Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 3,334
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 111
Gots: 390 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001)
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Photo of nukem5
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Nice orange ruddy hues nice lacing

S: cloves, Basnana, Yeast are very prominent.

T: Immediate blasts of clove and banana with hints of yeast and wheat husks. Nice balance of flavors.

M: Medium body with a very subtle carbonation level. Not overpowering but not the least bit absent.

D: Very Drinkable and smooth could do this every day, goes very well with poultry and gravy stuffing.

Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz (?) bottle into a wit glass.

A: nice golden wit color with subtle reddish/amber hues. Nearly 2 fingers of frothy head from this pour with moderate retention. A solid layer of white foam remained atop the brew through completion. Carbonation bubbles up from the bottom. Minimal lacing though.

S: yeast, wheat, cloves, banana, hints of citrus; nicely pungent. Mmmmm!

T: wheaty sweetness supported by malt and clove right up front; sweetness follows through to the end where it unites with citrus. Nearly flawless.

M: super creamy with lots of carbonation. Love the creaminess, but high carbo is a turn-off for me. This has been my only critique of Franziskaner throughout the years. Well, that and their decision to not give tours of their brewery in Munich. WTF guys?

D: very easy drinking here. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm always up for drinking one of these. Never been in a mood where that isn't the case.

Open your doors to the public for tours of the brewery, Spaten-Franziskaner! Paulaner/Hacker-Pschorr does it across town, get on it guys!

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

Good german classic, you will not be dissapointed by this indricate german brew, even if spaten/inbev bought it, still is made the way without compromise. Color is cloudy and hazy with a solid head, a head you can pour as high as you want. Aroma full flavor that burst your palate with a citrus hint not bitter almost sweet. Smells just like it tastes. All the different flavors are present. The flavor that you really can't put a word to is banana. Don't let that be a turn off though but it does taste like banana not my favorite taste but its in there and I bet you won't mind. Good carbonation that prickles the tip of your tounge. Its a wheat whitebeer aka Hefe-Weissbier, I like my beer room temp but this one you have to have chilled ice cold, otherwise its too creamy and thick and banana like. Not a party beer, too heavy for that, does not dehydrate you though, as some brews will. Still light enough, not a bitter beer. I bought it in chattanooga tn price was $8.99 for a six pack of 12 oz bottles really a steal when paulaner hefe-weizen went for almost $12.00 bucks for a six pack of 12 oz bottles. Not the same style I know.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap, poured into a 23oz weizen glass.

And boy does it look good. Hazy golden wheat color with a fluffy white head. Turns to a light orange in the thickest part of the glass. Like a cylinder of liquid heaven.

Smell is perfectly wheaty, with a good blend of honey, maybe some lemon for zing. Hops come through a little bit, but its tough to overwhelm that fresh wheat smell.

Though the taste is incredibly full, that's also the problem with it. Wheat might dominate a little bit too much in this formula -- not exactly making it an easy summer drinker like I envision this category.

Hence the mouthfeel is a bit thick and heavy, and would make drinking several of these difficult, even if its only 5% ABV.

A great tasting hefe-weisse, but I'd limit myself to one on the session.

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

Bomber poured into weizen glass (no lemon).
Great looking beer. Cloudy and golden in appearance with suspended yeast swirling around. Big fluffy head that lasts with the best of them. Inviting aroma with hints of banana, clove and a light perfume scent. Ripe banana flavor hits the tongue paired with a soft spice note from the hops. Feels light in body yet leaves a decent coating in the mouth. Zero bitterness and proper carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, as a hefeweizen should be. On a lazy summer day, this is one of the best session beers out there.

Photo of drmario47
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer for a Hefeweizen, this is one of my favorite beers to drink with dinner.

Color- golden light color with fluffy head

Taste- i think it tastes like banana bread, sweet and good

Takes the stress out of your day

Overall I think this is a great beer but its pretty filling

Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy golden yellow in color with a 2" fluffy head that lingers around a while.

Smell: wheat, banana, and clove are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: grainy wheat profile with banana, clove, and bubblegum. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this one goes down quickly. Very refreshing and hits the spot when looking for a solid hefe.

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

Spaten Franziskaner is a quintessential hefeweizen, satisfactory in every respect.

Appearance - cloudy, poured into a hefeweizen glass with a course three-finger head that dissipates into a half-finger cap over 2-3 minutes. Cloudy dark-gold typical of the style.

Aroma - again, the quintessential banana/clove aroma one would expect from a wheat beer.

Taste - lovely wheat/malt/banana/clove typical to the style. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel- quite effervecent, but that's what we're looking for in this style of beer.

Drinkability - could pound it all night. It's just great,

Spaten Frazinskaner stands right uo to Pschorr-brau, Erdinger, Schneider, and Weihenstephaner as a great wheat beer. These guys do it right, not to be disappointed in any way.

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

Poured into a tall weizen glass, this is a beautiful beer to look at. Cloudy golden body with a massive fluffy head that rises like a cumulus cloud above the rim of the glass. Excellent retention, which is perhaps partially due to the incredibly vigorous visual carbonation.

Classic hefe aromas of crisp grains, wheat, banana, cloves with some grassiness and peppery spice. Taste is more of the same. Certain aspects like the banana and cloves are more assertive in the mouth. Loads of fresh bread and wheat with a lemony tang. I seem to get a tiny hint of white chocolate? The thick body keeps the carbonation tingly, not fizzy, and there's a lingering creamy/coating feel.

Overall impression: Excellent hefeweizen, very refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of DerekP
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first whiff of this beer--the innocent smell, before I become used to the quality of the craftsmanship--was like a fresh-out-of-the-oven loaf of banana nut bread. Delicious!

The taste is a remarkable balance between toasted wheat and ripe fruits, definitely banana. The balance is so good that the toasted wheat never drys it out, and the brew remains continuously refreshing.

A cloudy look with a few floaties and a creamy off-white head. The brew is amber-orange (a dimmer Blue Moon Belgian White).

I bought a case for $30.98. I can't think of one thing to complain about.

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

A pretty reliable weissbier.

Presentation: 0,5 l bottle. Seal with an illustration of a working monk looking at the bottom of a beer jar over a gold label. Back notes show perfunctory legal notes and main ingredients in several languages. Displays best by date (11-2010), and Alc. by Vol. (5,0%). Served in a tall weissbier glass.

A - Yellow to gold pour with a large foamy head, fair retention, some lacing and a persistent surface ring.

S - Wheat aroma, with spicy touches of clove and citrus.

T - Nice wheat character with a fresh yeasty and earthy feel.

M - Light to medium body with a nice crisp finish.

D - Works well as a fresh weissbier .

Notes: Fair offering and worth the repeat, slightly better than their dunkel counterpart.

Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An agressive pour yielded a massive foamy off-white head, which slowly receded. Surprisingly little lacing. The body was a turbid pale honey color. No carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- A classic hefe nose. Big clove and banana-like esters. Thick bread-like malt aromas. Hefe yeast aromatics. Impressions of walnuts.

T- The malt character strikes the palate first- more crackerlike than breadlike. Some faint noble hops hit mid-palate, before being quickly overtaken by the banana esters. The clove and banana ester linger in the long yeasty finish.

M- A nice firm body. Almost gritty in texture with the hefe yeast in suspension. Some unattenuated sugar here as well. All complimented by some soft carbonation.

D- Quite sessionable. A nice Friday-after-work drink any day.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, golden-orange body with a rather large, fluffy, off-white head, though it quickly gasses out into just a very thin layering of fizzle.

Smell: Mild nose smelling of wheat malt, lemon wedges, ground coriander, and banana, with nothing previously listed being particularly aromatic.

Taste: Lightly tangy-tasting malted wheat with a thin measure of honeyish sweetness. Small hint of raw grain. Light touches of lemon, coriander, and banana pass by the tongue. Hop bitterness remains very low, just enough to be felt. Things thin out considerably as you near the dry finish, but there is a bit more lemon to be had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though lacking the creaminess of other weiss beers. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, it's got ease of drinking and refreshment on its side, but it comes across as simply being dutifully, dully average. So, all in all, while it's by no means bad, I've had better

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

A - Pours a clean yellow with bubbly carbonation until the yeast gets added. The yeast pours in with an enticing swirl of dark brown and orange hues. The whole thing turns cloudy and the fluffy white head settles down to a nice lace. Looks beautiful.

S - A good strong hefe aroma. Light citrus aromas with mild clove and banana.

T - Taste is clean and crisp. Coriander and clove, light banana. Yeasty with some nice lemony citrus notes. Quite yummy, but nothing is too bold or over pronounced. Very well balanced.

M - Creamy, smooth. A bit powdery on the finish.

D - Excellent. A tasty brew that is easy to drink.

Notes: I really enjoy a good hefe, and this is definitely a good one. Wish we could get them fresher here in the US, but this one is worth checking out.

Photo of SamN
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A medium honey yellow, mildly hazy, lots of visible carbonation. A darker than usual hefe. The head has a soapy-foamy off white head, pillowy and light. Very good looking hefeweizen. No real yeast sediment from the bottom

S- Spritzy hefeweizen spice-- cloves and bananas, wheat malts, grasses, spring flowers. Mild and hard to really grasp, but decent enough.

T- Taste is mild and very pleasent. Light malt flavors, a creamy blend of spice and creaminess and a just noticeable hops bittered finish. So tasty and damn refreshing with a wonderful smoothness of tastes. Top notch German hefe, one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. Heartier than most other wheats, but still retaining it's lighter and uplifting nature. Two thumbs up!

M- Superb, a wonderfully fuller feeling beer, with great texture. The higher ammounts of carbonation don't really get in the way of this crisp beverage, it still seems delectably smooth and relaxed.

D- A most perfectly drinkable brew-- my new favorite wheat beer, simply fantastic!

Photo of shoxroxice
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer so far, and I have become a huge fan of the Hefe variety largely due to this beer. I am fortunate enough to have this beer on tap locally and whenever I get this chance will order one in a frosty mug.

Great flavors that to me are a balance of bright and light. Carbonated just enough to know you're drinking a beer, but very smooth when served in a frosty mug.

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

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After pouring steadily into the glass a furious head quickly rose and forced me to halt the pouring so it wouldn't roll over the glass. After getting the rest of the beer into the glass the white head was about two fingers thick. The body is nice golden, straw colored with a lot of carbonation racing up to the top of the beer. The beer is not as hazy as I was expecting but aside from that it looks fantastic. The head fades to a nice lace after five minutes.

S - Lots of wheat up front as one would expect. Like any good hefeweizen there is lots of clove, coriander, and banana deliciousness smacking you right in the nose. I'm trying to separate this from some of the other hefeweizens I have had (particularly New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat), Citrus notes are also there but things are a little more subdued than an exceptional hefeweizen.

T - Much like the smell. Plenty of wheat, clove, bananas and a nice citrus note (lemon) that provides a nice balance between the wheat and banana aspect. All the characteristics are there but they are not as pronounced as the truly great hefeweizens.

M - Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Wheat along with the clove and bananas up front. A good amount of carbonation brings things together nicely as a nice citrus zest closes the beer out rather smooth but with an excessive amount of carbonation. I would like to see the characteristics of this beer turned up a bit and the carbonation turned down. Still pretty solid.

D - Trying to keep the style in perspective, because this is my favorite style and I could easily give most hefe's a 5.0 here, I would say there are a couple of things that could be improved with this beer. Overall though, this a pretty solid hefeweizen that I would love to have again if given the opportunity.

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

A nice cloudy hefe-weizen poured into a tulip shaped glass that leaves nice lacing throughout the drink. A slight alcoholic ester is perceptible on the nose above the otherwise predominant scent of banana. This surprises me now, looking at the ABV being only 5%. Feels lively on the palate, and has a wonderful balance of the spice and fruity flavours within it. An entirely easy beer to drink and very enjoyable.

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

12 oz green bottle.

Appearance: Only very slightly hazy despite my attempts to get the yeast out of the bottle. Pale gold color with a fat creamy white head that lasts forever. A couple of lacy streaks.

Smell: Clovey banana bread. Not as robust as some, but good.

Taste: Lemony and strong clove. A little banana. Less bready yeast flavor than I like. Pretty clean, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Could have a little more body. The effervescence takes away a little body, but allows it to finish crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A solid hefe. Not my favorite, but good.

Photo of jovy1097
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Pours opaque, pear juice color with a huge, creamy head that lasts a very long time leaving plenteous lacing on the glass. Makes you long to take a huge quaff.

Smell: Typical lemon zest and wheat malt aroma of a wheat beer. You can smell a lemon soap smell - like Palmolive dishwashing liquid. Maybe a whiff of spice in the background too.

Taste: The first taste the sparkled on my tongue was strong apple pie. This mellowed into a banana background with perhaps some bubblegum showing up at the back end. No hops detected at all and this was perhaps the least bitter beer I've ever swallowed. Very sweet without being cloying. Delectable!

Mouthfeel: Creamy, light, and tingling carbonation all the way down.

Drinkability: Scores a perfect 10 on my guzzle-ability scale. One just doesn't seem to be enough. Wow!

Comments: Give this to those who don't like beer and you will make instant converts.

Photo of crnipeter
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBE 10/2010. Cap removal sets free the fruity esters of sweet banana and clovey phenolics. Into the Franziskaner glass. Murky pale yellow with brownish hue the fluid is crowned by resistant dense white head that although slowly collapsing is there even long after the beer has already gone.
Sweet bananaish aroma that prevails over clove is later replaced by wheat expressed as bready sensation. Bananaish-bready flavor, slightly citric from suspended yeast / carbon dioxide, some subdued clove. The prickly sensation from carbonation is nicely counteracted by creamy smoothness derived from bready texture of the almost medium bodied beer. Probably the best widely available Hefeweizen out there.

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

This is definately an ambiance beer. On a hot summer day in Oakland, working on the yard, this is the bomb. But it also brings back those times when it's pouring outside and middle of February, you feel summer. It's smooth, almost to a fault, almost watery, but still banana, clovery notes, with a sweet malty finish. I push this on more of my friends than any other beer, if that means anything.

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this previously. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours the prototypical hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is likewise standard German hefe, consisting of clove, light banana, nutmeg and honey. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the modest sweetness finishing with a dry, spice filled finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but it really is amazing how much flavor this low alcohol hefe brings to the table. Drinkability is exceptional, with the low alcohol very well disguised.

Normally think of wheat beers in the summer time, but this one has so much flavor, even during the cold of a Baltimore winter it's a good pick. Granted, it's not in the same league as Weihenstephaner, but it's a tasty wheat beer nonetheless.

Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy, straw colour with a creamy white head. Good head retention. This is a classic weissebier.

The aroma is slightly dulled by the cool serving temperature but the aromas I get are of vanilla, wheat and clove. The composite is a well rounded weissebier which could benefit from a bit more of the classic banana aroma.

The taste is great. Silky, smooth vanilla with spicy and fruity notes. Really quite good and held together well by the wheat.

The body is a little under medium with moderate carbonation. The body is aided by the unfiltered nature of the beer adding a really creamy mouthfeel.

For me this is a great beer. Sure the flavours don't have quite enough banana and clove but the rest of it comes together so well.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a weiss glass.

Pours a light apricot/peach with a decent head for a wheat that lasts well.

Aroma is of astringent wheat and fusel aromas. Band-aid phenols dominate the aroma, with a HUGE rider of cream.

Flavor is dusty wheat that yields to fusel yeast. Yeast is almost chemical, but not in a bad way. Eathy banana and citrus flavors. Good. Finishes with a touch of noble hop which comes off a bit skunk.

Mouthfeel is lush but thin at the same time. Nice.l

A beautiful hefe, perfect.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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