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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From 500mL bottle to mug

A: Blood orange in color, syrupy and viscous in complexion. Not a lot of carbonation is apparent, and a small, wispy head quickly disapears after a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Smokey, leathery, boozy, surrounded by notes of honey-sweet malts. Smells like an unlit cigar dipped in cognac.

T: The sweet aspects jump to front of the palate, surprisingly. Lots of smoky, woody, burnt notes throughout, but the sugary aspects keep the beer from tasting like a campfire. Touches of citrusy tang toward the middle of sip, but the smoke never goes away, closing with a long and sweet finish.

M: Chewy and sticky, a little bit too much. Sticks to all the crevices of the mouth.

Not the best of the Aecht line up. I'm not sure the heavy malt-sweetness works well pressed up against all of that smoke, but it may be that they just need to adjust the ratios a bit.

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3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Provisions in Northampton, MA. I think it was $5, something like that. No code. Served cold in a tulip. I've had this waiting in the fridge for about a month, really been looking forward to it.

A: Moderate pour gives 1/2" of frothy light tan head, very active and bubbly, tons of carbo is visible clinging to the glass and rising upward. It settles after slowly boiling for a minute, just a little big of foam left clinging to the glass. Clear copper brew.

S: Leathery, tobacco-y smokey delicousness. Super smooth semi-sweet malty body lurks underneath. Wow does this smell damn good.

T: Good, but not as exceptional as the smell. Kinda 1-dimensional, just some smoky elements and a little bit of malty sweetness. Not much complexity.

M: The carbo is a bit on the aggressive side but not sharp or offensive. Probably a bit more crisp and dry than is typical for an 8% doppelbock, but I like it this way because its less filling. Not heavy or cloying.

O: I had super high expectations and that led me to be a bit underwhelmed. Not as phenomenal as I had hoped. Oh well.

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

500ml Bottle. Pokal glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Brownish amber color, clear appearance. Tan froth creates a close, small bubbled crown. Good retention & rings left on sides. Intense smoky aroma & caramel malts underneath, leather hues. Delicate malty upfront is attacked by clean bitterness but gentle Bamberg touch provides creamy sensation. Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Floral & earthy notes in the middle linger into a dry bitter finish. Slight burnt wood on the aftertaste. ABV seems to be well masked but it quickly climbs to your head!

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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche has essentially no head, just a few big, soapy, off-white bubbles. There is no lacing. The appearance is hazy and rust-red, with gray-white sediment floating about and some tiny bubbles that race to the top. The araoma is of smoked pork, and the flavor is of the same, with some underlying malt sweetness, caramel, and a decent amount of hop bitterness in the bottom of the sip. Mouthfeel is watery, and Aecht Sclenkerla Eiche finishes semi-dry, mild, and odd. Overall, I rate this unusual Christmas beer very high, even though it takes some getting used to. You may not like it, but you won't forget it.


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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After popping the top off, a slow very thick foam emerges. Modest but lasting head. Leaves a near blanket of lace. The liquid is deep copper with what appears to be suspended bubbles. Otherwise, it appears clear.

Very smoky aroma, like the end of a camp fire. Smells slightly medicinal.

Lightly sweet with a strong smoke presence. The aftertaste is similar to charred wood. The swallow is still sweet but afterward the smoke gives it a dry finish. Rich bodied with an above average level of carbonation.

Initially, I thought the smoke was way too strong, but the taste is growing on me. The sweet/smoke combination seems to work better than dry rauchbiers. Comes across like an Islay Scotch--still a beer but with a solid dollop of smokiness in the smell/taste.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Ruby, great clarity, white head recedes a little quick but laces well.

S/T - Solid Schlenkerla smoke. Maybe not quite as intense as the Urbock and Marzen. Caramel, nutty, bready malts play a bit of a larger role in this one. Finishes sweet and smokey.

M - Full body, low carb level, finishes dry. alcohol well hidden.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven. Never heard of the brewery before. On tap list as "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Oak Smoke." Review from notes.

The beer was served in a tulip. Crystal clear reddish amber with a big, puffy white head. Not much retention or lacing. The smell is big smoke, with a little bit of sweet malt. Not terribly complicated but good.

The taste isn't what I was expecting. I now see that the style is a Doppelbock but I didn't know that at the time. A scotch-y smokiness is prominent throughout, but there's also a fantastic deep toffee malt sweetness. The combination of smoke and sweetness is fabulous, and a new experience for me. Smoked doppelbocks -- who new? The overall effect is somehow meaty. Ham? Mouthfeel is slick, very low carbonation, and I can't detect any alcohol presence.

This is one of the more interesting beers I've tried in some time. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and the smoked doppelbock is something I'll definitely keep my eyes open for from now on.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.08 out of 5 based on 905 ratings.
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