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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This beer looks like liquid caramel topped by a two-finger layer of light tan whipped cream. The aroma is very bready and yeasty with hints of coriander. The taste is lively, with a nice yeastiness to the tangy wheat character. Hints of chocolate covered bananas push through the crispness and are quickly whisked away by the carbonation and cleaned up by a very faint bitterness. A full bodied mouthfeel is floated on the proliferous carbonation, which expands in the mouth and makes this beer very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Hazy brown color with great white head (not the shark). Aroma is very authentic with clove and banana esters. Yeast is present but not assertive with smooth flavors. This is a nice german hefe with a stronger body and a little less dry than the original franziskaner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Pours a cloudy red-amber with large head that leaves quickly. Yeast and malt in the nose. Sweet malt, wheat and more yeast in the flavors. Tingly palate. Good hef.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Like drinking a loaf of bread, this beer was too yeasty and deep for my tastes. Bad bottle maybe? The malt was powerful and lingering with pale banana undertones. This was not a particularly refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2003
This poured a dark brown color and was cloudy, but retained a nice white head. The taste was spritzy, yet subdued compared to other dark wheat beers that I have tried. Still a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Darker, cola colored and less estery. Massively sweet malts are the dominant presence. Yeast is present, but much less assertive. Some roasty dryness on the tongue to finish the sweet swallow. Enjoyed this as a class "experiment".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Bottle: cloudy and about the color of Newcastle, maybe a shade lighter. Beautiful large white head of tiny bubbles. Strong aroma and flavor of banana. A tad sweet. A nice beer, but I think I prefer the light version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Hazy, honey-brown body and thick, lumpy white head. Pleasing aroma of fruit, yeasty baked bread, and hints of toffee and spice. Reminds me of peach cobbler. Malty profile with some fruity sourness, distinct esters, and considerable depth imparted by the yeast. A nice beer for late summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2003
50 cL bottle, wheat glass, 48 degrees. Creamy, frothy, off-white head is of normal monstrous wheat proportions. Deep brown to garnet body is murky from dense, tiny particles. Deep, robust nose. Light caramel, heavy wheat bread malt; basically absent hops; doughy yeast; heavy banana ester with a touch of spiciness. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic finish. Flavor is somewhat watered down. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. Flavor is spicier and less rich than the aroma. The body could stand to be a little thicker and slicker. The bottom line is: a little bit of a let down from the appearance / aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VAYankee (333) - Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Pours cloudy brown with a very tall head. Relatively standard wheat beer aroma - yeasty, banana. Overall the flavor seems muted. Just a little yeastiness, a touch of roast malt, and a bit a blah banana.

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