SpringsLicker (3220) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Classic hazy, rich brown color under an enormous wheat induced whip cream head. Aroma of yeast, wheat, and fruity banana. The same as the lighter version, but witha tad more maltiness in the aroma and palate. I'll take the Dunkel over the Helles anyday. A nice beer.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a clouded brown color woth moderate carbonation and an off-white head. Smell is of malts/carmel. Taste is lightly banana yeast/carmel and finishes with a dry fizz. Overall not the best wheat, but not the worst... Whatever that means...
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy dark copper color with a creamy moderate head and good carbonation. Good plum and raisin aroma. Light to medium body, seemed a bit flat on the tongue, with a slightly toasty dried fruit and caramel flavor well accented with clove. Short finish. Ok, but it seemed a little tired. I like dark wheat beers and am going to mark this for a retry.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown hefe dunkel. Nice head, but it fell flat almost immediately.
Nose is malty, yeasty, with roasted malt pervading.
The taste is hevier than I expected, with the yeast and malt being overborne by the roasted malt. Maybe some astringency/acidity too. The mouthfeel is moderately creamy, but acidic finish does me in.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice head, hazy brown body. Yeasty aroma with some fruit and citrus. Flavor is yeast, wheat malt and spices.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark and cloudy, moderate head and no lacing. Dry hefe flavor that's well balanced. Good, but not good like the Hefe I had at Sudwerks a week prior.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Didn't enjoy this as much as the standard Franziskaner hefeweizen. Dark color, slightly cloudy. Flavor was not very pronounced, but slightly malty, sour and toasty. This one needs a little more oomph.
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Damn, I love beer. This is a beautiful sight ... roasty brown with perhaps the stoutest head I’ve ever seen. Nice clovey aroma. Smooth and crisp, roasty and yeasty without the bite that many weizen drinkers distaste. Awesome.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown colour, quite cloudy, great head retention.
Aroma is clovey (but more restrained than the Hefe) with some dark malt in the back.
Flavour is softly malty with a tiny bit of toasty dark malt and a very mild acidity which makes it nicely refreshing. Pretty good.
rodgar (14) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 1, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Now, this is beer! Germans should be proud for their skill in brewing one of the best beers in the whole world! Franziskaner is made out of wheat and thus is the cloudy consistency and unique flavor of this original beer. The Dunkel or Dark version is particular good. Much foamy and much clouder than the regular Franziskaner Weissbier.