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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,441 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,441
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 127
Gots: 502 | 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 PBRstreetgang
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale gold, generating a creamy head that reaches a full fist in height before slowly sinking to a rocky cap that retains well leaving spotty lacing. Light-struck aroma upfront, no doubt from the green bottle and the rigors of importing from Germany, but a soft, earthy yeast note and wheat aroma survives, then banana and a slight clove scent come out as it warms. First sip is sweet with wheat and a snappy pilsner malt sharpness. Weizen phenols soon dominate and a bubblegum flavor is apparent. Hesitantly drying aftertaste shows clean and balanced bitterness and a hint of spicy Saaz flavor. The light body draws texture from the wheat and suspended yeast to create a very creamy mouthfeel complimented by brisk carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet with delicate yeast notes slowly fading. During the heat of summer, this Weizen is truly sublime.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden yellow with a big white billowing head, slow fade left a small lace, lots of carbonation. Smell was highly yeasty and full of grain and cereal aromas with a hint of fruit. Very lively feel, good carbonation had alot to do with this, and a nice all around flavor. Very drinkable, I could easily put down a six pack, gotta love a good Hefe!

Photo of choyhosoi
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a glass and noticed the head dissapated to almost nothing. The aroma was a apple citrus flavor very intoxicating. The color was a cloudy yellow, and the taste was as smooth as they come . If you can try this beer it is worth it.

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

Yellow-orange / little hazy / mild carbonation / nice head

Tart sweet creamy wheat / banana and powdery feeling

Lightly tart and bitter / sweet creamy wheat / little orange-lemon zest

Light spicy carbonation / medium bodied

An enjoyable and easy to drink Hefe.

Photo of phisig137
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, moderately hazy, with a two finger head. Fairly poor retention, and nothing is left behind.

Aroma is fairly heavy on the cloves and spicy yeast, and has just a tad of bubblegum/passion fruit in the back. Nice.

Flavor is a little disappointing. Again, strong clove flavor from the yeast up front, followed by a stale, musty kind of wheat. Finish is dry and lingering, with just a hint of tartness. Well carbonated and light bodied, this is a great beer for being outside in the summer.

Overall, not bad, but there are better out there I think. Perhaps this bottle is a little old, or was mishandled, but this just isn't doing that much for me. I have noticed that this beer does tend to vary quite a bit from bottle to bottle. Perhaps I just got another bad one... that is my kind of luck.

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

"Presentation: 500ml bottle in a Weizen glass

Poured clean and smooth with a faint sizzle. Nice, crisp classic Hefe nose, dry, cider like, full of brisk clove and soft, warm banana, accented by straw, pale malts. With some bloom an echo of lemon pith is noticeable. A fat 3 fingers of super thick, sculpted, pearlized white foam clung like ivy to the glass sides, with very impressive head retention - only faded to 2 fingers of the same with a pleasing, audible crackle as it settled. The lacing was sporadic & chaotic as I drank. The body is thick, murky, a deep, copper stained honey down the middle with a paler, straw gold hue around the glass edges. An almost aquariumesque parade of tiny bubbles rise as if a great parade. Visually & aromatically this is hitting the mark.

A dry, crisp nature provides a foil to a creamy with foam and taste mouthfeel, a great ying-yang right off the bat. Its soft, yet sharp. The banana feel is very ripe, almost black, with a similar overripe sweetness whose soft taste is balanced by a cider dry, crisp clove, strawlike malt, full of carbonation bite. This is most pleasing and well balanced with 2 strong, noticeable tastes & mouthfeels.

The dry crispness takes on a cereal like grain quality as it rises with a noticeable crunch on the palate, growing sharper, slightly sweet like dry apple cider but still dryly balanced by those strawlike malts. Its beautifully drinkable and has a "happy", refreshing quality to it, which is nice in a warm weather beer. There is a subtle sophistication to this that is most enjoyable.

It does begin to weaken some and slowly fade at palate's end, leading to a faintly bittersweet, somewhat thick finish, somewhat downhill, but by no means disappointing. The aftertaste is soft & chewy banana, coating, filmy, semi-sweet.

A very good Hefe Weizen with a great play of soft & sweet vs. sharp & dry. Aside from a slight fade on the swallow its very good. I've had other Hefe's with more taste to enjoy, but I really dug the ying & yang this offered. I'd definitely drink it again, and would recommend it with no reservation.

Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blue Spark in downtown Spokane, WA. Served in a 20 in "Euro pint."

Pours an amber/gold color and is very cloudy. Served in a 20 oz Euro Pint.. Bubbly white head.

Smells spicy with cloves and a pie spice aroma.

Tastes like melons, banana, and soft fruit flavors. Slightly sour for the style.

Mouth Feel is full-bodied and a little cloying.

Drinkable and refreshing. 40 oz is probably enough in a session.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9 oz bottle, served in a Weizen glass. The beer pours a hazy gold/orange color with about a half-inch white head. Head retention is good, but there isn't much lacing. It smells like bread, citrus, pepper and cloves. The main things I can taste are cloves, bananas, bubblegum, yeast and pepper. Mouthfeel is light but not watery, but it has a little too much carbonation for my liking. Drinkability isn't bad, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. With that being said, the beer is crisp and refreshing. Overall I think this is a good beer, I'd try it again.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this on-tap among the poor selection of macros at mullen's in naperville/lisle. they served it in the franziskaner glassware, which was nice. i made sure to ask for no garnish as others drinking this stuff had the requisite lemon slice in their's (tangent: do they do this in germany?). a very hazy and bright yellow/orange in the glass with a pure white, creamy head and good lacing. looked very inviting. usual aromas of fresh-baked bread, bananas, and cloves were present. going down, this had a touch of light malt sweetness to start with the subtle hops playing a supporting role. a bit of spiciness provides balance. finish is crisp and relatively short. creamy, lively mouthfeel. medium in body, bigger bodied than the abv suggests. a very quaffable session beer and a good example of the style.

Photo of coalcracker
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener.
Appearance: cloudy, yellow-orange color with substantial fizzy head.
Smell: bread, with some citrus in the background
Taste: Clean and light body with taste of bread again; spice and a lemony zip also noted. Aftertaste tends to linger a bit long on the palate, though not intrusively.
Mouthfeel: light, not challenging on the taste buds.
Drinkability: quite drinkable as a session if desired; especially as summer approaches!
Overall: a respectable hefe, though perhaps a notch below the Weihenstephaner hefe.

Photo of daburtman
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very easy to drink hefe, and almost a very thick taste too, very nice to go down, the color and smell both very nice, a golden head with a sweeter then normal smell for the hefe. ive seen this everywhere and finally decided to try it out. definately has a sweeter almost banana'y type smell/taste, but very good and nothing too overwhelming for someone who likes something easy to drink.

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first shot at reviewing a German hefeweizen here. Pours a pale/amber color in which the amber part is in the middle. Real nice color though. Anyway, the aroma is mostly of clove with some faint trace of banana. Taste has more of a clove flavor with almost no banana overtones. Somewhat bready, though it goes down quite smooth. In comparison, the other hefes I've had had more of a banana aroma/taste. This is more balanced in-between. Very good example though.

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

A - Cloudy and dusty glowing orange-gold brew topped with a beautiful four-finger + monster of a head. Lots of sheets of fluffy lace, and come crusty chunks of yeast float around in the brew (I swirled to get the sediment in typical hefe tradition). A big beautiful example of the style!

S - Dusty banana, clove, black pepper, green grapes. Nicely done!

T - Yeasty with cloves, green banana peel, mineral notes. Later, some nutmeg and metallic nickel flavors show up.

M - Full bodied and rich but very wet and quenching too. Tingly carbonation with a nice little kick of acidic twang at the end. Finishes clean and slightly sweet.

D - I find all hefes to be pretty damn drinkable, and this one really exemplifies the drinkability of the style.

I find that many Bavarian hefes lean towards the yeasty-bready-banana-sweetness end of the spectrum and that many American versions lean towards the twangy-zesty-wheaty-lemony side, and while my personal tastes lean far towards the German style, this Bavarian brew is sort of in the middle. Not too sweet and bready, not to wheaty and twangy...this just about hits the drinkability bullseye.

Photo of Noxious26
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9floz bottle poured in a pint glass. Enjoyed at a rental condo on Maui.

Caramel in colour and cloudy. 1/2 inch offwhite head on the pour settles to a solid 1/8 inch cap. Tiny bubbles create a dense foam.

Aroma of cloves and hefe yeast. Light banana bread in the background.

Mild flavour of cloves and wheat with sweetness at the start. Flavour tapers off slowly from start to finish. Very subtle.

Medium body with tiny pin pricks of carbonation.

Smooth and light and refreshing. Great beer for a warm Maui evening.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

into normal pint glass. Really nice color like Dole's pineapple, orange and banana juice with a hugh white head, in other words it was a hazy yellow.

Smell is ok, not too strong, but smells like banana bread, cloves, and spices, maybe a slight astringent smell too.

What a great taste, im new to hefes and beer and general but this is the best hefe-weisse I've had. Big banana flavor, yeasty, balanced by the clove and spice.

The mouthfeel really is great. It's very full and creamy, little carbonation, extremely refreshing

very drinkable, as it should be

Photo of BigD1972
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Cardoza's Wines & Spirits in Fall River, MA

A: Golden Yellow with a good sized foamy head

S: Bananas, citrus, some spices

T: Very flavorful, a little heavy but overall very good

M: not too carbonated

D: very drinkable, exceptional taste. If you like wheat beers you will love this one.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have reviewed this brew once before and I honestly don't think I gave it the full credit it deserves. If you want to know why I love this beer so much and what makes it so damn good, read on!

First, I followed the pouring instructions to rinse the glass with cold water, pour to the side, and then rouse the bottle when it's a little more than half empty. This brew has a has a great amount of head, beautiful color that just looks damn refreshing.

Nose of this brew is awesome as it has a good bananna sweetness among other refreshing scents that are simply awesome.

The taste of this brew starts off with the awesome bannana flavor that lasts all throughout the sip, but shortly after the start, a very complex bubble gum like flavor comes through as well that adds to the refreshing feel of this beer. A slight hop bitterness rounds everything out at the end. Sweetness/bitterness balance is nearly perfect.

I could devote a whole page to the mouthfeel of this brew. It's unlike any other beer you will taste, as the crispness is superb! This beer is so refreshing, but not one bit watery. I have yet to taste a brew that has such a refreshing crisp mouthfeel.

Without a doubt, one of the most drinkable beers on the planet earth, especially during the warm weather months (which is a majority of the months here in Austin). This brew has it all: Plenty of complex flavors, a great mouthfeel, very easy to drink, simply the perfect session brew. Two things I will leave you with that you should NEVER do to this beer: Do not drink ice cold (drink it chilled), this will mask the awesome complexity. More important than the first point, DO NOT PUT A DAMN LEMON IN THIS BEER!!!

Photo of BBM
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a billowy white head. The aroma is of bananas, spices, some slight citrus, and other fruits. Very pleasant.

This is a fantastic Hefe. I'm not usually a fan of the style, but this one is by far the best I've had. There's a big banana flavor up front, followed by spices (cloves, corriander), and citrus. A very subtle bitterness finishes off this beer, which couldn't be smoother. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very refreshing.

This is highly drinkable, and quite refreshing. In my opinion this is the new standard of hefeweizens to which all others will be judged.

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

Ok, first review of a Hefe Weizen, so here I go.

Foil topped brown bottle poured from a .5 L (i think) bottle into a goblet. A dull orange is the best way I can describe the color, the beer carries a one finger head. The initial smell is fruity, a little wheat twinge. The taste is sweet with a dash of hoppy flavorings followed by a little warmth on the tongue for the after taste.

Very full bodied, even though fresh out of the fridge, I expect this to open up as it warms up. This is a very drinkable beer, light on the carbonation which is nice. One of the most vibrant beers in color that I have ever had, even so compared to the Belgian Wit's.

Overall, a good buy.

Photo of ClassicBrad
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Saw this for about $3 in a 1 Pt. 9 oz. foil-topped bottle. Had to go for it..

Hazy golden to amber sunburst in color, with a nice fluffy head that doesn't seem to stand a chance because when I looked back, it was gone.

Smell is a strong banana smell with notes of wheat and yeast.

My first sip was a mimick of the banana, yeast and wheat notes that that nose had prepared me for. Very banana-y... and its nice.

Mouthfeel is utterly delightful. I can't put my tongue (haha, no pun... well, maybe a little bit) on it but its simply a DELIGHTFUL mouthfeel.

Drinkability, while I'm not the biggest fan of this style, is pretty average. I think it is a good brew to help people who don't care much for the style to begin experimentation in, but still a selective taste for those who aren't into the hefes.

Photo of stevecee2003
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I guess I am discovering that Hefe-Weisse is not my taste. At least this one isn't. As one reviewer called it, it's the cloves. Yes, that's the taste.. I don't like.

APP - Nice and cloudy, with a good foam that settles into a fair lace.
SMELL- Not much as I can tell. There is the yeast.
TASTE- this is where it loses me. As earlier stated, I now know that wheat must not be my taste. And those cloves! Uugh.
MOUTH- at this point does it matter?
NOTES- This beer is somewhat highly regarded. So be it. Just not for me.

Photo of ncvbc
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent hefe. Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice, fluffy white head that sits well. Smells of fruit, wheat, and some spices arise. The taste is excellent. I notice mostly a bit of banana that reminds me of those Runts candies but much better. Great mouthfeel with a nice smooth texture. This one goes down super easy and is quite refreshing on a warm day like today. One of my favorites in this style.

Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy straw color with lots and lots of white suds.
I smell wheat and sugar and clove. An oaky banana smell arises after vigorous swirlling. Yeast burns the nose slightly.
Mellow taste with sugars and clove at first then the bitter/sour aftertaste.
This is a great mouthfeel beer. At first you have a quenching clean feeling cold drink followed by the sour and sweet aftertaste which finishes very clean and bubbly.
I could drink lots of these dudes but Weihenstephaner is a better all around drink. I would love to try the Live Oak.

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

a: pours a real cloudy golden color, very inviting. Small white head that went away fast leaving little lacing
s: fresh fruit, sweet malt, nice hop presence very nice
t: wow this is amazing, really clean taste sweet flavor, nice hop balance very very refreshing
m: medium bodied beer very smooth

overall this is a very good beer wow its good, very refreshing, deffinatly going to be in my fridge come summer

Photo of soupyman10
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a light, pale orange color, cloudy and opaque. Great billowy white head on top. Nose is all yeast and what. Some hints of citrus, orange, as well as other fruitiness, banana, and spices. Taste isn't as sweet, or strong, as the smell suggests. The banana comes through pretty strong. There are hoppy hints at the end, but the aftertaste is mild. In fact, the beer overall is fairly understated; good, but there isn't a ton there. It is super-refreshing, though. Feel is fairly thin-bodied, with good carbonation. Overall, it's a good beer. One of the first hefe weizens I've had (I was in the mood for some wheatiness). It's a solid, refreshing beer that I would have again if I came across it (although I'm not sure if I'd go out of my way). No complaints.

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