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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,276 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,276
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 107
Gots: 351 | 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 MeisterBurger
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a turbid, tawny golden yellow topped by a moussey, billowy head that dies down and retains magnificently. Drank from an Erdinger hefewiezen glass, each sip reinvigorates the beer into constantly forming and reforming the head so there is always a nice, dense, creamy, bone white cap.

And straight from the hefeweizen reviewing handbook: It smells of cloves, lemon and banana cream pie, with a straw like wheat.

A buttload of banana is accompanied by wheat and some clove, together in perfect harmony, with a little powdery baseball card bubblegum to help hold things together, all with a nice hint of lemon-like acidity in the aftertaste.

Luscious but light bodied with a lively amount of carbonation.

This is a really refreshing, satisfying hefe, focused on banana and fruity esters more so than clove, which puts it pretty high up on my list of favorite hefes. Easily in the top five. Just awesome.

MeisterBurger, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of huxcrunner
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a very good drinkablity, I could drink this beer all the time and not be sick of it. This beer has a very distinct after taste that is very smooth. The first sip has a hint of a little bit of a heavier beer but the after taste is very different then when you first taste this beer.

huxcrunner, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of kcr357
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy coppery color with a moderately thick two finger thick head that fizzed down to a fine lacing.
S-Sweet malt and sulphur, with a light orange and banana scent
T-Wheat, just like a proper hefeweisen. Light on the palate. Sweet
M-Smooth and bubbly, like your neighbors hot wife.
D-Very drinkable for a beer with decent body.

kcr357, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of jiggahertz
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy deep gold with a frothy 2 finger head dissipating slowly. Very little lacing.

S: wheat and yeast are present along with biscuity malts.

T: wheaty up front followed by a banana sweetness. Nice dry finish.

M. High carbonation and medium bodied.

D: very good refreshing beer

jiggahertz, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at a local beer bar. 16 ounces served in an imperial pilsner glass, close enough.

Beer is yellowish orange and has high haze. A thin white head forms of small to medium bubbles and slowly falls away. Not much lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate. It looks like a hefeweizen but I expect more from the head of a beer like this, and higher carbonation.

Aroma is small, slightly soapy, moderate esters / fruity smells, it smells wet, like really clean water.

First off, the drinkability of this beer is off the charts. I could drink this all day. Mouthfeel is moderate body, a little heavier than I expected, some late bitterness and some fruity banana flavors in the mid-palate. OK, there is a slight aftertaste as I finish the beer, this hurts drinkability slightly. There is a tiny bit of sweetness at the front of the mouth. Good palate connectivity. Overall, a decent beer but there could have done a lot more with this platform. A good standby.

drabmuh, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of josefnewsong
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential hefeweizen for me. If you want to know what a true hefe is, drink this beer or some weihenstephan. Yeast and wheat taste with great head retention, smooth mouthfeel, and much drinkability. Very refreshing and very tasty....

josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Faune
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation -500 ml Brown glass bottle with freshness date on bottom of the back label.

A- A nice big fluffy white head. Opaque and golden.

S- Wheat, musty, yeasty,esters and some banana.

T- Bread, wheat, Banana, citrus, honey and a slightly dry pleasant bitter finish.

M- creamy and crisp with lively carbonation.

Bottom line is its a darn good and refreshing beer great for a hot summer day.

Faune, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of mfkr
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy golden color, with a large pure white head that leaves almost none lacing.

S - A typical Hefe smell although rather faintl. Wheat, some banana, citrus and spices.

T - Wheat, banana, citrus and spices (mostly cloves)

M -A little thin with a refreshing feel from the carbonation.

D - Very refreshing, even though it feels a bit thin compared to other Weissbiers.

mfkr, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Weissbier, for me the easiest available choice of the german hefe's, at 1 euro € for 0.5 l. can it's in every supermarket here.

I can tell from experience the bottled version is only a little bit better than the canned.
Not disappointed: this weissbier is not bad at all.

It's hazy yellow with a red glow, a decent head that holds up ok.
Smell and taste are mellow, bready with a citrus and banana underline, and a spicy aftertaste. Nice and complex.
Mouthfeel is light, with a lot of carbonation.

It's very drinkable. A good weissbier usually is a good summer sessionbeer.

RuudJH, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Large bright white head that quickly fades to a generous layer. Pale orange with a slight yellow tint color.

S- Must, yeast and fruitful banana.

T- Very creamy. Lemon and yeast come to mind. Slight tartness/bitterness at the end.

M- Again.. creamy and smooth. Coats the palate nicely. Low/medium carbonation.

D- Overall not impressed compared to other German Hefe's.

Yesac, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a large white head.
The expected banana and wheaty bread instantly recognisable in the aroma, along with oatmeal and just the slightest hint of cloves.
Flavours include white bread, subtle banana and hints of cinnamon.
Body seems slightly watery, but carbonation is good.

CrazyDavros, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz (greenb) bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a bit of a pale straw with a moderate white head that fades quickly, leaving almost no cap at all. Weak.

Nose is surprisingly sweet. Tangy wheat is up front, bit of banana, citrus bite. Not much in the way of clove.

Taste starts off with a nice citrusy wheat bite, a bit of tangy, fresh-baked-bread sweetness towards the finish, like a very mild sourdough. The creamy fullness I expected isn't there at all, either in flavor or mouthfeel, instead this one is noticeably dry and even a bit astringent. There even seems to be a bit of a snappy hop bite towards the finish, not prominent at all, but definitely there, moreso than I find in most German hefes. The hefeweizen character seems muted, giving way to a beer that tastes almost like a hybrid of a hefe and an American wheat. Carbonation a bit sharper and more forward than expected, bigger bubbles.

JohnQVegas, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great hefeweizen!

Nice large foamy head, cloudy straw/golden color.
Smells of wheat and spice, a little banana.
Tastes great! Exactly what I want from a hefeweizen, with tastes of banana and the great sweet/spicy taste from the wheat.

Have bought before and will buy again.

Spineypanda, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a huge, white creamy head... this baby hung around for quite awhile, and eventually dissipated to about 1-finger. Dark yellow and cloudy body.

S: Very nice aroma of wheat, with lots of lemon. Not too strong at all, which is a trap a lot of hefes seem to fall into.

T: Mildly sweet, with light tones of wheat and lemon. Short duration; very easy drinking and refreshing.

M: Creamy texture with a medium body and soft-to-average carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable, very refreshing... an excellent hefeweizen, and a fantastic session beer.

berley31, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of electricfields
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy golden color with a foamy white head that sticks around for a good long time.

S: Banana, clove, and not a whole lot of hops to speak of. Smells delicious.

T: About the same as it smells. A lot of banana, a little bit of clove. The aftertaste is more like bread and butter.

M: Buttery smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation tickles the tongue and adds a little bit of bite to the flavor.

D: This is already one of my favorite beers. I just hadn't gotten around to reviewing it yet. It's got good flavor, isn't too harsh. I'm always down to drink one of these.

electricfields, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of MrDanno96
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow that lets very little light in. About one finger of head and lots of foamy lacing.

S: Feint sweet fruit, citrus, yeast, and a sharp spicy smell i can't quite place - others seems to say clove.

T: Similar to nose: feint sweet fruits (some banana), touches of citrus and Belgian yeast and hops. Flavors is dominated by a sharp spicy flavor, cloves and hops.

M: Light body, not quite as smooth as I would like, but not bad.

D: Once again, not bad. I classic Hefeweizen, but not that best I've had. I would have it again, though. I feel the flavors are just a bit out of balance.

MrDanno96, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of DrewS667
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 12 oz bottle into a Tulip wheat beer glass...

Appearance - Burnt orange to a brownish-yellow body. Steady stream of bubbles rising to the top, pretty decent activity can be seen through the cloudiness of the beer. Head is a nice, frothy white, that leaves about an inch as it is being drunk. However, the head is not nearly as large as other hefeweizens. In the tulip glass the beer looks very pretty.

Smell - Perhaps this beers finest characteristic. Very sweet roasted wheat. Not as much banana and citrus as other wheat beers. Pleasant flowery yeast smells are very present.

Taste - Very smooth. Light citrus notes are there and are cut perfectly by the bitterness of the brew. Lite spice notes, but everything seems very balanced. I get the sense the wheat is what the brewer is trying to highlight Cannot understate the smoothness of this beer.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation gives the beer an almost milky texture. It is slightly watery and some may want a bit more zest from a hefeweizen, but all in all exceptionaly smooth.

Drinkability - Oh yes, another please!

DrewS667, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light creamy head of small, tight bubbles which dissipates with ease, ending in islands across the surface, any lacing glides down the glass sides. The liquid's color is a light orange to yellow, however, it's so cloudy that it can't help but appear deep, traps the light into a strong glow. Banana compote, cinnamon and ginger spices, buttery croissant flakes, spiced oranges and a touch of grapefruit, any wheat or oats highly polished, the malts smooth things out even further. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is fluffy and causes the liquid to fill the mouth with a soft, creamy texture. Banana, cantaloupe, apricot and cherry fruit sweet and sweeter still with clove and allspice accents. The orange citrus tighter, mild sourness. Honeyed bread and yeast, minimal wheat presence. The creaminess lengthens the finish well.

farrago, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Kristing
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass, the beer is light amber in appearance, with a very high degree of cloudiness. All in all it makes for a very fine looking brew.

The bouquet is very fresh with tones of wild apples, as well as of a country garden. This is very much reflected in the taste, and their is a present tone of apples, with a fair degree of sourness. The taste of wheat is also a very dominating feature, rounded off with a citrus finish. Their is little carbonation and barely any bitterness to speak of.

This beer, along with other wheat beers I have previously tasted, are a bit of an acquired taste. Nonetheless, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is a very refreshing and drinkable brew.

Kristing, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, hazy wheat blond color with a big head, good retention.

S - Smells of tangy fruit, sweet dry wheat and some spices. Sort of funky and musky in the nose.

T - This one is a murky wheat with that unfiltered taste. Earthy and taste with some bitterness and mild fruit flavor thrown in. The spices can be tasted and the fruit is mostly in the nose.

M - Heavily carbonated and medium-thick bodied. Thicker body yea but not too heavy to enjoy. Crisp flavors and a sharp combination of them all.

D - This brew is great to drink all year round. If you love unfiltered wheat and yeast to chew on then you'll love Franziskaner. Light enough in nature to have a few.

Notes - This is one of my go-to weissbiers and is good out of the bottle and on tap. Cool to see it properly vaccuum poured into a nice tall wheat glass. Enjoy.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of DarrellK
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Right off the bat the pale cloudy blonde color says Hefe-Weisse.

The head is thicj with tiny bubbles but interestingly leaves little lace.

The nose is quite pronounced with mostly banana with a touch of clove.

Mouthfeel is medium for a weisse and somewhat tingly with the carbonation.

The finsh is clearly clove with banana undertones.

This is a good brew and one that could be used to interduce real weisse to Shocktop drinkers

DarrellK, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big white head atop a hazy darkish straw yellow. Mmm, banana, clove, and a slight hint of vanilla. I've had this beer quite a few times as it's the best German Hefe available in my small town...we fancy ourselves as a bratwurst town. Lots of carbonation giving a creamy feel. Lemony citrus along with that banana and clove. There's also a hint of bubblegum thrown in. I don't get much of the caramel notes that many other reviewers have noted. More of a sweet bread for me. This is a fantastic beer, especially considering the price and easy access...for me.

alkemy, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter bottle into a weizen glass. No bottling date to be found.

Appearance: Big cap of white head sits on top of a hazy yellow body. Body of the beer looks just like honey. Really great head retention, big globs of lacing.

Smell: Overripe bananas and a some cloves.

Taste: Bananas and a little bit of clove. Exactly as it should be. It's nice to have a real hefeweizen after a few American hefe imposters.

BierFan, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of heissebier
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this not knowing what to expect, as this happens to be my very first Hefe-Weisse. As far as bottle design goes, this is one of my personal favorites. The beer belly rubbing monk gracing the bottle makes this beer appear classic and super German.

Appearance- Cloudy, golden and beautiful. Has a nice head.

Smell- Bananas and spices, not too overpowering though.

Taste- Delicious! A sweet and well balanced taste with hints of honey.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, refreshing with good carbonation!

Drinkability- One of my all time favorite beers. Consistently leaves me wanting more!

heissebier, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of xenolithic
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Weizen glass with a fluffy white almost-but-not-quite two finger head with a pale yellow body. The head quickly shrunk to about a quarter of an inch, which is unusual for this particular beer. The head retention problem is more than likely due to my not beer-clean glasses.

The smell of this is everything a hefe should be. Light cloves, a touch of honey. A smattering of crushed ripe bananas, and yeasty bread smells. True to the style, and no one element is overwhelming. The smell is just as good when the beer warms.

The taste is bready, but with a decidedly lemony tang. There is a bit of citrus oil, and finishes with a bit of a spicey note like the burn of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is watery, with a spicy finish that is quenching.

Drinkability on this is superior. It's one of my favorite hefes, and the one I've made several loaves of beer bread with. I've had a problem finding the beer until just recently. Now that I've found a steady supply I'll be more likely to keep it around more.

xenolithic, Oct 09, 2009
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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