Altfränkischesbier. Literally “old Franconian,” this is used a bit as a marketing ploy but one that does give an inkling as to what beer in Franconia was once upon a time (and still thankfully largely is):  not yellow.  Generally, they are amber in color, balanced and about 5%. Weissenohe’s Klosterbrauerei Altfränkisches Klosterbier is perhaps the most known but Stettfeld’s Adler-Bräu Altfränkisches Lagerbier near Bamberg is a great one too. You wouldn’t generally order it as such and in a place like Stettfeld, if you asked for a Bier, you’d get this lovely amber brew.

two fine “old” Franconian lagers

Next up: Bauernbier or back to Beer Styles.


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