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:
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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Reviews:
1,602
Ratings:
3,909
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
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Photo of Bombelsky
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hazy light gold color. Huge creamy foam, excellent lacing. Aroma of bananas, cloves and bit of hay. Some low grainy-sweetness. Medium-light body, very creamy, soft carbonation, bit of yeast spiciness. Low dry finish, short lasting. Some sweetness passed from flavor to a finish. Fantastic wheat beer.

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Photo of ThirstyLion
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers on the planet earth. Smooth, creamy, hints of Orange zest & Apricots layered with very faint Banana undertones. Franziskaner is an absolutely pleaseant, fragrant Weissbier with one of the frothiest presentations you'll find.

Most reviewers on this site summarize this beer very well based on what I see here. I also happen to love it & have given it an exceptional review!

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Photo of CC93
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a 20oz glass stein, chilled, and room temp (>72 degrees Fahrenheit).

Look: A hazy, golden yellow. Can tout a 2 - 3 inch head depending on how it is poured. Very persistent lacing: a good sign of a well-crafted beer.

Smell: Cloves, but more bananas. I love the smell of bananas. Bananas are good.

Taste: Mostly subtle hints of bananas, and some with cloves.

Feel: Carbonated but smooth. Very pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: Probably the best hefeweissebier I've had in my life. No American craft hefeweizen can compare to those well-respectable German brewers.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another popular Hefe that is often in my fridge-- smell is not as robust as say, Hacker-Pschorr hefe, taste is not quite as good as Weihenstephan hefe, and feel is not quite as complex as Paulaner hefe, but is just as drinkable as these fine beers and a very good beer in its own right. Carbonation is a bit on the high side, and has a very light feel compared to the others--easy to tell since I just so happen to have all 3 bottles open with a Franziskaner in front of me, with the other 3 listed above! (I'd better get to drinking these up, I know, what a rough life LOL)

Franziskaner is also much more readily available around here, which is a big plus. I even found a bar that has this beer on tap, which is impressive to me since I am in the Central Indiana area where for some reason German beer is not all that easy to find. The first time I ordered this beer on tap, the bartender thought I was asking for a 'Francis Conner' and gave me a weird look for a couple of seconds until I pointed at the tap head! BTW, beer on tap tastes just like the beer out the bottle, which is a very good thing.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 10/18/16:

A “naturally cloudy” hefeweizen, but only slightly milky on first pour, though with sediment to come with second. Mostly clear, dull orange-yellow but lovely gold, caramel, amber hues in the light. Second pour is a whole other story, same basic color, but swirling with fines and opaque once settled. Cream-like head of moderate retention. Smell is fruity/caramel tart with wheat and yeast, hints of banana, nearly bubblegum, enticing. Some of that tartness throughout, but as much metallic as fruity, good in balance with mild banana suggestions starting from the middle, and barest clove notes with finish and retro-olfaction, almost lost in light floral to metallic hopping. Good, but a bit watered down compared to the Dunkel version. Still, everything is stronger with addition of dregs. Medium in body, packed with fine, prickly suds, sloshy feel just shy of velvet.

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Photo of JimKal
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a significant head, be sure to leave room for it, Has the classic clove and banana taste from the yeast. The yeast floating in the glass dominates the appearance. I like this better than most of the american versions I've tried of this style but I would prefer a lighter close/banana presence but this is true to the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this the standard for hefe appearances? If not its pretty close. Lovely bright yellow haze throughout, over 1" of white head. Aroma was grain, mild citrus and spice rack, banana.

Taste had a lot going into it, the yeast profile doesn't dominate, this one kicks lots of wheat around, its chewy. There is some spice rack presence, but not overly done. 500ml format does create a cost issue per oz. High.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Appearance: hazy, unfiltered almost orange that builds a big clear white nead of tiny bubbles. Really nice.

Aroma: mainly banana and cloves, but with a sweet fruity dominance.

Taste: banana, wheat, white bread/ bready yeast. Found it tastier than other of its style.

Mouthfeel: smooth and light, a bit watery, but nice anyway. More chewy and sweeter than other hefeweizens.

Overall: up to this point, my favourite german hefeweizen. It would be better if it had a bit more body, but the aroma and the taste are really good.

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Photo of Mosant
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy unfiltered orange to Amber colour. Great head retention with nice clean white head.
Aroma: nice fruity esters, mainly banana and tropical fruit salad.
Taste: loved it. Great full mouthfeel with some texture to it. Smooth on the palate and in the finish. Some sweetness and loved the wheat malt characters. Definitely recommended and one of the nicest wheat beers I have had.

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Photo of Stephancaputa
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is too good not to try. The head is always well balanced. It has sweet flavors without crossing into the likeness of a shandy. If you ever come across it on tap DO NOT OVERLOOK IT!

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a one finger, off white head. Leaves no lacing.

Smells great. Strongly of banana, coriander, lemon rind, gingerbread (from the yeast), caramel and bubblegum.

Flavor profile is overtly sweet, but delicious nonetheless.
Tasty notes of graham crackers, mild vanilla, huge flavors of banana bread, orange sorbet and coriander initially. Delicious notes of spicy old world yeast midpalate. Slightly tart. Ends on a bittersweet hoppy feel with more notes of spice and sweet banana.

Feel is slightly thin with lively carbonation. Thirst quenching, but borderline cloying and sugary sweet,

Overall: Not my favorite but still enjoyable. It's a little too sugary and banana-y for my taste, but I would not turn this beer down if someone offered me one.

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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 jspencermorris
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: It's very cloudy with a deep amber (almost brown) color. The head is solid but dissipates quickly, after which bubbles break uniformly around the surface.

S: Slight banana aroma. Not especially odoriferous.

T: The taste is dominated by carbonation, but nevertheless it's nicely balanced and has a banana body. Very easy to drink,

F: Very smooth, with carbonation dominating the fore- and end-notes.

O: Nicely understated Hefeweizen suitable year-round.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a big fan of the hefeweizen style or wheat beers, but this one is outstanding. This should be the benchmark for this style. I haven't had any American hefeweizen's come close to this one. I love the banana notes, clove, touch of caramel and nut. This is a great summer beer.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50cl can. A bit too sweet, with notes of wheat, bananas, honey and white bread. No trace of alcohol, and the beer is quite refreshing, despite the sweetness.

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Photo of mandrakes
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: beautiful color, opaque; good, persistent and clear foam as desired;
Smell: of vanilla and banana;
Taste: light but solid taste, with nice aftertaste and finish;
Feel: balanced carbonation; smooth and velvety, good creaminess;
Overall: a great and classic weiss-beer with wonderful drinkability 4+/5+.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass. Darker than I am used to for a Hefe, with a nice amber hue and thin white head. A nice grainy, bready aroma with flavors of banana, clove and yeast. Easy to drink with a lighter feel. Enjoyable.

Also tried this from the bottle and had same overall experience. It is a very good Hefe.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Great looking beer, looks best next to a big pretzel with mustard in a Biergarten
S: Banana, vanilla, a little bit of spice, cloves, rind of some melon fruit
T: Solid taste that is just like the smell, no surprises just a nice clean taste, does not linger
F: Good feel, medium carbonation, smooth
O: Great Hefeweizen that is a must if you come to Germany!

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Photo of matuto
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle (exp. 08/2016), pouring on an Erdinger Weissbier glass. Yellow liquid, almost clear. After some swirls before the last pour, it became completely opaque and with floating white sediments all around. Lots of foam, with long persistence but not very dense. It left a few laces. Nice note of clover, stronger on nose than on mouth. With the last pour, a banana sweetness showed up very strongly both on nose and on mouth, adding complexity to what was somewhat of a boring beer until then. Light to medium body and a refreshing dry finish.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a moderate (for a weissbier) head into the Weizenbier glass. A bit of banana and clove in the nose, followed by the classic wheat beer taste. Yum!!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy but transparent yellow with effervescent carbonation and a persistent white head. Very little lacing, though.
The nose offers subtly sweet ripe banana and lemon, punctuated by a spiciness of clove and fresh hewn grass.
The palate tastes of banana bread and spritzy lemon water. A hint of bubblegum on the mid-palate. Finishes with a brown sugar and maple note, and dries out nicely on the aftertaste with clove, straw, and grass.
The mouthfeel is between medium and light, smooth and round, never quite watery, with fairly high carbonation and a lightly dry finish.

A classic hefeweizen that helped set the staple for the style. A solid beer overall.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Luxurious Hefeweizen with the full esther profiles present. Smooth wheat beer body with high drinkability and all of the classic spicy & fruity flavors coming through. A little drying but overall great.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well executed hefeweizen from Munich. Weizen aromas abound on the pour, head is perfect pillow of foam. Color is cloudy and amber. Taste has elements of banana and bread. Well done!

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Photo of Edith0703
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow cloudy golden appearance with average white head. Banana wheat aroma with similar fruity tasting. The flavor last longer in the mouth, really easy to drink.

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Photo of OlaB
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Gives of a cloudy orange color, gives of a small top of head that disolves quick , some lacings on the glass, high carbonation

S: Banana,cloves, small notes of corriander.peppercorns and other spices

T&F: sour yeast dominates at first with the banana and cloves, , aftertaste are well rounded with some bitterness that is comfortable , gives kind of a creamy mouthfeel, nice pricklings on the tongue . Very easy to drink and very refreshing

O: A great hefeweizen that i enjoyed very much. Very refreshing and easy to drink. One of the best hefeweizens out there

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