Grasser in Huppendorf is one of Franconia's greatest. Their Festbier is a fine example, with a rich malty palate and some find hopping to dry it out in the clean bitter finish.
Ott Bock is a fine example of a Hellerbock with a rich malty palate and long dryish bitter finish.
Hartmann's Bock Dunkel is a fair example of the style with a rich malty palate and somewhat sticky finish.
Binkert's Bock is a fair example of the style with a rich malty palate and slightly bitter finish.
Hand-crafted lagers are nothing new in Franconia but they just may be that on American craft beer market.
Weiher is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. Their Weizenbock may not be a traditional one but the addition of hops is much welcomed and makes for a tasty but easy drinking brew.
While beer hiking in spring and fall might be best, doing it in winter does have its reward.
Maisacher's Dunkler Winterbock is a classic Southern Bavarian Dopplebock with a rich malty palate and some chocolate notes.
Hönig's Bockbier is a nice mix of malt and hops with a clean bitter finish.
The first tapping of the Christmas Bock at Zehendner turns out to be an adventure but the beer hike the next day saved the day.