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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,318 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1318
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%


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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TheHungryHiker

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= It poured a murky medium brown with a medium tan, fluffy head that disappated to a thin film rather quickly.

S= Banana and bread. Not too much else.

T= Again the banana, but surprising little else. A touch of cloves and some yeasty bread notes, but not much of a finish.A slight sour aftertaste.

M= Smooth, creamy, low carbonation.

D= It was an ok beer, but I was expecting a lot more flavor and some backbone.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:47:09 | More by TheHungryHiker
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle yo!

A- Pours a murky amberish brown color. One finger off white head that shows medium retention. Light spotty lacing while I drink this one down.

S- Tons of malts in this one. Caramel and toffee malts rise over a light wheaty base. Even the banana in this one is light and at times hard to find. Toast and clove with a hint of honey at times as well.

T- This kind of reminds me of a typical hefe from the get go...wheaty with banana and cloves. Middle of this one though comes into a caramel and toffee malt bomb. A light earthy hops restores a little balance in this one but not much. Alcohol comes through in the ending of this one a little too much for my liking.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Banana and caramel is left on the paalte with a long aftertaste of alcohol and malts..with a hint of hops. Flavors were put together pretty well just a little off which I've come to expect when drinking this beer. Alcohol drys the palate after each sip (medium).

D- This is a average drinker which makes me a little dissapointed since just the Hefe is great. Can't win them all and to be honest this is a average drinker for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 00:56:31 | More by alleykatking
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Daredevil

Switzerland

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nose: banana, light havanna cigar (Upmans) paired with some notes of mahagony and coal

palate: tar, quite nutty (macadamia and hazelnut), in the sour aftertaste hints of quince and asian persimmon

a very malty and dry (in the palate, the nose is quite fruity) Weissbier, could be mistaken for a light bodied stout in a blind tasting .... lacks a bit of freshness and fruityness (in the palate) of a typical Weizen ....

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 20:33:26 | More by Daredevil
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cicer color with a creamy light brown head that has decent retention.

Aroma is musty malts and cloves.

Taste is malts, nuts, cloves, apples and dark fruits. Some wheat in there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cleansing.

Overall, it is an OK beer. Nothing spectacular. One is probably enough.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 19:30:24 | More by atigerlife
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benmiliron

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Those numbers are right. This beer looked, smelled and felt like it should taste good. But somehow, it didn't. This beer was incredibly bland, nearly flavorless. Amazing. It's worth buying just to experience it. Very strange. Other than the weird taste thing, the beer was good. I will not buy it again though.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 06:27:53 | More by benmiliron
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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, orange-amber, kind of like a cats eye stone, but kind of dull. Plenty of foamy head that never comes close to fading. The yeast is in the forefront of the aroma, with a subdued creamy banana smell under around hints of sweet German hops.

The taste unfortunately left a bit to be desired. It just seems unnecessarily thin and watery. There's not much malt character, a good hop bite, and some yeast flavors, but in the end you're left with a residual sweetness that isn't even palatable enough to serve as a thirst-quencher.

Freshness may be an issue but a bottling date is nowhere to be found. The bottle is a lighter than normal brown with some greenish tints. I'm not sure the journey west did this one much good.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 03:17:28 | More by boston2bburg
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Franzy dunkle pours out the color of brewed ice tea with a slight chill haze. 3 fingers of wheat hued head puffs up to a high peak before quickly fizzling down to a ring. Head retention is dissapointing and lace is nil.

Mild aromas of carmelized wheat malts, spice, lemon, and a slight metallic astringency. Smelles more like a hefe than a dunkel.

The flavor is mild as foretold by the nose. Roasted wheat, lemony citrus, grass, and delicate spicey yeast make up the profile. It finishes with a clean, lemony zest with almost no aftertaste.

Body is thin and the mouthfeel is very light with large bubbles of carbonation. Very refreshing, but a bit too subdued for a dunkel. Perfect for summertime refreshment in mass quantities. Good price too-$1.75 for 16.9 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 21:34:23 | More by AlexJ
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domtronzero

California

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown copper with a creamy tan off-white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet with a malty wheaty caramel flavor. Tastes of bananas, cloves, and the typical sweet hef flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, yet easy drinking, but not as good as their regular hef. Overall, an average beer; I would prefer the regular hef.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 02:32:50 | More by domtronzero
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – solid amber color with about two fingers’ worth of frothy light tan-colore dfoam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – fairly malty in aroma with lots of herbal hints to it. Very earthy smelling for a weissbier.

Taste – muskier than I would have thought given the aroma, but not overwhelming, but the muskiness continues solidly throughout the entire tasting. The earthy/herbal quality stays there too though.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, leaning not too heavily toward the watery or creamier sides.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, and a nice German beer, but not very interesting or thought-provoking.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 18:19:26 | More by Nerudamann
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle into a Victory Prima pilsner glass

A: Ridiculously large off-white head w/ great retention & lacing. Hazy brown body.

S: Caramel malt and some things I don't like very much: clove, banana, yeast, wheat maybe.

T: Like the smell, but with the clove and yeast overpowering the sweet malt.

M: Light to medium body. Carbonation seems to fit the style very well. Clove and malt in the finish.

D: Goes down easy, but the clove, yeast, & banana are too much for me to want to drink a bunch of these (which is pretty much how I feel about a lot of weissbiers).

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:36:04 | More by OKCNittany
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srandycarter

California

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Into the tulip.

A - Dark caramel with cotton head that leaves quickly. Lacing prevalent throughout experience.

S - Major aroma. Spice stands out, reminds me of the seasonings on a steak. Banana and wheat too.

T - Candy and bitterness at end. Too carbonated. Not a very heavy beer, a little thinner than I like.

M - Thinner and too carbonated, as mentioned. Not a bad beer, fun to try, just not a great beer.

D - I like carbonation, but the carb on this one turns me off.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 04:34:04 | More by srandycarter
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botham

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a light caramel color with amber mixed in. large light tan head that dissipates in a couple minutes.

aroma contains a notable amount of wheat, with notes of dark fruit, apple, and caramel malt. decent mix of aroma here.

taste is sweet, with a notable amount of wheat malt here as well. the same dark fruit and caramel notes are here as well. this is basically a hefe-weizen with some caramel malts thrown in.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture. finishes clean with a bit of residual wheat malt.

drinkability is decent. this is not an overpowering brew, but it does lack a bit in profile character. the caramel malt tries to hold the profile together, but in the end it remains a bit flabby.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 03:16:50 | More by botham
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bark

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark chocolate-brown; the liquid is very hazy. The large head sinks slowly to a thick lid, leaving some lacing.

The smell got notes of bakers yeast, sour wheat-flavours and some roasted flavours of cocoa/nuts. I also noted a scent of meat/beef stock and a bitter hint. Maybe there is a touch of perfume/soap somewhere in there?

The taste is mild and not as sour as the pale wheat beers usually are. Roasted, rounded, sweet flavours of dark bread, beef stock, hazelnuts and some sweet fruits. The short aftertaste is light with some perfumed notes: Fruits, roasted vegetables and nuts. There is a fragile bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to light, the liquid smooth.

A rather standard Dunkel Weizen. IT is probably better paired with some German cuisine or BBQ than on its own.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 19:45:42 | More by bark
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SteelerNation

New York

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle that I had didn't taste very fresh.

A: Pours a full 2+ finger head. A murky brown color.

S: Bananas and spice.

T: More bananas, and some grassy European hops. Faint roasted malt. Medium bitterness. The aftertaste leaves too much huskiness or bitterness on the tongue, but I can't distunguish the two.

M: Watery. Too light for a good Dunkel. Very little dextrins. Dries the palate.

D: When I think Dunkel, I typically think of a good warming winter beer with lots of malt sweetness. This just doesn't fit the bill.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 19:51:18 | More by SteelerNation
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Dark murky yeast filled and protein dense body, an explosion of carbonation visible even through the cloud. Lightly dark cream white head, good density (not great), 3-4 inches tall, rather nice.

Sugary clove and bananas opens this one up. This one takes on some cloying caramel malt notes and some vanilla.

Sour feeling to start here seems a bit out of place. Soon turning to a mellow caramel, clove, and a touch of hops.

Much like their other beer, the dunkel just comes off as thin and watery. All these bubbles and foam….and it still feels so thin. This one does have a touch of a bite from perhaps hops or alcohol (not sure what causes it) but there’s a nice bit of bite.

I suppose I like dark colors more than light colors, but between that and a few light darker malt notes this beer comes off as bit better than their other beer. Still I’ve had far better Dunkels.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 17:56:11 | More by bobhits
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RodneyFarva

Spain

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a stein

a: pours a cloudy mocha brown with a 4 finger tan head, dissipates with good lacing

s: aroma of wheat, banana, bubblegum, some light cloves. very fruity and bready.

t: a strong malty sweetness, some spices of clove and some banana, finishes with a chocolate and caramel aftertaste. a bit thin and watery.

o: a very good dunkelweizen, but a bit of a heavier and chewier mouthfeel would definitely improve this.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 17:55:59 | More by RodneyFarva
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy brown with a huge, fluffy, tan head. Smells of strident clove and smooth ripe banana.

Taste is of dark wheat malt, some banana and clove but muted and disappointing. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Light sweet maltiness. Very thin in the mouth and not creamy at all like it looked during the pour. Drinkable, yes. Fulfilling, no. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 02:49:59 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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pjwilson

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: poured into flare glass, numerous bubbles cling to the side of the glass, making it difficult to see the murky brown color. phat head turns into phat lacing. kind of thin looking though

smell: a nice hefe blast of clove and banana. but in there is something a bit metalic smelling...hmmm. over all nice still

taste: sadly, the first thing i noticed is that this beer is diluted down from strengh, clear from the first sip. still, some typical dunkleweizen flavors are here, but very very watered down. that would be clove and banana.

mouthfeel: watery, but just an un-beer like wateriness

drinkability: high. i easy drinking beer no doubt but this is a disapointment. next time i will pay the extra 40 cents per bottle more for an aiyner.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 03:10:09 | More by pjwilson
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bilyboy65

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 25 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Review is based on 2 glasses, one cold and the the was at room temperature. I even question the freshness of the beer, but it doesn't taste like it has gone bad.

A: Pours a dark maple syrup color with a frothy head that slowly dissipates. Left no film on the glass. Looks like yeast has started to clump together and collect at the bottom of the glass.

S: Is strong with dry malts surrounded by the unfiltered yeast. There is a fruity smell that hints of bananas. It finishes with a cloves.

T: Very yeasty and fruity. The dry malt scent turns into a toasted malt taste that is complexly layered with a pale hops and wheat flavors. This gets mildly distracted by being followed by the subdued fruit and alcohol mix. A combination of the malts and yeast return to give it a bready aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied beer that is very smooth. Lacks carbonation and makes the beer feel flat.

D: Very tasty beer. The banana undertones add an unique atmosphere to the beer. No sharp or shocking tastes make an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 03:03:21 | More by bilyboy65
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jonB

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer brings me to the rare occasion where it smells better than it tastes. The smell had me anxious to take the first sip, but I was slightly disappointed by the taste. The smell makes me anticipate a great Belgian beer, but the taste is lacking the kick I was hoping for. It is an average beer that does not meet expectations.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 00:23:52 | More by jonB
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EricMichael

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Murky brown with a big, smooth, frothy head. Light carbonation follows and head lingers for a few minutes and no prominent lacing.

smell - Malt goodness with banana, wheat and clove - hint of yeast that quickly fades.

taste & mouthfeel - Smooth wheat malt and a prominent banana flavor, but doesn't taste mlike you are eating a banana bread. Watered down, ripe bananas spread onto wheat toast. Left the mouth dry with no lingering flavors.

overall - A decent dunkel without much punch.

Poured from the bottle to a weizen glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 19:43:40 | More by EricMichael
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sort of a clouded brown color with a murky head. Served on tap at the Yard House, not sure how long it was behind the bar but the foam wasn't very tall or tight. Just okay in the looks.

Nose is overripe banana with some clove, decent potency but a little overdone to me. The flavor is fairly bland, actually, with only the mushy-banana leading the charge. Down notes of pepper and clove, with a metallic finish.

Almost didn't want to finish this tapped beer. The fruit flavor is past expiration and nothing else grabs onto me. Not my cup of tea...er...

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 02:48:41 | More by BretSikkink
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Hermanater

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

AP: much darker than the typical Hefe-Weisse as expected. About the color of mixed ice tea with a light creamy head.

AR: sweet, caramel-y notes.

M: light and smooth with some effervescence.

T: caramel malt sweetness very obvious.

I was actually slightly disappointed given how much I like the Franziskaner Weissbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:09:20 | More by Hermanater
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a little amber coloring and has a LARGE cream colored head like none other. The smell is that of strong wheat. The taste has a mild almost no sign of hop bitterness with the wheat taste prevailing as it should in this style. However, even with the wheat taste protruding through, it is a rather mild flavored beer. Not bad, but a very simple brew. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2002 13:06:59 | More by BeerAngel
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Boilermaker88

California

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a .5L gold foil-wrapped brown bottle straight into my Franziskaner weissbier glass.

Poured a murky brown color with a big creamy off-white head. Large volumn of bubbles keep the head lasting through the duration.

Smell was a subdued spicy aroma with a musty earthy undertone. No banana or fruity odors. Vaguely nutty.

Taste was all malt. Like drinking a slice of wheat bread. Hints of spice but not much. The faintest taste of banana and kind of dusty in the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, not very tingly on the tongue given the amount of carbonation visible, and dry.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall, a decent brew but kind of lacking in taste and character. Guess I expected a little more.....

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 04:46:11 | More by Boilermaker88
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