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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Also known as Franziskaner Weissbier and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.

Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of jlervine
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It arrived the color of orange juice. Yummy. The odd thing was, it had no head. Sure, a little lace around the edge, but no head? On a wheat beer? The aroma was very yeasty with a strong lemony citrus smell. The taste was tart, crisp, and sweet. Very tasty for a summer evening, but the lack of head was disappointing to say the least.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle with gold foil wrapping. This beer poured a lovely, cloudy yellow colour with a huge, fluffy, white head. The aromas were of bananas, cloves, and yeast. The taste was similar, what a wonderul flavor! The mouthfeel is light and crisp on the tongue and the drinkability is excellent as well.

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Photo of TheDM
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a large invigorated head of finely sized white bubbles. It has a yeasty malty aroma with a cloudy yeasty dark orange body. It has a flat initial taste that finishes with a banana flavor and a fizz in the back of your mouth. It has a very nice flavor and goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This hefe weizen poured a hazy amber color with a full head and nice lace. The head diminished quickly, but the carbonation kept coming to give it a fresh bite throughout. It has a fruity smell (bananas), yet tastes more citrus. The taste was smooth with a biting finish. This hefe weizen is refreshing and lively.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, straw-yellow color,
enormous, pillowy white head: so far, the perfect look for a hefe weizen.
Aroma: fresh, flowery, dry, loaded with lemon.
Light and smooth, with a good, grainy texture.
Marvelous fruity flavor, with the requisite Bavarian banana/clove character really showing itself more in the middle, and rides on out through the end.
Wonderfully refreshing, thirst-quenching, damned-easy quaffability.
Belongs among the top tier of weizens: ah, delicious!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After getting home from work and battling an army of ants hell-bent on invading my home, I decided to dig into my stash of hefe's for something to cool down with.

Appearance: a cloudy pale amber color with fluffy white head which deflated rather quickly. Had noticeable amounts of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell: immediate banana-and-cloves aroma. Emphasis on the cloves and spice. Faint smells of yeast and others that I just couldn't place.

Taste: again, hard to get much beyond the banana and clove taste. Did detect a hint of pear. Misses the real wheaty, breadlike flavor of some others I've had.

Feel: Light and refreshing although a bit watery.

Drinkability: a solid example of the style. Not in the top tier of the style IMO (Weihenstephaner and Paulaner are) but pretty damn close. I certainly wouldn't refuse one (or 2 or 3...).

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Photo of hotstuff
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, this brew poured a large thick white foamy head with small bubbles. The aroma in my opinion was both fruity and spicy. This was a very enjoyable smooth brew to drink which was much to my liking and I enjoyed the flavor very much.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Highly carbonated weizen with cloudy appearance that is yellowish. The tart taste of citrus along with the clove and carbonation make for an excellent balance that is very drinkable but also filling with the foamy white head. A nice wheat style one of the best out there.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hefe- is quick becoming my beer of choice along with IPAs Franziskaner poured an almost peach color and only if you squinted could you see that it was a very cloudy yellow. The white head was very rocky with many fine bubbles, but once some of the yeast was added it fortified it and made it more creamy and thick. Smell was only average. The aromas were all compteting with eachother which made it very difficult to simgle in on any prevalent flavor. What I could detect was a fair bit of biscuity malts and perhaps a touch of sour lemon. The taste was thin and refreshing as all good hefes are, but the malts were too astringent. And it had an unpleasant bitter aftertaste which morphed into a cleaner taste. This beer was also too carbonated for me. Fair hefe- and probably better fresh.

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Photo of jreitman
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow in color with a gold highlights. Nice head which helped to carry the spicy and clove aromas out of the glass. These same spice and clove sensations are evident in the palate as well as a nice acid tang that comes through towards the back of the mouth. Nicely balance. My bottle was a little overcarbonated but that didn't detract much at all from the experience.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours nice yellow and cloudy like all good hefe's with a nice fluffy white head that dies down and leaves a nice lace. smells of yeast, bread, bananas and citrus. tastse is a nice wheaty flavour with a hint of citrus and spice. the nice light well carbonated mouthfeel and this is extremely drinkable. not as good as my favorite, the weihenstephaner...but its a bit cheaper and a great beer none the less.

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Photo of MJR
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours the typical hazy peach with a thick, white head that settles to a small ring. Retention is a bit weak...

Smell: Wonderful aroma of banana, clove, and spicy yeast.

Taste: Tart with lots of banana, clove, and a yeasty flavor that is both spicy and musty. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of dryness on the palate.

Drinkability: Really good... This is a well done example of a traditional German wheat bier. It may not be the best, but it's still extremely drinkable.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in a .5L bottle poured into my Franziskaner Weizen glass that my loving girlfriend bought me at an antique mall. The color is a cloudy deep orange, with a huge 3 fingers of head. There is just a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of citrus, like cutting into a fresh lemon. The taste is a little bit of lemon and some banana. I think there should be just a little more hops to balance it out. The mouthfeel is fairly good. This beer has an awesome drinkability, and was a great way for me to start the month of June.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth taste. Good balance of wheat and fruit flavor. Has a thick or creamy texture. The addition of lemon in the glass gives the beer, just enough thirst quenching bite. A very good weisse beer. Not bitter at all. Poured with a thick, long lasting head. Served with lemon.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally rated on 23 November 2002. This beer is a great example of a Hefe: Golden, cloudy, w/ a big frothy head. It has banana & apple in the nose, a crisp wheat taste, w/ a clean finish. If you don't like this one, you should skip Hefe's all together

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A brilliant yellow and orange mixture of clouded beauty pours into the glass. The head expands to gargantuan measures and then eventually subsides to a nice lacy coating. I enjoy smelling this beer. I smell lemon zest, yeast, bubblegum, and vanilla; quite a delight. And then drinking it....yumm! There's a very crisp carbonation along with a pleasant creamy feel. Lemony zest is there first with the crispness, and then some spiciness comes through in the finish. Toasted malt seems to be there throughout with a subdued but enjoyable noticeable feeling. Hefeweizens are awesome brews and this is one of the best for sure.

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Photo of stirgy
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, when poured had a giant meringue-like head to it. The color was a hazy pale yellow and there were intense banana and bubblegum flavors coming through in the aroma. This beer was light in body and some flavors that stood out were sour malt, fruits, and a yeastiness. A very enjoyable Hef – light, flavorful and drinkable. Close to as good as it gets for this style.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is why I drink German wheats! Pours a cloudy dark golden, with an enormous head that slowly settles to a nice rim of lace. The aroma of ripe bananas or banana bread, cloves, and even a little citrus. The taste is crisp and clean with just the right amount of hops to balance it out. This is what I want on a hot summer day to quench my thirst. I had this in a 1pt, 9 fl oz bottle. It even comes with pouring instruction on the rear lable for those who don't know the proper way to pour and drink a Hefe-Weisse.

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Photo of fastfwd
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer of the wheat variety. I think maybe I should have chosen a wheat with no yeast before I tried this style. It poured out looking like a monster of a beer with big white head. While the beer was super creamy I felt like it was just a little slimy and kept reminding me of egg yolks. Not a very hoppy beer, but it had enough to keep it from tasting flat. After drinking the rest of the six pack I came to the conclusion that I didn't feel like it was a bad beer, just not a style that I was used to and maybe I would like it better with more experience.

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Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another great Weizen and I'm rating this one I had from a 500ml brown bottle and not the 12oz green bottles they push to Florida. Great appearance with a mountainess head of froth towering over the rim of the glass. The smell of wheat and a little clove come right off the top. Feels great on the palate and I prefer to drink this one on the warm side (55-60f) in order to get the most flavor possible. Like a good loaf of bread in my belly. Extremely satisfying!

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Photo of goz
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark cloudy golden, thick creamy head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is dominated by banana and clove, while the taste is dominated by the banana. Body is on the light side, ends acidic and dry. Tasty, refreshing, great for after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of Loki
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hefe pours darker than most and is a cloudy almost orange, yellow. Pour a very nice full head with holes and craters on the surface. Very tiny, but highly carbonated, almost like looking at a champaigne. The nose gives off orange, citrus, coriander, and very subtle bananna hints. The taste has a little more zest than most hefes but is sticks to the traditional orange, citrus, coriander, and wheat with a sweet malt some acidity and a slight bitter hops finish. A great hefe and one of the top choices in my house.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a 6'er of this in Venice, Italy for 3 Euro...I was in next trip to Italy will require a much larger suitcase:) I've been drinking this for years but finally got around to reviewing this amazing creation. Milky with flecks of yeast dancing like sea-monkeys, bruised peach-golden forming a large white head atop small to medium sized bubbles. A beautiful beer. The head is of a meringue consistency, forming a peak above the rim...retention and lacing are stupendous. Carbonation is moderately strong with a soft mouthfeel and brisk medium-light body. Aroma....strong cloves, banana, yeast, brisk wheat malt, a hint of lemon, and something unique you don't find in alot of other hefe's...walnuts. Taste....bready, yeasty, delicate... the soft, smooth malts perfectly in harmony with the earthy hops and spicy fermentation. The finish is lightly tart and makes you want to have another. Exceptionally easy to drink, whether it's on a hot summer day or a cold winter night.

This is a wonderful brew...more than just a beer, it has been a reliable, steady life partner, and the best example of the style I can think of. The only way to improve this beer is to lose the green bottles. Exceptional, IMO besting all other hefe's I've had, and I've had alot of em'.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love wheat beers, and this one is a classic defintive representation of what german hefeweizens are all about, mine was served in a nice tall Franzy wheat glass. Pours sunshine golden, hazed but beautifully constructed to form an effervescent white head. Defintiely wheat based in all of it's glory along with a delicate banana clove aroma. The flavor is slightly bitter but the sweetness of the wheat and complementary offerings from the yeast (clove and banana). An almost fain ginger spice watches over this classic medium to lighter bodied hefe. This is an awesome summer beer meant to be drank in a wheat glass.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a pint bottle from the local beer store. Had recently had Paulaner Hefe and was trying to keep that in mind when sampling this German Hefe-weiss.

Couldn't find a clear glass for the first half of it, and so when I poured the second half it seemed VERY cloudy, but I'm assuming it was a bit more saturated with yeast than it was supposed to be.

Taste was very smooth with citrus, spice, and yeast and a sweet finish. Very traditional Hefe which was exceptionally smooth. I would recomend this beer though, if given the choice, would choose Paulaner. Good drinkin'!

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