Zeil am Main is a charming small town nestled between the Main River and rolling green hills. There are some nice trails and one very fine brewery making it a wise choice for an overnight stay but with frequent trains from Bamberg, a day trip is an easy option, too.
97475 Zeil am Main
Tel: 09524/95 54
Zeil Station 900 meters/hourly 15 minute trains from Bamberg
Closed Tuesdays (September through May)
Daily from 9:30 with hot meals all day
Output: 50000 HL
Founded in 1514, the Göller family has quite a successful enterprise with a fair-sized brewery and bottling plant just on the outskirts of town. The brewpub is called “Zur Alten Freyung,” and is next to the Freyung Haus which was a designated safe place for people being sought for various transgressions. It’s a large traditional place with a real bustling atmosphere. They have hot meals all day and a large selection of beers on tap and in bottles. Along with their more typical Franconia beers, they are dabbling quite well in the craft beer market.
It took me longer to get out here than it should have considering it’s a short 15 minute train trip from Bamberg but I assure you, it won’t take me long to return. Not only was the brewpub great but the town is quite charming and the setting very pretty. My wife fell in love with the town and we both fell in love with the food. We both got Schäuferla and were quite glad we did. It was among the top three Schäuferlas we’ve ever had. Succulent meat and crispy skin all afloat in a very tasty fat-laden sauce.
one hell of a Schäuferla
The beer could have been awful and we’d have returned but it was anything but. With such a big assortment, we shared beers. We had a very nice Dunkles with some chocolate notes before a dryish bitter finish. Their Rauchbier was only in bottles but generally on tap and had a light smoky element, heading in the direction of Spezial Lagerbier.
Göller Dunkles & Rauchbier
The Kellerbier had a bit of a cereal grain palate but a clean and dry finish . The Pils was perhaps the best of of the lot and is served right from the Keller tanks. It was dry and fruity with a super clean dry finish.
Göller Kellerbier & Pils
Their specialty beer was called Wiener Lager and was made with Bravo hops. It had a creamy head and soft palate with their trademark clean finish. It was very fairly priced and an excellent entry into the craft beer scene.
Göller Wiener Lager
We loved the restaurant but my understanding is the Biergarten is their real attraction so we’re looking forward to going back in summer!
Beers: Pils, Dunkles, Weizen, Rauchbier, Kellerbier (all on tap), Kaiser Heinrich Urstoff, Kaiser Heinrich Weizen Hell, Kaiser Heinrich Weizen Dunkel in bottles.
Beer calendar (2018):
Schottich Lager comes out on January 6th
IPA comes out February 3rd
Helles Bockbier comes out March 3rd
Zeiler Frühling comes out April 7th
Zum Hirschen comes out May 5th
Hopfen-Weisse comes out June 3rd
Summer Ale comes out June 30th
Zeiler Abend Rot comes out August 3rd
Freyungs Ale comes out September 1st
Dunkles Bockbier & Weizenbock come out October 13th (with Bockbieranstich)
1514 comes out November 3rd
Wiener Lager comes out December 1st
Back to towns.