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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,945 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 1,505
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 88
Gots: 195 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

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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baugherlager

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazed with the overall appearance of this beer. Big white fluffy head that lasted throughout. Cloudy yellowish color with a very faint green tinge.

The smell wasn't anything special just a bombardment of yeast, but still appropriate for the style. I just would of liked more citrus or clove notes in the aroma.

The taste starts with yeast, and tasty malt. As it continues over the tongue the banana, and clove tastes shine through. The beer finishes with lemon citrus notes with a slight hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy at first yet is light and refreshing right after.( Hefe Weiss always amazes me by this.)

Like most Hefe weissbier I find this one really easy to drink. I have no problem having another one of these.

Overall this isn't my favorite Hefe Weiss but I think it is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 03:55:24 | More by baugherlager
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle in to a hefeweizen glass the beer was a hazy dull orange color with a frothy white three-finger head. Streams of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass and some spots of lace were left throughout the sample.

A faint grainy almost macro BMC smell to the beer; very surprising. Thankfully, some slight citrus fruits came thru: lemon and orange mostly. A perhaps just a faint hop presence in the nose as well.

The taste thankfully did not immitate the smell. Citrus fruit and orange and lemon dominated the taste. A malty backbone lent some substance and moderate mouthfeel to the beer. Some slight banana undertones as well and there was ample carbonation.

There are certainly much better hefeweizens out there and this was only about par for me. The smell really turned me away, and the taste (although not bad) did not overly impress either. I'll look for something else when seeking a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 19:18:18 | More by Sycodrummer
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highwaychile82

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer or should I say bier is the money. It has the typical cloudy color (due to the yeast being left in the beer) and that wonderful lacy head. This beer is a great summer time brew and a must have for cookouts.

Tip: I use this beer when boiling brats just before throwing them on the grill. gives a great added flavor especially when using Usinger's brats but Im from Wisconsin what do I know.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2005 01:38:48 | More by highwaychile82
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking hefe. The typical cloudiness is present with a very nice head atop the beverage. The head sticks around for most of the drinking.
A nice yeasty smell is present at first whiff. The yeasty aroma is balanced well with lemons and grasses and a tiny bit of hops.
The taste is first of lemons, then the earthiness peeks its head out. The lemon is the most prevelant taste, and a tiny tiny bit of hops will bite at the very end.
A great mouthfeel and a terrific drinkability. Definitely a good summertime brew while watching baseball.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2005 00:45:31 | More by SaCkErZ9
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a green 12 fl. oz. bottle, the gold label offers wonderful insight into the beer. Franziskaner hefe-weisse is written in ancient, German looking script. The famous, jolly looking monk is pictured prominently on the front, holding his bag, and his belly, in one hand, in the other, a huge metal stein, into which he peers longingly. The reverse of the bottle reads, “Franziskaner - The classic naturally cloudy Munich wheat malt. Brewed in full accordance with the Bavarian ‘Purity Law’ of 1516.” Darker than most other wheat beers, a lovely shade, this color is said to be a result of the beer’s 75% wheat malt content.When poured into a pint glass, this beer amassed a huge white head, nearly half the glass. The foam was so thick, that I had to make 3 or 4 separate pours just to get the beer in the glass. The phone rang, I was gone for over 5 minutes, when I returned, there was still a pinky finger thick head sitting perfectly atop a beautiful looking pint of very cloudy, gold/orange beer. As I poured the contents of the bottle into the glass the flavors could be discerned from 2 feet away. Yeast and wheat, lemon and grass, and a hint of sweet banana flavor arise from the beer. Tastes of lemon, a faint hint of clove that travels up into the nose, yeasty bread are all present in the first few sips. This hefe sweetens slightly through the glass. A smooth brew, with only a little carbonation to be found, Franziskaner has a great aftertaste with some fizz on the tongue. Soft in the mouth, it finishes dry, crisp and tart; Lots of flavor in a lovely warm-weather beer.

Cheers…

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 05:23:37 | More by NClifestyle
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a voluminous white head. The classic aroma consists of banana, clove, wheat malt and yeast. Soft and creamy full-bodied mouthfeel. The taste consists of wheat malt and bananas up front. Yeast and cloves follow. There's a mild bitterness toward the back that counters the initial sweetness found up front. Satisfying and lingering finish. Franziskaner hefe-weisse is a classic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 02:24:41 | More by Winter
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BeerNutta

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from my local Safeway Liquorland.

A = Poured a hazy orangey colour with a fluffy white head that hardly dissapated at all.

S = Slight malt smell. Nothing really note worthy.

T = Very smooth. Smooth mellow malt flavour throughout beer. Slightly fruity (Grape fruit?). But overall very smooth.

M = Slightly more chewy. Not medium bodied, but still a little more viscous. Well I thought so anyway.

D = Relatively cheap. Actually pretty cheap. Very drinkable and affordable makes it great.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 15:22:13 | More by BeerNutta
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

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

Franziskaner is a hazy peach flesh color. There is a 2" cloud of a creamy white head resting on top. The head has good retention and finally settles down to a solid cap. No lace.

Nice aroma of spice, clove, honey and light bubble-gum.

The spiciness from the yeast is prominent in the initial taste. The sour wheat and a faint taste of banana start to come through after a few sips. Once I was mid-way through the hefe I started to appreciate a tangy citrus flavor that was very nice.

This hefe has a full presence in the mouthfeel. Good carbonation and a dry finish. The wheat lingers on a bit. Refreshing and very, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 00:42:54 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a 16.9oz bottle that has pouring directions on the back label. The beer is a pale orange cloudy color that has a good amount of carbonation. The head is white and creamy about 3.4 of an inch thick, leaving some speckled lace here and there.

The aroma is fruity with hints of green apples and banana. There is a creamy smell in there too, maybe vanilla.

The taste is apple like and other fruits, slightly citrusy. There may also be some peach flavor in there. This is a very good wheat. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 23:09:25 | More by abcsofbeer
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an enormous thick frothy beige head with a clear red-orange-tinted yellow body with lots of carbonation. Mix the yeast, and pour. Now a cloudy orange-wheat color, still with an enormous head that lingers for a long time and leaves a massive amount of lacing in its wake. A truly beautifully hefeweizen.

S - Smells strongly of wheat malt and carbonation. A faint banana ester is underneath. I expected a more riveting scent.

T - A slightly sweet wheat taste with a little banana fruitiness underneath. A very slight astringent aftertaste (it wasn't until about the time I reached the bottom of my glass that I even noticed. There is nothing intense about the taste, but it is delicious.

M - Thin and slightly frothy, but that is expected. It leaves your mouth feeling wet and satiated. Very, very refreshing.

D - I went into this very thirsty. Maybe it was just that factor, but this really hit the spot. Each sip left my mouth feeling revitalized. An excellent beer, I'm sure the coming winter won't push it out of my refridgerator (at least no faster than I can restock it). This is a great, not to mention reasonably priced, hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 19:21:32 | More by mrasskicktastic
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dirtylou

Washington

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

appearance: hazy golden with thick and full white head that settles and laces the glass

smell: light banana, slight clove, traditional wheat aromas

taste: lemons, bananas, clove in the aftertaste, crisp wheat. Pretty solid tasting hefe.

mouthfeel: carbonation, quite refreshing

drinkability: could drink them all day, or night

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 01:17:38 | More by dirtylou
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klewis

Ohio

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

Beer of the month at the Winking Lizard, served in a Franziskaner weissbier glass...


A: Poured a rich golden color and still had quite a bit of head by the time the server got it to my table. The head lingered for a bit until settling into a 1/2" layer of foam that lasted until the end of the drink.

S: Big smell with prominent aromas of bananas and cloves.

T: Like the smell, with hints of licorice as well.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Excellent for the style.

D: A very good hefeweizen, will definitely try this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2005 00:43:56 | More by klewis
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is yet another beer I have drank many times in the past, but had yet to give a proper review. The beer pours to a hazy light golden yellow color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around throughout the duration of the beer, but doesn't stick to the side of the glass well. Carbonation is present, but not too bubbly.

Smells strong banana and clove with a generous helping of spicy sweetness from the wheat malt.

The taste follows the nose quite well. Starts off with a nice banana kick with a nice sweet and spicy middle and a clove finish. This is probably my favorite German Hefe, and it just so happens to be quite affordable compared to others. Drinkability is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 05:22:06 | More by neonbrown82
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SwillBilly

Virginia

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

Pours a nice, cloudy, golden, almost peach like color with a foamy 2-3 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Cloves, spices and banana dominate the nose.

Very crisp and refreshing. Hints of clove, banana and yeasts. Perfect for a hot day or for that matter anyday.

This is a very easy drinking hefe. One flavor doesn't dominate so it makes for a well balanced beer that has a medium mouthfeel, not too thin and not too chewy. Seek the easy drinker out, will make for a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 23:12:25 | More by SwillBilly
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ypsifly

Michigan

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

Undated, green 12oz poured into a weizen.

Hazy straw with good carbonatio supporting a decent white head that doesn't want to die.

Has that classic aroma of wheat paired with banana and clove, but with some skunk around the edges, not enough to ruin it, but I'm left to wonder old bottle or green glass?

Nice crisp flavor of wheat upfront with some hop bitterness folowed by a nice clove finish. This is really good! No skunk or oxidation notes in the taste.

Almost full mouth that gets a little tingle from the carbonation and hops. I could session this if I were dedicated to drinking hefes all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 05:01:12 | More by ypsifly
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

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

Head. Head. Head. A huge foamy head sat atop this paleish yellow beasty. Spicy cloves and fruit greet the nose, similar spiciness greets the tastebuds. Lots of bananas too, evidently. Smooth and light, a tiny tastebud prickle from the spices. None-the-less, this is a very easy drinker, a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 02:24:43 | More by hustlemuscle
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danielharper

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

This was the first hefe-weiss I ever tried, and given that the local distributor was having a bit of trouble getting at it, I have been without this beer for several months of perfect Hefe weather. Alas, it was indeed as good as I remembered it, and well worth the wait.

Appearance is really fantastic, possibly the best hefe I've ever seen. A cloudy orange-yellow body topped with a delicately-fluffy white foamy head that looks more like it belongs on an ice cream float than a beer. The head literally floats around on the top of the brew for the first few swallows, but is light and airy enough to never get in the way of the beer.

Scent is very nice, with good-quality hints of clove and banana mixed in with the very to-style citrus nose. A very sweet aroma that just invites me into the beer even further.

Taste is another highlight, with banana notes taking over the rest of the beer and yet balanced by a nice "kick" in the alcohol and various other sweetness departments. This is one of the sweetest-tasting beers I've ever tried that wasn't an "obvious" attempt at a sweet beer (i.e. a Chocolate Stout).

Mouthfeel is also very nice, coating the tongue and mouth admirably without being cloying. I find myself tasting the brew for a bit even after finishing the beer, but I still find it goes pretty well with anything and washes down smooth.

Overall drinkability is as high as I can give a beer. I bought a case at Great Spirits the other night, and I'm already starting to worry that they may not last me all that long. Probably the best hefe-weizen I've ever tasted, and given my position in the heat of the south it says a lot that I can enjoy it so much.

This was also the first craft beer I ever tried that wasn't available in grocery stores, so maybe I have just a tad bit of history with this brew. I plan on drinking these off and on for the rest of my life.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 01:38:52 | More by danielharper
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macpapi

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit, I picked up this beer on a beer run at the local Whole Foods just minutes before they closed on Saturday night. Main reason for purchase was volume + price + anticipated quality. Must say that I was presently surprised upon drinking it a couple of days later.

The beer pours a yellowish-orange color and is hazy in a manner that piques my interest, as it points to the optimal state of mind to be in once fully completed. What better color and level of clarity to represent a typical summer day. The almost inch thick head lends to its visual appeal.

The smell is of wheat, yeast--in a word 'bready.' But what makes it for me is the secondary odor of fresh banana. Similarly, this beer has a crisp taste, with a dominant flavor of wheat. What steals the show, though is the background presence of banana that intrudes upon the aftertaste.

In the mouth, I noticed the overall seemingly high levels of carbonation--strange for a brew whose lace was almost invisible to the eye. It is a bit more full than other hefe weizens that I've tried in the past.

Overall this is a very tasty brew. Although heffes are not my favorites, this one is more flavorful and nuanced than most. And for the price how can you go wrong? It is a good starter to a lazy, warm summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 01:15:47 | More by macpapi
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Shaw

Florida

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

Pours a lovely cloudy yellow color, but only after I swirled the last few ounces of beer in the bottle. There is significant settling in this beer. Without the swirling, it would be almost crystal clear. The very white head stays put for some time before turning into a thin layer in my hefe glass.

Lots of aroma of banana and clove. Sweet, spicy and perfect for the style.

The taste is buttery and banana-like. The wheat malt is very obvious and there is very low bitterness.

The body is creamy. The significant tiny bubbles provide a nice tingling over my palate.

This is a very good Hefe Weizen. When I want a good beer in this style, you gotta go with the Germans. They make Hefe Weizen better than anybody.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 06:13:44 | More by Shaw
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thechaacster

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter foil-topped bottle with a diagram of pouring instructions on the label. Huuuge picturesque foamy head atop the cloudy orange beer. Really beautiful head, never fully dissipated. The nose is mild, but it suggests the fruity, yeasty classic hefe character. And man, it does not disappoint. Big, raw, tasty wheat flavor backed by soft banana and very slight bitterness. I realize that is a pretty generic description for a hefe, but it all comes together wonderfully here. One of the best of its style, which is saying something considering the numerous quality hefes coming out of Germany.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 07:52:51 | More by thechaacster
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the 1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle into my weizen glass a hazy, dull yellow. There is a nice white head (near an inch) that fell to a good covering over the liquid and lasted till the end. Some decent lacing.

Smell: Not overly robust, but there was the classic clove/banana combination along with a yeasty/bready aroma. Though as mentioned, the scent was somewhat subdued.

Taste: A classic hefe flavor of yeast/bread/banana with the previously mentioned clove spice. The flavor was a little weak, but the bread/yeast flavor kicked up a notch when I swirled the last 2 oz. or so left in the bottle and dumped the sediment right into the beer after I had consumed about half of it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, carbonated, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A good hefe, but I was not blown away. I would drink this again, but I will not rush out and buy another right now. A little side note, the bottle says Malt Liquor on in above the monk. What the heck is that all about?

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 05:03:10 | More by BigRedN
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cubedbee

Maryland

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

Pours a hazy orange with a mammoth creamy white head that takes it's good time in settling. Smells very yeasty with a hint of cloves and orange peels. Taste very wheaty upfront yielding to a nice smooth banana taste and a sweet refreshing malty finish. Can't taste any hops. Nice creamy texture with a quite dry finish. This is a nice example of a hefeweizen---definitely a good brew to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 00:34:42 | More by cubedbee
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palliko

California

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

Appearance is an orange amber with good foam and lasting lace. Aroma contains esters of banana and clove followed by an initial taste of grain and citrus. Carbonation is strong, malt melds with brown sugar and spices. Finish is nicely dry, with a pleasant residual of wheat and bread.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 12:34:40 | More by palliko
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy pale orange with a large, white, slowly diminishing, creamy head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Perfumy wheat, banana, clove, honey, walnut.

Taste: Grainy wheat, lemon and flowers initially. Then a caramel sweetness shows itself for a little while, along with a bready yeast flavor, before heading back to dry, lightly bitter, medium-duration finish accented by banana and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, smooth creamy texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: I was rather impressed by this beer. Mouthfeel was about as good as they come, especially for a bottled euro brew. Taste wasn’t quite as smooth, but again age and handling could have hurt that a bit. Nevertheless, this is a solid, well-rounded choice and an excellent representation of the style. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 03:07:54 | More by ski271
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OatherS

Kansas

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

The green bottle has a goldish label with a monk drinking a beer.

A: Great cloudy yellow/hay color with a nice two finger head that is slow to fade.

S: Clove, banana, esther aroma.

T: Very good hefe flavor, the banana/esther flavor is present, nice overall flavor.

M: Smooth.

D: Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 22:26:56 | More by OatherS
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