Franziskaner Weissbier - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 34
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: scratch69 on 04-07-2012

Another name for Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell.
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive foam-up to start, in the Aventius weissbier glass with the bulging top. Settles down to a big white cap on a spritzy, hazy, pale amber beer. Plenty of spice in the nose. What a wonderful creamy, flowery mouthfeel.

Rather lemony and on the tart side. Lots of fruity pineapple and banana flavors. A touch of clove and a spicy bitterness at the end. Hops are very much in the background. On the whole, it tastes like a watered-down Hefeweizen, but in a good way. What a pleasant surprise, so much flavor in a moderate ABV beer with such bold maltiness and a balancing tang.

You have to look at this as an interesting beer in a style of its own. Hugely carbonated, the yeasty sediment, the fruity smells-- it's a little puppet show in the German language. From a 355 ml bottle at Trader Joe's. (799 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden brown color with a solid 2 inch ivory head.

Earthy coriander and tangerine start the aroma, which is full of orange, lemon, and banana notes. Cloves and bready malt mix with wheat to form the background. Floral hops emerge late.

Flavor is fairly bready and wheaty throughout, but huge citrus flavors of orange and lemon steal the show, giving way to banana, with coriander and clove wrapping things up at the finish, which is a touch dry. Notes of apple and peach surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with high carbonation, which lends a light, spritzy feeling on the tongue.

Very refreshing beer, fairly complex, with a good balance of malt and esters. The spritzy mouthfeel is a touch overdone. (722 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wrote this entire review and left the computer for a little while. I tried to submit but it asked for my login info again. Then, when I did, lost the damn submission. I am shortening it now.

Murky straw. White head leaves quick to disk. Some bubbly cling. Smells like wheat, slight barn funk and a trace of malt. A little sharp lemon in there too. Taste is exactly like smell. I would drink this all night. (409 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours deep/cloudy orange with a very healthy head. The foam holds on for quite a while. It started with about four fingers, but two fingers retained for quite a while.

I really enjoy the nose in a quality Hefeweizen in general. This one stands out with the best of the group. You get the banana and bubblegum with this bouquet. I like the the way this beer smells.

The flavor is very refreshing. The banana and coriander really comes out with each sip. I like the balance.

This is a very good summertime beer. I will need to pick up some in about four months. (572 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pilsner glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.69
Purchased: Sept. 26, 2013
Consumed: Sept. 29, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a lemon straw hazy color with four fingers of bubbly off-white head. Sporadic amount of foamy lacing on the sides. Lots of retention on the top.

Initially smelled a heavy mix of cloves and alcohol. Reminded me of a hefeweizen mixed with a pilsner. Bananas, Circus Peanuts, cloves, apple, kiwi and honey. The nose got better as it went down.

Taste wasn’t as flavorful as the nose, but still good. Banana bread, banana, cloves, Circus Peanuts, sour apple, kiwi and honey wheat grass.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, refreshing finish.

A pretty good beer. I’d have it again for sure. (787 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, freshness date, pours a big frothy head, yeast sediment was included. Lasts a minute or two before receding, leaving good lacing/film. Colour is a medium hazy amber, highly cloudy.

Smell has fresh banana, berry notes, some yeast, estery notes.Malt and wheat are there, bready notes. Quite light, but interesting.

Taste is initially an estery bitterness, then more fruit character comes through. Banana, creaminess, bit of sour malt, some light cinnamon spice,refreshing. Finish is dry, pleasant, and malty.

Mouthfeel is thin at times, high carbonation without much body behind it, this improves as it warms. Light, refreshing and very drinkable.

Good stuff, pretty refreshing, standard hefe. Not the best Hefe out there, but it drinks nicely, pretty palateable as it warms, and doesn't have any huge flaws. Mouthfeel could use a bit of firming up in my mind. (878 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this beer yesterday in Belgium when i was at Dranken Geers near Gent. I always like this type of beer in summer and today the summer starts!

Poured in the original glass i have for many years. Nice thich white head which disappears slowly leaving a small head on top of the cloudy yellow fluid. Smell of banana what you smell more in these type of beer.

Nice drinkable beer. Not the best i ever had but one of the beers which make Germany a great beercountry. (470 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the warmer days of summer upon us and only getting warmer (and more freaking humid... damn the Ohio Valley...), beers like this just sound appealing. Review is from notes taken on 5/23/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a very hazy and cloudy, darker straw color with an apricot core; starts with a big two finger, billowy head with great retention -- looks like a pillow sitting on top of the glass; with the murkiness, it's difficult to see too far into it, but the carbonation appears strong near the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is solid and it's making my mouth water a bit -- plenty of biscuity/bready malt with a fair presence of some cloves and that smooth banana; slight citric presence, perhaps of lemongrass and just a touch of hop bitterness.

Taste: Really matches the smell to a T, and that smooth yeasty banana presence makes my night; plenty of it, and the slight bitterness in the back just balances it all out. This beer will definitely make my top ten session list with flavors like this -- getting through the six pack should prove to be no problem.

Mouthfeel: Body is between medium and light in terms of weight, and the carbonation is plenty strong, yet avoids being sharp; a mild stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth; smooth and goes down easy.

Overall: I'm lovin' it. A great beer with great flavors; body is light enough that it's not going to weigh you down but you know you're still drinking a "real" beer as opposed to something watered down that simply quenches the thirst. I will definitely be picking more of this up as time goes on. (1,618 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a hefe glass
no distinguishable bottling dates

A: Pours a dark golden, almost copper color with 3.5 fingers width of white head. Head has fair retention before dissipating down. Leaves almost zero lacing.

S: Predominately bubble gum aroma with clove and sweet citrus as well. Lots of wheat characters and some light fruity notes.

T: Taste isnt what I expected from the nose. Lots of wheat and a pale malt profile. The sweetness is on the finish with some banana esters. I also get citrus and a good amount of clove along with some peppery spices. Gets better as I drink, as the spice and sweet citrus become more prominent.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the lower end and Id prefer if it were higher, drinkability is average.

O: Good but not great. Certainly worthy of a try, and the price is right, but I'll go with Weihenstephaner Heffeweissbier over this one any day. (900 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of AmitC
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge white fluffy head more than three fingers thick. The head stays firmly throughout but dissipates in size. Color is pale straw to light golden. Hell lot of bubbles rising up through out. Hazy and translucent. Seems like an unfiltered weissbier.

Smell is that of a regular wheat beer. prominent in cloves and some banana and tinge of wheat. Very standard. No presence of hops.

Taste is very much the nose. Banana flavors and a lot of clove like spiciness. Some wheat grain as well. Not a lot of sweetness. Very mild. A little tart upfront may be due to carbonation.

Mouth fell is medium to light bodied. Dry finish. A lot of carbonation makes it somewhat fuzzy and unlikable.

Overall fits the style to the tee. But does not appeal to me.

I am not a fan of weissbier. Style wise it scores around 4. Personally 3. (834 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt .9 fl oz bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a ridiculous 6-inch head. Wispy and foamy. Subtle lacing. Pale yellow body with middling clarity.

S- Grassy, light yeasts, banana, clove, bubblegum. Grassier than I was expecting. Light, summery and sweet.

T- Banana is heavy, very sweet. Yeasty esters. Not superb, but good.

M- Light but acrid feel. Finishes wet.

O- I was much more impressed with other beers from Franziskaner. Not bad, but not the caliber I was expecting. (511 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled tonight on 2/6/14. This one comes in a 12 ounce bottle where as the one I had last year was in a 16.9 oz (550ml) bottle. Bottle chilled out in the garage where it is like 25 degrees F. LOL! Poured into a classic dimple pilsner mug with handle.

Pours a medium hazy straw-yellow, (honey) color with a very tiny white head that leaves spotty lacing with each sip. Lots of sediment is left in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of a sweet wheat bread, lemon, grain with a hint of banana (of course no bananas are used) and honey. The taste was very delightful and pretty close to the aroma with a slight sweet finish. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh finish. They also make a very nice "Dunkel" (Dark) beer is just as good. (738 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Summer refresher. I am not a big weiss beer fan. Love it when in Europe.

A: Yellow-cider colored beer, hazy, very energetic, thick, white head that sticks, laces and lasts.

S: Aroma as expected of abundant yeast of hefe-weizen style: banana, clove, hay, and spice.
Could be more complex and stronger.

T: Follows smell, too much of banana and as a reviewer wrote : "bandaid with pepper" Exactly.
Gritty on the teeth. Bready, sweet, buttery breakfast rolls. Buttery texture and taste. A bit much, complex, interesting, but too sticky in the mouth for me. No real bitter character, little hops.

MF: Too sticky on teeth. ("Im good for 6 oz of this") As 1 reviewer wrote, and I agree.

Good mass weiss, run of the mill beer. (729 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow!!! This one of the best wheat beers ever!!! It pours a nice medium gold with a powerful four finger head, leaving plenty of lacing. The smell is apples, bread, and maybe some other fruity and earthy tones. Mouthfeel is full with great carbonation. Taste is good. Some wheat beers just seem to have too powerful of a grapefruit taste, not balanced on the finish. Not this one. It is just about perfectly balanced. This one restores my faith that wheat beers can be good!! (474 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden opaque color with a very foamy head that lasted very long. It just would not go away. Loved that.

S: I could smell wheat. And that was accented by pale notes of citrus. Very pale. Wheat overpowers.

T: WOW! Love the wheat. Where I expected something strong, came this lighter, more soft wheat taste. It is exceptional. You can taste a small amount of citrus... but again... it is overpowered.

M: Light. Not airy. Seemed to be the thickness of the beer that made any strong impression. Liked the lightness of the alcohol.

O: I must get this again. This beer is fantastic. Much better than what I expected. Coming from Spaten, sometimes you expect stronger more defined flavor, this was much more delicate and light. Loved it. (740 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle with freshness date nine months away. This is cloudy golden beer with a decent head. The nose is strong and dominated by banana. It's a little chalky with a hint of pineapple.

This is quite well carbonated and begins quite sweetly before a hit of banana and then a rather earthy, bready spell before a return to a more muted banana in the aftertaste. Hefeweizens are something of an acquired taste for me (it took me a decade to grudgingly accept them) but this seems immediately attractive from the aroma and the first sip. There's certainly nothing to complain about. (595 characters)

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Franziskaner Weissbier from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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