Winter Wheat | Franconia Brewing Company

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Franconia Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MrHungryMonkey on 12-16-2008

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by elcatan:
Photo of elcatan
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Austin G-man.

Beautiful dark copper appearance; not much head, only a thin, off-white film. Aroma dominated by sweet maltiness, with some alcohol fumes. There are hefe esters, but they are overpowered by sweetness.

The taste is a shock, a pungency like cough medicine I was unprepared for. Mouthful was similarly syrupy. Immediately cloying. To compensate for the dissonance of my expectations, I swallowed a few more sips, hoping my palate would re-adjust and the beer would grow on me, but it never did. It tasted more like an unfinished Belgian than a wheat beer, or a fountain Coke with the syrup ratio way off. After a half-dozen small sips, I gave it back to the bartender, drank a glass of water, and ordered something else.

To be fair, I'll try this again, with a cheese plate, though it probably won't be this winter. I enjoy Franconia's other offerings, just not this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

* This beer is a weizenbock, not a dark wheat ale.

On tap at the Plano Gingerman. 2010 vintage.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat, toffee and banana. The flavor is similar, with a few added notes. I get a lot of wheat, toffee, caramel and banana, but I also get some cinnamon and cloves. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Franconia beers.

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Photo of vertigelt1
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was looking for a good winter warmer while at the Saucer In Addison. I'd missed it twice in recent weeks and was pleased to finally taste some, served on tap onto a 22 ounce pilsner glass.

It came darker than I expected. This is a dunkelweizen that smells and tastes like a hefeweizen. The apearance is a very dark caramel, cloudy, with thin head with a nose that is malty, yeasty, and very heavy on sweetness. Tha amyl acetate "banana" is strong on the nose, hinting at a spicy flavour.

The taste itself is almost overpowering in banana with a hint of cloves. This is seems to me to be the strongest, darkest Hefe I've ever tasted. Whatever spices might be there are masked by the banana. There's a slight tang to the end of the taste, but it's barely an afterthought. A pint is enough; 22 oz is just too much. Mouthfeel is substancial enough to be considered liquid bread. Liquid banana bread...

This is a very flavourful beer. Very few foods can compete with the strength of the flavour, and perhaps it's just the moment but it's hard to imagine enjoying this beer as anything more than a novelty. I am quite a fan of Franconia and their adherence to the German purity laws. But, honestly, this bee is a bit much. A little to much of summer in my winter.

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Photo of tubeyes
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Saucer Addison.

Nose is sweet, malty, wheaty, mildly spicy. European-like wheat and hop. Mildly chocolate. Smells good.

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Very murky with mild head. Looks okay.

Creamy sweet bananas rich malt soft nice mildly sour/tart mild bitterness moderate nutty mouthcoating mild chocolate mild alcohol mildly medicinal. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good.

Nice light winter spiciness that might be from spice addition, hops, or wheat. I like that it's not over-the-top like many wintery ales. Nice wheat flavor. Nice smooth creaminess. Pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of ranger7
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Franconia's brewery. Pretty nice winter alternative to the typical Old Ale or Winter Warmer styles.

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Photo of GeneralZod
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While at the Franconia Brewery Tour, we were lucky enough to have a taste of their just finish batch of Winter Wheat...

It looked great pouring out. Dark color and great head retention.

It smells of wheat and malt, a hint of sweetness.

Unfortunately, for me it tastes a bit off. I could quite put my pallete on it, but i think it is a bit bitter for a sweet scent to the beer. Maybe because it was straight out of the tank and didn't have time to chill.

Slightly grainy and coarse.

This was my least favorite at this brewery.

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Photo of qlubman
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbryt
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Danobold
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Bagman007
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown in appearance. Pretty much no head at all.

S- Has a very wheat like scent to it. Somewhat sweet scent as well.

T- Very wheat like taste. Also tasted very sour, kind of overpowering. Somewhat sweet.

M- Very sour beer, not smooth.

D- Too sour to be a session beer.

Overall this was kind of a sour beer. Too much of a wheat like taste for me as well.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Gingerman in Dallas. It is a slightly hazy beer, dark brown, with a tall off-white head. The nose is a bit lacking, with some hints of fruitiness. Good dunkleweizen flavor--fruity, a touch of cloves, but also a solid bready, lightly sweet malt. Well-carbonationed body, but light.

Good beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BJasny
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Randyweizen
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer looks great--a nice, deep brown with a fine head. The aroma screams Dunkelweizen; the banana, clove, and sweet malt notes are all at the fore.

A sip of this beer, however, reveals some big problems. The main one is the level of sweetness. To be sure, German wheat beers typically have a sweet, fruity element to them. But Franconia Winter Wheat has a heavy, overwhelming sweetness that sets into the tongue and obscures its other facets. It isn't that the beer isn't "to style"--I don't really care about that--but rather that it has none of the balance and craftsmanship that I detect in Franconia's three flagship brews. The modest hop bitterness--which, in a well-made beer, would suffice--here collapse under the unwieldy syrupy-sweet mess. Those last four ounces were tough to finish.

I want to be a fan of every beer from this brewery; my heart is open, so to speak. That's probably why I was so disappointed. Franconia can do better than this, and in a year's time, I'll revisit this beer to see if any improvements were made.

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Winter Wheat from Franconia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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