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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,941 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,941
Reviews: 1,505
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 86
Gots: 194 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of tconboy


3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another decent product from Franziskaner. This is sort of a typical hefe, a nice orange wheat creamy bubbly brew that's nice, especially fresh. The light fruity balance and complexity really make this a nice brew, and of course they are found absolutely everywhere in Munich. When there, I prefer to look for something different, but if nothing else is available, this isn't bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 19:25:05 | More by tconboy
Photo of pandashaver

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrus, yeasty, bread, orange, banana, cream and butter Appearance: frothy white foam 2 finger head with excellent lacing; golden, cloudy orange throughout Flavor: medium sweetness Palate:light body, thin feel, average carbonation, pronounced yeast finish Overall, this is a solid, refreshing beer that I would I be happy drinking on most any occasion. Had it several times, and it must be poured correctly with full head for proper enjoyment or the experience is severely hindered.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 20:24:38 | More by pandashaver
Photo of deapokid


4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Being that this is one of the beers I consume most frequently, it'll be fun to deconstruct the qualities of this delightful German Hefeweizen.

It pours with light foam as a thin, orangey liquid carrying little sediment and much carbonation. Its aroma bursts with banana and orange esters, producing a sweet smell not unlike that of a soft drink or fruit punch.

Its flavor is quintessential hefeweizen, packing a light, refreshing taste that tickles that the back of throat with its carbonation (which is very present but not overpowering), leaving behind a lemony flavor on the back of the tongue. It beautifully rolls off of the palate and is reminiscent of sorbet in its tones.

This is an amazing session beer and one of my personal favorites to consume with a meal or in large quantities on the weekend or at a cookout.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:21:35 | More by deapokid
Photo of LordFinley


3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours unfiltered opaque golden color. Head is an offwhite eggshell color, with large bubbles that dissipate to small bubbles rimming the surface of the beer.

S - Fruit and grain smells mix to a dark sweet smell. Hints of bannana and oats.

M - Sharp corbonated texture tickles your tounge.

T - After the carbonation clears your throught it finishes with a mellow dessert taste.

D - Carbonation makes this beer somewhat difficult to guzzle down. It's asking for the respect it deserves.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 23:44:26 | More by LordFinley
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber with a pile of fluffy white head which leaves rather quickly.
S - Very yeasty with a slightly fruity nose of green grapes and green apples.
T - Tastes quite strongly of fruit and yeast. Tastes of pears, green apples, and banana last long into the aftertaste. Quite a good Weißbier.
M - Medium bodied, quite effervescent, but the yeast builds in the throat.
D - Really quite refreshing, even when warm.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 12:19:13 | More by Quej
Photo of HalfFull


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

This Hefe pours a deep and hazy lemony orange/golden in color, and offers a half inch of white head. Retention is short but a surface cap keeps for the whole glass throwing off temporary lacing.

Smells of wheat and some citrus with faint notes of banana. Nice but not too inspiring. A definite yeast character is there as well, at times reminiscent of a light Tripel, particularly if poured gently and without the yeasty bottom. Nose improves with some warming, becoming quite good.

Taste carries forward with the wheat and citrus yet is again a bit mundane and shows an obvious sweetness when compared to other German Hefe's. Offers a decent feel but is rather highly carbonated thus confusing the finish a bit. Decent drinkability with a moderate body and malt structure.

This beer wasn't overly cold when poured but continued to improve with a bit more warming, up to 60 or so I would estimate. Seems to offer an artificial sense to its sweetness. An excellent value for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 06:59:43 | More by HalfFull
Photo of cpn920

New York

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

Poured a murky golden color with a big billowing off white head. Smelled of banana and clove and of course some wheat. Tasted like bubblegum which transitioned to clove and banana. Has lively carbonation that goes down smoothly. Medium bodied. High drinkability especially on a hot summer day...very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 20:33:12 | More by cpn920
Photo of joeysmokedporter


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

Served from a 500 mL bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: pours gold with hint of orange; cloudy with roused yeast. 2 finger head that sticks around and laces.

S: banana, clove, tart wheat, musty yeast aroma.

T: clove flavors are notable with muted banana. Hint of lemon combined with a tart flavor that is predominant; the tartness seems to be a mix of wheat and yeast.

M: effervescent and light, spritzy; nice combination with the flavors.

D: a refreshing drinker, not the freshest or most interesting of flavors among a weissbier but perhaps this one was aged, being an import.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 13:41:56 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of cagocubs


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cider color with rapid dissapating white head

S: First impression was a strong banana scent followed by citrus and spice

T: Tasted of citurs, wheat, and spice - strong taste of clove. A sweet taste that ends with some bitterness from hops.

M: Great carbonation with a smooth and crisp finish

D: Very drinkable on a warm day or for the hefeweisse fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 05:49:26 | More by cagocubs
Photo of kevd193213

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 oz draught sample at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI. Cloudy golden pour with a medium white head. Aroma of ripe bananas, lemongrass and faints ginger spices. Taste of yeast, bread and bananas. Full but not overpowering finish. Great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 01:02:27 | More by kevd193213
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy light orange color with a huge head. Not much lacing at all.

S - Yeasty and sweet with banana, citrus, and a slight scent of hops.

T - Tastes like it smells with the addition of some clove and cinnamon. Finishes dry with a touch of hop bitterness. Nice balance to the sweetness.

M - Lots of carbonation with a thick mouthfeel. Coats the mouth and leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste.

D - I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this beer is drinkable enough. Overall it's fairly light and I could drink a few on a warm afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 04:05:43 | More by gabe23
Photo of CityBoy1986


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle

Pours a hazy yellow with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is grain, citrus and a hint of bubblegum. The taste starts with the bubblegum, then the wheat and includes a nice bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; if I had more than one in the house, I would drink another.

A few months ago, when I was just getting into good beer, I hated this one. However, now that I understand styles are different I see it as a good example of a hefe. It's not my favourite beer or style, but it might be nice every three or four months.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 19:28:30 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of beerman21


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

poured into a rather large hefeweizen glass. The appearence of the is brew is most impressive. The head is a creamy inch half cloud. Most beer reveiws of this beer say it disipates to a thin lace. Mine however held up well throughout consumption.

The color orange hue and burnt yellow kind of multicolored shown through light. The smell dried bananas and cloves. Typical for most hefe's.

Flavor more of the same kind of a metallic aftertaste cloves and bananas come through with some yeasty aftertones. carbonation Fizzy; tingles as it goes down tickles the tounge not suprised with it being bottled conditioned.

overall its a pretty good beer and i would by this again. Not the best hefeweizen i've had but good.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 00:30:31 | More by beerman21
Photo of Spidey13


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hefe pours a cloudy straw color with lots of bubbles coming up to a large, pillowy white head. The nose has lots of banana, cloves, and yeast.

The taste has more banana and cloves with just a bit of a hop pop at the end. Quick finish. Mouthfeel is slick with lots of carbonation.

Overall, your standard hefeweizen. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 03:13:46 | More by Spidey13
Photo of AtlasBrew


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

I got this beer in a six pack of German beers that I created at a "pick-your-own-singles" store in Delaware. I made a German beer six-pack.

12oz bottle, green (not my favorite bottle color), poured into a 20oz pub glass (got it from the Northern Brewer website, it has a tapered mouth.)

C - A nice Orange/Gold color, cloudy with a huge amount of head and great head retention. I pour down the middle after the first quarter of the bottle of beer is in the glass to release more aromas. Just my thing.

A - Grainy, earthy, and banana aromas.

T - Sweet and earthy, banana and fruity flavors with a medium mouth feel. Not much bitterness here, it leaves a sweet flavor in the back of your mouth. Most importantly is that it tastes distinctively German.

O - I like it. I would love to sit in a beer garden in Germany on a warm summer's day and knock back a few of these while eating a giant Bavarian style soft pretzel

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 08:13:07 | More by AtlasBrew
Photo of theghost3


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

Poured a cloudy light orange with a 2 finger yellowish white head, which dissapates quickly. Almost no lacing. The aroma is faint yeast and banana, earthy. Taste is yeast with a bit of citrusy hops, perhaps bubble gum and marshmallow. Mouthfeel is chewy; nice carbonation. This is a drinkable brew, very good representation of a hefe.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 04:01:31 | More by theghost3
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

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

A- pours a cloudy golden color with a nice white foamy head.

S- sweet, fruity, yeasty.

T- a slightly fruity bubble gum and wheat. A little yeasty, clovey and mild hops.

M- A good dose of carbonation and medium bodied.

D- I wouldn't mind knocking back a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 19:41:47 | More by JayNH
Photo of smedley


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

A - Light orange, cloudy. Produced about a half inch of white head which stuck nicely to the side of my glass as it disapated.

S - Bananas, wheat malt. Not an overwhelming nose on this, but still aromatic and nice.

T - Cloves, citrus, banana, wheat, malt. Not at all hoppy.

M - Medium body, medium cabonation

D - Good drinkability. I could put a few of these away real quick on a hot summer afternoon. A lemon or orange wedge would be a refreshing addition, but I don't have either handy. The second one was better than the first.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:54:10 | More by smedley
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was poored from the bottle in a way I'd never seen before, bartender took the bottle turned it completely upside down in the glass and let a massive head develop that never quite went away, huge white pillow atop a pale cloudy yellow brew
smell was a bit masked due to the head all i picked up was grainy wheat notes
taste was sweet with banana notes with a hint of clove in the after taste
mouthfeel was light but not thin
drinkable as most hefeweizens are in my opinion but this ranks pretty high up there for me

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 06:31:22 | More by sliverX
Photo of hoplover82


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

It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a medium white head that leaves quickly with little to no lace.

Aromas of earthy hops, mild clove and bananna bread yeast esthers, along with some tart, green apples and green raisins, and a little hayish, clean barn-like wheat aromas. Very complex and amazing, yet very mild at the same time.

Flavors of mild banannas and cloves. Very balanced in that area. Strong wheat and bready yeast and earthy/citrus hops. I also get the tart green apples as well in the flavor.

Light bodied, extemely smooth, crisp and refreshing finish with vibrant carbonation.

EXTREMELY, INCREDABLY Drinkable! Overall, This is one of the standards for German Hefe's. Hands down.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 19:51:34 | More by hoplover82
Photo of magictrokini


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

Simply the best hefeweizen I've ever had. Pours cloudy yet bright gold, with lots of carbonation, and a billowy white head. Sweet, flowing banana and clove aroma, crunchy wheat, and fresh grass. The taste is wheaty, and very sweet, almost like a trippel. Lots of yeast esters in this one. Banana and clove abound. Crisp finish. A near-perfect hefe.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 18:09:01 | More by magictrokini
Photo of 1fastz28


4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a really beautiful orange color with a big fluffy white head, has a lot of carbonation, its just exploding with bubbles.

smell is really fantastic, has a wonderful spiciness to it, smells more like a belgian wit, but still amazing aroma

taste is just as good, has a fantastic taste, a perfect balance of yeast spiceness and malt/hops

mouthfeel is good, as is drinkability, a really superb hefe.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 04:33:14 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of biggred1


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

Cloudy, turbid blonde with a nice fat soapy head that leaves mild lace on the glass. Smells of lemons, cloves and bananas. Taste is nice and tart with a sweet banana bread spice to mellow it out. Light and smooth on the palate with a fine carbonation, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 22:51:42 | More by biggred1
Photo of TommyW


3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, golden-orange. Large, white head that slowly fades to a decent ring.

S- Smell is a little weak. It's dominated by yeastiness, but there are some notes of banana and citrus.

T- Overall, the taste is a little tart and dry. The taste starts off with citrus. Then, banana and a slight peach come in. There is a lingering zestiness on the finish.

M- Crisp and kinda dry. There is a slight silkiness in the middle, but this cuts out fairly fast.

D- The clean and crisp nature of this beer make it very drinkable

Overall, I have to say this is definetly not my favorite weizen. It's a little on the dry side for my tastes; worth trying once.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 17:53:48 | More by TommyW
Photo of thespaceman


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light gold in color, fermented particles look pretty cool on the bottom of the glass. Decent head, light in the lacing.

Smell: Banana, peaches, and some citrus hops are very prevalent in the nose. Hops are fruity yet balanced and are pleasing to the nostrils.

Taste: To sum this taste up, just think of freshly prepared banana cream pie! Me and my boss's eyes lit up upon our first sip. Not really any hop bitterness whatsoever, or overly strong hop flavor, just a perfect balance of fruitiness that's not overbarring.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, but a nice light body that goes down exceptionally smooth. Creamy in a way, yet light enough to please anyones palate.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, I can actually go for another and I'm pissed this was the last one I could grab. A perfect mix of fruit flavor without a overbarring hoppy experience. VERY RECOMMENDED!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 00:15:48 | More by thespaceman
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