heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2004 I have yet to be dissapointed by a Franziskaner beer. This is typical for the brewer as it has a large white head that dissapates into a small one that stays around. Lots of carbonation and a great, light gold. Aroma has mushrooms, earthy grass and a tiny bit of banana. This is refreshing with a slight banana note. I didn't get the sweetness that others noticed. This is not the best Franziskaner.
TBone (13231) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lager color. Lively carbonation. Nice foamy and steady white head. Strong banana aroma. Hefeweizen banana flavor, crisp carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing but I like Franziskaner unfiltered hefeweizen more.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale yellow with a huge foamy white head. Mad bubbles swirling for a long time. Aroma is spice and ripe banana. Flavor is malty, sweet with a nice banana hit. Finish dry, tart and crisp. Not too carbonated. Light body. A very nice Kristall.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge soapy white head. Body is straw, see through and very carbonated. Aroma is yeasty. Flavor is soft. Yeast and clove are present. Faint bitterness at the end.
DanielBrown (3982) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Rai Wines, Birmingham. Wheaty, sugar puff aroma. Fizzy yellow appearance, with a loose, bubbly head. Nice bubblegum flavour to kick off with, though things become blander in the finish, and I'm left with a watery, metallic wash. Big and bouncy in taste, though rather soft and flabby in mouthfeel. This lacks the bite and refreshment which should be provided by this style, and the end I was becoming overwhelmed by unbalanced sweetness.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, Spaten holds as being my first in almost all styles to have come from Germany, but those other than in Bavaria. enjoy the slight sourness and all the other elements of this. Need to throw back into my rotation of beers to have now and then as it had been a while.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear straw colored with a small white head. Aroma of citrus fruit, banana and mild clove. Flavor is sweet,wheat tang,and of bananas.
almostfrozen (26) - USA - MAR 13, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This was unimpressive. I think reglar ole spaten premium is preferable over this. Surprisingly watery and foamy and blah...
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite pale lager color, big foamy head. Yeasty citrus aroma, not as strong as in the hefeweizen. Sweetish banana flavor with a bitter finish. More harsh, watery and carbonated palate than in the hefeweizen. Kristallklar clearly cries for the missing yeast. This is what you get for removing the most important ingredient from a weizen.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pale, very clear. Thick frothy head, fully lasting. High level of carbonation. Smells slightly of bananas. Flavor is sweet but crisp. Nice lace all the way up and down the glass. Aftertaste leaves bananas lingering on the roof of my mouth.