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Schlenkerla, the historic smoked beer brewery

$$ - $$$German, European,
Dominikanerstr. 6, 96049 Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 951 56050
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“pork” (21 reviews)
“sauerkraut” (21 reviews)
“smoked ham” (4 reviews)
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9:30 am - 11:30 pm Hours
German, European, Central European, Brew Pub
$$ - $$$
Dominikanerstr. 6, 96049 Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Schlenkerla is definitely a must-visit in Bamberg. The location is easily found in the town, being the liveliest restaurant around. Besides the pretty exterior architecture, the interior which was restored in 1926 is lovely as well. We only heard about the famous smoked beer and...More

Thank the_gml
Reviewed 4 days ago

I think pretty unique to this place, where they serve up Dark Smoky Strong Beer. Mind you it seemed so strong you would never be surprised if a cask full spontaneously combusted :-). When I visited it was heaving with Locals and tourists alike a...More

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very popular location. Hardly any room to sit at lunchtime. The smoked beer is excellent together with the local food. Definite recommend.

Thank David W
Reviewed 1 week ago

They are at least five starred breweries in town. Four across the river. Not so impressed, maybe only one isn't so bad. But Schlenkerla is totally different. Warm service, surrounded by locals and impressed by everything on tap. Best value for money for beers and...More

Thank ludmiljazz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in Germany for business and took a day trip to Bamberg. Eventually, I needed to find something to eat and a local businessman suggested that I go here. While the beer garden was packed, I went inside and there were plenty of seats...More

Thank rol769
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Stayed in wonderful Bamberg as it was so much cheaper Than Nuremberg whilst working at the toy fair ! As I’m In to real ale had to find this place , it’s very old The beer is great , the food served is very typically...More

Thank Alan G
Reviewed 4 January 2018

If you are in Bamberg, you just must go to this picturesque bar and drink one or five smoked beers. They are amazing!

Thank luizacerioli
Reviewed 3 January 2018

A dark, smokey beer served in a small bar with long bench tables and thick wooden chairs, low ceiling and hunting trophies - not to mention and old ceramic room heater and lots of locals in animated conversation. If you like beer and local culture,...More

Thank Craig_Tapper
Reviewed 3 January 2018

White Sausages, Smoked Beer and a Pretzel! It doesn't get any better. The setting was almost fairy-tale. It was also enjoyable to watch the local come in and share holiday greetings.

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 25 December 2017

the typical smoked beer is not everybody's favorite, but I love it. the guest room with the old style makes it even more authentic. Take it with Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Thank Wolfgang H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 17
German, European, Central European, Brew Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dominikanerstr. 6, 96049 Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Bavaria  >  Franconia  >  Upper Franconia  >  Bamberg
  • Phone Number: +49 951 56050
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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."
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