27 Apr 2 Comments Cooking with Jeff and Cristina Cocktails , , , , , , ,

To be honest, I’m really not a big beer drinker.  Only recently have I opened up to trying new and exotic beers.  So far, only a few in particular have really hit the spot for me.  For those who are not really beer drinkers, but are willing to give the good ones a try, I really recommend trying Franziskaner, one of Jeff’s personal favorites.

In German, Franziskaner means the following:

  1. Franciscan monk or
  2. a beer brewed by the Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu.
  3. a coffee-made beverage also known as espresso con panna

Franziskaner dates back to the oldest privately-owned brewery in Munich in 1363.   It was in this year that the brewer Seidel Vaterstetter is first mentioned as the owner of the ‘brewery next to the Franciscans’ in the Munich Residenzstrasse. The name ‘Franziskaner’ derives from the Franciscan monastery diagonally across the street.

Flavors and aromas: It is described to have a distinct banana, pear, and bubble-gum esters, along with mild clove aromas, mark this as a classic Bavarian hefeweizen. The fruitiness of the palate is complemented by mild wheat—less noticeable than in other Bavarian wheat beers we tasted—and a light and dry finish. The slight prominence of the esters over the clove flavors here give this a hint of a Belgian feel, which was not a problem. This is a fresh, attractive beer.

Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH
Historical Archive
Marsstrasse 46+48
D-80335 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)89 – 5200 0
Fax: +49 (0)89 – 5200 2503
Archive’s visiting hours: Mon-Fri, 9:30 am to 4 pm.

Happy Friday!

-Cristina 🙂