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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Cloudy straw yellow with a decent 1/4 inch head with some retention.

S. Sweet banana yeast nose with some oatmeal and slight bubblegum.

T. A very tasty hefeweizen! Made for a great session. There was a distinct fruity aftertaste that lasted a while.

M. Coated the palate and made for a very enjoyable drink.

D. I will have this one again. A great example of the style here.

2013 Update
It's been 5 years or so let's try it

LOOK: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. White soapy head forms and leaves lacing down the pint.

SMELL: Wheat, ripe banana. Bread. Somewhat sweet.

TASTE: Wheat malt, clove, mild leafy herbal tea like bitterness. Light bubblegum like flavor and just a bit of banana. Sets the standard for taste.

FEEL: Medium bodied but full flavored. Medium-high carbonation.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable hefeweizen. My reviews tonight is not all that different from my review 5 years ago. Consistent product and I guess I haven't changed all that much. Cheers!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice medium head that disappates quickly, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of spices, bananna's, yeast, and malts.

T - The taste is sweet and clove like.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a pretty nice hefe that I found at the local liquor store.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz green bottle poured into a weizen glass

A: Hazy, solid deep yellow/orange/amber color. No floating yeast visible. Giant white head that is very persistent and present until the end but leaves very no lacing.
S: Nice and strong, yeast, lots of banana, a little malt, a little spice
T: The banana flavor is much stronger and upfront than I remember from having this beer before. Medium bodied and very clean and crisp with a lot of carbonation. Yeast flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Very little citrus and spice, but strongest taste comes from banana and malt. Overall, very enjoyable, not a remarkable hefe, but very good.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle from the Coop for about $2.50.. poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Big explosive head dies slowly leaving nice lacing.. hazy light gold brew.

Aroma is less spicy than expected.. some cloves and only a touch of banana.. predominantly pale malts and wheat

Flavor is much more spicy than the aroma.. quite a bit of clove and pink bubblegum with just a smidge of bananas.. a touch sweeter than the Paulaner I just had... but the extra sweetness helps tie all the wonderful flavors together. very smooth viscosity with adequate carbonation... long spicy dry finish.. great.

Hefe's probably make up less than 1% of beers I buy, but I am really developing an appreciation for them and will buy them more often... The Franziskaner is right up there with all off the best from Germany.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Cloudy orange-yellow, with a thick, voluminous, white head, with good retention.

S: Cloves and bananas, very fragrant.

T: There is a large hint of bubblegum in this hefeweizen, along with the requisite bananas and cloves, very classic flavors.

M: Spritzy, smooth, and yeasty. Very refreshing.

D: A good beer, a classic hefe, that is easy to find, a great drink on a hot day.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is golden with a slight haze. Head is immense, thick, and creamy. Plenty of carbonation too. Aroma is a moderate clove smell with a bit of banana thrown in too. The taste has a strong presence of spicy clove flavor mixed with mild banana taste. The mouthfeel is very crisp and gives the beer another dimension of character. This is a very good beer, however I don't think it is something I'd want to spend an entire session with. For me a hefe weizen is something I pick up every now and again to switch things up.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pored into the correct glass, it looked a picture, good white head on a body of bubbling, cloudy, soft golden coloured liquid.

From then on it went downhill, in every aspect.

No aroma of banana's or vanilla, which is what I have come to expect from a good hefe-weissbier. It didn't smell of anything really (the beer is was in date and at the right temp).

Sharp taste but not tart enough for me, average is being generous for this style of beer, compared to many others.

Weak flavours and a thin feel to it, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I take a look, darkish golden with a bit of cloudiness.

Then the smell, nice some vanilla, oak, sweet malt, and banana.

First taste gives that bananas and spice Hefe-Weisse taste, better than most. I have tasted better but not in a while. The nice maltiness is there.

I can't really find any warts on this one, no real flaw to point out.

If I had to ask for a change to this it could be a bit thicker in the mouth like a Spaten Optimator.

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

Sampled off tap in the Krakow town square. Awesome head which led me to try to explain to the people I was with how German hefe's are so integral when it comes to good head. A clouded, darker orange blended over light yellow appearence. Fine bubbles. No lacing (but great foamy, head? - must be the glass!). A very fresh and yeasty aroma. Very, very refreshing for this hot day. Not the most graceful finish but quenching. Great water. Not as citruisy, I'm not getting a lot of overly fruity notes, but that's ok. Not the tastiest hefe, but damn tasty all the same.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl brown long-necked bottle. Beige label with a pic of a monk drinking beer.

A: Sedimentation in the bottle...
The pour is murky golden with hints of orange. The head is sparkeling white, enormous and creamy. Dissipation is slow, leaving nice lacings.

S: Wheat - ripe bananas. A bit sweet and bitter at the same time. Citric notes. Malty breadyness.

T: Well balanced barley malt together with wheat. Ripe sweet bananas with a pleasant breadyness to it. Orange sezt.

M: Light in body but rich in carbonation with small pleasant bubbles galore. Aftertaste is rather long for beeing a Hefeweizen and holds a nice bitterness.

D: Refreshing! When it comes to Hefeweizen don't mess with what ou know - go with the germans from Bavaria, and when you do - why not drink this one.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color, a medium haze, and little head. Has nice banana and grain aromas- quite light on the clove. Tastes slightly sweet with some banana and apple flavors with some spicy clove on the finish and some lively carbonation. Creamy, but a little spiky from the brisk carbonation, and a little light, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orangy straw hue with a four finger white pillowy head. There was excellent retention and good lacing. Considerable dark sediment falls to the bottom of the glass.

The smell was mostly yeasty, with a MILD banana and clove aroma.

The taste was a very wheaty and yeasty experience. Mildly spicy. Weak apricot presence.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Overall, a good hefe. Certainly not the most interesting example out there.

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this previously. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours the prototypical hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is likewise standard German hefe, consisting of clove, light banana, nutmeg and honey. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the modest sweetness finishing with a dry, spice filled finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but it really is amazing how much flavor this low alcohol hefe brings to the table. Drinkability is exceptional, with the low alcohol very well disguised.

Normally think of wheat beers in the summer time, but this one has so much flavor, even during the cold of a Baltimore winter it's a good pick. Granted, it's not in the same league as Weihenstephaner, but it's a tasty wheat beer nonetheless.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours hazy orange into my weizen glass with a gigantic frothy white head that lingers for five minutes, leaving thick sheets of white lacing on the sides as it recedes. The aroma displays prominent banana and clove notes, with a slight bubblegum character. I also detect a trace of citrus, perhaps orange, and there's a general yeastiness. The flavor is slightly sweet banana with a little spicy clove and an increased bubblegum character. The malt is somewhat grainy, with a little citrus. The finish is dry and long lasting. Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is dry. A nice and refreshing hefeweizen on a day like this.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: first off, this thing poured with a *huge* head. Other than that, it has a nice light golden color and is pleasantly opaque. Did I mention a huge freaking head?

Smell: very wheaty with a little sweet citrus. Very nice indeed.

Taste: smooth citrus and wheat. Not particularly bitter. Really, everything I ask for in a hefe.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation that renders the beer rather creamy in texture.

Drinkability: boy howdy, I could drink this stuff. Its highly appealing texture along with a very pleasing smell/taste make this good for a few pints anytime.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head with a lovely curtain of white lacing; light golden cloudy colored beer. Yeasty aroma with hints of clove and other spices. Taste has the typical hefe flavor; yeasty clove banana thing going on. Somewhat less flavorful than the top tier beers of the style. Very drinkable; crisply carbonated; finishes moderately dry. Tasty and refreshing. Very much a classic hefeweizen. Too me it's good but not great and I'm a big fan of the style...prefer Weihenstephen and Schnieder takes but definitely not bad by any means. Just a small step down from those. Might be a nice introduction to the style for someone who is a bit unsure about whether they might like it.

The lacing might just be the best aspect of this beer; it's simply beautiful. Overall just a mite thin and watery enough to keep it from an A rating.

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poures from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Very cloudy and brown colored with about a 1.5 inch head. This beer is thick in the mouth and bursting with flavor, banana and clove. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste and overall this beer makes for an excellent choice.

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

Sampled in a 1-Litre Stein at the Bavarian Beer Cafe in York St, Sydney.

Appearance: Tall, browny-orange cloudy body, with a consistent colour. Good thick white head that stays full and frothy until near the very bottom.

Smell: Nice, rich hefe character, touches of citrus, tropical fruits. A sweet underpinning, with very little malt, or even much refreshing hop character. Although, the more I smell, the less robust a hefe-smell I think it is.

Taste: Refreshing sweet taste with a long, bready dry after taste. Taste of citrus and other fruit, but backed with a nice bitterness that keeps it from being to sickly. Not bad. Mouthfeel is a little lacking in fullness.

Overall: A very drinkable brew. A litre went down with very little trouble at all. I've had better hefes, but this is up there.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color, with a generous head. Nose is wheat and citrus. Medium and creamy mouthfeel, somewhat smooth. Taste is wheat and malt sweet at the start and a hint of banana, a full malty mouth feel at the middle, and slightly dry with hints of citrus and hops at the finish. The yeast and the bottle conditioning adds greatly to the unique flavor and fresh crisp taste and aroma.

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Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 05/2009, served lightly chilled in a pint-size Weizen glass.

A: cloudy, very dark orange hue with tawny hint, with a very thick and elegant frothy head with tight texture and great retention; champagne-like carbonation, although the bubbles are apparently bigger...
S: compared with other bolder hefe-weizens, the aroma of this beer is not so much "banana-dominated"; rather, it gears towards green-mangoes and a light-bodied wheatish+grainy aroma. The second layer of aroma is mildly perfumy with a spicy/clove hint, added with banana oil, a tinge of vanilla underneath, and a bit more delicate exotic fruitiness. Overall the aroma is mild, soothinly fruity.
T: a creamy texture of slightly sour-sweet wheatish flavour prevails upfront, backed by fruity hints of green bananas, English pears and faintly green mangos, while the spiciness reveals itself by stealth at the very back of the tongue. The finish is clean, littered with a residual sour fruitiness like lemon and a touch of savoury flavour hidden at the back.
M&D: the mouthfeel is clean and reasonably lively throughout, matching its overall mild flavour and medium-minus body. Overall this is a "good honest" hefe-weizen, with enough fruity backbone to shore up the delicious wheat-ish main theme.

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Photo of Derek
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this (vom fass) at Spaten Hof in Munich on March 17, 2006. It was 3.35 Euro for 0.5 L. Slainte!

A: Hazy straw, fluffy white head, lots of lace.

S: Fruity bubble gum esters, citrus, wheat.

T: Fruity esters (pineapple, banana, bubble gum), citrus, bready malt. Not much clove, but all the right flavours.

M: Light to moderate body is creamy, yet prickly. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Awesome.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a slight darker body in the top of the glass. The head is an off-white that is thick and creamy. It last and last even over the top of the glass. The carbonation is tiny strands of pearls and the yeast seems to be a bit clumpy in small globs bouncing around on the bubbles.

S- This beer has a light aroma of soft wheat and a hint of pale malt. The notes of bubblegum and perfumed cloves compliment the wheat. There is a faint soft green noble hop hint in the finish.

T- This beer has a smooth soft wheat flavor that quickly turns into a soda pop carbonic bite at the finish. There are notes of vanilla and a faint citrus brightness before the carbonic acid as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a strong carbonic fizz in the texture.

D- This beer really has a light crisp flavor for a German wheat beer. It has some depth but not a lot. I still prefer it to many American wheat beers but I like a bit more complexity. This is a very light session beer that would be good for warm weather.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass served at Gilligan's in Harrisburg. The orange wedge was removed.

A: The hefe is a hazy brew, midway between brown and yellow, think 1970's San Diego Padres jersey colors. The head, even with the lemon, was sizeable up front and reatined sufficiently throughout.

S: The nose is damned near perfect, full of bubblegum and banana sweetness that is intense without going too far.

T: The esters take hold of the ale early and never let go. Even the high wheat content is unable to impart its tartness here. The esters create a swirling dervish of banana sweetness, bubblegum sugars and clove dryness. All together, the flavors are strong and refreshing, equal parts full-bodied and light. The body turns dry in the finish, showing off a little more of the malt content.

M: THe mix of flavors if wonderful, sweet and fruity without ramping the alcohol up too high. This is amongst the best German hefes available.

D: A big weizen glass of this beer on a warm Indian summer day would really be tough to beat. The only thing I can think of is two glasses.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a beautiful, cloudy, tangerine-orange with a huge, billowy 2 finger, soft creamy bright white head that seemed to last forever. Visible carbonation was medium-strong. There were several large (1cm+) in size bran-flake like floaties that rested on the bottom of the glass.

S: On the nose was light wheaty aroma, bananas, cloves and a gentle spiciness.

T: The initial flavor had fresh citrus with cloves, and bananas starting things out. The crisp sharp carbonation brings out the yeastiness of the beer very nicely. A light fruitiness (apple sauce), oranges and pears is also very dominant. Sharp, citric with a beautiful spiciness and wheat palate that is guaranteed to satisfy. A classic example per style and the one which all others are judged by.

M: Medium fullness with a nice carbonation presence brings out the yeasty and tart citric nature of this beer. Finishes with a subtle dry tart lemon lacing.

D: Absolutely refreshing and one of the best per style. Crisp, citrusy and sure to satisfy. Case worthy by all means.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well executed hefeweizen from Munich. Weizen aromas abound on the pour, head is perfect pillow of foam. Color is cloudy and amber. Taste has elements of banana and bread. Well done!

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,583 ratings.