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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

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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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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 19:30:24 | More by atigerlife
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Huffs

New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Yard House in West Nyack, NY. Have always enjoyed this beer and the style so pardon my enthisiasm as this is the first Dunkelweizen I have had on tap.
Head was creamy and light with aroma being a light malt. Mouthfeel was creamy, almost like a hint of Guinness, though not as robust as that. Malty, slight floral aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 01:33:15 | More by Huffs
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kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a conical pint glass at the Yardhouse in Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high becuase I loved the regular hefeweizen. Paired with Sweet Potato fries.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a strange caramel-amber.

Sm: Cream, yeast, and some clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, berry ester hops, and malts (some caramelized). Amber hops. Balanced and enjoyable. I like it, but it's not unique or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick nor too thin. Not too light nor too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: It's very drinkable, but far from unique. An enjoyable little dunkel that will satisfy fans of the style. Just don't expect too much from it.

B-

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 02:39:25 | More by kojevergas
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a hazy reddish brown in color with a 1” thick off white head that recedes slowly but noticeably, leaving a few legs and speckles of lacing. The ring of foam persists for the entire beer and each sip leaves small patterns of lacing.

Smell: A nice subtle set of aromas with the banana and clove all mingled in with a bit of breadiness and dark caramel. Nothing strong and it all works well together.

Taste: As expected from the nose there is a sweet breadiness and caramel that shows traces of banana and clove. However, none of the flavors is particularly strong here and that makes for a nicely balanced package that still lets you know the various flavors are present while none of them overwhelm the others.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the soft but persistent carbonation creates a nice tingle and lasts for the entire beer. The finish is relatively short and ends with a touch of clove.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This was an easy drinker with each sip following easily from another and tasting as good as the last. A good solid, well made dunkel weisse that hits the mark easily. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 01:39:34 | More by drtth
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dbmernin83

California

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy redish brown with a big ole fluffy white head.
Sweet fruity bananas and cloves on the nose.
Same as nose, cloves dominate but aren't agresssive, lights up on the finish with and everso delicate hop touch.
Medium bodied, normal carbonation.
A good one. I'll have another!

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 00:56:06 | More by dbmernin83
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my roommate's kegerator into my Franziskaner Weisse Glass.

Hazy amber color. Not totally sure how to describe the smell, plums and banana? Whatever it is, it's good.

It tastes a little tingly sour with some sweet biscuit and banana, but the good kind of banana... I hate artificial banana and don't really like banana bread but this is hinting at good real banana. This is a very flavorful, but still easily drinkable beer. I could have a lot of this in one sitting.

The mouthfeel is very soft with a light sensation of tingliness. the head is creamy and dense due to the tiny nature of the bubbles, it's like a pillow in your mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 03:13:09 | More by Doppelbockulus
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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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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I couldnt say no to a liter of this thing.

It poured a slightly translucent brown color. white head capped off the stein.

Smell is mostly made of hefeweizen yeast. A slight yeast twang as well.

Taste is very light, almost watery. The yeast feels chewy and crusty. Like the curst of yeast bread. The hefeweizen yeast is taken over by the bready crusty malt.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 01:40:51 | More by VncentLIFE
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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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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken. A cloudy brown colored beer with a nicely sized head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is very malt forward with the standard clove/banana/spicy yeast profile of a hefeweizen, although it’s a bit restrained and overshadowed by the maltiness. Flavor is very much with the nose; the banana and clove tastes are there but not as clear as one might like; the very bready malt aspect of this beer is clearly out front in the taste. Modestly sweet with a caramel aspect. Finishes fairly dry, easy to drink and refreshing with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy.

This one is worth trying but I feel that it falls short of the top tier as far as this style goes. Everything you’d want is there and is all nice enough but it certainly isn’t anything profound or even particularly memorable. Doesn’t really stand out amongst the other Dunkels I’ve had. Enjoyable and definitely worth trying, but could be bigger in both taste and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 12:50:23 | More by tobelerone
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angusdegraosta

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught poured at Canterbury Ales, Huntington, NY. Deep copper brown, good head, with a very nice wheat beer aroma. I love the taste of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel. Good maltiness and the kind of subtle complexity that causes people to write they taste cocoa, bananas, etc. I understand the analogies, but I'm content to say this is the finest drink I've had this season - malty, not bitter, a great Bavarian beer I certainly enjoy. This is dark beer with a light mouthfeel. Drinking a pint doesn't feel like you just ate an entire meal. Now I'm curious about Dunkelweizen style and will have to try more examples.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 18:12:44 | More by angusdegraosta
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claspada

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light born with some lighter orange/reddish shade of suede along the edges. The large cap did its best to escape the glass on the pour with a pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface and is tacky enough to leave a good bit of lace.

Aromas begin with clove, toasted/nutty malt with a pinch of cocoa powder. Then you get some banana and a little more toasted breadiness.

The tastes begin with mildly toasted and nutty flavors. Clove is still an integral component that has receded a bit on the palate. And finally, there's a tangy fruitiness coupled with a persistent amount of light cocoa powder.

The finish is short because of the too light body/mouthfeel. More substance would help this beer a great deal. Clove is the only flavor that chooses to hang around on the rather abbreviated finish.

Overall this is a decent example of the style but lacks any nice umph or rememorable flavors to make me want to revisit. Not a favorite style of mine to be honest but I have had much better and more full flavored examples. A one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 13:32:59 | More by claspada
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a Moaning Dove in Amherst Massachusetts. Poured into a brewery class. Served cool.

A-nice thick, beige head, murky light brown body.

S-yeast and spice

T-clove, banana, bubblegum, and some nice sweet grain flavor.

M-medium

D-very smooth and highly drinkable. Would love to have this with food. I will drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 00:11:26 | More by jneiswender
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-cloudy chestnut with a thick cream colored head

S-burnt spicy malts. some cinnamon and banana. complex but overly malty

T-comes in with a smooth taste of nutmeg and cinnamon. the after-taste is banana and cinnamon. the tastes are very smooth, not very pronounced but good nonetheless.

M-medium and slightly watery carbonation with a watery finish

O-it seemed to get more watery as i drank it. i didn't appreciate that. i had 500mL of this. the first 200 were great. the last 300 had lost a lot of quality. it just doesn't have a lot of robustness to be considered a great dunkel

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 05:17:36 | More by AdamBear
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miket163

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy deep mahogany brown into a weiss glass, with a small tan head. The smell was of sweet malts, bubble gum, and clove. The taste was excellent on this one: Banana bread, clove, bubblegum, dried orange peel, and some floral hops. This is a very good beer, that I would recommend to anyone. It is very easy to drink and would not offend immature palates.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 17:21:20 | More by miket163
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a new German-themed* beer hall in Fishtown, Philly, PA. Quite nice - 2L.

Reminds me of their standard Hefeweizen in that I got the same pleasant medium-banana and mild-clove flavors, but the darker malt nuances (Munich?) really, for me, take front and center on the palate. I wouldn't call the overall malt display "bready". The banana and clove highlighted on top - merely rounding out a balanced recipe featuring bold (lightly husky-bitter) toasted-grainy, dark malt in the middle and subtle dark fruit on the bottom.

Not so loud in aroma - the proper scents are there, yet weak (glassware?). Surprised the head poofed out as quickly as it did. Giving it the benefit of the doubt here, though. It's a solid beer - extremely drinkable like it's companion lighter version.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 03:16:19 | More by Bouleboubier
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dmbsteve

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a thin white head. Head dissipated to a ring around the edges and left just a little lacing.

Smells much like a normal hefe, but the banana is subdued and a little more clove/spice. Also some sweet candy-like aroma can be detected.

Taste is more banana up-front than the nose indicated. The clove/spice shows up more in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall a good session brew for a warmer spring day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 04:12:24 | More by dmbsteve
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 20:56:29 | More by Rifugium
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sort of a clouded brown color with a murky head. Served on tap at the Yard House, not sure how long it was behind the bar but the foam wasn't very tall or tight. Just okay in the looks.

Nose is overripe banana with some clove, decent potency but a little overdone to me. The flavor is fairly bland, actually, with only the mushy-banana leading the charge. Down notes of pepper and clove, with a metallic finish.

Almost didn't want to finish this tapped beer. The fruit flavor is past expiration and nothing else grabs onto me. Not my cup of tea...er...

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 02:48:41 | More by BretSikkink
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Phelps

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at a local pizza place, served in a frosty pint, which made me do this :(.

After giving the beer a chance to warm up and the glass a chance to lose its icy sheen, the beer appears a murky, almost completely opaque burgundy, with amber notes at edges. A half-finger head of creamy tan foam sits atop. Good retention.

The nose: bananas, chocolate, clove. Straightforward, sweet and bright.

The flavor: wheat, banana, very light roastiness, a light lactic tang, heavy clove and milk chocolate. Creamy, sweet, smooth flavors.

Very high, prickly carbonation, bordering on painful. Medium-light body, slight creaminess. Crisp finish. Body expands as it warms.

I likes me some dunkelweizen, and Franziskaner is a classic. Even when I was in Germany, it was my go-to. Great balance, crisp, and a super summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 22:10:42 | More by Phelps
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bastardface

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the bar that I run Franziskaner Dunkel is a staple on our wall. When ever I want a good beer this one never fails. It's dark in color and the smell is only average. The taste is refreshing and easy to drink. It's a little sweet with a light bite. I highly recommend this beer when you run across it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 07:36:51 | More by bastardface
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Yardhouse Chino Hills

A: The beer pours an opaque brown color with a finger and a half of khaki colored head.

S: A nice sweet aroma of banana and wheat bread. There's a touch of toast and a mild roasted malt note to it as well. A moderate level of clove/spice, and some nice toffee and caramel.

T: Nicely balanced between the sweet bread and banana notes and the hearty spice flavors. A touch of dark fruits, and a little bit of nuttiness. Toasted bread and some nice toffee flavor. Really smooth and slightly creamy.

M: The body is medium with a full carbonation and a slight creaminess on the tongue.

D: For the price of this beer it's really tough to beat. A solid dunkelweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 07:19:12 | More by womencantsail
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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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zoso1967

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is served up a cloudy reddish-brown tinged golden. It is hard to describe the color of this beer, which is both golden and amber. It is sort of like a sunset, with a mix of the two colors. The head is slightly beige and absolutely gorgeous. It is the whipped and frothy weizen head that you always hope to find on a beer like this.

The aroma starts off heavy on the clove and banana. It also has a very wheaty, slightly grainy malt base with just a touch of some toasted darker malts. For the most part this just smells like your average German wheat beer.

Taste is wheaty and malty with plenty of sweetness. Clove, banana and some bubblegum flavors are also present. There is a slight buttered toast and Carmel like quality to the wheat malt base that is quite nice. I have not had many DunkelWiezen's, but compared to the other examples I have enjoyed, this one seems a bit more restrained in its darker malt character.

The Mouthfeel is perfect with a medium body and a rich, smooth texture. This beer practically slides right down my esophagus into my tummy. It has a very clean finish with pleasant wheat and clove notes.

This beer is extremely quaffable and very refreshing. It would be nice if it had a bit more of a contribution from the Dunkel side of it, but this was still a well made and heartily enjoyed beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 13:03:29 | More by zoso1967
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a .5l hefe glass.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a nice thick two fingered creamy head. Nose is wheaty and malty a bit sweet.

Taste is sharp and sweet and wheaty. It's creamy and rich with a sharp bite. It's really creamy and drinkable. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 23:47:28 | More by kingcrowing
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