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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

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

Looks like a Brown Ale in color, very foamy head but no lacing at all. And the head lasts only a minute or two before dissipating. Delicious oak and hickory smoked bacon-ey goodness scent layered thickly on top of hallertau hop scent and caramel malt. Smells like a dream, a Rauchbier dream.
Taste is translated through as the nose presents, but as it warms up to room temperature, it shifts gradually towards the sweeter side of the equation..if it were up to me I would have added a tiny smidge more of the hallertau hops to keep the spicing level with the smoke and sweetness that builds as the glass warms up.
Mouthfeel is medium, but could stand a bit sturdier carbonation..

You will taste the oak, you will taste delicious smoke. If you like smoked beers, I highly recommend trying this brew for a taste of how magical Oak smoke can be. (most other smoked beers are beechwood and not Oak, I'm told by the label blurb)

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Photo of bamojr
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cleat dark amber with a two finger fluffy tanish white head.
Hickory smoke and bacon smells in the nose and some smoked cheeses. Very woody smell. This smells like a delicious beer to cook ham with.
Thick rich malts and tons of smokey bacon flavors. I would seriously say that this is just a bacon flavored beer. It has the smokey essence of a camp fire and is nice and sweet. I must say that I was not expecting this beer to be the way it is at all, I have never had a doppelbock quite like it.

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

Pours a decent fizzy head of about 1 finger that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, over clear reddish slight orange brown color.

Nose is pure smoked malts, a nice smoke though not too overpowering, a bit of a smoked cheese aroma, not much of campfire or anything harsh, just a nice soft smoked gouda like aroma, with a bit of darker wheats and sweet malts behind that, hint of crystal and caramel, and a slight hop character.

Taste starts with more smoke, this time getting a bit more of a smokey smoke, touch of campfire, smoked meats, slight smoked cheese, some sweetness, a bit more darker wheats give it the base with just the slightest hint of fruit, bit of caramel and crystal malts, a slight salty briny taste too. It comes a bit creamy though, with a slight bitterness and just a hint of warming booze. Finishes a bit drier, smoke lingering smoked cheese, a bit more bitterness with a touch of hops and some of the salty smoked malts.

Mouth is medium to slightly bigger bodied, a bit creamy, with decent carbonation and hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, drinkable, much more smooth and mild than the Urbock or Marzen I think. Drinkable and nice smoke qualities.

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Photo of samie85
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a hazy amber color with yeast floaties suspended in the beer with a finger of white head.

S-Smells strongly of oak and smoked bacon with some very mild caramel.

T-Smokey and slightly bitter and tannic with a lingering medicinal note.

M-This is pretty viscous with moderate carbonation and with a dryness in the throat.

D-I guess this style just isn't for me. I have a bottle of their Marzen that I'll try to see if this one was off a little.

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Photo of adamette
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle that I bought $4.99 from World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few weeks ago into my silver rimmed Orval Chalice. No observed “best by” date but I am not really sure that it matters that much. Love the green label and the very cool green cap with the image of a striding man holding a beer and the word “Schlenkerla” wrapped around the top of the cap. It is the same image from the sticker on the neck of the bottle if you are able to see that here on BA.

A Moderate caramel color body under a brief but creamy white head. Body has visible sediment floating about. Good look. 4.0

S Oak, smoke. I have to admit a strong bias for this smell in a beer which I find “intoxicating!” Really, it smells like the greatest campfire burning in front of you on a star-filled night on the Alaskan coast (I used to enjoy those when living in Juneau a while back). I do not know how the smell can be improved upon. Love it. 5.0

T Wow, like a liquid campfire…really this stuff is really tasty! This is like the opposite of Pacifico (my idea of a really, really thin, watery tasting beer). Of course I get big notes of smoke, oak but also in the mix is a sweet malt taste too. Some escaped onto my lips and when I went to lick it off it tasted like sugar! A really excellently crafted beer. 4.5

M Suitably thick, syrupy feel 3.5

D Fair to good. This is a big, tasty beer. I cannot imagine reaching for a second one of these. It really makes me want to go camping! 3.5

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at Engine 15

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing. lighter than expected in color

Smell: toasty amber malts, nice smokey aromas

Taste: wow, nice and smokey,and prefectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: awesome and great for pairing with foods. are treat and a honor to try. I had 3 glasses.

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

A - This brew pours a peachy auburn-brown hue, slightly hazy, and is capped with a decent off-white head that has some staying power.

S - The brew is smoky, of course, but seems less so than the regular offerings. There are some nutty and dark fruity suggestions in the nose, and the smoke has much more campfire and less smoked meat, fish, or cheese than the standard Bamberg brews tend to.

T - The flavor is less intense than regular Schlenkerla offerings, and is only slighly smokier than the Helles. The fruity and nutty dark malt comes through, and the smoke offers hints of Gruyere or Rauchkäse much more than campfir or smoked meat, differing from the nose in that aspect. The alcohol is slightly observable, and I don't find that to be a good fit here. Despite the relative balance (AKA toned-down smoke), I do not think this to be an improvement on any Schlenkerla, except the Weizen. It is still a good and delicious tasting brew, however.

M - Lighter than medium, with lingering smoke.

O - Not the best for my taste, but I can appreciate both the Doppelbock aspect as well as the Rauchbier, so it is quite successful in that regard.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby red, 2 finger head

S - Smoked beef jerky, pork, a lot of smoke

T - Wow more smoke, a bbq in my mouth

M - Goes down quite easy, but it becomes taxing after a while. Medium carbonation and mouth feel

O - Really an interesting beer. I've had a few truly smoked beers and this one takes the cake. Intense and a bit hard to down for 22oz of cured smoke. Enjoyed it, but would rather sample next time.

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Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Surly glass. It poured a hazy amber color with a thin white head concentrating around the edges of the glass. The head pretty much faded away after a few minutes.

The aroma is strong with smoky, campfire like flavors. Definitely one of the smokiest aromas I've came across. I get a pretty big malty sweetness coming through behind the smoke as well with a little caramel and toffee poking through.

The taste also has a very bold smoke flavor to it throughout the beer. I get more of the woody, oak coming through in the smoke with a little of the malty sweetness coming through in the finish. Definitely a very smoke forward beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall and maybe a little light for what I like in the style. Carbonation is low and seems appropriate. Overall it was a very smoky beer, definitely one of the smokiest beers I've had. I really liked how the oak wood came out. I really like smoky beers so this one was a nice treat this evening. It would definitely be an intense beer for someone just getting into the style though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of SummitVA
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light-ish copper pour with steady carbonation. Frothy head leaves intricate lacing.

S - Strong smoke, naturally, but this is balanced well by sweet malt character.

T - Smoke initially. This is very smooth and pleasant, with none of the stronger band-aid/medicinal flavors that can sometimes result. Maltiness follows in brilliant complexity, but this is not sweet. Bread and toast are warming, along with a bit of warmth from the alcohol, as well. Smoke lingers in the finish.

M - Definitely a chewier beer, but still quite quaffable.

O - Another fantastic Schlenkerla brew. The balance between the stunning malt complexity and smoke-y depth is just wonderful. Wish I had a liter in front of me right now.

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Photo of stewfnrocker
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light orangish/red with a small head that dissipated quickly. I took a sniff and there was a smell of smoked malts which almost smelled of a smoked gouda cheese. The taste was quite complex, there was a taste of the smokiness like a smoked cheese/oaky flavor. That was then surpassed with a sweeter aftertaste of fruits and brown sugar finish. The mouthfeel is a a full body and heavy beer like most rauchbeirs. There is light carbonation. There is also a slight hint of alcohol, but it does weigh in at 8% abv. Overall, this rauchbeir is probably at the top of my list of rauchbeirs. I can only drink one or 2 of these bottles and then feel full. If you are into Rauchbeirs get this around christmas or whenever you can find this one!

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Photo of vgarneth
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this Rauchbier from the Beer Dispensery in Apex, NC. My BA buddy, y2korey, and I broke one open in May 2011... Damn, I love the Rauchbiers. This beer has a nice golden, amber hue. Its nose is like a fresh, burning campfire that pours over into the taste as you drink it down. Mouthfeel is slightly better than average and I feel that this Rauchbier goes down easy for having an ABV of 8%.

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before August 2011.

A: A decent head with moderate endurance on top of a beautiful red, darkly-clear beer.

S: Beef jerky. Smoky-sweet malts. I can't get past the strongly meaty smell. Quite nice though!

T: Brilliant! Strong and sweet, a malty-bodied beer with a bitter endtaste. The aftertaste is a huge, roiling tastescape of haunting smoke. What would otherwise be merely a run-of-the-mill doppelbock is lifted up towards the heavens with the burnt offering of oak. Quite nice.

M: Substantial through the whole taste. Towards the end, it lightens up quite a bit.

O: I'm a big fan -- the higher ABV gives this rauchbier a depth and force of flavour that the more-popular Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen doesn't have. Multi-dimensional, but always smoky. Recommended.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear copper/bronze color with a ¾” light tan, almost white, head that soon recedes to a ring of foam and a large patch of foam covering most of the surface. Some leggy and patch lacing is left as it recedes. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam and some nice speckled lacing for part of the beer but about half way there's little or no lacing or foam left.

Smell: The aroma is an interesting blend of smoke and malt without hops or alcohol showing. I think that even without knowing in advance it would be possible to tell there is smoke from the oak used in malting the barley.

Taste: The flavors are much as predicted by the nose and include the sweetness of the malt backed up by a soft smoky and oaky character that spreads throughout the mouth. There are traces of some hop bitterness here but not much else in the way of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on light side of medium bodied and there is a nice soft but persistent level of carbonation. The finish is relatively long and begins when the sweetness of malt gives way to the smokiness. Then there is some bitterness that emerges and persists for a while. Eventually the sweetness tries to emerge again but eventually the smoke and dryness take over the finish as it becomes dry and wide spread in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one more drinkable that I had expected. At first it seemed to me to be somewhat simple and only about the smoke. But as I had more (and as the beer warmed) the flavors became more complex and more interesting. While I’ll not make a great effort to find this one again I certainly would be happy to have another. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer deserving of close attention that requires one to look beyond the smoke and taking some time with the beer to discover the complexity that shows up here.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bennettrox for smoking me out!

Pours a nice amber color, with loads of clarity. Head was off-white, and about a finger which laced well.

Aroma was big and smoky! Like a campfire, only sweeter and maltier!

Taste had a nice woody character, nice smoke notes, sweet malts, nuttyness. The smoke is huge in the aroma, but is more subtle and balanced in the taste. A bit of hops come on the finish. Quite good.

The feel was smooth and creamy. Lot's of substance to it. Carbonation was low, giving it that velvety character. Body is solid medium.

With the smoke intense, yet not overpowering, drinkability was good. Not hard to put away, and overall a shining smoked dopplebock example!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear copper with a small white compact and creamy head. Dissipation leaves almost no lacings.

S: Heavy smoke. There's also smoked ham and band aid. Besides that there's a faint perfume-tone, almost like jasmine. Some fruityness lingers in the back.

T: Sweet malt at first, then the heavy smoke kicks in almost instantly. Fruity. Smoked ham and band aids. Some vanilla from the oak.

M: Long bitter aftertaste with just a hint of smoke. Body is full and carbonation medium, but a bit offensive.

O: A nice beer, but as a Doppelbock; I'm not sure - way to much smoke. The grade would have been higher if I reviewed it as a Rauchbier. Still very interesting.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery. The bbq binge continues. Anyone else add liquid smoke to their Cheerios? :D

Orange/amber, mostly clear, with a tiny amount of noticeable sediment floating about. Good couple inches of cream-colored lather-ish foam.

Smells of pepper & grease, with a backend of oats, bread crust, & bitter greens. I picked up a little bit of awkward acidity.

Peppery pastrami(not hammy), buttery oak, gentle grain sweetness, mild herbal/rind bitterness at the end. Gets pretty sweet as it warms.

Strong carbonation, thicker then a standard amber, buttery mouthfeel. Frothy.

Not as good as their standard lineup I felt, but still a pretty good "meaty" smoke.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: a dull amber with a large fluffy white head. retention is decent. not entirely clear as i am able to see some particulate matter.

S: the oak hits hard on this one. rich bacon fat. like the skillet left over after morning breakfast. cannot find any hop aroma in this one and am assuming any german varietals that were used add to the earthy smoke aroma.

T: the oak comes through on the palate like a rauchbier. rich and lively. more like eating a brisket than drinking a beer. very smooth. a bit of alcohol warmth at the tail end. a bit of sweetness in the finish, but not a lot.

M: significant carbonation on a very full smokey body.

D: being a sucker for rauchbiers, i am loving this. a beefed up doppel-version of a smoked lager. just so much aroma/flavor from the smoke makes this very enjoyable. maybe not the best beer to start your palate with, but a great beer overall.

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Photo of Prime16
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice creamy off white head.

S: Smokey with the smell of a newly opened band-aid.

T: To me, the smoke flavoring was overpowering. Get yourself ready for a liquid smoke type experience. The band-aid smell also carried over into the taste. This is definitely not my style of beer.

M: This beer does have body to it...

O: This was a tough beer for me to drink. I could not finish a full beer as it was like drinking a burnt piece of oak. If this is your style, then I'd think you'd be happy.

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Photo of gfreed
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with anything from Schlenkerla, this is akin to drinking a burning log. However, it's not as smoky as other beer from this brewery: the urbock is zillions of times smokier and, for that matter, hammier. Nonetheless, this one has plenty of smoke. There's no ham, however, so I guess that makes it... kosher? Quite tasty and rather low-key for a dopplebock: it doesn't have the boozy, malty smack that most others in this style have. That's a plus in my book, because it's that overtly alcoholic tinge that steers me away from most dopplebocks. If you're a fan of Schlenkerla, you must try this. But if you like your dopplebocks sweet and powerful, you are not worthy.

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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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