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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,385 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,385
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 121
Gots: 437 | 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 DrewS667
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Photo of farrago
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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.

Photo of DarrellK
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of alkemy
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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.

Photo of heissebier
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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!

Photo of xenolithic
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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

Serving type - 1/2 liter bottle into pint glass

Appearance - pours a cloudy, golden color, with a quickly dissipating foam head. Light retention afterwards.

Smell - A nice, sweet smell of banana, vanilla, and cloves. Some honey notes too.

Taste - Malty sweetness with mostly banana and vanilla flavor, with honey notes too. Bitterness is basically non-existent. Minimal spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth and medium bodied. Light-Moderate carbonation. Very good!

Drinkability - Highly sessionable, with flavor to boot.

Overall - This is probably my favorite Hefeweizen I've had so far, but I still prefer the Franziskaner Dunkelweizen over this. Still a great beer though, and definitely recommended to fans of the style.

Photo of Monsteruss
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a favorite of mine.
The foam was white, thick and creamy. The color was a hazy beautiful gold with a sence of depth. The smell had a dominate wheat aroma with flowery undertone. The taste was a mirror image of the smell. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and semi-viscous. Drinkability - it's one of my favorites due to the dominate wheat and viscous natures of a German beer - awesome session! More please!

Photo of r0nyn
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a 500 ml bottle.

I love how most weizens look and this is no exception, a lovely, hazy straw color filling the glass. There's a great big head, thanks to a vigorous pour, but it quickly recedes into a thin film. Leaves quite a bit of lacing. Smell is nice and fruity, with lots of banana and malts to back it up as well as some citrus nuances. A lovely, sweet smell to this brew.

The taste expounds on the sweetness of the smell, as there's a big banana and bubblegum bite right from the onset. There's some citrus in there as well, it's just not as pronounced. A nice maltiness accompanies the typical banana taste, serving to balance it out. Hops and bitterness are non-existent. Bready finish is present, but not as evident as with other hefeweizens. Isn't quite as chewy either, but the wheat characteristics still shine through and make the back end very pleasant. Not too much of an aftertaste at all, but you'll still smell banana in your nostrils for quite a while after drinking it. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but is quite crisp and doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the beer, nor does the minimal carbonation.

Overall, pretty impressed with this hefeweizen. A charming scent and a robust taste combined with a pleasing visual character makes this a winner in my book. Would definitely drink again.

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

You know you like a beer when you judge all beers in its category by the degree to which they taste like it. When I get a HefeWeissen, what I really want is a Franziskaner.

Appearance: smooth and murky honey blond; nice head that never quite fully disappears.

Smell: sweet and fresh (though, I don't know what fresh smells like)

Taste: this is a sweet beer, but it's a relaxed sort of sweetness; there's some citrus in there; aftertaste not strong.

Mouthfeel: smooth in, tingly in the tongue, smooth down.

Drinkability: utterly thirst quenching; I sometimes drink Franziskaner in the shower after a run; it really doesn't get better - smooth, just sweet enough, truly refreshing.

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

Poured from 16.9oz brown bottle into a clear glass. No freshness date. Purchased at a local grocery in Bologna, Italy for 1.70 euros.

A: Hazy peach with plenty of particulate matter and soft, meringue, white 2-finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Bananas and fruity-bubble gum esters, lemongrass, clove, and wheaty tang provide a nice nose

T: Flavorful hefe with orange and lemon citrus flavors up fron followed by copious banana and fruity esters matched if not overtaken by heavier-than-average clove which is actually a bit drying it's so hefty. Yeast is evident near the bottom and the wheaty tang is a powerful component of the aftertaste.

M: Solid medium body with great coating quality and active carbonation.

D: A fine hefeweizen which gives Paulaner and Weihenstephaner a run for their money. I'm not sure I like the heavy clove as much as the smoothness of the other two brews, but Franziskaner has nothing to be ashamed of -- it's a top-tier hefeweizen all around.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-ish orange with a nice white head. Decent lacing.

The aroma is classic Bavarian hefe. Bananas and cloves.

Flavor is classic too. A little heavier on the banana than the clove, but I'm not complaining. I love this style.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet somewhat creamy. Dry on the finish.

Drinkability is way high. I could drink this all night. And at $2 per 500 ml bottle, I'll be buying this often.

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

Poured with a massive white head and a beautiful cloudy golden hue. This beer just looks refreshing due to its extremely lively carbonation.

Like many good beers, the aroma speaks to what is to come...mainly goodness. There's a faint citrus aroma as well as notes of spice and banana. The taste is so very good. There is a definite breadiness and spice with a banana aftertaste.The mouthfeel is very good...very refreshing with a nice carbonation.

All in all, this is a fine beer and one I would definitely go for in the future.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Frankfurter glass.

Appearance: Very bubbly, somewhat dark, cloudy orange-yellow with a huge fluffy head. American-made Hefeweizens wish they could look like this. Wait a minute, where did the head go? - it settled down to a thin layer with no lacing. Oh well, nice while it lasted.

Smell: Spicy clove, wheat malt, banana, lemon and light noble hops.

Taste: Major clove and wheat taste, while the banana is a little more restrained. While very good, not quite as flavorful as hoped for. A big chunk of yeast settled on the bottom (despite my best efforts to break it up), and when I took that last sip, it tasted much more flavorful. While this bottle only arrived at my store a couple weeks ago, I can only assume this would have been better if it was fresh in Germany and the yeast had been mixed up better.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice refreshing Weizen that could have used a touch more depth or maybe the Germans need to figure out how to get their beers here faster.

Photo of DKMonroe
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first wheat beer. Appearance was merky yellow and a little like cloudy dishwater, the head was big and pure white, and stayed on the side of the glass throughout the glass. Smell was not what I expected at all. Some here say it has some banana hints in there I guess that makes sense, I did however notice the citrus right away. Tasted good, no huge bitterness, little citrus, and bread if that makes sense.. Almost crisp and very easy to drink.

I'm coming back to this one for sure

Photo of burnerfinger
2.81/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A poured from the 12 oz bottle into my tumbler.
CLOUDY with a finger and a half of white head.
yellow color
deliberately poured all the yeast into the glass.

S clean, unfamiliar smells

T is this lemony? not sure if I like this or not

M light body, medium carbonation

D funny taste - not sure I'll come back here.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy orange-gold color with three fingers of beige head. The retention was quite good and the lacing good too. The aroma was full of citrus with some hints of spices especially cloves and a little banana. The flavors were quite good, again being led by the citrus and spice elements but balanced nicely by a malt finish. The banana from the yeast was present but the relatively low residual sugar kept it from being too prominent. The mouthfeel was foamy because the carbonation was notably high and rather prickly. The body however was light which helped the beer be more drinkable. Quite refreshing and a great summer beer, no doubt. Above average for the style and still relatively inexpensive. In other words, highly recommended.

Photo of Kooz
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am glad I discovered this beer--the only beer in the cruise ship bar stocked that I hadn't tried before.

The pour created a quickly dissapating head, but this beer had a beautiful, slightly cloudy honey-colored appearance. Aren't unfiltered beers simply beautiful? The smell revealed hints of spices that I couldn't quite place, but certainly enjoyed. The beer tasted terrific--full-bodied, slightly sweet but not too much, and a hint of fruitiness. I loved the mouthfeel--slightly foamy but still creamy. As for drinkability, once I found these, they were all I had.

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

Received in a Weizen glass. Did not witness pour, but suspect typical 'bar pour' given lack of head.

Color was a cloudy brownish yellow. Thin white head, but with a nice lace that lingered a long while.

Smell.. Yeast, bananas, and cloves. Very nice.

Medium body, with plenty of carbonation, but not overdone. Just right for a Hefe.

Taste... Banana, cloves, and lots malty/wheaty goodness. Very tart....maybe just ever so slightly over the top tart-wise, even for a hefe.

Overall, a very good Hefe. Is it the best (for me)? Maybe. I want to do a side by side comparison with Weihenstephaner and maybe one or two others before deciding on that.

Photo of gilli24
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading the other reviews I think I had an old or bad run with this. The yeast did not mix in very well, after several swirls in the bottle it broke apart and was chunky in the bottom of my weizen glass. I did like the appearance and smell, but overall I was not as happy with this brand as I have been with others in the category. I do not think that this will make another appearance in my fridge.

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

The Hefe-weisse poured a hazy yellow with a 2-3 finger foam head that dissipated quickly. There was a lot of tiny bubbles coming from the bottom to the top on the sides of the glass more so than in the middle.

The smell was all wheat with straw and bubble gum aromas. The taste was wheat focused of course and was juicy in the mouth. It was moderately carbonated and easy drinking. This would be a great one to have all the time if they brewed it here.

Photo of denmah
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a green bottle and into a tall franziskaner glass, till the last 1/8th and then swirled and poured the rest.
very cloudy gold/yellow wheat beer look with a large white head that stays while you drink

spicy banana smell, light hint of citrus smell, very smooth to drink, and the taste is light with no aftertaste.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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