Beer Review: Franziskaner Weissbier Hefe-Weissbier

Franziskaner Weissbier Hefe-Weissbier might be my favorite beer of all time. It has such a pleasant, summery smell to it that reminds me of summer. It’s a fantastic Hefeweizen, has that subtle lemon taste without being too acidic, plus a sweetness that hints at banana. It really is a delight, though the flavors never verge too far into the overly-sweet candy territory that some beers get into. I don’t generally buy this kind of beer for myself, but was lucky enough to have my father-in-law pick some up on a recent visit. I’ve been rationing them out so I can enjoy them over the maximum amount of time. I’ve also had Franziskaner Weissbier Hefe-Weissbier at a local restaurant in a town called Cornwall by the name of Painter’s Tavern. If you’re in town, I highly recommend, having a nice meal and enjoying one of my favorite beers.

Beer Review: Harpoon’s UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

I was first introduced to Harpoon’s UFO (that stands for UnFiltered Offering) Raspberry Hefeweizen by my in-laws a few years back. I don’t think I’d ever had a beer quite that fruity before. I’d had sweet hefeweizens before, but those usually top out with, at the most, a mild orange taste. But this raspberry flavored beer is seriously sweet, leaning more into boozey cider territory in my personal opinion. Luckily, it’s also pretty light, so you don’t feel stuffed after drinking a few. Being a little bit more expensive, I don’t usually pick up this beer, but I grabbed a 6-pack before Christmas and was saving this one for a special occasion (ie, this review). For what it’s worth, the regular UFO Hefeweizen is also really good and not nearly as sweet as this one.

Also, boiling brats in Raspberry Hefeweizen before grilling them adds a whole lot of awesome flavor that you should try out at least once. So, if you’re a fan of sweet beers, give this one a try if you can find it, though I think it might be more resigned to the east coast. Good luck and happy drinking!