Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche

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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 OregonGrown7
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A not only palatable, but very enjoyable smoked beer. Dense, creamy head. Medium-thick mouthfeel. I've had some nasty smoked beers, but this is really good. The smoked malts, oakiness, and well rounded malty backbone make this a big tasty brew. I've only seen it a couple times, and I'm glad I snatched it. Buy it if you see it.

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

Appearance - beer pours a copper color with tan head

Smell - smoke, burnt firewood, caramel

Taste - burnt firewood upfront, caramel, malts

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, smoke and burnt firewood upfront, residual sweetness on the back of the palate

Overall - I liked this beer, has the smoky profile that is palatable and hits the traditional dopplebock notes as well. Worth a shot

Price Point - $4.79/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a caramel color, cloudy, with a two finger head, not much lacing. Very active carbonation at first pour. Smell is smoke, burnt wood, caramel, malt, charred meat as it warms, a little sulphur in the head at each pour. Like a match, not rotten eggs... Taste is more malt forward, caramel, still good amount of smoke- but not as burnt or charred as the nose, brown sugar. It's a little sweet. Smooth, full bodied, creamy.

Very flavorful, a nice blend between a Doppelbock and a Rauchbier. Not as raw and vivid as the Urbock. If you like smokiness and burnt wood with a little bit of sweetness, this is worth your money.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich hamy aroma. Roast mingling with smoke. Hearty rye bread. Some herbal floral noble hops. Some clovey alcohols. Earthy woodsy aroma, perhaps like smelling a campfire from a distance. Toasty and malty doppelbock is apparent aside from the smoke. Incredibly rich and meaty.

Pours hazy light brown/dark copper with some ruby highlights. Very small tan head but it lingers a while. Not much lacing.

The flavor complexly layered. Rich pumpernickel bread upfront giving to slightly fruity caramel and sweeter malt flavors finishing with meaty smoke. Typical doppelbock flavors are more present in the flavor. Solid herbal hop bitterness without getting in the way of rich malt flavors. Finishes with some residual sweetness. Big and hearty.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Seems under carbonated, but the lack of carbonation contributes to the richness. Finish is long with a slight bitterness mingling with malt sweetness.

The "meal in a glass" phrase applies to this beer much more than it does to Guinness.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle.

Brilliantly clear, amber pour with a small white head. Nice looking lager. The aroma is straight-up smoked ham. There are mentions of Hallertau hops on the label description, but I don't get anything besides smoked malt. And beautifully smoked it is. The smoke is not as "in your face" as some of the other Schlenkerla offerings, but it is a deep, smooth smoke. Medium bodied, but the oak smoke makes it seem heartier than it actually is. What an enjoyable, clean lager with tons of character. If you're looking for an entry level smoked beer, this is not it. But if you've had rauchbiers before and are looking for something different, this makes an excellent change of pace.

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Photo of Gadzook
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber color with a light head that dissipates into a nice ring.

Beautiful smoky aroma with a light hopiness and just a hint of sweetness.

Smoke flavor up front, but nowhere near overpowering. Nice hop hints in the middle and back. Lingering sweetness (bready malts), and a wonderful malt aftertaste that coats the palette in between sips.

Lightly carbonated with a medium body that feels just a little bit creamy.

Overall, this beer is absolutely fantastic. I've seen this beer a lot, and I waited way too long to try it. Just get it. Really.

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Photo of DDiFran
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color, aroma and flavor are fantastic. Smoky sausage and chewy Carmel. Not much body in this undated bottle. Suspect it may be a bit past its prime, but still love smoked beers when the leaves start to turn.

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Photo of cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, just short of syrup, full of floaties. A half-hearted whisp of white head kicks back quick to floating islands and a steady ring. Wooaaah, thick and laden with chunks.

Smoke and beautiful caramel combine with hints of spicy hop to make a light but wonderfully enticing aroma.

Full strength taste fronted by brilliant smoke that is not overridingly dominant but still leads the harmony it makes with caramel, spicy hop and herbal bitter hop, and nice fruity notes that lighten the taste markedly. Smoke does not build on palate and is clean partner in the flavor profile.

Despite it's look, it is easy drinking for a doppelbock, dangerously so, highest alert, low carb. to good result, and stunning finish that is complex, bold, and clean.

This one blew me away. Amazing beer, best from this brewery, of which my local will be out of stock after my visit tomorrow. Highest recommendation

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while in the US. Hoping that this smokey doppelbock will cheer me up after the Blue Jays devastating loss to the Royals.

Appearance - pours a dark garnet coloured beer that is clear at the bottom and slightly hazy towards the top where a finger of thick tan foam rest. Good clarity within the beer and nice patterns of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.

Smell - as you'd expect from these guys the name of the game is smoke and lots of it. Bigger and more intense than their marzen and hefeweizen/rauchbier mix in terms of smoke aroma. As opposed to just smokiness, you can actually smell the wood itself burning as embers from a chemical reaction with the wood. Some slightly meaty smells of bacon or sausage, but the smokiness takes the cake.

Taste - huge smoke flavor, quite meaty of grilled meats coalesce with the smoke flavours. There's a big malty presence that is hard to put a finger on, maybe some butterscotch notes, but it's masked carefully by the smoke body. Some spiciness does start to make it through after a few sips as well.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is modest, body is fairly thick but not chewy and the beer finishes quite dry.

Overall - it's very reminiscent of all of the Schlenkerla beers, huge amount of smoke, meat falvor and whatnot, this is the biggest and baddest brother out of all of them, with extra strength and extra intensity on all your senses. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but this is one delicious beer.

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

Poured into a snifter from a 500 mL bottle.

Smells very much of a classic doppelbock in the best German style, with an infusion of very palatable smokiness- more like a fireplace and less like a campfire if that makes any sense. It has a meaty quality, but more like a purposefully smoked piece of meat than one cooked over open flame.

The flavor is fantastic. The doppelbock is rich, smooth and just sweet enough to balance the light alcohol note and subtle hops. Without the smoke this would be outstanding. Then add some delicious savory smokiness to balance the rich sweet malt and things go from great to awesome. This hits all the right notes from start to finish- in particular the smoke never gets overpowering, but stays put right in line with the wonderful "lagery" malt-bonanza of the big German beer. A Damned delight of a brew.

Conclusion: This is great stuff. The best Rauchbier I have had to date!

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours kind of a deep red-orange color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to a ring. As many others have said, very smoky in both aroma and taste. There is also a layer if sweet malt under the smike which is very pleasing to the palate. Schlenkerla makes, in my opinion, some of the best smoked beers on the planet.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a short cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Strong woodsmoke and cooked bacon
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, smoked ham. A full-bodied sipper that cries out for a food pairing of the smoked meat variety.

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Photo of dank203
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the smoke on this is incredible. I mean pure bacon/smoked meat aroma. never smelled anything like it. flavor repeats some of this with some sweeter malty aromas.

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

-strong notes of smoked bacon (Serrano),camp fire and caramel
-slightly spicy (Rosmaryn)
-slightly hoppy
-very sweet and slightly alcoholic finish

another great smoked one from schlenkerla

update (15.12.15):
Just tried the 2010 bottle conditioned Vintage Release:

-smoke is reduced,turns toasty on the finish
-plums and dates in the aroma as well as Bananas
Very Dubbel-like, except with meaty smoke

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Photo of GFM
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Enjoyed outside next to my fire pit. Pours a clear light amber color with not much head. Light, blotchy lacing. Feel resembles a flat cola with slight carbonation. There's a cured meat resemblance to the taste (like a stick of salami). Smoke clearly present in its scent (not as strong as in its urbock sibling). Sweet toasted malt taste with a hint of alcohol. I prefer the urbock but this is a great beer. (9.0)

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear, deep copper body and a khaki-hued head. The smoky aroma is savory and refreshing and is complemented by lightly sweet malt and a dash of clove-like spiciness. The malt in the flavor is smooth and sweet. There is also toasted grain, some prune, and—like the aroma—a little clove. Unlike the aroma, the flavor has only a little smokiness. The alcohol is well hidden for 8%. Malt and bitterness linger in the finish. It’s medium bodied with subdued carbonation but just enough bite to punctuate the richness of the malt.

Quite tasty overall, though the bitterness is a bit intense. While the smoky aroma is appetizing, the smoky flavor is almost negligible, making the heightened bitterness essentially moot. On the other hand, the smoky aroma persists throughout, so there is at least a waft of it while sipping.

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

Poured golden copper color, slight haze, quarter inch white head - good retention and lacing. Smells like a good country ham. Taste is smoky up front, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty creamy. Quite a tasty beer, the combo of the smoke and the sweet is just fantastic.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, unknown date:
Nice auburn color, decent clarity ignoring color blockage. Head is small-bubbled off white that covers surface quite well. Nose is smokey, for sure. Bartender said bacon, which I can see, but I get campfire and beef jerky, with a light dark caramel maltiness in the background.

Sweet dark bread is the backbone, but the more exciting to the tongue salty smokiness also plays in. I expected more of the latter from the nose. After the initial tastes, I start to get a woody (oak) note, that slowly leads to a dry finish. The brown sugar/bread malt notes are in play the whole way.

I appreciate the beer but am not as big a fan of this one. Would not turn it down if offered one, and might even grab one once in a while for a change of pace.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Someone else has said this is like a bbq in a bottle . . . And it is. But I like it. Smokey with a capital S ! I think this would go great with some wings.

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

Great in the glass at the Schlenkerla Tavern watching the tourists blunder about and great from the bottle in the USA poured int a snifter to enjoy! Recommended!

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Photo of teromous
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark transparent bronze and brown colored body with a fluffy off-white eggshell colored head that stands up pretty good.

Aroma: Smells like smoked sausages, a bit of rosemary, and a spicy clove scent. I feel it is important to note that the label does state "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" and the back explains that the malt is kilned with oak wood, which would explain the smoked sausage it's not a bad thing. It reminds me of summer campfires and cookouts. It's hard to explain why the aroma is so unique and just is.

Taste: Wow there is this caramel sweetness mixed with a hint of smokey flavor. It's not as rich as I would expect from a Doppelbock...a bit thin, but still tasty. Most of the flavor comes from the smokey presence.

Mouthfeel: Despite the smokiness it is not bitter or acrid which is a plus. It does feel rather thin for a Doppelbock, but it is smooth.

Overall: It's a very nice and unique beer especially if you consider the smoke flavor and aroma. For this reason alone I would say give it a shot. It's not the malty sweet caramel Doppelbock you are probably used to, but it is its own beast. The spicy quality of the beer wins a merit on their own. This is a great beer to pair with food. Have fun with it.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a subtle garnet hue. Normal head volume and retention, outstanding lacing.

Rich nose of bacon cooking over an oak campfire. Underneath is a subtle caramel sweetness. The aroma is less intense than the Marzen and Urbock variants.

Almost full bodied with a rich texture that is oily and creamy. Below normal carbonation level with almost no effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is near World Class. It is reasonably intense, a bit complex and exceptionally well balanced. It begins with a burst of oak smokiness that lacks the meaty aspects of the nose, that slowly blends, rather than fades, with a rich underlying sweetness. Both caramel and biscuit notes are present. Here is where the rich malts of a doppelbock kick in. In the middle, a balancing mild bitterness emerges over a vanilla note. The finish is a slow fade of oak smoke and sweetness with a slight note of alcohol.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Oak smoke can be a harsh mistress, and so it is here, imparting all of the medicinal astringency it's so capable of giving. Love the different spins Schlenkerla tries to put on their smoked offerings, but I still find myself coming back to the classic marzen as the best. This, sadly, was a misfire, pun intended.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.51/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a mug at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden red, almost orange-tinted, and forms quite a thick pale beige head that leaves crazy amounts of lacing as it slowly recedes. Bubbles line the bottom of the glass, and rocket upwards sporadically rather than in columns.

Smell: Dark, dank smoke swirls out of the glass, redolent with scents that remind me of a pork shoulder going in my smoker on a spring afternoon. There's a sweetness underlying the smoke, like caramel. The smoke scent itself, while allegedly oak, reminds me more of burning a mix of peat and hickory.

Taste: Oh my, that is a smooth-drinking beverage. The taste opens with a sweet caramel malt that seems to have been aged in oak barrels, which is suddenly overtaken in the middle by the taste of fire-blackened pork still dripping with fat. As it progresses, the meaty essence gives way first to charred and ashy wood, and by the finish, to a peaty soot. While there are allegedly Hallertau hops present, I can find no hop character to this beer (which is a plus for me), beyond the slight earthy-peaty tone to some of the smoke. There is no indication at all that this contains alcohol, just sweetness and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite drinkable, this feels like silk along the palate.

Overall: My first encounter with a Schlenkerla, and assuredly not my last. I'd call this more of a rauchbier than a doppelbock, as the primary characteristic is the smoke - there's nowhere near the level of bready, toffee, caramel, nutty, or dark fruit flavors I would associate with a doppelbock, nor the sticky mouthfeel. I greatly enjoy this beer, but I am forced to rate it as a doppelbock because that's how it's classified, and therefore that's the style-specific ranking it will appear in. Were this lumped in as a rauchbier, use of oak instead of beech notwithstanding, my rating would be far higher - easily over a 4 in every category.

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Photo of Beric
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 24 Jan 2015

Appearance: Pours a standard, almost mud-colored brown with minimal head. Little to no lacing, but this is not surprising given the alcohol content. Some faint streams of carbonation from the bottom leaving splotchy tannish spots on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Soft pure smokiness with an underlying sweetness. Much less smoke in the nose than the Märzen.

Taste: Really smooth steady smokiness, reminiscent of the lingering scent of a campfire on a crisp fall day. Silky sweetness from the Doppelbock malts, but little to no assertion of the prototypical caramel flavors. Despite the smoke, the beer does not taste burnt.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with medium-high body and medium-low carbonation.

Overall: A magnificent beer, and one of the best from Schlenkerla that I've reviewed so far. The smoke character in this one is much similar to the one in the Urbock-- it is not 'meaty' like the Märzen. A great beer and one that I found is very approachable for the style. Looking forward to trying the rest of the Schlenkerla repertoire.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.08 out of 5 based on 889 ratings.
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