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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 Alexisz
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Franziskaner Hefeweizen is the must have Weizenbier. This beer is the alpha and the omega of wheat beers, it's brewing culture dates back to the 14th century and it is one of the oldest in Bavaria. Any Bavarian would agree that Franziskaner is the complete wheat beer based on look, smell and taste of course.

If you don't like it then you don't like Weizenbier. But it is hard not to. In the world of beers, it is a pleasant difference to any Pils or Lager beer or other party beers. This is the beer of men, the taste of yeast makes it recognizable from any other beer. After the first sip, you will know that you are drinking something special.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange/gold with 1 1/4" frothy white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Retention is very good, lacing is about average-to-style.

S: Subtle. Citrus, clove, banana, bready yeast. Mellow esters & phenols coming together well.

T: Comes on with an almost-sweet citric quality that quickly reveals more of a clove note through the mid palate. Banana is present but very much in the background. There is a growing yeast character throughout the palate which really comes into focus during the brief finish. Well-balanced.

M: Moderate carb married to a light, creamy body. Finishes just a touch sticky but overall quite crisp & refreshing.

O: Exceptionally balanced & understated. Really very nice.

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Photo of Wobjack
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very pleased looking monk, rubbing his belly in approval after quaffing a stein of this brew. Poured into a Franziskaner Hefe glass.

Appearance: Amber, cloudy as per the style. Nice head that seems to hold all the way down the glass, no major lacing to speak of.

Smell: Clove and banana, more banana. Very pleasant yeast notes. Slight fruits, maybe a little lemon in there too.

Taste: Very light hops to begin, soon taken over by a lovely chalky, banana & clove flavour. Finishes dry and ever so slightly bitter.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a decent carbonation and very light on the palate. Wonderfully refreshing.

Overall: A great example of the style, certainly one of the best in my area and readily available too! A beer that I will revisit again.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Liquor Collection $3.25 16.9 oz bottle
Hazy orange amber color
High carbonation
Medium-heavy mouth feel
Citrus wheaty banana taste, slight tart aftertaste
Overall a very nice hefeweizen. Would drink more if the price was lower, but nice to have on occasion

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Cloudy golden orangey colour with a thick white head. Aromas banana, clove very yeasty. Taste banana, clove, bready notes. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Stockman327
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the first Hefeweizen I ever tried. I love everything about it. Cloudy pour, banana/clove smell and taste, tons of carbonation. I drink it year round. I would give it all fives, but nothing can be perfect. I know it's owned by InBev, and I don't care. Great beer.

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Photo of Landohops
2.56/5  rDev -36.6%
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 DenisKolkin
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cold into a hefe glass. Purchased while visiting New York State. I think this is pretty much the last German hefe that needs to be tried in order to have enjoyed all of the ones that are reasonably accessible. From the solid hefes of Erdinger and Schoffehoffer to the quality of Schneider Weisse and Paulaner and Maisel's Weisse, the outstanding offerings from Hacker-Pschorr and Ayinger and the sheer brilliance and excellence of Weihenstephaner, trying this hefe from Franziskaner will round these out nicely.

Appearance - Pours a reasonably clear golden colored beer, more clarity than others I've enjoyed. Big billowing three fingers of white head rest on top and coalesce into an inch of thick creaminess.Some lively action on the bubbles from within and a couple traces of sediment floating throughout the beer. Head retention not quite as epic as some of those listed above but beautiful looking all the same.

Smell - Signature banana and clove although slightly muted as the wheat chaff and an element of pepper shine through as well. Complex and enticing.

Taste - A little banana and then some bubble gum. Creamy wheat and clove follow behind.Flavors not as intense as some but still really good. A slightly spicy finish at the close. Some yeastiness shins through as the beer warms slightly

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with prickly carbonation that borders on gassy. Body is super light and easy to drink capturing the mouthfeel of the best hefes quite well.

Overall - An excellent hefe, easy to drink and full of subtlety that's difficult to describe. On my pantheon its probably doesn't quite match up with Ayinger, but it's not far off. Lives up to it's reputation as one of the best.

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Photo of anon
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow, almost a copper-amber with a nice foamy head. Flakes of sediment floating freely. Smells doughy and almost sour, slightly zesty and spicy, nice and crisp.

Banana nut bread flavours with some yeast, malts and spices. Slightly tangy and sweet. Good amount of carbonation but still smooth on the tongue. Pretty tasty.

An excellent take on the style, one of the better Hefe's I've had.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It's a great wheat beer that never lets you down. I enjoy the flavor and a rich, full body. The color in a glass is almost an amber while the dunkel is more of a dark brown. It's very smooth and not overpowering of any food you might get to partner with it.

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Photo of Spike
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy. Fabulous colour: rich, golden, orange. Two finger, foamy white head that unfortunately recedes with some haste.

Yeasty nose. Floral. Orange blossom. Very pleasant.

Citrus and cloves. Gentle spiciness. Subtle. Super refreshing.

Mouthfeel is not as full as some wheat beers. Spiciness is dialed back as well. Makes it extremely drinkable, if a little less complex. A little gassy.

Really great hefeweizen. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a fancy beer drinking glass, it pours a nice deep yellow almost orange color. Very thick foam head, so thick I could not pour the entire bottle into the glass in one go.
Has a fruity smell to it.
Tastes great, sweet and malty, hint of banana.
Feels as great as it tastes, smooth, creamy, delicious.
Overall I picked this up on a whim at my local party store and I am quite happy with this purchase.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Pours a hazy honey yellow with a lofty white head that lasts. Quite cloudy.

Smell- Sweet banana bread, yeasty sweetness, light spice

Taste- Sweet, sugary yeasty falvor blends with a dry crackery malt with good hints of wheat. A banana-like quality, characteristic of a good hefe builds up mid way through the taste along with the wheat. The bready malt also persists into the finish before leaving with a light clove spice note.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall- A well balanced and refreshing hefe for sure. Very high drinkability. A solid german

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yeasty, banana flavoured and a little spicy. This beer also has subtle citrus undertones and fresh bread tastes. The appearance is beautiful. Opaque amber with vigorous carbonation and outstanding head retention and lacing.Simple but wonderful aroma of yeast, cloves and bread crust.

A really satisfying tasty beer at just 5 per cent alcohol. The drinkablility is very high. I will have to revisit Weihenstaphenar Hefe to see if its better than this.

I normally prefer lagers for this kind of thirst quenching moderate abv but this hefe is worth trying even for a non hefe fan.


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Photo of Myotus
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass
LOOK: Pours with an egregious five finger's worth of white foam that finally cuts down to two finger's after two and a half minutes. Full yellow in color with moderate clouding. Rising bubbles are still in great amounts once head settles. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Strange. Strong sour yeast and mild earthy yeast got the nose up front. It's difficult to detect the subtle banana, wheat, and clove aromas that lie underneath.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild sour yeast and banana flavors that combine with subtle flavors of cloves. Mild wheat flavors and lemony zest enter immideately after. A hint of earthy yeast closes this flavor symphony as all previous flavors continue in strength.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down smooth and ends with an extremely crisp finish.
NOTE: Sour yeast flavors were amazing for this style. Banana flavors could of been a little bit stronger. Cloves can stay right they are. A well done Hefeweizen with a taste unique to this specific brew. Definitely not a generic form of the style.

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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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Photo of captaincoffee
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

.5 liter pour (okay, may be a few pours) at a restaurant in Garmisch.
Pour is classic haze and full head. Very surprised at the lack of classic here nose. Maybe I've been drinking too much Weihenstephaner, but the nose is just missing here. Luckily, all the classic flavors come back in the taste. Lots of banana esters and goodly yeast notes. Crisp with some citrus, but creamy at the same time. Good mouthfeel. Too bad the nose was lacking or this would be rated higher.

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Photo of Zet
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark yellow to orange colour with a good head of foam. Very full smell of cloves and yeast. The clove continues in the taste, with hints of banana and citric (lemon). A smooth mouth feel due to the yeast and level of carbonation. A good Weizen, though the taste could have been richer in flavour in my opinion. I prefer a bit more banana ;).

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

Served cold into Schneider weizen glass.

L) Dark orangish-yellow colour, cloudy, fluffy white head. Pretty much what you want to see in a weizen.

S) Gingery clove-banana. Again, everything you think of when you think weizen. To say this is cold, its giving a good whiff.

T) Banana milkshake, a bit of beer in there. Hint of yeasty flavour. Lots going on, all enjoyable, all balanced.

F) Smooth with a pleasant acid bite from the carbonation. No bitterness or nasty aftertastes.

O) This is probably the easiest to obtain Weizen in the UK. I really really enjoyed this one. Maybe the key is having it cold. Can't fault it.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge head. Unfortunately, retention is fairly poor.

Smell: Really unimpressive in this area, although I remember it smelling better on tap (currently rating the bottle). Some banana and generally funkiness (yeast)

Taste: Banana (dominant but not as strong as in some hefes), lemon, vanilla, and I guess clove (others have helped me find that). Really good, but not the best.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy. Well carbonated.

Overall: This is one of the best, but I argue not the best, hefeweizens out there. However, the relatively low price (under $3 for a pint+ bottle) scores bonus points with me. Additional bonus points awarded in the "overall" category for this brewery's long (we're talking several centuries) of excellence.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Coal's. Color was a darker, deeper orange-yellow than I am used to for a Hefe, but it was very appealing. Taste and aroma werent particularly compelling, slight banana favor, not a ton else. Mouthfeel was more abrasive than I'm accustomed to for the genre. Maybe a touch overrated.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Playing Memoria. In Paulaner glass. A classic that never fails you. I prefer it over Paulaner. Avg 4.

From Mercadona. In Bavaria glass. Playing Magic Duels. Ive found the banana flavors a bit more artificial and cloying than I remebered. Nice still

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Photo of TH28
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden and hazy with a frothy white foam head. Aroma: typical banana dominance with a bit of clove. Taste: Light, bready malt with a pleasant clove spice. Mouthfeel: medium (on the lighter side of the style) with a moderate carbonation. Finish: clean and balanced with some lingering clove spice and no noticeable hop bitterness.

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass (I had to use what the hotel had...) Reviewed from notes dated June 22, 2015.

A-The beer pours with a tall, white head. Retention is OK, but not great for the style. Carbonation is active and visible in the murky orange-tinted yellow beer.

S-The aroma is heavy on the banana and lemon fruit. Almost too much mushy, overripe banana smell for me. I sniff less clove than some examples of the style.

T-The taste is also heavy on the banana with some balancing lemon crispness. A little bready in flavor with a musty, wet wheat malt bill. Refreshing if a bit simple.

M-The body is quite light and easy to quaff.

O-This is a good old-world example of the style in my book. Nothing wild and nothing that I would search out but I would readily drink more of this when in the mood for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a thick white head.

Smells citrusy and spicy

Tastes- A little lighter on that banana sweetness than other hefeweizens. More of a lemony taste than what I have become accustomed too.

MF-Creamy and full-bodied.

Overall- Decent hefeweizen.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
4.04 out of 5 based on 3,878 ratings.
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