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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 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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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Docer
2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pours a rather clear copper. Perhaps a bit darker than a new copper penny. After seeing that it didn't have much carbonation, I immediately started a heavy pour into the glass. Perhaps a touch of off-white fizzy head appeared, but it quickly settled to the smallest half-ring, and some very small traces of bubbles on top.

Smell: (3.0)
- Big smoke. Wonderful woody smoke, salty smoke, light grain and sweetness. Like that smell that sticks with you if you hung out by a fire burning old pallets all night. Very woody smoked scent. It is pretty much all that dominates this beer. While it smells very good, I feel the smoke dominates the smell much too much.

Taste: (2.5)
- Huge smokey salty woody flavor, but I think the aroma might twist what one would think the true flavor is. Light grain, slighty wheaty flavor. Small touch of caramel. Bit earthy, burnt, sweet.. not much hop. Overall very smokey, and interesting... but really isn't overly good.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- It's basically medium bodied, slightly syrupy, but lacks a good amount of carbonation. I feel it is kind of flat, and does wet the palate a bit because of its pallet burning presence. Eh..

Overall: (2.5)
- If you like burned wood, and massive smokey character.. this beer is for you. I feel it is way undercarbonated, may have a decent malt backbone, but is just not hitting high marks with me. I like some good smoked oak etc, age, and unique character.. but holy smokes..

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smoked Doppelbock huh? I sampled this one the other day at my local Whole Foods and wanted a healthier taste of this brew.

A: Usually I peg Doppels as being dark, blood red. However, this one was different indeed. Almost clear, orange-grey color, with a nice slight off-white head after a hard pour.

S: Bacon for sure, but it had the sweetness of a Doppel, which gave it sort of an applewood sort of scent.

T: I like this style in this setting. I'm usually not a fan of Doppelbocks because of the concentrated, in-your-face, beet sugar type of sweetness. The smoked concept really mutes that, making this much more palatable.

M: Low carbonation, not overly sweet as a result of the oak smoking, and the lacing was non-existent.

O: Interesting and quite good. Still, I wouldn't drink this every day, but I'd have it again... especially if I'm ever in the mood for a Doppelbock.

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

Pours out bright copper and sits a light brown in the glass with a a good sized, creamy, off-white head, fading to a light skim with some fair lacings.

Bright smoky aroma, almost peat-like in that it protrudes with some tang. Caramel and toffee below, figs, raisins, and dates mingle as well.

Lightly sweet malty character in the mouth, pushing forth a torrent of smoky goodness. Peat-like flavors definitely come through, though this is certainly due to the oak. It is reminiscent in character to some well-aged rye whiskeys, and brings about some vegetal qualities. Sharply defined hops presence with booming grassy noble hops character. Fades fairly to a low after-burn, noting some alcohol, and the smokiness continues to flourish.

Delightlfully effervescent in the mouth with a medium-light body. Definitely a rock-solid smoked beer, and probably one of the more dominantly defined beers from Schlenkerla. Packs a one-two punch of both smoke and hops while maintaining a clever balance with some truly delicious malts.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle ($4.59 at Maine Brewing Supply in Portland, ME) poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a mostly translucent amber with marmalade highlights. Highly effervescent 2-finger head settles fast and leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

S: I'm fighting to smell anything but smoke in this. Immediately brings to mind smoked cheese. Interesting, if not too much.

T: As expected, smoke overwhelms the flavor profile, but dies down just enough for the sweet and clean doppelbock flavors to shine. Skunky hops lend this beer a pleasantly bitter finish, and offset the smoke nicely.

M: Carbonation is moderate; body is low. Fits the style, I suppose.

O: I tried to rate this to style, but in the end I think it comes down to the fact that I'm truly not a fan of smoked beers. I've tried their marzen (which some people rave over) and ended up pouring it down the drain. This is far more drinkable, although I'm not sure "subtle" could ever serve as a good word to describe any of the Heller-Trum beers. If you're into smoked beers, this one won't disappoint, but it may not convert you if you aren't.

No doubt a well-crafted smoked beer.

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

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche
Doppelbock Schlenkerla Oak Smoke
$5.49 at Whole Foods, union Square, NY

Appearance: The body is a deep amber with an orange cast, and almost borders on becoming russet brown. Creamy khaki head. Surprisingly good head retention for a strong rauchbier; and with better than average lacing.

Smell: Smoke. I'm not sure that I can tell the difference between the oak and their standard Beechwood but this is a little less bacon-like if I'm not imagining it. It's more refined. I don't get that 'campfire on my shirt the morning after' scent that I usually do. I can also find hints of caramelish malt but the smoke rarely lets it through.

Taste: Again, smoke, but it's immediately backed by a supple, bready and caramel coated maltiness. There aren't many hops present, but I do find a light touch of floral character and a bit of a dull mintiness that turns grassy in the finish. Not much bitterness is present, but not much is needed as the smokiness lends to the dryness in the lingering finish. In comparison to the other beers, the smoke here fades on the palate fairly readily. It's strong upfront, and always present, but it doesn't build on you as it does in their other beers; and perhaps that's the oak rather than the beechwood, or maybe it's the increased malt and alcohol, but as I let it linger on my palate I'd certainly lean more towards the use of oak as the malt doesn't really have any staying power.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a gentle caress of tiny bubbles across the palate.

Overall: For a lover of rauchbier such as myself, a 16.9 oz. bottle is too small. Two would be better. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a weak 1/2-finger offwhite head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

The nose is malty sweet and smoky with a character that brings to mind Thanksgiving or Easter dinner- aromas of smoked ham, baked apples, white pepper and toasted bread crust. Is it my imagination or can I smell the sweet potatoes too?

The palate is rich, smoky sweet and dives right back into the ham vibe, though adding a nice spicy dusting of candied orange to the whole presentation. Hops are minimal with a mild bitterness, while the finish is long, dry and very mouthwatering.

Overall, this was a rather delicious and well balanced Rauch. Personally ham is one of my least favorite meats of the pork persuasion, so I probably won't be buying this again. I can't knock it for that though, and the dryer finish gives this one a few extra points.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice clear orange copper color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lace.

S - It smells meaty and smokey up front. There is also a grassy earthiness to it and also some notes of sweet malt tucked away in the background.

T - In the taste the smoke takes the backseat a bit and the sweet caramel malts come forward. There is a nice earthy hop flavor and some dark fruity flavors. Also, I am getting a hint of alcohol on the back end as well as a bit more of the smoke.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a very smooth silky quality to it. There is some sweetness and a bit of bitterness from the hops. Also, there is some alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very easy, and the flavor is great. I could easily drink a few of these over the course of a night. Overall, I think this is a very good and unique version of the style. I really like how the nose has a nice big smoke presence, but it tones down in the actual flavor of the beer. I think this is great beer, and I would definitely buy it again. I recommend giving it a shot.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.08 out of 5 based on 879 ratings.
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