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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 43
Gots: 79 | 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 Duhast500

Rhode Island

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.

07-27-2011 03:01:01 | More by Duhast500
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.

07-09-2014 22:46:38 | More by TheVenerableMead
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.

12-10-2007 11:32:00 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of armock

New York

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

03-06-2009 15:30:40 | More by armock
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.

08-05-2008 15:11:21 | More by Zadok
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.

01-20-2008 07:32:34 | More by watchnerd
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.

11-23-2006 22:58:48 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

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!!

10-01-2003 04:52:29 | More by Kwak
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.

08-20-2006 20:46:56 | More by Bitterbill
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.

05-29-2005 05:47:38 | More by Pepeton
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.

03-13-2005 03:55:05 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

04-16-2003 12:12:22 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

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.

02-03-2014 16:44:35 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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

05-21-2009 03:16:54 | More by Anthony1
Photo of Brad007


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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

12-11-2010 01:34:53 | More by BigPlay1824
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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