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 brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Franziskaner Weizen glass, complete with Santy Claus on it! Lots of initial foam which calms down to reveal a hazy golden-amber hue. 2 finger head with staying power and large lacing, but it doesn't stick. Lots of bubbles making the long trip up from the glass. That's an attractive brew.

Aroma is initially, and disturbingly, skunky for just the first, second inhale (*man* I hate that). It clears out rapidly though, allowing a very peppery, spicy nose to come through, so much so that I'm not even picking up much yeast. That's a first.

Taste is clove and yeast up front, bubbles clear that out for a sweet banana finish and slight sweet aftertaste. I start to taste the alcohol just a bit at the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full, but not heavy. Nice mouth coating helps hold the flavor until the next swig.

Great drinkability. Very tasty, great session beer, nothing to stop me from drinking my fill (except a supply shortage)...

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Photo of el_michoacano
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of thedoubler55
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a weizen glass:

A: Cloudy orange in color, a nice off white head at the top that stays for a while, a nice coating of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Honey , lemon , yeast, A nice note of citrus fruits throughout.

T: Very well balanced brew, just like the nose with more of a wheat taste and slight bitterness thats perfect.

M: Smooth, light bodied, nice amount of carbonation.

D: A great summer brew, enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of dmarch
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden is color with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty with bannana. Taste is fruity, lots of bannana and citrus fruits. The high carbonation makes for a wonderfull mouthfeel for a Hefe-weisse. I thought this was going to have a mass-produced taste, but I was quite surprised by the craftmanship in this beer.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A:Deeply cloudy. Golden yellow in color. Heavy head fades into almost nothing very quickly.

S: Chalky. Wheat, honey, tropical fruit.

T: Great wheat! Orange peel, coriander, and clove to a lesser extent. Rich.

M: Heavy viscosity. Excellent.

D: Wonderful. I personally think this is one of the best of this style that I've ever had.

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Photo of GregStoner
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten's version of a hefeweizen coming at you right now:

Cloudy, dark blonde to orage in color, good head, and looking good in my weizen glass. Yep, it's a hefeweizen. Smell is yeasty with gum and wheat flavors. The taste was light, yet it was coming up with interesting flavors. The standard phenols and malted wheat flavors apply, but there was also some nutmeg and refreshing gingerbread notes, all ftouched off with a dry wheat finish. Very nice. Light enough to drink easily, but enough flavor to interest your senses.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: really dark - surprizingly so. It's a cloudy,hazy orange-tan/brown. Really weird but kinda cool. Huge, massive white head that was increadibly thick.

S: wheat, lemon, lots of banana and some mild spice.

T: lots of banana with moderate spiciness including typical clove notes. Delicious.

M: light, but crisp and refreshing.

D: since I love hefes I could drink it non-stop. Goes down easy, has lots of flavor - great beer.

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Photo of leonGomez
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the few go to Brews I buy on a regular basis. Just the label of the Monk or Friar had me sold when I saw it. This is one good weissbier that is easily accessible in NYC. What I enjoy the most of this bier is the cloudy color and the amazing taste that does not overwhelms the tastebuds but instead leaves you wanting more. I could write all day long on this one but is up to you to go out and taste it yourself.

p.s: Drink a lot of them.


-No need to do all that fancy review $*@!

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Photo of Fugazme
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Straw and murky... very cloudy. Tons of bubble action. A mountain, tight, bright white head. Thick and beautiful. Creamy.

Smell is yeasty and bready. Wheat all over. Bannana and spice. Wonderful aromas.

Mouthfeel is creamy and good. Head tickles the nose.

Taste is of grain and fruit. Not overly complex, but a great beer on a summer night.

One of my overall favorite session beers for sure.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served in a 22oz glass, it is a hazy golden color with a thick white head, by the book. The aroma was dominated by yeast character, fruity, some banana, some tropical fruit, and some clove. The flavor is a burst of yeast character, much like the nose, and surrounded by soft, sweet wheat malt. The beer finishes medium-full, slightly dry, with a pleasantly lingering wheat malt flavor. The carbonation is medium and body medium-full. Overall a very tasty well made hefe, recommend.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

finally getting around to reviewing a long time favorite.

this beer pours a gorgeous light hazy orange with one of the best heads in the beer world.

smell is awesome - freshly baked bread with lemon zest.

taste is superb - light malt with hints of citrus, banana, and clove, followed by the slightest hop bitterness, very well balanced brew, lots of nuance, absolutely not the slightest hint of anything off or out of place.

mouthfeel is just right for the style and drinkability doesn't get any higher.

overall, a great summer quencher, a finely balanced masterpiece. a must try beer for sure.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what beer was meant to be...

Pours nice and cloudy, looks almost like home made apple cider. The head was a good two fingers and dissipated slowly. The aroma is sweet with a subtle hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is fully bodied, your not getting tricked into believing this beer is something that it's not.

I spent a few years in Germany in my late teens and I drank a heck of a lot of Hefe. I always keep a few of these in the back of my fridge for when I've had one of those days at work.

It's also interesting to drink a true Hefe after tasting one of the American "knock-offs"

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this one off tap again last night. The beer poured a testaceous color with a nice ivory head that sticks around nicely. The nose is banana, lemon and cream. Not too strong, but nice. The flavor is creamy, banana and clove. There are hints of lemony tang in there as well. Overall a good beer. The feel is thick and creamy. Just a nice session beer. I think Franziskaner is one of those beers I can always trust.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a large mug

beer pours a light orange color with quite a large beautiful white head which hangs out for a while.

banana and clove definitely obvious here, wheats, and a bit of spiciness. very nice.

wheaty and bready with the spices coming in nicely. finishes smooth and encourages another sip.

overall, one of the best hefes I have had. can marks its bottling on august 28th; I can only imagine how much better it would be fresher.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: evenly cloudy, golden/orange color. Poured a 3 finger coarse head with fair retention. decanted continuously. Medium lacing in unbroken rings.

S: Very yeasty. Notes of banana, citrus and cloves in the background.

T: Bursting citrus up front. Sweet banana follows and maybe a little bit of fuzzy peach. Nice, light bittering in the finish cleans the beer up repectufully with a nice zest.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Clean, crisp and slightly dry in the finish.

D: Very sessionable beer; I've done so frequently in the summer. Don't know why I waited to rate it from a bottle I drank at my sons house Wednesday night.

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Photo of hotdogtornados
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzlyo
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Simple but great Hefe, a classic.

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Photo of uustal
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange/copper with a bright white, long lasting head. Good lacing as well. Aroma is strong. Wheat, grass, lemon, orange and banana notes are all present. Flavor starts with a nice sweet wheat malt. Lemon and orange zest, clove, grass and a hint of banana flavor follow. A lot going on, but it is very well mixed. Tongue tingling, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours medium golden, hazy, with rocky white head that releases the aromas quite well. Nose is restrained compared to some other weissbiers I've sampled recently, but a light banana/clove is clearly present with some bready components. Palate is more wheat cracker malty than big banana/clove, with more breadiness overall especially from the yeast esters.

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Photo of Mryup
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautiful yellow golden honey with a relativity light haziness. A gentle pour into my Weihenstephan glass produces two inches of course foamy head that fades to a lumpy 1/4 inch sheet.

S: A combination of biscuity wheat combined with a lemony citrusy yeast. Some mild clove and banana in the background. Very clean and pungent.

T: A slightly bitter bready yeast flavor with lemon and plenty of banana backing it up all on a wheat foundation. Sly clove helps add balance and adventure to a mellow flavored beer. Nicely balanced...I detect a hint of pepper.

M: Very very nice. Lots of CO2 add much needed adventure to the mellow flavor. Light, airy, crisp that goes dry at the end. Well done.

D: A wonderfully refreshing drinkable beer.

Not quite the king of the Hefe-Weisse but better than I expected. I would drink this anytime. Cheers!

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Photo of pobri27
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgilks
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy, straw colour with a creamy white head. Good head retention. This is a classic weissebier.

The aroma is slightly dulled by the cool serving temperature but the aromas I get are of vanilla, wheat and clove. The composite is a well rounded weissebier which could benefit from a bit more of the classic banana aroma.

The taste is great. Silky, smooth vanilla with spicy and fruity notes. Really quite good and held together well by the wheat.

The body is a little under medium with moderate carbonation. The body is aided by the unfiltered nature of the beer adding a really creamy mouthfeel.

For me this is a great beer. Sure the flavours don't have quite enough banana and clove but the rest of it comes together so well.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a 500 ml bottle.

I love how most weizens look and this is no exception, a lovely, hazy straw color filling the glass. There's a great big head, thanks to a vigorous pour, but it quickly recedes into a thin film. Leaves quite a bit of lacing. Smell is nice and fruity, with lots of banana and malts to back it up as well as some citrus nuances. A lovely, sweet smell to this brew.

The taste expounds on the sweetness of the smell, as there's a big banana and bubblegum bite right from the onset. There's some citrus in there as well, it's just not as pronounced. A nice maltiness accompanies the typical banana taste, serving to balance it out. Hops and bitterness are non-existent. Bready finish is present, but not as evident as with other hefeweizens. Isn't quite as chewy either, but the wheat characteristics still shine through and make the back end very pleasant. Not too much of an aftertaste at all, but you'll still smell banana in your nostrils for quite a while after drinking it. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but is quite crisp and doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the beer, nor does the minimal carbonation.

Overall, pretty impressed with this hefeweizen. A charming scent and a robust taste combined with a pleasing visual character makes this a winner in my book. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of obywan59
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly clear at first into my 16 oz. Schneider Weisse glass, but with having to wait and pour, wait and pour, it soon becomes cloudy, even with leaving the last bit in the bottle. (simply because I grew impatient.) Starts out kind of yellowish, but turns more golden as the sediment increases. 4 1/2 finger near white head that bubbles up big as it recedes, like swiss cheese. Decent lacing.

Great aroma of sweet ripe bananas and cloves. As it warms, more of a lemony aroma develops.

Taste is dominated by clove, with the lemon being more pronounced, and the banana a bit more subtle than the aromas.

Medium bodied. Plenty of tingle in the mouth extending into the throat, and then warming in the chest.

Very easy to drink. What with the lemony/fruity characteristics, plus being on the light side, this beer would make for a great summer session.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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