Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 806
Hads: 1,606
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 65
Gots: 191 | 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 Globetrotter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a brown half-liter bottle with foil wrapping around the neck and the image of a chubby monk holding a liter mug. This leaves a good first impression.

Pours a beautiful cloudy dark brown hue under a big firm tan head that lingers long but left surprisingly little lace. The nose is very strong: lots of yeast and a bit of flowery sweetness. The mouth is prickly sweet, as it should be. Yeast dominates the taste, with just a touch of sweet flowers. Don't go looking for hops here, but this is a fine example of what an unfiltered dark wheat beer is supposed to taste like.

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Photo of daledeee
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully. True hefeweisen in appearance. Nice high rising head with good stick around ability. Medium cloudy brown. Aroma didn't do much for me. Taste is classic hefeweisen, but a little sweeter than some others. Maltier and good bite, some lemon. But yet it is a little watery tasting. Mouthfeel is velvetty. Very enjoyable drink.

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

Half a liter bottle poured into a Franziskaner Weizen glass. It pours a dark reddish-brown with 3 fingers of light tan head that has awesome retention. There is some lace left down the side of the glass. The smell is full of toasted malt, spices, and fruit. The taste has some raisin and malty flavors, but was lacking the flavor of other weizens. The mouthfeel is fairly strong, and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark amber color with a huge tan-colored cloud top head, which retains superbly. There is an abundant amount of carbonation, quite a bit of sediment and lots of thick and sticky lace.

Aroma: Rich aroma of cloves, ripe bananas, wheat, fruits, and brown sugar.

Taste: The taste opens with substantial notes of wheat malt that linger throughout, soon followed by subdued notes of banana, cloves and faint alcohol. The finish is very dry with some husk notes and an earthy character.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth with soft carbonation and a touch of slickness, a bit less substantial than I had anticipated.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, although somewhat undistinguished wheat. Although it may not overwhelm, neither does it disappoint.

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Photo of Andreji
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a premium beer. Pours a dark tone with a thick and lasting (and lacing) head between white and tan. As poured, the smell is let off immediately, and in such a memmorable fashion. Strong wheat and yeast aromas in a somewhat skunky fashion, very appealing. The taste, quite similar to the regular Weissbier has perhaps more body and a bit stronger perception on the hops, which enhances this feel but slightly opaques some other flavours. The mouthfeel is, still, soft and comfortable but the beer may come a bit heavy (at least when drinking a few too many). An excellent beer from this brewery.

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

Pours a dark, cloudy, brown with a very thick, frothy, almost creamy white head. The head persists, both as a thin (a few millimeters thick) layer, and as lacing on the glass for most of consumption. The aroma is malty and a bit floral. As it warms a bit of a spicy (cinnamon and others?) aroma can also be detected. The taste is also of malt, there is some sweetness, and as with the aroma, cinnamon and other spices come out in the taste as the beer warms. Both the aroma and taste make this a very inviting and enjoyable beer. Very smooth drinking, with a fullish body.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, murky, reddish brown color, with a huge, puffy, creamy head.
Aroma: sweet, spicy, yeasty, breadish, hints of raisins, cocoa, figs, vanilla, caramel...really complex stuff! Heady, potent, rich, sweet, sour, spectacular!
Lush, smooth mouthfeel. Big fruit and malt in the flavor. Soft, smooth, hoppy.
A delicious sweet fruitiness runs through the length of the brew, and rewards one in each and every sip. Yeast is a strong flavor component, giving an overall feel of sweet, fruity bread, all blended up and beery of course!
Dunkel weizen is an incredible style done right, and this is one of those!

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

Poured a hazy light brown color with big pillowey head,aroma a little spicey and somewhat sweet.taste is a litle tart balanced with some toffee sweetness,a little light in the body but overall pretty drinkable.Not a real big fan of this style but a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep brown color. Very nice aroma and has a smooth, yet full bodied taste. Excellent combination of malts and wheat. Slightly bitter, but no where near overbearing. A good hefe-weisse when you are looking for one with some extra maltyness and just a touch of extra hop flavor.
Thick and lasting head.
Served with lemon.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's burnt orange, cloudy, and murky. The head is huge at first and thick. It then subsides to a confident coating of protection. The aroma seems pretty subdued. My allergies are acting up as of late, so it might be great to smell. I just get some faint hefe whiffs. The maltiness is superb in this brew. It's medium bodied and the maltiness leads with the typical hefe flavors following along for a solid background. It's definitely more filling and "mealish" that a regular hefeweizen. So it's not as easy to drink as say Franziskaner Hefe...but it's a treat.

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

Appears a cloudy brown tone with slightly hazy tan foaming head, very good retention on this hefe. The aroma is mild and delicate with tones of clove, banana, and a citrusy undertone. The flavors are all present that are characteristic in the hefe, buthe dunkel wiesse also produces a sweet caramel wheat tone that is very mild but detectably good there is also a slightly more bitter aftertaste than the regular hefe. Dunkel hefe with a medium to light body which continues to deliver me pure refreshment being one very drinkable offering.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy light brown color with a massive head of white foam that just exploded on the top of the beer. Lemons and yeast are in the nose, and they combine for a pretty nice treat.

Flavor has a lot of lemon in there, and it is balanced well by yeast and bananas. It has a crisp start, and it then smoothes out to a very creamy feel leaving tingly little bubbles on your tongue. Grains come in big in the aftertaste adding to the complexity. I was searching for darker malts, but I did not find them. I expected something a bit roastier out of a dunkel - weizen. It was a great beer, but I think it lacked the dark character it needed to receive more credit from me according to style.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was never a fan of Wheats, this beer gave me second thoughts. Pours a cloudy almost orange with a good tight head. Aromas are of bananna, caramel, a hint of clove, and a bit of bread. Taste is malty, with the typical yeasty bananna flavor reigned in. I think of this beer as a much more restrained version of a Weizen. If it has one real flaw its just a bit too watery. Thin mouthfeel or not, it is refreshing and quite drinkable.

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Photo of nomad
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the classic dunkel-weisse color, an opaque browned ruby color. Had tons of miniscule carbonation flying up (gotta love what those purity laws and brewer's yeast do for ya). Also a very frothy rolling head (milkshake-like... yummm) that took forever to calm down. Lace fell fast, though. In all, a very attractive beer.

Nose was of cinnamon and all-spice, and was a bit smoky. The classic German banana phenol was faint and not too sweet. Its flavors were dominated by a little bit of apple and a slightly chewy, lightly roasted wheat. Beyond this, the beer was lacking in much anything else - its caramel flavor was not very good and the finish was fairly drying. Mouthfeel was tingly from the carbonation. Overall, it was fairly easy to drink, but fairly unimpressive. Next to the Ramstein Classic Wheat, it was definitely the lesser by a bit.

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Photo of drizzam
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had the hefe-weiss version of Franziskaner in the past (and I'm a huge fan) but never the Dunkel (until now).

On pouring, I noticed the head was absolutely huge! It didn't really seem to stick to the glass and leave a lace but it was a huge tan head nonetheless. It had the same kind of smell of the regular hefe...some spice and clove but it seemed muted compared to the hefe for some reason. The taste was a bit maltier and maybe a little more muted also. It did finish clean and had a bit of a thicker mouthfeel to me.

Overall not a bad brew...I think in the future I'll just do the Franzikaner hefe-weiss (non dunkel) but I wasn't disappointed with this journey.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Dunkelweiss. Good flavor, but not as good as some others (most notably Weihenstephaner) Very easy to drink, very smooth taste. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Weiss beer or is willing to try it. For around $2 a bottle, its affordable and enjoyable.

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Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This and Paulaner Dunkelweiss were about all I drank on my trip to Germany, so I feel sort of biased reviewing this cuz it just doesn't compare to the American versions that get shipped here.
I had the 16.9 half litters. Never once saw it on tap. It poured a dark cloudy body. Like a standard heffe that might have been brewed with dirty water. The head was immence, lasting for quite sometime. I don't remember it ever going away by the time I got to the bottom of the glass. It had a distinct earthy/yeasty taste, with very subtle clove and bananna flavors. Compared to the standard franziskaner heffe, this is a much mellower version despite the darker color, although it's slightly maltier than the heffe.
I grabbed a few of these before coming back to the states for about 50 cents(.50 euro) a piece. About a week or two after coming back it was still just as fresh as I'd had in Germany. 4 months later I broke open the last one and it had deffinatly gone down hill a bit. Starting to lose some of it's spice flavors, and getting some skunky flavors. Still, a great beer, but I'll deffinatly be looking for the newest imports at my local store if I plan on picking this up anytime in the future.

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Photo of cokes
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Could double as chocolate milk, if chocolate milk was served with a big ass tan head.
Typical hefe smell profile, perhaps muted compared to some. Bananas, cloves, the same old drill. Tiny roasted whafts seems more imaginary than anything.
Nicely blended within the mouth. Caramel-chocolate flavors draped over bananas. Some vanilla too. Like a liquid banana split. Jabs of graininess accompany the cloves.
Big and hearty within the mouth. Though difficult to drink very much of for this very reason.
A good solid dunkel that is much preferred to their hefe-weiss. The tap version seems a much better bet than the bottled form, which is an oddity for a weizen.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
2.37/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I thought this stuff was God-awful. I could not even get through drinking what I had. Pours a cloudy brown with a decent foamy head. Could not detect very much from the nose. Some banana flavors, maybe some chocolate, and definite malt characteristics. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this stuff just did not go over well wiht me. Besides macro-swill, this may be one of the worst beers I've sampled.

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Photo of scottum
1.47/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this didn't go down to well. Poured out brown with a nice head. Lots of sediment. Tastes of wheat, and sour fruit. I like Franziskaner's regular Hefe (was my first of the style,) but this one just doesn't hold up. Although it was cheap, it tasted cheap. No more will this enter my home!

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Photo of cretemixer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy chestnut with a thick tan colored head which settles to a dense layer after some time. Aromas are of malts, caramel, yeast. Clove taste comes through the sweet maltiness at the start. Becomes more bready midglass and finishes kind of flat with a mild bitterness. Thinner mouthfeel than other dunkels I've sampled but pretty drinkable.

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Photo of aaronh
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like liquid caramel topped by a two-finger layer of light tan whipped cream. The aroma is very bready and yeasty with hints of coriander. The taste is lively, with a nice yeastiness to the tangy wheat character. Hints of chocolate covered bananas push through the crispness and are quickly whisked away by the carbonation and cleaned up by a very faint bitterness. A full bodied mouthfeel is floated on the proliferous carbonation, which expands in the mouth and makes this beer very refreshing. This is my first dunkel-weiss, and I was expecting a bit more chewiness. It is every bit as refreshing as a standard hefe, but with a bit more malt character. A very nice brew.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at D's. Pours a dark tinted pale brown color with minimal head. Fragerance is that of cloves, bananas, and apples. At first I noted a taste of apples, but after that I tended only to taste the mellow hops and malts. Carbonation is light and its body is almost heavy enough to be characterized as chewy, but not quite. Extremely drinkable, i polished off two without realizing it while watching the pens game. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Banana and cloves on the nose....muddy brown in appearance with a spritzy, white lace....taste is cloves and spicy..a bit thin in the mouth..I like dunkels a lot and this is solid, but no earth mover...

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

A solid offering. Poured a cloudy dark color. Had a "gruff" taste in my throat, a pleasant one at that. I found this very enjoyable, easy to drink and quite refreshing. It ad a great fresh taste to it, almost like the grain was still suspended in the beer. I will definitely drink this again.

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