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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Franziskaner Weissbier and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.

Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Ratings: 4,622 |  Reviews: 1,711
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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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4.09/5  rDev +1%
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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4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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 oline73
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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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