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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,185
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 101
Gots: 310 | 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 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
Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first shot at reviewing a German hefeweizen here. Pours a pale/amber color in which the amber part is in the middle. Real nice color though. Anyway, the aroma is mostly of clove with some faint trace of banana. Taste has more of a clove flavor with almost no banana overtones. Somewhat bready, though it goes down quite smooth. In comparison, the other hefes I've had had more of a banana aroma/taste. This is more balanced in-between. Very good example though.

Brad007, May 12, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy and dusty glowing orange-gold brew topped with a beautiful four-finger + monster of a head. Lots of sheets of fluffy lace, and come crusty chunks of yeast float around in the brew (I swirled to get the sediment in typical hefe tradition). A big beautiful example of the style!

S - Dusty banana, clove, black pepper, green grapes. Nicely done!

T - Yeasty with cloves, green banana peel, mineral notes. Later, some nutmeg and metallic nickel flavors show up.

M - Full bodied and rich but very wet and quenching too. Tingly carbonation with a nice little kick of acidic twang at the end. Finishes clean and slightly sweet.

D - I find all hefes to be pretty damn drinkable, and this one really exemplifies the drinkability of the style.

I find that many Bavarian hefes lean towards the yeasty-bready-banana-sweetness end of the spectrum and that many American versions lean towards the twangy-zesty-wheaty-lemony side, and while my personal tastes lean far towards the German style, this Bavarian brew is sort of in the middle. Not too sweet and bready, not to wheaty and twangy...this just about hits the drinkability bullseye.

pmcadamis, May 09, 2007
Photo of Noxious26
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9floz bottle poured in a pint glass. Enjoyed at a rental condo on Maui.

Caramel in colour and cloudy. 1/2 inch offwhite head on the pour settles to a solid 1/8 inch cap. Tiny bubbles create a dense foam.

Aroma of cloves and hefe yeast. Light banana bread in the background.

Mild flavour of cloves and wheat with sweetness at the start. Flavour tapers off slowly from start to finish. Very subtle.

Medium body with tiny pin pricks of carbonation.

Smooth and light and refreshing. Great beer for a warm Maui evening.

Noxious26, May 05, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

into normal pint glass. Really nice color like Dole's pineapple, orange and banana juice with a hugh white head, in other words it was a hazy yellow.

Smell is ok, not too strong, but smells like banana bread, cloves, and spices, maybe a slight astringent smell too.

What a great taste, im new to hefes and beer and general but this is the best hefe-weisse I've had. Big banana flavor, yeasty, balanced by the clove and spice.

The mouthfeel really is great. It's very full and creamy, little carbonation, extremely refreshing

very drinkable, as it should be

pittvkyle7, May 04, 2007
Photo of BigD1972
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Cardoza's Wines & Spirits in Fall River, MA

A: Golden Yellow with a good sized foamy head

S: Bananas, citrus, some spices

T: Very flavorful, a little heavy but overall very good

M: not too carbonated

D: very drinkable, exceptional taste. If you like wheat beers you will love this one.

BigD1972, May 01, 2007
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have reviewed this brew once before and I honestly don't think I gave it the full credit it deserves. If you want to know why I love this beer so much and what makes it so damn good, read on!

First, I followed the pouring instructions to rinse the glass with cold water, pour to the side, and then rouse the bottle when it's a little more than half empty. This brew has a has a great amount of head, beautiful color that just looks damn refreshing.

Nose of this brew is awesome as it has a good bananna sweetness among other refreshing scents that are simply awesome.

The taste of this brew starts off with the awesome bannana flavor that lasts all throughout the sip, but shortly after the start, a very complex bubble gum like flavor comes through as well that adds to the refreshing feel of this beer. A slight hop bitterness rounds everything out at the end. Sweetness/bitterness balance is nearly perfect.

I could devote a whole page to the mouthfeel of this brew. It's unlike any other beer you will taste, as the crispness is superb! This beer is so refreshing, but not one bit watery. I have yet to taste a brew that has such a refreshing crisp mouthfeel.

Without a doubt, one of the most drinkable beers on the planet earth, especially during the warm weather months (which is a majority of the months here in Austin). This brew has it all: Plenty of complex flavors, a great mouthfeel, very easy to drink, simply the perfect session brew. Two things I will leave you with that you should NEVER do to this beer: Do not drink ice cold (drink it chilled), this will mask the awesome complexity. More important than the first point, DO NOT PUT A DAMN LEMON IN THIS BEER!!!

AustinBeerLvr, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a billowy white head. The aroma is of bananas, spices, some slight citrus, and other fruits. Very pleasant.

This is a fantastic Hefe. I'm not usually a fan of the style, but this one is by far the best I've had. There's a big banana flavor up front, followed by spices (cloves, corriander), and citrus. A very subtle bitterness finishes off this beer, which couldn't be smoother. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very refreshing.

This is highly drinkable, and quite refreshing. In my opinion this is the new standard of hefeweizens to which all others will be judged.

BBM, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of ekempey
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, first review of a Hefe Weizen, so here I go.

Foil topped brown bottle poured from a .5 L (i think) bottle into a goblet. A dull orange is the best way I can describe the color, the beer carries a one finger head. The initial smell is fruity, a little wheat twinge. The taste is sweet with a dash of hoppy flavorings followed by a little warmth on the tongue for the after taste.

Very full bodied, even though fresh out of the fridge, I expect this to open up as it warms up. This is a very drinkable beer, light on the carbonation which is nice. One of the most vibrant beers in color that I have ever had, even so compared to the Belgian Wit's.

Overall, a good buy.

ekempey, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of ClassicBrad
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Saw this for about $3 in a 1 Pt. 9 oz. foil-topped bottle. Had to go for it..

Hazy golden to amber sunburst in color, with a nice fluffy head that doesn't seem to stand a chance because when I looked back, it was gone.

Smell is a strong banana smell with notes of wheat and yeast.

My first sip was a mimick of the banana, yeast and wheat notes that that nose had prepared me for. Very banana-y... and its nice.

Mouthfeel is utterly delightful. I can't put my tongue (haha, no pun... well, maybe a little bit) on it but its simply a DELIGHTFUL mouthfeel.

Drinkability, while I'm not the biggest fan of this style, is pretty average. I think it is a good brew to help people who don't care much for the style to begin experimentation in, but still a selective taste for those who aren't into the hefes.

ClassicBrad, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of stevecee2003
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I guess I am discovering that Hefe-Weisse is not my taste. At least this one isn't. As one reviewer called it, it's the cloves. Yes, that's the taste.. I don't like.

APP - Nice and cloudy, with a good foam that settles into a fair lace.
SMELL- Not much as I can tell. There is the yeast.
TASTE- this is where it loses me. As earlier stated, I now know that wheat must not be my taste. And those cloves! Uugh.
MOUTH- at this point does it matter?
NOTES- This beer is somewhat highly regarded. So be it. Just not for me.

stevecee2003, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent hefe. Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice, fluffy white head that sits well. Smells of fruit, wheat, and some spices arise. The taste is excellent. I notice mostly a bit of banana that reminds me of those Runts candies but much better. Great mouthfeel with a nice smooth texture. This one goes down super easy and is quite refreshing on a warm day like today. One of my favorites in this style.

ncvbc, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of peabody
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy straw color with lots and lots of white suds.
I smell wheat and sugar and clove. An oaky banana smell arises after vigorous swirlling. Yeast burns the nose slightly.
Mellow taste with sugars and clove at first then the bitter/sour aftertaste.
This is a great mouthfeel beer. At first you have a quenching clean feeling cold drink followed by the sour and sweet aftertaste which finishes very clean and bubbly.
I could drink lots of these dudes but Weihenstephaner is a better all around drink. I would love to try the Live Oak.

peabody, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of happygnome
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a real cloudy golden color, very inviting. Small white head that went away fast leaving little lacing
s: fresh fruit, sweet malt, nice hop presence very nice
t: wow this is amazing, really clean taste sweet flavor, nice hop balance very very refreshing
m: medium bodied beer very smooth

overall this is a very good beer wow its good, very refreshing, deffinatly going to be in my fridge come summer

happygnome, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a light, pale orange color, cloudy and opaque. Great billowy white head on top. Nose is all yeast and what. Some hints of citrus, orange, as well as other fruitiness, banana, and spices. Taste isn't as sweet, or strong, as the smell suggests. The banana comes through pretty strong. There are hoppy hints at the end, but the aftertaste is mild. In fact, the beer overall is fairly understated; good, but there isn't a ton there. It is super-refreshing, though. Feel is fairly thin-bodied, with good carbonation. Overall, it's a good beer. One of the first hefe weizens I've had (I was in the mood for some wheatiness). It's a solid, refreshing beer that I would have again if I came across it (although I'm not sure if I'd go out of my way). No complaints.

soupyman10, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Wonderful long lasting foaming head and cloudy body. Absolutely what you would expect from a hefe weizen.

S - Striking zesty, fruity nose with cloves.

T - Fruity, tangy flavours are dominant consistent with the smell. Almost no detectable alcohol or bitterness.

M - Lovely smooth foamy, velvety feel.

D - Way too easy to drink.

Overall this is a classic beer and one to savour.

Stephen63, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color, very cloudy, lots of foam.
Grainy aroma with some spice and fruit.
Fruity taste with nice malt. Hints of banana, clove, and citrus.
Mouthfeel was a little heavy for me.
Good, but not my favorite of the genre. Not my top pick for the style.

Duster72, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy dark yellow hue filled the glass. There was a huge three finger head.

Smell: Major notes of lemon and other citrus flavors. There are minor apples and grain notes.

Taste: Theres the lemon, apples, the citrus, and the grain. Pretty much as expected.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate. This goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Perfect for a nice summer afternoon.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of janubio
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You have to be careful pouring this one, in his own glass it has a massive foam if you don't take care. A golden very cloudy colour and lots of chunks ( that I like to pour when we talk about a non-filtered beer. Aroma of banana, peaches and maybe apples, and of course cloves. Velvety mouth, with the fruits and the clove again, and citruses notes with maybe some coriander. Very refreshing, medium to light body that make it easily drinkable.

janubio, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, in my mind, the standard by which other Hefeweizens are judged. This beer is cloudy in color with abundant head. Aroma is lots clove. Flavor is additional spiciness. I had this beer on tap last night, and have had it from the bottle many other times; I actually feel it is slightly better from the bottle (I like the bit of sediment in the bottom). Mouthfeel is smooth. All-in-all, quite good.

BeerBelcher, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As expected, this one pours with a massive head. The body is a pale yellow with a light cloudiness. Good streams of carbonation. The aroma is not too strong. It's lightly sweetened bready banana and yeast. Quite inviting.

The flavors are very clean and perhaps a bit watery. More light banana and clove, although the spiciness is subtle, with a bready character all around. Some citrus notes in the mix but never tasting sour. The mouthfeel is light, maybe somewhat thin, and it could use a bit more effort from the carbonation considering the style.

A very solid Hefe with good drinkablility, although it can't really stand up to the greatness of, say, Weihenstephaner. Nonetheless it's a refreshing beer and I wouldn't mind having another anytime...

bennetj17, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very hazy yellow-orange color with a thick, pillowy, white head. Smell is spicy, a little hint of cloves and bananas. The taste is very similar to the nose, with the banana profile coming out much stronger. The mouthfeel is light with a thick, creamy carbonation. A very drinkable Hefe, would be excellent on a hot summer day.

gmfessen, Mar 09, 2007
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