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HellerBräu Trum KG
Schlenkerla - Nasenschild in Bamberg.JPG
LocationBamberg, Germany
Coordinates49°53′30″N 10°53′05″E / 49.89167°N 10.88472°E / 49.89167; 10.88472Coordinates: 49°53′30″N 10°53′05″E / 49.89167°N 10.88472°E / 49.89167; 10.88472
Opened1405 (1405)
Active beers
Name Type
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Rauchbier
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen Märzen Rauchbier
Helles Schlenkerla Lager Lager Rauchbier
Schlenkerla Rauchweizen Weizen Rauchbier
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Christmas Doppelbock
Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier Unfiltered Rauchbier
Aecht Schlenkerla Kräusen
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock Bock-Rauchbier
Schlenkerla Rauchbier being tapped straight from the cask (2003)

Schlenkerla is a historic brewpub in Bamberg, Franconia, Germany renowned for its smoked Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier.[1]


Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

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 because the same kettles and yeast are used to produce it and the Rauchbier.[2] A schnapps made from Rauchbier is also available in Schlenkerla's pub and restaurant.

The pub[edit]

The brewery has been in operation since 1405, when it was a pub known as Zum Blauen Löwen ("At the Blue Lion").[3] 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 East 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 has owned and run it for six generations.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Schlenkerla Tavern & its Heller Brewery and Rauchbier (Smoke Beer), Bamberg". Retrieved 2008-07-12.
  2. ^ "Schlenkerla Sorten". Schlenkerla. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Smoke and Beers: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen". Phoenix New Times. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2018.

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