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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse

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2,715 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2715
Reviews: 1490
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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 TheBrewo


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Franziskaner hefe glass, glowing a cloudy honey coloring. It held a two finger white head of creamy bubbles that showed nice retention. This left spots and swirls of lacing around the glass, with a final film and wisp of foam across the top of the liquid. Carbonation appeared lighter, with big haze throughout, and no sediment. The aroma was of massive banana esters, juicy fruit gum, coriander, and bittering orange and lemon peel. On the back there was warm, spicy walnut bread to hold up against the big wheat and lightness of pale malts. Cloven phenolic bite came out with warmth to help cut any prior bitterness nicely. Our first impression was that this tasted like a liquid banana bread. The flavoring opened with pale wheat and orange pulp, sweaty saltiness, and a bittering yet sweet ester bite off the bat. The middle showed vanilla, clove, light cinnamon warmth, and that same wheaty heartiness to the peak. The finish was with that sweetness of banana bread, the same walnut smoothness as in the nose, and a lightening of the malts with watery paleness. The wheat, however, still predominated, soaking the palate with a final, wet boozy flash of warmth. The aftertaste breathed of wet wheat, sea salt, mineral water, more spice of clove, generic esters, and light orange flesh sweetness. The body was medium, with a soft, flowery feel. The carbonation was medium, and the mouth was left wet and satiated. There was nice slurp, cream, and froth to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was easy drinking.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was just such fresh banana and nutty character, making for a very warming and inviting start to things. The flavoring was sadly washed a bit by the end, but this guy is definitely a staple for the style, and highly representative of the stylistic guidelines as a whole.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 22:48:24 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Osirus


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer on tap at my favorite German Restaurant, Black Forest Mills in Highland Mills, NY or from a half liter brown bottle into a tulip glass at Richie's in Fort Montgomery, NY.

Appearance: Golden to organgy yellow. Cloudy as it should be. Stirring up the sediment from the bottle is a must.

Smell: Heavy on the banana. Lighter on the clove than some but that is to my taste. THe smell of bread wheat comes out. Let the beer warm a bit to get all you can from this one.

Taste: Sweetness, bready, smoothness of wheaty bananas

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: I cannot find a thing wrong. Sweet and banana-y like I like them! I am going to build a homebrew recipe to replicate this with one minor tweak....I am going to add some oats to build a little more creaminess into the body. This with a good sausage platter is a world class treat. I like this beer with sharp cheese but the German food platters are just too dang authentic not to have with this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 17:20:25 | More by Osirus
Photo of dougbassett


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the "1001 Beers You Should Try Before You Die" -- I think this the second one I've reviewed.

Appearance is fantastic, it's probably the textbook example of what a German hefe should look like: a dark golden-yellow pour with a white fluffy head that just lasts and lasts forever. The nose is surprsingly light but it's banana, cloves, orange juice and maybe some other mystery citrus roaming around somewhere at the bottom. (More like a citrus punch, in fact.)

The mouthfeel is a little light, that helps with the refreshment but maybe a bit more body would help push the flavors forward. The immediate impression is a banany-grainy hit, that settles down some into a banany-citrusy sort of thing, very mild, though. It finishes very dry and clean.

Likable, although there are better hefes out there. This is one of the easiest ones to get in the states, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 21:52:38 | More by dougbassett
Photo of FLima


3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense foam and amber-cloudy colour. Tastes clove, faint cinnamoon, and banana, not so sweet. Very yeasty, my bottle that had less than a month for running its valid period, was already presenting some white flutters, though not protein flocos but yeast. Not so swwet, which is good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 02:50:44 | More by FLima
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the most recognized hefes around, and one of the more delicious mainstream ones. it pours a very thick and dense golden yellow color with a lot of frothy white head that lasts the whole glass. is smells very fruity, and not just from the lemon on the rim it is always served with. its also got some orange and some flowery smells happening. the flavor is more yeast forward, spicy and peppery in just the right proportions. the wheat malt is heavy but refreshing somehow. the finish is long and zesty. the mouthfeel is kind of different for a wheat beer here. its thicker than most because of the remaining yeast, but its also made light by the prominent carbonation and mild citrus acidity. overall this is a good beer to drink when going to non beer places because its pretty good and it seems to be everywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 16:51:02 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of jak3676


4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner - Weissbier

Always one of my favorites, my wife surprized me with a gift in the fridge this afternoon. It sure was great. I can't get enough of this beer, and even better with a few grilled brats. I've loved hefeweizen ever since getting sent to Germany with the Army in the 90's - it was beer like this that kept away from all macro-brews throughout my college life. After some great Hefeweizen, I just couldn't back to bland, tasteless American Lagers.

This beer pours a deep, golden color, a very cloudy blond-light brown. The 12 oz bottle filled my 500ml weizen glass to nearly the top with a thick off-white foam that went down fairly quicky, but not without lacing the sides all the way down.

It's a very flavorful wheat beer taste, slightly sweet, slightly malty, slightly heavy, but all in a great combination. You'll want to be sure to give the bottle a few swirls before you finish your pour to ensure that you get all the unfiltered wheat that you've paid for.

As I finished my brew and typed this up, some fruit fly decided that he couldn't take it anymore and finished himself off with a dive into my glass. While I switch to my covered stein and pour anothe, I just can't be too upset. That's the way I'd like to go too.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 23:23:13 | More by jak3676
Photo of Analog_kid


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer bumped my beloved Yuengling into second place after nearly 20 years. I didn't think that would ever happen, but this beer is that good.

Appearance: After pouring into a glass, this beer forms a beautiful, white, fluffy head that disappears rapidly. Lovely hazy, golden color, nice carbonation.

Smell: Just the smell of this beer is intoxicating! Light sweet smell of bananas, hints of lemon, grain.

Taste: Light-medium body with the taste of banana, and as one reviewer said, oddly enough, bubble gum. Just a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, smooth.

Overall: Like I said, this beer has officially bumped Yuengling into second place. Have absolutely no doubt about this beer if you haven't tried it but see it on a shelf somewhere. Just get it. You won't be disappointed!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 11:36:49 | More by Analog_kid
Photo of rudzud


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Richard's in Brunswick, ME.

A - Poured a hazy golden hue with a nice one finger head that left a nice blanket.

S - Aromas of very enjoyable banana and cloves. Super inviting and clean.

T - Taste is full of banana. Delicious. Slightly tart but the banana and esters linger through the beer. So enjoyable and the wheat is awesome.

M - Mouthfeel is really solid for a hefe, goes down easy.

O - Overall this hefe was an excellent pairing with the German sausages I had. Mix so well with the food, delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 01:30:21 | More by rudzud
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an opaque orange pour with a solid 2 fingers o foamy white head (stayed for the whole session), nice retention.
smells of lemon, orange, coriander, nutmeg, bready yeast.
a tart citrus taste followed by the spicyness of coriander.. a very mellow hefe, with a clean crisp finish. light body with high carbonation, very easy to drink (a great session ale). i've been sitting on this bottle for a while - it was a gift from my brother in law, and he had his that day out of the bottle. i tasted it then and it tasted bad. i poured this one in a tulip, and it was a completely different beer. it's hard to believe how much a glass can honestly change a beer's character.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 19:04:30 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of jkrich


3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: not quite as hazy as I remembered, the hue was a bright, yellow-golden with a attractive, foamy white head that quickly dissipated.

Rather restrained, sweet and spicy aroma slowly revealed some banana and bubble gum aromas.

This hefeweize is quite refreshing but has too much sourness on the palate. Otherwise, the founded malty mouthfeel has a nice interplay of banana and clove flavors.

The body was a little too thin for the style and the carbonation did not have that spritzy feel I expect from the style. The flavors were short-ived on the palate.

This was the first hefeweizen I tried while in the military back in the 1990s. It is good, but I have tried many better examples since then.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 23:03:48 | More by jkrich
Photo of MDDMD


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bananas, cloves, lemon, faint hints of orange

T-wheat malt, bananas, cloves, lemon, crisp finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, refreshing

O-a solid hefeweizen, nice summer beer

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 01:30:37 | More by MDDMD
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - cloudy/hazy straw/orange hue with fluffy white head

Smell - wheat, banana, lemon, clove, coriander, ginger

taste - wheat, lemon, lime, clove, coriander, ginger

mouthfeel -light bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing, crisp, slightly thinner than other entrants of the style, flavors linger properly on the aftertaste

overall - solid hefeweizen that I've enjoyed a few times, finally got around to reviewing. Recommended

Price Point - $8.49/6pk 12 oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 21:10:25 | More by keithmurray
Photo of brewskifan55


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Conan Doyle, Edinburgh

A: A mysterious cloudy orange with suspicious half finger head that retreats into the mist Thick lacing, approaching Victorian curtains.

S: Citrus, oranges, corinader, musky, wheat. Blood, perhaps? No, Watson, that's coming from the body in the corner.

T: Dank and delicious. A cellar feel. Wheat, coriander, cloves. By Jove, this hits the spot. More clues, Holmes!

M: Medium with medium carbonation, providing a fine quaffable drink.

O: An excellent hefe. I shall require more intimate knowledge of this beast.
Better on tap. Had a sample at Top Of The Hops, Jackson, MS a week later and the cloves come on a bit too strong.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 16:56:21 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated on the 76th day of the year poured into a Franziskaner glass.

The body is hazy and golden with a big ol’ white head. Laces wonderfully.

Spice, banana, wheat, lemon, and a little must.

The nose is mimicked in the taste, but I feel it has a more defined yeast and wheat character going on which sticks around in the aftertaste.

Quite active carbonation yet still fairly smooth. Light- medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 05:09:20 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of JWU


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Hefe glass

A- Beautiful. A very cloudy yellow with orange highlights. Some carbonation can be seen coming from the bottom of the glass. A big, pillowy head which give a little lacing down the glass.

S- A slight astringent note on the nose. Clove, banana, a touch of bubble gum and yeasty funk is what I pick up.

T- This one really straddles the lines of Hefe flavors. Clove, banana, bubble gum, wheat notes, and yeasty funk. One doesn't dominate, and that's what I really love about Franzy.

M- Smooth, light carbonation, and it doesn't overly dry your mouth from any astringent qualities.

O- Likely my favorite of the "big" German Hefe's. Balance is the name of the game here.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 16:22:53 | More by JWU
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy light golden color with orange and yellow hues. Frothy thick white head with a bit of lacing.

S- Lots of classic hefeweizen aromas, including banana and clove. A bit of wheat and yeast as well. Banana dominates above everything else.

T- Light lemon citrus hops, wheaty backbone, notes of banana, but not as noticable as in the smell, a hint of powdery clove, finsihes with a slightly tangy bite. Very well balanced.

M- Very creamy. Low, but crisp carbonation, medium bodied and very drinkable.

O- Very well balanced Hefe. A classic exemaple of the style and the mouthfeel is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 01:33:23 | More by Treyliff
Photo of TheCondor


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side poured with light vigor into a weizen glass. Picked up at World Market the other day when I bought a new computer desk.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw yellow color, plenty of sediment and carbonation to make it unable to even think about seeing through this beer. Packaging is a little weak, but that's not technically a scoring criterion. Nice two finger head that sticks for most of the beer and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Heavy on the funky banana esters. There is also some clove, wheat, and yeast in there, but like all good hefe's, the funky banana is the primary olfactory stimulation.

Taste- Follows the nose close, but there is a certain grainy and metallic zing I detected as well. Not a bad thing, just a little different. Outstanding overall palate though.

Mouthfeel - Highly refreshing. Perfect level of medium carbonation, nice and smooth, just the right body to a good hefe.

Overall - excellent example of the style. Highly recommended, I will buy and drink this again. It was spot on in every category for a hefe, excellent beer. Good for a hot summer day, a cool fall day, anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:21:11 | More by TheCondor
Photo of mrsheeps

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: hazy golden orange, quickly building foamy white head that slowly dissipates
S: lots of banana and yeast, some clove, faint wheat
T: lots of clove and yeast, some banana and wheat, faint lemon peel
M: refreshingly crisp, dry finish, nicely carbonated
O: an extremely reliable German hefe

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 18:24:59 | More by mrsheeps
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer pours hazy golden orange with a one finger white head that lasts til the end. The nose and taste of this beer are the same. It has a dominant wheat nose. It is herbal and has some spice to it. The beer also has a lemon zesty characteristic. The beer is very earthy and floral. There is a nice body on this beer, it is smooth and has a really nice full feel to it. A prefect example of a Hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 23:42:40 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of estlinska


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a Weizen glass. Poured perfectly with a bulbous, billowing white head. Deep orange in color with a beautiful haziness characteristic of the style. The nose is a wonderful blend of fruit esters, especially bannana, and some clove. The mouthfeel is firm and good carbonation. The taste is spot on with banana, orange peel and spice of cloves. Very refreshing!

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 01:56:47 | More by estlinska
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that I would almost describe as perfect. The head reduces slowly to about 1.5 fingers covering the entire surface of the beer but shows excellent retention qualities. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of banana and clove, also there are some lighter hints of wheat.

T: The flavor is very similar to the smell, the predominant flavors are banana and clove (spice) along with some wheat and yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This was probably the first German hefeweizen I ever tried, and I thought it was pretty great back then... Turns out that I still think this is a pretty good example of the style. I found it easy to drink, refreshing, and quite sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 00:17:53 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of hardy008


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold with a 4 finger foamy white head from a gentle pour, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has bananas, cloves, coriander, and citrus.

The taste is sweet with bananas, bubblegum, cloves, coriander, and citrus. This is the perfect beer to drink on a warm day like today. Very refreshing.

Light bodied with high carbonation and a light sweet aftertaste. I almost move the taste score up to the next level, but barely decided against it. This is very good though, and worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:52:46 | More by hardy008
Photo of opalchemist

United Arab Emirates

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: hazy red golden. with a white cloud-like foam.

Nose: light character - with slightly fruity sour smell hints of metal and a whit soapiness.

Tongue: Slightly sour yeast, harmonious - only a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. Very fresh - only a hint sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Fresh - lots of nice integrated carbonation.

Afterthought: Lingers lightly and rather shortly on the palate.

Overall: Very pleasant but unobtrusive beer; perfect for the summer. Could be a little bit "wheatier" - though no complaints...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:03:57 | More by opalchemist
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United Kingdom (England)

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very hazy golden-amber with high carbonation. Yields a large creamy white head with the consistency of meringue. Aroma of banana, cloves, wheat and yeast esters - a nice blend.

Tastes of wheat and yeast, with a dry finish. Slightly sweet and without bitterness. Notes of banana, cloves, wheat and earthy yeast. A faint hint of solvent in the background. Dry but refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and has good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of banana and yeast esters.

Tasty - I really like this weissbier. I find the balance in Franziskaner is perfect; the aroma and flavour are just right. An excellent and highly drinkable example - add it to your must-try beer list.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:18:17 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a pale, hazy yellow with a just shy of 2 fingers' head; solid retention and leaves some noteworthy lacing.

nose offers predominantly banana with citrus (mainly lemon), clove, and yeast evident. flavor follows with a nice balance of banana, lemon, clove, wheat, and spice.

crisp, light-medium bodied mouthfeel with relatively high carbonation. high grade drinkability, something i would easily be inclined to session - especially in the warmer months. not a style i generally spend a whole lot of time with, but this guy is one of the better hefeweizens i have sampled.

original review on: 08-24-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 15:45:32 | More by BostonHops
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 2,715 ratings.