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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,953 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,953
Reviews: 1,505
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 87
Gots: 204 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

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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PorterLover83

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy gold with a very slight head. Smelled of bananas and cloves very heavily. Almost a musty smell. Taste was pretty much exactly like banana nut bread. It was surprisingly good. Drinkability was there, as it wasn't too heavy or too bananaish. Very good representation in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 21:34:46 | More by PorterLover83
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 07:33:53 | More by JerzDevl2000
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davidt

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden with large foamy head. Swirled the bottle at the end to get the last bit, which left a slight cloudy, but proper look. A very good looking beer, but use a hefe glass to get the full effect. Initial aroma of banana, giving way to some fruity malt. Flavor is fruity malt, with a hint of citrus. A very good hefe-weizen that’s pretty easy to locate. We paired this with the Brickskeller Carrot Ginger Curry Soup recipe from The Best of American Beer & Food and the match was delectable.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 17:19:42 | More by davidt
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

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

50 cl brown long-necked bottle. Beige label with a pic of a monk drinking beer.

A: Sedimentation in the bottle...
The pour is murky golden with hints of orange. The head is sparkeling white, enormous and creamy. Dissipation is slow, leaving nice lacings.

S: Wheat - ripe bananas. A bit sweet and bitter at the same time. Citric notes. Malty breadyness.

T: Well balanced barley malt together with wheat. Ripe sweet bananas with a pleasant breadyness to it. Orange sezt.

M: Light in body but rich in carbonation with small pleasant bubbles galore. Aftertaste is rather long for beeing a Hefeweizen and holds a nice bitterness.

D: Refreshing! When it comes to Hefeweizen don't mess with what ou know - go with the germans from Bavaria, and when you do - why not drink this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 18:01:54 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Rayek

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale orange color with somewhat active carbonation. Rocky off-white head starts out strong, but has only average retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: I picked up banana straight from the bottle. Once in the glass, strong clove, pepper, lemon zest and yeast aromas come through.

T: Tart and dry. You can taste the wheat and yeast in the malt profile, plus a touch of malt sweetness. Biting bitterness is all about clove and lemon. Faint banana and coriander tastes are along for the ride. Finishes dry with a lingering spiciness.

M: Medium body is chewy and grainy. Carbonation feels a bit low for the style.

D: Very nice Hefe. Easy to find here in CO and worth a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 16:37:10 | More by Rayek
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

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

.5 L brown bottle poured into a pint glass tumbler.

A: Beautiful cloudy, tawny in colour, quite a lot of fizzy head, even with a slow, deliberate pour. Dissipates moderately quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: Mild spice with the sort of chalky/powdery scent with a mild sweetness too.

T: Upfront sweetness, but not distinctly fruity or malty, just sweet, but a mild sour presence as well.

M: Initially there was a thick, syrupy goodness, but that was quickly replaced by a bit of tangy fizziness. Underlying all is that chalky, almost powdery presence.

O: I love wheat beers, and here's another reason why!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:04:56 | More by fullsweep
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rarevos

New York

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

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange. Fluffy, pillowy head, two fingers worth. Great retention. Stayed throughout the duration of the beer, which admittedly didn't take me long.

S: It's been a while since I've had a good, German hefeweizen (it's been a summer of American Pale Wheat Ales, mostly). This is nice and estery with a nice banana bread aroma, a hint of lemon, and the usual clove element. It's so much richer than a lot of APWAs that try and achieve the same thing, though.

T: Citrus up front, spicy toward the middle with the start of a banana bread crescendo (you can tell). Finish is fully banana bread-like and malty. Cresendo wasn't as big as I would have liked, I guess, but it was still nice.

M: Light. Others have complained about fizziness with this beer, which wasn't the case with my bottle at all. Just right.

D: A good, refreshing hefeweizen. A tier below the Weihenstephaner, but there's no shame in that.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 23:20:49 | More by rarevos
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

BB 05/2009, served lightly chilled in a pint-size Weizen glass.

A: cloudy, very dark orange hue with tawny hint, with a very thick and elegant frothy head with tight texture and great retention; champagne-like carbonation, although the bubbles are apparently bigger...
S: compared with other bolder hefe-weizens, the aroma of this beer is not so much "banana-dominated"; rather, it gears towards green-mangoes and a light-bodied wheatish+grainy aroma. The second layer of aroma is mildly perfumy with a spicy/clove hint, added with banana oil, a tinge of vanilla underneath, and a bit more delicate exotic fruitiness. Overall the aroma is mild, soothinly fruity.
T: a creamy texture of slightly sour-sweet wheatish flavour prevails upfront, backed by fruity hints of green bananas, English pears and faintly green mangos, while the spiciness reveals itself by stealth at the very back of the tongue. The finish is clean, littered with a residual sour fruitiness like lemon and a touch of savoury flavour hidden at the back.
M&D: the mouthfeel is clean and reasonably lively throughout, matching its overall mild flavour and medium-minus body. Overall this is a "good honest" hefe-weizen, with enough fruity backbone to shore up the delicious wheat-ish main theme.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 19:12:14 | More by wl0307
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Pours a cloudy murky yellow, nice thick foamy white head, leaves a clingy lace in the glass, aroma of wheat and bananas. Flavors of wheat, banana-clove yeasty flavor. Light body clean and crisp, very refreshing another one of my favorites, always good.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 18:58:24 | More by maxpower
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bluesfan1181

Missouri

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

500 ml bottle, no freshness date, poured into a 23 oz. weizen glass.

A - The color is a orange, golden color and it pours a big 4 finger head that sticks around for about 4 minutes. Yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. No lacing on this weiss beer.

S - Has a fragrance of banana, cloves, spiciness and citrus lemon notes. A little hop scent detected too.

T - The flavors are fresh with banana and hops on the front palate. Bubblegum and citrus on the back. Not overpowering but, still bubbly.

M - Good carbonation but, not too strong. Just right enough to let you know it's there and, to cause a big head.

D - This is a smooth weiss beer that is great on a hot summer evening. I could drink this anytime of the year.

Not the best weiss beer in the world but, better than anything outside Germany. Probably in the top 3. Very affordable too. $1.99 for a 500 ml at my beverage store.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 18:30:59 | More by bluesfan1181
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Luigi

North Carolina

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

Cloudy orange color with a massive thick foamy head! Smells like bananas, cloves, yeast, and bready wheat malts. Everything you would want in a Hefe-Weisse. Clean meduim-light body. The taste pretty much imulates the aroma. Again, a fruity zest of bananas and cloves. Balanced out with yeast and wheat malts. Great drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 06:44:50 | More by Luigi
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jdense

Oregon

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

.5 L at Apex PDX into branded Weizen glass 8.8.11.

Three fingers billowing white head, medium-slow dissipation with significant lacing over cloudy medium gold body, no visible carbonation. Quintessential Bavarian Hefeweizen aroma, muted banana and clove, not overly aggressive, balanced by noticeable floral hops. Taste mirrors the nose, I felt this was a real assertive beer re banana and clove esters. Mouthfeel well on the light side of medium, fairly dry finish. This is one ultra-drinkable beer, especially for a hot summer day. An exceptionally well made beer, glad I was able to have the tap version, wonder whether the bottled version is up to this standard.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 16:16:11 | More by jdense
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kflorence

California

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

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - SEP 26, 2007

Deep, almost amber orange color. Poured a thick white head that stuck around until the bottom of the glass. A tart, sweet, yeast and wheat smell. Tastes pretty much like it smells, banana and cloves are distinguishable but not overwhelming. Pretty carbonated but goes down great, very refreshing.. one of the better hefeweizens I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:53:47 | More by kflorence
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

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

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- a hard pour yields a massive four fingers of bright white head that holds above the glass for a bit then settles slowly to leave about and inch thick cap. Hazy sunset orange yellow in color. Good looking stuff.

S- nice and simple with a clean wheat sweetness, touches of banana, an underlying hint of spice and lemon zest.

T- crisp slightly sweet wheat and a bit of lemon peel. Some bananas and hint of clove but not much like some wheat beer. Amazingly clean finish

M- a tad less then medium in body and a bit more in carb. Its just right for the style.

O- this is a classic hefe and one I haven't had in a long time. I'm glad I did. So easy to drink and very enjoyable. Ahh wheat beers in the spring time so nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 03:58:23 | More by oglmcdgl
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CMW

Missouri

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

Just happened to notice that I haven't reviewed this.

A - Pours a hazy light yellow color with a bright white marshmallow head. Head retention is good but there is almost no lacing to speak of.

S - Banana, bread, yeast, clove, and a little sweet spice.

T - Heavy banana upfront which fades to a graham cracker taste. Yeast is very noticeable and the finish is smooth and clean.

M - A little heavier than your typical hefe but not in a bad way.

D - Highly drinkable. This is the perfect beer to compliment a summer BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 01:19:30 | More by CMW
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-11-2014 03:46:44 | More by Tiernan
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-19-2013 18:35:44 | More by tbryan5
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-19-2013 16:25:12 | More by SkiBum22
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sdsimkins

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-28-2014 23:36:51 | More by sdsimkins
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Going back to 1363, Franziskaner is one of Munich's oldest privately owned breweries; but today, they're currently owned by Spaten/InBev. Regardless of their affiliation, this is some old-school Weissbier. They also brew a Dunkel (dark) version, but we'll be tasting the Hell (bright).

Pours extremely cloudy--as per the style--with sunny hues ranging from amber to dark orange, topped with a frothy foam head that rests to a respectful lacing. Banana esters and phenolic clove-like aromas pique interest and entice the palate. Super-creamy, with a crisp edge of carbonation and a light, but firm body. Some lemony citrus strikes from the moderate hopping, just enough, and it works well with the carbonation. Distinct "wheaty" flavor and feel. Light banana and a dashing of powdery clove add depth. Soft caramel and bready notes beneath, with a hint of hop leaf toward the drying finish.

If the estery and phenolic style of Weissbiers is your thing, this is truly a classic among the style--well balanced and extremely drinkable. No lemon required.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 23:00:52 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jmshulk

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-04-2012 04:19:48 | More by jmshulk
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dcevans

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-27-2011 07:34:28 | More by dcevans
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captainhowdy39

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-05-2014 19:21:29 | More by captainhowdy39
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JC333

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-09-2014 11:54:58 | More by JC333
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GarrettB714

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-21-2011 04:04:53 | More by GarrettB714
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 2,953 ratings.