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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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1,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 51
Gots: 142 | 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 whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, hazy orangish brown color with a nice off-white head.

Aroma is mild with a bit of caramelly malt along with banana and cloves.

Taste also starts with a bit of caramel and toast, followed by some fruity tones - banana, a little tart citrus, and finishes more malt, cloves and just a touch of hops.

Smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque sienna brew with a hearty two finger head that has impressive retention. The lacing is comprised of a bit of sparse spots and a single ring.

S - Banana bread and a bit of wheat malt. There are fainter spice odors, nutmeg and cloves predominantly. Smells nice. I wish it were a stronger odor.

T - A strong wheat maltiness with an backing of mild banana flavors with a tiny bit of pineapple (but not the sour aspects, only the the other flavors), nutmeg and allspice. The aftertaste is a very mild bitterness over a lingering wheat character. There is a slight copper flavor, but it is hardly noticable.

M - Thin, pretty smooth and only slightly refreshing.

D - This is a great dunkel weizen. It is easy to drink, very pleasant and easily sessionable. I will not hesistate to enjoy again.

Photo of crosbyms
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of biggred1
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy russet brown with a fine whipped head of sand colored foam. The nose is clove heavy with soft banana and cocoa. Nutty and spicy flavors of cocoa, clove, banana and lemon zest. Some fresh bready yeastiness. Medium bodied with a lot of good carbonation. Top notch.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serious head on this one about four fingers of light brown frothy bubbles. The amber color rates a 9 on the SRM beer color scale. This brew is not as clear as most because of the amount of little bubble action happening. Deep aroma of malt, berries, yeast, and wheat. Wonderful flavor of grains and fruit, but the best is the aftertaste, yeast roll with jam. Feels good in my mouth as it rolls over my tongue and around my teeth, good zing, but not over baring with carbonation. Being a little pricey it would not be one of my regulars, but for a treat and guests I would spring for this fine Dunkelweizen (dark wheat).

Photo of bk3nj
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a beautifully cloudy amber colored dunkel weiss; when poured, it is crowned by a thick rich head. The flavor is slightly smoky, with hints of cloves and banana (although, unlike other reviewers, the banana was not overpowering). All told, not as good as Franziskaner's standard hefe-weiss, but still a beer worth drinking.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle consumed in a Franziskaner hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: full, firm head, dark chestnut

Smell: brown sugar, graham cracker, spicy

Taste/Mouthfeel: graham cracher, sugary, wheat, biscuty, banana, refreshing

This was a great beer with awesome drinkability. I did not like it as much as the Franziskaner Hells but overall it was a great dunkel. Plus, the price was right (it was a gift).

Photo of Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Hoagie1973
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first bought this beer because I was amused by the goofy hammered monk on the label.
Pours a murky brown like the color and clarity of apple cider. Decent head to start but faded quickly. Very light spot lacing.
Smells of spiced fruit and wheat. Tastes wheaty, malty and fruity with banana and apple, clove and a light medicinal quality, as well as a very faint smokiness.
Feels average; medium body with biting carbonation.
Definitely worth the money, but Schneider Weiss and Weihenstephaner are still the reigning champs of German Hefes in my opinion.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +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 cer40
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.6%

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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