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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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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Franziskaner is my go-to. What a really flavorful, stellar beer. It's like something out of the Middle Ages, and that is a good thing. I feel like a Gregorian monk when I drink this stuff.

Draught poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass:

Appearance: Deep bronze, almost light honey colored, with a pristine, beautiful shade of Germanic awesome. An off-white head that is less than a finger's width, quickly receding into lacey edges on the glass like a Byzantine tapestry.

Aroma: Faint, bitter sweet, slightly citrus undertones -- not overpowering. It is very inviting.

Taste: A rich wheat with a fruity aftertaste, no maltiness and ever so slightly hoppy. It lures you in with its deeply embedded, earthly goodness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily on the tongue, but rolls off nicely, with some biting carbonation.

Overall: I fell in love with this stuff the moment I tasted it. Friar Tuck would drown himself in this heavenly beer. It's really, really one of the finer brews out there. Get it on draught if you can.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at an Oktoberfest event in Dover, NJ on 9/17...

The only weissbier available at the festival... and what a smash it was. It poured a cloudy, honey gold that supported a soapy, inch thick head... even in a plastic cup this was nice looking.

Big, pronounced aromas of banana, bubblegum, and clove wafted from the beer, smelling fresher and better than any I've ever sampled. The tastes were congruent with the massive, juicy nose, and particularly wonderful was the mildly sour, yeasty notes in the finish. So terrific and satisfying.

In the mouth, the beer rolled and foamed effortlessly and was the perfect ending to the experience. Lightweight yet medium bodied, it was amazing as an all-day quaffer for the Oktoberfest celebration.

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Photo of jcw122
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful beer! Had this ON TAP at Biergarten Haus in Washington, DC. I'm blown away. I'm a huge fan of wheat beers, and this has to be one of my all-time favorites, even more so than Sierra Nevada Kellerweis or Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

My impressions of a 1L mug of this beer:
-LOTS of flavor
-I enjoy the hazy look
-Very "drinkable"...the flavor was ample and didn't get old, even towards the end of the 1L

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential hefeweizen for me. If you want to know what a true hefe is, drink this beer or some weihenstephan. Yeast and wheat taste with great head retention, smooth mouthfeel, and much drinkability. Very refreshing and very tasty....

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Photo of BeerBob
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse pours a cloudy hazy amber with yeasty filament trails cascading down into the brew from the swirled and swished pour, from its 1 pt. .9 fl. oz. very dark brown glass bottle with an aluminum foil wrapt cap. Head of fine light tan foam went to well over three fingers, and leaving ample amounts of lace on the walls of my 24oz beer glass.

Nose is a pleasant citrus sour with hints of clove and banana. Palate is a most delightful medley of citrus sour , clove, and banana. Not to be left unmentioned, the bight of carbonation is well represented also.

In my humble opinion Ladies and Gentlemen, it just does not get much better than this. If you are a fan of German Hefe-Weisse, you can come in out of the cold and settle in with a nice glass of this World Class German Brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a 6'er of this in Venice, Italy for 3 Euro...I was in heaven...my next trip to Italy will require a much larger suitcase:) I've been drinking this for years but finally got around to reviewing this amazing creation. Milky with flecks of yeast dancing like sea-monkeys, bruised peach-golden forming a large white head atop small to medium sized bubbles. A beautiful beer. The head is of a meringue consistency, forming a peak above the rim...retention and lacing are stupendous. Carbonation is moderately strong with a soft mouthfeel and brisk medium-light body. Aroma....strong cloves, banana, yeast, brisk wheat malt, a hint of lemon, and something unique you don't find in alot of other hefe's...walnuts. Taste....bready, yeasty, delicate... the soft, smooth malts perfectly in harmony with the earthy hops and spicy fermentation. The finish is lightly tart and makes you want to have another. Exceptionally easy to drink, whether it's on a hot summer day or a cold winter night.

This is a wonderful brew...more than just a beer, it has been a reliable, steady life partner, and the best example of the style I can think of. The only way to improve this beer is to lose the green bottles. Exceptional, IMO besting all other hefe's I've had, and I've had alot of em'.

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Photo of shoxroxice
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer so far, and I have become a huge fan of the Hefe variety largely due to this beer. I am fortunate enough to have this beer on tap locally and whenever I get this chance will order one in a frosty mug.

Great flavors that to me are a balance of bright and light. Carbonated just enough to know you're drinking a beer, but very smooth when served in a frosty mug.

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Photo of Morris729
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
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 828beagle
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. A nice inviting golden orange, rather cloudy with an initial clumpy 2 finger head which quickly dissipates to 1/8 of an inch. Fruity citrus smell with hints of oranges, peaches, and bananas. Very little bite to the first taste, sweet citrus and light continuous carbonation throughout. Easy going down, pleasant aftertaste. Not heavy on the stomach. You could easily consume more than a sixer if you were so inclined. Relatively easy to find and not overpriced. A year-round brew for all occasions. Definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of styrene
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy, near-opaque golden hue. Pleasant, sticky, thick white head.

Smell: classic banana and clove, maybe a bit of nutmeg. kinda reminds me of a parisian patisserie on a warm day: oh-so-fragrant, but in a very unassuming fashion

Taste: Perfect hefe-weizen. Bready, robust and chewy up-front, with a nice clove-y kick in the clean, slightly bitter finish. The flavors are not overpowering. In fact, they form some kind of synergy that creates, imho, the finest hefe-weizen available.

Mouthfeel: Assertive and thick, but one's palate is cleaned off by the impressive carbonation. This beer is, simply, refreshing.

Drinkability: Very high. Franziskaner is, for me, the quintessential hefe-weizen. All the right flavors and textures are there, and they are masterfully combined to make what could be a disturbingly heavy beer exceptionally quaffable.

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Photo of techdiver
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange with massive rocky head that dissipates slowly. Great carbonation.

Wheat malt, clove and faint banana nose.

The faint banana nose abounds in the taste. Just a great tasting Hefe.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. The carbonation is a delight.

Great drinkability. I need more. When my Weihenstephaner is gone, this will be the Hefe I stock to replace it.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, great for drinking in warm summer weather. Out of the bottle it pours golden with a slight haze, and a large white head. It has a slight aroma of bannana and spice. With the first sip, the tastes of bannana and wheat come out bursting onto the tongue. This brew finishes well and has minimal aftertaste. Definately one of my favorite hefe's, and one of my favorite all around brews.

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Photo of aluskungs
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd rather give this all 5s, but is any beer perfect perfect? (except in Heaven or possibly on draft in Bavaria?). But this is one heavenly beer! (and it does have a picture of a smiling monk on the label)

This beer is to me is the hallmark of all hefe-weissens, to which all other beers should strive to be.

Pours great. Lots of carbonation and a big lacy head. Bubbles cascading up the side of the glass. Yeast rising and falling like little hot air ballon riders.

The smell is strong cloves and bananna. The sour smell tastes delicious, almost don't need to drink it, I can taste it already, but this is a beer review so I guess I'll have to drink it (twist my arm).

Oh heaven, what flavor! I don't think I ever had a beer with more flavor. A pleasent sourness blankets my tounge as the carbonated liquid flows across my palate like a cold brook (not from the Rockies). A very refeshing beer! The sourness lightly lingers in a good way. I'll go to bed tonight dreaming of bier gardens, putzfraus, and pretzles.

Great beer is easy to review. This is one of my favorite all time brews.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher weiss glass. No date.

A - Probably the bubbliest beer I've ever seen! Semi-hazy golden-yellow with an unstoppable, dense white three finger head that left great lacing!

S - Strong aroma of banana esters, clove, yeast, and wheat. Overflowing smells in such a great way!

T - Prominent wheat and clove/spice flavors with a muted yeasty and banana-estery deliciousness. How can a hefe-weisse get any better?

M - Slick and bubbly. Light to light-medium in body. It may be possibly over carbonated just a touch.

D - This is one hell of a beer. I could put these back all summer long! It's flavor, as amazing as it is, would be old to me after a handful making it not worthy of the 5, but needless to say, I found it to be an incredible beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
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 WhiteOak
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, pearlescent golden yellow color with a nice snow white head.

S- The rich, over-ripe sweet banana and yeasty dough aroma is very inviting and draws you inward. This is one of those lovely brews that, like a great wine, one can't help sniffing constantly.

T- Rich, alluring flavors of over-ripe sweet banana, yeasty malt, and honey puffed wheat cereal. Pleasant, grainy finish with a touch of caramel.

M, D- Perfectly balanced and satisfying, even though the CO2 was a bit too exuberant. Very delicious and drinkable!

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Photo of drpimento
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loooonnng time favorite. Many years ago some friends and I sat at a local bar and compared some hefe weizens side by side and this one came out on top. Still does. Poured with a fine white head and a bit of lace. Hazy amber color. Extremely fragrant! Intoxicating (sorry) spicy,estery, grainy aromas. Same flavors but stronger and a bit of yeasty bitterness. Superb balance. Body is just right for this masterpiece. Great clean finish. Champion session beer. Kudos to Spaten!!

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Photo of alphagnome
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy deep orange colored body hosts plenty of carbonation streams. A thick, off white head reveals itself on pour and has great retention. Lacing is decent. Looks fantastic.

Bright bubblegum and clove assault the nose right away followed by fresh banana and a dash of cinnamon. Potent Belgian yeast character throughout. Exactly what you should expect from the style!

Banana bomb! Plenty of light wheat character and clove. The flavors here are exactly what you expect after taking in the aroma - there are no tricks, with the exception of the banana that really comes through when it this beer hits the buds. Sweet Belgian candy on the finish with a hint of orange zest.

Carb-a-licious! Again, perfect for the style - Light, crisp, and refreshing. Semi-sweet finish.

The hefeweizen to beat in my opinion! Smooth and refreshing with plenty of character, you'd be hard pressed to find a better summer beer that will not only quench your thirst, but also please your taste buds!

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Photo of Kaiser777
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awwww Franziskaner how long have I waited to pour you into the glass a sip on you, mmm hefe-weisse how I love you!

A- What a wonderful pour wow it has a a beautiful color to it and the foam is amazing it has such a great look to it it's hard not to drink it right away, but believe me you can wait to take the first sip, for after the foam settles it's worth the wait.

S- The smell is great it has a very good blend of wheat, and bananas, which is plan and simple the shit!

T- Is beyond the competition, I love this beer the taste is 1 thousand beyond, with a hint of banana and wheat is the greatest combination I have ever tasted and who don't like bananas if not get your potassium on, it is a valuable source to your daily vitamins.

MF- Coats the mouth like a beautiful blend of liquid and fruit almost like a smoothy, no joke it is great and it should be one of the best mouth feels you will ever experience.

D- Like I gave it a 5 it is all that and more, I wish I could give it a 5.5 or even a 6, I could stick with this beer for a long time and I am a hands down an IPA guy to the fullest but I might switch sides like Annakin is the force with you or will you join the dark side?

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Photo of ceaser
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't really say anything bad about this beer. Probably this is the best beer I bought by chance in months. Hefe-Weizen is a really nice style of beer and this would be a great brand to pick out if you want to try a german Hefe-Weizen that's good.

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Photo of jsp2
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick head of snow white foam, and bubbles cling to the glass. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle. A thing of beauty.

Aroma of cloves, banana, toasted wheat, and perhaps something fruity like an apple or berry. A little bit of sweetness like honey.

A little carbonation followed by banana bread with a very crisp, mild finish. A bit of caramel and plenty of toasted wheat is present which gives rich body and mouthfeel. Light and quenching enough to make a great session beer.

Great example of this style that is well balanced, delicious, quenching. A bit more reserved with the various flavors than some other examples as far as the spices but very well polished.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich golden-orange color. The cloudy translucensy makes it appear to almost glow. Light bubbling is visible rising to the top. The white head is nice and foamy -- quite large to start and which is reduced to about 1/4 to 1/2 in. and lingers.

Smell: A fresh yeasty smell emerges from the glass, accompanied by a hint of wheat and citrus.

Taste: This beer's flavor is quite lovely. A very warm wheat flavor is throughly present, but is extremely well-balanced with the other flavors: citrus, yeast, and banana. (Maybe even a tiny hint of walnut as well?) Provides a nice degree of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Seems to have more of a body than many other similar beers that I've tried (but not in the sense of it feeling heavy). Feels somewhat tingly as well, as the carbonation is released.

Drinkability: An extremely pleasing beer. Provides a wonderful aftertaste and is, overall, a treat for the senses. A most relaxing drink that is perfect for nearly any occasion. (Though I seem to have a personal preference for drinking it outside on warm nights with a cool breeze.)

Definitely one of my favorite beers. This was the first beer that I ever had & truly enjoyed.
And if you've never tried a Hefe Weizen, you'd better start here!

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Photo of smanders
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Enjoyed in Garmisch, DE

Appearance - unfiltered amber with billowy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - clove, banana, yeast.

Mouthfeel - almost dry with a clean finish.

Taste - crisp whilst cloudy, semi-sweet. Unbelievable!

Drinkability - Very high. This is the quintessential Bavarian Hefe for a summer day at the Schwimmbad or as the perfect accompaniment to a great meal.

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Photo of smerkinb
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a hefe glass--bottle has statement regarding German Purity Law. Poured a cloudy dull orange with nearly 4" head (is that normal...damn!) that was creamy vanilla colored. Light lacing that slid back into the beer.
Smelled musty and a little biscuity with the requisite banana and clove. Flavor followed suit. Syrupy smooth mouth feel with a zing in the middle fading at the end.
This beer was smooth and refreshing. Exactly what I was looking for in a hefe and didn't disappoint like many American versions of this style have. I'll bee sure to keep a sixer of this around.

This review from notes.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good Hefeweizen. Pours out with a really nice thick creamy white head, with the body being a golden haze. Really beautiful hefe. Strong aroma of banana, yeast, clove, and citrus which correlates with the taste. Great creamy mouth full that I look forward too. Great hefe. I really enjoy this beer.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,586 ratings.
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