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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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Photo of BostonHops
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a pale, hazy yellow with a just shy of 2 fingers' head; solid retention and leaves some noteworthy lacing.

nose offers predominantly banana with citrus (mainly lemon), clove, and yeast evident. flavor follows with a nice balance of banana, lemon, clove, wheat, and spice.

crisp, light-medium bodied mouthfeel with relatively high carbonation. high grade drinkability, something i would easily be inclined to session - especially in the warmer months. not a style i generally spend a whole lot of time with, but this guy is one of the better hefeweizens i have sampled.

original review on: 08-24-2010

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Sharkophile
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Hobrau stein glass. Appears a murky honey-golden color with some orangey tones. An enormous white head crowns the beer and takes a few minutes to settle. Looks positively gorgeous.

S: Banana, clove and grainy wheat and malt dominate the aroma.

T: Again begins with the banana and clove flavors from the yeast along with some honey-like (herbal hop?) flavor as well. Grainy flavors become more dominant and the finish is dry with some lingering spicy grain flavors. Delicious hefe.

M: Crisp medium to light body with incredibly active carbonation for a light and airy mouthfeel. Excellent.

O: Among the best authentic Bavarian hefes around. This was the first one I had a while back and is still up there among other examples of the style.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been having this for years, but have no idea why I haven't reviewed it yet. Poured into a weizen glass out of a 12oz bottle.

Appearance is everything I expect from a hefeweizen: a giant, fluffy head topping a yeasty, straw-brownish color, and lot's and lot's of carbonation. Looks appetizing and very thick.

Ooh, this one's quite aromatic too! Huge yeasty covered malts, and flavors reminiscing banana, lemon grass, coriander, and hopped spices. The sweetness is pervasive, but it has a funky, spiced earthiness that makes it a hefeweizen within its own caliber. Definitely top of the line here!

Flavor is not as rich as it smells, but still makes itself an all-around worthy wheat ale. The excessive yeast and spices actually make it a worthwhile, flavorful experience, yet the fruity notes seem a little lost underneath. I do like spices, but I feel doesn't reach the meal-like caliber that other wheat beers I've had do. This beer is an overall success concerning body, as it's thick and juicy as any ideal wheat beer should be. The finish is a little watery, but it's very balanced and very well made overall.

This may be macro offering (from Spaten), but it's still a classic among wheat lovers. Really good, fresh, and balanced, and a purchase that can't usually go wrong.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy/straw yellow 2 finger white pillow top,
gorgeous lacing

S: lemon peel/grass, wheat, hint of clove

T: lemon peel/grass, earthy grain wheat, mild clove
sem-dry earthy finish

M: med/light body, smooth/semi-crisp mouth

O: Don't know if I'm bias, but my 1/4+ German
roots love this brew. I could drink it all summer.
Very refreshing, fine import beer for newbies
to wheat biers, as well as, imports. For a lighter
beer, this is just so enjoyable.


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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy golden-copper color with and inch+ creamy white head.

Smell - Banana, clove, yeast, and maybe some lemon.

Taste - Same as the aroma.. but not so much of a banana flavor. Clove is most present, along with wheat, grains, and breadiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is one of the best hefeweizens I've had.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic look, minus the hefe glass. Whipped topping head that laces sits on a cloudy yellow-orange glow. Take this out of the pint glass and we're golden. 4.0

Fluffy dough wheat malts with clove, nutty yeast, and faint banana. 4.0

Classic spicy flavor dosed with some coriander and more backend clove. Some metallic notes that fall into fleshy banana fruits, lemon rind, and a wee hint of bubblegum. Dies a bit in the finish, which dries out a bit. Kiss of herbal hops begins and ends it. 4.0

Medium body with some thinness. The carbonation is a little punchy. A tongue-scrubber. 3.5

Easy-to-find, and if you don't expect too much from it, easy-to-like. Not my favorite German, but a staple hefe in most books. I'll subscribe to that. 4.0

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Photo of iSip
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Weissbier: Outstanding! While I like to support local breweries, and very much enjoy American style wheat beers, there is just something special about a good weissbier direct from Germany. The Franziskaner has a lightly cloudy golden peach color. I did not stir up the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. A big frothy head forms on top, and lasts for the duration. Good aroma for a wheat beer, with big lemon twist notes. Very smooth going down. Lots of subtle favors, banana and orange peel most distinctive, and just the right level of sweetness. Highly recommended.

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive foam-up to start, in the Aventius weissbier glass with the bulging top. Settles down to a big white cap on a spritzy, hazy, pale amber beer. Plenty of spice in the nose. What a wonderful creamy, flowery mouthfeel.

Rather lemony and on the tart side. Lots of fruity pineapple and banana flavors. A touch of clove and a spicy bitterness at the end. Hops are very much in the background. On the whole, it tastes like a watered-down Hefeweizen, but in a good way. What a pleasant surprise, so much flavor in a moderate ABV beer with such bold maltiness and a balancing tang.

You have to look at this as an interesting beer in a style of its own. Hugely carbonated, the yeasty sediment, the fruity smells-- it's a little puppet show in the German language. From a 355 ml bottle at Trader Joe's.

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