Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Hefeweizen Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu


Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, a Hefeweizen brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is a Hefeweizen brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a bottle.


The ale pours a lightly cloudy marigold hue and is topped by a towering stack of puffy white foam that shows excellent retention. The head slowly collapses to a domed mound and then a thin layer resting atop the ale.


The aroma is bright and spicy with a scent citrus and clove. Hints of bubblegum and wheat bread appear as the beer warms.


Doughy bread leads the palate and is followed by a juicy bite of orange peel with just a squeeze of lemon. The finish is spiced with clove and a sweet note of banana mellows the tartness.


Its feel has a relatively smooth draw that becomes slightly prickly on the backend. Medium body and moderately-high carbonation.


The Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse presents well. Its aroma is pleasant. Banana is usually featured in the style but citrus dominates this brew. Regardless, this Hefeweizen still tastes great. And when that tartness is combined with its effervescent feel, this brew is an easy drinker.

A Beer By Any Other Name

The Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is also known as Franziskaner Weissbier and Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.

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About the Hefeweizen

The Hefeweizen (known as a Weissbier in its native Germany) is hundreds of years old and was originally brewed for Bavarian royalty. The commoners began to drinking this wheat beer in 1872 but the typical pale straw to gold-colored version that’s enjoyed today only became popular in the 1960s. Also characteristic of the style is a tall, dense cap of foam while the unfiltered ale is usually cloudy. Its aroma and palate have a moderate amount of phenols and esters that impart a scent of clove and banana. Hops are mild at best and the smell and taste may also contain wheat bread, vanilla, or even bubblegum. Its feel is usually medium-light to medium, seemingly creamy, and should be effervescent with high carbonation.