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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Photo of Duster72
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color, very cloudy, lots of foam.
Grainy aroma with some spice and fruit.
Fruity taste with nice malt. Hints of banana, clove, and citrus.
Mouthfeel was a little heavy for me.
Good, but not my favorite of the genre. Not my top pick for the style.

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Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slightly hazy orangish yellow with a light white head.

Smell is a nice mixture of yeast, sweet oranges, and lemons with a hint of cloves.

This beer is full of crisp lemon, orange peel, clove, and a hint of pepper with a nice backbone of wheat and a decent bit of crisp hops.

Mouthfeel is very light and slightly dry.

Overall an easy drink and tasty hefe. Great beer for summer.

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Photo of Regenpak
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss brought this beer from Germany in a 24-crate. Poured as per instructions on the 50 cl bottle (first 3/4, then swirl the bottle, then pour the last) into a tall Weizenbier glass I got 3 cm of fine bubbly foam that slowly disappeared. The Hefe in the almost orange beer caused a thick cloudiness. The smell was wonderfully fresh, sweets and the everpresent banana. The taste lacked some, having a kind of chemical tang to it. The rather heavy carbonation made it more pleasant. Still, for me this is one of the better Weizenbiere. Be sure to serve cold.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have this all the time at "The Distillery", a bar not far from my place.

Pours an almost headless murky yellow-orange color. Very little carbonation. The smell is mostly of yeast with citrus zest filling the rest of the nose. The taste is smooth, mellow, and rich with what seems to be a belgian yeast. Very strange to have such a predominantly Belgian affect to me. The citrus adds a bit of a crispness to the overall one-dimensional flavor. It tastes good, goes down easy on a hot day, and isn't tpo expensive. Good for summer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kept hearing about this brew, so I thought I'd pick up a sixer and see how it is for me.

Murky yellow, clean looking body topped by a foamed up, huge huge. It chunked a bit, then settled right down. Little lacing as the beer is consumed.

Light spicy aroma, some light biscuit as well. I don't get much banana or other soft fruit. This one seems more clovish.
Taste follows. It's pleasant and has a good balance of wheat spiciness and malt sweets. Perhaps could use a bit more zest, but I'm glad it's not all that sweet. Just my taste preference.
Good drinking. The green bottle scared me a bit, but I think it was kept out of light for the most part.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date.

A: a pretty hazy straw yellow body. head is bright white and frothy. retention is great.

S: orange juice and a little bit of vanilla. sweet sugars. kind of smells like a creamsicle.

T: very sweet. orange juice. not that estery, definitely more on the wheat flavored side. chewy, very chewy. a slightly peppery finish as well as even more wheat.

M: a very smooth, subtle effervescence for carb. light/medium bodied.

D: a good, easy drinking hefe, but not my favorite example of the style. just wish there was more hefe yeast esters.

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Photo of plaid75
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orangy straw hue with a four finger white pillowy head. There was excellent retention and good lacing. Considerable dark sediment falls to the bottom of the glass.

The smell was mostly yeasty, with a MILD banana and clove aroma.

The taste was a very wheaty and yeasty experience. Mildly spicy. Weak apricot presence.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Overall, a good hefe. Certainly not the most interesting example out there.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dull and slightly foggy, but it's a wheat beer. Crazy head retention

Smells like whipped cream. Lots of banana. So sweet, it's creepy.

The taste is unique, but isn't very 'beer' ish. Yeah. I know it's a legit beer company, but this beer is weird. The finish is a bit like a bud light. Oh well.

The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit like a liquid pudding. Lots of fizz.

Overall, it's interesting, but I wouldn't recommend it. bottle

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Photo of Ellbert
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful yellow/gold color with a humungous white head. The head takes a a while to subside as it bellows over the edge of the glass. This is crystal clear until the yeast is poured in then it is very cloudy and more yellow.

Smell: Full of spices and sweet notes. Not sure exactly what I am smelling here but I think there is a bit of banana.

Taste: Taste is flavorful. Spicy yet very sweet. I did taste some banana in the first quarter of the brew but that seemed to fade as I got to the bottom. Quite good and refreshing as I got used to it.

Mouthfeel: It lost a lot of carbonation from the huge head. When I got to the bottom there was almost no carbonation at all. However before that the mouthfeel was very good. Nice carbonation and medium body.

Pretty drinkable in my opinion. One of my first steps in the the Wiezen category.

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Photo of MattChaos
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner's Hefeweisse is a pleasant summertime alternative to the IPAs and Pale Ales that have been making a name for themselves in the past few years. It is one of the single lightest craft beers I've had all season. What it lacks in alcohol content, it makes up for in its subtle flavor, and calm palpability. While one wouldn't want to spend an evening drinking a 6-pack of this Hefe, I strongly recommend it as a sort of "after work" or "quick stop" beer. Drinking more than one in the course of an evening is unnecessary, and not even that strongly recommended.

The flavor is quietly fruity. A smooth, nasal taste permeates to a pleasant back-end. The low alcohol content allows the beer's full flavor to ride through, though I am curious as to how this particular Hefe would in fact taste with a slightly higher percent.

I'm aware of several Franziskaner drinkers who prefer to enjoy this beer with an orange slice (as popularized by the pale ale craze 2001-2004). While I can understand the desire to add fruitiness to a light beer, the Hefeweisse is already brewed with such excellent fruit, I can't recommend adding anything more to it. I believe this is a beer to be enjoyed as-is, and while adding fruit may take away the palate sting of, say, BLUE MOON, the Franziskaner needs no added flavoring on the part of the drinker.

Overall: The Franziskaner Hefeweisse is not the greatest beer in the world. But it is chock-full of fruity, summertime flavor, is poured with a rich, thick head, and is an ideal beer to enjoy during those dog-days of July.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a thick layer of soft, cloud-like white head that fades to a thin lacing. The nose offers intense clove spice and a mild banana fruitiness. Wheat and straw dominate the character of the flavor with some clove and yeasty undertones. The mouthfeel is very crisp and heavily carbonated which lightens the body considerably.

Smooth and refreshing, this is a nice, drinkable beer. The high level of carbonation detracts from the flavor. The bubbles exploding on the palate don't allow for the flavors to really come through. Overall, this is a solid Hefe worth trying.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy yellow with a huge nearing a one inch bubble bath off-white head. Groups of bubbles rise to the top in tight formations and in perfect harmony! Tons of spices, freshly squeezed lemons and day old bananas on the nose. Sweet malts and a crisp lemon peel blast are noted on the initial sips. Cloves and hefe-ish spices are noted in the body. Just a touch of black pepper is left on the palate. Clean and enjoyable; between middle of the road and top shelf...decent enough.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a large white head.
The expected banana and wheaty bread instantly recognisable in the aroma, along with oatmeal and just the slightest hint of cloves.
Flavours include white bread, subtle banana and hints of cinnamon.
Body seems slightly watery, but carbonation is good.

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Photo of pandashaver
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrus, yeasty, bread, orange, banana, cream and butter Appearance: frothy white foam 2 finger head with excellent lacing; golden, cloudy orange throughout Flavor: medium sweetness Palate:light body, thin feel, average carbonation, pronounced yeast finish Overall, this is a solid, refreshing beer that I would I be happy drinking on most any occasion. Had it several times, and it must be poured correctly with full head for proper enjoyment or the experience is severely hindered.

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Photo of Brunite
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A large frothy white head. A cloudy pale yellow/orange. Yeast settled pretty well in bottle.

Smell: Tart citrus along with the standard banana and clove spiciness. Moderately fragrant.

Taste: Very clean taste. More emphasis on the lemony citrus than most other hefeweizens I have had. Yes...there is some banana....and some faint residual sweetness (which is what I look for)...but the citrus seems to dominate. Some dry husky grain for good measure.

Mouthfeel: On the light side. Slightly creamy. Finishesdry due to the tartness.

Drinkability: Easy drinking here. Not as complex as I would like...and again....too much lemon. I have other weizens that I like better so this was likely my only visit. Good beer but there are better in the same price range.

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big carbonation pop as the cap comes off..pours a frothy ol head at first that settles down to nearly nothing rather quickly...a cloudy light orange in color...nose is unremarkable...light...musty..leathery...taste is OK...a sweet wheat maltiness....and a yeasty mustiness....not my type of hefe but still rather tasty..this actually tastes liked a Belgian style beer to me......the body is medium...not as charged up as I expected at first but solid in this for drinkability I'd say it's a little above average...not a beer I would seek out as a Hefe, but it is pretty tasty in its own way...I'd try it again, but after drinking it side-by-side with Paulaner hefe there is no comparison....The Paulaner is hands down better...

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color, nice one finger head that leaves zero lacing. Very cloudy in appearance. Looks very appetizing.
Reeks of banana and citrus, wheat and some lemon are detectable.
Taste is outrageous bananas, with a back up of wheat and a slightly earthy flavor lurking in the background.
Very light beer, great carbonation that lasts quite awhile.
Good drinkability on this brew, tasting above average and the moderate alcohol make it a wonderful session beer for a nice summer day.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murkey golden straw colour. Nose is typical hefe, maybe a little bit lighter than say Ayinger or Schneiders aroma. Taste is nice. Light and refreshing. Clove and banana mesh well. Very refreshing. Smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easily. A decent hefe, however just a tad boring. While I would drink it again I can think of others I would rather have first.

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Photo of phisig137
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, moderately hazy, with a two finger head. Fairly poor retention, and nothing is left behind.

Aroma is fairly heavy on the cloves and spicy yeast, and has just a tad of bubblegum/passion fruit in the back. Nice.

Flavor is a little disappointing. Again, strong clove flavor from the yeast up front, followed by a stale, musty kind of wheat. Finish is dry and lingering, with just a hint of tartness. Well carbonated and light bodied, this is a great beer for being outside in the summer.

Overall, not bad, but there are better out there I think. Perhaps this bottle is a little old, or was mishandled, but this just isn't doing that much for me. I have noticed that this beer does tend to vary quite a bit from bottle to bottle. Perhaps I just got another bad one... that is my kind of luck.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a weizen glass:

A - Murky golden color with a creamy, 3 finger head. Retention is decent and it leaves slight lacing as it recedes.

S - Citrus fruits, clove and yeast. Sweet honey and lemon. Esters abound. Relatively mild.

T - Follows the nose, but flavors are more pronounced. Clove and yeast on the open. Nice wheat foundation rounds the beer out. There's a certain tartness that balances the beer. Well built.

M - Light bodied, well carbonated, smooth and crisp. Suits the flavors nicely.

D - I'd reach for this one again. A good summer beer, and is a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Jordan
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clove and ginger and fruity aromas on the nose, cloudy amber haze in the glass. The clove and ginger combo also come through on the palate. Malty and smooth, finishes dry. A great beer, but a bit too pricey at $9 a six pack.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty little Hefeweizen with a cloudy body and nice white head. Tastes better with food (Bavarian Wurst) than by itself. Filling (heavyish body) and has a noticable effect of its alcohol for the style. Overall, a good buy, but there are better weissbiers out there.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice lightly cloudy yellow with an orange glow. Keeps a nice head through the whole way

S- Yeasty with a small hint of lemon, very mild fruit smell (Cherries?)

T- Cold it has a nice light citrusy yeast that is throat coating and creamy. Becomes more fruity as it warms

M- Thick and frothy contrary to the light thin appearance. Nice bit of carbonation. Best part of this bear is the mouthfeel by far

D- An all around good drinker. i see a few more 6 packs of this sitting in the fridge in my future.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured with a big white head that quickly goe away. a bit soapy in appearance.
first impression of smell was rather earthy..kind of reminded me of a cardboard or paper smell. Not necessarily a bad thing.mixed with yeastiness and some wheat malts.
taste was very true to expected, the bazooka like yeastiness...a bit of "funk" going on here.
solid beer.

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Photo of apratsunrthd
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a dark cloudy yellow with LOTS of foamy light head and nice lacing

S - complex --yeasty and lemony, at the same time dark but refreshing

T - full-bodied, lemony, actually reminds me less of a hefe-weizen and more of a well-brewed light lager (a la Big River's Southern Flier)

M - nice and light, not too fizzy

D - maybe just not my style. It's decent but not great. I'd probably go for another hefe.

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