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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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!

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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
4.25/5

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
3/5

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
3/5

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
3.5/5

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Photo of jonB
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Nctide
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a pint bottle.
Appearance: medium brown with some reddish hues. There was a ton of carbonation present on the pour. The head is thick and white.
Smell: not much going on. A bit of banana and clove.
Taste: mostly traditional wheat character but very toned down. There is a slightly metallic finish.
Mouthfeel: fairly thin and fizzy.
This beer was a big disappointment. I generally like wheat beers but found this one lacking flavor and just generally bland.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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...

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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.....

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Photo of wedge
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark caramel color, properly cloudy, with a tall, fluffy head that settles to a soft cap. Clove and peanuts dominate the aroma. Flavor is more clove and a dry, sweet nuttiness finishing a little tart. Medium body, tingly carbonation, and some lingering slickness.

Not bad, but kind of uninspiring.

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Photo of drizzam
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had the hefe-weiss version of Franziskaner in the past (and I'm a huge fan) but never the Dunkel (until now).

On pouring, I noticed the head was absolutely huge! It didn't really seem to stick to the glass and leave a lace but it was a huge tan head nonetheless. It had the same kind of smell of the regular hefe...some spice and clove but it seemed muted compared to the hefe for some reason. The taste was a bit maltier and maybe a little more muted also. It did finish clean and had a bit of a thicker mouthfeel to me.

Overall not a bad brew...I think in the future I'll just do the Franzikaner hefe-weiss (non dunkel) but I wasn't disappointed with this journey.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

First had this on tap in a 22 oz. glass. It was kind of disappointing. I'm a big fan of dunkels, and in my early drinking days, I saw "dunkel" on this tap handle, so I ordered it up without a second thought. When I saw the "light," golden brown tea color come out of the tap, I was disappointed right away. When I think "dunkel" I think something darker nearing schwarzbier territory. Then I noticed it's also a hefeweizen. So it's a blend? It was then that I discovered that there are such things as dunkelweizens. :) Anyway, it was okay, but just not what I was expecting. Smell of dried fruits and malts. Bready taste, with some light fruits coming through, dried bananas, and a bit acidic and harsh. Medium body, and average drinkability...22oz. was alot.

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Photo of KALIKGOLD
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pilsner glass. It came out a dark mud-like brown color with a creamy long lasting head. I tasted caramel and fruit. I also tasted bananas.
It has an earthy spicy taste to it. It is carbonated pretty well, right for the taste.
The mouthfeel is nice, not heavy. Can't really taste the alcohol but its there. nice beer overall, reasonably priced, I would definitely buy more.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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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 SteelerNation
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of EricMichael
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark clove color. When held up to the light, some hints of orange around the sides. Thick white foamy head dissipates very quickly to a thin white layer. No lacing.

S - Dark malt, perhaps hint of banana, but nothing very strong.

T - Creamy banana up front, hints of roasted malt, and some apple citrus in the end.
Carbonation is also noticeable.

MF - Mouthfeel is very creamy. Full bodied, with carbonation that lingers on the back of my throat. A little watery in the end.

D - I don't remember liking this beer much when in Germany, but not bad. I would have another.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of pants678
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, let's see how well I can remember it. Just got back from the pub and it was the last pint that I had, so it should be at the top of my mind. It was a lot different than I expected, with a dunkel, I thought I would be getting sort of a burnt wheat brew but that's not what I tasted. It pours a solid cloudy brown that's in motion, if you know what I mean.

When it was set down in front of me, there was literally no head, so I've no judge on that. I could hardly get smell of it either, it smelled like a typical hefe.

However, the taste started as a stout but ended as a very citrus hefe. Very odd, the citrus was hiding behind a coffee flavor, stark contrast from beginning to end.

It felt alright, better than your average brew, which was nice. But wasn't the most drinkable. I definitely had to take my time to get through it. Not easy going, but I was glad I got through it as it was unique.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of botham
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.24/5  rDev -15%
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).

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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