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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,441 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,441
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 127
Gots: 502 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Peach marmalade but, like, really bubbly and not nearly as viscous, also there is this thick looking, three finger head attached to the top of this beer as well, and a bunch of ropes of carbonation holding the roof up. Looking extra good when some floaties are added to the mix. The only problem is that the head does not stick around for long.

Sweet and smooth honey and orange cream soda, strong, pungent wheat aroma. This beer is a bit unlike most hefes in that it won't be mistaken for a garnish on an Easter ham.

The spices in the beer and the look and feel really fit the season. A smooth and creamy mix of orange, wheat, mild clove spice and cinnamon. What distinguishes this beer from other hefe's. Well the body on this beer speaks volumes, thick and creamy, makes the drinking experience that much more enjoyable and the flavors pop in the mouth. Though the more I work my way through this the thinner and more muddled the flavors become, turning into a smooshed, wheaty cocktail.

Not a bad beer but seems a bit below par to me. Taste becomes a bit muted. Would love to give this beer a second chance, would love to know if the bottle I had was fresh or not.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a beautiful, cloudy, tangerine-orange with a huge, billowy 2 finger, soft creamy bright white head that seemed to last forever. Visible carbonation was medium-strong. There were several large (1cm+) in size bran-flake like floaties that rested on the bottom of the glass.

S: On the nose was light wheaty aroma, bananas, cloves and a gentle spiciness.

T: The initial flavor had fresh citrus with cloves, and bananas starting things out. The crisp sharp carbonation brings out the yeastiness of the beer very nicely. A light fruitiness (apple sauce), oranges and pears is also very dominant. Sharp, citric with a beautiful spiciness and wheat palate that is guaranteed to satisfy. A classic example per style and the one which all others are judged by.

M: Medium fullness with a nice carbonation presence brings out the yeasty and tart citric nature of this beer. Finishes with a subtle dry tart lemon lacing.

D: Absolutely refreshing and one of the best per style. Crisp, citrusy and sure to satisfy. Case worthy by all means.

Photo of stone3187
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very pleasing hazy gold color, with smells of wheat malt and a hint of banana. I found that in the taste the banana was more aparent than in the smell but it still has a strong wheat beer character. This is my go to when I think of old German Hefeweizen. I think it is one everybody should try once.

Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with hues of red and orange. There is a white head that some retention.
Smell: Citrus, wheat, malt, citrus, and yeast with hints of hops and spice.
Taste: There is a nice wheat malt character with citrus. There are notes of hops, yeast and spice.
Overall: the mouthfeel is kinda creamy mouth coating, there is a bit of astringent on the finish. This is a good beer.

Photo of BeerCheese
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
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
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
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
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
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
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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