Brewery Döbler Bad Windsheim - the last one in town

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A Brättla in the Döbler brewery in Bad Windsheim

Wilhelm Doebler III. – Fourth generation in the Döbler brewery in Bad Windsheim


Beer had in Bad Windsheim and the surrounding area initially had a difficult time. The former free imperial city is actually in an area in which wine always had played a big role. Beer has been proven to be brewed in this place since 1589. There are even real beer regions in Franconia. Bamberg calls itself beer capital. However, the area around Bad Windsheim is more dedicated to wine. According to the city chronicle, the monks of the Augustinian monastery were the first brewers in the city. However, the Döbler brewery in Bad Windsheim has been in operation for generations.

Bad Windsheim – a place where beer is made

It took until after the 30-year war for the people of Bad Windsheim to develop a taste for beer, because breweries only started to appear in and around Bad Windsheim from then on. There were said to be thirty in all, says the last of them, who still produces the Döbler brewery in his ancestors' brewery in the middle of the beautiful old town on the Kornmarkt. Wilhelm Doebler III. is proud of his family's tradition and shows us the picture of his great-grandfather Leonhard Döbler, who bought property 4 at Windsheimer Kornmarkt on November 1867, 466 and turned it into one of the most important breweries in the town.

 

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Leonhard Döbler, founder of the Döbler brewery in Bad Windsheim
Leonhard Döbler, founder of the Döbler brewery in Bad Windsheim

 

Leonhard Döbler put 17000 guilders on the table when he bought the property in the center of Bad Windsheim from Johann Reuthlingshöfer, which still houses the family's brewery, albeit modernized in the meantime. In front of the pretty building there are a few beer tables and beer benches on the town square, which is reminiscent of times gone by with its cobblestones and fountain.

Brewery tours through the brewery Döbler Bad Windsheim

Before you reach the brewery, which is located in the backyard of the building, you go through the cozy dining room. The home-made beer of the Döblers is still served there today. Wilhelm Döbler explains the differences between top-fermented and bottom-fermented beer. He also shows us the different types of beer he makes in his brewery. For example, did you know that beer can taste like ripe bananas, cloves, espresso or wild cherries? That was new to me.

 

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Beer tasting at the Döbler Bad Windsheim brewery

After a guided tour past the brew kettles in which the wort is produced, the beer vats and bottling plants, we deserve a good sip of Döbler beer. Of course we also want to get to know the different types of beer. There are quite a few of them: Altstadt Hell is the most popular beer from the Döbler brewery. The full-bodied Reichsstadt beer is naturally cloudy and was first brewed for the city's 850th anniversary. The Hefeweizen is a fruity wheat beer, the Pils is a specialty for Pils drinkers. On top of that there is the Land of Maerzen, the Museum Loeschauer, which is specially designed for Freilandmuseum in Bad Windsheim is produced, as is the Döbler Doppelbock, which, like the holiday beer, is only brewed at certain times of the year. Of course we can't try every type of beer, so we have a "Brättla" brought to us with a choice of four types of beer. Everyone grabs a glass and let's go.

 

Franconian lunch plate
Franconian lunch plate

Franconian specialties in the Döbler Bad Windsheim brewery

Since beer needs a good base, as is well known, the Döbler also has one Franconian specialties. We'll have a good time with a Franconian Brotzeitteller with various types of cheese and sausage, a lard sandwich, Franconian sausages and delicious smoked ham. What a cozy way to end a day in this region! Cheers and good health!

 

Wilhelm Doebler III. is the fourth generation to run the Döbler Bad Windsheim brewery
Wilhelm Doebler III. is the fourth generation to run the Döbler Bad Windsheim brewery

 

Brewery Döbler Bad Windsheim

Kornmarkt 6
91438 Bad Windsheim
Phone: 09841 / 2002


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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Brewery Döbler Bad Windsheim - the last one in town

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.