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Schlenkerla, the historic smoked beer brewery

Dominikanerstr. 6 | 96049 Bamberg, 96049 Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 951 56050
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“pork” (21 reviews)
“smoked beer” (131 reviews)
“stuffed onion” (10 reviews)
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German, European, Central European, Brew Pub
$$ - $$$
Dominikanerstr. 6 | 96049 Bamberg, 96049 Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A historic brewhouse specialising in smokey beer - a local brew. The beer itself, served as half a litre, has a distinct smokey flavor & is a dark beer but not a stout. After the initial taste surprise it is pleasant enough to drink. We...More

Thank 188petere
Reviewed 5 days ago

A wonderful experience tasting a beer type new to me. The crowd, packed shoulder to shoulder, noisy but courteous. Service good. Beer would take time to develop taste.

Thank John F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went here because of all the great reviews and we had to try the smoky beer. The service was disappointing. They acted like we were in their way and just wanted to get done with us. The beer was not to our liking but...More

Thank KathyfromMV
MatthiasTrum, Inhaber at Schlenkerla, the historic smoked beer brewery, responded to this review

Dear KathyfromMV, we are sorry that you were not satisfied when visiting our historic smoked beer brewery. Our Rauchbier is indeed an acquired taste, which not everybody will like. As for the service: We of course want our customers to feel welcome and appreciated. Please...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Waitress was very annoying and unpleasant. The beer was so so. The food was so so. And so roud.... It was not a good exprience. We could not enjoyed. ....... I do not recommend this place. I had very bad feelings about this place...More

Thank Jihye C
MatthiasTrum, Inhaber at Schlenkerla, the historic smoked beer brewery, responded to this review

Dear Jihye C, we are sorry, that you did not enjoy your stay at Schlenkerla. Please send us details (to service@schlenkerla.de) when exactly you were at our place and who your waitress was, so that we can follow up. Best regards, Matthias Trum

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The quintessential taste of Bamberg matched with nice crackling from the roast pork. A Must-do. Lovely atmosphere inside once you get through the hordes outside drinking their smoky beer.

Thank 999Phil
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The smoked beer here is VERY popular among the locals. Attracting large crowds outside drinking the black stuff on Friday and Saturday evenings. A bit too strong for us, but we'll worth a try! It's worth going inside to see how old and beautiful it...More

Thank LivingTheDream247
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch in this place and chose asparagus soup for starter and the "Bamberger Zwiebel" for main course (as we wanted to try some different and local). The soup was nice but I would expect it to be served with some bread. The main...More

Thank SmokinMedia_com
Reviewed 24 April 2017

we were told about the Schlenkerla smoked beer some said it tasted like on old ashtray (its not tat bad) others sail you needed about 6 pints to get accustomed to the taste i do agree you need more than a sip to appreciate the...More

Thank Davros97
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We were looking for a place to try Rauchbier (smoked bier) after a long walk around Bamberg. Settled on the Schlenkerla. It was crowded, but a lot of locals. Service was not quick, but it was really well-organized given that there was only one woman...More

Thank Jake S
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Visited the lovely town of Bamberg and of course, I had to try their famed smoked beer, or Rauchbier as it is called. The place was packed so I was unable to get a table, but not to worry. I grabbed a glass and quaffed...More

Thank Russ S
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Do we need a reservation?
13 February 2017|
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Response from Melissa P | Reviewed this property |
Gets busy--reservation would be helpful! We got lucky and got the last available table as a walk in.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$16
German, European, Central European, Brew Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dominikanerstr. 6 | 96049 Bamberg, 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."