Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,550
Hads: 3,594
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 6.68%
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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 ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was probably the first beer I bought that I truly loved, so I've been meaning to revisit this one for a long time. 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a darker amber color that seems both less hazy and fizzier-looking than others in the style. The head is a beautiful five-finger pale cream color. It has one of the softest-looking textures I've ever witnessed in ANY beer head, and retains itself reasonably.

S: This one is relatively clove-forward, with the general malts being the secondary aromatic feature. It seems like this one comes off 'drier' than most.

T: Differing from the nose, the flavor itself is quite banana-forward to start. The banana esters will fade to a midtaste/finish of lactic cream, wheat, and cloves. No real depth here, just a solid no-frills hefeweizen.

M: I wondered if the feel would be dry due to the lack of a sweet nose - and I was wrong. This is a creamy, semi-sweet weizen, and pulls it off well. The thickness of the texture conceals the high carbonation somewhat, but as the carbonation fades, it seemingly becomes dry - very nearly to the point of being watery. On the plus side, it becomes more drinkable this way.

O: I don't know if this is quite the beer I fell in love with...ah well, it's still good stuff. And it's available practically everywhere to boot. (1,320 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very cloudy light orangish gold with a 1.5 finger dense white head. After a minute or two it dissipates and leaves a 1/8" on the sides and a film across the top. Can just make out a some lively carbonation.

S: Pretty authentic hefe. Wheat, a banana like yeast, a touch of other malts and a hint of booze. Almost a light fruity aroma like lemon as well.

T: A tasty beer. At first I get some nice wheat with a blend of banana and yeast, similar to the smell. Also there is a good bready or crackery malt too. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Nice and light on the tongue but has a pretty substantial mouthfeel. A very refreshing beer.

Overall always a great hefe and pretty widely available. Always recommend it to those getting into craft beer as it was one of the first I really liked. (832 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Hazy, golden with a light orange hue and an incredibly thick, creamy off white head with great retention.

Weizen yeast, banana and clove upfront, wheat.

Wheat upfront, with banana in the finish.

Medium+ with foamy, mild carbonation.

A well done hefeweizen. Just enough banana flavor to be appreciated and no become overwhelming. (346 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours deep/cloudy orange with a very healthy head. The foam holds on for quite a while. It started with about four fingers, but two fingers retained for quite a while.I really enjoy the nose in a quality Hefeweizen in general. This one stands out with the best of the group. You get the banana and bubblegum with this bouquet. I like the the way this beer smells.The flavor is very refreshing. The banana and coriander really comes out with each sip. I like the balance.This is a very good summertime beer. I will need to pick up some in about four months. (566 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date.

A: a pretty hazy straw yellow body. head is bright white and frothy. retention is great.

S: orange juice and a little bit of vanilla. sweet sugars. kind of smells like a creamsicle.

T: very sweet. orange juice. not that estery, definitely more on the wheat flavored side. chewy, very chewy. a slightly peppery finish as well as even more wheat.

M: a very smooth, subtle effervescence for carb. light/medium bodied.

D: a good, easy drinking hefe, but not my favorite example of the style. just wish there was more hefe yeast esters. (573 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (393 characters)

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

Appearance: Cloudy gold, pours with a huge head of foam. Excellent lacing. And did I mention all the foam? It eventually settles and nicely coats the glass.

Smell: Banana, wheat, bubblegum, clove.

Taste: Banana, wheat, bubblegum, clove, and yeast. A hint of citrus, but not a big hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Did I mention the foam? The banana and wheat flavor stays with the tongue after you swallow.

The Verdict: Very good. I prefer a fresh hefeweizen from one of the local breweries when I can get it, but this is a fine example of what a hefe should be. Refreshing, earthy, and full of flavor. (634 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a thick billowy head covers this clear hazy brew. Lovely colors dominant this hefe, and it looks quite nice

Smell: this smell is excellent, and its one of the strongest smelling hefe's ever (at least in my experience). Strong, strong smells of banana and clove, both in equal high strength, mesh together into a highly refreshing and pleasant experience, showing the brewery skill in manipulating the yeast to give off a equily strong balanced beer smell.
to me, that balance is perfection

Taste: Also, this is a great example of the beer balance. It has a nice malty backbone (odd of a hefe), and extremely strong, pleasant banana flavors with a strong spicy clove finish. This is a truly great flavor

Mouthfeel: this one is much less watery than a traditional hefe, with a nice slick feeling on the tongue, balanced by a strong carbonation bite.

Overall: I'm giving this one a 4.5/5
Its a truly amazing hefe brew that comes very close to being almost perfect (for this brews style). a excellent beer to have with breakfast, or after a hard days work, I cant recomend it enough (1,112 characters)

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. (293 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a weizen glass. A big foamy head on top of a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
Big fruit smell: banana and lemon lead the way.
Low bitterness, medium maltiness. Well balanced with some fruit notes.
Soft texture, medium body with low carbonation. Really nice.
A benchmark brew. (283 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,948 characters)

Photo of Osirus
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the "1001 Beers You Should Try Before You Die" -- I think this the second one I've reviewed.

Appearance is fantastic, it's probably the textbook example of what a German hefe should look like: a dark golden-yellow pour with a white fluffy head that just lasts and lasts forever. The nose is surprsingly light but it's banana, cloves, orange juice and maybe some other mystery citrus roaming around somewhere at the bottom. (More like a citrus punch, in fact.)

The mouthfeel is a little light, that helps with the refreshment but maybe a bit more body would help push the flavors forward. The immediate impression is a banany-grainy hit, that settles down some into a banany-citrusy sort of thing, very mild, though. It finishes very dry and clean.

Likable, although there are better hefes out there. This is one of the easiest ones to get in the states, though. (882 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense foam and amber-cloudy colour. Tastes clove, faint cinnamoon, and banana, not so sweet. Very yeasty, my bottle that had less than a month for running its valid period, was already presenting some white flutters, though not protein flocos but yeast. Not so swwet, which is good. (282 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (820 characters)

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. (1,254 characters)

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

This beer bumped my beloved Yuengling into second place after nearly 20 years. I didn't think that would ever happen, but this beer is that good.

Appearance: After pouring into a glass, this beer forms a beautiful, white, fluffy head that disappears rapidly. Lovely hazy, golden color, nice carbonation.

Smell: Just the smell of this beer is intoxicating! Light sweet smell of bananas, hints of lemon, grain.

Taste: Light-medium body with the taste of banana, and as one reviewer said, oddly enough, bubble gum. Just a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, smooth.

Overall: Like I said, this beer has officially bumped Yuengling into second place. Have absolutely no doubt about this beer if you haven't tried it but see it on a shelf somewhere. Just get it. You won't be disappointed! (793 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an opaque orange pour with a solid 2 fingers o foamy white head (stayed for the whole session), nice retention.
smells of lemon, orange, coriander, nutmeg, bready yeast.
a tart citrus taste followed by the spicyness of coriander.. a very mellow hefe, with a clean crisp finish. light body with high carbonation, very easy to drink (a great session ale). i've been sitting on this bottle for a while - it was a gift from my brother in law, and he had his that day out of the bottle. i tasted it then and it tasted bad. i poured this one in a tulip, and it was a completely different beer. it's hard to believe how much a glass can honestly change a beer's character. (665 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: not quite as hazy as I remembered, the hue was a bright, yellow-golden with a attractive, foamy white head that quickly dissipated.

Rather restrained, sweet and spicy aroma slowly revealed some banana and bubble gum aromas.

This hefeweize is quite refreshing but has too much sourness on the palate. Otherwise, the founded malty mouthfeel has a nice interplay of banana and clove flavors.

The body was a little too thin for the style and the carbonation did not have that spritzy feel I expect from the style. The flavors were short-ived on the palate.

This was the first hefeweizen I tried while in the military back in the 1990s. It is good, but I have tried many better examples since then. (739 characters)

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

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bananas, cloves, lemon, faint hints of orange

T-wheat malt, bananas, cloves, lemon, crisp finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, refreshing

O-a solid hefeweizen, nice summer beer (259 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - cloudy/hazy straw/orange hue with fluffy white head

Smell - wheat, banana, lemon, clove, coriander, ginger

taste - wheat, lemon, lime, clove, coriander, ginger

mouthfeel -light bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing, crisp, slightly thinner than other entrants of the style, flavors linger properly on the aftertaste

overall - solid hefeweizen that I've enjoyed a few times, finally got around to reviewing. Recommended

Price Point - $8.49/6pk 12 oz bottles (475 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.12/5  rDev +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. (660 characters)

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

12 oz bottle dated on the 76th day of the year poured into a Franziskaner glass.

The body is hazy and golden with a big ol’ white head. Laces wonderfully.

Spice, banana, wheat, lemon, and a little must.

The nose is mimicked in the taste, but I feel it has a more defined yeast and wheat character going on which sticks around in the aftertaste.

Quite active carbonation yet still fairly smooth. Light- medium bodied. (424 characters)

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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