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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Franziskaner Weissbier and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.

Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Hazy golden orange, with a foamy white head, decent retention, leave light lacing on glass.

S = Yeasty esters, cloves, ripe bananas, hint of nutmeg, very refreshing.

T = Bananas, lemons, orange zest, half-baked sourdough, quite of lot of different flavors but well blended.

M = Medium body, possibly just a little too foamy even after taking quite a bit out with a big head. Fair mouthcoating.

D = This is a very refreshing beer and easy to drink. A good offering from Germany.

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Photo of Hogie2005
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Pour into glass with a strong lasting head. Deep golden pale in color with normal wheat haze. Haze is on the lower side comparatively.

S= Distinct banana ester and clove phenol; however, not overwhelming. Also slice citrus into tart smell. No hop aroma.

T= Prominent but not too dominant banana and clove flavor is balanced with citrus into tart flavor. Wheat flavor is felt on the back of the tongue, completing the nice blend of flavors. No hop flavor.

M= Highly carbonated and medium-low in body.

D= very drinkable Hefe and a classic example for the wheat category

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Photo of nauxolo
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeepSix
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an improper pint glass, but had no weizen glass handy. Huge head a first, but dissipated to almost nothing. That hazy golden color usual for the style.

A sweet wheat smell is what I'm hint with at first, with cloves and banana in there as well. Spices hinted as well.

Banana and spices there from the smell but the cloves take a back seat. Mostly that sweet wheat though. Maybe even a bit of orange zest here, but that's about as close to bitter as I'll call it.

Creamy, more so then others might say, compared to others. I'd call this a medium bodied actually. Mild carbonation not overwhelming.

I'm not so sold on this style, but I'll try and make the drinkability for the style, it's rather quite rich for me to drink all day though. Perhaps if I was a bit more of a fan of the style I would, but I'd probably wanna switch to something else.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle of this the other day.

Hazy orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk leaving no lace. Head retention is excellent. The nose is solid. Quite fruit forward, there's plenty of banana and a moderate clove note too. Initially, there's a metallic character that dissipates with time. In addition, there's also a mild alphonso mango aroma here, as well as some light honey. Enjoyable.

The palate opens fruity with bananas galore. Big, fruity esters are present along with a sharp clove note, one that's quite complex in that it has both the mild sweetness that fresh clove has, as well as the spice kick that it lends. Bready mid-palate, this dries out on the finish leaving a very nice blend of banana and clove. However, it does feel a little watery too, which is disappointing. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, this is pretty enjoyable. I look forward to drinking more of this, it's a good deal for the price ($1.99, half the price of the far superior Weihenstephaner), but could be improved if they dated the bottles somehow.

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Photo of willgro
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent brew from the monastery brewery founded in 1363. It is now put out by the Spaten company. Spaten uses the Franzikaner name for all of its wheat beers. This crystal clear version is very aromatic, with hay and apples in the bouqet, and a quenchingly fruity taste. There are some hints of lemon and banana. It is not quite as good as others in the field, especially Schofferhofer Kristallweizen, but if you like a standard wheat beer, this is excellent.

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Photo of hefevice
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Senator lounge at Munich Airport. Classic german hefe. Unfortunately I was in a hurry as I was only in transit. Cloudy straw gold with big fluffy white head. The usual banana and clove aromas and flavours with a litte dough as well. Unlike many who have reviewed this beer I thought the palate was a little watery. Still, a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of Hermanater
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of Wheat beers in general but this was the beer that changed my mind. I first had this beer on tap but am reviewing it from the bottle.

AP: pale, cloudiness like one would expect, almost cider-colored.

SM: Yeast dominates the aromas coming off the pour. Almost metallic (but in a good/rising bread kinda way)

M: very light on the tongue but certainly not lacking in flavor. Smooth.

T: the truest form of liquid bread I've ever had. The beer isn't trying to hide behind any spice or fruit additives at all.

I highly recommend.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a finger of off-white head. It has excellent retention and leaves some lacing down the sides.

S: Wheat, banana, cloves, and a little earthy yeast. There may be some bread in there.

T: A sweet banana blend that is peppered by cloves and wheat. Toward the end of the taste it gets slightly earthy and bready.

M: Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a very crisp finish. Doesn't stick to the mouth at all (on the watery side, even).

D: Very high. As far as summer beers go, this is probably my favorite. A great reminder of what a "simple" beer tastes like when done well. I'd have to do a side by side with some other hefeweizens to pinpoint exactly what I don't love about this one.

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Photo of Trentt2
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really good smooth mellow hefe. Lot of banana. But good

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Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque orange, a little active body, with a snow white puff top, long-lasting. Concentrated, even foam. Nose holds alot of banana and cantaloupe, with some fresh cut apple and lots of sugar.

Taste, too, is pretty sweet, rich citric apple sauce. Roughish, dry banana peel aftertaste.

Thick mouthfeel is killed by the high carbonation I thought.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Holy giant head! I poured a quarter of the bottle into a 23oz glass and the head foamed up to the top. I suppose I could have kept it under control if I was paying more attention.

Taste: Very flavorful. Upfront is a taste of spice simliar to that of a triple, followed by the breadiness of the wheat. The aftertaste is the only part that I didn't care for all that much.

Mouthfeel: Sometimes the way a beer feels in your mouth compliments the taste. This is not one of those times. Mouthfeel is unimpressive and might have turned me off from the beer if not for the taste.

Drinkability: Relatively good for one beer, but I don't think I would drink these in succession.

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Photo of beerinator
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy dark banana colored. Very ripe banana. Whitish head.

Aroma: Sweet bananas. Spices are solid in the aroma. Clovey. There is citrus hinting through the spices.

Taste: Malty with huge smooth fruity flavors. The bubbling on my tongue is pleasant, there is a nice mouthfeel. The finish is fairly quick with lingering sweetness.

Notes: A good example of the style. A very good beer for introducing the fruit flavors that a hefe can bring to the glass.

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Photo of Zadok
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A-Appearance had a straw golden yellow, with an amazing 2 inch billowy head that left some lacing. Quite a bit of sediment floating around, I imagine I will see it again once I reach the bottom.

S-Everything you would expect from a good Hefe-Weisse. Clove spices, banana, bubble gum, and citrus to boot.

T-Tastes pretty much how it smells, nice crisp clove and banana. Yeast and bread also prevelant.

M-Medium body with a slight bite on the carbonation. A couple swigs and I almost had the reaction to chew this beer. And yup here at the bottom is some built up sediment.

D-Very enjoyable Hefe, would have to put this near the top. Could see this always being an old faithful to fall back on.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy gold with an orange hue. Can't see through it at all. Nice full sudsy white head initially. Reduces quickly to a thin cap leaving very light spotty lace.

Aroma typical of the style. Fruit, spice, and of course yeast.

Very flavorful with banana, clove, some citrus zest in the middle (orange-lemon), a touch of bubble gum sweetness and a light medicinal quality in the finish. Sweet throughout, very little in the way of hops.

Carbonation is crisp and a bit biting. Medium bodied.

Not the best of the style, but very good. Could become one of my staple beers due to the low price and easy availability.

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Photo of batty
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

april 2008, bought and drank in spain.

nice white head on the pour, fades quick but leaves a nice lace. color is a cloudy white-gold. only wish the head would stick around a bit more.

smell is of bubblegum, peach, malt and citrus. as warms up banana becomes much more pronounced.

taste is very well balanced, deep and interesting while maintaining a light and refreshing character. nice fruit beginning is a touch sweet but not overpowering, moving well into some nice light malt and finishing very smooth. as warms becomes much more banana, like the smell. a little too much banana even.

mouthfeel is the perfect thickness, nice thick feel without weighing you down.

drinkability is perfect, definitely a beer you could drink anywhere, with anything, in any weather and be very happy about it. finish smoothes perfectly into the next drink. very refreshing and smooth.

while i do admit i love my hefes, this is a great example - very refreshing and smooth but with a depth i recommend exploring. one thought: COLD is much better on this one - otherwise the banana covers up much of the other loveliness that lies within.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly clear appearance for a hefeweizen, this beer is an orange color. The head is very bubbly and recedes rather quickly, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is of banana, clove, wheat, alcohol - what one would / should expect from the style, though not as mouth-wateringly tempting as I have enjoyed. The beer tastes very good, and is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is decent, but has room for improvement. The feel is similar to a soda in some regards - very fizzy and highly carbonated, making for a slightly harsh finish. There is a subtle note of alcohol in the finish. Overall, this is a good beer, and worth a try. In my opinion, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier still sits comfortably in first place, and I would always choose it first when in the mood for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the correct brewery glassware at the Lufthansa business lounge at the Cologne airport. I wrapped up my Germany visit with this hearty meal-of-a-beer (after all of the relatively weak Kolsch samples served in Cologne).

Poured with a thick foamy head, lots of carbonation. Strong yeast and wheat aromas gave way to a sweet fruity taste. Nice satisfying drink.

Nice hefe-weizen, maybe one of the classic examples of the style. I especially like the picture of the happy monk on the bottle, one hand on a beer and the other on his ample belly.

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Photo of palliko
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is an orange amber with good foam and lasting lace. Aroma contains esters of banana and clove followed by an initial taste of grain and citrus. Carbonation is strong, malt melds with brown sugar and spices. Finish is nicely dry, with a pleasant residual of wheat and bread.

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Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another great Weizen and I'm rating this one I had from a 500ml brown bottle and not the 12oz green bottles they push to Florida. Great appearance with a mountainess head of froth towering over the rim of the glass. The smell of wheat and a little clove come right off the top. Feels great on the palate and I prefer to drink this one on the warm side (55-60f) in order to get the most flavor possible. Like a good loaf of bread in my belly. Extremely satisfying!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle. no dating found.

cloudy, dark straw color with brownish orange and amber tones. large fluffy classic weiss head slowly fades to thin layer. lacing never sticks however.

good typical weizen aromas. fresh banana, including peel. hints of apple and of orange juice. yeasty and bready. notes of clove or anise and a trace of noble hops.

palate of gently sweet malts and yeasty esters of banana and apple. bready malts and subtly nutty yeast, with slight acidic twang. gentle, light bitterness goes into a tart finish.

medium body, decently smooth, though the carbonation can get on the overly prickly side.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic look, minus the hefe glass. Whipped topping head that laces sits on a cloudy yellow-orange glow. Take this out of the pint glass and we're golden. 4.0

Fluffy dough wheat malts with clove, nutty yeast, and faint banana. 4.0

Classic spicy flavor dosed with some coriander and more backend clove. Some metallic notes that fall into fleshy banana fruits, lemon rind, and a wee hint of bubblegum. Dies a bit in the finish, which dries out a bit. Kiss of herbal hops begins and ends it. 4.0

Medium body with some thinness. The carbonation is a little punchy. A tongue-scrubber. 3.5

Easy-to-find, and if you don't expect too much from it, easy-to-like. Not my favorite German, but a staple hefe in most books. I'll subscribe to that. 4.0

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Photo of kindestcut
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a massive white head and a beautiful cloudy golden hue. This beer just looks refreshing due to its extremely lively carbonation.

Like many good beers, the aroma speaks to what is to come...mainly goodness. There's a faint citrus aroma as well as notes of spice and banana. The taste is so very good. There is a definite breadiness and spice with a banana aftertaste.The mouthfeel is very good...very refreshing with a nice carbonation.

All in all, this is a fine beer and one I would definitely go for in the future.

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Photo of SirSaranac
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a huge frothy head... WICKED cloudy yet golden straw in color. A bit more carbonated than I'd like.

S- Banana! wheat malt of course.... pear? yeast....

T- Wheat malt... sweet... Slight banana... heavy banana in the finish though. *Eh, halfway through the glass I noticed a slight skunkiness... Not sure if this is a character of the beer, or just this particular bottle.. I only had 1 bottle to judge.

M- Highly carbonated... light body... dry finish... the slightest of bite

D- This is a very drinkable hefe... however, I really hope that it was just this bottle that was slightly skunky. However, if it IS a characteristic of this brew, then it takes away from the overall drinkability.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
4.04 out of 5 based on 4,520 ratings.
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