Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Total Score: 8/10 (huh, same as last review, maybe I should add fractions?) Bananas1 Clove1 Bread1 Weizenglass1

For my next review a German wheat beer classic? Yes please! Franziskaner, hard to spell, even harder to pronounce, is an old school fella… a Weiss of a by-gone era of large German men and leather pants with suspenders, but we love it otherwise. The real test is how well it stands up against one of my personal Weissbier favourites: Weihenstephaner.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Cloudy orange body with a boisterous foamy white head that eventually collapses to about 1cm. Nothing out of the ordinary here. 8/10.

S: Notes of clove and banana which is very by the book for a wheat beer. I’m picking up a hint of a musty aroma and compared to Weihenstephaner this brew is overall lighter in the Phenols… not that it’s a bad thing. 7/10.

T: Smooth… very creamy and luxurious (and I know I should be saying this below but it really strikes me straight off how creamy this is). The banana and cloves are evident, along with the malt caramel grains but all-in-all this tastes a bit more restrained than the Weihenstephaner… again; not that it’s a bad thing. Slight sour-bread aftertaste. 8/10.

M: Smooth and creamy as stated above. The feel of the carbonation is well balanced and the overall body is medium. 10/10.

D: Here’s where I begin to compare oranges with oranges; Weihenstephaner is a fuller experience when it comes down to taste profile, but the mouthfeel of this brew is better. Other comparisons are minor at best. A decent beer nonetheless however Weihenstephaner would be my pick given the option (actually Schneider Aventinus is a real fine drop that would give both of these a run for their money but I haven’t had it in a while now… noted: next Weissbier review). 8/10.

Food match: Need I say a big plate of German food? Wurst, Shinken, Sauerkraut, Kartoffel, etc…

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