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 HugoGrim
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

I've previously reviewed this beer on tap, so I won't repeat myself as this beer is almost exactly as good from the bottle as it is at the pub.

On this particular occasion I enjoyed my favorite Hefe with a new dish... Scalloped Chicken. A slightly spicy dish of chicken, onions, and mushrooms. Good complement.

Franziskaner Hefe is one of my most frequently purchased beers. An all around solid choice.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange color with a thick creamy white head. Refreshing citrus flavors with light banana smell. With no doubt the top beer of this type. No surprise it's on the Top 50 list of BA

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz green bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange color. Nice 2 finger head which doesn't last long. Generous amount of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle which takes quite a bit of shaking up to get it out when the bottle is 90% empty, and poured into the glass. Very nice aroma, lots of wheat, banana, cloves, snd other spices.

Taste is fantastic. Nice balance of banana, grain, cloves and spices with that distinct, but subtle bubble gum flavor. The banana and bubble gum flavors come out more near the end as it warms up. Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation. Has a nice finish as well.

One of my favorite summertime beers, or anytime of the year for that matter. One of the best hefe's you can get that's available pretty much everywhere for a good price.

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Photo of Stephen63
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Wonderful long lasting foaming head and cloudy body. Absolutely what you would expect from a hefe weizen.

S - Striking zesty, fruity nose with cloves.

T - Fruity, tangy flavours are dominant consistent with the smell. Almost no detectable alcohol or bitterness.

M - Lovely smooth foamy, velvety feel.

D - Way too easy to drink.

Overall this is a classic beer and one to savour.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance – Cloudy and hazy straw colour with dense white head of tight foam that has only average retention dying to a finger nail cover leaving some lace behind in the glass.

Smell – Very pleasant banana, biscuit and bean curd with very mild malt aroma profile. A great nose to this beer!

Taste – Sweet banana, spice and biscuit punch up front. This beer has a great mild malt middle and a sneaky little sticky toffee finish.

Mouthfeel – A sticky cloying finish from what is essentially a very creamy beer with great linger

Overall – Really very good with great aroma and lovely taste. This beer has a great profile and I will certainly be drinking it again!

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The huge white head spilled over the edge of my weizen glass when poured. That's what I like to see! Big spicy nose. Taste is big and fruity, chocked full of bananas with strong yeasty kick. Smooth as silk in the mouth and about as drinkable as it gets.

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Photo of chillmunity
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: this beer, poured from a pint bottle, yielded a glorious golden hue of orange, and a milky white head that didn't stay for the long haul but stuck around long enough to be enjoyed.

S: a myriad of aromas reminiscent of summers spent on the German countryside .

T: thick wheatiness with distinct nodes of hops.

M: thick and playful, but not unobtrusive

D: i could see myself drinking a few pints of this in a night, no more, no less.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a turbid, tawny golden yellow topped by a moussey, billowy head that dies down and retains magnificently. Drank from an Erdinger hefewiezen glass, each sip reinvigorates the beer into constantly forming and reforming the head so there is always a nice, dense, creamy, bone white cap.

And straight from the hefeweizen reviewing handbook: It smells of cloves, lemon and banana cream pie, with a straw like wheat.

A buttload of banana is accompanied by wheat and some clove, together in perfect harmony, with a little powdery baseball card bubblegum to help hold things together, all with a nice hint of lemon-like acidity in the aftertaste.

Luscious but light bodied with a lively amount of carbonation.

This is a really refreshing, satisfying hefe, focused on banana and fruity esters more so than clove, which puts it pretty high up on my list of favorite hefes. Easily in the top five. Just awesome.

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Photo of danielharper
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

This was the first hefe-weiss I ever tried, and given that the local distributor was having a bit of trouble getting at it, I have been without this beer for several months of perfect Hefe weather. Alas, it was indeed as good as I remembered it, and well worth the wait.

Appearance is really fantastic, possibly the best hefe I've ever seen. A cloudy orange-yellow body topped with a delicately-fluffy white foamy head that looks more like it belongs on an ice cream float than a beer. The head literally floats around on the top of the brew for the first few swallows, but is light and airy enough to never get in the way of the beer.

Scent is very nice, with good-quality hints of clove and banana mixed in with the very to-style citrus nose. A very sweet aroma that just invites me into the beer even further.

Taste is another highlight, with banana notes taking over the rest of the beer and yet balanced by a nice "kick" in the alcohol and various other sweetness departments. This is one of the sweetest-tasting beers I've ever tried that wasn't an "obvious" attempt at a sweet beer (i.e. a Chocolate Stout).

Mouthfeel is also very nice, coating the tongue and mouth admirably without being cloying. I find myself tasting the brew for a bit even after finishing the beer, but I still find it goes pretty well with anything and washes down smooth.

Overall drinkability is as high as I can give a beer. I bought a case at Great Spirits the other night, and I'm already starting to worry that they may not last me all that long. Probably the best hefe-weizen I've ever tasted, and given my position in the heat of the south it says a lot that I can enjoy it so much.

This was also the first craft beer I ever tried that wasn't available in grocery stores, so maybe I have just a tad bit of history with this brew. I plan on drinking these off and on for the rest of my life.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a really good beer. It had a lot of citrus.

Appearance- cloudy, dark yellowish color, good size head

Smell- banana aroma with some citrus

Taste- wheaty , lemon very good

Mouthfeel- creamy, very nice

Drinkability- very drinkable, would drink it regularly

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Photo of buschbeer
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of rich, pillowy white head. I immediately got the banana smell as I poured. It is orange in the center with cloudy golden highlights. As I took a whiff I got the aforementioned banana along with cloves. The taste is banana cream and clove along with some lemon. This has a creamy mouthfeel to compliment the taste and aroma. This is a pretty damn good hefeweizen.

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Photo of Osirus
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer on tap at my favorite German Restaurant, Black Forest Mills in Highland Mills, NY or from a half liter brown bottle into a tulip glass at Richie's in Fort Montgomery, NY.

Appearance: Golden to organgy yellow. Cloudy as it should be. Stirring up the sediment from the bottle is a must.

Smell: Heavy on the banana. Lighter on the clove than some but that is to my taste. THe smell of bread wheat comes out. Let the beer warm a bit to get all you can from this one.

Taste: Sweetness, bready, smoothness of wheaty bananas

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: I cannot find a thing wrong. Sweet and banana-y like I like them! I am going to build a homebrew recipe to replicate this with one minor tweak....I am going to add some oats to build a little more creaminess into the body. This with a good sausage platter is a world class treat. I like this beer with sharp cheese but the German food platters are just too dang authentic not to have with this.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is yet another beer I have drank many times in the past, but had yet to give a proper review. The beer pours to a hazy light golden yellow color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around throughout the duration of the beer, but doesn't stick to the side of the glass well. Carbonation is present, but not too bubbly.

Smells strong banana and clove with a generous helping of spicy sweetness from the wheat malt.

The taste follows the nose quite well. Starts off with a nice banana kick with a nice sweet and spicy middle and a clove finish. This is probably my favorite German Hefe, and it just so happens to be quite affordable compared to others. Drinkability is amazing.

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: It pours very cloudy and has a wonderful orangey yellow golden color with a big creamy white head. The head has great retention and makes nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma has earthy/fruity yeast character with notes of banana, clove and lemony citrus.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a smooth creamy malty wheat flavor with a big earthy yeast influence. There are notes of banana and clove with some light hints citrus and hops. It all finishes with dry dusty yeast and very mild hops with citrusy lemon flavors.
Its carbonation is soft but active with a smooth and slightly slick texture in its medium body.

Notes: Overall it's very refreshing and drinkable with all the wonderful flavors you expect in a good hefe-weizen.

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a favorite of mine.
The foam was white, thick and creamy. The color was a hazy beautiful gold with a sence of depth. The smell had a dominate wheat aroma with flowery undertone. The taste was a mirror image of the smell. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and semi-viscous. Drinkability - it's one of my favorites due to the dominate wheat and viscous natures of a German beer - awesome session! More please!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Franziskaner glass on 4/13/13

Dense honey color with more of a pineapple juice appearance at the stem. Regardless, this is cloudy (though it retains a semblance of clarity). Three finger head with the foam cresting the top of the glass. The head drops slow, slowed by a continual stream of rising bubbles; as it recedes a scalloped half-moon forms along one side. Settling eventually into itself, the foam appears akin to smooth, rolling hills. Lace is a solid thin film with thicker areas protruding intermittently. Retention is strong; even toward the bottom of the glass it hold about 1/8th inch.

When I first poured the beer the aroma was nothing but fresh baked banana nut bread. It was perfect. As the beer opens, the wheat takes on a dusty penchant and there are hints of clove, perfume and pollen. Whimsical notions of crisp apple. Overall, the aroma is full and well-mannered.

Lush and reasonably dry, toasted wheat is the dominant flavor by a wide and comfortable margin. Lightly buttered baked bread augments the back half while modest banana and clove notes work through the middle. It is the banana that carries the finish with a slight dusty wheat presence.

The feel is light and leaning toward the watery side of things, though I am not inclined to label it thin. Carbonation is on the moderately high side; it is also quite full, maximizing the body-bolstering aspects of carbonation without being harsh or pesky. The carbonation seem right in line with the feel of the body.

There really isn't much to complain about. I need to drink this more often.

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Photo of andyg2smooth
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very rich, foamy white head, opaque, almost a green tea color with some sediment. This is how a beer should look.

S- Sweet smell, citrus and bananas

T- Sweet taste- very delicious. I detect banana, cloves, maybe coriander. Natural and bread like too.

M- Creamy with light carbonation

D- It's a very creamy and filling beer. It would be hard to have more than 2. -

I love it and would drink it again for sure. One of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow golden with a large dense white head. It had great retention and lacing.

S: Aplles, banana, clove, and lemon zest.

T and M: Clove, banana, less citrus thatn the nose but still some there. Nice dry crisp finish. Perfect summer beer.

D: Easy quaffer that is much crisper and drier than most American versions. This is what a summer beer should be.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stupendous! Poured from a .5l bottle into my Weihenstephan Hefe glass. A beautiful lookin' beer. Golden and bubbly, with a thick snow white head. Smells of spices, fruit and wheat. The taste is similar to the smell. Medium to full bodied with a fresh bubbly mouth feel. A great session beer. I could drink this all day and all night. I am a big fan of wheat beers and a huge fan of this wheat beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stephancaputa
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is too good not to try. The head is always well balanced. It has sweet flavors without crossing into the likeness of a shandy. If you ever come across it on tap DO NOT OVERLOOK IT!

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Photo of PeggyHill
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liter bottle poured into a peggerific chalice!

Franziskaner Hefe has been a favorite of mine for what seems like forever, so I figured I'd give it my personal wrap-up.

A: The pour from the bottle starts off smooth with a frothy and grainy appearance. Retains a lite head through out, Beautiful golden and caramel yellow colors compliment the cloudiness.

S: Aromas of citrus and spice are subtle to the nostrils, even detect a slight peach scent. Some very light notes of spice; maybe chai or clove. Also note a very pure and distinct wheat/straw aroma.

T: Franz has been on my top list because of it's exceptional flavor. Hints of lemon, orange, wheat, and grain are easily detected and savored.

M: Thick and frothy to the lips with a slight tinge of carbonation on the tongue. Could be a bit less sour but the finish is crisp and dry.

O: Overall Franz Hefe is a perfect example of a Hefe-weisse. It has a beautiful cloudy appearance, sweet citrus flavors and aromas, and a brilliant finish when all is said and done.

Exceptional Beer.

Ho Yeah!

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Photo of BigD1972
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Cardoza's Wines & Spirits in Fall River, MA

A: Golden Yellow with a good sized foamy head

S: Bananas, citrus, some spices

T: Very flavorful, a little heavy but overall very good

M: not too carbonated

D: very drinkable, exceptional taste. If you like wheat beers you will love this one.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Weizen glass with a fluffy white almost-but-not-quite two finger head with a pale yellow body. The head quickly shrunk to about a quarter of an inch, which is unusual for this particular beer. The head retention problem is more than likely due to my not beer-clean glasses.

The smell of this is everything a hefe should be. Light cloves, a touch of honey. A smattering of crushed ripe bananas, and yeasty bread smells. True to the style, and no one element is overwhelming. The smell is just as good when the beer warms.

The taste is bready, but with a decidedly lemony tang. There is a bit of citrus oil, and finishes with a bit of a spicey note like the burn of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is watery, with a spicy finish that is quenching.

Drinkability on this is superior. It's one of my favorite hefes, and the one I've made several loaves of beer bread with. I've had a problem finding the beer until just recently. Now that I've found a steady supply I'll be more likely to keep it around more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark beige color weizen with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves is huge and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some banana, cloves and bubble gum notes with a perfect creamy texture of wheat malt. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. No date on the bottle but I am guessing that this is somewhat fresh. Probably the best form a style that I enjoy consistently.

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Photo of altgeeky1
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-blonde with cloudiness. Generous head of large carbonation which settles down after a few moments. Smells fruity, with strong banana and sweet malt. Tastes first with a decent carbonation bite, followed by light spice and banana. The carbonation is there but not overdone. Awesome bubble-gum notes after it's gone. This is a sweet beer, but very nicely balanced. I hadn't had this brew in years, and I'm kicking myself for not returning to it sooner. I haven't had a bad Spaten yet; like this one they are al quite drinkable.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
4.04 out of 5 based on 3,909 ratings.
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