Ott Festbier is a richly malty brew with a hint of spice and a lingering, semi-dry, bittersweet finish.
Grasser Kathrein Bock is a marvelous Hellerbock from the Franconian brewing legend in Huppendorf. It's a great mix of rich malt and fine hops with a dry bittersweet finish. It's dangerously drinkable at 7.5%. This gravity dispense version at Der Pelikan Best of Bock 2023 was a notch drier in the lingering finish.
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.
Schroll Bock is a dark rich beauty with a hint of licorice and a fine dryish bittersweet finish. This version from gravity dispense at Der Pelikan Best of Bock 2023 was extra dry.
Schroll Weizenbier has a fruity nose which is enticing with a balanced fruity palate. The finish is less sticky than many.
A Doppelbock with a gorgeous deep amber hue and off-white creamy head. Lovely rich malty nose with a hint of burnt caramel. Palate is similar, making it a more of a sipper but balanced enough that I had three with lunch!
Schlenkerla's Erle is the renowned smoke beer brewery's stellar take on a Schwarzbier with a rich roasty palate featuring a light complex smoke imparted by smoking the malt over alder wood. Sessionable at 4.2%, it's a another winner from Bamberg's best brewery.
Zehendner Maibock is one dangerous Bock at 6.5%. This dry fruity brew has moreish long, dry bittersweet finish.
Göller Sommerbier is a perfect for summer brew full of floral hops in the nose and a lightly citrusy plate.