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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,554 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,554
Hads: 3,621
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 150
Gots: 681 | 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 BobLuvBeer
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth taste. Good balance of wheat and fruit flavor. Has a thick or creamy texture. The addition of lemon in the glass gives the beer, just enough thirst quenching bite. A very good weisse beer. Not bitter at all. Poured with a thick, long lasting head. Served with lemon. (273 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally rated on 23 November 2002. This beer is a great example of a Hefe: Golden, cloudy, w/ a big frothy head. It has banana & apple in the nose, a crisp wheat taste, w/ a clean finish. If you don't like this one, you should skip Hefe's all together (254 characters)

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

A brilliant yellow and orange mixture of clouded beauty pours into the glass. The head expands to gargantuan measures and then eventually subsides to a nice lacy coating. I enjoy smelling this beer. I smell lemon zest, yeast, bubblegum, and vanilla; quite a delight. And then drinking it....yumm! There's a very crisp carbonation along with a pleasant creamy feel. Lemony zest is there first with the crispness, and then some spiciness comes through in the finish. Toasted malt seems to be there throughout with a subdued but enjoyable noticeable feeling. Hefeweizens are awesome brews and this is one of the best for sure. (623 characters)

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

This beer, when poured had a giant meringue-like head to it. The color was a hazy pale yellow and there were intense banana and bubblegum flavors coming through in the aroma. This beer was light in body and some flavors that stood out were sour malt, fruits, and a yeastiness. A very enjoyable Hef – light, flavorful and drinkable. Close to as good as it gets for this style. (376 characters)

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

Now this is why I drink German wheats! Pours a cloudy dark golden, with an enormous head that slowly settles to a nice rim of lace. The aroma of ripe bananas or banana bread, cloves, and even a little citrus. The taste is crisp and clean with just the right amount of hops to balance it out. This is what I want on a hot summer day to quench my thirst. I had this in a 1pt, 9 fl oz bottle. It even comes with pouring instruction on the rear lable for those who don't know the proper way to pour and drink a Hefe-Weisse. (519 characters)

Photo of fastfwd
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer of the wheat variety. I think maybe I should have chosen a wheat with no yeast before I tried this style. It poured out looking like a monster of a beer with big white head. While the beer was super creamy I felt like it was just a little slimy and kept reminding me of egg yolks. Not a very hoppy beer, but it had enough to keep it from tasting flat. After drinking the rest of the six pack I came to the conclusion that I didn't feel like it was a bad beer, just not a style that I was used to and maybe I would like it better with more experience. (573 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another great Weizen and I'm rating this one I had from a 500ml brown bottle and not the 12oz green bottles they push to Florida. Great appearance with a mountainess head of froth towering over the rim of the glass. The smell of wheat and a little clove come right off the top. Feels great on the palate and I prefer to drink this one on the warm side (55-60f) in order to get the most flavor possible. Like a good loaf of bread in my belly. Extremely satisfying! (471 characters)

Photo of goz
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark cloudy golden, thick creamy head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is dominated by banana and clove, while the taste is dominated by the banana. Body is on the light side, ends acidic and dry. Tasty, refreshing, great for after mowing the lawn. (259 characters)

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

This hefe pours darker than most and is a cloudy almost orange, yellow. Pour a very nice full head with holes and craters on the surface. Very tiny, but highly carbonated, almost like looking at a champaigne. The nose gives off orange, citrus, coriander, and very subtle bananna hints. The taste has a little more zest than most hefes but is sticks to the traditional orange, citrus, coriander, and wheat with a sweet malt some acidity and a slight bitter hops finish. A great hefe and one of the top choices in my house. (521 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a 6'er of this in Venice, Italy for 3 Euro...I was in heaven...my next trip to Italy will require a much larger suitcase:) I've been drinking this for years but finally got around to reviewing this amazing creation. Milky with flecks of yeast dancing like sea-monkeys, bruised peach-golden forming a large white head atop small to medium sized bubbles. A beautiful beer. The head is of a meringue consistency, forming a peak above the rim...retention and lacing are stupendous. Carbonation is moderately strong with a soft mouthfeel and brisk medium-light body. Aroma....strong cloves, banana, yeast, brisk wheat malt, a hint of lemon, and something unique you don't find in alot of other hefe's...walnuts. Taste....bready, yeasty, delicate... the soft, smooth malts perfectly in harmony with the earthy hops and spicy fermentation. The finish is lightly tart and makes you want to have another. Exceptionally easy to drink, whether it's on a hot summer day or a cold winter night.

This is a wonderful brew...more than just a beer, it has been a reliable, steady life partner, and the best example of the style I can think of. The only way to improve this beer is to lose the green bottles. Exceptional, IMO besting all other hefe's I've had, and I've had alot of em'. (1,280 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love wheat beers, and this one is a classic defintive representation of what german hefeweizens are all about, mine was served in a nice tall Franzy wheat glass. Pours sunshine golden, hazed but beautifully constructed to form an effervescent white head. Defintiely wheat based in all of it's glory along with a delicate banana clove aroma. The flavor is slightly bitter but the sweetness of the wheat and complementary offerings from the yeast (clove and banana). An almost fain ginger spice watches over this classic medium to lighter bodied hefe. This is an awesome summer beer meant to be drank in a wheat glass. (618 characters)

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

Got this in a pint bottle from the local beer store. Had recently had Paulaner Hefe and was trying to keep that in mind when sampling this German Hefe-weiss.

Couldn't find a clear glass for the first half of it, and so when I poured the second half it seemed VERY cloudy, but I'm assuming it was a bit more saturated with yeast than it was supposed to be.

Taste was very smooth with citrus, spice, and yeast and a sweet finish. Very traditional Hefe which was exceptionally smooth. I would recomend this beer though, if given the choice, would choose Paulaner. Good drinkin'! (581 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw color with a mass of white foam on top that takes forever to die off as it coats the glass with lace. Aromas of citrus hit the nose first. Yeast and grains come in next to round out the rest of the aroma.

Bread and yeast in mass proportions give this brew a fairly big flavor. Bananas come in to balance, and it is all complete when a bit of citrus hits your tongue. Very well-rounded flavor. Mouthfeel is excellent with tingly carbonation keeping it crisp throughout. It is refreshing and very drinkable. You will want another. (545 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The nice spring weather left me wanting a weiss. The head is pillowy and white bounding over the lip of the glass. Smell is of lemon and bananas. First sip reveals a tangy taste that I attribute to the yeast. A slight lemon and banana flavor. The beer has low carbonation and feels soft in the mouth. Ok but tastes like I got an old sample. This one tastes like it should have some more flavor. I keep taking mouthfulls and hoping to get some banana or cloves and I barely get anything. Either this bottle is past peak or it does get better than this for hefe-weisse.

A few minutes later...I'm getting some tangy flavor still and some wheat I'm picking up. Still get the impression it is watered down though. (711 characters)

Photo of jahsausage
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i think there was something wrong with my bottle, the beer was all cloudy and tasted yeasty. i think those monks should drink a real beer like budwieser to find out how to make a good beer. hahahahahahahaha. the comedy of ignorance. i'm no expert on weiss's by any stretch of the imagination, i could probably count how many i've had on my hands without having to resort to my toes. as far as i can tell this is quite an exceptional example of the style. (454 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorite Hefe’s. Pours a cloudy orange color with little particles of yeast floating about. A huge creamy head presents itself upon pouring, which slowly dies down leaving a heavy lace on the glass. Aromas seem to burst out with scents of bananas, lemon zests, and clove. I detected a slight sweetness of bananas upon the first taste, followed by a punch of cloves and malt, finishing off with a mild bitterness of yeasty goodness. This is a fantastically crafted beer. This is a great brew to drink on a warm summer day, in fact it’s great to drink any day of the year. (595 characters)

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

Pours an attractive golden-orange color, hazy/cloudy with a sturdy foam-like off-white head and good head retention. In the nose, musty rain, bananas, lemon, and yeast with a late nuttiness/roasted malt note after the beer has warmed. I know I should include cloves but I honestly don't know what the @#!* cloves smell like at the moment. Guess I need to go buy some cloves. The taste is initially lemony and refreshing, the carbonation delivering a nice bite. Mid-palate grassy, orangey, and oakey/yeasty flavors develop. The finish is clean/hoppy and tart but at the same time a fruity sweetness lingers and a very late cracker-like note. Mouthfeel is full and rounded. Drinkability is excellent.

A beautiful spring/summer beer with an alluring bouquet. Solid brewing from Munich. (785 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy and somewhat orange with a thick, pillowy, white head. For some reason the head didn’t hand around too long. Standard weiss aromas or banana and clove, though the aroma was fairly mild. I can’t really say that this beer tasted that special. It was quite yeasty and crackery with the wheat malt flavors one would expect, some phenol, and a little tartness. Decently dry and very creamy in the mouth from the tiny carbonation. Good, but not great. (461 characters)

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

Cloudy golden color with a moderate white head. The head gradually fades to a ring of foam. Moderate clove and yeast in the aroma with a touch of bananas. The taste exhibits a yeasty, fruity taste. Banana nut bread flavors abound, with some lemon zest kicking in periodically. The mouthfeel is very good, and the drinkability excellent. The finishing touch is drinking it from it's own glass. A truly delicious beer that makes me yearn for summer. (447 characters)

Photo of kelticblood
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yielded a monstrous thick white head.A very cloudy yellowish-orange.Very inviting aroma with hints of spicesKind of smells like Unibroue's La fin du monde.A very crisp mouthfeel almost harsh like seltzer.Very citrus flavor with a slight bitter finish that lingers in the back of the throat.A bit but not much lace.High drinkability with this one.Very crisp,clean,and refreshing. (378 characters)

Photo of marburg
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For lemon-lime pop/soda drinkers out there: If the best wheat beer in the world is like Sprite, this is like Sierra Mist. The citrus flavor yielded that thought to me as I drank one of these at lunch today. Before drinking it, I was greeted with a hilariously simple marketing ploy -- putting the word "imported" all the way around the gold foil atop the bottle. I hadn't had a beer from this brewery since the dunkel-weizen one-year-plus ago, so I'd forgotten about that.

Short story: It looks, smells, and tastes as you'd expect. There's just something a little out of balance for me. Too much earth with the lemon, perhaps? That flavor of summertime rolling around in the grass permeates the beer a bit somewhere in there.

Certainly a good German hefe, so don't think I'm knocking it too much. But if I'm going to pick one to drink regularly, I'll pick Weiestephaner or Hacker-Pschorr, I think. (903 characters)

Photo of mikes2923
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely deserving of it's reputation, Franziskaner is pretty close to the best in the hefe-weiss category. There are really only a couple that I would consider better in it's class. Pours with a very thick head, and the cloudy yellowish-orange color typical of weiss beers is unmistakeable. Taste is smooth with the slight hint of a fruity sweetness and of course, wheat. (374 characters)

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

This pours an orange with a patchy head. Wheat-like aroma with hints of banana and (clove?). Very crisp and clean on the palate, but fairly smooth. Not terribly strong taste, but with this beer, that's not a terrible thing. Very refreshing and oh so easy to drink. A definite session. (284 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque school-bus yellow (leaning slightly toward orange) with a heavy cream head. Tons of retention and lace.
Wheaty aroma, with underlying clove and banana. No surprise. Pangs of metal and sulphur may denote the age of this bottle.
Taste is on the small side, but is essentially liquid banana bread. Though more wheaty than fruity. Touches of clove and vanilla add accent marks. Pricks of lemon sourness. There is a near oaty smoothness that helps fill the void in the overall taste. Dry, and lightly spicy hop finish, with a dash of lingering sourness.
Nearly perfect body for the style. Rushing carbonation yields to a quasi-doughy texture. Very nice in the mouth.
With a little more flavor pronounciation, this would be a hallmark of hefeweizens.
Still, pretty good, but ultimately forgettable once it drains down the esophagus. And it does drain quickly. (875 characters)

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

Pours a nice cloudy / murky orange color. The head is a huge, off-whit in color, rocky, holds well. On the nose the aroma of banana, clove, and wheat malt. In the flavor more banana, clove, wheat malts and a hints of citrus and hints of hop spiciness. The mouth feel is smooth. This brew is extremely refreshing and drinkable. Overall a very solid Hefeweizen. (359 characters)

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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