Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #10
ABV:
5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,741
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 11.79%
Reviews:
1,747
Ratings:
4,765
From:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  271
Gots
  1,321
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 Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass, the appearance was a burnt yellow to orange color with a nice cloudy effect strung about it's body. Sustaining two fingers worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace, lace slid fairly quick in strings.
The aroma had a nice blend of banana esters, clove, sweet wheat and a tight play of some grassy hop effects.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the prior mentioned aromas and weaving in a tight semi-sweet sort of banana to wheat aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Quick sort of semi-spicy to wheaty structured to banana finish.
Overall, pretty nice hefeweizen, even if they're owned by a bunch of assholes. Only reviewing for my "hefeweizen" stats.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light golden pour with lively effervescence keeping a steady white cap. Aroma is solid wheat malt without a lot of the typical accompanying flavors. Flavor follows very similarly. Not much complexity, but very tasty.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange with a minuscule head. Smells of wheat, little bit of citrus. Tastes of wheat with an orange, not much else. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, a tad light on the carbonation. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tried and true wheat that pours out milky and settles cloudy gold with nice lacing a solid fluffy head. Smell is dominated by wheat malt, not getting much banana or spice. Taste in fronted with banana and moderate clove spiceness with some soft hop bitterness in the finish. Well balanced with characteristic flavors each making their presence known. Light-medium bodied and quick down the pipe ending somewhat short of my expectations. Overall an excellent Weissbier showing.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy golden orange color that is a bit darker than I would expect for the style. The head is huge, luscious, frothy, creamy and bright white. Retention is excellent and there are thick sticky rings of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is a touch on the subtle side, but still quite nice. Banana and clove dominate, but there is a touch of citrus and bread hiding in the background.

Taste is the same, but the flavors pop a bit more than in the smell. Very flavorful without being too "in your face."

Feel is light and very smooth. Light carbonation makes it come across a tad watery, but this beer is super easy drinking.

Overall a very good hefeweizen. Easy drinking and perfect for summer. I would definitely take Weihenstephaner over it, but this is a more affordable option without sacrificing too much quality.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Franziskaner weizen from munchen; A slightly lighter variant, less sweet, some of the wheat, banana and citrus aromas give a fresh acid for a sunny terrace

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic hefeweizen with nice estery notes. Compared to other it has some citric characteristics which it's quite enjoyable and makes it an easy drink for the summer days

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Photo of Brewer101
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like hefeweissen it does not get any better than Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner. This and Weihenstephaner are the standards to measure others by.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with white head, aroma of bananas, yeast, malts and spices, taste is medium sweet/lighly bitter, medium body, medium carbonation, good classic weizen.

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Photo of Unholy_UFO
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is hazy, straw colored. Very foamy put that didn't settle for a few minutes.
Smells immediately wheaty, banana notes, almost a slight sour at the end.
Slight banana notes on the immediate taste, classic wheat bite. Wishing the punch was just a tad stronger.
In the mouth it feels pretty mellow, doesn't stick around too long, a small amount of Bute but not too prevalent.
Over all, a great wheat beer, would definitely drink another if I didn't buy a build your own six pack.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light gold color. Huge creamy foam, excellent lacing. Aroma of bananas, cloves and bit of hay. Some low grainy-sweetness. Medium-light body, very creamy, soft carbonation, bit of yeast spiciness. Low dry finish, short lasting. Some sweetness passed from flavor to a finish. Fantastic wheat beer.

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Photo of ThirstyLion
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers on the planet earth. Smooth, creamy, hints of Orange zest & Apricots layered with very faint Banana undertones. Franziskaner is an absolutely pleaseant, fragrant Weissbier with one of the frothiest presentations you'll find.

Most reviewers on this site summarize this beer very well based on what I see here. I also happen to love it & have given it an exceptional review!

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium, cloudy yellow with very persistent foam. The aroma is very upfront with bananas and wheat. Tons of sweetness, light body, and just a very distant hint of hops in the background and grapes. Plenty of carbonation to go around. Slightly more hoppy aftertaste. This beer is on the lighter side of things, but very tasty and enjoyable. Also a great reference point for a good German Hefeweizen.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into a conical pint glass; pours a hazy golden brown. Very foamy head, if poured too aggressively, otherwise solid with modest lacing. Nose mostly cloves and salt; mild tasting with hints of biscuit and juniper. Nicely medium bodied with solid effervescence throughout. I would use this as a "go to" beer for the style.

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Photo of Xamonline
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased in chicago; served in weizen glass

L: pours cloudy and orange with large, semi-thick, creamy head

S: not overly aromatic; some banana

T: balanced, mild flavors with nothing really standing out; taste on the back end is there but can't quite put my finger on it; maybe metallic as another reviewer mentioned

M: smooth and soft

O: a well rounded and quiet hefewizen without the blast of cloves and banana you sometimes get; decently sessionable and stands out to me for what it's not. would definitley seek out at times

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Photo of andrewh995
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very great wheat beer! Citrusy and not too many banana esters that are so apparent in many Hefes that I've tried before (which is what makes me tend to stay away from this type). Smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of CC93
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a 20oz glass stein, chilled, and room temp (>72 degrees Fahrenheit).

Look: A hazy, golden yellow. Can tout a 2 - 3 inch head depending on how it is poured. Very persistent lacing: a good sign of a well-crafted beer.

Smell: Cloves, but more bananas. I love the smell of bananas. Bananas are good.

Taste: Mostly subtle hints of bananas, and some with cloves.

Feel: Carbonated but smooth. Very pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: Probably the best hefeweissebier I've had in my life. No American craft hefeweizen can compare to those well-respectable German brewers.

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

Another popular Hefe that is often in my fridge-- smell is not as robust as say, Hacker-Pschorr hefe, taste is not quite as good as Weihenstephan hefe, and feel is not quite as complex as Paulaner hefe, but is just as drinkable as these fine beers and a very good beer in its own right. Carbonation is a bit on the high side, and has a very light feel compared to the others--easy to tell since I just so happen to have all 3 bottles open with a Franziskaner in front of me, with the other 3 listed above! (I'd better get to drinking these up, I know, what a rough life LOL)

Franziskaner is also much more readily available around here, which is a big plus. I even found a bar that has this beer on tap, which is impressive to me since I am in the Central Indiana area where for some reason German beer is not all that easy to find. The first time I ordered this beer on tap, the bartender thought I was asking for a 'Francis Conner' and gave me a weird look for a couple of seconds until I pointed at the tap head! BTW, beer on tap tastes just like the beer out the bottle, which is a very good thing.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 10/18/16:

A “naturally cloudy” hefeweizen, but only slightly milky on first pour, though with sediment to come with second. Mostly clear, dull orange-yellow but lovely gold, caramel, amber hues in the light. Second pour is a whole other story, same basic color, but swirling with fines and opaque once settled. Cream-like head of moderate retention. Smell is fruity/caramel tart with wheat and yeast, hints of banana, nearly bubblegum, enticing. Some of that tartness throughout, but as much metallic as fruity, good in balance with mild banana suggestions starting from the middle, and barest clove notes with finish and retro-olfaction, almost lost in light floral to metallic hopping. Good, but a bit watered down compared to the Dunkel version. Still, everything is stronger with addition of dregs. Medium in body, packed with fine, prickly suds, sloshy feel just shy of velvet.

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Photo of JimKal
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a significant head, be sure to leave room for it, Has the classic clove and banana taste from the yeast. The yeast floating in the glass dominates the appearance. I like this better than most of the american versions I've tried of this style but I would prefer a lighter close/banana presence but this is true to the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this the standard for hefe appearances? If not its pretty close. Lovely bright yellow haze throughout, over 1" of white head. Aroma was grain, mild citrus and spice rack, banana.

Taste had a lot going into it, the yeast profile doesn't dominate, this one kicks lots of wheat around, its chewy. There is some spice rack presence, but not overly done. 500ml format does create a cost issue per oz. High.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Appearance: hazy, unfiltered almost orange that builds a big clear white nead of tiny bubbles. Really nice.

Aroma: mainly banana and cloves, but with a sweet fruity dominance.

Taste: banana, wheat, white bread/ bready yeast. Found it tastier than other of its style.

Mouthfeel: smooth and light, a bit watery, but nice anyway. More chewy and sweeter than other hefeweizens.

Overall: It would be better if it had a bit more body, but the aroma and the taste are really good.

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Photo of Mosant
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy unfiltered orange to Amber colour. Great head retention with nice clean white head.
Aroma: nice fruity esters, mainly banana and tropical fruit salad.
Taste: loved it. Great full mouthfeel with some texture to it. Smooth on the palate and in the finish. Some sweetness and loved the wheat malt characters. Definitely recommended and one of the nicest wheat beers I have had.

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Photo of Stephancaputa
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is too good not to try. The head is always well balanced. It has sweet flavors without crossing into the likeness of a shandy. If you ever come across it on tap DO NOT OVERLOOK IT!

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Photo of jmd1978
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazel orange color. Nice little head. Nose orange, banana, lemon peel, sweet malts. Taste orange, apricot, pear notes, bitter of the hops on the back end. Refreshing clean finish. This beer is a great find. It tastes like a refined version of what Blue moon aspires to be. Blue Moon and Shock Top fans are in for a real treat.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 4765 ratings