Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber to orange colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is strongly smoked with a equally strong medicine scent. Smells more like ham than bacon. Mildly sweet smelling with some vanilla in it.

Starts out sweet with a rather nice smoky flavor, something here tastes like apple. Sweetness tones down quite a bit after a few minutes. Bitterness kicks in after a while but this is a sweet smoke beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very pleasant Rauchbier, not sure why this one is filed as a Doppelbock instead.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color and pretty clear. This one has a just off white head which does not build up very much but has ok retention... lacing is better than ok.

S: When I opened the bottle I got an immediate skunky (clear bottle) heineken aroma. Up close it's pretty much gone. In place the bouquet has smoke and lots of it. Fried bacon and campfire.

T: Coming up a bit flat I wonder if this has suffered from light pollution. Just the same there is a smokey presence which does not smash the palate. Sweet biscuit and subtle (but present) smokey bacon jam. The finish is just north of sweet.

M: Lighter than I would have anticipated but still pretty sticky.

O: This is a disappointing one for me and I do wonder if its been subject to the elements. I would go to their Urbock over this beer any day of the week. It seems to carry few things which I associate with its doppelbock style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed amber color with an ample off-white head. Fine-bubbled and long lasting. Nice...real nice.

Nose goes beyond bacon...lets go with whole smoked ham...double smoked! More smoky than the Ur-bock, which I did not think was possible. Not much else is noticeable, but thats ok for us smokeheads.

So smooth, yet so intense. Liquid smoke meets sweet malts and a kiss of alcohol. Body is light and I think that helps not make it too heavy-feeling of a brew. Pretty amazing brew and after a couple Schlenkerla brews that were not as smoky as Ur-bock, this one is damn smoky and enjoyable. Love it.

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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 GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into two small pint glasses. Thanks to Steve for the hook-up and the assist!

A: Pours a lovely dark tarnished copper color. Relatively clear with a thin layer of khaki colored foam on top. Retention was just ok and not too much lace was left behind.

S: Holy crap! Unbelievably rich smoky aromas. Smokehouse ham, smoked cheeses, and damp campfire wood smoke. Like a smoky charcuterie plate was shoved into my glass.

T: Slightly subdued compared to the smell. Takes on a slightly sweet edge as it warms up to temp.

M: Rather raw and spicy with a creeping bit of sweetness towards the finish. Incredibly savory and quite chewy.

O: Don't know how much of this I could drink in a night, but one or two glasses of this are a game changer. Steve and I were lucky enough to have tried this on draft a couple times earlier this year and I was thrilled when he brought this guy over.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy dark golden/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a little while, but there isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is very smoky, the brew smells mostly like smoked meat, along with a bit of bready malt. I just love the smoky, meaty aroma of this brew! The beer tastes like smoked meat, bready malt and a little bit of caramel. There's also a nice lingering smoky finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a pretty good overall brew. For just $4.99 a bottle, I'd definitely buy this again. It's certainly one of the better (if not the best) smoked beers I've had.

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Photo of wcintula
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.49 for just over a pint.

Pours a dark copper amber with a nice ecru head that recedes with spotty lacing. The smell is a strong delicious smoke atop the sweet doppelbock base. I smell the malt through Schlenkerla's signature smoke. Any hop bitterness flavor or aroma is hidden but it's solid malt and smoke.

This beer is delicious, if the rating doesn't sell you on it, then you're stupid. Just try the beer.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to a bubbly collar.

As a smoked beer fan, the aroma is heavenly. Just a big smoky campfire in a glass. Summer sausage, sweet caramel malts and a hint of earthy herbal malts.

The taste is more of the same with some bitter hops up front and a smoky presence that's a little spicier than the aroma. The finish comes back to where the aroma started with a mixture of sweet caramel malts and heavily smoked oak and smoked meats. The floral hops are present but very subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and a bit beefier than some of the other beers I've had from Schlenkerla.

I love smoked beers and Schlenkerla does them better than anyone on the planet. This particular beer is one of the top smoked beers I've ever had. It's bigger and more complex than most and has the absolutely unmistakable Schlenkerla character. Everyone should try this beer, but smoked beer lovers HAVE to get their hands on this one.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the suitcase of XicanoBeerRun.

Beer pours a dark straw with no head but this delicious smoke aroma. Taste is “like a honey baked ham.” The smoke lingers on the palate and the smokiness comes back in the finish. Not as pronounced a smoke profile as some of the other beers I’ve had in this series. This dobblebock is like a dessert to a smoked main course.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into Paulaner Seidel

BBE August 2011

A- Copper body with excellent clarity. 2 finger off white creamy head has good staying power considering abv and shows some legs.

S- Rauchkase dominates! Some biscuity malt and hint of toffee sweetness

T- Melanoidins and sweet toffeeish hint sit underneath a layer of smoke. It has a certain creaminess to it though which makes me think of Rauchkase. Very smooth, no suggestion of abv. Biscuity sweetness lingers on.

M- Moderate carbonation, full body, lager clean.

D- This is superb. The smoke doesnt dominate. Its everpresent but doesnt get in the way of the malt richness of the doppelbock character. Lager clean finish makes it easily drinkable with no suggestion of its alcohol strength. A rich doppelbock with that classic Schlenkerla rauch flavour. Superb!

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Photo of VtBeerRun
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was awesome. I love cheese and this was like liquid smoked guoda! That may not sound to some but it was very good and the mouthful is great. Big fan. The smell out of the bottle is great. It has a good copper color. You will enjoy this beer.

Update - I was excited to find this at the local beverage warehouse. I have to say this is still a great beer, however you really do need to have it with the right food. Also a whole bottle does become a little much. Still an excellent beer.


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Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Pours a surprisingly light copper color with a small white head that has average retention.

The aroma is smoked ham sandwich on rye, not an uncommon smell for me to pick up in Aecht Schlenkerla beers. Some sweet malty notes back it up.

The flavor is rather typical for beers from these guys. Sweet pale malt, caramel, and a hammy intense smokiness.

Pretty nice mouthfeel, smooth with medium-plus body and average carbonation. Long smoky meaty finish that sticks with you.

Overall, nothing really wowed me, and I’ll say I like the Urbock better. Don't get me wrong though - it's still a great beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like strong charcoal and smoke and oak, with earthy roasted barley and bacon, and a little herbal hops and rye bread.
T: It tasted like smoke and bacon and charred oak, with some earthy barley and caramel and rye bread. It had a smoky but clean aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This is definitely my favorite smoke beer. It wasn't as intense from the bottle as on tap, but it still had a great woody scent and taste that was amazingly clean without any harshness. It had great body too with no alcohol noticeable, so it was really easy to drink. Probably not for aging, but who knows how it might develop over time. Highly recommended.

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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 HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second segue into the world of Schlenkerla. This beer I pour from a robust 500 ml. bottle into a wine glass, leaving some notable yeast behind. Pours a copper orange with a touch of haze. A thin cap settles out to a surface film and leaves some lacing.

Smoked malts dominate the nose and with a touch of caramel beneath said blankets. Bit of orange as well. Smoke is subdued vs. their Rauchbiers yet present and well balanced. Smoky/Piney Hop notes with agitation.

Taste initiates with caramel, a bit of orangey malts and a touch of smoke residue. Sweetness is subdued for a Doppelbock yet the 8.0 % is well cloaked in mystery.

Different yet intriguing. Smoky but not, yet a rather smooth Doppel.. Liking how the smoked malts balance the sweetness even in the absence of an aggressive hopping.

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Photo of sommersb
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-16-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Appearance is clear, with lots of carbonation seen in the glass. The color is of copper, lighter than I expected. Huge off-white head is 5 fingers high in my mug.

The smell is of smoke - big and in your face! Aromas of a campfire and bacon blanket a base of sweet, roasted malts. I love the smell of a fire outside and this beer puts that in a bottle.

The taste is also heavy on the oak smokiness. Rich and complex, there is a sweetness in the doppelbock paired with flavors of bacon and salt. Also get a spiciness like peppercorns and of course the oak wood tastes. Nice alcohol warming effect.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a full body. Aftertaste has a bite to it from the intense smoke and meaty, roasted malts.

Overall, this is a real treat - definitely different than most beers due to the domination of the smoked wood in the smell and taste, but masterfully done.

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Photo of flexabull
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a nice white head.

Aromas are wonderful, peat smoke, charred wood, campfire, and matchsticks.

Taste starts out malty, lightly sweet, with some slight nutty flavors. Then the smokiness comes out, it is peaty with hints of campfire wood. This beer is balanced well, the sweet maltiness is just right, and the smokiness is strong enough to be easily noticed, but subtle enough to not over power the beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but I wish it had some more body and thickness.

Overall this is a nice approachable smoked beer. It is tasty, but hard core smoked beer fans might be wish for a bit more here. But that's no slight on this one, this is very solid.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle from Finger Lakes.

A: The doppelbock is a golden amber color. Barely translucent, the doppelbock's fullness seems appropriate for colder months. A thin white head comes with the lager.

S: The nose is so clean, so chewy that it blows me away. Fresh-smoked bacon, sweet with a robust wood underneath, drives the aroma. The rich fullness of the malts manages to peak through as well.

T: Delicious. The smoked aspect is big, as big as the rest of the Schlenkerla line-up. Underneath the sweetly intense smoke, a rich doppelbock lurks. Imagine this, a full complexity that gives way to a different, equally full complexity. It's here in this glass. After the cereal malts of the doppelbock subside, sweet smokey flavors return and see the beer away. The maltiness of the doppelbock suites the smoke.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, chewy and meaty. One square meal in liquid form. The smoked oak adds complexity and richness. World class.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle from largadeer, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Transparent fulvous with a bubbly white head that quickly fades.

S: Having just had another smoked beer, I was eager to crack this and see how it compared. As I suspected, the Aecht Schlenkerla is superior. The smoke profile is flawless. The applewood bacon, oak, and beechwood smoke smell incredible. Beneath the smoke I find toasted malt. The nose is very clean.

T: The flavor is very smoky as well, but it doesn't match the quality of the aroma. The flavor is clean and there's a low level of bitterness. Malt is rich and toasted with some caramel, but ultimately subservient to the oak and beechwood. The liquid smoke finish is clean and dry.

M: Medium body with lower medium carbonation and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: A good smoked Doppelbock with an incredible aroma.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours lighter than I expected, but it's a nice amber with a big head, though that may be a function of the bottle neck. The smell is smoke, and a ton of it, with some meat. The smoke is by far the dominating and overpowering flavor, but I do get some pork and there is a bit of sweet malt, too. It's like liquid bacon. Goes down quite easily, and there is no hint of the 8% ABV.

This is unlike any doppelbock I've had. So if you think you'll be getting something like Celebrator or Salvator, you're not. It is firmly a Rauchbier.

Overall, it's pretty tasty, but the smoke really is a lot to handle. Be ready!

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Photo of bceagles39
1.78/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011.

This beer was, for me, extreme.

I have had rauchbier on many occasions and have enjoyed beers of the style. I get it. However, I thought this beer was awful and wondered if something had gone wrong.

The beer had an orange brown hue.

It smelled like burning rubber.

The first few sips revealed woodchips soaked in medicine. Later, medicinal flavors of beef jerky and ham developed.

I did not finish the beer. :(

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown with a fluffy beige head that fades to film. Sharp hickory-type smoke with some Band-aid and a touch of wholemeal wheat bread. Red currant and wheat germ up front with a gentle layer of smoke then big woody hop spice. Sultana finish and long lingering dryness. Medium, crisp, chewy, some burn.

Wow. Smoke appetizes more than overwhelms, malty sweetness deftly balanced by some serious hop presence, compulsively sippable in spite of how big it is - there's lots of things going on here that are not easy to do. Smoke or no smoke, I'm ever more impressed by what expert brewers this brewery has. Some depth on the nose and a little less heat is all that keeps this from perfect.

Another home run from Schlenkerla.

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Photo of output01x
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2 1/2-finger cream-colored head that slowly settles to. The body is a hazy orange honey color with a slow flow of tiny carbonation bubbles meandering to the surface. The body is rather light in color for the style. Thin lacing attempts to stick to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

I have opened bags of beef jerkey that smelled more bland than this. Was this beer brewed with bacon grease? The smokiness is incredible and extremely overpowering of the other aromas attempting to come through.

The flavor, while matching up perfectly with the aroma, is a little weak comparatively. The smokiness and the meatiness are both there, but in a creamier way. This allows for the sweet, caramelized malts to come through a little.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer is a little watery in my opinion. While the body is great as you hold it in your mouth, it is swallowed like a heavy water and leaves little coating. A stickier mouthfeel would have helped this beer's flavor profile immensely.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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 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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