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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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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle with no dating system into my Tucher weizen glass. It was hazy golden yellow color almost cider like with some small bits of yeast floating around. It had a massive head that took forever to fall down and even then it had constant 1/2" foam. The aroma was exceptional, perfect, incredible....I love nothing more than the smell of a great hefe. This had had the standard overripe bananas, cloves, a hint of bubblegum but nailed it. Some hefes smell great in certain areas but this one hits it right on all accounts. The taste is just like the aroma - perfect. It hits you with the great taste from the taste and doesn't let up as it finishes perfectly. I may be biased as this is my favorite style but this is truly a 5 if there ever was one. This along with Ur-Weisse and Paulaner are my preferred session beers. Mouthfeel was also exceptional with a great creamy feel and just the right amount of carb. Obviously, I highly recommend this one. (5, HR-HOF, T, Y)

Original review from 11/10/04 below:
12oz green bottle. Poured a pale straw with lots of foam and good carbonation. The smell was heavenly - you can't beat the smell of a good hefe. The color and smell scream classic hefe and the taste followed. Quite simply one of the best beers out there. This has a regular spot in my beer rotation and never fails to disappoint. PR 5.0

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow tan color with a sizable head that fades to a 1/2" solid layer. Smells sharply of clove and banana scents that are very indicative and expected from this style. Flavor is excellent for the style. Starts off with a smooth banana and clove flavor that gives way to a decent hops finish. Somewhat of a metallic twang in the aftertaste, but it does not detract from the beer at all. Very good. Mouthfeel is very full and smooth.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/05/04- Had from the tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Appearance- Pours in a nice half liter weisen glass. Had to wait for a few minutes for a few refills because the head has so huge. When I got the beer it was a good inch and a half. A nice yellow-orange tinge. Very cloudy. Very nice lace also.

Smell- Wheat and yeast with cloves and citrus mixed together.

Taste- Typical hefe, but a bit better. You basic hefe flavors of wheat, cloves, spices and bananas. But sweeter than usual. Maybe like unripe bananas? Almost a sugary quality. Very different.

Mouthfeel- a bit to carbonated for it's style, IMO. And this sweetness is inriquing to me. Goes down smooth though.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Not in the same catagory as Paulaner, but then again, it has much of a different taste. Sweet instead of citrus.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy pale with a yellowish tinge. A very nice color for the style. Creamy head that lingers for a bit. Smell is dominated with yeast, wheat and some citrus. Taste follows the smell, but has a very powerful yeast sour nuttiness that is almost too much for the brew. Very smooth and consistent the full 22 ounces. Quality weiss.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer! Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a robust head that lingers. Smells of balanced yeast and hops, with a bit of lemon and sourdough bread. The taste is superb, nutty yeastyness perfectly balanced with bitter hops. A bit of red apple and a soupcon of caramel, a twinge of lemon. Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth and crisp. I was so impressed with this beer, I bought another 6-pack immediately. The fact that it comes in a 6-pack is also a plus. One of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of Skidz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pale gold and sits hazy orange gold in the glass with a big foamy white head and good lacings.

Aroma is packed with wheat and lemons. Some grassy and green aromas, hopping adds some light spiciness.

Tastes malty and sweet up front and moves into a very controlled balance of sweets and bitters with lemony sourness. Finish is lightly bitter with lingering sweetness and mixed citrus flavors.

Crisp and carbo-loaded in the medium-light body. Easy to drink but not much character. Still, a good drinking Hefe.

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This mellow wheat is one of my all time favorites, and "Oktober" is the perfect time to share it with the uninitiated.

Pours cloudy, golden-yellow in color, with a nice, fluffy head. Smells of bananas, apples and spice. Ashamed to say I missed the peppery notes at first whiff, but just took in a good nose full from the glass I am currently enjoying - sans the lemon slice - and by gosh, there are hints of pepper in there, too.

The taste is smooth and not overpowering, making this a good choice to share with those new to Hefe Weizens. Feels good in the mouth - sturdy body, though in my opinion, there's a bit too carbonation.

Still, the overall composition makes it a classic among this style, and quite drinkable all year round.

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

I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this beer before. I’ve enjoyed it for years including fresh at the source in Munich.

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating, but it does have the happy monk rubbing his tummy on the label.

Beer pours a hazy, cloudy burnt yellow with a massive chiffon like head.

The beer smells great. Lots of banana, fresh bread dough and spices (clove, all-spice and pepper). To quote Emril, "happy, happy happy".

The taste is also very good. Can be easily enjoyed with or without the lemon. Beer has a tart refreshing taste of banana and spice and tends to be a bit sour (in a good way). This hefe’s taste seems to coat your mouth like an IPA does and that is very nice.

The mouthfeel seems just about perfect. Steely & biting best describes this beer. Extremely easy to drink. One of all time summer favorites, but it can easily be enjoyed anytime of the year. This is one of the gold standards for this style. Enjoy!

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

The beer arrived at the table a pale yellow golden with a fluffy white head which coated the glass.

The aroma was clove and fruity with wheat and spice.

The wheat flavor dominates the flavor with clove and even a slight citrus note and slight banana in the back.

The finish is dry with lasting wheat flavor. The body was medium and well done.

1/2L at Publick House in Columbia, SC.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellow witha thick frothy head that lasted for a few minutes and left some thick foam on the glass. Aroma is of a light wheat malt with a touch of clove and not much else. The taste is very clean but full of dry malt flavor with a light balance of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation but is definetely not flat. An excellent Hefe but make sure you refuse a lemon slice in this one as it is pretty delicate and the citrus would overwhelm this beer easily.

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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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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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