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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: 66
Gots: 200 | 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 jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Franziskaner Weizen glass

Pours brown (darker towards top, lighter towards bottom). The thick head becomes a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of toffee, dark grains, just a hint of banana/clove.

The taste is of toffee and roasted grains. Pretty basic, but decent. Doesn't change much, even as it warms. Sweet malt finish.

Body rather light. Pretty smooth in a spritzy sort of way.

Easy to drink. Refreshing. Sweeter than not, but not overly so. A basic, decent example of a dunkel weizen.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy, then creamy, light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts adding sweetness to the normal hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.

T: Initially there is a lot of sweetness from the dark malts with notes of caramel and just a touch of toffee. Then there are the wheat flavors though much lighter than in a hefeweizen, though there is quite a bit more complexity to the flavors of this style.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth but just a little bit on the thin side.

O: Enjoyable and super easy to drink, this beer takes me back to the years when I had the opportunity to visit Bavaria at least once a year (sitting outside in a beer garden and enjoying these on a Saturday afternoon). Definitely sessionable and a beer that you could easily drink all day.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle without a freshness date into a hefeweissen glass.
Head was very pronounced on this beer but fell away quickly and didn't return. Carbonation is moderate to low but no head formation after the initial head, no lacing on the glass. Beer is brown and cloudy (I intentionally disturbed the sediment in the bottle for the cloudiness). This beer may be just past its prime but it is still good.
The aroma is filled with wheat and some fruity esters. It is not the most inviting aroma unfortunately. The taste is somewhat cereal like but it finishes cleanly. No aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that is ok for this style, beer is very wet. Overall a decent beer, but I've had better dunkels.

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

Served in a pint glass.

Served with a finger of off white head. Color is a dark murky brown. Head fades down to a thin layer. Some lace left.

Aroma: Smells very roasted and malty. Bananas, cloves, and wheat all show.

Taste: Same roasted malt feel which I normally don't get from a dunkel. It has some spice notes to it as well. Bananas, cloves, and wheat all show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bit of spice flavors.

Overall, the pint drank pretty easy. No real problems finishing it. The only difference with this beer was the roasted malts that I picked up.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 2/6/10

Pours a cloudy brown color with a finger of slightly tanned head. Fair amount of retension and minor spotty lacing on the glassware. Aroma of cloves, malt and slight bit of fruitiness lingers. Taste is equally clovey with malt sweetness. Thin body and lightly carbonated. There is a slight amount of breadiness and yeast that remains in the mouth.

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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fiery copper with a thick, creamy head that leaves a few splotches of lacing on the glass.

S: Bananas, clove, bread, yeast, banana bread, banana muffins

T: This is a very tasty beer. It's easy to drink, smooth and has plenty of flavor. The aroma is a great indicator of the beer's taste profile.

M: Smooth and easy with a medium or slightly less carbonation level.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable, especially if you're in the mood for a good German ale.

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

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat scent with some dry crystal malt sweetness. It is a fruity with a refreshing yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry malty flavor with some wheaty notes. It is lightly fruity on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Dunkel. It has good aroma and mouthfeel.

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

Nobody get excited - this is just a couple of Franciscan monks, one on the label, the other behind the keyboard, getting together for an outing. CAN you believe it?

Bro. Francis came roaring out of his home, resulting in a big foamy finger of tan head with moderate retention. Color was a VERY cloudy dark reddish-brown. Nose was big with a pleasant admixture of banana and clove with the former leading the way and the latter directly underneath. Mouthfeel was big and full with banana the main attraction, followed by pink bubble gum and then clove spiciness. It is a good thing that I have been exposed to a number of hefeweizens recently or I would have HATED this. I am more mature in terms of my palate, so it is palatable, but I am still not a big fan of the banana esters being so prevalent. Finish reminded me of banana bread, simply in liquid form, which is appropriate since it was the monks who first referred to beer as "liquid bread". I just wish that the clove/spiciness had been more forward.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

What an interesting looker. Deep classic hues of copper brown, with just enough light to get through to see pletinful carbonation. To the light it shines deep blood red, capped with a top head frothy and even thick at three fingers, it even has a purple tinge to it's relatively simple tan topped body. Great and neat looking brew.

Lots of powdery like malt on this. That real dryness gets an angle of clove and just a faint whiff of banana, but then goes to some faint almost woody tree bark like qualities as well. Almost makes me want to say smoke and rauch, but not quite. Different and a bit unexpected.

Palate comes off just a little to light. Not much wheat depth, and a bit of frosty and powder like caramel tones. Easy drinking but manages some weird like frosty and almost icy finish. Muted banana tones, and kind of hinting of malt powder which I just can't escape.

It's the easy drinking Dunkel it seems, but as drinkable as it is, it's not really memorable or something I can see myself gravitating to.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, pours a soft dark brown and cloudy. Stately puffy tan head, excellent retention and leaves creamy lacing. Nose is of ripe bananas and a wiff of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavors of bananas, chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Reminds me of a yeasty chocolate milk shake. Love the style and love this Spaten creation.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy amber color with a 3" head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: banana is most noticeable, a slight spiciness is softer in the background.

Taste: light roasted caramel flavor is wrapped around wheat, banana, bubblegum, and some soft spiciness. Bitterness is mild here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to consume. A few could be had in a session. Slightly less refreshing than the Hefe.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had its lighter sibling, and now it's time to go on the dark side of Franziskaner:

Cloudy orange to brown in color with a gigantic foamy head. The head looks like a scoop of ice cream in a root beer float! Phenolic smell with spice and a touch of apple. More phenolic flavor in the taste. Coated plastic on the palate, some nutmeg, a little sizzle of wheat malt, with the aftertaste leaving spiced apples and cinnamon. The beer has a firm and creamy feel, not crisp like other wheat beers. Not quite the same as their hefe, but definately worth a few samples. At $1.59 a half-liter, I'm not bitching and moaning.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Danzer's near the Syracuse U. campus.

Just got a little 12 oz. stein as an appetizer before my red cabbage reuben. Looks a hazy dark amber, with out much head retention. Smells and flavor is mopre muted than some of the other times I've had the lighter Franz on-tap. Yes this a different beer, but you'd figure a darker version of a beer would match up. Still pretty good though with creamy citrus spice.

Mmmmm... German beer...

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle, picked up at BevMo Huntington Beach for $1.79.

A: Pours lighter than expected amber brown, cloudy, full hefe-style head, no real lacing, Average head retention for the style. The beer looks good, but for its style, just average I'd say.

S: Dark bread, bananas, clove, spicy pumpernickel, fairly robust.

T: Probably the closest to cookie batter I have tasted in a beer. Molasses, very sugary at first, which is countered by a bitter clove bite. Banana bread and some nutmeg close out the flavour profile.

M: Light-bodied, glad the carbonation is not over the top, but it does present problems with drinking the beer at times. I wish it was a little smoother, good as a whole.

D: Probably my favourite dunkelweizen I have had, though I haven't had much experience with this style, in my neck of the woods we usually just have the common German versions available. Liked this better than the Weihenstaphner, go buy it, it's cheap to boot, good beer by Spaten.

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

Appearance. Pale apple cider like appearance. Decent head retention.

Smell: Sweet wheat notes.

Taste: Initial taste of fruity wheat. Big banana flavors. A bit of spice in there as well. I love this dark wheat style. One of my favorites of this style so far.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, fullbodied dunkel.

Drinkability" Rather drinkable. Would have again. Franzi is always fancy.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a dark, muddled, golden brown coloring with a frothy, low profile, tan head. Aromas of nut sweetness, smoked caramel, and subtle toffee. Sweet and balanced. The flavors are nutty and tangy caramel sweet, with hints of date and fig, and subtle roast notes. Smooth and full bodied, with a short lived fruit bread aftertaste cut by the crisp, clean finish. Solid beer.

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

Had on tap at the BSP, Decatur, Georgia. Pours a chestnut brown with a slightly beige head that settles into a cap after a nice initial head. The smell is a little light, but there is mostly banana and clove as well as some light wheat. The flavor is a little more pronounced. Raisins, clove, banana. Somewhat mellow. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel combined with the flavor profile makes this one delicious. Not sweet, and there is still a snap to the mouthfeel. A nice summer brew especially.

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Photo of Zorro
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty, looks like dirty sewage though.

VERY pleasant smell, kind of a malty bakery in the morning smell. There is a bit of spice in it too allspice I think? That or cinnamon and orange peel.

Taste is quite pleasant and has that dunkel taste. Malty and some raisins and tart lemon if you hold it on your tongue and let it warm up. Malty yet manages not to be sweet.

Mouthfeel is very good, medium carbonation and a neutral dryness. Medium heaviness.

Drinkability is very good! I like the Erdinger version better, but this is certainly acceptable!

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Ludwig's...
Appears a mahogany red/brown color with a lush tan head that stays untill the last few sips. Light lacing is seen in this one.
Smell is of Bavarian yeast, bread, cocoa, light banana, roasty nuts, cream, and clove.
Taste is equally as good as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is decent. Seems to be medium bodied and refreshingly not to cloying. This would score a bit higher if it filled out the palate just a tad more but it's nice, nonetheless.

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

Opted to buy a bottle after an excellent serving of the hefe off tap. Pours with a rather large head, an odd brown in colour - strongly resembled tea actually. Two fingers at least (off a soft pour) and stayed constant through the course. A warming flavour, profiles cinnamin, brown sugar with a light spritzy, rotting wheat aroma. A lot of yeast in the aroma as well. Not bad. A good mouthfeel, easy on the wheat punch - fairly light and certainly more dry than most others. I like how this one is a little dulled. Flavour is also a little restrained. Nothing too rich. As it warmed I could taste more and more (until almost exclusively) raisons and prunes. The darker fruity notes (prunes, raisons) of this one make it a great compliment to the lighter (banana, etc) fruity notes of the hefe they offer. Very little, where any, aftertaste. Yeast became a little too strong near the end. I found that both this and the hefe lack tremendous complexion but are quite fair - and overall - quite nice.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a beautiful-looking tall weissbier glass at the Bavarian Beer Cafe, York St Sydney.

Appearance: Creamy-looking cloudy reddish brown, with a clean slightly off white head. Good head retention, good lacing. A fine looking beer.

Smell: Wonderful dark caramelised fruits. Syrupy sweetness with a refreshing scent of clean wheat. Also hints of chocolate and clove. Yum.

Taste: Wonderfully rich and complex. A roasty sweetness, like honeyed nuts, or tropical fruit compote. There's a nice refreshment from the yeastiness there as well which adds something to the drinkability. Wow, a really nice brew this one. Mouthfeel is crisp, but filling and refreshing.

A very fine beer this one, supremely drinkable, ultimately enjoyable.

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Photo of plaid75
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy medium to dark copper hue with a four finger foamy and creamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy wheat malt with hints of caramel and some lemon zest. The yeast esters were a bit subdued.

The taste was light and clean. Essentially a hefe with a bit more caramel element. The flavor, however, remained dry. Some astringent wheat malt flavors as well.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry. Slight chewiness.

Overall an exceptionally easy to drink hefe. Just as clean and refreshing as the standard hefe (perhaps it shouldn't be this way however).

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz picked up at the Coop sometime last week for about $2.50.. poured into my small weizen glass.

2" head left almost no lacing atop a slightly hazy chesnut brew.

Aroma is more bready than spicy.. sorta like fresh raisin bread without any cinnamon and fewer raisins. Only touches of any of the traditional phenolic/estery smells.

Much more banana in the flavors.. but still everything seems restrained.. mild but present clove finish. Small raisin and lite caramel flavors accentuate the more dominant flavors. Light medium body and persistant carbonation.

I've had this brew many times over the years.. alot recently because I've been trying to find time to review it and ultimately waiting until "get" to share it with a friend/coworker. Almost certainly not the best dunkelweizen out there, but still very nice for the style.. I wish more American brewers gave them a go.

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