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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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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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FLima

Brazil

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber brown hazy color with a good off-white head with good retention.
Aroma of yeast and toasted malts, notes of wheat, cloves, vanilla and banana.
Flavorful beer, toasted malts and earthy and piney hops giving a zesty feeling. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
This is one of my favorites Dunkelweizen, solid flavor with a good price and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:50:01 | More by FLima
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SmashPants

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: standard German 500mL macro brown bottle and standard label.

Appearance: looks as decent as most Franziskaner wheat beers. Dark brown in colour with a traditional fluffy head that settles from two-fingers to one. Looks good.

Aroma: a very muted aroma - some traditional wheat beer banana and cloves, with some stunted and indistinguishable malts in the background. A bit funky too.

Taste: again quite muted. It doesn't seem so much like a dunkel as a standard wheat beer that has had some heavy dark lager poured onto it. Not awful, but certainly not amazing.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger reasonably well, but they are again quite stunted. Certainly not Frenziskaner's greatest works.

Mouth feel: I think this is the culprit. This beer really needs a higher carbonation. It is medium in body with a lower carbonation which struggles to carry the flavour through.

Overall: not a very good wheat beer neither a very good dunkel, particularly for what would be approx. AU$75 a case of 24 x 330mL. Get something else.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 05:19:29 | More by SmashPants
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the beer has a clearly dark brown color, that is hard to see through, and really puts the "dunkel" in this beer, with a rich head and ample carbiantion
I liked it
4.25/5

s: not much smell here really, with some very very, very weak banna and a bit of clove buried in their somewhere, but sadly, most of it cannot be detected
it isn't good, but it isn't bad
its just average
3/5

taste: to be fair, this one doesn't have much flavor too, for a dunkel. it tastes like a hefe, just with a less defined flavor and less highlights.
really their isn't much to say here
Its not bad, but lord, is it not good
3/5

mouthfeel: this one is quite good, with a rich carbianted body, that really makes up the BULK of the flavor of the beer, s you swallow the beer and it goes down smoothly.
to be honest, it is the highlight of the beer

Overall. This beer is sadly very, very average, with the exception of its mouthfeel and appearance, which come off as being quite nice.
sadly, the most important features, are sourly lacking

I recommend their other beers. they are far, far better
3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 05:38:38 | More by jucifer1818
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cicer color with a creamy light brown head that has decent retention.

Aroma is musty malts and cloves.

Taste is malts, nuts, cloves, apples and dark fruits. Some wheat in there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cleansing.

Overall, it is an OK beer. Nothing spectacular. One is probably enough.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 19:30:24 | More by atigerlife
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Huffs

New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Yard House in West Nyack, NY. Have always enjoyed this beer and the style so pardon my enthisiasm as this is the first Dunkelweizen I have had on tap.
Head was creamy and light with aroma being a light malt. Mouthfeel was creamy, almost like a hint of Guinness, though not as robust as that. Malty, slight floral aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 01:33:15 | More by Huffs
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a weizen glass. Finger of head with a cloudy dark brown body.
Barnyard smell with a little ripe dark fruit. A bit muted though.
A little sweetness, mild bitterness and a chalkiness. Disappointing and weak taste. None of the style's characteristic richness.
Too fizzy, medium body.
Not impressed or interested by this.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 03:20:34 | More by Fatehunter
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pkalix

California

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ruby pour, awesome head, hazy throughout.
smell- yes, definitely cloves, banana, spice.
taste- one of my all time favorites(for, like, 30 years) although after so many i have come to be quite sensitive to the richness of these weisse brews.
mouthfeel is carbonation, spice; full feeling inside....
overall, this is, like i said, one of my favorite beers for so many years, before i tried so many others from belgium and before Total Wine and BEVMO came to town. OLD WORLD was the greatest place in the world and the best place to drink them. this isthe last one of the case i bought a few months ago and i'm srprised to find i hadnt reviewed it yet. i rated it, but didnt review it. i still love this stuff...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:57:55 | More by pkalix
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rodney45

New York

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

A: Clear brownish red, auburn, with a cream colored head that lingers around the glass after a solid 3 finger head dissipated rather quickly.

S: Munich and caramel malts, with notes of dark whole wheat bread.

T:First notes of cinnamon, candied sugars and coriander. Secondary flavors of Munich malts, bittersweet chocolate, and plum. Dry finish with no discernible hop flavoring.

M: For a dunkel, it's light and airy with moderate carbonation, little bitterness, and a semi sweet bite. No alcohol ethers present.

O: A solid example of a dunkle. Very representative of German beer in general. It seems like a great Oktoberfest beer, to be drunk in the outskirts of a 18th century German brew town, overlooking a field of two row barley, in some September afternoon, with friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 06:22:06 | More by rodney45
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

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

A- Pours a hazy, medium brown. Traditional cloudiness of a hefeweizen. Sizeable, off-white head, about 3 fingers. Ok retention and pretty good lacing.

S- Lots of spice with coriander and banana notes prominent. No malts or hops detectable through the spice.

T- Just like the smell. Lots of spices, and frankly tastes just like a regular hefeweizen. Hints of a small amount of caramel malt sneak in on the end. Banana clove and coriander are present and dominant throughout.

M- Light and refreshing. Could drink at a variety of temperatures. Easy to drink and not quite as filling as some other wheat beers.

Overall, a good beer, but a little lighter in the malt department than I expected. I had more of a dunkel lager with heavier flavors in mind, but this was also an enjoyable, cheap beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:25:51 | More by boilermakerbrew
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy, then creamy, light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts adding sweetness to the normal hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.

T: Initially there is a lot of sweetness from the dark malts with notes of caramel and just a touch of toffee. Then there are the wheat flavors though much lighter than in a hefeweizen, though there is quite a bit more complexity to the flavors of this style.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth but just a little bit on the thin side.

O: Enjoyable and super easy to drink, this beer takes me back to the years when I had the opportunity to visit Bavaria at least once a year (sitting outside in a beer garden and enjoying these on a Saturday afternoon). Definitely sessionable and a beer that you could easily drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 17:09:23 | More by dbrauneis
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a mixed six from the bottle store beside "Local 44", a bar here in West Philly.

Dunkel Weiss is a favorite beer style of mine, and I've never really tasted one that expressed itself badly. This seems to me to be a decent, slightly above average version of the style. Pours the normal reddish-brown, most notable for a very resilent head. Nose of some very ripe, maybe even overripe bananas, some clove, and maybe a hint of banana-bready grain. Mouthfeel is a little thin for this style, but eventually will give you banana nut bread flavors and a nice, lingering, banana finish.

Not the best I've had, mainly because it's nowhere near aggressive enough in it's attack, but pleasant and enjoyable. Maybe a good gateway for newcomers to the style, due to its restraint. You can see if you at least like the idea before you start getting ambitious.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:21:03 | More by dougbassett
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acevenom

Louisiana

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

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy caramel brown with a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. I pick up those aromas of banana and clove, but they're light. I detect some of those darker malts in the aroma. This is a more malt forward dunkelweizen, which permits the barley and wheat malt character to shine. The banana and clove flavors are mild, but they do come together to give this a light banana bread type of character. The body is on the lighter side of medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is high. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:52:46 | More by acevenom
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MadScientist

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light copper beer. The creamy light tan head has an goo retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Light notes of clove with a light fruitiness and a slight tartness. There is a light melanoidin and crusty bread grain aroma with German malt character along with some wheat malt sweetness. No hops and no diacetyl.

T: Nice, a malty hefe-weissen showing the rich and darker German malt character. There is the melanoidin, crusty bread and wheat malt flavors over a moderately-low hops bitterness. There maybe a moderately-strong spicy hops flavor mixing with the clove phenols from the yeast. The yeast also provides a moderately-low fruit flavors mostly banana. The balance is slightly malty with a slightly sweet finish and quick bitter aftertaste.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with moderately-high carbonation. There is a crisp quality and no warmth nor astringency.

O: This is a Hefe with moderate dark malt characteristics and a little less clove and banana then a straight Hefe. Spice and fruit still dominate most aspect of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:15:48 | More by MadScientist
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BikingDutchman

Iowa

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

Half liter bottle poured into a German wheat glass. A relatively hard pour gives a 1.5 inch light tan head that dissipates into a 1/4 inch head that stays. Beer is a hazy orange brown.

German hefe yeast gives off a lot of pleasant banana smells. There is also some wheat smell. My nose isn't working up to par tonight, so smells aren't as strong.

Banana bread is the strongest flavor. I also get some dark fruitiness from the malts. Wheat backbone. Very sweet, but in a good way.

Carbonation feels good, but not too much. Body is not very heavy, making it very easy to drink.

A good traditional representation of a style that I don't get very often. I wish that I could compare this back-to-back to other beers of the same style.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:28:40 | More by BikingDutchman
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ronzorelli

Texas

2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not a fan.

As I poured it into a chalice, I was impressed by the dark, almost quarupel look to it. Mahogany and rich. Gorgeous head on it.

As I put my nose to it, it didn't meet my nostrils in a pleasant way. Very metallic odor, and not in a good way (metallic never is "in a good way"...).

I sipped on it anyway, and it was very bland and watered down. This was nearly right out of the fridge, so I decided I'd let it warm up a little and see what happened.

After about another 10 minutes in the glass, I tried again. I was even more disappointed. Still watery, and it seemed a little extra foamy in my mouth. Weak, but foamy mouthfeel. Weird. In addition, the finish had a strange, almost "artificial sweetener" aftertaste to it. Very, VERY strange.

I'm not a fan of this brew.

I've had the Hefeweizen from Franziskaner before and was hoping this would at least match it, but I'm severely disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:39:45 | More by ronzorelli
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange-brown with a very durable and creamy tan head which leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma: yeasty banana and more subtle clove and light malt.

Taste: la well-integrated mix of flavors. Not bold but highly drinkable and easily recommended as a dining beverage.

M: smooth but a tad too thin and watery.

O: an exceptionally good-looking beer with fine flavor but a mediocre mouthfeel. [3.75]

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 03:40:04 | More by chinchill
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

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

A- Very nice appearance. The color is rich, root beer like, although paler than other dunkel Weissbier. Head is thick, rich and long lasting.

S- Smell is enjoyable. Touch of caramel and spices. The smell is stronger than the taste.

M- Although there is a lot of carbonation, the beer is easy to drink, almost too easy. The taste is very subtle, almost absent. The rich smell gives us false expectation.

O- I would recommend this beer for an easy drink. Would have expected more taste from a Franziskaner.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 19:26:09 | More by rale
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

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

Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours a dark brown color, with a nice size lasting head; almost looks like a root beer. Their is a strong malt and yeast aroma. The taste has a solid malt backbone, and a nice bitterness, and dryness. Good full flavor. Overall a decent Dunkel, enjoyable but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:43:54 | More by vette2006c5r
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

imperial pint shared with my gf, poured into a tasting glass. lot number marked but no dates.

a - pours a deep chestnut color and forms a thin cap of sudsy, tan head. retention is good and the foam leaves thin legs of lacing in the glass.

s - banana, clove, candi sugar, faint bubblegum.

t - cinnamon and clove spice dominate the palate, but are supported by carmel malt and an earthy hop bitterness. faint apple notes in there too. finishes with more spice and a light bittersweetness.

m - lighter in body with too much carbonation for my liking. coarse co2 profile.

o - lots of flavor and seems to be a good representation of the style, i just didn't enjoy it very much. probably won't be purchasing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 20:56:11 | More by divineaudio
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy medium brown amber with a two finger light tan head and lacing. Aroma of wheat, banana and clove. A refreshing wheat beer with a good balance of wheat, yeast, malt and just the right light spiciness. Fairly dry in the middle and finish. A very nice dunkelweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 23:05:07 | More by LiquidAmber
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Vixie

Illinois

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

Pours a deep ruby read color that is a bit cloudy. Forms a bit of a tan colored head

Smell is a bit fruity, there is also a bit of a pepper scent.

Very sweet and fruity. Little bit of raisin, hint of banana and a touch of pepper spice.

Seems just a touch thin, with a lot of feel from the high carbonation.

Interesting beer, not quite what I expected. Sweeter and more fruit notes than a wheat beer, almost reminds me of a Belgian. Not a bad beer, one that is a good choice on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 02:22:31 | More by Vixie
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TheSixthRing

California

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

Appearance - Pours a dark burnt orange with a 2 finger head, good retention, resulting in a sparse lace.

Smell - Overripe banana, sugary caramel.

Taste - Big banana flavors, complimented by notes of caramel and a faint hint of clove. Sweet and slightly sugary, but doesn't veer off too far into that realm.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Solid carbonation. Really smooth, and drinkable.

Overall - Really good dark hef. Not quite on the level of Weihenstephaner's dunkel, but good enough to pay for time and again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 05:05:31 | More by TheSixthRing
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TrevorWGrover

Germany

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Weisse Dunkel i have tried so don't judge my judging:

Very dark/cloudy appearance. Darker than expected but thick and cloudy like a darker Hefeweisen.

Off the nose I get a HUGE hit of banana. There is more too is, very sweet, but dominated by banana.

The taste is very good for a Hefe. I get that definitive wheat taste with the strong banana fruit flavors as a sidekick. Not as sweet as I thought from the smell, which I like.

Good thick mouthfeel like any good Hefe.

Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 17:03:23 | More by TrevorWGrover
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-brown with a thick long lasting white head and much lacing. Aroma of yeast, wheat malt, cloves and caramel. Body is full and crisp. Wheat malt, cloves, some caramel and banana notes fill the mouth, some tartness. Finish is short and slightly sweet. Overall good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 22:16:19 | More by mikeg67
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

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

Has a very nice color to it witha deep rich mahogny look and smell with a hint of clove banana and but mostly a sweet roasted malt dominating the smell which is what I tend to like more than the the traditional hefe banana overload.

This beer is exactly that when it comes to the taste. It has a slight herbal hop bite with the nice and sweet roasted malt that and just ending with that slight clove banana yeasty flavor but melding in with the very sweet malts so nicely.

Hefe-Weisse Dunkel is definitely a favorite of mine over the traditional hefeweizen. If you want a darker, heavier and sweeter version of the style this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 02:04:49 | More by thebrood1987
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