Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 07-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,678
Reviews:
822
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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75
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244
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Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light copper beer. The creamy light tan head has an goo retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Light notes of clove with a light fruitiness and a slight tartness. There is a light melanoidin and crusty bread grain aroma with German malt character along with some wheat malt sweetness. No hops and no diacetyl.

T: Nice, a malty hefe-weissen showing the rich and darker German malt character. There is the melanoidin, crusty bread and wheat malt flavors over a moderately-low hops bitterness. There maybe a moderately-strong spicy hops flavor mixing with the clove phenols from the yeast. The yeast also provides a moderately-low fruit flavors mostly banana. The balance is slightly malty with a slightly sweet finish and quick bitter aftertaste.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with moderately-high carbonation. There is a crisp quality and no warmth nor astringency.

O: This is a Hefe with moderate dark malt characteristics and a little less clove and banana then a straight Hefe. Spice and fruit still dominate most aspect of the beer.

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Photo of maviola
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Odri
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of XmAjOX
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Half liter bottle poured into a German wheat glass. A relatively hard pour gives a 1.5 inch light tan head that dissipates into a 1/4 inch head that stays. Beer is a hazy orange brown.

German hefe yeast gives off a lot of pleasant banana smells. There is also some wheat smell. My nose isn't working up to par tonight, so smells aren't as strong.

Banana bread is the strongest flavor. I also get some dark fruitiness from the malts. Wheat backbone. Very sweet, but in a good way.

Carbonation feels good, but not too much. Body is not very heavy, making it very easy to drink.

A good traditional representation of a style that I don't get very often. I wish that I could compare this back-to-back to other beers of the same style.

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Photo of truesolution
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of FritzSteinhoff
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ronzorelli
2.29/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not a fan.

As I poured it into a chalice, I was impressed by the dark, almost quarupel look to it. Mahogany and rich. Gorgeous head on it.

As I put my nose to it, it didn't meet my nostrils in a pleasant way. Very metallic odor, and not in a good way (metallic never is "in a good way"...).

I sipped on it anyway, and it was very bland and watered down. This was nearly right out of the fridge, so I decided I'd let it warm up a little and see what happened.

After about another 10 minutes in the glass, I tried again. I was even more disappointed. Still watery, and it seemed a little extra foamy in my mouth. Weak, but foamy mouthfeel. Weird. In addition, the finish had a strange, almost "artificial sweetener" aftertaste to it. Very, VERY strange.

I'm not a fan of this brew.

I've had the Hefeweizen from Franziskaner before and was hoping this would at least match it, but I'm severely disappointed.

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Photo of kevinhughes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KegsAndEggs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of beermeister9
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange-brown with a very durable and creamy tan head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma: yeasty banana and more subtle clove and light malt.

Taste: la well-integrated mix of flavors. Not bold but highly drinkable and easily recommended as a dining beverage.

M: smooth but a tad too thin and watery.

O: an exceptionally good-looking beer with fine flavor but a mediocre mouthfeel.

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Photo of nickfran
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SFC21
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of 12owls
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of slowdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ryko
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tmars13
1/5  rDev -73.7%

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

A- Very nice appearance. The color is rich, root beer like, although paler than other dunkel Weissbier. Head is thick, rich and long lasting.

S- Smell is enjoyable. Touch of caramel and spices. The smell is stronger than the taste.

M- Although there is a lot of carbonation, the beer is easy to drink, almost too easy. The taste is very subtle, almost absent. The rich smell gives us false expectation.

O- I would recommend this beer for an easy drink. Would have expected more taste from a Franziskaner.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mfgreene
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Powerstroker90
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Phillip_Collins1219
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,678 ratings.
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