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 BeerTator
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting dunkel hefe-weisse beer. I always prefer dunkel over the light tasting hefe-weisee beers. Franziskaner makes a great tasting, smooth tasting beer here. I've been drinking this beer for about 2 years now and I always go back to it when I try different dunkel hefe-weise beers. Give it a try and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Decko
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown and hazy with a reasonable head which stayed around and left some lacing. S - slightly spicy scent of cloves and fruity esters. T - maltiness and fruitiness dominate but overall they balance out a bit and there's no overriding strong flavour. Some might see it is a bit weak or bland but I think it makes it pretty sessionable. M - soft carbonation makes it pretty smooth. O - I probably expected more flavour from this but it ended up making it highly drinkable whereas with many hefe and wheat beers I wouldn't drink more than one. A good beer and happy to drink again.

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Photo of drunkenmess
1.46/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Im sorry but this beer is not at all good to me. Thats just me, it may work for others. Was hoping it would be somewhat good since it was a Dunkel. Wont even review it, sorry. Had to fight just to finish half of the glass. I guess I just dont like German wheat beeer

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Photo of Wedge35
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown. Head dissipates to a spotty lace.
S: The gingerbread aroma of a hefeweizen is a little muted in the dunkel offering. Smell is sweet, banana-ish.
T: Sweeter than a regular hefeweizen with a slightly sour finish.
M: Smooth thanks to the soft carbonation
O: One of my go to beers. Often when I can't decide what to get, I'll grab one of these. Sweet, malty hefeweisse.

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


Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel
Dunkelweizen – 5% - 500ml bottle - Best before and bottling dates unknown

Appearance: Cloudy beer, deep ruby red with 1/2 finger white head, good head retention and some lacing on glass. Highly carbonated.
Aroma: Banana, bubble gum and spices.
Taste: Herbs and spices up front give way to bubblegum, which is the dominating flavour. Then a hint of banana. A little dry and bitter in the finish. Very drinkable.
Mouth feel: Medium body, prickly carbonation, dry finish.
Overall: Not being a huge fan of German beers that I've tried in the past, this one made a good impression on me. Not as flavour-some as the Belgians that I'm used to, but very drinkable. Would be a great one to session. 7.75 / 10

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Estilo: Dunkel
Alcohol: 5.0 ABV

Apariencia: Cerveza turbia color marrón oscuro con brillos color cobre y concentraciones en color café oscuro. Corona de espuma ligera de alta retención. Visibles sedimentos al fondo del vaso.

Aroma: Olor frutal y a especias como clavo, pimienta, azúcar quemada, madera. Sutilidades de lúpulo. Frutas oscuras como el higo y malta tostada.

Sabor: Sabor a plátano que contrasta con el sabor tostado de los granos de malta. Gusto a levadura y notas de pan. Muy poca acidez.

Sensación: Cuerpo medio con carbonatación baja.

General: Una cerveza muy agradable, balanceada y ligera. Puedes tomar varias.

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Photo of AronRa
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Spaten Franziskaner Bräu dunkelweizen weissbier is my favorite beer ever, but it has always been hard to find. My specialty beer store had a time getting it, and they don't have it anymore. For the last year or so, World Market was the only place I could get it, and now they tell me it's been discontinued in that size. This site says its' still available. How do I get it?

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Photo of hotpauko
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Years ago as I was going thru craft beer education, wheat beers were my favorite and this beer topped my list. I have grown to be an open minded hop head and haven't had this beer in a few years and not much wheat beer in general. I'm not the best person to review wheat beers. This is a very good beer but I am sure there are others better made. Worth a try, works very well with a couple orange slices.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 16.9 ounce Euro Bomber poured into dimpled glass beer mug.

Appearance - Murky brown color. Big head that dissipates pretty quickly. No stickage to speak of.

Smell - Sweet. Bananas. Malty. Slight sour aroma.

Taste - Sweet, melon like flavor. Slightly sour. Malty. Minimal hop finish.

Mouth - Fizzy. Buttery. Nice.

Overall- A nice German wheat beer that is easy-drinking and unassuming. All of the required pieces are there (sweet malt and sour yeast flavors). It's just that, when compared to some of its German competitors, such as Wienhenstephener, this ale comes off as a touch bland. A very good but not great hefeweizen. P.S. You shouldn't be surprised to learn that this is an InBev product.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a dark, muddled, golden brown coloring with a frothy, low profile, tan head. Aromas of nut sweetness, smoked caramel, and subtle toffee. Sweet and balanced. The flavors are nutty and tangy caramel sweet, with hints of date and fig, and subtle roast notes. Smooth and full bodied, with a short lived fruit bread aftertaste cut by the crisp, clean finish. Solid beer.

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Photo of Nctide
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a pint bottle.
Appearance: medium brown with some reddish hues. There was a ton of carbonation present on the pour. The head is thick and white.
Smell: not much going on. A bit of banana and clove.
Taste: mostly traditional wheat character but very toned down. There is a slightly metallic finish.
Mouthfeel: fairly thin and fizzy.
This beer was a big disappointment. I generally like wheat beers but found this one lacking flavor and just generally bland.

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Photo of PANZERkeg
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite commercial beer. I'm always surprised that more people don't love it. I even love that happy monk on the label. I probably don't drink this the way a beer snob would think is correct. I like this very cold.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Review following the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 17.03.2013 20:11. AROMA: clove, slight sweet vanilla, dried grapes, raw yeast, wheat and caramel malts. no hop aromas. no diacetyl or DMS. APPEARANCE: dark copper color with a slight off-white medium-thin and moussy head. average retention. TASTE: slight sweet caramelly taste with wheat and clove. esters and phenols almost absent. very low bitterness and finishes somewhat sweet. a little dull. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a below average bulk dunkelweizen, a little dull across the board.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, smooth easy drinking. caramel and toffee ,sweet bananas, more than just a wheat beer, Dunkelweizen's are a awesome combo of hefe's and dunkel, a good year round beer

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Photo of ENogueira
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

16.9 oz bottle in a chalice glass. Pours a dark amber, brown color with a light head. Taste of sweet fruits with a tinge of lager-like bitter bread/yeast. Very light body with a mineral water consistency; the carbonation making it very refreshing. Overall, very good.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a very murky, muddy water brown, with copper highlights. Two-fingers of white head, which dissipated quickly. Little lacing.

S - Mild aroma of banana, clove, and baked bread.

T - Definite Hefe banana/clove elements. Bready malts present themselves in the mid-palate lending a hint of gingerbread. Just enough German yeast funk to make things interesting. Some mineral salts in the finish. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Wet, soda-like finish.

O - A solid Dunkelweizen. Maybe not the best...but it's up there.

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Photo of Mikus
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my tulip glass... mahogany tones with a full finger of white head. Didn't last long. The aroma had some banana, spice (nutmeg?), and a bit if a bready/yeasty note. The tastes were in line with the aroma, and I mentioned at least once or twice that it had some of the same taste profiles as a banana-nut bread... and again, a hint of spice. Good carbonation and a smooth overall mouthfeel to this brew. Overall, I thought that this was a nice beer, nice change of pace from my go-to IPAs and stouts, and well-crafted. Quite a good deal for the big bottle at around 3 bucks. Glad to be expanding my beer horizons a bit, and this was a nice stop along the road. Try it!

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy dark, dark brown with a slightly off-white head that disippates quickly and leaves a very short lace.

S - Much like their Hefe but more subdued and with some malty notes.

T - More subdued banana and clove that is very adeptly balanced by malted grain. Hops are just there.

M - Full yet a little crisp somehow.

O - A really well balanced weissebier. I prefer my dunkels to be a bit lighter brown. All in all, this was just a good, well-rounded beer.. I was hoping it would be a great hot summer lawn mowing beer. I'll probably drink it as an early autumn refresher, though.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Murky mahogany-brown pour with a quickly fading one finger off-white head with decent lacing. Nutty, earthy nose with hints of banana, brown bread, clove, and a subtle vinous character. The taste follows suit with lots of malty brown bread up front along with hints of banana, clove, toffee, apple, tobacco, molasses, and a subtle vinous finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy with medium carbonation and good balance. Overall, a solid interpretation with good drinkability.

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Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a massive, light beige head expected for the style. Long retention, and thick foamy lacing. Brew is a dark nut brown, slightly hazy.

Banana aroma for days while pouring! Sweet and nutty, like banana bread. A little sharp wine-like vinegary quality seeps through as it warms, along with a hint of aspirin and a tiny bit of caramel, but mostly the yeast dominates, followed by wheat.

Flavor is similar to the nose: sweet, nutty, bready, and banana-y, with just a tinge of sour, overripe dark fruit. and caramelized brown sugar.

Surprisingly thin body for the color, but not for a Hefe. Long, thick and sticky finish. A little too much sting to allow to swish and chew, but very refreshing.

This is a nice option for a refreshing Summer Hefe, when you're also in the mood for something a little more darkly sweet.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Franziskaner's Dunkel.

A: Completely opaque, tamarind-like color. Dull yellow in the dimple. Less than half a finger of head, fades quickly to almost nothing. Thin arc of lacing.

S: Banana peel, and banana bread, mostly. Some molasses.

T/MF: More banana peel. Very crisp. There's a slight spice note in the back, the strengthens a little into the finish. There's a toasted wheat flavor (like toast), as well, but it's fairly light.

This one is not bad, but nothing special. A nice alternative to traditional hot day beers.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like tea or slightly watered down cola. Caramel brown in color, a bit clearer than I like. The head is quite attractive as its extremely thick, retains well, and is slightly offwhite. No real lacing.

It's got a spicy scent, which masks the traditional hefe smells that are trying to get out. Can you say, wheat forward.

The taste is pleasant enough. Very biscuity with a hint of spicy. Wheaty.

Nice simpleness to the feel. A bit sweet from the caramel malts before the tangy wheat turns it to the spicy side. Very dry, almost mouth puckering finish.

The Germans have been making beer for a billion years and the results speak for themselves. Very easy to drink because it's good.

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Photo of silverking
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- murky light cola brown with a thick tan head. Great head retention and beautiful lacing.

S- fried banana, chocolate, clove, baked pear, freshly baked bread, toffee.

T- banana, chocolate, earthy, coffee, clove.

M- light, bubbly, refreshing.

O- amazing.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

reviewed: 4/27/14

Hefe-Weisse Dunkel by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
poured from a 1 pint bottle into a Spaten Mug

P- very German a monk or clergy enjoying a pint 4.0

A- cloudy redish brown foamy opaque head 4.0

S- Banana, malt, yeasty wheat, fruit 4.5

T- nicely balanced. malty still banana, fruit and spice offset but complimented by hops 4.0

M- rich and full bodied, smooth and slightly warming 4.25

D- very very good, could easily have another pint 3.5

O- excellent offering not sure what to measure against in this style 4.25

old standard i have had many times just got around to reviewing ---- J

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of German beers and this one definately did not dissapoint. It poured a mix of golden, brown, and orange, average head and carbonation. It has a pleaseant aroma of sweet malts and orchard fruits, with a taste of german malts and different types of grain/fruit taste. It is a bit watery, has no sdge, a strong german malt aftertaste, and is filling. Very good beer for a big brewing company.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,670 ratings.
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