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A piece of beer history with every swallow. Drinking a Schlenkerla is like a small time travel. Schlenkerla Smokebeer is a living fossil from a brewing world that existed centuries ago.
Schlenkerla is both a brewery and a malting operation. This was the standard configuration in brewing craft until the industrial revolution some 300 years ago. Today only very few breweries malt themselves anymore.
The malting technique at Schlenkerla is historic. Schlenkerla smoked malt is kilned directly over an open wood fire. The smoke from this fire penetrates the malt and gives it its unique smoky flavor. Until the invention of modern malting systems in the 17th and 18th century with heat exchangers running on coal, oil or gas, smoke kilns were THE standard. As the new industrial form of malting was much more cost efficient, the smoke kilns everywhere were closed down. Not so at Schlenkerla and hence their smoke malting has centuries of continuous history.

"Schlenkerla Helles Lager"
Clear gold colour with a small white head. Lightly smoky malt and toast aromas with an airy dose of hops. Light-bodied mouthfeel with a medium-sweet taste and light hoppy finish.
Very light and subtle smokiness without using smoke malt, which makes “Helles Schlenkerla Lagerbier” a unique representative of the classic lager beer style "Bavarian Helles". 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.
Hops: Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of Nürnberg.
Serving temperature: 6–8°C
Pairs well with: German sausages or a good burger.

"Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen"
THE classic smoked beer, Bamberg's speciality bottom fermented smokebeer. We fondly call it "a bonfire in a glass". Elegant and malty with a complementary beechwood smoke character. Toasty-rich malt flavour with a restrained bitterness. A legendary dark and aromatic German beer that achieves its smoky flavour by exposing the malt to intense, aromatic smoke from burning beech-wood logs.
Malt: Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings.
Hops: Bavarian aroma hops from the area around the city of Nürnberg.
Serving temperature: 10°C
Pairs well with: Barbecued meats, German sausages or a good burger.
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