Kesselring Schlemmer Weissbier

Kesselring Schlemmer Weissbier is a balanced fruity wheat beer with a sourish palate and lingering finish.

Framing Unterfranken in Frammersbach

When it comes to beer aficionados, Lower Franconia doesn't get any respect. Before I get accused of playing the Rodney Dangerfield card, I fully understand its relative remoteness and lack of sheer numbers has a lot to do with that. Going to new breweries is exciting so don't lose the sense of adventure. Lower Franconia is a great place to do it just that.

Kesselring Pils on tap

Kesselring Premium Pils is a textbook German Pils with a light grainy/floral hops nose and palate. The lingering finish is semi-dry and semi-bitter.

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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).

Düll Krautheimer Helles Lager on tap

Düll Krautheimer Helles Lagerbier is a balanced malty example of the style with their signature white pepper in both the nose and palate but it blends well. One of the driest Helles beers I've had.

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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.

Kesselring Urfränkisches Landbier Hell

Kesselring Urfränkisches Landbier Hell is a beer that conjures the land from which it has sprung. With a light grainy nose and palate and a lingering semi-dry finish, it makes you want to lie in a field and have another.

Stöhrs Helles

Adler-Bräu Stettfelder Hell is a typical malty Helles with a clean finish. It's well-made but not their best beer by a long shot.

Düll Krautheimer Helles Lagerbier

Düll Krautheimer Helles Lagerbier is a balanced malty example of the style with their signature white pepper in both the nose and palate but it blends in better in this lighter simpler beer than some of their heavier entries.

Kesselring Urfränkisches Doppelbock

Kesselring Urfränkisches Doppelbock is uncharacteristically deep golden but a wonderful mix of rich malt and underlying hops. It's got some honey in the nose and the palate is fruity and surprisingly dry for 7.5%.