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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,383 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 59 | 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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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nutty dirty looking brown, off white ring around the cap.
Aroma is alot more muted compared to what i was expecting from a beer with weizen in the name. Not a strong yeasty note at all. there is some nutty earthy notes, and hint of spices.
The flavors pop a bit more, but follow the same notes of earthy nutty flavors. The clove flavors come out a bit but not like i envisioned. I am not finding intrest in much here.
Slightly creamy but thinner.

I'll skip this one in the future. to many outstanding ones from others.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 22:20:43 | More by ChadQuest
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McD0uche

California

2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass:

A: A dark brown, reddish color, which is very attractive overall. A decent two-finger head bubbles forth, and subsides after a couple minutes. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smells like your typical Belgian weissbier. Peppery, vinegar-like aromas pervade. Earthy malt notes. Not a smell I care for all that much.

T: Tart, sweet, earthy. Boozy. I'm not the biggest fan of this Belgian flavor, but it isn't enough to keep me from drinking it.

M: Light carbonation and light body. Crisp, refreshing, drinkable, and enjoyable on the palate overall.

O: This was an alright beer, but not anything I'd look for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:25:33 | More by McD0uche
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, hazy light brown, big and pillowy head. Yeasty and citric aroma. Early orangey flavors, a little ester that strays toward nutmeg. Some sense of hazel nut. Cottony and very mild, mouthfeel is light and fades fast. Definite orange-rind aftertaste. Minimalist brew, doesn't strike me at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 07:37:53 | More by ADR
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danielfda

Italy

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

01-25-2014 22:13:34 | More by danielfda
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Hopstout

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

07-03-2012 02:52:35 | More by Hopstout
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hopflyer

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

11-11-2013 14:46:56 | More by hopflyer
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baconman91

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

05-31-2012 22:18:06 | More by baconman91
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a murky light orange color with a two finger tan head.

Smells of cloves, spices, semi-sweet citrusy

As it warms the banana flavor comes out, cloves, yeast

Very light bodied, a little watery, smooth

Very low ABV but to watery for me makes this not to drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:19:06 | More by tr4nc3d
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dgallina

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours a very cloudy dull light brown with enormous off-white head. The head takes quite a while to recede to a thick blanket of film. Smells a bit bland; metallic hops and hard water over slightly sweet malts. Flavor is thin and dull; carbonated water, tinny hops, and a touch of malt that flashes by leaving no finish. Weak and uninspiring body, enlivened slightly by a trace of wheat creaminess. Not a particularly good dunkel weizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 01:33:40 | More by dgallina
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jim102864

Connecticut

2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dunkel is one of my favorite styles in all the land. This one leaves me feeling like I need to search elsewhere. Now that doesn't mean it's not worth trying. It does, however, mean that it's not the best of the style I've had during my travels. Appearance is such a bogus category of the overall review, since it speaks to essentially nothing. I suppose one could argue certain styles should have certain physical characteristics, but appearance in and of itself is meaningless to the taste which is all that matters. That being said, copper brown is what is obviously observed with this beer. There is a slight head, but no lace to speak of and the head itself simply floats on the surface in a thin line. The aroma is very discreet...not much to talk about here for a dunkel, which should blast out malty something or other. Tough to figure this one out. There is an aroma but it is tinny which is a very deragotary description, but it is what it is. The taste is slightly malty...a very clean flavor but so limited in the mouthfeel. I expect a dunkel to be bursting with maltiness and hearty on the toungue, but that ain't happening with this one, much to my chagrin. I'll give this an average drinkability rating at best, but boy, what an average to sub-average beer altogether. I hate to write that about any beer, but it is what it is. A wholly unremarkable dunkel. I expected so much more.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:45:42 | More by jim102864
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SleepyMonk

Australia

2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle chilled slightly below room temp into a Franziskaner tall glass.

Generates a pale brown head that stands at approx. 3 fingers however no where near explosive as others in its class which hints to a low carbonation.

Color is creamy translucent coffee brown.

Smell is very thin and only minor amounts of yeast wafts to the nose along with the almost obligatory banana and clove-ish aroma one associates not just with Hefe-Weiss but that unique Franziskaner tone.

The taste and the mouthfeel only add to the anaemic nose. Mild dried yeast and malts over power the fruit element of which banana is the strongest. The low carbonation suggested at pouring is not as bad on the mouth yet the level of carbonation is medium at best. The mouth does experience quick burst of smooth malt however it quickly runs off.

Not as bad as these tasting notes make it sound, however if I was to recommend a sample of the style - this wouldn't be it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 04:08:51 | More by SleepyMonk
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick milkshake-like beige head tops the dark scarlet red brew. Aroma is musty and stale. The taste is better than the smell, but not by much. Slight phenolic tinges and fruity esters. Slight chocolate. Slight roasted malt. Creamy medium body. Drinkable, but pretty average for a dunkel weizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 19:34:00 | More by Bighuge
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SmashPants

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: standard German 500mL macro brown bottle and standard label.

Appearance: looks as decent as most Franziskaner wheat beers. Dark brown in colour with a traditional fluffy head that settles from two-fingers to one. Looks good.

Aroma: a very muted aroma - some traditional wheat beer banana and cloves, with some stunted and indistinguishable malts in the background. A bit funky too.

Taste: again quite muted. It doesn't seem so much like a dunkel as a standard wheat beer that has had some heavy dark lager poured onto it. Not awful, but certainly not amazing.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger reasonably well, but they are again quite stunted. Certainly not Frenziskaner's greatest works.

Mouth feel: I think this is the culprit. This beer really needs a higher carbonation. It is medium in body with a lower carbonation which struggles to carry the flavour through.

Overall: not a very good wheat beer neither a very good dunkel, particularly for what would be approx. AU$75 a case of 24 x 330mL. Get something else.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 05:19:29 | More by SmashPants
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Jwaks

Connecticut

2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving : 1 pint .9 ounce bottle

This one was a surprise with a huge billowing fluffy off-white head, much more than I expected even with a careful pour. Several veins of fine carbonation meander through this ruddy brown brew sustaining a one finger thick head.

Sour lemon, dry bananas, piquant wheat and sweet malt aromas mingle with a bit of spice and a touch of buttery phenols.

All bark and little bite! Malts are the star from start to finish, hints of sour lemon, buttery phenols and dry banana are layered atop the malts with a slight spicy wheat kick on the finish. I was hoping this beer had more to offer, concentrating the non-malt flavors and kicking the wheat shot up a notch would do this beer wonders.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a touch of cream on the finish. Grip is mediocre, flavor lingers on the palate for about 20 seconds. Drinkability is great, off flavors are kept in check and a slick mouthfeel keep me going back to the glass for more.

Overall, an "average" dunkel weizen that can be classified as a well-made, refreshing quaffing beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 02:03:43 | More by Jwaks
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BrianCuoz

New York

3/5  rDev -21.7%

04-09-2013 16:03:36 | More by BrianCuoz
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Djenx

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-06-2013 23:57:28 | More by Djenx
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-09-2013 20:46:55 | More by TheMrFarnham
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bwyu

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-13-2012 00:35:50 | More by bwyu
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surfmeister

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: baby diarrhea or bilge water (take your pick)- either is unappealing to drink; but big beautiful beige head compensates a little
Smell: yeasty, bready, faint hops, very pleasant, possibly the strong point of the brew
Flavor: The clean, crisp apple-like quality of the flavor of a typical Hefewiezen is masked by molasses in this dunkel. I missed it.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, foamy, remaining crispness were all appealing
Overall: boring, somewhat one dimensional in taste, absolutely could not stand the murky shade of brown, I was turned off as soon as I poured the beer

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 04:02:45 | More by surfmeister
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 13:11:37 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-28-2013 02:16:56 | More by pin
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jcalabre

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 18 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer is brown in color with a tan head.
Mouthfeel: This dunkel is medium bodied
Flavor: a slightly wheaty tasty
This is a nice, average beer. Not bad, not great

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2003 01:37:08 | More by jcalabre
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cosmonick

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-17-2012 02:04:37 | More by cosmonick
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beerbtl

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-28-2013 00:57:32 | More by beerbtl
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-09-2014 00:03:43 | More by KevMo84
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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