Ulrich Martin is a traditional brewery lovingly restored by the man himself. The Martinibock is fantastic bock full of malt and dried apricot notes. This one from gravity dispense at Der Pelikan Best of Bock 2023 was extra dry.
Griess Bockbier is one of Franconia's best with a balanced palate featuring floral hops and fruity malt. The lingering semi-dry, semi-bitter finish is moreish. This version from gravity dispense at Der Pelikan Best of Bock was even drier.
The Main River is not only the longest contained in river in Germany so perhaps unsurprisingly important in the brewing world as a source of water and transportation. There are many in Franconia, where the it originates and a particularly scenic stretch is in Lower Franconia. Three towns to seek out for beer on this route are Marktheidenfeld (Martinsbräu), Wertheim (Spessart) and Lohr am Main (Keiler Brauhaus).
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.
Bayer Bräu Raubritter is richly malty Märzen with a nice spicy character in the dry for the style palate. This brewery closed in 2011 but they have their beer contract-brewed at Arnsteinter.
Bayer Bräu Bayerator is richly malty brew with a heady 7.2% alcohol content and a bittersweet finish. This brewery closed in 2011 but they have their beer contract-brewed at Arnsteinter.
Mahrsbräu Heller Kellerbock is a dry for the style unfiltered golden Bock with floral notes in both the nose and palate along with a touch of honey for good measure.
Düll Krautheimer Pilsner is a nicely balanced dry Pils with a fairly clean finish.
Düll Krautheimer Urtyp Dunkel is balanced malty example of the style with a touch of white pepper in both the nose and palate.
Düll Krautheimer Kellerbier is balanced malty example of the style with a touch of white pepper which plays into its drier than typical for the style finish.