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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,262 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,262
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 106
Gots: 340 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 jonworth
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another wonderful wheat beer from Germany, where they do it RIGHT. Pour it slowly--it literally jumps out of the bottle and into the mug, the force of its roiling energy eventually settling into a rocky white topography that gradually levels off, leaving behind virtually no traces. The opaque orange color portends a full-bodied, slick mouthfeel--very nice! Citrus and bread dough on the nose and tongue. I can't quite decide if I like this one or Hoegaarden better--they are both worthwhile!

jonworth, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy dark gold with hues of orange. Tall white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some lacing.

N: Rich dark fruity character mixed with spicy yeast and bready malt. There are light notes of banana and cloves underneath.

T: Spicy yeast with light banana peel and bready malt. Very light hop bitterness towards the end and bready malt in the finish. Lingering banana flavor.

M: Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. Thirst quenching and flavorful at the same time.

KevinBrewer, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich, mostly-clear yellow with an astronomically large, frothy head.

S: Like a good tripel. Complex yeasts, bananas, cut flowers, and just overall freshness.

T: Slightly sweet base (somewhat like aspartame, but not in a bad way) underscores a juicy banana and lime concoction. Ends very biscuity, almost creamy, with the palpable sensation of fresh-baked rolls.

M: Slightly watery, but forgivable considering its low alcohol content.

D: Very, very drinkable Hefeweizen.

thekanna, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Hazy, golden-amber hue with a thick, creamy off-white head that settles slowly and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

Smells of citric notes, lemon and orange zest, combined with a spicy nose of clove and banana.

Light and effervescent on the tongue, with a light malty backbone surrounded by citrus notes and the staple yeast spiciness of clove and banana, with a mildly bitter hop presence that helps carry the ale into a tangy, dry finish.

Easy-drinking and a wonderful example of the style, this widely available brew is a great introduction to the famous and thirst-quenching Bavarian Hefeweizens.

superdedooperboy, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Greggy
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a 1 finger bright white head with decent retention. The body is a hazy golden/butterscotch color.

S- Big banana and clove aroma with hints of pepper, big yeastiness. A hint of booziness is present on the nose as well.

T- Starts out with a light citrus, some banana, bits of clove and breadiness. The finish has some nice banana yeastiness and hints of dry citrus.

M- Not as large of body as Weihenstephaner, but hey, we can't all be that. Medium carbonation.

D- Great hefeweizen and easily sessionable. Try it!

Greggy, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: (in a weizen glass) beautiful hazy golden straw, big fluffy white head.

s: banana, cloves, wheat

t: grain, subtle hops, very refreshing.

mf: smooth, nice carbonation.

d: very very drinkable. A tasty brew, I would recommend it. I don't remember it being quite as flavorful as, for example, weihenstephaner, but still very good.

Jimbo87, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.35/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/4/2007 (bottle):

Pours a huge foamy white head, very lasting. Clear pale golden yellow color. Belgian flowery aroma, sugary. Aroma of Light fruit, like pear or green grape. Not too strong, but enticing. Pear taste, malt, sugary clean aftertaste, watery. Light, some wheat. Light taste. Too watery for my taste.

jujubeast6000, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with inch thick white fluffy head that takes a long time to disappear, leaving some lacing and ring of bubbles around the glass.

Smell: Hint of banana and yeast with clove and fresh wheat.

Taste: A bit of citrus present with the spice, banana and hint of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and light mouth feel.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and in hot weather plan on consuming a few because it is so refreshing. A good solid hefeweizen worth revisiting.

drtth, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a large bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy golden with a big foamy white head that slowly fizzles down.

S - Yeasty, a light sweetness with hints of banana and clove.

T - Akin to the aroma, but with a bit more citrus/banana in the finish, with some nice light spice to it.

M - Smooth, light bodied, mild carbonation.

Notes - One of my go-to hefes.

HeyItsChili, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky and light yellow with amber tints that fade to clarity. A big two finger plus head in a pillow fashion and then fades quickly to a bone white cap and scant lace.

S: The nose was a moderate wheat whiff and a fair amount of cloves and spices but not too many banana esters.

T: Yeast comes in from the hidden nose as soon as it hits your tounge. Smash fash wheat malt, cloves and the wonderful banana of a good somewhat sweet hefeweizen.

M: Tangy delivery all the way to the finish. Turns dry as your mouth puckers from the tartness as the sweetness from the esters is not that powerful. Loads of carbonation that don't take away from the beer that much.

D: Franziskaner Hefe Weisse is one of the best Hefeweizens but has slide with time and more tastings of other brewers. This beer is a tasty balanced mix of yeast cloves and esters.

Brianmerrilyn, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker than normal pour for a hefe, with more of a cider appearance. Nice white head that laced well. Flowery aroma, with some lemon, banana and cloves. Holy banana! The flavour just screams banana, more so than any other hefe I've come across. Its very much the defining feature of this beer and gives it a wonderfully summery flavour, which promises to melt away the Buffalo snowbanks I can see outside the bar window. This delight is supported by a pleasant sweet spiciness (a mixture of clove and demerara sugar), a touch of lemon, and a quality wheat backbone. For some reason, the flavours have got me thinking tropics. Light, but smooth, body and moderate carbonation.

This is a damn refreshing beer!

bobsy, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Thrifty Beverage Chester, NY.

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Very murky gold color. One finger head, minor lacing. A yeasty smell, slightly earthy.

Taste is a bit doughy and a little sour for my taste. Not bad, just not my particular taste. As such, it is a little less drinkable than others in the category in my opinion.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of confer
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer
Had it on tap at Molly Maguire's in Jim Thorpe, Pa. The Orange slice is completely unnecessary though.

It was served in a pint tulip glass, with the unexpected half orange slice in the rim. A beautiful hazy gold.

The smell is refreshing and citrusy.

The taste is terrific, citrusy, and light.

The feel is thick and creamy.

I could drink this beer everyday. One of my favorite Hefe's
I love German Beer

confer, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Psilo707
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great Hefe from a good German brewery. Appearance is on the dark side with a very nutty/piney look to it. Thin head dissipates quickly. The smell is very strong and alluring, orange/banana scent with a lot of other swirly aromas. The taste is one of lemon and fruit, backed with honey and a nice stinging sensation. Mouthfeel is on the light side and I sort of wished for a more solid feel but it's still good. Drinkability is high.

Overall a pretty good Hefe.

Psilo707, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16oz single at the State Liquor Store in Vernal UT for about $3.

A: Cloudy gold, excellent two fingers of rocky white head that is leaving some sticky clumps of lace along the sides. Head recedes to about a quarter of an inch and kinda sticks.

S: Tangy wheat malt flavors, lemon, banana big time, a hint of cloves, lots of strong yeast flavors all over this one.

T: Wheat malt is tart in this one, banana and clove flavor follow into the mouth as well, faint citrus bitterness in there as well, hop character is subdued by all the malt flavors, but its hidden in there. Somewhat sweet too, which is nice. All around great hefe.

M: Thin, very lightly carbonated, and crisp, dry, leaves the mouth begging for another taste.

D: If it were warmer I could drink a lot of these. This is a very nice hefe, and I'm glad that I can readily get it here in Vernal. This is the first hefe I've had in a while, and it made me realize that there are some really good ones out there still.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Classic German hefe-weisse murky yellow cloudiness. Poured a generous white fizzy head with decent retention but very little lacing.

S- Overwhelming banana and some hints of citrus and clove.

T- Strong banana clove flavors with a little bit of a doughy taste and maybe a some coriander and hops.

M- Pretty smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Not a strong alcohol taste.

D- Overall a solid Hefe-weisse with a nice full fruit flavor. Worth buying again.

projectflam86, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky golden amber brew with a good head but not much retention or lacing. Lots of yeast in there! Attractive in my glass. Smell is deep with banana and clove. A light wheat malt component mixed with bubblegum, and just a touch of lemon.
A little yeast mustiness.

Big banana beer here with light clove and bubblegum. Like the nose there is a light wheat malt backbone and lemon. Simple, but artfully balanced. There is a puckering dryness that adds to the quenching nature of the taste. Must be a sourness tied toe the light lemon. Finish is clean, dry with no hops to speak of, very mild bittering here. Banana and shortbread spiced with clove lingers in my mouth.

Feel is heavy light and smooth. Light carbonation that just falls short of creamy keeps my mouth clean and dry.

Drinkability is excellent. A top ten session beer for me. The bottled version of this beer, while not as well integrated as on tap, is still a beer to seek out for hefe fans.

scootny, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A murky yellow-orange color with a very large, foamy white head. Retention is quite good, with solid lacing.

S: Dusty and yeasty, with definite banana and clove aromas. Faint sourdough breadiness as well.

T: A crisp, lemony wheat flavor up front. Banana, clove, and some sugar. More toasty, grainy malt into the finish. Overall a dusty/musty taste as well.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp and tingly feel. Rather dry and grainy into the finish.

D: This is well done all around. Not my most favorite style, but there is nothing to complain about here. I don't tend to seek these beers out, but I'd be happy to drink one anytime.

Clydesdale, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color, with a generous head. Nose is wheat and citrus. Medium and creamy mouthfeel, somewhat smooth. Taste is wheat and malt sweet at the start and a hint of banana, a full malty mouth feel at the middle, and slightly dry with hints of citrus and hops at the finish. The yeast and the bottle conditioning adds greatly to the unique flavor and fresh crisp taste and aroma.

barleywinefiend, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: evenly cloudy, golden/orange color. Poured a 3 finger coarse head with fair retention. decanted continuously. Medium lacing in unbroken rings.

S: Very yeasty. Notes of banana, citrus and cloves in the background.

T: Bursting citrus up front. Sweet banana follows and maybe a little bit of fuzzy peach. Nice, light bittering in the finish cleans the beer up repectufully with a nice zest.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Clean, crisp and slightly dry in the finish.

D: Very sessionable beer; I've done so frequently in the summer. Don't know why I waited to rate it from a bottle I drank at my sons house Wednesday night.

Haybeerman, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of MilanoItaly
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy-amber hue for this velvety weisse.

I was waiting for a much impressive foam but maybe it's just because my bottle wasn't particularly fresh (best end before 10/2009) : laces and cream in the average (that means : yes,both present).

Banana and in general fruit smell,with a medium carbonation .

Even if it's just 5% ABV, it presents itself like a medium body and it gives you the impression of a nutrient aliment. Taste confirms the smell impression.

Refreshing with an up the average drinkability that gives this beer
the gift of being appreciable both in summers and in winters (due to its body).

MilanoItaly, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of tconboy
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another decent product from Franziskaner. This is sort of a typical hefe, a nice orange wheat creamy bubbly brew that's nice, especially fresh. The light fruity balance and complexity really make this a nice brew, and of course they are found absolutely everywhere in Munich. When there, I prefer to look for something different, but if nothing else is available, this isn't bad at all.

tconboy, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of pandashaver
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrus, yeasty, bread, orange, banana, cream and butter Appearance: frothy white foam 2 finger head with excellent lacing; golden, cloudy orange throughout Flavor: medium sweetness Palate:light body, thin feel, average carbonation, pronounced yeast finish Overall, this is a solid, refreshing beer that I would I be happy drinking on most any occasion. Had it several times, and it must be poured correctly with full head for proper enjoyment or the experience is severely hindered.

pandashaver, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of deapokid
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Being that this is one of the beers I consume most frequently, it'll be fun to deconstruct the qualities of this delightful German Hefeweizen.

It pours with light foam as a thin, orangey liquid carrying little sediment and much carbonation. Its aroma bursts with banana and orange esters, producing a sweet smell not unlike that of a soft drink or fruit punch.

Its flavor is quintessential hefeweizen, packing a light, refreshing taste that tickles that the back of throat with its carbonation (which is very present but not overpowering), leaving behind a lemony flavor on the back of the tongue. It beautifully rolls off of the palate and is reminiscent of sorbet in its tones.

This is an amazing session beer and one of my personal favorites to consume with a meal or in large quantities on the weekend or at a cookout.

deapokid, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of LordFinley
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours unfiltered opaque golden color. Head is an offwhite eggshell color, with large bubbles that dissipate to small bubbles rimming the surface of the beer.

S - Fruit and grain smells mix to a dark sweet smell. Hints of bannana and oats.

M - Sharp corbonated texture tickles your tounge.

T - After the carbonation clears your throught it finishes with a mellow dessert taste.

D - Carbonation makes this beer somewhat difficult to guzzle down. It's asking for the respect it deserves.

LordFinley, Jan 11, 2009
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,262 ratings.