biergarten, beer, brewery

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).

Bayer Bräu Raubritter

Bayer Bräu Raubritter is richly malty Märzen with a nice spicy character in the dry for the style palate. This brewery closed in 2011 but they have their beer contract-brewed at Arnsteinter.

Bayer Bräu Bayerator

Bayer Bräu Bayerator is richly malty brew with a heady 7.2% alcohol content and a bittersweet finish. This brewery closed in 2011 but they have their beer contract-brewed at Arnsteinter.

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.

Martinsbräu Laurenzi Festbier on tap

Martinsbräu Laurenzi Festbier is a richly malty easy drinking Märzen with a balanced palate and moreish lingering semi-dry finish. On tap at the Martinsbräu Biergarten.

Martinsbräu Kellerbier on tap

Martinsbräu Kellerbier is a balanced session beer with light hops and grain before the quaffable lingering finish. It's available on tap only at their Biergarten on the edge of town, scenically situated on the Main River.

Keiler Pils

Keiler Pils is produced in bottled form at Kulmbacher but this draft version is done at Würzburger Hofbräu who bought the original brewery in 2001. As served at the Keiler Brauhaus, it's a clean, semi-dry, semi-bitter classic Pils.

Keiler Kellerbier

Keiler Brauhaus Kellerbier is one of the few beers on tap at this modern pub which is actually brewed onsite. It is also their best beer with a nice unfiltered amber hue, creamy head and nose of grain and hops. The balanced palate has a nice mix of grain and hops with a lingering semi-dry, semi-bitter finish. Too bad they don't brew all of their beers onsite.

Keiler Export

Keiler Export is produced in bottled form at Kulmbacher but this draft version is done at Würzburger Hofbräu who bought the original brewery in 2001. As served at the Keiler Brauhaus, it's a nice richly malty brew with a darker hue than is typical for the style.

Keiler Weißbier hell

Keiler Weißbier hell is produced in bottled form at Kulmbacher but this draft version is done at Würzburger Hofbräu who bought the original brewery in 2001. As served at the Keiler Brauhaus, it's a nice fruity Weißbier with a yeasty element in both the palate and finish.