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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,259 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,259
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 106
Gots: 338 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 hoppyhampy
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Incidentally the bottle is brown, not green. I'm not sure when Franziskaner made this switch for their 12oz. bottles. Just an observation. No freshness info. Two inches of lumpy head forms and slowly dissipates. Color is a cloudy golden yellow with ample carbonation. The nose is classic banana-clove. I love the smell of a good Bavarian wheat beer. Well carbonated mouthfeel accentuates the lighter body of the beer. Definitely a good session beer. The sweet banana and coriander flavors on the palate are very mellow, not overpowering. This is a beer built to session. All the right attributes are there and are perfectly balanced. Paulaner is still a favorite of mine but I would choose a 12er of Franziskaner to bring to a party first.

hoppyhampy, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Cloudy golden-amber color with the classic huge hefeweizen head that dissipates quickly and leaves the occasional spot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aromas of pale and wheat malt, fruity esters, a little bit of lemon, a small hint of banana and hops.

Taste: Lemon seems to be the predominant flavor here, supported by a light wheat malt flavor. A touch of banana and clove toward the back, and finishes very clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium and crisp with active carbonation.

Drinkability: It's palatable and refreshing, but doesn't knock my socks off.

Final Notes: This beer was alright. Not exactly what I want in a hefeweizen; I was hoping for a bit more banana and a little less lemon. That said it's ok and it's refreshing for a hot day.

bagpiper2005, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of denflyr
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Does there get to be any more of a classic Hefe than this? I will keep trying to find it, but this is good beer for sure!

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle with a slightly hazy yellow/golden color with about a 1/4" head persisting.

Smell is of bananas as previously noted. Almost more of an unripened one, but very nice nonetheless. Some spices are present as well....but I can't tell exactly which ones.

Taste is very nice with a slightly off dry banana pudding flavor with a creamy spiciness there as well. The taste persists for about 30 seconds. Also as previously noted the beer gets better as it warms.

Mouthfelel is good as well. Slight carbonation with very small bubbles that is nice on the palate.

Drinkability is EXTREME!! This is such a nice beer and even better on a hot (101 degrees right now) Houston afternoon!

denflyr, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 500 mL bottle (no date) poured into a rastel Hefeweissen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-yellow color with a persistent 1/4" off-white head. Lines of lacing here and there, although they would slowly move back down the glass into the top foam rather than stick around.

Smell: Bananas mostly - a hint of something else musty in there, but bananas are the main smell.

Taste: This one needs to warm up just a bit before is really starts to get good. It's good when cold, but the flavors are more robust and richer as the beer warms up. There is a banana flavor, but it is combined with cloves and a sweet grain flavor. It's a classic hefeweissen flavor, but it's much more robust than what I've had elsewhere.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation to cleanse the palate with the perfect amount of thickness and ease to go down quickly.

Drinkability: Oh yes I could drink another of these in one sitting. Very good with a meal (corn on the cob and marinated beef strips) and it is quite good by itself. To my surprise, this beer, even with 5% ABV, always goes straight to my head. I do notice it by the time the first glass is done, and yet I'm still salivating for another. It's an outstanding and tasty beer.

damndirtyape, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Loot
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- poured into a 12 oz mug...pours a hazy yellow...thick 3 fingers of head. Looks delicious!

s- first whiff, was banana esters, lemon, yeasty, citrus. The lemon keeps coming back.

t- a citrus complex flavor, lots of fruit notes, lemon mostly, still balanced. It has a biscuity, cereal quality about it as well.
finishes clean, with a slight bitterness. Delicious.

m-tingly, on the tongue, plenty of carbination. Chewy and rounded.

d- a light pillowy beer in the mouth, heavier in the stomach. I think this is also to do with the carbination level of the beer. It's filling, but the taste and feel of the beer keep you coming back. Refreshing..

Loot, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of alysmith4
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Didn't think I'd find a beer in this style that I like better than Hoegaarden ('though I suppose that's a White, not a Hefe), but this one really does it for me. I've been in a beer rut lately, and decided to take a chance on this one when I went to Whole Foods today.

It pours a very coudy, almost brown, but orange/yellowish body, with a nice, think 1" head. The smell is of citrus, pine, banana, wheat, and spice. The taste is just about the same, with a nice refreshing finish. It seems a bit more carbonated than most beers of this style (wasn't sure if that's good or bad, so I gave it an 'average' in the rating), but all around - it's highly drinkable and I'd recommend it.

alysmith4, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of bluesfan1181
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, no freshness date, poured into a 23 oz. weizen glass.

A - The color is a orange, golden color and it pours a big 4 finger head that sticks around for about 4 minutes. Yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. No lacing on this weiss beer.

S - Has a fragrance of banana, cloves, spiciness and citrus lemon notes. A little hop scent detected too.

T - The flavors are fresh with banana and hops on the front palate. Bubblegum and citrus on the back. Not overpowering but, still bubbly.

M - Good carbonation but, not too strong. Just right enough to let you know it's there and, to cause a big head.

D - This is a smooth weiss beer that is great on a hot summer evening. I could drink this anytime of the year.

Not the best weiss beer in the world but, better than anything outside Germany. Probably in the top 3. Very affordable too. $1.99 for a 500 ml at my beverage store.

bluesfan1181, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a murky, caramel brown with a large, fluffy white head.

Smell: Smells of citrus and sweet malt.

Taste: Citrus abounds on the initial taste, and is followed by a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, little carbonation.

Drinkability: The abundant citrus and spicy notes in this beer simply dont sit too well with me. I also would prefer that it were a little more bitter. I had no problem finishing this bottle, however I don't really want another.

darkmartin, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a wizen glass.

This beer has passed me by so many times and I can't believe how good it is. Truly a session hefeweizen. Pours a beautiful golden amber orange color with a nice hazy tone that clouds the glass. Smells very pretty. Has a big lemon and coriander aroma with some herbal basil and even some brown sugar on the nose. Perfect. Very faint banana peel too. Taste is very very nice. Great to see an authentic German hefe have such balance. Really restrained banana peel, lemon acidity and a creamy balance to the intense carbonation. Mouthfeel is also perfect as it has a creamy feel to it and doesn't has that over astrigenty dry feeling after each sip. This is going to be a staple in my fridge from now on. Really one of my favorite German hefe.

Augustiner719, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of phideltashaggy
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow-orange color. Large head that soon disipated.

S-Slightly citrusy, with a hint of spice.

T-Citrus taste is very prominent but not overwhelming in the least. The spice adds much to the overall taste of the beer.

MF-Much more carbonated than expected, which isn't great but not bad at all.

D-The carbonation might be a bit much when combined with the spicy flavor. Besides that, the sediment is pleasent on the tongue.

Overall-One of the first brews to get me into the craft-brew scene. For that reason, and for the amazing taste, this is and will be among my favorite beers of all time.

phideltashaggy, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle before I went home for the night. Love the monk on the label hailing back to medieval monks brewing great beer.

A: Poured with a thick white head that disappeared quite quickly. The beer is a cloudy amber color giving it "hefe" name or yeasty. Leaves zero lace and is very bubbly.

S:Smells malty and citrusy. Overall pretty clean.

T: Tart! It is sweet and sour at the same time. Very lemony which is offset by a banana bread with berries malt taste. Complex and interesting. Should be served at 55 degrees Fahrenheit (better warmer than cold).

M:Thick and chewy, its a heavy beer. Very airy and the carbonation prickles the tongue. Drying at the back of the palate. Overall thirst quenching.

D: I would have about three of these before I would get full. It is very drinkable but it is a treat not a standard bearer if you want to get trashed.

bigrzman, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of hreb
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold 12oz bottle served in a half liter Weizen glass. Poured to capture some, but not all, of the yeasty sediment in the bottle. Beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a tall white foamy head. Loads of bubbles rush towards the surface. Beautiful wheat-clove aroma.

After the immediate sharpness of the heavy dose of carbonation, the floral clove yeasty tones come out. The body of the beer is wheaty and just light enough to be refreshing but not bland. There's a tempered element of German hops to balance it all out and leaves the mouth a little dry. Finally, a citrus note complements the wheat fantastically. Although I'm sampling the beer naked, a twist of lemon (zest, not squozen juice) is a fine and traditional accompaniment.

Overall: a great example of a great style. My go-to beer for German Hefeweizen.

hreb, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of tykees88
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap Gersthaus Evansville.

A- almost no head, dark straw gold little lacing

S- Very lemony, more than a normal hefe, but it's good, some clove

T- Overwhelmingly lemon and I didn't get any banana or clove here, instead a stronger bitter finish than a normal hefe

M- Very light bodied, thin beer.

D- Tasted really good, highly drinkable, not perfect for the style, but still extremely tasty.

tykees88, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of 828beagle
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. A nice inviting golden orange, rather cloudy with an initial clumpy 2 finger head which quickly dissipates to 1/8 of an inch. Fruity citrus smell with hints of oranges, peaches, and bananas. Very little bite to the first taste, sweet citrus and light continuous carbonation throughout. Easy going down, pleasant aftertaste. Not heavy on the stomach. You could easily consume more than a sixer if you were so inclined. Relatively easy to find and not overpriced. A year-round brew for all occasions. Definitely one of my favorites.

828beagle, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Into a weizen glass, it poured a hazy bright yellow, with less than a finger of white head, little retention, and average lacing. Not overly carbonated. Big bubblegum in the nose, as well as banana, lemon/lime, and clove. The taste was just as pronounced as the nose, also revealing hints of green apple and biscuit, and a crisp finish. Not as thin as you would expect, and very smooth, with modest carbonation. Great specimen of a good hefeweizen.

donniecuffs, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours hazy orange into my weizen glass with a gigantic frothy white head that lingers for five minutes, leaving thick sheets of white lacing on the sides as it recedes. The aroma displays prominent banana and clove notes, with a slight bubblegum character. I also detect a trace of citrus, perhaps orange, and there's a general yeastiness. The flavor is slightly sweet banana with a little spicy clove and an increased bubblegum character. The malt is somewhat grainy, with a little citrus. The finish is dry and long lasting. Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is dry. A nice and refreshing hefeweizen on a day like this.

HopHead84, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Mjoepp
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Muddy golden colour. Huge white foam, small bubbles which dissapear quickly.

S: Little yeasty. Smells like a wheatdough. Little bit of lime, coriander and banana sweets. Not as much as other weizenbeers I've tested,

T: Refreshing, more of the coriander and banana sweets. Aftertaste is bitter lime.

O: A good hefe-weizen but have both tried better and worse.

Mjoepp, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Blanco
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a large head that only holds for a few minutes. By the end of the beer, the head is almost entirely gone and there is pretty much no lacing. Smells of yeast and spices and wheat. Taste is very mellow and very smooth. Wheat taste is less pronounced than the smell and there is a nice fruity sweetness and comes through along with the spices and slight bubblegum notes. It's a little flat on the tongue, with almost no carbonation whatsoever. Slightly thicker, but no syrupy or anything like that. Overall it's very drinkable and a typical Hefeweizen, nice flavor. Very solid beer even if slightly generic. I'd probably use this beer to introduce someone to the style.

Blanco, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mcdevster
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner is a consistently good german hefeweizen that represents the style pretty well.
the smell is maybe my favorite aspect of this beer .. ripe banana comes to mind.. light clove/spice.. the banana is the more distinctive component.. the taste is very nice.. a little less sweet than i anticipated from the smell.. a little more dry.. but very good easy body that builds to a nice mild banana sweet finish.. This is a typical hefeweizen flavor, maybe a little spice but not too much just a pleasant light beer.. not the best but very good.

mcdevster, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of cmaloy
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is MY BEER of choice. I don't know what else to say about this beer, except, go try it. THE BEST! I use this Hefe to compare all other Hefes.

Pours a cloudy yellow. Large foamy white head that stays up like it was on Viagra.

Smelled of yeast, malt, wheat, BANANA.

Taste like the nose with extra emphasis on banana and fresh bread. Very thirst quenching and satisfying.

Mouthfeel --- like butter that coats your mouth. Creamy.


cmaloy, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color. Large foamy white head did not dissipate very fast at all and left some decent lacing.

Smelled of yeast, malt, wheat, banana, oranges, and spices. Quite nice to the nose.

Taste is not far off from the nose, with fruits (notably oranges) and banana, spices, a faint taste of cloves, and plenty of yeast and malts. Quite a nice hefe without a doubt.

For the style, and for any beer at all, this hefe has an excellent mouthfeel. Thick and rich, smooth and creamy, moderately carbonated and slick on the tongue like honey.

Drinkability is high, given the quite affordable price. I will certainly have this one again.

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a very cloudy orange/amber color with a huge white frothy head that recedes rather slowly into a thin layer that stays for the remainder of the session.

The nose is mainly wheat malt, with some mildly fruity aromas as well. The banana and clove is more muted than in other examples of the style. There is also a slight hint of spices mixed in.

Much like the nose the flavor is somewhat understated. Wheat malt dominates the palate while subtle flavors of banana, clove, and lemon lend themselves to the overall traditional hefe flavor profile. Medium bodied and well carbonated, this beer is very drinkable and is a great example of the style.

CBlack85, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. The beer was served a hazy dark yellow with a lasting off white head. The aroma is sweet fruit and bubblegum. The taste is sweet fruit with slight banana and bubblegum. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This is just about textbook for the style, one I would certainly have again when I want a Hefeweizen.

atsprings, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of ehudbarniv
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Bavarian brewed hefe-weissbier is one of my personal favorites and a excellent example of how hefe-weizen should be done, in my opinion.
After discoverring this this great beer when I was ing Germany, I was very happy to see that they've recently imported the brand to Israel as well. When I've noticed a small wine&liquer store at the local market sells those too, I bought as many bottles as I could fit in my fridge. and now to the point at hand:
I've had this beer in several serving types before, but as I had a few bottles in the past few days, I'll relate to those...
when poured the right way, this beer makes a perfect foam-head. I must note that in general, I've noticed that hefe-weizens are quite pouring sensitive. I mean that one must really pay attention to the way he or she pours this beer, if one wishes to get a nice stable foam-head, not to mention getting that perfect weissbier texture that I personally really like.
so I poured it from a 0,5l bottle to a 0,5l typical German beer mug. I got the desired foam-head of 1.5 inches I was aiming for, and when I saw that velvety texture of the foam, I new I was going to have a great time drinking this one :-)
As I know the right way to pour weissbier, I also found no undesired residue when I've finished drinking it.
The carbonization was just perfect, resulting in nice strings of bubbles, moving slowly upwards to sustain the foam.
I must note that a very nice thing about this beer is that you don't get an unpleasant contrast between the taste of the beer and that of the foam. the foam taste was very subtle, and complamented the beer just as I expected...
The taste itself was an excellent example to just the right taste that I look for in hefe-weizen.
The beer texture was in a way silky smooth, combined with that sparkling fresh beer feel.
The taste itself didn't try to hide the taste of that beer's ingredients - a good thing considerring the high quality of ingredients they must have used to make it.
A hint of that barley taste, obviously complamenting that main taste of wheat,
The yeast taste was emphasized just to the desired extent, giving the beer some aromas that may remind one the taste of bananas, or even a bit of a california-nut aroma in my opinion.
The combination of emphasizing the wheat taste and the yeast taste, gave it a back aroma that reminded me of freshly baked bread, right when you get it out of the oven.
But putting asside these vivid images, the main taste was simply that unmistakable hefe-weizen taste, that no matter how deep you try to get into the metaphores, you'd never quite capture just the right one. Or in a nutshell - one must simply aquire wide ranged hefe-weized drinking experience to be able to propperly get it, and doing so in Germany, the land of the weissbier, is obviously most recommended.
To those who like typical pale ales, I guess this one, like any other good hefe-weizen, may be rather disappointing, as well as to those who prefer the Irish stouts. But as this is a hefe-weizen, I'm aiming my review to those who either like this specific type of beer, or haven't yet tasted it and are interested in doing so.
To sum things up:
As I believe beer brewing is far from being a competitive sport, These will never be a single beer that I'd ever point at as the single best one. However, I have yet to encountered a beer that I can clearly put on a higher level that the Franziskaner hefe-weissbier. This means that together with a selected few, I put this one in my hall of fame of ultimate beers.
So I've have a really hard time grading this beer. I put 4.5 in some categories and 5 in others. The 5's where in the places where I think even in heaven one shouldn't expect more out of any beer (smell for instance, which is virtually flawless in my opinion).
The 4.5's however, are not to imply by any means that I've ever tasted a beer that is better than this one in this parameter, but merely to suggest that it is still theoretically possible.
*Please note again that as weissbier is my preferable style of beer, people who also share that preferance with me are likely to agree with my review, but people who prefer other types of beer, may not necessarily share my enthusiasm to such great extent... But nevertheless, I'd warmly recommend anyone to try this beer.

ehudbarniv, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of bogus564
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt .9 fl oz poured into a tall weizen glass.

Cloudy golden orange in color. Produces a large head that holds for quite some time. Impressive.

A good smell indicates that there's a good bit going on. I'm hit first by spice, then grass, then a nice orange note. Imaginative brewing at work - nicely done.

First drink - this is nice and smooth. Not overpowered by anything, but there's a good mixture going on. There's a fair amount of carbonation, and the spice mixes nicely with the orange taste. There's just a hint of sweetness from the malt, which comes off as raisin-like. Yummy.

Good drinking beer - you don't regret that you had it, and you wouldn't mind having another or two.

I'm going to grab some pizza to have with my next one.

bogus564, Jul 07, 2010
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,259 ratings.