Maisel’s Bajuwarus Weizenbock bottle

Maisel's Bajuwarus Weizenbock is a fruity rounded example of the style with a gorgeous dark honeycomb hue and rocky yeasty head. The lingering finish is surprisingly dry for 7.5% but it lacks some of the complexity of the very best.

Schwanen-Bräu Weihnachtsfestbier

Schwanen-Bräu's Weihnachtestbier is a dark dry hoppy session beer with a nice grainy malty element to flesh things out for the festive season.

Hölzlein Rauch bottle

Hölzlein Rauch is a very lightly smoky session beer with a faint grainy quality and very dry, clean finish. Excellent and a beer for those who say they don't like Rauchbier.

Zum Goldenen Adler Doppelbock

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!

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The Main Thing about Unterfranken

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).

Zehendner Maibock from the barrel

Zehendner Maibock is one dangerous Bock at 6.5%. This dry fruity brew has moreish long, dry bittersweet finish.

Lindenbräu Tennen Hell

Lindenbräu Tennen Hell is quite dry and fairly hopped for a Helles so it is more Franconian than many of the new breed.

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A Salty Patch on the Unterfranken Express

Lower Franconia is a lovely bucolic area dotted with small hamlets and a surprising number of regional breweries not to be missed by the intrepid beerwanderer. This details a road trip to Strecks Brauhaus in Ostheim, Rother-Bräu in Roth, Pax-Bräu in Oberelsbach and the Wittelsbacker Turm Bräu at its namesake tower.

Hopfengarten Hopfen Zupfer on tap

Hopfengarten Hopfen Zupfer is a balanced brew with a malty if thin palate and semi-dry finish.

BroBier Keller Pils on tap

BroBier Keller Pils/Zwickel is a lightly hoppy unfiltered beer with a fair grain element and lingering semi-dry finish.