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 rootbeerman
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +5.3%
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 +7.9%
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 -2.1%
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 +8.9%
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 +6.6%
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 -0.5%
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 -4.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +7.9%
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 +2.9%
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 +12.1%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy dark amber into a weizen glass with a nice creamy and foamy head. There's lots of active carbonation.
S: Sweet, dark malts dominate the aromas, although there are also typical hefeweizen smells of yeast, wheat and bananas.
T: Like the small, malty sweetness dominates the initial taste, followed by hints of other flavors such as caramel and toffee. Compared to a typical hefeweizen, the taste is much more complex, although the tastes of wheat and yeast are essentially masked.
M: There is a light- to medium-bodied taste that also feels smooth on the palate due to the high level of carbonation.
D: This goes down very smoothly and is a breeze to drink. I could easily drink these all day long.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 2/6/10

Pours a cloudy brown color with a finger of slightly tanned head. Fair amount of retension and minor spotty lacing on the glassware. Aroma of cloves, malt and slight bit of fruitiness lingers. Taste is equally clovey with malt sweetness. Thin body and lightly carbonated. There is a slight amount of breadiness and yeast that remains in the mouth.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy light brownish color with hints of orange and two fingers of light bubbly head
S - wheat, yeast, banana and clove
T - wheat flavors melded with light fruitiness...very sweet but not cloying at all, very thirst quenching
M - light-bodied, a little too highly carbonated in my opinion, nice wet finish
D - very drinkable as a dunkel should be, the carbonation is the only barrier to me having a few of these

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

I must first say that I am not a huge wheat beer fan, but this beer did impress me despite my initial reservations. Tasted from the bottle at the Al Udeid "Bra" cantina. The appearance is a hazy light amber/copper color with a good sized cream-colored head from a gentle pour. Smells fruity with subtile yeast character. Taste is good (again despite my wheat beer reservations), lots of creamy fruit, banana and heavy clove. I can also detect coriander and bitter orange peel, not my favorite flavors but they are balanced well by the residual sweetness of the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and the flavors are not cloying on the palate, as each sip leave you ready for another immediately following. Overall impression is this beer is well crafted, but not something I would want to spend the entire night drinking.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy amber color with a 3" head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: banana is most noticeable, a slight spiciness is softer in the background.

Taste: light roasted caramel flavor is wrapped around wheat, banana, bubblegum, and some soft spiciness. Bitterness is mild here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to consume. A few could be had in a session. Slightly less refreshing than the Hefe.

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Photo of sugarbrew
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep, translucent amber hue. Its pale head shrinks quickly with virtually no retention.

S: Sour, burnt malts with some caramel and clove notes. Its tart fragrance is a bit unappealing.

T: Subtle, roasted, wheat character that seems somewhat subdued at first. Some estery clove and caramel notes sing here, but the beer is altogether a bit weak, even for a dunkel. Sweet caramelized brown sugar begins to become apparent halfway through the pint.

M: Very carbonated, perhaps unnecessarily so. High carbonation works better for lighter weisses, since the acidic bite of carbon dioxide does not flatter a dunkel's roasted character.

D: This beer would be more drinkable were it not for its high carbonation. Somehow, despite an otherwise balanced flavor profile, I could not imagine drinking more than one of these in a session.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually had a case of this sitting in the bottom of my closet fore about 8 months had a few when i first got it for my birthday thought it was allright but not to great, but it seems to have goten alot better over the last eight months but mabey im crazy.

A:Very nace dark redish brown with a definate haxe toit. There is very big foamy head left even with a slow pour. I noticed a good amount of sedimant on the bottom of the bottle.

S:Sweet slightly toasted malt right off the bat then a slight bananaish nut smell.
T:Not as close as the smell as i thought it would be kind has a bready honey like flovor to it kind of weird but good flowed buy the a tart spice likeness.

M:Smooth and creamy good weight to it with a good carbonation a little fizzy at the end

D:Very drinkable cand drink quite a bit of these with out realizing it. i would buy this beer agian if i was out to eat of in a bar having a few but i dont think i would buy it buy the case any time soon not that its bad just that after i drink it one day i dont wanna drink it the next.

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Photo of LyonsHead
2.11/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: murky orange/brown, the color of rust with a very creamy, off-white head.

S: There is a low malty flavor with some bready yeast character. Im getting a big whiff of clove and not a whole bunch else.

T/M: I normally don't combine my taste and mouthfeel reviews but in this case I find it a necessity. This beer, in my opinion, is way overcarbonated. As a result, Im finding it hard to taste much else. There is a sharp burn at the onset of the first sip and it simply increases intensity as you move the beer over your tongue. there is a hint of clove in the background, and a very subtly maltiness. It feels like there is potential there but the overall impression is just a watery taste.

D: Fighting the carbonation all night won't make for an easy drinker

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fair, if a bit too fizzy, dunkelweizen.

Presentation: 0,5 l bottle. Seal with an illustration of a working monk looking at the bottom of a beer jar over a burgundy label. Back notes show perfunctory legal notes and main ingredients in several languages. Displays best by date (11-2010), and Alc. by Vol. (5,0%). Served in a tall weissbier glass.

A - Brown pour with a large foamy head, short retention, virtually no lacing and a persistent surface ring.

S - Roasted notes around a wheat aroma, with faint caramel and toffee notes.

T - Nice wheat character with a yeasty and earthy feel. Soft caramel and subdued toffee notes.

M - Light to medium body with a predominant and assertive carbonation.

D - Works well as a dunkeweizen but it's too strongly supported by the fizzy profile.

Notes: Fair offering and worth the repeat but without much making it worth searching for either.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have yet to try the Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse so I can't compare this to that--and this is a different style though anyway...But I can say that I was generally pleased with my first Dunkel from Spaten-Brau though not blown away.

From a 1 pt. 9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass, this poured a murky but good looking dark color that I will easily compare most to a dark iced tea.

Under a thick dense head that didn't last very long and left no lacing at all, lied a banana bread smelling, semi sweet malt flavor with a really low bitterness. Despite an after taste that slapped a moderately strong malt imprint on my palette with every sip, I surprisingly experienced a good drinkability.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a good size white head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of clove, banana, and some toasted nut.

Tastes of the clove and banana up front followed by a caramel sweetness. Some sour apple comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is a medium light with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

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

0.5l bottle served in my Weihenstephaner Weizen glass.

Enjoyed in Servièse - Switzerland, it's Christmas time!

A: Pors a dark beige nutty color. Hazy. Forms a small beige head with low retention and practically no lacings left. However, a very thin layer remains for long

S: Bananas and cloves in upfront, followed by the sweet malts, honey, wheat and bready yeasts. Quite a good perfume

T: Taste is less impressive than the smell. Again, the banana-cloves combination in upfront. A bit bubblegum too. Strong notes of caramel malts and wheat. In overall, smooth and dry in the mouth, and quite bready. Very low bitterness. German Weissbier style

M: Light smooth body. Medium carbonation. Bready grainy and slightly sweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Easydrinking. Not as good as the Hefe-Weizen version but still a nice and pleasant German "to the bone" beer

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,675 ratings.
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