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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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#2,881
Reviews:
424
Ratings:
924
pDev:
13.09%
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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 GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This doppelbock is described on the breweries website simply as "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke." It also indicates that this beer is only made during Christmas and is very rare in the United States, only a very few places getting some.

"Malt is kilned by an oak wood fire, unlike conventional smoke malt which is kilned by a beech wood fire."

However made, this beer is excellent. Pours a dark orange amber with a big bold white head.

Nose is rich but restrained smoke with a big lavendar floral character and which is pleasant and inviting. This is a more complex smoke character than that to which I was previously familiar.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly creamy and very well balanced. It is inviting.

Flavors are complex and unique. There is a smokey, rich but restrained roasted malt undertone and flavor profile but it also has a somewhat unique hop flavor profile. There is a fruity, almost sweet, hop character to balance out the smokey malt. The fruity character (apricot, peaches, pears, smoked figs) is pleasant and well balanced with a "fruity bitter" character.

The finish is likewise a bit unique in that it, too, has a fruity bitter character.

This one is unlike other "Xmas ales" and is very drinkable and worth the experience. Apparently hard to find. Found on tap at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, California (one of the 42 taps in this unique eclectic and high end BBQ restaurant).

This is a beer to try if you can find it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a unique beer. i like everything ive had from these guys, but this one might be my favorite just because of how different it is. it pours a dusty bacon red color with a lively and frothy one inch just off white head. the nose is smokey as hell. just as much as their rauchbier i think, its close anyways. there is a sweet malty richness thats quite obvious, and the smoke profile is odd. its a lot like the weber when i do a pork shoulder over oak chips, a really similar vibe. the flavor isnt oaky in the barrel aged sense, but in the burning oak sense, really far out. it tastes like a big old turkey leg or something, midieval and hearty, almost arrogant. its really meaty in feel too, thick and saturated with flavor. good carbonation too. overall this is a great beer for this time of year. it tastes like october to me, but it isnt something i need to drink a whole lot of. i was still tasting it this morning. really powerful flavor here.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited when I came across this beer at my local shop. I thought that I had tried all the different ones they had until I was proven wrong. The beer poured out as a dark brown color. The head was big at first but quickly settles and almost fades completely. The smell of the beer is smokey but it seems like it was a tolerable aroma than their others. The taste of the beer is loaded with smokey malts and some fresh wood in the background. The mouthfeel is drinkable and not really heavy at all. Overall this beer was probably one of the better ones I've had from Aecht.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly fades away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns of bubbles in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are smoky aromas in the nose, which intensify as the beer warms up and also have some hints of cured meats such as bacon.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by smoky flavors and has some malty sweetness along with some hints of raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and rather thick on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is rather easy to drink because the smokiness is not overpowering and well incorporated into the smell and taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet smokiness, fresh carved woods, and a savory (almost meaty) flavors are all delivered in this savory lager that begs a pairing with barbecue.

The Smoked Dopplebock pours a deep copper color with a cottony off white head that dissipates nearly half way through the session with minimal lace. The phenolic compounds seems to have limited head retention and lace.

Aromas of fresh, smoky oak is met with deeply caramelized malts that are reminescent of molassas or toffee. Added notes of the crust of freshly baked bread, stone fruits of plumbs, dates, and figs all contribute to the varying display of aromas.

The sweet smoky interplay continues in taste. Molasass sweetness with light toast, savory lightly charred meats, and soft note of soy sauce offer a lot of complexity aside from the smoke (which seems to be much more aromatic than flavor). The Dopplebock character really takes hold in a slightly sweeter version that's less toasty. A background of chocolate and a spicy bite of black peppercorns make a wonderful transition back to the phenolic smoke character.

Succulent and medium rich, the textures start and are extended well into finish by a lingering residual malt sweetness, lasting well into the next sip. Only a light transition into a malty-dry finish is allowed by light woody tanins and moderately high alcohol.

A very savory and succulently flavored Smoked Dopplebock that relies on malt sweetness to balance the smoke. Avoiding ashy or roast, the beer carries a more meaty character that's very appealing in a beef jerky kind of way.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Made with smoked oak, rather than smoked beechwood - hmmmm, I wonder if Anheuser Busch has tried that out?

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two beefy (the aroma is already infiltrating my consciousness) fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and almost caked dirty white head, which leaves a few swaths of paint splatter lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of woodsmoke-infused dried meat, semi-sweet caramel malt, a twinge of hard toffee, wet brown toast, campfire-melted funky cheese, scorched rubber-like phenols, twisted vanilla, and faint earthy, singed leafy hops. The taste is actually less smoky than I was expecting (lots of room to move in that particular direction), with the same glowing log effluent character moved to the, ahem, near back burner, allowing a strongly caramelized malt to arise, with a touch of biscuity toffee, dark, reduced orchard fruit, edgy warming alcohol, and some still stunned weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are fairly prominent, a bit surprisingly, the swirling frothiness doing well to distribute the flavours, the body a solid medium-full weight, and nicely smooth, once you sublimate all that lurking smoky acridity, which is apparently not all that hard of a thing to do. It finishes on the sweet side, the complex and complicated smoke starting to blow off, leaving us with but a boozy, caramel-heavy, and bready maltiness.

A pretty deft application of the rauchbier treatment to a big doppelbock, the German version of overt style blending, I guess. Everything comes off well enough, the smoke having its way with my palate, before ceding the floor to the equally sturdy, strong like bull, base lager. Once again, a tad scary at first contact, but by the end, it's got me wondering about the times when all beer tasted at least a bit like this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I was at this brewery when I getting my beer diploma in Bamberg and their Marzen was excellent.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice slight cream, good thickness, and good retention (considering the high ABV). Colour is a hazy copper. Appealing.

Sm: Smoke, bacon, roast, cream, vanilla, and light wooden notes (I wouldn't go so far as to commit to oak). Moderate strength.

T: Restrained smoke comes through, but surfaces primarily on the climax. The foundation is a wooden barley one. Copper marzen hops (I can't distinguish which) are present as well, but the alcohol doesn't come through. It's very pleasant. It's built well but I wouldn't call it complex. Against my expectations, it's actually lighter bodied than their Marzen. Very well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Pretty thick and filling, however.

Dr: Actually very drinkable, and not just for the ABV. It's more drinkable than their Marzen, which I didn't expect. A good quality beer, its only flaw its simplicity. In the style, I believe it's among the best I've had.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is powerful though well balanced by some caramel malt. Taste is a great balance between some caramel malt with some light sweet notes and a good level of smoked notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and not as smoky as expected since the malt really cut through some of the smoke.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 924 ratings
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