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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 1,554
Hads: 3,627
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 150
Gots: 684 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-13-2001

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Photo of MLegendre
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge fluffy head formed right away at least about 3 1/2in. Disapates rapidly, but from the outside in until the inside finally caved in on itself, then is stayed where it was. Very fun to watch. Color is cloudy neon orange, almost glowing with lots of visible carbonation.

S: Very yeasty which I didn't really like, but smelled strongly of clove too which I did like.

T: Yeast flavors were noticable, but not too strong. Midtaste subtle wheat flavors come out followed by hints of banana. Finish is sweet and spicy.

M: Medium bodied yet kind of thick with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth

D: Nice to finally see what a real Hefe Weizen taste like. I liked it enough to want to further explore the style. I'd drink this again. (752 characters)

Photo of harpo111
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: gold, hazy, nice and heady

s:yeasty with a bananna and malty flavor.

t: yeasty with a strong bananna and malty flavor...hoppy finish

m: nice and rich...thick

d: only a couple..will fill you up...flavor slows you down...
something different..very flavorfull...but not an everyday beer..
has a lot of good things going for it...but not one you can do all evening.. (379 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle with no freshness date.

Typical but good hefeweizen appearance, copper in color and quite turbid with very good head retention.

The nose is light, but fairly nice - signature weizen yeast banana along with a bit of lemony citrus, some peppery spice, a little doughy bread.

The palate is quite thin, almost watery - I generally expect a bigger body on hefeweizens, and this one doesn't deliver. The flavors are decent, however; initially spicy with clove and white pepper, it segues into pleasant apple and banana fruitiness. The finish is quite phenolic, which seems to stick to the roof of the mouth long after the mild finish; it's a bit of a detraction. Pretty good overall, just not top-tier. (712 characters)

Photo of djcriple420
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer at Redbones in Somerville, Ma.

This beer was very tasteful. It had a rather unique taste for a hefe. It tasted as if it was started to be filtered with its light feeling, but not filtered at all with its true taste.

I would recomend this beer to anyone who has a hankering for a smooth hefeweizen, without an overbearing taste. (356 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy yellow with some hints of orange in color. Two finger fluffy head that leaves some patchy lace.
S: A bit funky, but the usual suspects are here. Lots of citrus and banana with some clove. The funk is a bit off putting.
T: No funk in the taste. Very sweet with some nice round flavors of banana and citrus again.
D: I am going a bit low on the drinkability side. Its pretty highly carbonated, and you get your fill of this beer pretty fast.

A very good brew to be sure. A great Hefe, and I got a Franziskaner hefe glass at the bar. Very nice. (555 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It is a hazy dark copper color, with a big, light colored three finger head which was poured into a weiss glass.

Smell: Big cloves and a little banana backing. There was also some slight spicy, pepperyness, which nicely contributed to aroma profile.

Taste: The flavor was similar to the aroma, but there was more balance between the banana and clove. It was not as complex as I was hoping, due to the difference between the bottled version and what I had in Germany. There was also a good deal of wheat rounding out flavor and there is some up front bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was good and the beer was really smooth, with a light to medium body.

Drinkability: It is extremely drinkable and very refreshing, but pales in comparison with beer drunk in Germany. (788 characters)

Photo of hyland24
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

It poured a hazy golden brown with an inch thick head of white foam that all but disappeared before I put the glass down. It left absolutely no lacing on the glass. I could have put the glass right back in the cabinet without anyone noticing it was used.

The smell was faint, fruity. I cant place the fruit but it smells sweet. Had to try several times to pick up a real scent.

The taste was good, not great. Mildly sweet and slightly fruity. A little too much like a lager. The taste disappeared immediately after I swallowed.

Definitely over carbonated. Carbonation overpowered the taste down to the last sip.

This beer is definitely worth trying, and is a descent Weisbeir but not a great Weisbeir. I would not go out of my way to find this beer but would drink it if it was in front of me. The carbonation was a little too much for this style of beer and I think that effected the overall experience. (956 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellowish to orange with a small head in a pint glass on tap. Nose is fresh orange, wheat, and lightly spiced from the yeast. Flavor is strongly of wheat, and lightly spiced with flavors of clove held in check without being overpowering. This is a great example of the style, and the heavily wheaty and fruity character of it really made it appeal to me. (367 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention. Color is a hazed burnt golden orange. A little dark for a hefe.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, oranges, and an earthy profile. It is yeasty as well. Smells like a hefe.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, but it is a bit fruiter and has a bubble gum flavor. Yeast, bananas, cloves, and orange peel all show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a solid hefe that drinks nice. Great on a sunny day. Not much else to say. (541 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, golden-orange body with a rather large, fluffy, off-white head, though it quickly gasses out into just a very thin layering of fizzle.

Smell: Mild nose smelling of wheat malt, lemon wedges, ground coriander, and banana, with nothing previously listed being particularly aromatic.

Taste: Lightly tangy-tasting malted wheat with a thin measure of honeyish sweetness. Small hint of raw grain. Light touches of lemon, coriander, and banana pass by the tongue. Hop bitterness remains very low, just enough to be felt. Things thin out considerably as you near the dry finish, but there is a bit more lemon to be had.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though lacking the creaminess of other weiss beers. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Sure, it's got ease of drinking and refreshment on its side, but it comes across as simply being dutifully, dully average. So, all in all, while it's by no means bad, I've had better (1,006 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first German review, as I finally ventured down to the import door for my mix-a-six. Pours a nice burnished golden color, with a good 4-5 inches of huge, billowy white head. Aromas of clove, banana and caramel. Quite tart on the palate, with lemon, banana, clove and wheat. Overall, an enjoyable summer refresher. (334 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Taco Mac. I wish they would invest in some appropriate glassware. This should have a nice head, but arrived at the table with none. How long was this sitting at the wait station. Color was typical for this style: nice golden color with a great aroma: banana, fruity, lemony, bubble gum, and clove. Good carbonation. Could drink lots of these at a sitting. (374 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz (greenb) bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a bit of a pale straw with a moderate white head that fades quickly, leaving almost no cap at all. Weak.

Nose is surprisingly sweet. Tangy wheat is up front, bit of banana, citrus bite. Not much in the way of clove.

Taste starts off with a nice citrusy wheat bite, a bit of tangy, fresh-baked-bread sweetness towards the finish, like a very mild sourdough. The creamy fullness I expected isn't there at all, either in flavor or mouthfeel, instead this one is noticeably dry and even a bit astringent. There even seems to be a bit of a snappy hop bite towards the finish, not prominent at all, but definitely there, moreso than I find in most German hefes. The hefeweizen character seems muted, giving way to a beer that tastes almost like a hybrid of a hefe and an American wheat. Carbonation a bit sharper and more forward than expected, bigger bubbles. (916 characters)

Photo of theopholis
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light orange.ge. Nice head. Loose, almost white. Settles down very quickly and not flat. Very billowy. Almost no lace.

Aroma: Slightly fruity. Mild citrus. No hop aroma at all. About what you would expect from a Hefe Weisse. Just a hint of banana as it warms up.

Taste: Typical hefe style. Very suble spiciness. No hoppiness at all. Hint of banana in the after-taste. No clove at all.

Mouthfeel: Light body with normal carbonation for a Hefe. Little clinging power.

Drinakbility: Very easy drinking. Nice for an afternoon or session bear.

Not bad. (594 characters)

Photo of dude
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buried in the back of my uncle Marc's fridge, behind all the 'Lager, was a lone bottle of hefe. Its not really Christmasy but I'll take it. Poured pale yellow and cloudy. Good head formation. Aroma of phenols and wheat grains. Taste is of a classic hefe with banana and some clove notes as well. Tasted good but not really fresh. How long was it in the fridge Marc? Light bodied with a dry finish and I could have had a few more, unseasonal as it were. (452 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a generous off-white head. Banana and clove notes in the aroma with a healthy malted wheat grain smell. I little sweet in the malt department but dry and clovey in the finish. I know this was a freshly tapped 10L barrel and it doesn't taste all that fresh. I'd like to try this beer fresh from the brewery. This is a hefeweizen you can bastardize with a lemon. (398 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle

Pours a clear yellow orange color with a small and strong white head with some peppery looking floaties. Smell is of macro funk, toasted wheat, some bready yeast and a little bit of banana. A bit of citrus tingles the tongue, followed by a smooth wheat character and a mild hop bitterness. Light in body, fizzy and alive with carbonation and a ripe banana peel after taste. No alcohol heat whatsoever, clean and a good refreshing summer beer. A classic without a doubt, but there is a lot of better options in and around the same price range. (563 characters)

Photo of Julz
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Very cloudy light orange color, heavy head when poured into you glass but later settles later.

Has a stale bread smell with the usual suspects of coriander and orange. Very nice on the nose.

The taste is a clean flavor of coriander and citrus. Nice after taste, again very clean in your mouth.

Light and airy in your mouth. Crisp. Nice.

A good drinkable beer like most Hefe's. Like mine just a little more spicy. But again this is a nice crisp beer that you could enjoy during both hot and cold months. And the Germans know how to brew a good beer.

Serving type: bottle (576 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Georgeous orange gold cloudy body with quickly dissapating white foamy head. Fragrance is of sweet nut and vanilla. Taste is somewhat chewey with hints of fruit and crisp wheat. Highly carbonated. Tasty. (206 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To learn more about this style I am putting a description from this website to lean about HEfe-wiessbier's...Hefeweizen

"A south German style of wheat beer (weissbier) made with a typical ratio of 50:50, or even higher, wheat. A yeast that produces a unique phenolic flavors of banana and cloves with an often dry and tart edge, some spiciness, bubblegum or notes of apples. Little hop bitterness, and a moderate level of alcohol. The "Hefe" prefix means "with yeast", hence the beers unfiltered and cloudy appearance. Poured into a traditional Weizen glass, the Hefeweizen can be one sexy looking beer.

Often served with a lemon wedge (popularized by Americans), to either cut the wheat or yeast edge, which many either find to be a flavorful snap ... or an insult and something that damages the beer's taste and head retention."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0% [ ? ]

DO I like this style...not really. But here goes the review.

Pours a nice cloudy staw color. White foamy head that dicipates quickly. Little lacing.

Smells of sweet candy sugars and a funky yeast smell.

Tastes of artifical bannana, phenolic, and sour lemons. Some hop bite bitterness, cloves, and alcohol are noted.

Mouthfeel is good. Has some dry sides to it after the sugar blasts on the sip. Too much carbonation for this beer takes down the drinkibility score for me.

Not a bad Wit.Lives up to it's style of bannanas and cloves. Could sesson this when I am in the mood for a weissbier. (1,500 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perfectly poured glass displays the cloudy yeast. Tried this out as the palest beer in a flight of five at the Flying Saucer Emporium in Charlotte. This has been one of my favorite German imports. Glad I enjoyed this as a 5 oz. flight because it did not top my lists that night as a beer I could enjoy all evening. Nice mouthfeel and fruity taste. (347 characters)

Photo of bfr1992t
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden, like light honey. Thick, hazy from yeast. Thick head with strong retention.

S - Malty and yeasty. Very strong. Hints of banana and citrus.

T - Lots of strong belgian yeast and wheat. Notes of banana and orange. Somewhat snappy and tart through the middle with a smooth hop finish.

M - Thicker than average, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry but not extreme, coarse.

D - Would be good paired with greasy heavy food but I likely wouldn't drink more than one at a time (1pt 9oz). May be a good refresher after a long hot day. (547 characters)

Photo of mcampanella
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

April 10th 2009

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Review

Bottle into clear glass

Appearance - Deep straw-golden color of the beer. Opaque, cloudy in glass. There is an excessively large head produced from normal pouring, this bothers me greatly; in its defense, the head is inviting and frothy.

Smell - Relatively strong, relatively enticing. Hints of citrus and hops.

Taste - Don't like the taste initially, but it grows on me. Peculiar taste, a bit unexpected. Light body, great carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Again, great carbonation. Really excites the tastebuds!!!

Drinkability - Didn't like it initially, but it grows on me. (627 characters)

Photo of jeffaz02t
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice thick head. I drank this at a pub here in Wiesbaden, Germany, where I am stationed with the US Army. The smell is very nice. In my opinion this is the best thing about this beer. Bananna's are evident in both the smell and taste. A distinct flavor of spices helps keep this beer's plavor from getting boring. Very easy to drink, however this beer tends to fill me up very fast. I buy about a 24 pack a month of this beer and I am very happy with it. This is my after-dinner-beer. One or two pints and I am too full to have anymore. Overall a great beer. (558 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse has a cloudy light orange appearance with a good head that lasts a long time and consistent light carbonation. The smell is mostly of yeast with perhaps a hint of citrus - not good. It has that wheaty tang and fades into a nice aftertaste of mild hops. This beer feels great in the mouth and is super drinkable: my bottle disappeared like magic! (370 characters)

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.