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Franziskaner Weissbier | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner WeissbierFranziskaner Weissbier

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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Another name for Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.

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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 778
Photo of MizzouBrew
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Soulard Octoberfest. It poured a nice cloudy yellow, One of the better tasting hefeweizen style beers in my opinion. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 10/18/16:

A “naturally cloudy” hefeweizen, but only slightly milky on first pour, though with sediment to come with second. Mostly clear, dull orange-yellow but lovely gold, caramel, amber hues in the light. Second pour is a whole other story, same basic color, but swirling with fines and opaque once settled. Cream-like head of moderate retention. Smell is fruity/caramel tart with wheat and yeast, hints of banana, nearly bubblegum, enticing. Some of that tartness throughout, but as much metallic as fruity, good in balance with mild banana suggestions starting from the middle, and barest clove notes with finish and retro-olfaction, almost lost in light floral to metallic hopping. Good, but a bit watered down compared to the Dunkel version. Still, everything is stronger with addition of dregs. Medium in body, packed with fine, prickly suds, sloshy feel just shy of velvet.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazel orange color. Nice little head. Nose orange, banana, lemon peel, sweet malts. Taste orange, apricot, pear notes, bitter of the hops on the back end. Refreshing clean finish. This beer is a great find. It tastes like a refined version of what Blue moon aspires to be. Blue Moon and Shock Top fans are in for a real treat.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely gradient of wheaty yellow to amber. The head is substantial, spongy and tightly packed.

The nose is standard for the style, bringing moderate hits of clove, biscuit, banana and orange peel. The taste follows, bringing some additional warming spices.

The feel is crisp, refreshing and complimented by the initial creaminess of the head. Things need to sit and warm for a while to avoid some masking bitter / metallic notes, so I'm making a note to try this on draught if I ever see it.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely hazy yellow color with a head made up of the tiniest bubbles. Retention in the order of several minutes yet without much lacing. Banana and freshness on the nose and even more banana once you sip it. Not much of clove (which in my books is a plus). Smooth and frothy mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

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Photo of ResidentHobo
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a hazy amber with a pretty tall foam
S: Has a great malty smell, a bit fruity
T: Follows the nose well, doesn't have much of an alcohol taste
F: Good all year 'round. It's light, a little creamy, and doesn't leave any sort of bad after taste. A little carbonated
O: It is a little better from the tap but pouring the bottle into a Hefeweizen glass pretty much evens it out. I could easily drink this all day.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 0.5l bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Light amber color. Hazy. Tall and long lasting foamy (almost creamy) head, with good lacing. Medium to high carbonation visible.

Smell: Yeast, fruity.

Taste: Strong yeast character, vanilla, with spicy (clove) and fruity (citrus) flavors coming through. Banana is present but in the background, just a hint of bubblegum aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, high carbonation in the mouth.

Overall: Nice and elegant Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Nateweiss
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a solid Hefeweizen. Not the best I've ever had, but would suffice to give an inexperienced beer enthusiast a good idea what the style is all about.

Flavor is a good solid banana clove flavoring that is common among this style.

Color was light and hazy.

Body was light to medium, with a high amount of carbonation.

Would recommend this to any weizen or witbier lovers!

On a side note to home brewers, I was able to harvest a yeast culture from the bottle!


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Photo of nobodywonder
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably favorite hefeweizen so far.

12 oz at Trader Joe's.

T - characteristic banana and cloves taste with a good sweetness
F - strong carbonation

just exemplary of the hefeweizen style

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Photo of MusaJames
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great beer that I had the pleasure of trying as a young man. Looks cloudy when you pour it into a glass like what you would imagine bread would look like if it came in liquid form. When I smell this beer all I can think about is a bakery with a hint of fruitiness. Beer tastes great with very little bitterness light carbonation. The people behind the bar always offer a slice of orange and I always decline, though I have met a few people that enjoy it that way. If you like this style of beer give this one a try.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite nice weissbier. Had it on tap at Barley Cargo in downtown Athens, Greece.

Nice aroma, good taste, very drinkable.

Would definitely get it again on occasion.

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Photo of Knutson_16
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very thick, foamy head. Has a cloudy, golden color when poured. When poured, the carbonation is visible. Has a very intriguing and beautiful appearance.

Smell: Has notes of mild banana, wheat, and yeast. The yeasty notes I would describe as being earthy and some clove spices. There were some citrus notes although they were not as noticeable as the other aromas.

Taste:I enjoyed how the flavor of this beer followed closely to its aroma. It had notes of banana and clove spices. There were also obvious wheat and citrus flavors that added more depth to the beer's flavor. It was however a little too sour for my personal taste. Overall, the flavors (despite the sourness) were well balanced.

Mouthfeel: You could both see and feel the carbonation of the beer, which added to the crispiness of the beer. Besides carbonation, the beer was very light and refreshing.

Overall, the flavors in this beer were delicious and combined together to create a very refreshing beer. Although I found the banana flavor to add some tartness and sourness, the wheat, clove spices, and citrus helped balance the beer. I would recommend this beer!

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Photo of lic217
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy, big fluffy head
Smell: Banana and clove
Taste: Banana and clove, a touch sweet
Feel: A little thin
Overall: Good Hefe especially for the price...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a clear lighter straw body.
The aroma is mild banana, other fruits and dry grains.
The taste has the normal wheat flavor, mild fruit sweetness, and a short mild bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.
A nicely done weissbier.

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Photo of drmeto
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-pours a cloudy deep golden with a medium,frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-banana,clove,white bread,earthy,slight cream
-Follows the nose
-medium body,high carbonation
Absolute Classic in the Style

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Photo of Nanothaniel
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: This beer is beautiful, cloudy-golden with a nice head
Smell: To me the smell was a little bit impenetrable, a strong banana aroma with a hint of citrus.
Taste: This is basically what any banana or "monkey" beer wishes it was. Strong tropical ester presence that doesn't become cloying but rather leaves one begging for more.
Feel: Good carbonation, nice body, overall hard to discredit.
Overall: This is damn good beer, having been a fan of "banana" oriented beers for some time this came as a revelation to just how timeless and enduring the style could be.

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Photo of BrandonR
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thin head, disappeared quickly. Light scent of banana. Surprisingly smooth for a hefe. Taste is primarily of banana, fruit, and a touch of vanilla. Light carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall milder than I was expecting, but surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Real thick head on this hazy yellow beer. Head takes forever to die down. Super retention. Aroma is to be expected, wheat, banana, clove.

Taste, lots of banana, clove and bandaid phenols. Base of wheat % stays on your teeth, never heavy though. Grapefruit here although not hop derived.

Pretty traditional hefe product here.

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Photo of Oleg85
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy amber color with thick head 1.5-2 fingers tall.
S: Rich smell of malts and hops with green banana up front.
T: It's very tasty and fruity, a bit sweet, a bit sour and banana of course. Good balanced.
F: Full-bodied and crispy.
O: Great bear. It was quite a pleasure to drink it. Its taste remained with me for next few days.

P.S. Had it from tap. Bottled version is not that perfect.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep gold with a giant creamy head that will overflow over your glass. Smells just as it tastes, citrusy and floral. Mild carbonation and a well balanced flavor overall highlight this well crafted wheat beer.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Quite a lot of carbonation. Typical wheat beer with lemon and grapefruit undertones and a minuscule ammoniacal nose feel. A touch metallic in taste, leaving a friction on the tongue. These flavours linger well after drinking. My opinion is that this beer is better with food than on its own. Pairs very well with fish.

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Photo of EnriqueG251
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my 1st review so forgive me if I'm not into detail as everyone else. The look of this beer is what I like the most it reminds me of what a beer should really look like. UNFILTERED! I just like this beer its now one of my favorites.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle. Warning, I find this style drinkable and moderately refreshing but rarely notably enjoyable.
Very large and durable white head over a slightly hazy Amber body.
Light body with near medium carbonation that's softer than expected.
Moderate banana and lightly spicy.

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super cloudy, dark gold color. The bartender needed to approach the tap three times before he could serve it because the foam was so dominant. It lasts, leaving a ring of lace on the glass.

Plenty of banana, nutmeg and clove. Excellent for the style.

Creamy body and flavor. Chewy. The banana comes through but is a bit soured. The finish is more cream with a lingering effervescence. A bit of sweetness is showing on the second tasting b

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Photo of Beeeeeeeer
4.87/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly one of the most excellent weissbier readily available to just about everybody, this beverage remains flavorful and refreshing throughout the glass or bottle. Light and malty with a distinct wheaty flavor that's neither too sweet nor too plain, further down the bottle, the more distinct the bolder, denser flavors become. I'll admit I've left one out for an hour or more by mistake and even that scarcely diminished its flavor.

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