Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by cbarrett4:
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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4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Tap at tavern in the square in Northborough.
Nice creamy rich 1 Finger head fades at a med pace then retains well at the bottom, super hazy murky cloudy carrot orange color.
Nose typical hefe, lots of creamy wheat, plenty of citrus and mild orange peel, some spices clove hint coriander, some banana esters, etc.
Taste brings more of the same, basic Bavarian hefe, creamy wheat, not really toasted wheat just clean creamy base, with some light citrus and orange zest, touch tangy. Into esters, banana, clove spices, little coriander, etc. Finish is creamy sticky but dry, bit more spices, banana esters, and orange zest.
Mouth is med bod, creamy, decent carb.
Overall nice hefe, typical Bavarian hefe but not amazing. Nice summer hot day beer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-11-2014 01:27:58 | More by jlindros
4.31/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Scorching hot weekday in NC, what better way to take the edge off at the end of a long day than a good Hefe from the Fatta-land.
A beautiful pour with a nuclear mushroom cloud of a bright, tight white head. Pure hazy golden beauty with minimal bubbles. It smells nice and rich with the yeasty signature of banana and cloves prevelant over a malty base. The taste is very nice with a very strong malt backbone, the signature yeasty flavors following he nose and very little bitterness at all. It's fullbodied and goes down wetly, very satisfying.
Overall, a great Hefe, right up there with Weihenstaphan in my book. A perfect summer thirst quencher. Time to change into my leiderhosen.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 23:03:02 | More by SFNC
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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