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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Photo of kscaldef
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber, good clarity, one finger head, nice and dense but not the billowing head of the standard Hefe-Weisse. Lots of clove phenols, bordering on plastic. Flavor contains more of that clove but also a strong flavor of rotten banana. Medium light body with high carbonation. Just can't really get past that plastic note in the nose and that rotten flavor. A shame given how much I like their standard Hefe.

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Photo of dgallina
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours a very cloudy dull light brown with enormous off-white head. The head takes quite a while to recede to a thick blanket of film. Smells a bit bland; metallic hops and hard water over slightly sweet malts. Flavor is thin and dull; carbonated water, tinny hops, and a touch of malt that flashes by leaving no finish. Weak and uninspiring body, enlivened slightly by a trace of wheat creaminess. Not a particularly good dunkel weizen.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
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 rodbeermunch
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark brown, small bubbled, small head beer. Oh yeah, I should prolly say that I'm not a dunkel fan, so this is my rating based on my subjective relative dislike of the style. Please don't beermail me if you're a cicerone homie concerned by a guy's opinion online not conforming to conventional wisdom or style guidelines. Nerd.

Aroma was mild, thankfully didn't impart the ton of alcohol I get from most in this realm. Taste has all kinds of dark fruit, banana, fruit yeast impact. Its like a batch of dark bread, with a bunch of clove and spice rack. I dunno, this could probably work with a heftier malt presence of barley, but so much of the spice rack dominates this, and you get weird yeast banana flavors that don't jive with roasted malt/wheat in this lacking proportion.

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Photo of drmeto
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-Typical Hefeweizen with Banana,clove,quite a strong wheat flavour.
-there was absolutely nomalt character here
-finish was too light

The fact that malt was nonexistent in this leads me to believe they used artificial darkener in this.Certainly wont put it behind ABInBev.
Tasted like a normal Franziskaner Hefe except with less carbonation and lighter-bodied
The Erdinger Dunkel wasnt great either but at least it tasted like a Dunkel

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Photo of deaconoflove
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap Pours a cloudy and murky pale brown with a foamy three finger head that holds on.

Sm Not so much, some faint chocolate and banana.

Ta An odd spice, a little citrus, and maybe some candy? flavor in there.

Mf Light, thin and fizzy.

Dr It's a very peculiar tasting beer to me. I could drink a couple, but one will do for now.

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Photo of albern
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I typically like German dark wheat beers, but this is just a so-so example of the style. It pours a cloudy, dull brownish color, with a decent head that does stick around for awhile. The smell is yeasty, a little musty, maybe earthy if that is what you want to call it, but I wouldn't call it enticing. The taste is roughly medium bodied, there is just a tad of sweetness, I can taste a little clove maybe a little maple in there, along with the yeasty wheat flavor of a hefe. There is very little in the way of hop flavor, maybe a tinge in the middle, nothing on the end. This may be a little on the too watery side for a dark wheat beer, probably less sweet than other typical wheat beers. It's an okay beer, but that is all I can say. Recommended but you can do better. L'Chaim.

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Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: baby diarrhea or bilge water (take your pick)- either is unappealing to drink; but big beautiful beige head compensates a little
Smell: yeasty, bready, faint hops, very pleasant, possibly the strong point of the brew
Flavor: The clean, crisp apple-like quality of the flavor of a typical Hefewiezen is masked by molasses in this dunkel. I missed it.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, foamy, remaining crispness were all appealing
Overall: boring, somewhat one dimensional in taste, absolutely could not stand the murky shade of brown, I was turned off as soon as I poured the beer

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 18 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer is brown in color with a tan head.
Mouthfeel: This dunkel is medium bodied
Flavor: a slightly wheaty tasty
This is a nice, average beer. Not bad, not great

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Photo of finepaws
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy caramel color, with a quick bubbly head, that went from large to small after a couple sips. Smells malty, and possibly like chocolate flavored bananas. Tastes slighty sour. Has a malty flavor, and is dry. More carbonation than some of the other hefes I've had. I don't enjoy the aftertaste at all. This is only drinkable to me for 1. But well worth a try.

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Photo of walleye
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle.poured orange brown, with a big fluffy head. aroma yeast, citrus, caramel. flavor, yeasty, caramel, fruity, lighty sweet and lighty 1st taste I didn’t think I was going to like this beer but as it warmed the flavors got better.not to bad of a beer

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Review following the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 17.03.2013 20:11. AROMA: clove, slight sweet vanilla, dried grapes, raw yeast, wheat and caramel malts. no hop aromas. no diacetyl or DMS. APPEARANCE: dark copper color with a slight off-white medium-thin and moussy head. average retention. TASTE: slight sweet caramelly taste with wheat and clove. esters and phenols almost absent. very low bitterness and finishes somewhat sweet. a little dull. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a below average bulk dunkelweizen, a little dull across the board.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving : 1 pint .9 ounce bottle

This one was a surprise with a huge billowing fluffy off-white head, much more than I expected even with a careful pour. Several veins of fine carbonation meander through this ruddy brown brew sustaining a one finger thick head.

Sour lemon, dry bananas, piquant wheat and sweet malt aromas mingle with a bit of spice and a touch of buttery phenols.

All bark and little bite! Malts are the star from start to finish, hints of sour lemon, buttery phenols and dry banana are layered atop the malts with a slight spicy wheat kick on the finish. I was hoping this beer had more to offer, concentrating the non-malt flavors and kicking the wheat shot up a notch would do this beer wonders.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a touch of cream on the finish. Grip is mediocre, flavor lingers on the palate for about 20 seconds. Drinkability is great, off flavors are kept in check and a slick mouthfeel keep me going back to the glass for more.

Overall, an "average" dunkel weizen that can be classified as a well-made, refreshing quaffing beer.


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3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Hoepfner Weizen glass. Deep amber color. Foggy appearance. Beige foam remains as a close & thin crown. Intense aromas of banana, toasted malt & bread, hints of clove & floral notes rounded by caramel on the back. Toasted upfront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Gentle malts, bread notes & brown sugar touch balanced by low bitterness. Fruity finish. Refreshing & easy drinkable.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be very dull and bland. I was expecting it to taste much different. First off, the mouthfeel was very thin and watery; and overly carbonated. The taste was just a little bready and a little sweet, not much going on here at all. I enjoy the regular Franziskaner Hefe fine, which is also why I was surprised. Obviously it would be easy to put a few of these away, but doesn't seem worth it to me.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

fairly dark pour with ruby edges. Huge..I mean huge head. Off white and tight. Seems highly carbonated.
Smell is malty. Seems a bit Belgian like.
Taste is of caramel malt. Taste is yeasty and a bit estery. Wheat malts picked out of the mix.
A bit of a metallic taste in the finish.
decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of AltBock
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle that has a gold foil over the cap and has a dark ruby red label of a happy monk drinking a mug of beer. If you look closly, you can find a bottle code in the lower left hand corner. The back label just has all the usual U.S information. Served in a Weizen glass.

What came out of the bottle was a murky mahagony brown with a small amount of orange highlights. This one had the usual 2 inch creamy head of white foam. Slow retention that left behind a small amount of white spots and a streak or two of white lace. This Weizen didn't have any bananas in the aroma, but it sure loved the lightly toasted malts and butter popcorn. It smelled so much like popcorn, I almost took this beer to the movies. The taste was light and wheaty with roasted wheat, a hint of lemon, subtle cloves, yeast, and some juicy fruits here and there. I thought there could have been more flavors in the beer, but I guess not. The mouthfeel was light like a Weizen should be, but this one had a faint aftertaste of malted wheat and yeast. It's just a standard German Dunkel Weizen. I honestly thought it could have been better than this. I might give it another whirl in the future.

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Photo of wingman14
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a huge light tan head. Smells like citrus and hops, with a hint of dough. Taste is not overwhelming, a hint of citrus, not as much as the smell would suggest with a bit of hops, no sweet flavor, a small aftertaste of malt though. Again you would think heavy carbonation from the appearance but it has a nice balance which adds to the mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer, my only complaint is it has a watered down feel the more sips you take. Could have had more flavor, but worth a try. This isn't your typical beer but worth a try if you find it. This is very easy to drink, not much aftertaste, could go well with just about anything.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle.

Pours a very hazy orange/brown color, with a large airy off-white head. Nice retention, and several lines of tiny bubbles persist throughout. A few spots of lacing are left here and there.

Nose isn't terrible, but seems to be missing something. There's some definite wheat, and quite a bit of clove, and some medicinal character. I detect little fruit, and specifically very little banana - the effect is un unappealing one-sided aroma that just seems like it needs to be fuller and rounded out.

Can't say I like the taste much better than the aroma. Lots of bready malt flavors, some of the aforementioned medicinal character, some sugary sweetness that seems sorely lacking in complexity, and a bit of unexpected tartness. Fruit is more prevalent in the taste than nose, but just barely. Little alcohol noted anywhere.

Pretty crisp and full of fine carbonation - overall very refreshing, but I'd have to call it a little thin in the mouth to be truly enjoyable.

Not a bad overall effort at a dunkel weizen, and glad I tried this. I could easily finish another, but it is just an average beer to me. And why have another when their regular weisse is significantly better and equally available to me?

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel has a thick, cream-colored head, a murky, red-brown-gold appearance, fierce bubble streams. Lacing isn’t much, with this one. Aroma is of wildflowers, yeast, and bread, and the taste is of sweet, spicy bread, tap water, and a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel finishes on the dry side and drinkable.


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Photo of jlervine
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice cloudy brown color with a light head on top. The aroma was dominated by toasted malt and yeast. The taste was very tart with a strong yeastiness and light toasted malt holding up the rest of the beer. A decent beer, good for a session beer, but somewhat boring. I much preferred the plain hefe-weiss.

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Photo of cameraready
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice medium brown with ample head that lingers.

S: Has a slight malt smell with hints of spices, orange and yeast.

T: Was a bit on the bland side. The yeast was the dominant flavor. No real hint of spices and other flavors typical in the style.

M: Medium in body with little carbonation.

D: Despite the flavor it was drinkable.

Poured .5L bottle into hefe glass.

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Photo of changeup45
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I prefer their standard Hefe a little more. This pours a gross looking hazy amber color. Much like that of dirty, sewer water. Nice thick white head though. Taste is sweet and fruity, that of bananas and vanilla flavor. Some mild malts in there but fruitiness is the main taste. It's alright but nothing too great. Price was pretty good though. Once the beer settled down the appearance was a little well, more appealing, but at first it wasn't something I was excited to drink.

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Photo of pbrian
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium-brown cloudy liquid with puffy three-finger tan head looked impressive in appropiate weisse glass. Yeah, this beer had a banana, clove, bubblegum profile, but it was very subdued and any kind of chocolate and/or roasted dunkel flavors were almost undiscernable. Not a bad beer, mind you, just pretty average.

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