Aecht Schlenkerla Erle
Schlenkerla (Heller-Bräu Trum)

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Schlenkerla (Heller-Bräu Trum)
Ranked #5
Ranked #4,431
4.2 | pDev: 11.43%
Sunday at 12:47 AM
Oct 06, 2023
Schwarzbier has been around since at least the 16th century and was once more widespread than it is today. During the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century it was almost replaced by mass-produced lighter beers. Only a few breweries have preserved the beer style, and it has been experiencing a renaissance for around 30 years.

For our Aecht Schlenkerla Erle black lager we use a very special smoked malt. This is not dried over beech wood fire, as is usually the case, but over fire made of alder wood. The alder smoked malt brings a fine, complex smoky flavor to the beer – less strong and spicy than in our classic smoked beer. A high roasted malt content provides a pronounced roasted aroma and the dark, almost black color.
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
De OkassionalBeer. En copa de hefe de Weihenstephaner. Jugando a God of War Ragnarok. Ahumado notable pero no excesivo, que permite beberla con facilidad
Sunday at 12:47 AM
Rated: 4 by shigg85 from Japan

Saturday at 10:43 PM
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Reviewed by dpc166 from Pennsylvania

4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This beer is darn near perfect.

500mL can from Lower Merion Beverage, Ardmore PA.

Pours a beautiful dark brown as any Schwarzbier should be with great clarity and 2 fingers of tan head

Smell is amazing. Alder smoked malt that is heavenly. Aroma like you are smoking meats, but not overpowering.

Taste is divine. Smooth lager characteristics and balanced with smoke. Smoke does not cause astringent aftertaste.

Best beer I've had from Schlenkerla to date. Been wanting to try the Cherry wood, but can't find it. If you love smoke, you have to get this.
Feb 19, 2024
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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
No date on the bottle.

L: The beer pours a beautiful ruby brown color with excellent clarity. The pour yields three fingers of fine, tan head with good retention slowly falling to a nice 6 mm cap. As the beer recedes in the glass it leaves a nice ringed and webbed lacing on the glass.

S: There is a light note of smoked meat upfront that quickly dissipates into a smoked malt character. This one is not as aggressively smokey as Schlenkerla's other rauchbiers as I am getting a more woody aromatic character than pure wood smoke. I also get roasted malt character, roasted kola nut, bready notes, light earthy herbal notes, and a bit of spiciness. As the beer opens up I get the slightest impression of dark fruits hiding behind the wall of roasted grains and smoked malt.

T: Smoked malt, woody notes (of alder wood I guess?), roasted malt, Kola nut, brown bready notes, herbal, earthy, and a nice bitter spiciness on the finish.

F: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with a nice light dryness on the finish.

O: This is a nice mashup of the Rauchbier and Schwarzbier. Not as sweet as other beers from Schlenkerla and presents a nice balance between the smoked and roasted aspects of the malt bill. There is no residual sweetness but as the beer warms up I start to get a bit of sweet dark fruit character, but not enough to overcome the hoppy bitterness on the finish. If you like Rauchbiers and Schwarzbiers you will not find much to criticize here.
Feb 14, 2024
Rated: 4.29 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Feb 12, 2024
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
On tap;
Dark with a light tan head that the pourer left a finger of. Lacing is strong initially, and a thick collar lasts and a solid cover can be summoned with a simple swirl.

Unlike some other reviews I’ve seen, I can not get a lot of the smoke that is obviously there in the taste. The nose is pretty light to me. The beer itself starts on a dark chocolate with a fuzzy tingle from the carbonation. It feels thicker than it weighs, with a robust nature that I think the smoke is bumping up. The smoke and roasted malts work together to bring a woody bitterness than drifts towards a doused campfire. The pair go hand-in-habd to the finish, with the smoke providing more of a charred than roasted malt flavor.

To me, this is so nicely put together giving me a darker roast Schwarzbier with a nice level of smokiness to bump up the robustness just a tad.
Feb 11, 2024
Rated: 4 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Feb 10, 2024
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(500 ml can, no date/code; purchased single off shelf at State Line yesterday... poured into my 0.5 l Weihenstephaner mug)

L: two-finger+ high, rouge-tinged tan, dense, spongy foam stand atop medium-dark brown liquid... little lace, but steady cap

S: campfire, hint of caramelized clove, pan-toasted espresso beans... notes of thyme, fig... with more head built, toasted brown bread... as the palate becomes tuned in, wood smoke dominates

T: almost amaro-like with the burnt, woody/rooty elements playing against the herbaceous, vaguely floral hops and roasty dark grain... just missing underlying sweetness; it's relatively dry (arguably a touch too), aside from hints of toasted dark sugars... yeah, the aftertaste has a herbal-spice, cola thing

F: smooth textured; rich but not rounded in the middle, dense but not thick... soft smoky singe stokes a lil stinging tingle in the aft... its body says dopplebock, but the backdraft heat never surfaces

O: the description had me hoping this was a clone or homage to Alaskan Smoked Porter... similar flavors, but less emphasis on strength and sweetness... not surprisingly more rauchbier than schwarzbier, though the character of the latter certainly does provide significant color to its background... I could do with more of this (2260)
Feb 09, 2024
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From tap at Churchkey. Poured into a tall Pilsner pint. Wonderful smell and taste of smoke and roasted malt. Earthy and satisfying. Seems a bit thin tone but a very nice beer.
Feb 08, 2024
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
-pours the darkest of brown with ruby tinges and a medium,frothy,cream-coloured head
-medium-to-high carbonation visible
-light smoke,roasty,caramel,chocolate,black liquorice,medicinal
-smoke,spicy,coffee,chocolate,black bread,medicinal.
-medium carbonation
-light body
A really good,really sessionable lightly smoked Schwarzbier.I prefer this over the previously released cherry-wood Rotbier.
Feb 03, 2024
Rated: 4.23 by robotic_being from Illinois

Feb 02, 2024
Rated: 4.52 by Beecham from California

Jan 31, 2024
Rated: 4.11 by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Jan 31, 2024
Rated: 2 by doctorgary from New York

Jan 28, 2024
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jan 28, 2024
Rated: 4.28 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jan 27, 2024
Rated: 4.23 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 24, 2024
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the pint can, it pours a dark, but not stygian dark, black color with a modest light tan head that slowly reduces and leaves lacing. The nose gets a nice smokiness, followed by the mouth getting a nice smoke flavor that is less bacony than their regular beer.
Jan 20, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jan 15, 2024
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Reviewed by John_M from Washington

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a cold bottle, the beer pours a blackish amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. On the nose one gets smoked meat, a bit of char, light licorice and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but with some nice underlying sweet malt to help balance the smoke. The combination of different flavors works very well in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but there's no drop off in flavor. Considering the modest abv. in this beer, it's impressive how much flavor this beer delivers. The beer has a fairly long finish, dominated by the smoke and sweet malt. Alcohol is virtually undetectable, and drinkability is really pretty good. Especially for a smoked beer. I could session a beer like this.

Impressive beer from the talented brewers at Schlenkerla.
Jan 13, 2024
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