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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice muddy brown, lots of lace.neutral aroma, creamy sourish moutheel, not too tasty or interesting . Fresh at Brick pub store in Atlanta with Dano213, blitz134, smchnsg. Tingling carbonation, medium-to-light mouthfeel. i like their regular weisse for straightforward session ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2006 18:46:59 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat toast, spices, and some slight banana aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, brown sugar, and subtle banana on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good dunkelweizen but nothing really stands out to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:31:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Hugely murky tawny or an especially orangey shade of suede. Backlighting reveals tangerine at the margins and a faint reddish hue within the depths of the beer. The large cap did its best to escape the glass on the pour. Orangish ecru in color, it shows off big, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface and is tacky enough to leave a good bit of lace.

This is a good dunkel weizen aroma, not a great one. For one thing, it could stand to be stronger. Clove is in the lead, toasted/nutty malt with a pinch of cocoa powder is next, and banana brings up the rear. I'd like to see (er... smell) more banana in the nose.

Hefe-Weisse Dunkel is a decent dunkel, but like the nose, it lacks that extra little something that would make it special. The mildly toasted/nutty character is still present, although cocoa has taken a powder. Clove is still an integral component that has receded a bit on the palate. And finally, there's a tangy fruitiness that is a few bananas short of a clump (or a herd, or whatever a group of bananas is called).

Clove is the only flavor that chooses to hang around on the rather abbreviated finish. The finish is short, in part, because of the too light body/mouthfeel. More substance would help this beer a great deal. If anyone wants an example of an incredible hefe weizen or dunkel weizen mouthfeel, check out the Ayinger line.

FH-WD is far from bad beer, but neither is it a slam dunkel. My less than enthusiastic review probably has something to do with the fact that my first two beers in this style were the excellent versions from Brauereien Aying and Weihenstephaner. Given the fact that I rarely drink dunkels, and the fact that I have better dunkels available locally, I doubt that I'll be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 14:10:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Ok, so I had to get my German fix on last night as always. Looking through the fridge trying to decide on where to go with this, I saw this foiled top beauty sitting on the back shelf. Probably been there a couple weeks, so I figured it was about time I gave it a try. Poured a nice, very clear russet brown color with a huge billowing tan head gracing the top of it. A good amount of sediment came off the bottom of the bottle and rested atop this as it took what seemed like forever to get back down. Copious amounts of lace then followed and almost totally obscured the contents of the glass as you went down. Smell was kind of light, nice smoked and roasted malts with a touch of caramel and some slight nuttiness to it. This carried over well into the flavor as it displayed a noticeable earthy grain type back with a touch of a smoked bitterness in the finish and a nice caramel sugar accent in the middle. Very consistent feel throughout as it was very medium bodied, and had just the slightest amount of carbonation once it got to the bottom. Very easy drinker though as nothing really held you back from it at all. Overall I really thought this was pretty decent. I have had much better but I really could not say it was bad in anyway, just not the greatest brew I have had of the style. Still, a quality choice and something that should not be overlooked when sitting on a shelf. If it is there go for it, you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 00:34:05 | More by mikesgroove
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky russet color with a big, foamy head that retains well and leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Banana spice cake; cloves and whole wheat

Taste: After a whole wheat bread opening, the banana spice cake flavor asserts itself and remains prominent through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice dunkelweizen, with plenty of banana and spice flavors; perhaps a bit too sweet, but spicy through and through

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:50:03 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

The estery and toasty flavors you like in a Dunkel Weiss and the balance and cleanliness you expect from Franziskaner. A terrific blend of wheat malts, yeasty esters, and bready / roasted barley equally evident in the nose and flavor. A dense tan foamstand lurks over a muddy / hazy brown. Though less exciting to the sight as it is to the palate, the beer is quite ideal per style. It has a very creamy, yet mellow bread-toast-yeast flavor, decorated with cloves, bananas, and citrus. The beer remains full until the finish, where it thins nicely for easy drinking. A good summer beer when you need a break from the yellow stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 13:05:33 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

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

A: Poured hazy dark amber into a weizen glass with a nice creamy and foamy head. There's lots of active carbonation.
S: Sweet, dark malts dominate the aromas, although there are also typical hefeweizen smells of yeast, wheat and bananas.
T: Like the small, malty sweetness dominates the initial taste, followed by hints of other flavors such as caramel and toffee. Compared to a typical hefeweizen, the taste is much more complex, although the tastes of wheat and yeast are essentially masked.
M: There is a light- to medium-bodied taste that also feels smooth on the palate due to the high level of carbonation.
D: This goes down very smoothly and is a breeze to drink. I could easily drink these all day long.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 00:00:20 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown body with a tall, meringue-like, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Clove-scented toasted wheat aroma with notes of apple juice and, to a lesser degree, bananas.

Taste: Sweet, toasty, and tangy malted wheat. A bit of treacle and caramel sweetness present. Fruity tastes of bananas and Granny Smith apples. Pinch of clove. Light spicy hops and bitterness. A disquieting wateriness begins to the develop midway. Dull, muted spice on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Downright fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. While not bad any stretch of the imagination, it fails to show the depth, grace, and deliciousnicity of the finer examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 21:52:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light brown color with big pillowey head,aroma a little spicey and somewhat sweet.taste is a litle tart balanced with some toffee sweetness,a little light in the body but overall pretty drinkable.Not a real big fan of this style but a pretty decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 07:41:26 | More by oberon
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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malt, spices, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of caramel, wheat and some spice up front, but not a lot of sweetness, which is good. There's a hearty malt character and a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, even though I prefer the regular Hefeweizen to this style, this beer is a very good one to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 22:22:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a curvy Weizen glass at Resi's Bierstube in Chicago.

Arrives with a creamy, irregular head of tan foam. Deep chestnut tone, streams of carbonation are barely visible in the opaque liquid.

Malty aroma, a little sweet. nothing necessarily stands out.

Bready flavors take over, a little apple from the yeast esters. Creamy mouthfeel due to the yeast addition. Very smooth and drinkable. Not my favorite Dunkelweizen by far, but a worthy offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 00:47:31 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat scent with some dry crystal malt sweetness. It is a fruity with a refreshing yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry malty flavor with some wheaty notes. It is lightly fruity on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Dunkel. It has good aroma and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 01:03:44 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle without a freshness date into a hefeweissen glass.
Head was very pronounced on this beer but fell away quickly and didn't return. Carbonation is moderate to low but no head formation after the initial head, no lacing on the glass. Beer is brown and cloudy (I intentionally disturbed the sediment in the bottle for the cloudiness). This beer may be just past its prime but it is still good.
The aroma is filled with wheat and some fruity esters. It is not the most inviting aroma unfortunately. The taste is somewhat cereal like but it finishes cleanly. No aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that is ok for this style, beer is very wet. Overall a decent beer, but I've had better dunkels.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 03:46:17 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a somewhat cloudy, light brown with a three-finger, tan head. Leaves behind some soapy lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, wheat and even a little nutty aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat and biscuity malt. There was a little clove and spiciness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied dunkel.

D - It is a very good tasting beer. The malt and wheat combo is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 23:48:54 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Pours a big creamy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly over mostly hazy auburn amber reddish brown colored beer.

Nose has plenty of dark wheats, nice wheat aromas, a slight estery aroma from the yeast, a bit of banana that adds to a slight brown sugar like sweetness almost bananas foster aroma, the slight fruity esters almost make it want to see like there will be booze but there isn't.

Taste starts with fruit actually, a bit of apple, banana, sweet brown sugar like bananas foster again, a slight raisiny flavor, and fruity esters. The malts are soft and subtle, with some wheat flavors and darker like wheats, a creamy soft caramel malt and reddish malt that seems like it was probably decocted. It also brings nice soft crisp lager flavor with the fruits. A bit of caramel and slight toffee. Finishes dry with a bit of the lingering caramel and wheat flavors, and more of the fruits, with just a slight hint of bitter grassy hops.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, soft and a bit creamy, with decent carb, but I probably would have liked a bit more carb for the style.

Overall nice, drinkable, nice flavors all blended well between the wheats, fruits, bananas foster, slight sweetness, soft malts, and dry slightly bitter finish. There are plenty of dunkels that are better, but this is a nice drinking one, esp one that I can buy regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:58:48 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This beer is just about as enjoyable as the regular Franziskaner Hefe. This one poured out as a murky brown color with a fluffy light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer is a little spicier than the regular version and still holds onto the banana aromas. The taste of the beer is earthy and a little spicy, the clove and banana still shine through. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the thicker side as well. Overall this beer is really pretty good and totally worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:54:07 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Poured into Franziskaner Weizen glass

Pours brown (darker towards top, lighter towards bottom). The thick head becomes a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of toffee, dark grains, just a hint of banana/clove.

The taste is of toffee and roasted grains. Pretty basic, but decent. Doesn't change much, even as it warms. Sweet malt finish.

Body rather light. Pretty smooth in a spritzy sort of way.

Easy to drink. Refreshing. Sweeter than not, but not overly so. A basic, decent example of a dunkel weizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 17:04:03 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle, slightly out of date when poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass at home on 20 Oct 2013.

Huge head on top of the dark brown body with ruby hints: looked lovely.

The nose is a mixture of yeast, vanilla and banana esters: the taste follows closely but with a malt presence that didn't appear in the aroma.

Lively and flavoursome, very pleasant and one of the best Dunkelweizen I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 10:26:46 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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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Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy amber color with a 3" head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: banana is most noticeable, a slight spiciness is softer in the background.

Taste: light roasted caramel flavor is wrapped around wheat, banana, bubblegum, and some soft spiciness. Bitterness is mild here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to consume. A few could be had in a session. Slightly less refreshing than the Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 12:53:24 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, picked up at BevMo Huntington Beach for $1.79.

A: Pours lighter than expected amber brown, cloudy, full hefe-style head, no real lacing, Average head retention for the style. The beer looks good, but for its style, just average I'd say.

S: Dark bread, bananas, clove, spicy pumpernickel, fairly robust.

T: Probably the closest to cookie batter I have tasted in a beer. Molasses, very sugary at first, which is countered by a bitter clove bite. Banana bread and some nutmeg close out the flavour profile.

M: Light-bodied, glad the carbonation is not over the top, but it does present problems with drinking the beer at times. I wish it was a little smoother, good as a whole.

D: Probably my favourite dunkelweizen I have had, though I haven't had much experience with this style, in my neck of the woods we usually just have the common German versions available. Liked this better than the Weihenstaphner, go buy it, it's cheap to boot, good beer by Spaten.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 05:50:50 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brownwith biscuit large colored head. Very malty aroma, mainly a roasted nutty scent. Medium body and smooth going down. Strong flavor of malt - very complex, with banana, wheat some citrus and spices. A good brew but not an everyday drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 15:45:56 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Danzer's near the Syracuse U. campus.

Just got a little 12 oz. stein as an appetizer before my red cabbage reuben. Looks a hazy dark amber, with out much head retention. Smells and flavor is mopre muted than some of the other times I've had the lighter Franz on-tap. Yes this a different beer, but you'd figure a darker version of a beer would match up. Still pretty good though with creamy citrus spice.

Mmmmm... German beer...

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2006 03:05:12 | More by tempest
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