Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #10
ABV:
5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,742
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 11.79%
Reviews:
1,747
Ratings:
4,765
From:
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Germany
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Year-round
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Notes: Also known as Franziskaner Weissbier and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.
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Reviews: 1,747 | Ratings: 4,765
Photo of hbis2gut
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great wheat beer. I try and try, but when I'm in Germany, wheat beer is nearly all that I drink. It goes with everything.Germans have this style mastered almost exclusively. Great head, aroma, and a perfect slight cloud to the appearance. A nice pale orange color. You can't help but breath deep during every gulp. Be SURE to use a proper weizen glass. I actually drink this more in the winter than summer due to it being a fair deal sweeter than most wheats. Try Paulaner or something similar for summertime. I also appreciate this breweries' prices and other offerings. It is very reasonable for a quality import.

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Photo of Reverand
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful cloudy orange color with a nice white head. A zesty taste that lingers for quite sometime into a dry finish. Overall a balanced beer and a good example of how a wheat beer should taste.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a german wheat beer. Hands down. It pours very nice and cloudy with a very thick and bodiful head. Nice and murky with a very earthy and sweet aroma, the first sip is all you need to tell you that this is a special bier. By mid-pint, the almost-fruity flavors intensify and, at pint's end, you are ready for another. Very much worth the try!

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Photo of jackndan
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Hefe Weiss: Great looking beer, with a thick head that tops the rim of the glass by at least a half of an inch. Light aroma of yeast and bananas. Very good example of a Hefe Weiss, nice balance between the yeast flavor and the citrus tastes. Very smooth, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of shirfan
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque maize color, small amount of yeast in the bottle. (which I allowed into the glass)

Slightly off-white, large thick head, which still retained a good half-inch when I finished the beer approximately 30 mintues later.

Smell was slightly sweet and had a hint of cloves.

Taste: Agreeably sour wheat and yeast flavors, mild clove presence. Very little bitterness, nor hop flavor.

Notes: Oddly, the label lists this as a "malt liquor" (perish the thought). The bottle cap has a flat, pressed white inside instead of the typical gasket-style ring. The Franziskaner website claims this brew is 5% ABV and top-fermented, which backs up my first impression....(similar to Sam Adams Summer Ale, but without the odd lemon taste)

Further information: Brewed and bottled by Spaten-Brau, Munich Germany, Imported by Spaten North America Inc, Little Neck NY.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddy brown beer with an off-white head, lots of carbonation and heavy sediment, good lace. Pleasant aroma of malt with cloves and bananas. Complex flavor with prominent yeast, malt, cloves, ripe banana, spices. Very smooth taste with a crisp, dry finish and very few hops. A nice example of the style.

In general, it is my habit to allow some of the sediment to enter the beer during the pour, I think that this is what the brewer intended. If you do not do so, your tasting results will differ somewhat from mine.

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Photo of aracauna
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not one of the better German examples of a hefe. Estery yeastiness was weak and seemed lacking. Also had a slight dirt character to the malt taste. I had to squeeze the lemon and I usually refrain from that. A lighter color than Schneider Weiss.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Georgeous orange gold cloudy body with quickly dissapating white foamy head. Fragrance is of sweet nut and vanilla. Taste is somewhat chewey with hints of fruit and crisp wheat. Highly carbonated. Tasty.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, great for drinking in warm summer weather. Out of the bottle it pours golden with a slight haze, and a large white head. It has a slight aroma of bannana and spice. With the first sip, the tastes of bannana and wheat come out bursting onto the tongue. This brew finishes well and has minimal aftertaste. Definately one of my favorite hefe's, and one of my favorite all around brews.

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Photo of Murph
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a creamy white head. Fruity smells dominate with banana at the forefront. Vanilla and banana are the first tastes on the tongue and last all the way through with some nice subtle wheat flavors. Perfect full and creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. This is one hell of a great beer. The full mouthfeel and good body make it easily quaffable anytime of the year but it fits especially well on a nice hot summer day.

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Photo of ORM1
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Haze cloudy amber colour with fine creamy head, like it has to be with hefe-weizen. And this is natural, cause the beer is unfiltered.
The beer has agressive yeasty aroma with ester and fruity notes. Very fresh....
Body is too full almost satiating. There are two main parts of general character: wheat and yeasts taste, with spices and banana in background, a little bit grassy, off flavour reminiscent of mown grass. The beer is very sweet, sometime it seems to be even cloying.
That's the classic indeed.

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Photo of weissbierhead
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is currentley my favorite beer. I must admit I have a slight bias, I have it on tap at home. Golden color just like the style dictates, pinpoint carbination, banana and clove flavors, drinkability is excellent.(Too good, it's hard contain yourself when you have an unlimited supply).

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Photo of Bierman9
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap. Except for the color, I really liked this bier. The color was cloudy, and a yellowish-golden color. Odd-looking, anyhow. Small fine head, with a touch 'o lace. Mild, sweet banana-like nose. Got better as it warmed. Good body, and real pleasant tongue-smoothness. Flavor is like a Bavarian Hefe should be: a touch sweet, clove, banana, very quenching. Quite enjoyable!

overall: 4.2
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of marc77
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Hazy dark yellow from the reflected light from suspended yeast and wheat protein. The head is typically formidable. It's thick, creamy and worthy to be sipped on before getting to the liquid. I'll take a hefeweizen foam moustache over a milk one anyday! The musty yeast notes and aromatic esters include the typical clove and bubblegum notes, but banana is surprisingly mild in aroma. Not quite as pungent as other German hefeweziens, but quite appetizing in aroma nontheless. Not quite as full bodied as other examples of the style-- it's just a touch thin. There are more banana esters in flavor than expected from the aroma, but this hefeweizen is surprisingly subdued as far as yeast contributions as concerned. This is not a flaw, however, and only adds to the drinkability. Finishes a bit tart w/ a touch of residual sweetness. Although not as rich and complex as other German wheats, the drinkability is superlative. A bit more body would've made this an excellent brew.

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Photo of StevieW
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one in the 12 oz green bottles. My first reaction was "oh no, it smells like a skunked Miller Lite !" Really strong smell to start, it poured nice cloudy yellow/orange color, with a nice white creamy head. I thought the taste was very good and made up for the smell. Nice doughy flavor and very refreshing. I recommend this beer as a transition to drinkng wheats in the summer, or as an introduction to wheat beers. It's readily available and very drinkable.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 Pint 9 Fl Oz. Bottle (Brown, gold foil) Tasted in a Edelweiss, wessbier .5 L glass. Creamy rich head, lively carbonation with a hazy orange complexion (darker than the other wheat beers). Yeasty, bread smell. Smooth mouth feel followed by a strong yeast, banana finish. Very, Very drinkable.

PS.... Did I say very drinkable.

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Photo of bk3nj
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely one of my two favorite weissbiers (the other being the inimitable Weihenstephaner). This brew is a gorgeous orange color, clouded over with yeast; soft spice hints in the nose, and on the palate. An excellent weiss all around--definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have this beer on tap when I go to Heidelberg in NYC. It is so good that I can't get anything else. Wonderful yeasty bite, yet mellow at the same time. I just love this beer.

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Photo of Jordan
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clove and ginger and fruity aromas on the nose, cloudy amber haze in the glass. The clove and ginger combo also come through on the palate. Malty and smooth, finishes dry. A great beer, but a bit too pricey at $9 a six pack.

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Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner and Hacker Pschorr (an amalgamation itself) are two German breweries that have been bought up by larger German breweries (Spaten and Paulaner, respectively) and seem to focus on their weisse products. I like this one. Medium body, typical weisse flavors of banana, lemon and clove (in order of predominance). My one complaint is the green bottle -- the freshness of the beer can be affected by the bottle's inablility to keep light out.

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner has all the classic Bavarian style Hefe Weizen flavors like clove, banana, lemon and subtle bit of pepper. Less expensive than its German counterparts too. Good stuff.

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Photo of Todd
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle with a chubby monk holding a stein in one hand and rubbing his full of beer belly with the other. Label says "Malt Liquor" ... yeah, right.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-gold-amber beer with an initial patchy white creamy head. It settles to a thin lace.

Smell: A musty, yeasty aroma with notes of clove and soft banana.

Taste: Smooth, creamy and crisp (wheat) on the palate. Body is light to medium. A lemony hop character starts of this beer with a zesty, slightly puckering bite that lingers on in the background and into the finish. Carbonation is seltzery. Malt flavours follow with caramel, grain and other toasted malt qualities. Clove spice notes and light banana flavours mingle with the malts quite nicely. Finish is a bit dry, grainy and yeasty.

Notes: Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Supposedly the "leading Barvarian Weissbeer in the world". However, it could be a hell of a lot fresher here in the US, and as a result I can say that I've had better. Still ... a classic Hefeweiss, but classic in the sense that it happens to come from Germany and a rather old brewery (1363).

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