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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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of pandashaver
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrus, yeasty, bread, orange, banana, cream and butter Appearance: frothy white foam 2 finger head with excellent lacing; golden, cloudy orange throughout Flavor: medium sweetness Palate:light body, thin feel, average carbonation, pronounced yeast finish Overall, this is a solid, refreshing beer that I would I be happy drinking on most any occasion. Had it several times, and it must be poured correctly with full head for proper enjoyment or the experience is severely hindered.

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Photo of Brunite
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A large frothy white head. A cloudy pale yellow/orange. Yeast settled pretty well in bottle.

Smell: Tart citrus along with the standard banana and clove spiciness. Moderately fragrant.

Taste: Very clean taste. More emphasis on the lemony citrus than most other hefeweizens I have had. Yes...there is some banana....and some faint residual sweetness (which is what I look for)...but the citrus seems to dominate. Some dry husky grain for good measure.

Mouthfeel: On the light side. Slightly creamy. Finishesdry due to the tartness.

Drinkability: Easy drinking here. Not as complex as I would like...and again....too much lemon. I have other weizens that I like better so this was likely my only visit. Good beer but there are better in the same price range.

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big carbonation pop as the cap comes off..pours a frothy ol head at first that settles down to nearly nothing rather quickly...a cloudy light orange in color...nose is unremarkable...light...musty..leathery...taste is OK...a sweet wheat maltiness....and a yeasty mustiness....not my type of hefe but still rather tasty..this actually tastes liked a Belgian style beer to me......the body is medium...not as charged up as I expected at first but solid in this for drinkability I'd say it's a little above average...not a beer I would seek out as a Hefe, but it is pretty tasty in its own way...I'd try it again, but after drinking it side-by-side with Paulaner hefe there is no comparison....The Paulaner is hands down better...

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color, nice one finger head that leaves zero lacing. Very cloudy in appearance. Looks very appetizing.
Reeks of banana and citrus, wheat and some lemon are detectable.
Taste is outrageous bananas, with a back up of wheat and a slightly earthy flavor lurking in the background.
Very light beer, great carbonation that lasts quite awhile.
Good drinkability on this brew, tasting above average and the moderate alcohol make it a wonderful session beer for a nice summer day.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murkey golden straw colour. Nose is typical hefe, maybe a little bit lighter than say Ayinger or Schneiders aroma. Taste is nice. Light and refreshing. Clove and banana mesh well. Very refreshing. Smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easily. A decent hefe, however just a tad boring. While I would drink it again I can think of others I would rather have first.

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Photo of phisig137
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, moderately hazy, with a two finger head. Fairly poor retention, and nothing is left behind.

Aroma is fairly heavy on the cloves and spicy yeast, and has just a tad of bubblegum/passion fruit in the back. Nice.

Flavor is a little disappointing. Again, strong clove flavor from the yeast up front, followed by a stale, musty kind of wheat. Finish is dry and lingering, with just a hint of tartness. Well carbonated and light bodied, this is a great beer for being outside in the summer.

Overall, not bad, but there are better out there I think. Perhaps this bottle is a little old, or was mishandled, but this just isn't doing that much for me. I have noticed that this beer does tend to vary quite a bit from bottle to bottle. Perhaps I just got another bad one... that is my kind of luck.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a weizen glass:

A - Murky golden color with a creamy, 3 finger head. Retention is decent and it leaves slight lacing as it recedes.

S - Citrus fruits, clove and yeast. Sweet honey and lemon. Esters abound. Relatively mild.

T - Follows the nose, but flavors are more pronounced. Clove and yeast on the open. Nice wheat foundation rounds the beer out. There's a certain tartness that balances the beer. Well built.

M - Light bodied, well carbonated, smooth and crisp. Suits the flavors nicely.

D - I'd reach for this one again. A good summer beer, and is a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Jordan
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clove and ginger and fruity aromas on the nose, cloudy amber haze in the glass. The clove and ginger combo also come through on the palate. Malty and smooth, finishes dry. A great beer, but a bit too pricey at $9 a six pack.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty little Hefeweizen with a cloudy body and nice white head. Tastes better with food (Bavarian Wurst) than by itself. Filling (heavyish body) and has a noticable effect of its alcohol for the style. Overall, a good buy, but there are better weissbiers out there.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice lightly cloudy yellow with an orange glow. Keeps a nice head through the whole way

S- Yeasty with a small hint of lemon, very mild fruit smell (Cherries?)

T- Cold it has a nice light citrusy yeast that is throat coating and creamy. Becomes more fruity as it warms

M- Thick and frothy contrary to the light thin appearance. Nice bit of carbonation. Best part of this bear is the mouthfeel by far

D- An all around good drinker. i see a few more 6 packs of this sitting in the fridge in my future.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured with a big white head that quickly goe away. a bit soapy in appearance.
first impression of smell was rather earthy..kind of reminded me of a cardboard or paper smell. Not necessarily a bad thing.mixed with yeastiness and some wheat malts.
taste was very true to expected, the bazooka like yeastiness...a bit of "funk" going on here.
solid beer.

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Photo of apratsunrthd
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a dark cloudy yellow with LOTS of foamy light head and nice lacing

S - complex --yeasty and lemony, at the same time dark but refreshing

T - full-bodied, lemony, actually reminds me less of a hefe-weizen and more of a well-brewed light lager (a la Big River's Southern Flier)

M - nice and light, not too fizzy

D - maybe just not my style. It's decent but not great. I'd probably go for another hefe.

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught into a pilsner, served with a slice of orange.

A- Very murky mustard color. Barely translucent, nearly opaque. Consistent without much sediment. Off-white head. Very inviting.

S- Not the most fragrant weißbier. Citrusy bouquet, though that might have just been from the orange wedge. Yeasty with lagery malts hitting the nose.

T- Rich with a lot of citrus. Healthy wheaty back. Fruitier malts than the smell suggested. Not as complex as some other German wheats, but all around nice flavor.

MF- Crisp and light for a weißbier. A bit less body than most.

D- As German wheats go, pretty drinkable. Nice balance of flavors. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of brewQ
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

half liter bottle

Champagne like pour settles into a translucent, light orange. Well knit head. A touch of spice and an easy to savor flavor. A good flavor that is quickly cleansed by the CO 2.

I got some B vitamins in the 'mit hefe'!

A sold weiss that paled versus the Paulaner I had just before it

I hadn't realized that this is part of Spaten, Munich. Have had good experience with their brews.

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Photo of vdread
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Franziskaner Hefe

had this on tap at the spiderhouse cafe. the guy gave me a piece of orange in it, and i fished it out. everybody else seemed to be enjoying the fruit, though.

so it's a dull hazy orange/yellow color with a thin head. smells and tastes of lemons, orange, wheat, yeast, cloves. the taste is strong with banana and cloves. it's tart, sometimes sweet. very yeasty. mouthfeel light, good carbonation, easily drinkable. looks like a hefe, smells like a hefe, tastes like a hefe.

i had a few of these while sketching, my friends had this too, and we all agreed that it is a good beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served with a lemon. GODDAM IT i wish they would ask. why would anyone assume i want fruit pieces in my beverage!? it's stoopid

clovey aroma, but not much banana in the nose. it does show up in the taste, however, along with a bubblegum flavor. the finish is very wheaty, but not really in a good way. the aftertaste is not awesome

meh...certainly doesn't hold a candle to weihenstephaner

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow that lets very little light in. About one finger of head and lots of foamy lacing.

S: Feint sweet fruit, citrus, yeast, and a sharp spicy smell i can't quite place - others seems to say clove.

T: Similar to nose: feint sweet fruits (some banana), touches of citrus and Belgian yeast and hops. Flavors is dominated by a sharp spicy flavor, cloves and hops.

M: Light body, not quite as smooth as I would like, but not bad.

D: Once again, not bad. I classic Hefeweizen, but not that best I've had. I would have it again, though. I feel the flavors are just a bit out of balance.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Tasting glass. The color is a cloudy yellowish orange color with a head that dissapates after a minute or two. The nose has citrus and nutmeg and cloves notes. The taste is like watered down citrusy cabbage. I know that sounds bad, but I think that describes it and it actually taste half way descent. The mouth feel is pretty good and this is a hightly drinkable beer, just not my favorate.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse pours a hazy golden color with an enormous white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. Clove dominates the aroma. There are clove and banana flavors, fairly well balanced and mild. Overall, it's just a little better than average.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an opaque orange pour with a solid 2 fingers o foamy white head (stayed for the whole session), nice retention.
smells of lemon, orange, coriander, nutmeg, bready yeast.
a tart citrus taste followed by the spicyness of coriander.. a very mellow hefe, with a clean crisp finish. light body with high carbonation, very easy to drink (a great session ale). i've been sitting on this bottle for a while - it was a gift from my brother in law, and he had his that day out of the bottle. i tasted it then and it tasted bad. i poured this one in a tulip, and it was a completely different beer. it's hard to believe how much a glass can honestly change a beer's character.

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Photo of dave750
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde in color with a tall, thick white head that stays for a good length of time and leaves a spotty lace. It has a fairly moderate aroma of fruity banana and clove.
First taste is of crisp, tart orange citrus that remains present to the finish. Clove, baking spices and grainy, bitter hop flavors emerge at mid-taste and contiue to the end. Yeast joins in as the flavor begins to fade. Medium body with very good carbonation and a good balance tipped toward hops.
A crisp, light, warm weather beer.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lets just say I'm digging the monk on the label, reminds me to just sit back relax and have a beer and don't get all caught up in these crazy times of craft brew. Anyways little rant over, poured beer into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass which seems to work for every beer.

A: This little 120z. beauty pours a classic hefe hazy straw yellow with bits of clear white edges with wonderful yeast tornado floating and maneuvering around. The head soared up like most hefe's but didn't quite have that big puffy marshmallowness I'm used to seeing.

S: First off you get that wheat tang kickin in high gear, but soon starts smelling of cloves, spices, and an unmistakable smell of banana bread. Really digging this one love the banana flavor in my hefeweizens.

T: Initially you get hit with a subtle sweetness, moves onto the spicy cloves taste just like aroma then transfers to the wheat tang with a bit of a metallic in the finish as well. Dang missing the banana in this one.

M: Started out kinda cream cause of the head, but once it disappeared seemed on the light side. Carbonation seemed high and a bit harsh specially on the back end of the palate.

O: This beer started out really solid and ended up just a bit above average to me. Was one of the first German hefeweizen I ever had but since then I have had better.

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Photo of gilli24
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading the other reviews I think I had an old or bad run with this. The yeast did not mix in very well, after several swirls in the bottle it broke apart and was chunky in the bottom of my weizen glass. I did like the appearance and smell, but overall I was not as happy with this brand as I have been with others in the category. I do not think that this will make another appearance in my fridge.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Hefe but wasn't exactly what I expected but still liked it.

A - Cloudy golden yellow. Full white head that doesn't subside quickly. Strong lacing until the last drink.

S - Phenolic with a bread and yeast aroma. Some light grain and some Belgian funk is present.

T - Strong phenolic clove flavor with yeast, bread, and wheat character on top. Has subtle hints of banana and vanilla that settle out after the clove. Some sweetness with the spiciness but without bitterness. Spice from the phenolic covers the light hops bitterness but still a little noble hop flavor underneath. Similar to a Belgian wit or blond but with more clove and less sweetness.

M - Lighter mouth-feel. Has great carbonation for sitting in the bottle for an extended period of time. light body make this brew refreshing without being too dry.

Overall, this is a nice summer brew when it's too hot for a heavier beer. Not my favorite but will harvest the yeast and probably brew a clone in the near future. I suspect that this is a very good example of the style with the strong clove and yeast taste but I know that there are some Hefe's with more banana and bubblegum flavor.

Glass- Pint

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a Mikasa weizen glass.

Pours a very hazy apricot color with a super-fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a long time, leaving behind gobs of sticky lacing. The nose hits with some malty bread plus a bit of bubblegum and banana. Faint hint of cloves in the background. The flavor comes through with all the same notes. Not nearly as much clove as I would prefer, and the other yeast elements are a tad bit muted as well. Mouthfeel is light and moderately creamy. Nothing too special about this, but it's certainly easy drinking and is a good choice on a balmy February afternoon.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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