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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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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of phantomwyse
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pealed off the gold foil around the cap to reveal rust -- never a good sign.

A: Cloudy marigold orange, billowy head, yeast floats in slivers of caked sediment.

S: Yeasty, pilsner like. Some citric character in the background as well as banana and clove, but just faintly there.

T: Light malt character, grassy -- semi- sweet caramelized sugar, barely perceptible banana.

M: Nice carbonation on the tongue, slick right after the swallow, and dry and tart afterwards.

D: Drinkable enough.

I attribute the medicority of this brew to the fact that the bottle is most certainly on the old side and past its prime. However, beyond this fact, I still feel it would be an average hefe-weizen.

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Photo of roddwolff
2.92/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light brown with a layer of white foam on the surface, never disappears, i like the fat monk drinking it;

S: Sweet essences, vanilla and horchata (drink meade from fround melon seeds);

T: Very sweet wheat;

M: Bitter sweet;

D: Acceptable wheat beer but very sweet in all respects.

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Photo of gfreed
2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rather flat head for a Hefeweizen, with typical but nothing-special aroma, even a bit underpowered for my liking. Fizzier than I like for a beer of this type, and a light body that lacked any density or punch easily found in better samples. "Malt liquor," according to the label, but not even much evidence of maltiness. Average but you can do much better.

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Photo of joejost
2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottles brought to a BBQ by a friend who claims the beer to be the best Hefeweizen in tne world.

Appearance is a bright yellow.
Smell is of heavy clove and maybe other tropical fruit.
Taste is not of the best Hefs in the world. Almost funky bread flavor.
Mouthfeel is a tingle from the high carbonation.
Drinkability for me is one and done. Although I did enjoy it more when it warmed up and sat around awhile, which is rare for me and this type of beer.

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Photo of SudNut
2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I split a pitcher of the Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at the Tulsa Oktoberfest on a perfect autumn day. Yes this was our first pitcher. It poured to a nice golden color with an enormous head, my mouth was watering, mmmm.

The smell was typical bread, with banana and clove. I also noticed a bit of a hops smell.

Taste was of wheat and cloves, with a tart aftertaste. My buddy said it needed a lemon but to me that’s an insult.

The mouthfeel was nice and light with my favorite sud feeling! Life is good.

Drinkability is just below average. I prefer the smoother wheat beers the tart bite at the end of this one gets me. We went on to sample some of the other fine Oktoberfest beers on tap.

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy without floating yeast. Deep yellow colour. The head is huge, white and frothy but may not persist for a long time (not much lacing).
Aroma: its best feature with notes of yeast, wheat, banana and sweet malts.
Taste: citrus, yeast and wheat.
Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, medium to low alcoholic strength and a thin body.
Finish: weak and short wheat aftertaste.

Overall: Despite the general opinion I found this one watery and diluted. It can be crispy and refreshing but there is not much there. Easy to forget. The dunkel Franziskaner version is much better.

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Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle taken out of avariety around the world beer pack purchased from Cost Plus World Market in Redlands

Poured into a pint glass with a cloudy yellowish orange color

Head was about 1/2 inch thick and faded quickly

Smell had a little citrus, particularly oranges and grapefruit

Taste was purely wheat with a hint of lemon, smell threw me off

Could drink about three or four of these, pretty heavy stuff for a hef

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After reading about this beer, it’s pretty obvious I am from Germany! Well, not in this lifetime… but a previous. What’s even creepier than that, my mom’s side of the family has some Sedlmyr in the lineage. I hadn’t heard that name for a LONG time, but it immediately rang a bell. Looks like I am from Germany! Maybe that’s why I like beer so much?

Now I won’t even begin to pronounce most of the names found on this bottle and in the research we did. I can barely speak English, let along German. But let’s just hope the Germans know how to make a good beer. (And what it is it with this gold foil wrapper over the top and the caps of beer? The beer we had last night had that too.)

The beer pours out with a nice head. Looks like a wheat sitting in the glass. Makes sense, since this is a hefe-weisse. But the nose is MUCH more intense than a wheat. There is an immediate sour, fruit-based nose. Then it ends with a hint of spice and a subtle wetness that I often talk about. Let’s see what she tastes like.

The beer is weak on the from of the palate, but expands as it makes it way back. Then you are hit with a hint of carbonation and a filling, pleasant finish. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent, but that’s okay. This beer is light, and with a 5% ABV you can drink three or four of these before you start to feel the alcohol really kick in. This isn’t my favorite beer by any means, but it does give you that feeling that you sitting outside on a hot summer night in the beer garden. Or however those Germans spell it. (Their spelling is MUCH cooler than ours!)

I bet this beer would taste better outside, during a hot summer day.

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Photo of JBogan
3.01/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like unfiltered apple juice. No head or lacing to speak of. Not very exciting to look at.

Smelled of musty fruits and yeast.

Tasted somewhat of banana and maybe even a bit of pear in there somewhere. No alcohol present that I could detect.

Mouthfeel was thin and rather flat. Also a bit slippery. Only a slight hint of carbonation.

Overall this was an unremarkable brew and not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This one came out a cloudy yellowish-orange in color with a white, moderate head on a painful pour from the bartender.

Smell - The nice even yeast aroma is pleasant and contrasts well with the orange lemon accents. The spicing here smells a little more Belgian than German.

Taste - The orange zest overpowers at the taste. It's not a bad flavor but it is a bit too zesty like the lemon was brewed right in with the beer.

Mouthfeel - This is in between light and medium-bodied with a spritzy type of carbonation.

Drinkability - This was refreshing enough but was not even in the same league as the bottle-conditioned version.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a murky, caramel brown with a large, fluffy white head.

Smell: Smells of citrus and sweet malt.

Taste: Citrus abounds on the initial taste, and is followed by a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, little carbonation.

Drinkability: The abundant citrus and spicy notes in this beer simply dont sit too well with me. I also would prefer that it were a little more bitter. I had no problem finishing this bottle, however I don't really want another.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger frothy white head, that dissipates in moderate speed

Smell: hints of bananas and cloves, but a slight off-putting skunky smell

Taste: typical hefe tastes, full of bananas and cloves

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp

Drinkability: not my favorite representation of this style


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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle poured into a Franziskaner glass.

Immediate result is a thick and creamy head that shows good retention and promises strong carbonation. The head stays constant at first necessitating several pours to transfer the entire contents of the bottle to the glass, however it gradually fades away quicker and quicker until a thin covering with moderate to little lacing.

Held to the light the hue is a softly opaque amber that resembles the look of autumn maple leaves.

Smell is decidedly heavy with wheat and peppered with malt. Fruit notes are also strong with banana and pears being the most present.

The taste has malt character, those banana and pear notes transfer through to the taste buds. The mouthfeel is crisp on a weak body with a complimentary degree of carbonation. The taste holds with only a small syrup like sensation but quickly moves into a dry alcohol finish.

Good beer but not the best in the Hefe-Weiss category

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - cloudy pumpkin orange. Soft white head 1cm dies quickly. Little to no lacing. Some continued carbonation. 3.

S - aluminum and banana candy. Some cotton candy. Changes as it warms. 3

T - sweet potato, herbal oregano-like hops, crystal malts. slightly sour citrus aftertaste. Not gross but not inspiring. 3.25

M - quite fizzy but unremarkable. 3

D - very mass produced feel. Nothing offensive nor enticing. Better than some micro weissbiers but lacks distinctiveness. 2.75

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pored into the correct glass, it looked a picture, good white head on a body of bubbling, cloudy, soft golden coloured liquid.

From then on it went downhill, in every aspect.

No aroma of banana's or vanilla, which is what I have come to expect from a good hefe-weissbier. It didn't smell of anything really (the beer is was in date and at the right temp).

Sharp taste but not tart enough for me, average is being generous for this style of beer, compared to many others.

Weak flavours and a thin feel to it, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Quality Hefeweizen. Aroma is present but not overly influential. Flavor is very good, but not nearly as complex or enjoyable as a hefeweizen such as Hacker-Pschorr. More citrus than some other hefeweizens. Quallity hefeweizen, but falls short in some areas to other hefeweizens. A bit overrated in my personal opinion- there are better hefeweizens out there.

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Photo of woemad
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy gold color with a big white head that left sheets of lacing dripping down the glass. The odor was odd. Fruity, floral odors are there, but they share space with a sickly sweet smell that while not truly nasty, I nevertheless found a little bit disagreeable. The taste was primarily citrusy, with a little bit of spiciness in the background, along with that cloying sweetness I detected in the smell. The mouthfeel, without being too thick, has a slightly pulpy texture to it. This wasn't a bad beer, but I think it could have been better.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.07/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a cold haze in it. Pours a big rocky head that recedes almost entirely.

Smell is clean and wheaty. Light hints of banana and coriander. Also has a bit of earthy funk.

Taste is mild and slightly bitter from the hops. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and metallic. The metallic finish sticks long after the beer is done.

Decent drinkability.

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Photo of sluggermatt15
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at a local bar. Was on special, so I decided to give it a whirl.

A - Pours a hazy golden color. Typical for a hefewizen. Nothing overly sexy about this beer. About average in terms of appearance.

S - A little malty, hops, banana smell.

T - Bananas and definitely bubble gum. Combine them and you get a banana bubble gum taste. I was kind of shocked to this taste. I didn't know what to expect since this was my first hefewizen.

M - Carbonation present, which is a little overpowering.

Ordered this one because it was on special. Not a fan of hefewizens, so I likely would not get this one again.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy, opaque golden-yellow, with two fingers of fine white head which dissipate quickly.

S: Quite wheaty, with a ton of clove, and a light banana presence (light at least, when compared to other hefeweizens).

T: In contrast to the aroma, banana is extremely prevalent here. Wheat, a bit of yeast spice, and clove hold down the remainder of the flavor. Sweet, peppery finish.

M: Light-medium body, abnormally (and somewhat unpleasantly) high carbonation.

D: Goes down decently easy, but with all the other great hefeweizens out there, and the only average taste of this one, this isn't one I'll likely be picking up again.

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Photo of ScottyC
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very opaque with an orange color, especially when held up to light.

Smell: Grains and oranges. Slightly alcoholic. Yeasty.

Taste: Definitely has a classic German Hefe taste. Don't think I like it as much as the Schneider Weisse. A bit lacking on the aftertaste. Has a nice, orangey first taste but not much else.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheap, good, Hefe. Can find this almost anywhere. Some call it the Lone Star of Hefe's. Damn good and could drink it all night long. $1.99 at HEB (local and BEST grocery store around) for a 20oz, why fight it. Pours a fierce head that slowly dissipates. Typical, nice hefe aroma…strong wheat. Slight taste of honey, some fruit and very smooth. Good but not great. Drink up.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Volunteer pub in London.

A: Cloudy orange-gold body with a fine tan cap that settles into a ring. No lace. Ok.

S: Lots of clove, spicy malt, banana bread. There's some very artificial vanilla sweetness, too. Not terrible, but a little off. Average at best.

T: Sweet clove, banana, and bready malt. Long, sticky finish. Tasty, but heavy.

M: Frothy, highly bubbly medium body. Ok.

O: I've certainly enjoyed this one more out of the bottle than I did this time on tap. Even at its best, though, Franziskaner can't touch the real top-notch weizens.


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Photo of ms11781
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden straw/yellow color with a huge, fluffy white head. Head eventually dwindles by about half but sticks around for the duration.

Smells of wheat, banana (among other fruity aromas), cloves and other pepper-like spices.

Taste is much more subdued than the nose. Some wheat flavor and a hint of banana but not much else. No sign of the cloves or other spiciness that was in the nose.

Lower carbonation than other beers of the same style make the body feel medium with an almost creamy-like finish.

Light enough for multiple pints. That being said, I'd rather move on to something a bit more flavorful. Appearance and aroma were right on for the style but the taste was lacking a bit.

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Photo of PAvolksbiermann
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Warning this is an A.B.Inbev beer most people don't realize this! Imported year round (but more so during Oktoberfest), Weissbier is a fantastic hefe with a silky mouthfeel and what I call a banana wheat after taste. Not as daring as other hefeweizen brews, this is a quintessential traditional hefe and one that goes great with a warm sunny day or with mild spicy foods. -1 for being deceiving and not labeling the beer as being made by A.B. Inbev which owns Spaten.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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