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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,099 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,099
Reviews: 1,517
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 98
Gots: 264 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 IntriqKen
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Very smooth...best description I can think of. I avoid import beers for fear of them being past their prime but the reviews on Spaten Brewery have encouraged me to try their offerings available locally.
Pours a gigantic head made of tiny bubbles with good staying power. Color is slightly smokey pale gold.
Aromas of yeast and bread.
Tastes bright and clean....light malt...no taste of alcohol or hops....only a slight taste of very smooth banana esters. Normally I do not like the typical banana tastes found in non-american wheat beers but this one is light and smooth.
Overall, a pleasant very drinkable refreshing wheat beer. I will put this on my list of regulars, particularly to enjoy in the summer.

IntriqKen, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of tweeder263
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured out a cloudy gold brew with a pretty thick head,,head drops at a medium rate.Smells very nice with a big lemony scent that kicks ass.Has a light pleasing taste sweet,with a lemony citrus kick,,nice.Mouthfeel is pretty standard stuff.A pretty good brew that would rule in the summer.

tweeder263, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of HugoGrim
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

I've previously reviewed this beer on tap, so I won't repeat myself as this beer is almost exactly as good from the bottle as it is at the pub.

On this particular occasion I enjoyed my favorite Hefe with a new dish... Scalloped Chicken. A slightly spicy dish of chicken, onions, and mushrooms. Good complement.

Franziskaner Hefe is one of my most frequently purchased beers. An all around solid choice.

HugoGrim, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

~Bottle poured into a mug (unfortunately) with a solid inch of head that faded too quickly in my opinion, but settles into a decent head. Beautiful yellow-gold, murky color.
~Smells of citris, earthy, a little yeasty perhaps, a bit of banana.
~Taste. First off, I love this beer, have for some time. So, maybe a bit biased, but who cares. And it does not fail me this time either. Wondering if this bottle isn't a little old, as its a little flat. But the taste is rock solid and well balanced. Right now its still a little cold, and comes off with a citris and wheaty front with the earthy yeast and slight banana to follow. Perhaps some clove in there too. As it warmed up and reached the bottom, it softened up and settled more into a soft citris tone, with the wheaty laying underneath, and the banana became a little more prevalent. And the last gulp, delicious.
~A little too phizzy, don't remember it being so, but went away as it warmed up. Felt good, but nothing special.
~I know i could drink this beer a whole night through. Which doesn't in and of itself make it a good beer, but paired with its deliciousness gives it a high score.

objectivemonkey, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

This beer is better to my palate than my previous review. It pours a nice head, although soapy, stuck with the beer down the glass. Very cloudy, pale,colour. Wheaty and yeasty, which I like in Hefeweizens..Lemony zest with a fruity banana flavour. Very nice beer, and very fresh.

bigdeuce, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

12 oz. green bottle (I hope it's not skunked) with no freshness date. Served chilled in a weizen glass. Pours a hazy orange or perhaps a few shades darker with some sediment and a 4 finger white head that is rocky and somewhat sticky. Smells of bananas and some hops and spiciness. Taste is about the same with some medicinal qualities and grassy/metallic hops. The mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin for my liking. It's a good hefe, but not exceptional, yet still easy drinking.

mmmbeer, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of Gaben
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

Great beer, but what did make me buy this would of had to been the lable , great beer lord on the cover. Couple mondays ago picked up a pint of this stuff and damn was pretty tasty.

The appearance was nothin special , like most hefe-weizen's was cloudy and was a floater. The smell would be similar , did remind me of some katsup.

Taste was pretty goot , nothing bad to say about it, was lacking something extra but still a decent taste.

Both mouthfeel and drinkability I would rate the same, very nice percent of goodness and slamability. That says the same for drinkability I could drink this stuff all day.

Gaben, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

I remember this really good beer from Munich, I always liked the smiling monk design on the label. It's getting a little cool for wheat beer but this is really pretty enjoyable year round.
Pours a beautiful cloudy golden color with a massive, foamy head that rises above the sides of my weizen glass and cascades over the side very slowly. The smell is light and snappy, with the fresh wheat flavor quite apparant. For the record, I am going sans lemon. Very attractive and praise worthy.
The taste is refreshing and light but has a number of complex flavors including banana, citrus, and fresh bread. Mouthfeel is terrific, the abundant sediment reminds me of a totally unfiltered beer and is very satisfying.
This is a highly drinkable wheat offering by a past master. Amazing on tap but still excellent in the bottle too. If you like wheat beers, this is your huckleberry right here.

daliandragon, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of tesguino
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Good and special beer, cloudy, double fermentation, yeast, hops, malt and wheat are present in smell; taste fruity, and floral like grassy and herbs; good for mexican haute cuisine, try with pasta and salads; mouthfeel exceptional, well balanced and litlle strong for the palate; 96% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of UberWasser
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

1 pint .9oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a 24oz Weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber, somewhat like a natural apple juice. The head builds very rapidly, you need to let the head settle several times in order to get the entire bottle in one glass without it flowing over, even with a gentle pour. The head is so amazingly frothy, the individual bubbles cannot be seen. It’s very pretty, and as it foams off some, it leaves peaks and valleys that are gorgeous. A thin head remains for most of the drinking experience. Yow, wonderfully pretty beer.

The smell is a little thin, but good. Banana, hot spices and a tinge of alcohol.

The taste...oh so intriguing! Bananas strong at the forefront, with layers of different spices from hot chile to cinnamon to cloves in the background. You don’t taste any of the alcohol that you smell either. I really like the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel is slick and pleasing, with a little carbonation fizz for some excitement.

A very tasty beer that went well with my pizza, despite the somewhat different tastes. It was extremely drinkable, I could have had several more pints, for sure.

UberWasser, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of GreatEastern
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden colour with an extra large foam head that slowly formed into puffy cloud shapes before dissipating.

Smell - Lemon and spices, maybe cloves.

Taste - Tastes of spices up front, ginger and cloves with a lemony finish.

Mouthfeel - Good, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I could easily drink quite a few of these.

Notes - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. A good Hefe Weizen.

GreatEastern, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Mmm. Got this at MacGregors last night. This came in a huge weizen glass with 2 slices of unecessary lemon. The head was nice and fluffy with good retention. The body was an incredibly cloudy yellow/orange that varies through the glass. So beautiful to gaze at. The smell was nice and wheaty w/banana and clove aromas. The taste is awesome, full of banana, wheat, lemon spice, and clove! The body is smooth and creamy as hell. I can probably drink this faster than any other beer. I will have to try this in bottle form, don't see how it can beat this.

kbnooshay, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%

Tall bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass. Crystal snowy foam blesses this terribly attractive hefe. A lovely cascade of peach runs down the lengthy glass. Aroma is of mild citrus. Full of wheat, and great malt. Visually incredible. Scent is good.

A sweet lemon and orange present this relaxingly cool brew. The wheat flavors are delicious and bright. Feels sooo fresh and smooth and goes down nicer than most beers.

This is easily my favorite hefe.

grindcore666, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

A-hazy orange with a huge fluffy white head. head retention is very good.

S- lots of fruit with bananas being the most dominate. lots of malt and yeast also present.

T- much like the small, banana is the the most present flavor. some apricot hints as well. big malt flavor with a sweet crisp finish

M- medium body and extreme smoothness.

D- extremely easy to drink.

overall- ive had this on tap many times and wasnt dissapointed with the bottled version. this is one of the most banana tasting beers ive had. although i prefer paulaner over this, its still a great beer.

Gritsak, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Sampled in a 1-Litre Stein at the Bavarian Beer Cafe in York St, Sydney.

Appearance: Tall, browny-orange cloudy body, with a consistent colour. Good thick white head that stays full and frothy until near the very bottom.

Smell: Nice, rich hefe character, touches of citrus, tropical fruits. A sweet underpinning, with very little malt, or even much refreshing hop character. Although, the more I smell, the less robust a hefe-smell I think it is.

Taste: Refreshing sweet taste with a long, bready dry after taste. Taste of citrus and other fruit, but backed with a nice bitterness that keeps it from being to sickly. Not bad. Mouthfeel is a little lacking in fullness.

Overall: A very drinkable brew. A litre went down with very little trouble at all. I've had better hefes, but this is up there.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

Had this one several times on two trips to the Kinsale in Boston's Government Center.

Served in a 22 oz glass bearing the name of the brew, I was immediately taken by it's vibrant golden color.

Smells of banana, cloves and some citrus. Truly amazing aroma. Tastes much the same and very smooth going down. A great brew that is thirst quencing and damn tasty. Well worth trying.

fdrich29, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Cloudy yellow colored body with a huge frothy white head. Clumpy lace. Big banana and wheat aroma with a zesty lemon mingling in. Light pepper notes too. Flavor is similar with big banana and clove and a nice dash of pepper. Light lemon and wheat. A bit bubbly on the tongue but very smooth and silky. This is very drinkable stuff that is quite refreshing. Good all around hefe.

meathookjones, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%

12oz green bottle with portly monk on label. malt liquor...HA!!

a - pours a cloudy amber with a dense rocky head and produces excellent lacing. can't see through glass, but a good deal of light is let through.

s - smells of bannanas, clove, wheat, and other spices (maybe corriander, but i'm not 100% sure on that).

t - tastes of a perfect blend of wheat, bannana, and perhaps just a slight hint of orange. very satisfactory, smooth finish.

m - definately a light/medium bodied brew that goes absolutely perfect with most foods.

d - you can drink this just about any time of the year, however, i probablly wouldn't start drinking it until late september as it is a bit heavier than summer beers.

NOTE: i would definately suggest trying this while eating crackers and cracked red pepper hummus. they're a wonderful pair! also, you should try this with lamb, i find that they compliment themselves very well.

radshoesbro, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Enjoyed on tap from the Hofbrauhaus, in the Food Court at The Big E, West Springfield, MA.

Clear plastic pint cup presentation. Adequate 1/2" off-white head over the honey amber brew. Aroma is slightly spicy wheats. Taste is, as expected, wheat flavors with spicing adding a certain something. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice as well. Nice standard hefe, went well with the bratwurst.

ppoitras, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass euro-generic bottle, black and white on gold label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: cloudy gold color, big off-white head, very good lacing

Smell: clove, banana and yeast

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, minor lemon, some caramel, malt, yeast, clove spiciness

Notes: VERY GOOD, one of the best hefes I tried

BeerBeing, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of bighoppymonster
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a hazy slightly brown yellow. A nice thick white head with very small bubbles and active carbonation. Very alive in smell. Extremely fruity in the nose with hints of banana, pear, white grapes. Almost acidic in the smell. Very soft and smooth taste. Bananas appear again in the flavour. Extremely smooth with excellent soft mouth feel. Feels like silk going down the throat. Extremely drinkable and light and refreshing. In these hot and humid days of Houston, this will be a regular in my fridge.

bighoppymonster, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

17 oz. bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow with a good head...nice and fluffy. Good staying power. Good lacing and a fair amount of carbonation can be seen rising.

The aroma is rather yeasty. Taste is very good. Light and fulll of yeast. Perhaps some hints of banana and vanilla and bubblegum
Light and refreshing mouthfeel. Quite cleansing. Very drinkable. A nice beer to sit around and enjoy. Will definitely have another [which I did and updated my review 4/2/06].

atigerlife, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours a three finger head, the color of simmering caramel. Light brown tinted with a little bit of black The liquid is cloudy dark rust mud. Smells clove, sweet, honey, corainder. Lacking in banana. Tastes sweet strong clovey and some wheat. The sweet fades under pressure of the clove and the finish is dry. I can't tell about hop bitter, as the clove is dominating my pallete. For me, and enjoyable, but standard Hefe.

mentor, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Chilled bottle into a pint, it pours a hazy gold color with lots of hefty, foamy white billowy head. nice rentention as well.

Some fruit on the nose (citrus and slight grapes) along with maybe some slight coriander or nutmeg. Grassy malts come through as well...kinda plain Jane basic.

Flavor is nice. A nice pineapple flavor throughout the sip and swallow, along with some slight nutmeg or clove flavors. Light in body, and easy to drink...This is a refreshing brew that is pretty standard, but tasty.

Fish113d, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a hazy blond color with a nutmeg hue in the center with a frothy white head and lots of carb action.

Not a significant smell with some banana and caramel malt with some esters.

Grainy malt taste, sort of bland, with some hop esters.

Light bodied, dry slightly watery, soft and lively carbonation, and a smooth metallic finish.

Not enough bitter to balance the somewhat bland malt flavor however is a session beer.

Troyone, Sep 11, 2005
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,099 ratings.