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In the middle of the old part of Bamberg, directly beneath the mighty cathedral, one can find the historic smoked beer brewery Schlenkerla. First mentioned in 1405 and now run by the Trum family in the 6th generation, it is the fountain of Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer (in German language it's called "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier"). The smoked beer is here at the brewery tavern still being tapped directly from the wooden barrel according to old tradition. "Even if the brew tastes somewhat strange at the first swallow, do not stop, because soon you will realize that your thirst will not decrease and your pleasure will visibly increase."
USD 6 - USD 16
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
German, European, Central European, Brew Pub
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We learned about Bamberg's smoked beer on a Viking River cruise and our walking tour from the boat took us by here. We returned later to try the smoked beer, but not the food. Inside, we went to a window for service, and paid for...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Roy E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three smoked beers on tap. Almost everyone in packed bar was drinking orginal marzen. Other two were marginal like food. Bamberg onion pork was like meatloaf. Potatoes and onion were good. Curry chicken good flavor. Schnitzel was avearge. Tourist trap maybe so. Smoked beer batter...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mollyj345
MatthiasTrum, Inhaber at Schlenkerla, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear mollyj345, we do not have taps. We serve our Rauchbier the old fashioned way from the wooden barrel, and at most 2 of them. The Weizen Rauchbier comes from the bottle, as it is bottle conditioned. Indeed we do not have a large menue,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A winter time visit means less crowds. Entering from the street, on the left is a small bar while to the right is the dining area which has church-like architecture (domed ceilings, etc) while a walk though the place offers more rooms with similar architecture,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BellBoy53
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. In a rainy winter day, we visited the historical town and cathedral. We heard this place from a German friend so we went planning for having a beer and some lunch snacks. People lined up near the entrance just to buy beers...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank CosaLindaElla
Reviewed 6 November 2018

I am not a fan of the smoked beer myself but the friends with me were so pleanty was drunk. The food is very salty and a lot of this, best to eat later in the day rather than midday. Great place to visit, a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Marian F
Reviewed 31 October 2018

We had a wonderful visit into a historic brewery. With some initial trepidation of drinking a smoked beer, it soon turned to, hey this beer is excellent! Wonderful old bar that fit right into the historic district of Bamberg and was a walk back into...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

The Schlenkerla is an inn you must have experienced on your own. Coming from Franconia myself, I regularly go there and I am therefore able to say that its atmosphere (which can best be described with the German adjectives urig or simply gemütlich) and the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Departure811861
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Visited this legendary brewery of smoked beer. Found seating in the quaint front serving room. Sweet young maid took our paltry order of 2 small beers (for 4 people). We all took polite sips but couldn’t get to enjoy the brew. But we enjoyed the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank balannm
Reviewed 11 October 2018

We visited Schlenkerla for the beer. We found a historic place with a great atmosphere, even outside the restaurant on the street. We bought a beer to try the typical smoke taste. Yes and it was very smoky. Unfortunately, it the smoke beer taste is...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank FelixT21
MatthiasTrum, Inhaber at Schlenkerla, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

Dear Mr. T, thank you for your comment and rating. We would however like to point out, that we do not brew a "quick made" tourist version of our Smokebeer for anyone. All our Rauchbier is done the same way, and at our brewery tavern...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

We didn't enjoy this very much. Almost all the dishes came with a "kloss" which is a massive dumpling, shiny with fat. The establishment would not take cards for payment which annoys the tourist.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Eva Julia T
MatthiasTrum, Inhaber at Schlenkerla, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Dear Mrs. T, thank you for your comment, but we would like to clarify a bit: The "Kloß" is a traditional franconian side dish, and it is boiled in water. There is not fat involved; the shiny effect comes from the moisture of the water....More

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