Thursday, July 7

Beer Review: Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock

I grabbed this at By The Bottle as a recommendation from Wade, who pours there and is a wealth of craft beer knowledge. I usually don't buy a lot of imports unless they are recommended.

The beer had a slight hiss sound as I opened it. I must have paid about $7 or so for it. Maybe it was a bit less.

"Following century old recipes all malts made at the Schlenkerla brewery are dried by wood fire. While for the classic “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” traditionally beech has been – and still is – used, the malt for “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is kilned with oak wood. The resulting Oak Smoke Malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt. The hence complex smokiness in “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and Bernstein color it matures for months in the deep brewery cellars underneath Bamberg into a special treat for smoke beer lovers for Christmas."

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pours a rather clear copper. Perhaps a bit darker than a new copper penny. After seeing that it didn't have much carbonation, I immediately started a heavy pour into the glass. Perhaps a touch of off-white fizzy head appeared, but it quickly settled to the smallest half-ring, and some very small traces of bubbles on top.

Smell: (3.0)
- Big smoke. Wonderful woody smoke, salty smoke, light grain and sweetness. Like that smell that sticks with you if you hung out by a fire burning old pallets all night. Very woody smoked scent. It is pretty much all that dominates this beer. While it smells very good, I feel the smoke dominates the smell much too much.

Taste: (2.5)
- Huge smokey salty woody flavor, but I think the aroma might twist what one would think the true flavor is. Light grain, slighty wheaty flavor. Small touch of caramel. Bit earthy, burnt, sweet.. not much hop. Overall very smokey, and interesting... but really isn't overly good.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- It's basically medium bodied, slightly syrupy, but lacks a good amount of carbonation. I feel it is kind of flat, and does wet the palate a bit because of its pallet burning presence. Eh..

Overall: (2.5)
- If you like burned wood, and massive smokey character.. this beer is for you. I feel it is way undercarbonated, may have a decent malt backbone, but is just not hitting high marks with me. I like some good smoked oak etc, age, and unique character.. but holy smokes..

C- / 2.68

( Rating Scale)

I read a lot of the reviews as well at Beer Advocate, and mine falls very short... a near -55% decline in favor of the beer. Perhaps it is just me, or the style, but I firmly stand by it, and what I got from the beer. Seriously just burned wood pallets, an undercarbonated beer, and some sweet malts to give it some alcohol. Not that good. Overrated for sure. I'm sure my bottle is just fine.


  1. Yah, I usually like rauchbiers -- Schlenkerla particularly -- but this one was lame.

  2. I'll have to give a few others a shot. This one worked great as an addition to frying up some steak and onions though!