Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of SFNC
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scorching hot weekday in NC, what better way to take the edge off at the end of a long day than a good Hefe from the Fatta-land.

A beautiful pour with a nuclear mushroom cloud of a bright, tight white head. Pure hazy golden beauty with minimal bubbles. It smells nice and rich with the yeasty signature of banana and cloves prevelant over a malty base. The taste is very nice with a very strong malt backbone, the signature yeasty flavors following he nose and very little bitterness at all. It's fullbodied and goes down wetly, very satisfying.

Overall, a great Hefe, right up there with Weihenstaphan in my book. A perfect summer thirst quencher. Time to change into my leiderhosen.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Hazy light tan/yellow (a bit livid) with a quickly dissapating white foam that leaves almost no lace. Really a bit clearer than a lot of hefeweizens I've seen.

S - Rising bread dough. Yeasty with a hint of banana.

T - Lots of banana and bread- start to finish. Oh and some cloves! Just a slight hint of hops toward the end that very nicely compliments the overall character. A bit cloying, though.

M - Ebullient and full. Just as nice as it warms a bit.

O - Really a bit more robust than Weihenstephaner or Paulaner. I brewed a very nice all-grain quasi-hefe once (with T-58). I'd not really noticed the banana flavour and never cloves in those like I did in this one. It's nice, but I'm not sure I like it more than Paulaner. Dings in score for the cloying, overwhelming-ness. In some of my reviews, brew gets dinged for not having much "muchness". This one has a bit much "muchness" in flavour. Still good, though!

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Photo of misterohnoes
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Color: Golden color that's radiant as the sun
Clarity: Not very clear, it is like trying to look through golden clouds
Head: Little head retention and small bubble size


Aroma: Sweet with hints of cloves and bananas
Bouquet: Smells associated with hops are almost non-existent
Off Odors: None


Balance & Flavors: A little sweet. Not bitter at all
Off Flavors: None
Mouth-Feel/Body: Medium to light bodied
Tail: Clean and flavorful
Carbonation: Not too abundant.


I fully enjoyed this beer because of the cocktail of flavors and fruity aromas. The smell makes you want more and more and the bottle is empty before you know it. I highly recommend this beer without reservation for anyone looking for a good hefe.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.99/330 mL bottle at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried weizen glass
Aroma of yeast; thick sediment in bottle bottom
Head > 10 cm on initial pour, slowly diminishing to irregular creamy layer 1.5 – 2 cm thick
Lacing – virtually none; few small, irregular islands of very tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight haze
Flavor begins sweet with a hint of banana. There is a spiciness present, but not of clove. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends lightly sweet with no lingering aftertaste.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Yet another pleasant German hefeweizen, inexpensive and flavorful. Looses points for absence of lacing.

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Photo of NickHalden
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a golden/ tan murky appearance to the beer with a good aroma of banana nut bread, malt, and some caramel. The taste of this beer was very balanced in malt/ banana style flavor and has a good mouth feel. A very enjoyable Hefe-Weissbier that has stayed consistent through the years with taste/ quality. Always a go to beer for me!

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a impressive head that takes its time to dissipate leaving some lacing in a weissen glass.

Smell is of yeast, clove, banana, and wheat malts. Smell is impressive and strong. Really delicious smell, begging you to taste it.

Taste is all that you hoped it would be from the smell. Taste follows the nose with the banana, and clove being the most dominate ones that I get.

Mouthfeel is a little less impressive to me. Not a carbonated as I would have hoped from such a large head. Feel is more smooth.

Overall, a very impressive beer. If you like a good wheat beer, then you will really enjoy this one. The spice is not as overwhelming like I have had in other hefes. I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have excellent retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a fuzzy, orange/lemon yellow that glows as a light and hazy golden amber in the light. Very classic hefeweizen appearance. Some spots of lacing but not much.

Nose- Heavy, heavy bananas- both from the glass and the bottle. Not much else at the moment. Light notes of cloves. Some lemon and apple notes start to come out as the banana begins to fade. Grass, herbal notes, and honey around the edges. Very creamy and great balance. Good presence as well. Cloves start to show more at the end. Swirling reveals an especially creamy and rich banana aroma. Almost marshmallows.

Taste- Starts off with light but slightly tart apple and lemon before it moves into some banana (certainly not as dominant as the nose) that then moves into wheat followed by a finish of pepper, coriander, wood, and cloves. Slight hints of ash. Less presence than I would have guessed and it may be just a little too thin to be classified as delicate. Definitely fruitier along the entire flavor profile than I expected it to be. Apples, lemon, and oranges seem to be most dominant notes with a very pronounced blend of cracked black pepper and woody to ashy cloves at the end. There's a good chance this might a little past its prime considering the place I bought. It's an above average to maybe good beer but seems too thin and too dull to be at its prime. I'm going to round up a little bit because I don't remember this beer being that thin or low on the banana goodness. Everything else seems okay. I'm pretty sure this is more of a solid, good beer if I factor in past experiences.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a hint of a creaminess that has disappeared. Light carbonation but still a sting of carbonic acid during some tastes. Works with the heavy spice of the finish but does burn a little.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but a little boring in its degraded state. I think it is around 2.50 a bottle and that seems reasonable. I wish I knew the bottle codes so I could be sure I was getting a fresh bottle.

Overall- Average at present but my memory seems to suggest that is a much fuller, flavorful beer. This is a good, solid beer if that is correct. Definitely worth a try. But get it from a bottle shop you trust.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass at Beelow's.

Sometimes you just feel like a hef, and it's been too long since I last had this stuff. It pours a cloudy sunrise tawny-orange topped by a couple fingers of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, spicy weizen yeast, light bread, and a touch of nutmeg. The taste brings in more of the same, those characteristic banana and clove flavors coming through, melding with the orange and bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a damn fine hef, one I feel is decidedly underrated and overlooked by many a beer fan. Shame.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance; hazy tan, lots of bubbles within the beer, thick white head that dissipates quickly to leave spotty lacing.

smell; wheat, banana, cloves.

taste: identical to smell, it's like a generic wheat beer, with a more intense wheat flavor, and notes one associates with blonde Belgian ales.

mouth feel; body is light/medium, very carbonated.

overall; an interesting take on a wheat beer, happy I bought it, will probably buy again during the summer, but would not become a go to.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours very hazy golden orange with small compact bubbles in head with great retention.

S: Banana and clove dominate with citrus tones, biscuit and yeast.

T: A very pleasant bready taste with banana and clove and citrus undertones. Hop bitterness not prevalent but noticeable.

M: Light bodied, smooth and crisp. Very good beer for a hot day.

O: A pleasant beer very good for the type.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head wad poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange with vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, banana, clove, spice, and vanilla.

Taste: Traditional Bavarian yeast with bready and vanilla notes from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, refreshing, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: It's been awhile since I have had this. Enjoyable and classic beer.

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Photo of Bayern1971
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Weiss beers. Up there with the Weihenstephaners, Ayingers and Andechers. Has more of a spicy flavor than other Weiss beers as I get more copper/metal from the hefe (that's yeast in english). The appearance is cloudy and golden like a great weiss beer. Mouthfeel is tangy and smooth at the same time. Taste is a touch spicier and sweeter than other weiss beers such as Hacker and Paulaner. That's a positive. I love this beer and so should you.
When Bayern Munich play in the Champions League, I drink these bad boys all match long (about 3 to 4 half-liters) at the local bar that has it on tap. The monk on the bottle? That's an original art-deco Ludwig Hohlwein painting from the '30s. Oh yeah, they don't call it "Hefe Weizen" in Bavaria. It's called Weissbier! Now you know and order accordingly when you're next in Munich!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/4/14

A cloudy light orange liquid that gets darker towards the center of the glass, streams of tiny bubbles everywhere, a couple fingers of bone white foam sits around for quite a while but only leaves a thick collar of lace

S banana, bubblegum, clove, cereal and a little citrus, has that straightforward classic smell that you expect from the style

T yeasty banana bread in a glass, again all the classic pieces are in place, a little yeasty compared to the nose but not a big difference

M has some weight to it upon entry and explodes but stops short of foam and creams up completely, slick on the palate with dried banana chips on the finish

O a solid example of the style straight up and down, has the textbook Hefe-Weisse notes from start to finish

I could smash these on a hot day with no problems, a classic Hefe that everyone should try at least once and I might not have known about it if it wasn't for the Beers of Fame list

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Photo of Mikecap
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of frothy white head.

S: Banana and clove dominate, with some citrus tones, bread and yeast. Right on for the style.

T: As expected a nice bready taste with banana and clove and citrus undertones. Very light hop bitterness comes through as well.

M: Light bodied, smooth and refreshing. Easy drinking with low bitterness and spot on carbonation.

O: A really solid hefe that hits the spot on a hot day. Well done and glad I finally tried.

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Photo of zee3are0
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first beer that wasn't mass-produced American crap. I had just moved to Italy, and at a small pizza place, I decided to order the most German looking beer on the menu. The waiter poured it over a small orange slice in a tall hefe glass, then swirled the bottom and poured the wheat/yeast grub into the glass.

I've been addicted to "good" beer ever since.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you to my brother for bringing thos one home from Germany for me to try.

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thick white head, the head lingered but was thinner and no lacing.

Smell: Strong but plesant cloves, grass/wheat, hops, and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of hops, cloves and earthy grassy notes and some citrus.

Overall: Excellent beer!

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Photo of black_crow
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would say that is the number one beer in the world. The taste is perfect, the smell is perfect...

You can buy this beer in the US too. I am pretty sure.. it is a global-player. Drink it cold! I got one in Beverly Hills (Bar Nineteen 12). It is a dream!

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Photo of 12packnight
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites. Been drinking it for years. Love the 'Thick' Hefe mouthfeel and the essence of banana and clove. The Monk on the front of the bottle takes away any guilt I may have of drinking too many. I still do not find this beer generally available everywhere here in Illinois. Good in the summer after a day of gardening, or good in the winter while working out in the garage.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 6/11/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big banana, pear, apple, lemon zest, clove, wheat, bubblegum, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big banana, pear, apple, lemon zest, bubblegum, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, pear, apple, bubblegum, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of malt, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hefeweizen. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy sunset orange. Swirled the bottle to get the yeast in. Great head. Looks delicious.

Smell: Intoxicating. The smell reminds me of summer. Clove and banana. Nice bready undertone from the high level of wheat malt.

Taste: Dead on with the smell. Great banana and clove phenols. Good spiciness and bolder than most Weiss beers I've tried. Sweetness, but not cloyingly so. A bit of Carmel on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy and smooth. Drinkability at 5% is off the charts.

Overall: A perfect Hefeweizen. My go to and always a staple in my fridge. Well done, high quality and perfect price point. Can't beat that combination.

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Photo of leonGomez
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the few go to Brews I buy on a regular basis. Just the label of the Monk or Friar had me sold when I saw it. This is one good weissbier that is easily accessible in NYC. What I enjoy the most of this bier is the cloudy color and the amazing taste that does not overwhelms the tastebuds but instead leaves you wanting more. I could write all day long on this one but is up to you to go out and taste it yourself.

p.s: Drink a lot of them.


-No need to do all that fancy review $*@!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of my first favorite beers. Half inch thick layer off bright white tightly packed small foam on top. Lightly cloudy golden hued brew. Lush banana dominated nose with a hint of clove. The banana notes carry well into the flavor along with a light wheat component. The fade moves into a gentle bit of clove. The mouthfeel is gentle and yet moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Durhambeer
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. It's tastes like cloves and has perfect carbonation. So smooth and taste great. I drank this beer about thirty minutes ago and still have a slight clove taste in my mouth. Hummm. Color was perfect and made a nice foamy top when I poured it. This was my first time to try this beer and its my new favorite

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Photo of BeerlyLegal87
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This has a cloudy, gold-yellow appearance with a nice medium-thick white head. The smell gives off hints of the nice fruity flavor to come. In the taste battle between fruity and wheaty, fruity wins out by just a tad, and it makes for near perfection. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. I really enjoy this beer, and the first word that comes to mind when thinking about it is refreshing.

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Photo of Amador
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Visual: Golden straw yellow and cloudy, not clear.
Aroma : Smells very malty, sweet, and banana scent present.
Taste: Has a nice sweet taste to it and it's not really bitter. Not too hoppy and has a banana taste.
Mouth feel: It has a nice lace to it, and it has a medium thickness. It's very carbonated so you fell the carbonation in your taste buds.

Overall: The beer is very refreshing and it is perfect with greasy food. It has a very nice smell and great taste. So far this has been the best Hef that I've tasted.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.