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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier has a distinctively smoky aroma and flavor that is consistently present amongst the three varieties: urbock, märzen and weizen. The brewery also makes a helles which, while the grain used is unsmoked, is still smoky in flavor due to beer's proximity to the smoking operation. A schnapps made from Rauchbier is also available in Shlenkerla's pub/restaurant.
The Schlenkerla tavern features a Gothic ceiling known as the Dominikanerklause.
Schlenkerla roughly translates as "Dangling". Schlenkern is a German verb meaning to swing or to dangle. The -la suffix is typical of the Franconian dialect. The name reportedly originated with a previous brewmaster of the brewery who possessed a hobbling gait. An image of this hobbling brewer can be seen in the designs on the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier bottle.
- "Schlenkerla Tavern & its Heller Brewery and Rauchbier (Smoke Beer), Bamberg". www.whitebeertravels.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- Brauereiausschank Schlenkerla - official website of the Schlenkerla historical brewery and tavern
- bamberger-bier.de - information about Bamberg's brewing tradition (English)
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