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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001)
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Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a dark brown/caramel color. Has a nice fluffy off white head. Lacing slowly fades along the glass - no sticky lace. Nice small head remains for a while then also fades away.

Smells of Yeasts, some banana along with malts.

Tastes creamy and you get the sweetness of the banana along with the yeast flavors. The creamy head and mouthfeel really work well here. The nice balance of the malts shines through. A peppery mouthfeel is left.

This brew is very drinkable. A very solid brew. This would be a nice alternate to the Franziskaner Hefe brew to try from this brewery from time to time. I dont have much expierence with the dunkleweisse brews, but this is very good. This brew is not exceptional - but I am not sure this style brew is intended to do that, at least fot me anyway.

magine, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of beerdrifter
3.86/5  rDev +1%

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.

beerdrifter, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.86/5  rDev +1%

16 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy nut brown, nearly-white head is a quarter inch, dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of bananas and buttered bread.

Tastes of bananas and lightly buttered bread along with light caramel and mild roasty notes.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good wheat ale in the German style, good nose, okay flavor. Their hefe is one of the best, but this is just pretty good. Still worth trying though, and enjoyable enough that I would have it again.

Cylinsier, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a half liter bottle into a tall Weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown color with a nice foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell: Wheaty, Malty, yeasty. Has a much maltier aroma than it's lighter HefeWeizen sibling.

Taste: Very malty up front, then followed by the typical HefeWeizen Clove, wheat, and little banana.

Mouth feel: Creamy, slippery and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and a great Hefe for fall or winter due to the heartier malt flavors. Another winner from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu.

ChopperSmith, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of denmah
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

i poured this out of a large gold capped bottle into a tall glass, the color and smell reminded me of an ale, light golden brown coloring with a dark wood, nut, and carmel smell similar to something like sam adams, with a nice white head on top,

fairly smooth to drink, slightly bitter aftertaste, a hint of hops.

denmah, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of xuehua
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Bought a bottle from CitySuper in Lujiazui. Production date seems to be 2010/05/01 with an expiry of 2011/08/01. Went into my glass on 2011/02/24.

With a deep amber colour, and about half an inch of head that quickly dissipated this beer smelled of bananas. But not the yellow ones. Those red ones that are more expensive, and harder to find. A little bit of wheat, mixed with a stronger flavour of cocoa and bananas on the palette. Slightly carbonated feeling, but not too heavy.

A generally good or above average beer. I will consider keeping a few of these on hand for when I need them.

xuehua, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown (almost mahogany) in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy, then creamy, light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts adding sweetness to the normal hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, and yeast.

T: Initially there is a lot of sweetness from the dark malts with notes of caramel and just a touch of toffee. Then there are the wheat flavors though much lighter than in a hefeweizen, though there is quite a bit more complexity to the flavors of this style.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth but just a little bit on the thin side.

O: Enjoyable and super easy to drink, this beer takes me back to the years when I had the opportunity to visit Bavaria at least once a year (sitting outside in a beer garden and enjoying these on a Saturday afternoon). Definitely sessionable and a beer that you could easily drink all day.

dbrauneis, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of srrn
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured a cloudy brown. Foamy as a Hefeweisse should be. Faint clove and wheat smell. This beer really opened up as it warmed, this is another case of buying a beer too damn cold. As it warmed more taste of banana came forward. Nice bit of grass in the finish. Good beer here but there are better examples of the style to be found.

srrn, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

I've had this quite a few times recently from the bottle and each time it's been a little different, I think because of the age of the bottle. This review is based on the freshest example, but the other bottles may have altered my thinking a little bit. The appearance is plain with an offwhite head that I would like to be a tad darker and a simple brown body. It's dark enough so that the yeast haze adds to the tone. The smell is of caramel and banana's but not nearly aromatic enough. It could use some more intensity in the aroma to really pull it off. The taste is quite nice with the caramel, molasses and chocolate of the darker malts coming out with the support of a fruity yeast background. It adds to the mouthfeel which is creamy and light thanks to the wheat. Quite drinkable, more so than many of the style, and a little lower in alcohol to make it sessionable. If I had other dunkels available I would skip this but it's not bad when the craving hits.

dbalsock, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Ruby red stained mahogany color. 1/4 inch creamy beige head. Hazy appearance. Mild carbonation.

The malts are a blend of sweetness and yeasty esters. I smell some caramel blended with banana and clove spice. Zesty and warming. Roasted backbone. Some tart cherry characteristics.

Wheat. Tea-like malts. Very sweet and tart. I taste cherry and candied sugars. Date and plum. The holiday fruit flavors blend well with the nice bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Begins with a warming touch and then finishes with a nice crisp wateriness. Very refreshing and flavorful

This is a good interpretation of the Franziskaner-Hefe. It is a good late night version of the its daytime hefeweizen counterpart

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a dark brown almost cider like color with a thick four finger head which gives resides to a thin layer with a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of spiciness and a slightly fruit bite, with hints of clove, banana, and citrus. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with some toffee and a hint of darks fruits with hints of banana and clove also there is a slight hop bite at the end.. The mouthfeel is moderate to low carbonation and is slightly thin. The drinkability is good, a very smooth flavor that is nice and well rounded.

goblue3509, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 1 pt. bottle into a Weihensrephan weisen glass.

The color is a cloudy dark brown with maroon highlights and about three fingers of foamy off-white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a little bit of figs and other dark fruits in the aroma. There is a slight pancake-like aroma with some a slight maple aroma too.

The taste is is a bit yeasty at first. There is a nice banana flavor that is unexpected for a beer as dark. The malts do come out and prove to be the strength of this beer, there are some good hints of figs, a little bubblegum mixed in, and a touch of clove as well.

The feel of this beer is smooth and pretty drinkable. A really great beer for a low price.

Duhast500, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

TheVenerableMead, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of jayfarley3
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a dark cloudy brown copper color withs a big tan head that dissapates rather quickly. smells mostly of sweet bananas and spices. taste is of bananas, malt and kind of has a nutty aftertaste. mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. this is an interesting beer and worth a try.

jayfarley3, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a wheaty malt smell with bananas and clove

T - Follows the smell with the bananas and clove also a touch of caramel

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - Overall a very enjoyable beer thats easy to drink with a good taste that I could session worth trying sometime

armock, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Zadok
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured a deep amber with a pretty thick haze. A 1 finger frothy head topped off the pour with virtually no lacing.

Very sweet first smell of malts and coriander. Rounded out with cloves and a touch of cinnamon.

The taste strayed from the smell just a touch as a banana and clove spice balanced out with the mild malt.

Very smooth with a slight touch of carbonation.

Nothing mind blowing but could easily be my everyday session brew.

Zadok, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Pourned into a goblet, but really should have gone for a flute or pils glass. Visible yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and it pours a slightly cloudy tea color, with mild head and no lacing. Aroma is of wheat, bananas, and malt. Lively carbonation, fairly light mouth feel, starting with a sweet malt taste and ending a bit dry. Highly refreshing and very drinkable. Could be a decent session beer.

watchnerd, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

I picked up a couple of bottles (1 PT 9 OZ) of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at an import shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color and is hazy. Huge billowing tight foamy off-white head is very resilient. The head is huge, even on a very gentle pour.

The smeill is sweet and fruity. Banana and and other soft fruit fragrances dominate, with a little bread aroma along side.

The taste is typical of an authentic German hefe, a lot of banana and clove flavors, with some malt and toasted bread flavors. Very little hop taste in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a little thin and watery, with a lot of carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, but the flavors are a bit unusual. I don't know that I would want to drink a whole bunch of this in one sitting, but a pint or two at a time is OK.

RJLarse, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of Kwak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

This one poured nice with a dark full body and heavy head. The smell was of banana and cloves, as for the norm in this style. The taste was a complexes dry toasted malt with a light banana fruitiness. It finishes with a dry malty flavor with a hint of cloves, very refreshing!!

Kwak, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy medium brown with a huge head of foam that shrank to about a 1" layer

The smell is big. I note clove, banana, and wheat.

The taste is really big. Big on cloves, wheat, not so big on bananas and just a bit of sourness to it which adds to the drinkablity of this brew for me. Good stuff.

Bitterbill, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Pepeton
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

I was almost warned that this one is a lesser btother from the Hefe-Weisse from the same brewery.

They were right.

Don't misunderstand me, please. This is a good beer. Just happens that is some what below of it's sibling.

Pours an amber brew, typically hazy (as a hefe-weisse has to be); tan head and and seemingly everlasting lace.

Smell is of a hefe-weisse: Nicely malty.

Ah, the taste, here I find it a bit behind. Still good, though.

Of course, I can have several of these.

Pepeton, May 29, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

The color is amber brown. Head is large, thick, and creamy. The aroma is mostly of light clove smell with a touch of malt. Taste is initially clovey, bready malts kick in towards the middle and are most prominent in the finish. This is very drinkable, but I find the mouthfeel a little lacking, especially after the crispness of standard Franziskaner's Hefe-Weisse. After having this I definently feel it is time for me to explore the style some more.

Gagnonsux, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Appears a cloudy brown tone with slightly hazy tan foaming head, very good retention on this hefe. The aroma is mild and delicate with tones of clove, banana, and a citrusy undertone. The flavors are all present that are characteristic in the hefe, buthe dunkel wiesse also produces a sweet caramel wheat tone that is very mild but detectably good there is also a slightly more bitter aftertaste than the regular hefe. Dunkel hefe with a medium to light body which continues to deliver me pure refreshment being one very drinkable offering.

WVbeergeek, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from the bottle into a stein.

A- huge chewy and frothy head... forms into a plateau... cloudy, muddy brown with billowing carbonation... Hues of golden wheat...

S- toffee, apple caramel, sweet malt, thick, pungent, buttery aroma...

T- A bit metallic initially, sweet malt, wheat, caramel apple, fresh bread, earthy spiciness, yeasty...

M- highly carbonated mouthfeel, effervescent, a bit of a tingling sensation on the back of the tongue...

Overall, good but featuring a few offtastes and an intense mouthfeel... I'd need to try it in Germany to compare.

ONovoMexicano, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of beerluvr
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours with an average cream-colored head, over extremely murky opaque brown liquid. Nose is clove and banana aromas. Gentle carbonation. Taste is malty sweetness followed by a fruity yeast flavor. Finishes effervescent and light, a nice dunkleweizen

beerluvr, Sep 22, 2002
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.