Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse
4,543 Ratings
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 mwar
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/4/2007 (bottle):

Pours a huge foamy white head, very lasting. Clear pale golden yellow color. Belgian flowery aroma, sugary. Aroma of Light fruit, like pear or green grape. Not too strong, but enticing. Pear taste, malt, sugary clean aftertaste, watery. Light, some wheat. Light taste. Too watery for my taste.

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Photo of Crimkj
2.41/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of axeman9182
2.42/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse pours a surprsingly dark orange to amber. It's cloudy, but not as opaque as some others of the style. The head billows up to about three fingers of white foam, but quickly fades away, and leaves not a spot of lacing behind. There's some sweetness to the nose, a bit of wheaty vanilla and some caramel as well. Traditional banana and clove notes are at a minimum, and the beer smells faintly skunky. That ends up being a pretty good preview of what was awaiting me for my first (and subsequent) sips. The beer is too malt forward and the yeast takes too much of a back seat. I'd venture a guess that this particular bottle is just old, but without any kind of bottle dating, it's hard to tell for sure. In addition, the beer is definitely skunked, although I'm guessing the light hopping contributes to the fact that the off flavor isn't too overbearing. The mouthfeel is the lone bright spot of the beer. The body is suitably light, while maintaining a creamy edge that isn't all that common for the style. The carbonation is high, but could stand to be a touch higher. Franziskaner doesn't date their bottles and feels fine shipping their beer across an ocean in inferior green bottles, so I can't feel bad when one that's in bad condition makes its way to me for a review.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.44/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks good, nice soft golden color, tall cap with lacing, looks desireable.
The aroma and flavors have all the characters of a hefe, but with alot less power and fullness in them. the banana and clove is just weak. bubble gum is stronger then the other flavors which is not good in my book. This is thin and dry and lacks the creamy feel and yeasty texture a hefe should have. All this one does is make me want a Weihestephaner.


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Photo of Jarkkokosunen
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of Sycodrummer
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle in to a hefeweizen glass the beer was a hazy dull orange color with a frothy white three-finger head. Streams of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and some spots of lace were left throughout the sample.

A faint grainy almost macro BMC smell to the beer; very surprising. Thankfully, some slight citrus fruits came thru: lemon and orange mostly. A perhaps just a faint hop presence in the nose as well.

The taste thankfully did not immitate the smell. Citrus fruit and orange and lemon dominated the taste. A malty backbone lent some substance and moderate mouthfeel to the beer. Some slight banana undertones as well and there was ample carbonation.

There are certainly much better hefeweizens out there and this was only about par for me. The smell really turned me away, and the taste (although not bad) did not overly impress either. I'll look for something else when seeking a hefeweizen.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of jenbys2001
2.54/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I didn't care much for this beer, which could have to do with the freshness here in the states. Something about this brew tasted rather old and stale to me. It had a medicinal, alcohol smell to it when first poured in a glass, which I found unpleasant. The head was foamy and the color was actually lighter and less cloudy than other Hefeweizens I've tried. This beer was very carbonated which lent each sip a tart sharpness which finished with a heavy banana flavor. As I continued sipping, the scent mellowed out a bit and became reminiscent of brown sugar and cloves. Hopefully I'll make it back Munich again where I can sample a fresh Franziskaner. Until then I doubt I would purchase it again.

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Photo of bobhits
2.55/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

How have I not had this yet?

Franziskaner Lefe_Weisse

Pours a huge white creamy head. This is going to take a while to finish pouring. Forest of bubbles explode from the bottom of this beer. Though hard to see them through far more yeast and protein than expected.

Bananas and cloves as expected, but stronger is a sour aroma. What is happening here?

Cloves, bananas, touch of vanilla, and a light touch of sour to even the sweetness out. This beer is rather light in flavor and a touch lacking in some of the better qualities of a great wheat beer.

The mouth is really where this beer falls apart for me. All this head, bubbles, etc and it still comes off as thin and watery.

This is better than any American wheat beer, but it doesn’t stand up next to some of the better Germans. Still pretty good stuff on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Landohops
2.56/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Paid 9 bucks for this a few months ago at a local bar.
Taste was bland with just a little kick of hops and a hint of banana in the smell.
This was easy drinking but not memorable. Definitely not worth 9 bucks.

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Photo of crazybrody06
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I didnt like this beer. Although it does become better the more you drink it.
The appearance was cloudy with sediment floating in it. color was a goldish yellow.

The smell is moslty banana.

The taste is also of bananas. But I had a friend tell me it tasted like rotten tomates smell. Once I heard that I picked up a weird tomatoey taste as well. There is something in this that when it hits the back of my toungue in the first few drinks it makes me shiver like Im drinking something disgusting. But this does go away the more you drink it.

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Photo of longbongsilver
2.61/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Random pick from a mix'n'match. Haven't had a hefeweissen in a long time, let's see how this one goes. Pours a rusty, fizzy orange w/ a firm three inches of white head. Smells broadly, along with the whiff of wheat, of citrus, mostly lemon, some pineapple.

Taste is more bitter than I expected for the style. Pretty subdued otherwise though, especially compared to the scent. Goes down somewhat watery, with a little less fizz than the still-sparkling head-o-rama suggested. Honestly, I would've welcomed some more.

It's fairly drinkable, I'll give it that. Question is, would I seek to drink it again after this one? I'd say no. If this is representative of the style, then maybe I just don't take well to hefes.

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Photo of claytri
2.61/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Hefe-Weisse poured a delightfully creamy gold it had a thin head that quickly dissipated. It's smell was of malt and grain with hints of citrus. The taste was malty with no hops and a distinct aftertaste of sorghum (or other big grasses). The feel was oily and foamy.

This beer started off very promisingly with that beautiful creamy glass, the smell dropped off a bit, and the taste fell off the table. I had recently had the Hefe-Weisse Dunkel and found it to be an interesting beer, but not one i would buy regularly. I bought the blonde to see if it would be a better match for me, as I prefer the lighter beers. I could probably learn to live with the first half of the taste, but the second half is very unenjoyable. All I could think about was cutting Johnson Grass on a hot day. So I'll move on and find a better match somewhere else.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 4,543 ratings
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