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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

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very good

1,543 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,543
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 53
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
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Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Ratings: 1,543 | Reviews: 797
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass by freshness date.

Murky brown hue with average light tan wheat beer’s head, it gradually collapses with good retention to thin foamy layer cover on top along with trace of some laces, high active carbonation soaring upwards.

Very mellow banana to banana bread, dark bread, powdery yeast, crackery malt, some clove spice and hint of bubblegum.

Malty sweet bursts up to seduce the palate. Mild banana and dark bread come in mind not much mellow as in the nose but in way of balance. Some phenolic spice and subtle hop bitterness interpose adding more refinement yet with a slight pinch of yeast, slight bread note in the finish.

The body is medium, smooth yet refreshing with good crispness and lively carbonation, very dry finish.

Very easy drinkable with fine refreshing character, it’s mild, smooth and balance Dunkelweizen.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –Pours a hazy lighter brown color with a large billowy off-white, bordering tan, head. The head is nice and thick in nature and fades over time to give a persistent film on the brew and leaving some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Yeast aromas are the most prevalent with hints of darker fruit mixed in. There is some bready aroma in there as well with a little bit of spiciness.

Taste – Sweeter malt flavors with a bit of yeasty flavor are upfront. The sweetness gives way a bit of dryer roasted flavors. While losing some hold in the middle of the taste, the sweet flavor does persist and at the end seems to gain ground again with some caramel flavors which mix with a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel- Rather thin with a slightly above average carbonation level. The body is a bit lighter than expected and threw me off at first. It is really too thin and carbonated for the more roasty flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel of this one is a little off in my opinion.

Overall - A good, look and smell and a pretty nice flavor profile, but the mouthfeel definitely leaves something to be desired. Not bad, but not great either.

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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Celle, Germany. This beer smells sweet and fruity (bananas). Unlike many popular dunkels it is completely unfiltered. The head gives way after a minute or two, not too much lacing. Taste is rather sweet, much like a their hefeweizen, just with some added chocolate malts. Definitely a solid beer, I would buy again. However, I believe there are some better dunkels out there.

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3.88/5  rDev +1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.


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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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