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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
very good

1,401 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,401
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 69 | 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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tar

Bahamas

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

Pours a dark, cloudy, brown with a very thick, frothy, almost creamy white head. The head persists, both as a thin (a few millimeters thick) layer, and as lacing on the glass for most of consumption. The aroma is malty and a bit floral. As it warms a bit of a spicy (cinnamon and others?) aroma can also be detected. The taste is also of malt, there is some sweetness, and as with the aroma, cinnamon and other spices come out in the taste as the beer warms. Both the aroma and taste make this a very inviting and enjoyable beer. Very smooth drinking, with a fullish body.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 13:09:48 | More by tar
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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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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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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep brown color. Very nice aroma and has a smooth, yet full bodied taste. Excellent combination of malts and wheat. Slightly bitter, but no where near overbearing. A good hefe-weisse when you are looking for one with some extra maltyness and just a touch of extra hop flavor.
Thick and lasting head.
Served with lemon.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 11:29:57 | More by BobLuvBeer
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's burnt orange, cloudy, and murky. The head is huge at first and thick. It then subsides to a confident coating of protection. The aroma seems pretty subdued. My allergies are acting up as of late, so it might be great to smell. I just get some faint hefe whiffs. The maltiness is superb in this brew. It's medium bodied and the maltiness leads with the typical hefe flavors following along for a solid background. It's definitely more filling and "mealish" that a regular hefeweizen. So it's not as easy to drink as say Franziskaner Hefe...but it's a treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 12:54:13 | More by AudioGilz
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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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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy light brown color with a massive head of white foam that just exploded on the top of the beer. Lemons and yeast are in the nose, and they combine for a pretty nice treat.

Flavor has a lot of lemon in there, and it is balanced well by yeast and bananas. It has a crisp start, and it then smoothes out to a very creamy feel leaving tingly little bubbles on your tongue. Grains come in big in the aftertaste adding to the complexity. I was searching for darker malts, but I did not find them. I expected something a bit roastier out of a dunkel - weizen. It was a great beer, but I think it lacked the dark character it needed to receive more credit from me according to style.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 16:17:16 | More by ElGuapo
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was never a fan of Wheats, this beer gave me second thoughts. Pours a cloudy almost orange with a good tight head. Aromas are of bananna, caramel, a hint of clove, and a bit of bread. Taste is malty, with the typical yeasty bananna flavor reigned in. I think of this beer as a much more restrained version of a Weizen. If it has one real flaw its just a bit too watery. Thin mouthfeel or not, it is refreshing and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 15:06:37 | More by Sixpack595
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nomad

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the classic dunkel-weisse color, an opaque browned ruby color. Had tons of miniscule carbonation flying up (gotta love what those purity laws and brewer's yeast do for ya). Also a very frothy rolling head (milkshake-like... yummm) that took forever to calm down. Lace fell fast, though. In all, a very attractive beer.

Nose was of cinnamon and all-spice, and was a bit smoky. The classic German banana phenol was faint and not too sweet. Its flavors were dominated by a little bit of apple and a slightly chewy, lightly roasted wheat. Beyond this, the beer was lacking in much anything else - its caramel flavor was not very good and the finish was fairly drying. Mouthfeel was tingly from the carbonation. Overall, it was fairly easy to drink, but fairly unimpressive. Next to the Ramstein Classic Wheat, it was definitely the lesser by a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 15:36:15 | More by nomad
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had the hefe-weiss version of Franziskaner in the past (and I'm a huge fan) but never the Dunkel (until now).

On pouring, I noticed the head was absolutely huge! It didn't really seem to stick to the glass and leave a lace but it was a huge tan head nonetheless. It had the same kind of smell of the regular hefe...some spice and clove but it seemed muted compared to the hefe for some reason. The taste was a bit maltier and maybe a little more muted also. It did finish clean and had a bit of a thicker mouthfeel to me.

Overall not a bad brew...I think in the future I'll just do the Franzikaner hefe-weiss (non dunkel) but I wasn't disappointed with this journey.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 19:43:26 | More by drizzam
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WMBierguy

Maryland

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

A very good Dunkelweiss. Good flavor, but not as good as some others (most notably Weihenstephaner) Very easy to drink, very smooth taste. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Weiss beer or is willing to try it. For around $2 a bottle, its affordable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 22:20:46 | More by WMBierguy
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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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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Could double as chocolate milk, if chocolate milk was served with a big ass tan head.
Typical hefe smell profile, perhaps muted compared to some. Bananas, cloves, the same old drill. Tiny roasted whafts seems more imaginary than anything.
Nicely blended within the mouth. Caramel-chocolate flavors draped over bananas. Some vanilla too. Like a liquid banana split. Jabs of graininess accompany the cloves.
Big and hearty within the mouth. Though difficult to drink very much of for this very reason.
A good solid dunkel that is much preferred to their hefe-weiss. The tap version seems a much better bet than the bottled form, which is an oddity for a weizen.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2003 22:06:43 | More by cokes
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I thought this stuff was God-awful. I could not even get through drinking what I had. Pours a cloudy brown with a decent foamy head. Could not detect very much from the nose. Some banana flavors, maybe some chocolate, and definite malt characteristics. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this stuff just did not go over well wiht me. Besides macro-swill, this may be one of the worst beers I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 14:07:31 | More by Admiraldinty
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scottum

Vermont

1.48/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this didn't go down to well. Poured out brown with a nice head. Lots of sediment. Tastes of wheat, and sour fruit. I like Franziskaner's regular Hefe (was my first of the style,) but this one just doesn't hold up. Although it was cheap, it tasted cheap. No more will this enter my home!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 15:15:44 | More by scottum
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cretemixer

Indiana

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

Pours a cloudy chestnut with a thick tan colored head which settles to a dense layer after some time. Aromas are of malts, caramel, yeast. Clove taste comes through the sweet maltiness at the start. Becomes more bready midglass and finishes kind of flat with a mild bitterness. Thinner mouthfeel than other dunkels I've sampled but pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 11:14:56 | More by cretemixer
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like liquid caramel topped by a two-finger layer of light tan whipped cream. The aroma is very bready and yeasty with hints of coriander. The taste is lively, with a nice yeastiness to the tangy wheat character. Hints of chocolate covered bananas push through the crispness and are quickly whisked away by the carbonation and cleaned up by a very faint bitterness. A full bodied mouthfeel is floated on the proliferous carbonation, which expands in the mouth and makes this beer very refreshing. This is my first dunkel-weiss, and I was expecting a bit more chewiness. It is every bit as refreshing as a standard hefe, but with a bit more malt character. A very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 10:55:10 | More by aaronh
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at D's. Pours a dark tinted pale brown color with minimal head. Fragerance is that of cloves, bananas, and apples. At first I noted a taste of apples, but after that I tended only to taste the mellow hops and malts. Carbonation is light and its body is almost heavy enough to be characterized as chewy, but not quite. Extremely drinkable, i polished off two without realizing it while watching the pens game. Goes down very smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2003 22:22:40 | More by allboutbierge
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ZAP

Minnesota

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

Banana and cloves on the nose....muddy brown in appearance with a spritzy, white lace....taste is cloves and spicy..a bit thin in the mouth..I like dunkels a lot and this is solid, but no earth mover...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 19:26:34 | More by ZAP
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

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

A solid offering. Poured a cloudy dark color. Had a "gruff" taste in my throat, a pleasant one at that. I found this very enjoyable, easy to drink and quite refreshing. It ad a great fresh taste to it, almost like the grain was still suspended in the beer. I will definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 07:20:34 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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Winter

Wisconsin

2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark cloudy brown, with an off-white head. Banana and malt aroma. Watery mouthfeel, that teeters between smooth and crisp towards the finish. Taste consists mainly of malt, yeast and sour fruit. As beer warms flavor takes on an almost "pumpkin" taste to it. This one didn't appeal to me at all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2002 20:53:12 | More by Winter
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Gusler

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly indistinct garnet color with a Herculean sized head, frothy in texture, the lace is thick clinging sheets. Aroma of fresh bread dough is upper most with nice hints of malt and coriander, fresh and clean and a pleasure to the senses in all respects. On the outset sweet with a middling top and a modest acidity that is followed by an apropos hop spiciness ending in a dry long lasting aftertaste, quite a decent drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 07:22:47 | More by Gusler
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Well after I tried the disappointing Club-Weisse, what better way than to immediately recompense - than to try Dunkel Hefe–Weisse.
This time the bottle has a gold foil on the neck proudly pronouncing “Imported”, which still bugs me somehow. Nevertheless, that aside, it pours a brilliant deep brown sludge color, with chestnut hints and a peat earthy hue. It’s not clear, it's hazy with a muddy appearance.
Nose is mild, a sickly restrained one-dimensional sweet malt aroma. Mouthfeel is weak, sugariness sweetness is prevalent.
I don’t like this offering from Franziskaner either and I have lost interest totally by this point. Oh dear, have I picked the 2 worst beers from their portfolio. Not doing too well am I ? Hmmm..

For me this is just another average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2002 23:17:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Scoats

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In Philadelphia we tend to get some unseasonably super hot days in the spring and autumn. On those nights a cold bottle of Franz Dunkelweise can't be beat. This thick stew, chock full of yeasty vitamins, definitely picks me up and cools me off.

Presentation: The 16.9oz bottle perfectly fills a 22oz hefe glass with no extra space nor room to spare. The head is wonderfully tan.

This beer travels and lays down well. Though I wouldn't purposely cellar it, the bottle I had, which was probably at least 9 months old, was perfect.

The bottle I had the other night, which was a seriously hot November night, really hit the spot. I especially enjoyed the hints of chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 04:25:34 | More by Scoats
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Morris729

Texas

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

Pours a cloudy deep golden-brown with a thick cream-colored head. Very good head retention. Earthy and malt flavors are dominant in this medium-bodied brew. All around, an average to nice Dunkel Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 17:04:46 | More by Morris729
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