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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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy medium brown with a thick frothy soda-type head. smells somewhat like a yeasty caramel sticky bun, a little nutty and spicy as well.
taste is more subtle than the aroma. banana nut bread, a little malt in the back. very dry and clean finish.
very fizzy and refreshing to drink. decent flavor and lowish ABV make this a great session beer if you find it on sale.

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

Pours cloudy copper with an off-white head. Aroma is still bananas, but more spice and toastiness. Light mouthfeel. Good yeast and malt in the taste with a back of banana and fruit. Usually more is better, but the caramel kind of took away from the cleanliness of the hefe base. I like the hefe better, but still a good beer.

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

Pours a nice thick head. Cloudy hazy. Head dies slowly and maintains a ring of lace. Aroma is yeasty. Taste is very airy in the mouth. Nice malt flavors with only a mild hint of bananas and spice (cloves). Wonderful beer for the price. The better Dunkel Weiss that's readily available in a supermarket. Pick one up, no lemon necessary.


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Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel is a cloudy, marvelously brown beer. It's very sparkling and wears a dense, splotchy, oily, off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is spicy: banana and nutmeg, mostly. It's pretty light bodied, a little watery, but reasonably smooth. The flavor is pretty faint. It's fruity like raisins and spicy like clove and nutmeg. It's sessionable, refreshing.
(rated Jul 8, 2008)

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Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge 1and a half inch head, tan in color with a dark brown body. Head has good retention through out

Smells of some cloves, fruit and some sweet malts

Taste is mostly banana, clove, and some malts

Light in carbonation, rich and creamy going down.

Overall great beer, nice balance of flavor and carbonation, could drink many more.

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Photo of Windigstadt
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The Franziskaner pours a dark chestnut; not the darkest Dunkelweizen out there but getting there. A generous mocha head topped the beer.

S: Like virtually all Dunkelweizens, the Franziskaner is heavy on the clove, with just a hint of chocolate; very minimal banana aroma.

T: My first sip of the Franziskaner came closest to what I imagine a Dunkelweizen should taste like. It was sweet up front but not cloyingly so. It had a characteristic bready wheat flavor, with a very slight yeasty tartness to it, but there was also a subtle caramel and cocoa profile in the background. While there was virtually no banana aroma, I picked up a slightly astringent flavor of banana peel in the finish. Overall it was a very flavorful but drinkable beer that had more depth than your standard Hefe but absolutely no roasty bitterness that is the bane of casual beer drinkers who won't drink dark brews.

M: Quite carbonated, as the style calls for.

D: Very drinkable... a great transition beer from the wheat beers of summer to the dark beers of winter.

Overall: An excellent example of the style that's generally easy to find and affordable; you can't really do wrong with that.

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

One of the better dunkelwiesses Ive had. Color is a dark brown, very stiff head that sits above glass. Not much to the scent but this doesnt matter as the taste has much depth yet goes down easy. Perfect if you want something a little heavier but not as filling. Delicious.

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Photo of MillySox
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost dark enough to not recognize the wheat texture. Just a hint of gold at the bottom of weizen glass. Very unique aroma, as the helles version of this beer is unique other Hefe-Weizens. The darker malts play well with wheat.

Most dunkelweizen are covering up a sour aspect of that breweries hefe. Franziskaners hefe is very clean to beging with. And the unique aromas are ever present.

One of the best of style that nobody seems to love.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Weihenstephan weiss glass.

A - Poured a cloudy brown color. The pour produced a thick head of slightly off-white foam with lots of staying power. A good amount of sediment detected.

S - A nice mixture of aromas. Dark wheat bread, banana, clove and a little bit of bubble gum thrown in.

T - Yeasty and malty up front. You get a good amount of the banana and clove flavor before it finishes off rather dry. I like the fact that this beer isn't overly herba/medicinal, like others of this style tend to be.

MF&D - There may be better examples of this style out there, but I grew up on this stuff and to me its a classic. Esay drinking and delicious.

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

Poured into my Franziskaner weizen glass

Appearance is a dark brown with a creamy and thick off white foam. Retention of head is excellent.

Aroma: Wheat, bready...banana of course.

Taste: Not too much in the spice department, but the wheat and banana come through rather well. Taste is rather mild, and not as complex as I expected from Franziskaner. But its still good. Everything is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and goes down nice with decent carbonation. Light bodied

Drinkability: Light, creamy, goes down well, tastes good...can't go too wrong in this category.

My only complaint was the lack of complexity. I thought the flavors were too subtle.

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Photo of Douglas14
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, matte brown color with a wonderful, slightly off-white head that doesn't leave lace but has incredible retention. The nose and aroma are wonderful and extremely similar. Clove and banana make a dominating appearance along with the malt. It almost has a banana bread like quality because of the nuttiness. The mouthfeel is full yet the the beer has somewhat of a light body. Wonderful...I could drink a lot of these.

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

A: Loose, large, and lingering head. Color looks like a nice, dark alt.

S: Nice german hop sharpness/sweetness. Like everyone else noticed, a nice banana aroma as well.

T: Not too sweet. Nice munich slant.

M: Medium body. Good tangy effervescence.

D: Most definitely.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, orange-amber, kind of like a cats eye stone, but kind of dull. Plenty of foamy head that never comes close to fading. The yeast is in the forefront of the aroma, with a subdued creamy banana smell under around hints of sweet German hops.

The taste unfortunately left a bit to be desired. It just seems unnecessarily thin and watery. There's not much malt character, a good hop bite, and some yeast flavors, but in the end you're left with a residual sweetness that isn't even palatable enough to serve as a thirst-quencher.

Freshness may be an issue but a bottling date is nowhere to be found. The bottle is a lighter than normal brown with some greenish tints. I'm not sure the journey west did this one much good.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours your standard dirty brown color, but the off-white head has *amazing* retention. It sits up there creamy and fluffy, forever.

S- Nothing fancy here, bready and a hint of banana to go with the overall wheat influence.

T- Lots of good wheat taste in this combined with the darker malt flavors. Molasses seems to be in there. As for the spices, I don't pick up much clove, if any, but the banana comes through just enough.

M- Enough of an effervescence that a wheat based beer should have, but plenty smooth with the bready dark malts in there.

D- I have no worries that I couldn't sit here, or at a pub, or anywhere and just drink this beer without thinking about it. It just goes down so easily.

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

Dark brown with a real banana nose, this is a hefe on a dark kick.The spicy notes are in the first sip. Fruity but with a real malt kick in the mid body this beer takes the hefe into the winter months. Food friendly and complex I wish I could get this in BC

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

This is a pretty good dunkelweizen, but not great enough for me to really like as this is not my favourite style, which makes my kind of picky.

Light brownish amber, a little hazy, it has a large, pale tan head that shrinks steadily to a thin top.

The aroma is yeasty sourdough bread, bananas, cloves, bananas, and raisins.

The taste is strong on whole-wheat bread, slightly tart, with banana primarily on the edge of the mouth and in a perfumy quality. It's somewhat dry and lightly zesty with a light mineral quality. The feel is a little watery feel. There is a long grain aftertaste, a light banana-bread element, and it's rather crisp and refreshing, but still doesn't do much for me.

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

Pours a hazel brown color with big creamy head. Aroma of wheat and vanilla. Tastes of creamy wheat, slight vanilla extract, and light grain. A sweetness underlies the drink and enables it to be considered an any-season type brew. Does well in the autumn as a transitional, suffices as a winter brew, and satisfies the dark temptation of a someone ready to leave the summer behind.

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Photo of flexabull
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From some reason I've kind of avoided German beers. I guess they've never really been my thing, but I have decided to taste some that I have never tried. Or at least I don't recall ever trying...

Here goes.

Pours a light, cloudy brown color with a nice thick off creamy white head.

Aromas are of bananas, some roasted nuts, malt, and yeast.

Taste start of with slightly dry mineral water like taste. Some nut flavors, spicy yeast, and finishes with a light creamy malt sweetness. I can't quite get over the mineral taste, it isn't bad, but it doesn't fit right to me, and I don't really care for it.

Mouthfeel is ok, but as mentioned in the taste, I don't care for the dry mineral like feel. It's ok, but it's kind of a weakness.

Drinkability is decent. I don't think this is a bad beer, I'm thinking it's just a style that I don't really care for.

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

Pours a murky amber with a fluffy head with good retention.

A sharp smell of spice and yeast hits the nose with a touch of fruit as well.

The taste starts off with spice and the standard Hefe yeast and trails off into a touch of malt.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This makes for a very drinkable beer that is a good change from regular Hefeweizens.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

light muddy brown color, left a ring but not any significant lace.

smells just like a regular hefe. banana, clove and some lemon. a nice smelling beer.

taste leans a little more toward lemon than suggested by the bouquet, but all the flavors are there. nice. but i expected a touch of toastiness.

light to medium body and brisk carbonation.

apart from the color, what's the difference? maybe the banana is a little riper? in any even, very good!

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an 80oz glass boot. Poured very dark with just a bit of light brown head that dissapated pretty quickly. Smelled of coffee and some alcohol could be sensed. The taste was coffee and chocolate and it went down smooth. Despite having on the medium side of a heavy body, this one was quite drinkable, as the boot took just barely over an hour so I would guess. I would definitely get this again, perhaps in a smaller container. Perhaps not!

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

500ml bottle enjoyed with room service order in poland. Poured into Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: Cloudy darker yellow, nearly dark orange with a huge head. Looks more like a normal weizen but the color is somewhat darker but has that sparkle. Enough carbonation to produce a sizzling sound.

S: Banana and clove spices. Sweet flavors of the wheat come front and center. Matching flavors of cooked bananas from the nose and very low hop presence.

T: Bready and yeasty, considerable grains. The lemon rind and cloves are nicely balanced. Not strong at all that is typical of a dunkel and this is really the only thing that can take away some points.

M: Extremely light in terms of body with more carbonation than the appearance. Flickers off the tongue quickly but passes along smoothly.

D: Refreshing and light for the style of beer. Packs in plenty of flavor and like it better than the regular hefe and perfect for many a long session. Good stuff.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Earthy opaque brown color with a thick, pillowy tan head. Good retention and some lacing, but not much.

Smells like fried bananas, wheat bread, coconut, cloves and mild lemon peels.

Tastes like banana bread. Malty-clove flavors are readily apparent. Also has a hint of zesty citrus flavors. Quite smooth and velvety mouthfeel. No skunky travel taste at all. More malty than the regular Franz-Hefe.

This is a great beer. Drinkability is very high as it goes down super easy, perfect beer for football!

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured a hazy brown that looked like apple cider to me. Magnificent head as you would expect with a hefe. The smell was of over-ripe fruit. The taste wasn't for me. This was my first dunkel ever and I found that after the yeast flavor, the extra-malty body provided too much sweetness for me. Not a good combination as far as I am concerned. I still love the standard Frankiskaner Hefe though!

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Photo of justin7742
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with a creamy beige head which tames to a thin line.

Smells a little hoppy with a hint of nut.

Tastes a little hoppy with more of a floral overtone and a nutty finish.

Feels thick and full bodied on the tongue.

Good drinkability as a thick but smooth finish. I would drink it again.

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3.8 out of 5 based on 1,675 ratings.
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