Blind tasting review
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Family Wheat Beer Style Bavarian Hefeweizen
Country Germany ABV 5.0%
Producer Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe (InBev)
Price $$ Packaging 12oz/355ml, 18.6oz/500ml bottle
Characteristics Refreshing, yeasty

Overview “Franziskaner” is the German name for a Franciscan monk, but unlike the monastic Paulaner brewery, this brewery was named for its location across the street from a Franciscan abbey. Operations were merged with Spaten in 1922.

Flavors and aromas Distinct banana, pear, and bubble-gum esters, along with mild clove aromas, mark this as a classic Bavarian hefeweizen. The fruitiness of the palate is complemented by mild wheat—less noticeable than in other Bavarian wheat beers we tasted—and a light and dry finish. The slight prominence of the esters over the clove flavors here give this a hint of a Belgian feel, which was not a problem. This is a fresh, attractive beer.
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