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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,338
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 112
Gots: 392 | 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 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.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apperance - A cloudy golden beer with some sediment at the bottom of the bottle...Frothy head when poured into a glass...

Smell - The first thing that comes to mind when smelled is bananna with a citrusy after-tone...

Taste - Tastes very similar to the way it smells...A bananna smell with a citrusy after-tone...I have had some refer to this as a cidery beer but I think that is the citurs aspect of the beer...Hints of corriander...

Mouthfeel - Smooth and a little heavy in the mouth mostly because it is an unfiltered offering and has a good amount of sediment(I think)...

Drinkability - Lightly carbonated which allows this to go down very easy...An excellent beer for the late spring and summer months...

Overall - Although not my favorite hef I really enjoy this beer everytime I have it and would highly recommend it....

Photo of Schneic8
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange/Golden color that is cloudy. Strong white head that doesn't want to dissipate and is foamy and frothy. Good lacing.

Smell: Sweet smell of fruity and citrus. Appealing aroma.

Taste: I taste banana and citrus. Has a smooth easy taste that makes it good. Flavor is similar to the smell and is very good. The finish is dry making me want to go back for more.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that seems to fit well with the type of beer. Silky and smooth and not very crisp.

Drinkability: I really like Hefeweizen and this one is good. The smooth taste of the beer makes it easy to drink and appealing. The taste is great and I would definitely drink again. I could easily drink more than one.

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

Franziskaner, at home after mowing the lawn one final time for the season.

A-Big head 2 finger...lots of wheat!!!

S-Light breadiness, yeast and a liight grain. The "banana" smell (asi my wife calls it) is always present and pleasant!!

T-Tastes just like it smells. Good wheat, easy bread, and nice yeast flavor along with spice notes of corriandor.

M- Thick and heavy, delightful to the palate.

D This is a good wheat beer with asweome drinkability. If you like Blue Moon....you will love Franziskaner!!!

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Franziskaner Weissbier bottle

A - poured a beautiful light fluffy head - almost like powdery snow on a mountain, different, yet very pleasant. Translucent orange/gold body with substantial carbonation.

S - Smells of bananas, and slightly metallic.

T - Flavours of banana, yeast, citrus (namely lemon) and of course... wheat.

M - Very nice and creamy, the head retention is supurb and adds a great deal of smoothness.

D - Pretty darn tasty, and doesn't seem to be too filling.

Overall, a great hefeweizen. As mentioned by others, a real classic German wheat beer, not the best, yet overall, a great beer.

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

Bottle Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A solid light gold color that has a wheat fog to it. On top is a generous and fluffy white head that stays with the glass. Lacing falls quickly.

Smell: Purely of spicy witbier yeasts. A tad fruity maybe lemons?

Taste: bubble gum once it hits the mid palette, somewhat staw-like but oddly enough that's seems like a good thing. A slight spicy taste that I cannot pin point.

Mouthfeel: Very light, had a little bit of a carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Very very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of bens0n
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It pours a murky gold color with a small amount of white bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

The first smell I pick out is banana then there are some other sweet citrusy undertones, but the banana is the most prevalent.

Again, the banana really sticks out flavor wise. With the amount of carbonation this has, I have a really hard time picking out anything other than the wheat and banana. There is a slight hint of something lemony that lingers on the tongue. It also leaves a pretty dry aftertaste.

This beer is really easy to down and is a very solid hefeweizen, miles better than others that I have tried.

Photo of JayS2629
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, cloudy golden color with 3 finger cloudy head that held retention for a while and left creamy walls of lace.

S- Spicy...clove and lemon. Bubble gum. Slightly banana.

T- Just like it smells. The banana and bubblegum are upfront and the lemon is in the aftertaste. Wheat taste in the middle. Coriander? Faint hint of spice.

M- Creamy and filmy. Pleasant at first which I would describe as creamy. Sticks in mouth too long though. It becomes a filmy taste after drinking it more.

D- Middle of the road. Its light and easy to go down, but the filmy mouthfeel bothers me. Its smooth and I'm glad I experienced it. I wouldn't drink more than one in a row though.

Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a foamy 2-3 finger white head. Excellent head retention. Nice lacing.

Smell: Banana and clove with a hint of lemon. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Banana, clove and lemon up front followed by typical wheat flavors in the middle then finishing with mild phenols. Aftertaste is dry and subdued.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This would be a great summer beer.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is one of the best hefeweizens I've ever had. Definitely recommend this one.

Photo of kellyst
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a pillowy white head that quickly subsides. Aroma of wheat malt and clove. Taste is very pleasant, with lots of banana, wheat malt, and a hint of clove. I occassionally enjoy a banana bomb hefeweizen and when I want one, Franziskaner fits the bill. Drinkability is exceptional and this is a frequent beer for me in warm weather months.

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

Pours a light orange/copper with a bright white, long lasting head. Good lacing as well. Aroma is strong. Wheat, grass, lemon, orange and banana notes are all present. Flavor starts with a nice sweet wheat malt. Lemon and orange zest, clove, grass and a hint of banana flavor follow. A lot going on, but it is very well mixed. Tongue tingling, creamy mouthfeel.

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

500ml bottle with no freshness date.

Typical but good hefeweizen appearance, copper in color and quite turbid with very good head retention.

The nose is light, but fairly nice - signature weizen yeast banana along with a bit of lemony citrus, some peppery spice, a little doughy bread.

The palate is quite thin, almost watery - I generally expect a bigger body on hefeweizens, and this one doesn't deliver. The flavors are decent, however; initially spicy with clove and white pepper, it segues into pleasant apple and banana fruitiness. The finish is quite phenolic, which seems to stick to the roof of the mouth long after the mild finish; it's a bit of a detraction. Pretty good overall, just not top-tier.

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

Picked this up for approx one Euro in Spain. Poured a nice fluffy white 2 inch head that took its time going down. Ended up with some light lacing. It has a nice cloudy light golden hue. The smell is pleasant and fruity with some hints of banana. Taste the yeast and wheat bread and sweetness, ah... Pretty light mouthfeel with plenty of bubbles. I could drink a few of these at a sitting, but one will do fine tonight.

Photo of vandemonian
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse has a cloudy light orange appearance with a good head that lasts a long time and consistent light carbonation. The smell is mostly of yeast with perhaps a hint of citrus - not good. It has that wheaty tang and fades into a nice aftertaste of mild hops. This beer feels great in the mouth and is super drinkable: my bottle disappeared like magic!

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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