Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 58
Gots: 172 | FT: 0
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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 BeerBob
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel pours a dark almond brown from a 1PT .9FL glass bottle. Head goes to well over three fingers and sticks to everything, the glass walls, lips, mustache... you name it and this foam will stick to it.

Nose is a spicey lite clove with whiffs of citrus. Palate is a wonderful array of banana, cloves, and citrus sour.

An absolutely delicious brew, to be had any time, any where, and for any reason.

Photo of Rayek
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I reviewed a bottled sample of this before, but I just had it on-tap in Munich. It's an even better beer fresh from the brewery. Served in a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy chocolate brown, with active carbonation. The big and puffy cream head has great retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Much more pronounced than the bottled version. The requisite banana and clove aromas are here. They're joined by a bit of sharp baking chocolate, plus a little lemon.

T: Again, things are amped up versus the bottle. A banana bread effect is in full force here. Banana, wheat, clove and a little lemon tartness intermingle nicely. There's a bittersweet baking chocolate flavor in the background that was more pronounced than my bottled sample. Finishes tart and dry.

M: A grainy body has quite a bit of prickly carbonation to it.

D: A perfect beer for a nice late summer day. The light body and low ABV make it easy to drink multiples without fear of doing something dumb. A great beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, murky, reddish brown color, with a huge, puffy, creamy head.
Aroma: sweet, spicy, yeasty, breadish, hints of raisins, cocoa, figs, vanilla, caramel...really complex stuff! Heady, potent, rich, sweet, sour, spectacular!
Lush, smooth mouthfeel. Big fruit and malt in the flavor. Soft, smooth, hoppy.
A delicious sweet fruitiness runs through the length of the brew, and rewards one in each and every sip. Yeast is a strong flavor component, giving an overall feel of sweet, fruity bread, all blended up and beery of course!
Dunkel weizen is an incredible style done right, and this is one of those!

Photo of confer
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful caramel brown. Tan head that fade much to quickly. Very cloudy with big yeast chunks laying on the bottom.
S- Perfect. Mild banana with just o touch of the clove. The is how a wheat beer should smell.
T- The banana and clove don't follow though as much on the taste but they are still there. The banana is stronger and this leads to a nice sweet finish.
M- On the thick side and a bit creamy, not heavily carbonated.
O-A fantastic summer beer. I like keeping a few around and hitting them up every once in while. It's not something I would want to drink every day, but a great once a week summer beer.

Photo of funkengruven
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my glass and was greeted by a two inch thick layer of cloudy creamy head, absolutely beautiful. Smell was delicious, bananas and spices, like a tasty banana cake. I did notice however the flavors were not as pronounced as the smell, but that is forgiven in the creamy and awesomely refreshing mouthfeel this beer had. And in all honesty I could drink this all day long.

Overall, good stuff. Recommended.

Additional Note: After it warmed a bit, the flavors started to come out. Pretty much tastes as it smells, Banana and spice, very tasty. Get this one, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled along side the regular Franz last night. The beer pours a hazy brown color wtih a huge billowing head that sticks around nicely. The nose is caramel coverd bananas and cream. Wow. I like it, but its a little weaker than I want it to be. The flavor has the banana and clove layerred over a creamy caramel background. Nice. The feel is thick and creamy. Maybe a hint more on the feel for me. Another great offering

Photo of Schneic8
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of rdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Ludwig's in Philadelphia. The beer came in a 20 ounce Franziskaner glass that took some time to pour. You can't hurry these German Weisse beers. It had a huge off white head on top of a very dark brown beer,. There was only medium lacing on the glass. The smell was primarily wheat with undertones of the malt and some yeasty smell.

The taste is unbelievably flavorful with the overwhelming wheat that makes me understand why Germans believe that beer is food. This could get me throught the day or night. There is a hint of the yeast near the end. It is very thick in the mouth and is extremely easy to drink. It is satisfying in almost every way. I haven't had many dunkel weiss beers but this one will have me looking for others.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a hefe glass, around 50F.

Murky brown ale, frothy white head and some lacing, head eventually settles down to a nothing, I blame the not so clean glass.

Huge freaking Franziskaner aroma of banana/fruity esters and a hint of clove, bready and yeasty as well. Flavor of wheat malt, fresh banana bread and a residual balanced mild bitterness.

All around, quite delicious! I'd drink it all the time if I lived in Germany.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A solid dunkelweizen. Poured rubyish brown, with a thick foamy head. Chunks floatin' around. Aromas , of course, of cloves, bananas, spice, sugary malt sweetness. The flavor was a bit muted, but still quite nice. Banana bread is in there. Awesome mouhfeel. Quaffable and zesty, smooth and lush. A great drinker. I could drink this everyday.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Managed to fit a whole bottle including head into my 18oz Weizen glass; My first impression is that this looks exactly like a root beer float without the ice cream. Brown murky root beer colored body with a rocky just-this-side-of-tan head that burns down to a centimeter thick.

Interesting scent, in that it's just about what I expected; Fruity, distinctly Hefeweizen scent with a twinge of roasted character. Lots of marshmallowy wheat sweetness with a dab of smoke just for fun.

Mmmmm-mmm! This reaffirms why I love Franziskaner brews! Damn! I maintain that they brew the nicest tasting Hefeweizens and this beer reminds me why I like their brewery so much. A seriously complex wheat malt flavor with just the tiniest tad of hop to keep it in check, all my old friends Banana, Marshmallow, and Wheat with a little more complexity than the standard Weisse version. The dark malts are a little harder to make out on the taste than the scent, but they're there, bringing a little richer roastier malty flavor than the standard beer.

Mouthfeel hits with a slick swish of carbonation that builds fast and dies just as quickly. Clean finish, maybe just a little thin.

One of the best Hefeweizens I've had the pleasure of quaffing. I have always loved the standard style so I wasn't sure what I'd think of the Dunkel version; Turns out, I love it. There's just enough slight variation to make this a different beer in other terms than color. Delicious, easy to drink, satisfying!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is nice and strong and malty, some hints of yeast. Pours an interesting orangy-brown amber with a fairly thick and persistent head. Flavor is well-rounded, malty and wheaty with a strong undertone of lemon. Very smooth and refreshing, one of the best hefe-weisses I have ever tried.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1/2 L bottle a big swirl hefe glass. Oh real nice. Looks like a classic German 7 minute pour. This brew serves up a very nice big foam like off white head. The liquid is a dark brown & very cloudy. Great looking carbonation

The smell is of lemons, cloves, light toasty bread and wheaty malt, or maybe a malty wheat. Could use a yeast smell but really very good indeed.

The taste is toasted bread, cloves, lemon and nuts, the finish is very good slightly bitter and nutty. Nothing better then a basket of fruit and nuts that is really BEER!

Mouthfeel is full body, great carbonation.

Drinkability is quite awesome, this beer really works well, and excellent example of a dunkel hefe. Really enjoyable, I could drink his all day. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at the Second Chance Saloon in Brooklyn.
A- Gold, like straw. Opaque. Some head and limited lacing.
S- Strong wheat scent.
T- Highly carbonated, very wheaty. Slight spice to it. It has a bit of a dark malt taste. Nice balance. High quality. Highly recommend.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy deep copper and burnt orange hues under a large slightly off white head that slightly dissipates but sticks around strong for the whole pint. Carbonation steadily brings bubbles to support the head throughout.

Smells are Wheaty and yeast with fruity banana tones. Almost like cinnamon covered banana.

Taste is a sharp fruity in the banana like realm then gives way to lemon lime citrus notes and finishes slightly metallic and dry. Mouthfeel is powdery but light due to carbonation.

There's not alot out there representing this style, but this is a great beer in my opinion.

Pair it with ginger snaps, rainy summer afternoons, or a good conversation with a friend.

Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Decently hazy cherry oak colored brew which produced a massive sticky head of froth. Retention was great, and there was some visible lacing.

S - Sweet aroma of fresh banana bread. Strong hints of clove are also present and blend nicely.

T - Yeasty body with a sweet toffee backing. Nutmeg and banana comprise the majority of the flavor department, with spices arriving near the end.

M - Light bodied with a mild carbonation level. Finish is clean but a little peppery.

D - Outstanding. Delicious and quaffable, this is a Dunkelweizen done right. Definite reco here.

Photo of PerroGrande
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a hazy brown with a moderate and fairly durable tan foam. As the foam dies, moderate evidence of its presence is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Faint hint of banana and yeasty goodness. Cloves appear in the aroma as well

Taste: This is a subtle, smooth-tasting Dunkelweizen. Nothing overpowering or out of balance. Opens nicely and quietly with some clove hints. Yeast and banana overtones are present throughout. Hints of sweetness are balanced with equal hints of citrus bitterness. Not overpowering at any point, but quite tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with mild carbonation. Not heavy or thick -- rather on the thin side, but not watery.

Drinkability: Yeah -- I want another one. Refreshing, smooth, subtle, yet quite tasty. This beer would go well with a variety of foods, or fly solo. ABV is manageable for a session beer as well.

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Dublin, Ohio. Was eager to try a Dunkelweizen again after a lengthy respite from the variety (not intentional, just how things came into being). This was a good choice.

Photo of evanackerman
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this one sets itself apart in a very good way. pours a beautiful ruby-brown with a huge wheat beer head.

smell is wheat malt and cloves.

taste is a delicious malt character with hints of raisin, toffee, and vanilla, very nice, very complex.

mouthfeel is medium viscosity with light carbonation, drinkability is very high on this one.

overall, absolutely delicious and beautiful, the finest dunkle-weizen i've tasted to date. highly recommended!

Photo of Scoats
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In Philadelphia we tend to get some unseasonably super hot days in the spring and autumn. On those nights a cold bottle of Franz Dunkelweise can't be beat. This thick stew, chock full of yeasty vitamins, definitely picks me up and cools me off.

Presentation: The 16.9oz bottle perfectly fills a 22oz hefe glass with no extra space nor room to spare. The head is wonderfully tan.

This beer travels and lays down well. Though I wouldn't purposely cellar it, the bottle I had, which was probably at least 9 months old, was perfect.

The bottle I had the other night, which was a seriously hot November night, really hit the spot. I especially enjoyed the hints of chocolate.

Photo of Windigstadt
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The Franziskaner pours a dark chestnut; not the darkest Dunkelweizen out there but getting there. A generous mocha head topped the beer.

S: Like virtually all Dunkelweizens, the Franziskaner is heavy on the clove, with just a hint of chocolate; very minimal banana aroma.

T: My first sip of the Franziskaner came closest to what I imagine a Dunkelweizen should taste like. It was sweet up front but not cloyingly so. It had a characteristic bready wheat flavor, with a very slight yeasty tartness to it, but there was also a subtle caramel and cocoa profile in the background. While there was virtually no banana aroma, I picked up a slightly astringent flavor of banana peel in the finish. Overall it was a very flavorful but drinkable beer that had more depth than your standard Hefe but absolutely no roasty bitterness that is the bane of casual beer drinkers who won't drink dark brews.

M: Quite carbonated, as the style calls for.

D: Very drinkable... a great transition beer from the wheat beers of summer to the dark beers of winter.

Overall: An excellent example of the style that's generally easy to find and affordable; you can't really do wrong with that.

Photo of czfreeman
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new weihenstephan weiss glass. Nice golden brown color, super frothy head. nice aromas of yeast, bananas,citrus, wheat(duh). Tastes wonderful, nice yeast taste, finishes with fruits. Tart mouthfeel, high drinkable. The midmorning German treat to start my day that I was looking for!

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a long lasting sudzy head. Smells floral an d delicious. The taste is an interesting mix between hops yeast and alcohol. This seems strange to me because I haven't noticed the flavor of alcohol in beer in quite some time. I could be just me.Flavors or roated bananas are apparent! This is a pretty damned good beer, but then again I haven't had a bad dunkleweizen yet, this style is really a gem. Somewhat light of a mouthfeel which isn't a bad thing as it can really improve the drinkability.Good beer, not quite as good as ayinger's version of Dunkles-hefeweizen, but still worth a try as you may like it better.

Photo of elliot23
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The absolutely massively thick and creamy head tops a dark bronze hued brew. The copious bubble production slows the settling of the impressive head to a crawl. The classic German Hefeweizen banana esters are followed by a rich, mellow chocolate note. After what seems like an eternity (if you're thirsty) the head settles and the liquid becomes accessible. It's about time. Moderate body w/ a proteinaceous viscous mouthfeel. Along w/ the typically musty, German hefeweizen yeast esters the complex flavor profile includes rich Dark Munich malt flavors along with very mellow and refined (dehusked?) German chocolate malt. Hops bitterness is almost lost amongst the malt flavors and esters, but manages to eek itself into the finish. This is definitely a complex brew. It's quite rich, and thus isn't quite as drinkable as other brews. A beer to treat yourself to if you're into German wheats.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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