Franconia Lager | Franconia Brewing Company

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87
very good
30 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Franconia Brewing Company
Texas, United States
franconiabrewing.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by turbine2475 on 06-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
12
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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0
Gots:
10
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of MorgnPM
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of tubeyes
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

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 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 gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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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 aubzachsyd
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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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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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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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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 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Franconia Lager from Franconia Brewing Company
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