Lots of people don’t like German-style wheat beers; in fact, this blogging partnership is divided on the issue, with Bailey something of a fan, and Boak being very much a sceptic.
Even if you like a good weizen, Franziskaner is probably not your favourite. Of those you can get easily in the UK we think, somewhat predictably, that Schneider is the one to go for. Our all time favourite is Distelhäuser’s (Würzburg), which gives a fantastic hit of tropical fruit, and especially pineapple.
On Friday night, though, after a two and half hour German lesson, a tall, cold Franziskaner at a mediocre, would-be-trendy pub in Waterloo really hit the spot. It didn’t fit the season — it defied and defeated it.