Wilhelm Döbler III. - last beer brewer 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, The area around Bad Windsheim, however, is more devoted to wine. The monks of the Augustinian monastery were according to the information in the city chronicle the first beer brewers of the city. But it took until after the 30-year war, until the Bad Windsheimer came to the beer taste, because only from then on more and more breweries originated in and around Bad Windsheim. It should have been a total of thirty, as the last of them told us, who still manufactures his brewery in the brewery of his ancestors in the middle of the beautiful old town on Kornmarkt. Wilhelm Döbler III. is proud of the tradition of his family and shows us the picture of his great-grandfather Leonhard Döbler, who at 4. November 1867 acquired the property 466 at Windsheim's Kornmarkt and turned it into one of the most important breweries in town.
17000 Guilder put Leonhard Döbler on the table when he bought the property in the center of Bad Windsheim from Johann Reuthlingshöfer, which still houses the brewery of the family, albeit now modernized. In front of the pretty building are some beer tables and beer benches in the pretty town square, which reminds with its cobblestones and the well of bygone days. And before you reach the brewery, which is located in the backyard of the building, you go through the cozy dining room, where until today the homemade beer of the Döblers is served. Wilhelm Döbler explains the differences between top-fermented and bottom-fermented beer. And he introduces us to the different beers he makes in his brewery: for example, did you know that beer can taste like ripe bananas, cloves, espresso or wild cherries? This was new to me.
After an interesting tour past the brewing kettles in which the wort is made, at the beer vats and bottling plants, we earned a good dose of Döbler beer. And of course we want to get to know the different beers. And there are many: Altstadt Hell is the most popular beer of the brewery Döbler. Naturtrüb is the full-bodied imperial city beer, which was brewed for the first time for the 850 anniversary of the city. The Hefeweizen is a fruity wheat beer, the Pils is the specialty for Pilstrinker. There is also the country Märzen, the museum Löschauer, especially for Freilandmuseum in Bad Windsheim is produced, and the Döbler Doppelbock, which like the festive beer is only brewed at certain times of the year. Of course, we cannot try all varieties, so we let us bring you a “Brättla” with four types of beer to choose from. Everyone grabs a glass and off we go.
And since beer is well known to need a good base, there are the Döbler to Franconian specialties. We let us go well with a Franconian Brotzeitteller with various types of cheese and sausages, a lard bread, Franconian sausages and delicious smoked ham. What a cozy way to end a day in this region! Good and good!
91438 Bad Windsheim
Phone: 09841 / 2002
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