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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,439 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,439
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 127
Gots: 500 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of vandemonian
3.42/5  rDev -16%
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!

Photo of rand
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to weizen glass

Pours a completely opaque yellow-orange with lots of carbonation, forming a frothy, sudsy head. Lots of sticky lacing. The Bavarian yeast is noticable from the moment you pop the cap, and especially prevelant as the aromas travel up the weizen glass.

Dank hops, banana esters and clove are easily distinguishable in the front of the sip. Light cinnamon and holiday spice are noted. A creamy, grainy overtone ties the flavors together. Very nicely balanced. Finishes surprisingly dry and clean.

The carbonation and creamy mouthfeel really won me over. Traditional weizen ale can sometimes have sweet and sticky feel to them, but the carbonation cleanly washes any residue.

This beer is eminently drinkable. Right now a lot of brew pubs and bars are celebrating Oktoberfest, so this is everywhere. No complaints here.

Photo of josiahschlender
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Haven't gotten around to reviewing many German beers, though I like them. Here's a quick review of the Franziskaner Hefe.

Big head on a light, hazy golden body. Foam fades pretty quick, but a good looking beer.

I love the yeasty, bready, light-fruity smell. Banana bread, spices, bread dough. The best part of the beer for me.

Tasty malts with yeast notes dominate the flavors. Bread dough, dried bananas, with a subtle-yet-there bit of hop bittering at the very end. Very complex, mellows and fills out with some warmth.

Pretty full-bodied and smooth carbonation. Very long finish keeps the intriguing flavors swirling around. Good fit for the beer.

Very enjoyable, but not terribly easy to find, relatively expensive, and not a super versatile match with food drag my drinkability score down, but I'll definitely enjoy this one again.

Photo of boss302
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Franziskaner, bottle. Had in Germany and it tastes a lot like those I've had in the states. Travels well.

A Big head typical of wheats. 4.5

S Bready, yeasty and a little grainy. 4

T Tastes just like it smells. Good wheat, bready, and yeasty flavor. 4

M Thick and heavy with great mouthfeel 4.5

D This is a good wheat beer. I could have several of these in a row. quite nice and very drinkable. 4

Photo of Lillenk
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Very nice looking beer retained a good head and looked great in the glass.

Smell was amazing. Lots of bananas and some spicy notes. Very nice.

Taste was average. Not really my favorite although I'm not usually a huge fan of this style.

Mouthfeel was good but not really very drinkable to me. I certainly wouldn't have more than 1.

Photo of tchenery
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks amazing in a hefe glass. Huge, billowy, alive bright white head sitting on top fo a hazy (swirled the glass) orange color.

Also huge is the banana aroma coming off the head. Smells delicious. There is a slight spice note but it's mostly banana bread aroma. It smells clean.

The traditional coriander trait definitely comes through on the taste. It's very well balanced with the yeasty banana though. It's a very full tasting beer but each aspect of it is in very good balance with the others.

I'm extremely pleased with this hefe. Sometimes this style tastes a bit watered out or bland. This is a prime example of style and is full of all the aspects that make it great.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Banana very assertive on the nose, a bit like rice pudding. Mouth slightly spicy but far from the Belgian models because the entrance is very sweet and gives a very easy drinking brew. No real bitterness in the finish but there is an aftertaste a bit metallic. It can be found quite watery and lacking flavor but few hints of yellow fruits such as banana or pineapple or mango, gives a touch fruity pleasant enough. A little flat too.

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

Appears as a foamy caramel liquid, helluvalotta head - pour with caution. Minus the white flat top, it could pass for apple cider.

Smells fruity - orange peel and some sort of berry I cannot pinpoint.

Smells similar to its taste, which is mostly aftertaste - strong caramel and orange peel.

Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected from the appearance and smell. Very smooth.

I can only drink one of these at a time, but I won't hold it against it.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly clear appearance for a hefeweizen, this beer is an orange color. The head is very bubbly and recedes rather quickly, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is of banana, clove, wheat, alcohol - what one would / should expect from the style, though not as mouth-wateringly tempting as I have enjoyed. The beer tastes very good, and is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is decent, but has room for improvement. The feel is similar to a soda in some regards - very fizzy and highly carbonated, making for a slightly harsh finish. There is a subtle note of alcohol in the finish. Overall, this is a good beer, and worth a try. In my opinion, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier still sits comfortably in first place, and I would always choose it first when in the mood for a hefeweizen.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle properly poured into an Ayinger Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy golden-brown with a huge foamy head that doesn't budge. A quick, steady stream of tiny bubbles constantly rises to the top of the glass. The head leaves patchy, foamy lacing.

S: strong banana aroma, clove, and other spices. Maybe even a little touch of a Belgian-like funk in there too.

T: Clove hits first, then a very prominent banana taste takes over. Hints of cinnamon pull through at times. Yeast, wheat, and some bready and cracker-like malt flavors come out in the semi-dry finish.

M: Light to medium with a high level of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, nice fluffy wheaty mouthfeel.

D: Good. This is a very easy beer to drink.

Notes: Pretty good hefeweizen, though not as complex as some of the better ones I've had. I felt that the yeast took over this beer a but too much, even for a hefeweizen. Malt flavors seemed subdued, and hops were nowhere to be found. Not sure if this is just me or if the freshness had anything to do with it. It is almost impossible for me to get these beers fresh here. I would really like to see this on tap at a reputable beer bar so I could review it again.

Photo of dasenebler
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L bottle, Germany.

Pours a cloudy straw color, on the lighter side for a Hefe. Decent head, some lacing.

Aroma is of ripe bananas and confectioner's sugar, along with some nice bready, yeasty and phenolic action.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma, except with a resounding note of clove and spice. Bready, and not as clean as some Hefeweizen. Slightly sugary and sweet for the style, but good. Nice fluffy mouthfeel is aided by persistent, effervescent carbonation. Quite easy to drink and not as filling as some Hefes.

This is one of the classics. Recommended.

Photo of RRoeb1123
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled with a buddy at Flood's Bar, in Stroudsburg, PA.

Appearance: WOW this beer has a huge head on it! Started out at 5 fingers, and in about a minute or so was down to 2 fingers. The head has a wonderful texture. Beer is a nice golden yellow, and nice and cloudy. There isn't too much lacing, but that head sure hangs around till you finish the beer!

Smell: Wheat comes through very nicely, along with some citrus, spice and... banana? I distinctly got notes of banana, which I found quite curious. The yeast is also there, but balances in nicely with the other notes.

Taste: A bit of sweetness, with distinct notes of citrus within the beer, with a bit of an overlay of spices, including vanilla. Very pleasant. A nice dry finish longs for another sip.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty nice, and has a wonderful silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Goes down very nicely, and very very pleasant to drink.

Overall: I would certainly drink this again. What a great beer!

Photo of kojevergas
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 20th, 2010. Pours a FIVE FINGER head that slowly falls to about two fingers over the course of a minute and a half. A cloudy orange-gold that is far from transparent. Head is fairly thick. This beer invites its owner to take a sip.

Smell: A creamy scent of a multitude of flavours: maybe some vanilla, cleanly prepared barley, and other sweet smelling flavours me broken nose has trouble identifying.

Taste: A creamy opening followed by many notes and a clean, crisp finish. A remarkable balance in the body. Very well built. As a weissbeer, this is a great success. Among the best I've tried, but I'm just plunging in.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and brilliant. It gives way to the finish just at the right moment, with a bit of dry feel. You're refreshed by the body but want another sip off the dry finish. Very well done. Bravo.

Drinkability: I'll have another very soon. Very drinkable and very good. May be a bit too smooth for weiss beer lovers, but even as a devout stout advocate, I find this beer to be truly excellent and I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

Photo of bmwats
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard weizen.

A: Deep rich yellow hue, cloudy, with pretty full carbonation. Pours a giant 3+ finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly leaving peaks and craters as it does. Once the head settles, no real lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is heavy yeast, wheat, lemon and orange citrus, with just a bit of either clove or oregano.

T: Fruity, light citrus, wheaty goodness. Interesting combination of wheat and an orange.

M: Light body, very refreshing. The flavor kind of explodes into your mouth without leaving much of anything in terms of an aftertaste. Just slightly sweet wheaty goodness, then (sadly) gone.

D: The body and refreshing qualities of this brew make it a pleasure to consume.

Atmosphere is great. Dark, solid, rich yellow golden hue, and a full frothy head that you'll probably never see the end of until it's left sitting in the bottom of the glass. Nose is a beautiful balance of wheat and subtle sweet components, with just a hint of spice to draw a counterbalance. Flavor is a great composition of these same orange citrus, wheat and yeast. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of Julz
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Very cloudy light orange color, heavy head when poured into you glass but later settles later.

Has a stale bread smell with the usual suspects of coriander and orange. Very nice on the nose.

The taste is a clean flavor of coriander and citrus. Nice after taste, again very clean in your mouth.

Light and airy in your mouth. Crisp. Nice.

A good drinkable beer like most Hefe's. Like mine just a little more spicy. But again this is a nice crisp beer that you could enjoy during both hot and cold months. And the Germans know how to brew a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of clarkm04
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A nice hazy yellow color. Very cloudy and carbonated well. Had a nice white head space where most dissipated quickly.

Smell- Definitely a little banana and clove flavors come through. A very light and airy smell to it.

Taste- Very good. Definitely hits all the style points for a hefeweisse. Very crisp at the front with carbonation with a subtle after taste that shows off the banana and clove flavors nicely. A very clean after taste and it beckons you have more of it.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation definitely hits the front of your tongue at first but slides into a easy beverage to drink and consume.

Drinkability- Very high. I would easily drink a couple of these in an evening.

Overall- A very good example of the style and I got it so cheap. Like under a dollar at some crappy big box grocery store where good beer doesn't move. I would definitely drink it again and recommend it to others. A very pleasant and easy drinking experience especially in the spring and summer but a great beer to unwind to.

Photo of bfree
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A: cloudy, orange coloring with a decent head that dissipates pretty quickly but holds onto the edges of the glass

S: Bananas, cloves, bubblegum, and yeast

T: bananas (more than other hefeweizens)and cloves, along with spices and citrus flavors...tastes like a high quality hefeweizen

M: creamy feel with some carbonation

D: This beer is delicious and refreshing. I love hefeweizens and this is one of my favorites

Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour from a growler filled earlier today, standard pint glass

A - one finger of loose and fluffy barely offwhite colored foam sits atop a hazy, golden colored beer. good amount of active bubbling. foam settles to a ring after a couple minutes.

S - slightly spicy clove, banana, belgian yeast with a slight graininess...great for the style

T - typical hefeweizen...banana, clove, spice and yeast - heavier on the fruity/banana side

M - medium bodied with light playful carbonation albeit a bit light, blame it on the growler...yeah yeah

D - solid, par for the style, but still good...easily available classic

Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. One finger white head shows long last retention and ends up capping the beer. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Good wheaty tones mix with a citrus zest. Light banana and clove mixed with some young green apple aroma. The typical hefe yeast comes rolling out in the back end of the beer.

T- Nice wheaty tones upfront. This comes into a banana and clove like middle with a little something else gently tugging on your tastebuds. Light citrus and wheat filled ending. Alcohol is noticable in this but nothing over the top.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the style. Some chewy parts to this beer. Banana and clove stick out on the palate with some yeast and wheat long into the aftertaste. Flavors go so well together. Alcohol light drying on the palate.

D- This is a fantastic hefe. A classic that I enjoy drinking everytime I have it. Some people might knock this beer but for what it is...well it's pretty...uhm great.

Photo of cpanossian
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a 0.5L glass at Zugspitze Gipfelalm Cafe. Served with venison goulash with chanterelles, juniper sauce, red cabbage, cranberries, and bread dumpling. Honey yellow glow color - just heavenly. Warm buttery clove aroma/taste - fantastic. Consistent 1/8" foam head. One of my favorites - almost a desert by itself.

Photo of gopens44
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - good. Thin head after the inital pour was finished. Golden color, fairly translucent.

S - light barley aromas, clove. Nice yet a touch complex.

T - much like the smell in its complexity. Clove, faint barley, perhaps a mineral water back taste.

M - medium to high carbonation. Light but not thin.

D - probably. Not too bad but may have to be in the mood for it.

Photo of Sudsy89
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a golden color, has a foamy white head, leaves lacing on glass. Medium level of carbonation. I find it a nice-looking beer.
It has a sweet banana, citrus aroma, you notice these flavors along with the wheat. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, creamy. This was the first wheat beer I've tried, and I think it's a really nice example, could drink a few of these.

Photo of emmasdad
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first German review, as I finally ventured down to the import door for my mix-a-six. Pours a nice burnished golden color, with a good 4-5 inches of huge, billowy white head. Aromas of clove, banana and caramel. Quite tart on the palate, with lemon, banana, clove and wheat. Overall, an enjoyable summer refresher.

Photo of nataku00
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a fluted glass. Hazy and cloudy golden yellow, with a finger of white head. Head showed some persistance, staying active without help for a good 10-15 minutes, lacing slightly on the glass. Very highly carbonated based on the amount of bubbles visible.

Very cool out of the fridge, nose is mostly citrus. A little bit of banana bread as it warmed.

Tastes as the nose predicted, with lemon peel and banana upfront, small amount of hops mid tongue, and finishing with a little bit of breadiness. Light bodied beer, with the carbonation being a bit too much from the bottle I had.

A decent beer, that would be nice as a session beer, if it wasn't so highly carbonated.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color, a medium haze, and little head. Has nice banana and grain aromas- quite light on the clove. Tastes slightly sweet with some banana and apple flavors with some spicy clove on the finish and some lively carbonation. Creamy, but a little spiky from the brisk carbonation, and a little light, but quite drinkable.

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