What color is a Maibock? Any color. When does it come out? Usually late April into early May. How long does it last? Not long. Head to the Bierquellenwanderweg to hike an amazing beer hiking trail and taste some of the finest dark lagers on the planet. Go very early in May and you'll find two lovely Maibocks too.
Zehendner Maibock is one dangerous Bock at 6.5%. This dry fruity brew has moreish long, dry bittersweet finish.
Göller Kaiser Urweisse is a good example of the style with a fruity palate and lingering finish.
Nothhaft Antonius Starkbier Hell is a potent Heller Doppelbock at 7.5% with a richly malty palate and lingering semi-dry bittersweet finish.
Göller IPA is a rare miss from this consistent brewery. It looks great but lacks the requisite hops you expect in an IPA.
Keesmann Josephi Bock is brewery's amped up version of their autumn Bock with a darker hue and a richer maltier palate. There must be a ton of hops as it's not particularly sweet at 8.2%.
Schrüfer Fastenbock is a richly malty brew for Lent with some roast and dried fruit in the palate and a lingering, semi-dry, semi-bitter finish. Dangerous at 6.7%.
Brauerei Seelmann was closed for some time and their old pub is still only available for events but they do bottle beer and this Helles is a fine one if you can get your hands on a bottle.
The Bamberg Countryside Breweries Experience and Brewing Heartland Experience are two great walking tours which take you off the beaten path and out into the beautiful Franconian countryside. You can be sure to drink beers you will never find back home and eat the local delicacies.
Beck Bräu Pils is a clean balanced beer with some grain and a semi-dry finish