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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 07-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,675
Reviews:
820
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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73
Gots:
243
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Photo of RuudJH
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the very good breweries from Germany... 0.5 l bottle.

Brown colour, huge head in my hefe-glass.

Looks brown, with a huge head, good carbonation.
Smell is good banana bread., malts in general, some herbs too.
Similar taste: malts, slightly roasted malts too, banana, citrus, herbs. Not extreme, but pleasant for sure.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but still with a good drinkability, due to the pleasant carbonation.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: the beer has a clearly dark brown color, that is hard to see through, and really puts the "dunkel" in this beer, with a rich head and ample carbiantion
I liked it
4.25/5

s: not much smell here really, with some very very, very weak banna and a bit of clove buried in their somewhere, but sadly, most of it cannot be detected
it isn't good, but it isn't bad
its just average
3/5

taste: to be fair, this one doesn't have much flavor too, for a dunkel. it tastes like a hefe, just with a less defined flavor and less highlights.
really their isn't much to say here
Its not bad, but lord, is it not good
3/5

mouthfeel: this one is quite good, with a rich carbianted body, that really makes up the BULK of the flavor of the beer, s you swallow the beer and it goes down smoothly.
to be honest, it is the highlight of the beer

Overall. This beer is sadly very, very average, with the exception of its mouthfeel and appearance, which come off as being quite nice.
sadly, the most important features, are sourly lacking

I recommend their other beers. they are far, far better
3.5/5

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

I originally sampled this beer on 18 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer is brown in color with a tan head.
Mouthfeel: This dunkel is medium bodied
Flavor: a slightly wheaty tasty
This is a nice, average beer. Not bad, not great

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Photo of kirkse
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of greencovesteve
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nutty dirty looking brown, off white ring around the cap.
Aroma is alot more muted compared to what i was expecting from a beer with weizen in the name. Not a strong yeasty note at all. there is some nutty earthy notes, and hint of spices.
The flavors pop a bit more, but follow the same notes of earthy nutty flavors. The clove flavors come out a bit but not like i envisioned. I am not finding intrest in much here.
Slightly creamy but thinner.

I'll skip this one in the future. to many outstanding ones from others.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber-brown in color with a huge beautiful head. Tons of different sized bubbles everywhere. The smell is roasted malt, very sweet, toffee, wheat and plums?

Very effervesant in the mouth. More roasted malt coming through in the taste. Hint of coffee.

Not as complex as I would have liked. Just very one dimensional. Which makes it clean and refreshing, but simple.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into my weizen glass.
The appearance was a ruddy almost dark brown color with a fluffy two finger-ed white to off white head. After it finally dissipated (boy, that took a while, almost like watching paint dry, the way that head died off), light stringy messy lacing roamed around the glass.
The smell started off with sweet doughy/breadiness sliding into an ample amount of sweet banana, light clove and then a little bit of ginger. Not sure if that was intentional, but hey, its there alright, I know the difference between clove and ginger. Not bad, just different, I guess.
The taste was the combination of the sweet breadiness, banana and a light cocoa (hey, that wasn't in the aroma, that's too bad, that would have helped for more complexity, oh well). Clove comes back but the ginger doesn't show its face, I'm okay with that.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation feels fine and allows the clove to hit appropriately. Doughy/breadiness relieves the carbonation a bit to allow a nice smooth to somewhat creaminess to stroll over my tongue.
Overall, what a nice dunkelweizen for the most part. Ginger in the aroma, yet cocoa in the taste, one displace the other, sure, why not. I'd still have this again.

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Photo of soulcougher
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first bought this beer because I was amused by the goofy hammered monk on the label.
Pours a murky brown like the color and clarity of apple cider. Decent head to start but faded quickly. Very light spot lacing.
Smells of spiced fruit and wheat. Tastes wheaty, malty and fruity with banana and apple, clove and a light medicinal quality, as well as a very faint smokiness.
Feels average; medium body with biting carbonation.
Definitely worth the money, but Schneider Weiss and Weihenstephaner are still the reigning champs of German Hefes in my opinion.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Big Bottle. Brownish-orange pour with fantastic creamy head. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, clove and banana. Had only had one dunkelweizen before this one and expectations were low, but this is one fine tasting beer. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Deep murky brown, sediment-laden, color seems to lighten from top to bottom; easy to pour quarter inch white head that dissipates quickly; not the most appetizing color, but I like how cloudy it is

Smell
Smells strongly of banana, some toast and spices

Taste & Mouthfeel
Tastes a lot like it smells (banana), making it challenging for me to look forward to as this particular characteristic is hard for me to appreciate; tastes like a dark wheat with banana flavor and a bit sugary with a spicy finish; light in body but good level of carbonation

Overall
Overall, I'm really ignorant to the style and my palate still doesn't appreciate it, so I really didn't enjoy it, though I suspect it's a good beer for the style.

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

This brew was a treat, indeed, overall. The 16.9 ounces poured into the glass a deep and rich brown. The aroma offered hints of malt that was slightly dry, combined with a good wheat tint. The flavor followed suit, however it did not have the depth and complexity I had hoped. In the grand scheme, this is a decent Hefeweiss Dunkel, however I would drink the Weihenstephaner version first.

Zum wohl!

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

a: pours a light brown color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving very little lacing. the top of the beer looks very carmely like possibly a full bodied beer i dont know the label says "malt liqour" probably some legal thing
s: sweet caramel malts strong aroma of bannana and bready yeasty aroma smells very inviting
t: strong yeast bannana flavors very nice, the flavor is very good
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall this is really good and i know ill get it again

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Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tyleeis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short white head, dark caramel brown body. Floral, nutty scent. Very hoppy, tobacco flavor. Balanced. Very mild bitterness, but becomes noticeable as time goes on because the bitterness there is sticks to the tongue. Smooth, fully bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable, could drink these all the time.

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Photo of silverking
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- murky light cola brown with a thick tan head. Great head retention and beautiful lacing.

S- fried banana, chocolate, clove, baked pear, freshly baked bread, toffee.

T- banana, chocolate, earthy, coffee, clove.

M- light, bubbly, refreshing.

O- amazing.

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Photo of Luiz0930
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

A- Dark hazlenut in color this brew has a nice 2 1/2 finger pillowy head that is off white in color.

S- Smell is of indistinct dark fruits and sweetness. Not too pungent, but not necessarily bad smelling so i'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

T- Tastes very brown ale-esque with a hint of banana.

M- Mouthfeel is thick with just enough carbonation to make this an easy drinker.

D- Fairly drinkable. Leaves a sticky sweet coating in my mouth that I don't like so much but other than that I could drink a few on a hot summer day.

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Photo of marcpal
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle enjoyed with room service order in poland. Poured into Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: Cloudy darker yellow, nearly dark orange with a huge head. Looks more like a normal weizen but the color is somewhat darker but has that sparkle. Enough carbonation to produce a sizzling sound.

S: Banana and clove spices. Sweet flavors of the wheat come front and center. Matching flavors of cooked bananas from the nose and very low hop presence.

T: Bready and yeasty, considerable grains. The lemon rind and cloves are nicely balanced. Not strong at all that is typical of a dunkel and this is really the only thing that can take away some points.

M: Extremely light in terms of body with more carbonation than the appearance. Flickers off the tongue quickly but passes along smoothly.

D: Refreshing and light for the style of beer. Packs in plenty of flavor and like it better than the regular hefe and perfect for many a long session. Good stuff.

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Photo of tviz33
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of phisig137
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky hickory brown color, with an odd tint of gray. Two finger head has pretty good retention, but no lacing and no foam left on top of the glass.

S- A little disappointing. Very mild yeast esters, predominately a dusty clove. Faint raw wheat aroma mixes well with whiffs of sweet malt.

F- Theres the big banana flavor I was looking for! Still some clove-iness in the background. Tart wheat backbone and finish. Lingers on the palate.

M- very low carbonation, odd for the style. Silky smooth body.

D- Pretty good

Overall, not great, but not bad. There are certainly better dunkels out there, but this one is better than average. It's definitely worth a try, but don't go driving all over town to find some.

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