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.
Schlenkerla roughly translates as "Dangling". Schlenkern is a German verb meaning to swing or to dangle. The -lasuffix is typical of the Eas Franconian dialect. The name reportedly comes from a brewer with a hobbling gait whose image can be seen on the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier bottle. The brewery’s legal name is HellerBräu Trum KG, after the Trum family that’s owned and run it for six generations.