Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse
4,542 Ratings
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: 4,542 |  Reviews: 1,702
Photo of atigerlife
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

17 oz. bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow with a good head...nice and fluffy. Good staying power. Good lacing and a fair amount of carbonation can be seen rising.

The aroma is rather yeasty. Taste is very good. Light and fulll of yeast. Perhaps some hints of banana and vanilla and bubblegum
Light and refreshing mouthfeel. Quite cleansing. Very drinkable. A nice beer to sit around and enjoy. Will definitely have another [which I did and updated my review 4/2/06].

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Photo of jeremiahoden
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of J_Dub
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Antyk
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nhindian
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Appearance is light straw, with a hefty amount of haze and mud going on. Even through the sediment it's easy to see multiple streams of carbonation. A huge, 3.5-fingered heads rests on top, looking like a puffy cloud that lasts a long time. Unfortunately, not much lacing can be seen.

S - Smell is strong in cloves, bananas, and peppery spices. Pretty dry and fruity, but overall crisp and refreshing smelling. Huge amounts of coriander, orange rind, and lemon.

T - Taste is akin to the nose. Apples, banana, and bubblegum rush the palate at first, which leads to a nice, spicy finish. Tasty throughout, it's simple yet tastes great. The wheat is certainly noticeable and lends to the dryness, which makes the long finish that much better. No hint of alcohol besides some slight bitterness that is quickly vanquished by the spices.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. Spicy and dry throughout, each sip quenches just as great as the one before.

D - Drinkability is high. Great smell and flavor, and with the only slight alcohol hint, it's easy to drink many of these in a row (for better or worse). Also given the price, it's a steal.

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Photo of lzepplin01
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of silver0rlead
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a weizen glass with a huge foamy white heady and a beautiful cloudy orangish-yellow tint that is the picture of perfection for a hefe in my opinion. Smells of Corrainder, clove, citrus peel and bread. Leaves spotchy white lacing down the glass. I didnt really like this beer until i got introduced to the german hefe style, and compared to the american version this is definately a world apart. Taste begins with a spicy clove taste followed by corriander and lemon zest with a crisp finish. Alot more tastes than my humble pallet can really decipher, but an excellent beer overall. Really a first rate hefe, better than any american version i've found and its inexpensive (for an import) to boot. A bit lest crisp and refreshing that im used to for hefe's even german ones so it gets docked a bit on mouthfeel but a great beer anyways

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Photo of nheinzie57
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of lmaduells
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A beer that lacks everything, aroma, taste in the mouth, subtlety, a point of alcohol. Only to spare the fame that has, for me, too big.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Really big white head on a cloudy light orange golden body.
S- Kind of a light funk to it right off the bat (in a good way). Some nice big wheat aromas with light banana, cloves, few other spices.
T- Banana, cloves, light funkness (not really sure how to pin point that down), wheat, few hop spices, light bitterness. It is almost like a mix between a hefe and a light saison with the whole funky thing going on.
M- Medium to thin body with medium carbonation.
D- It is really good. Like I said before almost like a saison and a hefe mix. I am not sure how fresh this is so it might be a bit old and that is where the funk comes from but it very good.

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Photo of jroof1
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MarioM
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of shadow1961
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse pours out with a
fat creamy head over cloudy golden brew.
Carbonation is not much of a factor and the
nose has a fat malt and yeast smell with a bit
of citrus to it. The flavor is smooth and clean
and the mouthfeel is crisp and tingly. There's
not much of an aftertaste. Like the name says,
this is a white or wheat beer and you can't ask
for much more if you're relaxing on a hot day
with this one. Decent and amiable.

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Photo of tikk
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer is very cloudy and hazy. Its almost as if there is banana puree added in to help create the haze. As for the color, banana yellow with very frothy white head.

S- Banana, clove, honey, bubble gum and an earthy wheat smell.

T- The taste is excellent. The banana taste is sweet, with the clove and bubble gum helping in support. The wheat is crisp and clean.

M- Good mouth feel, not too thick or thin, but just right.

D- Very drinkable.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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 zkoehn
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a thick shade of yellow and white with a nice big head. There's plenty of lace left in the glass, too.

The beer tastes good, but the smell is what really drives it home. Wheat malts come through strong, spiced up by a great blend of esters. In the mouth, citrus joins in for a taste that has no shortage of flavor. The mouthfeel is very full for the style.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very hazy yellow-orange color with a thick, pillowy, white head. Smell is spicy, a little hint of cloves and bananas. The taste is very similar to the nose, with the banana profile coming out much stronger. The mouthfeel is light with a thick, creamy carbonation. A very drinkable Hefe, would be excellent on a hot summer day.

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Photo of obywan59
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly clear at first into my 16 oz. Schneider Weisse glass, but with having to wait and pour, wait and pour, it soon becomes cloudy, even with leaving the last bit in the bottle. (simply because I grew impatient.) Starts out kind of yellowish, but turns more golden as the sediment increases. 4 1/2 finger near white head that bubbles up big as it recedes, like swiss cheese. Decent lacing.

Great aroma of sweet ripe bananas and cloves. As it warms, more of a lemony aroma develops.

Taste is dominated by clove, with the lemon being more pronounced, and the banana a bit more subtle than the aromas.

Medium bodied. Plenty of tingle in the mouth extending into the throat, and then warming in the chest.

Very easy to drink. What with the lemony/fruity characteristics, plus being on the light side, this beer would make for a great summer session.

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Photo of Colin32
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donniecuffs
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Into a weizen glass, it poured a hazy bright yellow, with less than a finger of white head, little retention, and average lacing. Not overly carbonated. Big bubblegum in the nose, as well as banana, lemon/lime, and clove. The taste was just as pronounced as the nose, also revealing hints of green apple and biscuit, and a crisp finish. Not as thin as you would expect, and very smooth, with modest carbonation. Great specimen of a good hefeweizen.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in the appropriate .5 L Weizen Glass

A - Beautiful Earthy body, very cloudy (as expected). Muted brown coloring is unique, a bit darker than other hefeweizens I've had. beautiful Frothy head.

S - Cloves up front with bananas. Honey, and wheat are prevalent.

T - Cloves are very apparent. Wheat is wonderfully roasted Banana flavorings are much more subdued than is typical in the variety. makes for a much more dry and refreshing Hefeweizen

M - May be a bit thin for some. Light carbonation leaves some cloying sweetness

O - Very unique and tasty hefeweizen. Although it's pretty common it is still one of my favorites in the variety.

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