Aecht Schlenkerla
Erle

The beer made with the alder wood smoke. and not the beech wood malt, and the brewery says that imparts a slightly less strong and aggressive smoke element, and I would be inclined to agree.

Pour is as expected for a “normal” Schwarz, with that blackish, dark, dark chestnut body and a lovely tan colored head. Retention and lace are both great.

Nose and tastes are definitely sweeter than the other Aecht beers. More subtle smoke, and definitely gentler than what we are used to from the brewery. I’m not really incredibly keen on Schwarz beers in general, but the smoke adds a lovely element which really opens up the style. Make no mistake this is a smoked beer, but it definitely has other, underlying elements (mostly sweet malts) that never get overwhelmed. The smoke is stronger in the nose than the tastes.

Sweet elements persist down the bottle, and the beer drinks very easily. The ABV aids and abets that – great!

Mouthfeel is simple, medium and smooth and overall this is an incredibly drinkable, lovely beer. Smoke doesn’t lend itself to drinking a huge volume of any beer that is a Rauch, but this one does a great job of holding that tiring element off for a while.

If you don’t think that you like smoked beers, maybe give this one a try.

 

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05/13/2024
Format:
bottle
ABV: 4.2 %
Appearance: 5.0
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4.0
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
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