Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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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 willjschmidt
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5L bottle (marked "best by 04/2008") into the appropriate Franziskaner weizen glass. My wife brought it back from Germany just 3 days before so it should be rather fresh.

A: Pours a murky caramel color with a thick light tan head.

S: Earthy yeast, malt, and wheat.

T: Dry roasted malt with a tangy wheat flavor. An interesting mix of flavors but not exactly my cup of tea. The mix of flavors doesn't really work very well together.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation.

D: Decent drinkability. It is refreshing and an interesting twist of the hefe-weizen but I didn't really care for it.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant musty aroma, blossoming head, handsome cloudy leathery look. Ended up with a big blatch of yeast on the bottom of my glass. The malts and wheat contrasting with the yeast is what makes this brew. It's a healthy struggle, going between one and the other: first toffeeish, then fruity, then grainy, then crisp and refreshing. It ends up balanced just so, and relaxes in the belly, so it would probably be a suitable after-dinner beer, although that's not how I used it in this case. Like a fresh red apple, it's gently tart, appetizing and fulfilling at the same time.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. A brave journey into beers with names I can barely pronounce.

Pours a reddish brown, cloudy, apple-cidery color with a nice tannish head with decent retention. Smells and tastes like a hefe-weisse - floral, dark fruits, with a hint of banana and hops at the end. Reminded my of Ommegang's Hennepin quite frankly. The roasted malts are a little more pronounced in this dunkel than in a traditional hefe. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, making drinkability quite nice. Didn't knock my socks off, I don't know if this style is exactly my cup of...uh, tea - but it was a solid brew no less.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1Pt.9Fl. Oz Brown Bottle Gold foil wrap. Light brown cloudy beer with fine bubbles and a thick tan head that lasts and lasts. Fruity/yeasty smell. sweet light taste at first with a yeasty citrus, malty finish. A great summer beer for the evening. A beer of which starts simple and light but then shows its complexity while keeping its body throughout. Truly crafted and drinkable.

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Photo of changeup45
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
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 DutchcdnTEXAN
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark caramel brown with an inch thick foamy ecru head. Smells of biscuit breads, clove, and slight hint of banana. Tastes similarly with a weary sweet clove. The banana isn't noticeable in the taste as it was in the nose. The mouthfeel is full, but not quite what I would call thick. The unfiltered proteins make for that recognizable and enjoyable texture. A very drinkable and versatile beer for food pairing. Always enjoyable having this familiars beer in front of me.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a nice amber color with a thin amount of head, leaves little lacing

S: strong wheat notes, slight sweetness

T: nice depth, nice maltiness, finishes with a sweetness

D/M: smooth but has a strong depth, slight sweetness makes it quite drinkable but it does sit a little heavy

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Photo of magpieken
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Dirty25
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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 KFrank729
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Luiz0930
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tmars13
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of RuudJH
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the very good breweries from Germany... 0.5 l bottle.

Brown colour, huge head in my hefe-glass.

Looks brown, with a huge head, good carbonation.
Smell is good banana bread., malts in general, some herbs too.
Similar taste: malts, slightly roasted malts too, banana, citrus, herbs. Not extreme, but pleasant for sure.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but still with a good drinkability, due to the pleasant carbonation.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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

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

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

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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 kirkse
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first bought this beer because I was amused by the goofy hammered monk on the label.
Pours a murky brown like the color and clarity of apple cider. Decent head to start but faded quickly. Very light spot lacing.
Smells of spiced fruit and wheat. Tastes wheaty, malty and fruity with banana and apple, clove and a light medicinal quality, as well as a very faint smokiness.
Feels average; medium body with biting carbonation.
Definitely worth the money, but Schneider Weiss and Weihenstephaner are still the reigning champs of German Hefes in my opinion.

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Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nutty dirty looking brown, off white ring around the cap.
Aroma is alot more muted compared to what i was expecting from a beer with weizen in the name. Not a strong yeasty note at all. there is some nutty earthy notes, and hint of spices.
The flavors pop a bit more, but follow the same notes of earthy nutty flavors. The clove flavors come out a bit but not like i envisioned. I am not finding intrest in much here.
Slightly creamy but thinner.

I'll skip this one in the future. to many outstanding ones from others.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber-brown in color with a huge beautiful head. Tons of different sized bubbles everywhere. The smell is roasted malt, very sweet, toffee, wheat and plums?

Very effervesant in the mouth. More roasted malt coming through in the taste. Hint of coffee.

Not as complex as I would have liked. Just very one dimensional. Which makes it clean and refreshing, but simple.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into my weizen glass.
The appearance was a ruddy almost dark brown color with a fluffy two finger-ed white to off white head. After it finally dissipated (boy, that took a while, almost like watching paint dry, the way that head died off), light stringy messy lacing roamed around the glass.
The smell started off with sweet doughy/breadiness sliding into an ample amount of sweet banana, light clove and then a little bit of ginger. Not sure if that was intentional, but hey, its there alright, I know the difference between clove and ginger. Not bad, just different, I guess.
The taste was the combination of the sweet breadiness, banana and a light cocoa (hey, that wasn't in the aroma, that's too bad, that would have helped for more complexity, oh well). Clove comes back but the ginger doesn't show its face, I'm okay with that.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation feels fine and allows the clove to hit appropriately. Doughy/breadiness relieves the carbonation a bit to allow a nice smooth to somewhat creaminess to stroll over my tongue.
Overall, what a nice dunkelweizen for the most part. Ginger in the aroma, yet cocoa in the taste, one displace the other, sure, why not. I'd still have this again.

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Photo of soulcougher
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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