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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,117 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,117
Reviews: 1,519
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 100
Gots: 271 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001)
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Photo of KoG
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out of the green bottle a semi-hazy yellow with a touch of orange. Head runs rampant and nearly flows onto the counter, had to let the creamy head settle before I could finish pouring it.

Smell seemed a bit weak, might be my slight cold. Smells like bananas and beer, but not offensive at all, just odd. Not skunky either.

Taste seemed a bit watery, this my be due to the fact that the beer may have not been cold enough. Banana flavour with a bit of... something, not wheat or malt though. Strange aftertaste, sour.

Mouth seemed watery as well. Slightly creamy with a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability doesn't seem very high, just about average.

KoG, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of phantomwyse
2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pealed off the gold foil around the cap to reveal rust -- never a good sign.

A: Cloudy marigold orange, billowy head, yeast floats in slivers of caked sediment.

S: Yeasty, pilsner like. Some citric character in the background as well as banana and clove, but just faintly there.

T: Light malt character, grassy -- semi- sweet caramelized sugar, barely perceptible banana.

M: Nice carbonation on the tongue, slick right after the swallow, and dry and tart afterwards.

D: Drinkable enough.

I attribute the medicority of this brew to the fact that the bottle is most certainly on the old side and past its prime. However, beyond this fact, I still feel it would be an average hefe-weizen.

phantomwyse, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of JackTheRipper
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Huge head with a nice bit of cloudiness from the yeast in the bottle. Color is cloudy yellow. Very nice lacing.
S: Initially very bland. After a few sips, there was a nice wheaty smell with no real banana/clove smells.
T: Better than what the smells would lead me to believe. Some hints of bubblegum in the taste, with hints of lemons and bread. Nice sweet maltiness with low hop flavors.
M: Smooth drinking and clean. CO2 and alcohol seem to be in good levels.
D&N: The budweiser of hefe's. Nothing spectacular, nothing that is plain bad, just a middle of the road representation. Try it if you haven't, but don't expect a world class beer.

JackTheRipper, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of AlexLMS
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy without floating yeast. Deep yellow colour. The head is huge, white and frothy but may not persist for a long time (not much lacing).
Aroma: its best feature with notes of yeast, wheat, banana and sweet malts.
Taste: citrus, yeast and wheat.
Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, medium to low alcoholic strength and a thin body.
Finish: weak and short wheat aftertaste.

Overall: Despite the general opinion I found this one watery and diluted. It can be crispy and refreshing but there is not much there. Easy to forget. The dunkel Franziskaner version is much better.

AlexLMS, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of roddwolff
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light brown with a layer of white foam on the surface, never disappears, i like the fat monk drinking it;

S: Sweet essences, vanilla and horchata (drink meade from fround melon seeds);

T: Very sweet wheat;

M: Bitter sweet;

D: Acceptable wheat beer but very sweet in all respects.

roddwolff, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of gfreed
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rather flat head for a Hefeweizen, with typical but nothing-special aroma, even a bit underpowered for my liking. Fizzier than I like for a beer of this type, and a light body that lacked any density or punch easily found in better samples. "Malt liquor," according to the label, but not even much evidence of maltiness. Average but you can do much better.

gfreed, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of SudNut
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I split a pitcher of the Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at the Tulsa Oktoberfest on a perfect autumn day. Yes this was our first pitcher. It poured to a nice golden color with an enormous head, my mouth was watering, mmmm.

The smell was typical bread, with banana and clove. I also noticed a bit of a hops smell.

Taste was of wheat and cloves, with a tart aftertaste. My buddy said it needed a lemon but to me that’s an insult.

The mouthfeel was nice and light with my favorite sud feeling! Life is good.

Drinkability is just below average. I prefer the smoother wheat beers the tart bite at the end of this one gets me. We went on to sample some of the other fine Oktoberfest beers on tap.

SudNut, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of darkmartin
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a murky, caramel brown with a large, fluffy white head.

Smell: Smells of citrus and sweet malt.

Taste: Citrus abounds on the initial taste, and is followed by a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, little carbonation.

Drinkability: The abundant citrus and spicy notes in this beer simply dont sit too well with me. I also would prefer that it were a little more bitter. I had no problem finishing this bottle, however I don't really want another.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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