Franziskaner Weissbier - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 34
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scratch69 on 04-07-2012

Another name for Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.
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Photo of illpass78
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange gold with a big white head that recedes to about two inches and hangs around a bit.

Aroma: Smells of citrus, wheat, oranges and spices.

Taste: Now this is a terrific wheat beer. It's full of the signature flavors - citrus dominates, and there's no reason for a dippy orange slice. Just a really tasty wheat ale.

Mouthfeel: This is an area where this beer really excels. It's super smooth and a pleasure to drink. Great stuff.

Overall: Superb beer. I had a Blue Moon yesterday; comparing that to this is like comparing a second grade performance of Robin Hood to The Deer Hunter.

Photo of SmashPants
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Format: standard German 500mL macro brown bottle and standard label.

Appearance: pours a deep, cloudy amber with a big and fluffy head per the style. Drops to a finger or so of creamy pure white. Decent lacing down the glass.

Aroma: banana, cloves and spices, quality wheat and yeasts. Smells exactly as a traditional German hefe ought.

Aroma: some citrus joins the characteristics on the nose - quite a nice addition. All told a well-rounded flavour profile.

Taste: all of those flavours come through on the finish. Quite sweet, with a pleasant yeast and alcohol warmth.

Aftertaste: again spot-on. Medium in body with a full feel and decent moderate carbonation.

Mouth feel: a case of 20 x 500mL is AU$75, so an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL would be around AU$59. pretty good for a beer of this calibre.

Overall: a great quality traditional German Hefeweizen from one of their best breweries in my opinion. A good selection of flavours with a touch of citrus thrown in for good measure. A great price too at AU$75 a case of 20 x 500mL.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you to my brother for bringing this one back from Germany for me.

Appearance: Clear yellow with a thick white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong smell of cloves and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth light bodied. Taste of cloves, wheat and mild hops.

Overall: Not a bad Hefeweizen. I would have loved to have actually had this in Germany, but getting right from Germany will do!

Photo of TasterO
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Slightly cloudy with good head. Sweet and tasty in your mouth with no bitterness or after taste.

Photo of pepetrevino
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers, very fully-tasted, a great wheat taste, not yet (that) strong. A nice 'wheaty' smell, great mouth feel. Darker with a stronger taste than 'whiter' wheat beers, recommended to follow after drinking whiter/clearer one(s) or not to follow this one with on of those. Like a lot the simpleness of the presentation, with a drunken brewer monk and the golden, black and white colors.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow beer, hazy, thick off white head that really holds its own in the retention category. Lacing category is just average. Aroma is a familiar yeast of hefeweizen proportions: banana, mild clove and spice accoutrement.

Taste, more banana, mild bandaid with pepper cloves. Mild wheat and barley malt base, nothing heavy. A little gritty on the teeth. Heavy amount of carbonation throughout the entire lifespan of the beer. Bready but not doughy. Residual sweetness, but not cloying. Citrus seems to be around it, some grapefruit and banana seem to be the most noticeable fruit like flavors.

Wheat character is not lost on the beer, keeps the mouthfeel like, has the stickyness along with the yeast on the teeth. Has enough yeasty esters and banana to keep traditionalists happy. I'm good for about 4-6oz of this, but after that, its just too much of why I'm not big on hefeweizens: bananas, yeast and clove are best in small quantities.

Photo of dwren89
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very hazy, big fluffy white head, golden yellow with orange tint

Aroma: lemony citrus, banana, clove, light summery aroma,

Taste: balanced flavor, banana and subtle clove taste, with a malt backbone that really stands up without being overly heavy,

Mouthfeel: a little prickly but with a smooth finish, light-medium body

Overall Impression: A refreshingly light German hefe that is very well balanced and smooth to the swallow. Residual tingles remain in mouth beckoning for another swig.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy light golden yellow with a puffy 2 finger white head. Tons of visible carbonation. Head sticks around for a while. A little lacing.

S: Banana and belgian yeast take the lead, clove and wheat flood the background. Light alcohol notes.

T: Balanced mix of light wheaty malts, banana yeast. Hints of orange too.

M: Light and creamy mouthfeel. Crisp and carbonated. Very smooth drinking

Overall always a great Hefe that I would never turn down. Silky smooth and balanced. Easy for almost anyone to pick up and drink.

Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold, with thick, lathery, white carbonation. No discernible lacing.

Nose is spicy sweet. Clove and bubblegum with some orange spice. Nice!

Taste is spicy sweet as well, with a solid clove and orange character. Well-balanced with the citrus. A fresh and tasty hefeweizen, and definitely one worthy of seeking out.

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

A very unique weizen. The color is darker than most, pouring an amber, almost brownish color that looks like "apple cider" and has the haze to go along with it. The head is white and foams up into a "rocky, mountainous peak" yet is actually quite thin. The effervescence is high (though not as high as some other leading Bavarian hefe's) and the bubbles are astonishingly tiny, forming a very tight - but light - foamy head. The mouthfeel is similar in many ways to the head with it's very fine bubbles that give a gentle zest - but appearing thinner than some other examples. The yeast character is more restrained than it is in many weizens, in terms of both flavor and aroma. The nose expresses a sharp fruitiness, with less banana than many hefe's. The clove character is clearly present but subtle, and there's an uncommon note of a bready-spiciness... maybe nutmeg? The sweetness of the flavor is restrained in comparison to many. Again, the banana is limited but the clove is present and leaves a slight spice in your mouth at the finish. A sublime weizen. Instantly recognizable. Quite refreshing.

Photo of Mises85
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This my first German hefe. Served in a weizen glass very cold.

Appearance: definitely on the darker side for hefe's. 3 inch head that did not leave very much if any lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove, seltzer, mild citrus, no hops. I liked how the wheat was not in your face.

Taste: I thought it was going to be a wheat bomb but the wheat was very subdued. A very big plus for me as too much wheat can take on the aftertaste of cereal. More banana, effervescence, touch of vanilla and bubblegum.

Overall: I am impressed with this beer and could definitely see this as a summer beer in my rotation. Good job!

Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Appearance: light orange. Hazy. Medium, foamy, light yellow head.
Smell: orange peel. Wheat.
Taste: wheat. Orange peel. Clove (light). Essence of banana.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: pretty tasty Weiss beer. Not a huge fan of the style. But this one is pretty refreshing.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Ray in Pittsburgh for this brew

A- dull yellow color with a nice 2 finger head that leaves bell curve lacing on my pint. cloudy looking.

S- banana and yeasty with clove spices.

F- faint clove but the banana comes out stronger in the mouth than the nose. sour mash and malty finish

M- sour banana and malty

O-not a bad hefe and the banana and clove interact well with each other. worth a sixer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Cloudy looking orange with hints of light lemon yellow on the edges. Roaring huge amounts of micro fine and fast rising carbonation. The head is just booming off the pour like a classic German hefe. Thick white frothy fistfull head, tall as a mountain, and settling with big shampoo and superfine thin whipped bubbles, bleach white and large.

Solid nose. Huge peanut butter aromas, and good fine clove phenol spicy quality. Seems to neglect hints of chewy malt wheat character or even hints of banana, and lemon. Solid, inviting and still to character.

Palate delivers real nicely. Chewy malts really seem to blast right on first sip, but the mouthfeel lowers in body as you drink. Big yeasty esters hit with lots of sharp perfect spice. Hints of herbality but not even from hop, more of the ester goes to clove, and a hot almost bitter spicy character. Dense. Light hints of lemon peak out on the aftertaste but really get pushed out by hot brown spice character and a very surprising nutty character.

Simple, with a nice unique character to match. Very fun hefeweizen.

Photo of grex9101
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Schneider-Weisse pint glass.

Appearance: Head-frothy with average lacing

Smell: Very light, slightly musty

Taste: Heavy banana with coriander and a slight hint of cloves.

Mothfeel: Distinctly Effervescent, subsiding quickly.

Overall: an Excellent example of a weissbier.

I must say, this is probably my second favourite example of this type (after Weihenstephaner), particularly since I can buy this relatively cheaply. A great beer, and one that must be tried to appreciate.

Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pour is a hazy and cloudy and darker straw colors with a big t finger head with great retention

Smell: Smell mlike malt with a fair presence of some cloves and banana withht citric presence, .

Taste: Banana presence and some slight bitterness in the back just balances it all out. This beer is high ion my list !

Mouthfeel: Body is between medium and light nd the carbonation is strong, without being shapr and it is smooth when it goes down

Overall: t. A awesome beer with great flavors; body is light so it weight me down. It is not highly watered down. I love Hefeweizen beer !

Photo of dd43
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's just something magical about the clove/banana signature of a well done hefeweizen that sings to me.

Hazy orange in color, has almost a sparkling orange juice like appearance. Great carbonation, very refreshing. Head forms easily but recedes fairly soon. A quick swirl of the glass remedies this.

Clove and banana on the nose as well as a yeasty quality. The flavor follows this aroma profile, with a spiced quality that I found appealing. No residual bitterness.

Photo of kristenspaintings
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Franziskaner Weissbier is an exemplary beer for its category. It is the ultimate white beer in my opinion. It has a soft, mild flavor that isn’t bitter at all. In fact, I’d suggest this beer to anyone who doesn’t ordinarily choose beer because they don’t like bitter flavors. That’s not to say it has less flavor. It still has a gently sweet wheat taste that holds the attention without dominating the palate.

This beer pairs well with traditional German food of course and anything that’s not extremely spicy or strongly flavored.

Frafziskaner is near the very top of my list of favorite beers.

Photo of cousineddy
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours and very hazy, almost opaque, gold with 3 fingers of bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Little lacing.

Smell: Hops, bready malt, and slight citrus and florals

Taste: Very smooth, very little hop bitterness. Slightly sweet with citrus backnotes. very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: very foamy, almost seems to disappear in your mouth before swallowing. Not sure if this is good or bad.

Overall: I like this beer, very intriqueing Hefe. One of the best ive had.

Photo of axxe
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Foggy, as is distinct of the unfiltered german brewing style
Pale (almost mahogany) brown

Very subtle citrus and spice.
Does not give out the full fragrance suggestive of it's taste. There is a lot more to this brew than meets the the nose...

Caramel crunch at the tip of the tongue.
Subtle off-dry banana medium-light-body.
Inter-woven light melange of spices which keeps you guessing for specifics...
My guesses - distinct bay leaf and hints of cinnamon+asafoetida

Photo of silverking
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It pours a cloudy amber with a large White head. Head retention is good. Bits of the head cling to the glass as I take a sip.

S- Bready and yeasty, clove, spicy. very earthy as well, I almost get a touch of smoke from it.

T- Citrus, yeast, clove, wheat, banana. Surprisingly refreshing.

M- light bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Once again, refreshing.

O- I'm reletively new to wheat beer, but this is pretty good

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by sweet flavors of bananas, caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Poured from a 12 oz into a weizen glass on 01.21.14.

A: Cloudy yeast at top. See through orange at bottom. 2 finger head.

S: Wheat, citrus. Orange.

T: Wheat, very light cloves from yeast.

M: Crisp, which is weird for a hef. More watery than I like.

O: This was pretty bland tasting. There was a tiny bit of sweet clove on the back end that helped a little to break the monotony of the watery mouthfeel. It was easy to drink and refreshing at least. Wondering why this was so bland, and suspicious of the lightweight and see through bottle, I found that this is owned by AB-InBev. Yep, I'm a newbie.

Photo of OldManMetal
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful example of a hefeweizen. It forms a giant creamy white head, so much so that you have to be careful how you pour it. The head coarsens as it slowly settles, and leaves impressive lacing wherever it goes. The beer itself is a nice deep gold color, cloudy with the requisite yeast sediment. The nose is dominated by the characteristic hefeweizen banana/clove spice, with hints of orange and wheat notes. On the palate it is a bit malty, with a clean wheat flavor that is joined by hints of spice and a bit of bitter citrus. The finish is the same, with the citrus bitterness lingering a bit. The light body and creamy texture make this a very smooth-drinking beer, while a lively carbonation keeps your attention.

Photo of Braz
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at BevMo. Pale gold color and very cloudy. Thin white head, doesn't sustain long. Aromatics are citrusy and earthy and yeasty. Faint aroma of banana too. Taste is quite crisp and refreshing. Light flavors of banana and clove. Smooth body and easy drinking.

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Franziskaner Weissbier from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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