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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 IPA4LIFE
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -34.5%
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 -6.8%
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 -6.5%
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 +3.1%
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 +10.2%
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 -8.4%
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 +1.3%
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%
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 +25.6%
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 -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 DelMontiac
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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 -6%
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 -0.8%
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 +21.7%
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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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 0.9 fl oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice pour with 2 fingers of head and a rather muddy-brown color from the yeast sediment that emptied into the glass. The two fingers of head recedes to a thin crown of foam on the beer. Moderate lacing.

Smell reveals a nice freshly baked banana bread aroma coupled with some spices such as cloves and maybe a little nutmeg or cinnamon.

Taste nicely replicates the smell--bananas and spices, as noted above. A loaf of banana bread sums it up pretty nicely. A nice traditional dunkelweizen going on here--nicely represents its style.

Mouthfeel was very smooth with a good carbonation balance. Drinkability is respectable. Not a flavor powerhouse or the best of breed, but gets the job done.

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

Pours a transparent brown color, a little on the lighter side of the brown spectrum. Has a tall white head that sticks around for a little while. Smells of wheat banana clove and other spices. Taste is very similar, very smooth, sweet and balanced. A great tasting beer with a clean finish. Lighter body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that is very sessionable.

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17oz slender Euro bottle poured into a pint glass at Abner's Pub.

Dark, murky brown with an inch of off-white, sticky foam.

Nice deep caramel malt character with hints of toffee, smoke, and warm bread. Clove and banana are present but don't overwhelm. There's nice earthy graininess that I attribute to the combination of wheat and yeastiness.

Overall, a very solid Dunkelweiss and one I'd gladly drink again as long as the price is reasonable.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my franziskaner hefeweizen glass.

Pours a very nice ruby red auburn color with some nice cloudiness and a large 3finger head that recedes quicker than a traditional hefeweizen. Great looking body. The aroma is big time banana fosters, rub and brown sugar. Some steeped raisins and a hint of vanilla round out the body. Carbonation cleanses your palate but is not overwhelming and rather silky on the palate as it transitions between wheat malts and caramelized malts on the finish. Great beer overall and again, this is a beer I used to pass by all the time. Really worth a shot.

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Photo of ism
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy amber body, crowned with a rich 2-finger head, leaving random blots of lacing. Banana, yeast, cloves, and bread in the nose. Thin body with buttery feel and fairly aggressive carbonation for the style. Flavor palette is built on a sweet malt foundation, slightly overpowering wheat, the banana esters, and clove phenols, though they complement each other very well. Easy to quaff and quite refreshing, nothing to write home about, but very dependable and classic.

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

A: Fiery copper with a thick, creamy head that leaves a few splotches of lacing on the glass.

S: Bananas, clove, bread, yeast, banana bread, banana muffins

T: This is a very tasty beer. It's easy to drink, smooth and has plenty of flavor. The aroma is a great indicator of the beer's taste profile.

M: Smooth and easy with a medium or slightly less carbonation level.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable, especially if you're in the mood for a good German ale.

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

Pours hazy dark brown with a towering white head.
Nose shows ripe banana, malt (as in malted milk), soft phenols with some clove characters and lots of doughy wheat.
Flavours are very similar but seem to add a hint of cinnamon and show less of the malt and banana. Very short finish, no bitterness.
Carbonation is a little too high for my liking.
Overall, pretty much you're bog-standard dunkelweiss. Nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost cider like color with a thick four finger head which gives resides to a thin layer with a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of spiciness and a slightly fruit bite, with hints of clove, banana, and citrus. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with some toffee and a hint of darks fruits with hints of banana and clove also there is a slight hop bite at the end.. The mouthfeel is moderate to low carbonation and is slightly thin. The drinkability is good, a very smooth flavor that is nice and well rounded.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A mahogany color with very little head and no lacing to speak of.

S: The nose contains very little of the expected fruity esters, with only a modicum of the spicy phenol scent. The dominant fragrance is mostly a bready yeast with some alcohol aroma. The scent is uncharacteristically restrained.

T: In the tasting some mild banana fruity esters come through with the spicy phenols taking the lead. The roasted malts make an appearance here because of the restrained nature of the esters and phenols. Finish is dry and leaves alcohol residue on the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel is characteristic of the style: the good carbonation yields a fluffy body.


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Photo of jonB
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer brings me to the rare occasion where it smells better than it tastes. The smell had me anxious to take the first sip, but I was slightly disappointed by the taste. The smell makes me anticipate a great Belgian beer, but the taste is lacking the kick I was hoping for. It is an average beer that does not meet expectations.

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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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