Flensburger Weizen - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Best before 01.15.13 stamped on label
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass
Flensburger's hefeweizen is a solid-looking, great-smelling, and only acceptably tasting German wheat beer. The problem lies in the strong aroma that gives the drinker a strong impression of coming greatness, but the taste is rather tame and mellowed out, whereas I wanted something bolder and stronger in flavor. The freshness of my bottle leads me to believe that if there is any oxidation, it is minimal, and that this is just a lighter wheat beer with a great aroma. If it was the only thing available in my area, it would be a good beer, but Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, and Franziskaner are all readily available and at the same or lower price point.
Pours a fairly massive head of white bubbles that are large in size, and quite retentive. Head lasts for minutes, eventually descending to a 0.3cm cap atop the beer throughout the entire drinking session. Leaves minimal, if any, lacing along sides of glass. Beer's body is a light copper-orange color with pale yellow highlights, lighter when placed near a light source, and opaque from suspended yeast. Carbonation is clearly visible along sides of glass.
Solid aroma of banana-like esters, brewer's yeast, phenol (pie spice), vanilla, wheat twang, and light citrus tartness. A very appealing and complex aroma.
Taste is somewhat of a let-down after the very pleasing aroma. While the major components are there, this is a very "pale" tasting wheat beer, other adjectives being "light," "fainter than not," and "not strong." The right flavors are all there, just not in as strong force as the aroma would suggest. The front of the tongue detects wheat malt, phenolic twang, apple juice, and some biscuit-like maltiness. Mid-palate picks up mild lemon citrus, some banana ester, continued wheat malt, and some bland cardboard flavor. Back of palate detects heartier banana esters and slight flash of lemon citrus. Aftertaste is primarily of wheat malt, somewhat biscuit-like, with residual citrus notes.
Beer is medium-bodied with modest carbonation, letting this slide along the palate at a modest pace, but resulting in somewhat placid stillness as well: could use more carbonation. Overall mouthfeel is smooth, with a fairly dry finish.
05-03-2012 17:38:08 | More by falloutsnow
4.4/5 rDev +19.9%
Poured into a goblet a deep orange with a thin head, aroma was hard to pick up (outdoors grill going) but just enough fruit and hops. The taste was very nice, the citrus and spice coming through with a smooth, hoppy, pleasant finish. I'll pick this one up again.
04-15-2012 21:00:00 | More by Cyrano41
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are pleasant aromas of fruity yeast and wheat in the nose
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of apples, bananas, bubble gum and wheat along with some notes of cloves.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing qualities.
01-22-2012 15:16:59 | More by metter98
3.18/5 rDev -13.4%
The beer is pale hazy amber, has a white high head which leaves good lacing but small curtains.
The smell is spicy, coriander, banana and the typical wheat sourness.
The taste is sweet, wheat buns with cinnamon and cardamon, a dash of lemon.
Medium high carbonation, soft and refreshing, a medium low body, a slightly sticky finish.
A rather standard, not bad, weizen.
09-25-2011 20:04:20 | More by rarbring
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
Pour is slightly hazed, golden color. Decent head with moderate retention. Lacked fluffy head of many weizen biers. Nose of ripe banana.
Entry is smooth and soft - pillowy. Envelopes the palate quite well. When first opened - had a yeast-cake bite. Mellowed as the beer had time to breath.
The overall flavr profile never matched the mouthfeel for me. Some ripe banana, a little citric bite...and some yeast.
Decent traditional hefe.
09-06-2011 02:17:53 | More by sweethome
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
Light gold pour, this one's filtered. Finger of white head.
Aroma, light malt, grassy hay. Only a little banana and clove.
Taste, definetely more banana and clove here. Usually I find the German Hefe's to have less of these, but not this one. Unfortunately that is not my preference either. Finishes with some hay.
Wheat is present in the mouthfeel. Light bodied, nice and refreshing. Reminded me a bit of my old steadfast hefe, the Widmere.
07-23-2011 02:14:15 | More by Bung
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
Served into a Pint glass
Appearance-Dark for a Hefe. cloudy brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Okay lacing and nice retention.
Smell-Sweet and Malty. Light banana aroma and light spiciness.
Taste-Lots of malt, not too much spice. Apple and citrus, not too much banana.
Mouthfeel-Light bodied. A little watery and bland. I like the lighter carbonation though.
Overall-I like it, it's refreshing, but not too flavorful. Haven't had a hefe with this much malt. Could definitely use a little more citrus and spice. Okay brew.
07-03-2011 19:57:14 | More by SWMeyer4141
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a pint
A - Thick and creamy white head with beautiful lacing and decent retention. Extremely cloudy caramel body.
S - I was sitting a good two feet from the bottle when it was opened and I could still smell it. Rich banana and honey scent. Reminds me of banana bread with lots of sugar. Delicious.
T - Tastes like a banana flavored wine, if that's even possible. Aftertaste is a bit vinegary. Darn.
M - Not much carbonation, but I think it works in this case. Creamy and tart but still fairly smooth.
O - If you can get over the strange aftertaste, this beer is a pretty solid choice.
04-25-2011 01:43:12 | More by loobear
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
12 oz bottle poured into wine glass. Bottle stamped 09.14.11
Appearance - White or barely offwhite half finger frothy head with low decent to low retention and good lacing. Cloudy amber body.
Smell - Strong banana and nut. Pretty malty. Deep smooth and sweet.
Taste - Slightly sweet. Alcoholic finish. Aftertaste is somewhat astringent and corny like an American Adjunct Lager.
Mouthfeel - Decent creaminess up front, medium body with a light finish.
Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable but has some small flaws that put a big damper on the beer.
04-22-2011 04:22:51 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
I bought this for the swing top for my homebrew as I am tried of choking down grolsch. Served in a Chicago Beer Society glass. It pours golden with a creamy head almost the consistency of a british beer. As a matter of fact it has the mouthfeel very consistent with a british beer as well. It does not have much carbonation and it is thick and perhaps buttery. The smell is fantastic, very banana. The taste is more savory with caramel undertones, with a hint of sweetness. It is similar to the hard yellow brach candles with some husk grain. Any booze in the smell is totally nonapparent in the taste. You could chug it down, but you'll want to savor it. Very good, very unique in all it's fantastic imperfections.
03-19-2011 00:54:10 | More by OttoPeeWee
4/5 rDev +9%
Another random one I decided to crack open for no particular reason. Smooth and even head of white leads to light lacing on top of a golden straw colored body. Light aroma of bread, hints of light grains, pears, a touch of a hop note trickles in as it warms. Again very light feel, crisp, clean, refreshing and very well done I have to admit. Light taste of banana and smooth cloves and its all gone in just an instant.
Overall again pretty solid for the style, gotta give it up, I could do these all day long.
01-21-2011 00:45:36 | More by mikesgroove
Flensburger Weizen from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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