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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

1,587 Reviews
Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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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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Photo of beerceller99
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours a cloudy pale amber color. Has a citrusy sweet, black pepper smell. Medium bodied with a refreshingly tart wheat malt flavor with a hint of parsley to boot. Finishes with a zesty wheat malt flavor in the throat.A very easy drinking brew. Nicely done.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange with the yeast particles floating. The smell is very spicy, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, bits of caramel are around with toasted grain. The taste is a smooth malt caramel with strong spices lingering, the toasted grain is a nice touch, a medium bodied beer that goes down well. Great.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perfectly poured glass displays the cloudy yeast. Tried this out as the palest beer in a flight of five at the Flying Saucer Emporium in Charlotte. This has been one of my favorite German imports. Glad I enjoyed this as a 5 oz. flight because it did not top my lists that night as a beer I could enjoy all evening. Nice mouthfeel and fruity taste.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque orange, a little active body, with a snow white puff top, long-lasting. Concentrated, even foam. Nose holds alot of banana and cantaloupe, with some fresh cut apple and lots of sugar.

Taste, too, is pretty sweet, rich citric apple sauce. Roughish, dry banana peel aftertaste.

Thick mouthfeel is killed by the high carbonation I thought.

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Photo of granger10
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems to be more dominant in the spice aspect upfront. Lots of clove in the beginning. But that is followed by a yeasty characteristics that is almost astringent. The body has a good thickness to it and there's lots of active carbonation going on. Under the clove there's banana and even lower than that there's the wheaty base. This was a very good, enjoyable beer but the richness of the body and spicyness of the clove might take away from drinkability a little. Other than that it was excellent.

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

Appearance: Light orange and deep haze.
Smell: Good fruitiness and wheat in the nose.
Taste: A really fresh tasting helping of wheat and quenching character make this a pleasure to drink. Lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: A fine feel and carbonation.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable. It really stands out among hefe's.

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Photo of ceaser
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't really say anything bad about this beer. Probably this is the best beer I bought by chance in months. Hefe-Weizen is a really nice style of beer and this would be a great brand to pick out if you want to try a german Hefe-Weizen that's good.

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Photo of rousee
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice gold straw with a slight wheat murkiness. Decent 1 inch cap forms quickly. Nothing negative so far, except that it usually leaves better lace on the glass. The nose is standard hefe-weisse --wheat, yeast, malt, fruit essences like banana and orange-coriander too.

I have to say right off that I have had this same beer in this same downtown Boston pub and it has tasted better than it did tonight. Taste is fairly standard for the style: nice malt and yeast. Fruity orange and coriander with some clove like elements. Lacking the freshness it has had on other occasions. Maybe its just the end of the Summer and the hefe-weisses are not as good (or fresh) now.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fruity..nothing negative.
Drinkability is another area where this beer can be exceptional but wasn't tonight. I hardly finished one and my associate didn't finish theirs.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle poured in a Franziskaner weizen glass.

Appearance: big head of foam, very cloudy straw color.

Aroma: Nice yeasty spiciness.

Taste: Lots of phenolic clove flavor, and a lot of tartness. Hops are restrained, and there's not as much fruitiness as in many Hefeweizens. Grainy mouthfeel, with a lot of carbonation. Yeasty, spicy finish.

This was the first German wheat beer I ever tried, a decade and half ago, and it remains a favorite. It's a perfect thirst-quenching beer in the summer, and also a very good "breakfast beer" in the morning. In my opinion, this is Spaten's best beer. It's also, commonly, the best german hefe around because it's almost always the freshest. Weihenstephaner is rarely found fresh.

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Photo of theozag
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer in a 1 pint .9 oz brown glass bottle with a foil overwrap covering the neck. strange for a beer sold in the US, i thought. looking back, though, i think the packaging says a lot about the beer. in a phrase, i'd call this one halfway between cultured and aristocratic.

it pours golden yellow and quickly settles into a heavily clouded amber crowned by a significant amount of shock-white foam. over more than 20 minutes, the head reduced only to a moderatly thick film. no part of the beer's surface was ever without its white cover.

smell was average and didn't really remind me of anything in particular. as i've noted in many previus reviews, though, i don't have a good sense of smell; so you probably want to take your aromatic notes from someone else.

start is filled with hop bitterness and sour cream-like flavor. texture throughout is very enjoyable. this beer is full-bodied but sits fairly lightly on the tongue. Flavors include sweet and bitter notes with a dry, grainy undertone. The finish is dry, much like the rest of the beer, and the aftertaste reminds me of sourdough bread.

i definitely recommend this beer to others.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

always relatively cheap and always a solid product, you can't really go wrong with franziskaner's hefeweisse. it pours a nice cloudy golden colour with pillars of bubbles rising to the big fluffy white head that sits atop the glass. the smell is very nice and very much in line with what you'd expect from a solid hefe: sweet citrus fruit, a bit of spice and wheat are all prevelent and seemingly well balanced thusfar. the flavour is good, but not great. it just misses the '4' range in that its a thinner version of the smell. while bold yet standard scents were detected, the flavour is less aggressive while remaining very basic for the style. good nontheless though. i'd have cranked up the carbonation a tad for this hefeweisse. it lacked a bit of the bite that i come to expect from the style. drinkability is of course good. this is, as mentioned above, a nice fall back beer. it's fairly easy to find just about anywhere and is a very good representation of the style. i'd make it a bit bolder in certain areas to move it into 'highly recommended' status, but still recommended just the same.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murkey golden straw colour. Nose is typical hefe, maybe a little bit lighter than say Ayinger or Schneiders aroma. Taste is nice. Light and refreshing. Clove and banana mesh well. Very refreshing. Smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easily. A decent hefe, however just a tad boring. While I would drink it again I can think of others I would rather have first.

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

This is a phenomenal beer that I've overlooked due to my limited of knowledge in the Hefeweizen department. Thanks to an employee at The Foodery in Philly, I've been enlightened.

It poured a beautiful, hazy golden color with a mighty, thick four-finger head. It smelled very fruity, with some cloves, fermented wheat and a slight hoppy happening - typical of this style. It tasted downright amazing. It was extremely fruity (bananas, sour apples), had flavors of cloves and fermented wheat. It left a nice sour and tangy aftertaste. It was dominated by sweet, tangy flavors with almost no bitterness. As for mouthfeel, it was very carbonated yet extremely smooth and creamy. I've had other Hefeweizens but they've all been forgotten as of this review. This stuff is amazing.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. green bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, creamy pale-yellow with a lively orange hue. Chunky white head is present, which provides a nice creaminess and lacing.

Aroma: Elements of banana and clove, coupled with a musty, yeasty hefeweizen smell.

Taste: Crisp upfront, yet creamy. Carbonation is quite vibrant, and the body is medium. There is a zesty, citrusy, lemon-like taste upfront, with some clove-like spiciness. Bananas and cloves combine with some toasted malts. The finish is fairly dry, but yeasty.

Overall: This is one of the greatest hefeweizens around. It's crisp, flavorful and refreshing. Recommended!

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Photo of dave750
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde in color with a tall, thick white head that stays for a good length of time and leaves a spotty lace. It has a fairly moderate aroma of fruity banana and clove.
First taste is of crisp, tart orange citrus that remains present to the finish. Clove, baking spices and grainy, bitter hop flavors emerge at mid-taste and contiue to the end. Yeast joins in as the flavor begins to fade. Medium body with very good carbonation and a good balance tipped toward hops.
A crisp, light, warm weather beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a generous off-white head. Banana and clove notes in the aroma with a healthy malted wheat grain smell. I little sweet in the malt department but dry and clovey in the finish. I know this was a freshly tapped 10L barrel and it doesn't taste all that fresh. I'd like to try this beer fresh from the brewery. This is a hefeweizen you can bastardize with a lemon.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a good hefe. pours a cloudy golden color with a 2" head. smell is wheaty with a hint of clove and banana. taste is a great mixture of grains, banana, cloves, lemon. lemon because i squeezed wedge in beforehand that really compliments the flavor. mouthfeel is slightly course but drinkabilty is great. awesome in the sun of your favorite patio bar.

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

Pours a cloudy light blonde color with a kicking soapy white head about 2 inches high, which doesn't want to recede, but finally does so with a decent lace.

Smell: Aromas of lemon, citrus fruits, spice, clove, and a bit of banana make this quite the good smellin beer.

Taste: Up front this beer hits with a nice citrus lemon flavor, followed by some smooth clove, and a little spice. A nice wheat and malt combination hit up the middle of this beer showing off what its made for, with a nice buttery flavor as well. Finishes utterly smooth with a nice sweetness, banana and yet a little more clove.

Mouthfeel: This beer just sits on the tongue so nice. Great light body with a smooth crisp carbonation that just plays on the tongue.

Drinkability: Here's the toughest part for me because all wheats just go down so easy. This one, like its many relatives is also the case.

Great beer which brings back my memories of Germany.

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

Pours a golden-orange hue with a huge, off-white head. Beauitful aroma of yeast, bananas, light hops, and a touch of caramel. Lightly foamy mouthfeel still maintains a nice creamy character. Palate holds notes of citrusy sweetness, light malt, slightly spicy hops, black pepper, allspice, and yeast. Almost perfect for a summer evening watching baseball.

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

This was an all right wheat beer. It was a yellow, cloudy beer with a huge head, as all of their other wheat beers. Quite typical of many wheat beers.

The aroma was of very light hops... a little bit of yeastiness, and hints of bread underneath.

The taste was slightly sweet, and the wheat malt taste was very strong. Hints of yeast and bread. Rather good.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an egg yoke/apricot gold. Slightly hazy. Head is pure white, rocky and quite thick with very good (3-4 minute) retention. Lacing throughout and legs. Large, moderately active carbonation.

Smell: Typically and nicely weisse, with a strong grainy wheat backbone, spice/clove notes and (big surprise) a sweet overripe banana scent. Mildly citrus (orange zest) as well. Finally, there is some seriously funky yeast--"bus station urinal" comes to mind.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow, even for a wheat beer, the mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery. The carbonation is also a bit too sharp. That's the bad news. The good news is the flavor, which is oddly powerful given the sweaty handshake of a texture. Starts lemon sour, but midrange a solid spiced wheat arrives. The finish more or less vaporizes into the ether; it's either poor or "clean" depending on your spin. Later, however, you might be surprised to notice a lingering pepperiness and sweet clove flavor--I was.

Drinkability: Since it's almost lighter than water, very.

While the aroma is good and the taste is decent, there's really very little here to get excited about; it's too thin and, IMO, overcarbonated. Decent, but not a star by any means.

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Photo of beerinator
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy dark banana colored. Very ripe banana. Whitish head.

Aroma: Sweet bananas. Spices are solid in the aroma. Clovey. There is citrus hinting through the spices.

Taste: Malty with huge smooth fruity flavors. The bubbling on my tongue is pleasant, there is a nice mouthfeel. The finish is fairly quick with lingering sweetness.

Notes: A good example of the style. A very good beer for introducing the fruit flavors that a hefe can bring to the glass.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one excellent example of the style from one of Germany's oldest and most prestigous breweries. It pours a very hazy honey color with a very large white head and tremendous lacing. The aroma is evocative of fresh baked bread with a hint of citrus and banana. The taste is very much the wheat of a Hefe but has strong elements of citrus and spiciness that may be clove. It's hard to tell. It is medium-bodied with a little grittiness to it. This is one very drinkable beer. I find it hard to resist this beer at any time.

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Photo of silenius
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 500ml bottle with foil wrapped cap.

Beer pours with a vigorous, goregeous rocky head which eventually dwindles to a thin cap across the beer (if you wait a long time). The beer is a light honeyed yellow that allows a glowing light to pass through. Hazy for sure.

Smell is ripe banana, fresh warm bread, sweet bubblegum and cloves. A real winner.

Taste adds a orange citrus bite to the banana and clove elements in the nose that are also present in the taste. The bubble gum shows through in the aftertaste. What a great taste. Banana bread burps.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and actually slightly watery. This is the beer only real flaw in my opinion.

Of course I could drink this one for a long, long time. The mouthfeel gets to be a bit, so I'm rating that aspect only "good."

Wonderful summer beer!

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

500ml bottle with gold foil

Pours with a cloudy, amber/yellow hue, foaming tall, 2inch head forms in the tall glass

Smell, esters of bananas, fruity, clove also coming through, yeasty aroma

Taste, bananas, bananas, even served cold theres a warming fruitiness, little hint of alcohol, great drinkability

An outstanding hefe, the best so far

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.
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