Festbier. This is a large and quite general category. It’s basically a special beer for occasions (Fests) or times of year. You see a lot of them close to Christmas and the more commercial ones can be on the bland side but some in Franconia are fantastic. While commercial ones tend to be golden, they can be any color and hover around 5.5%.

five very different Franconian Festbiers

One of my favorites is the very dark Maifest from Hofmann in Höhenschwarz. If you’re looking for a more traditional one, try Huppendorfer’s Weihnachtsfestbier or a hoppier one like Kaiser Festbier.  The unfiltered Roppelt Festbier is worth seeking out. The very interesting Stern-Bräu Festbier has a unique smoky quality.

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