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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,405 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 43
Gots: 71 | 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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 16:47:31 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-29-2013 17:56:53 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A-This beer pours a slightly hazy warm brown with very strong carbonation and a huge rocky off-white head. I'm not sure if the haze is from the wheat or the carbonation.

S- The first aroma is a bold phenol clove smell with a nice soft faint banana following. Vary faint there are some vanilla and bubblegum notes. A little bit of a bready note is also in there. Very complex aroma.

T- Very mellow wheat flavor with some nice clove and banana notes. Hints of bubblegum blend in with the sweetness of this beer. A little fresh bread flavor is in the finish but no hops are present. It does have some faint notes of caramel or toasted malt as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but no real fizziness is noted. It does have a softness from the wheat.

D- There are some real complex flavors in this soft beer. The toasted malt adds another dimension that is really nice. Very nice smooth soft yet complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 03:21:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 17:09:23 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-11-2014 03:19:35 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Zorro

California

4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 01:28:03 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2007 15:48:30 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 03:09:58 | More by DoubleJ
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 03:56:32 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-05-2014 04:24:20 | More by duceswild
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 16:43:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 12/10/2012. Pours very hazy reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, banana, pear, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, light roast, banana, pear, apple, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, pear, apple, banana, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good dunkelweizen style. Good balance and robustness of dark malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:56:30 | More by superspak
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-07-2013 15:43:00 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 22:14:29 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 22:09:44 | More by Huhzubendah
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-12-2011 19:16:20 | More by Mebuzzard
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plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 01:56:22 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cloudy golden orange color with a frothy 1 finger white head that was moderately lasting leaving only slight tell tale hints of lacing. There was a considerable amount of suspend particle matter.

S: The nose was wheaty with a touch of sweet caramel, and some yeasty attributes of bananas.

T: The flavor starts off really smooth and very light with a creamy wheat palate, dried bananas, and some hints of fruit. There was some slight hints of caramel sweetness as well as apples.

M: light, with a strong crisp carbonation but goes down pretty smooth. Leaves a slight sweet caramel lacing behind.

D: A pretty decent dunkel, though a little light. Goes down easy enough and certainly good to put down a few at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 14:25:59 | More by beerthulhu
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-06-2014 04:05:18 | More by mdaschaf
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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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the better "Franzishizers," actually, I shouldn't call it a shizer, since its not shitty, but I digress.

Pours a nice dark, thin bubbled beer. Aroma, nothing apparent, but doesn't seem alcoholic like many of this breweries stuff.

Taste, here comes the strange nuances for this American boy's palate. Apple, banana, fig, raisin, all that kind of stuff I don't prefer to mix with my beer. If you're the standard guy who drinks hoppy ipas and fortified stouts, I don't think this complex batch is for you (or at least not me). But with that said, there is something respectable about the interplay between all these styles, and the malt bill here, that doesn't taste like the typical chocolate and coffee you might get for something this dark.

Can't give it good reviews on mouthfeel and drinkability. Its value to me is that of something different to sip, but I don't see myself going back to these.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 00:38:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-08-2014 18:38:22 | More by LXIXME
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy, coppery amber with a short beige cap. Good head retention, clumpy lacing. Strong banana and clove in the aroma, bready yeast, lemons and wheat crackers. Slight brown sugar character. The flavour was bready with lemon and banana, slight tartness. Mild bitterness. I found it to be overly dry, which probably explained the thin mouthfeel. The only thing holding the texture together was the carbonation. I liked the aroma, but was ultimately disappointed with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:06:51 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 21:20:08 | More by tdm168
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 09:00:55 | More by JohnGalt1
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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