Well, Happy Birthday to SevenPack! It’s almost like the folks at Spaten knew that we just celebrated our 500th beer review, and so they sent us a present in the mail. Just a few days ago, we received the lovely box pictured full of a Franziskaner glass, some coasters, a bottle opener, and (best of all) a tall bottle of Franziskaner Hefeweizen. We always enjoy a surprise in the mail here at SevenPack, and this was no exception. Everything was packaged very nicely, and the beer arrived in prime condition.
Now, I gotta be honest with you folks – it’s a veritable miracle that no Franziskaner beer has been reviewed on SevenPack during the past 500+ beer reviews. While I haven’t yet tried the Franzy Club-Weiss filtered wheat, both the Hefeweizen and the Dunkelweizen were paramount in my discovery of ‘good’ beer. In fact, I could probably label the Franzy Dunkelweizen as the definitive beer in my life that made me realize what goodness can be stuffed into a glass. So folks, if you enjoy this blog, then you likely have Franziskaner to thank for it – I’m not sure it ever would’ve existed otherwise. That being said, I was especially excited to receive this package, and I’m terribly excited to finally get a chance to review the Hefeweizen – I’ll try to follow suit with the other varieties sometime in the near future.
This beer pours a hazy golden color with substantial carbonation and a full frothy white head. The aroma of this Hefe is full of banana and spice with light hints of sweet malt. In the mouth, the Franzy with a sweetness that is non-descript, but eventually becomes redolent of banana and clove around the middle of the tongue. Towards the back of the mouth, you’ll notice some hints of citrus and a finish that sticks to the top of the mouth and is again mostly consumed by the banana and clove earlier. Honestly, this bottle of Franzy has more banana to it than most I’ve had in the past. This may be due to the facts that a) I am drinking it without the typical slice of orange or lemon and b) it was shipped through rather warm circumstances and has been sitting in the fridge for a couple of months. But, nevertheless, it’s still very tasty. However, in my past experiences with Franziskaner, there has been more of the citrus and spice and a bit less banana. It’s good to know that, whatever bottle you may have the fortune of getting, it’s going to be a tasty treat.