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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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2,715 Ratings
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Ratings: 2715
Reviews: 1490
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%


Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001)
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Kwak

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss
Head :Thick and bubbly almost too much ,taste of orange and cloves jump right out at you.
Body :Cloudy and thick almost brown in color.
Taste :A smokey butt refreshing taste lingers on your palet.
Aftertaste :Wheat kind of bred like. "who needs FOOD"!

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2002 04:00:24 | More by Kwak
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TexIndy

Texas

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review:
Poured from a 500ml bottle with no dating system into my Tucher weizen glass. It was hazy golden yellow color almost cider like with some small bits of yeast floating around. It had a massive head that took forever to fall down and even then it had constant 1/2" foam. The aroma was exceptional, perfect, incredible....I love nothing more than the smell of a great hefe. This had had the standard overripe bananas, cloves, a hint of bubblegum but nailed it. Some hefes smell great in certain areas but this one hits it right on all accounts. The taste is just like the aroma - perfect. It hits you with the great taste from the taste and doesn't let up as it finishes perfectly. I may be biased as this is my favorite style but this is truly a 5 if there ever was one. This along with Ur-Weisse and Paulaner are my preferred session beers. Mouthfeel was also exceptional with a great creamy feel and just the right amount of carb. Obviously, I highly recommend this one. (5, HR-HOF, T, Y)

Original review from 11/10/04 below:
12oz green bottle. Poured a pale straw with lots of foam and good carbonation. The smell was heavenly - you can't beat the smell of a good hefe. The color and smell scream classic hefe and the taste followed. Quite simply one of the best beers out there. This has a regular spot in my beer rotation and never fails to disappoint. PR 5.0

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 21:46:39 | More by TexIndy
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bobbybou

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife and I held a private beer tasting of 13 german weiss beers and this one was the best. We loved everything about it. The best beer I ever had.It has a beautiful wheat color,nice and hazy and rich.It has a wonderfull mouthfeel,creamy I'd say and a nice aroma of banana ,clove and not hoppy or sour but has a nice lemon undertone. Served in the proper weiss glass ,this bier is a sight to behold.Not easy to find but not impossible either.I found it in new England area with a little digging.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 01:14:02 | More by bobbybou
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a very cloudy body. Everything about this beer is top notch, from it's appearance, to the smell, to the taste, and the finish. Ranks right up there with Hacker as one of the best wheats I've ever had. Spot on, perfect. Make sure you get the yeast sediment out of the bottom of the bottle (do the "swirl").

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 20:33:42 | More by ibashmuck
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cmaloy

Utah

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is MY BEER of choice. I don't know what else to say about this beer, except, go try it. THE BEST! I use this Hefe to compare all other Hefes.

Pours a cloudy yellow. Large foamy white head that stays up like it was on Viagra.

Smelled of yeast, malt, wheat, BANANA.

Taste like the nose with extra emphasis on banana and fresh bread. Very thirst quenching and satisfying.

Mouthfeel --- like butter that coats your mouth. Creamy.

WOW!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 23:00:31 | More by cmaloy
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2LBrew

California

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite hefeweizen and my favorite beer all time. I get it where ever it is available and I am really looking forward to having it when I go to Oktoberfest 2012. The appearance is a dark straw amber color. The smell is very banana/ bread like. The taste is a orgasm in my mouth. The mouth feel makes me want to have another. Overall my favorite beer of all time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 18:36:35 | More by 2LBrew
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hohnx012

Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was actually fortunate enough to stumble across this brewery while traveling through Germany, and this was one of the best experiences I've had while traveling abroad. The brewery I visited was in Berchtesgaden (home of Hitler's famous Eagle's nest), and I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere, not to mention the delicious beer. Being young at the time, only 20, I was unfamiliar with Franziskaner when I ordered it (I basically just pointed to the tap), but was pleasantly surprised by its full aroma and exceptional taste. To this day, this is still one of my favorite beers, and I'm so glad its available here in the U.S. Kind of a lucky find...but I'm so glad I did!

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 19:17:04 | More by hohnx012
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bbluemzbeer

California

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THis is a great wiesse beer. The price point is chepaer then the other wheat beers in my area. A six pack was around 8 dollars at trader joes.

Apperance: A yellow and dark gold with thick head

Smell: Banana and Clove and somehint of buublegum.

Taste: It is very smooth. I tastedf banana and some of clove and spice. Awesome taste! You need to try

Mooutfulness: Creamy with no stinking to your mouth and simply refreshing.

Overall: I can buy six pack easy in my area for reasonable price of under 8 dollars six pack compare to single beer price of 2.50 of other German Hefeweizen. Also , the taste is world class and most refreshing beer I have ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 16:35:53 | More by bbluemzbeer
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wfrank002

New York

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Just simply the best. I can drink this all day and every day and night. It has a great taste and smell. Can be drank during any season. Try this beer because it's the nector of the gods. Just thinking about it makes me want one of theose bad boys.it is that goood

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 09:43:21 | More by wfrank002
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Amador

California

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Visual: Golden straw yellow and cloudy, not clear.
Aroma : Smells very malty, sweet, and banana scent present.
Taste: Has a nice sweet taste to it and it's not really bitter. Not too hoppy and has a banana taste.
Mouth feel: It has a nice lace to it, and it has a medium thickness. It's very carbonated so you fell the carbonation in your taste buds.

Overall: The beer is very refreshing and it is perfect with greasy food. It has a very nice smell and great taste. So far this has been the best Hef that I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 17:25:21 | More by Amador
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Durhambeer

Texas

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. It's tastes like cloves and has perfect carbonation. So smooth and taste great. I drank this beer about thirty minutes ago and still have a slight clove taste in my mouth. Hummm. Color was perfect and made a nice foamy top when I poured it. This was my first time to try this beer and its my new favorite

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 02:38:52 | More by Durhambeer
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black_crow

California

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would say that is the number one beer in the world. The taste is perfect, the smell is perfect...

You can buy this beer in the US too. I am pretty sure.. it is a global-player. Drink it cold! I got one in Beverly Hills (Bar Nineteen 12). It is a dream!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 02:43:49 | More by black_crow
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TimInPA

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden deep yellow. Good thick foamy head that dissapates in about 3 minutes

S: Beautiful smell of banana and hint of clove.

T: Tasty hint of banana and deeper taste of clove and spice. Fantastic!

M: Carbonated goodness with a great change in taste between the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.

D: I could dink a few of these as it is the best Hefe-Weisse I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 22:50:14 | More by TimInPA
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ggroller

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt.9oz. bottle with a gold foil top.

The smell of this beer gets me every time. Bannanas, peaches, pears. The appearance is a beautifully cloudy rusty gold color. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise to the bottem of the fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing too. Wonderfully light carbonation. Bready, bannana pancake, taste with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Ah, summer is just around the corner. This beer puts a smile on my face. Like seeing an old friend after a long time apart.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 21:45:45 | More by ggroller
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God i love this beer! This is the one that got me into craft beer. I can always fall back on it and just fall into its greatness. I think its quite better in the bottle too.

Pours out a beautiful cloudy yellow with a great lively creamy white head. Lots of bubbles present spewing their way to the top.

Smell is like a religious experience for me. Brings me back to such great memories. Lots of bananas and cloves. Some citrus too.

Taste: heavenly.still the bananas and cloves come through. such a good balance of the hops and malts. nutmeg and holiday spices come through. I love this hefe in the winter.

Mouthfeel: creamy on the tongue, the carbonation is very present int the mouth which gives it a nice spicyness to it with the flavor.

Overall i say this beer is awesome. I could enjoy one or five in a night. I will never get tired of this beer. A lot of people say this style is a gateway to good beer, and i think this is a prime example of why. Hell it got me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 05:31:04 | More by acrawf6
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evilbunnee

Oklahoma

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite hefe. Excellent color, a cloudy golden with a small head that stays till the last sip. Clove scents, followed by a bready scent and flavor that goes nicely with the wheat/yeast combo. If you like hefeweissens, you will absolutely love this beer. Go back to the original!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 05:04:08 | More by evilbunnee
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Green bottle cracked open and poured into hefeweizen glass.

Appearance= Cloudy yellow with good head that froths about for a good while. decent lacing.

Aroma= Some banana, citrus and wheat produced by the yeast.

Taste= Same as above with some malt backbone. but very little. Hops are extract only, so you won't taste any here.

Palate=medium-bodied.

Overall, a great beer for the style and an excellent choice for those or when any beer drinker wants a lighter style and to have more than a few.

Great stuff from Germany, as always.

I wish they would do away with the green bottles,though.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 01:03:07 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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Morris729

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely golden orange color with a tall, beautiful creamy white head. Very crisp and refreshing citrus and malt flavors with hints of banana and clove in the aroma. A creamy mouth feel and very smooth. This beer goes down so easy, you have to watch yourself! This is a fantastic Hefe! One of the best I have ever had the pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 00:20:43 | More by Morris729
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a 6'er of this in Venice, Italy for 3 Euro...I was in heaven...my next trip to Italy will require a much larger suitcase:) I've been drinking this for years but finally got around to reviewing this amazing creation. Milky with flecks of yeast dancing like sea-monkeys, bruised peach-golden forming a large white head atop small to medium sized bubbles. A beautiful beer. The head is of a meringue consistency, forming a peak above the rim...retention and lacing are stupendous. Carbonation is moderately strong with a soft mouthfeel and brisk medium-light body. Aroma....strong cloves, banana, yeast, brisk wheat malt, a hint of lemon, and something unique you don't find in alot of other hefe's...walnuts. Taste....bready, yeasty, delicate... the soft, smooth malts perfectly in harmony with the earthy hops and spicy fermentation. The finish is lightly tart and makes you want to have another. Exceptionally easy to drink, whether it's on a hot summer day or a cold winter night.

This is a wonderful brew...more than just a beer, it has been a reliable, steady life partner, and the best example of the style I can think of. The only way to improve this beer is to lose the green bottles. Exceptional, IMO besting all other hefe's I've had, and I've had alot of em'.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 14:31:07 | More by Mitchster
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse pours a cloudy hazy amber with yeasty filament trails cascading down into the brew from the swirled and swished pour, from its 1 pt. .9 fl. oz. very dark brown glass bottle with an aluminum foil wrapt cap. Head of fine light tan foam went to well over three fingers, and leaving ample amounts of lace on the walls of my 24oz beer glass.

Nose is a pleasant citrus sour with hints of clove and banana. Palate is a most delightful medley of citrus sour , clove, and banana. Not to be left unmentioned, the bight of carbonation is well represented also.

In my humble opinion Ladies and Gentlemen, it just does not get much better than this. If you are a fan of German Hefe-Weisse, you can come in out of the cold and settle in with a nice glass of this World Class German Brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 08:13:56 | More by BeerBob
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at an Oktoberfest event in Dover, NJ on 9/17...

The only weissbier available at the festival... and what a smash it was. It poured a cloudy, honey gold that supported a soapy, inch thick head... even in a plastic cup this was nice looking.

Big, pronounced aromas of banana, bubblegum, and clove wafted from the beer, smelling fresher and better than any I've ever sampled. The tastes were congruent with the massive, juicy nose, and particularly wonderful was the mildly sour, yeasty notes in the finish. So terrific and satisfying.

In the mouth, the beer rolled and foamed effortlessly and was the perfect ending to the experience. Lightweight yet medium bodied, it was amazing as an all-day quaffer for the Oktoberfest celebration.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 13:14:34 | More by yelterdow
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josefnewsong

New York

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential hefeweizen for me. If you want to know what a true hefe is, drink this beer or some weihenstephan. Yeast and wheat taste with great head retention, smooth mouthfeel, and much drinkability. Very refreshing and very tasty....

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 05:08:39 | More by josefnewsong
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shoxroxice

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer so far, and I have become a huge fan of the Hefe variety largely due to this beer. I am fortunate enough to have this beer on tap locally and whenever I get this chance will order one in a frosty mug.

Great flavors that to me are a balance of bright and light. Carbonated just enough to know you're drinking a beer, but very smooth when served in a frosty mug.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 16:46:13 | More by shoxroxice
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Into a weizen glass, it poured a hazy bright yellow, with less than a finger of white head, little retention, and average lacing. Not overly carbonated. Big bubblegum in the nose, as well as banana, lemon/lime, and clove. The taste was just as pronounced as the nose, also revealing hints of green apple and biscuit, and a crisp finish. Not as thin as you would expect, and very smooth, with modest carbonation. Great specimen of a good hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 20:37:25 | More by donniecuffs
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jcw122

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful beer! Had this ON TAP at Biergarten Haus in Washington, DC. I'm blown away. I'm a huge fan of wheat beers, and this has to be one of my all-time favorites, even more so than Sierra Nevada Kellerweis or Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

My impressions of a 1L mug of this beer:
-LOTS of flavor
-I enjoy the hazy look
-Very "drinkable"...the flavor was ample and didn't get old, even towards the end of the 1L

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 22:04:25 | More by jcw122
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