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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,438 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,438
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 127
Gots: 500 | 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 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.

Photo of bobhits
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

How have I not had this yet?

Franziskaner Lefe_Weisse

Pours a huge white creamy head. This is going to take a while to finish pouring. Forest of bubbles explode from the bottom of this beer. Though hard to see them through far more yeast and protein than expected.

Bananas and cloves as expected, but stronger is a sour aroma. What is happening here?

Cloves, bananas, touch of vanilla, and a light touch of sour to even the sweetness out. This beer is rather light in flavor and a touch lacking in some of the better qualities of a great wheat beer.

The mouth is really where this beer falls apart for me. All this head, bubbles, etc and it still comes off as thin and watery.

This is better than any American wheat beer, but it doesn’t stand up next to some of the better Germans. Still pretty good stuff on a hot summer day.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not amazing by hefeweizen standards, but still very nice. The lemon in the glass detracts from the foam and lacing. A brighter hefeweizen for sure. Nice yeast in the glass.

Smell: Very fresh citrus and bubblegum with faint hints of banana and very faint hints of cloves.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bubblegum really comes out after a few sips. The lemon cuts through this sweetness, though most of the lemon comes from the actually fruit in the beer and not fruit brewed with the beer. Not terribly thick, but very yeasty. This seems to neutralize the banana a bit, though I'm surprised the cloves don't come through more. Very good overall.

Drinkability: Very accessible.

Overall: I would definitely try this again.

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

Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention. Color is a hazed burnt golden orange. A little dark for a hefe.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, oranges, and an earthy profile. It is yeasty as well. Smells like a hefe.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, but it is a bit fruiter and has a bubble gum flavor. Yeast, bananas, cloves, and orange peel all show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a solid hefe that drinks nice. Great on a sunny day. Not much else to say.

Photo of chriskq
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This was a great looking beer. When poured into a a glass, it was a bright, yellow orange color. About a 3/4'' head.
S- Got a huge whiff of apple and herbs. Coriander was most likely the one I was looking for.
T- Above average hefe. Huge undertones of banana and apple. Also hints of clove that really stand out in this beer. Due to the strength of some of the fruity flavors, I only drank one and was ready to move on to something else.
M- Light and tangy. Easy to drink.

O- A nice, fruity springtime beer. Not so sure I would go out and grab the six pack, but i'm glad I tried it.

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

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- a hard pour yields a massive four fingers of bright white head that holds above the glass for a bit then settles slowly to leave about and inch thick cap. Hazy sunset orange yellow in color. Good looking stuff.

S- nice and simple with a clean wheat sweetness, touches of banana, an underlying hint of spice and lemon zest.

T- crisp slightly sweet wheat and a bit of lemon peel. Some bananas and hint of clove but not much like some wheat beer. Amazingly clean finish

M- a tad less then medium in body and a bit more in carb. Its just right for the style.

O- this is a classic hefe and one I haven't had in a long time. I'm glad I did. So easy to drink and very enjoyable. Ahh wheat beers in the spring time so nice.

Photo of azdback
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy yellow orange color. Very carbonated. Head took off and I am waiting for it to calm down so I can pour the rest of the bottle. While I'm waiting I might as well tell you that the head is just a hint darker than bright white. Soapy looking on the side but a bit like ocean foam on top.

Smell is as I expected, musty, week old, soggy bread. I try to give better descriptors to these styles of beer but that's all I can come up with. There is a very sour smell I can't put my finger on. Maybe after the taste.

Taste is... wow.... not too bad. It is sweet and fruity. I have to think hard to figure out what kind of fruit. Maybe grapes or raisins. Just a hint of citrus. Aftertaste is sour bitter.

Mouth is light and refreshing. I am grading a Wheat so I must score accordingly. A bit watery but for the style I think it stands up. Like I said in the taste, a bit of a sour after taste which translates in the mouth as having a bit of a dry finish.

Overall I was pretty impressed with this this. I will never drink this style (or this beer) on a regular basis and this beer did not change my beer loving pallet, but I must admit that this wasn't a bad brew. Easy drinking (mouth not taste) summer session beer. I have to thank Skip for this sample.

Photo of NickRivers
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a hazy gold with a huge fluffy white head. The whole thing smells of clover with apples and banano's. I love that comment of a manifested lemon scent as the beer warms.

T&M - Light and crisp, very well carbonated, very welcoming and refreshing, beautiful citrus wheat flavors enlightened by a plethora of spices. Excellent use of all ingredients throughout. Balance at its finest.

O - An amazing beer. Not being a fan of the style I really loved this one.

I'm still shocked by this one, as I mentioned I am not a fan of this style, I do not like the aftertaste of wheat in beer but this brew was outstanding. Super crisp and refreshing, great for all occasions, all weather, its one of those hidden gems your gonna recommend to all yours friends and family. I'm not quite experienced on the spice notes found in Hef's, but I love the way they complimented the wheat in this beer. The way everything flows together was amazing. Not much else to say, I found this at my local Vons and had been overlooking it for a while, I hope you don't make the same mistake I made. Go out and buy it, share it with all your buddies. Stay thirsty my friends!

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