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 Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is nice and strong and malty, some hints of yeast. Pours an interesting orangy-brown amber with a fairly thick and persistent head. Flavor is well-rounded, malty and wheaty with a strong undertone of lemon. Very smooth and refreshing, one of the best hefe-weisses I have ever tried.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the BSP, Decatur, Georgia. Pours a chestnut brown with a slightly beige head that settles into a cap after a nice initial head. The smell is a little light, but there is mostly banana and clove as well as some light wheat. The flavor is a little more pronounced. Raisins, clove, banana. Somewhat mellow. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel combined with the flavor profile makes this one delicious. Not sweet, and there is still a snap to the mouthfeel. A nice summer brew especially.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky tea colored body. The topping almond colored head was over two inches to start and took a few minutes to settle. Lots of miniature carbonation bubbles rising slowly. Lacing in a few spots.

Aromas of cloves and yeast dominate a initial nose full that is very sweet. At the end of the first whiff there is a slowly developing bitter aroma. A very faint banana touch is buried deep in the scent and takes a strong inhalation to detect.

A gritty taste had an almost exclusive clove taste up front. Pureed banana taste comes in at the side if this is left on the tongue for a few seconds, but fades away rather quickly.

Slightly watery body in the mouth. A decent carbonation effervescence tingles against the roof of the mouth.

An above average offering. This one is great to go with a plate of smoked kielbasa. A nice solid beer. This one is worth checking out, but there are others that bring a stronger flavor presence.

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Photo of apresskibrewer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served out of a 1pt bottle w/ gold foil wrap. No freshness date. Poured into a weizen glass.

appearance -
fast rising, active, large bubbled head. dark murky brown - some ocher hues coming through.
aroma -
citrus fruit, even though I expected a bit more banana (the banana started coming through once the head had dissipated). Fun yeast profile esters and malt play here.
The powerful carbonation on this one brings through the slightest of dry hoppy ness... but the malt is strong, and really the player in this profile. As the beer warms up, the banana comes through, soft, and balanced with the earthy malt.
mouthfeel/drinkabliity -
carbonation on this brew is uniform and strong, and maintains as it sits out. It provides a nice mouth feel, and allows for the palette to reach the subtleties of the beer. I Like this one, drinkability is high.

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Photo of beeragent
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In my quest to try more German beer, I decided to try this one. Poured from a bottle, into a weizen glass. The beer pours a hazy brown, forming a creamy 1 inch head, and leaving light spots of lacing. The smell is a great mix of fruit aromas and light sweet malt. The taste is just as good as the smell. Thick malt followed by a light fruity sweetness. Very smooth medium mouthfeel. Full flavor and good abv. makes this a delicious session ale. I have to say that this beer far surpassed my expectations. I havent been impressed by the majority of German beers that I've had up to this point, but this brew is not only a great German beer, but its also introduced me to a new style that I was not familiar with. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of theformula
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, amber brew makes a huge, cream colored head. Obviously very cloudy, color of molasses. Good retention.

S: Sweet aromas, with yeast in the front. Don't forget the banana bread. Raisin-y notes and light caramel.

M: Smooth feel, and a pretty light body make it easy on the tongue. Good, ample carbanation. Easy and smooth.

T: Rich, chewy malts and a heavy/bready yeast flavor that's delicious. Nice banana layer give this a warm but easy drinking snack brew for a spring night. Faint alcaholic presense, but very faint. Mainly moist banana bread, some spice and yeast.

D: Uh, yes. A very good, but not great, hefe. Easy drinking, but it doesn't have enough excitement for me. Weihenstephaner dunkel-weisse is my choice. More complex, and well, better.

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Photo of Ungespundet
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of the big brewing family Spaten-Löwenbräu-Franziskaner(owned by Interbrew), which is easy to visit since it is located close to the Hauptbahnhof in München( no tours I believe but a huge facility to walk around, two city blocks!), this Bier(and the normal Weißbier) is one of the most common Weißbiers to find on tap in München. In the US I was never able to buy a bottle where the yeast hadn’t become one solid mass in the bottom of the bottle. Probably not a good sign ;)… I have noticed here that when I drink a Franziskaner the beer is so fresh that the yeast hasn’t even settled very well on the bottom of the bottle. Huge difference in flavor and overall quality as you can imagine. On to the Bier…

This Bier fills the glass with a soft brown color with hints of a deep cherry hue.Cloudy but not milky with yeast. A very nice head builds quickly and leaves lace throughout the session. The first aroma impression is spicy and of cloves. This is very well balanced by fruity aromas and the dark malts in combination with the yeast provide subtle raisin and dried fruit aromas. Caramel malt and a slight malt sweetness are detectable. Somewhere in there, although in the background, were small whiffs of buttery diacetyl. The flavor begins with a mild upfront bitterness followed by a light malt sweetness. Yeast flavor was crisp and fresh but not overly bread-like. The dark malts are subdued. The mouth is between medium and light. This Bier is very well carbonated to style. This is definitely a great drinking Bier and understandably popular in the Biergartens of München. Definitely a mild Dunkles Weißbier, by Dunkles Weißbier standards, but a very solid offering. I would highly recommend this Bier as an introduction for someone who isn’t familiar with the style. Noch eins bitte! Zum Wohl!

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Photo of rallison
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable wheat beer. Pours a very cloudy/muddy light brown with a great 3 finger head. Lots of flavor - the requisite wheat, of course. Decent malt backbone, with a nice touch of sweetness. Some spices seem to be present.

Drinkability is great and mouthfeel is good. Reminds me of being in Germany. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz brown bottle

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel was red-brown in color and very murky. It had a huge off-white head with very good retention. The aroma was malt, banana, clove, and a little yeast. The taste was wheat, malt, and a fruity yeast twang with dry finish. It was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkabity was good. It's a decent dunkel weizen.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper brown / translucent hazy / mild carbonation / nice head

Bitter creamy sweet tart

Dark roasted nut toffee sweet / creamy tart / toasty bread / powdery creamy wheat

Less than medium body / mild carbonation

Refreshing and lightly sweet. A nice Dunkel.

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Photo of plaid75
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy medium to dark copper hue with a four finger foamy and creamy off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy wheat malt with hints of caramel and some lemon zest. The yeast esters were a bit subdued.

The taste was light and clean. Essentially a hefe with a bit more caramel element. The flavor, however, remained dry. Some astringent wheat malt flavors as well.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry. Slight chewiness.

Overall an exceptionally easy to drink hefe. Just as clean and refreshing as the standard hefe (perhaps it shouldn't be this way however).

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Photo of ttu94
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no experation date at Central Market in Dallas. Pours out dark brown, the color of apple cider. Good light brown head. The smell is very wheaty and has a hint of banana to it. I think it tastes very good. The wheat flavor is very strong and the banana flavor is present as well. Ends a little sour and dry. I could drink lots of these on hot Texas days.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange red with large white pillow head. No hops or malt aroma to speak of-not really expecting any either. Taste is slightly sweet with a light mouth feel-light but chewy at the same time.

Drinkability is high for me-I can see drinking this while sitting in my beach chair reading a good book

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

into a mug. hazy brown. big off white head that lasts.

Smell is very similar to their regular Hefe-Weisse. Little banana, spice, but witha bigger clove scent.

The big clove smell becomes a big clove taste, banana still there, yeasty, I can taste the rosted malts but they taste funny to me. Too much colve imo.

The mouthfeal was good but it had too much carbonation.

very drinkable if you like the taste, but if you don't like the taste it's not too drinkable is it?

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Photo of yourunclewalt
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy brown-yellow with a creamy two-finger head that just sits and stares you down.

S - Overpowering banana bread, yeast, spicy finish.

T - Bananas, apple cider, hoppy bouquet aftertaste.

M - Thin but well carbonated, sticky.

D - This is a supremely well balanced Dunkel-weizen, one of my favorites. Very drinkable!

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Photo of July2Nov
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 2-finger head with a very controlled lace. The look was similar to a soda drink (ie. pepsi) w/ shades of dark brown/light yellow toward the bottom.
S: Toasted-nutty aroma w/ a generous sweet maltiness.
T&M: Slight sweetness w/ a doughy flavor. Sweet malted aftertaste (reminiscient of the taste of popcorn).
D: I could go for about 2 tops on this one. Very nice.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle.

Pours a very hazy orange/brown color, with a large airy off-white head. Nice retention, and several lines of tiny bubbles persist throughout. A few spots of lacing are left here and there.

Nose isn't terrible, but seems to be missing something. There's some definite wheat, and quite a bit of clove, and some medicinal character. I detect little fruit, and specifically very little banana - the effect is un unappealing one-sided aroma that just seems like it needs to be fuller and rounded out.

Can't say I like the taste much better than the aroma. Lots of bready malt flavors, some of the aforementioned medicinal character, some sugary sweetness that seems sorely lacking in complexity, and a bit of unexpected tartness. Fruit is more prevalent in the taste than nose, but just barely. Little alcohol noted anywhere.

Pretty crisp and full of fine carbonation - overall very refreshing, but I'd have to call it a little thin in the mouth to be truly enjoyable.

Not a bad overall effort at a dunkel weizen, and glad I tried this. I could easily finish another, but it is just an average beer to me. And why have another when their regular weisse is significantly better and equally available to me?

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Photo of albern
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I typically like German dark wheat beers, but this is just a so-so example of the style. It pours a cloudy, dull brownish color, with a decent head that does stick around for awhile. The smell is yeasty, a little musty, maybe earthy if that is what you want to call it, but I wouldn't call it enticing. The taste is roughly medium bodied, there is just a tad of sweetness, I can taste a little clove maybe a little maple in there, along with the yeasty wheat flavor of a hefe. There is very little in the way of hop flavor, maybe a tinge in the middle, nothing on the end. This may be a little on the too watery side for a dark wheat beer, probably less sweet than other typical wheat beers. It's an okay beer, but that is all I can say. Recommended but you can do better. L'Chaim.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into an oversized weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, earthy, reddish-brown color, with a nice orangish glow to the edges. Off-white head is thick and creamy, lasting for quite a while.

Smell: Has a bready aroma, with hints of brown sugar, wheats, and spices.

Taste: Lots of malts up front, followed by a what flavor, and eventually some spices are noticable too, along with a sweetness. I really don't notice any fruits in here, and the aftertaste is somewhat dull.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a crispness that seems tied to the nice carbonation (noticable, but not intense). Generally smooth as well.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with an appropriate ABV... no alcohol is noticable in the taste. However, the taste isn't the most enticing.

An enjoyable Dunkel Weizen, though I've had better. I prefer the taste and complexities of Franziskaner's regular Hefe-Weisse; this seems somewhat monolithic. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're curious. But I probably won't buy this unless I have curious friends with me.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pint .9 fl oz. bottle into weizen glass. Yeast poured into glass.

Deep burnt orange hue with a light tan two inch head that slowly settles to a thick frothy cap.

Crispy and tangy wheat aromas with strong banana and clove notes. A smooth creamy scent is met with a light citrus zest.

Toasty malts mix with a little bit of brown sugar. The banana and clove are very subdued with the malts standing out. A bit of a bite comes in toward the end. Full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is sweet and quicky fades to a bit of lingering grain.

Not a bad dunkel weizen. However, I feel I have had better. The malts run the show in this one. It's definitely worth a try.

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

Just as the blonde one, be careful when pouring this, or you'll have just a lot of foam. Creamy a bit brownish head, with lot of chunks that go straight to the bottom of the glass, with very long retention, but it doesn't leave lace. Cloudy dark orange colour. Aroma is similar to the blonde, banana, clove, peaches, but with a hint of chocolate, specially if you pour the sediment, and hints of dark fruits. A bit of sweet fruity flavor, taste is similar to the aroma, banana, cloves, peaches, chocolate, dark fruits... and some coriander. Not very strong body, very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something about that monk on the label of the bottle always makes me want to buy this one. I have had it at Clark's ale house every winter for the last 4 years or so. So how is it out of a bottle...?

It has a wonderful thick and cloudy light reddish brown. Massive cloudy head; it's actually a cloudy hef but with the tint turned up from yellow to yellowish-brown. Soooo cloudy!

Delicious fruity/wheaty smell; nice combo of both. Slightly spicy. Sour, with the volume turned up. Wheaty with a hint of spicy orange.

Deep, dark wheat flavor, with that subtle hint of orange. No malt or hop whatsoever; it's all dark wheat. Pungent in its slight sourness. Puckery sour.

Thick like orange juice. Nice bite. Quite dry. A really full beverage. It's a wonderful, hefty drink. A thick sippin' beer. Excellent excellent.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, cloudy copper with a nice frothy head that lasts a decent while.

S- Very yeasty with a pleasant banana bread aroma. A little toasty as well.

T- Light banana fruitiness starts things off. The flavor soon progresses with a much stronger malt character. Sweet bread, toasted wheat, and caramel are noticeable. Finishes off-dry with hardly any bitterness.

M- A little thin here. Carbonation is good, but overall this would benefit from a little more substance.

D- Pretty good. It's not too high in alcohol, and I could definitely have a couple in any season.

Just a good, flavorful Dunkel Weizen. I generally prefer Hefes to Dunkels, but this is a good change of pace for me. I could see myself drinking this again in the future. Recommended.

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

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Flat muted brown, almost like tea. Big fluffy cream colored head that dissipates slowly.

S: Complex aroma that intermingles bubblegum and vanilla notes. Banana esters strong. Clove phenols not as prominent but come out a little more as beer warms.

T: Good balance of banana and clove flavors. Taste leans more toward spice. No hop flavor or character. Some timid vanilla flavor present. Malt is rich and sweet but not particularly strong.

MF: Medium body. Creamy full mouthfeel. Quite effervescent. Finish is wet not dry.

D: Good easy drinking dunkel weizen. Falls between lighter and heavier styles. Makes for a nice filling but ultimately easily drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky amber-brown color with a huge, dense, cream colored head. The smell is primarily of cloves, a slight banana profile and a hint of bready yeast. The taste is very similar to the nose, with the toasted malt coming out ever so slightly. A decent amount (but not overly noticeable) of hops balances out the sweet weizen flavor nicely. The mouthfeel was slightly lighter than I had expected, the carbonation is thick and viscous. This is a very drinkable DW, the light body makes this good tasting beer even more drinkable.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,688 ratings
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