Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #10
Ranked #4,153
4.07 | pDev: 11.79%
Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Notes: Also known as Franziskaner Weissbier and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle courtesy of the homeboy Simon

Tastes Smells Drinks all amazingly. This is a lighter hefe with notes of fruit and a little pepper and clove in the background. Clean delicious barley malt you could just chew on, slight hop presence..

A great lighter offering most people wouldn't complain about, just complex enough to maybe get people interested in beer

Sunday at 08:05 PM
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finished off a sixer (NO date found) obtained fm ???: orangy-yellow slightly cloudy body topped w/a mountain of white foam which eventually settles to a tidy cap; a whiff of citrus & wheat; a taste of the same; smoothly carbonated; a good example of what I have to admit is NOT my favorite style.

Jul 23, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle:

Pours a orange-ish gold color. Foamy head is eggshell white and starts about 2 fingers. Great retention and lacing. Hard to ask for a better looking beer.

Aroma is mainly wheat and yeast. Some spices and sweetness present but I cannot tell what on aroma alone.

Taste follows the nose. Yeast and malt up front with clove and coriander plus some banana in the middle. Finish starts with a burst of malt but then is balanced and medium length.

Feel is very smooth. Carbonation is on the high side, but the body is pretty close to as medium as I could imagine. Very refreshing. Good by itself or with a meal.

Overall - although I tend to prefer the German lagers and darker beers, I am very pleased with this one. It’s different and will fit well in my rotation.

Jul 11, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight GOLD with 2 knuckle frothy, rocky head. Long-lasting retention.

Banana, clove, double-bubble-bubblegum. Wheat bread, got some of them yeast esters coming through.

Medium-full body, clean, smooth and frothy, refreshing for a sweet wheat beer

This thing will give you a trip(metaphysically). Not a weihenstephaner hefeweiss (that’s another chapter in beerdom) but oh yea, this is an OG

Jun 20, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose it's nice with a citrus/banana aroma with hints of coriander/cloves and maybe a touch of floral. The taste is a very well rounded wheat-y beer with a nice carbonation and a sweeter finish with a touch of bananas and cloves.

Overall this is a very nice, well rounded, albeit a bit on the lighter side, and super drinkable beer.

May 14, 2020
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timon from California

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

UNDERRATED BEER ALERT! This beer is something I could drink all day without getting bored. The look in the glass is very nice, lots of off-white foam with a dark golden hazy color to the beer underneath. Smells like apricot/pear whisky but tastes more of banana/clove/bread with a hint of apricot/pear whisky. I really don't understand the rating here. All I can think is due to being imported and a low seller in many countries it's just not fresh when people buy it.

May 07, 2020
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jonmikel from Spain

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0,5 l bottle bought at the Supermarket in Spain to a Hefe Weizen glass.
Usual look from a Hefe Weizen: orange opaque colour with decent foam head at the top.
Smell is very good, to banana and corn. The expected smell of a Hefe Weizen.
For me, Hefe Weizen is a style in which every beer is very similar.
When you flavour it in the mouth has a little bit of sparkling sensation.
I think it is very nice.

May 01, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite draft beers. It does not taste as good from the bottle, imo. As a draft beer it has a great refreshing taste and is very smooth. It is my go-to beer when I don't want to try something heavy or high ABV.

Apr 10, 2020
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James94 from England

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy, dark yellow, good lacing, one-finger head
S: Wheat, sugar, lemon, rich banana, some alcohol
T: Wheat, banana, biscuit, sugar
F: Somewhat watery, alcohol quite well-hidden

O: 4

Mar 06, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a 1 inch thick, creamy, white head. Cloudy. Heavy lacing.

Aroma of cloves, banana, vanilla, coriander.

Tastes of wheat, banana, cloves, a bit of vanilla. Spicy.

Light to medium bodied, heavy carbonation. Creamy, semi-dry, slightly bitter finish.

A good wheat beer. The Germans know how to do it.

Dec 18, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the standard which all Weissbier's should be compared to .

20 years ago, when I was drinking Bud Lights and Corona's, this was my favorite beer. Now that my palate has matured I came back for another taste. It still holds up!
Pours beautiful golden with amazing head.
Smells of banana aroma.
Taste is classic Weissbier.
A great beer overall!

Dec 02, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

GREAT beer for cold seasons. Good beer for warm seasons. Got it on tap, 18 OZ Weissbier glass. For whitbier drinkers, a great option.
Mild hops
Sweet finish
Smooth character!
Always a good pour.

Dec 01, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a pale, clear orange, color with a mild white head. SRM of 8 (3.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of orange citrus, banana, and clove. Lots of banana bread with nice citrus notes. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with some mild orange citrus upfront. Then a strong breadiness balanced with great carbonation in the middle. Finishes with a mild banana sweetness. Enough yeast to dry out the banana. Finishes relatively dry and clean. (4.00)

Feel: Medium to light bodied. Excellent carbonation. Carbonation is drying on the palate to make it feel crisp and clean. No detectable alcohol. (4.25)

Compared w/ Hacker-Pschorr: It has a similar color. More pungent citrus and banana aromas. Stronger flavors. More bread spice. More complex all-around. A better better here.

Overall: An excellent and delicious representation of the style. It's lighter and clean, yet enough flavor driving through. Incredibly well-rounded and drinkable. Impressively dry and not to thick or sweet. This is one of the better and rounded Hefeweizens. (Final Rating: 4.13)

Nov 01, 2019
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hottenot from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really exceptional Weissbier.
Wheat thins.
Takes me back to Germany 1977.
I know, time flies, but I'll never forget the flavors I encountered in German bier.
I used to hang out a place called Im Fass. A really low key non-GI type of place.
Anyway this beer reminds me of the weiss beers I had there with a lemon slice floating on top.

Sep 28, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Aldis for 0.89 euro for a 500ml can. Cool can Franziskaner Weissbier. Naturtrub. Popping the top I get a delicious fruity banana waft. Pours to a cloudy bright orange yellow with a bright white head. Taste is zesty, fruity and malty up front. Lots of banana and zest. Finish is mostly clean and asking for more. For the price point how do you beat this?

Sep 20, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Really insane beer.. Specially in the summer is all you want.. Before drink it i was pretty sure about how good can be this beer but the result exceed my expectetions..
First of all the beer has insane carboration and remind you some energy drink or some refreshment.. Second the beer is very easy drinkable and has really great taste.. Is more light against "Paulaner hefe" and "Erdinger hefe" and has more water inside.. But also has more banana and some weird slightly bitter awesome aftertaste..
Overall i feel this beer is my cup of tea.. Can make your day better and that is very important.. Perhaps the best "Weissbier - Hefeweizen" beer i have taste..

Sep 14, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Date code for bottling is 'L107916',
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Thin finger of white head, which settles back to small islands and ring. Leaves behind a few tiny spots of lacing.
Aroma of malt, banana, and cloves. Has a minor citrus note.
Taste is bready malt, yeast esters of banana and cloves, with a lemon citrus addition.
Medium body feel, with very good carbonation. Dry finish.
Easily quaffable wheat beer, with to style yeast esters. Slightly sour lemon note is unexpected, but adds to the picture.

Sep 12, 2019
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jazzandrea from Italy

3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier si presenta di colore giallo, naturalmente torbida ma non troppo, ed è ricoperta da una robusta corona di schiuma, persistente, di grana media.
Aroma di banana, limone, frutti tropicali (ananas e mango, ma anche molto agrumati), poco persistente.
Il gusto è molto leggero rispetto all'aroma; si percepisce malto, banana, lieviti; il retrogusto è leggermente acidulo.
Si tratta di una birra frizzante, dal corpo leggero, un po' troppo acquosa e poco pastosa per una birra weiss.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier is characterized by a yellow colour, naturally cloudy (but not excessively), with a really strong head of foam, persistent, of a medium grain.
Aroma of banana, lemon, tropical fruits (pineapple and mango, but also a lot of citrus); however it is not so persistent.
Taste is so light compared to the aroma; malt, banana and yeast are identified; aftertaste is slightly sour.
It is a sparkling beer, with light body, too much watery and not so creamy for a weiss beer.

Sep 08, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy light amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had wheat hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a wheat flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A good Hefeweizen

Aug 30, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at a local tapas bar. Poured into a snifter. Murky dark yellow with good head and great lacing.

Good Hefeweizen smell and taste. The taste was lacking a bit in the spice and the feel was a bit off but overall it was a nice beer and went well with the food.

Aug 24, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely solid, bright white head to this beer, with an apricot amber color on the body. This is how the hefeweizen of dreams smells: yeasty, sour, malted. The flavor is solidly toasty, with a bit of banana candy and clove (and maybe a tiny bit of cinnamon?) mellowing out all the yeasty flavors. Supremely balanced hefe with a supple, light mouthfeel and pleasant warmth left behind.

Aug 16, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Colour is a dark apricot, smell is faintly of a sour (to me). Taste has some banana on it, but not offensive, tastes almost like a fall cider in some regards. Delicious and will be even better when the cooler weather hits.

Aug 05, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single bottle into a tall-tap glass

Pours a beautiful amber-gold that would be crystal clear but for some spectacular carbonation that provides a curtain of bubbles, and an excellent classic head that retains well and gives way to nice lacing.

The aromas are clean and crisp. Classic banana and clove meld with bready yeast and grain.

The flavors are simple, but classic, if not perfectly represenative for the style. Fruity banana, spicy clove and zesty yeast greet the tip of the tongue and mid-palate. The mid-quaff is also met with a bit of citrus and floral flavor. Cinnamon and some peppery notes arrive at the finish.

The brew is medium-light, with exceptional carbonation. This lends an excellent light crisp finish. Even so, the brew is remarkably smooth.

You may find a brew of this style that you like better, but this is a true, classic representation of the style. If someone said, "pour me what you think a Hefe tastes like," this might be it.

Aug 03, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours translucent/opaque yellow with a white head. Extremely clean and crisp beer, making it very drinkable. Lemon flavor/scent at the very end, which is pleasant. This was divisive for the three of us -- some found it to be a generic, uninteresting example of the style; while others found it to be a delicious, balanced hefe.

Jun 30, 2019
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a muddy dark yellow color with almost 2 inches of fluffy, white head that had very good retention and no lacing.

The aroma led off with the strong banana and clove scents expected from the style, with nice earthy grain in the background. Very similar on the tongue, light grains supporting the tasty yeast flavors.

The body was light, crisp, smooth, and refreshing, with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was, as expected, excellent. Overall, an upper-level example of the style.

Jun 14, 2019
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