Saturday, June 16, 2007

Franziskaner Weissbier

The good folks at Spaten North America sent me a sample of Franziskaner Weissbier that I received yesterday -- very nice presentation: a bottle with the new graphic, an opener, a coaster, and Franziskaner glass. The new graphics were apparently the reason for the mailing, but what the hell, I haven't really thought about Franzi for years, just enjoyed it. Might as well drink thoughtfully...since my daughter dropped the beer while rummaging in the fridge for lunch, and wheat beer sprayed all over the kitchen floor, and I quickly grabbed it and poured it in a glass.

So. The aroma is mostly plummy and fruity, with just a bit of clove, and a background of ripe banana. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe; there's a nice rim of tartness to the beer, the classic wheat beer tang, that keeps it refreshing. The carbonation and fuller body make for a creamy texture that goes down very smoothly. A nice little reflection on why weissbier is such a great summertime thirst-quencher. Thanks, Franzi!

8 comments:

Stonch said...

Fairly common on tap in these parts. A solid beer, definitely.

Steven said...

My girlfriend's favorite beer -- which is saying a lot, since she's not at all a big beer drinker.

Nice to see that the "new" graphics didn't due away with the familiar Franciscan monk by Hohlwein -- from the '30s sometime.

Stan Hieronymus said...

Let me see if I got this right.

"I'm drinking this beer because my daughter dropped it, it opened and what else was there to do?"

Very inventive.

Lew Bryson said...

Stan, Stan...I couldn't make this stuff up. I'll admit, the bottle was balanced rather precariously in the front of a full fridge (co-op vegetables arrived today, AND I made a trip to Rieker's German deli this morning), but it really did fall out, the cap 'started,' and beer was spraying across the floor. I had to save what I could. Honest!

Steven said...

A dirty, thankless job, but someone has to do it.

The King said...

My favorite beer. Delicious. Had one last night. I have to say it was better than the Schneider Weissbier I had.

Anonymous said...

This beer is the best ever. when i went to germany this past summer i drank it all the time.

Anonymous said...

This had to have been the worst beer I have ever had...tart to begin, and finishes like it was strained through a piece of beef jerky