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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of Jsteez
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A-Cloudy dark brown with some tan highlights; fluffy tan 2-finger head, good retention. Once the head dissipated, there was a creamy tan surface that stuck around throughout consumption. Trace sticky lace on the glass.

S-A bit of cloves, hint of malt, some yeast, dark bread, and perhaps a slight estery smell, but ever so slight.

T-Upon the first sip there was dark bread, banana nut bread, chunky yeast, slight spice, caramel malt, and a hint of dark fruit. The aftertaste had a balance of light hops, sweet malt, light wheat, and a trace of caramel. The flavor blends were so nice and balanced.

M-Quite refreshing for this style. The body is on the moderate side. Carbonation was present, but just enough to give this fine brew some balance.

Overall, I was amazed. It really fit the context I was in at the time of drinking it. I really would drink this again, and again, and again. Perhaps this beer tasted so good because I had just finished cross-country skiing in -15 (Celsius) weather in Northeast China with a group of German and Swedish diehard ski bums. We went to one of the few German pub/restaurants in N.E. China right when we finished skiing. This brew really complemented my borsch, warm pretzel bread, sour cucumber cabbage salad, potatoes, and marinated beef. Quite a hearty meal on a frigid day. Give this beer a try if you haven't yet.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep, dark black with brown highlights around the edges. White and fizzy CO2 head never really established anything. Nonetheless, a good-looking beer.

Smell 3.50: Nice bouquet. I smell hints of banana and some very light maltiness. Also some interesting elements of the yeast are present in the bouquet.

Taste 3.50: Front is very light and dry. Almost watery. Middle is dry and there is a nice taste of noble hops and caramel malts. Finish is where a slight toasted flavor comes in along with more of the barley malt and some hints of the banana from the bouquet along with some spicy clove hints. Aftertaste is short and somewhat watery with the focus being on the malt once again.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Standard. Okay. Nothing special and obviously CO2.

Overall 3.5: Good beer, but nothing special. This beer is strange: watery and weak in places and assertive and complex in others. I imagine it would be good with food, maybe a nice plate of haxen. Not the best for sessioning, as the aftertaste is a bit off, in my opinion. Not a horrible beer by any means, but certainly not the best you will ever imbibe.

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Photo of Clones21
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle poured into a pint glass. Color is brown/reddish. You get a lot of clove and banana in the smell. Taste is a lot like the smell, but has a caramel kick to it. This is my first Dunkelweizen and I'm pretty impressed. I am a big fan of Hefe's, so I wanted to try a Hefe that was a little darker. Really like this beer. The caramel kick it has is a fantastic twist to the beer. I recommend it.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky brown with no clarity. Tiny bubbles can be seen coming up the edge of the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove, spices, bready wheat, and fruity aroma.

Taste: Delicious and tasty beer. Banana, clove, ginger, wheat, and sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, feels light, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. Delicious and tasty.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice coppery caramel brown with a nice thick foamy head. Manly looking. Lace ok but head dissipates quickly.

Smell- Banana esters and malty goodness. Some spices in there but not overpowering

Taste- Nice weissbier wheatiness with some banana smoothness and some spicy something or other. Good almost great but not out of this world.

Overall- Very solid Dunkel Hefe.

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass...

A: Poured a nice, hazy brown/amber with about 2 fingers of light brown head that dropped off to some nice lacing around the glass.

S: On the nose, hints of yeast, wheat, sweetness and maybe a little funk in there. Not nearly the overall nose I was thinking I'd find

T: On first taste, the wheat, banana, a little bready note and some spice.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation. Light/dry finish with no real aftertaste.

O: Not a bad beer overall. There may be better ones out there so I guess I'll have to drink more of this style to find out.


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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-litre bottle, slightly out of date when poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass at home on 20 Oct 2013.

Huge head on top of the dark brown body with ruby hints: looked lovely.

The nose is a mixture of yeast, vanilla and banana esters: the taste follows closely but with a malt presence that didn't appear in the aroma.

Lively and flavoursome, very pleasant and one of the best Dunkelweizen I've had so far.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown body - borderline black. An off-white head withers away in short order, leaving just a thin crown behind. Lacing is minimal and carbonation is light.

Cavity-inducing sweetness upfront. Plenty of banana and clove and caramel notes. Pretty basic but enjoyable.

Everything the nose picks up, the taste buds do as well - with added spice. Fresh banana nut bread and Belgian yeast with some lightly roasted caramel. Coriander and a bit of ground pepper add some character and unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the execution.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Sweet with a nice finish. Easy to drink, even if the spicing starts to wear you thin.

Not a bad beer by any means, however, I found myself looking forward to the end of the glass as time went on. More enjoyable to smell than sip.

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Photo of pgwall
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I lived in Germany for 13 years, (Army Brat) and used to drink Dunkel Hefeweizen, all the time. I don't remember the brand, but... this is the closest I've have gotten since I've been back to the US.

I'm not a beer connoisseur, but I have tried a lot. This ones top notch. If your looking for a authentic German tasting Dark wheat beer... look no further.

I don't always drink beer but when I do I drink Hefeweizen. (Dunkel where I can get it.) :P

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Photo of BrandonOakes
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a creamy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: A mix of the usual banana and some sweet almost caramel like tones.

Taste: Banana with some wheaty tones.

Mouthfeel: Slight over carbonation, but it eases with time in glass.

Overall: Not a bad beer. I do prefer the regular hefe over this though.

Serving type: bottle into Weizen glass.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: used a weizen glass.

A: Copper-like colored with a 3-fingered head. No lacing at all.
S: Everyone's saying bananas but I can only get yeast and wheat.
T: Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar and still no bananas.
M: Medium-bodied with a bitter end at the finish.
O: Second dunkel I've had. Erdinger's still better.

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Photo of Hermanater
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard weizen.

A: Dark, hazy, amber hue. Pours a cascading, foamy head. Settles slowly, but never completely. Leaves a thick foam blanket throughout the experience. No real lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, and what smells like a little molasses and raisin.

T: Wheat..of course... kind of a woody malt accentuated with a shallow sweetness of molasses, and a very slight bitterness of raisin.

M: Light but hearty. Has a sort of overly carbonated feel. Light and indistinct aftertaste.

D: Great drinking brew. Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Hazy and amber with a giant head, but no real lacing. Nose is wheaty with some sweet and bittersweet accentuates. Woody wheat, with a little molasses and raisin. Feels a little shallow. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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

Appearance: chestnut, cloudy

Aroma: spicy, malty

Taste: creamy, malty, spicy, banana; normal Bavarian Wheat smell

Remarks: This was an early review, so my tasting notes weren't as complete

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of jesseejames
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually order a hefeweizen with a meal in Germany and this dark hefe was a treat. I really enjoyed the complex taste and aroma of this beer. It has a nice balance of malts that leave a nice smooth almost chocolate aftertaste. I prefer dark hefe if they are not too bitter and this one is really nice. It is a touch sweet though.

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Photo of tito42
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 1 pt., 9 oz. bottle to a tulip. Bottled on 10/30/2012.

A: Very cloudy siena with grapefruit hues. Nice, tan head.

S: Wheat, malt, banana, clove, brown sugar.

T: Wheat, burnt sugar, malt, banana, vanilla, slight clove.

M: Medium-bodied and crisp with a sharp drying of the tongue at the finish.

O: A very enjoyable beer. Only the second dunkel I believe I've had, I feel this is a good bar to set as a guideline for the style.

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Photo of oi_scout_jessie
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours a cloudy, dark brown color. It has an off-white puffy head that’s about two fingers thick. It has a slight lacing but it disappears quickly.

Smell: This has a slight banana smell to it. I also get a light hint of caramel.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell. I definitely taste the banana. Along with that, I’m getting a nice nutty and bready taste to it.

Mouthfeel: It feels good. Smooth taste with a light to medium body and sharp carbonation. Maybe a little too much; But it’s still good.

Overall: Overall, this was a good beer. Definitely what I expected from a wheat beer.
But with more of a banana feel to it. And it leaves a nice smooth wheat aftertaste.

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Photo of ksimons
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-really beautiful looking in the glass, a chestnut brown with light golden highlights and three fingers worth of rocky white head that leaves a nice lace covering

S-the smell is a little light, but there is some wheat bread, light banana, and light caramel

T-taste is similar to the smell in being a bit on the light side. Nutty bread, banana, and light spices

M-very creamy, light to medium body, good crisp carbonation

Overall as this is the beer that started it all for me I am partial to it, but think the taste could have a bit more oomph to make it really great.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy nut brown, nearly-white head is a quarter inch, dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of bananas and buttered bread.

Tastes of bananas and lightly buttered bread along with light caramel and mild roasty notes.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good wheat ale in the German style, good nose, okay flavor. Their hefe is one of the best, but this is just pretty good. Still worth trying though, and enjoyable enough that I would have it again.

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Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber brown hazy color with a good off-white head with good retention.
Aroma of yeast and toasted malts, notes of wheat, cloves, vanilla and banana.
Flavorful beer, toasted malts and earthy and piney hops giving a zesty feeling. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
This is one of my favorites Dunkelweizen, solid flavor with a good price and drinkability.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the beer has a clearly dark brown color, that is hard to see through, and really puts the "dunkel" in this beer, with a rich head and ample carbiantion
I liked it

s: not much smell here really, with some very very, very weak banna and a bit of clove buried in their somewhere, but sadly, most of it cannot be detected
it isn't good, but it isn't bad
its just average

taste: to be fair, this one doesn't have much flavor too, for a dunkel. it tastes like a hefe, just with a less defined flavor and less highlights.
really their isn't much to say here
Its not bad, but lord, is it not good

mouthfeel: this one is quite good, with a rich carbianted body, that really makes up the BULK of the flavor of the beer, s you swallow the beer and it goes down smoothly.
to be honest, it is the highlight of the beer

Overall. This beer is sadly very, very average, with the exception of its mouthfeel and appearance, which come off as being quite nice.
sadly, the most important features, are sourly lacking

I recommend their other beers. they are far, far better

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Photo of atigerlife
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Huffs
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Yard House in West Nyack, NY. Have always enjoyed this beer and the style so pardon my enthisiasm as this is the first Dunkelweizen I have had on tap.
Head was creamy and light with aroma being a light malt. Mouthfeel was creamy, almost like a hint of Guinness, though not as robust as that. Malty, slight floral aftertaste.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a weizen glass. Finger of head with a cloudy dark brown body.
Barnyard smell with a little ripe dark fruit. A bit muted though.
A little sweetness, mild bitterness and a chalkiness. Disappointing and weak taste. None of the style's characteristic richness.
Too fizzy, medium body.
Not impressed or interested by this.

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