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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brauerei Heller-Trum / SchlenkerlaBrauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Based on:
7 Beers
5,811 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 29
Visits: 56
Avg: 4.15
pDev: n/a
Taps: 2
Bottles: 3
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Dominikanerstraße 6
Bamberg, 96049
phone: +49 951 56060

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Schlenkerla is the name of the brewery tap pub (Gaststätte).
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Reviews: 29 | Visits: 56
Photo of azorie
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Simple to anyone that want to visit a unique place and sample the beer and food, Its a must visit.
Its really depends on your mood and what you expect. Its old and wood every where, every review tell you that.

I go for the company and the history. Not really the beer as smoked beer is not my thing. and lucky you are not forced to drink it if you do no want to. also there lots of better places for the "onion"

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Love the beer... Honestly, I love the hallway here, but it is quite cramped. I have spent many an hour enjoying my beer and watching tourists come zooming in and then running out - totally different atmosphere here than the Faessla (which gets fewer tourists). The beer garden is pleasant when it is open. Enjoyed the restaurant, generally good service, but once we came on a shift change and waited a long time for service (almost left). I ordered the (famous) Bamberger Zwiebel (onion) as I had never had one before, while my wife ordered something meaty encased in a dough wrapping (with gravy)(the name of which escapes me). The onion was good, but hers was great (just about the best meal of our trip)! Great bathrooms, as well, freshly refurbished and well kept. Highly recommended! If you visit, come in a small group or alone, order in German, keep quiet and watch the tourists.

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Photo of Domingo
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

No clue why I didn't review Schlenkerla on my last trip, but here I am. Heller-Trum is in the heart of old-town Bamberg and is honestly pretty close to almost any area of town thanks to its central location.
While most people associate Bamberg with smoked beers (thanks to this brewery in most cases), Shlenkerla is one of only two places that truly features the style on a regular basis.
Like most places in Bamberg, Shlenkerla is laden with wood throughout, although it's much larger than almost all of the other halls in town. There are 3-4 different indoor areas and a biergarten in the back that opens up to an alleyway as well.
In terms of beers, Schlenkerla always has at least their normal maerzen rauchbier and weizen rauchbier on tap. In addition to those, they also offer an ungespundetes (not smoked), bottled versions of their helles, bock, oak doppelbock, and potentially some seasonal beers as well. On my visit in 8/13 they were serving their Krausen, which is a milder gravity-keg based rauchbier that was absolutely wonderful. Their pre-Easter Lentbier is also particularly sought-after.
For food, they have a full Franconian menu, featuring dishes like sourbraten, schnitzel, and their specialty "Bamberg Onion." In addition to that, I can vouch that their obadzda might be the best I've ever had and is spiked with a little bit of relish.
No Bamberg trip is complete without a trip to Schlenkerla, and there's nothing wrong with that at all. The beers and food are good, the atmosphere is nice, and seating is readily available as well. Plus, the staff is also nice.

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Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

As others have said in the old town. I did think there were some tourists because of that, Special and Fassla had much less being across the river. Didn't take anything away from the place, just made it much busier. We were going to eat here but it was too crowded even on a Sunday afternoon. Obviously people like the food.
Cool wood timbered old building, hallways and separated rooms everywhere. If you snake through the garten is out back. Also reachable through the side alley.
Only the Marzen and Weizen on tap, was hoping a least for the Urbock, but I was still satisfied.

A great town you can easily spend a couple days sight seeing in, with some brewery visiting in between. This is definetely a cool must stop.

If I lived here I would have the minikeg available for purchase in my house at all times. Definetely cheaper at the source.

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Photo of Culture
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Went to the brewery while I was in Bamberg. Great atmosphere! I have a family friend that lives in Bamberg! I had a great time with great friends! Not so much a tourist place. Alot of locals are present. They have a great history and a great staff! Must see if in Germany!

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This was the best place I ever ate in Germany. The atmosphere was outstanding. The food was nearly perfect, and the beer was a classic complement. I had the Schweinehaxe with Knoedel and Red cabbage, and paired it with the Rauchbier straight from the tap. Pure heaven on earth. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Perceived as the crown jewel of Bamberg regarding beer culture and for good reason; their smoked beers are delicious. Judging by the crowds on the street with and without glasses of Aecht-Schlenkerla in their hands, I would think that this area also has a lot of sightseeing. There are a few rooms to Schlenkerla, which I was lucky to find a rare empty seat for myself. The cool part being I was at the place which makes a style of beer which I love. The downside being that there were only two beer options; the smoked marzen, or the smoked weizen. I stayed classic and got the marzen, which was very well balanced between the smoke and malt, better balanced and fresher than anything I could get in California. Both styles are served in their own glass and in half-liter quantities, and at €2.50 and €2.70 respectively, is actually cheaper here than at any bottleshop where I live! Go for the experience, have a rauchbier, and get back to taking pictures of the town.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Visited on 4/8/2013 with Thirstybird - Day 2 in Bamberg. Walking into Schlenkerla is like walking into the past. As you enter the establishment (the interior was cobbled stone I believe), the left-hand rooms resembled more of a public-house with communal seating occupied by many of the regulars. We opted to sit in a room to the right -the "Klause." According to their website, the Klause "used to be the house chapel of the dominican monastery and was used for daily prayer." This room is spectacular - low, vaulted ceilings, and a great deal of wood definitely gives it a chapel-like feel. I enjoyed the Marzen off the oak barrel, as well as the Weizen from the bottle. The weisswurst with mustard and a german pretzel were quite delicious and incredibly inexpensive. After we finished our lunch, and before our trek to Brauerei Griefenklau, we did a quick walkthrough. As you proceed into further into the exterior, there is a courtyard which must be quite pleasant in the spring and summer, as well as a small window where you can buy a limited amount of souvenirs as well as beers to go. Not to be passed up if you are visiting Bamberg, which in and of itself is a simply beautiful city.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The most famous rauchbier producer is located right in the heart of old town Bamberg. It's a beautiful appearance in front and feels old world on the inside as well. Beautiful woodwork throughout, with extremely detailed metal work on even minor details such as door hinges. Dark wooden beams provide the support for vaulted arches in the ceiling, with tasteful designs in paint on the remaining plaster. Gorgeous, this place truly earns a score of "5" on atmosphere.

The beauty is one reason to come, the second reason is the very reasonably priced food. Not only is it cheaper than that found in breweries at other (larger) cities, it's equally or possibly even more delicious. Roasted pork knuckle with potato dumpling for under 10 euros, absolutely satisfying and very cheap.

The third and probably most important attribute, at least for BA, is the beer selection. They only serve their house beers, but you wouldn't be here if you didn't want them. I had the Rauch-Marzen and the Fastenbier (roughly Easter timing for this visit) and was very happy. I've had both in the States, with the Fastenbier being much preferred due to its softer mouthfeel and more balanced flavor.

Service is excellent, same as it is everywhere in this region. Bamberg is a must-visit for any beer geek, and Schlenkerla is high on the list of stops while here.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The "Schlenkerla" Brewery is situated in the heart of the old city of Bamberg. Cobblestone streets and Mideavel buildings is the surrounding atmosphere. Entering the building there are four main areas. Two eating rooms where fine German cuisine is served, a stone hall,which is mainly for drinking a quick beer, and a beer garden. The service is very good, typical for the area called Franken. The food is outstanding and the beer freshly poured from wooden barrels. A dream forcthe beeradvokat.

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Photo of 18alpha
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Schenkerla Rauchbier Märzen is the defining beer in the Rauchbier style. You really have to try it if you are interested in smoked beers. The first taste is extraordinary--like nothing I've ever tried. I've heard terms like "drinking a glass of bacon", "liquid smoke" and "ham in a glass". All pretty accurate. What is truly amazing about this beer is the finish. You wouldn't think a beer like this could have a clean finish but it does. After your taste buds get over the first shock, this is a great session beer. Which brings me to the location...

Drinking beer in a basement in Germany with bier flowing from wooden casks and coats of arms from the local knights hanging by the window is beer lover heaven. The whole vibe is "old style German beer drinking". Long wooden benches, wooden casks with traditional taps pounded in with a mallet.

Forgive me if the details are a little fuzzy, I haven't been to this pub in about 12 years but since it hadn't changed much in the previous 100 years, I doubt it has changed too much since 1999. The afternoon I spent in Brauerie Heller-Trum is one of the best beer memories of my lifetime.

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Photo of TeamUgly
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bamberg, Germany is a must if you planning on being within 250km of this town.U.N. heritage site plus Rauchbier served from a wooden cask Pick up a free map of this area from the tourist office within walking distance from this gastohaus.

Upon our arrival we were directed to sit at a long table with two locals sitting at each end. The staffs english skills were same as my very limited german. The order of pork leg was served no less than five minutes after the Rauchbier's arrival. This Rauchbier is worth the train ride. I didn't try the other two offererings on the menu. We didn't snoop around the property due my poor german skills, but this area is a great side trip. Across the street is a gift shop that sells other brews, at room temperature, from this area.

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Photo of bark
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is the archetype of the Bamberg bierstube: The interior made of dark wood, the green tile stove, the beer window, the wooden cask with Rauchbier, the regular’s table, the guests drinking on the stairs or on the street outside the house, the friendly yet a bit sulky staff, the beer garden at the narrow inner court, the hunters trophies on the wall and the decorations made of dried flowers.

Yes. It is all there. And then the rauchbier, served from a large wooden cask. There might be other beers in this style and some of them even better than this one, yet it is the Schenkerla Rauchbier Märzen that the others are measured by.

The beer list is short: Schenkerla Rauchbier Märzen on cask and Schenkerla RauchbierWeizen on bottle. In late autumn, a Rauchbock is also served.

An institution in the world of beer.

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Photo of skypup
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Stop number 5 on my Beer Trail of Bamberg, Germany. An exceptionally beautiful city with amazing atmosphere despite being very busy and a tad touristy.

Made this stop on after Das Ambräusianum. Very busy atmosphere and we sat at a shared table that was due to be reserved and only free for about 45 minutes to fit in a quick beer.

Had the rauch-marzen and a rauch weizen, with a Bamberger Zweibel (stuffed onion with dark beer sauce).

The famous Marzen rauchbier is available at tourist stands around the altstadt (old city) for about 1.50 Euro per bottle, but it is cheaper to buy at the local grocery stores where a flat that I mixed and matched with other Bamberger Rauch brews only costed me about 17 Euro for 20 beers.

Great place to visit again.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ummm... I can't beleive tha oppourtunity to have a beer in one of the most famous brew pubs in the world. The capital of smoked beers. I actually did a brewery tour which is about a few miles away. That was amazing and a must do. It's near the Spezial beer garden and a good idea to do them at the same trip.

The brewpub is expceptional and atomopehere an A plus. great service, way above avg German pub fare which suprised me. It was some of the best German good I had on the trip, well done! Only beef is that all the beers were not present for sampling. But still, and amzing visit and Bamberg is worth going out of your way to visit.

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Photo of atis
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

We went there in the morning and the room to the left was not even remotely packed, there were some locals, but enough space for many more. Seeing that everyone just ordered beer and were eating the food they had brought with them (I suppose it was too early and no food was served yet), we too unpacked our sandwiches.

It was wonderful, just sitting there in one of the most important historic sites in Bamberg, sipping beer and enjoying the atmosphere with a few chatty locals around.

And, of course, beer from the barrel was excellent, as expected.

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Photo of crossovert
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

My last stop in this travel to Bamberg (i am going back). It is right next to Das Ambräusianum. We sat at a table jsut inside near the stairs, right next to the ordering window. The bartender guy immediately started speaking to me in perfect English, but I replied bakc to him in German and he was pretty friendly. The beer is straight form the wooden cask and is an almost life-changing experince.

The charm of this place is immense, it is dark and woody, but supremely cozy.

Another note is the bathrooms are pretty tight.

Overall this might have been my favorite stop, it is hard to beat the idyllic biergartens but this one had a ton of charm.

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Photo of rocktopus
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This was the first stop on our journey to Bamberg and Munich. It was the stop we most looked forward to in Bamberg and we were certainly not dissapointed.
Walking in the door around 5pm on a Friday night you are definately smacked with atmosphere. Smells of roasted meat and old wood fill the air. The room to the left, or Stammtisch; completely full of the locals. 3 tables in the hallway for us auslanders. We ordered the Festbier from the barrel (only available during Starkbierfest between Ash Wednesday and Easter)easily one of the best beers of the trip. Also had Marzen from the barrel and Wiezen from the bottle. I ordered Schweinhaxe (crispy pork knuckle) which was quite good but the sauerkraut it rested on was like manna from heaven. I got to talking with our table in my hack German and was surprised that it consisted of locals who simply wanted to hang out with people visiting. The service was typical in Germany - quick and efficient with no small talk. Overall, this visit will stand in my memory forever and I feel lucky to have had the chance to experience it.

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Photo of LauraAndrew
4.65/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What, this place is called Heller-Trum? All of the locals called it Schlenkerla, and rightly so. It's Rauchbier Heaven in here! We were lucky to be staying right down the street, so we wound up here 3 days in a row. On our first night, we ate in the larger room to the right. I had the Bamberger Zwiebel (highly suggested - meat stuffed in a carmelized onion with rauchbier sauce) and my wife had the bratwursts. This was our first evening in Germany, and we learned quickly that portion sizes are no joke here. After dinner the waitress teased my skinny wife with a friendly scowl, showing disapproval that she had not finished all 3 of her sausages AND the huge bagger. Next visit we drank out back in the biergarten. It's a nice relaxing area, just off the main tourist drag. We were there in the afternoon and there were lots of families with children running about, but relaxing none the less. On our last night in Bamberg we sat in the small room to the left of the entrance. This is the place to be - great vibe, and you can watch them pour your bier right out of the barrel. This is the reason you come to Bamberg - yes, you can get Schlenkerla practically everywhere in town, but make sure you take the pilgrimage here at least once!

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Photo of FirstMan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

During our three-day tour of all the breweries in Bamberg, this was one of two places Knuckles and I went to twice and is the place for which I have the warmest memories.

About as Deutsche as it gets in terms of atmosphere. Low-ceiling rooms with dark, exposed beams. Large wooden tables, etc. The food is pretty standard Bavarian cuisine, as I remember, although I didn't have anything but some bread, as I remember.

I was there for the rauchbier - in particular the Weizen, which was just great. Of course the Marzen was wonderful as well. I had a number of both.

My favorite spot in the place is actually not in the dining rooms. Instead, go straight once you enter the door from the street into the little open-air courtyard in the center of the building. When I was there it was fairly cool (late September), but the beautiful old architecture and the bronze stag's head on the wall really gave a great atmosphere. Adding to that were all the smells coming from the kitchen as we drank our beer.

In my opinion, one of the must-go beer locations on earth and in the top two for Bamberg (w/ Mahr's Brau).

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Photo of Goldorak
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

After a boat ride on the canal - even the boat had Schlenkerla on board, sweet! - I was ready for the real deal, to try the Rauchbier vom fass. Pretty easy to find, just across the bridge/old rathaus.

Another really magical place, it was ancient, but spotlessly clean. We sat in the section on the right as you enter, that seemed to be non-smoking. Wooden arches with intricate carvings and old coat hangars with a bar in the back where the tender was busy filling large mugs of the house brew, while waitresses clad in black with white aprons took our orders. No fluzies here, the staff was pretty mature, and had the place very much under their control, even though wave after wave of tourists kept pouring in and out. Our wench didn't speak a word of English, but I was getting used to ordering in German, even though I asked for a plate of cheese and got sausages instead. No matter, they were really good!

For sheer looks, historic feeling and a quality brew, this place is great. However, the obvious lack of locals and the somewhat phlegmatic service made me feel a bit like I was on the "It's a small world" ride at Disney. Go there, have one or two Beers, sink in the atmosphere and then go elsewhere.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Turn right as you walk in and you enter a fantastic church like hall, with a bar at the far end (to your left as you enter the room). Dark wooden panels, large wooden beams holding up a high ceiling and an abbey cum nunnary feel about the whole room.

I love this drinking establishment, even if the only beer you can have is the 'Rauchbeer'. It is a wonderful place to sit and drink the heavy, smoked, jet black brew, brought by a serving wench who was pleased I could order in German.

Fairly quiet for a Friday lunchtime, no locals in this area of the pub, they are all in the smaller bar to your left as you walk through the main entrance. Strang how they have left the best room for us Auslanders.

If on entering the building, you do not turn left or right, but carry on into the bowels of the place, an off sales window is on your right, there has in the past, been locals drinking here also, but not on this review visit.

This is the reason beer tourist come to Bamberg, do not miss it if you hit town!

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Photo of bruachan
3.65/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

i had a little trouble finding this fine establishment since the address (#6) did not fall between 5 and 7 on the other wide of the road. i'm an idiot

i had it down at "Wirtshaus zum Schlenkerla" so i don't know what this heller-trum thing is all about. the staff didn't speak much english (and by "much" i mean"any"), which i took to be a good sign. the beer was fantastic and it went well with the food i chose. cool interior with low vaulting and wood beams

excellent establishment only hindered by its selection (i don't get why it doesn't carry all of the brewery's offerings), as i was told they had only the märzen

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Photo of Derek
2.99/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

When you walk in the front door, it does look as though the room on the left is where you want to drink. There is some small writing on the door... but it's so small (and in German), it could've been the door manufacturer for all I knew. Yes, I too was ushered out of the 'regulars' room.

Fortunately, the room for the tourists wasn't quite as smokey (don't get me wrong, it was still VERY smokey). My wife actually refused to accompany me, and went for a coffee next door.

I was pleased to see that they had their festbier on tap (actually from a wooden cask). It was a little pricy, but it was one of the best beers I've ever tasted, so the visit was definitely worthwhile.

I picked up a couple bottles & a stein from the take-out window... all of which were an excellent value.

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Photo of tjd25
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The whole point of going to Bamberg for me was to visit Schenkerla. It is quite an experience. Once in the Dominikanerstrasse, you start seeing people with glasses of a quite dark beer. You’re there. The hallway is crowded, all the people are standing wherever they can, holding their pint of Rauchbier. You just ask for a beer, and get the rauchbier märzen. The Urbock is a seasonal, and the weizen comes in a bottle. The märzen is served directly from a wooden keg. Carbonation thus seems to be a bit lower, but it doesn’t matter. The place is big, with several large rooms decorated with wood, low ceilings, and a warm friendly atmosphere. Packed all the time, with the staff being crazily busy. Being alone, I got sit at a table, in the middle of different groups of people. They started talking to me, and I had a good time there. In front of me were the photos of the ancestors of the brewery. Nice. And the guy next to me pointed the wife o the owner when she entered the room, and thus made me feel a little bit like a local. I ate a copious meal there, for a quite decent price. A Bamberger stuffed onion cooked in rauchbier sauce, and a Schenkerla cheese, apparently a mix of camembert, paprika and something else. Tasty and interesting, quite heavy, but who’s gonna complain? A nice schnaps was just great to end the meal. You can also buy beers to go there, but it doesn’t seem to be cheaper than in other places. Glasses are cheap. The place to go for whoever makes it to Bamberg.

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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Germany
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.