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.

Schroll Bock from gravity dispense

Schroll Bock is a dark rich beauty with a hint of licorice and a fine dryish bittersweet finish. This version from gravity dispense at Der Pelikan Best of Bock 2023 was extra dry.

Herold Weihnachtsbock on tap

Herold Weihnachtsbock is gorgeous big dark Bock, with some fried fruit before the long dry, bittersweet finish.

Leupser Weihnachtsbock on tap

Gradl's everyday dark beer is one of Bavaria's finest and their elusive Weihnachtsbock is a dark Christmas treat with lots of roast and hops to counterbalance the ample malt which brings this potent Bock to 7.2%.

Schroll Landbier on gravity tap at Hop Dog

Schroll Landbier is one of Franconia's most beloved dark beers, with a malty palate and dry moreish finish. This gravity dispense version was sublime.

Stern-Bräu/Kaiser/Hermann Kreisla 36

Kreisla 36 is a collaboration beer of Stern-Bräu, Brauerei Kaiser and Brauerei Hermann. It's a smoky Dunkel treat well worth seeking out.

Stern-Bräu Festbier on tap #2

Stern-Bräu Festbier on tap in 2021 was again very dark and not as smoky but remained a sublimely dry session beer supreme.

Weiherer OSwALT

Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. OSwALT is a tribute, Altbier to their owner Oswald. It's a semi-dry, fruity ale with a clean finish.

Weiherer Zapfenduster

Weiherer is a great brewery with both traditional and craft beer offerings. Zapfenduster is a majestically dark Imperial Stout of 8.5% with a tan rocky head, roast and smoke in the nose, chocolate and coffee in the palate and a lingering, semi-dry, semi-bitter finish.

Stern-Bräu Festbier bottle

Stern-Bräu Festbier in 2021 in a bottle turned out to be quite different, a rich dark smoky treat.