The Friar’s Favourite: Franziskaner – Hefe Weissbier

20140924_192547I seem to have gone Weissbier crazy these past few reviews.  If the truth be told I just can’t get enough of their creamy refreshing ways.  Next up: Franziskaner Weissbier…

Look at the label: that Franciscan monk looks suitably pleased with himself – and he should do: as far as he’s concerned he’s got God on his side and he gets to drink this lovely beer.

Out it came and into the glass, a slightly muted orangey colour with plently of hefe haze.  As with all beers containing wheat, Franziskaner had a huge dollop of fluffy snow-white head.

On the nose there was quite an assertive minerals and grain theme with a soothing back-up of spice and banana*

Before the taste there was the vigorous carbonation – typical of Weissbier style, which slowly dissipates to reveal a nice up-front spiciness, followed by smooth banana creaminess and then a really nice spicy-prickly dry note that persists for an astonishing amount time.

The after-taste is that of lovely creaminess with more overlay of dry peppery spiciness

This is another lovely example of the Weiss style…

https://www.franziskaner-weissbier.de/unsere-biere/hefe-weissbier-naturtrueb  (which is all in German. but there is such a thing as Google Translate!)

(*Banana, why banana?  Well.  It’s all to do with a chemical called Isoamyl Acetate that gets produced as a by-product of the ferementing yeast.  Weiss yeasts are particularly good at producing this pronounced banana taste.  Lots of information on Isoamyl Acetate here: http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/07/isoamyl-acetate-banana-flavour-podcast – the seventh paragraph on, if you don’t want to read it all)

3 thoughts on “The Friar’s Favourite: Franziskaner – Hefe Weissbier

  1. Pingback: Yes, we DO have bananas: Wells (@WellsAndYoungs) – Banana Bread Beer | yeastismybitch

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