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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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Photo of erk0607
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark woody-copper coloring, thick dark tan head with tiny bubbles
Smell: First and foremost, smokey and peaty
Taste: Smoky! With heavy caramel notes, with mild roastiness
Feel: Not very viscous, kind of slick, with soft carbonation
Overall: Cool beer to try and give to who have never had a smoke beer.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear, dark amber copper color with a white head that's about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick when first poured. Seethes eventually to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Barely any lacing though unfortunately. Aromas of toasted, smoked, bready malt sweetness along with a nice oak hint. The taste is pretty much the same with toasted, smoked, bready caramel malt sweetness along with slight hints of peppery spice notes. Also a nice oak presence alon with a touch of the Hallertau hops. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a clean finish. Has a clean finish and a nice aftertaste. A very good beer all around.


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

pours brown. didn't really get much in the way of head or lace.

nose and mouth are in perfect alignment. smoke dominates completely. licorice. some sweetness from the malt, but the smoke really carries the day.

moderate carbonation. finishes rather dry.

not for everyday, but man this thing is fantastic.

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Photo of deereless
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wer34truh
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 04/25/17:

Deep orange copper, clear, lighter than the Märzen and Urbock both, to my surprise. Sandy tan light and fluffy foam head, fast-sinking. Speckled lacing. Wood smoke, dark chocolate, spirity alcohol that’s presumably a combination of ethanol and oak, some licorice, a little plum on the nose. That’s after the head is mostly gone, it’s a little meatier just whiffing the head. Palate takes an interesting turn, nowhere near as fruity or overtly boozy as I surmised it would be upon smelling it. Still smoky, roasty meat, still a pinch of dark chocolate, but moving toward coffee, toffee, ferrous metal, soil, a hint of caraway seed, juniper, or similar herbs and spices and earthen flavors in place of the anise or licorice detected in the aroma, which, with the light alcohol flavor reminds me of a gin or certain aquavits or even an extra dry vermouth. Plums or black cherries too, but with much of the sweetness and tartness cut out, and hidden under both the chocolate notes and the alcohol. Green and black peppercorn and more gin-character to be found in retro-olfaction. Full-bodied, slick, sloshy, moderately sudsy, warm. A treat, more well-balanced than certain other high ABV dark beers, whether lagers or ales, thanks to the addition of wood smoke, but likely a taste to be acquired in most cases.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this. Love the style and simplicity of the bottle.

Popped the cap and was hit with a campfire. I was definitely expecting smoke, so no surprises. Man, haven't even poured and it smells amazing, got me salivating.

Pours out a lovely hue of brown, and with a soft, billowy head, that seemed to disappear quick and never really could coax it back. Still, beer looks lovely.

The aroma is just heavenly to me; people will either love it or hate it, I presume. Do you like bacon, camping, smoked gouda? Holy hell is there smoked loveliness in that aroma. All the cliched obvious notes of the aforementioned bacon or roasted ham, oak chips, salt and a hint of pepper. Hard really to describe, just incredible. And very appetising. There is malt backbone here as well though in the Doppelbock...some caramel and doughy dark bread. Smoked gouda was my first thought when I smelt this though.

The taste is much the same as the what the smell promises. Full mouthfeel, creamy and on the lighter side for carbonation. All the big ole smoked loveliness, pronounced salinity, like liquid bacon. Great malt behind that, roasty, dark bread, even hints of licorice or tobacco. Amazing to drink, and the smoke is strong but it never GETS to me--I could drink 2 or 3 of these easily.

World class stuff. Ecstatic to finally have it available here in Alberta.

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Photo of hman43
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark amber with red hues. It has a light brown head with tiny beading in the initial pour. It has moderate head retention.

Smell: It has a pleasant bacon like smoke aroma. There is also a complex blend of oak and malty richness.

Taste: The flavors has a combination of bacon like smoke with oak. There are background notes of malty richness and hints of dark fruit.

Feel: It has a full body that is slightly heavy on the palate with smoke that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Overall, this beer provides a good portion of smoke without overdoing it and also provides the background balance with rich malt and hints of dark fruits.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into Pilsener glass. No date.

L: Slightly hazy amber-mahogany. Finger width light khaki head. Above average retention.

S: This smells like roasted smoked meat. Like a smoked honey ham. Some caramel sweetness in the back.

T: Again tons of oak smoke in this like rich smoked pork, with some caramel sweetness in the back, such an interesting flavor.

F: Medium body, low carbonation, lingering smoke flavor.

O: Weird, and interesting. Not my favorite though.

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Photo of mnine
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pokal.

Appearance: Little head. Ruby amber.

Nose: like Thanksgiving.

Taste: smoke, glazed ham, underlying caramel sweetness, nice malt back.

Medium body.

A rustic campfire in a bottle. Great beer.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a light beige, bubbly and fluffy head.

Smoke is huge on the nose - burned wood, stale earth, roasted grains and sweet caramel form an intriguing force, enhanced by a whiff of sea salt. A small dose of dried herbs compliment to the profound malts, establishing a pleasant depth.

Has a medium body with a slightly lower carbonation, which is still able to produce a light effervescence during the finish, countering a green tea hop bitterness. Although the smoke and maltiness are both profound, the mouthfeel remains refreshingly light.

Tastes of a bakers chocolate covered toffee peak, gently entangled into earth, wood bark and a ridiculous amount of sweet and heavy smoke. Turns a little sweeter during mid palate with rock sugars enriching the malts, toned down by dry and herbal hops. Finishes surprisingly bitter with some lingering smoke and a well exhibited rustic malt sweetness.

Huge and intense, but not too heavy or sweet Doppelbock, defined by its well build, smoky maltiness.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I feel an unusual sense of completion.
This is my 6th beer from Schlenkerla and the last with distribution in America. (American micros note that being great has to do with focus... not appeasing one's curiosity that one knows how to make many, many styles better than the masters who started them.) Anyway... All Schlenkerla are interesting and, as I review my reviews, all quite good... and at least half are excellent. (Am I experiencing an Epiphany in my beer-reviewing career?) Ahem... back to business.

Looks like something I really want to drink; dark amber with luscious foam... and it even sticks to the glass.

Smells rich, malty and has loads of caramel mixed in with whatever else got smoked. Like Scotch (and I still do like Scotch and most things barley), these rauchbiers get their smokiness at the malting stage.

Taste steals the show for reasons well-known: Sweet, Smokey, Sufficient Spice to keep sensations stable.
(This is known as the 4Ss formula... and 6 Ss if done well and concludes "Sensations Stable."

Feel may be Eiche's sole weakness as the semi-dry ends up, well, off.

Eiche also went well with a variety of leftovers for lunch, so it shows flexibility and compatibility, despite being so prominently smokey. Perhaps that explains why it went best with chips and salsa.
In the final analysis, I ate so much that I drank the whole dopplebock (instead of half for lunch.)
So, I think it is time for a nap.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper with ruby edges and about a finger of head. The nose is a very pleasant blend of smoke and bread. The flavor is similar to the nose with the smoke ever present throughout the tasting but never overly done at any point. The body is plenty hearty to hold up to the smoke. The semi-dry bitter finish was a perfect capstone to an exceptional offering.

I served this offering to my Easter dinner guests as an alternative to wine. The smokiness was perfect to go with the smoked meats and potatoes that we enjoyed as part of a traditional Slavic Easter celebration.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber hue, just a little bit of head with almost no carbonation. Obviously there is lots of smoke on the nose - it isn't too harsh (lika liquid smoke from the store) but has a natural campfire wood smell. Underneath you will find some traditional doppelbock malt & dark fruit phenol. Taste follows the same route, so your mileage will vary based on how much you like the style. As it opens those caramel malt / date flavors are more present & the smoke fades ever so slightly, making a little smoother than some rauchbiers. Not my particular cup of teas but very good for the style & a good introductory beer.m

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia poured into a stein

Hazy copper, taupe one finger foam cap

Aroma of sweet malt and smoke

Gentle lightly smoky malt flavor , not overpowering

Smooth , quaffable

Perfect pairing with a wurst

Great representation of the style

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like I'm sinking my teeth into some Memphis dry rub ribs. This brew is a red-amber with an off-white head that rings out. Smells of smoke and malt and tastes just the same. Sweet and smokey this dopplebock would go great work pork, sausage, and cheese. Medium bodied with slicky smokey finish.

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Photo of thoglund
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 945 ratings