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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,942 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,942
Reviews: 1,505
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 86
Gots: 194 | 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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david131

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A luminescent, cloudy orange liquid that is very milky looking. The head is thin and white, but always maintains some covering.

S- Some banana, clove, bread, and a touch of citrus. Subdued, but enjoyable.

T- Same as the aroma and again, slightly subdued. All the flavors are well balanced, and it is very clean.

M- Creamy mouthfeel with a slightly spicy aspect due to the carbonation level.

D- A very nice example of the style that would make a great session beer. Not my favorite, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 03:08:02 | More by david131
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Arbitrator

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a finger of off-white head. It has excellent retention and leaves some lacing down the sides.

S: Wheat, banana, cloves, and a little earthy yeast. There may be some bread in there.

T: A sweet banana blend that is peppered by cloves and wheat. Toward the end of the taste it gets slightly earthy and bready.

M: Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a very crisp finish. Doesn't stick to the mouth at all (on the watery side, even).

D: Very high. As far as summer beers go, this is probably my favorite. A great reminder of what a "simple" beer tastes like when done well. I'd have to do a side by side with some other hefeweizens to pinpoint exactly what I don't love about this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 03:38:27 | More by Arbitrator
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mjaskula

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had another bottle of this and had to re-review.

Served in a Guinness glass, the most appropriate thing I had that could hold this larger bottle. Suits it quite well. Pours a cloudy golden color with many hues. The thick soft two finger head thins but sticks around for the whole glass. It looks really great except for the huge chunks of yeast floating around and eventually settling out. Really detracts from an otherwise great looking beer.

Aroma is as expected, yeast, banana, and sweetness. Taste is more of the same, with some malt flavor asserting itself as it warms. Taste is well balanced and easy drinking all the way through. Could drink this one all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:45:17 | More by mjaskula
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very cloudy with a variety of colors and brightnesses. Ranges from light amber to a dark gold/orange until evening out. Very thick, white head. My particular bottle had alot of yeast/sediment.

Smell - Creamy smell with hints of clove and bananas.

Taste - smooth and creamy. Medium body with hints of lemon and banana. Good levels of carbonation and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel - Good levels of carbonation and a bit of spice.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 18:10:57 | More by Anthony1
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degerbah

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a couple of fingers of head. Slightly acrid smell. Reminds me of lemons or limes, lots of citrus.

The taste of this is out of this world. Fantastically light and tart. This is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had. This beer has very little aftertaste and if anything reminds me of an esspecially good shandy, or really just a lemonade.

This is the most drinkable beer I've ever had. Wow. There are malt beverages designed to be easy drinkers that aren't close to this drinkable. This will be a staple of my cellar all summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:09:10 | More by degerbah
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml into a Sunrise glass

Pours a cloudy almost lemonade color with more than ample carbonation. Huge 3-finger head glaciers up quite a bit and slowly dissipates.

Smell is classic hefe - esters of banana, 'Nilla wafer and maybe tinges of orange and lemon peel. Actually a little creamy along with the nice yeast electricity.

As I tend to say, "the collar matches the cuff." To an extent, at least. Excellent yeast profile with nice raw stewy wheat. A little vanilla in there too. This is prototypical banana-bomb hefe. Maybe a little straightforward and creamy but solid. The beautiful bride says "flat..it's not crisp." I gotta give her that. Definitely more creamy and less spritely than the average hefe. It's blasphemy but this is one place where a lemon or orange wedge may actually contribute. Maybe.

It actually gets a little crisper with warmth...towards more of a classic hefeweizen. More wheat electricity emerges in palate feel than in taste. Finish has a little yeast kick.

Maybe it's a little more creamy than the average hefeweizen but it drinks pretty damn cleanly. Price point is similar to Weihenstephaner so I have to put this one a couple spots behind in line but it's a solid, if not groundbreaking, example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 20:58:49 | More by IBUnit63
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SleepyMonk

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle poured into a Franziskaner glass.

Immediate result is a thick and creamy head that shows good retention and promises strong carbonation. The head stays constant at first necessitating several pours to transfer the entire contents of the bottle to the glass, however it gradually fades away quicker and quicker until a thin covering with moderate to little lacing.

Held to the light the hue is a softly opaque amber that resembles the look of autumn maple leaves.

Smell is decidedly heavy with wheat and peppered with malt. Fruit notes are also strong with banana and pears being the most present.

The taste has malt character, those banana and pear notes transfer through to the taste buds. The mouthfeel is crisp on a weak body with a complimentary degree of carbonation. The taste holds with only a small syrup like sensation but quickly moves into a dry alcohol finish.

Good beer but not the best in the Hefe-Weiss category

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 09:17:48 | More by SleepyMonk
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aristeros

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one before, but from the keg at an Oktoberfest. Let's see if the bottle is just as good.

Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden color, huge head, somewhat cloudy with visible yeast. Carbonation present, but dies down after a moment.

Smells of sweet banana bread, spices, and some malt. Familiar smell; I've detected a bit of it in other Spaten brews before. Very appealing.

That warm banana taste sticks with the head. Sweet and light, very refreshing, perfect for the style. Wheat and malts, maybe a tinge of citrus on the end. Finishes with cloves. Damn fine drinkability would make this a good session beer, although it's a little too light for my taste, it's pretty representative in my limited hefe experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 03:58:45 | More by aristeros
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Naugled

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served from bottle in wheat glass

a: light straw, large white foamy head, very carbonated but drops quickly

s: nice pleasant aroma, both banana and clove are present

t: good balance between banana and clove, but banana does shine a bit brighter, also a little sugary.

m: medium to thin mouthfeel, sharp, very carbonated.

d: very drinkable, and refreshing but an uninteresting hefe

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 17:23:12 | More by Naugled
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BMoney575

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-13-09

Pours a super cloudy bright yellow/gold, with a fantastic white head and tons of bubbles rising to the top. About as good as a lighter-colored beer could look.

Smell is all banana, with a nice, very light malt way in the back. Very light, very summery, and very enjoyable.

Taste is very light, a little malt and a little hops. Not harsh in any way, which is impressive for the lightness. Tons of yeast help the finish become very bready, with a hint of the same banana as in the smell.

Mouthfeel is excellent, super thick and creamy but with a great fizzy kick.

Drinkability is great, I could easily see this as a hot-weather session beer.

Overall, I find myself liking hefes more and more, and this is the best one yet.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 22:16:34 | More by BMoney575
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Whiteweasel

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Hefeweisse, and I have to say I was very impressed. If you have never had a hefeweisse, this is a very approachable beer, and provides a very enjoyable drinking experience from the first sip to the last.

Appearance: Beautiful. You know what beer sterotypically looks like? This is that beer. The cloudy appearance may throw some off, but it has a nice golden colour and a thick head.

Smell: I'm still new with this, but as an amateur, I would say I can detect strong yeast and wheat scents, with a more subtle, almost banana-like aroma

Taste: Taste is where this beer shines. Delicious. Light and refreshing, yet full of flavour. I can definitely taste the wheat and detect the yeast. This beer begins well, and leaves a great taste in the mouth.

Drinkability: Very easy, and refreshing. Not too high of an alcohol content which is nice when you'd like more than one of these.

Overall, I would highly recommend trying this beer

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 07:18:10 | More by Whiteweasel
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into a Erdinger Hefe glass.

Pours a golden orange brew with huge chunky off white head and nice sticky lacing that stays throughout until the finish.

Smells of bananas and yeast, some cloves. Very good smell.

Tastes of bananas, yeast - very creamy. Nice mouthfeel very balanced creamy smooth aftertaste. Yeasts primarily are in the aftertaste with the banana backbone.

This brew is one of my favorite beers; refreshing, taste is spot on and you can go through a case in no time. Always a party pleaser for those who enjoy this type of brew. The fact that this brew is priced under $30 for a case and it is so damn good makes it an excellent choice to enjoy throughout the year. A constant in my fridge throughout the year.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 22:20:47 | More by magine
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prototypic

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours an attractive golden color with a distinct copper hue. It's extremely hazy and looks to have a few chunks of yeast swimming about. The head is foamy, white, and about two fingers deep. Due to very active carbonation, it took quite a while to dissipate and left light strands of lace on the glass.

The nose is features all the usual bells and whisles associated with Hefes. It's spicy initially. Clove and pepper mix with a nice light banana scent. Banana smells a little too restrained. I'd like it to be more pronounced. It's very grainy and earthy throughout. It's not bad at all. It's not quite as refined as some of the best Hefes (at least on the nose). Perhaps the flavor is a different story. Let's see, shall we?

It's very spicy. Clove and pepper are at the forefront and tend to dominate the flavor. They definitely come through stronger here. Yeah, there's a little banana in there fighting for space, but it's suffocated to a large degree. That needs to remedied. It doesn't result in a bad flavor by any means, but it's simply not as good as it could be. It's grainy throughout and finishes slightly spicy and very dry. Hefe-Weisse has a pretty good flavor overall, but would be better if the spices were just a little more restrained. Just my $.02.

It has a light body and very active carbonation. It's not quite smooth. Carbonation is a little too distracting. Hefe-Weisse would benefit from dialing it down. Drinkability is good. It goes down easy and is satisfying enough to drink a few. I could live with a few over a night.

Hefe-Weisse is a solid Hefe, but isn't quite up to par with some of the best ones out there. The flavor's just a little too spicy and unbalanced. Carbonation's also too high and distracting. It's still pretty good in light of those small flaws. A couple of tweaks would really make it a competitor. Definitely worth picking up nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 02:26:52 | More by prototypic
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SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- real hazy like a good Hefe-Weisse should be

S- cloves, lemon and a bit of banana and some yeast

T- some nice zest coming though this one cloves again and maybe some banana

M- great real smooth perfect carbonation

D- perfect beer for a hot i day i could session this no problem

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 17:02:47 | More by SpruceFish
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours medium golden, hazy, with rocky white head that releases the aromas quite well. Nose is restrained compared to some other weissbiers I've sampled recently, but a light banana/clove is clearly present with some bready components. Palate is more wheat cracker malty than big banana/clove, with more breadiness overall especially from the yeast esters.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 04:33:09 | More by yemenmocha
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BarrelO

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange, maybe a bit darker than usual for the style. Head quickly disappears.

S: Bananas and cloves.

T: A nice mix of banana and tart citrus. Sweet bready aftertaste.

M: A bit thin, but also creamy. A good amount of carbonation.

D: A classic German wheat beer. Great for summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:17:46 | More by BarrelO
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illidurit

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why I haven't reviewed this old friend until now. Cloudy opaque light goldenrod color with a healthy off-white cap of dense foam. Lots of bubble columns help maintain the retention. Nice ripe banana aroma with some bubblegum, lemon, and light clove. Slightly green banana flavor with some light citric tanginess and a sprinkling of clove. Silky texture is interrupted by the overly rambunctious carbonation. After some time and swirling, it settles down and the mouthfeel improves. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 09:05:06 | More by illidurit
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shohog

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured violenty into a pint glass to get a 3 finger head which was retained exceptionally well until the last sip. Hazy deep golden with a tad off white head.

Smell was hints of clove and banannas.

Taste very delightful with a sweet aftertaste which is very impressive.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this style, not too watery but maybe more creamier than most beers of this style.

Drinkability was great for a session beer. I think this beer would be great w/ almost any foods or by itself to enjoy. I highly recomend this beer for its unique flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 01:17:12 | More by shohog
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Kromes

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a thin line of bubbles for a head. Banana cloves aroma coming off of this. A great tangy banana clove flavor. There is also a citrus tanginess that is present from start to finish. Those are the only flavors I could detect. Almost a little too much tang for my tastes but it is very delicious. The consistency is a little thin and watery, but that makes it a little more drinkable than a heavier beer. Definitely a summer porch beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 01:04:30 | More by Kromes
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xxHelderxx

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 03:05:33 | More by xxHelderxx
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich golden with tinges of amber two-finger off-white head that bubbles up and back down pretty quickly, leaving a thin cap of fizz down the glass. lacing is unfortinately minimal.

aroma is spicy with fruit esters and definite yeastiness. lemons, pepper and cloves. a bit of doughiness and citrus. and then more lemon.

sharp and harsh citric acid-citrusy twang up front that fades into a nice yeasty citrusy and spicy palette. cloves, a bit of banana, more lemon.

clean mouth with ample carbonation that works beautifully. A nice astringent bite with some clean drying notes. Body is perfect for the flavors - moderate but still light and airy.

aside from the slightly sharp lemon notes up front, drinkability is definitely high. I could see drinking a few of these easily. on the whole, really enjoyable with some really nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 08:06:59 | More by djeucalyptus
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jacobseyb

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=Golden and cloudy with one finger of white head after vigorous pour.

S=Fruity, citrus, some wheatiness-yeastiness

T=light, citrusy and yeasty very enjoyable

M=good feel nice carbonation and not thick at all

D=Good, nice and light but flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:50:01 | More by jacobseyb
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this beer was a little sweet but had too much in the way of carbonation. I cannot really imagine a good food to have with this, maybe a nice veggie dinner, or a good salad. not so much in the way of a hearty beef dinner. I could envision using this with a good soup and some bread. not a grand beer, but one I can see drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:04:15 | More by skeetermoses
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DannyS

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

A - A cloudy medium amber with a giant pillow of soft, off-white head, that retains well and leaves lots of loose lacing.

S - Not very powerful, but good wheat, lemon, and banana on the nose.

T - Slightly milky, lemony start, flowing into its spicy and fruity banana notes, held together by fresh wheat taste. Finishes clean.

M - Fairly weighty but held up by lots of carbonation.

D - The only thing holding it back from perfect is how filling it is. Otherwise, this is a great session brew.

Overall - Another excellent, traditional hefe. Not as transcendentally amazing as Weihanstephaner, but still a great choice. I'll definitely be buying this one again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 18:16:52 | More by DannyS
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yuenglings

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Has a very light yellow color with alittle cloudyness to it nice foamy head with ok laceing.

S: Theres a strong grass like citrus smell to it with a slight sweetness.

T: Very balanced wheat flavor with a citrusy banana finish.

M: Good and smooth not heavy at all good carbanation leaves mouth dry wanting more.

D: This beer is very drinkable and thirst quenching. Could see myself drinking plenty of these on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 20:14:48 | More by yuenglings
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