Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 806
Hads: 1,606
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 65
Gots: 191 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of benmiliron
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Those numbers are right. This beer looked, smelled and felt like it should taste good. But somehow, it didn't. This beer was incredibly bland, nearly flavorless. Amazing. It's worth buying just to experience it. Very strange. Other than the weird taste thing, the beer was good. I will not buy it again though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

First had this on tap in a 22 oz. glass. It was kind of disappointing. I'm a big fan of dunkels, and in my early drinking days, I saw "dunkel" on this tap handle, so I ordered it up without a second thought. When I saw the "light," golden brown tea color come out of the tap, I was disappointed right away. When I think "dunkel" I think something darker nearing schwarzbier territory. Then I noticed it's also a hefeweizen. So it's a blend? It was then that I discovered that there are such things as dunkelweizens. :) Anyway, it was okay, but just not what I was expecting. Smell of dried fruits and malts. Bready taste, with some light fruits coming through, dried bananas, and a bit acidic and harsh. Medium body, and average drinkability...22oz. was alot.

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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pilsner glass. It came out a dark mud-like brown color with a creamy long lasting head. I tasted caramel and fruit. I also tasted bananas.
It has an earthy spicy taste to it. It is carbonated pretty well, right for the taste.
The mouthfeel is nice, not heavy. Can't really taste the alcohol but its there. nice beer overall, reasonably priced, I would definitely buy more.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy brown with a huge, fluffy, tan head. Smells of strident clove and smooth ripe banana.

Taste is of dark wheat malt, some banana and clove but muted and disappointing. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Light sweet maltiness. Very thin in the mouth and not creamy at all like it looked during the pour. Drinkable, yes. Fulfilling, no. Very disappointing.

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Photo of Hermanater
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

AP: much darker than the typical Hefe-Weisse as expected. About the color of mixed ice tea with a light creamy head.

AR: sweet, caramel-y notes.

M: light and smooth with some effervescence.

T: caramel malt sweetness very obvious.

I was actually slightly disappointed given how much I like the Franziskaner Weissbier.

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Photo of SteelerNation
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle that I had didn't taste very fresh.

A: Pours a full 2+ finger head. A murky brown color.

S: Bananas and spice.

T: More bananas, and some grassy European hops. Faint roasted malt. Medium bitterness. The aftertaste leaves too much huskiness or bitterness on the tongue, but I can't distunguish the two.

M: Watery. Too light for a good Dunkel. Very little dextrins. Dries the palate.

D: When I think Dunkel, I typically think of a good warming winter beer with lots of malt sweetness. This just doesn't fit the bill.

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Photo of EricMichael
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Murky brown with a big, smooth, frothy head. Light carbonation follows and head lingers for a few minutes and no prominent lacing.

smell - Malt goodness with banana, wheat and clove - hint of yeast that quickly fades.

taste & mouthfeel - Smooth wheat malt and a prominent banana flavor, but doesn't taste mlike you are eating a banana bread. Watered down, ripe bananas spread onto wheat toast. Left the mouth dry with no lingering flavors.

overall - A decent dunkel without much punch.

Poured from the bottle to a weizen glass.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: poured into flare glass, numerous bubbles cling to the side of the glass, making it difficult to see the murky brown color. phat head turns into phat lacing. kind of thin looking though

smell: a nice hefe blast of clove and banana. but in there is something a bit metalic smelling...hmmm. over all nice still

taste: sadly, the first thing i noticed is that this beer is diluted down from strengh, clear from the first sip. still, some typical dunkleweizen flavors are here, but very very watered down. that would be clove and banana.

mouthfeel: watery, but just an un-beer like wateriness

drinkability: high. i easy drinking beer no doubt but this is a disapointment. next time i will pay the extra 40 cents per bottle more for an aiyner.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark clove color. When held up to the light, some hints of orange around the sides. Thick white foamy head dissipates very quickly to a thin white layer. No lacing.

S - Dark malt, perhaps hint of banana, but nothing very strong.

T - Creamy banana up front, hints of roasted malt, and some apple citrus in the end.
Carbonation is also noticeable.

MF - Mouthfeel is very creamy. Full bodied, with carbonation that lingers on the back of my throat. A little watery in the end.

D - I don't remember liking this beer much when in Germany, but not bad. I would have another.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 25 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Review is based on 2 glasses, one cold and the the was at room temperature. I even question the freshness of the beer, but it doesn't taste like it has gone bad.

A: Pours a dark maple syrup color with a frothy head that slowly dissipates. Left no film on the glass. Looks like yeast has started to clump together and collect at the bottom of the glass.

S: Is strong with dry malts surrounded by the unfiltered yeast. There is a fruity smell that hints of bananas. It finishes with a cloves.

T: Very yeasty and fruity. The dry malt scent turns into a toasted malt taste that is complexly layered with a pale hops and wheat flavors. This gets mildly distracted by being followed by the subdued fruit and alcohol mix. A combination of the malts and yeast return to give it a bready aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied beer that is very smooth. Lacks carbonation and makes the beer feel flat.

D: Very tasty beer. The banana undertones add an unique atmosphere to the beer. No sharp or shocking tastes make an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of pants678
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, let's see how well I can remember it. Just got back from the pub and it was the last pint that I had, so it should be at the top of my mind. It was a lot different than I expected, with a dunkel, I thought I would be getting sort of a burnt wheat brew but that's not what I tasted. It pours a solid cloudy brown that's in motion, if you know what I mean.

When it was set down in front of me, there was literally no head, so I've no judge on that. I could hardly get smell of it either, it smelled like a typical hefe.

However, the taste started as a stout but ended as a very citrus hefe. Very odd, the citrus was hiding behind a coffee flavor, stark contrast from beginning to end.

It felt alright, better than your average brew, which was nice. But wasn't the most drinkable. I definitely had to take my time to get through it. Not easy going, but I was glad I got through it as it was unique.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a stein

a: pours a cloudy mocha brown with a 4 finger tan head, dissipates with good lacing

s: aroma of wheat, banana, bubblegum, some light cloves. very fruity and bready.

t: a strong malty sweetness, some spices of clove and some banana, finishes with a chocolate and caramel aftertaste. a bit thin and watery.

o: a very good dunkelweizen, but a bit of a heavier and chewier mouthfeel would definitely improve this.

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Photo of botham
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a light caramel color with amber mixed in. large light tan head that dissipates in a couple minutes.

aroma contains a notable amount of wheat, with notes of dark fruit, apple, and caramel malt. decent mix of aroma here.

taste is sweet, with a notable amount of wheat malt here as well. the same dark fruit and caramel notes are here as well. this is basically a hefe-weizen with some caramel malts thrown in.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture. finishes clean with a bit of residual wheat malt.

drinkability is decent. this is not an overpowering brew, but it does lack a bit in profile character. the caramel malt tries to hold the profile together, but in the end it remains a bit flabby.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Victory Prima pilsner glass

A: Ridiculously large off-white head w/ great retention & lacing. Hazy brown body.

S: Caramel malt and some things I don't like very much: clove, banana, yeast, wheat maybe.

T: Like the smell, but with the clove and yeast overpowering the sweet malt.

M: Light to medium body. Carbonation seems to fit the style very well. Clove and malt in the finish.

D: Goes down easy, but the clove, yeast, & banana are too much for me to want to drink a bunch of these (which is pretty much how I feel about a lot of weissbiers).

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – solid amber color with about two fingers’ worth of frothy light tan-colore dfoam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – fairly malty in aroma with lots of herbal hints to it. Very earthy smelling for a weissbier.

Taste – muskier than I would have thought given the aroma, but not overwhelming, but the muskiness continues solidly throughout the entire tasting. The earthy/herbal quality stays there too though.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, leaning not too heavily toward the watery or creamier sides.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, and a nice German beer, but not very interesting or thought-provoking.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, orange-amber, kind of like a cats eye stone, but kind of dull. Plenty of foamy head that never comes close to fading. The yeast is in the forefront of the aroma, with a subdued creamy banana smell under around hints of sweet German hops.

The taste unfortunately left a bit to be desired. It just seems unnecessarily thin and watery. There's not much malt character, a good hop bite, and some yeast flavors, but in the end you're left with a residual sweetness that isn't even palatable enough to serve as a thirst-quencher.

Freshness may be an issue but a bottling date is nowhere to be found. The bottle is a lighter than normal brown with some greenish tints. I'm not sure the journey west did this one much good.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Into the tulip.

A - Dark caramel with cotton head that leaves quickly. Lacing prevalent throughout experience.

S - Major aroma. Spice stands out, reminds me of the seasonings on a steak. Banana and wheat too.

T - Candy and bitterness at end. Too carbonated. Not a very heavy beer, a little thinner than I like.

M - Thinner and too carbonated, as mentioned. Not a bad beer, fun to try, just not a great beer.

D - I like carbonation, but the carb on this one turns me off.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown copper with a creamy tan off-white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet with a malty wheaty caramel flavor. Tastes of bananas, cloves, and the typical sweet hef flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, yet easy drinking, but not as good as their regular hef. Overall, an average beer; I would prefer the regular hef.

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Photo of bark
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark chocolate-brown; the liquid is very hazy. The large head sinks slowly to a thick lid, leaving some lacing.

The smell got notes of bakers yeast, sour wheat-flavours and some roasted flavours of cocoa/nuts. I also noted a scent of meat/beef stock and a bitter hint. Maybe there is a touch of perfume/soap somewhere in there?

The taste is mild and not as sour as the pale wheat beers usually are. Roasted, rounded, sweet flavours of dark bread, beef stock, hazelnuts and some sweet fruits. The short aftertaste is light with some perfumed notes: Fruits, roasted vegetables and nuts. There is a fragile bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to light, the liquid smooth.

A rather standard Dunkel Weizen. IT is probably better paired with some German cuisine or BBQ than on its own.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Franzy dunkle pours out the color of brewed ice tea with a slight chill haze. 3 fingers of wheat hued head puffs up to a high peak before quickly fizzling down to a ring. Head retention is dissapointing and lace is nil.

Mild aromas of carmelized wheat malts, spice, lemon, and a slight metallic astringency. Smelles more like a hefe than a dunkel.

The flavor is mild as foretold by the nose. Roasted wheat, lemony citrus, grass, and delicate spicey yeast make up the profile. It finishes with a clean, lemony zest with almost no aftertaste.

Body is thin and the mouthfeel is very light with large bubbles of carbonation. Very refreshing, but a bit too subdued for a dunkel. Perfect for summertime refreshment in mass quantities. Good price too-$1.75 for 16.9 oz bottle.

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Photo of vkv822
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a foamy, bubbly light tan head.

The aroma is a balance of banana and clove.

The taste follows the nose, though the mouthfeel is quite light and ends a bit watery, which unfortunately detracts from the taste as well.

The aroma really had me looking forward to this but unfortunately the taste was just average and the mouthfeel was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle yo!

A- Pours a murky amberish brown color. One finger off white head that shows medium retention. Light spotty lacing while I drink this one down.

S- Tons of malts in this one. Caramel and toffee malts rise over a light wheaty base. Even the banana in this one is light and at times hard to find. Toast and clove with a hint of honey at times as well.

T- This kind of reminds me of a typical hefe from the get go...wheaty with banana and cloves. Middle of this one though comes into a caramel and toffee malt bomb. A light earthy hops restores a little balance in this one but not much. Alcohol comes through in the ending of this one a little too much for my liking.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Banana and caramel is left on the paalte with a long aftertaste of alcohol and malts..with a hint of hops. Flavors were put together pretty well just a little off which I've come to expect when drinking this beer. Alcohol drys the palate after each sip (medium).

D- This is a average drinker which makes me a little dissapointed since just the Hefe is great. Can't win them all and to be honest this is a average drinker for me.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cicer color with a creamy light brown head that has decent retention.

Aroma is musty malts and cloves.

Taste is malts, nuts, cloves, apples and dark fruits. Some wheat in there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cleansing.

Overall, it is an OK beer. Nothing spectacular. One is probably enough.

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Photo of WHROO
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, murky in colour with a nice head, the melted to a creamy film.

Smell was wheaty, banana's & cloves, plus some candy sweetness - nearly too candy sweet in smell...loses points for this.

Taste was not too bad, all of the above, cloves, bananas, very wheaty (bacony), a little smoky plus again the candy sweetness...finishes very watery & dirty. All malts, no real hops
Definately feels & tastes like a smaller abv dunkel.

Mouthfeel as above - feels lighter, carbonated, but a little mid palate clingyness.

Drinkability: not too impressed...a little too wheaty with that sweet candy flavour that leaves it a tad sickly. One is enough for tonight.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: From the 16.9 ounce foiled wrapped bottle, this beer pours a hazy shade of burnt sienna. Atop rises an off white head of an inch or so which clumps like a pancake and settles to a thin lace. Not as well retained as the regular hefe weiss.

Smell: This has the Franziskaner yeast smell like the regular, only not as sharp or spicy. Banana esters, and some sweetness of carmel.

Taste: This is just average. I prefer the hefe weisse to this. It has the same spicy zing of corriander and clove as the original, only it seems muted and less flavorful here. The malts seem to temper the nice yeasty flavors by pulling them back and adding the slightest sweetness to the body. I can't see getting this instead of the original, which is a great beer. This is just a pretty looking o.k. beer.

Mouthfeel: This turned me off. It is so carbonated, it begins to really detract from the beer. I'd like to see it a bit softer, and smoother to emphasize the dunkle aspect.

Drinkability: It's ok. It's pretty refreshing for a dunkle, and I could have more than one, although it really starts to get boring after 16.9 ounces. I'll just call if average and leave it at that.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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