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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,321
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 109
Gots: 377 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001)
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Photo of Bachledk
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium golden yellow color. Small head, maybe two fingers. fades moderately quickly. When the unfiltered bottom is poured into the glass, it looks just great with the little bits floating in the middle, and the color goes an even darker gold.

S: Smells like fresh bread mostly, like you were at a small bakery. A little bit of wheat past the bread with a very slight amount of citrus.

T: Predominantly like bread, but slight notes of fruits and hops. Finishes with what almost tastes like sourdough bread.

M: Very smooth perfect density for a wheat beer, and even a little creamy, a nice surprise from a wheat beer.

D: This is amazingly drinkable. None would have trouble drinking at least a six pack by themselves.

Photo of thatlongname
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden orange with good head. Clearer than most hefeweizens I've seen. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: The scent is only OK. I smell some fruits and a lot of metallic smell.

Taste: I taste peach and bananas when I drink this. I was expecting something very different after smelling this beer. This definitely caught me by surprise.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, good carbonation. Kind of reminds me of juice.

Drinkability: Probably a good session beer. I couldn't honestly say. It's good, but it's just so different. I don't know if I could keep drinking it. It's probably better for a good change of pace.

Photo of SanDog
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from 500L brown bottle and poured into tradition German Hefe glass

A: Hazy, yellow straw colored; 2.5" finger, tight, white head, wispy, tiny bubbles rise from bottom of glass

S: Banana-bready and mild bubblegum on first nosing; second and third pass yield citrus and yeasty notes; clove

T: Refreshing, sweet with mild drying and bitterness on finish. Hints of citrus. Strong banana notes. Mid bottle, bubblegum and doughy flavors and more clove notes. Mild spiciness on finish.

MF: Medium. Pleasurable and clean. Just what I like.

D: Ultimately pleasant and sweetish beer that goes down easy. A little more carbonation than expected, so it wouldn't be bad to take your time between sips.

Overall, this a solid representation of the style. Nice and easy, but not over the top any characteristic normal to the style. Bring on some spicy foods!

Photo of longbongsilver
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Random pick from a mix'n'match. Haven't had a hefeweissen in a long time, let's see how this one goes. Pours a rusty, fizzy orange w/ a firm three inches of white head. Smells broadly, along with the whiff of wheat, of citrus, mostly lemon, some pineapple.

Taste is more bitter than I expected for the style. Pretty subdued otherwise though, especially compared to the scent. Goes down somewhat watery, with a little less fizz than the still-sparkling head-o-rama suggested. Honestly, I would've welcomed some more.

It's fairly drinkable, I'll give it that. Question is, would I seek to drink it again after this one? I'd say no. If this is representative of the style, then maybe I just don't take well to hefes.

Photo of PAvolksbiermann
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Warning this is an A.B.Inbev beer most people don't realize this! Imported year round (but more so during Oktoberfest), Weissbier is a fantastic hefe with a silky mouthfeel and what I call a banana wheat after taste. Not as daring as other hefeweizen brews, this is a quintessential traditional hefe and one that goes great with a warm sunny day or with mild spicy foods. -1 for being deceiving and not labeling the beer as being made by A.B. Inbev which owns Spaten.

Photo of pinkano
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - totally hazy orange with yellow and very nice and still head. Awesome.
S - lot of banana, citruses and clove with creamy yeasts
T - bananas with citruses and clove - almost the same as the smell
M - medium carbonation with medium body
D - very drinkable and easy going. Since it is not so high in ABV, very good for summer time

Photo of Brunite
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A large frothy white head. A cloudy pale yellow/orange. Yeast settled pretty well in bottle.

Smell: Tart citrus along with the standard banana and clove spiciness. Moderately fragrant.

Taste: Very clean taste. More emphasis on the lemony citrus than most other hefeweizens I have had. Yes...there is some banana....and some faint residual sweetness (which is what I look for)...but the citrus seems to dominate. Some dry husky grain for good measure.

Mouthfeel: On the light side. Slightly creamy. Finishesdry due to the tartness.

Drinkability: Easy drinking here. Not as complex as I would like...and again....too much lemon. I have other weizens that I like better so this was likely my only visit. Good beer but there are better in the same price range.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy yellow orange color with a yellowish white head and a lot of lacing. Smells of clove and orange and a lot of wheat. Tastes very wheaty, with tons of clove, cardamom, coriander, orange zest and a lot of other citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is high.

Photo of AwYeh
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy, opaque golden-yellow, with two fingers of fine white head which dissipate quickly.

S: Quite wheaty, with a ton of clove, and a light banana presence (light at least, when compared to other hefeweizens).

T: In contrast to the aroma, banana is extremely prevalent here. Wheat, a bit of yeast spice, and clove hold down the remainder of the flavor. Sweet, peppery finish.

M: Light-medium body, abnormally (and somewhat unpleasantly) high carbonation.

D: Goes down decently easy, but with all the other great hefeweizens out there, and the only average taste of this one, this isn't one I'll likely be picking up again.

Photo of THECPJ
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger frothy white head, that dissipates in moderate speed

Smell: hints of bananas and cloves, but a slight off-putting skunky smell

Taste: typical hefe tastes, full of bananas and cloves

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp

Drinkability: not my favorite representation of this style


Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with cap and gold foil.

Served slightly cooler than cellar temp into a pint glass. It has a hazy yellow color. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma is fruity and sweet with a little bit of bubblegum.

Flavor is really nice - both mild and complex. Banana comes through but it's not too strong. The hops add a slight peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. A very easy drinking beer as most hefeweizens are.

Photo of Kinsman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange body, a bit darker than many others of this style, with a pillowy and fluffy looking white head that is big enough to please. Faded a bit too quick and lace was lacking.

Aroma is notably phenolic with the clove-like notes but not as much banana or bubble gum as others of this style but still plenty of sweetness on the nose.

Taste is has a strong malt backbone giving it a bready character but this plays second fiddle to the yeast profile (as it should with this style). Plenty of clove and other spice from the phenols but the fruity esters are there too just not as strong.

Mouthfeel has a lively carbonation but there's nothing really special going on here. Good but not great.

Overall, this is a fine example of the style (a classic like this should be) but it's not the best.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Perfect white one finger head that has great retention.

Smell - Great smell. Banana and wheat.

Taste - Definite banana and wheat. Tastes less sweet then it smells, otherwise, the characteristics are the same. No bitterness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Delicious creamy texture and plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - One of the most drinkable beers of any style. Definitely a top session beer.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Beautiful golden honey/orange color. Two finger head that is long-lasting. Active carbonation creates a nice effect.

S: Bananas, yeast and spices.

T: Same notes as the smell, plus fresh bread. All the flavors come through clearly and cleanly. A bit of apple in the finish. Very nice.

M: Very smooth, luscious mouthfeel. Creamy carbonation.

D: Could definitely drink this all night long.

Haven't had this in several years, wanted to try it again. Even better than I remembered it, will add it to my go-to list. Flavor is perfectly balanced, hits all the right notes. Wonderful.

Photo of Gunslinger711
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a golden/wheat hazy color. No head, no lacing to speak of. Plenty of carbonation, very bubbly.

S - I'm picking up banana and clove scents up front, then a little wheat on the back end.

M - One of the most aggressive beers in terms of mouthfeel, very bubbly and bitey.

T - Incredibly complex. On the front end is banana and cloves in a bubbly package while the back end is warmy, less carbonated, and a little bit of an apple/fruity taste.

First beer of this style and I would definitely drink again.

Photo of Erish
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

A: cloudy, golden color, head is cloudy and thick, good cap and lacing.

S: a soapy/perfumed/floral aroma dominates, with banana and bubblegum inside, the clove is buried, and barely there.

T: bread-like, wheaty malt up front, a clove spiciness hits in the middle, along with banana and bubblegum, the clove lingers in the finish, along with gentle floral/earthy hops.

M: light-bodied, silky to watery texture, abundant carbonation.

D: A very enjoyable, drinkable hefeweizen.

Photo of iRoy
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this affordable, drinkable delicious beer quite a few times now and I'll definitely be coming back to it. Smells and tastes a hint of banana. I love the smell. Cheap, definitely a plus but overall just great-tasting beer. Wheat beer perfected I would go so far as to say. It's important to rouse the bottle a bit because of all the yeast sediment. I could easily kick back a few any given day like I am right now (on my second.) Finally have some time off from work nothing better than drinking a beer that doesn't get you into a drunk stupor but instead maintains a decent buzz with great taste to boot. Recommended for sure, I want to try it out on tap.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured really well until i got the sediment out of the bottom. it had what looked like big brown clumps of yeast (im assuming this is just this bottle). The head poured about 3 inches in my weisse glass.

Smell - The smell of the beer was really good. I could smell distinctly the coriander and other spices as well as the little hops to balance out the spices with bitterness.

Taste - The first taste was more bitter than I have come to expect from a Weisse, but that is only because I am still a rookie with beer tasting. The coriander came through very clearly as well as slight hints of banana and clove. Some drinks had a very strong banana flavor, while other drinks were very much full of clove and others coriander; some drinks had a good combination of all 3.

Mouthfeel - Has a very smooth finish where all of the spices come through in glorious fashion.

Drinkability - I consider this one of the most drinkable beers I have had. It goes down very smooth and had a good mixture of all of the spices.

Photo of xodin
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish blonde with a beefy retentive head. Aromas are not as strong as the dunkel counterpart, but full of citrus and hop-filled effervescence. Has a creamy butter flavor, with a subtle but pleasant, complex array of fruit notes. Moderate body throughout and just a touch of spice in the swallow, finishes somewhat dry yet smooth. Not very warming, but quite refreshing, a great choice for a warm spring or summer's day.

Photo of Geuzedad
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up along with a dunkel at Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach. Served in a heffe glass.

Poured a hazy yellow-golden with a thick creamy 3 finger head that stayed around even after several minutes.

First smell was banana followed by wheat and a hint of spice. A very pleasing aroma.

A lot of carbonation noted. A medium body but not heavy. Very smooth. Notes of some bubblegum, wheat, and yeast finished with a citrusy clean bite.

I was impressed with its drinkability. A great beer for enjoying in the evening while relaxing. A well rounded choice if you like Heffes and want a palate pleasing beer. I will definitely drink it again.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a Mikasa weizen glass.

Pours a very hazy apricot color with a super-fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a long time, leaving behind gobs of sticky lacing. The nose hits with some malty bread plus a bit of bubblegum and banana. Faint hint of cloves in the background. The flavor comes through with all the same notes. Not nearly as much clove as I would prefer, and the other yeast elements are a tad bit muted as well. Mouthfeel is light and moderately creamy. Nothing too special about this, but it's certainly easy drinking and is a good choice on a balmy February afternoon.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dirty golden-yellow color with big foamy white head. The aroma is earthy and yeasty, yet fresh and fruity with a tinge of bubblegum. Bubbly and live on the palate. The banana and distinct wheat flavor move into a spicy finish. The wheat adds it usual chewiness.

This classic is a nice, tasty beer.

Photo of SSJPhatMatt
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up because I had heard a lot of great things about this beer. As the packaging clearly states, this is a Bavarian hefe-weisse imported from Munich. Even though Franziskaner is now part of the Spaten/Franziskaner/Louenbrau Group, which in turn is now owned by Inbev, Franziskaner's history dates back to the 1300's in Germany. Franziskaner means Franciscan and the name comes from the fact there was a monastary across the street from the original brewery. Now enough with history lets talk about the beer.

This hefe pours a golden yellow color and it is hazy with a lot of carbonation. My pour gave me over an inch of fluffy, off-white hefe head. It had a very strong nose of spicy banana and clove, also earthy with hints of citrus.

The body is nearly medium with surprising effervescence. There is some carbonation up front, followed immediately by a sharp, hoppy bite from the noble hops. Hefes are light but the body of this beer has as much weight to it as a hefeweissen can have. The middle flows along the tongue bringing a in hints of wheat, fruit and a light sourness.

Easy to drink yet complex in flavor and character, this is not a hefe to take lightly. The combination of the lively natural carbonation and the tartness make it a very refreshing beer, yet the complexity of the flavors and the substantial body make this a beer than can be enjoyed anytime.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Pale yellow, tipically cloudy with suspended yeast. A rich fluffy head dissipates quicky but leaves a decent lacing

S- Both sweet and slightly acid, not just the tipical hefeweiss aroma. You can feel yeast and some fruity notes underneath (banana, citrus)

T- As long as the head is still there mainly lemon, than the malts kick in. Sweet bready character, then clove, banana. More hoppy and dry in the finish. Nice

M- The best thing about the flavours is that they are perfectly balanced. The beer is both smooth and crisp and not dominated by banana (like many weizens)

D- A good drink, maybe a bit too much carbonation prevents it from being a totally 'easy drink'

Well balanced and rounded, not extraordinary but a pleasing brew

Photo of JohnnyS17
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a pint glass.

A- A yellow cloudy beer, similar to any Hefeweizen. The beer arrived at my table with no remaining head.

S - Distinct banana aroma. Not overpowering.

T - Very carbonated banana taste. It tastes like banana soda basically.

M - Too carbonated for a Hefeweisen in my opinion. Medium body.

D - Drinkable, but not the ideal Hefeweisen that I enjoy. Good taste, but the carbonation is a bit over powering.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,321 ratings.