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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,565 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,565
Hads: 3,741
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.07%
Wants: 172
Gots: 788 | 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 Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Cloudy straw yellow with a white meringue-like head.
S: Peppy yeast.
T: Peppy and sharp. Of course there's a good amount of banana. Nice and acidic. Fruity berries.
O: A very ordinary but incredibly sound Hefeweizen.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Appearance – Cloudy and hazy straw colour with dense white head of tight foam that has only average retention dying to a finger nail cover leaving some lace behind in the glass.

Smell – Very pleasant banana, biscuit and bean curd with very mild malt aroma profile. A great nose to this beer!

Taste – Sweet banana, spice and biscuit punch up front. This beer has a great mild malt middle and a sneaky little sticky toffee finish.

Mouthfeel – A sticky cloying finish from what is essentially a very creamy beer with great linger

Overall – Really very good with great aroma and lovely taste. This beer has a great profile and I will certainly be drinking it again!

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Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 50 CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Pure heaven! Wheat, spices and mild yeast follow through.
Appearance- A murky dark yellow with a large white head.
Taste- Incredible, I have always loved this beer from my overseas days to now. A perfect blend of the aromas into a fantastic flavor.
Palate- A medium boded beer with moderate carbonation. An outstanding velvety texture that compliments the flavor.
Overall- I love Hefeweizen style beer and I love this beer. World Class!!

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great hefe-weissbier of an ocher - a bit translucid – color. Foam is white and persistant, deliciously creamy.
Wheat is of course evident in the aroma and taste. Primary notes of apple and cinnamon and secondary notes of banana, cloves, coriander and other spices.
Body is really nice, carbonation is at great level, somewhat efervescent.

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Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Review according BJCP2008 (style 15A). Bottle 50cl - Batch L013436. AROMA: slight banana aroma with a wheat background. no hop aroma. APPEARANCE: gold color with an abundant and moussy white head, with good retention. traditionaly hazy. TASTE: low banana flavour balanced with wheat. very low hop flavour and bitterness. some citrusy notes. relatively dry finish. PALATE: medium body and always effeverscent. OVERALL: a very refreshing average bulk weissbier.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

I really love this beer. Its fresh and bright with very creamy notes of vanilla and wheat. I also get subtle hints of orange and lemon zest to liven it up and give it more of a complex character. Truly a great Hefeweizen!

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Cloudy, orange-ish color with one finger of fluffy head that lingers quite a while but without much lacing.

Aroma: Lots of banana oil, wheat malt, some spiciness and a little citrus rind.

Taste: A bit thin on the front end as the yeast and spice grow, building carbonation until it becomes quite prickly, Lots of banana, clove, a little citrus rind bitterness, body builds with a nice wheat taste then finishing fairly fast and clean with just some lingering spice.

The Rest: An old standby that I've just never reviewed. All-day drinkable, and a nice, fairly balanced profile.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%

Had in tap sitting at a beer garden in front of the Rhine in Cologne. Pours yellowish golden orange colored with a creamy white head. Aroma of banana esters, yeast, some light coriander spice, maybe some sweet pears. Flavor follows suit with the aroma closely, with a slight bit of watery note where I wish the flavors would punch me in the mouth a bit harder. Light plus bodied with plus carbonation and easy drinking. Nice beer, but just not up to the likes of the Weihenstephaners of the world.

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Photo of David121
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A very nice German Weiss-Beer. Great flavor of citrus peel and coriander, not too strong. Imported for Germany, sold in many common stores for a very low price. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of bristol2120
4/5  rDev -1%

Served from a 16.9 oz bottle.
Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber with a large head that is surprisingly long lasting.
Aroma features classic hefeweiss traits with banana in the fore and citrus and cloves in the background.
Taste is very nice with a smooth yeasty aspect in the front, and banana and citrus flavors behind it.
Mouthfeel is well-balanced and full and carbonation level is just right.
All in all a surprisingly good beer that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy deep orange colored body hosts plenty of carbonation streams. A thick, off white head reveals itself on pour and has great retention. Lacing is decent. Looks fantastic.

Bright bubblegum and clove assault the nose right away followed by fresh banana and a dash of cinnamon. Potent Belgian yeast character throughout. Exactly what you should expect from the style!

Banana bomb! Plenty of light wheat character and clove. The flavors here are exactly what you expect after taking in the aroma - there are no tricks, with the exception of the banana that really comes through when it this beer hits the buds. Sweet Belgian candy on the finish with a hint of orange zest.

Carb-a-licious! Again, perfect for the style - Light, crisp, and refreshing. Semi-sweet finish.

The hefeweizen to beat in my opinion! Smooth and refreshing with plenty of character, you'd be hard pressed to find a better summer beer that will not only quench your thirst, but also please your taste buds!

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy orangeish-yellow. Large head.

S: Banana, clove, smells great.

T: Just like it smells. Amazing. Some buttery notes. Just like a hefeweizen should taste.

M: Excellent mouthfeel, good session beer. Smooth, albeit light/watery but easy to drink.

O: I love this beer, definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of SFNC
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scorching hot weekday in NC, what better way to take the edge off at the end of a long day than a good Hefe from the Fatta-land.

A beautiful pour with a nuclear mushroom cloud of a bright, tight white head. Pure hazy golden beauty with minimal bubbles. It smells nice and rich with the yeasty signature of banana and cloves prevelant over a malty base. The taste is very nice with a very strong malt backbone, the signature yeasty flavors following he nose and very little bitterness at all. It's fullbodied and goes down wetly, very satisfying.

Overall, a great Hefe, right up there with Weihenstaphan in my book. A perfect summer thirst quencher. Time to change into my leiderhosen.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Hazy light tan/yellow (a bit livid) with a quickly dissapating white foam that leaves almost no lace. Really a bit clearer than a lot of hefeweizens I've seen.

S - Rising bread dough. Yeasty with a hint of banana.

T - Lots of banana and bread- start to finish. Oh and some cloves! Just a slight hint of hops toward the end that very nicely compliments the overall character. A bit cloying, though.

M - Ebullient and full. Just as nice as it warms a bit.

O - Really a bit more robust than Weihenstephaner or Paulaner. I brewed a very nice all-grain quasi-hefe once (with T-58). I'd not really noticed the banana flavour and never cloves in those like I did in this one. It's nice, but I'm not sure I like it more than Paulaner. Dings in score for the cloying, overwhelming-ness. In some of my reviews, brew gets dinged for not having much "muchness". This one has a bit much "muchness" in flavour. Still good, though!

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Photo of misterohnoes
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Color: Golden color that's radiant as the sun
Clarity: Not very clear, it is like trying to look through golden clouds
Head: Little head retention and small bubble size


Aroma: Sweet with hints of cloves and bananas
Bouquet: Smells associated with hops are almost non-existent
Off Odors: None


Balance & Flavors: A little sweet. Not bitter at all
Off Flavors: None
Mouth-Feel/Body: Medium to light bodied
Tail: Clean and flavorful
Carbonation: Not too abundant.


I fully enjoyed this beer because of the cocktail of flavors and fruity aromas. The smell makes you want more and more and the bottle is empty before you know it. I highly recommend this beer without reservation for anyone looking for a good hefe.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 2.99/330 mL bottle at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried weizen glass
Aroma of yeast; thick sediment in bottle bottom
Head > 10 cm on initial pour, slowly diminishing to irregular creamy layer 1.5 – 2 cm thick
Lacing – virtually none; few small, irregular islands of very tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight haze
Flavor begins sweet with a hint of banana. There is a spiciness present, but not of clove. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends lightly sweet with no lingering aftertaste.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Yet another pleasant German hefeweizen, inexpensive and flavorful. Looses points for absence of lacing.

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Photo of NickHalden
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a golden/ tan murky appearance to the beer with a good aroma of banana nut bread, malt, and some caramel. The taste of this beer was very balanced in malt/ banana style flavor and has a good mouth feel. A very enjoyable Hefe-Weissbier that has stayed consistent through the years with taste/ quality. Always a go to beer for me!

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a impressive head that takes its time to dissipate leaving some lacing in a weissen glass.

Smell is of yeast, clove, banana, and wheat malts. Smell is impressive and strong. Really delicious smell, begging you to taste it.

Taste is all that you hoped it would be from the smell. Taste follows the nose with the banana, and clove being the most dominate ones that I get.

Mouthfeel is a little less impressive to me. Not a carbonated as I would have hoped from such a large head. Feel is more smooth.

Overall, a very impressive beer. If you like a good wheat beer, then you will really enjoy this one. The spice is not as overwhelming like I have had in other hefes. I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have excellent retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a fuzzy, orange/lemon yellow that glows as a light and hazy golden amber in the light. Very classic hefeweizen appearance. Some spots of lacing but not much.

Nose- Heavy, heavy bananas- both from the glass and the bottle. Not much else at the moment. Light notes of cloves. Some lemon and apple notes start to come out as the banana begins to fade. Grass, herbal notes, and honey around the edges. Very creamy and great balance. Good presence as well. Cloves start to show more at the end. Swirling reveals an especially creamy and rich banana aroma. Almost marshmallows.

Taste- Starts off with light but slightly tart apple and lemon before it moves into some banana (certainly not as dominant as the nose) that then moves into wheat followed by a finish of pepper, coriander, wood, and cloves. Slight hints of ash. Less presence than I would have guessed and it may be just a little too thin to be classified as delicate. Definitely fruitier along the entire flavor profile than I expected it to be. Apples, lemon, and oranges seem to be most dominant notes with a very pronounced blend of cracked black pepper and woody to ashy cloves at the end. There's a good chance this might a little past its prime considering the place I bought. It's an above average to maybe good beer but seems too thin and too dull to be at its prime. I'm going to round up a little bit because I don't remember this beer being that thin or low on the banana goodness. Everything else seems okay. I'm pretty sure this is more of a solid, good beer if I factor in past experiences.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a hint of a creaminess that has disappeared. Light carbonation but still a sting of carbonic acid during some tastes. Works with the heavy spice of the finish but does burn a little.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but a little boring in its degraded state. I think it is around 2.50 a bottle and that seems reasonable. I wish I knew the bottle codes so I could be sure I was getting a fresh bottle.

Overall- Average at present but my memory seems to suggest that is a much fuller, flavorful beer. This is a good, solid beer if that is correct. Definitely worth a try. But get it from a bottle shop you trust.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass at Beelow's.

Sometimes you just feel like a hef, and it's been too long since I last had this stuff. It pours a cloudy sunrise tawny-orange topped by a couple fingers of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, spicy weizen yeast, light bread, and a touch of nutmeg. The taste brings in more of the same, those characteristic banana and clove flavors coming through, melding with the orange and bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a damn fine hef, one I feel is decidedly underrated and overlooked by many a beer fan. Shame.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance; hazy tan, lots of bubbles within the beer, thick white head that dissipates quickly to leave spotty lacing.

smell; wheat, banana, cloves.

taste: identical to smell, it's like a generic wheat beer, with a more intense wheat flavor, and notes one associates with blonde Belgian ales.

mouth feel; body is light/medium, very carbonated.

overall; an interesting take on a wheat beer, happy I bought it, will probably buy again during the summer, but would not become a go to.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours very hazy golden orange with small compact bubbles in head with great retention.

S: Banana and clove dominate with citrus tones, biscuit and yeast.

T: A very pleasant bready taste with banana and clove and citrus undertones. Hop bitterness not prevalent but noticeable.

M: Light bodied, smooth and crisp. Very good beer for a hot day.

O: A pleasant beer very good for the type.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head wad poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange with vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, banana, clove, spice, and vanilla.

Taste: Traditional Bavarian yeast with bready and vanilla notes from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, refreshing, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: It's been awhile since I have had this. Enjoyable and classic beer.

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Photo of Bayern1971
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Weiss beers. Up there with the Weihenstephaners, Ayingers and Andechers. Has more of a spicy flavor than other Weiss beers as I get more copper/metal from the hefe (that's yeast in english). The appearance is cloudy and golden like a great weiss beer. Mouthfeel is tangy and smooth at the same time. Taste is a touch spicier and sweeter than other weiss beers such as Hacker and Paulaner. That's a positive. I love this beer and so should you.
When Bayern Munich play in the Champions League, I drink these bad boys all match long (about 3 to 4 half-liters) at the local bar that has it on tap. The monk on the bottle? That's an original art-deco Ludwig Hohlwein painting from the '30s. Oh yeah, they don't call it "Hefe Weizen" in Bavaria. It's called Weissbier! Now you know and order accordingly when you're next in Munich!

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
90 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.