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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,557 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,557
Hads: 3,654
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 158
Gots: 710 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 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

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

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Photo of apokatastasis
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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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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)

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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.


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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.

Worth a try, but not something I would seek out most likely. There are version I prefer more.

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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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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,557 ratings.