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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 806
Hads: 1,606
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 64
Gots: 190 | 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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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Review following the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 17.03.2013 20:11. AROMA: clove, slight sweet vanilla, dried grapes, raw yeast, wheat and caramel malts. no hop aromas. no diacetyl or DMS. APPEARANCE: dark copper color with a slight off-white medium-thin and moussy head. average retention. TASTE: slight sweet caramelly taste with wheat and clove. esters and phenols almost absent. very low bitterness and finishes somewhat sweet. a little dull. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a below average bulk dunkelweizen, a little dull across the board.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, smooth easy drinking. caramel and toffee ,sweet bananas, more than just a wheat beer, Dunkelweizen's are a awesome combo of hefe's and dunkel, a good year round beer

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Photo of ENogueira
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

16.9 oz bottle in a chalice glass. Pours a dark amber, brown color with a light head. Taste of sweet fruits with a tinge of lager-like bitter bread/yeast. Very light body with a mineral water consistency; the carbonation making it very refreshing. Overall, very good.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a very murky, muddy water brown, with copper highlights. Two-fingers of white head, which dissipated quickly. Little lacing.

S - Mild aroma of banana, clove, and baked bread.

T - Definite Hefe banana/clove elements. Bready malts present themselves in the mid-palate lending a hint of gingerbread. Just enough German yeast funk to make things interesting. Some mineral salts in the finish. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Wet, soda-like finish.

O - A solid Dunkelweizen. Maybe not the best...but it's up there.

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Photo of Mikus
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my tulip glass... mahogany tones with a full finger of white head. Didn't last long. The aroma had some banana, spice (nutmeg?), and a bit if a bready/yeasty note. The tastes were in line with the aroma, and I mentioned at least once or twice that it had some of the same taste profiles as a banana-nut bread... and again, a hint of spice. Good carbonation and a smooth overall mouthfeel to this brew. Overall, I thought that this was a nice beer, nice change of pace from my go-to IPAs and stouts, and well-crafted. Quite a good deal for the big bottle at around 3 bucks. Glad to be expanding my beer horizons a bit, and this was a nice stop along the road. Try it!

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy dark, dark brown with a slightly off-white head that disippates quickly and leaves a very short lace.

S - Much like their Hefe but more subdued and with some malty notes.

T - More subdued banana and clove that is very adeptly balanced by malted grain. Hops are just there.

M - Full yet a little crisp somehow.

O - A really well balanced weissebier. I prefer my dunkels to be a bit lighter brown. All in all, this was just a good, well-rounded beer.. I was hoping it would be a great hot summer lawn mowing beer. I'll probably drink it as an early autumn refresher, though.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Murky mahogany-brown pour with a quickly fading one finger off-white head with decent lacing. Nutty, earthy nose with hints of banana, brown bread, clove, and a subtle vinous character. The taste follows suit with lots of malty brown bread up front along with hints of banana, clove, toffee, apple, tobacco, molasses, and a subtle vinous finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy with medium carbonation and good balance. Overall, a solid interpretation with good drinkability.

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Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a massive, light beige head expected for the style. Long retention, and thick foamy lacing. Brew is a dark nut brown, slightly hazy.

Banana aroma for days while pouring! Sweet and nutty, like banana bread. A little sharp wine-like vinegary quality seeps through as it warms, along with a hint of aspirin and a tiny bit of caramel, but mostly the yeast dominates, followed by wheat.

Flavor is similar to the nose: sweet, nutty, bready, and banana-y, with just a tinge of sour, overripe dark fruit. and caramelized brown sugar.

Surprisingly thin body for the color, but not for a Hefe. Long, thick and sticky finish. A little too much sting to allow to swish and chew, but very refreshing.

This is a nice option for a refreshing Summer Hefe, when you're also in the mood for something a little more darkly sweet.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Franziskaner's Dunkel.

A: Completely opaque, tamarind-like color. Dull yellow in the dimple. Less than half a finger of head, fades quickly to almost nothing. Thin arc of lacing.

S: Banana peel, and banana bread, mostly. Some molasses.

T/MF: More banana peel. Very crisp. There's a slight spice note in the back, the strengthens a little into the finish. There's a toasted wheat flavor (like toast), as well, but it's fairly light.

This one is not bad, but nothing special. A nice alternative to traditional hot day beers.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like tea or slightly watered down cola. Caramel brown in color, a bit clearer than I like. The head is quite attractive as its extremely thick, retains well, and is slightly offwhite. No real lacing.

It's got a spicy scent, which masks the traditional hefe smells that are trying to get out. Can you say, wheat forward.

The taste is pleasant enough. Very biscuity with a hint of spicy. Wheaty.

Nice simpleness to the feel. A bit sweet from the caramel malts before the tangy wheat turns it to the spicy side. Very dry, almost mouth puckering finish.

The Germans have been making beer for a billion years and the results speak for themselves. Very easy to drink because it's good.

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Photo of silverking
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- murky light cola brown with a thick tan head. Great head retention and beautiful lacing.

S- fried banana, chocolate, clove, baked pear, freshly baked bread, toffee.

T- banana, chocolate, earthy, coffee, clove.

M- light, bubbly, refreshing.

O- amazing.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reviewed: 4/27/14

Hefe-Weisse Dunkel by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
poured from a 1 pint bottle into a Spaten Mug

P- very German a monk or clergy enjoying a pint 4.0

A- cloudy redish brown foamy opaque head 4.0

S- Banana, malt, yeasty wheat, fruit 4.5

T- nicely balanced. malty still banana, fruit and spice offset but complimented by hops 4.0

M- rich and full bodied, smooth and slightly warming 4.25

D- very very good, could easily have another pint 3.5

O- excellent offering not sure what to measure against in this style 4.25

old standard i have had many times just got around to reviewing ---- J

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of German beers and this one definately did not dissapoint. It poured a mix of golden, brown, and orange, average head and carbonation. It has a pleaseant aroma of sweet malts and orchard fruits, with a taste of german malts and different types of grain/fruit taste. It is a bit watery, has no sdge, a strong german malt aftertaste, and is filling. Very good beer for a big brewing company.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 12/10/2012. Pours very hazy reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, banana, pear, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, banana, pear, apple, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, pear, apple, banana, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good dunkelweizen style. Good balance and robustness of dark malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Hoepfner Weizen glass. Deep amber color. Foggy appearance. Beige foam remains as a close & thin crown. Intense aromas of banana, toasted malt & bread, hints of clove & floral notes rounded by caramel on the back. Toasted upfront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Gentle malts, bread notes & brown sugar touch balanced by low bitterness. Fruity finish. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with about one finger of off-white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Banana, cloves, wheat/grass.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves, banana, grassy notes and some mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Great brew, I would have this one again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a stein.

A- huge chewy and frothy head... forms into a plateau... cloudy, muddy brown with billowing carbonation... Hues of golden wheat...

S- toffee, apple caramel, sweet malt, thick, pungent, buttery aroma...

T- A bit metallic initially, sweet malt, wheat, caramel apple, fresh bread, earthy spiciness, yeasty...

M- highly carbonated mouthfeel, effervescent, a bit of a tingling sensation on the back of the tongue...

Overall, good but featuring a few offtastes and an intense mouthfeel... I'd need to try it in Germany to compare.

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Photo of Bernoulli
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fades quickly with no lacing. Hazy deep brown.

Nice odor but hard to place (alcohol).

Smooth malty-fullness, definitely heavier than a hefe.

Nice flavor with hint of banana. No hint at all of a metallic aftertaste. Noticeably heavier than a hefe, but clearly related.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.66/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this one a few times in the past, always by bottle. Last sampled tonight on 12/29/13. 550ml (16.9 oz) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy dark brown, like ice tea that has a good finger+ white foamy head. Lots of lacing was seen right to the end with each sip. The aroma is of dark bread with a hint of cloves and banana. Very pleasant. The taste was even better with a hint of dark fruit as well. Very easy to drink with perfect carbonation. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. This is a really great brew for the colder months and never have been disappointed.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A-Cloudy dark brown with some tan highlights; fluffy tan 2-finger head, good retention. Once the head dissipated, there was a creamy tan surface that stuck around throughout consumption. Trace sticky lace on the glass.

S-A bit of cloves, hint of malt, some yeast, dark bread, and perhaps a slight estery smell, but ever so slight.

T-Upon the first sip there was dark bread, banana nut bread, chunky yeast, slight spice, caramel malt, and a hint of dark fruit. The aftertaste had a balance of light hops, sweet malt, light wheat, and a trace of caramel. The flavor blends were so nice and balanced.

M-Quite refreshing for this style. The body is on the moderate side. Carbonation was present, but just enough to give this fine brew some balance.

Overall, I was amazed. It really fit the context I was in at the time of drinking it. I really would drink this again, and again, and again. Perhaps this beer tasted so good because I had just finished cross-country skiing in -15 (Celsius) weather in Northeast China with a group of German and Swedish diehard ski bums. We went to one of the few German pub/restaurants in N.E. China right when we finished skiing. This brew really complemented my borsch, warm pretzel bread, sour cucumber cabbage salad, potatoes, and marinated beef. Quite a hearty meal on a frigid day. Give this beer a try if you haven't yet.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep, dark black with brown highlights around the edges. White and fizzy CO2 head never really established anything. Nonetheless, a good-looking beer.

Smell 3.50: Nice bouquet. I smell hints of banana and some very light maltiness. Also some interesting elements of the yeast are present in the bouquet.

Taste 3.50: Front is very light and dry. Almost watery. Middle is dry and there is a nice taste of noble hops and caramel malts. Finish is where a slight toasted flavor comes in along with more of the barley malt and some hints of the banana from the bouquet along with some spicy clove hints. Aftertaste is short and somewhat watery with the focus being on the malt once again.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Standard. Okay. Nothing special and obviously CO2.

Overall 3.5: Good beer, but nothing special. This beer is strange: watery and weak in places and assertive and complex in others. I imagine it would be good with food, maybe a nice plate of haxen. Not the best for sessioning, as the aftertaste is a bit off, in my opinion. Not a horrible beer by any means, but certainly not the best you will ever imbibe.

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Photo of Clones21
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle poured into a pint glass. Color is brown/reddish. You get a lot of clove and banana in the smell. Taste is a lot like the smell, but has a caramel kick to it. This is my first Dunkelweizen and I'm pretty impressed. I am a big fan of Hefe's, so I wanted to try a Hefe that was a little darker. Really like this beer. The caramel kick it has is a fantastic twist to the beer. I recommend it.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky brown with no clarity. Tiny bubbles can be seen coming up the edge of the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove, spices, bready wheat, and fruity aroma.

Taste: Delicious and tasty beer. Banana, clove, ginger, wheat, and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, feels light, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. Delicious and tasty.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice coppery caramel brown with a nice thick foamy head. Manly looking. Lace ok but head dissipates quickly.

Smell- Banana esters and malty goodness. Some spices in there but not overpowering

Taste- Nice weissbier wheatiness with some banana smoothness and some spicy something or other. Good almost great but not out of this world.

Overall- Very solid Dunkel Hefe.

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass...

A: Poured a nice, hazy brown/amber with about 2 fingers of light brown head that dropped off to some nice lacing around the glass.

S: On the nose, hints of yeast, wheat, sweetness and maybe a little funk in there. Not nearly the overall nose I was thinking I'd find

T: On first taste, the wheat, banana, a little bready note and some spice.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation. Light/dry finish with no real aftertaste.

O: Not a bad beer overall. There may be better ones out there so I guess I'll have to drink more of this style to find out.


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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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