Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
I enjoyed this dunkel weizen right after the standard Franziskaner Weizen and it was only a slightly better than good. The beer poured a rust color with a really thick fluffy head. The smells were yeasty, lemon - grapefruit with a hint of caramel malt. The flavors folowed suit with the breadlike yeast flavors dominating over some caramel malt and dry lemon-like hop bitterness. Finished nice and dry. A good example, easy to drink one after another and rather enjoyable, especially at $1.99 per bomber.
12-17-2003 14:28:12 | More by counselor
3/5 rDev -21.5%
Appearance: baby diarrhea or bilge water (take your pick)- either is unappealing to drink; but big beautiful beige head compensates a little
Smell: yeasty, bready, faint hops, very pleasant, possibly the strong point of the brew
Flavor: The clean, crisp apple-like quality of the flavor of a typical Hefewiezen is masked by molasses in this dunkel. I missed it.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, foamy, remaining crispness were all appealing
Overall: boring, somewhat one dimensional in taste, absolutely could not stand the murky shade of brown, I was turned off as soon as I poured the beer
11-20-2003 04:02:45 | More by surfmeister
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
This brew was a treat, indeed, overall. The 16.9 ounces poured into the glass a deep and rich brown. The aroma offered hints of malt that was slightly dry, combined with a good wheat tint. The flavor followed suit, however it did not have the depth and complexity I had hoped. In the grand scheme, this is a decent Hefeweiss Dunkel, however I would drink the Weihenstephaner version first.
11-01-2003 20:21:50 | More by goindownsouth
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-24-2003 02:27:40 | More by JohnnyDuvel
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
One of the best Dunkel Weizens I've had. Chestnut brown and cloudy from sediment. Huge rocky head looking like the Swiss Alps. Big roasted malt aroma with significant clove and a bit of caramel. Smooth and full bodied with a slight crispness. Nice big spicy wheat flavor that is good till the very end. Great brewery and probably my favorite in Deutschland.
10-07-2003 23:04:15 | More by BierReise
3.78/5 rDev -1%
This dark wheat beer was a murky brown colour with a light beige head. The aromas were of cloves, banana, other various spices and wheat/yeast. The taste was wheaty with some lovely clove on the finish. The drinkability is nice and the mouthfeel is full and satisfying. This is a good German Dunkel...for sure!
10-06-2003 22:35:25 | More by francisweizen
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
This one poured nice with a dark full body and heavy head. The smell was of banana and cloves, as for the norm in this style. The taste was a complexes dry toasted malt with a light banana fruitiness. It finishes with a dry malty flavor with a hint of cloves, very refreshing!!
10-01-2003 04:52:29 | More by Kwak
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a brown/amber color, hazy with an off-white rocky head that died quite quickly. The lace was decent and the head maintained a light layer for most of the time. Aroma was of cloves, bananas ? fruity with some citrus hints. The taste was sweet and citrusy with bananas and a tart finish. The feel was smooth, effervescent, and a little bite at the end: medium bodied and well balanced.
It is an enjoyable beer with interesting characteristics of a hefe and a dunkel. Finish was a little dry and tart. Not as well balanced as some hefe-weizens.
09-28-2003 02:23:16 | More by SeanChouffe
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a nice medium brown with a billowy cloudly like off white head. the smell is the typical clove, caramel banana scent. The taste was a nice malty finish with the clove undertones and w hint of the wheat. The mouthfeel was a bit grainy but pretty smooth overall. Drinkability is medium i could drink a few but not make a night of it. This would be great with a sauerbraten or german roasted pork with mushroom onion gravy with this beer as an ingredient.
09-27-2003 15:59:19 | More by TinusTime
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
This Dunkel hefe was a cloudy, dark, almost milk chocolate color with a pillowy, cream-colored head. There were definite banana notes in the nose, with a touch of wheat. Mouthfeel was soft and whole, and the banana really stood out in the taste as well. The wheat flavors are mild and not overpowering.
Overall, this was a well-rounded and very, very good beer--and a nice recovery for Franziskaner after the Club-Weisse I had a week ago.
09-27-2003 03:08:09 | More by RockyTopHeel
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
The off-white, big, pillowy, foamy head leaves thick, foamy lacing. The beer is cloudy/opaque, dark brown/reddish. A slightly cheesy, sweetish nose. Dark fruit and chocolate in the front. The middle is fruity, a little watery. Nice chocolatey, dry finish. This beer is downright ok.
09-16-2003 01:36:07 | More by kbub6f
3/5 rDev -21.5%
I originally sampled this beer on 18 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer is brown in color with a tan head.
Mouthfeel: This dunkel is medium bodied
Flavor: a slightly wheaty tasty
This is a nice, average beer. Not bad, not great
09-01-2003 01:37:08 | More by jcalabre
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Cloudy amber-brown in color with a huge beautiful head. Tons of different sized bubbles everywhere. The smell is roasted malt, very sweet, toffee, wheat and plums?
Very effervesant in the mouth. More roasted malt coming through in the taste. Hint of coffee.
Not as complex as I would have liked. Just very one dimensional. Which makes it clean and refreshing, but simple.
08-27-2003 22:10:48 | More by CharlesRiver
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Served in the 16.9 oz bottle. The color was a dark copper/amber, with some good head. The smell was of roasted malt. The taste was of wheat and the same roasted malt...almost like a wheat stout. Mouthfeel was well carbonated. As for drinkability, could have a couple more.
Though I prefer the light weizen, this was an interesting treat nonetheless. I think I could probably grow to like this if I tried it a few more times.
08-20-2003 02:34:22 | More by beergeek279
3.63/5 rDev -5%
Dark brown color, hazy. Large head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and bananas. A nice medium bodied dunkel weiss. Malts are slightly roasted chocolate malts. Slightly sweet. Citrus, chocolate and banana flavors. Slightly spicy. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
08-15-2003 00:38:19 | More by beerguy101
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
A nice beer to add to the repertoire at the Beer Sellar, Newport, Kentucky. This brew came fairly dark in color, being somewhere between a dark amber and mahoghany, but without the reddish highlights of mahoghany. The head was off-white and the lacing was very nice. The flavor tended a bit toward the sweet side and it did not have much hop bite. The aroma was mostly of malt and a bit bready. A smooth, creamy feel added to the overall experience.
08-08-2003 20:42:19 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
Presented in a .5L gold foil-wrapped brown bottle straight into my Franziskaner weissbier glass.
Poured a murky brown color with a big creamy off-white head. Large volumn of bubbles keep the head lasting through the duration.
Smell was a subdued spicy aroma with a musty earthy undertone. No banana or fruity odors. Vaguely nutty.
Taste was all malt. Like drinking a slice of wheat bread. Hints of spice but not much. The faintest taste of banana and kind of dusty in the finish.
Feel is medium bodied, not very tingly on the tongue given the amount of carbonation visible, and dry.
Drinkability is pretty good. Overall, a decent brew but kind of lacking in taste and character. Guess I expected a little more.....
08-05-2003 04:46:11 | More by Boilermaker88
4/5 rDev +4.7%
25 oz brown bottle, capped, with gold foil over cap.
This dunkel hefeweizen beer poured a murky brown color (light coffee color) with tall, creamy, light tan foam that persisted long and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a pleasant lightly fruity (banana) malt aroma with notes of wheat and bread. The taste was malty, lightly sweet, with a gentle flavor of banana and hints of caramel and yeast. There was a mild hop flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth but with a mild tangy touch. There was a lingering caramel malt type aftertaste. This was an enjoyable and drinkable weiss beer.
07-31-2003 04:16:20 | More by UncleJimbo
4/5 rDev +4.7%
16.9 oz. Bottle
Appearance: Muddy is about the best way to describe this beer. It was murky brown with some big old yeast chunks that quickly sunk to the bottom of the glass. A dense, light-tan head rose up and slowly sunk back down into the beer. A sticky layer of foam persisted for entire tasting.
Smell: The smell was all grain, yeast, and a lemon twang. Pretty much what I have come to expect from a hefe, but with a little more depth and richness to the grain. There might have even been a hint of roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and chewy. Smoother and fuller than most hefes.
Taste: The flavor was a combination of a mild lemon zest combined with rich, chewy wheat and malt. After the lemon faded away from the finish, a roasted malt, almost chocolate, flavor emerged in the aftertaste.
I've never had a dark hefe before. I really like the combination of the wheat and lemon zest with the dark malt flavors. I think I would prefer a plain hefe on a regular basis, but would enjoy one of these on occasion.
07-27-2003 21:37:53 | More by Quaffer
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
A nice cloudy brown color with a light head on top. The aroma was dominated by toasted malt and yeast. The taste was very tart with a strong yeastiness and light toasted malt holding up the rest of the beer. A decent beer, good for a session beer, but somewhat boring. I much preferred the plain hefe-weiss.
07-27-2003 01:33:29 | More by jlervine
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
This beer was a very deep brownish-red color. The head was tremendous, lasting through the whole beer at about a quarter inch thick. A really nice looking beer. A nice aroma as well, sweet malts and a strong fruity smell. The taste was pleasant, sweet malt up front followed by a slight citrus flavor. The aftertaste was sweet but not sugar sweet, more like dark fruits. There was a slight roasted malt flavor hidden deep inside the brew. Not much hops to speak of but this beer did have a nice balance. Mouthfeel was crisp but a little thin. A very drinkable beer, especially during the summer.
07-21-2003 23:28:32 | More by Bruiser81
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Comes in a brown half-liter bottle with foil wrapping around the neck and the image of a chubby monk holding a liter mug. This leaves a good first impression.
Pours a beautiful cloudy dark brown hue under a big firm tan head that lingers long but left surprisingly little lace. The nose is very strong: lots of yeast and a bit of flowery sweetness. The mouth is prickly sweet, as it should be. Yeast dominates the taste, with just a touch of sweet flowers. Don't go looking for hops here, but this is a fine example of what an unfiltered dark wheat beer is supposed to taste like.
07-20-2003 17:51:00 | More by Globetrotter
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours beautifully. True hefeweisen in appearance. Nice high rising head with good stick around ability. Medium cloudy brown. Aroma didn't do much for me. Taste is classic hefeweisen, but a little sweeter than some others. Maltier and good bite, some lemon. But yet it is a little watery tasting. Mouthfeel is velvetty. Very enjoyable drink.
07-18-2003 01:17:56 | More by daledeee
3.78/5 rDev -1%
Half a liter bottle poured into a Franziskaner Weizen glass. It pours a dark reddish-brown with 3 fingers of light tan head that has awesome retention. There is some lace left down the side of the glass. The smell is full of toasted malt, spices, and fruit. The taste has some raisin and malty flavors, but was lacking the flavor of other weizens. The mouthfeel is fairly strong, and the drinkability is good.
07-03-2003 21:10:36 | More by SheepNutz
3.63/5 rDev -5%
Appearance: Hazy dark amber color with a huge tan-colored cloud top head, which retains superbly. There is an abundant amount of carbonation, quite a bit of sediment and lots of thick and sticky lace.
Aroma: Rich aroma of cloves, ripe bananas, wheat, fruits, and brown sugar.
Taste: The taste opens with substantial notes of wheat malt that linger throughout, soon followed by subdued notes of banana, cloves and faint alcohol. The finish is very dry with some husk notes and an earthy character.
Mouth feel: Quite smooth with soft carbonation and a touch of slickness, a bit less substantial than I had anticipated.
Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, although somewhat undistinguished wheat. Although it may not overwhelm, neither does it disappoint.
07-02-2003 19:44:09 | More by Pegasus
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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