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Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock

Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 6.9% Origin: Kelheim, Bayern, Germany Website:

The Low Countries aren’t the only part of the world where monks mix with mash tuns: the German-speaking countries too have their brewing brothers, or at least breweries located in working monastery premises. Weltenburger […]

Held-Bräu Hell

Beer sellers: Landbierparadies

ABV: 4.9% Origin: Oberailsfeld, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Held-Bräu, Oberailsfeld

One of many small rural Franconian brewpubs, with a history dating back to 1680, “Hero Brew” is now run by Helmut Polster and his family. They turn out some seriously good stuff.

The malty accent of “Helles” beers is more typical […]

Hebendanz Edel Pils

Beer Sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Forchheim, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Hebendanz Edel Pils

Hebendanz is one of several breweries and brewpubs in the large Franconian town and former royal city of Forchheim, home to the celebrated Annafest. It’s been a family business since 1579 and is now in the capable hands of […]

Blauer Löwe Dunkel

Beer sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg.

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Höchstadt an der Aisch, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Brauerei Blauer Löwe

Another of those Franconian brewpubs with a long, long history, Blauer Löwe (Blue Lion) opened in 1633 as one of several breweries in Höchstadt to replace the old town brewery, destroyed during the Swedish invasion of […]

Trunk Vierzehnheiligen Nothelfer Dunkel

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version first appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Vierzehnheiligen, Franken (Bayern), Germany

Trunk Vierzehnheiligen Nothelfer Bier

I tried this wonderful unpasteurised Dunkel fresh from its cask at the Pigs Ear festival. The brewery, in a rural setting behind a basilica in a Franconian village named for “the […]

Hoepfner Kräusen

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009. Beer sellers: Cerveteca

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Website:

Hoepfner Kräusen Krug

Hoepfner is an undersung family-owned independent founded in 1798 in Liedolsheim. It relocated to Karlsruhe in 1849 to take advantage of natural ice caves for lagering, and now claims […]

Kulmbacher Kapuziner Weißbier Leicht and Weißbier mit feiner Hefe

First published in BEER June 2008 as part of a piece about wheat beers. Read more about wheat beers in previous post.

ABV: 3.1 and 5.4 per cent Origin: Kulmbach, Franconia (Bavaria), Germany Website

Kulmbacher Kapuziner Weißbier Leicht

Kulmbacher Kapuziner Weißbier mit feiner Hefe

Bavaria is, of course, one of the heartlands […]

Heller Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

Bières sans frontières, Great British Beer Festival 2007. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Bamberg, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Brauerei Heller: Wirtshaus zum "Schlenkerla" in Bamberg. Photo: Asio otus, Wikimedia commons.

Heller-Trum Schlenkerla is the most prominent of the two breweries in the classic Franconian brewing city of Bamberg specialising in […]

Jever Pilsener

Bières sans frontières, Great British Beer Festival 2007

ABV: 4.9% Origin: Jever, Niedersachsen, Germany Website:

Jever Pilsener

This characterful pils-style lager from the German part of historic Fryslân is one of the driest and hoppiest of the established German lagers. Founded by the König family in 1848, the brewery passed through other family […]

Schneider Weisse Original

First published in BEER April 2007 as part of a piece featuring German wheat beers available in UK supermarkets. For more wheat beers see previous post.

ABV: 5.4 per cent Origin: Kelheim, Bayern, Germany Website:

Schneider Weisse Original

Georg Schneider was licensed by the Bavarian royals to brew wheat beer at court in […]