Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 4,333
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 2 / Bottles: 3
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Hobbz:
4.86/5 rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Aka: "Schlenkerla Historical Brewery Tavern"
A world-classic place to imbibe!
With its atmosphere of dark wood, shadowy interior and ecclesiastical feel, one can take in the age-old surroundings among the various clientele in any of the several adjoining rooms. I especially like to sit in the open "Schwemm" area -- at a table just across from the service window (a peculiar and, I understand, traditional interior-design facet of the regional outlets). Here, one can watch the beautiful liquids being dispensed from wooden kegs and be entertained as empties are relieved and fulls are carted up to await their destiny with the unbunging tap-hammer. And, all importantly, the deep amber smoked beer served here represents the epitome stylistically for "rauchbier" and is well-deserving of its worldwide noteriety.
Yes, it's a popular tourist spot (for those in the know) but certainly nonetheless retains its "aecht" Franconian feel. A must.
01-12-2003 01:20:01 | More by Hobbz
More User Reviews:
4.06/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
No clue why I didn't review Schlenkerla on my last trip, but here I am. Heller-Trum is in the heart of old-town Bamberg and is honestly pretty close to almost any area of town thanks to its central location.
While most people associate Bamberg with smoked beers (thanks to this brewery in most cases), Shlenkerla is one of only two places that truly features the style on a regular basis.
Like most places in Bamberg, Shlenkerla is laden with wood throughout, although it's much larger than almost all of the other halls in town. There are 3-4 different indoor areas and a biergarten in the back that opens up to an alleyway as well.
In terms of beers, Schlenkerla always has at least their normal maerzen rauchbier and weizen rauchbier on tap. In addition to those, they also offer an ungespundetes (not smoked), bottled versions of their helles, bock, oak doppelbock, and potentially some seasonal beers as well. On my visit in 8/13 they were serving their Krausen, which is a milder gravity-keg based rauchbier that was absolutely wonderful. Their pre-Easter Lentbier is also particularly sought-after.
For food, they have a full Franconian menu, featuring dishes like sourbraten, schnitzel, and their specialty "Bamberg Onion." In addition to that, I can vouch that their obadzda might be the best I've ever had and is spiked with a little bit of relish.
No Bamberg trip is complete without a trip to Schlenkerla, and there's nothing wrong with that at all. The beers and food are good, the atmosphere is nice, and seating is readily available as well. Plus, the staff is also nice.
08-11-2013 11:58:27 | More by Domingo
3.83/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
07-23-2013 12:48:33 | More by Bung
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Germany
93 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.