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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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very good

1,541 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 53
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy dark orange when held to a light, brown otherwise. The three finger head faded to a thick wisp.

S- Citrus banana and a touch of caramel.

T- The banana comes through nicely right in the middle surrouned by nutty and slight citrus flavors.

M- Decent noting too special.

D- Goes down easy, despite pretty high carbonation.

I have to admit this is the first beer of this style that I've tried. I liked it and I will be trying more.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wingman14
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a huge light tan head. Smells like citrus and hops, with a hint of dough. Taste is not overwhelming, a hint of citrus, not as much as the smell would suggest with a bit of hops, no sweet flavor, a small aftertaste of malt though. Again you would think heavy carbonation from the appearance but it has a nice balance which adds to the mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer, my only complaint is it has a watered down feel the more sips you take. Could have had more flavor, but worth a try. This isn't your typical beer but worth a try if you find it. This is very easy to drink, not much aftertaste, could go well with just about anything.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Luigi
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red color. Has a monster head like a good German Wheat beer should. The head never seems to go away. I can smell roasted malts, banana, and cloves. The taste is clean. Notes of banana, yeast, and alcohol come out from behind the malts. Over all this a great beer for the price. Spaten keeps their Hefe-Weisse Dunkel very true to the style.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RedChrome
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky tea colored body. The topping almond colored head was over two inches to start and took a few minutes to settle. Lots of miniature carbonation bubbles rising slowly. Lacing in a few spots.

Aromas of cloves and yeast dominate a initial nose full that is very sweet. At the end of the first whiff there is a slowly developing bitter aroma. A very faint banana touch is buried deep in the scent and takes a strong inhalation to detect.

A gritty taste had an almost exclusive clove taste up front. Pureed banana taste comes in at the side if this is left on the tongue for a few seconds, but fades away rather quickly.

Slightly watery body in the mouth. A decent carbonation effervescence tingles against the roof of the mouth.

An above average offering. This one is great to go with a plate of smoked kielbasa. A nice solid beer. This one is worth checking out, but there are others that bring a stronger flavor presence.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of claytri
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a cloudy medium brown with a thin head. It smelled of fruit and spice over a light maltieness. It had a light malt taste with hints of fruit. Just a tinge of hops in the finish. It was well bodied and oily. This is a real grainy beer, almost a grain soup. A very soft flavored beer that is extremely filling with a bite. A nice change of pace.

Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into my Schneider weisse glass. Very cloudy brownish brew somewhat resembling chocolate. Milk chocolate at the neck of the glass, and dark chocolate at the widest. It took three pours to get all 16.9 ounces in my glass. The first pour yielded a 6 finger head, the second a 4 finger, and the final s 2 1/2 finger head. The head tends to try to imitate swiss cheese as it recedes.

Dry aroma with banana, clove and a bit of twang. It reminds me of the smell of my whole wheat sour dough starter.

Lightly sweet malt upfront, followed by rising tartness, and then banana and clove wafting into the back of the mouth. Alcohol taste is a bit surprising for a 5% ABV.

Medium-bodied. Nice tingle of carbontion on the tongue and alcohol/carbonation burn in the throat. Fairly warming for such a light brew.

An easy drinker. I could have zipped through a few more of these.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of domtronzero
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown copper with a creamy tan off-white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet with a malty wheaty caramel flavor. Tastes of bananas, cloves, and the typical sweet hef flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, yet easy drinking, but not as good as their regular hef. Overall, an average beer; I would prefer the regular hef.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dunkel, albeit on the thin side. I had this in comparison with a Weihenstephan dunkel, and it held up favorably. Nice, thick foamy head, very good retention. Spicey clove taste, with more than a hint of banana. Quite refreshing and drinkable. No complaint with this one.

Photo of zerk
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with a 1/3 inch head and lace trailing down the glass. Aroma is a beautiful combination of cloves and banana, and a bit of yeast. Flavor starts yeasty, then switches to banana and clove... also a bit earthy. Slight metallic taste in the finish. Medium body and low carbonation; initially it was prickly, but quickly became very smooth and dry. A very soild dunkel weiss.

Photo of Nipitato
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Flat muted brown, almost like tea. Big fluffy cream colored head that dissipates slowly.

S: Complex aroma that intermingles bubblegum and vanilla notes. Banana esters strong. Clove phenols not as prominent but come out a little more as beer warms.

T: Good balance of banana and clove flavors. Taste leans more toward spice. No hop flavor or character. Some timid vanilla flavor present. Malt is rich and sweet but not particularly strong.

MF: Medium body. Creamy full mouthfeel. Quite effervescent. Finish is wet not dry.

D: Good easy drinking dunkel weizen. Falls between lighter and heavier styles. Makes for a nice filling but ultimately easily drinkable and refreshing beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I kind of stumbled upon this beer, as it isn't as common as its relative the regular Franziskaner Hefe in my area. The Franziskaner Dunkel has all the characteristics of a regular hefe with the added addition of some darker malt flavors. Other than that, I thought this beer was pretty average but still a good quencher.

This beer pours a dark amber/light brown color that has a decent hazy/cloudiness to it. A large, slightly off-white foam forms and lasts for a few minutes but eventually thins out and leaves behind some lace. The smell had the usual spicy/clove hefe smell mixed with some caramel malt aromas. The mouthfeel was light and moderately carbonated. With the first sip, the taste was similar to a generic hefeweizen. The clove/spice flavors were there, and a very light banana note was present. Some caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness eventually show up, especially when the beer warms to room temperature. For a German wheat, this is more on the sweeter side. The finish is only moderately dry, and the spicy notes along with the dryness linger for a few moments. The beer finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

I was expecting this beer to be much more assertive in the flavor department, but it didn't offer much more than what a regular hefeweizen would. This does happen to be my first dunkelweizen, so maybe I just need more experience with the style. I usually don't give a beer the same numbers all across the board, but this one pretty much finishes up the same in all categories for me. All in all, it just seem to be a little too similar to a hefe but it adds up to be a good all around easy to drink wheat beer.

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