Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,566 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,566
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 57
Gots: 162 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Ratings: 1,566 | Reviews: 802
Reviews by jucifer1818:
Photo of jucifer1818
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was a hazy, dirty brown in color and sported a fluffy, lacing head. The foam had brown streaks in it from the yeast I managed to whip up at the end of the pour.

Smell – The toasted, doughy yeast here was right on the mark and was laden with some good, browned, overripe banana. There was also a strong, dark cherry aroma that I enjoyed.

Taste – Bingo! After two lacking weizens from this brewery, the yeast here roars to life at the taste. It is strong and direct, complimented well with banana and clove. The dark Bing cherries are thick and sugary. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Nice job here as well. This Dunkel Weizen is medium-bodied and spritzy with some good carbonation and tangy yeast.

Drinkability – Superb! This is a rare, lovely import. The strong yeast and darkish fruits make this one a standout and clearing the gem of the Spaten weizens.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, orange-amber, kind of like a cats eye stone, but kind of dull. Plenty of foamy head that never comes close to fading. The yeast is in the forefront of the aroma, with a subdued creamy banana smell under around hints of sweet German hops.

The taste unfortunately left a bit to be desired. It just seems unnecessarily thin and watery. There's not much malt character, a good hop bite, and some yeast flavors, but in the end you're left with a residual sweetness that isn't even palatable enough to serve as a thirst-quencher.

Freshness may be an issue but a bottling date is nowhere to be found. The bottle is a lighter than normal brown with some greenish tints. I'm not sure the journey west did this one much good.

Photo of MadScientist
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light copper beer. The creamy light tan head has an goo retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Light notes of clove with a light fruitiness and a slight tartness. There is a light melanoidin and crusty bread grain aroma with German malt character along with some wheat malt sweetness. No hops and no diacetyl.

T: Nice, a malty hefe-weissen showing the rich and darker German malt character. There is the melanoidin, crusty bread and wheat malt flavors over a moderately-low hops bitterness. There maybe a moderately-strong spicy hops flavor mixing with the clove phenols from the yeast. The yeast also provides a moderately-low fruit flavors mostly banana. The balance is slightly malty with a slightly sweet finish and quick bitter aftertaste.

M: A moderately-light bodied beer with moderately-high carbonation. There is a crisp quality and no warmth nor astringency.

O: This is a Hefe with moderate dark malt characteristics and a little less clove and banana then a straight Hefe. Spice and fruit still dominate most aspect of the beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single into a Imperial pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown, hazy, with a nice uneven foamy head. No real lacing to note.

S: Wheaty malt with a sort of intricate fruity smell.

T&M: Dark looking and light bodied with a complex malty, but clean, flavor profile. The wheat is prominent with an interesting yeasty fruitiness that assists with the impression of light tastes. The carbonation is fine and abundant. The finish is relatively malty but dry going just a touch watery as the linger begins.

D: Refreshing and light and easy to drink. The interesting yeast flavors had me curious for more which let this one do down pretty quickly as well. Interesting and cool. I liked it.

Photo of Dmann
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Dunkel-Weizen and a good one it was. This beer poured a dark brown color with a very nice head that lasted the whole glass. The smell was typical for a bavarian wheat beer but had a bit more malt presence. The flavor mirrored the smell, with the great bananna and sweet flavors of a traditional hefe but with a bit more malt presence. I can't say if I like this more or less than a traditional Hefe but I can say that it was a damn good beer!

Photo of BJ1833
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a three finger head. Smells of raspberry with a very sweet, malty aroma. The taste is sweet, reminiscent of overripened fruit. A medium body with taste of roasted malt and a light citrus flavor.

Overall a very full flavorful hefeweizen, however I do prefer the regular hefeweizen from this company.

Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Its body has a brownish or ice tea color with a cloudy appearance. On top sits a big creamy tan head that has good retention, lasting until the finish after slowly fading to a small cap of foam. Its lacing was slick and slid down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma hits you with a big overripe banana followed by some other fruity and earthy yeast notes with a touch of clove.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor starts with a lightly roasted wheat malt base with some fruity banana clove notes coming in. The wheat and yeast flavor gets dryer and brings dusty earthy notes. Hop flavor and bitterness is light and most noticeable in the finish. The finish is very dry with a smooth, thick, almost powdery texture. Carbonation feels about average and the body is a good solid medium.

Notes: For me I felt that this beer had a few ruff edges but overall was good.

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, medium brown color. Head is big and billowing, even with a careful pour. The light tan head is big and billowing, even with a careful pour, and lasts forever. Looks like cake icing, in a way, and lacing sheets the glass. Aroma features bananas and some grapefruit, with a solid dose of allspice, and wheat/yeast earthiness. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and a creamy coating is present. Taste is twangy yeast, caramel malt, banana, clove, and a peppery bite. The carbonation remains very active throughout. Hops play only a minor role. I'm not a major fan of this style, and this one seems to be middle of the road compared to the other Dunkel Weisses I've had.

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, pours a soft dark brown and cloudy. Stately puffy tan head, excellent retention and leaves creamy lacing. Nose is of ripe bananas and a wiff of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Flavors of bananas, chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Reminds me of a yeasty chocolate milk shake. Love the style and love this Spaten creation.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: garnett brown in color, huge one inch plus head, cloudy, lots of carbonation

Smell: toasted malt--almost to the point of toasted marshmellow, Belgian spices, coriander, cumin, and a touch of rye.

Taste: Belgian spices, wheat, pumpernickel bread

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, chewy, with a dry finish

Drinkability: I really like how the wheat and malt come together here. A good example of the style, I could have one more, but not two. I think the taste is nice and multi-layered.

Photo of LyonsHead
2.11/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: murky orange/brown, the color of rust with a very creamy, off-white head.

S: There is a low malty flavor with some bready yeast character. Im getting a big whiff of clove and not a whole bunch else.

T/M: I normally don't combine my taste and mouthfeel reviews but in this case I find it a necessity. This beer, in my opinion, is way overcarbonated. As a result, Im finding it hard to taste much else. There is a sharp burn at the onset of the first sip and it simply increases intensity as you move the beer over your tongue. there is a hint of clove in the background, and a very subtly maltiness. It feels like there is potential there but the overall impression is just a watery taste.

D: Fighting the carbonation all night won't make for an easy drinker

Photo of mattster
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 16.9oz Bottle and poured into Weizen glass.

Slow pour produced large 3" head, that slowly dies down. Head is very creamy, with fine bubbles. Color is nice mahogany brown, light haze.

Smell is of malts, slight fruity with large gust of banana. Banana really comes out on palate, but also some nuttiness. This beer is a lot sweeter than what I normally expect, but very good and I think I'll add this one to the ones I normally keep around.

There is a good bit of creaminess to this brew and the bubbles make it quite a pleasant treat. This is very smooth brew and finishes really nice.

Bring on the Brats...

Photo of Byeast
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is has a happy looking monk character enjoying some brew , and some gold foil on the neck.

Appearance: murky , reddish brown , with a large and foamy offwhite head. Nice retention.

Smell: nice dark wheaty malt , banana , some earthy/funk tones , and a slight spice.

Taste: Crisp and lightly sweet toasty wheat , has some standard wheaty tang to it , banana , very nice balance , light spice and hint of clove. Very dry finish with a a bit of yeast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied , very dry finish.

Drinkability: A tasty , refreshing , and fairly dry Dunkel Weizen. Nice showing of dark wheat flavors , nice balance , well made. A good choice in its style , espescially if your in the mood for a dry finish.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with about one finger of off-white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Banana, cloves, wheat/grass.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves, banana, grassy notes and some mild hops and citrus.

Overall: Great brew, I would have this one again.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep caramel amber, with a thick head.

Smell: My worst sense and this one seemed slightly astringent with a layer of sweetness a little nuttiness and alcohol.

Taste: Very mildly sweet with the malt front and center, not much banana or cloves, slight warming from the alcohol, caramel and a very clean finish almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally creamy.

Drinkability: The Hacker Pschorr and this are among the cheapest of german imports, on this level at any rate. This will be one of my new session beers. Paired great with a turkey burger and clausen pickle.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy copper with an off-white head. Aroma is still bananas, but more spice and toastiness. Light mouthfeel. Good yeast and malt in the taste with a back of banana and fruit. Usually more is better, but the caramel kind of took away from the cleanliness of the hefe base. I like the hefe better, but still a good beer.

Photo of wattoclone
4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My review is based on the draft version. Although first introduced to this beer in the bottle, I highly prefer draft beer and have owned a keg cooler for over 25 years. Anyone who owns a keg cooler system understands that selection is very limited compared to what is available in the bottle. The two dunkel wheat beers available where I live in the US are Franziskaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Both are very good, but the Franziskaner is more readily available year round and is therefore my favorite. The great thing about this beer is that there has never been a guest in my home who has not been pleased when served with a glass of this brew, including people who generally do not like beer and only drink light beers. It is truly exsceptional to find a beer that virtually everone from craft IPA drinkers to light beer drinkers enjoy. I can only hope that this dunkel and more of this style become available in the keg.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a .5l hefe glass.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a nice thick two fingered creamy head. Nose is wheaty and malty a bit sweet.

Taste is sharp and sweet and wheaty. It's creamy and rich with a sharp bite. It's really creamy and drinkable. Very easy drinking.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In this style of beers, I like the Erdinger or the Tucher better, but this is a refreshing beer. The light brown color and good carbonation upped the appearance and mouthfeel. The aroma was a wheat sweetness, with hints of malt. The flavor was more of the same, although the maltiness was more subdued, while the wheat came to the forefront. I think the wheat is too overpowering, but it is a good beer all-around.

Photo of hotpauko
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant musty aroma, blossoming head, handsome cloudy leathery look. Ended up with a big blatch of yeast on the bottom of my glass. The malts and wheat contrasting with the yeast is what makes this brew. It's a healthy struggle, going between one and the other: first toffeeish, then fruity, then grainy, then crisp and refreshing. It ends up balanced just so, and relaxes in the belly, so it would probably be a suitable after-dinner beer, although that's not how I used it in this case. Like a fresh red apple, it's gently tart, appetizing and fulfilling at the same time.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heck of a dunkel. Could have had a better, fuller feel but still a terrific German brew !

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