Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 3,337
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 112
Gots: 391 | 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 Spiri7
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Given its minor flaws, I really enjoyed this beer.

A - I like its deep, golden, opaque color. It's luring and mysterious.

S - I did not detect anything special in the nose. Fortunately, I didn't detect anything unpleasant either. This hefe did give off a nice, sweet wheat note.

T - I can say, for certain, that I was able to pick up on the hints of banana amidst all of the other wonderful flavors. Nice bread-like flavors came through, along with lively citrus notes.

M - This beer, although filling and unfiltered, was quite refreshing. I would probably consider it medium-full bodied.

D - This is very drinkable. Perfect for a warm afternoon on the deck. Great for those who enjoy something on the sweeter side, and good for those who are looking for something different...

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

Pours golden with massive head. Billowing clouds of head. Nice bits of banana coming through the nostrils as I inhale. Tastes delicious, bits of fruits, some bread, slight hop bitterness. Extremely well balanced. Great mouthfeel makes this one to kick back often.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly. Shows a cloudy golden orange with a 2-finger white head that stuck around for a while. smell was yeasty and doughy, slight citrus notes. Taste was a little light, fairly sweet and mellow, bready almost. Very smooth, easy to drink beer, I can have these all day. Not the most intense Weisse by any stretch, just a very solid, easy to drink beer. I remember having this in a bottle about a year ago and it was little more full, and tons of particles clouding it made for a better and tastier experience overall. Get this in a bottle if you can, but definitely worth trying.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Cock & Bull in Glendale, Ohio.
A: Bright, golden, straw-like color. Average size head which disappeared quickly.
S: Lots of lemony-citrus notes up front. A bit of banana seeps through as well. Additionally, I'm picking up some sweet bread like scent.
T: Very impressive. I love Hefeies and some how this one has eluded me. The wheat is balanced perfectly by the malts and lemon. Mild alcohol flavor brings this all together.
M: Just a bit of carbonation aids this brew in its effort to go down smooth.
D: Hello session. Very refreshing, not too sweet, not too heavy. I will be having another. Sorry I waited so long to have the first.

Photo of saradad
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a glass, even a gentle pour forms a white fluffy head over a hazy, very carbonated golden body. The smell is cloves and yeasty dough, no apparent hops present. The taste is light cloves and cinnamon roll, the good chewy ones, with a clove and banana-like finish. Not dry, and the mouthfeel is full but not heavy. Very drinkable, a real thirst quencher that almost has me looking forward to mowing the grass again this summer. Almost.

Photo of MS2k
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with 2+ fingers of foamy head that has nice retention.

S: Touches of banana, citrus, hops, and some sweet spices that make it very appealing.

T: Both fruity and wheaty at first, but soon gives way to a lightly dry and bitter-sweet aftertaste. Almost like a yeasty white wine.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing. Very easy to swallow.

D: Its levity and carbonation make it go down like a soda with far richer flavor. An enjoyable drink, particularly in springtime, that makes it easy to reach for another.

Photo of bsend
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner style glass.

The beer poured a cloudy yellow to golden color. There was nice two finger plus head on the top of the beer. The cloudy beer let plenty of light through.

The aroma on this one was interesting. There was notes of spice, and citrus. Very pleasant.

The taste on this one was surprising. I saw it come in the standard green glass bottle that Beck's and St. Pauli Girl come in. I was expecting a weak entry in the taste department. I was wrong. There was plenty of spice added to the beer, but it had a very light finish. Excellent mix on this one.

The mouthfeel was good. Pushing the beer around the mouth, you get all type of spice to it. Light body.

This beer has great drinkability. Its definitely a good session beer especially if you are looking for something different.

Final Thoughts - I was surprised by this one. I saw the positive reviews on here, and decided to try it out. Definitely a recommended brew. Great flavor, great drinkability and a very affordable price. Cheers!

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

A - Golden yellow, solid white head. good retention, beautiful lace as well

S - Lemon's, spices. almost a hint of some type of orange. little hop scent as well.

T - A tasty hefe weisse. citrus. lemon grass.

M - Light, smooth. crisp. Great beer for the spring/summer.

D - This is a great session beer. Great drinkability and not too potent. Easily have a few pints at lunch and go back to work!

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

A: Pours a bright golden cloudy color. Nice tan head.

S: Citrus with hints of hops and spices.

T: Clean taste with hints of citrus.

MF: Crisp with plenty of carbonation, light body.

D: Very drinkable hefe-Weisse.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a hefe glass.

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

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Going back to 1363, Franziskaner is one of Munich's oldest privately owned breweries; but today, they're currently owned by Spaten/InBev. Regardless of their affiliation, this is some old-school Weissbier. They also brew a Dunkel (dark) version, but we'll be tasting the Hell (bright).

Pours extremely cloudy--as per the style--with sunny hues ranging from amber to dark orange, topped with a frothy foam head that rests to a respectful lacing. Banana esters and phenolic clove-like aromas pique interest and entice the palate. Super-creamy, with a crisp edge of carbonation and a light, but firm body. Some lemony citrus strikes from the moderate hopping, just enough, and it works well with the carbonation. Distinct "wheaty" flavor and feel. Light banana and a dashing of powdery clove add depth. Soft caramel and bready notes beneath, with a hint of hop leaf toward the drying finish.

If the estery and phenolic style of Weissbiers is your thing, this is truly a classic among the style--well balanced and extremely drinkable. No lemon required.

Photo of jsp2
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick head of snow white foam, and bubbles cling to the glass. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle. A thing of beauty.

Aroma of cloves, banana, toasted wheat, and perhaps something fruity like an apple or berry. A little bit of sweetness like honey.

A little carbonation followed by banana bread with a very crisp, mild finish. A bit of caramel and plenty of toasted wheat is present which gives rich body and mouthfeel. Light and quenching enough to make a great session beer.

Great example of this style that is well balanced, delicious, quenching. A bit more reserved with the various flavors than some other examples as far as the spices but very well polished.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy golden. Couple fingers of fluffy head.

Aroma is classic hefe: banana and cloves. Peppery spice and bubble gum.

Taste follows the nose, although the flavor is lighter than the aroma. Dry finish. Very refreshing. High carbonation, tons of tiny bubbles tingling the tongue. Light body, super easy to drink.

Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How about starting on the pettiest note and give the thumbs down on the green bottle. After that the beer is very good and quite representative of the style. It pours a slightly hazy orangy golden color with a slightly creamy, slighty thin foamy white head, that retains a bit and laces slightly. The nose is the candied clove you would come to expect with the style, perhaps a bit of apple or pear, and a touch of that bubble gum sweetness also part of the package. The nose is very good.

The taste is quite seltzery and spritzy, there are some lemon and orangy citrus notes, there are definite clove and banana flavors in there, but overall this is not a particularly sweet hefe weizen beer. It is a touch prickly, a touch lemony, very refreshing, but not overly pronounced in any one direction. The lightness of the wheat does come through in terms of consistency. The beer lacks a bit of punch. This is a very good hefe, but not the best out there. If I wanted a German hefe, I would go for Ayinger over this one.

Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a slight orange tinge. Great white head that seems to be never-ending as it comes out of the bottle - just as a German Hefeweizen should be. Aromas are of yeast, banana, and clove. Classic hefe flavors of more banana and clove...slight citrus. Finishes crisp and a little spicy. This is one of my favorite Hefeweizens.

Photo of KTCamm
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy yellow with minimal foam. Little lacing is evident,

Smell is classic hefe - the banana bursts out of here, there is clove and other fruit buried in the background.

Taste is wheaty, crisp, and clean. Finish is yeasty. High carb in the mouthfeel.

This is one of the best hefes I've ever had. Really tasty, highly drinkable. I had never heard of the brand when I pulled the bottle off the shelf, but I am glad I did. Well done.

Photo of maskednegator
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy Bud Light, with a massive, fluffy head
Smell: Orange rind, yeast, green tea, apples
Taste: Crackers, yeast, thin white wine grapes. Finishes spicy.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied. High carbonation.
Drinkability: By the fucking gallon.

Overall: The classic Hefeweizen and a great session beer. Extremely refreshing.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle. no dating found.

cloudy, dark straw color with brownish orange and amber tones. large fluffy classic weiss head slowly fades to thin layer. lacing never sticks however.

good typical weizen aromas. fresh banana, including peel. hints of apple and of orange juice. yeasty and bready. notes of clove or anise and a trace of noble hops.

palate of gently sweet malts and yeasty esters of banana and apple. bready malts and subtly nutty yeast, with slight acidic twang. gentle, light bitterness goes into a tart finish.

medium body, decently smooth, though the carbonation can get on the overly prickly side.

Photo of endovelico
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes. Poured into a slender balloon glass. Medium low to low artificial lighting. Reviewed on 16 / 03 / 09.

Appearance: Hazy orange. White head. Medium to medium high effervescence.

Aroma: Medium high strength. Bold clove spiciness and earthiness up front. Eventually fades into slight banana aroma with strong citrus notes. Final note is of very pleasant bubblegum.

Taste: Medium high intensity. Clove upfront with underlying banana / citrus notes. Lasting sweetness. Enjoyable bubblegum on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium low bitterness. Medium to medium high body. Medium high to high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. Very interesting and complex, yet sessionable. Excellent price / quality ratio. Excellent representation of the style. Will have again.

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

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Golden with the normal hefeweizen cloudiness. Large head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Citrus scents with piney undertones. Nice smell.

Taste: Citrus with grass undertones. Pretty much tastes like it smells.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but slightly on the carbonated side...Nothing too bad, but nothing great either.

Drikability: A solid hefeweizen but nothing that stands out too much.

Photo of FatCaster
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look how pleased that monk on the bottle looks. He is giving that mug his full approval as he pats his monkish belly. This must be a tasty, satisfying beer.

A--Cloudy and amber colored that fades to corn yellow if you tip the glass.

S--A satisfying blend of honey and corn aromas. Immediately put itself in my good graces.

T--Tastes like drinking a loaf of honey oat bread, with a bit of yeasty zing around the edges. No bitterness until after the beer has gone down your throat, then its just a nice subtle counterpoint.

M--Carbonation is small bubble style, but tons of them. Satisfyingly thick, but refreshing when cold.

D--Only thing that would stop you is a full belly.

Photo of berserker256
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 16.9 ounce bottle. There's a very full and tall white head on this beer as I pour. It looks dense. Very opaque yellowish beer typical of unfiltered wheats. Also typical is the smell of bananas and cloves and yeast. Smells like banana bread, I suppose. Tastes like bananas and cloves with yeasty qualities. Earthy and semi-sour, too. Medium body and easy to drink. Good beer.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Franziskaner Weissbier, Spaten? (green bottle)
Reviewed 3/6/09, bottle>pint glass
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.00 %

A 3.5 - ok head, mediocre retention and lacing, cloudy golden light honey in color
S 3.0 - Semi yeasty and semi dry, mild skunky in aroma (maybe the green bottle?)
Limited banana/clove aromas
T 3.5 - Yeast bitterness and aftertaste, thin wheat notes on palate, crisp dry finish.
MF 3.0 - High carbonation, thinner on body than anticipated.
D 3.5 - okay Hefe example, but not a standout in my opinion. Not bad, just not great either.

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

Picked this up for $2 at Monument Wine and Spirits in Concord. Served in a wide Tucher flute at about 40°F.

Pours a cloudy amber yellow with a very resilient white head. Minimal lacing noted.

Lots of yeast, citrus, and spices on the nose.

This is extremely crisp and clean when it hits the tongue, with a strong lemon and orange edge complementing the expected bready character. It would be a crime to 'fruit' this beer; the flavor is already there! Tart and sour on the finish, with hints of clove and banana esters.

Mouthfeel is characterized by a light to medium body and lots of carbonation. Very, very drinkable.

Photo of Stunner97
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- pale brown, very murky as are most of the style, highly carbonated off the pour, white foam head

Smell- Yeast, doughy, malt sweetness, a lot of wheat and freshness

Taste- Sweetness and malts upfront, juicy freshness and crisp tasting with wheat and grains and slight citrus tones, lightish beer

Mouthfeel- light bodied, high carbonation, highly quaff ible drink,

Drinkability- very easy to drink and highly session able, a good hefewiezen, I have had a few Germans that are better but this one is not bad by any means, very clean and drinkable beer with good flavor

Photo of DoShek
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured into a weizen glass with a huge white head, wonderfully yellow and cloudy from the wheat and yeast, head dissipates to a solid ring around the edge, leaves no lacing on glass

Aroma - sweet wheat smell, classic banana and clove phenols from the yeast

Taste - spicy banana and clove flavors, more cloves than bananas are present here, hint of tartness, slight bitterness on the back end

Mouthfeel - light and crisp, effervescent carbonation

Drinkability - very drinkable, would be great on a hot day

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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