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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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten's version of a hefeweizen coming at you right now:

Cloudy, dark blonde to orage in color, good head, and looking good in my weizen glass. Yep, it's a hefeweizen. Smell is yeasty with gum and wheat flavors. The taste was light, yet it was coming up with interesting flavors. The standard phenols and malted wheat flavors apply, but there was also some nutmeg and refreshing gingerbread notes, all ftouched off with a dry wheat finish. Very nice. Light enough to drink easily, but enough flavor to interest your senses.

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Photo of liamt07
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods in on North Central in Phoenix. 12oz bottle into a chalice, L146116 printed on the bottle, which I believe is equivalent to May 26, 2011?

Poured a fairly hazy golden brown, with a finger of eggshell white head. Lacing is quite light and retention is only modest. Smells strongly of banana and bubblegum, with only a touch of clove. A candied note and a bit of white bread as well. Taste is qutie fizzy initially, with some banana and wheat. Sufficient spicing in the latter part of the mouthfeel and intot he finish. Fizzy cola like carbonation. A decent, albeit lighter, hefeweizen. Good flavours, but nothing that really sets this apart from the pack for me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a lightly hazy medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat, light lemon with hints of banana and clove. Flavor follows with wheat, bready yeast, light lemon and clove. Really nice creamy body and mouth feel. Looks, tastes and feels great. Flavor and aroma are just a little dialed back from some of the other classic hefeweizens, but this is beautifully balanced and brings together all that I would want in this style. Spaten was one of my first eye-opener breweries on a trip to Munich decades ago and it appears they are still producing a great beer even as part of a multinational. Thanks to my sister for bringing this back from Germany for me.

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

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice medium head that disappates quickly, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of spices, bananna's, yeast, and malts.

T - The taste is sweet and clove like.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a pretty nice hefe that I found at the local liquor store.

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poures from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Very cloudy and brown colored with about a 1.5 inch head. This beer is thick in the mouth and bursting with flavor, banana and clove. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste and overall this beer makes for an excellent choice.

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

Pours a hazy orange color, topped by a thick off white head. Aromas of clove, banana, and citrus waft from my glass. The taste is tar, acidic, and it has a soft banana finish. This beer is well carbonated, which contributes to a tingly sharp sensation in my mouth. This is quite good, and quite refreshing. Certainly not the most complex, but it is quite tasty and hits the spot perfectly on a warm day spent outside brewing beer. Quite fruity, with a bit of sweetness. This beer is light bodied, which helps it to go down easily. This is as good as it gets for warm weather/ in the sun drinking; smooth and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Cloudy straw yellow with a decent 1/4 inch head with some retention.

S. Sweet banana yeast nose with some oatmeal and slight bubblegum.

T. A very tasty hefeweizen! Made for a great session. There was a distinct fruity aftertaste that lasted a while.

M. Coated the palate and made for a very enjoyable drink.

D. I will have this one again. A great example of the style here.

2013 Update
It's been 5 years or so let's try it

LOOK: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. White soapy head forms and leaves lacing down the pint.

SMELL: Wheat, ripe banana. Bread. Somewhat sweet.

TASTE: Wheat malt, clove, mild leafy herbal tea like bitterness. Light bubblegum like flavor and just a bit of banana. Sets the standard for taste.

FEEL: Medium bodied but full flavored. Medium-high carbonation.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable hefeweizen. My reviews tonight is not all that different from my review 5 years ago. Consistent product and I guess I haven't changed all that much. Cheers!

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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 JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle from the Coop for about $2.50.. poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Big explosive head dies slowly leaving nice lacing.. hazy light gold brew.

Aroma is less spicy than expected.. some cloves and only a touch of banana.. predominantly pale malts and wheat

Flavor is much more spicy than the aroma.. quite a bit of clove and pink bubblegum with just a smidge of bananas.. a touch sweeter than the Paulaner I just had... but the extra sweetness helps tie all the wonderful flavors together. very smooth viscosity with adequate carbonation... long spicy dry finish.. great.

Hefe's probably make up less than 1% of beers I buy, but I am really developing an appreciation for them and will buy them more often... The Franziskaner is right up there with all off the best from Germany.

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

Sampled off tap in the Krakow town square. Awesome head which led me to try to explain to the people I was with how German hefe's are so integral when it comes to good head. A clouded, darker orange blended over light yellow appearence. Fine bubbles. No lacing (but great foamy, head? - must be the glass!). A very fresh and yeasty aroma. Very, very refreshing for this hot day. Not the most graceful finish but quenching. Great water. Not as citruisy, I'm not getting a lot of overly fruity notes, but that's ok. Not the tastiest hefe, but damn tasty all the same.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle poured into a weizen glass

A: Hazy, solid deep yellow/orange/amber color. No floating yeast visible. Giant white head that is very persistent and present until the end but leaves very no lacing.
S: Nice and strong, yeast, lots of banana, a little malt, a little spice
T: The banana flavor is much stronger and upfront than I remember from having this beer before. Medium bodied and very clean and crisp with a lot of carbonation. Yeast flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Very little citrus and spice, but strongest taste comes from banana and malt. Overall, very enjoyable, not a remarkable hefe, but very good.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Cloudy orange-yellow, with a thick, voluminous, white head, with good retention.

S: Cloves and bananas, very fragrant.

T: There is a large hint of bubblegum in this hefeweizen, along with the requisite bananas and cloves, very classic flavors.

M: Spritzy, smooth, and yeasty. Very refreshing.

D: A good beer, a classic hefe, that is easy to find, a great drink on a hot day.

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Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I take a look, darkish golden with a bit of cloudiness.

Then the smell, nice some vanilla, oak, sweet malt, and banana.

First taste gives that bananas and spice Hefe-Weisse taste, better than most. I have tasted better but not in a while. The nice maltiness is there.

I can't really find any warts on this one, no real flaw to point out.

If I had to ask for a change to this it could be a bit thicker in the mouth like a Spaten Optimator.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pored into the correct glass, it looked a picture, good white head on a body of bubbling, cloudy, soft golden coloured liquid.

From then on it went downhill, in every aspect.

No aroma of banana's or vanilla, which is what I have come to expect from a good hefe-weissbier. It didn't smell of anything really (the beer is was in date and at the right temp).

Sharp taste but not tart enough for me, average is being generous for this style of beer, compared to many others.

Weak flavours and a thin feel to it, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: first off, this thing poured with a *huge* head. Other than that, it has a nice light golden color and is pleasantly opaque. Did I mention a huge freaking head?

Smell: very wheaty with a little sweet citrus. Very nice indeed.

Taste: smooth citrus and wheat. Not particularly bitter. Really, everything I ask for in a hefe.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation that renders the beer rather creamy in texture.

Drinkability: boy howdy, I could drink this stuff. Its highly appealing texture along with a very pleasing smell/taste make this good for a few pints anytime.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head with a lovely curtain of white lacing; light golden cloudy colored beer. Yeasty aroma with hints of clove and other spices. Taste has the typical hefe flavor; yeasty clove banana thing going on. Somewhat less flavorful than the top tier beers of the style. Very drinkable; crisply carbonated; finishes moderately dry. Tasty and refreshing. Very much a classic hefeweizen. Too me it's good but not great and I'm a big fan of the style...prefer Weihenstephen and Schnieder takes but definitely not bad by any means. Just a small step down from those. Might be a nice introduction to the style for someone who is a bit unsure about whether they might like it.

The lacing might just be the best aspect of this beer; it's simply beautiful. Overall just a mite thin and watery enough to keep it from an A rating.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 20 oz hefe glass at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY. A bottle of this purchased by my girlfriend was the beer that started this great and expensive journey through craft beer. Drinking and rating this to see how it stacks up now that I have more beer experience.

Pours a supremely hazy and cloudy yellow/orange. 2.5 inch head lingers for a great period of time. Visible carbonation.

Aromas of wheat, banana, esters, and bread.

Tastes great. Bananas, bubblegum, slight wheat bitterness, cloves, and bready malt. A perfect arrangement of flavors.

Full mouthfeel, well carbonated, a bit slick, but mostly dry.

One of the best hefeweizens available. Not many can beat it.

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this previously. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours the prototypical hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is likewise standard German hefe, consisting of clove, light banana, nutmeg and honey. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the modest sweetness finishing with a dry, spice filled finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but it really is amazing how much flavor this low alcohol hefe brings to the table. Drinkability is exceptional, with the low alcohol very well disguised.

Normally think of wheat beers in the summer time, but this one has so much flavor, even during the cold of a Baltimore winter it's a good pick. Granted, it's not in the same league as Weihenstephaner, but it's a tasty wheat beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color, a medium haze, and little head. Has nice banana and grain aromas- quite light on the clove. Tastes slightly sweet with some banana and apple flavors with some spicy clove on the finish and some lively carbonation. Creamy, but a little spiky from the brisk carbonation, and a little light, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl brown long-necked bottle. Beige label with a pic of a monk drinking beer.

A: Sedimentation in the bottle...
The pour is murky golden with hints of orange. The head is sparkeling white, enormous and creamy. Dissipation is slow, leaving nice lacings.

S: Wheat - ripe bananas. A bit sweet and bitter at the same time. Citric notes. Malty breadyness.

T: Well balanced barley malt together with wheat. Ripe sweet bananas with a pleasant breadyness to it. Orange sezt.

M: Light in body but rich in carbonation with small pleasant bubbles galore. Aftertaste is rather long for beeing a Hefeweizen and holds a nice bitterness.

D: Refreshing! When it comes to Hefeweizen don't mess with what ou know - go with the germans from Bavaria, and when you do - why not drink this one.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours hazy orange into my weizen glass with a gigantic frothy white head that lingers for five minutes, leaving thick sheets of white lacing on the sides as it recedes. The aroma displays prominent banana and clove notes, with a slight bubblegum character. I also detect a trace of citrus, perhaps orange, and there's a general yeastiness. The flavor is slightly sweet banana with a little spicy clove and an increased bubblegum character. The malt is somewhat grainy, with a little citrus. The finish is dry and long lasting. Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is dry. A nice and refreshing hefeweizen on a day like this.

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Photo of Derek
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this (vom fass) at Spaten Hof in Munich on March 17, 2006. It was 3.35 Euro for 0.5 L. Slainte!

A: Hazy straw, fluffy white head, lots of lace.

S: Fruity bubble gum esters, citrus, wheat.

T: Fruity esters (pineapple, banana, bubble gum), citrus, bready malt. Not much clove, but all the right flavours.

M: Light to moderate body is creamy, yet prickly. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Awesome.

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

Enjoyed at Richard's in Brunswick, ME.

A - Poured a hazy golden hue with a nice one finger head that left a nice blanket.

S - Aromas of very enjoyable banana and cloves. Super inviting and clean.

T - Taste is full of banana. Delicious. Slightly tart but the banana and esters linger through the beer. So enjoyable and the wheat is awesome.

M - Mouthfeel is really solid for a hefe, goes down easy.

O - Overall this hefe was an excellent pairing with the German sausages I had. Mix so well with the food, delicious.

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

Sampled in a 1-Litre Stein at the Bavarian Beer Cafe in York St, Sydney.

Appearance: Tall, browny-orange cloudy body, with a consistent colour. Good thick white head that stays full and frothy until near the very bottom.

Smell: Nice, rich hefe character, touches of citrus, tropical fruits. A sweet underpinning, with very little malt, or even much refreshing hop character. Although, the more I smell, the less robust a hefe-smell I think it is.

Taste: Refreshing sweet taste with a long, bready dry after taste. Taste of citrus and other fruit, but backed with a nice bitterness that keeps it from being to sickly. Not bad. Mouthfeel is a little lacking in fullness.

Overall: A very drinkable brew. A litre went down with very little trouble at all. I've had better hefes, but this is up there.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me just say that this isn't the best Hefe I have ever had, but it is damn close.
Poured into my hefe glass and received a nice foamy head that died quickly and left little lacings but did leave a couple of little yeasties on the bottom of my glass. Classic cloudy orange body matched with a nice citric smell, I picked up some orange peel as I was pouring, oranges, bananas, with light spices like clove, but nothing strong like a pepper. The taste is less fruit and more spice in my opionion, with the clove really striking the tongue and not suffocated under fruit or sourness. There is still a good amount of banana and orange in there which causes the mouthfeel to balance with a little tartness and dryness. Like I said, not my first choice, but I could drink this any day.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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