Schlenkerla Smokebeer Varieties

Rauchbier MärzenRauchbier Märzen unfiltriert
Smokebeer - Märzen (normal & special edition)
THE classic smoked beer
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Smokebeer - Wheat
mildly smoky wheat beer
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Rauchbier Urbock
Smokebeer - Urbock
fullbodied, smoky bock
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Eiche Doppelbock
Oak Smoke double bock
oak smoke malt instead of beech
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unfiltered smoked beer
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Rauchbier Kr�usen
Smokebeer Kräusen
Helles Märzen refermented blend
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Hansla low-alcohol
Hansla low-alcohol
historic and 0.9% Alc./Vol.
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Helles LagerHelles Lager - unfiltered special edition
Pale Lager (normal & unfiltered special edition)
very lightly smoky
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Vintage beer
aged for years in rock cellars
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Smokebeer spirit

distilled Schlenkerla, clear or smoked malt aged

the Schlenkerla interpretation of whiskey
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other beers from Hellerbräu
Heinzlein low alcohol | Stiftsgartenbier

classic smoked beer in Schlenkerla online shopOriginal Schlenkerla Smokebeer - Märzen

classic M�rzen Rauchbier

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.

All year round from the wooden barrel at the historical brewery tavern. In kegs in some taverns in and around Bamberg. In bottles available at selected retailers in Germany, Export to EU- and worldwide, taverns and in the Schlenkerla-Webshop. In partykegs (5 litres) at the Schlenkerla Shop, selected retailers and in the Webshop.

Original gravity: 13.2 °P
Alcohol: 5.1%
Bitterness: 30

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smoked wheat beer in Schlenkerla online shopOriginal Schlenkerla Smokebeer - Wheat

smoked wheat beer

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.

All year round from the bottle in the historical brewery tavern (bottle conditioned). From the bottle also at selected retailers, some taverns and the Schlenkerla-Webshop. In addition export to some countries.

Original gravity: 13.2 °P
Alcohol: 5.2%
Bitterness: 20

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smoked beer Urbock at Schlenkerla online shopOriginal Schlenkerla Smokebeer - Urbock

smoked beer Urbock

A full bodied smoked bock beer for Bamberg's strong beer season (October through December) in fall. Brewed already in the summer time, it is matured for months in the ancient Schlenkerla rock-cellars underneath Bamberg. Tapped freshly from the oakwood cask and the Schlenkerla brewery pub. Similar to, but much bigger than the classic Maerzen style.

Available October through late November from the wooden barrel in the historical brewery tavern. December and early January in bottles in the brewery tavern. In bottles in a few selected retailers, in some taverns and in the Schlenkerla-Webshop. In addition export to Finland and the USA.

Original gravity : 17.5 °P
Alcohol: 6.5%
Bitterness: 40

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lent beer in Schlenkerla online shopSchlenkerla Lentbeer

lent beer

The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is an unfiltered smokebeer, brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Bottom-fermenting yeast gives the reddish brown lentbeer a natural cloudiness. Its smoky aroma is already noticeable in the smell, combined with a fine hoppy note. In the drink the fullbodied, highly drinkable lentbeer shows its strong malty flavour, rounded up with the smokey taste and a light bitterness. Due to the nourishing yeast, the Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer has the "Brotzeit already included" (German word for afternoon snack).

Only during lent from Ash Wednesday to Easter.
From the wooden barrel at the Schlenkerla historic brewery tavern.
Exported in very small quantities on draft to the USA.
For the first time in 2015 also available in bottles (Germany, Finnland and USA).

Original gravity: 16 °P
Alcohol: 5.9%

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oak smoke double bock in online shopAecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoke

oak smoke double bock

A double bock for Christmas with a uniqe smoky note. The malt is kilned by an oak wood fire - unlike conventional smoke malt which is kilned by beech wood fire.

Original gravity: 19 °P
Alcohol: 8,0 %
Bitterness: 35

Only during Christmas time. From the wooden keg at the Schlenkerla. In bottles at selected shops. Exported in very small quantities draft and bottles to the USA. Available in the Schlenkerla Online Shop.

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lent beer in Schlenkerla online shopAecht Schlenkerla Kräusen (in the USA also known as "Helles Märzen, refermented Kräusen blend")

Schlenkerla Kräusen

In the world of German brewing, Kräusen refers to the intense proliferation of bubbles and foam formed during fermentation of a young or “green” beer.  And Aufkräusen (literally to kräusen it up), refers to a historic brewing technique in which some green beer is added to a fully-matured lager.  This is a very old and very typically German tradition, and today even English-speaking brewers refer to this technique as krausening.  Krausening brings the vibrant freshness of young beer to the more refined, austere flavors of a fully-matured lager.

Aecht Schlenkerla Kräusen starts out as normal Helles Schlenkerla Lager and matures for months in the old rock cellars underneath the brewery. Just before filling it is blended using the before mentioned "Kräusen" technique with classic Märzen Rauchbier. The result is an unfiltered, bottom fermented and amber color Märzen Lager hybrid with a vibrant and slightly smoky flavor .

Original gravity: 11.5 °P
Alcohol: 4.5%
Bitterness: 30

In the summertime at Schlenkerla brewery tavern from the wooden barrel. From the bottle in our Online Shop and at select importers and shops world wide. In the USA available on draft and in cans at these addresses.

Hansla low-alcohol in the Online ShopSchlenkerla Smokebeer - Hansla low-alcohol

Hansla low alcoholIn the past, due to lack of hygiene, drinking water was usually polluted with illness-causing bacterias. Beer did not contain such pathogens, as it was boiled and hopped. Therefore, until the end of the 19th century, beer was the preferred daily beverage. To keep a clear head, Bamberg's brewers had a special brewing technique to make low-alcohol beer. Hoppy, mildly smoky and with only a small amount of alcohol the unfiltered Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Hansla brings back this old Bamberg brewing tradition.
By the way: There are also not smoky versions of this old brewing technique; find out more about Heinzlein here.

All year in the brewery tavern. Starting 2020: In the brewery and the tavern in the bottle for take out, and in the Online Shop.

Original gravity: 3,4 °P
Alcohol: 0.9 % Vol.
Bitterness: 35

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Helles Schlenkerla Lager in online shopHelles Schlenkerla Lager

Helles (pale) Schlenkerla Lager

“Schlenkerla Helles” is brewed with fine Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of Nürnberg. It's lagered in century old caves underneath the historic Schlenkerla brewery and maltings. Schlenkerla Helles is boiled in the same copper kettles and bottom fermented by the same yeast as the historic Schlenkerla Smokebeer. Its subtle smokiness without using smoke malt makes “Helles Schlenkerla Lager” a unique representative of the classic lager beer style “Bavarian Helles”.

At times the pale lager is also available as specially unfiltered edition.

All year round, in the bottle and keg, at selected taverns and shops. Export to the USA.

Original gravity: 11.0 °P
Alcohol: 4.3%

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Vintage beer in the online ShopVintage Beers

Vintage BeersVintage Beers

Schlenkerla is the last brewery in Bamberg to utilize historic rock cellars for beer lagering. Even world wide there are almost no breweries left that work like that today. But not only the normal lagering of smoked beer happens there: Already in the 19th century brewers in England matured beers in bottles for several years, similar to sparkling wines (e.g. Champagne). Since 2010 this is also done at Schlenkerla: For all seasonal bock beers (currently Oak smoke Eiche double bock, Urbock and Lentbeer Fastenbier) there is a specially unfiltered and limited edition. These bottles are then lagered for at least 4 years in the rock cellars at the there natural temperature of around 8°C. The yeast continues to work during that time and constantly creates new flavors and aromas. A unique experience for all beer lovers!

A hint for perfect enjoyment: Take the bottle out of the fridge a little before serving; the flavors develop better at a slightly warmer temperature. And when pouring, the yeast residue at the bottom of the bottle can (but does not have to) be left out or even used for an aftertaste as second glass. Find out, what you like best!

All year round in the brewery on Oberen Stephansberg 27-35. Mail order via the Schlenkerla Webshop