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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,321
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 109
Gots: 377 | 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 AleDrinkToThat
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge, foaming white head that settles slowly and laces nicely. Golden orange hue, with a beautiful wispy cloudiness.

S: Lemon and banana highlights, with a slight clove scent and a strong hops bouquet.

T: The citrus and banana hit immediately, and the hops takes over soon afterward. Very flavorful and satisfying. A hint of the alcohol in the end.

M: Not too much carbonation; smooth and sweet. The tartness of the lemon along with the sweetness of the banana and the hop spice blend quite nicely into a very flavorful Hefe.

D: Very drinkable; A great example of a good macro Munich Weissbier, from one of the oldest breweries in the Deutschland. It translated pretty well to America, but I would be much more excited to have it from the source.

Photo of mattster
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened 16.9oz Bottle and poured into Weizen glass.

Nice foamy head of 2", subsided to head of 3/4". Color is light amber, very hazy.

Smell is wheaty/malty. Taste is malty but dry, with hints of citrus and light spice. A little wheat on finish. Not a bad brew. Nice flavor.

All and all, a decent beer.

Photo of xare
1.63/5  rDev -60%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured as a pale orange draft with a small white head. I actually finished this beer but it definitely wasn't what I expected. It's a cloudy wheat beer that has some clarity to it.

Smell was of wheat and orange, which helped a bit but I am not a fan of strong wheat scents.

Taste was sweet, orange-y, and again, wheat. I think that the combination is actually pretty good for somebody who would like wheat beers - in which case, add about 2 points to my smell / taste ratings.

Mouthfeel & drinkability both suffered as the mouthfeel was creamy with wheat aftertaste and the drinkability was hard for me to effectively judge as the more I drank, the less I tasted of the other flavors and the more the wheat became the predominant flavor.

Overall, I would not drink this beer again if I didn't begin to like hefeweizens someday.

Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's another "can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet" beers. This is my go to, generally always have a few in the fridge, hefe-weizen.

Not my favorite, but delivers good value per dollar.

Looks great in the bottle, with a mysterous hazy white opaqueness. Pours a hazy yellow, nice big head. Smell hits you with citrus and sharp biting lemony notes.

Taste has a bit more citrus, some orange, more zesty lemon, and a nice biting clean crispness. Very drinkable.

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

Found it on tap at my new favorite beer garden, Malt River in Latham NY...

A - Very hazy and cloudy, you couldn’t even see half way threw it!! Nice bubbly head that faded to a nice mid cap the rest of the glass. Poured perfectly into a "Franziskaner" weizen glass!!

S - Notes of banana and clove but too overwhelming, with the right amount of sweet from the banana and dry with the clove, very well put together.

T - Sweet and flavorful, not too alchol-ee if ya know what I mean.

M - Smooth and crisp and very fresh. Leaves a clean feeling on your palate. Went nice with my meal.

D - Definitely one of the best Hefers I ever had. Very very good beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,321 ratings.