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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse
4,542 Ratings
Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have excellent retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a fuzzy, orange/lemon yellow that glows as a light and hazy golden amber in the light. Very classic hefeweizen appearance. Some spots of lacing but not much.

Nose- Heavy, heavy bananas- both from the glass and the bottle. Not much else at the moment. Light notes of cloves. Some lemon and apple notes start to come out as the banana begins to fade. Grass, herbal notes, and honey around the edges. Very creamy and great balance. Good presence as well. Cloves start to show more at the end. Swirling reveals an especially creamy and rich banana aroma. Almost marshmallows.

Taste- Starts off with light but slightly tart apple and lemon before it moves into some banana (certainly not as dominant as the nose) that then moves into wheat followed by a finish of pepper, coriander, wood, and cloves. Slight hints of ash. Less presence than I would have guessed and it may be just a little too thin to be classified as delicate. Definitely fruitier along the entire flavor profile than I expected it to be. Apples, lemon, and oranges seem to be most dominant notes with a very pronounced blend of cracked black pepper and woody to ashy cloves at the end. There's a good chance this might a little past its prime considering the place I bought. It's an above average to maybe good beer but seems too thin and too dull to be at its prime. I'm going to round up a little bit because I don't remember this beer being that thin or low on the banana goodness. Everything else seems okay. I'm pretty sure this is more of a solid, good beer if I factor in past experiences.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a hint of a creaminess that has disappeared. Light carbonation but still a sting of carbonic acid during some tastes. Works with the heavy spice of the finish but does burn a little.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but a little boring in its degraded state. I think it is around 2.50 a bottle and that seems reasonable. I wish I knew the bottle codes so I could be sure I was getting a fresh bottle.

Overall- Average at present but my memory seems to suggest that is a much fuller, flavorful beer. This is a good, solid beer if that is correct. Definitely worth a try. But get it from a bottle shop you trust.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have lived and traveled to every continent in the world except Antarctica, I have found this to be the best bottled beer I have ever tasted. It is smooth, no aftertaste, it's natural beer so it doesn't have the nasty preservatives. You'll want to shake it up before you open it to get the yeast mixed around otherwise it will all be on the bottom and the taste will be degraded. I have heard this beer can even be drank at room temperature but I am still American so I prefer it chilled.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance; hazy tan, lots of bubbles within the beer, thick white head that dissipates quickly to leave spotty lacing.

smell; wheat, banana, cloves.

taste: identical to smell, it's like a generic wheat beer, with a more intense wheat flavor, and notes one associates with blonde Belgian ales.

mouth feel; body is light/medium, very carbonated.

overall; an interesting take on a wheat beer, happy I bought it, will probably buy again during the summer, but would not become a go to.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4,542 ratings
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