Friday, December 27, 2013

Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday. When we think of Germany and its beer we tend to thin about Munich and the styles of beer that come out of that region. But Germany has many other great beer brewing regions such as Berlin, and Bamberg. Here is one Bamberg example, Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock, 8.0% ABV. With Schlenkerla the malt is kilned with oak wood, and is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of Hallertau aroma hops. Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock pours an amber color with a one finger white head that fades rather quickly but leaves behind decent lacing. I found some nice amounts of light, but not a lot, and there is great carbonation bubbles racing from bottom to the top. The aroma on this Dopplebock is like a freshly charred two by four with a faint malt scent. The taste isn’t as intense as the aroma, but you get a slight bitterness up front followed by toffee smokiness. The mouth feel is slightly mild to medium and z Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Dopelbock finishes slightly smoky. The after taste has hits of bitterness surrounding a light smoke flavor and a faint toffee and caramel taste. Overall this is not the best Schlenkerla beer, so this gets a D+. I found this to be to bitter for what it was and not enough sweetness or smokiness to help balance it out. I could not found where the Dopplebock flavors where when drinking this beer. I wouldn’t say this is such a terrible beer, but it’s kind of bad in my opinion. So go out and try Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Dopelbock and see what you think. Have a happy New Year! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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