Tonight I’m sitting down with fake (soy) chicken nuggets, Oprah (the wife had a bad day at work, so I can’t complain) and a bottle of Franziskaner Hefe-weisse. From what I gather, Franziskaner Hefe-weisse is a rather popular hefeweizen. I just happened to pick it up at my liquor store about 6 weeks ago. For those unfamiliar with the beer, it comes to us from Spaten-Brau brewery in Munich Germany.
Hefeweizen was my favorite kind of beer up until a few weeks ago, however due to the variety of beers I’ve tried lately, my preferences are changing. In particular, barley wine is quickly jumping to the top of the list.
But I digress…On to the review…
The taste is a bit like a Belgian white. 6 months ago I didn’t like Belgian whites, but they are growing on me. The beverage has a yeasty flavor and smell. Hints of cloves I suppose…I think this beer-newbie needs to buy some cloves to remind myself what they are like. Just now, I had to run to the kitchen to find coriander for reference…this beer does NOT taste or smell like coriander! I Googled around to see what other people were saying, and I found A LOT of people saying “banana”. I’m just not tasting or smelling the banana though.
Franziskaner Hefe-weisse has a light color. TONS Not a lot of head. Only a medium amount of carbonation feel, although I find myself readily belching, so I think it has a healthy amount of bubble! For other beer-idiots out there, according to Wikipedia hefeweizen beer is supposed to have a greater than average amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is a good beer. I may or may not pick up more, depending on price. Off the top of my head I can’t recall what I paid. If it’s a $5 bottle, then I’ll pick more up.