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Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany | website

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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814
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Avg:
3.81
pDev:
17.59%
 
 
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Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice nutty favor in this dark copper colored beer. Nice covering of foamy head stays with the drink until the end. Adequate sedimentation in bottle to add final swirl to pour. A really good example of a dunkel weizen. Flavor stays on the palate for a while...

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber, cloudy, with a finger of fizzy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: light citrus aroma, perhaps even some berry.

Taste: wheat, citrus, light fruit flavors (and berry again). Quite tasty, not too sweet, a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, but perhaps a little heavy body for a real session beer. I could see enjoying this beer in a lot of different settings, though.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the BSP, Decatur, Georgia. Pours a chestnut brown with a slightly beige head that settles into a cap after a nice initial head. The smell is a little light, but there is mostly banana and clove as well as some light wheat. The flavor is a little more pronounced. Raisins, clove, banana. Somewhat mellow. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel combined with the flavor profile makes this one delicious. Not sweet, and there is still a snap to the mouthfeel. A nice summer brew especially.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a brown 50 cl long-necked bottle.
The red label got a picture of a Franziskaner-monk with a ceramic beer-mug in his hand - Hardcore!

A: This beer pours cloudy dark brown with hint of red. The head is pretty large, off-white but dissipates rather quickly, leaving almost no lacings.

S: Wheat and faint malt, nice balanced. Ripe bananas. Citric notes as well. Faint notes of dark dried fruits.

T: Ripe bananas in great harmony with wheat/malt - a bit bready. Some faint chocolate.

M: Thin body, richly carbonated with small bubbles. Aftertaste is medium long and holds some sweet- and bitterness.

D: A little bit to thin in body for beeing a great beer. Now it's just a nice beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken. A cloudy brown colored beer with a nicely sized head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is very malt forward with the standard clove/banana/spicy yeast profile of a hefeweizen, although it’s a bit restrained and overshadowed by the maltiness. Flavor is very much with the nose; the banana and clove tastes are there but not as clear as one might like; the very bready malt aspect of this beer is clearly out front in the taste. Modestly sweet with a caramel aspect. Finishes fairly dry, easy to drink and refreshing with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy.

This one is worth trying but I feel that it falls short of the top tier as far as this style goes. Everything you’d want is there and is all nice enough but it certainly isn’t anything profound or even particularly memorable. Doesn’t really stand out amongst the other Dunkels I’ve had. Enjoyable and definitely worth trying, but could be bigger in both taste and aroma.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Ludwig's...
Appears a mahogany red/brown color with a lush tan head that stays untill the last few sips. Light lacing is seen in this one.
Smell is of Bavarian yeast, bread, cocoa, light banana, roasty nuts, cream, and clove.
Taste is equally as good as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is decent. Seems to be medium bodied and refreshingly not to cloying. This would score a bit higher if it filled out the palate just a tad more but it's nice, nonetheless.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a beautiful-looking tall weissbier glass at the Bavarian Beer Cafe, York St Sydney.

Appearance: Creamy-looking cloudy reddish brown, with a clean slightly off white head. Good head retention, good lacing. A fine looking beer.

Smell: Wonderful dark caramelised fruits. Syrupy sweetness with a refreshing scent of clean wheat. Also hints of chocolate and clove. Yum.

Taste: Wonderfully rich and complex. A roasty sweetness, like honeyed nuts, or tropical fruit compote. There's a nice refreshment from the yeastiness there as well which adds something to the drinkability. Wow, a really nice brew this one. Mouthfeel is crisp, but filling and refreshing.

Overall:
A very fine beer this one, supremely drinkable, ultimately enjoyable.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 25 fl. oz. bottle stamped L-152136-20:54. Sampled on February 8, 2012. The pour is olive brown coming out of the bottle but it becomes a dark amber tone with a generous head in the tall glass. The aromas are modest with dark malts, wheat, yeast, banana, and clove. The body is on the light to medium side. The flavor is scrumptious with its sweet dark malts and wheat up front and a slightly dry finale. It is a beer that is easy to drink quickly while at the same time savoring it.

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Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this (vom fass) at Spaten Hof in Munich on March 17, 2006. It was 3.35 Euro for 0.5 L. Slainte!

A: Hazy caramel, off-white head, great retention and lace.

S: Banana bread, with a little bubble gum.

T: Banana bread! Really.

M: Moderate body is creamy, carbonation is light to moderate.

D: Very good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brownwith biscuit large colored head. Very malty aroma, mainly a roasted nutty scent. Medium body and smooth going down. Strong flavor of malt - very complex, with banana, wheat some citrus and spices. A good brew but not an everyday drinker.

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Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Beers of Europe. BB 01/2009, served lightly-chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a dirty chestnut brown hue, coming with a tight frothy beige head with good retention, while the carbonation is lively without being OTT.
S: the dusty edge comes big and nice, buttressing a banana-ish fruit estery main theme with sweet bready wheat-malts and faint touches of caramel-fudge on the side. Not complex, just like all other dunkel weizen I've had, but a certain integrity in aroma is demonstrated.
T: a sour-sweet banana-ish flavour as well as caramelised mango-slices dominate the foretaste, then the thin, sour-sweet wheat flavour and yeastiness turn up, bringing aboard plenty of caramely sweetness and a rusty touch a bit like over-cooked Chinese red beans. Semi-chewy in the end with more lingering rusty fruits...
M&D: quite soft in carbonation, this dunkel weizen drinks not bad, albeit not so impressive in terms of the flavour profile and in lack of the necessary spicy edge that is indispensable for a weizen.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A-This beer pours a slightly hazy warm brown with very strong carbonation and a huge rocky off-white head. I'm not sure if the haze is from the wheat or the carbonation.

S- The first aroma is a bold phenol clove smell with a nice soft faint banana following. Vary faint there are some vanilla and bubblegum notes. A little bit of a bready note is also in there. Very complex aroma.

T- Very mellow wheat flavor with some nice clove and banana notes. Hints of bubblegum blend in with the sweetness of this beer. A little fresh bread flavor is in the finish but no hops are present. It does have some faint notes of caramel or toasted malt as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel but no real fizziness is noted. It does have a softness from the wheat.

D- There are some real complex flavors in this soft beer. The toasted malt adds another dimension that is really nice. Very nice smooth soft yet complex beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cloudy golden orange color with a frothy 1 finger white head that was moderately lasting leaving only slight tell tale hints of lacing. There was a considerable amount of suspend particle matter.

S: The nose was wheaty with a touch of sweet caramel, and some yeasty attributes of bananas.

T: The flavor starts off really smooth and very light with a creamy wheat palate, dried bananas, and some hints of fruit. There was some slight hints of caramel sweetness as well as apples.

M: light, with a strong crisp carbonation but goes down pretty smooth. Leaves a slight sweet caramel lacing behind.

D: A pretty decent dunkel, though a little light. Goes down easy enough and certainly good to put down a few at a time.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber, good clarity, one finger head, nice and dense but not the billowing head of the standard Hefe-Weisse. Lots of clove phenols, bordering on plastic. Flavor contains more of that clove but also a strong flavor of rotten banana. Medium light body with high carbonation. Just can't really get past that plastic note in the nose and that rotten flavor. A shame given how much I like their standard Hefe.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A foil-wrapped 500 mL bottle picked up at Wegmans Mechanicsburg; poured into a weizen glass.

A: The dunkelweizen is a caramel brown, opaque albeit with a bright orange glow at the base of the glass. The pour generated three fingers of head, although no lacing followed.

S: This one makes up for the hefe I just reviewd. Thick banana and bubblegum aromas mix with caramel malts, a fuller scent that is intoxicatingly sweet.

T: More fragrant sweetness in every sip, damn a good dunkelweizen really hits the spot! Banana and bubblegum, along with a bit of clove, gets things started right. They are sweet but not too sweet, covering up most of the wheat tartness. Caramel malts, darker with a more pronounced graininess, crowds out the rest of the wheat, at least until the finish. After the rest of the flavors have sailed off into the sunset, the wheat's tartness lingers with a citric tingle.

M: The esters are pleasingly sweet; paired with the darker malts it is a goldmine. The vigorous pour has tamped down the carbonation, a welcome feature for a weizen.

D: The lower alcohol and rich flavor are big plusses. I'm struggling to come up with any minuses...

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Photo of clayrock81
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my hefe glass and received a cloudy body that was a mix of leather brown and apple cider. Left two-finger head that receeded quickly and left no lacings. A nice roasted/dry malt smell came through, accentuated by some tart fruit such as orange, cherries and also some clove. Spices are the first thing that struck me, then a warming sensation as the malty goodness came through. A slightly dry finish as the citric fruits are tucked on the backend; this a medium-bodied beer that is smooth and a tad creamy. There is some caramel in there too, but it does not make the beer that syrupy. Not the best dunkel, but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with orange hues with a nice white head that leaves wonderful lacing. Smell is of wheat, yeast and a hint of banana. Taste is crisp and dry malt, clove and a little banana. Overall this is a good brew from a brewer thats products are rather easy to find which is great. Pick this up and at least try it if you come across it.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nicely cloudy medium brown with a tall fluffy white head that had great retention and low lacing.

The aroma was the typical wheat, banana, clove and yeast. The flavors were very clean and typical for a Hefe. The body was full and rich, but remained light and refreshing. Drinkability was very good, I'll be grabbing more of these to help me through the summer.

Overall, a very good beer, a must try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy medium brown with a huge head of foam that shrank to about a 1" layer

The smell is big. I note clove, banana, and wheat.

The taste is really big. Big on cloves, wheat, not so big on bananas and just a bit of sourness to it which adds to the drinkablity of this brew for me. Good stuff.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy brown colour with a very large frothy and fluffy beige coloured head. I can't make out how much carbonation there is and there is some very fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, cloves, bananas, raisins, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and feels light and creamy but a little watery as well. The taste is made up of malts, dark fruits and bananas. There is also a slightly metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty banana aftertaste.

Drink - Another solid beer from this brewer. I did however prefer their regular Hefeweizen to this beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the great pleasures in life is sitting on the patio at Minneapolis’s Black Forest Inn with a 22 oz. pour of Franzikaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel ($6.50). The glass fills with a hazy to cloudy brown liquid topped with a 1” light tan clingy crown exuding rich aromas of caramel, banana and dark bread. The rich creamy palate follows the aromas and anticipates a plate of geschnitzles.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's weird but for me the regular Dunkel was always available to me but I only seen the Hefe-Dunkel twice and got them both times. Thankfully Giant Eagle now stocks this all the time!

A - Hazy brown with an inch of white fluffy head. Again Awesome in my Spaten Mug

S - Dark fruits, lemon, and banana peel, with slight bread. Smells like a great mix.

T - Just as the smell described and just as great tasting as I remembered. It's makes me wonder how bitter some would like their beer for this to seem to sweet. It seems like a perfect balance of sweet flavors of the raisin, lemon and bitter banana with the complexity of bitter bready malts that make it perfect. IMO.

M - Refreshing as always. Could easily finish a couple of 500ml in a sitting.

D - At 2.99 a big bottle at my local Giant E it's easily going to something I would pick up from time to time. Man I could drink it all the time.

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Photo of DrJay
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy, coppery amber with a short beige cap. Good head retention, clumpy lacing. Strong banana and clove in the aroma, bready yeast, lemons and wheat crackers. Slight brown sugar character. The flavour was bready with lemon and banana, slight tartness. Mild bitterness. I found it to be overly dry, which probably explained the thin mouthfeel. The only thing holding the texture together was the carbonation. I liked the aroma, but was ultimately disappointed with the beer.

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Photo of bark
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark chocolate-brown; the liquid is very hazy. The large head sinks slowly to a thick lid, leaving some lacing.

The smell got notes of bakers yeast, sour wheat-flavours and some roasted flavours of cocoa/nuts. I also noted a scent of meat/beef stock and a bitter hint. Maybe there is a touch of perfume/soap somewhere in there?

The taste is mild and not as sour as the pale wheat beers usually are. Roasted, rounded, sweet flavours of dark bread, beef stock, hazelnuts and some sweet fruits. The short aftertaste is light with some perfumed notes: Fruits, roasted vegetables and nuts. There is a fragile bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to light, the liquid smooth.

A rather standard Dunkel Weizen. IT is probably better paired with some German cuisine or BBQ than on its own.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark brown with puff of head that quickly subsides

A: Nutty and toasty grains with hints of banana and clove

T: Complex blend of toasted, nutty grains. Banana and clove come next with trailing complexities of smoke, caramel and chocolate.

M: Medium to high body, perfectly low carbonation

D: Drinkable if all the complex flavors work

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