Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 3,334
Reviews: 1,532
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 111
Gots: 390 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001)
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Photo of cpn920
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky golden color with a big billowing off white head. Smelled of banana and clove and of course some wheat. Tasted like bubblegum which transitioned to clove and banana. Has lively carbonation that goes down smoothly. Medium bodied. High drinkability especially on a hot summer day...very refreshing.

Photo of larsee01
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into tall, narrow Franziskaner glass.

A--Cloudy apricot pour with lots of head. Looks great!

S--Tangy yeast with earthy phenols. Mild floral & citrus notes.

T--Creamy, buttery. Coriander wheat breadiness. Mild maltiness but with nice complexity. Just a hint of mild metallic phenol and miniscule hop bitter crisp at finish to balance.

M--Smooth and clean, but with nice creamy body. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising, but no harsh bite.

D--Refreshing. Seemingly good drinkability for a hearty witbier.

Photo of thekanna
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich, mostly-clear yellow with an astronomically large, frothy head.

S: Like a good tripel. Complex yeasts, bananas, cut flowers, and just overall freshness.

T: Slightly sweet base (somewhat like aspartame, but not in a bad way) underscores a juicy banana and lime concoction. Ends very biscuity, almost creamy, with the palpable sensation of fresh-baked rolls.

M: Slightly watery, but forgivable considering its low alcohol content.

D: Very, very drinkable Hefeweizen.

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

I didn't get much of the bannana or clove flavors common in many hefe-weiss, and in this beer, that was not a detraction. The bready flavors of the yeast and malt were very pleasant, livened up by tingly carbonation, and a nice change of pace from the fruity yeast notes in other examples of the style.

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

Franziskaner: another famous German name I was reminded of by our exchange student, Felix. I always see these bottles at the liquor store, but I pass them up for some reason. This time, though, I finally looked at the price: $2.79 for a pint! Hell, that’s a great price for domestic craft beer, let alone the imported stuff. Let’s see how great a value this one really is:

A: The usual hefe carbonation rears its foamy head at first pour. It envelopes the glass in a stark white, bubbly fizz for a few moments, but then descends back into the body. The lacing that’s left is minimal, mostly remaining as a slightly raised film above the edge of the beer-line. I’d describe the color as a dull amber, more on the gold side than anything. Its haze is noticeable, of course, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn't have any shine (it does). A pretty standard hefe look, I'd say.

S: Phenols and clove reign supreme – a memorable tribute to the style. Yeasty fruits, mostly banana, come forward with that expected intensity, though they blend well with the herbs. The malts are definitely overshadowed by the bigger scents, but their pleasant, syrupy character is still noticeable. A slight shoebox/cardboard hint is evident on the back end, too. It’s an aroma that mixes with some dry smells of wheat grain, so it doesn’t necessarily jump out at you. Still, its effect is duly noted.

T: Bright fruits command this palate without question. Biggest is the sugary banana, followed closely by peach. It’s a highly drinkable combination of sweets. The grains arrive with a substantial bite, progressing easily from crisp to chewy. A hint of medicinal properties hit the back of the throat on the way down, and that’s really what sticks with you most for the aftertaste. It’s a finish that reminds me of mineral water: slightly bitter, yet smooth and refreshing. This is a nice representation of the style.

M: Chewy, thick – just the way it should be. The feel isn’t thick enough to be off-putting, though, as a style like this needs that refreshing drinkability. Just the right amount of everything in this category.

O: Wow, for less than $3.00 a pint, I should be drinking more of this stuff! The value is incredible. I haven’t tasted a beer with this much flavor per dollar (if that’s a real measure) since Sierra Nevada Torpedo – and that’s a domestic! Anyway, this is the perfect gateway beer for someone new to the hefeweizen style. It fires on all cylinders, but I can’t really see it upsetting the palate with any huge off-flavors. It’s just a great, balanced drink.

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

This hefe pours darker than most and is a cloudy almost orange, yellow. Pour a very nice full head with holes and craters on the surface. Very tiny, but highly carbonated, almost like looking at a champaigne. The nose gives off orange, citrus, coriander, and very subtle bananna hints. The taste has a little more zest than most hefes but is sticks to the traditional orange, citrus, coriander, and wheat with a sweet malt some acidity and a slight bitter hops finish. A great hefe and one of the top choices in my house.

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

Bomber poured into weizen glass (no lemon).
Great looking beer. Cloudy and golden in appearance with suspended yeast swirling around. Big fluffy head that lasts with the best of them. Inviting aroma with hints of banana, clove and a light perfume scent. Ripe banana flavor hits the tongue paired with a soft spice note from the hops. Feels light in body yet leaves a decent coating in the mouth. Zero bitterness and proper carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, as a hefeweizen should be. On a lazy summer day, this is one of the best session beers out there.

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

Have had from the tap several times in the past and this is the first time from a bottle.

500ml bottle poured into appropriated Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: Hazy orange with a billowy white head. Faded fast as did the lacing.

S: Cloves bubblegum and bananas. Wheat and lemon are right on style.

T: Yeast, orange peel and lemon. Spices of nutmeng that carries the textbook flavors of a hefeweizen. Spices turn themselves over to a dominance of lemon.

M: Spicy zest on the tonge and throat and feel from the carbonation. Medium in body and crisp.

D: Remarkedly refreshing and enjoyable weizen. Fruitiness and sweetness hits the spot when your looking for that taste and texture. Not the best of the style but not far from it.

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

two plus finger creamy, billowy-white, creamy head. light yellow, slightly orangeish and very hazy. smells of banana, citrus, and mild clove. very nice smell. the grain really jumps out in the taste. i was surprised that i could not detect grain with my nose when it is so present in the flavor. hefty rich mouthfeel. this is a definite winner.

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy light yellow gold with a bubbly white head.

Aroma of cloves, bananas, lemon, black pepper, and yeast. Very nice.

Tastes of bananas, lemon, cloves with a bready finish.

Light bodied, slightly dry, and lightly carbonated.

Easy to drink and easier to enjoy. A nice Hefe from Franziskaner.

Photo of Mako82
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

A - Golden in color that was slightly cloudy. Fizzy/foamy white head that lasted a decent amount of time

S - First smell is of cloves and floral, followed by subtle malts. Picked up a slight hint of citrus as well

T - Begins with a taste of clove and chalky type taste that lasts all the way through the aftertaste. In the background picked up hints of citrus and floral

M - Chalky and fairly carbonated

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

Paid $1.99 for a 500mL bottle

The apperance is almost like an oatmeal stout, kind of lumpy white head and a nice golden lager base, no real signs of lacing. The aroma was extremely pleasant of citrus, mixed spices and a little grainy as well.

The taste is classic German Hefe-Weisse, back from my 16yr old days of Germany it's still the same. A great kick of banana taste and the spice was like a wheat-clove hybrid, very interesting. The mouthfeel is nice and light and the drinkability is the same, an easy-going beer that goes well with dinner.

Final Thought: I saved this for review #20 because it reminds me of the good ol' days in Germany when 16 meant 16, and German pilsners were $.75 a 500mL can or bottle in the stores....

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard weizen.

A: Deep rich yellow hue, cloudy, with pretty full carbonation. Pours a giant 3+ finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly leaving peaks and craters as it does. Once the head settles, no real lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is heavy yeast, wheat, lemon and orange citrus, with just a bit of either clove or oregano.

T: Fruity, light citrus, wheaty goodness. Interesting combination of wheat and an orange.

M: Light body, very refreshing. The flavor kind of explodes into your mouth without leaving much of anything in terms of an aftertaste. Just slightly sweet wheaty goodness, then (sadly) gone.

D: The body and refreshing qualities of this brew make it a pleasure to consume.

Atmosphere is great. Dark, solid, rich yellow golden hue, and a full frothy head that you'll probably never see the end of until it's left sitting in the bottom of the glass. Nose is a beautiful balance of wheat and subtle sweet components, with just a hint of spice to draw a counterbalance. Flavor is a great composition of these same orange citrus, wheat and yeast. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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

A - Poured from a large bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy golden with a big foamy white head that slowly fizzles down.

S - Yeasty, a light sweetness with hints of banana and clove.

T - Akin to the aroma, but with a bit more citrus/banana in the finish, with some nice light spice to it.

M - Smooth, light bodied, mild carbonation.

Notes - One of my go-to hefes.

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

Poured into a tall weizen glass, this is a beautiful beer to look at. Cloudy golden body with a massive fluffy head that rises like a cumulus cloud above the rim of the glass. Excellent retention, which is perhaps partially due to the incredibly vigorous visual carbonation.

Classic hefe aromas of crisp grains, wheat, banana, cloves with some grassiness and peppery spice. Taste is more of the same. Certain aspects like the banana and cloves are more assertive in the mouth. Loads of fresh bread and wheat with a lemony tang. I seem to get a tiny hint of white chocolate? The thick body keeps the carbonation tingly, not fizzy, and there's a lingering creamy/coating feel.

Overall impression: Excellent hefeweizen, very refreshing and satisfying.

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

500mL bottle poured into a hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Produced a sweet pure white foamy head with good retention. Plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- Very very dry. Subtle bits of biscuit and wheat. Plenty of lemon and clove.

(T)- A nice combination of lemon and wheat-like biscuits. Mellow banana with very subtle clove. Overall, very very dry yet smooth and balanced.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Very much a drier example, but the balance is spot on with nothing overpowering the other; smooth and mellow.

(D)- A solid Hefeweiss. Drier than most, but still has the classic flavors, just more mellowed out. Crisp and refreshing as the style typically is.

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

I am a huge fan of Hefe's so I was glad to finally find one on tap in my area. However, I had to educate the bartender in order to get it in a Weissen glass.

A. Nice beautiful golden with a good head. Leaves decent lacing.

S. Banana, spice, clove with a yeasty smell. Typical Hefe.

T. Similar to the smell, but with a nice citrus aftertaste.

M. Nice carbonation. Very refreshing.

D. A typical hefe. I have had it in a bottle, but hands down much better on tap. Definitely a drinkable beer, especially in hot weather.

Photo of jar2574
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on a hot summer day, the best time for drinking this style of beer. Bought one bottle in a variety six-pack at "World Market."

A perfect pour, this beer looks great. Fluffy, one-inch white head that settles very slowly into a very cloudy, yellow beer.

The beer smells like a hefeweizen should -- malty and zesty, with a hint of banana and cloves.

The taste reminds me of a weissbier I had in Berlin on my only trip to Germany. That's a great memory, and this is a great taste. Easy to drink, it tastes like malts, cloves and yeast. The wheat flavor is subdued.

I could drink these all day, too bad I only got one bottle. My favorite hefeweizen to date.

Photo of Whiteweasel
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first Hefeweisse, and I have to say I was very impressed. If you have never had a hefeweisse, this is a very approachable beer, and provides a very enjoyable drinking experience from the first sip to the last.

Appearance: Beautiful. You know what beer sterotypically looks like? This is that beer. The cloudy appearance may throw some off, but it has a nice golden colour and a thick head.

Smell: I'm still new with this, but as an amateur, I would say I can detect strong yeast and wheat scents, with a more subtle, almost banana-like aroma

Taste: Taste is where this beer shines. Delicious. Light and refreshing, yet full of flavour. I can definitely taste the wheat and detect the yeast. This beer begins well, and leaves a great taste in the mouth.

Drinkability: Very easy, and refreshing. Not too high of an alcohol content which is nice when you'd like more than one of these.

Overall, I would highly recommend trying this beer

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

A favorite of mine to grab at an Imbiss with a Bockwurst on a hot day or to drink on a park bench with the nuthatches. Not the best Weizenbier but the most memorable.

To sum it all up, this is a typical Weizenbier of acceptable quality. Cloudy yellow with a foamy white head, yeasty banana on the nose, and a fruity malt and yeast taste with only the slightest hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is loose and slightly creamy, with a crisp and refreshing finish. Great drinkability is the star of this beverage, indulge and be happy! A great example to get to know the style.

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this previously. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours the prototypical hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is likewise standard German hefe, consisting of clove, light banana, nutmeg and honey. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the modest sweetness finishing with a dry, spice filled finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but it really is amazing how much flavor this low alcohol hefe brings to the table. Drinkability is exceptional, with the low alcohol very well disguised.

Normally think of wheat beers in the summer time, but this one has so much flavor, even during the cold of a Baltimore winter it's a good pick. Granted, it's not in the same league as Weihenstephaner, but it's a tasty wheat beer nonetheless.

Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Classic German hefe-weisse murky yellow cloudiness. Poured a generous white fizzy head with decent retention but very little lacing.

S- Overwhelming banana and some hints of citrus and clove.

T- Strong banana clove flavors with a little bit of a doughy taste and maybe a some coriander and hops.

M- Pretty smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Not a strong alcohol taste.

D- Overall a solid Hefe-weisse with a nice full fruit flavor. Worth buying again.

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

Pours hazy golden-orange with two finger head that slowly fades to dense layer, downsliding lacing. Aroma is yeast, wheat bread and banana.

Taste is similar to aroma, but seems to be have more clove and more fruity with citrus being the most pronounced, aftertaste is rather bready. Mouthfeel is crisp medium with moderate and slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall, very good. As it can be found in many supermarkets in Europe, I buy it time from time just to refresh how a well-made Hefeweizen tastes like.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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