967: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Name: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Brewery: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Hefeweizen
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5%
First Brewed: 1974

Tasting Notes
In the glass, pours hazy blond, with a large and firm white head. The aroma features primarily banana and clove notes. On the palate, it is very refreshing, with notes of cloves, fruit, and vanilla coming to the fore. Spicy and fruity finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts
After reading about this beer, it’s pretty obvious I am from Germany! Well, not in this lifetime… but a previous. What’s even creepier than that, my mom’s side of the family has some Sedlmyr in the lineage. I hadn’t heard that name for a LONG time, but it immediately rang a bell. Looks like I am from Germany! Maybe that’s why I like beer so much?

Now I won’t even begin to pronounce most of the names found on this bottle and in the research we did. I can barely speak English, let along German. But let’s just hope the Germans know how to make a good beer. (And what it is it with this gold foil wrapper over the top and the caps of beer? The beer we had last night had that too.)

The beer pours out with a nice head. Looks like a wheat sitting in the glass. Makes sense, since this is a hefe-weisse. But the nose is MUCH more intense than a wheat. There is an immediate sour, fruit-based nose. Then it ends with a hint of spice and a subtle wetness that I often talk about. Let’s see what she tastes like.

The beer is weak on the from of the palate, but expands as it makes it way back. Then you are hit with a hint of carbonation and a filling, pleasant finish. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent, but that’s okay. This beer is light, and with a 5% ABV you can drink three or four of these before you start to feel the alcohol really kick in. This isn’t my favorite beer by any means, but it does give you that feeling that you sitting outside on a hot summer night in the beer garden. Or however those Germans spell it. (Their spelling is MUCH cooler than ours!)

I bet this beer would taste better outside, during a hot summer day.

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
Tonight’s beer is something German.  I can’t even begin to pronounce the name of it or even the brewery where it is made.  It looked pretty and for some reason was calling out to me, that’s why I picked it from the selection in our fridge.  About all I can tell is that it’s some kind of weissbier.  Let’s find out more.

When I poured it out (after opening the gold foil that was over the cap), it foamed a LOT.  It took me a few minutes to wait for all the head to die down a bit so I could pour it all into the glasses.  The beer is a golden yellow color, typical of a wheat beer.  It’s cloudy and slightly carbonated.  I can still see the bubbles rising to the top of my glass.

It has a spicy, citrusy, kind of lemon smell to it.  Smells like a good summertime beer.  Aside from the fact that I don’t even know what it tastes like yet, I could see myself sitting outside drinking this during the summer.  Or – at a bar in Germany.  Guess I better see what it tastes like first.

It has a slight tang to it, and is a bit citrusy and spicy, just like it smells.  The perfect place to have this beer?  Downtown Indy during the summer outside at the Biergaarten at the Rathskeller.  I can totally see myself ordering one of these there.  It’s not a style I’m normally into, but this is a good weissbier.  This is a “domestic” beer in Germany.  Makes me wish I was there…

Rating: 4/5

966 bottles of beer on the wall…

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