Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
very good

1,507 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 49
Gots: 118 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Raisin brownish-red in color with a murky haze. Poured with a thick beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Wheat malt aroma is prominent with spicy clove and hints of banana. Medium bodied with ample rich carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Wheat and toasted malt flavor with clove up front . The spiciness intensifies into the middle giving way to banana and yeast flavors and wheat malt flavors to the finish. Finishes clean and semi-dry.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of Brewdog1287
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Stella Artois chalice.

A- Deep dark brown with a fat bubbly white head. Very murky.

S- Dark fruits, spice, yeast, toasted bread and malts, wheat cereal.

T- Spicy with a defined breadiness. Sweet with some dark fruit notes as well as a hint of chocolate. Has somewhat of a toasted pastry taste.

M- Well Carbonated, with a light bodied feel. Crisp and clean feeling for a dunkel.

O- A very well rounded dunkelweizen. Very refreshing.

Photo of Danobold
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of smf90
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a wheat glass

A: Pours a ruby-amber body with a 2.5 finger white head that has hints of cream coloring. Slightly rocky and fizzles down to 1/4" in a minute or two. No lacing on the glass and lasting head until the end.

S: Initial hit of bread and banana from the yeast. Grassy wheat characteristics. Slight roasty malt and a twang of alcohol.

T: First comes on with wheat and a banana, then a hint of spice followed up by a caramely malt aftertaste and hints of bread. No extreme flavors just one hell of a drinkable beer.

M: This beer is light on the palette with ample carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. No lingering stickiness in the mouth. The best part about the beer.

A very drinkable and well priced beer. I'm more of a fan of their regular hefe-weisse but this is good when your drinking a few franzis in a row.

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Served on-draught into a conical pint glass at the Yardhouse in Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high becuase I loved the regular hefeweizen. Paired with Sweet Potato fries.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of good cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a strange caramel-amber.

Sm: Cream, yeast, and some clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, berry ester hops, and malts (some caramelized). Amber hops. Balanced and enjoyable. I like it, but it's not unique or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick nor too thin. Not too light nor too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: It's very drinkable, but far from unique. An enjoyable little dunkel that will satisfy fans of the style. Just don't expect too much from it.

B-

Photo of OregonMicrobrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of DM1293
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dark cloudy brown, like if you mixed a brown ale with a hefeweissen.

Smell: To me, much like the regular hefeweissen.

Taste: And unsurprisingly, it tastes much like their hefeweissen...only there's something different around it. And I can't place exactly what characteristics come out. I don't get a malty or a nutty taste.

The only way I can put it is "if you took their hefeweissen and made it a little bolder and muted the flavors a little."

It doesn't make it bad, I actually think it makes it a good alternative if you don't like hefeweissens for being light. This is a good, balanced drink.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, but that might've been due to bad pouring on my part.

Overall: Its not quite as good as their regular hefeweissen, but its still stands out a solid drink. I paid two fifty for a pint-sized bottle, so I can easily say that what I paid was worth the taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of vkv822
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a foamy, bubbly light tan head.

The aroma is a balance of banana and clove.

The taste follows the nose, though the mouthfeel is quite light and ends a bit watery, which unfortunately detracts from the taste as well.

The aroma really had me looking forward to this but unfortunately the taste was just average and the mouthfeel was a bit disappointing.

Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a hazy reddish brown in color with a 1” thick off white head that recedes slowly but noticeably, leaving a few legs and speckles of lacing. The ring of foam persists for the entire beer and each sip leaves small patterns of lacing.

Smell: A nice subtle set of aromas with the banana and clove all mingled in with a bit of breadiness and dark caramel. Nothing strong and it all works well together.

Taste: As expected from the nose there is a sweet breadiness and caramel that shows traces of banana and clove. However, none of the flavors is particularly strong here and that makes for a nicely balanced package that still lets you know the various flavors are present while none of them overwhelm the others.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the soft but persistent carbonation creates a nice tingle and lasts for the entire beer. The finish is relatively short and ends with a touch of clove.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This was an easy drinker with each sip following easily from another and tasting as good as the last. A good solid, well made dunkel weisse that hits the mark easily. Recommended.

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

From a 25 fl. oz. bottle stamped L-152136-20:54. Sampled on February 8, 2012. The pour is olive brown coming out of the bottle but it becomes a dark amber tone with a generous head in the tall glass. The aromas are modest with dark malts, wheat, yeast, banana, and clove. The body is on the light to medium side. The flavor is scrumptious with its sweet dark malts and wheat up front and a slightly dry finale. It is a beer that is easy to drink quickly while at the same time savoring it.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.