Schlenkerla Smokebeer - original amongst beers

Bamberg and Smokebeer (the Germans call it "Rauchbier") belong together, a liaison which was not without consequences. The greatest of which is the Schlenkerla: the most productive, most visited and most traditional Smokebeer source in Bamberg. It originates in the middle of the old town, directly underneath the mighty cathedral, from a half-timbered house on which the geraniums effusively glow in the summer. Anyone who did not come here and try the strong, unmistakable taste of Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer (in German: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier) cannot claim to have been to Bamberg.

Schlenkerla has become a magic word for a long time, but many do not know where this word originated. Its roots lie within the Frankish vernacular, in which "schlenkern" is an expression for walking not straight - just like a drunken person does. Allegedly one of the former brewers had a funny way of walking due to an accident, or maybe due to the beer, and so he was called the "Schlenkerla" - the little dangler. The ending -la is the typical diminutive for the Frankish dialect. After a while, the residents of Bamberg also called the tavern Schlenkerla, and even though the sixth generation of brewers now taps the beer, the name has remained. Even in the phone book and the internet you can find the brewery under the name Schlenkerla. Today it stands for the tavern, the brewery and, most importantly, for the Smokebeer.

Smokebeer from Schlenkerla is a dark, aromatic, bottom fermented beer with 13.5 percent original extract, which is equivalent to an alcohol content of 5.1 percent. No doubt: there are stronger beers, but nevertheless, one should not underestimate it can make you "schlenker" quite a bit. Its smoky flavor is being achieved by exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beech-wood logs at the Schlenkerla-maltings. After mixing it with premium-class hops in the brew, it matures in 700 year old cellars, deep down in the hills of Bamberg, into a mellow, magnificent-tasting beer, best drunk directly in "Schlenkerla". An Original amongst the beers, even amongst the Bavarian beers. You can drink it in the "Alte Lokal" at white-scrubbed wooden tables - covering them with a tablecloth would be a sin - underneath an old timbered ceiling, even darker than the beer. You can drink it in the "Klause", a former monastery, built in 1310, or you can drink it in the inner court next to a 500-liter wooden-keg. All this is the Schlenkerla.

The connoisseur drinks it slowly with relish, but steadily and purposefully. He knows, that the second "Seidla" (half-liter) tastes better than the first, and the third even better than the second. He drinks during the morning pint and during the afternoon break. He drinks it in the evenings, drinks it alone and with company, especially with company, as "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier" makes one talkative and exuberant. It brings together the local with the stranger, as it is common in Franconia to share your table with others.

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.

That is written on the coasters, and the coasters are right!


Technical developments over the centuries made it possible to dry malt indirectly without open fire and thus without smoky taste. As this new technology was cheaper and usable for mass production, almost all of the old smoke kilns vanished. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier has preserved the old craft tradition of smoking the malt in Bamberg until today. Therefore you are, in effect, having a little piece of beer history with every swallow.

 

Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer - Märzen

Bamberg's speciality, a dark, bottom fermented smokebeer, brewed with Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings and tapped according to old tradition directly from the gravity-fed oakwood cask in the historical brewery tavern.

  • Appearance: Medium brown reddish, some orange bright. Compact head.
  • Aroma: Smoked sausage, bacon. A bit of mustiness and light fruit.
  • Flavor/Mouthfeel: Excellent balance of sweet malt and smoke. Smoke replaces hops as the dominant malt balance. Keeps the sausage taste as you go.
  • Finish: Venison, smoked sausage, dry/spiced/smoky cheesed.
  • Original gravity: 13.2%
  • Alcohol: 5.1%
  • Bitterness: 30
Freshness:
Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer is enjoyed best when fresh. Store our smokebeer dark, cool and only as long as necessary.

Drinking temperature:
The smokey flavour unfolds perfectly at a drinking temperature of 7-8°C.

Appearance and glass care:
A Schlenkerla Smokebeer with a large head (approx. one quarter of the glass-height) is a feast for the eyes. Therefore use properly rinsed glasses and pour quickly to achieve enough foam.

 

Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer -  Rauchweizen

Schlenkerla Smokebeer Wheat is an ale with light smoky aroma. As Bavarian wheat beers, it is being brewed with a mixture of both barley malt and wheat malt. The portion of barley malt is hereby a classic Schlenkerla smokemalt, while the wheat malt remains unsmoked. Served unfiltered with its natural haziness, Schlenkerla Wheat reaches its full aroma through bottle fermentation with fine top fermenting yeast.

  • Appearance: Medium brown reddish, some orange bright. Compact head.
  • Aroma: Smoked sausage, bacon. A bit of mustiness and light fruit.
  • Flavor/Mouthfeel: Excellent balance of sweet malt and smoke. Smoke replaces hops as the dominant malt balance. Keeps the sausage taste as you go.
  • Finish: Venison, smoked sausage, dry/spiced/smoky cheesed.
  • Original gravity: 13.2%
  • Alcohol: 5.2%
  • Bitterness: 20

Freshness:
Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer is enjoyed best when fresh. Store our smokebeer dark, cool and only as long as necessary.

Drinking temperature:
The smokey flavour unfolds perfectly at a drinking temperature of 7-8°C.

Appearance and glass care:
A Schlenkerla Smokebeer with a large head (approx. one quarter of the glass-height) is a feast for the eyes. Therefore use properly rinsed glasses and pour quickly to achieve enough foam.

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Schlenkerla Awards

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Rauchweizen:

  • Schlenkerla smoked wheat: Gold medal winner at the 2014 Australian Beer Awards
  • 2011 - Schlenkerla Smoked Wheat Beer: Best top fermented beer at Helsiniki Beer Festival (Finland)
  • 2009: Schlenkerla Smoked Wheat Beer wins silver medal winner at the International Australian Beer Festival (gold was not awarded)
  • Schlenkerla Smoked Wheat Beer has the CMA Quality Award since 2004
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