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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,443 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,443
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 128
Gots: 505 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured, swirled, poured.

Hazy wheat color, White head that is small and has minimal lacing. Aroma of wheat malt, some banana and clove notes, a bit metallic.

Taste has the same metallic note, the banana and clove are present with a nice earthy wheat flavor.

Light bodied, decent feel. Could be a session beer for a day but I'm not crazy about the metal.

Average I guess. I'm not a big experienced drinker of the style, but this is not a beer I would run back to.

Photo of PBBC
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer Pours cloudy orange, nice lingering head, aroma is tart, but not so much of apples... more like some other peppery sweet fruit.

Taste is very very good. The crisp, high carbonation level is a nice accent to the tart flavors of the wheat. Peppery.The beer is very well balanced. Rather than the common (and sometimes overwhelming) apple-like flavor associated with wheat tartness... i picked up a milder peach, or apricot-like flavor in the beer... Flavors linger on the tongue just long enough to make your thirsty for the next sip. Light hop presence in the back of the tongue.

Excellent Wheat beer, spicy, fruity, refreshing.

Would buy again.

Photo of kinger
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was beginning to think that hefe's were not for me, the previous few that I have had just didn't do it for me. This one takes the cake so far. A beautiful deep yellow/orange color filled my glass with a constant head and adequate lacing. The carbonation is like the other hefe's in that it is strong and constant. What stands out about the franziskaner is the aroma and flavor. My previous hefe's were too sweet smelling and the banana taste was overpowering. This one melds a whole lot of spices and citrus flavors and rolls them into a well crafted wheat beer. I can't say enough about the taste with this one very smooth and extemely refreshing, I'm glad I never gave up on hefe-weissbiers.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Distillery on Mt. Hope Ave, Rochester, NY.

A - cloudy amber yellow with short-lived 3/4" white head that left a bubbly ring with moderate lace.

S - wheat, light malts, some light fruitiness, reminiscent of apples and citrus tang, yeast and just enough hops for me to say it wasn't unbalanced.

T - it was actually served too cold, which only allowed the first few sips to taste wheat and a hoppy finish with some citrus notes but as it warmed, I got a little more complexity and richness from it.

M - light bodied with pretty heavy carbonation which held together well but I would prefer a little less carbonation. Washed the palate well.

D - very drinkable. Light and refreshing.

Overall - for $4.50/pint here, it was worth the try. I complemented this with the Ultimate Nachos, which actually turned out very well paired. I would like to try the bottled version to see how it compares but overall, a decent beer.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a decent head that settles to a small foamy lace. The aroma is bananas,cloves and yeast.
The taste is a lot like aroma:bananas and cloves with some mild citrus notes in the background. The taste is sweet then tart with with some grains in the finish.
The feel is mild carbonation with a tingly zing that goes well with the semi dry finish. I could see the yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. Pretty cool!

Notes: A very respectable Hefe and definitely worth buying again. It was easy to drink so one can have quite a few. I like this style and I feel I have had some of the best. Worthy.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.07/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange with a cold haze in it. Pours a big rocky head that recedes almost entirely.

Smell is clean and wheaty. Light hints of banana and coriander. Also has a bit of earthy funk.

Taste is mild and slightly bitter from the hops. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and metallic. The metallic finish sticks long after the beer is done.

Decent drinkability.

Photo of Zadok
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A-Appearance had a straw golden yellow, with an amazing 2 inch billowy head that left some lacing. Quite a bit of sediment floating around, I imagine I will see it again once I reach the bottom.

S-Everything you would expect from a good Hefe-Weisse. Clove spices, banana, bubble gum, and citrus to boot.

T-Tastes pretty much how it smells, nice crisp clove and banana. Yeast and bread also prevelant.

M-Medium body with a slight bite on the carbonation. A couple swigs and I almost had the reaction to chew this beer. And yup here at the bottom is some built up sediment.

D-Very enjoyable Hefe, would have to put this near the top. Could see this always being an old faithful to fall back on.

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

A- Beautiful cloudy straw with a huge white head.

A- Cloves, banana, and a slight bubblegum aroma as well.

T- Light sweet malt. Hints of banana, clove, and slight amounts of bubblegum

M- Medium body, crisp, very refreshing. High carbonation.

D- Very drinkable and refreshing beer. I've never ben a fan of the bubblegum flavor in hefeweizens, but this is the first where I haven't minded that flavor

Photo of ibashmuck
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium head on a very cloudy body. Everything about this beer is top notch, from it's appearance, to the smell, to the taste, and the finish. Ranks right up there with Hacker as one of the best wheats I've ever had. Spot on, perfect. Make sure you get the yeast sediment out of the bottom of the bottle (do the "swirl").

Photo of KeefD
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to say that I didn't like Hefeweizens. I am now self-corrected. What a glorious brew this be. Poured into a hefe glass a cloudy golden honey color with an enormous head that settles very slowly into a nice cap. Swirled the bottom, and poured the rest in which made it even more lovely. Smell is of banana and cloves, lots of malted wheat and not too sweet. Flavor is sweet, but not overpowering like some hefes. Lots of malted wheat, banana, spice, pineapple, and yeasty dryness on the finish. Fan-frickin-tastic. I love this brew and now have a reason to appreciate this style more than before.

Photo of phantomwyse
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pealed off the gold foil around the cap to reveal rust -- never a good sign.

A: Cloudy marigold orange, billowy head, yeast floats in slivers of caked sediment.

S: Yeasty, pilsner like. Some citric character in the background as well as banana and clove, but just faintly there.

T: Light malt character, grassy -- semi- sweet caramelized sugar, barely perceptible banana.

M: Nice carbonation on the tongue, slick right after the swallow, and dry and tart afterwards.

D: Drinkable enough.

I attribute the medicority of this brew to the fact that the bottle is most certainly on the old side and past its prime. However, beyond this fact, I still feel it would be an average hefe-weizen.

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 05/2009, served lightly chilled in a pint-size Weizen glass.

A: cloudy, very dark orange hue with tawny hint, with a very thick and elegant frothy head with tight texture and great retention; champagne-like carbonation, although the bubbles are apparently bigger...
S: compared with other bolder hefe-weizens, the aroma of this beer is not so much "banana-dominated"; rather, it gears towards green-mangoes and a light-bodied wheatish+grainy aroma. The second layer of aroma is mildly perfumy with a spicy/clove hint, added with banana oil, a tinge of vanilla underneath, and a bit more delicate exotic fruitiness. Overall the aroma is mild, soothinly fruity.
T: a creamy texture of slightly sour-sweet wheatish flavour prevails upfront, backed by fruity hints of green bananas, English pears and faintly green mangos, while the spiciness reveals itself by stealth at the very back of the tongue. The finish is clean, littered with a residual sour fruitiness like lemon and a touch of savoury flavour hidden at the back.
M&D: the mouthfeel is clean and reasonably lively throughout, matching its overall mild flavour and medium-minus body. Overall this is a "good honest" hefe-weizen, with enough fruity backbone to shore up the delicious wheat-ish main theme.

Photo of bigchiefbc
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had Franziskaner in Darmstadt, Germany, and often look for it now that I'm back in the US. Found it at Liquor World in Milford, MA today.

Pours a huge head out of the bottle into a Hefeweizen glass.

Intense rush of wheat aroma hits you almost immediately in the glass. Not a lot of citrus in the aroma, not as much as other Hefeweizens I've had.

However, the citrus hits you pretty fast on the the palate. Great wheat taste in the back, some banana and orange up front. Aftertaste is strangely buttery to me. Fantastic drinkability, could probably do an entire session with this one. Very satisfied.

Photo of Kyle987
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer. Huge, frothy head, with hazy golden-yellow color. Great, powerful aroma of wheat and citrus. Also some banana, but not as much as a Paulaner. Flavor has mild banana taste, sweet and wheaty. Perfect, smooth but tingly mouthfeel. Utterly drinkable. Just wish I were having it on tap in Germany.

Photo of Contagion
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While pouring a thick foamy head forms that doesn't seem to dissipate. It is very dense. There is minimal lacing on the glass. The coloring is that of straw with an orange tint. It is very cloudy. You can't make out the other side of the glass through it.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle is that it had the scent of hot dogs. I'm not kidding, I called my wife into the room to smell it to make sure it wasn't just me. She confirmed that she thought the beer had a hot dog like aroma to it. After getting a couple of good whiffs I realized that it was a mixture of yeast and cloves that give it that hot dog like scent. The flavor has a subtle yeastiness to it, with a hint of clove. There is a hint of banana undertones to it. The after taste is mildly bitter with a hint of citrus.

The beer itself has a medium body. There is a moderate carbonation that gives it a little bight on the tongue. Towards the end of the beer there is a slightly grainy texture.

Photo of brendan13
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a 500ml bottle into an Erdinger glass a hazy, slightly orange golden colour with an inch or so of white head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Big banana aroma hits first followed up by a slight spice and citrus note.
T - Grainy, wheat maltiness. Slightly sweet yet quite crisp.
M - Medium, creamy mouthfeel with a fairly high carbonation.
D - A very nice, well made Hefeweizen. I'll be buying more.

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

I admit to being a sucker for dressed-up bottles, and the nice gold foil on the neck and cap and the smiling monk is old school appealing. 1 pint .9-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy orangey-yellow body with a tower of fine white head. Successive pours enhance the froth's the fine-bubbled nature into a billow of misshapen, bright white head that retains at a fluffy sheet and leaves patches of lacing. Chunks of sediment stubbornly resist a light swirl in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is spicy and ripely fruity with warm wheat notes and just a touch of citrus.

Taste is rich and smooth with a tinge of soft banana and grainy, chewy, raw wheat. Notes of lemon, and orange marmalade on toast ride the persistent, savory wheat backbone, enhanced and balanced by a pleasantly dry, nutty yeast flavor that creeps in as the beer warms a little.

Excellent quaffability of this wheaty delight, and I'll be sure to have it again sometime

Photo of chillmunity
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: this beer, poured from a pint bottle, yielded a glorious golden hue of orange, and a milky white head that didn't stay for the long haul but stuck around long enough to be enjoyed.

S: a myriad of aromas reminiscent of summers spent on the German countryside .

T: thick wheatiness with distinct nodes of hops.

M: thick and playful, but not unobtrusive

D: i could see myself drinking a few pints of this in a night, no more, no less.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass. Poured a hazy orange-gold. Two-inch rocky white head dissipated gradually, but refreshed itself with each pour. Zero lacing adhered during the session. Scents of wheat and yeast; light and a little bready. Flavors come across as very light and mildly sweet. Some citrus qualities, but not at all tart. A little biscuity without being grainy with some clove and banana revealed at the finish. Subdued mouthfeel. Just the lightest kiss of effervescence helps give some additional body to an otherwise light brew. Very drinkable and definitely hit the spot today.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a thick white foamy head of at least an inch. Retention is superb with great lacing down the glass. I can't imagine a better look for a Hefe!

S: Elegant aromas of wheat, malt and citrus hops come together very nicely. Nothing real pungent here but very nice.

T&M: Light wheat & malt engulf the tongue with a fantastic creamy texture that slowly ebbs to to the finish. The initial rush of flavor has a hint of sweetness but the balance is so even with the light hops that slowly fade together. Very nice. The finish is quick and clean, with the tail end of the experience slipping away to a slightly wateriness and then... gone. The carbonation is fine and lively, contributing to the white fluffy and persistent head on this brew. Light on the tongue, perfectly balanced, and very satisfying.

D: I can't think of a better time to enjoy this than after a hot day in the sun. It has just the right amount of wheat, malt, and hops and there is no "wheat chafe" aftertaste. Very enjoyable and very much recommended.

Photo of Matty1918
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey color with the classic creamy white heffe head.

Aroma is of yeast....sweet bread.

A nice big sip...creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Grainy with a bannana finish very nice tasting.

This is a solid heffe...although I have had better.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark beige color weizen with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves is huge and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some banana, cloves and bubble gum notes with a perfect creamy texture of wheat malt. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. No date on the bottle but I am guessing that this is somewhat fresh. Probably the best form a style that I enjoy consistently.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass.

A: Poured a beautiful light goldenrod with some orange highlights and coloration from the suspended yeast and cloudiness. A large white head with an impressive cap that falls quickly to a solid half inch cap without leaving any lace. The only complaint I have is the lack of lacing.

S: Clove spices, pale wheat. A small bit of lemon zest. Solid hefeweizen nose.

T&M: Yummy. It has more spiciness than other hefeweizens I've had, but still has that noticeable banana flavor. Clove spices are readily apparent throughout and complement the fruity flavors very nicely. Top-notch flavor profile for a hefeweizen. Body is light with perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Most hefeweizens I've had are usually more subdued and smooth than this one.

D: Franzikaner is an excellent hefeweizen and very drinkable. It's got great flavor and perhaps just a tad too much carbonation, but it's still an easy drinker.

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a the class six store a Vance AFB, review based on notes

Poured a cloudy amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Head & lacing disappeared fairly quick

S: Cloves, appleskins, phenols & breadyness

T: Band aids, cloves, apricots, grainyness, & grapeskins up front. More grapeskin & white pepper as this warms. Finishes fruitty, juicy with grapes & bananas

MF: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drank alright, flavor mix didn't really come together for me, there much better hefes out there. I wasn't much impressed with this on Germany, a bit better von fass though

Photo of Ch1mpy
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a very foggy orange crowned by a seemingly permanent off-white head.

The smell is sweet, with yeast and fruits. Definite tones of cherry and citrus.

Creamy taste with banana flavours. Not as much carbonation as in for instance the Paulaner Hefe-weißbier, which perhaps make the Franziskaner hefe-weisse feel a little thinner in comparison.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, very drinkable. I would think this is a good beer for people who don't know that they really should like wheat beers.

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