Franziskaner Weissbier

Review By Eric Tansey, CSW,Sommelier                                                                                                 The color of Franziskaner Weissbier is a hazy, orange and gold with a white head at almost four fingers. In the glass the beer shows a beautiful array of carbonation and yeasty sediment that dances around the bubbles. Powerful aromas of homemade banana pudding, but with more a lot of underripe banana attributes.

Franziskaner Weissbier is medium bodied and very dry but has an amazing balance of yeast, wheat and malt. The beer was fresh and inviting, and having just one of them was a bit disappointing. Fresh, vibrant beer with subtle hints of banana pancakes–fluffy white pancakes with banana, whipped topping, and walnuts as a garnish. The finish is dry, yet maintains the same balance of freshness as when the beer first touches the palate. Really a classic beer and though it is a massed produced brew, it achieved a very high BLIND score. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Review – 93 Points 

Draft – 92 Points

RateBeer – 93 Points

Beer Advocate – 90 Points


Beer Selection –  Franziskaner Weissbier

Producer – Spaten-Brau

Region- Munich, Germany

Style- Hefe Weissbier AKA, Wiessbier, Wheat Beer, Hefeweizen

Hops – Hop extract

Malts – Malted wheat, barley malt

Alcohol – 5%

Food Pairing – German potato salad and Schnitzel.

About the Brewery 

The Spaten- Frannzikaner -Brau, is one of the largest breweries in Bavaria. It has a very long and deep history of making beer that dates back to the 1300s. Although the beer is mass produced the recipe stands true and the beer has stood the test of time, delivered to North America since 1909.