Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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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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814
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Avg:
3.81
pDev:
17.59%
 
 
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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

What an interesting looker. Deep classic hues of copper brown, with just enough light to get through to see pletinful carbonation. To the light it shines deep blood red, capped with a top head frothy and even thick at three fingers, it even has a purple tinge to it's relatively simple tan topped body. Great and neat looking brew.

Lots of powdery like malt on this. That real dryness gets an angle of clove and just a faint whiff of banana, but then goes to some faint almost woody tree bark like qualities as well. Almost makes me want to say smoke and rauch, but not quite. Different and a bit unexpected.

Palate comes off just a little to light. Not much wheat depth, and a bit of frosty and powder like caramel tones. Easy drinking but manages some weird like frosty and almost icy finish. Muted banana tones, and kind of hinting of malt powder which I just can't escape.

It's the easy drinking Dunkel it seems, but as drinkable as it is, it's not really memorable or something I can see myself gravitating to.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the great pleasures in life is sitting on the patio at Minneapolis’s Black Forest Inn with a 22 oz. pour of Franzikaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel ($6.50). The glass fills with a hazy to cloudy brown liquid topped with a 1” light tan clingy crown exuding rich aromas of caramel, banana and dark bread. The rich creamy palate follows the aromas and anticipates a plate of geschnitzles.

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

50cl bottle. Murky brown pour with a tall tan head with excellent retention, as is expected from a weizen. Smells like yeast, bread dough, bananas, coriander. Tastes bitter-sweet, with the same notes as the smell.

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown color and cloudy, but light does pass through the center of the glass. It took two pours before bartender could serve the glass. But head settles to rim bubbles quickly leaving only a few minute spots on the glass.

Caramel malt to start on the nose. I note a bit of soured milk.

Leans to the sweet with an almost maple syrup-like flavor. Plenty of banana and more of the crystal malt in the finish. Short aftertaste. Highly carbonated with a weak body.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watching The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies. In Paulaner glass. Even being a good one, I prefer the blonde version. This one is a bit more sweet than I would like.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
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 Gorilla_Biscuits
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much aroma off this beer. It has a nutty banana taste to it with some some berrys. Some dark chocolate as well perhaps. Very well done, sad to see this go.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of wheat, bread, yeast and caramel. A flavor of wheat, caramel, sweets and bread. Very drinkable very nice.

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Photo of Johnor3
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was surprised that I did not enjoy this beer as much as I thought I would. I loved Weihenstephaner Hefe Weiss, and wanted to try their Dunkel. The Craft Neer store did not have that, but this was recommended to me instead. I love German wheats, and I enjoy dark brews, but I am not A fan of the Franziskaner Weissbier Dunkel. It has an unpleasant metallic taste that pops up in the middle of the swallow, thank God it has a pleasant aftertaste that eclipses the metal. I will stil try the Weihenstaphaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel, but I will not be buying the Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

RJT

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Photo of BeerTator
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting dunkel hefe-weisse beer. I always prefer dunkel over the light tasting hefe-weisee beers. Franziskaner makes a great tasting, smooth tasting beer here. I've been drinking this beer for about 2 years now and I always go back to it when I try different dunkel hefe-weise beers. Give it a try and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Decko
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown and hazy with a reasonable head which stayed around and left some lacing. S - slightly spicy scent of cloves and fruity esters. T - maltiness and fruitiness dominate but overall they balance out a bit and there's no overriding strong flavour. Some might see it is a bit weak or bland but I think it makes it pretty sessionable. M - soft carbonation makes it pretty smooth. O - I probably expected more flavour from this but it ended up making it highly drinkable whereas with many hefe and wheat beers I wouldn't drink more than one. A good beer and happy to drink again.

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Photo of drunkenmess
1.46/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Im sorry but this beer is not at all good to me. Thats just me, it may work for others. Was hoping it would be somewhat good since it was a Dunkel. Wont even review it, sorry. Had to fight just to finish half of the glass. I guess I just dont like German wheat beeer

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Photo of Wedge35
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown. Head dissipates to a spotty lace.
S: The gingerbread aroma of a hefeweizen is a little muted in the dunkel offering. Smell is sweet, banana-ish.
T: Sweeter than a regular hefeweizen with a slightly sour finish.
M: Smooth thanks to the soft carbonation
O: One of my go to beers. Often when I can't decide what to get, I'll grab one of these. Sweet, malty hefeweisse.

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Photo of MrDell
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.02.2016

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel
Dunkelweizen – 5% - 500ml bottle - Best before and bottling dates unknown

Appearance: Cloudy beer, deep ruby red with 1/2 finger white head, good head retention and some lacing on glass. Highly carbonated.
Aroma: Banana, bubble gum and spices.
Taste: Herbs and spices up front give way to bubblegum, which is the dominating flavour. Then a hint of banana. A little dry and bitter in the finish. Very drinkable.
Mouth feel: Medium body, prickly carbonation, dry finish.
Overall: Not being a huge fan of German beers that I've tried in the past, this one made a good impression on me. Not as flavour-some as the Belgians that I'm used to, but very drinkable. Would be a great one to session. 7.75 / 10

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Estilo: Dunkel
Alcohol: 5.0 ABV

Apariencia: Cerveza turbia color marrón oscuro con brillos color cobre y concentraciones en color café oscuro. Corona de espuma ligera de alta retención. Visibles sedimentos al fondo del vaso.

Aroma: Olor frutal y a especias como clavo, pimienta, azúcar quemada, madera. Sutilidades de lúpulo. Frutas oscuras como el higo y malta tostada.

Sabor: Sabor a plátano que contrasta con el sabor tostado de los granos de malta. Gusto a levadura y notas de pan. Muy poca acidez.

Sensación: Cuerpo medio con carbonatación baja.

General: Una cerveza muy agradable, balanceada y ligera. Puedes tomar varias.

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Photo of AronRa
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Spaten Franziskaner Bräu dunkelweizen weissbier is my favorite beer ever, but it has always been hard to find. My specialty beer store had a time getting it, and they don't have it anymore. For the last year or so, World Market was the only place I could get it, and now they tell me it's been discontinued in that size. This site says its' still available. How do I get it?

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Photo of hotpauko
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Years ago as I was going thru craft beer education, wheat beers were my favorite and this beer topped my list. I have grown to be an open minded hop head and haven't had this beer in a few years and not much wheat beer in general. I'm not the best person to review wheat beers. This is a very good beer but I am sure there are others better made. Worth a try, works very well with a couple orange slices.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 16.9 ounce Euro Bomber poured into dimpled glass beer mug.

Appearance - Murky brown color. Big head that dissipates pretty quickly. No stickage to speak of.

Smell - Sweet. Bananas. Malty. Slight sour aroma.

Taste - Sweet, melon like flavor. Slightly sour. Malty. Minimal hop finish.

Mouth - Fizzy. Buttery. Nice.

Overall- A nice German wheat beer that is easy-drinking and unassuming. All of the required pieces are there (sweet malt and sour yeast flavors). It's just that, when compared to some of its German competitors, such as Wienhenstephener, this ale comes off as a touch bland. A very good but not great hefeweizen. P.S. You shouldn't be surprised to learn that this is an InBev product.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 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 PANZERkeg
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite commercial beer. I'm always surprised that more people don't love it. I even love that happy monk on the label. I probably don't drink this the way a beer snob would think is correct. I like this very cold.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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 misternebbie
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, smooth easy drinking. caramel and toffee ,sweet bananas, more than just a wheat beer, Dunkelweizen's are a awesome combo of hefe's and dunkel, a good year round beer

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Photo of ENogueira
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

16.9 oz bottle in a chalice glass. Pours a dark amber, brown color with a light head. Taste of sweet fruits with a tinge of lager-like bitter bread/yeast. Very light body with a mineral water consistency; the carbonation making it very refreshing. Overall, very good.

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