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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 Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a new German-themed* beer hall in Fishtown, Philly, PA. Quite nice - 2L.

Reminds me of their standard Hefeweizen in that I got the same pleasant medium-banana and mild-clove flavors, but the darker malt nuances (Munich?) really, for me, take front and center on the palate. I wouldn't call the overall malt display "bready". The banana and clove highlighted on top - merely rounding out a balanced recipe featuring bold (lightly husky-bitter) toasted-grainy, dark malt in the middle and subtle dark fruit on the bottom.

Not so loud in aroma - the proper scents are there, yet weak (glassware?). Surprised the head poofed out as quickly as it did. Giving it the benefit of the doubt here, though. It's a solid beer - extremely drinkable like it's companion lighter version.

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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 confer
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful caramel brown. Tan head that fade much to quickly. Very cloudy with big yeast chunks laying on the bottom.
S- Perfect. Mild banana with just o touch of the clove. The is how a wheat beer should smell.
T- The banana and clove don't follow though as much on the taste but they are still there. The banana is stronger and this leads to a nice sweet finish.
M- On the thick side and a bit creamy, not heavily carbonated.
O-A fantastic summer beer. I like keeping a few around and hitting them up every once in while. It's not something I would want to drink every day, but a great once a week summer beer.

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Photo of bobhits
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Dark murky yeast filled and protein dense body, an explosion of carbonation visible even through the cloud. Lightly dark cream white head, good density (not great), 3-4 inches tall, rather nice.

Sugary clove and bananas opens this one up. This one takes on some cloying caramel malt notes and some vanilla.

Sour feeling to start here seems a bit out of place. Soon turning to a mellow caramel, clove, and a touch of hops.

Much like their other beer, the dunkel just comes off as thin and watery. All these bubbles and foam….and it still feels so thin. This one does have a touch of a bite from perhaps hops or alcohol (not sure what causes it) but there’s a nice bit of bite.

I suppose I like dark colors more than light colors, but between that and a few light darker malt notes this beer comes off as bit better than their other beer. Still I’ve had far better Dunkels.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this one whilst in Munich. It's a dark reddish brown colour with a light brownish head that has good retention, leaving good lacing.

Smells of clove and mild spice flavours upfront along with the faintest of coriander in the blend. A rich dark fruit and a pleasant banana aroma.

A large banana and wheat presence in the taste along with a little clove & spice. In addition to this there is a good combination of toffee and chocolate.

Light to medium bodied and silky smooth. It was creamy and quite refreshing, truely excellent.

A beautiful beer with great drinability. This one smells & tastes great along with looking & feeling outstanding.

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Photo of MadCat
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy brown, with good white head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing

Smell: Bananas up front, some clove, wheat and malt

Taste: Starts with banana and cloves, then you get wheat and toasted malts. Not an explosion of flavor, but there still is plenty there and is quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good smooth carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable. Not as good as Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, but is easier to find. I'm enjoying the dunkelweizen style quite a bit.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- wonderful deep red/brown colour, hazy and bright at the same time. Dense light brown head, not as big as in other Weizens; great retention and nice lacing though

S- Weak, much weaker than i would have ever expected. All i'm getting is pretty standard for the style: Bready sweetness with some banana notes and maybe a faint spiciness

T- Bready malts sweetness, with a faint toasted note to them. Then banana and spicy notes. Spiciness is more pronounced than the average for the style, with clove, pepper and maybe even some plain alcohol notes showing up

M- Medium body, average carbonation, decent smoothness. Solid mouthfeel for the style

O- High drinkability, a simple and yet fullfilling taste. A perfect beer for the summer

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

Pours brown with a thin white head. Head dissipated to a ring around the edges and left just a little lacing.

Smells much like a normal hefe, but the banana is subdued and a little more clove/spice. Also some sweet candy-like aroma can be detected.

Taste is more banana up-front than the nose indicated. The clove/spice shows up more in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall a good session brew for a warmer spring day.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

First had this on tap in a 22 oz. glass. It was kind of disappointing. I'm a big fan of dunkels, and in my early drinking days, I saw "dunkel" on this tap handle, so I ordered it up without a second thought. When I saw the "light," golden brown tea color come out of the tap, I was disappointed right away. When I think "dunkel" I think something darker nearing schwarzbier territory. Then I noticed it's also a hefeweizen. So it's a blend? It was then that I discovered that there are such things as dunkelweizens. :) Anyway, it was okay, but just not what I was expecting. Smell of dried fruits and malts. Bready taste, with some light fruits coming through, dried bananas, and a bit acidic and harsh. Medium body, and average drinkability...22oz. was alot.

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Photo of kevinv
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Best-by date of 01/2012 on the bottle.

A - Pours a deep, murky, chestnut color with a tall tan head. Head retention is moderate, lacing is minimal.

S - Deep aromas of banana bread. Dark, rich, toasty, caramel malts.

T - Your usual Hefe suspects - banana and clove among other spices. There's a very nice deep toasty flavor that comes through. Slightly sweet, dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of tingling carbonation.

D - Great drinkability. I felt the most "full" after finishing this one. During the summer, I'd probably turn to their Hefeweizen or the Kristalweizen before this, but the Dunkel would be my first choice on those cool crisp nights.

All great brews, but this was my favorite of the Franziskaner -weizen's.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass.

A - pours deep brown, almost a dark ruby with a two finger head that disipates quickly. Little to no lacing as it's being drunk.

S - bananas and dark fruit, some raisins. Yeast and wheat.

T - strong fruit and wheat dominate. A bit of banana.

M - medium bodied, little carbonation.

O - fairly drinkable - a nice balanced beer, but left me wanting a bit more.

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Photo of gopens44
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky reddish brown with a decent "slightly darker than creme" creme colored fizzy head that goes away as quick as it appeared.

S - A little banana with clove. Didn't catch much else

T - Clove, some toffee and an interesting green apple taste towards the end.

M - A touch creamy but mainly sorta flat. Didn't seem to have carbonation issues on the pour, so I'm guessing it was just the nature of this beer to come across flat.

O - Tasted very nice but lacked a little everywhere else. Overall though, I'd enjoyed this because of the taste.

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Photo of jsh420
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours semi hazy dark caramel amber brown with a 1+ finger off white head that left no lacing

smell - lots of dark tangy fruit

taste - banana nutty dark caramel and fruit - good amount of bitter hops? good amount of spice

mouthfeel is a medium body with good carboantion very smooth and creamy but with some life

overall - this is a very solid dunkel that i have had many times but never reviewed - this was a great buy @ 1.99 a bottle

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Leaves good lacing down the sides of the glass.

Banana is very prominent in the nose, with some clove, wheat, and slight chocolate: it's a little toastier than a regular Hefe. Really smells good.

Taste is banana bread and chocolate with a little spice in the end. The chocolate flavor is not too rich but more akin to that of a chocolate Tootsie Pop. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much.

Very drinkable. This one goes down smooth and really hits the spot.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sort of a clouded brown color with a murky head. Served on tap at the Yard House, not sure how long it was behind the bar but the foam wasn't very tall or tight. Just okay in the looks.

Nose is overripe banana with some clove, decent potency but a little overdone to me. The flavor is fairly bland, actually, with only the mushy-banana leading the charge. Down notes of pepper and clove, with a metallic finish.

Almost didn't want to finish this tapped beer. The fruit flavor is past expiration and nothing else grabs onto me. Not my cup of tea...er...

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Photo of BeerBodisafa
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This only my second true German hefe-weisse, I'm really enjoying them. They have a Belgian taste to them, or maybe Belgian beers have a German taste.

A: Kind of a reddish-brown, not as dark as I was expecting. Smaller head than most wheat beers, no lacing.

S: some banana, clove and roasted grain, but not strong.

T: Reminds me of a dubbel, but lighter. No banana, some clove, caramel-chocolate comes out.

M: Medium body and good carbonation, its like eating a good dark bread.

Overall very good, I want to try more in this style and will definately recommend this one.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- 3.5 Pours a barely clear, brown-rust color with a minimal whitish head. The bubbles in the head range from tiny to large; it's inconsistent as is its lacing which is spotty.

S- 4 Nice banana aroma here with a hint of clove. The wheat is barely detectable.

T- 3 The taste of this brew doesn't live up to its smell. It is rather bland. More of the wheat comes through here and maybe that is the issue. There is a little bit of the fruit and spice but not enough to get me very excited. There is also a minor metallic taste to this one.

M- 3 This is a light-bodied brew that is borderline watery. Carbonation is sufficient.

D- 3.5 I am disappointed by this, frankly. I remember the original Franziskaner being a tasty hefe and so I was excited to learn that they also had a dunkel. Unfortunately it just didn't live up to expectations. It was a little bland and watery; while I could probably down a bunch of these I wouldn't want to if I had other options.

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

Enjoyed on tap at a local pizza place, served in a frosty pint, which made me do this :(.

After giving the beer a chance to warm up and the glass a chance to lose its icy sheen, the beer appears a murky, almost completely opaque burgundy, with amber notes at edges. A half-finger head of creamy tan foam sits atop. Good retention.

The nose: bananas, chocolate, clove. Straightforward, sweet and bright.

The flavor: wheat, banana, very light roastiness, a light lactic tang, heavy clove and milk chocolate. Creamy, sweet, smooth flavors.

Very high, prickly carbonation, bordering on painful. Medium-light body, slight creaminess. Crisp finish. Body expands as it warms.

I likes me some dunkelweizen, and Franziskaner is a classic. Even when I was in Germany, it was my go-to. Great balance, crisp, and a super summer beer.

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Photo of bastardface
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the bar that I run Franziskaner Dunkel is a staple on our wall. When ever I want a good beer this one never fails. It's dark in color and the smell is only average. The taste is refreshing and easy to drink. It's a little sweet with a light bite. I highly recommend this beer when you run across it.

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Photo of SteelerNation
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle that I had didn't taste very fresh.

A: Pours a full 2+ finger head. A murky brown color.

S: Bananas and spice.

T: More bananas, and some grassy European hops. Faint roasted malt. Medium bitterness. The aftertaste leaves too much huskiness or bitterness on the tongue, but I can't distunguish the two.

M: Watery. Too light for a good Dunkel. Very little dextrins. Dries the palate.

D: When I think Dunkel, I typically think of a good warming winter beer with lots of malt sweetness. This just doesn't fit the bill.

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Photo of xuehua
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle from CitySuper in Lujiazui. Production date seems to be 2010/05/01 with an expiry of 2011/08/01. Went into my glass on 2011/02/24.

With a deep amber colour, and about half an inch of head that quickly dissipated this beer smelled of bananas. But not the yellow ones. Those red ones that are more expensive, and harder to find. A little bit of wheat, mixed with a stronger flavour of cocoa and bananas on the palette. Slightly carbonated feeling, but not too heavy.

A generally good or above average beer. I will consider keeping a few of these on hand for when I need them.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Yardhouse Chino Hills

A: The beer pours an opaque brown color with a finger and a half of khaki colored head.

S: A nice sweet aroma of banana and wheat bread. There's a touch of toast and a mild roasted malt note to it as well. A moderate level of clove/spice, and some nice toffee and caramel.

T: Nicely balanced between the sweet bread and banana notes and the hearty spice flavors. A touch of dark fruits, and a little bit of nuttiness. Toasted bread and some nice toffee flavor. Really smooth and slightly creamy.

M: The body is medium with a full carbonation and a slight creaminess on the tongue.

D: For the price of this beer it's really tough to beat. A solid dunkelweizen.

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Photo of xodin
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy oak brown with a fairly retentive and aromatic head. A mix of subtle, but complex citrus, spice, and grassy aromas bounce of the carbonation. Taste is of wheat, caramel, and wonderful dunkel flavor, with medium to full body, and a highly carbonated smooth, crisp aftertaste. Nearly perfectly balanced, a brew worthy of Bavarian Kings. If I could live off of nothing but beer, I think I could do it with this one. It's not the most extravagant, but refined, and true to the style.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short white head, dark caramel brown body. Floral, nutty scent. Very hoppy, tobacco flavor. Balanced. Very mild bitterness, but becomes noticeable as time goes on because the bitterness there is sticks to the tongue. Smooth, fully bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable, could drink these all the time.

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Photo of Schneic8
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Light brown/tan in appearance and murky. It pours a nice head that is frothy that seems to disappear quickly.

Smell: It has a sweet fruity smell similar to bananas and apple that is appealing.

Taste: Sweet, fruity taste that is great. It tastes pretty much the way that it smells. Caramel and banana flavors. It is a smooth beer that is easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice creamy feel that has medium carbonation. It has a smooth feel.

Drinkability: A great beer to drink. I like the sweet fruity flavors and the smooth creaminess. I am a big fan of dunkelweizen and I think this is very good and drinkable.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,686 ratings
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