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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,937 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,937
Reviews: 1,505
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 86
Gots: 191 | 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 BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pored into the correct glass, it looked a picture, good white head on a body of bubbling, cloudy, soft golden coloured liquid.

From then on it went downhill, in every aspect.

No aroma of banana's or vanilla, which is what I have come to expect from a good hefe-weissbier. It didn't smell of anything really (the beer is was in date and at the right temp).

Sharp taste but not tart enough for me, average is being generous for this style of beer, compared to many others.

Weak flavours and a thin feel to it, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 19:47:04 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: decent lacing, pretty golden straw body

Smell: Multigrain bread with lemon

Taste:Smooth and more suddle, bread, Yeast

Mouthfeel: medium

Drinkability: Yes this would go with quite a bit I belive and it's super easy to drink. I like it cause it's more bright and different from the dark beers i usually do drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 00:11:18 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a franziskaner weissbier glass in local bierhalle

A- Lovely creamy thick 5 finger head, with misty amber body. Looks great - like a big ice cream cone you want to plough your face into

S- Fruits ( banana's, hint of pineapple), wheats and cloves

T- A lovely wheaty fruitful flavour on the tongue finishing in a crisp sweet banana note.

M- Carbonation is just right, not too abrasive, creamy mouthfeel as you take in a big mouthful finishing crisply but inoffensively. The taste really lingers in the mouth.

D- A fantastic hefe, the benchmark of the style. Could drink all day in a munchen biergarten

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 10:05:30 | More by seanyfo
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint, 9 fl oz bottle found at Lou’s in Augusta. Rather uniformly murky yellow body with a five or six finger thick off-white head that dissipates a bit more quickly than expected, but not completely by any means. Head retention is better than average. Smells overwelmingly citrussy with hints of banana. Banana and citrus dominate the taste. A bit more spicy than most hefeweizens... Nice full-bodied beer. Very tasty and pleasant. Best Hefeweizen I’ve ever had by leaps and bounds. And 2.19$ per bottle, it’s a steal.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 23:27:19 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of jlpred55


4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- More head than a Paris Hilton video. Tons of rocky head. Cloudy yellow orange, brilliant to look at.

S- Like ripe bannas on wheat toast. Mouth watering!

T- I am wowed. After sampling both this and the Weihenstephaner side by side this one takes the cake! I have never been a huge fan of the style, always though it a bit too abrasive with the heavy phenols. This one however changed all that. Sweet ripe bananas, I guess a very faint phenolic taste in the middle(just enough to make it yummy), then finishing up with sweet ripe bananas.

M- Yes, slick and crisp just how it should be!

D- Give me another!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 20:57:05 | More by jlpred55
Photo of jhollick


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My god, the head. Poured into a classic wheat beer glass, this thing bubbled up like it was on a mission. Color is a hazy yellow with some orange highlights. The fluffy white head is like a cloud. Absolutely gorgeous pour.

Like any good Hefe worth its salt, smell is sweet phenols, clove, with banana, citrus tones, lemon, and some light floral hops. It is surprisingly rich as I swirl it in my mouth. The taste is much like the smell, though the banana tastes very ripe, and the spicier flavors are more subdued than when I have had it on tap in the past. Some crisp apple flavors creeps up on you towards the end. Outstanding beer. In my Hefe expereince, this one is the standard. Without a doubt, this is drinkable for the duration of the evening; there are so many sweet flavors, but they never overwhelm the palate. Let it warm a bit if you can. It is good cold, but the flavors really come out if you give them time. I can't wait to try this fresh when I make my trip across the pond this holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 23:19:55 | More by jhollick
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with some orange hues around the edges. The head is enormous and the beer is very effervescent.

The aroma and flavor both seem quite lacking. It's nice, but nothing special. As this warms up a bit, there are traces of the standard bannana, clove, bubblegum, notes often found in wheat beers, but they're too faint.

The mouthfeel is the best attribute. It's quite smooth yet retains a good level of carbonation. The drinkability is high. This brew is light and refreshing but unfortunately, not especially flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 01:02:52 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured intentionally rousing the yeast as they do in Germany. Pours a pretty cloudy orange golden color with a half inch+ of pillowy white foam on top. The head sticks around for about a minute before sinking mostly back into the beer. There are continually a bunch of bubbles rising that are a whole bunch of different sizes, but they don't stick to the surface.

Aroma: There is a noticeable banana thing going on in here along with a spicy phenolic note. There is a lemon dominated ester thing going on in here also. The malty backbone has some defined toasty notes from Vienna malt I would presume.

Taste: The flavor is super fruity as the aroma suggested. The lemon and banana come out cleaner than I thought they would from the aroma, and the clean malt gives it a really drinkable profile overall. There are minimal hops in here; in fact, I really can't pick out any in particular. It has a subtle floral hop thing going on that just compliments the fruit flavors and aromas. There is no alcohol noticeable in this beer. The finish is clean with a little bit of sweetness to linger with the fruit on the back of the throat for some time. It has a really pleasant finish.

Opinion: I have never been a big fan of wheat beers...particularly Weizen beers, but this one is an outstanding example. I like the subtle blend of all of the fruit malts hops and alcohol to make it a very easily drinkable beer. I won't be seeking this one out, but I would certainly drink this over a WHOLE BUNCH of other beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 23:39:41 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of afinepilsner


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz brown bottle

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse was a very hazy yellow-orange color. The head was large and white with decent retention. The aroma was fruity. The taste was sweet upfront, a dry finish, and had plenty of wheat, fruit, and spice flavors. The mouthfeel was good, a medium body with plenty of carbonation. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 21:21:54 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of dfried


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-cloudy orange straw color, large frothy white head. Banana and clove in the aroma, but quite a bit of tangy fruit as well, lemon, apricot, tangerine. Almost spicy and peppery as well. The taste is like a fresh banana at first, almost like a banana Laffy Taffy. A lot of good zesty flavors in the aftertaste as well. Wheaty, yeasty, lemon grass like flavors as well give it a full mouthfeel, but a relativly light body. I was quite impressed with this hefe, I could drink a lot of it pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 17:21:01 | More by dfried
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at an Oktoberfest event in Dover, NJ on 9/17...

The only weissbier available at the festival... and what a smash it was. It poured a cloudy, honey gold that supported a soapy, inch thick head... even in a plastic cup this was nice looking.

Big, pronounced aromas of banana, bubblegum, and clove wafted from the beer, smelling fresher and better than any I've ever sampled. The tastes were congruent with the massive, juicy nose, and particularly wonderful was the mildly sour, yeasty notes in the finish. So terrific and satisfying.

In the mouth, the beer rolled and foamed effortlessly and was the perfect ending to the experience. Lightweight yet medium bodied, it was amazing as an all-day quaffer for the Oktoberfest celebration.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 13:14:34 | More by yelterdow
Photo of willc11


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy straw hue with a nice foamy head that recedes to a solid thin layer that remains until beer is finished. Moderate lacing and carbonation continuously rising up.

Nose: sweet, fruity (bananas in particular), and a hint yeast and malts.

Taste: definite notes of bubblegum, banana, and a nice apple finish; hop level quite low.

Mouthfeel: biting carbonation--crisp and refreshing without being too fizzy or light.

Drinkability: finishes clean; nice for the excessively hot weather in Florida.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 06:29:41 | More by willc11
Photo of sockeye101


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellowish amber color with a massive tight head, almost champagne like in appearance. The head receded in a few minutes and lingered as a thin line and left some nice lace. Aroma was powered by yeast and grains with a fruitiness and just a touch of cloves. Flavors are very mild and unassuming, perfect in my opinion. Just a twinge of banana and clove with floral essence and a malty yeasty finish. Mouthfeel was very peculiar...it almost felt like I was drinking a hollow beer. The super tight carbonation coupled with the wheaty feel just kind makes this beer slip down your throat with a minimal of effort, very odd. Overall a good drinker where simplicity seems to be its greatest asset.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 04:59:34 | More by sockeye101
Photo of Regenpak


3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss brought this beer from Germany in a 24-crate. Poured as per instructions on the 50 cl bottle (first 3/4, then swirl the bottle, then pour the last) into a tall Weizenbier glass I got 3 cm of fine bubbly foam that slowly disappeared. The Hefe in the almost orange beer caused a thick cloudiness. The smell was wonderfully fresh, sweets and the everpresent banana. The taste lacked some, having a kind of chemical tang to it. The rather heavy carbonation made it more pleasant. Still, for me this is one of the better Weizenbiere. Be sure to serve cold.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 14:50:16 | More by Regenpak
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 9.3.06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy peachish color with a one finger white foamy head. Slight retention on the sides.
S: Phenol, bananas, pears, and a spicyness dominate the nose.
T/M: Nice banana and fruit beginning that gets drowned out by a stinging carbonation. Pear notes and a slight caramel sweetness come through, followed by a yeasty dry finish. Sharp notes are noticeable after the carbonation blast. Medium bodied Hefe. Gets a bit grainy towards the end.
D: A pretty damn good Hefe—I think having it on tap will eliminate the carbonation a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 22:50:03 | More by bjohnson
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge fluffy head formed right away at least about 3 1/2in. Disapates rapidly, but from the outside in until the inside finally caved in on itself, then is stayed where it was. Very fun to watch. Color is cloudy neon orange, almost glowing with lots of visible carbonation.

S: Very yeasty which I didn't really like, but smelled strongly of clove too which I did like.

T: Yeast flavors were noticable, but not too strong. Midtaste subtle wheat flavors come out followed by hints of banana. Finish is sweet and spicy.

M: Medium bodied yet kind of thick with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth

D: Nice to finally see what a real Hefe Weizen taste like. I liked it enough to want to further explore the style. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 06:29:55 | More by MLegendre
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left a big hefe-weizen foamy head, with some good retention, and not a lot of lacing. Body was a cloudy orange-yellow-gold. Looks good.

Smell - bananas, cloves, creamy wheat. Pretty straightfoward.

Taste - same as the smell. Bananas and creamy wheat washed with some cloves. There is a little bit of lemon on the finish. Good.

Motuhfeel - creamy with a medium body, with moderate to low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 13:53:35 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of pbr85

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Lots and lots of head. Might have just had a really terrible pour, but this was about 1 part beer 4 parts head when I first poured it. Taking into account that the pour was likely my fault, the head is fluffy and delicious looking. Beer is hazy golden yellow. The head is slightly off white and very fluffy.
S: Subtle hints of yeast, lemon, sour bread malts
T: Interesting. Standard yeast flavors for a hefe, lemon, nice malt backbone. Interesting flavor that makes me think of cantaloupe. It can't be cantaloupe though, can it? I think I am drinking it a bit warm.
M: Nice on the tongue. Good amount of carbonation.
D: Average. Certainly a decent beer that is worth trying. And its pretty inexpensive. One thumb up and one in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 21:45:08 | More by pbr85
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3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at he Bavarian Beer Cafe in York Street Sydney.
Cloudy pale orange, dense white head that leaves misty white tidal rings on the way down.
Nose is restrained, maybe due to serving temperature.
Flavour of banana & clove, wheat, with the slightest hint of raspberry.
Aftertaste of lemon sherbet. Touch sour, no bitterness. Very drinkable & refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2006 21:37:03 | More by vancurly
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into hefe glass. Big, thick head with lots of lacing and great retention, color was a straw gold. Aroma was a mix of yeastiness and cloves, with some banana too. Taste was of bananas with a spicy finish. Very drinkable and the classic representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 15:55:05 | More by rgrace99
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: An insanely creamy and huge head sits atop the hazy yellow body with tons of bubbles cascading everywhere. Not sure if this is a lucky pour or the brew always looks this good. Lacing's hanging out all over the place.

Smell: Mild earthy phenols, mild clove, vanilla, a touch of spiciness, some breadiness, banana, and sweet wheat malt. It's mostly subdued, which is nice for those who get a bit annoyed with the banana and clove overpowering everything.

Taste: A nice meld of slight banana creaminess, slight spice, a subdued wheat presence, mild phenols and earthiness, some breadiness, and finishes slightly dry, though without much hop bitterness at all, with some clove and banana lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy with a medium to full body. The carbonation's silky to boot.

Drinkability: I've had this on tap and it's better, as would be the case with many brews. But this is a very solid choice for the style and for the summer season especially in my book. One of my staples for taste and affordability with the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 21:57:57 | More by asabreed
Photo of rarevos

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange. Fluffy, pillowy head, two fingers worth. Great retention. Stayed throughout the duration of the beer, which admittedly didn't take me long.

S: It's been a while since I've had a good, German hefeweizen (it's been a summer of American Pale Wheat Ales, mostly). This is nice and estery with a nice banana bread aroma, a hint of lemon, and the usual clove element. It's so much richer than a lot of APWAs that try and achieve the same thing, though.

T: Citrus up front, spicy toward the middle with the start of a banana bread crescendo (you can tell). Finish is fully banana bread-like and malty. Cresendo wasn't as big as I would have liked, I guess, but it was still nice.

M: Light. Others have complained about fizziness with this beer, which wasn't the case with my bottle at all. Just right.

D: A good, refreshing hefeweizen. A tier below the Weihenstephaner, but there's no shame in that.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 23:20:49 | More by rarevos
Photo of Fuller


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. 2" head of very thick off-white foam with very good retention. Body is a cloudy yellow orange with streams of tiny bubbles constantly rising to the top. Nose is full of bananas, clove, grainy malt, and yeast. Classic hefe - tart and sour with flavors of clove, lemon, wheat and a hint of banana. Decent carbonation and mouthfell is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is excellent.

An excellent beer. I still enjoy the Paulaner hefe a little more but this one runs a close second.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 04:29:43 | More by Fuller
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3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This one came out a cloudy yellowish-orange in color with a white, moderate head on a painful pour from the bartender.

Smell - The nice even yeast aroma is pleasant and contrasts well with the orange lemon accents. The spicing here smells a little more Belgian than German.

Taste - The orange zest overpowers at the taste. It's not a bad flavor but it is a bit too zesty like the lemon was brewed right in with the beer.

Mouthfeel - This is in between light and medium-bodied with a spritzy type of carbonation.

Drinkability - This was refreshing enough but was not even in the same league as the bottle-conditioned version.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 00:05:51 | More by RoyalT
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Beff's (where their 29 taps have been down for a couple weeks now, leaving me to resort to their cooler stock). A 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass (it's what the waiter brought) yielded a hazy straw-colored yellow body with a fizzy 2-finger head.

Smelled of orange peel, lemon and cloves.

As for the taste: I wonder if this bottle wasn't a tad bit skunked -- who knows how long it sat in the cooler -- as I noted a slightly skunked musky taste (though it wasn't there in the nose). Predominant flavors were cloves and lemon zest, with the yeasty clove flavors becoming more pronounced as it warmed. Surprisingly, I could feel the alcohol warmth on the finish.

As for mouthfeel: light -- almost thin -- with fizzy carbonation.

I took away some points on taste and drinkability due to the skunky flavor, but all in all this is a decent example of a Hefe-Weizen and as a fairly light brew is pretty drinkable. I suspect I would score a fresher bottle higher in a couple of categories.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 14:37:11 | More by Kendo
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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