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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Reviews: 1,602 | Ratings: 3,920
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popular brew in these parts. On tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Spicyness tingling tongue, which is a plus for some and me depends on the night. Cloves, banana from yeast. Lemon in there. Above average for style. Malt sweetness aftertaste. Less carbonation would work .

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy pale wheat color with a very nice 2 inch head that fades to a 1/2 cap. There is decent lacing present.

S - Smells of sweet fruits (banana, pineapple), biscuit, and spices.

T - Crisp wheat bready flavor. Spices like clove and cinnamon. Subdued fruity flavors.

M - Great carbonation makes for a very crisp and smooth drinking experience.

D - Very, very good and very, very refreshing. I will buy this one again. I had always passed this one up on the shelves as a cut rate hefe but I was wrong.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the most recognized hefes around, and one of the more delicious mainstream ones. it pours a very thick and dense golden yellow color with a lot of frothy white head that lasts the whole glass. is smells very fruity, and not just from the lemon on the rim it is always served with. its also got some orange and some flowery smells happening. the flavor is more yeast forward, spicy and peppery in just the right proportions. the wheat malt is heavy but refreshing somehow. the finish is long and zesty. the mouthfeel is kind of different for a wheat beer here. its thicker than most because of the remaining yeast, but its also made light by the prominent carbonation and mild citrus acidity. overall this is a good beer to drink when going to non beer places because its pretty good and it seems to be everywhere.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle. The beer is a light yellow color that has plenty of white foam on top. Somewhat hazy. Smells of soft wheat with some banana in the background. Not much there other than that. The taste was heavier on the banana than the wheat but both were present. Plenty of CO2 and very enjoyable. Its nice to see a simple beer that doesn't need a ton of complexity to be good.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the first Hefeweizens I had ever tried. This beer pours out as a cloudy looking yellowish gold color with a thick billowy white head on top. The smell of the beer is grainy, it's got hints of banana and clove in it. The taste is similar to the nose, it's got a soft fruitiness to it and some grains as well. The mouthfeel is pretty thick feeling which surprised me, it's almost got an oily feel to it, making this beer very enjoyable. Overall I feel that this beer is a really good choice for to have if there is someone interested in trying German imports.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy golden yellow into a weizen glass with a perfect head. A high amount of carbonation is visible and there is very good head retention.
S: There are aromas of bananas and cloves in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bananas and grainy wheat along with some hints of cloves and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and rather smooth with all of the carbonation.
D: The beer has excellent drinkability--it's very thirst quenching and refreshing.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first crack at a non-Americanized version of a Hefe and I must say I like the original much better. Seems to be more balanced and cohesive all around and is a tad spicier. Taste is very similar to a Tripel, just without as much warming and spices. I thought it was a good drinker and I'd definitely try it again.

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

Love this beer. Simple and pure, and with a lot of flavor, character, and complexity. It's even better on tap. This seems to put more emphasis on the bananna, clove, bubble gum flavor and a creamy, bready texture. The bottle shows better citrus and orange peel flavors that comes across more crisp and hoppy. Both are great beers for summertime consumption, but I seem to prefer the tap better.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a cloudy golden color and a nice head that has reasonable retention but does provide good lacing

Smell: Bananas and cloves

Taste: Banana and clove flavors predominate with a nice balance

Mouthfeel: A touch thick and modestly carbonated

Drinkability: Much better on tap than in the bottle with an excellent flavor profile

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Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 20th, 2010. Pours a FIVE FINGER head that slowly falls to about two fingers over the course of a minute and a half. A cloudy orange-gold that is far from transparent. Head is fairly thick. This beer invites its owner to take a sip.

Smell: A creamy scent of a multitude of flavours: maybe some vanilla, cleanly prepared barley, and other sweet smelling flavours me broken nose has trouble identifying.

Taste: A creamy opening followed by many notes and a clean, crisp finish. A remarkable balance in the body. Very well built. As a weissbeer, this is a great success. Among the best I've tried, but I'm just plunging in.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and brilliant. It gives way to the finish just at the right moment, with a bit of dry feel. You're refreshed by the body but want another sip off the dry finish. Very well done. Bravo.

Drinkability: I'll have another very soon. Very drinkable and very good. May be a bit too smooth for weiss beer lovers, but even as a devout stout advocate, I find this beer to be truly excellent and I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle with no freshness date.

Typical but good hefeweizen appearance, copper in color and quite turbid with very good head retention.

The nose is light, but fairly nice - signature weizen yeast banana along with a bit of lemony citrus, some peppery spice, a little doughy bread.

The palate is quite thin, almost watery - I generally expect a bigger body on hefeweizens, and this one doesn't deliver. The flavors are decent, however; initially spicy with clove and white pepper, it segues into pleasant apple and banana fruitiness. The finish is quite phenolic, which seems to stick to the roof of the mouth long after the mild finish; it's a bit of a detraction. Pretty good overall, just not top-tier.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark beige color weizen with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves is huge and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some banana, cloves and bubble gum notes with a perfect creamy texture of wheat malt. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. No date on the bottle but I am guessing that this is somewhat fresh. Probably the best form a style that I enjoy consistently.

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Photo of oline73
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of thick off white head. The head retention is quite good.

Smell: Notes of banana and clove. Quite herbal with some hints of lemon as well.

Taste: Strong banana notes along with the spice notes (cloves etc.). Not overly sweet, but there is a strong malt presence. Crisp and really easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side with high carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the taste of this one. I would have liked a little more body, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy orange color with a foamy, white, one -finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat. Also a good dose of clove, yeast and a hint of citrus.

M - It was crisp and bubbly. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good hefe. Nothing extrodinary but it makes a good session beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a Mikasa weizen glass.

Pours a very hazy apricot color with a super-fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a long time, leaving behind gobs of sticky lacing. The nose hits with some malty bread plus a bit of bubblegum and banana. Faint hint of cloves in the background. The flavor comes through with all the same notes. Not nearly as much clove as I would prefer, and the other yeast elements are a tad bit muted as well. Mouthfeel is light and moderately creamy. Nothing too special about this, but it's certainly easy drinking and is a good choice on a balmy February afternoon.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention. Color is a hazed burnt golden orange. A little dark for a hefe.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, oranges, and an earthy profile. It is yeasty as well. Smells like a hefe.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, but it is a bit fruiter and has a bubble gum flavor. Yeast, bananas, cloves, and orange peel all show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a solid hefe that drinks nice. Great on a sunny day. Not much else to say.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 6/11/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big banana, pear, apple, lemon zest, clove, wheat, bubblegum, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big banana, pear, apple, lemon zest, bubblegum, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, pear, apple, bubblegum, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of malt, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hefeweizen. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

A - Two and a half fingers of white head on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Lots of banana and spicy wheat with a bit of clove in the background.

T - Bready notes of wheat and yeast up front with some fruity banana character. Some clove and black pepper notes come out in the middle as things get spicier. The beer finishes with more rich malt and clove along with some vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This hits all the classic points for the style with plenty of yeast character and some bready wheat to keep it balanced. There isn't really much else to say about this beer, but that is really all it needs.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is continuosly one of my favorite hefes in the world,pours a deep yellow/orange color with a very nice big blooming head.The aroma is yeasty and I always got somewhat of a smokey aroma from it with some banana clove presence.The taste is refreshing and a little lemony to go along with some nice spiciness.This is the first hefe I think of when thinking of good German style wheat beers.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at tavern in the square in Northborough.

Nice creamy rich 1 Finger head fades at a med pace then retains well at the bottom, super hazy murky cloudy carrot orange color.

Nose typical hefe, lots of creamy wheat, plenty of citrus and mild orange peel, some spices clove hint coriander, some banana esters, etc.

Taste brings more of the same, basic Bavarian hefe, creamy wheat, not really toasted wheat just clean creamy base, with some light citrus and orange zest, touch tangy. Into esters, banana, clove spices, little coriander, etc. Finish is creamy sticky but dry, bit more spices, banana esters, and orange zest.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, decent carb.

Overall nice hefe, typical Bavarian hefe but not amazing. Nice summer hot day beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very unique weizen. The color is darker than most, pouring an amber, almost brownish color that looks like "apple cider" and has the haze to go along with it. The head is white and foams up into a "rocky, mountainous peak" yet is actually quite thin. The effervescence is high (though not as high as some other leading Bavarian hefe's) and the bubbles are astonishingly tiny, forming a very tight - but light - foamy head. The mouthfeel is similar in many ways to the head with it's very fine bubbles that give a gentle zest - but appearing thinner than some other examples. The yeast character is more restrained than it is in many weizens, in terms of both flavor and aroma. The nose expresses a sharp fruitiness, with less banana than many hefe's. The clove character is clearly present but subtle, and there's an uncommon note of a bready-spiciness... maybe nutmeg? The sweetness of the flavor is restrained in comparison to many. Again, the banana is limited but the clove is present and leaves a slight spice in your mouth at the finish. A sublime weizen. Instantly recognizable. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a 16oz. plastic cup.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is very complex with aromas of wheat, banana, clove, lemon, coriander and some hops.

T: The dominant flavors are wheat, banana and clove & coriander spices. There's also some hops and citrus. The after-taste is bready.

M: Crisp & smooth, high carbonation, light-to-medium body, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty and easy drinking, a little filling for the style, but an excellent representation thereof.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that I would almost describe as perfect. The head reduces slowly to about 1.5 fingers covering the entire surface of the beer but shows excellent retention qualities. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of banana and clove, also there are some lighter hints of wheat.

T: The flavor is very similar to the smell, the predominant flavors are banana and clove (spice) along with some wheat and yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This was probably the first German hefeweizen I ever tried, and I thought it was pretty great back then... Turns out that I still think this is a pretty good example of the style. I found it easy to drink, refreshing, and quite sessionable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, golden-orange body with a rather large, fluffy, off-white head, though it quickly gasses out into just a very thin layering of fizzle.

Smell: Mild nose smelling of wheat malt, lemon wedges, ground coriander, and banana, with nothing previously listed being particularly aromatic.

Taste: Lightly tangy-tasting malted wheat with a thin measure of honeyish sweetness. Small hint of raw grain. Light touches of lemon, coriander, and banana pass by the tongue. Hop bitterness remains very low, just enough to be felt. Things thin out considerably as you near the dry finish, but there is a bit more lemon to be had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though lacking the creaminess of other weiss beers. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, it's got ease of drinking and refreshment on its side, but it comes across as simply being dutifully, dully average. So, all in all, while it's by no means bad, I've had better

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly milky lemon-amber that clears quickly. Where's all the yeast? Must be in the bottom of the bottle. The head is expansive and fills the glass quickly, but looks to be pillowy and insubstantial. As expected, the bone white cap compresses rapidly and lays down very little lace.

The nose is enjoyably wheaty and contains a judicious amount of clove spice. I don't appreciate any banana esters; perhaps that characteristic of the yeast is waiting for actual taste bud submersion. That's it exactly because the flavor is a wonderful mixture of wheat malt and fresh banana with a polite sprinkling of clove.

While the flavor profile makes a feint towards sweet at the start, the majority of the mouthful (and especially the finish) is tangy, tart, slightly puckery and ultimately dry. A relative lack of sugar and a light body increase drinkability in terms of 'ease of'. I'll let the generous amount of carbonation slide since it isn't that bothersome.

Franziskaner Hefe Weisse is good beer. It's a flavorful, well-constructed version with a quenching dryness that is atypical for the style. Although my favorite hefes have nothing to fear, I will look for this one again.

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