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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3,180 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,180
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 101
Gots: 309 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of lagrin
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into an Erdinger weisbier glass shortly after finishing mowing my lawn.

Appearance: Appropriately cloudy appearance. Dark straw in color, actually a couple of shades darker than I expected. Nice pure white head with staying power. Heavy population of tiny carbonation bubbles. I subtracted half a point for the fact that some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle poured out in heavy chunks. While I understand what the “heffe” in heffeweisse means, I found this visually unappealing.

Aroma: Cloves. There are also nuances of other spicy aromas – fleeting whiffs of cardamom and maybe even star anise further in the background.

Taste: Delicious. I was surprised to detect banana undertones that I didn’t identify when I smelled the beer. There is a marvelous mix of clove, wheat, banana and mixed yeasty spices. As the flavors subside, a slight but mouth drying tartness beckons another sip.

Mouthfeel: It amazing how a beer like this can have so much flavor and complexity yet remain light on the palate. The combination of the flavor, light body and happy carbonation just works. These tiny and aggressive bubbles enthusiastically danced a jig on my tongue on their way to my gullet.

Drinkablity: Superb. The lightness coupled with the complex and interesting flavor profile ensure that this can quench even largest thirst on the hottest day.

lagrin, May 28, 2006
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Hefe-weisse poured a hazy yellow with a 2-3 finger foam head that dissipated quickly. There was a lot of tiny bubbles coming from the bottom to the top on the sides of the glass more so than in the middle.

The smell was all wheat with straw and bubble gum aromas. The taste was wheat focused of course and was juicy in the mouth. It was moderately carbonated and easy drinking. This would be a great one to have all the time if they brewed it here.

cswhitehorse, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a glass handled mug:

A: Poured a bright golden yellow which turned orangy amber when the yest was unsettled and added. There is a thin layer of carbonation over the top of the brew.

S: Smells tangy and musty because of a blend of unfiltered bottle conditioned yeast and sweet citrus fruitiness like lemon peel and bananas/bubblegum.

T: The taste is very wheaty and yeasty, with a fizzy lemon pop flavor across the mid palate. There is some very light citric hopping, but the bananas, yeast and unfiltered wheat are on display most here.

M: Moouthfeel is thin, astringent and like soda water at times.

D: This is a pretty drinkable Hefeweizen, and although it can be a bit fizzy at times, it's got that classic German-engineered taste you want in an authentic Hefe.

This would make for a great session Hefeweizen and would compliment a plate of shnitzel or chicken piccata just the same. Very versatile and very reliable.

Gambrinus1184, May 19, 2008
Photo of gestalt162
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled free at a Lufthansa airport lounge in Frankfurt- talk about amenities! Served into a Weizen glass...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenrod, but if you look at the bottom of the glass where it is thinnest and light can get through, the beer turns a pale orange- very interesting, like a two-tone beer. Head is ample (1/2 finger), cream colored, and rocky in texture. Would be perfect if it weren't for the lack of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat maltiness, and a hit of floral smell and citrus from the hops. Light scent of banana. Smells delicious.

Taste: Initial taste of sweetish wheat malt/bread turns into a pronounced banana flavor. Tastes like a starchy banana, a plantain would be a good description, but with more banana/clove/citrus character. Some yeast taste in there as well. Slight clove flavor brings out the fruit. Moderately sweet, very little in the way of bitterness. Finishes with the wheat and banana flavors, which lingers for a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation cuts back the sweetness enough to make it palatable.

Drinkability: The strong banana flavor might get old after a pair, but after the first one the flavor didn't feel overdone. Smooth brew with a good malty character cut with the right amount of carbonation. An great brew for those (like me) who haven't had a hefe-weizen before. Maybe not the best hefe ever, but certainly a great example. I'd want to have another to explore it some more.

gestalt162, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of sachsich
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one at Genes Hofbrau last night in charleston sc. I have had this many times for many years but just decided to review it today. Great color and a thick mouthfeel. The smell is good with a little bit lacking on the taste compared to other german wheats. It is still warm in charleston so its still a good beer to drink in the sun

sachsich, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle. The beer is a light yellow color that has plenty of white foam on top. Somewhat hazy. Smells of soft wheat with some banana in the background. Not much there other than that. The taste was heavier on the banana than the wheat but both were present. Plenty of CO2 and very enjoyable. Its nice to see a simple beer that doesn't need a ton of complexity to be good.

t0rin0, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first crack at a non-Americanized version of a Hefe and I must say I like the original much better. Seems to be more balanced and cohesive all around and is a tad spicier. Taste is very similar to a Tripel, just without as much warming and spices. I thought it was a good drinker and I'd definitely try it again.

oriolesfan4, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of nickss
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flying Saucer

Pours a nice hazy orange with a 1" head.... very nice pour, although she DID put a lemon on the edge of my glass.... oh well.

Big banana yeast aroma... nice and light, yet full at the same time.

Huge banana flavour... tremendously refreshing.... a definite winner for the summer.

I could have used a creamier mouthfeel and a touch less carbonation, but certainly not bad.

Tremendously refreshing and drunkable. Quite nice now that the weather has gotten warmer and I've been walking around outside in a suit all day.

nickss, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of daledeee
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head with cloudy orange/yellow appearance. Classic hefeweisen appearance. I can pick up some citrus and fruit in the nose. Good bite. I like carbonated bite. Some malt shines through also. This is very good beer. I would call this one of the best German Hefe's. I am marking it down due to inconsistancy from the green bottle.

daledeee, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy gold color with a nice foamy white head that hangs around and produces some decent lace.

The aroma is fresh bread with some banans and spicy cloves. Light/medium bodied, pleasant but light malt flavor, fruity, yeasty, slight sourness with a hint of smoke(?).Spicy cloves..

whynot44, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy dark yellow hue filled the glass. There was a huge three finger head.

Smell: Major notes of lemon and other citrus flavors. There are minor apples and grain notes.

Taste: Theres the lemon, apples, the citrus, and the grain. Pretty much as expected.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate. This goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Perfect for a nice summer afternoon.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of rdilauro
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale dirty yellow, but still very nice. A very small head. The first bouquet poured out spices, orange, coriander, lemon and nutmeg.

The taste was close to perfect. Hit each part of my tongue with equal balance. The spice from this wheat beer was perfectly equal

Very fulll body yet very soft. More and more spices come through as you begin to taste and finish this beer. A lot of citrus. plus tropical fruits like melon, starfruit and honeydew.

A real surprise at a great price

rdilauro, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of tweeder263
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy gold brew with a pretty thick head,,head drops at a medium rate.Smells very nice with a big lemony scent that kicks ass.Has a light pleasing taste sweet,with a lemony citrus kick,,nice.Mouthfeel is pretty standard stuff.A pretty good brew that would rule in the summer.

tweeder263, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of hreb
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold 12oz bottle served in a half liter Weizen glass. Poured to capture some, but not all, of the yeasty sediment in the bottle. Beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a tall white foamy head. Loads of bubbles rush towards the surface. Beautiful wheat-clove aroma.

After the immediate sharpness of the heavy dose of carbonation, the floral clove yeasty tones come out. The body of the beer is wheaty and just light enough to be refreshing but not bland. There's a tempered element of German hops to balance it all out and leaves the mouth a little dry. Finally, a citrus note complements the wheat fantastically. Although I'm sampling the beer naked, a twist of lemon (zest, not squozen juice) is a fine and traditional accompaniment.

Overall: a great example of a great style. My go-to beer for German Hefeweizen.

hreb, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange hue with a huge, off-white head. Beauitful aroma of yeast, bananas, light hops, and a touch of caramel. Lightly foamy mouthfeel still maintains a nice creamy character. Palate holds notes of citrusy sweetness, light malt, slightly spicy hops, black pepper, allspice, and yeast. Almost perfect for a summer evening watching baseball.

ElGordo, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of Jon
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a beautiful cloudy golden color with some yeast that falls to the bottom of the glass. The nose is quite spicy with hints of clove. Tastes quite good with the clove and a little hoppiness throughout. This one is quite smooth with just a hint of graininess on the tongue and is an excellent choice for these hot summer months. It certainly doesn't need the lemon wedge that most establishments generally serve with it, though.

Jon, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of opalchemist
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: hazy red golden. with a white cloud-like foam.

Nose: light character - with slightly fruity sour smell hints of metal and a whit soapiness.

Tongue: Slightly sour yeast, harmonious - only a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. Very fresh - only a hint sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Fresh - lots of nice integrated carbonation.

Afterthought: Lingers lightly and rather shortly on the palate.

Overall: Very pleasant but unobtrusive beer; perfect for the summer. Could be a little bit "wheatier" - though no complaints...

opalchemist, May 19, 2012
Photo of DESTRO
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours nice yellow and cloudy like all good hefe's with a nice fluffy white head that dies down and leaves a nice lace. smells of yeast, bread, bananas and citrus. tastse is a nice wheaty flavour with a hint of citrus and spice. the nice light well carbonated mouthfeel and this is extremely drinkable. not as good as my favorite, the weihenstephaner...but its a bit cheaper and a great beer none the less.

DESTRO, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of Orrshow
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in London

Appearance - Cloudy and yellow with some off white head on top.

Smell - Not so strong...but of wheat, banana,citrus, and clove.

Taste - Very nice. Huge banana flavor with a nice citrus zest. Some wheat flavors arise with cloves as well.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with a slightly tinlgy carbonation.

Drinkability - Amazing...smooth as hell.

Orrshow, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy light golden color with orange and yellow hues. Frothy thick white head with a bit of lacing.

S- Lots of classic hefeweizen aromas, including banana and clove. A bit of wheat and yeast as well. Banana dominates above everything else.

T- Light lemon citrus hops, wheaty backbone, notes of banana, but not as noticable as in the smell, a hint of powdery clove, finsihes with a slightly tangy bite. Very well balanced.

M- Very creamy. Low, but crisp carbonation, medium bodied and very drinkable.

O- Very well balanced Hefe. A classic exemaple of the style and the mouthfeel is spot on.

Treyliff, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of peabody
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy straw color with lots and lots of white suds.
I smell wheat and sugar and clove. An oaky banana smell arises after vigorous swirlling. Yeast burns the nose slightly.
Mellow taste with sugars and clove at first then the bitter/sour aftertaste.
This is a great mouthfeel beer. At first you have a quenching clean feeling cold drink followed by the sour and sweet aftertaste which finishes very clean and bubbly.
I could drink lots of these dudes but Weihenstephaner is a better all around drink. I would love to try the Live Oak.

peabody, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin small bubbld head. Little retention. Gorgeous hazy dark yellow brew.

Big banana smell with yeasty breadiness.

Strong sweet banana flavor up front with with a slightly bitter finish to finish.

Minutes later banana hangs around.

This is a great hefe. I really enjoy this beer and will have it again.

timtheenchanta, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of heissebier
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this not knowing what to expect, as this happens to be my very first Hefe-Weisse. As far as bottle design goes, this is one of my personal favorites. The beer belly rubbing monk gracing the bottle makes this beer appear classic and super German.

Appearance- Cloudy, golden and beautiful. Has a nice head.

Smell- Bananas and spices, not too overpowering though.

Taste- Delicious! A sweet and well balanced taste with hints of honey.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, refreshing with good carbonation!

Drinkability- One of my all time favorite beers. Consistently leaves me wanting more!

heissebier, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of jcalabre
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally rated on 23 November 2002. This beer is a great example of a Hefe: Golden, cloudy, w/ a big frothy head. It has banana & apple in the nose, a crisp wheat taste, w/ a clean finish. If you don't like this one, you should skip Hefe's all together

jcalabre, May 27, 2003
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at tavern in the square in Northborough.

Nice creamy rich 1 Finger head fades at a med pace then retains well at the bottom, super hazy murky cloudy carrot orange color.

Nose typical hefe, lots of creamy wheat, plenty of citrus and mild orange peel, some spices clove hint coriander, some banana esters, etc.

Taste brings more of the same, basic Bavarian hefe, creamy wheat, not really toasted wheat just clean creamy base, with some light citrus and orange zest, touch tangy. Into esters, banana, clove spices, little coriander, etc. Finish is creamy sticky but dry, bit more spices, banana esters, and orange zest.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, decent carb.

Overall nice hefe, typical Bavarian hefe but not amazing. Nice summer hot day beer.

jlindros, Jul 11, 2014
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
91 out of 100 based on 3,180 ratings.