Recently awarded a Silver Medal by the World Beer Championships, Frankenmuth’s Hefeweizen has been not only recognized as one of Michigan’s best beers, but one of the best light beers in the entire world. Founded in 1994, the WBC does monthly blind taste testings of brews and rates them on a 100 point scale. The Hefeweizen scored an extremely impressive 88 points in a December tasting.
Known as Hefeweiss in Bavarian brewlore, Hefeweizens are a kind of beer where yeast is left in during the complete brewing process. This results in the beers strong gold, yet somewhat cloudy appearance after pouring. The Frankenmuth Hefeweizen in particular has a strong base that features an essence of banana bread. Expanding upon this flavor note, there are plethora of other tastes that pop up once on a drinkers tongue. There is a distinct touch of clove, a perfect level of citrus and an overall wheat flavor that amps up the recipe of a traditional Hefe.
Not only has the Hefeweizen been commended by groups like the World Beer Championships, it also getting high marks from users of the influential beer rating site, Beer Advocate. Here is a sample of what a few reviewers are saying about Frankenmuth’s impressive yeast beer.
Beer Advocate Reviewer DannyDan: “The mouthfeel is a sticky, lip smacking and easy to drink while leaving a slightly dry taste in the mouth. A very good tasting light to medium bodied beer that I would recommend.”
Overall Score: 4.2/5
Beer Advocate Reviewer Brenden: “One thing that annoys me is when a brewer makes a Hefeweizen just another wheat ale and neglects what makes it special. Thank you, Frankenmuth, for using the Belgian yeast the way it ought to be used. There’s a sturdy malts backbone to frame this beer in the aroma, but the banana and clove are there and the main feature.”
Overall Score: 3.6/5
Beer Advocate Reviewer Cosberger: “Wonderful Banana and subtle clove scent with a very smooth finish. Saw a lot of people put an orange in the beer, I liked the beer simply straight up.”
Overall Score: 4.35/5
While these verdicts have been delivered, take your own trip to the brewery to have your own say about one of Michigan’s best beers, the Frankenmuth Hefeweizen. It’s taste is one that can rarely be matched by any other light tasting beer in the world.