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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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86
very good

1,518 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 51
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 watchnerd
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pourned into a goblet, but really should have gone for a flute or pils glass. Visible yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and it pours a slightly cloudy tea color, with mild head and no lacing. Aroma is of wheat, bananas, and malt. Lively carbonation, fairly light mouth feel, starting with a sweet malt taste and ending a bit dry. Highly refreshing and very drinkable. Could be a decent session beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle a cloudy medium brown with a huge head of foam that shrank to about a 1" layer

The smell is big. I note clove, banana, and wheat.

The taste is really big. Big on cloves, wheat, not so big on bananas and just a bit of sourness to it which adds to the drinkablity of this brew for me. Good stuff.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is amber brown. Head is large, thick, and creamy. The aroma is mostly of light clove smell with a touch of malt. Taste is initially clovey, bready malts kick in towards the middle and are most prominent in the finish. This is very drinkable, but I find the mouthfeel a little lacking, especially after the crispness of standard Franziskaner's Hefe-Weisse. After having this I definently feel it is time for me to explore the style some more.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a stein.

A- huge chewy and frothy head... forms into a plateau... cloudy, muddy brown with billowing carbonation... Hues of golden wheat...

S- toffee, apple caramel, sweet malt, thick, pungent, buttery aroma...

T- A bit metallic initially, sweet malt, wheat, caramel apple, fresh bread, earthy spiciness, yeasty...

M- highly carbonated mouthfeel, effervescent, a bit of a tingling sensation on the back of the tongue...

Overall, good but featuring a few offtastes and an intense mouthfeel... I'd need to try it in Germany to compare.

Photo of xuehua
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy dark, dark brown with a slightly off-white head that disippates quickly and leaves a very short lace.

S - Much like their Hefe but more subdued and with some malty notes.

T - More subdued banana and clove that is very adeptly balanced by malted grain. Hops are just there.

M - Full yet a little crisp somehow.

O - A really well balanced weissebier. I prefer my dunkels to be a bit lighter brown. All in all, this was just a good, well-rounded beer.. I was hoping it would be a great hot summer lawn mowing beer. I'll probably drink it as an early autumn refresher, though.

Photo of Mryup
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of mta11c
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 MrHassellYaHurd
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a weizen glass an opaque chocolate-brown with golden highlights as well as a thick, off-white head which quickly dissipates into a thin wispy cap. Just a bit of lacing.

Smells of bananas, lemons and citrus peels, and of course yeast. A bit of biscuit and malt note as well.

Initially, I get a dose of roasted malts and banana breads. A little more watery than I'd hoped, but still really tasty. The smallest ethanol vapor tinge right before the swallow.

The mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than I'd like, as well as with the aggressive carbonation just take away from a decent dunkel, IMO.

The drinkability is still pretty high, though.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of guitarmage
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Sixpack595
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was never a fan of Wheats, this beer gave me second thoughts. Pours a cloudy almost orange with a good tight head. Aromas are of bananna, caramel, a hint of clove, and a bit of bread. Taste is malty, with the typical yeasty bananna flavor reigned in. I think of this beer as a much more restrained version of a Weizen. If it has one real flaw its just a bit too watery. Thin mouthfeel or not, it is refreshing and quite drinkable.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pours a murky, cola colored brown, with even some slight hints of a golden yellow along bottom, under a good amount of white head. Good retention, no lace.

S: First smells of a nice banana bread, some sweet malt, a hint of yeast.

T: Malty sweetness up front turns to a brown sugar/caramel sweetness in between with some banana mixed in. Finish is ultimately a sweetish banana with a very mild bitterness. Hints of a yeast thrown in as well, nice taste, but needs a little bit of help.

M/D: Medium to light bodied, maybe a little watery, carbonation is just right on the tongue. Drinkability is good on this one, really refreshing.

Photo of RJLarse
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple of bottles (1 PT 9 OZ) of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse at an import shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a nut brown color and is hazy. Huge billowing tight foamy off-white head is very resilient. The head is huge, even on a very gentle pour.

The smeill is sweet and fruity. Banana and and other soft fruit fragrances dominate, with a little bread aroma along side.

The taste is typical of an authentic German hefe, a lot of banana and clove flavors, with some malt and toasted bread flavors. Very little hop taste in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a little thin and watery, with a lot of carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer, but the flavors are a bit unusual. I don't know that I would want to drink a whole bunch of this in one sitting, but a pint or two at a time is OK.

Photo of Kwak
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured nice with a dark full body and heavy head. The smell was of banana and cloves, as for the norm in this style. The taste was a complexes dry toasted malt with a light banana fruitiness. It finishes with a dry malty flavor with a hint of cloves, very refreshing!!

Photo of ttu94
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BikingDutchman
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of dragonglen
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
86 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.