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 BeerCheese
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy light amber with big white head that dissipated quickly. Very citrusy aroma with a hint of banana. Taste had a little banana too, with the usual mix of malt & yeast that is typical of the style. Just a little bitterness for balance, but still more malt than hops. Medium carbonation with medium body. Very drinkable beer. I liked it a lot.

Photo of Vendetta
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Quality Hefeweizen. Aroma is present but not overly influential. Flavor is very good, but not nearly as complex or enjoyable as a hefeweizen such as Hacker-Pschorr. More citrus than some other hefeweizens. Quallity hefeweizen, but falls short in some areas to other hefeweizens. A bit overrated in my personal opinion- there are better hefeweizens out there.

Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

Poured into my Franziskaner glass.

APPEARANCE: Deep yellow golden orange. Very opaque and next to no carbonation evident. Pours a large fluffy white head that is pretty persistent. Eventually levels out to nothing and leaves no lacing. Looks great at the beginning, but relatively flat by the end, unfortunately.

SMELL: Strong scent of wheat malt, clove and some banana undertones. Very nice, strong and enticing.

TASTE: A yeasty and wheaty malt taste, with a hint of cloves and banana undertones as well. A slight bit of lemon is noticeable too. A mellow aftertaste fades nicely into the background. Very tasty and well balanced on the whole. A treat.

PALATE: Medium bodied with carbonation on the lower side of the spectrum. Very smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate, and finishes slightly sticky with not bite. Feels like a weizen should.

OVERALL: A great weizen; one of the best out there. A very drinkable beer that you could easily make a session out of. I first discovered this brew when I lived in Hamburg a few years ago. Glad I did. Recommended.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass, as I am currently lacking a proper weiss glass.

The beer is a cloudy amber color, translucent, but not at all transparent.

The smell is strongly yeasty and grainy, as one would expect, without a noticeable hops aroma.

The taste is a sweet wheat, with a very noticeable yeast backer. I find this to be a fairly fitting example of the style, and while it doesn't wow, it also doesn't disappoint.

The mouth-feel is smooth, and while it lacks that certain "crisp" sensation, it is easy and enjoyable.

Drink ability is strong; compared to others this beer is smooth and easy going, I could easily enjoy several in a night.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy gold with an orange hue. Can't see through it at all. Nice full sudsy white head initially. Reduces quickly to a thin cap leaving very light spotty lace.

Aroma typical of the style. Fruit, spice, and of course yeast.

Very flavorful with banana, clove, some citrus zest in the middle (orange-lemon), a touch of bubble gum sweetness and a light medicinal quality in the finish. Sweet throughout, very little in the way of hops.

Carbonation is crisp and a bit biting. Medium bodied.

Not the best of the style, but very good. Could become one of my staple beers due to the low price and easy availability.

Photo of callmescraps
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Present for the lady friend. Needless to say, I'm doing some reviewing.

Appearance - Straw colored with a nice thick head that disappears pretty quickly.

Smell - Lots of citrus, a little spice with a hint of banana. Very nice.

Taste - Some citrus, and with some bread and a little spice. A little flatter than anticipated. Just a tad too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Very thin. A little disappointing again. Just sort of washes away.

Drinkability - Very high. It's a pretty decent bev, and you could put a ton away, unless the sweetness was overpowering. The lady insists on giving big points here because it "goes down easy" can't say I disagree.

It's a very nice, very drinkable bev. It doesn't have as much going on as some of my favorite hefs, but it's still a good one.

Photo of Macca
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the European Beer Cafe in Melbourne.

Poured with a good finger of head, good retention and lots of the lace. A hazy bright straw colour. Aromas of bananas and cloves. These continue on the palate with some other very pleasant herbal notes. A zingy backbone. High carbonation. One very nice beer. I wish I had gone the pint rather than the pot.

Photo of MillySox
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The quintessential south German wheat that starts of with an impressive
thick white head and a solid golden color. Low bitterness and strong banana and clove profile make for an easy drinking summer favorite of mine. Highly carbonated live beer.

Had it first in Vegas than came home and found a case 22oz bottles. Good decision.

However, I recently had this beer from a 12oz green bottle and it was noticeably different. I am unsure on the skunked beer / green bottle issue, but this beer was definately skunky and overpowered the flavor of the beer.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nicely presented beer with a foil wrap around the top and what looks like a friar drinking out of a mug.

The beer poured a nice two finger head which stayed around for a little while. The beer is incredibly hazy and a nice yellow. Perfect for a hefe.

I got a banana wheat smell coming through the beer. The taste is the best that I have ever had for a hefe. It is a good complex tasting beer that goes down smooth. I could not get enough to drink. It was simply the best hefe that I have ever had.

Highly recommend.

Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale orange color with somewhat active carbonation. Rocky off-white head starts out strong, but has only average retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: I picked up banana straight from the bottle. Once in the glass, strong clove, pepper, lemon zest and yeast aromas come through.

T: Tart and dry. You can taste the wheat and yeast in the malt profile, plus a touch of malt sweetness. Biting bitterness is all about clove and lemon. Faint banana and coriander tastes are along for the ride. Finishes dry with a lingering spiciness.

M: Medium body is chewy and grainy. Carbonation feels a bit low for the style.

D: Very nice Hefe. Easy to find here in CO and worth a revisit.

Photo of hylton44
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beeautiful, uniformly harvest-golden haze, lofting forth a robust, bannana/clov-ish nose. An impressive white head sits in the glass, and leaves a very regular lacing and it is drunk down. Rich, flavor of pumkin and clove. Just a powerful example of a German hefe.

Photo of smanders
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Enjoyed in Garmisch, DE

Appearance - unfiltered amber with billowy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - clove, banana, yeast.

Mouthfeel - almost dry with a clean finish.

Taste - crisp whilst cloudy, semi-sweet. Unbelievable!

Drinkability - Very high. This is the quintessential Bavarian Hefe for a summer day at the Schwimmbad or as the perfect accompaniment to a great meal.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Guinness tulip pint glass. Note: Label read "Franziskaner Weissbier" then said "Hefe-Weissbier" in small print. I'm guessing its the same thing.

Appearance: Cloudy golden/straw color with a very large, slowly dissipating, thick head that leaves no lace. Pretty much what you would expect from a Weissbier.

Smell: Wheat smell with hints of sweetness. Not my cup of tea (or glass of beer, if you must).

Taste: A wheat taste with hints of banana, maybe? Interesting flavor, but this is also my first import Hefeweizen. Pleasant and refreshing. Wasn't into the taste at first, but it grew on me as I drank

Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp. I like it.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable and something I would not mind having around on a summer day. I recommend this and will be buying again for the Houston summer.

Photo of WHROO
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a little flat out of the 5lt mini-keg...
Nice head though, pale yellow, all cloudy...
Definated phenols/cloves in the aroma...
I expected the same in taste - something along the lines of hoegaarden wit, but I was pleasantly surprised...this seemed more complex than the hoey..
It did have some cloves, but way more fruity...tropical fruits too, even managed to get some mango flavour. this was very nice & also had some fruity sour freshness.
however mouthfeel was a little disappointing. Not sure if it was the keg's fault but it just felt a little flat.
Saying that though, me & my mate went through the 5 litres in a long session last weekend not a problem...great summer ale in the land of echuca!
Would LOVE to try this on tap or in a bottle.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very bright yellow color. Lots of active carbonation and not a great deal of head.

Smell- Not a lot going on here, maybe the beer is just too cold but there doesnt seem to be a great deal of nose at all.

Taste- Very creamy like I would expect from a hefewissen, not anywhere near as fruity as I would expect, in fact its almost sour.

Mouthfeel- Good creaminess, above average for sure.

Drinkability- Not too bad but not one of the better hefeweissens I have had.

Photo of Offa
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty hefeweizen, ranking fairly high up the list in this style for me.

Hazy pale amber, it has a very large off-white head that shrinks slowly.

The aroma is at first grain and herbal hops, a little like a German helles lager. This quality remains throughout, but after the first whiff, weakens in the face of the classic German hefeweizen qualities, which take over with banana, bubblegum, marshmallow, and wheat. There is also an odd musty quality that detracts slightly.

The taste is very nice, with a lot of fruit, some bubblegum, some wheat/grain and banana, good sweet-bitter presence and balance, and a long, slightly alcoholic grain-banana finish. It's not too soft and pillowy, a trait than I find tiresome if too strong.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours as an ever expanding active ivory foam with lots of bursting bubbles. a nice creamy protein skin forms on top just the way i like it. i get all the yeast in so there are swirls amid the tiny bubbles that climb their way up through the moderately hazy dusty golden body. little specks of lace here and there and sheets of foam that slide back down into an impressively retentive head.

S- some fleeting green bottle skunk disappears fast leaving me with quintessential hefe aroma, clove, banana, nutmeg, and plenty of weiss too. a tropical fruity coconut citrus also lingers way in the background. soft and cozy smell, particulate and dense.

T- the yeast is as flavorful as it is aromatic, and the rest of the beer is bready and mild with a light tartness like sourdough bread. mineral water, banana peel, and clove, with a very very light tough of grassy hops. barely even noticeable. raw bread finish and a clean grainy aftertaste.

MF- crisp and light, but not watery. medium carbonation allows some weight to be perceived. silky wheat proteins can definitely be felt on the palate.

D- ultimate D, refreshing and quenching. pleasingly mild flavor enhances that characteristic.

Photo of n00tz
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy blonde body, white head (not too strong retention) sparse carbonation but present.

S - Fruity, Citrusy and some floral scents are detected.

T - Apples and light grain, subtle lemon citrus on the finish.

M - Light body, pleasant presence on the palate (and not too rough on the burp)

D - Better of the wheat beers, not a bad brew at all. Highly recommended for Hefeweizen introductions.

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

I had this one at Genes Hofbrau last night in charleston sc. I have had this many times for many years but just decided to review it today. Great color and a thick mouthfeel. The smell is good with a little bit lacking on the taste compared to other german wheats. It is still warm in charleston so its still a good beer to drink in the sun

Photo of jsprain1
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A orange/caramel color with a thick white head with good retention and lacing. The requisite cloudiness was also there.
S- Smells of wheat, banana, and some spice. Very appealing.
T- Starts pretty wheaty with the banana taste. Moves more into a lemon taste and finishes with a spiced wheat taste. A good bit of banana permeates throughout.
M- Excellent body to it. Fairly high carbonation but not excessive. A bit dry on the finish.
O- Very good. One of my favorite hefes. Very flavorful.

Photo of elniko
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Julius Echter weizen glass.

A: Beautiful murky golden with gigantic pillowy head that stuck around throughout my experience with the beer. Carbonation apparent, very very good looking brew.

S: Smell was just slightly disappointing, hef tones are there but not as strong as I would expect. Wheat and banana tones slightly apparent.

T & M: I enjoyed the taste of this beer, one of the better hefeweizens that I've had. Very crisp and clean finish, sweetness does not overwhelm. Nice wheat tones as well.

D: Very drinkable, not my absolute favorite hefeweizen but definitely up near the top.

Photo of funkyspunk87
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.00 %

Great hefe although not as good as the Weihenstephaner... but still an awesome hefe if it's available in your area.

Light citrus and other fruit flavors, big head and a smooth aftertaste.

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

Poured into glass from a 12oz bottle

A - A very nice flax gold color with a big head.

S - Lots of wheat scents with some fennel and cloves.

T - Quite smooth with a wheat banana flavor's accompanied by a lot of carbonation.

M - A little on the thin side, but still delivers.

D - This beer has serious drink ability. Crisp, smooth and refreshing are the first three words that come to mind.

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

Poured into a tall glass at Teske's German Restaurant in San Jose this brew was a cloudy yellow straw color with a fair fuzzy white head and sketchy lacing. The aroma is light but solid bread with a lemon touch. A touch of clove is also notable. The taste is smooth wheat with a tasteful citrus kiss. This is solid refreshment, pleasant and very drinkable. Nicely carbonated, an overall winner for most any beer drinking situation.

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

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is one beautiful beer. Nice head and a perfect shade of light golden goodness. It has a very good hefe aroma with wheat and bananas in the nose. The taste is great with a smooth wheat, citrus, and banana flavor. The carbonation is perfect here. This has to be the smoothest hefe I've tried so far. My wife and I did a blind taste test with Schneider Weisse and Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and this hefe is the one I choose for best flavor. This beer can stand up to any hefe out there. Not to be overlooked.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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