Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 798
Hads: 1,586
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 60
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of kscaldef
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much aroma off this beer. It has a nutty banana taste to it with some some berrys. Some dark chocolate as well perhaps. Very well done, sad to see this go. (159 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of wheat, bread, yeast and caramel. A flavor of wheat, caramel, sweets and bread. Very drinkable very nice. (155 characters)

Photo of Johnor3
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was surprised that I did not enjoy this beer as much as I thought I would. I loved Weihenstephaner Hefe Weiss, and wanted to try their Dunkel. The Craft Neer store did not have that, but this was recommended to me instead. I love German wheats, and I enjoy dark brews, but I am not A fan of the Franziskaner Weissbier Dunkel. It has an unpleasant metallic taste that pops up in the middle of the swallow, thank God it has a pleasant aftertaste that eclipses the metal. I will stil try the Weihenstaphaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel, but I will not be buying the Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel again. (605 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel has a thick, cream-colored head, a murky, red-brown-gold appearance, fierce bubble streams. Lacing isn’t much, with this one. Aroma is of wildflowers, yeast, and bread, and the taste is of sweet, spicy bread, tap water, and a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel finishes on the dry side and drinkable.

RJT (398 characters)

Photo of BeerTator
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting dunkel hefe-weisse beer. I always prefer dunkel over the light tasting hefe-weisee beers. Franziskaner makes a great tasting, smooth tasting beer here. I've been drinking this beer for about 2 years now and I always go back to it when I try different dunkel hefe-weise beers. Give it a try and I am sure you will not be disappointed. (350 characters)

Photo of Decko
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
1.46/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Im sorry but this beer is not at all good to me. Thats just me, it may work for others. Was hoping it would be somewhat good since it was a Dunkel. Wont even review it, sorry. Had to fight just to finish half of the glass. I guess I just dont like German wheat beeer (266 characters)

Photo of Wedge35
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown. Head dissipates to a spotty lace.
S: The gingerbread aroma of a hefeweizen is a little muted in the dunkel offering. Smell is sweet, banana-ish.
T: Sweeter than a regular hefeweizen with a slightly sour finish.
M: Smooth thanks to the soft carbonation
O: One of my go to beers. Often when I can't decide what to get, I'll grab one of these. Sweet, malty hefeweisse. (388 characters)

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Estilo: Dunkel
Alcohol: 5.0 ABV

Apariencia: Cerveza turbia color marrón oscuro con brillos color cobre y concentraciones en color café oscuro. Corona de espuma ligera de alta retención. Visibles sedimentos al fondo del vaso.

Aroma: Olor frutal y a especias como clavo, pimienta, azúcar quemada, madera. Sutilidades de lúpulo. Frutas oscuras como el higo y malta tostada.

Sabor: Sabor a plátano que contrasta con el sabor tostado de los granos de malta. Gusto a levadura y notas de pan. Muy poca acidez.

Sensación: Cuerpo medio con carbonatación baja.

General: Una cerveza muy agradable, balanceada y ligera. Puedes tomar varias. (646 characters)

Photo of AronRa
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Spaten Franziskaner Bräu dunkelweizen weissbier is my favorite beer ever, but it has always been hard to find. My specialty beer store had a time getting it, and they don't have it anymore. For the last year or so, World Market was the only place I could get it, and now they tell me it's been discontinued in that size. This site says its' still available. How do I get it? (377 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Years ago as I was going thru craft beer education, wheat beers were my favorite and this beer topped my list. I have grown to be an open minded hop head and haven't had this beer in a few years and not much wheat beer in general. I'm not the best person to review wheat beers. This is a very good beer but I am sure there are others better made. Worth a try, works very well with a couple orange slices. (404 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 16.9 ounce Euro Bomber poured into dimpled glass beer mug.

Appearance - Murky brown color. Big head that dissipates pretty quickly. No stickage to speak of.

Smell - Sweet. Bananas. Malty. Slight sour aroma.

Taste - Sweet, melon like flavor. Slightly sour. Malty. Minimal hop finish.

Mouth - Fizzy. Buttery. Nice.

Overall- A nice German wheat beer that is easy-drinking and unassuming. All of the required pieces are there (sweet malt and sour yeast flavors). It's just that, when compared to some of its German competitors, such as Wienhenstephener, this ale comes off as a touch bland. A very good but not great hefeweizen. P.S. You shouldn't be surprised to learn that this is an InBev product. (706 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a dark, muddled, golden brown coloring with a frothy, low profile, tan head. Aromas of nut sweetness, smoked caramel, and subtle toffee. Sweet and balanced. The flavors are nutty and tangy caramel sweet, with hints of date and fig, and subtle roast notes. Smooth and full bodied, with a short lived fruit bread aftertaste cut by the crisp, clean finish. Solid beer. (420 characters)

Photo of Nctide
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a pint bottle.
Appearance: medium brown with some reddish hues. There was a ton of carbonation present on the pour. The head is thick and white.
Smell: not much going on. A bit of banana and clove.
Taste: mostly traditional wheat character but very toned down. There is a slightly metallic finish.
Mouthfeel: fairly thin and fizzy.
This beer was a big disappointment. I generally like wheat beers but found this one lacking flavor and just generally bland. (479 characters)

Photo of PANZERkeg
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite commercial beer. I'm always surprised that more people don't love it. I even love that happy monk on the label. I probably don't drink this the way a beer snob would think is correct. I like this very cold. (226 characters)

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Review following the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch 17.03.2013 20:11. AROMA: clove, slight sweet vanilla, dried grapes, raw yeast, wheat and caramel malts. no hop aromas. no diacetyl or DMS. APPEARANCE: dark copper color with a slight off-white medium-thin and moussy head. average retention. TASTE: slight sweet caramelly taste with wheat and clove. esters and phenols almost absent. very low bitterness and finishes somewhat sweet. a little dull. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a below average bulk dunkelweizen, a little dull across the board. (600 characters)

Photo of misternebbie
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, smooth easy drinking. caramel and toffee ,sweet bananas, more than just a wheat beer, Dunkelweizen's are a awesome combo of hefe's and dunkel, a good year round beer (185 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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. (273 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a very murky, muddy water brown, with copper highlights. Two-fingers of white head, which dissipated quickly. Little lacing.

S - Mild aroma of banana, clove, and baked bread.

T - Definite Hefe banana/clove elements. Bready malts present themselves in the mid-palate lending a hint of gingerbread. Just enough German yeast funk to make things interesting. Some mineral salts in the finish. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Wet, soda-like finish.

O - A solid Dunkelweizen. Maybe not the best...but it's up there. (584 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my tulip glass... mahogany tones with a full finger of white head. Didn't last long. The aroma had some banana, spice (nutmeg?), and a bit if a bready/yeasty note. The tastes were in line with the aroma, and I mentioned at least once or twice that it had some of the same taste profiles as a banana-nut bread... and again, a hint of spice. Good carbonation and a smooth overall mouthfeel to this brew. Overall, I thought that this was a nice beer, nice change of pace from my go-to IPAs and stouts, and well-crafted. Quite a good deal for the big bottle at around 3 bucks. Glad to be expanding my beer horizons a bit, and this was a nice stop along the road. Try it! (690 characters)

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy dark, dark brown with a slightly off-white head that disippates quickly and leaves a very short lace.

S - Much like their Hefe but more subdued and with some malty notes.

T - More subdued banana and clove that is very adeptly balanced by malted grain. Hops are just there.

M - Full yet a little crisp somehow.

O - A really well balanced weissebier. I prefer my dunkels to be a bit lighter brown. All in all, this was just a good, well-rounded beer.. I was hoping it would be a great hot summer lawn mowing beer. I'll probably drink it as an early autumn refresher, though. (591 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Murky mahogany-brown pour with a quickly fading one finger off-white head with decent lacing. Nutty, earthy nose with hints of banana, brown bread, clove, and a subtle vinous character. The taste follows suit with lots of malty brown bread up front along with hints of banana, clove, toffee, apple, tobacco, molasses, and a subtle vinous finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy with medium carbonation and good balance. Overall, a solid interpretation with good drinkability. (579 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a massive, light beige head expected for the style. Long retention, and thick foamy lacing. Brew is a dark nut brown, slightly hazy.

Banana aroma for days while pouring! Sweet and nutty, like banana bread. A little sharp wine-like vinegary quality seeps through as it warms, along with a hint of aspirin and a tiny bit of caramel, but mostly the yeast dominates, followed by wheat.

Flavor is similar to the nose: sweet, nutty, bready, and banana-y, with just a tinge of sour, overripe dark fruit. and caramelized brown sugar.

Surprisingly thin body for the color, but not for a Hefe. Long, thick and sticky finish. A little too much sting to allow to swish and chew, but very refreshing.

This is a nice option for a refreshing Summer Hefe, when you're also in the mood for something a little more darkly sweet. (820 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Franziskaner's Dunkel.

A: Completely opaque, tamarind-like color. Dull yellow in the dimple. Less than half a finger of head, fades quickly to almost nothing. Thin arc of lacing.

S: Banana peel, and banana bread, mostly. Some molasses.

T/MF: More banana peel. Very crisp. There's a slight spice note in the back, the strengthens a little into the finish. There's a toasted wheat flavor (like toast), as well, but it's fairly light.

This one is not bad, but nothing special. A nice alternative to traditional hot day beers.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (586 characters)

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