Somewhere over the Staffelberg

One of 50 hikes from Rich Carbonara's book Beer Hiking Bavaria.

Wettelsheimer Märzen

Wettelsheimer Märzen is a classic of this style of malty fest beer. While not hoppy, the finish is clean and avoids any cloying characteristics.

Adler-Bräu Stettfelder Pils

Adler-Bräu Stettfelder Pils is a thirsty quenching straw-colored brew, perfect for after beer hiking in the Franconian countryside.

Adler Altfränkisches Lagerbier at Schwarzer Adler

Adler-Bräu Lagerbier is a true classic Franconian session brew, with a dry fruity palate and a very long dry bitter finish. Well worth seeking out.

The Magic of the Walberla

The first time I saw the Walberla, it caught me entirely off guard. I was on a bus to Leutenbach, primarily to check out Brauerei Drummer but planned on doing some hiking there, as well. I'd taken two trains to Forchheim from Munich and was surprised at how smoothly the transition to the bus had … Continue reading The Magic of the Walberla

Drummer Helles

Drummer Dunkles Brewery: Drummer Town: Leutenbach Style: Helles Color: straw Head: dense Nose: grain, malt Body: medium Palate: malty flavor, some grassy and grain notes mixed in, slight hop Finish: clean, bittersweet Served: on tap at the brewery Impression: This was my second time at the brewery so had higher expectations this time around. Though … Continue reading Drummer Helles

Alt Vollbier Hell

Alt Vollbier Hell Brewery: Alt Dietzhof Town: Dietzhof Style: Vollbier Hell Color: golden Head: rocky Nose: slight malt Body: medium Palate: malty flavor, some grain, hops Finish: clean, bitter Served: on tap at the brewery Impression: Though a nice session beer, I made the mistake of having it after the brewery's Vollbier Dunkel so a … Continue reading Alt Vollbier Hell

Alt Vollbier Dunkel

Alt Vollbier Dunkel Brewery: Alt Dietzhof Town: Dietzhof Style: Vollbier Dunkel Color: chestnut Head: off white, dense Nose: malty with a whiff of licorice Body: medium-bodied, low carbonation Palate: malty flavor, some roast and licorice notes Finish: long, dry, bitter Served: on tap at the brewery Impression: I'd had their beer at the Fränkisches Bierfest … Continue reading Alt Vollbier Dunkel

Heller Aecht Märzen

Schlenkerla is a world classic pub and the brewery never rests on its laurels. Their flagship Märzen is a smoky delight not to be missed.

Long Live Lagers

Hand-crafted lagers are nothing new in Franconia but they just may be that on American craft beer market.