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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel
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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 velo343
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an attractive medium-brown with a touch of red coming through. Moderately cloudy. A huge, billowing white head.

Smell - Lots of phenols. Bubblegum, cloves.

Taste - A wheaty sweetness, some toasted malts. The cloves can also be felt underneath the malt.

Mouthfeel - Decently thick, the sweetness really lingers in the mouth and fills it up.

Drinkability - A good dunkel-weisse, although some of the the flavors seem to be a little subdued. Quite refreshing, however.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving : 1 pint .9 ounce bottle

This one was a surprise with a huge billowing fluffy off-white head, much more than I expected even with a careful pour. Several veins of fine carbonation meander through this ruddy brown brew sustaining a one finger thick head.

Sour lemon, dry bananas, piquant wheat and sweet malt aromas mingle with a bit of spice and a touch of buttery phenols.

All bark and little bite! Malts are the star from start to finish, hints of sour lemon, buttery phenols and dry banana are layered atop the malts with a slight spicy wheat kick on the finish. I was hoping this beer had more to offer, concentrating the non-malt flavors and kicking the wheat shot up a notch would do this beer wonders.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a touch of cream on the finish. Grip is mediocre, flavor lingers on the palate for about 20 seconds. Drinkability is great, off flavors are kept in check and a slick mouthfeel keep me going back to the glass for more.

Overall, an "average" dunkel weizen that can be classified as a well-made, refreshing quaffing beer.


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Photo of RevDru
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium brown, with red tones and a thick half-inch of foam. Mild carbonation.

S - Orange, lemon, roasted wheat, even light coffee notes.

T - Bitter orange flower notes, sweet grain, toasted malt, coriander and cinnamon or alspice.

M - Smooth, almost creamy, just a light carbonated burst.

D - Goes down easy without being bland and boring. Great balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours out a long lasting fluffy head
over a cloudy dark brown brew. The nose is malt and yeast. The flavor
is thin malt with a wheatyness. Citrus-y aftertaste. Just like a regular
wheat beer, but dark. Very refreshing, but if you like your beer with hops,
this is not for you. There's very little or no hops in this style of beer. Just
the thing, though, for those lazy summer days on the porch watching the
'world go by...

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Franziskaner Weizen glass

Pours brown (darker towards top, lighter towards bottom). The thick head becomes a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of toffee, dark grains, just a hint of banana/clove.

The taste is of toffee and roasted grains. Pretty basic, but decent. Doesn't change much, even as it warms. Sweet malt finish.

Body rather light. Pretty smooth in a spritzy sort of way.

Easy to drink. Refreshing. Sweeter than not, but not overly so. A basic, decent example of a dunkel weizen.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark red-brown with a creamy, thick and everlasting taupe head. Big aromas of bananas first off; those morph into cloves and phenols as the beer warms. Promising. On the palate, quite complex and evolving; I can pick out each flavor element in succession as it rises to the forefront and then falls away to be replaced: sourness, carbonated acidity, bananas, barley malt, and a phenolic finish. Wow. Very well done. This beer walks the line between giving each flavor its turn and being disjointed. It's mouth-filling, eye-catching, tasty and aromatic. It's not poetry in a bottle, but it's hard to find fault with any one characteristic. Well done.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a great beer, it's a dark brownish/reddish color and very murky. It has a nice head on top and smells really sweet, it does have a banana scent to it. It has a some what crisp feel to it and is absolutely smooth and very tasty,it has a very mild bitter but crisp aftertaste. I really enjoy drinking this one.

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Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dirty brown color with a huge tan head that dissipated unevenly, not much lacing but retains a nice cap. The smell is of cloves, spice, banana, light bubblegum. The taste is not as strong as the smell. Clove, banana but has a sweet malty backbone that I didn't pick up in the smell. Has a twang to it. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit fizzy yet smooth. A very enjoyable dunkel hefe and very drinkable

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Photo of srrn
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy brown. Foamy as a Hefeweisse should be. Faint clove and wheat smell. This beer really opened up as it warmed, this is another case of buying a beer too damn cold. As it warmed more taste of banana came forward. Nice bit of grass in the finish. Good beer here but there are better examples of the style to be found.

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Photo of bacabuck
2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
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 +7.8%
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 +2.6%
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 +5.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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 -1.6%
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 -7.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -5%
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 +3.4%
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 +2.9%
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 -3.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +12.8%
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 -6%
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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Beer rating: 67% out of 100 with 1,680 ratings
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