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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,326 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,326
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 110
Gots: 381 | 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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A:Deeply cloudy. Golden yellow in color. Heavy head fades into almost nothing very quickly.

S: Chalky. Wheat, honey, tropical fruit.

T: Great wheat! Orange peel, coriander, and clove to a lesser extent. Rich.

M: Heavy viscosity. Excellent.

D: Wonderful. I personally think this is one of the best of this style that I've ever had.

Photo of Lookalive07
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice color with a good taste. This beer goes down very smooth with nice fruity notes and a crisp, refreshing feel. I would definitely recommend this beer to those with a palette that might not be privy to other euro beers with a more bitter taste.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a nice golden color with a decent looking white head on the surface. The aroma is a wonderful bouquet of bananas and clove in the strongest of forms accented slightly by nutmeg and perhaps a tad bit of ginger. The taste is quite fruity with much of the banana flavor hanging around, though that flavor is fairly mild overall. The beer is a little too fizzy for me, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is an exceptional easy beer to drink. I'm glad my parents actually got a good beer compared to the normal Euro-swill that they bring.

Photo of cudmud
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice cloudy orange color that's expected in this style. About one finger of bright white head that produces light lacing.

Smell: Nice odors of banana, cloves, and coriander. However, this sample smells kind of soapy. It's not my glass; nobody cleans their glassware like me,

Taste: Sweet and lemon-like. Reminds me of of meringue. Also, there are plenty of yeast flavors. In all, a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Full and dry.

Drinkability: A fine thirst quenching beer and one that you can drink all night.

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy yellow/amber colour with a very large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - banana/bubblegum, cloves, wheat

Taste & Mouth - The beer has lots of carbonation and it feels very light on the palette. Most of the flavour consists of bananas/bubblegum, cloves and wheat. There are also some notes of breads and grains and some light citrus. It finishes with a clove and banana aftertaste.

Drink - A nice light flavourful beer that would be perfect on a warm day. It reminded me quite a bit of the Schneider Weisse Weizenhell.

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

Poured from bottle into stein...

A: Cloudy and orange with a nice beautiful head, very typical of a Hefe

S: Yeasty and spicy with notes of bananas and clove lingering

T: My taste buds love it. All flavor characteristics are quite prevalent...

M: Medium body and carbonated well with a spicy bite following.

D: Very refreshing and satisfying beverage...

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 07/21/10

Poured from bottle to Franziskaner Hefe glass.

A: Little to no head. Goldn color with standard wheat cloudiness.

S: Banana and yeast with a good backbone of sweet grain. Nice.

T: Banana bread flavor, hint of hoppy resin, good bread baseline. Yummy.

M: Good, thick body with fine carbonation and long fill swallow. High marks here for feel.

D: This is a great weissbier! Suggest to anybody looking to get into German beers. Easily found and easily drunk.

Photo of tealeaf
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite beers.
Coming back from bavaria i found myself almost obsessed with hefe weizens.

and while this is not the best tasting hefeweizen i have ever had it is very good, very drinkable, and very easy to find.

It pours a golden straw color, very cloudy, and very hefe weizen looking.

it has the typical taste of a hefe weizen. a little cloves, a little banana, slightly sweet, very good

it is very drinkable, and is the perfect session beer

Photo of jsdunlop
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy,murky, orange/golden color to it, bit of yeast sediment stuck on the bottom of the bottle, pretty hefty head that forms and reduces to a perfect layering on top of the brew with great lacing on the glass after each sip. This beer has a very unique smell to it, nice and yeasty, a bit sweet, with noticeable aromas of cloves, pears, and bananas. It has a great flavor to it as well, combining a nice malt presence without being overly sweet, bit of a banana and citrus aftertaste on the tongue, slight hop presence that blends well with what seems to be a spice profile of maybe some ginger notes and cloves, while the yeast character heavily shines through with each sip. Carbonation seems to match the beer just right, nice light and smooth body with a creamy texture on the palate. Overall, a highly recommended brew that seems to be readily available across the southeast region.

Photo of birdyone
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance is pretty average for a hefe weisse: yellow with a touch of orange and cloudy.

I love the smell of this beer. Fresh baked bread with a hint of citrus.

Taste can only be described as delicious. Light and crisp, mellow, but still very substantial.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, very dense, very. . . good.

it's a great drinker; not a high ABV so you can drink many, it tastes good so you want to drink a lot of it, not overpowering so it goes well with pub food, a nice dinner or on its own, and it's not way out there in price. Not cheap, but far from expensive.

Photo of Natural510
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at The Phoenix Irish Bar in San Francisco, served in its own glass.

Pours a darker orange-gold color, cloudy and hazy with wheat, topped by a fluffy white head.
Strong banana/orange-citric scent to the nose.
Traditional banana/clove flavor is complemented by a heavy dose of orange, rounded out by a breadedness from the wheat. Overall flavor resembles banana bread with orange rind.
Body and mouthfeel all delicious and in-line with the style.

I admit to having avoided this one in the past due to the InBev connection, but it is very good and right up there with the greats of the style (probably one level below Weihenstephaner & Schneider). Exceedingly drinkable and satisfying.

Photo of Giggy
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 1 PT .9 FL OZ bottle

A: Cloudy, orange with a nice head

S: Yeasty and spicy

T: Very carbonated. Opens the taste buds for a glorious blend of lemmon and cloves

M: Medium body. Carbonated with a spicy bite

D: Very refreshing. If you like Heffewwissens, you will love this one.

Photo of DelMontiac
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a wiessen glass.

A: Nice golden honey allowing enough light through so that you can seen your hand through the glass. Huge snow white 4 finger head that sticks around for 3/4 of the glass and looks like you could bed down in it.

S: Ripe banana everywhere, tart apple, wheat berry, and yeasty doughy bliss.

T: The smeller's the feller here - banana, apple dumpling, yeasty whole wheat dough, and a hint of spice with a slight hop finish.

M: This beer is always perfectly carbonated this lends a great balance to the sticky full body. Love it.

D: A highly drinkable year rounder that has become a regular for me.

Overall: Franziskaner beers are never a let down. As long as the product has been handled properly all the way to the consumer, it's a sure thing. I always think of this beer when someone asks what German styles I like.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: True to form, this beer pours a bright white head that fills an entire hefe/vase glass before "settling" to over 4 fingers. The top of the foam is voluptuous with huge amounts of texture and bubbles of all sizes. The beer is hazy and gloriously golden with lots of active carbonation. The head is settling down now, but not leaving much for lace, and it seems to be going a bit too fast. But overall, this is a very good looking beer. 4.5/5

S: When I opened the bottle, I got an immediate rush of yeasty bananas and spice. Taking a solid whiff of the glass, the spice is stronger, cloves, nutmeg, a little sweet nuttiness. But in the area around the glass, where the aroma is just lingering, I'm getting more bananas. The aromatics are pretty strong, not overpowering, but not subtle at all. A nice level for a hefe I would say. There isn't much to complain about here, but it isn't a WOW sort of smell either. 4/5

T: The flavors are a bit more subdued and softer than the aroma. I still get bananas and spice, but a much softer spiciness, almost more herbal. The flavor also isn't as robust as I might like to see, but it is very refreshing. A balance that must be struck somewhere. Apart from that slight herbalness, which I would attribute to the yeast anyway, I get nothing in the form of hops. The wheat is slightly bready, but overall, the yeast really dominates the flavor profile. 4/5

M: Again, I do like hefe's that are a bit bulkier than this, but this is a nice and refreshing beer, which is really the point I suppose. 4.5/5

D: Highly drinkable. No faults, no off putting aspects. A true classic. I think what I would like it a little more bite in the taste but a fuller mouth feel. 4.5/5

Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden-orange color with a huge foamy head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is floral hops, spices and some fruity notes. Floral hops, spices and banana provide nice balance of flavor. Medium body. Long, fruity finish. Great hefe.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of bread and bananas. The flavor was of bready malt, slight fruit, and very subtle clove. It had a medium feel on the palate with very high carbonation, so much that it actually burned when it was cold. Overall this has always been a go-to brew for me when I can't find anything else. So I can't really say anything bad about this one. It has a good flavor and decent aroma for a Hefe. Just be warned about the massively high carbonation when the brew is first served as it is quite intense.

Photo of UHRedCat
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite hefeweizen. Saw it at a store one day and thought I'd try it. I've loved it ever since.

The appearance is borderline orange/yellow and cloudy. The foam on top is very fine and fades away slowly. The smell has hints of citrus fruit. To me, the taste, like the smell, also seems to have a touch of orange/citrus fruit. Mouthfeel seems smooth. Overall, I'd consider it my favorite beer.

Photo of blackc5
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.9oz bottle:

A - Considerably cloudy and dark straw/amber in color. Massive frothy head that takes minutes to dissipate. Moderate amount of lacing.

S - Mild notes of citrus, wheat and banana. Little clove or yeast noted.

T - A moderately successful version of the style, I found it quite a bit milder in flavor compared to others. Fairly muted banana or clove. Wheat is prominent. Lemony hops overshadow other fruit.

M - Well carbonated, no doubt. Perhaps a bit too much. Firm in body thanks to being unfiltered.

D - Very nice beer overall, but not the best for the style.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow in color with a nice thick white head. No lacing. Smells spicy, with fruits in the background, like apricots. Sweet up front. Cloves in the background. Im reminded of fresh dates as well. Leaves a banana aftertaste. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Washes over the palate with a nice lingering carbonation. Very drinkable. I bought a single pint bottle. I wish i would have bought a couple more. I could session this beer for sure.

Photo of goalie33
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into weizenbier glass.
A: Burned orange in color with 2 fingers of white head. Hazy with a lot of carbonation.
S: Spicy with the slightest hint of banana.
T: Much more banana then the nose would indicate with a lot of spice.
M: Light body. A lot of carbonation.

A refreshing beer but not my favorite hefe.

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

A favorite of mine to grab at an Imbiss with a Bockwurst on a hot day or to drink on a park bench with the nuthatches. Not the best Weizenbier but the most memorable.

To sum it all up, this is a typical Weizenbier of acceptable quality. Cloudy yellow with a foamy white head, yeasty banana on the nose, and a fruity malt and yeast taste with only the slightest hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is loose and slightly creamy, with a crisp and refreshing finish. Great drinkability is the star of this beverage, indulge and be happy! A great example to get to know the style.

Photo of Tripphop
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunate to review this particlar bottle, however i am quite pleased with it. Bought this bottle in a closeout bargain bin at a Safeway about 3 years ago, it has been in a mini fridge ever since, undisturbed. I have tried this beer a number of times fresh as well, and it hasn't changed much.

A vigorous pour brings a huge fluffy head that slowly dissipates. Hazy straw-gold color with tons of carbonation. Surprisingly little sediment and high carbonation for a 3+ yr old bottle. Aromas of banana and orange peel. Tastes of banana and white bread. Finish lingers with tart citrus and crisp wheaty malt. Tasty and reliably to style. A little age doesn't hurt but doesn't help this one.

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

Smells like banana and tin can however not enough...
Colour as you would expect in a Weissen, medium cloudy, beautiful head.
The tase is nicely balanced, however too little maltiness and fermentation character.
Nice body, fair carbonation but less can be more... Nice dryness.

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

Golden opaque with thin head fed by steady unseen carbonation. Smells yeasty and sweety. Interesting well bodied taste with lace that likes to stick around. Good feel, light but punchy. Good well balanced symbol of this type of beer. Flavorfull malty yeasty richness will keep one of these in the fridge. Yum.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice lightly cloudy yellow with an orange glow. Keeps a nice head through the whole way

S- Yeasty with a small hint of lemon, very mild fruit smell (Cherries?)

T- Cold it has a nice light citrusy yeast that is throat coating and creamy. Becomes more fruity as it warms

M- Thick and frothy contrary to the light thin appearance. Nice bit of carbonation. Best part of this bear is the mouthfeel by far

D- An all around good drinker. i see a few more 6 packs of this sitting in the fridge in my future.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,326 ratings.