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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,316 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1316
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%


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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, murky, reddish brown color, with a huge, puffy, creamy head.
Aroma: sweet, spicy, yeasty, breadish, hints of raisins, cocoa, figs, vanilla, caramel...really complex stuff! Heady, potent, rich, sweet, sour, spectacular!
Lush, smooth mouthfeel. Big fruit and malt in the flavor. Soft, smooth, hoppy.
A delicious sweet fruitiness runs through the length of the brew, and rewards one in each and every sip. Yeast is a strong flavor component, giving an overall feel of sweet, fruity bread, all blended up and beery of course!
Dunkel weizen is an incredible style done right, and this is one of those!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 01:33:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled along side the regular Franz last night. The beer pours a hazy brown color wtih a huge billowing head that sticks around nicely. The nose is caramel coverd bananas and cream. Wow. I like it, but its a little weaker than I want it to be. The flavor has the banana and clove layerred over a creamy caramel background. Nice. The feel is thick and creamy. Maybe a hint more on the feel for me. Another great offering

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2004 19:44:12 | More by kmpitz2
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours a dark almond brown from a 1PT .9FL glass bottle. Head goes to well over three fingers and sticks to everything, the glass walls, lips, mustache... you name it and this foam will stick to it.

Nose is a spicey lite clove with whiffs of citrus. Palate is a wonderful array of banana, cloves, and citrus sour.

An absolutely delicious brew, to be had any time, any where, and for any reason.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 23:43:02 | More by BeerBob
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of very few dunkels I have consumed

Pours a very good looking cloudy prune brown with nice fluffy white head. Smell reeks of Banana and clove. Banana and bubble gum abound in the taste and with clovey sweetness. mouthfeel is good and nicely carbonated. Taste improves as it warms. Drinkability is pretty stellar on this one. I like it. Defenitely a good wheat session choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 06:05:17 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Ecliptica

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pilsner glass and surprised by the appearance and the smell. This is the first Hefe-Weisse Dunkel I've tried and wow, was I impressed.

The brew poured an almost opaque mahogany and not cloudy as I was expecting. It poured with a rich, frothy cream head with significant lacing - quite attractive!

The smell is the best part of this brew, one of the best smelling beers I've had in a long, long time. There is obvious banana, yeast, and malt, but also a bit of cloves, bubble gum, and other various spices. I took a few good, long whiffs of this thing before starting to drink it. If only every beer smelled this great.

The taste did not disappoint either, as the malts make their way through at the same time leaving way for a sweet, cirtus-y taste. Super complex and super delicious. The spices start to become more prominent as the brew warms and allows for a rich finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is excellent, very typical of the dunkel style but without all the carbonation that comes from the nitrogen commonly found in other hefe-weisse brews. It's quite smooth indeed, superbly palatable.

I found this beer to be quite drinkable and was confused as to how I drank the 16.9 oz bottle so quickly. At only 5.0% ABV, this could certainly be a new session beer (and it's on tap at the Bulldog in uptown New Orleans) and I don't think just drinking one of these does it justice. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 19:23:27 | More by Ecliptica
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meatmallet

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very murky brown with a thin laceless head.
Smell is great with the most prevalent being banana, spices, and bread. I also smell clove and a bit of something sour. Taste is like banana bread. All of the other smells are in there too. Mouthfeel is very good finish is smooth with lively carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 04:06:25 | More by meatmallet
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky dark brown with active off hand foam. Medium retention. Laces down the side.

Very aromatic. The classic hefe banana/clove smell, but buried in malt. Slightly fruity, but again, malt is king.

Taste is wonderful. This is a really nice blend of malts to create a clean, crisp flavor with absolutely no aftertaste. Carbonated in the mouth but not overwhelmingly so.

It will be a disappointmnet to finish this beer. Very drinkable, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 00:48:10 | More by KTCamm
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Rayek

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I reviewed a bottled sample of this before, but I just had it on-tap in Munich. It's an even better beer fresh from the brewery. Served in a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy chocolate brown, with active carbonation. The big and puffy cream head has great retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Much more pronounced than the bottled version. The requisite banana and clove aromas are here. They're joined by a bit of sharp baking chocolate, plus a little lemon.

T: Again, things are amped up versus the bottle. A banana bread effect is in full force here. Banana, wheat, clove and a little lemon tartness intermingle nicely. There's a bittersweet baking chocolate flavor in the background that was more pronounced than my bottled sample. Finishes tart and dry.

M: A grainy body has quite a bit of prickly carbonation to it.

D: A perfect beer for a nice late summer day. The light body and low ABV make it easy to drink multiples without fear of doing something dumb. A great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 15:00:24 | More by Rayek
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My review is based on the draft version. Although first introduced to this beer in the bottle, I highly prefer draft beer and have owned a keg cooler for over 25 years. Anyone who owns a keg cooler system understands that selection is very limited compared to what is available in the bottle. The two dunkel wheat beers available where I live in the US are Franziskaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Both are very good, but the Franziskaner is more readily available year round and is therefore my favorite. The great thing about this beer is that there has never been a guest in my home who has not been pleased when served with a glass of this brew, including people who generally do not like beer and only drink light beers. It is truly exsceptional to find a beer that virtually everone from craft IPA drinkers to light beer drinkers enjoy. I can only hope that this dunkel and more of this style become available in the keg.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 19:27:01 | More by wattoclone
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Paincane

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, muddy coffee brown colored pour into 0.5L Franziskaner Weizen glass.
S: Aromas of vanilla, roasted malt, yeast, chocolate and ripe banana.
T: Flavors include vanilla, banana, caramel, bread, roasted malt with a hint of coffee.
M: Medium bodied with food carbonation.
O: Absolutely delicious beer that was very enjoyable and one that I would definitely have again. Great drinkability and flavors with a beautiful nose all contribute to this experience.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 19:45:46 | More by Paincane
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was a hazy, dirty brown in color and sported a fluffy, lacing head. The foam had brown streaks in it from the yeast I managed to whip up at the end of the pour.

Smell – The toasted, doughy yeast here was right on the mark and was laden with some good, browned, overripe banana. There was also a strong, dark cherry aroma that I enjoyed.

Taste – Bingo! After two lacking weizens from this brewery, the yeast here roars to life at the taste. It is strong and direct, complimented well with banana and clove. The dark Bing cherries are thick and sugary. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Nice job here as well. This Dunkel Weizen is medium-bodied and spritzy with some good carbonation and tangy yeast.

Drinkability – Superb! This is a rare, lovely import. The strong yeast and darkish fruits make this one a standout and clearing the gem of the Spaten weizens.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 01:55:44 | More by RoyalT
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Romulus141

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice, dark, and hazy color with a long-lasting head. It is difficult to see through the glass, but it is not impossible. The color is a healtly looking brown.

The smell is wheaty and is representive of what the taste will be like.

The taste is short, and has a sweet side to it. There is a slight hint of honey. There is nothing bitter about this beer. The beer is not particularly thick, and goes down easy.

The beer's taste can sometimes be obscured by being too cold. It is best to allow this one to warm up slightly before consumption for maximum enjoyment.

This is a quality "anytime" beer. I can drink it with food, without food, and while participating in a variety of activities. One of my personal favorites.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 03:32:13 | More by Romulus141
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Bitzy

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured 1PT 9FL. OZ bottle into a hefeweizen glass. This was my first dunkel weisse and I was blown away. The appearance was a dark amber with a foamy/thick 1.5 inch head. It contained floral and clovey scents layered by the usual banana, wheat, and hoppy smells of a typical wheat beer. However, I felt the sweetness of this hefe was quite unique and would have to say that this beer ranks among my favorite wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 15:39:12 | More by Bitzy
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xodin

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy oak brown with a fairly retentive and aromatic head. A mix of subtle, but complex citrus, spice, and grassy aromas bounce of the carbonation. Taste is of wheat, caramel, and wonderful dunkel flavor, with medium to full body, and a highly carbonated smooth, crisp aftertaste. Nearly perfectly balanced, a brew worthy of Bavarian Kings. If I could live off of nothing but beer, I think I could do it with this one. It's not the most extravagant, but refined, and true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:14:59 | More by xodin
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This and Paulaner Dunkelweiss were about all I drank on my trip to Germany, so I feel sort of biased reviewing this cuz it just doesn't compare to the American versions that get shipped here.
I had the 16.9 half litters. Never once saw it on tap. It poured a dark cloudy body. Like a standard heffe that might have been brewed with dirty water. The head was immence, lasting for quite sometime. I don't remember it ever going away by the time I got to the bottom of the glass. It had a distinct earthy/yeasty taste, with very subtle clove and bananna flavors. Compared to the standard franziskaner heffe, this is a much mellower version despite the darker color, although it's slightly maltier than the heffe.
I grabbed a few of these before coming back to the states for about 50 cents(.50 euro) a piece. About a week or two after coming back it was still just as fresh as I'd had in Germany. 4 months later I broke open the last one and it had deffinatly gone down hill a bit. Starting to lose some of it's spice flavors, and getting some skunky flavors. Still, a great beer, but I'll deffinatly be looking for the newest imports at my local store if I plan on picking this up anytime in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 22:08:41 | More by taez555
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oracle

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz draft served in an tall Franziskaner glass

Delivered with a 2.5 inch creamy dense head that stuck around for a while. You could sculpt this head with a putty knife and turn it into artwork.
Mild to minimal lacing on the glass. Beer was extremely dark, almost looked like a porter.

The smell was yeasty wheat with hints of malt underneath.

The taste was heavenly, a mix of wheat malts and yeast to satisfy the palate. It's a hearty beer, good for cold winter nights. I could easily see this beer pair with fine food of almost any type.

The mouthfeel was smooth, with minimal carbonation to get in the way of the beer. Not challenging but very satisfying.

Overall, the best example of the wheat dunkel style I have come across yet.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2004 03:33:00 | More by oracle
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this (vom fass) at Spaten Hof in Munich on March 17, 2006. It was 3.35 Euro for 0.5 L. Slainte!

A: Hazy caramel, off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Banana bread, with a little bubble gum.

T: Banana bread! Really.

M: Moderate body is creamy, carbonation is light to moderate.

D: Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 00:31:07 | More by Derek
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Earthy opaque brown color with a thick, pillowy tan head. Good retention and some lacing, but not much.

Smells like fried bananas, wheat bread, coconut, cloves and mild lemon peels.

Tastes like banana bread. Malty-clove flavors are readily apparent. Also has a hint of zesty citrus flavors. Quite smooth and velvety mouthfeel. No skunky travel taste at all. More malty than the regular Franz-Hefe.

This is a great beer. Drinkability is very high as it goes down super easy, perfect beer for football!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 04:31:23 | More by twiggamortis420
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VMWhelan

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Leaves good lacing down the sides of the glass.

Banana is very prominent in the nose, with some clove, wheat, and slight chocolate: it's a little toastier than a regular Hefe. Really smells good.

Taste is banana bread and chocolate with a little spice in the end. The chocolate flavor is not too rich but more akin to that of a chocolate Tootsie Pop. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Very drinkable. This one goes down smooth and really hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 19:02:02 | More by VMWhelan
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle
I am always impressed by Franziskaner. Quality and consistency. Head is constructed by tiny bubbles with a cream color. Head retention is seemingly endless and leave thick rings on the glass. Hazy brown color. Smells of caramel malt and wheat yeast. Much less banana aroma than I remember the Hefeweizen being. Pretty appetizing looking and smelling. Full and amazingly smooth mouthfeel. Acidity is just right. Bananas come across in the flavor much more than the smell. Nicely balanced caramelized sweetness. The darker malts are just delicious. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:56:20 | More by mlazzaro
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Andreji

Colombia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a premium beer. Pours a dark tone with a thick and lasting (and lacing) head between white and tan. As poured, the smell is let off immediately, and in such a memmorable fashion. Strong wheat and yeast aromas in a somewhat skunky fashion, very appealing. The taste, quite similar to the regular Weissbier has perhaps more body and a bit stronger perception on the hops, which enhances this feel but slightly opaques some other flavours. The mouthfeel is, still, soft and comfortable but the beer may come a bit heavy (at least when drinking a few too many). An excellent beer from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 09:26:46 | More by Andreji
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass euro-generic bottle, black and white on cherry red label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: cloudy brown color, big beige head, very good lacing

Smell: malt, clove, banana and yeast

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, malt, nuts, clove, banana, yeast

Notes: very good

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 13:13:51 | More by BeerBeing
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soultrain

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass.

A-Ruddy opaque reddish amber beer. 3" head of dirty blonde, awsome in it's persistant staying power, the gift that keeps on giving...Excellent lacing all the way down the glass.
S-Caramel malts, but BREADY, way BREADY.
T-Caramel malts, much, much bread. It's soooo mild. Very, very nice. Bit of a sourish finish: inspired a desire for more dunkel!
M-Stellar mouthfeel. Great body, and I was impressed with the carbonation.
D-Infinite drinkability. Sessionable, even!

CRUX: TOP NOTCH DUNKEL HERE! As good as the hefe; maybe better. I can't believe I've passed these over for so long in favor of their hefe, which I love...I'm goin' to the beer store to stock up on these! Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 00:13:36 | More by soultrain
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MiScusi

California

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours your standard dirty brown color, but the off-white head has *amazing* retention. It sits up there creamy and fluffy, forever.

S- Nothing fancy here, bready and a hint of banana to go with the overall wheat influence.

T- Lots of good wheat taste in this combined with the darker malt flavors. Molasses seems to be in there. As for the spices, I don't pick up much clove, if any, but the banana comes through just enough.

M- Enough of an effervescence that a wheat based beer should have, but plenty smooth with the bready dark malts in there.

D- I have no worries that I couldn't sit here, or at a pub, or anywhere and just drink this beer without thinking about it. It just goes down so easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 01:35:25 | More by MiScusi
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Kromes

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with fluffy thick head. There was a huge CO2 release when I opened the beer. Yeasty sweet banana clove scent. At first there is a roasted malt flavor followed by the banana clove spiciness. This particular batch was very carbonated and it was noticable with a tingle on the tongue. small bitterness in the aftertaste, but no apparent hop flavors. I'm not sure if this batch was overcarbonated but it I like how the carbonation tingle, which appeared spicy, segued with the clove spiciness. It was very unique. Very easy drinking. I would really enjoy on a hot summer day while grilling some brats.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 00:15:48 | More by Kromes
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