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Franziskaner Wheat

    Style: Wheat beer
    Brewery: Spaten Franziskaner Bräu
    Origin: Germany
    Size: 50cl
    Alcohol: 5%
    Price: 22kr
    Systembolaget: 1096

    Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu is a brewery in Munich which produces Spaten and Franziskaner beers and is one of only 6 breweries allowed to brew beer for Oktoberfest. This beer was first produced in 1964, but the brewery history stretches back to its first mention in 1397. This is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot purity law, which was updated in the mid 1500s to allow for the use of wheat in German beers. I wanted a light and refreshing beer in the tasting, so I thought a wheat beer would fit the bill perfectly. I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to put this beer into a tasting, as I’ve always really liked it, so I thought it was about time I did!

    This was hazy gold with a fluffy white head that held for a long time, as you would expect with a well-made wheat beer. The aroma consisted of cloves, spicy notes, herbs, grass, over ripe banana and bubblegum backed up with a lemon edge. The mouthfeel was smooth, with the fairly high carbonation helping with that. The taste pulled the delightful aromas through, with lemon, herbs and banana all prevalent, combining to form a delicious taste. The aftertaste was rather light but left a faint clove note on the palate.

    This is and has always been one of my favourite wheat beers, with those citrus notes helping to combat the wheat sweetness. I love this, and for me, it’s a perfect beer to enjoy in the summer.