Best Brewpubs In Bamberg Walk, Bamberg

Best Brewpubs In Bamberg Walk (Self Guided), Bamberg

"Brewer's Paradise". Speaking of Bamberg, the town that is regarded as one of the beer capitals of Germany, this expression encapsulates the image of a true haven for beer lovers and brewers alike. Bamberg's "liquid history" goes back over 900 years. The first documented mention of brewing in Bamberg dates to 1122 and the city has been closely associated with beer production ever since.

Bamberg's most famous brew is the heavily-hopped Rauchbier, sometimes lovingly called "smoky nectar" for its unique and captivating flavor, which is achieved by using malted barley dried over an open flame. The term "nectar" adds a touch of indulgence and suggests that the beer is a heavenly elixir. Indeed, each sip of Rauchbier unveils a bouquet of flavors, igniting the palate with notes of history and craftsmanship.

The most renowned brewery for Rauchbier is Schlenkerla. Established in the 1400s, it has been producing this specialty since the 17th century.

Apart from Rauchbier, Bamberg is also known for a variety of other beer styles. Some notable ones include Kellerbier (unfiltered, cellar-aged beer), Märzen (a malty lager traditionally brewed for Oktoberfest), and Bockbier (a strong, dark beer). Each style has its signature characteristics and is brewed with a focus on quality and tradition.

Klosterbräu Brewery, situated in the former Franciscan monastery, is a traditional brewery with a charming beer garden. Here, you can try a variety of finely crafted classic Bavarian beers, such as Pilsner, Märzen, and Bock.

Another notable beerhouse is Fässla. This brewery has its own flagship brews, such as "Fässla Lagerbier," which is a crisp and well-balanced Helles beer, and Zwergla that embodies the characteristics of Franconian beers, lagers from Munich, and Czech dark lagers.

Within the hallowed realm of Bamberg's "alechemy" (this playful term combines the words "ale" and "alchemy" to describe the brewing magic of Bamberg), the revered traditions of Franconian brewing unfold, casting a spell upon one's senses. Indeed, the city's beer makers possess a special skill and knowledge, turning simple ingredients into extraordinary brews. If you care to enjoy the effects of their mastery first-hand, take this self-guided pub crawl and immerse yourself in the centuries-old brewing traditions that Bamberg is so famous for. Prost!
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Best Brewpubs In Bamberg Walk Map

Guide Name: Best Brewpubs In Bamberg Walk
Guide Location: Germany » Bamberg (See other walking tours in Bamberg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Fränkisches Brauereimuseum (Franconian Brewery Museum)
  • Schlenkerla Brewpub
  • Klosterbräu Brewery
  • Brauerei Spezial Brewery
  • Fässla Brewery
Fränkisches Brauereimuseum (Franconian Brewery Museum)

1) Fränkisches Brauereimuseum (Franconian Brewery Museum)

The Franconian Brewery Museum, located in the historical vaulted rooms of the former Benedictine Brewery, is a captivating destination entirely dedicated to the world of beer. With its rich history and unique setting, the museum offers visitors a comprehensive exploration of the brewing process, from crop to mug, in a space that exudes the atmosphere of a brewery with origins dating back to 1122.

Spanning an expansive 900 square meters, the museum houses over 1300 exhibits, providing an extensive collection that showcases the evolution and intricacies of brewing. The exhibits take visitors on a journey, offering insights into every aspect of beer production. From the cultivation of ingredients to the final product, visitors can delve into the fascinating world of brewing within the context of Franconia's brewing heritage.

The Franconian Brewery Museum's mission is encapsulated in its motto, "Knowing more about beer - gaining more from beer." This motto reflects the museum's commitment to being an educational hub and a center of expertise for beer enthusiasts and novices alike. Through a collaboration with a regional association representing nearly 200 Franconian breweries, the museum has established the "Franconian Beer Academy." This initiative offers a seminar experience where participants can immerse themselves in the art of beer appreciation, transforming beer lovers into true connoisseurs. The academy provides a comprehensive program spanning several hours, allowing attendees to deepen their knowledge and understanding of beer while enjoying the rich brewing culture of Franconia.

The Franconian Brewery Museum not only offers a glimpse into the past but also celebrates the present and future of brewing in the region. It serves as a testament to Franconia's deep-rooted brewing traditions and the ongoing commitment to producing exceptional beers. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the museum's exhibits, engage in educational experiences, and gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind the beloved beverage.
Schlenkerla Brewpub

2) Schlenkerla Brewpub

The Schlenkerla Brewpub holds a revered status for its historic significance and renowned smoked beer, known as Eight Schlenkerla Smoked Beers. The brewery is highly regarded for its traditional smoked varieties, including urbock, märzen, weizen, oak doppelbock, lentbeer (Fastenbier), a Helles Marzen blend (Krausen), Helles (filtered and unfiltered), and Hansla (low alcohol).

One of the notable features of the brewery is the aging of certain vintages of their Doppelbock and Urbock in rock cellars, imparting unique flavors and characteristics to the beers. Additionally, Schlenkerla offers a Rauchbier-based schnapps in their pub and restaurant, providing patrons with an opportunity to explore the smoky flavors in a different form.

The brewpub's restaurant has gained international recognition and has been ranked among the top beer destinations in the world by All About Beer magazine. It has a rich history, with its roots dating back to 1405 when it operated as a pub called Zum Blauen Löwen (At the Blue Lion). The pub's interior features a remarkable Gothic ceiling that adds to its charm and character.

Situated in the old town section of Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Schlenkerla Brewpub is nestled in the picturesque region of Franconia in northern Bavaria. The area's cultural significance, coupled with the brewery's long-standing tradition, makes it a must-visit destination for beer enthusiasts and travelers alike.

Every year, on July 23rd, the brewery celebrates "Smokebeer Preservation Day." This day commemorates the patenting of the first smoke-free malt drying machine in 1635. With the advent of smoke-free malting techniques, the production of Rauchbier became increasingly rare. However, a small number of Bamberg breweries, including Schlenkerla, persevered with the traditional fire kiln malt drying method, preserving the distinct style of Rauchbier. Today, Rauchbier remains a unique and sought-after beer style, recognized at events like the Great American Beer Festival, where it has its own Smoke Beer category with six subcategories.
Klosterbräu Brewery

3) Klosterbräu Brewery

Klosterbräu Brewery holds the distinction of being the oldest brewery in the city. Its origins can be traced back to 1333 when it was established by the Prince Bishops of the region. It remained under their control until it gained independence in 1790. Steeped in history, Klosterbräu Brewery continues to captivate visitors with its long-standing brewing traditions and exceptional beer offerings.

At Klosterbräu, they specialize in crafting five distinct beers, two of which are seasonal offerings. These seasonal beers, the pale Bockbier and Maibock, are highly regarded for their exceptional quality. If you have the opportunity to visit during October or April, you can savor these unique brews and experience the true essence of Klosterbräu Brewery. These seasonal beers capture the spirit of the respective seasons and provide a delightful taste experience.

Even if your visit does not coincide with the availability of the seasonal beers, Klosterbräu Brewery offers a range of other exceptional brews that are sure to satisfy your palate. Whether you choose to relax on the terrace or immerse yourself in the ambiance of their vaulted rooms, you will find a setting steeped in hundreds of years' worth of history. These atmospheric spaces add to the overall charm and allure of the brewery, creating a memorable environment in which to enjoy their renowned beers.
Brauerei Spezial Brewery

4) Brauerei Spezial Brewery

Brauerei Spezial is a renowned brewery known for its distinctive smoke beers. Often considered the "other" smoke beer brewery in town, Brauerei Spezial has amassed a dedicated following, with some enthusiasts even claiming that their beers surpass those of Schlenkerla, the famous smoke beer brewery in Bamberg.

At Brauerei Spezial, their Lagerbier stands out as one of the city's finest beers. Crafted with expertise and precision, this brew exemplifies the exceptional quality for which the brewery is known. Additionally, their non-smoky offering, Spezial U, is highly regarded, providing a delightful option for those who prefer beers without smoky flavors. It caters to individuals who may not be fond of the characteristic taste associated with smoke beers.

During the winter season, visitors to Brauerei Spezial should not miss the opportunity to sample their Bock beer. This particular brew, known for its strength and rich flavor profile, is a favorite among patrons seeking a robust and satisfying beer experience.

Brauerei Spezial has established itself as a notable destination for beer enthusiasts in Bamberg, with its exceptional smoke beers and a Lagerbier that consistently receives high praise. Whether one favors the smoky character or prefers a non-smoky option, Brauerei Spezial caters to a range of tastes and offers a memorable beer experience in the heart of Bamberg's brewing culture.
Fässla Brewery

5) Fässla Brewery

Fässla Brewery carries a rich history that intertwines the craftsmanship of barrel-making with the art of brewing. In the past, aspiring brew masters had to master the skill of barrel-making as part of their brewing apprenticeship. The close relationship between these two trades led to their organization within the same guild in Bamberg. Fässla Brewery, founded in 1649, takes its name, meaning "little cask," as a nod to this historical connection.

Present-day Fässla Brewery welcomes a local community of beer enthusiasts, some of whom eagerly gather as soon as the Schwemme, the traditional Bavarian beer hall, opens at 8:30 a.m. Situated across the street from Brauerei Spezial, Fässla distinguishes itself by opening earlier and closing later, creating a lively and spirited atmosphere.

Within Fässla, you can enjoy their offerings in the vibrant Schwemme, surrounded by lively conversations, or opt for a seat in the equally animated Stube, a cozy tavern-like setting. Their draft Pils, subtly infused with floral notes, presents a light and refreshing option that could easily be mistaken for a Helles. Meanwhile, their Lagerbier, with its deeper golden hue, offers a more pronounced flavor profile that remains balanced, smooth, and rounded. The interplay of a pleasant spicy bitterness, a mild stone fruit minerality, and hints of breadiness, light toast, and marzipan make it a delightful choice, prompting you to order another round of this quaffable beer, boasting a 5.5% ABV.

If you have limited time for just one beer at Fässla, make it their flagship brew named Zwergla, after their ubiquitous mascot, the little gnome. Zwergla embodies the characteristics of drier dark lagers from Munich, malty Franconian beers akin to Kloster Weißenohe, and rich Czech dark lagers with mocha and chocolate undertones, such as U Fleků. A gentle mineral-stone fruit aroma reminiscent of fermentation cellars mingles with notes of mild cocoa, Swiss milk caramel, and country butter, adding complexity to the beer. With a dash of spice, Zwergla boasts a creamy and smooth palate, finishing dry but not overly austere. Despite its name, Zwergla, at 6% ABV, is far from dwarfed and can be deceptively drinkable.

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