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

It's hazy golden-yellow with a foamy white head. The smell is banana with a hint of clove. The taste is pure classic hefe, with an abundance of banana and clove and that pleasant yeasty flavor. A solid example of the style and very drinkable.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another typical Franziskaner label. i.e. a rather well-fed Monk, resplendent in brown smock, keys in one hand, empty beer glass in the other, and patting what appears to be an old WW1 Gas Mask bag on his chest (I’m sure it’s not, but looks like it).
This bottle however has a Gold label and Gold foil on the neck proudly pronouncing “Imported”, which I still feel is a very “macro” label in nature, especially from a German Brewery.
Putting that to one side, it pours a beautiful cloudy darkish yellow color that reminded me of many Strong Real English Ciders (they are not filtered) that I drank back in the South of England. In fact, it initially reminded me of the strained, but not filtered, juice from pulped and mashed apples. The Haze is a very dull one, almost murky.
This is definitely an unfiltered wheat beer. Head starts large but soon settles to a thin white cloudy ¼”, leaving some spattered lace on the glass sides as it rescinds, very rocky at first then breaking down to an even thin covering. The nose is very fruity, with a lovely spicy hint and some herbal tones. Mouthfeel is average. Hardly any yeast or bananas in the taste, but I do get cloves. Has a short finish where the cloves really come out, and a very light cloying in the mouth at the end. Quite a clean drinking beer all round and easily quaffed.
I spoke too soon earlier in my Reviews about Franziskaner, I do not care too much for their Club-Weisse (Silver Label), or the Dunkel Hefe-Weisse (Burgundy Label), but I find this to be a perfectly acceptable and very enjoyable Wheat Beer. Not a classic by any means, but worthy of a second purchase for sure.

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Photo of Andreji
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alongside the Paulaner, this is definetly a top-notch weissbier in all terms.

Pours an opaque and so-to-speak impure yellow-beige tone, with a white-tan. An old, skunky smell fills up the room immediately with a very present wheat aroma and scarce hops. The taste is no different: soft, delicately aged and fermented with a low bitterness and a mouthfilling flavour that truly enhances your senses. Quite an experience.

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Photo of ADR
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dull, hazy gold color -- big, big head that's rocky and sugary. Astringent aroma, some sense of clove and quite a bit of citrus lemon. Malty with subtle ester flavors all the way to the swallow, a little bit too much tart lemon, and low on the big banana notes. A little bit of rancid peanuts in the aftertaste, perhaps denoting age of the bottle. Definitely meets style in most categories, but Wheats with a different estery profile tend to be more agreeable to me. Not a big fan of the flavor.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First shot at this brewery was a good shot. Cloudy bright color, good head. Quite refreshing. Carbonation was on par. The taste was truely "crisp", with a good shot of hops. I was quite impressed.

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Photo of Zraly
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why could I drink this all night?

Because it's friggin' good, that's why.

This hefe-weiss came out of the bottle with a huge, bubbley head. It was almost ivory in color and made a wonderful contrast against the golden-straw with an orange tint hue of the beer itself. There was a slight layer of "cloud" that seemed to "support" the head, a visual addition to the remarkability of its appearance. Very impressive.

The initial smell was that of fresh, summertime fruit salad. I actually picked up on some nice berry notes.

The tange and the citrus that comes across on the very first taste is decent. It is not invasive, nor is it passive. A warm, soft spice nuance comes underneath and secondary to the zinge of the lemon-orange citrus flavor. A mild banana flavor is present. There is a crystal-like snap on the tongue with just a mild presence of a hop flavor...a clean finish follows. This is truly a smooth-sippin', flavorful announcement of craftmanship.

I never really felt as though hefeweizen was a beer for me, that I could enjoy it on a whim. This brew has proven that theory very wrong.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-orange color with a medium white head that doesn't last very long. Refreshing citrus flavors with light banana smell. Nice macro beer..

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Photo of RBorsato
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellowish-orange with a tall pillowy head over the top of the glass / good persisent carbonation throughout. Classic banana-clove aroma. Grainy wheat flavor with banana and clove tones. Light bodied but creamy with good effervesence.

A refreshing session beer !! Certainly one of my favorites for the style and should be included in any hefeweizen tasting.

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Photo of Kwak
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss
Head :Thick and bubbly almost too much ,taste of orange and cloves jump right out at you.
Body :Cloudy and thick almost brown in color.
Taste :A smokey butt refreshing taste lingers on your palet.
Aftertaste :Wheat kind of bred like. "who needs FOOD"!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Evenly clouded orange with a huge foamy head. Really attractive, just about a perfect looking hefe. Aroma is delicate and spicy. Spices are not over done at all, and blend with a light yeasty breadiness. Good hop presence throughout the flavor, though fairly mild and well-integrated into the overall flavor. Sweet bread-like malt body with hints of lemon and banana. The good carbonation of this beer lightens the body a bit and prevents the sweetness from becoming too much. Slightly dry finish, very well balanced. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Morris729
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely golden orange color with a tall, beautiful creamy white head. Very crisp and refreshing citrus and malt flavors with hints of banana and clove in the aroma. A creamy mouth feel and very smooth. This beer goes down so easy, you have to watch yourself! This is a fantastic Hefe! One of the best I have ever had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Jarod
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent example of a German wheat style beer.
When it is first brought to the table you notice its traditional pale opaque yellow color. Served in the traditional wheat style glass, the head hovers above the rim slightly and about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch below the rim. When the head subsides it leaves a beautiful lace behind at the top and a slight drag as you get to the liquid. The aroma is very clean with hints of banana and citrus (this is aided by the lemon that is added). Very crisp and clean beer from the begining of the mouth to the back. The flavor reflects the aroma with the same hints. An excellent beer that goes with any style of food.

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

A yellowish brown haze color with a foamy white lasting head. It comes to you with a banana scent and a bit of lemon citrus. The taste is somwhat sweet with a hint of spice. Soft carbonation, smooth and very drinkable anytime.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a good summer brew, nice orange color with a medium head. Citrusy (particularly pineapple) aroma. More of the same in the flavor, although slightly sweet. The directions on the bottle for serving this beer are interesting. It says to rinse the glass, pour about 3/4 of the beer, swirl the bottle, then pour the yeast. I did just that but I don't know if it helped or not. Unfortunately Hefe's aren't my favorite type of beer.

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Photo of Mick
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice. Cloudy and opaque as this type is. Banana and fruity aromas along with hints of wheat and malt. A nice citrus flavor enhanced by the lemon wedge additive. A great lace, the head is foamy but consistent and goes the distance. I had this one as a 3-liter draught and enjoyed it from start to finish.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The weissens and in particular the hefe-weissens were some of my favorites during my time in Germany. Over there they used to serve them in the tall weissen glasses with a lemon slice floated on top and a few grains of rice at the bottom to induce an alka-seltzer like action that helped keep the head on the beer. I left the lemon out generally, but you may want to try it this fashion as it is rather refreshing, especially in the summer months.
This beer poured a cloudy yellow orange yellow with a huge head of white foam. A 1/4 inch layer of foam stayed for most of the glass, probably due to the above mentioned rice.
The aroma of a weissen is something I can recognize instantly. I seem to recall reading somewhere that this rather unique aroma was due to the presence of both the wheat used in brewing and a special variety of yeast. The smell is yeasty with a mix of banana, orange and clove essences.
Creamy, refreshing flavor with some caramel sweetness balanced by some rather citrusy (hop?) flavor. Carbonation leads to a club soda mouthfeel at the start, but the finish tapers off to banana, spice and yeast with a rather dry feel.
Decent, drinkable beer, great in the summer and a fair example of the style although I have had better and fresher in Germany. If you are ever there definitely try a hefe-weissen on tap.

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Photo of Lupe
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden amber color, with a generous head and a thick lace. Wheat, malt and fruity sweet nose. Full and creamy mouthfeel, real smooth. The taste is wheat and malt sweet at the start and a hint of banana, a full malty mouth feel at the middle, and slightly dry with hints of citrus and hops at the finish. The yeast and the bottle conditioning adds greatly to the unique flavor and fresh crisp taste and aroma. Besides smell, and excellent beer.

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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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