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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
very good

1,399 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 69 | 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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy medium brown with a huge head of foam that shrank to about a 1" layer

The smell is big. I note clove, banana, and wheat.

The taste is really big. Big on cloves, wheat, not so big on bananas and just a bit of sourness to it which adds to the drinkablity of this brew for me. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 20:46:56 | More by Bitterbill
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Pepeton

Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was almost warned that this one is a lesser btother from the Hefe-Weisse from the same brewery.

They were right.

Don't misunderstand me, please. This is a good beer. Just happens that is some what below of it's sibling.

Pours an amber brew, typically hazy (as a hefe-weisse has to be); tan head and and seemingly everlasting lace.

Smell is of a hefe-weisse: Nicely malty.

Ah, the taste, here I find it a bit behind. Still good, though.

Of course, I can have several of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 05:47:38 | More by Pepeton
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is amber brown. Head is large, thick, and creamy. The aroma is mostly of light clove smell with a touch of malt. Taste is initially clovey, bready malts kick in towards the middle and are most prominent in the finish. This is very drinkable, but I find the mouthfeel a little lacking, especially after the crispness of standard Franziskaner's Hefe-Weisse. After having this I definently feel it is time for me to explore the style some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 03:55:05 | More by Gagnonsux
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy brown tone with slightly hazy tan foaming head, very good retention on this hefe. The aroma is mild and delicate with tones of clove, banana, and a citrusy undertone. The flavors are all present that are characteristic in the hefe, buthe dunkel wiesse also produces a sweet caramel wheat tone that is very mild but detectably good there is also a slightly more bitter aftertaste than the regular hefe. Dunkel hefe with a medium to light body which continues to deliver me pure refreshment being one very drinkable offering.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2003 12:12:22 | More by WVbeergeek
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a stein.

A- huge chewy and frothy head... forms into a plateau... cloudy, muddy brown with billowing carbonation... Hues of golden wheat...

S- toffee, apple caramel, sweet malt, thick, pungent, buttery aroma...

T- A bit metallic initially, sweet malt, wheat, caramel apple, fresh bread, earthy spiciness, yeasty...

M- highly carbonated mouthfeel, effervescent, a bit of a tingling sensation on the back of the tongue...

Overall, good but featuring a few offtastes and an intense mouthfeel... I'd need to try it in Germany to compare.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 16:44:35 | More by ONovoMexicano
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an average cream-colored head, over extremely murky opaque brown liquid. Nose is clove and banana aromas. Gentle carbonation. Taste is malty sweetness followed by a fruity yeast flavor. Finishes effervescent and light, a nice dunkleweizen

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 17:13:03 | More by beerluvr
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bashiba

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a long lasting tan head.

Smell was a very heavy banana nut bread odor.

Taste is almost exactly as it smells, like drinking banana nut bread with a nice earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body to it.

An easy to drink pleasant offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 02:30:47 | More by bashiba
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Gmann

New York

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dirty brown color with a huge tan head that dissipated unevenly, not much lacing but retains a nice cap. The smell is of cloves, spice, banana, light bubblegum. The taste is not as strong as the smell. Clove, banana but has a sweet malty backbone that I didn't pick up in the smell. Has a twang to it. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit fizzy yet smooth. A very enjoyable dunkel hefe and very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:02:45 | More by Gmann
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Kulrak

Australia

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with about 1cm of lumpy and creamy head that sticks around forever. Smells spicy, yeasty and of noble hops. The taste is of caramel, yeast and and very sweet. Just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. Not much in the way of hop flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy and heavy, slightly fizzy. Overall, it's very drinkable, especially if you like hefes, and I do.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 12:13:40 | More by Kulrak
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a weizen glass an opaque chocolate-brown with golden highlights as well as a thick, off-white head which quickly dissipates into a thin wispy cap. Just a bit of lacing.

Smells of bananas, lemons and citrus peels, and of course yeast. A bit of biscuit and malt note as well.

Initially, I get a dose of roasted malts and banana breads. A little more watery than I'd hoped, but still really tasty. The smallest ethanol vapor tinge right before the swallow.

The mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than I'd like, as well as with the aggressive carbonation just take away from a decent dunkel, IMO.

The drinkability is still pretty high, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:46:28 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy mahogany color with a rich, foamy white head.

Aroma of toasted malts, cloves, wheat, and raisins.

Nice malty taste with wheat, cloves, and caramel. Finishes clean.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this beer and found it quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 01:29:24 | More by Monkeyknife
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BMoney575

Texas

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-16-09

Pours a deep brown color with a hint of red, with an off white heads and lots of bubbles that rise to the surface.

Smell is sweet, slight aromas of banana, clove, burnt sugar, and apple cider. Becomes more and more complex as you go.

Taste is much like the smell, but even more subtle. The malt adds an almost adjunct quality which detracts from the otherwise pleasant flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy but slightly thin, the flavors quickly leave the palate.

Drinkability is good, nothing here to really be offensive.

Overall, a little disappointing, compared to the regular hefe. But, that's a very high standard.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 22:14:38 | More by BMoney575
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very dark, cloudy amber. Nice head, about 2 inches, which dissipated moderately quickly. ok lacing

s very mild smell. hints of banana and clove, mostly a smell yeast with wheat

t/m very mild taste, little carbonation but smooth and soothing flavor. very refreshing and calming

d amazingly smooth drink, would definitely purchase this beer again. very smooth

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 03:16:54 | More by Anthony1
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Brad007

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish, amber color with a minimal one-finger head. Aroma is one of banana and clove. Taste is much of the same except that the clove is more prominent in this brew. Much like the regular Franziskaner beer except that it's darker. Smooth and tasty though. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 02:14:23 | More by Brad007
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was never a fan of Wheats, this beer gave me second thoughts. Pours a cloudy almost orange with a good tight head. Aromas are of bananna, caramel, a hint of clove, and a bit of bread. Taste is malty, with the typical yeasty bananna flavor reigned in. I think of this beer as a much more restrained version of a Weizen. If it has one real flaw its just a bit too watery. Thin mouthfeel or not, it is refreshing and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 15:06:37 | More by Sixpack595
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baos

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes found in bottom of buchertasche

A: Looks like tea with a bit of head in there.

Very ciderish i wrote over and over. Then I wrote Opaque dark amber then I wrote orangey-cidery

I remember that it leaves the mouth dry and the head virtually disappears to nothing but the tiniest of collars.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 02:08:17 | More by baos
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a nice amber color with a thin amount of head, leaves little lacing

S: strong wheat notes, slight sweetness

T: nice depth, nice maltiness, finishes with a sweetness

D/M: smooth but has a strong depth, slight sweetness makes it quite drinkable but it does sit a little heavy

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:34:53 | More by BigPlay1824
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pours a murky, cola colored brown, with even some slight hints of a golden yellow along bottom, under a good amount of white head. Good retention, no lace.

S: First smells of a nice banana bread, some sweet malt, a hint of yeast.

T: Malty sweetness up front turns to a brown sugar/caramel sweetness in between with some banana mixed in. Finish is ultimately a sweetish banana with a very mild bitterness. Hints of a yeast thrown in as well, nice taste, but needs a little bit of help.

M/D: Medium to light bodied, maybe a little watery, carbonation is just right on the tongue. Drinkability is good on this one, really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 02:58:42 | More by NCSUdo
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a huge offwhite head that remains the whole way down the glass. Nose is tangy wheat with a bit of a roasted flavor and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is sweet malt, wheat tanginess and hints of chocolate, not a lot of hop impact. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable stuff. Good overall and interesting as this is my first dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 02:18:51 | More by burnstar
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daledeee

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully. True hefeweisen in appearance. Nice high rising head with good stick around ability. Medium cloudy brown. Aroma didn't do much for me. Taste is classic hefeweisen, but a little sweeter than some others. Maltier and good bite, some lemon. But yet it is a little watery tasting. Mouthfeel is velvetty. Very enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 01:17:56 | More by daledeee
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JayNH

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy light brown with a foamy two-finger head.

S- Sweet and fruity, cloves, bananas, walnuts. Excellent!

T- Slightly sweet, but very wheaty and yeasty. Finishes mildy banana fruity.

M- Moderately carbonated and moderate body.

D- Very drinkable. If only it tasted half as good as it smelled....

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:35:23 | More by JayNH
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy rust color with a thick almond head that dissapates quickly leaving behind no lacing.It smells of sweetness,caramels and dark fruit mostly.Banana bread and rasins are the first to hit the tounge followed by clove and maple syrup.The mouthfeel is a little thin but it makes up for it with good carbonation and a very soft silky finish.This is a really enjoyable Hefe-Weisse Dunkle,I would like to find it on tap at some point and have a pint or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 05:18:01 | More by orangemoustache
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with about one finger of off-white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Banana, cloves, wheat/grass.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves, banana, grassy notes and some mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Great brew, I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:20:14 | More by Cavanaghty
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CloudStrife

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a wheat glass

A: Pours a ruby-amber body with a 2.5 finger white head that has hints of cream coloring. Slightly rocky and fizzles down to 1/4" in a minute or two. No lacing on the glass and lasting head until the end.

S: Initial hit of bread and banana from the yeast. Grassy wheat characteristics. Slight roasty malt and a twang of alcohol.

T: First comes on with wheat and a banana, then a hint of spice followed up by a caramely malt aftertaste and hints of bread. No extreme flavors just one hell of a drinkable beer.

M: This beer is light on the palette with ample carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. No lingering stickiness in the mouth. The best part about the beer.

A very drinkable and well priced beer. I'm more of a fan of their regular hefe-weisse but this is good when your drinking a few franzis in a row.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:16:06 | More by CloudStrife
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jmatthew

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky, earthy, yeasty, banana, clove, citrus, heady, etc., etc. Though I absolutely was not offset by anything in the beer, I also didn't gravitate towards anything it had to offer. Overall a good solid beer, but nothing remarkably unique to make it memorable.

It seems odd that I shouldn't rave about a beer for which I can offer no legitimate complaints...

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2002 06:07:41 | More by jmatthew
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