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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

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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#2,549
Reviews:
1,703
Ratings:
4,558
pDev:
11.82%
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3.84
 
 
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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

White and gold blend for the color. Very cloudy. Moderate head that leaves a couple of streaks for lace.

Banana and mild clove as one might expect for the nose.

Semi-fruity with soft vanilla. The finish draws out the banana and some light ground pepper. Highly carbonated with an average body. The finish is a short white pepper bite.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a the class six store a Vance AFB, review based on notes

Poured a cloudy amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Head & lacing disappeared fairly quick

S: Cloves, appleskins, phenols & breadyness

T: Band aids, cloves, apricots, grainyness, & grapeskins up front. More grapeskin & white pepper as this warms. Finishes fruitty, juicy with grapes & bananas

MF: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drank alright, flavor mix didn't really come together for me, there much better hefes out there. I wasn't much impressed with this on Germany, a bit better von fass though

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing on the label in terms of directions/instructions, but an iconic Trappist monk wearing an apron and drinking a beer with his left hand. Why does that seem so familiar to me?

I got two fingers of thick, foamy eggshell-white head from my pour and it held up nicely. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had a good bit of the banana esters that I disdain. I hate to say that, but it is that banana/bubble gum scent and flavor that specifically generally puts me off of the style. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and while it tasted of bananas in the mouth, it did not seem overwhelming, striking a nice balance between not enough and too much. Finish was sweet, more towards bubble gum than banana, but I can appreciate why people like this style, especially in the summer. Now, if I could just find it in a CAN ...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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 mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy golden/yellow color with a huge foamy white head. It foamed all the way to the top of my glass before I had even finished pouring it all out. Some lacing, but it leaves as quickly as it forms almost.

A: Cloves, banana, some spice, a little bit of wheat. A hint of lemon rind as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, the spices are a little more pronounced with some cloves and nutmeg. Some bubblegum to go along with the banana and lemon.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. I know the style is not supposed to be heavy, but I thought this one was a bit thin.

O: A good Hefe, but not out of this world. A solid bet.

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Photo of duceswild
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 3/13/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky golden color with about 2 finger so white head. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, and some fruits.

t - Taste follows the nose; yeast, spice, and fruit. Banana seems to be the most prominent.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - A pretty standard hefeweizen. A nice yeast smell and I enjoyed the banana in the taste. Would try again.

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Photo of BEER88
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden yellow with a big white billowing head, slow fade left a small lace, lots of carbonation. Smell was highly yeasty and full of grain and cereal aromas with a hint of fruit. Very lively feel, good carbonation had alot to do with this, and a nice all around flavor. Very drinkable, I could easily put down a six pack, gotta love a good Hefe!

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of womencantsail
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours the typical cloudy orange color with a massive white head that has awesome retention and lacing.

S: Very bready on the nose with a fair amount of banana. There is a moderate level of clove spiciness and some undertones of bubblegum. A decent wheat sweetness and some mild citrus notes.

T: A pretty decent flavor profile. Sweet bread, malt, and wheat with a nice banana note. The spices seem more pronounced than they were on the nose. The flavor is actually pretty creamy.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a slight creaminess to it.

D: For this price, this is tough to beat (less than $2.50 after tax for a half liter). Pretty solid hefeweizen.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly clear appearance for a hefeweizen, this beer is an orange color. The head is very bubbly and recedes rather quickly, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is of banana, clove, wheat, alcohol - what one would / should expect from the style, though not as mouth-wateringly tempting as I have enjoyed. The beer tastes very good, and is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is decent, but has room for improvement. The feel is similar to a soda in some regards - very fizzy and highly carbonated, making for a slightly harsh finish. There is a subtle note of alcohol in the finish. Overall, this is a good beer, and worth a try. In my opinion, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier still sits comfortably in first place, and I would always choose it first when in the mood for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, hazy wheat blond color with a big head, good retention.

S - Smells of tangy fruit, sweet dry wheat and some spices. Sort of funky and musky in the nose.

T - This one is a murky wheat with that unfiltered taste. Earthy and taste with some bitterness and mild fruit flavor thrown in. The spices can be tasted and the fruit is mostly in the nose.

M - Heavily carbonated and medium-thick bodied. Thicker body yea but not too heavy to enjoy. Crisp flavors and a sharp combination of them all.

D - This brew is great to drink all year round. If you love unfiltered wheat and yeast to chew on then you'll love Franziskaner. Light enough in nature to have a few.

Notes - This is one of my go-to weissbiers and is good out of the bottle and on tap. Cool to see it properly vaccuum poured into a nice tall wheat glass. Enjoy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass at Beelow's.

Sometimes you just feel like a hef, and it's been too long since I last had this stuff. It pours a cloudy sunrise tawny-orange topped by a couple fingers of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, spicy weizen yeast, light bread, and a touch of nutmeg. The taste brings in more of the same, those characteristic banana and clove flavors coming through, melding with the orange and bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a damn fine hef, one I feel is decidedly underrated and overlooked by many a beer fan. Shame.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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