Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,557
Hads: 3,651
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 157
Gots: 708 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yeasty, banana flavoured and a little spicy. This beer also has subtle citrus undertones and fresh bread tastes. The appearance is beautiful. Opaque amber with vigorous carbonation and outstanding head retention and lacing.Simple but wonderful aroma of yeast, cloves and bread crust.

A really satisfying tasty beer at just 5 per cent alcohol. The drinkablility is very high. I will have to revisit Weihenstaphenar Hefe to see if its better than this.

I normally prefer lagers for this kind of thirst quenching moderate abv but this hefe is worth trying even for a non hefe fan.


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Photo of Oleg85
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

L: Pours hazy amber color with thick head 1.5-2 fingers tall.
S: Rich smell of malts and hops with green banana up front.
T: It's very tasty and fruity, a bit sweet, a bit sour and banana of course. Good balanced.
F: Full-bodied and crispy.
O: Great bear. It was quite a pleasure to drink it. Its taste remained with me for next few days.

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Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass
LOOK: Pours with an egregious five finger's worth of white foam that finally cuts down to two finger's after two and a half minutes. Full yellow in color with moderate clouding. Rising bubbles are still in great amounts once head settles. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Strange. Strong sour yeast and mild earthy yeast got the nose up front. It's difficult to detect the subtle banana, wheat, and clove aromas that lie underneath.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild sour yeast and banana flavors that combine with subtle flavors of cloves. Mild wheat flavors and lemony zest enter immideately after. A hint of earthy yeast closes this flavor symphony as all previous flavors continue in strength.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth and ends with an extremely crisp finish.
NOTE: Sour yeast flavors were amazing for this style. Banana flavors could of been a little bit stronger. Cloves can stay right they are. A well done Hefeweizen with a taste unique to this specific brew. Definitely not a generic form of the style.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good Hefeweizen. Pours out with a really nice thick creamy white head, with the body being a golden haze. Really beautiful hefe. Strong aroma of banana, yeast, clove, and citrus which correlates with the taste. Great creamy mouth full that I look forward too. Great hefe. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

.5 liter pour (okay, may be a few pours) at a restaurant in Garmisch.
Pour is classic haze and full head. Very surprised at the lack of classic here nose. Maybe I've been drinking too much Weihenstephaner, but the nose is just missing here. Luckily, all the classic flavors come back in the taste. Lots of banana esters and goodly yeast notes. Crisp with some citrus, but creamy at the same time. Good mouthfeel. Too bad the nose was lacking or this would be rated higher.

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Photo of Zet
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark yellow to orange colour with a good head of foam. Very full smell of cloves and yeast. The clove continues in the taste, with hints of banana and citric (lemon). A smooth mouth feel due to the yeast and level of carbonation. A good Weizen, though the taste could have been richer in flavour in my opinion. I prefer a bit more banana ;).

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into Schneider weizen glass.

L) Dark orangish-yellow colour, cloudy, fluffy white head. Pretty much what you want to see in a weizen.

S) Gingery clove-banana. Again, everything you think of when you think weizen. To say this is cold, its giving a good whiff.

T) Banana milkshake, a bit of beer in there. Hint of yeasty flavour. Lots going on, all enjoyable, all balanced.

F) Smooth with a pleasant acid bite from the carbonation. No bitterness or nasty aftertastes.

O) This is probably the easiest to obtain Weizen in the UK. I really really enjoyed this one. Maybe the key is having it cold. Can't fault it.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge head. Unfortunately, retention is fairly poor.

Smell: Really unimpressive in this area, although I remember it smelling better on tap (currently rating the bottle). Some banana and generally funkiness (yeast)

Taste: Banana (dominant but not as strong as in some hefes), lemon, vanilla, and I guess clove (others have helped me find that). Really good, but not the best.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy. Well carbonated.

Overall: This is one of the best, but I argue not the best, hefeweizens out there. However, the relatively low price (under $3 for a pint+ bottle) scores bonus points with me. Additional bonus points awarded in the "overall" category for this brewery's long (we're talking several centuries) of excellence.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Coal's. Color was a darker, deeper orange-yellow than I am used to for a Hefe, but it was very appealing. Taste and aroma werent particularly compelling, slight banana favor, not a ton else. Mouthfeel was more abrasive than I'm accustomed to for the genre. Maybe a touch overrated.

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Photo of TH28
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden and hazy with a frothy white foam head. Aroma: typical banana dominance with a bit of clove. Taste: Light, bready malt with a pleasant clove spice. Mouthfeel: medium (on the lighter side of the style) with a moderate carbonation. Finish: clean and balanced with some lingering clove spice and no noticeable hop bitterness.

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass (I had to use what the hotel had...) Reviewed from notes dated June 22, 2015.

A-The beer pours with a tall, white head. Retention is OK, but not great for the style. Carbonation is active and visible in the murky orange-tinted yellow beer.

S-The aroma is heavy on the banana and lemon fruit. Almost too much mushy, overripe banana smell for me. I sniff less clove than some examples of the style.

T-The taste is also heavy on the banana with some balancing lemon crispness. A little bready in flavor with a musty, wet wheat malt bill. Refreshing if a bit simple.

M-The body is quite light and easy to quaff.

O-This is a good old-world example of the style in my book. Nothing wild and nothing that I would search out but I would readily drink more of this when in the mood for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a thick white head.

Smells citrusy and spicy

Tastes- A little lighter on that banana sweetness than other hefeweizens. More of a lemony taste than what I have become accustomed too.

MF-Creamy and full-bodied.

Overall- Decent hefeweizen.

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Photo of etsiap
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I call this beer the Paiste of Hefe-Weisse beers. If there are any drummers out there, you know that two of the most popular cymbals are Zildjian and Paiste. Both cymbals are in my opinion the best. Zildjian is the cymbal that most jazz players would use, maybe a little more academic of a cymbal, more savory than a Zildjian. Paiste is a bright very precise sounding cymbal. Zildjian to me is the Paulaner Hefe or Weihenstephaner, and Paiste is the Franziskaner Hefe - arguably the best beer in the world.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle into a conical pint glass. Paid £1.79 for a single bottle.

Pours a cloudy, golden orange coloured body with a lighter yellow glow around the edge. Tons of minute carbonation bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. A two-finger in height, thick, foamy, white head with excellent retention leaves lots of dense lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of bready wheat, fruity yeast, citrus peel and slight banana. The taste is similar to the nose with a smooth, creamy, doughy wheat base, but more banana upfront than the scent implied. More fruity notes follow with a little orange and lemon to give a delicious tangy, refreshing, finish that lingers on the palate for a long time. Light to Medium bodied it has a thin but creamy and slightly chewy mouth-feel, the only negative being that there is a little too much carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer, delicious and easy drinking, excellent value for money and readily available, it’s my go-to Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Wontonst
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pretty standard Hefeweizen look and smell. I like the taste of this one in particular, but I find that it's a bit too carbonated, making the mouthfeel a bit too airy.

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in Munich, poured into a weiss glass.

L: Cloudy golden pour with thick white head. Nice lacing.

S: Grains and yeast. Citrus and coriander.

T/F: Typical weiss beer. Complex yeast flavors... bananas and citrus with spices mixed in like thyme and coriander. Heavily carbonated and zesty.

O: Probably the most recognizable German wheat beer. Better on draft and what I use as a baseline comparison for the style.

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Photo of MarkStewart
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Hefe-Weisse. I would rank it second out of ones I've tried after the Konig-Ludwig. It has a medium body, a pleasant smell and a well rounded flavor with a slightly tangy aftertaste.

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Photo of TreyDavidWood
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My other favorite beer of all time (I can have more than one!), I have loved Franziskaner for years. It was one of the first imports I tried after drinking mostly Pabst and domestic stuff during my teen party years.

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Photo of DavidClifton
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bar pint glass. Hazy, golden color. Malty and foamy head. Spice and banana hints. Excellent lacing. Tastes best cool, not cold. In the top 10 on my list.

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Photo of Chrys
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had many German Hefe's and while not the BEST it's about as good as it gets in the US. Not like most American canoe beer that is "kinda like having sex in a canoe, it's pretty close to water" (the American beer that is) This is welcome reminder of what beer is supposed to taste like ;)

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps my favorite Hefe, because it's the oldest, from brewer started in 1323. Full of fruit, no lemon needed.

A - On draft in Luxembourg. Very cloudy pale wheat color with creamy half inch head that fades to a steady cap and leaves lotsa lacing.

S - Smells of mostly banana, a bit of pineapple, biscuit, clove, and spices. Slightly medicinal.

T - Crisp wheat bready flavor. Spices dominate, of clove and and a bit of cardamom and cinnamon. Backdrop of banana and fruity flavors.

M - Good weight, and it's crisp and smooth.

O. Not my favorite style, but one of the best.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange color. Fluffy white half inch head, good retention and lacing. The aroma was banana, clove and light bubblegum. The flavor was big banana and clove and just a nice hint of orange, with a nice sweet malt backbone. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice clean and refreshing finish. Definitely a top notch Hefeweizen.

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Photo of ARoman
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a bright, creamy banana and vanilla with undertones of clove and a light bread crust. The beer is a murky, unfiltered, orange yellow color with a dense white fluff head that has a moderate retention and only a touch of lace (of course a shaker isn't really the appropriate glass). The taste is a medium, savory sweet with a light lemon bitter. The creamy beer goes down smooth with a fizzy light body that has a strong Nila wafer flavor with a clove finish as well as some bread. The aftertaste is mild, but long, and cloying with a light bitterness and bread crust feel.

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Photo of mkh012
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Franziskaner is my favorite hefeweizen and perhaps my favorite beer period. I've had other top-notch hefes like Weihenstephaner and Sierra Nevada, and nothing beats a cold Franzi on tap.

Franziskaner is simply one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. It has a cloudy orange-yellow look to it which is typical of most wheat beers. The smell is mostly banana and breadiness with a hint of almost shortbread cookie sweetness underlying this. The taste of Franziskaner is where it really excels. This beer is remarkably smooth and drinkable. Banana, vanilla, and light orange peel blend together into one of the most velvety sips of beer I've ever had. Definitely better on tap.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. Cloudy, opaque, yellow-orange with a creamy white head. Grainy wheat malt in the aroma mixed with banana. Not much clove at all. Vanilla and bubblegum in the flavor. Thin on the palate, yet medium bodied. Overall, it's a little too fruity and thin for me. Not one of my favorites German hefeweizens but not a bad option either.

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