Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel

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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 Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 aaronh
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like liquid caramel topped by a two-finger layer of light tan whipped cream. The aroma is very bready and yeasty with hints of coriander. The taste is lively, with a nice yeastiness to the tangy wheat character. Hints of chocolate covered bananas push through the crispness and are quickly whisked away by the carbonation and cleaned up by a very faint bitterness. A full bodied mouthfeel is floated on the proliferous carbonation, which expands in the mouth and makes this beer very refreshing. This is my first dunkel-weiss, and I was expecting a bit more chewiness. It is every bit as refreshing as a standard hefe, but with a bit more malt character. A very nice brew.

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Photo of TominGermany
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hotpauko
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Years ago as I was going thru craft beer education, wheat beers were my favorite and this beer topped my list. I have grown to be an open minded hop head and haven't had this beer in a few years and not much wheat beer in general. I'm not the best person to review wheat beers. This is a very good beer but I am sure there are others better made. Worth a try, works very well with a couple orange slices.

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Photo of jsh420
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours semi hazy dark caramel amber brown with a 1+ finger off white head that left no lacing

smell - lots of dark tangy fruit

taste - banana nutty dark caramel and fruit - good amount of bitter hops? good amount of spice

mouthfeel is a medium body with good carboantion very smooth and creamy but with some life

overall - this is a very solid dunkel that i have had many times but never reviewed - this was a great buy @ 1.99 a bottle

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Photo of SickGnar
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown and quite hazy. Some reddish highlights when held to light. Large, very light khaki head that falls fast. Minamal lacing thsat keeps sliding down the glass to drown.

S: Steely caramel malt with wheat firm yet in the background. Faint lemony twang. Hint of burnt sugar sweetness. Hint of dark fruits. Cloves & banana are present but rather shy. Pleasant and reasonably complex, but rather muted.

T: Nice malts. Solid wheat base, followed by clean, steely caramel, doughy / bready / toasty grain with hints of crust, hints of toffee, and even light, muted chocolate. Malts also lend to a soft dark fruit impression which goes well with the banana, lighter apple / lychee, and restrained background lemon with the slightest bit of twang. Middle to end cloves come in firmly, but nicely rounded out by everything else going on. Gets slightly more spicy as it warms and yeast notes start of come out a bit.

M: Just on the light side of medium body with ample carbonation to slightly more than match. Lightens and livens it up a bit. Starts just sweet, moves a bit tart, and ends ultimately drying (but not dry). Quite nice.

D: I generally like dunkelweizens more than the lighter versions. This one is not an exception, and a really fine drinker. Only the best traits from Dunkels and Weizens ( and then some) all rolled into one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of BeerBodisafa
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This only my second true German hefe-weisse, I'm really enjoying them. They have a Belgian taste to them, or maybe Belgian beers have a German taste.

A: Kind of a reddish-brown, not as dark as I was expecting. Smaller head than most wheat beers, no lacing.

S: some banana, clove and roasted grain, but not strong.

T: Reminds me of a dubbel, but lighter. No banana, some clove, caramel-chocolate comes out.

M: Medium body and good carbonation, its like eating a good dark bread.

Overall very good, I want to try more in this style and will definately recommend this one.

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Photo of tconboy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown, tan head with nice retention. Smells of malts and light fruits and some nice sweetness. Nice smooth malty taste with nice complexity makes this one pretty enjoyable. Mild carbonation and smooth mouthfeel that you'd expect. Not my favorite dunkel but found everywhere in Bavaria.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass by freshness date.

Murky brown hue with average light tan wheat beer’s head, it gradually collapses with good retention to thin foamy layer cover on top along with trace of some laces, high active carbonation soaring upwards.

Very mellow banana to banana bread, dark bread, powdery yeast, crackery malt, some clove spice and hint of bubblegum.

Malty sweet bursts up to seduce the palate. Mild banana and dark bread come in mind not much mellow as in the nose but in way of balance. Some phenolic spice and subtle hop bitterness interpose adding more refinement yet with a slight pinch of yeast, slight bread note in the finish.

The body is medium, smooth yet refreshing with good crispness and lively carbonation, very dry finish.

Very easy drinkable with fine refreshing character, it’s mild, smooth and balance Dunkelweizen.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orangish brown with a large fluffy tan head. Clumps of yeast settle to the bottom. I'm not sure if this is typical or maybe a beer past it's prime. There is no freshness date on the bottle (08853 is marked on the bottle).
Taste is similar to their regular Hefe-Weisse but with a pronounced roasted, smoky malt flavor. This plays well over the tongue.
This is a good hefe-weizen dunkel. I could drink a few of these, but there are other dunkel wiezens I would probably order first.

I will try to review again and see if the I had a bad bottle the first time.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown color, a little on the lighter side of the brown spectrum. Has a tall white head that sticks around for a little while. Smells of wheat banana clove and other spices. Taste is very similar, very smooth, sweet and balanced. A great tasting beer with a clean finish. Lighter body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that is very sessionable.

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Photo of Cawdog
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a good head, the beer is a mahogony colour and light around the edges of it.

S: A lot of banana and a bit of cinnamon, quite spicy too.

T: like a fried banana, this fades into the clove like spices from a regular wheat beer.

M: the carbonation is low, the body is medium and it makes for good drinking.

O: A fantastic Dunkelweizen, this is a beer I'd definitely drink again.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a murky tan with a two finger head that settles to a nice foamy cap.

Aroma is of dusty yeast on the front. Spicey banana and clove aromas with a sweet citrus undertone. Phenolic band-aid esters come to the finish on the nose.

Phenolic flavors come in huge on the opening flavor with a nice dusty yeast flavor. The wheat comes through quite nicely, giving a dirty earthy and crusty taste to the beer. The usual suspects of bubble gum and band aids comes through. This is the hefe weiss flavor I am used to and enjoy. Slight citrus and twangy malty goodness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the only dissapointmenet from this beer.

This is a hefe weiss, and despite the non creamy mouthfeel I'm used to is impressive.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17oz slender Euro bottle poured into a pint glass at Abner's Pub.

Dark, murky brown with an inch of off-white, sticky foam.

Nice deep caramel malt character with hints of toffee, smoke, and warm bread. Clove and banana are present but don't overwhelm. There's nice earthy graininess that I attribute to the combination of wheat and yeastiness.

Overall, a very solid Dunkelweiss and one I'd gladly drink again as long as the price is reasonable.

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Photo of Clones21
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Rennpferd
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a murky amber. It had a four finger white head. No carbonation was present.

It had a nice scent of hops and cloves.

It had a spicy flavor. Cloves, and hops were present. It was medium bodied. It had a nice dry finish.

It was pretty drinkable. I liked it.

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Photo of scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy brown color with two fingers worth of light tan head. Thin, runny lacing on the sides.

Smell- Wheat bread and yeast with a slight hint of banana.

Taste- Sweet malt with some nuttiness and faint banana notes.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a mildly dry finish. On the lighter end of medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Nice, drinkable brew. I would be willing to drink this again from time to time.

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Photo of Lion088
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of eclipse54
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one plenty before, but finally getting around to reviewing it. 500 mL foil-wrapped bottle into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a caramel colored body that is not as translucent as anticipated. A finger-wide head comprised of eggshell white bubbles adorns the surface; retention and lacing seem a bit lacking. The aroma is of wheat, straw, grass, and some grains that, while don’t seem roasted, do seem to have been “warmed” in some way. Some faint lemon and malt dropped in as well. The flavor follows suit, with an emphasis on the wheat, grass, and straw notes. Some caramel mixes well with the muddled grains, while some lemon pulls through towards the rear. Mouthfeel is crisp and finishes clean. The consistency is thinner than the color of the body may suggest, but it lacks not in flavor. Overall, a great beer. Not particularly rare or sought after these days, but one that is certainly worthy of revisiting any time.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ol' half-liter German bottle, served in a weizen glass. It pours like dark, murky iced-tea with almost 3 inches of meringue-like head that I managed to tease above the rim of the glass. The head has nice retention and slowly recedes to a quarter inch, leaving decent lace behind. The aroma is spicy, with banana, molasses, light clove, and some yeast, with green/perfumy hops hiding in the back. The flavor is quite similar with mild wheat and clean malts, light at first, but becoming more fully-flavored as it warms. Additional notes of chocolate, caramel, faint smoke and an increasing clove presence round out the flavor profile. The body is light and tingly, smooth, with a medium finish, which is just right for a wheat beer. Overall this is a nice dunkelweizen that is light yet full of flavor.

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Photo of Johnct
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Jon
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid hefe-weisse. Its hazy amber color and off-white head are impressive. The head leaves beautiful lace in the glass. The smell is a little fruity with some notes of malt tied in as well. The malty tones are present throughout the beer, and the typical hefe-weisse yeast character is there, too. It's smooth on the tongue with some decent carbonation. It could use a bit more, however. It's quite drinkable, also, making it a very solid brew. I prefer this to the standard Franziskaner Hefe-weisse.

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Photo of gak111
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Dark Murky brown with biscuit large colored head. Very malty aroma, mainly a roasted nutty scent. Medium body and smooth going down. Strong flavor of malt - very complex, with banana and spices. Overall, a good beer, though not Franziskaner's best.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy brown colour with a very large frothy and fluffy beige coloured head. I can't make out how much carbonation there is and there is some very fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, cloves, bananas, raisins, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and feels light and creamy but a little watery as well. The taste is made up of malts, dark fruits and bananas. There is also a slightly metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty banana aftertaste.

Drink - Another solid beer from this brewer. I did however prefer their regular Hefeweizen to this beer.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,688 ratings
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