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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,322
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 109
Gots: 379 | 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 LumpyGuitar
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up after trying out some Sprecher, wanted to try some more Hefe.

Poured a cloudy pale yellow, very little head. I noticed that in the bottom of my glass were some small pieces of debris. I'm not sure what they were but I was intrigued.

Smell was very sweet, definate clove scent, alcohol.

Taste was very strong clove with a hint of banana. Very very yeasty, leaves a bit of bite in the mouth with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was good, very balanced, good weight. Carbonation is great for this beer.

Drinkability for me is low. I'm guessing I got a bad bottle, as I've never seen something like it. I've homebrewed before and I am familiar with bottom sediment and trub, and I'm guessing thats what I got here. I'll try some another time.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap...

Poured into a Weiss glass...

A- Bright glowing yellow color. Cloudy, but nice. Big head here, didn't last throughout.

S- Smell was of coriander and citrus- very sweet, maybe some lemon as well.

T- Big banana flavor. Citrus fruiits (oranges, lemons)- yeasty wheat, spicey. Huge flavors coming through.

M- Mouthfeel was light bodied, yet pleasant.

D- Could easily drink a few of these in a sitting...tasty summer beer.

Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an authentic-ish tall wheat beer glass with 0,5L (with comma instead of period!) marked line at the Lazy Moon for their Wheat Beer Wednesday, which meant I got to keep the glass!

Light golden, tall frothy white head of about 2 inches which left great lacing. Mellow wheat beer flavor but a very dominant taste of banana. The banana really showed through in the smell as well. Hints of other fruits like orange or pineapple here and there, but overwhelming banana throughout. This would be the the beer of choice if you're a monkey. There's a slight acidity to it but I don't consider that a negative. Nor the banana, by the way. An excellent and quaffable, refreshing ale.

Photo of Iwegen
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The least bitter of the Hefe-wiesse that I've tried. Almost none which doesn't mean best. I do like a little bit more bitterness in this style so I gravitate more toward the Paulaner taste. I will buy a Franziskaner just as well. It also has more of a acidic presents vs the other german competetors. Always grab the back one's if they are selling in the green bottle for light degrading reasons. Buy the dark bottle .5 liters if available.

Photo of aussielars
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy amber with a huge, fast disappearing head. Fairly effervescent, but not as lively as some other beers of the same style.
Pleasant aroma of cloves, banana and a hint of hazelnut.
Slightly tangy wheat taste in addition to banana, cloves and a bit of bubble gum.
The mouthfeel was OK but It didn't make me praise the Lord.
Still a good call. But I would rather buy a Schneider Hefe as they are the same price.

Photo of JCBears
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in the typical German style capped bottle but includes a foil wrap. Already the cloudiness can be seen, the typical yeasty hefe. Hearty grain color mixing good tones with the light. No best drink by date. Excitingly cloudy with vigorous carbonation. Good frothy almost ice cream like head.

Smell: Clove like with banana undertones. Could bring your head back if you weren't looking for it. Almost biting

Taste: Rolling cloves through out the first initial sipping. Stays through out the tasting. With a small bite of hops in the back. Definitely noble. A bit sharper but not bad. No real sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A strong hearty body feel. Very lasting. It has few tastes and yet remains dynamic in the mouth. Some what hearty fair.

Drinkability: In the end this is a solid brew. Going well with certain meals. It is a good example of the hefe standard without being too in lock step. Hearty, well made not a bad brew.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear orange/yellow with good fluffy white head. Smell is great wheat flavor with nice cloviness. Taste is standard banana bubblegumish hef taste. Good clove on the finish and nice carbonation. This is an awesome session hef, and one I will go to again when I need to drink my wheaties! Good beer.

Photo of osi
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange with good head. Lace hugged the glass on the way down.

S - Bananas, light bready, minimal clove with some citrus notes.

T - Very light, slight bananas with citrus accents. Minimals clove as going with the smell and a hint of clove as well.

M - Very light and crisp with carbonation throughout the taste. Pleasant.

D - Very good and crisp. Could pair with a many number of foods. Overall a light session beer to start off anyone's night. Nice and light.

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely one of my favorite session beers. Was served on tap into a Franziskaner weisse glass.

A- Radiant orangish brown with a thick, fluffy white head that didn't want to let go of the glass as it slowly dissipated, leaving mountainous looking lacing. A car drove by (I was on the patio of a bar), and it's xenon headlights began to shine right into the beer. It seemed as if the beer embraced this bright bluish white and began producing it's own glow. I had to add that in there, it really looked quite amazing.

S- Wheat, yeast, banana, and clove. Typical heffe.

T- Bready malt and yeast, cloves, some bananas, and cream. No hop presence.

M- Very smooth and creamy.

D- I could run off of these all night. It's quite delicious on tap, and is quite a looker! Don't get an orange in there if offered, it will ruin the beer's original flavors. It doesn't quite stack up to Weihenstephan, but is very, very close behind it.

Photo of PorterLover83
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy gold with a very slight head. Smelled of bananas and cloves very heavily. Almost a musty smell. Taste was pretty much exactly like banana nut bread. It was surprisingly good. Drinkability was there, as it wasn't too heavy or too bananaish. Very good representation in my opinion.

Photo of PhageLab
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I was in a bit of a rush and at my LBS making a mixed sixer and just grabbed things I'd never seen before, and at first glance, I assumed this was a German Pilsener. Upon closer inspection of the bottle, I realized it was in fact a hefeweizen. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy golden coloration with an amber hue close to the top. Nice bit of froth, good retention, cool tornado effect rising through the center of the brew. Looks beautiful.

S - Yeasty aroma, with hints of lemon and pepper.

T - Tastes almost exactly like it smells, citrusy body with a nice clove backing. Peppery and spicy near the finish, with a good smack of yeast on the palate.

M - Light bodied, zesty and refreshing, mildly carbonated.

D - Very good, certainly worth trying. This is an all around solid hefe and one I could revisit anytime. Might be looking for sixers of this one very soon, as it felt like a nice spring brew.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta admit that I was a little turned off by the green bottles that contain this brew, but I got past that pretty quickly after cracking one open. Poured into a Paulaner Weiss glass a lovely golden color, with a large healthy white head. Aroma is bursting with wheat and banana. Taste is bright and citrusy, with a great mix of sweet and dry between the wheat and fruit flavor. Body is on the light side, but full flavored. Drinkability is superb. One of the best Hefes out there IMO. Right up there with Weihenstephaner, Schneider Weiss and Julius Echter for me. Cheers

Photo of Tilley4
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, very impressed with this brew.

Pours that wonderful cloudy golden color with a huge head that lingers and lingers...

Damn green bottles! First whiff is a little skunked but that seems to go away and leads to a nice bready wheaty aroma with the merest hint of banana...

One tasty brew.... Nice smooth wheaty taste, actually tastes a little like banana nut bread..

Very close to Paulaner to me... Very nice...

Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellowish to orange with a small head in a pint glass on tap. Nose is fresh orange, wheat, and lightly spiced from the yeast. Flavor is strongly of wheat, and lightly spiced with flavors of clove held in check without being overpowering. This is a great example of the style, and the heavily wheaty and fruity character of it really made it appeal to me.

Photo of lifeboyq
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Franziskaner weizen glass a cloudy orange with a thick fluffy white head. 2/3rds of the head fade quickly but the final third hangs around for a while. Smells sweet and interesting but hard to put on the subdued phenolic undertones. Taste, well this isnt an aspect of the taste too much , but what I think is so impressive about this beer is the apparent fermentation temperature that has inhibited the bubblegum undertones that come from weizens fermented at higher temperatures. This doesnt have that off phenolic taste, just cloves and bananas, quite crisp. A more pure and full flavored version of Weihenstaphaner, a more carbonated less flavorful but quite similar example. Taste is beautiful a crisp banana, clove and citrus, mouthfeel is full and silky, nicely carbonated as a weizen should be. In my opinion the best example of the style. This blows away other very solid examples in Schneider Weisse and Weihenstaphaner much less Paulaner. What a wonderful beer! Heaven in a glass.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe-weisse glass from a 12 oz. green bottle with gold logo. Monk on the front looks happy with a full beer stein.

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold with bubbles shooting up the middle of the beer. Head came to a beautiful three fingers. Tight, creamy and thick, before it settled down and left a thin white pillow on top of the beer.

Smell - A creamy yeast fragrance with a definite banana presence

Taste & Mouthfeel - Creamy and fruity, with a touch of wheat on the palate. A citric bite and a crisp carbonation in the mouthfeel. Malty and somewhat spicey in the finish.

Drinkability - I like this one much better on tap. If so it definitely would have graded out better. Perfect beer for Sunday brunch in the spring. Boudin omelet, grits, a biscuit, and some fruit go nicely with this one

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, probably 15 or so years ago, was my introduction to the world of German Weiss Bier. I remember being drawn in to the brown 1pt 9oz euro style bottle with the gold foil lable, labled IMPORTED. Not to mention the bottle lable complete with Old English style writing and the gothic looking monk enjoying a large stein of brew. I was drawn in instantly and I had to see what was going on inside this sediment filled bottle. Needless to say, I enjoyed what I found and continued to sample from this style. Over the years, as like most things, companies expand and the quality of their product often times suffers. I wanted to review this classic hefe-weisse (in its new 12oz bottle 6 packs, which I don't even remmeber them having way back when) to see if stood the test of time.

***Updated 07/05/08***
1pt .8 oz Euro Style bottle is still the way to go with this beer. I don't know why, but it is so much better than the green 12oz bottle.

Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a Weiss glass. Pleanty of yeast sediment visable at the bottom of the bottle.

A - Poured a cloudy golden color with slight brownish-orange hues. Produced a thick creamy head that quickly subsided. Lots of sediment visable through.

S - definate smell of yeast. I also picked up on some spicy citric undertones.

T - Crisp and refreshing but slightly bland. Light carbonation with a bready and slight alcoholic warmth in the finish. Finished much better than it startrd, probably due to the sediment. Last few sips seemed more flavorful with the traditional flavor you come to expect from Weissbier.

MF&D - Clean taste. A little on the thin side. Over all I would have to say, its not quite as good as I remembered it to be when I was a lad. There are better examples of this style on the market, but there are also many, many worse. A good example of this style and a good summer session beer.

Photo of enfield249
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really cloudy pale gold color. About 2 fingers of head.

S - Lots of Bannana and clove smell. Very much like Bannana bread.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell.

M - Medium body, sharp from the carbonation.

D - A really good example of the Hefe style

Photo of cbleary
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This was a pretty good german hefeweizen. It poured with a semi-cloudy orange body and a creamy white head. The taste featured fresh wheat and an ever-so-slightly cloying citric sweetness. A good and drinkable brew.

Photo of orangemoustache
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy gold with orange undertones,thin pillowy head,but abundant as it leaves behind very small amounts of lacing

S-cloves,apple juice,very sweet and inviting

T-light citrus bite up front,some banana,clove again and suttle yeast

M-cant really say a light body nor a medium...so Ill say it has a great well rounded body with lots of carbonation,and a mildly dry finish

D-very good El Hefe!

Photo of hyland24
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

It poured a hazy golden brown with an inch thick head of white foam that all but disappeared before I put the glass down. It left absolutely no lacing on the glass. I could have put the glass right back in the cabinet without anyone noticing it was used.

The smell was faint, fruity. I cant place the fruit but it smells sweet. Had to try several times to pick up a real scent.

The taste was good, not great. Mildly sweet and slightly fruity. A little too much like a lager. The taste disappeared immediately after I swallowed.

Definitely over carbonated. Carbonation overpowered the taste down to the last sip.

This beer is definitely worth trying, and is a descent Weisbeir but not a great Weisbeir. I would not go out of my way to find this beer but would drink it if it was in front of me. The carbonation was a little too much for this style of beer and I think that effected the overall experience.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A:Cloudy/hazy straw color with three fingers of white head.

S: Wheat banana and clove. Some bread as well. Very true to the style.

T: The wheat is more prominent in this beer than other examples of the style. The yeast taste is there but not up front. This works for me.

M: Light med body. Low carbonation that leads to it being refreshing.

D: Super drinkable. A great heff that is too easy to session.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A velvet of honey-gold, ok call it amber waives of grain, even though this one is from Germany. The new Franziskaner glass froths with a joyful white head that quickly fades to a thin blanket which stays with the elixir all the way down to the bulb in the bottom of the glass.

How did they get a banana in this bottle. The aroma is definitely there, but like the actual fruit, it is subtle and fresh.

The banana theme continues with light sweetness and unfolds as the temperature rises.

There is no apparent alcohol, as this is a pure clean liquid.

An easy drinker, this one is refreshing like warm sunshine on a severe clear Winter day.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm glad I made this purchase.

There was a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, and I rolled the beer around a bit to get some of it up before opening and pouring.

It was very cloudy and had a beautiful yellow-orange glow. The scent was appealing, wheaty and fruity. It tasted primarily of hops and banana. This went down smooth and was a bit creamy.

I will undoubtedly drink this many times again.

Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 02/29/08.

Pours a very cloudy lemon yellow. Plenty of active carbonation. A nice white foam head a finger high disappears after a couple of minutes.

Mild cloves and bananas in aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit astringent.

Mild wheat, banana and clove flavors. Noticeable by its absence is the typical metallic tang of wheat beers.

Lingers pleasingly on the palate a while after drinking.

If only the flavor were a little stronger...

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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