Have a smoke!

Beer review: Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche
Style: Doppelbock
Abv: 8%
MSRP: $3.39/16.9 oz bottle

Put this in your pipe and smoke it. No blowing smoke up your nose.

This week we are reviewing a smokey beer, all while jamming as many cliche and corny sayings as possible for this post; so buckle up.  No smoke and mirrors, don’t worry.   Some say where there’s smoke there’s fire…. Well in the case of Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche, where there’s smoke, there’s FLAVOR!  If you enjoy the smoke flavors of BBQ, smoked cheeses, and well, anything smoked, you will love this beer.   So what’s the deal with smoke flavor in beer?  This particular brewery is well known for making rauchbier; a style of beer that uses smoked malt. Just as you would impart that nose-punching smokey flavor in a smoked meat via a smoker, the same goes with malt and beer. Though this beer is labeled a doppelbock – another classic German style- you will still get just as much smoke as a smokey rauchbier.  Has anyone been keeping up with how many times we’ve said smoke?  It’s so smokey up in this article I’m getting COPD.  Let’s get back on track:  while it may seem strange to have a beer with smokey flavor, we assure you it’s quite enjoyable. Paired with good ol’ BBQ and you’ll experience some flavor synergy.  You may find yourself singing “smooooke in my bee-eer…. Flavor in my face!”


Ok, I’ll stop bogarting this post, and get to the beer:

Eiche pours a very pretty and clear orange amber hue, with an impressive German head.  As you pour, the room already begins to smell like a old bar-b-q smokehouse.  Oh yeah, it’s like a Cheech and Chong movie up in here.  As you take a sip of this beer, you’ll notice it is very smooth; the Germans have had a LOT of practice when it comes to good highly-chug-able beers.  It’s a malt and smoke showcase.  You’ll find some layers of creamy and sweet malts mixed alongside peaty, charcoal-like smoke.   As the beer warms, you seem to pull out some wood notes.  The whole experience takes you back to sitting in front of a wood fire at a campground, when a gust of wind blows the campfire smoke in your face.  This is in a good way though. It’s difficult for us Americans to drink very many of these beers in a row, and we at ArkansasBeerBlog don’t recommend doing so.  Rather, use this beer to pull out more flavor from other smokey food pairs – BBQ, smoked cheese, beef jerky…. Heck, even a slim jim.

You can find this smokin’ hot beer at the following smokin’ awesome locations:

Colonial Wines and Spirits – Little Rock
Diamond Liquor – North Little Rock
PopATop on University – Little Rock
Macadoodles – Springdale
Liquor World – Fayetteville
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
Arka Valley Liquor – Atkins
The Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe – Hot Springs

We gave this beer 4 Diamonds


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