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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
very good

1,382 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,382
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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twentyhanks

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark, hazy caramel color, with a foamy head.

Smell: mix of caramel, banana tempura(not too sweet though), yeast, chocolate

taste: No bitterness at all, just malty goodness!

mouthfeel: full bodied, yet not thick. It was light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night!

One of my new favorites, especially for the fall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2010 19:35:13 | More by twentyhanks
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sanitysessions

California

4.75/5  rDev +24%

04-26-2012 23:45:24 | More by sanitysessions
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pchalk


4.75/5  rDev +24%

04-03-2012 14:42:20 | More by pchalk
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Michael_Stribling

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +24%

05-03-2013 19:41:53 | More by Michael_Stribling
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TasteFiend

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +24%

08-16-2013 08:50:26 | More by TasteFiend
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Sudcutter

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +24%

08-19-2013 03:04:51 | More by Sudcutter
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AmandaSchaefer

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +24%

05-13-2013 23:14:08 | More by AmandaSchaefer
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thatdewguy

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24%

05-09-2013 05:12:52 | More by thatdewguy
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Extremesyko420

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24%

07-01-2013 00:37:30 | More by Extremesyko420
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MikeyDFresh

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +24%

02-28-2014 05:29:05 | More by MikeyDFresh
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nlriehl87

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24%

02-17-2012 22:45:32 | More by nlriehl87
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wieshefe17

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +24%

05-01-2014 06:10:53 | More by wieshefe17
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Nofear048

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24%

09-16-2012 05:48:38 | More by Nofear048
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billys65isalive

California

4.75/5  rDev +24%

08-02-2013 01:35:09 | More by billys65isalive
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KSather

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +24%

07-01-2012 01:03:22 | More by KSather
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Wobbly

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +24%

10-25-2013 22:36:21 | More by Wobbly
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ElizabethEleanor

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +24%

05-16-2013 20:43:16 | More by ElizabethEleanor
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TGERUS

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24%

01-05-2013 02:46:12 | More by TGERUS
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lesminer

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +24%

07-03-2014 19:31:46 | More by lesminer
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pgwall

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I lived in Germany for 13 years, (Army Brat) and used to drink Dunkel Hefeweizen, all the time. I don't remember the brand, but... this is the closest I've have gotten since I've been back to the US.

I'm not a beer connoisseur, but I have tried a lot. This ones top notch. If your looking for a authentic German tasting Dark wheat beer... look no further.

I don't always drink beer but when I do I drink Hefeweizen. (Dunkel where I can get it.) :P

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 22:12:13 | More by pgwall
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of Germany's gems. Poured carefully into a tall hefe-weizen glass, you get a nice foamy head, dabs of lace and dark reddish brown color. This is one beer that you want the sediment from the bottom--I absolutely love seeing those yeast floaters swimming around in and finally settling. With all that, you're going to get some decent carbonation, not too strong but not too light. Already perfect.

Smells yeasty and nutty, neither characteristic overwhelming the the other. Yeast is like fresh baked rolls, nuttiness is mild and mellow. Yeast and malts up front when you finally take a taste, also somewhat grassy, nutty, with a slightly sweet background. Seriously thirst-quenching, slightly dry.

Totally satisfying mouthfeel, quite velvety...if it weren't so tasty I'd keep it in the mouth and on the tongue a lot longer.

It's on the heavier scale, though for a German dark it's not imposing. Still, you wouldn't want to have more than 2 unless you were looking to be weighted down and well-buzzed (not a high ABV, but I always get the large bottle). So maybe it's not perfect, but darn close.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 22:52:43 | More by Metalmonk
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Frothboss

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is an opaque rich brown with a very active head at first pour, let it settle and stirred up some of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle then finished the pour with a consistet 1/4" head at finish pour. Head went away after about a minute. Lace sticks around and slowly climbs down glass. Smells malty, chocolaty, sweet. Taste is thick, rich with malty goodness and very light hints of chocolate or toffee, banana is really coming thru more in taste than in smell. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, nice even taste with sweet aftertastes and undertones. I would definitely drink this again. Sits very well on an empty stomach. A very nice composition for a Weisse.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 23:35:18 | More by Frothboss
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this one a few times in the past, always by bottle. Last sampled tonight on 12/29/13. 550ml (16.9 oz) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy dark brown, like ice tea that has a good finger+ white foamy head. Lots of lacing was seen right to the end with each sip. The aroma is of dark bread with a hint of cloves and banana. Very pleasant. The taste was even better with a hint of dark fruit as well. Very easy to drink with perfect carbonation. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. This is a really great brew for the colder months and never have been disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:29:34 | More by BeerWithMike
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Mosstrooper

California

4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 500ml bottle into my trusty nonic (the new official tasting glass).

Appearance: Pours a toffee color with a HUGE, thick, tan-ish head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lace as it goes- a beauty.

Smell: Sweet, candy-like aroma. Slight fruitiness (apple, banana). Hints of wheat and yeast, as expected. Very inviting and appetizing.

Taste: Sweet maltiness and slight alcohol flavor. Finishes with an apple-like sweetness and tartness. Hints of toastiness and a very slight bitterness. As it sits, the roastiness comes out more with lots of banana-type flavor. I drank it at room temperature, it would probably tasted even better if it were a bit chilled.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lighter bodied with a very natural feeling carbonation.

Drinkability: This is probably my favorite weißier and maybe the most "interesting" beer I have ever tasted. It has some very interesting and complex flavors, and I'm sure if mine were colder it would be extremely refreshing as other beers of the style are.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 18:55:51 | More by Mosstrooper
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Croxley's Ale House in NYC. Into a weizen glass, it poured a chestnut brown with less than a finger of offwhite head, average retention, and average lacing. Little visible carbonation. Smelled of banana, clove, lemon/lime, brown sugar, and cocoa powder. The taste was a great blend of the aforementioned flavors, with some caramel also sneaking into the finish. A smooth, modestly carbonated medium bodied beer. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 20:42:59 | More by donniecuffs
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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