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.

Kürzdörfer Lindenhardter Bockbier Dunkel

Kürzdorfer Bockbier Dunkel had a gorgeous pour with a chestnut hue and ample rocky off-white head. It took forever. A mix of roast, dark chocolate malt and hops in the nose carry over into the richly malty palate.

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.

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.

Leupser Weihnachtsbock

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%.

Das Adler-Bräu

Das Adler-Bräu is a contract brewed Schwarzbier by Hetzel in Frauendorf that is a great example of the style and worth seeking out.