The 2023 Autumnal Bockbieranstiche in Franconia

The 'Anstiche' events are not mere beer tapings. They're a celebration, a communal gathering, and a tribute to a centuries-old tradition. Here's a glimpse of the autumnal bock beer tapings scheduled across Franconia this year.

Autumn in Franconia is synonymous with a revered tradition that beer enthusiasts from near and far eagerly anticipate - the tapping of the autumn bock beer - Bockbieranstich. As the leaves turn gold and russet, and a cool crispness pervades the air, the region’s breweries prepare to unveil their specially brewed bock beers, a rich testament to Franconian brewing mastery. 

The Autumnal Allure of Bock Beer

While bock beers come in various types, the autumn bock stands out due to its seasonal specificity. This lager is traditionally brewed to celebrate the changing seasons, offering a warmer, maltier character perfectly attuned to the cooler days and nights. Some carries a robust flavor profile, rich with caramel notes, a slight toasty undertone, and an often velvety finish. Others, the paler examples, can feature lingering bitterness. The alcohol content is typically higher than standard lagers, making it an ideal companion for those seeking warmth on chilly evenings.

The Bock Beer Tapping Tradition

The Bockbieranstiche are not mere beer tapings. They're a celebration, a communal gathering, and a tribute to a centuries-old tradition. While the bock beers of Franconia are undeniably the stars of the Anstiche, the venues where these tapping ceremonies take place significantly enhance the experience. The traditional inns (Gasthäuser) and beer cellars (Bierkeller) of Franconia are not just places to drink beer; they're gateways to a rich cultural immersion.

Enjoying the Schlenkerla Urbock at their anstich.

As with many traditions, brewing in Franconia is an evolving craft. While the region is steeped in rich brewing history and is home to age-old practices, the younger generation of Franconian brewers is infusing a fresh perspective into the scene.

One of the most notable trends spearheaded by these innovative brewers is the introduction of pale bitter bocks. Venturing away from the traditional deep and malty profile of bocks, these pale variations are lighter in color but pack a punch with their hop-forward flavor. The aim is to provide a refreshing bitterness that balances the inherent strength and richness of the bock. Last year, I found examples of just that from Knoblach and Griess. The Griess holding a mere 60 IBU.

Such ventures into modern adaptations speak to the dynamism of Franconia's brewing landscape. The region, while holding its traditions dear, is not averse to experimentation and evolution. These pale bitter bocks are a testament to that spirit of innovation, a perfect blend of old-world brewing techniques and new-age flavors.

It's a thrilling time for beer enthusiasts visiting Franconia, as they not only get to savor the timeless classics but also experience the exciting twists brought forth by the younger brewers. The emergence of pale bitter bocks and other contemporary styles is proof that Franconia's beer culture is both a celebration of its past and a toast to its future.

Embracing the Season

Beyond the beer, these events often spotlight Franconian gastronomy. The richness of the Herbstbock pairs beautifully with hearty autumnal dishes. Think slow-cooked meats, rustic breads and mushrooms. The flavors of the season, both on the plate and in the mug, harmonize to create an unparalleled culinary experience.

The Anstiche are not merely about tasting beer but also an occasion that brings people together to toast in the autumn. It’s an immersion into the heart of Franconian culture. As you sip the malty richness of the autumn bock, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Franconia in fall, there’s a palpable sense of belonging, of being part of a tradition that transcends time.

In conclusion, Franconia's autumn bock beer Anstiche is a celebration that goes beyond the beverage. It’s an emblem of the season, a cultural gem, and a flavorful journey that every beer lover should experience.

Tomorrow kicks of the fifth season or Die fünfte Jahreszeit as they say. Here's a glimpse of the autumnal Bockbieranstiche scheduled across Franconia this year:


22nd: Göller, Drosendorf
29th: Schlossbrauerei, Reckendorf
29th: Hönig, Diller Keller (Dörfleins)


2nd: Eichhorn, Dörfleins
3rd: Schleicher, Itzgrund
5th: Heller (Schlenkerla), Bamberg
6th: Knoblach, Schammelsdorf
6th: Keesmann, Bamberg
7th: Griess, Bamberg
7th: Göller, Zeil am Main
7th: Becher, Bayreuth
7th: Meinel, Hof
13th: Sauer, Roßdorf
13th: Kundmüller, Weiher
13th: Mahrs, Bamberg
14th: Günther, Burgkunstadt
14th: Höhn, Memmelsdorf
14th: Binkert, Breitengüßbach
19th: Ahörnla, Bamberg
20th: Klosterbräu, Bamberg
20th: Hönig, Tiefenellern
20th: Goldenen Adler, Rattelsdorf
20th: Rittmayer, Hallerndorf (Glockenkeller)
20th: Först, Drügendorf
20th: Mühlenbräu, Mühlendorf
21st: Müller, Debring
21st: Roppelt Keller, Stiebarlimbach
21st: Neder, Forchheim
26th: Fässla, Bamberg
27th: Hölzlein, Lohndorf
27th: Sonnenbräu, Mürsbach
28th: Friedel, Zentbechhofen
28th: Hoh, Köttensdorf
31st: Drei Kronen, Memmelsdorf
31st: Rittmayer, Hallerndorf (Kreuzberg Keller)
31st: Hübner, Steinfeld (Stilbruch - Bamberg)


3rd: Hummel, Merkendorf
3rd: Kraus, Hirschaid
3rd: Ebensfelder Brauhaus, Ebensfeld
4th: Wagner, Kemmern
4th: Beck Bräu, Lisberg
4th: Greif, Forchheim
4th: Will, Schederndorf
9th: Spezial, Bamberg
10th: Kaiser, Burgebrach
10th: Reblitz, Nedensdorf
11th: Ulrich Martin, Hausen
11th: Krug, Breitenlesau
17th: Wagner, Merkendorf
17th: Hopfengarten, Bamberg
18th: Brandholz, Melkendorf
22nd: Grasser, Huppendorf
23rd: Greifenklau, Bamberg
24th: Drei Kronen, Scheßlitz
24th: Sternla, Bamberg

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