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 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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Photo of washburnkid
2.26/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I loved Franziskaner HefeWeisse, so I thought I'd give this one a shot. I was greatly disappointed.

A: Big beige head over hazy brown. Held up to the light, the orange really comes out. A good amount of sediment. Average retention and no lacing to speak of.
S: Surprisingly dry and biscuity malt characteristic. Banana and clove are faint, as is the citrus.
T: Dry malt dominance. One other thing really coming out is the diacetyl butter notes, which is unfortunate. A little tangy. I'm getting barely any wheat and the malt characteristic is certainly not what I expected.
M: Light body, low carbonation bordering on flat.
D: This beer tastes like an old, infected brown ale. I'm really disappointed here, but will give it another shot and re-review in the event that I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is a 16.9 oz bottle. $3.29 at Magnolia in Lynchburg.

Appearance: A cloudy amber with a very impressive fizzy and foamy head that unfortunately completely fizzles out in about 30 seconds. Very little lacing.

Smell: Pretty good. Sweet malt, clove and banana, wheaty, and yeasty.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Lots of clove here. Banana and some slightly tangy citrus. Big time clove in the finish. All the parts are here, but it seems a little watered down.

Mouthfeel: Too thin, a little watery. Aggressively carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer. I like whats there, but it needs a little more body.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a brown 50 cl long-necked bottle.
The red label got a picture of a Franziskaner-monk with a ceramic beer-mug in his hand - Hardcore!

A: This beer pours cloudy dark brown with hint of red. The head is pretty large, off-white but dissipates rather quickly, leaving almost no lacings.

S: Wheat and faint malt, nice balanced. Ripe bananas. Citric notes as well. Faint notes of dark dried fruits.

T: Ripe bananas in great harmony with wheat/malt - a bit bready. Some faint chocolate.

M: Thin body, richly carbonated with small bubbles. Aftertaste is medium long and holds some sweet- and bitterness.

D: A little bit to thin in body for beeing a great beer. Now it's just a nice beer.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle poured into weizen glass.

A: Poured a dark caramel with 1-finger head. Decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Lots of bananas, mild yeast and citrus notes.

T: Slightly sweet with some bananas and malt. Eh...

M: Great carbonation, but lacks the richness of other Dunkelweizens.

D: Not bad, but not great. There are a lot better examples of Dunkelweizens out there.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a weizen glass an opaque chocolate-brown with golden highlights as well as a thick, off-white head which quickly dissipates into a thin wispy cap. Just a bit of lacing.

Smells of bananas, lemons and citrus peels, and of course yeast. A bit of biscuit and malt note as well.

Initially, I get a dose of roasted malts and banana breads. A little more watery than I'd hoped, but still really tasty. The smallest ethanol vapor tinge right before the swallow.

The mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than I'd like, as well as with the aggressive carbonation just take away from a decent dunkel, IMO.

The drinkability is still pretty high, though.

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Photo of OskarL
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A cloudy brownish/dark red color, a thick head with good retention and leaves a lot of lacing. Nice stream of bubbles in it.

Smell - Sweet wheat, banana and citrus with some cloves.

Taste - Sweet roasted malt, lots of banana that sticks around for a long time, cloves.

Mouthfeel - Full/medium body, smooth with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the better "Franzishizers," actually, I shouldn't call it a shizer, since its not shitty, but I digress.

Pours a nice dark, thin bubbled beer. Aroma, nothing apparent, but doesn't seem alcoholic like many of this breweries stuff.

Taste, here comes the strange nuances for this American boy's palate. Apple, banana, fig, raisin, all that kind of stuff I don't prefer to mix with my beer. If you're the standard guy who drinks hoppy ipas and fortified stouts, I don't think this complex batch is for you (or at least not me). But with that said, there is something respectable about the interplay between all these styles, and the malt bill here, that doesn't taste like the typical chocolate and coffee you might get for something this dark.

Can't give it good reviews on mouthfeel and drinkability. Its value to me is that of something different to sip, but I don't see myself going back to these.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken last night...bottle poured into hefe glass

a-muddy brown color..weird almost lavender colored thin head?? good carbonation however

s-musty and yeasty up front..some banana, clove and spice...the wheat even gives off an odor on this one with some rich dark malt as well

t-mild chocolate up front...estery and banana bread...dark malt heads up the mid palate...finishes on a spicey/clove note

m-creamy and smooth....taste does linger for a bit...carbonation was good as well..

d-could have a couple..nothing to really brag about but good enough to have another

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

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

The Franziskaner Dunkel pours a hazy reddish brown in the glass with a thick white froth, great retention, & good lacing. Aromas of dark berry esters, raisin, banana, fresh wheat, & freshly baked biscuits that follow through on the palate with an added red hard candy flavor. Overall, a solid brew that I could easily see myself drinking a lot of (& at 5% abv...I probably could too!) Recommended.

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Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass. Slightly hazed ruddy amber color with a thick off-white head that rises up two inches high and slowly drops down to a fine cap.

Aroma of sweetish malt and lemon, some clove and wheat bread dough.

Flavor of firm doughey malt, lots of caramel, some toffee and cinnamon, a hint of lemon and peppery spice. Faint metallic note, hints of yeast and clove.

Medium mouthfeel, not too full, finishes tingly and bubbly. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at the Second Chance Saloon in Brooklyn.
A- Gold, like straw. Opaque. Some head and limited lacing.
S- Strong wheat scent.
T- Highly carbonated, very wheaty. Slight spice to it. It has a bit of a dark malt taste. Nice balance. High quality. Highly recommend.

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Photo of VTBobcat
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: draft

Appearance: Pours a murky red/brown color with a big, foamy head that retains well through the whole glass

Smell: Banana & cloves.

Taste: Banana & cloves with malty sweetness coupled with wheat sweet tanginess evident and remains prominent through the finish. Carbonation brings forth a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice dunkel weizen, with plenty of banana and spice flavors; perhaps a bit too sweet, but spicy through and through

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

pour is a dingy amber cloud. a banana forward dunkelweizen. nose heavy of wheat and initial bubblegum. palate is wheat malt and apple. some toasted qualities. very mild beer that leaves me searching... and not really finding. essentially a toasty wheat malt that goes down a tad sweet and a tad lemon sour.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky russet color with a big, foamy head that retains well and leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Banana spice cake; cloves and whole wheat

Taste: After a whole wheat bread opening, the banana spice cake flavor asserts itself and remains prominent through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice dunkelweizen, with plenty of banana and spice flavors; perhaps a bit too sweet, but spicy through and through

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Photo of dpasotti
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany color with cloudy light brown on the edges. Retention is good, but not much lace is produced. Tart dark fruit and yeast aromas are evident as soon as the beer is poured. Flavor is not as impressive, but includes yeasty banana and clove with a lingering wheat sweetness. Light-ish body with carbonation on the high side. A reliable and very drinkable dunkel, but certainly not the best of the style.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at 'La Gueuze' in Paris, over by the Panthéon. Definitely recommend it -- huge beer selection, mainly belgian.

Brown pint bottle poured into a Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: Pours a lovely bronze color, hazy. Highlights of orange. Head is pillowy, but no real lacing left down the glass as I drink.

S: Smells like a dark wheat beer, only not as strong as I want it to. Hints of banana creme come through, the wheat is clearly evident, but the hoppy smell doesn't come through too well.

T: It tastes good, but again it doesn't taste as pronounced as I want it to.

M: Lovely -- creamy, medium-light on the carbonation. Not too grainy.

D: I'm gonna give this a 5 because it has a certain X-factor that I can't really put a tangible measure on...but I think that this beer excels at being thoroughly enjoyable. I'd drink this again any time.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark clove color. When held up to the light, some hints of orange around the sides. Thick white foamy head dissipates very quickly to a thin white layer. No lacing.

S - Dark malt, perhaps hint of banana, but nothing very strong.

T - Creamy banana up front, hints of roasted malt, and some apple citrus in the end.
Carbonation is also noticeable.

MF - Mouthfeel is very creamy. Full bodied, with carbonation that lingers on the back of my throat. A little watery in the end.

D - I don't remember liking this beer much when in Germany, but not bad. I would have another.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: garnett brown in color, huge one inch plus head, cloudy, lots of carbonation

Smell: toasted malt--almost to the point of toasted marshmellow, Belgian spices, coriander, cumin, and a touch of rye.

Taste: Belgian spices, wheat, pumpernickel bread

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, chewy, with a dry finish

Drinkability: I really like how the wheat and malt come together here. A good example of the style, I could have one more, but not two. I think the taste is nice and multi-layered.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

A - Pours a cloudy amber brown with tons of carbonation. There's a big, frothy head that's starting to settle down into a creamier cap.

S - Dark malt is immediately present. The wheat comes through as well, and smells like it's going to be slightly sour. Not in a bad way, but it's not really impressive. Cloves, cherries, and just a bit of banana. Overall it's all a bit on the weak side, though.

T - Things improve here. There's a nice balance between the malt and wheat, with the sweet malt leading the charge into the wheat-y goodness. There's a bit of clove mid-palate, then cherries and a bit of apple mingle to a pretty nice effect.

MF - On the thin side, but it does have some of the typical creaminess. Overall it's good, but not as full and as creamy as the style can be.

D - It's good, but there are a couple examples of the style that I've had that're better. The price is pretty nice, though, at $3.50 per 500ml. Ayinger's Ur-Weiss, which is my favorite, is unfortunately a couple dollars more for the same size.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise to find this one on tap at my local watering hole. Wasn't sure what to expect, but the dunkel version compliments the standard Hefe nicely. A little heavier, with more flavor. Less of the standard "bland" wheat flavor found with many hefe's. Some spices detected. Overall, a joy to drink....From the biggest glass available

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

muddy brown with 2 fingers of head, that leave nothing behind. notes of caramel, dark fruit and cherries. taste is some banana, a lot of clove in the back end of it. no residual bitterness. a bit sweet. a slight hint of cherries in there too. mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, with a residual stickiness. wish it was a bit drier.

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Photo of BDJake
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Yard House in Waikiki on tap:

A- Hazy, brown, with low carbonation. A finger of head that dissipated quickly, without lacing.

S- Not very strong, but with decent wheat character and a mild fruitiness- I even sensed notes of caramel.

T- Tasted a bit grainy, wheat notes throughout the initial and aftertaste. Low spice, pretty much like the aroma but more prominent.

M- Murky and unfiltered, somewhat chewy but pleasant.

D- Went down easily, expected it to be thicker due to the color and style.

Not bad, I really enjoy this style, especially in the autumn, even though it is not personally my all-time favorite. I downed this like it was nothing, and since the guy on the label and tap handle looks God-like, this was probably intended as his session beer. If I find it locally at a decent price, I might try it again. But I wouldn't go far and wide to search it out.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,678 ratings.
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