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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,178
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 101
Gots: 309 | 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 yelterdow
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at an Oktoberfest event in Dover, NJ on 9/17...

The only weissbier available at the festival... and what a smash it was. It poured a cloudy, honey gold that supported a soapy, inch thick head... even in a plastic cup this was nice looking.

Big, pronounced aromas of banana, bubblegum, and clove wafted from the beer, smelling fresher and better than any I've ever sampled. The tastes were congruent with the massive, juicy nose, and particularly wonderful was the mildly sour, yeasty notes in the finish. So terrific and satisfying.

In the mouth, the beer rolled and foamed effortlessly and was the perfect ending to the experience. Lightweight yet medium bodied, it was amazing as an all-day quaffer for the Oktoberfest celebration.

yelterdow, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of willc11
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy straw hue with a nice foamy head that recedes to a solid thin layer that remains until beer is finished. Moderate lacing and carbonation continuously rising up.

Nose: sweet, fruity (bananas in particular), and a hint yeast and malts.

Taste: definite notes of bubblegum, banana, and a nice apple finish; hop level quite low.

Mouthfeel: biting carbonation--crisp and refreshing without being too fizzy or light.

Drinkability: finishes clean; nice for the excessively hot weather in Florida.

willc11, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellowish amber color with a massive tight head, almost champagne like in appearance. The head receded in a few minutes and lingered as a thin line and left some nice lace. Aroma was powered by yeast and grains with a fruitiness and just a touch of cloves. Flavors are very mild and unassuming, perfect in my opinion. Just a twinge of banana and clove with floral essence and a malty yeasty finish. Mouthfeel was very peculiar...it almost felt like I was drinking a hollow beer. The super tight carbonation coupled with the wheaty feel just kind makes this beer slip down your throat with a minimal of effort, very odd. Overall a good drinker where simplicity seems to be its greatest asset.

sockeye101, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Regenpak
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss brought this beer from Germany in a 24-crate. Poured as per instructions on the 50 cl bottle (first 3/4, then swirl the bottle, then pour the last) into a tall Weizenbier glass I got 3 cm of fine bubbly foam that slowly disappeared. The Hefe in the almost orange beer caused a thick cloudiness. The smell was wonderfully fresh, sweets and the everpresent banana. The taste lacked some, having a kind of chemical tang to it. The rather heavy carbonation made it more pleasant. Still, for me this is one of the better Weizenbiere. Be sure to serve cold.

Regenpak, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 9.3.06. Review from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy peachish color with a one finger white foamy head. Slight retention on the sides.
S: Phenol, bananas, pears, and a spicyness dominate the nose.
T/M: Nice banana and fruit beginning that gets drowned out by a stinging carbonation. Pear notes and a slight caramel sweetness come through, followed by a yeasty dry finish. Sharp notes are noticeable after the carbonation blast. Medium bodied Hefe. Gets a bit grainy towards the end.
D: A pretty damn good Hefe—I think having it on tap will eliminate the carbonation a bit.

bjohnson, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge fluffy head formed right away at least about 3 1/2in. Disapates rapidly, but from the outside in until the inside finally caved in on itself, then is stayed where it was. Very fun to watch. Color is cloudy neon orange, almost glowing with lots of visible carbonation.

S: Very yeasty which I didn't really like, but smelled strongly of clove too which I did like.

T: Yeast flavors were noticable, but not too strong. Midtaste subtle wheat flavors come out followed by hints of banana. Finish is sweet and spicy.

M: Medium bodied yet kind of thick with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth

D: Nice to finally see what a real Hefe Weizen taste like. I liked it enough to want to further explore the style. I'd drink this again.

MLegendre, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left a big hefe-weizen foamy head, with some good retention, and not a lot of lacing. Body was a cloudy orange-yellow-gold. Looks good.

Smell - bananas, cloves, creamy wheat. Pretty straightfoward.

Taste - same as the smell. Bananas and creamy wheat washed with some cloves. There is a little bit of lemon on the finish. Good.

Motuhfeel - creamy with a medium body, with moderate to low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good and very sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of pbr85
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Lots and lots of head. Might have just had a really terrible pour, but this was about 1 part beer 4 parts head when I first poured it. Taking into account that the pour was likely my fault, the head is fluffy and delicious looking. Beer is hazy golden yellow. The head is slightly off white and very fluffy.
S: Subtle hints of yeast, lemon, sour bread malts
T: Interesting. Standard yeast flavors for a hefe, lemon, nice malt backbone. Interesting flavor that makes me think of cantaloupe. It can't be cantaloupe though, can it? I think I am drinking it a bit warm.
M: Nice on the tongue. Good amount of carbonation.
D: Average. Certainly a decent beer that is worth trying. And its pretty inexpensive. One thumb up and one in the middle.

pbr85, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at he Bavarian Beer Cafe in York Street Sydney.
Cloudy pale orange, dense white head that leaves misty white tidal rings on the way down.
Nose is restrained, maybe due to serving temperature.
Flavour of banana & clove, wheat, with the slightest hint of raspberry.
Aftertaste of lemon sherbet. Touch sour, no bitterness. Very drinkable & refreshing.

vancurly, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of rgrace99
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into hefe glass. Big, thick head with lots of lacing and great retention, color was a straw gold. Aroma was a mix of yeastiness and cloves, with some banana too. Taste was of bananas with a spicy finish. Very drinkable and the classic representation of the style.

rgrace99, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: An insanely creamy and huge head sits atop the hazy yellow body with tons of bubbles cascading everywhere. Not sure if this is a lucky pour or the brew always looks this good. Lacing's hanging out all over the place.

Smell: Mild earthy phenols, mild clove, vanilla, a touch of spiciness, some breadiness, banana, and sweet wheat malt. It's mostly subdued, which is nice for those who get a bit annoyed with the banana and clove overpowering everything.

Taste: A nice meld of slight banana creaminess, slight spice, a subdued wheat presence, mild phenols and earthiness, some breadiness, and finishes slightly dry, though without much hop bitterness at all, with some clove and banana lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy with a medium to full body. The carbonation's silky to boot.

Drinkability: I've had this on tap and it's better, as would be the case with many brews. But this is a very solid choice for the style and for the summer season especially in my book. One of my staples for taste and affordability with the style.

asabreed, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange. Fluffy, pillowy head, two fingers worth. Great retention. Stayed throughout the duration of the beer, which admittedly didn't take me long.

S: It's been a while since I've had a good, German hefeweizen (it's been a summer of American Pale Wheat Ales, mostly). This is nice and estery with a nice banana bread aroma, a hint of lemon, and the usual clove element. It's so much richer than a lot of APWAs that try and achieve the same thing, though.

T: Citrus up front, spicy toward the middle with the start of a banana bread crescendo (you can tell). Finish is fully banana bread-like and malty. Cresendo wasn't as big as I would have liked, I guess, but it was still nice.

M: Light. Others have complained about fizziness with this beer, which wasn't the case with my bottle at all. Just right.

D: A good, refreshing hefeweizen. A tier below the Weihenstephaner, but there's no shame in that.

rarevos, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Fuller
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. 2" head of very thick off-white foam with very good retention. Body is a cloudy yellow orange with streams of tiny bubbles constantly rising to the top. Nose is full of bananas, clove, grainy malt, and yeast. Classic hefe - tart and sour with flavors of clove, lemon, wheat and a hint of banana. Decent carbonation and mouthfell is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is excellent.

An excellent beer. I still enjoy the Paulaner hefe a little more but this one runs a close second.

Fuller, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This one came out a cloudy yellowish-orange in color with a white, moderate head on a painful pour from the bartender.

Smell - The nice even yeast aroma is pleasant and contrasts well with the orange lemon accents. The spicing here smells a little more Belgian than German.

Taste - The orange zest overpowers at the taste. It's not a bad flavor but it is a bit too zesty like the lemon was brewed right in with the beer.

Mouthfeel - This is in between light and medium-bodied with a spritzy type of carbonation.

Drinkability - This was refreshing enough but was not even in the same league as the bottle-conditioned version.

RoyalT, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Beff's (where their 29 taps have been down for a couple weeks now, leaving me to resort to their cooler stock). A 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass (it's what the waiter brought) yielded a hazy straw-colored yellow body with a fizzy 2-finger head.

Smelled of orange peel, lemon and cloves.

As for the taste: I wonder if this bottle wasn't a tad bit skunked -- who knows how long it sat in the cooler -- as I noted a slightly skunked musky taste (though it wasn't there in the nose). Predominant flavors were cloves and lemon zest, with the yeasty clove flavors becoming more pronounced as it warmed. Surprisingly, I could feel the alcohol warmth on the finish.

As for mouthfeel: light -- almost thin -- with fizzy carbonation.

I took away some points on taste and drinkability due to the skunky flavor, but all in all this is a decent example of a Hefe-Weizen and as a fairly light brew is pretty drinkable. I suspect I would score a fresher bottle higher in a couple of categories.

Kendo, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange-straw color with a medium off-white, velvety head that very slowly dissipates.

Smell - Sweet aroma that smells of orange peel, banana, and a touch of spiciness. The alcohol is well hidden but present. Also there are notes of apples and cloves.

Taste - Bananas! This is the biggest flavor of the beer by far, and very obvious. There is very little bitterness. There is a bready/earthy malt flavor in the background that pairs well with the banana flavor. Also, the spice notes are a bit weaker in the taste than in the smell, but still present.

Mouthfeel - Good level of carbonation. It is a medium- to light-bodied brew that is smooth in the mouth.

Drinkability - The flavor is very mild, but still quite good. The mouthfeel is good, with carbonation a bit on the high end for my tastes. This is a good beer for its style. A must have for those who enjoy the style.

dblinkhorn, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a hefe-wiezen to make me a believer in the style. Pours into the pilsner a translucent dark orange, semi-cloudy color with some small bubbles. Thick pillowy white-tan head fades quickly to a thick cap and some decent lacing. Nose of yeast, wheat, and hops, with a lemony citrus note. Taste is dominated by semisweet orange citrus. Also features mild malt and a clean finish. Nothing complex, just enjoyable. Mouth is watery with little bubbles making it feel fairly substantial, yet very smooth. Great drinking beer, tastes good, is refreshing, and has a good clean finish. Easy to knock back many of these in a session.

Overall: a very good hefe: smells good, tastes good, feels good!

jettjon, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, straw yellow with a touch of crimson. Medium, frothy head dissipated quickly.

Smelled rich and sweet. Yeast, clove, coriander and bubble gum were most obvious.

The taste however was not nearly as complex. Some citrus and hops were detectable.

Carbonation was a bit much initially yet it later settled down. Body was thinner than expected.

Overall, a mediocre hefeweizen.

Damian, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice medium head that disappates quickly, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of spices, bananna's, yeast, and malts.

T - The taste is sweet and clove like.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a pretty nice hefe that I found at the local liquor store.

Wasatch, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle, no date information.

Hazy lemon straw. Towering eggshell head of dense, mixed size bubbles that slowly settles leaving a moonscape and huge divots before leaving a thick cap that lasted the entire bottle. Dispersed carbonation streams fire at mixed intervals, some lazy and some vibrant. Bright clove aromas are punctuated with bits of lemon zest. Initially fresh with a lemon zest flavor that contains just a hint of cloves. There is a faintly sweet note that rises up midway through before giving way to the lemony finish. These lemon notes linger briefly and are accompanied by some light cloves. Light body with modest carbonation, everything about this beer is on the light side: aromas, flavors, mouthfeel. Not bad, but just not as flavorful as some other hefeweizens. This was enjoyable, but I would not make this my default choice for a bottled hefe.

hopsaplenty, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle.

Pours a hazy pale gold with an enormous frothy ivory head. Smells of lemon and clove. Faint banana, faint skunk (I assume from the green bottle).

Sweet wheat malt. More pronounced banana here, less clove and lemon. Smooth creamy mouth. Clove in the finish. Tasty and goes down easy. One of my summer favorites.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of MusicmanSD
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply one of the best, readily available beers I've ever had. The appearance is cloudy like a San Francisco fog...if it was yellow and looked delicious...Smell has that banana whiff to it, which I love by the way! Something completely different from the ordinary. And the head! Stays an inch tall till its finished! The taste is by far the outstanding characteristic of this beer. Extraordinarily smooth and many different tastes hitting your tongue at once. Gives the Ale shalalala, without the bitterness, and I like that. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, while probably being the smoothest beer to ever grace my mouth. That’s where the drinkability comes in, but you must be careful! It won't give you the sense of overwhelmed taste buds like a normal ale would after about four of these, just the sense of bloating. Get all your friends to try this, if they don't like it, kick em' in the nuts!

MusicmanSD, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of teg8612
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in official glass during brewery night at Flying Saucer.

A-Cloudy, golden color with thick foamy head. Does that head ever go down? Hold my lemon please.

S-Real mellow scent, that head just gets in the way when you want to stick your nose in there. Smell the wheat, citrus (stupid lemon) and spice notes.

T-Wheat malt stands out with a bready, buttery texture. Some citrus and coriander sneak through. Very faint sweat, off-taste.

M-Served kinda cold. Heavy on the tongue and kinda flat for all that head. Clean finish like it never happened.

D-I like hefe's but a like more spice and citrus and less malt. Not one of the better wheat beers from the Rhineland though I haven't found too many that make the trip across unscathed. Go with a fresher American version instead.

teg8612, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Taco Mac. I wish they would invest in some appropriate glassware. This should have a nice head, but arrived at the table with none. How long was this sitting at the wait station. Color was typical for this style: nice golden color with a great aroma: banana, fruity, lemony, bubble gum, and clove. Good carbonation. Could drink lots of these at a sitting.

doubleipa, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Simple and pure, and with a lot of flavor, character, and complexity. It's even better on tap. This seems to put more emphasis on the bananna, clove, bubble gum flavor and a creamy, bready texture. The bottle shows better citrus and orange peel flavors that comes across more crisp and hoppy. Both are great beers for summertime consumption, but I seem to prefer the tap better.

BEERchitect, Jul 24, 2006
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,178 ratings.