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 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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Photo of bark
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark chocolate-brown; the liquid is very hazy. The large head sinks slowly to a thick lid, leaving some lacing.

The smell got notes of bakers yeast, sour wheat-flavours and some roasted flavours of cocoa/nuts. I also noted a scent of meat/beef stock and a bitter hint. Maybe there is a touch of perfume/soap somewhere in there?

The taste is mild and not as sour as the pale wheat beers usually are. Roasted, rounded, sweet flavours of dark bread, beef stock, hazelnuts and some sweet fruits. The short aftertaste is light with some perfumed notes: Fruits, roasted vegetables and nuts. There is a fragile bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to light, the liquid smooth.

A rather standard Dunkel Weizen. IT is probably better paired with some German cuisine or BBQ than on its own.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label is pretty cool. Can't fault a man who is enjoying the last of his stein.

Murky brown appearance with a consistent brown foam throughout the consumption and nicley carbonated.

Aroma consists of fig, brown sugar, maple, pear and apple. Very nice.

For having such a nice aroma, the taste is kind of bland. It's smooth but lacks any punch to the tastebuds worth noting.

While it may not pack what I was looking for, it's a very drinkable Dunkel and quite refreshing. Not bad just hoping for more.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very dark, cloudy amber. Nice head, about 2 inches, which dissipated moderately quickly. ok lacing

s very mild smell. hints of banana and clove, mostly a smell yeast with wheat

t/m very mild taste, little carbonation but smooth and soothing flavor. very refreshing and calming

d amazingly smooth drink, would definitely purchase this beer again. very smooth

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in the appropriate logo glassware, and had a cloudy amber-brown appearance with a half inch of thick, dense, cream-coloured foam. Aroma was reminiscent of banana bread with toasted walnuts. Body was medium with a creamy smooth texture and very fine carbonation. Tastes like banana bread with walnuts, with a mildly sweet malty undertone. Finishes with a drying clove note which becomes more prominent as the beer loses some chill. Very rounded, gentle character. Refreshing. The head fell after the first few sips, but then regenerated halfway down, leaving a little lace behind. Very nice.

5.0% ABV, on tap at Mecklenburg Gardens, Cincinnati

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

Pours a hazy dark amber/brown. Sizeable head diminishing slowly to light head - head is beige. Pleasant, sweet aroma of caramel, chocolate, toast, dark fruits and definite yeast notes. Well-balanced, smooth with plenty of taste. I'd be happy to sit and enjoy several of these with friends. Alas, I bought only two. But they will be enjoyed - Cheers!

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Photo of SleepyMonk
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle chilled slightly below room temp into a Franziskaner tall glass.

Generates a pale brown head that stands at approx. 3 fingers however no where near explosive as others in its class which hints to a low carbonation.

Color is creamy translucent coffee brown.

Smell is very thin and only minor amounts of yeast wafts to the nose along with the almost obligatory banana and clove-ish aroma one associates not just with Hefe-Weiss but that unique Franziskaner tone.

The taste and the mouthfeel only add to the anaemic nose. Mild dried yeast and malts over power the fruit element of which banana is the strongest. The low carbonation suggested at pouring is not as bad on the mouth yet the level of carbonation is medium at best. The mouth does experience quick burst of smooth malt however it quickly runs off.

Not as bad as these tasting notes make it sound, however if I was to recommend a sample of the style - this wouldn't be it.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, very cloudy, massively thick foam. The aroma is mild with lightly toasty malt, hint of clove and fruit. The taste has a bready wheat maltiness, a bit one-dimensionsal with barely enough bitterness to round it out. I was looking for more clove/banana character but it wasn't strong enough. The mouthfeel was good, typical, with a moderate carbonation and medium thickness.

Overall it's a decent Dunkelweizen, not complex or flavorful enough to rate high, but still gets the job done...

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Photo of Trappissed
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be very dull and bland. I was expecting it to taste much different. First off, the mouthfeel was very thin and watery; and overly carbonated. The taste was just a little bready and a little sweet, not much going on here at all. I enjoy the regular Franziskaner Hefe fine, which is also why I was surprised. Obviously it would be easy to put a few of these away, but doesn't seem worth it to me.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: plum, cranberries, cherries, molasses, sweet and subtle phenol. Crisp/smooth carmel malt.

Pour: hazy/opaque brown with a hint of red. Thin rim off-white head.

Taste: similar to the nose, molasses, plum and clovey phenols dominate. Finish is slightly dry.

Mouth: carb seems high and pops off the tongue, making the finish not very smooth. medium-light body, no lacing.

drink: medium.

Overall: flavors and aroma are great and unique. Enjoyable. The carb seems a little too much for me.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a murky tan with a two finger head that settles to a nice foamy cap.

Aroma is of dusty yeast on the front. Spicey banana and clove aromas with a sweet citrus undertone. Phenolic band-aid esters come to the finish on the nose.

Phenolic flavors come in huge on the opening flavor with a nice dusty yeast flavor. The wheat comes through quite nicely, giving a dirty earthy and crusty taste to the beer. The usual suspects of bubble gum and band aids comes through. This is the hefe weiss flavor I am used to and enjoy. Slight citrus and twangy malty goodness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the only dissapointmenet from this beer.

This is a hefe weiss, and despite the non creamy mouthfeel I'm used to is impressive.

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Photo of endovelico
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 27/4/9. taken from notes. Best before date 08/09. Reviewed under medium low light. Poured into pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy coca cola like brown brew with 2 thinger white head. The head quickly collapses into moderate sized cap and holds thorought.

Aroma: Clovy, slight banana, nutty, toasty. Light intensity on the nose. Very hard to break apart, since the aromas kind of clash with each other.

Taste: Awkward. Clove and slight banana with nutty and chocolate flavours. Dark caramely flavour. slight black patent smokiness. Confusing, muddy and hard to break apart. It works though.

Palate: Medium to medium high carbonation. Lasting nutty sweetness. Medium high body. Low bitterness.

Drinakability: Sessionable. quality price ratio is great. Although a very awkward style, it ends up working well, but still confusing at times.

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

500ml bottle $2.49. Nice dark, cloudy brown color poured into a pilsener glass and had a foamy head but now its just a two centimeter blanket atop the beer. Aroma is slightly spiced but not what I would expect from a hefe, average. taste is nice and fruity and almost makes me think of chocolate bread for some reason. Not a bad beer at all considering the price.

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Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Its body has a brownish or ice tea color with a cloudy appearance. On top sits a big creamy tan head that has good retention, lasting until the finish after slowly fading to a small cap of foam. Its lacing was slick and slid down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma hits you with a big overripe banana followed by some other fruity and earthy yeast notes with a touch of clove.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor starts with a lightly roasted wheat malt base with some fruity banana clove notes coming in. The wheat and yeast flavor gets dryer and brings dusty earthy notes. Hop flavor and bitterness is light and most noticeable in the finish. The finish is very dry with a smooth, thick, almost powdery texture. Carbonation feels about average and the body is a good solid medium.

Notes: For me I felt that this beer had a few ruff edges but overall was good.

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Photo of PatronWizard
2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Color looks like Mr. Hanky took a swim. Opaque, cloudy, guess it wasn't the color I was expecting. Nice head though. Aroma of very light clove and .... maybe not much more. Citrus? I don't think it's very flavorful either. Smooth at least.

Overall: not impressed

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel (which just so happens to be the first Dunkelwiezen I've ever tried) poured into a wiezen-glass delivers a medium brown-to-amber colour along with a beautifully tall and frothy and airy crown that diminishes in a most visible of actions, just after a minute it's completely gone (the whole procedure brings to mind a stop-motion animation of a pile of popcorn where popcorn after popcorn is being reduced from the shot). No carbonation is visible at all.

Smell: Malty notes, clove, a tad of sourness and a profound sweetness - in short rye-banana bread!

Taste: Ya'll remeber Smacks (the puffed rice coated with honey and sugar)? Well bingo that's the main characteristic in this sensory category. Nothing more, you say? Well before there is a dry sourness (think a lambic light) and after there is a slightly bitter ending - but they don't stand a chance to Smacks!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and round and full like no other, like a caress of silk towards the palate. The carbonation is, as expected, low but it shouldn't be in any other way considering the smoooth outcome!

Drinkability: Pretty nice and unique , I'd like to have one more please!

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Photo of rugerj
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a murky brown color with a 1 finger head that dissipates over a few minutes but leaves decent lacing behind. Smell is of banana and subtle clove with malty sweetness and a slight chocolate aroma. Taste is a good balance of dark sweet malt with chocolate highlights and the fruitiness of banana with slight clove hint. Mouth feel was excellent, full and a bit chewy.

One of the better Dunkelweizens out there, one of my favorites this time of year as the weather is warming but it hasn't gotten too hot.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Franziskaner Weisen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a nice, dark roasted, caramel brown color, with a hint of dark ruby highlights. Almost three fingers of creamy, off-white colored foam sit on top. Retention is good. Lacing is good, but slippery.

Pretty subdued nose, actually.
Light notes of sweet malts and dark fruits. Mild yeasty hints. Traces of apples and bananas. Mild clove and caramel notes.

Apples and bananas mingle with dark wheat notes. Nice hints of bread and toast. Slight yeasty presence. Mild caramel malt notes mix with mild spice presence.

Light and smooth. Super easy to drink. A little too much carbonation, I think. Could stand to be creamier.

Goes down smooth and easy. No hint of alcohol, at all. Major session brew, here.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a murky amber. It had a four finger white head. No carbonation was present.

It had a nice scent of hops and cloves.

It had a spicy flavor. Cloves, and hops were present. It was medium bodied. It had a nice dry finish.

It was pretty drinkable. I liked it.

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Photo of PhilfromPA
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours dark brown, very little transparency, moderate head diminishing to leave nice lacing

S - A little muted but banana, yeast/bread, cloves

T - Comes on a little bland at first but evolves to a nice banana, bread, a little wheat & caramel. Finishes fairly crisp

M - Slight carbonation, but remains smooth, very slightly oily

D - Drinkability is good, a very clean refreshing beer overall. Pleasant taste and smooth mouthfeel allow this to be an easy session brew.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 500ml bottle into my trusty nonic (the new official tasting glass).

Appearance: Pours a toffee color with a HUGE, thick, tan-ish head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lace as it goes- a beauty.

Smell: Sweet, candy-like aroma. Slight fruitiness (apple, banana). Hints of wheat and yeast, as expected. Very inviting and appetizing.

Taste: Sweet maltiness and slight alcohol flavor. Finishes with an apple-like sweetness and tartness. Hints of toastiness and a very slight bitterness. As it sits, the roastiness comes out more with lots of banana-type flavor. I drank it at room temperature, it would probably tasted even better if it were a bit chilled.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lighter bodied with a very natural feeling carbonation.

Drinkability: This is probably my favorite weißier and maybe the most "interesting" beer I have ever tasted. It has some very interesting and complex flavors, and I'm sure if mine were colder it would be extremely refreshing as other beers of the style are.

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Photo of Kromes
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with fluffy thick head. There was a huge CO2 release when I opened the beer. Yeasty sweet banana clove scent. At first there is a roasted malt flavor followed by the banana clove spiciness. This particular batch was very carbonated and it was noticable with a tingle on the tongue. small bitterness in the aftertaste, but no apparent hop flavors. I'm not sure if this batch was overcarbonated but it I like how the carbonation tingle, which appeared spicy, segued with the clove spiciness. It was very unique. Very easy drinking. I would really enjoy on a hot summer day while grilling some brats.

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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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