Brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu (InBev)
Style: Dunkelweizen
Munich, Germany
Serve in Stein, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 1804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Deep and dark colored, cloudy with yeast. Brewed with a darker roasted malt which adds some maltiness to the refreshing flavour of the Hefe-Weissbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2005
On draft at Ludwig’s... Appears a mahogany red/brown color with a lush tan head that stays untill the last few sips. Light lacing is seen in this one. Smell is of Bavarian yeast, bread, cocoa, light banana, roasty nuts, cream, and clove. Taste is equally as good as the aromas. Mouthfeel is decent. Seems to be medium bodied and refreshingly not to cloying. This would score a bit higher if it filled out the palate just a tad more but it’s nice, nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 29, 2005
The aroma is of banana and wheat malt. Franziskaner is a mahogany brown with a fully lasting, creamy, light tan head. There is a light banana flavor accompanied by an astringent fruity tartness. Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is effervescent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours a murky, dark, tarnished gold-brown with an lasting off-white head. Aroma is bananas, cloves and hay. Flavor is balanced and tart with ripe fruit, banana and a medley of spices from the yeast, and perhaps some hops. Finishes clean. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. A slighly above-average hefe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1623) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 23, 2005
typical looks considering the style, dark cola brown with a fluffy head. A bit malt, cola and hops in the aroma. The taste is pure Franziskaner, very nice dunkelweizen, I must say

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2005
Muddy amber-brown with olive shine; brownish tinted head. Banana and faint clove, yet a bit grassy nose. Rather sweet, fruity with some clovey notes. Ends very liquorice-like. Sweet and dull-malty character. Rather well-bodied. Wheat impression. Superfluous, boringly dull Dunkel Weizen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1926) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2005. Cloudy brown-orange with a large, frothy white head that was fully lasting. Wheaty, grainy aroma with some straw and caramel. Light wheat and banana flavor with some slightly sour yeast notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2005: Poured a dark yellow not as dark at the description. It was very alive in my mouth - nice carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Long lasting head with a banana bread aroma and a murky brown, sparkling body. Very mellow dunkel with a mild banana and apple taste, slightly sweet. Lively carbonation. Superb aftertaste with just the right amount of hop bitterness with wheat and spices. An excellent beer (and cheap too, especially at Harris Teeter)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 (500 ml bottle: $1.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Pours a cloudy, ruddy brown body, but the large, billowy head, over two inches tall, prevents me from tasting this beer for awhile. That’s fine, it looks like this bottle of beer is reasonably fresh, not the easiest feat with imported beers. Wheat and moderately sweet banana emanate from the glass, wheat easily being the dominant aroma, with some other estery fruitiness in there as well, perhaps some apple, and some light spices. The restrained flavor is also very "wheat bread" in character, only mildly sweet, with a fair amount of banana, and a touch of indistinct spice. Despite the mildly sweet undertone, the palate is somewhat dry, but very smooth and does not fatigue the palate. Body is generally light-medium, trending toward medium. And now that I’ve finished the beer, there’s still a sizeable head to this beer. It’s a very good beer, but not a great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Poured dark gold, slightly hazy with a humongous dense foamy head that slowly faded, leaving very attractive sticky lace up the entire glass. On the nose was a predominant note of banana over grain, straw, bread and yeast. Tart, fizzy an refreshing with flavors of malt, an herbal spiciness full of cloves, ginger, cardamom and corriander, well balanced by a fair amount of hops -- lending both bitterness and flavor. I like big, malty ales so Weisens are not my favorites, although we had some September heat here in NW Ohio so it was quite refreshing. I kind of expected it to be a bit more Dunkel.

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