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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,560 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,560
Hads: 3,687
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 162
Gots: 740 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of Trueant1
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To learn more about this style I am putting a description from this website to lean about HEfe-wiessbier's...Hefeweizen

"A south German style of wheat beer (weissbier) made with a typical ratio of 50:50, or even higher, wheat. A yeast that produces a unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum or notes of apples. Little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol. The "Hefe" prefix means "with yeast", hence the beers unfiltered and cloudy appearance. Poured into a traditional Weizen glass, the Hefeweizen can be one sexy looking beer.

Often served with a lemon wedge (popularized by Americans), to either cut the wheat or yeast edge, which many either find to be a flavorful snap ... or an insult and something that damages the beer's taste and head retention."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0% [ ? ]

DO I like this style...not really. But here goes the review.

Pours a nice cloudy staw color. White foamy head that dicipates quickly. Little lacing.

Smells of sweet candy sugars and a funky yeast smell.

Tastes of artifical bannana, phenolic, and sour lemons. Some hop bite bitterness, cloves, and alcohol are noted.

Mouthfeel is good. Has some dry sides to it after the sugar blasts on the sip. Too much carbonation for this beer takes down the drinkibility score for me.

Not a bad Wit.Lives up to it's style of bannanas and cloves. Could sesson this when I am in the mood for a weissbier.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perfectly poured glass displays the cloudy yeast. Tried this out as the palest beer in a flight of five at the Flying Saucer Emporium in Charlotte. This has been one of my favorite German imports. Glad I enjoyed this as a 5 oz. flight because it did not top my lists that night as a beer I could enjoy all evening. Nice mouthfeel and fruity taste.

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Photo of bfr1992t
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden, like light honey. Thick, hazy from yeast. Thick head with strong retention.

S - Malty and yeasty. Very strong. Hints of banana and citrus.

T - Lots of strong belgian yeast and wheat. Notes of banana and orange. Somewhat snappy and tart through the middle with a smooth hop finish.

M - Thicker than average, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry but not extreme, coarse.

D - Would be good paired with greasy heavy food but I likely wouldn't drink more than one at a time (1pt 9oz). May be a good refresher after a long hot day.

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Photo of mcampanella
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

April 10th 2009

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Review

Bottle into clear glass

Appearance - Deep straw-golden color of the beer. Opaque, cloudy in glass. There is an excessively large head produced from normal pouring, this bothers me greatly; in its defense, the head is inviting and frothy.

Smell - Relatively strong, relatively enticing. Hints of citrus and hops.

Taste - Don't like the taste initially, but it grows on me. Peculiar taste, a bit unexpected. Light body, great carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Again, great carbonation. Really excites the tastebuds!!!

Drinkability - Didn't like it initially, but it grows on me.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice thick head. I drank this at a pub here in Wiesbaden, Germany, where I am stationed with the US Army. The smell is very nice. In my opinion this is the best thing about this beer. Bananna's are evident in both the smell and taste. A distinct flavor of spices helps keep this beer's plavor from getting boring. Very easy to drink, however this beer tends to fill me up very fast. I buy about a 24 pack a month of this beer and I am very happy with it. This is my after-dinner-beer. One or two pints and I am too full to have anymore. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse has a cloudy light orange appearance with a good head that lasts a long time and consistent light carbonation. The smell is mostly of yeast with perhaps a hint of citrus - not good. It has that wheaty tang and fades into a nice aftertaste of mild hops. This beer feels great in the mouth and is super drinkable: my bottle disappeared like magic!

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Photo of Darkhorse09
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Skim milky lemon/diluted orange juice color. Despite my descriptive diction, it is a good looking wheat beer. Big, cloud-like head on the pour, but is gone quite rapidly. Not even a thin layer as I start to drink. Minimal lacing.

I enjoy the nose on this beer. Great example of what a wheat beer is going for. Yeasty wheat and lots of cloves. Maybe even a little safron? Unlike some other examples, not really any banana aroma.

Banana comes out in the taste, with the clove taking a backseat. Great wheat flavor from this cloudy brew. Not too sweet, and in fact, quite a dry finish. Not as refreshing as I would've hoped, however.

Perhaps it is just this bottle, but I thought there was way too much carbonation. I like a little tongue prick here and there, but it really dominated the mouth. Lost points on drinkablity here. Otherwise, the palate makes it a wonderful drinking beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best hefe's I've ever had. Brilliant yellow haze and cloud in the pour. Aroma gives a vibrant plume of golden wheat, maybe honey.

Taste, there's a lot of flavor packed into this hefe. Impressive. More of the honey/wheat notes, some kind of hop I'm not accustomed to. It works.

Mouthfeel, again, not to be redundant, but it just feels like a thick, packed hefe. Not thin. Drinkable, but a little pricey, but not compared to the subpar hefe's that gouge you.

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Photo of mentor
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger head, the color of simmering caramel. Light brown tinted with a little bit of black The liquid is cloudy dark rust mud. Smells clove, sweet, honey, corainder. Lacking in banana. Tastes sweet strong clovey and some wheat. The sweet fades under pressure of the clove and the finish is dry. I can't tell about hop bitter, as the clove is dominating my pallete. For me, and enjoyable, but standard Hefe.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a pilsner glass

A - pours a hazy dark yellow with lots of sediment. An aggressive pour leads to minimal head

S - not much here, hints of banana and clove, but really not much aroma. Maybe more will come out as it warms....

T - kind of light on the taste, sweet, malt, banana, wheat, what is there is nice, but again, maybe more will come out when it warms a bit.

M - smooth, no hint of alcohol, "crisp"

O - not bad, i just wish there was more here. Maybe I've become accustomed to the "doubles" and "imperials" i've been drinking lately, but I'm trying to keep the style in perspective. Nothing bad to say, I was just thinking there would be stronger attributes to this one.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz, the new design is apparently a green bottle with the name "Weissbier." Poured really cloudy, bright yellow/orange color. Quite a bit of yeast at the bottom. Flavors were fairly typical wheat beer, a bit more bigger/intense than, say, a Widmer, but at the same time not as fresh and bright. Came across a little stale at times.

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Photo of tconboy
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another decent product from Franziskaner. This is sort of a typical hefe, a nice orange wheat creamy bubbly brew that's nice, especially fresh. The light fruity balance and complexity really make this a nice brew, and of course they are found absolutely everywhere in Munich. When there, I prefer to look for something different, but if nothing else is available, this isn't bad at all.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Very nice looking beer retained a good head and looked great in the glass.

Smell was amazing. Lots of bananas and some spicy notes. Very nice.

Taste was average. Not really my favorite although I'm not usually a huge fan of this style.

Mouthfeel was good but not really very drinkable to me. I certainly wouldn't have more than 1.

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Photo of KazikliBey
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bit of citrus and grainy flavors as well as a spice I can't quite put my finger on possibly cumin. Difficult to say since the beers flavor is very mild.

Never heard of this one until yesterday when I saw it on the shelves in a neighboring state and bought a couple six packs. It's still cold here so this is speculation but I expect it to be a great hot weather brew. The rationale being although certainly unique it's similar to other domestic wheat beers which certainly are great summer time drinks.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark yellow with a good-sized, dense white head that lasts til the end.

Scent of cloves and light banana.

Tastes similar to it smelled but too much wheat for my liking.

Very smooth and good carbonation. Very high carbonation but its level is fitting.

Not a huge fan of the style or the strong wheat flavor of this one, so in my opinion this isn't the most drinkable beer.

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Photo of bonemuse07
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at trivia night at Mullen's in Wheaton, IL.
Day #3 of a "A Beer a Day' summer.

A: Hard to tell in the dingy dark of the bar. Orangeish/yellow. Not too clear. Medium thickness with no head and very little lacing

S: Try as I might, I couldn't really smell anything from this beer. Either it was too neutral or the rest of the bar was interfering-- nothing seemed to fight its way into my nose.

T: Banana, citrus, yeast, ester. Classic hefeweizen taste to me. Not much aftertaste to me.

M: Clean, crisp, very carbonated, but at the same time, a little watery. Expecting more taste throughout the beer.

Overall, I wonder how long it had been since someone last ordered this beer at this establishment, because I remember ole Franzi having a bit more body to it. Still an eminently drinkable beer... just wanted a bit more.

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Muddy golden colour. Huge white foam, small bubbles which dissapear quickly.

S: Little yeasty. Smells like a wheatdough. Little bit of lime, coriander and banana sweets. Not as much as other weizenbeers I've tested,

T: Refreshing, more of the coriander and banana sweets. Aftertaste is bitter lime.

O: A good hefe-weizen but have both tried better and worse.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a huge fluffy white head that lasted till the last pull. The color was a light cloudy gold. The smell was yeasty with a slight hop smell. The tatse was also yeasty with a very refershing lightness to the body. I really enjoyed this brew and will be buying more of them in the future.

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Photo of avylover
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The guy on the bottle looks like he's enjoying this hefe, so hopefully I will too. It pours a typical Hefe appearance. Straw yellow & cloudy with some orange highlights. There is a big frothy white head, but it did'nt last long. Aroma is full of yummy grains. There are also some fruity esters coming through, though nothing really jumping out. tAste is very mild and clean, almost bland compared to some other hefes i've had. There is a grainy cereal taste up front, followed by some slight tropical fruitiness. All this is very mild, making this one quaffable brew. There is virtually no aftertaste, and watery mouthfeel followed a slightly stickyness. This is just your average german hefe. A good representative of the style, but I prefer something with a bit more flavor

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is weird stuff. Interesting, but weird.

Huge white head piles up and slowly, slowly dies down over a murky, yellowy orange. It smells sweet, and when you lean in you get a funky yeasty smell, with a bit of fermenting straw thrown in. It's light-bodied, fine fizziness has a distinct banana flavor livened with lemon, a long lingering lemon that dies down to a prickle and dares you to see what it can do to you next.

It took me a while to drink it; this is too weird for me.

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Photo of spoons
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a cloudy light orange. A good head as a hefe should have. Nice lacing.

Smells of bananas but its a little harsh for some reason. some alcohol.

Tastes sweet and spicy, yeasty. Not so creamy as I was kind of expecting, maybe thats a problem. Taste a little watery and the carbonation is a little prickly on the tonge. OK, but not great.

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Photo of vancurly
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at he Bavarian Beer Cafe in York Street Sydney.
Cloudy pale orange, dense white head that leaves misty white tidal rings on the way down.
Nose is restrained, maybe due to serving temperature.
Flavour of banana & clove, wheat, with the slightest hint of raspberry.
Aftertaste of lemon sherbet. Touch sour, no bitterness. Very drinkable & refreshing.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hefe- is quick becoming my beer of choice along with IPAs Franziskaner poured an almost peach color and only if you squinted could you see that it was a very cloudy yellow. The white head was very rocky with many fine bubbles, but once some of the yeast was added it fortified it and made it more creamy and thick. Smell was only average. The aromas were all compteting with eachother which made it very difficult to simgle in on any prevalent flavor. What I could detect was a fair bit of biscuity malts and perhaps a touch of sour lemon. The taste was thin and refreshing as all good hefes are, but the malts were too astringent. And it had an unpleasant bitter aftertaste which morphed into a cleaner taste. This beer was also too carbonated for me. Fair hefe- and probably better fresh.

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Photo of changeup45
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color topped with a thick off-white head. Some pretty good lacing on my glass too. Fruity, banana, vanilla flavors with a touch of spices in there. Mouthfeel is kind of thin though. Pretty much what I had expected. Light-bodied and refreshing.

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Photo of jubnat
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey-orange color. Bright white head that lasts in sheets on the side of the glass. This has a strange smell. I can smell the yeast and clove, but also this sort of smells like some kind of lager. Slightly off-putting. It's also slightly present in the taste. But otherwise, it tastes fairly good. Good banana and clove flavors. Not my favorite hefe weizen, but good nonetheless.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.