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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Brauerei Heller-Trum / SchlenkerlaBrauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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8 Beers
5,072 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.53%
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 by Hobbz:
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4.86/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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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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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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Germany
94 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.