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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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Added by Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of WHROO
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, murky in colour with a nice head, the melted to a creamy film.

Smell was wheaty, banana's & cloves, plus some candy sweetness - nearly too candy sweet in smell...loses points for this.

Taste was not too bad, all of the above, cloves, bananas, very wheaty (bacony), a little smoky plus again the candy sweetness...finishes very watery & dirty. All malts, no real hops
Definately feels & tastes like a smaller abv dunkel.

Mouthfeel as above - feels lighter, carbonated, but a little mid palate clingyness.

Drinkability: not too impressed...a little too wheaty with that sweet candy flavour that leaves it a tad sickly. One is enough for tonight.

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Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good dunkel without being mind-blowing. A rusty water kind of colour with a tight collar and good lacing. No surprises on the nose with those cloves and banana notes shining through. A nice earthy kind of yeast aroma backing up. Smooth, dry not at all cloying. A slight nutmeg presence on the palate with the slightly grainy yeastiness. Overall a pretty good beer. Not much to dislike about this.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Chunky, light white head. Translucent mahogany brown.

S: It's alright. I'm not getting much of anything but wheat scents.

T: Again, it's alright, but what more good than bad. A slightly watery taste of malt and spice, clove foremost amongst them. Carbonation near the front obscures some of the flavour. A spicy sweetness fades into a mostly sweet aftertaste with a hint of banana.

M: Nice, refreshing, and moderately light. Sharp on the tongue, then watery-sweet smooth.

D: Very good! Easy to drink and enjoyable to do so. Not as good as the Franziskaner Hefeweissbier, but still a sold brew.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Thick, dense foamy head that is white. The brew is a brown color with faint deep orange hues.

Smells of sweet mildly toasted wheat malts, bananas and cloves.

Tastes of toasted malt sweetness, dark wheat bread, some spiciness, banana and mild cloves and other light friutiness.

Smooth, creamy and mildly carbonated.

Very sessionable dark wheat brew. This would be easy going on a nice summer day.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: In my experience I assumed it would have looked like a hefewizen that I was used to; being lighter in color. Instead, I see a dark amber colored beer that looks like an average ale. Thin to no head, small bubble carbonation.

S: Very faint smell with notes of apple cider. Clean and citrus-like also.

T: Unexpected given the color and what I know of the style! Very clean and crisp, without hop bitterness. The first thing I detect is a ripe pear flavor, with the sweetness and some other fruits.

M: Very nice! Similar to mineral water; thin and clean and crisp.

D: I could drink this beer all day if I didn't have a life or job. It is refreshing and at 5% alcohol, very much sessionable.

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

Appearance - is like murky pond water. Forms a nice head with an energetic pour but quickly fads to less than a finger of head. Lacing a bit better than average.

Smell - is stuffed with over ripe bananas and bubble gun and maybe I'm making this up but I'm getting some light acid/citrus from the yeast.

Taste/Mouthfeel - definitely the selling point of the beer. Wonderful wheat and yeast balance perfectly with the malt. Reminds me of biting into a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven. The carbonation is perfect and creates a delightfully creamy yet light (some what of a contradiction) sensation on your tongue and on the walls of your mouth.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable, can't think of a better beer in terms of richness that remains so drinkable (except maybe Weihenstephaner)

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Served with a finger of off white head. Color is a dark murky brown. Head fades down to a thin layer. Some lace left.

Aroma: Smells very roasted and malty. Bananas, cloves, and wheat all show.

Taste: Same roasted malt feel which I normally don't get from a dunkel. It has some spice notes to it as well. Bananas, cloves, and wheat all show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bit of spice flavors.

Overall, the pint drank pretty easy. No real problems finishing it. The only difference with this beer was the roasted malts that I picked up.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's weird but for me the regular Dunkel was always available to me but I only seen the Hefe-Dunkel twice and got them both times. Thankfully Giant Eagle now stocks this all the time!

A - Hazy brown with an inch of white fluffy head. Again Awesome in my Spaten Mug

S - Dark fruits, lemon, and banana peel, with slight bread. Smells like a great mix.

T - Just as the smell described and just as great tasting as I remembered. It's makes me wonder how bitter some would like their beer for this to seem to sweet. It seems like a perfect balance of sweet flavors of the raisin, lemon and bitter banana with the complexity of bitter bready malts that make it perfect. IMO.

M - Refreshing as always. Could easily finish a couple of 500ml in a sitting.

D - At 2.99 a big bottle at my local Giant E it's easily going to something I would pick up from time to time. Man I could drink it all the time.

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Photo of aristeros
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown, about a finger of off-white head. The beer has copper and ruby highlights. Light carbonation visible. I smell lightly roasted malts, caramel, mostly, and wheat, though no surprise there.

Light banana up front followed by a strong wheat presence. Caramel and toffee near the back end. Slightly too sweet for my taste. Slightly tart finish, slightly crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing, like a hefe, but surprisingly so for a dunkelweizen.

I prefer the Franziskaner Hefe but this is really a great beer. A bit too sweet and the texture--creamy vs. smooth--is not where I want it to be. If you like wheat beers, definitely worth a go.

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

Appearance - Rich, brown, inviting color, moderately cloudy appearance, with noticable sediment. Only one finger of head,

that diminished quickly. Active carbonation.

Smell - Sweet, carmelly scent. Definitely smell the wheat.

Taste - Rich, carmelly taste, with a coffee note on the finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with slight carbonation on the tounge up front.

Drinkability - This is an very good beer for the style. It will be on my short list.

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Photo of abriggs1
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm usually not a big fan of dunkels. I think darker malts and higher alcohol content usually doesn't work with an unfiltered wheat beer. It usually ends up being a terrible combination of cloying sweetness and overpowering alcohol. This one is everyone thing I want in a Hefe with some dark malts that don't get in the way of its refreshing quality. I still prefer Franziskaner's regular hefe, as well as straight up hefe's in general, but this is a very nice dunkel that makes me rethink my dislike of them in general.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A foil-wrapped 500 mL bottle picked up at Wegmans Mechanicsburg; poured into a weizen glass.

A: The dunkelweizen is a caramel brown, opaque albeit with a bright orange glow at the base of the glass. The pour generated three fingers of head, although no lacing followed.

S: This one makes up for the hefe I just reviewd. Thick banana and bubblegum aromas mix with caramel malts, a fuller scent that is intoxicatingly sweet.

T: More fragrant sweetness in every sip, damn a good dunkelweizen really hits the spot! Banana and bubblegum, along with a bit of clove, gets things started right. They are sweet but not too sweet, covering up most of the wheat tartness. Caramel malts, darker with a more pronounced graininess, crowds out the rest of the wheat, at least until the finish. After the rest of the flavors have sailed off into the sunset, the wheat's tartness lingers with a citric tingle.

M: The esters are pleasingly sweet; paired with the darker malts it is a goldmine. The vigorous pour has tamped down the carbonation, a welcome feature for a weizen.

D: The lower alcohol and rich flavor are big plusses. I'm struggling to come up with any minuses...

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

poured into aventinus glass

A: murky brown, with a few large chunks of yeast. the head is a finger thick that fell to a thin layer.
S: banana, light clove and sweet caramel malt, and some wheat malt.
T: slightly sweet, like a sweet bread, banana and light clove along with yeast.
M: smooth mild carbonation.
D: could be a christmas beer, like most all German beers its very easy to drink.

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

A: A light tan two fingered head that subsides quickly with no lacing. Medium light brown without the characteristic haze of a hefeweisse

S: Some clove a light caramel

T: More intense than the nose. Nice clove up front with a depth of caramel on the back. Finishes smooth.

M: Run of the mill. Nice body, plenty of bubbles. Fluffy

O: I get some of the deeper malts in this one, but still the characteristic phenols. A nice beer, I prefer it to the blond.

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

A- Poured with a thin, offwhite head, which was reasonably retained and produced some little bits of lacing. The body was a turbid, garnet-tinged dark amber. No visible carbonation.

S- Smells nicely of stewed malt, wheat and bannana esters. No noticeable hops, but a touch of melanoidin in there.

T- The mouth replicates the nose nicely. Tastes like a hefe-weisse, but with a little caramel to it. The bannana esters are huge... but the finish is relatively short-lived, which is the only thing keeping this from being a '4.5' in the taste department.

M- Thin to medium body. A little grittiness from the unfiltered wheat and yeast. A very delicate, soft carbonation here.

D- A very drinkable dark wheat beer... sessionable even.

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Photo of elricorico
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Med brown and hazy. One finer of off-white head. Little lacing.

Big banana impression right away. Mix in some caramel and this smells like a pretty sweet weisse beer. Some citric impressions creep into the nose as well.

Some sweetened citrus on the front of the tongue, which becomes a little dry. Clove to finish. Relatively light flavours, but pleasant.

Fairly light in body and carbonation is a bit higher than average. Works for the style.

Definitely an easy drinker. Quite good overall but I'd prefer if a little more of the aroma was apparent in the taste.

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Photo of ufotofuturo
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another smoky-smelling German brew that doesn't quite compare to a few beers from Aecht, but for half the price per bottle, I can't complain. A solid, thick head covers a beer with a surprisingly, unfortunately thin body. The taste builds with each sip, however- kind of smoky, meaty, and rich. Hovers around in your mouth for quite some time after the beer is finished. This is a very sensory drink, which I'll probably buy again in the future.

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Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Frothy head with great retention; very cloudy-dark brown fades to a light brown/golden brown color; lacing isn't great

S: Banana and cloves up front but the backbone is a grainy maltiness; something a touch funky and sour from the yeast too

T: Typical banana and cloves are present at front but the grainy earthy quality wins out in the end; there are times where it seems a bit watery but overall the good German yeastiness of a good hefeweiss wins out

F: A bit thin but decent as for initial mouthfeel

D: One of my favorite session beers; I could drink this all day--especially in the summer.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap @ Von Trier on 4-19-10. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy tobacco amber color with a generous tan head with excellent retention.

S: Roasted malts, banana, cloves and wheat.

T: Opens with deliciously complex malts and overtures of wheat. Clove and banana flavors begin to assert themselves. A hint of cherry cola in the background. Wonderfully well balanced with low levels of bitterness. Just imagine drinking 22 ounces of moist, flavorful banana bread. And how I do like banana bread!

M: Smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Complex and flavorful taste profile. Medium-bodied. Low ABV. This Dunkelweizen is about as sessionable as it gets. Cheers!

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Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle, batch "173936", poured into Ayinger hefeweiss glass

Pours a ruddy-brown color with amber hue; huge, thick head which fills to the top of the glass. Exactly what one would expect from a wheat beer. Nice lace remaining when all settles down.
Strong scent of sweet banana bread with hints of molasses and cola.
Flavor cola-like with a bit of banana and pepper. Quickly dies down and goes fairly thin, with a mild yeast and semblance of hop in the finish.
I found it fairly thin in body compared to the aesthetics (look & smell).
Easily drinkable, albeit a bit on the thin side. Not as bold as others of the style, but likely good in large quantity.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa because it was cheap, never tried by me, and getting warmer out. I came in cold to this, not having anything from Spaten-Franziskaner in a long time, so my expectations weren't that high.

Nice pour to this - almond hued with a good head and decent aroma. No lacing to be found and the mouthfeel turned out to be a bit thinner than I had hoped. This is pretty easygoing - notes of banana, clove, caramel, and plum are here but nothing dominates and there's almost no bitterness to be felt. Beer doesn't get more pure or easy to quaff as this and the aftertaste...well, I can't really feel it. Maybe a bit of the plum lingers but this isn't memorable in that regard.

Session beer? This has it written all over it. Sure, it's a slightly bigger bottle than what I'm used to but no matter. It didn't take me long to work my way through this. The sediment and opaqueness of this were the best aspects, but I wish that the taste was as full as its appearance. If you're looking for a good accessible beer, look no further!

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Photo of NA1NSXR
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - It almost looks like an apple cider (due to the color and opaque look). Its very much like a regular hefeweizen except brown.

Smell - I probably couldn't tell you this was different from the regular Franziskaner in a blind smell test. Fruity and sweet aroma.

Taste - Very good, but not very different from the regular Franziskaner hefeweizen. I don't really get what the darker color brings with it. Maybe a touch of roasted or darker malt character, but just a touch.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both textbook hefeweizen and benchmark type material.

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Photo of thekanna
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thin medium brown with tan head that is enormous at the outset but dissipates quickly.

S: Some toasted wheat malts, sweetness, and a bit of citrus.

T: Not as big a wheat flavor as the normal Franziskaner Hefe-weisse but it does manage to maintain a delicate balance of toasted rice sweetness and wheat malt. Slight caramel notes with overtones of cinnamon and mulling spices.

M: A bit thin and watery; smooth, but I prefer my hefes with a little more body.

D: Very smooth and easy to imbibe. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

.5L draft into wheat glass on the outdoor porch at Bavarian Brathaus in Cary, NC.

Nearly opaque deep copper to brown body, plenty of visible carbonation, perfect 2-3" tan, creamy head. Decent lacing throughout.

Zesty citrus peel aroma, with some ripe banana and wheat.

Banana comes thru more powerfully in the flavor, accompanied by lemon citrus, whole grain bread, and some cinnamon and clove.

Wow, creamy smooth on the MF - just the right level of carbonation.

Drinkability is huge. Went down far too smoothly on a warm Spring day. I've never been a huge Franziskaner fan, but this one won me over.

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Photo of cgmees
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Franziscaner Dunkel Weizen pours into the tall glass in typical cloudy weizen style, topping off with an off-white dense head. Aroma is heavy on the banana, a bit spicy cloves and faint caramel. Slightly creamy texture with a slight bit of carbonation. Thin to medium overall. Dry finish. Enjoyed it in the late evening with a cool wind blowing across the deck.

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,687 ratings
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