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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,468 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 47
Gots: 98 | 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 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.

clayrock81, Apr 30, 2008
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.

drabmuh, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of DelMontiac
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500 mL bottle in to an Eskimo Joe's weissen glass. That's right, Eskimo Joe's.

A: Murky raw apple cider brown color with linen colored silky single finger head that vanishes quickly. The fine bubbles want to lace the glass, but end up sliding down as you drink.

S: Overripe bananas, apples, and crenated red grapes. Bready cracked wheat and malt add the earthiness.

T: Fits the nose well, with some sourness to the sides and back of the toungue. Pleasant banana bread and yeasty aftertaste. Let's just call it banana-nut-wheaty-cider.

M: Velvety like cocoa. The carbonation is fine and unobtrusive. Too bad I took a lungfull half way through the glass. Hate it when that happens.

Overall: This is a readily available mass-procuced German beer that anyone can appreciate. A great gateway beer for noobies, and a great price to boot. When I'm at a loss in my local beer store, I can always count on this one.

DelMontiac, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ttu94
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no experation date at Central Market in Dallas. Pours out dark brown, the color of apple cider. Good light brown head. The smell is very wheaty and has a hint of banana to it. I think it tastes very good. The wheat flavor is very strong and the banana flavor is present as well. Ends a little sour and dry. I could drink lots of these on hot Texas days.

ttu94, May 24, 2007
Photo of BikingDutchman
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle poured into a German wheat glass. A relatively hard pour gives a 1.5 inch light tan head that dissipates into a 1/4 inch head that stays. Beer is a hazy orange brown.

German hefe yeast gives off a lot of pleasant banana smells. There is also some wheat smell. My nose isn't working up to par tonight, so smells aren't as strong.

Banana bread is the strongest flavor. I also get some dark fruitiness from the malts. Wheat backbone. Very sweet, but in a good way.

Carbonation feels good, but not too much. Body is not very heavy, making it very easy to drink.

A good traditional representation of a style that I don't get very often. I wish that I could compare this back-to-back to other beers of the same style.

BikingDutchman, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of SilentSabre
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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!!!

SilentSabre, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of batty
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful orange-golden hazy, fast rising thick head, which drops to a quarter inch and sticks around. smell is a bit of alcohol and some fruity notes lightly mixed with malt. taste follows suit - a fruity light plum-raisin and strong banana, balanced pretty well with medium malt,can deifnitely taste the alcohol on the back. As warms up a little getting more of the bitter at the end, nice touch. relatively dry finish. medium-high carbonation, very smooth, pretty refreshing.

batty, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a brown 50 cl long-necked bottle.
The red label got a picture of a Franziskaner-monk with a ceramic beer-mug in his hand - Hardcore!

A: This beer pours cloudy dark brown with hint of red. The head is pretty large, off-white but dissipates rather quickly, leaving almost no lacings.

S: Wheat and faint malt, nice balanced. Ripe bananas. Citric notes as well. Faint notes of dark dried fruits.

T: Ripe bananas in great harmony with wheat/malt - a bit bready. Some faint chocolate.

M: Thin body, richly carbonated with small bubbles. Aftertaste is medium long and holds some sweet- and bitterness.

D: A little bit to thin in body for beeing a great beer. Now it's just a nice beer.

Evil_Pidde, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of AlexLMS
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy with a dark copper colour. The head is light tan to beige, huge and rich with a good although not great retention. Lots of lacings.
Aroma: sweet malts, wheat, yeast and a little of cloves.
Taste: confirms the smell with the nice addition of banana flavour.
Mouthfeel: creamy, medium carbonation, average alcoholic strength (5% ABV) and a full body.
Finish: spices and bananas.

Overall: very nice dunkel weizen. Complex, rich, friendly and round. A must have.

AlexLMS, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick, murky brown, with a pea-soup greenish tint. Creamy, uniform head with good retention.

Smell: Fruity, like apples and pears, with a hint of tobacco. Malts are well-developed, chocolaty with a hint of coffee.

Taste: Very much like apple cider, or applesauce. Yum! Toasted malts are the base flavor, with a bit of clove and alcohol. Reminds me of bread pudding. Finish is sweet and refreshing, not sugary in the least.

Mouthfeel: Glorious! Incredibly creamy, with little sharp bursts of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is quite yummy, but I can imagine it might get somewhat cloying after a while. Still, very drinkable.

soulgrowl, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of dragonglen
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Holy head Batman! I had probably about 2 inches of beer and around 7 inches of foamy head. It took a while to get the whole bottle in the glass. It eventually settled down to about half a finger thick. A dark, rusty color with some cloudiness.

S - It actually smelled a little musty. Not in a bad or unappealing way, but I was a little surprised.

T - This was nice. A little bit of banana and a nice balance of malt and hops. It was smoother than I expected, but it's been a while since I've had a dunkel weisse.

M - A nice full feel that swallowed lighter than it looks.

D - I could drink a couple of these. A nice beer for when you want something summery but a little darker.

dragonglen, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of Mryup
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A toasted brown/caramel with lots of haze. A very gentle pour into my Weihenstephan glass produces two inches of toasted coarse foamy head that fades to a 1/2 inch hilly layer. Nice unique look.

S: Hmmm..not much here. Mellow, straightforward, creamy wheat with whispers of earthy spices...probably cloves and something else. Subtly nice.

T: An anemic wheat with dark malt...a little banana with maybe a smidge of sneaky pear..interesting...mellow earthy, balanced spice comes in at the very end...you have to look for it. Slightly watery at the end. If your looking for a very calm mellow dunkle weisse this is it. The shyness gives the illusion of impeccable balance. And it is very well balanced.

M: A light/medium mouthfeel that goes wet at the end. CO2 is accurate.

D: A lighter beer that makes it more drinkable than most.

A lot of people don't seem to like the fact that this beer doesn't jump out and grab your throat. I actually kind of like that about it. Of course its probably because they are cheaper bastards but oh well...it makes for something a little different. I would drink it again.

Mryup, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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

thecheapies, May 16, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

kaseydad, May 24, 2009
Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 +0.8%
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.

Cylinsier, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.