Franconia Lager | Franconia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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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 tempest
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Gingerman. Clear gold body without head retention.

This is a darned tasty and fresh helles lager, but not life-changing like the previous scores indicate. The aroma has a creamy bread and vanilla character. The flavor rolls through the same smooth pale malts (whole-grain-like) with a semi-sweet candy background and medium-dry finish. A great beer to hoist. The U.S. needs more fresh helles lagers.

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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 gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the third time I have tried this beer from a small micro with great German lineage. Good luck up in McKinney, Texas. I have a lot of respect for a small micro that brews a well-made lager like this one, particularly here in Texas where the prohibition era laws make it like Death Valley for micros.

A - A lovely Helles Lager. Absolutely! Golden with nice clarity. The foam is light but continuously produces a ring of foam al the way down.

S - Simple slightly sweet lager aroma. This time a little yeast comes though along with a light malt and subtle spiciness

T - Slightly sweet malt flavor one-ups the bitterness of the hops. Grain comes through. I taste the tannin from the hulls this time when I breathe the flavor through my nose and mouth

M - Medium viscosity for style. Light continuous carbonation.

D - All of what a well made lager should be. Very drinkable. This is indeed a great "session beer" (without being dull.)

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Photo of jkn09
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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 greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Photo of cardinals22
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 LikeHelles
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of scm2787
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Bagman007
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- A light golden red coloring with a decent amount of head.

S- Slightly hoppy and a little malty, a pretty good balance of both.

T- A hoppy taste without being overly hoppy. Has a little bit of sweetness to it as well.

M- Crisp, sweet feel initially with a slightly dry finish.

D- Very drinkable, very good beer.

Overall a great Munich Helles Lager. I have had a few of this style and I though they were OK, but this one is very good. Very solid beer.

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Photo of Hack72
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of turbine2475
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight from the tanks at a recent tour of the brewery.

A - Pours a semi murky honey color with a pourous white head that disipated into a light film.

S - Has some grain, a touch of hops, and an unexpected apple sweetness.

T - More grain and caramel forward in the taste. Touch of hop bitter on the end.

M - Smooth and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Not a bad brew. It's a tad sweeter, but not bad. It's definately a great beer when served fresh, and something I could have several of when looking for a refreshing brew.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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 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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