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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,382 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,382
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 121
Gots: 433 | FT: 1
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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 GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a pale yellow golden with a fluffy white head which coated the glass.

The aroma was clove and fruity with wheat and spice.

The wheat flavor dominates the flavor with clove and even a slight citrus note and slight banana in the back.

The finish is dry with lasting wheat flavor. The body was medium and well done.

1/2L at Publick House in Columbia, SC.

Photo of shohog
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured violenty into a pint glass to get a 3 finger head which was retained exceptionally well until the last sip. Hazy deep golden with a tad off white head.

Smell was hints of clove and banannas.

Taste very delightful with a sweet aftertaste which is very impressive.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this style, not too watery but maybe more creamier than most beers of this style.

Drinkability was great for a session beer. I think this beer would be great w/ almost any foods or by itself to enjoy. I highly recomend this beer for its unique flavor.

Photo of beakerboy
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice thick head extended a half inch above the top of my glass. There was good head retention throughout the session. The color a golden yellow with only slight cloudyness.
S - Definately strong citrus aroma. I missed the clove I was told to expect
T - More citrus with a little more spice..maybe this is the clove?...I'd just call it spice.
M - Good mouthfeel, not to light.
D - Very drinkable.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, in my mind, the standard by which other Hefeweizens are judged. This beer is cloudy in color with abundant head. Aroma is lots clove. Flavor is additional spiciness. I had this beer on tap last night, and have had it from the bottle many other times; I actually feel it is slightly better from the bottle (I like the bit of sediment in the bottom). Mouthfeel is smooth. All-in-all, quite good.

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The weissens and in particular the hefe-weissens were some of my favorites during my time in Germany. Over there they used to serve them in the tall weissen glasses with a lemon slice floated on top and a few grains of rice at the bottom to induce an alka-seltzer like action that helped keep the head on the beer. I left the lemon out generally, but you may want to try it this fashion as it is rather refreshing, especially in the summer months.
This beer poured a cloudy yellow orange yellow with a huge head of white foam. A 1/4 inch layer of foam stayed for most of the glass, probably due to the above mentioned rice.
The aroma of a weissen is something I can recognize instantly. I seem to recall reading somewhere that this rather unique aroma was due to the presence of both the wheat used in brewing and a special variety of yeast. The smell is yeasty with a mix of banana, orange and clove essences.
Creamy, refreshing flavor with some caramel sweetness balanced by some rather citrusy (hop?) flavor. Carbonation leads to a club soda mouthfeel at the start, but the finish tapers off to banana, spice and yeast with a rather dry feel.
Decent, drinkable beer, great in the summer and a fair example of the style although I have had better and fresher in Germany. If you are ever there definitely try a hefe-weissen on tap.

Photo of DKMonroe
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first wheat beer. Appearance was merky yellow and a little like cloudy dishwater, the head was big and pure white, and stayed on the side of the glass throughout the glass. Smell was not what I expected at all. Some here say it has some banana hints in there I guess that makes sense, I did however notice the citrus right away. Tasted good, no huge bitterness, little citrus, and bread if that makes sense.. Almost crisp and very easy to drink.

I'm coming back to this one for sure

Photo of brewskifan55
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of jsisko01
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy golden-copper color with and inch+ creamy white head.

Smell - Banana, clove, yeast, and maybe some lemon.

Taste - Same as the aroma.. but not so much of a banana flavor. Clove is most present, along with wheat, grains, and breadiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is one of the best hefeweizens I've had.

Photo of yesyouam
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse is a hazy, very sparkling, golden beer with a soft, pillowy white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a spicy, clove aroma with some possible dark fruit. It smells great. It has a smooth, foamy, medium-light body and a clean, crisp finish. What an excellent spicy clove flavor! It has a hint of sweetness and a touch of lemon and a lemon pepper finish. It's absolutely quenching.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a weizen glass. A big foamy head on top of a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
Big fruit smell: banana and lemon lead the way.
Low bitterness, medium maltiness. Well balanced with some fruit notes.
Soft texture, medium body with low carbonation. Really nice.
A benchmark brew.

Photo of larsee01
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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 JunkYardJake
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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 PDXHops
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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 Spaceman_Jer
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thechaacster
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter foil-topped bottle with a diagram of pouring instructions on the label. Huuuge picturesque foamy head atop the cloudy orange beer. Really beautiful head, never fully dissipated. The nose is mild, but it suggests the fruity, yeasty classic hefe character. And man, it does not disappoint. Big, raw, tasty wheat flavor backed by soft banana and very slight bitterness. I realize that is a pretty generic description for a hefe, but it all comes together wonderfully here. One of the best of its style, which is saying something considering the numerous quality hefes coming out of Germany.

Photo of BeerAngel
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful very cloudy golden color with a massive 3 finger head. If you favor wheat beers, this one's for you! The yeast and wheat is very apparrent in the smell with alcohol notes as well. The tastes is especially great after mowing the lawn as I did before I reviewed this. This beer nearly makes you feel like you need a toothpick after you drink it, ain't it great! The taste has a very strong wheat/yeast/alcohol taste with the yeast hanging on til the end. Good brew! Prost!

Photo of Doomcifer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not amazing by hefeweizen standards, but still very nice. The lemon in the glass detracts from the foam and lacing. A brighter hefeweizen for sure. Nice yeast in the glass.

Smell: Very fresh citrus and bubblegum with faint hints of banana and very faint hints of cloves.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bubblegum really comes out after a few sips. The lemon cuts through this sweetness, though most of the lemon comes from the actually fruit in the beer and not fruit brewed with the beer. Not terribly thick, but very yeasty. This seems to neutralize the banana a bit, though I'm surprised the cloves don't come through more. Very good overall.

Drinkability: Very accessible.

Overall: I would definitely try this again.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-ish orange with a nice white head. Decent lacing.

The aroma is classic Bavarian hefe. Bananas and cloves.

Flavor is classic too. A little heavier on the banana than the clove, but I'm not complaining. I love this style.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet somewhat creamy. Dry on the finish.

Drinkability is way high. I could drink this all night. And at $2 per 500 ml bottle, I'll be buying this often.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of bread and bananas. The flavor was of bready malt, slight fruit, and very subtle clove. It had a medium feel on the palate with very high carbonation, so much that it actually burned when it was cold. Overall this has always been a go-to brew for me when I can't find anything else. So I can't really say anything bad about this one. It has a good flavor and decent aroma for a Hefe. Just be warned about the massively high carbonation when the brew is first served as it is quite intense.

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

Poured hazy golden orange color with a nice rocky off white head that floated around for a while. The smell is of banana bread, not much in the way of cloves. The taste is of banana bread with a touch of malt. It is decently carbonated but feels very creamy, finishes a bit dry. I was hoping for more of a pronounced banana flavor and clove, but this is a very enjoyable Hefe and quite drinkable.

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

Poured from 1/2 L bottle to a 1.2 L tall swirl weisse glas. Head cam up thick and white. Color is pale yellow. Lots of fizz.

Smell- lots of fruity yeast, some grains and lightly bitter hops.

Taste is of yeast with bananas & spice. Hops a little weak. smooth and fine, shows this beer is made of high quality ingredients with a proven recipe.

mountfeel was ok. smooth no bite.

Drinkability is high. No offensive drawbacks. This beer is easily drinkable but has not outstanding characteristics to make it stand out other then being consistently good as there are no negatives. MK

Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poures from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Very cloudy and brown colored with about a 1.5 inch head. This beer is thick in the mouth and bursting with flavor, banana and clove. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste and overall this beer makes for an excellent choice.

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 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.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,382 ratings.