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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,565
Hads: 3,741
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.07%
Wants: 172
Gots: 788 | 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 jak3676
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner - Weissbier

Always one of my favorites, my wife surprized me with a gift in the fridge this afternoon. It sure was great. I can't get enough of this beer, and even better with a few grilled brats. I've loved hefeweizen ever since getting sent to Germany with the Army in the 90's - it was beer like this that kept away from all macro-brews throughout my college life. After some great Hefeweizen, I just couldn't back to bland, tasteless American Lagers.

This beer pours a deep, golden color, a very cloudy blond-light brown. The 12 oz bottle filled my 500ml weizen glass to nearly the top with a thick off-white foam that went down fairly quicky, but not without lacing the sides all the way down.

It's a very flavorful wheat beer taste, slightly sweet, slightly malty, slightly heavy, but all in a great combination. You'll want to be sure to give the bottle a few swirls before you finish your pour to ensure that you get all the unfiltered wheat that you've paid for.

As I finished my brew and typed this up, some fruit fly decided that he couldn't take it anymore and finished himself off with a dive into my glass. While I switch to my covered stein and pour anothe, I just can't be too upset. That's the way I'd like to go too.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold color with a one-finger off-white head.

S - The aroma is composed of lots of yeast smell followed by sweet over-ripe bananas and a tiny bit of clove.

T - Yeast is very present at the front followed by a spicy clove flavor. Banana doesn't seem to come through as it does in the smell.

M - The carbonation "stings" your tongue as you drink it and leaves your mouth fairly dry.

O - I love this beer! It has been my go-to beer until recently. Perfect during the spring and summer on a hot day. Very light and rejuvenating!

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Photo of David121
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A very nice German Weiss-Beer. Great flavor of citrus peel and coriander, not too strong. Imported for Germany, sold in many common stores for a very low price. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of ORM1
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Haze cloudy amber colour with fine creamy head, like it has to be with hefe-weizen. And this is natural, cause the beer is unfiltered.
The beer has agressive yeasty aroma with ester and fruity notes. Very fresh....
Body is too full almost satiating. There are two main parts of general character: wheat and yeasts taste, with spices and banana in background, a little bit grassy, off flavour reminiscent of mown grass. The beer is very sweet, sometime it seems to be even cloying.
That's the classic indeed.

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

this is my first review...ok

Appearance: cloudy orange, almost brown color, huge clear head on this import. the head remains for a long time. this beer is almost the color of the label on the bottle
Smell: the smell is beuatiful, richly citrus with a little hop smell
Taste: clear banana and citrus. neither malty nor hoppy. the taste is subtle but not too much so.
Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is smooth and oh so refreshing.
Drinkability: this is one great beer, it goes down smooth, no alcohol taste is present what so ever. leaves your mouth feeling clean.

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Photo of BigD1972
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Cardoza's Wines & Spirits in Fall River, MA

A: Golden Yellow with a good sized foamy head

S: Bananas, citrus, some spices

T: Very flavorful, a little heavy but overall very good

M: not too carbonated

D: very drinkable, exceptional taste. If you like wheat beers you will love this one.

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Photo of jonworth
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another wonderful wheat beer from Germany, where they do it RIGHT. Pour it slowly--it literally jumps out of the bottle and into the mug, the force of its roiling energy eventually settling into a rocky white topography that gradually levels off, leaving behind virtually no traces. The opaque orange color portends a full-bodied, slick mouthfeel--very nice! Citrus and bread dough on the nose and tongue. I can't quite decide if I like this one or Hoegaarden better--they are both worthwhile!

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Hazy light tan/yellow (a bit livid) with a quickly dissapating white foam that leaves almost no lace. Really a bit clearer than a lot of hefeweizens I've seen.

S - Rising bread dough. Yeasty with a hint of banana.

T - Lots of banana and bread- start to finish. Oh and some cloves! Just a slight hint of hops toward the end that very nicely compliments the overall character. A bit cloying, though.

M - Ebullient and full. Just as nice as it warms a bit.

O - Really a bit more robust than Weihenstephaner or Paulaner. I brewed a very nice all-grain quasi-hefe once (with T-58). I'd not really noticed the banana flavour and never cloves in those like I did in this one. It's nice, but I'm not sure I like it more than Paulaner. Dings in score for the cloying, overwhelming-ness. In some of my reviews, brew gets dinged for not having much "muchness". This one has a bit much "muchness" in flavour. Still good, though!

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Photo of Sheldon
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A yellowish brown haze color with a foamy white lasting head. It comes to you with a banana scent and a bit of lemon citrus. The taste is somwhat sweet with a hint of spice. Soft carbonation, smooth and very drinkable anytime.

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Photo of lagrin
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into an Erdinger weisbier glass shortly after finishing mowing my lawn.

Appearance: Appropriately cloudy appearance. Dark straw in color, actually a couple of shades darker than I expected. Nice pure white head with staying power. Heavy population of tiny carbonation bubbles. I subtracted half a point for the fact that some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle poured out in heavy chunks. While I understand what the “heffe” in heffeweisse means, I found this visually unappealing.

Aroma: Cloves. There are also nuances of other spicy aromas – fleeting whiffs of cardamom and maybe even star anise further in the background.

Taste: Delicious. I was surprised to detect banana undertones that I didn’t identify when I smelled the beer. There is a marvelous mix of clove, wheat, banana and mixed yeasty spices. As the flavors subside, a slight but mouth drying tartness beckons another sip.

Mouthfeel: It amazing how a beer like this can have so much flavor and complexity yet remain light on the palate. The combination of the flavor, light body and happy carbonation just works. These tiny and aggressive bubbles enthusiastically danced a jig on my tongue on their way to my gullet.

Drinkablity: Superb. The lightness coupled with the complex and interesting flavor profile ensure that this can quench even largest thirst on the hottest day.

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Photo of ashleyshalyn
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is certainly one of the more well-rounded Hefe Weizens that I have had the pleasure of drinking from a bottle. The light yeasty aroma is accompanied by corriander and clove scents that mely into a light banana creamyness flavor in the mouth. Not one characteristic stands out. Often with a hefe weizen one standard attribute gets blown out of proportion... too much citrus, corriander, yeast, etc... but this one is splendidly blended! The color of the beer is a light burnt gold. The only thing that I see missing from this classic hefe weizen is a crisp bitterness in the finish, this one does not have a long finish, but rather fades quickly with the yeast flavour predominating.

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Photo of xxHelderxx
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick head on this hazy golden beer, which slowly peeled away to a thin film.

The smell on this heffeweizen is amazing. Citrusy notes combine with yeast/banana. It smells fantastic.

The taste is on par with the smell with banana coming through a zesty citrus flavor.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the heavily-carbonated side. Other than that its very enjoyable.

Very drinkable- I could enjoy several of these on a warm day with some friends.

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Photo of Fnerk
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Franziskaner is a quintessential hefeweizen, satisfactory in every respect.

Appearance - cloudy, poured into a hefeweizen glass with a course three-finger head that dissipates into a half-finger cap over 2-3 minutes. Cloudy dark-gold typical of the style.

Aroma - again, the quintessential banana/clove aroma one would expect from a wheat beer.

Taste - lovely wheat/malt/banana/clove typical to the style. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel- quite effervecent, but that's what we're looking for in this style of beer.

Drinkability - could pound it all night. It's just great,

Spaten Frazinskaner stands right uo to Pschorr-brau, Erdinger, Schneider, and Weihenstephaner as a great wheat beer. These guys do it right, not to be disappointed in any way.

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Photo of wrb357
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I had tried this beer (which I've had on numerous occasions, my Safeway carries it for about $2.50, score!) the only hef's I'd tried were Pyramid and Widmer. Well, as you know, those two are very tinny and lack the flavor a good hef is supposed to have. At least, that's what I'd been told. After trying Franziskaner, I know what a hef is supposed to be like.

It looks good, like a real German beer: cloudy, foamy head, hard to see through; all good things. It pours nice into a glass.

The smell: yum. I'm awful at pinpointing smells, but it is very honey-like and maybe bananas. Almost like bread pudding or something, or banana bread. Smells amazing.

Tastes great too. So drinkable and smooth. Feels light in the mouth but still with weight to it. Doesn't take like it's been sloshing around in an aluminum tub for years. Real sort of "organic" taste to it, like a beer that people have been making for years and they just have it figured out. Tastes like the aforementioned bread pudding/bananas, maybe a hint of lemon. Pound cake? Sure!

So very easy to drink. A great go-to beer, one of my favorites to just pick up on a whim. Highly recommended, especially at the price and availability. Yum.

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Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brassy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head that sinks down to a quarter inch or so after a minute.This beer is opaque and I can't even see through to the other side of the glass. Bits of sediment from the bottle quickly settle to the bottom of my mug.

S: Very fruity.Mostly apple and pear like as opposed to the banana blast that comes from a lot of beers of this style. That being said the banana scent is there just beneath the other two, along with an almost dry Wheaties scent.Very enticing.

T: Not quite as exciting as the smell.Sweet apple definitely dominates.Followed by hints of banana and brown sugar.The wheat is almost all in the after taste.

M: Thick and tongue coating but not sticky. What I mean is that is doesn't leave a residue feeling after swallowing just a refreshing wetness.Very bubbly, but in a good way.

D: It won't knock your dong in the dirt from the alcohol or anything, but it is pretty thick and filling. It's refreshing but i'd still try to just drink one or two at a time.

Overall: A solid, thirst quenching beer with a wonderful smell and decent flavor.It's not my favorite in the style but I'll drink it again for sure. Plus, it's got a very generous price tag on it.

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Photo of DarthRadb
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden Cloudy like a Proper Hefe should be. Msssive Wheat Head upon pour that drops down to about 1/4 to 1/2 that remains until you finish.

Smell - Fruity with notes of Cloves, Bananna
, Hardly any Hops noticeable.

Taste - Taste Banannas up from with a Malty Clove finish. Again as in the smell very lightly Hopped.

Mouthfeel - Light and Refreshing, nice Fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability - I can drink these one right after another all day and night long. I've noticed they seem to taste better in a pint bottle or on tap instead of the 12oz bottles. Possibly because they get a small amount of light pollution in the smaller green bottles, the Pint bottles are Amber. Suggest you get the pint bottles or find it on tap at a Pour House.

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Photo of MrCee
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice foamy head. Almost explosive in its headiness. Cloudy light caramel color, almost orange. . Very nice light color. Light taste but still bold. Tangy but not sour. One of the best liquid bread weiss biers. Very nice thick feel. Light earthy smell. Light on the alcohol. A great solid buzz.

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Photo of bfr1992t
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden, like light honey. Thick, hazy from yeast. Thick head with strong retention.

S - Malty and yeasty. Very strong. Hints of banana and citrus.

T - Lots of strong belgian yeast and wheat. Notes of banana and orange. Somewhat snappy and tart through the middle with a smooth hop finish.

M - Thicker than average, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry but not extreme, coarse.

D - Would be good paired with greasy heavy food but I likely wouldn't drink more than one at a time (1pt 9oz). May be a good refresher after a long hot day.

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Photo of FireEmt37
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This turned out to be a decent hefeweizen style beer. Its pours out a cloudy orange color with a nice head.

The smell was ok, but not great.

The taste was in line woth other hefeweizens I have had, but nothing really makes it stand out to me.

I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of opalchemist
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: hazy red golden. with a white cloud-like foam.

Nose: light character - with slightly fruity sour smell hints of metal and a whit soapiness.

Tongue: Slightly sour yeast, harmonious - only a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. Very fresh - only a hint sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Fresh - lots of nice integrated carbonation.

Afterthought: Lingers lightly and rather shortly on the palate.

Overall: Very pleasant but unobtrusive beer; perfect for the summer. Could be a little bit "wheatier" - though no complaints...

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Photo of DoShek
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of 2LBrew
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite hefeweizen and my favorite beer all time. I get it where ever it is available and I am really looking forward to having it when I go to Oktoberfest 2012. The appearance is a dark straw amber color. The smell is very banana/ bread like. The taste is a orgasm in my mouth. The mouth feel makes me want to have another. Overall my favorite beer of all time.

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Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't able to drink this in a glass, rather a bottle at a bar.

A: N/A

S: characteristic banana/wheat smell of a hefeweizen... but this had a sour, fruity smell. Great!

T: had more of a sour bite, compared to Pyramid's hefeweizen which tastes really carbonated. Delicious.

M: Smooth, just the right amount of carbonation so you're not burping all night long.

D: I can easily do a 6-pack with some food.

Overall, really enjoyed this beer. I'm sure it was cloudy, but did not feel very 'heavy'. I rec!

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Photo of chillmunity
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: this beer, poured from a pint bottle, yielded a glorious golden hue of orange, and a milky white head that didn't stay for the long haul but stuck around long enough to be enjoyed.

S: a myriad of aromas reminiscent of summers spent on the German countryside .

T: thick wheatiness with distinct nodes of hops.

M: thick and playful, but not unobtrusive

D: i could see myself drinking a few pints of this in a night, no more, no less.

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Photo of MilanoItaly
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy-amber hue for this velvety weisse.

I was waiting for a much impressive foam but maybe it's just because my bottle wasn't particularly fresh (best end before 10/2009) : laces and cream in the average (that means : yes,both present).

Banana and in general fruit smell,with a medium carbonation .

Even if it's just 5% ABV, it presents itself like a medium body and it gives you the impression of a nutrient aliment. Taste confirms the smell impression.

Refreshing with an up the average drinkability that gives this beer
the gift of being appreciable both in summers and in winters (due to its body).

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.