Color: deep amber
Head: off white, creamy
Nose: rich malt, some chocolate
Body: medium, low carbonation
Palate: malty, slightly dry
Finish: very clean, dryish, hint of bitterness
Served: on tap at the brewery and at the Walberlfest
Impression: Where you drink the beer matters but unfortunately the brewpub is currently closed, with no word as to when it will reopen. It was one of my favorite beer experiences, with the old brewer pouring the beer, serving it AND a huge Schäuferla. His wife was likely doing all the cooking in the kitchen. Maybe that’s why it’s not open. It’s a rich, malty brew but never cloying. With just a hint of bitterness it drys out in the very clean finish. This is one beer I could drink every day. It’s still one of the most popular Franconian beers so easy to find in bottles and if you see it on tap, have some and count yourself lucky.
I finally went to the Walberlafest and many beers are served via gravity dispense. Some of them are rarely seen like this, even at the respective brewpubs. I was happy to see Meister Vollbier. I hadn’t had it on tap in awhile. It was a lovely pour with a huge head and gorgeous amber hue once the sun came out. There was a slight chocolate nose I’d missed the first time around and slight graininess to the palate but the dry fruitiness was still there and the finish was long, dry and bitter.