Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse
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Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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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

Up there with Weihenstephaner as my favorite hefeweizen.

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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Photo of Bone53
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale orange color with a two finger frothy white head

Smell: Heavy bubblegum right off; Cloves, banana, yeast

Taste: Bubblegum and cloves upfront, banana mid palate, with a clove and yeasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light medium body; Goes down smooth and crisp, and is very refreshing as a hefe should be.

Overall: I use to dislike wheat beers, but i have develped a fondness for a good weizen during the spring and summer months. This style is likely the first beer ill be drinking for the evening to refresh me after a hard days work. This is a solid authentic german weizen, but its a little too heavy on the bubblegum to be a favorite. There are a few others id pick before this, including Weihenstephan and Paulaner.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: golden hues, cloudy Hefe, 2 fingers of white head.

Smell: Classic esters and cloves of a Hefe.

Taste: tangy eaters, clove, a little banana.

Feel: well carbonated, tangy, nice and dry.

Overall: a classic, well-executed representation of a Hefe. Well done.

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Photo of drmeto
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a cloudy deep golden with a medium,frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-banana,clove,white bread,earthy,slight cream
T:
-Follows the nose
F:
-medium body,high carbonation
O:
Absolute Classic in the Style

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Photo of apokatastasis
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Opaque cloudy straw colour with a two-finger head. Decent retention with brilliant lacing.

Aroma: Bread and yeast with hints of estery banana and phenolic cloves.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a bit more banana flavour on the forefront balanced by big wheat flavour. Some citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body which lightly coats the mouth and throat, with plenty of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: This was my second European wheat ale (after Hoegaarden witbier) and it still holds up great. Very impressive brew with good balance of bready yeasts and fruit flavours. This one is always a pleasurable experience.

EDIT 17/03/2016: my original scores were a bit too critical. This remains to date my favourite European ale of those that I have had. This is an absolutely indispensible hefe, and no others I have had from the style even come close. This is perhaps as close to perfect as is possible.

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Photo of BeerConny
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad hefe at all but a little too much carbonation and not enough banana flavor to get a flawless score from me. I would definately drink it again but I think I like Sierra Nevada kellerweis better and even hoffbrau.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.