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Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by scratch69 on 04-07-2012

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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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very unique weizen. The color is darker than most, pouring an amber, almost brownish color that looks like "apple cider" and has the haze to go along with it. The head is white and foams up into a "rocky, mountainous peak" yet is actually quite thin. The effervescence is high (though not as high as some other leading Bavarian hefe's) and the bubbles are astonishingly tiny, forming a very tight - but light - foamy head. The mouthfeel is similar in many ways to the head with it's very fine bubbles that give a gentle zest - but appearing thinner than some other examples. The yeast character is more restrained than it is in many weizens, in terms of both flavor and aroma. The nose expresses a sharp fruitiness, with less banana than many hefe's. The clove character is clearly present but subtle, and there's an uncommon note of a bready-spiciness... maybe nutmeg? The sweetness of the flavor is restrained in comparison to many. Again, the banana is limited but the clove is present and leaves a slight spice in your mouth at the finish. A sublime weizen. Instantly recognizable. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive foam-up to start, in the Aventius weissbier glass with the bulging top. Settles down to a big white cap on a spritzy, hazy, pale amber beer. Plenty of spice in the nose. What a wonderful creamy, flowery mouthfeel.

Rather lemony and on the tart side. Lots of fruity pineapple and banana flavors. A touch of clove and a spicy bitterness at the end. Hops are very much in the background. On the whole, it tastes like a watered-down Hefeweizen, but in a good way. What a pleasant surprise, so much flavor in a moderate ABV beer with such bold maltiness and a balancing tang.

You have to look at this as an interesting beer in a style of its own. Hugely carbonated, the yeasty sediment, the fruity smells-- it's a little puppet show in the German language. From a 355 ml bottle at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by sweet flavors of bananas, caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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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 smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Cloudy looking orange with hints of light lemon yellow on the edges. Roaring huge amounts of micro fine and fast rising carbonation. The head is just booming off the pour like a classic German hefe. Thick white frothy fistfull head, tall as a mountain, and settling with big shampoo and superfine thin whipped bubbles, bleach white and large.

Solid nose. Huge peanut butter aromas, and good fine clove phenol spicy quality. Seems to neglect hints of chewy malt wheat character or even hints of banana, and lemon. Solid, inviting and still to character.

Palate delivers real nicely. Chewy malts really seem to blast right on first sip, but the mouthfeel lowers in body as you drink. Big yeasty esters hit with lots of sharp perfect spice. Hints of herbality but not even from hop, more of the ester goes to clove, and a hot almost bitter spicy character. Dense. Light hints of lemon peak out on the aftertaste but really get pushed out by hot brown spice character and a very surprising nutty character.

Simple, with a nice unique character to match. Very fun hefeweizen.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a solid 2 inch ivory head.

Earthy coriander and tangerine start the aroma, which is full of orange, lemon, and banana notes. Cloves and bready malt mix with wheat to form the background. Floral hops emerge late.

Flavor is fairly bready and wheaty throughout, but huge citrus flavors of orange and lemon steal the show, giving way to banana, with coriander and clove wrapping things up at the finish, which is a touch dry. Notes of apple and peach surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with high carbonation, which lends a light, spritzy feeling on the tongue.

Very refreshing beer, fairly complex, with a good balance of malt and esters. The spritzy mouthfeel is a touch overdone.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow beer, hazy, thick off white head that really holds its own in the retention category. Lacing category is just average. Aroma is a familiar yeast of hefeweizen proportions: banana, mild clove and spice accoutrement.

Taste, more banana, mild bandaid with pepper cloves. Mild wheat and barley malt base, nothing heavy. A little gritty on the teeth. Heavy amount of carbonation throughout the entire lifespan of the beer. Bready but not doughy. Residual sweetness, but not cloying. Citrus seems to be around it, some grapefruit and banana seem to be the most noticeable fruit like flavors.

Wheat character is not lost on the beer, keeps the mouthfeel like, has the stickyness along with the yeast on the teeth. Has enough yeasty esters and banana to keep traditionalists happy. I'm good for about 4-6oz of this, but after that, its just too much of why I'm not big on hefeweizens: bananas, yeast and clove are best in small quantities.

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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 Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz, Bottle # 22454303:39 Healthy pour into a Weiss glass.

A very nice heffe. 4

A – Pours with a huge off white mousy head, pale orange with a bit of haze to the beer, great head retention. 4.5

S – Yeast, spicy, lots of clove, pear. 4.25

T – Malt, crackers, yeasty, very minor sweetness and vanilla, a bit of orange. 3.75

MF – Medium light body with a dry finish. 3.75

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours deep/cloudy orange with a very healthy head. The foam holds on for quite a while. It started with about four fingers, but two fingers retained for quite a while.

I really enjoy the nose in a quality Hefeweizen in general. This one stands out with the best of the group. You get the banana and bubblegum with this bouquet. I like the the way this beer smells.

The flavor is very refreshing. The banana and coriander really comes out with each sip. I like the balance.

This is a very good summertime beer. I will need to pick up some in about four months.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wrote this entire review and left the computer for a little while. I tried to submit but it asked for my login info again. Then, when I did, lost the damn submission. I am shortening it now.

Murky straw. White head leaves quick to disk. Some bubbly cling. Smells like wheat, slight barn funk and a trace of malt. A little sharp lemon in there too. Taste is exactly like smell. I would drink this all night.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.69
Purchased: Sept. 26, 2013
Consumed: Sept. 29, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a lemon straw hazy color with four fingers of bubbly off-white head. Sporadic amount of foamy lacing on the sides. Lots of retention on the top.

Initially smelled a heavy mix of cloves and alcohol. Reminded me of a hefeweizen mixed with a pilsner. Bananas, Circus Peanuts, cloves, apple, kiwi and honey. The nose got better as it went down.

Taste wasn’t as flavorful as the nose, but still good. Banana bread, banana, cloves, Circus Peanuts, sour apple, kiwi and honey wheat grass.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, refreshing finish.

A pretty good beer. I’d have it again for sure.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold, with thick, lathery, white carbonation. No discernible lacing.

Nose is spicy sweet. Clove and bubblegum with some orange spice. Nice!

Taste is spicy sweet as well, with a solid clove and orange character. Well-balanced with the citrus. A fresh and tasty hefeweizen, and definitely one worthy of seeking out.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%

After a rewarding workout, it's time for a rewarding beer.

Appearance (4.5) : Towering head that caps off the glass and has a creamy, marshmallow appearance. Very tight knit, very impressive. The body is hazy with sediment and mango-copper colored.

Aroma (4.5) : Man I love these Belgian-style beers. Orange, ripe pineapple, fresh cut strawberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, a faint bit of wheat, and the tiniest whiff of distant hop. Bouquet is medium-strong.

Taste (4.75) : I wish I could take the grin on my face and paste it in this category. The entrance is slightly sour, turning yeasty and estery, a splash of water, with table fruits and fresh bread. If you can imagine an orange muffin with slight alcohol that's what is right here. Liquid muffin, sour zing on the exit. This seriously contends with Hoegaarden (I almost forgot the name of my favorite beer, what?!).

Mouthfeel (4) : Very zingy and carbonated yet super creamy and relaxing. Just fantastic.

Overall (4.54) : If Hoegaarden is the king of Witbiers, this is the king of Hefeweizens. Granted I haven't tried all of them (and I'm sure Weihenstephaner is a serious contender for that title) but this is seriously impressive. It's so creamy, so blissful, so orange-y, I just can't talk enough about it.

- T-A-J

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Photo of Braz
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at BevMo. Pale gold color and very cloudy. Thin white head, doesn't sustain long. Aromatics are citrusy and earthy and yeasty. Faint aroma of banana too. Taste is quite crisp and refreshing. Light flavors of banana and clove. Smooth body and easy drinking.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, freshness date, pours a big frothy head, yeast sediment was included. Lasts a minute or two before receding, leaving good lacing/film. Colour is a medium hazy amber, highly cloudy.

Smell has fresh banana, berry notes, some yeast, estery notes.Malt and wheat are there, bready notes. Quite light, but interesting.

Taste is initially an estery bitterness, then more fruit character comes through. Banana, creaminess, bit of sour malt, some light cinnamon spice,refreshing. Finish is dry, pleasant, and malty.

Mouthfeel is thin at times, high carbonation without much body behind it, this improves as it warms. Light, refreshing and very drinkable.

Good stuff, pretty refreshing, standard hefe. Not the best Hefe out there, but it drinks nicely, pretty palateable as it warms, and doesn't have any huge flaws. Mouthfeel could use a bit of firming up in my mind.

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Photo of Brabander
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this beer yesterday in Belgium when i was at Dranken Geers near Gent. I always like this type of beer in summer and today the summer starts!

Poured in the original glass i have for many years. Nice thich white head which disappears slowly leaving a small head on top of the cloudy yellow fluid. Smell of banana what you smell more in these type of beer.

Nice drinkable beer. Not the best i ever had but one of the beers which make Germany a great beercountry.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled tonight on 2/6/14. This one comes in a 12 ounce bottle where as the one I had last year was in a 16.9 oz (550ml) bottle. Bottle chilled out in the garage where it is like 25 degrees F. LOL! Poured into a classic dimple pilsner mug with handle.

Pours a medium hazy straw-yellow, (honey) color with a very tiny white head that leaves spotty lacing with each sip. Lots of sediment is left in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of a sweet wheat bread, lemon, grain with a hint of banana (of course no bananas are used) and honey. The taste was very delightful and pretty close to the aroma with a slight sweet finish. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh finish. They also make a very nice "Dunkel" (Dark) beer is just as good.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy and hazy straw colour with dense white head of tight foam. Very pleasant banana, biscuit with very mild malt aroma profile. This beer has a great mild malt middle and a toffee finish. Really very good with great aroma and lovely taste.

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Photo of zac16125
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a hefe glass
no distinguishable bottling dates

A: Pours a dark golden, almost copper color with 3.5 fingers width of white head. Head has fair retention before dissipating down. Leaves almost zero lacing.

S: Predominately bubble gum aroma with clove and sweet citrus as well. Lots of wheat characters and some light fruity notes.

T: Taste isnt what I expected from the nose. Lots of wheat and a pale malt profile. The sweetness is on the finish with some banana esters. I also get citrus and a good amount of clove along with some peppery spices. Gets better as I drink, as the spice and sweet citrus become more prominent.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the lower end and Id prefer if it were higher, drinkability is average.

O: Good but not great. Certainly worthy of a try, and the price is right, but I'll go with Weihenstephaner Heffeweissbier over this one any day.

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Photo of Act25
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Summer refresher. I am not a big weiss beer fan. Love it when in Europe.

A: Yellow-cider colored beer, hazy, very energetic, thick, white head that sticks, laces and lasts.

S: Aroma as expected of abundant yeast of hefe-weizen style: banana, clove, hay, and spice.
Could be more complex and stronger.

T: Follows smell, too much of banana and as a reviewer wrote : "bandaid with pepper" Exactly.
Gritty on the teeth. Bready, sweet, buttery breakfast rolls. Buttery texture and taste. A bit much, complex, interesting, but too sticky in the mouth for me. No real bitter character, little hops.

MF: Too sticky on teeth. ("Im good for 6 oz of this") As 1 reviewer wrote, and I agree.

Good mass weiss, run of the mill beer.

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

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

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