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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,056 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,056
Reviews: 1,513
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 95
Gots: 251 | 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 OldYoda


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Picked up in a mixed 6 from Al's of Hampden ( great little jewel of a beer/pizza joint). Poured into a my Dreamweaver glass with a billowing huge head, a very murky yellow gold.

Smell is banana and bubble gum and a hint of pepper. Very inviting.

Taste is excellent.

Mouthfeel is chewy and full, with good carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

Drinkability is fine at this ABV. Although not a great fan of the style I thought this was an outstanding beer.

06-09-2009 02:20:30 | More by OldYoda
Photo of DIM


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

a: This was a murky, orange tinted golden color. It was served to me with a thin, foamy white cap.

s: Plenty of sweet wheat with notes of lemon, banana, and cloves in the backround.

t: Big, chewy wheat flavors along with banana phenols and just a little peppery clove spice.

m: Viscous, chewy body along with long lasting, gently foamy carbonation.

d: A very good hefe that is available at plenty of places that lack good beer menus.

06-08-2009 12:41:55 | More by DIM
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%

Had this beer in bottles and on tap in Zurich, CH. A true classic weiss beer. Pours golden color with a decent head. Crisp, light, with a spice of grain on the back end. Mouthfeel is the benchmark for Helfeweizen beers. Also, this beer is highly drinkable. You can drink this all day on a nice summer afternoon. We would have one of these at lunch and a couple more after a day on the slopes. This is *the* Hefeweizen beer, ladies and gents. If you ever get the chance, this is a shining example of beer done right. No extremes, no gimmicks, just good beer.

06-07-2009 17:17:51 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of jeffjeff1


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

This was a really good beer. It had a lot of citrus.

Appearance- cloudy, dark yellowish color, good size head

Smell- banana aroma with some citrus

Taste- wheaty , lemon very good

Mouthfeel- creamy, very nice

Drinkability- very drinkable, would drink it regularly

06-07-2009 05:39:46 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of tone77


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Poures from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Very cloudy and brown colored with about a 1.5 inch head. This beer is thick in the mouth and bursting with flavor, banana and clove. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste and overall this beer makes for an excellent choice.

06-04-2009 23:32:01 | More by tone77
Photo of BabyBastard

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a golden yellow color, nice one finger head that leaves zero lacing. Very cloudy in appearance. Looks very appetizing.
Reeks of banana and citrus, wheat and some lemon are detectable.
Taste is outrageous bananas, with a back up of wheat and a slightly earthy flavor lurking in the background.
Very light beer, great carbonation that lasts quite awhile.
Good drinkability on this brew, tasting above average and the moderate alcohol make it a wonderful session beer for a nice summer day.

06-01-2009 03:25:12 | More by BabyBastard
Photo of Chelsea1905


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured a hazy orange with a nice large head that disipaited. Upon further inspection, the outside of the glass was a hazy light orange, whil a cylidrical shape of dark orange/brown appeared in the middle of the glass.

Smells of bubblegum wrapped banana. And tastes just the same, but with a nice wheaty backbone that keeps the sweetness in check.

A little heavy on the mouthfeel and a little too sweet to have to many of them, but a great Hefe

05-30-2009 03:30:50 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of FrothyBeverage


3.13/5  rDev -22.9%

This beer had a nice cloudy orange hue. Looks very refreshing. Ocean like lace. The smell is somewhat of a sourdough bready smell. Faint hop aroma as well. Very hoppy and almost pepperminty taste. Leaves a toothpaste aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very refreshing. Definately a decent german beer. Try saying the name of this beer after a couple. Got a free glass with my purchase.

05-30-2009 01:49:21 | More by FrothyBeverage
Photo of Wetpaperbag


4/5  rDev -1.5%

A- The beer is very cloudy and hazy. Its almost as if there is banana puree added in to help create the haze. As for the color, banana yellow with very frothy white head.

S- Banana, clove, honey, bubble gum and an earthy wheat smell.

T- The taste is excellent. The banana taste is sweet, with the clove and bubble gum helping in support. The wheat is crisp and clean.

M- Good mouth feel, not too thick or thin, but just right.

D- Very drinkable.

05-28-2009 23:52:59 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of drcarver


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

This is the classic hefe so almost every other hefe should be graded from here.

A - Murky golden color witha small frothy white head. Decent lacing remains.

S - Bit of banana, citrus, and spice. There is a bit of dough yeast as well.

T - Sour dough flavor hangs in the middle bookmarked by bitter and citrus respectively.

M - Smooth and light bodied with a nice bite of carbonation

The more you have the easier it goes down.

05-28-2009 23:52:00 | More by drcarver
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

1 Pt, .9 Fl. Oz. brown bottle, no bottling date.
Gold foil wrapped cap, similar label as above showing a happy monk raising a pewter mug with one hand, and his other hand rubbing his belly.
Pours extremely cloudy, lots of suspended yeast but no chunks stuck on the bottom of the bottle. Yellowy, golden color, topped with a frothy, white head. Good foam retention, sticky lace. A ton of banana and clove aromas. Smell mirrors the taste with banana, pepper spice and clove. Lemon citrus and wheat malt round out the flavor. Mouthfeel is thin yet quite creamy, crisp carbonation bite. Very nice to enjoy in the heat of summer.
By the end of the bottle I found the banana-sweetness getting overpowering, almost too cloyingly sweet.

05-28-2009 20:34:58 | More by BigBry
Photo of originalsin


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

It pours a chilled deep orange. Quite nice, really. About an 1/8 of an inch of clean white head that laces and retains well.
The smell is a very clean one- full of banana, clove, and wheat as well as some bready notes that balance it out.
The taste is predominantly banana and clove but it manages to finish with some light bready notes that linger nicely and really balance things on the palate.
Another perfect summer brew here with exceptional drinkability and a great mouthfeel.

05-25-2009 21:05:46 | More by originalsin
Photo of ThaBobfather


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a cloudy apple-juice color with thin, glass rimming, bubbly head.
Smells strongly of cloves, rind spice, corander, and wheat.
Very zesty taste with some yeast and fruit rind on the end.
Finish is crisp and refreshing with a lingering corander taste.
Very drinkable and smooth.

05-25-2009 03:19:58 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of david131


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

A- A luminescent, cloudy orange liquid that is very milky looking. The head is thin and white, but always maintains some covering.

S- Some banana, clove, bread, and a touch of citrus. Subdued, but enjoyable.

T- Same as the aroma and again, slightly subdued. All the flavors are well balanced, and it is very clean.

M- Creamy mouthfeel with a slightly spicy aspect due to the carbonation level.

D- A very nice example of the style that would make a great session beer. Not my favorite, but still very enjoyable.

05-21-2009 03:08:02 | More by david131
Photo of Arbitrator


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a finger of off-white head. It has excellent retention and leaves some lacing down the sides.

S: Wheat, banana, cloves, and a little earthy yeast. There may be some bread in there.

T: A sweet banana blend that is peppered by cloves and wheat. Toward the end of the taste it gets slightly earthy and bready.

M: Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a very crisp finish. Doesn't stick to the mouth at all (on the watery side, even).

D: Very high. As far as summer beers go, this is probably my favorite. A great reminder of what a "simple" beer tastes like when done well. I'd have to do a side by side with some other hefeweizens to pinpoint exactly what I don't love about this one.

05-20-2009 03:38:27 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of mjaskula

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Had another bottle of this and had to re-review.

Served in a Guinness glass, the most appropriate thing I had that could hold this larger bottle. Suits it quite well. Pours a cloudy golden color with many hues. The thick soft two finger head thins but sticks around for the whole glass. It looks really great except for the huge chunks of yeast floating around and eventually settling out. Really detracts from an otherwise great looking beer.

Aroma is as expected, yeast, banana, and sweetness. Taste is more of the same, with some malt flavor asserting itself as it warms. Taste is well balanced and easy drinking all the way through. Could drink this one all night.

05-20-2009 01:45:17 | More by mjaskula
Photo of Anthony1


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance - Very cloudy with a variety of colors and brightnesses. Ranges from light amber to a dark gold/orange until evening out. Very thick, white head. My particular bottle had alot of yeast/sediment.

Smell - Creamy smell with hints of clove and bananas.

Taste - smooth and creamy. Medium body with hints of lemon and banana. Good levels of carbonation and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel - Good levels of carbonation and a bit of spice.

05-18-2009 18:10:57 | More by Anthony1
Photo of degerbah


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a couple of fingers of head. Slightly acrid smell. Reminds me of lemons or limes, lots of citrus.

The taste of this is out of this world. Fantastically light and tart. This is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had. This beer has very little aftertaste and if anything reminds me of an esspecially good shandy, or really just a lemonade.

This is the most drinkable beer I've ever had. Wow. There are malt beverages designed to be easy drinkers that aren't close to this drinkable. This will be a staple of my cellar all summer.

05-18-2009 01:09:10 | More by degerbah
Photo of IBUnit63


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

500 ml into a Sunrise glass

Pours a cloudy almost lemonade color with more than ample carbonation. Huge 3-finger head glaciers up quite a bit and slowly dissipates.

Smell is classic hefe - esters of banana, 'Nilla wafer and maybe tinges of orange and lemon peel. Actually a little creamy along with the nice yeast electricity.

As I tend to say, "the collar matches the cuff." To an extent, at least. Excellent yeast profile with nice raw stewy wheat. A little vanilla in there too. This is prototypical banana-bomb hefe. Maybe a little straightforward and creamy but solid. The beautiful bride says "flat..it's not crisp." I gotta give her that. Definitely more creamy and less spritely than the average hefe. It's blasphemy but this is one place where a lemon or orange wedge may actually contribute. Maybe.

It actually gets a little crisper with warmth...towards more of a classic hefeweizen. More wheat electricity emerges in palate feel than in taste. Finish has a little yeast kick.

Maybe it's a little more creamy than the average hefeweizen but it drinks pretty damn cleanly. Price point is similar to Weihenstephaner so I have to put this one a couple spots behind in line but it's a solid, if not groundbreaking, example of the style.

05-17-2009 20:58:49 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of SleepyMonk


3.03/5  rDev -25.4%

Chilled bottle poured into a Franziskaner glass.

Immediate result is a thick and creamy head that shows good retention and promises strong carbonation. The head stays constant at first necessitating several pours to transfer the entire contents of the bottle to the glass, however it gradually fades away quicker and quicker until a thin covering with moderate to little lacing.

Held to the light the hue is a softly opaque amber that resembles the look of autumn maple leaves.

Smell is decidedly heavy with wheat and peppered with malt. Fruit notes are also strong with banana and pears being the most present.

The taste has malt character, those banana and pear notes transfer through to the taste buds. The mouthfeel is crisp on a weak body with a complimentary degree of carbonation. The taste holds with only a small syrup like sensation but quickly moves into a dry alcohol finish.

Good beer but not the best in the Hefe-Weiss category

05-17-2009 09:17:48 | More by SleepyMonk
Photo of aristeros


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

I've had this one before, but from the keg at an Oktoberfest. Let's see if the bottle is just as good.

Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden color, huge head, somewhat cloudy with visible yeast. Carbonation present, but dies down after a moment.

Smells of sweet banana bread, spices, and some malt. Familiar smell; I've detected a bit of it in other Spaten brews before. Very appealing.

That warm banana taste sticks with the head. Sweet and light, very refreshing, perfect for the style. Wheat and malts, maybe a tinge of citrus on the end. Finishes with cloves. Damn fine drinkability would make this a good session beer, although it's a little too light for my taste, it's pretty representative in my limited hefe experience.

05-16-2009 03:58:45 | More by aristeros
Photo of Naugled

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

served from bottle in wheat glass

a: light straw, large white foamy head, very carbonated but drops quickly

s: nice pleasant aroma, both banana and clove are present

t: good balance between banana and clove, but banana does shine a bit brighter, also a little sugary.

m: medium to thin mouthfeel, sharp, very carbonated.

d: very drinkable, and refreshing but an uninteresting hefe

05-15-2009 17:23:12 | More by Naugled
Photo of BMoney575


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Sampled on 5-13-09

Pours a super cloudy bright yellow/gold, with a fantastic white head and tons of bubbles rising to the top. About as good as a lighter-colored beer could look.

Smell is all banana, with a nice, very light malt way in the back. Very light, very summery, and very enjoyable.

Taste is very light, a little malt and a little hops. Not harsh in any way, which is impressive for the lightness. Tons of yeast help the finish become very bready, with a hint of the same banana as in the smell.

Mouthfeel is excellent, super thick and creamy but with a great fizzy kick.

Drinkability is great, I could easily see this as a hot-weather session beer.

Overall, I find myself liking hefes more and more, and this is the best one yet.

05-13-2009 22:16:34 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Whiteweasel


4.1/5  rDev +1%

This was my first Hefeweisse, and I have to say I was very impressed. If you have never had a hefeweisse, this is a very approachable beer, and provides a very enjoyable drinking experience from the first sip to the last.

Appearance: Beautiful. You know what beer sterotypically looks like? This is that beer. The cloudy appearance may throw some off, but it has a nice golden colour and a thick head.

Smell: I'm still new with this, but as an amateur, I would say I can detect strong yeast and wheat scents, with a more subtle, almost banana-like aroma

Taste: Taste is where this beer shines. Delicious. Light and refreshing, yet full of flavour. I can definitely taste the wheat and detect the yeast. This beer begins well, and leaves a great taste in the mouth.

Drinkability: Very easy, and refreshing. Not too high of an alcohol content which is nice when you'd like more than one of these.

Overall, I would highly recommend trying this beer

05-12-2009 07:18:10 | More by Whiteweasel
Photo of magine


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured bottle into a Erdinger Hefe glass.

Pours a golden orange brew with huge chunky off white head and nice sticky lacing that stays throughout until the finish.

Smells of bananas and yeast, some cloves. Very good smell.

Tastes of bananas, yeast - very creamy. Nice mouthfeel very balanced creamy smooth aftertaste. Yeasts primarily are in the aftertaste with the banana backbone.

This brew is one of my favorite beers; refreshing, taste is spot on and you can go through a case in no time. Always a party pleaser for those who enjoy this type of brew. The fact that this brew is priced under $30 for a case and it is so damn good makes it an excellent choice to enjoy throughout the year. A constant in my fridge throughout the year.

05-09-2009 22:20:47 | More by magine
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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