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:
905
Reviews:
415
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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Photo of tzieser
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with a small white head that quickly settles into a tiny lacing.

Signature smoky aroma with a subtle sweet maltyness

Sweet malt flavor with notes of bread and caramel. oak flavor and smoke is present throughout. Outstanding

Glad i finally got to try this. a welcome addition to the schlenkerla family

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Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle at Cloverleaf Tavern, served with a tumbler glass.

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche pours a crystal clear amber, with about two fingers of off white foam crowning the beer. Head retention is short lived and lacing is minimal. The nose is fairly one-note, but it has a nice hickory smoked bacon aroma. The glavor gas a solid bready malt opening. The rauch malt then comes in to finish out the flavor profile with a pleasant smoked meat/barbecue presence. There's a nice sturdiness to the body, while staying short of being overbearingly chewy. The carbonation is subtle, just enough to cut through the malt. Even if Aecht Schlenkerla's Eiche is classified as a doppelbock, the use of smoked malt renders it a bit idiosyncratic for the style. While it's intensely smoky, it's not too much, once one takes a couple sips and gets acclimated.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of bjohn84
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - slight amber with quite a bit of clarity. Very little head present

S - Incredibly strong notes of camp fire.. oak, ham

T - smoked pork, maybe even a bit of saltiness, blended extremely well.

M - Very smooth drinking, low on the carbonation side of things

O - There is a definite strong smoke presence here, however it seems to flow well with everything without having any harsh edges. I admit that I'm not normally one for a smoked beer, but this was an extremely well crafted product

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3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows smoked malt, but there's a distinct oaky character to it as opposed to the usual campfire and smoke ham. Underneath is sweet caramel.
Similar oaky and smoky flavours along with more sweet malt, this time with syrupy and bready characters. Seems to be missing a little of the usual complexity.
Body is a little undercarbonated.
Not quite on par with the others from this brewery. Too sweet, and the oaky smoke and sweet malt seem a little discordant rather than complimentary as you'd find in the urbock/marzen. Still really enjoyable though.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear orange amber, modest white head and lacing. Malt and smoke aroma. Moderately sweet caramel malt, smoky malt, smoke. Hint of smoked meat, minimal hops. Nice flavor, smooth and mellow. Medium bodied. One of my favorite smoked beers.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Beermongers in Portland, OR.

Pours a lovely clear amber hue, with a very fine and consistent head of white that leaves some lovely webbed lacing. Body is firm, and although there's not noticeable carbonation when it's static, the beer foments some lovely fine powder when tilted. Very nice looking beer indeed.

Nose is smooth and smoky, with a big, but not insistent smoked aroma pronouncing itself. Moderated smoked pork, some smoothness and sweetness come through, leaving a malty basis and a touch of wheatbeer banana. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also exceptionally smooth on the front, with a mild sweetness welling into a pronounced smooth smoky character. This develops into a hint of harshness, or at least a bit of herbal bite, that doesn't necessarily sit all that well. However, there's a continual malty character underneath, which feels as though it could support anything. Seriously good overall.

Very, very interesting indeed. I'm not sure how much difference the oak- verses beechwood-smoke character makes (it's still exceptionally smoky), but I feel as though it has a smoothness that isn't altogether to do with the extra body and extra malt. An exceptionally interesting brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a small frothy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is nice sweet caramelly smoke (campfire and BBQ), but quickly gets subdued.

The flavor is some sweet caramel malt and bitter smoke in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Overall, I probably liked this one the best of the 3 I had. It was pretty one-sided but had no off-notes I found in the others (marzen and urbock).

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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and medium brown. Decent tan head develops but recedes within a minute or so to a film-like island and ring. Lacing is decent.
Smell is, as with all Schlenkerla brews I've had, smoky like the leftover coals of a campfire. Malt, peat, soy sauce and faint hops also appear. Balance is weighted to the smoke of course, but the rest is reasonably solid.
Taste is smoky malt, soy sauce, peat, a faint whiskey note, too. Well-balanced.
Mostly full bodied with a light, almost faint, effervescence. A sipping beer, for certain, especially considering the ABV, and a very good one if you ask me.

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

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A formerly somewhat rare smoked doppelbock using oak smoked malts. I've had their other rauchbiers many times (yup, even from the source) but this one is new to me.
Pours a light amber color. Since it was a doppel I actually expected it to be darker than the others, but it's roughly the same. Just the right amount of foam formed at the top as I poured it into my 1/2L "halbe" mug.
The nose is definitely focused on big/sweet/malty with a whiff of smoke. However, the itself smoke seems to be less sweet than their usual beechwood smoked beers.
The flavor follows that path, too. The base flavor is sweet and malty, but the smoke manages to stay drier and therefore the flavor steers away from that "bbq sauce" note their normal bockbier can sometimes have. It's big and bold, but probably easier drinking than some others.
While their Marzen is my favorite from Heller-Trum, this one isn't bad either. The smoke is more nuanced and less sweet, and for an 8%ABV beer, it's pretty easy drinking.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 oz. poured into a snifter at Churchkey. From notes.

A: Pours a dark tawny color with low clarity. The head is a one finger offwhite color with a thin ring sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Smoke. And lots of it. Really, you have to expect that coming into something that's from Bamberg. But other than the smoky notes, there's an underlying oak quality to it - and overwhelming plasticky phenols. Quite good, apart from the strong phenolic aroma.

T: I half-expected this to be one massive smoke orgy. I didn't expect it to be so impressively balanced behind a caramel malt backbone, oaky tannins, and the damn phenol notes. The finish is more smoky than the beginning, but never overdone. Each subsequent sip helps to balance the firepit-esque smoke with the maltiness increasingly. Would be great if not for the plasticky flavors.

M: The texture is pseudo-creamy with a dry, tannic finish. Lower carbonation and decent drinkability.

O: Wasn't sure what to think at first, but I started to enjoy this more as I got near the end of my little sample, suggesting this is something that needs to be savored in larger quantities. An acquired taste to be sure.

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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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