Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
914
Reviews:
420
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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Photo of madakassal
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When held in the light, shows a garnet color with a touch of brown. Thin khaki head that lingers just around the rim.

Instant aroma of campfire fills the area 3 feet in any direction, but faded( or I just got used to it). Also a slight medicinal, and yet can still detect a faint caramel and bready scent too.

I suspected the flavor to be dominated by smoke, and it is, but more reminiscent of honey glazed ham as the sweetness showcases more than other Rauchbiers. Woodiness very noticeable as well.

Feel is unique. Starts thin, but is rich and leaves a resin like oiliness that coats the mouth to the end.

Overall, I believe I found my new favor from Schlenkerla, but who knows. Every time I get one, I have to revisit another, and the circle of favoritism continues!

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, pours a very dark Amber colour with a small white head that disapates to a thin ring.
Aroma ham, bacon, smoke
Taste campfire, beacon, oak.
Not my favourite style but if it is you gotta suss it out.

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Photo of runeatdrink
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBen5
1/5  rDev -75.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jcubz
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oleg85
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had one other beer from this brewery before, the rauschbier urbock, and I can tell you that these beers are an interesting experience. They are the definition of an acquired taste. The last one I tried tasted like I was eating a smoked pork sandwich, so I am interested to see what this brings. This dopplebock pours a dark reddish color with a big foamy white head and so much carbonation that it actually started pouring out of the bottle a little bit when I opened it. There is a smoky oak scent to beer that is strong, but not totally overwhelming. The smokiness of this one is actually a little less than the urbock, but compared to just about anything else the smokiness is assertive. Rather than a barbeque this actually tastes a little more like a campfire with a rich oak flavor. It is medium bodied with a smooth creamy finish with a little bit of a piney hoppiness in the aftertaste, which furthers the campfire flavor. There is a saltiness, which gives it a little bit of a bacon-like flavor also. This is definitely one of the more bizarre beers I have ever tasted and I think that most people probably wouldn’t be too into this. I am not most people though. I wouldn’t want this every day, and I think I actually like the urbock a very little bit more, but this is a good beer to treat yourself to every once in a while. This would be good on a brutal winter day in Maine. I don’t think it is possible to drink this beer and not instantly feel manlier.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yetitrician
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THE BEST SMOKE DOPPELBOCK I'VE HAD!

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Photo of DrBass
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of headlessparrot
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Intense, smokey, fatty (meaty), oaky, cherrywood, big malty caramel burnt sugar goodness. Lovely glowing red/ruby colour. Decent head that leaves tremendous lacing.

It's a bit much to have an entire bottle to yourself, but the quality can't be denied--genuinely a very good beer, but one whose taste profile will confuse some folks.

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Photo of igl
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rypkr
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's good in small sips but the smoke is so potent and dense that a pint is hard to put down.

Edit - second time I had this it became much more quaffable, and went stellar with a bag of beef jerky.

Edit - third, fourth times and so it's become insatiably good.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnTurano
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: 1 finger white head, red-tinged brown hazy body.

Smell: Campfire smoke, BBQ sauce, notes of caramel and dark fruit.

Taste: Same as above, but the caramel and dark fruit is a bit more pronounced to balance out the smoke.

Feel: Medium body, low carbonation, creamy.

Other: This was way out in left field for me. I love trying new things, but I felt the smoke was too jarring, it was like drinking jerky or a BBQ sandwich.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 24 oz beer mug.

a: Brilliant orange tinged amber. The color of bourbon or maple syrup. Clear but thick looking. 2 finger off white foamy head leaves light, soapy lace.

s: Smokey, toasted malts.

t: Caramel like malts, smoke, oak woodiness, tobacco, a nice balancing spiciness, weather from the yeast of hops I can't tell.

mf: Medium body with good carbonation. An excellent balance in the finish that brings together a nice hop presence and lets the alcohol peek out just a bit.

o: Smoked beers aren't necessarily my thing, but this beer is so well done. I look forward to the next.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KatyBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pilsener glass. Initial smell of smoke. Hard pour led to a two finger head such dissipated quickly. Initial taste is smoky and sweet malt. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of smbslt
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Auburn with dark orange highlights and a healthy tan head.
The smoke, which is not unexpected dominates - makes it hard to detect the hops or any sweetness
The sweetness of the malt and the slightly astringent, alcohol-burn finish strung together with the smoke impresses the craft of the method.
Very smooth feel until the smoke reminds you that it is not going anywhere.
You'll love it or hate it but be impressed by the craftsmanship.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.08 out of 5 based on 914 ratings.
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