Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Reviews: 1,577 | Ratings: 3,791
Photo of bnes09
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden orange appearance. Wonderful, towering, billowing, white smoke-like head. Excellent retention. Produces a few lace patches.

Aroma of fresh wheat, yeast and citrus with a mild spice. Perfect.

Flavor follows the nose almost to a T with just a tad more yeast quality. Can detect some cloves, pepper and coriander.

Medium bodied. Snappy carbonation. Crisp finish.

Very well crafted hefeweizen.

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Photo of Miinuspiste
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely smooth and easy to drink. No bitter notes can be found whatsoever. Heavy banana notes on the nose and on the taste. No alcohol taste coming through.

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Photo of CStang67
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AROMA: Banana, and bubblgum. Malt backbone with notes of clove.
APPEARANCE: Nice deep murky yellow with a two fingure pillow white head TASTE:Bready, Malty, with a citrus twang
PALATE: Smooth Creamy mouth feel that finishes a bit tart from the wheat
OVERALL: Very good classic German Hefe

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

Reminds me of my journeys in Deutschland! One of the few beers that tastes identical here as it does there that's readily accessible. For those reasons, it's my favorite and go to German beer!

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into hefe glass.

A: A hazy dark straw color with huge foam that doesn't want to subside. Small bubbles keep the foam on.

S: Beautiful yeast, spices and wheat in the smell.

T: Malt, spice, yeast with very light hops. Some sweet and spice in the aftertaste.

M: Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: Excellently executed, refreshing to drink

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Photo of tobybul
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this the other day because the store was out of Paulaner. The store guy recommended it. No comparison to Paulaner. too much hint of alcohol in taste. Did not taste like a wheat beer to me.

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Photo of leantom
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I've seen this in the store a lot. Finally decided to give it a shot, except that it's on-tap. Here goes:

A: Not that inviting. Very cloudy amber - looks exactly like apple cider with a head. Leaves good lacing, though.

S: Lots of...banana. Really a ton of banana. Accompanied by coriander, clove and lighter spices.

T: Follows the nose, except with the addition of bready yeast. Lots of banana and coriander followed by bready yeast; it almost tastes like a Belgian beer.

F: Nice and bready. Good.

O: Good beer, but I'd rather have a Belgian wit.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Golden and clear with a slight haze and eeeeenormous well-retained head with bubbles out the wazoo. (3/3)
S: Solid wheat aroma with hints of metal and black pepper. (9/12)
T: Just a little bit of sweetness to balance the wheat Spice and oh my god what a smooth finish. (16/20)
M: Very bubbly and just a little dry on the finish. (5/5)
O: This beer traveled really well and I detect very little in the skunk or cardboard range. Really can't get it over how clean that finish is given the wheat power on the front. Not quite a fin du monde or weihenstephaner in my book but still solid. (8/10)
41/50

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Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Served in a new Bells wheat glass. Really great at bringing out the aromas.

Pours a nice orange two finger frothy white head that stays put. Typical hefe aromas of banana, cinnamon, bubblegum, maybe a hint of lemon. Taste of doughy wheat bread, banana, yeast, and not much else. Pretty vague. Decent carbonation with a light-body.

Typical German style hefe. Good but not great.

Cheers!

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Franziskaner is my go-to. What a really flavorful, stellar beer. It's like something out of the Middle Ages, and that is a good thing. I feel like a Gregorian monk when I drink this stuff.

Draught poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass:

Appearance: Deep bronze, almost light honey colored, with a pristine, beautiful shade of Germanic awesome. An off-white head that is less than a finger's width, quickly receding into lacey edges on the glass like a Byzantine tapestry.

Aroma: Faint, bitter sweet, slightly citrus undertones -- not overpowering. It is very inviting.

Taste: A rich wheat with a fruity aftertaste, no maltiness and ever so slightly hoppy. It lures you in with its deeply embedded, earthly goodness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily on the tongue, but rolls off nicely, with some biting carbonation.

Overall: I fell in love with this stuff the moment I tasted it. Friar Tuck would drown himself in this heavenly beer. It's really, really one of the finer brews out there. Get it on draught if you can.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good, but not my favorite pick for the style. This one seemed to have a slightly more bitter and hoppy note on the finish. It did not seem characteristically in line with the style and I can't say it was a welcome addition here.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of RandarrTheBarbarian
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

my first real wheat beer that I paid attention to...opened my eyes to what beer can be! I love this brew...felt like the closest that beer can approach to being food.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Cloudy straw yellow with a white meringue-like head.
S: Peppy yeast.
T: Peppy and sharp. Of course there's a good amount of banana. Nice and acidic. Fruity berries.
O: A very ordinary but incredibly sound Hefeweizen.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance – Cloudy and hazy straw colour with dense white head of tight foam that has only average retention dying to a finger nail cover leaving some lace behind in the glass.

Smell – Very pleasant banana, biscuit and bean curd with very mild malt aroma profile. A great nose to this beer!

Taste – Sweet banana, spice and biscuit punch up front. This beer has a great mild malt middle and a sneaky little sticky toffee finish.

Mouthfeel – A sticky cloying finish from what is essentially a very creamy beer with great linger

Overall – Really very good with great aroma and lovely taste. This beer has a great profile and I will certainly be drinking it again!

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Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 50 CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Pure heaven! Wheat, spices and mild yeast follow through.
Appearance- A murky dark yellow with a large white head.
Taste- Incredible, I have always loved this beer from my overseas days to now. A perfect blend of the aromas into a fantastic flavor.
Palate- A medium boded beer with moderate carbonation. An outstanding velvety texture that compliments the flavor.
Overall- I love Hefeweizen style beer and I love this beer. World Class!!

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great hefe-weissbier of an ocher - a bit translucid – color. Foam is white and persistant, deliciously creamy.
Wheat is of course evident in the aroma and taste. Primary notes of apple and cinnamon and secondary notes of banana, cloves, coriander and other spices.
Body is really nice, carbonation is at great level, somewhat efervescent.

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Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Review according BJCP2008 (style 15A). Bottle 50cl - Batch L013436. AROMA: slight banana aroma with a wheat background. no hop aroma. APPEARANCE: gold color with an abundant and moussy white head, with good retention. traditionaly hazy. TASTE: low banana flavour balanced with wheat. very low hop flavour and bitterness. some citrusy notes. relatively dry finish. PALATE: medium body and always effeverscent. OVERALL: a very refreshing average bulk weissbier.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

I really love this beer. Its fresh and bright with very creamy notes of vanilla and wheat. I also get subtle hints of orange and lemon zest to liven it up and give it more of a complex character. Truly a great Hefeweizen!

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Cloudy, orange-ish color with one finger of fluffy head that lingers quite a while but without much lacing.

Aroma: Lots of banana oil, wheat malt, some spiciness and a little citrus rind.

Taste: A bit thin on the front end as the yeast and spice grow, building carbonation until it becomes quite prickly, Lots of banana, clove, a little citrus rind bitterness, body builds with a nice wheat taste then finishing fairly fast and clean with just some lingering spice.

The Rest: An old standby that I've just never reviewed. All-day drinkable, and a nice, fairly balanced profile.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%

Had in tap sitting at a beer garden in front of the Rhine in Cologne. Pours yellowish golden orange colored with a creamy white head. Aroma of banana esters, yeast, some light coriander spice, maybe some sweet pears. Flavor follows suit with the aroma closely, with a slight bit of watery note where I wish the flavors would punch me in the mouth a bit harder. Light plus bodied with plus carbonation and easy drinking. Nice beer, but just not up to the likes of the Weihenstephaners of the world.

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Photo of David121
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A very nice German Weiss-Beer. Great flavor of citrus peel and coriander, not too strong. Imported for Germany, sold in many common stores for a very low price. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of bristol2120
4/5  rDev -1%

Served from a 16.9 oz bottle.
Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber with a large head that is surprisingly long lasting.
Aroma features classic hefeweiss traits with banana in the fore and citrus and cloves in the background.
Taste is very nice with a smooth yeasty aspect in the front, and banana and citrus flavors behind it.
Mouthfeel is well-balanced and full and carbonation level is just right.
All in all a surprisingly good beer that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Hazy deep orange colored body hosts plenty of carbonation streams. A thick, off white head reveals itself on pour and has great retention. Lacing is decent. Looks fantastic.

Aroma:
Bright bubblegum and clove assault the nose right away followed by fresh banana and a dash of cinnamon. Potent Belgian yeast character throughout. Exactly what you should expect from the style!

Taste:
Banana bomb! Plenty of light wheat character and clove. The flavors here are exactly what you expect after taking in the aroma - there are no tricks, with the exception of the banana that really comes through when it this beer hits the buds. Sweet Belgian candy on the finish with a hint of orange zest.

Mouthfeel:
Carb-a-licious! Again, perfect for the style - Light, crisp, and refreshing. Semi-sweet finish.

Overall:
The hefeweizen to beat in my opinion! Smooth and refreshing with plenty of character, you'd be hard pressed to find a better summer beer that will not only quench your thirst, but also please your taste buds!

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy orangeish-yellow. Large head.

S: Banana, clove, smells great.

T: Just like it smells. Amazing. Some buttery notes. Just like a hefeweizen should taste.

M: Excellent mouthfeel, good session beer. Smooth, albeit light/watery but easy to drink.

O: I love this beer, definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at tavern in the square in Northborough.

Nice creamy rich 1 Finger head fades at a med pace then retains well at the bottom, super hazy murky cloudy carrot orange color.

Nose typical hefe, lots of creamy wheat, plenty of citrus and mild orange peel, some spices clove hint coriander, some banana esters, etc.

Taste brings more of the same, basic Bavarian hefe, creamy wheat, not really toasted wheat just clean creamy base, with some light citrus and orange zest, touch tangy. Into esters, banana, clove spices, little coriander, etc. Finish is creamy sticky but dry, bit more spices, banana esters, and orange zest.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, decent carb.

Overall nice hefe, typical Bavarian hefe but not amazing. Nice summer hot day beer.

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