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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,184 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,184
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 100
Gots: 310 | 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 Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish/orange color with a three finger bright white head. Decent retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma is ok. some banana and clove on the nose with a slight citrus component as well as a hospital like band aid thing going on.

The taste is ok. Banana and spice dominate with a bready and nutty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation leaving a nice tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Not the best Hefe in the world, but certainly sessionable and the flavors are acceptable.

Goliath, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: It pours very cloudy and has a wonderful orangey yellow golden color with a big creamy white head. The head has great retention and makes nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma has earthy/fruity yeast character with notes of banana, clove and lemony citrus.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a smooth creamy malty wheat flavor with a big earthy yeast influence. There are notes of banana and clove with some light hints citrus and hops. It all finishes with dry dusty yeast and very mild hops with citrusy lemon flavors.
Its carbonation is soft but active with a smooth and slightly slick texture in its medium body.

Notes: Overall it's very refreshing and drinkable with all the wonderful flavors you expect in a good hefe-weizen.

generallee, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold in color with a huge four inch pillowy head. Took a few minutes to complete the pour. Smell is beautiful wheat and some lemon, spice. Taste is very wheaty, almost seems like there's a little tobacco or smoke flavor as well. Very crisp and refreshing. I like.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange with two finger frothy white head that gradually sinks to a thin coating on top.

Aroma is cloves, banana, bubble gum, maybe a bit of pear, a touch of citrus and wheat malt.

Flavor is mostly dominated by the wheat malt itself then I get a bunch of spicy cloves with a bunch of banana and some citrus on the finish. A bit of breadiness as well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very refreshing.

This is a very drinkable brew if you like weissbiers. Definitely one of my favorites in this category.

roadhouse, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great example of a Hefeweizen. Poured it into my Franziskaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Good head retention, a cloudy orange color. The head is fluffy looking. Looks good so far.

Aroma: Typical Hefeweizen...soft notes of wheat, some citrus and banana.

Taste: Banana going down, with some lemony zing going for it. Its got a bit of a bite...a little crisp, but goes down fairly smooth anyways.

Mouthfeel: Creamy on tongue, I like to swirl it around for a while just to get all the complex, yet subtle flavors.

Drinkablity: Excellent and refreshing..I always buy variety 6-packs..2 of them, 1 with familiar beer and another with new types of beer. This one always manages to find itself into the former.

Overall a great example of a Hefeweizen. Smells great, tastes great and has an amazing mouth feel. If interested in exploring more Hefeweizens, try Paulaner Natural Wheat, Weinstephaner, and Schneider Weisse. Those are other great examples of the style.

kshankar, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of BarleyMine
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a pale, opaque wheat/golden color with a shallow head and nice sticky yet fast lacing. Smells of wheat, grains and a lightly fruity pastures with slight hay notes. The taste is light but full. Flavors of wheat with a light bitterness and light barn-like notes on the finish. Has a fair amount of carbonation and the flavor finishes pretty quickly. A very nice brew overall.

BarleyMine, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of NatetheGreat
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: really dark - surprizingly so. It's a cloudy,hazy orange-tan/brown. Really weird but kinda cool. Huge, massive white head that was increadibly thick.

S: wheat, lemon, lots of banana and some mild spice.

T: lots of banana with moderate spiciness including typical clove notes. Delicious.

M: light, but crisp and refreshing.

D: since I love hefes I could drink it non-stop. Goes down easy, has lots of flavor - great beer.

NatetheGreat, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a weizen glass, this beer had a yellowish-brown appearance and a very cloudy texture. Lots of head and lacing.

S: Aroma of wheat, malt, yeast and some spices.

T: Flavor was well done. Had malt, yeast, wheat, citrus elements and spices. Never too overpowering or obnoxious.

M: A high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish here. Full-bodied.

D: This is a solidly made example of a hefeweizen. It's very drinkable and goes down easily.

avalon07, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into weizen glass. Nice head retention, about an inch , lasted a good while. Very cloudy and sediment was clearly seen at bottom of glass

Smells of caramel, hops , clove , and slight banana accompanied the usual citrus smell of a hefeweizen.

Taste is smooth with medium carbonation and clove is more pronounced.

Goes down very smooth with no harsh aftertaste and is a very good session beer

angelmonster, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of drpimento
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loooonnng time favorite. Many years ago some friends and I sat at a local bar and compared some hefe weizens side by side and this one came out on top. Still does. Poured with a fine white head and a bit of lace. Hazy amber color. Extremely fragrant! Intoxicating (sorry) spicy,estery, grainy aromas. Same flavors but stronger and a bit of yeasty bitterness. Superb balance. Body is just right for this masterpiece. Great clean finish. Champion session beer. Kudos to Spaten!!

drpimento, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Abbey in Seal Beach, served in a Franziskaner logo weizen glass.

A- The color is spot on, a pale, hazy yellow that glows when a little sun passes through. The head is fine, but probably could last a bit longer... might have been the bar's glass cleaning.

S- A very nice balance of wheat, bubblegum, clove and banana. Nothing dominates but just enough of each is there, and I think they did a fine job putting just enough banana flavor in which I love.

T- Quite similar, not so much clove in the taste. Lots of wheat and banana/bubblegum sweetness.

M/D- Just all around good here, a little prickly on the tongue when too cold. Hadn't had this beer in a long time and after going back it's easy to realize how well crafted it is.

MiScusi, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a huge white head that lacks body and fades rather fast.
Nice aroma that is heavy on the clove for the style imo. Somewhat grainy smelling.
Flavor is well balanced between banana, lemon and clove flavors with a hint of honey sweetness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a tad too much carbonation.
Easy to quaff. It's a good Hefe. Not one of the best but a good easy accessable summertime beer.

wcudwight, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange with a fairly good head. Smells of orange, banana, and a hint of dough. Good light to medium body with a sweet flavor and finish with a bit of bitter for proper balance. Very nice beer. Beer Club favorite for April 2008 tasting.

mtstatebeer, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge thick fluffy head off a relatively gentle more... Fades somewhat, but still leaves a lush cloud like top layer... Hazy yellow with light carbonation... A very classic looking brew... Coats the glass like nothing I've ever seen...

S - Lemon zest... Clove and other spices... Other citrus notes... Is that a hint of honey???

T - The striking thing is the very mild malt that comes through on this one... Other than that there are hints of citrus and grain...

M - Tingly carbonation... Medium bodied... Dry... Consistent taste throughout...

D - This beer has a lot going for it... An amazingly good Hefe... I typically enjoy a few Hefeweizens during the spring and summer as a novelty, but this beer is a classic year rounder...

Bottle / Artwork - Wise monk enjoying a brew... Interesting font... Gold label... Gold foiled top makes the bottle look classy...

philbe311, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was a nice yellowish orange with a light, but big white head that was very well retained. The aroma was typical hefe, citrus mainly with some banana and spices. The taste was good, a nice bready, citrus, banana flavor. Well done, but it seemed slightly watered down, but the beer had good carbonation and regardless that it felt watered down, I could have drunk them all night. This is a good hefe, but I have had better.

PhillyStyle, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer got a lot of mileage when I first started drinking beer. Easy drink, I remember...but I haven't had it in years. Here goes.

The beer, when poured, has a huge, towering, imposing head. Really dissipates slowly. The color of the brew is a cloudy yellow, very hard to see through--but famously there is no large sediment.

The smell is yeasty, wheaty, and floral. It smells a bit like standing in an open cornfield.

The flavor has an initial hop bitterness, which is matched with an orangey, citrusy taste. Good residual alcohol flavor, which I find completely surprising.

The feel is fresh and gives your mouth a pop. Good body, but not too much so.

Good beer for a wheat beer. One of the gold standards I have tasted so far. Me, not being the largest wheat beer fan, still can recommend this beer. Easy going down, which makes it easy to get up for another.

cnally, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, THE HEAD--the stuff of legend--almost celestial with flecks of light dotting pillowy clouds stacked three fingers thick... the body is a blend of light yellow to dark orange--imposingly attractive... clove and vanilla mesh with banana in a beautiful bouquet, the scent strong but not overpowering... soft, almost watery(!) presence through the mouth; without the taste factor, a medium-bodied consistency that leaves a remainder to be savored... clove, banana, vanilla and a slight acidity that tickles the throat adding a bit of feistyness to an otherwise steady wheat backbone... I recall the first sips I ever had of Franziskaner and the following disbelief that a beer could taste this clean and refreshing, yet challenge the taste buds beyond the well-filtered American premium pilsner... ten years later, still a revelation for this beer drinker....

dacrza1, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice orange cloudy amber, with a head that was little thin and a lacing that could not stick to the glass.

Smell: Citrus and cloves all the way.

Taste: I was recommended this one by the brewer at GI who said he preferred it to my fave Hacker Pschorr as the HP was more banana in it's esters whereas the Franziskaner here is more on the clove end of the spectrum, I find him to be correct. Smooth, good standard hefe that balancing the sweetness of the wheat malt with a mild but sturdy clove flavor, I'll definitely have both the Hacker Pschorr and the Franziskaner for people to compare some time, just for kicks.

Mouthfeel: Standard for the style.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable brew, mild and refreshing, with no off flavors.

Stonebreaker, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color topped with a thick off-white head. Some pretty good lacing on my glass too. Fruity, banana, vanilla flavors with a touch of spices in there. Mouthfeel is kind of thin though. Pretty much what I had expected. Light-bodied and refreshing.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like unfiltered apple juice. No head or lacing to speak of. Not very exciting to look at.

Smelled of musty fruits and yeast.

Tasted somewhat of banana and maybe even a bit of pear in there somewhere. No alcohol present that I could detect.

Mouthfeel was thin and rather flat. Also a bit slippery. Only a slight hint of carbonation.

Overall this was an unremarkable brew and not one I'd seek out again.

JBogan, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 750ml(1pt 9fl) from my local Whole Foods. Bottle looks nice with gold foil on the cap with "IMPORTED" printed across it

A- Gave mine a vigorous pour with a shake for sediment. BARELY transparent with a haze of sediment and quite translucent. I got a beautiful four-finger, 2 inch frothy head with lacing that woldn't stick. The color is like honey

S- Smells of honey also! I think I detect a theme. Also got smells of clove and wheat/barley malt

T- A sweet beer, with about just as much cloves for balance as hops. The sweetness is mostly honey-like with some malty-ness.

M- Feel is excellent, I love unfiltered beers and this is clearly one of them

D- Drinks surprisingly well for all the sweetness, I think the appropriate carbonation(frothy, not bubbly) made this a keeper.

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of gfreed
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rather flat head for a Hefeweizen, with typical but nothing-special aroma, even a bit underpowered for my liking. Fizzier than I like for a beer of this type, and a light body that lacked any density or punch easily found in better samples. "Malt liquor," according to the label, but not even much evidence of maltiness. Average but you can do much better.

gfreed, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - clouded, yellow color with a foamy white head that lasted the entire glass.

S - earthy, yeasty with slight citrus aroma.

T - despite the aroma the taste is very sweet and citrusy, spices mixed in make for a very tasty brew.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - all around it's a very good brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of MattChaos
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner's Hefeweisse is a pleasant summertime alternative to the IPAs and Pale Ales that have been making a name for themselves in the past few years. It is one of the single lightest craft beers I've had all season. What it lacks in alcohol content, it makes up for in its subtle flavor, and calm palpability. While one wouldn't want to spend an evening drinking a 6-pack of this Hefe, I strongly recommend it as a sort of "after work" or "quick stop" beer. Drinking more than one in the course of an evening is unnecessary, and not even that strongly recommended.

The flavor is quietly fruity. A smooth, nasal taste permeates to a pleasant back-end. The low alcohol content allows the beer's full flavor to ride through, though I am curious as to how this particular Hefe would in fact taste with a slightly higher percent.

I'm aware of several Franziskaner drinkers who prefer to enjoy this beer with an orange slice (as popularized by the pale ale craze 2001-2004). While I can understand the desire to add fruitiness to a light beer, the Hefeweisse is already brewed with such excellent fruit, I can't recommend adding anything more to it. I believe this is a beer to be enjoyed as-is, and while adding fruit may take away the palate sting of, say, BLUE MOON, the Franziskaner needs no added flavoring on the part of the drinker.

Overall: The Franziskaner Hefeweisse is not the greatest beer in the world. But it is chock-full of fruity, summertime flavor, is poured with a rich, thick head, and is an ideal beer to enjoy during those dog-days of July.

MattChaos, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass with breakfast...

Pours a perfect gold hefe color (you know the one) with the best head I've seen on a hefe to date.

Smell bananas and big time cloves, might even smell the alcohol in this one.

Taste of cloves and cloves with bananas and citrus. And cloves.

I felt it was a little thin and bubbly for a hefe.

Drinks easy, like orange juice. Was a wonderful compliment to my scrambled eggs and toast.

Overall: nice hefe, little thin

PatronWizard, Aug 18, 2008
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,184 ratings.