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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,324 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,324
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 109
Gots: 381 | 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 mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a 25 oz bomber bottle with the thirsty monk label into a weizen glass

A- very cloudy pale yellow with the traditional white head. the head was not as big as i had thought it would be. ( perhaps the dishwashing liquid issue, has reared its ugly head)

S- what an nose on this beer, so much comes through. Wheat, and a big big banana clove scent that was never as present, in other wheats as it was in this hefe

T- very nice. wheaty with the yeast and a nice clove flavor with a refreshing crispness followed by a lemony tartness.

M- blanced as all beers should be. perfect amount of carbination to add to the beers refreshment

D- a very easy drinking beer refreshing and delicious, yet not as easy drinking as some other german offerings.

Notes- I was honestly surprised by the complexity of this Hefe. It really had a lot going on at once. This is what all wheat beers should strive to be.

Pouring tip- although I have had many an unflitered beer, I was surprised as to how much yeast this bottle actually had in it. Make sure when you pour that you leave 1/2 of the beer in the bottle to swish around before you pour to let all that yeast go into your glass

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

bought a half litre bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($2.39)
pours a light orange with a giant white head that sustains the duration of consumption.
the aroma is wheatie with a hint of banana.
the flavor is very wheatie, clean, hint of spice, hint of banana, hint of citrus, lingering minerality.
this a great hefe-weisen, excellent summer beer, goes down easy in the heat and quenches your thurst.

Photo of mghotbi
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy golden with prominent carbonation and thick off-white head which lingers a long time. Particulate residue left in bottle after pour.

Smell is dominated by citrus with hints of unripe banana and faint bread.

Initial taste is tart citrus, which is mellowed soon thereafter by faint malt sweetness and fruity tones (banana again). Hop bitterness and spiciness are tame, but do make their presence known. Finish is clean and dry and tannins are mild and do not linger as they often do in other wheat beers. No off flavors to complain about.

Mouthfeel is crisp but thin. Excellent drinkability, particularly on hot summer days. Goes great with ripe blueberries.

Although hefeweizens are not a particular favorite of mine, this is an excelent example of a good one.

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

Jumped out of the bottom of the glass to an impressive cottony head fed continuously by bubbles treams up though the lightly cloudy golden beer.

There's half a fruit stand in the smell, which is cidery with mellon rind and banana.

Taste carries the wheat twang well with light malty flavors, good banana and spice before running back through the sharp bready wheat and disappearing in a flash.

Loose mouthfeel is almost watery, which draws no complaint from the guy drinking it on a muggy summer night. Sharp carbonation is welcome. Those Germans, they sure can make a weizen. So happy I can pull one of these from the cooler at the neighborhood market.

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

huge, creamy initial head left some winding bands of lacing. extremely hazy dull orange-gold color.
lemon and banana nose.
taste similar to smell, tangy lemony hop flavors, banana and yeast with a bit of clove, grainy wheat malt taste in the finish.
light-bodied and creamy with lots of (almost excessive) crispness.

hefe-weisse goodness, didn't empty my billfold either. not outstanding in my opinion, carbonation was too prickly.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 25 oz. bottle of this at a local liquor store recently. I love hefe's, and this was cheaply priced and one of the few locally available that I had yet to try. Certainly not one of my favorite ones, but this wasn't that bad either. To me, this style doesn't have a lot of variety as opposed to hoppier beers, but it was enjoyable nevertheless.

The best aspect about this beer was the pour. A nice and cloudy deep golden hue could be seen as I tasted it, and swirled the bottom before pouring it into my pint glass. The head nearly overflowed the top, and stayed tall for quite a while too. The lacing raced down after each sip, but it didn't take away from the overall look of this beer. I like my hefe's with notes of citrus and wheat in it - this one had cloves, banana, and a lot of biscuity maltness to it. Very easy on the nose and toungue, with only a hint of acidity in the back. At 5.00% ABV, this is perfect for the summer, if you like your beers solid, easygoing, and smooth. Not a lot to think about, but never empty either!

Hefe's aren't that complex to me, but I like a bit of zing and kick to mine. This would easily beat a Sam Adams Summer or most pilseners anyday, since it has more backbone to it and was never watered down - even down to the last taste. Not the best of it's kind out there, but one coulnd't go wrong on a hot day with this, or offering to someone who's unfamiliar with this style of beer. Certainly worth a try...

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

16.9oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy yellow, with a slight orange tint. Large head, and excellent head retention.

S - Smell was strong clove/banana/spice/malt, almost overwhealming.

T&M - Taste is very smooth, and is a quality example of the Hefe-style. Up front, the banana and clove bite at your palate. Dry bready malts follow through and leave this brew finishing crisp.

D - Drinkability is high.

Incredibly solid example of the style. Definitely one of the better Hefes and for the price, you cannot beat this one. Give it a try.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - goldish in color with a light and airy white head.

Smell - lots of cloves and bananas, i can smell yeast and wheats.

Taste - very good. sweet to taste with a little bitters toward the end. not too much bittery though.

Mouthfeel - great complexities. not much carbonation

Drinkability - easy to drink and comfortable to have a few more.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orangy straw hue with a four finger white pillowy head. There was excellent retention and good lacing. Considerable dark sediment falls to the bottom of the glass.

The smell was mostly yeasty, with a MILD banana and clove aroma.

The taste was a very wheaty and yeasty experience. Mildly spicy. Weak apricot presence.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Overall, a good hefe. Certainly not the most interesting example out there.

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

Sampled off tap in the Krakow town square. Awesome head which led me to try to explain to the people I was with how German hefe's are so integral when it comes to good head. A clouded, darker orange blended over light yellow appearence. Fine bubbles. No lacing (but great foamy, head? - must be the glass!). A very fresh and yeasty aroma. Very, very refreshing for this hot day. Not the most graceful finish but quenching. Great water. Not as citruisy, I'm not getting a lot of overly fruity notes, but that's ok. Not the tastiest hefe, but damn tasty all the same.

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

Franziskaner- Hefe

Served up at Mountain View Golf Course- Ewing, NJ.

Appearance- Hazy light yellow with a thick billowy head.
Smell- light zesty lemon, banana, and clove. Wheat/ straw is equally balanced in as well.
Taste- Light wheat with a nice balance of banana/ clove and a touch of citrus.
Mouthfeel- smooth and an easy drinker.

Overall- An excellent summer beer to drink while playing 18 holes. Not the best Hefe, but a damn good 1!

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

Sampled: 4.18.06

Appearance is a pale dark gold under a gigantic head. The brew is cloudy and unfiltered, in line with its typical style. The lacing is abundant and sticky.

Smell is dominated by bananas. There’s some hoppiness in there as well, and I don’t know how much this says, but the beer *smells gold*. Just something about it, under the bananas it smells like a summer day in a golden wheat field.

The flavor is more bananas and some spice. Light maltiness with a slight tart edge to it. It’s very simple in flavor, but very satisfying. It’s light in the mouth and the carbonation is low.

It’s an easy drinker, good for a summer day or night. Or anytime, I guess.

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

A little cloudy, like clover honey that's been sitting on the shelf for awhile. Golden color. Thick, creamy, high head that quickly disapates. Speaking of clover - heavy clover scent, along with banana, citrus and wheat. Mmmm. Bubbly, with tiny pearl-like pods of CO2 rising in perfect rows to the surface. Cool and refreshing, the perfect summer quincher. Damn good beer. Buy it and drink it, it's worth the trip...

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

I had this on-tap at Which Brew in easton PA.

I have had Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse in the bottle before but this was the first time I had it on tap. I think most of the beer is the same but the difference for me was the mouthfeel. The draft version or this batch or my palate (whatever it is) it felt remarkably smooth.
Appearance: Serve a golden color with a hazy body. White cap on-top.
Smell: lemons and yeast
Taste: classic flavor of a Hefe - lemons and cloves with a hint of orange.
Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth (on-tap)
Drinkability: This is certainly the epitome of the style which is a light easy summer beer. Very drinkable if that is what you are looking for.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orange beer with quite a lot of carbonation which maintains the big head perfectly. The head is creamy and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

The smell was typical Weizen, cloves and ripe bananas and phenols. On top of that a yeastlike smell.

Taste of wheat and yeast, a perfect balance between spiciness and fruitiness. I could not taste any bitterness.
The aftertaste is dry and a bit adstringent, which inhibits the mouthfeel a little bit.

Photo of soultrain
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 PT .9 FL. OZ. size poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass.

A-Cloudy orange beer, streams of carbonation. Head is an awsome miracle: 4+ inches of fluffy rock that sticks around forever. Excellent lacing.
S-If you are a fan of hefes without too much clove, this is the beer for you (and me.) Bannna bubblegum, and the yeast aroma is just great. Some spice aroma, it's vague (coriander?)...
T-This beer is way better that I thought it would be (it was $1.65)....one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had, period. It quenches a mean thirst if only to inspire a new one: for more of this delicious beer! Simple hefe with a damn tasty yeast, and I LOVE it!
M-Carbonation is soft on the pallete...it's highly visible, but I can't really feel it, still for the style, it's appropriate.
D-Supreme drinkability.

CRUX: THIS IS THE HEFE I"M BUYING A CASE OF FOR THE SUMMER. It's tasty, and the price is right. Highly recommended.

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

Murky, light caramel colour with a thick, white head. Some lacing. Mild aroma, balanced towards cloves, with light citrus and bready yeast. The flavour reflects the aroma with an even balance of flavours and a lightly spicy finish. Medium/high carbonation, a bit crisp, with a medium body and pleasant smoothness. More balanced than bold, but very solid. Highly drinkable.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good hefe for the summer months ahead. Pours out to a hazy yellow color with a hint of orange hue. Large head of white foam calms and leaves about 1/8 of an inch of white bubbles. Some lace. High levels of carbonation. Nice. Aromas of banana esters, dry malts and yeast were easily noted and inviting. Taste was light bodied and totally quaffable; bananas, a touch of vanilla, light malty bread notes, a hint of spices toward the finish. Quite good. Mouthfeel was bubbly and refreshing. Drinkability is good. One of the better Hefe Weizens from the motherland. Recommended.

Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow/orange with a massive head. Smell is of banana and clove and very yeasty just like a beer this style should. Taste is smooth and crisp and very drinkable. Overall a stellar hefeweizen that is definately one of the best of its style. Make sure to swirl the bottle to activate the yeast at the bottom as it greatly adds to the pleasure.

Photo of sammy44
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this has to be one of my favorite hef's. The best for me is Weihenstephaner but this is a close second.

Poured using the traditional hef upside down pour. This really keeps the head more under control so that you can drink it the same day that you pour it. Still got about a 2" head on it with lots of carbonation. It is a cloudy orange color with a good stream of carbonation.

Smell of bananas, cloves, and maybe a litte bit of ginger with a inkling of skunk (I hate non brown bottles).

Taste was great, reminds of cooked bananas in a way in that on top of the sweetness there is a little bitterness. Very nice.

Very velvety in the mouth. Doesn't go down as easily as Sierra Nevada Wheat or Weihenstephaner but still a drinkable beer.

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

A: poured into a franziskaner glass, a billowing soft white 2" thick head above a hazy amber body.

S: Sweet malt, wheat, and yeast

T: slightly citric taste that gives to an almost powdery like yeast that sticks to the tongue

M: smooth and creamy

D: Great drinkability. I could got for more than one

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle-

Poured cloudy orange with huge foamy head that settled after a short time.
It had subtle aromas of bubblegum, clove and a touch of banana with some yeast blended in.
The taste was on the lighter side. Had the flavors of banana/clove mxed with a touch of lemon.
Overall - it was refreshing and a good weisse. Personally, it's not among my favorites among German beers of this style, but that is probably personal choice more than anything else. (I certainly wouldn't turn it down though!)

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

Poured a hazy, slightly orangish-yellow with an enormous, firm, white head. Wonderful aroma: wheat, yeast, cloves, banana. Classic. Body was light-to-medium, and the taste had a bit more banana and cloves than were present in the smell. Quite a lot of tartness. Definite strong wheat flavor. Mouthfeel was good but seemed to lack the typical wheat creaminess. Drinkability was nice.

A solid beer, but not as good as expected. A little more assertive than some weizens. I guess I tend to prefer the smoother, creamier versions. The drinkability didn't suffer too much, though.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came out of the 12 oxz. bottle. I have had the larger bottle as well, and enjoy it better in the larger form. Pours a hazy light golden color, with a very thick creamy white head. Very good head retention from the streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the weizen glass. Subtle aroma of cloves and banana. Tart at the beginning, slightly sour, with a hint of clove. Not much banana flavor in this one. High carbonation. Very refreshing. Not the best, but a pretty good one.

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

Pale orangish in color with the renowned hefe unfiltered look. Unbelievabley thick, foamy white 3 inch head that ceases to cease. Great retention!

Big clove, banana bread, wheat, and yeasy aromas.

Not overly complex flavors. Same in the mouth as the nose. Big in the clove, banana areas. Very creamy smooth mouthfeel. Could drink all day on a summers afternoon.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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