Nürnberg’s Rotbier: Bavaria’s treasure

Nürnberg’s Rotbier: Bavaria’s treasure

A charming microbrewery in the heart of Nürnberg

Bavaria is widely known for the variety of traditional beers it offers. Among the different types of Heffe Weiss Bier , Dunkel, Rauchbier, Helles and Pils, one might have a hard time to find differences between two Bavarian brands.

Some beer “fashionistas “would even explain you that there are not any single difference between a Schneider Weisse an Erdinger or an Augustiner and that you better go for any regular American IPAs or New England IPAs to have a real craft beer experience…

Well we won’t debate or further comment. We could only recommend you to visit Bavaria and try the beers for yourself. In spite of the Octoberfest frenzy, the region should be rather seen by tourists as the world most densely populated with the oldest local breweries. That’s what we did and we were rewarded.


The Nürnberg Rotbier effect

Nürnberg’s Rotbier

After few days in Bavaria we had a nice surprise in Nürnberg. We tried a local speciality: the Rotbier (or the Red Ale). A beer which has been a bit matured in wooden barrels by a microbrewery in the old town called Hausbrauerei Alstadthof.

This local micro brewery  will serve you a surprising refreshing Rotbier (red ale) among other light and dark beers.

Not too sour (like a Belgian red ale in the likes of Rodenbach) and not too heavy (like an Irish red ale) this well balanced beer impressed us the most. The foam is generous and won’t disappear after the first sip. It is not that strong (5.5% alcohol) and you might be tempted to drink it fast after a long summer afternoon.

However, drink it slowly to fully appreciate the slight coffee and malted aroma in aftertaste. To sum up a great refreshing beer with a delicate malted touch. A fantastic surprise !

Where we drank it :

Hausbrauerei AlstadthofBergstraße 19-21, 90403 Nürnberg

Perfect and authentic this local brewery is also serving some tasty bavarian dishes like Spätzle (kind of German and Alsatian pasta dishes) and Nürenberger sausages.

The brewery produces it own variety of whiskies matured in different types of wooden barrels. Definitely worth a try !


  • I’d argue that you’re not even close to worthy of labeling yourself a beer “fashionista” if you’re unable to tell the difference between the different Bavarian weiss biers. You must in fact have the taste buds of a dodo.

    The various German styles and the different regional varieties you find around the country are extremely underrated in today’s world of beer, which seems to be all about the next crazy DDH IPA or some nut case stout. I appreciate a good IPA or stout, but at the same time I think a lot of people are missing out on the outstanding craft of the traditional German brewers. And by the way, you didn’t even mention the Bamberg specialty kellerbier.

    • Thanks a lot for your comment

      We are not experts. We just write about what we liked without any sense of superiority. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy and experiment. You seem however to be a real expert and we hope you are not despising us too much for our lack of expertise. Please send us suggestions on what we could try as new beers. We will keep in mind that we need to taste Bamberg’s beers. Thanks.

      On topofthehops.beer we take on board and appreciate comments even harsh ones. But we try to make sure that nobody gets offended or insulted. Our “taste buds” are perfectly fine thanks : ) but it seems your aggressive comment shows a real frustration and perhaps insecurity. We are sorry about that but we thank you for this comment — albeit unfair and disproportionate– which reminds us we need to do more on German beers. We went two times in Bavaria and strived to put forward the quality and diversity of the beers we tasted there. We invite you to take a closer look to our recent German story. You’ll see that we rather promote Weiss beers : ) http://www.topofthehops.beer/is-the-future-of-craft-beers-in-bavaria-a-few-drinks-outdoor-in-munich/

      All the best,
      Top of the Hops – Editorial team


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