Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from bottle into standard German Hefewiezen flute.
Gorgeous head slowly fades into a delicate lace. Hazy straw hue with some copper highlights. Gorgeous beer. Makes this reviewer thirsty just looking at it!
Very good nose, very abundant, just a little lacking overall complexity. Yeast dominates with a hay/straw note (from the wheat I gather), and a faint hint of fruit with banana most notable. Some spice also.
On the palate this is more complex with the yeast framed by clove and spice, wheat, an oatmeal like character, and banana. Some other fruits in there too, perhaps melon and meyer lemon.
The texture is lovely, but not as tight as Weihenstephaner. Still light bodied but lacks that wall to wall intensity of flavor of the aforementioned brew. Still this is wonderful hefe.
Overall I bumped it to a 4.5 because I think it is slightly less magical than Weihenstephaner, but only marginally so. This is a great hefe that is readily available in most markets. Great sipping beer or a wonderful beer for those (like me) who don't like standard lagers or pilsners.
**** Updated review from tasting vs Weihenstephaner 9/2/2011. Appearance adjusted lower, head dissipates much quicker than Weihenstephaner, more orange hue, amber highlights, some floaters, medium carbonation.
Smell is same as mentioned before, consistent notes.
Taste is good, consistent notes.
Texture confirmed, less grip and intensity than Weihenstephaner.
Overall very, very good, just Weihenstephaner seems to slightly edge it in almost every category.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2011 21:53:38 | More by cbarrett4
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