Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.
Going back to 1363, Franziskaner is one of Munich's oldest privately owned breweries; but today, they're currently owned by Spaten/InBev. Regardless of their affiliation, this is some old-school Weissbier. They also brew a Dunkel (dark) version, but we'll be tasting the Hell (bright).
Pours extremely cloudy--as per the style--with sunny hues ranging from amber to dark orange, topped with a frothy foam head that rests to a respectful lacing. Banana esters and phenolic clove-like aromas pique interest and entice the palate. Super-creamy, with a crisp edge of carbonation and a light, but firm body. Some lemony citrus strikes from the moderate hopping, just enough, and it works well with the carbonation. Distinct "wheaty" flavor and feel. Light banana and a dashing of powdery clove add depth. Soft caramel and bready notes beneath, with a hint of hop leaf toward the drying finish.
If the estery and phenolic style of Weissbiers is your thing, this is truly a classic among the style--well balanced and extremely drinkable. No lemon required.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2009 23:00:52 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12oz green bottle with a chubby monk holding a stein in one hand and rubbing his full of beer belly with the other. Label says "Malt Liquor" ... yeah, right.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-gold-amber beer with an initial patchy white creamy head. It settles to a thin lace.
Smell: A musty, yeasty aroma with notes of clove and soft banana.
Taste: Smooth, creamy and crisp (wheat) on the palate. Body is light to medium. A lemony hop character starts of this beer with a zesty, slightly puckering bite that lingers on in the background and into the finish. Carbonation is seltzery. Malt flavours follow with caramel, grain and other toasted malt qualities. Clove spice notes and light banana flavours mingle with the malts quite nicely. Finish is a bit dry, grainy and yeasty.
Notes: Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Supposedly the "leading Barvarian Weissbeer in the world". However, it could be a hell of a lot fresher here in the US, and as a result I can say that I've had better. Still ... a classic Hefeweiss, but classic in the sense that it happens to come from Germany and a rather old brewery (1363).
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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