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

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#3,360
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
945
pDev:
13.37%
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Ratings: 945 |  Reviews: 437
Photo of beeragent
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - pours a hazy light brown, forming a very thin white head with very little lace.

S - strong smoke malt aroma but with a very noticeable sweetness that you typically find in dopplebocks.

T - the first taste is all smoked malt but as the beer warms a bit, the other malts come through with the unmistakable flavors associated with dopplebocks. The oak tends to come through more in the finish. The smoke is strong but I don't feel as overpowering, as the other flavors are able to come through.

M - medium bodied with very low carbonation. Very smooth and clean, but a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

O - as a fan of anything smoke, this fits right in! While I think I would still prefer the rauchbier unbock or the weizen, I would still look forward to this one during the holiday season!

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Photo of FLima
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a brown color with a thin head.
Incredible aroma of bacon (yes bacon!) and toasted malts, even more than the regular Rauchbier version. Medium body which is a surprise.
Taste follows aroma, ham and smoked meats with sweet malts. The 8% alcohol is very well hidden on those strong flavors and scent.
Very interesting beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep clear amber beer with a fizzy white head. The head fades fast but a small surface film is there. No lacing and light carbs.
Aroma of course is smoky, the malts are sweet. As far as smoke could be beech could be oak, couldn't tell you which.
On my first taste there was a big smokey presence that was dry and astringent followed but a sweet doppelbock malt taste.It was smooth and bready sweet. Also, I get both in the flavor and on the palette a herbal minty taste perhaps even medicinal. The smokiness is sutle yet promident yet the malts are really sweet and I think the oppose each other.
This is a tough one to gauge since I like smoked beers for the most part, but this one I think needs to grow on you.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pleasant caramel-amber, with limited carbonation and sketchy, minimal lace.

Nose is where this experience all begins...spectacular aroma of smoked, cured meat. It's like I can almost sense the salt, even. Definitely some wood in there, too. Impressive, and daunting!

Taste is definitely heavy. I get lots of wood (hahah), smoky meat, and a nicely warming, dry finish (this one is 8%, after all). I get more wood here (no doubt the malts aged over smoked oak adds to this heaviness more than the regular Schlenkerla's beechwood-smoked malts). Absolutely a pinnacle of rauchbier goodness, this Schlenkerla is tough to find (at least in my area), but well worth the experience.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Dave1999
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with a small white head.

The smell is smoked meats and cheese.

The taste is sweet malts, bacon and smoke.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Another great smoked beer from schlenferla,possibly the smokiest of them all.

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Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is powerful though well balanced by some caramel malt. Taste is a great balance between some caramel malt with some light sweet notes and a good level of smoked notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and not as smoky as expected since the malt really cut through some of the smoke.

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Photo of n2185
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pous a clear copper with a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: tons of smoke here with notes of campfire and bacon. Underneath it all are some doppelbock notes of sweet dark fruits.

T: smoke dominates here as well with the sweeter, fruity notes a bit more present. The finish is sweet and smokey with a slight bitterness.

M: medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is slightly on the watery side.

O: an enjoyable beer, overall. More of a rauchbier than doppelbock, but still tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle, just out of date when poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 14 Nov 2012 @ home.

Good clear amber body with a creamy tan coloured head (for twenty seconds), the head sadly soon turned into a wispy covering and collar.

Smoked German ham came straight into my mind as I poured the beer and the aroma left the bottle. This beer is a liquid version of smoked ham that has been infused with dark, sweet, malty molasses and wraped in hops.

Really enjoyed this beer: I've been to Bamberg a few times and have struggled to embrace the whole rauch scene in general, wish I'd found this during my visits, it might have changed my view of smoky brews: oak obviously does it for me rather than the beech!

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Photo of Brenden
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite brown but very close, this one is more of a darkly rusted red. It grows an off-white head that, when the sparse bubbling and the denser foam come together, rises to about one finger. It never completely fades, but lacing is spotty and light.
The aroma is a delight, all the smokiness with the rich, woody tone and meatiness I hope for without the effect of completely diminishing the beer's recogniazability as a doppelbock. There's a nice dry bread/crust element as well as the malts play out fully. Underneath, while certainly not a forward note and perhaps most subtle in the interplay of the complexity, is a bit of dark fruits.
Smoky in the flavor as well, a bit of the subtlety and complexity is dropped for the strength of the primary notes. There's quite a peppery nip to it from start to finish. The flavor also offers a little more of a tangy note than the aroma did. It's recognizable as a doppel, with light touches of molasses and black licorice barely perceptible but not buried. A little bit of baker's chocolate is noted though there's very little bitterness here.
I was a little surprised by the lightness of the feel, though it manages about a medium body, considering both its style and the robustness of its overall character. Crispness is on an even keel with smoothness, if not more, though it's not overdone.

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Photo of dgilks
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber-orange colour with a small, tan head. Fair head retention.

A little fruity and nicely smoky. Good wood notes. Almost chocolatey.

Very smoky but then a big sweetness cuts across. Deep caramel notes that are edging on burnt. Nice wood and fruit notes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really excellent rauch-bock. Tons of smoke and malt flavour. Very good.

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Photo of Vonstein15
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kagent777
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle that made its way back to me from Vegas. I poured this one into my perfect pint.

Appearance: A semi hazy amber with a short lived white rocky head. The head settled rather quickly.

Smell: Ah, here is where the beer comes alive. This beer is brewed with oak smoked malts. This beers smells of oak smoke. These remind me of Boston Baked beans from some reason, not that the beer smells of baked beans, mind you. Once you get past the camp fire smoke, I can also sense nice caramel malts.

Taste: Taste follows the smell largely. Smoke, some residual sweetness and alcohol, but no heat. I may be imagining things, but I also get a faint hint of ginger

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy going here, carbonation and body are seemingly right in the middle of the road.

Overall: I really liked smoked beers, and I do not get them very often. I am happy to have had the opportunity to try this one. I would get it again.

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Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey amber body topped with a two-finger thick, creamy off-white head. Sweet malt aroma tempered a a mild smokey scent; toffee and caramel. Sweet, caramel taste, brown sugar; touch of smoke; light and smooth hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol heat near the end. Decent mouthfeel; medium bodied, clean and smooth.

A distinctive doppelbock with its oak smoked malt. A classic doppelbock character predominates, the smoked malt adding a slightly different perspective but without overwhelming everything. Even if you find Schlenkerla's rauchbiers too much for you, it's worth trying out this milder cousin from this fine brewery, especially if you like doppelbocks.

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Photo of rangr514
1/5  rDev -75.2%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BlackBeerDown
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of henryhampton
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mick303
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, w freshness date. Colour is a deep chestnut brown. Head of foam shows decent retention and leaves a good lacing.

Smell is a rich, barbeque aroma, smoked kippers/fish. With a nice light bitter astringency. The wood smoke is full and maybe covers the malt, but still this is pretty amazing. Campfires and smoked fish.

Taste shows some more malt, it is roasted, and moderately sweet, a tang of honey. The smoke incorporates nicely with the light hop bitterness. A little bit of fruitiness behind the smoke. The balance could be better, a bit loose. Smoke intensity is pretty high, which I like, but not out of control. Finish is dry and smoky.

Mouthfeel shows relatively light carbonation, mostly roast malt and smoke prickle. Very smooth, it does have a big body and alcohol is present, but still quite sessionable and refreshing.

A real experience of a beer. A really nice incorporation of a huge phenolic barbequ-ey smoke into a rich malty doppelbock. A big beer, with a lot of rich malty character to match the intense smokiness. If youre up for it, this is a solid smoky doppelbock worth trying.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods earlier today for $5.99.

Pours a rich amber maple syrup with a scant haze. Thin layer of white froth perched atop the liquid. Intriguing smokiness in the aroma reminds me of bbq ribs, perhaps a wood fireplace. Some rich malty sweetness is present in the background, far less apparent than the dominant smoke. Despite the strong smoke in the aroma, the flavor leans more towards your traditional dopplebock with caramel/toffee malty sweet, a subtle prune fruitiness, and a touch of herbal hops. Smoke is certainly here and lingers into the finish. Medium full body with a moderate low carbonation level. Overall an interesting blend of doppelbock and smoke beer, well-balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 945 ratings