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!