Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel
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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 Cavanaghty
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with about one finger of off-white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Banana, cloves, wheat/grass.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves, banana, grassy notes and some mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Great brew, I would have this one again.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 500 mL bottle into a weissbier glass.

A: pours cloudy light brown with orange highlights, tan rocky head w/ good retention. tightly beaded.

S: bananas, spice, clove, malt, with some candy-ester aroma. nice mix and quite plentiful.

T: starts with a clove and pepper flavor, then the malt backbone becomes prominent with only a slight hint of banana. finishes again with the cloves and even a hint of cinnamon. initially a metallic flavor is present although it disappears as the beer warms. The pepper note is especially prominent in this example, more so than the typical dunkel weissbier; while the malt complexity is fairly simple the pepper note is interesting.

M: very creamy; the head is very fine and contributes to a velvety texture, high carbonation and light bodied.

D: while not the most complex of the dunkel weissbiers, this one is certainly enjoyable and drinks very easily.

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Photo of LocusSolus
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 cgrunin
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abriggs1
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm usually not a big fan of dunkels. I think darker malts and higher alcohol content usually doesn't work with an unfiltered wheat beer. It usually ends up being a terrible combination of cloying sweetness and overpowering alcohol. This one is everyone thing I want in a Hefe with some dark malts that don't get in the way of its refreshing quality. I still prefer Franziskaner's regular hefe, as well as straight up hefe's in general, but this is a very nice dunkel that makes me rethink my dislike of them in general.

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Photo of RMW66
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Onibubba
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Weihenstephaner, and Julius Echter. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma. It was much more pronounced in this beer however.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. Here's where the beers really began to come into their own though. The Franziskaner had the most discernible taste profile. Everything about this beer's taste was bigger than the others, including, unfortunately, the medicinal clove taste. I could have done with a bit less of that, but it was not enough to be off-putting

Mouthfeel was heavier and creamier than the others with a less harsh carbonation. This led to a much higher drinkability. It was a close call between this and the Julius, but I would say this is the more outstanding Dunkel of the lot, for the mouthfeel and drinkability as well as the boldness of the taste.

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Photo of jvajda
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Earthy borwn color and a good looking head.
Smell: Big scent of heavy wheat.
Taste: Big wheat flavor and dark malt character. Hard water finish.
Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbonated, but fine.
Drinkability: Nothing particularly bad, but nothing exactly fantastic either. The plain old Franziskaner Hefe is better.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer had at Lowenbrau Keller with Teaser. Did I mention I love Hefe?

Poured a dark muddy brown into a tall Franziskaner glass, from the bottle, not the tap variety, which you can also get at the Lowenbrau. Had a huge rocky slightly off white head, that sunk to a thickness of about 1cm after a few moments.

Aromas of banana, fruit, clove, fresh wheat and graininess. An awesome aroma, that had hints of caramel and chocolate, that turned to a spiced fruitcake after a bit of warming.

Tasted just as good as it smelled, even better. Grainy, caramel, banana and cloves. Finished dry and grainy, with a hint of fruityness... Awesome.

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Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Its body has a brownish or ice tea color with a cloudy appearance. On top sits a big creamy tan head that has good retention, lasting until the finish after slowly fading to a small cap of foam. Its lacing was slick and slid down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma hits you with a big overripe banana followed by some other fruity and earthy yeast notes with a touch of clove.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor starts with a lightly roasted wheat malt base with some fruity banana clove notes coming in. The wheat and yeast flavor gets dryer and brings dusty earthy notes. Hop flavor and bitterness is light and most noticeable in the finish. The finish is very dry with a smooth, thick, almost powdery texture. Carbonation feels about average and the body is a good solid medium.

Notes: For me I felt that this beer had a few ruff edges but overall was good.

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Photo of BdM
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel (which just so happens to be the first Dunkelwiezen I've ever tried) poured into a wiezen-glass delivers a medium brown-to-amber colour along with a beautifully tall and frothy and airy crown that diminishes in a most visible of actions, just after a minute it's completely gone (the whole procedure brings to mind a stop-motion animation of a pile of popcorn where popcorn after popcorn is being reduced from the shot). No carbonation is visible at all.

Smell: Malty notes, clove, a tad of sourness and a profound sweetness - in short rye-banana bread!

Taste: Ya'll remeber Smacks (the puffed rice coated with honey and sugar)? Well bingo that's the main characteristic in this sensory category. Nothing more, you say? Well before there is a dry sourness (think a lambic light) and after there is a slightly bitter ending - but they don't stand a chance to Smacks!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and round and full like no other, like a caress of silk towards the palate. The carbonation is, as expected, low but it shouldn't be in any other way considering the smoooth outcome!

Drinkability: Pretty nice and unique , I'd like to have one more please!

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Photo of gianluca88
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmatthew
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky, earthy, yeasty, banana, clove, citrus, heady, etc., etc. Though I absolutely was not offset by anything in the beer, I also didn't gravitate towards anything it had to offer. Overall a good solid beer, but nothing remarkably unique to make it memorable.

It seems odd that I shouldn't rave about a beer for which I can offer no legitimate complaints...

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Photo of BigRedN
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the 500 ml bottle into my weizen glass a hazy, light brown. The beer appears to be a brownish yellow when held to the light, a few bubbles stream by the edge of the glass. Good head, near 2-inches. Settled down to a thick covering that stayed as I consumed the beer. Clumps of clinging lace to the finish. I really like the look of this beer.

Smell: Typical hefe to me. Banana, clove, and yeasty bready malt. No hops apparent.

Taste: Much like the smell, its, well, banana bread like and a touch sweet. There are no lingering flavors on the tongue. Once it is swallowed down, that is all she wrote. All yeasty, bready malt, as mentioned a touch sweet, no hop presence. Its tastey enough, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, just enough carbonation. Smooth easy drinking. If this is bottled conditioned, I didn't notice any "floaters" when I dumped out the bottle.

Drinkability: Initially, I found the name (Dunkel) and appearance of this type of beer somewhat intimidating. But this is an easily approachable, drinkable beer. I purchased this for $2.49, at this price I'd pick another up again. I'd recommend it as a good lead in to the style.

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

The hazy greenish-brown brew pours quite hearty, and has a fair amount of retention. The aroma is faint with yeast notes and hints of the roasted grains that dominate the flavors. Wheat malt flavors provide the foundation and the majority of the taste. There are alcoholic notes in the nose, and a very dry yeasty finish. Hints of banana and other fruit flavors are mild, but noticeable. This brew is quite hearty, and a bit heavier than I expected.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap @ Von Trier on 4-19-10. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy tobacco amber color with a generous tan head with excellent retention.

S: Roasted malts, banana, cloves and wheat.

T: Opens with deliciously complex malts and overtures of wheat. Clove and banana flavors begin to assert themselves. A hint of cherry cola in the background. Wonderfully well balanced with low levels of bitterness. Just imagine drinking 22 ounces of moist, flavorful banana bread. And how I do like banana bread!

M: Smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Complex and flavorful taste profile. Medium-bodied. Low ABV. This Dunkelweizen is about as sessionable as it gets. Cheers!

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass...

A: Poured a nice, hazy brown/amber with about 2 fingers of light brown head that dropped off to some nice lacing around the glass.

S: On the nose, hints of yeast, wheat, sweetness and maybe a little funk in there. Not nearly the overall nose I was thinking I'd find

T: On first taste, the wheat, banana, a little bready note and some spice.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation. Light/dry finish with no real aftertaste.

O: Not a bad beer overall. There may be better ones out there so I guess I'll have to drink more of this style to find out.


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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa because it was cheap, never tried by me, and getting warmer out. I came in cold to this, not having anything from Spaten-Franziskaner in a long time, so my expectations weren't that high.

Nice pour to this - almond hued with a good head and decent aroma. No lacing to be found and the mouthfeel turned out to be a bit thinner than I had hoped. This is pretty easygoing - notes of banana, clove, caramel, and plum are here but nothing dominates and there's almost no bitterness to be felt. Beer doesn't get more pure or easy to quaff as this and the aftertaste...well, I can't really feel it. Maybe a bit of the plum lingers but this isn't memorable in that regard.

Session beer? This has it written all over it. Sure, it's a slightly bigger bottle than what I'm used to but no matter. It didn't take me long to work my way through this. The sediment and opaqueness of this were the best aspects, but I wish that the taste was as full as its appearance. If you're looking for a good accessible beer, look no further!

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Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice nutty favor in this dark copper colored beer. Nice covering of foamy head stays with the drink until the end. Adequate sedimentation in bottle to add final swirl to pour. A really good example of a dunkel weizen. Flavor stays on the palate for a while...

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Photo of kwalters
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Hefe Weiss Dunkel had all of the usual smell and taste characteristics...banana, bubblegum, cloves. I'd say this brew is right on target for the style. It's also a very beautiful wheat beer. It pours a nice creamy, cloudy brown with a puffy off-white head. I was particularly enticed as I let it sit in front of me in a tall hefe glass. Affordable, beautiful, and tasty. What more could you ask for?

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