Another review, which, as always, is unencumbered by expertise or big words.
Today we have Franziskaner Weissbier Nautrub, straight from the land of my ancestors. The case says the beer is brewed in accordance to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, which I assume means there’s no bubonic plague in it.
Beer: Franziskaner Weissbier Naurtrub
Origin: Munich, Germany
This is a hearty beer. It tells you that right off the bat. It has a powerful, almost earthen smell. That makes sense, since it’s a wheat beer. The smell makes it feel like it will pack more of a punch than the wheat beers I’ve tried. This is the first German wheat beer I can recall trying, and definitely the first I’ve given considerable thought to, so I’m not sure if that’s a normal difference between American and Deutsche brews.
The correct way to pour a wheat beer is to tilt your glass and pour in about 3/4 of the glass, swirl the remaining beer in the bottle, and pour the rest in. A lot of wheat beer is unfiltered, and yeast has settled into the bottom of the glass. This lets the yeast join the party and enhance the beer by introducing new flavors.
The first sip wasn’t as strong as I thought it would be, but that’s no knock. It’s very smooth with no real bitterness. The wheat flavor is still very pronounced. It’s clean. The beer doesn’t feel like it’s trying to throw six different flavors at by taste buds. The beer lingers on my tongue after I swallow it. It leaves a little coating on my tongue, which proves it’s no lightweight even though it looks like sunshine. It leaves an extremely pleasant aftertaste, but I wouldn’t call the finish clean. It lingers. I want to say it tastes like banana. Subsequent sips bring out the flavor of the beer more. It feels like the beer ramps up.
The wheat flavor and the fact the case says this beer has been brewed since 1397 make me feel like I’m drinking nature. It’s from a time where people tilled the Earth for a living, and I feel like that’s what I’m drinking (No, I’m not saying I’m drinking dirt). It’s a simple, straightforward flavor left over from a time life’s goals were simple: survive until the harvest season and the Romans.
I think this beer would go well with heartier foods. Grab a hunk of ox meat and a loaf of course grain bread and have a feast!
Verdict: It’s good! It’s a full-flavored, clean and classic. The only real drawback is that it cost 11 or 12 bucks for a six pack. But if you feel like splurging and drinking something that dates from the 14th century, go ahead and get it!
P.S. I come from German ancestry. My last name is Ladwig. It’s obvious. On that note, I wanted to share this with you.
It’s my great-great grandmother’s grave. Her maiden name was Katharina Werner. She immigrated from Germany with her family when she was two years old. It’s kind of cool experiencing something that your distant relatives might have experienced hundreds of years ago.
P.P.S. Germany’s greatest export, besides my relatives and beer, might be robotic electronic music. I’m listening to Kraftwerk as I write this. They’re an amazing German group that has been around for more than 40 years. Please enjoy “The Robots”. The people in the video are actual people. Trust me.