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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 3,420
Reviews: 1,556
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 125
Gots: 472 | 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 nickfl
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two and a half fingers of white head on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Lots of banana and spicy wheat with a bit of clove in the background.

T - Bready notes of wheat and yeast up front with some fruity banana character. Some clove and black pepper notes come out in the middle as things get spicier. The beer finishes with more rich malt and clove along with some vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This hits all the classic points for the style with plenty of yeast character and some bready wheat to keep it balanced. There isn't really much else to say about this beer, but that is really all it needs.

Photo of RickS95
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellow gold in color. Not the hazy look I was expecting, you can almost see through it. A bright white head sits on tops

Has a really nice, spicy smell. Smell of cloves dominate, taking front and center.

Taste follows the lead of the scent with spicy wheat in the lead. Really an impressive wheat to create such a spicy smell and taste.

It's a combination of carbonation and the spicy wheat that makes the mouthfeel what it is.

A really good beer made so complex despite simple ingredients. A testament to the history of German brewing.

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

Pours orange-tinted gold with lumpy creamy sticky white head. Classic mashed bananas and wax nose. Wheat cracker malts with a touch of apple crumble, some minty clove yeast with a bit of bubble gum and spicy coriander leaf hop end. Vanilla finish and spearmint linger. Light, crisp, fizzy, dry.

Big on clove and grassy hops and so lighter than other big weizens. Not cloying like Paulaner can be. Maybe a bit thin, but great quencher for summer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing on the label in terms of directions/instructions, but an iconic Trappist monk wearing an apron and drinking a beer with his left hand. Why does that seem so familiar to me?

I got two fingers of thick, foamy eggshell-white head from my pour and it held up nicely. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had a good bit of the banana esters that I disdain. I hate to say that, but it is that banana/bubble gum scent and flavor that specifically generally puts me off of the style. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and while it tasted of bananas in the mouth, it did not seem overwhelming, striking a nice balance between not enough and too much. Finish was sweet, more towards bubble gum than banana, but I can appreciate why people like this style, especially in the summer. Now, if I could just find it in a CAN ...

Photo of kjc51478
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Appearance is golden yellow, slightly orangish color with plenty of foamy head.

S: Aroma is rich in Hefeweizen goodness - bananas, wheat, yeast, and clove.

T: Taste is similar with the fruitiness being balanced with lots of malted grains. Flavor notes included spices, yeast, citrus, and faint astringent alcohol taste.

M: Palate is medium-bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a long, sweet finish.

O: This is definitely one of the best Hefeweizens out there.

Photo of doktorhops
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For my next review a German wheat beer classic? Yes please! Franziskaner, hard to spell, even harder to pronounce, is an old school fella... a Wiess of a by-gone era of large German men and leather pants with suspenders, but we love it otherwise. The real test is how well it stands up against one of my personal Wiessbier favourites: Weihenstephaner.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: Cloudy orange body with a boisterous foamy white head that eventually collapses to about 1cm. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

S: Notes of clove and banana which is very by the book for a wheat beer. I'm picking up a hint of a musty aroma and compared to Weihenstephaner this brew is overall lighter in the Phenols... not that it's a bad thing.

T: Smooth... very creamy and luxurious (and I know I should be saying this below but it really strikes me straight off how creamy this is). The banana and cloves are evident, along with the malt caramel grains but all-in-all this tastes a bit more restrained than the Weihenstephaner... again; not that it's a bad thing. Slight sour-bread aftertaste.

M: Smooth and creamy as stated above. The feel of the carbonation is well balanced and the overall body is medium.

D: Here's where I begin to compare oranges with oranges; Weihenstephaner is a fuller experience when it comes down to taste profile, but the mouthfeel of this brew is better. Other comparisons are minor at best. A decent beer nonetheless however Weihenstephaner would be my pick given the option (actually Schneider Aventinus is a real fine drop that would give both of these a run for their money but I haven't had it in a while now... noted: next Wiessbier review).

Food match: Need I say a big plate of German food? Wurst, Shinken, Sauerkraut, Kartoffel, etc...

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

1 PT .9 FL OZ bottle. A code on the bottom left corner of the front label.

Pours a completely clouded, deep, golden-yellow. A small-bubbled white head stays and sticks. smell is mineral and pleasantly wheaty, with a pleasant dose of banana. Nice combo of your typical clove/plum/banana for the taste. Finishes with a lot of good, sweet-but-bitter banana. Actively carbonated. A good "round" hefe.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a big, frothy white head that hangs around. Hazy golden body with plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing but not much, no legging.

Smells like bananas, coriander and cloves. A sweet malty background behind that similar to rich salt water taffy. Some bubblegum as well. All around an awesome smelling beer.

The taste does not deviate from the smell. Your palate is greeted with a banana bubblegum like sweetness. Then a bread like quality comes into play from the yeast, as well as notes of cloves and coriander to round out the flavors. Excellent stuff, and most impressive for such a highly available beer.

Medium-thin body with light carbonation. Almost buttery smoothness to it.

Overall, a great go to beer for the summer. Endless amounts of flavor for the style, great drinkability and it's dirt cheap compared to a lot of other beers. Even American micros of the same caliber.

Photo of 2LBrew
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite hefeweizen and my favorite beer all time. I get it where ever it is available and I am really looking forward to having it when I go to Oktoberfest 2012. The appearance is a dark straw amber color. The smell is very banana/ bread like. The taste is a orgasm in my mouth. The mouth feel makes me want to have another. Overall my favorite beer of all time.

Photo of jwhancher
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shook the bottle to disturb the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Poured into my Victory Sunrise Weissbier glass. Poured vigorously and received a mountain top full of fluffy white foam. Looks like a washing machine discharged some soapy suds. Carbonation level is high.

Smells of clove & banana. Some peppery spice notes. Good aroma notes that seem in harmony together.

Tastes of wheat with some lemon like zest. The yeast character imparts some of the pepper, clove, and banana characteristics. Leaves a bit of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Carbonation level feels lighter than it looks.

A very decent summer beer which seems pretty session-like.

Photo of bonemuse07
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at trivia night at Mullen's in Wheaton, IL.
Day #3 of a "A Beer a Day' summer.

A: Hard to tell in the dingy dark of the bar. Orangeish/yellow. Not too clear. Medium thickness with no head and very little lacing

S: Try as I might, I couldn't really smell anything from this beer. Either it was too neutral or the rest of the bar was interfering-- nothing seemed to fight its way into my nose.

T: Banana, citrus, yeast, ester. Classic hefeweizen taste to me. Not much aftertaste to me.

M: Clean, crisp, very carbonated, but at the same time, a little watery. Expecting more taste throughout the beer.

Overall, I wonder how long it had been since someone last ordered this beer at this establishment, because I remember ole Franzi having a bit more body to it. Still an eminently drinkable beer... just wanted a bit more.

Photo of garuda
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazed straw, thick white head that has good retention, but the lacing leaves a bit to be desired.

S/T - Banana, clove, light spice... its all there and well balanced. I can't help but compare it to the Weihenstephaner, though. Just a tad less bold and defined.

M - Light body, high carbonation, makes an almost air-like creaminess to it. FInishes clean and dry, but just a little too much carbonation for me.

O - Very good hefeweizen, but a bit toned down when compared to the Weihenstephaner. I'd get it again.

Photo of Kelly88
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cock and Bull served in a Franziskaner pilsner style glass.

A- light golden body with a solid bright white head that settles to a thick film on top of the beer. Soapy lacing covers the glass. Hazy and bright, great hefe.

S- coriander stands out with ripe oranges and tangerine in the background.

T- the smells mix together to form an amalgamation of banana and spicy coriander covered wheat grass. No taste overpowers the next and no cloying heavy sweetness in sight.

M- carbonation is a smidge to aggressive. Tumbles around on the tongue and finishes smooth. The initial blast of carbonation hurts the flavor profile and drinkability.

Overall a well done hefe. So what if it's part of the inbev family it's still a great beer that hits the spot on a hot day or a casual sipping adventure.

Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After reading about this beer, it’s pretty obvious I am from Germany! Well, not in this lifetime… but a previous. What’s even creepier than that, my mom’s side of the family has some Sedlmyr in the lineage. I hadn’t heard that name for a LONG time, but it immediately rang a bell. Looks like I am from Germany! Maybe that’s why I like beer so much?

Now I won’t even begin to pronounce most of the names found on this bottle and in the research we did. I can barely speak English, let along German. But let’s just hope the Germans know how to make a good beer. (And what it is it with this gold foil wrapper over the top and the caps of beer? The beer we had last night had that too.)

The beer pours out with a nice head. Looks like a wheat sitting in the glass. Makes sense, since this is a hefe-weisse. But the nose is MUCH more intense than a wheat. There is an immediate sour, fruit-based nose. Then it ends with a hint of spice and a subtle wetness that I often talk about. Let’s see what she tastes like.

The beer is weak on the from of the palate, but expands as it makes it way back. Then you are hit with a hint of carbonation and a filling, pleasant finish. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent, but that’s okay. This beer is light, and with a 5% ABV you can drink three or four of these before you start to feel the alcohol really kick in. This isn’t my favorite beer by any means, but it does give you that feeling that you sitting outside on a hot summer night in the beer garden. Or however those Germans spell it. (Their spelling is MUCH cooler than ours!)

I bet this beer would taste better outside, during a hot summer day.

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

bottle to stein

A: hazy orangey yellow, big bubbling head quickly disolved.

S: bananna, all spice, little citurs, earthy smells.

T: Sweet bananna start makes way for a spicy finish.

M: Creamy, mild carbination and a dry finish.

O: Easy drinking, refreshing hefe. Almost 80 degrees here today(that's hot) and it hits the spot(that rhymes).

Photo of gmf1991
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few bottles at an oktoberfest party last fall and have had a few more since then.

A - Kind of dark golden color, although not as good as your typical hefe-weisse. 2-finger head with outstanding retention.

S - Very distinct citrus scent. Opened the bottle, poured and expected it to have a bitter taste.

T - However I found it to be extremely smooth, and very drinkable on a crisp autumn day. Not an extremely thick drink which I found to be a big +. Definitely tasted the citrus in there.

M - No bitter aftertaste which was a great sign. Goes down smoothly.

O - Light enough to drink a good amount, and no specific taste/smell was overpowering. All blended in very well. Definitely one of my favorite beers now and will drink it every chance I get. I took my first sip of it last fall and had the same look on my face that the guys from 'Beerfest' had when they brewed germany's "greatest beer".

Photo of mocktm
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my La Chouffe Belgian (Just because I bought it at the same time and wanted to use it).

Pours a deep yet hazy straw yellow with plenty of frothy, sticky head. Sediment is apparent as it separates in the glass, spreading its yeasty goodness. Plenty of retention and lacing on the glass. Great!

Aromas of wheat, banana and clove. Slight hints of citrus and floral presence. Typical, but well done Hefe.

Delivers on the nose. A lot of sweet banana, nut and spice. Slight floral hops in the way back. Yeast presence becomes more apparent as it warms, complemented by just a tad bit of lemon.

Medium bodied with a nice creamy consistency. Great session beer.

Overall, a tried and true Bavarian Hefe. Nothing mind shattering, just a very well done classic. Cheers!

Photo of ranger7
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - A cloudy, golden amber color. Large head of bright white that dissipates quickly.

S - Smells fantastic. A little sweet banana, maybe some lemon fruitiness. Some flowers as well.

T - Similar to the smell - some banana notes are here, a little sweet, but not too much.

M - Very smooth. Not much carbonation. Easy to drink.

Summary - A terrific wheat beer. I enjoy the occasional wheat beer, but a Franziskaner is a real treat. Definitely pick up a six-pack if you're a fan of the style.

Photo of Dster
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark gold with a large fluffy white head that peaks out of the top of the glass.
S - Cloves and bannanas. But this beer's smell definately elicits an emotional response. It smells great.
T - Bannanas and cloves but not as yeasty and bready as other bavarian hefes.
M - light and fluffy.
Drinkability - yes. another please! This beer is a reference point for judging other bavarian wheat beers.

Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Paulaner Hefewieszen glass.

Pours a towering off-white head which settles down to moderate lacing. Color is a hazy, pale yellow. Aroma is mind boggling and beguiling, definitely one of the very best smelling beers I've ever had; lots of cloves and some bananas. Mouthfeel is grainy,bready with a mildly sour and bananas finish. This is definitely my favorite Hefe (Paulaner being a fairly close 2nd). This is a joyful drinking experience, blissful, relaxing, Nirvana in a glass.

Photo of SickGnar
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy, mildly dark golden. Just verging dark for style. Large white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not much for lace.

S: Quite fruity and estery with lots of banana of course, but also plentiful apple, some bubble gum, and a hint of herbal lemon. Touch of bready yeast. Background of wheaty / grainy malts with barest edge of sweetness. Rather restrained nose that doesn’t open much as it warms.

T: More expressive on the palate. Quickly opens with the same fruit from the nose. Then the malts push though before fading into the background. Middle is dominated by spicy cloves and tangy lemon. Banana comes back toward the end to linger with cloves, lemon, & faint leafy hops. Yeast notes grow as it warms – both bready and pleasantly earthy.

M: Toward the thin side with VERY ample carbonation. CO2 actually saves it some by making it expansive & mouthfilling – even almost sort of creamy. Doesn’t seem thin in a watery way, just sort of stretched. Verges sort tart, but stays just softly tangy, with a drying finish.

D: A refreshing quencher. Good heft and strength for relaxing through the warmer months. Good for dowsing thirst, but with enough character to pair well with a range of food. This is plenty good, and supposed to be a classic for the style, but it just didn’t knock my socks off.

Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught into a pilsner, served with a slice of orange.

A- Very murky mustard color. Barely translucent, nearly opaque. Consistent without much sediment. Off-white head. Very inviting.

S- Not the most fragrant weißbier. Citrusy bouquet, though that might have just been from the orange wedge. Yeasty with lagery malts hitting the nose.

T- Rich with a lot of citrus. Healthy wheaty back. Fruitier malts than the smell suggested. Not as complex as some other German wheats, but all around nice flavor.

MF- Crisp and light for a weißbier. A bit less body than most.

D- As German wheats go, pretty drinkable. Nice balance of flavors. Goes down very smooth.

Photo of jcw122
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful beer! Had this ON TAP at Biergarten Haus in Washington, DC. I'm blown away. I'm a huge fan of wheat beers, and this has to be one of my all-time favorites, even more so than Sierra Nevada Kellerweis or Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

My impressions of a 1L mug of this beer:
-LOTS of flavor
-I enjoy the hazy look
-Very "drinkable"...the flavor was ample and didn't get old, even towards the end of the 1L

Photo of ChadQuest
2.44/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks good, nice soft golden color, tall cap with lacing, looks desireable.
The aroma and flavors have all the characters of a hefe, but with alot less power and fullness in them. the banana and clove is just weak. bubble gum is stronger then the other flavors which is not good in my book. This is thin and dry and lacks the creamy feel and yeasty texture a hefe should have. All this one does is make me want a Weihestephaner.


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

A: Huge white head with average retention and lots of lacing on top of a pale, cloudy straw body.

S: Big nose of banana and a slight earthy noble hop aroma.

T: Sweet, sour, spicy, and very slightly bready. Very evident banana and yeast flavors. Malt background is a little stronger than expected by the nose. Hops difficult to detect direclty, being just slightly bitter and translating in flavor to something like lemon peel. A very easy drinking but complex flavor.

M: Light bodied and highly carbed

Great go to Hefe for the warmer months.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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