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From:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
 
Germany
Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #10
ABV:
5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,828
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 11.82%
Ratings:
4,909
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 11:18 AM
Added:
Nov 13, 2001
Wants:
  287
Gots:
  1,360
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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4.59 by Beefman from Kansas on Saturday at 11:18 AM
Photo of BitteNochEinWeissbier
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

0.5 L bottle
Bottle Date: 07.01.2022 (L007136)
Glass: 0.5L Hefeweizen Vase
Temp at Pour: low to mid 50s F


Look:
Opaque orange-tinged gold. I can see shadows of my fingers at the narrow part of the glass, but that's it. Initial 2-3-finger white head soon collapses to a thin (0.25") but consistent cover. Decent lacing.

Smell:
Bananas, citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, and notes of apricot/peach. White bread dough. A faint hint of cloves. There is that "twang" that I detect in most Weissbiers (and also more general wheat beers).

Taste:
Everything from the nose is present here, with a greater emphasis on the bananas, especially the overripe kind. Sweet oranges shine through the citrus. The cloves are also more pronounced and are joined by some cinnamon, but they only serve to balances the greater sweetness that the taste possesses. There is a hint of bubblegum towards the end, but the finish is restrained cloves and soft sweetness.

Feel:
Smooth, creamy, and soft with a medium body that can drift a shade light.

Overall:
A very good Weissbier that is more about the bananas and (citrus) fruits than about the cloves and spices. While not in the same tier as Weihenstephaner, Schneider, Ayinger, or Andechs, it is only one tier removed from those stalwarts. And is typically easier to find. A fine Weissbier for a spring or early summer afternoon.

I do want to mention that I find that the half-liter bottles provide me with a better experience than the one-third liter bottles. I am not sure why. But it is something that I have noticed over the years. YMMV.

Wednesday at 06:16 AM
 
Photo of Fedorable
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Fedorable

Very refreshing. A little citrusy, a little bready which some might think is a bit funky. Great wheat beer

May 05, 2022
 
3.86 by KT3418 from Colorado on May 05, 2022
 
Photo of Billbug
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Billbug

A few years ago I tried this for the first time and it is has become one of favorites. Very clean and refreshing and a great quality for the money.

Apr 07, 2022
 
4.1 by viking77 from Louisiana on Mar 21, 2022
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by gvickery from Texas

Medium gold/orange, substantial white head.
Smells of fresh ripe bananas.
Tastes of banana, cloves, bread and more banana. Perhaps some white bread dough.
Overall, so drinkable, this stuff goes down so easy.
American breweries just can’t do it like this.

Mar 13, 2022
 
4.03 by Ushouldbeworkinh from Portugal on Mar 01, 2022
Photo of El-Heffe
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by El-Heffe from Illinois

Really great hefe. A favorite of mine. Weiss is my favorite variety of beer. but German Weissbier, US brewers cant get this one right for some reason.

Feb 28, 2022
 
4.06 by clm9 from North Carolina on Feb 20, 2022
 
4.22 by AltonWayne58 from Texas on Feb 20, 2022
 
3.94 by flgimp from Pennsylvania on Feb 19, 2022
Photo of Strid
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Strid from Sweden

What can I say. This is one of my favorite beer of all time. Perfectly balanced, high carbonation, great mouth-feel, refreshing but with a delicious banana-toffee like taste. Has that bit of Sweetness which is so good in Weissbier, but without becoming overwhelming like in some others. It also has a cloudy, delicious look when poured.

I should add, i've never seen this beer in a can, only in a flask here in Sweden.

One of the best beers i've tried, period. That is, if you like wheat beer - if you do not, i'd say, avoid it. Otherwise, grab your wheat-beer glass, pour it cold on a sunny friday and just enjoy life.

Feb 18, 2022
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Freshest before 8/18/22"; drank 3/24/22 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, bright white head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Soft wheat & sweet banana notes in the nose.

Soft medium mouthfeel.

Soft wheat & sweet banana flavors as well; it's simple, but tasty.

Never going to be my favorite Hefe, but far from the worst.

Jan 18, 2022
 
4.17 by mothmanscott from Georgia on Jan 15, 2022
Photo of LukeGude
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LukeGude from Iowa

Bottle from John’s poured into tulip. Lovely strong banana/wheat/clove hefe.

Jan 01, 2022
 
4.29 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2021
 
4.43 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on Dec 23, 2021
Photo of ivanbrew
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ivanbrew

Im my opinion most perfect German hefe ever produced! aroma of banana and sweet flavor of malt awesome every time!!

Dec 17, 2021
 
3.92 by Eltrandos from France on Nov 20, 2021
 
3.84 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania on Nov 20, 2021
Photo of Silleeqhunt
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Silleeqhunt

An over exposed exuberance of discrepancies with a pinch of how's your father on the nostrils. Beligerent, yet fully floating in a suave exterior of admonished youth. Distinctly up and at em conflagrations in a satisying duel of light and life

Nov 17, 2021
 
3.97 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 15, 2021
Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle, dated fresh by 13.04.2022

cloudy dark yellow in color, thick white head. great head retention. Herbal and spicy yeast aroma and flavor on top of the bready wheat. More smokey clove than banana, which is good. medium bodied, lively carbonation

Oct 24, 2021
Photo of JackieTheKingOfCraft
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by JackieTheKingOfCraft

A very deep ester flavour and scent profile of the tri-cyclic German soil. The quality of the soil is very high, hence the deep raisin, caramel and banana bready texture and flavour. It is surprisingly deep for a standard strength Weiss beer.

Overall a very nice pour with a strong feeling of comfort within the cockles of your soul.

Oct 14, 2021
 
4.13 by Patrick2012 from California on Oct 14, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

poured to a stein while just a tad colder than room temp. prosit.

pours a hazy mellow yellow gold that seems to fade to an orangish-gold in the midsection. it produces a white thin-bubbled fizzy mid-sized head that has low retention and leaves occasional specs of bubbles behind as it settles to a thin halo

aroma is faint but floral and semi-sweet with clear sections of banana, clove, and bready wheat malt along with a near-citrus undertone.

the taste is a glossing over of the notes presented in the aroma. the balance is superb here, the notes coming together as something greater than a simple sum of their parts.

the brew has a medium body and high carbonation level, a combination that brings a pleasant rolling smoothness to the mouthfeel, before finishing semi-dry, with a bubblegum-effect aftertaste.

overall:
wunderbar. superbly executed and sublimely balanced.

Sep 16, 2021
Photo of CTHomer
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1+ finger fizzy, finely pored ivory head that receded to a skim cap; steady stream of bubbles rising; almost no lacing;

S: a nice balance between clove,, banana, and bubble gum;

T: clove and banana through the middle; balanced with bubblegum on the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: really nice balance in the aroma and flavor;

Sep 14, 2021
Photo of jmbranum
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jmbranum from Oklahoma

I had this poured from a bottle into a glass on the patio at Pizza Gusto in OKC.

Lots of spices and wheat, some fruit, and more hops than expected (but still at appropriate levels per the style)

Very good. Highly recommend this one

Sep 11, 2021
 
Photo of qjholler
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by qjholler from New Mexico

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Best by 4/13/2022.

A: Pours a deep, opaque orange - on the darker end of the spectrum for the style to my eye. Lots of tiny, brilliantly white bubbles in the head. An attractive beer.

S: Beautiful banana aroma backed up by clove, with wheat coming through towards the finish. It's almost like some sort of baked good - not quite as dark and richly spiced as banana bread though. Maybe akin to banana cream pie? Regardless, it smells amazing. The wheat starts to come through more strongly as the beer warms.

T: Similar to the nose, although the individual flavors aren't quite as distinct as the aromas. The banana melds with a soft wheat character before finishing with a bit of lingering clove. There is a faint pear-like quality as well - I notice it most on the finish, alongside the clove.

M: Medium body which is swept away effectively by the relatively high carbonation. Very pleasant to drink.

O: A great weissbier - not the best, but certainly well worth drinking. While the quality of the beer doesn't threaten Weihenstephaner, I feel as though I could drink more of these in one sitting (and the comparatively lower price point, at least near me, makes that more feasible as well).

Aug 27, 2021
 
4.36 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut on Aug 24, 2021
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