Franziskaner Weissbier – 650 years of tradition

For the first time on the blog I present beer in Hefeweizen style. This delicacy comes straight from Bavaria. Before you – Franziskaner Weissbier.


Weissbier is a style, which specifies the wheat beers, which are produced using wheat malt.

These beers are mainly characterized by aromas of banana, cloves, citrus, spices (nutmeg, coriander).
They are well saturated, with imperceptible bitterness, in pale or dark colour (depending on the used malt), with large head of foam.

Bavarian variant of this style, called hefeweizen (hefe-weissbier) is the most popular type of wheat beer.
It is a light beer, unfiltered, with a high head, and into bottles (cans, kegs) dispensed with the addition of yeast. Necessarily must be present here aromas of bananas and cloves.


A representative of the style hefeweizen – Franziskaner Weissbier is produced in Munich by a brewery Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH.


Spaten-Franziskaner-Braeu factory by Richard Bartz
Spaten-Franziskaner-Braeu factory” by Richard Bartz, Munich aka Makro Freak Own work.
Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons.


Spaten history dates back to 1397 when the brewer Hans Welser in the center of Munich found a brewery named Welser Prew.


However, Franziskaner beer label containing the words: “From Munich since 1363”.
Well, with this year’s date of the first information about the nearby Franciscan convent, with which held a lively exchange, among others beer. Therefore, this date is considered to be historical begin of today’s popular Hefeweizen.


Whereas Spaten brewery often passed from hand to hand by changing its owners until 1807, when the plant was taken over by Gabriel Sedlmayr. The situation has stabilized; the new owner took care of business growth.
The brewery received its logo that is used to this day. The name was changed to Spatenbräu, and the brewery, being the smallest in Munich, in 1867 became the largest in terms of quantity of used malt. It was also thanks to the work of Gabriel Sedlmayr followers – his sons.


Spaten logo

Spaten brewery logo used today, presents the shovel used to pouring malt.

The letters “GS” is, of course, the initials of Gabriel Sedlmayr.


Joseph Sedlmayr



At the same time, one of the sons of Gabriel Sedlmayr – Joseph, was the owner of the brewery Leist (Leistbrauerei), which dates back to the fifteenth century.

In 1858, he bought shares in the Franziskaner brewery, and from 1861 Joseph Sedlmayr becomes its sole owner.

In 1865, the entire production of the brewery Leist is transferred to the Franziskaner-Brauerei.

At Oktoberfest in 1872 becomes presented a new beer with an amber colour, which gave rise a new style known since then as Marzenbier.




In 1922, Spaten and Franziskaner breweries are combined to create Spaten-Franziskaner-Leistbräu AG.


Franziskaner 1974



In 1964 goes on sale first filtered wheat beer named Spaten Champagner Weissbier, named later as Club-Weiße.

However, in 1974 a new product saw the light of day – a beer Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier, initially known only locally, and since 1984 has already sold outside Bavaria.

In 2003, Franziskaner sales reached one million hectoliters per year.





Currently owner of Spaten-Franziskaner group is company AB InBev (Anheuser-Busch InBev), which includes such brands as Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Hoegaarden, Leffe and many others.


Franziskaner beers



Franziskaner beer is produced in several varieties:

  • Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrub (wheat pale, alc. 5,0% vol., ext. 11,8%)
  • Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel (wheat dark, alc. 5,0% vol., ext. 11,8%)
  • Weissbier Kristallklar (clear wheat pale, alc. 5,0% vol., ext. 11,8%)
  • Hefe-Weissbier Leicht (wheat pale light, alc. 2,9% vol., ext. 7,5%)
  • Hefe-Weissbier Alkoholfrei (wheat pale alcohol-free, alc. 0,5% vol., ext. 6,2%)
  • Hefe-Weissbier Alkoholfrei Holunder (elder flavoured alcohol-free)
  • Hefe-Weissbier Alkoholfrei Zitrone (lemon flavoured alcohol-free)


When it comes to the availability of sales in England, or at least in the area where I live, you can buy only the classic Franziskaner Naturtrub – and it’s the subject of my present review.

With great pleasure I get down to this beer, especially that the style Hefeweizen is one of my favourites.
So it’s time for tasting.


Name: FRANZISKANER WEISSBIER [Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier, Weisbier Naturtrub]
(German Hefeweizen, 5,0% ABV)
Brewery: Spaten-Franziskaner-Leistbräu AG [AB InBev] (Munich, Germany)

Expiration date: 08/2016


Franziskaner Naturtrub - beer (1)


Franziskaner Naturtrub labels

Franziskaner Naturtrub - beer (2)

Franziskaner Naturtrub - beer (3)


test-look-small Amber colour with an orange tinge.
The beer is cloudy, unfiltered.
On the bottom of the bottle a small portion of the yeast.
Foam is white, high, stable.
test-sniff-small The aroma of bananas, bread, cloves, chewing gum.
test-drink-small Flavour is mainly cloves, and then bananas.
In the background: yeast, notes of citrus and other fruits (pears).
Slightly noticeable alcohol, although the feeling this may be due to the presence of phenols (cloves) and fruity esters (bananas).
Light sweetness. Bitterness practically non-existent, only at the finish, you can feel the dry, herbal, slightly bitter flavour.
Carbonation medium. Felt as a full-bodied.


Franziskaner Weissbier Naturtrub – this beer is a classic hefeweizen. It has all the characteristics of this style.
Pale, cloudy, with a high white cap of foam. In the aroma and flavour dominated by bananas and cloves, that I love. It’s all qualities of a classic Bavarian hefeweissbier.
It is perfectly balanced and really drinking it gave me a great pleasure.
To this beer I go back quite often and always it gives me a lot of joy.




Franziskaner Naturtrub - beer (4)


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