Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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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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Photo of BeerBodisafa
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -11.3%
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 +5.8%
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 +7.9%
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 -13.7%
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 +1.1%
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 +9.2%
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 +16.8%
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 +10%
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 +14.7%
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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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Tan, huge, billowing, fast rising head jumps from the glass. The head was without a doubt the most interesting part of this beer.
Th color is a dark dark brown, with plenty of haze (as any hefe should be).

S- Very strong banana. The banana is the strongest smell for sure. There is also a decent amount of malt, but it leaves a little to be desired. The malt lends a somewhat tart smell. There are also hints of cloves.

T- Banana and wheat malt are the heavy hitters here. Also a slight metallic bite at the end.

M- Starts off heavy and high in carbonation, but ends quite watery.

D- Ok. Not great. Not bad, just OK.

There are some good things going on in this beer. The smell is good. The taste isn't as good as it could be, but it is still solid. This beer isn't a world beater, but it stands up on it's own.

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Photo of stckhndlr
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out with alot of head. Golden color but the smell didn't impress me. smelled like a cross between band-aid material and hand soap with a hint of banana peel. Feels very watery on the palate with very malty wheat flavor. Probably the last time I will try this one.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, copper-orange color. The head is fairly tall, with a dull, light tan tint and creamy, frothy texture. Retention is solid, and some splashes of lacing stick to the glass fairly well.

S: Clove and banana, front and center. Some tart yeastiness is also evident, lending some lemony character. Wheat is also evident. Mild nutty and toasty notes.

T: Crisp, somewhat tangy/tart wheat up front, with light toasty flavors. Banana and clove esters are feature prominently, but are fairly soft overall. Slight nutty flavors. Very faint hop presence adds a bit of focus to the finish.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is smooth and supple, but withers a bit into a relatively watery finish.

D: Pleasant, but a bit uninspired. This isn't as good as Franziskaner's hefeweizen, primarily due to its relatively flat, watery finish. Not the most exciting version, but fairly enjoyable at any rate.

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Photo of Chadpaq
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's nothing more appealing than when a beer pours out to be the shade of a fine piece of wooden furniture. I jest in part. But to be honest, this beer does appear a helluva lot more appetizing than my grandmother's armoire. The head billows up and out like a smokestack in a rural West Virginian coal town, and I'm quite certain that what I presumed to be a conservative pour was entirely too aggressive to contain the entirety of the liquid without spillage.

I'm told that this beer will contain heavy banana bread aromas, but I'm not picking them up. All I really get from my (less-than-refined) olfactory department are heavy cloves, and perhaps some brown sugar. The scent's pretty simple. So far, I definitely prefer the traditional Hefeweizen version of this beer.

Taste pretty much follows suit. Not strong enough, and not complicated enough. This beer is about as easy to read as a shitty poker player, but I can't win any money from it, so it's all for naught.

Mouthfeel's my favorite aspect of this beer thus far. It's smooth, but it's not syrupy. Carbonation's adequate, if not a tad on the high side. This problem would be avoided easily if there were merely more...SUBSTANCE in this thing.

Yeah, this beer's drinkable. Too damn drinkable for what I paid for it. Honestly, this beer's a pretty big disappointment after my first experience with Franziskaner. But I guess not every brewery can be perfect.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy brown colour with a very large frothy and fluffy beige coloured head. I can't make out how much carbonation there is and there is some very fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, cloves, bananas, raisins, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and feels light and creamy but a little watery as well. The taste is made up of malts, dark fruits and bananas. There is also a slightly metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty banana aftertaste.

Drink - Another solid beer from this brewer. I did however prefer their regular Hefeweizen to this beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with gold foil over the cap.

Served cool into an imperial pint glass, the Franziskaner Dunkel is a deep redish brown color with fair clarity. The head is creamy and tight.

Aroma is sweet and malty with pleasant spice notes. Banana and clove are practically a must for the style and this one has both in spades.

Flavor is also big on sweetness and spice with the cloves becoming even more prevalent. Chocolate and brown bread are also there as well as purple grape candy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice lowish level of carbonation.

Overall a solid example of the dunkelweizen style.

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Photo of NODAK
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma wasn't quite as sweet as I had expected. There were actually pretty good citric notes on there...and while there was some of the usual banana esters, they weren't as "out there" as one may think.

Pours a medium, cloudy brown in the glass with a nice, rocky head to start...but quickly dissipates.

Taste of the beer starts off with mild fruity esters...some banana...not quite as much as many others. There's some very soft clove there as well but it's hidden a bit. There's a little caramel as well. It wraps up with a bit of a citrus twinge that gives a little tartness. No real hop presence.

I had this right after the Weihenstephaner version of this style, and to be quite honest, that one was quite a bit better. This one just doesn't have the banana and clove I've come to expect. Everything is restrained. It's drinkable....but not a top choice.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel-brown in tone with a huge frothy head, this German dunkel is thick and tasty, with a well-balanced sweetness and a hint of spice. A delicious and deep brew with hints of banana, clove, and caramel, this one's well-worth seeking out. Thoroughly satisfying.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; cloudy brown with a sustaining tan/white head. Lacing is loose and slides down the glass, back to the head. Overall this is a beautiful presentation.

smell; sharp banana yeastyness, somewhat sweet. Spicy herbals that tickle the nose.

taste; definite banana yeasty flavors and moist wheat malts. Finishes with a slightly bitter-sweet tartness.

mouthfeel; intense foamy sharpness with a crisp and wet finish.

drinkability; a very easy drink, super refreshing and nice for a warm spring day.

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Photo of twentyhanks
4.81/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark, hazy caramel color, with a foamy head.

Smell: mix of caramel, banana tempura(not too sweet though), yeast, chocolate

taste: No bitterness at all, just malty goodness!

mouthfeel: full bodied, yet not thick. It was light and refreshing.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night!

One of my new favorites, especially for the fall.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 DelMontiac
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 mL bottle in to an Eskimo Joe's weissen glass. That's right, Eskimo Joe's.

A: Murky raw apple cider brown color with linen colored silky single finger head that vanishes quickly. The fine bubbles want to lace the glass, but end up sliding down as you drink.

S: Overripe bananas, apples, and crenated red grapes. Bready cracked wheat and malt add the earthiness.

T: Fits the nose well, with some sourness to the sides and back of the toungue. Pleasant banana bread and yeasty aftertaste. Let's just call it banana-nut-wheaty-cider.

M: Velvety like cocoa. The carbonation is fine and unobtrusive. Too bad I took a lungfull half way through the glass. Hate it when that happens.

Overall: This is a readily available mass-procuced German beer that anyone can appreciate. A great gateway beer for noobies, and a great price to boot. When I'm at a loss in my local beer store, I can always count on this one.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Small amount of head, no lacing, nice brown cloudy tint with cloudiness. Taste is nice and wheaty with some cooked malt, slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with some carbonation. As far as drinkability is concerned, I am certain I could have a small session with this.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L, Germany, best by 8/11.

Dark, cloudy amber with orange highlights. Billowing creamy head retains at a half-finger. Okay lacing.

Aroma is of fresh wheat, bread, and overripe fruit, such as bananas and berries.

Flavor is on the sweet side, but is also very refreshing. Has the same light flavor of the standard Franziskaner, though with a touch more malt. A bit toasty, but not nearly enough roast to satisfy my Dunkel urge. Still a solid beer though. Touch of cheap chocolate and husk on the finish. Creamy, smooth and effervescent mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable Dunkelweizen, but there are other examples of the style I'd reach for.

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Photo of Frothboss
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is an opaque rich brown with a very active head at first pour, let it settle and stirred up some of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle then finished the pour with a consistet 1/4" head at finish pour. Head went away after about a minute. Lace sticks around and slowly climbs down glass. Smells malty, chocolaty, sweet. Taste is thick, rich with malty goodness and very light hints of chocolate or toffee, banana is really coming thru more in taste than in smell. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, nice even taste with sweet aftertastes and undertones. I would definitely drink this again. Sits very well on an empty stomach. A very nice composition for a Weisse.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,671 ratings.
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