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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,185
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 101
Gots: 310 | 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 eduardolinhalis
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in my Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

One of my favorites Hefeweizen beers.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-to-beige muddy color with a nice and big fluffy white head. Good retention and some lacings

S: Banana-cloves combination in upfront. Sweet grains, wheat, honey, very bready yeasts

T: Very balanced and smooth taste. This is one of the most balanced Hefeweizen I've ever had. Notes of banana, cloves, wheat, honey, bready yeasts. Slightly sweet upfront and practically no bitterness as expected by the style

M: Light to medium smooth body. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good example of a good and traditional Byernish Hefeweizen: Soft, smooth, low ABV and excellent quality.

eduardolinhalis, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of evilbunnee
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite hefe. Excellent color, a cloudy golden with a small head that stays till the last sip. Clove scents, followed by a bready scent and flavor that goes nicely with the wheat/yeast combo. If you like hefeweissens, you will absolutely love this beer. Go back to the original!

evilbunnee, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been very big on Hefeweizens in the past, but I liked Franziskaner. It was a dark yellowish color. It has good flavor and a good taste. There is a slight aftertaste that almost resembles banana, but that might just be me. I think I need to go back and give Hefeweizens another chance. Franziskaner is a good starting point.

Cubsfan1087, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Josievan
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a nice fluffy head.

Smell: Bigtime wheat aroma, also a little banana.

Taste: Lots of bready wheat malt, slight banana overtone, and mild spicing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A bit heavy on the carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily. Many of these could be consumed before the flavor would become cumbersome.

Notes: This beer was one of the first German hefeweizens that I had, and I was pretty blown away when I first tried it. Well, I don't remember the last time I had it, let alone on tap, and I'm pleased to announce that it remains a great hefeweizen! It's like visiting an old friend! While I personally prefer wheat beers from the bottle (there's less carbonation and more yeast), Franziskaner is great on-tap as well.

Josievan, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best hefe's I've ever had. Brilliant yellow haze and cloud in the pour. Aroma gives a vibrant plume of golden wheat, maybe honey.

Taste, there's a lot of flavor packed into this hefe. Impressive. More of the honey/wheat notes, some kind of hop I'm not accustomed to. It works.

Mouthfeel, again, not to be redundant, but it just feels like a thick, packed hefe. Not thin. Drinkable, but a little pricey, but not compared to the subpar hefe's that gouge you.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark yellow with a good-sized, dense white head that lasts til the end.

Scent of cloves and light banana.

Tastes similar to it smelled but too much wheat for my liking.

Very smooth and good carbonation. Very high carbonation but its level is fitting.

Not a huge fan of the style or the strong wheat flavor of this one, so in my opinion this isn't the most drinkable beer.

pasdachuri, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of likethetaste
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured beautifully. Very cloudy and a nice long lasting head. Had strong citris flavors which is not one of my favorites but it was still good and very drinkable. I would think this would be a great beer with light grilled chicken and seafood.

Not bad just not great.

likethetaste, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Has a deep golden color that is quite cloudy. Has a small head, but it retains well.

Smell: Has a nice banana aroma without being too overpowering. It's sweet smelling and tempting.

Taste: Has a solid wheat backbone with just the right amount of banana flavor. It's not too prominent, and not too obscure. It's just right. Smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The yeast gives this beer a fine body that is far from watery and still smooth.

Drinkability: What can I say? I could drink this beer all day long.

civilizedpsycho, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Maltoftheearth
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark yellow. The way it should look.

S: Clove. Dominate clove. Some fruit and yeast as well. Won't bowl you over.

T: Citrus with banana. Rather yeasty but maintains a crisp refreshing edge.

F/D: Smooth drinker for any day. Very solid Hefe. Great feel and one that will not let you down.

Before trying some of the US mass market "wheat beers" try this guy. In Germany this is the standard. Besides, who doesn't love a fat friar on their beer bottle?

Maltoftheearth, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of NOOGIE
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Medium foam head which disappears to just a little bit of foam left. Hazy classic hefeweizen golden color.

Smell: Lots of smells. The first thing that hits my nose is lots of wheat and barley. Really clean water taste, with a nice blend of yeast and a little hops. Also some weird smells like bananas and cloves.

Taste: The flavor really mixes all the smells really well. The biggest thing that really sticks out is the two different malts, mainly the wheat malt with the barley malts. Also the yeast really comes out in the flavor and also a sweetness that sticks out.

Mouthfeel: Sort of dry, but it works for this beer.

Drinkability: Surprisingly really easy good hefeweizen. Good beer for a try.

NOOGIE, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of tjd112
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - Poured into my Weizen glass

Appearance - Orange, copper, cloudy, lots of white head, but little lacing

Smell - Citrus with a little bit of banana

Taste - Citrus with a little bit of banana, some yeastiness

Mouthfeel - Light and tingly

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - a good wheat beer

tjd112, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of kpoole25
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz, the new design is apparently a green bottle with the name "Weissbier." Poured really cloudy, bright yellow/orange color. Quite a bit of yeast at the bottom. Flavors were fairly typical wheat beer, a bit more bigger/intense than, say, a Widmer, but at the same time not as fresh and bright. Came across a little stale at times.

kpoole25, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured into a 500mL weizen glass.

3 fingers of ivory froth, cloudy dark golden with hints of orange; yeast chunks floating about. great retention, but not a lot of lacing. Aromas of grains, banana, clove, ripe orange citrus and bubblegum. Flavors are similar to aromas, and the heavy carbonation brings out the citric qualities. there is prominent graininess from the malts, and a tad of steel. I don't get much banana or bubblegum until I burp up some residuals. There is more coming out in both aroma and flavor with each swirl of the weizen glass. The banana isn't huge in the flavor, but the clove is most definitely there. A classic example of the style.

washburnkid, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 500ml brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This weizen poured a cloudy pale gold color with a white 3/4" head. The head settled slowly to a solid but thin cap. Minor sticky lace down my glass.

S= Aromas of wheat twang and citrus mixed up with big banana notes. The clove wa there but not overpowering.

T= Very fruity. lots of banana and faint orchard fruits throughout, with a bit of tart citrus and faint sulfur also present. The yeast character was dry and slightly clove-spicy. The wheat malt was tangy and refreshing. Finished slightly tart and dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a very crisp and tingly carbonation feel.

D= This was a very good hefeweizen. I had this in a side by side with Wiehenstephaner and I have to say that was the better beer, but this Franziskaner was still really excellent and easy to drink.

spointon, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall weiss glass, I got a huge, billowy, 3-finger head.
It's a bright, hazy, orange-gold. A very attractive looking hefe that is equally aromatic with clove, coriander, tea, faint banana, and citrus. The taste mirrors the aroma with additional notes of bready yeast and maybe a bit of caramel.

Even though this a bold hefe, its mouthfeel is surprisingly clean to me. Although it feels creamy and smooth at first, it finishes refreshingly crisp. Drinkability was great - I could have easily downed another and that says a lot since hefeweizen is not typically one of my styles of choice.

Overall this is a classic, authentic, and very flavorful hefe. Sure as hell beats the lame hefe's usually found on tap at the 5,000 bullshit irish bars around here in Boston. Adding slices of oranges or lemons to the rim of this one would be insulting.

jbertsch, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of UWagner
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Transluent gold with a thick, foamy head that lasted a few minutes but left little lacing.

S: Hints of citrus and banana.

T: Well balanced and slightly bready with hints of banana, citrus (orange) and clove.

M: Medium body, with the citrus flavors coating the sides of my tongue after the sweet, malty, bready body faded away. Ideally carbonated.

D: Exceeds one of my previous favorites, Paulaner Hefe-weizen. I could put many of these away.

The grading scale understates how much I liked this beer. The appearance and smell, while average, are less important than mouthfeel and drinkability, both of which were excellent. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

UWagner, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from 500ml bottle into Aventinus glass

A: pours cloudy orange yellow, with three finger head. looks like something from a book.
S: wheat, yeast, banana, light clove. floral hops
T: wheat and banana are strong, cloves are very subtle, malt is dry sweet.
M: very smooth, light carbonation
D: easy, glad i got the half liter bottle

rootbeerman, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For awhile, this was my favorite beer. It is readily available and often found on sale for around $7.99 per six pack at the grocery store near me.

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. I think this beer is better served cool rather than ice cold.

A: Cloudy orangish-tan with one finger of head. Floaties at the bottom, with the beer being most cloudy right beneath the surface.

S: Citrus nose with a floral character. Fresh wheat bread and notes of toasted nuts.

T: The watery, smooth body is accompanied well by hints of bananas, fresh lemons and yeast.

D: The little monk on the label holding his belly says it all. This hefe is exceptionally easy to drink. Definitely go for the six pack.

Value: It'd be difficult to find a better hefeweizen for the price, in my opinion.

WeezyBoPeep, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of thedrewski86
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a standard pint glass. Left a nice long-lasting 1/2" white head with minimal lacing. Color was hazy gold, not quite as cloudy as I expected. Oddly enough not much smell, just some toasty yeast and alcohol. Taste is very good: banana, coriander, lots of bread. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy with quite a bit of carbonation. Drinkability was alright. I wish I had another one so that's good! With a beer this heavy it would be difficult to put away too many of them though.

thedrewski86, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't top Weihenstephaner in my opinion, but a good beer. Pours a slightly hazy tan color reminiscent of some pale ales. Moderate white head that fades to wisps on the surface of the beer, was expecting a bit more head/retention. Smells largely of cloves with a bit of bread mixed in. Taste follows suit with some big clove notes, a hint of must, some bready malt, and a very slight metallic twinge. MF is a bit prickly, but light bodied and refreshing. Good drinkability, not my favorite hefe, but a good and readily available one to be sure.

LordAdmNelson, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of danetrain0101
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is a nice dark cloudy golden color with a thick foam head that slowly dissipates. Looks like a real champion beer.

The smell is a nice sweet malt with some orange hints.

This beer has a exceptional taste. Nice and malty with some orange hints.

Great feeling beer. Smooth and refreshing.

I do enjoy drinking this beer. One of my favorites.

danetrain0101, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of TimInPA
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden deep yellow. Good thick foamy head that dissapates in about 3 minutes

S: Beautiful smell of banana and hint of clove.

T: Tasty hint of banana and deeper taste of clove and spice. Fantastic!

M: Carbonated goodness with a great change in taste between the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.

D: I could dink a few of these as it is the best Hefe-Weisse I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

TimInPA, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.5 A: Hazy light orange (plenty of yeast going on here). Big three finger pillowy white head has reasonable retention and the last 1/2 inch sticks around for a long ass time. Very good start.

4.5 S: There's a lot goin on here. Solid wheat backbone, with banana esters and clove being strongest. Nice yeastiness as well.

4.0 T: Again, pleasant banana esters and clove spiciness. Mellow wheat flavor. Again, good yeastiness. Well done again!

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Lots of carbonation, which is correct to style. Light and bubbly. Very nice.

4.0 D: I've been avoiding this beer for a long time since it's pretty ubiquitous. I would rather try something a little more harder to find. I received this bottle as a Christmas gift and was glad that I did because I'd love to have one of these from time to time.

DavoleBomb, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale straw yellow with a bright white head that settles out slowly. Aroma of bready yeast, cloves and lemon.

Flavor fairly matches the aroma - subtle clove and yeast upfront, phenols and doughey wheat notes, some lemon rind and peppery bite in the finish.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Bubbly and tingly finish.

far333, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of HenryH
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a pilsner glass. No "drink by" date visible on the bottle. The color is a pale off-yellow, reminiscent of straw or hay. A ripe bananna smell stood out from the aroma, with more subtle hints of lemon, citrus, and clove. The taste was entirely similar to the smell, and was reasonably satisfying overall, but not as full-bodied as I would have liked. It seemed like the bottle I got was past its prime, and the lack of freshness detracted from its drinkability. I'll bet this is a lot better in Europe. While far from bad, this beer just isn't up to snuff with Weihenstephaner or most other German Hefeweizens that I have tried here in the States, and I doubt that I'd buy it again unless it were really cheap.

HenryH, Dec 30, 2009
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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