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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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Photo of OldManMetal
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful example of a hefeweizen. It forms a giant creamy white head, so much so that you have to be careful how you pour it. The head coarsens as it slowly settles, and leaves impressive lacing wherever it goes. The beer itself is a nice deep gold color, cloudy with the requisite yeast sediment. The nose is dominated by the characteristic hefeweizen banana/clove spice, with hints of orange and wheat notes. On the palate it is a bit malty, with a clean wheat flavor that is joined by hints of spice and a bit of bitter citrus. The finish is the same, with the citrus bitterness lingering a bit. The light body and creamy texture make this a very smooth-drinking beer, while a lively carbonation keeps your attention.

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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 dd43
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's just something magical about the clove/banana signature of a well done hefeweizen that sings to me.

Hazy orange in color, has almost a sparkling orange juice like appearance. Great carbonation, very refreshing. Head forms easily but recedes fairly soon. A quick swirl of the glass remedies this.

Clove and banana on the nose as well as a yeasty quality. The flavor follows this aroma profile, with a spiced quality that I found appealing. No residual bitterness.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Ray in Pittsburgh for this brew

A- dull yellow color with a nice 2 finger head that leaves bell curve lacing on my pint. cloudy looking.

S- banana and yeasty with clove spices.

F- faint clove but the banana comes out stronger in the mouth than the nose. sour mash and malty finish

M- sour banana and malty

O-not a bad hefe and the banana and clove interact well with each other. worth a sixer.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 500ml Euro bomber poured into a dimpled glass mug (a very pretty sight).

Appearance - The look and color of a hazy cider. A big foamy head that disapates after a bit.

Smell - Fruity. Sour.

Taste - Big banana flavor. Slightly sweet. Slightly sour. A mildly acidic finish.

Mouth - Zesty yet buttery.

Overall - A qaulity German Weissbier. Chugable. A little simplistic, however. Yet another InBev product that, in an attempt to be all things to all people, comes up a little short.

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Photo of kevintaraross
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color = darker than average.
Smell = refreshing - lightly yeastie.
Taste = "thickish"
Feel = fuller than the average Hefeweizen - which is a good thing...in the Winter.
After taste = smooth and not a harsh bite.

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Photo of SmashPants
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Format: standard German 500mL macro brown bottle and standard label.

Appearance: pours a deep, cloudy amber with a big and fluffy head per the style. Drops to a finger or so of creamy pure white. Decent lacing down the glass.

Aroma: banana, cloves and spices, quality wheat and yeasts. Smells exactly as a traditional German hefe ought.

Aroma: some citrus joins the characteristics on the nose - quite a nice addition. All told a well-rounded flavour profile.

Taste: all of those flavours come through on the finish. Quite sweet, with a pleasant yeast and alcohol warmth.

Aftertaste: again spot-on. Medium in body with a full feel and decent moderate carbonation.

Mouth feel: a case of 20 x 500mL is AU$75, so an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL would be around AU$59. pretty good for a beer of this calibre.

Overall: a great quality traditional German Hefeweizen from one of their best breweries in my opinion. A good selection of flavours with a touch of citrus thrown in for good measure. A great price too at AU$75 a case of 20 x 500mL.

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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 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 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 jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Appearance: light orange. Hazy. Medium, foamy, light yellow head.
Smell: orange peel. Wheat.
Taste: wheat. Orange peel. Clove (light). Essence of banana.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: pretty tasty Weiss beer. Not a huge fan of the style. But this one is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Franziskaner is my go-to. What a really flavorful, stellar beer. It's like something out of the Middle Ages, and that is a good thing. I feel like a Gregorian monk when I drink this stuff.

Draught poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass:

Appearance: Deep bronze, almost light honey colored, with a pristine, beautiful shade of Germanic awesome. An off-white head that is less than a finger's width, quickly receding into lacey edges on the glass like a Byzantine tapestry.

Aroma: Faint, bitter sweet, slightly citrus undertones -- not overpowering. It is very inviting.

Taste: A rich wheat with a fruity aftertaste, no maltiness and ever so slightly hoppy. It lures you in with its deeply embedded, earthly goodness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily on the tongue, but rolls off nicely, with some biting carbonation.

Overall: I fell in love with this stuff the moment I tasted it. Friar Tuck would drown himself in this heavenly beer. It's really, really one of the finer brews out there. Get it on draught if you can.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Poured from a 12 oz into a weizen glass on 01.21.14.

A: Cloudy yeast at top. See through orange at bottom. 2 finger head.

S: Wheat, citrus. Orange.

T: Wheat, very light cloves from yeast.

M: Crisp, which is weird for a hef. More watery than I like.

O: This was pretty bland tasting. There was a tiny bit of sweet clove on the back end that helped a little to break the monotony of the watery mouthfeel. It was easy to drink and refreshing at least. Wondering why this was so bland, and suspicious of the lightweight and see through bottle, I found that this is owned by AB-InBev. Yep, I'm a newbie.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
5/5  rDev +25.6%

I have to give it a 5! It is the best weissbeir on the planet. Pours hazy orange. Head pour depends on how you want it an if you want to get the yeast off the bottom. Banana, orange, spices, light clove. This is the beer years ago that got me into branching out into European beers. The best balanced Weiss. My wife even likes it! I still remember where and when I had it and I fell in love with all of it. The mouth feel and perfect creamy head poured into hotel coffee paper cup wakes me up at night. I can't decide if I will retire in west coast hoppy land, or Old town Germany living out life as brewery hand.

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Photo of Richardp
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

A favourite style of beer, a very good example.

I have nothing to add to the previous review, but to say this one of the better examples out there.

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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 illpass78
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange gold with a big white head that recedes to about two inches and hangs around a bit.

Aroma: Smells of citrus, wheat, oranges and spices.

Taste: Now this is a terrific wheat beer. It's full of the signature flavors - citrus dominates, and there's no reason for a dippy orange slice. Just a really tasty wheat ale.

Mouthfeel: This is an area where this beer really excels. It's super smooth and a pleasure to drink. Great stuff.

Overall: Superb beer. I had a Blue Moon yesterday; comparing that to this is like comparing a second grade performance of Robin Hood to The Deer Hunter.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Golden with an amber streak through the middle. Pours a one finger creamy white head.

Aroma- Subtle smells of wheat and sweetness.

Taste- Muted and bland as a whole. Some banana, some orange, slight peppery yeast, and mild wheat flavors. Nothing really jumps out in this beer.

Feel- A crisp snap from the yeast. Pleasant to drink with an overall creamy/smooth texture.

Overall- Maybe age has effected this, i'm not sure, but the flavors are muted compared to other german hefes that I've had. Still a solid beer that I'll give another chance just to make sure this is an accurate assessment, so I recommend trying it just for the sake of comparison to other hefe's if anything. (80/100)

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Photo of samparkique4
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fruity, Wheat, Banana, Clove, Medium-bodied
Germany- Hefeweizen it is
golden-orange colored wheat beer with soft banana and spice notes on the nose
a citrus note on the palate. It is light in body with a refreshing finish.
malt and barley is genuine sincere presence
orange and lemon jelly with banana-apple saux
barley and malt is frutti and genuine Freshness

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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 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 DeepBrew
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice amber color, bit dark for a hefe. Smells fruity, on the acidic side. Foam is airy and settles down relatively quickly. Flavor and yeast is not overwhelming, and the aftertaste is also light. Overall good, refreshing, just above mild and pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of RandomExile
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy amber-orange, cloudily translucent; intially pours with a full off-white head, settling to 1-2cm of surface foam; uniform latticed lacing as the head recedes
S: heady scent of yeast and clove; very little banana or orange;
T: definitely clove and yeast, with a hint of bubble gum, nutmeg; bready
M: light-medium-bodied, a little on the watery side, slightly sour bite
O: I would have liked a little more presence, but the scent is enticing and if you're a fan of hefeweizens there's no arguing with the flavor

500mL / Weizen Glass

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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 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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Franziskaner Weissbier from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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