a great smoky flavor that gave way to a chocolatey roasted malt flavor, balanced with a pleasant bitterness. Medium-bodied and an easy sipper.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy, dark copper with a white two finger head. Good head retention.

Smell: Light smoke hangs over a dense bed of malts.

Taste: Follows the nose; strong malt flavors overlain by a light smoke taste.

Feel: Thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A very subtle hint of alcohol warmth post swallow.

Overall: A very solid beer.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 bottle poured into tulip 23/12/16

A almost clear amber, lots of bubbles feeding a finger of tan foam that leaves a few random patches

S plenty of smoke, has a medicinal thing going on though, iodine and band-aids hold it back, smoked meat and apple work for it

T some hard toffee trying to shine through, less band-aid, smoke is mellow compared to the nose

M a little thin but well carbonated, long lingering smokey finish

O OK brew but I was expecting something great, a little disappointed by this one considering who brewed it

By far my least favorite from these guys that I've had so far but this bottles been sitting around for a while, perhaps I'll re-rate a fresh bottle when one comes around

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Photo of FFreak
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Going back to my roots with this. Definitely something different from the parade of IPAs. Poured into a tall tulip - clear dark brown with a finger or so of tan, fluffy head. Smoke, bacon, and some caramel in the nose. Smokey malt and sweet roasted malt combine with caramel and toffee in the taste. Mouth is great. Overall, delicious and a welcome change from the usual fare around my homestead.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours an abmerish color. The head is frothy, 1 finger, but long lasting. The nose is like heaven to me, I love the smoke smell. That smoke smell takes me back to childhood, when we went to visit my aunt and uncle, we always stopped at a meat market on the way. The smoke smell in that market was, and still is amazing. That's what this beer's nose reminds me of.

The taste is, well, I wish I could convey the noises of joy I was making drinking this. The smoke is very noticeable. It feels good going down. Smooth. Easy drinking, not watery. Just an all around good beer. Damn good.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 10/5/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Orange/red murkiness.

Tan head; thick lace.

Smoky bacon & maple syrup nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Smoke & mild caramel up front; pork notes emerge as this warms. Super heavy flavors, but drinkable.

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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 Lingenbrau
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When held in the light, shows a garnet color with a touch of brown. Thin khaki head that lingers just around the rim.

Instant aroma of campfire fills the area 3 feet in any direction, but faded( or I just got used to it). Also a slight medicinal, and yet can still detect a faint caramel and bready scent too.

I suspected the flavor to be dominated by smoke, and it is, but more reminiscent of honey glazed ham as the sweetness showcases more than other Rauchbiers. Woodiness very noticeable as well.

Feel is unique. Starts thin, but is rich and leaves a resin like oiliness that coats the mouth to the end.

Overall, I believe I found my new favor from Schlenkerla, but who knows. Every time I get one, I have to revisit another, and the circle of favoritism continues!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, pours a very dark Amber colour with a small white head that disapates to a thin ring.
Aroma ham, bacon, smoke
Taste campfire, beacon, oak.
Not my favourite style but if it is you gotta suss it out.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had one other beer from this brewery before, the rauschbier urbock, and I can tell you that these beers are an interesting experience. They are the definition of an acquired taste. The last one I tried tasted like I was eating a smoked pork sandwich, so I am interested to see what this brings. This dopplebock pours a dark reddish color with a big foamy white head and so much carbonation that it actually started pouring out of the bottle a little bit when I opened it. There is a smoky oak scent to beer that is strong, but not totally overwhelming. The smokiness of this one is actually a little less than the urbock, but compared to just about anything else the smokiness is assertive. Rather than a barbeque this actually tastes a little more like a campfire with a rich oak flavor. It is medium bodied with a smooth creamy finish with a little bit of a piney hoppiness in the aftertaste, which furthers the campfire flavor. There is a saltiness, which gives it a little bit of a bacon-like flavor also. This is definitely one of the more bizarre beers I have ever tasted and I think that most people probably wouldn’t be too into this. I am not most people though. I wouldn’t want this every day, and I think I actually like the urbock a very little bit more, but this is a good beer to treat yourself to every once in a while. This would be good on a brutal winter day in Maine. I don’t think it is possible to drink this beer and not instantly feel manlier.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Intense, smokey, fatty (meaty), oaky, cherrywood, big malty caramel burnt sugar goodness. Lovely glowing red/ruby colour. Decent head that leaves tremendous lacing.

It's a bit much to have an entire bottle to yourself, but the quality can't be denied--genuinely a very good beer, but one whose taste profile will confuse some folks.

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Photo of rypkr
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1 finger white head, red-tinged brown hazy body.

Smell: Campfire smoke, BBQ sauce, notes of caramel and dark fruit.

Taste: Same as above, but the caramel and dark fruit is a bit more pronounced to balance out the smoke.

Feel: Medium body, low carbonation, creamy.

Other: This was way out in left field for me. I love trying new things, but I felt the smoke was too jarring, it was like drinking jerky or a BBQ sandwich.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 24 oz beer mug.

a: Brilliant orange tinged amber. The color of bourbon or maple syrup. Clear but thick looking. 2 finger off white foamy head leaves light, soapy lace.

s: Smokey, toasted malts.

t: Caramel like malts, smoke, oak woodiness, tobacco, a nice balancing spiciness, weather from the yeast of hops I can't tell.

mf: Medium body with good carbonation. An excellent balance in the finish that brings together a nice hop presence and lets the alcohol peek out just a bit.

o: Smoked beers aren't necessarily my thing, but this beer is so well done. I look forward to the next.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsener glass. Initial smell of smoke. Hard pour led to a two finger head such dissipated quickly. Initial taste is smoky and sweet malt. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of smbslt
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Auburn with dark orange highlights and a healthy tan head.
The smoke, which is not unexpected dominates - makes it hard to detect the hops or any sweetness
The sweetness of the malt and the slightly astringent, alcohol-burn finish strung together with the smoke impresses the craft of the method.
Very smooth feel until the smoke reminds you that it is not going anywhere.
You'll love it or hate it but be impressed by the craftsmanship.

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Photo of mncoinman
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a pint bottle. Initial smell reminds me of a spicy salami or pepperoni. Pours cloudy, medium brown with a small head. Lacing is apparent. Low carbonation. Smoked flavor comes through nicely on a pour sample (smell and taste)....although this diminishes somewhat as you work your way through it. Low bitterness. Reasonable Munich malt (but could be more intense for a doppelbock in my opinion). A very flavorful beer that is meant to have only one at the beginning of a drinking session.

Not a favorite for a doppelbock, but an interesting change of pace that could be enjoyed now and then.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color. Smells, as expected, of oak smoke and malt. The taste isn't quite as sweet as the smell would suggest, being overbalanced a bit by the hops, but it does have some nice caramel and smoke flavors. Somewhat sticky, medium bodied. Alcohol is well hidden. Pleasant enough, but slightly too bitter.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy dark golden brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice creamy small off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast note, slight oak, very nice smokeyness. The taste is very nice malty, slightly yeasty, oaky, very nice smoke note. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew. Glad to see it around here.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You must like the flavor of smoke if you drink this beer! One of my favorites-
It pours a nice clear copper color with moderate carbonation. The hint of smoke is evident at the pour. The smokiness of oak sets the palate for that first taste - I suggest you close your eyes and take the hit! Allow it to rest on your palate - the malts, caramel and smoke are well balanced.
This is a medium bodied beer and easily enjoyed! If you like this one try the Schlenkerla Rauchbier- dark and full bodied.

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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 Cyrano41
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 !

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