Franziskaner Weissbier

Unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer, 5.0% ABV

Franziskaner Weissbier
Spaten-Bräu, Munich, Germany (Franziskaner site – in German)

By Bill Lau

Posted May 22, 2015

The label offers the German “naturtrüb premium hefe-weissbier” on the label, which basically means unfiltered natural yeast wheat beer. Always enjoy a chance to use some special text characters, especially der mighty umlaut! (Makes me want to listen to some Motörhead.) (No, really.) It’s a bit of a 2-for-1 special on umlauts in that regard on this post. 😛

So I’m grilling some fresh bratwurst for bratwurst tacos and listening to Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band as I write this – if that’s not an eclectic combination, I don’t know what is – we’re still experiencing an early heat wave here in SW Ohio, and a weissbier sounded sooooo refreshing! Wheat malt adds a certain crispness, and the traditional Bavarian yeast strains contribute an amazing array of flavor components. The uninitiated might think hefe-weizens or weissbiers employ added fruits and spices to achieve their distinctive flavor profile, but no, it’s all in the yeast, baby!

Franziskaner Weissbier

Appearance (4.5/5): Golden-amber hue, slightly hazy, capped with a dense white pillow of foam. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Great head retention all the way to the end.

Aroma (8.5/10): It’s all about the yeast in the aroma – esters & phenolics – banana, plum, clove, coriander, bubblegum all discernible. Inviting!

Palate (4/5): Medium to medium-light body with spritzy carbonation bite. The head lends a creamy texture on the swallow.

Taste (8.5/10): Crisp, crackery malt and a firm and balancing bitterness, accompanied by a plethora of yeast-produced flavor notes. Banana, yellow plum, clove, touch of coriander, and a mild almost smoky touch towards the finish. Ends with a bready malty-yeasty note that trails into a drying, gently bitter finish.

Overall (17/20): Solid, classic weissbier, flavorful and refreshing on a hot day or any time you craze that Bavarian wheat beer experience.

I’d love to hear your opinion if you’ve tried this beer – feel free to comment.

Franziskaner Weissbier


2 thoughts on “Franziskaner Weissbier

  1. MMMmmm. I love a good unfiltered wheat beer!! And those tacos sounds phenomenal! Definitely pinning her recipe for future use!! Thanks for linking up as always!

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