Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse DunkelFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel
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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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3.81
pDev:
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Photo of Schneic8
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Light brown/tan in appearance and murky. It pours a nice head that is frothy that seems to disappear quickly.

Smell: It has a sweet fruity smell similar to bananas and apple that is appealing.

Taste: Sweet, fruity taste that is great. It tastes pretty much the way that it smells. Caramel and banana flavors. It is a smooth beer that is easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice creamy feel that has medium carbonation. It has a smooth feel.

Drinkability: A great beer to drink. I like the sweet fruity flavors and the smooth creaminess. I am a big fan of dunkelweizen and I think this is very good and drinkable.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: plum, cranberries, cherries, molasses, sweet and subtle phenol. Crisp/smooth carmel malt.

Pour: hazy/opaque brown with a hint of red. Thin rim off-white head.

Taste: similar to the nose, molasses, plum and clovey phenols dominate. Finish is slightly dry.

Mouth: carb seems high and pops off the tongue, making the finish not very smooth. medium-light body, no lacing.

drink: medium.

Overall: flavors and aroma are great and unique. Enjoyable. The carb seems a little too much for me.

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Photo of McD0uche
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass:

A: A dark brown, reddish color, which is very attractive overall. A decent two-finger head bubbles forth, and subsides after a couple minutes. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smells like your typical Belgian weissbier. Peppery, vinegar-like aromas pervade. Earthy malt notes. Not a smell I care for all that much.

T: Tart, sweet, earthy. Boozy. I'm not the biggest fan of this Belgian flavor, but it isn't enough to keep me from drinking it.

M: Light carbonation and light body. Crisp, refreshing, drinkable, and enjoyable on the palate overall.

O: This was an alright beer, but not anything I'd look for in the future.

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Photo of Faune
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation- half liter brown glass bottle with freshness date on the bottom left corner of the front label.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown/copper, almost opaque, with a nice and big fluffy head.

S- Wheat, banana, herbal and medicinal.

T- Wheat, banana, faint stewed fruits, a slight hint of citrus, a bit bitter and dry.

M- Pretty smooth with light carbonation

D- This beer has a nice taste but the dry bitter finish just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of ENogueira
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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 bk3nj
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a beautifully cloudy amber colored dunkel weiss; when poured, it is crowned by a thick rich head. The flavor is slightly smoky, with hints of cloves and banana (although, unlike other reviewers, the banana was not overpowering). All told, not as good as Franziskaner's standard hefe-weiss, but still a beer worth drinking.

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Photo of velo343
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an attractive medium-brown with a touch of red coming through. Moderately cloudy. A huge, billowing white head.

Smell - Lots of phenols. Bubblegum, cloves.

Taste - A wheaty sweetness, some toasted malts. The cloves can also be felt underneath the malt.

Mouthfeel - Decently thick, the sweetness really lingers in the mouth and fills it up.

Drinkability - A good dunkel-weisse, although some of the the flavors seem to be a little subdued. Quite refreshing, however.

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Photo of Mryup
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A toasted brown/caramel with lots of haze. A very gentle pour into my Weihenstephan glass produces two inches of toasted coarse foamy head that fades to a 1/2 inch hilly layer. Nice unique look.

S: Hmmm..not much here. Mellow, straightforward, creamy wheat with whispers of earthy spices...probably cloves and something else. Subtly nice.

T: An anemic wheat with dark malt...a little banana with maybe a smidge of sneaky pear..interesting...mellow earthy, balanced spice comes in at the very end...you have to look for it. Slightly watery at the end. If your looking for a very calm mellow dunkle weisse this is it. The shyness gives the illusion of impeccable balance. And it is very well balanced.

M: A light/medium mouthfeel that goes wet at the end. CO2 is accurate.

D: A lighter beer that makes it more drinkable than most.

A lot of people don't seem to like the fact that this beer doesn't jump out and grab your throat. I actually kind of like that about it. Of course its probably because they are cheaper bastards but oh well...it makes for something a little different. I would drink it again.

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Photo of fightingwords
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.

A--Very opaque brown like a crayola crayon brown. Super foggy towards the edges of the glass to a solid appearance in the center. Very earthy look. Will certainly draw some looks at the bar if there are some less experienced drinkers around.

S--Way sweet. More clove and less bananna than the standard Franziskaner hefe. I could also get some carmel and earthy wheaty notes. In one word--SWEET.

T--For as monotomous as the smell was I actually found this to be a rather complex hefe. Obviously a sweet wheaty taste as the smell suggests and the standard clove taste. What I liked most was what I can only describe as an organic sugar--unrefined and a little bitter.

M--Kinda thick with low carbonation, but I liked the creamy feel in my mouth. Doesnt finish too quickly and not very clean either. I dont know why but I really liked this beers feel.

D--1 of these bigger bottle or a tumbler at the pub is more than enough. This is a dessert beer for me, but I've done it and have seen others go all night on this stuff.

O--Give it a shot if youre a hefe fan and want something kinda sweet.

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Photo of Frothboss
4.66/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is an opaque rich brown with a very active head at first pour, let it settle and stirred up some of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle then finished the pour with a consistet 1/4" head at finish pour. Head went away after about a minute. Lace sticks around and slowly climbs down glass. Smells malty, chocolaty, sweet. Taste is thick, rich with malty goodness and very light hints of chocolate or toffee, banana is really coming thru more in taste than in smell. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, nice even taste with sweet aftertastes and undertones. I would definitely drink this again. Sits very well on an empty stomach. A very nice composition for a Weisse.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 miket163
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy deep mahogany brown into a weiss glass, with a small tan head. The smell was of sweet malts, bubble gum, and clove. The taste was excellent on this one: Banana bread, clove, bubblegum, dried orange peel, and some floral hops. This is a very good beer, that I would recommend to anyone. It is very easy to drink and would not offend immature palates.

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Photo of bastardface
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the bar that I run Franziskaner Dunkel is a staple on our wall. When ever I want a good beer this one never fails. It's dark in color and the smell is only average. The taste is refreshing and easy to drink. It's a little sweet with a light bite. I highly recommend this beer when you run across it.

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Photo of Decko
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Roderick
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured amber with a HUGE tan colored head,this really is a fine looking brew. Has a very crisp smell with a hint of banana.
For once I actually taste banana in a beer ! mostly I read that some beers have a banana taste but have never actual tasted it myself but the banana is prevalent in this beer like a good piece of holiday banana bread....with a bit of citrus.
This was a very good beer and I see myself buying it on a regular basis.
Paid 2.99 for a bottle

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Photo of jmatthew
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky, earthy, yeasty, banana, clove, citrus, heady, etc., etc. Though I absolutely was not offset by anything in the beer, I also didn't gravitate towards anything it had to offer. Overall a good solid beer, but nothing remarkably unique to make it memorable.

It seems odd that I shouldn't rave about a beer for which I can offer no legitimate complaints...

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

A - Pours a medium brown, with red tones and a thick half-inch of foam. Mild carbonation.

S - Orange, lemon, roasted wheat, even light coffee notes.

T - Bitter orange flower notes, sweet grain, toasted malt, coriander and cinnamon or alspice.

M - Smooth, almost creamy, just a light carbonated burst.

D - Goes down easy without being bland and boring. Great balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of EricMichael
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Murky brown with a big, smooth, frothy head. Light carbonation follows and head lingers for a few minutes and no prominent lacing.

smell - Malt goodness with banana, wheat and clove - hint of yeast that quickly fades.

taste & mouthfeel - Smooth wheat malt and a prominent banana flavor, but doesn't taste mlike you are eating a banana bread. Watered down, ripe bananas spread onto wheat toast. Left the mouth dry with no lingering flavors.

overall - A decent dunkel without much punch.

Poured from the bottle to a weizen glass.

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Photo of bacabuck
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a golden copper with even cloudiness throughout. Nice head that leaves no lacing behind on the glass. Has a terrific bready aroma.

Unfortunately, the beer is nearly flavorless. Really surprising. This beer is terrific on the nose, but falls surprisingly short on taste. A metallic, lemony acidic flavor falls quickly over the tongue. Mouthfeel is horrible. Has the carbonation of a soda.

I drank about a pint and tossed the rest.

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Photo of Kyle987
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark root-beer brown. Average head, but lots of lacing. Smells of yeast, but not that strongly. Flavor actually isn't that impressive; a friend of mine took a sip and says I may have gotten a bad bottle. Still not a bad taste - slightly sweet and malty, but just not that much to work with. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable, but still disappointing for a Franziskaner. I had high expectations.

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Photo of techtatu
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice caramel color with a cream colored head. At first it looked similar to Spaten Optimator, however the aroma gave it away. It had a much bitter aroma than the Optimator. The taste had hints of a dark chocolate coffee, and very low sweet note.

This is a beer that I would drinking during the fall, and something I would enjoy with a nice cigar. Possibly a beer to recommend to someone who is exploring dark beers.

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Photo of elliot23
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured into my Haufbrau .5L hefe glass. Massive creamy head. My most careful pour was rendered useless to this thick head of bubbles. Classic cloudy golden honey hefe color. Brings me back to my days living in Deutschland. Nice yeast sediment on the bottom to top off the beer.

S. Huge yeast up front with some nice citrus, banana, clove, spice and all sorts of other good stuff. Second go around I get more unpeeled bananas... love it. I could just smell this one all day. What a treat.

T. Oh yeah, that's the stuff. One of my all time favorite beer styles in the summer. When I close my eyes I'm on a boat cruise on the Rhine River, it's that pleasant. A lot of what is in the nose comes back into the taste in many ways. I love this creamy head. I could eat it up like with a cappuccino.

M. Nice carbonation and prickles to the mouth. Very satisfying all around and not a whole lot else to say.

D. Very drinkable. I could put this one away by the case. Not too heavy just ultra smooth and creamy. What more could you ask from when drinking a German hefeweizen.

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Photo of jonB
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer brings me to the rare occasion where it smells better than it tastes. The smell had me anxious to take the first sip, but I was slightly disappointed by the taste. The smell makes me anticipate a great Belgian beer, but the taste is lacking the kick I was hoping for. It is an average beer that does not meet expectations.

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

Pours brown with a thin white head. Head dissipated to a ring around the edges and left just a little lacing.

Smells much like a normal hefe, but the banana is subdued and a little more clove/spice. Also some sweet candy-like aroma can be detected.

Taste is more banana up-front than the nose indicated. The clove/spice shows up more in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall a good session brew for a warmer spring day.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice coppery caramel brown with a nice thick foamy head. Manly looking. Lace ok but head dissipates quickly.

Smell- Banana esters and malty goodness. Some spices in there but not overpowering

Taste- Nice weissbier wheatiness with some banana smoothness and some spicy something or other. Good almost great but not out of this world.

Overall- Very solid Dunkel Hefe.

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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