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 bacabuck
2.4/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a golden copper with even cloudiness throughout. Nice head that leaves no lacing behind on the glass. Has a terrific bready aroma.

Unfortunately, the beer is nearly flavorless. Really surprising. This beer is terrific on the nose, but falls surprisingly short on taste. A metallic, lemony acidic flavor falls quickly over the tongue. Mouthfeel is horrible. Has the carbonation of a soda.

I drank about a pint and tossed the rest.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Dunkel Hefe-Weizen
16.9 oz brown bottle
Bottle #L 07963
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a light brown with a reddish tint and a haze induced glow. A massive head forms with the slightest pour. The head retention is great and leaves super trails of sticky lacings all over the weisse glass.

The nose is spot on for the style with whiffs of fruits, cloves and spices.

Mouthfeel presents a soft and smooth quality. Strong flavors of moist bananas and spicy cloves with a major caramel malt backbone. A dry wheat and touch of bubblegum provide a stellar finish.

This one is a big-time thirst quencher and incredibly drinkable (as the case with most well crafted Hefe-weizens). I just finished up my holiday shopping and this was a pleasurable beverage to kick back after the madness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a somewhat cloudy, light brown with a three-finger, tan head. Leaves behind some soapy lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, wheat and even a little nutty aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat and biscuity malt. There was a little clove and spiciness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied dunkel.

D - It is a very good tasting beer. The malt and wheat combo is quite nice.

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

Appearance- Semi-transluscent brown, like a light walnut. Head is very creamy, but with little staying power. Fades in a very irregular manner. Has a very 3-D look after a couple of minutes. Lacing doesn't really stick to the glass, but stays stacked up on op of the head very well..

Aroma- Smells of wheat and sour mash. Hint of lemon.

Taste - Very smooth and mellow, Some wheat taste. Some buckwheat to. Just a hint of banana and clove. Not as sweet as most dunkel-hefes, but very nice.

Mouthfeel- A tad thin for a Dunkel, but nice all the same. Some carbonation bite on the tip of the toungue and in the jowels. Nice creamy head gives a very nice smooth finish.

Drinkability- Very drinkable dunkel. Not quite as sweet as one would expect, but a nice smooth creamy mouthfeel combined with the soft buckwheat tastes make for a good combo.

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

A- milky chocolate brown body with a stunning, whipped cream like 4 finger tan butterscotchy coloured head that is consistent throughout the glass, fine brussels lacing, lively carbonation apparent throught the glass, fantastic

S- lots of wheat, nearly a wholewheat toast smell, some milky chocolate

T- Very smooth and mellow, but some nice wheat, cloves and banana flavours come through blended with a smooth milky chocolate type flavour in the finish, very tasty.

M- slightly thin, a bit watery on the finish, medium carbonation

D- very drinkable dunkel, could happily drink it in a session, but i would actually choose the erdinger dunkel for aethestic appearances ( super dunkel!) and for its more chocolately finish.

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

Pretty solid in color, orangish brown with some yellow at the edges, giant fluffy yellowish tan head. Rich, dark, wheaty bread aroma, plenty of banana and cloves, and hints of lemon zest. The taste was a lot like banana bread, a fair amount of spicy cloves too. Maybe toned back on lemon zest to make room for the banana bread. Medium bodied, but wont get in the way of drinking a lot of it.

Verdict: one of the best examples of the style that is widely available. Very good, but not quite my favorite of them.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Erdinger,Weihenstephaner, and Julius Echter. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma. It was much more pronounced in this beer however.

Taste was more of the same - Big yeasty banana bread. Here's where the beers really began to come into their own though. The Franziskaner had the most discernible taste profile. Everything about this beer's taste was bigger than the others, including, unfortunately, the medicinal clove taste. I could have done with a bit less of that, but it was not enough to be off-putting

Mouthfeel was heavier and creamier than the others with a less harsh carbonation. This led to a much higher drinkability. It was a close call between this and the Julius, but I would say this is the more outstanding Dunkel of the lot, for the mouthfeel and drinkability as well as the boldness of the taste.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Danzer's near the Syracuse U. campus.

Just got a little 12 oz. stein as an appetizer before my red cabbage reuben. Looks a hazy dark amber, with out much head retention. Smells and flavor is mopre muted than some of the other times I've had the lighter Franz on-tap. Yes this a different beer, but you'd figure a darker version of a beer would match up. Still pretty good though with creamy citrus spice.

Mmmmm... German beer...

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

I picked up a couple of bottles (1 PT 9 OZ) of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at an import shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color and is hazy. Huge billowing tight foamy off-white head is very resilient. The head is huge, even on a very gentle pour.

The smeill is sweet and fruity. Banana and and other soft fruit fragrances dominate, with a little bread aroma along side.

The taste is typical of an authentic German hefe, a lot of banana and clove flavors, with some malt and toasted bread flavors. Very little hop taste in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a little thin and watery, with a lot of carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, but the flavors are a bit unusual. I don't know that I would want to drink a whole bunch of this in one sitting, but a pint or two at a time is OK.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body pours nice, medium brown, hazy as hell, with an eggshell-white extremely fine head. Aroma is quite sweet-fruity, very much towards tangerine and strawberry-type flavors with a hint of clove spiciness. Carbonation is extremely prominent, so much that the initial flavor is overwhelmed by the CO2 buzz. At the end of each sip is a slightly deeper fruit flavor, with just a slight touch of a slightly toasted, bready aspect. As the carbonation gets mellower, a pronounced estery sweetness is increasingly evident. Although each sip is delicious, the dirty, slightly sour aftertaste is somewhat taxing.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ol' half-liter German bottle, served in a weizen glass. It pours like dark, murky iced-tea with almost 3 inches of meringue-like head that I managed to tease above the rim of the glass. The head has nice retention and slowly recedes to a quarter inch, leaving decent lace behind. The aroma is spicy, with banana, molasses, light clove, and some yeast, with green/perfumy hops hiding in the back. The flavor is quite similar with mild wheat and clean malts, light at first, but becoming more fully-flavored as it warms. Additional notes of chocolate, caramel, faint smoke and an increasing clove presence round out the flavor profile. The body is light and tingly, smooth, with a medium finish, which is just right for a wheat beer. Overall this is a nice dunkelweizen that is light yet full of flavor.

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Photo of micro108
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like most good hefe-weisse beers, it's got a crisp, clean flavor. Because it is a dunkel, the dark malts add a roasted toffee flavor to the traditional wheaty, spicy, slightly citrusy flavors. It straddles the line between a pure hefe and a pure dunkel. The interplay of flavors is very satisfying. Fairly light in your mouth, the flavor does not linger. This is good or bad, depending on what you are looking for from this beer. I like the lightness and clean finish, because you still get that burst of lots of malty flavor. Someone who expects a thicker, darker beer might want that mouth coating flavor. I think this beer is excellent the way it is. People who are turned off by the light lemony flavor of traditional hefe-weisse beers will love the depth of flavor added here with the malts. This is great beer.

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

A: Pours a dark brown without any real light coming through. Huge head. Head stuck around for a nice long time.

S: If you've ever had banana-nut bread, you know just the smell this beer has. Some hints of caramel malt, but mostly banana, nuts and bread.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose. Bready with hints of nut, clove and banana. Alcohol flavors come through a bit stronger as the brew warms.

M: Medium, chewy body. Crisp with a lot of carbonation.

D: A pretty decent example of a Dunkel Weisse. Nicely complex, and something I will probably get again.

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

This is the first dunkel weizen I have had in a long time. I expected it taste a lot more different than just a regular hefe weizen, it didn't.

The beer pours the classic huge amount of head you would expect in a wheat beer. Its color is a murky, cloudy reddish brown. The first sniff reveals a very pleasant bready taste with some fruity scents mixed in as well. As stated above, the taste is similar to the hefe weizen, with just a little more bready flavor. The mouthfeel was the only thing I thought lacked just a little, as it seemed a tad bit thin.

Overall, this is a very drinkable German brew. During my recent trip to Germany, I was surprised to see that most Bavarians prefer the classic hefe weizen style. While I like that style a lot, this is a really good wheat beer to change things up.

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

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a long lasting sudzy head. Smells floral an d delicious. The taste is an interesting mix between hops yeast and alcohol. This seems strange to me because I haven't noticed the flavor of alcohol in beer in quite some time. I could be just me.Flavors or roated bananas are apparent! This is a pretty damned good beer, but then again I haven't had a bad dunkleweizen yet, this style is really a gem. Somewhat light of a mouthfeel which isn't a bad thing as it can really improve the drinkability.Good beer, not quite as good as ayinger's version of Dunkles-hefeweizen, but still worth a try as you may like it better.

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

VEyr nice to have, it was my first dunkel Weizen. VEry cloudy and dark, with nice foam. But it was a little incipit considering the other hefe. Not bad, but somehitng wa smissing, VEry creamy. SOme wheat spots but in general is more like something else, maybe the process of roasting the grains has something to do.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: I opened this Dunkel with much excitement! and I was not dissapointed. A wonderful cloudy, hazy brown body, almost looks like a deep, dark cider. Well over a two finger head and it graced my glass for a long time....good lacing as well!

Smell: the smell was not what I was thinking...but still good. Good Malty smell with a hit of wheat and caramel. It does have a slight clean, bready sort of yeast smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A overall excellent taste! Has a very balanced malty caramel's very close to the way it smells. Has a sutle spice taste to it, can't quite put my finger on it. Somewhat of a watery finish to it, a bit of a dissapointment. I let it float around in my mouth for a bit and found myself loving it more and more though! Smooth and very soft or creamy as other have said.

Overall one of the better Dunkels I have had. I recommend it!

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Photo of InDreams
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500ml body into a weizen glass.

A: Huge, frothy off-white, tanish head, maybe three-fingers deep with a good deal of lacing. Stuck around for awhile although it slimmed down to a finger's thickness. Deep mahogany brown and cloudy, but with a bit of carbonated bubbling evident. Really cool looking overall and definitely a dunkel weizen.

S: Banana! I love dunkelweizen's for the banana and clove smell and I get that here for sure. Sweet and malty, with a good amount of yeastiness. Maybe a bit of breadiness and a hints of hops.

T: Man I love beer. I probably seem overly enthusiastic here, but I like weizens, I like dunkels, and this does not disappoint. Again, banana and clove, with a creamy wheatiness (from the full head, for sure). I'd say there's some sour apple-like taste in there as well, but with some nice rich malts and almost no bitterness from the hops. Quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with a pretty smooth feel although like most weizens there's a good amount of carbonation that's pretty well balanaced I think. Definitely a pleasant feeling.

D: Oh-so-drinkable. I was just looking at some other reviews and noticed some negative comments that I just feel didn't apply to mine, BUT, my local haunt just yesterday had this come in, so I know mine's very fresh, and perhaps that's why others have spoken ill of this beer. I for one thoroughly enjoyed it, despite never having had it before, and think it's pretty damn drinkable. The body's not too heavy, but it's certain fuller than your average lagers, so I can't say this is the kind of beer you'd want to throw back a six-pack of, but it's too good to turn down without a good excuse.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle.

A- Tons of foamy, fluffy, tan head. 3 fingers from a good pour. Sort of a hazy nut-brown color. Head relaxes but still just sits there in gobs like a guinness.

S- Definite wheaty smell. Sweet/sour caramel. Hops.

T- Bitter on the lips. Smooth start with notes of nut and wheat. Finishes with a slightly dry taste but not a dry feel at all. Bready taste left in the mouth.

M- Very smooth and thick. No carbonation whatsoever so it doesn't have much action on the tongue.

D- Not a bad beer. Not totally a fan of the really wheaty stuff but this has just enough color to keep me satisfied.

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Photo of pweis909
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 oz bottle.
Fully carbonated, big white head resting on a murky tea-colored brew. Effervesences persists throughout the experience/

Smell has a yeasty breadiness and phenolic bubblegum smell, both of which are carried through in the tasting. Didn't pick up on banana esters.

Taste is lacking in malt complexity. It finishes dry and wheaty, with no hop character.

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Photo of burnstar
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a huge offwhite head that remains the whole way down the glass. Nose is tangy wheat with a bit of a roasted flavor and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is sweet malt, wheat tanginess and hints of chocolate, not a lot of hop impact. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable stuff. Good overall and interesting as this is my first dunkel.

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Photo of vancurly
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at he Bavarian Beer Cafe in York Street Sydney.
Cloudy caramel brown, off white head that sinks, touch of lace.
Like it's Hell counterpart, a bit restrained on the nose, probably due to serving temperature. As it warms, notice malt, and some gamey phenolics like washed rind cheese or similar. Not unattractive.
Crystal/cara malty flavours, with the ubiquitous banana/clove. More bitter than the Hell, although the beer menu states they both have 12 IBUs. Maybe just a little less tart.

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

Poured from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy medium brown with a huge head of foam that shrank to about a 1" layer

The smell is big. I note clove, banana, and wheat.

The taste is really big. Big on cloves, wheat, not so big on bananas and just a bit of sourness to it which adds to the drinkablity of this brew for me. Good stuff.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle. Left a big biege foamy head with good retention.Body was a cloudy apple-cidery brown.

Smell - cloves, bananas, apples and plums. Faint hint of creamy wheat.

Taste - similiar to the smell - slightly sour apples blended with almost overrpie plums washed through with cloves and bananas, and creamy wheat. Aftertaste of slightly sour apples.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, sometimes watery, and creamy.

Drinkability - pretty good, rather sessionable.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a hazy light-brown appearance with thick off-white head, that lingered through most of the glass. Good lacing. Aroma of malt, and a sweetness of candy. Flavor was mostly wheat, with clove and corriander spices becoming more evident at mi-glass. Palate was dry, and the only drawback to this beer was that it was also a little watery. All and all, a good beer.

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