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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 51
Gots: 124 | 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 SilentSabre
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great one from Spaten. Poured a dark cloudy red / brown colour. Looked like cloudy tea. VERY fluffy slightly off-white head with super sticky lacing. Lots of clove spiciness and a healthy dose of banana in this one!!! A tiny bit of the dank basement lambic farmhouse ale smell. The taste was full of clove spice and very "wet". I know that must sound funny, but it seems thirst quenching and doesn't leave a dry after taste at all. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and easy to drink. I enjoied this hefeweizen tremendously, although my favourite is still Ayinger (yes I know this is Dunkel-Weisse). Not a bad one at all!!!

Photo of Blakaeris
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours muddy brown with a crisp white head and generous carbonation.

Smell is caramel malt with bready yeast. Impressive bananna nut bread character.

Taste is similiar to the nose with estery spices in the finish. Very balanced malt and mild hop. Bready bananna nut quality is enhanced when compared to the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation lends a very soft and airy quality.

An excellent dunkel weizen. Very smooth and harmonious flavors.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is a 16.9 oz bottle. $3.29 at Magnolia in Lynchburg.

Appearance: A cloudy amber with a very impressive fizzy and foamy head that unfortunately completely fizzles out in about 30 seconds. Very little lacing.

Smell: Pretty good. Sweet malt, clove and banana, wheaty, and yeasty.

Taste: Sweet and malty. Lots of clove here. Banana and some slightly tangy citrus. Big time clove in the finish. All the parts are here, but it seems a little watered down.

Mouthfeel: Too thin, a little watery. Aggressively carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer. I like whats there, but it needs a little more body.

Photo of macpapi
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having been pleasantly surprised by my introduction to Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss, I decided to give the Dunkel a try. The beer poured a copper-brown color, with hints of red. It had a nice half-inch tannish colored head, and was almost opaque. Overall the appearance is somewhat dank and murky. Smells fruity, with banana being most dominant but other sweet aromas definitely present. Hop and wheat come out at the end. The taste is full and malty. Initial bready flavor is followed by a kick of banana. This is a very flavorful sip. In the mouth, however, this beer feels somewhat thin. It is not very bold and the initial good taste does not linger long enough. Overall, I would define this as another drinkable Hefe by Franziskaner for an unbelieveably low price. It is flavorful, but light on the tongue. All in all a good beer and worth a try.

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy plum-brown color with an almost light-cinnamon color to the head. 4.0

Rich banana, wheat grain, taffy, and clove aroma. Sweet and nutty. Dark wheat bread glory. 4.5

Nice malty dunkel. Slight roast, powdery yeast, sugar-spotted banana, spicy clove, cherry juice, and dark bread. Nice. 3.5

Medium body that's a little thinner than expected. Subtle carbonation adds to the velvety feel. 4.0

Classic dunkel. Worth buying and re-buying and re-buying. Get the point? 4.0

Photo of thekanna
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thin medium brown with tan head that is enormous at the outset but dissipates quickly.

S: Some toasted wheat malts, sweetness, and a bit of citrus.

T: Not as big a wheat flavor as the normal Franziskaner Hefe-weisse but it does manage to maintain a delicate balance of toasted rice sweetness and wheat malt. Slight caramel notes with overtones of cinnamon and mulling spices.

M: A bit thin and watery; smooth, but I prefer my hefes with a little more body.

D: Very smooth and easy to imbibe. Nice and refreshing.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Interestingly it smelled like a Hefeweizen but without the citrus fruit aroma.

Appearance - Weird really. It was a brown maybe orange color. A friend suggested that is looked like muddy water more than a beer you would expect.

Taste - Surprisingly light a refreshing for a dunkel but a wheat dunkel was quite an experience.

Notes - Good moutfeel and carbonation.

Photo of zoso1967
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is served up a cloudy reddish-brown tinged golden. It is hard to describe the color of this beer, which is both golden and amber. It is sort of like a sunset, with a mix of the two colors. The head is slightly beige and absolutely gorgeous. It is the whipped and frothy weizen head that you always hope to find on a beer like this.

The aroma starts off heavy on the clove and banana. It also has a very wheaty, slightly grainy malt base with just a touch of some toasted darker malts. For the most part this just smells like your average German wheat beer.

Taste is wheaty and malty with plenty of sweetness. Clove, banana and some bubblegum flavors are also present. There is a slight buttered toast and Carmel like quality to the wheat malt base that is quite nice. I have not had many DunkelWiezen's, but compared to the other examples I have enjoyed, this one seems a bit more restrained in its darker malt character.

The Mouthfeel is perfect with a medium body and a rich, smooth texture. This beer practically slides right down my esophagus into my tummy. It has a very clean finish with pleasant wheat and clove notes.

This beer is extremely quaffable and very refreshing. It would be nice if it had a bit more of a contribution from the Dunkel side of it, but this was still a well made and heartily enjoyed beer.

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy amber color with a 3" head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: banana is most noticeable, a slight spiciness is softer in the background.

Taste: light roasted caramel flavor is wrapped around wheat, banana, bubblegum, and some soft spiciness. Bitterness is mild here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to consume. A few could be had in a session. Slightly less refreshing than the Hefe.

Photo of champ103
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark and cloudy brown with a decent head and little lace.
S: A very faint smell. Maybe some citrus, banana, a little spicy.
T: Very malty with a big banana and citrus taste. Not complex, but I like it a lot.
D: Great, I can put many of these away. Very smooth and a good coat of the mouth, A session beer.

This is one of my go to beers at bars. Very nice malt character that I enjoy tremendously.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 cer40
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my imperial pint with a nice foamy two finger head that dissapates to a nice covering froth with some sudsy lacing. Cloudy with the sediment from the bottom.

Smells like green bananas with sour notes. Taste is of bananas with a slight bitterness on the end. Very smooth and nutty.

Medium bodied with little carbonation this beer is very smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of Bernoulli
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head fades quickly with no lacing. Hazy deep brown.

Nice odor but hard to place (alcohol).

Smooth malty-fullness, definitely heavier than a hefe.

Nice flavor with hint of banana. No hint at all of a metallic aftertaste. Noticeably heavier than a hefe, but clearly related.

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

From a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass, and face to face with a Weihenstephaner. Pours a murky brown with a half inch of off white head. Head settles to a surface ring in a minute or so and yields some light lacing. Cap can be regenerated if desired, well carbonated.

Offers a nice sweet banana and yeast nose. Some deep dried fruits/raisin in the background. Teasing malts that don't overwhelm but aid the light structure of the beer.

Flavor is maltier than the nose would suggest and a bit simpler as well. Yet there is wheat, banana and a return of raisin notes. A light Dubbel in a sense and oddly different than the Weihenstephaner. Both good yet quite distinct. Feel and drink are pleasant and easy and with a nice lingering finish. Might perhaps become a bit rich on the tongue in time, keeping drinkability in check. A nice carbonation effervescence accompanies the finish.

A final pour was a bit aggressive by accident and resulted in excessive foam formation, followed by a lighter bodied brew. So pour carefully, especially if the bottle has had any time to warm up.

Photo of Hendrick24
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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

The label is pretty cool. Can't fault a man who is enjoying the last of his stein.

Murky brown appearance with a consistent brown foam throughout the consumption and nicley carbonated.

Aroma consists of fig, brown sugar, maple, pear and apple. Very nice.

For having such a nice aroma, the taste is kind of bland. It's smooth but lacks any punch to the tastebuds worth noting.

While it may not pack what I was looking for, it's a very drinkable Dunkel and quite refreshing. Not bad just hoping for more.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: garnett brown in color, huge one inch plus head, cloudy, lots of carbonation

Smell: toasted malt--almost to the point of toasted marshmellow, Belgian spices, coriander, cumin, and a touch of rye.

Taste: Belgian spices, wheat, pumpernickel bread

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, chewy, with a dry finish

Drinkability: I really like how the wheat and malt come together here. A good example of the style, I could have one more, but not two. I think the taste is nice and multi-layered.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy medium-brown color with a big three-finger tan head. The head slowly dissipates into a patchy layer of foam on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing sticks around for a bit but rolls back down into the beer pretty quickly.

Smells good. The most pungent is the smell of bananas, but even that is subtle. There's also a malt aroma, both bready and sweet.

Tastes just like it smells. There's a big hit of bananas up front followed by the malt flavors, again they're both bready and sweet, but both mildly so. Every now and then a light wheat flavor pokes through.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness that's substantial but also light. The carbonation is very fine and it gently bursts, releasing the flavor. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. It goes down very easily, and none of the flavors are overwhelming.

Overall I thought this was a solid Dunkel. Nothing is done exceptionally well, but it's very solid. Worth a shot.

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

Caramel-brown in tone with a huge frothy head, this German dunkel is thick and tasty, with a well-balanced sweetness and a hint of spice. A delicious and deep brew with hints of banana, clove, and caramel, this one's well-worth seeking out. Thoroughly satisfying.

Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hefe/Dunkel pours an earthy, dark brown with a bubbly tan head that sticks around awhile, good retention. The bouquet is strong banana, chocolate (malt), the faintest of fruit, and a note of yeastiness. This brew has a good balance when it comes to taste, even though the malt steals the show. Enough of the yeasty-banana-clove taste comes through to add a superb complexity. Basically it is really enjoyable and really tasty to drink. The malt makes this a worthwhile "change up" from a regular Hefe.

I enjoy drinking this while eating some fruit or dessert.

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

Pours a dirty, light brown with a nice foamy hefe head. Has a light bready aroma. Flavor is strong banana with a very light tartness. It's a richer hefe with less citrus and clove than the regular Franziskaner hefe.

Very drinkable and refreshing, I would buy it again.

Photo of jmbranum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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