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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,377 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,377
Reviews: 1,541
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 120
Gots: 429 | FT: 1
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Germany

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 billybob
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

with a controled pour and swirling the bottom inch of beer from the bottle to your glass you will get a nice two finger head with a cloudy medium gold color beer. smell, coriander and ginger. taste is lemon slightly sour up front with coriander, spice, clove, finish. mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean. drinkability excellent.

Photo of dashmartino
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer for the first time at Crocodile Lyle's in Jim Thorpe, PA in the big 16.9 oz with the fancy gold foil on top, and from the first drink I was hooked. My favorite Heffeweise, it was served in a pint glass with an orange slice. It was the official party beer of my summer, and I think it is very good for a session. Plus its got a monk on the front, theres no way it can be bad!

Photo of tcfishler
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dull yellow, with a voluminous and long-lasting white head.

Exuberant aromas of peaches/apricots/other stone fruits, along with sweet pumpkin pie spices. Mouthfilling and sweetly fruity, with a strong banana flavor. Becomes rather watery later and goes down very innocuously, with the faintest (and I mean the faintest) hint of hop.

A classic sweet, satisfying quaff. Almost too much fruitiness for regular drinking, but definitely an archetypal wheat beer.

Photo of jubnat
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey-orange color. Bright white head that lasts in sheets on the side of the glass. This has a strange smell. I can smell the yeast and clove, but also this sort of smells like some kind of lager. Slightly off-putting. It's also slightly present in the taste. But otherwise, it tastes fairly good. Good banana and clove flavors. Not my favorite hefe weizen, but good nonetheless.

Photo of Toddv29424
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came in a sampler pack, and I think that it is past its prime: there is little punch to it like most Hefes, and the ingredients just seem to be sub-par. I could be wrong; this could be the way the beer was made. It pours a golden color with a little head. The smell is light and mostly wheat filled, with a hint of sweetness to it. The taste takes a while to develop, but when it does it comes in the back of the tongue with sweetness that I've come to love from Hefes. However, the finish is much like water, and doesn’t hold any real taste to it. I've seen it many places and its probably good to try for yourself at least once, but it doesn’t rank among my favorites for German Hefes.

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

On-tap served in a 16oz. plastic cup.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is very complex with aromas of wheat, banana, clove, lemon, coriander and some hops.

T: The dominant flavors are wheat, banana and clove & coriander spices. There's also some hops and citrus. The after-taste is bready.

M: Crisp & smooth, high carbonation, light-to-medium body, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty and easy drinking, a little filling for the style, but an excellent representation thereof.

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my stand-by beer in Syracuse. Always on-tap at the good bars, and easy to find in all the grocery stores. Oh yeah, and its delcious.

Pours a hazy yellow with a thick white head. Smells of lemon and yeasty goodness.The citrus taste is creamier than most hefes I've tried. Flavor also has some citrus, wheat sweetness and yeast. Not much for the hops as far as I can tell. And while this isn't the best hefe available, the Franz is way up there.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy straw color with a thin head. It has a grainy, sweet, earthy type smell. The taste is sweet and smooth with a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and not overbearing. The drinkability of this beer is very good – this one surprised me....quite refreshing.

Photo of SudNut
2.96/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I split a pitcher of the Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at the Tulsa Oktoberfest on a perfect autumn day. Yes this was our first pitcher. It poured to a nice golden color with an enormous head, my mouth was watering, mmmm.

The smell was typical bread, with banana and clove. I also noticed a bit of a hops smell.

Taste was of wheat and cloves, with a tart aftertaste. My buddy said it needed a lemon but to me that’s an insult.

The mouthfeel was nice and light with my favorite sud feeling! Life is good.

Drinkability is just below average. I prefer the smoother wheat beers the tart bite at the end of this one gets me. We went on to sample some of the other fine Oktoberfest beers on tap.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stupendous! Poured from a .5l bottle into my Weihenstephan Hefe glass. A beautiful lookin' beer. Golden and bubbly, with a thick snow white head. Smells of spices, fruit and wheat. The taste is similar to the smell. Medium to full bodied with a fresh bubbly mouth feel. A great session beer. I could drink this all day and all night. I am a big fan of wheat beers and a huge fan of this wheat beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of jdoherty
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very lucky find at a bodega in the Bronx. Very thrilled to be able to try a Bavarian Hefe-Weisse for so cheap!

A: Towering frothy head which slowly dissapates with an opaque golden hue, carbon bubbles slowly rising up to the top.

S: A very strong wheat smell, with the hops slowly creeping up behind the wheat odor, not nearly as powerful, but equally pleasant.

T: A taste that almost turns sour as it lingers in your mouth. Hints of malt linger as well but the wheat taste is extremely pleasant, as if the wheat smell transfers directly to the wheat taste upon first sample.

M: A cool, fizzy mouthfeel that dissapates as the head becomes less visible. Extremely smooth, but leaves behind a very nice aftertaste.

D: On a hot day, theres nothing better, and even in the winter time this one just goes down very smooth. I am a biased wheat beer fan, but this is truly one of the best

Photo of boblog
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a large foamy white head. Cloudy orange color. Smell is has strong wheat scent and hints of fruit taste hints of banana with strong wheat and malt flavors. Velvet like mouth feel. Very drinkable, not bad on the wallet, and a great German Hefe Weizen.

Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse pours a hazy golden color with an enormous white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. Clove dominates the aroma. There are clove and banana flavors, fairly well balanced and mild. Overall, it's just a little better than average.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another favorite of mine when Oktoberfest season approaches at Mecklenburg Gardens in Cincinnati, OH. Apparently, I am one of the lucky few to have access to this "on-tap". I highly recommend this over the bottle. Drawn from the tap by a veritable expert beertendress Crystal, the initial head was 2" in a tapered glass that was custom made for Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse.

The foamy goodness lasted quite a while and left light lacing on the sides of the glass. The unfiltered cloudy yellow amber was wonderful. The scent was also equally wonderful with a fruityness that would float the banana boat!

The taste was exceptional. Full of flavor. Sweet (not too sweet)but also complex with a mild refreshing character.

Feels good in the mouth leaving you ready for the next slug!

Overall, probably the best weiss bier I have enjoyed... try it on tap.... at Mecklenburg Gardens if you can!

Photo of nekronos
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

VEry good, my second Hefe Weizen, very spicy, but the bottle of 330 mL is not really good, the big one is very nic,e the foam is interesting, and in the gift bos they tell you how to pour the foam correctly. NOt the best Hefe but the best Macro Hefe.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pored into the correct glass, it looked a picture, good white head on a body of bubbling, cloudy, soft golden coloured liquid.

From then on it went downhill, in every aspect.

No aroma of banana's or vanilla, which is what I have come to expect from a good hefe-weissbier. It didn't smell of anything really (the beer is was in date and at the right temp).

Sharp taste but not tart enough for me, average is being generous for this style of beer, compared to many others.

Weak flavours and a thin feel to it, leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: decent lacing, pretty golden straw body

Smell: Multigrain bread with lemon

Taste:Smooth and more suddle, bread, Yeast

Mouthfeel: medium

Drinkability: Yes this would go with quite a bit I belive and it's super easy to drink. I like it cause it's more bright and different from the dark beers i usually do drink.

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

500ml bottle served in a franziskaner weissbier glass in local bierhalle

A- Lovely creamy thick 5 finger head, with misty amber body. Looks great - like a big ice cream cone you want to plough your face into

S- Fruits ( banana's, hint of pineapple), wheats and cloves

T- A lovely wheaty fruitful flavour on the tongue finishing in a crisp sweet banana note.

M- Carbonation is just right, not too abrasive, creamy mouthfeel as you take in a big mouthful finishing crisply but inoffensively. The taste really lingers in the mouth.

D- A fantastic hefe, the benchmark of the style. Could drink all day in a munchen biergarten

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint, 9 fl oz bottle found at Lou’s in Augusta. Rather uniformly murky yellow body with a five or six finger thick off-white head that dissipates a bit more quickly than expected, but not completely by any means. Head retention is better than average. Smells overwelmingly citrussy with hints of banana. Banana and citrus dominate the taste. A bit more spicy than most hefeweizens... Nice full-bodied beer. Very tasty and pleasant. Best Hefeweizen I’ve ever had by leaps and bounds. And 2.19$ per bottle, it’s a steal.

Photo of jlpred55
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- More head than a Paris Hilton video. Tons of rocky head. Cloudy yellow orange, brilliant to look at.

S- Like ripe bannas on wheat toast. Mouth watering!

T- I am wowed. After sampling both this and the Weihenstephaner side by side this one takes the cake! I have never been a huge fan of the style, always though it a bit too abrasive with the heavy phenols. This one however changed all that. Sweet ripe bananas, I guess a very faint phenolic taste in the middle(just enough to make it yummy), then finishing up with sweet ripe bananas.

M- Yes, slick and crisp just how it should be!

D- Give me another!

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

My god, the head. Poured into a classic wheat beer glass, this thing bubbled up like it was on a mission. Color is a hazy yellow with some orange highlights. The fluffy white head is like a cloud. Absolutely gorgeous pour.

Like any good Hefe worth its salt, smell is sweet phenols, clove, with banana, citrus tones, lemon, and some light floral hops. It is surprisingly rich as I swirl it in my mouth. The taste is much like the smell, though the banana tastes very ripe, and the spicier flavors are more subdued than when I have had it on tap in the past. Some crisp apple flavors creeps up on you towards the end. Outstanding beer. In my Hefe expereince, this one is the standard. Without a doubt, this is drinkable for the duration of the evening; there are so many sweet flavors, but they never overwhelm the palate. Let it warm a bit if you can. It is good cold, but the flavors really come out if you give them time. I can't wait to try this fresh when I make my trip across the pond this holiday season.

Photo of HossMcGraw
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with some orange hues around the edges. The head is enormous and the beer is very effervescent.

The aroma and flavor both seem quite lacking. It's nice, but nothing special. As this warms up a bit, there are traces of the standard bannana, clove, bubblegum, notes often found in wheat beers, but they're too faint.

The mouthfeel is the best attribute. It's quite smooth yet retains a good level of carbonation. The drinkability is high. This brew is light and refreshing but unfortunately, not especially flavorful.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured intentionally rousing the yeast as they do in Germany. Pours a pretty cloudy orange golden color with a half inch+ of pillowy white foam on top. The head sticks around for about a minute before sinking mostly back into the beer. There are continually a bunch of bubbles rising that are a whole bunch of different sizes, but they don't stick to the surface.

Aroma: There is a noticeable banana thing going on in here along with a spicy phenolic note. There is a lemon dominated ester thing going on in here also. The malty backbone has some defined toasty notes from Vienna malt I would presume.

Taste: The flavor is super fruity as the aroma suggested. The lemon and banana come out cleaner than I thought they would from the aroma, and the clean malt gives it a really drinkable profile overall. There are minimal hops in here; in fact, I really can't pick out any in particular. It has a subtle floral hop thing going on that just compliments the fruit flavors and aromas. There is no alcohol noticeable in this beer. The finish is clean with a little bit of sweetness to linger with the fruit on the back of the throat for some time. It has a really pleasant finish.

Opinion: I have never been a big fan of wheat beers...particularly Weizen beers, but this one is an outstanding example. I like the subtle blend of all of the fruit malts hops and alcohol to make it a very easily drinkable beer. I won't be seeking this one out, but I would certainly drink this over a WHOLE BUNCH of other beers.

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

1pt .9oz brown bottle

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse was a very hazy yellow-orange color. The head was large and white with decent retention. The aroma was fruity. The taste was sweet upfront, a dry finish, and had plenty of wheat, fruit, and spice flavors. The mouthfeel was good, a medium body with plenty of carbonation. A very drinkable beer.

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

Semi-cloudy orange straw color, large frothy white head. Banana and clove in the aroma, but quite a bit of tangy fruit as well, lemon, apricot, tangerine. Almost spicy and peppery as well. The taste is like a fresh banana at first, almost like a banana Laffy Taffy. A lot of good zesty flavors in the aftertaste as well. Wheaty, yeasty, lemon grass like flavors as well give it a full mouthfeel, but a relativly light body. I was quite impressed with this hefe, I could drink a lot of it pretty easily.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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