Franziskaner Premium Weissbier
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #9
ABV:
5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,600
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 11.79%
Reviews:
1,778
Ratings:
4,865
From:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  281
Gots
  1,358
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle best by 24.03.2022. Cloudy orange color with an inch and a half of fluffy white head. Banana and wheat aroma. Medium body. Wheat with banana and clove. Clean finish. A classic!

Jul 17, 2021
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IBU_Hunter from California

4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb drinkability! Comes close to Weihenstephaner. Franziskaner is a bit less complex - and that is both a pro & a con. Drinkability is its best go-to character. Well made, much respect to this great beer. It is like choosing between Federer, Nadal, Djokovic: Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Franziskaner. They are all good, damn well-crafted beers. Buy it, drink it, you will be glad!

Jun 30, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker, amber-tinted, hazy sunset color with a half finger of off-white head.

Bananas and mass-produced, pre-sliced wheat bread in the nose, neither aroma really popping.

Spicier tasting than expected — more peppery than clove, although there’s a little of the latter. Banana candy shows clearly as well. A little formaldehyde in the aftertaste.

Relatively full bodied and prickly.

I suspect this is quite old. Wouldn’t review it at this age if they put clear dates on the bottles, but they don’t. It tastes like a decent beer that somebody put on a shelf for a year-and-a-half. Wouldn’t hesitate to buy on tap at a reputable location. Otherwise, pass.

Jun 20, 2021
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Franziskaner Premium Weissbier, 5% ABV. Pours slightly hazy orange, with a blinding white 5+ finger head that left some lacing. Nose is banana and clove. Taste is banana, clove, vague spice, no sweetness, slight bitterness. Decent mouthfeel if slightly overcarbonated. Overall outstanding. This is a good runner-up to fresh Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier.

Jun 19, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the back of the bottle: "04.01.2022 L004116 13:39"

Appearance: The body is nearly opaque save for some very hazy shadows that can be seen from objects held very closely to the glass. The body is a deep gold color with various shades of lighter gold and dull orange. The head is large, thick, and white with a rocky appearance. Pretty good head retention.

Aroma: There is a very faint clove aroma to the beer. Inhaling deeply gives more clove aroma and a touch of cardboard.

Taste: The overall flavor characters here are very mellow. Up front there is a very light banana character that comes through, which is slightly amplified in the middle of the mouth. There is a very light clove flavor towards the back of the palate. Nothing goes on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is at the upper edge of light. Carbonation feels fine. No bitterness. The beer is clean but largely absent of character.

Overall: As a whole the beer feels very average without much aroma, flavor, or character to give it an identity. The neckerchief does state "IMPORTED" so that could be a consideration. I probably wouldn't buy it again as an import but it's good enough to drink that I wouldn't turn it down. If I could buy it fresh and re-review the beer I would do so. I wouldn't recommend it as an import given the alternatives that are available, but it will do in a pinch.

Jun 18, 2021
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SamuelScott from Idaho

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer my second favorite wessbier after weihenstephaners. It’s a bit heavier but goes down really smooth with a heavier banana and clove overtone.

Jun 16, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a foamy off white head. The beer prominently smells of yeasty esters, giving off both a fresh grass, vegetable, and light orange and peach aroma. A healthy dose of banana on the nose too. The beer has a slightly spicy flavor too it, like someone put a dash of pepper into the mix. Banana, fresh cut-grass, and a unique and light almost rice beer like malt flavor (I know no rice was included in this blend. Finish is just dry enough to make this a good complement to roasted meats or sausages. Slight mineral water flavor to the water. This is still one of the great hefeweizens available. Consistently good and with the body and aroma characteristic of the style. World Class in my book.

Jun 14, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great German import...

Very rarely have I come across a German beer I did not like, and this one is yet another good one. What I liked was the mild but still flavorful taste. In it’s simplicity you find a truly enjoyable brew. If you get a chance grab one.

Jun 07, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It looks like a disaster in the making. Two brown twelve ounce bottles have been emptied into a clear glass liter mug. It was quite the arduous process, as a volatile white head began occupying most of the space in the vessel. This, despite a very deliberate pour. When it receded, spotty bits of lacing were left on the inside of the glass. The color is a beautiful orange-amber, with almost the perfect degree of opaqueness. The smell is prefumy in the way of wheat beers and that’s all. The taste is clean and very mild, without much malt, nor hops. The body is thin, typical of wheat beers, but those who enjoy them find that refreshing. People that like a body and some hoppy or roasted malt taste in their beer will notice that these things are missing. This one is truly for those with the acquired taste for this style, who can discern the subtleties within.

May 26, 2021
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale amber, orange with an off white head.

Tart cherry, musty earth, and sour citrus in the nose.

Tart cherry, with a sour, musty malt and mild leather notes.

Apr 22, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle). Typical hefe in any aspect: Appearance cloudy golden, enormous head, lovely aroma of ripe bananas and cloves, refreshing crisp flavour with cloves. Very good.

Apr 01, 2021
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, appropriate foamy white head with excellent retention. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor is sweet and malty, a bit tangy and citrusy, Perfect carbonation. Overall a gold standard for wheat beers in my book, I always buy a bottle or two when I come across it.

4/1/21
16.9 oz bottle dated bb 7/1/22
4.25 rating

Apr 01, 2021
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a friend’s place. He doesn’t like IPA’s. Mine was on the amber side of golden and opaque with a big white head. Normal hefe nose is ok but never exciting in my eyes. Taste was pretty smooth for one of these brews. Decent carbonation is a plus here too. Good for the style.

Mar 24, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, deep golden amber coloration with a large, foamy head. Smells of doughy malt and estery fruit and spice, with notes of banana and clove, as well as lighter, herbal hops. Taste follows the nose, with a decent balance of doughy malt, estery fruit and spice, with distinct banana and clove notes and lighter grassy and herbal hops. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some clove, banana and lighter herbal hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This makes for an okay Hefeweizen, especially at the price point and availability, although it really isn't quite as rich and full as something by Weihenstephaner or Schneider. Despite a slightly watery feel there's still a decent balance of sweet malt, estery fruit/spice and bitter hops to this, while it just completely lack the full-bodiedness and roundness of a great Hefeweizen though, with the esters not feeling all that rich and the hops being a little too pronounced here, with a certain harshness that takes away from those esters a little.

Feb 12, 2021
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Chimay goblet

L: Pours a cloudy straw color, off white head which laces out after 5 minutes

S: Mild, slight bret and wet straw notes... Not much here

T: Apricot sweetness, creamy wheat flavor (if you have ever had a whet beer, you know what I mean), slight hint of bitterness from the hops on the very back end.

F: Fine carbonation, very refreshing and a bit on the dry side.

O: Pretty much a classic wheat beer, hits all the right places, has all the right notes. Exactly what you'd expect from a brewery making beers for 650 years, they know how to make a German Weissbier, light and refreshing and a quintessential example of the style

Jan 15, 2021
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UssaXellus from Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mildly cloudy with an apricot color and stark white, one finger head with mostly consistently-sized bubbles. Lacing is light and head retention is good.

Smells of fresh bread dough and light notes of banana; possibly some clove that I'm not familiar with.

The taste is the same, but mostly refreshing dough. Wholesome.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth with that same wholesome quality. Moderate to high carbonation, but certainly not seltzer-like.

I am quite pleased with this as my first experience with a true hefeweizen. It was refreshing, easily sessionable, and certainly worth purchasing again.

Nov 16, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle courtesy of the homeboy Simon

Tastes Smells Drinks all amazingly. This is a lighter hefe with notes of fruit and a little pepper and clove in the background. Clean delicious barley malt you could just chew on, slight hop presence..

A great lighter offering most people wouldn't complain about, just complex enough to maybe get people interested in beer

Oct 25, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finished off a sixer (NO date found) obtained fm ???: orangy-yellow slightly cloudy body topped w/a mountain of white foam which eventually settles to a tidy cap; a whiff of citrus & wheat; a taste of the same; smoothly carbonated; a good example of what I have to admit is NOT my favorite style.

Jul 23, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle:

Pours a orange-ish gold color. Foamy head is eggshell white and starts about 2 fingers. Great retention and lacing. Hard to ask for a better looking beer.

Aroma is mainly wheat and yeast. Some spices and sweetness present but I cannot tell what on aroma alone.

Taste follows the nose. Yeast and malt up front with clove and coriander plus some banana in the middle. Finish starts with a burst of malt but then is balanced and medium length.

Feel is very smooth. Carbonation is on the high side, but the body is pretty close to as medium as I could imagine. Very refreshing. Good by itself or with a meal.

Overall - although I tend to prefer the German lagers and darker beers, I am very pleased with this one. It’s different and will fit well in my rotation.

Jul 11, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight GOLD with 2 knuckle frothy, rocky head. Long-lasting retention.

Banana, clove, double-bubble-bubblegum. Wheat bread, got some of them yeast esters coming through.

Medium-full body, clean, smooth and frothy, refreshing for a sweet wheat beer

This thing will give you a trip(metaphysically). Not a weihenstephaner hefeweiss (that’s another chapter in beerdom) but oh yea, this is an OG

Jun 20, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose it's nice with a citrus/banana aroma with hints of coriander/cloves and maybe a touch of floral. The taste is a very well rounded wheat-y beer with a nice carbonation and a sweeter finish with a touch of bananas and cloves.

Overall this is a very nice, well rounded, albeit a bit on the lighter side, and super drinkable beer.

May 14, 2020
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timon from California

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

UNDERRATED BEER ALERT! This beer is something I could drink all day without getting bored. The look in the glass is very nice, lots of off-white foam with a dark golden hazy color to the beer underneath. Smells like apricot/pear whisky but tastes more of banana/clove/bread with a hint of apricot/pear whisky. I really don't understand the rating here. All I can think is due to being imported and a low seller in many countries it's just not fresh when people buy it.

May 07, 2020
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jonmikel from Spain

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0,5 l bottle bought at the Supermarket in Spain to a Hefe Weizen glass.
Usual look from a Hefe Weizen: orange opaque colour with decent foam head at the top.
Smell is very good, to banana and corn. The expected smell of a Hefe Weizen.
For me, Hefe Weizen is a style in which every beer is very similar.
When you flavour it in the mouth has a little bit of sparkling sensation.
I think it is very nice.

May 01, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite draft beers. It does not taste as good from the bottle, imo. As a draft beer it has a great refreshing taste and is very smooth. It is my go-to beer when I don't want to try something heavy or high ABV.

Apr 10, 2020
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James94 from England

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy, dark yellow, good lacing, one-finger head
S: Wheat, sugar, lemon, rich banana, some alcohol
T: Wheat, banana, biscuit, sugar
F: Somewhat watery, alcohol quite well-hidden

O: 4

Mar 06, 2020
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