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 sulldaddy
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew at just below room temp after a short span in the fridge. I am using a weisse glass for the tasting. I need to pour the beer very carefully as the soft fluffy off white head foams up about 2 cm very easily. The head resembles white clouds when seen from above in an airplane.
Aroma is soft and fruity with bananas, cloves and some biscuit scents mixed in.
The color of the beer is a nice chestnut hue with some haziness and a bit of yeast sediment floating in my glass even though I was careful not to pour much in for the sampling. Several streams of bubbly carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass towards the surface, fueling the fluffy head to retain its form for several minutes and into the tasting.
First sip reveals a beer with a soft creamy texture that is silky smooth and glides down my throat very easily. The carbonation is very mild yet provides some lively tingle on my tongue as it rolls to the back of my throat.
The flavor is fruity sweet, I pickup a bit of caramel to start off with which rolls to some bananas and lemons and I detect a bit of cherry in there too. The beer finishes a little mild and empty and perhaps leaves a bit of a soapy taste in my mouth not the best finish for an up to now tasty brew. While I enjoy this brew, I know there are better examples of the style out there. This may be a good brew to use as an introduction to the style as it is not in your face spicy/fruity but does give some of the standard characteristics of the style. A decent brew but if you are craving a great dunkel weizen experience, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, muddy water brown, with a fluffy tan head.
Thin sheet of lacing.

Aroma is dusty, clove, cooked bannana, toasted wheat.

mouthfeel is creamy

Flavor is clove, roasted grain, bannana bread.

Finish is crisp, with a dusting of grain.

Nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly transluscent nut brown color with a thick rocky off white head that subsided slowly. Aroma has hints of clove with a distinct yet subdued banana ester with that distinct wheat scent. The flavor begins with a crisp carbonation which quickly lets a dry,dark malt flavor which is not roasted but does have a hint of chocolate in the flavor. The hops don't make much of an appearance and the flavor quickly presents a complex yeast profile that is very clean with only the banana and clove to linger on for a few seconds. The mouthfeel is excellent for a wheat beer as it has a very low carbonic bite yet is still crisp and carbonated and the head retention is indicative of this. Pretty good for a Dunkel Hefe although i would prefer Erdinger it is nice to have diversity and it is great if you are presenting a Dunkelweiss tasting.

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

Pours a clouded chestnut copper color with a volumnous beige head that lasts a good duration. Some roasty wheat notes, mild yeasty twang and ripe banana/clove, but overall the nose is pretty tame for a dunkelweizen. Lively carbonation gives a fluffy mouthfeel. There's some fruitiness upfront that melds with dark, sweet wheat malt, and then moves towards the clovey, phenolic dry finish. Overall feel is that it's rather thin and one-dimensional. Pretty drinkable, though.

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

500ml bottle, poured in a traditional weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany, touch a red near the thin base. Nice creamy head that stays in place, about a centimeter thick.

Aroma: Bread-like malt aroma, with spicy, tangy yeast notes.

Flavor/Body: Initial flavor of cloves and spices, plenty of wheat flavor. A touch less phenolic than Spaten's weiss. Finishes out smooth and malty. A lot of carbonation and body.

I don't remember whether this beer or Paulaner's dunkelweizen was my first dark German wheat, but it's certainly been a constant favorite of mine for more than a decade (moreso since the Paulaner no longer seems to be imported; I haven't seen one of their dunkels in the US in about 5 years).

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Photo of Dmann
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Dunkel-Weizen and a good one it was. This beer poured a dark brown color with a very nice head that lasted the whole glass. The smell was typical for a bavarian wheat beer but had a bit more malt presence. The flavor mirrored the smell, with the great bananna and sweet flavors of a traditional hefe but with a bit more malt presence. I can't say if I like this more or less than a traditional Hefe but I can say that it was a damn good beer!

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, iced-tea color, with a big thick and pillowy head, typical of a Hefeweizen. Immediate aromas are the obvious fermented wheat, overripe bananas, cloves, and a touch of vanilla. Taste was a bit spicy up front, then fruity like sour apples and a bit tangy, with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated... the mouthfeel was just a little too thin. Nonetheless, a totally drinkable and tasty Hefeweizen Dunkel, just nothing spectacular (and nothing compared to their regular Hefeweizen).

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Photo of cypressbob
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle at the kings head belfast

Pours with murky amber body, foamy tan head, not nearly as dark as some other dunkels like erdinger for example

Smell, sweet esters, malty with a roasted barley hint

Taste, malty with a slight hint of fruity phenemols

A far wheat, there are much better dunkels out there

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

(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark). Cloudy brown colour, large lasting head. Aroma of brown bread and some spicy sweetness. Flavour is malty but not overly sweet, some spicy and subtly roasted edges. Smooth and mellow, nothing to blow your socks off, but still a beer it is a pleasure to drink. I had it on on its own, must be good with a meal too.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice iced tea looking amber/brown colour with an off-white fluffy head. looks a bit better than i really expected. smells sweet and citrusy with wheat, wood an deearth in the background. everything is a bit muddied though and the smell can be weak at times, but overall, it's pretty nice. the taste is far from what i expected based on the smell here. not bad, but pretty average. the problem is the heavy caramel sweetness here. it's like drinking just the syrup from a soda at times. there's a malty sweetness throughout as well. again, not bad, but too dominant over what amounts to only slight hints of the characteristics that i mentioned in the smell. overall, this is a pretty decent brew, though not great. the flavour balance needs some serious overhaul in my opinion.

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Photo of BJ1833
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a three finger head. Smells of raspberry with a very sweet, malty aroma. The taste is sweet, reminiscent of overripened fruit. A medium body with taste of roasted malt and a light citrus flavor.

Overall a very full flavorful hefeweizen, however I do prefer the regular hefeweizen from this company.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a tall, wheat-beer glass, this is an attractive beer: towering, puffy, solid head and a muddy brown color. The beer has a round, yeasty aroma with a touch of banana and clove. It’s fruity, soft, full of yeast flavors, and a bit malty. There’s a little wheat flavor mixed in there as well. I enjoyed this beer…it’s a tasty example of a dunkel-weizen. I always enjoy this style in the mid-summer, but it’s always better when it’s absolutely fresh and very yeasty.

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Photo of finepaws
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy caramel color, with a quick bubbly head, that went from large to small after a couple sips. Smells malty, and possibly like chocolate flavored bananas. Tastes slighty sour. Has a malty flavor, and is dry. More carbonation than some of the other hefes I've had. I don't enjoy the aftertaste at all. This is only drinkable to me for 1. But well worth a try.

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

Pours a hazy light brown with a full tan head. Good lace.

There is a toffeeish malt aroma that mingles with a banana note and invites you to sample it.

A great fruity banana flavor dominates the taste but is balanced by the malt slightly.

This beer is thin but very resfreshing to drink.

A very solid beer that is worth another try. Very nice.

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

This beer poured a cloudy brown with a very good head . It took some time to die down to lace rings.

The aroma was of rich malt and dark bread. Very good for a dark beer.

It was rather more intensely carbonated than I expected, and the malt taste was strong. It had hints of yeastiness and bread. Quite nice.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat scent with some dry crystal malt sweetness. It is a fruity with a refreshing yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry malty flavor with some wheaty notes. It is lightly fruity on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Dunkel. It has good aroma and mouthfeel.

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Photo of silenius
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an opaque hazy chestnut brown in color and pours with a off-white rocky head that settles to a quarter-inch cap for the remainder of the beer.

The nose is of banana, wheat, and citrus and gets more sweet smelling as the beer warms.

The beer tastes a bit like the nilla wafers in banana pudding my grandma used to make us when I was a kid. There is an underlying sweet note as well, but by no means is this a sweet beer. The end taste is a bit thin and a little disappointing though.

Mouthfeel is lively and cleansing and smooths out as the beer gets warmer in the glass.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Ludwig's in Philadelphia. The beer came in a 20 ounce Franziskaner glass that took some time to pour. You can't hurry these German Weisse beers. It had a huge off white head on top of a very dark brown beer,. There was only medium lacing on the glass. The smell was primarily wheat with undertones of the malt and some yeasty smell.

The taste is unbelievably flavorful with the overwhelming wheat that makes me understand why Germans believe that beer is food. This could get me throught the day or night. There is a hint of the yeast near the end. It is very thick in the mouth and is extremely easy to drink. It is satisfying in almost every way. I haven't had many dunkel weiss beers but this one will have me looking for others.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, pours a soft dark brown and cloudy. Stately puffy tan head, excellent retention and leaves creamy lacing. Nose is of ripe bananas and a wiff of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavors of bananas, chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Reminds me of a yeasty chocolate milk shake. Love the style and love this Spaten creation.

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Photo of oracle
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz draft served in an tall Franziskaner glass

Delivered with a 2.5 inch creamy dense head that stuck around for a while. You could sculpt this head with a putty knife and turn it into artwork.
Mild to minimal lacing on the glass. Beer was extremely dark, almost looked like a porter.

The smell was yeasty wheat with hints of malt underneath.

The taste was heavenly, a mix of wheat malts and yeast to satisfy the palate. It's a hearty beer, good for cold winter nights. I could easily see this beer pair with fine food of almost any type.

The mouthfeel was smooth, with minimal carbonation to get in the way of the beer. Not challenging but very satisfying.

Overall, the best example of the wheat dunkel style I have come across yet.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy brown with a huge, fluffy, tan head. Smells of strident clove and smooth ripe banana.

Taste is of dark wheat malt, some banana and clove but muted and disappointing. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Light sweet maltiness. Very thin in the mouth and not creamy at all like it looked during the pour. Drinkable, yes. Fulfilling, no. Very disappointing.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a touch of orange, topped by a surprisingly creamy head that lingers for a while. Deep nose of lightly sweet malt and a hint of yeast. Nice creamy mouthfeel yields a malty body balanced by the yeast. Not particularly my favorite style, but this is definitely a quintessential dunkel weiss. A good one nonetheless.

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

poured a brownish orange hazy body with a white head that lasted well through the drink. pleasant aroma and flavor, definately wheaty with some banana and tropical flavors along with some darker dried fruit and a dry finish. a good beer with tasty, but mellow flavors.not something that wowed me but its all around a good choice.

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

A very complex beer. Pours a cloudy dark woody colour, with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma is of toffee, fruity and estery hints, a little herby.

Taste is of bananas, toffee apples, malty, wheaty, very clean, slightly sour and citrussy aftertaste, but leaves a watery note that leaves it a little let down. Thats why it gets 4 and not 4.5.

Smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured into a Franzis hefe glass, it creates a multi-level head with crests and valleys. The creamy tan cover laces well and is vigorously fed from bubble streamers below. While it yields its size from 2+ fingers, it holds at a third-finger or so of dense creamy foam all the way down. Quite impressive endurance (the better part of an hour). The beer is a caramel amber with some haze, though I did minimize the bottle yeast added. This bottle has been sitting upright for at least 6 months undisturbed, so the sediment did not get stirred up much.

Aroma - heavy banana/yeast nose. Simple, straight-forward with very good staying power.

Taste - good blend of malt and wheat. The taste buds pick up dunkel and hefe influences at different times on different sips. The swallow is more malt with some roastiness coming through. Finishes clean, almost diluted with no lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - a bit watery for a dunkel type, but the outstanding carbonation makes up for it. Well done for the style, but a little more body could go a long way.

Drinkability - very pleasant experience, especially in its proper container. A session beer with some class, I still like their hefeweiss a little better though.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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