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When nobody’s home in Hetzelsdorf

Beer Hiking Bavaria is a great guide that details 50 hikes in Bavaria which pass by or end at some of Bavaria's best breweries. This one near Forchheim in Franconia brings you to the local brewing legend in Hetzelsdorf, Penning-Zeissler.


Heckel-Bier is one of those brews you will think back on and want another. This means returning to the brewery. It will never be the same elsewhere.

Schroll Bock

Schroll Bock is a dark rich beauty with a hint of licorice and a fine dryish bittersweet finish.

Held-Bräu Weizen

Held-Bräu Weizen is a bit of a cross between a Weizen and Helles if interested in a hybrid beer.

Held-Bräu Weizenbock

Held-Bräu Weizenbock is a dangerously drinkable brew with a surprising addition of hops to make the finish clean and moreish.

Held-Bräu Helles

Held-Bräu Helles is a dry fruity brew with a some cereal in the mix and a clean bitter finish.

Held-Bräu Dunkles Bauernbier

Held-Bräu Dunkles Braunbier is a much revered Dunkles in Franconia, full of rich malt with a hint of chocolate before the dry finish.

Schroll Landbier

Schroll Landbier is one of Franconia's most beloved dark beers, with malty palate and dryish finish.