Franconia Wheat by Franconia Brewing Co Taste Test

Franconia Wheat by Franconia Brewing Co Taste Test

Franconia Wheat by Franconia Brewing Co Taste Test

Franconia Wheat by Franconia Brewing Co Taste Test

The weather is getting warmer, so it’s time to look at some lighter beers.  You know, the kind of beers that sound pretty terrible in the cold.

This is the first wheat beer that I’m getting on the site, so I guess this is a milestone.  Maybe?  Who knows.

Franconia is the right kind of brewery to cook up a delicious wheat beer because of their German roots.  They have the skills to bring out the best characteristics of wheat malts.

Here is what Franconia has to say about their Wheat Ale:

“Franconia Wheat (Hefeweizen)

This is an original German Hefeweizen Brewed with over 50% malted wheat and original Bavarian wheat yeast. “A must try!” Our Traditional fermentation brings out an explosion of  banana, orange, and clove aromas and flavors.  Also 4.8% alc/vol. Dont miss out to try some German flavors here in Texas.”

Franconia Wheat Description

Franconia Wheat Description

I had a minute of debate about what style to pull from CraftBeer.com because they have different explanations of American Wheat and German-style Hefeweizen.  I think this beer actually fits a lot better with Hefe than American Wheat, so check this out:

“GERMAN-STYLE HEFEWEIZEN
German-style hefeweizens are straw to amber in color and made with at least 50 percent malted wheat. The aroma and flavor of a weissbier comes largely from the yeast and is decidedly fruity (banana) and phenolic (clove). ‘Weizen’ means “wheat” and ‘hefe’ means “yeast.” There are multiple variations to this style. Filtered versions are known as ‘kristal weizen’ and darker versions are referred to as ‘dunkels,’ with a stronger, bock-like version called ‘weizenbock. This is commonly a very highly carbonated style with a long-lasting collar of foam.”

Franconia Wheat pours a good hazy copper color, but mine did not really have any foam.  I’m worried that I might have wound up with an older bottle because the lack of foam was pretty surprising.

Franconia Wheat in Glass

Franconia Wheat in Glass

I feel like the taste of the beer was pretty much what I was expecting, but the lack of foam was weird.

This beer has a strong banana and clove smell.  The aroma is slightly sweet.  You can tell that Franconia had a Hefe -type focus when they brewed this beer.

Franconia Wheat tastes just like it smells.  Delicious! (Shout out to Tyrone Biggums from Chappelle Show)

You get tons of banana and clove flavor.  Those two tastes really dominate everything else.  The beer is slightly sweet because all of the fruit flavors.

It’s definitely not a light beer because of all of the malted wheat.  I feel like you would start to get bogged down if you tried to drink more than a couple of these.

Franconia Wheat is a beer for summer nights.  I don’t know that it would be great in the middle of a hot DFW summer day, but once the sun goes down and the temp drops a little bit, this beer is right at home.

I like this beer.  If you’re looking for a Hefe-type beer from DFW, you can’t go wrong with Franconia Wheat.

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