Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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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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Reviews: 1,601 | Ratings: 3,909
Photo of hohnx012
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was actually fortunate enough to stumble across this brewery while traveling through Germany, and this was one of the best experiences I've had while traveling abroad. The brewery I visited was in Berchtesgaden (home of Hitler's famous Eagle's nest), and I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere, not to mention the delicious beer. Being young at the time, only 20, I was unfamiliar with Franziskaner when I ordered it (I basically just pointed to the tap), but was pleasantly surprised by its full aroma and exceptional taste. To this day, this is still one of my favorite beers, and I'm so glad its available here in the U.S. Kind of a lucky find...but I'm so glad I did!

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle with no dating system into my Tucher weizen glass. It was hazy golden yellow color almost cider like with some small bits of yeast floating around. It had a massive head that took forever to fall down and even then it had constant 1/2" foam. The aroma was exceptional, perfect, incredible....I love nothing more than the smell of a great hefe. This had had the standard overripe bananas, cloves, a hint of bubblegum but nailed it. Some hefes smell great in certain areas but this one hits it right on all accounts. The taste is just like the aroma - perfect. It hits you with the great taste from the taste and doesn't let up as it finishes perfectly. I may be biased as this is my favorite style but this is truly a 5 if there ever was one. This along with Ur-Weisse and Paulaner are my preferred session beers. Mouthfeel was also exceptional with a great creamy feel and just the right amount of carb. Obviously, I highly recommend this one. (5, HR-HOF, T, Y)

Original review from 11/10/04 below:
12oz green bottle. Poured a pale straw with lots of foam and good carbonation. The smell was heavenly - you can't beat the smell of a good hefe. The color and smell scream classic hefe and the taste followed. Quite simply one of the best beers out there. This has a regular spot in my beer rotation and never fails to disappoint. PR 5.0

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

THis is a great wiesse beer. The price point is chepaer then the other wheat beers in my area. A six pack was around 8 dollars at trader joes.

Apperance: A yellow and dark gold with thick head

Smell: Banana and Clove and somehint of buublegum.

Taste: It is very smooth. I tastedf banana and some of clove and spice. Awesome taste! You need to try

Mooutfulness: Creamy with no stinking to your mouth and simply refreshing.

Overall: I can buy six pack easy in my area for reasonable price of under 8 dollars six pack compare to single beer price of 2.50 of other German Hefeweizen. Also , the taste is world class and most refreshing beer I have ever drank.

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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 2LBrew
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite hefeweizen and my favorite beer all time. I get it where ever it is available and I am really looking forward to having it when I go to Oktoberfest 2012. The appearance is a dark straw amber color. The smell is very banana/ bread like. The taste is a orgasm in my mouth. The mouth feel makes me want to have another. Overall my favorite beer of all time.

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Photo of CodeBlack7
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily my favorite beer of all time. Look is standard cloudy with a good, long-lasting head. Carbonation is evident. Smells and tastes like banana and clove, as well as typical bread flavor from a Weizen. The feel is smooth, refreshing, but not too watery, and with plenty of carbonation as could be seen before. Overall, quality beer, definitely worth giving a shot if you see it.

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

My wife and I held a private beer tasting of 13 german weiss beers and this one was the best. We loved everything about it. The best beer I ever had.It has a beautiful wheat color,nice and hazy and rich.It has a wonderfull mouthfeel,creamy I'd say and a nice aroma of banana ,clove and not hoppy or sour but has a nice lemon undertone. Served in the proper weiss glass ,this bier is a sight to behold.Not easy to find but not impossible either.I found it in new England area with a little digging.

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Photo of wfrank002
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Just simply the best. I can drink this all day and every day and night. It has a great taste and smell. Can be drank during any season. Try this beer because it's the nector of the gods. Just thinking about it makes me want one of theose bad is that goood

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

The Franziskaner Hefeweizen is the must have Weizenbier. This beer is the alpha and the omega of wheat beers, it's brewing culture dates back to the 14th century and it is one of the oldest in Bavaria. Any Bavarian would agree that Franziskaner is the complete wheat beer based on look, smell and taste of course.

If you don't like it then you don't like Weizenbier. But it is hard not to. In the world of beers, it is a pleasant difference to any Pils or Lager beer or other party beers. This is the beer of men, the taste of yeast makes it recognizable from any other beer. After the first sip, you will know that you are drinking something special.

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

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a very cloudy body. Everything about this beer is top notch, from it's appearance, to the smell, to the taste, and the finish. Ranks right up there with Hacker as one of the best wheats I've ever had. Spot on, perfect. Make sure you get the yeast sediment out of the bottom of the bottle (do the "swirl").

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy sunset orange. Swirled the bottle to get the yeast in. Great head. Looks delicious.

Smell: Intoxicating. The smell reminds me of summer. Clove and banana. Nice bready undertone from the high level of wheat malt.

Taste: Dead on with the smell. Great banana and clove phenols. Good spiciness and bolder than most Weiss beers I've tried. Sweetness, but not cloyingly so. A bit of Carmel on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy and smooth. Drinkability at 5% is off the charts.

Overall: A perfect Hefeweizen. My go to and always a staple in my fridge. Well done, high quality and perfect price point. Can't beat that combination.

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

Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss
Head :Thick and bubbly almost too much ,taste of orange and cloves jump right out at you.
Body :Cloudy and thick almost brown in color.
Taste :A smokey butt refreshing taste lingers on your palet.
Aftertaste :Wheat kind of bred like. "who needs FOOD"!

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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 Amador
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Visual: Golden straw yellow and cloudy, not clear.
Aroma : Smells very malty, sweet, and banana scent present.
Taste: Has a nice sweet taste to it and it's not really bitter. Not too hoppy and has a banana taste.
Mouth feel: It has a nice lace to it, and it has a medium thickness. It's very carbonated so you fell the carbonation in your taste buds.

Overall: The beer is very refreshing and it is perfect with greasy food. It has a very nice smell and great taste. So far this has been the best Hef that I've tasted.

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

Love this beer. It's tastes like cloves and has perfect carbonation. So smooth and taste great. I drank this beer about thirty minutes ago and still have a slight clove taste in my mouth. Hummm. Color was perfect and made a nice foamy top when I poured it. This was my first time to try this beer and its my new favorite

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

I would say that is the number one beer in the world. The taste is perfect, the smell is perfect...

You can buy this beer in the US too. I am pretty sure.. it is a global-player. Drink it cold! I got one in Beverly Hills (Bar Nineteen 12). It is a dream!

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

This is MY BEER of choice. I don't know what else to say about this beer, except, go try it. THE BEST! I use this Hefe to compare all other Hefes.

Pours a cloudy yellow. Large foamy white head that stays up like it was on Viagra.

Smelled of yeast, malt, wheat, BANANA.

Taste like the nose with extra emphasis on banana and fresh bread. Very thirst quenching and satisfying.

Mouthfeel --- like butter that coats your mouth. Creamy.


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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 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 TimInPA
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden deep yellow. Good thick foamy head that dissapates in about 3 minutes

S: Beautiful smell of banana and hint of clove.

T: Tasty hint of banana and deeper taste of clove and spice. Fantastic!

M: Carbonated goodness with a great change in taste between the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.

D: I could dink a few of these as it is the best Hefe-Weisse I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of wattoclone
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptionally well balanced hefeweizen with aroma of ripe bananas and a hint of clove. Drinks exceptionally smooth with yeasty rich sweet banana and hint of clove. Much better on draft but decent in the 16.9 ounce bottle. The 12 ounce bottles are not as good, and often even bad. The kegs I have purchased state "MUST KEEP REFRIGERATED" which implies it is not pasteurized. The dunkelweizen kegs do not have this statement.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Green bottle cracked open and poured into hefeweizen glass.

Appearance= Cloudy yellow with good head that froths about for a good while. decent lacing.

Aroma= Some banana, citrus and wheat produced by the yeast.

Taste= Same as above with some malt backbone. but very little. Hops are extract only, so you won't taste any here.


Overall, a great beer for the style and an excellent choice for those or when any beer drinker wants a lighter style and to have more than a few.

Great stuff from Germany, as always.

I wish they would do away with the green bottles,though.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God i love this beer! This is the one that got me into craft beer. I can always fall back on it and just fall into its greatness. I think its quite better in the bottle too.

Pours out a beautiful cloudy yellow with a great lively creamy white head. Lots of bubbles present spewing their way to the top.

Smell is like a religious experience for me. Brings me back to such great memories. Lots of bananas and cloves. Some citrus too.

Taste: heavenly.still the bananas and cloves come through. such a good balance of the hops and malts. nutmeg and holiday spices come through. I love this hefe in the winter.

Mouthfeel: creamy on the tongue, the carbonation is very present int the mouth which gives it a nice spicyness to it with the flavor.

Overall i say this beer is awesome. I could enjoy one or five in a night. I will never get tired of this beer. A lot of people say this style is a gateway to good beer, and i think this is a prime example of why. Hell it got me.

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Photo of evilbunnee
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite hefe. Excellent color, a cloudy golden with a small head that stays till the last sip. Clove scents, followed by a bready scent and flavor that goes nicely with the wheat/yeast combo. If you like hefeweissens, you will absolutely love this beer. Go back to the original!

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Photo of ggroller
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pt.9oz. bottle with a gold foil top.

The smell of this beer gets me every time. Bannanas, peaches, pears. The appearance is a beautifully cloudy rusty gold color. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise to the bottem of the fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing too. Wonderfully light carbonation. Bready, bannana pancake, taste with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Ah, summer is just around the corner. This beer puts a smile on my face. Like seeing an old friend after a long time apart.

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