No Filter: Schlenkerla helles Lagerbier vs unfiltered helles Lagerbier

Schlenkerla is the most renowned of Rauchbier/Smoke beer breweries. They do brew a few non-smoke beers and this comparison is of their helles Lagerbier and the special edition unfiltered version of it.

Hartleb Vollbier gravity dispensed

Hartleb Vollbier is balanced unfiltered amber beer with malty palate with enough underlying hops to make it süffig. The lingering finish is just semi-bitter.

Zehendner Weizenbock

Zehendner Weizenbock is a rich contemplative brew with strong banana and alcohol in both the nost and palate. The lingering finish is fruity and hints at the 7% alcohol content.

Göller Premium Pils

Göller Premium Pils is a balanced brew with a hoppy palate and lingering semi-dry, semi-bitter finish.

Göller Baptist Helles

Göller Baptist Helles is a balanced brew with a malty palate and lingering semi-dry, semi-bitter finish.

Ulrich Martin Josephi Bock from gravity barrel at Bockanstich

Ulrich Martin is a traditional brewery lovingly restored by the man himself. The Josephi Bock is fantastic bock full of rich malt and fine hops. The lingering finish is moreishly semi-dry, making for a dangerous 7% brew. Their Bockanstich is legendary and for good reason. Try to get to one if you are in the area at the right time. You won't regret it.

Göller Helles Bockbier

Göller Helles Bockbier is a gorgeous balanced Hellerbock with a crafty hop profile which dries it out supremely in the lingering finish.

Weiherer Zapfenduster Hofzfassgelagert

Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. This oak barrel aged version of their already gorgeous Imperial Stout is a majestic example of how barrel aging can work. It’s a richly malty contemplative brew with a complex mix of oak, dried fruit, chocolate and coffee. It sounds like an odd combination but the flavors meld beautifully. The lingering finish is quite dry for 7.8% with a pleasant bitterness which makes it incredibly drinkable.

Hetzel Frauendorfer Hell

Frauendorfer Hell is a balanced malty brew with fair hopping and a semi-dry, semi-bitter finish. At 4.4%, it's a great session beer.

Grasser Urtyp Hell (bottle)

One of Franconia's brewing legends resides in Huppendorf. This Hells is a fine and refreshing example of the style with a semi-dry moreish finish and more hops than most.