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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 808
Hads: 1,616
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 67
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of dougbassett
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ronzorelli
2.29/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange-brown with a very durable and creamy tan head that 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.

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Photo of rale
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.


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Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of karait95
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice traditional looking for the style, brown cloudy beer with a big almost withe head that dissipates not too slow and doesn't leave lot of traces behind, body is light more than bold and carbonation is not very rich.

S: aroma is pleasant but not as deep or intense as could or actually as should, of course that the wheat is clear but the toasted and the fruity is not that clear.

T: flavor is just avobe average doesn't show intense character doesn't show the banana or spicy character, it is plain semi toasted wheat.

M: the sensation is good, it represent the style, a refreshing medium body balanced beer with low sweetness and low bitterness.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy plum-brown color with an almost light-cinnamon color to the head. 4.0

Rich banana, wheat grain, taffy, and clove aroma. Sweet and nutty. Dark wheat bread glory. 4.5

Nice malty dunkel. Slight roast, powdery yeast, sugar-spotted banana, spicy clove, cherry juice, and dark bread. Nice. 3.5

Medium body that's a little thinner than expected. Subtle carbonation adds to the velvety feel. 4.0

Classic dunkel. Worth buying and re-buying and re-buying. Get the point? 4.0

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy light brown with a 3 finger light creamy tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has cloves, bananas, and caramel.

The taste has cloves, bananas, and light caramel. Not a very strong flavor. Sweet taste, but also somewhat watered down. Don't know how else to put it.

Light bodied with average carbonation. As mentioned before, somewhat thin and watery. Not bad, but not worth seeking out again either.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber; huge, foamy, thick, off white head; great retention

S - yeast, clove, banana, straw

T - caramel, bubblegum, banana, yeast, straw, clove

M - smooth, crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a very decent, easy drinking, flavorful beer. It has good flavor, good body, and great drinkability. I recommend checking this out.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz served into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy russet brown with a hefty head of foam that is light tan in color and has proper retention.

S - Roasted wheat malt, banana, mild caramel, clove.

T - Follows the nose but clove is more pronounced. Toasted banana bread, moderate wheat, nuttiness pulls through and rounds things out very nice.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body with slight creaminess.

A solid Dunkel. The nut flavors really pull everything together.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one plenty before, but finally getting around to reviewing it. 500 mL foil-wrapped bottle into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a caramel colored body that is not as translucent as anticipated. A finger-wide head comprised of eggshell white bubbles adorns the surface; retention and lacing seem a bit lacking. The aroma is of wheat, straw, grass, and some grains that, while don’t seem roasted, do seem to have been “warmed” in some way. Some faint lemon and malt dropped in as well. The flavor follows suit, with an emphasis on the wheat, grass, and straw notes. Some caramel mixes well with the muddled grains, while some lemon pulls through towards the rear. Mouthfeel is crisp and finishes clean. The consistency is thinner than the color of the body may suggest, but it lacks not in flavor. Overall, a great beer. Not particularly rare or sought after these days, but one that is certainly worthy of revisiting any time.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip...yes, wrong glass but its all I had.
Pours a thick brown sugar colored haze with thick head. Smells of typical munich hefe; banana, wheat, malts, clove. Taste is very nice, wheaty and malty with hints of banana and honey maybe??
I love this dunkel weisse..its what others should be. Just plain great. Every sip takes me back to Germany...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat toast, spices, and some slight banana aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, brown sugar, and subtle banana on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good dunkelweizen but nothing really stands out to me.

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Photo of BTFU
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown and bubbled/foamed a lot. It formed a solid head that kept its volume and laced some but not consistently.

S - The malt is yeasty and wheaty with a underlying scent of bananas

T & M - The dryness of the malt character combines well with the sweet banana and wheat tastes to make a well-bodied beer. The carbonation was very smooth and not crisp but had a very good sensation on the tongue. The sips finished well, but after I finished the beer, there was an odd malt flavor that I didn't notice after having the regular Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse.

O - I've had a good number of German and American wheats but not too many of the associated dark versions. This was a good beer, but to me, they are a step down from their brothers.

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Photo of scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy brown color with two fingers worth of light tan head. Thin, runny lacing on the sides.

Smell- Wheat bread and yeast with a slight hint of banana.

Taste- Sweet malt with some nuttiness and faint banana notes.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a mildly dry finish. On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Nice, drinkable brew. I would be willing to drink this again from time to time.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.