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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,382 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,382
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 59 | 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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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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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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-25-2013 14:15:14 | More by Slatetank
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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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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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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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oline73

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown, not a very attractive color. There is a finger of off white head that fades to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Smells kind of like spiced banana bread. Strong hints of banana and some cloves as well. A bit bready and caramel like as well. Quite nice.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell, but not quite as strong as I would have liked. Less sweetness and the fruit nots aren't as strong. I'm definitely picking up the bready flavor from the malt. The finish just kind of disappears.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong carbonation, the finish is kind of dry.

Overall: The smell was the best part. A good beer, but I would have liked the flavor to pop a little bit more.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:30:00 | More by oline73
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-01-2011 15:45:40 | More by Rochefort10nh
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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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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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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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-11-2013 04:14:12 | More by mendvicdog
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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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

On draft at Ludwig's...
Appears a mahogany red/brown color with a lush tan head that stays untill the last few sips. Light lacing is seen in this one.
Smell is of Bavarian yeast, bread, cocoa, light banana, roasty nuts, cream, and clove.
Taste is equally as good as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is decent. Seems to be medium bodied and refreshingly not to cloying. This would score a bit higher if it filled out the palate just a tad more but it's nice, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2005 15:21:12 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-23-2012 03:47:00 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Sampled in a beautiful-looking tall weissbier glass at the Bavarian Beer Cafe, York St Sydney.

Appearance: Creamy-looking cloudy reddish brown, with a clean slightly off white head. Good head retention, good lacing. A fine looking beer.

Smell: Wonderful dark caramelised fruits. Syrupy sweetness with a refreshing scent of clean wheat. Also hints of chocolate and clove. Yum.

Taste: Wonderfully rich and complex. A roasty sweetness, like honeyed nuts, or tropical fruit compote. There's a nice refreshment from the yeastiness there as well which adds something to the drinkability. Wow, a really nice brew this one. Mouthfeel is crisp, but filling and refreshing.

Overall:
A very fine beer this one, supremely drinkable, ultimately enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 02:43:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Beers of Europe. BB 01/2009, served lightly-chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a dirty chestnut brown hue, coming with a tight frothy beige head with good retention, while the carbonation is lively without being OTT.
S: the dusty edge comes big and nice, buttressing a banana-ish fruit estery main theme with sweet bready wheat-malts and faint touches of caramel-fudge on the side. Not complex, just like all other dunkel weizen I've had, but a certain integrity in aroma is demonstrated.
T: a sour-sweet banana-ish flavour as well as caramelised mango-slices dominate the foretaste, then the thin, sour-sweet wheat flavour and yeastiness turn up, bringing aboard plenty of caramely sweetness and a rusty touch a bit like over-cooked Chinese red beans. Semi-chewy in the end with more lingering rusty fruits...
M&D: quite soft in carbonation, this dunkel weizen drinks not bad, albeit not so impressive in terms of the flavour profile and in lack of the necessary spicy edge that is indispensable for a weizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 20:47:55 | More by wl0307
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A foil-wrapped 500 mL bottle picked up at Wegmans Mechanicsburg; poured into a weizen glass.

A: The dunkelweizen is a caramel brown, opaque albeit with a bright orange glow at the base of the glass. The pour generated three fingers of head, although no lacing followed.

S: This one makes up for the hefe I just reviewd. Thick banana and bubblegum aromas mix with caramel malts, a fuller scent that is intoxicatingly sweet.

T: More fragrant sweetness in every sip, damn a good dunkelweizen really hits the spot! Banana and bubblegum, along with a bit of clove, gets things started right. They are sweet but not too sweet, covering up most of the wheat tartness. Caramel malts, darker with a more pronounced graininess, crowds out the rest of the wheat, at least until the finish. After the rest of the flavors have sailed off into the sunset, the wheat's tartness lingers with a citric tingle.

M: The esters are pleasingly sweet; paired with the darker malts it is a goldmine. The vigorous pour has tamped down the carbonation, a welcome feature for a weizen.

D: The lower alcohol and rich flavor are big plusses. I'm struggling to come up with any minuses...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 01:10:20 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

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

16.9 oz bottle, pours a soft dark brown and cloudy. Stately puffy tan head, excellent retention and leaves creamy lacing. Nose is of ripe bananas and a wiff of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavors of bananas, chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Reminds me of a yeasty chocolate milk shake. Love the style and love this Spaten creation.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 02:54:37 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-21-2014 23:35:02 | More by oriolesfan4
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A-This beer pours a slightly hazy warm brown with very strong carbonation and a huge rocky off-white head. I'm not sure if the haze is from the wheat or the carbonation.

S- The first aroma is a bold phenol clove smell with a nice soft faint banana following. Vary faint there are some vanilla and bubblegum notes. A little bit of a bready note is also in there. Very complex aroma.

T- Very mellow wheat flavor with some nice clove and banana notes. Hints of bubblegum blend in with the sweetness of this beer. A little fresh bread flavor is in the finish but no hops are present. It does have some faint notes of caramel or toasted malt as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but no real fizziness is noted. It does have a softness from the wheat.

D- There are some real complex flavors in this soft beer. The toasted malt adds another dimension that is really nice. Very nice smooth soft yet complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 03:21:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Review from notes on 2/6/10

Pours a cloudy brown color with a finger of slightly tanned head. Fair amount of retension and minor spotty lacing on the glassware. Aroma of cloves, malt and slight bit of fruitiness lingers. Taste is equally clovey with malt sweetness. Thin body and lightly carbonated. There is a slight amount of breadiness and yeast that remains in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 16:47:31 | More by stakem
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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