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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,438 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,438
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 127
Gots: 500 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of PorterLover83
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy gold with a very slight head. Smelled of bananas and cloves very heavily. Almost a musty smell. Taste was pretty much exactly like banana nut bread. It was surprisingly good. Drinkability was there, as it wasn't too heavy or too bananaish. Very good representation in my opinion.

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

This one turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I was in a bit of a rush and at my LBS making a mixed sixer and just grabbed things I'd never seen before, and at first glance, I assumed this was a German Pilsener. Upon closer inspection of the bottle, I realized it was in fact a hefeweizen. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy golden coloration with an amber hue close to the top. Nice bit of froth, good retention, cool tornado effect rising through the center of the brew. Looks beautiful.

S - Yeasty aroma, with hints of lemon and pepper.

T - Tastes almost exactly like it smells, citrusy body with a nice clove backing. Peppery and spicy near the finish, with a good smack of yeast on the palate.

M - Light bodied, zesty and refreshing, mildly carbonated.

D - Very good, certainly worth trying. This is an all around solid hefe and one I could revisit anytime. Might be looking for sixers of this one very soon, as it felt like a nice spring brew.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gotta admit that I was a little turned off by the green bottles that contain this brew, but I got past that pretty quickly after cracking one open. Poured into a Paulaner Weiss glass a lovely golden color, with a large healthy white head. Aroma is bursting with wheat and banana. Taste is bright and citrusy, with a great mix of sweet and dry between the wheat and fruit flavor. Body is on the light side, but full flavored. Drinkability is superb. One of the best Hefes out there IMO. Right up there with Weihenstephaner, Schneider Weiss and Julius Echter for me. Cheers

Photo of Tilley4
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, very impressed with this brew.

Pours that wonderful cloudy golden color with a huge head that lingers and lingers...

Damn green bottles! First whiff is a little skunked but that seems to go away and leads to a nice bready wheaty aroma with the merest hint of banana...

One tasty brew.... Nice smooth wheaty taste, actually tastes a little like banana nut bread..

Very close to Paulaner to me... Very nice...

Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellowish to orange with a small head in a pint glass on tap. Nose is fresh orange, wheat, and lightly spiced from the yeast. Flavor is strongly of wheat, and lightly spiced with flavors of clove held in check without being overpowering. This is a great example of the style, and the heavily wheaty and fruity character of it really made it appeal to me.

Photo of lifeboyq
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Franziskaner weizen glass a cloudy orange with a thick fluffy white head. 2/3rds of the head fade quickly but the final third hangs around for a while. Smells sweet and interesting but hard to put on the subdued phenolic undertones. Taste, well this isnt an aspect of the taste too much , but what I think is so impressive about this beer is the apparent fermentation temperature that has inhibited the bubblegum undertones that come from weizens fermented at higher temperatures. This doesnt have that off phenolic taste, just cloves and bananas, quite crisp. A more pure and full flavored version of Weihenstaphaner, a more carbonated less flavorful but quite similar example. Taste is beautiful a crisp banana, clove and citrus, mouthfeel is full and silky, nicely carbonated as a weizen should be. In my opinion the best example of the style. This blows away other very solid examples in Schneider Weisse and Weihenstaphaner much less Paulaner. What a wonderful beer! Heaven in a glass.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe-weisse glass from a 12 oz. green bottle with gold logo. Monk on the front looks happy with a full beer stein.

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold with bubbles shooting up the middle of the beer. Head came to a beautiful three fingers. Tight, creamy and thick, before it settled down and left a thin white pillow on top of the beer.

Smell - A creamy yeast fragrance with a definite banana presence

Taste & Mouthfeel - Creamy and fruity, with a touch of wheat on the palate. A citric bite and a crisp carbonation in the mouthfeel. Malty and somewhat spicey in the finish.

Drinkability - I like this one much better on tap. If so it definitely would have graded out better. Perfect beer for Sunday brunch in the spring. Boudin omelet, grits, a biscuit, and some fruit go nicely with this one

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, probably 15 or so years ago, was my introduction to the world of German Weiss Bier. I remember being drawn in to the brown 1pt 9oz euro style bottle with the gold foil lable, labled IMPORTED. Not to mention the bottle lable complete with Old English style writing and the gothic looking monk enjoying a large stein of brew. I was drawn in instantly and I had to see what was going on inside this sediment filled bottle. Needless to say, I enjoyed what I found and continued to sample from this style. Over the years, as like most things, companies expand and the quality of their product often times suffers. I wanted to review this classic hefe-weisse (in its new 12oz bottle 6 packs, which I don't even remmeber them having way back when) to see if stood the test of time.

***Updated 07/05/08***
1pt .8 oz Euro Style bottle is still the way to go with this beer. I don't know why, but it is so much better than the green 12oz bottle.

Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a Weiss glass. Pleanty of yeast sediment visable at the bottom of the bottle.

A - Poured a cloudy golden color with slight brownish-orange hues. Produced a thick creamy head that quickly subsided. Lots of sediment visable through.

S - definate smell of yeast. I also picked up on some spicy citric undertones.

T - Crisp and refreshing but slightly bland. Light carbonation with a bready and slight alcoholic warmth in the finish. Finished much better than it startrd, probably due to the sediment. Last few sips seemed more flavorful with the traditional flavor you come to expect from Weissbier.

MF&D - Clean taste. A little on the thin side. Over all I would have to say, its not quite as good as I remembered it to be when I was a lad. There are better examples of this style on the market, but there are also many, many worse. A good example of this style and a good summer session beer.

Photo of enfield249
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really cloudy pale gold color. About 2 fingers of head.

S - Lots of Bannana and clove smell. Very much like Bannana bread.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell.

M - Medium body, sharp from the carbonation.

D - A really good example of the Hefe style

Photo of cbleary
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This was a pretty good german hefeweizen. It poured with a semi-cloudy orange body and a creamy white head. The taste featured fresh wheat and an ever-so-slightly cloying citric sweetness. A good and drinkable brew.

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

A-pours a hazy gold with orange undertones,thin pillowy head,but abundant as it leaves behind very small amounts of lacing

S-cloves,apple juice,very sweet and inviting

T-light citrus bite up front,some banana,clove again and suttle yeast

M-cant really say a light body nor a medium...so Ill say it has a great well rounded body with lots of carbonation,and a mildly dry finish

D-very good El Hefe!

Photo of hyland24
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

It poured a hazy golden brown with an inch thick head of white foam that all but disappeared before I put the glass down. It left absolutely no lacing on the glass. I could have put the glass right back in the cabinet without anyone noticing it was used.

The smell was faint, fruity. I cant place the fruit but it smells sweet. Had to try several times to pick up a real scent.

The taste was good, not great. Mildly sweet and slightly fruity. A little too much like a lager. The taste disappeared immediately after I swallowed.

Definitely over carbonated. Carbonation overpowered the taste down to the last sip.

This beer is definitely worth trying, and is a descent Weisbeir but not a great Weisbeir. I would not go out of my way to find this beer but would drink it if it was in front of me. The carbonation was a little too much for this style of beer and I think that effected the overall experience.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes

A:Cloudy/hazy straw color with three fingers of white head.

S: Wheat banana and clove. Some bread as well. Very true to the style.

T: The wheat is more prominent in this beer than other examples of the style. The yeast taste is there but not up front. This works for me.

M: Light med body. Low carbonation that leads to it being refreshing.

D: Super drinkable. A great heff that is too easy to session.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A velvet of honey-gold, ok call it amber waives of grain, even though this one is from Germany. The new Franziskaner glass froths with a joyful white head that quickly fades to a thin blanket which stays with the elixir all the way down to the bulb in the bottom of the glass.

How did they get a banana in this bottle. The aroma is definitely there, but like the actual fruit, it is subtle and fresh.

The banana theme continues with light sweetness and unfolds as the temperature rises.

There is no apparent alcohol, as this is a pure clean liquid.

An easy drinker, this one is refreshing like warm sunshine on a severe clear Winter day.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm glad I made this purchase.

There was a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, and I rolled the beer around a bit to get some of it up before opening and pouring.

It was very cloudy and had a beautiful yellow-orange glow. The scent was appealing, wheaty and fruity. It tasted primarily of hops and banana. This went down smooth and was a bit creamy.

I will undoubtedly drink this many times again.

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

Consumed 02/29/08.

Pours a very cloudy lemon yellow. Plenty of active carbonation. A nice white foam head a finger high disappears after a couple of minutes.

Mild cloves and bananas in aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit astringent.

Mild wheat, banana and clove flavors. Noticeable by its absence is the typical metallic tang of wheat beers.

Lingers pleasingly on the palate a while after drinking.

If only the flavor were a little stronger...

Photo of trackstar1043
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden clouded whaet with off white head the has fantasitic retention and left behind a sticky lace.

S - Wounderful aroma of bananas, hops, citrus and grains.

T - Just as great as the smell, with a heavy character with strong fruit and citrus flavors with a slight citrus bitter finish.

M - Heavy and creamy.

D - Great example of a Hefe, could drink this any day.

Photo of ROMER79
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a heafty 3 finger white head if poured correctly. Smelled of hops and citrus. You could really taste honey and lemon coming through. But I think that this beer also has like a banana or plantane flavor as well. Feels cool and refreshing on each sip and it is very easy to drink.

Photo of youngleo
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured to a 3 fingered white head. Was a cloudy hazy yellow. Left some lacing with every swallow. Head lasted throughout the whole bottle.
S- Had a slight banana smell. Also of wheat.
T- Tasted like bananas, wheat and a touch of citrus.
M- Had some good carbonation, perhaps too much. Otherwise it was on the light side.
D- I couldnt drink these all the time. But it did have a flavor that perhaps you might crave, and you just had to have one.

Photo of cherokeedan
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh What a beer! Poured from a bottle into tall Weizen glass. A light golden / orange cloudy appearance with a huge 2.5 inch head that clears the top edge of the glass! Smells of bananas and maybe even a little orange. Taste is superb, bananas, wheat, citrus, and perfect carbonation. A very refreshing drink to say the least. My very favorite of one of my favorite styles.

I will always be a little partial to this beer because it was my first 'true' beer and it helped begin me on my current journey toward beer aficionado. What a long strange trip I know it will be. I am off to pour another! Cheers!!

Photo of birchstick
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy medium yellow with a nice head.

This smells great for a hefe. Citrus lime, with some banana, and a touch of hops.

It tastes very good as well. Has a lot of the tastes that was alluded to in the smell and a nice banana aftertaste. It goes down smoothly and and is very easy to drink.

This is definitely one of the better hefe-weisses I have had...

Photo of KeggerKen
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great refreashing Hefe poured into a Weizen glass with giant billowing head. A thick cloudy yellow/gold appearence. smells of banana and wheat and the taste holds true. A crisp flavorable beer that is truly one of my favorite beers and definitely one of the best Hefe-weizens around.


Photo of t0rin0
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle. The beer is a light yellow color that has plenty of white foam on top. Somewhat hazy. Smells of soft wheat with some banana in the background. Not much there other than that. The taste was heavier on the banana than the wheat but both were present. Plenty of CO2 and very enjoyable. Its nice to see a simple beer that doesn't need a ton of complexity to be good.

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ich liebe dieses Bier! I love this beer! Can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet. Pours out a golden-hazy hay color. Super billowy with creamy head long retention. This beer is very big on the sour, clove, yeat, banana aromas. Very suprising to find such a quality brew from such a large brewery. Flavor is good, cloves, banana, fruity, yeasts, wheats. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but more on the thin side. Makes for easy quaffing anytime if looking just for some simple refreshment. I enjoy this beer anytime.

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

Poured from a 1-pint bottle into a tuliped pilsner.

Head forms very easily on this beer even with a careful pour. A very fizzy, light head. Very hazy brown, can hardly see through it.

Smell of wheat and ripe bananas.

Taste of wheat and bananas. Crisp mouthful with perfect carbonation for this style. A great wheat beer taste. The more I sip the more I taste the ripe bananas. Not much tartness if at all. No hop bitterness.

Mouthfell is nice. Smooth and lightly bubbly. Not overly crips but not at all flat. Goes down easy.

I've had this beer TONS of times but none tasted as good as the one I had in Germany. It comes just that much fresher there. Still incredibly good here in the states.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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