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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,053 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,053
Reviews: 1,512
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 95
Gots: 248 | 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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redelephantdane

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

this is my first review...ok

Appearance: cloudy orange, almost brown color, huge clear head on this import. the head remains for a long time. this beer is almost the color of the label on the bottle
Smell: the smell is beuatiful, richly citrus with a little hop smell
Taste: clear banana and citrus. neither malty nor hoppy. the taste is subtle but not too much so.
Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is smooth and oh so refreshing.
Drinkability: this is one great beer, it goes down smooth, no alcohol taste is present what so ever. leaves your mouth feeling clean.

03-04-2006 19:57:36 | More by redelephantdane
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

I've only been doing the connoisseur thing for almost a year now...but this is the best hefe weizen I've ever had! I actually put this in my top 5 overall.

Appearance - a cloudy, golden color...nice, thin head

Smell - a banana/citrus mix...I noticed more of a citrus taste as I drank more

Taste - wonderful, lingering wheat-beer with a little kick afterwards

Mouthfeel - creamy feel, slight carbonation that gets stronger in the aftertaste

Drinkability - very light & went well with my dinner

02-27-2006 23:20:50 | More by JohnnyM2002
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden color with a frothy one inch white head, slowly settling to a thick cap that leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; slightly bubblegum like aroma, very ripe bananas, wheat and pale malts. This also has a nice mildly spicy herbal smell.

Taste; wheaty bread dough, with touches of citrus and clove. There's some banana, and a bit of a hop presence. The finish was a bit weaker than expected, lacking in the spiciness in the few other Hefe-Weisse beers I've had. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice lively carbonation.

02-23-2006 03:10:04 | More by RedHaze
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

I have had this brew in the bottle and on tap on a number of occasions. This is the first time I was inspired to write a review. Purchased at Briody's Black Point Grill in Rumson.

Served in the signature glass with Lemon...which was discarded. Coloer was hazy sunshine yellow with a genorous pillow of whit head and left traces of sticky lace. Aroma was bubblegum and and cloves as well as tropical fruits. Taste was yeasty biscuity wheat. Some fruit in the palate, with a clean mouthfeel that made this light bodied brew a nice match for my Spicy Buffalo Wings and Chicken Caesar.

02-16-2006 14:10:10 | More by Citadel82
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Notes:

Straw and murky... very cloudy. Tons of bubble action. A mountain, tight, bright white head. Thick and beautiful. Creamy.

Smell is yeasty and bready. Wheat all over. Bannana and spice. Wonderful aromas.

Mouthfeel is creamy and good. Head tickles the nose.

Taste is of grain and fruit. Not overly complex, but a great beer on a summer night.

One of my overall favorite session beers for sure.

02-15-2006 16:48:44 | More by Fugazme
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MrHolland

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours dark yellow-orange color with a gigantic head into a weizen glass with pretty large clumps of yeast floating around. Smell is excellent with a floral and alcoholic aroma that awakeins the senses. Taste is good as well, with a slightly orange taste to it and medium body. Very nicely carbonated.
Has a high drinkability as not being to over powering with light ester notes, really not as strong as some other hefe's I have tried but def. better than some.

02-14-2006 23:45:48 | More by MrHolland
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a slight darker body in the top of the glass. The head is an off-white that is thick and creamy. It last and last even over the top of the glass. The carbonation is tiny strands of pearls and the yeast seems to be a bit clumpy in small globs bouncing around on the bubbles.

S- This beer has a light aroma of soft wheat and a hint of pale malt. The notes of bubblegum and perfumed cloves compliment the wheat. There is a faint soft green noble hop hint in the finish.

T- This beer has a smooth soft wheat flavor that quickly turns into a soda pop carbonic bite at the finish. There are notes of vanilla and a faint citrus brightness before the carbonic acid as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a strong carbonic fizz in the texture.

D- This beer really has a light crisp flavor for a German wheat beer. It has some depth but not a lot. I still prefer it to many American wheat beers but I like a bit more complexity. This is a very light session beer that would be good for warm weather.

02-09-2006 23:51:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

1pt. 9 oz. brown bottle, poured into a 20 oz pint glass (closest thing I have to a Weizen glass). Cloudy spun gold with a ridiculously huge and billowing white head. Apples, pears, other various "fruity" aromas with a spicy yeast scent, too. Never tried a German wheat beer before, so my first sniffs just remind me of Belgian Wits or golden ales. The taste, however, is definitely distinct from any Belgian beers I've had: Spicy coriander and apple/pear cider fruits up front yield to an unmistakable banana finish, which then (impressively!) becomes a toasty-biscuity malt aftertaste. This is much more complex than I expected and quite pleasant! The mouthfeel is thicker and creamier than I anticipated. It's still quite quenching, but a big (in flavor/mouthfeel) beer nonetheless. I don't drink a lot of German beers, but I can certainly see picking up a sixer of this sometime in the summer. Right now, it's 28 degrees and snowy, so this doesn't quite seem to fit the occasion, so to speak. However, this beer was a very nice surprise. Recommended.

02-09-2006 18:39:07 | More by orfeu
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maddamish

Tennessee

2.8/5  rDev -31%

Short review here...

Nice big head that laces nicely.

Smells of watery orange and a slight hint of spice. The taste is a bit watery and a little too sweet like an overripe orange. Not really a bad thing but not something that I could not drink a lot of. The aftertaste is a bit mediciney for my tastes. Reminds me of baby aspirin.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery.

What we have here is just a decent beer but not anything that I would want to revisit. Sorry.

02-04-2006 02:33:57 | More by maddamish
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HardTarget

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20%

Bottle Inspection: Green 12 oz. bottle, no useful information at all, not even a marketing blurb.

Aroma: Yeasty, some light pepper noted, soft grain background

Appearance: Hazy dirty blond glass sports a respectable finger of bright white head that gives a fair coat of lace.

Flavor: Fruit flavors come out in the taste, classic banana and light ripe fruit esters with hints of clove.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation on the edge of fizzy, medium bodied, slowly fading finish

Overall Impression: Put it back to back with a Hacker-Pschorr Hefe, this seems a bit heavier and subdued. Still, shows all the classic characteristics of a Hefe. Not as much of a thirst quencher here, a bit more of a meal. Still, enjoyable.

02-03-2006 05:04:50 | More by HardTarget
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Thin small bubbld head. Little retention. Gorgeous hazy dark yellow brew.

Big banana smell with yeasty breadiness.

Strong sweet banana flavor up front with with a slightly bitter finish to finish.

Minutes later banana hangs around.

This is a great hefe. I really enjoy this beer and will have it again.

01-30-2006 21:51:01 | More by timtheenchanta
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akahn

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Thick clover honey color. Tall white creamy head that lasted at a half a finger and left sheets of lace.

Musty yeasty aroma.

Very clean, mild flavor. Tangy on the sides of the tongue, hinting at citrus. Very slight clove spice in the post-finish exhale.

Extremely smooth and milky mouthfeel. Very gentle carbonation. Very drinkable.

What an enjoyable beer! I can't believe I waited this long to try a real hefe-weiss. Can't wait to try the others.

01-27-2006 01:45:25 | More by akahn
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ashleyshalyn

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

This is certainly one of the more well-rounded Hefe Weizens that I have had the pleasure of drinking from a bottle. The light yeasty aroma is accompanied by corriander and clove scents that mely into a light banana creamyness flavor in the mouth. Not one characteristic stands out. Often with a hefe weizen one standard attribute gets blown out of proportion... too much citrus, corriander, yeast, etc... but this one is splendidly blended! The color of the beer is a light burnt gold. The only thing that I see missing from this classic hefe weizen is a crisp bitterness in the finish, this one does not have a long finish, but rather fades quickly with the yeast flavour predominating.

01-26-2006 21:33:39 | More by ashleyshalyn
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head that maintains. Thick lacing around the glass.

Light bready aroma with some nice fruity tones. Very subdued aroma.

Nice fruity and bready flavor upfront, just as you would expect with a hefe. But, it finishes quite bland and uninspiring.

Ample carbonation, but body seems otherwise thin.

Pretty easy to drink, just no desire to drink anymore than one. A bit disappointing.

01-22-2006 23:40:55 | More by MaltyGoodness
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danielocean03

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -2%

Poured a cloudy amber hued tan, with a full finger off-white thick foamy head that fell away to moderate lacing into a Weizen glass. Aroma is rich of that of warm wheat bread, spice, particularly cloves, maybe a little ginger, hints of fruit and malt present as well. Tastes just as it smells, excellent hefe, carbonation is plentiful yet in a lighter way than most brews. Mouthfeel starts fizzy and then goes somewhat creamy before finishing crisp. Great Hefe Weisse.

01-15-2006 18:04:10 | More by danielocean03
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fido

Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice foamy head and some decent lace; Nice smell, fruity and spices; Taste is the same, fruity and spices; Good Mouthfeel, carbonation is very fine, very refreshing and Easy to drink.

This is a very good Hefe Weizen.

A good session beer.

01-13-2006 05:22:20 | More by fido
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Hazy medium gold in colour. Clove and banana aroma, with perhaps a bit more weight on the clove side of things. Surprisingly rich texture and full flavors of vanilla, banana, clove, and yeast. Long lasting head too. A great prototype for the style, with a few simple flavors perfectly balanced and working in harmony. A great warm weather beverage.

01-11-2006 18:04:39 | More by fisherman34
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whynot44

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Somewhat cloudy gold color with a nice foamy white head that hangs around and produces some decent lace.

The aroma is fresh bread with some banans and spicy cloves. Light/medium bodied, pleasant but light malt flavor, fruity, yeasty, slight sourness with a hint of smoke(?).Spicy cloves..

01-09-2006 02:42:03 | More by whynot44
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EvilKeith

Alabama

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

The beer poured into the glass a deep carmel to orange. Starts with an impressive eggshell colored head. The yeast appears to hang in the upper third of the glass. Minimal head retention.
Smells of freshly cut hay. Yeast undertones with a hint of black pepper and spices.
Medium to light bodied. Moves well over the tongue.
Overall a respectable HEFE.

01-02-2006 21:27:14 | More by EvilKeith
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

I drank this right along side a Weihenstephaner - really made me appreicate the latter.

This is a fine hefe weizen - clean, crisp, refreshing, effervescent, etc. but it just does not compare to the world's oldest brewery.

Pours with a HUGE white head. Nice color - bright golden yellow with a bit of haze to it. Smells strong of lemon and yeast.

The taste is good - lots of fruity citrusness. But the aftertaste was kind of weird. Sort of like concentrated grapefruit - sharp, to say the least.

Highly drinkable, but no more so than you would expect from the style. I would definitely drink it again.

12-31-2005 02:40:27 | More by Lnedrive14
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Thick, full, and strong head. Cloudy yellow to brown colors. Very first smell is a sweet banana aroma. I Definatly taste banana flavors with orange and lemon flavors. This beer feels is smooth and foamy as it goes down giving a good compliment to it's rich bouquet and full body.

12-27-2005 10:09:32 | More by Erdinger2003
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willgro

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Excellent brew from the monastery brewery founded in 1363. It is now put out by the Spaten company. Spaten uses the Franzikaner name for all of its wheat beers. This crystal clear version is very aromatic, with hay and apples in the bouqet, and a quenchingly fruity taste. There are some hints of lemon and banana. It is not quite as good as others in the field, especially Schofferhofer Kristallweizen, but if you like a standard wheat beer, this is excellent.

12-26-2005 19:19:20 | More by willgro
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ChiSox05

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Hazy orange-yellow in the center that goes pale yellow nearer the edges. About an inch of fine foam that within a minute becomes a thin cap. Smells of light yeast, bready, melted mozzarella cheese with a hint of coriander. Dry grass. Taste reminds of sourdough bread. Wheaty, the maltiness keeps the tartness in check, leaving the end refreshing with some grass and wheat. Medium body, crisp carbonation, the move from lighter malts to grassy hops and wheat leaves the drinker ready for the next sip. Balanced, tart to mildly sweet to grassy, just a great beer, can't wait for summer, perfect lawnchair brew. Refreshing, clean, top-notch.

12-20-2005 18:01:42 | More by ChiSox05
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Not the first time I've sampled the Monk, but the first time I've kept a pint all to myself. Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow with a snow white head of foam. Nose is heavy on the bananas, light on the clove and grassy maltiness. Tropical fruits, banana esters and grassy malts dominate the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich like a banana smoothie. Overall, a very tasty hefe-weisse with fruity banana esters and peaty malt flavors. The quintessential wheat beer. Doesn't dissappoint.

12-14-2005 08:31:52 | More by Golden2wenty1
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KALIKGOLD

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%

I poured this beer into an oversized wine glass. The color was a very dark brown. The head was tan and creamy. It also lasted for a while. It smelled of fruit, maybe banana, but im not sure. Lots of caramel and dark fruit. Real good flavor and good mouthfeel. Somewhat spicy. I recommend this brew

12-11-2005 00:04:16 | More by KALIKGOLD
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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