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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,182 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,182
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 100
Gots: 310 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

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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Ratings: 3,182 | Reviews: 1,522 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popular brew in these parts. On tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Spicyness tingling tongue, which is a plus for some and me depends on the night. Cloves, banana from yeast. Lemon in there. Above average for style. Malt sweetness aftertaste. Less carbonation would work .

Sammy, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle. The beer is a light yellow color that has plenty of white foam on top. Somewhat hazy. Smells of soft wheat with some banana in the background. Not much there other than that. The taste was heavier on the banana than the wheat but both were present. Plenty of CO2 and very enjoyable. Its nice to see a simple beer that doesn't need a ton of complexity to be good.

t0rin0, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy pale wheat color with a very nice 2 inch head that fades to a 1/2 cap. There is decent lacing present.

S - Smells of sweet fruits (banana, pineapple), biscuit, and spices.

T - Crisp wheat bready flavor. Spices like clove and cinnamon. Subdued fruity flavors.

M - Great carbonation makes for a very crisp and smooth drinking experience.

D - Very, very good and very, very refreshing. I will buy this one again. I had always passed this one up on the shelves as a cut rate hefe but I was wrong.

UCLABrewN84, May 04, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.7%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a Mikasa weizen glass.

Pours a very hazy apricot color with a super-fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a long time, leaving behind gobs of sticky lacing. The nose hits with some malty bread plus a bit of bubblegum and banana. Faint hint of cloves in the background. The flavor comes through with all the same notes. Not nearly as much clove as I would prefer, and the other yeast elements are a tad bit muted as well. Mouthfeel is light and moderately creamy. Nothing too special about this, but it's certainly easy drinking and is a good choice on a balmy February afternoon.

Thorpe429, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy golden yellow into a weizen glass with a perfect head. A high amount of carbonation is visible and there is very good head retention.
S: There are aromas of bananas and cloves in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bananas and grainy wheat along with some hints of cloves and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and rather smooth with all of the carbonation.
D: The beer has excellent drinkability--it's very thirst quenching and refreshing.

metter98, May 22, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a cloudy golden color and a nice head that has reasonable retention but does provide good lacing

Smell: Bananas and cloves

Taste: Banana and clove flavors predominate with a nice balance

Mouthfeel: A touch thick and modestly carbonated

Drinkability: Much better on tap than in the bottle with an excellent flavor profile

brentk56, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly milky lemon-amber that clears quickly. Where's all the yeast? Must be in the bottom of the bottle. The head is expansive and fills the glass quickly, but looks to be pillowy and insubstantial. As expected, the bone white cap compresses rapidly and lays down very little lace.

The nose is enjoyably wheaty and contains a judicious amount of clove spice. I don't appreciate any banana esters; perhaps that characteristic of the yeast is waiting for actual taste bud submersion. That's it exactly because the flavor is a wonderful mixture of wheat malt and fresh banana with a polite sprinkling of clove.

While the flavor profile makes a feint towards sweet at the start, the majority of the mouthful (and especially the finish) is tangy, tart, slightly puckery and ultimately dry. A relative lack of sugar and a light body increase drinkability in terms of 'ease of'. I'll let the generous amount of carbonation slide since it isn't that bothersome.

Franziskaner Hefe Weisse is good beer. It's a flavorful, well-constructed version with a quenching dryness that is atypical for the style. Although my favorite hefes have nothing to fear, I will look for this one again.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Simple and pure, and with a lot of flavor, character, and complexity. It's even better on tap. This seems to put more emphasis on the bananna, clove, bubble gum flavor and a creamy, bready texture. The bottle shows better citrus and orange peel flavors that comes across more crisp and hoppy. Both are great beers for summertime consumption, but I seem to prefer the tap better.

BEERchitect, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark beige color weizen with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves is huge and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some banana, cloves and bubble gum notes with a perfect creamy texture of wheat malt. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. No date on the bottle but I am guessing that this is somewhat fresh. Probably the best form a style that I enjoy consistently.

Phyl21ca, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

GRG1313, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden yellow with a big white billowing head, slow fade left a small lace, lots of carbonation. Smell was highly yeasty and full of grain and cereal aromas with a hint of fruit. Very lively feel, good carbonation had alot to do with this, and a nice all around flavor. Very drinkable, I could easily put down a six pack, gotta love a good Hefe!

mikesgroove, May 28, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14%

ygtbsm94, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours the typical cloudy orange color with a massive white head that has awesome retention and lacing.

S: Very bready on the nose with a fair amount of banana. There is a moderate level of clove spiciness and some undertones of bubblegum. A decent wheat sweetness and some mild citrus notes.

T: A pretty decent flavor profile. Sweet bread, malt, and wheat with a nice banana note. The spices seem more pronounced than they were on the nose. The flavor is actually pretty creamy.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a slight creaminess to it.

D: For this price, this is tough to beat (less than $2.50 after tax for a half liter). Pretty solid hefeweizen.

womencantsail, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

kylehay2004, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the first Hefeweizens I had ever tried. This beer pours out as a cloudy looking yellowish gold color with a thick billowy white head on top. The smell of the beer is grainy, it's got hints of banana and clove in it. The taste is similar to the nose, it's got a soft fruitiness to it and some grains as well. The mouthfeel is pretty thick feeling which surprised me, it's almost got an oily feel to it, making this beer very enjoyable. Overall I feel that this beer is a really good choice for to have if there is someone interested in trying German imports.

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, golden-orange body with a rather large, fluffy, off-white head, though it quickly gasses out into just a very thin layering of fizzle.

Smell: Mild nose smelling of wheat malt, lemon wedges, ground coriander, and banana, with nothing previously listed being particularly aromatic.

Taste: Lightly tangy-tasting malted wheat with a thin measure of honeyish sweetness. Small hint of raw grain. Light touches of lemon, coriander, and banana pass by the tongue. Hop bitterness remains very low, just enough to be felt. Things thin out considerably as you near the dry finish, but there is a bit more lemon to be had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though lacking the creaminess of other weiss beers. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, it's got ease of drinking and refreshment on its side, but it comes across as simply being dutifully, dully average. So, all in all, while it's by no means bad, I've had better

ChainGangGuy, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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