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The Walberla Undressed

The Walberla is a special hill in Franconian Switzerland. Just west of Forchheim, it offers great hiking opportunities and some fine small regional breweries surrounding it.

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Connecting the dots between beery paradises

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-way route connects two beery paradises (the Fünf Seidla Steig® and Walberla).

Penning Märzen

Penning Hetzelsdorfer Märzen is true Märzen from the small countryside brewery whose Vollbier is legendary. This Märzen has a gorgeous amber hue and rich malty palate with hints of burnt caramel. The moreish finish is semi-dry and semi-bitter and makes this 5.5% brew dangerously drinkable.

Penning Maibock

Penning Hetzelsdorfer Maibock is a May treat from the small countryside brewery whose Vollbier is legendary. This Bock has a gorgeous amber hue and rich malty palate with hints of caramel. The lingering bittersweet finish makes it moreish at 6.5%.

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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.

Penning Weihnachtsfestbier

Penning Hetzelsdorfer Weihnachtsfestbier is a Christmas treat from the small countryside brewery whose Vollbier is legendary. This Fest has a great malty palate and dry finish and is easy to drink at 5.5%.

Penning Weihnachtsbock

Penning Hetzelsdorfer Weihnachtsbock is a Christmas treat from the small countryside brewery whose Vollbier is legendary. This Bock has a great malty palate and dry finish and is easy to drink at 6.5%.

The Magic of the Walberla

The Walberlafest is perhaps Germany's oldest spring festival. Set high on a hill called the Walberla, it is certainly the most atmospheric.