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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,205 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,205
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 102
Gots: 317 | 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 Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have this all the time at "The Distillery", a bar not far from my place.

Pours an almost headless murky yellow-orange color. Very little carbonation. The smell is mostly of yeast with citrus zest filling the rest of the nose. The taste is smooth, mellow, and rich with what seems to be a belgian yeast. Very strange to have such a predominantly Belgian affect to me. The citrus adds a bit of a crispness to the overall one-dimensional flavor. It tastes good, goes down easy on a hot day, and isn't tpo expensive. Good for summer.

Rudgers73, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle (marked "best by 04/2008") into the appropriate Franziskaner weizen glass. My wife brought it back from Germany just 3 days before so it should be rather fresh.

A: Pours a cloudy light golden yellowish color with a thick white head.

S: The weizen glass funnels the aromas right up to the nose: light banana, light spices and some citrus. Lots of yeast in there as well.

T: Smooth, crisp and quite refreshing. A very nice medley of flavors such as light spices, light banana and lemon, some malt mixed in with the yeast.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation and very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, it goes down extremely easy due to the refreshing nature of the beer as well as the outstanding tastes. An excellent hefe, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

willjschmidt, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheap, good, Hefe. Can find this almost anywhere. Some call it the Lone Star of Hefe's. Damn good and could drink it all night long. $1.99 at HEB (local and BEST grocery store around) for a 20oz, why fight it. Pours a fierce head that slowly dissipates. Typical, nice hefe aroma…strong wheat. Slight taste of honey, some fruit and very smooth. Good but not great. Drink up.

lonestar4lunch, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very cloudy pale yellow body with thick foamy white head. Head tapers to a nice thin head with great retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Citrus hits the nose first followed by yeast, bananas, and spices. Smell is very welcoming and in-line with a good hefe.

T- Good balance of citrus and yeast up front with other spices and some banana in the background. Finish is all yeast. It lingers between drinks.

M- Light carbonation and yeasty body. Mouthfeel is very smooth and refreshing.

D- This is a great beer. Very sessional and very drinkable. Easy to session on any day and a stand-out hefe.

PittBeerGirl, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of casadebia
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy with color change and nice head
S - smells of banana and clover
T - rich taste of wheat in begining followed by a smooth clove finish
M - crisp clean feel on tounge
D - quenching and subtle taste that is universal

Bought at Continental store in Nacogdoches, Texas. Used a hefe-weissen glass.

casadebia, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spaten's version of a hefeweizen coming at you right now:

Cloudy, dark blonde to orage in color, good head, and looking good in my weizen glass. Yep, it's a hefeweizen. Smell is yeasty with gum and wheat flavors. The taste was light, yet it was coming up with interesting flavors. The standard phenols and malted wheat flavors apply, but there was also some nutmeg and refreshing gingerbread notes, all ftouched off with a dry wheat finish. Very nice. Light enough to drink easily, but enough flavor to interest your senses.

DoubleJ, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Franziskaner hefe glass a nice pale orange-ish color and foamy head that was pretty thick. Refreashing and citrusy. It also is light yet a little more body than expected. I do hate when it is served with a lemon, I feel it just kills some of the natural flavor. I know the majority of people like it, but I do not. All in all, a very nice wheat.

OWSLEY069, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of djcriple420
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at Redbones in Somerville, Ma.

This beer was very tasteful. It had a rather unique taste for a hefe. It tasted as if it was started to be filtered with its light feeling, but not filtered at all with its true taste.

I would recomend this beer to anyone who has a hankering for a smooth hefeweizen, without an overbearing taste.

djcriple420, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy golden straw yellow colour... White head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer ... decent amount of carbonation rises to the surface... quite a lot of light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Some clove spiciness, vanilla notes, light wheatiness, very little maltiness, light fruitiness (banana, lemons and coming through), some faint salty notes, quite peppery...

Taste – Light cloves and nutmeg, faint biscuity malts, faint bubblegum traces, good fruitiness (lemon, grapefruit and some apple notes), salty, peppery hints, no real hops....

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light body... Very refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A good clean safe German hefe - nothing groundbreaking but well worth trying...

mdagnew, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Orrshow
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in London

Appearance - Cloudy and yellow with some off white head on top.

Smell - Not so strong...but of wheat, banana,citrus, and clove.

Taste - Very nice. Huge banana flavor with a nice citrus zest. Some wheat flavors arise with cloves as well.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with a slightly tinlgy carbonation.

Drinkability - Amazing...smooth as hell.

Orrshow, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a downright good beer.

Appearance - very energetic appearance, steady carbonation, hazy dull orange and gold color, white creamy head

Smell - fresh banana, hops, clove

Taste - very flavorful and balanced, classic Hefe

Mouthfeel - refreshing and pleasant, very light feel of the carbonation, soft on the palate

Drinkabillity - very easy to drink, each sip has you wanting the next

SaltyLime, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of ttu94
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Gingerman in Dallas.
Light hazy, yellow with a decent head and good lacing.
Smell was pleasant, that of a nice wheat beer.
As with the dunkel variety this wheat beer has a very nice banana flavor to it. Not sure where that comes from but I like it. It also has a lemmony (sour) taste to it. Very good summer wheat beer.

ttu94, May 31, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific example of what a hefe should taste like, American "hefe's" should take note. Poured from bottle to pint glass with a gigantic head, let it settle and pour some more. Great smell, bananas are the standout smell. Orangish-copper in color, cloudy like a hefe should be. Head stays with beer for the entire glass. Great taste, good carbonation (not too much where it distracts from the taste), and a great aftertaste. Really couldnt recommend this beer more. Finally reviewing after buying I dont know how many times and I keep enjoying it more and more (especially when compared to other hefe's). And say what you will about fruit in beer but try one with a small (small the key word) orange slice. Liquid heaven!

bunnyhustle, May 31, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a good amount of foam, white, but not as much as I expected, around this hazy, golden brew. Lacing is reasonably good.
The aroma, although pleasant, is quite faint, with the expected cloves and bananas, but not a lot more.
Taste is reasonably well-balanced, refreshing, lightly sweet with a sour/bitter lemon-like, puckering characteristic to it (although mild).
Good offering for a summer beer, but nothing spectacular here.

brdc, May 29, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale gold, generating a creamy head that reaches a full fist in height before slowly sinking to a rocky cap that retains well leaving spotty lacing. Light-struck aroma upfront, no doubt from the green bottle and the rigors of importing from Germany, but a soft, earthy yeast note and wheat aroma survives, then banana and a slight clove scent come out as it warms. First sip is sweet with wheat and a snappy pilsner malt sharpness. Weizen phenols soon dominate and a bubblegum flavor is apparent. Hesitantly drying aftertaste shows clean and balanced bitterness and a hint of spicy Saaz flavor. The light body draws texture from the wheat and suspended yeast to create a very creamy mouthfeel complimented by brisk carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet with delicate yeast notes slowly fading. During the heat of summer, this Weizen is truly sublime.

PBRstreetgang, May 29, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden yellow with a big white billowing head, slow fade left a small lace, lots of carbonation. Smell was highly yeasty and full of grain and cereal aromas with a hint of fruit. Very lively feel, good carbonation had alot to do with this, and a nice all around flavor. Very drinkable, I could easily put down a six pack, gotta love a good Hefe!

mikesgroove, May 28, 2007
Photo of choyhosoi
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a glass and noticed the head dissapated to almost nothing. The aroma was a apple citrus flavor very intoxicating. The color was a cloudy yellow, and the taste was as smooth as they come . If you can try this beer it is worth it.

choyhosoi, May 28, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange / little hazy / mild carbonation / nice head

Tart sweet creamy wheat / banana and powdery feeling

Lightly tart and bitter / sweet creamy wheat / little orange-lemon zest

Light spicy carbonation / medium bodied

An enjoyable and easy to drink Hefe.

MrHungryMonkey, May 26, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, moderately hazy, with a two finger head. Fairly poor retention, and nothing is left behind.

Aroma is fairly heavy on the cloves and spicy yeast, and has just a tad of bubblegum/passion fruit in the back. Nice.

Flavor is a little disappointing. Again, strong clove flavor from the yeast up front, followed by a stale, musty kind of wheat. Finish is dry and lingering, with just a hint of tartness. Well carbonated and light bodied, this is a great beer for being outside in the summer.

Overall, not bad, but there are better out there I think. Perhaps this bottle is a little old, or was mishandled, but this just isn't doing that much for me. I have noticed that this beer does tend to vary quite a bit from bottle to bottle. Perhaps I just got another bad one... that is my kind of luck.

phisig137, May 26, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Presentation: 500ml bottle in a Weizen glass

Poured clean and smooth with a faint sizzle. Nice, crisp classic Hefe nose, dry, cider like, full of brisk clove and soft, warm banana, accented by straw, pale malts. With some bloom an echo of lemon pith is noticeable. A fat 3 fingers of super thick, sculpted, pearlized white foam clung like ivy to the glass sides, with very impressive head retention - only faded to 2 fingers of the same with a pleasing, audible crackle as it settled. The lacing was sporadic & chaotic as I drank. The body is thick, murky, a deep, copper stained honey down the middle with a paler, straw gold hue around the glass edges. An almost aquariumesque parade of tiny bubbles rise as if a great parade. Visually & aromatically this is hitting the mark.

A dry, crisp nature provides a foil to a creamy with foam and taste mouthfeel, a great ying-yang right off the bat. Its soft, yet sharp. The banana feel is very ripe, almost black, with a similar overripe sweetness whose soft taste is balanced by a cider dry, crisp clove, strawlike malt, full of carbonation bite. This is most pleasing and well balanced with 2 strong, noticeable tastes & mouthfeels.

The dry crispness takes on a cereal like grain quality as it rises with a noticeable crunch on the palate, growing sharper, slightly sweet like dry apple cider but still dryly balanced by those strawlike malts. Its beautifully drinkable and has a "happy", refreshing quality to it, which is nice in a warm weather beer. There is a subtle sophistication to this that is most enjoyable.

It does begin to weaken some and slowly fade at palate's end, leading to a faintly bittersweet, somewhat thick finish, somewhat downhill, but by no means disappointing. The aftertaste is soft & chewy banana, coating, filmy, semi-sweet.

A very good Hefe Weizen with a great play of soft & sweet vs. sharp & dry. Aside from a slight fade on the swallow its very good. I've had other Hefe's with more taste to enjoy, but I really dug the ying & yang this offered. I'd definitely drink it again, and would recommend it with no reservation.

BuckSpin, May 24, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blue Spark in downtown Spokane, WA. Served in a 20 in "Euro pint."

Pours an amber/gold color and is very cloudy. Served in a 20 oz Euro Pint.. Bubbly white head.

Smells spicy with cloves and a pie spice aroma.

Tastes like melons, banana, and soft fruit flavors. Slightly sour for the style.

Mouth Feel is full-bodied and a little cloying.

Drinkable and refreshing. 40 oz is probably enough in a session.

RJLarse, May 20, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9 oz bottle, served in a Weizen glass. The beer pours a hazy gold/orange color with about a half-inch white head. Head retention is good, but there isn't much lacing. It smells like bread, citrus, pepper and cloves. The main things I can taste are cloves, bananas, bubblegum, yeast and pepper. Mouthfeel is light but not watery, but it has a little too much carbonation for my liking. Drinkability isn't bad, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. With that being said, the beer is crisp and refreshing. Overall I think this is a good beer, I'd try it again.

bluejacket74, May 20, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this on-tap among the poor selection of macros at mullen's in naperville/lisle. they served it in the franziskaner glassware, which was nice. i made sure to ask for no garnish as others drinking this stuff had the requisite lemon slice in their's (tangent: do they do this in germany?). a very hazy and bright yellow/orange in the glass with a pure white, creamy head and good lacing. looked very inviting. usual aromas of fresh-baked bread, bananas, and cloves were present. going down, this had a touch of light malt sweetness to start with the subtle hops playing a supporting role. a bit of spiciness provides balance. finish is crisp and relatively short. creamy, lively mouthfeel. medium in body, bigger bodied than the abv suggests. a very quaffable session beer and a good example of the style.

MrMcGibblets, May 13, 2007
Photo of coalcracker
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener.
Appearance: cloudy, yellow-orange color with substantial fizzy head.
Smell: bread, with some citrus in the background
Taste: Clean and light body with taste of bread again; spice and a lemony zip also noted. Aftertaste tends to linger a bit long on the palate, though not intrusively.
Mouthfeel: light, not challenging on the taste buds.
Drinkability: quite drinkable as a session if desired; especially as summer approaches!
Overall: a respectable hefe, though perhaps a notch below the Weihenstephaner hefe.

coalcracker, May 13, 2007
Photo of daburtman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very easy to drink hefe, and almost a very thick taste too, very nice to go down, the color and smell both very nice, a golden head with a sweeter then normal smell for the hefe. ive seen this everywhere and finally decided to try it out. definately has a sweeter almost banana'y type smell/taste, but very good and nothing too overwhelming for someone who likes something easy to drink.

daburtman, May 12, 2007
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,205 ratings.