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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,266 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,266
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 106
Gots: 344 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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 fsimcox
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't help but get the Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier glass out for this one.

Pours a very cloudy orange, darker at the top (of course, the glass is wider there). Thick white foamy head that dissipates surprisingly quickly. It did go approx 5 mm above the rim of the glass without any spillage. Thin layer of white hangs around for remainder No lacing. Poured from a 50 cl brown bottle (exp Sep08).

Smells of cloves and banana, and some orange. Hints of sweetness.

Tastes a little fruity and very creamy up front. Bubble-gum banana flavor stands out with a hint of cloves, I think. Carbonation is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Full body, with carbonation that lingers on the back of my throat. Bananas also linger.

I must admit, 2 years ago I was not a fan of Hefe's, but after living in Germany, I love them. This one is my favorite.

fsimcox, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of n0315
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good hefeweiser, taste of maultness and I tasted I think a bit of apple cider in the finish. It seemed smooth, but a bit of sour taste. A soft mouthfeel, it was ok but I think kinda left a fuzzy feeling in my tummy. Overall pretty good, a classic, but not the best in its class.

n0315, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To learn more about this style I am putting a description from this website to lean about HEfe-wiessbier's...Hefeweizen

"A south German style of wheat beer (weissbier) made with a typical ratio of 50:50, or even higher, wheat. A yeast that produces a unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum or notes of apples. Little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol. The "Hefe" prefix means "with yeast", hence the beers unfiltered and cloudy appearance. Poured into a traditional Weizen glass, the Hefeweizen can be one sexy looking beer.

Often served with a lemon wedge (popularized by Americans), to either cut the wheat or yeast edge, which many either find to be a flavorful snap ... or an insult and something that damages the beer's taste and head retention."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0% [ ? ]

DO I like this style...not really. But here goes the review.

Pours a nice cloudy staw color. White foamy head that dicipates quickly. Little lacing.

Smells of sweet candy sugars and a funky yeast smell.

Tastes of artifical bannana, phenolic, and sour lemons. Some hop bite bitterness, cloves, and alcohol are noted.

Mouthfeel is good. Has some dry sides to it after the sugar blasts on the sip. Too much carbonation for this beer takes down the drinkibility score for me.

Not a bad Wit.Lives up to it's style of bannanas and cloves. Could sesson this when I am in the mood for a weissbier.

Trueant1, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a large head. Nose is of lemon with a tone of smoked wood. Taste is smooth with a hint of lemon that starts, disappears, and then returns in the end. I will say that the flavor seems to drop a bit too quickly - at least I think so. Feel is bubbly and calm. Very nice indeed.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a big fan of Hefeweizen beers and this is a great one. I had been purchasing them on tap at certain beers and by the single bottle at several package stores, and now a local package store carries them in six-packs for a very reasonable price.

Upon pouring, it has light golden complexion and decent sized head. It smells delicous, with some faint fruit aroma. And upon the first sip it tastes very good with a pleasant after taste. A very solid hefeweizen from Franziskaner.

mltobin, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy Golden yellow with a large thick white head.

S- Sweet citrus, with a touch of banana. Wheat and clove

T/M - Slight banana with a definite wheat taste. Might have been enhanced by a lemon on wedge. Nothing to overpowering in the beer a pretty average hefe with it on the boarder to the high end of hefe's.

D- Very drinkable very good hefe as stated above. Would get again

monkeybeer, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of FireEmt37
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This turned out to be a decent hefeweizen style beer. Its pours out a cloudy orange color with a nice head.

The smell was ok, but not great.

The taste was in line woth other hefeweizens I have had, but nothing really makes it stand out to me.

I would drink this beer again.

FireEmt37, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange, thick dense off-white head, sliding pieces of lace.

Smells of spicy phenols including a bit of clove and smoke, along with plenty of banana oil, and fresh bread, tart lemon and white grape.

Sweet flavor of grain and fruit, with subtle spice and plenty of banana. Dries out for a finish of banana and wheat. Balanced, tasty, and refreshing.

Lovely round and soft texture. Foams up a bit too much in the mouth, but a very nice texture overall.

Very enjoyable beer. Maybe I would be even happier if the flavor matched the smell in the phenol and acidity departments, but no complaints.

Beerzebub, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy yellow with some hints of orange in color. Two finger fluffy head that leaves some patchy lace.
S: A bit funky, but the usual suspects are here. Lots of citrus and banana with some clove. The funk is a bit off putting.
T: No funk in the taste. Very sweet with some nice round flavors of banana and citrus again.
D: I am going a bit low on the drinkability side. Its pretty highly carbonated, and you get your fill of this beer pretty fast.

A very good brew to be sure. A great Hefe, and I got a Franziskaner hefe glass at the bar. Very nice.

champ103, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of altgeeky1
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-blonde with cloudiness. Generous head of large carbonation which settles down after a few moments. Smells fruity, with strong banana and sweet malt. Tastes first with a decent carbonation bite, followed by light spice and banana. The carbonation is there but not overdone. Awesome bubble-gum notes after it's gone. This is a sweet beer, but very nicely balanced. I hadn't had this brew in years, and I'm kicking myself for not returning to it sooner. I haven't had a bad Spaten yet; like this one they are al quite drinkable.

altgeeky1, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous golden color with appropriate haze. The head on this one is perfect for a hefe... pure white, foamy and long-lasting. Aroma was clove and banana with that awesome touch of bubblegum-like notes. Rolls across your palate with malty sweetness. Truly a wonderful beer.

Rootdog316, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of davidt
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden with large foamy head. Swirled the bottle at the end to get the last bit, which left a slight cloudy, but proper look. A very good looking beer, but use a hefe glass to get the full effect. Initial aroma of banana, giving way to some fruity malt. Flavor is fruity malt, with a hint of citrus. A very good hefe-weizen that’s pretty easy to locate. We paired this with the Brickskeller Carrot Ginger Curry Soup recipe from The Best of American Beer & Food and the match was delectable.

davidt, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard one to find in my area - scored this in a 1 pint, .09 size... Pours a nice orange / amber color that included a frothy, white head with some staying power... Appearance is quite different from some other hefe's in that it is more orange and not as cloudy and hazy.... Smell is full of citrus and tangerine / orange... Full of spice and character that borders on intense... Taste strongly complements the powerful aroma... very rich and thick and full of flavor... With a distinct aroma and flavor, this beer certainly demands respect and clearly shows its quality... Mouthfeel and drinkability are likewise good, but with its powerful taste, not sure if I'd want to make this beer my single choice of the night... Definitely Recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 ml bottle at BevMo in late August for $1.99.

Beer poured a cloudy golden color with a beautiful solid white head. Nose initially had hints of bananas but wheat predominates after the beer starts warming. Taste is very wheaty but somewhat lacking that hint of banana and finishes almost sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. This is a nice quaffable, sessionable beer that is very easy to enjoy.

arizcards, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of madjr80
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice murky, funky and sweet tasting brew; The smell was kinda odd.Very European flavor , but I really don't know what to compare it to. Overall a pretty unique beer. The head was pretty thick, so I recommend using the largest beer glass you own. I don't know if it comes in packs. I have only seen them in the 16.9 ounce bottles.

madjr80, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of alexmeier175
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NIce deep golden color. This beer is totally turbid. Nice big head with lace upon pouring. Aroma is that of slightly bready malt with a hint of banana.
The taste is a rich banana flavor dissolving in a very light bready malt. No hop aroma detectable and very low bitterness. Slightly dry finish.
Ample creaminess and fizzy carbonation, with a medium light body.
What can I say I love this beer. I'm not too much into very bitter ales, so i'd recomend this one to people that enjoy the lighter side yet don't want to miss ouit on a complex flavor

alexmeier175, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't able to drink this in a glass, rather a bottle at a bar.

A: N/A

S: characteristic banana/wheat smell of a hefeweizen... but this had a sour, fruity smell. Great!

T: had more of a sour bite, compared to Pyramid's hefeweizen which tastes really carbonated. Delicious.

M: Smooth, just the right amount of carbonation so you're not burping all night long.

D: I can easily do a 6-pack with some food.

Overall, really enjoyed this beer. I'm sure it was cloudy, but did not feel very 'heavy'. I rec!

eatdrinknbmerry, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of TimWeizen1
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first German Hefe Weizen I tried. Still pleases after all these years. Poured a bottle the other day into a hef glass. Pale gold and cloudy nice white head with lacing left over. Smells of banana, clove, and citrus tastes like the same. Always refreshing after a hard days work. Try this beer. I've been a hefe fan ever since.

TimWeizen1, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of rec
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like the dark wheat, this is a truly stand-out German brew.

Cloudy gold with a cream white head. Delicious, even for someone inclined to darker styles.

Like the dark wheat, this lighter brother also smells like bananna and spice, but leaves behind some of the malt aroma.

The taste emcompasses a bright citrus taste up-front, and there's a bubble-gum wheat flavour that also comes through strong. Mild spice, malt and orange peel linger on the mouthfull's way out.

It's equally as carbonated as the Franziskaner dark wheat, but due to its lighter nature, seems more fitting - perfectly appropriate.

Another definate must-try. A German brewing accomplishment.

rec, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of FightinScot
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy goldish color, small light cream colored head.

S: Clove, wheat, yeast and a small amount of banana

T: Wheat, almost soggy bread flavor finished with a taste of citrus

M: Smooth but full

D: Can be a very filling brew, but I do enjoy Hefe beers and come back to this one time after time

FightinScot, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Hemi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange hue with a very thick 2 finger head with tight texture. To the nose I get the common clove and banana and exotic fruitiness. I taste smooth banana and clove flavor that finishes off with a bit of hops. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Overall a very drinkable beer.

Hemi, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at our oktoberfest yesterday, served in a plastic cup; hard to tell, but looked surprisingly clear w/ a giant fluffy white head; nice bready wheat aroma complete w/ fusels,fruityness & all; a nice wheat-malt profile w/ some underlying fruit flavors (esc. a lemony-tart-bannana type) some hops present as well; a light bodied yet kind of "sticky" feel to it (prob too much co2 pressure); a very drinkable beer indeed, the style example for a wheat for sure..

animal69, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2000 and on-tap (2/2014).

Appearance : golden amber color, with a fine-bubbled white head
Smell : Aroma is of vanilla and citrus fruit, spicy, clove
Taste & Mouthfeel : On the palate it is smooth and creamy, with a subtle bitterness, little sweetness on the finish
Drinkability : a good beer in the style hefeweizen

thierrynantes, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of aquaderek
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Tasting glass. The color is a cloudy yellowish orange color with a head that dissapates after a minute or two. The nose has citrus and nutmeg and cloves notes. The taste is like watered down citrusy cabbage. I know that sounds bad, but I think that describes it and it actually taste half way descent. The mouth feel is pretty good and this is a hightly drinkable beer, just not my favorate.

aquaderek, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a good two fingers of nearly pure white head. Lots of bubble action, good clarity. Head recedes pretty quickly leaving a thin lace.

Smell is of soggy wheat, clove and banana.

Tastes like the smell, with a strong wheat flavor and ample clove. Some banana and yeast, as well, and the banana in particular lingers into the finish. Carbonation is quite crisp and tingly in the mouth, which doesn't allow for much contemplation of the nuances of the flavor.

I really don't care for hefe's or wheat beers in general, but this one obviously is one of the best. I'd still take other styles over this or any other hefe, but this is a good beer nonetheless.

number1bum, Oct 14, 2007
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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