Skinnyviking (8858) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Good looking off-white lasting head. Amber / red-brown unclear body. Strange flavor of bananas and herbs. Spicy sweet flavor.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark caramel, huge fluffy light beige head, very nice lacing, strong carbonation. Semi-roasted malt aroma, slight wheatiness, not as Weizen like as its lighter brother. Fairly sweet on the tongue, touch roasty, soft wheat malt, but neither really strong banana nor cloves shine through on this one. Standard German Weizen qualities are subtle, replaced with a bit more sweet roasted wheat malt. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. Sweet finish, mildly roasty, but unfortunately it doesn’t capture the essense of its lighter bretheren.   Good, but give me the standard any day.
ALLOVATE (2911) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not exactly a show-stopper in itself, but I found this to be a far greater beer to it’s pale brother, the hefe weissbier hell. Still really didn’t rock my world, yet I could easily find myself downing a dozen or so in quick succession with the heat of this years summer. Upon cracking the bottle it became the 3rd Spaten brew to gush like a geyser. Once stable in the glass it looked fantastic; dense 2½" rocky beige head atop a highly charged, hazy chestnut body. Head remained for the length in its enormous guise and drabbed frothy rings down the glass. Milled, biscuity grains in the aroma; doughy and generously spiced with notes of cola soda, bready yeast and crumbly banana cake. Heavily subdued in the mouth despite the huge opening, and again (like the hell) almost watered down in feel. Unusually the carbonation was quite light allowing the light flavours to linger fully on the tongue. Biscuity and woody with a tannic and tangy malt mix filling the mid-palate, and lightly drying malt and phenolic spice finishing it off in the back. Similarly tangy briefly after the swallow, or atleast until my next mouthful, which came in ever-increasing repetition until sadly it was gone. Light on, as I have found with the other Franziskaner beers, but easily the best of the lot. Sessionable!!! (50cL, BBE 04/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy deep orange color with a creamy, uneven head. Aroma of yeast and some darker fruity malts. A little alcoholic dryness on the palate. I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while.
joergen (26157) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange coloured with an off white head.
Sweet aroma of fruits, bananas and yeast.
Flavour of fruits, yeast and spices.
EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
My first Dunkelweizen. Bottled. Poured a super-thick off-white head, very frothy. Typical fruit and wheat smell. Malty. Cloudy Hershey-brown coloring. Watery, actually, too thin for my expectations. Smooth. A tad less banana in the taste, and a tad more malty sweetness, otherwise very similar to the regular Franziskaner. I’m unable to appreciate the "darker roasted malt", or to see the reason for buying this over the yeastier original. Still, refreshing.
HermanW (1067) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good one. No banana or coffee or raisins vanilla etc etc. A hefe weisbeer dunkel.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Pours cloudy amber color with awsome HUGE off-white head. Main flavors of a sweet fruit and yeast. Mouthfeel is thin, but smooth. Flavor is a little watery, smooth and yeasty. Overall, Franziskaners have impressed me."
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not really a wheaty aroma, but some faint banana. Dark, brown murky, body and a small, off-white head. Excellent lace. Served in a tall, straight weissbier glass. Very light in body but smooth and pretty good. Very pleasant and enjoyable with discernable banana notes.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Ludwig’s Garten, Philadelphia, PA. Hazy brown wheat beer having a long-lasting large white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt, clove, fruity, and smoke flavors. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. This is a good malty beer that goes well with Ludwig’s wild boar special.