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 SixpointJMH
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

always relatively cheap and always a solid product, you can't really go wrong with franziskaner's hefeweisse. it pours a nice cloudy golden colour with pillars of bubbles rising to the big fluffy white head that sits atop the glass. the smell is very nice and very much in line with what you'd expect from a solid hefe: sweet citrus fruit, a bit of spice and wheat are all prevelent and seemingly well balanced thusfar. the flavour is good, but not great. it just misses the '4' range in that its a thinner version of the smell. while bold yet standard scents were detected, the flavour is less aggressive while remaining very basic for the style. good nontheless though. i'd have cranked up the carbonation a tad for this hefeweisse. it lacked a bit of the bite that i come to expect from the style. drinkability is of course good. this is, as mentioned above, a nice fall back beer. it's fairly easy to find just about anywhere and is a very good representation of the style. i'd make it a bit bolder in certain areas to move it into 'highly recommended' status, but still recommended just the same.

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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 oxmasterscream
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a phenomenal beer that I've overlooked due to my limited of knowledge in the Hefeweizen department. Thanks to an employee at The Foodery in Philly, I've been enlightened.

It poured a beautiful, hazy golden color with a mighty, thick four-finger head. It smelled very fruity, with some cloves, fermented wheat and a slight hoppy happening - typical of this style. It tasted downright amazing. It was extremely fruity (bananas, sour apples), had flavors of cloves and fermented wheat. It left a nice sour and tangy aftertaste. It was dominated by sweet, tangy flavors with almost no bitterness. As for mouthfeel, it was very carbonated yet extremely smooth and creamy. I've had other Hefeweizens but they've all been forgotten as of this review. This stuff is amazing.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. green bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, creamy pale-yellow with a lively orange hue. Chunky white head is present, which provides a nice creaminess and lacing.

Aroma: Elements of banana and clove, coupled with a musty, yeasty hefeweizen smell.

Taste: Crisp upfront, yet creamy. Carbonation is quite vibrant, and the body is medium. There is a zesty, citrusy, lemon-like taste upfront, with some clove-like spiciness. Bananas and cloves combine with some toasted malts. The finish is fairly dry, but yeasty.

Overall: This is one of the greatest hefeweizens around. It's crisp, flavorful and refreshing. Recommended!

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Photo of dave750
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde in color with a tall, thick white head that stays for a good length of time and leaves a spotty lace. It has a fairly moderate aroma of fruity banana and clove.
First taste is of crisp, tart orange citrus that remains present to the finish. Clove, baking spices and grainy, bitter hop flavors emerge at mid-taste and contiue to the end. Yeast joins in as the flavor begins to fade. Medium body with very good carbonation and a good balance tipped toward hops.
A crisp, light, warm weather beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a generous off-white head. Banana and clove notes in the aroma with a healthy malted wheat grain smell. I little sweet in the malt department but dry and clovey in the finish. I know this was a freshly tapped 10L barrel and it doesn't taste all that fresh. I'd like to try this beer fresh from the brewery. This is a hefeweizen you can bastardize with a lemon.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a good hefe. pours a cloudy golden color with a 2" head. smell is wheaty with a hint of clove and banana. taste is a great mixture of grains, banana, cloves, lemon. lemon because i squeezed wedge in beforehand that really compliments the flavor. mouthfeel is slightly course but drinkabilty is great. awesome in the sun of your favorite patio bar.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light blonde color with a kicking soapy white head about 2 inches high, which doesn't want to recede, but finally does so with a decent lace.

Smell: Aromas of lemon, citrus fruits, spice, clove, and a bit of banana make this quite the good smellin beer.

Taste: Up front this beer hits with a nice citrus lemon flavor, followed by some smooth clove, and a little spice. A nice wheat and malt combination hit up the middle of this beer showing off what its made for, with a nice buttery flavor as well. Finishes utterly smooth with a nice sweetness, banana and yet a little more clove.

Mouthfeel: This beer just sits on the tongue so nice. Great light body with a smooth crisp carbonation that just plays on the tongue.

Drinkability: Here's the toughest part for me because all wheats just go down so easy. This one, like its many relatives is also the case.

Great beer which brings back my memories of Germany.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange hue with a huge, off-white head. Beauitful aroma of yeast, bananas, light hops, and a touch of caramel. Lightly foamy mouthfeel still maintains a nice creamy character. Palate holds notes of citrusy sweetness, light malt, slightly spicy hops, black pepper, allspice, and yeast. Almost perfect for a summer evening watching baseball.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an all right wheat beer. It was a yellow, cloudy beer with a huge head, as all of their other wheat beers. Quite typical of many wheat beers.

The aroma was of very light hops... a little bit of yeastiness, and hints of bread underneath.

The taste was slightly sweet, and the wheat malt taste was very strong. Hints of yeast and bread. Rather good.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an egg yoke/apricot gold. Slightly hazy. Head is pure white, rocky and quite thick with very good (3-4 minute) retention. Lacing throughout and legs. Large, moderately active carbonation.

Smell: Typically and nicely weisse, with a strong grainy wheat backbone, spice/clove notes and (big surprise) a sweet overripe banana scent. Mildly citrus (orange zest) as well. Finally, there is some seriously funky yeast--"bus station urinal" comes to mind.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow, even for a wheat beer, the mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery. The carbonation is also a bit too sharp. That's the bad news. The good news is the flavor, which is oddly powerful given the sweaty handshake of a texture. Starts lemon sour, but midrange a solid spiced wheat arrives. The finish more or less vaporizes into the ether; it's either poor or "clean" depending on your spin. Later, however, you might be surprised to notice a lingering pepperiness and sweet clove flavor--I was.

Drinkability: Since it's almost lighter than water, very.

While the aroma is good and the taste is decent, there's really very little here to get excited about; it's too thin and, IMO, overcarbonated. Decent, but not a star by any means.

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Photo of beerinator
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy dark banana colored. Very ripe banana. Whitish head.

Aroma: Sweet bananas. Spices are solid in the aroma. Clovey. There is citrus hinting through the spices.

Taste: Malty with huge smooth fruity flavors. The bubbling on my tongue is pleasant, there is a nice mouthfeel. The finish is fairly quick with lingering sweetness.

Notes: A good example of the style. A very good beer for introducing the fruit flavors that a hefe can bring to the glass.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one excellent example of the style from one of Germany's oldest and most prestigous breweries. It pours a very hazy honey color with a very large white head and tremendous lacing. The aroma is evocative of fresh baked bread with a hint of citrus and banana. The taste is very much the wheat of a Hefe but has strong elements of citrus and spiciness that may be clove. It's hard to tell. It is medium-bodied with a little grittiness to it. This is one very drinkable beer. I find it hard to resist this beer at any time.

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Photo of silenius
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 500ml bottle with foil wrapped cap.

Beer pours with a vigorous, goregeous rocky head which eventually dwindles to a thin cap across the beer (if you wait a long time). The beer is a light honeyed yellow that allows a glowing light to pass through. Hazy for sure.

Smell is ripe banana, fresh warm bread, sweet bubblegum and cloves. A real winner.

Taste adds a orange citrus bite to the banana and clove elements in the nose that are also present in the taste. The bubble gum shows through in the aftertaste. What a great taste. Banana bread burps.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and actually slightly watery. This is the beer only real flaw in my opinion.

Of course I could drink this one for a long, long time. The mouthfeel gets to be a bit, so I'm rating that aspect only "good."

Wonderful summer beer!

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Photo of cypressbob
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with gold foil

Pours with a cloudy, amber/yellow hue, foaming tall, 2inch head forms in the tall glass

Smell, esters of bananas, fruity, clove also coming through, yeasty aroma

Taste, bananas, bananas, even served cold theres a warming fruitiness, little hint of alcohol, great drinkability

An outstanding hefe, the best so far

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Photo of mobyfann
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for a 500mL bottle

The apperance is almost like an oatmeal stout, kind of lumpy white head and a nice golden lager base, no real signs of lacing. The aroma was extremely pleasant of citrus, mixed spices and a little grainy as well.

The taste is classic German Hefe-Weisse, back from my 16yr old days of Germany it's still the same. A great kick of banana taste and the spice was like a wheat-clove hybrid, very interesting. The mouthfeel is nice and light and the drinkability is the same, an easy-going beer that goes well with dinner.

Final Thought: I saved this for review #20 because it reminds me of the good ol' days in Germany when 16 meant 16, and German pilsners were $.75 a 500mL can or bottle in the stores....

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Photo of heidelbeerg
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great wheat beer. Pours a cloudy golden color with a big white head. The smell is good..clove,banana. The taste is very good..cloves and citrus come out. Very refreshing, easy to drink wheat beer. I had mine without the lemon. Does not need it. I would get this again.

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Photo of stingo
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at home (tapped the keg yesterday). Lighter than expected taste, with no bitterness (you can keep the lemons away). Bright white head with some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Wheat flavor becomes more pronounced (though still one would hesitate to say powerful) as the brew warms up. A hint of dryness toward the back of the palate lends an agreeable tang to the finish. As beers for summer go, this beer would be very hard to top. Enjoy!

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy, peachy orange with a massive head, smells nice and fruity, like a banana split. Taste is suprisingly mellow, a bit of the common clove-banana hefe flavor but remarkably clean and well balanced, a real thirst-quencher. A mild tart lemony finish, please do not spoil this with a lemon, this is good stuff. A bit burpy but still really drinkable beer.

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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 kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big white head head over a cloudy golden colored beer. a beautiful hefe. big clove and banana character in the smell . yeast and sweet spices present. faint citrus aromas as well.
taste: cloves, just shy of ripe, banana flavor, bread, lemon and orange citrus flavors. light caramel tastes become present as it warms. delicate hops.
medium mouthfeel with strong carbonation. goes down really well.
overall an excellent beer especially on a hot day. very refreshing.

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Photo of studentofbeer
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer has a great cloudy honey/marmalade color with a great big fluffy head. The nose had a pretty typical but relatively soft clove aroma with plenty of banana fruitiness.

The body of the beer was light, and the full carbonation and big head made the beer nice and creamy. The taste actually had more breadiness than many other hefes I've tasted. It was interesting, but the strong yeast pang was somewhat muted. The wheat was very light on the tongue, with sweetish banana flavors leaving off after the malt, finally reaching a quick tart finish.

I liked this beer, but I think there are other hefes that are more interesting. You definitely get some of the refreshing wheat and light creamy body but the breadiness removes a lot of the truly quenching tartness and acidity. Perhaps my favorite parts of this beer are its nice rich color and the funny Franciscan monk that graces the label.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a big white head on top of a slightly cloudy golden amber colored beer. Aroma is a fresh spicey scent with a nice hint of banana in the background. The taste starts out with the spiceiness that includes the traditional hint of clove. A gathering sweetness overcomes the spicy to finish with a tasty banana note at the end. I thoroughly enjoy drinking this beer every time I try it.

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Photo of Dmann
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly awesome Heffe. This one poured a deep cloudy yellow with a medium sized head that lasted awhile before settling into a nice pillow on top of the beer. The smell was slighly of grain but the yeast shone through as well as the light honey scent. The taste was fantastic with a huge bananna flavor, and a slight citrus flavor in the backround. I think this was a very fresh keg because this beer was outstanding. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kegerator
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured out a nice hazy golden yellow color.
the head was a nice 1 inch and fairly creamy in appearance.
quite nice to look at
smell - clove, and some fruitiness and wheaty
taste, this one hit big with a clove up front then finished off with some light fruitiness, not overly balanced in my opinion. The clove to me was not very refreshing as a hefe would tend to be with more sweetness..
mouthfeel was carbonation and the head seemed more fizzy then creamy in the mouth
all in all it was a decent beer, but I was not blown away based on what I expected. I tried it once by floating a small lemon slice, it was better in my opinion, becasue that helped to ward off the big clove flavor.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
4.04 out of 5 based on 3,920 ratings.
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