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 denmah
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +13.9%
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 +3.2%
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 -3.2%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +8.7%
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 +2.1%
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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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16.9 oz. brown bottle.
Pours a cloudy, dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is of wheat and bananas with cloves. Taste is very flavorfull and quite good. Malty with notes of clove and banana. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Nick3
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Paulaner Weisbeer glass. Gorgeous maple syrup color, with a 3 inch head which holds for several minutes. Nose is banana, clove, malt and some caramel. Taste is bit more subtle than I hoped, carbonation is abundant and seems to constrain the flavor. With effort, you get some banana and light malt with very mild bitterness. A little sweet mid-way but very mild again. Easy to drink, really easy to drink and refreshing but was hoping for a little more flavor. Still a very, very good beer just a little less than what I had hoped for from this brewery.

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Photo of william5586
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light murky brown. Finger and a half of off white head and some lace.

S- Banana and sweet malt.

T- banana, wheat, a little clove and very slight spice.

M- Medium body. Lots of carbonation but its not bad.

D- Very easy to drink and somehow not overly sweet. The bannana may get to me though.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this quite a few times recently from the bottle and each time it's been a little different, I think because of the age of the bottle. This review is based on the freshest example, but the other bottles may have altered my thinking a little bit. The appearance is plain with an offwhite head that I would like to be a tad darker and a simple brown body. It's dark enough so that the yeast haze adds to the tone. The smell is of caramel and banana's but not nearly aromatic enough. It could use some more intensity in the aroma to really pull it off. The taste is quite nice with the caramel, molasses and chocolate of the darker malts coming out with the support of a fruity yeast background. It adds to the mouthfeel which is creamy and light thanks to the wheat. Quite drinkable, more so than many of the style, and a little lower in alcohol to make it sessionable. If I had other dunkels available I would skip this but it's not bad when the craving hits.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a tall Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown color with a nice foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell: Wheaty, Malty, yeasty. Has a much maltier aroma than it's lighter HefeWeizen sibling.

Taste: Very malty up front, then followed by the typical HefeWeizen Clove, wheat, and little banana.

Mouth feel: Creamy, slippery and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a great Hefe for fall or winter due to the heartier malt flavors. Another winner from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu.

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

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a dark brown/caramel color. Has a nice fluffy off white head. Lacing slowly fades along the glass - no sticky lace. Nice small head remains for a while then also fades away.

Smells of Yeasts, some banana along with malts.

Tastes creamy and you get the sweetness of the banana along with the yeast flavors. The creamy head and mouthfeel really work well here. The nice balance of the malts shines through. A peppery mouthfeel is left.

This brew is very drinkable. A very solid brew. This would be a nice alternate to the Franziskaner Hefe brew to try from this brewery from time to time. I dont have much expierence with the dunkleweisse brews, but this is very good. This brew is not exceptional - but I am not sure this style brew is intended to do that, at least fot me anyway.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

poured kind of murky brown red into a tulip glass very little head and not much carbonation visible

Nose is the richest part, big banana an spicey, rich malts

Taste is descent, but nothing special, a little burned Malts and the characteristic earthy fruit of a weiss beer... Then it finishes with a....wait nothing mouthfeel is like water and finish is a bit sweet and bitter, like a coors weiss beer, bummer!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark brown with puff of head that quickly subsides

A: Nutty and toasty grains with hints of banana and clove

T: Complex blend of toasted, nutty grains. Banana and clove come next with trailing complexities of smoke, caramel and chocolate.

M: Medium to high body, perfectly low carbonation

D: Drinkable if all the complex flavors work

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Photo of erz316
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt9floz bottle into paulaner weißbier glass

A - good murky brown colour, showing ample turbidity that signifies that there is indeed a good lot of yeast is in the bottle. good head that settles down very quickly, colour is a light light brown, almost white but not quite. body colour is a solid brown maybe some hints of red, but very subdued. only thing s holding this beer back is the lack of head retention and a somewhat off colored body

S - malt aroma with some yeasty-wheaty touch. some sweet banana and wheat as well. a disappointing experience in the nose, nothing is particularly noticeable.

T - a solid taste, no doubt; quite refreshing, even this early in the day (but then again there are no holds on the hours one can drink on weekends, score!) initial taste is of the malt and wheat mixing in with some light yeast presence, slightly sweet and a bit of hoppy bitterness comes along right before the finish, which is more of the same taste in the initial stage. nothign changes from the initial tasting to the finish stage. after taste is malty sweetness and not much more, the conbination of wheat and darker malts makes a good but un-invigorating.

MF&D - body could be bigger, thicker, more carbonated. carbonation really starts to get weak after the brew warms up. again, though the beer is kind of lame it would easily be sessionable since it is infact so bland

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Photo of KTCamm
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours a murky dark brown with active off hand foam. Medium retention. Laces down the side.

Very aromatic. The classic hefe banana/clove smell, but buried in malt. Slightly fruity, but again, malt is king.

Taste is wonderful. This is a really nice blend of malts to create a clean, crisp flavor with absolutely no aftertaste. Carbonated in the mouth but not overwhelmingly so.

It will be a disappointmnet to finish this beer. Very drinkable, and delicious.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very hazy, mucky brown color with a very nice and sturdy thick, creamy ivory head that stays forever and leaves pretty good lacing.

S-Just lots of wheat and cloves in the nose... Yes only wheat and cloves, no bannanas...

T-Much of the same. Lots of wheat and some cloves, I can't taste the cloves as much as I can smell them. But lots of wheat though.

M-Very nice and creamy for a hefe. Very creamy, it makes for a huge body given the only 5% abv.Coats the palate nicely and sticks there for a good while. It has a suprizing light lingering bitterness to it as well.

D-This I could session all night long. It's not an impressive beer, "perse"... But I could really drink the mess out of this and enjoy it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher Weiss glass. No date on the bottle.

A - Overly effervescent darker amber color with a billowing off-white head. Slightly hazy, good retention, and no lacing.

S - Belgian yeast smell with banana and dark fruit - grapes and raisins with prunes - esters and a clove spice hint. Wheat and light aromas of toasted Vienna malts finish it up.

T - Wheaty maltiness that touches slightly on the dark fruit esters found in the aroma and finishes with a mild spice flavor. Subdued and delicate all around. Further along I started getting a moderate bubblegum flavor.

M - Medium bodied beer that finishes smooth and partially creamy with no strong carbonation bite.

D - While it's medium-bodied the pairing of the flavor and the creamy mouthfeel makes it a delight to drink. It's not superb in this category but good enough to partake in more than one.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Hazy, light chestnut color with a substantial light tan head.

S -- Big bread yeast nose with some vague vanilla and citric fruit esters back.

T -- Chocolate characters up front, some of that mild vanilla. In the middle is lightly bready/yeasty character and finishes with a rather tart fruitiness -- but nothing overpowering or out-of-place.

M -- Smooth, creamy and soft mouthfeel with a light medium to medium body.

D -- Outstanding. I've had this on tap before and I almost like the bottle better -- maybe better handling.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-16-09

Pours a deep brown color with a hint of red, with an off white heads and lots of bubbles that rise to the surface.

Smell is sweet, slight aromas of banana, clove, burnt sugar, and apple cider. Becomes more and more complex as you go.

Taste is much like the smell, but even more subtle. The malt adds an almost adjunct quality which detracts from the otherwise pleasant flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy but slightly thin, the flavors quickly leave the palate.

Drinkability is good, nothing here to really be offensive.

Overall, a little disappointing, compared to the regular hefe. But, that's a very high standard.

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Photo of gameface23
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours murky brown with a head made of tightly packed, sparkling bubbles. Carbonation bubbles race up the sides of the glass.

S: Not very strong. Some clove, wheat bread and ever so slight banana.

T: Clove, brown breads, and some toasty malt. Finishes like you just ate a piece of wheat bread toast.

M: Very lively. Spritzy.

D: I'd drink another one. I'd put it somewhere in the middle of all the dunkels I have ever tried.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a strange pairing. We were at a famous Sushi place in Austin, TX and this was the most interesting beer on the menu. Since we had a ½ hour to wait for our table, I figured, why not?? Glad I did.

Beer came in about a 16 oz bottle and was served with a small glass.

The head that formed was really creamy and beige in color. Excellent retention and decent lacing remained. The beer was a shoe polish brown color, yet visually you could tell it was not an overly thick beer.

Aroma was of slight spice. Corriander, sweet fruit.. banana and some yeast. Clearly some sweetness was evident as well.

The flavor hits you with an ultra creamy caramel flavor to begin with. Then you get the yeast notes and classic Weiss flavors. Banana again, clove/coriander. The slightest sour note. The malts are slightly nutty and certainly provide a bread like flavor to the beer.

Ultra creamy and medium bodied.

I enjoyed this.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,671 ratings.
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