Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is a German Hefeweizen with 5% alcohol by volume. This is the 2nd out of 3 beers in the Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau sample pack that I picked up today.
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is a golden colored beer, quite cloudy with different layers of haze, topped by a very large white head. A medium amount of lacing remains behind on the glass.
The nose is a very nice classic German Hefe scent, with lots of wheat and banana, followed by spicy clove and a bit of bubblegum as well.
The wheat grain that opens the taste is pretty full and doughy, followed by just a slight tart fruit, before finishing in the classic Hefe secondary notes with clove being the most prominent but with some banana as well. The mouth is fairly full and smooth.
I have yet to have a better German Hefeweizen than Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, but Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is certainly a good one. It looks like they used to sell this in green bottles, so I am glad at least half of the Spaten-Franziskaner brewery has come to its senses on the matter.
Be sure to check out the other reviews from the Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau sample pack, including Spaten Premium Lager and Spaten Optimator.
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse : B+