Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 3,574
Reviews: 1,590
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 146
Gots: 633 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of mkh012
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Franziskaner is my favorite hefeweizen and perhaps my favorite beer period. I've had other top-notch hefes like Weihenstephaner and Sierra Nevada, and nothing beats a cold Franzi on tap.

Franziskaner is simply one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. It has a cloudy orange-yellow look to it which is typical of most wheat beers. The smell is mostly banana and breadiness with a hint of almost shortbread cookie sweetness underlying this. The taste of Franziskaner is where it really excels. This beer is remarkably smooth and drinkable. Banana, vanilla, and light orange peel blend together into one of the most velvety sips of beer I've ever had. Definitely better on tap.

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is continuosly one of my favorite hefes in the world,pours a deep yellow/orange color with a very nice big blooming head.The aroma is yeasty and I always got somewhat of a smokey aroma from it with some banana clove presence.The taste is refreshing and a little lemony to go along with some nice spiciness.This is the first hefe I think of when thinking of good German style wheat beers.

Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This one came out a cloudy yellowish-orange in color with a white, moderate head on a painful pour from the bartender.

Smell - The nice even yeast aroma is pleasant and contrasts well with the orange lemon accents. The spicing here smells a little more Belgian than German.

Taste - The orange zest overpowers at the taste. It's not a bad flavor but it is a bit too zesty like the lemon was brewed right in with the beer.

Mouthfeel - This is in between light and medium-bodied with a spritzy type of carbonation.

Drinkability - This was refreshing enough but was not even in the same league as the bottle-conditioned version.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This review is for the Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse beer. The bottle says that it is 355ml aka 12oz. I love me some wheat beers! This one was very good. I served it in a wheat beer glass (the way its meant to be consumed). After the head dissipated I took my first sip and I have to say this is a great beer! I Loved it. You can get some yeast, bread, banana, and spices (typical hefe notes). I drank this beer very cold, I think that's how this should be consumed. It is a refreshing beer so consume it cold to cool you down. The Franziskaner was about $1.50 for a 12oz bottle. I also drank an Ayinger Bräu Weisse right before I drank this beer. I felt like the Ayinger was just smoother and more enjoyable. It was bubbly like champagne in the mouth. The negative to the Ayinger is that it cost me $3.50 a bottle (16.9oz).

Make no mistake, this Franziskaner is a top beer! It is a better buy in my opinion than the Ayinger. I'd drink this beer no problem. I just felt it didn't have as much flavor? That could be my fault... being drunk and eating food could have skewed my palate. I drank the Ayinger while sober. :)

My reviews are more mental notes for me. I don't really care about smells, appearance, etc. Just the overall taste.

Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a soft shade of gold with some honey-yellow that shows itself when held up to any amount of light. There's a very light translucency to the beer, although it's still mostly hazy as I would expect most original hefeweizens to be. The frothy, off-white head settles quicker than expected, despite its large size. Moderate lacing was left behind.

There are plenty of fruity esters in the aroma of Franziskaner's Hefe to please those who enjoy their German beers a little sweeter or fruitier. Some spice and clove are definitely there, just a bit more buried than usual. The ripe banana, soft wheat, and residual sugar-like sweetness are in overdrive, along with maybe a slight hint of cereal grains at the very tail end. As with most hefes, the yeast steals the show, and that's how it should be.

Slightly to my surprise, the flavor of Franziskaner's Hefe as it hits my palate is a bit lighter and less robust than the aroma; they don't "pop" or rock my palate like I know they are capable of, and it's mildly upsetting. The flavors available on my tongue are pretty nice, however, consisting of a bit of banana and light pear and goes hand-in-hand with an ever-so-faint tartness. Yeast esters go wild, as well, including spice, clove, and a touch of white pepper.

The yeast profile plays nicely with the huge wheat-and-grain background upon which this beer is built. Somewhere around the middle, a pretty mild mustiness comes into play - my guess would be from the hops, and they seem to be of the Noble variety, although I'm just throwing that out there. The smooth and creamy mouth feel of this hefe feels nice, although the body could stand to be a bit thicker. Medium-heavy carbonation with a yeast-filled and wheat soaked aftertaste.

Very enjoyable and easy drinking - this one will go down like a champ, no doubt. It's a bit sweeter and less spicy than I personally like my hefeweizens, but I'm sure there are people out there who find this profile more suitable for their palate. As always, your mileage may vary. This is still a great-tasting and well crafted beer, although when stuff like Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier is just as available and around the same price, it would be hard to choose this one again.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This a classic looking cloudy straw-colored beer with big rocky white head. Lovely. Aromas are very muted and they are of yeast and clove. This hefe has a bigger banana flavor than most, but an even bigger berry/ strawberry flavor chases it for a delicious combo on the palate that is called back by a slight hop twang and just a whisp of clove in the finish. This is great beer with a wonderful interplay of classic flavors. Citrus character is notabley abcent and I find I don't miss it. In fact, its almost more refreshing without. Very true to style, but still stands out. This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever had.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a thick white foamy head of at least an inch. Retention is superb with great lacing down the glass. I can't imagine a better look for a Hefe!

S: Elegant aromas of wheat, malt and citrus hops come together very nicely. Nothing real pungent here but very nice.

T&M: Light wheat & malt engulf the tongue with a fantastic creamy texture that slowly ebbs to to the finish. The initial rush of flavor has a hint of sweetness but the balance is so even with the light hops that slowly fade together. Very nice. The finish is quick and clean, with the tail end of the experience slipping away to a slightly wateriness and then... gone. The carbonation is fine and lively, contributing to the white fluffy and persistent head on this brew. Light on the tongue, perfectly balanced, and very satisfying.

D: I can't think of a better time to enjoy this than after a hot day in the sun. It has just the right amount of wheat, malt, and hops and there is no "wheat chafe" aftertaste. Very enjoyable and very much recommended.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Going back to 1363, Franziskaner is one of Munich's oldest privately owned breweries; but today, they're currently owned by Spaten/InBev. Regardless of their affiliation, this is some old-school Weissbier. They also brew a Dunkel (dark) version, but we'll be tasting the Hell (bright).

Pours extremely cloudy--as per the style--with sunny hues ranging from amber to dark orange, topped with a frothy foam head that rests to a respectful lacing. Banana esters and phenolic clove-like aromas pique interest and entice the palate. Super-creamy, with a crisp edge of carbonation and a light, but firm body. Some lemony citrus strikes from the moderate hopping, just enough, and it works well with the carbonation. Distinct "wheaty" flavor and feel. Light banana and a dashing of powdery clove add depth. Soft caramel and bready notes beneath, with a hint of hop leaf toward the drying finish.

If the estery and phenolic style of Weissbiers is your thing, this is truly a classic among the style--well balanced and extremely drinkable. No lemon required.

Photo of Dmann
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly awesome Heffe. This one poured a deep cloudy yellow with a medium sized head that lasted awhile before settling into a nice pillow on top of the beer. The smell was slighly of grain but the yeast shone through as well as the light honey scent. The taste was fantastic with a huge bananna flavor, and a slight citrus flavor in the backround. I think this was a very fresh keg because this beer was outstanding. Highly recommended.

Photo of Todd
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle with a chubby monk holding a stein in one hand and rubbing his full of beer belly with the other. Label says "Malt Liquor" ... yeah, right.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-gold-amber beer with an initial patchy white creamy head. It settles to a thin lace.

Smell: A musty, yeasty aroma with notes of clove and soft banana.

Taste: Smooth, creamy and crisp (wheat) on the palate. Body is light to medium. A lemony hop character starts of this beer with a zesty, slightly puckering bite that lingers on in the background and into the finish. Carbonation is seltzery. Malt flavours follow with caramel, grain and other toasted malt qualities. Clove spice notes and light banana flavours mingle with the malts quite nicely. Finish is a bit dry, grainy and yeasty.

Notes: Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Supposedly the "leading Barvarian Weissbeer in the world". However, it could be a hell of a lot fresher here in the US, and as a result I can say that I've had better. Still ... a classic Hefeweiss, but classic in the sense that it happens to come from Germany and a rather old brewery (1363).

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: It pours very cloudy and has a wonderful orangey yellow golden color with a big creamy white head. The head has great retention and makes nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma has earthy/fruity yeast character with notes of banana, clove and lemony citrus.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a smooth creamy malty wheat flavor with a big earthy yeast influence. There are notes of banana and clove with some light hints citrus and hops. It all finishes with dry dusty yeast and very mild hops with citrusy lemon flavors.
Its carbonation is soft but active with a smooth and slightly slick texture in its medium body.

Notes: Overall it's very refreshing and drinkable with all the wonderful flavors you expect in a good hefe-weizen.

Photo of Duster72
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color, very cloudy, lots of foam.
Grainy aroma with some spice and fruit.
Fruity taste with nice malt. Hints of banana, clove, and citrus.
Mouthfeel was a little heavy for me.
Good, but not my favorite of the genre. Not my top pick for the style.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, medium yellow body with loud carbonation and a huge, vanilla head that retains well and generously deposits sheet and patch lace all over the glass.
Good Hefe aromas of clove and lemony orange(or is it just mandarin orange?). Some earthy yeatiness is also picked up.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.
Taste is clove, wheat grain, and tart orange. Swirling the bottle before the final pour produces a prominent, earthy yeastiness that distinguishes this as an excellent Hefe.
Very solid for style. I could drink a couple of these any time.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Larger bottle with golden foil at top. A classic. Cloves, bananas, and yeast spice the nose. A large frothy head. straw color and, of course, cloudy. Crisp and light. a great quencher. Goes great with salads, fish, anything light, also great with spicy food. Thai, mexican, south west etc.

Photo of fdrich29
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one several times on two trips to the Kinsale in Boston's Government Center.

Served in a 22 oz glass bearing the name of the brew, I was immediately taken by it's vibrant golden color.

Smells of banana, cloves and some citrus. Truly amazing aroma. Tastes much the same and very smooth going down. A great brew that is thirst quencing and damn tasty. Well worth trying.

Photo of nem2006
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a nonic glass. It was a cloudy golden, very hazy. Had a nice head and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Sweet taste, I like the lack of the bitter finish. Definitely lacking in the hoppiness. I am definitely partial to hefeweizens.

Ate a nice edam cheese with the beer and it went really well with it.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical fluffy three finger white head, light orangy body. A nice cap of lacing remains. Smells very nice, lots of clove, banana, some bubble gum, sweet malty grains. Tastes very much like banana, some clove and banana. Finishes with a medium dry grainy after taste with a touch of hop bitterness. Medium carbonation, medium bodied. I could easily have a few of these in a session. $15 for a half case. Overall quite nice and full flavored.

Photo of DoShek
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured into a weizen glass with a huge white head, wonderfully yellow and cloudy from the wheat and yeast, head dissipates to a solid ring around the edge, leaves no lacing on glass

Aroma - sweet wheat smell, classic banana and clove phenols from the yeast

Taste - spicy banana and clove flavors, more cloves than bananas are present here, hint of tartness, slight bitterness on the back end

Mouthfeel - light and crisp, effervescent carbonation

Drinkability - very drinkable, would be great on a hot day

Photo of mattster
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened 16.9oz Bottle and poured into Weizen glass.

Nice foamy head of 2", subsided to head of 3/4". Color is light amber, very hazy.

Smell is wheaty/malty. Taste is malty but dry, with hints of citrus and light spice. A little wheat on finish. Not a bad brew. Nice flavor.

All and all, a decent beer.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you to my brother for bringing thos one home from Germany for me to try.

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thick white head, the head lingered but was thinner and no lacing.

Smell: Strong but plesant cloves, grass/wheat, hops, and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of hops, cloves and earthy grassy notes and some citrus.

Overall: Excellent beer!

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.

Appearance: Very bubbly, somewhat dark, cloudy orange-yellow with a huge fluffy head. American-made Hefeweizens wish they could look like this. Wait a minute, where did the head go? - it settled down to a thin layer with no lacing. Oh well, nice while it lasted.

Smell: Spicy clove, wheat malt, banana, lemon and light noble hops.

Taste: Major clove and wheat taste, while the banana is a little more restrained. While very good, not quite as flavorful as hoped for. A big chunk of yeast settled on the bottom (despite my best efforts to break it up), and when I took that last sip, it tasted much more flavorful. While this bottle only arrived at my store a couple weeks ago, I can only assume this would have been better if it was fresh in Germany and the yeast had been mixed up better.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice refreshing Weizen that could have used a touch more depth or maybe the Germans need to figure out how to get their beers here faster.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice orange cloudy amber, with a head that was little thin and a lacing that could not stick to the glass.

Smell: Citrus and cloves all the way.

Taste: I was recommended this one by the brewer at GI who said he preferred it to my fave Hacker Pschorr as the HP was more banana in it's esters whereas the Franziskaner here is more on the clove end of the spectrum, I find him to be correct. Smooth, good standard hefe that balancing the sweetness of the wheat malt with a mild but sturdy clove flavor, I'll definitely have both the Hacker Pschorr and the Franziskaner for people to compare some time, just for kicks.

Mouthfeel: Standard for the style.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable brew, mild and refreshing, with no off flavors.

Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply the best hefeweizen I've ever had. Pours cloudy yet bright gold, with lots of carbonation, and a billowy white head. Sweet, flowing banana and clove aroma, crunchy wheat, and fresh grass. The taste is wheaty, and very sweet, almost like a trippel. Lots of yeast esters in this one. Banana and clove abound. Crisp finish. A near-perfect hefe.

Photo of deebo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy, ruddy yellow with tight white foam that dissipates rather quickly, plenty of yeast sticks to bottom of bottle
S-Banana character is strong, very yeasty
T-Strong yeasty flavor, wheat character is strong-some banana esters are present, very light crisp hop finish
M-Very good for this style. Creamy and delicious-mouthfeel as good as a nice stout-big advantage for this beer
D-Above average for the style thanks to the mouthfeel
Overall this is my favorite beer that I've tried from Spaten-well done. Also a very good value for about a buck for 12 oz.

Photo of Swedes21
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, good carbonation, white head disapates quick, good lacing.

Smell - Wheat, banana, cloves and orange peel.

Taste - Fresh, smooth, banana, wheat, not much orange.

Mouthfeel - Decent carbonation, add vanilla, bitterness, hops and cloves.

Overall - Enjoyed this beer in the Star Alliance lounge at the Frankfurt airport, was on tap so i had a few to kill time!

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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