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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Reviews: 808
Hads: 1,616
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 66
Gots: 200 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2001

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Photo of jneiswender
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a Moaning Dove in Amherst Massachusetts. Poured into a brewery class. Served cool.

A-nice thick, beige head, murky light brown body.

S-yeast and spice

T-clove, banana, bubblegum, and some nice sweet grain flavor.


D-very smooth and highly drinkable. Would love to have this with food. I will drink this again.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich chocolate brown with a light sliver at the bottom and a mighty raft of long lasting, foamy head. Thick and obvious sediment throughout body of the beer. Next we encounter a malt accented nose with pleasant hints of banana and clove.
Very strong malt characteristic to the taste with less balance from hops or wheat than the lighter version from the same brewer. Still, this is very enjoyable with a peppery aftertaste and a silky smooth Hefe texture that tickles the throat just right. Quite drinkable.
This is a pretty good beer, very original but still in a traditional, recognized style. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had bottles of this beer in both Germany and the United States. I must say the fresher bottles I have had in Germany taste better than the bottles in the states that are two to three weeks older. This review is for a bottle I enjoyed in Germany.

Appearance: Pours into a hefe-glass a dark hazy brown with a off white three inch head. The head recedes after a couple of minutes into an lace that covers the entire glass. The lace is the most interesting part of this beer, with tiny bubbles of carbination surfacing through. When you tip the glass back to take a sip the lace clings to the side for a seconds than decays and slides back into the beer. It is truely beautiful.

Smell: Smell hints of bananas and cloves. It is very pleasant and to style.

Taste: Matly flavor with a hint of banana and clove is initially intense, but fades into dry wheat flavors. The flavor become more complex as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is thick yet well carbinated.

Drinkability: This beer is certainly not a session beer, as it trends to sit in your stomach. However, it is great to sip down one or two, and relax.

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Photo of BeerTator
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting dunkel hefe-weisse beer. I always prefer dunkel over the light tasting hefe-weisee beers. Franziskaner makes a great tasting, smooth tasting beer here. I've been drinking this beer for about 2 years now and I always go back to it when I try different dunkel hefe-weise beers. Give it a try and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer from a Weizen glass. When poured this beer had a thick creamy head and had a slight spicey smell. Has a cloudy amber brown color. Very smooth, creamy, malty taste that is very drinkable.

This is the first dunkel weizen I have had and I must say that I am now a fan.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into my Weihenstephan weisse glass. A hazy chocolate colour that goes from mid brown at the bottom to dark brown at the top. A huge fluffy head is followed by sticky lacing.

S - The bananas, clove and coriander expected are backed by sweet corn and prune.

T - Beautiful sweet overripened banana with caramel. Yeasty.

M - Creamy thick body, chewy almost. Low carbonation.

O - A surprisingly tasty treat. Improves as it warms and gets a bit spicier. As a hefeweizen fanatic, I prefer this dunkel to their straight, light hefe, which is itself a beauty.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get this one every couple of weeks at a bar in my city in China. I switch back and forth between the dunkel and the regular. It is rich, very flavorful, and is a truly good wheat beer. It's darker, so it may be almost too dark for some (if that's the case, the regular is also amazing!).

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Photo of elliot23
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured into my Haufbrau .5L hefe glass. Massive creamy head. My most careful pour was rendered useless to this thick head of bubbles. Classic cloudy golden honey hefe color. Brings me back to my days living in Deutschland. Nice yeast sediment on the bottom to top off the beer.

S. Huge yeast up front with some nice citrus, banana, clove, spice and all sorts of other good stuff. Second go around I get more unpeeled bananas... love it. I could just smell this one all day. What a treat.

T. Oh yeah, that's the stuff. One of my all time favorite beer styles in the summer. When I close my eyes I'm on a boat cruise on the Rhine River, it's that pleasant. A lot of what is in the nose comes back into the taste in many ways. I love this creamy head. I could eat it up like with a cappuccino.

M. Nice carbonation and prickles to the mouth. Very satisfying all around and not a whole lot else to say.

D. Very drinkable. I could put this one away by the case. Not too heavy just ultra smooth and creamy. What more could you ask from when drinking a German hefeweizen.

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Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The absolutely massively thick and creamy head tops a dark bronze hued brew. The copious bubble production slows the settling of the impressive head to a crawl. The classic German Hefeweizen banana esters are followed by a rich, mellow chocolate note. After what seems like an eternity (if you're thirsty) the head settles and the liquid becomes accessible. It's about time. Moderate body w/ a proteinaceous viscous mouthfeel. Along w/ the typically musty, German hefeweizen yeast esters the complex flavor profile includes rich Dark Munich malt flavors along with very mellow and refined (dehusked?) German chocolate malt. Hops bitterness is almost lost amongst the malt flavors and esters, but manages to eek itself into the finish. This is definitely a complex brew. It's quite rich, and thus isn't quite as drinkable as other brews. A beer to treat yourself to if you're into German wheats.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick head. Cloudy hazy. Head dies slowly and maintains a ring of lace. Aroma is yeasty. Taste is very airy in the mouth. Nice malt flavors with only a mild hint of bananas and spice (cloves). Wonderful beer for the price. The better Dunkel Weiss that's readily available in a supermarket. Pick one up, no lemon necessary.


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Photo of apresskibrewer
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served out of a 1pt bottle w/ gold foil wrap. No freshness date. Poured into a weizen glass.

appearance -
fast rising, active, large bubbled head. dark murky brown - some ocher hues coming through.
aroma -
citrus fruit, even though I expected a bit more banana (the banana started coming through once the head had dissipated). Fun yeast profile esters and malt play here.
The powerful carbonation on this one brings through the slightest of dry hoppy ness... but the malt is strong, and really the player in this profile. As the beer warms up, the banana comes through, soft, and balanced with the earthy malt.
mouthfeel/drinkabliity -
carbonation on this brew is uniform and strong, and maintains as it sits out. It provides a nice mouth feel, and allows for the palette to reach the subtleties of the beer. I Like this one, drinkability is high.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Hazy, light chestnut color with a substantial light tan head.

S -- Big bread yeast nose with some vague vanilla and citric fruit esters back.

T -- Chocolate characters up front, some of that mild vanilla. In the middle is lightly bready/yeasty character and finishes with a rather tart fruitiness -- but nothing overpowering or out-of-place.

M -- Smooth, creamy and soft mouthfeel with a light medium to medium body.

D -- Outstanding. I've had this on tap before and I almost like the bottle better -- maybe better handling.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the BSP, Decatur, Georgia. Pours a chestnut brown with a slightly beige head that settles into a cap after a nice initial head. The smell is a little light, but there is mostly banana and clove as well as some light wheat. The flavor is a little more pronounced. Raisins, clove, banana. Somewhat mellow. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel combined with the flavor profile makes this one delicious. Not sweet, and there is still a snap to the mouthfeel. A nice summer brew especially.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, poured in a traditional weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany, touch a red near the thin base. Nice creamy head that stays in place, about a centimeter thick.

Aroma: Bread-like malt aroma, with spicy, tangy yeast notes.

Flavor/Body: Initial flavor of cloves and spices, plenty of wheat flavor. A touch less phenolic than Spaten's weiss. Finishes out smooth and malty. A lot of carbonation and body.

I don't remember whether this beer or Paulaner's dunkelweizen was my first dark German wheat, but it's certainly been a constant favorite of mine for more than a decade (moreso since the Paulaner no longer seems to be imported; I haven't seen one of their dunkels in the US in about 5 years).

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Photo of almychristopher
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do like a good dunkel, and this one looks like it might fit the bill. pours a nice cloudy deep amber, with a nice off white head that wants to fade to lace but can't quite make it. the smell isn't bad either, it's got the requisite banana and clove yeast esters, and a bit of wheat malt, not as full as some but notably there. the taste is nice, the same as the smell, but a little light and the spiciness isn't there either. good mouthfeel, nice carbonation, and if it were on tap, I'd drink a lot of it.

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Photo of Huffs
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Yard House in West Nyack, NY. Have always enjoyed this beer and the style so pardon my enthisiasm as this is the first Dunkelweizen I have had on tap.
Head was creamy and light with aroma being a light malt. Mouthfeel was creamy, almost like a hint of Guinness, though not as robust as that. Malty, slight floral aftertaste.

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Photo of Windigstadt
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The Franziskaner pours a dark chestnut; not the darkest Dunkelweizen out there but getting there. A generous mocha head topped the beer.

S: Like virtually all Dunkelweizens, the Franziskaner is heavy on the clove, with just a hint of chocolate; very minimal banana aroma.

T: My first sip of the Franziskaner came closest to what I imagine a Dunkelweizen should taste like. It was sweet up front but not cloyingly so. It had a characteristic bready wheat flavor, with a very slight yeasty tartness to it, but there was also a subtle caramel and cocoa profile in the background. While there was virtually no banana aroma, I picked up a slightly astringent flavor of banana peel in the finish. Overall it was a very flavorful but drinkable beer that had more depth than your standard Hefe but absolutely no roasty bitterness that is the bane of casual beer drinkers who won't drink dark brews.

M: Quite carbonated, as the style calls for.

D: Very drinkable... a great transition beer from the wheat beers of summer to the dark beers of winter.

Overall: An excellent example of the style that's generally easy to find and affordable; you can't really do wrong with that.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new weihenstephan weiss glass. Nice golden brown color, super frothy head. nice aromas of yeast, bananas,citrus, wheat(duh). Tastes wonderful, nice yeast taste, finishes with fruits. Tart mouthfeel, high drinkable. The midmorning German treat to start my day that I was looking for!

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Photo of LordChesterfield
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a long lasting sudzy head. Smells floral an d delicious. The taste is an interesting mix between hops yeast and alcohol. This seems strange to me because I haven't noticed the flavor of alcohol in beer in quite some time. I could be just me.Flavors or roated bananas are apparent! This is a pretty damned good beer, but then again I haven't had a bad dunkleweizen yet, this style is really a gem. Somewhat light of a mouthfeel which isn't a bad thing as it can really improve the drinkability.Good beer, not quite as good as ayinger's version of Dunkles-hefeweizen, but still worth a try as you may like it better.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1/2 L bottle a big swirl hefe glass. Oh real nice. Looks like a classic German 7 minute pour. This brew serves up a very nice big foam like off white head. The liquid is a dark brown & very cloudy. Great looking carbonation

The smell is of lemons, cloves, light toasty bread and wheaty malt, or maybe a malty wheat. Could use a yeast smell but really very good indeed.

The taste is toasted bread, cloves, lemon and nuts, the finish is very good slightly bitter and nutty. Nothing better then a basket of fruit and nuts that is really BEER!

Mouthfeel is full body, great carbonation.

Drinkability is quite awesome, this beer really works well, and excellent example of a dunkel hefe. Really enjoyable, I could drink his all day. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at the Second Chance Saloon in Brooklyn.
A- Gold, like straw. Opaque. Some head and limited lacing.
S- Strong wheat scent.
T- Highly carbonated, very wheaty. Slight spice to it. It has a bit of a dark malt taste. Nice balance. High quality. Highly recommend.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy deep copper and burnt orange hues under a large slightly off white head that slightly dissipates but sticks around strong for the whole pint. Carbonation steadily brings bubbles to support the head throughout.

Smells are Wheaty and yeast with fruity banana tones. Almost like cinnamon covered banana.

Taste is a sharp fruity in the banana like realm then gives way to lemon lime citrus notes and finishes slightly metallic and dry. Mouthfeel is powdery but light due to carbonation.

There's not alot out there representing this style, but this is a great beer in my opinion.

Pair it with ginger snaps, rainy summer afternoons, or a good conversation with a friend.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Decently hazy cherry oak colored brew which produced a massive sticky head of froth. Retention was great, and there was some visible lacing.

S - Sweet aroma of fresh banana bread. Strong hints of clove are also present and blend nicely.

T - Yeasty body with a sweet toffee backing. Nutmeg and banana comprise the majority of the flavor department, with spices arriving near the end.

M - Light bodied with a mild carbonation level. Finish is clean but a little peppery.

D - Outstanding. Delicious and quaffable, this is a Dunkelweizen done right. Definite reco here.

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Photo of PerroGrande
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours to a hazy brown with a moderate and fairly durable tan foam. As the foam dies, moderate evidence of its presence is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Faint hint of banana and yeasty goodness. Cloves appear in the aroma as well

Taste: This is a subtle, smooth-tasting Dunkelweizen. Nothing overpowering or out of balance. Opens nicely and quietly with some clove hints. Yeast and banana overtones are present throughout. Hints of sweetness are balanced with equal hints of citrus bitterness. Not overpowering at any point, but quite tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with mild carbonation. Not heavy or thick -- rather on the thin side, but not watery.

Drinkability: Yeah -- I want another one. Refreshing, smooth, subtle, yet quite tasty. This beer would go well with a variety of foods, or fly solo. ABV is manageable for a session beer as well.

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Dublin, Ohio. Was eager to try a Dunkelweizen again after a lengthy respite from the variety (not intentional, just how things came into being). This was a good choice.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this one sets itself apart in a very good way. pours a beautiful ruby-brown with a huge wheat beer head.

smell is wheat malt and cloves.

taste is a delicious malt character with hints of raisin, toffee, and vanilla, very nice, very complex.

mouthfeel is medium viscosity with light carbonation, drinkability is very high on this one.

overall, absolutely delicious and beautiful, the finest dunkle-weizen i've tasted to date. highly recommended!

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.