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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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2,894 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,894
Reviews: 1,503
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 169 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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 maddamish


2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Short review here...

Nice big head that laces nicely.

Smells of watery orange and a slight hint of spice. The taste is a bit watery and a little too sweet like an overripe orange. Not really a bad thing but not something that I could not drink a lot of. The aftertaste is a bit mediciney for my tastes. Reminds me of baby aspirin.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery.

What we have here is just a decent beer but not anything that I would want to revisit. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 02:33:57 | More by maddamish
Photo of HardTarget


3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Green 12 oz. bottle, no useful information at all, not even a marketing blurb.

Aroma: Yeasty, some light pepper noted, soft grain background

Appearance: Hazy dirty blond glass sports a respectable finger of bright white head that gives a fair coat of lace.

Flavor: Fruit flavors come out in the taste, classic banana and light ripe fruit esters with hints of clove.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation on the edge of fizzy, medium bodied, slowly fading finish

Overall Impression: Put it back to back with a Hacker-Pschorr Hefe, this seems a bit heavier and subdued. Still, shows all the classic characteristics of a Hefe. Not as much of a thirst quencher here, a bit more of a meal. Still, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 05:04:50 | More by HardTarget
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin small bubbld head. Little retention. Gorgeous hazy dark yellow brew.

Big banana smell with yeasty breadiness.

Strong sweet banana flavor up front with with a slightly bitter finish to finish.

Minutes later banana hangs around.

This is a great hefe. I really enjoy this beer and will have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2006 21:51:01 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of akahn


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick clover honey color. Tall white creamy head that lasted at a half a finger and left sheets of lace.

Musty yeasty aroma.

Very clean, mild flavor. Tangy on the sides of the tongue, hinting at citrus. Very slight clove spice in the post-finish exhale.

Extremely smooth and milky mouthfeel. Very gentle carbonation. Very drinkable.

What an enjoyable beer! I can't believe I waited this long to try a real hefe-weiss. Can't wait to try the others.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 01:45:25 | More by akahn
Photo of ashleyshalyn


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

This is certainly one of the more well-rounded Hefe Weizens that I have had the pleasure of drinking from a bottle. The light yeasty aroma is accompanied by corriander and clove scents that mely into a light banana creamyness flavor in the mouth. Not one characteristic stands out. Often with a hefe weizen one standard attribute gets blown out of proportion... too much citrus, corriander, yeast, etc... but this one is splendidly blended! The color of the beer is a light burnt gold. The only thing that I see missing from this classic hefe weizen is a crisp bitterness in the finish, this one does not have a long finish, but rather fades quickly with the yeast flavour predominating.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 21:33:39 | More by ashleyshalyn
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head that maintains. Thick lacing around the glass.

Light bready aroma with some nice fruity tones. Very subdued aroma.

Nice fruity and bready flavor upfront, just as you would expect with a hefe. But, it finishes quite bland and uninspiring.

Ample carbonation, but body seems otherwise thin.

Pretty easy to drink, just no desire to drink anymore than one. A bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 23:40:55 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of danielocean03


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber hued tan, with a full finger off-white thick foamy head that fell away to moderate lacing into a Weizen glass. Aroma is rich of that of warm wheat bread, spice, particularly cloves, maybe a little ginger, hints of fruit and malt present as well. Tastes just as it smells, excellent hefe, carbonation is plentiful yet in a lighter way than most brews. Mouthfeel starts fizzy and then goes somewhat creamy before finishing crisp. Great Hefe Weisse.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 18:04:10 | More by danielocean03
Photo of fido


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice foamy head and some decent lace; Nice smell, fruity and spices; Taste is the same, fruity and spices; Good Mouthfeel, carbonation is very fine, very refreshing and Easy to drink.

This is a very good Hefe Weizen.

A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 05:22:20 | More by fido
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Hazy medium gold in colour. Clove and banana aroma, with perhaps a bit more weight on the clove side of things. Surprisingly rich texture and full flavors of vanilla, banana, clove, and yeast. Long lasting head too. A great prototype for the style, with a few simple flavors perfectly balanced and working in harmony. A great warm weather beverage.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 18:04:39 | More by fisherman34
Photo of whynot44


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy gold color with a nice foamy white head that hangs around and produces some decent lace.

The aroma is fresh bread with some banans and spicy cloves. Light/medium bodied, pleasant but light malt flavor, fruity, yeasty, slight sourness with a hint of smoke(?).Spicy cloves..

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 02:42:03 | More by whynot44
Photo of EvilKeith


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass a deep carmel to orange. Starts with an impressive eggshell colored head. The yeast appears to hang in the upper third of the glass. Minimal head retention.
Smells of freshly cut hay. Yeast undertones with a hint of black pepper and spices.
Medium to light bodied. Moves well over the tongue.
Overall a respectable HEFE.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 21:27:14 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of Lnedrive14


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

I drank this right along side a Weihenstephaner - really made me appreicate the latter.

This is a fine hefe weizen - clean, crisp, refreshing, effervescent, etc. but it just does not compare to the world's oldest brewery.

Pours with a HUGE white head. Nice color - bright golden yellow with a bit of haze to it. Smells strong of lemon and yeast.

The taste is good - lots of fruity citrusness. But the aftertaste was kind of weird. Sort of like concentrated grapefruit - sharp, to say the least.

Highly drinkable, but no more so than you would expect from the style. I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 02:40:27 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of Erdinger2003


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

Thick, full, and strong head. Cloudy yellow to brown colors. Very first smell is a sweet banana aroma. I Definatly taste banana flavors with orange and lemon flavors. This beer feels is smooth and foamy as it goes down giving a good compliment to it's rich bouquet and full body.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 10:09:32 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of willgro


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent brew from the monastery brewery founded in 1363. It is now put out by the Spaten company. Spaten uses the Franzikaner name for all of its wheat beers. This crystal clear version is very aromatic, with hay and apples in the bouqet, and a quenchingly fruity taste. There are some hints of lemon and banana. It is not quite as good as others in the field, especially Schofferhofer Kristallweizen, but if you like a standard wheat beer, this is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 19:19:20 | More by willgro
Photo of ChiSox05


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

Hazy orange-yellow in the center that goes pale yellow nearer the edges. About an inch of fine foam that within a minute becomes a thin cap. Smells of light yeast, bready, melted mozzarella cheese with a hint of coriander. Dry grass. Taste reminds of sourdough bread. Wheaty, the maltiness keeps the tartness in check, leaving the end refreshing with some grass and wheat. Medium body, crisp carbonation, the move from lighter malts to grassy hops and wheat leaves the drinker ready for the next sip. Balanced, tart to mildly sweet to grassy, just a great beer, can't wait for summer, perfect lawnchair brew. Refreshing, clean, top-notch.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 18:01:42 | More by ChiSox05
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Not the first time I've sampled the Monk, but the first time I've kept a pint all to myself. Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow with a snow white head of foam. Nose is heavy on the bananas, light on the clove and grassy maltiness. Tropical fruits, banana esters and grassy malts dominate the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich like a banana smoothie. Overall, a very tasty hefe-weisse with fruity banana esters and peaty malt flavors. The quintessential wheat beer. Doesn't dissappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 08:31:52 | More by Golden2wenty1

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into an oversized wine glass. The color was a very dark brown. The head was tan and creamy. It also lasted for a while. It smelled of fruit, maybe banana, but im not sure. Lots of caramel and dark fruit. Real good flavor and good mouthfeel. Somewhat spicy. I recommend this brew

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 00:04:16 | More by KALIKGOLD
Photo of ghostwalker


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow/amber body with an absolutely huge frothy white head.

Sweet yeasty wheat nose with overtones of banana and clove.

Very nice taste. Plenty of sweet malt and wheat up front. The aftertaste is complex with estery flavors. Banana and clove are the most noticeable, but I am also getting a hint of lemony citrus and the marshmallow that others have mentioned.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and rich.

Drinkability is very good for a weizen. With some, I do not really want more than one in a sitting. This one would probably be good for a session weizen, especially in hot weather.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 23:37:02 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of acrawf6


4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God i love this beer! This is the one that got me into craft beer. I can always fall back on it and just fall into its greatness. I think its quite better in the bottle too.

Pours out a beautiful cloudy yellow with a great lively creamy white head. Lots of bubbles present spewing their way to the top.

Smell is like a religious experience for me. Brings me back to such great memories. Lots of bananas and cloves. Some citrus too.

Taste: heavenly.still the bananas and cloves come through. such a good balance of the hops and malts. nutmeg and holiday spices come through. I love this hefe in the winter.

Mouthfeel: creamy on the tongue, the carbonation is very present int the mouth which gives it a nice spicyness to it with the flavor.

Overall i say this beer is awesome. I could enjoy one or five in a night. I will never get tired of this beer. A lot of people say this style is a gateway to good beer, and i think this is a prime example of why. Hell it got me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 05:31:04 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my first ventures into wheat beers, being easy to find when I still lived in California. Pours a hazy brown/gold color with a head that lasts forever. Tastes really nice, somewhat fruity and yeasty but not overpowering or overly sweet. I can't call this a session beer but if I wanted to could drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 01:59:22 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks absolutely stunning in the wiezen glass. It’s a brownish gold at the narrow base and picks up more orange as it reaches the top. It’s also pleasantly cloudy that allows enough light through with out making it look too foggy. The head is white foam rubber that fell a bit quickly. Smells tremendously of banana and lemons with a little marshmallow. Not much wheat here at all. The wheat definitely comes through in the taste along with a nice mandarin orange citrus. Mouth feel is rather thin with a drying carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2005 22:30:16 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of IntriqKen


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth...best description I can think of. I avoid import beers for fear of them being past their prime but the reviews on Spaten Brewery have encouraged me to try their offerings available locally.
Pours a gigantic head made of tiny bubbles with good staying power. Color is slightly smokey pale gold.
Aromas of yeast and bread.
Tastes bright and clean....light malt...no taste of alcohol or hops....only a slight taste of very smooth banana esters. Normally I do not like the typical banana tastes found in non-american wheat beers but this one is light and smooth.
Overall, a pleasant very drinkable refreshing wheat beer. I will put this on my list of regulars, particularly to enjoy in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 21:49:51 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of tweeder263


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy gold brew with a pretty thick head,,head drops at a medium rate.Smells very nice with a big lemony scent that kicks ass.Has a light pleasing taste sweet,with a lemony citrus kick,,nice.Mouthfeel is pretty standard stuff.A pretty good brew that would rule in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 01:38:37 | More by tweeder263
Photo of HugoGrim


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

I've previously reviewed this beer on tap, so I won't repeat myself as this beer is almost exactly as good from the bottle as it is at the pub.

On this particular occasion I enjoyed my favorite Hefe with a new dish... Scalloped Chicken. A slightly spicy dish of chicken, onions, and mushrooms. Good complement.

Franziskaner Hefe is one of my most frequently purchased beers. An all around solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 01:05:08 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

~Bottle poured into a mug (unfortunately) with a solid inch of head that faded too quickly in my opinion, but settles into a decent head. Beautiful yellow-gold, murky color.
~Smells of citris, earthy, a little yeasty perhaps, a bit of banana.
~Taste. First off, I love this beer, have for some time. So, maybe a bit biased, but who cares. And it does not fail me this time either. Wondering if this bottle isn't a little old, as its a little flat. But the taste is rock solid and well balanced. Right now its still a little cold, and comes off with a citris and wheaty front with the earthy yeast and slight banana to follow. Perhaps some clove in there too. As it warmed up and reached the bottom, it softened up and settled more into a soft citris tone, with the wheaty laying underneath, and the banana became a little more prevalent. And the last gulp, delicious.
~A little too phizzy, don't remember it being so, but went away as it warmed up. Felt good, but nothing special.
~I know i could drink this beer a whole night through. Which doesn't in and of itself make it a good beer, but paired with its deliciousness gives it a high score.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 03:51:32 | More by objectivemonkey
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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