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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,391 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 44
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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 beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 17:13:03 | More by beerluvr
Photo of bashiba


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a long lasting tan head.

Smell was a very heavy banana nut bread odor.

Taste is almost exactly as it smells, like drinking banana nut bread with a nice earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body to it.

An easy to drink pleasant offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 02:30:47 | More by bashiba
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dirty brown color with a huge tan head that dissipated unevenly, not much lacing but retains a nice cap. The smell is of cloves, spice, banana, light bubblegum. The taste is not as strong as the smell. Clove, banana but has a sweet malty backbone that I didn't pick up in the smell. Has a twang to it. Moderate mouthfeel, a bit fizzy yet smooth. A very enjoyable dunkel hefe and very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:02:45 | More by Gmann
Photo of Kulrak


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with about 1cm of lumpy and creamy head that sticks around forever. Smells spicy, yeasty and of noble hops. The taste is of caramel, yeast and and very sweet. Just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. Not much in the way of hop flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy and heavy, slightly fizzy. Overall, it's very drinkable, especially if you like hefes, and I do.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 12:13:40 | More by Kulrak
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a weizen glass an opaque chocolate-brown with golden highlights as well as a thick, off-white head which quickly dissipates into a thin wispy cap. Just a bit of lacing.

Smells of bananas, lemons and citrus peels, and of course yeast. A bit of biscuit and malt note as well.

Initially, I get a dose of roasted malts and banana breads. A little more watery than I'd hoped, but still really tasty. The smallest ethanol vapor tinge right before the swallow.

The mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than I'd like, as well as with the aggressive carbonation just take away from a decent dunkel, IMO.

The drinkability is still pretty high, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:46:28 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy mahogany color with a rich, foamy white head.

Aroma of toasted malts, cloves, wheat, and raisins.

Nice malty taste with wheat, cloves, and caramel. Finishes clean.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this beer and found it quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 01:29:24 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of BMoney575


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-16-09

Pours a deep brown color with a hint of red, with an off white heads and lots of bubbles that rise to the surface.

Smell is sweet, slight aromas of banana, clove, burnt sugar, and apple cider. Becomes more and more complex as you go.

Taste is much like the smell, but even more subtle. The malt adds an almost adjunct quality which detracts from the otherwise pleasant flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy but slightly thin, the flavors quickly leave the palate.

Drinkability is good, nothing here to really be offensive.

Overall, a little disappointing, compared to the regular hefe. But, that's a very high standard.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 22:14:38 | More by BMoney575
Photo of Anthony1


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very dark, cloudy amber. Nice head, about 2 inches, which dissipated moderately quickly. ok lacing

s very mild smell. hints of banana and clove, mostly a smell yeast with wheat

t/m very mild taste, little carbonation but smooth and soothing flavor. very refreshing and calming

d amazingly smooth drink, would definitely purchase this beer again. very smooth

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 03:16:54 | More by Anthony1
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish, amber color with a minimal one-finger head. Aroma is one of banana and clove. Taste is much of the same except that the clove is more prominent in this brew. Much like the regular Franziskaner beer except that it's darker. Smooth and tasty though. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 02:14:23 | More by Brad007
Photo of Sixpack595


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was never a fan of Wheats, this beer gave me second thoughts. Pours a cloudy almost orange with a good tight head. Aromas are of bananna, caramel, a hint of clove, and a bit of bread. Taste is malty, with the typical yeasty bananna flavor reigned in. I think of this beer as a much more restrained version of a Weizen. If it has one real flaw its just a bit too watery. Thin mouthfeel or not, it is refreshing and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 15:06:37 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of baos


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes found in bottom of buchertasche

A: Looks like tea with a bit of head in there.

Very ciderish i wrote over and over. Then I wrote Opaque dark amber then I wrote orangey-cidery

I remember that it leaves the mouth dry and the head virtually disappears to nothing but the tiniest of collars.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 02:08:17 | More by baos
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a nice amber color with a thin amount of head, leaves little lacing

S: strong wheat notes, slight sweetness

T: nice depth, nice maltiness, finishes with a sweetness

D/M: smooth but has a strong depth, slight sweetness makes it quite drinkable but it does sit a little heavy

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:34:53 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of NCSUdo


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pours a murky, cola colored brown, with even some slight hints of a golden yellow along bottom, under a good amount of white head. Good retention, no lace.

S: First smells of a nice banana bread, some sweet malt, a hint of yeast.

T: Malty sweetness up front turns to a brown sugar/caramel sweetness in between with some banana mixed in. Finish is ultimately a sweetish banana with a very mild bitterness. Hints of a yeast thrown in as well, nice taste, but needs a little bit of help.

M/D: Medium to light bodied, maybe a little watery, carbonation is just right on the tongue. Drinkability is good on this one, really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 02:58:42 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of burnstar


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a huge offwhite head that remains the whole way down the glass. Nose is tangy wheat with a bit of a roasted flavor and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is sweet malt, wheat tanginess and hints of chocolate, not a lot of hop impact. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable stuff. Good overall and interesting as this is my first dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 02:18:51 | More by burnstar
Photo of daledeee


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully. True hefeweisen in appearance. Nice high rising head with good stick around ability. Medium cloudy brown. Aroma didn't do much for me. Taste is classic hefeweisen, but a little sweeter than some others. Maltier and good bite, some lemon. But yet it is a little watery tasting. Mouthfeel is velvetty. Very enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 01:17:56 | More by daledeee
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy light brown with a foamy two-finger head.

S- Sweet and fruity, cloves, bananas, walnuts. Excellent!

T- Slightly sweet, but very wheaty and yeasty. Finishes mildy banana fruity.

M- Moderately carbonated and moderate body.

D- Very drinkable. If only it tasted half as good as it smelled....

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:35:23 | More by JayNH
Photo of orangemoustache


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy rust color with a thick almond head that dissapates quickly leaving behind no lacing.It smells of sweetness,caramels and dark fruit mostly.Banana bread and rasins are the first to hit the tounge followed by clove and maple syrup.The mouthfeel is a little thin but it makes up for it with good carbonation and a very soft silky finish.This is a really enjoyable Hefe-Weisse Dunkle,I would like to find it on tap at some point and have a pint or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 05:18:01 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:20:14 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a wheat glass

A: Pours a ruby-amber body with a 2.5 finger white head that has hints of cream coloring. Slightly rocky and fizzles down to 1/4" in a minute or two. No lacing on the glass and lasting head until the end.

S: Initial hit of bread and banana from the yeast. Grassy wheat characteristics. Slight roasty malt and a twang of alcohol.

T: First comes on with wheat and a banana, then a hint of spice followed up by a caramely malt aftertaste and hints of bread. No extreme flavors just one hell of a drinkable beer.

M: This beer is light on the palette with ample carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. No lingering stickiness in the mouth. The best part about the beer.

A very drinkable and well priced beer. I'm more of a fan of their regular hefe-weisse but this is good when your drinking a few franzis in a row.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:16:06 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of jmatthew


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky, earthy, yeasty, banana, clove, citrus, heady, etc., etc. Though I absolutely was not offset by anything in the beer, I also didn't gravitate towards anything it had to offer. Overall a good solid beer, but nothing remarkably unique to make it memorable.

It seems odd that I shouldn't rave about a beer for which I can offer no legitimate complaints...

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2002 06:07:41 | More by jmatthew
Photo of JCBears


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good hearty earthy brown color. Frothy head dissipates quickly. Traditional German style half liter bottle with a foil over the cap.

Smell: Stronger yet not over powering banana smell with a slight hint of vanilla. An undertone of hops to the end.

Taste: Slightly clovy with a hearty bananas flavoring. Nothing too strong and all balanced with a bit of cloves. Hinting just slightly at the hops.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor without and overbearing back bone of good rolling richness. I nice blend of after taste and yet does not remain to interfere with the next gulp.

Drinkability: A good and decent beer. Nice example of a decent dunkle weis beir. An enjoyable drink with a good character yet not so much to dominate.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:48:43 | More by JCBears
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice brown color with reddish twinges, like mahogonay. Provides a thick brown foam head that quickly dissipates.

S: Not much going on here. Some light toast, a little caramel, some wheat.

T: Tastes much better than the smell. The bready malt, caramel and spice combines well.

M: Leaves a nice creamy taste on the palate.

D: Easy to drink. A low ABV makes this quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 13:29:14 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of AllThingsNinja


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

The hazy greenish-brown brew pours quite hearty, and has a fair amount of retention. The aroma is faint with yeast notes and hints of the roasted grains that dominate the flavors. Wheat malt flavors provide the foundation and the majority of the taste. There are alcoholic notes in the nose, and a very dry yeasty finish. Hints of banana and other fruit flavors are mild, but noticeable. This brew is quite hearty, and a bit heavier than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 18:43:24 | More by AllThingsNinja
Photo of Pauly2X


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy dark orange when held to a light, brown otherwise. The three finger head faded to a thick wisp.

S- Citrus banana and a touch of caramel.

T- The banana comes through nicely right in the middle surrouned by nutty and slight citrus flavors.

M- Decent noting too special.

D- Goes down easy, despite pretty high carbonation.

I have to admit this is the first beer of this style that I've tried. I liked it and I will be trying more.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 00:51:58 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap @ Von Trier on 4-19-10. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy tobacco amber color with a generous tan head with excellent retention.

S: Roasted malts, banana, cloves and wheat.

T: Opens with deliciously complex malts and overtures of wheat. Clove and banana flavors begin to assert themselves. A hint of cherry cola in the background. Wonderfully well balanced with low levels of bitterness. Just imagine drinking 22 ounces of moist, flavorful banana bread. And how I do like banana bread!

M: Smooth and medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Complex and flavorful taste profile. Medium-bodied. Low ABV. This Dunkelweizen is about as sessionable as it gets. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 15:32:19 | More by CaptainIPA
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.