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Friar Weisse | Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Franciscan Well Micro Brewery
Ireland
franciscanwellbrewery.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A German style unfiltered wheat beer with citrus notes on the palate and powerful aroma of clove and banana imparted by a unique yeast strain.

Added by JohnfromDublin on 11-14-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
27
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
27.49%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

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3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014. Picked up a little while back from a supermarket. The label describes it as a German-style wheat beer with hints of banana, clove and lemon.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very hazy dark-amber hue with light carbonation and plentiful fine sediment that renders the beer translucent. Yields a smallish head of white foam that lasts for a moment or two before disappearing.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of banana, clove, subtle spice, faint bubblegum, grain, a touch of wheat, earthiness and stewed leaves. The yeast character seems a reasonable approximation for a hefe.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a lingering dry finish. Notes of banana, clove, dry spice, wheat, grain, earthiness, stewed leaves and a twinge of harsh cardboard. Highly attenuated, followed by a subdued bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with very soft carbonation and decent body for the style. Coats the palate and could certainly be livelier. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters, mild banana and stewed leaves/cardboard.

O: Meh - nice to see something other than Guinness emerge from the Emerald Isle, however this is a fairly subpar hefe. Lacklustre looks, with low carbonation and a vanishing head. The aroma is OK; not too far off the real thing if not quite as good. The flavour is a tad harsh and the body lacks the effervescent carbonation of a German weissbier. A decent stab at the style but could stand improvement. Worth trying, though don't trouble yourself to hunt it down.

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4.04/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mdagnew
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a hazy straw yellow. White head poured quite small with tight bubbles then faded very quickly to very light layer.. sparse carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... no lacing...

Aroma - Quite grassy, light juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, apples), quite a lot of honey sweetness aroma for a hefe, wet hay notes, some creaminess, light corn notes, very faint clove spiciness, peppery..

Taste –- Light, quite watery, juicy fruits (lemons, limes, apples), some creaminess, salty notes, grassy, faint pepperiness, very light sweetness, some banana, light wheatiness, very faint clove, no real hops... maybe all just a little on the bland side..

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a just a little bite underneath... light bodied... Very drinkable - would be excellent on a summers day...

Overall - An OK hefe weizen... drinkable but nothing too exciting here...

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3.64/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Blue Moon pint glass at the Franciscan Well in Cork. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream and thickness. Good retention. Body colour is a cloudy hazy orange-dark gold. Appealing.

Sm: Cream, wheat, some hops. No esters or nutty notes. A light aroma. Somewhat bland.

T: Strange cream atop the wheat foundation. Hints of light floral hops. Strangely creamy for a hefeweizen, with a finish that dies off instead of finishing strong. Certainly refreshing, but imbalanced and built in below average fashion.

Mf: Nowhere near what it needs to be. Smooth, wet, and light. Needs more punch to lend the flavours depth.

Dr: 4.50 euro at the brewery is overpaying by Irish standards, especially for this underwhelming example of the style. Refreshing, but pedestrian.

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3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap, not at the brewpub, but at the nearby Bierhaus pub on Popes Quay, Cork city, Ireland. Served in a Paulaner glass, it had a pleasing appearence; hazy straw coloured brew with a decent frothy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Nice fruity smell. Tasted very slightly banana with a nice citrus zestiness. Nice carbonation and a pleasent aftertaste combine to make this a nice example of a hefeweisse.

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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mulligans Grocer.

Pours banana yellow with white film that sheets. Vague madeleine and Nilla wafer nose. Citrus cookie and banana bread hops with clove, cumin and cedar oil at the end. Dry finish. Prickly, medium, some stick.

Light and lively weisse. Not much fruit or but not much spice either. A drinkable if less characterful take.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at Ginger Man pub in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day-I have been searching around for this beer and was happy to find it.

Served in a stein with a very small head upon pouring. The color was a nice hazy copper and the smell was great-wheat beer smell with some fruitiness to it.

Tasted great and went down smooth. There is a hint of spice (maybe cardamom?) with a bit of taste of almost banana with the wheat taste-a great combination I felt. Not too strong and something that I could drink a couple more pints of in a session.

I look forward to trying it in Cork, hopefully at the brewery, and maybe bringing back a bottle or two if possible.

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4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

198th Review
Served in a half pint
On-draft at The Black Sheep

A: Hazy copper orange (tint of yellow). Single (white) fingernail head.

S: Very inviting - notes of caramel, banana, and cracked wheat as well as a touch of honey and lemon.

T: Mix of banana, clove, caramel, wheat, and touch of white pepper/spice. All of these last start to finish and are very well balanced making this beer quite enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This beer is so crisp and very refreshing. Very well done for the style and one I could see enjoying on a nice summer's day!

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.77/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle from Reilly's, Lisnaskea (£1.79):
Quite a disappointing hefeweizen if I'm honest, this one was too light and thin with an fairly poor appearance as well. Thankfully the taste wasn't a bad one with the banana and cloves flavours seeming pleasant enough but there's plenty of much better wheat beers out there to go for over this one.

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4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +17%

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