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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,376 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,376
Reviews: 1,541
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 119
Gots: 429 | 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 gdrydenc
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Tavern in the Square in Allston, MA.

A - Pours a gorgeous light amber with 2 fingers of thick, white foam with big bubbles.

S - Banana is the forefront. No hop character to speak of.

T - Banana again, but also hints of... mint? That's a little odd, but I like it. Maybe it's clover? Excellent hef!

M - Large bubbles, lots of carbonation, wonderfully clean finish.

Overall, awesome hefeweizen. I love this beer.

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

This 500mL brown bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. If I'm reading the bottling code correctly, this was packaged on December 15, 2010. Elegant gold foil covers the cap. The label is a Norman Rockwell-esque painting of a jolly monk getting his drink on. I can get down with that. I popped the cap and poured the beer into a weizen glass.

The pour manifests an insane head that burns up in a blaze of bubbles. Once it settled I had four fluffy fingers on top of the beer. Head retention is really good. Lacing isn't really existent but not really missed. The beer is deeply gold-tinted and appropriately hazy (there is very little translucence). Carbonation can be seen through the glass. A small amount of chunky sediment sinks to the bottom of the glass where it doesn't interfere with the pleasant visual aesthetic that is this glass of beer.

This is an aromatic hefeweizen. I could smell it as soon as the cap came off; that's almost always a good sign. Phenols are strong in the nose. The usual suspects are accounted for: clove, banana, stale bubble gum. It's yeasty but not doughy, and contains a mild alcohol presence.

The taste is true to style, though perhaps a bit more aggressive that I'm used to in a weizen. This is not a complaint. Bubble gum is very forward on the tongue. It's reminding me of the days of chewing Bazooka Joe in the dugout at my little league games. That is how forward and literal the flavor is. Banana taffy is not far behind. At this point the flavor goes a little thin before picking back up with a nice wheaty bite and a soft yeasty character. The finish is clean. Alcohol is hidden. It is not what I would call a properly balanced hefeweizen, but it is both interesting and delicious.

I'm surprised by how substantial this beer feels in the mouth. It's pleasantly medium bodied, though it is perhaps the heaviest hefeweizen I've had in my mouth. Carbonation is surprisingly low but the bubbles that are present keep the strong flavors dancing on the tongue. What a treat.

Overall, this beer is very accessible, even for a style known for being one of the most drinkable around. The flavors are forward, literal and delicious. The feel is nice. The aroma is strong and pleasant. For an imported beer this was very reasonably priced. The alcohol is listed as 5% ABV, which is very approachable. This is just a fun beer.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Gebe ich zwei Schlitz für Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse.

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

A: Cloudy, yellow, almost orange color. Great head, poured in a large tulip, long time to dissapate. Some lacing, lots of carbonation.

S:Great aromas, cloves, lemon, not a lot of banana for me.

T: I love the taste, alot of flavors going on, very complex. I get cloves and citrus, banana came out more as it warm up a bit.

M: Good body, very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, I was surprised how much I liked it, for only a couple of bucks, its a great beer. Its much better than any American wheat that I've had.

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

Appearance: Golden straw color, hazy, good creamy head that goes down to a small layer and stays.

Smell: I get mostly bananas, with some wheat in there, along with hints of hops

Taste: More bananas, wheat, hints of cloves, hops, and citrus

Mouthfeel: Creamy velvety smooth, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent for a commonly available Hefeweizen, at a good price, but there are better ones out there. It does session well. Probably a very good intro to the style if you have never had it.

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

A: Poured a hazy golden/yellow color with a huge foamy white head. It foamed all the way to the top of my glass before I had even finished pouring it all out. Some lacing, but it leaves as quickly as it forms almost.

A: Cloves, banana, some spice, a little bit of wheat. A hint of lemon rind as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, the spices are a little more pronounced with some cloves and nutmeg. Some bubblegum to go along with the banana and lemon.

M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. I know the style is not supposed to be heavy, but I thought this one was a bit thin.

O: A good Hefe, but not out of this world. A solid bet.

Photo of Bachledk
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
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
2.61/5  rDev -35.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
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
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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