Würzburg is one of Bavaria’s main attractions and for good reason: a scenically perched hilltop castle with grape vines cascading down and a vast assortment of other architectural treasures. Though very much in Franconia, it’s in the far western part of it, an area more renowned for wine than beer. That said, there are a few breweries and Würzburg Hofbräu is its most noted.
Höchberger Straße 28
Tel: 0931/429 70
Würzburg Station 1.6 km
Daily 10:00 to 11:00
Output: 350000 HL
Founded in 1643, this large brewery was bought up by Kulmbacher in 2005 which itself is part of the Brau Holding conglomeration which owns a wide range of breweries including Munich’s Paulaner. Don’t let all that put you off as the Bierkeller is quite pretty and even the inside of the brewpub is very attractive. The food is good and their Pils goes down well in this charming setting.
We went here on a very quick Würzburg stop on our way to Miltenberg and after an all too brief tour of the old town center, we drove out to the Hofbräukeller, which was luckily in the same direction as Miltenberg. It made for a nice lunch stop and though I wouldn’t go out of my way to go again, I’d certainly go if I was in town for a couple nights.
Würzburger Hofbräu Pils, a beer even my visiting Dad could enjoy
My wife and visiting father both had a very tasty pair of Fleischpfanzerl (ground veal patties) with potatoes. It was a special that day and I wish I’d joined them but opted for smoked Bratwürst, which I found a bit salty. I generally love smoked things but it sure gave me a good excuse to have another beer. The Pils may not be a great Pils, but it’s a fine Helles and a nice Biergarten beer. I also had the seasonal Kiliani Festbier, an amber Märzen style beer.
Fleischpfanzerl & smoked Bratwürst