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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
409
Ratings:
894
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 409 | Ratings: 894
Photo of beertooth
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Maproom.
Served in a Schlenkerla glass.
$7.00 for the pour.

This beer is a wonderful clear gold with a creamy finger of head that leaves some whispy lacing.

The nose is soft and sweet smoked malts, hay, grassy hops.

The taste follows with sweet smoked malts, some earthy hop bitterness, less sticky dank smoke than most of their other beers. It's quite tasty!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It's soft and somewhat creamy.

Awesome stuff! Schlenkerla did it again. My glass went down way too easy.

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Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours deep amber in color with a finger of preposterously dense white head with lengthy retention levels that left weblike lacing in its wake. The aroma is smokey, which is no revelation here, but underneath this I could pick up some subtleties of the underlying beer such as caramel malt and a crisp lager character. The flavor is much the same, the smoke dominates at first, but a doppelbock lies beneath it with a moderately malty backbone and crisp finish. Medium bodied and surprisingly bubbly as well. Interesting beer for sure, I think this type pairs better with food in general, but a very good example of rauchbier.

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Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on draft at the Bookstore Speakeasy in Bethlehem, PA.

Pours a clear dark coppery amber color with golden orange/amber edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring that leaves sporadic spots of soapy lacing behind.

Excellent roasted smokey aroma with hints of campfire, butane, barbecue, bacon ash, earthy burnt wood subtle hops, smoked malt and a subtle nut presence. I took in the aroma of this beer for a while before sampling. While it is still pretty intensely smokey, I found the aroma of Eiche to be less extreme than the other Aecht Schlenkerla beers.

Surprisingly creamy medium body with a softer smoke presence than I expected. There is still a good amount of burnt smokey malt flavor but the use of oak instead of beechwood results in a much smoother, less extreme smoke flavor. Still, there is plenty of smoked malt, barbecued bacon, butane and burnt wood in this incredibly complex beer. In addition, there is a lactic creaminess and a noticeable earthy wood presence, likely from the oak. Also, there is a slick, buttery white wine taste that was a complete shock to me. It added another level of complexity to this incredible beer. The only other beer I've tasted this flavor in is Allagash Vagabond and this element of Eiche reminds me of that beer. I'm also picking up a bit of earthy roasted nuttiness toward the end of the finish. Lingering dry and earthy smoked flavor in the finish. Highly recommended!

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Photo of dudecandle
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman, NYC into 12 oz tulip:

A: Medium-dark amber body with good head, cap and lacing.

S: Smoked salami, but not nearly as pungent as I expected. Quite mellowed out, showing some good floral hops and some other malts.

T: Again, the smoked salami is most apparent, but in time the surprisingly wonderful complement of apples develops. This makes me want to reconsider all things I ever thought about flavor pairings. Light hopping rounds it out.

M: Surprisingly moderate-to-full, and again, the smoke doesn't overwhelm in the unappealing expected way.

D: Wow. The flavors make no sense to me, but I love it anyway. The body is just right, and the 8% is undetectable.

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

22 oz. growler from Bierkraft, split with the smoke-bomb loving wife, into Sam Adams sensory glasses.

Pours clear bright copper, off-white head that settles into a smattering of suds on top fairly quickly.

Nose is markedly different than previous Schlenkerlas; whereas other Schlenkerlas come off as big, sausagey smoke-bombs to me, the character of the smoke of this one is cleaner, quite different. Still meaty, but more caramelized, and more along the lines of applewood-smoked bacon than smoked sausage. A clear, fruity sweetness, tapping into that caramel note, sits proudly right up on top alongside the smoke - another first for Schlenkerla's beers, since with most others I can write "Smoke. Sausage." and pretty much be done.

Taste is beautifully balanced. 3 aspects to this one, all melding as one: clean, rich, sweet malt, notes of apple; light but clean grassy bitterness that emerges almost from the start and balances perfectly with the other aspects; and the smoke. Beautiful smoke. Drier than beechwood, much cleaner, woodier. Base beer comes off as a beautifully executed imperial Marzen, but it's perfect either way.

Mouthfeel is great as well, maybe a bit sticky, full bodied, moderate carbonation that strikes the right balance between coarse and fine. Smoke pervades your entire mouth.

Drinkability, considering the smoke and the abv, is superb. Fantastic balance and amazing character. Honestly, should come as no surprise given the brewer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, a smoked dopplebock is what I could learn off of the Internets, so let's see how it is,

A: Pours a relatively clear dark amber/red with a soft, soapy white head, leaving some lace.

S: Some smoke for sure, but a nice dark sugar character from the high gravity gets in there.

T: As with any Schlenkerla beer it's smoky, but this flavour does not dominate as it can it some of their other brews. Moderate oak smoke, but well balanced with the Munich type malt and residual sugar.

M: Very smooth as with most dopplebocks, the alcohol is well hidden, smoky of course.

D: A nice lager all around. The most balanced of the Schlenkerla beers I've had, unique.

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

Working my way through the Rauchbier category by making a study of this brewery. If I could only find the Fastenbier on draft somewhere.

Beer is orange and clear with a white head. Carbonation is low and lacing is high.

Aroma is like bacon, seriously. Salty, smokey, meaty. Sounds odd but that's what it smells like.

Beer is light in body, tastes a lot like the marzen from the same brewery. There is a strong smoke character. Surprisingly smooth though, not like the urbock that almost makes me choke. This is definitely lighter than the other offerings from this brewery. The smoke lingers on my tongue though. Hard to reset the palate after this one.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW This is a great beer!!!

App: Darkish brown like most doppelbocks that I've seen imported to the usa. I don't know what the previous reviewer had, but this is definitely not light colored. The head sticks around and is an off white color, very light and fluffy.

Smell: Roasted meat... it reminded me of the roast boar I had a few days ago, except with better caramelization and a great smokiness with a subtle hint of chocolate.

Taste: The flavor integrates all of the aspects of the aroma while also adding a biscuity undertone. The smokey caramel flavors fill the mouth, making all other flavors secondary and supportive. It reminds me of eating a great piece of pork, slow cooked over an open fire.

Mouthfeel: The smokiness takes over, much the same way that it does in an alaskan smoked porter. It held all of my attention, with a nice clean bitterness at the end that doesn't overpower or take away from any of the nuances of the brew. It's smooth on the palate with no noticeable alcohol... I was flabergasted to see that this is an 8% brew.

Drinkability: Easily the most drinkable rauchbier I've ever had, and most drinkable doppelbock I've ever had. I could sit in front of a fire and drink myself straight to the abyss with this, never realizing it until the wee hours of the morning when I try to stand.

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Photo of baconindustry
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft @ Rich O's (Kentuckiana represent). I was expecting a much darker color given it's ABV, but it is a pale, golden color something like a Dortmunder, and drinks like a Helles Doppelbock. Overall impression is very good, however I am fond of richness of the UR Bock. The oak plays very nice with the body of the beer.

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