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Franziskaner Weissbier Dunkel
Posted: 4 July 2015  Beer Republic 6.5 
Franziskaner Dunkel from Germany On the bottles of a Franziskaner beer, it says they've been around since 1316.  The taste is light, somewhat sweet, refreshing, fruity, everything you could hope for in a wheat beer -- plus a dark aftertaste.  Drink this instead of drinking both a dark beer and a wheat beer and you could cut down on your alcohol consumption!      
Avg price/liter: USD 4.50   ABV %: 5.0  Type: German Wheat   
       


On the bottles of a Franziskaner beer, it says they've been around since 1316.  True?  Other research points to 1397.  Any way you drink it, this beer is 620-700 years old.        

My brother picked these up for us in both Florence and Venice (Italy) during a recent trip there.  German brews seem to be the standard by which beer is set in Italy.   I found it extremely interesting to see a German wheat beer that was also listed as a 'dunkel', a darker type of beer.  In effect, the Franziskaner Weissbier Dunkel is a darkish wheat beer.      

In the old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials, they have a chocolate lover and a peanut butter lover collide, mixing the two together.  There's no guarantee that the individual lovers will embrace the combination.  I enjoy wheat beers, I enjoy dark beers.  Would I enjoy them combined?   

The taste is light, somewhat sweet, refreshing, fruity, everything you could hope for in a wheat beer -- plus a dark aftertaste.  Drink this instead of drinking both a dark beer and a wheat beer and you could cut down on your alcohol consumption!      

This beer is brewed by the Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau Group, now owned by the mega conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev who also own the American Budweiser brand.  That did little to make me embrace it ahead of time.  The difference:  this beer is brewed in Bavaria, must conform to the German purity law, and has to duke it out in in the historical beer drinking climate of Europe.  A crappy brew wouldn't make it past age 200, let alone 600.        

A tasty affordable treat I wouldn't be ashamed to be caught drinking again -- if I ever see it in Asia.          

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