Franconia Lager | Franconia Brewing Company

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Franconia Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by turbine2475 on 06-20-2008

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of BrewAskew
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a thin white head and minimal lace. Color is rather dark for style. Aroma is clean and crisp, grainy, vinous and malty. Flavor is clean, crisp and balanced. A good helles.

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Photo of ranger7
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Bright and clear with nice head. I'm so glad Franconia has branched into this style, as it's one of my favorites. The flavors are true to the traditional brews found in Germany.

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Photo of Sandon
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Domvan
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RaguFestivale
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eddiehop
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cardinals22
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of lsiberian
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franconia Lager pours as a perfect clear golden amber with a medium white foamy head that is exactly what I expect from a best in class lager. The smell floods the nose with sweet fruity goodness that reflects exactly what you are about to taste. The taste is delicious sweet grain that lingers with a nice hop punch in the sequence. The drink is smooth, refreshing and just the right potency for it's class.

If you are looking for a sweet treat beer to break up the monotony of strong IPAs this Franconia does the job.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jkn09
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BJasny
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of tubeyes
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of ForbiddenDonuts
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of LikeHelles
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub.

The beer pours a clear, golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some earthy hops as well as some green grape notes. The flavor is more of the same. The bread and wheat from the grain bill come through nicely and there is some grassy and spicy hop notes. The grapes from the aroma are also present in the flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Holy Grail pub, Plano. The beer pours a warm golden color (the color of dried grass or should I say my lawn in the summer time). It looks more inline with an IPA then a lager. The head is thick and just off white, lacing the glass and coating the surface after it dissipates.

Nose is unimpressive. For being a darker then usual lager I would have expected a deeper malt scent. What I get is muted and somewhat stale whiff. It's ok but again not what I'm expecting like the appearance.

Taste is a different story. Those malts that aren't present in the nose cock back and punch me right on the tongue. Sweet, bready with a twinge of lager crispness. Fantastic! Behind the curtain of malt is a subtle spice that is quite refreshing in the land of grain.

Delicately chewy with a touch of fizz is the mouthfeel. The cereal like finish lasts while the beer lightly coats your tongue. A very tasty brew that is very fresh and a good crisp malt bomb. Well worth a try.

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Photo of frognot
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden body with a good head.

Smell: Mostly malt with subtle smell of hops.

Taste: More hops than the smell indicated. Very crisp but smooth. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Tried this one and the dunkel after the Franconia Brewery tour.

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Photo of deadliest
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap after the brewery tour.

Look: Small eggshell white head covers a clear golden pour.

Smell: Smooth maltiness. Almost no hops detected?

Taste: There they are. Somehow the hops appear upfront for me, even though they are somewhat mild. Sweet taste. Slightly biscuity. Very balanced.

Mouth: Smooth is an understatement. Perfect carbonation along with a light, but not watery feel give this a 5.0.

Drink: Unparalleled drinkability. The ultimate session beer. It's just a shame you can't get it in bottles(yet!).

An awesome small brewer focusing on the traditional and subtle. Something too many other craft breweries are leaving behind.

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Franconia Lager from Franconia Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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