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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier bottle by Brauerei Heller Bamberg
Country Germany
Bottle size 0.5 l.
Alc vol 4.8 %
Beer Style Rauchbier
Beer name means "Aecht" is a old german word for "Original"."Schlenkerla" is the name of the beer. rauchbeir means smoked beer. the grain in this beer has been smoked before brewing.(Thanks Pia and Markus) Many years ago (I don´t know exactly when it was, probably about 200-300 years)
the landlord of the brewery Heller enjoyed too much of his beer and began to stagger.
And the franconian expression for "stagger" is to do a "Schlenkerla" ("a Schlenkerla machen")
After this incident the landlord got the nickname "Schlenkerla" and he called from this time on his beerafter his nickname.
"Aecht" is franconian dialect for "ein echtes" (a real/an original)--> "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier" --> "Schlenkerla´s original Rauchbier" (Thanks Martin)

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Comments Alko
Ok, a bit of Finnish beer history.
Ten years ago, 1990, Finland was at clutches of an terrible curse: wine-oriented state alcohol monopoly! This meant that there was only couple of foreing beers available and almost all finnish beers were industrially brewed waters.
Since the rules of Alko, which had both the import and retail sales monopoly (not for bars and restaurants though, thank heavens) stated that if you wanted to import anything else than what they did, you could, but you would have to buy whole set and also pay whatever Alko wanted you to pay.
For this reason no-one bothered to import anything else since it wasnt a business.
Except for reasons of promoting different kinds of beers!
In 1992 a small bar in Oulu, Johanneksen Kellari ordered whole set of this beer from Alko. It costed many times more than other beers in that place, but they sold them all!
This stunned Alko and they took this one to their own shelves as well. And then another "not ordinary" beer. And another. And after couple of years, we had a beer boom with incredible amount of beers available in Finland!!
This phenomenon can also be attributed to this beer, and Johanneksen Kellari (and the excellent restaurant where it is, Franzen).
So if you visit Oulu, dr_op in the Cellar and the corner of the church and have rauchbier, just for the difference it made!

Supplied by Alko
Brewery Brauerei Heller Bamberg
Brewery located in Tell us if you know! »
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dennis () on 2005-10-20 03:28:24 wrote:
Very unique! Tastes like bacon! I love it! A normal person would notfrink it
during a hot summer, but I would (of course). My first choicein Greek
bierhausen. Thank god for Germany!

Harri () on 2005-01-27 07:28:47 wrote:
Ihan huippua! Absolutely top!

Martin Knoll (mknoll at on 2003-02-27 05:02:44 wrote:
Someone once described this beer as having "a slice of salami in everybottle". A
very strong, but good, flavor. One bottle and you're setfor the night.

bronsky (vladibron at on 2002-10-25 05:26:06 wrote:
This is kinda extreme stout. I didn't like it.

Pekka Kantanen (pekka.kantanen at on 2002-02-25 11:58:25 wrote:
Excellent beer. Two years ago I visited some friends of mine inGermany. They
were well prepared because they knew that I was a beerhunter. They started by
serving me the best they knew, BabergsRauchbeer. It was like a holy beer for
them and I learned that it wasvery difficult to find it allmost anywhere in
Germany.My friens didn´t belive me, when I said, that you can buy this beerfrom
allmost any Alko-shop back home. So, I think in this respectFinland is a beer
country and finnish beer hunters are rather luckywith the sortiment availeble.

Todd A. Rowand (pervertfreak at on 2002-02-25 10:27:14 wrote:
This beer is amazing! It's smokey flavors will amaze you. It's oneof my
favorite beers. There are three versions of this smoke beer. Marzen, Wheat, and
Urbock. All three are awesome. Very differentthan other beers but still very
good. Also an excellent beer to cookwith. I gave this beer a "10"

Lutz (l.augner at on 2001-12-11 08:31:25 wrote:
some people say: the first glass is terrible, the second the same butfrom the
third till the end you`ll love it more than.....! this storyis true, check it

More darker = better (a at on 2000-12-18 11:30:32 wrote:
rauch = smoke = savu. Need to say more abt the taste?Excellent!

JPV (jpvali at on 2000-07-10 11:11:46 wrote:
Aivan jumalaisen makuinen olut!!lähes yhtä hyvä kuin vaaleampi versio

William (verruckterhund at on 1999-10-24 11:54:57 wrote:
Wonderful. The beechwood smokiness really makes this worthwhile. Ashard as it is
to believe that smoked malt would make a good beer, itdoes.

Riivattu / KaMu ry () on 1999-05-27 12:54:19 wrote:
Wonderful!! You'd expect bad things from Germans with smoke/fire butthis one's a
real classic!Ihanaa, teutonit, ihanaa.

Brian Perron (brian.perron at on 1998-06-13 12:10:52 wrote:
This is an unique, albeit outstanding beer. Lovers of smoked foods(especially
smoked salmon and meets--being from Seattle), will enjoythisbeer. I spent a
year in Germany researching reycling within theGerman Brewingindustry--needless
to say, this was one of my favorites.

J-P Parkkari () on 1998-02-24 01:04:31 wrote:
After spenging my early youth with lagers, was this rauchbierthe first foreign
(thus non-lager) beer I really liked.Superb with smoked salmon.

MIKE CHENEY (qayxswedc at hotmail) on 1997-06-30 01:25:48 wrote:
Can't beat the real McCoy,Anybody ever done the BAMBERG BREWERY TIMEWARP
CHALLENGE?Check out my website:

kaitsu (kai.relander at on 1997-05-26 06:21:56 wrote:
tämmöisiä voisi saada enemmänkin. Miksi suomessa tehdään vainlager-pliruja???

C. Renegar Jr. (BeerTalk at on 1997-04-28 11:06:21 wrote:
I lived in Bamberg for several years and am intimately familiar withmany of the
local beers. Rauchbier stands out particularly as a styleand this one foremost
among them. Still served from wooden kegs theslight smokey, bacon-like flavor

PeA Sopo (challand at on 1997-03-20 03:43:25 wrote:
This is my absolute favourit!I just have to go to Bamberg a couple of times
every year to be ableto drikt it in its right surroundings.I run two small
beerclubs in Sweden and one of them tries new beersonce a month.We were only 3
out of 38 who really liked it som unfortunately its waydown in our list.I just
found this site but i will include my ratings of the beerswe've tried so far.I
like this idea.PeA Sopo, Oskarström,Sweden

Young-Jin Kim (ykim at on 1997-02-21 04:06:52 wrote:
It tastes great, though its odor is reminiscent of fish! Bamberg makessome of
the GREATEST BEERS in Germany. Best time to go see the placein during the
"Sandkerva", it's packed beyond belief and beer is thefood ofchoice.

PA (parayner at on 1997-01-20 01:47:53 wrote:
The only way to live when inBamberg.PA

Jani Patanen (Jani.Patanen at on 1996-11-19 10:13:27 wrote:
Doesn't have much bubbles, but still doesn'ttaste flat. Smoke flavor is very
nice, not too strong though. Though I like this beer, Iusually don't drink more
than 2 of them at a time. (like you don't eat too much chocolade either)

Klaus Lindenmayr (klindenm at on 1996-10-05 02:44:31 wrote:
Hello Guys,today I visited your site first time and I think, this is areally
fantastic idea! Where did you get all the bottlesfrom all over the World? I
noticed, your library containsa lot of beer breewd in Bamberg/Germany. This
isn't abig city, but we have here a lot of great beer.If you want, I'll sent you
other good bottles to testand to complete your special work!Greetings to

Chris Hoyle (choyle at on 1996-09-24 09:26:03 wrote:
This is one of my favorite beers-the smoke flavor is intense butperfectly

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