Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 908 |  Reviews: 417
Photo of friartuck72
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a smoke doppelbock beer thingy. Not sure what to expect from this one...

A bright lighter amber color. Head is 1 finger easy and somewhat dense and sticky. Clean.

Smoke. Aroma. Smoked Canadian bacon. Umami for sure. It's a bit tough to pick out other aromas beyond the smoke. While the smokiness is not powerful it does cover most everything else. Some dark fruit and apples in the back

The flavor is very nice. A good combination of smoke, umami and light bacon. The dark fruit and apples provide a balance to the robustness of the meatiness. Gives it a bit of a light pep. Dark bread on the end. Somewhat sweet, but oh...the smoke!

Darn good.

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Photo of jdense
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey 2.17.12, $8 for 10 oz glass.

Clear light amber body, thin ring of head retained around the edge of glass. Big ass smoke presence in the nose, a bit sweet from the oak smoked malt, hops buried by the smoke, an amazing smelling beer. Yeesh, smoke permeates the taste, smoke in the water, mailt in the sky. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium. Not for the smoke averse. Not as much depth re caramel as the Marzen version but a great smelling and tasting beer nonetheless. Worth seeking out for all the Smoky Joes out there.

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Photo of Derranged
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a mug. Always been skeptical about this kind of beer.

A- Dark amber in color with thick head that disappears quickly.

S- Woody smoke dominates, smoked ham, bacon, maple syrup and faint sweet malts.

T- More or less like a decent dopplebock with again, dominated by smoke, smoked ham, bread, malts. Gets saltier as it warms in the glass. Bitter aftertaste. Also, the smoked ham after taste lingers on a bit.

M- Thick, oily with medium carbonation.

O- Not nearly as strong flavored as I thought it would be. Nothing great, although I was actually expecting NOT to like it, so it worked out. This is something I'll have every now and again.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ADZA
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and creamy cling lacing aswell,the smell is bacon,smoked ham,honeyed spices and a light touch of plum,the mouthfeel is light bodied and abit too light for me with tastes of toffee,marzipan,candied peaches,a light touch of smoke and the finish is nutty and fruity and overall its nice but i was hoping for a little bit more cheers.

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Photo of Golfman1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rough pour delivers a finger of faint yellowish head. The body is a solid brown. Little activity noticed in the beer, but the head leaves a decent ring up top and lacing tries to cling to the glass.

Smoked bacon is my first impression with this beer. There is a heavy, woody smoked smell with malt, and a bit of caramel.

Strong malt is quickly followed with layers of smoke. The first is reminiscent of a campfire. Then a smoked meat flavor comes in. This is all followed up by a light pleasant yet unrepentant booze flavor. Light grassiness is buried in between it all. The beer gets a sweet bread flavor added in as it warms up as well.

Medium bodied, this beer rolls smooth over the tongue. Carbonation is low, but that is no issue here.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, dark amber beer with one-inch, off-white, puffy head after some cascading action from the pour. The head is long-lasting, depositing lots of lacing.

Could easily be mistaken for summer sausage and not much else. However, this is precisely as anticipated.

The malt has a strong, smoky flavor with undertones of fruit coming out in the finish. Touches of sour tang add an odd air of interest.

The light body has a texture of silk with light, prickly carbonation and a touch of alcohol.

Consumed from an Aecht Schlenkerla pint glass, this doppelbock may not be quite to style, but it adds to a comfortable, cool, late afternoon.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of hays99
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of tony223366
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is a nice caramel color that's more brown than red. The head is a nice color and consistency, however there's only one finger (after a vigorous pour) that turned into a thin layer. Clarity is excellent and there's a little action from the carbonation.

S: Wow, this smells amazing! OK so there's smokiness (obviously) but it's not the only thing that I get from this. I also get something akin to apple and also dark fruits. I'm also able to get some caramel from the malts.

T: Man that's nice. The smoke is a little more subdued than their other releases (to me). But I'm getting some real depth that makes this beer very drinkable. I do get some of the caramel malt and dark fruits. They're followed by a really nice smoke flavor. I mean really nice. It puts something interesting in the mix without taking over the entire beer. So it reminds me of smoked meets. The beer is a little on the sweeter side but the finish is very clean.

M: Really smooth, medium body. Carbonation is slightly lower than I would like, I'd prefer a bit more to really make the beer perfectly clean.

O: Tasty beer... I'm always surprised by how much I love Schlenkerla's beers. They do amazing things with their smoked flavors. I'm going to now finish the last bit of my drink and enjoy every second.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bronze colored body was clear, and the head that formed was a very small ring of bubbles. While the looks were quite timid for a Doppelbock, the smell was anything but. The smoked Bamberg malts were prominent, and gave this beer a smoky, sweet aroma evocative of pork ribs. The taste continue the theme of the smell, with a real smoke laden flavor backed by good deal of sweetness. The hops were there in the finish, but only provided a restrained drying note, instead of an overt bitterness. The sticky and smooth feel on the palette and a drawn out smoky finish that ended each sip were both very classy. The smoked malts seem to do very well in a Dopplebock style. Now please brew a Trippelbock like Samichlaus with these.

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Photo of captainpaul
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ibbjamin
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

Small fizzy white head that leaves behind a thin layer of retention. Very cloudy dark amber color.

Strong smoke aroma similar to my clothes the day after I sit around a campfire all night. A bit reminiscent of teriyaki beef jerky. Some burnt chicory wood like day after campfire in there as well.

A nice bit of mild hops comes through the smoke in the taste with some sweet malts to help balance. Much less one dimensional than my nose predicted, but don't get me wrong this is very much tasting like oak aged and smoked beef jerky.

Medium bodied with light but acceptable carbonation levels. Goes down alright for a smoke bomb.

This is one of the rauchiest beers I've tried to date. Pretty good, if you can handle the smoke!

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of beerdedg
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Schlenkerla is one of my favorite breweries so I am excited to try this offering for the first time. Pours a dark brownish color with an off-white head. The aroma is filled with smoke and malts. It honestly smells like smoked meats. The aromas with this brewery are amazing if you love smoke. The taste is smooth, malty, sweet and deliciously smokey with some hops in the finish. Overall, this is another fine offering from this great brewery.

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Photo of hreb
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could this really be a new Schlenkerla? I only remember ever seeing 3 varieties of their rauchbier -- and this one claims to be a doppelbock as well? Very exciting -- 16.9 oz bottle. As soon as I crack it the smell is unmistakably smoke, just like smoked gouda. Flavor is dead on as well. Slightly sweet, not too bitter. The way the beer falls into the glass it looks over carbonated (big bubbles, no head) but in the mouth it's just right. Very smooth -- the smoke flavor is not at all tiring or abrasive, and while it does have some lagery qualities, I never would have guessed this is a doppelbock or the associated alcohol content. Alas the beer doesn't have much else going for it, and maybe it's a little gimmicky. But what there is is amazing.

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Photo of Lucasrj
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Being a fan of , this will be an enjoyable tasting! Thanks, Willi from "The Bottle Shop", for getting this for me!!
The beer poured a nice, clear amber and produced a one finger high, bubbly off white head, which dissipates fast, leaving a ring of lacing.
The smell is that of a smokehouse, mixed with some sweetness of caramel.
The taste is remarkable. Smoked ham, glazed with brown sugar and caramel comes to mind up front. Than some of the malt flavors are doing the works. A fine addition of selected hops give the beer perfect balance in the end.
The ABV of 8.0 is well hidden, but the Doppelbock characteristics are all there.
A wonderful Rauchbier!

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
4.08 out of 5 based on 908 ratings.
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