Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

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 Ellbert
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful yellow/gold color with a humungous white head. The head takes a a while to subside as it bellows over the edge of the glass. This is crystal clear until the yeast is poured in then it is very cloudy and more yellow.

Smell: Full of spices and sweet notes. Not sure exactly what I am smelling here but I think there is a bit of banana.

Taste: Taste is flavorful. Spicy yet very sweet. I did taste some banana in the first quarter of the brew but that seemed to fade as I got to the bottom. Quite good and refreshing as I got used to it.

Mouthfeel: It lost a lot of carbonation from the huge head. When I got to the bottom there was almost no carbonation at all. However before that the mouthfeel was very good. Nice carbonation and medium body.

Pretty drinkable in my opinion. One of my first steps in the the Wiezen category.

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Photo of MattChaos
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner's Hefeweisse is a pleasant summertime alternative to the IPAs and Pale Ales that have been making a name for themselves in the past few years. It is one of the single lightest craft beers I've had all season. What it lacks in alcohol content, it makes up for in its subtle flavor, and calm palpability. While one wouldn't want to spend an evening drinking a 6-pack of this Hefe, I strongly recommend it as a sort of "after work" or "quick stop" beer. Drinking more than one in the course of an evening is unnecessary, and not even that strongly recommended.

The flavor is quietly fruity. A smooth, nasal taste permeates to a pleasant back-end. The low alcohol content allows the beer's full flavor to ride through, though I am curious as to how this particular Hefe would in fact taste with a slightly higher percent.

I'm aware of several Franziskaner drinkers who prefer to enjoy this beer with an orange slice (as popularized by the pale ale craze 2001-2004). While I can understand the desire to add fruitiness to a light beer, the Hefeweisse is already brewed with such excellent fruit, I can't recommend adding anything more to it. I believe this is a beer to be enjoyed as-is, and while adding fruit may take away the palate sting of, say, BLUE MOON, the Franziskaner needs no added flavoring on the part of the drinker.

Overall: The Franziskaner Hefeweisse is not the greatest beer in the world. But it is chock-full of fruity, summertime flavor, is poured with a rich, thick head, and is an ideal beer to enjoy during those dog-days of July.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a thick layer of soft, cloud-like white head that fades to a thin lacing. The nose offers intense clove spice and a mild banana fruitiness. Wheat and straw dominate the character of the flavor with some clove and yeasty undertones. The mouthfeel is very crisp and heavily carbonated which lightens the body considerably.

Smooth and refreshing, this is a nice, drinkable beer. The high level of carbonation detracts from the flavor. The bubbles exploding on the palate don't allow for the flavors to really come through. Overall, this is a solid Hefe worth trying.

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

Slightly cloudy yellow with a huge nearing a one inch bubble bath off-white head. Groups of bubbles rise to the top in tight formations and in perfect harmony! Tons of spices, freshly squeezed lemons and day old bananas on the nose. Sweet malts and a crisp lemon peel blast are noted on the initial sips. Cloves and hefe-ish spices are noted in the body. Just a touch of black pepper is left on the palate. Clean and enjoyable; between middle of the road and top shelf...decent enough.

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

Pours hazy orange with a large white head.
The expected banana and wheaty bread instantly recognisable in the aroma, along with oatmeal and just the slightest hint of cloves.
Flavours include white bread, subtle banana and hints of cinnamon.
Body seems slightly watery, but carbonation is good.

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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 regard...as 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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