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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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87
very good

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 49
Gots: 112 | 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 marcpal
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle enjoyed with room service order in poland. Poured into Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: Cloudy darker yellow, nearly dark orange with a huge head. Looks more like a normal weizen but the color is somewhat darker but has that sparkle. Enough carbonation to produce a sizzling sound.

S: Banana and clove spices. Sweet flavors of the wheat come front and center. Matching flavors of cooked bananas from the nose and very low hop presence.

T: Bready and yeasty, considerable grains. The lemon rind and cloves are nicely balanced. Not strong at all that is typical of a dunkel and this is really the only thing that can take away some points.

M: Extremely light in terms of body with more carbonation than the appearance. Flickers off the tongue quickly but passes along smoothly.

D: Refreshing and light for the style of beer. Packs in plenty of flavor and like it better than the regular hefe and perfect for many a long session. Good stuff.

Photo of jmbranum
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm tasting this tonight as part of a comparison tasting of 3 Dunkel Heffeweisens.

Massive white fluffy head on top of dark brown brew that is the color of dark German whole wheat bread.

I picked up bannans, cloves, cinnamin and just a tiny bit of ctirus in the flavor, with lots of wheaty malt. The after taste has a nice bit of hops and the carbonation feels good in my mouth.

An excellent value at $1.75 for a pint bottle at Byron's Liquor store in OKC.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - poured into a Franzis hefe glass, it creates a multi-level head with crests and valleys. The creamy tan cover laces well and is vigorously fed from bubble streamers below. While it yields its size from 2+ fingers, it holds at a third-finger or so of dense creamy foam all the way down. Quite impressive endurance (the better part of an hour). The beer is a caramel amber with some haze, though I did minimize the bottle yeast added. This bottle has been sitting upright for at least 6 months undisturbed, so the sediment did not get stirred up much.

Aroma - heavy banana/yeast nose. Simple, straight-forward with very good staying power.

Taste - good blend of malt and wheat. The taste buds pick up dunkel and hefe influences at different times on different sips. The swallow is more malt with some roastiness coming through. Finishes clean, almost diluted with no lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - a bit watery for a dunkel type, but the outstanding carbonation makes up for it. Well done for the style, but a little more body could go a long way.

Drinkability - very pleasant experience, especially in its proper container. A session beer with some class, I still like their hefeweiss a little better though.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pale apple cider like appearance. Decent head retention.

Smell: Sweet wheat notes.

Taste: Initial taste of fruity wheat. Big banana flavors. A bit of spice in there as well. I love this dark wheat style. One of my favorites of this style so far.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, fullbodied dunkel.

Drinkability" Rather drinkable. Would have again. Franzi is always fancy.

Photo of animal69
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was #2 in my session ; pours a deep cloudy brown( had to update,this is a beautiful beer, just noticed halfway thru me weizen glass that it's 3 different colors under flourescent desk lamp,gold edges blending to an amber color, then the deeper brown !!! ) w/ a huge head that lasts, plenty of lacing : a wheaty,fruity aroma w/ an "applish" undertone, a faint spicy hop aroma as well ; a slighly tart bread-like flavor w/ a sweet caramely finish, a little on the thin side, though ; light bodied w/ lots of carbonation, dry finish ; a very drinkable brew, i can see why it's # 1 on the style example list...

Photo of rodney45
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brownish red, auburn, with a cream colored head that lingers around the glass after a solid 3 finger head dissipated rather quickly.

S: Munich and caramel malts, with notes of dark whole wheat bread.

T:First notes of cinnamon, candied sugars and coriander. Secondary flavors of Munich malts, bittersweet chocolate, and plum. Dry finish with no discernible hop flavoring.

M: For a dunkel, it's light and airy with moderate carbonation, little bitterness, and a semi sweet bite. No alcohol ethers present.

O: A solid example of a dunkle. Very representative of German beer in general. It seems like a great Oktoberfest beer, to be drunk in the outskirts of a 18th century German brew town, overlooking a field of two row barley, in some September afternoon, with friends.

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber, cloudy, with a finger of fizzy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: light citrus aroma, perhaps even some berry.

Taste: wheat, citrus, light fruit flavors (and berry again). Quite tasty, not too sweet, a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, but perhaps a little heavy body for a real session beer. I could see enjoying this beer in a lot of different settings, though.

Photo of IronLover
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisin brownish-red in color with a murky haze. Poured with a thick beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap. Wheat malt aroma is prominent with spicy clove and hints of banana. Medium bodied with ample rich carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Wheat and toasted malt flavor with clove up front . The spiciness intensifies into the middle giving way to banana and yeast flavors and wheat malt flavors to the finish. Finishes clean and semi-dry.

Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy light brown with a steady off white head.

Smell is clovey, banana, and yeasty. A little more yeast than I expected.

Very nice smoothe, banana, and malt.

Full feel and good flavor make a very enjoyable beer to drink.

Photo of russwbeck
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Full, large white head, shrinks into a creamy foam at the top of a cloudy amber drink.

S: Spicy and malty. Clove, wheat, bananas, maybe some toastiness.

T: Typical hefeweizen, with added bananas and other dark fruits. Much lighter taste than I expected.

MF: Creamy (from the head) with a light to medium body. Very refreshing.

D: Very easy to drink, great on a hot day. Would have to switch it up after 2 or 3 tho.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Very hazy/opaque golden brown with a huge three fingers of fluffy white head that retains decently and leaves traces of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of toasted wheat bread, banana, currant, and yeast. No real detectable hops, and a touch of clove.

Taste: The front starts off with a delicious sweet pale and toasted wheat malt flavor which then gives way to a hint of banana bread and a small touch of yeast. A hint of clove comes through in the back, and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with active carbonation.

Drinkability: A very smooth-drinking, refreshing beer.

Final Notes: Perhaps not the best Dunkel out there, but very good indeed and I liked it a lot.

Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice dark wheat beer that poured a very nice head. One can see the unfiltered yeast when holding it up to a light. Smell has hints of banana and clove, other than that nothing noteworthy. Taste is a medley of yeast and wheat with a slight hint of banana and cloves. This has a nice full mouthfeel. This beer nicely glides over one's palate. Near-excellent drinkability, this is a beer that has grown on me tremendously since I have started it!

Photo of codfeast
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15oz.bottle to stein.

A: Amber/copper color, thick cream colored head.

S: malt, digestive crackers, yeast.

T: Sweet malt moves to the back with a bananna and clove finish.

M: solid carbination, creamy mouthfeel, with a pretty dry finish.

O: A refreshing beer, went down quite easy. nice change of pace from all the hops I usually consume. Next time BevMo has them on sale for $2 I'll grab some more.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy light brown color with a massive head of white foam that just exploded on the top of the beer. Lemons and yeast are in the nose, and they combine for a pretty nice treat.

Flavor has a lot of lemon in there, and it is balanced well by yeast and bananas. It has a crisp start, and it then smoothes out to a very creamy feel leaving tingly little bubbles on your tongue. Grains come in big in the aftertaste adding to the complexity. I was searching for darker malts, but I did not find them. I expected something a bit roastier out of a dunkel - weizen. It was a great beer, but I think it lacked the dark character it needed to receive more credit from me according to style.

Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Could double as chocolate milk, if chocolate milk was served with a big ass tan head.
Typical hefe smell profile, perhaps muted compared to some. Bananas, cloves, the same old drill. Tiny roasted whafts seems more imaginary than anything.
Nicely blended within the mouth. Caramel-chocolate flavors draped over bananas. Some vanilla too. Like a liquid banana split. Jabs of graininess accompany the cloves.
Big and hearty within the mouth. Though difficult to drink very much of for this very reason.
A good solid dunkel that is much preferred to their hefe-weiss. The tap version seems a much better bet than the bottled form, which is an oddity for a weizen.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a great beer, it's a dark brownish/reddish color and very murky. It has a nice head on top and smells really sweet, it does have a banana scent to it. It has a some what crisp feel to it and is absolutely smooth and very tasty,it has a very mild bitter but crisp aftertaste. I really enjoy drinking this one.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy dark amber into a weizen glass with a nice creamy and foamy head. There's lots of active carbonation.
S: Sweet, dark malts dominate the aromas, although there are also typical hefeweizen smells of yeast, wheat and bananas.
T: Like the small, malty sweetness dominates the initial taste, followed by hints of other flavors such as caramel and toffee. Compared to a typical hefeweizen, the taste is much more complex, although the tastes of wheat and yeast are essentially masked.
M: There is a light- to medium-bodied taste that also feels smooth on the palate due to the high level of carbonation.
D: This goes down very smoothly and is a breeze to drink. I could easily drink these all day long.

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

Appearance: I had this beer at Apizza Scholls. From memory, the beer was a dark brown, coffee, some light passed through. Nice foamy off white head.

Smell: Smells like a hefeweizen, not especially aromatic however.

Taste: Good flavor, similar to Franziskaner Hef, light banana bread and yeast, not especially spicy or sweet.

Drinkability: This beer was great to wet the appetite for the main course. If I had the choice I'd go for the regular hef, I didn't get anything extra from this brew.

Photo of Spider889
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color with some brighter cherrywood highlights with excellent clarity. Tall cream-white head of finer bubbles. Not much retention or lace.

Smells a little fruity, but nowhere close to the huge estery profile that many traditional weizens have, though a clean ripe banana aroma is there. The dark malts aren't assertive on the nose, they seem driven more towards color and taste.

The taste was really smooth, crisp with some mild bready/wheaty undertones. The Germanic yeast is pleasantly present without being overbearing (which I like) though I feel that this isn't exactly par for the style.

Crisp with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall very likable.

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

Enjoyed this at a new German-themed* beer hall in Fishtown, Philly, PA. Quite nice - 2L.

Reminds me of their standard Hefeweizen in that I got the same pleasant medium-banana and mild-clove flavors, but the darker malt nuances (Munich?) really, for me, take front and center on the palate. I wouldn't call the overall malt display "bready". The banana and clove highlighted on top - merely rounding out a balanced recipe featuring bold (lightly husky-bitter) toasted-grainy, dark malt in the middle and subtle dark fruit on the bottom.

Not so loud in aroma - the proper scents are there, yet weak (glassware?). Surprised the head poofed out as quickly as it did. Giving it the benefit of the doubt here, though. It's a solid beer - extremely drinkable like it's companion lighter version.

Photo of Fugazme
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a "pop". I expected beer to rush out... didn't happen. Pours out a great amber/deep ruby brown color. A touch hazy. Excellent thick, white head with some great retention. Swirls leave walls of foam on the inside of the glass.

Aroma is decent. Some light banana... definite malt. A weird hint of plastic, but not horrible by any means.

Smooth on the intake. A very drinkable beer. Taste is pretty good. banana, wheat, clove.

I'd purchase again.

Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a Weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a large 3 finger thicker off-white head. Head is big and fluffy and mountains out of the glass. Colour is a red shade of brown, like sienna at the top and ochre at the bottom. It's cloudy and has a higher amount of carbonation in the form of very tiny bubbles. Head slowly levels out into a thick film that remains the whole time, but unfortunately doesn't leave any lacing.

SMELL: Strong wheat malt, banana and lemon dominate with a bit of clove there as well. A nice hint of caramel in the back separates it from the normal hefewizen, which is a very nice touch. Enticing.

TASTE: Wheat malt and a sweet lemon bit as well. A mild aftertaste that has more sweet malt and some nice caramel there. Nice to be sure, but doesn't quite live up to the enticing nose.

PALATE: Medium body, goes down creamy smooth with lower end carbonation. No bite at all and finishes relatively dry. Pretty good.

OVERALL: Solid, very drinkable and enjoyable. Not quite as good as I remember it when I lived in Germany, but I'd certainly line up for more. Recommended.

Photo of zerk
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with a 1/3 inch head and lace trailing down the glass. Aroma is a beautiful combination of cloves and banana, and a bit of yeast. Flavor starts yeasty, then switches to banana and clove... also a bit earthy. Slight metallic taste in the finish. Medium body and low carbonation; initially it was prickly, but quickly became very smooth and dry. A very soild dunkel weiss.

Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my hefe glass and received a cloudy body that was a mix of leather brown and apple cider. Left two-finger head that receeded quickly and left no lacings. A nice roasted/dry malt smell came through, accentuated by some tart fruit such as orange, cherries and also some clove. Spices are the first thing that struck me, then a warming sensation as the malty goodness came through. A slightly dry finish as the citric fruits are tucked on the backend; this a medium-bodied beer that is smooth and a tad creamy. There is some caramel in there too, but it does not make the beer that syrupy. Not the best dunkel, but I did enjoy it.

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle without a freshness date into a hefeweissen glass.
Head was very pronounced on this beer but fell away quickly and didn't return. Carbonation is moderate to low but no head formation after the initial head, no lacing on the glass. Beer is brown and cloudy (I intentionally disturbed the sediment in the bottle for the cloudiness). This beer may be just past its prime but it is still good.
The aroma is filled with wheat and some fruity esters. It is not the most inviting aroma unfortunately. The taste is somewhat cereal like but it finishes cleanly. No aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little thin but that is ok for this style, beer is very wet. Overall a decent beer, but I've had better dunkels.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.