Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche
BA SCORE
4.04/5
921 Ratings
Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche
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
Ranking:
#2,990
Reviews:
423
Ratings:
921
pDev:
13.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
86
Trade:
0
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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Poured into my Eiche balloon glass. My really vigorous pour resulted in a very sudsy cream colored head, though no larger than a finger high. It recedes fairly quickly after a minute or two and leaves the beautiful ruby-colored beer bare on top. The clarity is decent, but kind of hazed. Honestly would love to give this beer a higher score for appearance just because the color is so spectacular, but 8% ABV isn't high enough to account for a missing head in my opinion.

It comes as no surprise that this Bamburg beer shows off a heaping smoke aroma. Very nice smoked malts that are not overly aggressive and still allow the rich malt aroma to shine through in the background. Notes of autumn leaves on fire, sweet sherry and plum skins.

Really great tasting beer! The smoked malts are delicate and far from over-bearing. They lend a meatiness to the sweet malt flavor, which is lightly balanced by Hallertau hops in the backend. Also, the smoke really shows up in the exhale and aftertaste. It lends a "woodiness" to the flavor that I really dig and it reminds me of a great scotch.

The beer has very modest carbonation and by the end of the glass it feels flat. The gentle carbonation does give the beer a much softer impression, which the medium body helps contribute to, and I will say that this does not seem like a beer that clocks in at 8% ABV!

This smoked doppelbock is superbly balanced. There is no denying the smoked malt here, but it is so controlled and it lets the rich malt sweetness shine through, which brings its own character to the table as well. I would revisit this beer anytime. Very good, and I easily downed that 500mL bottle by myself.

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Photo of tronester
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy amber/red, with a thin tan head. Aromas of freshly smoked barbeque, and some toffee. Taste is a powerful smoked meat flavor up front, followed by some dark caramel, then some oak flavor, then a bit of earthiness from the hops. The finish is similar to that of some wonderful smoked meats. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall an amazing beer, I wish I could get this from my local stores.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 oz bottle poured into a stange glass.

Appearance
Brownish amber with 1-2 fingers of light tan head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Big meaty campfire smoke and fire logs with a caramel sweetness.

Taste
Big caramel sweetness with slices of rye bread. Medium smokiness with hints of bacon mid-palate. The campfire gets richer towards the finish with smoked meats and cherrywood. Some residual breadiness lingers as well as oak and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and clean.

Overall
Meaty, smoky, sweet. I like. The sweet malts do a good job balancing the smoke. The 8% abv is hidden extremely well.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of Rusty_Pabst
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, amber-brown in color with a fizzy, very light brown head that builds and fades fairly quickly. No lace or retention at all. It's actually pretty cool. Very clean beer.

S: Obviously a ton of smoke, heavily roasted malt, charred meat, and wood/peat. You actually get the oak if you know what a wet oak forest or freshly cut oak wood smells like. Earth, metal, motor oil, manliness, freedom. It's all there.

T: Everything in the nose is here, but it's a bit sweeter than expected. The roasted malt and smoked wood give the malt a truly unique and tasty quality. Do I get a faint hop presence? A slight hint of alcohol as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Crazy smooth, big and balanced flavor, not cloying, the right carbonation, great body. A very enjoyable drinking experience.

O: Not your typical Doppelbock. If you like woody flavors, this is for you. A different kind of smokiness compared to their other beers but it's an awesome departure from this style. These guys can't make a bad smoke beer. I can't even imagine drinking these brews at their brewery. It will happen.

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Photo of Vinylboy20
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of kvnstfrd
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a 16 oz. glass goblet.
Pours a gorgeous, clear, dark amber color with a two-finger off-white head that doesn’t hang around too long. Some lacing left on the glass. The aroma of smoked ham and toasted bread with a grainy, earthiness to it. Smoky flavor up front, then the sweet caramel malts come forward. There is a nice earthy hop flavor and some dark fruity flavors that linger. A hint of alcohol in the finish. Definitely a dopplebock and the smoke flavor doesn’t cover it up. Nice balance. Medium body and a nice low level of carbonation, smooth and silky. Overall a very drinkable beer at 8% ABV, and a very good and unique version of the style. The oak-smoked malt is definitely more subtle than their beech-smoked offerings. I have to say this is my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla; If you didn’t like smoked beers you’ve tried before, (I didn't) I would recommend trying this one. It is definitely unique.

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Photo of matingram
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky amber with good cream colored head, retained well.

Aroma is bbq smoke, smoked meats, oak and a good dose of toffee. Smokehouse meets toffee factory. No discernible hop aromas. Really pleasant.

Sweet toffee & caramel with mild peppery spice and hints of vanilla work back into a building smoked meat character. Lasting finish. Low bitterness and soft mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to reach the threshold for what this is, well done.

For what this is, they really hit the mark here. Beautiful meld of sweet toffee and caramel meets the aggressive smoke character.

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Photo of ARCAChanger27
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of HardTarget
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light murk in the deep amber brown glass. Holds the thinnest of halos of white head and gives up a little lacing, but nothing special to look at.

Smell: Boom. Ham. Smokey ham. Almost a leathery note, lightly earthy, but just ham.

Taste: The smokey balances out nicely with the toffee light sweetness giving a complicated but never overwhelming experience. The ham bit is firm and probably stomps out some of the subtle flavors of the rich malt, but it's a feast of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick, low carbonation, light coat in the finish.

Overall: A holiday treat. Definitely worth seeking out and trying.

Big thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of illtexzona
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into 500ml Klosterbrauerei Andechs stein

A - Poured a deep carmel amber brown. There was very little of the creamy white head. Thin lacing.

S - Sizzling bacon, rock salt, sweet malts.

T - Comes in with powerful bacon, settles with sweet malty sugars. Washes with sweet smoke and a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Leave a sticky sweetness behind.

O - Offers a complexity not usually found in dopplebocks, but doesn't over power the palate. Schlenkerla works magic in my book, and this may be the best of all.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jcoulighan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dccombs
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown-ish copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of smoke that reminds me of apple wood smoked bacon. Really no other aroma can penetrate through the smoke.

Taste: Full bodied and creamy, with nice nutty malt sweetness before the smoked flavors take over. This really reminds me of drinking smoked/cured meat. A bit of hop bitterness towards the back end, before a slightly oily, lingering finish.

The Rest: Very tasty; an excellent rauchbier!

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Photo of CondorMcBride
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 500ml bottle on 12/26/12 at the Total Wine in Redondo Beach, CA for $5.99/bottle.

A - Dark Amber, little to no head, no lacing.

S - I'm sure there is another smoked meat/fish that better represents this smell, but to me it smells exactly like a pound of smoked salmon. Very pungent and very concerned the taste is going to be overly smokey.

T - Tastes exactly like it smells, but not as strong. No doubt about it this is a smoked beer. Yet it has a very dry and smooth finish which urges me to keep picking up my glass for more. Other than the smokiness up front and the smooth finish, I'm not really detecting anything more.

M - Very light on the tongue. Although, I've really only been drinking stouts and barleywines over the past month, so I'd probably be correct to say a light to medium body. Absolutely no hint of the 8% abv.

O - Definitely putting this one in my top 3 for smoked beers. I probably couldn't drink more than one bottle in a sitting, but I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle. If you are holding this beer, thinking "should I try this?'' The answer is yes. This is a must try for anyone who enjoys good beer, and I'm positive the majority of those people will enjoy it as well.

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Photo of Pamola
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of marcobrau
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was some amazing smokey stuff. Oak-aged beers can have a vanilla flavor to them, but this is oak-smoked. This beer is woody and smokey, with plenty of sweet caramel malt backbone, but dry enough to invite the next sip. To recap, there's wood, there's smoke (bacon), there caramel malts and pleasant finish. Hops? No flavoring hops noticed here, but the bitterness is an important component to balancing things out, but this is not bitter. Is this a malt bomb? Yes, and a darn good, smokey one. Quite possibly my new favorite smoked beer.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a weihen glass

A- pours a deep amber, very little head....no lacing

S- smells like a pig roast... Ham, fatty Bacon... aged burnt oak simmering on the fire.... light hints of caramel malt on the back

T- sweet caramel malt in front... very sweet mind you... blast of smoked malts .... oak curred pig over a fire ... candiness lingering on

M- medium bodied .... average carbonation... zero alcohol present even with the 8% label... sweetness on the tongue covered up by the smokiness

O- my new favorite from schlenkerla...

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 921 ratings
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