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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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2,716 Ratings
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Ratings: 2716
Reviews: 1490
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001)
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Photo of Bayern1971


4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Weiss beers. Up there with the Weihenstephaners, Ayingers and Andechers. Has more of a spicy flavor than other Weiss beers as I get more copper/metal from the hefe (that's yeast in english). The appearance is cloudy and golden like a great weiss beer. Mouthfeel is tangy and smooth at the same time. Taste is a touch spicier and sweeter than other weiss beers such as Hacker and Paulaner. That's a positive. I love this beer and so should you.
When Bayern Munich play in the Champions League, I drink these bad boys all match long (about 3 to 4 half-liters) at the local bar that has it on tap. The monk on the bottle? That's an original art-deco Ludwig Hohlwein painting from the '30s. Oh yeah, they don't call it "Hefe Weizen" in Bavaria. It's called Weissbier! Now you know and order accordingly when you're next in Munich!

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 04:51:44 | More by Bayern1971
Photo of BeerlyLegal87


4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This has a cloudy, gold-yellow appearance with a nice medium-thick white head. The smell gives off hints of the nice fruity flavor to come. In the taste battle between fruity and wheaty, fruity wins out by just a tad, and it makes for near perfection. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. I really enjoy this beer, and the first word that comes to mind when thinking about it is refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2013 23:32:33 | More by BeerlyLegal87
Photo of Jdbateman83


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An excellent hefE-weisse. Very nice mouth feel. Not very bitter. Chewy, good amount of wheat, grain, and silt. Not to the level of Weihenstephaner, but I do love this beer and will order it again. Not as smooth as other hefs, has allot of complexity to it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 03:41:03 | More by Jdbateman83
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the proper glassware.

A- Hazy, unfiltered golden color with a touch of orange hue. Slim white head tapered to a lasting film and left some lacing.

S- Light and airy citrus fruit and spice. The wheat comes through gently.

T-Citrus fruit, lemony. Some banana and spice, wheat.

M-Cool and smooth. No bitterness, yet tart from the generous carbonation and citrus. It has some yeasty funk that I like.

O- Light and easy drinking, yet full flavored. Well balanced and not too dry. Solid wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 14:28:08 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of tectactoe


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 11:31:21 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Smurf2055


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a weizen glass at Uber in Seattle.

Pours murky golden with about two to three fingers white head.

Smells are subtle but straw, wheat, and light honey. Very fresh.

Tastes crisp and fresh. Subtle flavors but what you expect from a weizen.

Palate was smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall, a very good example of what a hefeweizen should be.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 21:24:49 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 20 oz hefe glass at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY. A bottle of this purchased by my girlfriend was the beer that started this great and expensive journey through craft beer. Drinking and rating this to see how it stacks up now that I have more beer experience.

Pours a supremely hazy and cloudy yellow/orange. 2.5 inch head lingers for a great period of time. Visible carbonation.

Aromas of wheat, banana, esters, and bread.

Tastes great. Bananas, bubblegum, slight wheat bitterness, cloves, and bready malt. A perfect arrangement of flavors.

Full mouthfeel, well carbonated, a bit slick, but mostly dry.

One of the best hefeweizens available. Not many can beat it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2013 00:34:28 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of PorterLambic


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrives looking like a glass full of squozen grapefruit, cloudy with a fluffy white head. Decent retention but the head is a bit small.
Smell is malt, spice (pepper and clove mostly) with no real hop presence detected.
Taste is malt, spices (the same clove and pepper) with light hops.
Smooth, fairly full bodied for the style with a light effervescence. Really good, a standard for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 03:44:24 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of TheBrewo


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Franziskaner hefe glass, glowing a cloudy honey coloring. It held a two finger white head of creamy bubbles that showed nice retention. This left spots and swirls of lacing around the glass, with a final film and wisp of foam across the top of the liquid. Carbonation appeared lighter, with big haze throughout, and no sediment. The aroma was of massive banana esters, juicy fruit gum, coriander, and bittering orange and lemon peel. On the back there was warm, spicy walnut bread to hold up against the big wheat and lightness of pale malts. Cloven phenolic bite came out with warmth to help cut any prior bitterness nicely. Our first impression was that this tasted like a liquid banana bread. The flavoring opened with pale wheat and orange pulp, sweaty saltiness, and a bittering yet sweet ester bite off the bat. The middle showed vanilla, clove, light cinnamon warmth, and that same wheaty heartiness to the peak. The finish was with that sweetness of banana bread, the same walnut smoothness as in the nose, and a lightening of the malts with watery paleness. The wheat, however, still predominated, soaking the palate with a final, wet boozy flash of warmth. The aftertaste breathed of wet wheat, sea salt, mineral water, more spice of clove, generic esters, and light orange flesh sweetness. The body was medium, with a soft, flowery feel. The carbonation was medium, and the mouth was left wet and satiated. There was nice slurp, cream, and froth to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was easy drinking.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was just such fresh banana and nutty character, making for a very warming and inviting start to things. The flavoring was sadly washed a bit by the end, but this guy is definitely a staple for the style, and highly representative of the stylistic guidelines as a whole.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 22:48:24 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Osirus


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer on tap at my favorite German Restaurant, Black Forest Mills in Highland Mills, NY or from a half liter brown bottle into a tulip glass at Richie's in Fort Montgomery, NY.

Appearance: Golden to organgy yellow. Cloudy as it should be. Stirring up the sediment from the bottle is a must.

Smell: Heavy on the banana. Lighter on the clove than some but that is to my taste. THe smell of bread wheat comes out. Let the beer warm a bit to get all you can from this one.

Taste: Sweetness, bready, smoothness of wheaty bananas

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: I cannot find a thing wrong. Sweet and banana-y like I like them! I am going to build a homebrew recipe to replicate this with one minor tweak....I am going to add some oats to build a little more creaminess into the body. This with a good sausage platter is a world class treat. I like this beer with sharp cheese but the German food platters are just too dang authentic not to have with this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 17:20:25 | More by Osirus
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the most recognized hefes around, and one of the more delicious mainstream ones. it pours a very thick and dense golden yellow color with a lot of frothy white head that lasts the whole glass. is smells very fruity, and not just from the lemon on the rim it is always served with. its also got some orange and some flowery smells happening. the flavor is more yeast forward, spicy and peppery in just the right proportions. the wheat malt is heavy but refreshing somehow. the finish is long and zesty. the mouthfeel is kind of different for a wheat beer here. its thicker than most because of the remaining yeast, but its also made light by the prominent carbonation and mild citrus acidity. overall this is a good beer to drink when going to non beer places because its pretty good and it seems to be everywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 16:51:02 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of rudzud


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Richard's in Brunswick, ME.

A - Poured a hazy golden hue with a nice one finger head that left a nice blanket.

S - Aromas of very enjoyable banana and cloves. Super inviting and clean.

T - Taste is full of banana. Delicious. Slightly tart but the banana and esters linger through the beer. So enjoyable and the wheat is awesome.

M - Mouthfeel is really solid for a hefe, goes down easy.

O - Overall this hefe was an excellent pairing with the German sausages I had. Mix so well with the food, delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 01:30:21 | More by rudzud
Photo of brewskifan55


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Conan Doyle, Edinburgh

A: A mysterious cloudy orange with suspicious half finger head that retreats into the mist Thick lacing, approaching Victorian curtains.

S: Citrus, oranges, corinader, musky, wheat. Blood, perhaps? No, Watson, that's coming from the body in the corner.

T: Dank and delicious. A cellar feel. Wheat, coriander, cloves. By Jove, this hits the spot. More clues, Holmes!

M: Medium with medium carbonation, providing a fine quaffable drink.

O: An excellent hefe. I shall require more intimate knowledge of this beast.
Better on tap. Had a sample at Top Of The Hops, Jackson, MS a week later and the cloves come on a bit too strong.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 16:56:21 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer pours hazy golden orange with a one finger white head that lasts til the end. The nose and taste of this beer are the same. It has a dominant wheat nose. It is herbal and has some spice to it. The beer also has a lemon zesty characteristic. The beer is very earthy and floral. There is a nice body on this beer, it is smooth and has a really nice full feel to it. A prefect example of a Hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 23:42:40 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of estlinska


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a Weizen glass. Poured perfectly with a bulbous, billowing white head. Deep orange in color with a beautiful haziness characteristic of the style. The nose is a wonderful blend of fruit esters, especially bannana, and some clove. The mouthfeel is firm and good carbonation. The taste is spot on with banana, orange peel and spice of cloves. Very refreshing!

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 01:56:47 | More by estlinska
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that I would almost describe as perfect. The head reduces slowly to about 1.5 fingers covering the entire surface of the beer but shows excellent retention qualities. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of banana and clove, also there are some lighter hints of wheat.

T: The flavor is very similar to the smell, the predominant flavors are banana and clove (spice) along with some wheat and yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This was probably the first German hefeweizen I ever tried, and I thought it was pretty great back then... Turns out that I still think this is a pretty good example of the style. I found it easy to drink, refreshing, and quite sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 00:17:53 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic look, minus the hefe glass. Whipped topping head that laces sits on a cloudy yellow-orange glow. Take this out of the pint glass and we're golden. 4.0

Fluffy dough wheat malts with clove, nutty yeast, and faint banana. 4.0

Classic spicy flavor dosed with some coriander and more backend clove. Some metallic notes that fall into fleshy banana fruits, lemon rind, and a wee hint of bubblegum. Dies a bit in the finish, which dries out a bit. Kiss of herbal hops begins and ends it. 4.0

Medium body with some thinness. The carbonation is a little punchy. A tongue-scrubber. 3.5

Easy-to-find, and if you don't expect too much from it, easy-to-like. Not my favorite German, but a staple hefe in most books. I'll subscribe to that. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 01:25:14 | More by thecheapies
Photo of woosterbill


3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Volunteer pub in London.

A: Cloudy orange-gold body with a fine tan cap that settles into a ring. No lace. Ok.

S: Lots of clove, spicy malt, banana bread. There's some very artificial vanilla sweetness, too. Not terrible, but a little off. Average at best.

T: Sweet clove, banana, and bready malt. Long, sticky finish. Tasty, but heavy.

M: Frothy, highly bubbly medium body. Ok.

O: I've certainly enjoyed this one more out of the bottle than I did this time on tap. Even at its best, though, Franziskaner can't touch the real top-notch weizens.


Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 19:34:35 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Louski


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap into the Infamous Tall Franziskaner Glass

Appears a nice dark gold with about a half a finger's worth of head. Smelled like a typical Hefeweizen with a strong citrus scent. The citrus is most apparent in the taste but it balances well with the wheatiness of the beer. A great beer for the summer which is why it's so popular under the shade of tree in the German Biergartens.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 02:09:03 | More by Louski
Photo of bump8628


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer so many times I can't believe I haven't reviewed it. Luckily the bar down the road serves it in the proper glassware. Cloudy gold, big, dense white head. More banana pronounced than most in the style. Clove is in the background along with some vanilla. A nice wheaty, cereal note gives the beer some depth. Creamy with a lively dose of bubbles. Good stuff, and as a plus it's available all over the place these days. My preference is still for Weihenstephan and Schneider and Sohns, though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 20:45:34 | More by bump8628
Photo of Acho


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cervecería San Julián, a bar with a nice and small selection of draft beers and good bottled ones, 3.50€ the 0.5L glass.
Typical appearance orange-ish hue with a head that crownes the glass nicely. Simple (nota in a bad way) smell, yeasty. Good refreshing taste, great for summers and spring, the mouthfeel is a little bit too carbonated for my taste, but that is not a great problem.
The mouthfeel is awesome, I have to admit it, after drinkin 3L last Saturday without problem.
A quite solid Hefe, it is pretty available here so why not drink it?

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 21:35:58 | More by Acho
Photo of Vashtar


3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dull and slightly foggy, but it's a wheat beer. Crazy head retention

Smells like whipped cream. Lots of banana. So sweet, it's creepy.

The taste is unique, but isn't very 'beer' ish. Yeah. I know it's a legit beer company, but this beer is weird. The finish is a bit like a bud light. Oh well.

The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit like a liquid pudding. Lots of fizz.

Overall, it's interesting, but I wouldn't recommend it. bottle

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 04:35:08 | More by Vashtar
Photo of hohnx012


5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was actually fortunate enough to stumble across this brewery while traveling through Germany, and this was one of the best experiences I've had while traveling abroad. The brewery I visited was in Berchtesgaden (home of Hitler's famous Eagle's nest), and I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere, not to mention the delicious beer. Being young at the time, only 20, I was unfamiliar with Franziskaner when I ordered it (I basically just pointed to the tap), but was pleasantly surprised by its full aroma and exceptional taste. To this day, this is still one of my favorite beers, and I'm so glad its available here in the U.S. Kind of a lucky find...but I'm so glad I did!

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 19:17:04 | More by hohnx012
Photo of taigor

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into .5L official Franziskaner hefeweizen glass.

A - Poured cloudy orange copper color with huge white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly floral with grains and hints of banana, citrus and cloves.

T - Starts off with wheat and transforms into spices like coriander and cloves with slightly sweet fruity flavors towards the finish.

M - Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

O - Very good traditional hefeweizen that is very crisp and refreshing. I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 13:36:35 | More by taigor
Photo of OutFox

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Loreley's in NYC.

A - Poured into a 1L Hofbrau mug (not my initial choice but I guess they dont have any 1L Hefe glassware). Beautiful orange hazy color with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Wheat citrus with the prevalent smell of banana and cloves from the yeast strain. Some spice notes pop up when you really put your nose into the glass. Great Hefe aroma.

T - Fantastic is really the first thing that comes to mind. Bready with spicy sort of citrus on the tongue. There is some fruit there if you wash it all over your tongue but its just plain good.

M - What a Hefeweiss should be. Bready, wheaty, great mouthfeel.

O - This is just simply one of the best Hefe's on the planet. Ive had few better than this gem. I was as happy as the monk on the front label while drinking this and will be every time I indulge into one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 17:36:40 | More by OutFox
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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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