Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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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:
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Added by Todd on 07-13-2001

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1,675
Reviews:
820
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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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 nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An inverted pour produces three fingers of fluffy, off-white foam. The body is a hazy, amber-brown color, the head settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Malty with notes of toasted grain and some toffee. A bit of banana and clove, but not a lot of aroma from the yeast.

T - Much more prominent yeast character than the aroma, with notes of clove, bubblegum, and mostly, banana. The yeast fades and sweet malt comes in toward the middle, lots of caramel and toffee. The finish is mostly yeasty clove with some malt.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, good yeast character with an undeniable malt richness. I had not had one of these in several years and after drinking this one, I think I will be making it a more regular option.

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

Poured a hazy light brown color with big pillowey head,aroma a little spicey and somewhat sweet.taste is a litle tart balanced with some toffee sweetness,a little light in the body but overall pretty drinkable.Not a real big fan of this style but a pretty decent brew.

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

Pours a big creamy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly over mostly hazy auburn amber reddish brown colored beer.

Nose has plenty of dark wheats, nice wheat aromas, a slight estery aroma from the yeast, a bit of banana that adds to a slight brown sugar like sweetness almost bananas foster aroma, the slight fruity esters almost make it want to see like there will be booze but there isn't.

Taste starts with fruit actually, a bit of apple, banana, sweet brown sugar like bananas foster again, a slight raisiny flavor, and fruity esters. The malts are soft and subtle, with some wheat flavors and darker like wheats, a creamy soft caramel malt and reddish malt that seems like it was probably decocted. It also brings nice soft crisp lager flavor with the fruits. A bit of caramel and slight toffee. Finishes dry with a bit of the lingering caramel and wheat flavors, and more of the fruits, with just a slight hint of bitter grassy hops.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, soft and a bit creamy, with decent carb, but I probably would have liked a bit more carb for the style.

Overall nice, drinkable, nice flavors all blended well between the wheats, fruits, bananas foster, slight sweetness, soft malts, and dry slightly bitter finish. There are plenty of dunkels that are better, but this is a nice drinking one, esp one that I can buy regularly.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malt, spices, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of caramel, wheat and some spice up front, but not a lot of sweetness, which is good. There's a hearty malt character and a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, even though I prefer the regular Hefeweizen to this style, this beer is a very good one to drink for a long time.

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

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy, then creamy, light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts adding sweetness to the normal hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.

T: Initially there is a lot of sweetness from the dark malts with notes of caramel and just a touch of toffee. Then there are the wheat flavors though much lighter than in a hefeweizen, though there is quite a bit more complexity to the flavors of this style.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth but just a little bit on the thin side.

O: Enjoyable and super easy to drink, this beer takes me back to the years when I had the opportunity to visit Bavaria at least once a year (sitting outside in a beer garden and enjoying these on a Saturday afternoon). Definitely sessionable and a beer that you could easily drink all day.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

First had this on tap in a 22 oz. glass. It was kind of disappointing. I'm a big fan of dunkels, and in my early drinking days, I saw "dunkel" on this tap handle, so I ordered it up without a second thought. When I saw the "light," golden brown tea color come out of the tap, I was disappointed right away. When I think "dunkel" I think something darker nearing schwarzbier territory. Then I noticed it's also a hefeweizen. So it's a blend? It was then that I discovered that there are such things as dunkelweizens. :) Anyway, it was okay, but just not what I was expecting. Smell of dried fruits and malts. Bready taste, with some light fruits coming through, dried bananas, and a bit acidic and harsh. Medium body, and average drinkability...22oz. was alot.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

The color is amber brown. Head is large, thick, and creamy. The aroma is mostly of light clove smell with a touch of malt. Taste is initially clovey, bready malts kick in towards the middle and are most prominent in the finish. This is very drinkable, but I find the mouthfeel a little lacking, especially after the crispness of standard Franziskaner's Hefe-Weisse. After having this I definently feel it is time for me to explore the style some more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown body with a tall, meringue-like, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Clove-scented toasted wheat aroma with notes of apple juice and, to a lesser degree, bananas.

Taste: Sweet, toasty, and tangy malted wheat. A bit of treacle and caramel sweetness present. Fruity tastes of bananas and Granny Smith apples. Pinch of clove. Light spicy hops and bitterness. A disquieting wateriness begins to the develop midway. Dull, muted spice on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Downright fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Pass. While not bad any stretch of the imagination, it fails to show the depth, grace, and deliciousnicity of the finer examples of the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brown color and cloudy, but light does pass through the center of the glass. It took two pours before bartender could serve the glass. But head settles to rim bubbles quickly leaving only a few minute spots on the glass.

Caramel malt to start on the nose. I note a bit of soured milk.

Leans to the sweet with an almost maple syrup-like flavor. Plenty of banana and more of the crystal malt in the finish. Short aftertaste. Highly carbonated with a weak body.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely murky tawny or an especially orangey shade of suede. Backlighting reveals tangerine at the margins and a faint reddish hue within the depths of the beer. The large cap did its best to escape the glass on the pour. Orangish ecru in color, it shows off big, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface and is tacky enough to leave a good bit of lace.

This is a good dunkel weizen aroma, not a great one. For one thing, it could stand to be stronger. Clove is in the lead, toasted/nutty malt with a pinch of cocoa powder is next, and banana brings up the rear. I'd like to see (er... smell) more banana in the nose.

Hefe-Weisse Dunkel is a decent dunkel, but like the nose, it lacks that extra little something that would make it special. The mildly toasted/nutty character is still present, although cocoa has taken a powder. Clove is still an integral component that has receded a bit on the palate. And finally, there's a tangy fruitiness that is a few bananas short of a clump (or a herd, or whatever a group of bananas is called).

Clove is the only flavor that chooses to hang around on the rather abbreviated finish. The finish is short, in part, because of the too light body/mouthfeel. More substance would help this beer a great deal. If anyone wants an example of an incredible hefe weizen or dunkel weizen mouthfeel, check out the Ayinger line.

FH-WD is far from bad beer, but neither is it a slam dunkel. My less than enthusiastic review probably has something to do with the fact that my first two beers in this style were the excellent versions from Brauereien Aying and Weihenstephaner. Given the fact that I rarely drink dunkels, and the fact that I have better dunkels available locally, I doubt that I'll be drinking this one again.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Presentation: Tall 16.9 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Fastidious foaming, nearly uniform bubbled head with a good retention. Hazed leather brown, a few bubbles race to the top here and there.

Smell: Dry malt aroma with a wheat twang. Dried bananas, powdery clove, mild esters, touch medicinal with an earthy yeast is only a quick brushing in the nose.

Taste: Flexed medium body with a mild crispness that draws on a full and smooth mouth feel. The dry malt character is complexly layered with a toasted malt then a pale huskiness and finally and wheat malt twang. Very soft clove, light banana fruitiness and a subdued alcoholic ester barely brake things up. After that dull excitement it is back to the dry malt character but in a really dry way. Even the yeast flavour is placid with a chalky earth flavour.

Notes: A decent dunkel weiss, not as expressive as others but just as nurturing as the rest. The malt is the show it seems, all of the other flavours are meek in comparison but this does not take away from the brew too much because it still has the lovely wheat twang.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so I had to get my German fix on last night as always. Looking through the fridge trying to decide on where to go with this, I saw this foiled top beauty sitting on the back shelf. Probably been there a couple weeks, so I figured it was about time I gave it a try. Poured a nice, very clear russet brown color with a huge billowing tan head gracing the top of it. A good amount of sediment came off the bottom of the bottle and rested atop this as it took what seemed like forever to get back down. Copious amounts of lace then followed and almost totally obscured the contents of the glass as you went down. Smell was kind of light, nice smoked and roasted malts with a touch of caramel and some slight nuttiness to it. This carried over well into the flavor as it displayed a noticeable earthy grain type back with a touch of a smoked bitterness in the finish and a nice caramel sugar accent in the middle. Very consistent feel throughout as it was very medium bodied, and had just the slightest amount of carbonation once it got to the bottom. Very easy drinker though as nothing really held you back from it at all. Overall I really thought this was pretty decent. I have had much better but I really could not say it was bad in anyway, just not the greatest brew I have had of the style. Still, a quality choice and something that should not be overlooked when sitting on a shelf. If it is there go for it, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Nobody get excited - this is just a couple of Franciscan monks, one on the label, the other behind the keyboard, getting together for an outing. CAN you believe it?

Bro. Francis came roaring out of his home, resulting in a big foamy finger of tan head with moderate retention. Color was a VERY cloudy dark reddish-brown. Nose was big with a pleasant admixture of banana and clove with the former leading the way and the latter directly underneath. Mouthfeel was big and full with banana the main attraction, followed by pink bubble gum and then clove spiciness. It is a good thing that I have been exposed to a number of hefeweizens recently or I would have HATED this. I am more mature in terms of my palate, so it is palatable, but I am still not a big fan of the banana esters being so prevalent. Finish reminded me of banana bread, simply in liquid form, which is appropriate since it was the monks who first referred to beer as "liquid bread". I just wish that the clove/spiciness had been more forward.

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Yardhouse Chino Hills

A: The beer pours an opaque brown color with a finger and a half of khaki colored head.

S: A nice sweet aroma of banana and wheat bread. There's a touch of toast and a mild roasted malt note to it as well. A moderate level of clove/spice, and some nice toffee and caramel.

T: Nicely balanced between the sweet bread and banana notes and the hearty spice flavors. A touch of dark fruits, and a little bit of nuttiness. Toasted bread and some nice toffee flavor. Really smooth and slightly creamy.

M: The body is medium with a full carbonation and a slight creaminess on the tongue.

D: For the price of this beer it's really tough to beat. A solid dunkelweizen.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,675 ratings.
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