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

Cloudy gold with a fine, persistant lace. Notes of banana and clove. Malty in nose and flavor. A very smooth beer, but the 6 pack I had tasted a little off... still don't get why breweries use green bottles. Even with that flaw, still a solid hefe-weisse... but you can get better for the price. 6 pack = $7.99 in Indianapolis.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is as close to orange as you can get. A very big and mountainous white head caps it off. Exceptional nose. Bubble gum esters mixed with vanilla and banana topped off with a little pepper. Smooth creamy vanilla is blended with spicy pepper and clove on the palate. Fruity esters are present as well as a subdued wheat maltiness. Solid effort on this hefe-weizen.

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Photo of Jon
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a beautiful cloudy golden color with some yeast that falls to the bottom of the glass. The nose is quite spicy with hints of clove. Tastes quite good with the clove and a little hoppiness throughout. This one is quite smooth with just a hint of graininess on the tongue and is an excellent choice for these hot summer months. It certainly doesn't need the lemon wedge that most establishments generally serve with it, though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very unique weizen. The color is darker than most, pouring an amber, almost brownish color that looks like "apple cider" and has the haze to go along with it. The head is white and foams up into a "rocky, mountainous peak" yet is actually quite thin. The effervescence is high (though not as high as some other leading Bavarian hefe's) and the bubbles are astonishingly tiny, forming a very tight - but light - foamy head. The mouthfeel is similar in many ways to the head with it's very fine bubbles that give a gentle zest - but appearing thinner than some other examples. The yeast character is more restrained than it is in many weizens, in terms of both flavor and aroma. The nose expresses a sharp fruitiness, with less banana than many hefe's. The clove character is clearly present but subtle, and there's an uncommon note of a bready-spiciness... maybe nutmeg? The sweetness of the flavor is restrained in comparison to many. Again, the banana is limited but the clove is present and leaves a slight spice in your mouth at the finish. A sublime weizen. Instantly recognizable. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy dark yellow color and formed a huge white foamy head that looked like a float when it subsided and left some nice lace. Heavy amount of carbonation that probably accounted for the sudsy head. The aroma was of clove, spice and hops. The flavor was of clove and hops. The body was a bit light and the finish didn't posess much of the flavor or aroma.

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Photo of bditty187
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lovely unfiltered apple cider color with a really thick head, excellent! The smell strikes you as inviting with a combo of banana, yeast, wheat, and spicy cloves. The taste is almost perfect, very complex with its flavors (that match the nose perfectly). It is thick and creamy going down the hatch. I’d drink this all year long… why limit it to the hot-ass summer?

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't get much of the bannana or clove flavors common in many hefe-weiss, and in this beer, that was not a detraction. The bready flavors of the yeast and malt were very pleasant, livened up by tingly carbonation, and a nice change of pace from the fruity yeast notes in other examples of the style.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first time I've enjoyed this beer draft style. It was served in an appropriate glass, Nice head on the beer with the usual cloudiness, same flavors present as in bottled version. I can't compare to other Hefe-Weiss' due to the fact this is the only one I've tried. Real nice beer.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful very cloudy golden color with a massive 3 finger head. If you favor wheat beers, this one's for you! The yeast and wheat is very apparrent in the smell with alcohol notes as well. The tastes is especially great after mowing the lawn as I did before I reviewed this. This beer nearly makes you feel like you need a toothpick after you drink it, ain't it great! The taste has a very strong wheat/yeast/alcohol taste with the yeast hanging on til the end. Good brew! Prost!

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

Nice golden pour out of the bottle, with noticeable higher carbonation appropriate for style. Frothy white head forms and lingers. Once bottle-conditioned yeast is swished and poured on top, the spicy clove aroma jumps to the forefront.
Smooth taste intitially, with lingering phenolic sourness following. Great and refreshing German hefe!

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MY friend "goindownsouth" hit the nail onthe head when he said well worth trying. This is probably my favorite hefe, it has a golden yet cloudy color to it and pours with a nice foamy white head. Very good aroma that makes you seem if you are tasting it before you actually do ; and when you do taste it you will not be sorry. Great taste and oh so smooth, try this beer...........CHEERS

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Photo of hbis2gut
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -3.7%
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%
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 -9.4%
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 -22.9%
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%
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 +19%
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 +12.8%
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 +15.3%
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 +14%
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 +6.4%
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 -6.9%
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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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4,558 ratings
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