I’ve always been a fan of wheat beer, but after drinking a Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, a Belgium wheat beer, I think I have found my true beer-love. Therefore, when I took a trip to Kenny Road Market in Columbus last weekend, I was on a mission to find other similar beers. This Franziskaner caught my eye, and it most certainly did not disappoint!
Typical of Belgium wheat beers, this beer has a cloudy appearance with a rich orange color. When poured, it has a lot of long-lasting, frothy head. As you drink this beer, it leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
The aroma of Franziskaner Weissbier is very similar to Weihenstepahaner Hefe Weissbier, which is to say it smells great. It has a strong citrus and malt smell with a hint of spice. This is a very sweet-smelling beer, but there is a slightly detectable scent of hops.
The similarities to Weihenstepahaner Hefe Weissbier don’t stop at the appearance and aroma. It also tastes very similar, and that is in no way a bad thing. It is extremely smooth and a bit creamy. The citrus taste is strong with hints of malt and a bit of spice. It finishes with a slight hops taste, but overall this is a relatively sweet beer. It is very drinkable; I could have several of these before I would get bored.
Each time I drink one of these Belgium-style beers I like them even more, and this one is no exception. Franziskaner Weissbier is instantly near the very top of my list of favorite beers. I think this may be a must-buy for me on my next trip to Kenny Road Market.
Verdict= Flawless Victory
Related: Weihenstepahaner Hefe Weissbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan (Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan)
Weienstephaner is a German brewery which claims to be the oldest operating brewery in the world, tracing it’s roots as far back as 1040. They brew a number of different beers, including the Hefe Weissbier, which is a German, unfiltered wheat beer. There are several beers that attempt to mimic this style, but this is truly the original.
I can’t think of any beers that I’ve poured that look more awesome than this. The first thing you’ll notice is the hazy, golden-orange color. The foggy haze is a result of the beer being unfiltered. Next, you’ll notice the frothy head. The picture above is a little misleading because, unfortunately, the head spilled over the glass and I had to clean it up before I snapped the picture. I only wish I had taller glasses. Not only does this beer produce a lot of head, but it is long-lasting and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
Hefe Weissbier has a sweet, fruity smell with just a hint of hops. The most noticeable scent present is citrus, yet it is not overwhelming. The aroma is full, smooth, and unbelievably delicious.
One word… WOW! This beer is simply amazing. The sweet, citrus aroma is just a hint of how great this beer tastes. The taste is a bit like Blue Moon, except Blue Moon is not even close to being in the same league as Weihenstephaner. It is not as sweet as I expected but it’s very smooth. It has a strong citrus taste with just a little spice. It finishes smooth with minimal bitterness from the hops. This is one of the most drinkable beers I’ve ever had.
When we decided to write this blog, I didn’t want to liberally give out perfect scores. I wanted to only give perfect scores to beers that really knock me off me feet. This beer happens to be one of those beers. It is nearly perfect. This is my first time drinking Weihenstephaner, and I’ll be drinking more, for sure. I only wish I has more right now!
Verdict= Flawless Victory