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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,100 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,100
Reviews: 1,517
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 98
Gots: 264 | 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 Kromes
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a cloudy golden with a thin line of bubbles for a head. Banana cloves aroma coming off of this. A great tangy banana clove flavor. There is also a citrus tanginess that is present from start to finish. Those are the only flavors I could detect. Almost a little too much tang for my tastes but it is very delicious. The consistency is a little thin and watery, but that makes it a little more drinkable than a heavier beer. Definitely a summer porch beer.

Kromes, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of xxHelderxx
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Nice thick head on this hazy golden beer, which slowly peeled away to a thin film.

The smell on this heffeweizen is amazing. Citrusy notes combine with yeast/banana. It smells fantastic.

The taste is on par with the smell with banana coming through a zesty citrus flavor.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the heavily-carbonated side. Other than that its very enjoyable.

Very drinkable- I could enjoy several of these on a warm day with some friends.

xxHelderxx, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

rich golden with tinges of amber two-finger off-white head that bubbles up and back down pretty quickly, leaving a thin cap of fizz down the glass. lacing is unfortinately minimal.

aroma is spicy with fruit esters and definite yeastiness. lemons, pepper and cloves. a bit of doughiness and citrus. and then more lemon.

sharp and harsh citric acid-citrusy twang up front that fades into a nice yeasty citrusy and spicy palette. cloves, a bit of banana, more lemon.

clean mouth with ample carbonation that works beautifully. A nice astringent bite with some clean drying notes. Body is perfect for the flavors - moderate but still light and airy.

aside from the slightly sharp lemon notes up front, drinkability is definitely high. I could see drinking a few of these easily. on the whole, really enjoyable with some really nice flavors.

djeucalyptus, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

A=Golden and cloudy with one finger of white head after vigorous pour.

S=Fruity, citrus, some wheatiness-yeastiness

T=light, citrusy and yeasty very enjoyable

M=good feel nice carbonation and not thick at all

D=Good, nice and light but flavorful.

jacobseyb, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of skeetermoses
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

Overall this beer was a little sweet but had too much in the way of carbonation. I cannot really imagine a good food to have with this, maybe a nice veggie dinner, or a good salad. not so much in the way of a hearty beef dinner. I could envision using this with a good soup and some bread. not a grand beer, but one I can see drinking again.

skeetermoses, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

A - A cloudy medium amber with a giant pillow of soft, off-white head, that retains well and leaves lots of loose lacing.

S - Not very powerful, but good wheat, lemon, and banana on the nose.

T - Slightly milky, lemony start, flowing into its spicy and fruity banana notes, held together by fresh wheat taste. Finishes clean.

M - Fairly weighty but held up by lots of carbonation.

D - The only thing holding it back from perfect is how filling it is. Otherwise, this is a great session brew.

Overall - Another excellent, traditional hefe. Not as transcendentally amazing as Weihanstephaner, but still a great choice. I'll definitely be buying this one again sometime.

DannyS, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

A: Has a very light yellow color with alittle cloudyness to it nice foamy head with ok laceing.

S: Theres a strong grass like citrus smell to it with a slight sweetness.

T: Very balanced wheat flavor with a citrusy banana finish.

M: Good and smooth not heavy at all good carbanation leaves mouth dry wanting more.

D: This beer is very drinkable and thirst quenching. Could see myself drinking plenty of these on a hot summer day.

yuenglings, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

On tap poured into pint, also served with orange slice, removed from the glass

A: nice hazy golden color, slight head with ok retention. Good bubbling carbonation

S: clean aroma, mainly wheat and banana

T: clean taste, fruit esters from yeast, clean wheat

M&d: good hefe mouthfeel, not as dry as most of this style. Very nice


UDbeernut, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

I was shocked to see that I had not reviewed this bier, as I really like it.
A: A great pour, a hazy golden color that yields a nice head that lasts a long time. A good look.
S: Fruity, but reserved. An inviting smell.
T: A great taste. A taste of fruit-banana, lemony, a good balance. Mild acid, not overpowering. Rich in flavor but not as much as other hefeweizens.
M: Solid.
D: I could have this all day long...

Overall, this is a great hefe and one of my favorites. I stongly recommend this bier and it is a good one to share with your friends who are new to weizens...Prosit.

nocheinsbitte, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Nesued
3.33/5  rDev -18%

Appearance - Pale amber in color, different from what I'm used to seeing with Hefe's. Huge fluffy head forms upon initial pour. Had to watch when I poured this otherwise I would have made a mess. Dies to a thin ring after a few minutes with a small carbonation for support. Slightly hazy.

Smell - Mild aroma, nothing that initially jumps out at you. A bit of banana/ester but not very big. A bit of a fruity nose with the yeast bringing a bit to the party as well. Overall however, I really had to reach for these.

Taste - A bready spice presence with an ample clove taste as well. Not overpowering, just "there". I caramel/malt presence is the main attraction here. A bit of a citrus/lemon taste as well, from the aroma hops. Not an overpowering hop presence (thankfully).

Mouthfeel - I'd say a medium mouthfeel here a bit on the thin side on the finish, but this is a Hefe, not a Barleywine, so keep that in mind. The ample carbonation present in head formation helps with the transport here as well, during the entry and middle periods.

Drinkability - I was a bit put-off by the strong caramel presence in this Hefe, but overall not enough to ignore when offered. A nice drinker.

Nesued, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

This is my go-to beer when I am smoking, it has such an overpowering yeasty/lemony flavor that it gets through, yet it is so light bodied and refreshing, and it is meant to be drunk really cold so it soothes the throat.

As with all wheat beers the trouble is getting too big a head, not to small, and this is a beautiful beer, the head stays as you drink it which is something that I like. The smell is almost entirely from that funky banana/clovey yeasty smell. The taste is the same for such a light bodied brew it has some serious flavor, lots of banana, yeast, and clove. Mouthfeel is very light which is to be expected. If it were not from the protein from the yeast this could practically be chugged, yet with all the delicate flavors that is hardly the correct way to treat it.

If you are looking for a hefeweisse with flavor this is the easiest one to find, I don't have much experience with other beers in this style however this is a great beer and with summer coming up this is the time to be drinking it.

cheapxceptbeer, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of mcampanella
3.45/5  rDev -15%

April 10th 2009

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Review

Bottle into clear glass

Appearance - Deep straw-golden color of the beer. Opaque, cloudy in glass. There is an excessively large head produced from normal pouring, this bothers me greatly; in its defense, the head is inviting and frothy.

Smell - Relatively strong, relatively enticing. Hints of citrus and hops.

Taste - Don't like the taste initially, but it grows on me. Peculiar taste, a bit unexpected. Light body, great carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Again, great carbonation. Really excites the tastebuds!!!

Drinkability - Didn't like it initially, but it grows on me.

mcampanella, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Spiri7
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Given its minor flaws, I really enjoyed this beer.

A - I like its deep, golden, opaque color. It's luring and mysterious.

S - I did not detect anything special in the nose. Fortunately, I didn't detect anything unpleasant either. This hefe did give off a nice, sweet wheat note.

T - I can say, for certain, that I was able to pick up on the hints of banana amidst all of the other wonderful flavors. Nice bread-like flavors came through, along with lively citrus notes.

M - This beer, although filling and unfiltered, was quite refreshing. I would probably consider it medium-full bodied.

D - This is very drinkable. Perfect for a warm afternoon on the deck. Great for those who enjoy something on the sweeter side, and good for those who are looking for something different...

Spiri7, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours golden with massive head. Billowing clouds of head. Nice bits of banana coming through the nostrils as I inhale. Tastes delicious, bits of fruits, some bread, slight hop bitterness. Extremely well balanced. Great mouthfeel makes this one to kick back often.

youngblood, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Shows a cloudy golden orange with a 2-finger white head that stuck around for a while. smell was yeasty and doughy, slight citrus notes. Taste was a little light, fairly sweet and mellow, bready almost. Very smooth, easy to drink beer, I can have these all day. Not the most intense Weisse by any stretch, just a very solid, easy to drink beer. I remember having this in a bottle about a year ago and it was little more full, and tons of particles clouding it made for a better and tastier experience overall. Get this in a bottle if you can, but definitely worth trying.

stingrayvr6, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Had this on tap at the Cock & Bull in Glendale, Ohio.
A: Bright, golden, straw-like color. Average size head which disappeared quickly.
S: Lots of lemony-citrus notes up front. A bit of banana seeps through as well. Additionally, I'm picking up some sweet bread like scent.
T: Very impressive. I love Hefeies and some how this one has eluded me. The wheat is balanced perfectly by the malts and lemon. Mild alcohol flavor brings this all together.
M: Just a bit of carbonation aids this brew in its effort to go down smooth.
D: Hello session. Very refreshing, not too sweet, not too heavy. I will be having another. Sorry I waited so long to have the first.

Infamous7100, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of saradad
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a glass, even a gentle pour forms a white fluffy head over a hazy, very carbonated golden body. The smell is cloves and yeasty dough, no apparent hops present. The taste is light cloves and cinnamon roll, the good chewy ones, with a clove and banana-like finish. Not dry, and the mouthfeel is full but not heavy. Very drinkable, a real thirst quencher that almost has me looking forward to mowing the grass again this summer. Almost.

saradad, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of MS2k
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with 2+ fingers of foamy head that has nice retention.

S: Touches of banana, citrus, hops, and some sweet spices that make it very appealing.

T: Both fruity and wheaty at first, but soon gives way to a lightly dry and bitter-sweet aftertaste. Almost like a yeasty white wine.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing. Very easy to swallow.

D: Its levity and carbonation make it go down like a soda with far richer flavor. An enjoyable drink, particularly in springtime, that makes it easy to reach for another.

MS2k, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of bsend
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner style glass.

The beer poured a cloudy yellow to golden color. There was nice two finger plus head on the top of the beer. The cloudy beer let plenty of light through.

The aroma on this one was interesting. There was notes of spice, and citrus. Very pleasant.

The taste on this one was surprising. I saw it come in the standard green glass bottle that Beck's and St. Pauli Girl come in. I was expecting a weak entry in the taste department. I was wrong. There was plenty of spice added to the beer, but it had a very light finish. Excellent mix on this one.

The mouthfeel was good. Pushing the beer around the mouth, you get all type of spice to it. Light body.

This beer has great drinkability. Its definitely a good session beer especially if you are looking for something different.

Final Thoughts - I was surprised by this one. I saw the positive reviews on here, and decided to try it out. Definitely a recommended brew. Great flavor, great drinkability and a very affordable price. Cheers!

bsend, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Newmerator
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Golden yellow, solid white head. good retention, beautiful lace as well

S - Lemon's, spices. almost a hint of some type of orange. little hop scent as well.

T - A tasty hefe weisse. citrus. lemon grass.

M - Light, smooth. crisp. Great beer for the spring/summer.

D - This is a great session beer. Great drinkability and not too potent. Easily have a few pints at lunch and go back to work!

Newmerator, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of cameraready
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Pours a bright golden cloudy color. Nice tan head.

S: Citrus with hints of hops and spices.

T: Clean taste with hints of citrus.

MF: Crisp with plenty of carbonation, light body.

D: Very drinkable hefe-Weisse.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a hefe glass.

cameraready, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Going back to 1363, Franziskaner is one of Munich's oldest privately owned breweries; but today, they're currently owned by Spaten/InBev. Regardless of their affiliation, this is some old-school Weissbier. They also brew a Dunkel (dark) version, but we'll be tasting the Hell (bright).

Pours extremely cloudy--as per the style--with sunny hues ranging from amber to dark orange, topped with a frothy foam head that rests to a respectful lacing. Banana esters and phenolic clove-like aromas pique interest and entice the palate. Super-creamy, with a crisp edge of carbonation and a light, but firm body. Some lemony citrus strikes from the moderate hopping, just enough, and it works well with the carbonation. Distinct "wheaty" flavor and feel. Light banana and a dashing of powdery clove add depth. Soft caramel and bready notes beneath, with a hint of hop leaf toward the drying finish.

If the estery and phenolic style of Weissbiers is your thing, this is truly a classic among the style--well balanced and extremely drinkable. No lemon required.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of jsp2
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick head of snow white foam, and bubbles cling to the glass. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle. A thing of beauty.

Aroma of cloves, banana, toasted wheat, and perhaps something fruity like an apple or berry. A little bit of sweetness like honey.

A little carbonation followed by banana bread with a very crisp, mild finish. A bit of caramel and plenty of toasted wheat is present which gives rich body and mouthfeel. Light and quenching enough to make a great session beer.

Great example of this style that is well balanced, delicious, quenching. A bit more reserved with the various flavors than some other examples as far as the spices but very well polished.

jsp2, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy golden. Couple fingers of fluffy head.

Aroma is classic hefe: banana and cloves. Peppery spice and bubble gum.

Taste follows the nose, although the flavor is lighter than the aroma. Dry finish. Very refreshing. High carbonation, tons of tiny bubbles tingling the tongue. Light body, super easy to drink.

Gyle41386, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

How about starting on the pettiest note and give the thumbs down on the green bottle. After that the beer is very good and quite representative of the style. It pours a slightly hazy orangy golden color with a slightly creamy, slighty thin foamy white head, that retains a bit and laces slightly. The nose is the candied clove you would come to expect with the style, perhaps a bit of apple or pear, and a touch of that bubble gum sweetness also part of the package. The nose is very good.

The taste is quite seltzery and spritzy, there are some lemon and orangy citrus notes, there are definite clove and banana flavors in there, but overall this is not a particularly sweet hefe weizen beer. It is a touch prickly, a touch lemony, very refreshing, but not overly pronounced in any one direction. The lightness of the wheat does come through in terms of consistency. The beer lacks a bit of punch. This is a very good hefe, but not the best out there. If I wanted a German hefe, I would go for Ayinger over this one.

albern, Mar 22, 2009
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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