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
franziskaner-weissbier.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,678
Reviews:
822
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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75
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244
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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy, medium brown. Traditional cloudiness of a hefeweizen. Sizeable, off-white head, about 3 fingers. Ok retention and pretty good lacing.

S- Lots of spice with coriander and banana notes prominent. No malts or hops detectable through the spice.

T- Just like the smell. Lots of spices, and frankly tastes just like a regular hefeweizen. Hints of a small amount of caramel malt sneak in on the end. Banana clove and coriander are present and dominant throughout.

M- Light and refreshing. Could drink at a variety of temperatures. Easy to drink and not quite as filling as some other wheat beers.

Overall, a good beer, but a little lighter in the malt department than I expected. I had more of a dunkel lager with heavier flavors in mind, but this was also an enjoyable, cheap beer.

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Photo of stephengraniero
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bubbydubby
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Prestonlegal
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dougbassett
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a mixed six from the bottle store beside "Local 44", a bar here in West Philly.

Dunkel Weiss is a favorite beer style of mine, and I've never really tasted one that expressed itself badly. This seems to me to be a decent, slightly above average version of the style. Pours the normal reddish-brown, most notable for a very resilent head. Nose of some very ripe, maybe even overripe bananas, some clove, and maybe a hint of banana-bready grain. Mouthfeel is a little thin for this style, but eventually will give you banana nut bread flavors and a nice, lingering, banana finish.

Not the best I've had, mainly because it's nowhere near aggressive enough in it's attack, but pleasant and enjoyable. Maybe a good gateway for newcomers to the style, due to its restraint. You can see if you at least like the idea before you start getting ambitious.

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Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours hazy caramel brown with a thick, off-white head that dissipates slowly. I pick up those aromas of banana and clove, but they're light. I detect some of those darker malts in the aroma. This is a more malt forward dunkelweizen, which permits the barley and wheat malt character to shine. The banana and clove flavors are mild, but they do come together to give this a light banana bread type of character. The body is on the lighter side of medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is smooth. The drinkability is high. This is a good beer.

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Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Buck6196
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of CSFerrier
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of everyhumanist
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light copper beer. The creamy light tan head has an goo retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Light notes of clove with a light fruitiness and a slight tartness. There is a light melanoidin and crusty bread grain aroma with German malt character along with some wheat malt sweetness. No hops and no diacetyl.

T: Nice, a malty hefe-weissen showing the rich and darker German malt character. There is the melanoidin, crusty bread and wheat malt flavors over a moderately-low hops bitterness. There maybe a moderately-strong spicy hops flavor mixing with the clove phenols from the yeast. The yeast also provides a moderately-low fruit flavors mostly banana. The balance is slightly malty with a slightly sweet finish and quick bitter aftertaste.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with moderately-high carbonation. There is a crisp quality and no warmth nor astringency.

O: This is a Hefe with moderate dark malt characteristics and a little less clove and banana then a straight Hefe. Spice and fruit still dominate most aspect of the beer.

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Photo of maviola
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BikingDutchman
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle poured into a German wheat glass. A relatively hard pour gives a 1.5 inch light tan head that dissipates into a 1/4 inch head that stays. Beer is a hazy orange brown.

German hefe yeast gives off a lot of pleasant banana smells. There is also some wheat smell. My nose isn't working up to par tonight, so smells aren't as strong.

Banana bread is the strongest flavor. I also get some dark fruitiness from the malts. Wheat backbone. Very sweet, but in a good way.

Carbonation feels good, but not too much. Body is not very heavy, making it very easy to drink.

A good traditional representation of a style that I don't get very often. I wish that I could compare this back-to-back to other beers of the same style.

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Photo of truesolution
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of FritzSteinhoff
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ronzorelli
2.29/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not a fan.

As I poured it into a chalice, I was impressed by the dark, almost quarupel look to it. Mahogany and rich. Gorgeous head on it.

As I put my nose to it, it didn't meet my nostrils in a pleasant way. Very metallic odor, and not in a good way (metallic never is "in a good way"...).

I sipped on it anyway, and it was very bland and watered down. This was nearly right out of the fridge, so I decided I'd let it warm up a little and see what happened.

After about another 10 minutes in the glass, I tried again. I was even more disappointed. Still watery, and it seemed a little extra foamy in my mouth. Weak, but foamy mouthfeel. Weird. In addition, the finish had a strange, almost "artificial sweetener" aftertaste to it. Very, VERY strange.

I'm not a fan of this brew.

I've had the Hefeweizen from Franziskaner before and was hoping this would at least match it, but I'm severely disappointed.

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Photo of kevinhughes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,678 ratings.
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