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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 brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -8.6%
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%
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 -14.9%
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 +1.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +9.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -10.4%
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle without a freshness date into a hefeweissen glass.
Head was very pronounced on this beer but fell away quickly and didn't return. Carbonation is moderate to low but no head formation after the initial head, no lacing on the glass. Beer is brown and cloudy (I intentionally disturbed the sediment in the bottle for the cloudiness). This beer may be just past its prime but it is still good.
The aroma is filled with wheat and some fruity esters. It is not the most inviting aroma unfortunately. The taste is somewhat cereal like but it finishes cleanly. No aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that is ok for this style, beer is very wet. Overall a decent beer, but I've had better dunkels.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy walnut brown color that looks pretty nice. Definitely deserving of the 'dunkel' descriptor. A vigorous pour gives it a nice thick head, but it doesn't stay around very long. Smell is sweetly malty with a big yeast backbone as well as some banana and clove.

The taste is a little thin and slightly bitter at first, which was surprising. It's just a tinge of bitterness though, nothing very hoppy at all. Coats the tongue well, then gives way to the typical banana flavoring of weizens, which is accompanied by a zingy bubblegum kick. Some fruitiness as well, intermingled with cloves. There's only a very slight breadiness to the finish, which also surprised me. It was somewhat tart, again a new experience with a weizen beer. Definitely different. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. It's not a stout so I'm not expecting a big feel, but it just didn't have enough body to it to be more than average. Carbonation was present but not doing too much of anything.

Drinkability is okay. It's not difficult to down by any means, but the different taste and thin feel aren't going to make me want to drink more than one. I've had better dunkelweizens, so I think I'll stick with them before I think about revisiting this one.

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Photo of Faune
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation- half liter brown glass bottle with freshness date on the bottom left corner of the front label.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown/copper, almost opaque, with a nice and big fluffy head.

S- Wheat, banana, herbal and medicinal.

T- Wheat, banana, faint stewed fruits, a slight hint of citrus, a bit bitter and dry.

M- Pretty smooth with light carbonation

D- This beer has a nice taste but the dry bitter finish just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Rayek
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I reviewed a bottled sample of this before, but I just had it on-tap in Munich. It's an even better beer fresh from the brewery. Served in a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy chocolate brown, with active carbonation. The big and puffy cream head has great retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Much more pronounced than the bottled version. The requisite banana and clove aromas are here. They're joined by a bit of sharp baking chocolate, plus a little lemon.

T: Again, things are amped up versus the bottle. A banana bread effect is in full force here. Banana, wheat, clove and a little lemon tartness intermingle nicely. There's a bittersweet baking chocolate flavor in the background that was more pronounced than my bottled sample. Finishes tart and dry.

M: A grainy body has quite a bit of prickly carbonation to it.

D: A perfect beer for a nice late summer day. The light body and low ABV make it easy to drink multiples without fear of doing something dumb. A great beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a murky terra-cotta and brown color with three fingers of billowing head. The retention was ok but the lacing pretty good off the collar. The aroma was of wheat, a little caramel malt and toffee, cloves and Belgian yeast. The flavors were similar but not great for the style. Toasted grains and caramel sweetness dominated with only allusions to the spices and tangy yeast that lurked beneath. I kept expecting the later flavors to bloom as it warmed up but it never happened. The mouthfeel was foamy, the carbonation high and the body medium.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy brown with a big white head that settles down to a good steady carbonation.

Smell was impressive, especially before tasting. Rich spicy flavors, distinctive dried banana, clove, maybe some pepperiness, too. Taste is somehow a less intense experience than the smell, but still very good. The sweetness of the malt is more present than in the smell.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin, especially after enjoying some Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss a few weeks ago. Somehow I expected a bit more from it in this area.

Drinkability is very high, as the flavor is pleasant and there is no hint of the alcohol at all.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark caramel brown into a half liter weizen glass. Three fingers of thick foam rose and dissipated slowly to leave a one finger cap.

Smell: The first whiff was intense. It was a blend of banana, yeast, wheat, cloves, peppers, cinnamon, toffee, and caramel. Complex to the max.

Taste: The first taste starts off spicy with pepper and cinnamon, but levels off to a smooth malt toffee with caramel. The wheat and yeast are barely noticeable in the taste.

Drinkability: It's much spicier than I expected, but it's still enticing, complex, and smooth. Oh, it's drinkable.

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Photo of denmah
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i poured this out of a large gold capped bottle into a tall glass, the color and smell reminded me of an ale, light golden brown coloring with a dark wood, nut, and carmel smell similar to something like sam adams, with a nice white head on top,

fairly smooth to drink, slightly bitter aftertaste, a hint of hops.

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Photo of PerroGrande
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a hazy brown with a moderate and fairly durable tan foam. As the foam dies, moderate evidence of its presence is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Faint hint of banana and yeasty goodness. Cloves appear in the aroma as well

Taste: This is a subtle, smooth-tasting Dunkelweizen. Nothing overpowering or out of balance. Opens nicely and quietly with some clove hints. Yeast and banana overtones are present throughout. Hints of sweetness are balanced with equal hints of citrus bitterness. Not overpowering at any point, but quite tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with mild carbonation. Not heavy or thick -- rather on the thin side, but not watery.

Drinkability: Yeah -- I want another one. Refreshing, smooth, subtle, yet quite tasty. This beer would go well with a variety of foods, or fly solo. ABV is manageable for a session beer as well.

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Dublin, Ohio. Was eager to try a Dunkelweizen again after a lengthy respite from the variety (not intentional, just how things came into being). This was a good choice.

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Photo of biggred1
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy russet brown with a fine whipped head of sand colored foam. The nose is clove heavy with soft banana and cocoa. Nutty and spicy flavors of cocoa, clove, banana and lemon zest. Some fresh bready yeastiness. Medium bodied with a lot of good carbonation. Top notch.

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Photo of techtatu
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice caramel color with a cream colored head. At first it looked similar to Spaten Optimator, however the aroma gave it away. It had a much bitter aroma than the Optimator. The taste had hints of a dark chocolate coffee, and very low sweet note.

This is a beer that I would drinking during the fall, and something I would enjoy with a nice cigar. Possibly a beer to recommend to someone who is exploring dark beers.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass, and face to face with a Weihenstephaner. Pours a murky brown with a half inch of off white head. Head settles to a surface ring in a minute or so and yields some light lacing. Cap can be regenerated if desired, well carbonated.

Offers a nice sweet banana and yeast nose. Some deep dried fruits/raisin in the background. Teasing malts that don't overwhelm but aid the light structure of the beer.

Flavor is maltier than the nose would suggest and a bit simpler as well. Yet there is wheat, banana and a return of raisin notes. A light Dubbel in a sense and oddly different than the Weihenstephaner. Both good yet quite distinct. Feel and drink are pleasant and easy and with a nice lingering finish. Might perhaps become a bit rich on the tongue in time, keeping drinkability in check. A nice carbonation effervescence accompanies the finish.

A final pour was a bit aggressive by accident and resulted in excessive foam formation, followed by a lighter bodied brew. So pour carefully, especially if the bottle has had any time to warm up.

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Photo of realmpel
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty, light brown with a nice foamy hefe head. Has a light bready aroma. Flavor is strong banana with a very light tartness. It's a richer hefe with less citrus and clove than the regular Franziskaner hefe.

Very drinkable and refreshing, I would buy it again.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Interestingly it smelled like a Hefeweizen but without the citrus fruit aroma.

Appearance - Weird really. It was a brown maybe orange color. A friend suggested that is looked like muddy water more than a beer you would expect.

Taste - Surprisingly light a refreshing for a dunkel but a wheat dunkel was quite an experience.

Notes - Good moutfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An inverted pour produces three fingers of fluffy, off-white foam. The body is a hazy, amber-brown color, the head settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Malty with notes of toasted grain and some toffee. A bit of banana and clove, but not a lot of aroma from the yeast.

T - Much more prominent yeast character than the aroma, with notes of clove, bubblegum, and mostly, banana. The yeast fades and sweet malt comes in toward the middle, lots of caramel and toffee. The finish is mostly yeasty clove with some malt.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, good yeast character with an undeniable malt richness. I had not had one of these in several years and after drinking this one, I think I will be making it a more regular option.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber, cloudy, with a finger of fizzy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: light citrus aroma, perhaps even some berry.

Taste: wheat, citrus, light fruit flavors (and berry again). Quite tasty, not too sweet, a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, but perhaps a little heavy body for a real session beer. I could see enjoying this beer in a lot of different settings, though.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,687 ratings
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